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Breaking News In Nigeria This Morning, Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Akeredolu Wins Ondo APC Guber Primary.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has emerged the winner of the Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC) Guber primary which took place on Monday.

Akeredolu polled 2458 votes to defeat other nine aspirants in the election.

Two aspirants, IfeOluwa Oyedele and Olusegun Abraham had earlier stepped down for Akeredolu in the election.

The chairman of the election, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state announced the result after voting, sorting and counting of the votes.

In his acceptance speech, Governor Akeredolu thanked the Chairman and the committee members for conducting the election in a free and fair manner.

He also appreciates President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu and other leaders of the APC for their support.

The Governor also commends the state leadership of APC as well as all the delegates.

Akeredolu expressed assurance that come October, 10th 2020, APC will carry the day.


FCT Tops Daily COVID-19 Cases As Nigeria’s Infections Surpass 37, 000.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had the highest COVID-19 cases in Nigeria on Monday – 102 – as the country’s infections from the virus surpassed the 37, 000 mark. 

This is according to the latest data released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which revealed that the West African nation reported 562 fresh cases from the virus.

According to the NCDC, the new COVID-19 cases were recorded in 20 states and the FCT which brings the country’s total infections to 37, 225.

The agency said 100 fresh infections were reported in Nigeria’s COVID-19 epicentre – Lagos – with Plateau having 52 cases.

Other states with new cases for the day are: Kwara – 50, Abia – 47, Kaduna – 35, Benue – 34, Oyo – 26, Ebonyi – 24, Kano – 16, Niger – 15, Anambra – 14, and Gombe – 12.

The rest cases for the day were found in: Edo – 11, Rivers – 6, Nasarawa – 5, Delta – 5, Borno – 3, Enugu – 2, Bauchi – 2 and Kebbi – 1.

Similarly, the NCDC data showed that of the number of persons infected with the virus in Nigeria, 15,333 have been discharged.

However, 21, 082 cases are still active with 801 deaths reported so far.


Man fined N215,000, commits suicide in Ogun.

A truck owner, identified as Fatai Salami, has committed suicide after his truck was seized by officials of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps for flouting COVID-19 laws in the state.

Salami reportedly drank an insecticide, snippers, on the premises of the TRACE after he was asked to pay N215,000 for flouting COVID-19 law in the state.

A source told our correspondent that TRACE officials seized the deceased’s truck from his driver  in Abeokuta on Thursday for flouting social distancing order and failure to use face mask .

He was said to have gone to the premises of TRACE and pleaded for the release of his truck, but failed to get his truck back .

According to the source, he had been sleeping on the premises since Thursday until Monday when he was able to raise a sum of N150,000, which was rejected.

The source said the man threatened to kill himself, but was not taken seriously until he drank the snippers and died .

The Public Relations Officer of TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the death of the man.

He said, “The man was neither a truck driver not a truck owner. We only saw him there, he sat on the floor and the people asked him to stand up and as he stood up he brought out something from his pocket and drank it.

“We later discovered that it was snipper that he drank. He was rushed to the General Hospital, where he gave up the ghost. The case has been reported to the police.”

Akinbiyi denied that the man was fined.

“He was neither a driver nor a truck owner; what he came here to do we don’t know,” he added.


Patrick Lumumba picks Okonjo-Iweala over his country's candidate for WTO top job.

Patrick Lumumba, a Kenyan lawyer who served as the director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, says Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the candidate Africa should back for the World Trade Organisation top job. 

Lumumba, who is from the same country as Amina Mohamed, who is also contesting for the job, said Okonjo-Iweala is the better candidate — based on credentials.

Speaking during an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show, Lumumba said Africans have a way of competing against each other rather than complementing each other.

“Our lack of coordination, different things that we should do jointly, and with one voice, we don’t,” he said.

“Recently when we were competing for the non-permanent membership of the UN security council, Djibouti was competing with Kenya. Why?

“Right now, there is the WTO; Okonjo-Iweala is the candidate we should back, given her credentials. Now, a Kenyan candidate has emerged, an Egyptian candidate has emerged — we are going to be manipulated and none of the Africans is going to get it.

“We’ve got to learn to do things properly as a continent. And when we do that, we’ll be stronger and ultimately, our populations would benefit from it.”

There are eight candidates for the WTO top job — and three of them are from Africa.


Flood sacks Delta communities.

Flood has sacked some communities in Delta State following three days of heavy downpour that climaxed on Monday.

The affected communities in the Uvwie Local Government Area of the state include Alaka, GRA, Uti, Jakpa Road by the Ekpan General Hospital and Enerhen junction, while in the Warri South Local Government Area, Ginuwa by JJC, Mowoe Road, Igbi, Smart, Aghoghovbia, Arigbe, MRS Filling Station by the Warri/Sapele Road, Total Filling Station by the Airport Road and Fani Kayode on Okumagba Avenue, among others, were also submerged.

Many residents of the communities were sighted salvaging their household items.

Leaders of some of the affected communities have raised the alarm about the deplorable state of their environment, especially in the Uvwie and Warri South local government areas.

The President-General, Uvwie General Improvement Union, Chief Austin Ukuwrere; the President-General, Okere Urhobo Kingdom, Warri, Chief Emmanuel Okumagba; and the Oghwuvwie (traditional prime minister) of Otovwodo (Agbassa) community, Warri, Benson Obire, have sent a Save-Our-Soul message to the Warri/Uvwie Special Project Renewal Development Agency to come to the rescue of the affected areas.

Commenting on the development, Ukuwrere said but for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the situation would have been worse.

he said he appealed to the governor last year to construct drainages and he listened to the appeal and ensured the construction of drainage channels in some areas such as the PTI and Refinery roads in the Uvwie Local Government Area.

Ukuwrere advised the state Commissioner for Works to keep to an earlier promise on the construction of a canal from the Cane Wood Hotel area to the Ekpan River.

“The commissioner came to inspect the area. If the canal is constructed, it will solve the problem of flooding in that area,” he stated.

While commending the Chairman of the Uvwie Local Government Council, Ramson Onoyake, on his efforts in sanitation, Ukuwrere noted that some residents of the local government were still stubborn on issues of sanitation.

Okumagba appealed to the authorities concerned to urgently come to the rescue of residents of the affected areas in the Warri South Local Government Area, especially in the Okere Urhobo Kingdom.

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