Zamfara Govt Declares Curfew, Suspends Market Activities In Jangebe Town

A Google map of Jangebe town in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State in north-west Nigeria.

 

The Zamfara State government has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Jangebe town in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of the state.

Mr Sulaiman Anka, who is the Commissioner for Information in the Zamfara, announced this in a statement obtained by Channels Television on Thursday.

He noted that the government’s decision was in reaction to the unfortunate civil disobedience that took place in the town following the return of the released abducted school children.

The commissioner explained that the curfew, which came into effect on Wednesday, was imposed to prevent any further breach of peace.

“Similarly, there is strong discovered evidence of market activities in the town that aid and abet bandits’ activities in the town and neighbouring communities.

“Consequently, all market activities in the town are hereby suspended until further notice,” he said in the statement.

According to him, the state government is poised to ensure the safety of the lives and properties of the residents at all costs.

A cross-section of the girls previously kidnapped from their school in Jangebe, Zamfara State. AFP

 

As a result of the announcement, Anka called on the Zamfara State Police Command to ensure total enforcement of the government’s directives.

On February 26, Nigerians woke up to the sad news of an attack on the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Jangebe by bandits.

While the police authorities in the state said a total of 317 girls were abducted from the schools, some of the schoolgirls were said to have escaped from the armed men.

After spending four nights in the custody of the bandits, the remaining students were released and the state governor, Bello Matawalle, put the figure of those freed at 279.

But the release of the girls was said to have met another unfortunate incident that reportedly led to the death of one person in Jangebe.

The victim was reportedly shot by security operatives who were said to have opened fire after an angry mob kicked against the insistence on a formal handover before the girls’ parents could leave with them.

This prompted the state government to impose a curfew on the town and suspend market activities there to prevent a further breakdown of law and order.

Remain At Home Till March 31, FG Tells Workers On Grade Level 12 And Below

A file photo of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCS), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

 

The Federal Government has directed all public servants on salary grade level 12 and below to continue working from home till the end of March 2021.

This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by Mr Abdulganiyu Aminu, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF).

The statement noted that the HCSF, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, issued the directive in a circular titled ‘Stay-At-Home Directive Continues Ref -HCSF/3065/VOL.I/83.’

She explained that the latest directive was in adherence to the advice of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

Dr Yemi-Esan affirmed a reduction in the number of reported cases of COVID-19 but stressed that the downward trend needed to be maintained, hence the need for the extension of the work-from-home directive.

He also emphasised the need for all public servants to continue to ensure strict compliance with the existing guidelines on the prevention of a further spread of the disease.

The Head of Service appealed to all Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers in various ministries to bring the content of the circular to all concerned and ensure strict compliance.

A file photo of a health worker writing on a paper. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

More Cases, New Deaths

The directive came at a time when the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said 464 new infections were reported in various parts of the country on Wednesday.

In an early-morning tweet on Thursday, the health agency stated that the new cases were recorded in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Of the states, Lagos was the only place where cases above the 100 mark were reported – 131, followed by Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, and Imo where 69, 33, and 31 more infections were reported.

Other states were Katsina – 30, Kano – 26, Ondo – 23, Yobe – 20, FCT – 18, Ogun – 13, Rivers – 12, Kebbi – 11, Ekiti – nine, Osun – six, Oyo – six, Borno – five, Gombe – five, Plateau – five, Edo – four. Abia – three, Delta – three, and Zamfara – one.

The NCDC which is responsible for the management of disease outbreaks in the country noted that 16 more fatalities were reported on Wednesday, raising the death toll from the disease to 1,939.

Nigeria has a total of 156,963 confirmed cases with 135,831 cases discharged and 19,212 active cases out of the 1,544,008 samples tested so far as of 9am on March 4, 2021.

Nigeria Records 464 New COVID-19 Cases, 16 More Deaths

A file photo of a healthcare worker holding a COVID-19 test kit. TARSO SARRAF / AFP

 

Nigeria has continued to witness new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) below the 500 mark for the sixth consecutive day as the death toll inches towards 2,000.

This comes as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 464 new infections were confirmed in various parts of the country on Wednesday.

In an early-morning tweet on Thursday, the NCDC which is responsible for the management of disease outbreaks in Nigeria noted that the new cases were recorded in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Of the states, Lagos was the only place where cases above the 100 mark were reported – 131, followed by Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, and Imo where 69, 33, and 31 more infections were reported.

Other states were Katsina – 30, Kano – 26, Ondo – 23, Yobe – 20, FCT – 18, Ogun – 13, Rivers – 12, Kebbi – 11, Ekiti – nine, Osun – six, Oyo – six, Borno – five, Gombe – five, Plateau – five, Edo – four. Abia – three, Delta – three, and Zamfara – one.

According to the health agency, the country recorded 16 more fatalities on Wednesday, raising the death toll from the disease to 1,939.

On the other hand, the nation’s discharged figure has continued to increase following the recovery of 1,280 more patients.

Data from the NCDC revealed that Nigeria has confirmed a total of 156,963 cases with 135,831 cases discharged across the 36 states and the FCT.

As of 9am on March 4, 2021, the country has tested 1,544,008 samples while 19,212 cases are active.

See the breakdown of cases according to states below:

States AffectedNo. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)No. of Cases (on admission)No. DischargedNo. of Deaths
Lagos56,1321,68854,034410
FCT19,2927,22411,919149
Plateau8,9161068,75357
Kaduna8,6001638,37463
Oyo6,7528745,764114
Rivers6,5562276,23495
Edo4,6112854,151175
Ogun4,4116013,76347
Kano3,7901703,516104
Ondo3,0068692,08057
Kwara2,9315792,30151
Delta2,5827731,74465
Osun2,4393062,08251
Nasarawa2,2371,85137313
Enugu2,0781841,86529
Katsina2,06012,02534
Gombe2,056611,95243
Ebonyi1,8813031,54731
Anambra1,7261161,59119
Akwa Ibom1,55258395514
Abia1,533241,48821
Imo1,528931,40728
Borno1,2971951,06438
Bauchi1,232191,19617
Benue1,18857559122
Niger91748341717
Ekiti8139470910
Taraba8139469722
Bayelsa7722572126
Sokoto769174028
Adamawa76247026428
Jigawa4965642911
Kebbi3885132314
Cross River3344327417
Yobe288282519
Zamfara220-32158
Kogi5032

Insecurity: We Expect Military To Take The Fight To Insurgents, Bandits – Lawan

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A file photo showing the boots of military personnel.

 

“We expect our Armed Forces to take the fight to the insurgents and bandits,” the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said.

He made the remark on Tuesday shortly after lawmakers in the Senate confirmed the service chiefs during plenary in the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

The Senate had confirmed Major General Lucky Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff, and Major General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff.

Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo and Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao were also confirmed as the Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of Air Staff respectively.

Presiding over the plenary, the Senate President commended the new appointees, saying there were so many calls for the replacement of the former service chiefs and the President had done that.

He thanked the former service chiefs for doing their best and advised their successors that Nigerians expected so much from them.

Senator Lawan called for inter-agency and cooperation among the security agencies and asked the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Air Force to take the lead in the fight against crime.

“We are in a very serious situation. The security situation must be improved, and the buck is now going to stop on their table as far as operations are concerned.

“We in the Senate will continue to support our Armed Forces in whatever way is possible. With this, I wish them all the success and we promise them and indeed Nigerians that we will support them in whatever way that its possible,” he said.

 

Up To The Task?

The confirmation of the service chief’s appointments followed the report of the Senate committee presented to the lawmakers by Senator Aliyu Wamakko.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, presides over a plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja on March 2, 2021.

 

Senator Barau Jibrin, in his contribution, believes going by the resumes of the service chiefs, they were highly capable and up to the task they were nominated for.

On his part, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege commended Senator Wamakko and his committee for a very thorough and terrific job.

He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari took his time to seek out the very best in the Armed Forces.

“The intellect and exploit of these nominees are very well documented in this report. The nominee for Chief of Defence Staff is a friend I have known for so many years and I can personally attest and corroborate Wammako’s confirmation as a competent and patriotic person.

“Major General Ibrahim Attahiru is also someone I have known for a very long time. I have no doubt that President Muhammadu Buhari has selected the very best men to pilot the military affairs. I wholeheartedly support these nominations,” the lawmaker told his colleagues.

AITEO vs Shell: Court Fixes March 9 For Ruling

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has fixed March 9 to rule on whether to discharge the interim ex-parte order it granted freezing the bank accounts of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in 20 commercial banks.

On the same day, the court will also rule on whether it has the jurisdiction to even entertain the suit and another seeking to commit to prison the banks and its officials who were said to have disobeyed the interim ex-parte order.

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo had granted the order at the instance of AITEO Eastern E&P Company Ltd. who is seeking to recover the cash value of “more than 16 million barrels of crude oil” allegedly diverted by Shell.

At Tuesday’s proceedings, the judge listened to arguments from lawyers to AITEO Eastern E&P Company Ltd., SPDC, the banks, and lawyer to four Shell subsidiaries all involved in the matter.

Arguing the application for committal, counsel to Aiteo Eastern E&P, Kemi Pinheiro, said that it was “necessary that the named persons in committal proceedings (the bank officials) be present in court” because the proceedings “attached to their person”.

He said the alleged contemnors had been served with the court processes but had not filed a response.

AITEO had specifically said two banks and their officials disobeyed the courts interim ex-parte order.

The banks and its officials were listed as Citi Bank Ltd., its Company Secretary Sola Fagbure, and Chief Financial Officer, Sharaf Mohammed, as well as United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, its Company Secretary, Bill Odum, and Chief Financial Officer, Ebenezer Kolawole.

In opposing the application, counsel to the banks, Olawale Akoni, acknowledged that they were served with the court papers on February 24 and 25, but said they were still within the time limit to file a response.

He indicated that the banks intended to challenge the competence and validity of AITEO’s application.

The lawyer also asked the court to make an order vacating the ex-parte order freezing the accounts because according to him, it lapsed 14 days after it was made.

Adewale Atake, who represented Shell, aligned himself with Akoni’s argument on vacating the ex-parte order.

Chukwuka Ikwuazom, also who represented the Shell subsidiaries, made a similar submission and drew the court’s attention to a pending application before the court challenging its jurisdiction to hear the matter.

He asked the judge to declare that the ex-parte order was spent.

Pinheiro, however, countered by arguing among others that the court made the order to last pending the hearing of the motion and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction filed before it by AITEO.

He described the defendants’ arguments as “premature, unfair, and time-wasting.”

In her response, Justice Oguntoyinbo held, “The avalanche of submissions cannot be wished away. The court owes all parties the duty of careful consideration of all authorities cited.”

She adjourned till next Tuesday for the ruling.

In the case, AITEO Eastern E&P Company Ltd. is the plaintiff/applicants while SPDC Ltd. is the first defendant.

The subsidiaries Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Shell Western Supply and Trading Ltd., Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd., and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd. are listed as second, third, fourth, and fifth defendants.

On January 25, Justice Oguntoyinbo directed the banks to “ring-fence any cash, bonds, deposits, all forms of negotiable instruments to the value of $2.7 billion and pay all standing credits to the Shell companies up to the value into an interest yielding account in the name of the Chief Registrar of the court.”

The Chief Registrar was to “hold the funds in trust,” pending the hearing of the motion and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction filed before the court by AITEO.

This followed an application by AITEO Eastern E&P, in its bid to recover the cash value of its “more than 16 million barrels of crude oil” allegedly diverted by Shell.

The defendants subsequently filed an application seeking to discharge the order while AITEO initiated committal proceedings against two banks and their officials for allegedly “interfering, obstructing and/or frustrating compliance with the interim Mareva orders”.

On Thursday last week, the judge adjourned to consider whether to first entertain a motion challenging its jurisdiction or to consider contempt proceedings.

Money Recovered By Maina Was Used To Fund 2012 Budget, Witness Tells Court

A file photo of Abdulrasheed Maina.

 

The trial of former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdurasheed Maina, continued on Tuesday at the Federal High Court Sitting in Abuja.

During the proceedings presided over by Justice Okon Abang, a defence witness, Ngozika Ihuoma, continued his testimony which was in favour of the defendant.

He told the court that Maina recovered N282 billion in cash and 222 choice properties valued at N1.6 trillion.

Ihuoma explained that the said money was warehoused at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

He disclosed that out of the money, N74 billion was used to finance the 2012 national budget, as passed by the then National Assembly.

The witness also told the court that a presidential directive was issued by former President Goodluck Johnathan that 2.5 per cent which amounted to N7.05 billion of the recovered money be used to run the PRTT’s official duties.

He, however, stated that the fund was never released despite several requests and reminders to the Ministry of Finance and the National Assembly.

After listening to the testimony of the witness, Justice Abang adjourned the case until March 4 for the continuation of the trial.

Maina is being prosecuted by the EFCC on charges of money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.

Mass Resignation In Army: Lawmakers Seek Improved Welfare For Soldiers

A file photo of a soldier sitting on a military truck in the Mpape area of Abuja on December 28, 2019. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The House of Representatives has called for improved welfare for troops and effective delivery of welfare packages across the ranks.

This was the position of the lawmakers during plenary on Tuesday at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

They made the call following the consideration of the findings and recommendations of a report of the House Committee on Army.

A total of 356 troops of the Nigerian Army were reported to have resigned from the service in July 2020, a development that sparked controversy from various quarters.

The soldiers were said to have tendered their resignations at the time because they had lost interest in the job due to poor welfare and claims that the army was not well equipped to battle insurgents.

This caught the attention of the lawmakers who deliberated on the matter and mandated the House Committee on Army to carry out a thorough investigation on July 14, 2020.

Seven months after the directive, the committee submitted its report after concluding its investigation into the mass resignation of the soldiers.

 

The Way To Go

While presenting the report of the committee, the Chairman of the committee, Abdulrazak Namdas, stated that it was not new for such resignations to happen as it occurred almost annually in the military.

He explained that the recommendations of the report were based on the fact that the soldiers that resigned were mostly citing poor welfare as being the main reason for wanting to leave the service of the army.

A file photo of some members of the House of Representatives during plenary. Photo: Twitter- @HouseNGR

 

The lawmaker stressed the need for the Nigerian government to ensure military personnel were well motivated to defend the nation’s territory and overcome security threats – home or abroad.

Part of the recommendations of the report read, “That the Nigerian Army should improve on the welfare of its personnel, especially those in battlefields or other combat operations to further make the soldiers more committed to their jobs and to the nation at large.

“That there should be effective monitoring or follow up in the delivery of the welfare packages in all the army formations to ensure that they reach out to all the beneficiaries (the soldiers) in a fair and equitable manner.

“That the army should continuously embark on orientation of soldiers – both old and new – about the reality of their jobs and the need to be committed to their country. This will reduce the number of soldiers leaving the army due to loss of interest.”

According to the report, the number of disengagements is far lower than the enlistment in the army in the last five years.

It stated that about 6,752 personnel were disengaged and 25,655 were enlisted, adding that not all the soldiers who voluntarily resigned were actively involved in combat operations.

NLC Threaten To Protest At NASS, State Assemblies Over Minimum Wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress picketed the headquarters of the Corporate Affairs Commission in Abuja on February 24, 2021. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
A file photo of NLC members during a protest in Abuja on February 24, 2021. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday directed its members across the country to occupy legislative houses from Wednesday next week.

These include the National Assembly in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as well as the Houses of Assembly in various states of the Federation.

According to the labour body, the directive is to protest against a bill seeking to take the national minimum wage from the exclusive list and allow state governments to fix minimum wages for workers.

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The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, made the announcement at a news conference in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He noted that the bill if allowed to be passed into law, would enable authorities in the states to enslave their workers.

Wabba explained that the directive was part of the resolutions reached at an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council of the NLC.

He said, “The NEC decided that should the need arise; it has empowered the National Administration Council of the NLC to declare and enforce a national strike action, especially if the legislators continue on the ruinous path of moving the National Minimum Wage from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List.”

“The NEC warned that should the current artificial scarcity persist, that the various leadership structures of the NLC should picket petrol stations found to be inflicting pains on Nigerians,” the NLC president added.

Read the communique issued at the end of the labour union’s NEC meeting below:

Six People Killed In Fresh Kaduna Village Attacks

A file photo of a gun seized from crime suspects in Nigeria.

 

Six persons have been killed by bandits during fresh village attacks in Igabi and Kauru Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kaduna State.

This latest killing took place barely 24 hours after attacks by bandits in Zango Kataf and Chikun LGAs left 10 people dead.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the attacks in a statement on Tuesday.

He explained that the armed bandits barricaded the Birnin Yero-Tami Road in Igabi LGA where one Hussaini Dari was killed and another resident, Dahiru Saidu, was injured.

Aruwan noted that the bandits also attacked Gwada village in the same local government and killed two persons – Yahuza Sale and Garba Sule.

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

In another incident, he revealed that two residents – Mohammed Suleiman and Yahuza Sale – were killed by bandits during an attack on Ungwan Kure.

The bandits also stormed Amawan Dadi and Rugan Jauru settlements in Kauru LGA where they killed one resident.

However, security agencies in Kaduna said several bandits were neutralised by troops during an operation in some communities in Giwa LGA.

According to them, security operatives spotted the bandits with herds of cattle at Yadi village and engaged them in a gun battle, a development that led to the killing of a number of the bandits.

10 Villagers Killed

On Monday, Aruwan gave a breakdown of the 10 people killed during the previous attacks on three villages in Zango Kataf and Chikun LGAs.

He noted that the bandits attacked Kurmin Gandu village in Zango Kataf LGA where five people were killed.

The bandits were also said to have set ablaze 10 houses, two motorcycles, and 50 bags of ginger, while some dry season farmers around the Zango Urban general area lost water pumping machines and other valuables to the attack.

Similarly, the armed men attacked Sabon Gayan and Ungwan Turai villages in Chikun LGA and killed five villagers.

Following the attack, troops of Operation Thunder Strike were deployed to identified criminal hideouts in the Sabon Gayan area in reaction to reports that several bandits who sustained bullet wounds were taking refuge there.

Nigerian Govt Launches Strategy For Effective COVID-19 Vaccination

 

 

Ahead of the receipt of the first batch of the COVAX vaccines, the Federal Government is rolling out a special COVID-19 vaccination strategy.

Launching the strategy codenamed ‘T.E.A.C.H’ at an event in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, explained that it would help the government to track the vaccination process across the country.

According to him, the strategy also hopes to enable the government to have a rich electronic database of all eligible citizens for vaccination.

The minister explained that vaccination with the safe and effective vaccine was a critical part of Nigeria’s strategy to counter the COVID-19 pandemic and stop transmission of the virus.

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Workers unload a shipment of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine bearing Covax stickers from a plane at Felix Houphouet Boigny airport of Abidjan on February 26, 2021. SIA KAMBOU / AFP
Workers unload a shipment of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine bearing Covax stickers from a plane at Felix Houphouet Boigny airport of Abidjan on February 26, 2021. SIA KAMBOU / AFP

 

“We in Nigeria finally have the privilege to join other countries in kick-starting the immunisation programme which will prioritise first those people most at risk of infection due to their exposure in the line of duty, as determined by available epidemiology data,” he was quoted as saying in a tweet by the Federal Ministry of Health.

 

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and others at the launch of the COVID-19 vaccination strategy in Abuja on March 1, 2021. Photo: [email protected]

 

Ehanire added, “In less than 24 hours, the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines will arrive in the COVAX facility and will be deployed to vaccinate first our critical frontline healthcare workers who are providing essential care, especially for severe COVID-19 patients.”

“I urge all eligible Nigerians to take the COVID-19 vaccination when it is their turn. This is the only way we can achieve herd immunity to stop the community transmission of this deadly virus.”

He described T.E.A.C.H as an acronym for a five-point strategy developed by the vaccination implementation arm of the Ministry of Health and National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) out of the many years of vaccination implementation experience in Nigeria.

The minister commended the NPHCDA under the leadership of Dr Faisal Shuaib and his hardworking team whom he said developed a home-grown strategy to deliver the vaccine.

“I thank all partners who have been working hard with NPHCDA under the auspices of NPHCDA COVID-19 Technical Working Group and also the COVID-19 vaccines coordinating committee,” he said.

In his remark, Dr Shuaib explained that the strategy was guided by an in-house vaccination experience, as well as those of other countries that have already rolled out COVID-19 vaccines.

The Country Representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Walter Mulombo, was also at the event.

He warned against any form of complacency regarding other interventions, saying Nigeria needed a combination of vaccines and such strategies to attain the needed immunity.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had announced that Nigeria would soon receive the first tranche of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said last Saturday that the first shipment of 3,924,000 million doses of vaccines would be coming from COVAX, a World Health Organisation (WHO)-backed initiative set up to procure and ensure equitable distribution of vaccines for free among countries across the world.

He had hinted that the vaccines would depart India on Monday and arrive in Abuja on March 2, 2021.

Lagos East: Court Dismisses PDP’s Case Against Senator Abiru

A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed a suit seeking to disqualify Senator Adetokunbo Abiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from continuing to represent Lagos East senatorial district in the National Assembly.

Justice Chuka Obiozor dismissed the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a five-hour judgment delivered on Monday.

He upheld the argument canvassed by Abiru’s lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Kemi Pinheiro, that the PDP’s case was statute-barred.

The judge also disagreed with the PDP’s argument made through its counsel and SAN, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cannot transfer a voter’s registration details.

Abiru, who has since been sworn into office, won the last senatorial bye-election conducted by INEC on December 5, 2020, by a landslide.

He polled 89,204 votes to defeat the candidate of the PDP in the election, Ademola Gbadamosi, who scored 11,257 votes.

The lawmaker’s victory in court comes a week after the National Assembly and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ikeja struck out a suit challenging his election.

Justice Bassey Ikpeme who chaired a three-man panel of judges on Tuesday last week had struck out the petition filed by the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM) and its candidate, Olusola Babatope, following an application to withdraw their petition.

The other two members of the panel were Justice Mohammed Abubakar and Justice M.M. Odanya.

Apart from the third defendant – Abiru, the APC and INEC were listed as the first and second respondents in the petition.

Why Buhari, Others Will Receive COVID-19 Vaccine ‘In The Open’ – Minister

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and others are to receive the COVID-19 vaccine dose “in the open”.

This is according to the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, who explained the rationale behind the decision.

Although he did not give a specific time as to when President Buhari would be vaccinated, he answered affirmatively when specifically asked if the vaccine would be administered to the President and others publicly.

“Why not? Because we want to let the people know that this vaccine is safe, that is why we will do it in the open because we need to generate that confidence and build trust in the people,” Mamora said on Monday while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

He explained, “Even in a war situation, you will want to protect as much as possible the strategic leaders of the country. Of course, Mr President, the governors…  that’s what we refer to as strategic leadership.”

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(FILE) President Muhammadu Buhari at a meeting with members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and others in Abuja on December 22, 2020.

 

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had hinted on Saturday that Nigeria would soon receive the first tranche of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 2, 2021.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), disclosed that the first shipment of 3,924,000 million doses of vaccines would be coming from COVAX, a World Health Organisation (WHO)-backed initiative set up to procure and ensure equitable distribution of vaccines for free among countries across the world.

Less than 24 hours to the delivery of the vaccines, Mamora explained that the vaccine would be administered in the order of priority.

The first set of people to be considered, according to him, include the frontline health workers, the elderly, and strategic leaders in the country.


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Despite receiving the vaccine elsewhere, he insisted that incoming travellers would be made to observe the existing protocols to curb the spread of the disease.

The minister said, “The protocol is there already which is the need to produce evidence of having taken the PCR test within the stipulated time limit which is about 72 hours before boarding, and then even when they come into the country, they will go into isolation and on the seventh day, they will still be required to do the PCR test.

“It doesn’t matter (if they have been vaccinated) because having been vaccinated does not absolutely say that you cannot get the infection, what the vaccine guarantees is that if you get the infection, you are not likely to succumb.”