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End SARS: Panel Rejects LCC’s Request To Take Back Possession Of Lekki Tollgate

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Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution has turned down a request by the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), to take possession of the tollgate to evaluate damages.

During Tuesday’s sitting, LCC counsel, Rotimi Seriki asked the panel to allow the firm to take possession to evaluate the level of damage ahead of making insurance claims and starting the process of carrying out necessary repairs.

Panel chairperson, Doris Okuwobi denied the request and asked Seriki to encourage his client to make the request after the panel had finished with the footage submitted earlier in the day.

LCC suspended activities at the toll plaza last month after soldiers were allegedly caught on live videos shooting at #EndSARS protesters who blocked the toll gate for 13 days.

LCC MD, Abayomi Omomuwa told the panel of inquiry lights went off at the toll gate just before the shooting incident because its staff left at 4:30pm.

Omomuwa, also confirmed that the staff in charge of the generators also left because they didn’t want to provoke #EndSARS protesters.

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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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