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Breaking: Governor Rotimi Akeredolu Of Ondo State Tests Positive For COVID-19

Akeredolu tests positive to COVID-19

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has tested positive for the COVID-19 infection.

This was disclosed by the Governor himself via a statement on his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday where he disclosed he got the confirmation of a positive result for COVID- 19 on Tuesday morning.

He wrote: “Earlier today, I got confirmation of a positive result for Covid-19. “I am asymptomatic and not displaying any symptoms.

” I am currently self-isolating and supervised home management will be administered by the wonderful team at our Infectious Disease Hospital.

“I ask that we all stay safe and be well.”

The Governor also requested for prayers for a quick recovery as he goes into self-isolation.

Meanwhile, according to the latest results released by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday evening, Ondo State has a total of 276 confirmed coronavirus cases.

Of the five hundred and sixty-six new cases of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country as at Monday, Ondo State accounted for 32.

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Primate Ayodele Alerts President Buhari Over COVID-19 In Aso Villa

The leader of INRI Evangelical spiritual church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has again warned the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari to be careful in toying with the dreadful Coronavirus pandemic.

According to Daily Post, the clergyman cautioned the president to be mindful of guests he receives in the Presidential Villa to avoid possible chances of contracting the dreaded COVID-19 disease.

Naija News understands that Ayodele has in a series of prophecies, revealed that the country will between July and August witness death of some prominent men to COVID-19 pandemic.

On President Buhari’s account, the Primate said, “President Buhari should be vigilant and be mindful of the people he hosts during this period.”

“Between July and August, Nigeria will lose prominent people to COVID-19. Buhari should minimize the way he attends to people during this time, The villa needs to be cleansed.’’

Meanwhile, yesterday, June 29, NCDC confirmed that overall cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria is 25133. 

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Breaking: Senate In Rowdy Session With Minister Over Recruitment Of 774,000 Nigerians

Just In: Nigerian Senate Takes 'Major Decision' Over Coronavirus In Nigeria

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday engaged in a war of words with the Minister of State for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo over the planned recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians.

The lawmakers disagreed with the Minister when he disclosed President Muhammadu Buhari had mandated his ministry to supervise the recruitment.

The Senators, however, disagreed with him, leading to a war of words between the two parties.

The inability of the Director-General of the NDE, Mr. Nasiru Ladan to defend the N52 billion budgeted for the recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians under the NDE was said to have started the tussle.

Details later…

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NCDC Bill: Abuja Court Dismisses Dino Melaye’s Suit

Dino Melaye Reacts As He Losses To Senator Adeyemi At Election Tribunal (VIDEO)

The Federal High Court in Abuja has set aside a suit filed by a former senator of the 8th National Assembly, Dino Melaye, which challenged some provisions of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Bill for lack of jurisdiction.

In her ruling, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu dismissed Melaye’s suit, noting that the issue outlined in it was not justiciable as the bill could not be a subject of litigation until it is signed into law.

Naija News understands that the former Kogi West senator had in May 2020, filed the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/463/2020, begging the court to get rid of sections 5, 8, 15, 16 and 17 of the bill which according to him constituted a violation or may likely violate his rights under the Nigerian Constitution, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights as well the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

Also in the bill is a provision which empowers the Director-General of the NCDC to without consent compel an individual to take medical examination or treatment and as well take his/her blood sample in the case of a public health emergency.

Melaye, however, frowned at the outlined provisions in his suit, describing it as a violation of human rights.

Naija News understands also that a part of the bill among others, give provisions for the NCDC to forcefully acquire any premises and convert them into isolation centres without consent and compensation to the owner.

According to Melaye, the bill which has also been condemned by some citizens would specifically violate his fundamental rights, personal liberty, private and family life, right to freedom of movement and right to own immovable property within the country.

The former lawmaker’s suite includes the likes of the Clerk of the National Assembly, the Clerk of the House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu as respondents.

However, Ojukwu in her ruling struck out IGP Adamu’s name, with claims that the plaintiff has failed to disclose any course of action against him.

Naija News recalls that Dino Melaye in March called on President Muhammadu Buhari to shut down Lagos and Abuja immediately, following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country.

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French Ex-Prime Minister Fillon, Wife Sent To Jail For Stealing Public Fund

Former French prime minister, François Fillon and his Welsh wife, Penelope have been sent to jail for allegedly stealing public funds as part of the “fake job” scandal.

Naija News learnt that justice Nathalie Gavarino while giving her final verdict found Fillon guilty of creating a fake job for his wife, using taxpayer money.

The 66- year-old was accused of creating a position that paid his wife over €1 million ($1.13 million) in public funds, a charge that cost him his 2017 presidential bid. Fillon’s wife, Penelope, was also found guilty of being complicit in the case.

He was additionally accused of getting the millionaire owner of a literary magazine to pay his wife €135,000 for “consulting work.” Mr Fillon was sentenced to five years in prison, three of which were suspended, as well as a €375,000 fine. Fillon was also banned from running for elected office for 10 years. His wife was handed a three year suspended sentence and fined the same amount.

The leading judge, Nathalie Gavarino also said Nothing could have justified the remuneration she received,

The couple, who have five children, was additionally convicted of employing their two eldest, Marie and Charles, between 2005 and 2007, paying them a combined €117,000.

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Npower Registration: ‘If You Do This, You Will Be Disqualified’ – N-Power Warns Applicants

Npower Registration: 'If You Do This, You Will Be Disqualified' - N-Power Warns Applicants

The Federal Government social intervention scheme, N-Power, has warned applicants over Npower registration.

Naija News recalls that the Npower portal for 2020 Batch C intakes opened at exactly 11: 45 pm on Friday, 26th June 2020, hours after some applicants had already registered for the scheme as against the directive of the social intervention scheme.

N-Power had tweeted regarding Npower recruitment: “We are LIVE!!! Apply now on http://npower.fmhds.gov.ng. Stay calm and follow instructions carefully. When you are done, tweet at us with the hashtag #SuccessfullyAppliedForNPowerNG. We are here with you.”

Another tweet by @npower_ng had said: “Dear Intending N-Power 2020 Applicants, Here is how to prepare for the N-Power application. Remember 1. Portal opens 11.45 pm, June 26th, 2020. 2. Application is FREE. Do NOT pay anyone to apply on the N-Power portal. 3. Get a printout or accurate details of your BVN.”

However, giving an update on the ongoing recruitment and registration, N-Power noted that two applicants cannot use the same email address for registration, saying that its one email address per applicant.

Similarly, N-Power warned that applicants should not use multiple email addresses to register, adding that it is an automatic disqualification.

“Please NOTE that 1. Two applicants cannot use the same email address for registration. One email address per applicant. 2. Similarly, applicants shouldn’t use multiple email addresses to register. It is automatic disqualification.”

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NAF Jet Bombs And Kills Several Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno State

NAF 2019 Recruitment Exercise

Many Boko Haram structures in Warshale, Borno State, has been destroyed in a recent airstrike by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, the Defence Headquarters has confirmed.

A statement on Monday by Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations confirmed several Boko Haram fighters were also killed in the airstrike.

The multiple airstrikes were carried out on 27th June as part of a subsidiary Operation LONG REACH after credible intelligence reports, Naija News understands.

“The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has dealt another decisive blow on Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in the North East of Nigeria with the destruction of several of their structures and neutralization of their fighters at Warshale in the Northern part of Borno State.

“This was achieved through airstrikes executed on 27th June 2020 as part of subsidiary Operation LONG REACH after credible intelligence reports as well as days of aerial surveillance missions established that the settlement was being used as a staging area to launch attacks against friendly forces’ locations and surrounding civilian settlements.

“Accordingly, the Air Task Force dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets as well as an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to engage the location.

“The NAF jets scored devastating hits in their multiple waves of attacks resulting in the destruction of several structures in the settlement as well as the neutralization of some of the terrorists.

The troops have been commended by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar for their dedication and professionalism in dealing with the insurgents.

“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the ATF for their dedication and professionalism. The Defence Headquarters equally urges them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country,” Enenche’s statement added.

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AKK Project: President Buhari’s Full Speech At The Flag-Off Ceremony

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The Presidency on Tuesday, June 30 held a virtual meeting at the statehouse for the president flag-off of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline project, Naija News understands.

Given an update on the flag-off event which was held this morning at Ajaokuta in Kogi State, the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi confirmed that the virtual meeting was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Chairing the meeting, President Buhari stated that the project is dear to the people of Nigeria and it must succeed. According to the president, the government owes its citizens a responsibility which must be carried out to prepare them for what the future holds.

The president assures Nigerians that though infrastructural development could be difficult to achieve at times, however, his administration remains committed to ensure that the AKKProject among others are put in place as it is a cardinal priority for the NEXT LEVEL administration.

President Buhari’s statement during the flag-off reads; “This landmark project is being developed to increase our critical infrastructure assets. We want to use this milestone project to promote the use of gas in the domestic market, and industrialize & energize the entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians.”

“AKKProject will have Immeasurable cascading effect on the Nigerian economy: industries, jobs, skills, tech transfer, local manufacturing. This project is part of our NEXT LEVEL Agenda. We are creating opportunities for our people.”

“We owe our people the responsibility of preparing them for what the future holds. Time is short, we can no longer afford to be incremental in our approach. Infrastructural development, although long, tedious and complex remains a cardinal priority for our administration as we pursue a more prosperous future for Nigeria.”

“#AKKProject will provide gas not only for power generation but also gas-based industries: new industries and the revival of moribund industries, in Kogi, FCT, Kaduna and Kano States.”

Also connected to the virtual meeting are State Governors, Ministers, Service Chiefs, and other senior Government officials each from their various offices, Naija News learnt.

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Afenifere Tables Fresh Request  Before President Buhari

Afenifere Tables Fresh Request  Before President Buhari

Afenifere,  a pan-Yoruba socio-po­litical organisation, has urged President Mu­hammadu Buhari to tackle the lapses in the security architecture of Nigeria like he did in the All Pro­gressives Congress (APC), his political party, last week.

Naija News reports that the call by Afenifere which came on Monday follows the decision of the APC National Executive Com­mittee (NEC) on the recommenda­tions to dissolve the APC National Working Commit­tee (NWC).

The APC NEC also replaced the APC NWC replaced it with a caretaker committee headed by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.

Afenifere while lamenting the state of rising insecurity, partic­ularly the killings, escalat­ing cases of kidnapping, banditry and acts of terror­ism by Boko Haram insur­gents, spokesman, Yinka Oduma­kin, said Nigeria might go under if drastic action was not taken by the president to stem the current tide of criminality.

While lamenting the con­tinued stay of the service chiefs, Afenifere questioned the President’s continued decision to allow them in office even when he had admitted that their performance in the last five years has been less than satisfactory.

“It is clear that we have lost the war against Boko Haram insurgents even though the Federal Govern­ment has made so much pro­paganda about their exploits against Boko Haram. On a daily basis, it is becoming clearer that Boko Haram is on top of us.

“We need to get back to the drawing board, to de­vise strategies to contain these criminals; otherwise, Nigeria may go under with these insurgents,” the group said.

On the reprimand of the service chiefs by the presi­dent, the pan-Yoruba socio-po­litical organisation urged the president to go beyond scold­ing the security chiefs and relieve them of their duties.

Afenifere said if President Buhari be­lieved the best of the service chiefs was not good enough, as he told them, he should sack them immediately instead of leaving them at their posts without any visi­ble results.

“That was a totally unex­pected decision. For those who have failed us in the last five years, who are not able to contain insurgency – and the only thing the pres­ident could do was to warn them that he was not satis­fied with their performance without kicking them out of office, appointing fresh hands, and boosting morale in the armed forces is unac­ceptable.

“There are young officers who have been demoralised because these service chiefs should have gone long ago and other people would have risen in their place.

“By leaving them when they are not performing, you are killing morale.

“Within your political party, how many months has the crisis taken, yet you dissolved the NWC, put a caretaker committee. Why can’t you rejig the security architecture like that?”

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We Will Be In Touch – FG Tells Batches A And B Npower Beneficiaries As They Exit The Scheme

N-Power Beneficiaries Threaten To Embark On Strike, See Why

The federal government has appreciated the beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme that served in the Batches A and B of the social intervention scheme.

Recall the Batches A and B would exit the scheme on June 30 and July 31 respectively as earlier disclosed by the government.

The Minister for humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development, Hajia Sadiya Farouq in a personally signed statement on Tuesday, shed further light on why the government is exiting about 500,000 beneficiaries from the N-Power scheme.

The Minister in her statement explained that if the two batches are not exited from the scheme, government may not have sufficient resources to accommodate the new Batch C beneficiaries due to the effect on the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s economy.

She added that “The transitioning and exit of Batch A and B is not a punitive action. It is a proactive intervention to help up skill your brothers and sisters and assist them further along on their journey through life.”

She used the occasion to thank the Batch A and B members for their service to the country and urged them to continue to be good ambassadors of the scheme.

Hajia Farouq also gave assurances to the exiting beneficiaries that her ministry and administrators of the N-Power scheme will be in touch with them with details of their transitioning and exit from the scheme.