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IGP Orders Withdrawal Of Police Escorts From FFK, Babachir, Lawal, Others

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Many VIPs and organizations in the country are losing their police escorts in accordance with a withdrawal order by the Inspector-General of Police.  Some of the affected include former secretary to the federal government of Nigeria, Babachir Lawal, serving lawmakers, former ministers, including former minister of state for aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, and others.

This move is considered part of the ongoing police reform that has been prompted by the EndSARS protests.

The IGP’s directive was contained in a letter to all zonal assistant inspector-generals and all state commissioners of police on Wednesday last week. The list of 60 names also includes Yuguda Bashir, think Nigeria first initiative, Boroface Ajayi, Suleiman Idris, Md Summerset, and Uche Chukwu.

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Police Extradite Maina From Niger

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Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, has confirmed on Thursday that former chairman of the pension reform task team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is now back in Nigeria after his extradition from Niger Republic.

Maina was declared wanted by a court over a 12-count money laundering charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The commission says Maina used his firm to launder two billion naira, some of which he used to acquire properties in Abuja.

In another development, a federal high court in Abuja has given a nod to a request by Maina’s defence counsel, Adeola Adedipe, to withdraw from the case.

Until Thursday, Adedipe represented Maina’s company -common input limited – that is charged as the second defendant in Maina’s money laundering trial.

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Nigeria Records 343 New COVID-19 Cases

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Nigeria’s coronavirus cases have risen to 68,303 after the Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 343 new cases of COVID-19 in fourteen states with the federal capital territory recording its highest ever figure of 123 cases.

Lagos hosts 106 cases, Kaduna recorded 72, while Nasarawa and Rivers posted 14, and 5, respectively.

Nine other states shared the rest of the cases.

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NCDC Confirms 122 New COVID-19 Cases

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The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has confirmed one hundred twenty-two new cases of coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, pushing up the nation’s total confirmed cases to sixty-seven thousand nine hundred sixty.  Only four thousand one hundred twenty-one patients are still being treated.

Kaduna reported the highest number of cases at thirty-seven, followed by Lagos with twenty-nine.  Plateau held twenty-five while Ekiti hosts nine cases.

Rivers, Ogun, Edo, Kwara, Bayelsa, Bauchi and Kano shared the rest of the infections.

NCDC also reports the fatalities now stand at eleven hundred seventy-seven.

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