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Breaking News in Nigeria this Afternoon, Friday 19th June 2020

1. EFCC Declares Instagram Celebrity, Hushppuppi Wanted.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) has declared instagram celebrity, Ramoni Igbalode,popularly known as Hushppuppi, over series of suspected cybercrimes.

The anti-graft commission announced this on its verified Twitter page on Thursday.

Hushpuppi was arrested on June 10 in United Arab Emirates in connection with $35million ventilator scam.

EFCC tweeted: “Nigerian most wanted hacker “Ramoni Igbalode alias Hushpuppy recently investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the International Police has considerable cybercrimes being investigated by the EFCC.

“The commission is familiar with grisly details of money laundering cyber transactions involving many high profile cyber criminals facing trials in Nigeria”.

2. President Buhari’s silence frustrating - DG PGF.

Salihu Moh Lukman, the Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, has condemned the lingering leadership crisis in the National Working Committee, NWC, of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, lamenting that the seeming reticence of President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has become frustrating.

Lamenting that APC is collapsing, and NWC members are working for godfathers, Lukman canvassed flushing out of the NWC members, and convening a National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting to address the party’s myriad of crises.

3. Aso Rock crisis: President Buhari Sacks protection information, different top Aides.

President Muhammadu Buhari has taken some principal steps after the current Aso Rock disaster among his spouse Aisha, and his private secretary, Sabiu ‘Tunde’ Yusuf.

It will be recalled Nigeria’s first lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Friday, 12th June had taken to Twitter to invite the Inspector general of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to release her aides from detention.

4. Police release Instagram Celebrity also known as Cubana Chief Priest.

The Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit in Lagos State has released Instagram celebrity and Executive Director, Cubana Group, Pascal Okechukwu, popularly known as Cubana Chief Priest.

Okechukwu, known for his lavish lifestyle, was invited for alleged misuse of police escorts and weapons as well as unexplained wealth.

A top police source said the investigation was sequel to order from the Office of the Inspector-General of Police who had expressed shock over the abuse of police personnel.

However, the Police later released Okechukwu. He was at his house in Banana Island as of 10 pm on Thursday night.

5. Governor Umahi Shuts Courts as Ebonyi Records 1st COVID - 19 Death.

Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi on Friday ordered the shutting down of all Courts in the state immediately.

The Governor gave the directive in a broadcast to residents.

He also ordered all staff of the Judiciary in the state to immediately proceed for COVID-19 testing.

He announced the state has recorded its first Covid-19 death, which he described as regrettable and saddening.

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