Erdogan threatens ‘imminent’ Turkish operation in Syria

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday threatened to launch an operation in Syria’s Idlib region by the end of the month if Damascus fails to withdraw behind Turkish military positions, al-Jazeera is reporting.“An operation in Idlib is imminent,” Erdogan told his party’s lawmakers in parliament. “We are counting down, we are making our final warnings”.

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Chinese film director Chang Kai, family die from coronavirus

A Chinese film director, his sister, mother and father have all died from the coronavirus, the latest high-profile victims of the disease in Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak.Chang Kai, 55, died on 14 February. His parents died over the previous two weeks, after the family spent days together in self-quarantine, the Chinese magazine Caixin reported. Chang’s sister died hours after he did, and his wife is in a serious condition.Death rates in Wuhan and surrounding Hubei provinces have been higher than in the rest of China and beyond.…

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Senate moves to end medical brain drain in Nigeria

T he Senate yesterday expressed concern over the rising incidences of emigration of medical and health professionals from Nigeria to developed countries.     The apex legislative chamber expressed this concern when it considered a bill seeking to establish the Federal University of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Abeokuta.     In his presentation, sponsor of the bill, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (APC, Ogun Central), said the establishment of specialised medical universities had become necessary in the country in view of the high demand for medical and health professionals in the country.…

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SEC wants states to establish project companies to boost IGR

T he Securities and Exchange Commission Nigeria (SEC) yesterday advised state governments to establish companies for specific target projects in order to boost their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Ms Mary Uduk, Acting Director-General, SEC, gave the advice while speaking at the ongoing Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) 2020 Retreat in Lagos.   The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that theme of the retreat is: “Efficient Federation Revenue Allocation as a Nexus for National Economic Diversification.”   Uduk said there was urgent need for state governments to increase their IGR…

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Lyon: Bayelsa youths condemn attack on Supreme Court justices

M embers of youth wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State yesterday condemned the continued assault on the Justices of the Supreme Court over the February 13, 2020 judgement that sacked APC governor-elect, David Lyon and his deputy, Senator Biobarakumo Degi for supplying false information.     Suspected thugs had yesterday morning taken over the Abuja home of the lead judge, Justice Mary Odili, calling her unprintable names for heading the panel which nullified APC’s governorship victory in Bayelsa State.     However, speaking in Abuja, the…

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Amotekun Bill scales first reading in Ogun Assembly

…as Ekiti dismisses cracks in South-West     Ogun State House of Assembly yesterday commenced action on the South-West joint security outfit, Operation Amotekun, with a bill for its establishment scaling the first reading.     This came barely a week after the State Executive Council approved a proposal for the creation of Ogun State Security Network Agency otherwise known as Amotekun Corp Bill 2020.     The bill scaled first reading on the floor of the Assembly yesterday having been read for the first time by Acting Clerk of…

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Umahi reassures traders on relocation of international market

E bonyi State Governor, Chief Dave Umahi yesterday told traders at theAbakaliki main market, the largest market in the state that final day for their relocation to the newly constructed international market on Tran-Saharan Highway in the capital city remained sacrosanct.     Umahi said by 1st March, 2020, no trader in the main market also known as Abakpa would be seen in the market engaging in buying and selling.     The state government had shifted deadlines for traders’ relocation to the international market for more than two times…

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Ondo Assembly commences legislative work on Amotekun

D etermined to ensure it strengthened the Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’ with legal teeth, lawmakers of the State House of Assembly yesterday reconvened after weeks of recess to commence work on modalities for its establishment in the state.     The bill for the establishment of the security outfit which scaled through the first and second readings during the plenary was committed to the House Committee on Security for scrutiny and recommendations.     According to the Speaker Bamidele Oleyelogun, who said that principal officers of…

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Lalong inaugurates Plateau’s justice sector reform team

P lateau State Governor and Chairman, Northern Governors’ Forum, Simon Lalong, has inaugurated the state justice sector reform team that would drive and monitor the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law signed into law in the state in 2018.   Lalong while inaugurating the team in Jos said smooth and effective dispensation of justice to citizens of the state was an important aspect of his government’s vision that believed in the rule of law.     He expressed hope that congestion within correctional service facilities often caused by…

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National Theatre: Firm sues FG over plans to terminate $3.5bn concession

Giant multi-national company, Topwideapeas Limited yesterday asked a Lagos Federal High Court to halt an alleged plan by the federal governmen to “interfere or and doing anything whatsoever inconsistent with the plaintiff’s $3.5billion as the concessionaire of the fallow land in and about the National Theatre Complex Iganmu, Lagos.”       Besides, it told the court to compel office of the nation’s Justice Minister, National Theatre & the National Troupe of Nigerian Board, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission and Minister, Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture & National Orientation “to take…

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