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10 things you need to know today Saturday 31/10/2020

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  1. The Management of the Lekki Concession Company has disclosed that it is ready to show the footage of Lekki toll gate shooting. The agency’s Head of Legal Department, Mr Gbolahan Agboluwaje made this known during the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for Victims of SARS and Related Abuses and Other Matters on Friday. He disclosed that there are hours of recordings on the CCTV footage.

2. Members of the Lagos Judicial Panel on End SARS were stopped from entering the Military Hospital in Ikoyi by soldiers on Friday. The panel paid an unplanned visit to the hospital’s morgue for some assessment. The judicial team is investigating the shooting at Lekki tollgate where 15 protesters were reportedly killed. It, however, met resistance as it got to the gate of the hospital. It’s not clear yet whether they were allowed in after questioning.

3. Three weeks after the Ondo State Governorship Election, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic, PDP, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, on Friday headed to the state election petition tribunal to challenge the victory of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Joined in the petition are the Independent National Electoral Commission, the All Progressives Congress and the Deputy Governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

4. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Friday, led prominent Igbo leaders to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku/Ozalla, to empathize with the students of Presentation Nursery and Primary School, Awgu Local Government Area and other victims, who were involved in a recent road accident. Ugwuanyi, who wished the school children and other victims quick recovery, consoled the parents of the kids. The governor, therefore, announced that the state government will take care of all their medical bills to any level and urged the management of the hospital to give the victims adequate medical attention.

5. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, has ordered the relaxation of the curfew in the state from 10pm to 6am.The order was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho on Friday. Omotosho said the governor commended people of the state for observing the curfew, which is expected to restore normalcy in the state.

6. The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has charged officers to defend themselves during an attack. Mohammed gave the directive during a visit to the Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to assess the level of damage during the End SARS protest. He noted that police officers are also humans, hence should protect themselves.

7. The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 170 new COVID-19 cases with three deaths. The NCDC made this known via its Twitter account on Friday. The public health agency said that the new confirmed cases bring the nation’s total number of COVID-19 infections to 62,691.

8. No fewer than ten people have been kidnapped in Dan Kurma community of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State by some unknown bandits who also killed one person in the operation. One of the kidnapped victims was the wife of the village district head, Hajiya Baraka Sani Usman.

9. President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday held a video conference with Mr Charles Michel, President of the European Council, during which the latter reiterated Europe’s support for Nigeria’s Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The President is leading Nigeria’s charge for Okonjo-Iweala, the country’s former Minister of Finance, to emerge as the first Black and female WTO DG.

10. Newly-invited Nigerian goalkeeper, Sebastian Osigwe, has tested positive for COVID-19. His Swiss Super League club, Lugano, confirmed this on Friday. Osigwe was only handed his maiden Super Eagles call-up on Thursday, ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier double-header against Sierra Leone in November, but he and another of his club team-mate, Mattia Bottani contracted the virus, while six other players have been quarantined.

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Obadiah Mailafia, former CBN Deputy Gov is deadObadiah Mailafia, former CBN Deputy Gov is dead

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Obadiah Mailafia, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria is dead.

Mailafia, the 64-year-old reportedly passed away on Sunday morning at the National Hospital Abuja.

Recall that Obadiah Mailafia stirred controversy after he granted an interview accusing most top government officials of sponsoring terrorism in Nigeria.

Confirming his death, Fani-Kayode on his Twitter page wrote: “I am saddened by the passing of my dear friend & brother Mr. Obadiah Mailafiya who was one of the most powerful and progressive voices in our country. I was informed that he passed on this morning. He was a great nationalist, a believer in Nigeria, a kind and gentle soul.”

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APGA disowns Jude Njoku as Party National Chairman, insists on Oye

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The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), has refuted viral claims of a court pronouncement affirming Chief Edozie Njoku as the party’s national chairman.

The All Progressive Grand Alliance is currently battling a leadership crisis that has led to the emergence of several factions, coupled with court litigations among each of the factions claiming to be the authentic elected national working committee (NWC) of the party.

A party chieftain, Edozie Njoku had approached the federal high court and sought among other reliefs, a declaration of the court in his favour as the National Chairman of APGA.

He also prayed the court to mandate Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise him as the National Chairman of APGA and to stop recognizing Victor Ike Oye as the National Chairman of the party.

However, APGA, in a statement by its Chairman in Imo State, John Iwuala, while clarifying the outcome of court proceedings in the matter between Oye and Njoku held Friday, said Njoku breached part rules by appearing in court with a new lawyer.

“Trouble started in the court when he, (Edozie Njoku) in his usual way brought a lawyer for APGA as against the National legal adviser of the party, Sly Ezenwoke Esq. The question now is: who is to represent APGA as lawyer among the duo? he asked.

“After series of deliberations, the court later asked both lawyers to file briefs and decided to pronounce the authentic lawyer at the end of the matter on judgement. This decision did not go down well with Dr Oye and APGA, hence they approached the court of Appeal.

“On Friday, 17 Sept. 202, the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division directed that the matter be sent back to the Federal High Court for continuation. There is nothing beyond this.

“The court of Appeal has every right to invoke the authorities of Order 47 of the court of Appeal Act to assume jurisdiction as the court of first instance but didn’t want to do so as the substance of the case has already been dealt with by three appeal court judgements via Kano, Awka and Enugu respectively.

“It baffled the leadership of APGA Imo State Chapter how these fake news peddlers behave in a myopic way of feeding the public with fake news. This calls for a cry of reasoning and ecology of reasonableness.

“It must be recalled that this matter emanated from Bauchi State, where the plaintiff and his co-travellers went for “forum shopping’ to deceive the judge who on sighting danger that both plaintiff and defendant are same persons, sponsored by the same person, just trying to mislead the court, washed his hands off from it, the case was transferred to Abuja and Dr Victor Ike Oye was notified of the ongoing matter. What they specialize in is to sue, bring their lawyer and bring a lawyer for the defendant without the knowledge of the defendant until judgement is secured. That was what they did in Jigawa. Though the court of Appeal Kano division has set it aside and declared *Dr Oye as the duly elected and authentic National Chairman of APGA in a well organized and INEC monitored National Convention held on 31st May 2019.

“With the return of this matter to the High Court yesterday (Friday) from the court of Appeal Abuja, the matter is as good as dead as the High court lacks jurisdiction to hear any matter of which substance has already been heard and finally determined by the Court of Appeal. This one, three appeal court judgements in favour of Dr Oye including the award of N10m against Edozie Njoku for disturbing APGA and the courts of the land.

“I am seeing another N10m award against him soon. I wish with this, the reading public, especially our Anambra indigenes resident here in Imo State can remain calm and unperturbed over the fake news.

“We all know the pains you pass through when this fake, fabricated and malicious news came up as it has to do with the emergence of Prof Chukwuma Soludo as the next Governor of Anambra State, come November 2021”.

APGA accused political jobbers of peddling the fake viral news to mislead the reading public as part of their failed strategies to truncate the party’s chances for the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra state.

 

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Nigerian health workers issue fresh strike notice, lists demands

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The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have issued a fresh notice of industrial action.

The notice confirms negotiations with the government is still ongoing as the recent strike notice expired the night of September 17.

JOHESU Acting General Secretary, Matthew Ajorutu, said an Expanded National Executive Council (NEC) emergency meeting of the unions was held on Friday.

In attendance were the Presidents and General Secretaries of affiliate unions and professional associations, NEC members of affiliate unions and JOHESU Chairmen and Secretaries at the state and branch levels.

The session appraised the reports of JOHESU negotiation and conciliation meetings with the federal government since the declaration of the trade dispute through the 15 days strike notice issued on September 2.

Ajorutu noted that NEC discussed the appeal by President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to show understanding with his administration and the pledge to pay any debt owed to health workers.

The scribe disclosed NEC received and examined reports of congresses held at various health facilities across the country on the mobilisation for the fresh strike notice starting September 18.

Ajorutu asked the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure speedy circularisation of all establishment and welfare matters as agreed during negotiation meetings.

The unions urged that the computation of the adjusted Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for JOHESU members be completed and submitted to FG’s High-Level Body (HLB) not later than September 22, as agreed.

”NEC-in-session urges the Federal Government to ensure that the High-Level Body (HLB) completes and submits the computation of the adjusted CONHESS for inclusion in the 2022 budget within the Sept. 30th, submission window.

”NEC urges the Federal Government to reciprocate the patriotic humanitarian gesture of JOHESU in the interest of the larger Nigerian masses to expeditiously resolve all the demands within the fifteen days window”, the joint statement added.

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