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COVID-19: Buhari govt hints on date for ending lockdown

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The Federal Government on Friday hinted that the lockdown of States would end when citizens fully comply with preventive measures to curtail COVID-19.

Officially, Nigeria has recorded 190 cases of coronavirus and two deaths.

The government noted that it would be difficult to defeat coronavirus if citizens failed to observe directives meant to safeguard themselves and others.

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, stated this in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Asked whether or not the two weeks lockdown President Muhammadu Buhari slammed on Abuja, Lagos and Ogun could be extended; the minister said the behavior of Nigerians would determine that.

“If we don’t behave ourselves, it is likely that the lockdown will be extended, but if we behave ourselves, there might not be an extension and I hope we do so.

“If we stay at home for two weeks and we are doing everything we are supposed to do, we should be able to effectively contain the disease.

“My appeal to Nigerians is that they should obey the directives on social distancing, personal hygiene, and shun gatherings; after two weeks, we will resume our normal lives.

“But if they think it is a joke, then we may have to stay at home more than the two weeks,” Mohammed added.

Meanwhile, Governors have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that palliatives get to vulnerable Nigerians struggling to cope with the COVID-19 crisis

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Jarigbe Agom declared winer of Cross River North senatorial By-election.

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Jarigbe Agom is a candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar, Friday declared Hon. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe winner of December 5th, 2020, Cross River North senatorial By-election.

The court also nullifies the certificate of return earlier issued to Dr Steven Odey by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and directed that it be withdrawn immediately.

Stating that a new certificate should be issued to Jarigbe Agom as new senator elect and returned to office.

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Unknown Gunmen Behead Victim, Dump Head in a Market in Imo

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Unknown gunmen have beheaded another unidentified person and displayed his head at Orie Okporo market Community in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.

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The ugly incident happened in the early hours of Thursday.

This has brought the number of such killings to three persons who have been beheaded in Okopro Community, starting from Tuesday this week.

Some of the sources from Orlu, who spoke to Newsmen on the beheading of residents have continued to link the activities to criminal elements, diabolical gangs operating freely in the area especially at night.

A source from the Okporo community said: “The head of this person was taken to the Orie Okporo market and dumped there. Just this morning we got the news and went to Okporo market where we saw the head of the person. we were shocked, asking what does this group of persons want to achieve?”

“You will remember Okporo market, is where a peculiar incident happened when heads of two other persons killed on Tuesday, were dropped and we don’t know what next again. We beg them to stop this kind of killing. Orlu is known for peace,” He said.

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IMN Leader, Zakzaky freed and acquited

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A Kaduna State High Court has freed the embattled leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife.

The judge in his ruling held that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the defendants.

In a ruling that lasted over eight hours, the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada upheld the no-case submission filed by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife in an alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace levelled against them by the Kaduna state government.

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The duo has been standing trial for four years on an eight-count charge of alleged culpable homicide,  disruption of public peace and unlawful Assembly among others levelled against them by the Kaduna State Government.

The defendants were brought to court on Wednesday morning by officials of the Nigerian Correctional service amidst tight security.

Their lead counsel and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria,  Mr Femi Falana, had on July 1,  argued that all the 15 witnesses presented by the prosecution counsel were unable to establish any connection between the alleged crimes of Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife.

El-Zakzaky’s Trial

Following El-Zakzaky’s arrest by the military on December 13, 2015, the IMN leader had experienced what may be described as a long contentious trial.

He marked his first appearance on May 15, 2018 where he was arraigned before a Kaduna High Court amidst tight security.

The Department of Security Services (DSS) had held the Shiite leader in detention despite a court order ordering his release.

However, the DSS complied with the court order and freed El-Zakzky who proceeded to India for medical treatment.

El-Zakzaky and his wife left Nigeria in August 2019 for India following a ruling of the Kaduna State High Court which granted them permission to be treated in the country.

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