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01:29

In Nigeria: NMA, CAN disagree over Lagos full reopening of churches



The Christian Association of Nigeria, Lagos State, has commended the decision of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to fully reopen churches, saying it is the right thing to do.

But the Nigerian Medical Association, Lagos chapter, described the decision to fully open worship centres in the state as hasty.

The Chairman of CAN, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, told Punch that prayers were responsible for the minimal effects of the virus in the state.
He said a minimum of 30 million Nigerians were expected to die from the COVID-19 pandemic, but God prevented it.

Bamgbola said, “By the end of February and early March when this thing started, I had access to privileged information from America that a minimum of 40 million Africans would die from this virus and 30 million of them will be Nigerians. But we serve a living God.

 “Those who say Nigeria is the most corrupt nation always conclude that ‘one thing they do is to pray’. They have seen that we serve a living God. We thank the governor for listening to us. He has done well after looking at all the variables.”

The cleric, however, added that CAN would ask worship centres to keep to all safety measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

But, speaking to one of our correspondents, the Chairman, Lagos NMA Committee on COVID-19 Response, Dr Japhet Olugbodi, said the state should have waited awhile before the full reopening of churches. Punch

01:29

BBNaija: What Nengi told Neo about Ozo after eviction



Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemate, Nengi has told Neo how she feels about Ozo.

Ozo was evicted from the lockdown house alongside Trikytee.

Nengi during a conversation with Neo after Ozo’s eviction said she is pained about his eviction because she quarreled with him throughout the week.

She added that Ozo is too good for this world and hard to find.

According to her, Ozo wanted to settle differences with her always and hated to see her angry because he was in love with her.

Nengi said: “You have to be an amazing person and I have to know you’re real and Ozo is that kind of person and hard to find.

“Ozo is too good for this world, who would not want to be with him.

“I’m so angry we fought so much throughout the week. Ozo likes me so much and does not want to see me angry.” Dailypost

01:29

80% Niger education ministry staff with forged certificates - says Panel




A committee set up by the Niger State Government to screen all categories of civil servants in the state has discovered that 80 per cent of workers in the Ministry of Education used forged certificates.

The syndicate behind the printing of the fake certificates of the state College of Education, Minna, was said to have apprehended by the state police command.
The Chairman of the screening committee, Ibrahim Panti, who made this known in Minna, also disclosed that five members of staff of the institution (COE), , had been arrested by the police.

Panti said the suspected printer confessed to the crime during interrogation that he sold many of such fake certificates, which were used to secure employment in and outside the state.

He announced that all those involved had been sacked and would be replaced with those with genuine certificates.

Panti said members of the screening committee were being threatened by faceless people suspected to be some of the culprits.

He noted that members of the group would not be deterred in concluding the assignment given to them by the government. Punch

01:29

Trump's plan to replace Ginsburg an abuse of power - Biden



Donald Trump's move to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the presidential election is an "abuse of power", his Democratic rival Joe Biden says.

Mr Trump has said he will next week nominate a woman to replace the longstanding liberal justice.

Mr Biden has urged Senate Republicans to delay a confirmation vote.

Ginsburg, a liberal icon and feminist standard-bearer, died on Friday aged 87.

Democrats fear Republicans will vote to lock in a decades-long conservative majority on the country's highest court.

The ideological balance of the nine-member court is crucial to its rulings on the most important issues in US law. BBC

01:28

BBNaija: What my disqualification taught me – Erica



Disqualified Big Brother Naija Lockdown housemate, Erica has said that her disqualification from the show taught her to make use of her head more than her feelings.

Erica was disqualified from the Big Brother ‘Lockdown’ edition after she flouted major rules of the house.

The Abia-born actress even threatened to kill fellow housemate, Laycon outside the reality TV show.

She was also found guilty of pouring water on the Head of House bed to prevent her deputy, Prince from having access, which led to her automatic disqualification from the show.

However, speaking during an interview on Sunday with Veteran journalist and Ovation magazine publisher, Dele Momodu, Erica said she learnt a lot from the unfortunate experiences she had in the house.

According to her, being disqualified from the show taught her to not to be too trusting because she realized those she had their backs in the house didn’t feel the same way about her.

“I also learnt not to be too emotional but to rather use my head more than my heart.
“The experience also taught me how to be more comfortable with myself and not to look for happiness in others.

“I am also working on myself too; I think that there’s an improvement because I feel that accepting that there’s a fault to work on is actually a big step to being better.

“I know I let my emotions get the better part of me and am also working on that too.
“But then, I am happy for all these experiences; am happy that the show was able to teach me all of these. I am very grateful for all that,” she said. Dailypost

01:28

In Nigeria: Life and times of Emir Idris



The late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, was born on 20th February, 1936 into the family of Malam Idrisu Auta and Hajiya Aminatu of Katsinawa ruling house.

His grandfather, the father of Malam Idrisu Auta, was Sarkin Zazzau Muhammadu Sambo who reigned from 1879 to 1888 and Auta’s grandfather was Sarkin Zazzau Abdulkarimi who reigned from 1834 to 1846.

The late Emir started his education first by being tutored by two Islamic scholars in Zaria and then continued with formal studies at the Zaria Elementary School. He was at the elementary school from 1947 till 1950, during this period, the young Idris lost his father when he was 12 years old.

He continued his Qur’anic and formal education and enrolled in the Zaria Middle School in 1950 and finished studies in 1955. He then attended Katsina Training College to become a teacher.

In 1958, he became a teacher at a school in Hunkuyi, presently the headquarters of Kudan Local Government, and then taught at a few other schools in Zaria.

Alhaji Shehu Idris left teaching in the 1960s, to become a private secretary to Sarkin Zazzau, Muhammadu Aminu, he was also appointed as the secretary to the Zaria Native Authority council in 1965.

The late Emir rose in rank 1973 when he was turbaned with the title of Dan Madamin Zaria and appointed the District Head of Zaria and Kewaye, the position he held till he ascended the throne of Zazzau.

Shehu Idris was turbaned the 18th Emir of Zazzau on 8th February, 1975 following the demise of his predecessor, Alhaji Muhammadu Aminu, the 17th Emir of the Emirate.

The emirate under Alhaji Shehu Idris witnessed tremendous amount of development in terms of education as the Emirate hosts various educational institutions that have uplifted different personalities in Nigeria and the neighbouring countries. The Emir during his reign attracted most of those institutions to his domain.

The late Emir was also well acknowledged for his prominent roles in promotion of peace in his emirate and Kaduna state as a whole.

His contributions to the healthcare development were equally unquantifiable, especially in the area of routine immunisation and primary health care of his people. Thenationonlineng


12:22

Niger State Govt Says No Going Back On Roads Closure To Articulated Vehicles


Niger State Government says it will not go back on the restriction order of heavy trucks plying the state-owned roads which took effect on the 15th September, 2020.

This is coming after the State government had assured that it's  position will be reviewed as event concerning the closure unfolds.

The state government maintained that it's decision to close down all state government roads was done within the confines of law stressing that adequate consultations and sensitization with relevant stakeholders were made and two weeks notice was also served to general public as well as relevant road transport organizations before the roads were barricaded.

As such, the state government will not relent on it oars to ensure that the State owned roads are not access by articulated vehicles, the heavy trucks are however free to use all the Federal roads that transverse the State. 



The State government said beyond the current closure to fast track the reconstruction of the Minna-Bida Road, measures would be evolved such as weigh-bridges to ensure that the movements of articulated vehicles on the State owned roads are regulated to avoid heavy flow of traffic beyond the capacity of the roads. 


He enjoined the Federal government to raise up to the occasion and do the needful on if not all, some of the Federal Roads in the State.


Chairman of the Infrastructure, Project Monitoring and Implementation Committee who is also the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Ibrahim Balarabe brief Journalists on behalf of the State government, reaffirming it's position.


"There is no going back on Niger state government's decision on the ban on articulated trucks from plying the state-owned roads. We still stand on our position and will not relent on that. Our roads still remain closed to articulated trucks". He stated.

01:07

Crime Fell As Coronavirus Swept United State – FBI



Violent and property crime both plunged across the United States in the first six months of 2020 as the coronavirus outbreak swept the country, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported Tuesday.

Even though lockdowns to prevent the spread of Covid-19 were inconsistent and non-existent in some areas, murders fell 14.8 percent from a year earlier and rape dropped 17.8 percent, according to preliminary data compiled by the FBI.

Violent robbery fell 7.1 percent, and non-violent thefts and larceny fell by slightly more from the first half of 2019, the FBI said.

But arson jumped in the first half of this year, especially in large cities and in West, it said.

Arson cases rose more than 52 percent in cities with populations over one million and were up 28 percent in the western part of the country.

The FBI did not offer any explanation of the decline in crime overall, or the surge in arson.

But the period covered by the data coincides with the country’s response to COVID-19, including the declaration of a national emergency on March 13, California’s stay-at-home order on March 19, and New York issued a stay-at-home order on March 20.

Violent crime of all types fell in the period by 4.8 percent in the northeast and by smaller levels in the West and Midwest.

But violent crime increased compared to 2019 in the South, by 2.5 percent. Generally, southern states lagged others in taking serious steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

In campaigning for reelection, President Donald Trump has repeatedly alleged that crime has risen in cities led by Democrats, which includes many large cities like New York and Chicago.

 
AFP
01:06

BBNaija: Why I continued friendship with Laycon after Erica left – Kiddwaya



Big Brother Naija housemate, Kiddwaya, has explained why he continued being friends with Laycon, despite his alleged part in the disqualification of his love interest, Erica.

Erica was asked to leave the reality show after she insulted Laycon and received a third strike two weeks ago.

However, Kiddwaya and Laycon continued their bromance.

During an interview on the Beat FM on Tuesday morning, Kiddwaya was asked if his friendship to Laycon amounted to disloyalty to Erica.

He replied: “That would have been me being disloyal to myself because I had no issues with him.

“I even asked Erica if I could call Laycon, so we sit down and talk things over.

“Because I was not really the problem. My name just comes up in everything.”

Dailypost
01:06

Striker Fernando Torres predicts how Chelsea, Liverpool, others will finish this season



Former Chelsea and Liverpool striker, Fernando Torres, has predicted the position the Blues, Reds and Manchester City will finish on the Premier League table this 2020/21 season.

Liverpool won the Premier League title last season ahead of Pep Guardiola’s side (second position) and Chelsea (fourth position).

But Torres believes Jurgen Klopp’s side and Man City will still compete for the Premier League top two positions, while Chelsea will finish behind them, adding that Frank Lampard’s side is building a fantastic team for the future.

“I think they are building a fantastic team, not just for this season, but for the future,” Torres told talkSPORT.

“They are building a very interesting squad, but they’re young, and you can see Frank [Lampard] can manage a young team as he did last season in a brilliant way.

“They will be close, but I don’t know if they can compete with Liverpool and Man City.

“Hopefully, they can go for the Premier League right until the end.

“I think Liverpool will still be stronger than Man City or Chelsea. In the next two or three years, the Premier League, again, will be the top league in the world.

“The future stars are going there. It is an exciting moment for Premier League fans.” Dailypost
00:56

Election: UK threatens to seize overseas assets of offenders in Edo, Ondo



The United Kingdom has threatened to ban anyone guilty of electoral violence ahead of the Ondo and Edo governorship elections.

In a statement on Tuesday, the UK embassy in Nigeria also threatened to seize overseas assets of such persons.

Nigeria’s elections are usually marred with violence occasions by thuggery and snatching of election materials, as was the situation in recent elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

In a statement via its Twitter handle, the UK said it will send observers for the upcoming elections in the two states.

“As a friend and partner of Nigeria we are closely following the lead up to the off-cycle governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states scheduled for September 19 and October 10 respectively,” it said.

“These elections are important, both as an essential element of effective governance within both states and an indicator of the strength of Nigeria’s democratic institutions.

“We will be deploying observation missions to both the Edo and Ondo elections and supporting civil society led observation.

“The UK takes a strong stand against election-related violence and, just as we did in the general election in 2019, will continue to take action against individuals we identify as being responsible for violence during the elections.

“This could include restrictions on their eligibility to travel to the UK, restrictions on access to UK based assets or prosecution under international law.

“The UK will continue to provide support and engagement as we move towards these elections. We urge INEC, the Police and all other agencies involved to work together to deliver free, fair and credible elections.”

It added that Catriona Laing, UK high commissioner to Nigeria, has met with leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during which she called for a hitch-free election.

“The discussions focused on the need for the parties’ leaders to prevail on supporters to avoid violence before and after the elections,” the statement read.

“And we welcome the Edo candidates’ signature of the National Peace Committee and INEC convened peace accord.”

The warning from the UK comes a day after the United States placed a visa ban against individuals who compromised recent governorship elections. TheCable
00:55

BBNaija: Why my journey in Big Brother’s house was shortened – Erica



Disqualified Big Brother Naija lockdown housemate, Erica has said that her sad times took precedence, leading to the abrupt end of her journey in the reality show.

In a statement she shared on Instagram on Tuesday, the reality TV star recounted her journey in the lockdown house.

Erica was thrown out of the lockdown house after she flouted major rules of the house.

She had even threatened to kill fellow housemate Laycon outside the reality TV show.

Erica was also found guilty of pouring water on the Head of House bed to prevent her Deputy, Prince from having access.

Having been issued two strikes earlier it was obvious that the Abia-born housemate’s stay in the house would end abruptly.

In her statement shared on Instagram, she thanked her fans for the overwhelming support for her.

She said, “July 19th was the beginning of the rest of my life when I made the decision to be on the Bigbrother show.

“Excited as I was, I couldn’t fathom what the future held. I stepped into the house as an open book, believing in my strengths and weaknesses which I bore for the world to see.

“I was confident that these will enable me navigate through life in the house. Nothing, however, prepares you for the events of life except the experiences and the onus was on me to learn and live.

“My experiences were at equilibrium as I made the best of friends, honed existing skills, discovered new ones, lived in the moment and partied away. However, my sad times took precedence and my journey was shortened.”

Erica and her in-house lover, Kiddwaya are expected to reunite outside the show following the latter’s eviction from the house last Sunday.

Kiddwaya has made it clear that he is ready to continue a relationship with Erica if she feels the same, adding that they have agreed to take things slowly. Dailypost
00:55

West Africa: Leaders press Mali junta over transition



West African leaders met the head of Mali’s military junta on Tuesday to press for the return to civilian rule nearly a month after rebel officers seized power in the fragile state.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) slapped sanctions on Mali after the putsch, including closing borders and a ban on trade and financial flows, and has called for elections within 12 months. 

The 15-nation bloc also gave the new military rulers until Tuesday to name a civilian president and prime minister to head a transitional government. 

“My reason for this meeting is simple. We need to bring finality to our deliberations on Mali,” Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said in an opening statement at a lodge at Peduase, eastern Ghana. 

“That country can no longer afford any delay in putting a responsible government in place.” Akufo-Addo, the current ECOWAS rotating chairman, reiterated that Tuesday was “supposed to be the day the military junta is supposed to put in place a government”. “Closure should be brought to the matter now,” he said.

 Junta leader Colonel Assimi Goita, who was appointed interim head of state, was attending the talks on his first trip abroad since his seizure of power. 

He was set to deliver a speech behind closed doors to the assembled leaders from across the region outlining his plans.

– Opposition criticism –

The military junta over the weekend backed an arrangement for an 18-month transition government in which the junta would be given the leading role in choosing the interim president. 

But the document was rejected by Mali’s protest movement. 

The communique said that consultations about the transition — which culminated in a document published on Saturday after a three-day forum — were marked by “intimidation (and) anti-democratic and unfair practices” and “the desire to monopolise and confiscate power to the benefit of (the junta).” 

“Corrections must be able to be made to the national consultation documents,” said Mountaga Tall, a leader of the so-called June 5 Movement, or M5, an alliance of political parties, trade unions, religious figures and NGOs. 

Mali’s former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 75, was toppled after months of protests by the M5 demanding his resignation. He had been facing deep anger over an eight-year-old jihadist insurgency, economic problems and entrenched corruption. 

The M5 wants to be given equal status with the junta during the transition. Other criticism it has made of the junta-backed transition charter concerns the powers that would be given to the vice president, tasked with defence and security — a job description considered to be tailor-made for Goita.

– Unstable past – 

Mali’s neighbours, who are anxious to avoid the fragile Sahel state spiralling into chaos, have not yet reacted to the transition roadmap. 

Last month’s coup is Mali’s fourth since gaining independence from France in 1960. 

A further reminder of its chronic instability came on Tuesday with the death on Tuesday of Moussa Traore, who led the country for 22 years. In 1968, Moussa Traore, then a lieutenant, was the main instigator of a coup that overthrew Modibo Keita, the country’s first post-independence president. 

He stayed in power until he in turn was ousted in a coup in 1991. Traore died aged 83 in the capital Bamako, his nephew Mohamed Traore told AFP. 

AFP

00:50

Everton could be forced to sell Iwobi



Everton could be forced to offload Alex Iwobi in a bid to balance the books, the UK Mirror reports.

Iwobi, who only arrived from Arsenal last year, could be shown the door along Moise Kean.

Neither Iwobi or Kean has established himself since arriving last summer and both could command decent fees, which would help balance the books after the club brought in James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Dacoure this summer.

Everton’s new signings have offered a fresh optimism, following a 1-0 win away at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Sandro Ramirez, Yannick Bolasie and Mo Besic have all returned from loans last season and will be sold if there be any interest, which is not guaranteed.

Cenk Tosun is still injured and may be difficult to offload, while the likes of Theo Walcott, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Bernard are likely to be squad players on big wages this season, and so could be shifted for any decent fee. Dailypost

00:26

Cardi B files for divorce from Offset



Popular rapper, Cardi B has filed for divorce from her husband, Offset.

Cardi B and Offset got married sometime in 2017.

The WAP star filed court documents in Georgia on Tuesday.

According to TMZ, the documents prove that it is a ”contested divorce.”

It is reported that Cardi B wants to have primary physical custody as well as legal custody of their two-year-old daughter, Kulture.

Cardi B also requested payment for child support from Offset.

The rapper in her documents also revealed that they are currently separated, with no hope of working things out. Dailypost

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