Despite public outcry, SARS still above the law

Uniform separates SARS men from robbers   Just last year, Nigerians rose up against the elite arm of the Nigerian Police Force, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), kicking against its practices of harassment of Nigerians, extortion and robbing of suspects. Nigerians demanded the scrapping of SARS. But the police management team staunchly preferred the status quo. Emboldened by this stance, SARS operatives became more reckless in dealing with Nigerians. In this report, JULIANA FRANCIS takes a look at the impunities and human rights violation still being perpetrated by SARS officials…

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Stakeholders fret over proposed land use law

  If the current bill before the Lagos State House of Assembly is anything to go by, some identified wrongs in the Lagos State Land Use Charge (LUC) Law 2001 will be put in proper perspective as stakeholders register their concerns. DAYO AYEYEMI reports The bill seeking to repeal the Land Use Charge Law, 2001 and enact the Land Use Charge Law 2017 to provide for the consolidation of property and land based rates and charges payable under the land rates law is receiving public attention in the Lagos State…

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US court halts two executions

  The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. The state’s Supreme Court acted hours before convicted murderers Don Davis and Bruce Ward were due to die, but the Davis decision could yet be reversed. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment. But there was a victory for the state when a federal court lifted an order that blocked all seven executions. A blanket ruling made on Saturday…

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Malabu probe: Reps backpedal on Jonathan’s invitation

Barely a week after the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee investigating allegations of corruption, malpractices, and breach of due process in the award of oil prospecting licence (OPL 245) better known as Malabu oil scandal, said it planned to invite former President Goodluck Jonathan, there are indications that the committee will no longer insist on the appearance of the former leader. New Telegraph reliably gathered that the ad hoc committee, led by Hon. Razaq Atunwa (APC, Kwara) may have considered the implications of the invitation of the former president…

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Eight die, 24 injured in Lagos, Ogun

Eight people lost their lives yesterday while about 19 others were injured in auto crashes in Lagos and Ogun states. Five people were burnt to death yesterday while five others were injured at the popular Barracks Bus Stop, Surulere when a Volkswagen commercial bus known as Danfo caught fire while descending from the popular National Stadium Bridge on Funsho Williams Avenue. Pedestrians and other sympathisers could hold back tears watching the gory scene of the mangled and burnt bodies of the victims which littered the road. A child, three women…

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Obiano to unveil new book on Anambra light bearers

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State will today unveil a book titled, ‘Icons of Anambra State’. The publication, sponsored by three leading banks, traces the resilience and enterprise that made the state to produce the highest number of achievers in Nigeria since the 20th century. The 317-page book written by a researcher and biographer, Mr. Uchechukwu Elugu, details the lives and times of some remarkable men and women, who made the difference to make Anambra the leading state in the South East. Anambra, which prides itself as “The Light of…

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Dickson signs 2017 budget, education bill into law

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has signed the 2017 Appropriation Budget of N243.2 billion and the Educational Development Trust Fund Amendment bills into law. It will be recalled that the governor proposed an educational trust fund bill to help the less privileged in the state acquire education. Assenting to the bills at the Government House, Yenagoa, the governor said the budget, christened “Budget of Repositioning for Consolidation,” was aimed at completing various ongoing projects in the state. Dickson, who noted that the government appropriated N111 billion for capital projects alone,…

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UNILAG, students mourn Ogbeidi, HOD History dept

The management and students of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Lagos are yet to recover from the shock of the sudden death of the Head of Department of History and Strategic Studies, Prof. Michael Monday Ogbeidi, whose news of his death threw the entire campus into mourning. Ogbeidi, a Professor of Business History at the Department of History and Strategic Studies and an alumnus of the university, was said to have died after a brief illness. The fond memories of the late lecturer, described as a ‘gentle and consummate teacher,…

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College warns students against cultism, exam malpractice

Determined to enhance the academic quality of the college, the management of Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education, Sagbama, Bayelsa State has warned the students to steer clear of cultism, examination malpractice and other forms of anti-social behaviour that could truncate their education. According to the Provost of the college, Prof. Saviour Nathan Agoro, cultism has not only been outlawed in all higher institutions in the state under the Restoration Agenda of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, but that there are also stiff sanctions for any student or group of students…

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NGO takes girl-child education campaign to Zamfara communities

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), based in Zamfara State, ‘Save the Children,’ has taken its campaign on child protection and the fight against the poor girlchild school enrolment to rural communities. The organisation, which is being supported by Lifestep Project (LSP) from Canada, would train 40 households from the six selected villages in the state towards ensuring the protection of children and equipping the knowledge of community members on how to reduce the risk of abuse of children in their areas. Speaking at the community dialogue meeting with media and other…

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