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Police Intercept 7,500 Live Cartridges, N600m Indian Hemp In Kebbi

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Police authorities in Kebbi State have intercepted two vehicles conveying 7,500 live cartridges and parcels of Indian Hemp worth over N600 million.

One of the trucks was coming from Ghana through Togo and Benin Republic to Nigeria, while the second vehicle took off from Benin Republic to Nigeria, beating different checkpoints.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nafiu Abubakar, said this while briefing journalists in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday, describing the arrest as huge.

He said that on September 10 at about 7:30 pm, a team of police border patrol team attached to Saransa-Maje road, Bagudo Local Government Area of Kebbi, intercepted a container truck registered: Lagos, IT 21520 LA conveying 4,927 parcels of suspected Indian hemp.

The police spokesman said that the substance was valued at over N300 million, adding that three suspects, Emmanuel Chukwuma from Abia, Kanta Bisa from Ghana, and Shola Adeyemi from Ondo State were arrested while others escaped.

“The same dedicated, courageous, and very hard-working team of police border patrol intercepted another container truck with registration number: IT 21608 LA conveying 7,500 live cartridges and 4,106 parcels of dry leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp.

“The substance is valued at over N300 million and one AbdurRasaq Agbola of Iyana Ajiya area in Ibadan, Oyo State was arrested,” he stated.

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Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over trial

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– Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over ongoing trial
– Kanu’s lawyer moves two applications before the Federal High Court
– FG’s counsel says defendant should approach Attorney General for negotiation

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has expressed willingness to negotiate with the Federal Government over his ongoing trial.

Through his counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, Kanu informed the Federal High Court in Abuja of his intention to seek negotiation under Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

Ejimakor had earlier moved two applications before the court, including one objecting to the jurisdiction of the court. If the applications are denied, Kanu’s lawyer plans to invoke Section 17, which promotes reconciliation and amicable settlement among parties.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, stated that the defendant should approach the Attorney General of the Federation for negotiation.

Justice Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, clarified that the court’s role is to hear cases, not to solicit negotiations. Kanu has been in DSS custody since June 2021, facing terrorism-related charges levelled against him by the government.

His lawyer’s latest move may signal a potential shift in the case’s trajectory.

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30,000 Students to Benefit from FG’s Interest-Free Loan Scheme

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– Over 30,000 students selected for federal government’s student loan scheme
– Scheme aims to support underprivileged students in pursuing higher education
– Loan is interest-free and does not require a “godfather”

The federal government’s student loan scheme has selected over 30,000 students to benefit from the initiative.

This was announced by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during a visit to the Nigeria Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja.

Akpabio praised the student loan bill, signed into law by President Bola Tinubu, for enabling vulnerable Nigerian students to access higher education without financial burdens.

He expressed his personal admiration for the bill, stating it is one of the most important bills passed by the 10th National Assembly.

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has assured the public that every eligible Nigerian student will benefit from the interest-free loan program.

Thee application process will be open, fair, and transparent, without requiring a “godfather,” according to Dr. Fred Femi Akinfala, NELFUND’s Executive Director of Finance and Administration.

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