US court halts two executions

  The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. The state’s Supreme Court acted hours before convicted murderers Don Davis and Bruce Ward were due to die, but the Davis decision could yet be reversed. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment. But there was a victory for the state when a federal court lifted an order that blocked all seven executions. A blanket ruling made on Saturday…

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NSA probes N15bn recovery

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Mohammed Monguno (rtd), has begun an investigation into the recovery of about N15 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This is as President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to submit a report on the recovery. The EFCC had, last week Wednesday, recovered $43.4 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million totalling about N15 billion from a private apartment at the Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos. New Telegraph was informed…

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Karamajiji: A forgotten beggars’ colony

Some years ago, the then Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Nasir el-Rufai considered beggars a nuisance on the streets of Abuja and decided to forcefully evacuate them to a “special location”. The idea was to give Abuja, the Capital City, a facelift. However, many years after, the vision appears to have been derailed. CALEB ONWE reports     Karamajiji, a sprawling ghetto is home to both Gwari aborigines and other tribes, especially, low income earners. It is hidden right behind the National Military Cemetery, a few metres…

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Oshonaike hails Oribamishe for YOG ticket

African table tennis queen Funke Oshonaike has hailed youngster Esther Oribamishe who won the African Continental Qualification tournament and booked a ticket to 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Despite missing out on participation at the 2017 ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championships, Oribamise was in terrific form at the continental qualification event as she beats Egypt’s Marwa Alhodaby in the final in Tunisia on Monday. Victory over Morocco’s Ines Outolla in the last four (11-4, 11-9, 11-7, 11-1) guaranteed a top two finish and the Olympic qualification in the Girls’ Singles…

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Furore over WAEC’s new examination diet

DISAGREEMENT Less than one week that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) unfolded plans to introduce a new diet for external candidates, key stakeholders have faulted the move, kicking that it would not see the light of the day   While Nigerian students and their parents are yet to recover from the confusion generated by this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), last week, introduced a new diet in its examinations, which has continued to generate debate among stakeholders. With the new diet,…

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Ogoni clean-up is all noise, says Niger Delta monarch

Chairman, Ogoni Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Highness, King Suanu Baridam, the Kasimene Bangha VII, yesterday said that the Ogoni cleanup exercise that was launched by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Niger Delta, was all noise as there was no sign to suggest that the government was serious with the exercise. Already, reports said some concerned citizens in the region would be filing legal action against the Federal Government at an Abuja high court today. Also, our visit to the devastated communities revealed so much worries…

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Curbing inter-security forces violent clashes

Last week, a soldier and three anti-riot policemen reportedly died during a shootout between members of the two security forces. Several others on both sides received gunshot wounds in the encounter that took place in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. Some of the critically injured were said to be battling for life at the General Sani Abacha Hospital in Damaturu. Several civilians were hit by stray bullets in the clash which lasted over an hour. Residents said it was not the first the two had been engaged in clashes. According…

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