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France’s Macron heads to Le Pen stronghold in search of more votes

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France’s centrist leader Emmanuel Macron will take his hunt for extra votes on Monday to the industrial heartlands of northern France, a blue-collar stronghold of his far-right rival Marine Le Pen who he will face in an April 24 presidential runoff vote.

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Macron and Le Pen came out on top in Sunday’s first-round vote, setting up a repeat of the 2017 runoff between the pro-European economic liberal and euro-sceptic nationalist.

Left-wing voters will be crucial to determining the outcome of the election. Third-placed challenger, hard-left veteran Jean-Luc Melenchon, told supporters not one single vote should go to the far right but stopped short of endorsing Macron.

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“Let’s make no mistake, nothing has been decided yet,” Macron told his cheering supporters late on Sunday after partial results showed him qualifying for the runoff.

An interior ministry count showed that with 97% of votes counted, Macron had won 27.60% of voters’ support. Le Pen secured 23.41% and Melenchon 21.95%.

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Polls predict a close-fought second round with one survey projecting Macron will win with just 51% of the vote and 49% for Le Pen. The gap is so tight that victory either way is within the margin of error.

Macron took aim at his far-right rival over the financing of her economic agenda, which would see the retirement age cut to 60 for those who start work before 20, income tax scrapped for the under-30s and VAT on energy reduced to 5.5% from 20%.

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Le Pen has brought the image of her far-right party closer to the mainstream at a time when France has also lurched to the right in the wake of Islamist attacks. Even so, her softer, less combative manner belies a hardline anti-immigrant programme.

But it has been her focus on the cost-of-living issues troubling millions that has helped her tap into a widespread discontent towards rulers as she has toured towns and villages across France.

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Le Pen said voters were making a choice between two opposite visions of France: “one of division, injustice and disorder imposed by Emmanuel Macron for the benefit of a few, the other a rallying together of French people around social justice and protection.”

Le Pen won 33% of the votes in the northern Hauts-de-France region where Macron is campaigning on Monday, but left-wing candidates were close behind and won a combined 27-28% of the vote in the area.

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Macron supporters and some of his campaign insiders have said he must do more to win over the left.

Melenchon ally Clementine Autain told RMC radio she hoped Melenchon voters would not vote for Le Pen, but said Macron’s record and programme had little to attract leftist voters.

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“Macron does not protect France from being taken over by the far right,” she said.

On Tuesday, Macron will head to Strasbourg, where Melenchon notched up a high score.

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Abducted Zamfara journalist regains freedom after six days in captivity

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Abducted Zamfara journalist regains freedom after six days in captivity

Zamfara-based kidnapped Journalist, Idris Haruna Magami, has regained freedom. He was released Monday evening, May 16, after six days in captivity

 

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Idris Haruna a popular Radio presenter in Zamfara was abducted last wednesday while on his way to his hometown Magami, in Gusau local government area of Zamfara State

 

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He is a staff of Zamfara State Radio and Television Services

 

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Magami/ Dansadau road has been on the news for the wrong reasons following incessant attack on Communities, Commuters and Security operatives

 

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Magami is about fifty kilometers from Dansadau, an area known as one of the hotbed of Banditry.

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ICPC arraigns professor over $40000 bribe

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ICPC arraigns professor over $40000 bribe

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned one Professor John Kester Ifeanyichukwu over allegations of bribery and inducement of officers of the Commission.

 

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In a single-count charge brought before Honourable Justice A.O. Otaluka of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), High Court 12, sitting in Apo, Abuja, ICPC is accusing the Professor of issuing a cheque valued at $40,000 to a staff of the Commission.

 

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The cheque was part of the $50,000 and a house in Abuja, promised to the officer to compromise the investigation by retrieving the accused person’s devices, MacBook S/N CIML8BUGDTY3, MacBook S/N W80204J7ATN and iPhone pro11 which were in the custody of ICPC for investigative activities.

 

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John Kester Ifeanyichukwu had earlier been reported to the Commission by the Presidency for alleged acts bordering on corruption, extortion and money laundering.

 

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ICPC, in a Charge No: CR/025/2022, informed the court of how the defendant allegedly induced one of its operatives to smuggle out a particular iPhone and a laptop and to replace them with a dummy that was to be provided by his personal assistant.

 

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The accused person’s action is contrary to Section 18 (b) and punishable under Section 18 (d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

 

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He pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him. He was therefore admitted to bail in the sum of N10 million and two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and one of them must have a landed property in Abuja.

 

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The trial judge also ordered that the Defendant’s international passport and other valid travel documents must be submitted to the court before the next adjourned date otherwise his bail will be revoked.

 

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The case has been adjourned to the 21st of June 2022 for the commencement of hearing.

ICPC arraigns professor over $40000 bribe

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Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Education, And Career

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Femi Adebayo is a Nigerian director, film actor, lawyer, producer, and Special Adviser to the Governor of Kwara State on Arts, Culture, and Tourism. He is the son of the veteran actor, Adebayo Salami. Here’s his Biography, Age, Net worth, Wife, Children, Education, Occupation, Parents, Awards, etc.

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Who is Femi Adebayo?

Femi Adebayo Salami is a Nigerian director, film actor, lawyer, and producer. Adebayo attended the C&S College for his secondary school education. He then went to the University of Ilorin, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law. He later earned a master’s degree in Law at the University of Ibadan.

Full name: Femi Adebayo Salami

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Nicknames: Jelili

Date of birth: 31 December 1978

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Age: 44

Place of birth: Lagos State

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State of origin: Kwara State

READ ALSO: My Aproko Partner – Femi Adebayo Eulogises Father, Adebayo Salami

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Nationality: Nigerian

Parents: Adebayo Salami(Oga Bello)

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Education: C&S College, University of Ilorin, and University of Ibadan

Occupation: Director, film actor, Lawyer, Politician, and producer

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Wife: Omotayo Maimunat Sanusi (m. 2016)

Siblings: 5

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Children: 4

Net worth: $900,000

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Cars: Unknown

Awards: Best Movie Producer Of The Year (Yoruba) at the City People Entertainment Awards 2015.

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Best Actor in a Lead role –Yoruba at the Best of Nollywood Awards(2017)

Best Kiss in a Movie at 2020 Best of Nollywood Awards

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Social media: [email protected]https://www.instagram.com/femiadebayosalami/

Adebayo began acting in 1985, the same year he featured in his father’s first movie titled Ogun Ajaye. Femi has starred in over 500 Nigerian films, winning four awards as Best Yoruba actor at the 17th African Film Awards popularly known as Afro Hollywood awards at the Stratford Town Hall in London. He also won an award in the same category for the Best of Nollywood Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria Awards in 2012. Adebayo has a long list of movies to his credits, which includes the Sonto AlapataWura Ati FadakaMa Wobadan, and Buga, among others. He is the MD/CEO of J-15 media network Nigeria.

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