NATIONAL NEWS 22-07-2021

THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • OONI CONSTITUTES PANEL TO LOOK INTO IGBOHO’S CASE.
  • DEFENCE CHIEF PENS LETTER TO AGITATORS, PROTESTERS.
  • TRAGEDY STRIKES AGAIN AS TWO PERSONS DROWN IN ONDO.
  • CHOLERA WREAKS HAVOC IN YOBE, JIGAWA, OTHERS, CLAIMS SCORES.

Senate/external loans

Legislators in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly are calling for the sanction of officials in the office of accountant-general of the federation, who made Nigeria lose the sum of 274.2 Million dollars on external loans.

In their resolution, the senators asked accountant-general of the federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris, to identify the officers and sanction them for mismanaging public funds and for gross misconduct.

The lawmakers further charged the AGF to provide the calculations showing how the missing figures were arrived at and as well explain reasons for the exchange loss for each of the figures.

The red chamber reportedly made the resolutions after approving report of its committee on public accounts before proceeding on annual vacation last week.

IRABOR/AGITATORS

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, is appealing to protesters and agitators to vent their emotions in a lawful and legal way devoid of destruction and any form of violence.

General Irabor Madethe plea while paying a courtesy Visiut on the 34 artillery brigade of the Nigerian Army, Obinze, Owerri, the Imo State Capital.

Addressing reporters after presiding over a security meeting with serving and retired senior military officers in the south-east geopolitical zone, general irabor pointed out that protest and agitations are legal once they are carried out within ambit of the law.

However, the Chief of Defence Staff hs solicited inputs from all stakeholders to profer lasting solutions to the prevailing security threats in the south-east geopolitical zone.

Ooni/igboho committee

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has constituted a 28-man panel to brainstorm on issues surrounding the arrest of Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Igboho

Oba Ogunwusi inaugurated the advisory council, comprising eminent Yoruba sons and daughters across the political spectrum, to look into and respond to the matter appropriately.

The committee consists of prominent south-west leaders including professor Akin Osuntokun who is its co-Ordinator; the Olugbon of Igbon, Oba Olusola Alao, senator Biodun Olujimi, among others.

In the meantime, report says the Yoruba nation agitator arrived at a court of appeal in Cotonou, Benin Republic, today ahead of his arraignment by the authorities of Benin Republic for immigration-related offences.

OYO/GOVERNOR

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has tasked federal security operatives to henceforth inform states before carrying out any covert operation.

Governor Makinde gave the charge in reaction to the recent crisis that rocked Igangan and its environs in Ibarapa local government of the state.

In his reaction, Makinde threatened to withhold the weapon seized from the operatives who invaded the community until he gets the federal government’s attention.

Commenting on the security situation in Oyo State, the governor directed local government chairmen to involve traditional rulers as well as other voluntary residents in policing their areas.

Oyo/workers

Workers sacked by the Oyo State Government are heading to a court to contest the government’s decision.

While addressing reporters on the matter, counsel to the affected workers, Mukhtar Aderogba, hinted that the local government service commission has been notified on his clients’ resolve to seek redress in the court.

Aderogba explained that the government did not allow the workers to explain themselves before reversing the compulsory retirement, pointing out that once demands are not properly addressed, the only option remains to approach a court of law.

The Oyo State government had on Wednesday, July 21, announced the sack of 341 workers following alleged irregularities in their documents.

LAGOS/LG ELECTIONS

Movements will be restricted throughout Lagos state between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 24.

The state commissioner for information, Gbenga Omotoso, made this known in a statement, stressing that the state will be going to the polls to elect councilors and chairman for the 57 local governments and local council development areas.

Omotoso explained that the restriction is meant to enable the state Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC, conduct hitch-free elections and to also facilitate the ease of movement of the electorate and election materials.

The commissioner, therefore, enjoined all eligible voters to participate in the elections, which he said require the cooperation of all residents.

ONDO/DEATH

No fewer than two people have been confirmed dead after drowning into Lisaluwa Bridge behind Saint Andrews secondary school, Arigbabola/Akingbule road, Ondo.

The incident which was said to have happened at the early hour of today shocked residents of Ondo, who described the incident as disastrous as it came barely a week when flood killed two people at Oka Area.

Some eye witnesses, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed to Eki Fm that one of the victims was a fisherman trying to catch fishes when he was drowned while the other man drowned while trying to rescue the first victim out.

Commenting, President of the Ekimogun Youth Connect, EYC, comrade Lucas Kakaki alongwith some residents and a diver, charged parents to monitor their chidren especially at this raining season.

The two victims were later identified as James Godstime from Delta State and one Bolu from Ondo town.

NCDC/NIGERIA

Nigeria has recorded a fresh spike of Covid-19 cases.

In a series of reports posted on its official social media handle, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, disclosed that the country recorded two deaths and 238 new cases.

According to the reports, Lagos State, which is the epicenter of the virus in Nigeria, recorded 181 new cases, Akwa Ibom followed with 45, oyo-8, ogun-2 while Ekiti and the FCT recorded one each, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 170, 122.

Meanwhile, 164,476 persons have been treated and discharged, while 2,130 have unfortunately lost their lives to the dreaded respiratory virus.

CHOLERA/DEATH

The outbreak of Cholera has claimed no fewer than 33 lives in both Yobe and Jigawa States.

In Yobe State, Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Management Agency, Babagana Machina, bemoaned that three deaths have been recorded with two others hospitalised at Girgir community in Jakusko Local Government area of the state.

On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health in Jigawa, Salisu Mu’azu, lamented that Cholera killed at least 30 persons across nine local government areas of the state, blaming open defecation for spread of the disease.

In the meantime, authorities in the federal capital territory have intensified community sensitization on outbreak of cholera and severe Diarrhoea diseases, urging residents and critical stakeholders to prioritize the practice of hand hygiene in their respective communities.

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