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BREAKING!!! Ibrahim Magu Asks IGP For Bail

The suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has written to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to be released on bail.

Mr Magu has been in police detention since Monday after his arrest to face a panel on allegations of corruption.

He wrote to the police boss in a letter sent on Friday on his behalf by one of his lawyers, Oluwatosin Ojaomo.

The letter dated July 10 requested that Magu be granted bail “on self-recognisance”.

Magu has been appearing before the panel from detention in Abuja since his arrest.

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JUST IN: Buhari Approves Magu’s Suspension – Malami

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, says President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the ‘immediate’ suspension of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

The AGF stated this in a release on Friday by his spokesman, Umar Gwandu.

The statement comes days after the news media got hold of Magu’s suspension and his replacement.

Malami added in his statement that EFCC Head of Operations, Mohammed Umar, has been appointed as the acting chairman.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as Ag. Chairman EFCC in order to allow for unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws,” the statement read.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has also approved that the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, should take charge and oversee the activities of the Commission pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation and further directives in that regards.”

Magu is being probed for alleged misconduct, fraternising with looters, living above his means, insubordination among others.

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BREAKING!!! Ondo Chief Judge Rejects Assembly’s Request To Probe Deputy Gov

Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, has rejected the request of the state House of Assembly to constitute a panel to investigate allegations against Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi.

Ondo assembly speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun, had in a letter dated July 7 urged the chief judge to constitute a seven-man panel to probe Mr Ajayi.

However, in her response, Akeredolu threw back the request, saying the two-third majority as required by the 1999 constitution for setting up such a probe panel was not formed in the assembly.

The chief judge also said she had received a letter from Ajayi’s lawyers stating that the process of impeachment was sub judice.

Nine state lawmakers had also written to the chief justice, distancing themselves from the impeachment moves.

“It is equally worthy of note that the total membership of Ondo state House of Assembly is 26 in which 2/3 is 18 and this remains the constitutionally required number irrespective of any arbitrary suspension,” the lawmakers said in a letter.

“We are writing to call your attention to the fact that all or some of us who are signatories to this letter may be suspended in order to circumvent the provision of the constitution of Nigeria, which we all swore to uphold and protect, including your honourable Lordship, as this will be contrary to the laws of the land.”

The lawmakers against the impeachment are Iroju Ogundeji, Jamiu Maito, Rasheed Elegbeleye, Tomide Akinribido, Samuel Ademola, Favour Semilore, Festus Akingbaso, Williams Adekunle and Success Torhukerhijo.

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Buhari Fair To Southeast Despite Low 2015, 2019 Votes – Adesina

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, says the president has been fair to the south-east region despite low support from it in the 2015 and 2019 general elections.

Mr Adesina stated this on Friday in a column entitled, ‘Buhari & S’East: Arthur Eze Nails It’ which was published on his website.

The presidential aide began by praising businessman, Arthur Eze, who said recently that President Buhari had “demonstrated uncommon goodwill towards the people of the South East geopolitical zone, and should now rest assured of our unalloyed support and loyalty.”

Adesina wrote: “It is disingenuous for anyone to claim that President Buhari does not like any part of the country, most especially the South East.

“When the former Major General joined the political fray in 2002, and contested for President in 2003, who was his running mate? Former Senate President, Dr Chuba Okadigbo, a true Igbo son.

“In 2007, who ran with Buhari? Another true Igbo son, and former Speaker, House of Representatives, Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke.

“And when former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme fell deathly ill, President Buhari arranged his evacuation abroad by air ambulance. When he eventually passed on, he was given a most befitting national burial. Do you do that for a people you don’t like? Hardly.”

He added: “We were in Washington, USA, on an official visit. And the President met with Nigerians based in that country. A question came on how he would fill political positions, since he got less than 5% votes in some parts of the country.

“The President said in politics, it made sense to reward those who voted for you, more than those who didn’t. If you got 95% votes in some areas, and 5% votes in others, it stood to reason that those who voted more should get more positions. Then he added: ‘But the Nigerian Constitution forbids any leader from doing such, and I will do as the Constitution prescribes.’”

He also berated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for not building a second bridge across River Niger during its 16 years in power.

The project, he said, is top on Buhari’s list of infrastructural developments in the region.

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Clergyman Blames Devil For Impregnating Daughter

A pastor of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Ogo-Oluwa parish, Ogun State, Oluwafemi Oyebola, who was arrested for allegedly raping his daughter, impregnating her three times and forcing her into abortion, has blamed the devil for the act.

The 44-year-old paraded on Thursday at the state police headquarters alongside the nurse alleged to have carried out the abortions, told the news media he did not intentionally have sex with his daughter.

He said he has expressed his regret and asked for forgiveness from his daughter and the public.

“I was hit by the devil’s arrow targeted at me by my enemies. I could not fathom how I began having sex with my own daughter,” he said.

“It is a shameful act, I agree. But unlike what was reported in the media, I only began to have sex with her in 2017 and not 2015 as claimed by the police. Also, the abortion I did for her was just once and not thrice.

“I regret my action and I have sought forgiveness from my daughter. She has also forgiven me as she came to plead with the CP on my behalf on Wednesday.

“I want to sincerely beg for forgiveness from Nigerians; my action was unheard of, and I seriously regret it.”

The nurse, Monilola Ogundimu, denied carrying out the abortions.

Ogundimu, who identified herself as an assistant matron and head of family planning unit, Idiroko General Hospital, Ipokia Local Government Area, said she only helped the girl with a family planning method as instructed by the cleric.

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Imo Set Up Seven Probe Panels To Blackmail Me And My Family — Senator Okorocha

Former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, says he is being probed by seven different panels set up by the Imo State Government.

He made the claim in a statement on Thursday by his spokesman, Sam Onwuemeodo.

Okorocha said the Hope Uzodimma administration is seeking to blackmail him and his family, adding that the state government was disobeying an order of a Federal High Court in Abuja by continuing to carry out its probe against him.

“Unfortunately, and we want to complain that, in spite of the directive, the judicial panel headed by Justice BC Iheaka has continued to sit. It sat on Thursday, July 9, 2020, a day after Justice Mohammed gave the directive,” he said in the statement.

“And all these are in desperation to get at Okorocha and the family. Otherwise, a judge ought to know that once a matter is before a court every other action on that matter should be suspended.

“We want to also make it clear that Okorocha has never been against his probe. But only taking exception to using the probe issue to diminish or discredit the more than one thousand verifiable projects of his administration, for the eight years he was governor. Or using the probe stuff to blackmail him and the family or conduct needless media trial.

“Okorocha’s contention is that while the 2nd defendant, the Attorney General of the state, had written petitions to the EFCC against him, and the Commission has been investigating all the issues in the petitions, the same issues are the ones being probed by the seven panels also set up by the same state government.

“And to Okorocha, and any sincere person, this is improper and questionable.”

But Uzodimma has repeatedly said he is not out to victimise anyone by reviewing all financial transactions of the state during the last three administrations.

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How Lebanese Ambassador Walked Out On Reps

There was mild drama on Thursday as the Lebanese ambassador to Nigeria, Houssam Diab, walked out on House of Representatives’ committee members on diaspora affairs.

Mr Diab was to meet the committee to discuss issues around the maltreatment of Nigerians in Lebanon, especially a woman named Temitope Arowolo, who is in detention in the country for alleged attempted murder of her employer and allegations of theft.

The ambassador arrived at the meeting venue around 11 am, but met journalists and some other government officials, including Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada.

Reports said he expected the meeting to be a private affair. Shortly afterwards, he stood up and left the venue.

Chairman of the committee, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, said she was shocked that the “ambassador will just get up and walk out on us.”

Akande-Sadipe later said the walk-out was a misunderstanding after some other members of the committee went after the ambassador and held a closed-door session.

“It was an informal meeting because the ambassador was nice enough to join us at the meeting. There is no law that says he has to be here today, but because he has an interest in the joint relationship between Nigeria and Lebanon,” she said.

“It was a misunderstanding, it meant to be an informal meeting and the ambassador was not aware that even when we have our informal meeting is documented. Because of the law of diplomacy, he wasn’t expecting to have media there and it was immediately resolved that it was going to be an executive session.

“The minister apologised on behalf of foreign affairs and he apologised on behalf of the country and the Embassy of Lebanon.

“We have a lot of Nigerians in Lebanon, we have a lot of Lebanese in Nigeria. We have a relationship with Lebanon from the 50s so you can imagine how we have been.

“This meeting today has further reiterated the Lebanese community and the Nigerian community we always stand together to ensure that justice and respect for human lives is a priority and we will work together to bring modern-day slavery to an end.”

According to her, the Lebanese government had also agreed to release Arowolo and other Nigerians held in the country.

Akande-Sadipe said the case involving a Lebanese who is held in Ilorin, Kwara State on charges of human trafficking is also being looked at.

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Dubai Company Looking For African Workers Excludes Nigerians

Social media have been crammed with angry outbursts after a Dubai recruitment firm excluded Nigerians from job openings posted online.

In the vacancy posted three days ago, the firm, Shirley Recruitment Consultants Dubai, said it was seeking merchandisers.

Part of the requirements for the full-time job is that the applicant should be an African, but not Nigerian.

An email believed to have been sent by the firm to a Nigerian applicant was made public on social media.

The email read: “…Thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately your visa application has been rejected as Nigerian passport holders are not permitted to obtain a tourism visa to the UAE in the meantime. However, this may change at any time as the permitted nationalities are updated frequently.”

Many on social media believe the move may be connected to the recent arrest of suspected fraudster, Ramon Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi, by the Dubai police for international fraud running into millions of dollars.

“Nigerians, inclusive of leaders and citizens, have trampled on the image of the country. If only Nigerians know how Nigeria and Nigerians are perceived abroad, then Nigerians will not be quick to praise internet fraudsters,” candyguyofficial wrote in an online community, Nairaland.

“Lately our image across the world has been terrible. A country where the anti-corruption boss was detained for being corrupt,” another member, Valves, wrote.

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Ex-Ondo NMA Chairman Dies Of COVID-19

A former chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Ondo State chapter, Dr Matthew Adeyeri, has died of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Adeyeri died on Thursday morning at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, according to an open letter written to the governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, by the chairman of Skye Hospital, Akure, Dr Ikubese Thomas-Wilson.

Thomas-Wilson urged Mr Akeredolu to urgently meet with the state chapter of the NMA in order to bring the striking doctors back to work.

He said the reopening, a few days ago, of places of worship, with people going about their daily activities with no regard for COVID-19 protocols, should be reviewed.

“As of today, Ondo state is gradually edging towards becoming the COVID-19 hotbed in Nigeria, because it came tops on the table, second only to Lagos,” he wrote.

“Last week, we lost the Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, to the ravaging pandemic.

“Just this morning (Thursday), we lost one of our senior medical doctors and former Ondo State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Matthew Adeyeri, to COVID-19.

“Several senior doctors, nurses and laboratory scientists in the state are currently in isolation.

“The most unfortunate aspect of this development is that medical doctors in the employment of Ondo State government are currently on strike, as government hospitals are no longer attending to patients.

“Even the doctors at the hitherto very busy and critical Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) have recently down tools.

“The doctors cited non-provision of personal protective equipment (PPE), non-payment of COVID-19 allowance, non-payment of the agreed minimum wage and non-provision of insurance for the frontline workers, among others.”

The medical practitioner also noted that the 12-bedded Infectious Disease Hospital in Akure had also been overstretched with several COVID-19 cases.

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Osinbajo Writes IGP, Wants ‘Falseʼ Allegations inking Him To Magu ‘Fundsʼ Investigated

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to request for probe of reports linking him to N4 billion from the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

A blogger, Jackson Ude, had claimed in his platform, Point Blank News, that Prof. Osinbajo received N4 billion as part of recovered loots from Mr Magu who is currently being probed for his activities.

Mr Ude is a former director of strategy and communications under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

Osinbajo, in a petition dated July 8, 2020, and written by his lawyer, Bayo Osipitan, said the blogger claimed it was part of confessions Magu made before the presidential panel probing him.

The vice-president said the claims were defamatory and capable of bringing him to ridicule before members of the public.

Part of the petition read: “These vicious and malicious publications are meant to achieve one objective only, to present to his readership and others (Nigerians and foreigners) that our client is a dishonest and disloyal public officer and consequently unfit for the position of Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria he is occupying.

“We are of the view that unless an action for criminal defamation is commenced against the daid Mr. Jackson Ude, he will continue to use his social media platform to publish materials that are false and criminally defamatory of our client’s reputation.

“In view of the above, we humbly request that you cause the above allegations made against our client to be investigated and if the suggested investigation confirms our complaint of the falsehood of these allegations, to initiate criminal proceedings pursuant to the provisions of Sections 391-395 of the Penal Code Act for criminal defamation against the said Jackson Ude.”

Osinbajo also said Ude likened him to alleged internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi, by calling him ‘Hush-bajo’.

Ude is believed to be based in the United States.

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Delta Journalist Recovers From Covid-19

Managing Editor of Niger Delta Today, an online news platform, Theophilus Onojeghen, has recovered from the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

A statement on Thursday by the NDT management said Mr Onojeghen has been discharged from an isolation centre in Delta State after repeated tests confirmed him negative for the virus.

The statement read: “Niger Delta Today (NDT) Online, publishers of the ‘news you can trust,’ is glad to share with our numerous readers, newsmakers, and followers that our Managing Editor (ME), Theophilus Onojeghen, who tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago has been discharged after repeated tests by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) proved negative.

“NDT is eternally grateful to God Almighty for prayers answered and the healing of our editor.

“It is most cheering to note that the tests for our editor’s wife and son turned out negative from results availed us by the National Centre for Disease Control.

“To reiterate our earlier containment advocacy, COVID-19 is real. The clear proof of the reality of this pandemic is the ordeal our editor had with this deadly and virulent illness.”

Onojeghen had tested positive for coronavirus on June 26.

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BREAKING!!! Coronavirus: Nigeria Records 499 New Cases, Caseload Rises To 30,748

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed 499 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday.

With the latest, the total number of the confirmed cases of Covid-19 has risen to 30748 with 12546 and 689 Deaths.

On its official Twitter handle @NCDCgov, the Centre shows the breakdown of the new confirmation.

“499 new cases of #COVID19; Lagos-157 Edo-59 Ondo-56 Oyo-31 Akwa Ibom-22 Borno-21 Plateau-19 Kaduna-18 Katsina-18 Bayelsa-17 FCT-17 Delta-14 Kano-11 Rivers-10 Enugu-8 Ogun-6 Kwara-4 Imo-3 Nasarawa-2 Osun-2 Abia-1 Ekiti-1 Niger-1 Yobe-1.”

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa has called on countries in the region to take concrete actions to ensure equitable access to vaccines.

It said globally, there are nearly 150 COVID-19 vaccine candidates and currently 19 are in clinical trials.

According to WHO, South Africa is the first country on the continent to start a clinical trial with the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg testing a vaccine developed by the Oxford Jenner Institute in the United Kingdom.

“The South African Ox1Cov-19 Vaccine VIDA-Trial is expected to involve 2000 volunteers aged 18–65 years and include some people living with HIV.”

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BREAKING!!! Nasarawa Attorney General Tests Positive For COVID-19

Nasarawa State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Abdulkarim Kana, has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mr Kana is a member of the state task force on COVID-19.

Commissioner for Health, Yahaya Ahmed, confirmed the attorney general’s positive status on Thursday.

Ahmed said Kana is in stable condition and self-isolating at home.

More to follow…

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Judge’s Absence Stalls Controversial Cosmetic Surgeon’s Trial

The absence of Justice Mohammed Liman on Thursday stalled the trial of a Lagos-based surgeon, Dr Anu Adepoju, charged with evasion from investigation into an alleged failed plastic surgery at the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Adepoju, alongside her firm, MedContour Services Ltd., were arraigned on July 3 by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) on five counts bordering on refusal to honour an invitation for investigation and failure to produce investigation document.

The FCCPC had in April sealed the medical outfit, a plastic surgery hospital, over suspicion of illegal activities.

Following the defendants’ arraignment on July 3, the court fixed July 8 for prosecution to open its case.

Prosecutor Babatunde Irukera, who is also the Director-General of FCCPC, told the court that he had only two witnesses.

But the case could not be continued on Thursday as the court failed to sit.

However, a new date for trial will be communicated to parties.

In the five-count charge, prosecution alleged that without sufficient cause, the first defendant, Adepoju, failed to appear before the FCCPC in compliance with the commission’s summons dated April 15.

The prosecution also alleged that without sufficient cause, the first defendant failed to produce documents which she was required to produce in compliance with the commission’s notice of investigation dated April 14.

It added that the first defendant obstructed the commission from carrying out its investigation into the said issue.

The alleged offences, it said, contravene the provisions of sections 11(1)(a), 33(1)(a), 110, 113(1)(a) and 159(4) of the FCCPC Act, 2018.

Adepoju pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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LUTH Petitions Medical Panel Against Controversial Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr Anu

The management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, has called on the Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Investigation Panel to investigate the alleged professional misconduct of a Lagos-based cosmetic surgeon and owner of MedContour Services Ltd, Dr Anu Adepoju.

In a petition dated June 11, 2020 and signed by LUTH’s Director of Legal Services, O. O. Olajide, the hospital accused Adepoju of professional misconduct during a surgery she performed on a woman identified as Nneka Onwuzuligbo at her facility.

LUTH attached an affidavit to the petition which said Adepoju referred the late Onwuzuligbo from her facility to LUTH on January 3, 2019, on the pretext that she was being referred from the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island.

The victim, according to the affidavit deposed to by a consultant surgeon, Prof. Andrew Ugburo, was presented to LUTH with severe respiratory distress and septicaemia with infected surgical wounds.

Part of the affidavit read: “Details of the surgical intervention subsequently received from Dr Adepoju (Exhibit A) showed that she (Onwuzuligbo) had liposuction of the anterior abdomen, back, flanks and arms with fat transfer to the buttocks and hips. The surgery was done under spinal anaesthesia. The tumescent technique was used where three litres of fluid were infused into the patient and five litres of fluid were aspirated. She had two pints of blood transfused before presentation on account of anaemia.

“The account given about the patient further had it that there was no previous history of similar presentation in past surgery of myomectomy done three years before the liposuction and fat grafting. It was revealed that on the second day after the surgery, she was noticed to have persistent foul-smelling discharge from all the surgical sites.”

Ugburo further deposed that the victim developed multiple organ failure of cardiac, respiratory (Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome) and renal failures and had a cardiac arrest on the 31st day of admission, adding that after cardio-pulmonary resuscitation was unsuccessful, the victim was certified dead around 9am on February 3, 2019.

Adepoju, however, said that Onwuzuligbo only had pneumonia when she was referred to LUTH.

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Redeemed Church Sacks Adulterous Pastor Gideon Bakare

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has terminated the appointment of Pastor Gideon Bakare in Akure, Ondo State capital, after being caught trying to have sex with a married woman.

RCCG spokesperson, Olaitan Olubiyi, in a statement said Bakare was sacked for attempted adultery and for putting the church in a bad light.

Bakare was seen in a video which went viral last weekend stripped in the bedroom of a married woman.

The woman had pretended she was consenting to the sexual act and had asked the pastor to strip before opening the door for her husband and others to come in to capture him live on video.

“The Redeemed Christian Church of God has excommunicated Mr Gideon Bakare and relieved him of all ministerial duties in the Mission,” Olubiyi said in the statement.

“Bakare, who was an Assistant Pastor in the church was recently accused of attempted act of adultery with a woman in her matrimonial home in Akure, Ondo State.

“The Church dissociated itself from such immoral act of Mr Bakare and described it as being completely contrary to the core values, doctrines, beliefs and practices of the RCCG and the undiluted word of God.

“The Church, after reviewing the report of her investigation, noted that by his conduct, Bakare has not only tainted his personal reputation but has portrayed the Church in a bad light.

”Mr Bakare has therefore been directed to return all official items in his custody and stay off all associated connections with the Mission with immediate effect.”

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JUST IN: Church Of Satan Disown Founder Arrested In Abia State

The Church of Satan has disowned a pastor in Ohafia, Abia State said to have been arrested by the police.

Irate youths stormed the church recently and demolished its monuments and statues.

Pastor of the church, Ifekwe Udo, was rescued by the police from being lynched by the mob.

However, in a tweet on Wednesday, the Church of Satan said it had nothing to do with Udo.

“This has nothing to do with us or Satanism. As we’ve repeatedly warned people, avoid scammers like this and get accurate information directly from https://t.co/krnS3t0Ds0,” the church said.

It further said on its website: “Unlike most churches, we have no set activities, meetings or contacts. We are not a congregational religion. The new member comes to the organization, ideally, with his own goals and plans for achieving them; he presents them to us and is directed in the way that would be most mutually beneficial.

“We do not have chapters and our Grottos were disbanded as being unnecessary. Our organization does not have church buildings as that would be against our individualist approach to living.”

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Ekiti Begins Recruitment For Amotekun Corps

Ekiti State Security Network, also known as Amotekun Corps, have commenced recruitment.

A statement on Wednesday by the state’s Amotekun Corps Commander, Brig.-Gen. Joe Komolafe (rtd), said registration closes on July 28.

“The recruitment exercise by the Board of Ekiti State Security Network (Amotekun Corps) will commence on Wednesday, July 8, 2020,” the statement read.

“Ekiti residents, from the ages of 18 to 60, with a minimum education of Primary School Leaving Certificate, should visit the website http://amotekun.ekitistate.gov.ng to download and fill the registration form and submit online at no cost.

“Applicants are also advised to print their registration forms for record purposes. Registration closes on July 28, 2020.”

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Osinbajo Denies Receiving ₦4 Billion From Ibrahim Magu

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has denied receiving N4 billion from the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

Reports had circulated on Wednesday that Osinbajo gave instructions to Magu to release some of the recovered loots and that N4 billion was released by the embattled Magu.

However, in a tweet by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, the vice-president described the reports as “fake news”.

Mr Akande explained that Osinbajo has never been involved in such activities.

He said: “Inundated by wide circulation of fake news about VP’s purported involvement in some EFCC recovery billions, please rest assured they’re all LIES: calculated to confuse and concocted to smear Prof. Osinbajo’s image.

“The VP hasn’t and will never be involved in any such shady activities.”

Magu is being probed for alleged misconduct, living above his means, insubordination, fraternising with looters among others.

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Church Of Satan Demolished In Abia State, Leader Arrested

Angry youths have demolished the Assemblies of Light Bearer Greater Church of Lucifer, popularly known as Church of Satan in Ohafia, Abia State.

Pastor of the church, Ifekwe Udo, was rescued by the police from being lynched by the mob.

The irate youths also pulled down monuments and statues erected in the church premises.

It was learnt that Udo was arrested earlier in the week for violating lockdown rules.

The pastor, who is also called Lucifer or Fada-Fada, is said to own a a brothel in Ohafia.

A native of the community who gave his name simply as Chukwudi alleged that the youths of the community were joined in the demolition by others from Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

“This man has been snatching wives from men with charm. He has been doing all manner of things including collecting land by force,” he said.

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Adesina, Most Successful AfDB’s President — Foreign Affairs Minister, Onyeama

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, says a former minister of agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina, is one of the most successful presidents of the African Development Bank (AfDB) going by the economic growth and achievements recorded by the bank during his tenure.

Mr Onyeama made the comments on Wednesday during an appearance on the News Agency of Nigeria forum in Abuja.

Adesina is seeking a second five-year tenure as AfDB president.

Onyeama said Nigeria was also engaging with non-regional shareholders to focus on the economic interest of the bank to retain Adesina, which would be a “win-win” situation for all.

“The AfDB has actually been doing extremely well; it is doing very well in all the rankings. The economic base of the bank has grown enormously,” he said.

“So, looking at all the economic, the metrics and indices, the president has been a huge success, possibly one of the successful presidents AfDB has had.

“There is this issue and the government has come out, Mr President has come out to support the President Adesina and so, we are also engaging robustly with the members of the AfDB.

“And the non-regional’s, the non-African countries that are also shareholders to get them to see that it is in the interest of Africa, it is in the interest of the shareholders to keep fate with the current president.

“Because it has been a win-win for all the shareholders and the bank is doing very well.”

Nigeria has stood by Adesina despite allegations of improper conducts raised against him.

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EFCC: Dino Melaye Mocks Magu Over Suspension By Buhari Govt

Senator Dino Melaye has made fun of the suspended acting chair of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, in a video posted on social media.

In the post made on Tuesday night, the former Kogi lawmaker, in his customary style of singing, said he warned about Magu but President Muhammadu Buhari failed to listen.

Melaye alleged that there are many others who should not be in Buhari’s administration.

Magu is facing probe by a presidential panel which has a former president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, as head.

The suspended EFCC boss is being accused of living above his means, fraternising with corrupt persons, diversion of recovered funds, insubordination and many others.

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Kwara Gov CoS Laid To Rest

The remains of Aminu Logun, the late chief of staff to Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, have been interred in Ilorin.

Mr Logun died on Tuesday evening from COVID-19 complications.

He was buried in accordance with Islamic rites on Wednesday at his GRA home on Ijumu Road in Ilorin in line with COVID-19 protocols.

The funeral was supervised by a team of COVID-19 Technical Committee.

The janazah prayer was led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Mohammed Bashir.

In a brief sermon, an Islamic scholar, Abubakar Aliagan, described the late chief of staff as a silent achiever, a philanthropist as well as promoter of unity.

“Alhaji Aminu Adisa Logun since we knew him was a complete gentleman and a lover of humanity.

“I can recall may be the last time he came to the family mosque, he made some corrections to the mosque by himself to improve the structure,” he said.

Aliagan prayed Allah to accept Logun as one of his servants and grant him eternal rest.

Present at the burial were the Deputy Governor, Kayode Alabi; Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Mamman Jubril; and Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Saadudeen Salaudeen.

Others were Special Adviser on Special Duties, Yinka Aluko; Special Assistant to the Governor on Religious Affairs (Islamic), Zubair Dan Maigoro, Senior Advisor and Counselor to the Governor, Kale Belgore; and the Director-General, Bureau of Lands, Bolaji Edun.

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Exceed 30000

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has announced that no fewer than thirty thousand Nigerians have been infected with the Coronavirus.

This was contained in a tweet released by the NCDC on Wednesday night, July 8.

Nigeria has recorded 460 new cases bringing the total number of confirmed cases so far to 30249 with 12373 persons discharged.

NCDC released the breakdown of figures of new cases of COVID-19 recorded according to states as follows

Lagos-150, Rivers-49, Oyo-43, Delta-38, FCT-26, Anambra-20, Kano-20, Plateau-18, Edo-14, Bayelsa-13, Enugu-13, Osun-12, Kwara-10, Borno-8, Ogun-7, Kaduna-6, Imo-4, Bauchi-3, Gombe-3, Niger-2, Adamawa-1

According to the tweet, 684 persons have so far lost their lives in Nigeria due to Coronavirus.

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BREAKING!!! Nigerian Students Won’t Write 2020 WAEC — FG

The Federal Government has announced that Nigerian students will not write the forthcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations.

Minister of education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing journalists after a virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

Mr. Adamu added that there is no date for school resumption yet.

Schools, he said, will remain closed until it is safe to reopen them.

Adamu said he would prefer that students lose an academic year than be exposed to coronavirus.

The minister appealed to states that have announced resumption dates for schools to reconsider their position so as not to jeopardise the lives of the students.

“It is not safe to reopen schools now,” Adamu said.

Stakeholders in the education sector recently fixed August 3 and September 5 as dates for the conduct of the 2020 WAEC examinations.

Adamu, however, said the examination body cannot determine resumption date of schools for Nigeria.

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JUST IN!!! Magu’s Suspension: Mohammed Umar Takes Over As EFCC Boss

Director of Operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mohammed Umar, has been named acting chairman of the agency.

A top official of the commission confirmed that Mr Umar has taken charge of the agency in the absence of Ibrahim Magu.

Magu was suspended on Tuesday by President Muhammadu Buhari to face allegations brought against him.

Details later…

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Ondo Assembly Suspends Deputy Speaker, One Other Over Deputy Gov’s Impeachment

Ondo State House of Assembly has suspended the deputy speaker, Irioju Ogundeji, and another member of the House, Adewale Williams.

Both lawmakers were suspended on Wednesday for alleged unruly behaviour.

They were among the nine lawmakers that kicked against impeachment move against Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi.

Mr Ajayi was served impeachment notice on Tuesday after he left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the majority leader of the assembly, Jamiu Maito, has resigned.

His resignation letter was read by the clerk of the House, Bode Adeyelu, during Wednesday’s plenary.

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CoS Death: Kwara Cabinet Members, Others Proceed On Self-Isolation

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has directed state officials who had contact with his late chief of staff, Aminu Logun, in the past two weeks to self-isolate and take the coronavirus (COVID-19) test.

Commissioner for Communication, Henrietta Afolabi-Oshatimehin, stated this in a release on Wednesday.

“Cabinet members, personal staff of the late Chief of Staff, and some medical personnel who have recently had varying degrees of contacts with the late technocrat have now proceeded on self-isolation,” the statement read.

Also, she said the government has suspended physical meetings of any kind on official matters until further notice, directing increased use of virtual platforms for such engagements in order to limit physical contacts and emulate the governor.

“It is important to note that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq last had any physical contact with the late Chief of Staff on April 6 during the launch of the conditional cash transfer for the elderly.

“The governor’s subsequent meetings with the late CoS had all been virtual. Similarly, the state executive council meetings and most official engagements have consistently been held through virtual platforms in line with the COVID-19 protocols.

“Flowing from this, government officials are again urged to avoid physical meetings at all cost as well as keep to safety measures,” Mrs Afolabi-Oshatimehin said.

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Alleged N471m Fraud: Court Fixes Date For Ex-HoS, Oyo-Ita’s Trial

A Federal High Court, Abuja has fixed October 20 for continuation of trial of the immediate-past Head of Service (HoS) of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo adjourned the trial on Wednesday on the grounds that he was not properly briefed about the latest scheduled date.

The judge also said that due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in the country, it was necessary for the court to be decongested and for everyone to comply with public health rules.

He further said that the trial would continue when the court returns from vacation.

Oyo-Ita and two others were arraigned before the court on March 23 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an 18-count charge bordering on fraud to the tune of N471 million.

Her aide, Ubong Effiok, and another named Garba Umar are among the defendants.

Other defendants include Frontline Ace Global Services Limited, Asanaya Projects Ltd, Slopes International Ltd, Gooddeal Investments Ltd, U & U Global Services Ltd, which is linked to Effiok, and Prince Mega Logistics Limited.

All the defendants in the case pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Gospel Singer Buchi’s Daughter Graduates With 1st Class From Babcock University

Gospel singer, Buchi, has announced that his daughter, Ola, has graduated with a first class degree from Babcock University, Ogun State.

The 57-year-old shared the news with a picture of Ola on Instagram on Tuesday.

He wrote, “Babcock University results are out, and my daughter, Ola, finished with a beautiful First Class! Praaaaise the Lord!!”

Buchi talked about fatherhood and his relationship with his children, which he described as ‘extremely fulfilling’ in an interview with Punch Newspapers published in January 2018.

“Fatherhood is extremely fulfilling knowing that you are raising people after your kind. A lion will beget a lion and a goat will beget a goat.

“When a man gets children, he tries to raise them according to his values. They do not have to be your kind in terms of practising your profession; they do not have to be you in the sense of doing what you do. But the value system is basically what you look at,” he said.

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Ex Delta Gov, Uduaghan Celebrates Successor, Okowa On 61st Birthday

The immediate past governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has described the 61st birthday of his successor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as “a different one”.

Mr Okowa and his family are in isolation and receiving treatment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a tweet on Wednesday, Mr Uduaghan wished Okowa recovery from the disease.

“I join your family, our dear state and your well-wishers around the world in wishing you a happy birthday.

“This birthday is a different one especially as you and your family recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Good health I pray you!” he said.

Okowa announced on July 1 that he and his wife, Edith, would be going into isolation after testing positive for the deadly virus.

One of their daughters had days earlier been confirmed positive.

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JUST IN!!! Magu: Justice Salami Panel Visits Aso Villa, Meets CoS

The Presidential Probe Panel investigating allegations of gross misconduct against acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on Tuesday met the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

It was gathered that the members of the panel used the opportunity of the meeting to congratulate Gambari over his appointment as the president’s chief of staff.

A presidency source had earlier confirmed that Magu was suspended from office following the ongoing investigation by the presidential panel.

According to the source, the suspension is meant to allow for probe into allegations against him.

It was also learnt that Magu, who appeared before the panel on Monday and Tuesday, has been given two days to present his defence lawyers from Lagos.

The presidency source had earlier maintained that the ongoing interrogation of Magu is to clear him of weighty allegations leveled against him.

The source also stated that the probe of the anti-graft boss was an affirmation that nobody under “the present administration is above scrutiny’’.

He said that the investigation of the EFCC boss was to reinforce the Buhari administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

He affirmed that the holder of an elevated office such as the chairman of the EFCC must be above suspicion.

According to the source, the Buhari administration will not prejudge anyone because it can be counted on to uphold justice and fairness.

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Your Dollars Will Fail in Edo, Wike Tells Ganduje

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party National Campaign Council for the Edo State Governorship Election, Governor Nyesom Wike, has replied his Kano State counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje, on the comments that he (Wike) would be isolated.

Wike spoke on Tuesday during the inauguration of the PDP campaign council in Abuja.

Ganduje had said during the inauguration of the All Progressives Congress’ National Campaign Council for the Edo State Governorship Election that “we will isolate Wike in an isolation centre and before he recovers, the election is over.”

In reaction, Wike referred to an incident involving Ganduje where he was caught on camera collecting kickbacks in dollars.

Wike said, “Nobody can intimidate us in this election. Yesterday, I was told and today I read on the pages of newspapers that one Governor Ganduje said that he is going to isolate me until the election is over. If Nigeria is supposed to be a country, who is supposed to be isolated?

“A man who pockets dollars in babanriga (flowing gown) from contractors is not isolated and you say that me should be isolated. In this country, where are we heading to?

“Let me tell you why they (APC) made Ganduje the chairman of the campaign council; it is because of the dollars they saw. But for dollars, Ganduje could not have been made the chairman of the campaign council.

“But what he doesn’t understand is that we are from the Niger Delta; we shall chop his dollar and we will chop him to a coma. So, Ganduje, your dollar will not work in Edo State, we have integrity in our party.”

Earlier, in his address, the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, asked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to save the nation’s democracy by ensuring that the votes of the people counted not only in Edo State, but across states where elections would be held.

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Gather COVID-19 Patients For Prayers – T. B. Joshua Tells Nigeria, Other Countries

Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T.B. Joshua, has called on governments and international bodies to get coronavirus patients in isolation centres connected to his Emmanuel TV cable channel in order for them to receive divine healing.

He stated this in a statement posted on his YouTube channel on Tuesday.

“We want to encourage our communities, states, local and international bodies, medical doctors, scientists and the people in charge to organise those who are in isolation and let us arrange how to connect them to us on Emmanuel TV,” he said.

“The blessing of Jesus is for those who knock and ask,” he continued, adding, “In whatever way you support to make this happen, we are a team; we are not doing more than you.”

Quoting the Biblical reference in Luke 4:40 where Jesus healed, he further said: “Together we shall pray for them. Together we shall be set free from this COVID-19.

“The same anointing that heals one is also able to heal all at the same time.”

Since beginning its ‘interactive prayer’ – in which prayer is offered via video calls – Joshua’s ministry has prayed for COVID-19 patients from around the world including citizens of USA, South Africa, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Honduras and Cuba.

Last week, the World Health Organisation acknowledged that “spiritual leadership is very important in a time like this” in reaction to a trending video in which a Cameroonian medical doctor was ‘healed’ from COVID-19 after receiving ‘interactive prayer’ from Joshua’s ministry.

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Lagos Flood Sacks Popular Actor, Pa James From Home

Kayode Olasehinde, popularly known as Pa James from the TV series Pa Ajasco and Company, has once again been forced to relocate from his home because of flood.

Fellow actor, Kunle Afod, posted a picture of the house on Instagram on Tuesday along with the message: “Let’s come together to support Pa James.”

The younger actor had earlier posted a video of himself appealing to the public to come to the aid of the man popularly known as Ajirebi.

This is not the first time the veteran actor’s home in the Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area of Lagos will be overtaken by flood.

Last year, Pa James posted a video of himself scooping water from his house after it was flooded.

He described the experience as something “I can never forget in my life.”

Speaking in an interview, Pa James said: “This issue has been going on for some time and we have always pleaded with the government, but they have just been deceiving us.”

He added: “It makes me feel ashamed and I don’t even like to talk about it again. If not for my son who posted the pictures on social media, I wouldn’t have said anything. He was flabbergasted because he saw the extent of the flooding with his eyes this time. We only used to tell him about it when he was in school. At a time, we, residents of the area, even tried to salvage the situation, but we were told that it was the government that could carry out the work.”

Pa James’ son, Samuel Olasehinde, posted pictures and video of the flooded house after a visit to the place in May 2019.

The younger actor said his father’s house gets flooded due to an overflowing canal behind the street.

“This year makes it 10 years of repeated and consistent occurrence of this with severe damages done annually to properties, at times leading to temporary displacement. Letters have been written, TV appearances made, press releases written, still no significant step taken by the government to channel the overrunning canal,” Samuel wrote in an Instagram post.

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EFCC: Place Magu On Watchlist – Fayose Tells President Buhari

Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has called for the suspended acting chair of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, to be placed on watch-list.

Mr Fayose made the call on Tuesday via Twitter drawing attention to September 2018 when the EFCC directed that he (Fayose) should be placed on watch-list while still in office.

“Just as Magu directed that I be placed on ‘Watch-list’ even when I had immunity as a sitting gov, Magu too must be placed on watch-list so that he won’t run away,” Fayose wrote.

“EFCC, DSS, Customs, Police, Immigration, Army, Navy, Air Force, others, over to you. What goes around comes around.”

Magu is being accused of living above his means, fraternising with corrupt persons, diversion of recovered funds, insubordination and many others.

The suspended EFCC boss is facing probe by a presidential panel which has a former president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, as head.

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COVID-19: Commissioner, 21 Others Discharged In Delta

Delta State Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, and 21 other persons have been discharged from isolation centres in the state where they were treated for coronavirus (COVID-19), the state government said on Tuesday.

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Olisa Ifeajika, made the announcement in a statement.

Mr Aniagwu had tested positive for the virus on June 20.

Mr Ifeajika said the commissioner and 21 others were discharged after they tested negative for the virus, following long periods of isolation and treatment.

Ifeajika said he too tested negative for the virus.

He added that the Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie, who tested positive same day as Aniagwu, was awaiting the result of his final test to determine when he would be discharged.

He re-emphasised the appeal of the state government to the people to support its efforts at curbing the spread of the pandemic.

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JUST IN: 774,000 Jobs: Ngige Apologises To Lawmakers Over Keyamo Clash

Minister of Employment, Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, on Tuesday, apologised to the National Assembly over a clash between his deputy, Festus Keyamo, and a joint committee of the National Assembly with oversight functions on the ministry.

Ngige tendered the apology when he paid a courtesy visit to Senate President Ahmad Lawan in Abuja.

Keyamo was accompanied by other top officials of the ministry.

Lawan insisted that all previous actions already taken on the programme by Mr Keyamo are “null and void”.

Keyamo had disagreed with the joint committee on the processes and modalities for implementing the Special Public Works programme of the Federal Government meant to hire 774,000 youths across Nigeria.

The beneficiaries are expected to be paid N20,000 per month from October to December 2020.

Ngige, however, said the process of recruiting the 774,000 persons for the programme must start afresh, adding that the National Assembly has the right to demand to know the processes and modalities for implementing the programme.

Keyamo had alleged that the lawmakers were making attempts to hijack the programme.

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BREAKING!!! COVID-19 Cases Move To 29,789 With 503 New Infections

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed 503 new cases of Covid-19.

With the latest, the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country has risen to 29789 with 12108 Discharged and 669 Deaths.

On its official Twitter handle, @NCDCgov, the Centre shows the breakdown of the latest confirmation;

Lagos-153, Ondo-76, Edo-54, FCT-41, Enugu-37, Rivers-30, Benue-24, Osun-20, Kaduna-15, Kwara-13, Abia-9, Borno-8, Plateau-6, Taraba-5, Ogun-3, Kano-3, Kebbi-2, Nasarawa-2, Bayelsa-1, Gombe-1

Meanwhile, the Federal government has announced that a total of 7,713 inmates have been released from the various correctional centres across the country since the outbreak of the COVID-19 in the country, to curb the spread of the virus among inmates.

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) who disclosed it said; “The initiatives adopted has so far led to the release of about 7,713 inmates while simultaneously reducing the instances of unnecessary test and we intend to sustain this momentum.”

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Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka Knocks NBC Proposed Regulatory Code

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has described the proposed amendment to Nigeria Broadcasting Code (6th edition) as clear and obvious economic sabotage.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), in the new regulation, stipulates compels that broadcasters must share content with competitors to prevent monopoly.

It also seeks to give the NBC powers to determine content prices in the event of a dispute.

“A broadcaster must license its broadcast and/or signal rights in any genre of programming to another broadcaster in Nigeria if “the genre of programme(s) enjoy(s) compelling viewership by Nigerians,” the code said.

Reacting in a statement made available to Qed.ng on Tuesday, Prof Soyinka said the Nigerian government should “come out openly and admit that it has declared war against the arts and its producers instead of its present tactics of piecemeal attrition.”

Blaming the government for the destructive effect of piracy on publishing, the playwright dismissed the NBC code as an attempt to put an industry under siege.

Parts of the statement read: “I have just read excerpts of the newly proposed NBC broadcasting code and become aware of some potentially dangerous aspects of the code. Whilst one concedes that some of the regulations are well intentioned, I shudder to imagine unintended consequences such as backhanded censorship in the age of digital media. These restrict intellectual property rights and their scope of exploitation with whomsoever one chooses to collaborate. It is economic sabotage writ large, directed against thousands of practitioners. Regulatory? This is strangulatory in effect!

“Several practitioners’ voices have been raised in protest. For one such insider’s detailed and passionate exposition on the deleterious provisions of this Code, I shall draw particular attention of policy makers to Chris Ihidero’s Why Does the NBC Want to Kill Local Content in Nigeria? If I may invoke a contemporary tragic image to render graphically what Ihidero and others have pleaded on behalf of both creators and consumers of this artistic productivity:

“Let government kindly take its knee off the neck of this industry. Please – let it breathe!”

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