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  1. Buratai is waging a war on Nigeria's constitutional democracy - Lawyer to detained soldier says as he accuses COAS of disobeying court order Tope Akinyode, lawyer to detained Nigerian soldier Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini has accused the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Tukur Buratai of disobeying a court order. Recall that Justice AI Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja who presided over the Lance Corporal's case, had ruled that it was unlawful for the army who are detaining Idakpini for criticizing the COAS from seeing his lawyer and family. Tope Akinyode has however now accused Buratai and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami of disobeying the court order which granted the soldier access to his lawyer and his family. He added that disobedience to court order by the military is a COUP D'ETAT on Nigeria's democracy. The human rights activist and National President of Revolutionary Lawyers' Forum tweeted; Tukur Brutai, Chief of @HQNigerianArmy Staff Shamelessly Disobeys Court Order Over Lance Corporal Martins' Case On 22nd July 2020, after I argued an Ex parte motion, the Federal High Court, Abuja ordered the @HQNigerianArmy to grant a detained Soldier, Lance Corporal Martins Immediate access to his lawyer, wife and relatives. Justice AI Chikere agreed with me that at any rate, it is a continuous breach of the detained Soldier's fundamental human rights to be denied access to his lawyer and family. So the Court ordered the Respondents- the Chief of Army Staff and the Attorney General of the Federation to give way and allow Lance Corporal Martins access to his lawyer and wife. After 3 attempts, Buhari's appointees, Brutai and the AGF have brazenly disobeyed the valid order of the Federal High Court. Last week Wednesday, after the 2nd attempt to see Lance Corporal Martins failed, I placed a phone call through to the AGF to inform him of the development. The AGF, Malami SAN told me that he has seen the court order I served on him and has minuted on it for action. That the public holiday could affect compliance but I should check back with him after the holiday. I reached the AGF yesterday and told him I'll be visiting the Army headquarters to ensure compliance, but again, I was rebuffed on the 3rd attempt to see Lance Corporal Martins. There's clearly no doubt that Buhari lacks respect for court orders and the rule of law and this shameful and pathetic occurrence is being embraced by his appointees. Brutai is waging a war on Nigeria's constitutional democracy. Disobedience to court order by the military is a COUP D'ETAT on Nigeria's democracy. Brutai is actively taking steps to return Nigeria to the dark era of military jaunta. This must stop!
  2. The Imo state police command effected the arrest one Pastor Joseph Anthony of the Living Faith Church in Njaba, a community in the state, for allegedly raping one Favour Chikanma, the 11-year-old daughter of his fellow pastor, one Pastor Chukwuma Okoronkwo. A statement from the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, stated that Anthony was arrested on July 13. ”Preliminary investigations revealed that the said Pastor Chukwuma Okoronkwo accommodated Pastor Joseph Anthony in their house and on the day of the incident, the said Pastor Joseph Anthony took advantage of the fact that he was at home alone with the victim and had canal knowledge of her. Investigation is at advanced stage. He will be charged to court accordingly.” the statement read In other related news, the police also apprehended a 38-year-old man identified as Ifeanyi Nwaogu, for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl, Chisom Ohanyere. According to the police spokesperson, on July 4, Nwaogu was arrested for defiling Chisom. Investigation by the police revealed that the victim was running an errand for her mother when the suspect saw her pretending as if he wanted to send her on an errand and then forcefully dragged her into the bush and allegedly had canal knowledge of her. Ikeowku said investigation has reached an advanced stage and that the suspect will be charged to court soon.
  3. The Kaduna State Government has announced August 10 for the reopening of schools for Senior Secondary School 3 students. According to a statement released by the Commissioner for Education, Shehu Mohammed, the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, gave the approval to enable the students to write their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) slated for August 17, 2020. Mohammed directed all secondary school principals to make arrangements to receive SS3 boarding students on August 9 and day students on August 10 respectively. “The guidelines include reduced hours of work/revision to 4 hours per shift, strict social distancing both in the classes, laboratories, libraries and hostels, consistency of temperature monitoring and handling any suspected case of COVID 19 case to the health authorities,” he said. The Commissioner also advised all administrators of public and private schools in the state to use the one week period to make adequate preparation and put all COVID-19 guidelines in place. Shehu warned schools against resuming before August 10.
  4. Nigerian Disc Jockey, Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola, professionally known as DJ Cuppy, has said she feels like falling in love. The artiste who made this known via micro-blogging platform, Twitter, revealed that 2020 will be the year she will find the love of her life. she wrote. DJ Cuppy has dated two public figures, former Nigerian international footballer Victor Anichebe, and Davido’s country manager, Asa Asika.
  5. God has no religion, don’t let anyone brainwash you – IK Ogbonna’s ex-wife, Sonia Morales drops her two cents about God and religion Nollywood actor, IK Ogbonna’s ex-wife, Sonia Morales has dropped her two cents about God and religion. The mother of who officially got divorced with IK last year, says that God has no religion. According to her, whatever brings you closer to love is what brings you closer to God. Read as she posted on her Insta story below….
  6. A primary school teacher, Idris Dangana, was touched by the death of a woman from breast cancer and decided to invent an affordable device to help with early detection. The 43-year-old native of Kano was unfulfilled with his job as a teacher and wanted to do more to help his community. Consequently, he decided to quit and develop his interest in learning computer and software development skills. Idris confided in a friend, Isah, who had just returned from Burum Burum Village in Kano, where a woman had just died from breast cancer. Idris said the story reminded him of the pains his sister went through when she had breast cancer. Fortunately, she survived it. This spurred him to seek a solution. Idris, a graduate of physics education, started researching on cancer and set up BCScan, an innovation of the DiceHub (DIHub), which is behind the cancer-detecting device they would later come up with. He was soon trying out different models and algorithms and they had to think of the best possible way to go about it, alongside doctors who collaborated on the project. “We joined hands and talked on possible partnerships with a local NGO on breast cancer, we deepened our search about this deadly cancer by asking as many women in our network, including healthcare professionals. The feedback was scary,” he told Daily Trust of his project. Their solution Idris came up with was a brassier, fitted with Artificial Intelligence, that could detect tumours that are as small as 2mm in diameter. The wearable device would guarantee early detection, Idris Dangana said and is especially targeted at women in rural areas with limited access to health care and the prohibitive cost of mammography. However, mass production of the device is a challenge. Not finding the capacity to mass-produce in Nigeria, idris Dangana decided to seek collaboration abroad. “We out-sourced to India and China to get the materials that we will use for manufacturing the cancer-detecting device produced,” he said. Idris explained that with his invention, women can be tested for as low as N1, 000 if the device is available at primary healthcare facilities and private hospitals nationwide. Those who want a personalized device would have to pay N15, 000 – N25, 000. Though his idea is global, he is desirous of immediate local impact. He said: “It is evident that the gap is too wide between Africa and the rest of the world, particularly Nigeria and the northern region to be precise. Though we are still learning, I believe over time, the impact could be felt and will serve as a wakeup call to many to co-join and change the narratives.
  7. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has cleared the debt of a man who attempted to commit suicide on Third Mainland Bridge. This comes days after the Police in Lagos state the 45-year-old man, Adeyinka Abiodun, who attempted to jump into the lagoon. A statement by the state police command’s spokesperson, Bala Elkana, says Adeyinka was rescued and taken to Bariga Police Station for questioning and debriefing. According to Bala, Adeyinka who is married with two children, said sometime in March this year, he took a N390,000 loan with a monthly repayment plan for six months and accrued interest of N142,287:25 from a microfinance bank in Lagos Island. Elkana said Adeyinka, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, told the police that the loan was collected with the intent to upgrade his wine retail business, but the business failed and the money lost. The Police spokesman added that it was at this point that Gov Sanwo-Olu came to the rescue by repaying Adeyinka’s loan which has been confirmed at the microfinance bank. Well, we say thumbs up to the governor for his timely act of kindness. Source Olisa Tv
  8. Some Nigerian Universities irrespective of the ASUU strike and the current covid-19 pandemic has started the sales of their post UTME forms online. Most students have been speculating if the exams will hold or if they will be graded based on their JAMB score and WAEC result.Well, to that nothing has been said but students are advised to keep on reading their books in preparation for the exams so that they are not caught unaware if the exams eventually takes place. Here are some federal and state universities whose 2020/2021 forms are out with the deadline for the sales of the form. Modibibo Adama University of Technology( MAUTECH) - August 24th 2020 Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) - September 1 2020 Akwa Ibom State University( AKSU) - August 21 2020 Taraba State University( TASU) - September 30th 2020 Tai Solarin University of Education( TASUED) - September 3rd 2020 Federal University of Oye- Ekiti( FUOYE) - August 15th 2020 Olabisi Onabanjo University(OOU) - September 4th 2020 University of Port Harcourt ( UNIPORT) - August 28th 2020 Federal University of Lafia( FULAFIA) - August 30 2020 Alex Ekueme Federal University Ndufu- Alike(AE-FUNAI) - August 31st 2020 Abia State University(ABSU) - August 21st 2020 Niger Delta University(NDU) - August 31st 2020 Delta State University (DELSU) - September 1st 2020 University of Calabar (UNICAL) - August 7th 2020 Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma (AAU) - August 20th 2020 Students whose forms are not out are advised to keep checking the school portal constantly and to keep on reading their books.
  9. Europe’s three biggest economies have stopped short of banning TikTok after President Donald Trump threatened to outlaw the Chinese social media app, once again leaving the continent caught between two superpowers. The U.K. and France have no plans to block the ByteDance Ltd. platform in their countries, spokespeople for the governments said. A German government official said the country has seen no signs that the app poses a security risk and has no plans to ban it. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he hasn’t spoken to President Trump about the issue. Growing U.S. pressure on Beijing-based ByteDance echoes the White House campaign against telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co. The U.K., Germany and France all tried to find a intermediate position on Huawei – attempting to satisfy the U.S. without alienating China, a key source of exports – but their stance has hardened significantly in recent weeks with the Johnson government banning Huawei from its next-generation networks. France has also moved to phase out Huawei kit. Huawei’s products powered key network infrastructure, underpinning national buildouts of fifth-generation wireless technology and high-speed internet services, and TikTok’s short-video app may be seen as less of a risk. Still, the social media company is facing broader scrutiny over its privacy policies, following an investigation by the Dutch data protection authority amid concerns over the safety of children’s data. A representative for France’s Digital Minister cited online hate speech and the protection of minors as the government’s main concerns about TikTok. Microsoft Inc. has confirmed it’s in talks with ByteDance to buy TikTok’s operations in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand with a Sept. 15 deadline for a deal. ByteDance had unsuccessfully tried to appease U.S. regulators -- who expressed concerns about its data collection and potential connection to the Chinese government -- by distancing its domestic operations from the popular video app, hiring nearly a thousand staff in the U.S. and appointing Walt Disney Co. veteran Kevin Mayer as TikTok CEO. The U.K. government has also approved ByteDance plans for a London headquarters, according to a report in the Sun newspaper, which cited unnamed sources. A U.K. government spokeswoman said the location of ByteDance’s office is “a commercial decision for the company” and “the U.K. is a fair and open market for investment where it supports U.K. growth and jobs.” A representative for TikTok declined to comment on the report about the planned office, but said it has more than 1,000 employees across Europe, with about 800 in the U.K. and Ireland. The company has 89 active job openings in London listed on its website.
  10. Africa’s grocery retailer, ShopRite, is leaving Nigeria 15 years after it opened shop in the West African country. Shoprite opened its first store in Lagos in December 2005. In a trading update filed at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Monday morning, the retail giant said it was planning to discontinue its operations in Nigeria. International supermarkets (excluding Nigeria) contributed 11.6 per cent to group sales and reported 1.4 per cent decline in sales from 2018. South African operations contributed 78 per cent of overall sales and saw 8.7 per cent rise for the year. The company said it had been approached by potential investors willing to take over its Nigerian operations. It said it was considering an outright sale of its operation or selling a majority stake in its Nigerian subsidiary. “Following approaches from various potential investors, and in line with our re-evaluation of the Group’s operating model in Nigeria, the Board has decided to initiate a formal process to consider the potential sale of all, or a majority stake, in Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Shoprite International Limited. “As such, Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited may be classified as a discontinued operation when Shoprite reports its results for the year. Any further updates will be provided to the market at the appropriate time,” part of the update read.
  11. The Federal Government has called on resuming Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3 and Senior Secondary School (SSS) 3 students that are yet to pay their third term school fees to do so without delay. Schools were shut down across the country in March 2020 to guard against the spread of COVID-19, resulting in massive disruption of the normal third term’s academic activities. But the Federal Government, which has 104 colleges (Unity Schools) spread across the country, said students in exit classes- JSS3 and SSS 3, who are expected to resume on Monday (today) will show evidence of school fees payment for the abridged term. “A lot of issues have been raised, especially on whether students are to pay third term school fees, and whether JSS 3 will have to resume on Monday. The answer to both questions is yes. “Resuming students are to pay their third term fees where they have not yet paid. JSS 3 students are also to resume in school as from Monday so they can do their revision preparatory to their exams. We have to make these clarifications quickly because Monday is the reopening date,” a terse statement by the Director of Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Ben Goong, said. The Ministry had on Wednesday issued a statement in Abuja detailing various dates for earlier suspended national examinations. Part of the statement read: “The West African Examination Council (WAEC-SSCE) will start on the 17th of August, 2020 while the National Business and Technical Examination Board, (NABTEB) examinations will start on the 21st September and end by 15th October, 2020. “Other details of the schedule indicate that the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for SS3, conducted by NECO will start on the 5th of October and end on 18th of November, 2020. “The Basic Education Certificate Examinations, (BECE) for JSS 3 also conducted by NECO, will start on the 24th of August and end on the 7th of September, 2020. “Furthermore, the National Common Entrance Examination, (NCEE) which is a one-day NECO examination for intending applicants into Unity Colleges (JSS1) will run in-between the Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations i.e. on Saturday, 17th October, 2020.”
  12. Igbo Owns Nigeria Not Fulani. Come To The North And See Investments Worth Billions Owned By Igbo Men- PROF YUSUF says: Former Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof Usman Yusuf, has described claims that the Fulani “own” Nigeria as a fallacy and “sentimental nonsense”. He said that the erroneous narrative was being pushed by unscrupulous elements with a nefarious agenda. According to him, Fulani people were in the minority in the federal civil service compared to Yoruba and Igbo people. The Katsina-born professor added that Yoruba and Igbo people were also far richer than their Fulani counterparts. Yusuf said that there was, therefore, no justification for claiming that the Fulani own or control Nigeria. “Which part of Nigeria do they own? Igbo people are richer than Fulani people; Yoruba people are also richer than Fulani people. There are more Igbo and Yoruba in federal civil service than Fulani. “Does any Fulani own a bank? Does any Fulani own a media house? Does any Fulani own a hotel? All the hotels in Abuja and land are owned by the Igbo. Is Abuja Igbo land? Can Fulani own in the East what Igbo own in the North? No. If you have never been to the North, come and see the landed properties that the Igbo have, which the Fulani do not have and cannot have in Igbo land. “Whoever that says Fulani man owns Nigeria, let him come and say how. Fulani man occupies Aso Rock, and so what? An Igbo man should come and occupy Aso Rock and give the Fulani all the material wealth he has in the North. That is nonsense. “Igbo own all the hotels, they own banks, and Yoruba own the newspapers and banks. What do the Fulani own?
  13. Entrepreneurs in oil-rich Nigeria are finding it difficult to weather the economic fallout of the deadly coronavirus pandemic and a plummeting currency. Amid the lockdown a dispute between Russia and Saudi Arabia sent the price of the fossil fuel tumbling, dragging down the value of the Nigerian currency with it. With the naira still volatile and a partial lockdown still in place, three business owners in the commercial hub of Lagos explain how they are coping. Marifa Witte: McKindergarten Opened a private pre-school two months before Lagos went into lockdown. Employs 10 staff. "We actually closed our doors before the government shut the country. Our first priority was keeping the children safe. "We actually closed our doors before the government shut the country. Our first priority was keeping the children safe. "At the time we had only three children, but it started off very well considering that we opened in the middle of a school year. We were scouting for parents. "When the lockdown happened I started panicking, because just before the we had already started seeing the devaluation of the naira. "Today everyone is projecting that it will go up to 500 naira to one US dollar. It would be a disaster - I would need more naira to pay expatriate staff in my establishment. "Being a new school, we only have a certain amount of savings to float us for the first and second year until the school becomes successful. McKindergarten's owner says four more children are due to join in September "At the moment our staff - security, cleaners, nannies and administrative staff - are all on full salary. I've told them I will cut their salaries by 50% to prepare for the worst, but I expect to cut salaries by around 30%. "There were four more people - a teacher, teaching assistants and a receptionist - whose three-month probation period ended in April. We told them that we would come back to them when the school resumes. If they do, I will have to renegotiate salaries because I can no longer pay them what we agreed. "All the parents who have registered for September still aim to come - that's four more children. But my biggest fear is that we may not open then. Many business owners, including Marifa Witte, say they have tough choices ahead "I've thought about closing the school down. If the pandemic goes on for another year the school will not be able to survive. The rent is very expensive here, on one of the prime commercial streets in Lagos. I would not be able to make my rent in the third year if we don't open in September. "Today, yes the virus is still here, yes everyone is still scared, but people are a little bit more relaxed. The economy is my biggest fear in Nigeria." Papa Omotayo: MOE+ and A Whitespace Creative Agency Twenty-five full-time staff working from home. Architectural and visual arts projects continue with fewer-than-usual construction workers on site. "The response from my clients has been to put a lot of things on hold. "Everybody's trying to figure out how it's going to affect them as individuals and organisations. Hopefully, the majority of projects will come back. "I think that the uncertainty is going to last for quite a while. I'm definitely feeling the difficulties. "[If] you look at the cost of things now compared to months ago it's in some cases almost double, so that hardship is going to be felt dramatically. "People's earnings are going down because a lot of businesses are having to scale back because of the pandemic so it's tough times. Construction work continues but with fewer people on site in accordance with social-distancing rules "We made the conscious decision not to get rid of staff [to] keep a great team. "But we have to discuss with staff how we can look at off-setting certain expenses and moving them to a later period in the year. "I would say we're operating [at] 50% productivity at best, but I think that's also to do with the nature of the type of work that we do. "You can't just walk over to someone's desk to check up on what's going on. "Everybody's a little bit sick and tired of zoom calls and team calls. We're definitely not as efficient." Ndidi Nwuneli: AACE Foods Employs 80 staff. Processes and distributes spices, seasonings and flour. "My food business is classed as essential, so when lockdown happened we sent letters of exemption to our staff so they could get to work and transport their products. "But I have to tell you that it wasn't easy. Many of them faced harassment by police for the first two days, which we reported to the government authorities. "Some of our staff were even attacked - that was a challenge. The government was very responsive and the challenges eased over time. "To ensure social distancing, we had to reduce the number of people working at any given time. So we split everyone into A and B teams - who worked one week on, one week off. "We had to reduce capacity to about 50%, but also our output, which meant that we could not enjoy the sales. "Many of restaurants reduced or shut down operations during the lockdown, so obviously there was reduced demand. "Curfews also made it difficult for staff to work full days. "Staff members have been on full salary, and we told them we would review the situation as time goes by, but it never got to that. "Now we're back in full, operational mode with a new layout to ensure social distancing. Customers are also operational and demand has picked back up. Ndidi Nwuneli says staff work alternate weeks but still receive full pay "We are seeing an upsurge in retail because the oil shock and Covid-19 have restricted imports, so Nigerians are embracing locally sourced products. "We're well-aware this is a 12- to 18-month battle and many speculate that Nigeria is about to really get the big blow of coronavirus. "We're thinking, 'How can we make sure we survive and thrive during this period?' "It means thinking through how we can be more cost-effective and innovative, and also the way we engage with our customers."
  14. The organised labour in Ekiti state, on Friday , said that there was no going back on its planned commencement of a three -day warning strike from August 3 . The strike, according to the Nigerian Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and the Joint Negotiating Council , is to compel the state government to pay the outstanding salaries , allowances and pension arrears of their members. They, therefore , directed workers across the state to proceed on the warning strike, after which , they said, a full -blown strike would follow if government failed to accede to their demands. The directive was made known via a statement jointly signed by the Chairmen of NLC , TUC and JNC, Kolapo Olatunde , Sola Adigun and Kayode Fatomiluyi respectively in Ado Ekiti . Their demands also included unresolved issues surrounding unpaid benefits and non -implementation of the N30, 000 minimum wage across board. Others are non -payment of leave bonus from 2015 till date as well as the arrears of promotions for workers at all levels . “This warning strike, called by the organised labour in Ekiti , will commence on the midnight of August 3 . “The state government has yet to attend to any of our requests , such as financial promotion for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. “There is no commitment to all the outstanding deductions , such as cooperative money , loan repayment to banks, housing fund and others . “Our demands also include five years leave bonuses, hazard allowances of COVID -19 to health workers , salary arrears and deductions , all yet to be paid . “Based on the above , the strike will commence from 12 midnight of Aug. 3 , except government attends to our demands. “We warn that no worker should go to work or listen to any directive from any quarters , except from the leadership of the organised labour , ” the statement said.
  15. The wife of the Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Monica Ugochi Ugwuanyi, has urged mothers, fathers and wives of the Local Government Chairmen to join her in the renewed call for appropriate breastfeeding of children “as one pathway to mitigate environmental degradation that starts with correct breastfeeding”. Mrs. Ugwuanyi made the call in her message to commemorate this year’s World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7, 2020), themed: “Supporting breastfeeding for a healthier Planet”. The Enugu State Governor’s wife listed the negative consequences of inadequate breastfeeding on malnourished children, especially when they become adults, to include stunting of growth and likely suffering of chronic diseases. She added that such health challenges contribute in making populations vulnerable to pandemics such as the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) currently ravaging the world. Mrs. Ugwuanyi therefore harped on the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding of children within the first hour of birth, exclusive breastfeeding for six months and introduction of solid food as complementary feeding and continuous breastfeeding for two years of age or beyond. She disclosed that breast milk contains antibodies that help babies fight viruses and bacteria, lowers their (babies') risk of having asthma or allergies, provides the ideal nutrition for the babies and makes them smarter, adding that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months without a formula have fewer ear infections, respiratory illness and diarrhea. “Breast milk is a natural, renewable food that is environmentally safe and green because it is produced and delivered to the consumer without pollution, packaging or waste. We need to respect nature, by doing first thing, first! Breast milk is the first food that we consume in life and it is a critical part of sustainable food system”, she emphasized. While calling for renewed collaboration with relevant stakeholders towards the actualization of appropriate breastfeeding of children, Mrs. Ugwuanyi pointed out that “a warm chain of support from us all will create an enabling environment that empowers all mothers to breastfeed optimally for a healthier planet, saying: “I pledge to bridge the gap for the survival of our children”.



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