Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
(1).Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, has threatened to file a suit agains a member of the House of Representatives, James Faleke. The minister issued the threat on Tuesday during the hearing of the Adhoc Committee of the House which is investigating an allegation that he suspended top management and executive committee members of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, (NSITF), despite a presidential directive barring ministers from sacking heads of agencies.
(2). President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, to order the arrest of Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and some National Assembly members and the Interim Management Committee, IMC, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. The group made the appeal while calling for a judicial commission of inquiry on NDDC, Akpabio and the National Assembly members getting contracts from NDDC, saying that such a move would help “ensure all the monies are retrieved to the last penny.”
(3). A new study by scientists at the University of Nebraska that was uploaded to a medical preprint site this week has shown for the first time that SARS-CoV-2 taken from microdroplets, defined as under five microns, can replicate in lab conditions. This boosts the hypothesis that normal speaking and breathing, not just coughing and sneezing, are responsible for spreading COVID-19 — and that infectious doses of the virus can travel distances far greater than the six feet (two meters) urged by social distancing guideline
(4).The reappointment of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta as the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been confirmed by the Senate. He was confirmed during plenary on Tuesday, following the consideration of the report of Senator Oluremi Tinubu-led Senate Committee on Communications.
(5). Just as President Donald Trump threatens to send federal agents to a handful of US cities led by Democratic mayors, a shootout outside a funeral parlour left 14 people wounded Tuesday in Chicago. The incident started when occupants of a vehicle “began firing at attendees of a funeral. At that time the attendees of the funeral exchanged fire,” Chicago deputy police superintendent Eric Carter told reporters.
(6).Some top government aides in Edo State have dumped the State Governor Godwin Obaseki and declared their support for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the forthcoming governorship election. The aides, including, the Special Assistant to the Assembly Speaker on Security Matters Hon. Joe Okonigene, and Hon. Aimiolemen Noah Idemudia, also known as Paddy Noah, the Special Assistant to Ikpoba Okha Local Government, left the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with thousands of youths in the state.
(7).Flight operations have resumed at the Kaduna International Airport on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, amidst strict safety protocols. The resumption of flight operations at the airport also recorded an impressive turnout of passengers. The flight restart was kicked off with the arrival of Azman Air from Lagos to Kaduna at about 7:30 am, more than three months after the country’s air space was shut down for scheduled passenger service due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
(8).The Senate has passed a bill to give legal backing to the establishment of the Nigerian Army University, Biu, Borno State. The passage of the bill followed a clause-by-clause consideration of the report of the Committee on the Nigerian Army during plenary on Tuesday.
(9).The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has alleged that the suspended management of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), misappropriated N48billion. He spoke on Tuesday at an investigative hearing at the House of Representatives. Ngige stated that the management withdrew the amount through fake contracts, proceeds of which were recycled into private pockets.
(10).The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Oyo/Osun Area Command has said it intercepted fifty-eight thousand litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petroleum during operations.Customs Area Controller, Mrs. Helen Ngozi made this known while addressing a press conference at the Command’s headquarters in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.