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Today's Headlines: How Catholic Bishops Sexually Abused Over 200,000 Children; Lawan Advise Senators

How Catholic Bishops Sexually Abused Over 200,000 Children In France –

Amajor investigation has revealed that French clergy sexually abused more than 200,000 children over the past 70 years, adding that the Catholic Church turned a blind eye to the 'scourge' for too long.

In a Reuters report, Jean-Marc Sauve, the head of the commission, said the church had shown "deep, total and even cruel indifference for years," protecting itself rather than the victims of what was systemic abuse.

He said most of the victims were boys, many of them aged between 10 and 13.

The report said, "Faced with this scourge, for a very long time the Catholic Church's immediate reaction was to protect itself as an institution and it has shown complete, even cruel, indifference to those having suffered abuse.”


Abia PDP reacts to APGA lawmaker's defection to party

The Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has described as a welcome development the formal defection of the member representing Aba central constituency at the State House of Assembly and ex-minority leader, Abraham Oba, to the ruling PDP from the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

Abraham Oba who was elected twice on the platform of APGA, had announced his defection in a letter read on the floor of the house by the Speaker, Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji, at its plenary sitting on Tuesday.

The lawmaker cited the factional crisis in the party and other issues rocking the Abia chapter of APGA as the reason for his defection to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state.


Lawan to senators: Talk less to the media — don’t give wrong impression about us

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has told his colleagues in the upper legislative chamber to talk less to the media in order not to give a wrong impression about them.

Lawan made the remarks on the floor of the senate on Wednesday following a motion on privilege by Ovie Omo-Agege, deputy senate president.

Omo-Agege had drawn the attention of his colleagues to the remarks made by Enyinnaya Abaribe, senate minority leader, when he appeared on Channels Television on Tuesday night.

Nigerian Agency, BPP Shields Director-General, Okonkwo Indicted For Failure To Implement Audit Report 

The Bureau of Public Procurement is currently dragging to take a disciplinary action on the acting Director-General of the Project Development Institute (PRODA) Enugu, Fabian Okonkwo, who is found wanting to have failed to implement an audit report for the institute.

Okonkwo had been alleged to be involved in gross misconduct and failure to implement the contents of the audit report carried out by the federal government body, BPP, and submitted since May 2021. 


I didn’t acquire building illegally – Lawmaker tackles Bauchi govt over demolition 

Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, a member of the House of Representatives, has denied claims by the Bauchi State Government that construction work on his building is illegal.

Officials of the state government had in the earlier hours of 1st October demolished the building located at No. 7 Buba Yero Road, Old GRA, Bauchi, and later claimed that the property was illegally acquired by the lawmaker as the building was initially allocated to the state House of Assembly to serve as its guest’s house.

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