Senator Dino Melaye has said that the COVID-19 cases in Kogi state are real and authentic.
In a press statement issued on Saturday which copy was made available to our Correspondent in Lokoja, the former senator, who represented Kogi West senatorial district of the state, stated that “one of the cases is from Kabba and the victim is personally known to me.”
The statement read thus, “I want to announce that the COVID-19 case in Kogi is real and authentic and can not understand why any responsible government will want to deny and invariably kill her citizens.
“One of the cases is from Kabba and the victim is personally known to me. I can not be part of those who will play politics with the lives of my people.
“COVID-19 is real but not a death sentence if handled early enough. Family members of the Kabba victim who got referral to Abuja from Federal Medical Center in Lokoja and all those who had contact with him should please surrender themselves for test so as to curtail the spread.
“Kogi State government must come down from her imaginary high horse and start contact tracing to help curtail the spread.
“It is illogical to think we will be free with our proximity to affected states. God will hear our cry and heal our land.”
However, the Ejibunu family has confirmed that the Chief Imam of Kabba, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Ejibunu, was down with flu some few days back and he had to be hospitalised at the Specialist Hospital in Kabba.
According to Obatebise of Oweland, Chief Tai Ejibunu, who spoke on behalf of Ejibunu Family, he said medical attention was sought at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Lokoja as the flu did not abate after some days.
His words: “At the FMC, he was referred to the National Hospital in Abuja and the test conducted on him by the NCDC showed that he was COVID-19 positive.
“The test conducted on one of his sons who had been with him since came out negative. The family would have come out to speak on the matter, but we were not comfortable with the ding dong game going on between the NCDC and the Kogi State government.
“The family is concerned about the well being of other Owes and we wish to confirm that COVID-19 has fond it’s way sadly to our community and the state.
“Therefore, no need for Kogi State government to deny the obvious. We would like to stress that the Chief Imam, of recent, had never ventured outside Kogi State by way of traveling outside the State. So, the ‘virus’ could have been contacted within.
“We wish to advise our people to please abide by the protocols emplaced by the NCDC and play safe. The family is cooperating with the Kogi State Government and the NCDC to stem the spread. This evening, contact tracing and testing of family members of the Chief Imam had begun.
“What we need from our people is empathy and no need for the acrimonious exchange of views and counter views.”
Mohammed Umar Named Acting EFCC Chairman
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.
Ibrahim Magu Moves His Belongings Out Of Official Residence
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.
BREAKING: Ondo Assembly Suspends Deputy Speaker, One Lawmaker
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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