Updates on current happenings in Nigeria
Good morning! Nigerians Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. The Federal Government has canceled the resumption of schools for graduating classes. This was announced by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, while speaking to State House Correspondents at the weekly Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday. Adamu also disclosed that 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, has been postponed indefinitely. Read it here
2. The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, Wednesday sacked a Permanent Secretary, Sunny Okere, with immediate effect. Okere was fired for flouting and obstructing the enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines. This was contained in a statement signed by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim.
3. The people of Chibok under the umbrella of Kibaku Area Development Association have accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of abandoning and forgetting the remaining 112 abducted Chibok girls. A statement by its Director Media and Publicity, Dr. Manasseh Allen, said since the night of the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls on April 14, 2014, which is exactly 2,276 days, the remaining 112 girls are yet to be recovered and there was no sign of doing so by the government of the day.
4. Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has said that embattled ex-EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu could get his job back as the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), if he is not found guilty of allegations against him. Falana said it was crucial that Magu is investigated as he is not the first EFCC boss to be probed.
5. Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu, has tested positive for COVID-19. However, the results of his fellow Nigerians: Stephen Odey and Cyril Dessers at Belgian club, Genk, came out negative. The 26-year-old becomes the first Eagles star to test positive for coronavirus.
6. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has opted for indirect mode of primary election for Ondo State. The primary for the governorship election is slated for July 20. The ruling party also began its screening of the 12 aspirants at an undisclosed hotel in Utako, Abuja on Wednesday.
7. The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said that the passing-out of the 2019 Batch “B” Stream 2 corps members has been fixed nationwide for July 16. NYSC also said that qualified corps members are to collect their Certificates of National Service (CNS) at the Local Governments.
8. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, has been picked to oversee the affairs of the commission in the absence of its suspended acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu. This was disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by a top official of EFCC on Tuesday.
9. The Assemblies of Light Bearer Greater Church of Lucifer, popularly known as Church of Satan, Ohafia, Abia State, has been demolished and its founder, Ifekwe Udo arrested by the State police command. The church was allegedly destroyed by youths in the area. Udo, a.k.a Lucifer was arrested earlier in the week for flouting the COVID-19 lockdown rules. He has been tagged a bad influence in the LGA.
10. Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has reacted to reports that former acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, gave him N4 billion. Reacting, a statement issued by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, on Wednesday, described the report as fake news. He explained that Osinbajo has never been involved in such shady activities. Read it here