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Father’s Death: Lille Offers Osimhen Private Jet To Visit Family

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Super Eagles and Lille striker, Victor Osimhen, has been offered a private jet by his club to visit his family in Nigeria following the death of his father.

The French Ligue 1 side forward announced the death of his father on his Twitter account on Sunday.

Osimhen tweeted, “RIP dad. No words to describe this feeling.”

The Club in a statement released noted that it has given the striker a private aircraft to come to Nigeria, but the landing permit is yet to be approved.

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, in his reaction commiserated with the former Sporting Charleroi star.

He said, “I have spoken to Victor Osimhen and expressed the sorrow of the NFF and the entire Nigerian Football family.”

“His club, Lille OSC of France have given him a private aircraft to come to Nigeria to be with his family and probably for the burial rites. We have applied for landing permit but we are yet to get this. However, we are still on it and hopeful for the sake of the young lad.”

“The loss of either parent is usually a moment of heartbreak for anyone. We condole with Victor (Osimhen) at this moment and pray that God will grant his late father eternal rest, while also granting the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.”

Osimhen’s club Lille also mourned the death of the father of their top striker.

“Today we learned with great sadness of the passing of Osimhen’s father.”

“The entire LOSC family is joined in grief with Victor and his family. He has our full support during this difficult time.”

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Coronavirus: You Caused COVID-19 Spread In Nigeria – Omokri Blames Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has been blamed for the cause of the increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria by Reno Omokri, an aide under Goodluck Ebele Jonathan‘s administration.

Reno who is well known to usually counter the All Progressive Congress, APC, took to his verified Twitter account to allege that President Buhari is the reason why Coronavirus has continued to spread in the country after he had disregard advice from his contender in the last presidential election under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

According to Reno, the president had refused to close the country’s airspace in February just so that his daughter and the late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari can fly back to the country from their UK trip.

Reno tweeted; “Dear General @MBuhari, You are shedding crocodile tears. You caused the spread of #COVID19 in Nigeria by refusing to close Nigeria’s airspace in February, despite @Atiku asking you, because your daughter and Abba Kyari were abroad!”

See the tweet below;

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerian farmers to maximize the raining season and produce food that will be sufficient for the country.

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$1.5bn Loan: World Bank To Decide On Federal Government’s Request By July

World Bank Express Excitement Over Nigeria's Improving Economy

The World Bank has promised to take a final decision by late July on a $1.5 billion loan to support Nigeria as it fights the novel COVID-19

The bank’s country director, Shubham Chaudhuri, who made this known said that the financial institute is working on packages that could provide more than $3 billion to Africa’s largest economy.

“We were hoping to present to our board by late July or the latest early August because the government will need the finance. The immediate challenge is a fiscal one: How does the government marshal the fiscal resources to keep basic government functions going?”

Naija News recalls that Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed had projected the country’s economy to shrink as much as 8.9% in 2020.  The World Bank also expects Nigeria’s economy to shrink by between 3.2% and 8% in 2020, and government oil revenues could fall by a third or possibly more than half, said Chaudhuri.

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Buhari Nullifies Appointment Approved By Late Abba Kyari

President Muhammadu Buhari may have directed his new Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari to cancel all appointments and approvals made by the late Chief of staff Abba Kyari without his permission, The Guardian report claims.

According to the report released by the Guardian Newspaper, no reason was given for the President’s action, however, reports indicated that no less than 150 memos without the President’s authorization may have been uncovered. The Nigerian presidency has also  refused to react to the report

Meanwhile, in a new development, The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, (HOS) Dr. Folasade Yemi–Esan, has threatened to dismiss any Public Officers found leaking Unauthorised Official Documents the Nigerian Government.

Naija News Understands that the Federal government gave the warning in a circular dated May 22nd, but made public Monday by the Director of Information, Olawunmi Ogunmosunle, in a statement.

The internal circular was addressed to the Chief of Staff to the President, Office of the Vice President, Ministers, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Permanent Secretaries, and Service Chiefs/Inspector-General of Police, among other Public Officers.

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Nnamdi Azikiwe University Hospital Records First COVID-19 Case

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The Chief Medical Director of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Prof. Anthony Igwegbe, has confirmed one case of Coronavirus in the hospital.

Igwegbe on Monday noted that the patient was diagnosed with the virus following a test upon getting to the hospital.

The further stated that the result of the test was released on May 23 and the patient was immediately moved to one of the isolation centres in Anambra for treatment.

“The patient was quickly moved from our isolation ward to the Anambra State Treatment Centre last night for care and treatment.”

“Specimen for the test was taken the following day and sent to Irrua,” he said.

Igwegbe while speaking with NAN noted that the suspect was earlier taken in, but the test sample was not taken before the patient died.

“That was a probable cause, the patient showed some symptoms but the sample was not taken before the patient died.”

“So we have only one confirmed case of COVID-19 in NAUTH so far,” he said.

The CMD added that all the necessary precautions were taken and all those that attended to the confirmed patient used Personal Protection Equipment.

He gave an assurance that the hospital would remain vigilant.

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You Are A Clout Chaser – Netizen Blasts Davido Over Cynthia Morgan

The name Cynthia Morgan became a trend on social media platforms over the weekend after an Instagram live video surfaced featuring Nigerian singer and songwriter, Cynthia Ikponmwenosa Morgan, alongside @msvanila7.

The singer who now goes by the name Madrina shared the awful experience she had over the years in her musical career.

Cynthia in the interview disclosed how things fell apart with her former record label boss, Jude Okoye, brother to popular Nigerian defunct group Square. The pop singer alleges that the label boss was the reason for her fall in the music industry, adding that he has denied her rights to her stage name, and hence the reason for her depression.

Naija News understands that the video received a barrage of reactions during the weekend as colleagues in the industry pitied the sick singer, wishing her well and given her hope for better days in her career.

Watch the Instagram live video with the singer below.

However, Jude Okoye in another interview session with Tunde Ednut has denied the allegations against him by the singer.

According to Jude who narrated his own part of the story, nothing of such as claimed by the singer happened between them. He reiterates that she has been free with the said rights since she left the label.

He further promised Tunde Ednut to send him details of his contract with Cynthia Morgan via email, authorizing him to publish it after going through the whole details.

Watch Jude’s interview with Tunde Ednut below;

Reacting to the whole drama, singer, Davido took to his Twitter handle to ask Cynthia Morgan to call him, showing interest in helping her achieve her dreams.

He tweeted:

The DMW boss received applause from Nigerians for his kindheartedness towards the singer whom many described as lady gifted with good music.

However, despite praises on the DMW boss, another social media user identified as IRUNNIA came up with a different narrative about Davido’s act of given, noting that he only looks for opportunities to come in so he can receive praises.

He tweeted; “Davido is a clout chaser. The only reason he wants to help Cynthia Morgan now is because she is currently the center of attention. He likes being at the center of everything.”

“When she was suffering and she wasn’t the center of attention why didn’t he help her then?.”

See the tweet below;

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Death Averted As Building Suffers Partial Collapse During Heavy Rainfall In Lagos

What could have been a major accident was averted on Monday following the partial collapse of a building in Lagos State.

Naija News understands a two-storey building located at No 6 Olonode Street, Ebute Metta, Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, partially collapsed on Monday after heavy rainfall in the area.

Parts of the building were destroyed however, no life was lost in the incident which happened around 9.45am amid a heavy downpour of rain.

Director-General, Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu who confirmed the report added that all occupants of the building have been evacuated and directed to relocate to safe accommodation.

Oke-Osanyintolu said “Upon arrival at the scene of incident, it was discovered that an old storey building was severely distressed with the reinforcement having corroded resulting in visible cracks on the walls and pillars likely due to a lack of maintenance.

“Further investigations revealed that all the slabs of the building are weak and as a result, part of the building has collapsed.

“Fortunately, there is no loss of life nor injury sustained at the scene. LASEMA responders and Lagos Building Control Agency, LABCA officials and other emergency responders are currently at the scene of incident to salvage the situation.

“Meanwhile, all the occupants have been immediately evacuated and the entire building cordoned off to prevent any secondary incident. Rescue operation ongoing.” he concluded.

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Human Right Violation: SERAP Drags Wike To ECOWAS Court

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The continuous alleged violation of human rights by the Federal Government and some Nigerian governors has continually been pointed out by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).

It will be recalled that the human rights organization recently berated Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state for allegedly using the COVID-19 regulation to maltreat the people of the state.

Naija News learnt SERAP launched legal action against governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state and the government of President Muhammadu Buhari at the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja over the “brutal crackdown, repression, and grave violations and abuses of the human rights of the people of Rivers State.”

SERAP said in suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/20/20 filed last Friday: “Governor Wike is using COVID-19 as a pretext to step up repression and systematic abuses against the people of Rivers state, including by carrying out mass arbitrary detention, mistreatment, forced evictions, and imposing pervasive controls on daily life.”

According to SERAP: “Governor Wike is using executive orders 1 and 6, 2020 as instruments to violate and abuse the rights to liberty and freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention, to a fair trial, and to property, contrary to Nigeria’s international human rights obligations, including under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

SERAP also  asked the court for an order of injunction to “restrain and stop Governor Wike from further using, applying and enforcing executive orders 1 and 6 or any other executive orders to harass, arbitrarily arrest, detain and demolish property of the people of Rivers state.”

SERAP is also seeking an order directing “Governor Wike and the other defendants to pay adequate monetary compensation to the victims of human rights violations and abuses, and to provide other forms of reparation, which may take the form of restitution, satisfaction or guarantees of non-repetition, and other forms of reparation that the Honourable Court may deem fit to grant.”

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Buhari’s Fuji House Of Commotion

Breaking: President Buhari Sacks NECO Registrar, 4 Other Top Staff For Fraud

By Fredrick Nwabufo

The Buhari administration did not prime itself for leadership but for power. The regime has titillated more attention from controversies stoked by internecine scrimmages than from any milestone project.

It has been five years of intrigues, scandals, and the simply unbelievable. Really, the life of the regime has been more dramatic than a Telemundo soap opera.

In October, 2016, just 17 months after the regime came to power, Aisha Buhari, matron of the villa, spun the conspiracy of a cabal in the government. The first lady said she might not support Buhari’s re-election because he is a titular head puppeteered by three people – the cabal. The phenomenon of a cabal pulling the strings of the president, like Mister Geppetto on Pinocchio, took wings, defining the administration largely afterwards.

Aisha continued her crusade against the ‘’powerful cabal’’ treating Nigerians to a riveting but villainous daytime drama. In November, 2019, at the National Islamic Council meeting in Abuja, she spared no foe. She cut down every organ and institution of government with her tongue – as if her husband governs an alternate country. Unprecedented!

In December, 2019, she issued a public statement excoriating Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, and welting Mamman Daura, a nephew of the president. And before then, Nigerians were already sated with the unlatched warfare between Aisha and the Mamman Dauras, and of course, the president’s ‘’wedding’’ that never happened.

Nigerians watched in stupefaction the Kevin Spacey-like scenes involving Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the ‘’cabal’’. They watched how Osinbajo was marooned on the fringes of relevance – how he was reduced to a ‘’condolence vice-president’’. They also witnessed the overt rift between the former chief of staff and Babagana Monguno, national security adviser (NSA), cast in highly sensitive memos and documents leaked to the media.

A house divided against itself cannot stand. In December, 2019, Sale Mamman, minister of power, ‘’suspended and sacked’’ Marilyn Amobi, managing director of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET), and Damilola Ogunbiyi, managing director of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA). The minister said the action is to ‘’restore sanity in the management of NBET’’ in the case of Amobi, and to ‘’reposition the agency for better service delivery’’ in the instance of Ogunbiyi.

But a few days later, on January 9, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari reversed the minister’s misaction. The president through Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), asked Amobi to resume office immediately. He also lifted the suspension of Ogunbiyi, who later joined the UN.

And the vexing question was how could a minister sack heads of government agencies without the president’s imprimatur? This remains one of the many awes of the Buhari regime.

On Tuesday, the minister of power did a reprise of his misaction. He sacked Usman Gur Mohammed, managing director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), with ‘’immediate effect’’, and appointed Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz in his stead. In his accustomed rationale, he said the TCN chief was sacked ‘’as part of continuing measures to reposition and improve the performance of the power sector in the country’’.

However in the case of the TCN chief, the minister footnoted that the president ‘’approved of all the changes and appointments’’. But in a circular issued by the office of the SGF in response to the removal of Usman Gur, Mustapha said the federal government has observed the “arbitrary removal” of chief executive officers (CEOs) and its impact on stability and service delivery. He said ministers cannot remove heads of agencies, and that the president has approved a procedure to discipline erring CEOs of federal agencies.

For sake of clarity, the SGF outlined the procedure thus: “When an act bordering on serious misconduct against a Chief Executive Officer is reported, it shall be the duty of the supervising minister through the permanent secretary to refer the matter to the governing board for necessary action in line with the relevant provisions of the Establishment Act and the principles guiding Chapters 3 and 16 of the Public Service Rules; The board shall in line with due process, issue him/her a query requesting an explanation with respect to the specific act(s) complained about; the board shall forward its findings and recommendations to the minister for further consideration and necessary action;

“The minister, after due consideration of the submission from the board, shall on the advice of the permanent secretary, forward the ministry’s position along with the recommendations of the Board and the explanation of the Chief Executive Officer to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) for processing to Mr. President, for a decision. Upon receipt of the submission from the minister, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) shall without delay cause an independent investigation and advise Mr. President on the appropriate course of action.”

Going by this confusion, which president approved the action of the minister of power, and on which one is the SGF situating his directive? The dubiety and discomfiture is startling.

Deepening the chaos in the regime is the unvarnished brickbat slinging between Abike Dabiri, chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), and Isa Ali Pantami, minister of communications. Dabiri alleges the minister dispatched armed men to expel her staff from the commission’s office situated in the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) building at Mbora, Abuja. What could be more embarrassing? This is government’s property and not the minister’s heirloom.

Really, there is more confusion in the Buhari administration than in the Fuji house of commotion. When will the government settle down to govern? A government that cannot keep itself together cannot get it right in anyway – it cannot keep Nigerians together. Nigerians are tired of the drama; they want leaders not comic actors. The Buhari regime must pull itself together and govern.

Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.

Twitter: @FredrickNwabufo

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Over 200 Terrorists Killed In Military Air Strike – DHQ

NAF Jets Bombard ISWAP’s Hideout, Scores Killed

Multiple airstrikes carried out by the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji has resulted in the killing of no fewer than 200 armed bandits in Katsina and Zamfara state.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

He noted that the bandits were killed in multiple airstrikes conducted at Ibrahim Mai’Bai’s Camp in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina and Kurmin Kura in Zurmi in Zamfara on May 22 and May 23.

Enenche added that the operations were in continuation of the efforts targeted at ridding the country of bandits and other criminal elements.

According to him, the operation follows a confirmation that the two locations were being used as hideouts for some bandit leaders while also serving as collection points for rustled cattle.

Acting based on intelligence reports, the air Nigerian Air Force ground-attack aircraft and helicopter gunships, engaged the two locations in multiple passes, destroying makeshift structures in the camps as well as killing the bandit leaders and their fighters.

Enenche said:

“Human Intelligence sources later confirmed that close to 200 armed bandits were killed in the airstrikes at the target locations.

“The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) commends the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism and directs them to remain resolute toward eradicating all armed bandits.

“The CAS has also directed that additional assets be deployed to cover Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi States to frustrate any attempt of the bandits to relocate to adjoining states.”