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The Constitution must prevail in Benue

The eight assemblymen were purportedly aggrieved over an alleged misappropriation of N54 billion by the Ortom government. According to them, of this amount, N22 billion was embezzled as security vote, while N32 billion was taken from funds belonging to the local governments while months of workers’ salaries remain unpaid. They served a seven-day impeachment notice on the Governor.

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Thank you, Carl Ikeme

IN July 2017, the news that Nigeria’s first choice team goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, had been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, came to many Nigerians as a rude shock. He had returned abnormal blood results during the pre-season medical of his English Championship club, Wolverhampton.

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Probe alleged police assault of magistrate

NO matter how one looks at it, what happened at the premises of the Umuneke Ngor Magistrate’s Court in Imo State on Thursday, July 19, 2018 was an act of gross indiscipline, lawlessness and unprofessionalism on the part of some police officers. Even though they appeared to have acted out of “righteous rage”, there is no excuse for taking the law into their hands in addressing a perceived wrongdoing. Two wrongs cannot make a right.

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Halt the Press Council Bill

IT is curious that nearly 20 years after the end of military dictatorship in Nigeria, elements in the governing circles have continued to explore ways of gagging the media. In March 2016, the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill (also known as the Social Media Bill) was being pushed in the Senate. It was later thrown out due to massive opposition.

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Restoring the secrecy of our elections

THE negative effect of money in elections is a source of concern in all genuine democracies. Though no election is possible without the funding of activities around it, unbridled deployment of money can derail its primary purpose, which is to ensure that the electorate cast their votes freely and that candidates who get the majority of votes will be declared winner.

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Need to check all Lagos bridges

We wish to also alert government to the need to pay similar attention to the various bridges, flyovers and causeways built between the 1960s and the oil boom years of the 1970s. Even though the Federal Government had announced its intention to do just that in September last year, little activity in that direction has been noticed.

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Protecting our beaches from annihilation

SINCE the President Muhammadu Buhari regime assumed power over three years ago it has tended to pay serious attention to the deleterious effects of climate change in the Northern extremes of the country, especially the rapidly-disappearing Lake Chad. The President has addressed at least two major international fora, calling for urgent measures to resuscitate the lake which was once home to millions of people who have now been displaced.

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Curbing corruption in the Amnesty Programme

In spite of the open anti-corruption stance of the current Amnesty Coordinator and Presidential Adviser, Professor Quaker Dokubo, committees he set up to evaluate all the sectors of the Programme still discovered that only 314 out of 1,061 students slated to participate in the programme for the 2017/2018 session were actually found in the database of the Amnesty Programme.

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