Abuja, Aug. 1, 2020 Nigeria has recorded 462 new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Friday night.
The health agency noted that one more person died from the disease.
According to it, till date, 43,151 cases have been confirmed, 19,565 cases have been discharged and 879 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and FCT.
The 462 new cases were reported from 16 states – FCT (93), Lagos (78), Plateau (64), Kaduna (54), Oyo (47), Ondo (32), Adamawa (23) and Bauchi (19).
Others are Rivers (9), Ogun (9), Delta (9), Edo (7), Kano (6), Enugu (6), Nasarawa (5), and Osun (1).
The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated at level-3, continues to coordinate the national response activities.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Intervene in 37-year-old kingship tussle in Ikire, Residents urge Osun govt.
Residents of Ikire community in Irewole Local Government area of Osun have appealed to the state government to intervene in the 37-year-old kingship tussle in the town.
Some of the residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ikire on Tuesday, said that the tension, which the tussle was creating in the town, was becoming unbearable.
NAN reports that the battle for the throne had started in 1987 after the demise of the former monarch, Oba Oseni Oyegunle.
NAN also reports that when the process of appointing a new monarch started, one of the five ruling houses, Aketula, presented a candidate, Mr Tajudeen Olanrewaju, in line with the Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy Declaration of 1958.
Before the process of Olanrewaju’s installation could be completed, two ruling houses, Ladekan and Lanbeloye, went to court to challenge the inclusion of Aketula in the ruling houses.
An Ile-Ife High Court, Ile-Ife, where the matter was instituted, consequently stopped Olanrewaju’s installation as the monarch, while the incumbent, Oba Olutunde Falabi, was installed in May 1993.
Even though he lost at the Appeal Court, Ibadan, Olanrewaju proceeded to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court, in its judgment on April 11, 2014, affirmed that Aketula was one of the ruling houses, as provided in the 1958 Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy Declaration.
The Supreme Court also held that in view of the evidence on record, “it shows that the 1958 Declaration, in respect of the Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy stool, has not been amended or repealed.’’
Following the judgment, the incumbent monarch approached the High Court in Ikire, praying it to restrain the state government from deposing him because he had not committed any offence warranting his removal.
He also pleaded with the court to restrain the state governor, the commissioner for justice and the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs from deposing him, while his incumbency subsisted.
Justice Abdulkareem of Ikire High Court, in his judgment of June 29, however, said that Falabi could no longer occupy the stool, based on the 1958 Akire Declaration and the rotational procedure contained therein.
He said that by order of rotation, the process of appointing Olarenwaju, who is from Aketula ruling house, was almost completed before it was stopped by the court.
“Another compelling reason why the plaintiff, Oba Falabi, has to vacate the stool is because his appointment is a nullity. This is because he was not validly nominated by the ruling house or validated by the state government.
“I equally find and hold that based on the overwhelming evidence adduced before me, that the plaintiff, who has already spent three decades on the throne, must not continue to occupy the throne of Akire of Ikire.
“To hold otherwise, will amount to a great travesty of justice.
“The Supreme Court is the highest court in Nigeria and its judgment is binding on all lower courts, and failure to do so amounts to gross insubordination,” the judge ruled.
Alhaji Bamidele Kadir, a resident of the town, said that a situation whereby two people were laying claim to the Akire stool was not good for the development of the town.
Kadir appealed to the state government to intervene by implementing the Supreme Court judgment on the kingship tussle for peace to reign in the town.
He said that the recent High Court pronouncement on the kingship matter had been causing tension in the town.
Also speaking, Mrs Iyabo Olayiwola, another resident, said it was only government’s intervention that could bring peace to the town.
Olayiwola, who said that the kingship matter had been generating tension in the town, appealed to government to do the needful.
Another resident, Mr Bode Olayiwola, also said that the development of the town should be paramount to both the indigenes and the government.
He urged the state government give proper interpretation to the two court judgments on the matter and take the right step in order to nip the tension in the bud.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
EEDC nabs 2 suspected electricity installation vandals
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) says it nabbed two notorious electricity installation vandals in Osisioma community near Aba, Abia, along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.
EEDC’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Emeka Ezeh, told newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday, that the duo had been handed over to the Osisioma Police Station, Abia, for interrogation and further investigation.
Ezeh said that the two suspected vandals were caught red handed and apprehended on Aug. 3, by members of Osisioma Electricity Committee while vandalising electricity cables belonging to the company.
According to Ezeh, last month, a suspect was arrested by youths of Amichi community for vandalizing Ebenasa 300KVA 33/0.415KV distribution substation, located at Amichi.
“Part of the items recovered from the suspects included: 4 feeder pillar bars, 4 feeder pillar units and 3 feeder pillar fuses.
“It was also gathered that the suspects’ accomplice fled and is currently at large.
“However, effort is on to get him arrested along with the identified buyer, who is in possession of 300mm 2 x 4 single core upriser cables, 10 meters earthen wire, as well as some bolts and nuts,” he said.
In a similar development, the EEDC spokesman said that one suspect was arrested by members of Ogbu Edda community, Ebonyi, for vandalising a 300KVA 33/0.415KV distribution substation, located in the community.
“The suspect was caught in possession of 150mm-2 upriser cable and has been handed over to the Afikpo South Divisional Police Headquarters for further investigations,’’ he said.
Ezeh said that the company had been expressing concerns, over the rising cases of vandalism within its network, and had appealed to customers to be more vigilant in ensuring that the installations serving them were not vandalised.
The EEDC spokesman however, commended the youths of Amichi, people of Ogbu Edda community, Ebonyi and members of Osisioma electricity committee, for their support in apprehending the suspected vandals.
Ezeh said that the company would work closely with the police to ensure that the suspects were prosecuted so that the law could take its course.
“The activities of these vandals not only affect our organisation’s finances, but adversely impact on the quality of services to our customers who are subjected to darkness and untold hardship whenever the electrical installations serving them are vandalised.
“We are not relenting in our effort in tackling the growing trend of vandalism and also call on well-meaning and law-abiding customers to join hands in this fight,’’ he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Sokoto: BESDA pledges to enrol 300,000 out-of-school children in 4 years
The Committee on Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) in Sokoto State says it will enrol no fewer than 300,000 out-of-school children in the state in the next four years.
Alhaji Shu’aibu Gwanda-Gobir, Executive Chairman, Sokoto State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), gave the assurance while briefing newsmen on Tuesday after the committee’s meeting with the State House of Assembly Committee on Education.
Gwanda-Gobir said that the committee had achieved a lot in training the children, using the Tsangaya learning centres and the employment of qualified facilitators as teachers.
“We have been able to enrol no fewer than 71,000 out-of- school children back in school in our various centres.
“However, our target is to ensure that before the end of the four-year programme of the committee, no fewer than 300,000 out-of-school children are fully enrolled back in school,” he said.
The BESDA Chairman, Alhaji Bello Guiwa, noted that the committee was committed to ensuring the success of the programme in the state.
“In Sokoto State, we have over one million children that are out-of-school.
“However, with the initiative of the BESDA programme, we have been able to enrol no fewer than 71,000 children in our various centres.
“Moreover, we have already planned under the BESDA programme to establish over 100,000 centres across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state, to enhance our training programme,” he said.
The Chairman House Committee on Education, Alhaji Buhari Haliru (PDP– Sokoto North I) said that the meeting was part of the assembly’s commitment to ensure proper protection of the people’s mandate.
He said that the assembly would continue to support the programme generously, to enable the state government excel in its commitment to education.
The Bank approved a credit of $611 million for BESDA Programme aimed at bringing out-of-school children into classrooms, improve literacy, and strengthen accountability for results in basic education in Nigeria.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Police arraign man, 40, over alleged N162,000 fraud
The Police on Tuesday arraigned a 40-year-old man, Adewale Ademiluyi, before an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun for allegedly defrauding one Peter Adikpe of N162,000 under the pretence of leasing a farmland to Adikpe.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Feb. 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., at Kandun Erefe Area, Ile-Ife.
Osanyintuyi said that the defendant conspired with others, now at large with intent to commit felony to wit: obtaining money under false pretences.
He added that the defendant obtained the sum of N162,000 from one Peter Adikpe with the pretence of leasing a farmland to him.
According to him, the offence contravenes Sections 419 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of fraud and obtaining under false pretences preferred against him.
The Defence Counsel, Mr Philip Fasanmoye, applied for bail for the defendant in most liberal terms.
He said that his client would not jump bail but would provide reliable sureties.
Magistrate A.A. Ayeni granted the bail of the defendant in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Ayeni added that the sureties must swear to affidavit of means, be residing within the court’s jurisdiction, produce three years’ tax clearance certificates as well as provide three recent passport photographs each.
He adjourned the case until Aug. 25, for hearing.
Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Peter Dada (NAN)