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Ghana’s Bishop Obinim still in police custody, fails to meet bail requirements

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Ghanaian Pastor, Bishop Obinim arrested by police

Controversial Ghanaian pastor and founder of International God’s Way Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim is reportedly still in police custody after failing to meet his bail requirements.

The Pastor was arrested days ago for publication of false news and forgery of a document contrary to sections 208 and 159 of the Criminal and other offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) respectively.

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He was subsequently arraigned before a Magistrate court in Accra and was granted a ¢100,000 bail with three sureties (one person to be justified).

Head of Public Affairs of the CID DSP Juliana Obeng, however, told Joy News on Wednesday, May 20, that Bishop Obinim is still in their custody after failing to meet his bail requirements.

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Upon perfecting his bail conditions, Bishop Obinim is expected to appear in court on June 1 while investigations into other offences levelled against him continue.

 

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On the run COVID-19 patients worry FG

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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said the Federal Government was disturbed by COVID-19 patients, who were fleeing isolation centres. This, he said, had worsened the transmission of the virus in communities.

The health minister said the government had problems in trying to convince some COVID-19 positive people that they had the virus.

He said,

“We also have issues with people who test positive and think you are going to look for them and then they run. So the figures don’t tally because people who think you are going to trace them don’t want to go into isolation.”

The health minister explained that the Federal Ministry of Health team sent to investigate the incidents in Kano, Sokoto, Jigawa, Borno, Katsina and Gombe had concluded its work and would submit its final report on Friday (today).

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Meanwhile, confirmed cases of coronavirus have increased to 11,516 in Nigeria.

This is after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced 350 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The NCDC made the announcement via its Twitter handle on Thursday.

It said,

“On the 4th of June 2020, 350 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

“To date, 11516 cases have been confirmed, 3535 cases have been discharged and 323 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 350 new cases are reported from 20 states- Lagos (102), Ogun (34), FCT (29), Borno (26), Kaduna (23), Rivers (21), Kwara (16), Ebonyi (17), Katsina (14), Edo (10), Delta (10), Kano (10), Bauchi (10), Bayelsa (9), Imo (8), Plateau (4), Ondo (3), Nasarawa (2), Gombe (1), Oyo (1).”

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AfDB boss, Akinwumi Adesina, to face fresh probe

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The African Development Bank says it has commissioned an independent inquiry into allegations of corruption against its head, Akinwumi Adesina.

The former Nigerian agriculture minister is seeking re-election in August.

But the United States has led calls for him to be investigated on suspicion of embezzlement, preferential treatment for fellow Nigerians in senior appointments, and the promotion of people suspected or convicted of fraud and corruption.

Mr Adesina denies any wrongdoing and was initially cleared of the allegations by an internal investigation.

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The institution – one of the world’s five major multilateral development banks – is the only African lender afforded the highest credit rating.

In April, whistleblowers submitted a 15-page report to the bank’s governors detailing alleged embezzlement, preferential treatment for fellow Nigerians in senior appointments, and the promotion of people suspected or convicted of fraud and corruption.

Adesina — who was recently exonerated by an internal inquiry — is the first Nigerian to be in charge of the 56-year-old AfDB, one of the world’s five major multilateral development banks.

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Nigeria, whose stake makes it the bank’s biggest shareholder, has made little secret of its support for Adesina.

On Tuesday, Nigerian President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari [retd], told Adesina that the country “will stand solidly behind” him in his bid to remain at the helm of the bank.

The bank chief repeated to Buhari his insistence the allegations against him were trumped up and that the US call for a new probe was against the bank’s rules.

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In October 2019, the AfDB raised $115 billion (105 billion euros) in fresh capital, an operation deemed a personal success for Adesina.

It is the only African institution which has a Triple-A rating by credit rating agencies.

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70 health workers test positive for coronavirus in Ghana

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Seventy health workers in Ghana’s central region have tested positive for coronavirus, according to health authorities.

The country has recorded over 8,000 confirmed cases of the disease, 38 deaths and more than 3,000 recoveries.

The infected health workers are said to be asymptomatic, which means they have not shown symptoms of the virus.

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The authorities say some of them did not adhere to safety protocols and got infected from the community.

The central region in southern Ghana has recorded over 400 cases of the virus, and 70 of them are health workers.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has eased restrictions on religious gatherings and has opened schools for final year students despite a rise in cases. But Ghana’s borders remain closed indefinitely.

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