“The corps successfully recorded a number of arrests from May 11 to June 1. A total of 4,235 drivers were arrested for overloading of vehicles. “Out of this number, 972 drivers were arrested for overloading their vehicles with goods. “Also a total of 2,627 were apprehended for overloading their vehicles with persons alone, bringing to a total of 4,235 in all. “Meanwhile, in the course of the arrests, a total of 7,594 passengers were discharged to make way for adequate physical distancing in the vehicles, out of the 4,235 vehicles apprehended for conveying 17,614 passengers,” he said.
June 05, 2020 10:41 UTC
The Mothers, and Marginalised Advocacy Centre, MAMA Centre has called for criminal justice, stringent punishment and sincere policy to address the poor response to reported cases of rape with subsequent maiming and killing of victims. Making this call in a press statement made available to The Guardian recently, the Executive Director, MAMA Centre, Barrister Ola Onyegbula decried the horrific trend in rape prevalence across the country. She regretted that despite the increase in cases of rape, the response by various remains disproportionate. “We are perturbed that such traumatic and injury-inflicted moments are allowed to drag or go unpunished in most cases without adequate policy response to sanction and bring the perpetrator(s) to justice,” Onyegbalu said. Onyegbalu, however, urged the Federal government to provide effective rehabilitation, recovery and reintegration programmes through medical, psychological and legal services for survivors of rape.
June 05, 2020 10:30 UTC
Assailants trying to steal cattle shot dead 15 people in clashes with local residents in six remote communities of Zamfara state on Tuesday, regional police spokesman Mohammed Shehu said. The gunmen — dubbed “bandits” by the authorities — returned the next day and shot dead six mourners at funerals for the earlier victims, the statement released Thursday said. Nigeria’s northwest has been wracked by years of violence, involving clashes between rival communities over land, attacks by heavily armed gangs and retaliation strikes from vigilante groups. Last week dozens were killed when armed gangs raided a string of villages in nearby Sokoto state. Nigeria’s military last month said it had launched air raids to try to stop the attacks.
June 05, 2020 10:18 UTC
The Nigerian military has sustained massive assault against Boko Haram/Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in continuation of its operations across the Northeast, Defence Headquarters has said. The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Friday, said that more terrorists have been killed while many others surrendered. Enenche also said that more terrorists had continued to surrender to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) as a result of sustained artillery bombardments and ground assaults on their hideouts. Enenche said the troops, through superior fire, killed nine terrorists at Daban Magaji encounter. He explained that troops made contact and neutralised two of the bandits while others escaped with gunshot wounds during the operation.
June 05, 2020 10:18 UTC
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) says three doctors have tested positive for the COVID-19 in Nasarawa State. He said, “three gynaecologists and two auxiliary staff have contracted the coronavirus in the course of their work of dealing with patients. Umaru advised health workers in the state to be properly kitted with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) whenever on duty attending to patients. He also appealed to the Nasarawa State Government to pay hazard allowances to health workers battling the Coronavirus pandemic to ensure industrial harmony at this critical time. Umaru urged the state government to also introduce insurance schemes for health workers.
June 05, 2020 08:48 UTC
The court, thereafter, adjourned to take a look at the objections and submissions made by Ndakene’s legal team. ALSO READ: The burden of leadership at FIRSEfforts by Babako’s Lawyers to convince the court to put Hon. Ndakene in the dock and try him were rebuffed by the exposition of the law on the matter by Ndakene’s legal team. Ndakene argued that neither Babako nor his Lawyers posses the power to try him without following the proper procedures for instituting criminal matters in court. Honourable Ndakene was released by the Court to face his Legislative duties while the case was adjourned to the 11th day of June 2020 for the ruling.
June 05, 2020 07:52 UTC
Not fewer than 1,015 Boko Haram militants have lost their lives in the last two months as they engaged Nigerian troops in battles in the North-East while there has been no major terrorist activity in the zone during the period under review. The declaration was made by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa while addressing the Press in Bauchi on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Tukur Yusuf Burutai who was in Bauchi Wednesday evening. He said, “For the last four months, we have not had any major case of terrorist activity. What we have majorly is terrorist inactivity as if they are non-existent. He urged members of the public to continue to provide useful information to the Nigerian army on any suspected terrorist activities so that they can respond in good time.
June 05, 2020 07:41 UTC
A legal practitioner, Mr David Babalola, has said the sitting of the Bayelsa State Election Petition Tribunal was an affront on the ruling of the Supreme Court, which determined the governorship of the state. The apex court, on February 13, 2020, declared Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his running mate, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, as the duly elected governor and deputy governor respectively. According to Babalola, who spoke to journalists to Lagos, argued it is unconstitutional for the Bayelsa deputy governor to personally waive his immunity from the trial in order to appear before the election tribunal. 180 days is the lifespan of any election tribunal from the date of filing the petition. There cannot be a deputy governor in abeyance.
June 05, 2020 07:27 UTC
There’s interest in studying famotidine because it’s inexpensive and considered to be very safe, and one study has suggested the drug helps hospitalized COVID-19 patients. One patient — the only patient to describe worsening of any symptoms while taking the drug — described becoming more tired after taking famotidine. Those researchers are currently conducting a clinical trial on famotidine with hospitalized COVID-19 patients. They’d hoped to have preliminary results by mid-May, but the decreasing number of COVID-19 patients in New York City slowed down the trial, Conigliaro said. It turned out that these patients had heartburn and were low-income, which meant they were taking famotidine, which is less expensive than other reflux remedies.
June 05, 2020 06:56 UTC
The Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) reality show is no doubt the biggest reality show in Nigeria. Prior to participating in BBNaija, most of the housemates were relatively unknown in the entertainment business. Upon appearing on the BBNaija platform, these housemates have gone ahead to excel in the entertainment and media industry. Tobi Bakre: Tobi is another BBNaija ex-hosuemate who used the BBNaija platform to launch himself into fame in Nigeria. He declared that under the Nigerian constitution, only Osun State exists.
June 05, 2020 05:37 UTC
The entertainment industry is undoubtedly one of the worst hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. Despite the restriction of events and public activities, entertainers and entertainment brands have found creative ways to keep Nigerians happy. From YouTube concerts to Instagram live shows, consumers of entertainment content have depended on these innovative acts to stay out of boredom while staying home. BOXX 45 is a list of the most entertaining personalities and brands during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, compiled by talent management agency, BoxxCulture. He declared that under the Nigerian constitution, only Osun State exists.
June 05, 2020 04:52 UTC
Singapore plans to soon launch a wearable device for novel coronavirus contact tracing that, if successful, it will distribute to all of its 5.7 million residents, the government said on Friday. “We are developing and will soon roll out a portable wearable device that will … not depend on possession of a smartphone,” foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan told parliament on Friday. “If this portable device works. Mrs Bello had returned on Monday evening to see her daughter lying in the pool of her own blood at the backyard of their home. Her 19-year old daughter had said to have been allegedly raped and killed by suspected… Read full story
June 05, 2020 04:30 UTC
The late Coach Adu, 54, lost his wife, a former athlete, Abiola Williams, two years ago. He died last month. Coach Adu was a first-class coach, who produced national athletes through the Arena Athletics Academy, Lagos, where he was the chief coach. The coach, who was the secretary-general of the Nigeria Athletics Masters (NAM), was buried in Okurekpo-Okpara, Delta State recently. According to NAM, various groups have raised over N1 million for the trust fund and funeral of the former Urhobo College Effurun old boy, who hailed from Okuokoko-Okpara in Delta State.
June 05, 2020 04:18 UTC
‘Obasanjo, Biya ceded territories in 2003’By July 10 this year, Nigeria may lose 24 local councils, by way of ceding, to a new country to be known as United Nations Organisation (UNO) State of Cameroon at its borders with la Republique du Cameroun. This was disclosed in a May 26, 2020 letter of the UNO State of Cameroon to Prof. Martins Chia Ateh, the United Nations-appointed workshops coordinator in Cameroon and Nigeria. The UN, according to recent reports, pledged to actualize a new State of Cameroon on July 10, 2020. Residents of Southern Cameroon were excited over the merger of their land with Northern Cameroon in Nigeria, comprising 24 local government areas in Borno (five), Adamawa (12) and Taraba (seven) states. While responding to ceding five local government areas from Borno State, an aide to Governor Babagana Zulum said: “We’ll study the recent unfolding developments on ceding Bama, Gwoza, Dikwa, Kala/Balge and Ngala councils to the UNO State of Cameroon.
June 05, 2020 03:56 UTC
Fuji Rock Festival, Japan’s biggest annual music event, will be cancelled for the first time ever due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers said, disappointing thousands of rock-and-roll fans who flock to the outdoor festivities every year. Since its inception in 1997, headliners at the event have included The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Cure and Kendrick Lamar. “We had hoped the pandemic would abate in time to hold this summer’s festival as scheduled and were moving forward with planning,” the organisers said on their website. “Fuji Rock” and “Complete Cancellation” were among the top-trending topics on Twitter after organisers made the announcement. Japan has been hit by around 18,000 infections and 900 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.
June 05, 2020 03:56 UTC