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1. Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi disowns campaign posters

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Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, has dissociated himself from posters carrying his photograph, campaigning for governorship under the platform of the Social Democratic Party.


His posters in SDP had flooded the social media lately.


Ajayi, who recently joined the Peoples Democratic Party, said he remained loyal to the party and did not have any link with any other party.


Speaking through his media, Allen Sowore, the deputy governor said the matter was the handiwork of mischief makers, who had tried unsuccessfully to pitch him with the leadership of the PDP.


He said, “The purveyor of this fake news are well known to the public. We would not have responded to this fake and unsubstantiated story if not for unsuspecting members of the public.


“There was no time the deputy governor addressed the press after his official declaration for the PDP on Monday 22nd June, 2020.”


The deputy governor urged the public to disregard the posters, saying, “It is understandable that it will take a very long time for the All Progressives Congress, to recover from the whammy which the defection has caused.”


2. Governor Makinde, Olubadan mourn Akindele

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has described the death of the foremost Ibadan businessman and philanthropist, Chief Bode Akindele, as a great loss to Oyo State in particular and Nigeria in general.


The late Akindele, the Parakoyi of Ibadanland and chairman of Modandola Group, reportedly passed on in Lagos, on Monday.


Governor Makinde, who described the deceased as a worthy elder statesman and one with a genuine interest in the welfare of others, said the late businessman would be sorely missed.


Makinde, in a statement made available to journalists by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, said the late Akindele “contributed in no small measure to the growth of the state and his community.”


The statement commiserated with the family of the deceased, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the people of Oyo State, praying that the good Lord should grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.


The statement read in parts, “The news of the death of our revered elder statesman, Chief Bode Akindele, the Parakoyi of Ibadanland and chairman, Modandola Group, came to us as a shock.


“Baba Akindele was one of the worthy elder statesmen in the state and he lived a life worthy of emulation. As an elder, he was always after the progress and wellbeing of the state and its people.


“I remember that only a few months ago when the state put out calls for support towards the Oyo State COVID-19 Endowment Fund, Baba Akindele was one of the elders who responded by donating N25 million to the state.


“It is sad that we lost such a noble elder and philanthropist at such a moment as this. I pray to God to grant his entire family and the state the fortitude to bear this loss.”


Meanwhile, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has described the persistent cases of deaths of Ibadan elders in recent times as one too many.


The monarch expressed shock over the death of Parakoyi of Ibadanland barely four days after former Governor Abiola Ajimobi died.


Oba Adetunji urged spiritual leaders in the city to intercede on behalf of the land.


The Olubadan, who described Akindele as an astute businessman and entrepreneur of note, recalled how the late Parakoyi of Ibadan set up business outfits and employed indigent residents.


Olubadan said, “Even though a man who lives up to 82 can be said to be advanced in age, when people mourn their loses it is because the vacuum left behind by them is always difficult if not impossible to fill.”


3. [Breaking] Security shake-up: President M. Buhari appoints DCP Musa as Chief Personal Security officer

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THE Presidency on Monday announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Aliyu Abubakar Musa, as his Chief Personal Security Officer (CPSO).


A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu said that DCP Musa, who hails from Niger State, served at the Nigerian Police Force Zone 5, Benin City, before his appointment.


According to the statement, “Musa’s appointment follows the redeployment of his predecessor, Commissioner of Police (CP) Abdulkarim Dauda.”


4. Abia State government gives 7-day ultimatum to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over sealed properties

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Abia State government has given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, seven days ultimatum to remove the notices placed on some assets and estates of the government.


The EFCC had last week stormed Umuahia and sealed off some properties allegedly belonging to a top politician in the state.


The properties sealed by the EFCC include; Abia Mall, Adelabu Housing Estate, Millenium Luxury Apartment, Abia hotels, Linto Estate and Old Timber Market, among others.


Briefing newsmen in Umuahia, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Uche Ihediwa, who issued the ultimatum, demanded the anti-graft agency to tender an unreserved apology to the State within the specific period, failing which the State would seek redress in court.


Ihediwa disclosed that most of the properties marked by the EFCC belong to the state government, adding that the state duly entered into partnership arrangements with credible investors for the development of those properties under Public Private Partnership, PPP.


The Commissioner described the action of the EFCC as unlawful, lamenting that the agency didn’t contact the State government to find out the ownership of the said properties whose title documents are domiciled in the State Ministry of Lands.


He explained that the law establishing the EFCC makes it clear that the Commission can only seal property of persons under investigation, insisting that the ownership of the property in question is not under investigation.


The Attorney General noted that in 2016, the EFCC also investigated the ownership of most of the properties and the certificates of occupancy and as well as the public-private partnership agreements between the State government and investors of the various assets.


He further stated that the EFCC’s action is capable of scaring investors from the State.


5. Coronavirus: FCT seals hotel for operating nightclub during the curfew hours

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A mobile court on Monday ordered that Missouri hotel, located in the Maitama District of Abuja, be sealed for allegedly operating a nightclub during the curfew hours.


The action, the court said, was in contravention of the COVID-19 protocols.


Handing down the order on Monday, Magistrate Idayat Akanni, directed that the hotel should be sealed for one week.


The court also sentenced 11 defaulters to three-day community service with an option of N5, 000 fine each.


Our correspondent gathered that six of the defaulters are workers of the hotel, who were apprehended by the COVID-19 enforcement team for opening up their business within the curfew hours of 10pm to 6am within the FCT.


Five fun-seekers found on the premises were arrested for partaking in the social gathering, which according to the court constituted nightclub activities.


Speaking with newsmen, the prosecutor, Udeme Umanah, who is also the Chief State Counsel for the FCT, said the defaulters were convicted for operating a nightclub.


Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Task Force on COVID-19 restrictions, Ikharo Attah, who led his team to enforce the court order, said the arrest and trial of the defaulters followed the complaints from the residents of the area.


Attah said security personnel visited the hotel and discovered that the activities there were in contravention of COVID-19 guidelines, adding that the defaulters were arrested on Sunday.


He said, “The hotel has been sealed up pending when the court decides otherwise in the next one week; until then, the place is to remain under lock and key.”


6. Lagos State Government presents N5m cheque to family of slain KAI official

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The Lagos State Government has presented a cheque of N5 million to the family of late Moshood Ayeni, who was a Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) official.


Ayeni died in active service on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, after an unfortunate attack by illegal and defiant hawkers in the state.


The Permanent Secretary, Office of Chief of Staff, Mr Olawale Musa, said at at the Command Centre, Bolade, Oshodi, that the presentation was in line with the philosophy of the present administration.


He said that the administration believed in supporting staff of the agencies that fell victim of injustice while in active service.


Musa, who was represented by Mr Akinrinmade Morakinyo, the Director, Special Service, in the Office, said that the state government was committed to the provision of adequate welfare packages for its workforce.


He said that the care for the family of any worker of the state who died in active service was of utmost importance to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.


According to him, it is sad that Ayeni lost his life in active service to the state.


”The administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu will continue to show his support for the family left behind by officers who lose their lives while on duty.


”Lagos State is charging all the law enforcement officers in all the state-owned agencies not to feel deterred by what has happened but be resolute in doing their best to the service of the state,” he said.


Musa urged the beneficiaries to effectively and judiciously utilise the money in a way that would gladden the heart of the late Ayeni, by catering for the family he left behind.


In her remarks, the KAI Marshal, CP Gbemisola Akinpelu (rtd), expressed gratitude to Gov. Sanwo-Olu for consistently compensating beneficiaries (Next of Kin) of civil servants that passed away in active service in the state.


Akinpelu said that the incident that led to the death of Ayeni and the supportive gesture of the state government had further encouraged other officers of the agency to do their work.


She said that the gesture had encouraged them to rid the state of hawkers, street trading and other environmental nuisance, which had constituted a menace to the security and well-being of motorists and road users in Lagos.


The KAI Marshal said that violent individuals would not be spared, but brought to book, as the agency exercises her mandate to rid the state of street trading.


”This kind gesture is a morale booster from the Governor and it will go a long way to alleviate the suffering, as well as support the deceased’s family,” she said.


7. Hike in airfare inevitable, says The Federal Government (FG)

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The Federal Government on Monday said a hike in flight fare was inevitable in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said this while responding to a question during the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja.


Mustapha said those in the aviation sector are in business for profit.


He said with the protocol on social distancing, airlines will be expected to fly fewer number of passengers.


He noted that operators will have to share the cost in view of present situation with their passengers.


These are some of the Latest Breaking News in Nigeria this Night, Monday 29th of June 2020.


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