Thursday, August 17, 2017

Unini Chioma

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives have uncovered how N2.8billion meant for the training of ex-Niger Delta militants was diverted.

The money was withdrawn 35 times, alleged orders of a former Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku.

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Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN)

The National Working Committee, NWC of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has rejected the offer of resignation by the party’s National Legal Adviser, Dr Muiz Banire, SAN.

Banire had about three weeks ago written to step down as the party’s National Legal Adviser following an investigation launched by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC into a gift of N500,000 given to an old friend, who sought his financial assistance the burial expenses of his late mother about three years ago.

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Senate

The Senate has proffered a solution to the controversy over who succeeds a governorship or presidential candidate who dies after election had begun and before the announcement of the results.

While passing the clauses of a bill seeking to amend the Electoral Act 2010 for the sixth time, the lawmakers, during the plenary on Thursday, recommended the conduct of a fresh primary within 14 days to choose the new candidate.

The bill also recommended the suspension of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission for 21 days.

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Shi’ites protest at NASS

Dozens of protesting members of the Islamic Movement commonly referred to as Shi’ites on Thursday stormed the National Assembly demanding the release of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The peaceful protesters who were carrying placards and several portraits of the detained leader converged at the main entrance of the National Assembly from different locations at about 12:00 noon.

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    Wole Soyinka: Nigerian Playwright, Nobel Laureate

    Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka said Thursday he has fulfilled his pledge to throw away his US residency green card and leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidential election.

    Shortly before the vote, Soyinka had vowed to give up his permanent US residency over a Trump victory to protest against the Republican billionaire’s campaign promises to get tough on immigration.

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      lawyer

      A former street beggar, Mr. Abdulsalam Idowu, heaved a sigh of fulfilment of a life ambition as he was called to the bar to start practising as a lawyer in Nigeria on Wednesday.

      Idowu, who defied all odds, to bag his law degree from the University of Lagos in 2015, had proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, where he emerged successful in the August/September 2016 final bar examinations conducted at the end of the one-year programme.

      The new wig, who engaged in street begging to fund his primary and secondary education, was among the 4,225 graduates of the Nigerian Law School called to the bar in Abuja on Tuesday and Wednesday.