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Plans to slash EFCC’s Budget by 50% is worrisome and unacceptable – NBA

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Criticisms against moves by the National Assembly to slash the 2013 budget of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by 50% continues as the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Sunday condemned plans, describing as worrisome and unacceptable.

The stand of the NBA was made known by the President of the association, Okey Wali, (SAN) in Abuja while briefing newsmen. According to him, “The NBA is of the strong view that for the anti-corruption agencies like the EFCC, ICPC, etc to function effectively and efficiently, and achieve measurable results, they must be funded adequately. We seek no other satisfaction other than to ensure that the EFCC is strengthened and not weakened by financial incapacity.

“Anti-corruption crusades are driven by independent and effective institutions and not individuals. The NBA therefore states that what is required to fight corruption in Nigeria is over lapping institutions designed to ensure financial autonomy and effectiveness. Such institutions like EFCC must be equipped to be insulated from politics and political leaders who allocate funds at their whims and caprices. Such institutions must be controlled by the Rule of Law and must be designed to outlive the individuals that manage them.

“The move to slash the EFCC 2013 budget proposal by half is worrisome and unacceptable to the NBA. Moreso, when the 2013 budgetary allocations to other less important agencies are very high. The association also called on the National Assembly to promptly pass the ‘Civil forfeiture Bill’ pending before it to ensure all proceeds of corruption are forfeited just as it maintained that corruption is the greatest problem of the country.

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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