The State Online https://thestateonlinengr.com Get update of News, Sports, Politics, Business, Foreign, Entertainment, Econonny, on www.thestateonlinengr.com Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:02:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 https://thestateonlinengr.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-ThestateOnline-Logo.fw_-32x32.png The State Online https://thestateonlinengr.com 32 32 Real Reasons Boko Haram Insurgency Persists in Borno, By Ameh Ebute, Former Senate Prez https://thestateonlinengr.com/real-reasons-boko-haram-insurgency-persists-in-borno-by-ameh-ebute-former-senate-prez/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/real-reasons-boko-haram-insurgency-persists-in-borno-by-ameh-ebute-former-senate-prez/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:02:25 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29975 BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE RBorno Governor, Babagana Zulum Former Senate President States Why Boko Haram Still Thrives in Borno Third Republic Senate President, Senator Ameh Ebute, has examined why Boko-Haram insurgency still persists in the country, especially in the north eastern state of Borno, blaming it on lack of collaborative efforts among Nigeria’s political class, ...

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BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE

RBorno Governor, Babagana Zulum

Former Senate President States Why Boko Haram Still Thrives in Borno

Third Republic Senate President, Senator Ameh Ebute, has examined why Boko-Haram insurgency still persists in the country, especially in the north eastern state of Borno, blaming it on lack of collaborative efforts among Nigeria’s political class, and not military conspiracy as many were inclined to believe.

Stating this in a position paper sent to the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) during the week, Ebute observed that while the threats of Boko Haram and its allies such as ISWAP have almost disappeared in neighbouring states of the region, it persists in Borno on account of the unwillingness of political leaders for a collaborative support with the military, particularly urging the NGF members to call their counterpart from Borno, Babagana Zulum, to order, in order to give peace a chance.

The administration of Zulum, he said, has utterly lacked the ingredients of mutual coexistence with relevant authorities towards ending the Boko-Haram menace.

Ebute said: “If the truth must be told, with the way the political authorities in the state are treating the threats posed by Boko Haram, we might experience the worse soon,” adding, “in our opinion, it is an anomaly to assume that the task of securing Borno State is the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government alone.”

According to him, “The case of Borno State is unfortunate because it has remained the unresolvable base of the insurgency not because the Federal Government has not lived up to expectations, but because the current government in the state has not deemed it necessary to support the military in their operations.

“Has the state government been cooperative with the military authorities towards ending the Boko Haram scourge? The question is because all we see in the media is either the state Governor is attacking military commanders at checkpoints or his deputy speaking to our selfless men and women in a very derogatory manner.”

On this note, he counseled Zulum to imbibe good leadership examples from governors of neighboring states of Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe and Bauchi, States, “all of whom have always been on the side of the troops.”

The former Senate President noted that lack of needed collaboration from the governor has, in the main, dampened the morale of the troops and consequently, gingered continued out-of-control criminal activities.

He stressed: “The governors of Yobe, Bauchi, Adamawa and Gombe States have, indeed, set examples worthy of emulation for their continuous support towards ensuring there is no resurgence of Boko Haram in their domains. This, they have achieved, by working day and night with the military,

“Governors as Chief Security Officers are aware that resources are needed in security operations. As such, they must advocate for more resources for the military to aid their operations,” he further stressed, adding, “the military must be encouraged and appreciated to continue to give in their best in the task at hand, even as the psychological implication of these cannot be overemphasized.”

Just last week, Gov. Zulum had accused the military of sabotage following the attack on his convoy by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

His convoy was ambushed by purported Boko Haram terrorists during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration on his way to Baga to distribute food items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), following which the governor had accused the military of responsibility on account of complacency.

But in a quick reaction, the Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, had refuted the governor’s claim, emphasizing that the Defence Headquaters had investigated the allegation and found it to be false, noting that the attack was not a military sabotage, neither was it a case of complacency.

This was even as a civil society organisation, Coalition for Truth and Justice (CTJ), had also called for thorough investigations to get to the root of the matter. Its National Coordinator, Barrister Charles Timothy, in a statement on Monday, had said, “it is paramount to ascertain the real event in Baga to avoid falling for  propaganda, as the governor’s claim that the military was responsible is bogus.”

 

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No plan to absorb repentant Boko Haram fighters into military – Presidency https://thestateonlinengr.com/no-plan-to-absorb-repentant-boko-haram-fighters-into-military-presidency/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/no-plan-to-absorb-repentant-boko-haram-fighters-into-military-presidency/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 22:16:16 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29953 The Presidency has denied alleged plan to absorb the 601 de-radicalised former Boko Haram members into the military. Garba shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said this in a statement issued in Abuja today. The presidential aide added that none of them had ever been absorbed into the military and ...

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The Presidency has denied alleged plan to absorb the 601 de-radicalised former Boko Haram members into the military.
Garba shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said this in a statement issued in Abuja today.
The presidential aide added that none of them had ever been absorbed into the military and the government had never contemplated such plan.
The statement read: “This is the fourth such graduation of repentant Boko Haram fighters and not one of such graduates has been absorbed into the military.
“Now that groups with hitherto proven bona fides, some religious leaders and a few in the legislature have joined the supply chain of fake news, it is important that we step in to clear the false reports that the administration is absorbing repentant Boko Haram terrorists into the military.
“It is important for the public to know that nobody has ever been absorbed into the military from the de-radicalized Boko Haram and there is no such plan for their absorption.
“None of the 601 former Boko Haram members who voluntarily laid down their arms, and have recently graduated from the Federal Government’s de-radicalization and rehabilitation programme, is going into the military.
“This is the fourth such graduation of repentant Boko Haram fighters and not one of such graduates has been absorbed into the military.
“The public needs to be reassured that the de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremists of the Buhari administration code named “Operation Safe Corridor,” follows an established example from countries with similar experiences, and is supported academically and materially by the European Union and the United Nations.”
Shehu explained that the lead agency for the implementation of the programme is the International Organization for Migration, a leading intergovernmental organization.
“It is also important to note that this programme does not have a place for hard boiled, ideologically hardened terrorists.
“It only admits, after careful scrutiny, repentant fighters that were captured and forced to bear arms in the first instance, and there are many who have been drafted by force.
“At the point of their graduation, a determination is made that the former combatants have repented and are better citizens, imbued with genuine nationalism. They must no longer represent a danger to society or to themselves.
“Where they are certified as such, communities have the duty of accepting them. Unless they want them to take up arms and resume terrorism from which they have repented, community leaders must work with the relevant agencies to end their rejection.
“The Buhari administration is a responsible one and is conscious of its duty to the state and society, and to the victims of terror as well as to those who inflicted these pains and losses on our people.”

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Breaking: The massive explosion in Beirut killed at least 135, injured over 5,000 https://thestateonlinengr.com/breaking-the-massive-explosion-in-beirut-killed-at-least-135-injured-over-5000/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/breaking-the-massive-explosion-in-beirut-killed-at-least-135-injured-over-5000/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 22:05:21 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29950 Residents of Beirut are surveying the damage Wednesday after a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital, killing at least 135 people, wounding thousands and causing widespread damage. Videos shared online showed a dark cloud rising from the port, what normally might be expected from an industrial-area fire, followed by an explosion creating a massive white ...

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Residents of Beirut are surveying the damage Wednesday after a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital, killing at least 135 people, wounding thousands and causing widespread damage.
Videos shared online showed a dark cloud rising from the port, what normally might be expected from an industrial-area fire, followed by an explosion creating a massive white cloud that enveloped the area. A moment later, the shock wave hit.
As residents of the city search for missing relatives, bandage their wounds and retrieve what’s left of their homes, the Lebanese government said it is putting an unspecified number of Beirut port officials under house arrest pending an investigation and declared a two-week “state of emergency,” effectively giving the military full powers during this time.
How many people were killed?
At least 135 people were killed and more than 5,000 wounded, Reuters reported citing an interview with Lebanon’s health minister on Al Manar.
An official with the Lebanese Red Cross, George Kettaneh, warned that the death toll could rise further. Health Minister Hassan Hamad had earlier reported at least 70 deaths.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon said some of its naval peacekeepers were seriously injured in the blast. Bangladesh said 21 members of its Navy were wounded, one critically. Italy, one of the top contributors to the UNIFIL mission, said one of its soldiers was wounded.
How much damage was caused?
Elegant stone buildings, fashionable shopping districts and long stretches of the famed seaside promenade were reduced to rubble within seconds of Tuesday’s blast.
Hangars around the port were completely toppled and much of the downtown area was littered with damaged vehicles and debris that had rained down from the shattered facades of buildings.
It was the worst, most destructive single explosion to strike the country.
The force shook buildings, which were hit again by the shock wave that blew out windows, sending shards of glass flying through the air. One of the UN ships docked in the port was damaged, according to UNFIL.
The blast severely damaged numerous apartment buildings, and Beirut’s city governor Marwan Abboud said up to 300,000 people had lost their homes and authorities are working on providing them with food, water and shelter, Al-Jazeera reported.
The government said public schools will be opened to host those who lost their homes and the minister of tourism will also work on opening some hotels for use by those who lost their homes. It also promised compensation for the victims.
Smoke was still rising from the port Wednesday, where a building of silos was half destroyed, spilling out mounds of grain. Drone footage shot by The Associated Press showed that the blast tore open a cluster of grain silos that estimates suggest housed some 85% of the country’s grain.
“I was sitting on the stairs … next thing I remember I was on the ground covered with shattered glass and people screaming,” said Shehadeh Khalaf, 67, who said he was helped at the hospital but left because there were so many more people in dire need. “I’m still covered in blood.”
The blast, which struck shortly after 6 p.m. local time with the force of a 3.5 magnitude earthquake, according to Germany’s geosciences center GFZ, followed a fire that broke out in the city’s port area, based on multiple videos from the scene.
What caused the blast?
The cause of the explosion has yet to be officially determined, but Abbas Ibrahim, chief of Lebanese General Security, said it might have been caused by highly explosive material that was stored at the port after it was confiscated from a ship. The material was identified as ammonium nitrate in a tweet on the Lebanese presidential account.
“It is unacceptable that a shipment of ammonium nitrate estimated at 2,750 tons has been present for six years in a warehouse without taking preventive measures that endanger the safety of citizens,” Prime Minister Hassan Diab said according to the tweet.
Videos showed an orange cloud over Beirut’s port after the explosion, which is consistent with a nitrate-related explosion. Explosives experts and video footage suggested the ammonium nitrate may have been ignited by a fire at what appeared to be a nearby warehouse containing fireworks.
What is ammonium nitrate?
Ammonium nitrate is an industrial chemical commonly used as fertilizer for plants and can be used to make explosives, according to the National Institutes of Health. It does not readily burn, but will do so if contaminated with combustible material. It’s also an oxidizer, meaning that it draws oxygen to a fire and can make it more intense.
“You need extreme circumstances to set off an explosion,” Gabriel da Silva, a senior lecturer in chemical engineering at the University of Melbourne, told the Guardian.
Ammonium nitrate will produce produce toxic gases that are made of nitrogen and oxygen when burned. While the chemicals in the air should dissipate quickly da Silva told the outlet that lingering pollutants can cause problems if they acidify rain.
In a domestic terrorism case that shook America, Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people by creating a bomb from two tons of ammonium nitrate mixed with fuel oil to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
The Beirut explosion recalled the twin blasts that killed at least 50 and injured more than 700 in the Chinese port of Tianjin in 2015. Investigators found that blast was triggered when a flammable compound caught fire in the August heat and the flames then spread to illegal stores of ammonium nitrate.
Lebanon’s Supreme Defence Council recommended that a committee investigate the explosion and present its findings within five days to punish to those responsible, Al-Jazeera reported. The Council also recommended declaring a two-week state of emergency in Beirut and giving the military security responsibility.
State prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat ordered security agencies to start an immediate investigation and collect all reports and letters related to the materials stored at the port as well as lists of people in charge of maintenance, storage and protection of the hangar.
Though the cause of the explosion has yet to be officially determined, President Donald Trump called it a “terrible attack” based on the suspicions of U.S. generals he did not name.
There was no evidence the explosion was an attack. Instead, many Lebanese blamed it on decades of corruption and poor governance by the entrenched political class that has ruled the tiny Mediterranean country since the civil war.
Israel, which has seen years of intermittent conflict with Lebanon, particularly and recently with Hezbollah, denied any involvement and offered humanitarian medical aid. France and the United Nations special coordinator also offered humanitarian assistance.
Credit: USA TODAY

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COVID-19: PTF to release new directives tomorrow https://thestateonlinengr.com/covid-19-ptf-to-release-new-directives-tomorrow/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/covid-19-ptf-to-release-new-directives-tomorrow/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 21:53:37 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29948 Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, today attributed the low figures recorded in the areas of testing and confirmed cases of COVID-19 recently to the public holiday declared to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir. He stated this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after the task force presented its ...

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Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, today attributed the low figures recorded in the areas of testing and confirmed cases of COVID-19 recently to the public holiday declared to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.
He stated this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after the task force presented its interim report to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mustapha said the President was happy with the report and commended members of the task force for their efforts in creating awareness on the virus.
He said the PTF would release fresh directives tomorrow once the President endorses its recommendations. He refused to disclose the details of the report just submitted.
He said: “As for the content of the report, it will be premature for me to talk about it because we submitted a report, we have submitted recommendations and so we have to leave for Mr President to take a decision.
“By the time I receive his approvals, non-approvals on the recommendations we have made, we will be able to speak to the Nigerian people tomorrow (Thursday),” he explained.
“If you noticed, as we celebrated those discharges, there has also been a decrease in the testing.
“In the last couple of days, we tested just barely 2,000 across the nation, but we have a testing capacity of much more thousands than 2,000.
“Another reason is that everybody is still in Sallah mood, even the essential workers. Remember when I talked of fatigue, this is part of it.
“But I know that in the next couple of days, the testing will be rampant because people would have come out of the Sallah celebrations and come back to work.
“The sub nationals and local governments will begin to go into the communities to search because this is the point at which you have to go into the local communities and begin to search.
“If you don’t do that, so much is happening as a result of the community transmission that has been cascaded into the local communities that if you wait for it to present itself, it will present itself in a very explosive manner and we can get into a panic mode.
“We don’t want to have that. That is why are encouraging the state governments to go into the local communities to ensure that they search for those infected with this virus, test them, if they are positive, isolate them and provide care for them.”

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Nigerian Air Force expecting 12 additional aircraft https://thestateonlinengr.com/nigerian-air-force-expecting-12-additional-aircraft/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/nigerian-air-force-expecting-12-additional-aircraft/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 21:37:02 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29945 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it is expecting the delivery of 12 additional aircraft to be deployed in the fight against insurgency in the country. The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, made this known on Wednesday while on a one-day operational visit to the 407 Air Combat Training Group ...

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it is expecting the delivery of 12 additional aircraft to be deployed in the fight against insurgency in the country.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, made this known on Wednesday while on a one-day operational visit to the 407 Air Combat Training Group (407 ACTG) Kainji, Niger.
“We are expecting additional aircraft paid by the Federal Government,” he said.
Abubakar, after inspecting the projects, also said the Service is expecting the delivery of the Super Tucano aircraft in the Country.
He said that the Super Tucano is particularly important in the fight against insurgency.
The CAS was also briefed on the progress of work on the ongoing Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) of the Alpha Jets, the activation of the aircraft and the Engine.
The air chief expressed satisfaction with the progress of the Alpha Jet PDM, as well as with the technicians working on the aircraft.
“We are working to get the aircraft out as quickly as possible to add value to what we are doing,” he said.
The CAS also inspected ongoing infrastructural development projects aimed at improving the operational environment and enhancing the welfare of personnel and their families.
The projects inspected include the ongoing re-construction/re-modeling of 2 blocks of 10 x single-bedroom flats for Single Quarters, Married Officers quarters and Airmen Transit accommodation.
Abubakar who was accompanied on the visit by Branch Chiefs and Directors from Headquarters NAF, was received, upon arrival in Kainji, by the Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command, AVM Musa Mukhtar as well as the Commander 407 ACTG, Sqn-Ldr Kingsley Igwegbe.
Credit: TheNEWS

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NNPC Records 43 Per cent Drop in Oil Pipeline Vandalism in May https://thestateonlinengr.com/nnpc-records-43-per-cent-drop-in-oil-pipeline-vandalism-in-may/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/nnpc-records-43-per-cent-drop-in-oil-pipeline-vandalism-in-may/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:59:59 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29942 BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has recorded an encouraging 43 per cent drop in cases of willful damage of its oil pipeline infrastructure by suspected oil thieves in May, 2020. The corporation, in a release by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, explained that details ...

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BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has recorded an encouraging 43 per cent drop in cases of willful damage of its oil pipeline infrastructure by suspected oil thieves in May, 2020.

The corporation, in a release by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, explained that details of the report contained in the May 2020 version of the NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR) indicated that 37 pipeline points were vandalized representing about 43 per cent decrease from the 65 points recorded in April 2020.

A further breakdown showed that Mosimi-Ibadan pipeline axis accounted for 38 per cent of the vandalized points while Atlas Cove—Mosimi axis recorded 19 per cent of the breaks. Suleja-Kaduna logged 16 per cent of the breaks, while other locations make up for the remaining 27 per cent.

NNPC stated in the May report that in collaboration with the local communities and other stakeholders, it would continuously strive to bring the malaise under control.

The NNPC May MFOR said the corporation had continued to diligently monitor the daily stock of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol, to achieve smooth distribution of the products to ensure zero fuel queue across the nation.

It stated that towards this end, 950.67million litres of white products were sold and distributed by the corporation’s Downstream subsidiary, the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) in May, 2020. This comprised 950.67million litres of PMS only with no Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) or Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK), adding that there was no sale of special product in the month.

Total sale of white products for the period May 2019 to May 2020 stood at 19,865.80million litres and PMS accounted for 19,704.49million litres or 99.19 per cent.

The report stated that ₦92.58billion was made on the sale of white products by PPMC in May 2020. Total revenue generated from the sales of white products for the period May 2019 to May 2020 stood at ₦2,393.88billion, where PMS contributed about 98.84 per cent of the total sales with a value of ₦2,366.15billion.

In the gas sector, natural gas production in May 2020 increased by 2.38 per cent at 226.51Billion Cubic Feet (BCF) compared to output in April 2020; translating to an average daily production of 7,480.36million Standard Cubic Feet of gas per day (mmscfd). Likewise, the daily average natural gas supply to gas power plants increased by 5.87 per cent to 834mmscfd, equivalent to power generation of 3,128MW.

The NNPC May report stated that the Group’s operating revenue, compared to April 2020’s, increased by 15.33 per cent or N31.68billion to stand at N238.33billion, while expenditure for the month decreased by 0.76 per cent or N1.81Billion, to stand at N235.66billion.

The May 2020 report indicated a trading surplus of ₦2.68billion compared to the ₦30.81billion deficit posted in April 2020 when the effect of COVID-19 was at the peak, leading to reduced demand with fluctuating prices.

The NNPC report said the 109 per cent upturn in revenue this month is the cumulative result of improved performances by some of the corporation’s Strategic Business Units.

While the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) posted a surplus due to substantial growth in the market fundamentals as demand began a slight recovery; the Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC) recorded 257 per cent increased profit attributed to improved debt collection.

Similarly, PPMC’s surplus rose 250 per cent from investment dividend received and significant drop in average product landing cost.

In addition, Corporate Headquarters deficit ebbed by 47 per cent in May, according to the report, compared to last month’s, while NNPC Retail, Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL), NNPC Shipping and Ventures also contributed positively to the month’s performance, leading to the significant NNPC Group surplus position during the period under review.

 

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Furious Edo Governor Redeploys Protocol Director Over Failure to Present Kola to Benin Oba https://thestateonlinengr.com/furious-edo-governor-redeploys-protocol-director-over-failure-to-present-kola-to-benin-oba/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/furious-edo-governor-redeploys-protocol-director-over-failure-to-present-kola-to-benin-oba/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:41:50 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29937 BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE (With agency report) The Director of Protocol (DoP) in Edo, Osayande Aisagbon, has been redeployed to the Ministry of Culture and Diaspora Affairs following alleged embarrassment suffered by Gov. Godwin Obaseki during a visit to the Palace of Oba of Benin. Gov. Obaseki visited the Benin monarch on July 25 for ...

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BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE (With agency report)

The Director of Protocol (DoP) in Edo, Osayande Aisagbon, has been redeployed to the Ministry of Culture and Diaspora Affairs following alleged embarrassment suffered by Gov. Godwin Obaseki during a visit to the Palace of Oba of Benin.

Gov. Obaseki visited the Benin monarch on July 25 for royal blessings as part of his reelection campaign, but was unable to present kolanut and gin in line with the palace tradition for the royal blessing.

NAN reports that Obaseki, accompanied by the party’s National Campaign Chairman, Gov. Nyesom Wike, were embarrassed when the monarch asked for the kolanut to offer prayers for the visitors to have a successful campaign but none could be provide A source in Government House Benin, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The governor was embarrassed. it’s the responsibility of the protocol department to handle such assignment, so somebody has to take responsibility.” In a memo obtained by newsmen in Benin, the governor ordered for the redeployment of the DoP over the embarrassment. In the same memo, the redeployed DoP was replaced with Mosis Obakpolor, also a staff of the Ministry of Culture and Diaspora Affairs. It would be recalled that the campaign train also included Governors Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta; Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto; Duoye Diri, Bayelsa; Seyi Makinde, Oyo and Bala Muhammed, Bauchi State. Other on the campaign team were, Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, Chairman of DAAR Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, Chief Tom Ikimi, Sen. Clifford Ordia and Ken Imasuagbon, among others.

 

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EFCC Re-arraigns Adoke and Abubakar, Amends Charges against them https://thestateonlinengr.com/efcc-re-arraigns-adoke-and-abubakar-amends-charges-against-them/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/efcc-re-arraigns-adoke-and-abubakar-amends-charges-against-them/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:13:59 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29930 BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, August 4, re-arraigned former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohamed Bello Adoke and Aliyu Abubakar before Justice I.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on a 14-count amended charge of money laundering ...

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BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, August 4, re-arraigned former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohamed Bello Adoke and Aliyu Abubakar before Justice I.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on a 14-count amended charge of money laundering to the tune of over Six Million United States Dollars ($6,000,000).

Count one of the new charges against Adoke read: “That you, Mohammed Bello Adoke, sometime in September 2013, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, made a cash payment of the sum of $2,267,400.00 (Two Million, Two Hundred and Sixty-Seven Thousand, Four Hundred United States Dollars) to one Rislaundeen Muhammed, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to the combined effects of Section 16(1) (d) and of Section 1(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011(as amended) and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.”

A new charge against Abubakar read: “That you, Aliyu Abubakar, sometime in September 2013, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, accepted a cash payment of the sum of $4,000,000.00 (Four Million United States Dollars) from Farmans Holdings Limited, through Abdulhakeem Uthman Mustapha, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to the combined effects of Section 16(1)(d) and of Section1(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.”

Both defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges, following which counsel to the second defendant, Akin Olujimi, SAN, made an oral application, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to sit on the case while courts in the country are on vacation.

Justice Ekwo, in response, advised the counsel to make his application formal so that he could rule on it. While reminding Olujimi that he could exercise his discretion as it pleased him in his court, he warned that a consequence of his application may be the revocation of the bail of his client.

Olujimi,   for the interest of his client’s liberty, beat a hasty retreat and withdrew the oral application. The judge adjourned the case till August 11, 12 and 13, 2020 for commencement of trial.

It will be recalled that the defendants were arraigned on a seven-count charge before Justice Binta Nyako, on March 1, 2020, re-arraigned on June 17, 2020 on the same number of charges before Justice Ekwo, and re-arraigned again, August 4, 2020 on 14-count charge before the same judge

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EFCC Secures Final Forfeiture of N827.6m from NDDC Contractors https://thestateonlinengr.com/efcc-secures-final-forfeiture-of-n827-6m-from-nddc-contractors/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/efcc-secures-final-forfeiture-of-n827-6m-from-nddc-contractors/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:37:48 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29923 BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the final forfeiture of N827, 679,098.32 (Eight Hundred and Twenty-Seven Million, Six Hundred and Seventy-Nine Thousand, Ninety-Eight Naira, Thirty-Two Kobo) from Flank Power Resources Limited and GMFD Ventures Limited, both of which are  firms  linked to  contractors with the Niger Delta Development ...

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BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the final forfeiture of N827, 679,098.32 (Eight Hundred and Twenty-Seven Million, Six Hundred and Seventy-Nine Thousand, Ninety-Eight Naira, Thirty-Two Kobo) from Flank Power Resources Limited and GMFD Ventures Limited, both of which are  firms  linked to  contractors with the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.  Matthew Edevbie is the Chief Executive Officer of Flank Power Resources Limited.

The forfeiture followed the order of Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, sequel to an affidavit deposed to by an EFCC investigator, in which the Commission prayed the court for the forfeiture of the sum to the federal Government of Nigeria, being proceeds of unlawful activity, traced to some contractors’ accounts with Zenith Bank.

A breakdown of the recovery shows that N616, 679, 098.32 (Six Hundred and Sixteen Million, Six Hundred and Seventy-Nine Thousand, Ninety-Eight Naira, Thirty-Two Kobo) was recovered from Flank Power Resources Limited, while N211million (Two Hundred and Eleven Million Naira) was recovered from GMFD Ventures Limited.

It was discovered that between 2018 and 2019, Flank Power Resources Limited received the funds from the NDDC, through its account number:1015642852 , while GMFD received through account number: 1014657819 both of which are domiciled in Zenith Bank Plc for desilting contracts which aside being inflated, were not executed, but diverted and laundered.

The sum of N616, 679, 098.32 recovered from Flank Power Resources Limited was facilitated through 62 Zenith Bank drafts in favour of the EFCC Recovered Funds Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, while the N211million from GMFD came through 22 Zenith Bank drafts in favour of the same account.

The EFCC secured the interim forfeiture of the money on  June 8, 2020 and its final forfeiture was granted by the court on June 29, 2020.

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APC UK Optimistic of Diezani’s Prosecution by British Government https://thestateonlinengr.com/apc-uk-optimistic-of-diezanis-prosecution-by-british-government/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/apc-uk-optimistic-of-diezanis-prosecution-by-british-government/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:10:51 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29921 The All Progressives Congress (APC), UK chapter, says it has received favourable response from the British Government to prosecute former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke and other Nigerians suspected of fraud, bribery and corruption offences, living in the United Kingdom. According to a statement signed by Mr Jacob Ogunseye, the APC UK Publicity Secretary, issued on ...

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), UK chapter, says it has received favourable response from the British Government to prosecute former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke and other Nigerians suspected of fraud, bribery and corruption offences, living in the United Kingdom.
According to a statement signed by Mr Jacob Ogunseye, the APC UK Publicity Secretary, issued on Tuesday in Abuja, the assurance was given by British Minister of State for Security, James Brokenshire.
In the statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the British government also promised to help Nigeria fight corruption to a standstill.
It said Brokenshire’s promise followed a petition initiated by the APC UK legal department to the British government on the need to prosecute the former petroleum minister and other Nigerians suspected of fraud, bribery and corruption.
The statement said the petition was sequel to a plea by Ibrahim Magu, former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at a virtual meeting before his suspension.
It said that Magu had appealed to Nigerians in Diaspora to assist the commission in putting pressure on the British government to repatriate the former minister to Nigeria to answer charges against her.
It said the APC UK legal department took up Magu’s challenge by initiating a legal process reminding the British government of Alison-Madueke’s arrest on October 2, 2015 by its National Crime Agency (NCA) in London.
It recalled that Alison-Madueke was arrested along side four other persons on suspicion of bribery and corruption offences, but was released on bail.
It added that the APC UK legal team went further to request for reasons for the loss of traction by the United Kingdom NCA in prosecuting the former minister since her bail in 2015.
The statement said the department also demanded for a speedy trial of the former petroleum minister in the UK or in the alternative, facilitate her immediate repatriation to Nigeria to face graft charges.
The statement quoted Mr Ade Omole, leader of the chapter, as saying that a fair trial as enshrined in Article 6 of the Human Rights Act would be followed if Madueke was repatriated to Nigeria to face trial.
“APC UK supported the legal process with petitions through Members of Parliament and Peers in the House of Lords, the British Government was left with no choice but respond promptly to the issues raised.
“The British government responding through its Minister of State for Security, Rt. Hon. James Brokenshire, promised to work with the Federal Republic of Nigeria in ensuring that corruption is fought to a standstill and persons involved in criminal acts are duly prosecuted,” Omole said.
He added that the response from the British government was a strong indication of good things to come regarding suspects hibernating in the UK.
He stressed that the APC in UK had a good strategy and dedicated legal team that would ensure that looters did not commit crime in Nigeria and run to the United Kingdom to hide.
He said Nigerians should expect some traction on the near comatose criminal case involving the former petroleum minister going forward.
“Though COVID-19 lockdown down is not helping matters, we hope the pandemic will soon be over so we can double our efforts from this end,” Omole said.
The statement quoted Brokenshire, as saying that: “The UK is continuing to lead international efforts to combat corruption, as evidenced by the commitments in the UK’s Anti-Corruption Strategy and the Economic Crime plan”.
He said the UK was determined to ensure that its society and economy remained hostile to illicit financial flows.
“As you will know, in 2018 the Financial Action Task Force assessed the UK as having the strongest controls of any country assessed to date.
“I am acutely aware of the negative impacts of grand corruption, including on developing countries.
“The International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre, hosted by the NCA, is working to recover stolen assets, share intelligence across jurisdictions, and build capacity to support grand corruption cases in developing countries,” he said.
He added that the centre had supported a number of high profile arrests involving politicians and public officials across the world.
“We are working closely with the government of Nigeria to prevent corruption, including providing support in-country.
“The NCA runs a number of multi-agency projects in Nigeria which target corruption as one of the threats to the UK,” Brokenshire said.
According to him, these projects provided specialist training, equipment, buildings and infrastructure.
He said it also provided UK-based mentors and intelligence to fight corruption at all levels, adding that the Department for International Development funds programmes to tackle corruption in the Nigerian public sector and oil industry.
Brokenshire assured the APC UK of UK’s commitment to combating corruption in Nigeria and other African countries.
NAN

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NIPOST Chair draws FIRS’ Ire over Stamp Duties Administration https://thestateonlinengr.com/nipost-chair-draws-firs-ire-over-stamp-duties-administration/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/nipost-chair-draws-firs-ire-over-stamp-duties-administration/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 01:08:42 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29912 BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE As Revenue Agency Threatens Prosecution for Misappropriation The Chairperson of the Board of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), Mrs Maimuna Abubakar, has drawn the ire of the nation’s income powerhouse, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), over her claim accusing the revenue agency and the National Assembly of stealing the NIPOST’s ...

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BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE

  • As Revenue Agency Threatens Prosecution for Misappropriation

The Chairperson of the Board of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), Mrs Maimuna Abubakar, has drawn the ire of the nation’s income powerhouse, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), over her claim accusing the revenue agency and the National Assembly of stealing the NIPOST’s idea on stamp duties administration.

Reacting to Abubakar’s claim done via tweet yesterday evening, FIRS Director in charge of Communications and Liaison, Mr. Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad, saw the claim as a great disservice to the government and people of Nigeria, expressing shock that such a person in reputable organization as NIPOST could cast such aspersion on the two national institutions of great repute.

The FIRS mouth piece began: “The attention of FIRS has been drawn to the infantile ranting of one Mrs. Maimuna Abubakar who, it learnt, is the Chairperson of the Board of NIPOST. Her bunkum wouldn’t have deserved any response, but for the sensitive nature of the issue at stake, which, if not sensibly treated, would likely mislead the public.

“Surely, NIPOST is a government parastatal established by Decree 41 of 1992 with the function to: develop, promote, and provide adequate and efficiently coordinated postal services at reasonable rates.”

“ This function,” he said, “is clearly contrary to the claim by NIPOST over the administration of stamp duties in Nigeria.”

“On the other hand, FIRS is the sole agency of government charged with the responsibility of assessing, collecting, and accounting for all tax types including, Stamp Duties,” he further explained, saying, “it is therefore shocking to us at the FIRS that such a vainglorious young lady who happened to be appointed to a sensitive position would throw all caution to the wind to cast aspersions on  reputable institutions like the National Assembly and the FIRS, which she accused of stealing NIPOST idea. This, to say the least, is a disservice to the government and people of Nigeria.

“We wish to state categorically that, as an agency that operates within the ambit of the law, FIRS is determined to, not only ensure that all monies collected by NIPOST into its illegally operated Stamp Duties Account, are fully remitted into the Federation Account, but also make sure that any N1 not accounted for in that account is legally recovered. And that anyone found culpable of mis-appropriatiing the funds in that account would be prosecuted.”

Then his notice: “The public is hereby reminded that we, at the FIRS, are resolute in our operations towards safeguarding the national interest, not personal ego, and or interest, as the NIPOST officials have carried on lately. We, therefore, call on right thinking Nigerians to disregard the infantile rantings of a misguided lickspittle.”

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Amazing Impact of Taxation to Nigeria’s Economy, By FIRS Chair https://thestateonlinengr.com/amazing-impact-of-taxation-to-nigerias-economy-by-firs-chair/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/amazing-impact-of-taxation-to-nigerias-economy-by-firs-chair/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 22:47:29 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29907 BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The amazing impact of taxation to Nigeria’s economy cannot be over emphasized, especially in the face of the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic which has thrown up new ways of doing things, Executive Chairman, FIRS, Mr. Muhammad Nami, has stressed. Mr. Nami noted this today, in Abuja, while fielding questions during a ...

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BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE

The amazing impact of taxation to Nigeria’s economy cannot be over emphasized, especially in the face of the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic which has thrown up new ways of doing things, Executive Chairman, FIRS, Mr. Muhammad Nami, has stressed.

Mr. Nami noted this today, in Abuja, while fielding questions during a live appearance on the popular morning show, Kaakaki, on Africa Independent Television (AIT) as part of his national public enlightenment on voluntary tax compliance, while educating the citizenry on stamp duty payments.

Urging Nigerians and body corporate in the country to continue to pay their taxes as and when due, Nami said, “although ordinarily, nobody wants to pay tax but payment of tax is necessary. There is never a time that is appropriate for somebody to pay taxes. You can see it all over the world.

“This belief that with oil money we are rich is false. What you see the federal, states and local governments sharing at the Federation Account Meetings monthly comes from the taxes paid by Nigerians or body corporate. At the FAAC meeting in July, the total amount shared among the three tiers of government was N696 billion. From this amount, 30% came from revenue generating-agencies like NNPC and Customs. The remaining 70% which is almost N500 billion, came from tax money that you paid, including stamp duty. Without this money, there will be chaos everywhere. You are looking at issues relating to COVID-19 and the impact it is creating on businesses today. People are actually losing jobs but it would be worse if taxes are not paid.”

FIRS boss noted that there would never be a convenient time for citizens to pay their taxes, adding that bankable Nigerians have been paying stamp duty on their cheque books since the introduction of the stamp duty in 1939, emphasizing that the renewed focus on stamp duty via the recent launch of an inter-ministerial committee on the recovery of stamp duty from 2016 till date has started to yield the required dividends, He further stressed, “Before now, remittance from stamp used to be an average of about N17 billion-N18 billion per year, but currently, it is in the region of N80 billion. I can confirm to you too that a commercial bank which has not been remitting this stamp duty before now, in the month of July alone, remitted about N1.2 billion, evidence that we are not playing about it. We know that oil revenue is not there. We know that we are in a serious economic crisis and the only way to ensure that Nigerians are happy with the government is to ensure that this money deducted from their hard-earned income but which is not remitted, is now remitted to government coffers.”

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NNPC Mourns Passing of Former GMD, Dawha https://thestateonlinengr.com/nnpc-mourns-passing-of-former-gmd-dawha/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/nnpc-mourns-passing-of-former-gmd-dawha/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 21:14:52 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29897 BY  ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the demise of its former Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr. Joseph Thlama Dawha after a brief illness. The corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, stated this in a release today. The release said NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam ...

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BY  ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the demise of its former Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr. Joseph Thlama Dawha after a brief illness.

The corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, stated this in a release today.

The release said NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, expressed shock over the sudden death of Dr. Dawha who was the 16th Group Managing Director of the corporation.

Mallam Kyari said that NNPC family gravely mourned the death of the former GMD, who he noted, provided astute leadership and made immense contributions to the progress of corporation. He described Dr. Dawha’s death as a great loss to, not only NNPC, but also Nigeria as a whole.

Dr. Dawha was GMD of NNPC between August, 2014 and August, 2015.

 

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Kalu Replies Akpabio On NDDC Road Contracts https://thestateonlinengr.com/kalu-replies-akpabio-on-nddc-road-contracts/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/kalu-replies-akpabio-on-nddc-road-contracts/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:30:32 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29886 Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has said the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has not paid any dime to the contractors who built the roads he facilitated. Kalu was reacting to the communique written by Senator Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, where he ...

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Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has said the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has not paid any dime to the contractors who built the roads he facilitated.
Kalu was reacting to the communique written by Senator Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, where he reportedly mentioned ex-governors Emmanuel Uduaghan, James Ibori, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and others relating to the NDDC contracts.
In a statement signed by Barrister Emeka Nwala of office of the Senate Chief Whip, Kalu said he believes the issues at stake in the NDDC has to do with missing funds and not works done, adding that he is becoming worried over his name being used indiscriminately to sell newspapers without verifications.
According to the Chief Whip, the road projects mentioned by the Minister are the interventions he facilitated for the communities as a private citizen before he became a senator.
Kalu said his name is mentioned because he used his letter headed paper to write a sympathetic letter to the NDDC in 2016 requesting and pleading with the body to rescue roads in Abia.
He also noted that his relationship with Senator Akpabio dates years back and long before he (Kalu) became a governor, adding that he would still request for more road interventions ffor Abia State from Akpabio.
His words: “I was Governor of Abia State between 1999 and 2007 and never held any public office until June 11, 2019 when I was sworn in as a senator. Between 2016 and 2018, during my tour to several communities, leaders and welfare unions of most communities pleaded for urgent intervention on some dilapidated roads. I wrote to the NDDC informing the body of the conditions of these roads and the need for their attention since Abia is an NDDC state.
“The NDDC in their consideration which I am very grateful to, awarded the roads to companies that duly tendered for the projects and not myself. Whatever link I have with the projects is because it was considered due to my intervention.”
The Senate Chief Whip also noted that the NDDC that awarded these projects were not any of the interim management in controversy but the fully constituted body of NDDC with its board.
Clarifying further, he said: “The roads I requested for intervention as mentioned by the Honourable Minister were repairs of Ezere-Acha-Ndiokoukwu Road; Amaubiri-Eluama-Uru Ring Road, Lokpaukwu, Umuchieze; Ndi Oji Abam-Atan Road; the Okafia-Ozuitem-Bende road and Ozu-Amuru-Abam Road.
“The contractors have completed and delivered these roads long time ago except Abam-Atani road which I learnt from the contractors was slowed down due to rain but still ongoing.
“Meanwhile, it would interest Nigerians to know that the contractors who built these roads have not been paid any dime. It has not been easy with the contractors but because it’s a community project they have only but kept hope alive on the NDDC.”
Further speaking, he said: “I am so much concerned about roads because I understand the economic importance of good roads, that’s why I built several roads when I was governor. Even as a senator, it would interest you to know that my major constituency projects are road constructions, reconstructions and rehabilitations. We have put in plans to finish 19 roads in Abia North before end of 2021.
“As a community leader, I do not intend to stop my interventions on roads in NDDC states because all the states need good roads. Good roads help to drive the economy. Therefore, I believe the NDDC forensic audit should focus on the missing funds and not works done. They should focus on paying contractors that delivered their jobs and not using my name indiscriminately to sell newspapers. The Honourable Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio, is my good old friend. We have been friends even before I became a governor. I hope he doesn’t expect me to stop seeking for road interventions in our communities. It is his civic responsibility to support the communities and I am very confident he will oblige our future requests especially in areas of good roads.”
Credit: The Sun

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President Buhari Should Wake Up And Take Charge https://thestateonlinengr.com/president-buhari-should-wake-up-and-take-charge/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/president-buhari-should-wake-up-and-take-charge/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:00:14 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29882 By Prince Kassim Afegbua *A Nation On A Wheelchair can understand the pains and agonies of President Buhari’s spokesmen that they often go beyond the cliff to pour insults on Nigerians who, they feel, are criticising the President’s feeble effort at providing leadership. *Reading through one of Garba Shehu’s statements on Sunday, 19th July, one ...

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By Prince Kassim Afegbua
*A Nation On A Wheelchair can understand the pains and agonies of President Buhari’s spokesmen that they often go beyond the cliff to pour insults on Nigerians who, they feel, are criticising the President’s feeble effort at providing leadership.
*Reading through one of Garba Shehu’s statements on Sunday, 19th July, one could see his frustrations and that of the presidency, as they vacillate from one incoherent policy to another incoherent action plan in its fight against corruption.
*Garba’s position that Nigerians should not see the taciturn approach of President Buhari as a sign of weakness, also reminded columnists, editors, analysts and their commentators to be conversant with the “implications” of saying the president was not in charge of the affairs in the nation.
*If there are no rationales, one would have taken Garba’s position as apposite, but in a country that is almost literally overtaken by grand corruption, kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and insurgency, there is little left to be appreciated about the Buhari presidency.
*The leadership is rudderless, short of initiatives, driven by rhetoric, taciturn in response, reactive rather than proactive, agitated in response to constructive criticisms, deep in nepotism, embellished in cronyism and rich in selective amnesia in its crusade against corruption.
*In a government that preaches anti-corruption as one of its cardinal principles of engagement, it is utterly nauseating to witness a growing incidence of corruption to pooh-pooh the crusade in the first place. In a government that talks so much about buying combat equipment, it is disheartening to see growing cases of insecurity, armed banditry and the like.
*In a government that promised to create three million jobs per annum, and take away 100 million out of poverty, it is a sad commentary to observe increase in unemployment, kidnapping activities and armed banditry.
*When people criticise, it is not to hurt the sensibilities of the president, but to tell him, using public platforms, stories that he may not be conversant with from pliant aides who hardly tell the full story.
*In the Magu case, a government that desires to maintain a positive perception in the crusade against corruption, ought not to politicise the interrogations of Magu and made it a celebrated media trial. The presidential panel, in a saner society, would have finished its questioning quietly, get a report having explored all the issues, before talking of public prosecution.
*The moment the trial or interrogation became public knowledge, the entire exercise became an orchestra.
*When the FBI swooped on Hushpuppi in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), noises were not heard, drumbeats were silent. They did their investigation before they descended on him with hard facts.
*Even when Magu had not been given opportunity to respond to the weighty allegations against him, he was already condemned to “firing squad” of the media.
*If the EFCC czar is later absolved of the allegations, some members of the public would advance a cover-up theory, and the man will carry such stigma till the rest of history.
*For the likes of Garba Shehu, what we desire to see is a presidency that is less noisy, diligent in approach and conduct, but proactive in most cases, in dispensing its leadership interventions. Insecurity in the country, for example, requires proactive approach to dealing with crimes and criminalities.
*Insurgency requires tact, diplomacy and combativeness. Banditry requires a studied approach to underpin the reason for the growing cases and the use of tactical methods in confronting this monster.
*When Nigerians die every day, rivers of blood are flowing ceaselessly, the people would naturally look unto their leader, their president, their god on earth for prompt action.
*Only last week Tuesday, I lost a brother, Abdulrasaq Afegbua to kidnappers along the notorious Okene-Lokoja road. He was looking forward to arriving Abuja on that day, when kidnappers rammed bullets on his vehicle and got him killed on his steering, while taking away two occupants of his vehicle into the forest.
*The death has left us in awe, as we battle to raise ransom for the two that are still in captivity. A day later, another incident happened at the same spot, this time about nine persons were said to have been kidnapped.
*On Saturday, we lost another great son of Afemai, a patriotic Nigerian who served as Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Zakawanu Garuba. Mrs. Hassana Garuba, on her way to Auchi where her husband’s body was to be lowered to mother earth, was kidnapped alongside her driver.
*A mourning wife who was caught in grief and shock, seeing her husband’s ambulance in front of her, was taken into the forest almost at the same spot.
*Garba Shehu, what would be your response to those who were supposed to provide security to lives and properties as enshrined in the Constitution?
*We should smile at the president or clap for him for such dereliction of duty?
*When you are unable to coordinate all the departments and agencies of government to get optimum impact in all spheres of life, attention will be focused on the president as the head of government.
*As at the time of writing this, Mrs. Zakawanu is still being held in captivity while her husband has since been buried according to Islamic rites. What manner of mental torture could that be? What manner of agony and psychological trauma could she possibly be going through?
*How do you explain such? Visit embassies across Nigeria and see the deluge of applications by Nigerians trying to relocate to other countries.
*Carry out a survey and see for yourself the agonies people go through in trying to use the Sahara Desert to escape Nigeria’s almost intolerable realities and vicissitudes of life. What has been the response of a Buhari presidency that is holed up in the inner sanctuary of Aso Villa, threatening Nigerians to be wary of the implications of criticisms?
*What insolence! If, in the fullness of our present economic doldrums occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic, Nigerians are still being made to pay ransom to kidnappers for the failures and frailties of government, should the victims continue to extend pleasant hugs to the president?
*What are the security operatives doing? Are they well motivated? Are they well kitted with superior gadgets to withstand the daring posture of these criminals?
*Travelling on Nigerian roads these days is as frightening as the harrowing experiences people encounter on the highways.
*Should we now celebrate the president as performing when indeed he has shown manifest traits of a laissez faire leadership that comes with low productivity?
*Just as the kidnapping horrors were going on down South, up North was replete with our usual dirge.
*Boko Haram insurgents had laid ambush against our fighters, our patriotic soldiers, who have been helping to respond to the unwholesome activities of the insurgents in very difficult terrains and circumstances.
*They were mauled down in multiple numbers and the nation went numb, because such bestiality has become a familiar drudgery. In such reality, Garba Shehu wants us to clap for his master, our President.
*We have repeatedly raised alarm that our present crop of Service Chiefs are expired and tired.
*We need to inject new blood into our military that is constitutionally empowered to protect our territorial integrity. It is not about wearing the military uniform that matters, it is how much of creativity and initiative you bring to the table that matters.
*When we are pushed to a level where lives no longer matter, it kills the very soul of the nation.
*What is the big deal for President Buhari to overhaul the military, weed out those who have overstayed their welcome, inject new thinking into it, generate new ideas and test new techniques to confront this hydra-headed monster called Boko Haram?
*If the president decides otherwise, and the end result appears not suitable, should we clap for him?
*It is not in doubt that there is so much anger in the land, from the North to the South because President Buhari has not lived up to the expectations of Nigerians, especially that of his itinerant followers.
*There is nothing motivating about the present leadership in the country from the cocoon of Aso Villa to elsewhere.
*If the president’s aides and family are not quarrelling, his appointees are at each other’s throat. If his ministers are not walking out on the parliamentarians, his party’s chieftains are at daggers drawn.
*Just look at the drama of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC, and those who were appointed to run the affairs. Just imagine how corruption has been so embellished and garnished in rhetoric, yet no corresponding response and action from our leadership, yet Garba Shehu wants us to be careful of how we draw our references about a leadership that is not in charge of our affairs.
*Nigeria has become a huge joke under President Buhari and it must be unambiguously stated that the bulk stops on his table.
*The earlier the president shows leadership and capacity, the better for a country that is presently showing visible signs of implosion.
*We cannot dress President Buhari in borrowed robes. He needs to wake up and preside!

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Oyo to repatriate trafficked indigenes stranded in Lebanon – Makinde https://thestateonlinengr.com/oyo-to-repatriate-trafficked-indigenes-stranded-in-lebanon-makinde/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/oyo-to-repatriate-trafficked-indigenes-stranded-in-lebanon-makinde/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:44:02 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29880 Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has declared that the state would ensure the repatriation of all its indigenes found to have been trafficked to Lebanon. The governor said that the state will not stand by and watch its indigenes suffer dehumanisation under any guise. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, ...

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Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has declared that the state would ensure the repatriation of all its indigenes found to have been trafficked to Lebanon.
The governor said that the state will not stand by and watch its indigenes suffer dehumanisation under any guise.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor made the pledge while receiving a brief on the plight of Oyo State indigenes trafficked to Lebanon from the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Mrs Bolanle Sarumi-Aliyu.
“We will pay for the repatriation of all Oyo State indigenes who have been confirmed to have been trafficked to Lebanon. Please put all necessary plans in place to bring them back.
“I understand that some well-meaning individuals and groups have made some donations to some of the victims, let them use such donations as pocket money.
“This state will pay for their flights and the fees requested to conduct COVID-19 tests on each of them,” Makinde said in response to the brief by the SSA Diaspora Matters.
The governor was informed that a number of Oyo State indigenes had been discovered to be illegal migrants who were trafficked into apparent modern-day slavery in Lebanon.
Sarumi-Aliyu said that while 40 of such victims have been screened and ready for the journey back home, more victims were still being discovered.
She added that her office had been working closely with Lebanese authorities to identify Oyo State indigenes stranded in Lebanon, adding that the 40 victims already screened would be returning home this month.
“We are expecting them back on a special flight on August 12. The government of Engineer Seyi Makinde has shown renewed commitment to the welfare of our people in the diaspora and we are pleased with that.
“Since the government found out that we have some victims of human trafficking, who are stranded in Lebanon, we have stepped in.
“On the 11th of July, we received 11 victims and they are going through rehabilitation with the social workers in the Ministry of Women Affairs. The state has given commitment that they will all be empowered.
“The same thing will happen to those we are expecting from the flight from Lebanon this August, once they have been cleared.”

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POOR PREPARATIONS THREATEN STUDENTS’ RESUMPTION THIS WEEK https://thestateonlinengr.com/poor-preparations-threaten-students-resumption-this-week/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/poor-preparations-threaten-students-resumption-this-week/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:40:18 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29878 …Most schools lack hand-washing points, running water, PPE, others States were on Sunday divided over the Federal Government’s directive that the Senior Secondary School 3 pupils should resume on Tuesday in preparation for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations starting on August 17. Findings by The PUNCH showed that SSS3 pupils in Lagos, Benue, ...

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…Most schools lack hand-washing points, running water, PPE, others
States were on Sunday divided over the Federal Government’s directive that the Senior Secondary School 3 pupils should resume on Tuesday in preparation for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations starting on August 17.
Findings by The PUNCH showed that SSS3 pupils in Lagos, Benue, Kwara and Ogun states are preparing for resumption on Tuesday, while WASSCE candidates would resume in Cross River State on Monday (today).
Enugu, Gombe and Rivers states have yet to announce the resumption dates for their pupils, unlike Ekiti State, where pupils will resume on August 10.
The PUNCH’s investigations, however, showed that many state governments had yet to provide running water, hand-washing points and other non-pharmaceutical materials stipulated in the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 guidelines for resumption of schools.
Recall that the Federal Government had on Monday said SSS3 pupils would resume on Tuesday. The Minister of State (Education), Emeka Nwajiuba, however, explained that only COVID-19 protocol compliant schools would resume.
According to him, schools must provide running water and hand-washing points and sanitisers.
On Sunday, many state governments had not met all the PTF guidelines.
NO SIGN OF PREPARATION IN BENUE SCHOOLS
In Benue State, the state government has not put in place necessary measures that could prevent the spread of COVID-19 among pupils and teachers on their resumption.
The state government, through the Commissioner for Education, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, had last week announced Tuesday as the date for reopening of Primary 6, JSS 3 and SSS 3 classes.
But one of the correspondents, who went to some schools in Makurdi, the state capital, on Sunday, reported that there were no signs indicating the preparedness of the state government to reopen schools in line with the Federal Government’s protocols.
It was gathered that government had yet to fumigate any school in the state neither was there anything to suggest that pupils would be resuming on Tuesday.
At the Government Model Secondary School, Makurdi, there was no hand-washing points at the entrance of the school or the classes. No hand sanitisers were seen in and around the classes.
Also, at the Mount Saint Gabriel Secondary School, Makurdi, St. Joseph Secondary School, Nyiman, and the LGA Pilot School, Wurukum, the situation was the same, as there was no facility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the premises.
At the Arabic School, Lobi Quarters, the gate was locked, but a peep into the premises through the fence indicated that the environment was bushy which might pose a serious danger to pupils on resumption.
Efforts to speak to the Commissioner for Education, Ityavyar, proved abortive as he could not be reached on the telephone. He did not respond to the SMS sent to him.
GIVE US PPE, OTHERS IF YOU WANT US TO RESUME, GOMBE TELLS FG
In Gombe State schools, including Orji Secondary, Gombe and Government Science, Lakanje, Kaltugo, there was no provision for hand-washing materials.
But the state Commissioner for Education, Dr Habu Dahiru, in an interview with The PUNCH, said the state had yet to decide on the date when its SSS3 pupils would resume.
He stated, “If the Federal Government will give us what is required to resume at their stipulated time, we will. But if they can’t give us a penny and they say open on August 4, I don’t think that is fair. If they say open schools on August 4 and the NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control), prescribes necessary things, states should be given sometime to get them before schools are reopened.”
THERE ARE NO TEACHERS TO HANDLE EXTRA-CLASSES – SOKOTO TEACHER
Also, in Sokoto State, The PUNCH correspondent observed that schools had not started making preparations for resumption of SSS3 pupils.
The Sokoto State Government has announced Tuesday as resumption date for SSS 3 pupils.
A visit to some of the schools clearly indicated that they were not in compliance with the guidelines.
At the Sultan Attahiru Secondary School, Sokoto, there were no wash- hand basins at the school entrance on Sunday.
A worker resident in the school said, “There are no wash-hand stations either with soap and sanitizers within the school premises. A water reservoir is even a no-go area.
“It is easier to adopt physical distancing in the classrooms, meaning we can use other classes since it is not all the pupils that are resuming, but do we have enough teachers to handle the extra classes?” he asked.
The SSS3 pupils in Cross River State are to resume on Monday, August 3. The Special Adviser Education to Governor Ben Ayade, Castro Ezama, said, “They will resume tomorrow to prepare for their exams.”
In Ekiti State, the state government stepped up preparations for resumption of schools on August 10. It was gathered that materials such as soap, sanitisers and infrared thermometers would be distributed to public schools this week.
The state Commissioner for Education, Foluso Daramola, in a statement titled, ‘Press release on the reopening of schools in Ekiti State’ on Sunday said the training of focal persons for the schools would begin on Tuesday.
He stated, “Principals/headteachers are also to arrange their halls/hostel dormitories in conformity with COVID-19 protocols for physical/social distancing. They are also to adhere strictly to all the guidelines already distributed to both private and public schools.”
On its part, the Oyo State Government explained the need to adjust the school calendar in the state to ensure uniformity with the recent adjustment made by the Federal Government.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in the state, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said this in a statement on Sunday titled, ‘School reopening, Oyo government hails teachers, provides details of new school calendar.’
He stated, “Terminal classes, including the Senior Secondary School 3; Junior Secondary 3 and Primary 6 pupils resumed classes in Oyo State on July 6, despite the alarms raised by the Federal Government and some education stakeholders.”
The Enugu State Commissioner for Education, Prof Uche Eze, said the government would soon announce the date the pupils in exit classes would resume, adding that decontamination of schools commenced last Friday.
In Lagos State, when one who visited Anwarul Islam Girls High School, Ojokoro, on Sunday, noticed that the school did not make provision for hand-washing points within the school or outside the school gate.
The classrooms were also not marked to give room for social distancing among the pupils as of 6pm when the correspondent visited there.
At the Lagos State Model Senior College, Meiran, some parents brought their children who would resume.
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had on Friday said the government would provide face masks for all schools.
NO RUNNING WATER, HAND-WASHING POINTS IN OGUN SCHOOLS
In Ogun State, none of the schools visited had sanitisers and hand-washing points at their entrances.
Schools visited in Abeokuta included Lafenwa High School, Premier Grammar School, Unity High School, St. John Anglican High School and Reverend Kuti Memorial Grammar School.
When contacted over the development, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, said, “No school is in session. Schools are resuming on Tuesday. Teachers and school administrators will be there as from tomorrow (Monday) Ogun.”
Also reacting, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, said the items would be fixed on Monday.
Credit: THE PUNCH

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Abia Governor Sacks Commissioner, Three Council Chairmen https://thestateonlinengr.com/abia-governor-sacks-commissioner-three-council-chairmen/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/abia-governor-sacks-commissioner-three-council-chairmen/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:14:01 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29875 Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has sacked the Commissioner of Transport, Ekele Nwaohammuo and Transition Committee Chairmen of Aba North (Victor Ubani); Aba South (Cherechi Wogu) and Umunneochi (Mathew Ibe). General Manager of Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State (TIMAAS) Bright Ikeokwu was also relived of his duties. These decisions were contained in ...

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Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has sacked the Commissioner of Transport, Ekele Nwaohammuo and
Transition Committee Chairmen of Aba North (Victor Ubani); Aba South (Cherechi Wogu) and Umunneochi (Mathew Ibe).
General Manager of Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State (TIMAAS) Bright Ikeokwu was also relived of his duties.
These decisions were contained in a statement by the Chief of Staff to the governor, Anthony Agbazuere. He, however, gave no reasons for their sack.
The governor also approved the appointment of Ezechikamnayo as Transition Committee Chairman Nominee for Umuneochi, while Tony Nwanmuo and Godswill Nwonoruo have been sent to the House of Assembly as Commissioner-nominees.
The statement said that “the deputy chairmen of the affected councils should take over and, together with their Heads of Service, set up a taskforce to check environmental indiscipline and other vices.
“TIMASS taskforce is also to be set up to further check these excesses.”

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Schools Re-Opening: Oyo Govt. Hails Teachers https://thestateonlinengr.com/schools-re-opening-oyo-govt-hails-teachers/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/schools-re-opening-oyo-govt-hails-teachers/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:58:32 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29873 …Provides Details Of New School Calendar Oyo State Government has hailed teachers in the state as the heroes of the successful resumption of classes in the state despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said in a statement yesterday that the state government was appreciative of the ...

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…Provides Details Of New School Calendar
Oyo State Government has hailed teachers in the state as the heroes of the successful resumption of classes in the state despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said in a statement yesterday that the state government was appreciative of the commitment of the teachers to its programmes.
The statement quoted the Commissioner as praising all the teachers who took part in the revision exercises for terminal students from July 6, 2020.
Terminal classes including Senior Secondary School Three (3), Junior Secondary Three (3) and Primary Six (6) pupils resumed classes in Oyo State on July 6, despite alarms raised by the Federal Government and some education stakeholders.
The Commissioner stated that the unalloyed support of teachers and stakeholders in the Oyo State education sector as well as the hard work they put into the preparation for the resumption of academic activities in the various Schools were commendable.
Olaleye said: “Your dedication to work, love for your students and personal involvement in the training and observance of COVID 19 protocols in the bid to curtail coronavirus infection among our School Children are unparalleled.”
He noted that though COVID-19 is real and not abating at the moment, the state would defeat the virus with “science, diligence and courage.”
He added: “I pray that all our efforts at recording success in all Examinations by our students will not be in vain.”
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Ministry of Education has also announced slight adjustments to the school calendar earlier made public.
The adjustment, according to the Commissioner, was in conformity with the agreement reached by the Federal and State Governments with the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), by which the commencement date of the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has now been fixed for 17th August of this year.
The statement further added that there would be continuation of lessons for SS3 Class till the commencement of WASSCE on August 17, 2020, with the SS3 students expected to resume to their respective schools on Monday, 3 August, 2020 after Eid-el-Kabir break.
According to the statement, Junior Secondary Class 3 and Primary 6 Classes are to proceed on holiday as earlier scheduled and resume for their Examinations on the 10th and 20 August, 2020 respectively.
While appreciating all stakeholders in the education sector for cooperating with Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration in the state, Olaleye enjoined all parents and members of the public to take note of the new development and other schedules on the Academic Calendar approved by the Oyo State Executive Council.

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9 dead after drinking hand sanitiser https://thestateonlinengr.com/9-dead-after-drinking-hand-sanitiser/ https://thestateonlinengr.com/9-dead-after-drinking-hand-sanitiser/#respond Sun, 02 Aug 2020 13:52:01 +0000 http://thestateonlinengr.com/?p=29868 At least nine people are reported to have died in southern India after drinking hand sanitizer as a substitute for alcohol. Alcohol stores were closed as part of a local lockdown to curb a rise in COVID-19 cases. Loal police said on Friday that at least nine men had died after drinking alcohol-based hand sanitiser ...

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At least nine people are reported to have died in southern India after drinking hand sanitizer as a substitute for alcohol.

Alcohol stores were closed as part of a local lockdown to curb a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Loal police said on Friday that at least nine men had died after drinking alcohol-based hand sanitiser as a substitute for alcohol.

Members of the group were reported to have lost consciousness after drinking a high quantity of the sanitizer mixed with water.

 “Some people who are heavily addicted to alcohol had been consuming hand sanitizers for the high,” said Siddharth Kaushal, the top police official for the town of Kurichedu, where the incident took place. “Alcohol is not available because of the lockdown, but hand sanitizers are easily available.”

Those who died, some of whom had other health conditions, were said to have been dead on arrival after they were rushed to hospital. Others from the group survived and were later discharged.

Deaths from tainted alcohol are relatively commonplace in India, where home brewed liquor is often sold as a cheap alternative to official products. Mixtures often contain methanol – a highly toxic form of alcohol that can cause blindness and death.

India’s federal government has allowed most economic activities across the country to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Certain states, such as Andhra Pradesh where Kurichedu is located, have been isolating certain hot spots where coronavirus numbers are higher. While the overall rate for India has increased threefold over a month, the increase in Andhra Pradesh is ninefold.

Infections across India jumped by 55,078 in the past 24 hours, with a daily death toll of 779.

Courtesy: Blueprint

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