Thousands of people took part in vigils across Germany on Thursday after a gunman with apparent far-right beliefs killed nine people at a shisha bar and a cafe in the city of Hanau. He added that evidence, including video footage and a “manifesto” found on the suspect’s website, showed Tobias R. had “a very deeply racist attitude”. She also cited October’s deadly anti-Semitic attack in Halle, which raised alarm over rising anti-Jewish hatred in Germany. The gunman reportedly rang the doorbell and then shot at people in the smoking section, mass-market daily Bild said. German police have identified around 60 far-right adherents as “dangerous” individuals capable of carrying out a violent attack.
February 20, 2020 19:07 UTC
China sees drop in new coronavirus cases as South Korea city deserted after ‘super-spreads’ in churchChina on Thursday touted a big drop in new virus infections as proof its epidemic control efforts are working, but the toll grew abroad with deaths in Japan and South Korea. Fatalities in China hit 2,118 as 114 more people died, but health officials reported the lowest number of new cases in nearly a month, including in hardest-hit Hubei province. More than 74,000 people have been infected by the new coronavirus in China, and hundreds more in over 25 countries. South Korea reported its first death, and the number of infections in the country nearly doubled Thursday to 104 – including 15 at a hospital in Cheongdo county. The huge vessel moored in Yokohama is easily the biggest coronavirus cluster outside the Chinese epicentre, with 634 cases confirmed among passengers and crew.
February 20, 2020 18:22 UTC
The scientist, Lawrence Larry Tesler, who invented the popular computer command, ‘Cut’, ‘Copy’, and ‘Paste’ is dead. Larry Tesler created the cut-copy-paste feature when he was at Xerox PARC in 1973. The company announced that he died on Monday without giving any information about where he had died or the cause of his death. The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler. Photo credit: Yahoo CC-By-2.0 https://t.co/MXijSIMgoA pic.twitter.com/kXfLFuOlon — Xerox (@Xerox) February 19, 2020According to the company, “The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more was former Xerox researcher, Larry Tesler,” the company said.
February 20, 2020 18:11 UTC
Private and commercial motorcycle owners in Oyo state will soon be mandated to register their bikes and get a rider’s identification card. He explained that asking bike riders to get a rider’s card was aimed at enabling the state profile bikers for security purposes and identifying those ones with criminal tendencies. “Due to the issue that happened in Lagos whereby we have seen an influx of people from Lagos into Oyo state, there is the need to have a rider’s card to be able to identify people coming into the state. Registration of bikers through rider’s card will be a database for us to harness information, know who owns what, where they live. Expatiating on the newly introduced park management system in the state, Afonja said riders of commercial Okada and tricycles will from Friday begin to pay N100 daily to the state’s revenue collectors.
February 20, 2020 18:11 UTC
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has revoked the statutory right of occupancy granted to a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, in respect of property on plot 103A Aiguobasimwin Crescent, old GRA, Benin City. Obaseki said he revoked the property in the exercise of the power conferred on him by Sections (28) 1 and 38 of the Land Use Decree of 1978 and by virtue of all other laws enabling him on that behalf. Obaseki, who signed the revocation order, said the property contained an area of approximately 1985.950 square meters. When contacted for comment, Ibori responded through a text message, “I am aware. He told me three months ago.”NAN
Pandemonium broke out on Thursday at Olomore market of Abeokuta when two Hausa traders were allegedly shot by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). This development led to violent protest as the angry Hausa traders blocked the Lagos -Abeokuta expressway, grounding vehicular movement for hours. It was gathered that the SARS operatives stormed the market at about 10.00 am in an unmarked Toyota Sienna, at the time the traders were offloading their goods. The operatives, according to an eyewitness account, Abiola Sani, one Musa Adamu and another, simply identified as, Awwal, were shot by the operatives when they were counting money meant for the payment of their goods. Adamu was reported to have been shot in the head while Awwal was shot twice in the leg.
The party is among others, contending that the Supreme Court, in its judgment, misinterpreted the November 12, 2019 judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja which it (the Supreme Court) affirmed. “After reinstating the judgment of the trial court in the judgment of this honourable court of 13th February 2020, in SC/1/2020 PDP & 2 Ors. “It was only the Deputy Governorship candidate of the applicant (Biobarakuma Degl-Eremienyo) that the trial court made an order of disqualification against. “In the judgment of this honourable court delivered on 13th February 2019, this honourable court set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal and restored the decision of the trial Court. “After reinstating the judgment of the trial court in the judgment of this honourable court of 13th February 2020, in SC/1/2020 PDP & 2 Ors.
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahya Bello has directed that all the 21 Local Government Administrators in the state remain in their respective Local Government Areas or face suspension. Momodu Salami Ozigi said Governor Yahaya Bello has directed that any Administrator who failed to remain in his Local Government will be sanctioned. The commissioner said Governor Bello is security conscious and would not trade with it in his second term in office. While responding to the commissioner’s address, Kogi State Chairman of ALGON, Taofiq Isah said the Local Government Administrators are prepared to carry out their duties at the grassroots with due diligence. He assured the commissioner that they will continue to work with the letter and spirit of the new direction administration of Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello.
Olaleye Aluko, AbujaThe family of murdered Aso Rock Villa Assistant Director, Laetitia Dagan, would on Friday, bury her in Kwalla community in the Qua’an-Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State after a service at a Catholic Church. The Federal Capital Territory Command of the Nigeria Police Force had on Wednesday said its operatives arrested an alleged conspirator in the murder of the Assistant Director, identified as Edirin Ohonre, who was said to have worked with others, now at large, to perpetrate the crime. Our correspondent learnt on Thursday that more suspects had been arrested by the police, as the family announced that the assistant director would be buried at the family ground at Kwoor in Kwalla community, Plateau State. “Mourners will assemble at Asokoro General Hospital, Abuja, on Friday, February 21 at 6 am. The FCT Police spokesperson could not be reached for comment as of press time as his line rang out.
February 20, 2020 18:00 UTC
In a statement signed by the acting Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Daniel Alabrah, the Governor also approved the appointment of Chief Benson Agadaga as Chief of Staff, Hon. Peter Pereotubo Akpe as Deputy Chief of Staff and Mr Irorodamie Komonibo as Principal Secretary to the Governor. “His Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, who disclosed this in a press release, said the new appointees include a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. “Chief Benson Agadaga as Chief of Staff, Hon. Peter Pereotubo Akpe as Deputy Chief of Staff and Mr. Irorodamie Komonibo as Principal Secretary.
February 20, 2020 17:37 UTC
The Federal Government has called on the United States of America to consider the long-standing relationship between the two countries and reverse its visa restrictions on Nigeria. ‘We are positive that visa restriction is a temporary one, it will soon be put behind us,’ the Minister reiterated. Corroborating the Minister’s comment, the Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, said the country has improved on her border management through its Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS). She added that America had a very broad collaboration with Nigeria, which covers Immigration, safety issues, and security. The US envoy assured of her country’s determination to continue to collaborate with Nigeria, so as to further strengthen their relationship.
February 20, 2020 17:37 UTC
The Senate Thursday resolved to hold a roundtable on national planning with a view to review the national budgeting direction towards the appropriate application of funds for development projects in the country. According to him: The motion is very central to national development, with the way the budget is implemented, today there is no connection between the vision of the country and the implementation of the budget. She pointed out that there have been myriads of national development plans but all have not yielded the desired result. ALSO READ: FG to inaugurate committee on fake news, hate speechSenator Ishaku Abbo, (Adamawa North) said the current budgeting process is scandalous because it does not actually capture the aspiration Nigerians. He maintained that the needs of the people as determined by them should inform the budgeting process so that the national budget would reflect the needs of the people alongside the development plan.
February 20, 2020 17:26 UTC
US military commanders say the United States will support African governments in their efforts to secure and stabilize their countries. The eighth Africa Land Forces Summit in Ethiopia ended with a call on African troops to improve their human rights record. This week, top US military commanders met their counterparts in Africa to discuss ways of protecting African countries from violence and instability. Some African security forces have been accused of using heavy-handed tactics to combat insecurity, something that has pushed the youth to join violent groups. Pierre said another problem is that African security forces are often dependent on international aid and training.
February 20, 2020 17:26 UTC
Following her conviction by a Federal Capital Territory High Court over the murder of her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, Maryam Sanda has approached the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division to set aside the verdict and acquit her. Sanda, who was sentenced to death by hanging by Justice Yusuf Halilu on January 27, said the trial judge “was tainted by bias and prejudices”. In a notice of appeal predicated on 20 grounds and filed by her legal team comprised of Rickey Tarfa, SAN; Olusegun Jolaawo, SAN; Regina Okotie-Eboh and Beatrice Tarfa, the applicant said the judgement of the trial court was a complete “miscarriage of justice”. READ ALSO: EFCC arrests ex-Kogi Gov’s son over fraudIn her application, she said, “The honourable trial judge erred in law when having taken arguments on the appellant’s preliminary objection to the validity of the charge on March 19, 2018, failed to rule on it at the conclusion of the trial or at any other time. No date has been fixed for hearing in the matter.
February 20, 2020 17:26 UTC
The Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Munta Abimbola, on Thursday, freed some inmates who had HIV, ulcer and pelvic dislocation at the Abolongo Custodian Centre in Oyo town. The inmates were freed during a jail release exercise by the Administration of Criminal Justice Law Monitoring Committee led by the chief judge. One Idris Abu, who had a pelvic dislocation, was released. Releasing the inmates, the chief judge said that the law must have a human face. The chief judge said the inmates needed to be free for them to receive adequate treatment.
February 20, 2020 16:41 UTC