• April 17, 2021

Nigerian News Summary: 10 news items you need to read this Saturday morning

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

1.In reaction to trending conspiracy theories, accusing him of creating the coronavirus pandemic, Billionaire philanthropist, Bill Gates has repudiated the allegations against him. Doctored photos and fabricated news articles crafted by conspiracy theorists — shared thousands of times on social media platforms and messaging apps, in various languages — targeting Gates have gained traction online since the start of the pandemic.

2.The Suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, would be allowed by the investigative Presidential Panel to take his defence and response at subsequent proceedings. This was disclosed by Magu’s lawyer, Wahab Shittu who said that he and his client appeared again at the Villa on Friday and the panel gave them the assurance that it is not rejecting Magu’s defence but that it is premature to take same now.The panel says this is because it is currently interrogating several witnesses so that it can confront the suspended acting EFCC Chairman with the outcome of its findings from the witnesses.

3.Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.He also appealed to him to take necessary steps to end the corruption in NDDC by removing Prof. Pondei

4.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has restricted the attendance at the flag-off campaign which will hold on Saturday for the September 19 Edo State Governorship Election. This is in line with the strict directives issued by the Federal Government and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for public gatherings following the outbreak of COVID-19.

5.Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, is said to have officially decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The acting Chairman of the party, Mai Mala Buni, who is also the Governor of Yobe State, disclosed this to Channels Television on Friday, after he and Dogara met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the villa.

6.A former Chief Press Secretary to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has claimed his ex-boss begged Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for an armoured car.The ex-aide, Chuks Akunna’s disclosure is coming at a time when Ngige compared himself to Tinubu. The Minister had while appearing before an ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives, told a lawmaker, James Faleke that he was “Tinubu’s mate.”

7.Beneficiaries of the Federal Government Special Public Works, SPW, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will earn N20,000 monthly. The SPW is a presidential initiative packaged to cushion the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on Nigerians. The initiative is being handled by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

8.Nearly 70 inmates staged a brazen escape from a detention centre in South Africa’s wine-producing town of Malmesbury on Friday after overpowering guards, before most were re-arrested, the government said. The inmates, who were awaiting trial, broke out around midday during routine physical exercise at the facility situated about 65 kilometres (40 miles) north of Cape Town, the Department of Correctional Services said in a statement.

9.The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $138 million as COVID-19 response support for Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe. According to the AfDB in a tweet on its official handle, the money will help finance the national actions of the four countries in combating the impact of the pandemic.

10.West African leaders ended a day-long summit in Mali on Thursday without a deal to soothe the country’s escalating political crisis. Five of the region’s leaders met Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and leaders of a protest movement clamouring for his resignation, as a long-running jihadist insurgency threatens to throw the country into chaos. But the intervention failed to seal a deal and Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou — at the talks along with the leaders of Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria — said Western African bloc ECOWAS would hold a summit on Monday.

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