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World Bank To FG: Reform Now To Stop Further Slide Into Extreme Poverty

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World Bank To FG: Reform Now To Stop Further Slide Into Extreme Poverty

The World Bank has issued an ominous warning to the Nigerian government:  more than thirty million Nigerians may live in extreme poverty in the next ten years.  In its 2019 economic update report, the bank also says the country will be home to a quarter of the world’s destitute people, if the government fails to revive economic growth and create jobs.  The report was released on Monday.

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The World Bank has urged president Muhammadu Buhari to increase domestic revenue.  It also asks the president to remove trade restrictions and expensive fuel subsidies.

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The bank warns that failure to take action would see more Nigerians falling into extreme poverty.  It also stressed that Nigeria could slide back into recession if crude prices fell by 25 per cent to $50 a barrel.  The report paints a gloomy picture of the country’s economy.  It says the Nigerian population is growing at a fast pace than the economy.  It also says an estimated one hundred million Nigerians today live on just about 800 naira per day.

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Victim Of Lagos Pipeline Explosion Receiving Treatment – LASEMA

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Victim Of Lagos Pipeline Explosion Receiving Treatment - LASEMA

Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, says burn victims of the Lagos pipeline explosion are currently receiving treatment at the Igando General Hospital.

The impact of the explosion destroyed the community bridge, which served as both a vehicular and pedestrian link for the community. Another victim was burned to death.

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Witnesses say the pipeline leakage occurred at the Isheri area. The spill then flowed towards Idowu Egba and Alimosho areas of the city before exploding.

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A pipeline had exploded in the same area in July. Two persons were killed in that inferno.

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Drama In Court As DSS Operatives Attempt To Rearrest Sowore

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Drama As DSS Operatives Move To Rearrest Sowore, Bakare

DSS lay siege outside the court 7 of the federal high court Abuja on Friday to rearrest Omoyele Sowore.

At the resumed sitting,  the prosecutor, Hassan Liman informed the trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu that the order granted by the court was obeyed and the defendants released.

Counsel to the defendant, Femi Falana acknowledged that Sowore was released to him yesterday.

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The court therefore adjourned to 11,12, and 13th of February 2020, in the instance of the prosecutor, to enable him serve his witnesses statement to the defendant counsel.

Trouble started when Sowore and his counsel tried to leave the court room after the sitting

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He was accosted by operatives of the DSS, who tried to forcefully take him out of the court room. The secret police had made fruitless attempts to rearrest Sowore and Bakare inside the courtroom

Sowore refused to leave the court room as his lawyer and that of the DSS held a meeting. However, after several minutes of tension, Falana drove the Sowore and Bakare in his car out of the court premises with DSS operatives in several vehicles giving them a hot chase behind.

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Police Arrest 10 As Land Grabbers Sack Ogun Village

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Police arrest 10 as land grabbers sack Ogun village

Police in Ogun State have arrested 10 suspected members of a land-grabbing syndicate on Wednesday.  The syndicate was alleged to have unleashed terror on innocent residents of Ewujomo village by way of Igbosoro in Ogijo area of the state.

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The suspects were arrested following a distress call to the police that the armed hoodlums had invaded the village, causing the villagers to run flee.

Police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi said when policemen arrived at the scene, the hoodlums began shooting sporadically.  Oyeyemi said the hoodlums were overpowered by the police, who arrested ten members of the syndicate, although some of them escaped with various degrees of injuries.

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The police spokesperson said some ammunition and three motor-cycles were seized from the syndicate.

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