Good evening, readers! Here are some topical news stories you might have missed in the course of the day
-The People’s Democratic Party, PDP have described Ibrahim Magu’s purported assertion that he was confident of being reinstatement as acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as an insult to the integrity of the Presidential committee probing corruption allegations against him. PDP’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, who expressed the PDP’s angst at Magu’s statement, alleged that Magu’s lawyer, Wahab Shittu had boasted that the suspended EFCC scion would be reinstated after the probe.
-Governor Nyesom Wike has been asked to hand over the former Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Joi Nunieh, by the Rivers State Police Commissioner, CP Joseph Mukan. Wike had prevented the arrest of Nunieh, who is being sheltered in Government House, Port Harcourt, by some armed Police Officers from the IGP Monitoring Team at her residence in Old GRA, Port Harcourt, on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
-Joe Agi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) and Cross River State Senatorial aspirant, has called Ex-Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma- Egba, Late Matthew Mbu and Paul Erokoro, SAN, ”thieves.” Agi, who made the claims via a viral video released during a consultative meeting with members of APC in Ishibori, Ogoja local government area of the State, accused them of buying government property during the third republic and also took a swipe at the former Attorney General of the Federation, Sen. Kanu Agabi.
-Governor Udom Emmanuel’s name has been struck out by the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos from 4 out of the 10 count charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC against the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro. Justice Bello Aliyu struck out the Akwa Ibom State governor’s name in the 4 counts in which he was specifically named. In the charge, the EFCC claimed that Usoro converted and laundered N1.4bn in connivance with the Governor.
-Following a confirmed case of COVID-19 among his aides, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho has gone on self-isolation. He has also ordered some key staff in his office to do the same, pending when the result of the screening test done for him, members of his immediate family, and close aides is out
–Dr Bukola Saraki has claimed that the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, came after him because of his rejection by the Senate he led. The former Senate President, who disclosed this via a statement on Twitter on Friday, was reacting to a court order on Thursday which dismissed a move by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeking the final forfeiture of his houses in Ilorin, Kwara State.
-Following her death at the age of 59 earlier this week, Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, was buried at a private funeral on Friday. Zindzi was South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death.
-Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh resigned on Wednesday, according to two official sources who did not want to be named, after a row with the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party. Fakhfakh, who is under investigation over allegations of conflict of interest, has had strained relations with Ennahdha, the biggest party in parliament, since October legislative elections.
-Zambian Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya on Thursday pleaded not guilty to corruption charges on the first day of a trial for allegedly using ill-gotten gains to acquire property and assets. Chilufya, 47, was arrested last month and charged with four counts of possession of property “suspected of being proceeds of crime”.
-The Personal Assistant to murdered Gokada CEO, Fahim Saleh, has been arrested in connection with the crime, the New York Times reported on Friday. Saleh, 33, was found unresponsive in his Manhattan home on Tuesday afternoon with his body dismembered, New York Police said. Now police investigations have revealed Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, carried out the murder with the motive of getting away with a debt owed to Mr Saleh.
-The dominant risk to the US economic recovery is a resurgence of COVID-19 cases that would force renewed business shutdowns, the International Monetary Fund warned Friday. The US government will need to do more in the coming months to provide support to households and boost demand, as well as address worsening poverty and the shortcomings of the US health system, the IMF said in its annual Article IV report on the world’s biggest economy.