President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked the Minister of Aviation, Stella oduah after several months of controversy over her role in the purchase of two bullet-proof vehicles worth N255 million naira.
Three other ministers were also axed by the president. They include the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade and the Minister of state for Finance, Dr Yerima Ngama.
Their sack was however communicated as resignation, according to sources who say no reason was actually given for their resignations.
Calls for Oduah’s resignation has been rife since the news of the bullet-proof cars scandal broke, but she had remained in office until SaharaReporters dropped another bombshell, relating its discovery that the former Aviation Minister did not earn a Masters degree she claimed to have received from a US college.
While other ministers’ resignation may have something to do with their political ambitions, it is unlikely that Oduah, who had generated a widespread ‘hatred’ from the masses as she remained in office despite being indicted in corrupt practices, would seek a political office. But then, nothing is impossible in Nigeria, Oduah may be eyeing a Senatorial seat in Anambra, her state.
Speaking to journalists after the Federal Executive Council Meeting, Information Minister Labaran Maku said the president had asked the ministers to vacate their positions to allow them pursue political and private business interests they had indicated.
According to Maku, pending the appointment of substantive ministers, the Minister of State for FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide will supervise the Ministry of Police Affairs, while the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Sam Ortom will be in charge of the aviation ministry.
Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Gayius Isiaku, would supervise the ministry, while the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala would be in charge of her office and that of the Minister of State for Finance.
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.
The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.
Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.
The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”
Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun!
My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer in sha Allah. May Allah forgive & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims
Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.
According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.
Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.
The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.
He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.
Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
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