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By Abubakar Adam Ibrahim   The last 48 hours have been rather exciting in the newsroom. The irony of the Economic and Financial Crime boss, Ibrahim Magu’s travail has a rather tragi-comic element to it.  Nigeria’s anti-corruption alpha dog allegedly caught with his snout in the soup pot is the stuff playwrights dream of.  The import of this unfolding event has far greater ramifications than most realise. It is not the fact that President Muhammadu’s Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign is working, as some people might want to spin it, it is that it has fallen flat on its face, like most other presidential promises, after throwing five years of a country’s hopes down the drain.  Tragic as it is, it Magu’s fall also has 2023 written all over it. What makes this scenario even more tragic is that Magu was not just anyone’s anti-corruption alpha dog, he was president Muhammadu’s Buhari’s anti-corruption alpha dog. The Buhari whose 12-year-long campaign to be president was premised on the vow to fight corruption, whose election victory in 2015 was delivered by Nigerians who believed he, thought to have zero tolerance for corruption, was going to correct the rampant venality of the Jonathan years.  The irony is also in the fact that this Buhari chose this Magu to spearhead this important compact he had with Nigerians and insisted on this same person when the Senate rejected, repeatedly, his nomination as EFCC chair. The Senate’s rejection of Magu’s nomination was based on a couple of issues.  One was a report by the Department of State Services (DSS) alleging that Magu had failed its integrity test, and claims also by then-Senate President Bukola Saraki, who would later be hounded by Magu, that Buhari did not lobby, (read in Nigerian English: do the right thing) to get Magu’s confirmation.  The senate even protested Buhari’s refusal to sack Magu by suspending its screening of other presidential nominees.  Whatever the case, Buhari stuck to his guns. Twice he nominated Magu and twice the senate turned him down. So Buhari kept him in acting capacity as his anti-corruption czar for five long years. No one has been served longer in an acting capacity.  That faith the president had in Magu, his unshakeable belief in him made many people with little information about Magu wonder what could be so special about this man?  Many fantasized about him being some incorruptible warrior and put the senate’s refusal to confirm his appointment down to the senators’ fear of his honesty and desire to rid the country of corrupt officials.  Considering a good number of people in the senate have corruption cases to answer to, it all made sense. Until it didn’t.  The curiosity died rather too quickly and within months, Magu’s smash and grab approach to fighting corruption murdered, quietly, any expectations Nigerians had.  His primordial method of arresting suspects and hoping to get a confession out of them before striking a deal with them did not inspire confidence.  The incompetent handling of corruption investigations meant that most cases the EFCC took to court were dismissed on the bases of incompetent investigation, or prosecution, seeing suspected corrupt officials walking away with their looted assets and laughing at Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign.  There was, in all honesty, nothing calculated about Magu’s approach and it became clear, even to all the people who, before May 29, 2015, fled in dread of the anticipated anti-corruption gale, that Buhari’s principal campaign pledge was nothing but a vuvuzela—noisy, ear-grating, delivering neither melody nor results. It took years for Magu’s EFCC to deliver a conviction and even that was for a case his predecessor under Jonathan had initiated. By that time, rumours of Magu’s questionable integrity were rife, of EFCC officials striking deals with suspects, collecting a cut from the loot in exchange for freedom for the suspects and safety from further investigations.  Many observers had predicted Magu’s ignominy, not many expected it to happen soon, especially under Buhari, who seems averse to investigating his officials indicted for corruption.  Both Buhari and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo vouched for him and as acting president during one of Buhari’s travels stuck his neck out for him because he knew him personally. “The president said he believed in what he was doing and had his support.  I want to also affirm here that Magu has my support. As far as I remain the acting president, Magu remains,” Osinbajo said. And perhaps if things hadn’t changed in the villa in the last few months, Magu might still have been sitting pretty.  The fact that he was hounded and ushered to a panel of investigation by DSS operatives was perhaps possible because of the power tussle in Aso Rock.  One of Magu’s staunchest supporters, Abba Kyari is no longer in the picture, the others, Tinubu and Osinbanjo, who once told journalists that “Magu is going nowhere” have fallen out of favour and the Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, who has strong ties with the DSS is consolidating his hold. Magu may just be a pawn in this tussle but that is not to say he did not lay his own bed. The wider implication of Magu’s fall from grace, and such a dramatic fall it was, is what it means for Buhari’s anti-corruption vuvuzela.  It means that the person the president, against the wisdom of the DSS report, the rejection and protest of the senate and the whispers of Nigerians, and his vice president, have personally vouched for, defended and assured was faultless, and above all entrusted with driving their key campaign promise has been a shimmering shadow.  That it took them five years to see this is baffling. This whole episode has been nothing but a solid facepalm in the face of any pretensions this administration had about fighting corruption.  What remains to be seen though is would this be the death knell of these pretensions, the silencing of Buhari’s anti-corruption vuvuzela or would it be salvation for it. If the presidency now replaces Magu’s wild smash and grab approach that failed to deliver any tangible results in five years with someone with a more systematic approach to fighting corruption and a whole lot more integrity, perhaps it would reboot this aspect Buhari has been promising Nigerians for the past 18 years.  The reality is with all the politicking around this, and the position for 2023, this is hard to see. But wouldn’t it be just fantastic if the president disappointed us and made the right appointment? Whatever integrity his anti-corruption claims have left, and I don’t imagine there is much of it left, is dependent on this. Source: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/how-magus-fall-silences-buharis-anti-corruption-vuvuzela.html  

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Nigerian Government Accused Of Abandoning Chibok Girls On Scholarship At American University Yola The Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Association (KADA) has accused Nigerian Government of abandoning and neglecting the Chibok Girls who enrolled for scholarship programme at American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State. The group said 10 out of them had pulled out of the programme out of frustration.  In a statement on Tuesday jointly signed by Dauda Ndirpaya Iliya and Manasseh Allen, the National President and Director of Media and Publicity respectively of the association said the girls were discriminated against and not allowed to mingle, interact, and socialise with other students. The group added that the Nigerian Government had frustrated many foreign and local assistance that came the way of the girls.  The group explained that many schools abroad and voluntary organisations, who have offered to provide them with scholarships were hindered and sabotaged by the Buhari's government. The statement added that Chibok Government Secondary School project have been abandoned and now a shadow of itself since the terrorists carried out the attack on April 2014. The statement reads, "Our returned daughters enrolled at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) Yola, have not made much progress and feel frustrated not understanding the direction of things or being properly briefed of their future. "Ten of them have out of frustration left the programme, they are Laraba Mamman, Mwa Daniel, Rachael Nkeki (who are now married), Saraya Yanga, Philomena Dauda, Sarah Nkeki, Asabe Lawan, Glory Mainta, Talatu Adamu, and Lydia Habila. "Neither the families nor the Kibaku community have been briefed and informed by the Federal Government on rescue efforts or the whereabouts of our daughters since the last batch of 82 returned on 7 May, 2017. "Except the messages by President Muhammadu Buhari released every 13 April since then, on the eve of the 14 April commemoration. These messages are basically same copy-and-paste with minor alterations year in, year out." SThe Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Association (KADA) has accused Nigerian Government of abandoning and neglecting the Chibok Girls who enrolled for scholarship programme at American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State. The group said 10 out of them had pulled out of the programme out of frustration.  In a statement on Tuesday jointly signed by Dauda Ndirpaya Iliya and Manasseh Allen, the National President and Director of Media and Publicity respectively of the association said the girls were discriminated against and not allowed to mingle, interact, and socialise with other students. The group added that the Nigerian Government had frustrated many foreign and local assistance that came the way of the girls.  The group explained that many schools abroad and voluntary organisations, who have offered to provide them with scholarships were hindered and sabotaged by the Buhari's government. The statement added that Chibok Government Secondary School project have been abandoned and now a shadow of itself since the terrorists carried out the attack on April 2014. The statement reads, "Our returned daughters enrolled at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) Yola, have not made much progress and feel frustrated not understanding the direction of things or being properly briefed of their future. "Ten of them have out of frustration left the programme, they are Laraba Mamman, Mwa Daniel, Rachael Nkeki (who are now married), Saraya Yanga, Philomena Dauda, Sarah Nkeki, Asabe Lawan, Glory Mainta, Talatu Adamu, and Lydia Habila. "Neither the families nor the Kibaku community have been briefed and informed by the Federal Government on rescue efforts or the whereabouts of our daughters since the last batch of 82 returned on 7 May, 2017. "Except the messages by President Muhammadu Buhari released every 13 April since then, on the eve of the 14 April commemoration. These messages are basically same copy-and-paste with minor alterations year in, year out." Source: http://saharareporters.com/2020/07/08/nigerian-government-accused-abandoning-chibok-girls-scholarship-american-university-yola  

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Three suspected kidnappers wearing covid-19 facemask were last night nabbed in Calabar by men of the Anticultism and Kidnapping Unit of the Nigeria n Police, reports GRASSROOT REPORTERS. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in Calabar, George Odok, the three kidnappers were arrested while attempting to kidnap a victim who is a businessman that owns a shop at Efio-Ete Junction, Marian Road. The police officers who were assisted by the State security Adviser South, Mr. Ani Esin quickly swung into action immediately they got wind of the operation and got all three arrested. According to reports, the kidnappers used the same Audi car suspected to have been used in the kidnap of the wife of the Appeal Court Judge, Hon. Justice Ignatius Agube, Ekwele. It was gathered that during the incident, Ekwele’s personal assistant, Glory Mpama, collapsed and later died in a Calabar hospital. GRASSROOT REPORTERS learned that guns and charms were recovered from the kidnappers. Source: https://www.grassrootreportersng.com/2020/07/3-kidnappers-wearing-covid-19-facemask.html?m=1  

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LAGOS– The South-West chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday said it will expel lawmakers elected under the platform of the party in Ondo state who are supporting the Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi. Speaking with Independent’s correspondent, a chieftain of the party said it is at a loss as to why the APC lawmakers will be pledging their loyalty to Ajayi who has dumped the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to him, there is a need for the party to weed out anti-party members so that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu can strengthen the party ahead of the governorship election. He added that the impeachment of the deputy governor is long overdue. “This process was long expected, in fact, some of us were becoming a bit impatient with the Governor”.  “From our observations, about six lawmakers of our party are supporting the deputy Governor who has since lodged to the PDP.” “If they are also moving with the deputy governor, let them tell us where they belong, without that they will be expelled outrightly and their seats shall declared vacant. We mean business and nothing will be spared to support the governor to strengthen the party.” https://www.independent.ng/impeachment-apc-may-expel-lawmakers-loyal-to-ondo-deputy-governor/  

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The Deputy Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Iroju Ogundeji has been suspended. Ogundeji was suspended alongside another member of the House, Hon. Adewale Williams. The two lawmakers were suspended by the leadership of the House on Wednesday during plenary for unruly behaviour. The affected lawmakers were among the nine lawmakers who did not sign the impeachment notice against the embattled Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi. https://dailypost.ng/2020/07/08/breaking-ondo-assembly-suspends-deputy-speaker-one-lawmaker/?utm_source=&utm_medium=twitter

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503 new cases of COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-153 Ondo-76 Edo-54 FCT-41 Enugu-37 Rivers-30 Benue-24 Osun-20 Kaduna-15 Kwara-13 Abia-9 Borno-8 Plateau-6 Taraba-5 Ogun-3 Kano-3 Kebbi-2 Nasarawa-2 Bayelsa-1 Gombe-1 https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1280631096913334281?s=19   Highlights  On the 7th of July 2020, 503 new confirmed cases and 15 deaths were recorded in Nigeria No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours. Till date, 29789 cases have been confirmed, 12108 cases have been discharged and 669 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory The 503 new cases are reported from 20 states- Lagos (153), Ondo (76) Edo (54), FCT (41), Enugu (37), Rivers (30), Benue (24), Osun (20), Kaduna (15), Kwara (13), Abia (9), Borno ( 8 ), Plateau (6),Taraba (5), Ogun (3), Kano (3), Kebbi (2), Nasarawa (2), Bayelsa(1), Gombe (1)  https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/   July 6 https://www.nairaland.com/5974557/575-new-covid-19-cases-163  

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Some policemen attached to the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department on Tuesday searched the home of the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu. A top police officer told The PUNCH that the policemen searched Magu’s house located on Abduljalil Street, Karu Site, on the outskirts of Abuja, for several hours and made away with vital documents. The policemen who carried out the search were said to be the same ones who arrested Magu on Monday. The officer said, “On Tuesday evening, a team of policemen stormed the home of Magu in Karu. That is the house where Magu used to live before he moved to Maitama after his appointment as EFCC chairman.  “The policemen made away with some items and everything will be processed as investigations continue.”  Meanwhile, it was learnt that Magu was detained for a second day after answering questions from the panel for over five hours on Tuesday. He was subsequently taken into custody again at about 7pm. A top source told The PUNCH that a police investigation was ongoing simultaneously with that of the panel. “As the panel makes it findings and establishes certain allegations, the police will continue to open investigations. We were told that he had bought some properties, so one of the reasons we searched the Karu home was that we wanted to lay our hands on some of these documents. We have been able to make some findings,” he said.  Meanwhile, it was learnt that Magu may be brought before the Force Disciplinary Committee made up of deputy inspectors-general of police for trial and possible dismissal. A top security agent said since Magu is a Commissioner of Police, he cannot be charged until he is properly dismissed from the police. He said, “After the panel has finished sitting and once Magu is found wanting on any of the 24 allegations, he would be made to face the Force Disciplinary Committee which comprises the DIGs. The committee would make a recommendation to the IG who would in turn forward the report to the Police Service Commission. The PSC would then do the needful.  “Magu already has an existing disciplinary case in his police file. So, as a second-time offender, dismissal would be very easy.”  https://punchng.com/policemen-search-magus-house/?amp=1&utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter&__twitter_impression=true  

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgfowFMqmPE Alleged Fraud: EFCC Witness, Sani Dauda, Denies Giving Shehu Sani $25,000 As Bribe Dauda, who testified on a two-count charge bordering on alleged bribery against Shehu Sani on Tuesday in Abuja, told the court that he personally took the money to the anti-graft agency because he was forced by the commission. Chairman of ASD Motors, Sani Dauda, who is also a witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has told the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that he did not give $25,000 as bribe to Senator Shehu Sani to give the Chief Justice of Nigeria and EFCC Chairman. Dauda, who testified on a two-count charge bordering on alleged bribery against Shehu Sani on Tuesday in Abuja, told the court that he personally took the money to the anti-graft agency because he was forced by the commission. He said he told the commission that Sani had returned his money to him but the investigators insisted that he (Dauda) must bring the money. The prosecution witness added that nobody was there when Sani collected and returned the money.  When asked if he was aware that offering bribes was an offence in the country, the witness admitted that he was aware but insisted that he did not give the money to him as a bribe. He said, "When I went to EFCC, they said that I should bring the money but I said no, that it was my money and Sani had returned my money. But EFCC forced me to bring the $25,000. "EFCC did not recover that money from Shehu Sani, I took it there by myself." He added that nobody was there as a witness when he gave out the money to Sani and when he returned the money but insisted that people only saw him with brown envelope.  Meanwhile the defence counsel, Abdullahi Ibrahim, sought the permission of the court to tender a document containing a proforma invoice of $17,500 with a bank account of ASD Motors for the purchase of a Peugeot 508. The witness also confirmed the documents and signature as his own when he was confronted with the evidence. The court therefore admitted the documents as exhibit. There was a little drama when the prosecution counsel, Abba Mohammed, attempted to interject the defence counsel during the cross examination but was overruled by the presiding judge, Justice Iyang Ekwo. Mohammed also made efforts to put words into the witness’ mouth in the course of the proceedings but was cautioned by the court. A new interpreter (Memuna Abdullahi Bulama) was also brought to court following the disagreement that ensued between the witness and interpreter on Monday. The judge therefore adjourned the case until Wednesday, July 8, for continuation of trial. Sani is standing trial for alleged name-dropping and obtaining a total sum of $25,000 by trick from Dauda to save him from a criminal investigation by the EFCC. http://saharareporters.com/2020/07/07/alleged-fraud-efcc-witness-sani-dauda-denies-giving-shehu-sani-25000-bribe  

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Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos    Chief Olabode George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the composition of a Presidential panel set up to investigate Ibrahim Magu, embattled Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, George said Justice Ayo Salami, a former President of the Court of Appeal is unfit to chair the panel based on his antecedents. George, the Atona Oodua of Yorubaland also said he will wait for the outcome of the investigation before making a statement on Magu’s travails. “On the panel set up to investigate Magu headed by Justice Ayo Salami, I believe he is not fit to head that panel”. “There are more qualified retired justices with integrity who can be entrusted with that responsibility by the Presidency” “We know Justice Salami’s antecedents and I say he who must come to equity must come with clean hands”. https://www.independent.ng/justice-ayo-salami-lacks-moral-standing-to-head-panel-investigating-magu-bode-george/  

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A section of the media was awash last week with news of a whistleblower, one John Okupurhe, who had written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari accusing the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), of refusing to pay him his reward after he had exposed over $1 billion hidden in Unity Bank Plc. Okpurhe, through his lawyer, Aliyu Lemu, in a letter dated June 22, 2020, had alleged that the said account was secretly being operated by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to illegally collect revenue to the tune of the S1bn from vessels.  He added that upon discovery, he informed the Office of the AGF, in line with the whistleblower policy, of the secret account and an agreement was signed on how he would be entitled to a reward if the information he had provided turned out credible. The whistleblower further alleged that after playing his own part, the AGF’s office “began to play games.”  Following the said allegation, the House of Representatives, in a motion of urgent national importance during plenary last Thursday, gave its committees on Finance and Ports & Harbours a marching order to investigate the secret account allegedly being operated by the NPA with Unity Bank plc.  Investigation by our correspondent revealed that the NPA was not the owner of the said account number 0013680344, which was cited by the whistleblower, Mr. Okpurhe. It was discovered that the NPA was actually operating an account with Unity Bank Plc with account number 0013670344 and the account had a total sum of $1,057,772.03 by December 4, 2019 and not $1,034,515,000.00, as alleged by the petitioner.  Further probe into the allegation revealed that the account number 0013670344 had been frozen since August 27, 2010 due to a suit number FHC/L/CS/582/2010 filed against the NPA by Aminu Ibrahim & Co and Anor, which went from the Federal High Court to the Supreme Court over a period of eight years.  The said amount had accrued over time since 2003 when thecNPA contracted a consultant to, among others, carry out the following assignments:  1. Identify the various contracts subsisting (or expired) between the NPA and Intel Services Limited. A reconciliation of the financial interest of the NPA in line with contract agreement was to be established and any other payment due to the NPA highlighted. 2. Same as (1) above for NLNG/MOBIL/NPA joint venture projects for the capital and maintenance dredging of Bonny Channel.  3. Consultants to verify contracts between the Authority and some of its joint venture partners, namely Intels, Mobil and NLNG.  4. Reconcile NPA amortization payments in respect of capital dredging and maintenance dredging of Bonny Channels in the NLNG/MOBIL/NPA joint ventures.  5. Check accounting ledgers of the NPA in respect of the projects above to ensure that a true reflection of the state of financial affairs is made for each of the projects.  6. Identify any concessions granted (but which expired) and are used to the detriment of the NPA. 7. Identify any other areas related to the above projects/transactions and make recommendations, and  8. The assignment is on a no-cure, no-pay basis and the fee is fixed at 18 per cent. Not satisfied that money had not been paid, the consultant approached the court praying it to compel the NPA to pay.  The NPA had, in a letter to the AGF dated January 22 and 23, 2003, with reference numbers HQ/GM/1A/AD/COM/045 and HQ/GM/1A/AD/CON/046, drew the AGF attention to the terms of agreement as stated above.  The plaintiffs, while in court, claimed that they carried out the assignments diligently and submitted their bills for payment, but the Authority failed, refused and or neglected to pay their professional fees.  Worried by the twist of event, the NPA filed its defence, which was predicated on the ground that the Authority did not agree to pay the sums claimed by the plaintiffs as there were discrepancies in the report submitted by the plaintiffs, which made same unreliable for the use of the Authority.  It was observed that the NPA further contended that the subject matter of the suit was being investigated by the federal government vide the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and that the payments of all contracts awarded during the period had been suspended by the EFCC. https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/whistleblower-lied-our-bank-account-with-unity-bank-is-frozen-npa.html  

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* Suspended EFCC chair risks prosecution * Nobody above scrutiny – Presidency * Security operatives search Magu’s houses * We’re watching unfolding events – Sagay  The presidency is shopping for a possible replacement of Ibrahim Magu, the suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Daily Trust learnt yesterday. The names of four people including a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) and two serving police commissioners have been pencilled, Daily Trust was told. This is coming as the Presidential Panel led by Justice Ayo Salami, a former President of the Court of Appeal, continued with its interrogation of the embattled Magu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.  Credible sources said ahead of the invitation of Magu on Monday, the Salami panel had recommended for his suspension “to pave the way for a free investigation in line with standard procedures.” A top presidency source told Daily Trust last night that Magu was asked to step aside to allow for proper investigation of the allegations levelled against him.  Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said, “You know that anybody undergoing this kind of investigation cannot be allowed to continue to occupy the office. “The continued stay in office of someone being investigated does not happen anywhere. If Magu is allowed to continue to occupy the office, some of these allegations and records would be distorted.  No serious investigation can take place when the person affected is still operating. “It is given that somebody undergoing a probe of this magnitude cannot continue to occupy his or her office. From the moment he appeared before the committee yesterday (Monday), you should know that he was no longer going back to the office while still facing the panel investigating him,” he said.  Another source said the suspension of Magu does not mean that he had been indicted or finally removed from office. “His suspension is the ideal thing to do in order to douse tension and while he is being interrogated, the EFCC must continue to do its job; I want to assure you that someone would soon be announced to act. “If found wanting by the Justice Salami panel, the president will definitely relieve Magu of his appointment as head of the EFCC and then the Police Service Commission (PSC) will carry on from there…T hey have the right to take action in line with the guidelines and conditions of service of the Police Force,” he said. Our correspondents report that there was no formal announcement of Magu’s suspension by the presidency as at press time yesterday. But a source said he would not be allowed to go home yet.  “He will only be allowed to go home after the panel says they are done with him; this could be any moment from now and it will depend on the outcome of the interrogation,” he said. Read more: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/buhari-shops-for-magus-replacement.html  

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Reps In Panic Mode As Over 50 Lawmakers Allegedly Test Positive To Covid-19 …Speaker Adjourns Plenary Till Next Week …As House May Proceed On Annual Vacation Soon   ABUJA- The House of Representatives on Tuesday slid into panic mode following rumours that over 50 legislators may have tested positive to dreaded coronavirus, and are still attending plenary sessions and committee meetings. As a result, the House has adjourned plenary till next week, as opposed to its adopted covid-19 sitting guideline of twice a week. The House had in its resolution resolved to sit once a week as a result of the spread of the deadly virus among members who have kept their status hidden even from the leadership. Also recall that the Spokesman of the House, Rep. Benjamin Kalu had refuted claims that some members in the House had tested positive to the virus. Lawmakers were said to have undergone covid-19 tests, with the results still matters of speculations, a source among the Lawmakers who pleaded anonymity however told newsmen that about 50 of his colleagues have tested positive with some of them seriously down with the effects of the virus. He said: “You people should do anything possible to protect yourselves o, Coronavirus is right here even in the Chamber, about 50 or more than 50 of our colleagues are having it o, I mean they are down with it already”. Before announcing adjournment at plenary, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila had called for an executive session which may be not be unconnected with the need to adjourn plenary for fear of further spread of the virus Investigations further revealed that a huge number of the lawmakers in both Chambers have tested positive to COVID-19 but refused making it known to the public. In the area of protective equipment and peraonal hygene, our correspondent observed that there are no soaps and water at the entrance of the Assembly Complex even in the rest rooms where people working at the complex can wash their hands. Also, the Automatic Sanitizer dispensers at various entry points of the Assembly complex have been so empty as they worked for just three week at the early Stage of the virus. This is despite repeated resolutions by both chambers directing the management to make provisions for them. This newspaper also gathered that the House has condluded arrangements to proceed on its annual vacation, which is likely to be next week. What is however not clear is whether the recess will stretch to its usual two months due to the covid-19 pandemic. https://www.independent.ng/reps-in-panic-mode-as-over-50-lawmakers-allegedly-test-positive/  

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Nigerian singer, Runtown, 30, and South Sudanese-Australian fashion model, Adut Akech Bior, 20, have sparked relationship rumours.  The pair took to their respective Instagram accounts to share loved-up videos of them enjoying a stroll with the father of one seen planting a sweet kiss on the model.  Akech, who made her fashion week runway debut as an exclusive in the Saint Laurent S/S 17 show, has worked with top brands including Chanel, Valentino and Givenchy, and many others.  Runtown was previously linked to US-based model, Selena Leath, who is also the mother of his son, Zamar.  Watch video below    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-rpY3p6dfw  

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Smartphone manufacturer Tecno Mobile has officially announced the release of the Pouvoir 4 series today on their social media platforms. The Pouvoir 4 is the successor of the Pouvoir 3 that was released last year. The device comes with a big 6000mah battery with an 18W fast charging feature capable of powering your device for days. The Pouvoir 4 flaunts a high performing and premium glossy design that is light weight, slimmer and sleeker than its predecessors. It comes with a 7 inch dot notch display offering 90.55% screen ratio for all your cinematic viewing experience.  It also sport a dual stereo speakers for your listening pleasure. It is powered by HIOS 6.0 based on Android Q. The device will also be available in a Pro version of 128GB +6GB memory. POUVOIR 4 SPECIFICATIONS Dismensions:174.9*79.6*9.2mm Processor:MT6761 Quad Core(2.0Ghz) . Display:7"HD+Drop(720*1640) Memory: 32GB+3GB Front Camera: 8M with Dual Flash Rear Camera: 13M+2M+2M+AI Lens with Quad Flash Battery: 6000mAh Charger: 10W Charger Screen Lock:Fingerprint+Face Dual Unlock Software Version:vHIOS 6.0 based on Android Q Price: ₦54,500 POUVOIR 4 PRO SPECIFICATIONS Dismensions:174.9*79.6*9.2mm Processor:MT6762 Quad Core(2.0Ghz) Display:7"HD+Drop(720*1640) Memory:64GB+4GB|128GB+6GB Front Camera:16M with Dual Flash Rear Camera:16M+2M+5M+AI Lens with Quad Flash Battery:6000mAh Charger:18W Fast Charger Screen Lock:Fingerprint+Face Dual Unlock Software Version:HIOS 6.0 based on Android Q Price: ₦64,500 https://spot.tecno.com/ng/post-details/index.html?id=97613#pid371138  

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POLITICSNIGERIA.COM Prosecution witness and victim in the alleged $25,000 (Twenty-Five Thousand Dollar) fraud, involving Senator Shehu Sani, Alhaji Sani Dauda, on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, continued his testimony before Justice I.E Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, revealing how the Senator who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District, knelt and begged him to alter his statement with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on how he duped him. In a statement sent to POLITICS NIGERIA, the commission disclosed that Sani is facing prosecution on two-count criminal charge, bordering on name-dropping, influence-peddling and obtaining the sum of USD$25,000.00 (Twenty-Five Thousand United States Dollars) from Dauda, under a false pretence that he would use the sum to bribe the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, in order to shield the plaintiff from investigation and prosecution and to prompt the Commission to arrest and prosecute the plaintiff’s estranged son-in-law, one Abubakar Musa. Dauda, in his testimony before the court, said that Sani, after allegedly defrauding him of $25,000, came to his office, knelt, held his legs and begged him to change the statement he gave to the EFCC, concerning the fraud. According to him, Sani made the entreaties in the presence of his brother, Dr. Ibrahim, who came along with him to his Kaduna residence. Continuing, Dauda quoted Sani as saying: “You are like a father to me, my mom and dad knew you for more than 20 years, and you’re also my godfather”. He said the Senator pleaded that he needed him ( Dauda) to change the statement because of his political career. According to Dauda, “I then told him I cannot change my statement because I was the one who took the case to them (EFCC). Then his brother, Ibrahim told me that he knew one Permanent Secretary, named Shinkafi who is Magu’s friend and he will inform him about the situation and that he will get back to me on Sunday”. Dauda also said that, Sani assured him not to worry about what would be Magu’s reaction, claiming that the EFCC boss was his friend and that he would just call and talk to him. “I was in my farm that fateful Sunday when Shehu Sani came and told me that Shinkafi said I should write a letter of withdrawal to EFCC, I then told him I can’t. Since that day, I never saw him again. He switched off his phones as I could not reach him. I then texted(sic) him three times but no response”. Narrating how he later confirmed that Sani defrauded him, Dauda said that, “I contacted one of my friends, Murtala who knew the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and he confirmed to me that the CJN didn’t know anything about the matter, then I realized he has duped me.” Dauda also told the court that when he was coming back from the lesser hajj, aboard Emirate Airline, en route Dubai, that he met Magu and told him about the issue, and that Magu said he knew nothing about the issue. It was at this point, according to him, that Magu advised him to meet his Secretary and write a Petition on the issue. Justice Ekwo discharged the witness from the dock and adjourned the matter till July 8, 2020, for continuation of trial. https://politicsnigeria.com/25000-bribe-shehu-sani-knelt-begged-me-to-change-my-statement-efcc-witness/  

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A Reverend, Joseph Ma’aji of Barnawa, Kaduna, accused of raping his 16-year-old house maid, was on Tuesday remanded in the custody of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) by a Chief Magistrate Court in Kaduna. The Chief Magistrate, Bashir Shittu, ordered that Ma’aji be remanded pending advice from the office of the state Director of Public Prosecution. The Magistrate said that the court lacked the power to try the accused, who was arraigned over allegation of rape. “However, the law said one should be taken to the nearest court, that is why you are brought here pending when the police will conclude their investigations and send the case file to lawyers in the ministry of justice. “The lawyers in the ministry of justice would go through the fact of the case as contained in the case file, if they find sufficient evidence, they will charge you to High Court. “We would also transfer you to the High Court for trial to begin, on the contrary if no evidence is found, you will be discharged and the case be terminated”, the chief magistrate said. He adjourned the case to Aug. 25, for further mention. Earlier, NSCDC legal officer prosecuting the case, Yayayi Jauro, said that on July 1, the state social welfare office in Kakuri, Kaduna, reported the case of alleged sexual harassment and act of gross indecency against the Reverend. Jauro said that Ma’aji was reported to have been unlawfully having sexual intercourse on several occasions with his underaged maid, who was entrusted to him by her uncle, at his residence in Barnawa, Kaduna, since 2015. Jauro added that Ma’aji had been molesting the girl and requesting for sexual favours unjustifiably and had voluntarily confessed to have committed the crime during investigations. “Medical reports from Gwamna Awan hospital here in Kaduna had also confirmed commission of the alleged offence”, Jauro said. He said the offence contravened section 257, 260 and 262 of the Kaduna State penal code law of 2017. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Non Governmental Organizations, Bridge that Gap Initiative, had reported the matter to the state Ministry for Human Services and Social Development, requesting it to closely monitor the case.(NAN) https://leadership.ng/2020/07/07/reverend-remanded-for-allegedly-raping-his-16-year-old-house-maid/

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The Senate on Tuesday asked the Federal Government to rename the Ibadan Airport after the late former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi. This was sequel to the adoption of a motion by Senator Abdulfatahi Buhari and seconded by Senator Ibikunle Amosun. Senator Buhari had eulogised the late Ajimobi, who was a member of the 5th Senate from 2003 to 2007. The red chamber thereafter observed a minute silence in honour of Ajimobi It also advised the Federal Government to rename the Ibadan Airport after him. https://punchng.com/senate-asks-buhari-to-rename-ibadan-airport-after-ajimobi/  

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POLITICSNIGERIA.COM   The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi is facing impeachment proceedings in the Ondo state House of Assembly today. According to an Impeachment notice seen by POLITICS NIGERIA, 7 allegations were levelled against Agboola as grounds for his removal. Read them below; 1. Gross Misconduct 2. Abuse of office with actions likely to bring down Ondo State Government 3. Financial Recklessness 4. Abandonment of office, official duty and other Assignments 5. Actions on Sunday 21st June 2020 likely to cause breach of peace in reference to 1983 political crisis with the intent to incite the citizens against the government of Ondo State in a video clip at Government house-ground before the Commissioner of Police, Ondo State. 6. Publications dated Tuesday 23" June 2020 on new media and prints media by his sacked aide Babatope Okeowo credited to his person and office by Sahara Reporters, Sunrisebulletin.com and others maligning the credibility of the legislative arm of Government with false allegations of cash inducement. 7. Petition from All Progressive Congress (APC) Ondo Chapter on his alleged movement to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) having sworn-in as the Deputy Governor on the Party's Ticket with Mr Governor for a 4 years term. https://politicsnigeria.com/impeachment-7-allegations-levelled-against-ondo-deputy-governor-ajayi/  

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Nigerian reality star and former vixen, Venita Akpofure gladly flaunting her hot curves in a recent shots shared on her social space from a beach shoot in Venezuela. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCVWVRRnS9j/?igshid=1wdd6ycyux8hn  

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