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Saturday news Update 19th December 2020

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Saturday news Update 19th December 2020

Here is the news update for the day

 

1. Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday directed all civil servants from Grade Level 14 and below in the state to work from home.

Governor Sanwo-Olu in the statement released also directed all worship centres not to exceed two hours in their services.

He added that no gathering must exceed 50 per cent of the maximum capacity of the Venue. (Saturday news Update)

2. Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, on Friday disclosed that he has gone into self-isolation after having contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Gov. Tambuwal announced this in a post on his Twitter account.

He further stated that he has undergone a coronavirus test and expecting the result.

3. President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Friday apologised for claiming ten students were abducted from the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Kastina State, last Friday.

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The presidential aide during an interview with Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), had claimed that only ten students of the school were abducted.

4. IGP Promotes 4,134 Traffic Warden Officers

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has approved the promotion of 4,134 Traffic Warden Officers to their next ranks. (Saturday news Update)

The breakdown of those promoted has it that 65 Officers were elevated to the rank of a Deputy Superintendent of Traffic; 245 Officers to Assistant Superintendent of Traffic II; 138 Officers to Senior Traffic Warden; 3,683 Men to Grade I and 3 Men from Grade III to Grade II.

5. Kankara Schoolboys Narrate Ordeals With Boko Haram – [Video]

Some students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara who were recently freed by their abductors have begun to disclose their horrible experiences while in captivity.

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Sharing their awful experience with the dreaded terrorist group a few moments ago with Channels TV, one of the boys who gave his name as Aminu said they were fed potatoes and sometimes forced to sleep with hunger in the bush. (Saturday news Update)

6. Arsenal will hope former player Alex Iwobi would not haunt them when they visit Goodison Park to take on Everton in game week 14 of the English Premier League (EPL).

 

7. Cross River Police Commissioner Dies Of COVID-19 Complications
The Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Abdulkadir Jimoh has died of suspected coronavirus complications on Friday.

The Police officer was confirmed dead at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital by the Chief Medical Director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Prof. Ikpeme Ikpeme.

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, on Friday, disclosed that the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, negotiated the release of the students of Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State. (Saturday news Update)

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Matawalle who spoke with Daily Nigerian noted that Katsina State Government secured their release through the help of MACBAN and repentant bandits.

9. Buhari Meets Kankara Schoolboys
Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, is currently in a meeting with the students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, in Katsina State.

(Saturday news Update)

The student after their release on Thursday were taken to the state on Friday morning amidst tight security.

10. Gunmen Attack Emir Of Kaura Namoda, Kill 3 Policemen, Others
Gunmen suspected to be bandits have reportedly attacked the convoy of the Emir of Kaura Namoda, HRH Sanusi Muhammad Asha killing eight persons.

Those killed during the attack include three policemen who were part of the Emir’s security team and five others in the convoy of the traditional ruler. (Saturday news Update)

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Civil servants in Lagos State to work from home

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Lagos Orders Civil Servants To Work From Home Till February 1

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed civil servants on Level 14 and below to work from home till February 1, 2021, as part of measures to contain the coronavirus disease’s spread the second wave of the pandemic.
This was contained in a statement signed on Saturday by the Head of Service in the state, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.

Muri-Okunola, however, noted that the directive excludes staff on essential duty as well as first responders.He said, “Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved a further extension of the work-from-home order to all State Public Servants on Grade Levels 14 and below from Monday, January 18 2021, to Monday, February 1 2021, to curtail the spread of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.”He urged all public servants to stay safe and ensure continued observance of all COVID-19 protocols for physical distancing, use of face masks, regular washing of hands with soap and running water as well as the use of hand sanitisers.”
Muri-Okunola also stated that the weekly duty rosters should be maintained for effective service delivery by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the State Government.

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Some Bandits have Abducted 18 Police Officers In Kaduna

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted 18 police officers around Farin-Ruwa junction along the Birnin Gwari- Funtua road in Kaduna State.SaharaReporters gathered that the policemen were on transit from Minna in Niger State to Kano State when they were attacked on Friday.

However, Sources said about 10 of the officers were rescued by military operatives at Maganda on Saturday.Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) Chairman, Barrister Salisu Haruna, confirmed the attack in a statement.Haruna said police officers around Dogon Dawa and other nearby communities had been told of the incident.He said, “Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) reports that the whereabouts of 18 Police Officers attacked along Birnin Gwari Funtua road on Friday 15 January 2021 is unascertained.“The 18 police officers, who are on surveillance along Birnin Gwari Funtua road, were attacked on Friday. As at the time of filing this report, we could not ascertain the number of casualties. Eyewitness feared that some of the police officers were killed while others are said to be missing in the bush.“Reports confirmed that two police have called via phone to inform home that they were attacked and that they could not locate their location.“Similarly, Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) reports that on Thursday an unconfirmed number of bandits have ransacked Damari village in Dogon Dawa constituency of Birnin Gwari local government area. The bandits who came on several bikes were said to have carted away heavy food commodities and stole many motorcycles. They did not kill anyone. They spent three hours in Damari village without any confrontation by the security.“Birnin Gwari Emirates Progressives Union begs the government, upon who the protection of our lives and property is reposed on, to sit up and face security issues in Birnin Gwari squarely until victory is ascertained.”Calls put across by SaharaReporters to Mohammed Jalige, the Kaduna State Police Command spokesperson, were not picked nor returned.

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Covid-19: 1598 new cases in Nigeria

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Covid-19: 1598 new cases in Nigeria

1598 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-461
FCT-206
Plateau-197
Rivers-168
Kaduna-116
Anambra-53
Ogun-49
Ebonyi-47
Edo-42
Sokoto-32
Imo-31
Katsina-31
Oyo-30
Akwa Ibom-27
Delta-16
Kano-16
Abia-15
Niger-15
Ondo-11
Bayelsa-10
Borno-9
Kebbi-8
Ekiti-7
Jigawa-1

108,943 confirmed
85,367 discharged
1,420 deaths

Our discharges today includes 430 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with guidelines.

 

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