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Fintiri suspends Sallah homage in Adamawa over COVID-19

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Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has suspended the traditional homage that would have been expected from wellwishers during the Eid-el-fitr Sallah celebration.

Sallah activities have been announced for Sunday as Muslims round off their month-long fasting.

Adamawa State has recorded 27 COVID-19 cases, 13 discharges and one death.

Chief of Staff to the Governor, Prof Maxwell Gidado, announced the suspension of Sallah homage in a statement directed to top government officials, House of Assembly members, local council chairmen, heads of boards and commissions, as well as traditional rulers.

The statement was explicit that the suspension was to curb the spread of the novel COVID-19 in the States.

The statement by the chief of staff reads, “I am directed to intimate you that this year’s Eid-el-fitr/Sallah homage on his Excellency, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State, Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri would not hold as usual and hence is suspended.

“This is due to the dreaded COVID-19 scourge. The Governor wishes you all happy Eid-el-fitr celebration.”

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NNPC GMD, Kyari grilled by DSS over stolen $2.5b crude sold in China

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GMD Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari

The General Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari has reportedly been quizzed by the Department of State Security (DSS) last Friday.

News of the investigative interview was broken by Mr. Jackson Udeh on Tuesday.

According to Mr. Ude, Kyari was a guest at the DSS headquarters, Abuja, where he was answering questions regarding the alleged $2.5 billion crude oil secretly sold in China.

He was also reportedly queried over some alleged “shady deals in NNPC” under his watch.

Ude revealed that he left the DSS at about 1 am Saturday morning.

Efforts to reach DSS spokesman, Mr. Ifunanya is so far not successful as he is yet to answer his phone.

We will attach more details as soon as he provides them.

Meanwhile, in a separate post, Mr. Ude wondered why the Federal Government is yet to crack down on those that perpetrated the alleged crime.

He wrote: “In July 2015, Buhari placed a ban on 113 oil vessels from lifting crude oil from Nigeria, due to sharp practices. The same month, 48million barrels of stolen crude were discovered in several tank farms in China. In 2020, NNPC through it lawyers and paid media, says no crude stolen.

”Instead of dealing with the stolen crude that has robbed Nigeria and Nigerians of fortunes, NNPC and their minions are more concerned with the characters of the whistleblowers or those who found the stolen crude in faraway China.

“Journalists and lawyers are more interested in their personal benefits, they don’t investigate, not even with the availability of the internet, they reproduce what they are told to do.

”It is even shocking some who reported the 113 vessels ban, are also chorusing “no missing crude”.”

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Nigeria’s capital tops record today of COVID-19 new cases

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Federal Capital Territory, Abuja recorded 90 new cases of COVID-19 cases on Tuesday out of the 304 new cases of recorded.

In the latest information disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Twitter, confirmed cases of the virus in the country are now 44433.

The new cases of COVID- 19 across the country spread thus:

304 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

 

FCT-90

Lagos-59

Ondo-39

Taraba-18

Rivers-17

Borno-15

Adamawa-12

Oyo-11

Delta-9

Edo-6

Bauchi-4

Kwara-4

Ogun-4

Osun-4

Bayelsa-3

Plateau-3

Niger-3

Nasarawa-2

Kano-1

The total confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the thirty-six states of the countryb are 44,433 while 31,851 patients have been discharged after recovery.

910 patients have died of the virus.

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Adoke’s trial for money laundry to begin August 11

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The Federal Government has filed an amended 14-count money laundering charge against former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Justice Minister Mohammed Bello Adoke as well as a businessman, Aliyu Abubakar.

The amended charge replaced an earlier seven-count charge on which Adoke and Abubakar were arraigned before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on June 17 this year.

Both defendants were re-arraigned on Tuesday on the amended charge before the same judge and they pleaded not guilty to them.

Justice Ekwo adjourned till August 11 for the prosecution to open its case by calling its first set of witnesses.

In the old charge, six counts were directed at Adoke, while only one was directed at Abubakar. But in the amended one, seven counts are directed at each of the defendants.

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