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Here Are The News Headlines For Today, Friday August 28, 2020



Here Are The News Headlines For Today, Friday August 28, 2020 Pointloaded

Find below the news headlines for today, Friday August 28, 2020.


Akeredolu, Jegede trade words as supporters clash
How to end bloodshed during elections –Umahi
Woman accuses Rivers hospital of stealing new born
Buhari, others hail Adesina on reelection as AfDB president
Lagos man allegedly commits suicide with insecticide
Plateau now epicentre of COVID-19, says PTF
FG’s N11bn COVID-19 insurance eludes 14 dead doctors
Ganduje’s N300bn Chinese loan slavery, Kano elders tell Buhari
Delta mob attack FRSC officer for pushing driver from moving truck
Abuja policemen arrest, extort surveyor in Lagos
Gunmen kill Osun man, steal cash, motorcycle
FG, National Assembly bringing rejected water bill through the back door, says Soyinka
FG planning to pay private schoolteachers, artisans – Osinbajo
Blasphemy: I’ll sign death warrant after 30 days, says Ganduje
Buhari sacks Dokubo as Amnesty coordinator, names administrators
Blasphemy: I’ll sign death warrant after 30 days, says Ganduje
Magu: Presidential panel reopens ex-IG Tafa’s case, seized houses
Buhari, others hail Adesina on reelection as AfDB president
FG’s N11bn COVID-19 insurance eludes 14 dead doctors
FG approves outstanding payment to N-Power beneficiaries
Bill Gates, Dangote, others celebrate polio-free Nigeria, Africa
Why conflict of interest exists between SON, NAFDAC – Adeyeye
COVID-19 vaccine will be accessible to all countries, says WHO


Govt floats survival fund for teachers, artisans, others
PIB to prioritise gas use, says Sylva
JAMB de-lists 22 CBT centres for alleged fraud
Nigeria restrategises for IMO seat
Madu’s appointment shows Nigerians’ go-getter spirit, says President
Clearing ship wrecks from the waterways
Dikio is Amnesty chief
‘Inter-agency collaboration will ensure security’
APC promises to field credible candidates for by-elections
Gains, pains of tax reforms
How Fed Govt is using foreign loans, by ministers
Barr. Bola Tinubu’s new role
D’Banj picks up another ambassadorial role
Seyi Shay: How I escaped death in Lagos
Food security: Experts seek support for women-farmers
Council of State okays control of arms agency
Buhari: what earned Adesina second term
Senator faults report on controversial EFCC Bill
How Nigeria can benefit from COVID-19 crisis
Blasphemy: Ganduje to sign singer’s death sentence
Ousted Mali president freed
PTF: Lagos passes COVID-19 peak
CBN to restart weekly dollar sales to BDCs
Experts call for more action to tackle protein deficiency


Lagos black spots: Ibeju Lekki, Alimosho, Apapa, Ikorodu top list
13 killed, 2 injured in Zamfara, Bauchi auto crash, fuel tanker explosion
Civil servant cries to Gov Ugwuanyi, IGP over threat to life
Police paraded Evans before taking his statement, lawyer tells court
Police recruitment: 92 screened in Lagos
Police bust syndicate using SIM card to steal from banks
Soldiers kill 153 terrorists, bandits, others in 4 weeks
FG flays genocide allegation against Christians
HND holders draw battleline with FG
IPOB clash: Ugwuanyi summons emergency security meeting
Buhari, Obi, Okonjo-Iweala hail Adesina’s re-election as AfDB President
Council of State okays centre for control of small arms, light weapons
Oba of Benin plans peace pact with guber candidates
13 killed, 2 injured in Zamfara, Bauchi auto crash, fuel tanker explosion
Hausa youths pledge support for Ugwuanyi’s re-election
Civil servant cries to Gov Ugwuanyi, IGP over threat to life
Kidnap kingpin, Evans, seeks plea bargain in court
Police paraded Evans before taking his statement, lawyer tells court
Nigeria lacks maturity for state police now –Tsav
Police recruitment: 92 screened in Lagos
We’re ready for election –INEC
Cracks in NBA worsen as splinter group forms NNBA

Bitumen imports gulp N300b despite huge deposits in states
Concerns over safety protocols as foreign flights resume
Disquiet over order for mass metering of Nigerians
Adesina returns as AfDB’s chief executive
Experts canvass total ease for better economy, COVID-19 outcomes
Lagos State government generates N433.6 billion revenue in first half of 2020
Stay off church governance, stop CAMA, ex-UNIZIK VC tells FG
Why FMC Umuahia can’t be upgraded to teaching hospital yet, by Medical Director
19 killed in Zamfara road crash, Matawalle declares 3-day mourning
Bridge rehabilitation may not end Apapa gridlock, says NSE chair
Adesina returns as AfDB’s chief executive
Niger Delta’s amnesty programme faces scrutiny as Buhari appoints new head
Osinbajo assures of FG’s commitment to job creation, economic growth
Stakeholders raise concern over future of jobs in oil sector
Government may withhold stipends of 14000 N-Power beneficiaries
Ganduje says he will sign death warrant of man convicted of blasphemy if…
JAMB delists over 22 CBT centres for defrauding 11,823 candidates of N59m
Troops kill 25 bandits, arrest 155 others in Northwest – DHQ
Nigeria postpones resumption of international flight
Disquiet over order for mass metering of Nigerians
South African mauled to death by his two white lions in front of wife
Ramaphosa vows virus ‘watershed’ in South Africa graft fight
Four Mali troops killed in attack blamed on jihadists

Nigeria records 296 new COVID-19 cases, toll now 53,317
Blasphemy: I will not hesitate to sign death warrant if Yahya Sharif…
Camels now used to smuggle weapons to Nigeria ―Zamfara governor
UPDATE: General Abubakar, Kukah, others to storm Edo for peace accord
Council of State pardons ex-gov Ambrose Alli, three others
Camels now used to smuggle weapons to Nigeria ―Zamfara governor
How we’ll ensure Oyo LG election is not one-party show ― OYSIEC Chairman
UNILAG probe panel calls for memoranda
Kogi Guber: PDP Campaign Council raises alarm over petition before Supreme Court
International flight resumption date shifted to September 5
UITH management denies death of patient
Quantity of seized drugs rises by 448,865kg in 2019 ― NBS
Governance in Lagos never ceased despite COVID-19 ― Sanwo-Olu
Sanwo-Olu congratulates AfDB President, Adesina, on re-election
CBN pegs exchange rate at 386/$
Lawan congratulates Adesina on re-election as AfDB President
Southern Kaduna crisis: We won’t sweep issues under carpet ― Osinbajo
CACOVID intensifies awareness, to feed 1.7m households
COVID-19: Gombe commissions N120m molecular diagnostic laboratory

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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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