Good evening, readers! Below are news items that made headlines during the week.
July 11, 2020: Police Officers Withdrawn From Magu’s Residence, EFCC Premises On IGP’s Orders – The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, ordered the immediate withdrawal of all police officers from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and their replacement with fresh ones. Also withdrawn were the Police Personnel guarding the official and personal residences of the embattled acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
July 11, 2020: NFIU Office Attacked, Computers, Other Materials Taken Away – The office of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) was reportedly burgled by unknown persons who destroyed and stole some computers containing sensitive information, in what is seen as an attempt to frustrate the ongoing probe of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and its suspended chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
July 11, 2020: AGF Malami Reportedly Buys Mansion For Newly Wedded Son, As Guests Disobey COVID-19 Guidelines At Wedding Ceremony – In clear violation of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control directive on social distancing, consequent to the Coronavirus outbreak in the country, guests at the wedding ceremony of Abdul Aziz Malami, son of Nigeria’s Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), were reportedly seen in a video of the lavish ceremony dancing & communicating close to one another without wearing face masks and at the same time spraying wads of United States dollars & naira notes on the newly married couple.
July 10, 2020: Abdusalami Abubakar Says That EFCC Raid On His Guest House Was In Error – In reaction to reports that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on the orders of Ibrahim Magu, its suspended chairman, raided his Minna residence, former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, said that the purported raid on his guest house by agents of the EFCC in 2017, was in error, as no search was conducted .
July 10, 2020: UK Set To Resume Visa Applications In Nigeria – The British High Commission in Nigeria announced, via a statement, its plans to resume visa applications for Nigerians intending to travel to the United Kingdom, whenever the embargo place on international flights by the Nigerian Government, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, was lifted.
July 10, 2020: Ex-NNPC GM Confesses To Helpng Deziani Move $70M – Gbenga Olu Komolafe, a former Group General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), in charge of Crude Oil Marketing, confessed before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos that he helped , Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, a one-time Minister of Petroleum Resources during the Goodluck Jonathan years, move $70 million to a banker in Abuja.
July 10, 2020: President Buhari Signs Reviewed 2020 Budget – President Muhammadu Buhari signed the reviewed 2020 budget into law on Friday, July 10, 2020, following its passage by the National Assembly. In April, the Federal Government had cut down the 2020 budget by over N320 billion and proposed a new budget of N10.27 trillion against the N10.59 trillion passed by the National Assembly.
July 9, 2020: PDP Insists On Trial Of Ibrahim Magu – Consequent to an appraisal of the issues revealed by the ongoing probe of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, by a Presidential Panel, former ruling, and incumbent opposition, party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) demanded for his formal prosecution in court.
July 9, 2020: House Of House Commence Investigation Of Power Sector – The Adhoc Committee of the House of Representatives, led by the majority leader of the house, Ado Doguwa, has commenced a probe of the power sector, with the entire privatization process, which has shown no improvement, despite billions of naira that have been sunk into it, set to be examined.
July 9, 2020: Ondo Deputy Speaker, One Other Suspended, Majority Leader Resigns – The Deputy Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Iroju Ogundeji, alongside another member, Adewale Williams, were suspended, while the Majority Leader of the House, Jamiu Maito, resigned his appointment, following their opposition to the impeachment of the Deputy Governor of the state.
July 9, 2020: Oyedepo’s COVID-19 Healing Claims slammed by Leo Igwe – COVID-19 healing claims by Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church, a.k.a Winners Chapel, are slammed by Leo Igwe, founder of the Humanist Association of Nigeria (HAN), as hollow, misleading and capable of engendering risky behavior among Nigerians, amid the increasing spread of the virus.
July 8, 2020: House Of Reps Deny Reports That 50 Lawmakers Tested Positive For COVID-19 – Following trending reports that 50 of its members have tested positive for the deadly COVID-19, the country’s lower legislative body, the House of Representatives, slammed all such reports as “fake news” and “gross misinformation”.
July 8, 2020: T. B. Joshua Urges Nigeria, Other Nations To Assemble All COVID-19 Sufferers For Healing Prayers – Popular faith healer and the spiritual head of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Nigeria’s Pastor T. B. Joshua called on the Nigerian Government and other nations of the world to gather all patients infected with COVID-19 for special healing prayers via virtual video
July 7, 2020 Mohammed Appointed As Interim EFCC Chairman, As Magu Undergoes Probe – Consequent to the ongoing probe of the acting Chairman of the country’s apex anti-corruption body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, by a special Presidential panel, Mr Mohammed Umar, the Director of Operations, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was drafted to act in his stead, pending the conclusion of the panel’s task..
July 7, 2020: Kaduna Govt Considers Castration For Convicted Rapists – Following increasing cases of rape in Kaduna State, Governor. Nasiru El-Rufai announced that his government was considering adopting castration as one of the punitive measures for convicted rapists, even as he disclosed that suspects of rape in the state would no longer be granted bail.
July 7, 2020: Ize-Iyamu Denies Pouring Acid On Fellow Student During Undergraduate Days – Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, governorship flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming September, 2020, Edo State Gubernatorial Poll, denies allegations that he poured acid on a fellow student during his undergraduate days, admitting that he was a member of the Pirates Confraternity during his school days, when cults had not become violent, and also a Student Union activist.
July 7, 2020: Ohaneze Demands Presidency For Igbo In 2023 – Apex Igbo socio-political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, called on the country’s political class to give Indigbo a shot at the Presidency come 2023. The group made the call, via a statement by its President General, Mr John Nwodo, during a courtesy visit to Governor Hope Uzodinma at the Imo State Government House in Owerri.
July 6, 2020: FG Announces Plans To Shut Third Mainland Bridge For Six Months – The Third Mainland Bridge is set to be shut for three weeks for maintenance work to be carried out on the outward section of the 11.8Km bridge, according to the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola.
July 6, 2020: Gov. Akeredolu’s SSG, Ifedayo Abegunde, Resigns – Ifedayo Abegunde, the Secretary to Ondo State Government (SSG), on Monday, July 6, 2020, resigned his appointment in the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu-led Ondo State Government.
July 6, 2020: DSS Denies Arresting EFCC Boss, Magu – The Department of State Services (DSS) has officially denied, via a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, that it arrested Mr Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), contrary to widespread reports.
July 6, 2020: Arewa Youths Order FG To Reverse Petrol Pump Price Or Face Mass Dissent – The recent Federal Government increase of the pump price of petrol to N143 per litre has been condemned by a coalition of Northern Youth Organizations, who are ordering the government to either reverse the hike or face mass protest.
July 6, 2020: Governor Akeredolu Recovers From COVID-19 – One week after testing positive to COVID-19, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has announced his recovery from the virus, having tested negative twice since he went into isolation. He is one of six state governors across the country who have tested positive for the infectious disease.