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Tunisia leader, Kais Saied supports hanging amid woman’s murder uproar


Tunisia’s President Kais Saied has said he backs capital punishment after public outrage over a woman’s murder sparked calls for executions to restart following a three-decade-long pause.

“Anyone who kills a person for no reason deserves the death penalty,” Saied told the nation’s security council late Monday, according to a video posted by the presidency.

Tunisia carried out its last hanging in 1991, according to Amnesty International, but death by hanging remains on the statute books of the North African nation.

Presidential candidate Kais Saied speaks as he attends a news conference after the announcement of the results in the first round of Tunisia’s presidential election in Tunis, Tunisia September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed/File Photo

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Convicts have regularly been handed death sentences in recent years — mainly in trials related to national security — but a moratorium on carrying out the punishment has been in place.

“Each society has its choices, we have our principles, and the text is there,” Saied added.

A recent murder revived the debate on the death penalty.


The body of a 29-year-old woman, who had vanished after leaving work, was discovered last week near a highway that runs from the capital Tunis to the suburb of Marsa.

A man was swiftly arrested and confessed to killing her and stealing her phone, according to the interior ministry.

The justice ministry said that the suspect had previously been accused in an earlier murder case that was dismissed, without giving further details.

“If it is proven that he has killed one or more people, I don’t think the solution is … not to apply the death penalty,” Saied added.


[Nigeria] Buhari Makes New Appointments. [Full Text]


>>> Presidency make fresh appointments, writes Senate <<<

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Nigerian Senate to confirm nominations he has made for the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Federal Character Commission and the Federal Civil Service Commission.

NobleReporters gathered that the senate received 3 requests from President Buhari on Tuesday. Mr Buhari highlighted that the request for the confirmation of the nominees was in accordance with the provisions of Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.

Those nominated to serve as Commissioners with the Federal Civil Service Commission are

Madugu Jonah for Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau;

Frederick Ekwem for Imo and Abia.


The nominees for confirmation as Members of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) are:

Salamatu Mohammed Bala, Adamawa;

Alfred Egba, Bayelsa;

Adamu Shettima Yuguda Dibal, Borno;

Emmanuel Nwosu, Imo;

Oladele Seminu Gboyega, Osun;

Bello Abubakar Wamakko, Sokoto;

Ahmed Yusuf, Taraba.


The President’s nominees to serve at the Federal Character Commission include;

Muheeba Dankaka, Chairman;

Henry Ogbulogo, Abia;

Salihu Bello, Adamawa;

Obonganwan Dborah Daniel Ebony, Akwa-Ibom;

Ibeabuchi Uche, Anambra;

Mohammed Tijjani, Bauchi;

Tonye Okio, Bayelsa;


Silas Mfa Macikpah, Benue;

Abba Ali Monguno, Borno;

Nsor Atamgba, Cross River; and Alims Agoda.

Tobias Chukuemeka, Ebonyi;

Imuetinyan Festus, Edo;

Sesan Fatoba;

Ginika Florence Tor, Enugu;

Hamza Mohammed, Gombe;


Diogu Uche, Imo;

Lawan Ya’u Roni, Jigawa;

Hadiza Usman Muazu, Kaduna;

Mohammed Awwal Na’iya, Kano;

Lawal Garba, Katsina;

Abubakar Atiku Bunu, Kebbi;

Idris Eneye Bello, Kogi;

Daniel James Kolo, Kwara;


Are Miftah Bolaji, Lagos;

Nasir Isa Kwarra, Nasarawa;

Suleiman Barau, Niger.

Abiodun Isiaq Akinlade, Ogun;

Olufemi Omosanya, Ondo;

Adeoye Abdularazaq Olalekan, Osun;

Adeniyi Olowofela, Oyo;

Stephen Jings, Plateau;

Wokocha Augustine, Rivers;


Abdullahi Taminu Tafida, Sokoto;

Alhaji Armaya’u Dauda Abubakar,

Taraba; Jibril Maigari, Yobe;

Sani Garba, Zamfara;

Adamu Mohammed Sidi-Ali, Federal Capital Territory.


>>> Nigerian Senate appoint new spokesperson <<<

The Senate President Ahmed Lawan has announced Osun lawmaker, Ajibola Bashiru, as the new spokesperson of the upper chamber.


Mr Bashiru from the ruling party will succeed Godiya Akwashiki as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs. Senator Akwashiki was the acting spokesperson following the removal of Ekiti Senator, Adebayo Adeyeye who was sacked by a court in November 2019.

NobleReporters recalls that a Court of Appeal, sitting in Kaduna replaced Mr Adeyeye with former minority leader, Senator Abiodun Olujimi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Although the ruling All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State immediately rejected the judgment, the opposition PDP applauded it as the restoration of the people’s mandate.


It should be noted that both senators contested Ekiti South Senatorial District seat in the February 23, 2019, National Assembly election.

According to the Senate President during Tuesday plenary, Mr Akwashiki from Nasarawa is now the chairman of the Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity while Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti) is named the chairman Senate Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organisations.



FG Rank North #1 In Illiteracy, Poverty

The northern part of Nigeria has been ranked the highest region in poverty and illiteracy level, according to a new survey that was released by the federal government.

This was made known by the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Miriam Yalwaji Katagun who represented President Muhammadu Buhari during the launch of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Area Office complex located on Dandagoro Road, Katsina.

“You will recall that during his address marking the June 12 celebration of 2019, the president made a commitment to the nation that his administration will strive to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

”True to his promise, the president has been churning out initiatives that are directly targeted at not only improving the lot of the poverty-stricken in the country but also address other numerous social problems bedevilling the country, particularly the north.

”According to statistics, there are about 13-14 million out of school children in the north today. The region also ranks highest in terms of poverty and illiteracy levels. It is in this regard that I commend the ITF for its efforts to expand its existing infrastructure in order for more Nigerians to access its services.”