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Biggest News Headlines For This Morning, Friday, 17 July, 2020

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Blocking Zamfara boundaries will end banditry – Matawalle.

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has declared that the issue of banditry in Nigeria will come to an end if bandits in Zamfara can be eliminated.

Matawalle, who made this remark on Thursday when he received the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who was in the state for a one-day working visit, said, “Zamfara State is the epicentre of bandits in the country.”


Don't penalise Africa for fielding three heavyweights, Amina Mohamed tells WTO members.

Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s sports minister and candidate for the director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), says Africa should not be penalised for presenting three candidates for the job, but be commended for backing three heavyweights. 


BREAKING: COVID-19 case in Nigeria rise to 34,854 with 595 new cases.

Nigeria on Thursday night recorded 595 new cases of COVID-19

According to a tweet from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the total number of cases so far in Nigeria is now 34,894.

The NCDC further revealed that 769 people have died from the virus, with 14,292 patients discharged.


Court decides El-Zakzaky, wife’s murder charges July 30.

The High Court of Kaduna State has fixed July 30 for the hearing of an application by the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, otherwise known as Shiites, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, who are praying for an order quashing the charges of murder of a soldier instituted against them by the state government.


WASSCE: Reps to lobby govs over school reopening.

The House of Representatives on Thursday met with stakeholders in the education sector on the ways schools could be reopened to allow pupils sit the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination.


Only mosques, churches with approvals will reopen –Ekiti.

The EKITI State Commissioner for Environment, Gbenga Agbeyo, said on Thursday that only places of worship that met the stipulated COVID-19 guidelines and issued with the certificate of fitness would be allowed to reopen on Fridays and Sundays as earlier directed by the Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.


We don’t support school resumption – NUT Lagos.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers, Lagos State chapter, has said it does not support the idea of reopening schools in the state.

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