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The Late 5: Police officers in Borno protest unpaid allowances, Audu Katagum sworn-in as Deputy Governor of Bauchi and other stories

The Late 5: Police officers in Borno protest unpaid allowances, Audu Katagum sworn-in as Deputy Governor of Bauchi and other stories

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Police officers in Borno on Monday took to the streets of Maiduguri, in a protest over unpaid allowances.

According to the officers who barricaded major roads around the police headquarters for up to three hours, apart from being owed about five months of unpaid allowances, they have not been provided with accommodation, among other basic needs.

In reacting to the protest, the Borno Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu said:  “We woke up this morning to experience a protest at State HQ gate by visiting PMF men in Borno State over unpaid special duty allowances for five months running.

“We are making efforts to pacify them and to assure them of their payments of entitlements soonest,”  Chukwu said.

Some residents said  that the officers fired some gunshots, causing commuters to scamper for safety.

An Abuja Federal High Court has granted bail to former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.

Trial judge. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on Monday granted the embattled former NSA bail in the sum of N200m bail bonds and two sureties each in like sum who must be public servants of no less than Grade Level 16, and must deposit evidence of last promotion to the court registrar.

She also ruled that the sureties must be owners of landed properties in the FCT and must deposit original copies of the land title to the court registrar while Dasuki’s international passport should remain with the court.

Audu Katagum, on Monday took his oath of office as Deputy Governor of Bauchi.

Katagum who was sworn-in by the Grand Khadi of the state, Dahiru Ningi, was charged by the Governor, Mohammed Abubakar to ensure prudence and accountability in the discharge of his duties.

Gov. Abubakar who gave the advice during the occasion called on the new Deputy Governor to be loyal and support him in the running of the affairs of the state, but warned that his administration would not condone any act of sabotage, as any act to derail the administration would be resisted.

Katagum pledged support to the administration in ensuring the delivery of dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

Thirteen final year Economics students including one with a first class GPA, of the Federal University, Lokoja, have been expelled by the authorities of the university.

The students, who were expelled over alleged leakage of question papers that rocked the institution during the second semester examination in November 2017, were said to have been involved in purchasing the examination paper from a driver who worked in the department.

Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Angela Freeman Miri, who disclosed this at a press conference on Monday, noted that  “the affected students were invited by the committee for questioning and the investigation committee found them guilty and then recommended them for expulsion.”

She said the university was also investigating some staff said to be accomplices in the question leakage scandal, with a view to imposing appropriate sanctions on those found guilty, adding that the affected students have been given the right of appeal if they are not satisfied with the decision of the University Senate which approved their expulsion.

The Government of Lagos says it is perfecting plans to prosecute the owner and driver of the ill-fated fuel tanker which exploded on Thursday on Otedola Bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The State’s Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who disclosed this on Monday while briefing Government House Correspondents after the Security Council Meeting chaired by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, said investigation into the matter was in top gear.

“I have just received a letter from the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice which stated very clearly charges which we are going to prefer against the driver and the owner of that tanker.”

And……stories from around the world:

Neymar was the star of his show as his performance ensured Brazil a Quarter-Final berth at the expense of Mexico.

Neymar improved his performances in the tournament as he scored a goal and setup another to rally his side to a 2-0 victory. Roberto Firmino came off the bench to get on the scoresheet in the 88th minute after he was at the receiving end of Neymar’s brilliant pass in the box and increased Brazil’s World Cup goals to 228, no other country has scored more.

Brazil will face the winner between Belgium and Japan in the quarter-finals.

Twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded Thai cave for nine days were found alive late Monday after a painstaking search by specialist divers who finally discovered the emaciated group on a mud embankment. (AFP)

The left-wing anti-establishment candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will make tackling corruption his top priority after winning Mexico’s presidential election on Sunday.

Mr López Obrador (64) says he wants to make his country more economically independent of the US while also persuading Mr Trump to help develop the region in order to contain illegal migration.

US President Donald Trump has said he looks forward to working with him. (BBC)

An Iranian diplomat has been arrested along with two people suspected of plotting a bomb attack on a meeting of an exiled Iranian opposition group in France attended by Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Belgian authorities said on Monday. (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he had spoken to Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador about border security and believed the new Mexican leader would help the United States with its border issue. (Reuters)

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