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Yobe: Amnesty seeks better protection for students

HANDOVER… President Goodluck Jonathan (right) presenting Certificate of Ownership to Mr. Obinna Ufudo, President/CEO, Transcorp Plc, core owner of Ugheli Power Plant, during the handover ceremony of PHCN’s generation and distribution companies to new owners, held at State House Abuja yesterday.

AARON AMEH Abuja, with agency reports a fresh attack FaboutOLLOWING by Boko Haram that left 50 students dead

in Yobe State, Amnesty International has urged the Federal Government to take urgent steps to protect schools and students in the country especially in northern Nigeria. A statement by the Africa Deputy Director at Amnesty International, Lucy Freeman,

Labour kicks as FG presents licences to PHCN new owners

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Alleged bribe: Justice Wowo is innocent —Family

UFOMBA UZUEGBU, Asst News Editor AMILY of former Nigerian FJustice Chief Justice of the Gambia, Joseph Wowo has described as vicious lies, allegation that he demanded 500,000 dalasis (about N2.5million) to pervert justice in the country. Spokesman of the family, Mr. Godwin Wowo, said this while reacting to a recent Daily Champion report on the matter, insisting Continues on Pg 6


SSANU begins indefinite strike

Nigeria @ 53: Civil Defence deploys 120,000 men

HE Senior Staff Association of Tyesterday NigerianUniversities(SSANU) began indefinite

•Obama felicitates with Nigerians


S Nigeria celebrates 53rd anniversary of its Independence today, President Barack Obama of the United State of America (USA) has promised to partner with Nigeria in the areas of education

and employment. This is as the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Dr. Ade Abolurin, said the organisation had deployed 120,000 personnel

to boost security during the Independence Celebrations nationwide. Abolurin who made this known during a media briefing yesterday in Abuja, said the Continues on Pg 6




strike following the failure of the Federal Government to fully meet its demands including non-payment of salaries. Members of the University of Ibadan chapter of the association at a congress held at the university Arts Theatre in

Ibadan unanimously resolved to join their counterparts nationwide in the industrial action. The Chairman of the association, University of Ibadan chapter, Dr Wale Akinremi, said that the strike was total. Continues on Pg 6

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