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Buhari presides over Virtual FEC meeting

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President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.

Newsmen learnt that the meeting started at 09:02 GMT.

Government officials who attended the meeting are the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, as well as some Ministers in attendance.

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Ministers present in the hall include those of Justice, Aviation, Finance, Information and Culture, Environment, Water Resources, Defence and Works.

All other Ministers are attending from their various offices in the nation’s capital city, Abuja.

The meeting is expected to consider issues surrounding how the nation can mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 and how to enhance the livelihood of Nigerians in the midst of the pandemic.

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Niger Assembly sacks Majority, Deputy Minority leaders

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Members of the Niger State House of Assembly have sacked the Majority and Deputy Minority leaders allegedly over issues affecting the smooth running of the House.

They are: Honorable Musa Suleiman, representing Magama constituency and Hon. Andrew Danjuma Jagaba, Munya constituency.

Raising the motion for the removal of the two lawmakers during the House plenary was Hon. Jibrin Ndagi Baba, Lavun constituency and was seconded by Hon. Mohammed Rama, Edati constituency. They said the members no longer have confidence in them.

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According to him,

“Having consulted with my colleagues on the issues affecting the smooth running of this House, we no longer have confidence in the House leader and deputy leader.

” I then move that the two officers be removed. And, I so move.”

The members immediately nominated Hon. Mohammed Abbah Bala, Borgu constituency as the new Majority Leader and Hon. Binta Manmman, Gurara constituency as Deputy Minority Leader of the House.

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Police nab two kidnappers In Rivers State, recover decomposing corpse of victim

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The Rivers State Police Command has arrested two notorious kidnappers in a sting operation carried out on Tuesday, July 14.

The decomposing corpse of their victim who an N1m ransom was paid for after being kidnapped on Friday, May 15, 2020, at Woji, Port Harcourt, was recovered by operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the state police command. A vehicle belonging to the victim identified as Ereba Dinabari was also recovered.

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Rivers police spokesperson, Nnamdi Omoni said the suspects Osundu Uchendu, 25, and Amebulem Amos, 23 have confessed to the crime. They also reportedly confessed to carrying out a series of kidnappings within the state.

Omoni said;

“Operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit arrested the suspects while doing a follow-up on the kidnap of one Ereba Gospel Dinabari, who was abducted on May 15, 2020, at Woji, Port Harcourt, and a ransom of N1m was paid without the victim being released.

“The Commander of Anti-Kidnapping Unit on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, led operatives to storm Alesa in the Eleme LGA, where two suspects, Osundu Uchendu, 25, and Amebulem Amos, 23, were arrested.

“Their confession led the operatives to a forest at Alesa in the Eleme LGA, where the victim’s decomposing body was found tied to a tree.

“The Toyota Spider car belonging to the victim was recovered. The suspects confessed to have carried out several kidnappings around Woji, Abuloma, Peter Odili Road and Eleme communities.

“Investigation is still ongoing and they will be charged as soon as investigation is concluded.”

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Three Zambian lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19

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Three lawmakers have tested positive for COVIID-19 at the country’s National Assembly, a senior official has said on Saturday.

Cecilia Mbewe, Clerk of the National Assembly, said the three lawmakers were among 16 other staff and non-staff members who tested positive during testing conducted at the testing center situated within the National Assembly premises.

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This brings the total number of lawmakers who tested positive to 19.

She said in a statement that the National Assembly will continue to operate under strict guidelines as recommended by the ministry of health in order to manage the current situation and prevent the further spread of the virus.

The assembly is implementing COVID-19 preventive measures with the sitting arrangement having been changed to ensure social distancing while members of the public are not being allowed to attend parliamentary sessions.

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Zambia has not been spared from the COVID-19 pandemic with the southern African nation so far recording 2,283 cases and 84 deaths.

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