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Breaking News: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes Director-General, World Trade Organization

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The former Minister of Finance in Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has emerged as the new Director-General of the World Trade Organization. She is the first female and first African Director-General of the WTO.

In a keenly contested election, Okonjo-Iweala beat her rival, South Korean Yoo Myung hee, with a wide margin. She polled 104 votes from 164 member countries to defeat Myung Hee at the final stage of the race.

Okonjo-Iweala received widespread support from Africa and other continents before the election which took place today October 28.

Her victory comes days after European Union member nations backed her candidacy against Ms. Myung hee, who was supported by the United States.

Okonjo-Iweala, aged 66, served as Nigeria’s first female Finance and Foreign Affair minister and has a 25-year career behind her as a development economist and international finance expert at the World Bank.

She is also on Twitter’s board of directors and is a special envoy for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 fight.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

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The Senate, after a two-hour session on Wednesday at plenary confirmed the appointment of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission.

Bawa was nominated for the role by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

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Speaking during the screening, the new Chairman denied an allegation that he sold the seized property in EFCC custody at its Port Harcourt Zonal office.

He said the seized property in Port Harcourt were properly disposed off by the agency’s officials from its headquarters.

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Fresh Attacks: Gunmen attack Niger communities

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Still handling the tears caused by some gunmen who kidnapped some Kagara school students, another attack, has been launched at Some Communities in the Gurmana ward of Shiroro Local Government Area of the same Niger State.

New Attack: Gunmen attack Niger communities

On Wednesday evening, Sarkin Zama, Bakin Kogi (Lagbe), Siyiko, and other adjoining villages were invaded by gunmen, who stormed the villages in their large numbers.

Some unverified casualties were recorded as the operation lasted for hours.

Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Kokki, said some died while others who sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries were rushed to various health facilities for medical attention.

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Kokki said scores of others were also abducted and taken to unknown destinations.

“Countless deadly attacks have become daily occurrences, thereby compelling the affected victims to live at the mercy of hydra-headed monsters. Defenceless, unarmed, and peaceful locals have been abandoned to their fate,” Kokki added.

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Gunmen Break Into Niger School, Abducts Students, Staff

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Some students and staff of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, headquarters of Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, have been abducted by gunmen.

It was gathered that the attackers invaded the school around 2am on Wednesday.

A witness said a student, who tried to escape lost his loss through a gunshot while some others were injured but on our own, we cannot give verification to this claim.

Commenting on the abduction, Shehu Sani, a former Senator, said he has spoken with the principal of the school who confirmed the incident to be true.

The incident took place 48 hours after 21 passengers heading to Minna, capital of Niger State, were held hostage in broad daylight.

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While they were released on Tuesday, news of fresh abductions in the state was received.

The high rate of insecurity in the nation has been a source of concern but all efforts to check the trend have not yielded the desired results.

Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari replaced the service chiefs he appointed in 2015 but insecurity hasn’t stopped under the new service chiefs.

Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi Yobe State, and Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, are some of the schools where gunmen have abducted students in the past.

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