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Rivers Rerun: PDP Tackles Police On Panel Report

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The national leadership of the People Democratic Party on Wednesday asked the Police to tell Nigerians where the money given to the security agencies during the rerun election was being kept.

The Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, stated this while reacting to the report of the police panel, which investigated the December 10 legislative elections in Rivers State.

The panel, had, while submitting its report to the Inspector-General of Police,  Mr. Ibrahim Idris,  on Tuesday said that it recovered N111m from some Independent National  Electoral  Commission officials, who were allegedly bribed by the Rivers State Government with N360m

Reacting to the allegations, Makarfi  said it did not believe in the report  the panel presented to the IGP, arguing that the panel ought to tell Nigerians where the money allegedly given to the security agencies by the “other party” was being kept.

He said, “They brought some money out, displayed it on the table like a film. They said they confiscated the money from INEC officials. What of the money from security agencies offered by the other party? That is not recoverable?”

He said it would be wrong for the government to be destroying public institutions in the country, warning that such institutions must be freed from individuals in government.

Meanwhile, INEC has said that it has not received the report of the police panel which recovered N111:3m from some of its personnel in the Rivers State rerun.

The  Chief  Press Secretary to the President of INEC, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, told one our correspondents on Wednesday that the commission had not received the report from the commission.

He said, “We are yet to get the police report, thank you,”

A top officer of the commission had said on Tuesday that the Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, was embittered by the police indictment of some of the commission’s officials in the bribery scandal.

The source had said that the leadership of the commission was determined to flush out those indicted in the scandal.

However, a member of the panel confided in one of our correspondents that the panel would give copies of the report to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, the Department of State Services and INEC.

The source added that it was the office of the AGF that would act on the report.

Source: Punch

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  1. Bankole

    February 9, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Mr. Markafi, if you have an idea about who and who amongst the INEC officials that the other party gave money to, then, name them, instead of just ranting and doing media accusation.

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COVID-19 vaccine: US embassy celebrates Nigerian doctor Ogbuagu

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The United States Mission to Nigeria has celebrated Dr Onyema Ogbuagu, for his role in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Ogbuagbu, who graduated from the University of Calabar in 2003, migrated to the US and rose to become an Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist at Yale University.

He was part of the team that helped pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

In a Facebook message on Monday, the US mission wrote, “Nigerians contribute to the world in so many ways. Our hats off to Dr Onyema Ogbuagu at Yale who helped develop a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Ogbuagu is the son of a former Vice-Chancellor of Abia State University, Prof Stella Ogbuagu. He also has a twin brother who is an engineer.

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Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person as Tesla’s market cap inches closer to $500 billion

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After beating Mark Zuckerberg in world rich list ranking — the billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk has now leapfrogged Bill Gates to grab the world’s second-richest ranking.

Musk’s net worth rose more than $7.2 billion on November 23, driven by another surge in the Tesla share price, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index. The current net worth of Elon Musk stands at $127.9 billion.

This comes as one of the biggest gains in the ranking of the world’s 500 richest people — Musk has added over $100.3 billion to his net worth this year.

Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person as Tesla’s market cap inches closer to $500 billion

In January 2020, he ranked 35th, but the soaring Tesla share price has driven his ranking to surpass other billionaires in the world.

The jump in Musk’s fortune came as the shares of the electric car-maker Tesla soared as the electric car makers market cap neared $500 billion on Monday.

Gates would have been on the top, had it not been for his philanthropy.

~BusinessInsider~

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#EndSARS Protest: Those who have murdered Nigerians will not benefit from trade or travel to the UK – Lyn Brown

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British politician serving as Member of Parliament, Lyn Brown has called for sanctions against those involved in the shooting incident during the EndSARS protest in Lekki on October 20.

Speaking during a debate in the house on Monday November 23, Lyn stated that the least they can do is to make sure that those who have “murdered” Nigerians and deprived them of their human rights are not able to benefit from trade or travel to the UK.

She added that these include government officials and the Nigerian army who are stopping a “transparent investigation and effecting of justice.”

The lawmaker also averred that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government went ahead to not only accuse protesters of sponsoring terrorism and freeze their accounts, but also blamed them for the increase in food prices.

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