• April 14, 2021

Nigerian News: Some news items that might interest you this Tuesday Morning


Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some local news stories.

  • Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Edo State gubernatorial poll, formally launched his campaign manifesto titled: “The Simple agenda”, at his campaign office in Benin City. Ize-Iyamu restated that the 50-page document is his covenant with the people of Edo state which can be used to judge his performance if given the mandate to lead the state.
  • Ibrahim Magu, the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), reportedly failed to submit the agency’s audited accounts to the National Assembly as required by law. Magu is believed to have taken advantage of the non-confirmation of his appointment by the Senate to avoid accountability. By Section 37 of the establishment act, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment, ETC) Act 2004, the commission is required to submit its report, including its audited account to the National Assembly every year.
  • Timi Frank, former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has slammed the recent allegations of corruption in Nigeria, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to resign, following the latest allegation of $800 million oil fraud, asking the National Assembly to thoroughly investigate reports of widespread fraud in the oil sector.
  • The investigation into the allegations of financial recklessness in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has continued to generate mixed reactions and controversy in the country. This comes as the National Assembly probes the N40 billion fraud said to have been perpetrated by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC between February and May 2020.
  • In reaction to the issues raised by members of the Medical Guild who are on a three-day warning strike, the Lagos State government via a statement on Monday, by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, condemned the reasons given by the doctors to down tools, urging them to resume work.
  • Following the killing of seven persons in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, the youths of the state have accused the Nigeria Police of bias. This comes a week after the Defence headquarters in a statement confirmed the attack, renewing calls for the designation of armed herdsmen as a terrorist group.
  • Wife of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, Unmi El-Rufai, the Chairperson of Federation of Women Lawyers in Kaduna state and other human rights activists, have demanded justice be served against the suspect, who allegedly tortured a teenager, describing her action as ungodly and inhuman. The 14-year-old maid was said to have been battered with a knife by a middle-aged woman who subjected her to other dehumanized conditions for more than one year.
  • The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in its COVID-19 Situation Report night confirmed that Lagos State has recorded its highest single-day COVID-19 death toll, with 12 deaths, adding that 16 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours in four states comprising Lagos – 12, Enugu – 1, Gombe – 1 with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) reporting 4 deaths.
  • President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of Federal Government’s representatives on the boards of the Nigeria (Liquefied Natural Gas) and the Bonny Gas Transport Limited (BGT). The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, announced this in a statement on Monday. He explained that the reconstitution of the boards became imperative since the present boards members were inaugurated in 2005.
  • The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday said the visceral rot being exposed in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, was an indication of the damning cases of corruption and criminality that defines the activities  of the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC).
  • PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said the shocking details of the allegation by the former NDDC Managing Director, Joy Nunieh, of massive stealing, manipulation of budget processes, victimization and implication of innocent Nigerians as well as fetish practices by corrupt officials, allegedly spearheaded by the supervising Minister, Godswill Akpabio, have further exposed how ministries, agencies and departments, MDAs, are run under the Buhari-led APC administration.

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