Family of slain vendor demand N500m compensation from Gbajabiamila, Senate approves refund of N148.14bn to five states | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

Family of slain vendor demands N500m compensation from Gbajabiamila, threatens legal action

The family of Ifeanyichukwu Okereke, a newspaper vendor who was gruesomely murdered by a security aide of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has demanded the sum of N500m as compensation.

The Okereke family said, in a letter dated November 23, 2020, it would take legal action against Gbajabiamila if all the demands were not met within seven days.

“That you adequately compensate the Okereke family with a modest sum of N500m only. This monetary demand can never adequately replace or take the place of their son, husband, brother, and breadwinner’s life. But it will at least mitigate the obvious trauma and hardship the premature demise of their irreplaceable breadwinner has placed on them,” the letter read.

Senate approves refund of N148.14bn to five states

The Senate on Tuesday approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for a refund of N148 billion to Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Osun and Ondo State Governments for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government.

The approval followed the consideration of a report by the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, chaired by Senator Clifford Ordia (Edo Central).

In his presentation, Ordia stated that most of the Federal highways in the beneficiary states where said projects were executed “were at a deplorable state before the intervention of the state governments.”

Okonjo-Iweala’s chances for WTO DG increases as rival withdraws

Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s chances of securing the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) increased yesterday as South Korea withdrew its candidate, Yoo Myung-hee, from the race.

Reports suggest that South Korea had notified the United States (U.S.) government of its decision and would make the decision public in the days ahead. This development suggests that Okonjo-Iweala now stands a better chance of being announced as Director-G of the World trade body.

US mission: New policy on $15,000 visa bond won’t affect Nigerian travellers

The United States Mission in Nigeria says Nigeria is not currently part of the pilot visa bond programme.

On Tuesday, reports revealed that the Trump administration had introduced a new temporary policy aimed at discouraging nationals of some countries with higher visa overstay rate. Under the new policy, visitors to the US from such countries may have to pay up to $15,000 in bonds.

In a statement on Tuesday, the US mission in Nigeria said the African country with the most visa overstays-Nigeria will not be affected by the policy.

“We are committed to combating visa overstays and making sure travelers to the United States respect our laws. The implementation of this pilot builds on our engagement with foreign governments in recent years and will ensure continued progress to reduce overstay rates. Nigeria is not included in this six months pilot program.” the statement read.

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