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The Federal Government says there is no new fresh case from 61 contacts of the index case of Coronavirus in the country.
Speaking at a media update on coronavirus in Abuja today, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire said the contacts had been monitored since the announcement of the first confirmed case.
The virus was brought into the country by an Italian who entered Nigeria on February 25 from Milan for a business visit.
The index case was confirmed on February 27, and presently being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital… continue reading
The Independent National Electoral Commission says with the proposed reform of the electoral Act, the 2019 election may be the last “mainly manual” election in Nigeria. Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakub said this is achievable with the support of the National Assembly, tasking the lawmakers to expedite action on the amendment of the electoral Act. Yakuba spoke in Lagos during the opening of a two day retreat with the National Assembly Committees on Electoral Matters. The retreat was declared open by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo Agege with members of the Senate and House of… continue reading
A federal high court in Kano has issued an interim order halting the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress. At its sitting today, the judge, A. Lewis-Allagoa, asked parties involved to “maintain the status quo pending the court’s final decision. The judge gave the ruling following an application by one Aliyu Rabiu praying the court to stop the APC and INEC from effecting Oshiomhole’s suspension. The application specifically asked the court to stop those involved in the matter from giving effect to the resolution of the APC helmsman’s ward to suspend him in… continue reading
The senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to borrow $22.7 billion. Huram Lokodi reports that the upper legislative chamber okayed the request today amidst objections from some senators. In the mean time, the House of Representatives may soon investigate stakeholders in the financial sector of Nigerian economy over alleged loss of $30 billion due to annual leakages in revenues. According to the lawmakers, this decision followed discovery of tax evasion, malpractices, mis-use and diversion of foreign exchange allocations by companies and other entities. This followed a resolution sequel to a motion of urgent public importance moved by James Falake… continue reading
The Oyo State House of Assembly has passed the Oyo State Security Network Agency Bill 2020 into law. This followed the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Security and Special Duties by the committee’s chairman, Akeem Obadara, who represents Ibadan North-West constituency. The new security outfit will be part of the Western Nigeria Security Network which was launched in January by governors of the six states in the South West region and code-named ‘Operation Amotekun.’ Governor Seyi Makinde had earlier sent the bill to the Assembly for consideration. One of the objectives of the bill is to… continue reading
The house of representatives has resolved to suspend plenary sessions for two weeks to give room for adequate preparation against coronavirus. The two-week suspension is also to enable the federal lawmakers to be tested for the virus. It did not immediately say when the suspension will take effect. The resolution followed a motion on ‘emergency response to tackle coronavirus’ introduced during the plenary session by Josiah Edem from Akwa Ibom state. During the debate on the motion, most of the lawmakers lamented that there is no measure to adequately prepare the national assembly in the event of the infection of… continue reading
President Muhammadu Buhari has promised the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea, Francisco Edu Ngua Mangue, that Nigeria is taking measures to secure the Gulf of Guinea. This, according to him follows his meeting with President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Buhari made the promise at State House, Abuja today while receiving Mangue’s Letters of Credence. The ambassador, in his remarks, said President Mbasogo had called for joint efforts to tackle the challenge since the insecurity at the Gulf of Guinea had persisted. Buhari also received Letters of Credence from Ambassador of Greece to Nigeria, Monsieur Loannis Plotas and his counterpart from Cuba,… continue reading
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has condemned the bill seeking to provide immunity for presiding officers of the national assembly. The bill which passed second reading at the plenary session of the House of Representatives on Tuesday was sponsored by lawmaker representing Ogo Oluwa/Surulere constituency of Oyo state, Odebunmi Olusegun. Some lawmakers supported the bill, saying it is needed to protect the legislative arm from “persecution”. But in a statement by its deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP said the move is tantamount to ripping up the nation’s constitution. It described passing the bill as an assault on the rule… continue reading
The Senate has fixed March 9 for the public hearing of the Social Media bill. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Senate Conference Room 022, Senate New building, National Assembly, Abuja. The chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Legal Matters, Opeyemi Bamidele, made the announcement in a published notice. Interested parties are expected to attend the public hearing and give their opinions as well as suggestions on the bill. Invited guests include the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, all media organizations, Guild of Editors, among others. The general public is… continue reading
President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Nigerian military to re-examine strategies towards defeating the Islamic States for West African Province terrorists in the North East. Buhari gave the directives at the opening of the 10th National Security Seminar organised by the Alumni Association of the National Defence College in Abuja today. Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, said new threats in the areas of insurgency and terrorism had emerged due mainly to the defeat of ISIS. He, however, stated that the security agencies has been given renewed mandate to deal mercilessly with all forms of… continue reading