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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

July 07, 2020

Breaking: President Buhari Suspends Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Ibrahim Magu

President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.


According BBC Hausa, Mr. Magu's suspension was approved by the president today, July 7, 2020.

Mr. Magu has been in the storm following allegations of corruption leveled against him by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Abubakar Malami in a memo.

The embattled EFCC boss was alleged to have been detained last night by the Nigeria Police after honouring a panel invitation set up to investigate him.

Details later...


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Monday, July 6, 2020

July 06, 2020

Breaking: Finally, NCDC Confirms 5 Covid-19 Positive Cases In Cross River


Cross River State has been added to the list of Nigerian states that have recorded positive cases  of Coronavirus.


According to the NCDC daily report for Monday, June 6, the state recorded 5 positive cases of the virus.

It is however not clear if the cases are for the ones reported by the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital last week or fresh cases.

Recall that last week, the Chief Medical Director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Prof. Ikpeme Ikpeme said in an internal memo that 5 patient's samples sent to the NCDC approved  Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital, Abakiliki, Ebonyi State returned positive but this was yet to reflect in NCDC's data report.

This led to the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) embarking on an indefinite strike action, demanding that the positive cases be reflected on NCDC's data report.

Here is the summary of the report for June 6, 2020:

575 new cases of COVID19Nigeria; 
Lagos-123 
FCT-100 
Delta-58 
Edo-52 Ogun-42
 Katsina-24 
Bayelsa-23 
Rivers-22 
Borno-19 
Plateau-18 
Ondo-18 
Oyo-17 
Kwara-15 
Osun-13 
Enugu-9 
Nasarawa-7 
Abia-6 
Cross River-5 
Kaduna-3 
Ekiti-1 

29,286 confirmed 
11,828 discharged
 654 deaths

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July 06, 2020

New Twist As DSS Denies Arresting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu


The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied arresting the Acting Chairman of  the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahm Magu.

The statement was issued by Peter Afunanya, public relations officer, Department of State Services, National Headquarters, on July 6.
He said: "The Department of Security Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public that it did not arrest Ibrahim MAGU, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as has been reported by sections of the media. The Service, has since, today, 6th July, 2020, been inundated with enquiries over the alleged arrest".

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July 06, 2020

Breaking: EFCC Chairman Arrested For Alleged Corruption

Ibrahim Magu
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has been arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS).
His arrest comes as a panel had been set up to probe the activities of the commission.
Magu was stopped in traffic while moving out of the Wuse II Annex of the EFCC in Abuja and the invitation was extended to him.
The Acting Chairman pleaded with an officer from the security officers who met with him to honour a scheduled appointment.
But he was told the invitation by the panel was more important.
At about 1.35pm, Magu arrived at the Villa where he was ushered into the wing.
As at Press time, Magu has been joined at the Villa by his lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs.
A source said told The Nation: “Both Magu and Jacobs are now in an office in the Banquet Wing of the Vila.

”He has not been arrested by any of the security agencies. We are awaiting further development. ”
Recall that few days ago, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), accused the anti-graft czar of gross infractions.
EFCC chief is alleged to have travelled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, without the authorisation of the president during the lockdown.
And when he was queried, he said he went for an investigation.
He is also alleged to be living above his means.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

July 05, 2020

Breaking: Doctors In C'River To Embark On Indefinite Strike, Passes Vote Of No Confidence On C'River Health Commissioner


Medical doctors in private and government owned hospitals in Cross River State  have issued a notice of an indefinite strike action to demand for explanation on "why, the five (5) COVID-19 confirmed cases from UCTH carried out at the NCDC accredited Molecular Laboratory at Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State have not reflected in the daily situation report of NCDC long after results had been transmitted to UCTH since July 1, 2020". Grassroot Reporters reports


Recall that GRASSROOT REPORTERS had reported during the week that the Chief Medical Director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Prof. Ikpeme Ikpeme had announced that 5 samples of its patients sent to the NCDC approved Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital, Abakiliki returned positive but the NCDC daily data report shows Cross River State has not recorded any case of Covid-19 yet.

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), the umbrella body of doctors in Nigeria made this known on Sunday in a letter signed by its Cross River State Chairman, Dr. Agam Ayuk and Secretary, Dr. Ezoke Epoke and addressed to the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.

The doctors also demanded to know why epidemiology code numbers have to be generated by Cross River State Ministry of Health before results of samples sent by UCTH to an NCDC approved Molecular Laboratory can be published by NCDC, despite having approved UCTH as an independent Test Centre.

The association also passed a Vote of No Confidence on the Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta  Edu.

The letter reads:

The Nigerian Medical Association Cross River State branch held an Emergency General Meeting on Sunday, July 5, 2020 to deliberate on the current issues of COVID-19 testing, surveillance, contact tracing, isolation, treatment and care in the State.

The following observations and resolutions were made:

1) The Association deeply appreciates the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Health through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) in declaring University of Calabar Teaching Hospital an Independent Test Centre and the eventual activation of University of Calabar Teaching Hospital Molecular Laboratory and Dr. Lawrence Henshaw Memorial Hospital Calabar for COVID-19 PCR Testing. We sincerely thank them for this.

2) The Association demands explanation from NCDC, why, the five (5) COVID-19 confirmed cases from UCTH carried out at the NCDC accredited Molecular Laboratory at Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State have not reflected in the daily situation report of NCDC long after results had been transmitted to UCTH since July 1, 2020. Congress demands update of the NCDC situation report as a matter of urgent public health interest.

3) Congress demands explanations from NCDC, why, epidemiology code numbers have to be generated by Cross River State Ministry of Health before results of samples sent by UCTH to an NCDC approved Molecular Laboratory can be published by NCDC, despite having approved UCTH as an independent Test Centre.

4) The NCDC is put on notice that the Cross River State Government have abdicated her responsibility of contact tracing, treatment and care for the five (5) confirmed cases which may not be unconnected with the delay in publication of the results by NCDC. Congress demands the immediate activation of Adiabo Isolation Centre and commencement of surveillance and contact tracing in the State. 

5) The members of the Association and residents of Cross River State have been put in a precarious public health and safety situation due to the confusion and uncertainty created by the delayed updating of the results by NCDC.

6) Congress demands explanation from NCDC, why, despite several complaints of compromised testing in the State, investigations have not commenced on the unethical activities carried out by Cross River State COVID-19 Task Force.

7) The Association passed a VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE on the Honorable Commissioner for Health – Dr. Betta Edu, and further referred her to the NMA National Disciplinary Committee and Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) for the unethical handling of COVID-19 testing in the State, thus putting lives at risk and bringing the Association to disrepute. 

8) Arising from the meeting, all members of Nigerian Medical Association Cross River State branch in public and private hospitals have embarked on a total and indefinite withdrawal of medical services until NCDC and the State Ministry of Health give urgent and prompt attention to the issues raised. 

9) We trust that the relevant authorities will act decisively, within the shortest possible time to bring to a timely end our total and indefinite withdrawal of medical services.


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Friday, July 3, 2020

July 03, 2020

Updated: Cross River Records 5 Confirmed Cases Of Coronavirus



Cross River State has finally recorded 5 positive cases of the dreaded Coronavirus, reports Grassroot Reporters.


This was announced by the Chief Medical Director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Prof. Ikpeme Ikpeme on Wednesday, July 3 in an internal memo to staff and patients of the hospital obtained by Grassroot Reporters.

Prof. Ikpeme said the tests were carried out using the standard PCR Testing Technique at Alex Ekwueme Teaching Hospital, Abakiliki, Ebonyi State.

He added that out of the 5 patients tested, 2 were staff of the hospital who have recovered from the virus.

The memo reads in part: "The management of University of Calabar Teaching Hospital wishes to inform our hospital staff and patients that Covid-19 tests performed on 5 samples from our hospital returned positive. Two of these samples came from our medical staff. These staff have since made tremendous progress along the path of recovery and are doing well. The tests were performed using PCR Technique at the NCDC Accredited Laboratory located at Alex Ekwueme Teaching Hospital, Abakiliki. 

"We wish to reassure our staff and patients that a positive Covid-19 test is not a death sentence nor a reason for any type of fear or stigmatization. As stated above, our medical personnel have recovered. We urge all staff and patients to abide by the guidelines on hand and respiratory hygiene as advised by the State and Federal Government through various agencies, especially the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control". The memo read.



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Friday, June 19, 2020

Friday, June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020

Breaking News: All Workers In Cross River To Embark On An Indefinite Strike From June 15

Workers in Cross River State  will, from Monday, June 15, 2020 embark on an indefinite strike following the state government's failure to meet with the agreement reached with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Cross River State chapter during the negotiation of the minimum wage, according to reports by Daily Trust.

The union had given the state government a two-week ultimatum from June 1st to June 14.
Members of the Union in an emergency State Executive Council (SEC) meeting held Thursday at the Labour House on Marian Road Calabar, resolved that everything would be done to ensure commencement of the strike and full participation of all affiliate unions.
One among the issues raised by the labour union is the immediate restoration of workers whose names were removed from the payroll in September, 2019.
Others are the implementation of promotions, stop compulsory remittance of check dues of some workers to the Association of Senior Civil Servants, resolve the NURTW park control crisis in Calabar Municipality and Calabar South.
The Chairman of NLC, Comrade Ben Ukpepi expressed concern that workers whose names were removed from the payroll could not be allowed to continue to suffer without reinstatement after the agreement in February, 2019.
June 12, 2020

Breaking News: Updated: APC Disqualifies Edo Governor From Guber Election



The All Progressive Congress (APC) screening committee has disqualified the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, and two others from participating in the Edo Governorship election.

Obaseki according to the screening committee was unfit to qualify on the grounds that his HSC and NYSC certificates are defective.

The chairman of the committee, Professor Jonathan Ayuba, announced this on Friday at the National Secretariat of the ruling party in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He said:
“We have screened six aspirants; three were deemed eligible to participate and three were found ineligible to participate,” Ayuba told party leaders at the briefing.
According to the committee chairman, the team took the decision to disqualify and clear aspirants based on some references and documents.
I Will Not Appeal My Disqualification - Obaseki
Meanwhile, the governor has rejected the outcome of the screening exercise, saying he would not appeal his disqualification by the committee.
In a statement by his spokesman, Crusoe Osagie, Governor Obaseki described the exercise as a mockery of the democratic process.
The governor noted that he had initially asserted that there was no way that he would get a fair assessment in the run-up to the nomination of the party’s flagbearer in the September 19 poll.
“We have, therefore, decided that it would be an effort in futility to appeal whatever the unjust outcome of the evaluation and screening process of the APC will be, especially when Comrade Oshiomhole has declared that he is the Supreme Court and ultimate determiner of the fate and future of our great party,” he alleged.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

June 02, 2020

Breaking News: Again, C'River Assembly Rejects Justice Akon Ikpeme As Chief Judge Of The State


The Cross River State House of Assembly, has for the second time, rejected the appointment of Justice Akon Ikpeme as Chief Judge of the state.

The assembly had initially rejected her nomination on grounds that she is not from the state, as such, poses a security risk.

Following the expiration of her tenure as Acting Chief Judge and her non confirmation, Governor Ben Ayade swore in Justice Maurice Eneji, her junior, as Acting Chief Judge.

The governor had forwarded his (Eneji) name to National Judicial Commission (NJC) for recommendation, but findings from the NJC showed he was rejected. The body rather recommended Justice Ikpeme to be sworn in immediately since she's the most senior.

The Assembly resolved Tuesday, May 2nd, 2020 to stand by its earlier decision to reject the confirmation of Justice Ikpeme as substantive Chief Judge of state.

The resolution followed a motion moved by House Leader, Rt Hon Peter Odey and seconded by Deputy Leader, Rt Hon Fred Osim which  stated that the House, having taken a resolution on the matter will not reverse its earlier decision. 

The motion was put forward by the Speaker, Rt Hon Eteng Jonah Williams a question, asking whether the motion was the resolution of the House, of which majority of Members overwhelmingly responded in the affirmative.

The Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Tina Agbor had conveyed an attached correspondence from the National Judicial Council on the confirmation of Justice Ikpeme and requested the House to treat the matter urgently to ensure that there was no vacuum in the Judiciary. 

However, the Chairman House Committee on Judiciary, Public Service Matters, Public Petitions and Conflict Resolution, Rt Hon Efa Esua,  told newsmen in an interview that he stands by his earlier decision that Justice Ikpeme deserves confirmation as Chief Judge but that since majority of the Members did not support it and voted against it, the majority's decision becomes the resolution of the House.

Justice Ikpeme's non confirmation has been widely criticised by many, including the Nigerian Bar Association. The association had vowed to ensure that Justice Eneji is not recommended by the NJC.

Justice Eneji's tenure as Acting Chief Judge is due to expire in days.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

Breaking: C'River APC Withdraws From LG Polls, Cites Gross Irregularities


The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State has withdrawn from the local government election in the state scheduled for Saturday, May 30.

The state's electoral body, Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC) had announced a new date for the election of council chairmen and councillors yesterday after initial postponement owing to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

The party faulted the electoral body for giving such a short notice for the conduct of the election, describing it as "ridiculous and  very irresponsible".

In a strong worded press release on Monday night, the state state Chairman of the party, Sir John Ochala said the party is already in court to compel CROSIEC to adhere to the dictates of the constitution and by-laws of the the state.

" Ab initio, the process leading to the conduct of the election is fraught with gross irregularities guiding the conduct of the election. Giving a two to three days notice for the conduct of an election of this magnitude is not only ridiculous but very irresponsible.

"The APC in Cross River State will not be part of the charade on Saturday".

He called on all its candidate and party faithfuls to remain calm and law abiding while going about their lawful duties.

Sir Ochala added that the party shall: " diligently continue to seek redress in the court of law until justice prevails".


Saturday, April 18, 2020

April 18, 2020

Breaking News: Chief of Staff To Buhari, Abba Kyari Dies Of Coronavirus

Abba Kyari
Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari has died of Coronavirus.


This was announced by Femi Adesina,
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in a statement on Saturday morning.

The statement reads;
"The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari.

'The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020.


'May God accept his soul.

"Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly".

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020

Updated: Chief Of Staff To Buhari, Abba Kyari Test Positive To Coronavirus



... Buhari Tests Negative

Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari has tested positive to Coronavirus.

Mr. Kyari returned from Germany, one of the countries with high cases of the dreaded virus.


It is reported that Mr. Kyari ran the test on Saturday based on medical advice, although he was not exhibiting any symptoms.
The result came which was ready on Monday showed that he's positive and subsequent went into self-isolation.
Following his result, Buhari was also advised to run a test but he was negative.
Reports of Kyari’s status of COVID-19 was disclosed after the federal executive council meeting was suspended indefinitely.
March 24, 2020

Breaking: Senator Representing Cross River North, Rose Oko Is Dead

Dr. Oko

The senator representing Cross River North Senatorial District, Dr. Rose Oko is dead.

She died in the early hours of Tuesday, March 24 in a United Kingdom (UK) hospital of an undisclosed illness she's been battling for sometime now.

A relative of the deceased, Patrick Okoroji confirmed this to our correspondent
"You gave your best to your world now that it has pleased the Almighty God to call you home may your soul find eternal rest in Heaven.


"Heart broken to hear of the passing of my dear Cousin Senator Dr. Rose Okoji Oko after a long fought battle with physical affliction.

"Adieu,Distinguished Senator Dr Rose Okoji Oko".

Born on September 27, 1956, Senator Rose Okojie Oko was a Member of the Federal House of Representatives from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), representing Yala/Ogoja Federal Constituency in 2011.
She was elected into office as the first female representative from her constituency in June 2011 and sat as Deputy Chairman House Committee on Education.
She contested and won Cross River North Senatorial Election in 2015 and was reelected in 2019.

Monday, March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020

Breaking News: Nigeria Closes All Land Borders

Nigeria has announced the closure of its land borders for four weeks.

This is part of efforts to check the spread of coronavirus.

Secretary to Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Corona Virus, Boss Mustapha, announced this evening.

Details later...
March 23, 2020

Breaking News: Atiku's Son Test Positive To Coronavirus



Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has announced that his son has tested positive to the dreaded coronavirus.
He tweeted on his Twitter handle:


"My son has tested positive to coronavirus.

has been duly informed, and he has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and management. I will appreciate it if you have him in your prayers. Stay safe, coronavirus is real".

He did not state which of his sons has been diagnosed of the virus.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

March 18, 2020

Breaking News: CoronaVirus: NYSC Suspends Orientation Exercise


The National Youth Service Corps has announced the suspension of  the ongoing Batch A Stream 1 orientation exercise for corps members due to the outbreak of CoronaVirus.

The management of the corps stated that corps members will be posted to commence their primary assignment while they shall be invited back to orientation camp when the situation improves.

The management however clarified that no corps member has contracted the virus.

It said "Sequel to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic which led to the cancellation of the National Sports Festival, Management of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme wishes to announce the suspension of the on-going Orientation Course for the 2020 Batch "A" Stream 1 Corps Members.

"Therefore, the Corps Members shall be posted to commence their primary assignments forthwith, while they shall be invited back to the Orientation Camps when the situation improves, just like it happened a few years ago when the Nation was confronted by the Ebola virus threat.

Management wishes to state that no Corps Member or Camp Official has contracted the virus".

It was however silent on the fate of Batch A Stream 2 prospective corps which registration has already commenced and orientation camp was scheduled to open in April.