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The bill before the which prescribes a degree as a minimum qualification for persons aspiring to be the of is close to passage into law.

The bill, sponsored by Istifanus Gyang (Plateau North), has passed second reading at the Red Chamber.

It is titled: “A Bill for an Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for the amendment of Sections 65 (2) (a), 131 (d), Section 106 (c) and Section 177 (d) therein, to provide for minimum qualification for into the National and States Assembly, of the President and Governors, and other related matters, 2020”.

It seeks to alter Section 131 (d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The section currently provides that presidential aspirants must have “been educated up to at least Certificate level or its equivalent.”

The new bill demands that such persons “should be educated up to at least HND level or’ its equivalent.”

It also seeks to alter Section 65 (2) (a) of the Constitution on qualifications for Nigerians seeking election into the National Assembly.

The existing law reads: “A person shall be qualified for election under subsection (1) of this section if he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.”

The new bill seeking the amendment wants it rephrased to: “If he has been educated to at least National Diploma level or its equivalent.”

The bill also seeks alteration of Section 177 (d) of the Constitution for State Governors.

It currently provides that any person seeking the position must have “been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.”

But the new bill wants it rephrased to: “If he has been educated up to at least Higher National Diploma Level or its equivalent.”

The bill also touched on the requirements for of Assembly aspirants in section 106 (c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

While the current law provides that such persons must have “been educated up to at least the School Certificate level or its equivalent”, the new bill wants it rephrased to: “If he has been educated up to National Diploma level or its equivalent.”

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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The Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday night, reported six new cases of coronavirus in the country, taking the total number of infections to 238.

According to NCDC, “Six new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 2 in Kwara, 2 in Edo, 1 in Rivers and 1 in the FCT.

As at 09:30 pm 6th April there are 238 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Thirty-five have been discharged with five deaths”

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An inspector of police identified as Stanley Azu serving under Azumini Police Division in Ukwa East LGA of Abia State has reportedly killed a petrol station staff in Obingwa LGA.

The incident happened along popular New Umuahia road.

Inspector Stanley was said to have tried stopping a vehicle that violated the lockdown order but the driver defied the instruction.

Sources in the area said that the police inspector chased the driver and reportedly fired at him.

The bullet strayed and hit Chibuisi, who was in his business centre.

Chibuisi was said to have been pronounced dead at Abia State Teaching Hospital where he was rushed to for urgent medical attention.

Chibuisi until his death was a staff of Greenmac Energy Ltd, a Petroleum Station Company owned by his in-law.

Abia Police Commissioner, Ene Okon, confirmed the arrest of the officer and said that the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) has taken over the matter.

Okon said that the police as an institution does not take such action of the inspector lightly.

“That police inspector was arrested immediately and detained.

“As I’m talking to you, SCID has taken over the matter and are investigating the police inspector for murder.

“We have our rules of engagement, we have our standard of operation and procedure and we have our own Force Order 237 as reviewed.

“That order has to do with when a police officer has to use his firearm and it’ll be justified,” Okon said.

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