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Lawan, Musa fault report on INEC Chairman’s reappointment



By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Senator Mohammed Sani Musa (Niger East) have faulted a report linking them to alleged bribery in the process leading to the reappointment of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Both Senators denied the report published by an online platform, Sahara Reporters, that INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, allegedly paid N3b to secure reappointment.

Lawan and Musa said the report was false and an attempt to malign them.

The report had claimed that a group led by the Senate President collected N2b from the INEC Chairman and another N1b through another group, alleging that the payment was aided by Senator Musa.

Both Senators’ position is contained in a protest letter by their lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN) in Abuja, asking Sahara Reporters to retract the publication within seven days, tender apology and enter into negotiation for damages.

The lawyer said: ”Our clients deny in its entirety the contents of the above publication and innuendoes therein, and further state that every allegation against them in the said publication is utterly false and defamatory of their persons and character.

“In particular, our clients specifically deny that they took part or in any way or manner whatsoever aided/facilitated the alleged payment of the sum of N2,000,000,000 (two billion naira) or any sum at all to a group led by the President of the Senate or any group or person by whatever name called on behalf of Prof Mahmood Yakubu or any other person whosoever and for any purpose whatsoever.

”Our clients further deny that the President of the Senate led any group of persons whatsoever in connection with the alleged payment or receipt of the sum of N2,000.000.000 (two billion naira) or any Sum at all on behalf of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu or any other person whosoever and for any purpose whatsoever.

”Consequently, we demand that you retract the aforesaid publication and render an apology to our clients within seven (7) days of the receipt of this letter. You are also to enter into negotiation for damages.”

The Nation

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Jean Mensa Thank God For How Far He Has Brought The EC And It’s Staff



The Chairperson of the Electoral Commision Mrs Jean Mensa has thanked God for how far he has brought the Commission since she assumed office some four month ago.

According to her they started from zero but God has been merciful to her and the hardworking staff of the commission.

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“When we joined the Commission 4 months to the Referendum and had to start from ground zero, it seemed hard but God saw us through. Praise be to God for His assistance, for our able and competent staff and for giving us strength and wisdom to put all preparations for the 2020 Elections together – Jean Mensa, EC Chairperson”she noted in a post sighted by

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Senate summons Pantami over insecurity



Sanni Onogu, Abuja

The Senate, on Wednesday, summoned the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, over what it described as the inability of the Ministry to stop the use of mobile phones to negotiate ransom payment by kidnappers in the country.

The Senate said that Patami would appear before its Committees on Legislative Compliance and Communications on the need for him to implement resolutions of the upper chamber on how to curb insecurity in the country which are related to the mandate of the ministry of communication.

This resolution of the upper chamber followed the consideration of a motion on the growing insecurity in the country sponsored by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba South).

Rising under Order 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba South), noted that “the rate of insecurity in Nigeria has not only increased astronomically but has reached a melting point.”

According to the lawmaker, the challenge has manifested in the kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, assassination, and other criminal activity in the country.

“The assassination of Nasarawa State APC Chairman and other high profile cases are still fresh in our memories.

“A Chinese National was recently abducted in my community, his whereabouts is still unknown,” Bwacha said.

He further expressed worry that “there is growing suspicion of the complicity of officials of state saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property of the citizens, but have compromised in the process.

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“This is heightened by the arrest of several security operatives involved in armed robbery and kidnapping activities across the country.

“It is only in Nigeria that communication facilities can be used without a biometric process, no valid identification of passport details (in the case of foreigners) in place to check abuse.”

He expressed worry that “bandits and terrorists negotiate for ransom using telephones and getting away with it.

“How can we be so negligent and insensitive to the safety and security of citizens?”

“Senate is concerned that the confidence between the protected and the protector is being increasingly eroded resulting in the breakdown of law and order as demonstrated in the #EndSARS protest which was subsequently hijacked by miscreants.

“Further notes that political permutations across the landscape is attracting politicians to recruit criminals for the purpose of destabilizing the corporate existence of Nigeria.

“These evil intents can be easily achieved given the poor control over communication facilities, viz inability of our security apparatus and service providers to effectively manage this all-important sector,” Bwacha said.

Senators in their contributions supported the motion.

The Nation

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Meghan Markle reveals she suffered miscarriage in July



Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex has opened up that she suffered a miscarriage in July

In a moving account written for the New York Times, Meghan reveals how she lost her unborn baby while she and husband Harry were living in Los Angeles.

Meghan Markle reveals she suffered miscarriage in July

She describes a normal morning feeding her dogs, taking her vitamins and changing son Archie’s diaper, before feeling a sharp cramp.

“I dropped to the floor,” Markle, 39, wrote. Adding, she had a “sense that something was not right. I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”

“Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand,” she wrote. “Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.”

“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she added.

Meghan, 39, goes on to describe candidly how, following her loss, she tried to keep a “brave face” in public.

She refers to an interview with journalist Tom Bradby, filmed during her and Harry’s trip to South Africa, when he asked her how she was doing and she answered: “Thank you for asking. Not many people have asked if I’m OK.”

Meghan ends the article by encouraging people to ask others how they are doing, inviting men and women to “take the first steps towards healing”, Standard UK reports.

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