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A magistrate’s court in London has denied bail to former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, for conspiring to bring a child to the UK for organ harvesting. The couple’s arrest was announced by the London Metropolitan Police in the early hours of Thursday, noting that they would be charged promptly before a court in Uxbridge. In a statement on its website, the Met Police wrote that “Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu,...

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ABUJA — There was a mild drama at the Supreme Court premises in Abuja on Thursday when a human rights activist, Malcolm Omirhobo attended proceedings, dressed as a native doctor. Omoirhobo who was robed in a black gown with a white shirt and a red wrapper, instead of a black trouser and suit, gained entry into the court barefooted with feathers attached to his lawyer’s wig with a mini-calabash-amulet dangling on his neck. The lawyer,...

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, on Wednesday, inaugurated the remodelled soldier’s club, as well as five blocks of seven flats for officers and soldiers at Ekehuan Barracks. Speaking during the inauguration in the cantonment in Benin City, Yahaya noted that it was in the overall effort of the Nigerian Army under his watch to improve the welfare and personal wellbeing of the personnel. “Administration is one of the key pillars of...

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In a move to achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 3, which aims to ensure healthy lives and well-being worldwide by 2030, a consortium of UN agencies on Tuesday launched an innovative mobile application that would help curb skin cancer. The application, the collective brainchild of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), was launched to help protect individuals...

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By Handel Patrick, (Staff Reporter) AWKA — The National Population Commission, NPC, says One Thousand Two Hundred and Forty-Nine personnel have been selected to conduct a trial census for the 2023 population and housing census. The trial census will hold in the months of June and July 2022. The National Commissioner of the Commission representing Anambra State, Mr. Chidi Ezeoke disclosed this in an advocacy visit/ town hall meeting with stakeholders of Awka-Etiti and Nnobi...

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SOKOTO — The Sokoto State House of Assembly on Tuesday sought the regulation of marriage, naming ceremony and circumcision expenses in the state. This development followed the presentation of a private member bill sponsored by Abubakar Yabo (APC-Yabo), and co-sponsored by Faruk Balle (PDP-Gudu), the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. It is a bill “for a law to regulate expenses in marriages, naming ceremonies and circumcision and other matters connected therewith.” Presenting the bill, Yabo...

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ABUJA — Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness, said the BVAS functioned optimally in 94 per cent of the polling units it observed during the Ekiti governorship election. The Director-General of the CSO, Dr. Nwambu Gabriel in a post-election statement on the election on Tuesday in Abuja, said the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) was properly deployed. Gabriel commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the conduct of the election. According to him,...

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Anambra State House of Assembly during its plenary on Tuesday has summoned the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma Udeh, to appear before the House in the next adjourned sitting day, to explain the controversies surrounding the ongoing teachers’ recruitment exercise. In a motion of urgent public importance moved by Hon. Ejike Okechukwu, the member representing Anaocha constituency 11, and also the House Committee Chairman on Education, Hon. Ejike noted that for about two weeks...

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Handel Patrick, (Staff Reporter) AWKA — The Anambra State House of Assembly has summoned the State’s Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh to appear before the plenary for clarifications over certain issues relating to her office. According to the Media Aide to the Speaker of the House, Mr. Caleb Okechukwu, the summon was issued during the Tuesday plenary of the House, where some issues were raised about the Commissioner and recent activities of the ministry,...

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The 21 Intending pilgrims kidnapped by suspected bandits operating on the corridor linking the eastern part of Sokoto state from Isa LGA of the state on their way to Hajj Camp for takeoff to this year’s Pilgrimage have been rescued. Commissioner for Information in the state Alh Isah Bajini Galadanci in a press statement confirmed that all the 21 Intending pilgrims and the security escort, as well as their relatives, were rescued. The statement added...

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