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    COVID-19: ECOWAS donates ‘$8m medical supplies’ to Nigeria

COVID-19: ECOWAS donates ‘$8m medical supplies’ to Nigeria

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) have donated $8 million worth of medical supplies to support Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19. The supplies, among which include two ventilators, were handed over to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Saturday. Boss Mustapha, the task force chairman and secretary to the government of the [...]

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    Presidential panel: Interest on recovered N550bn was re-looted under Magu

Presidential panel: Interest on recovered N550bn was re-looted under Magu

The Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) indicted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman of the EFCC, of re-looting recovered loot. The panel probed the federal government assets recovered by the EFCC from May 2015 to May 2020. According to NAN, the panel discovered that the interest on the N550 billion recovered by [...]

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    Presidency: Magu’s probe shows fight against corruption is real

Presidency: Magu’s probe shows fight against corruption is real

The presidency has defended the suspension of Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) who is being investigated for alleged corruption. Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said in a statement on Saturday that Magu’s suspension shows the fight against corruption is real. He said Magu is not immune to such a probe because there are no sacred cows [...]

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    From UNIBEN best lecturer to Pope adviser: Meet Nigerian appointed into pontifical academy

From UNIBEN best lecturer to Pope adviser: Meet Nigerian appointed into pontifical academy

Pope has appointed Kokunre Agbontaen-Eghafona, a Nigerian professor, to the prestigious Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Agbontaen-Eghafona was named as a member of the academy on Friday alongside two others including Mario Draghi, former European Central Bank chief, and Pedro Morandé Court, a professor emeritus at the Pontifical University of Chile. The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences was established by Pope John [...]

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    Akeredolu to slug it out with 10 aspirants as APC concludes screening

Akeredolu to slug it out with 10 aspirants as APC concludes screening

The All Progressives Congress (APC) screening committee has cleared Rotimi Akeredolu, the incumbent governor, and 10 other aspirants to contest the primary election for the Ondo governorship poll. The committee, headed by Tijani Tumsa, disqualified only one out of the 12 aspirants that participated in the exercise. Tumsa announced this on Friday while submitting the panel’s report to Akpan Udoedehe, secretary of [...]

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    Femi Adesina: Igbo are not against Buhari

Femi Adesina: Igbo are not against Buhari

President Muhammdu Buhari is fair to all Nigerians notwithstanding partisan interests, his spokesman has said. In an article on Friday, Femi Adesina said that Buhari got low number of votes from the south-east does not mean the Igbo are against him. He said the president is guided by what is right and fair in his actions,  and that this has earned him [...]

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    FG probes Chinese company after report on contaminated water supply in FCT

FG probes Chinese company after report on contaminated water supply in FCT

The federal government through the Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission (NIWRMC) says it is investigating the contamination of water supply by a Chinese company operating in the nation's capital. The agency, which announced this via its Twitter handle on Friday, said necessary action will be taken in the matter. TheCable had reported how Hongao Mining Company Limited, a mining firm protected [...]

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    Okorocha: Imo set up seven probe panels to blackmail me and my family

Okorocha: Imo set up seven probe panels to blackmail me and my family

Rochas Okorocha, former governor of Imo, says there are at least seven panels set up by the state government to probe his tenure. The senator, who made the allegation in a statement by Sam Onwuemeodo, his spokesman, said the Uzodinma administration is seeking to blackmail him and his family. He also alleged that a panel of the state government is disobeying an [...]

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    Ondo gov poll: All political parties opt for indirect primary

Ondo gov poll: All political parties opt for indirect primary

All the 17 political parties that have indicated interest in the Ondo governorship election have opted for indirect primary election. In a statement, Festus Okoye, spokesman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said only one of the 18 registered political parties -- Boot Party -- failed to notify the commission of its intention to conduct primary for the October 10 [...]

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    FCT health secretary, family members contract coronavirus

FCT health secretary, family members contract coronavirus

Mohammed Kawu, acting secretary of the health and human services secretariat of the federal capital territory administration (FCTA), has contracted coronavirus. In a statement on Thursday, FCTA said Kawu's family members also contracted the virus. The statement said the health secretary, an equivalent of the commissioner of health in the states, started experiencing coronavirus symptoms 12 days earlier. He was quoted to have [...]

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    Olusegun Adeniyi: How Magu went rogue and harassed Abdulsalami, Danjuma

Olusegun Adeniyi: How Magu went rogue and harassed Abdulsalami, Danjuma

Olusegun Adeniyi, chairman of THISDAY editorial board, has revealed how Ibrahim Magu, suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), “harassed” two allies of President Muhammadu Buhari without the president’s knowledge. Adeniyi said Magu blocked a move by Theophilus Danjuma, former defence minister, to purchase an aircraft, few weeks after raiding the residence of Abdulsalami Abubakar, former head of [...]

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    PHOTOS: High ticket prices, stranded businesses — low patronage as airports reopen

PHOTOS: High ticket prices, stranded businesses — low patronage as airports reopen

On Wednesday, Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja reopened after months of lockdown — but not without a great cost. Only a few airlines were operating when TheCable visited the two airports on Wednesday including Air Peace, Arik Air, Ibom Air and Max Air. Ticket prices have gone over the roof while strict measures are in [...]

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    CAN: Churches must be reopened for divine solution to COVID-19

CAN: Churches must be reopened for divine solution to COVID-19

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has kicked against the continued closure of churches in parts of Nigeria despite the relaxation of the lockdown.  Samson Ayokunle, CAN president, said via a statement on Tuesday the continued closure of places of worship is "no longer acceptable and reasonably justified". In relaxing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, the federal government had lifted [...]

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    Reps probe NNPC over ‘$1bn illegal withdrawal’ from NLNG account

Reps probe NNPC over ‘$1bn illegal withdrawal’ from NLNG account

The house of representatives has resolved to investigate the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for "illegal withdrawals" from the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) account. At Tuesday’s plenary session, the green chamber accused the NNPC management of illegally withdrawing up to $1 billion from NLNG funds without due process. The resolution followed a motion from Ndudi Elumelu, minority leader, who said [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: How Chinese miners endangering FCT residents enjoy police protection

INVESTIGATION: How Chinese miners endangering FCT residents enjoy police protection

The only source of water for some remote communities in Karshi council has been ruined by mine workers with Hongao Mining Company Limited, a Chinese firm. The miners who are being protected by security operatives have made residents vulnerable to COVID-19 as the people have been unable to wash their hands as frequently as they should in this era. A stream [...]

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    Presidential panel: Odekunle did NOT speak for us on Magu’s case

Presidential panel: Odekunle did NOT speak for us on Magu’s case

The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has distanced itself from a statement credited to one of its members regarding the case involving Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Femi Odekunle, a member of the committee, had said Magu is a victim of power play in the presidency. Speaking after the EFCC boss appeared before the panel, [...]

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