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Major Top News In Nigeria, Saturday, 18th July, 2020

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), says he has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, over the persistent malicious publications against him by SaharaReporters through its online medium. Malami, who disclosed this in a statement by Dr. Umar Gwandu, his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, in Abuja on Friday. said his lawyers, Sunday Ameh (SAN), and Co have forwarded the petition to the IGP. 

The Federal Government has directed school owners in the country to meet specific guidelines by July 29, 2020 towards the reopening of schools at a date to be announced later. The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, gave the directive in a statement signed by Ben Goong, the Director Information in the ministry, on Friday in Abuja. Nwajiuba said the Ministry, having consulted widely with the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and Education in Emergencies Working Group, had developed and circulated guidelines for the reopening of schools. 

The Ekiti State Government has postponed the reopening date of worship centres earlier scheduled for July 17 to August 14. Services in worship centres, including Mosques and Churches, had been suspended since March following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement in Ado Ekiti on Friday, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, said government’s new decision was because leaders of worship centres could not meet the conditions set for reopening. 

The Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria on Friday commended Wema Bank Plc for dedicating a Teller in their banking hall to the most vulnerable persons in the society. The bank’s branch on Admiralty way, Lekki phase 1, Lagos had dedicated a Teller in their banking hall to the most vulnerable persons to make it easy for them to carry out their banking transactions. 

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee announced that all the venues intended for the Games in 2021 have been secured and the sports competition schedule confirmed. A statement on the International Olympic Committee website said the decision was taken at the IOC virtual session held on Friday. It said: “This marks a significant step for the organisers, with only one year to go until the postponed Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 open on July 23, 2021. 

The corpse of one of the kidnappers a Youth Corps member in Sagamu, Ogun State has been recovered in a bush at Ilishan Remo area of the state. The suspected kidnappers had on July 15, 2020 abducted Agnes Okoroji, a Youth Corper attached to the Federal Government Girls College, Sagamu, and Tawa Sosanwo. However, they met their waterloo when they were intercepted by policemen on routine patrol, led by a Divisional Police Officer, Okiki Agunbiade, a Superintendent of Police, a statement by the spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said.

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