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Senate: Senator David Mark’s witnesses disappear

PICTURE OF DAVID MARK

THE NEWS MAGAZINE Three of the eight witnesses called by David Mark in defence of the petition against him by Daniel Onjeh of the APC at the National Assembly Elections Tribunal, did not testify as they were not seen when ...

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Nigeria is not a rich country – Buhari

Nigeria is widely seen as a rich country. The President of Nigeria thinks otherwise. He said on Monday, Nigeria “is not a rich country.” He said the reality was that that impression was wrong. In a statement by President Buhari’s Special ...

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Jonathan was held hostage by powerful forces – Soyinka

In a damning assessment of Mr. Jonathan’s tenure, Prof. Soyinka said the former president, who left office in May following his defeat by the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, in the March 28 presidential poll, did not know that the nation ...

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APC distancing itself from current breakdown of law and order in Rivers State

The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC says its attention has been drawn to a press release by Governor Nyesom Wike, signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Opunabo Inko-Tariah claiming that the present breakdown ...

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Buhari will not stop fighting corruption because of Obasanjo, Jonathan’s visit

The presidency confirmed that the visits of former President Goodluck Jonathan to President Muhammadu Buhari last Thursday followed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday were not aimed at stopping Buhari’s anti-corruption war. The presidency’s clarification followed insinuations in Abuja and ...

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CORRUPTION: Jonathan and Buhari in closed-door meeting

It has been confirmed that former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday evening paid a secret visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting was took place inside the President’s official residence. The Special Adviser to the President ...

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Count Sylva out of Nembe killings – Bayelsa APC

By Nwaorgu Faustinus  The Bayelsa State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says the attention of H.E. Chief Timipre Sylva, leader of the party, has been drawn to a statement issued Saturday by one “Barrister Seighfa Tonye-Brown” on behalf of the ...

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Rivers APC attacks Wike over anti-Buhari Plot

…..Accuses him of spending over N5B on failed campaign of calumny The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday launched a blistering attack on the Rivers State Care-Taker Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, following a revelation that ...

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Amnesty office begins payment of ex-militants allowances


The Presidential Amnesty Office in Abuja on Friday began the payment of outstanding allowances to ex-agitators in the Niger Delta region and beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

This followed the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari of payment of the stipends and allowances to the beneficiaries.



In a statement, Head of Media and Communication, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said the Central Bank of Nigeria on Friday began the payment with May outstanding stipend of N65,000 per beneficiary.

The statement said the outstanding stipends would be paid in batches.

It added, “We have commenced payment with the outstanding May 2015 stipends. That of June and July will be paid afterwards.

“The outstanding allowances and school/training fees of beneficiaries will be cleared at the end of the ongoing verification of genuine claims.

“Hopefully, the other payments will commence soon once the verification team concludes its exercise.”

Special Adviser on Niger Delta to the President, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh(retd.), told the News Agency of Nigeria that “Mr President has, by his approval, demonstrated his commitment to strengthen the Amnesty programme”.

Boroh stated, “It is heart warming that he graciously approved funds so as to quickly resolve the issues that have affected the smooth running of the programme.

“Now, beneficiaries, whose training or studies have been affected, can look forward to resuming their studies sooner than later.

“We are committed to a quick resolution of all outstanding issues, including the training fees.”

(NAN)

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Court remands student for jilting girlfriend


A Mararaba Upper Area Court, on Friday ordered the remand of a 28-year-old student, Gimba Emen for allegedly jilting his girlfriend. The prosecutor, Sgt. Samuel Okoro, told the court that Jessica Ibrahim, a girlfriend to the accused, reported the matter at the Sani Abacha Road Police Station, Mararaba, on Aug. 4 at about 11:30 a.m. Okoro said that sometimes in Jan. 4, the accused who resides at Mararaba, approached Jessica for a relationship to which she accepted.

 He alleged that the accused deceived and deceitfully induced the complainant, who is not lawfully married to him, to believe that he will marry her. “The accused cohabited with Jessica and had sexual intercourse with her which resulted into pregnancy.


“He drove her out of the house without providing for her needs,’’ Okoro alleged. According to him, the complainant is carrying a seven-month-old pregnancy. Okoro said that the offence committed by the accused contravened Section 383 of the Penal Code. Section 383 prescribes a three-year jail term as penalty for offenders. Emen, however, denied committing the offence. He told the court that he had relationship with Jessica, but that it was in the past. The prosecutor objected to the bail of the accused, adding that he is trying to deny his responsibility. The Presiding Judge, Mr Vincent Gwehemba, ordered that the accused be remanded in Keffi Prison until the next adjourned date. He adjourned the case till Aug.17 for further mention.

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