Reps call for improved women’s participation in energy sector

By Philip Nyam Abuja     The vice p resident(Africa) of Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment(GLOBE) International, Hon. Sam Onuigbo (PDP, Abia) has called for enhanced action towards increasing women’s participation in the renewable energy sector.   He said this will help address issues of climate change, while also empowering the women economically.     Onuigbo said this during his presentation on the topic “Measures to improve women’s engagement in the renewables sector”, at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)’s Legislators Forum during the 10th Assembly in Abu…

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Supreme Court: Sani Bello begs Nigerlites for forgiveness

*Says: ‘I also forgive my offenders’ Daniel Atori   Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has on Tuesday asked the people of Niger State to forgive him in areas he erred after his first four years in office.     He made this plea when chairmen from the 25 local government councils and some critical stakeholders paid him a solidarity visit at the Government House over his victory at the Supreme Court.   According to him: “I ask for forgiveness from those I offended in the last four years of governance. And,…

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Lassa fever: Ebonyi discovers three cases, enlists 102 contacts for surveillance

Uchenna Inya ABAKALIKI   Ebonyi State government has identified three cases of Lassa fever and enlisted 102 contacts for surveillance following the disease.     The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezurike disclosed this in Abakaliki while receiving a team of experts from the National Centre for Disease Control and those of the Medecins Sans Frontiers, also known as Doctors without Borders who arrived the state to lend further support to the state government in the fight against the Lassa fever virus.     Receiving the teams at the…

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CCECC employee, 8 others arrested over theft of iron rods

The Oyo State Police Command has arrested a Project Manager with China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) and eight others for allegedly stealing 126 pieces of 16 mm iron rods belonging to the company. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that CCECC is the railway construction company handling the Lagos-Ibadan standard rail gauge. The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Shina Olukolu, disclosed this on Tuesday at the command’s headquarters in Ibadan. NAN reports that 25 other suspects were also paraded for alleged kidnap and armed robbery among others. Olukolu…

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Man dies in hotel swimming pool in Edo

From Cajetan Mmuta, Benin   A 25-year-old man, identified as Sunday Patrick, has drowned in a hotel in Benin the Edo State capital. The Mega Touch Hotel, located on Ekenwan Road, is owned by National President of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTÈAN), Comrade Osakpamwan Eriyo. It was learnt that the incident occurred on Sunday. Sunday was reported to have been confirmed dead at the hospital where he was rushed to. Sources said he went to swim at the hotel swimming pool and drown before help got to him.…

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Widow, lover killed in mid-night sex romp

Uchenna Inya, Abakaliki   Police in Ebonyi State have arrested some persons in  Umuezeoka Umueze, Effium Autonomous community, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state over the death of one Ifeanyi Nwokwu and his alleged lover and widow Nkechi Ezaka Ucha in the community. Nkechi lost her husband years ago and has not remarried since then. Nwokwu and the widow have been lovers and they slept off in the man’s house in the community from where they were murdered in the midnight on Sunday. Their bodies were discovered on Monday…

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Benue attacks: 69 new born babies trapped in IDP camps

From: Cephas Iorhemen, Makurdi   At least 69 new born babies delivered at Abagena, one of the eight Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Benue State, whose parents were affected by militant herdsmen attacks, are presently wallowing in penury in the camps. Also, no fewer than three marriages have been registered in the camp since the outbreak of the attack and invasion of the now deserted communities. Manager of the Abagena camp located along Makurdi-Lafia road, Mr. James Iorkyaa, disclosed this to journalists during a visit to assess the level…

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Animals in shock, as hoodlums burn Imo Zoo

Steve Uzoechi, Owerri   Dozens of animals kept in the Imo State Zoo and Wildlife Park are still in shock following their narrow escape from an inferno last Saturday ignited by hoodlums who burnt a section of the zoo. But hundreds of endangered plant species were not as lucky as the fire wiped them out and was about crossing over to the reserve area before the men of the Imo State Fire Service and staff of the complex battled the raging fire to a stop. The suspected arson attack happened…

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‘Operation Amotekun’: OPCI President decries criticisms, applauds S’west govs

Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin   National President, Oodua Progressives Care Initiative (OPCI), Dr. Maruf Olanrewaju, has decried criticisms in certain quarters against the recent launch of ‘Operation Amotekun’ by the six South West Governors to tackle security challenges in the zone. Rather than condemnation, Olanrewaju, who saw the launch as a good development and long overdue, said the South West governors need to be praised for taking the bull by the horns and the right decision at this point in time when security challenges across the country appear to have…

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Alleged mastermind of Buhari’s fake wedding gets N1m bail

Muhammad Kabir, Kano The Alleged mastermind purported wedding of President Muhammadu Buhari, Kabiru Muhammad, has been granted  N1million bail by a Kano Magistrate Court. The Presiding Magistrate Aminu Gabari granted the bail on condition that Muhammad provides two sureties one of grade level 15 equal or above while the other must be a businessman. The accused had pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of defamation and injurious falsehood contrary to section 392 and 393 of the Kano Penal Code. The charge carries a three-year jail sentence. The case was…

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