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EFCC Explains Why Ex-judge Ofili-Ajumogobia was Re-Arrested in Court Premises

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The anti-graft agency, EFCC, has said that it acted legally by rearresting a former judge who was discharged by the court on Tuesday.

Mr Justice Hakeem Oshodi, in his ruling, struck out the 31-count charge filed by the EFCC against Mrs Ofili-Ajumogobia and a lawyer, Godwin Obla, on the grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit.

The judge ruled that based on the judicial precedent set by the court of appeal, the EFCC had “jumped the gun” in filing the first amended charge against the former federal high court judge.

Mr Oshodi noted that the anti-graft commission had not followed the procedures set by the National Judicial Council (NJC) in disciplining erring judicial officers.

In its statement on Tuesday afternoon, the EFCC said it ” re-arrested Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia to enable it to prefer a fresh criminal charge against her.”

It said it had since taken Mrs Ofili-Ajumogobia to the NJC which had ruled on her matter.

 

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Nigeria Coronavirus Cases Hit 81 As NCDC Announces 11 New Cases

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Nigeria has recorded 11 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 81.

The Nigeria Disease Control Centre made this known late on Thursday.

It said eight new cases were recorded in Lagos State, two in Enugu and one in Edo.

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Just In: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, the government has said.

Mr Johnson has mild symptoms and will self-isolate in Downing Street, after being tested at No 10 by NHS staff.

“He was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty,” a statement said.

He will still be in charge of the government’s handling of the crisis, the statement added.

In a tweet, Mr Johnson said: “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.

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Six Coronavirus Patients to be Discharged in Lagos

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The Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Health, Dr Tunde Ajayi, has disclosed that six of the patients at the Infectious Disease Hospital have recovered.

Ajayi via his twitter handle, @thetundeajai, said the patients would be discharged soon.

“Six of our #COVID19 inpatients have recovered and will be discharged soon. There is something Lagos is doing right. Lagos takes the lead,” he wrote.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, 51 cases were confirmed in the country as of 11:25 pm on March 25.

“Out of the 51 confirmed cases, two have been discharged, while one death has been recorded. Lagos has 32 confirmed cases,” the NCDC wrote on its website.

Also, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, at a briefing on Wednesday said the state was tracing over 2,000 contacts.

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