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Wednesday, 3 June 2020

21 Coronavirus Patients Discharged In Kano State

6/03/2020 06:01:00 pm 0
The Kano state ministry of health has announced that 21 Coronavirus patients who recently recovered from the disease have been discharged. 


The health ministry also confirmed that 12 new cases of Coronavirus was recorded in the state, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 970. 


A tweet shared on the agency's official Twitter handle on Wednesday June 3, reads; 


 “COVID-19, Kano update as at 11:50 pm, 2nd June, 2020.

“A total of 4, 818 samples of COVID-19 were tested.

“12 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed.

“21 additional COVID-19 Kano patients recovered and were successfully discharged.

“Residents are advised to stay home and stay safe.”

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17-year-old Girl Gang-raped By Three Street Urchins In Ekiti

6/03/2020 05:57:00 pm 0
A 17-year-old girl was ambushed and gang-raped by three armed boys suspected to be street urchins, in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Monday, June 1.


According to reports, the victim sells sachet water and soft drinks at the popular Oja'ba market in Ado-Ekiti. At about 7pm on Monday, three young men wielding broken bottles accosted her, took her to a secluded area, and took turns to rape her for over 45 minutes. 


She later went to an undisclosed hospital for medical treatment after which the incident was reported to the Ekiti Police Command and Office of the Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi who picked up her medical bill.


Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the state police command, Sunday Abutu said two suspects have been arrested in connection with the gang-rape. He said efforts are being made to arrest the third suspect.
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NCAA Reveals 5 Airports To Be Reopened For Operations By June 21

6/03/2020 05:53:00 pm 0
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has said that only five airports will be allowed to open for domestic flights effective from June 21, 2020.


A circular signed by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu stated that the airports to reopen for operations include Omagwa International Airport Port Harcourt, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri, and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano.


The circular added that the Nigerian Airspace remains closed for International flights.


The circular in part reads


''Following the announcement by President Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on the easing of and the start of second phase on the COVID-19 lockdown , we wish to inform the industry of the following:

The closure of Nigerian airports to domestic flights has been extended to 2300Z on the 20th June 2020. The gradual start of domestic flight operations will commence on 21st June 2020 with Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano, Omagwa International Airport, Port Harcourt and Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri. Other airports will be gradually added to the network after a review and assessment.

All flights to any airport outside the above five listed airports above shall comply with the existing COVID- 19 protocols for approvals.

The closure of Nigerian airports to international flights will continue until a date of resumption is announced.

Emergency and essentials flights are exempted from this restriction and shall comply with the existing COVID-19 protocols for approvals.'' the statement read


On Monday, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 announced plans to reopen the airports for domestic flights beginning from June 21.
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We’ve Pulled Out From Peace Agreement With Bandits – Governor Masari

6/03/2020 05:47:00 pm 0
Governor Aminu Masari has announced that his government has pulled out of the peace agreement they reached with bandits who have been killing and destroying properties owned by innocent residents of Katsina state. 


Though the Katsina State Governor said the peace agreement his administration reached with bandits in 2016 yielded positive results, he however added that the gunmen betrayed it and have since been carrying out coordinated attacks with their accomplices from Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger Republic across the state.


Masari told BBC Hausa; 


“The armed bandits have betrayed our trust in them, following a peace agreement earlier negotiated with them, in our quest to find a lasting peace in the state. 

“We chose peace dialogue for peaceful coexistence in the state and we have done our best; yet, the attacks continue. 

“As a result of the peace agreement, the government banned vigilante groups and identified cattle routes and facilitated free movements of bandits to convey their livestock in the markets.

“The Federal Government has deployed more troops with at least five fighter jets that would work between Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto. However, the security agents are complaining of (a) dearth of logistics to help them fight the bandits.”


The Governor who stated that attacks in the state are being carried out by unrepentant bandits, said it is now left for security agents to negotiate with them. 
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US Embassy In Nigeria Warn Citizens Against Visiting Its Office Over Planned Protest On The Killing Of George Floyd

6/03/2020 05:44:00 pm 0
The United States Embassy in Nigeria has issued a warning to its citizens against visiting its consulate office at Walter Carrington Crescent in Victoria Island, Lagos, over a planned protest on the killing of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last week.


The planned protest was supposed to happen today June 3rd.


The warning comes after some Nigerians stormed the US embassy in Abuja on Tuesday, to protest against the murder of George Floyd, and also called for an end to racial discrimination and injustice. 


In an alert published on its website, the US embassy advised its citizens to be aware of their surroundings and avoid areas surrounding the US consulate office building.


“The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos has received reports that demonstrators plan to gather in front of the Consulate on Wednesday, June 03, 2020 to protest current events in the United States,” the alert read.


“Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.


“Avoid the areas of Walter Carrington Crescent, the U.S. Consulate General office building, and surrounding areas. Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.


“Be aware of your surroundings. Monitor local media for updates. Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Nigerian visa. Review your personal security plans. Wear a mask when in public spaces to protect yourself and others from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”
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9 Killed In Kaduna Village In Fresh Attack

6/03/2020 03:11:00 pm 0
A fresh attack by bandits in Avong Doka village in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state, has left 9 people dead. 


Though the police is yet to comment on the attack, the Chairman of Kajuru local government area Cafra Caino told Channels television that the gunmen invaded the village in the early hours of today and started shooting sporadically, forcing residents to scamper for safety.


While 9 people died from the attack, many others sustained injuries and have been taken to the hospital for treatment.


Caino said the prompt arrival of soldiers stopped the casulty figure from increasing, as the bandits ran into the bush. Soldiers have now been stationed in the village to avert any further attack.


This is coming barely a week after gunmen burnt down several houses at a Rural Grazing Area settlement in Agwala Dutse village also in Kajuru local government area.
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President Buhari Presides Over Third Virtual Federal Executive Council Meeting

6/03/2020 03:07:00 pm 0
President Buhari today presided over the third virtual Federal Executive Council FEC meeting.  


Only ministers who had memos to present were allowed to be physically present at the meetings while others joined in from their locations.


The Federal government opted for the virtual FEC meeting as part of efforts to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus in the country.


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Pope Francis Reacts To The Death Of George Floyd

6/03/2020 02:48:00 pm 0
Pope Francis has reacted to the death of George Floyd.


"We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism," the pontiff said on Wednesday, June 3, in reaction to the killing of George Floyd by US police that has sparked nationwide protests.


The leader of the Roman Catholic Church however, condemned the violence that followed George Floyd's death as "self-destructive and self-defeating."


He said: "Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost."


Pope Francis said he was praying for Floyd and "all those others who have lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism."


Since Floyd's death, protests have been held in cities across the country and some of them turned violent.
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Worship Centers, Markets Remain Shut - Kaduna State Govt

6/03/2020 01:40:00 pm 0
The Kaduna state government has said that worship centers and markets in the state will continue to remain shut.


Residents of the state had thought such places will be opened as the Presidential taskforce on COVID-19 lifted the ban on them on Monday, June 1.


However, in a statement released last night, the state government said relevant government agencies are currently engaging business, community, and religious leaders to discuss and agree on the protocols for the safe opening of businesses and market, and resumption of congregational worship. 


The statement adds that public places such as markets and worship centers remain shut as the consultations have not been concluded.

''Until these consultations result in a formal announcement authorising businesses, markets and places of worship to reopen, it will be a violation of subsisting Quarantine Orders to reopen any unauthorised facility, market or places of worship or to conduct congregational worship of any sort. Places of worship in Kaduna State were not closed by the Federal Government.The decision to close places of worship in Kaduna State was taken and enforced in March 2020 by the state government as part of the proclamation of the Quarantine Orders in the state.

Kaduna State is not one of the three states and the FCT where the Federal Government imposed a lockdown. The steps taken to ease such federally-imposed lockdowns in the concerned places should not be construed as the Federal Government relaxing in all states conditions that it did not impose in the first place.'' the statement read
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State Of Minnesota Files Civil Rights Charge Against State's Police Department Over George Floyd Killing

6/03/2020 01:23:00 pm 0
The state of Minnesota on Tuesday June 2, filed a civil rights charge against the Minneapolis Police Department over the death of George Floyd. 


Governor Tim Walz who made the announcement, said the state's Department of Human Rights will also launch an investigation against the Minneapolis Police Department following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody last week.


He said the investigation into the police department’s policies, procedures and practices over the past 10 years will determine if the force has engaged in systemic discrimination toward people of color, and work out how to stop it. State Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero will lead the investigation.


Walz said; 


“Silence is complicity. Minnesotans can expect our administration to use every tool at our disposal to deconstruct generations of systemic racism in our state. 

“I think the thing I’m hearing from the protesters is: ‘We’re not watching and we don’t care what you say. We care what you do."
Lucero’s department will seek an agreement from Minneapolis city leaders and the police department to immediately implement interim measures, followed by long-term measures to address systemic discrimination.


The announcement is coming five days after the Hennepin County Attorney filed criminal charges against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer seen on now-viral video with his knee on Floyd's neck. The three other officers on the scene of Floyd's arrest have yet to face charges. 


The FBI is also investigating whether police willfully deprived Floyd of his civil rights. The Department of Justice announced last week that they are also investigating whether Chauvin and the other officers violated federal civil rights laws. 


It was further learnt that the Minneapolis Police Department has faced decades of allegations brutality and other discrimination against African Americans and other minorities, even within the department itself. Critics say its culture resists change, despite the elevation of Medaria Arradondo as its first black police chief in 2017. 


Arradondo himself was among five black officers who sued the police department in 2007 over alleged discrimination in promotions, pay, and discipline. 
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