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Today's Headlines: Covid-19: Fresh Lockdown Rocks African Country, Buhari Eulogises Amina Mohammed

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Covid-19: Zimbabwe Announces 2-Week Lockdown

Zimbabwe has announced a 2-week lockdown aimed at curbing the recent surge in Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, with the country reporting more than 4,600 infections last week.

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Last week’s increase represents a 156-per cent increase in just one week.

A spokesperson for Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric disclosed this while briefing correspondents at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday.

Dujarric said the UN team, led by the Resident Coordinator, Maria Ribeiro, had stepped up its support to the national COVID response efforts to support the country.

“UN colleagues are working to help deliver essential health care services, including improving access to oxygen and intensive care units for severe cases.

“The UN team is also delivering medical, protective, and sanitizing equipment and supplies to healthcare workers, schools, and communities,’’ he said.

Buhari Eulogise Amina Mohammed At 60

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the emergence of Amina Mohammed as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations indicated that she is a gift to the world.

The Nigerian president, at the 60th birthday colloquium of the first Nigerian to be appointed as the UN Deputy Secretary-General, described Amina as a purpose-driven technocrat who has worked to make the world a better place.

However the president was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Buhari said “She has served four presidents in various capacities, including poverty alleviation, millennium development goals and environment. Nigeria’s loss is now a huge gain to the world".

Supreme Court Did Not Order My Re-Trial – Kalu

Recently, A former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has informed a Federal High Court in Nigeria that the Supreme Court did not order his re-trial over alleged money laundering.

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However, Kalu, who is the Senate Chief Whip under the All Progressives Congress (APC), is facing fresh charges of money laundering worth N7.6 billion against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

At the adoption of the arguments by lawyers in the matter yesterday, Kalu’s counsel, Awa Kalu (SAN) informed the court that the order of the Supreme Court on May 8, 2020, did not include him for retrial.

All the lawyers in the matter including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) adopted their arguments yesterday.

Gunmen Abducts 13 Women on Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Highway

Gunmen Suspected to be kidnappers, on Thursday evening, abducted 13 women travelling along Kaduna Birnin Gwari road

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The women who were on their way to attend a wedding, were said to have been kidnapped between Manini and Udawa town, along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highway.

According to a resident of Udawa town, Alhaji Umar Abdullah, who said he escaped narrowly, “the incident happened on Thursday around 12:00 pm when the bandits intercepted three vehicles conveying the women on their way to Birnin Gwari".

Amaechi Recommends Stronger Charges against railway vandals

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday, recommended that stiffer charges be preferred against anyone found to be vandalising rail facilities in the country.

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The minister made the recommendation during a ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Media Team at the State House, Abuja.

He opined that introducing stiffer penalties such as manslaughter charges to punish vandals would go a long way to curb the menace, which could cause a train to derail and lead to grave fatalities.

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