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Monday, 26 October 2020

Return Looted Items In 72 Hours – Governor Oyetola Issues Ultimatum To Looters

10/26/2020 11:12:00 am 0

 Governor Gboyega Oyetola has issued an ultimatum to those who looted government and private properties in Osun state. 


The Governor who spoke to newsmen during an assessment tour of some properties which were vandalized on Sunday October 25, told looters to return the items they looted within 72 hours to security agencies, traditional rulers, local government chairmen and community leaders close to them.


Oyetola further stated that defaulters would be tracked and brought to justice, while those who embraced it would be forgiven. He also promised those whose items were vandalized government's support. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo Under Investigation In Italy For Breaking Coronavirus Rules

10/26/2020 11:06:00 am 0

 Cristiano Ronaldo is under investigation for breaking coronavirus rules when he flew from Portugal to Italy after testing positive for the disease.


Recall the five-time Ballon d'Or winner tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Portugal earlier this month and flew back to Italy via a private air ambulance. 


When asked if Ronaldo had breached Covid-19 rules after he flew back to Turin, Italy's sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora told Rai Radio: 'Yes, I think so, if there were no specific authorisations from the health authority.'


Ronaldo later dismissed Spadafora's claim, claiming he followed all necessary procedures.


The 35-year-old said on Instagram on October 16: 'I'm always at home, now I'm sunbathing, also to let the days pass. I'm respecting the protocol, I did not break it, as has been said: It's a lie.


'I returned from Portugal because my team and I made sure to comply with all the procedures. 


'I returned to Italy by air ambulance and I have had no contact with anyone, even in Turin.'


Ronaldo also added: 'My family is on another floor of the house, we can't be in contact.'


Now Spadafora has said the Juventus star 'did not respect' protocols with his flight home while infected and he's being investigated by the Federal Prosecutor's Office. 


'Cristiano did not respect the protocol. There is an investigation by the Federal Prosecutor's Office to prove it,' he told Rai Tre. 


'The virus has taught us that no one is exempt, obviously, they are all people who have tried to respect the protocols as much as possible, but the only solution in the end is to stay at home.' 

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25 Edo Prisoners Who Escaped Return To Prison

10/26/2020 11:03:00 am 0

 25 inmates out of the 1,900 prisoners who escaped from Oko and Sapele Road Correctional Centres in Benin City, Edo State last Monday, October 19, have voluntarily surrendered themselves to the authorities.


ThisDay reported that an official of the Sapele Road Correctional Centre who disclosed this, further revealed that one of the escapees had been recaptured after he was shot in the leg last Wednesday.


It was further gathered that two out of the 25 inmates who returned were inmates at the Oko Medium Correctional Centre along Airport Road, Benin.


He said; 


“The Department of State Security, the police and officials of the Nigerian Correctional Services will soon commence a manhunt for the runaway inmates immediately after a seven-day grace the state government gave them has elapsed.

“We have a way of arresting runway prisoners. We will swing into action once the protest calms down nationwide. The earlier they return on their own, the better for them.

“Those who are rearrested will be retried and sentenced to extra seven years if convicted. So, it is in their own interest to return as the governor has given them extra one week of grace to do so.”


One of the inmates, Alex Ose who revealed why he returned to the correctional facility stated that he has been awaiting trial since 2014 when he was arrested for armed robbery in Benin.


The 40-year-old father of four and a taxi driver insisted that he was innocent and also expressed confidence that he will be vindicated by the court. 


Ose said; 


“I am innocent of the allegations against me. I was framed up. I am appealing to Governor Obaseki to look into my case.

“I have every opportunity to run, but chose to surrender myself because I am not guilty. The governor should please look seriously into my case.”

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COVID-19 Palliatives Was Not Hoard From The Public— Nigeria Governors’ Forum

10/26/2020 10:53:00 am 0

 The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has countered allegations of Governors hoarding COVID-19 palliatives meant to be distributed to Nigerians. 


In a statement released on Monday October 26, the allegation was described as "inaccurate, entirely erroneous and untrue but also mischievous". 


They also reiterated that the palliatives had the CACOVID stamp embossed on them, meaning that their source is unambiguous. The NGF also assured contributors of the palliatives that prior to the looting of these warehouses, states had kept full accounts of all the items received and distributed.


The statement read; 


“The NGF regrets the loss of lives and property occasioned by the violent protests that erupted, and calls for calm.

“The NGF reemphasises and corrects the impression that palliatives found in warehouses that were broken into in Lagos and some other states were kept in storage for members of the society, especially our vulnerable citizens.

“The erroneous impression in the public domain that these palliatives were hoarded is not just inaccurate, entirely erroneous and untrue but also mischievous, to say the least.

“For the avoidance of doubt, some of the palliatives had the CACOVID stamp embossed on them, meaning that their source is unambiguous.

“As we know, CACOVID operations are mainly domiciled in Lagos, being the headquarters of most of the public-spirited organisations, corporate bodies and individuals that came together to form the Coalition Against COVID-19 -CACOVID.

“Until mid-October, when the NGF had its last meeting, up to ten states had not participated in the flag-off ceremonies for the distribution of palliatives in their states. This was because the items meant for distribution in these states had not been completely received from CACOVID.

“Some other states that still had palliatives in their warehouses chose to keep a strategic reserve ahead of a projected second wave of COVID-19.

“As of a couple of weeks ago, some states were still receiving palliatives from the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.”

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Taraba State Imposes Indefinite Curfew Over Looting Of COVID-19 Palliatives

10/26/2020 10:50:00 am 0

 Taraba State Government has imposed an indefinite curfew in the state following the looting of COVID-19 palliatives by residents. 


Musleem Aruwa, the Senior Special Assistant on New Media to the Deputy Governor, Haruna Manu made the announcement in a statement. 


The media aide said the decision was made after hoodlums invaded government warehouses on Saturday, October 24, and carted away COVID-19 palliatives meant for distribution to members of the public in the state. 


He said, “Government has carefully reviewed developments in the last 24 hours and decided to extend the curfew to safeguard lives and properties.


“All law-abiding citizens are advised to stay at home and allow security agencies who are under strict instructions to enforce the curfew and equally protect innocent citizens.


“However, the government is not unaware of people on essential duties, who are similarly requested to carry with them official identification cards to show security operatives on demand to avoid embarrassment.

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Future Proceeds From Lekki Tollgate Should Go To Victims Of Police Brutality -Tinubu

10/26/2020 10:47:00 am 0

 APC National leader, Bola Tinubu, has suggested that revenues generated from the Lekki Toll Gate when it is reopened, should be given to victims of the attack by soldiers and victims of police brutality in Nigeria.


In a statement released on Sunday, October 25, the former Lagos state governor denied claims of having a financial stake in the tollgates.


“Today, I speak to those who believe in the importance of, and want to know, the truth. The slander aimed at me is based on the untruth that I own the toll gate concession. The hate mongers prevaricate that I ordered the Lekki assault because the protests had caused me to lose money due to the interruption of toll gate activity.

The toll gate is a public asset. Given what has happened, I would like to propose to government that the toll gate be left closed for an indefinite period. If it is reopened, revenues should be donated to the confirmed victims of the Lekki attack as well as to other identifiable victims of police brutality in Lagos.

Let government use the money to compensate and take care of those who have lost life or limb in the struggle for all citizens to go about the quiet, peaceful enjoyment of life without fear of undue harassment at this or that checkpoint,” he said.


The politician accused his political opponents of arranging the coordinated attacks on his establishments, TV Continental and the Nation newspaper. He said he had prior information that both businesses would be attacked by looters and arsonists,

“Although equipped with prior notice of the imminent trespass, I did not call anyone to seek or request for the army or police to deploy let alone attack, kill, or injure those who razed and vandalized these properties.

I did not want any bloodshed. These elements, mostly hirelings of my political opponents, wreaked their havoc and destroyed those buildings and facilities and I thank God that the employees of these two media institutions managed to escape largely unharmed.

Why would I be so moved as to instigate the army to attack peaceful, law-abiding people at the toll gate where I have no pecuniary stake, yet lift not a single finger to stop hired miscreants bent on setting fire to these important media investments?” he asked

According to him, the accusation that he ordered the deployment of soldiers against the peaceful protesters “is a complete and terrible lie.”

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Ronaldinho Tests Positive For Coronavirus

10/26/2020 10:42:00 am 0

 Brazil and Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho, 40, has tested positive for coronavirus.  


The World Cup and Ballon d'Or winner shared a video to his Instagram story revealing his diagnosis. 


Ronaldinho was set to attend an event at Belo Horizonte's famed Minerao stadium, but told his followers that he is asymptomatic and is now self-isolating in a hotel in Belo Horizonte. 


"I have been in [Belo Horizonte] since [Saturday], I came to participate in the event ... I tested positive for COVID.


 I am well, asymptomatic, but I will not attend. We will be together soon, big hug," Ronaldinho said.


Earlier this year, Ronaldinho and his brother and manager, Roberto Assis, were jailed in Paraguay in March after entering the country with fake passports. 


The two brothers were moved to house arrest in a Paraguayan hotel in April after serving 32 days in prison and released in late August after reaching a plea deal that included fines of $90,000 and $110,000, respectively. 

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Spain Declares State Of Emergency Over Massive Coronavirus Spike

10/26/2020 10:38:00 am 0

 The Spanish government has declared a second nation-wide state of emergency and ordered a nationwide curfew over a massive coronavirus spike.


This comes after Spain became the first European country to record more than a million cases of the virus. Last Friday, 19,851 cases were reported along with 231 deaths. Some 20,986 positive tests were also confirmed on Thursday. 


Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez on Sunday afternoon said his cabinet had approved a state of emergency that is set to remain in force until 9 May 2021.


"The reality is that Europe and Spain are immersed in a second wave of the pandemic," the prime minister said after a meeting with Cabinet colleagues.


"We are living in an extreme situation...it is the most serious in the last half-century," he told a news conference.

The new decree will allow Spain’s regional governments to order an overnight curfew to run from 11 pm to 6 am across the whole country. Social gatherings and travel between autonomous communities will also be restricted.

The state of emergency also permits Spain’s regional governments to imposed full or partial lockdowns and limits public and private gatherings to six people.

“We have to protect our economic and work activity and preserve, as far as we can, the rhythms of our lives,” Sánchez.


 “Sacrifices will be indispensable. No one, not the government of Spain nor its regional governments, want to impose a single restriction that isn’t necessary to flatten the curve and protect public health,” he added.


However, the decree will not see the closure of Spain’s borders as there are also exceptions on travel, with the Canary Islands exempted from the restrictions on travel between regions in a bid to aid the tourism sector. 

As of Sunday, Spain had recorded 1,046,132 coronavirus cases and 34,752 related deaths.

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Buhari Condemns Looting Amid #EndSARS Protest

10/26/2020 10:34:00 am 0

 President Buhari has condemned the widespread looting and vandalism which has been witnessed in some cities across the country. 


In a statement released by his media aide Garba Shehu, President Buhari stated that families must turn back children who bring home unaccounted goods, in the same way wives must ask their husbands to return looted items brought home.


It was also gathered that the President has urged the police and other security agencies to restore calm and normalcy as quickly as possible. 


The statement read; 


“President Buhari said while his administration is working hard through many pragmatic ways to reduce the hardship of the millions of our unemployed, poor citizens and those whose lives have been thrown into disarray by the harsh economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, he warned that resort to widespread attacks and the organised looting and plundering of public and private property in many states are inimical to public good and stand condemned. 

“A government that has launched a massive crackdown on corruption, brought in strong laws for a decisive battle against corruption, pursues loot recovery at home and abroad, and taken strong decisions against those who thought they were above the law, will not fold its arms when an otherwise legitimate and peaceful protest is turning into free-for-all vandalism and looting.

“While the administration has, for its part, blocked so many means of looting public money in a war against corruption, it is the expectation that all civil authorities, community and religious leaders in the country must rise against the organised looting and plunder we are witnessing in parts of the country.

“Families must turn back children who bring home unaccounted goods, in the same way wives must ask their husbands to return looted items brought home.

“What is more, is that criminal actions as we have so far witnessed can weaken and erode the confidence of our people and that of foreign businesses in investing in the economy

“Looting and vandalism will hurt trade and investment growth in our country, both large and small industries, as well as our hardworking people in the informal sectors of the economy.

"These incidents do not reflect well on any society. They are wrong and condemnable and should not be supported by reasonable members of the society.

"In line with this, President Buhari commends the decision of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice to prosecute 229 suspects arrested by the police for allegedly using the #EndSARS protest to destroy and loot public and private property.

"As mentioned in two successive statements on the issues, the President and his administration have taken note of the grievances of the people. “We have heard you loud and clear,” he said, and has shown a clear determination to take all necessary measures to address the complaints

"Nevertheless, the violence must stop. President Buhari also condemned hate messages and eviction notices to ethnic and religious groups asking Nigerians to take pride in the fact that our diverse people have been living with one another in harmony for ages.

"The right of all citizens to live and work in any part of the country is a constitutional right and will be defended by the government."

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Gov Ayade Orders House To House Search Of Looted Items In Cross River State

10/26/2020 10:31:00 am 0

 Governor Ben Yade of Cross River state has ordered security agencies in the state to embark on a house to house search to recover all items looted from public and private business places in the state.


Over the weekend, looters broke into over 35 government and private properties, looted several items, and set some buildings ablaze.

Reacting to the incidents, Governor Ayade in a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christian Ita, gave the security agents a marching order to begin house to house search for the stolen items.


“Following the deployment of more soldiers to Calabar to help quell violence, Cross River Governor, Sir Ben Ayade has asked security agencies in the State to take legitimate actions to halt the arson and carnage witnessed in some parts of Calabar.

The governor also wants the security agents to carry out a house to house search for looted property and arrest everyone involved in the looting of both public and private property in the state” the statement in part read

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