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Published by on June 22nd, 2020.

1. Breaking: Nigeria now has over 20,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has confirmed 436 Covid-19 infections bringing the total number in the country to 20,244.

The new Covid-19 infections are recorded in 19 states including Lagos-169, Oyo-52, Plateau-31, Imo-29, Kaduna-28, Ogun-23, FCT and Enugu-18 each. Others include Bauchi-17, Bayelsa-14, Rivers-8, Osun and Kano-6 each; Edo and Benue-5 each; Adamawa-3; Borno-2; Abia and Ekiti-1 each.

There are 12 new Covid-19 fatalities taking the death toll in Nigeria to 518 with 161 patients discharged and the number of successfully treated cases now 6,879.

2. Chief Imam’s son kills friend over phone in Lagos.

Pandemonium recently broke out in the Isale Oja area of Agege, Lagos State after the son of the Chief Imam of the community, Abdulrahman Olayiwola, allegedly stabbed his friend, identified simply as Pelumi, to death.

Our correspondent learnt that the deceased and the suspect disagreed over a phone allegedly stolen by Pelumi.

Abdulrahman was said to have picked a piece of broken bottle and stabbed the victim to death.

It was learnt that the case was reported at the Isokoko Police Station and the suspect was arrested, while Pelumi’s corpse was deposited in the mortuary for autopsy.

A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that Pelumi asked the suspect to keep the phone for him.

However, upon his demand for the phone, Abdulrahman allegedly refused to release it.

The resident stated, “Pelumi gave Abdulrahman a stolen phone to keep for him and when he came back to collect it, his friend refused to give him the phone. It was Abdulrahman’s sister and Pelumi’s girlfriend, who brought out the phone from where her brother kept it and handed it over to Pelumi.

“This led to an argument between them and some residents of the area settled the matter between them, but another fight broke out between the two friends the following day and Abdulrahman stabbed Pelumi in the neck with a piece of broken bottle.

“Pelumi’s corpse was brought to the house of the chief Imam. The chairman of the community, who was notified of the incident, ensured that Abdulrahman was arrested and the corpse of the victim was deposited in the morgue.”

3. Rivers man survives electrocution while vandalising armoured cable.

A man in his early 20s, on Friday, escaped death by a whisker after being electrocuted by over 250 volts of electricity while attempting to steal a transformer’s armoured cable.

It was gathered that the victim, identified simply as Upeghom, from the Ogbema community in the Abua/Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State, had attempted to steal the armoured cable attached to a transformer in the Emabu community, Emughan area of the local government area, when he was electrocuted.

It was learnt that the incident happened around 12am on Friday after a cut in power supply, but luck ran out on the suspect when power was suddenly restored as he began vandalising the cable.

It was gathered that as soon as power was restored, an explosion occurred, which attracted residents, who discovered the unconscious suspect and rushed him to the Abua General Hospital.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that after the suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment, the police were informed of the development.

The eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “The guy is an indigene of the Ogbema community; his father is from Ogbema, while his mother is from the Oghora community in the Abua Odual LGA, and his name is Upeghom.

“He attempted to steal an armoured cable in the Emabu community around midnight and while he was trying to cut the cable, power was restored and the transformer exploded, knocking him unconscious.

“It was the explosion that attracted the attention of the residents and when they went out to inspect the scene, they immediately raised the alarm and the suspect was rushed to the Abua General Hospital before they reported the incident to the police.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, could not immediately confirm the incident, but promised to get back to our correspondent with the details. He, had, however, yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

4. APC, Edo set for showdown as gov primary holds today.

The All Progressives Congress and the Governor Godwin Obaseki administration in Edo State are set for a showdown over the APC primary election holding today (Monday) in the 192 wards of the state.

The Edo State APC governorship election committee headed by the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, which on Sunday released guidelines for the party primary election, insisted that the exercise would hold in all the 192 wards in the state.

But the state government said, in compliance with its COVID-19 law, the APC must apply for a waiver before organising a political gathering in any part of the state.

It alleged that the APC had imported thugs into the state with the aim of causing destruction of lives and property.

The state government had on May 28 gazatted regulations aimed at preventing the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

Obaseki’s Special Adviser on Media, Mr Crusoe Osagie, had on Monday last week, explained the law to one of our correspondents. He said any party that wanted to organise a gathering must apply for a waiver from the state government and that such must be held in one location.

But on Sunday, the APC committee said its guidelines were in compliance with the state government’s COVID-19 regulations.

5. Rebuild APC, PGF DG urges Buhari, other stakeholders.

The Director-General, Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Mr Salihu Lukman, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to take urgent steps to rebuild the party.

Lukman, who made the call in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, attributed the APC’s current crisis to the inability of the leadership to manage disagreements and resolve conflicts within the party.

“There is the need for us take steps to rebuild APC, whether with Mr Oshiomhole as the National Chairman or with anyone else.

“As it is constituted today, APC is incapable of producing the type of leaders that can guarantee a permanent departure from the garrison-type leadership we experienced in the past.

“The reality is that as members of APC, we should expect different opinions and perspectives on how to build the party.

“Disagreements and contestations are the hallmark of politics. It is the capacity to accommodate divergent opinions that will enable our leaders to live in the present, with one eye on the future as well as with the right brain and left brain at the same time.

“Unfortunately, many of our leaders are intolerant, which now produces all these avoidable crises currently facing us,” the director-general said.

According to him, sycophancy has also weakened the capacity of APC leaders to convene the meetings of the party’s organs.

“It is easier to hold general elections in Nigeria today than for APC to hold NEC meeting.

“APC national conventions would appear to only take place when the tenure of leaders expires after four years, notwithstanding the fact that the party’s constitution also makes provision for mid-term convention after two years.

“We are supposed to have board of trustees, but seven years after the emergence of APC, it has yet to be inaugurated,” he said.

6. Five dead as cholera hits Bayelsa, Delta.

Five persons are feared dead after cholera outbreak hit about 10 communities in Delta and Bayelsa states.

Community leaders believe the deaths resulted from drinking polluted water and eating fishes, which died from pollution.

They urged the Federal Government to investigate and sanction the polluters, and stop their hardship.

High Chief Augustine Seibi, who led other leaders to a meeting at the weekend, said: “Some deaths have occurred in several communities because of this pollution. In Sokoh, for example, we lost three persons (Johnson Pabebe, Adoere Epreyofie, and Pa Ogbuma Ingologolo).

Ekeremor Federated Communities also lost Ekerenwei Igenisuode and his wife, Yeikonne.

“They died of cholera, which resulted from the polluted water we drink and dead fish. That is why we need a cottage hospital and government’s intervention to allay the hunger and hardship facing us.”

Seibi said the communities had reasons to believe oil companies were responsible for the pollution.

“It is their explorative activities, as in most oil spills, that could contaminate the waters occasioning the death of fishes and other aquatic organisms.

‘’These are further driven by the tidal flow deposited on the shores of communities and other uninhabited environments.”

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