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Edo Dedicates 2 Courts To Hear Human Trafficking Offences

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The Edo Chief Judge, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, says two courts have been designated to hears human trafficking offences in order to give accelerated hearing to cases of human trafficking.

The chief judge urged judges to rise above sentiments in the dispensation of justice, and should be firm and not swayed by name dropping.

She spoke on Wednesday in Benin, when she received Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, the Director General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), who paid her a courtesy visit.

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The chief judge noted that issues of human trafficking had become embarrassing to the country and urged stakeholders to put hands on deck to check the trend.

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Ikponmwen said that human trafficking is a heinous crime, adding that perpetrators would be punished accordingly.

Earlier Okah-Donli appreciated the Edo chief judge for dedicating two courts to hear cases of human trafficking for speedy dispensation of justice.

She however appealed that judges presiding over the courts should study the NAPTIP Law 2015 in order to be properly guided.
She said that the law stipulates stringent penalty for human traffickers, and stressed that judges should be conversant with the NAPTIP Law.

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The director general also appealed for speedy documentation of testimonies of victims to avoid them “caving in to threats from traffickers.’’

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Buhari Condemns Killing Of Christian Youths In Gombe

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Buhari Decries Killing Of Christian Youths In Gombe

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness over the killings of those Christian youths by the Nigerian policeman who was accused of intentionally ramming his vehicle into them in Gombe while on their Easter Sunday procession.

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The president also expressed sadness over the reprisal killing of the law enforcement officials allegedly responsible for the tragic incident.

In a statement on Monday, the president described the violent actions as “very unfortunate,” and extended condolences to the families of the victims.  He also wished the injured speedy recovery.

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Along with the Christian Association of Nigeria, Gombe chapter, and the state government, the president appealed for calm.  He also decried reckless driving, as well as what he called “quick resort to self-help and mob action.”

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Nigeria’s Borrowing Remains Relatively Low At 19% – Minister

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Nigeria's Borrowing Remains Relatively Low At 19% - Minister

Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has said Nigeria’s borrowing still stands at 19 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  She said this level is low compared to debt levels in Ghana, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt and Angola.

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The minister also said there is no plan to remove fuel subsidy. She said the International Monetary Fund merely advised the federal government to remove fuel subsidy but assured Nigerians fuel subsidy removal plans are not even being considered at this time.

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On the question of the country’s debt level, the minister said Nigeria’s borrowing is still at 19 per cent of GDP.  She said this is still within the country’s fiscal responsibility act which allows a maximum of 25 per cent of GDP.

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The minister said Nigeria has the lowest level of borrowing compared to other countries.

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Sanwo-Olu Expresses Confidence In Election Petition Tribunal

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Sanwo-Olu Expresses Confidence In Election Petition Tribunal

Lagos state governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed confidence he will be victorious at the Lagos State gubernatorial electoral petition tribunal.

The governor-elect expressed the optimism when he visited the tribunal to sign responses to two petitions challenging his victory in the march governorship election in Lagos.

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His victory is being challenged by chief Owolabi Salis of the Alliance for Democracy, and professor Ifagbemi Awamaridi of the Labour Party.

Sanwo-Olu said the tribunal will find that the challenges to his victory were without merit because Lagosians went out and voted in large numbers and made their choice.  With him at the tribunal was deputy governor-elect, Obafemi Hamzat.

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