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Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Saturday morning

Nigerian newspapers

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The House of Representative Committee which is investigating alleged misappropriation of funds in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has summoned Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, to appear before it on Monday. This follows the appearance of the former Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Joi Nunieh, on Friday via Zoom.

2. A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has restrained the Nigeria Police and other Law enforcement agencies from arresting the former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Joi Nunieh. The court presided over by Justice S.E Thompson also granted an ex-parte order, restraining the NDDC and others from arresting Nunieh, pending the determination of the matter in court.

3. The Federal Government has provided some specific guidelines for reopening of schools in the country. The guidelines announced by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, on Friday cover four thematic areas. They include: staying home and learning safely before schools and learning facilities reopen; Reopening process; and conditions for safety when learning facilities are reopened.

4. The National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) has appointed Ojo Amos Olatunde as the Acting Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA), The Cable reports. The former clerk, Mohammed Sani-Omolori was removed for refusing to retire after 35 years in service. Omolori had argued via a press release, insisting his time was not up yet.

5. The Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, CP Joseph Mukan, has asked Governor Nyesom Wike to hand over the former Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Joi Nunieh to the police. CP Mukan dismissed the rumour that efforts were made to reach him, insisting that no one reached out to him in connection to Nunieh’s arrest. He said the Governor was wrong to have whisked Nunieh away without recourse to the Law.

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6. Former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mrs Joy Nunieh, on Friday accused the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, of hijacking the forensic audit of the NDDC ordered by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) Speaking when she appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC, Nunieh alleged that the minister breached various laws in a bid to hijack the forensic audit.

7. The Nigerian Air Force has revealed that it was investigating the death of its Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile, in a road accident. NAF also disclosed that two persons were being held in relation to the death of the officer who was alleged to have been hit by a reversed car driven by a classmate. The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the public would be updated on the outcome of the investigation.

8. The Lagos State Government has provided alternative routes for motorists to use, during the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge. In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, on Friday, the six-month exercise would target “fixing the worn out expansion joints on the structure of the bridge.” Oladeinde noted that ongoing repair works on the alternative routes were being rounded up in readiness for the partial closure which begins on Friday, July 24.

9. The Akwa Ibom Government has suspended Mr. Emmanuel Nicholas, a media aide to Gov. Udom Emmanuel, with immediate effect. Nicholas was suspended due to fraudulent allegations levelled against him. The suspension was announced in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, in Uyo on Friday. Ekuwem said that the Special Assistant to the governor on Media would remain suspended until investigations were completed by the security agencies to clear him of the allegations.

10. The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi has ordered the immediate and indefinite suspension of five of his Special Assistants on Markets for failure to guard traders in order to observe the COVID-19 safety protocols. The affected aides were suspended less than one month after they were appointed. The governor had visited the Margret Umahi Int’l Market Abakaliki where he discovered that the said aides were not on duty.

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