1. Three men arrested for raping a teenage girl in Ondo.
A 15-year-old girl has allegedly been raped by three men in the Ose area of Ondo State.
The teenager was raped inside a classroom at St. Davids Anglican Primary School in the community.
Her abusers are named as Deji Solomon, Monday Aliu, and Monday Olowu.
Kehinde Ajayi, the father of the victim, confirmed the incident, noting that the police had been notified of the situation.
He said the suspects have been arrested while trying to escape after committing the crime.
“The case is currently being handled by the police at Ido-Ani Station,” he said.
When contacted over the incident, Tee-Leo Ikoro, spokesperson for the police in Ondo, said the suspects were in custody.
He explained that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation.
Mr. Ikoro noted that the suspects would be charged to court upon the completion of the investigation.
2. 2,111 Ondo PDP delegates elect governorship candidates today.
The Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will today (Wednesday) conduct its primary to elect a standard-bearer for the October 10 governorship election.
This is barely 48 hours after the All Progressives Congress (APC) returned Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as its candidate for the election.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said about “2,111 delegates” from the 18 local government areas of the state would converge on the International Event Centre, Akure, to choose one out of the eight aspirants to contest against Akeredolu.
The aspirants are Eyitayo Jegede, Agboola Ajayi, Eddy Olafeso, Banji Okunomo, Sola Ebiseni, Bode Ayorinde, Boluwaji Kunlere and Godday Erewa.
The party also appointed the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as Chairman of the Ondo PDP Primary Committee.
Meanwhile, the state PDP Caretaker Committee chairman, Mr. Clement Faboyede, has issued guidelines for the conduct of the exercise.
He said among other things that only accredited delegates, aspirants, journalists and security personnel would be allowed into the venue, while all delegates were expected to present their INEC-issued voter cards.
3. Ondo APC Appeal panel begins sitting today.
The Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Election Appeal Committee will begin sitting on Wednesday to attend to petitions from the primary that took place on Monday in Akure.
According to a statement issued by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, on Tuesday night, the Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe- led committee will sit at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja.
P.M News reported that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu won the party’s ticket for the October 10 Governorship poll.
Akeredolu and 7 aspirants vied for the party’s ticket at the primary.
The nine-man appeal committee has Arch. Abdulmimuni Okara as Secretary while other members include Mr. Festus Fientes, Mr. Okon Owoefiak, Mr. Abba Isah, Alh. Umar Duhu, Hon. Sani El-kudzu, Mrs. Osuere Eunice, and Emeka Agaba.
“The APC Ondo State Governorship Primary Election was successfully conducted on Monday, July 20, 2020. Subsequently, the Primary Election Appeal Committee will begin sitting at the party’s National Secretariat on Wednesday, July 22, 2020” the statement read.
4. NECA elects new executive members.
The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association has elected new members into its executive council.
The election took place at its 63rd Annual General Meeting in Lagos.
The Director-General, NECA, Dr. Timothy Olawale, announced the previously acting President of the association, Mr. Taiwo Adeniyi, as the new president.
Adeniyi and the other executive members were elected unopposed by other members.
5. Absence of Judge stalls suit challenging NJC over the nomination of 21 persons as judges.
The absence of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, stalled hearing in a suit challenging the National Judicial Council (NJC) from nominating 21 out of the 33 persons for appointment as judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while the NJC is the 2nd defendant, the Judicial Service Committee of the FCT, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), and the 21 nominees are the 3rd to 25th defendants respectively.
The matter was, however, fixed for Sept. 29 for hearing of pending motions, especially the application for virtual hearing of the suit dated July 9 and filed by plaintiff counsel, Osaro Eghobamien, SAN.
Eghobamien had, in the last adjourned date, based his argument for the virtual hearing of the suit because the Supreme Court, recently, held that the online hearing of cases is constitutional.
The lawyer, who urged the court to adopt virtual hearing of the case, argued that the system would help to enhance quick dispensation of justice in the matter, besides ensuring compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines.
The applicant, about 15 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) and some senior members of the bar had through their lawyer, Pius Owhoavwodua, on July 2, approached the court.
They asked the court to declare “that in the exercise of its constitutional duties to recommend suitable persons to the 2nd defendant as judges of High Court of FCT, Abuja, the 3rd defendant must only recommend such persons as have met the criteria and satisfied the conditions set out in the extant Guidelines and Procedural Rules for the appointment of judicial officers in Nigeria made by the 2nd defendant.
6. NPA cancels agreement with APTM over Lilypond.
THE Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has canceled its agreement with Nigeria’s major terminal operator, A.P. Moller Terminal in Apapa, Lagos, over the terminal’s move to take over Lilypond container terminal, also in Lagos.
Speaking at the recently concluded 14th edition of the Annual Business Law e-conference, NPA’s Managing Director, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, said the Authority has decided to convert the container terminal to a truck park.
She stated: “We at Nigerian Ports have given up Lilypond. APMT was the operator and we have canceled that arrangement to make it a transit truck park. We are now in an advanced stage of discussing with Lagos State government to make available a larger trailer park; the Ahmed Bola Tinubu trailer park in Orile will be so designated and trailer parks that transact one or two trailers will not be allowed to access the port. Recognizing that other mushroom truck parks will also want to be designated, we have our criteria that you must meet for you to be licensed.
“We now have a truck park in Ogun State. So those that are coming to Lagos can now stay in Ogun State until they are called up and move to Orile. When called up they can now move to Lilypond, then get into the port. We also have to recognize that within the Apapa corridors we have the tank farms, so there is petroleum products evacuation that is done in that area and so you also have attendant congestion arising from that area.”
The NPA boss suggested the use of an intermodal transport system to evacuate cargoes in and out of the ports with a view to de-congesting the roads and ultimately de-congesting the ports.
7. Nigeria records 576 new COVID-19 cases, total rises to 37,801.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 576 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, with national toll now put at 37,801.
The NCDC made this known via its verified Twitter page, revealing that Lagos State reported the highest number of new cases with 88, Kwara second with 87, and the FCT third with 82.
Other states with new cases include Plateau (62), Ondo (39), Enugu (28), Oyo (26), Taraba (24), Kaduna (20), Ebonyi (20), Edo (17), Cross River (16), Kano (14), Rivers (11), Ogun (10), Delta (9), Nasarawa (8), Osun (8), Katsina (3), Imo (2), Kebbi (1), and Borno (1).
The health center said four new deaths were recorded, increasing the number of fatalities to 805. While 344 patients discharged, bringing the recovery rate to 15,677.
These are some of the Breaking News in Nigeria this Morning, Wednesday 22nd July 2020.
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