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Nigeria Reopens Mosque and Church, Schools Remains Closed

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced this at the briefing of the PTF in Abuja on Monday.

The SGF also said banks would resume normal operations today.

He, however, stated that schools remained shut while the ban on interstate travels also stayed.

He noted that these were parts of the recommendations, which the PTF submitted to and were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for implementation over the next four weeks spanning June 2 to 29, 2020.

The SGF also emphasised that the implementation was subject to review.

He also announced the ease of the total lockdown of Kano State.

He said the relaxation of the restriction on places of worship was based on guidelines issued by the PTF and protocols agreed by state governments.

NSCIA, CAN welcome reopening of worship centres

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Monday reacted to the federal government’s decision to re-open worship centres across the country.

In separate interviews with one of our correspondents, the NSCIA Secretary General, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, and the CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, said the government’s decision was a welcome development.

Oloyede told Daily Trust that while the council welcomed the government’s decision, it should also take up the responsibility of decontamination of the places of worship across the country.

According to him; “this is to ensure that this would be professionally done and also because the religious centres may not be able to shoulder such responsibility.”

On his part, the CAN President Ayokunle, who spoke through his spokesman, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, said the government’s decision, in the interim, is a welcome development.

“It is our prayers that God will surely deliver Nigeria from the pandemic in Jesus name.

“If Christians and Muslims return to their worship places to pray for victory over COVID-19, God will surely answer us.

“The closure of the worship places is not acceptable to God.

“We thank God for opening the eyes of our government to the reality,” Oladeji said.

“The opening of places of worship is a glad tiding,” said Malam Baana, an Islamic scholar who leads a congregation in Maiduguri.

“However, I want to advise Imams and their followers to take responsibility of their actions because our attitude is key to ending the pandemic; we should observe social distancing and other protocols as obtained in Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Pastor Andy, a cleric in Jos, said prayer is also key to fighting COVID-19 and other evils.

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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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