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CSO Observatory on Police Reform Decries Non-Compliance of Security Officials to Summons Issued by the Judicial Panels of Inquiry

1.0 Introduction The various Judicial panels of Inquiry constituted by twenty nine state Governments namely Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers ,Taraba states respectively and the Independent Investigative Panel of Inquiry set up by the National ...

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Okonjo-Iweala Will Excel In Her New Position As DG WTO – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says he has no doubt that Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will excel in her new position as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation. Following the confirmation of her appointment on Monday, President Buhari on behalf of the Federal Government and all Nigerians, warmly felicitated with Dr. Okonjo-Iweala on her election which he says is bringing ...

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History As WTO Confirms Okonjo-Iweala As Director-General

Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Monday was confirmed as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation. She is the first woman and the first African to lead the international trade body. Her term is scheduled to start on March 1. The term, which is renewable, will expire on August 31, 2025. “This is a very significant moment ...

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Criminal Herders Are Being Tried And Convicted Across Nigeria – Presidency

The Presidency on Monday said “thousands of” herdsmen are being tried and convicted across the country for illegal activities. President Muhammadu Buhari has faced criticism for taking a soft approach to the herdsmen crisis based on ethnic affiliations. Most herdsmen are Fulani, the same ethnicity as the President. But speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, presidential spokesman Garba ...

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Zuma Could Face Jail After Snubbing South African Anti-Graft Panel

The chair of a South African judicial panel investigating mass state corruption said Monday he would seek jail time for embattled former president Jacob Zuma over contempt of court after he again failed to appear before the commission. The 79-year-old Zuma, who has snubbed previous summonses by the commission, refused to comply with a Constitutional Court order for him to ...

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Man Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Killing Delivery Agent In Rivers

A High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has sentenced a young man to death by hanging for the murder of a delivery agent with an online marketing store, Jumia, in March 2017. The convict, Mr. Sodienye Mbatumukeke was arrested alongside his friends, Mr. Divine Excel Naabe and Miss Joy Eluwa for the murder of the delivery agent, Chukwuma Eleje ...

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DR Congo-Born Kayembe Named As First Black Rector Of Edinburgh University

It’s been more than 16 years since Debora Kayembe fled her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo after learning that a gun-running militia group that she had helped to expose wanted to kill her. Since then, Kayembe sought asylum in Britain, started a family and settled in Edinburgh, where she worked as a human rights lawyer and political activist. ...

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UK PM Cautious On Lockdown Easing As New Hotel Quarantine Regime Begins

Britain is aiming for a “cautious but irreversible” plan to exit coronavirus lockdown, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, as the first batch of travellers entered an enforced and expensive new hotel quarantine regime. Lockdown-sceptic MPs are pressing for an accelerated exit after the country passed a vaccine milestone at the weekend, with 15 million people having received their ...

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COVID-19: WHO Approves AstraZeneca Shot For Emergency Use

The World Health Organization gave emergency use approval to AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccines on Monday, meaning distribution can start to poorer countries starved of doses to fight the pandemic. The AstraZeneca-Oxford jab forms the bulk of batches being lined up through Covax, the global programme aimed at procuring and shipping out vaccines equitably around the world, regardless of wealth. It is ...

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More Protests After Myanmar Junta Cuts Internet, Deploys Troops

Myanmar’s junta deployed extra troops around the country and choked the internet for the second night in a row as it intensified a crackdown on anti-coup protests, but defiant demonstrators again took to the streets on Monday. The military has steadily escalated efforts to quell an uprising against their seizure of power two weeks ago, which saw civilian leader Aung ...

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Couple Bags 40 Years Jail Term For N53m Fraud

A couple, Ebiesuwa Abayomi Fredrick and his wife, Tinuola Idayat Oyegunle, have been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment each. Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State today, February 15, 2021, found them guilty on all four counts of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretense brought against them by the Ibadan Zonal office of the ...

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IGP Flags Off Operation Puff Adder II Over Insecurity

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has flagged-off a reinvigorated special security action plan, code-named, Operation Puff Adder 2, aimed at reinforcing the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes in the country. Speaking at the flag-off ceremony at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the Inspector General of Police explained that the new special operation, which ...

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COVID-19: NAFDAC Receives Dossiers For Chinese Vaccine, Others For Evaluation – Minister

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has received dossiers for Chinese vaccine and three others for evaluation amid the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the country. This is according to the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, who addressed reporters in Abuja on Monday during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. He identified ...

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Crisis: IGP Deploys Intervention, Stabilisation Team To Oyo State

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate deployment of Police Intervention and Stabilization Forces to Oyo State. This was announced in a statement signed on Monday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba. Mba said the teams have been deployed to reclaim the public space, reinforce security and bolster public confidence in the areas affected ...

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Train Collides With Truck In Iju-Ishaga, Lagos

A train accident occurred on Monday along the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State involving a truck carrying animal feeds. Eyewitnesses told Newsbriefng that the truck did not clear off the rail track completely which led to the train brushing it off from the rear. Although no causality was recorded, the accident led to vehicular traffic in the area. Rescue officials ...

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