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EFCC FREEZES FAYOSE’S PERSONAL ACCOUNT
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen the personal account of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state. A source was also said to have disclosed that the governor’s account in Zenith bank in Ekiti as well as those of some of his associates were also frozen by the anti-graft agency.
Fayose described the action as illegal and stated that the federal government should fight corruption within the ambit of the law. The governor therefore urged president Buhari not to see himself as a saint, alleging that his wife, Aisha’s alleged involvement in Jefferson’s Halliburton scandal in United States under ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration has not been forgotten.

 

OSAGIE IZE-IYAMU WINS PDP GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE ELECTION
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has declared Osagie Ize-Iyamu winner of its just concluded Edo state governorship primary election. Iyamu won the election by a total of 584 votes to emerge winner, beating his closest rival, Matthew Iduoriykemwem who scored 91 votes to come a distant second.
The primary election to decide the PDP’s contender in September 10 poll was held on Monday at the lawn tennis court of the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium. Statutory delegates commenced the exercise after which others took their turns. Governor Umehi of Ebonyi state gave words of assurance to the aspirants, delegates as well as other members of the PDP that the whole process would be credible, free and fair.

 

4 STATES AFFECTED AS NATIONAL GRID COLLAPSES
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) has notified its customers of an impending blackout because of the collapse of the national grid. PHED is the power distribution company responsible for Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River and Awka Ibom States, all in South-South region.
In a statement released to the media, the head of corporate communications of PHED, Jonah Iboma revealed that the distribution company is now receiving zero power from the national grid. According to Iboma, the implications of the collapse is that most cities in the four States will be in total blackout. He, however, assured PHED customers that the company will source for power from other alternative sources.

 

BUHARI APPEARS HALE AND FIT AFTER RETURNING FROM MEDICAL TRIP
The president, Muhammadu Buhari resumed office on Monday, June 20 and received the vice president, professor Yemi Osinbajo. The vice president had duly presided over the Federal Executive Council meeting twice in the absence of Buhari.
Initially the trip was planned as a 10-day vacation, however, the duration of Buhari’s stay was unexpectedly prolonged after his personal physician advised him to seek foreign doctors as a precaution. While in London, President Buhari was visited by Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress.

 

FIGHT BREAKS OUT BETWEEN IJAWS AND VIGILANTE GROUP IN IKORODU
Violence broke out between suspected Ijaw residents in the area and vigilante members at Agbede, Ikorodu area of Lagos State. While the cause of the clash is yet to be known, it was confirmed that the Lagos State commissioner of Police dispatched a team of Police officers to the area.
Efforts to reach the Lagos State police public relations officer failed as calls placed to her telephone could not connect. It was recalled that the militants recently invaded a community in Ogun state and caused mayhem along the Lagos-Ibadan express way, killing 15 persons. The police said the militants came from the Nigerian Delta region.

 

GOODLUCK JONATHAN’S FORMER AIDE GRANTED BAIL
Dr. Waripamowei Dudafa, who was the former special assistant to Goodluck Jonathan has finally been granted bail by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos after months in custody. He was granted bail on Monday, June 20. His case is expected to begin on July 5.
The former presidential aide was apprehended by security operatives at the Murtala Mohammed international airport. According to a source, Dudafa has been on the EFCC’s wanted list for his alleged involvement in the sharing of N10 billion to delegates during the December 2014 presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party.

 

SENATE SUMMONS AMAECHI, SIRIKA
Nigeria’s minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Monday, June 20,appeared before the Senate over the utilization of N500 billion allegedly released to the aviation sector. The Senate commenced an investigation into the use of the fund released by the federal government for both aviation and power sectors.
Speaking during the hearing, Amaechi said his ministry does not know anything about $40 million neither about the N86.6 billion, adding that they do not know how the funds were generated and disbursed. Hadi Sirika, the Minister of State for aviation, informed that the funds were apparently wrongly used and diverted by beneficiaries.

 

BUHARI SUSPENDS TENURESHIP IN FEDERAL SERVICE
President Buhari has suspended tenureship in federal civil service. The office of the head of civil service of the Federation in a statement released on June 20, said that the suspension has immediate effect. The decision became the first after president Buhari returned from his medical trip .

 

BUHARI HOSTS IGP ARASE, BREAKS RAMADAN FAST
President Muhammadu Buhari hosted the outgoing Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase to a dinner at the Aso Rock presidential villa, yesterday. President Buhari said it has also provided an opportunity for him to host the outgoing Inspector General of Police for dinner. The president thanked the outgoing IGP for a job well done.
Arase who was appointed IG by ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, will attain the mandatory requirements after serving for 35 years. The president presented a gift to the outgoing Inspector general of Police Solomon Arase.

 

WORKERS SHUT DOWN MINISTRY OF FINANCE
The headquarters of the Federal ministry of finance was shut down by civil servants due to what they considered as poor welfare since Mrs. Kemi Adeosun assumed office. The civil servants in an act of protest shut down the ministry in Abuja, yesterday.
The workers numbering about 100 expressed disappointment over the non-payment of their entitlement, and that unless their demands are met, they will continue to protest.

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