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1. Senator Dino Melaye's Recall Will Start On Monday 10th Of July.
Nigeria's electoral body, The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) will commence with the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye as they are yet to receive any court process ruling, a statement on Friday revealed.
The process will formally be initiated on Monday, July 1o. This development is coming after the Senate warned INEC earlier in the week to stop the recall process, adding that it did not follow guidelines stipulated in the constitution. On Thursday, Justice Tsoho of the Federal high Court in Abuja rejected an ex-parte motion filed by Melaye and his lawyers for a temporary injunction to restrain INEC from proceeding with the recall process.
A top source in the government revealed to the Nation, the recall will definitely go ahead.
“As at the close of work, we were not served any order, ruling or a process from the Federal High Court.Even if we had received any order from the court, our legal unit will still advise us on what the status quo means. We cannot act in a vacuum.
Certainly, we are adhering to our timetable on the recall process. We are going ahead from Monday.Any time we get a court order to stop the process, we will comply immediately,”
2. One Dies As Lassa Fever Hits Plateau State.
A student of the Federal Government Girls’ College, Lantang, Plateau, Faith Tanko, has been confirmed dead following fresh outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.
Saturday Punch learnt that out of four students tested for the disease, the results of three were positive.
The victim was buried on Friday after a church service held at the Catholic Church of Annunciation in the Tundun-Wada area of Jos, the capital.
To check the spread of the disease and more deaths, the state government said it would dispatch a team of doctors to Lantang community and place those who came in contact with them including medical workers, who attended to them at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, under 21 days surveillance.
Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. Kamshak Kudeng, confirmed the fresh outbreak of the disease in an interview with Saturday Punch yesterday.
He said, “What happened was that four of the students were brought to JUTH on Wednesday. We suspected that it was possibly a case of Lassa fever and we sent our people to go and take blood samples which they took to Lagos. When the results came back, all of them, except one tested positive for Lassa fever.
“Unfortunately, we lost one of them. We have also gone to JUTH to see the other people that were on admission. We have also held a meeting with the JUTH authorities and the principal of the FGGC, Lantang. The students are on mid-term break, so we asked that the resumption should be delayed by one or two weeks, pending when we have completed the 21-day observation of these children.
“We also asked them to send text messages to parents in case any of their children are developing signs of fever or bleeding from any part of the body. They were advised to take the person to the hospital and not a pharmacy.”
Kudeng said the Plateau State Government had a line of communication with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control so as to give daily reports on the disease.
3. We Voted Buhari President When He Faced Diminishing Return- Fayose
Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday in Benin declared that Nigerians made a grave mistake by voting President Muhammadu Buhari into office saying that the president had reached a stage of diminishing return when he was voted into power.
He said that most of the people that voted President Buhari did not even know him or assess his capacity for the office, but were brainwashed to vote for a change that has now become a cause to Nigerians.
Governor Fayose also admitted that he was a controversial person because he did things other people dreaded to do.”I am controversial because I am doing things others are not doing because they lack the courage and are afraid.
Controversy is necessary in a democratic setting , and we must be courageous enough and if you are not controversial, then you are afraid” Speaking in Benin while delivering the convocation lecture of the Benson Idahosa University (BIU), the governor said the time for young Nigerians to pilot the affairs of the nation was now, adding that under his watch, nobody above the age of 50 would become a council chairman while the maximum age for a councillor would be 35.
He said, “You can only give your best at your best. Our president is at diminishing return as at today. I should be quoted.
“We cannot all sleep and face one direction. Idahosa did not do these things when he was close to his grave; he did them at his prime when he had the energy to make a difference.
“How do you give laptop or I-pad to a seventy-something year’s old man? How can we continue to struggle with our sons for positions meant for them?”
On the call for the restructuring of the country, Governor Fayose said past leaders have been paying lip service to the issue, saying that “ the restructuring should be in such a way that every nation that makes up this country must be respected for what they are”
4. President Buhari's son, Yusuf Buhari has reportedly bagged his Master's Degree from a university in the United Kingdom. Yusuf and his sister Zahra, who has since married into the billionaire Indimi family, graduated from the University of Surrey, UK in July 2016.
Family friend, Anas Mu'azu disclosed this new update in a post on his Facebook page, congratulating Yusuf in Hausa.