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Ivory Coast Vice- President, Daniel Kablan Duncan has pulled out from the administration of Alassane Ouattara.


The new development comes on the heels of the sudden death and mourning of the countries Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly on July 8.

The Presidential aide to the Ivorian Government, Patrick Achi. who made this known revealed that Ouattara said Duncan, had earlier handed over his resignation to the president on personal grounds on February 27 but was not approved until last week Wednesday.

Achi said Ouattara had finally accepted Duncan’s resignation last Wednesday, the same day Gon Coulibaly, who had longstanding heart problems, died after a cabinet meeting.

Ouattara picked Gon Coulibaly in March to represent the RHDP party in the Oct. 31 poll after announcing he would not stand for a third term Ivory coast.

Ouattara came to power in 2011 following an election the previous year that sparked a brief civil war when the defeated incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, refused to concede.



According to a new research, Coronavirus could affect people through cold  immunity to Covid-19 might be lost within months.



According to the research conducted by scientists at King’s College London, COVID-19 could infect people continually on an annual basis just like the common cold and flu virus.

The scientists looked at the immune response of more than 90 patients and healthcare workers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trust, putting to bed reports that herd immunity could be a way of defeating the virus.

The scientists found that antibody levels peaked three weeks after symptoms and then declined.

Speaking to the Guardian, Dr Katie Doores, the lead scientist of the research said: ‘People are producing a reasonable antibody response to the virus, but it’s waning over a short period of time and depending on how high your peak is, that determines how long the antibodies are staying.’

According to Dr Katie, antibody levels were highest and lasted longest in patients who had the most severe cases, and that any protection from a vaccine may not be very long lasting meaning that the vaccine may need to be reformulated every year.

This research comes after a new study found more than half of hospitalised Coronavirus couldpatients given heart scans worldwide were found to have abnormalities.

The study by the British Heart Foundation showed 55 per cent of 1,261 patients from 69 countries had abnormal changes to the way their heart was pumping, with around one in seven showing evidence of severe dysfunction.

According to the study, majority of patients had never been diagnosed with heart problems before, leading scientists to conclude that COVID-19 may seriously affect the heart.


The fire outbreak started from the top of the skyscraper which is located at the Central Business District in the Federal Capital Territory FCT.

A section of the Abuja World Trade Center is currently on fire.


The fire outbreak started from the top of the skyscraper which is located at the Central Business District in the Federal Capital Territory FCT.

The cause of the fire outbreak is yet unknown. Men of the Federal Fire Service are working to put out the fire. See more photos below.

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Federal Polytechnic Nekede, 2020 Nekedepoly Post UTME form, cut-off mark, fee, eligibility and registration details for the 20120/2021 Academic Session has been announced. Cut-off mark is 180. Cost is N2000.



Deadline for registration is August 31st, 2020. See full registration details below;
All 2020 Nekedepoly Post UTME candidates who applied to Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri as institution of First or Second choice with a UTME score of 180 or above are requested to forward online to www.fpno.edu.ng the following particulars;

O’level Result (WAEC, NECO and NABTEB

2020 Nekedepoly Post UTME Score

JAMB Subject Combination for the course applied
In addition, a screening fee of N2000.00 (Two thousand Naira) only should be paid on the Remita platform at any commercial bank nationwide.


STEP 1: On our site www.fpno.edu.ng, click on “Admissions” on the menu or click HERE which will take you to our Application form site.

STEP 2: On the Application site, click on “Application Form”.

STEP 3: Click on “Generate an Invoice for your desired programme” and fill the required information.

STEP 4: Under “Programme” on the page select “ND Morning”, and complete the required information.

STEP 5: Click on “Generate Invoice” after filling your information correctly and print out your invoice or copy your RRR number from the invoice.

STEP 6: Go to any commercial bank with the Remita Number (RRR number) to make your payment.

STEP 7: Return to the same SITE or click HERE to complete your Application Form.

STEP 8: After completing the form correctly, submit and print your slip.

Deadline: All submissions and payments must be completed on or before 31st August 2020.

Note: Candidates who used the institution as 2nd or 3rd choice must change to Federal Polytechnic Nekede as their first choice before they will be considered for admission and also note that any wrong information given disqualifies the candidates.



Ini Edo has been reappointed to serve in the tourism sector of Akwa Ibom state – The Nollywood actress and filmmaker took to her Instagram page to share the good news with her fans and followers – Edo was appointed Special Assistant to the governor on Culture And Tourism in 2016



Congratulations are in order for talented Nollywood screen goddess, Ini Edo, as she recently got reappointed as the special assistant to the governor of Akwa Ibom state on culture and tourism. The ecstatic movie star took to her Instagram page to share to the exciting news with her fans and followers, thanking them for their constant love and support.

Ini who shared stunning new photos of herself rocking a pair of structured pants and a stylish suit jacket expressed she was looking forward to ‘great accomplishment and milestones in the new era’.



For the first time in decades, Sudan is to allow non-Muslims drink alcohol. The country has also scrapped laws that had made leaving Islam potentially punishable by death, the justice minister said.



The raft of amendments comes a year after Islamist dictator Omar al-Bashir was toppled following mass protests against his three-decade rule.

Sudan now “allows non-Muslims to consume alcohol on the condition it doesn’t disturb the peace and they don’t do so in public,” Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari said in an interview Saturday evening on state television.

While Islamic tradition forbids the faithful from drinking, Muslim-majority Sudan has a significant Christian minority.

Abdulbari, part of a transitional government that took power after Bashir’s ouster, also announced that converting from Islam to another religion would be decriminalised.

“No one has the right to accuse any person or group of being an infidel… this threatens the safety and security of society and leads to revenge killings,” he said.

Many Muslim-majority countries apply Islamic laws making leaving the faith punishable by death.

Bashir, who had enforced such rules after coming to power in an Islamist-backed 1989 coup, was toppled by the army following mass protests over the country’s worsening economic crisis.

Human rights groups regularly condemned the toppled autocrat’s treatment of non-Muslims especially the Christian minority.

Copts, Catholics, Anglicans and a number of other denominations are present in the country but Bashir’s Islamist regime had driven many of them underground.

In 2014 a Sudanese woman was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, triggering an international outcry.

Her conviction was later quashed after a global campaign to free her, and she escaped to the United States.


Buhari and National Assembly

The frosty relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and National Assembly appears to have resurfaced in the current dis­pensation following actions of some ministers.

Buhari and National Assembly


Speaking when Saraki led some lawmakers to the Presidential Villa in May 2019, President Buhari had said “relations between the execu­tive and the legislature were not the best in the 8th National Assembly.

I will do his utmost to ensure there is a better working resincerely hope each one of us lationship between these two arms of government in the 9th Assembly so that we can serve the people better”. ­

Though the current leader­ship of Buhari and  National Assem­bly led by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Represen­tatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, have pledged an excellent working relationship with Bu­hari and have always done his bidding, that may soon come to an end as the legislative arm may move against some ministers in the days ahead.

Two weeks ago, Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, had altercation with the National Assembly Joint Committee on Labour over the planned employment of 774,000 Ni­gerians under the Special Public Works Programme which was captured in the 2020 budget.

Despite an apology from Chris Ngige, Minister of La­bour, Keyamo remained ad­amant, maintaining that the programme cannot be imple­mented without his approval according to NDE Act.

“I am simply following the law. All arms of govern­ment are bound by law. How can you say that you want the minister to hands off the NDE, when by your own law, the minister is a part of the day to day administration of NDE by virtue of Section 6 of the NDE Act.

“If you complain that the minister is being over bossy on the NDE, how is that the concern of the National As­sembly? Their oversight func­tion is to check ‘inefficiency’, not ‘over-efficiency’ on the part of ministers. The way and manner the minister su­pervises an agency should be the prerogative of the law and Mr. President.

“They cannot give direc­tives to the minister in that regard, but they can make up their investigative report and send to Mr. President. Cooper­ation between both arms of government does not mean the legislature coming over to usurp the powers of Mr. Presi­dent and we are all watching”, Keyamo said.

Also last week, Minister of Labour and Productivi­ty, Senator Chris Ngige, on Tuesday came under the hammer of the House of Rep­resentatives for suspending the management of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) in an alleged draco­nian manner.

The House alleged that Ngige who had been at log­gerheads with the suspended Adebayo Somefun-led man­agement of the NSITF over alleged financial infractions and breaches of procure­ment processes, unilaterally took the illegal action to pave the way for him to implement the NSITF 2020 budget.

Chairman, House Commit­tee on Finance, James Faleke, accused Ngige of altering the NSITF budget by inserting projects alien to the suspend­ed management.

Faleke further accused Ngige of using his wife, Dr. Evelyn Ngige, who works in the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, to award contracts.

In a statement by the Dep­uty Director, Press and Pub­lic Relations in the ministry, Charles Akpan, Ngige, how­ever, denied the allegation of budget padding.

In the statement dated July 7, 2020, and titled, ‘Ngige to Faleke: Learn not to abuse parliamentary process’, Ngige said, “It is instructive here to note that ministers do not award contracts and neither sit in the ministerial tenders board nor tenders board of parastatals.”

The minister is yet to re­spond to a text message sent by our correspondent to him on Saturday on whether he will welcome a probe of the allegations.

Another minister, who is having a tough time with Buhari and National Assembly is God­swill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.

Peter Nwaoboshi, senator representing Delta North Senatorial district, had ac­cused Niger Delta Develop­ment Commission (NDDC) of awarding N500 million contract to Akpabio and ac­cused the minister of insid­er dealings and other infrac­tions.

Similarly, Joy Nunieh, a former acting Managing Director of the Interim Man­agement Committee (IMC), at the weekend accused Akpabio of fraud, saying he repeatedly pressured her to take an oath of secrecy that was meant to keep her from exposing fraud at the commission.

Nunieh, who made her claim in an interview with journalists shortly after ap­pearing before the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating NDDC on Friday, said she would have been jailed if she had succumbed to Akpabio’s ‘oath of secrecy’.

While explaining her po­sition on the controversial contracts in the NDDC, Nu­nieh denied that she never made any payment without Akpabio’s knowledge, add­ing that the minister never signs any documents but prefers to use his subordi­nates as proxies.

“I refuse to go with him to the FEC (Federal Executive Council) meeting to deceive the president and the rea­son is because the law says if I contravene a section of the procurement Act, its five years imprisonment without an option of fine.”Buhari and National Assembly


She alleged that those who wanted to control NDDC from outside once instructed her to write an official report to im­plicate Nwaoboshi, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, over alleged fraudulent contract awards and executions.

Responding to the allega­tions, Akpabio in an inter­view with Arise Television said that the former NDDC MD had a character problem that the four husbands she had and divorced could ex­plain.

He said that Nunieh was not sacked because of cor­ruption, but because of her insubordination and lack of the prerequisite certificates to head an agency.



Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, says he is confident of winning trophies at the club before his three-year deal expires.


Mourinho arrived in November after Mauricio Pochettino was sacked, but Spurs have already been knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup during his time.

Spurs find themselves in ninth position in the Premier League table ahead of Sunday’s North London Deby, but Jose Mourinho said he needs time before he can succeed at the club.

“How long it took for Jurgen [Klopp] and Liverpool?” Mourinho said.

“Four years, four seasons.

“Buying one of the best goalkeepers in the world, buying one of the best centre-backs in the world and so on and so on and so on.

“I’m focused on my three-year contract. I believe that in my three-year contract we can win trophies. If we don’t, but the club does it in the new era if I stay here only for three years, I will be happy with that,” Mourinho said.



Aviation Minister , Hadi Sirika has explained why social distancing is not observed in aircraft following the resumption of flights amid the Coronavirus pandemic.




The Aviation Minister who spoke as he embarked on a simulation return flight to the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano to assess the preparation of the airport for resumption of flights, said the cabin is safer than any hospital theatre because of the purifying procedures air circulated within the cabin goes through.

Sirika added that the non-adherence to physical distancing was responsible for the ‘affordable’ ticket fare.

He said;

“Because of the nature of the airplane, the airplane is hygienic enough once you have your mask, you are safe to remain seated on your seat and where possible, we will keep the distance.

“Airplanes are designed in such a way that the ambient air at altitudes is clean. It is not contaminated.

The air is dropped in the aircrafts, pressurised and because of pressurization, the temperature of the air goes up to 200 degrees which is twice boiling water and there is no bacteria or virus that can survive it and it is suddenly cooled to about 2 degrees centigrate and then it is passed to a filter.

“Passing through the filtration system ensures that every single organism is screened and then it is passed to the cabin and once it is passed through the cabin, it comes from the ceiling downwards.

“So, it is not coming from the cockpit to the rear, it is from the ceiling downwards and it drops on the floor and gets circulated.

“With this mechanism in place, everything will be safe provided that we are decontaminating the airplane before we enter and decontaminating after we leave and also cleaning all the possible surfaces that one will touch.”



The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics ASUP speaks it would be wrong for governments to rush and reopen schools, thereby putting lives of students and staff in danger.



The union also backed the position of Federal Government to put on hold the earlier plan to reopen schools across Nigeria as it is not safe to do that.

National President of ASUP speaks, Comrade Anderson Ezeibe who stated this in Abuja added that government must carry all stakeholders along in her plans to reopen schools. He said: “Our union is convinced that any attempt at reopening schools at any level within this period is premature.

“It is common knowledge that our schools are not prepared to cope with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and as such any effort in the direction of reopening the schools now will only endanger the lives of both students and staff.” The union further urged the Federal Government, to address all pending issues between the government and the union to avoid break down of industrial harmony.




Port Harcourt International Airport on Saturday resumed operations after three months of COVID-19 shutdown.


An Air Peace flight – 5N EUV from Lagos was the first to arrive the Port Harcourt International Airport terminal at 7.50 a.m.

Mr Abayomi Akinbinu, the Regional Manager, South-South and South-East, FAAN, at the arrival of the first flight said that the Port Harcourt airport management would ensure maximum compliance to safety guidelines as flight operations resume at the airport.

He added that management will give no room for default even as he commended service providers and passengers at the airport, NAN reports.
Abayomi, however, decried poor adherence to physical distancing rules.

“ I think I’m satisfied with our adherence to safety tips, but we need to adjust few protocols especially in the area of adherence to physical distancing rule.

“Our markings of 1.5 metres apart are visibly on the floor, but maybe because of excitement, it’s not being properly followed; so we need to enforce that,” Abayomi added.



Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday lambasted President Buhari  under fire over the cancellation of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE.


Omokri described the cancellation of WAEC as evil.
Adamu had explained that it was better for students to lose an academic year than be exposed to the dangers of COVID-19.

However, Omokri wondered why the Federal Government cancelled an examination but did not cancel the forthcoming Edo State governorship election.

In a series of tweets, the former presidential aide said President Buhari under fire was trying to spread illiteracy across Nigeria.

He wrote: “Because General @MBuhari does not have a WAEC Certificate, he wants to punish the whole country by depriving Nigerian youths of having their own WAEC certificates. He wants to spread illiteracy, so we can all be almajiri. Never! The cancellation of WAEC is evil!

ar, yet Edo and Ondo elections will hold? Which is riskier? Exam or elections? @OfficialAPCNg held a mass rally. Yet, they close schools. No wonder Nigeria is the world headquarters for extreme poverty?

“1.5 million Nigerians write WAEC yearly. If General @MBuhari stops them from writing it in Nigeria, they‘ll abandon social distancing and go to neighbouring nations to write WAEC rather than lose a year. We WILL end up with more COVID19 than we are trying to stop

“1.5 million Nigerians write WASSCE every year. Nigeria cannot hold WAEC exams for 3 million people next year. What this means is that, if this policy is not reversed, every Nigerian child will miss a year, not just the final year students.



Commissioners of Education from the 19 northern states involved in secondary school exchange programme on Friday backed the position of the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu on the suspension of school reopening.


Daily Trust reports that the minister had recently announced that the federal government will not reopen schools across the country in view of the spike in COVID-19 infection cases.

Adamu had further stated that the government would not mind forfeiting the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in order to save lives.

However, a communiqué issued by the Northern states commissioners of education from the north at the end of a virtual meeting resolved that the minister’s reasons for keeping schools closed was appropriate in ensuring that children remained safe while efforts were being made to make schools safe from coronavirus.

The communiqué which was signed by the Kaduna state Commissioner for Education, Dr. Shehu Usman Muhammad who is also the Chairman, school exchange programme stated that the states will participate in WASSCE and other examinations only when it is safe to reopen schools and when coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Education.

“We resolve that schools should be opened only when it is safe to do so and when states have complied with the minimum COVID-19 safety protocols as outlined by the NCDC,” it stated.

He added that, “states should carry out holistic assessments of schools to determine their readiness to reopen and submit to their various state governors for consideration.

“The states must take steps to provide critical facilities required for reopening of schools as specified by the NCDC.”

The communiqué averred that, “The federal government needs to support states in putting safety measures in place for school reopening as part of its COVID-19 Social Investment Project, considering that many states may not have the financial strength to embark on such a huge capital extensive project.

This could be done with support from development partners or through loans.” The meeting had in attendance, commissioners of Education from 13 northern states including Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Niger, Nasarawa, Adamawa and Taraba states. Others include Kogi, Kwara, Katsina, Kano, Borno and Jigawa states.



President Buhari today has signed the revised 2020 Budget of N10.8 trillion.


Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant on New Media to President Buhari, said the President signed the revised budget into law around 11:04am on Friday, July 10.

”President Buhari today at exactly 11:04am, signed into law, the revised N10.8 trillion budget for the year 2020, the revised budget was passed by the National Assembly, last month.” he wrote

Nigeria had to revise its budget estimates and assumptions following a drop in crude oil prices and the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on global supply chains.

On June 11, the senate increased the total size of the revised budget by N5 billion from N10.805 trillion to N10.810 trillion



The APC Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ese- Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Friday resigned his membership of the party.




The APC , Samuel Olorunwa Ajayi, who tendered his resignation letter at the party’s secretariat revealed that he has already decamped to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

According to Ajayi who confirmed his resignation via telephone, he resigned his position as chairman as well as being a member of APC from Friday, 10th July, 2020.

Ajayi is a close ally of the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, who recently dumped APC for PDP.

Ajayi was the one who received the resignation letter of the Deputy Governor when he dumped the APC last month.



The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio speaks, on Friday, denied collecting and executing projects worth N500m in the Niger Delta Development Commission.


He stated this when he appeared before the Senate ad hoc committee on the alleged misappropriation of N40bn in the intervention agency by the Interim Management Committee between October last year and May this year.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, had at a news conference recently accused Akpabio speaks of securing the projects without executing them.

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The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), says the President General Muhammadu Buhari finally, has approved the suspension of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.


Malami said this in a statement by his Spokesman, Umar Gwandu, on Friday.

He subsequently appointed the EFCC Head of Operations, Mohammed Umar, as the acting chairman.

The statement read in part, “President Muhammadu Buhari finally has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as Ag. Chairman EFCC in order to allow for unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has also approved that the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, should take charge and oversee the activities of the Commission pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation and further directives in that regards.”



The acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has faulted a report claiming he gave N4 billion to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo N4 billion


Magu told a presidential investigating panel that the report is false

The acting EFCC chairman said he did not order the transfer of N4 billion to the vice president or to anybody

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, has reportedly denied ever giving Vice President Yemi Osinbajo N4 billion.

Magu, who is under investigation by a presidential panel, was said to have made the denial when reacting to claims in the media that he transferred N4 billion to Osinbajo, The Nation reported.

The acting EFCC chairman said he does not have access to such huge amount of cash. Credits: Photo collage from Guardian/EFCC Source:

UGC A member of the investigating committee said Magu described the report as false, pointing out that he does not have access to such huge amount of cash.

He reportedly said he did not order the transfer of N4 billion to the vice president or to anybody and demanded for the matter to be clarified. “I did not tell the panel that I gave the Vice President N4 billion.

Where will I get such money? Do I have access to such funds? It is part of mudslinging. Please clear this. I do not have any control of such cash, I did not order the transfer of N4 billion to the VP or to anybody,” sources quoted Magu as saying.

The unsubstantiated report which has been widely circulated on various social media platforms claimed that the EFCC boss told the panel that he gave Osinbajo the funds.

According to Premium Times, Osinbajo in a letter through his lawyers, Taiwo Osipitan, on Wednesday, July 8, petitioned the IGP to investigate allegations, adding that the claims were not true and defamatory.



The Minister Emeka of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, has cautioned the Southeast against the campaign for Igbo presidency.


Minister Emeka Nwajiuba said there was no time in the history of Nigeria that the presidency was ceded to a particular ethnic group based on tribe, hence the Southeast should be careful over the term Igbo presidency.

Nwajiuba said: “Anybody talking about Igbo presidency should be careful because there was never a time we heard about Hausa presidency. When the Yoruba were contesting, we did not hear of Yoruba presidency, why is our own different?

“There is no time people involved in politics will cede a position to anybody.
“Anyday you bring out an aspirant that is acceptable to other Nigerians, that is the day you indeed want the position of president in Nigeria. All you need is majority. Buhari won the APC primaries with 3,886 votes.

“So there was never a time it was ceded to Buhari. The people that voted for Buhari outnumbered others in that primaries.

”Even if the Igbo cry from now till thy kingdom come, if they don’t bring out a person that is acceptable to other Nigerians, nothing happens.”

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been in the forefront to ensure the emergence of an Igbo presidency in 2023.



Redeemed Christian Church of God , RCCG,Gideon Bakare, in Akure has been suspended by Pastor Adeboye after being caught while trying to sleep with a member’s wife.
Bakare was caught in a viral video sitting half naked in a compromising position with a woman who was described as a wife of a member of the church’s branch in Akure, Ondo State capital.


The video generated a lot of reactions from Nigerians on social media which led to his suspension by the church administrators.

Reacting, Pastor ADEBOYE, the RCCG spokesperson Olaitan Olubiyi in a statement released on Wednesday said Bakare has been suspended for attempting adultery.
According to the statement, Bakare was also accused of putting the church in a bad light.

The statement reads,

”The Redeemed Christian Church of God has excommunicated Mr Gideon Bakare and relieved him of all ministerial duties in the mission.

“Bakare, who was an Assistant Pastor in the Church was recently accused of attempted act of adultery with a woman in her matrimonial home in Akure, Ondo State.

“The Church dissociates itself from such immoral act of Mr Bakare and has described it as being completely contrary to the values, doctrines, beliefs and practices of the RCCG and the word of God.

“The Church, after reviewing the report of her investigation, noted that by his conduct, Bakare has not only tainted his personal reputation but has portrayed the Church in a bad light.

”Mr Bakare has, therefore, been directed to return all official items in his custody and stay off all associated connections with the mission with immediate effect.”



A group of human rights lawyers has urged President Muhammadu Buhari wants to relieve the EFCC Acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu of his duties following allegations of corruption against him from different quarters.


The group made the call in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by its convener, Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi.

Olajengbesi said that Magu’s continued stay in the country’s anti-corruption office when he had corruption allegations levelled against him, made a mockery of President Buhari’s fight against corruption.

According to him, Magu’s lack of transparency in the management of recovered loots is part of the reason behind the petition by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami to the president

“It is imperative for the public to recall that acting on an indicting report from the Department of State Service (DSS), on corrupt practices against Magu, the 8th National Assembly refused to confirm his nomination as substantive EFCC chairman.

“Most public opinion at that time called for the replacement of Magu as EFCC chairman; a legislative and public outcry that was curiously ignored by Mr. President, and regrettably today, Magu’s leadership has continued to be blighted by corruption allegations.

“There has been little done on his part to dispute the allegations or more importantly, the accusation of his numerous owned private properties in Dubai and the mismanagement of public funds.

“Magu’s continuance in office might mean that the president is more concerned about raising strong men than strong institutions, and might also mean that he is ready to sacrifice the integrity of a critical institution to reward loyalty to him.

“Also, any further or delayed action as per the removal of Magu as acting Chairman of the EFCC will be lending legitimacy to his position as acting chairman about five years and on.

“This is a procedural abnormality in civil service not contemplated by our laws or public service culture,” Olajengbesi stated.

He advised the President Buhari wants to ensure that the EFCC was protected at all cost from rot and disrepute, considering its importance to the economy as the corner-stone agency in the country’s fight against corruption.

The COPA convener noted that there were competent people in the country that would pilot the affairs of the agency without fear or favour, and who would bring a fresh atmosphere to its leadership.

He added:

“The Ibrahim Magu-led EFCC buhari wants is a luxury that can no longer be tolerated as it is a disservice to the country’s anti-corruption war, and encourages ‘strongman politics’ as against solid institutional systems.”

We recalls that Magu was on Monday interrogated by a presidential panel investigating allegations of wrongdoing against him.

The interrogation took place at the State House, and he was accompanied by one of the EFCC lawyers, Mr Rotimi Jacobs.


ondo governor

Embattled Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr Agboola Ajayi has dragged the State House of Assembly to court.

ondo governor


The Deputy Governor is seeking an order of the court to prevent the state House of Assembly from impeaching him from office.

Anxiety had mounted in the Ondo state over the weekend that the House of Assembly may any moment begin the impeachment process of the Deputy Governor having defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The House had resumed yesterday after days of recess occasioned by fear of COVID 19, but could not hold plenary.

However, the Deputy Governor has through his counsel Mr I Olatoke filed the suit seeking to stop the impeachment process and enforce his fundamental right of association.
Also joined in the state of suit are the Inspector General of Police, State Commissioner Of Police, Department of State Services (DSS) and the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr David Oleyeloogun.

The Deputy Governor said he has the right to retain his position despite his defection to the PDP.


OYO state

The Oyo State Police Command has said intelligence report indicates that some groups are warming up for their annual anniversary.

OYO state


A statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Olugbenga Fadeyi, said the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, gave the information on Monday.

The Commissioner of Police said the annual celebration of the cults, ‘Aiye confraternity,’ on 7th July, and ‘Buccaneer’ on 8th of August every year across the South-West states had come to the notice of the Ccommand.

“Adequate security measures have been emplaced to forestall any unlawful assembly and breakdown of law and order and loss of life associated with such unauthorised activities.

“The command further wishes to reassure the people that the Police in Oyo State are on top of the situation and are working assiduously to clamp down on aforementioned secret cults,” the statement read.


service chiefs

A prominent South-West monarch, service chiefs the Olowu of Kuta, Osun State, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, on Monday, said removing service chiefs will not end insurgency in Nigeria. He said the Nigerian Armed Forces currently face an unusual situation that cannot be addressed by a change of guards, noting those calling for change should offer a credible alternative.

service chiefs

The traditional ruler addressed a press conference on the outcome of a one-day national discourse on civil-military relations he convened in conjunction with a coalition of civil society organizations.

Reading a 10-point communiqué issued at the end of the discourse, the monarch said the Nigerian Army requires the support of the people to combat the insurgency.

He also advocated for the rebranding of the Army in a way that the people would see the Army as theirs and accord the institution the needed support and goodwill.

Oba Makama stressed the need for government to increase the funding of the military stated that his findings indicate that despite that the military’s budget constitutes the largest chunk of the national budget, they hardly get half of the votes.

He advised against stampeding the President into removing the service chiefs, saying, “We should allow the President to exercise his constitutional right to change them when he deems fit. “But I am of the opinion that changing the service chiefs doesn’t end the insurgency.\

” He said part of the challenges facing the Army is that it has been overstretched as it shouldn’t be involved in internal security, adding, “If the Nigeria Police and other security agencies are well structured, Nigerian Army doesn’t have any business in internal security.” The monarch however advocated for a rebranding of the Army, deepening of their professionalism, saying, “The army must be allowed to face its primary assignment of defending the territorial integrity of the country squarely.”

He said, “There should be effective and efficient communication, propaganda should be believable and credible when deployed. “There should be confidence building/community relations among the populace so that the civil populace will see the Army as a partner in progress and not the ‘aggressor/oppressor’ and an army of occupation.”

The monarch said the dialogue also recommended that the recruitment system “should be more open and transparent.

It must be on merit as opposed to the quota system.” He also called for the engagement of the civil service organizations “for perception management.”