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The problem of economic ruin in Nigeria can easily be traced to white-collar criminality and the cyclical nature of hedonism that has permeated the culture and sustained a formula of chronic corruption ―ID Onwudiwe The suspension from office of Ibrahim Magu, the former acting chairman of the EFCC, for alleged diversion of recovered funds and other corrupt practices in the performance of his official duties by the presidency is a massive step in the right...

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The Minister for Culture and Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Sunday in Lagos handed over the National Theatre to the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers committee for restoration and upgrade. Speaking at the event, Mohammed said that the National Theare, despite the arrangement, still remained a national heritage. He said that the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture would continue to hold the keys to the iconic national heritage in spite of the Public-Private...

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The suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has allegedly been accused of turning EFCC into `glorified police station’ for alleged selfish motives. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accusation was contained in a report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari by one of the investigative committees set up to look into the activities of the EFCC under Magu. According to the report, Magu has continued seconding...

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The suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),Mr Ibrahim Magu, has again been accused of allegedly failing to give proper account of missing 332 out of the 836 recovered real estate property in March, 2018. A report by the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) confirmed the development, indicating that the unaccounted property was worth billions of naira. The report...

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The Lagos State Government says it has recorded three new COVID-19 related deaths, raising the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the state to 185. The state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, made the disclosure through his Twitter account on Sunday while giving the state’s COVID-19 update for July 10. He, however, did not give additional information on the sex, age, nationality or medical conditions of the deceased. Abayomi added that out of the...

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356 Nigerian soldiers in the North-East and other theatres of operation have applied for voluntary retirement. The soldiers applied to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, citing “loss of interest” as their reason for disengagement. The letter of the soldiers is dated July 3, 2020, with Reference NA/COAS/001, quoting the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service soldiers/rating/airmen (Revised) 2017. The voluntary disengagement of the 356 soldiers was approved. This was contained in...

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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed cracks in diverse sectors in Nigeria; the true state of the health sector despite billions earmarked annually for it; unpatriotic law enforcement agents who would rather collect a thousand naira ($3) and let citizens cross the interstate borders in defiance of government orders; the zero maintenance culture and abandonment of government properties as in the case of isolation and treatment centers built in the days of Ebola; a country whose laws...

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Raheem Sterling struck a hat-trick as Manchester City crushed Brighton 5-0 at the AmEx Stadium in the 2019/2020 English Premier League (EPL) on Saturday. Second-placed Manchester City had lost their previous three away games but never looked likely to extend that streak against a Brighton side that struggled from the outset. Sterling, who has now netted 27 goals in all competitions, opened the scoring in the 21st minute. That was when he collected a nod-down...

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U.S. President Donald Trump surprised the world by wearing a mask in public for the first time since the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Trump had previously refused to wear masks in public, although he had said he would if in a crowd and could not maintain physical distance from others. He had come under sharp criticisms even from his fellow Republican Party members, who said his stance showed lack of example or...

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Nigeria has recorded 664 new Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country as total infections from the virus rise to 31,987. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday. The NCDC said that as of July 11, 664 new confirmed cases and 15 deaths were recorded in the country. The agency said that no new state had reported a case in the last 24 hours. The health...