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Breaking News In Nigeria This Morning, Thursday, July 16th, 2020

El-Rufa’i to community leaders: expose evil ones among you.

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday told leaders of Zango Kataf and Kauru councils of the state to expose people behind the crises in their communities where a 24-hour curfew is in place.

The communities have been at lwar, resulting in killings and destruction of property.

El-Rufa’i was speaking after meeting with political office holders and traditional authorities, urging them to expose those who incite violence in their areas.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, after the meeting, quoted the governor as saying, “It is up to the stakeholders from the area to openly controvert false narratives”.

The governor chaired the meeting which comprised security agencies and major stakeholders from the area, as part of measures to restore stability in the communities.

El-Rufai said in the statement, “The portrayal of parts of southern Kaduna as unsafe places deters development and investments.”

The statement said the governor was awaiting advice from security agencies on the request to review the curfew hours, but promised to address the stakeholders demand for roads.


BREAKING: Nigeria records 643 new COVID-19 cases, total now 34,259.

Nigeria has recorded 643 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 34,257.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known via its Twitter handle on Wednesday.

“On the 15th of July 2020, 643 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths were recorded in Nigeria. No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

“Till date, 34259 cases have been confirmed, 13999 cases have been discharged and 760 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 643 new cases are reported from 19 states- Lagos (230), Oyo (69), FCT (51), Edo (43), Osun (35), Rivers (30), Ebonyi (30), Kaduna (28), Ogun (27), Ondo (23), Plateau (20), Benue (17), Enugu (16), Imo (10), Delta (6), Kano (4), Nasarawa (2), Kebbi (1), Ekiti (1),” the NCDC said.


WASSCE/pupils resumption: S’West states, Ebonyi, C’River on collision course with FG.

There were strong indications on Wednesday that some state governments were on a collision course with the Federal Government over their pupils’ participation in the 2020 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.

Investigations by The PUNCH showed that six South-West states, Ebonyi and Cross River states had started preparing to recall their pupils in preparation for the examination.

The plan contradicts the decision of the Federal Government, which after the Federal Executive Council meeting on July 8, said it had suspended the plan to recall graduating pupils for WASSCE.

On Monday, there was confusion over the resumption as the Federal Ministry of Education issued guidelines for the reopening of schools, but failed to indicate the resumption date.

Amid the confusion at the federal level, some state governments on Wednesday began preparations for their pupils to sit for WASSCE.


Imo missing girl found in Lagos.

Police in Imo State have announced that a missing girl, Ada Akium Harry, from Amaraku, Isiala Mbano Council Area of the state, has been found in Lagos.

A statement by Imo police command’s spokesman SP Orlando Ikeokwu said the girl could only remember where she comes from and her mother’s name.

Ikeokwu provided no further details, but he appealed to the girls’ relatives to come to forward to claim their daughter.

“The girl is in Lagos presently. All she can remember is that she is from Amaraku Isiala Mbano and her mother’s name.”


Osun to prosecute policewoman for maltreating stepdaughter.

The Osun State Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Bukola Olaboopo, has disclosed plans by the government to arraign a policewoman, who has allegedly been maltreating her six-year-old stepdaughter.

A statement by the Press Officer in the ministry, Adereti Bolarinwa, on Wednesday, quoted Olaboopo as saying that the action of the policewoman was reported to her by some concerned residents.

She warned that violation of the Child Rights Law in the state was a criminal offence, adding that the suspect would be charged any moment from now.

The ministry also said the government was “convinced about the maltreatment of the subject, an action contrary to the provisions of the Child Rights Law of the state.”

The commissioner explained that when attention of the ministry was drawn to the plight of the minor, a delegation was dispatched to locate the house and rescue her.

She said, “We located the house, where the incident has been occurring, rescued and took custody of the abused child. She has since been under the care of the state.

“In recent times, child abuse cases have been rampant and have become major issues in Nigeria; a lot of children are exposed to psychological and emotional abuse, which affects their total well-being

“The present administration has zero tolerance for rape, child molestation, child labour and other vices that can endanger the lives of children. We shall soon commence the street raid of children, who engage in hawking and other labour.”

Eight Lagos cops detained for extorting social media influencer.

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested eight police personnel for their alleged involvement in the assault and extortion of a social media influencer, Olumide Bakare.

Confirming the arrest, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the errant cops would be subjected to the orderly room trial after the conclusion of investigation into the matter.

He said, “The officers are with us at the provost department at the headquarter s. The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the case be transferred to the headquarters and they were all brought to the headquarters. The victim said three officers were directly involved in the incident, but eight of them were arrested because they are members of a team.

“We arrested every team member to investigate the role that each of them played. Investigation is ongoing and those involved will undergo orderly room trial and if found guilty, they will be dealt with in line with our extant laws.”

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