1. NDDC: Godswill Akpabio In ‘Fresh Trouble’ As Lawyer Writes Buhari
A human rights lawyer in Nigeria, Godwin Ojeh, has written President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to take steps to remove Godswill Akpabio as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, following the allegations of corruption rocking the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
‘’We passionately appeal to Your Excellency to curb the excesses of Mr. Akpabio by relieving him of ministerial duties of the Niger Delta. He has not been a good example for our people. The trending exchange of immoral accusations in the social media which focuses on the minister is a dent on the image of the Federal Government of Nigeria’’.
Naija News reports that the human rights lawyer also appealed to the President to take necessary steps to end the corruption in NDDC by removing Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei and Cairo Ojuogboh from the Interim Management Committee.
‘’It will also be a right step in the right direction to take necessary steps to end the corruption in NDDC by removing Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei and Cairo Ojuogboh from the Interim Management Committee’’
In a letter to President Buhari and principal officers of the National Assembly on Friday, the lawyer urged Buhari not to allow the Niger Delta Development Commission to go the way of the defunct Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC)
2. COVID-19: British Airways retires 31 B747 aircraft
UK flag carrier British Airways is retiring its entire Boeing 747 “Jumbo Jet” fleet, it said Friday, following the huge hit to international air travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is with great sadness that we can confirm we are proposing to retire our entire 747 fleet with immediate effect,” the airline said in a statement to AFP.
“It is unlikely our magnificent ‘queen of the skies’ will ever operate commercial services for British Airways again due to the downturn in travel caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic.”
The 400-passenger 747 was launched by Boeing in 1970, and dominated international air travel and cargo over the following decades.
3. Mandela’s daughter Zindzi buried in South Africa
Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, was buried at a private funeral on Friday following her death aged 59 earlier this week.
The daughter of Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, she was South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death, which coincided with the anniversary of a car crash that claimed the life of his first son, 51 years earlier.
His family said she had tested positive for coronavirus on the day she died on Monday, but they were still awaiting post-mortem results.
4. Police refute Wike, say IGP, Rivers CP aware of Nunieh’s home invasion
The Rivers State Police Command has said the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and Commissioner of Police in the state, Joseph Mukan, were aware of the invasion of home of the former Acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Joy Nunieh, by officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
The Public Relations Officer of the state police Command, DSP. Nnamdi Omoni, disclosed this in a statement in Port Harcourt on Friday.
5. Appeal Court Rules On EFCC Fraud Charges Against Gov Udom
Four of the 10 count charges filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State over alleged N1.4 billion fraud has been dismissed by the Appeal Court.
Naija News reports that others mentioned in the charge include Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Paul Usoro (SAN), Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Finance, Nsikan Nkan; Accountant-General of the state, Mfon Udomah; state Attorney-General, Uwemedimo Nwoko, and Margaret Ukpe.
Governor Emmanuel Udom was described in the charge as being “currently constitutionally immune from prosecution.”
Delivering judgement on Friday, Justice Bello Aliyu allowed the appeal filed by Udom against the ruling of the Federal High Court.
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