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Breaking: Buhari’s Panel Suspends EFCC Boss

The panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe corruption allegation levelled against the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has asked the him to temporarily quit office.

Magu who was said to have spent last night in police cell at the Force Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters in Area 10, Garki, Abuja was quizzed on Monday for about six hours by a Presidential panel, chaired by a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami was suspended some hours ago according to a source in the Presidency.

The panel that suspended the EFCC boss was constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe various allegations levelled against Magu following a petition by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Department of State Service (DSS).

Malami’s memo allegedly accused Magu of diversion of recovered loot.

The memo was said to contain 22 allegations against the embattled EFCC chairman.

However, Malami’s spokesman, Dr Umar Gwandu, said he had no knowledge of Magu’s arrest nor the suspension.

Also, when the media aide of the anti-graft boss, Tony Amokedo was contacted, he said that he is not aware of the suspension of his boss.

Breaking: Senate Suspends 774,000 Jobs Plan Over Minister Misconduct

The Nigeria Senate has announced the suspension of Special Public Works programme, a scheme meant to recruit a total of 774, 000 citizens which is under the National Directorate of Employment to cushion the effect of COVID- 19 pandemic.

Ajibola Bashir, the spokesperson for the Senate, announced the suspension of the programme at a press conference in Abuja.

He said that the National Assembly has summoned the Minister in charge of the Ministry to appear before the federal legislature , to explain the recruitment modalities.

In view of the foregoing , he said the implementation of the programme will be on hold pending proper briefing of the National Assembly by the Minister of Labour and Productivity.

This was coming after the senate and the Minister of State for Employment, Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo had had some disagreement over the modalities of the employment yesterday.

The scheme which had been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari will get engagement of 774,000 citizens (1000 people each from all the 774 local governments in the country) and they will be paid a stipend of N20,000 per month.

EDO: ‘Obaseki Yet To Pick Our Ticket’ PDP Confirms

Edo State Peoples Democratic Party has said that Governor Godwin Obaseki who is rumoured to have left his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet registered as a PDP member to contest the party’s governorship primary.

This was said by the party’s state chairman, Tony Azegbemin.

The Chairman said the clarification became necessary following media reports that the governor had joined the party.

He called the news saying that the governor has joined the party a baseless news, he however said if that eventually happens, the party will accept Obaseki warmly.

He also disclosed that he was not surprised at happenings in the state chapter of the APC, noting that the PDP would take advantage of it.

Obaseki was on Friday disqualified by the APC screening committee from contesting the primary election slated for June 22.

APC appeal committee insists on Obaseki disqualification.

Nasarawa Governor Bows To House Order, Fires SSG For Funds Misappropriation

Nasarawa government has relieved the state’s Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Aliyu Ahmed-Tijani of his duty for corruption allegation.

The announcement is contained in a statement issued by Alhaji Hamza Gayam, the Permanent Secretary, Government House Administration, on Monday in Lafia.

The statement stated that the governor had directed Ahmed-Tijani to immediately handover all government properties in his care to Mr. Miazu Admu-Gosho, the Permanent Secretary, Current Affairs in the Office of the SSG.

It also stated that the governor thanked the former SSG for his services and support to the administration and wished him well in his future endeavour.

Ahmed-Tijjani was Commissioner for Education in the administration of Sen. Umaru Al-Makura, immediate past governor of the state.

Finding reveals that the state House of Assembly ad-hoc committee investigating the release of N1 billion for the renovation/fencing of public secondary schools in the state in 2018, indicted the former SSG.

Following the indictment, the state legislators asked Ahmed-Tijani to refund over N248.5 million as unaccounted funds to the state government.

The house said the former commissioner displayed blatant inefficiency, incompetency and ineffectiveness in the performance of his official duties and urged the governor to relief him of his appointment.

Breaking: Nigeria Honourable Members Vote Against Castration For Rape Punishment

The House of Representatives has voted against a prayer seeking to recommend castration for rapists .

The legislators, at the plenary on Thursday , considered and adopted a motion on the rising cases of sexual violence in Nigeria .

A member , Mr James Faleke , had recommended that persons found guilty of rape should be castrated.

Just before the prayer was subjected to a voice vote , the Speaker , Femi Gbajabiamila , however , asked what would happen to an older female who rapes a younger male .

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