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I Haven’t Lock Down Lagos – Sanwo-Olu

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I Haven’t Lock Down Lagos ….

Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has clarified that the state is not on lockdown just yet over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeping the world.
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Pulse noticed light vehicular traffic on usually busy routes in the nation’s commercial capital on the morning of Thursday, March 26, 2020, amid speculations that the government has ordered a lock-down, given the rising figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.


“The attention of the Lagos state government has been drawn to news reports that Lagos is on lock-down following Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s update on the steps taken to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

The impression created by such reports is erroneous; Lagos is not on lock-down despite the stringent measures introduced by the government,” the governor said through his Information Commissioner, Gbenga Omotosho.
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“Mr Governor, who is the Incident Commander, only urged private sector establishments to introduce measures that will support the government’s efforts at curtailing the spread of COVID-19.
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All markets that are not selling food, pharmaceutical products, water, medical equipment and other essential materials are to close down.
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“Workers providing essential services – Fire Service, Emergency, health, water, telecommunication, security, media and others – are exempt from this directive.
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“The initiatives being introduced by the government are to prevent any situation where more than 25 persons will gather in the same place at any time.
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“The government will continue to appraise the situation, consult various stakeholders and make further announcements to check the spread of this lethal disease.
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Last Tuesday, Sanwo-Olu had said Lagos cannot afford a total lock-down as some have suggested because of the economic implication, citing millions of residents who cannot afford to stock up on essential items.

“We know what our poverty line is, and I’m a very realistic leader,” he said. “We need to be considerate of that.”

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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 behead victim in Imo

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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