There’re too many exciting vignettes in @MBuhari‘s new Cabinet but few are as riveting as the Niger Delta Ministry where the Minister of State, a former @officialEFCC prosecutor, will arrive this afternoon to find a man whom he had prosecuted for corruption, as his Snr Minister
Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria has been appointed Minister of State for Niger Delta in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet announced on Wednesday at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
As Minister of State for Niger Delta, Keyamo’s boss is former Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio – a man once prosecuted for corruption by Keyamo while he served as a prosecutor at Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
See some social media reactions:
Festus Keyamo said he would Unbundle the Supreme Court during his ministerial screening by the Senate. Obviously, the cabal think that’s exuberant. So, they shipped him to be Minister of State for Niger Delta, to pacify regional agitations with constitutionality.#BuhariCabinet
Keyamo was widely acclaimed to have delivered a sterling performance at his ministerial screening where he declared he would unbundle Nigeria’s Supreme Court if appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation.
Just realized Akpabio is now Keyamo’s Boss. Let that sink in for a minute.
Yes, Keyamo is currently in court representing EFCC in a corruption case against Akpabio.
Akpabio- Minister of Niger Delta
Keyamo- Minister of State, Niger Delta.
This is Nigeria!
I don’t think festus keyamo @fkeyamo deserves to be treated like this. Akpabio couldn’t even deliver is constituency. Festus worked is ass out. He deserve AGF or minister of justice. I may not agree with him but he really worked for Buhari more than anybody. #BuhariCabinet
#BuhariCabinet Akpabio & Festus Keyamo as Ministers of Niger Delta? God save us in Niger Delta. How can they bring 2 extremely compromised, disliked and confrontational people to head a volatile ministry like the Niger Delta? I hope Militancy does not resume because of these 2.
NCDC To Establish Molecular Lab In Nasarawa
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is to establish a molecular laboratory and an Emergency Operation Centre in Nasarawa State.
NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this on Wednesday during a visit to Governor Abdullahi Sule at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.
The laboratory will be set up at the Dangerous Disease Diagnostic Centre in the state.
According to the health agency, the state has 234 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease.
In its latest update on July 8, NCDC noted that 113 people have recovered from the virus while eight have succumbed to COVID-19.
Two Soldiers Killed, 17 Boko Haram Terrorists Neutralised In Borno
Two soldiers and four others of the 25 Task Force Brigade deployed at Damboa have lost their lives during an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists in Borno, Northeast Nigeria.
The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, confirmed this to Channels Television in a statement issued on Wednesday.
According to him, the soldiers in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Special Forces while on clearance operations along Damboa -Maiduguri Road, made contact with a Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals’ ambush team along their axis of advance.
The defence spokesman noted that the attack which occurred on July 7, left at least 17 terrorists dead, adding that several others were believed to have been injured.
“In the aftermath of the encounter, 17 Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals were neutralized as several others were believed to have narrowly escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds while a cache of arms and ammunition were equally captured by the gallant troops.
“Regrettably, 2 valiant soldiers paid the supreme price while 4 others were wounded in action,” the statement partly read.
Enenche explained that the injured “soldiers have been evacuated to a military medical facility and currently responding positively to treatment.”
Meanwhile, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole has been “directed to immediately deploy a Special Forces Battalion to reinforce and dominate Damboa – Bulabulin – Maiduguri axis.”
This, according to the defence spokesman is to “completely deny the terrorists any chance of escape during the final assault against the criminals.”
Reacting to the development, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commended the “troops for their resilience and patriotism in crushing the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals.”
He, however, asked them to sustain the onslaught against the “criminals as we approach the end of the insurgency in our country.”
Domestic Flight Operations Resume In Lagos And Abuja
Flight operations in Lagos State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have resumed after over three months of being shut down following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the turnout of passengers was low as press monitored activities at the domestic wing of the Murtala International Airport, Lagos.
Passengers were seen with their masks on, observing social distancing and adhering to other COVID-19 protocols.
It was gathered that only five airlines have been given approval to fly.
Meanwhile, in Abuja, passengers were also seen arriving at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to board flights to Lagos.
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 gave the go-ahead for the commencement of domestic flights following approval by the president, as the second phase of the eased lockdown was extended by another four weeks.
On July 1, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika announced that the Abuja and Lagos airports will resume domestic operations on July 8, while the Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri airports would resume on the 11th.
Other airports are also expected to resume operations on the 15th.
Sirika, however, noted that a date for the international airports will be announced in due course.
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