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Major News In Nigeria, Sunday 19th July 2020

PUNCHE
By PUNCHE | self meida writer
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The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has said danger still lurks in the Presidential Villa, Abuja if President Muhammadu Buhari does not perform proper cleansing. Ayodele, who spoke with newsmen on Friday, restated his prophecy that COVID-19 will kill more people, adding that the peak of the virus will be July and August. He maintained that President Buhari will still mourn if proper cleansing isn’t done in the Presidential Villa. 

A human rights lawyer, Godwin Ojeh, on Friday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take steps to remove Godswill Akpabio as Minister of Niger Delta. The lawyer said this in a personal letter to the President. Ojeh said: “We passionately appeal to Your Excellency to curb the excesses of Mr. Akpabio by relieving him of ministerial duties of the Niger Delta. He has not been a good example for our people. 

The Peoples Democratic Party has said the boast by the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, that he would be cleared and reinstated despite the allegations against him, is a huge affront on the integrity of the ongoing inquest by the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential Investigative Panel into the activities of the EFCC. The party said Nigerians were shocked when counsel to the suspended EFCC acting Chairman, Wahab Shittu, boastfully declared that he has Magu’s instruction to inform the public that “he will be reinstated back to office”. 

An Abeokuta, Ogun State Magistrates’ Court on Friday sentenced a 32-year-old ex-convict, Najeem Azeez, to two years imprisonment for burglary and stealing. Azeez, whose address was not provided, had pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge of conspiracy, burglary and stealing. However, Magistrate Oluwaseun Ayobolu held that all evidence tendered had convinced the court beyond reasonable doubt that the convict was guilty of the offence. 

The prosecution on Friday closed its case in the N32.9 billion money laundering trial of an internet celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha, before a Federal High Court in Lagos. The prosecution - the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission - closed its case after calling its 10th witness. Mustapha is charged by the EFCC on 14 counts bordering on fraud, money laundering and running a foreign exchange business without the authorisation of the Central Bank of Nigeria. 

Alhaji Biola Lawal, the Acting Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria, has attributed most negative criticism of government policies to lack of adequate information to Nigerians by government ministries and agencies. Lawal said this on Friday in Abuja when Olamilekan Adegbite, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, featured on the agency’s news programme: The NANForum. The Minister was at the forum to highlight the ministry’s achievements and plans to ensure that the mining sector contributed significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product among other things. 

A coalition of 35 registered political parties, under the aegies of Coalition of Political Parties, in Edo State on Friday endorsed the reelection of Governor Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shaibu for another four years. The Chairman of the Social Democratic Party and CPP in the state, Collins Oreruan, told newsmen at a news conference in Benin that the 35 political parties had collapsed their structures to massively support the governor’s reelection bid.

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