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Major Breaking News in Nigeria this Afternoon, Thursday, 16th of July 2020

1. National Assembly Clerk rejects retirement by commission

The controversy over tenure elongation of the Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA), Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Omolori, has ended with his retirement.

The National Assembly Service Commission on Wednesday issued a statement in which it announced Sani-Omolori’s retirement with 151 others, including the Secretary of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), Mr. Olusanya Ajakaiye.

The commission said workers who had attained the retirement age of 35 years in service or is 60 years of age should leave It added that such workers will get their retirement letters soon.

The commission’s statement was dated July 15, with the title: The National Assembly Service Commission Approves the Retirement Age for the Staff of the National Assembly Service as 35 years of Service or 60 years of Age, whichever comes first.

2. N81.5bn probe: Drama as NDDC boss, others walk out on Reps

Top officials of the Niger Delta Development Commission have walked out of the venue of an investigative hearing being held by the House of Representatives.

The House Committee on NDDC is probing the alleged mismanagement and illegal spending by the commission, especially a total sum of N81.5bn spent between January and July 2020.

The Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Prof Kemebrandikumo Pondei, who led members of the Interim Management Committee of the commission to the hearing, demanded that the Chairman, Mr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, steps down as he had also been accused of various “crimes” against the commission.

Several members of the committee, however, dismissed the request, asking the NDDC to petition the Nigeria Police, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission or the Department of State Services for any infraction allegedly committed by Tunji-Ojo.

3. Ondo primary: APC names Yahaya Bello as panel chairman


The All Progressives Congress has named the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello as chairman of its Ondo State Governorship Primary Election Committee.

This was contained in a statement titled: “Governor Yahaya Bello Heads Ondo State APC Governorship Primary Election Committee,” signed by the APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja, on Thursday.

The statement read in part, “Ahead of the All Progressives Congress Ondo State Governorship Primary Election slated for July 20, 2020, the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extra-ordinary National Convention Planning Committee has constituted Primary Election and Appeal Committees.

“The Governor of Kogi State, H.E. Yahaya Bello will chair the Primary Election Committee while Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe will chair the Primary Election Appeal Committee.

4. National Assembly commission sacks Sani-Omolori, 150 others, ex-clerk kicks

Another round of crisis has begun over the retirement of the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori and over 150 senior management staff members of the parliament.

The National Assembly Service Commission on Wednesday announced the retirement of Sani-Omolori and others.

The National Assembly Clerk, however, dismissed that retirement as illegal

Chairman of the NASC, Ahmed Amshi, had announced the retirement in a statement, titled ‘The National Assembly Service Commission Approves the Retirement Age for the Staff of the National Assembly as 35 Years of Service or 60 Years of Age, Whichever Comes First.

5. El-Rufai advises Southern Kaduna to embrace peace, enjoy development

Governor Nasiru Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna state has appealed to elected officials and traditional rulers not to shy away from taking up the leadership roles in their communities.

The governor who gave the advice at a stakeholders’ meeting, told the political and traditional authorities of Zangon Kataf and Kauru local government areas not to abdicate their responsibilities.

El-Rufai assured the stakeholders that the Kaduna State Government will uphold the right of every citizen to live in peace and harmony.

He also called on the communities to expose and report the few that engage in the incitement and violent actions that menace and endanger the many.

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Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Omolori NDDC National Assembly Niger Delta Development Commission Olusanya Ajakaiye

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