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2018 Suspended ALGON Storms Fed. High Court Wednesday For Judgment

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The 2018 suspended Local Government chairmen and their Councilors would know fate Wednesday, July 1st as Federal High Court situated in Owerri would be handing down the judgment on the protracted legal battle between the Local Government chairmen and Councillors elected under the regime of senator Rochas Okorocha and were suspended by the Ihedioha led administration.

This is even as the Twenty Seven Local government chairmen and their Councillors as gathered by Lead Newspapers would storm the Court premises on the said date to witness the court process as well as the judgment proper. Ihedioha led administration had few weeks after assumption of office in 2019, suspended for six months, the chairmen and councilors elected under the regime of his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha on the recommendation of the 9th Imo House of Assembly, chaired by Chiji Collins as the speaker.

The said suspension however was greeted with varying reactions.

While some condemned the action of Ihedioha on the grounds that such action had the capacity of making the state economy redundant the economy of the state particularly at the grassroots, others precisely, the politicians supported the action which according to them was a way of paying Rochas back on his on coin having abinitio, dissolved the chairmen and councilors elected under the administration of his predecessor, Ikedi Ohakim.

The said suspension nearly resulted in a bloodshed in the state when the embattled chairmen attempted to reoccupy their offices when the six months suspension elapsed but were not allowed to do so by security agencies on instructions of the then Governor Ihedioha even when justice Tanko issued a letter where he expressly informed the nation that Governors lack constitutional powers to sack elected chairmen and councilors in Nigeria.

At the last adjourned date, the counsel to the plaintiff’s Bar, during his submission informed the court that he came to expose the court on the avalanche of judgments of the courts which forbid Governors from sacking or suspending the elected chairmen and councilors.

After arguments and counter-arguments, the court adjourned for judgment on Wednesday first.

This struggle took another dimension when Governor Uzodinma came on board as the new Governor of Imo State under the platform of the APC.

The leadership of the group thinking that as APC Government, Uzodinma would reinstate them got disappointed when the Governor appointed Interim Management Committee Chairmen in the Twenty Seven Local Governments of Imo to oversee the affairs of the LGAs pending the council election which date is yet to be fixed.

Speaking with the Lead, the 2018 ALGON chairman and Ideato South Local Government chairman, Emeka Osuorji charged his colleagues to remain law-abiding while the court decides their fate

According to the chairman who expressed confidence in the judiciary as the last hope of the common man, he called on the Governor to play the role of a father pointing out that it may not be in the best interest of the party, for Apc fighting APC, he admonished.

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FCMB demotes Adam Nuru, appoints Yemisi Edun as acting Managing Director

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The First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has announced the appointment of Yemisi Edun as its acting managing director.

Edun takes over the running of the bank from the Managing Director, Adam Nuru, who on Tuesday, January 5, proceeded on leave amid allegations of marital infidelity involving him and former staff of the bank, Moyo Thomas. There are allegations that Moyo’s estranged husband, Tunde Thomas, 45, died on December 16, 2020, from a heart attack after battling with depression upon discovering that the two children from their marriage were allegedly fathered by Mr Nuru.

A statement from the bank announcing Edun’s appointment reads in part

“In line with normal corporate practice, Mrs Yemisi Edun is acting as the managing director of FCMB in the interim period while Mr Adam Nuru is on leave, and the Board conducts its review of the allegations.

She has not been appointed as the substantive Managing Director. As and when the Board completes its review of the allegations, we will provide an update.”

Edun has hitherto been the bank’s executive director, finance.

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Teacher fakes her own kidnap in Kwara to extort N250, 000 from her father

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The police in Kwara state have arrested a 24-year-old teacher, Medinat Ibrahim,  for allegedly faking her own kidnap just to extort N250, 000 from her father.

Medinat, who was paraded alongside two other suspects identified as Amudalat Wahab (30) and Hammed Lekan (28) said she committed the crime to raise money to settle a debt which accrued from the monthly contribution at the private school where she serves as a teacher.

She alleged she was maltreated by her stepmother who also caused friction between her and her father, adding that she decided to fake her own kidnap to get money to offset debts she incurred during COVID-19 lockdown.

I teach in a private school where I was paid N15,000. We organised monthly contribution which I collected and invested in a business, but when COVID-19 broke out, our salary was stopped, I could no longer continue with the contribution.

“Those who were in the group continued to mount pressure on me to pay up my own contribution and there is nowhere that I could get the money. So I decided to go and hide in my sister’s place and I told someone to call my father on phone that I was kidnapped and demanded a ransom of N250,000 which was paid to my friend’s account.” she said

Parading her before newsmen, the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Bagega, said Medinat conspired with her elder sister, Amudalat Wahab, and one Hammed Lekan to arrange her kindap and they have both been arrested as well.

The CP said a bank account, belonging to one Hammed Lekan, was used to cash the N250,000.

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731 Batch B NYSC members test positive for COVID-19 – Presidential Task Force

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The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, says 731 members of Batch B National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) have tested positive for COVID19.

Mustapha disclosed this at the national briefing on COVID19 in Abuja on Tuesday, January 5.

According to Mustapha, the PTF had conducted the testing of batch B corps members using RDTs. Out of the 35,419 in Batch B, 731 tested positive compared to the 108 recorded in Batch A.

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“It is on record that cases were recorded from corps members from every state of the federation. There is also a rising rate of infections among healthcare workers and this calls for the escalation of surveillance.

In Africa, Nigeria has joined South Africa in reporting the highest daily infection cases.

As at date, the statistics for Nigeria shows the following: Cumulative cases: 91,351; Cumulative Tests: 958,911; Deaths: 1,318 and Week 53 recorded 57 deaths which is the highest for any single week since we started”

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