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Illegal Retirement: General vs Army, Courts Fixes Hearing For March

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal has slated March 15 for the hearing of two applications challenging the alleged illegal retirement of Major General Ibrahim Sani from the Nigerian Army. Before the retirement, General Sani was Chief of Transformation and Innovation Centre of the Nigerian Army A three-member panel of justices presided by Justice Abubakar Datti Yahaya on Wednesday adjourned to enable the new counsel to Sani, Magaji Mahmoud (SAN) to file the relevant processes. The court was billed to hear an application for an order compelling the…

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2019 Polls: Buhari Not Sure Of Seeking Re-Election

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday he does not know if he will seek re-election in 2019 and the decision is personal and also for Nigerians. Buhari, 75, was speaking in a radio interview. He was elected in 2015 but spent much of 2017 in Britain being treated for an undisclosed ailment that left him visibly weakened. Some have questioned his willingness or ability to run again. Nigeria’s minister of communications, Adebayo Shittu, who played a prominent role in Buhari’s 2015 campaign, has said he would chair a group to support…

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Police Discover Cocaine Smuggled In Fake Pineapples

Spanish and Portuguese police discovered an enormous shipment of cocaine hidden inside fake pineapples during a raid on shipping containers. Nine gang members alleged to have transported the drugs from Latin America were arrested. A video by police showed the skin of one “pineapple” being peeled off to reveal a layer of yellow wax and beneath that the cocaine. Police seized 745kg of the drug hidden in the fruit  along with €400 000 (£352,000) in cash, according to Reuters. A laboratory where the drug was cut with additives was also…

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Herdsmen Killings: Kwara Security Council Issues Guidelines For Peace

 Kwara State has directed the State Police Command to ensure compliance with compensation mechanism earlier put in place by the State Security Council as a way to enshrine peace between farmers and herdsmen in the state.   Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed on Media and Communications, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, in statement said the directive was sequel to the outcome of the Security Council meeting in Ilorin. Akorede said the council also directed community leaders to avoid inviting herdsmen or other individuals into their communities without the knowledge of the…

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SERAP To Buhari: Seek Justice, Reparation For Herdsmen Attacks Victims

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that “any efforts by his government to prevent and combat attacks by herdsmen across the country is grounded in the rights of victims of unlawful killings and their families. It’s important to ensure that any policy to tackle the problem is not used as a ploy to undercut the possibilities of meaningful justice and reparation for victims and their families.”   The National Assembly yesterday condemned the killings in Benue and other parts of the country, and…

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Suicide Bombers Kill 10, Injure 65 In Maiduguri, Borno

Not less than 10 people were killed and 65 injured when suicide bombers attacked a busy area of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Emergency Response Team (ERT) from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Borno State Emergency Management Agency (BOSEMA) and Red Cross have responded to a suicide bombing incident which occurred around Muna Garage along Mafa Dikwa road in Maiduguri, Borno State. The Team has responded to 65 injured people who were given first aid and transported to hospitals while 10 others lost their lives. Preliminary reports indicate that…

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Amnesty Office Empowers 21,805 Ex-Militants 

The Presidential Amnesty Office, on Wednesday, said it has empowered 21,805 ex-militants out of the 30,000 granted amnesties by the Federal Government in 2009.  The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and the Chairman of Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), said this in a statement signed by Ms Stella Inametti, Media and Communication Department PAP, Abuja.  Inametti quoted Boroh as disclosing this when he met with stakeholders from the region and presented a score card of the programme.  The special adviser said that the programme…

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Germany Commits 150m Euros To Combat Polio In Nigeria 

  Germany has committed 150 million Euros to ensure total eradication of polio in Nigeria, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spokesperson, Dr Tiwatope Elias-Fatile, has said. Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja, Elias-Fatile said:”The German government and Nigeria have signed three bilateral agreements which are Government Agreement on Technical Cooperation in 2016, Government Agreement on Financial Cooperation in 2016, Financing and Project Agreement on Polio Eradication. “”Notable issues in the agreements were the German Government’s commitment of the sum of 120 million euros to ensure the total eradication…

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Herdsmen Attacks: Senate Holds Security Summit Next Week

The Senate says it suspends plenary next Wednesday and Thursday to hold a summit on the security situation in some parts of the country. The red chamber also called for a high powered delegation in conjunction with State Governments to resolve the conflict for harmonious existence. It also urged the Federal Government to deploy more security personnel to the affected areas. These resolutions were sequel to a motion sponsored by Sen. Shuaibu Lau (PDP-Taraba) on the conflict between herdsmen and farmers in parts of Taraba. Lau said the conflict which…

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