NATIONAL NEWS JULY 18, 2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • YORUBA GROUP DEMANDS LISTENING HEAR TO SECCESSIONIST AGITATIONS.
  • SERAP SEEKS WITHDRAWAL OF NBC ORDER ON TERROR ATTACK REPORTS IN 24 HOURS.
  • NAFDAC WARNS AGAINST PROMOTING UNAPPROVED COVID-19 VACCINES.
  • ON SPORTS, FIBA RANKS NIGERIA BASKETBALL MEN TEAM 4TH AHEAD OF TOKYO 2020.

Electoral act/ozekhome

Human rights activists and constitutional lawyer, mike ozekhome, has berated the national assembly over the passage of the electoral act amendment that forbids electronic transmission of election results.

Ozekhome, while delivering a special lecture at the 2021 graduation ceremony/prize-giving ceremony of an institution in abuja, faulted the lawmakers’ action, noting that they have murdered democracy in the country.

He said he regretted that the concept of democracy was no longer in practice in the country, describing the action of both chambers of the legislature as a national tragedy.

The human right lawyer therefore advised that electronic voting should not be killed in nigeria, saying as vote is meant to be counted, it is also meant to count.

Serap/media reports

Socio-economic rights and accountability project, serap has sent an open letter to president muhammadu buhari over the warning to media houses to stop reporting terror attacks.

Serap in a letter dated july 17, 2021, signed by its deputy director, kolawole oluwadare, charged president buhari to instruct the minister of information, lai mohammed and the national broadcasting commission, nbc to withdraw the directive within 24 hours.

The nbc had ordered journalists, television and radio stations to stop glamourising and giving too many details on the nefarious activities of terrorists and kidnappers during their daily newspaper reviews.

Reacting, serap said the nbc’s action was entirely inconsistent with nigeria’s obligations under article 9 of the african character on human and peoples’ rights as well as article 19 of the international covenant on civil and political rights.

Nafdac/herbal medicine

The national agency for food and drug administration and control, nafdac has warned that nobody should claim that a product can cure covid-19 without clinical trial authorized by the agency.

Nafdac director general, prof mojisola adeyeye, in a statement said the agency had set up an herbal medicine product committee in march 2019 before the pandemic broke out to advance research in herbal medicine, assuring that the committee would do its best for the country. 

The nafdac dg therefore warned nigerian ivory tower researchers and other herbal medicine practitioners to refrain from promoting untested unverified medicinal products.

Buhari/vor

A yoruba group made up of eminent nigerians, voice of reason, vor, has called on president muhammadu buhari to listen to agitations of the yoruba nation as well as other ethnic groups calling for the restructuring of the country.

The group, in a statement disclosed that the yoruba nation is the only region of the three initial federating units that have never sought secession.

It said the consistent calls for secession among the yoruba people and other ethnic group showed that nigeria’s current unitary system of government is neither viable nor sustainable. 

While recalling that the emergence of president buhari as the leader of nigeria in 2015 was achieved with what it described as active collaboration of yoruba mainstream, the vor urged the president to therefore allow the interest of nigerians come first.

Abiodun/amosun crisis

Ogun state governor, dapo abiodun, has insisted that there is no going back on the location of the controversial agro-allied cargo airport billed to be constructed at ilishan-remo, ikenne local government area.

Governor abiodun disclosed this while speaking to loyalists of the all progressives congress at his ikenne local government, saying some people wanted to stop the agro-cargo airport in the area.

The governor, who had earlier in march this year locked horns with his predecessor, sen. Ibikunle amosun, when he condemned an airport being built at wasimi, abeokuta by the federal government, said he remains the governor and will share resources as he likes.

Oyedepo/party.

The president and founder of the living faith church worldwide, also known as winners chapel worldwide, bishop david oyedepo has revealed that he would never join any political party to contest for any political position in his life.

The renowned gospel preacher and businessman stated this during a sermon at the first service in the church headquarters in ota, ogun state.

According to him, god has placed him above all political positions in the country, therefore he has no time of any political activity.

E-txn/lawan

President of the senate, ahmad lawan has advanced reasons to justify the position taken by the senate on electronic transmission of election results.

The senate, had on thursday, july 15, while considering the electoral act 2010 amendment bill, voted that the commission may consider electronic transmission of results, provided the national coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure by the national communications commission and approved by the national assembly.

Lawan explained that the upper chamber voted the way it did in defense of about half of the nigerian voters whose votes may not be counted with immediate deployment or application of electronic transmission of election results.

Eid-el-kabir/igp

The inspector-general of police, igp usman baba has assured nigerians of sustained efforts by the force in fighting crimes and criminality as well improving public safety and security across the country.

Baba gave the assurance in a communique titled, eid-el-kabir: igp assures sustained efforts at improving public safety and security, made available to newsmen by the force’s public relations officer, frank mba.

In his statement, the igp charged commissioners of police in all the states of the federation and fct, and their supervisory assistant inspectors general of police (aigs), to beef-up security ahead of the eid-el-kabir celebration.

He particularly directed the zonal aigs and state command cps to put in place all necessary security measures to ensure a secure, peaceful, and incident-free celebration.

E-txn/inec

The independent national electoral commission, inec has suggested that it has the capacity to transmit election results electronically from remote areas across nigeria.

Lawmakers in both chambers of the national assembly had been at loggerheads over electronic transmission of results earlier in the week.

The house was thrown into disarray as members debated section 52 sub section 2 of the electoral amendment act bill, which deals with electronic transmission.

An executive commissioner at the nigerian communications commission, adeleke adewolu, told lawmakers at the house of representatives that only 50 percent of the country has the 3g coverage required for transmission.

Sports

Football stakeholders in ekiti state have urged warring parties in the state football association to embrace peace for the sake of development of the game in the state.

The group under the auspices of the ekiti state football stakeholders also called on the nigeria football federation, nff to constitute a caretaker committee to run the affairs of the football association in the state.

The group which said development can only be achieved in the atmosphere of peace, equity and justice was reacting to a judgment of an ado ekiti magistrate court.

Court sentenced the state fa chairman, bayo lanlege and five others to a 14-day imprisonment for contempt of court.

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