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Ekweremadu Emerges Leader Of South-East Caucus

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Ex-Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, is now the leader of the South East caucus in the Senate, it was learnt Wednesday.

Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, disclosed this during Plenary on Wednesday.

Abaribe who came via a point of Order, said Ekweremadu was unanimously elected in an election that was very peaceful.

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Place Magu On Watch-List So He Won’t Run Away —⁠ Fayose Alerts DSS, Army, Others

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The immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has reacted to the suspension of Ibrahim Magu as the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Magu as EFCC Acting Chairman. The suspension is coming at a time Magu is facing a presidential panel since Monday over allegations of corruption.

Moments after the news of Magu’s suspension broke, Fayose took to micro-blogging site, Twitter to demand that the suspended EFCC Acting Chairman must be placed on “Watch List” as the anti-graft agency placed him despite having immunity as a sitting governor.

The former Ekiti State Governor said Magu must be placed on watch-list so that he won’t run away, calling on the “EFCC, DSS, Customs, Police, Immigration, Army, Navy, Air Force” and others to be on the alert.

“Just as Magu directed that I be placed on “Watch-list” even when I had immunity as a sitting gov, Magu too must be placed on watch-list so that he won’t run away. EFCC, DSS, Customs, Police, Immigration, Army, Navy, Air Force, others, over to you. What goes around comes around,” Fayose tweeted.

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Reopen All Worship Centres, CAN Tells States

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President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, on Tuesday called on state governments yet to reopen worship centres to do so.

Ayokunle described the continuous lockdown order on places of worship by some states as unacceptable and unreasonable.

Some states like Lagos and Ogun are yet to reopens worship centres due to coronavirus pandemic.

A statement in Abuja by his Special Assistant, (Media and Communications), Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the CAN boss said: “The President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson ‘Supo Ayokunle, on behalf of the Association, has called on all State governments that are yet to reopen churches under their watches to do so now because the continued lockdown order on the places of worship is no longer acceptable and reasonably justified.

“Despite the directive given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 with regards to the re-opening of places of worship nationwide, some states like Lagos and Ogun are yet to allow worship places, especially churches, to be reopened. What sin have the places of worship committed?

“With the sudden emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at all levels, agreed with the government on the need to close down the places of worship, economy, schools and every other facet of life.

“But with the reopening of the economy, especially the markets (both organized and the unorganised markets) along with the plan to reopen airports and schools, the closure of churches anywhere in the country is no longer tenable and acceptable. In what way are the opened and road side markets more organized than the church which warranted their opening?

“Is it not our members in the places of worship that do go to markets and other sectors opened? Why are they allowed to go to markets and disallowed from going to places of worship? Is it because the marketers cannot contact the virus in the markets and airports?

“It is our opinion that while the government and other relevant stakeholders are working hard to get cure for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church too has a role to play by seeking for divine solutions as well”.

CAN appealed to the Lagos, Ogun and other state governments where churches are still under lockdown to: “relax it for God’s sake”.

Ayokunle said: “As much as we believe that COVID-19 deserves attention, it is our belief that the affected state governments would not turn a deaf ear to our quest but allow worship to return to places of worship”.

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Magu: Nobody Is Above Scrutiny — Presidency

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The presidency on Tuesday declared that the ongoing probe of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) is an affirmation that nobody under the present administration is above scrutiny.

The Presidency also said that anybody that has been elevated to the position of EFCC Chairman must be above suspicion.

A Presidency source said that the interrogation of the anti-graft boss is to give him the opportunity to clear himself of weighty allegations.

The source maintained that the investigation of the EFCC boss was to reinforce the Buhari administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

It assured that the administration will not prejudge anyone as it could be counted on to uphold justice and fairness.

The source said, “The panel investigating allegations against Ag. EFCC Chairman had been sitting for some weeks now.

“In consonance with the principle of fairness and justice, it was needful that the Ag. Chairman be given the opportunity to respond to the allegations, which are weighty in nature.

“Under the Muhammadu Buhari administration, nobody is above scrutiny. Repeat: nobody.

“The investigation is to reinforce transparency and accountability, rather than to vitiate it.

“Accountability for our actions or inactions is an inalienable part of democracy.

“In such elevated position as that of EFCC Chairman, the holder of the position must be above suspicion.

“There’s no prejudgment. Absolutely none. The Buhari administration can be counted on to uphold fairness and justice at all times.”

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