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APC Counters Wadume, Says We Don't Transact Business With Kidnappers

Sat, 2019-08-24 21:40


 

The All Progressives Congress has dismissed claims by kidnap Lord, Hamisu Wadume, that he got N13m from the party during the 2019 presidential elections. 

Wadume had claimed that he got that amount from the APC ahead of the election but spent only N7m.

Reacting to this claim on Saturday, APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, asked Wadume to name his sponsors. 

He said, “It is expected that the alleged kidnapper, having come face to face with justice, would throw whatever he could lay his hands on into the fray.

“In any case, our party did not have budget for thugs. 

"Unlike the period when the ruling party dipped hands into the public treasury to fund political campaigns and elections, APC had to rely on its own resources.

“Even if we had all the money, we would never allocate money for kidnappers and murderers. That era ended with the Peoples Democratic Party.

“Perhaps, he can name whoever gave him money. Definitely, it was not APC.”

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Government Pledges One Million Houses Annually

Sat, 2019-08-24 21:26


Guardian Nigeria

 

The Nigerian Government has promised to build one million houses annually in the country until 2033.

Minister of State, Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu, disclosed this in Abuja on Saturday during an inspection of the Federal Housing Authority mass housing project in Zuba, Federal Capital Territory.

He said the initiative is to address the 17 million housing deficit in the country.

Aliyu said the government has decided to improve on current construction of 100,000 houses per year in order to meet the basic needs of the people. 

He said, "The production now is low; we are constructing 100,000 houses per year and we hope to improve on it by constructing one million houses per year in order to close the gap of 17 million to 20 million housing deficits by the year 2033.

“That is the target of the government, we are committed to doing that and to ensure that the programmes, policies are accomplished.

“We will provide enabling environment to attract investors into the sector to help solve the problem of housing deficit in the country and to achieve the government goal by 2033.’’
 

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Retired Policeman Kills Civilian At Imo Festival

Sat, 2019-08-24 21:21


 

Emezim Duru, a retired policeman, has shot a yet-to-be-identified man dead at a festival in Imo State.

The incident, which occurred at Obibi Junction at the Ito Ofe annual festival in Naza, Owerri North Local Government Area, brought the cultural feast to an end, according to a report by PUNCH. 

A community source revealed that the festival was put together to confer a chieftaincy title on a United States-based police officer, Meshack Onyeagoro, who is an indigene of the community.

It was gathered that the retired police officer was shooting in jubilation into air when the bullets reportedly hit two guests, resulting in their deaths.

The source said, “A retired police officer killed one person at the ongoing Ito Ofe annual festival in Naza. 

"The other person who was hit by the bullet has been rushed to the hospital. The retired police officer was shooting in jubilation.

“The festival was to confer a chieftaincy title on Meshach Onyeagoro, a United States of America-based police officer. He is from our community. He returned from the USA to receive the chieftaincy title."

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, disclosed that the gun had been recovered by the police.

Ikeokwu said that one suspect had been arrested by in connection with the incident.

He said, “Two persons were hit by the bullet. 

"One person died on the spot while the other person was been rushed to the hospital.

“It is a tragedy and we have commenced an investigation immediately.”

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23 Nigerians To Be Executed In Saudi Arabia Over Drug Trafficking

Sat, 2019-08-24 20:14


 

At least 23 Nigerians are on death roll in Saudi Arabia over drug-related offenses.

This was revealed in a statement released by the Saudi Arabian Government on Saturday.

According to the statement, the suspects were arrested between 2016 and 2017 at King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Jeddah, and Prince Muhammad Bin Abdu-Aziz International Airport, Madinah.

The suspects were said to have concealed the narcotic substance in their rectum, an act the Saudi Government says contravenes its narcotic and psychotropic substances rules.

The offense is punishable by death.

The latest case is coming few weeks after Saudi authorities executed Kudirat Afolabi for drug trafficking and Saheed Sobade, another Nigerian, reportedly nabbed with 1,183 grams of cocaine in Jeddah.

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Nigerian Who Bribed Nurse To Pose As Baby’s Father To Be Deported From UK

Sat, 2019-08-24 20:07


 

A Nigerian woman named Maria Adesanya may soon be deported from the United Kingdom.

The 31-year-old woman is accused of bribing a nurse to pose as the father of her child in order to obtain a British passport for the baby.

Adesanya paid the nurse named Adekunle Adeparusi, a 44-year-old British citizen, £3,000 to put his name in the child’s birth certificate as the father.

Following the deal, Adeparusi was able to pocket a further £13,000 in child tax credits even though he had no role in the girl’s life. 

The pair hatched the plan in January 2014, three months after pregnant Adesanya entered the UK on an eight-month VISA.

They were caught in February 2015 after the mother applied for a Derivative Authority Card.

During this time, Adesanya found work in the UK using the ID cards of two EU nationals, a Portuguese and a Dutch citizen.

She was sentenced to 14 months in jail but immediately released on licence as she had been under curfew since October. 

Adeparusi, on the other hand was jailed for 33 months after admitting making a false statement with intent, according to Manchester Evening News.

Sentencing the man and woman, Judge John Edwards said, “Organised immigration crime such as that which you engaged in can have and does have a significant impact on public funds and confidence, and the abuse of documents and the lawful exercise of the right to enter this country goes to the heart of the system which all of us rely on.”

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Government Condemns Human Trafficking, Launches ‘Not For Sale’ Campaign

Sat, 2019-08-24 19:52


 

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that government has rolled out a campaigned named “Not for Sale” to tackle human trafficking in the country.

Buhari made the disclosure in an article published by the Washington Post in commemoration of this year’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

The article quoted Buhari as saying that the “Not for Sale” campaign was targeted at helping those vulnerable to trafficking see the truth.

He said, “One distinction from then and now is important: the costs. From records, adjusted for today’s prices, the cost of a human-being-as-property was valued on average at $40,000.

“Today, it is just $90, sometimes even lower. We must remember that slavery is not simply a campaign of hatred; it is the pursuit of profit.

“One way to extinguish it in its current forms, therefore, is to make it economically unfeasible.

“This means making sure that any anti-slavery laws have a bite, come with strong penalties and are enforced.

“The public must be shown how to see what is hidden in plain sight, particularly signs of suspicious behaviour.

“This might seem broad. But vagueness should not give rise to a reluctance to report anything that could be smuggling or forced servitude.

“If something doesn’t look right, report it, for you could be securing another human’s freedom.”

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Andy Ruiz Vows To End Anthony Joshua’s Career

Sat, 2019-08-24 19:50


 

Heavyweight boxer, Andy Ruiz, has said that is main goal at the moment is to bring the career of Anthony Joshua to an end by handing him another defeat when the two of them meet for the second time in Saudi Arabia on December 7.

The Mexican pugilist, who defeated Joshua in June to win the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles, expressed his feelings on Instagram on Saturday, insisting that he would emerge victorious from the rematch with the Nigerian-born British boxer.

He said, “I'm excited to announce my rematch with Anthony Joshua. In the first fight, I made history and became the first-ever Mexican/American heavyweight champion of the world. I am grateful to Saudi Arabia for inviting me.

“I took it to AJ in ‘The Big Apple’ and I'm looking forward to ending his career in the desert. Don't miss this fight!”

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Boko Haram Kills 12 In Niger Village Attack

Sat, 2019-08-24 19:44


 

At least 12 persons have lost their lives in a village in Niger State after Boko Haram insurgents attacked the community on Friday.

The attack in the border district of Gueskerou, is the latest to hit the Diffa region near Lake Chad, according to the AFP.

A source in the area said, “Twelve villagers were killed on Friday at around 8:00pm by Boko Haram elements.”

The Gueskerou area has been exposed to years of killings and kidnappings at the hands of Boko Haram.

In March, two attacks in the area left eight civilians and seven policemen dead.

 

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Government, Labour Disagree On Minimum Wage

Sat, 2019-08-24 19:42


 

Talks between the Nigerian Government and organised labour over the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage collapsed on Friday in Abuja, the country’s capital, according to a report by PUNCH.

The proposal from the government is 10 per cent salary increase for workers on grade level 07 to 14 and 5.5 per cent for workers on grade level 15 to 17.

However, labour is demanding 29 per cent for workers on grade level 07 to 14 and 24 per cent for those on grade level 15 to 17.

A source said, “The two sides resolved at the last meeting that the position of labour and that of the representatives of the government be sent to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“But when they met again on Friday, government representatives told the meeting that they had a challenge which was very technical.

“They said the technical committee must first report the decisions (positions of the two parties) to the plenary, that is the main negotiating committee, before taking it to their principal. To us, this was in order.

“The main committee assigned the job to the technical committee so it is in order that the report be taken to the main committee. We agreed that the report should be sent to the plenary which also met same day.

“After that it was agreed that the report be sent to President Buhari with the hope that a realistic government position will come up. T

“Those at the committee said their mandate did not go beyond taking the report and presenting it to their principal.”

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Disregard Ihedioha’s Petition Against Me, Okorocha Urges IGP

Sat, 2019-08-24 19:36


 

Immediate-past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to disregard the petition against him by his predecessor, Emeka Ihedioha.

Okorocha said that the Nigerian Police Force, being a reputable organisation, should not allow itself to be distracted by “such deceitful petition”, which lacked merit.

The former governor, who spoke in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, said that Ihedioha petitioned the police just because he addressed his supporters in the state when he travelled to the area.

The statement reads, “Governor Emeka Ihedioha has sent a petition to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to call me to order because I am inciting my supporters to cause trouble.

“He said in the petition that I stole N1trn from the state and that the police should investigate my activities.

“We want to appeal to the IGP to disregard the letter because it is an afterthought that has no traceable fact.”

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Senator Abaribe Dares IPOB, Says I’ll Go Anywhere I want In The World

Sat, 2019-08-24 16:38


 

Minority Leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has said that he would embark on foreign trips regardless of a threat by the Indigenous People of Biafra to publicly humiliate Nigerian leaders, who they claim have impoverished the country.

Abaribe's comment comes after former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, was assaulted in Germany at an event organised by Nigerians.

Speaking with PUNCH, Abaribe said, “One of the hallmarks of constitutional democracy is the fundamental rights of people.

“These include rights to travel, rights to freedom of movement, and rights to freedom of association.

“Except we want to have an autocracy, so long it’s a democracy, then you have got to be a democrat. What a democrat does is that they respect the rights of others.

“For instance, I am travelling next week; I will be in Houston and also in Atlanta in the United States.

“I will go anywhere I want to go in the world, I don’t care. Senator Ekweremadu, despite the assault he suffered, has also said that people should be free to go to wherever they want. Because of that, I do not really see why anybody should be afraid to exercise their rights.

“It is only in Nigeria that people do things without getting appropriate sanctions.

“If you restrict the rights of another person in developed countries, I do not think that the enforcement agencies there will just let you walk around and do that.”

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Woman Narrates How Lagos Council Traffic Officials Extorted N25,000 From Her

Sat, 2019-08-24 16:33


 

Traffic officers of the Ikotun/Igando Local Council Development of Lagos State are illegally extorting motorist, Sahara Reporters can confirm.

The state government had banned local councils and their officials from controlling or engaging in traffic duties, maintaining that doing so was not within their purview.

Adebimbe Adeoti, a victim of extortion by Igando/Ikotun LCDA, while speaking with Sahara Reporters on Friday said, “I was booked for illegal stopping.”

Narrating her ordeal, Adeoti said she was asked to pay N25,000 by those, who accosted her rather than paying into a government bank account.

She added, “I parked my car well and was looking for something inside the car when the council official came over and said I had broken a traffic law.

“Before I knew what was happening, I was in their office and they demanded N25,000 from me.

“I waited and asked them to provide the official government account number and one Mr Poopola in the office refused.

“He insisted that I pay cash and that I would be issued a receipt. I knew they extorted me and I want the government to do something about it to save others.”

Under Lagos State laws, only the Nigerian Police, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, the Taskforce on Special Offences and the Rapid Response Squad can perform traffic duties and fine offenders.

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#RevolutionNow: Take It Back Movement Calls On Students, Others To Protest

Sat, 2019-08-24 16:21


 

The Take It Back Movement has called on all Nigerian students, masses and workers to participate in the #RevolutionNow third day of rage being organised by the Coalition for Revolution.

According to a statement on Saturday by National Coordinator, Take It Back Movement, Sanyaolu Juwon, the mobilisation is to "unequivocally call for free, qualitative and compulsory education at all levels”.

The group also demanded the "Immediate and unconditional release of our National Convener; Omoyele Sowore, and other political prisoners whose only offense was demanding a country that works for all and not a privileged handful”.

The statement reads, “The past four years of the Buhari-led government has witnessed unprecedented attacks on the education sector.

“This is such an irresponsible government that has spent its entire administration imposing policies of mass penury and unprecedented hardship on the Nigerian poor masses.

“The government spared no effort in pushing policies that have successfully placed Nigeria as poverty capital of the world.

“This is a government that has never allocated up to seven per cent of its budget to education.

“The 2019 budget on education is a further testament to the fact that the Buhari government like previous administrations remains a government of greed whose policies are self-serving.

“How else do one describe a government that comfortably gifts no less than N80bn as allowances to 469 members of the National Assembly while budgeting just N50.15bn as capital intervention into education sector; the sector which unarguably serves the need of over 40 million students and workers?

“In all of this however, ours is not to lament but to understand. It is in this regard that we call on students, workers, peasants, unemployed, organised labour and the entire army of impoverished Nigerians to join the #RevolutionNow campaign demanding free, quality and compulsory education at all levels, implementation of 30, 000 minimum wage, end to insecurity and bloodletting in the country and an economy that works for all.”

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Flood Damages Major Roads, Submerges Houses In Jigawa

Sat, 2019-08-24 16:18


 

Flood triggered by days of incessant rainfall has damaged the Guri-Adyani and Guri-Dolanzugo roads in Guri Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

The roads, according to Alhaji Sanusi Doro, the area’s information officer, are important for the transportation of rice, sesame, watermelon and onions to the markets.

Doro, in a statement on Saturday in Guri, said that the damage had cut off residents of Adyani and Dolanzugo from Guri town, the local government headquarters.

The statement also said that the flood had submerged 400 houses in Guri town, forcing residents to take shelter in schools.

He said, “Hundreds of people displaced by the flood are now taking shelter in Senior Arabic Secondary School and Nurulhuda Arabic School, both in Guri.

“The towns threatened by flood in the area include Musari, Gaduwa, Abunabo, Zoriyo, Margadu and Dagana.”


 

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NAF Strikes Scores Of Insurgents In Borno

Sat, 2019-08-24 15:32


Nigerian Air Force

 

Dozens of Boko Haram insurgents were on Friday killed during an air strike by the Nigerian Air Force in Borno State.

The strike under Operation Lafiya Dole, destroyed the hideout of the insurgents at Bula Korege on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest.

In a statement on Saturday by NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, it was disclosed that the target was designated for attack based on credible intelligence reports, which were further corroborated by series of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions. 

The statement read, “The Air Task Force, therefore, detailed two Alpha Jets to attack the target area. 

OPERATION GREEN SWEEP 3: NAF DESTROYS TERRORISTS’ LOGISTICS BASE/ASSEMBLY AREA AT BULA BELLO IN BORNO STATE
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— Nigerian Air Force (@NigAirForce) August 22, 2019

“The air strikes were synchronised for maximum effect, recording devastating hits on the Boko Haram hideout, killing several of their fighters in the process as captured in the Battle Damage Assessment footage.”

Daramola added that the attack against the terrorists in the North-East would be sustained in the coming days and weeks.

 

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Indian Hemp Cultivated In 11 Plateau LGAs, Says NDLEA

Sat, 2019-08-24 14:26


NDLEA

 

The Plateau Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said that cannabis sativa (Indian hemp) is currently cultivated in large scale in 11 local government areas of the state.

Principal Staff Officer, Drug Reduction Unit of the agency in the command, Mr Bello Mumuni, disclosed this in Jos, the capital, on Saturday.

Mumuni also said that the rate of production and consumption of hard drugs in the state had been on the increase.

He said that Indian hemp was before now transported from other parts of the country to Plateau but that the banned substance was now being cultivated in large quantity in the state.

He stated, “As a personnel of NDLEA, I can categorically say that the proportion of drug abuse in Plateau is on the increase.

“For instance, initially cannabis sativa was being imported from other parts of the country to Plateau, later they started cultivating it in Shendam Local Government Area but at the moment, the cultivation has spread to 11 local government areas in the state.

“Plateau as at today is cultivating Indian hemp in large quantity and this is why the NDLEA alone cannot end the consumption of hard substances in the state; the role of community and religious leaders and parents is key in this regard.”

 

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DPR Sanctions Two Filling Stations, Three Gas Plants In Delta

Sat, 2019-08-24 14:22


 

Two petrol stations and three gas plants in Delta State have been sanctioned for sharp practices by the Department of Petroleum Resources.

The affected stations are Akpos Petroleum Limited, G-Palash Nigeria Limited and Onejire Gas Plant all located in Ughelli as well as Somil Energy and Gas Ltd.

DPR Assistant Director, Operations, Mrs Gladys Idahosa, led a team on the routine surveillance on behalf of the Warri Zonal Operations Controller, Mr Antai Asuquo.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the exercise, Idahosa said the stations were sealed over offences bordering on under-dispensing, operating without valid licences, expired fire extinguishers and uninstalled gas leakage detectors.

She said that the agency would continue to intensify awareness through routine surveillance to curb anomalies in the downstream sector.

She stated, “In some of the gas plants we visited, we observed that some do not install gas leakage detectors, nor do they recharge their fire extinguishers.

“However, some are up to date; they operate in a friendly environment while only one gas plant sealed was for safety reasons.

“A lot of the gas plants and filling stations are complying with the DPR rules that is why we could only sealed very few.”

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Police Arrest Fleeing Parents Of Girl Tortured To Death In Ondo

Sat, 2019-08-24 14:20


 

The Police in Ondo State have arrested the parents of a four year-old girl that was tortured to death in Akure, the capital, on Wednesday.

The young girl was identified as Testimony Babalola.

A police source told Sahara Reporters that the parent of the deceased child were nabbed on Saturday morning at a place they had been hiding.

The source said, “We arrested the parents of the girl this morning and they would be interrogated.

“With this development, we are hoping to find out what exactly led to the maltreatment of that girl.  See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Woman Escapes With Daughter’s Corpse In Ondo Hospital After Maltreating Her 0 Comments 3 Days Ago

“Already, we learnt that the girl died as a result of torture and we have to investigate this.”

Sahara Reporters had on Wednesday reported how Testimony was brought in dead to Children's Outpatients Department of the Ondo State Specialist Hospital Akure with torture marks all over her body.

After doctors failed to revive her, the child’s mother grabbed her corpse and escaped with it.

Findings by Sahara Reporters revealed that the four-year-old was accused by her parents of been possessed with evil spirit.

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Wadume: Soldiers Face Dismissal As DHQ Panel Concludes Report

Sat, 2019-08-24 13:52


HAMISU BALA WADUME

HAMISU BALA WADUME

 

Personnel of the Nigerian Army that took part in the killing of three policemen and a civilian in Taraba State may be dismissed any moment from now following the conclusion of findings by the seven-man Joint Investigative Panel set up by the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, to probe the incident.

According to a report by PUNCH, top military sources said the findings was believed to have indicted some army and police personnel as well as a few civilians, noting that the officers and soldiers would likely face court-martial and dismissal, “going by their level of culpability.”

After sitting for three days, the panel concluded its work at the Defence Intelligence Agency, Abuja, during which it grilled army officers, soldiers, policemen and the suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume.

The panel headed by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya, has top officers drawn from the police, army, navy, air force, the Department of State Services and the DIA.

The police had on Monday night rearrested Wadume at a hideout in the Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State following a manhunt for him following his release by the soldiers, who prevented the slain policemen from taking him to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo, Taraba State on August 6.

A military source said, “The panel had been in Abuja for a few days. They sat at the Defence Intelligence Agency.

“The panel had put its report together. They are going to submit by Monday to the Chief of Defence Staff.

“All the officers and soldiers identified have already been grilled. The outcome and culpability of the personnel will determine their court-martial and dismissal.

“But if they are deeply involved, their trial is automatic.”

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Buhari Will Torture Igbo Attackers Of Ekweremadu If Extradited, HURIWA Tells Germany

Sat, 2019-08-24 12:06


 

Fearing that the President Muhammadu Buhari regime would subject them to torture and dehumanizing conditions under indefinite detention in underground cells of the department of State Services (DSS), the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has advised Germany not to extradite the alleged attackers of the Senator Ike Ekweremadu to Nigeria.

HURIWA stated that any attempts by the German government to accede to Buhari's demand to extradite the alleged attackers "to face uncertainty would amount to the breach of international human rights laws".

The group reminded the German authorities that Buhari "treats court's decisions with a disdain which means that he will inevitably subject those citizens to extralegal punishments".

HURIWA's argument was contained in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, which was released today (Saturday). 

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The group added that it would write to Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, to oppose the possible extradition of those alleged to have attacked Ekweremadu.

"We are shocked to read that the alleged attackers of the former deputy senate president, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu have been identified by Bavaria state police in Germany going by the hints from an official of the foreign affairs ministry in Abuja who also said that the Bavaria state police have analyzed the attack videos and identified four of the suspected attackers and went ahead to disclose that he cannot reveal their identities for now because the German authorities are now cooperating with us and investigating the attack," the statement said.

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