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COVID-19: FCT Closes Parks for Eid-el-Kabir

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… issues guidelines for celebrations

A meeting of the FCT Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) on COVID-19, chaired by the Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, was convened on Friday, 16th of July 2021, to review the current situation of the pandemic in the FCT especially as it relates to the upcoming Sallah celebrations.

From its deliberations, the meeting noted the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country and the FCT and the possibility of a third wave and sought for ways to curtail its spread.

Thus, guided by the advice of the health professionals, the following guidelines are hereby issued for the upcoming  Eid-El-Kabir celebrations in the FCT;

i. All Eid prayers in the FCT are to be held in the open spaces at Jumaat Mosques as well as the National Eid Ground. This is based on medical advice that it is safer to hold large gatherings in  open  air spaces than in enclosed structures;

ii. All open Eid grounds should have multiple entry and exit points with hand washing and temperature checking facilities;

iii. The holding capacity of Eid grounds should be reduced to 50% to ensure physical/social distancing;

iv. Imams should ensure that sermons are short so that the entire Eid prayers do not exceed one hour;

v. All parks and recreational grounds and facilities shall remain closed throughout the festive period, and

vi. Worshippers are enjoined to adhere to all prescribed non-pharmaceutical preventive measures of facial coverings, constant hand washing and physical distancing.

Also In attendance at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, the Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, the Coordinator, WHO FCT Office, Dr Furera  Zakari, the Ag Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr Muhammed Kawu, the Chairman, FCT League of Imams Initiative, Dr Tajudeen M.B Adigun ,the Head of Media and Publicity , FCT Enforcement Task Team, Mr Ikharo Attah and other relevant officials of the FCTA.

▪︎ Report by Anthony Ogunleye, CPS to FCT Minister

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Lagos Assembly Passes Bill Eradicating Media Trial of Suspects

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The Lagos House of Assembly has passed an amended version of the Criminal Justice Law of the state barring the police from henceforth parading suspects before the media.

The bill was passed at a sitting presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, on behalf of the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa.

Section 9(A) of the newly passed bill states: “As from the commencement of this law, the police shall refrain from parading any suspect before the media.”

The bill further stipulates conditions under which a policeman can arrest without a warrant one of which is that a person must be reasonably suspected to unlawfully be in possession of firearms or other such dangerous instruments.

A subsection of the bill also barred the police or any other agency from arresting a person “in lieu of any other person in a criminal matter.”

The bill adds that a person who is arrested “shall be given reasonable facilities for obtaining legal advice, bail or making arrangements for defence or release.

The bill stipulates that a suspect should be “accorded humane treatment, with the right to dignity of person; not be subjected to any form of torture, cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment; be brought before the court as prescribed by this law or any other written law, or be released conditionally or unconditionally.”

After a voice vote, the Deputy Speaker directed the acting Clerk of the House, Mr Olalekan Onafeko, to transmit the bill to the governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for assent.

 

 

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Osun Estate Residents in Panic, as Robbers Serve Notice of Attack

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Residents of Olopa estate, a community in Ofatedo, Egbedore local government area, Osun state have been gripped by serious fear and tension, having been served a notice of intent to rob the area.

The robbers’ notice, which was handwritten and partly in Yoruba language, advised the community to contribute the sum of N20 million to avoid being robbed individually.

It directed that the N20 million should be kept with the community development chairman for the robbers to pick upon arrival.

It reads, “Notice, this is to inform you that, we, thieves are coming to rob every house in your community or you should contribute the sum of N20 million and keep it with your community Chairman for us to pick up when we come.

“We are coming with full force and we will kill any of your securities that intend to disturb us.”

A resident, Tejumade Adewale said the letter has created a lot of confusion in the community as some residents have stopped sleeping at home.

“Despite that, the community has increased the presence of local vigilante in the area, some residents only come home during the day to pick what they needed and return to their shops without returning home to sleep at night.

“We call on security agencies to come to our aide and should treat the issue seriously”, he said

Reacting to the development, Osun Amotekun Field Commandant, Comrade Amitolu Shittu said the corps is aware of the letter and is well prepared for the “Visitors”.

He added that the threat is empty but adequate security has been put in place to curtail them.

“We have heard of the threat, but we believe it is an empty threat, notwithstanding, security has been beef up in the community to check any eventualities”, he said.

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10 persons from same family die after drinking herbal concoction

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Police in Kwara State has said 10 persons belonging to the same family have died after drinking herbal concoction in Biogberu village in the state.The State’s police spokesman Okasanmi Ajayi said two men allegedly approached one of the family members who had a foot infection and offered the herbal concoction to her as a cure.The men asked the woman to give the concoction to all her family members to prevent the spread of the foot disease among them.He noted that the two suspects have been arrested and investigations are underway.

Ajayi also noted that it’s not yet clear whether the suspects are known traditional healers in the remote community.

Source: The Guardian

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