Latest Breaking News In Nigeria This Morning, Friday, July 10, 2020

Alleged N4b loot: I’m not afraid, resign first – Jackson Ude dares Osinbajo.

Jackson Ude, the blogger who accused Prof. Yemi Osinbajo of collecting N4 billion from Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has declared that he was not afraid of the Vice President.

Osinbajo had on Thursday asked the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to investigate allegations that he received N4 billion from Magu.

This was contained in a petition addressed to Adamu through Osinbajo’s lawyer, Taiwo Osipitan and dated July 8, 2020.

The Vice President asked IGP Adamu to initiate criminal proceedings against Jackson Ude if the allegations are proven to be untrue after investigation.

And reacting to this, Ude said the Nigerian police cannot arrest him and insisted that Osinbajo must first resign as Vice President before dragging him to court.

He said that since the Vice President is denying the allegation, the Presidential Panel investigating Magu and the police, should be compelled to release the verbatim transcripts of Magu’s confessions.

Ude, a former Director of Strategy and Communications under President Goodluck Jonathan administration, Chief, tweeted, “Since Osinbajo, the Star Boy, is denying, let’s have lawyers compel the Presidential Panel investigating Magu and the Police, to release the verbatim transcripts of Magu’s confessions. This is not about waving immunity.

“I am not afraid of Osinbajo and his minions. If he indeed wants to go to court, he needs to resign first, and sue me. He cannot be VP and be using state resources to intimidate the Judiciary. He cannot wave an immunity that he didn’t place. Osinabjo should resign first!

Imo probe: Uzodinma after me, my family, Okorocha alleges.

Sam Onwuemeodo, the media aide to a former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has alleged that the Governor Hope Uzodinma’s ongoing probe of Okorocha’s administration was targeted at humiliating him.

This was contained in a statement by Onwuemeodo, in Owerri, on Thursday.

According to him, reports that a court declined his request to stop his probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission were untrue.

The statement reads in part, “Quickly, we want to state that the court presided over by Justice Ahmed Mohammed did not decline or refused to stop the probe of Senator Rochas Okorocha by EFCC and the Imo State Government.

“If that report was true, the court would not have again adjourned to Tuesday, July 14, 2020, when the court would decide on the orders sought by Okorocha.

“The most exciting thing that happened in the court on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, was that the judge extracted oral undertaking from the lawyer that represented the Attorney-General of the State, Mr Joseph Matthew, that the panel would not sit again during the pendency of the matter.”

Osun LG declares curfew as suspected ritualists kill two.

The Chairman, Ejigbo Local Government Area of Osun State, Mr Teslim Ogunmola, has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Ejigbo following the killing of two residents of the town within four days.

A resident of the town, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the manner in which the deceased were killed raises concern among the residents, who believe that ritualists were behind the act.

The resident added that two indigenes of Ejigbo were killed in their homes within the week, a development that he said was causing apprehension in the town.

“There is palpable fear across the town as people believe that some ritualists are behind the killings,” the resident said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed that two persons were killed between Sunday and Wednesday in Ejigbo.

She stated that one Bamidele Aboderin had been arrested in connection with the last murder in the town.

Opalola explained that on Sunday, 50-year-old Musibau Muraina was reported to have been murdered.

The PPRO said the deceased was killed in his house at the Oya compound and that when police personnel visited the scene, it was observed that the deceased’s abdomen was ripped open and his intestines exposed.

She explained that another murder was recorded in the town on Wednesday as one Misratu Azeez, 45, was killed at the Oloya compound.

Opalola added that police personnel, who visited the scene, observed that the deceased was injured in the forehead.

She, however, allayed the fear of the residents, saying the state Police Commissioner, Mr Undie Adie, had directed full-scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killings.

“No apprehension. The Commissioner of Police has directed full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the two incidents. We are also intensifying patrol around the area. The perpetrators will not escape justice,” Opalola said.

No going back on petrol subsidy removal – FG.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, said on Thursday that the Federal Government had reached a conclusion that it could no longer bear the burden of petrol subsidy.

Sylva said this in a statement published on the ministry’s Instagram page, with the title ‘Deregulation: The facts and the reasons behind the policy’.

“After a thorough examination of the economics of subsidising PMS for domestic consumption, the Federal Government concluded that it was unrealistic to continue with the burden of subsidising PMS to the tune of trillions of naira every year, more so when this subsidy was benefiting in large part the rich, rather than the poor and ordinary Nigerians,” he said.

According to him, deregulation means that the government will no longer continue to be the main supplier of petroleum products but will encourage the private sector to take over the role of supplier of the products.

“This means also that market forces will henceforth determine the prices at the pump. In line with global best practices, the government will continue to play its traditional role of regulation to ensure that this strategic commodity is not priced arbitrarily by private sector suppliers,” Sylva said.

He likened the regulatory function to the role played by the Central Bank of Nigeria in the banking sector, “ensuring that commercial banks do not charge arbitrary interest rates”.

The minister said, “Petroleum products are refined from crude oil. Therefore, the price of crude (the feedstock) for the refining process will affect the price of the refined product.

“When crude oil prices were down, government, through its regulatory functions, ensured that the benefits of lower crude oil prices were enjoyed by Nigerians by ensuring that PMS was lowered. At that time, we indicated that an increase in crude oil prices will also reflect at the pump.”

He said one of the reasons the country had been unable to attract the level of investments desired into the refining sector had been the burden of fuel subsidy.

Sylva said, “We need to free up that investment space so that what happened in the banking sector, aviation sector and other sectors can happen in the midstream and downstream oil sector.

“We can no longer avoid the inevitable and expect the impossible to continue. There was no time government promised to reduce pump price and keep it permanently low.”

He said in addition to attracting investments and creating jobs and opportunities, the policy direction would “free up trillions of naira to develop infrastructure instead of enriching a few”.

“Finally, the government is very mindful of the likely impact higher PMS prices would have on Nigerians. To alleviate this, we are working very hard to roll out the auto-gas scheme, which will provide Nigerians with alternative sources of fuel and at a lower cost,” he added.

COVID-19: Police arrest four patients who escaped from isolation center.

The Rwandan police on Thursday arrested four people who had escaped from a COVID-19 treatment center in Eastern province.

The Ngoma district police in a statement said that the patients who contracted the disease and were receiving treatment at the center set up at a secondary school in Ngoma district escaped on Wednesday evening after breaking iron window bars.

According to the statement, it took the efforts of Security officers and local leaders to locate their whereabouts and arrest them following a tip-off from people who saw them.

It also stated that Security officers and medics are tracing their likely contacts, including their families, according to the statement.

The police, however, urged those who could have had contact with the quartet to come forward for tests and due treatment to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

NAN reports that Rwanda on Thursday reported 16 new cases and 13 recoveries, bringing the total confirmed cases to 1,210 and total recoveries to 623.

The country so far has recorded three deaths from the virus.

COVID-19: Hundreds protest Imo police killing of cyclist over N50 bribe.

A cyclist (Okada man) was reportedly shot dead by a police officer for not giving him N50 as a penalty for not wearing his facemask at Banana junction in Amaifeke Orlu local government area of Imo state.

Immediately the cyclist was confirmed dead, hundreds of residents and angry passers-by took to the street in protest to express their anger over the killing of the Okada man.

Vanguard gathered that the policeman and his team escaped by shooting sporadically in the air to prevent been apprehended by the angry protesters.

An eyewitness told Vanguard that “The Okada man was stopped by the policeman on the security checkpoint and the Okada man stopped and the police officer asked him why he was not warring his face mask, as the Okada man was explaining to him.

“The police officer said that he did not want to hear any other thing that he (Okada) man has committed an offence and must pay for it. The police officer stretched out his hand out to the Okada man to do the needful.

“But the Okada man refused but pleaded that he did not have any money with him and that he will do something next time. The policeman was not satisfied with the response and he cocked his gun and the next thing we heard was a gunshot.”

All efforts made by Vanguard to get the reactions of the Imo state Police Public Relations Officers, Orlando Ikeokwu, were not successful as he refused to pick his phone calls.

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