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FG Probes Death Of ‘Stowaway’ On Lagos-Amsterdam Flight
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FG Probes Death Of ‘Stowaway’ On Lagos-Amsterdam Flight

The Federal Government is currently investigating how a stowaway found his way into a Lagos-Amsterdam flight on Monday, Daily Trust can report. The body of a Nigerian man was found underneath a KLM flight that landed in Amsterdam on Monday. Already the Dutch authorities have launched an investigation into the man’s identity and cause of death after he was discovered inside a wheel arch. “We are investigating the discovery of mortal remains in the landing gear of an airplane from Lagos (Nigeria),” the Dutch police force wrote on Twitter. The man, who is thought to have been a stowaway, was suspected to have died of hypothermia ostensibly due to loss of oxygen. The incidents of stowaway are not new in Nigerian aviation with youths taking daring moves to hide under the gear...
Senate Probes CCT Chairman, Umar Over Alleged Assault
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Senate Probes CCT Chairman, Umar Over Alleged Assault

The Senate on Tuesday referred a petition against chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Danladi Umar over alleged assault on a guard, Clement Sagwak, at Banex Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja. The incident occurred on March 29, 2021. Sagwak had also petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to probe the incident. Senator Istifanus Gyang (Plateau North) submitted a petition on the incident to the Senate on behalf of his constituent, Sagwak. Sagwak, had in his petition dated April 9 2021 and signed by his lawyer, Samuel Ihensekhien, accused the CCT chairman of abuse of power, assault, torture, and ‘xenophobia’. A viral five- minute video captured Umar and the guard having an altercation at the plaza. Sagwak, 22, and an employee of Jul Reliable Guards Services ...
Abductions: Senate Probes FG’s $20m Safe School Initiative Fund
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Abductions: Senate Probes FG’s $20m Safe School Initiative Fund

The Senate urged the Federal Government to collaborate with states and local governments to urgently design and implement a workable arrangement to deploy well-armed security teams around all schools in Nigeria. It also mandated its Committees on Basic and Tertiary Education to investigate the use of the $20m Safe School Initiative Fund launched in 2014 during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. This was sequel to a motion on “Urgent need for the Restoration and Revalidation of the Safe School Initiative in Nigeria”, sponsored by Senator Adi Odey Stephen (Cross River North). The Safe School Initiative was launched with support from the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown to ensure schools are protected and spaces safe for childr...
Senate Probes NNPC Over $396 Million Refineries’ Maintenance
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Senate Probes NNPC Over $396 Million Refineries’ Maintenance

The Senate resolved to investigate the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation over the $396m spent on Turn-Around Maintenance of refineries between 2013 and 2015. This followed the adoption of a motion titled “The Moribund Refineries in the Country” by Senator Yusuf A. Yusuf (APC, Taraba Central). The Senate mandated its Committees on Petroleum Downstream, Upstream and Gas to investigate the expenditures. It also asked the committees to probe the current state of the refineries as well as convoke a stakeholders’ conference with the aim of finding ways to revamp them. Senator Yusuf recalled that Nigeria, through NNPC, had in the past 25 years spent billions of dollars in Turn-Around Maintenance of the refineries, the latest being over $396m spent between 2013 and 2015 without meanin...
Senate Probes DSS Court Invasion
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Senate Probes DSS Court Invasion

The Senate has mandated its committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate Friday’s invasion of a federal high court and rearrest of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS). This comes almost a week after the incident. Nigerians have criticised the lawmakers for failing to react and address the issue. The chairman of the Senate committee on Judiciary and Human Rights and Legal Matters, Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central), raised the matter during plenary on Thursday. He came under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rule. Order 43 allows for a lawmaker to raise and issue but prohibits other lawmakers from making contributions or debating the said issue. He said the “alleged” invasion of the court...
Army Probes Soldiers For Torturing Terrorist To Death
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Army Probes Soldiers For Torturing Terrorist To Death

The Nigerian Army has said it is investigating and will sanction soldiers caught on a video torturing a suspected Boko Haram terrorist to death at a location believed to be in the North-East geopolitical zone. A video showing some army personnel torturing and killing a suspected Boko Haram member has been circulating on the social media for some days now. In the video, the soldiers after killing the victim buried the corpse in a shallow grave. But the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, in a release on Monday, said Nigerians would be briefed on the outcome of the investigations. He said, “The attention of the army has been drawn to a video reportedly showing some army personnel engaged in unprofessional torture and above all extrajudicial killing of a s...
Ihedioha Probes Land Allocations During Ohakim, Okorocha’s Tenures
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Ihedioha Probes Land Allocations During Ohakim, Okorocha’s Tenures

Ihedioha’s chief press secretary, Chibuike Onyeukwu, in a statement on Thursday said the commission would be chaired by Justice Florence Duruoha. Ikedi Ohakim was governor of the state from 2007 to 2011 while Rochas Okorocha succeeded him from 2011 until his hand over to Ihedioha in 2019. Ihedioha said the probe was necessary to “rest the vexatious issues of alleged breach and irregularities in land administration.” The statement said the panel was given two months to complete the assignment. “The Commission shall have full powers and authority to hold hearings which shall be conducted in a manner prescribed by the Commission of Inquiry law,” it said. Members of the panel include Emmanuel Nze, Cajethan Ohiri, Mezu Ozowara, Nkiru Onwu, Kelly Azike; while Isaac Oguzie will...
EFC C Probes Why Convicted Pension Thief, John Yakubu Yusuf Is Not In Jail
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EFC C Probes Why Convicted Pension Thief, John Yakubu Yusuf Is Not In Jail

A former Assistant Director in the Federal Civil Service, John Yakubu Yusuf, who was sentenced to six years imprisonment last year by the Court of Appeal for stealing about N24 billion from the Police Pension Funds, is reportedly enjoying his freedom. But the acting spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Tony Orilade, when contacted, told Saturday Tribune on Friday that “the issue of John Yusuf is receiving attention and we shall speak when we have details on what actually happened.” A source said that following a successful appeal that handed him a six-year jail term, in addition to a fine, it is surprising that Yusuf is not serving his jail term when it is not on record that he got a stay of execution order from the court. This development, it was...
Nigeria Zoo Probes Cash-eating Gorilla
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Nigeria Zoo Probes Cash-eating Gorilla

A zoo in northern Nigeria is investigating reports that a gorilla has eaten about 7m naira ($19,400, £15,400), officials have told BBC Pidgin. The Managing Director of Kano Zoo, Umar Kashekobo, said: “Police are investigating what happened – all I can say is money is missing.” Five days’ worth of gate fees had disappeared, Kano Police spokesperson Abdullahi Kiyawa said. He told the BBC that 10 people had so far been arrested and officers were also investigating why such a lot of money was being kept in the office instead of the bank. Freedom Radio, a popular station in Kano, reported that the money was missing earlier this week. It interviewed someone from the zoo’s finance department who said a gorilla sneaked into the office, stole the money and later swallowed it. La...
I’ve Received Death Threats For Speaking Against APC
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I’ve Received Death Threats For Speaking Against APC

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed that he has received several death threats for speaking against APC government, but he is not perturbed all. According to Politics NGR, in a statement titled, “Points for Concern and Action”, issued on Sunday, the former leader said; “God of Nigeria is a living God and a prayer-answering God. Nigerians must cry out to God to deliver Nigeria. Here again, I have been threatened with arrest and extermination but I will not succumb to intimidation or threats. Maybe I should remind those who are using probe as a threat that I have been probed four times by EFCC, ICPC, House of Representatives and the Senate and Buhari has access to reports of these probes. But I have also challenged Buhari and the criminals around him to set up a probe...
Kachikwu’s Allegations: Senate Probes NNPC Boss
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Kachikwu’s Allegations: Senate Probes NNPC Boss

The Senate has set up a panel to probe the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, over allegations made against him in a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu. The panel will also investigate the policy introduced by the NNPC Trading Limited, a subsidiary of the corporation, among other issues.
Senate Probes Alleged Contracts Fraud In TETFund
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Senate Probes Alleged Contracts Fraud In TETFund

The Senate on Wednesday began investigation to ascertain the level of unexecuted contracts with a view to returning monies collected by contractors from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund. The Senate in its resolution mandated its Committees on Tertiary Education Trust Fund and Public Procurement to conduct holistic investigation on awarded contracts in the agency. The Senate’s decision was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Jubril Barau, who revealed ‎how some unnamed contractors ran away with public funds without performing contracts awarded to specification, urging that the offenders be prosecuted. He said: “In the past years, TETFund has had to award numerous contracts for the benefit of several higher institutions across the country in keeping with the statute that establ...

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