NSCDC nabs woman over alleged illegal sale of LPG in residential area

Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested  a 29- years-old nursing mother for alleged illegal sale of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)  in a residential area of Lafia metropolis. Mohammed Mahmoud-Fari, State Commandant of NSCDC, paraded the woman before newsmen on Friday in Lafia. Mahmoud-Fari said investigation revealed that the woman’s husband was the owner of Monaco gas outlet along Jos road in Lafia, where several people were killed in 2018 from an explosion due to gas leakage. The commandant said the woman was…

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I have right to act on criminal cases, says Trump

US President Donald Trump has tweeted he has “the legal right” to intervene in criminal cases after his attorney general complained White House tweets were making his job “impossible”. In his post, Trump also denied he had ever meddled in any cases. America’s top law officer William Barr on Thursday asked Trump to stop his tweets, saying he would not be bullied, reports the BBC. Barr spoke out after Trump renewed his attack on the criminal trial of his ex-adviser, Roger Stone. Prosecutors had recommended Stone serve a stiff sentence,…

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Coronavirus: Beijing orders 14-day quarantine for returnees

·As Egypt confirms the first case in Africa Beijing has ordered everyone returning to the city to go into quarantine for 14 days or risk punishment in the latest attempt to contain the deadly new coronavirus, state media report. Residents were told to “self-quarantine or go to designated venues to quarantine” after returning to the Chinese capital from holidays. The measure came as Egypt confirmed the first coronavirus case in Africa, reports the BBC. Over 1,300 people have died from the virus, which originated in Wuhan city. The notice on…

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US sanctions Sri Lanka Commander for role in extra-judicial killings

NEWS (pix: U.S. Department of State) The United States has sanctioned Sri Lanka Army Commander, Shavendra Silva, for extra-judicial killings committed by his troops during the civil war in the country, the U.S. Department of State said in a statement on Friday. “The Department of State has designated Lt.-Gen. Shavendra Silva, current Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and Acting Chief of Defence Staff due to credible information of his involvement, through command responsibility, in gross violations of human rights, namely extra-judicial killings, by the 58th Division of the Sri…

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‘Ghost’ ancestors: African DNA study detects mysterious human species

    Scientists examining the genomes of West Africans have detected signs that a mysterious extinct human species interbred with our own species tens of thousands of years ago in Africa, the latest evidence of humankind’s complicated genetic ancestry. The study indicated that present-day West Africans trace a substantial proportion, some 2% to 19%, of their genetic ancestry to an extinct human species – what the researchers called a “ghost population.” “We estimate interbreeding occurred approximately 43,000 years ago, with large intervals of uncertainty,” said University of California, Los Angeles…

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UEFA bans Man City from club competitions for two seasons

*Fined £25m Manchester City have been banned from European club competition in 2020/21 and 2021/22 after being found to have committed “serious breaches” of UEFA’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations. The reigning Premier League champions have also been fined 30m euros (£25m), reports the BBC. The decision is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Manchester City say they are “disappointed but not surprised” by the “prejudicial” decision and will appeal. They added in a statement: “The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to…

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Gunmen kidnap Catholic priest, four children In Edo

Heavily armed men have kidnapped a priest of the Uromi Catholic Arch Diocese, Rev Father Nicholas Oboh in Benin the Edo State capital. The cleric was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the early hours of Friday and taken to an unknown location. Similarly, four children of the same family from Umelu community in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area were abducted by armed robbers after they had robbed residents of the area. Chancellor Uromi Diocese, Rev Father Osi Odenore, in a statement posted on his facebook page said that Rev Father Oboh…

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Violence: Police impose three-day curfew on Bayelsa State

The Nigeria Police have imposed a three-day curfew on Bayelsa State in a bid to curb the violence that has broken out following the Supreme Court judgement nullifying David Lyon’s election as governor on Thursday. Since the announcement was made on Thursday a number of violent incidences have taken place across the state mainly by those unhappy with the judgement. During the violent acts, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat in Yenagoa, the state capital was burnt while Radio Bayelsa was also attacked. The curfew is to run from 8pm…

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DHQ to Amnesty Int’l: You’re supporting Boko Haram, ISWAP

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has accused Amnesty International (AI) of supporting the violent activities of the Boko Haram as well as the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) in the North East. The military made the allegation in reaction to a recent report by AI wherein, the global human rights watchdog had accused soldiers of razing territories and unlawfully detaining locals. Acting Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, who conveyed the position in a statement, Friday, said nothing could be further from the truth. He described AI’s…

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