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COVID-19: Buhari heeds Sultan’s directives on Eid

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has said he will heed the directive of the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, that Nigerian Muslims should observe the congregational prayers for this year’s Eid-el-Fitri in their homes. He also said his action is in adherence to the protocol …
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E2%82%A630million-palliatives-to-constituents/ COVID19: Senator Smart Adeyemi distributes ₦30million palliatives to constituents

Emmanuel Adeyemi Lokoja In less than three weeks the Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district again distributed food items worth over #30 million naira to the people of his constituency It will be recalled that the three- termed Senator who was the past president of Nigeria Union of Journalists had about three weeks ago distributed …
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Man fake’s wife, 2 children’s kidnap to dupe cousin

 Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri  A 34 years old man, Obinna, Anusiem from Umuima, Atta in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State is presently being held for allegedly faking the kidnap of his wife, Mrs Chinyere and his two children. According to the new Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Isaac Akinmoyede who disclosed this to …
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Interstate Restriction: Kano police arrest 289 transporters sneaking in Kano from Kaduna state

Operatives of the Nigeria Police in Kano have nabbed a total of 289 Kano bound transporters for sneaking into the state from Kaduna State, despite the restriction on inter- state movements. Kano State Police Commissioner, Habu Sani, gave a breakdown of these arrests to include 74 vehicle drivers, 46 tri-cylists, 50 cyclists and 120 others that were …
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We’ll conduct credible election when Govt lifts up ban on public gathering-Chairman, Plateau Youth Council

 Gyang Bere, Jos Chairman Plateau State Youth Council, Dr. Fabong Jemchang Yildam has vowed to conduct free, fair, and credible election when Plateau State Government lift up the banned on public gathering put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic in the state. Dr. Yildam stated this on Friday during a press conference …
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Expert recommends recycling of organic waste to manure for crop production

An environmentalist, Mr Gafar Odubote, has suggested the recycling of organic wastes into manure for crop production to enhance the clean environment and boost food production. Odubote, the Global Head of Social Media at ‘Let’s Do It World’ (LDIW), an environmental NGO, gave the recommendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) …
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Sallah: Zamfara first lady donates 10,000 ankara clothing materials, others to women.

 Mohammed Munirat Nasir, Gusau. Wife of Zamfara state governor, Hajia Aisha Bello Matawalle has donated 10,000 Ankara clothing materials to women in the 14 local government areas in the state to celebrate the Eid -el- Fitri Sallah festivities in the state.  Flagging off the distribution of the materials today in Gusau the state capital, Hajia …
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Why the Covid-19 Committee on Creative Industry is falling apart — BM Dzukogi

Widely known as a poet, non-fiction writer and culture administrator, BM Dzukogi is a former National Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and  current Chairman, Northern Nigeria Writers. He is the pioneer DG, Niger State Book Development Agency and the founder of Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation. The Sun Literary Review chatted with him …
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COVID-19: NEMA distributes 19,713 metric tonnes of grains to Lagos, Kano, Ogun, FCT

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed 19,713 metric tonnes of grains to Lagos, Kano, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, as part of measures to cushion the effect of the pandemic in the states. Mr Tope Ajayi, Assistant Chief Relief and Rehabilitation Officer of the agency disclosed this in an interview with the …
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COVID-19: Nigeria records breakthrough as NCDC validates viral RNA extraction

The country has blazed a trail in Africa with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) successfully validating the first phase of the viral Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) extraction which should enable local production of cheap testing kits for coronavirus. The validation took place on Thursday in the laboratory of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) …
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Italian agency says AC, Inter can ‘demolish’ San Siro for new stadium

  The famous San Siro in Milan is set to be replaced by a new stadium after Italy’s heritage authority raised no objections to its demolition. AC Milan and Inter Milan share the venue, which was built in 1926, reports the BBC. Last year the clubs filed a request to jointly build a new 60,000-seater stadium next to the existing ground. Although approval from heritage authorities is not the final decision, it is an important step towards implementing the plan. According to an opinion from the authority to the Milan municipality which…

Canada finally cancels Air Peace’s airlift of stranded Nigerians over ‘safety concerns’

*Airline to make refunds Wole Shadare The Nigeria High Commission in Canada has given reasons why the planned evacuation of Nigerians from Canada by Air Peace may not come to fruition. Consequently, the High Commission says it is working assiduously to secure an alternative arrangement to take Nigerians stranded in Canada home as soon as possible, safely and at the least cost possible, adding that updates would be communicated in due course. In a letter dated May 20, 2020 with reference: NHT/OTT/ADM.56/1, titled: “Update on the flight postponement” , the…

Olympics chief: Tokyo Games face ‘real problems’ due to COVID-19  

    Tokyo Games organisers face “real problems” staging the Olympics next year as coronavirus infections continue to soar, senior international Olympic official John Coates said. Coates, Australia’s Olympic chief and head of the International Olympic Committee’s inspectorate for Tokyo, said organisers had to assume there would be no vaccine for COVID-19, or none in sufficient quantity, in time for the Games, reports Reuters. “We’ve got real problems because we’ve got athletes having to come from 206 different nations,” Coates told a roundtable held by Australia’s News Corp. “Yesterday, there…

Eid: Celebrities urge Muslims to celebrate festival at home

    Celebrities including baker Nadiya Hussain and Citizen Khan creator Adil Ray have urged Muslims celebrating Eid this weekend to follow social distancing guidelines. Traditionally, the festival is marked with communal prayers in mosques and visits to friends and family. But in a video posted online , Muslims were encouraged to stay at home and celebrate with their families online, reports the BBC. Hussain said “now could not be a better time to put others first”. Eid is celebrated at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is a…

Covid-19: Trump finally wears face mask

Donald Trump was spotted wearing a face mask for the first time during a tour of a Ford Motor Co plant, after reportedly being persuaded by a political foe. The American President traveled to the crucial U.S. election battleground state of Michigan on Thursday amid tensions with its Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer during the coronavirus pandemic, reports mirror.co.uk. The plant has been recast to produce ventilators and personal protective equipment, with Trump also holding a roundtable discussion with African-American leaders concerning vulnerable populations hit by the virus. Trump had repeatedly refused…

Cannabis could help prevent, treat coronavirus – Scientists

  A team of Canadian scientists believes it has found strong strains of cannabis that could help prevent and then treat coronavirus infections, according to interviews and a study. Researchers from the University of Lethbridge said that a study in April showed at least 13 cannabis plants high in CBD that appeared to affect the ACE2 pathways that the bug uses to access the body, reports The New York Post. “We were totally stunned at first, and then we were really happy,” one of the researchers, Olga Kovalchuk, told CTV News.…

Coronavirus: UK arrivals could face £1,000 fines if they break quarantine

    International travellers could be fined £1,000 if they fail to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the UK, the government is expected to announce. Under the plans, health officials would be able to carry out spot checks at private addresses to check whether people were complying. Home Secretary Priti Patel is expected to outline the measures at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing later, reports the BBC. The new rules are not expected to come into force until next month. As part of the plans, which are aimed…

Report: Delta, United to restart China passenger flights in June

  Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are planning to restart passenger flights to China in June, according to a report by Metropolitan Airport News this week. Delta intends to offer daily service to Shanghai Pudong from both its Detroit and Seattle-Tacoma hubs, subject to government approval, said the report. OAG Schedules Analyser data shows flights from Detroit will begin on June 1 using Airbus A350-900 aircraft, with Seattle resuming the same day on board A330-900neo. The network additions mean the SkyTeam alliance member will operate 7,350 two-way weekly seats…

Sons of murdered Saudi journalist, Khashoggi, forgive his killers

  The family of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Friday that they have forgiven those who murdered their father, his son Salah wrote in a tweet. “In this blessed night of the blessed month (of Ramadan) we remember God’s saying: If a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah.” “Therefore, we the sons of the Martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce that we pardon those who killed our father, seeking reward God almighty” he added. Khashoggi was last seen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, where he had…

Nigeria records 11 deaths, 339 new cases of COVID-19

  Nigeria on Thursday recorded 11 Coronavirus Disease-related deaths and 339 new infections. This was disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on its Twitter handle late on Thursday. The figures released showed that Lagos State had 139 infections, followed by Kano and Oyo states, which both had 28 cases each. Edo, Katsina, Kaduna and Jigawa states had 25, 22, 18 and 14 cases with Yobe and Plateau states recording 13 infections each. The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja had 11 cases, with Gombe, Ogun, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Delta, Ondo,…

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