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Abacha loot: Public should see the contractual agreement – CISLAC

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The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre,  on Monday advised the Federal Government to comply with the 10 Global Forum for Asset Recovery principles as signed by Nigeria in 2017 in Washington, DC.

The organisation which appreciated the government of Nigeria in their effort to repatriate the stolen Nigerian assets abroad, demand that Nigerian public should be given an unrestricted access to the contractual arrangement by all three parties of this agreement.

A statement by the Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, commended government for the just announced landmark agreement between Nigeria, the Island of Jersey and the United States of America for repatriation of assets looted by late Gen. Sani Abacha.

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He said:

We shall insist that the government complies with the 10 Global Forum for Asset Recovery principles as signed by the government of Nigeria in 2017 in Washington, DC. In particular, the principle four Transparency and Accountability, should be upheld.

“The Nigerian public, through independent and competent civil society, should be given an unrestricted access to the contractual arrangement by all three parties of this agreement. The Nigerian public must have unhindered access to the contractual arrangement of this deal to prevent re-looting and misuse of these assets by well-connected individuals and companies.

“The public has the right to know how these infrastructure projects were selected, which party will oversee the procurement, how the quality of the work will be verified and all other relevant details.

“On behalf of Nigeria, the AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, is expected to sign a tripartite agreement with the Island of Jersey and the United States of America for repatriation of hundreds of millions of looted assets.

“Once the full volume of assets is repatriated to Nigeria and put to use for the benefit of Nigerian citizens, an important milestone in the ongoing effort of the Nigerian government, Nigerian civil society and like-minded international partners, will be achieved.

“We have been consistent in urging the government of Nigeria to establish an accountable and transparent system, which would enable 100 per cent accountable utilization of the repatriated assets to the corruption victims, in most cases, the entire Nigerian population, whose common wealth has been systematically plundered and illegally exported abroad for many decades.

In principle, CISLAC supports the investment of the recovered assets for infrastructure projects. In the context of technical problems, controversies and heavy transaction costs associated with some previous international recoveries, the recovered assets may be invested into infrastructural projects which may be easier to independently verify, and their completion and usage observed by the Nigerian population without expensive verification mechanisms by third parties.”

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My whole life flashed before my eyes, Lady who jumped out of bus on high speed reveals

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A Nigerian lady has taken to social media to narrate a horryfying experience she had on a bus while travelling.

According to the lady identified as Bola the tyre of the bus she was travelling in suddenly flew out and the vehicle was on high speed.

The incident was said to have happened in a commercial bus on her way from Yaba to Ojuelegba in Lagos.

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She disclosed that the only thought that came to her mind at the moment was to jump out of the moving vehicle.

She obeyed her instinct, jumped out of the bus, and she’s is indeed thankful that she survived unharmed, despite being traumatized.

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She tweeted;

“Guys! My whole life just flashed before my eyes! Took a bus from Yaba to ojuelegba and the tire flew out on motion.

Idk why, but my first instinct was to jump out cos the bus wasn’t going to stop, which I did. I’m unscathed but I’m traumatized 🥺🥺 I just almost died!”

 

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Although she is fine, but she was cautioned by some social media users not to attempt that next time, as she was only lucky to be alive.

She could have hit her head on a hard surface which could have led to her death.

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JUST IN: Kogi Inaugurates new Chief Judge

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The Kogi State Government has inaugurated Justice Henry Olusuyi as the Chief Judge of the state.

The swearing-in ceremony was held on Wednesday in Lokoja, the state capital.

Justice Oluseyi was sworn in at 10:35 am after taking his Oath of Office.

In attendance are Governor Yahaya Bello, the state Deputy Governor, Edward Onaja; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole and other top government functionaries.

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This comes five days after Governor Bello approved Olasuyi’s appointment in an acting capacity.

The position became vacant following the death of Justice Nasir Ajanah on June 29.

Meanwhile, Governor Bello has approved the appointment of Bayo Olowosegun as the acting President of the state’s Customary Court of Appeal.

Mr Olowosegun’s appointment also followed the demise of the former occupant of the office, Shaibu Atadoga, who died on June 22.

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Covid-19: Edo death toll hits 50

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The death toll from COVID-19 in Edo State has climbed to 50, with 1,435 people testing positive for the disease.

The state, however, said 840 persons have been discharged from its isolation facilities.

Commissioner for Health Dr Patrick Okundia, who stated these to reporters in Benin City, noted that over 50 per cent of the deaths recorded in the state are within the age category of 60 years and above.

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He urged residents to be cautious in protecting themselves and their loved ones.

Expressing worry over the alarming rate of community spread of the virus, Okundia said there was a need for residents to take responsibility and support the government’s efforts at containing the pandemic across communities.

According to him,

“Physical distancing, compulsory use of face masks, hand hygiene and other epidemiological safety rules must be strictly followed to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and protect the people, especially the elderly, who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.”

The commissioner explained that the state recorded 52 new confirmed cases with 32 tested at the Irrua Specialist Hospital (ISTH) laboratory, while the remaining 20 cases were confirmed at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) laboratory.

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Okundia, however, reiterated the need for citizens to present or report themselves through the state COVID-19 toll-free response lines, following any recent travel from high incidence states or contact with confirmed cases.

 

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