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Senate Plans Public Hearing On Buhari’s $29bn Loan Request

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The senate is planning a public hearing on president Buhari’s 29-billion-dollar loan request.  Chairman of the senate committee on finance, senator Solomon Adeola, says this is to get a pulse of the people on the president’s foreign loan plans.

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The previous national assembly had rejected this proposed borrowing saying it was not accompanied by expenditure details.

Buhari has presented the request again in November to the current national assembly for its consideration and approval.

Senator Adeola said although the last assembly had approved part of the loan request, all loans being requested would be attached to the execution of five legacy projects under the Buhari regime, including the second Niger bridge, the east-west road, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the Mambila power project, and the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

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Adeola says the approval of the loan will enable the government to complete the projects before the end of Buhari’s administration.

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Cultists Battle Each Other In Lagos

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Cultists are still carrying out their deadly struggle for territory and supremacy in Lagos.  The state’s police command has arrested some members of two confraternities, “aiye” and “eiye” during a battle for dominion over the weekend in Ijora-Badia area of the state.

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Police said five of the cutlass-wielding suspects were arrested after inflicting injuries on one another during a bloody confrontation in which other dangerous weapons were employed.

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Police also reported its Ikorodu precinct had arrested some other 12 members of the same cult groups who had attacked one another at Ladega area of Ikorodu.  Injured suspects have been taken to hospitals for treatment.

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Assange Extradition Hearing Gets Under Way In London

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Assange Extradition Hearing Gets Under Way In London

A London court has begun hearing arguments in the extradition hearings against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

The hearing will last for about a week, with proceedings expected to resume in may for an additional three weeks.

A US grand jury indicted Assange last May with 17 counts under the US espionage act and one count of computer hacking. As each of the 17 counts carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, he could face a total of 175 years’ in jail should he be brought to stand trial across the Atlantic.

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The espionage charges refer to Assange’s activities with Wikileaks between 2010 and 2011, when the website published classified diplomatic and military documents exposing alleged war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as more than 700 secret reports that revealed the ill-treatment and torture of detainees at the US military detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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The information was made public in collaboration with selected media outlets including the Guardian, Le Monde and the New York Times.

Assange is accused of conspiring with former US army intelligence analyst, Chelsea manning, to obtain and disclose information.

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Minister Calls On Staff To Fast Over Borno Killings   

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Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq says the top management of the ministry has resolved to undertake a fast over the killings in Borno State.

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As a result, she has issued a statement on Monday asking the staff of the ministry to voluntarily embark on the fast on Monday in solidarity with the people of Borno State.

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She also encouraged the staff to pray for a quick end to the Boko Haram carnage in Borno and other parts of the north east.

Thirty persons were killed in a recent Boko Haram attack on Auno in Maiduguri, the state capital.

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