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Not less than one thousand five hundred Nigerians are serving jail terms for various offences in Italy.

 

This is according to the Italian Ambassador to Nigeria Stefanou Pontesilli who described the number as a big number, adding that the Italian authorities sometimes send them back to Nigeria once they finished their terms because they have not behaved well.

 

 

Pontesilli however denied reports that Italy sometimes send Nigerian migrants from Italy to Libya.

 

He noted that some Nigerians are stuck in Libya because they were never able to cross over to Italy, adding that all those who went to Italy were not sent back.

 

Pontesilli also added that the Italian Government is doing a lot to repatriate them through chattered flights.

 

The envoy said that the relationship between Italy and Nigeria remained stronger.

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A retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Sir Pius Olayiwola Aderemi is dead.

 

The renowned jurist, who was once nominated by former president Goodluck Jonathan to chair the Independent and Corrupt Practices Commission died yesterday at a hospital in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

 

According to a statement by his son, Justice Aderemi died after a brief illness.

 

He was once a member of the National Judicial Council, the Body of Benchers of Nigeria, and a Papal Knight of Saint Gregory the Great.

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About forty two positions will be up for grabs during the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress on Saturday.

 

A member of the Media Subcommittee of the National Convention Committee, Abike Dabiri-Erewa who confirmed the development said no fewer than twenty candidates have been returned unopposed as members of the National Working Committee of the APC.

 

Arewa Dabiri also disclosed that screening has also been done adding that some candidates have been disqualified from the exercise.

 

She said some were disqualified on the basis of age and educational qualification.

 

The Presidential Adviser of Diaspora further assured that the convention will be free and fair.

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The Federal Government says it will shut down the land border between Nigeria and a neighbouring country to avoid smuggling of foreign rice into the country.

 

The Federal government disclosed that the action will be taken in few days.

 

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbe made the disclosure while speaking with selected youths in Abuja.

 

Chief Ogbeh said shutting the borders had become necessary to encourage local production and sustain the economy of the country.

 

The Minister who did not mention the affected country, said states like Anambra, Ebonyi, Kebbi, Kano, and Jigawa were doing well in rice production.

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP has sued the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola over his claimed failure to account for the spending on the privatisation of the electricity sector.

 

SERAP also wants to know the exact amount of post-privatisation spending on generation companies, distribution companies, DISCOS and Transmission Company of Nigeria to date.

 

SERAP in a suit filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos wants Fashola to explain if such spending came from budgetary allocations or other sources.

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