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ECOWAS Parliament backs military operations in Mali

Nigeria’s John Obi Mike, right, passes the ball as Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa, left, defends during their African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, South Africa, Monday Jan. 21, 2013

ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja

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ARLIAMENT of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, yesterday declared total support for the military operations by the ECOWAS and the international community in Mali. The Parliament’s position was made known by the Speaker of the Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu at the end of a meeting of the Conference of Bureau of the ECOWAS Parliament on the Mali crises in

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Suspect in $.18m scam changes plea MALACHY UZENDU, Abuja Bureau Chief mild drama occurred at the Federal High Court, Abuja yesterday when one Abdulrasheed Ibrahim, who had on January 17, pleaded guilty to the money laundering charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), made a dramatic volte face by changing his plea from guilty to not guilty.

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•Faces life jail N5.2bn scam: Ugbane, Elumelu to be re-arraigned MALACHY UZENDU, Abuja Bureau Chief ORMER Chairman of the Senate Committee

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on Power, Senator Nicholas Yahaya Ugbane, his former House of Representatives counterpart, Hon. Ndudi

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GAS TO POWER…Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke and the Group Managing Direcotor of the NNPC, Engr. Andrew Yakubu at the commissioning of the NPDC operated Oredo Integrated Gas Handling Facility designed to boost gas supply for power generation.

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