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Today's Breaking News in Nigeria this Night, Monday 29th of June 2020

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1. President Muhammadu Buhari mourns Akindele

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has described the death of foremost philanthropist and entrepreneur, Chief Bode Akindele, as an irreparable loss to the country.

“Chief Akindele was a man of many parts. He was a creator of jobs who demonstrated untiring love for the downtrodden.

“His philanthropic gestures knew no bounds, intervening especially in critical sectors of the economy,” Buhari said in a statement made available to journalists on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

The President recalled that the late industrialist was one of the early groups of private individuals to support government intervention in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, donating handsomely to the fund.

He condoled with the government and people of Oyo State, particularly the Olubadan-in-Council on the loss of the Parakoyi of Ibadanland whose immeasurable contributions to development and progress of his community and country, he said, remained paramount till the very end.

The statement added, “President Buhari also commiserated with Organised Private Sector on the departure of a key member whose imprints in various sectors will remain indelible.

“The President urged family, friends and associates to take solace in the fact that Chief Akindele touched lives, wrote his name in gold, and lived a life of accomplishments.

“He prayed that God will grant him eternal rest.”

2. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigns 2 in court over $1.6m fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, arraigned two bureau de change operators before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, for allegedly laundering $1.6 million, said to be proceeds of smuggling.

The defendants. Chris Ogbonna, Sulaiman Jibbo, were arraigned alongside two firms— Kur and Sule Nigeria Enterprises and Sunchrist Trans Nigeria Limited, on five counts before Justice Ayokunle Faji.

The anti-graft agency said they ought to have reasonably known that the $1.6 million, which they allegedly removed from jurisdiction sometime in 2017, “formed parts of proceeds of unlawful activity, to wit: smuggling.”

Ogbonna and Sunchrist Trans Nigeria Limited were also accused of transferring a total of N607.2 million, being proceeds of smuggling, to Kur and Sule Enterprises.

Jibbo, on his part, was accused of making a cash payment of $52,287 to one Fredrick, “which sum exceeded the amount authorised by law.”

The prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Kufre Uduak, told the court that the defendants acted contrary to sections 18(c), 15(2), 1(a), and 16(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 and they were liable to punishment under sections 15(3) and 16(2)(b) of the same law.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following a bail application by their counsel, Chuks Nwana, Justice Faji admitted each of them to bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sum.

Among other conditions, the judge barred the defendants from travelling outside the country, with an order that the EFCC should notify the Nigeria Immigration Service about them.

The judge gave them 10 days to meet the bail conditions, failing which they would be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services.

He adjourned till July 10 for report of compliance with the bail conditions.

3. Federal Government (FG) slashes marriage licence fees

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The Federal Government has approved the reduction of marriage licence fees in the country.

Director Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Interior, Mr Mohammed Manga, made this known in a statement on Monday.

Manga quoted the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, as making the disclosure in a Public Notice signed by the Permanent Secretary and Principal Registrar of Marriages in Nigeria, Georgina Ehuriah.

The minister approved that the reduction of fees chargeable for services related to the Statutory Marriage under the Marriage Act CAP M6 LFN 2004 to commence from Wednesday, July 1.

He appealed to stakeholders to take advantage of the reduction in fees to licence their Places of Public Worship.

According to him, the fees chargeable for the Issuance of Fresh Marriage Licence to a place of Public Worship has been reduced from N30,000 for two years to N6,000 yearly, payable for five years in the first instance.

He said further that “for the Renewal of Marriage Licence by a Place of Public Worship, the sum of N5,000 has been approved per year, payable for three years at each instance, as against the N30,000 earlier charged annually”.

The minister added that “the fees chargeable for Statutory Ordinary Marriage has also been cut down from N21,000 to N15,000 while that of Statutory Special Licence has been slashed from N35,000 to N25,000”.

4. Coronavirus: 24 health workers infected as Governor Umahi budgets N105m for purchase of medical equipment

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NO fewer than twenty-Four health workershave been infected with COVID-19 in Ebonyi State since the outbreak of the pandemic in the state.

This is as Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, weekend, announced that his administration has approved the sum of N105 million for the purchase of medical equipment for Ivo, Ishielu and Ikwo General Hospitals in the State.

According to him, the availability of this equipment will enable health practitioners to tackle the pandemic without any reservation.

From reports available, the number of cases in the state has risen to 503.

Commissioner for Health, Daniel Umezuruike who confirmed the figure while giving an update on the outbreak of the disease to Governor David Umah at the new Government House, Abakaliki, added that a total of 357 of the infected persons have recovered and discharged in line with NCDC guidelines.

He said a total of 3 deaths have so far been recorded in the state.

Mr Umezuruike also added that a total of 3,369 samples have been tested in the state.

Responding, Governor Umahi expressed worry at the increasing number of cases recorded in the state despite the efforts put in place by his Administration to the pandemic.

He said the state government was going to re-evaluate its policies and operations regarding the fight against the virus.

He frowned at the nonchalant attitude of residents whom he said have refused to obey safety protocols leading to increase in COVID-19 cases, even within the communities.

“We have lost some people in the COVID-19 fight. It is due to people not taking it seriously. This thing is the judgement of God where everybody needs to answer for his or herself. The number is becoming alarming. Nobody has given me Kobo, apart from the cash that came to us as a donation. People play politics with everything. Every Kobo spent is uploaded in our online.

“We are focused. The lockdown at borders is not working, it is a toll gate. It is doing nothing for us. COVID-19 is already with us. Community transmission is already with us. Isolation Centre has become another infection centre. They have refused to use face mask.

We will continue to make effort to reconstruct and furnish our general hospitals. Three hospitals will benefit from our approval. Equipment will be bought in the fight Against Covid-19 in the State.”

Source: opera.com
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Top Comments
WisdomEtim · 06/30/2020
okay that is fine
WisdomEtim · 06/30/2020
GUEST_EN4PzNo33 · 06/29/2020
May his soul rest in peace

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