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Breaking: Nigeria Honourable Members Vote Against Castration For Rape Punishment

The House of Representatives has voted against a prayer seeking to recommend castration for rapists .

The legislators, at the plenary on Thursday , considered and adopted a motion on the rising cases of sexual violence in Nigeria .

A member , Mr James Faleke , had recommended that persons found guilty of rape should be castrated.

Just before the prayer was subjected to a voice vote , the Speaker , Femi Gbajabiamila , however , asked what would happen to an older female who rapes a younger male .

House Okays Buhari’s $22.29bn Loan Request

President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign loan request has been approved by the House of Representatives.

The approval of the $22.29bn loan by the House was in concurrence with the Senate.

This approval is coming days after Buhari wrote to the National Assembly to request approval of fresh external borrowings totalling $ 5 . 513 bn.

Buhari had, in his letter read in the Senate and House on Thursday , said the funds were for 2020 budget deficit , financing of critical projects.

The $ 22 . 79 bn loan is part of the 2016 –2018 Federal Government External Borrowing ( Rolling ) Plan.

The Senate had on March 6 approved the loan amidst controversy. The Minority Leader , Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe , had particularly led the protests.

The House on March 11 suspended its consideration of the request indefinitely .

The Speaker , Femi Gbajabiamila , would later on March 18 disclose that the protest by National Assembly members from the South- East geopolitical zone led to the suspension of work on the loan .

He had said the House was already in talks with the Federal Government officials on how the zone would be accommodated in the execution of projects with the loan .

At the plenary on Tuesday , the House considered and adopted the report by the Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management led by Mr Ahmed Safana , which inserted the Port Harcourt- Maiduguri rail line project, asking the Federal Government to seek a separate loan for its execution .

The Speaker noted that the leadership of the House had drawn the commitment of the finance minister that the project must be captured in the next loan if the lawmakers must approve it.

The committee in its report , however, echoed the concerns expressed by Nigerians on the country ’ s rising debt profile and the implication for the economy .

‘I Will Emerge Victorious Now and In October Elections’ Akeredolu Boasts Ahead Of Ondo APC Primary

Ondo state Governor , Rotimi Akeredolu declared on Saturday that he was ready for either direct or indirect primaries.

Speaking through the state Commissioner for Information , Mr Donald Ojogo , the governor expressed confidence that he would win the party ticket and the main election in July and October respectively .

He said that he isn’t not afraid of any direct primaries ; the noise being orchestrated by members of the Unity Forum is to bring impression that Governor Akeredolu is afraid of direct primaries .

He further emphasized that he would prefer direct primaries as they are even more prepared for the direct primaries than those who claimed the governor in support of indirect primary elections.

He concluded boasting that the governor will surely emerge the winner in the primary and in the general election come October.

I Copied Aregbesola’s Work And I Have No Regrets – El-Rufai

The Kaduna state governor, Mal. Nasiru el-Rufai, has revealed that he replicated the social programmes implemented by Rauf Aregbesola as Osun state governor in his state.

El-Rufai made this submission during a virtual colloquium to mark Aregbesola’s 63rd birthday anniversary. He said the the the programmes struck him and helped him connect with Aregbesola.

Commending the impact of Aregbesola’s programmes in Osun, El-Rufai said he was moved to replicate the programmes in Kaduna when he was elected governor.

“He did many innovative things to create prosperity in Osun and the results are clear.

“By the time I got elected as governor, I sent a team to Osun state to look at some of these policies and adjust them for implementation in Kaduna.

He further stated that Aregbesola did so many innovative things in Osun, that’s why when he became governor, he sent a team to see how things are been done. He concluded that if something works, he would be shameless to copy it.

The governor however sighted the fall in oil price as the cog which hindered the implementations of some of the programmes while Aregbesola was Osun governor.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is the current Minister of Interior.

Other panelists that participated in the colloquium were Abubakar Bagudu, Kebbi state governor; Yemi Kale, the statistician general of the federation; Yemi Cardoso, the chairman of Citibank; Bismarck Rewane, CEO, Financial Derivatives Company; Hajara Adeola, Lotus Capital CEO; and Joe Abah, DAI country director.

COVID-19: 268 Chinese returnees arrive Abuja

The first batch of at least 268 Nigerians evacuated from China have arrived in Abuja.

The Air Peace that conveyed the evacuees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport on Saturday afternoon.

Disclosing this in a tweet, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission(NDC), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the returnees would proceed on compulsory 14 days quarantine as stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC).

I was reported that nationals of some countries had faced serial racial discrimination in Guangzhou, China, from provincial officials.

Some of these persons were reportedly evicted from their apartments and hotels following their alleged refusal to go for the mandatory quarantine imposed by the Guangdong Provincial authorities sequel to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Recall that a video went viral of a woman with two children who were staying on the streets. The footage with the unidentified woman in set showed her feeding her infant daughter as the older second child slept in a baby walker; she was allegedly evicted from her apartment.

Chinese authorities, however, said they had subsequently provided free hotel accommodations to 207 Nigerians.

The government said the beneficiaries included Nigerians who were evicted from their hotels and apartments by officials in the wake of the compulsory quarantine and testing of foreigners for coronavirus by the Guangzhou Municipal Authorities.

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