By Jude Obuseh
Good evening readers! Guess you had a swell week. In this edition of News Recap, you will be treated to some titillating news reports that hugged the headlines during the past week. From the freezing of the accounts of #EndSARS protsters by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the claim by the Minister of Defence, (rtd) General Bashir Magashi that the United States government obtained Nigeria’s permission before conducting a rescue operation on its soil, Nyesome Wike’s threat to close down worship centres for flouting COVID-19 protocols, alongside other topical stories that hugged the headlines during the week, it has been fireworks all the way.
If you’re visiting this page for the first time, News Recap is a collection of top-line news stories that were published in the news sections of agendawatchdog.com during the week. Bonne Voyage!
-.The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs, on Thursday, charged State House officials to revamp its clinic so that President Muhammadu Buhari would have no reason to embark on medical tourism abroad. This challenge was thrown by the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Danjuma La’ah, when the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Mr. Tijani Umar, appeared before the panel to defend his 2021 budget estimates.
-.The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume, wants the army to be better funded, through improved budgetary allocation, to enable it meet its statutory duty of protecting the country from internal insurrection and external aggression. Ndume gave this charge on Wednesday.
-. On Tuesday, the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd) said that Nigeria was not invaded by the United States Special Forces, following the rescue of an American citizen from its abductors in the north-east. Magashi said that US authorities obtained permission to conduct the rescue mission.
-.The Lagos State Government warned residents to expect a second wave of COVID-19 infections if they continued to flout preventive protocols, which could lead to another lockdown. The Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi, disclosed this on Tuesday
-.Spokesman for Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Mr Yinka Odumakin, blamed the lack of federalism in the country for the incidents that resulted in the recent protests by Nigerians from some sections of the country demanding for the proscription of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) and general police reforms. Odumakin made this known on Thursday.
-.The Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, harped on the need for Nigerians to opt for community policing strategy as the most effective crime fighting strategy in the country. Adamu made this known in owerri the Imo state capital, while on a one-day working visit to the state
-.A federal high court in Abuja, headed by Justice Ahmed Mohammed, granted the Central Bank of Nigeria’s request to freeze the accounts of 19 individuals and a public affairs company associated with the recent #EndSARS protests. The request, was filed by the CBN on October 20.
-.The Lagos State Police Command warned residents of Lagos to desists from participating in any form of planned protest, procession, or gathering under any guise in the state. This warning was given by Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, on Thursday, via a statement, in which he said that the command would not tolerate any protest
-.The Professor Mamood Yakubu-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday presented the report of the 2019 general elections. The INEC Chairman made the presentation during a media parley at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja
-.The WTO put a hold on a meeting scheduled for next week where the organization’s new Director General was to be appointed by its 164 members, following Washington’s rejection of the candidacy of Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. This was disclosed by the head of the selection committee on Friday
-.The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, disclosed that the peaceful End SARS protest was hijacked by anti-democratic forces in the country. The governor said this while parleying with the media following a meeting of the Northern Governors Forum and traditional rulers in Kaduna.
-.The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, warned worship centres in the state of the possible imposition of fresh restrictions on their activities, due to their violation of COVIS-19 protocols. Wike stated this while speaking at the Saint Thomas Anglican Church
The Lagos State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, called on the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to resign because he had lost the people’s confidence. According to a statement by Taofik Gani, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Lagosians had lost faith in Sanwo-Olu, due to his use of soldiers to quell the peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate on October 20.
Joe Biden was named the next president of the United States at 11.25 a.m. Saturday morning by television networks and the Associated Press. Biden won the poll when he passed a 30,000 lead in Philadelphia.