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COVID-19: Niger govt orders fast closure of faculties

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By Wole Mosadomi – Minna

Niger State Authorities has ordered the closure of Public and Non-public Colleges in addition to Tertiary Establishments throughout the State with impact from Thursday.

A press release issued by the Secretary to the State Authorities (SSG) and Chairman, Niger State Process Drive on COVID-19 Pandemic, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, acknowledged that the closure adopted an upsurge of the COVID-19 within the nation including that the closure will final for thirty days.

The state Head of Service had earlier at this time directed that every one Civil Servants are to remain at residence from Monday, 21st December 2020 until additional discover besides these on important providers.

The SSG enjoined the individuals of the State to shortly return to using face masks, bodily and social distancing, in order to assist curb the unfold of the pandemic within the State, including that coronavirus remains to be very a lot lurking round.

“Regardless of huge advocacy and sensitization by the Authorities, it’s disappointing to see the group at worship centres, banks, markets, motor parks throughout the State flouting the coronavirus tips.

“We might be pressured to take the painful determination of bringing the State below the COVID-19 Preventive, Containment and Emergency Order if it stays clear that Nigerlites are decided to flout the foundations”, Ahmed Matane declared.

The Chairman of the State Process Drive on COVID-19 known as on the monetary establishments, supermarkets, company entities and business autos and bikes homeowners to strictly make sure the enforcement of “no face mark, no entry” with a view to halt additional unfold of the scourge within the communities and flatten the curve.

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Matane expressed optimism that the struggle in opposition to the dreaded virus might be gained if Nigerlites adhere strictly to the security protocols of COVID-19.

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Man lures 12-year-old lady in a bush, rapes her, aborts her being pregnant

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A Dutse Chief Magistrates’ Courtroom, on Monday, ordered the remand of a 55-year-old man, Ibrahim Jallo, in a correctional centre for allegedly raping a 12-year-old lady and stopping her child from being born alive.

The defendant, a resident of Buma Ruwa village in Gwiwa Native Authorities space, is going through a two-count cost, bordering on rape and an act executed to forestall little one from being born alive.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Mr Musa Fagam, had informed the court docket that the defendant dedicated the offences someday in 2020.

Fagam stated that the defendant lured a 12-year-old lady into a close-by bush and had canal information of her, ensuing within the sufferer getting pregnant.

He additional informed the court docket that the defendant, thereafter, gave the sufferer medication which pressured the unborn child to return out useless.

Fagam stated that the offences contravened Sections 282(e) and 235 of the Penal Code Legislation.

Whereas the defendant pleaded responsible to the cost of rape, he, nevertheless, pleaded not responsible to the cost of stopping the newborn from being born alive.

The Justice of the Peace, Mrs Batula Dauda, order that the defendant be remanded in a correctional centre and adjourned the case until Feb. 25, for additional point out. (NAN)

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Ogun residents protest six months energy outage

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By James Ogunnaike – Abeokuta

Youths in Owode-Egba, the headquarters of Obafemi-Owode native authorities space of Ogun State, on Monday staged a peaceable demonstration to protest  six months energy outage within the city.

The protesters below the aegis of Owode-Egba Youths Growth Motion, carried placards with inscriptions akin to ‘Finish darkness in Owode-Egba’, ‘We’re uninterested in darkness in Owode-Egba’, ‘We are saying no to estimated billing’, ‘IBEDC is killing our companies’, and ‘IBEDC mild up Owode-Egba’, walked by means of main streets of the city, chanting anti-establishment songs.

Based on the protesters, the primary injection energy transformer that provides electrical energy to about 32 communities within the city acquired burnt since August, 2020, saying all their efforts to make sure the transformer is changed by Ibadan Electrical energy Distribution Firm (IBEDC) has did not yield any optimistic consequence.

The protesters, who additionally took their protest to the palace of the Olu of Owode-Egba, Oba Kolawole Aremi Sowemimo and the headquarters of Obafemi-Owode Native Authorities, blamed the electrical energy firm for turning deaf ears to their pleas.

Talking on behalf of the protesters, the president of the Owode-Egba Youth Growth Motion, Abdul Fatai Shoneye, defined that for the reason that group was thrown into darkness, IBEDC had not come out with any official place.

He added that companies within the city have suffered, whereas criminals have been terrorising the group as results of the blackout.

Shoneye disclosed that the group had additionally visited the workplace of the IBEDC and Ministry of Chieftaincy and Native Authorities Affairs to name their consideration to the scenario, however nothing was achieved to handle the scenario.

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“Since August 9, 2020, we’ve got had an issue of transformer and up until date, there was no official assertion from anyone; both from the IBEDC or authorities. That’s why we’re making it as a protest to allow them to know that persons are dwelling right here and we’re affected by darkness.

“We would like the federal government to come back to our help, as a result of the IBEDC instructed us that that is past their energy. The transformer isn’t just an atypical transformer; it’s 2.5MVA 33/11.

“We’re interesting to the federal government and well-meaning individuals to come back to our help so that we are going to get our enterprise on the monitor, as a result of each enterprise right here has collapsed because of elongated energy outage”.

Addresing the protesters, Oba Sowemimo bemoaned the facility outage and appealed to the protesters be calm and go about their protest peacefully.

He mentioned he had made private efforts to make sure the broken transformer was restored by partaking the officers of the electrical energy firm, expressing disappointment the best way the corporate was dealing with the matter.

Oba Sowemimo, nevertheless, known as on the corporate to endeavour to exchange the broken transformer, saying felony actions had been on the rise for the reason that blackout.

Reacting to the protest, the Regional Communication Officer of the IBEDC, Ayodeji Bada, denied ignoring the calls for of the group, including “the administration of IBEDC is doing every thing to make sure the substitute of the transformer”.

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“The transformer is 2.5MVA bulk transformer. It was suppossed for use for a mini injection station.

”The order to import a brand new one to exchange the broken one had been positioned, however it should take some time earlier than it get right here.

”That’s why we’re telling them that that is the scenario of issues; we’re doing every thing potential to make sure that the electricy provide is restored to Owode Egba and its environs”, Bada said.

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FG boasts, says 158 bandits, terrorists killed in three weeks

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The Federal Authorities says no fewer than 158 armed bandits, terrorists and legal parts have been neutralised by the Armed Forces throughout the nation for the reason that starting of the yr.

The Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Monday in Abuja mentioned the determine excluded scores of different terrorists and armed bandits killed throughout airstrikes.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews the Minister of Inside, Rauf Aregbesola, was on the media briefing on the progress made by the federal government within the struggle in opposition to terrorism and banditry.

Mohammed mentioned some 52 legal parts had been arrested, with scores of arms, ammunition and gear recovered whereas troops additionally rescued a complete of 17 kidnapped victims throughout the nation.

He mentioned {that a} complete of 684,856 barrels of stolen crude oil, 1,724,000 litres of stolen Automotive Fuel Oil (AGO) and 500,000 litres of Twin Function Kerosene (DPK) had been recovered.

Giving particulars of the feat by the navy in every geo-political zone, the minister mentioned within the North-West, 118 armed bandits had been killed in motion and a complete of 11kidnapped victims had been rescued inside the interval.

“Throughout the identical interval, a cumulative complete of 358 livestock and 5 assorted rifles had been recovered from the armed bandits by the gallant troops within the zone.

“In the identical vein, a complete of 11 arrests had been made, and people arrested embrace excessive profile armed bandits, gun runners and bandits’ collaborators,’’ he mentioned.

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1n the North-East, the minister mentioned 30 terrorists, together with a few of their commanders, had been killed by troops, aside from the scores, who had been killed in air raids/assaults.

He mentioned a number of gun vehicles had been captured along with the 13 not too long ago captured at Marte in Borno, whereas some others had been destroyed by the troops.

“Additionally, a complete of 13 assorted rifles and two Anti-Plane weapons had been recovered from Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, as well as, a number of arrests had been made – together with high-value targets – inside the interval.

“Now, through the previous week alone, 5 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists had been eradicated by troops as they tried to overrun Abbagajiri and Dusula cities in Damboa Native Authorities Space of Borno.

“The troops, from the 402 Particular Forces Process Power Brigade, had on Wednesday encircled some terrorists’ enclaves at Abbagajiri and inflicted heavy casualties on them.

“Other than the 5 who had been killed, many different terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds, whereas the troops additionally captured a number of weapons and a few Improvised Explosive Gadget (IED)-making supplies amongst others,’’ he mentioned.

Within the North-Central, the minister mentioned {that a} complete of six kidnapped victims had been rescued, whereas 5 armed bandits, together with militia gang leaders, had been killed in motion.

He mentioned that 11 armed bandits had been equally arrested within the zone.

“Solely on Saturday, the Air Element of Operation Thunder Strike neutralised a number of armed bandits at Chikwale Forest within the Mangoro space of Chikun Native Authorities Space of Kaduna State.

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“The operation adopted credible intelligence reviews indicating the numerous presence of armed bandits within the space, which is about 20km West of the Kaduna-Abuja Freeway,’’ he mentioned.

Within the South-South, the minister mentioned troops of Operation Delta Protected destroyed operational actions of 24 unlawful refining websites, 11 picket boats, 142 steel tanks, 17 dugout pits and 45 ovens.

He mentioned 30 suspects had been arrested whereas 14 pumping machines, 13 pace boats and 13 outboard engines had been recovered.

“Moreover, a complete of 684,856 barrels of stolen crude oil, 1,724,000 litres of illegally refined Automotive Fuel Oil (AGO) and 500,000 litres of Twin Function Kerosene (DPK) had been recovered.

“Moreover, a complete of 1,184 of 25kg baggage of Yaraliva Nitrab or Fertilizer suspected to have been smuggled from the Republic of Cameroon had been impounded,’’ he mentioned.

Within the South-West, Mohammed mentioned troops of Operation AWATSE destroyed a number of unlawful refining websites and arrested eight boats engaged in unlawful actions.

He mentioned along with the kinetic navy operations, which led to the successes, the Armed Forces routinely perform non-kinetic operations inform of Civil-Army Cooperation Actions (CIMIC).

The minister assured that, with this renewed dedication and vigour, the safety businesses would maintain their onslaught in opposition to terrorists, bandits and legal parts within the nation.

He urged the residents, to offer their assist to the safety businesses, who day by day sacrifice to maintain the nation secure. (NAN)

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