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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday, named leaders of standing committees of the lower chamber of the National Assembly.

At the plenary on Thursday, the Speaker appointed chairmen and vice-chairmen of the committees.

Gbajabiamila also appointed several ad hoc committees and investigative panels.

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UPDATED: Lagos lawmaker, Tunde Braimoh, dies



The Chairman, Committee on Information and Strategy of the Lagos House of Assembly, Hon. Tunde Braimoh is dead.

Braimoh, who represented Kosofe Constituency 2 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, was an eloquent lawmaker.

Although the Lagos Assembly is yet to come out with an official statement on his death and its cause, there were speculations within the Assembly, especially among the lawmakers, of complications arising from COVID-19.

Some of the lawmakers, who spoke on condition of anonymity with The Nation, said his death is a rude shock.

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According to one of the lawmakers, the late Braimoh was a very cautious individual whose loss made him sleepless.

He said:

“It is true my brother, I could not sleep since 1am when I learnt about his demise. He is one of those who never toyed with his health matters.

“Highly cautious and will always maintain strict adherence to all medical counsels from the appropriate quarters as it concerns prevention of this spread of COVID-19 scourge.

“He would be sorely missed, he was such a fine breed whose impact will ever remain a reference point.”

Announcing the death on Friday morning in a statement, the Mayoress of Ikosi Isheri local council development authority, Princess Samiat Abolanle Bada, said:

“Kosofe politics without you is a cold world of ice, freezing me to death like fish stark naked.

“Your demise is not just a lonely death but a string that rubs on many as victims. As a bearer of law, you stood as the voice of the voiceless. Many are living testimonies to your life touching impacts.

“Your leadership in Kosofe exemplifies the dexterity of your seasoned administrative prowess and uncommon resourcefulness in bringing good governance to the people at the grassroot.

“Your hands are always outstretched to the needy and the poor. Constantly your doors are flooded by beneficiaries of your flowing hands of honey.

“Every eyes filled with sadness and sorrow were receiving succor with the cheerfulness of your face .

“We love you but the Almighty loves you more than we do. Rest in Peace.”

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COVID-19: Nasarawa cabinet members go on self-isolation



Nasarawa State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Dogo Shammah, says all members of the state executive will go on self-isolation, from Friday, to avoid COVID-19 infection.

Shammah told newsmen on Friday, that the commissioners decided to self-isolate following the positive testing of the state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr Abdulkareem Kana for the coronavirus.

Newsmen report that a reliable source who pleaded anonymity had earlier on Friday in Lafia hinted on the development, prompting the confirmation from Shammah.

The commissioner said the self-isolation was to begin immediately until when results of tests of samples taken from the commissioners are returned, to know their status.

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He said the step was taken as a precaution because the infected attorney general had attended a State Executive Council (SEC) meeting, chaired by Gov. Abdullahi Sule on July 3.

Shammah said the directive was from the governor, on the advice from the state Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, who is also the Chairman of the state COVID-19 task force.

The commissioner called on residents of the state, not to panic but continue to adhere to all COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, social distancing among others.

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Kana had also confirmed to newsmen via a telephone conversation on Thursday that he tested positive to the novel coronavirus.

He said that he fell sick, last weekend, with fatigue, catarrh and sore throat.

“Towards the end of very stressful days last week, I became slightly sick, with fatigue, catarrh and sore throat.

“Since I was not sure of what it was, doctors prescribed the standard malaria drugs – coartem and vitamin c tablets – which I took,’’ the attorney general told newsmen.

“As at Friday, July 3, I started feeling better but in order to be more careful, conscious of my type of work involving meeting with hundreds of people every day, I decided to invite the state COVID-19 test team that took my samples on July 4.

“As at Monday, July 6, I was already feeling a lot better, but the result of the test I took, days earlier, returned positive for COVID-19.’’

He said that he was currently on self-isolation and responding to treatment.

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Newsmen report that the state currently has over 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19.










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I am not competent to speak on issues regarding Magu, says police spokesman



Police spokesman Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), said he was not competent to speak on issues concerning Magu since he was neither the spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), nor that of the Presidential Investigative Committee (PIC).

“I am not competent to speak on issues touching on the Acting Chairman of EFCC. I am neither the spokesman of EFCC nor an official panel,” he said.

However, police sources told The Nation that it was untrue that the Inspector-General (IG), Mohammed Adamu, was the one detaining Magu since the ongoing probe was being carried out by the Police.

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A source added that the police can only act in the matter when invited to do so either through a petition or a complaint, adding that it was mere speculation for anyone to say the IG was detaining the embattled acting EFCC chair.

The sources said there were procedures to commence internal disciplinary action against any erring officer, adding that Magu’s case will not be different.

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