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Detained corps members accused of armed robbery released

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), on Friday, said it had secured the release of two out of three corps members detained by police in Niger State over armed robbery.

The management of the corps said in a statement in Abuja that its findings revealed the allegation levelled against the trio was based only on circumstantial evidence.

It explained that the attention of the management was drawn to newspaper publications that three corps members were held by police in Niger State over armed robbery.

It said that the publications had reported that the corps members were in police custody following allegations of robbing a shop owner in Suleja.

According to the statement, two of the accused corps members have since been released while the process of securing the release of the third is ongoing.

It said that the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Ministry of Youth Development had lent its support to the matter.

It assured the public, particularly parents and guardians, that no corps member would be allowed to suffer unduly, especially over cases of mistaken identity during the service year.

“We also wish to inform the public that the provisions of the NYSC Bye-Laws are very clear on the involvement of corps members in criminal acts, though very unlikely, as their participation in the scheme does not confer immunity from prosecution.

“We have, therefore, continued to sensitise members of the corps on the need to be law-abiding and to shun acts capable of soiling the image of the scheme and their families.

“Management further wishes to allay the fears of all corps members serving in Suleja regarding their safety.

“We have already intensified liaison with the Army, Police and other security agencies in the area as well as the Suleja Emirate Council who have all renewed their commitment to the protection of all corps members in the area,” the statement read in part.

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BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue

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The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.

As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.

The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.

A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.

According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.

The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14.

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Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)

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Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.

The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.

The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

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EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS

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EFCC writes INEC, demands APC, PDP, other aspirants’ bank details

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.

The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.

It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.

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