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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 24 November, 2020 Edition)

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you’re all still doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

Here’s our picks on today’s top stories on Daily Trust.

Bayelsa West: INEC Awaits Appeal Court For Final Decision On APC Candidate

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) can still participate in the December 5, 2020 by-election in Bayelsa West senatorial district if the Court of Appeal orders the restoration of its candidate on the ballot.

The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa had on November 3, 2020, disqualified the APC candidate, Peremobowei Ebebi, from the contest over discrepancies in his academic qualifications and multiple dates of birth in his voter’s card.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, explained this yesterday in Yenagoa, when he accompanied the acting National Chairman of INEC, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed (rtd), on inspection of materials for the election to ascertain the commission’s readiness for the exercise. Okoye said once the commission is served by court judgement, it’s bound to obey it.

IGP Promotes 16 Officers Killed During #EndSARS Protests

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Monday announced posthumous promotion for 16 police officers killed during the EndSARS protests.

He said the promotion albeit, posthumously, of the officers who were killed by some ENDSARS protesters, was a symbolic gesture in recognition of the ultimate price they paid in the service of the nation.

Adamu also approved promotion for 82,779 junior police officers to their next ranks. The Force spokesman, Frank Mba, in a statement, noted that the promotion of the officers comprised 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector; 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants and 8,431 Constables to Corporal.

138 NYSC Members Test Positive For COVID-19

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that a total of 138 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members have tested positive to COVID-19 so far.

The Director-General, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said this on Monday in Abuja at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. According to him, the safe reopening of the NYSC camps across the country was successful and that none of those who tested positive were allowed into the camps.

Ihekweazu said that a total of 34,785 Corps members and members of the camp communities have been tested so far in the last weeks of which only 138 was found positive, which is 0.4% prevalence and 1 (one) on 200 people.

Maina: Ndume Passes Night In Prison, Files Appeal Today

Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), who was on Monday taken into custody by officials of the National Correctional Service from Kuje, FCT on the orders of a Federal High Court in Abuja, will appeal the verdict today, Tuesday.

Counsel to Ndume, Marcel Oru said the appeal against the remand order will be filed today before the Court of Appeal in Abuja. He said his client was not given a fair hearing because they had requested for documents to enable Ndume adequately defend himself.

Justice Okon Abang had ordered Ndume, who was surety to the former chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team (PPRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, to be remanded after the accused severally failed to appear in his trial over alleged N2 billion pension funds fraud.

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