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Today's news headlines on Sunday 19th July, 2020

1. Kaduna State civil servants to resume Monday

Kaduna State Government has directed its civil servants to report to work on Monday, after working for over three months from home.

This followed the review of the Quarantine Act and Kaduna State Public Health Law, which quarantined all residents on March 26.


The directive in a circular by Ibrahim Jere, Permanent Secretary, office of the Head of Service was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday.


Jere stated that different category of workers would work in different days of the week, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


He said that all Permanent Secretaries, Directors General, Chief Executives of Agencies and Parastatals as well as Directors would work from Monday to Friday.


He further stated that officers on Grade Level 14 and above would work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while officers on Grade Level seven to 13 would work on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.


The permanent secretary also said that in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, visitors would be restricted from offices.


2. Lawan says he has no plan to run for president in 2023

Lawan says it is premature for anyone to start thinking about 2023 politics now.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has dismissed the report that he's planning to run for president in 2023.


The Special Adviser on Media to Senate President, Ola Awoniyi disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, July 18, 2020, following a report that he was planning to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.


Describing the report as puerile, Awoniyi said it is premature for anyone to start thinking about 2023 politics now, adding that his principal is preoccupied with extant issues of governance.


Awoniyi, who confirmed that Lawan was involved in the consultations that President Muhammadu Buhari recently held, however, said there was nothing extra-ordinary in his involvement.


3. Galadima: ‘Nothing will come out of Magu’s probe, Buhari is only entertaining Nigerians

Galadima says Magu should have long been suspended, but Buhari kept him in office for five years.

Buba Galadima, former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari has described the suspension and investigation of Ibrahim Magu, the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as an entertainment.


Galadima in an interview published by TheSun on Saturday, July 18, 2020, said nothing will come out of Magu’s investigation, saying the suspension of the embattled EFCC boss was meant to create the impression that Buhari is fighting corruption.


While asking Nigerians not to be deceived by the probe, the elder statesman said Magu should have been suspended long ago, adding that he didn’t know why it took Buhari five years to remove him.


4. Insinuation that Arotile was killed by being knocked down nonsensical – Fani-Kayode

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode on Saturday said the idea that highly celebrated 23-year-old helicopter pilot, Tolu Arotile was killed by being knocked down at the Airforce Base by her best friend’s car is nonsensical.


Arotile, Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, died after sustaining head injuries from a road traffic accident at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Kaduna on Tuesday.


Reacting to the development, Fani-Kayode said Arotile’s death was sad and tragic.


According to him, “The death of the highly celebrated 23 year old helicopter pilot, Tolu Arotile, is sad & tragic. She was courageous & formidable in battle, doing much harm to Boko Haram.


“The idea that she was killed by being knocked down on the Airforce Base by her best friends car is nonsensical. Who is this best friend and what is his/her name?”


Fani-Kayode added: “I suspect that Tolu was murdered and the truth is bring covered up. I urge the Chief of Air Staff to investigate this matter thoroughly. So much is being read into it and it does not augur well for the reputation of the Air Force


“Justice must be done. May Tolu’s soul rest in peace and may the Lord comfort her parents and family.”


5. Labour gives Ekiti govt 14-day ultimatum to pay outstanding workers’ salaries

The organised labour in Ekiti State on Saturday gave the state governor, Kayode Fayemi, a 14-day notice to pay all outstanding workers’ salaries or face indefinite industrial action.


In a letter dated July 16, jointly signed by the chairmen of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Kolapo Olatunde, his counterparts in Trade Union Congress (TUC), Sola Adigun and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Kayode Fatomiluyi, and addressed to the governor, the labour said the ultimatum commenced on July 20 and expired on August 3.


According to the unions, the governor was expected to redeem his pledge on payment of the salaries or face mass action.


The labour demanded immediate payment of outstanding workers’ promotion arrears, deductions, salaries, allowances, bonuses and other benefits within the stipulated time, to avert industrial action in the state.


The letter read: “Arising from foregoing, we felt dazed and betrayed by the state government for not reciprocating our patriotic zeal and disposition to the state corporate governance by not acceding to any of workers’ demands since the beginning of the present administration which is now close to two years. This is painful.


6. Coalition faults European groups for opposing Magu’s probe

A coalition of 24 civil society organizations on Saturday described as biased and shameful, the position of three European groups on the probe of the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, for alleged corruption and misconduct.


The coalition in a statement issued by the duo of Ogalagu Amaechi and Hajia Zainab Mohammed in Abuja, accused the European groups of sponsoring spurious publications and blackmail against the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.


The coalition accused the groups and their Nigerian ally of doing a hatchet job.


The trio of Lucas Manes (ReCommon), Nicholas Hildyard (Corner House), Simon Taylor (Globalwitness) and Olanrewaju Suraju of the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Nigeria, had in a statement faulted steps by the presidential panel headed by a former president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, in ascertaining the culpability of the suspended EFCC chairman in the allegations leveled against him by Malami.


The AGF had accused Magu of re-looting assets recovered by the commission from suspected treasury looters.

He also chided the anti-graft czar for insubordination in one of his reports to President Muhammadu Buhari.


The suspended EFCC chairman was released from custody on Wednesday after he was quizzed by the presidential panel on the allegations.


The coalition said: “The so-called international anti-corruption group, according to our findings, were assembled by their Nigerian friends to do a hatchet job of blackmailing President Buhari’s anti-corruption war.


“These Nigerian friends who invited these ‘Oyibos’ are accomplices to the allegations leveled against Ibrahim Magu as their mission is very clear: to rubbish the creative initiatives of the Hon. Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, discharging his duties efficiently.


“Genuine anti-corruption fights are not selective and this is what the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari has demonstrated by allowing one of his chief security heads to be investigated.”

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