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    You Can Ask To Search An Officer Before He Searches You – Police Spokesman

    Police spokesman, Frank Mba, has revealed that Nigerians have the right to search policemen in certain situations when the officers are about to carry out inspections. Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, made this disclosure via the verified Twitter handle of the force saying a person, in a bit to allay fears, can politely request to search an officer before he or she is being searched. “You may politely request that the officer be searched before searching you. Often times, this helps to allay fears that someone may be trying to ‘plant’ incriminating items on you or implicate you in any other way,” he tweeted @PoliceNG. Mba added that…

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    $9.8m Fraud: Court Orders Yakubu, Ex-NNPC GMD To Open Defence

    Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered Andrew Yakubu, a former General Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), to open his defence on July 3, 2019 in the $9.8 million fraud allegation brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The EFCC had on October 17, 2018, closed its case against him, after calling the seventh witness, Suleiman Mohammed, an operative with the Commission, who testified as to how operatives on February 3, 2017 recovered $9,772,000 and £74,000 stashed in a huge fire proof safe in a building belonging to him located at Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna State. A…

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    Reps Pass Bill To Allow Married Women Choose State of Origin

    The House of Representatives has passed the ‘Bill for an act to amend the Federal Character                         Commission (Establishment, etc) Act, 2010, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, Cap F7′ which allows married Nigerian women to choose their state of origin. The bill gives married women the option of indigeneship as it presents the option of choosing the indigeneship of either their father or husband if passed into law. Prior to the amendment, married women were considered indigenes of their husband’s state. At the committee of the whole, the lower legislative chamber amended section 2, part 11 of the principal act and introduced a new section. The amended section…

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    JAMB Remits N5b To FG From 2019 UTME

    The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it remitted N5 billion to the Federal Government’s purse after the conduct of its 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). This is contained in the board’s weekly bulletin signed by the JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin. He explained later in a telephone interview with NAN that the federal government gave back N2 billion out of the N5 billion to the board to enhance its operations. “The board returned N5 billion to the federal government, but out of that amount, the board was given N2 billion to further enhance its operations,” he said. Meanwhile, some 2019 UTME candidates have alleged…

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    Governors Refuse Financial Autonomy For LGs, Write Buhari

    The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has written to President Muhmmadu Buhari over the released guidelines by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) on granting financial autonomy to Local Governments. It would be recalled that the NFIU, which was excised from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), set June 1, 2019, as the takeoff date of the new order, making it compulsory for all local council allocations to go straight to their respective bank accounts. Reacting, the NGF in a letter signed by its Chairman and Governor of Zamfara, Abdulaziz Yari, expressed “dismay and angst” over the action describing it as an attempt to dabble into a matter that was…

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    NPA Ends Intels Pilotage Contract As Firm Fails To Remit $145.84m

    The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has terminated its boats pilotage monitoring and supervision agreement with Intels Nigeria Limited. Intels is a leading integrated logistics and facilities services provider in the maritime and oil and gas logistics sectors of the economy said to be owned by Atiku Abubakar, Presidential candidate of the PDP. In a letter dated March 29, 2019, addressed to the Managing Director of Intels, NPA said the decision to revoke the contract was taken in line with Article 8 (C) of its agreement with Intels, dated February 11, 2011. Inside Eleme gathered that the letter signed by NPA’s Assistant General Manager, Legal Services, read in part, “We refer…

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    FG Awards $3.9b Contract For Warri Seaport

    The Federal Government has approved the building of a new seaport in Warri at a cost of $3.9 billion. Contract has also been awarded for the rail connecting Abuja with Warri and Itakpe and Abuja, Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi said. Amaechi told NAN in Abuja that the rail would also link the new seaport in Warri saying that about $45 billion dollars would be needed to complete rail development in the country. He said that the country would have been covered with rail once Lagos-Kano, Port Harcourt-Maduguri, Lagos-Calabar and Abuja-Warri rail lines were constructed. According to him, government has not spent more than $3 billion yet on all the…

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    Ogoni Activists Versus Shell: Dutch Court Assumes Jurisdiction

    A Dutch court has said it has jurisdiction to hear a damages suit brought against Royal Dutch Shell by four widows of activists executed by the Nigerian government in 1995. In a preliminary decision, judges at the Hague District Court said they would allow the suit to go forward, a rare win in a decades-long legal fight, though the claimants must still prove Shell’s liability. Shell denies wrongdoing. “This procedure will continue,” said presiding judge Larissa Alwin, reading the decision of a three-judge panel. The men executed were among a group that became known as the “Ogoni Nine” – activists who included writer Ken Saro-Wiwa. The group had protested against…

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    NASS Under Fire Over Stringent New Guideline For Journalists Covering Parliament

    The management of the National Assembly has come under intense criticism over the new stringent guideline it announced Monday for the accreditation of media outfits and journalists ahead of the inauguration of the Ninth Assembly. A press release titled ‘New Guidelines For Accreditation of Media Organizations, Journalists/Correspondents Covering The National Assembly’ dated May 15 and signed by NASS Director of Information, Mr Emmanuel Agada listed new guidelines for accreditation of news outfits and journalists to include proof of two year income tax return of companies, evidence of certificate of incorporation of the entities, registration with the Union of Journalists, National Library as well as evidence of at least 40, 000…

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    Jerry Ojiogu’s Wife Regains Freedom As RSG, Senate Move To Tackle Kidnapping

    Wife of the Managing Director of Jerry Guest House, Mrs. Angela Jerry-Ojiogu has regained freedom from her abductors, making her the latest victim of kidnapping, a crime that is now perpetrated almost on weekly basis in Eleme Local Government Area. Though information on her kidnap and release has been sketchy, when Inside Eleme called Mr. Jerry Ojiogu, he confirmed the release of his wife but declined to give further information saying that he would need to get clearance from the DSS to speak on the issue. Inside Eleme however gathered that Mrs. Jerry-Ojiogu was kidnapped on a Sunday morning while on her way to church. It was learnt that she…