Defence/Security

Plateau Chief Judge frees 88 inmates

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ASC Martha Banda, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Plateau Comamnd of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NSC) made the disclosure in statement on Wednesday in Jos.

According to her, the CJ’s action was part of his second quarter jail delivery exercise aimed at decongesting the correctional facilities in the state.

Banda explained that the CJ visited the various facilities and carried out exercise on June 1 and 2.

The Chief Judge of Plateau, Justice Yakubu Dakwak,  during his second quarter jail delivery, released 88 inmates in the state.

 “This is part of effort to decongest correctional facilities in the state.

 “At the Jos custodial centre, 49 inmates, seven at shendam, 15 at Lantang, 14 at pankshin and three at Wase  custodial centres were set free

“All the inmates discharged were those on awaiting trial category with minor offenses,” he said.

 Banda said the inmates who benefited from this exercise were grateful and assured that they would turn a new leaf.

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COVID-19

NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 189 new cases of COVID-19 infections in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 57,145.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.

“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.

The NCDC said that the figures also showed that Lagos, Plateau and the FCT accounted for 131 out of the 189 new cases.

“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.

The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.

“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.

“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.

The NCDC advised older persons, especially those who were living with health conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer and Hypertension, not to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

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Sport

Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi

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FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says he does not wish to have any more disputes with club captain Lionel Messi.


This was after the Argentina captain reluctantly opted to stay at the club this month after failing to force through a move.

“I won’t get into any conflict with him. He’s our captain and the leader of our team,” Bartomeu said before the team’s 1-0 friendly win over Elche on Saturday.

“I couldn’t let him leave the club. He is the best player of all time and the team needs him. Having Messi is a guarantee of success.”

Messi had complained earlier this month that Bartomeu had not fulfilled a promise to allow him to break his contract unilaterally and leave the club without a transfer fee.

He had also lashed out at the president’s leadership.

But Bartomeu chose not to fire back against Barca’s all-time top goalscorer.

Instead, he praised Messi for turning a page and performing well in the team’s pre-season matches, including scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Girona last week.

“We have seen him do his talking on the pitch and we have moved on from the saga,” Bartomeu added.

“We should congratulate ourselves for getting Messi to stay with us and for how he has behaved in the last few days. The best player in the world should stay at our home.”

Bartomeu has been in the firing line ever since Barca’s historic 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals last month.

He came under renewed pressure after a campaign group gathered over 20,000 signatures from members to force a vote of no-confidence against him.

In compliance with the club’s statutes, Barca are currently validating the votes and if over 16,520 are approved, then a referendum will be held in the next three months.

Two-thirds of 150,000 members are needed to vote against Bartomeu to force his dismissal.

Yet Bartomeu, who will be leaving the role after elections in March regardless of what happens with the motion of censure, ruled out resigning.

“The board and I will keep working to ensure we have the most competitive team possible,” he said.

“We will speak again after validating the votes, but right now no one wants to quit. The club won’t stop and we will keep working, we have lots of issues to sort out.”

 

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Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
Source: NAN

 

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General news

Sultan turbans 15 District Heads in Sokoto

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Saturday turbaned 15 new District Heads in Sokoto State.


News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ceremony followed the demise of the District Heads of the respective areas.

Abubakar congratulated the newly turbaned Heads and urged them to ensure the best representation for their communities in the Sultanate Council.

“Your turbanning is an added responsibility and opportunity to serve the society, as such I urge all of you to remain focused in ensuring sustainable development to the people.

“You are all aspected to continue to work closely with your community in ensuring sustainable peace and unity in the state,” he said.

The Sultan further prayed for the new district heads and for peace and prosperity in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN ) reports that those turbaned include the  district head of Kware, Alhaji Muhammadu Dan’iya, father of the Sokoto State Deputy Governor and Justice Mohammed Tsamiya, as District Head of Tsamiya, among others.

Edited By: Joseph Edeh/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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Metro

NiMet predicts cloudiness, rains Sunday to Tuesday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted cloudiness and rains from Sunday to Tuesday across the country.


NiMet`s weather outlook released on Saturday in Abuja predicted cloudy morning over the north on Sunday with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over Southern Borno, Adamawa and Taraba.

According to it, few thunderstorms are expected over Borno, Sokoto, Kebbi, Yobe, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa and Gombe state in the afternoon and evening hours.

“The north central is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours with chances of a few thunderstorms and rains over Abuja, Niger and Benue.

“ Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect Kogi, Abuja, Kwara, Benue and Plateau.

“ Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over the inland cities of the south west in the morning, while moderate rains are expected over parts of the southeast inland, like Abakaliki, Awka, Cross-River and Imo.

The agency forecast moderate rains over the coastal cities of the south to include the coastal part of Ondo state in the morning.

NiMet predicted few thunderstorms and rains over most parts of the inland with chances of moderate rains over the coastal parts of Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom, and Rivers state in the afternoon and evening periods.

According to NiMet, cloudy skies are anticipated over the north western flank in the morning of Monday with prospects of few thunderstorms over the northeast to affect southern Borno, Adamawa, Taraba and Yobe.

“Progressing into the day, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Yobe, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kebbi in the northwest, while a cloudy atmosphere should prevail over the north east.

“ The north central is expected to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Plateau and Benue.

“ As the day progresses, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Abuja, Plateau, Kwara and Niger, “ it said.

It predicted the south to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with chances of moderate rains over parts of the inland and coastal cities.

The agency envisaged moderate rains over most parts of the south later in the day.

According to NiMet, thunderstorms are expected to affect some places in the north, like Taraba, southern Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa in the Tuesday`s morning.

The agency envisaged cloudy conditions over the north with chances of thunderstorms over Taraba in the afternoon and evening periods.

“Isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect places in the north central region, like Niger, Abuja, Benue, Kwara and Kogi in the morning.

“ Later in the day, cloudy conditions are expected to dominate this region with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Niger and Kwara.

“Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over most parts of inland of south with chances of moderate rains over Enugu in the morning.

“In the afternoon and evening periods, moderate rains are anticipated over most places, “ it sad.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

 

 

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