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Nwaogwugwu Vs DSS: Court Adjourns Suit June 22

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The N50 million suit at the Federal High Court, Owerri filed by Comrade Ambrose Nwaogwugwu, the Director-General, Imo PDP New Media, against the Department of State Security (DSS), for illegally and unlawfully arresting and detaining him, was adjourned to Monday, June 22, 2020.

The adjournment was granted after Counsel for the DSS, pleaded for a short time of five working days to go through the motions and prayers of the suit, which they stated they could not do, following the public holiday of Friday, June 12, 2020, and the weekend that followed it before the coming up of the matter on Monday, June 15, 2020.

The team of legal Counsel for Comrade Ambrose Nwaogwugwu, led by Chief Mike Ahamba, SAN argued that the DSS was served the notice of the suit over one week ago and saw no reason for the request for a short time. They also expressed disappointment and displeasure that the DSS failed to produce Comrade Ambrose Nwaogwugwu in Court.

A large number of members and supporters of Imo PDP, with family and friends of Nwaogwugwu, thronged the Court. They were adorned black vests with the inscription of “Free Ambrose Nwaogwugwu” and the face of the detained Imo PDP officer.

After the adjournment of the matter, the Chairman, Imo PDP, Sir Martin Ejiogu, addressed the people at the Court premises, informing them about the reasons adjournment and urging them to remain calm and law-abiding. He assured them that very soon, Ambrose will be released on bail. The Imo PDP Chairman thanked them for expressing massive solidarity for the party and appealed to them to continue supporting Imo PDP and Ambrose Nwaogwugwu, by attending the next sitting of the Court on June 22.

Comrade Ambrose Nwaogwugwu was arrested by the DSS at their offices in Owerri on May 28, 2020, and he has remained in detention since then.

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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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