1.Following the directive by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, that the Chief Medical Directors, CMDs, and medical directors, MDs, of federal government tertiary health institutions should fill the vacancies created by resident doctors who have abandoned their training programme, the doctors have suspended their ongoing strike. NARD will decide on the next step to take after its meeting scheduled for July 14.
2. The Group Chairman of NICON Investment Limited, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim, said yesterday that nobody in Nigeria can seize his properties. Reacting to a report which said a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, had given Assets Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, an interim judgement to take over his firms over N50 billion debt, Jimoh said it’s laughable and wide ambition for anyone to think that his properties can be seized.
3. The Senate, yesterday, in a unanimous resolution, asked the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to appear before its Committee on Judiciary within two days, over the decision of the Federal government to arraign the two presiding officers of the Senate for alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rules 2015. The Senate who insisted that Senate Standing Rules 2015 was authentic said Buhari was becoming autocratic and intending to sack the leadership of the Senate to his own advantage.
4. The presidency has dismissed and termed as laughable the linking of the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, to US Congressman, William Jefferson’s bribery scandal for which the American lawmaker was convicted in 2009. Reacting to the governor’s allegation in a press statement on Tuesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, challenged the governor to state if the so-called Aisha whose pictures he shared, was the same Aisha married to President Muhammadu Buhari. He said Fayose was a known troublesome person who goes about insulting people.
5. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC says report alleging that some of its senior officials are linked with arms procurement fraud was false. This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media and Publicity of the Commission and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday. The Commission alleged that the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, is the only member of the Arms Procurement Committee from the commission, hence the report was aimed at creating doubt in the minds of Nigerians and a way of corruption fighting back.
6. The self-acclaimed National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has declared Monday’s Governorship Primaries in Edo State illegal.
He said the exercise was conducted by an illegal caretaker committee. He consequently called on members of the party, especially in Edo State, to disregard the election.
7. President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday appointed an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, as the acting Inspector-General of Police. The appointment was contained in a statement made available to journalists by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina. Idris took over from Solomon Arase who has now proceeded on retirement leave after attaining the retirement age of 60 years.
8. The Niger Delta Avengers has denied entering into a ceasefire agreement with the Federal Government. The group said this on Tuesday in reaction to media reports that it has signed a 30-day ceasefire pact with the government. A Twitter post by the NDA said its high command was not aware of the reported ceasefire.
9. A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory High Court on Tuesday remanded a former Air Officer Training Command and a member of the Committee for Procurement of Ministry of Defence, Air Vice Marshal Alkali Mamu, in Kuje prison. He was remanded for allegedly receiving N5.9m bribe from a contractor with the Nigerian Air Force between 2014 and 2015.
10. The House of Representatives on Tuesday warned the Federal Government to stop henceforth its bid to prosecute the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu over forgery allegations. It stressed that dragging the two presiding officers to court did not only amount to interfering with the internal affairs of the Senate, but was also part of a plot to cripple the institution of the National Assembly.
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