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Today's Headlines: Senate Considers Amending JAMB Act, Gbajabiamila Queries Anti-media Bills’ Sponsor

Senate Considers Amending JAMB Act

The Senate Committee on Basic Education has said it will pursue the amendment of the law establishing the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to enable it limit the age of candidates writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, to 16 years and above.

Vice Chairman of the committee, Senator Akon Eyakenyi gave the indication during the committee’s oversight visit to JAMB.

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According to him, the committee had identified two major areas to be addressed in the proposed amendment for the exam body to function better.


Eyakenyi said “Our own work is that of making laws, to legislate; we have identified two major areas that we need to go into the process of amending the act establishing JAMB. That’s the area of support we will give

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Gbajabiamila Queries Anti-media Bills’ Sponsor

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has distanced himself from bills seeking to gag Nigerian press, stating that such bills would not survive under his leadership of the legislative chamber.


The Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Nigerian Union of Journalists, which make up the Nigerian Press Organisation, had sponsored a record front-page protest against the ongoing amendments to the Nigerian Press Council Act and the National Broadcasting Commission Act.

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Major newspapers in the country, including The PUNCH, had published the advertorial prominently on their front page on Monday.

According to Gbajabiamila, the contentious clauses in the bills will be amended or removed.


At an award ceremony organised by the House of Representatives’ Press Corps in Abuja on Monday, Gbajabiamila disclosed that he had questioned the sponsor of the bill and demanded a copy which he would read as soon as possible.


The Speaker said, “I will not be part of any bill that will seek to gag the press. No bill will come to the floor of the House that seeks to gag the press because the press is supposed to be the voice of the people.


“However, I hold very strongly the view that there is press freedom and there is freedom of expression. What we call freedom of expression – and I think it is important for us as Nigerians to listen to one another and understand each other so that we can make progress as a nation – there is nowhere in the world where freedom of expression is absolute. Freedom of expression is limited to the extent that it does not affect another person’s freedom.”


Bandits Beg For Forgiveness After Releasing Emir Of Kajuru

A member of the royal house in Kajuru has revealed that bandits who abducted Alhaji Alhassan Adamu, the emir, begged for forgiveness.

Naija News recalls that gunmen suspected to be bandits had on Sunday morning kidnapped the Emir of Kajuru at his residence in Kajuru LGA of Kaduna state.


The gunmen also abducted 13 other family members of the emir including women and children.

However, the Emir was released on Monday while other captives were held.

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Speaking to DailyTrust, a source, who was among those who picked up the emir, said the bandits asked for forgiveness before handing over the monarch to his relatives and members of the emirate council.


The source said the bandits had called them through the emir’s phone number shortly after Asr (sunset prayer) and asked them to prepare to receive him.

He said on getting to the location, near Gengere community, three of the bandits; heavily armed and in military uniform, apologised for abducting the emir and sought forgiveness from him.


“We couldn’t believe it. We stood there looking at them while they apologised, saying they had not felt at ease since they abducted him. They told us to go with him while negotiations for the other 13 people will continue tomorrow (Tuesday),” he said.


Navy Speaks On Recruitment

The Nigeria Navy has described as “fake” a list of supplementary candidates making the rounds on social media.

It was reported that in the purported Navy supplementary list, all 44 candidates are northerners.


But a statement by the Director of Information, Naval Headquarters, Cdr Suleman Dahun, said the list did not emanate from the Nigerian Navy headquarters.

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He maintained that it was fake and Nigerians should treat the list as “a pitiable ploy of mischief makers and idle minds with intent on creating ill feelings amongst the Nigerian public thereby stoking sectional and religious sensibilities.”

Dahun further stated that Navy would explore legal means to seek redress over the mischievous story.


He advised members of the public to visit www.joinnigeriannavy.com for authentic information on NN recruitment exercises.

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