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Police recover 207 INEC voters’ forms from suspects

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The Kogi State Police Command said yesterday that it recovered 207 valid Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) voters registration forms from suspects.

The new Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, disclosed this while parading nine suspects arrested for offences of armed robbery, criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms, culpable homicide and kidnapping.

Suspects paraded include Muhammed Yusuf, Abdulrahim Sani, Suleiman Abdulazeez, Aliyu Bariyu, Yakubu Yusuf, Yahaya Musa, Haruna Shaibu, Shagari Adamu and Abubakar Mohammed.

He said seven of the suspects were ambushed and arrested by men of the SARS unit while they  were trying to block the high way to rob unsuspecting travellers along the Eika-Itakpe bye pass.

Items recovered from the suspects include one locally made double barrel gun, one locally made pistol, three life cartridges, masks and 207 voters registration forms.

Also paraded was Abubakar Mohammed, who is alleged to have been involved in various kidnapping and armed robbery activities in the state in recent times.

Ojukwu warned criminal elements to steer clear of the state as the command would not give them breathing space to operate. He assured that the command will ensure that the forthcoming election in the state is hitch free.

One of the suspects, Suleiman Abdulazeez, alleged that a politician from Adavi local Government Area of the state contracted them to obtain the INEC registration forms.

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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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