Customs insists rice released to Oyo good for human consumption

The Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo and Osun Command, on Saturday said the 1,800 bags of rice released as palliative to the Oyo State government were good for human consumption.     This was in response to the claim by Oyo State Government that the bags of rice released to it by the command were infected and not good for human consumption.     An aide to Governor Seyi Makinde on Agricbusiness, Dr Debo Akande, had on Friday alleged that the rice given through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and released…

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Ramadan: Pray for world’s healing, ADC urges Muslims

The African Democratic Congress (ADC) has urged Muslims to spend this holy period in the Islamic calendar praying for Nigeria and the world.     In a Ramadan message to Muslim faithful, on Saturday, the National Chairman of ADC, Chief Ralphs Nwosu, said all countries were facing the worst socio-economic times in the history of world health pandemics, and would need fervent prayers to sail through with minimal pain.     He added that world powers still appeared confounded at this point in time as regards choosing the lesser evil,…

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Triumph Editor, Musa Tijjani, is dead

The Editor of Kano-based newspaper, Triumph, Musa Ahmad Tijjani, is dead.     Musa Tijjani died Saturday afternoon at the Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital, Nasarawa where he had been receiving treatment for some days now.     Musa had worked with various national dailies in Nigeria for over three decades and has been editor for a number of them during his lifetime, including Leadership on Sunday.     He was a member of the Nigerian Guild of Editors.     Musa worked with the Triumph Newspapers Company for a number…

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Covid-19: 12 out of 167 suspected cases test positive in Osun

The Osun State government says it has conducted fresh coronavirus tests on 167 persons out of which 12 returned positive.   The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, revealed that the 12 new cases were recorded in Osogbo, Ife, Ede, Ikire and Ejigbo.   Isamotu said the fresh tests were carried out in the last two weeks of the lockdown, adding that the lockdown has proven effective in containing the spread of the virus.   He said this brings the number…

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Prof. Ibrahim Ayagi is dead

Information reaching New Telegraph has it that a renowned Professor of Economics, Ibrahim Alkali Ayagi is dead. It was learned that Ayagi lost his life to a protracted illness on Saturday afternoon in Kano. The educationist reportedly died at the age of 80. This newspaper learnt that the professor’s burial arrangement has been fixed by his family shortly after Zuhr prayers in Kano.

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Chelsea say first team players not taking pay cuts for coronavirus

Chelsea’s first-team players are not taking pay cuts or contributing towards the club financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the club said in a statement on Saturday.   Following extensive talks, the players have instead been asked to continue “supporting other charitable causes,” English Premier League (EPL) clubside Chelsea said in the statement.     British media had reported earlier that the club were in talks with players over the possibility of a 10 percent pay cut due to the crisis, reports Reuters.     “At this time, the men’s…

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Lagos records new death from COVID-19

Lagos State has recorded another death from the COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 19.   This was disclosed by the State Ministry of Health via Twitter on Saturday, hours after an additional 80 cases of the Coronavirus were confirmed in the state.   The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had announced on Friday that there were 114 new cases in the country.   Of the 114 cases, Lagos has 80; Gombe has 21, while the FCT has five.   Total confirmed cases in…

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Herdsmen attacks: Plateau group, ECCVN donate relief items to communities

A group, under the umbrella of Plateau Our Heritage (POH), has presented relief materials to the victims of the recent Fulani herdsmen attacks in Irigwe land of Miango District of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.   Chairman of the Group, Hon. Alex Kwapnoe at the weekend presented cash donation to the Acting President of Bassa Traditional Council and Braa Nggwe Irigwe, Rev. Ronku Aka at his Palace in Miango, Bassa Local Government Area.   He said the group, which is made up of over 250 citizens across 17…

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Buhari expresses sadness over passing of Sarkin Malaman Sokoto

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of Sarkin Malaman Sokoto, Alh. Buhari Siriddawa, describing it as “not only a loss to the people of Sokoto state, but also the entire country”   In a condolence message by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, Buhari acknowledged Siriddawa’s indefatigable commitment to peace during his eventful life on earth.   The President said: “I received the news of Siriddawa’s demise with great shock, and I will say without any fear of…

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Tinubu mourns Chief Security Officer

The National Leader of the APC, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has commiserated with the family of his Chief Security Officer, Lateef Raheem, who died in Lagos on April 24.   In a condolence message to the family members of the deceased on Saturday, Tinubu described the late CSO as a good and decent man.   He said that Raheem, who passed away in the early hours of April 24, was buried later that day in accordance with Muslim rites.   Tinubu noted that the CSO died at the age of 51…

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