1. NDDC: I was pressured to spend N10b as Christmas ‘palliatives’ — Nunieh
The immediate past Acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Joy Nuniel, told on Friday of how pressure was mounted on her to give out Christmas palliatives last year to the tune of N10 billion.
Had she yielded, each of the states under the operations of the commission would have collected a minimum of N1 billion.
Her refusal to play ball, she told the House of Representatives on Niger Delta, was one of the ‘sins’ that cost her the appointment.
Nunieh accused Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godswill Akpabio of upsetting a lot of things at the commission.
2. I only got N500 for killing my boss, says Ibadan serial killer
The suspected brains behind the series of killings perpetrated in Akinyele Area of Oyo State, 19-year-old Sunday Sodipe, has said that the only financial reward he got each time he killed for his herbalist trainer was the paltry sum of N500.
Sodipe, who said he was taken to a herbalist named Adedokun Ajani for apprenticeship, confessed that he never raped nor removed any part of his victim’s body, but that a spiritual gene usually had sexual intercourse with them.
He made the confession after he was paraded alongside two others involved in the crime at the Oyo State Police Command, Eleyele, Ibadan on Friday.
Asked if he was responsible for killing Barakat Bello , the student of College of Agriculture, Ibadan murdered in the city recently, he said: “Yes, I am the one who killed Barakat Bello. I met her bending down and I hacked her with a shovel. When people first rushed out, I was right there in their front but they could not see me.
3. FG gives school operators 12 days to meet COVID-19 guidelines
The Federal Government has given school owners till July, 29 to meet specific guidelines for safe reopening of schools.
It said schools are expected to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to State Ministries of Education, not later than 29th July, 2020.
The government said an official date for safe reopening of schools will be announced once these guidelines are in place.
Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, stated these on Friday in Abuja.
4. Tolulope for burial Thursday – NAF
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announced that the remains of the late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile would be laid to rest at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja on Thursday.
The first female combat helicopter pilot of the NAF, who died on Tuesday, would be given full military honours, a statement released by the spokesman of the Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola read.
Tolulope, 24, died after she was hit by the vehicle of a former secondary school classmate while trying to reverse to exchange pleasantries with her.
It was learnt that the former classmate had seen her while walking on the roadside in the base and attempted to reverse his vehicle to greet her “but unfortunately knocked her down.”
5. NDDC: Suspend Akpabio, IMC now, PDP charges Buhari
The Peoples Democratic Party has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately suspend the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, following what it described as huge fraud allegations against him in the worsening corruption saga rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The party made the call on Friday via its official twitter handle @OfficialPDPNig saying, “With the unearthing of rampant corruption, treasury looting, recklessness and manifest public unruliness of the NDDC management, the Minister and the IMC have become a huge embarrassment not only to the @MBuhari administration but also to the Niger Delta region and the nation at large”
The party insists that though the president had ordered a “speedy and coordinated investigation” of the activities of the NDDC management, such an important probe cannot yield any credible result as long as Senator Akpabio and indicted IMC are still in charge in the commission.
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