US takes aim at UN migration pact ahead of conference

Days ahead of an international conference in Morocco to endorse a UN migration pact, the United States made the case Friday for opposing the deal that it shunned a year ago and which has since prompted a wave of withdrawals. In a lengthy statement, the United States said the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration represents “an effort by the United Nations to advance global governance at the expense of the sovereign right of states to manage their immigration systems.” The non-binding pact agreed in July last year…

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Atiku warns against vote-buying.

Atiku Abubakar, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has advised Nigerians against selling their votes as concerns persist over possible electoral fraud at the landmark polls. Atiku claimed that President Mohammadu Buhari’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had offered cash inducements to voters. “This is what the APC is doing. They are buying PVCs (permanent voter cards). They will come to you and give you 10 naira, 20 naira, 50 naira to buy your PVC,” he told supporters. “They are buying your future,” he was quoted as saying in local…

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Rat Broke Into an ATM, Ate Nearly $20,000 Worth of Cash, and Died

Eating money will not make you rich, but rather turn your insides into tub of paper confetti. A rat in Assam state, India, learned this hard truth earlier this week when it squeezed its way inside an ATM machine, consumed and destroyed $17,662 worth of Rupees, and promptly died. The ATM in question was on the fritz for a few days when technicians were called to inspect it, Reuters reports. What they found looked like the contents of a paper shredder, with the rat already dead and buried within the…

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BREAKING:President Buhari declines assent to the amended electoral bill.

President Mohammadu Buhari has declined assent to the amended electoral bill. Ita Enang, senior special assistant to the president on national assembly (senate), said the president has communicated his decision to the national assembly. Although Enang avoided making a categorical statement on the bill, he said Buhari assented to the National University Commission Amendment Act. In September, Buhari turned down the bill for the second time, asking the national assembly to revise some clauses. The national assembly had passed the bill on July 24 and transmitted to the president on…

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Special FEC session begins in Abuja

A special session of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has begun at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting is primarily to fine tune the 2019 budget proposals before it will be presented to a joint session of the National Assembly. The Federal Government is proposing a total budget of N8.6trillion for 2019, a drop from the N9.12tn approved for 2018. Details later.

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