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For about two weeks now, Nigerian youths have been protesting against police brutality and extra-judicial killings that were often fronted by a police unit referred to as Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad popularly known as SARS. The government on the other hand had responded to the protest by announcing the disbandment of the police unit. However, the protests continued with protesters arguing that it could be an “audio announcement’ as this is not the first time the...

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Special Report by Ebuka Onyekwelu As heavy downpours continue across Anambra state, the condition of most roads in the state is only getting worse, with many nearing total collapses, even as some are experiencing diverse levels of erosion. From Awka the state capital to Onitsha the commercial never centre, and to Nnewi the industrial hub of Anambra state, and down to suburban areas and villages, the story is the same. In Anambra state, road infrastructure...

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Special Report by Ebuka Onyekwelu “NIHSA wishes to use this medium to advise state and local government, stakeholders, multinational companies and public-spirited individuals and philanthropists that all hands should be on deck to save the country from the consequences of flood pandemic in the year 2020”. Only a few months ago, precisely in July, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency – NIHSA- had warned that several Nigerian states are at the risk of experiencing “massive flooding”....

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Report by Ebuka Onyekwelu AWKA — Pandemics are purely health-related, however, “throughout history, pandemics have had profound economic effects”, writes The Economist. This is true as can be observed with the COVID-19 pandemic, not just in Nigeria but around the world. More people have lost their job, many businesses are struggling while some have collapsed under the weight of the burden of the pandemic, yet, it is not over. In Anambra State, it is no...

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Today is celebrated all over the world by all members of the United Nations as World Literacy Day. The UNESCO on October 26, 1966 declared September 8 World Literacy Day and ever since, the day has been set aside to highlight the importance of education on societies and individuals. However, year 2020 is the first time since 1966 that education is disrupted all over the world because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, this year’s...

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The demolition of private residences within Enugu metropolis is not a new phenomenon. From past administrations to the present, homes have been pulled down if such buildings are used for nefarious activities or if it alters the original master plan of the city or vendetta. Sometimes for the good of all, such hard decisions could be taken but preceded with dialogue, consent, and compensation. The demolition of Architect J Emejulu’s residence of No.23 Eziokwe street,...

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…… Roasts Oshiomhole, Reveals Why He Was Removed As APC National Chairman A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal, says to avoid ‘’wrath of God’’  the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, must be given a chance to contest 2023 Presidency. Lawal who was sacked as SGF in October 2017 after he was indicted in N544m grass-cutting scandal, made this comment while speaking on...

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Nigeria’s decade-long war with terrorists in the Northeast is fraught with lots of controversies, but the most contentious of them is what to do with those the government has described has repentant Boko Haram members, writes the West African Pilot News correspondent Adeola Oladipupo. There are three known deradicalisation programmes in Nigeria. The programme in Kuje Prison was set up for fighters convicted of violent extremist offences, or inmates awaiting trial; the Neem Foundation owns...

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Five months into the pandemic, Nigeria is learning the hard way that some of its unresolved problems would make recovery from COVID-19 slow and difficult. Many sectors in Nigeria have grappled with poor infrastructure for many years. A problem that has rendered many of them ineffective. Education and health are two of the most wrenched sectors in Nigeria in the wake of COVID-19. Although many had thought that the virus would be confined to Asia...

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Aside from the forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari, on the allegation of reckless spending of the commission, both the Senate and the House of Representatives are currently investigating the alleged crime in the commission. However, the investigation turned dramatic yesterday as more facts and indictments were revealed. It was dramatic because the respondent fainted when he was asked to give an account of his stewardship and it...

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