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A FEDERAL HIGH COURT JUDGE IN ABUJA, JUSTICE IJEOMA OJUKWU, HAS THREATENED TO JAIL YUSUF BICHI, DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SERVICE (DSS) FOR HIS REFUSAL TO RELEASE THE CONVENER OF #REVOLUTIONNOW, OMOYELE SOWORE.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS FORECLOSED THE RE-OPENING OF THE NATION’S BORDERS, SAYING 95 PER CENT OF ARMS AND AMMUNITION INFLOW TO BOKO HARAM, KIDNAPPERS, KILLER HERDSMEN AND BANDITS HAS GONE DOWN CONSIDERABLY.

DESPITE THE RECEIPT OF OVER N10T FROM THE 13 PERCENT DERIVATION PRINCIPLE BETWEEN 2000 AND 2018, BY NIGER DELTA STATES, THE DEPLORABLE LIVING CONDITIONS IN OIL-PRODUCING COMMUNITIES REMAIN NAUSEATING, RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APPLICATION OF SUCH LARGE SUM BY STATE GOVERNMENTS.

THE NIGERIA GOVERNORS’ FORUM HAS REJECTED THE PROPOSED DEATH PENALTY FOR HATE SPEECH IN THE BILL AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. THE GOVERNORS ALSO EXPRESSED THEIR READINESS TO CONCLUDE NEGOTIATIONS WITH LABOUR UNIONS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE N30,000 MINIMUM WAGE BEFORE THE DECEMBER 31 DEADLINE.

THE LEAST PAID FEDERAL WORKER ON LEVEL 1 STEP 1 WILL EARN N360,000 PER ANNUM WHILE THE HIGHEST-PAID AT LEVEL 17 STEP 9 WILL TAKE HOME N6,215,435 PER ANNUM.

THE GOVERNMENT IS TARGETING 1.2MILLION JOBS WITH A 500 MILLION EURO LOAN, TO BE MANAGED BY THE BANK OF INDUSTRY. THE EXTERNAL CREDITORS’ LOAN WILL SUPPORT INDUSTRIALISATION AND AGRICULTURE, MINISTER OF STATE FOR BUDGET AND NATIONAL PLANNING, CLEMENT AGBA, SAID AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA AFTER THE FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (FEC) MEETING.

A BILL THAT PRESCRIBES A THREE-YEAR JAIL TERM OR FINE OF N10MILLION FOR SOCIAL MEDIA OFFENDERS ON WEDNESDAY SCALED SECOND READING IN SENATE.

SUSTAINED ECONOMIC SABOTAGE BY VANDALS ON NIGERIA’S OIL-EXPORTING NEMBE CREEK TRUNK LINE (NCTL) HAS LED TO SIGNIFICANT LOSSES IN PRODUCTION, OPERATOR AITEO EASTERN EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT LIMITED HAS SAID. THE NIGERIAN ENERGY GROUP SAID IN A STATEMENT THAT THE IMPACT ON PRODUCTION HAS “CREATED REVENUE DEFICITS THAT DIRECTLY IMPACT ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS.

TWO KADUNA LECTURERS ABDUCTED SIX DAYS AGO BY GUNMEN SUSPECTED TO BE KIDNAPPERS HAVE REPORTEDLY ESCAPED FROM THEIR CAPTORS. THEY WERE ABDUCTED AT MAHUTA IN.

THE ENUGU CATHOLIC PRIEST, REVEREND FATHER THEOPHILUS NDULUE, WHO WAS KIDNAPPED BY YET-TO-BE-IDENTIFIED MEN HAS REGAINED FREEDOM. THE ENUGU STATE POLICE COMMAND CONFIRMED THE RELEASE.


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