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Senate may clear Lauretta Onochie as INEC commissioner

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The Senate on Wednesday asked its Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission to screen Special Assistant to the President on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, as a National Commissioner of INEC representing Delta State.

This is coming about eight months after President Muhammdu Buhari forwarded her name and five others to the Senate for confirmation.

Her nomination had generated controversy as many argued that her choice was not in order in view of her alleged ‘partisanship and identification’ with the All Progressives Congress.

Protests among the Peoples Democratic Party members in the red chamber had halted the process of the screening as the opposition federal lawmakers were said to have accused Onochie, who is presently a presidential spokesperson, of unnecessarily casting aspersions on their party.

Other names on the list are, Prof. Muhammad Kallah (Katsina); Prof. Kunle Ajayi (Ekiti); Saidu Ahmad (Jigawa); Prof Sani Adam (North- Central); and Dr Baba Bila (North-East).

The Senate INEC panel, which has Senator Kabiru Gaya as Chairman, has four weeks to conclude the screening and report back to the red chamber at plenary.

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‘Buhari-Must-Go’ protesters block Abuja airport road

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Some anti-Buhari protesters on Monday morning blocked a section of the Umaru Yar’Adua Way, Abuja, as they set fire on the road, preventing free flow of traffic.

This caused commotion along the road leading to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The protesters chanted ‘Buhari Must Go’ and carried placards with different inscriptions showing their disdain for the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Motorists were forced to slow down to avoid running into the bonfire which was set up right in the middle of the road.

The last time a similar protest held in the nation’s capital was on June 12 and many of the protesters were arrested.

Convener of #RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore, shared videos and pictures of the protesters on social media.

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Kidnappers release pictures of abducted Kebbi teachers, students

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Kidnappers of abducted teachers and students of Federal Government College, Birin Yauri, Kebbi State, have released pict

An unspecified number of students and four staff were kidnapped last Thursday when the gunmen invaded the college and reportedly overpowered security operatives at the school.

The military authorities later said some of the victims were rescued after a gun battle with the attackers.

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has assured the parents and family members of the victims of government’s efforts to secure their release.

 

 

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We’re still probing Tinubu, says EFCC chairman

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Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is under investigation.

He stated this in an interview published by ThisDay, adding that investigation does not end in a day.

He said, “You asked me a question earlier about arresting people before investigation and now you are saying why didn’t we arrest Tinubu? Why didn’t you just say ‘arrest him?’

“Investigation is ongoing. When you are investigating matters like this, they don’t end in a day. Thousands of investigations are going on on a daily basis.

“You understand? You know you are from the media; after, you will say we are doing media trial.”

Bawa was reported to have asked for Tinubu’s assets declaration form when he was the head of Lagos Zonal Office.

Meanwhile, a former Managing Director of Alpha Beta LLP, Mr Dapo Apara, has filed a suit demanding a Lagos State High Court to stop Tinubu from “controlling the finances of Alpha Beta.”

The suit was filed on Wednesday by Apara’s lawyer, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN).

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