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Biggest Breaking News In Nigeria This Afternoon, 18 July, 2020

COVID-19: El-Rufai govt approves resumption date, working hours for civil servants in Kaduna.

The Kaduna State government has directed civil servants in the State to resume work on Monday, July 20, with strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols.

It also said that Grade Levels 7 to 13 would resume on Tuesday and Thursday, from 9 am-3 pm.

“Public servants in Kaduna State will resume on Monday, July 20 2020, with strict compliance to Covid-19 protocols,” the government tweeted on its verified Twitter page on Saturday.

“Grade Levels 14 and above will be in their offices Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while Grade Level 7 to 13 will resume on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 am-3 pm,” it added.


Senate President, Lawan speaks on running for presidency in 2023.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has denied he is planning for president in 2023.

This was contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, on Saturday.

Lawan was reacting to speculations that he could run for the highest office in the land, after President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term elapses.

In the statement, he said it was too early for anyone to harbour ambitions for 2023.

“The report apparently has its source in beer parlour gossips and should be treated with the contempt which it and those who concocted it deserves.

“It is true that the Senate President was involved in the consultations that President Muhammadu Buhari held prior to the last emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress,” the statement read in part.


Weekend lockdown continues in Ogun - State Govt.

The Ogun State Government said on Saturday that the weekend lockdown in Ogun State will continue until further notice.

On July 3, Governor Dapo Abiodun had said there should be no business activities on Saturdays and Sundays in Ogun State for another two weeks.

This, the Governor had said, would help in reducing the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the battle against which, according to him, had not been won.

On Friday, Ogun indigenes were hopeful that Abiodun would relax the lockdown.

But, in a statement on its social media handles on Saturday, the Ogun State Government said:

“Despite the remarkable number of cases discharged, the State Government by reason of the number of confirmed cases recorded daily due to community transmission, continues to enforce total lockdown on weekends.”

It stated further “that total lockdown will be enforced on Saturday, 18th July, 2020 and Sunday, the 19th.”

Meanwhile, the state government has confirmed 13 new cases of the deadly COVID-19 announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Friday.

With this development, the state now has a total of 1,159 confirmed cases, 777 of whom have recovered.

Having recorded 22 deaths so far, the state now has 360 active cases.

“Ogun State on 17th July, 2020 recorded 13 new COVID-19 cases, as part of the total 1159 so far confirmed since the index case in February.

“Having discharged a total of 777 cases with 22 related deaths recorded, the State is currently managing 360 active cases in its Treatment and Isolation Centres,” it said.


Military kill seven bandits, recover ammunitions, cattle.

Nigerian Army has revealed that its troops under ‘Operation Sahel Sanity”, a component of ‘Operation Hadarin Daji’, yesterday, killed seven suspected bandits.

The attack was during a shootout at Jigawar Malamai in Dan Musa Local Government Area of Katsina State and in Garin Maza, Tamuske and Garin Bagwari villages in Sabon Birni of Sokoto State, respectively.

A press statement signed by the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier-General Benard Onyeuko, and made available to newsmen in Gusau, Zamfara State, said the success recorded was during a ‘clearance operation’ conducted on suspected hideouts of the bandits which resulted to operation fire for fire between the military and the bandits.

The statement noted that the troops deployed from ‘Forward Operation Base’’ at Danjibga in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State, also recovered from rustlers over 121 cows and 37 sheep, which were eventually handed over to the Committee for Recovery of Rustled Animals for further action.

The statement said: “Furthermore, troops of Defence Headquarters Special Operation Forces deployed in Batsari had a meeting engagement with some marauding armed bandits at Jigawar Mallamai in Danmusa LGA of Katsina State.”


Anambra govt issues warning to herdsmen.

Anambra State Government has warned against the grazing of animals on school premises.

Ostar Christopher, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Security, decried that this was going on despite ban.

The aide spoke with newsmen in Awka on Saturday.

Christopher cited reports of face-off between herdsmen and farmers due to conversion of farms and schools to grazing fields.

He said the act has caused “lots of clashes between farmers and herdsmen because farm crops were destroyed or lives lost at times. The state took a decision to ban the practice to achieve peace”.

The official warned that further violation of the ban on grazing on school premises would attract serious sanctions

He recalled that the Cattle Menace Control Committee reached an agreement with herdsmen leaders against grazing in academic environment.

“We have been able to make herdsmen who have been grazing in Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University to move out of the premises peacefully.”

Christopher added that Anambra would not tolerate animals destroying crops and farms or invading institutions of learning.

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