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Breaking News In Nigeria This Afternoon, Friday, June 19th, 2020

Breaking News In Nigeria This Afternoon, Friday, June 19th, 2020


1. EFCC declares instagram celebrity, Hushpuppi, wanted.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) has declared instagram celebrity, Ramoni Igbalode,popularly known as Hushppuppi, over series of suspected cybercrimes.

The anti-graft commission announced this on its verified Twitter page on Thursday.

Hushpuppi was arrested on June 10 in United Arab Emirates in connection with $35million ventilator scam.

EFCC tweeted: “Nigerian most wanted hacker “Ramoni Igbalode alias Hushpuppy recently investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the International Police has considerable cybercrimes being investigated by the EFCC.

“The commission is familiar with grisly details of money laundering cyber transactions involving many high profile cyber criminals facing trials in Nigeria”.

2. PDP can’t complete head office despite raising billions of naira – Adesina.

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Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says the Peoples Democratic Party plunged Nigeria into a cesspool of backwardness from 1999 to 2015.

Adesina said the party does not breathe progress, adding that despite raising billions of naira for its head office, the party has not been able to complete it.

In a piece entitled, ‘A Good Setback by 60 Years,’ the President’s spokesman argued that the PDP has a “fixation with 60 years” but could only rule Nigeria for 16 years.

He said since the party lost to his principal and the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 elections, the PDP has not stopped fantasying about 60 years.

According to him, the claim by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, that Buhari and his team “have taken our country 60 years backward” showed the party’s “neurosis with 60 years”.

“And to think the party can’t even complete its head office, despite raising billions of Naira, which developed legs and vanished,” he added.

Adesina listed some of Buhari’s feats in the last five years including those in the Agriculture sector, noting that neighbouring countries now buy food from Nigeria.

He wrote, “We used to import everything. Even when we had a celebrated farmer as President, we brought in rice from all over the world, and beans from Burkina Faso. Maize, wheat, sorghum, millet, we imported everything. Fertilizer was one huge scam, when we planted nothing.

“Then Buhari came. He told Nigerians to return to the land. And he put his money where his mouth was. Agriculture was massively funded, and today, we have pyramids of rice round the country. We no longer import any type of grains, rather our neighbours come to buy here. We are almost self-sufficient in food.”

3. BREAKING: Gunmen kidnap Dariye’s father again.

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have again abducted the father of the former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye.

Pa Defwan Dariye, who is said to be in his early 90s was in February 2015 kidnapped at his residence in Mushere, Bokkos Local Government Area of the state.

He was rescued a few days later by vigilantes at the Nasarawa/Plateau boundary.

In the latest kidnap incident, it was learnt that the gunmen also went to his house in Mushere community and took him away to an unknown destination.

A resident of the community, Bulus Gambo confirmed the abduction of the former Governor’s father to our correspondent in Jos on Friday.

Gambo said, “The Information is true. It happened in the early hours of Thursday. The old man was just in his house when some gunmen came and took him away.”

An aide to the Chairman of Bokkos Local Government Area, Magit Mangut Mafiyai also confirmed the abduction of Pa Dariye.

Mafiyai said that the Council Chairman, Yusuf Mahanan Machen had visited the residence of the victim and asked the security agencies to be proactive and do everything within their powers to rescue him.

3. I’m alive, stop peddling rumours ― Ajimobi.

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There was great apprehension in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, over the state of health of the immediate past governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

Some minutes past 8pm on Thursday, there were rumours that his health had further deteriorated which prompted so many insinuations.

Even though several mushroom online media had pasted the news of his death, his aides, close associates continued dismissing the rumour.

When asked about his health from the Oyo State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Akin Oke, he simply said the former governor was getting better and that his condition had improved considerably.

Some of his perceived political foes said they heard the news but could not confirm it.

This scenario dragged on till midnight when his former Special Adviser on Communication, Mr Bolaji Tunji and one of his children confirmed that the acting National Chairman of APC is hale and hearty.

After several phone calls, Mr Bolaji Tunji wrote on his Facebook account “My attention has been drawn to the rumours circulating on the social media about my principal. Kindly disregard. We, however, continue to pray for him. Thank you all for the show of concern.”

The recuperating APC chieftain later wrote on Twitter handle, “I am not dead. Stop this rumour-mongering. Ajimobi is very much alive. The Constituted Authority is here for a lot more time. I will beat corona and be back on my feet soon.”

4. COVID-19: Cross River State Warns NCDC Not To Import Positive Samples To Calabar.

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The Cross River State Government has accused the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre Diseases for Control (NCDC) of plotting to import positive test kits and cartridges into Calabar through the Nigerian Navy Hospital to enable the state record COVID-19 index case.

The State Commissioner for Information, Asu Okang made the allegation at a media briefing in Calabar, the state capital.

Okang asked the Navy to resist the ploy to transmit the virus to the people of Cross River State; describing the move by the Health Ministry and NCDC as suspicious and unacceptable.

Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Health and Chairman of COVID-19 Taskforce Response Team, Betta Edu said the State Government will resist any attempt to inflict COVID-19 index case on the state in the guise of conducting training to test cases.

Cross River is the only state yet to record any confirmed index case of COVID-19 in Nigeria; a status it vows to maintain.

5. Senate Warns Against Plans To Resume Domestic Flights.

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The Senate has warned it would be suicidal for the Federal Government of Nigeria to unlock the Aviation Sector this Sunday as earlier planned .

The upper legislative chamber Committee on Aviation gave the warning after an emergency meeting with leaders of unions in the sector led by the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers .

Call for the suspension of plans to unlock the sector this Sunday was also canvassed by union leaders in the sector.

The Union leaders however said it was important for required bailouts to be given first before re-starting the sector; arguing strongly that failure to do so could lead to strike action.

The Federal government had penultimate week , fixed Sunday , June 21, 2020 as date for commencement of domestic flights in five major Airports across the country after about 75 days of lockdown in curtailing the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

But the Senate Committee on Aviation after being briefed by Unionists in the sector on the inherent danger in the plan , called on the federal government to suspend it for now.

6. AGF Malami Lists ’22 Sins’ Against Magu, Petitions President Buhari To Sack Him As EFCC Chairman.

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Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has forwarded a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari recommending the sack of Ibrahim Magu as the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Malami in his petition against Magu as the EFCC boss to the President, listed 22 weighty allegations against him to justify the recommendation of his sack from office.

The push by Malami is also understood to have been brought to the attention of Magu by his supporters within the presidency, prompting the EFCC boss to start setting up his own defense mechanisms as well.

Malami in his petition to the President, listed several grounds “raging from diversion of recovered loot to insubordination and misconduct” as reported by THISDAY.

However, Magu’s supporters within the Presidency are of the opinion that ”removing Magu at this time when he has given muscle to Buhari’s anti-corruption fight would be a mistake.”

“It is painful that the EFCC boss is facing certain powerful forces who have decided to remove him in spite of his remarkable achievements,” sources stated.

Despite the weighty allegations against Magu to President Buhari, some sources believe the EFCC boss will come out victorious but the president may be inclined “to set up a probe panel that will look into the veracity of the allegations and make necessary recommendations.”

One of the sources told select journalists that “I can authoritatively tell you that though Magu has survived previous plots to remove him, the AGF’s legal opinion remains the deadliest plot to get Magu out of the EFCC as AGF’s letter to the president contained 22 weighty allegations that require Buhari’s decision on whether or not to send Magu’s name to the Senate for confirmation or replace him….. This is because the office of the AGF is the supervising ministry of the EFCC and so his legal opinion cannot be treated with levity.

“For example, Malami alleged accounting gaps or discrepancies of figures concerning the recovered assets, claiming that Magu was not transparent enough in the management of recovered assets…”

A Magu supporter added that:” It will interest you to note that Malami accused the EFCC boss of disclosing a total naira recovery of N504 billion but lodged N543 billion in the Recovery Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Incidentally, this exceeded the disclosed figures by N39 billion.”

According to the supporter of the EFCC boss, what should be a point of commendation is now being used against Magu.

Others said: “Malami also accused Magu of blatant display of arrogance and insubordination to him as supervising minister of the EFCC.”Malami claimed that most of the recovered assets by the EFCC were allegedly sold by Magu without the knowledge of anyone.

Meanwhile, Naija News recalls the move by the presidency to confirm Magu as the substantive EFCC boss was rebuffed by the eighth senate, forcing him to remain in acting capacity as the presidency also insisted a new candidate won’t be presented for the post.

The Senate cited a damning security report from the Department of State Services (DSS) as its reason for refusing to confirm Magu as a substantive EFCC boss.


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