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Lagos, Abuja Begin Total Lockdown

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It’s an experience Lagos has not had since the 1980’s – a total shutdown of the city.  But now, Nigeria’s commercial nerve center, along with the country’s political capital, Abuja, are both experiencing a total lockdown today as part of federal government’s efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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President Muhammadu Buhari announced the lockdown order in a television address to the nation on Sunday for Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.  Lagos along with Abuja, have shut down normal activities as of 11 pm local time last night and will last for 14 days.

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The streets of Lagos were eerily quiet this morning as A.N.N went around to assess compliance to the order.

In preparation for this lockdown, many Lagosians and residents of the federal capital territory of Abuja had stormed the grocery stores and malls to scoop up all they could to ensure adequate food supply during the lockdown.

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Nigeria now has more than a hundred confirmed cases of the virus so far, and authorities are putting measures in place to ensure this does not get out of hand.

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Bauchi Govt Update On Devastating Effects Of Flood, As NEMA Warns State, Others

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Bauchi State governor, senator Bala Abdulkhadir Mohammed, says the recent flooding in the state had claimed at least 25 lives while seventeen others sustained varying degrees of injuries. The governor gave the update when a delegation of the National Emergency Management team, NEMA, visited him at the government house in Bauchi.  The delegation was led by NEMA’s director-general, retired air vice marshal Muhammad A. Muhammad.

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The governor said as many as thirty-five hundred houses and more than two thousand farmlands worth nearly one billion naira were destroyed by flooding.

The governor was represented by his deputy, senator Baba Tella who said 16 of the 20 local government areas of Bauchi State experienced flood this year.  He said the flooding was caused by unusual rainfall experienced so far.

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The governor has called on the federal government to do more to mitigate the effects of flood.

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Zamfara Killings: Arewa Groups Petition President Buhari

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Zamfara Killings: Arewa Groups Petition President Buhari

The killings in Zamfara and other parts of the north has become of great concern to the coalition of northern groups which has now called on president Muhammadu Buhari to move proactively to stop the bloodshed in the region.

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The group’s spokesman, Suleiman Abdul-Azeez presented a petition to the speaker of the state house of assembly, Nasiru Magarya in which it expressed dismay at what he called “the ugly scenario” in the state.

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The group wants president Buhari to ensure the arrest and prosecution of those supporting or collaborating with bandits in the state.  The group said those people pose the greatest threat to peace and tranquility in the country.

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Falana: CAMA 2020 Violates Rights  

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There have been so much back and forth on the provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, CAMA 2020 that have riled some religious organizations.

Now, activist lawyer, Senior Advocate of Nigeria Femi Falana, and former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Professor Chidi Odinkalu are pointing out some provisions of the act they say grossly violate rights.

The two men say the new law arrogates too much power to the registrar-general of the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC – power they say he could use to clamp down on civil society organizations.

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Falana and Odinkalu were speaking during a virtual town-hall meeting on the act which was jointly organized by the European Union-act, the open society initiative for west Africa, working group on civil society regulatory environment, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, and the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.

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Falana specifically pointed out section 389 of the law that gives CAC the power to suspend the board of trustees of an organization in crisis and appoint an interim committee to manage its affairs.  He also faults section 842 that gives CAC authority to take over funds in the bank accounts of an organization in crisis.  He says that provision translates to quote, “obtaining money by false pretense.”

Professor Odinkalu, in his own assessment, said part f of CAMA 2020 is a confused mixture, a “mish mash” of laws the country had borrowed from the United Kingdom.  He said those laws were hastily copied without the safeguards in the English law.

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In response to the observations, representative of the CAC registrar-general, Justine Nidiya said further amendments to the law would serve as the forum to address the challenges.

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