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Okonjo-Iweala and one other candidate emerge finalists for WTO Director-General job

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Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has emerged as one of the finalists for the World Trade Organization Director-General job.

 

Bloomberg reported that the two final candidates who advanced to the final round in the race to lead the Geneva-based trade body are Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.

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The initial pool of eight candidates to replace Roberto Azevedo, who stepped down as WTO director-general in August a year ahead of schedule, was narrowed down to five last month.

 

The three eliminated during the second round of so-called “confessionals” in which all member states confidentially voice their preferences were Liam Fox of Britain, Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri of Saudi Arabia, and Amina Mohamed of Kenya.

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Jesus Saede Kuri of Mexico, Tudor Ulianovschi of Moldova and Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh of Egypt were eliminated in the first round.

 

WTO General Council Chairman, David Walker is expected to formally announce the results to the institution’s delegates on Thursday morning in Geneva.

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If Okonjo-Iweala emerges victorious from the final elimination round, she would not only be the first woman but also the first African to lead the global trade body.l

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Family of slain Abuja newspaper vendor demands N500m compensation from Gbajabiamila

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The family of late Ifeanyi Okereke, the newspaper vendor who was killed by a stray bullet fired by a security detail attached to Speaker of the House of Assembly, Femi Gbajabiamila, are demanding N500 million compensation from the speaker.

 

DSS Officer, Abdullahi Hassan, attached to the speaker, fired a gunshot to disperse newspaper vendors who gathered around the speaker last Thursday, November 19, with one bullet hitting Ifeanyi who died instantly.

 

In a letter written by their lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and dated today November 24, the family of late Ifeanyi asked Gbajabiamila to ensure that Hassan is fully prosecuted. Ozekhome was given the mandate to write the letter by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke; and the younger brother to the deceased, Destiny Okereke.

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The letter read in part

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“Our clients have instructed us to make from your good self, the following modest demands: That you use your good offices to ensure the immediate prosecution of your security aide (Abdullahi Hassan), who went on a frolic of his own, clearly acted outside the purview of his duty and responsibility by shooting to death an innocent, harmless and armless citizen.

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.”

 

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The Okereke family gave the Speaker a seven-day ultimatum to meet their demands otherwise they would take legal action against him

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“Take note therefore that it is our clients’ firm instruction that in the event that you fail, refuse and/or neglect to accede to or proffer reasonable compensatory terms to our above modest demands within seven days from the date of this letter, we shall without any further correspondences from us, take appropriate legal steps to enforce our clients’ constitutional rights” the letter stated.

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17-year-old girl who got 7 A1s in WAEC dies

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A teenager who got 7A1s in the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has died.

Chisom Chukwuneke, made straights A’s in the entrance exam and emerged the best student from her school, Graceland college in Enugu last year. She went on to win numerous academic awards in her school.

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17-year-old girl who got 7 A1s in WAEC dies

Chisom was reportedly sick and was already making a recovery before she died.

A photo of her as she sat on her hospital bed has been shared online.

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17-year-old girl who got 7 A1s in WAEC dies

Her obituary reveals she died on October 18 in a hospital in South Africa.

She will be buried on Tuesday, December 1, in Okpuno village, Umuogali, Oba, Idemili South Anambra state.

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17-year-old girl who got 7 A1s in WAEC dies

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Okada men and Agodi prison officials clash in Ibadan (video)

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A chaotic scene is currently being witnessed at Agodi community of Ibadan, Oyo state capital following a clash between okada riders and officials of the Agodi Correctional Facility.

 

It was alleged that the clash ensued after the death of an Okada man which was linked to a prison official.

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Olugbenga Fadeyi, spokesman of Oyo state police command confirmed the incident and also disclosed that policemen have been deployed to curtail the violence.

 

He said;

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“The truth is that there was a clash between officers of the correctional service and bike men stationed at agodi gate.

“One okada riders sustained injury and he was rushed to the University College Hospital. Our men moved in swift response to be able to curtail the menace of criminal elements. Are men are still there to ensure that okada riders do not take law into their hands.”

 

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Here is a video from the scene….

 

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