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    Broadcaster charged to court for ‘insulting’ Lai Mohammed

Broadcaster charged to court for ‘insulting’ Lai Mohammed

Rotimi Jolayemi, a freelance broadcaster, who was allegedly arrested for criticising Lai Mohammed, minister of information, has been charged with "causing annoyance" towards the minister, according to PUNCH. Jolayemi, known as "Oba Akewi", is the vice-chairman Freelance and Independent Radio Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN), Osun state chapter. He had recorded an eight-minute audio critical of the minister and released it via [...]

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    PHOTOS: Social distancing ignored as Yahaya Bello, aides celebrate tribunal victory

PHOTOS: Social distancing ignored as Yahaya Bello, aides celebrate tribunal victory

In clear violation of the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) directive on social distancing, Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, and some of his aides stayed close to one another as they celebrated his victory at the election tribunal. As part of safety protocols, the NCDC had advised Nigerians to maintain a distance of at least two meters to prevent the [...]

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    AMAC cancels N120,000 charge for ‘compulsory fumigation’ — after public outcry

AMAC cancels N120,000 charge for ‘compulsory fumigation’ — after public outcry

The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has asked businesses owners within the municipal to disregard an earlier directive to pay N120,000 for the disinfection of their facilities. TheCable had reported how AMAC asked business owners to pay N120,000 for the disinfection of their facilities. In a letter to business owners, Yahaya Kana, director of administration, AMAC, had said the directive was in line [...]

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    This period calls for sober reflection, says Buhari in Eid-el-Fitr message

This period calls for sober reflection, says Buhari in Eid-el-Fitr message

President Muhammadu Buhari says this year's Eid-el-Fitr is an occasion for sober reflection, not celebration. In a statement which Garba Shehu, his spokesman, issued on his behalf on Saturday, Buhari said the coronavirus pandemic has affected people’s lives and brought "long shadows of gloom”. He told the Muslim faithful to keep their spirits up in spite of the challenges. "For the first time in [...]

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    COVID-19 is a test from God, says Atiku

COVID-19 is a test from God, says Atiku

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says COVID-19 is a test from God. In a Sallah message on Saturday, Atiku asked Nigerians to continue to abide by the guidelines issued by health authorities. The former vice-president said guidelines are for the benefit of Nigerians and the world at large. "All these strictures could not have made our fasting less valid because, as Muslims, we believe [...]

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    In split judgement, tribunal affirms Yahaya Bello as Kogi governor

In split judgement, tribunal affirms Yahaya Bello as Kogi governor

The Kogi state governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja has affirmed Yahaya Bello as the winner of the 2019 election. Musa Wada, governorship candidate of the PDP, had approached the tribunal to challenge the victory of Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC). Jibril Okutepa, counsel to the petitioners, had urged the tribunal to uphold the petition and declare Wada as [...]

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    ‘We are now sewing face masks’ — how COVID-19 deprived tailors of Sallah gains

‘We are now sewing face masks’ — how COVID-19 deprived tailors of Sallah gains

For fashion designers, Eid el-Fitr is a season they look forward to as it creates the opportunity to smile to the banks. Referred to as "small Sallah", the end of Ramadan calls for celebration and tailors are among those who harvest the gains. In the past, some of them got so busy during this period that they worked overnight to [...]

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    Q&A on the health sector amidst COVID-19 outbreak

Q&A on the health sector amidst COVID-19 outbreak

Following the advent of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria and globally, Nigeria has been faced with various challenges ranging from tackling of the first index case to a near total lockdown of the economy.  The Federal Government through its agencies has intervened in the health sector by putting in place necessary infrastructures e.g. isolation centres, importation of medical safety [...]

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    COVID-19: I can’t forgive those who ruined my reputation, says Kano ‘index case’

COVID-19: I can’t forgive those who ruined my reputation, says Kano ‘index case’

Kabiru Rabi’u Dansitta, the reported index COVID-19 case in Kano, says it is wrong for anyone to say he brought the disease to the state. On April 11, Dansitta was reported as the index case of COVID-19 in Kano. But in an interview with Daily Trust, he said there is a possibility that he contracted the disease in Kano because he had spent [...]

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    Okorocha, Ihedioha affected as Uzodinma scraps pensions of some ex-public officers

Okorocha, Ihedioha affected as Uzodinma scraps pensions of some ex-public officers

Hope Uzodinma, governor of Imo, has scrapped payment of pensions to former governors, deputy governors, speakers and deputy speakers of the state.  On Friday, Uzodinma assented to a bill repealing the law that created pension allowances and gratuities for the former officials.  The governor said the law runs contrary to the 1999 constitution which stipulates that a pensioner must have worked for [...]

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