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RB Nigeria, makers of Dettol and Jik has given the federal Government 800,000 units of hygiene products. 

The items donated to the Federal Ministry of Health are antiseptic disinfectants, dettol soaps, Jik bleach, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and 100 mobile handwash units.

The products are part of efforts to contain COVID-19 in the country, and the global -Fight for Access Fund,  aimed at improving access to health, hygiene and nutrition

“You have been in business for five decades, which tells us you know the health history of Nigeria. The need for hygiene cannot now be any more emphasised. What you have brought here will go a long way. We will distribute it to our agencies. We’ll take an inventory of all of it and declare it to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19,” Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire stated, on receiving the items in Abuja.

Police forces in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, have announced the death of the leader of the One million boys gang and most wanted criminal who was identified as Biola Ebila.

Police spokesman Olugbenga Fadeyi confirmed the death of Ebila yesterday in Ibadan in an interview with Journalists.

“Information reaching me from the Divisional Police Officer, Idi-Arere, showed that his body and that of his colleagues, who confronted the policemen strategically deployed in that axis, were brought with a tricycle to Kudeti. At that instance, two of their members were also arrested, so they retrieved and brought the bodies to the station. He has been on the wanted list of the police and the police have been trailing him. What actually transpired and details on how he was killed, I don’t have them now, but he has been confirmed dead,” he stated.

The deceased was declared wanted by the command for alleged involvement in the murder of another Ibadan gang leader, Ekugbemi, on May 12.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has announced that licences will not be issued  to new vehicles unless they run on natural gas.

Local media has reported that the country has set a target to have a million cars to run on natural gas within a year.

The state will also help car owners to transition to using natural gas by providing loans to buy newer cars with natural gas tanks.

It is said that President Sisi is pushing for the move to preserve the environment as well as utilise the available gas resources in the country and save on the cost of fuel by 50%.

The Acting Secretary of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr Mohammed Kawu, has been discharged from Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja, where he was receiving treatment for COVID-19.

Kawu spoke in a statement in Abuja yesterday after he was discharged.

He and some of his relations was said to have contracted the disease about two weeks ago.

“I developed a chest infection, so I had to be on anti-biotics for some days. But thank God, I and members of my family do not have the symptoms again and we have been discharged from the isolation Centre,” he explained.

Adding that the final tests conducted on them returned negative.

Somali Ex-Prime Minister Hassan Abshir Farah has died in Turkey, aged 75.

This was made known by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, saying Mr Farah had played a positive role in the governance and development of Somalia.

Farah was prime minister between 2001 and 2003 under interim President Abdiqasim Salat Hassan. He also served as the mayor of the capital, Mogadishu, in the 1970s.

The government has formed a committee to organise a state funeral for Farah, but no date has been announced yet.

Local media had reported that the Puntland ex-regional state leader Mohamed Abdi Hashi has died in Nairobi while undergoing treatment on Saturday morning.

His death was confirmed by the leader of Puntland regional state Said Abdullahi Deni in a statement.

“May Allah have mercy on him, he was the former Puntland leader and also served as the first deputy president of Puntland he is among the founders of Puntland,” the statement read.

Mohamed Abdi Hashi was the interim president of Puntland from 2004 to 2005. He was also the president of the United Somali Party (USP) during the 1990s and among the founders of Puntland.

Two lawmakers in Madagascar have died of coronavirus and at least 25 members of parliament and of the senate have been infected with the virus, President Andry Rajoelina said late Sunday.

“One deputy died. A senator died. After the tests carried out on the deputies, 11 members of parliament were detected carrying the coronavirus. At the Senate, 14 people, senators and agents of Senate carry the coronavirus,” Mr. Rajoelina on national television late on Sunday.

“COVID-Organics”, Madagascar’s self-proclaimed, plant-based “cure” for COVID-19, was launched in April, despite warnings from the World Health Organisation that its efficacy is unproven.

Some African countries have received a shipment of COVID-Organics herbal cure despite not being validated by any scientific study.

On July 5, President Rajoelina placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new surge in infections, two months after the easing restrictions.

Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kwara branch disclosed that 35 doctors have so far tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

Kolade Solagberu, the state NMA chairman, who spoke to journalists on Monday, however, noted that the association has not recorded any casualty among its members.

He cautioned residents to disregard the belief that COVID-19 is not real and that it is a money-making venture for the government.

Solagberu also implore people to make use of e-health services and avoid visiting hospitals during this period,  unless it is a “life-threatening” case.

“Residents should help the doctors to help them by not paying unnecessary visits or consultations to hospitals.

For now, people should avoid visiting the hospital except for life-threatening issues.

We advise people to engage in e-health services instead of physical consultation to avoid contact as much as possible.

People should stop unnecessary visits to patients in the hospital. Those who follow a patient waiting to be attended to, are not encouraged for now.

You should just help us to help you because the less the number of patients we attend to, the less the chances of spreading the virus. This is because every patient is a potential COVID-19 case,” he said.

Solagberu  praised the federal and state governments for the continued closure of schools, adding that safety should be paramount until the coast is clear.

Madagascar President, Andry Rajoelina, On Sunday announced the death of two Malagasy lawmakers after being infected with  coronavirus 

The two lawmakers were one member of the senate and one deputy, Rajoelina said, adding that 14 other senators and 11 deputies had tested positive for the virus.

The Indian Ocean island on July 5 placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new surge in infections, two months after the restrictions were eased.

It has recorded 2,573 infections including 35 deaths with the government estimating that the peak will not be reached until the end of August.

On Monday fire gutted a section of the World Trade Centre building located in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The fire was said to have started from the top of the skyscraper which dots the skyline of Central Business District, Abuja as smoke billowed from the pinnacle.

First responders including firefighters have since been drafted to the incident scene.

The Lagos police have disclosed the rescue of an American woman who has been confined in a hotel in Lagos for more than a year as part of a romance fraud.

It was revealed that the American who is a retired civil servant flew to Nigeria in February 2019 to be with a 34-year-old man who she met on Facebook then got married to in May 2019 

The Nigerian identified as Chukwuebuka Kasi Obiaku is accused by the police of taking control of her bank accounts and credit cards and taking $48,000.

She was however rescued by Police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Ogun State Annex following information received from a civic minded Nigerian in the Meran area of Lagos State.

The public broadcaster SABC has reported that Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South Africa’s icons Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has passed away. 

She was said to have passed away in Johannesburg on Monday morning aged 59.

The death has been confirmed by a family source, SABC reports.

She was the South African ambassador to Denmark.

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) in a statement by its General Secretary, Prince Peters Adeyemi has asked the Federal Government to revert to the old pump price of N123.50 per litre.

The government which had earlier announced through the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) to marketers that the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol should now sell for N143.80 this month.

“The recent Federal Government announcement of the increase in the pump price of petrol from N123 per litre to N143.80 per litre with effect from 1st July, 2020 came to members of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and indeed all workers in the country as a shock, especially coming at a time when most workers are still struggling and have not yet found their feet financially after most of them have lost incomes and continue to lose incomes and jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most workers are months back in the payment of their rents and other loans. This increase cannot be justified especially at this time. We in NASU see it as an extortion of the downtrodden masses of this country in favour of market forces. It is not only unjust but insensitive. The action has added to the hardship of workers and ordinary Nigerians. We therefore call for an immediate reversal by Government,” the statement said.

The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), has raised the alarm over what it described as continuous killing of its people, lamenting that 22 natives have been killed in a fresh attack in communities in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area.

This was made known on Sunday evening, in a statement by SOKAPU, by its National Public Relations Officer, Luka Binniyat, where their dismay was expressed about the attack that was carried out in the communities despite ongoing 24 hours curfew imposed in the local government area.

“In the early hours of Friday, 10th July, 2020, precisely around 1:30 am, the suspected Fulani militia invaded a remote, peaceful farming community called Chibob in Atyap Chiefdom, Gora ward of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area. The unprovoked attack ended in the massacre of Nine (9) Atyap natives, mostly women and children who were murdered in their sleep in the most barbaric manner imaginable, adding that the invaders also burnt down over 20 houses, destroyed farmlands, rustled 24 cattle and other livestock, looted foodstuff and other property of the villagers. As the curfew persisted, in the early hours of the following day, being Saturday the 11th July, 2020, this militia continued their attacks in neighbouring remote communities. In particular, they attacked Kigudu community which is close to Chibob, located at the boundary between Zangon Kataf and Kauru LGAs. This led to the death of 10 women, an infant and an old man who were burnt to death inside a house they had taken refuge. Some of the corpses were burnt into ashes. Four homes were razes. This brought the death toll to twelve (12) in that community. With the curfew still in rigid enforcement, Anguwan Audu, a Surubu village, still under Gora ward was invaded this morning of 12th July, 2020, where the village was looted and entirely burnt and one person killed. This brought to a total death toll of 22 persons in three days of unbroken attacks under a 24-hour strictly imposed curfew that has been running for 31 days today. We believe that the curfew should have been lifted or relaxed a day or two after the killing of a young school teacher, Mr Moses Magaji on a farm disputed by Hausa settlers of Zangon Kataf town and their Atyap long time host generated tension around the area. These attacks, have come to confirm a veiled, but documented threat issued on the 17th June, by leaders of five (5) Fulani supremacists groups at a Press Conference in Kaduna, led by Alhaji HarunaTugga Chairman, Mayetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, Kaduna State. It is pertinent to note here that after the threat by the Fulani elites and about 20 days into the 24 hours curfew, SOKAPU made a press statement where we passionately pleaded with the state government to lift the 24-hour curfew imposed in Zangon Kataf and Kauru local government areas, having observed that the curfew imposed was becoming more of a tool to weaken and tie down our people for Fulani Militia to have an easy ride in invading our vulnerable communities. We also observed that our people were being brutalized on their farms by some overzealous security personnel who, under the guise of enforcement of the curfew, always chased Atyap natives to their farms, intimidate, arrest, detain and brutalize them,” the statement read.

SOKAPU also called on Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led Government and the Federal Government to show more commitment in securing communities in Southern Kaduna.

On Sunday evening, about seven policemen were reported killed in a motor accident along the Kaduna-Zaria highway which involved the police special forces. 

It was made known by eye witnesses that the crash occurred around 4:30pm close to Jaji Military Cantonment when a speeding 18-seater bus with kitted and rifled policemen somersaulted.

It was also learnt that the Policemen were heading towards Zaria from Kaduna when the accident happened.

“It was a terrible accident because I counted about seven bodies of policemen in the middle of the road. Two were seriously injured while others survived,” an eyewitness said.

Public Relations Officer, PPRO of Kaduna Police Command, ASP Muhammed Jalige told journalists the Command has sent a team of policemen to the scene to find out what actually happened.

The Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) in a report said the property Magu unaccounted for is worth billions of naira.

The report also listed the number of the affected properties suspected to have been illegally acquired as well as the bank accounts of those individuals serving as fronts for Magu.

“Most of the recovered assets are allegedly sold without anyone knowing and without proper records and without recourse to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing that has the mandate to undertake evaluation of such property.

Some of the assets have been taken over by EFCC officials while some are sold at giveaway prices to friends and cronies of the Acting Chairman.

It is also on record that the (suspended) acting chairman is maintaining different accounts, including using proxies who return the benefit of the sold assets to him.

These funds are then used to procure property and lands in the names of some of his proxies.” The report read

The report also highlighted “massive wastage and deterioration” of physical assets (including landed property, cars and vessels recovered by the EFCC due to poor management.

It also noted with concern the failure to preserve and realise the economic value of the recovered assets, noting that some of the assets were recovered over 15 years ago and left fallow.

“A disturbing example is the two vessels that allegedly sunk at NNS Beecroft Naval BASE, Lagos and NNS Pathfinder Naval Base in Port Harcourt without trace under the watch of the actn a report, the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) said the property Magu unaccounted for is worth billions of naira.

The report also listed the number of the affected properties suspected to have been illegally acquired as well as the bank accounts of those individuals serving as fronts for Magu.

Most of the recovered assets are allegedly sold without anyone knowing and without proper records and without recourse to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing that has the mandate to undertake evaluation of such property,” the report read.

Some of the assets have been taken over by EFCC officials while some are sold at giveaway prices to friends and cronies of the Acting Chairman.

It is also on record that the (suspended) acting chairman is maintaining different accounts, including using proxies who return the benefit of the sold assets to him.

These funds are then used to procure property and lands in the names of some of his proxies.

The report also highlighted “massive wastage and deterioration” of physical assets (including landed property, cars and vessels recovered by the EFCC due to poor management.

It also noted with concern the failure to preserve and realise the economic value of the recovered assets, noting that some of the assets were recovered over 15 years ago and left fallow.

A disturbing example is the two vessels that allegedly sunk at NNS Beecroft Naval BASE, Lagos and NNS Pathfinder Naval Base in Port Harcourt without trace under the watch of the acting Chairman of EFCC,” read the report.

The suspended EFCC boss was also alleged to have neglected and refused to comply with the regulations on the management of recovered assets, 2019, as he embarked on disposing of some of the property without regard to extant law.

These Regulations were issued in line with international best practices and to ensure that all the anti-corruption agencies report all their recovered assets in a database provided by the Federal Government,The report read.

It is important to note that the (suspended) Acting Chairman in apparent disregard of the regulation is disposing of these properties without regard to extant laws, and Regulations and without reference to the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and in effect, there is no way to have an audit of the property.

This is also a clear sign that there is a deliberate attempt to hide the exact figures of recoveries, which is an indication of fraudulent intent.

These actions of the (suspended) Ag. Chairman in refusing the Regulation is a clear case of refusal to follow lawful instructions and directives contrary to the provisions of the Act that establish the EFCC.

According to the fresh report obtained by NAN, Magu and some top officials of EFCC were allegedly using these recovered assets to corruptly enrich themselves.

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15,299 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in 24 hours in Florida. This number of cases makes a quarter of all of the United States’ daily infections.

The state, with just 7% of the US population, surpassed the previous daily record held by California.

Florida also registered an additional 45 deaths.

The state would rank fourth in the world for new cases if it were a country, according to a Reuters analysis. More than 40 hospitals in Florida say their intensive care facilities are at full capacity.

The Lagos State Ministry of Health has confirmed that 56 more COVID-19 patients in Lagos State were discharged on Sunday.

It noted that the patients were discharged after testing negative to coronavirus.

While giving a breakdown of the discharged persons, the Ministry noted that they comprised 12 females and 44 males, including 9 foreign nationals.

“The patients; 25 from Gbagada, 5 from Agidingbi, 3 from Onikan, 8 from Eti-Osa (LandMark) and 15 from LUTH Isolation Centres were discharged after full recovery and testing negative to COVID-19.

This brings to 1,897, the number of COVID-19 cases that have been successfully managed and discharged from Lagos Isolation Centres,” the Ministry tweeted on its official handle

Sudan is banning female genital mutilation (FGM) and allowing non-Muslims to consume alcohol, the justice minister said late Saturday.

Alcoholic drinks have been banned in Sudan since President Jaafar Nimeiri announced Islamic law in 1983.

According to United Nations estimates, roughly 3% of Sudan’s population is non-Muslim.

Muslims are still banned from drinking alcohol. They usually flog offenders under Islamic law.

Also, under the new policy, women no longer require a permit from male members of their families to travel with their children.

US President Donald Trump has worn a mask in public for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Donald Trump was visiting the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington, where he met wounded soldiers and health care workers.

I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place,” he said as he left the White House.

Reports reveal that previously the U.S President said that he would not wear a mask and mocked Democratic rival Joe Biden for doing so.

On Saturday he said: “I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask.”