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7-Day Ultimatum: Ondo Govt Cautions FG Against Defending Criminals
The Ondo State Government on Wednesday cautioned the Federal Government to stop defending criminal elements masquerading as herdsmen but should device means to stop the bloodshed and improve the security of lives and property.
The state commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, who stated this on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, monitored by our correspondent, described the activities of the criminal elements as inimical to the development of the country and should be checked.
Ojogo while reacting to the statement of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, expressed dismay over the statement, describing it as “a suspicious defence of criminal elements” under the guise of herdsmen. The Commissioner who berated Shehu over the statement said Shehu spoke for the herdsmen and not the Presidency and maintained that herders must obey the seven-day quit order by Akeredolu to either leave the forest reserves in the state or register with the state government.
Alleged N2.1bn Fraud: Court Orders Former NHIS Boss To Commence Defence
Justice Ayokunle Faji of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the embattled former National Insurance Health scheme boss, Dr Femi Thomas who is standing trial on the alleged fraud of N2.1bn fraud to enter his defence and testify first.
In his ruling on Tuesday, Justice Faji upheld the objection of the prosecuting counsel Ekele Iheanacho and ordered the Thomas to testify first.
The court noted that it is not just lawful but makes common sense for the defendant who will be in court while his other witnesses testify should testify first. According to the court, the defendant did not show what he will suffer if he testifies first. And that it is even in the interest of the defendant to take his testimony first.
Stop Issuing Ultimatum Of Leave To People Living In Oyo, Makinde Warns
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has frowned at individuals or groups issuing ultimatum and threat of forceful removal of persons or group of people from the state to desist such acts.
In a broadcast on Wednesday, Makinde noted that the resort of unauthorized individuals to going around chasing people from their homes and causing mayhem amounted to an assault on residents of Oyo State and was not the way to further the cause of the Yoruba race.
He warned that persons who take actions of forceful removal of persons or groups of people will face the full wrath of the law. Makinde’s broadcast comes on the heels of a seven-day ultimatum issued by Yoruba cultural activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Igboho, to Fulanis in Ibarapa land asking them to leave the state.
Nigeria Records 1,386 New COVID-19 Cases, Toll Now 114,691
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,386 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 114,691.
The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Wednesday.
“1386 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-476 Rivers-163 FCT-116 Kaduna-114 Oyo-68 Plateau-62 Ogun-56 Imo-55 Osun-55 Edo-51 Anambra-50 Kwara-44 Kano-17 Ebonyi-14 Cross River-10 Delta-10 Jigawa-8 Bayelsa-6 Ekiti-6 Borno-2 Taraba-2 Zamfara-1.”
We’re Looking Forward To Working With Biden, Harris ― Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as President and Vice President of the United States of America on Wednesday, expressing hope that their presidency will mark a strong point of cooperation and support for Nigeria, as well as the African continent.
According to a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), which disclosed this, President Buhari congratulated the leaders, and the entire country on the successful transition, which marks an important historical inflexion point for democracy as a system of government and for the global community as a whole.
The statement quoted him as saying: “We look forward to the Biden presidency with great hope and optimism for strengthening of existing cordial relationships, working together to tackle global terrorism, climate change, poverty and improvement of economic ties and expansion of trade. We hope that this will be an era of great positivity between our two nations, as we jointly address issues of mutual interest.”
Mr. Joseph Simeon is an Editor/Content Creator at Naija Buzz News. He is an experienced content creator. He currently leads a small group of talented writers at Naija Buzz News. He previously served as the Relationship Editor at 1Push.Ng. He studied Public Administration at the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State, before proceeding to Kaduna Polytechnic Kaduna for his Advance Studies in Public Administration. Simeon loves and enjoys playing football.