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Somalia piracy: How foreign powers are tackling it

BBC NEWS AFRICA - 2 hours 46 min ago
Foreign navies have played a key role in curbing piracy off Somalia's coast, writes the BBC's Anne Soy.

Nigeria, an investment destination of choice – Osinbajo

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 23:57

The vice president spoke with a group of German investors in Berlin.

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2019: Avoid voting desperate politicians, CAN urges Nigerians

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 23:34

“The desperation we saw at the intra-party election is given us concern."

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Trump defends alleged hush money payments as ‘simple private transaction’

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 23:23

Mr Trump said Democrats were wrongly targeting “a simple private transaction”.

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Actor Gideon Okeke alleges police brutality

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 22:25

The police commissioner has ordered an investigation of the incident.

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Ekiti: Court dismisses Oni’s eligibility case against Fayemi

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 22:11

Segun Oni lost the APC governorship primary to Kayode Fayemi.

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Presidency speaks on EFCC raid on Atiku sons’s apartment

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 21:45

A spokesman accuses the opposition PDP of spreading "fake news".

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How international oil company, five others stole $8.4m diesel oil — Witness

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 21:34

The defendants are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen property proffered against them by EFCC.

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2019: Ogun PDP crisis worsens as two governorship candidates launch separate campaigns

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 21:27

Ladi Adebutu and Buruji Kashamu are recognised by the national leadership of the PDP and INEC respectively.

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Police order investigation on alleged attempted assassination of Mbaka

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 21:09

The clergyman claimed that some unidentified gunmen fired gun shots at his vehicle, in transit within Enugu.

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Israel joins FATF

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 21:01

The Jewish nation becomes 38th member of the international anti-money laundering body.

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Nigerian governors felicitate with Ribadu on anti-corruption award

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 20:54

Mr Ribadu recently won the Sheikh Tamim Bn Hamad al Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award.

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Alleged N450m Fraud: Court grants ex-Kebbi governor, two others bail

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 20:47

The accused are to be remanded in prison until they meet their bail conditions.

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Osinbajo in Germany, says grand corruption Nigeria’s greatest problem

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 20:44

"Grand corruption is the reason why we are not moving as fast as we should in our country."

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Dogara Labels Govt's Cash Distribution Before Elections As 'The Highest Form Of Corruption'

SAHARA REPORTERS - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 20:14


Speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Right Honourable Yakubu Dogara, has condemned the distribution of cash to Nigerians just before the general election by public officials, stating that no matter how noble the intent is, such endeavours amount to vote buying and inducement, which is a clear case of corruption.

He made the remarks at a public hearing organised by the National Assembly Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Political Parties Matters on Vote-buying and Improving the Electoral Processes in Nigeria on Monday.

According to Dogara, the act of inducing the public with cash in exchange for their votes is a fraud that is covered within section 124 (1)(a);(b);(c); Section(124)(2)(4)(5) and Section 130 of the Electoral Act. He also noted that financial inducement for votes contravenes the fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policy enshrined in Nigeria’s Constitution.

His words: “Vote buying and other sundry criminal manipulations of the electoral process in Nigeria have left our citizens in a state of unmitigated disaster. As a result, we have been married off to a mob. A mob that rules us by the example of their power nor by the dictates of law. A mob that rules by fear as an inalienable tool rather than by courage. A mob that accepts the status quo rather than challenge it. Mobs don’t grow others; they only destroy others in order to grow themselves. We follow the mob because we must, not because we are receiving any sense of significance for our own lives from them. Our democracy has stagnated and will sadly remain so until we eliminate all sham elections which have the effect of throwing up the worst of us to lead the best of us.

“It is instructive to note that the Electoral Act anticipated and captured most forms of electoral fraud including inducement and vote buying. I hope we will have the courage at this event to address the distribution of cash to the public very close to general elections by public officials. I am afraid that such endeavours no matter how noble the intentions behind them may fall within the all-encompassing provisions of S. 124 (1)(a);(b);(c); and S.(124)(2)(4)(5) and S. 130 of the Electoral Act. Although penalties are not stringent, there is also lack of political will to implement the laws as it is, even if it were to offer feeble deterrence to violators. Arrests are hardly made and even where arrests are made, prosecutions are unheard of.

“Indeed, the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy enshrined in our Constitution envisages that Nigeria shall be a State based on the principles of Democracy and that sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria, through which government derives its authority, powers and legitimacy. Therefore, any form of contrivance by any person or authority to unduly influence the choice of the voter is condemnable as it is patently an assault on this constitutional guarantee.

“Undue influence of voters has always existed in different forms all over the world, however, the recent phenomenon of direct pricing and buying of votes as if in a market square is very disturbing. It is one of the highest forms of corruption.

“The high prevalence of vote-buying in the electoral system of the country is, without any doubt, of great concern to all Nigerians and members of the global community who truly love democracy. It is disheartening that this absurd phenomenon has assumed alarming proportions in recent times. As citizens, we must not surrender to this criminality as we cannot do so and still expect honour. When political office holders defy the law and corruptly assume office, they will always operate as if they are above the law."

He also lamented the alleged use of the officials of INEC and security agencies to induce, or intimidate and coerce voters to vote for particular candidates, stating that “such absurdities have been widely reported in the media and confirmed by some local and international observers in respect of the recently concluded governorship elections in Osun State".

He continued: “As expected, all lovers of democracy worldwide rose to condemn these despicable incidents. Condemnation is not enough, it will amount to hypocrisy, if we don’t take the bull by the horn by taking concrete steps to eliminate these evils that make mockery of our hard worn democracy.

“Let me seize this opportunity to call on all people of goodwill in our country to rise in condemnation and denunciation of vote-buying and all forms of electoral malpractices. Indeed, electoral fraud is one of the worst forms of corruption, and should be treated as such. This is the only way we can guarantee the stability and growth of our democracy."

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