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81 Dons Write To Biden, Seek Travel Ban On Culpable Officials In Lekki ENDSARS Shooting

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One of the first requests the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will receive is one from eighty-one Nigerian and expatriate professors of African studies asking for sanctions, including travel ban, against those responsible for the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki tollgate area late last month.

Some of those joining in presenting the request are John Campbell of the council on foreign relations, Steve Feldstein of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Onwubiko Agozino of Virginia Tech, Mathias Chika Mordi of the Johns Hopkins School of advanced international studies, and others at Ohio University, university of Michigan, and Stony Brook, State University of New York.

The letter was asking the president-elect and the vice-president elect to use the authority granted under the global Magnitsky act to place targeted sanctions which could include asset freezes and travel bans on politicians, officials and other Nigerians implicated in what they described as “recent human rights abuses” in the country.

They are also seeking suspension of security assistance and military sales to the Nigeria Police Force and security forces involve in, or “broadly culpable” for violence against #EndSARS protesters.

They said this should continue until the Buhari administration “fully complies with relevant laws and policies to ensure accountability for human rights violations.”

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Fashola To APC: Respect Your Zoning Plan In 2023

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Minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has advised leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to respect its zoning formula in picking a presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

Fashola says this is the core of the agreement by APC founding fathers before the 2015 elections.

The minister said although zoning is not in the party’s constitution, party leaders had agreed on the zoning when the party was being formed.

Fashola has also advised party members to support the Mala Buni-led caretaker, extra-ordinary, convention committee, which he described as a product of necessity.

He says the caretaker committee must be respected because it is a by-product of the leadership crisis that engulfed the party.

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Police Begin Investigation Of Mysterious Death Of Three Children In Enugu

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Enugu State Police Command has begun a full-scale investigation into what it calls the mysterious deaths of three children at Itchi, in Igbo Eze south of Enugu State.

Police commissioner, Ahmad Abdurrahman, says the command will apprehend and bring to book, perpetrators of the act.  Addurrahman also urged parents and guardians to be vigilant and take good care of their children and wards especially in these “ember” months.

The commissioner said three of the children were found dead in a parked car in Itchi community, and that two other children were still alive when police got to the scene.  They are now receiving medical care at a hospital.

The police commissioner said the case has now been transferred to the state CID.

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FG Moves To Resolve Imo/Rivers Boundary Dispute

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The federal government has shown interest in settling the boundary dispute between Imo and Rivers States.

In its attempt to resolve the dispute, a federal government team, represented by members of the national boundary commission and officers from the office of the surveyor-general of the federation, has flagged off the Imo-Rivers inter-state boundary physical and tracing demarcation.

The federal government also inaugurated members of Imo State committee on the boundary demarcation with a joint task team consisting of officials from the two states, to ensure a fair and just exercise.

Imo state deputy governor and chairman of the state’s boundary committee, Prof Placid Njoku, assured the national boundary commission of the state government’s partnership and support to ensure a smooth boundary exercise.

He expressed optimism that the commission would end the lingering boundary disagreement by meticulously carrying out the exercise.

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