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North Carolina governor pardons man imprisoned since 1995 for two murders he didn’t commit

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North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper has granted a pardon of innocence to a man who had been in prison since 1995 for two murders he didn’t commit.

 

Darryl Anthony Howard, now 59, was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder for the 1991 deaths of Doris Washington, 29, and her 13-year-old daughter Nishonda, as well as first-degree arson.

He was sentenced to two consecutive 40-year terms.The victims also appeared to have been sexually assaulted.

 

North Carolina governor pardons man imprisoned since 1995 for two murders he didn

In 2009, Howard’s attorneys tested rape kits related to the case and found new evidence that pointed to other suspects.

While his sentence was thrown out in 2014, Howard remained in prison through August 2016 after DNA evidence proved he was not involved in the crimes.

He has now been exonerated and freed.

According to AP reports, Howard can now file a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission to receive up to $750,000 in restitution.

This is Governor Cooper’s sixth pardon of innocence since taking office in 2017, the governor’s office said.

“It is important to continue our efforts to reform the justice system and to acknowledge wrongful convictions,” Cooper said.

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Ebonyi govt absolves self from phantom kidnap 

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By Dennis Agbo

Ebonyi state government has disassociated itself from an alleged abduction of a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, personnel in the state, Mr Ogbonnaya Amos.

Amos has however made an appearance in Enugu, during the weekend.

The state Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Uchenna Orji in a reaction to the state PDP’s indictment of the state government in the incident said that Amos was being hunted by his past.

Orji said it was unfortunate that some stalwarts of PDP in the state resorted to dirtier intrigues in their desperate but regrettable move to run down the name of Governor David Umahi and the image of the state government.

Orji said the government had it on good authority that millions of naira was voted for by the opposition party in the state to disparage the Governor and the state on social and other media platforms.

“The general public should therefore note that the alleged kidnap of one Amos Ogbonna is part of the grand design by his syndicate of political howlers to cause tension in the state and incite public hatred on a government they hold in very high esteem.

“We therefore dissociate and distance ourselves as Government from the thoughts and claims of these PDP officials, who for pecuniary and political reasons have covenanted with the opposition forces to unleash falsehood on the State Government,” Orji said.

He advised the security agencies to hold PDP officials in the state accountable for the whereabouts of Ogbonna, noting that circumstantial evidence points compellingly to their complicity in their allegation.

“We reaffirm our commitment to the core values of our administration and the prophetic proclamation that guides our actions. We leave our battles in the hands of God as we are sure that the enemies of our modest achievements shall be disappointed in the evil deeds of their agents,” Orji concluded.

Vanguard News Nigeria 



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Sunday Igboho, Yoruba Nation agitators storm Osogbo rally

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Popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho, on Saturday, joined other agitators at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, the Osun State capital, to demand Yoruba Nation.

Igboho, who spoke at the venue of the mega rally, also demanded the release of operatives of the Oodua Peoples Congress who were detained for arresting notorious Fulani herder, Iskilu Wakili, in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

The venue of the rally was heavy with the presence of operatives of the Nigeria Police Force as well as men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Also sighted at the venue were men of Amotekun corps, who were positioned at a strategic spot, apparently to prevent participants from accessing the venue.

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JAMB shifts 2021 UTME dates as it extends registration dates by two weeks

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The 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination(UTME) has extended registration for its annual Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination by two weeks.

 

The UTME is also now expected to hold from June 19 to July 3. It was initially to hold between June 5 and 19. The UTME is a computer-based standardized examination for prospective undergraduates in Nigeria.

 

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB), Prof Is-haq Oloyede announced this at an ongoing press conference in Abuja today May 15.

 

The registrar also announced an extension registration for the examination by two weeks. The registration exercise will now end on May 29.

 

Professor Oloyede on Friday, May 14, gave a hint that the examination would be postponed. The registrar hinged the decision to postpone the examination on the difficulties being experienced by the candidates in their efforts to register. He said about 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest to participate in the 2021 UTME are yet to register.

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Insecurity: Watch over your children, Sanwo-Olu urges parents

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As a result of the rising spate of killings and kidnappings in the country, Lagos State First Lady, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has urged parents and guardians to keep a close tab on the activities of their children and wards.

The governor’s wife, who spoke on Saturday at a special Eid-El-Fitr celebration held at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, also urged parents to be more security-conscious.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Office Of Lagos State First Lady, Olubukonla Nwonah. The statement was titled, ‘Insecurity: Keep Close Tab On Your Children, Sanwo-Olu’s Wife Tells Parents’.

According the statement, the governor’s wife also advised women to preach love, unity, togetherness, everywhere they found themselves.

“The same message goes to so many numerous women out there. In any gathering we find ourselves that we have been able to keep ourselves together in peace and harmony, rendering selfless service to one another, we should remember our country, Nigeria in our prayers more regularly than before because there is a lot that prayer can do; we should not give up; we should belief that we have someone up there that is more powerful.

“More importantly too, as parents and guardians, we must keep a close tab on the activities of our children and wards. We all have to be vigilant and ‘say something when we see something.’ You are your first security. It starts with the individual and more than before, we must be thoroughly and extremely observant,” the statement further read.

“Beyond Ramadan, it is important for us to imbibe and sustain the principles of the holy month which among others include peace, kindness, compassion and happy co-existence. The holy Prophet held these principles in high esteem and lived His whole life around them,” the statement added.

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I Don’t Want To See Any Politician Tweeting ‘Fix The Country’- Twitter Fan Fumes

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An agitated Twitter fan has warned that no politician in Ghana should ever tweet of try to support the ongoing ‘Fix The Country’ protest.

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The fan said no politician in the country whether from the side of the ruling government or from the various opposition parties should try involve him/ herself in the protest which was started by some youths in this country.

According to the agitated fan, these are the same people that has ran the country down by the kind of policies and actions that take as leaders of the country, so unless the person tweeting or talking about about the ‘Fix The Country’ protest is the late former president of Ghana Dr Kwame Nkrumah, no other politician in Ghana should try involving him/ herself in the protest.

In his view, Dr Kwame Nkrumah is the only politicians who was able to develop tyhe country by building some essential projects and roads for the country when he was president of the country and the only politician who deserves to be talking about the ‘Fix the country’ protest.

Unless you’re Kwame Nkrumah tweeting from the grave I don’t want to see any politician tweeting ‘Fix the country’. Whether you’re in power or you’re in opposition it is you we’re talking to.

Most politicians in Ghana especially those from the various opposition parties has all joined the ‘Fix The Country’ protest which was started by some Ghanaian social media influencers like Efia Odo and Kaly Jay about two weeks ago.

It all started by social media users using the hashtag to express their dissatisfaction about how the government and the leadership of this country has failed its people.

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SOURCE: GhGossip.com



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