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Joe Biden Set to announce Susan Rice and others for key administration posts

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Biden, Harris set to introduce Susan Rice, others for key administration posts

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 President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be introducing key members of their administration to the public on Friday, several of whom are veterans of the Obama White House.

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 He announced that the retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin will be the secretary of defense in Wilmington. In the afternoon from Wilmington, Delaware, they will also present Susan Rice as the White House domestic policy adviser; Denis McDonough as the nominee for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs; Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, as the nominee for Housing and Urban Development; Tom Vilsack as the nominee for secretary of the Agriculture Department; and Katherine Tai as the nominee for U.S. trade representative.

In 40 days, the president-elect will be sworn into office. However, he has already announced his choice for the key  administration posts.

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BREAKING!! No COVID-19 Vaccine, No Salary — Government Tells Civil Servants

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The Togo government said that #COVID19 vaccines are not needed, but warns civil servants that if they do not get the vaccine, they will lose their jobs.

“Togo government says #COVID19 vaccines are not mandatory but tells civil servants that they will not receive their salary if they do not get the vaccine.”

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Arms Procurement Investigation: “Issues of arms procurement were done by specific individuals, call these individuals to explain to you ” – COAS Ibrahim Attahiru tells House of Reps members

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A dramatic scene was recorded today April 13 after the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru appeared before House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on arms and ammunition as part of the investigation into arms purchase by the military.


Attahiru refused to speak on arms procurement after presenting a document to the committee.


According to the COAS, he just resumed office and the issues surrounding the procurement of arms should be answered by the “specific individuals” who initiated the purchase.


He said;


“The submission before you speaks to the report before you. It is an executive summary. It is very self-explanatory to the extent that it has been pluralised. When you demanded this report, you stated a specific period for which you wanted it.

“You may wish to recall that the Chief of Army Staff took over the mantle of leadership barely two months ago.

“The period for which you want this report having been summarised in the executive summary explained whatever details you require.

“Issues of arms procurement that you so demand to know were done by specific individuals, I will rather you call these individuals to explain to you very specific issues the general explanation is contained in this report.”


A member of the committee, Ejiro Ogene had also faulted the COAS explanation for not appearing before the committee earlier.


Ogene said;


“When we ask you to come, the people are the ones speaking, sovereignty lies in the people; if we see it like this, things will be different.

“I expect that the COAS tenders an apology, not an explanation; you are serving the people and they are as your employer.”


Firing back at him, Attahiru insisted that his explanation serves as an apology. He said;


“When you say I offered an explanation, it is as good as an apology. It only tells you the reasons why I wasn’t here and the reasons are pungent enough.”


Following the rising tension at the proceeding, Chairman of the Committee Olaide Akinremi ruled that the hearing goes into a closed-door meeting and the media were asked to leave the hearing.

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Traditional ruler of Ewu, Ekiti state escapes death

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Traditional ruler of Ewu, Ekiti state escapes death
Adetutu Ajayi, the traditional ruler of Ewu Ekiti in Ilejemeje local government (LGA) of Ekiti state, have been shot by hoodlums.

According to NAN, he was shot on Friday night on his way to Ayetoro Ekiti, a neighboring community in Ido/Osi LGA.

The traditional ruler, however, escaped with injuries on his legs, arms and stomach, and he is currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed tertiary medical facility.

Sunday Abutu, the state police spokesman, confirmed the incident.

Abutu said the command is worried that such an attack could be launched in spite of unrelenting joint security patrol and raiding of black-spots to dislodge criminals.

He, however, said the police command in the state is committed to ridding the state of criminals and assured the residents that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

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The spokesman said the command will continue to work with other security agencies to ensure that criminality is wiped out in Ekiti.

Reacting to the incident, Ekiti state council of Obas called on security agencies to apprehend the hoodlums and bring them to justice.

Adebanji Alabi, chairman of the council, expressed concern over the rise in banditry and other criminal activities in the country.

He asked the government and security agencies to raise their level of surveillance in the state with a view to reducing crime.

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