Latest Breaking News In Nigeria This Morning, Thursday 25th Of June 2020
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In accordance with reports gathered this morning, I will be sharing with us some of the breaking news we have in Nigeria this morning, today being thursday 25th of June 2020.
1. NUJ commends Umahi on infrastructure development.
According to report this morning, The National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, has commended Governor David Umahi, of Ebonyi State for his unprecedented infrastructure development in the state.
The president who spoke at the Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre, Abakiliki, on Wednesday, during public participation of the revised 2020 budget of the state, christened ‘Minutes of Citizen Input and Public Participation Meeting Towards the 2020 Budget Preparation,’ also assured the governor of the support and partnership of the media.
Isiguzo also said that the governor has achieved much, even with the meagre allocation accruing to the state from the federation account, adding that he has made the people part of the decision-making process of his administration by seeking their inputs in the year’s budget preparation and plans.
According to the National President, “What you are doing today is very appropriate because the budget substantially describes the way of lives of the people. Today, you have congregated Ebonyians from different sectors to make their contributions; this is quite commendable. Your Excellency, you are making the people part of your governance.
“I would also expect that their participation would not just end at the point of making inputs to the proposed revised budget. The people should also participate in monitoring this budget. It is important that you put in place a citizens’ committee, to be saddled with the responsibility of monitoring the implementation of the budget. It would help in recording the achievements you have recorded in implementing it.
“The media is not just about criticising governments, it is also our lifestyle to do so constructively and objectively. The media and governments are institutional partners.
” Therefore, I must make these observations. Last night, when I arrived Ebonyi State with my team, the state’s chairman of NUJ led us round the state. I must tell you that we met a new Ebonyi State. Going through the new Bridges and fly-overs was a wonderful experience for us. It was as if we were somewhere in Belgium, London or Dubai. I must say that you have done very well in infrastructure development in spite of the fact that your state takes the lead from the states, that receive very poor allocations from the federation account. I can tell that you have substantially done well.
“I want to assure you of the support of over 50,000 journalists in Nigeria, we shall continue to be partners in progress,” he said.
2. Gunmen kidnap Delta youth president, demand N30m ransom.
The youth leader in Ohoror community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, Alex Orukevwe, has been kidnapped.
It was gathered that the victim was kidnapped on Tuesday around 7pm, along Ughelli-Patani Road, before Otega Emerhor’s house, as the kidnappers shot into the air to scare passers-by.
According to report gathered, it was revealed that the kidnappers have contacted his family with the victim’s mobile phone, demanding N30 million as ransom.
The President, Youthwing of Urhobo Progress Union Worldwide, Kelly Umukoro, who disclosed this in a post on Facebook, condemned the incident while demanding an unconditional release of the youth president.
When contacted on Wednesday, Force Spokesperson in the state, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incident, adding that the Police are on a manhunt for the culprits to secure the release of the youth leader.
3. $9.77m: Federal High Court refuses to stop ex–NNPC boss Andrew Yakubu’s trial.
According to report this morning, the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday rejected a request to suspend the trial of a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr Andrew Yakubu, in respect of the charges of money laundering and non-declaration of assets instituted against him.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, is prosecuting Yakubu on charges bordering on the sums of $9,772, 800 and £74,000.00, recovered from his home in Kaduna, Kaduna State, on February 3, 2017.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed ruled on Wednesday that although both the prosecution and the defence had appealed to the Supreme Court to challenge various parts of the April 24, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja on the defendant’s no-case submission, he lacked the power to stay proceedings in the case by virtue of Section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.
The judge also cited the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of a former spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, in which the apex court validated the provision of Section 306 of ACJA.
The EFCC had filed six counts of money laundering against Yakubu in 2017.
But after the EFCC concluded its case by calling all its witnesses, the defendant filed a no-case submission, urging the court to dismiss the case on the grounds that the prosecution failed to link him to any of the alleged offences.
Ruling on the no-case submission on May 16, 2019, Justice Mohammed struck out two of the six counts but ruled that the defendant had a case to answer in respect of the four remainning.
Dissatisfied with the ruling, Yakubu appealed to the Court of Appeal, Abuja.
The Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal of the two counts and the order by Justice Mohammed for Yakubu, to open his defence in respect of the remaining four counts.
At the resumed hearing in the case before Justice Mohammed on Wednesday, the prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, suggested a suspension of the trial pending the determination of the appeals filed by both the prosecution and the defence concerning the case at the Supreme Court.
But the defence lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN), opposed the request for suspension of the trial.
Justice Mohammed agreed with Raji and adjourned till July 8 for continuation of trial.
4. FEC authorizes 2.9Trillion Stimulus Plan.
According to report this morning, The Federal Executive Council, approved the N2.3Trillon stimulus plan formulated in the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan, planned to assist the nation’s economy in the face of the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This was publicized to the State's House correspondents by Zainab Ahmed, The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
Zainab Ahmed said in a statement that, “The cumulative package that we proposed today is in the sum of N2.3Trillion, N500Billion naira of this is a stimulus package that is already provided for in the amended 2020 Appropriation Act".
The plan was constructed by a committee led by Yemi Osinbajo, The Vice President.
5. Nigeria Records 649 New cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of covid-19 cases to 22,020.
In accordance with results from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on 24th of June 2020, Nigeria recorded 649 new Covid-19 cases.
Meanwhile we now have in the country, the total number of 22,020 confirmed cases, 7,613 discharged cases and 542 deaths
According to NCDC the 649 new Covid-19 confirmed cases were reported from 22 states in Nigeria.
Here is the statistics of the new confirmed cases.
The truth is that, this coronavirus has caused a lot of problems to so many people.
Now my question is, what do you suggest that the federal government should do in order to fight this Covid-19?
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