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    Almajiri kids: North shifting its burden to south, says Ohanaeze

Almajiri kids: North shifting its burden to south, says Ohanaeze

Uche Achi-Okpaga, national publicity secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has accused northern leaders of shifting their "burden" to other parts of the country by relocating almajiri kids from their states. In an interview with The PUNCH, Achi-Okpaga accused leaders from the region of creating a problem for others through the relocation. Usually between the age of four and 15 years, the almajiri kids are [...]

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    FG targets 37,000 people as school feeding programme commences in Lagos

FG targets 37,000 people as school feeding programme commences in Lagos

The federal government says it will commence the home-grown school feeding programme in Lagos state on Thursday, with at least 37,000 beneficiaries targeted. In a statement on Tuesday, the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, said each of the beneficiaries would take home food rations worth N4,200. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the government modified the feeding programme -- which [...]

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    Group trains prison officers on sanctions for offenders amid pandemic

Group trains prison officers on sanctions for offenders amid pandemic

The Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) has trained officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in the federal capital territory (FCT) on "appropriate" sanctions for offenders amid COVID-19 pandemic. The training, PRAWA said, was on guidelines for the supervision of those serving non-custodial sentence and for punishment of violators. Non-custodial sentence refers to convictions that do not require serving prison term. In a [...]

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    Reps probe NBET’s operations from 2015 to date

Reps probe NBET’s operations from 2015 to date

The house of representatives has resolved to investigate the operations of the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET) from 2015 to date over allegations of fraud. The green chamber said the probe is as a result of allegations of corruption levelled against the agency and Marilyn Amobi, its managing director. This followed a motion introduced during Tuesday's plenary session by Mohammed Wudil from [...]

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    WHO: Trial for COVID-19 drug has started in Nigeria

WHO: Trial for COVID-19 drug has started in Nigeria

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the solidarity trial for a drug to treat COVID-19 has commenced in Nigeria. Speaking on Friday at the joint national briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, Fiona Braka, officer in charge of WHO in Nigeria, however, said the trials are still at an early stage. In April, Nigeria had expressed interest to be [...]

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    FG quarantines British pilots who flouted flight ban, vows to deal with airline

FG quarantines British pilots who flouted flight ban, vows to deal with airline

The federal government says it has quarantined the pilots of a British airline that flouted Nigeria's ban on commercial flights. At the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, said the airline would be dealt with. TheCable had reported how Flairjet was caught operating commercial flights despite Nigeria's ban on commercial flights. The airline has not made any official comment [...]

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    COVID-19: CBN, NNPC to spend N1bn on upkeep of Nigerian returnees

COVID-19: CBN, NNPC to spend N1bn on upkeep of Nigerian returnees

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have reportedly agreed to split N1 billion for the upkeep of Nigerians returning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, announced this during the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday. He said he had reached out to the duo to seek funds [...]

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    COVID-19: Vaccine trial yields positive results

COVID-19: Vaccine trial yields positive results

The US Food and Drug Administration already gave the company approval to begin the phase two clinical trials. [...]

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    ‘Buhari won’t address the nation today’ — Femi Adesina counters PTF coordinator

‘Buhari won’t address the nation today’ — Femi Adesina counters PTF coordinator

Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, says President Muhammadu Buhari will not address the nation on COVID-19 on Monday. Writing via his Twitter handle, Adesina said any update on the COVID-19 response will be given by the presidential task force (PTF). Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the task force, had during a Channels TV programme, said Buhari would address Nigerians on COVID-19 following [...]

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    Nwakaudu, Wike’s spokesman, is dead

Nwakaudu, Wike’s spokesman, is dead

Simeon Nwakaudu, a spokesman of Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, is dead. TheCable learnt Nwakaudu died on Sunday afternoon after a brief illness. He passed on at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) where he was being treated for an undisclosed ailment. He was until his death Wike's special assistant on electronic media. In a condolence message, Paulinus Nsirim, the state commissioner [...]

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    COVID-19: Spain’s daily death toll drops to 87 — lowest in two months

COVID-19: Spain’s daily death toll drops to 87 — lowest in two months

Spain has recorded less than 100 deaths from COVID-19 complications, the least casualty figure from the disease in the country in two months. The country’s ministry of health said on Saturday that 87 people died from COVID-19 complications in the past 24 hours, with another 421 infected. The new deaths are the lowest tally since March 16 when the country announced a [...]

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    Presidential system expensive for Nigeria, says Olusegun Aganga

Presidential system expensive for Nigeria, says Olusegun Aganga

Olusegun Aganga, former minister of finance, says the presidential system of government is expensive for Nigeria. The former minister, who also held the trade and investment portfolio, said the COVID-119 pandemic is a unique opportunity for Nigeria to make needed structural changes. Aganga served as minister of finance from 2010 to 2011, after which he was appointed minister of trade and investment, [...]

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    ‘COVID-19 is no joke… return to God’ — emir of Daura speaks after recovery

‘COVID-19 is no joke… return to God’ — emir of Daura speaks after recovery

Umar Faruq, emir of Daura in Katsina state, says COVID-19 is not a joke. Umar, who was speaking on his recovery from the disease, on Saturday, described the pandemic as a "dangerous period" for the world. The emir had contracted the virus but was discharged a few days ago from the Federal Medical Centre in Katsina. He asked Nigerians to "return to God" [...]

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    ‘Many killed’ as violence breaks out in Adamawa community

‘Many killed’ as violence breaks out in Adamawa community

Many persons were reportedly killed during a communal conflict in Tigno town in Lamurde local government area of Adamawa state. NAN quoted residents as saying the violence, which began on Friday, followed a misunderstanding between two warring groups in the area. It was not immediately clear the cause of the misunderstanding but it was learnt that an accident in the area had [...]

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    Buhari receives Madagascar’s COVID-19 herbal drug

Buhari receives Madagascar’s COVID-19 herbal drug

The herbal drug which Madagascar says it uses to treat COVID-19 patients has reached Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari, who received portions of the drug from Guinea Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo on Saturday, said the drug must be verified before use. Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari as saying the drug will go through the verification process which other remedies for the [...]

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    Most wanted suspect in Rwandan genocide arrested in France

Most wanted suspect in Rwandan genocide arrested in France

Félicien Kabuga, one of the most wanted suspects in the Rwandan genocide, has been arrested in France. The French ministry of justice announced that the 84-year-old was picked up on Saturday near Paris where he has been living under a false identity. Kabuga, who was alleged to have been a main financier of the genocide, has been on the run since the 1994 [...]

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