Breaking News in Nigeria this Night, Wednesday 24th of June 2020


1. Tinubu has been Retired from Politics - Fani-Kayode says.

The former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, says All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Bola Tinubu, has been retired from politics and thrown under the bus by the President Muhammadu Buhari

Fani-Kayode said this while reacting to the decision of President Buhari to recognize Victor Giadom as the acting Chairman of the APC.

He said that the decision of the Court of Appeal to uphold the suspension of the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, showed that it was all over for Tinubu.

The former minister wrote on his Facebook wall; "First, Oshiomhole was kicked out by the Court of Appeal. Then his preferred replacement, Abiola Ajimobi, falls into a coma. Then his archrival, Giadom is recognised by Buhari as acting national chairman."

"Conclusion: It is over for Tinubu. He has been thrown under the bus and retired from politics," he wrote.

2. Schools must create Isolation spaces before re-opening - Federal Government says.

The Federal Ministry of Education has proposed that schools must create isolation spaces before reopening.

This was contained in the 'Guidelines for schools and learning facilities reopening after COVID-19 pandemic closure,' submitted to the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The document noted that each school is required to create temporary isolation spaces and fully-equipped clinics before reopening.

They have also been mandated to establish a referral system, including protocols and procedures to take if learners, teachers, administrators, and other education personnel become unwell while in schools.

3. Two people have been arrested over the demolition of Nigerian Embassy in Ghana.

Two people has been charged, following their arrest over the demolition of the Nigerian Embassy building in Accra, Ghana.

According to a press release from the Criminal Investigation Department in Ghana, the suspects are being charged with conspiracy to commit crime, namely: unlawful entry and causing unlawful damage contrary to the Criminal and other Offences Act 1960.

The statement noted that the suspects were arrested on Monday, June 22 and will be arraigned before a court of law.

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana had earlier, formally apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in a telephone call over the incident, promising full investigation into the matter.

The Ghana leader assured President Buhari that he has directed a full investigation into the matter, assuring that justice will be served.

4. Osinbajo unhappy with poor publicity on govt. intervention in tertiary institutions.

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has expressed displeasure over the lip service being paid to publicizing government’s intervention in tertiary institutions by the management of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND.

The Vice President’s reaction was revealed by the executive secretary of TETFUND, Professor Sulieman Bogoro, in Abuja at the 2020 inaugural retreat on a research grant.

The TETFUND also disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari and the board of trustees of the TETFUND gave approval for the setting up of a National COVID-19 research and development centre as well as 12 COVID-19 testing centres across the country, among other research-related interventions

5. A Student has sued the Nigrian army for 1billion Naira, after losing his leg to a soldier's bullet.

A student, Emmanuel Madubuezi, has sued the Nigerian Army for 1billion Naira 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 150million Naira as damages.

6. President Buhari approves N7.5 billion TETFUND research grants for 2020.

According to report this evening, President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved an increase of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, National Research Fund, NRF, to N7.5 billion for the year 2020 from an initial N3 billion.

Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, who disclosed this at the 2020 TETFund Board of Trustees, BoT, Retreat in Abuja, said the latest approval makes the agency the largest holder of research grants in Nigeria.

Bogoro, further disclosed that Buhari also approved the establishment of six medical simulation research and clinical training facilities in six colleges of medicine in each geopolitical zone within the year.

He noted that the approval provided an opportunity for TETFund, to provide twelve Covid-19 and related infectious disease molecular laboratories, two in each geopolitical zone, making the fund the highest single provider of Covid-19 test centres in Nigeria.

He also disclosed that the BoT of TETFund approved over N200 million, to sponsor some Covid-19 research proposals mainly from universities and NAFDAC.

Nigeria Covid-19 Research Consortium R&D,” he said.

While laying out the agenda of the fund, the TETFund boss noted that approval has been made from the 2020 budget for TETFund, to aggressively commit funds, to reverse the embarrassing situation of hostel accommodation in tertiary institutions and make the learning environment more attractive for local and foreign students.

According to him, only 15 percent of Nigerian students were living in hostel accommodation in their institutions.

7. President Buhari backs Victor Giadom as APC acting National Chairman.

President Muhammadu Buhari, has thrown his weight on the Victor Giadom-led faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The President has approved the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting summoned by the Court recognized Acting National Chairman, Mr Giadom and has promised to attend the meeting.

The position of President Buhari was contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja on Wednesday.

The statement read, “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.”


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