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Alleged N2b Bribe: Senate President threatens court action against Sahara Reporters

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The Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, along with Sen. Mohammed Musa, have given an online publication, Sahara Reporters, a seven-day ultimatum to retract an alleged libellous publication.

The duo described the publication as false and misleading.

Counsel to the Senate President, Mr Ahmed Raji, (SAN), wrote a letter to the media firm on behalf of his client asking it to retract the report within seven days and tender an unreserved apology.

Raji said that the publication was in respect of an alleged false and misleading information on the reappointment of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The senior lawyer said that the offensive report was published by Sahara Reporters on Nov. 18 with the headline; “How INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, allegedly paid N3 billion to secure reappointment.”

He said that Sahara Reporters alleged that a group led by Lawan collected N2 billion from the INEC Chairman and another N1 billion through another group.

The payment of the money was allegedly aided by Sen. Musa.

The letter reads in part: ”Our clients deny in its entirety the contents of the above publication and innuendoes therein.

“Our clients further state that every allegation against them in the said publication is utterly false and defamatory to their persons and character, Raji Said.

He said that in view of the above declarations, his clients have demanded that Sahara Reporters retract the publication and tender an apology within seven days of receiving the letter.

He further said the media outfit was also to enter into negotiation for damages. (NAN)

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Sen. Ndume reminds in Prison For Not Producing Maina

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, ordered Sen. Ali Ndume to be remanded in Kuje Prison following Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT)’s refusal to appear for his trial.

Justice Okon Abang gave the order when Ndume, who represents Borno South Senatorial District, failed to file a formal application to show cause why he should not forfeit the bail bond of N500 million deposed to on May 5 to stand as surety for Maina.

The EFCC’s Lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, had, on Nov. 18, asked the court to make an order for the lawmaker to forfeit the bail bond since Maina, who he stood as surety for, had jumped bail.

Abubakar also asked the court to revoke Maina’s bail and issued a warrant of arrest on him.

Although the court granted the applications by the EFCC on Maina, it gave Ndume an opportunity to appear with his legal representation and adjourned until Dec. 23.

Justice Abang, in his ruling, ordered Ndume’s remand pending the time he was able to fulfill the bail bond or produce Maina in court

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Kidnapped Nasarawa APC Chairman killed, Dumped Behind His House

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Mr Philip Tatari Shekwo, the kinnaped Nasarawa Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been killed by his abductors.

Adamawa Times had earlier reported that Mr. Philip was kidnapped by gunmen on Saturday around 11pm.

The Police Commissioner in the state Mr. Emmanuel Bola Longe, who confirmed the incident in a telephone interview, said the unidentified gunmen stormed the resident of the APC chairman near Dunamis Church, Bukan Sidi, in Lafia.

Sources told this medium that the kidnappers had killed Mr. Philip and dumbed his corpse behind his house.

The State police commissioner could not be reached for comments as at press time.

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Nigeria now ranked highest in drug use prevalence according to UNO report

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Mrs Folusho Adelekan,the National Programme Officer of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has confirmed that Nigeria has been ranked as the highest in drug use prevalence rate in the world.

According to Mrs Adelekan during a sensation workshop on Drug Abuse and Rape organised by the Christabels Initiatives and facilitated by the National Assembly Joint Committee on Drugs ans Narcotics in Abuja,Nigeria accounted for 14.3 percent as against 5.3 percent of the entire world.

Statistics available showed that there were 14.4m drug users in Nigeria at 14.3 percent prevalence rate.

“The National Drug Control Master Plan Nigeria which came up within the last two years is not being funded adequately and the menace requires action-packed operational strategy that must be well funded,” Mrs Adelekan stated.

“Apart from the lack of well-funded operational plan, there are no enough treatment or rehabilitation centres in the country for drug addicts,” she further added.

Dr Yinka Falola-Anoemuah,a Deputy Director with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS who was invited to the workshop said, the seriousness of actions applied in tackling the scourge of HIV/AIDS in the country, should be used in confronting the menace of drug abuse and rape in Nigeria.

She said, “Two million people are living with AIDS in Nigeria, but being managed without much havoc in the country. Even at that, the operational master plan has been put on the ground to end AIDS in Nigeria by 2030, the way Polio was eliminated.”

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who was represented by the House Leader, Hassan Doguwa, also said most of the drug addicts in the country lacked the required discipline and decent upbringing at the home front.

“This is the very reason curricular at the primary and secondary school levels need to be reviewed for the inclusion of subjects against drug abuse and violence against women, particularly rape,” he added.

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