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Buhari Charges Envoys To Help Fight Terrorism

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President Muhammadu Buhari has asked foreign envoys to collaborate with Nigeria to end terrorism and other threats.

The president has also called on the international community to further collaborate in tackling some of the major threats to peace and human survival across the globe, including terrorism, insurgency, displacement of persons, and climate change. Buhari said the growing challenges pose a real threat to human existence.

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina said in a statement, Buhari made the call when he received letters of credence on Thursday from the high commissioner of the Gambia, ambassador of South Korea, and ambassador of Slovak.  Others were high commissioner of Australia, high commissioner of Bangladesh, and ambassador of Guinea Bissau.

Buhari told the new envoys that Nigeria enjoyed very good bilateral relations with each of their countries, and there was a need to enhance the cordial relations for the joint benefit of each country.

President Buhari urged diplomats to work towards building stronger relations, with a focus on providing joint solutions to rising human and natural challenges.

Buhari made the call when he received letters of credence on Thursday from the high commissioner of the Gambia, Mohamadou Musa Njie, ambassador of South Korea, Kim Young-Chae, and ambassador of Slovak, Tomas Felix. Others were high commissioner of australia, john Gerard Donnelly, high commissioner of Bangladesh, Masudur Rahman, and ambassador of Guinea Bissau, Jaao Ribeiro Butiam Co.

He said: “I would like to lay emphasis on the need for us to come together to address and overcome our common challenges. Terrorism, insurgency, displacement of persons, climate change, population explosion, human trafficking, corruption, poverty, and proliferation of small arms and light weapons are all either the sources of conflict or results of it.

These challenges though on a diverse scale, threaten the existence of humanity and human relations. “these challenges underscore the need for the international community to work together to collectively identify appropriate measures to globally overcome these challenges.’’

The Nigerian leader told the envoys that “the novel coronavirus pandemic remains humanity’s greatest threat as it does not only affect public health but also has a devastating effect on people’s economy and livelihood.

“Although countries around the world have commenced the vaccine rollout against the pandemic, mitigating the spread of the virus and the impact of its infection, remains a cause for concern.’’

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Many Feared Dead As Tanker Explodes In Benue

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Many residents of Oshigbudu in Agatu local government area of Benue state are feared dead today after a tanker explosion in a residential area in the town on Sunday.  Many shops and houses were also razed in the inferno that ensued.

Executive secretary of the state emergency management agency, Dr. Emmanuel Shior said the destruction to lives and property was still to be quantified but described the accident as quote, “the chief of all the calamities that have fallen us this year,” end quote.

Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in Ondo State has confirmed that six persons have died in an auto crash in which an 18-seater bus plunged into Owena river in Akure on Sunday.  They include three males, two females and a child.  Eight were reportedly injured and are receiving treatment in hospitals.

A newly married man was among the fatalities, while his wife is said to be seriously injured.

The two were said to be returning to Akure after their wedding at a registry, with plans to conduct their traditional wedding next weekend.

The driver is said to have lost control while speeding in heavy downpour.  As a result of the heavy rain, help was said to have been impeded from reaching them for more than an hour.

The bus was said to have hit a rock at the bottom of the river causing the deaths.

 

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JUSUN Strike: FG, Staff Union To Meet As Nigeria Judiciary Paralyze

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Fear, Tension As Major Economic Sectors Shut Down

The judiciary workers’ strike is still going strong with no end in sight.  The umbrella body, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN has begun a nationwide protest in Abuja on Monday over its demand that governors across the country comply with constitutional provisions for the judiciary’s financial autonomy.

The union began a nationwide strike two weeks ago and has stuck to its guns that the protest will not end until the union’s demands are met.

This strike action has paralyzed services at the nation’s courts, including the supreme court.  JUSUN decided to begin nationwide protests after talks failed with governors on Friday.

Meanwhile, the judiciary workers’ strike could not have happened at a more opportune time for former aviation minister, senator Stella Oduah, whose arraignment on a twenty-five billion naira fraud and money laundering charges at the federal high court in Abuja today has been scrapped because of the strike.

There was no access to the court today as the gates were locked as a result of the strike.  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had hoped to arraign and dock her today along with eight others.

On two other occasions, other events had prevented Oduah’s arraignment in the same court.  Her lead counsel, chief Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, says Oduah would be ready to honor the court’s schedule whenever it reopens.

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NCDC Confirms 26 New COVID-19 Cases

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says 26 new cases of covid-19 have been recorded in the country bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 164,233.

The data shown on its official twitter handle on Sunday say the new cases were registered in five states including, Ebonyi 10 cases, Kano-Two, Lagos nine, Osun-two Oyo-one and the Federal Capital Territory-FCT two cases.

So far, more than 154,000 persons have recovered from covid-19 and discharged from hospitals since the pandemic was reported in 2020.

NCDC has advised Nigerians to take responsibility to protect themselves, loved ones, customers, employees and society by disinfecting surfaces in their homes, shops and offices regularly to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in their communities.

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