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1. APC crisis: Buhari backs Giadom, to attend NEC meeting.

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has thrown his weight behind Victor Giadom as the acting chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

He has also expressed his readiness to attend the virtual meeting of the party’s National Executive Council meeting that Giadom announced that will hold at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this on Wednesday while answering questions from State House correspondents.

Shehu said, “The President has received very convincing advice on the position of the law as far as the situation in the party is concerned and has determined that the law is on the side of Victor Giadom as Acting National Chairman.

“Because he will always act in accordance with the law, the President will be attending the virtual meeting Giadom called for tomorrow afternoon.

“We urge the media to stop promoting manufactured controversies and to not give any further room for mischievous interpretations of the law on this matter.

“In addition to the President, the Giadom meeting will, hopefully, be attended by our Governors and the leaders of the National Assembly.”

With this development, it appears the President has dumped the suspended chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, and the party’s National Working Committee.

Recall that following Oshiomhole’s suspension, the party’s NWC had announced Senator Abiola Ajimobi as the acting chairman while Giadom also declared himself as the acting chairman.

2. Student sues Army for N1bn after losing leg to soldier’s bullet.

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A student, Emmanuel Madubuezi, has sued the Nigerian Army for N1bn for losing his leg after being shot by a soldier.

Other defendants in the suit are the Chief of Army Staff, the Attorney General of the Federation, and a betting company, Bet9ja.

Madubuezi, through his lawyer, Temitope Akinyode, filed a suit before the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday.

The victim was hit on September 14, 2017, while seated in a tricycle on his way to the Port Harcourt Polytechnic, where he was studying at the time.

The bullet pierced through his left leg and hit an elderly woman seated next to him. The impact of the bullet made the elderly woman fall out of the tricycle leading to her death.

In the case, suit number: FHC/PH/FHR/118/2020, the applicant is asking the court to declare that the gunshot fired at him and the amputation of his leg contravene his fundamental human right to life, human dignity and freedom of movement.

In a supporting affidavit, the applicant said he had been confined to crutches since the incident happened.

Madubuezi said, “Since the amputation of my leg I have been condemned to walking on crutches. But for the sound medical treatment that I received, the gunshots which the officers and agents of the respondents fired at me on September 14, 2017, could have led to my death just as the same bullets killed the woman who sat beside me in the tricycle.”

Earlier in the year, the Army had rejected Madubuezi’s request to be paid N150m as damages.

In the letter with reference number AHQ DCMA/G1/300/130 signed by Brig.Gen Emmanuel Aladeniyi, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, the army authorities said the soldier who shot Madubuezi had been charged.

The Army, therefore, stated that it could not be held liable for the action of an errant soldier.

3. Four murder suspects test positive for COVID-19 in Bauchi.

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Four of the five suspects standing trial for the alleged murder of Sunday Joshua, a security guard at the New Trafford Hotels and Suites in Bauchi State have tested positive for COVID-19.

The arraignment of the five accused which include the Managing Director of the hotel, Innocent Ejeh, at the Chief Magistrate Court 7, Yelwa, on Wednesday, was stalled following a letter written to the court that four accused persons, Abdul-Rasheed Shuaibu, Jacob Joshua, Joshua Ibrahim and Timothy Yunusa, who were confirmed positive.

Innocent Ejeh and the four others are standing trial for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide in accordance with sections 96 and 221 of the Penal Code laws.

The trial Magistrate, Safiya Salihu, read the letter from the state Correctional Centre dated June 11th, 2020.

According to him, the four accused were confirmed positive for coronavirus by the National Center for Disease Control in the state.

He therefore adjourned the case to 14th of July, 2020, for further mentioning and arraignment as requested by the prosecution Police Officer, Sergeant Ayuba who pleaded for adjustment.

The Prosecution Officer told the court that the accused persons could not be in court due to the reasons stated in the letter from the Correctional center in Bauchi.

4. Akwa Ibom drops charges against Christ Embassy pastor.

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The Akwa Ibom State government on Wednesday dropped the charges against Emmanuel Effiong, a pastor of Christ Embassy Church in Uyo.

Pastor Effiong and a videographer in the church were arrested on Sunday, June 21 for allegedly assaulting the COVID-19 monitoring team in the state.

They were accused of attacking the officials who were out to ensure all religious centres observed the COVID-19 guidelines. Both men were arrested after the church was sealed.

In a statement released by the State Commissioner for Information, Charles Udoh, the decision to drop the charges came from accepting appeals from well-meaning individuals and groups.

He added that the church and the pastor have also tendered an unreserved apology to the State government and pledged to adhere to all the guidelines and protocols adopted to prevent community spreading of the novel Coronavirus in the state.

“Following entreaties from well-meaning individuals and groups, the Akwa Ibom State Government has dropped charges against Pastor Emmanuel Effiong of Christ Embassy Church, Nung Akpa Ime branch, off Nsikak Eduok Avenue, Uyo.

The church and the pastor have since tendered an unreserved apology to the state government while promising to adhere to the Akwa Ibom State Government/Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)/World Health Organisation (WHO)/Christian Association (CAN) Guidelines and Protocols adopted to prevent community spreading of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in Akwa Ibom State.

All churches are reminded of the need to ensure strict adherence to all stipulated guidelines” the statement read.

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