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A member of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State and six other persons lost their lives during a stampede to purchase affordable rice sold by Nigeria  Customs Service. The confirmation was contained in an obituary message by the APC on Saturday, February 24, 2024, that mourned the party member and other Nigerians lost in the incident. The incident occurred on Friday, February 23, 2024, as the victims attempted to purchase a 25kg bag of rice sold at a discounted price of ₦10,000 by the Customs. To cushion the effect of the prevailing economic hardship, the service announced last week…

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The debt profile of Akwa Ibom State has soared to N347.75 billion in 2023, Tax Justice and Governance Platform Forum in Akwa Ibom raised the alarm. Addressing a press conference in Uyo on Saturday, the chairman of the forum, Dr. Harry Udoh, noted that data from the Debt Management Office reveals an alarming increase from N215.99 billion in 2019 to N347.75 billion in 2023, showing a 61.1 per cent rise in just four years. Udoh explained that the debt burden may spur aggressive tax policies which might disproportionately affect low income residents, exacerbate socio-economic disparities as well as diminish funding…

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The 36 State governors in Nigeria and Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja are in trouble following a suit against them by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, over alleged misappropriated monthly allocations. The group sued the Governors and Minister for failing to render accounts over alleged missing N40 trillion federal allocations paid to local government councils in the FCT and in the states. The suit followed the damning revelations by former President Muhammadu Buhari who in December 2022 stated that, “If the money from the Federation Account is about N100 million, N50 million will be…

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Nigerian Senate President, Godswill Akpabio has sought inter-parliamentary exchange between Nigeria and the European Union to deepen democracy in the West African country. Akpabio made this call on Tuesday while playing host to a delegation of the EU in Nigeria led by Ambassador Samuela Isopi. He told his guests: “For the European Union, it will be a great privilege in the 10th Senate to relate closely on almost all matters with your parliament. I want to congratulate you that the EU continue to remain strong, vibrant and stabled despite BREXIT. “As soon as your parliament is inaugurated in July, the…

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A civil society group in Nigeria feared that the provisions of Akwa Ibom State Infrastructure and Assets Management and Maintenance Agency may crash with the existence of Akwa Ibom State Roads and Other Infrastructure Maintenance Agency (AKROIMA). The Center for Human Rights and Accountability Network (CHRAN) through its Director, Otuekong Franklyn Isong, made the observation during a Public Hearing held by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly at the Assembly Complex in Uyo on “A Bill for a Law to Establish the Akwa Ibom State Infrastructure and Assets Management and Maintenance Agency, and for other matters connected therewith” on…

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The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Uyo branch has prosecuted more than 15 sexual offenders in the past three years.   FIDA is a foremost international non-governmental organization whose thematic areas are Women’s Rights, Children’s Rights, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Peace Building and Conflict Prevention. In an interview with Straightnews publisher at the NBA secretariat, Uyo branch on Wednesday, Mrs. Iquo Abia, the Chairperson of FIDA, Uyo Branch decried upsurge of sexual offences in the state. Abia said under her leadership, FIDA has these cases in its sexual offences register for trial in courts, and lamented the…

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Nigerians have knocked a Muslim cleric over incendiary death sentence passed                on Remi, wife of Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu. In a sermon, the cleric described Mrs. Tinubu as an “infidel” who should be killed. Speaking in Hausa, the cleric stated that “now, Tinubu’s wife is an infidel, and even as an infidel, she is the head amongst infidels. “She’s the type that Allah has instructed us to kill because she’s among the leaders of infidels.” The Imam also added that, though married to a Muslim, Mrs. Tinubu should be killed because she is…

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A senior lecturer in the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Amanim Akpabio has advocated the creation of Ministry of Men Development in the country to train most men how to be responsible to their families and the society. In an interview with Straightnews reporter at the Nigerian Bar Association secretariat, Uyo Branch on Wednesday, Akpabio observed that United Nations advocated the establishment of Ministry of Women Affairs more than 60 years ago and its existence has helped a lot in the development of women. Akpabio who is a lecturer in the Department of Law reasoned that as the…

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A popular radio evangelist in Akwa Ibom, Pastor Aniekan Essien has appealed to the state governor, Pastor Umo Eno to encourage the participation of local contractors in the construction of rural and state roads in the state. In a statement in Uyo on Thursday, Pastor Essien stressed the need for the governor to engage the contractors with pre-requisite qualifications and experience to handle roads’ construction “as one good gesture demands reciprocation.” Essien observed that many people may not be bold to tell the governor the truth, but as a servant of God he would not hide him the truth as…

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Akwa Ibom Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, and the 31 Local Government Transition Committee Chairmen in the state are told to account for their monthly allocations from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) from May 29, 2023 to December 6, 2023. In a press release by Center for Human Rights and Accountability Network (CHRAN) signed by Otuekong Franklyn Isong, its Director and Comrade (Barr.) Christopher Ekpo, its Secretary, CHRAN stated that the call is in fulfilment of its civic responsibility and core mandate of holding public office holders accountable to the people and ensuring good governance in the country. It noted…

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