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Here Are The News Headlines For Today, Thursday August 20, 2020



Here Are The News Headlines For Today, Thursday August 20, 2020 Pointloaded

Find below the news headlines for today, Thursday August 20, 2020.


Errant supervisors arrested for leaking WASSCE questions – WAEC
56 suspected cultists arrested with human skulls in Cross River
Ekiti lady colludes with friend, fakes kidnap to extort parents
Soyombo begs UNILAG unions for support in maiden meeting
Fayemi disowns viral presidential campaign poster by LG boss
CCTV exposes 30-year-old Delta man’s alleged rape of girl
Hate speech: When will Lai Mohammed fine El-Rufai?
Ogun prophet arraigned for defiling 15-year-old girl during spiritual cleansing
Ethiopian Airlines defies FG, resumes flight to London Friday
Buhari’s nephew, Daura, flown abroad for treatment – SaharaReporters
IPPIS: FG suspends birth date changes, others
Blasphemy: We are monitoring situation closely, says UK
After 20 more years, God can call me home –Obasanjo
Village head, 10 others killed in Southern Kaduna, SOKAPU alleges
Two nabbed for kidnapping Oyo farmer, killing her fiancé
Buhari’s nephew, Daura, flown abroad for treatment – SaharaReporters
SOKAPU lampoons ACF as chair says North faces hardest times
ECOWAS suspends Mali, blocks borders, soldier declares self
Ethiopian Airlines defies FG, resumes flight to London Friday


UN, AU, U.S., ECOWAS, others reject Mali coup
Fed Govt waives RoW on highways
COVID-19 spike: Varsity shut one week after reopening
Killings persist in Southern Kaduna
Biden gets nod to face Trump
Malian soldiers take unfashionable short cut
Bayern to face PSG in UCL Final
We didn’t attack governor’s convoy, say ISOPADEC workers
Reps seeks information on foreign reserves
Ngige intervenes in MTN, Labour feud
One year after, Nigeria’s border remains closed
MTEF: Senate threatens zero budget for CBN, NPA, NCC, NIMASA, others
FEC okays N5.49b variation for secretariats, others
Reps: Govt losing billions to unremitted funds
PDP will prioritise power sector, says Obaseki
Ibrahim: more defectors for APC
ZLP, ADP members defect to APC
Chamber of Commerce endorses Ize-Iyamu
40-ft container of Tramadol intercepted in Lagos
372,888 PVCs not collected in Ondo, says REC
12 killed in Delta cult war 4:31 am
APC petitions IGP, CP as policemen besiege community
Police probe killing of 55-year-old in Osun
Tenant attempts to claim landlord’s property
Kwara police clamp down on firearms violators

National security threatened as N 8.4b scanner project stalls
Kashamu’s exit signposts new political realignment in Ogun
ECOWAS imposes economic, diplomatic sanctions on Mali
As supremacy battle for the soul of UNILAG rages
Ex-Arsenal youth coach Anyanwu wants to handle Nigerian U-13, U-15 teams
Spend more on agric, SMEs to mitigate recession, economists advise
Mastercard Foundation wants secondary education to prepare youths for work
How Biden earned U.S. Democrats’ presidential nomination
Ikeja DisCo unveils WhatsApp platform for customers’ complaints
Soldiers arrest seven suspects over killing of 13 Benue indigenes
National security threatened as N 8.4b scanner project stalls
ECOWAS imposes economic, diplomatic sanctions on Mali
Spend more on agric, SMEs to mitigate recession, economists adviser
Soldiers arrest seven suspects over killing of 13 Benue indigenes
‘Measures to contain COVID-19 in State House strong’
‘Buhari will end petrol importation’
32 Imo communities resolve to stop female genital mutilation
‘Sub-Saharan Africa records more gender parity in workforce’
EU, UN move to check harmful practices against women in Cross River


Nigeria’s High Commission in Canada shut over attacks
NPDC eyes .5m barrel of LPG daily –Kyari
Customs intercepts N10bn vehicles, rice at Oyo
Lagos, Owerri, P’Harcourt agog as Dangote Cement promo winners get alerts
AMCON takes over assets of Northrich Technologies Ltd over N500m debt
N2.95tr petrol imports: Nigeria records first investment in hydro refinery
FAE restates commitment to innovation in envelope manufacturing
Commodities Exchange: Securities dealers urge FG to expand agric sector
MTN names CFO Mupita, CEO
Igbo president realisable in 2023….Ngige, Labour Minister
Forensic audit on NDDC must continue –Chief Ndukwe
MAN urges speedy passage of PIB
EU awards scholarship to 90 Nigerians
2019 budget defence: Reps drill SON DG, AuGF
China loan: OPC lauds NASS probe
Court joins DSS as respondent in suit seeking release of detained hotelier
Tiv/Jukun crisis: Court summons gov, ex-Supreme Court justice, 17 others
Igbo president realisable in 2023….Ngige, Labour Minister

Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases exceed 50,000, death toll hits 985
IG declares fleeing Ibadan serial killer wanted, deploys crack detectives to Oyo
If we don’t save the North from its present situation, we will lose it, says ACF
Akeredolu receives Outline Business Case on Ondo deep seaport
FG, states and LGCs share N676.407 billion for July
Probe of Chinese loan, affirmation that Reps not a rubber stamp ― OPC
8 not 20 tested positive for COVID-19 ― OOUTH CMD
Tiv-Jukun crisis: Court summons Taraba Gov, ex-S/Court Justice, security chiefs, 16 others over probe panel
FG assures on protection of Humanitarian Aid workers
30-year-old man arrested for defiling 11-year-old inside toilet
Mother docked for alleged murder of 5-year-old son
Driver in court for allegedly killing four cows
Stakeholders seek domestic funding for malaria eradication
Over two-thirds of young Nigerian mothers give birth at home — Study
Positive sentiments persist as equities market appreciates by 0.1 per cent
Rising inflation: Stabilise forex now —Experts tell CBN

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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



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

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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