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1. Nigeria Records 600 New Cases Of COVID-19

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has recorded 600 new cases of coronavirus across the states of the federation.

The new cases confirmed now takes the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 35,454.

NCDC made this known via a tweet in its verified Twitter handle, on Friday night.

2. Ekiti Postpones Church, Mosques Reopening Until August 14

Ekiti State Government has shifted the reopening of the places of worship in the state to August 14 following the alleged inability of the worship centers to meet the prescribed conditions for reopening.

Health Commissioner, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade who reiterated the commitment of the state government to the safety of lives and property said, "the government will leave no stone unturned in the enforcement of the regulations on the reopening of worship places in the state".

The Mosques and Churches shut down since March, we're billed to reopen for worship once a week on Fridays for Muslims effective from July 17 and once a week on Sundays effective from July 19 for Christians.

But Muslims under the aegis of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Ekiti state chapter, suspended the reopening of all major mosques across the state since all the safety protocols could not be met within the timeframe stipulated by the government.

Yaya-Kolade said in a statement on Friday that a communiqué from the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ekiti state chapter " is indicative of the fact that the worship centers have yet to be ready to comply with the conditions set out by the governments for the reopening of worship centers".

Consequently, she said the August 14 date was to "give the worship centers enough time to meet the prescribed conditions for reopening".

3. NDDC: Court Restrains Police, Others From Arresting Nuneih

A River State High Court in Port Harcourt has restrained Nigeria Police and other law enforcement agencies from arresting the former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nuneih.

The court presided over by Justice S.E Thompson also granted an ex-parte order, restraining the NDDC and others from arresting Nuneih, pending the determination of the matter in court.

Nuneih sort orders of court through her counsel, Sylvester Adaka, the immediate past Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt branch.

4. Edo 2020: 35 Political Parties Endorse Governor Obaseki

A coalition of 35 registered political parties under the aegis of Coalition of Political Parties (CPP), in Edo on Friday, endorsed the re-election of Governor Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shaibu for another 4 years.

The Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and CPP in the state, Mr. Collins Oreruan, told newsmen at a news conference in Benin that the 35 Political Parties had collapsed their structures to massively support the governor's re-election bid.

Oreruan noted that under Obaseki-led administration the state had witnessed a peaceful atmosphere for businesses and industrial growth.

He added that many employment opportunities had been created for the youth under Obaseki's administration.

According to the CPP Chairman, the governor's educational and agricultural revolution in the state has attracted commendations from national and international communities.

Oreruan said the CPP's support for Obaseki was total and that the coalition would campaign for the governor across the length and breadth of the state.

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