Breaking News in Nigeria this Evening, Wednesday 24th of June 2020
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1. Nigeria won't engage in a Street fight with Ghana over Embassy demolition - Presidency says.
The Senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, while in an interview with State House Correspondents on Wednesday, said that the Federal Government will not engage in what it called 'street fight' with the Government of Ghana over the demolition of a building within the premises of the Nigerian Embassy in Accra, Ghana.
The House had asked the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to retaliate back by invoking the diplomatic principle of reciprocity against Ghana, in response to the demolition of the Embassy, which it described as an attack to the country.
But Garba Shehu while addressing reporters, said that the issue will be solved diplomatically.
Shehu said that the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Ado, shower some leadership qualities by calling President Muhammadu Buhari to apologize over the demolition.
Garba Shehu while reacting over the issue told the reporters that, "The President of Ghana has called and regretted the action and apologised to the President of Nigeria.
I think he has shown leadership in the matter and what should Nigeria do? These are two leading countries in West Africa."
"Nigeria will not engage in a street fight with Ghana. This cannot happen," Shehu added
2. Pay our 2 months salary arrears - Hospital Pharmacists beg the Federal Government.
The Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria has appealed to the Federal Government to pay April and May salary arrears owed its members.
The association, an umbrella body of over 5000 pharmacists in tertiary, secondary and primary health institutions across the country says it is unfair and insensitive for the government to owe pharmacists and other health workers at this time they are working hard to help combat the novel coronavirus.
In a release made available to The PUNCH, the National Chairman of the association, Dr. Kingsley Amibor, explained that pharmacists are not quick to use industrial action as a bargaining tool.
He said; "We want to call the attention of the federal government to the salary arrears and other protracted issues demotivating pharmacists in the discharge of their duties of care to millions of Nigerians.
The FG should look at a holistic way of solving the myriads of problems in the healthcare sector instead of the current piecemeal approach that is cosmetic, shallow and creates more problems at the end of the day."
3. Fayemi and Giadom visits Aso Villa over APC crises, but fail to meet Buhari.
Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, and one of those laying claim to the position of the acting national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Victor Giadom, are said to be making frantic efforts to meet the President Muhammadu Buhari
The two of them were said to have visited the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday but were unable to meet the President.
They were said to have met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari.
4. A Pastor in Akwa Ibom State has been arrested for attempted rape.
A pastor of a deliverance centre, in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, has been arrested by the state police command for attempted rape.
The pastor, ac33-year-old named Inifon Inyang, who lives at Nung Atim Road off Idioro, Uyo, attempted to rape a 21-year-old girl.
The State Commissioner of Police, Imohini Edgal, disclosed this at a media briefing at the command’s headquarters, Ikot Akpan-Abia on Wednesday while parading the suspect and 11 others.
The commissioner also said that the police discovered that there are eight other girls between the ages of 13 years and 16 years living with the pastor and he had in the past repeatedly raped one of them.
5. Two people have been arrested over the demolition of Nigerian Embassy in Ghana.
Two people has been charged, following their arrest over the demolition of the Nigerian Embassy building in Accra, Ghana.
According to a press release from the Criminal Investigation Department in Ghana, the suspects are being charged with conspiracy to commit crime, namely: unlawful entry and causing unlawful damage contrary to the Criminal and other Offences Act 1960.
The statement noted that the suspects were arrested on Monday, June 22 and will be arraigned before a court of law.
President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana had earlier, formally apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in a telephone call over the incident, promising full investigation into the matter.
The Ghana leader assured President Buhari that he has directed a full investigation into the matter, assuring that justice will be served.
6. Governor Ishaku pleads with the Federal Government to establish a Covid-19 testing center in Taraba State.
The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has appealed to the Federal Government to establish at least one testing centre for Covid-19 in the state to sufficiently identify victims of the virus.
Though the state at the moment has no active case recorded since May 18, 2020, the governor insists that it is not comfortable to assume so.
He made this known when a delegation from the Code of Conduct Bureau COVID-19 Monitoring team, paid him a courtesy visit at the government house in Jalingo to intimate him on their mission of assessing how donated palliatives by VSF, NEDC, NEMA among several others are distributed to the vulnerable residents of the state.
The governor added that it would be preferable for the state to have a testing centre in order to have accurate data.
He said, "The fact is, if I have a testing centre here, it will be faster and easier to test and get the result, and those affected will be treated or managed.
I will also be in a position to assess the number of people that are coronavirus positive or otherwise, as well as estimate scientifically."
7. Igbo group tackles Arewa Youth leader over power shift in 2023.
AN Igbo group named coalition of southeast youth leaders (COSEYL), has attacked the President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Shettima Yerima over a statement credited to him that the North will still retain the Presidency after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023, insisting that only power shift to the South East will promote national development and trust.
COSEYL said the likes of Yerima do not wish Nigeria well and opinions from such people should be discarded.
According to the group, Yerima is supposed to be a youth with free mind and love and unity of the country and expressed disappointment over his positions on certain national issues, describing him as a harbinger of disunity.
The group in a statement signed by its President-General, Goodluck Egwu Ibem, and the Secretary-General, Comrade Kanice Igwe urged Northern elders to call Yerima to order over his divisive declarations.
These are some of the breaking News in Nigeria this Evening, Wednesday 24th of June 2020.
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