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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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IG Begins Commands’ Tour; Force Admits Cops’ Morale Low

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IG Begins Commands' Tour; Force Admits Cops' Morale Low

In a bid to boost the morale of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu is embarking on a tour of police commands across the country today, Friday.

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The killings of some twenty-eight policemen by hoodlums who hijacked the EndSARS protests earlier this month is said to have dampened morale within the force.

The inspector-general of police is expected to assess the extent to which the hoodlums negatively affected the force after burning down police stations and looting government and private property.

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The effect of the low morale could be felt on the roads in recent days as many police posts are abandoned and traffic stops scrapped.

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Adamu will begin his tour in Abuja.

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FG Begins Nationwide Distribution Of 1m Free Meters In Kano, Kaduna, Lagos

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The federal government says it will begin distributing free meters nationwide.  It is targeting 30 million consumers.

The program, national mass metering program begins today, Friday, and will kick off in Kano, Kaduna and Lagos.

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The presidency says the free meter distribution plan is expected to end the issues associated with estimated electricity billings. The distribution exercise would be monitored by state government representatives, the senate committee and house chair on power, representatives of organized labor and civil society organizations.

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The program is expected to roll out six million meters for all connection points on grids without meters in the next two years.

The mass metering program will source for all its meters locally and will create thousands of manufacturing jobs.

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NCDC Records 150 New COVID-19 Cases

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NCDC Records 150 New COVID-19 Cases

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, has reported one hundred fifty new cases of the novel coronavirus disease, one hundred fifty-four new recoveries, and two deaths in the country.

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Lagos state posted 89 new cases, followed by rivers with 19 and Ogun reporting 11.  Bayelsa, Kaduna, Plateau, Taraba, Osun and delta states reported cases in single digits.

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So far, sixty-two thousand five hundred twenty-one covid-19 cases have been recorded, and fifty-eight thousand two hundred forty-nine patients have recovered.

Number of fatalities stands at eleven hundred forty-one.

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