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NCDC Reports 417 New Cases Of Coronavirus

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COVID-19 Cases Rise By 296 New Infections With Six New Deaths

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 417 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease in the country.  That represents an increase of one hundred nineteen cases from the two hundred ninety-eight reported on Sunday. This has pushed the country’s total tally to nearly fifty-thousand cases.

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Lagos state recorded most cases with 207 followed by Kaduna with 44. Sixteen states, including the federal capital territory reported new cases on Monday.

So far, Nigeria has recorded a total of 49,485 confirmed cases.  Nearly 37,000 patients have recovered while nine hundred seventy-seven have died.

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Meanwhile, NCDC is warning Nigerians to guard against being defrauded by scammers who pose as officials of the center.  Apparently some unscrupulous persons are going around promising NCDC money to people and asking for money in exchange for employment.

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NCDC head of the department of surveillance and epidemiology, said in Abuja during the PTF briefing on Monday, the center was investigating the ongoing scams.  She vowed that the law will catch up with the culprits.

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FG Declares Oct 1 Public Holiday

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FG Declares Oct 1 Public Holiday

It’s another Independence Day tomorrow when the country will celebrate sixty years of freedom from colonial rule.  To mark the occasion, the federal government is giving everyone a day off from work.

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Announcing the public holiday, minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola said on Tuesday Nigeria is the world’s leading black nation.  He said Nigeria’s warmth, welcoming spirit and abundant wealth in human capital and richness of the land, makes the country Africa’s pride and beacon of hope.

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He assured the nation of the government’s commitment to socio-economic transformation.

Aregbesola says the country’s independence celebration this year will be low-key because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UN Experts Call For Release Of Musician Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy

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UN Experts Call For Release Of Musician Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy

United Nations human rights experts have called for the immediate release of the young Nigerian musician who was sentenced to death by a Kano sharia court for “blasphemy.”

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Twenty-two-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu got into trouble when he released on social media a song that was considered blasphemous.

The UN experts have called on Nigerian authorities to overturn the death sentence that was pronounced on Sharif-Aminu last month.

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In a joint statement, the experts said they are deeply concerned over what they call “serious lack of due process in the case.”

They want the federal government to guarantee his safety and due process rights while he appeals his conviction.

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36 States File Suit Against FG Over Courts’ Funding

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36 States File Suit Against FG Over Courts' Funding

All the states in the federation have hauled the federal government to court challenging the presidential executive order signed in May on the funding of the courts.

The states are asking the Supreme Court to declare president Muhammadu Buhari’s executive order as unconstitutional.  The executive order is placing the burden of funding capital and recurrent expenditures of the State High Courts, Sharia Court of Appeal and the Customary Court of Appeal to state governments.

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The states attorneys general call the president’s executive order a clear violation of the constitution that places the responsibility for funding the courts on the federal government.

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The 36 states say they have been funding the capital projects in those court since 2009 and would like the Supreme Court to order the federal government to refund them.

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