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N6.2 Billion Palliative: Arrest Order On NDDC Management Stands – Senate

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The Nigerian senate says the warrant it issued against the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission still stands.  The law-making body says its move was in tandem with the legislative process to make public servants accountable for their actions.

Chairman of the ethics, privileges and public petitions committee, senator Ayo Akinyelure, reconfirmed the senate’s stand after NDDC senate committee chairman, senator Peter Nwoboshi was said to have denied any such arrest warrant by the senate.

Ann had reported issuance of the senate’s warrant of arrest for the NDDC management three weeks ago.  The senate wants the NDDC management to account for how it spent the six and a quarter billion naira palliatives fund it collected from the federal government.

The committee chairman expressed the hope senator Nwoboshi was misquoted or taken out of context.  He said ‘we issued a warrant of arrest, and it still stands.”

Senator Akinyelure also explained three invitation letters had earlier been sent for NDDC management to appear before the senate committee to which there were no responses.  He said the penalty on which the committee decided was the issuance of an arrest warrant.

He said after the NDDC management was served with the arrest warrant, it had reached out to the committee through a delegation from the sole administrator who promised to appear at its next meeting, the date for which has not been set.

This whole process was kicked off by a petition by the chairman of the NDDC palliative committee, Sobomabo Jackrich, who claimed the six and a quarter billion naira palliative fund was embezzled by the interim management committee that was led by Daniel Pondei and is now disbanded.

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Many Feared Dead As Tanker Explodes In Benue

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Many residents of Oshigbudu in Agatu local government area of Benue state are feared dead today after a tanker explosion in a residential area in the town on Sunday.  Many shops and houses were also razed in the inferno that ensued.

Executive secretary of the state emergency management agency, Dr. Emmanuel Shior said the destruction to lives and property was still to be quantified but described the accident as quote, “the chief of all the calamities that have fallen us this year,” end quote.

Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in Ondo State has confirmed that six persons have died in an auto crash in which an 18-seater bus plunged into Owena river in Akure on Sunday.  They include three males, two females and a child.  Eight were reportedly injured and are receiving treatment in hospitals.

A newly married man was among the fatalities, while his wife is said to be seriously injured.

The two were said to be returning to Akure after their wedding at a registry, with plans to conduct their traditional wedding next weekend.

The driver is said to have lost control while speeding in heavy downpour.  As a result of the heavy rain, help was said to have been impeded from reaching them for more than an hour.

The bus was said to have hit a rock at the bottom of the river causing the deaths.

 

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JUSUN Strike: FG, Staff Union To Meet As Nigeria Judiciary Paralyze

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The judiciary workers’ strike is still going strong with no end in sight.  The umbrella body, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN has begun a nationwide protest in Abuja on Monday over its demand that governors across the country comply with constitutional provisions for the judiciary’s financial autonomy.

The union began a nationwide strike two weeks ago and has stuck to its guns that the protest will not end until the union’s demands are met.

This strike action has paralyzed services at the nation’s courts, including the supreme court.  JUSUN decided to begin nationwide protests after talks failed with governors on Friday.

Meanwhile, the judiciary workers’ strike could not have happened at a more opportune time for former aviation minister, senator Stella Oduah, whose arraignment on a twenty-five billion naira fraud and money laundering charges at the federal high court in Abuja today has been scrapped because of the strike.

There was no access to the court today as the gates were locked as a result of the strike.  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had hoped to arraign and dock her today along with eight others.

On two other occasions, other events had prevented Oduah’s arraignment in the same court.  Her lead counsel, chief Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, says Oduah would be ready to honor the court’s schedule whenever it reopens.

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NCDC Confirms 26 New COVID-19 Cases

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says 26 new cases of covid-19 have been recorded in the country bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 164,233.

The data shown on its official twitter handle on Sunday say the new cases were registered in five states including, Ebonyi 10 cases, Kano-Two, Lagos nine, Osun-two Oyo-one and the Federal Capital Territory-FCT two cases.

So far, more than 154,000 persons have recovered from covid-19 and discharged from hospitals since the pandemic was reported in 2020.

NCDC has advised Nigerians to take responsibility to protect themselves, loved ones, customers, employees and society by disinfecting surfaces in their homes, shops and offices regularly to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in their communities.

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