Good evening, readers! Here are some breaking news stories you might have missed in the course of the day.
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an accelerated investigation into the corruption scandal in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).This was disclosed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Thursday, July 16, 2020, who added that the order meant to build synergy among security and investigating agencies with the National Assembly.
Officials of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) have walked out on lawmakers at an investigative hearing organized by the House of Representatives, as they refused to make presentations before the House Committee on the NDDC. The acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, had complained that the Commission would not be part of a hearing presided over by the chairman of the committee who has been accused by the NDDC of hijacking the Commission’s projects.
An attempted adoption of the Immediate Past Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC), Dr. Joy Nunieh, was foiled by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike. The governor called on the Inspector General of Police to investigate the circumstances that led to over 50 armed policemen storming the Port Harcourt residence of Dr. Nunieh at 4 a.m on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, and 11 other aspirants vying to contest the party’s forthcoming primary election of the state, hve been cleared by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Screening Appeal Committee. This comes after the Screening Appeal Committee for the Ondo State Governorship Primary Election submitted its report to Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker/Extra-ordinary National Convention Planning Committee.
Nigeria’s lower legislative house, the House of Representatives, has directed the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to arrest and probe the Acting Managing Director (MD) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Professor Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei, for walking out on an investigative hearing of the House Committee on the Niger Delta, an offence it describes as “contempt of the legislature”. Ths followed the the House Committee on NDDC’s summons on the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC to make presentation at the ongoing investigative hearing into the financial recklessness at the Commission.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) have finally settled their differences following an agreement to fuse inot one NLC umbrella. This was disclosed by NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, following a joint meeting of both unions in Abuja which was attended by ULC President, Joe Ajaero, who was announced as new NLC Deputy President, and other leaders of the union. On December 18, 2016, the Ajaero-led faction of NLC formed the ULC, which was joined by Trade Union Congress (TUC) and over 25 affiliates.
A 68-year-old murderer was executed by lethal injection in the US state of Indiana on Thursday despite claims by his attorneys that he was suffering from dementia and did not know why he was being put to death. Wesley Ira Purkey, of Kansas, was pronounced dead at 8:19 am (1219 GMT) at Terre Haute prison, the Justice Department said. Purkey was convicted in 2003 of the 1998 rape, murder and dismemberment of 16-year-old Jennifer Long. He was also found guilty of beating an 80-year-old woman to death with a hammer.
The wearing of face masks will be made compulsory in France for indoor public places from next week, according to the government on Thursday. Obligatory gear on trains, metros and buses, masks will now also become mandatory in shops, supermarkets and other enclosed spaces frequented by the public, Prime Minister Jean Castex said in the Senate.