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Ogun Monarchs Cry Out Over Border Closure

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Nigeria's Border Closure Now One-Year-Old

Border communities in Ogun State are complaining the border closure is adversely affecting them.

Six traditional rulers, including the Onihunbo of Ihunbo kingdom, Oba Joseph Adesiyan; a historian; prof. Anthony Asiwaju, and scores of residents from more than a dozen communities, saying evacuation of farm produce, and poultry products by local farmers have become impossible.  They say overzealous border task force officers, involved in the ‘operation swift response,’ are allegedly harassing them saying that farm produce were smuggled items.

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At a press conference in Abeokuta, the state capital, leaders of the border communities, under the umbrella of Ogun West Consultative Forum, and other concerned citizens, urged president Muhammadu Buhari to review the border closure and reduce the hardship they face daily.

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The traditional rulers said the president should also rescind his order banning supply of petroleum products within 20kilometres radius of the border.

They lamented that customs officers have made life more miserable for them, saying they are upholding the presidential ban order on petroleum.  They say the order has caused economic hardship to innocent Nigerians living in the border areas who have nothing to do with economic sabotage the government popularly calls smuggling.

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Modular Refineries:  No Government Has Succeeded Like Buhari – Lai Mohammed

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Modular Refineries:  No Government Has Succeeded Like Buhari - Lai Mohammed

Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed says president Muhammadu Buhari has succeeded more than his predecessors in bringing modular refineries into reality in the country.

The minister made the statement earlier in the week while touring the Waltersmith Modular Refinery and petro-chemical company in Ibigwe, Imo State.  The refinery is due for commissioning next month.

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The minister said refineries in the country were able to come into being because of the enabling environment created by the Buhari administration.  He said many previous government talked about modular refineries, but none was able to bring them to reality until now.

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He assured Nigerians of cheaper petroleum products now that medium-scale refineries are coming on board.  He said, as a result, debates about subsidy will become irrelevant because everything produced by the modular refineries would be for domestic consumption.

The Waltersmith refinery is a partnership with the Nigerian content development and monitoring board.  It will start with five thousand barrels per day and will increase production at two different stages till it reaches half a million barrels per day.

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Nigeria Records 131 New Cases Of COVID-19

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NCDC Records 155 New Coronavirus Cases, Four Deaths

Nigeria recorded one hundred, thirty-one new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 56,735.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control confirmed the new cases were recorded in eighteen states including the Federal Capital Territory

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Lagos state recorded the highest number of infections with 45 cases, Kaduna and plateau followed with 17 each, 16 in FCT, and 6 cases each in Delta and Niger. Kwara recorded 5 cases, Oyo 3, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ekiti, Enugu, and Osun 2 each.

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Sokoto, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Katsina and Rivers also recorded new infections.

Two infected persons also died in the last 24 hours. This brings to one thousand ninety-three the total number of fatalities.

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48,092 persons have recovered and have been discharged so far.

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VP Osinbajo Vows Nigeria Will Get Justice For Its Citizens In Ghana

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Osinbajo Assures Nigerian Traders In Ghana Of Justice

Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo has assured Nigerians living in Ghana their country will get them justice.  The assurance came earlier in the week when professor osinbajo met with Nigerian community in Ghana.

The vice-president was referring to the sealing up of Nigerian shops in Accra over a one million-dollar equity prescribed by the Ghana investment promotion council.  Osinbajo said the Nigerian government is looking into the situation.

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He promised the Nigerians their grievances would be relayed to the president.  He said bureaucratic bottle-necks had caused the delay in resolving the issues.

He called on the affected Nigerian traders to submit a detailed on the affected shops and other relevant information that would aid the government’s follow-up action.  He advised the Nigerians to remain law-abiding in their host country and to embrace peaceful co-existence.

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