Sahara Reporters Latest News Today Friday 20th November 2020

Sahara Reporters Latest News Today Friday 20th November 2020

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SON Warns Traders On Selling Of Substandard, Cloned Brands In Nigerian Markets

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has warned promoters of cloned brands to desist from such acts in a bid to curb the influx of substandard products into the country.
Director-General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, explained that the agency would discourage the registration of any product that had a similar business name with an existing brand or those hidden under the names of successful brands to short-change unsuspecting consumers.

Salim stated this during a visit of Alaba International Market Association to SON office in Lagos.
He said, “The issue of cloning brands cannot be handled alone by SON but going forward, we are going to audit the products we register and certify. 
“Anytime a new product comes and looks similar to another registered product that is already popular in the market, we will try to discourage the registration of that product with such a name so that other products would be identified properly. This will increase traceability of products not yet in circulation.”
Salim said that SON will increase its level of engagement with stakeholders in the country including Alaba International Market, noting that the move by the agency would help protect the interest of the business community while also safeguarding lives and property.
He added, “We are here to work with everyone to make their jobs easier while also protecting their interest because they are Nigerians employing people and they are doing what needs to be done.”
Executive Chairman, Electrical Dealers Association of Nigeria, Fabian Ezeorjika, said they would work more with SON to achieve a substandard-free market in the country.

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Kano Islamic Clerics Ask State Government To Stop Teaching Of French In Schools Over ‘Blasphemous’ Cartoon In France

The United Forum of Kano Islamic Clerics has asked the state government to stop the teaching of French in schools across the state.
The clerics, who also asked for all ties with France to be cut by the state government, demanded that all students learning French should be compelled to switch to Arabic Language as a form of protest for a blasphemous cartoon in the European country. 

A 47-year-old middle school teacher in France, Samuel Paty, was on October 16, 2020 beheaded by an 18-year-old Muslim for showing his pupils a cartoon, which Muslims claimed depicted Prophet Muhammad in a bad light.
President Emmanuel Macron in his reaction to the incident said, “We will not give up caricatures and drawings even if others back away.
“Paty was a quiet hero and face of the Republic.”
He went ahead to present the teacher’s family with the nation’s highest honour, the Légion d’honneur.
But Macron’s comment about Islam being “in crisis” and his defence of the offensive caricature, which Muslims find offensive, has prompted a global backlash, with adherents of the religion across the world holding protests and calling for a boycott of French products.
Visiting the Kano State House of Assembly on Thursday, the Islamic group led by Sheik Ibrahim Shehu Mai Hula condemned France for its handling of the issue. 

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The Islamic clerics in a bid to show their disdain for France, called for the sack of a French coach attached to Kano Pillars Football Club.
Responding after receiving the clerics’ submission, Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa, Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, said a committee will be set up to look into their demands.
Kano is one of the most extremely religious states in Nigeria.
A young musician, Sharif-Aminu, was sentenced to death on August 10, 2020 for circulating a music considered blasphemous.
Recall that recently, Hisbah, an agency established to enforce Sharia law in some states in Northern Nigeria, banned stylish haircuts, sagging of trousers and playing of music at social events by disc jockeys in the state.
The group also banned commercial motorcycle and tricycle riders from carrying two women at a time and recently made headlines for destroying 1,975,000 bottles of beer worth over N200m in Kano.
This is in addition to other unusual directives reeled out by the Islamic police. 
Despite condemnation from Nigerians, the group has continued its push for Islamic agenda in the North.
Meanwhile, President Macron has asked Muslim leaders in the country to accept the “charter of Republican values” as part of efforts to stop radical Islam.
The French Council of the Muslim Faith in response to Macron’s request has agreed to create a council, which will issue Imams with official accreditation that can be withdrawn at any time.
The charter states that Islam is a religion and not a political movement, while also prohibiting “foreign interference” in Muslim groups in France.
As part of his efforts to keep France free from radical Islam, Macron announced restrictions on home-schooling and harsher punishments for those, who intimidate public officials on religious grounds.

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President Of France, Macron, Gives Muslim Leaders 15-day Ultimatum To Accept Republican Values

Emmanuel Macron, President of France, has asked Muslim leaders in the country to accept the “charter of Republican values” as part of efforts to stop radical Islam.
France has in recent times recorded beheadings and stabbings by Muslim immigrants, who disagree with the freedom of expression, which allows French citizens draw cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.

The French Council of the Muslim Faith in response to Macron’s request has agreed to create a council which will issue Imams with official accreditation that can be withdrawn at any time.
The charter states that Islam is a religion and not a political movement, while also prohibiting “foreign interference” in Muslim groups in France.
As part of his efforts to keep France free from radical Islam, Macron announced restrictions on home-schooling and harsher punishments for those, who intimidate public officials on religious grounds, giving children an identification number under the law that would be used to ensure they were attending school. 
Parents, who break the law could face up to six months in jail as well as large fines and a ban on sharing the personal information of a person in a way that allows them to be located by people, who want to harm them.

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E2%80%99s Kaduna Government Queries Four Zazzau Emirate Kingmakers For Failing To Attend Bamalli’s Coronation Meeting

Kaduna State Governor Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Government has issued query to four kingmakers of Zazzau Emirate Council for failing to attend a coronation meeting summoned by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Ja’afaru Sani, in his office.
SaharaReporters gathered that the purported meeting was in preparation for the presentation of staff office to the new Emir of Zazzau, Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli.

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Kaduna Government Installs Ahmad Bamalli As 19th Emir Of Zazzau

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Bamalli was installed as the 19th Emir of the kingdom on November 9 at the Muhammadu Aminu Square, Race Course, GRA, Zaria.
Those alledged to have been served with the query are the Wazirin Zazzau, Limamin Kona, Limamin Zazzau and Makama Karami of Zazzau.
It was, however, not clear whether the Fagachin Zazzau, who is the fifth kingmaker, was also served with the letter of query or not.
The kingmakers had earlier recommended three princes to the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, excluding Bamalli, who was eventually appointed by the governor.
The query was dated October 30, 2020 and signed by Musa Adamu, Permanent Secretary, Kaduna State Ministry of Local Government Affairs on behalf of the commissioner.
It reads, “You may recall that on Friday, October 30, 2020, you were invited to attend a meeting convened by the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs in his office but you refused to attend.
“In light of the above, you are hereby given 48 hours to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against you.”

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Shepard Bushiri Released By Malawi Court, Remains Wanted In South Africa

Shepherd Bushiri, a popular African preacher, has been unconditionally released by a magistrate court in Lilongwe, Malawi.
This follows Bushiri and his wife’s re-arrest after they jumped bail in South Africa where they are wanted to face $6.6m fraud allegations.

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The duo had fled South Africa in a private jet belonging to Malawi’s President.
South Africa says it has commenced extradiction processes against the preacher and his wife.
Wapona Kita, lawyer to the Bushiri’s, asked the court to release the two unconditionally, saying their arrest had been illegal.
The state prosecutor had asked the court to allow police to keep the couple in custody for a further 30 days to allow the South African Government to formally submit an extradition request.
Kita said it was illegal to arrest them before South Africa made a formal extradition request.

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Security Aide To House Of Reps Speaker, Gbajabiamila, Allegedly Shoots Dead Newspaper Vendor In Abuja

A policeman attached to the convoy of Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila,  has allegedly shot dead a newspaper vendor named Elechi Emmanuel at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja.
The victim was seen gasping for breath and unconscious in a video obtained by SaharaReporters while one of his colleagues tried desperately to revive him immediately after the shooting.

It was gathered that newspaper vendors upon sighting the Speaker’s convoy gathered to hail him but the overzealous security detail opened fire on them, killing Emmanuel in the process.
VIDEO: Security Detail Of Abuja ‘Big Man’ Shoots Newspaper Vendor Around Eagle SquareWATCH FULL VIDEO: pic.twitter.com/eKtDEVFHcu— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) November 19, 2020

A source confirmed to SaharaReporters that the victim was rushed to the National Hospital where he was confirmed dead.
Media aide to the Speaker, Lanre Lasisi, did not respond to calls and a text message from our correspondent as at the time of this report.
The incident comes weeks after Nigerian youth took to the streets across the country to demand an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings especially by operatives of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit of the Nigeria Police Force.

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Wife Of Slain Ogun Polytechnic Lecturer Cries Out For Justice

Wife of a slain polytechnic lecturer, Mufutau Olayemi, has called on the Nigeria Police Force and management of Gateway Polytechnic, Ogun State, to urgently unravel those behind the murder of her husband.
Until his death, Olayemi was Head of Department of Electrical and Electronics in the school and hailed from Shaki, Oyo State.

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Gunmen Kill Polytechnic Lecturer In Ogun

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He was said to have been on his way home after the close of work on Tuesday when some gunmen chased and shot him in his car.
Maimunat, his wife, who spoke with SaharaReporters on Thursday, described the incident as shocking.
She said, “My husband told me that he was coming and I did not see him again but I later saw his pictures and how he was shot dead on social media.
“He dropped me off at work on Monday night because I was on night shift and that was the day I saw him last. On Tuesday I did not see him, he took care of the children and also to school. I called him around 2:00pm that we needed some money and he sent N2000. That was the last communication we had.
“Around 6:00pm, I called him, his phone was ringing but he did not pick. I left for work but when I got to office I started receiving calls from people telling me that they just want to greet me but I did not suspect anything.
“I didn’t even know that they are aware that my husband was dead.”
Family members, friends and traditional rulers in the area have all called on the Ogun State Government to unmask those behind the killing.
A youth forum, Alliance for Oke-Ogun Development, has demanded a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.
In a statement by its Coordinator, Fasasi Abiodun, the group called on security agencies not to allow the matter to be swept under the carpet.
The statement reads, “We mourn this loss of a notable youth from Oke-Ogun who has despite his young age contributed to the progress of the society as a scholar, he will be sorely missed.
“He had a great impact on the lives of hundreds of his students, friends, family and relatives before his death.”
The Ogun State Police Command in a statement said it had commenced investigation into the incident, adding that findings would be made public soon.

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Chile Police Chief Resigns After Officers Shoot Two Teenagers

Retired officers calling for the resignation of Chile’s police chief during an October 2020 protest outside the Carabineros headquarters in Santiago

Chile’s police chief, Mario Rozas, has resigned after officers shot two minors in an incident that sparked outrage across the country.
President Sebastian Pinera disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

Retired officers calling for the resignation of Chile’s police chief during an October 2020 protest outside the Carabineros headquarters in Santiago

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Pinera said he had accepted the resignation of Rozas, saying he shared the reasons and arguments the police boss had given for resigning.
Police officers had on Wednesday shot and wounded two minors, aged 17 and 14, at a residence for troubled children and adolescents in the Southern city of Talcahuano.
Police authorities claimed that the officers opened fire after they were attacked with sticks and stones at the center run by the National Service for Minors.
Footage showed the adolescents writhing on the ground after they were shot in the legs.
Children’s Ombudsman, Patricia Munoz, denounced the police for using firearms in an absolutely unjustified and excessive manner.

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Lagos Government Orders Security Agencies To Clampdown On Commercial Motorcycle, Tricycle Operators

Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government has ordered full enforcement and clampdown on belligerent commercial motorcycle rand tricycle operators in the state.
Motorcycle riders and personnel of the Lagos State Task Force clashed twice in the last few days.

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On Tuesday, the task force officers seized over 70 motorcycles around Second Rainbow, FESTAC Town, over infraction of traffic laws, which resulted in a clash between them and the Okada riders.

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Tension As Commercial Motorcycle Riders, Task Force Officials Clash Again In Lagos

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Also on Wednesday, another mob of Okada riders chased some security operatives in Ikeja during a raid. 
But at a news conference in Ikeja on Thursday, the state government said “the game was over for Okada riders in the state”.
According to Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, a joint task force would be set up to aggressively enforce the road traffic law with immediate effect.
Oladeinde said in the last few months, the state had witnessed lawless activities of Okada riders as they violated the traffic law of the state and perpetrated crimes.
He directed all law enforcement agencies including the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Federal Road Safety Corps, Vehicle Inspection Services, Nigeria Police Force, Lagos Task Force and others to begin immediate enforcement of the law.
The commissioner also warned vehicle owners to desist from plying one-way and driving on BRT lanes as anyone caught would face the wrath of the law, saying it was not going to be business as usual.

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Nigerians Groan As Petrol Stations Sell N168 Per Litre

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The new price regime of the Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as petrol, is taking its toll on Nigerians as fuel stations across cities now sell the commodity for as high as N168 per litre.
Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Motor Spirit had increased the ex-depot price of fuel, from N147.67 to N155.17, in an internal memo with reference number PPMC/C/MK/003, dated November 11, 2020, and signed by one Tijani Ali.

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SaharaReporters observed that the new price regime had taken effect in cities such as Ibadan, Oyo State; Akure, Ondo State; Suleja, Niger State; Lokoja, Kogi State, and the Kubwa area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Motorists in the South-West Oyo and Ondo states shared their agonising experiences with SaharaReporters in purchasing the fuel not only at the new prices but with long queues as experienced by some.
“At Golden Impression in Samonda, Ibadan, a litre was sold at N160; later, they started selling to us at N168 per litre,” Mr Sulaimon Oyetunde recounted his ordeal.
However, a motorist in Ibadan, Kazeem, said, “I bought fuel at N160 per litre at Multilad Filling Station, and there was a long queue.”

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According to Mr Ademola Adebayo, he bought petrol to his car at the rate of N157 per litre at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation filling station at Bashorun, near Iwo Road, Ibadan. He also lamented the queue he had to battle with.
Also, Mr Adewole Ogumodede said he purchased petrol at the rate of N159 per litre at Fortress Filling Station at Barika, opposite the University of Ibadan, along Ojoo-Oyo Road, but there was no queue.
 “At the North Gate in Akure, I bought my fuel at N168 per litre. There was no queue there, but the people were all lamenting,” another motorist, Mr Kolawole, said.

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