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Activists, journalists to protest detention of Sowore on Wednesday

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A group of activists and journalists will on Wednesday embark upon a nationwide march to protest the continued detention of the co-convener of #RevolutionNow movement, Mr Omoyele Sowore.

Sowore has been held by the Department of State Services since Saturday, August 3, when he was arrested in a Lagos hotel.

Last Thursday, a Federal High Court in Abuja granted an ex-parte order to the DSS to hold him for a further 45 days.

Legal luminary, Femi Falana, however filed an appeal on behalf of Sowore on Friday.

According to the co-convener of the movement, Deji Adeyanju, the group will march on Wednesday to expose the antics of the President Muhammadu Buhari government to silence perceived dissenters.

Adeyanju said that Sowore’s arrest should be a source of worry to all lovers of democracy in Nigeria.

He appealed to Nigerians to come out in large numbers across the country and join in the protest aimed at pressuring the government to release Sowore.

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Senate issues 7-day ultimatum to CBN, FIRS, others over submission of statement of income

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The senate on Wednesday issued 7-day ultimatum to the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, and others defaulting to submit their statements of income and expenditure accounts spanning from 2017- 2019 to do so or face dire consequences.

Other agencies are the Federal Airport Authority, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Federal Capital Territory Administration, Niger Delta Development Commission, Nigerian Investment Promotion Council, Federal Airport Authority and National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure.

Also defaulting are, Nigeria Football Federation, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, National Space Research and Development Agency, Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and Industrial Training Fund.

The senate also urged the defaulting agencies to submit their lingering responses on issues raised about the belated statement of accounts as contained in their earlier exchanged correspondences.

Those invited also include, Presidential Amnesty Program, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Petroleum Equalization Fund Management Board, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, Nigeria Railway Corporation and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency.

The Senate also invited the Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Nigeria Insurance Trust Fund and National Primary Healthcare Development Agency.

This development followed the Public Account Committee (PAC) of the Senate’s press briefing in National Assembly wherein it disclosed that some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the federal government, have not disclosed their accounts for years, as stipulated by law.

Senator Matthew Urhoghide, Chairman of the committee, told Journalist that the PAC had issued correspondences to the affected agencies to submit a statement of accounts, to enable the committee carry out “special oversight functions”.

The committee said it has the backing of sections 85, 88 and 89 of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria and Order 97(5) of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended.

Despite several notices for agencies to submit their statement of accounts, the committee said many of the MDAs have refused to comply.

“In the light of this, all the defaulting agencies are by this notice, given the last opportunity to make submissions before their invitation to the scheduled public hearing”, Senator Urhoghide said.

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Community Policing will minimise crime- Police Commissioner, Cross River State

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The new Commissioner of Police, CP Nkereuwem A. Akpan has assumed duty in Cross River State.

He took over from Austin Agbonlahor who was promoted to AIG. Nkereuwem Akpan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State

In an interactive session with Journalists in his office in Calabar on Wednesday, the new commissioner said that one of his cardinal objectives was to curb the activities of criminals in the state.

He said he will encourage community policing, “I will encourage town hall meetings, wards to local government area meetings, area commands, traditional rulers, heads of communities, etc to support the police.

“These groups can trace the origin of crimes and criminal hideouts” and called on journalists and various groups to join hands with the police in the area of giving timely information that can help the police to curb criminal activities in the state.

Akpan regretted, that because our value systems have been eroded so badly, the society no longer checks youths activities. He called on parents to educate and check the activities of their wards, particularly during this yuletide season so as to reduce all sorts of vices.

He advised criminals to keep off Cross River because according to him, he will trace them to all nooks and crannies of the state.

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EFCC Arrests Typist Over N17m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested Vivian Igwe, a typist at the Protocol Unit of the Ebonyi State Government House, Abakaliki, over allegation o N17m fraud.

The Nigeria Police Force gave Igwe, 25, to the commission following her arrest by the Special Anti- Robbery Squared.

Igwe was arrested by the squad at an ATM point on Ezza Road branch of Ecobank in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

The funds were said to have been transferred into her account by an unknown person about three weeks ago.

Director of Protocol, Ebonyi Government House, Nnenna Okorie, while reacting to the incident, said the suspect had earlier complained of her inability to make withdrawals from her Ecobank account.

She said the suspect had gone to the bank to apply for reactivation of her ATM card when she was arrested.

She described the suspect as a humble and honest staff and called for proper investigation into the incident.

Okorie said, “The last information I got from her was that she was going for the reactivation of her ATM as directed by the bank only to be arrested on Monday.

“She was later handed over to EFCC personnel from Enugu.”

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