Breaking news in Nigeria this Afternoon;17 June; 2020
1. Adamawa Discharges All COVID-19 Patients.
All confirmed COVID-19 patients receiving treatment in Adamawa State have been discharged.
Commissioner for Health in the state, Prof Abdullahi Isa, disclosed this while speaking with journalists on Tuesday.
A total of 42 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the state while four persons died of the disease since the first index case recorded in April.
The state tested over 374 cases, out of which 42 turned positive, while 313 tested negative, and 19 are pending.
“Although our case fatality ratio at 9.5 per cent is above the national average of 2.5 per cent, it could have been worse, if not for the commitment of healthcare workers who put their lives on the line to save others.”
2. US Government Condemns Killing Of Civilians In Northern Nigeria, Asks President Buhari To Hold Those Responsible To Account
Nigeria has suffered renewed attacks by Boko Haram terrorists and bandits in Borno, Southern Kaduna, Katsina, Taraba, Niger, Plateau, Yobe and Sokoto states.
Suspected ISIS West Africa militants launched multiple attacks in Borno State, killing more than 120 civilians including women, children, and the elderly. On June 9, unidentified armed bandits attacked a village in Katsina State, killing dozens.
“These horrific crimes follow the shooting of a pastor and his pregnant wife on June 1 and the killing of an imam, local village head, and several civilians on June 5 in the course of intercommunal violence in Taraba State.
Tens of thousands of civilians have lost their lives in Nigeria in recent years to violent attacks by terrorist groups or criminal gangs in inter-communal violence or due to their religious beliefs.
“The United States calls on the Government of Nigeria to do more to strengthen ongoing efforts to address this violence, hold those responsible accountable and protect civilians.”
3. APC crisis: Ajimobi sues for peace, says NEC meeting holds soon
Ajimobi said, “We should therefore let peace continue to reign until we call the NEC meeting and take a position on the way forward.”
4. ICPC seizes Bauchi gov’s FCT property
The commission, in a statement on Tuesday by its spokesperson, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, said the governor will be prosecuted after his tenure as “he currently enjoys immunity by virtue of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution.”
5. Mass deaths: Kano rubbishes FG’s report, says 15% related to COVID-19
“COVID-19 might have contributed in 15.9 % of the cases of mortality but within the limitations of the verbal autopsy method that cannot provide confirmation,” said a report by the state’s Case of Mortality committee.
6. EFCC recovers N400m stolen funds in Sokoto
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Zonal Office in Sokoto State has said that it has recovered about N400 million stolen fund in its operations between January and June 16, 2020.
NAN reports that Mr Abdullahi Lawal, the head of the office said this while speaking with newsmen in Sokoto.
EFCC also secured seven convictions during the period under review.
According to him, the commission received about 100 petitions bordering on advanced fee fraud, money laundry, and land matters.
“Also, some leaders of Sokoto traders association were equally interrogated over alleged diversion of N1 billion loan facility granted by the State Government,” he added.
7. Rivers may lock down Bonny Island
“The results of samples collected from Bonny indicate that the community can be an epicentre of the pandemic in the state if a drastic action is not taken,” Governor Wike said.
8. I’m yet to decide on party to join – Obaseki
Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has stated he has not joined another party following his resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday.
“I have not moved to a new platform yet to seek re-election.”
The APC screening panel disqualified the Governor from participating in the primary election slated for June 22.
Obaseki said he was focused on the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in Edo and not choice of another platform.
“My focus now is to control the spread of the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic, which is ravaging our country and threatening our healthcare system. Stay safe.” He Said.
9. Akwa Ibom village head nabbed for raping 11-year-old girl
“Investigation revealed that the suspect bought beans cake (akara) from the victim and asked her to follow him to his room in order to give her money,” Police Public Relations Officer, Nnudam Fredrick sai
10. BREAKING: Victor Gaidom announces self as APC national chairman
Gaidom announcement is coming a few hours after the APC announced Abiola Ajimobi as the acting National Chairman following the decision of the Appeal Court to uphold the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as the national chairman of APC.