Opera Morning News: Nigeria Confirms Highest COVID-19 Deaths in 24 hours,  No order to release Orji Kalu + Bayelsa intercepts buses conveying suspected Almajiris

Opera News brings you a selection of the latest big news in Nigeria this morning. Enjoy!

 

Politics News

 No order to release Kalu

A former Governor of Abia State, Mr Orji Uzor Kalu has remained in Kuje Prison because the judgement of the Supreme Court does not affect him.

The Apex Court, it was learnt, did not issue any order for Kalu’s release because he did not file any application for such.

The judgement only covers the Appellant, Mr Ude Jones Udeogu, who challenged the propriety of a Court of Appeal Judge, Justice Mohammed Idris to try him.

Katsina State Lawmaker, Honorable Abdurrazaq Tsiga Is Dead

A member of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Honorable Abdurrazaq Tsiga, is dead.

Tsiga, who represents Bakori constituency, died on Sunday morning at the General Hospital, Malumfashi after battling a protracted illness since June 2019.

Arrest anyone that stops Alamajiris from entering their states – Ex-Lawmaker says

Following the exchange of Almajiris between states, a 2nd republic Lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Muhammad, has called for the arrest and prosecution of security operatives at the borders that allow for Almajiris to be concealed in trailers like cows to smuggled to the Southern States.

Muhammad, who was speaking against the backdrop of a recent situation when South East, South-South States clamped down on Almajiris relocating from North, says he doesn’t believe the Almajiris treatment was necessary.

COVID-19: Lagos Doctor sneaks into Osun, checks self into isolation after testing positive

The Osun government has confirmed that a medical doctor, who came into the state from Lagos, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, the Commissioner for Health in the state, disclosed this in a statement in Osogbo.

 

Metro & Crime

Youths In Taraba Beat Up Three Mobile Court Judges, Police, NSCDC Personnel Flee

Some Irate youth in Taraba State on Monday attacked judges of a mobile court for motorists that refused to comply with the lockdown order in the state.

The judges, three in number, were beaten by the youth while policemen and officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps guarding the proceeding of the court at Dubeli Bridge along Wukari- Jalingo Road at Tella town under Gassol Local Government Area ran away as they could not contain the attackers.

 

Bayelsa intercepts buses conveying suspected Almajiris

The Bayelsa State Government on Sunday intercepted two buses conveying 17 teenagers suspected to be Almajiris into the state.

The Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Information and Orientation, Freston Akpor, said the two vehicles were intercepted at the Glory Land entry point into Yenagoa, the state capital.

 

EFCC officials in trouble for arresting Star Shawarma MD, staff over N100 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has reacted to a recent arrest made last week by overzealous officers.

Some operatives in Benue had stormed a pastry firm in Makurdi and picked up Ms Mnena Ato, the Managing Director Star Shawarma and her staff over a deficit of N100 in a transaction.

EFCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale, in a statement on Monday noted that the commission has commenced investigations into the circumstances of the incident.

 

SPORT NEWS

Refusal to pay bribe cost me 2014 World Cup – Obasi

Former Super Eagles forward, Chinedu Obasi, has lifted the lid on why he wasn’t part of the national team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, despite being offered the chance to make the team.

Obasi said officials asked him to pay a bribe to be included in the squad but refused because he felt it wasn’t the right thing to do.

The former Schalke 04 man made the revelation in a live Instagram chat on Friday.

 

Aina: Why I dumped England for Nigeria

Super Eagles defender, Ola Aina, admits his slim chances at getting a call-up into the English national team, Three Lions, prompted him to switch to Nigeria.

Aina is one of the few foreign players with Nigerian descent to commit their international future to the West African nation.

“England was never going to give me a chance to play for the senior team, that’s the difference. Nigeria gave me the pathway to play for their senior team,” Aina said in an Instagram Live chat with the Super Eagles Media Team.

 

Tyson omits Joshua in list of top five boxers

Mike Tyson named Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in his top five favourite current boxers but didn’t include two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

Fury, who recently claimed the WBC heavyweight title in a rematch with Wilder, has always earned the respect from Tyson since his comeback in 2018 and the former American heavyweight said he ‘respects’ the Gypsy King.

However, he did not mention Fury’s next potential opponent and rival heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua when listing his favourite current fighters. ‘I respect Tyson Fury, I respect Deontay Wilder, I respect all of those guys,’ Tyson explained on his own podcast, Hotboxin’.

 

COVID-19: Lagos Doctor sneaks into Osun, checks self into isolation after testing positive

 

The Osun government has confirmed that a medical doctor, who came into the state from Lagos, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, the Commissioner for Health in the state, disclosed this in a statement in Osogbo.

Isamotu explained that the new case was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

According to him, the patient was a Lagos-based medical doctor who came into Osun over the weekend to join his family.

 

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