Find below the news headlines for today, Tuesday September 8 2020.
Water Resources Bill illegal, say Ortom, Soyinka, others
NBA Presidential election 2020: A matter of justice, integrity
‘Moves to form parallel NBA condemnable’
P&ID ruling: Buhari, Malami deserve full marks, says Agbakoba
Call to Bar ceremonies hold September 15
Revised laws of the federation out next year, says Audi
Hope rises for judiciary’s financial autonomy
‘How Ize-Iyamu will tackle insecurity’
I will offer quality representation, says Abiru
EFCC probe: Magu asks Salami panel to summon Malami
Govt pushing Nigerians to the wall, says PDP
Oil production drops to 1.4m bpd, says Sylva
North central elders worried by Boko Haram camps
Private sector demands transparent electricity tariff
Doctors begin nationwide strike
Killings must stop, say Sultan, emirs
No return to petrol, power subsidy, says Federal Govt
I ran for cover when Offa robbers attacked police station, says ex-DPO
Nigeria, others to benefit from £7.2m UK research support fund
Food insecurity prevalent in Lagos, Kano, Rivers, Abuja –NBS
Edo poll will hold despite drumbeat of war –INEC
COVID-19: University campus format changed for good
Stock market falls, investors lose N13bn
COVID-19: Lagos low death rate divine, says Sanwo-Olu
MDAs failed to remit N1.2tn, says Fiscal Commission
Baba Ijebu’s frozen account won’t affect Lagos stadium renovation – Ministry
Lawmakers, opposed to Ajayi’s impeachment, protest exclusion from Akeredolu’s car largesse
Fleeing car snatcher kills pregnant woman, motorcyclist in Delta
Female inheritance: Supreme Court, Igbo culture in head-on collision
Southern Kaduna: Sultan blames politicians, describes killings as madness
Minister Buhari and challenge of fuel pricing
5,180 BDCs get $51.8m on forex sales resumption
Okunbo gunning for Edo treasury by funding Ize-Iyamu –Obaseki’s aide
Fuel price hike: ASUU, TUC tackle FG on refineries, Buhari says subsidy dangerous
Southern Kaduna: Sultan blames politicians, describes killings as madness
Blue-eyed lady: Gov’s wife hands over new accommodation to couple
Offa bank robbers stole 21 AK-47 during operation – DPO
Ethiopian flight arrives Abuja amid pomp, passengers decry coronavirus test fee
Fire guts over 50 shops, houses in tanker explosion
Sanwo-Olu seeks more prayers amid COVID-19
Anxiety as NURTW members lay siege to Ondo Assembly
Family sacks mother of eight-year-old rape victim for seeking justice
COVID-19 pandemic waste heightens pollution crisis
Akufo-Addo emerges new ECOWAS chair
‘Ongoing strike may reverse COVID-19 gains, fuel medical tourism’
Afenifere insists on restructuring, says constitution review a ritual without progress
67-year-old man arrested for defiling 12-year-old girl
EFCC witness insists Adoke’s $2.2m loan repayment transparent
Buhari urges ECOWAS leaders to resist temptation of tenure elongation
ASUU advises FG over fuel pump price increase
Court declines to hear Shoprite’s assets transfer application
ECOWAS, others donate kits for protection of children in Senegal
West African bloc in new appeal for ‘swift’ civilian transition in Mali
Tunisia arrests 7 after stabbing attack
Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases nears 1.3m
Tunisia knife attack kills officer, 3 ‘terrorists’ shot Dead
Mali’s ill-equipped army in spotlight after coup
Imo North: Bickering trails APC, PDP primaries for late Uwajumogu’s seat
Resist temptation to elongate tenure, Buhari urges ECOWAS leaders
Abuja Airport resumes int’l operations
Super Story gets Globacom’s sponsorship
Nigeria’s Q3, 2020 economic outlook gloomy –Experts
FCMB reduces interest on consumer loan products, creates opportunity to restructure payment terms
MSMEs urged to access CBN funds for business growth
Union Bank, KIRS disagree on Lokoja branch closure
COVID-19: Nigeria’ll slip into recession –IFC
$47m debt: Court shuts down Shoprite’s application to lift injunction
Nigeria spends N1.7tr on electricity subsidy –Buhari
CBN okays 4 firms to import 262,000 tons of maize
Health workers begin 7-day warning strike over COVID-19 hazard allowances, others
I would accept defeat in fair contest –Obaseki
Afenifere rejects constitution review
CAMA: Sultan, CAN ask NASS to revisit law
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Ramadan 2021: Sultan Asks Nigerian Muslims To Commence Fasting
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.”
Benue Crisis: Expose Those Who Killed Soldiers, Return Army Weapons – Ortom Urges Communities
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.
Queen Elizabeth II’s Husband Prince Philip Dies At 99
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