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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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    Atiku: Nigerian students may opt for neigbouring countries to write WASSCE

Atiku: Nigerian students may opt for neigbouring countries to write WASSCE

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says Nigerians may cross to neighbouring countries to sit for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE). In a statement on Friday, Atiku kicked against the federal government's decision to withdraw from the 2020 WASSCE due to COVID-19. On Wednesday, Adamu Adamu, minister of education, had told state house correspondents that the safety of students is [...]

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    Immigration blocks 58 Nigerian doctors from flying to UK

Immigration blocks 58 Nigerian doctors from flying to UK

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has refused to allow 58 Nigerian doctors from heading to the UK. According to Sunday James, spokesman of NIS, the doctors had concluded plans to leave the country via a special flight at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. James, who said two of the doctors had visas while 56 didn't, added that NIS reserves the [...]

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    WARNING: Asymptomatic, presymptomatic patients ‘transmit most COVID-19 infections’

WARNING: Asymptomatic, presymptomatic patients ‘transmit most COVID-19 infections’

Silent transmission could account for more than half of the COVID-19 cases diagnosed globally, according to a study by researchers in the US and Canada. In one research, published in the journal PNAS, medical experts leveraged on data obtained from cases of the virus that resulted from both asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmissions. Someone who is asymptomatic has the infection but no symptoms [...]

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    Magu asks IGP for bail — after four days in custody

Magu asks IGP for bail — after four days in custody

Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has applied to Mohammed Adamu, inspector general of police, to be released on bail. In a letter dated July 10, 2020, Oluwatosin Ojaomo, Magu’s legal representative, asked the IGP to grant bail to his client on “self recognisance” Magu was arrested on Monday and whisked to the presidential villa [...]

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    ALERT: There will be flood in 28 states, says NEMA

ALERT: There will be flood in 28 states, says NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says there will be flood in 102 local government areas in 28 states across the country. In a statement on Friday, Muhammadu Muhammed, NEMA director-general, said the yearly seasonal rainfall prediction (SRP) and annual flood outlook (AFO) released by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) predicted the floods in June. The director-general said Kaura and Zaria [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: US firm with links to IPOB denies lobbying for Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO bid (updated)

EXCLUSIVE: US firm with links to IPOB denies lobbying for Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO bid (updated)

Mercury Public Affairs, an American lobbying firm, has denied it was engaged by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in her bid for the top job at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Mercury represents Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and this is believed to have created some discomfort among officials of the federal government of Nigeria. But there is no [...]

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    Buhari confirms Magu’s suspension, names Umar acting chairman

Buhari confirms Magu’s suspension, names Umar acting chairman

It is now official: President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, media aide to Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation, disclosed this in a press statement on Friday. There had been no official confirmation since Magu's suspension was reported on Tuesday. He said Buhari [...]

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    Buhari signs revised N10.8trn 2020 budget into law

Buhari signs revised N10.8trn 2020 budget into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the revised 2020 budget into law. According to Tolu Ogunlesi, his special assistant on digital/new media, the president signed the revised budget into law around 11:04am on Friday. Nigeria had to revise its budget estimates and assumptions after a drop in crude oil prices and the COVID-19 pandemic affected global supply chains. "Assumptions underlying the 2020 appropriation act [...]

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    Ondo CJ rejects impeachment move against deputy governor

Ondo CJ rejects impeachment move against deputy governor

Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, chief judge of Ondo state, has rejected the request of the Ondo state house of assembly to set up a probe panel against Agboola Ajayi, deputy governor of the state, over allegations of gross misconduct. In a letter dated July 7, Bamidele Oleyelogun, speaker of the assembly, asked the chief judge to constitute a seven-man panel to probe Ajayi. “It [...]

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