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Top Breaking News In Nigerian This Afternoon, Monday, July 20, 2020

Uzodinma to descend on illegal occupants of gov't lands.

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has warned that his administration would soon commence demolition of properties illegally sited on government lands.

The State commissioner for land, survey and physical planning, Eyinnaya Onuegbu disclosed this to newsmen yesterday. According to him, there would be no sacred cow, adding that federal parastatals also involved would be treated same way.

Onuegbu while stating some of the achievements of his ministry since the inception of governor Uzodinma also noted the government would no longer tolerate indiscriminate allocation of land without following due processes.

He maintained that it has been the practice of the previous governments in the State, but averred that he would never allow that to continue adding that if not checked may disrupt the Master plan of the State.

The commissioner however warned those occupying such lands to relocate of have themselves to blame. He informed that the State government would commence the demolition in three months time after going through all the processes involved.


Drama as NDDC MD, Pondei, ‘faints’ during Reps Committee interrogation.

The acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC), Kemerbrandikumo Pondei on Monday collapsed as he was being quizzed by the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC investigating alleged N81.5billion irregular expenditure by the commission.

Pondei was immediately rushed out by some of his aides, assisted by some security agents.

Consequently, the acting chairman of the panel, Thomas Eriyotimi adjourned the session for 30 minutes.


Security: Buhari, Buratai meet at Aso Rock.

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting behind closed doors with the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The agenda of the meeting is not known at press time, but it may not be unconnected to the worsening security situation in the country.

Recall that recently President Buhari in a meeting with Service Chiefs and other security heads warned that he would no longer tolerate escalation of insecurity in the house.

He frowned at lack of synergy among the security heads and told them to work together in order to bring to a halt myriads of security challenges bedevilling the country.

Just Saturday morning, it was reported that armed bandits allegedly killed 16 soldiers and injured 30 in an ambush around Shimfida in Jibia local government area of Katsina.

Besides, kidnappers had struck in Kaduna a few days ago and allegedly abducted over six persons including a policewoman.


BREAKING: Tunji-Ojo recuses self from presiding over N81.5bn NDDC probe.

The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, on Monday, recused himself from presiding over the N81.5bilion alleged irregular expenditure by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC.

Tunji-Ojo, at the resumed hearing of the probe, which commenced last Wednesday, said it became imperative for him to recuse himself from the probe, following allegations from the NDDC that he is on a revenge mission with the exercise

The lawmaker explained that he has no personal feud with anyone in the NDDC IMC nor the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.


BREAKING: Gunmen attack Kaduna community, kill 20.

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Sunday night invaded Kukum Daji in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing more than twenty residents of the area.

Our correspondent gathered that many of the residents also sustained varying degrees of injuries arising from the shooting.

The incident happened around 11pm on Sunday.

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