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Bracing for higher stamp duty charges

MORE than thirteen years after the Stamp Duty Act of 2004 was enacted, its implementation has become needful. In fact, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in January 2016, ordered the banks to start deducting N50 stamp duties on deposits into current accounts with value of N1,000 and above, as part of efforts to boost government’s revenue.

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Peaceful protest is citizens ‘ right

One of the essential ingredients of Constitutional Democracy is the existence of virile opposition where dissenting voices are not stifled. In the build-up to the February 6, 2017, protest against economic hardship in the country organized by Enough is Enough Coalition, also known as One Voice Nigeria, the police deployed all kinds of tactics to frustrate the protest which had hip-hop icon, Tuface Idibia as the brand artiste.

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Soldiers’ brutalisation of challenged person

Another case of military brutality made its ignoble outing along New Market Road in Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of Anambra State on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. This time, it was a couple of soldiers in full military gear, mercilessly whipping and dragging around a hapless, physically-challenged man, while a crowd of onlookers pleaded with them not to kill him.

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Code of conduct for herdsmen

FOR years (particularly the past twenty months), armed hoodlums masquerading as “herdsmen” have been attacking farming communities in the North Central, South East, South-South and South West areas of the country. Thousands of people have been killed; some of their victims were either slaughtered like animals or strafed to death with assault firearms.

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Apostle Suleiman’s tangle with DSS

The tension generated by the rampage of armed herdsmen throughout the country, especially Southern Kaduna, heightened recently when the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose, prevented a Christian cleric, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, from being arrested by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, after a crusade.

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Prosecute Osun trigger-happy cops

THE primary statutory duty of the Nigeria Police Force as enshrined in the Constitution and the Police Act is the protection of lives and property of citizens. This onerous responsibility is sometimes observed in the breach by some officers and men of the Police Force. Cases abound where Policemen turned their guns on helpless citizens they are supposed to protect, resulting in death or permanent disability.

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