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COVID-19: Nigeria ban flights for 4 more weeks as cases surge.

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The Federal Government has extended the ban on local and international flights by four weeks.

This was confirmed by Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, during the daily briefing on Wednesday.

“Tomorrow marks the last day for the enforcement of the closure of Nigeria’s airspace to flights. We have assessed the situation in the aviation industry and have come to the conclusion that given the facts available to us and based on the advice of experts, the ban on all flights will be extended for an additional four weeks,” he said.

“The Honourable Minister of Aviation will give you details during this briefing.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari relaxed a five-week lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states from this Monday.

Nigeria currently had 2,950 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.


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De Bruyne hints at exit if Champions League ban upheld

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The Manchester City midfielder would be a prized capture for any team, and his most recent comments suggest two years out would be too much.

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Kevin de Bruyne has a contract with Manchester City until 2023. On Saturday he spoke with Belgian newspaper HLN (Het Laatste Nieuws) and the 28-year-old midfielder did not flat out deny his departure from the club if the appeal against the two-year Champions League ban does not go well. By leaving the door open for a potential exit, Europe’s elite clubs will all be in the market to sign one of the most talented players around.

De Bruyne leaves everything open
“I’m just waiting,” he replied. “The club has told us that they are going to appeal and that they are almost 100% sure that they are right. That’s why I’m waiting to see what will happen. I trust my club. Once the statement is made, I’ll review everything.

“Two years would be a long time, in the case of one year I might see. But I’m very happy with City. I play for one of the best teams in the world, I play in England, the most competitive league, and I like it.

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“It continues to be a challenge to be the best and I need that too. What will be will be.”

A decision based on Guardiola exiting too?
“Not particularly. I think Pep says he will take his year of contract anyway, then his contract ends. But I’m not going to let my decision depend on what Pep is doing.

“Of course I have already worked with other coaches and when Pep leaves, I have to continue working with someone else. But I haven’t really paid much attention to that for the time being. There are more important things at the moment.”

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On a Premier League return soon
“My gut says that we may be able to train again within two weeks. The government wants to restart football as soon as possible to give people something.

“Everything will be finished without fans, I think. The financial aspect is far too important in the Premier League. If the season is not finished, it will cause serious problems.”

“Everyone will be tested once we start playing again. I don’t think the players are really afraid for themselves, but they are for their family. That is the main problem for many people.”


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F*ck’n Dick Head – Wizkid blast Senate over proposed Generator ban bill – says..

give us 24 hours electricity first


Nigerian superstar Singer, Wizkid Ayo Balogun, has joined other Nigerians to kick against the proposed Ban of Generating sets by the Nigerian Senate.

A bill proposing 10 years jail term for generator importers and sellers in Nigeria passed the first reading in the Senate.


The bill titled ‘A Bill for an Act to prohibit/ban the importation/use of generating sets to curb the menace of environmental (air) pollution and to facilitate the development of power sector’ was sponsored by Senator Enagi Bima (APC-Niger).

According to the bill, “Any person who imports generating sets; or knowingly sells generating sets shall be guilty of an offence and be liable on conviction to be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not less than 10 years.

Wizkid in his reaction, slammed the bill and asked for stable electricity to first be provided before the thought of any sort of ban.


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City pleaded over 2 year ban


Manchester City has filed an appeal against their two-year European ban before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS.
The Premier League club have vowed to fight the sanction imposed by UEFA on February 14 for breaching financial fair play regulations.

Although CAS did not indicate a time-frame for the appeal process, it is expected to take several months.


In a statement, CAS said: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport has registered an appeal filed by Manchester City football club against the Union of European Football Associations .”

Man City faces losing hundreds of millions of pounds in prize money, TV revenue, gate receipts and sponsorship income should their appeal against the ban fail.

Last week City Football Group CEO Ferran Soriano said the club hoped to have their appeal heard by CAS before the start of next season’s Champions League.

He said UEFA’s charges against the club of overstating their sponsorship revenue between 2012 and 2016 and failing to cooperate with an investigation were “simply not true.”


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Manchester City doesn’t deserve ban – Pep Guardiola


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has claimed he has seen proof why they should not be banned from European competitions.

City have been handed a two-year suspension, after UEFA found the Premier League champions guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.


The Etihad club have already moved to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Speaking at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, ahead of their Champions League last-16 first leg against Real Madrid, Guardiola said: “We were under suspicion for a long time, we have the right to appeal and I trust the people in my club.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

“They explain the reasons, they showed me the arguments and the proofs. We are optimistic that finally if we deserve to be in the Champions League we can do it next season, if finally, it doesn’t happen we have to accept and move forward.

“My trust is with the club. I know them. We are going to see what happens with CAS.”


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Visa Ban: Nigerian govt. hold rally in U.S

…Nigeria is a nation of progressive people who are there to add value


A Federal Government team on Tuesday visited the U.S. state of Delaware to campaign against the recent immigrant visa restriction on Nigeria and seek development cooperation.

The delegation, led by the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, also comprised the Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Mrs Tolulope Akande-Sadipe.

At separate meetings with top officials of the Delaware state government, the Nigerian delegation denounced the immigrant visa restriction on Nigeria by the administration of President Donald Trump.


Those visited were the Governor of the state, Mr John Carney; Mayor of the City of Wilmington, Mike Purzycki; President of the Wilmington City Council, Hanifa Shabazz, and some Delaware lawmakers.

Trump had cited Nigeria’s alleged noncompliance with U.S. information sharing and security protocols at airports as grounds for the policy, which came into effect on Feb. 21.


The policy has suffered condemnation from a section of the U.S. media and politicians, including Joe Neguse Neguse, a Colorado Democratic federal lawmaker.

Dabiri-Erewa said Nigeria ought not to be in the list, citing the enormous contributions of its nationals to the development of the U.S. economy, a fact acknowledged by her hosts.


She rallied the support of the governor, the Wilmington mayor and council president, and the lawmakers for the ban to be lifted.

The NIDCOM CEO said that the information-sharing and security gaps cited by Trump were already being addressed, adding that Nigeria had started capturing the biometrics of passengers arriving in the country at points of entry.


On development, the NIDCOM boss said that Nigeria and Delaware had a lot to gain from economic and educational cooperation as well as cultural exchange, among others.

She told the Nigerian community present, that government had initiated policies and programmes to harness their huge potentials for national development.


Also speaking, Akande-Sadipe said that NIDCOM in collaboration with the House Committee were out to change the bad narrative about Nigeria and build bridges of cooperation.

“ When we build bridges it leads to development and at the end of the day the narrative changes.


“Nigeria as a nation is not what people see on TV or what they have read on social media. Nigeria is a nation of progressive people who are there to add value,’’ she said.

Both officials invited their hosts to the 2020 edition of the Door of Return programme scheduled to hold in Badagry, Lagos, from Oct. 21 to 25.

In separate reactions, the Delaware officials welcomed the idea of economic cooperation and cultural exchange with Nigeria.

They lauded the contributions of the Nigerian community to the development of the state.


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Rivers police ban use of covered plate numbers, sirens


The Rivers Police Command has banned the use of sirens, revolving lights, spy and covered number plates in the state.

A statement signed by the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said the Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, banned the aforementioned facilities due to the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on the abuse and indiscriminate use without appropriate approvals.


The statement said the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State command, appealed to the residents of the state, particularly banks, companies, private individuals and security personnel except those on covert operations to show understanding by complying with the directive and immediately remove the unauthorized and prohibited facilities or face prosecution.

The statement further said the taskforce headed by the officer In charge, CP Monitoring Unit, CSP Grace Wonwu, has been given the marching order to enforce compliance, arrest defaulters and impound any vehicle in default.


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Okada/Keke Ban: Disables protest in Lagos {Photos}


The protesters occupy a section of Mobolaji Johnson Avenue, Alausa in Ikeja.

Some residents of Lagos State who are physically challenged have occupied a section of Mobolaji Johnson Avenue, Alausa in Ikeja, the state capital in protest.

The protesters who are majorly commercial tricycle riders are protesting over the restriction of motorcycles and tricycles in some local government areas and expressways in the state by the Lagos State government.

Carrying various placards, the protesters lamented that the restriction will force them to return to the street as beggars and destitute.

Some of them who spoke with Channels Television lamented that driving motorcycle and tricycle has been their source of livelihood since they abandoned begging.


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Okada/Keke Ban: Fashola reveals why he is in support


Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, has declared his support for Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s decision to ban Okadas, motorcycles.

Fashola who was governor of Lagos state from from May 2007 to May 2015 and had banned Okada riders during his administration, showed his support behind Governor Sanwo-Olu’s decision when he spoke at the public lecture organised by the United Action for Change (UAC) in Lagos today Thursday February 6th


“If you care about security, you should back your governor on okada ban. As a centre of excellence, okada cannot be part of the plan. I’ve always held this position. Motorcycle have always been a conduit pipe for the opioid crisis among youths. We must act to eliminate anonymity.

I was robbed in my home, in fact on my bed in 1999. Organised crime is dynamic, criminals are aware that people don’t keep money at home again, now they diversified into kidnapping people for ransom. We must have data to identify people. You have SIM cards on your phone. It’s called subscriber identity module which can be tracked everywhere in the world. The attorney-general of each state and legislators should act.

In those days, we used to have licence for bicycles.” Fashola said

On January 27th, the state government banned motorcycles, keke Napeps in six Local Government Areas (LGAs), nine Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) and 10 major highways across the State. Also banned are ride hailing services, OPay and GOkada.


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Lagos Okada Ban: Horse transport from Ikoyi to Obalende, N3,500


A show promoter has claimed that he was asked to pay 3,500 Naira for a horse ride from Keffi street, Ikoyi to Obalende.

Instagram user @Iamstillonstill revealed he waited for a bus for like 30 minutes but when he didn’t see one, he decided to ride on a horse to his destination.

However, when he asked the rider how much it will cost, he was told he will have to pay 3,500 Naira for the short journey.


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Shocker: UNN ban Okada in Nsukka campus


The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has banned the use of motorcycles in Nsukka campus to check persistent cases of insecurity and need to secure the lives and properties.

The ban was contained in a memorandum to the university community dated January 17, 2020, which was signed by Mr Chris Igbokwe the registrar of the university. It was entitled, “Total ban on the use of motorcycles in Nsukka campus.”


The memo partly reads: “I have been directed to convey to the university community and the public, the total ban of the use of motorcycles in the premises of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka campus with effect from Monday, February 18, 2020, as already obtained in the Enugu campus of the university and other federal universities.

“This decision was taken after due consideration of the security situation in Nsukka campus and the persistence of disturbing cases of insecurity of human and material resources. Most of these unwholesome criminal acts are perpetrated through the use of motorcycles on campus.


“All defaulting motorcycles will be impounded by the security department, and will only be released on payment of recovery fee of N5,000 by each offender.

“The acting chief security officer and the security departments are directed to ensure full compliance and apprehend and detain any motorcycle that is found within the university premises in contravention of the direction.


“For avoidance of doubt, affect all categories of staff, students and the general public,” he said.

Mr. Christian Alumona the acting CSO, UNN, confirmed to our reporter that motorcycles are been used for criminal activities on campus.

He said that the ban was not targeted at anybody or groups but a decision was taken to safeguard the lives and property of staff and students of the institution, adding that

the security department will ensure total compliance once the ban takes effect.


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Lagos Okada Ban: Sanwo-olu insist, say no going back


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said there shall be ‘no going back’ on his administration’s decision to ban motorcycles aka Okada and Keke NAPEPs in the state.

Sanwo-olu said this while speaking at the formal launch of LAGFERRY operations, mobile app and commissioning of 14 commercial boats at Badore Ferry Terminal, Ajah on Tuesday February 4th.

In his words ;

Let me tell you about the ban which we just enforced. We will sustain the ban on Okadas and tricycles, mainly because of security and safety reasons. Security and safety of citizens is paramount to any government. As a responsible government, we will not fold our arms and allow any security breach in the state.

“We will continue to ensure the safety of our people on all fronts. There have been reports of serious security breaches and safety concerns in areas where these operators ply. We had to respond to these concerns because life and safety matter to this government”.


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China ban Nigerians, says ‘Life comes first’


The Chinese government has placed visa restrictions on Nigerians pending when the Coronavirus ravaging the country was contained.

The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, on Monday said the embassy had stopped the issuance of visas to Nigerians.

The ambassador said China was concerned about the health of other nationals visiting China and has taken the measure to protect them.

“Life comes first. The Chinese Government is committed to safeguarding the lives and health of the Chinese people.

“We will, in a responsible manner, safeguard the life of every foreign national in China and address their legitimate concerns in a timely manner.

“We will continue to strengthen communication and coordination with the international community and work hand in hand for the epidemic prevention and control,” he said.

He also advised other countries to adopt a responsible attitude, work together to combat the virus, and avoid overreaction that might result in more negative spillover effects.

He added that a total of 60 Nigerians were living in Wuhan city where the virus broke out from, adding that no Nigerian in China had been infected.

Zhou said that the authorities were maintaining regular communication with them in case of any need for assistance.

“And 21,558 people were suspected of being infected in the Chinese mainland according to China’s National Health Commission.

“A total number of 361 people have died of the disease while 475 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.”

He said that an increase in the number of deaths was recorded because of the newness of the virus, which had been subjected to research.

He added that scientists were still working hard to come up with the drug for the treatment of the disease.

According to the ambassador, China has built a nationwide prevention and control system with special focus on Wuhan and Hubei.

He said that a 1000-bed makeshift hospital was built in Wuhan within nine days in Wuhan to contain the virus.

Zhou expressed confidence that the country’s economy and trade cooperation with the world would remain strong.

He expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Government for its show of support to the people of China.


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Lagos Gokada rider: I earn N600k monthly


A female Gokada rider has revealed the staggering amount she is potentially earning daily, working as a gokdada rider. She was among the many Riders of Max and Gokada, motorbike hailing services, that steppped out to protest against the ban on okada in several parts of Lagos state.

Speaking to Newsmen during the protes, the Gokada rider who claims to be a student of one of the polytechnics in the country said that she makes about N20,000 daily from being a rider with Gokada.

Lagos state government earlier announced its decision to implement the ban on okada and tricycle taxis in 15 local councils from February 1.


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FG cannot intervene in Lagos Okada ban – Amaechi


Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, has said the federal government lacks the jurisdiction to intervene in the recent ban of okada and tricycles in some parts of Lagos state.


The minister said on Monday, February 3, that the matter is strictly a state affair. He said the federal government could not decide whether a state should use okada or tricycles.

Amaechi says the recent ban of okada and tricycles in some parts of Lagos is strictly a state affair


Amaechi stated that it is for the state government to decide what to do about such matters.

The minister, who is a former governor of Rivers state, however, stated that the Lagos state government may have had some reasons for enforcing the ban on Okada.

Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation


He said when he was governor of Rivers state, he also had to enforce a ban on motorcycles because it was being used to commit crimes.

Amaechi also said the orthopedic hospital in Rivers state was full every day because of regular accidents.


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Visa Ban: Adeboye prays for restoration of Nigeria


General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has called on God to restore Nigeria back to its full glory.

The respected Christian leader made the call on Sunday during a special service of the church at the National Headquarters in Ebute Meta, Lagos.

He spoke in reference to a recent visa ban on Nigerians by the United States.


Earlier in the week, the United States had announced fresh restrictions on immigrant visas for Nigerians and nationals of five other countries for not taking adequate measures to combat terrorism.

Following the move by President Donald Trump’s administration, prominent Nigerians have continued to react with many of them appealing to the US Government to reverse its stand on the matter.

In his submission, Adeboye said, “Some countries have banned Nigerians from coming into their territories. We pray for the restoration of our nation. Lord, have mercy on Nigeria.

“Let there be peace and security in Nigeria. God sees all things and knows where the terrorists are hiding. We pray that God sends His light to Nigeria and expose the evildoers in the country.”


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Lagos: Police enforce Okada, Keke ban


Commercial motorcyclists popularly known as okada riders have started leaving Lagos, as enforcement of ban on motorcycle and tricycle operations in major areas of the state took effect on Saturday.

Many okada riders have already surrendered to the enforcement by relocating from Lagos with their motorcycles.


A resident of Ishaga Close, Itire, Yusuf Salau, said that a number of motorcyclists left Igbeyin Adun Street, Ishaga, around 6am on Saturday in two trucks loaded with their motorcycles. NobleReporters learnt

“The majority of them are not from Lagos. They told me they were going back to their states. It is possible some of them would relocate to neighbouring states where there is no ban,” Salau said.


An okada rider, Salisu Garuba, from Nasarawa State, said he just bought his motorcycle and he did not want to lose it to the police.

He stated, “I am going back to my state. Police once seized my motorcycle and I knew what I went through before I got it back. If they seize it this time around, I doubt I would get it back.”


The state government had on Monday proscribed the operations of okada and tricycle riders in Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LGA, Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate LCDA, and Coker-Aguda LCDA.

Others are Ikeja LGA, Onigbongbo LCDA, Ojodu LCDA, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA, Iru-Victoria Island LCDA, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA.


The ban covered 2,000 routes, including major roads, expressways and bridges.

Meanwhile, stranded commuters around the state have expressed discomfort caused by the ban which affects six local governments and nine local council development areas of the state.


A hair stylist in Ogba, Mrs Olabisi David, said that she trekked from her residence in Ikeja GRA to Ikeja under bridge, where she boarded a bus to her shop. N.Rs culled

“I suffered today (Saturday),” David bemoaned. “I was at the roadside for one hour without seeing any tricycle to take to Ikeja under bridge,” she said.


David stated that she later walked down to the Police College, hoping to catch up with any tricycle. She was disappointed. “I trekked down to the under bridge. I was so tired. It is not convenient for me to be walking this long distance every day but I have to go to shop. Government should put a human face to the ban,” she stated.

Between 9am and 10am when our correspondent visited Ogunusi Road, no tricycle rider operated along the highway. People were seen at different bus stops along the route, waiting impatiently for buses, many of which had already been filled up from the take-off point in Ojodu-Berger.


“This (the ban) is unfair. The people are the ones bearing the consequence, not the people in government,” a boutique operator in Ikeja, Faith Akindele, told our correspondent at Grammar School bus stop.

She urged the government to device a better means of enforcing road traffic laws rather than the outright ban. “It is usually tough to get a bus en route to Ikeja from here (Grammar School bus stop) in the morning. So many people boarded tricycles,” she said.


Vincent Cletus, a businessman, who sells printing materials on Agege Motor Road, one of the restricted routes, lamented that he was stranded at a park around Jibowu, where he normally took an okada or tricycle to his shop.

He said, “I had to trek down to the shop for about one hour. There were buses but people were very many at the park and I couldn’t struggle to board a bus. I was running late and customers were already calling me.”


“I just got to my office (at 10am) after I started my journey from Egbe to Bode Thomas. The majority of it was with my feet. I trekked so tey (much) that legs ache. Monday go (will be) hard,” A Twitter user, Urueye Shadrach, wrote.

Our correspondent observed that few okada riders operated along Ogunusi Road and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway using ‘pick-and-go,’ tactic as one of them described it.


“I didn’t wait at bus stops as I normally do. I sighted passengers from distance and quickly picked them. I know it’s risky because policemen were on patrol to enforce the ban but this is the only means of livelihood I have,” an okada rider, Musa Idris, said.

The Chairman, Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, described the compliance level as “fantastic,” adding that his team went to many areas, including Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Lekki, and Ajah.

“The riders complied even though there were pockets of disobedience. We just started today (Saturday). We will not relent. We arrested seven tricycles and three motorcycles but some police divisions would still bring (seized motorcycles and tricycles) to our office.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, did not pick calls to his mobile and had yet to reply to a text message sent to him on the enforcement as of press time.


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Delta poly student protested, disrupt school activities ..

…as management ban driving in school premises


Protesting students of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, on Tuesday disrupted academic and other activities in the school.

The students, SaharaReporters reliably gathered, were protesting what they called introduction of ‘draconian’ policies by the management as well as a ban on students driving their vehicles into the school premises.

The protest led by members of the Students Union Government, saw the students barricading the main entrance of the school as well as the busy Ughelli/Asaba Expressway, thereby obstructing the flow of traffic.

The polytechnic’s SUG led by Gabriel Udemude has demanded that the school’s management urgently reverse the rule.

Rector of the institution, Job Akpodiete, did not responded to calls and a text message sent to him by our correspondent over the matter.


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Kirikasamma LGA Jigawa bans men and women Union in night club.


The Kirikasamma Local Government Area in Jigawa state, has enacted a law banning men and women from meeting in any part of the local government at night.

The leader of the local government’s councillors, Sa’idu Marma, who spoke to newsmen after the law was enacted in a ceremony attended by Imams, said it became important to enact the law following growing complaints from parents about incidences of out of wedlock pregnancies allegedly due to the night meetings and discussion between members of the opposite sex in the area. According to him, fornication and unwanted pregnancy among girls is a major challenge bedeviling the council area.

Also speaking, the information officer of the local government area, Sanusi Doro, told newsmen that henceforth, members of the opposite sex (even lovers) found violating the law would be sentenced to six months in prison with an option of N50,000 fine. According to Doro, true lovers can only meet during the day to discuss.

The new law in the Jigawa council area comes days after Kano State banned members of the opposite sex from boarding the same commercial tricycles.


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FAAN Nays Banning Uber, Bolt, Others From Lagos Airport.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN has dissmised reports it has banned car hailing apps from driving into any of the airports across the country.

FAAN denies banning Uber, Bolt and others from Lagos airport

There were reports online recently that the agency had banned Uber, Bolt and other car hailing apps from plying roads within airports. The claim was backed up by the photo above showing some men mounting a signpost with the notice of the ban.

FAAN in a statement released and signed by its General Manager Corportae Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, said the signpost being shared online did not emanate from its office. The agency said Nigerians are free to use whatever mode of transportation they feel like using to transport themselves to the airport.

Read the statement below

FAAN denies banning Uber, Bolt and others from Lagos airport

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