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Top 10 stories of Friday, July 7, 2017

1. NIGERIAN AIRFORCE HELICOPTER CRASHES IN BORNO 
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) disclosed on Thursday that one of its helicopters crashed into a pool of water in Maiduguri, Borno State. It was confirmed that no life was lost in the incident.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, constituted a panel of inquiry to find out the cause of the incident. A statement issued by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, said members of the board of inquiry are already in Maiduguri to carry out their assignment on the crash which occurred in the early hours of Thursday.
2. OSINBAJO DARES SENATE OVER MAGU’S REMOVAL
To the amazement of the Nigerian Senate, the Acting President had acknowledged the endeavours of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), stating that Magu is a nightmare for corrupt people in the country. 
The Acting President who was ably represented by the governor of Kaduna state in the commissioning of the EFCC zonal office in Kaduna, stated, “We have confidence in Magu to fight corruption to a standstill, he will remain the EFCC chairman as long as I remain the Acting President and as well as Muhammadu Buhari remains the president.”
3. PATIENCE JONATHAN SEEKS REPS INTERVENTION INTO HARASSMENT OF FAMILY
Wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan has alleged harassment of her family by security agencies. The former first lady is seeking for the intervention of the House of Representatives. Her petition was presented to the House by Gogo Bright, a lawmaker representing Okrika constituency.
Hon. Bright said as a result of the sacrifices made by her husband for the country, the House should look into the matter and call security agencies to order. The petition comes a day after an ad hoc committee of the House invited her husband to explain his role in the Malabu oil deal.
4. ADAMAWA UPGRADES 65 YEAR BATTERED GENERAL HOSPITAL
Adamawa state governor, Jibrila Bindow has announced the upgrading of the 65 year shabby Numan General Hospital to a better standard. The state’s executive council approved N162 million for restructuring the hospital and its environs.
Governor Jibrila Bindow who flagged-off the renovation of the general hospital said the gesture was in fulfilment of his campaign promises at the last electioneering campaign. In the same vein, the chairman of Numan Local Government, Rev. Arnold, acknowledged Bindow and pledged his people to continue supporting the governor so as to redeem all his political promises.
5. PEOPLE WOULD NOT BE ENGAGING IN NEEDLESS AGITATIONS IF THE COUNTRY WAS CORRUPT FREE – MAGU
Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, who was in Kaduna for the commissioning of the Kaduna zonal office of the agency has lamented that agitations for secession and the Boko Haram sect are all products of corruption.
The EFCC boss also said that Nigeria’s unity was one that could not be compromised and urged participants at the conference to step up public sensitization on the ills of corruption.
6. SENATE URGES FG TO DEPLOY CRITICAL SECURITY TO CHECK BREACHES IN UNIMAID
The Senate has raised alarm over the security situations of the University of Maiduguri. The Upper Legislative Chamber has directed security agencies to submit to it a comprehensive plan of action, that will include maintaining a security atmosphere in the university.
The Senate in the resolutions, which followed by a motion from Senator Kaka Garbai representing Borno central, asked the Minister of Education through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to mount security detectors in the university.
7. GOV. AMBODE ASSURES LAGOSIANS OF SAFETY OVER BADOO VIOLENCE
Governor Akinwumi Ambode has assured the citizens of Lagos state that the government is doing all in its power to ensure the state is safe. According to him, intelligence reports had it that some of the Baales are behind the kidnap cases and killings in the area.
Ambode charged Kabiyesis, traditional rulers and Baales to arrest the situation as quickly as possible and show that traditional values for which they were known for. Meanwhile, he stated that he is deeply concerned about the recent happenings in the state and promised a lasting solutions will be put in place.
8. COURT TEMPORARILY RESTRAINS INEC FROM RECALLING MELAYE
An Abuja High Court had on Thursday, July 6 issued an order temporarily stopping the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recalling the senator representing Kogi west, Dino Melaye.
Following the court’s order, Melaye took to his Twitter page where he termed Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state as a “loser”. According to the tweet ” thank you Jesus. Status quo should be maintained says Federal High Court Abuja on the fake recall case. Yahaya Bello is a loser”.
9. MAGU CAN BE REMOVED WHEN SARAKI BECOMES ACTING PRESIDENT – FALANA
Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) in a statement on Thursday has said the Senate should withdraw from all plans to remove the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu. He said the Senate can have its way when Senate President Bukola Saraki becomes the Acting President.
The Senior Advocate maintained that the acting chairman of the EFCC did not need the confirmation of the Senate. Femi Falana further stated that the implementation of the resolution of the Senate on the removal of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the acting chairman of the EFCC should be ignored by the presidency on account of its apparent illegality.

10. PROBE KASHAMU FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER – COURT TELLS POLICE
A Senator from Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu, has been ordered to present himself to the police for investigation into alleged murder attempt of a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Oladipupo Adebutu. The order was given by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday on a case involving Kashamu, who represents Ogun East senatorial district at the Senate and Adebutu, who represents Ikene/Shagamu/Remo North Federal Constituency, also of Ogun State.
In his judgment on the matter on Thursday, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba ruled that the senator must honour all invitations extended to him by the Special Investigating Panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police to investigate the allegations contained in Adebutu’s petition. He ruled out a situation in which the police would conduct the probe in houses of private citizens.

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