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ABUJA — The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration over the scheme to keep tabs on the phone calls, WhatsApp, and text messages of Nigerians. The NGO filed the suit on Friday before a federal high court in Abuja. In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1240/2021, SERAP prayed that the court to declare the plan to monitor WhatsApp unconstitutional. Of the N982 billion approved in 2021 supplementary budget,...

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The United Kingdom (UK) has warned its citizens against travelling to twelve states in Nigeria due to the high threat of kidnapping for ideological, financial, or political gain. The states are Borno, Yobe, Bayelsa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Delta, Rivers, Cross River, Zamfara, and Adamawa states. The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) published in its travel advisory, warning its citizens to stay away from these twelve states. The FCDO also advised its citizens...

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BAUCHI —The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has trained 171 special forces operatives to be deployed in troubled areas across the country to help to combat insecurity, including insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, and other crimes. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, revealed this at the graduation ceremony of 171 Special Forces Course 9/2021 held at the NAF Special Operations Command, Bauchi. He stated that his vision is to enhance and sustain critical airpower capabilities...

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ABUJA — The National Economic Council presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday called on the leadership of the security agencies to ensure that persons recruited into arms-bearing agencies undergo psychiatric evaluations and drug tests before and after enlistment. NEC said the evaluations would ensure that the personnel were psychologically fit to carry weapons and identify behavioural tendencies that might require psycho-social interventions. The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media...

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ABUJA — There was jubilation on Thursday when the Supreme Court in Abuja cleared a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance in the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 6. The apex court also returned Chief Victor Oye as the National Chairman of APGA. The apex court in a judgment of a five-man panel of justices dismissed the...

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AWKA — Anambra State House of Assembly has passed the anti-grazing bill into law after the bill was read for the third time and overwhelmingly supported by members during the plenary session today. A bill for a law to prohibit and abolish open and nomadic grazing was submitted to the House a few weeks ago and has been painstakingly considered by the House before it was passed at about 3.55 pm, Nigerian time on Tuesday,...

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ENUGU — Mrs. Martina Okwor has called on the Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to as a matter of urgency intervene and save the life of her husband, Chief Christopher Okwor who was whisked out of their residence on Thursday night by suspected Police operatives. “I call for quick intervention of the Enugu state Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State as both the offence and whereabouts’ of my husband are not yet known”, Martina Okwor...

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The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has said preferential treatment won’t be given to either bandits, insurgents or secessionists. The minister said to the New Agency of Nigeria that the allegation that the FG is handling bandits lightly and secessionist brutally is a misconception and fake news rolled into one. He noted that the federal government does not make a distinction between terrorists and bandits. “We noticed that of recent, there is this...

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ABUJA — Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, has declared that the federal government is winning the war against insecurity in the North East. The minister said this in an interview with NAN. According to him, the surrendering of Boko Haram members shows that peace is returning to the war-ravaged region. He declared that the government is undoubtedly winning the war against the terrorists. “A few years ago, when we came in 2015 —...

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MAIDUGURI — Theatre Commander of the Joint Taskforce North-East Operation Hadin Kai, Maj. Gen. Christopher Musa, inaugurated the general and special court-martials at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, Borno State. Musa added that the court would deal only with matters pertaining directly to regimentation, discipline, efficiency and morale of military personnel. According to Musa, 28 officers and 130 soldiers face trials for offences bordering on alleged professional misconduct. Members of the panels are Maj. Gen....

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