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Benue Shuts Down Schools Over Coronavirus

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In a bid to prevent the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, Benue State government on Thursday announced that it had ordered shutdown of public and private schools in the state from March 27 until further notice.

The measure by the state government is coming on the heels of similar shutdown of schools by Lagos, Anambra and all states in North West zone of the country over the virus.

The move came after Nigeria confirmed five new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, raising the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 8.

“Yes, the shutdown is from the 27th of this month, all schools, both private and public primary and secondary schools will shut down. The measure is because of the coronavirus.”

Asked whether the measure also applies to tertiary institutions, Sulvier Agida, a senior officer in the ministry of education said “tertiary institutions are already on strike, so if they were not on strike, they would have been included.”

She further disclosed that the government had taken measures to contain the disease in the event of an outbreak.

“Two weeks ago, the state government voted ten million naira for the purchase of equipment and got a place it is furnishing in case of any emergency,” she said.

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Mohammed Umar Named Acting EFCC Chairman

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Mohammed Umar, director of operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been named acting chairman of the agency.

According to NAN, a top official of the commission confirmed that Umar has taken charge of the agency in the absence of Ibrahim Magu.

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Ibrahim Magu Moves His Belongings Out Of Official Residence

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The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has moved his personal belongings out of official residence in Maitama.

Credible sources have confirmed to TVC News that security agencies in two vehicles visited his personal residence in Karu and may have been looking for incriminating documents.

It is not clear if they have visited his official residence in maitama, but TVC News reports that Mr Magu has removed his personal effects from the Maitama house

The seven-man panel has concluded its sitting today with a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Kanu Agabi representing Mr Ibrahim Magu.

It is still unclear why Mr Magu is being held and has not returned to his personal or official residence.

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BREAKING: Ondo Assembly Suspends Deputy Speaker, One Lawmaker

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The Deputy Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Iroju Ogundeji has been suspended.

Ogundeji was suspended alongside another member of the House, Hon. Adewale Williams.

The two lawmakers were suspended by the leadership of the House on Wednesday during plenary for unruly behaviour.

The affected lawmakers were among the nine lawmakers who did not sign the impeachment notice against the embattled Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi.

Recall that the Political fireworks began on Monday in Ondo as lawmakers in the House of Assembly commenced impeachment processes against the Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi.

A total of 14 lawmakers supported the impeachment, nine lawmakers kicked against the impeachment while three lawmakers stayed away from the drama.

The deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi was said to be served a notice of impeachment.

In the impeachment notice signed by the 14 lawmakers, they accused Ajayi of gross misconduct, abuse of office with action likely to bring down Ondo state government, financial recklessness, abandonment of office, official duties and other assignments, carrying out actions on Sunday 2st 2020, likely to cause breach of peace in reference to 1983 political crisis with the intent to incite the citizens against the government of Ondo state and endorsing publications dated Tuesday 23rd June 2020 maligning the credibility of the legislative arm of government of cash inducement.

The lawmakers also said there was a petition from the Ondo chapter of the APC on Ajayi’s defection to the PDP, having sworn in as the deputy governor on the party’s ticket with Mr. Governor for a four year term.

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