The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has advised Nigerian Muslims to shun any invitation to join fresh protest in the country.
In a statement on Monday, MURIC’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola said the group’s attention has been drawn to some rumblings that new demonstrations are being planned. Akintola said Muslims should remember what he called the “very bitter experience of the EndSARS protests.” He said those events had pushed the country to the edge of the precipice.
The MURIC intellectual assailed the last protests as having been hijacked by those he described as “disgruntled politicians, religious bigots and ethnic jingoists.” He said there is, quote, “indisputable evidence showing that funds for the protest were provided by people who lack integrity and whose sources of income lack credibility.”
Professor Akintola further said “the glorious Qu ‘ran commands Muslims to join hands in righteous deeds, not for aggression and destruction.”
He said this is a clear injunction directed at Muslims, and that this is enough for them to steer clear of any new protest.
Police Extradite Maina From Niger
Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, has confirmed on Thursday that former chairman of the pension reform task team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is now back in Nigeria after his extradition from Niger Republic.
Maina was declared wanted by a court over a 12-count money laundering charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The commission says Maina used his firm to launder two billion naira, some of which he used to acquire properties in Abuja.
In another development, a federal high court in Abuja has given a nod to a request by Maina’s defence counsel, Adeola Adedipe, to withdraw from the case.
Until Thursday, Adedipe represented Maina’s company -common input limited – that is charged as the second defendant in Maina’s money laundering trial.
Nigeria Records 343 New COVID-19 Cases
Nigeria’s coronavirus cases have risen to 68,303 after the Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 343 new cases of COVID-19 in fourteen states with the federal capital territory recording its highest ever figure of 123 cases.
Lagos hosts 106 cases, Kaduna recorded 72, while Nasarawa and Rivers posted 14, and 5, respectively.
Nine other states shared the rest of the cases.
NCDC Confirms 122 New COVID-19 Cases
The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has confirmed one hundred twenty-two new cases of coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, pushing up the nation’s total confirmed cases to sixty-seven thousand nine hundred sixty. Only four thousand one hundred twenty-one patients are still being treated.
Kaduna reported the highest number of cases at thirty-seven, followed by Lagos with twenty-nine. Plateau held twenty-five while Ekiti hosts nine cases.
Rivers, Ogun, Edo, Kwara, Bayelsa, Bauchi and Kano shared the rest of the infections.
NCDC also reports the fatalities now stand at eleven hundred seventy-seven.