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Four dead, others injured as truck suffers brake failure and ran into a car and bikes in Oyo

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Four women were killed in Oyo state when a truck rammed into a passenger car and two commercial motorcycles.

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The incident happened on Wednesday, July 1, near the popular Aleshinloye Market, Ibadan, Oyo state

Four others sustained serious injuries in the crash.

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The truck belongs to a popular dairy company located at Eleyele area of the city. It was gathered that the truck had a brake failure and veered off its lane crushing a Micra car and the motorcycles.

Four dead, others injured as truck suffers brake failure and rams into a car and bikes in Oyo

Confirming the accident, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gbenga Fadeyi, said four women died instantly while four others were injured.

The police said, “The accident involved a Fan milk truck, a Nissan Micra and 2 motorcycles. Four women died on the spot and four other people got injured.”

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Nigerian man recounts his experience with ”drunk” police officers in Lagos

A Nigerian man has taken to his Twitter handle to share his alleged experience with some ”drunk and high” police officers in Lagos.

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According to @Mobenjaminmusic, he was stopped by the police officers while on his way home on Tuesday, June 30. He said the officers who accused him of doing ‘street’,” asked him and others that were arrested to pay them N300, 000 before they would be released.

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He said he was eventually released after his uncle showed up and gave the officers some money.

Read more of his account below.

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FG increases petrol pump price to N143.80

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The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency has announced a new price band of N140.80 to N143.80 per litre for Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol. 

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Sources at the Abuja headquarters of the agency said the rise in petrol price was primarily due to the increase in global crude oil prices.

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A circular released on Wednesday July 1, from the PPPRA to marketers reads;

“After a review of the prevailing market fundamentals in the month of June and considering marketers’ realistic operating costs, as much as practicable, we wish to advise a new PMS pump price band of N140.80-N143.80 per litre for the month of July 2020.

All marketers are advised to operate within the indicative prices as advised by the PPPRA.”

The federal government, in March, announced that the retail price of petrol would be adjusted monthly to reflect realities in the global crude oil market. On May 31, 2020, the PPPRA announced a price band of N121.50 to N123.50 per litre for the product.

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Ekiti reopens schools and religious centers

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The Ekiti state government has directed worship centres in the state to resume services from Friday July 17,  in line with the agreement reached by the state government and leaders of religious organisations in the state. 

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Worshippers and religious leaders were urged to ensure “full compliance with the regulations regarding worship centres, which includes social distancing of 6-feet between worshippers, hand washing and face masks.”
 

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Governor Kayode Fayemi who made the announcement in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday June 30, also announced plans of reopening schools in the state from July 20.  He said the resumption of schools would be in phases, and will start with pupils in graduating classes (SS3, JSS3 and Primary six) who are preparing for their examinations

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Fayemi said; 

“However, this might be in phases starting with students in terminal classes SS3, JSS3 and Primary 6 to prepare for their examinations. Other classes will be gradually absorbed as schools meet all requirements to accommodate them safely and responsibly.

“A certificate of Readiness showing that a school has adhered to all the conditions required for school reopening will be issued to all schools before they can reopen.”

The Governor also disclosed that they have embarked on a quick rejuvenation of schools to ensure that basic facilities such as water, sanitiser, soap and other facilities to aid hygienic practices are in place.

He further announced that the two largest markets in Ado Ekiti – Oja Oba and Bisi Market, will now be open to lock-up shops only, subject to compliance with protocols. Fayemi affirmed that street trading, makeshift stalls kiosks and open display of wares in the said markets are still banned. 

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Peace Mass Transit resumes, with only 50% carriage at no extra cost to Commuters

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Peace Mass Transit (PMT) Limited, is gearing up for resumption of operations  on July 1st, 2020, following the relaxation of interstate lockdown announced by the Federal Government on Monday. 

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The company was the first to suspend operations early March at the escalation of the Covid-19 pandemic across the globe, and consequent devastation of lives and businesses. The PMT management,in making the decision to resume, has also mandated it’s staff across the nation to adhere to, and indeed, strictly  enforce   recommended international/national protocol on control of  covid-19, including hand washing with soap and water at entry points, social distancing, use of face masks for entire duration of journeys by drivers and passengers alike, and use of alcohol based hand sanitizers.  

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Instructively, all PMT passenger vehicles are to carry only 50% of normal capacity, and at no extra cost to the passenger, according to the management reopening manual for staff.The management of the company has also provided infra – red thermometers for screening of passengers and staff and equipment for constant decontamination of depots and vehicles at points of departure and arrival.  

PMT chairman, Evangelist Sam Maduka Onyishi, reiterated to staff that resumption of critical services to kickstart the  economy of families and the nation was more expedient than any immediate consideration for personal profit. 

” The cost of extra measures we have instituted and loss of revenues that would come with reduction in carrying capacity, are significant, but I consider them part of the continuing sacrifice we make for the public good, well being and overall  safety of compatriots”, he said. ” we have always maintained that PMT has never been just about being a business; it is my own ministry through which I touch lives..” The company urges the travelling public to show understanding, corporate to enforce seamless enforcement, and  generally  see the new protocol as desirable and in everybody’s best interest.  God bless Nigeria. Management,

PMT Ltd.

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100% electricity tariff hike put on hold as Lawan and Gbajabiamila intervene

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The 100% hike in electricity tariff slated to commence Wednesday, July 1, has been put on hold.

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This comes after the National Assembly leadership’s intervention at a meeting with the Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos), the National Electricity Regulatory Agency (NERC) and others in the power chain, Monday night, June 29.

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The DisCos announced over the weekend that the tariff  pushed forward from April 1 would take effect from July 1.

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Customers protested the planned increase but the DisCos insisted that only a “cost-reflective” tariff could guarantee their survival to keep the power sector afloat.

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At Monday’s meeting, Senate President Ahmad Lawan and House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila promised to take the DisCos’ request to President Muhammed Buhari and urged them to push the tariff raise till Aprill 2021.

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In a statement, Special Adviser (Media) to the Senate President, Ola Awoniyi, said the National Assembly leadership was emphatic at the meeting that the timing of the  hike was wrong.

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The statement added that the National Assembly leadership told the DisCos that they were not opposed to cost reflective tariff for the power sector to attract the much-needed investment.

The DisCos also admitted that they were not fully prepared for the planned tariff hike although they desired it.

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The statement added that the National Assembly leaders  promised  the electricity distributors  that they would  meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue.

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The statement said: “The agreement here is that there is not going to be any increase in tariff on July 1.  

“The Senate President and the Speaker are going to take appropriate action and meet with the President.

“We are in agreement here that there is no question on the justification of the increase but the time is simply not right and appropriate measures need to be put in place.

“So, between now and the first quarter of next year, our task will be to work together with you to ensure that we put those blocks in place to support the eventual increase in tariffs.”

The statement quoted Lawan as saying that  the government had  been doing a lot as part of its obligation to provide some forms of Intervention.

He said: “I’m quite aware that for this year, probably starting from last year, over N600 billion was earmarked for this sector to improve.

“The potential increase in the tariff is definitely something that will be of concern to us in the National Assembly.

“There is too much stress in the lives of Nigerians today and indeed across the world because of the challenges imposed by COVID-19 pandemic and even before then, we had issues that would always make it tough for our people to effectively pay the tariff.

“One way or the other, for this business to flourish, for this sector to be appropriately fixed, for it to attract investment, something has to give way, there is no doubt about that but it is also crucial that we look at the timing for any of our actions.”

According to the statement, Gbajabiamila said the National Assembly was on the same page with the DisCos on the issue of cost reflective tariff.

Gbajabiamila added: “There is time for everything. A well-intended programme or policy of government can fall flat on the face and never recover if you do it at a wrong time.

“Whatever will affect this government is something that should concern all of us. I think this will affect this government.

“The timing. I think it will affect the Muhammadu Buhari  government and if it is going to affect his government, we should all rally around our people, our President and the government to make sure we do the right thing,

“The good thing is that we have agreed that we need to do something about the cost of electricity.”

The representatives of the DisCos said the government should  be ready to continue to bear the difference in the present tariff and what was considered as the appropriate tariff

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Girl, 13, “pregnant by boy aged10” is rushed to hospital with birth complications

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A  pregnant Russian girl, who claimed a 10-year-old boy is the father of her unborn child, has been rushed to hospital with birth complications.

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Darya Sudnishnikova was aged just 13 when she appeared on TV to claim 10-year-old Ivan, aka Vanya, is responsible for her pregnancy. 

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In January, Darya told TV viewers: “It was Vanya’s idea (to have sex). But I did not mind. He closed the door leaving the key in the lock, so his mum could not open the door.”

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Girl, 13, "pregnant by boy aged10" is rushed to hospital with birth complications

She later said she was raped by a boy, 16, and had felt too ashamed to say.

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But Ivan, also known as Vanya, now 11, promised to raise the baby girl with her.

Girl, 13, "pregnant by boy aged10" is rushed to hospital with birth complications

Now there are fears the baby may be born premature and the mum-to-be says it leaves her feeling “more afraid than ever”.

New videos from hospital show her strapped up for a cardiotocography to check the foetal heartbeat.

Darya, now 14, who has become a social media star in her homeland with a quarter of a million following her through her pregnancy, said to her followers: “Honestly, I am afraid to give birth. What pain there will be … And painful contractions.”

She has previously said she is likely to have a Caesarean. She also posted: “I was told that I will not hang on until August, but I will try my best for the baby to be full-term.

Girl, 13, "pregnant by boy aged10" is rushed to hospital with birth complications

“Now I am more afraid than ever. I’m scared to even get out of bed, you never know what can happen and I may give birth.

“I was forbidden to go out. It’s impossible even to go to the canteen, since it is a long way from the ward, and they bring food to me.”

The schoolgirl said pregnancy had some downsides including morning sickness, heartburn, constipation and stretch marks.

The weight gain was “just terrible” – “I walk like a bear…. It has become very difficult to walk.”

Of the alleged rape, she said her baby would be given a DNA test after birth and police will decide on action against her alleged attacker.

Girl, 13, "pregnant by boy aged10" is rushed to hospital with birth complications

Speaking about her alleged rape, she posted: “This man was VERY fat for his age. And very tall. The most scary is that he lives in the same town, and our town is small….

“I am really scared to meet him somewhere on the street., it was in November and really on the staircase (to a block of flats).

“It was dark already and that is why no-one could help. I cannot say more, think you understand me.”

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NBA calls out comedian Lasisi for ‘misrepresenting’ lawyers in his skits; threaten to take action against him

A representative of the Nigerian Bar Association has called out comedian Lasisi for ‘misrepresenting’ lawyers in his skits.

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Habeeb Lawal, the Assistant National Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, took to Twitter to react to one of Lasisi’s comedy videos.

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In the skit, Lasisi dressed like a lawyer and also played the part of one.

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Reacting, Habeeb Lawal wrote: “Dear @lasisielenu, We’ve been tagged! We beg to use you as a point of reference to all other comedians. Lawyers have awesome sense of humour, as such we enjoy your jokes & appreciate the creativity. However, if you must represent our profession in your works…

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NBA calls out comedian Lasisi for

“kindly ensure you properly adorn the wig, bip & gown. We acknowledge your right of expression, but NOTE that we also reserve the rights to take all NECESSARY steps to guide against the ridicule of our noble profession and @NigBarAssoc shall not hesitate to exercise those rights.

“In the likely event that you need a guide on how to make a joke about lawyers without ridiculing our appearance, here is a good guide.”

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Lawal added a video to guide Lasisi and other comedians on the proper way to represent lawyers in their skits.

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FG reopens schools for only graduating students, lifts ban on Interstate travels

The Federal government has extended the ease of lockdown beginning from tomorrow Tuesday, June 30 to July 29.

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Announcing this at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID19, the National Co-ordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, said the extension of the eased lockdown however comes with some modifications.

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Aliyu mentioned that the ban on interstate travel will be lifted as from July 1st. He said interstate travel must only be done outside the national curfew hours which is between 10pm and 4am. He said anyone without a facemask will not be allowed into any motor park and that commercial buses will only be allowed to operate on 50% capacity.

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For interstate travels, movement across state borders will be allowed only outside curfew times effective ffrom the firt of July” he said

With regards to Education, Aliyu said schools will reopen nationwide only for graduating classes which are Primary Six, JS3, and SS3. He added that all primary and daycare centers remain closed until further evaluation. Secondary and Tertiary Schools to remain closed.

Aliyu said there will be safe reopening of airports for domestic flights as soon as practicable.

The Aviation industry is allowed to resume domestic operations as soon as practicable in line with existing International and local guidelines on COVID19″ he said

Sani added Gyms, Bars, Event center and night clubs, Cinemas and other recreational centers are to remain closed until further evaluation.

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Woman poisons, strangles and shares photos of her 4 children’s corpses in family Whatsapp group

A 42-year-old woman has been arrested by the police in Naivasha, Kenya for reportedly killing her 4 children  (three girls and one boy) who are between the ages of 2 and 8 years. 

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The mother of 6 identified as Beatrice Mwende Kimotho, allegedly locked her children in the house before giving them poison at Kabati Estate.

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K2TV reported that the police said they received a distress call from Jackson Kimani Kimotho, the woman’s brother saying that she had asked him to check on the children who she had killed at her house. He further revealed that his sister shared pictures of the children in a family WhatsApp group after killing them, asking for prayers.

Upon entering the two-bedroom house, the police found the bodies of the four children on their beds with traces of vomit and blood in their mouth. 

Naivasha Sub County Police Commander Samuel Waweru confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect is in lawful police custody. He said; 

“The accused first told her friend that her children were admitted to the Naivasha Sub-County hospital with chest pains before confessing a few hours later that she had strangled them.”

A police officer involved in the investigations added;

“She (the suspect) took turns to strangle the four and slept in the same house until today (Saturday) morning when she walked away from the house. 

“We are at the very initial stages of the probe and at this point, we cannot divulge much details.”

The Naivasha Sub County Police Commander said they are continuing with the investigations to establish the motive of the killing of the minors.