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Amid the pandemic, a Nigerian professor has warned the FG of the risk of reopening schools.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari
 
A Professor of Educational Management, Sidikat Ijaiya, has asked the federal government to ensure that proper assessment was done before schools are permitted to reopen.
 
Ijaijya on Wednesday warned that such assessment should be completed ahead resumption of students to avoid widespread coronavirus infections.
 
The former Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Academics, University of Ilorin, told newsmen in the Kwara State capital, that in spite of fear, something has to be done for schools to resume.
 
She observed that private schools online lessons were working for parents and students in urban areas, while the rural dweller are left out

“In any case, online lessons cannot take the place of face-to-face teaching in the education of young citizens, so, it is inevitable,” NAN quoted her as saying.
 
She urged all Nigerians to “speak up on the side of education, especially to assist the government on possible strategies to adopt in the reopening of schools without an upsurge in the spread of the pandemic”.
 
The don said the challenges of Nigerian are worrisome already without the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
She highlighted them as overcrowded classrooms, poor sitting arrangement, stuffy classrooms, poor infrastructure, poor hygiene, shortage of classrooms and teachers.

“There are classes with 50 to 150 students, especially in big towns and cities. Pupils are sitting on mats and bare floors in some schools. How do we manage that in the face of the pandemic,” she said.
 
On the Presidential Task Force (PTF) position on reopening, Ijaiya said “even though there is no date yet and the trend of the new spread does not look favourable, now is the time for Nigerians to speak up because it affects all of us.”
 
The Professor advised the federal government to consider staggered/gradual approach, as suggested by the PTF, starting with SS3 students due for public examinations.
 
She said this help to determine whether there is a need for staggered classes, as per morning and afternoon shifts.
 
Ijaiya suggested that towards that end of the exam, all schools, “including the tertiary ones, can be mandated to prepare a draft of how they would manage social distancing and other aspects to prevent any spread of the pandemic”.
 
She said that before resumption, teachers should receive thorough orientation on COVID-19 to allay their fears and to take precaution seriously as well as for information on what to do if they suspect a case.
 
Ijaiya stated that the first few days of resumption of students should be spent on the same orientation and that there should be no assumption that the students know all about COVID-19.

“In addition, schools will need some palliatives, not just food: more good teachers, classrooms, chairs and desks, sanitisers, soap, regular water supply, facemasks, wash hand bowls, towels, clean toilets, etc”, she said.

According to a statement on Thursday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President’s message will be broadcast by 7am.

 

Democracy Day

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday (tomorrow) address the nation in commemoration of this year’s Democracy Day.

According to a statement on Thursday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President’s message will be broadcast by 7am.

The statement read, “To commemorate Nigeria’s Democracy Day, President Muhammadu Buhari will broadcast to the nation on Friday, June 12, 2020, at 7am.

“Television and radio stations as well as other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast.”

Lagos state govt has lifted the ban placed on event centres amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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 Gov Sanwo-Olu Lifts Ban On Event Centers In Lagos

This was disclosed by the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf during a live Instagram session tagged “Ensuring Effective Health Safety and Environment Management System in Hospitality Industry- Post COVID-19”.

According to her, before any event centers will be permitted to open in the state, they must have met the necessary requirements of its newly introduced Register-to-Open initiative.

Responding to speculations relating to whether the number of persons allowed would exceed 20 persons, Akinbile-Yusuf, explained that at-most one-fifth of the capacity of the centre should house not more than 500 persons.

She said:

“This depends on the size of the event hall, if it is going to one-fifth of the normal occupancy level of each venue, then that is fine but no matter how big the event hall, it cannot occupy more than 500 people at a time, that is what the guideline says.

“This is not about 20 individuals in a building now, what we are saying is that one can have at-most one-fifth of the capacity of the hall. If you have a large event hall that can accommodate as many as 5,000, the maximum one cannot exceed is more than 500 at a time.”


Akinbile-Yusuf added:

“We have global guidelines that deal with both social and religious centres but we have specific ones for certain categories.”

A young Nigerian man, identified as Oluwamayowa Adeyemi, has been shot dead on a residential street in east London.

 

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The Deceased, Oluwamayowa Adeyemi

A young Nigerian man, Oluwamayowa Adeyemi was shot and killed outside his home in Hackney over the weekend.

Adeyemi, also known as Samson, 21, was killed in Clapton, east London, last Friday night June 5th. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, with a post-mortem revealing a gunshot wound to the chest as the cause of death.

Police were called at 11.30pm on June 5 to reports of shots fired in Brakenfield Close, E5. They found Samson suffering gunshot injuries outside his home where he later died.

Homicide detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime Command have appealed for information.  

A 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Considine said: 'Following initial enquiries we know that there were people in Brackenfield Close at the time of the shooting.

'I would urge those people, and anyone else who has information that could progress this investigation to get in contact immediately.'


He added: 'This is a tragic incident that has resulted in the loss of a young man's life and has left his family and friends devastated.

'If you can help us find those responsible, then please get in contact.
'

Police Borough Commander Marcus Barnett said: 'We understand this is a concerning time for Hackney residents, but please be assured we have increased our resources in the borough and are providing support to the investigation team.

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'Our thoughts remain with the victim and his family during this devastating time for them.

'Get in touch with us if you see something or know something about a crime that has either happened or might potentially happen - your information can save lives.'

A man of God has been killed by the deadly coronavirus disease after testing positive in Ondo.

 

Coronavirus
Coronavirus
 
Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has confirmed the death of a pastor who died after testing positive for coronavirus. He said the man of God was receiving treatment before he passed away.
 
The state has so far tested 568 persons for COVID-19. 43 tested positive, while nine persons died and 22 treated and discharged.
 
Among those recently confirmed were a journalist based in Ore and a clergy man, Akeredolu said.
 
He added that the journalist was in contact with the 28th confirmed case while the clergy man died while receiving medical attention.
 
He said an America citizen who visited his family and got infected died before results of his samples returned.
 
According to him, “Things do not look very good. Since my last address, we have recorded 19 new cases of COVID-19. This additional 19 cases is a significant rise from where we are before now. It is fearful and alarming from what we have seen so far. The threat is alarming than ever before.

“Our greatest fear is here. We have to choose between life and death. The threat level remains high.”

Rollas said the measure became imperative following recent cases of alleged r*pe and sexual molestation of some individuals in the industry.

 

AGN

Emeka Rollas

The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) says it has introduced communication links to tackle sexual assault and other forms of abuses on actors in Nollywood.

According to NAN, Emeka Rollas, AGN president, broke the news in Lagos on Thursday.

Rollas said the measure became imperative following recent cases of alleged rape and sexual molestation of some individuals in the industry.

He said he had already issued directive to Ronnie Dikko, his aide on sexual harassment and related abuses, to open communication links on the issue.

“The recent revelation of alleged rape and sexual molestation on some individuals in the film industry is calling for serious attention and I must put an end to such an abuse,”
 he said.

“It doesn’t speak well of us and of me as the president of AGN, I must restore sanity into the Nollywood industry as part of my commitments toward protecting my members and the image of this noble body.

“I have told my SSA to quickly open a special telephone line and an e-mail address through which the victims of this immoral act can reach out directly to the Guild.

“This will enable us seek redress and offer counseling process for complete healing to victims of sexual abuse.”


He urged all survivors of sexual abuse, molestation, financial demands and rape to make the best use of the links to send their petitions and complaints to the guild.

The AGN president specifically directed victims to Dikko and also gave the e-mail address as: [email protected], or call 0705 397 5522 for direct information”.

According to him, the communication lines will be opened and all related matters will be treated with strict confidentiality and respect of victims.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said this during a televised press briefing on Thursday.

 

Lagos schools

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government says the decision to reopen schools in the state will be taken in two weeks, The PUNCH reports.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said this during a televised press briefing on Thursday.

Sanwo-Olu said the decision would be taken after an extensive meeting with stakeholders in the education sector.

He said, “I know we are all eager to know the plans we have for the reopening of our learning institutions. There is still a lot more works to be done in this regard and we are looking at the educational sector very differently.

“However, we will continue to have our online learning at our seven higher institutions.

“On primary and secondary schools, we will be engaging with the Ministry of Education and Lagos State Safety Commission, and we will be coming out with a full and specific pronouncement in two weeks’ time.

“Once the protocols have been agreed with the stakeholders at the primary and secondary level, as to when and how, the schools will be reopening.”


He also gave permission to all manufacturing companies to operate between 7am and 6pm.

This is as the governor announced that as from June 19 mosques will reopen, while churches can reopen as from June 21.

Details later…

The government of Lagos state has commenced registration of religious and social centres ahead of reopening.

 

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu
 
The Lagos State Safety Commission has opened a register for religious and social centres in its domain in preparation for their full reopening.
 
The commission explained in a statement by Lanre Mojola, its Director-General that the gesture is in furtherance of the Register-to-Open initiative of the state government, as directed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
 
The statement reads: “Further to the directive of Mr Governor with respect to the Register-to-Open initiative of Lagos State government, we hereby confirm that all religious and social centers (social clubs, event centres, restaurants, bars, night clubs, spas, cinemas and gyms) within the state can commence the registration process on the designated portal www.lasgsafetyreg.com immediately.”
 
Giving an update relating to the COVID-19 pandemic in the state on May 17, the governor said the government was considering full reopening of the economy, including critical sectors like tourism and hospitality, sporting, event centres, cinemas, entertainment, and religious gatherings.
 
He, however, said businesses in these sectors would have to undergo re-registration before reopening and that the Lagos State Safety Commission and Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) would be visiting offices and business premises to assess the level of their readiness to resume operation.
 
Sanyo-Olu said: “We are at a level where we are reviewing the other arms of the economy. In the coming days, we will be starting what we call Register-to-Open, which means all players in the restaurant business, event centres, entertainment, malls and cinemas will go through a form of re-registration and space management.

“There is a regulation that will be introduced to supervise this move. We will be coming to their facilities to assess their level of readiness for a future opening.
 
“I don’t know when that opening will happen in the weeks ahead but we want these businesses to begin to tune themselves to the reality of COVID-19 with respect to how their work spaces need to look like.”

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this on Tuesday during a briefing in Abuja.

 

Dr Sani Aliyu
 

The Federal Government has released the guidelines for religious centres to resume activities in the country, The PUNCH reports.

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this on Tuesday during a briefing in Abuja.

He said, “In view of the widespread community transmission of COVID-19, it is important that places of worship operate in a safe manner to ensure the protection of public health, avoid outbreaks and safeguard the health of the vulnerable members of the population.

“To this end, the following guidelines have been developed as a minimum set of standards that have to be complied with for places of worship to safely operate nationwide.

“They have been developed by the PTF in liaison with the leadership of religious communities in the country and should be used as a baseline for states to allow these activities.

“It is important to note that due to the nature of religious congregations, places of worship are particularly recognised to have a major potential for spreading COVID-19 infections amongst worshippers.

“Therefore places of worship that are not able to comply with these measures should not be allowed to operate by state governments.

“The following measures are recommended;

“All places of worship must sign up to full compliance with all aspects of non-pharmaceutical interventions required to protect the public from COVID-19 including but not limited to ensuring the supply of running water and soap, alcohol sanitisers at entry and exit points in all high contact locations including bathrooms.

“Worshippers must sanitise their hands before entry.

“Worshippers must have temperature checks before entry and the supervision and the enforcement of this will be led by the leaders of these facilities.

“Use of face masks is mandatory.

“Strongly discourage all close contacts including shaking hands, hugging, using prayer mats, musical organs, microphones etc.

“The capacity of the facility should be limited to allow physical distancing of at least two meters between persons.

“Facilities should consider the use of cloth or surface markings to guide distancing and people from the same household should be encouraged to stay together.

“Local arrangements will apply to the capacity of these facilities but the most important thing is to make sure that the physical distancing rule applies.

“Local authorities will be advised in terms of areas of hotspots that might require greater restrictions

“Volunteers should be limited to exact numbers needed and none of the volunteers should have underlying medical conditions or be above the age of 55 years.

“Responsibility for enforcement will be with the leadership, church or mosque committees and supported by local authorities including state governments.

“Churches to open from 5am and close by 8pm.

“For churches, each service should be for a maximum of an hour with an interval of thirty minutes in between services to allow time for disinfection.

“Mosques may open 15 minutes before and ten minutes after prayers. The total time for Friday prayers should not exceed an hour.

“Islamiya schools, Sunday schools, night vigils, and children classes are to remain suspended.

“Worshippers should be encouraged to sign up for preferred worship and make the option of virtual service an option.

“There should be no gathering either or after worship and business outlets within the premises should remain closed.

“We are strongly advising vulnerable people with underlying conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases to please stay at home.

“Windows should be left open during services and preferably use open-air facility as much as possible.”

The cause of death of Nigerian music legend, Majek Fashek has been revealed.

 

Majek Fashek
Majek Fashek
 
Nigerian Reggae legend, Majekodunmi Fasheke, better known as Majek Fashek died in the city of New York on the 1st of June, 2020 after battling with cancer for almost a year, Vanguard.
 
The news of Majek’s death was announced by artiste manager, Joy Tongo. Majek Fashek’s manager, Uzoma Day Omenka then confirmed the news on the singer’s Instagram page on Tuesday morning. According to him, he died at 11.45 pm June 1, 2020, Nigerian time.
 
He also confirmed the singer died in New York, not in London where he was previously receiving treatment. Uzoma stated that the doctors advised he should be moved close to his family, which influenced his being moved to New York where his wife and three sons live.
 
He said Majek was separated from his family for 10 years until last year September when they were reunited on the advice of his doctors that he should be close to his family.

“We moved him from London to New York last September on the advice of the doctors that he should stay close to the family. Majek reunited with his family last year after 10 years of separation. He died in their company, ” Uzoma said.
 
Details of his funeral arrangement will be made available in due time.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has given a new directive to schools, churches and banks.

 

Governor Nyesom Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike
 
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has directed schools, churches, and motor parks in the State to reopen as coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the country.
 
He gave the directive on Monday.
 
The governor, in a series of tweets on his official Twitter page, also warned that his government would not hesitate to prosecute owners of banks, shopping malls, restaurants, shops, and businesses that fail to enforce the wearing of face masks and social distancing in their premises.
 
According to him, all public and private schools, including places of worship and motor parks, will be decontaminated.
 
“All public and private schools will be decontaminated before schools open. Churches and motor parks will also be decontaminated,” Wike tweeted.
 
“This issue of COVID- 19 is real, and the government will not hesitate to seal up and prosecute owners of banks, shopping malls, restaurants, shops, business places or offices that fail to enforce social distancing and the wearing of face masks in their premises.

“The Decontamination Team does not compromise standards but put in your best to ensure that the entire state is decontaminated,” he added.
 
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria as of today is 10162, according to the NCDC.

George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis cop, Derek Chauvin after knee on his neck caused asphyxia that led to lack of blood flow to brain.

 

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George Floyd

George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin after knee on his neck

An independent autopsy ordered by George Floyd's family has revealed that he was murdered by Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin after knee on his neck 'caused asphyxia that led to lack of blood flow to the brain.'

Attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Antonio Romanucci, who are representing the family of George Floyd announced the findings of the independent autopsy on Monday afternoon, June 1st.

Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson were hired by the Floyd family's legal team to conduct the independent autopsy after rejecting the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's official ruling last week that he hadn’t died from 'strangulation or asphyxia'. 

The duo said the sustained pressure applied by Officer Derek Chauvin on George Floyd's neck impeded blood flow to his brain, while weight applied by another officer, who had placed both of his knees into his back, also impeded his ability to breathe.

The cause of death was ruled mechanical asphyxia, with the manner of death ruled a homicide.

Their independent evaluation also found that Floyd had 'no underlying medical problems that caused or contributed to his death,' contrary to the rulings of the medical examiner that he had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease.

'The compressive pressure on the neck are not seen at autopsy because the pressure is released by the time the body has come to the medical office. It can only be seen when the pressure is being applied  or in this instance in the video.

'This is confirmed by information from myself, from Dr. Wilson, and from the family,' Baden said. '[Mr. Floyd] was in good health.'

Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day after officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground and kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, ignoring his repeated cries of ‘I can’t breathe.’

'Many police officers are under the impression that if you can talk, then you can breath. And that's not true,' Baden said. 'So the concept of someone calling out "I can't breathe" whether that be Mr. Floyd, or Eric Garner should be taken seriously.'

Baden said that Floyd didn't respond to the paramedic's attempts at CPR or a cardiac shock while he was being transported to the hospital.

'The ambulance was his hearse
,' Crump said during the Monday afternoon news conference. 'George died because he needed a breath 'I implore all of us to take a breath for justice, to take a breath for peace, to take a breath for our country, and to take a breath for George.'

Crump says Officer Chauvin should have been charged with first-degree murder and not third-degree murder. He also called for the arrests of the other three officers who were fired alongside him over Floyd's death - J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.


Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has been condemned by Nigerians for closing schools while allowing churches and mosques to reopen.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari
 
Some Nigerians has slammed the decision by the federal government to reopen Churches and Mosques while schools remain shut.
 
Recall that Buhari on Monday lifted the ban on religious gathering across the country but announced that schools should remain closed.
 
Chairman of the Task Force, Boss Mustapha, made the announcement during the briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Monday.
 
Mustapha said Churches are to reopen for the next four weeks spanning 2nd – 29th June 2020, and is subject to review.
 
Reacting on social media, some Nigerians queried why the ban on religious gathering was lifted and schools remain closed.
 
Some of them are of the opinion that the children locked at home will still visit religious centres.
 
Here are some comments as compiled by dailypost:
 
Retired_T, “How do you open churches and mosques but prohibit other gatherings above 20 people? COVID na Pagan?
 
@Drolufunmilayo, “Every sensible country that I know of is working on opening up schools as a priority. Not churches not Mosques, but Nigeria is more worried about leaving churches and mosques closed than opening up schools. Religion is a bigger priority than education. We are just clowns.”
 
@eddyboyvik, “The Presidential Task Force decision to open Churches and Mosques while keeping schools closed doesn’t make any sense to me like. It’s not gonna make any difference with schools closed.”
 
@Mrodanz, “Churches and Mosques are opening but airports are yet to open? I like how we don’t shy away from our priorities in this country. Oyakhilome and his cohorts can go back to collecting regular tithes and offerings so they’d stop disturbing us with 5G conspiracy theories.”
 
@swagzyconnect, “If they are in such a hurry to open Churches and Mosques, then why not the schools? We closed all these at 100 COVID-19 cases but we are opening them after 10,000. Buhari and his cohorts are going to tear this nation apart!”
 
@afoguranto100, “Aggressively ignorant to condemn the existence of COVID-19, isn’t it questionable for Churches and Mosques to be opened with educational institutions still down nationwide?”
 
@Borngreatola, “How the government found it important to open churches and mosques but not schools still beats me. How they thought it important to relax the ban domestic flights but not interstate travels is baffling.”
 
@ayodejiabolaji, “The kids you’re keeping out of school will be going to the said opened Churches and Mosques.”
 
@Strawapil, “It is crazy for Churches and Mosques to reopen. Clubs and bars should reopen too. I have not been going to work since March.”
 
@thebabaibeji, “When we had about 100 cases they closed churches and mosques; now we have more than 10k cases and churches and mosques can now open.”
 
@kinkywubi, “Earlier today we hit 10,000 cases, as part of activities to celebrate this feat, the Presidential task force has recommended the reopening of churches and mosques! Ladies and gentlemen, may the best immune system win.”

In a bid to stop the protest in US, the President Donald Trump has deployed the military.

 

Donald Trump
Donald Trump
 
United States National Guard troops have been deployed near the White House to stop protest following the killing of black man, George Floyd by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin.
 
President Donald Trump announced on Monday evening at the Rose Garden that he has deployed the military to tackle protesters.
 
He said he wanted a military show of force against violent protests occasioned by George Floyd’s death.
 
Trump described himself as a “law and order” president.

“I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property. We will end it now,” he said.
 
He added that Washington would be “under much more control. We’re going to clamp down very strongly. We’re going to do something that people haven’t seen before”.
 
The troops will protect national monuments, the White House, property, and infrastructure.
 
It is expected that not all will be armed.
 
Trump urged governors to use their National Guard units to “dominate the streets”.
 
The American leader threatened to call on active duty military if governors failed to use the National Guard more forcefully.
 
Trump stated that he has the power to do this under the 1807 Insurrection Act.

A new date has been set by the federal government for resumption of flights in Nigeria.

 

Airport
Airport
 
Domestic flights in Nigeria will resume on Sunday June 21, 2020, the Nigerian government confirmed on Monday.
 
This would be three months after airports were shut.
 
The federal government confirmed the reopening in a statement Monday night.
 
Earlier in the day at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing, the date was tentative.
 
A statement by James Odaudu, Aviation Ministry’s Director of Public Affairs, announced that June 21 is now certain.
 
It quoted the Minister, Hadi Sirika, as saying approved protocols for safe operations will be strictly implemented.

“The three-week period between now and the resumption date is to enable the operators to adhere to all the necessary industry regulations, without which they cannot take to the skies after being dormant for some time. This is because aviation, unlike other sectors, is a highly regulated one,” he said.
 
Sirika confirmed consultations between the ministry and the industry’s stakeholders.
 
He said they were working out the best ways to operate profitably, while ensuring safety of travelers upon resumption.
 
Sirika warned private aircraft owners against flouting restrictions until they are reviewed.
 
The minister reiterated that planes approved to fly are only “those on essential services”.

The police have apprehended one of the suspects linked to the sexual assault and death of Miss Vera Uwaila in Edo state.

 

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Miss Vera Uwaila


One of the suspects linked to the rape and murder of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa has been arrested by police officers attached to the Edo state police command.

The 22-year-old 100-level student of the University of Benin, Edo State was raped and killed while reading in a church in Benin city.

Spokesman of Edo police command, Chidi Nwabuzor confirmed the arrest while speaking to newsmen. He said the suspect was arrested after the deceased was rushed to the hospital and the fingerprint on the fire extinguisher she was attacked with was examined. 

Nwabuzor said the suspect was apprehended after the Area Commander of Ikpoba Hill mobilized his men to take action.

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The world woke up to the death of popular Reggae singer, songwriter and actor, Majek Fasek.

 

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Majek Fashek

Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist, Majekodunmi Fasheke popularly known as Majek Fashek is dead.

Though the cause of the music legend's death is still unclear at the moment but it was gathered that he died in a hospital in New York in the late hours of Monday June 1.

Majek Fashek


Cynthia Morgan's former manager, Joy Tongo who confirmed Majek Fashek's death wrote on Instagram;

"Legendary musician, Mr. Majek Fashek has passed on today in New York City. Majek Fashek was a talented man from my home town Benin City, Edo State. RIP"

Majek Fashek


Majek Fashek's manager, Omenka Uzoma also confirmed his death. He however called for celebration of the legend's achievements in a short video.

Majek Fashek is best known for the 1988 album Prisoner of Conscience, which included the multiple award-winning single "Send Down the Rain". Before his death, he worked with various artists worldwide, including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg and Beyoncé.

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A newly appointed aid to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has slammed rapists as she urged girls to learn Taekwando.

 

Miss Ngozi Ugochi-Ugo
Miss Ngozi Ugochi-Ugo
 
Miss Ngozi Ugochi-Ugo,  the newly appointed aide of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has began a campaign to encourage girls to learn Taekwando.
 
She said it will help them to defend themselves in case of attack by rapists.
 
It was her first post since 16 September 2017.
 
Ngozi was reacting to the killing of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100 level student of the University of Benin, by her rapists inside the church where she was reading.
 
Ngozi also attended UNIBEN between 2012 and 2017.
 
“Unfortunately, this case is just one out of many other cases of rape in Nigeria. Uwa was not in a bar or walking down the street wearing a short skirt (one of the many myopic justifications we give for rape occurrence) she was in the church, reading”, Ngozi wrote.

“If someone like Uwa can be raped and murdered inside a church building then what can happen to rest of us?? Unfortunately the world is not safe and women are even more vulnerable”, she added.

“We can march all we want chanting justice! Justice! But what happens later on? After the culprits are apprehended, what happens when another case of rape and murder rises again, do we pick up our placards and chant Justice! Justice!

“I am certain Nigeria will change for the better but what we don’t know is just how long it’ll take this change to come. How many more people do we have to lose?? How many more girls have to go through the traumatic experience that comes with rape?? Just how many more??
 
“My take is if the society cannot change for the better to allow women live long enough to achieve their dreams then we (women) need to change, we need to be able to protect ourselves or at least have a fighting chance.

“I was a part of a summer camp: the Bemore summer boot camp, 2019 organised by Her Excellency Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu (First Lady of Ondo State) were over 200 girls were exposed to the basics of taekwondo for them to be able to at least defend themselves or stall their attackers long enough to seek external help and these girls were equipped for life.

“I think taekwondo should be added to extra curricular activities in our schools, children from nursery schools should be taught self defence.

“Most parents frown at the idea of engaging their daughters in taekwondo because they feel, it would make her more manly and a scarecrow for men.

“Parents can you please give your daughter a fighting chance?????

“Uwa might still be alive today if she had some skills to defend herself.

“It’s so sad.

“Rest in peace Uwa”, Ngozi concluded.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, some Nigerian universities have begun their second-semester examinations online.

 

Bowen

Nigerian University Begins 2nd Semester Examination Online

The Vice-Chancellor of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, Professor Joshua Ogunwole, has said the institution has commenced second-semester examination for students through the school online platform.

Professor Ogunwole noted that the Second Semester examination of 2019/2020 will be phased saying that the first phase which is virtual is to start on Monday 1st of June 2020.

A statement by the school Head of Information, Protocol and Public Relations, Mr Toba Adaramola, said the VC tasked the students to take time to carefully read the guidelines for the Online Examination as published on the University website.

The VC advised that students should not allow distractions and interference during the online examination and Parents should limit their meddling during the period. He noted that students who have not paid tuition fee will not participate in the online exam but will do so at a later date when they do the needful.

The Federal govt has revealed that schools would still be shut down for now following the increase in the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

 

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The Federal Government has said that schools would remain closed “for now”, The PUNCH reports.

The Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 made this known during its daily briefing on Monday.

While giving an update on the PTF announcement, the Personal Assistant on New Media to @MBuhari, Bashir Ahmad, tweeted, “For now, all the schools are to remain closed, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 announces the directive.

“The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has requested the Aviation Industry to start developing protocols for domestic flights to possibly resume from June 21.

“The interstate travel remains prohibited except for goods and essential travel, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 announces.”

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