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COVID-19: Nigeria records 758 cases; 3 deaths

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 758 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,200.

The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 73,000 cases as total infections hit 73,132 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 66,494.

FCT, Lagos & Kaduna reports highest cases of 305, 152 & 103 respectively as Ekiti & Taraba State reports lowest case(s) of 1 each.

Newest cases of 758 was reported from 19 states.

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States’ Stands

758 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

FCT-305
Lagos-152
Kaduna-103
Bauchi-44
Gombe-35
Plateau-31
Rivers-17
Sokoto-15
Kwara-13
Kano-9
Ebonyi-8
Ogun-5
Osun-5
Oyo-4
Edo-4
Anambra-4
Bayelsa-2
Ekiti-1
Taraba-1

74,132 confirmed
66,494 discharged
1,200 deaths

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One slap could have wake “Abdul-financial terrorist” Maina – By Omobolaji Waliyullah

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When I heard that that pension terrorist slumps in Court, what’s that his name again sef ? Shey na MAINA abi na Abdul-financial terrorist ?

On a lighter note, one very correct slap would have returned him to consciousness.

It isn’t coincidence that they slump or come in wheelchairs when made to appear in Courts or before some committees to come explain how they had embezzled public funds.

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Those stunts of theirs are always the results of their deceptive rehearsals.

Unfortunately, our lawyers.. too will waste no time but play along most of the times to grant them leave to go treat themselves just to have their cases prolonged, delayed and discarded at the end…

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Ghana Election: Five dead as violence erupt

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Monday’s presidential and parliamentary vote has been viewed by observers as generally free and fair.

Five people have been killed in election-related violence in Ghana, police said Wednesday, casting a shadow over a country hailed for its stable democracy.

The deaths were reported as early results confirmed a tight race for the presidency and Ghana’s neighbours urged political camps to uphold a peaceful outcome after trading heated accusations.

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“Sixty-one electoral and post-electoral incidents nationwide” were reported, the police said in a statement.

Of these, 21 “are true cases of electoral violence, six of which involve gunshots resulting in the death of five.”

The electoral commission published results from seven out of the country’s 16 regions, pointing to a narrow lead by opposition candidate John Mahama over outgoing president Nana Akufo-Addo.

But Mahama late Tuesday accused Akufo-Addo of showing “credentials that are very undemocratic” and harnessing the military to sway the outcome.

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“You cannot use the military to try and overturn some of the results in constituencies that we have won. We will resist any attempts to subvert the sovereign will of the Ghanaian people,” the 62-year-old former president said.

He made the accusations after rumours circulated on social media that he had conceded defeat.

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Hours earlier, the presidency — releasing an unofficial tally — claimed Akufo-Addo was ahead with 52.25 percent of the vote, against Mahama’s 46.44 percent.

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told a press conference that allegations of intimidation by soldiers were false.

He also bluntly rejected Mahama’s claim that his party had won a majority, of 140 seats, in the 275-member parliament.

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“No candidates at this stage should undermine the work of the EC (electoral commission), it is irresponsible and it would endanger the peace of this country,” Oppong Nkrumah warned.

Mahama and Akufo-Addo, 76, are old rivals who have faced off at the ballot box twice before.

Mahama was president for four years until 2016, before being succeeded by Akufo-Addo. Both of those elections were determined by small margins.

Despite the sharp words, Ghana has a history of electoral stability and grievances are typically pursued through the courts.

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Akufo-Addo and Mahama on Friday signed a symbolic peace pact, which the 15-nation regional bloc ECOWAS urged “all political parties and their leadership to respect.”

In a statement, the Economic Community of West African States said, “We appeal to political parties and their followers to refrain from any conduct that may undermine the successful conclusion of electoral process.”

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Sex Scandal: Nigerian embassy in Germany fires Security Officer

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The voice behind the camera accused Oni of wanton sexual encounters he had in the past in exchange for delivering his official duty.

Nigerian Embassy in Germany has sacked a senior security official after he was found guilty of sexual abuse and corruption.

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“The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has terminated with immediate effect the contract of Mr Martins Adedeji Oni, a security officer at the mission,” the embassy said in a tweet on Tuesday.

“His dismissal follows an investigation into allegations of corruption and sexual misconduct,” it added.

Oni’s dismissal comes less than a month after a video of him surfaced on the internet.

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In the footage, Oni was caught with his pants down in a hotel room after he had allegedly asked an unnamed lady to have sex with him before he could release her passport.

“Let me explain, please. Please, it is not like that,” a shocked Oni said on camera.

When asked to explain, he kept saying “please, please, please.”

“Your cup is full, Martins. Your time is up,” the voice said.

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Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar in reaction to the viral video said that the embassy has “zero-tolerance policy towards abuse of office and especially of sexual misconduct.”

Ambassador Tuggar explained that investigation into the matter would be done with urgency and due diligence.

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Lagos Bye-election: APC’s Tokunbo Abiru wins Lagos East

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Abiru defeated his opponent by a wide margin in all the five local government areas in the senatorial district.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Tokunbo Abiru as the winner of Lagos east senatorial bye-election.

According to the results announced by INEC, Abiru polled a total of 89,204 votes while his major contender Babatunde Gbadamosi, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), secured 11,257 votes.

Below are the results in all LGAs:


Shomolu
APC: 17,728

PDP: 2,067

Epe
APC: 22,213

PDP: 1,826

Ibeju Lekki
APC: 16,336

PDP: 937

Ikorodu
APC: 19,204

PDP: 3,766

Kosofe
APC: 13,723

PDP: 2,661

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#Newsworthy

Just in: Calls for dismissal of service chiefs ‘displaced’ – Gov’t

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Shehu had earlier criticised the slain farmers for going to their farmlands without military clearance.

Nigerian Government has said the demands for the sack of service chiefs is not the solution to the security challenges in the country.

“The clamour for the sack is out of place considering that the president is not subject to the opinion of opposition political party which has clamoured for this all the time,” presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said in an interview on NoRM‘s known Media TV on Tuesday.

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“It is entirely his (Buhari) determination; he decides who he keeps as his service chiefs and for how long.”

President Muhammadu Buhari has been under renewed pressure from critics, government oppositions and other citizens to reorganise the security architecture in the country after Boko Haram killed about 43 rice farmers at Zabarmari, in Jere Local Government of Borno State over the weekend.

The victims have been buried on Sunday with the state governor Babangana Zulum in attendance.

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Buhari expressed grief over the killing of farmers on rice fields and described the terrorist killings as insane.

While Buhari said he has given an order to the military to confront Boko Haram, Nigerians are demanding the replacement of service chiefs who head different security agencies in the country.

But presidential spokesman Shehu said the appointment and sack of service chiefs are not tied to public demands.

“I am not aware that the tenure of service chiefs is subjected to any law or regulation that is clearly stated,” Shehu said. They serve at the pleasure of the president and (if) the president is satisfied with their performance, he keeps them. The buck stops at his table —with due respect to the feelings of Nigerians.”

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Although the government had previously claimed that it had defeated Boko Haram but Shehu said it is not possible for military operatives to secure every part of the state at once.

He later said his statement was not aimed at being less-empathetic about the loss of lives but to emphasise the need for caution in working around the area.

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Borno Massacre: Buhari Must Resign Now! – Nigerians flare

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The killing had stirred reactions of anger in Nigerians, who demanded Buhari’s exit from office over his alleged failure to ensure the protection of lives and properties.

Some aggrieved Nigerians on Monday called for the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

They made the call following the spate of insecurity in the country and Boko Haram’s latest killings in Borno State.

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Recall with NoRM that Boko Haram terrorists had beheaded over 43 rice farmers in Zabarmari, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, over the weekend.

NoRM curated calls for the president’s resignation from Twitter on Monday after the hashtag trended on the microblogging site.

@TripleOGLston: “The insecurity in Nigeria and the new level of hardship are all indications that Buhari and APC have failed Nigerians, they should do the honourable. thing and fuck off !!! Dem just sit down dey collect loans wtf ?! Face with symbols over mouthFlag of NigeriaFacevomiting #BuhariResignNow.”

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@TosinOlugbenga: “Dear Arewa People, It is meaningless trending #SecureNorth only on Twitter, this has lingered too long. Demand #BuhariMustGo

Demand #BuhariResignNow

Demand #SackTheServiceChiefs. Occupy the streets across the north protesting, how many more to die? Do something NOW.”

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@Imran_Tela: “I see no reason for you guys to still making excuses for Buhari’s failure we all knew he can’t do it let him go.#BuhariMustGo

BuhariResignNow.”

@taiwo1989: “Buhari promised us all dis back in 2015 and now he is killing us..

BuhariResignNow.”

@falah_verda: “Nigeria can’t take a third recession. I need to graduate soon and start my career. And for this to happen #BuhariMustGo.”

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@SaniBasharA1: “Let’s keep it up, enough is enough for the killings in North #ZabarmariMassacre

ZabarmariMassacre#BuhariResignNow #BuhariResignNow.”

@XahraBKumbo: “43 innocent farmers were brutally killed by Boko Haram. We’re not safe in this country

@MBuhari doesn’t care about the killings in the north. We’re tired, we need action now, we can’t tolerate it anymore

Buhari please Resign for our peace. Loudly crying face

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ZabarmariMassacre#BuhariResignNow.”

@Real_AmakaIke: “Had it been it was herders that were killed by #BokoHaram in #Borno,@MBuhari would have landed in #Maiduguri by now. #BokoBuhari

BuhariResignNow #ServiceChiefsMustGo.”

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Update: Iran buries murdered physicist, Mohsen with vows to retaliate

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His body had been taken to the northeastern holy city of Mashhad late on Saturday where he was taken to the shrine of Imam Reza for a ceremonial circling of the tomb and prayers.

Iran has laid to rest assassinated nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in the capital Tehran as authorities blamed Israel for the killing and repeated vows to avenge it.

The funeral on Monday, scaled down due to coronavirus protocols and attended only by Fakhrizadeh’s family and some military commanders, was held at the defence ministry headquarters in Tehran.

Iranian Gov’t confirms assassination of prominent physicist

Fakhrizadeh’s coffin, wrapped in an Iranian flag, was then taken to a cemetery near Imamzadeh Saleh mosque in the north of the city for burial.

Following that, it was taken to Fatima Masumeh’s shrine in Qom on Sunday, and later to the shrine of Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, in Tehran.

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‘No terror will go unanswered’

Fakhrizadeh, a top figure in Iran’s nuclear and missile programmer, was killed outside Tehran on Friday after assailants targeted his car.

Meanwhile, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the country’s Supreme National Security Council, accused Israel of using “electronic devices” to kill the scientist remotely

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“The enemies know and I, as a soldier, tell them that no crime, no terror and no stupid act will go unanswered by the Iranian people,” said Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami in a televised speech at the ceremony.

Hatami said the country and its people are honoured that Fakhrizadeh was “the founder of Iran’s peaceful nuclear programme” and will continue to follow his path.

“The criminal Americans have thousands of nuclear weapons and the criminal Zionist regime has hundreds of nuclear weapons. What are they for? Are they to be used as decorations in your homes?”

A representative of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei at the defence ministry read out his statement, in which Khamenei repeated his call for a “definitive punishment” of those behind the assassination.

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Reading Khamenei’s statement, Ziaeddin Aghajanpour said some inside the country believe dialogue and negotiations are the way to counter foreign aggressions.

“But this is not possible because our enemies are against the very nature of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said, adding Iran’s “enemies will never stop”.

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Tragic: Mayhem as another pipeline explosion hit Lagos

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Pandemonium has broken out in Isheri-Idimu community, Egbe-Idimu Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Lagos State after a pipeline explosion occurred.

NoRM gathered that the explosion occurred around 12.50 pm on Sunday and has left many residents to scamper for safety in the area.

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Breaking: Hooligans ignite explosives in Wike father’s Church.

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Though no group had claimed responsibility for the dastardly act, two of the miscreants were said to have been apprehended by a vigilant group and handed over the police.

Explosion has rocked a church belonging to father of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that hoodlums numbering about five sneaked into the Christian Universal Church International on 25 Azikiwe Street Mile, 3 Diobu, on Saturday night and detonated the explosives suspected to be dynamite.

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NoRM gathered a significant part of the church was damaged by the explosion, which created panic in the area.

The operatives of Eagle crack, an outfit of the state police command, Mopol 19 and other security agencies were said to have cordoned off the area…

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Update: Court releases Sen. Mo Ali Ndume on bail

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The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, released Sen. Ali Ndume on bail after spending five days in Kuje Correctional Centre.

Justice Okon Abang, who gave the ruling, said the court decided to exercise its discretionary powers based on Ndume’s good conduct in the course of the trial of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), for whom he stood surety.

NoRM reports that Ndume (APC-Borno South) was remanded in prison custody after Maina was said to have jumped bail.

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AfDB President, Adesina react to allegation against Gowon.

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Days after the allegation was leveled against the former Head of State, Nigeria’s Former Agriculture Minister and the current head of AfDB, Akin Adesina has decided to speak out.

Noble Reporters Media reported few days ago that the former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon had looted the CBN when he was in charge.

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The allegation which was leveled against him by the British Minister for Africa, who was represented by Mr James Duddridge.

In a tweet he made on his twitter handle, he warned Nigerians to be careful of misinformation.

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He went on and made it clear that Gen. Yakubu Gowon is indeed a man a great honour, decency, honesty, amazing simplicity, humility and integrity.

He made it clear that he knows his well, as he regarded him as an elder statesman of Nigeria.

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He ended by making bit known to all that his honesty and integrity is impeccable.

Akin Adesina might be right in all he has said about the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon.

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But since the statement was released against him, he has said little or nothing regarding that allegation.

Nigerians are still waiting to hear what he has to say as it regards that kind of weighty allegation.

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Just in: Son, Wife of Atiku’s SSS abducted by Gunmen

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The sources said the gunmen got to the community around 2am shooting into the area and breaking into the house of the lawmaker’s brother.

Suspected gunmen have abducted the wife and son of a security detail of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Reports, NoRM

The kidnappers were believed to have gone for the said aid to Atiku, whose name is not given but confirmed to be a police personnel, but took his wife and son when they did not meet the man.

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Sources said Wednesday that the incident took place in the night of Monday in Yolde-Pate, Yola, when the target was believed to be still around after reportedly having come to town with Atiku for the weekend.

“The kidnappers believed that the police personnel, being so close to Atiku, would have money, so they went for him but took his wife and son when they did not find him,” a source said.

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NoRM‘s correspondent also learnt Wednesday morning that a brother of one of the state lawmakers was abducted about the same time elsewhere in Adamawa State.

Local sources said an elder brother of the state Majority Leader Hammantukur Yetisuri was abducted from his home in Jada Mbulo by gunmen who demanded N50 million as ransom.

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“They got away with the man, shouting that they would not return the man unless the family paid N50 million,” a source said.

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The Public Relations Officer of the Adamawa State Police Command, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, confirmed the two abductions, including the aid to Atiku being a police officer, but he did not give names.

He gave assurance that the police would do everything to free the abducted people and bring the gunmen to book.

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Just in: Court abrogate Faisal Maina’s bail amid failure to attend Trial

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The Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier on Tuesday commenced the trial of Abdulrasheed Maina in absentia.

A Federal High Court in Abuja has revoked the bail granted to Faisal Abdulrasheed Maina who is standing trial for alleged fraud to the tune of N58million.

Faisal Maina who is the son of the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina is also being accused of operating accounts that were used as conduits for illegal transactions.

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At the resumed trial on Tuesday in Abuja, Justice Okon Abang revoked the bail of Faisal Maina for failing to appear in court as the defendant was also not represented by a counsel.

Justice Abang also ordered Mister Faisal Maina’s surety to appear in court at the next sitting as he adjourned the trial to November 25, 2020.

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As a result of the absence of the defendants and their counsels, Justice Okon Abang fore-closed their rights to cross-examine the prosecution witnesses who was present in court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Mr Maina for alleged money laundering to the tune of N2 billion.

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Just in: Student enrollment in Kano rises to 1.9m

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The commissioner, who attributed the soaring enrolment to the growing population in the state, declared that Kano has the highest number of public schools in the country.

As Nigeria joined the rest of the universe to commemorate World Children’s Day celebration, Kano state has maintained lead in pupil’s enrolment with density of those in basic one to three alone now stood at 1.9 million.

The present enrolment figure of children in public primary schools steers concern amidst acute infrastructural deficit and growing number of out of school children in the state.

Kano state Commissioner for Education, Malam Mohammad Sanusi Kiru, disclosed the enrolment figure on Friday during a special kid’s takeover event organized by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to commemorate World Children’s Day celebration in Kano.

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Besides, Kiru maintained that government policy on free and compulsory education in basic and junior secondary public schools may largely contributed to possible increase in the near future.

Although, the education commission admitted challenges of congestion of pupils because of acute infrastructural deficit, he said the situation will be addressed by the recent government approval for capital project essentially for construction of new classrooms and rehabilitation of old structures.

Kiru explained that Kano state government has sustained provision of N1.5 billion counterpart funding to access the Universal Basic Education fund in the last six years, adding that the state government has invested huge chunk of the fund on capital project essentially to reduce population density in the classroom.

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The commissioner applauded the UNICEF for organizing the kids takeover event which witnessed the commissioner of education and his counterpart at the ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development ceding their position to the kids for three hours.

Kiru pointed out that such initiative would further prepare the kids ahead of leadership position in the future.

Earlier, the child commissioner for education, Al-Zubail Bashir charged government to ensure equal right and opportunity to every child to quality education, provision of clean water, healthcare, and hygiene.

Media officer, UNICEF office in Kano, Mr Samuel said the World Children’s Day was parts of UNICEF’s global day of action for children, by children against the adoption of the UN convention on the rights of child. He explained that the 2020 event came amidst COVID-19 reimagine campaign when the world listens to how children will reclaim better future.


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Just in: CNN calls out Lai Mohammed again. [Video]

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The minister for information Lai Mohammed, has said that he would sue CNN for what they have done.

The international news channel called CNN, has released strong evidence which shows what actually happened during the protest, at Lekki toll gate in Lagos state.

With the video being released, it has created tension around the country Nigeria.

NoRM has learnt that it is standing by its report, given about the Lekki toll gate incident.

They also said that Lai Mohammed did not provide any evidence, to show his words about them being “irresponsible” with their evidence which he claimed was “one-dimensional, and lacking in balance.”

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Recall with NoRM that Lai Mohammed claimed that the Nigerian army, only shot empty bullet on peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate.

CNN also said the Nigerian army, and the lagos state government hasn’t commented anything about the evidence released, because most of their reports were based on testimonies from witnesses, and photos gotten by CNN.

CNN also revealed that they examined videos gotten from people present at the time of the incident, and protesters by using time stamp, and data from the video files.


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