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Minority Caucus of the House of Representatives has reacted to a report by Transparency International indicating that corruption was on the increase in Nigeria.

TI's Corruption Index ranked Nigeria as the second most corrupt in West Africa and 154 out of 180 countries globally.

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According to the 2021 ranking released on Tuesday by the agency, Nigeria dropped five places.

In reaction, the caucus said the report simply validates its views that the All Progressives Congress government under President Muhammadu Buhari was corrupt. 

This was included in a statement by Ndudi Elumelu, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday.

The caucus claimed that, “The report is a direct validation of the position of the minority vaucus that the All Progressives Congress and its government are hopelessly corrupt and lacking in ideas and programmes that would positively impact on our people.

”The TI report also validates the stance of the minority caucus that the APC is a sanctuary of corruption, which provides cover for its corrupt members to continue in looting our national treasury; a development that has brought infrastructural stagnation and economic hardship in the country.”

It also stated that Nigeria had continued to decline in corruption rating since the APC took over in 2015, adding that the situation will worsen as long as the APC remained in power.

The statement added, “Such proclivity for corruption is complemented by fake promises and false performance claims, which have been the stock-in-trade of the APC and its government. 

”As representatives of the people, the minority caucus has intensified its checks mechanisms particularly in our strict monitoring of all provisions in the 2022 budget to ensure the delivery of all approved items.

“Furthermore, the minority caucus assures that it will never relent in fighting for the wellbeing of the people and urges Nigerians to remain focused in their determination to vote out the APC in 2023 and usher in a government that truly cares for their interest.”

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Seven-time African champions, Egypt, has eliminated Ivory Coast at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon on Wednesday. 
Egypt beat Ivory Coast 5-4 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament following an enthralling 0-0 draw.

The North Africans got the upper hand in the shoot-out when substitute goalkeeper Gabaski saved Eric Bailly's effort in the third round of spot kicks.
Egypt's captain, Mohamed Salah, netted the decisive penalty to send them to the last eight. 
Egypt will face their North African neighbours, Morocco, in the quarter finals in Yaounde on Sunday by 5:00pm.

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The Senate has summoned the management of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited over the company's alleged refusal to pay compensation for lands acquired from 73 host communities in Rivers State. 
The NLNG is expected to appear before the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions within a week or face the consequences of failing to do so. 

The summon was issued on Wednesday by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, following a report by the committee. 
The report was premeditated on a petition by one Chief Enyinna Onuegbu on behalf of the communities located in Obiafu, Soku to Bonny, respectively. 
According to the petition, the NLNG had failed to pay N18billion to 73 communities and over 200 families whose hitherto agrarian source of livelihood was negatively affected by the acquisition of their lands by the company. 
Lawan, who issued the petition said, “Instead of just saying NLNG should go and pay N18billion and at the end of the day nothing happens, let us give NLNG one more chance, and this should be by the Senate itself, not our committee. 
“I am sure NLNG is listening. NLNG should appear within one week before our Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions with their evidence of compensation.
“If they fail, the Senate will take a decision on NLNG in this respect.”  
Chairman of the Ethics Committee, Senator Ayo Akinyelure (Ondo Central), in his presentation, said that, “Following the incorporation of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, it acquired landed properties in Rivers State in 1996 spanning over 210 kiln for use as its pipelines Right of Way which ended at the export terminal of the NLNG in Finima Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State.
“That there were over 73 communities and over 200 families whose hitherto agrarian source of livelihood were negatively impacted upon by the said acquisition;
“That NLNG neither proved nor showed evidence to the committee that it paid compensation to the 73 communities for loss of use of their land to pipelines Right of Way, and that there was no Memorandum of Understanding signed between the communities and NLNG on future obligations in the name of corporate social responsibility with the impacted communities.
“That there was evidence that other oil companies such as Shell Petroleum Development Company, Totalfina Elf Petroleum Nigeria Ltd, Agip Oil Corporation paid compensation for loss of use of land to their host communities and that the communities were claiming the sum of N18,448,842,500,00 being compensation for the loss of use of their land as at May 2020.

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Oil prices increased to $90 a barrel on Wednesday for the first time since 2014.
This comes amid rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Over the past months, oil prices have continued to rise as there had been an increasing demand for the commodity across the globe.
Brent, global oil benchmark, topped the latest milestone while U.S West Texas Intermediate crude futures also witnessed a corresponding increase of 1.96% to $87.27 a barrel.
The current price is $28 higher than the $62 per barrel put in the 2022 budget of the Nigerian Government.

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A federal high court sitting in Abuja has fixed January 28, 2022 for hearing of the suit challenging the constitutionality of the Department of State Service and police denying entry to lawyers and journalists during the trial of leader Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. 
The matter, which comes up before Justice Inyang Ekwo, has as respondents the Inspector-General of Police (2nd respondent), Office of the Chief Judge of Federal High Court (3rd respondent), Office of Chief Information Officer (4th respondent) and Attorney-General of the Federation (5th respondent). 

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Human rights lawyer, Tope Temokun, who is also the applicant in the case, had in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1272/2021 in defence of press freedom and sanctity of the hallowed temple of justice, sued the DSS, Chief Judge of the Federal High Court and others. 
The suit is challenging the legality of a circular issued by the Federal High Court with reference number FHC/ABJ/INF/026 dated  July 23, 2021 signed by the 4th respondent, which allowed some selected journalists entrance to the court’s premises and denied those not selected access or entrance to the court’s premises.
The applicant is seeking an order setting aside the circular.
The suit is also seeking "an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants whether by themselves, agents, privies, representatives and or servants and or anyone or body acting under the authority and or instruction of the defendants from giving any or further effect whatsoever to the circular dated the 23rd day of July, 2021". 
Other reliefs sought include, "A declaration that by the composition of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, the circular signed by the 4th respondent, which allowed some selected journalists entrance to the court’s premises and denied those not selected access or entrance to the court’s premises, constitutes a breach of the right to freedom of expression and the press guaranteed under Section 39 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999(As Amended) and Articles 2, 9, 11 and 13(2)&(3) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap A9, LFN 2004 and is therefore illegal and unconstitutional."

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Parents of Abdulmalik Tanko, proprietor of Noble Kids Nursery and Primary School, Kawana, Kano, have fled their home over fears of being attacked.
Tanko is killer of the five-year-old Kano pupil, Hanifa Abubakar, who he abducted, killed and subsequently dismembered. 

The parents of the culprit, who had prior to now lived at Tudunwada and Tudun Murtala areas, have deserted the house, Daily Trust reports. 
The newspaper quoted sources, who revealed that as a result of Abdulmalik’s alleged act of kidnapping and mutilating Hanifa, there were plans to attack the parents. 
This development made the culprit’s parent flee their house and their whereabouts unknown.
A source told the newspaper, “No one will tell you exactly where they are. They have relocated to an unknown place. The mother has refused to collect his children and had somehow disowned him.”
Tanko, the proprietor of the school, had confessed to the killing of Hanifa with rat poison.
SaharaReporters had reported how Tanko masterminded the abduction of Hanifa while on her way from Islamic school in December and subsequently killed.
Tanko had demanded a N6million ransom from the parents of the child and in the process of collecting part of the money, he was arrested.

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Some graduates of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, have decried the delay in the issuance of certificates by the institution despite having graduated some years back.
The graduates, particularly Ordinary National Diploma holders, told SaharaReporters that they finished from the institution in 2018 and had done the necessary clearance.

According to them, their names had even appeared on the convocation list which shows that all registrations had been duly completed.
However, they said it has been tough obtaining the certificates and transcripts from the institution to further their studies in other schools. 
One of them, who graduated in 2018, said as efforts to further his studies were on, he applied for the statement of result the same year but this was only successful after two years. 
In 2020, he got the statement of result, which he has since used in some applications to institutions both in Nigeria and abroad. 
Upon acceptance, he had been required to get the original copy of his certificate and transcript from the polytechnic, which he has applied for since November, 2021.
However, till now, nothing has been done and according to him, he has spent not less than N100, 000 for the processing.
He said, ”I completed my National Diploma in Mechatronics since 2018 and the school did not release my statement of the result until 2020. I have since applied for further studies but I need my certificate and transcript.
“I applied for the certificate in November 2021, I paid all required fees and charges for the release of the certificate, up till now there is no green light to get the certificate soon.
“All the courses I took while at the polytechnic were duly registered and throughout my stay at the poly, I never had any issue of missing results. I had no problem, my name was always on the score sheet and as a matter of fact, my name was on the graduating list. Even in the convocation list, my name was there. 
”I got a statement of result already but now I needed to apply for the certificate so I can further my studies. Normally, after the statement of result, they said it will take like one year for the certificate to be ready. I got the notification of the result in 2020 and in November 2021, I had to apply for the certificate and I was told to come back after a month but since then up until now, the certificate is not ready.”
Another affected graduate said, ”I have also been trying to process my certificate from the school and I have a contact person there but what he keeps telling me is that the certificate is not ready. 
“I graduated two years ago, I had no problem, school fees was paid up to date, clearance done, all the levies were already sorted but it has been so difficult to get a statement of result. I wonder how long it will take to finally get the certificates. Some of my colleagues simply started all over again because they couldn't just deal with waiting. They had to start with their SSCE certificates from scratch, like they've never attended a higher institution before.”
Another aggrieved person said he already gained admission to both local and foreign institutions several times but have had to forfeit such over inability to get the transcript and certificate from the polytechnic.
He said, “I already gained admission in institutions in Nigeria and abroad but was unable to proceed, I was home for two years because the statement of result was not ready. Okay, after we crossed the hurdle, I had to go for Industrial training but now that other opportunities have come up, my certificate is required. I applied for certificate again and paid close to N100, 000 as charges to get the certificate and transcript. 
“As a matter of fact, they've not even started processing my transcript. I requested for my transcript because I needed it for admissions but they have not been started processing it yet. Another problem with the transcript is that we cannot process it online. I had to go to school to submit files here and there. I envisage another delay for maybe another one year and I hope not.
“Over two months now, the certificate is not ready and imagine transcript that is part of the prerequisite for processing admission in some other places is also not ready. These people are in the educational sector, they know the right thing and they know there are deadlines. If they delay further, they want all our efforts, money and all to be wasted. 
”The problem is immediately we graduated in 2018, the school wiped off our profile from the database (portal) so it's even difficult to track the progress of the transcript or certificate. There is no means for students to apply for transcripts online. The issue is, some people in school have the authority to handle such things, they have a special portal for it. 
”Normally, we are supposed to pay on our portal but they have removed our details from the portal. In fact, the first time I went to school for the transcript, I tried to log in to my profile on the website, I couldn't. When I went to the cyber cafe, I was told they wiped off our profile. They designated some cyber cafes within the school to access the portal.”
This comes amid a backlash on higher institutions in Nigeria delaying issuiance of certificates and transcripts to graduates who have been duly cleared. 
Some months ago, a graduate of The Polytechnic Ibadan, lamented the failure of the institution’s authorities to provide his academic transcripts for the past two years since he finished his Higher National Diploma.
The source, who graduated in 2019, revealed that many graduates of the school could not proceed to pursue other academic programmes in other schools when there were no transcripts to tender.
He told SaharaReporters at the time that he was already having difficulty in his place of work over the transcript.
Also in 2020, another Nigerian graduate, Olanrewaju Soyinka, said the delay in issuance of certificate at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State, served as a major cause of setback for him in his application for a postgraduate programme abroad. 

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Men of the Bayelsa State Police Command have arrested a man, Baridap Needman, for allegedly impregnating his daughter along the popular PDP Road in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The 38-year-old suspect, an indigene of Ogani Wily Kaira in Ogoni, Rivers State, was arrested following a formal complaint from the Gender Response Initiative Team led by Dise Ogbise Esq.

According to Ogbise and one Mrs Mary Accrah Pekeowei, the GRIT was tipped off by a concerned neighbour, who observed that the victim was five months pregnant and that the father was responsible.
It was learnt that the arrested father had been having carnal knowledge of his daughter since the age of seven but the situation got worse when the victim’s mother died a few years ago.
It was also gathered that while the 14-year-old girl, who is a Junior Secondary School 3 student, was sleeping with the father on his matrimonial bed, her two junior brothers were allocated to sleep on the floor.
However, policemen at Ekeki Police Station where the case was reported, were shocked when the pregnant girl said she was in love with her father.
Ogbise confirmed to Daily Post that the advocacy group will form partnership with the Ministry of Women Affairs to provide psycho-social support to the victim and ensure that she is well taken care of until delivery. 
"Abortion is not an option and the two brothers have been handed to their family members for proper care. The girl will be in government custody and she needs to go back to school. Her dream is to be a musician and we will encourage her,” Ogbise said. 
Also speaking, Mrs Pekeowei, urged residents of the state to be vigilant and alert the GRIT and other gender advocacy groups in the state of any case of girl child violation or molestation in any form. 
“Members of the public should always speak up and reach out to relevant authorities,” Pekeowei said. 

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Timothy Adegoke, the MBA student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, who was murdered at Hilton Hotel and Resorts on November 6, 2021, is to be buried on Saturday.
Olugbade Adegoke, elder brother of the deceased, disclosed this to SaharaReporters on Wednesday. 

He said, “The family has concluded arrangements to bury my brother. We have also released our burial arrangement plans to the public.”
Adegoke’s body has been at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, for several weeks because of a police investigation into his death at the hotel owned by Dr Rahman Adedoyin. 
Adegoke is to be buried in Eruwa, his hometown in Oyo State.

“We now have an understanding as a family that his body is no longer required in the ongoing investigation being carried out by the police. 
"As such, we have concluded plans to claim Timothy’s body from the morgue at LAUTECH, Osogbo, so he can be buried,” Olugbade said.
Meanwhile, the police have refused to make public the content of the autopsy report carried out on Adegoke’s body on December 8, 2021.
Olugbade had earlier disclosed to SaharaReporters that Raheem Adedoyin, manager of the hotel, has not been apprehended, which has not made the case to be in court. 
He, however, said that the culprits involved in the murder of his brother including the owner  and six others are currently in police custody over the incident will soon be charged to court. 

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