• April 18, 2021

NEWS IN BRIEF


Good evening, readers! The following are summaries of juicy news stories you might have missed in the course of the day.

2023 Presidency: There Is Nothing Like “Igbo Presidency”, Nwajiuba Warns Southeast Agitators – Nigeria’s Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, has cautioned Southeast groups agitating for Indigbo to be given a shot at the Prseidency in 2023,  to be careful over the use of the term “Igbo presidency”, as “there was never a time we heard about Hausa presidency”, adding that “when the Yoruba were contesting, we did not hear of Yoruba presidency”.

Federal Government Halts Subsidy On PMS –The federal government has halted subsidy on Premium Motor Spirits, acccording to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, who announced this on Thursday, saying the move was in tandem with the deregulation of the downstream oil sector.

Magu: IGP Asked To Probe Allegations Embattled EFCC Boss Gave VP Osinbajo N4Billion – Following purported claims attributed to the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo received N4. Billion from him, the VP, via a petition by his lawyer,Taiwo Osipitan, dated July 8, 2020, has called on Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), to carry out a thorough investigation of the allegations.

Magu Spends Fourth Day In Police Detention –  Mr Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting Chairman of the EFCC, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has spent his fourth day in police detention, as investigations into his alleged official misdemeanours by a Presidential Panel continues.

15 Nigerians Stranded In Europe Set To Return Home – The Federal Government, through the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), is set to return 15 Nigerians stranded in Europe, due to COVID-19, home.

Trump Ordered By US Supreme Court To Hand Over Financial Statements To Prosecutors – The US Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling on Thursday, ordered President Donald Trump to hand over financial records to prosecutors in New York, on the grounds that he didn’t have absolute immunity from criminal inquiry.

Senate Presdent Discloses Why Senate Is Probing Alleged Financial Recklessness In NDDC – Nigeria’s Senate President, Ahmed Lawan,  while declaring open an investigative public hearing by the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee set up to probe the Niger Delta Development Commission, disclosed that the commission was being probed due to allegations of financial recklessness and misappropriation of funds leveled against its Interim Management .

Three Senior Chinese Officials Denied Entry Into The US Over Uighur Rights –The United States, via a statement  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, announced that three top Chinese officials, one of who is Chen Quanguo, the Communist Party secretary for the Xinjiang region, and their families would be denied entry into the US over the “horrific and systematic abuses” against Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims.

Abia: PDP Chieftains Demand Resignation Of Abia Speaker, Due To Links With Orji Orji Kalu Following reports of loyalty to the former Governor of Abia State, and current Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, two chieftains of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, the Deputy Chief of Staff in the office of the Deputy Governor of Abia State and Chief Don Ubani, have demanded the immediate resignation of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji

Arewa Youths Say Magu’s Reign At EFCC Worst In Nigeria’s Histroty -The reign of the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has been described as the worst in Nigeria’s history by the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, via a statement by its President-General, Yerima Shettima.

WHO Says COVID-19 Has Killed More Africans Than Ebola – The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the dreaded COVID-19 has caused more fatalities in Africa than Ebola, considering that fact that the number of people who have died of the disease in Africa within five months is more than the 11,308 deaths caused by Ebola between 2014 and 2016.


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