Breaking News in Nigeria this Afternoon, Tuesday 16th of June 2020
1. Germany donates €300,000 to the Nigerian Government again for the fight against Covid-19.
Reaffirming the German government’s commitment to development cooperation with Nigeria, the German Consul General to Nigeria, Dr Stefan Traumann, who handed the items to representatives of the Nigerian law enforcement and security agencies, said his country looks forward to stronger Germany-Nigeria cooperation, even more in these crucial times in the fight against COVID-19.
At the handing over ceremony, held at the German Consulate General in Lagos, June 15, 2020, Dr Traumann, said that the €300,000 worth items which consist of personal protective equipment and consumables are donated by the German Federal Foreign Office and are part of the country’s support in the fight against Covid-19 in Nigeria.
Representatives of the Nigerian law enforcement and security agencies received the items, such as hand sanitizers, disposable coveralls, sanitizing spray, face masks, and handheld digital infra-red temperature readers.
2. Don’t open Schools, Stadiums, Viewing Centers and other places now – Federal Government warns States.
The Federal Government on Monday warned state governments that were planning to re-open schools to drop the plan.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, gave the warning during the PTF press briefing in Abuja.
Mustapha said it was not yet safe to reopen schools, television viewing centres, stadiums and other places where large gatherings could take place.
He stated, “We have received reports that some states are contemplating the reopening of schools, television viewing centres, sports stadiums and other places where large gatherings could take place. The PTF re-emphasises that it is not yet safe to do so and that utmost caution should be exercised. The PTF guidelines should still be complied with while considering decision of this nature.”
3. Aisha Buhari’s Aide-de-camp, escort commander and cops has been released.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Monday, ordered the release of the security aides to the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, four days after they were taken into custody over a shooting incident at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The incident sparked concern that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, might be in danger.
But the Presidency assured in a statement that Buhari was never in danger at any time.
The cops, including Aisha’s Aide-de-Camp, CSP Usman Shugaba; the escort commander, DSP Sheriff Kazeem and four riot policemen, were detained last Friday.
They were directed to return for further interrogation today (Tuesday).
A senior officer confirmed the development to a correspondent of The Punch.
He said, “All the security aides attached to the First Lady have been released to enable them to go home and refresh. They were released on Monday, but they are expected to return for investigation on Tuesday.”
4. The Airline owner that flew Naira Marley to Abuja has said that they thought the passenger was Fashola.
Executive Jets Services Limited, an airline suspended by the Federal Government for flying Musician, Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley to Abuja to attend a concert, has written a letter of apology to the government over what it described as a “mix-up”.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had announced the suspension of the airline during a Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja on Monday.
Sirika said, “The person on that flight conducted a concert. We approved a flight, certainly not for a musician. The flight was approved to convey Honourable Justice Adefope Okogie from Lagos to Abuja and then back to Lagos for an official assignment.
However, in a letter dated June 15, 2020, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Sam Iwuajoku, said he gave the approval for the flight thinking the passenger was the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola.
5. E-learning cannot work in Nigeria – ASUU says.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has expressed reservation on the online learning occasioned by the closure of schools over the coronavirus pandemic, saying, it cannot work in the Universities.
Apart from the challenge of capacity requirement, the union premised its observation on the fact that ‘the quality in terms of content, in terms of presentation will be watered down.’
According to ASUU, online teaching required some special pedagogical skills and training of lecturers who would be involved and giving them re-orientation which takes time for them to attune their minds.
6. Senate queries Head of Security and Permanent Secretaries over MDA’s jobs scandals.
The Senate has demanded detailed written submissions from the Head of Service of the Federation, permanent secretaries and heads of federal ministries and agencies on the levels of their involvement in the job racketeering scandal going on under their watch.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, wrote the strongly-worded query to the various heads of the MDAs, through the HoS, which was dispatched to the accounting officers by the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.
The official communication was titled, ‘Petition against the permanent secretaries and directors of human resources and administration of various MDAs for a deliberate failure to document, engage and deploy qualified candidates to their various MDAs between 2016 to 2019.’
The letter alleged that the non-documentation and deployment of the affected successful candidates had led to fraud and gross mismanagement of appropriated funds annually.
7. Court Martial orders the dismissal of General Otiki with ‘disgrace and dishonor’, over missing funds.
The General Court Martial set up by the Nigerian Army to try the former General Officer Commanding 8 division, Sokoto, Maj. General Hakeem Otiki, has found him guilty on all five counts.
It ordered his dismissal from service “with disgrace and dishonour.”
The GMC headed by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Army, Lt. Gen. Lamidi Adeosun found Otiki guilty of disobedience to service orders, missing fund and theft of public property, among others.
It also demoted him to Brig. General with a severe reprimand.
The sentence which was delivered late yesterday night, was, however, subject to confirmation by the Army Council.
Adeosun also ordered that all monies totalling 135.8million Naira, $6,600 recovered by the Special Investigation Bureau be returned to the coffers of the Nigerian Army.
These are some of the breaking News in Nigeria this Afternoon, Tuesday 16th of June, 2020.