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Breaking News in Nigeria This Monday Afternoon, 20th of July, 2020.

1. NDDC acting MD faints while testifying before reps probe panel

He passed out while testifying before the panel.Other participants at the meeting made spirited effort to revive him.After he came around, he was taken out of the venue.

The panel subsequently adjourned the session for 30 minutes — though there was a motion that today’s session be adjourned till a future date.

Pondei appeared before the panel last Thursday, but he stormed out of the session after he accused Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, chairman of the NDDC house committee of complicity in the fraud at the agency.

He said the chairman cannot preside over a case that he is an accused.Tunji-Ojo withdrew from the session on Monday.Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, is still expected to testify before the panel.

2. Buhari, Buratai in closed-door meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari is in a closed-door meeting with Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, at the State House, Abuja.

Though the agenda for the meeting is unknown at the time of filing this report, it is believed to be centered around ongoing military operations in the country, particularly in the North East and West.

The Nation recalls Buhari, in a recent meeting with Service Chiefs and other security heads, had warned he would no longer tolerate escalation of insecurity..

He frowned at lack of synergy among the security heads and told them to work together to bring myriads of security challenges bedeveling the country to an halt.

3. Insecurity: 90% of kidnappers, bandits are Nigerians – Buratai

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has declared that 90 percent of kidnappers, bandits as well as armed robbers are Nigerians, hence the need for the citizens to be involved in sharing information with security personnel.

He stated this Monday after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He told State Correspondents that the military cannot do it alone, noting that all and sundry will be required to involved if an end to the insecurity is to be achieved.

The briefing was connected to the worsening security situation in the country.Recall that last month President Buhari in a meeting with Service Chiefs and other security heads had warned that he would no longer tolerate escalation of insecurity in the house.

4. NDDC probe: Heavy security as protesters clash at National Assembly

The National Assembly Complex is now under heavy security guard as protesters clashed over the ongoing probe of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are investigating the alleged illegal spending and mismanagement by the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC under the supervision of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.

While the group supporting the National Assembly probe is Emerging Leaders Forum of Nigeria, the group backing the NDDC and Akpabio against the probe is Niger Delta Development Initiative.

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