NDDC STAFF COLLECTED OVER 1.5BIL NAIRA CORONAVIRUS ALLOWANCE, SOME STAFF COLLECTED 10MIL EACH

Says one staff got N10m By Deji Elumoye The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) paid a total of N1.5 billion as COVID-19 pandemic relief allowance to its 1,269 workers between February and May this year. Chairman of the Senate Ad-hoc committee on investigation of the alleged financial recklessness in the NDDC, Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi, who made the disclosure at a public hearing on the investigation stated that one of the staff got N10 million as relief allowance. Adetumbi, who read out the figures, explained that the figures were sourced from…

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PLATEAU LG CHAIRMAN DIES OF CORONAVIRUS

The Commissioner for Health in Plateau state, Dr Nimkong Lar, on Thursday, confirmed that the late chairman of the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state, Mr Ezekiel Mandyau died of COVID-19 complications. The Commissioner who spoke with our Correspondent in Jos on Thursday said that test results conducted on the former council chairman after his demise confirmed him positive for the disease. The Commissioner said “We conducted a test after his demise and when the result came out, it was positive. That is what happened and we have…

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LEBANESE AMBASSADOR WALKS OUT ON REPS COMMITTEE

By Tordue Salem The Ambassador of Lebanon to Nigeria, Mr. Houssam Diab, on Thursday, walked out on the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs. Mr. Diab was summoned by the House Committee headed by Rep. Tolulope Akande-Shadipe, to respond to questions on the maltreatment of Nigerians in Lebanon, especially one Temitope Arowolo. But as the hearing was about to commence, at about 10: 52am, the Lebanese envoy, walked out of the room and shut the House’ hearing room 348 door, behind him. The Chairman of the Committee, who was…

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MAGU GIVEN TWO DAYS TO DEFEND HIMSELF LEGALLY

Quizzed on alleged looted assets’ disposal The presidential panel investigating graft allegations against embattled acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has given him two days to consult his lawyers. The panel reportedly granted Magu the opportunity “when his responses to the allegations were incoherent,” a security source told Daily Sun yesterday. For the third day in a row, Magu faced the panel sitting at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to account for his stewardship at the EFCC since November 2015. Among…

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15,000 NIPOST WORKERS SET TO LOSE THEIR JOBS AFTER TAKEOVER OF ITS PRIMARY DUTY BY FIRS

The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) is to lose nothing less than 15,000 workers due to the recent take over of its primary duty to produce and issue stamp by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS). To this end, the workers have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike; threatening to withdraw their services across the country after a 21-day ultimatum issued on Thursday, July 18, 2020. Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC), who is the trade…

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APC CHAIRMAN BLAMES ONDO CRISIS ON FAYEMI, EL RUFAI AND AMAECHI

* 10 Aspirants may boycott primary The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has accused two Governors and a Minister of being responsible for the crisis rocking the party in the state. Ondo APC chairman, Hon. Henry Olu Olatuja, accused Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi; his Kaduna counterpart Mallam Nasir El’Rufai and Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi of instigating undemocratic process causing intra-party crisis in the state. Olatuja also said ten of the governorship aspirants in the state for July 20 governorship primary may boycott the exercise should the…

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MAGU, EFCC SECRETARY AND DIRECTORS APPEAR BEFORE SALAMI PANEL

‌ Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, again on Thursday appeared before the Justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel sitting inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. This is the fourth day Magu will be appearing before the panel since his first appearance on Monday. He has remained in police detention since his first appearance. Also appearing before the panel on Thursday however, are the commission’s Secretary, Olanipekun Olukoyede, and some directors. Magu was said to have appeared…

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HOW I CONTRACTED CORONAVIRUS BY NASARAWA ATTORNEY GENERAL

By Linus Oota, Lafia Nasarawa Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Abdulkarim Kana, has disclosed that he contracted coronavirus. He said he contracted virus through series of meetings he attended recently. The number one law officer of the State, who narrated his ordeals amidst his status as COVID-19 patient, said he suddenly fell sick after a stressful engagement last week. According to him: “Towards the end of a very stressful last week, I became slightly sick with fatigue and at the same time catarrh and sore throat, since I…

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18-PASSENGER BUS PLUNGES INTO RIVER IN OKIJA

Tony Okafor, Awka An 18-passenger bus, on Wednesday, plunged into the Ulasi River, Okija, in the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State. As of the time of filing this report, only the driver of the bus had been rescued. A resident, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone, said he was not sure how many persons were in the bus. “The accident happened this evening (Wednesday). Security men are at the scene trying to bring out the victims. When I was there, only the driver had been rescued…

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MAGU’S LAWYER SAYS HE HAS NOT BEEN SUSPENDED

Mr Tosin Ojaomo, a lawyer to the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has said that his client has not been suspended as widely reported. POLITICS NIGERIA recalls that Magu was arrested on Monday afternoon by security operatives and hauled to the Presidential Villa to face an interagency panel investigating him over allegations of corruption and misconduct. He is still in police custody. Speaking on the development, Ojaomo told journalists on Wednesday that his client has not been suspended. In his words; “The…

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