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Here Are The News Headlines For Today, Friday August 21, 2020



Here Are The News Headlines For Today, Friday August 21, 2020 Pointloaded

Find below the news headlines for today, Friday August 21, 2020.


FG impounds Angolan passenger plane in Lagos
Power generation sinks to 3,356MW after new 5,420.30MW peak
Man arrested for offering police bribe to release bandit
We’re heading for second recession in four years, says FG
APC, PDP trade words over alleged shooting at Edo rally
Killings: NBA bows to pressure, drops El-Rufai from confab
Kashamu withdrew case against Adebutu’s firm before death – Lawyer
I don’t know when Magu probe’ll end – Salami
Fleeing Ogun engineer who raped neighbour’s daughter arrested
Four UNIPORT students arrested for alleged Internet fraud
COVID-19 drug trial will begin soon in 13 states – PTF
The rule of idiots
60-year-old fake doctor treating COVID-19 patients arrested
Chinese loan probe, others stalled as Reps suspend panels’ sittings
Stakeholders divided over Amokachi’s appointment as Buhari’s SA
Worker’s headless body found on company premises
FG reciprocates, bans EU flights from Nigeria
CAMA unacceptable, ungodly, a time bomb, says CAN
Draft constitution ready March 2021, says Omo-Agege
Bauchi commissioner resigns, defects to APC
Buhari demands unconditional release of Malian President, others

COVID-19: Nigerian govt provides update on vaccines
International flights: Nigerian govt gives latest update ahead of August 29 resumption
NBA withdraws conference invitation to Gov El-Rufai
Buhari approves N13.3bn for community policing
COVID-19: Why there are rising cases in Plateau – Govt
PDP conducts ward primaries in Akwa Ibom
Salami panel: How Osinbajo’s ex-aide allegedly collected N250m without executing contracts
“Arrest him” video: Punish Gambari, Oshiomhole – PDP chair Secondus to world power
Cross River: APC appoints Mbu as acting chairman
Edo, Ondo elections: APC speaks on ‘postponement’
PDP stakeholders hail Gov Ortom’s peace initiative
PDP conducts ward primaries in Akwa Ibom
PDP lifts suspension of Sen. Ewuga, others
Tolulope Arotile: Police fixes date to arraign late NAF pilot’s alleged killer
Abuja: Police nab alleged killer of Suncel Pharmacy owner, gang members
Tanker crushes five persons to death on Lagos-Ibadan highway
Angry youths in Akwa Ibom protest, block East-West Road
Police rescue 55-year-old man chained to wood by relatives for 30 years in Kano
Army kills three bandits, arrests over 15 others, recovers arms
EFCC arrests four UNIPORT students over internet fraud

Nigeria records 476 new cases of COVID-19, total now 50,964
2020 Annual General Conference: NBA withdraws invitation to el-Rufai
BREAKING: FG approves N13 billion for community policing
Constitution Review: Omo Agege committee to present report March 2021
Police recruitment: Nationwide screening holds August 24 to September…
Ondo declares Friday work-free for local govt election
Lagos govt assures of sustainable supply of paddy for Imota Rice Mill
Foreign airlines may recommence flights between September 1st, October
2020 Annual General Conference: NBA withdraws invitation to el-Rufai
FG approves N13 billion for community policing
Group lauds Makinde over appointment of new environment commissioner
Alleged missing crude oil: NNPC challenges NASS to commission forensic audit
NUC, SSANU back bill to establish Federal University of Technology in Asaba
Police rescue 55-year-old man chained for 30 years to log of wood
61-year-old man in court over alleged assault, mischief
Court remands businessman for allegedly defiling three minors

Fed Govt, states, councils share N676.407b for July
Youths receive grants after training
Council chair kicks off road construction
Repeal of Pension Reform Act overdue
Customs kicks against duty waivers for Coca-Cola, 7up, others
Hausa/Fulani: ‘We are indigenes of Southern Kaduna’
APC will retain Ondo, says Sanwo-Olu
CAMA is war against churches, says CAN
Welfare: JOHESU seeks minister’s intervention
Magu seeks access to petitions, exhibits before Salami panel
Fed Govt’s team inspects Edo Modular Refinery
Police advise vehicle owners
Buhari okays community policing take off with N13b
Fed Govt approves local production of bitumen
Kano to train students in Agro management
Dogara’s associate quits Bauchi govt
FCT to curb indiscriminate waste disposal
Seven fuel filling stations shut in Niger
Borno receives 94 ‘escapees’ from Boko Haram
Oyo to approve paternity leave
Nigeria tests 6,000 COVID-19 samples daily, says NCDC
Lawmakers, NDDC in row over removal of N10b project

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Ramadan 2021: Sultan Asks Nigerian Muslims To Commence Fasting



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Following the sighting of the moon, this year’s Ramadan starts Tuesday, April 13th 2021, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, announced Monday.

Alhaji Abubakar, who is the president of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), said this in an announcement on NTA live broadcast.

He urged all Muslims to use the occasion of the holy month to pray fervently for the country and indulge in acts of charity so as to benefit maximally this month.

The NSCIA on Monday had issued a guideline enjoining the Ummah to practice social distancing during the 1442AH Ramadan.

“All COVID-19 protocols should be observed. I’tikaf should still be put on hold while strict observance of all COVID19 protocols including avoiding lengthy or crowded sessions should be observed,” it stated.

Ramadan is the ninth lunar month of the Islamic calendar seen as sacred by Muslims during which they refrain from eating, drinking and sexual activities from dawn to dusk for 29 or 30 days — depending on when a new crescent is slighted.

The sighting of this new moon marks the beginning of another month, Shawwal, and the celebration of Islamic festival, Eid-l-fitr.

The Ramadan ritual is observed to attain a spiritual bond with God, as contained in Qur’an 2:183: “Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn piety and righteousness.”

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Benue Crisis: Expose Those Who Killed Soldiers, Return Army Weapons – Ortom Urges Communities



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The Benue State Government has urged community leaders to expose those who carried out an unprovoked attack on Nigerian Army troops, leading to the death of an officer and 10 other soldiers.

In a statement on Friday, Governor Ortom while addressing the recent crisis between communities in Konshisha and Oju Local Government Areas, called for restraint on all sides including the military.

Ortom noted in his communique that he has already directed leaders of the affected areas to ensure that the weapons the “bandits” took away from the military personnel deployed to bring peace between the warring communities are returned without delay.

Earlier on, the army had reported that its troops came under attack while on a routine operational task, it was not clear who the attackers were at the time.

The military however asserted that the troops comprising one officer and ten soldiers were initially declared missing which prompted the deployment of a joint search and rescue team comprising NA troops and personnel of Operation Whirl Stroke.

The search and rescue team, unfortunately, found all the missing troops dead in Konshisha LGA of Benue State. While the bodies of the slain troops were evacuated immediately.

According to the army, efforts were still ongoing to track down the perpetrators of the heinous crime with a view to bringing them to justice.

In his reaction, Governor Ortom urged members of the affected communities to expose perpetrators of the unprovoked attacks on the military, stating that such an act is condemnable and also capable of jeopardizing the efforts Government has made to guarantee the return of peace to the area.

The governor disclosed that in an effort to find a solution to the crisis, he set up a Boundary Committee headed by the Deputy Governor, Engineer Benson Abounu to resolve the land dispute in collaboration with the National Boundary Commission.

The Committee had fixed a date for the demarcation of the area in contention when renewed violence broke out between the Bonta Community of Konshisha Local Government Area and Okpute Community of Oju Local Government Area.

Ortom assured the people that his administration is determined to see the end of the crisis and will support security agencies to fish out those fomenting trouble.

He, however, urged the military to avoid civilian casualties and protect law abiding people while efforts are on to recover their missing weapons.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Husband Prince Philip Dies At 99



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Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip has died at age 99, according to a statement by Buckingham Palace.

Prince Philip was the longest-serving royal consort in British history after getting married to Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen.

The Palace announced the death of the late monarch via its official Twitter handle on Friday afternoon, April 9, 2021.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” it said in a statement.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

The palace added that further announcements would be made “in due course”.

Fears over the health of the Duke of Edinburgh, as he was formally known, had been heightened after he recently spent a month in hospital for treatment.

He left the hospital on March 16 following what was described as a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition and treatment for an unspecified infection.

He was first admitted on February 16 on the advice of his doctor after he complained of feeling unwell.

Philip had returned to Windsor Castle, west of London, where he had been isolating with the queen — Britain’s longest-serving monarch — since the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year.

He was due to turn 100 in June.

The news of his death saw television channels interrupt regular programmes and start special coverage marking his life.

The BBC announced his death and played the national anthem, “God Save the Queen”.

Philip had increasingly struggled with his health in recent years and had retired from public life.

In the run-up to Christmas 2011, Philip was taken to hospital by helicopter after suffering chest pains.

The Greek-born former naval officer was then treated for a blocked coronary artery and had a stent fitted

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