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FIAME NAOMI MATAAFA TO BECOME SAMOA’S FIRST FEMALE PRIME MINISTER.

Fiame Naomi Mataafa is to become Samoa’s first female prime minister, after the Pacific nation’s top court helped break a month-long political impasse that followed a tightly contested election in April.

Samoa’s Supreme Court on Monday overruled an attempt by the head of state Vaaletoa Sualauvi II to void the election results.

The top court also rejected the post-election creation of an additional parliamentary seat that briefly gave the incumbent government a majority.

The court decisions clear the path for Mataafa’s FAST party to form a government, ending the rule of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who has fought to hold onto power after governing for 22 years.

Source : www.aljazeera.com

POLICE ARRESTS 14 SUSPECTED DRUG PEDDLERS IN CALABAR

About 14 suspected hard drug peddlers were Sunday, arrested in Calabar by the Cross-River state police command.

The operation which was led by the Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande took place at the Watt Market.

The State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of police, Irene Ugbo confirmed the raid to journalists.

NEMA DISTRIBUTES RELIEF MATERIALS TO HOUSEHOLDS DEVASTATED BY WINDSTORM IN IKOM

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, on Sunday distributed relief materials to one thousand, one hundred and twelve households devastated by a windstorm that swept through four communities in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State.

NEMA named Ogomogom, Akorofono, Nkarasi, and Abinti communities in Ikom Local Government Area as beneficiaries of the gesture.

In a statement on Sunday, the agency’s Head, Media and Public Relations, Manzo Ezekiel, noted that the communities which received the items at the weekend have been bearing the brunt of the windstorm which pulled off roofs, destroyed houses with loss of properties. 

AFRICAN FINANCE SUMMIT: PRESIDENCY EXPRESSES HOPE OF POSITIVE RESULTS

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Public Affairs, Ajuri Ngelale says the President’s four day official visit to attend the African Finance Summit in France has serious security implications for Nigeria and other countries in the Sahel and Lake Chad Region.

Ngelale who revealed this to our correspondent on Sunday, said there are expectations of positive results in terms of enhanced technical cooperation, collaboration and procurement of weapons between the Armed forces of France and Nigeria in the fight against insurgency.

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Public Affairs, also noted that there will be lots of engagements with French companies as well as other oil and gas companies to boost Nigeria’s economy.

Ngelale also revealed that there will be further harmonization of all African countries to ensure that they are playing their parts in terms of curbing emissions to reduce climate change, as well as in the the COVID-19 response.

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