Copy of Falcons in predator mode: kill Mali with 6-0 ◉ Asisat Oshoala stikes four goals ◉ Recession hits Christmas hampers sale ◉ Justice Ngwuta: contractor to testify on $1m cash payments for projects ◉ Exhibits include pictures of houses under construction by the judge ◉ Nigeria’s IDPs exceeds total population of 50 smallest countries ◉ Over half of Benue States LGs has displaced persons ◉ Jonathan let go of power while others craved for and abused it – Fani-Kayode ◉ Is Goodluck Jonathan coming back? ◉ FG To Extend Passport Validity To 10 Years

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  • Falcons enter predator mode: kill Mali with 6 goals

  • Asisat Oshoala stikes four goals

  • Recession hits Christmas hampers sale

  • Justice Ngwuta: contractor to testify on $1m cash payments for projects

  • Exhibits include pictures of houses under construction by the judge

  • Nigeria’s IDPs exceeds total population of 50 smallest countries

  • Over half of Benue States LGs has displaced persons

  • Jonathan let go of power while others craved for and abused it – Fani-Kayode

Yahoo Sports – Nigeria smash Mali to start title defense on high note

Forward Asisat Oshoala scored four goals in the Nigeria’s sweet victory against Mali

Nigeria walloped Mali 6-0 in their 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations Group B opener played on Sunday, November 20 at Limbe Omnisport Stadium, Cameroon to start their title defense on high note.

Asisat Oshoala exploded with four goals plus an icing from Francisca Ordega and Uchechi Sunday’s goals to condemn Mali to the heaviest defeat so far.

Ordega drew the first blood in the 22nd minute by making use of Ugo Njoku cross to put the score-line at 1-0 after the first 20 minutes of Nigeria’s complete dominance. Asisat then made it 2-0 towards the end of the first half before returning from the tunnel to kill Mali.

Uchechi Sunday failed to make it 3-0 in the 49th minute when she missed a penalty but she never gave up rising to the occasion a few minutes later to drill a rasping shot past keeper Gouno Samake from the spot after Osarenoma Igbinovia was fouled inside the box.

Oshoala completed her brace in the 63rd minute after rounding the keeper taking the Super Falcons’ goal tally to four, four minutes before she grabbed a hat-trick and the team’s fifth goal. She starred and scored her fourth goal in the 77th minute to confirm Nigeria’s supremacy over Mali with a 6-0 drubbing.

Business Day: Finally, ‘Constituency’ projects to go, beginning FY 2017

There are strong indications that the controversial constituency projects will no longer be accommodated in national annual budgets, at least in the 2017 appropriation bill being put together by the executive. Presidency sources tell BusinessDay that President Muhammadu Buhari is strongly opposed to including the projects in the budget.

Traders decry low patronage of hampers for Yuletide

As Yuletide season approaches, well packaged hampers ought to be exchanging hands by now but the traders have attributed the low patronage to economic recession. A cross section of Lagosians told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews on Saturday, that they were not giving out hampers this year.

FG kicks off education advocacy programme in 3 Northeast IDP camps

Says plan will engage IDP children as advocates against terrorism through writing and speech competitions The Federal government is set to commence an education advocacy program for school-aged children displaced in the North East States of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. The programme which kicks off Monday 21st November, involves writing and speech competition.

Nigerians to wait beyond December for new Lagos Airport Terminal

The proposed December date by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN) to deliver the new Lagos terminal which is presently under construction, is no longer feasible. This is as stakeholders pick holes in the airport design.

The Guardian (UK): Angela Merkel to stand for fourth term as chancellor in 2017

German chancellor ends months of speculation with announcement that she intends to seek re-election

Angela Merkel has announced she will run for a fourth term as German chancellor in a crucial national election next September, insisting the decision had not been easy to make because of the complex challenges she will face and “absurd” expectations Germany could take a world leadership role when Barack Obama leaves office.

“I have spent an unending amount of time contemplating this, as to stand as a candidate for a fourth time after 11 years in power is anything other than a trivial decision, neither for the country, for the party, nor for me,” Merkel told a press conference in Berlin on Sunday night in what was a much-anticipated announcement.

She said just as when she first took up the post in 2005, she wanted to serve Germany. “Ever since then I have tried to orientate myself according to this principle.”

The 62-year-old is considered globally as the most experienced and longest-serving leader of the western world. She will be looked to for answers to may current challenges, including how to shape relations with Europe and the United States under Donald Trump, how the European Union will manage a Brexit and dealing with Russian aggression.

The continuing influx of refugees into Europe as well as the ongoing euro crisis are among the major issues that would dominate her next term.

Appearing relaxed but typically self-contained, Merkel said the decision would depend on the state of her health but assured her audience she felt “wide awake and full of ideas”.

But Merkel said it was “grotesque and absurd” that a single person should be expected to carry the burden of leadership alone, in a nod to those who have described Merkel variously, following the election of Trump, as the liberal west’s last defender.

Listing her main challenges, Merkel said: “The European Union is currently under great strain, with the euro crisis, with the refugee question, and following the decision of the United Kingdom to want to leave the EU, and with a situation in the world which, to put it delicately, needs to focus itself anew following the elections in America and also regarding the relationship to Russia.”

Under the circumstances she said she felt ready to run again for the German chancellery, but added: “But I have said very clearly, all that which is connected to the [current situation in the world] especially after the elections in America, that I’m expected to deal with, it’s very grounding, but I feel it very strongly as grotesque and downright absurd.

“No person, no person alone, even with a great deal of experience can face the things in Germany, in Europe, in the world … certainly not a chancellor of Germany.”

She said efforts to solve problems had to be made by countries’ leaders who recognised the common challenges and worked together to tackle them.

Despite the widespread expectation that Merkel would take the plunge, she told other leaders of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) who met in Berlin on Sunday to prepare for their annual party conference in December: “I spent hours and hours wrestling with myself, but took the decision to stand again. The country and the CDU have given me a lot. I would like to give that back – even in what will not be an easy election campaign.”

She said she expected the election to be a tough one, due to the rise of the populist right in Germany, in the form of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), and at a time of great polarisation. She said she expected tough fight in the run-up to the election, but “a fight does not have to mean hate”. Her goal she said, was to “keep Germany together”.

Merkel told party colleagues she had waited for the right moment before announcing her decision, which was widely interpreted as a desire to ensure her popularity ratings, which took a battering over her decision in the late summer of 2015 to allow about 900,000 migrants into Germany, had recovered sufficiently so she would have the backing of her party.

German voters appear in favour of her standing again. A poll carried out by the Emnid institute for the tabloid Bild am Sonntag, showed that 55% of Germans supported her standing again, while 39% opposed it.

Merkel confirmed she was prepared to govern for a further full four-year term amid speculation she might aim to secure a win for her party but then bow out. She would be 67 by end of the next legislative period.

Asked how she had come to her decision, and whether it was directly made in the light of the US election result, she said with a smile: “With me it’s the case that I need a long time and the decisions are made late. But then I stick to them.”

Obama had said on Thursday during a visit to Berlin that Merkel, a pastor’s daughter who grew up in communist East Germany, would face “big burdens” if she were to continue, but he said she was “outstanding” and “tough” and would get his support if he were German.

A poll last Thursday showed that Merkel’s CDU would secure 32% of the vote if the election were held now, with the Social Democrats on around 23%, and the anti-immigrant AfD on 12% and on track to enter the Bundestag for the first time.

Vanguard: FG docks Justice Ngwuta on 14-count charges today

Barring any hitch, the Federal Government will today, dock Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court on a 14-count criminal charge.

Ngwuta is expected to enter his plea before trial Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The court had last week, issued trial notice to the accused jurist who is currently enjoying administrative bail granted him by the Department of State Service, DSS.

Though FG initially slammed a nine-count charge against Ngwuta, however, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, subsequently expanded the charge, following “fresh proof of evidence” against the defendant.

Justice Ngwuta was among seven superior court judges that were arrested between October 7 and 8, after the DSS raided their homes in what it termed “a sting operation”.

Aside Ngwuta, other Judges equally earmarked for prosecution after the operation are Justices Inyang Okoro also of the Supreme Court, Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Muazu Pindiga of the Federal High Court, Gombe Division, former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike, the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Justice Mohammed Tsamiya; and judge of the Kano State High Court, Justice Kabiru Auta.

The National Judicial Council, NJC, had earlier ordered all the affected Judges to step down from the bench, pending their trial.

FG had also entered a 15-count charge against Justice Ademola and his wife, Olabowale who is currently the Head of Service of Lagos State.

Meantime, Justice Ngwuta was in the amended charge marked FHC/ABJ/C/232, and signed by a Principal State Counsel, Hajara H. Yusuf, alleged to have among other offences, stashed foreign currencies in his Abuja home.

FG said the DSS, at the end of the search operation conducted at Ngwuta’s official residence, recovered several sums of cash, including the sum of Thirty-Five Million, Three Hundred and Fifty-Eight Thousand Naira (NGN35,358,000.00); Three Hundred and Nineteen Thousand, Five Hundred and Ninety- Six United States Dollars ($319,596.00).

As well as Twenty-Five Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifteen Pounds Sterling (GBP 25,915) and Two Hundred and Eighty Euros (EURO 280.00).

It said the search also revealed about four Diplomatic passports, one official and two standard Nigerian passports all in the name of the defendant.

FG told the court that the DSS executed a search warrant at Justice Ngwuta’s home on October 8, following series of allegations of corruption that were levelled against him.

The amended charge was filed pursuant to Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

Meanwhile, documents sighted by Vanguard revealed that FG has lined-up five witnesses that will testify against Ngwuta.

The witnesses are Aminu N Ibrahim, who is to testify on the search conducted on the defendant’s residence on or about 7/8 October, Ngo Awoikiega, who will testify on the investigation/ interrogation of the Defendant

Others are Mr. Tanko Nuhu Kutana, an Immigration Officer who will testify on the multiple Diplomatic and Standard Nigerian Passports obtained by the Defendant.

Ogudu Nwadire will tell the court how as an Architect to the defendant between 2014 and 2016, he handled several projects for which he received cash payments totalling $100,000.00.

While Nwamba Linus Chukwuebuka will testify on how as a building contractor to the defendant between 2014 and 2016, he handled several projects for which he received cash payments from the Defendant totalling $1,000,000.00.

Already, the DSS official responsible for the investigation of the case, Bamai Abu Nehemiah, has deposed an affidavit of completion of investigation into the matter.

According to him, “That I was informed by Hajara H. Yusuf, a Principal State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation at her office at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja FCT on Monday, 18th day of October, 2016 at about 12 noon that it is the opinion of the Department of Public Prosecution that the investigations conducted in this case has so far revealed a prima facie case against the Defendant”.

Among exhibits FG said it would tender against the defendant, include search Warrant; cash recovered from the defendant’s residence; Video CDs of the defendant’s interview; Statement of the defendant dated October 12, 17, 24, 25 and 27.

As well as statements of all the witnesses made from November 7 to 13.

Others are House Upkeep And Project Account by Ogudu Nwadire, Photographs search at the Defendant’s House, NIS Data base printouts of the Defendant’s e-passport (both standard and diplomatic); Defendant’s travel history; Sworn Affidavit submitted by the subject prior to renewal/cancellation of any one of his passports; E-Official/Diplomatic Passport Data Form, Bill of costs and Order of Payment from Base 4 Services Ltd by Nwamba Linus Chukwuebuka, Pictures of houses under construction belonging to the Defendant.

Some of the charges against Justice Ngwuta are detailed in Vanguard news and you can get this from their website.

Some other headlines from Vanguard

  • Finally, Buhari’s govt fulfills campaign promise, employs 200,000 jobless graduates

  • TB Joshua: Prayers of Americans ‘reversed’ my prophecy on US election

  • Cowardice of today’s Igbo governors

  • Fani-Kayode to Jonathan: Nigeria would’ve been plunged into most bloody civil war, if not for you

  • Military, not Buhari, responsible for Nigeria’s problems – Senator Achonu

  • Nnamdi Kanu’s family decries ‘incessant killing’ of Biafra agitators

  • Only Igbos can survive a divided Nigeria – Fayose

Also from Vanguard: Jonathan at 59: PDP, Fani-Kayode describe ex-President as icon of democracy

FORMER Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said yesterday that if former President Goodluck Jonathan had not conceded the 2015 Presidential election and congratulated his opponent, President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria would have been plunged into a cauldron of fire. This came as Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has congratulated the former President on his 59th birthday, describing him as an “Icon of democracy and a great achiever.”

According to Fani-Kayode, instead of thanking him, those same forces have repaid his good with evil. He added that the former President had proved to the world that African leaders could be competent, kind, gentle, humane and selfless. In his birthday message to former President Jonathan at 59, Fani-Kayode, who was the spokesperson to Jonathan‘s Presidential Campaign Organisation, described his boss as a man of honour and peace and one that had brought joy and hope to millions of Nigerians. The statement read: “Happy 59th birthday to President Goodluck Jonathan, a man of honor and peace and one that has brought so much joy and hope to millions. “You have proved to the world that African leaders can be competent, kind, gentle, humane and selfless. “You have everything to be proud of and much still lies ahead for you in the affairs of our nation. “You are the light amidst the darkness: a man that was prepared to let go of power whilst others craved for it, abuse it and are obsessed with it. “Had it not been for that single and historic decision that you made to concede the election last year and congratulate your opponent, Nigeria would have been plunged into a cauldron of fire and the most bloody civil war that the world has ever known.” Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has congratulated former President Jonathan on his 59th birthday, describing him as an “ icon of democracy and a great achiever.” The party, in a statement yesterday by the spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, said Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s “legacies and achievements in academia, politics, governance and social life remains indelible and worthy of emulation by well-meaning people. “You are a shining light during and after office as one of the heads of state in Nigeria and Africa in general who willingly conceded power to the opposition in the interest of peace and democracy.”

Founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Prophet T.B. Joshua, has further clarified on his controversial prophesy regarding who would win last November 8 Presidential election in the US. In a latest video on his church’s Facebook page, TB Joshua Ministries, Joshua explained that following his prophesy before the election, some concerned Americans went into deep prayers and fastings, which prompted God to hearken to their voice, thereby reversing Hillary Clinton’s win.

In some other news headline,

Leadership: Nigeria Has 2,093,300 IDPs – UNHCR

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Angele Dikongue- Atangana, has disclosed that the total number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria on account of insurgency only stands at 2,093,030.

According to her, the latest Displacement tracking Matrix reports in April this year indicted that Benue state alone has a high number of IDPs which was 106,074 while the latest reports of August indicted a reduced number of 30,000 IDPs.

Dikongue-Atangana who made the disclosure during the handing-over and commissioning of Daudu Shelter Project for Internally Displaced Persons in Guma Local Government Area of the state, expressed gratitude to the decline number of IDPs in the state saying, it clearly shows the concerted efforts and concerned on the part of Benue State Government and stakeholders in responding to the trend.

“Taking an average of monthly displacement from April to August 2016, outside of the North East of Nigeria, Benue has the highest numbers of IDPs in Nigeria. 12 out of 23 LGAs in the state had suffered or are suffering from varying impacts of displacement,’’ she stated.

According to her, available records indicted that from 2013 to August 2016, Benue have experienced at least 60-65 militant herdsmen attacks, a development she described as quite alarming, saying, within 2016 Agatu LGA recorded an estimated number of 220-330 deaths from these attacks.

The High Commissioner explained that one of the cardinal objective of providing these shelters is to introduced agro and aqua skills acquisition and practices that will strengthen livelihood support within the shelter setting so that they will live a meaningful life when reintegrated back into the society.

Commissioning the Shelter project jointly with the UNHCR the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom expressed the government’s readiness to continue to partner UNHCR and entire UN system in Nigeria towards actualising their dream.

Ortom who was represented by his deputy Eng Benson Abounu revealed that current empirical information on the losses in food, human lives and property of IDPs and affected communities appears quite challenging to figure out.

He said, “But beyond that, the state government wishes to see the UN system assist her in building institutional data gathering and management systems for their collective vision for a new Benue.

“Shelter remains at the core of the basic needs of man, and to lose one is really an affront on one’s dignity and self-esteem’’.

He said that the government had activated discussions to factor the IDPs within the social investment scheme, especially the component on cash vouchering for indigent ones.

While calling on the Federal Government to consider including Benue on the list of presidential and humanitarian interventions in the North-East, the governor said this has become necessary in view of the relationship of the crises in Benue and that of the North-East, which are all insurgency related.

Also from the Leadership: Shi’ite Killings: Beware Of Plunging Nigeria Into Another Insurgency Crisis, Varsity Don Warns Govt

A management consultant and University don, Professor David Iornem ‎has appealed government at all levels to beware of plunging Nigeria into another insurgency challenges following the crisis resulting into killings of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as the Shi’ite group recently in Kano State.

He said, his worries are based on the circumstances that led to the death of the leader of the present ‎Boko Haram which has multiplied into serious security challenges the nation is still battling to salvage.

Professor Iornem who is an American life time achievement National awardee for service in education‎ stated this at the weekend while addressing select journalists in Kaduna.

He said, the recurring crisis between government and this group must be brought to an immediate end, stressing that “political, religious and community leaders must be determined to bring the situation to an immediate end.

‎According to him, it is unfortunate that we have deteriorated to the present level, but if our leaders, Political leaders, religious leaders, community leaders are determined, we can pull ourselves out of this crisis.

“I never imagined a Nigeria where in the open, one group will run after another group and hit them with sticks and kill them. And it will just be the end, nothing will follow, that is to show that Nigeria is descending into a lawless state. This is happening in our eyes.

“If you recall the circumstances that characterized the beginning of Boko Haram, it was the impunity of those that were suppose to uphold the law. Some persons were suspected of certain wrong doings, they were arrested, everybody knew they were arrested, they showed them to us . But a few days latter their leader was killed.

“We now have a situation that is replicating itself, but we seem to have forgotten so soon, because we now have a situation where the Shiite group of Muslims , who are been regarded as doing some wrong things are being killed, am not absolving them, but if somebody do a wrong thing, the state has a recognized way of responding, you can presume the people innocent and try them in a competent law court. You can engage with the people to make sure they do the right thing. I don’t see that being done.

“I see a constituted government proscribing and outlawing a group, saying that such group is illegal, is not recognized, and people use that as a license to go after the members of that group is not the solution.

“I want to appeal to Governor Nasir el-Rufai to rescind the law outlawing the Shiite group. I want to appeal to other authorities that are concerned , that they should engage the group in a meaningful and respectful manner, to avoid the replication of the Boko Haram phenomenon.

“This issue has agitated my mind and you know am a Christian, but I feel that is the right thing to do and I think that as an impartial person am more than qualified to speak on the issue. Maybe if I was in the other Muslim group and I was speaking , or if I were a Shi’ite and I was speaking, people will hold me in certain light, but I am neutral, but I believe that the situation is not being handled properly and that it can lead to another war.

“Am saying I do not absolve the Shiite group, but as a constituted authority, a group is misbehaving, we have to engage them in a way that tallies with the rules of governance” he stressed.

And I take one more headline from Leadership News:

FG To Extend International Passport Validity To 10 Years

The federal government is making plans to extend the validity period for international passport from five years to 10 years.

This was disclosed by the comptroller-general of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede in an interview with journalists in Abuja at the weekend.

He said Nigerians should expect announcement of the policy change in the coming weeks or months.

“We have submitted a memo to the president and we believe we’ll get a positive response to that soon.

“We have received complaints that passports only take five years. The international community is not happy, wondering why passports will only be five years.

“They’re saying it should be 10 years and we’re already considering that. We need to make sure that we have age validity expansion,” Mr Babandede said.

Some other headlines from Leadership News are:

  • Nigerians Yearn For Your Return, Makarfi’s PDP Tells Jonathan

  • ‘Finance Minister Derailing PMB’s Economic Progress’

  • Enhance Tools Of Our Troops, BBOG Group Tells FG

  • Nigerians Need Not Panic Over Famine Reports – Ogbeh

  • Suswam Commends Ortom Over Completion Of Road Projects

  • Fani-Kayode Hails Jonathan’s Commitment To Peace At 59

  • TETFund Donates 10 million Naira To Boost Military’s Morale

  • APC Expels Ex-Bwari Council Boss, Isah Dara

  • FUT Minna Collaborates With NACETEM To Award Masters Degree In Technology

  • PMB Tasks Niger Delta Youths On Agriculture

 

National Mirror: Nigerian state and ‘blasphemy’ killers

A Kano Magistrate’s Court presided over by Chief Magistrate Jibrin Muhammad set free five suspected killers of a 74-year-old female Igbo trader, Mrs. Bridget Agbahime, at Kofar Wambai market in Kano for alleged blasphemy early in June this year. The magistrate’s decision was said to be based on directives from the Office of the Kano State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

The suspects – Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi – were arraigned on a four-count charge of allegedly inciting disturbance, culpable homicide, joint act and mischief. State counsel, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf, who represented the Kano Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, was quoted as saying:

“We received the case diary from the police on June 8 and having gone through the case diary, the Attorney-General of the state evaluated the facts in accordance with sections 130 and 150 of the Criminal Procedure Code, The legal advice presented to the court, dated June 24, states that there is no case to answer as the suspects are all innocent, and orders the court to discharge all the suspects”.

Not surprisingly, the ostensibly poor prosecution of the suspects has drawn ethnic and religious flaks from aggrieved Igbo groups and the Christian community.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), for example, condemned the release of the suspects, describing Muhammad’s judgement as concocted. The group wondered how a magistrate court which had no jurisdiction to try murder cases could release murder suspects without the connivance of the Kano State Government.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) also reacted angrily, saying the release of the suspects was highly provocative and an insult. “The Association condemns the continuous act of killing of innocent Nigerians under the pretence of blasphemy and considers the wilful absence of justice for victims of these mindless killings in Nigeria by the relevant authorities as a very serious constitutional breach and security threat to our unity and collective survival as a nation.

The now-familiar tradition of avoidance to arrest or properly investigate and prosecute cases involving the deliberate killing of innocent Nigerians is evidence of a scripted plan to operate another nation within the Nigerian state and to deny justice to those who truly deserve justice.

“The cardinal responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of the citizens is sacrosanct and must not be sacrificed on the altar of religious convenience. As it stands today, there is no single prosecution record of any criminal who killed under the pretence of blasphemy in Nigeria despite the number of victims and incontrovertible facts showing that those killings were done in daylight and mostly by persons who live within the communities where these heinous crimes were committed”, CAN stated.

Eyewitness account, we recall, stated that following claims of blasphemy against the slain Mrs. Agbahime, some rampaging youths armed with dangerous weapons attacked and slit the throat of the woman described as a dealer in plastic wares at the Kofar Wambai market, in the presence of her husband.

The killing drew resounding public rage. Recall, for instance, that the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, condemned the killing in a statement credited to him through Jama’atu Nasril Islam’s (JNI) Secretary-General, Dr Khalid Aliyu.

“It is hardly believable that such dastardly act could happen in the name of religion, considering the various enlightenment programmes on inter-faith and mutual co-existence being put in place by Muslim scholars and the leadership”, the Sultan said.

Reports also said Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State announced the arrest of one Alhaji Dauda as the prime suspect in Mrs. Agbahime’s murder at a stakeholders meeting on the killing the governor hosted in Kano. Ganduje also promised his government’s support to the bereaved family. Besides, the then Inspector- General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, purportedly deployed homicide detectives to immediately take over the investigation of the incident. If after all said and done, the case has ended up with shoddy prosecution, then the nation really has a long way to go in forging unity and peaceful coexistence. At best, the cavalier prosecution that suggests no element of rigour will stiffen ethnic and religious suspicion, grudge, animosity, rancour and even violence. For, the slip is so glaring.

The Federal Government should intervene and ensure the case is not closed. The country pays mere lip service to justice and the rule of law when innocent citizens are recklessly hacked to death in the name of religion, and the perpetrators stroll away, free and unpunished.

And in the Punch Newspaper

Again, FG shifts timeline to employ 200,000 graduates

The Presidency again on Sunday shifted the timeline during which it plans to employ 200,000 graduates, saying beneficiaries will resume work on December 1.

That was the second time the Federal Government would be shifting its position on the employment scheme which it earlier promised would start in October.

Two weeks ago, Vice-President Osinbajo was quoted as attributing the failure of the government to engage the graduates in October as promised to the need to get the required equipment.

He then assured Nigerians that the graduates would be engaged “in the next two weeks.”

But a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, on Sunday gave an indication that the graduates would not start work up until December 1.

Akande said while the 200,000 graduates were selected about two weeks ago, their names had been sent to state governments and the Federal Capital Territory who would deploy them to their specific programme assignments.

He said while beneficiaries’ names would be published this week on the N-Power internet portal, they would start receiving messages informing them of their selection from Monday.

Also from the Punch

EFCC files 30 charges against Justice Ajumogobia, SAN

Shock of daughter’s kidnap forces mother into labour

How I stole 5.675 million Naira from Diamond Bank – Cleaner

 

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  • Ban Export of Food Items, Tambuwal Tells Govt (This Day)

  • Gun Men Kidnap Former Minister in Kaduna (This Day)

  • NAF Destroys More Illegal Oil Barges in Rivers State (This Day)

 

These are just some of the news reports over the past 24 hours.

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