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57 workers test positive for COVID-19 in one Ibadan company

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No fewer than 57 workers have tested positive for the coronavirus [COVID-19] pandemic in a firm in Ibadan, the Oyo State.

WuzupNigeria reports that earlier 38 of the workers were reported to have contracted the disease earlier but on Monday night Governor Seyi Makinde announced additional 19 cases discovered in the same company.

The firm was said to be located in the Ibadan South-West local government area of the Oyo state.

“The COVID-19 confirmation tests for nineteen suspected cases came back POSITIVE. All nineteen of these cases are from the same organisation referred to in the updates of May 16 and 17, 2020. So, the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State is 137,” a statement by the governor read.

Although no further details were given on the company, which has been shut down for decontamination, the governor has promised to provide more information on the company on Tuesday.

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“The details of the company in Ibadan South-West local government area, where 38 COVID-19 cases have, so far, been confirmed in the last two days, will be unveiled tomorrow,” he said.

“We have held back from revealing the name of the company so as to allow the emergency operations centre gather intelligence and complete their investigation.

“So, they will be done by tomorrow and we will be able to give you that information so that any person who has visited the company recently will be able to present themselves for testing.”

He added that the state will support persons interested in self-isolation as part of efforts to ensure that its isolation centres do not fill up beyond capacity.

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“On the management of COVID-19 cases, we will continue to allow all confirmed COVID-19 cases who are able to self-isolate at home to do so, in order not to overwhelm the capacity of our isolation centres,” he said.

“This also ensures that the isolation centres are available for those who need hospitalisation. However, we will keep tracking those self-isolating using technology to prevent community spread.”

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I-G deploys investigation aids to unravel death of UNIBEN female student

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The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has deployed additional investigation aids and forensic support to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of Miss Vera Omosuwa, a University of Benin (UNIBEN) student.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

He said the deployment of the investigation aids and forensic support to the Police Command in Edo, was to complement and expedite actions in the ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident.

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Mba said it was part of deliberate and concerted efforts by the Nigerian police high command to get to the root of the brutal attack and unfortunate death of the student on May 30.

The FPRO said the I-G had condemned the attack and commiserated with the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased.

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He called for calm and pledged to bring the perpetrators of the callous act to book in the shortest possible time.

According to reports, it was recalled that Omosuwa, a 100-level Microbiology student of the university, was reportedly killed in a church in Benin by hoodlums, after raping her.

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Affirm death penalty for husband killer, Maryam Sanda, Police tell Court of Appeal

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The Police in Federal Capital Territory [FCT] have urged the Court of Appeal in Abuja to affirm the death penalty imposed on husband killer, Maryam Sanda.

WuzupNigeria reports that Sanda was sentenced to death on January 27, 2017 by Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court in Abuja for the murder of her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.

Justice Halilu held that circumstantial evidence proved that Maryam “fatally” stabbed her husband to death in Abuja on November 19, 2017.

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On February 19, 2020, Sanda filed a 20-ground notice of appeal, praying for an order discharging, and acquitting her.

The mother of two contended that the judgment convicting her was tainted by bias and prejudices resulting in her being denied her right to a fair hearing.

She also noted that her conviction was based on circumstantial evidence despite that there was reasonable doubt arising from the evidence of the witnesses in her favour.

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But in their brief of argument filed in opposition to the appeal, the police maintained that contrary to the appellant’s contention, the trial judge properly evaluated the evidence in arriving at his judgment.

Police lawyer, Mr. James Idachaba, confirmed the filing of the brief of argument to our correspondent on Sunday.

He argued in the brief that setting aside the judgment would serve as an incentive to angry and unhappy spouses to take the life of their partners.

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Idachaba maintained that affirming the judgment imposed by the judge would serve as a deterrent to others who wished to commit the crime of culpable homicide.

He contended that Maryam was guilty of taking her husband’s life and was therefore deserving of the death penalty imposed on her by the judge.

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Petrol to sell at N121.3 per litre as PPPRA reviews ex-depot price

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Petrol to sell at N123 per litre as PPPRA reviews ex-depot price

The Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) will now sell at N123.50 per litre following an upward review of the ex-depot price of the commodity by the petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency(PPPRA) for the month of June.

The ex-depot price was increased to N104.13 from N102.13/Ltr.

The ex-depot price is a  price at which depot owners sell the commodity to retail outlets across the country.

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This was contained in circular to all Petroleum Products Marketers dated 31st May, which was exclusively obtained by the Tribune Online from Industry sources in Abuja.

In the document, the PPPRA also increased the ex-depot collection from N109.78 to N111.78/litre.

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The agency said the review became imperative after considering the prevailing market fundamentals in the month of May and Marketers’ realistic operation costs.

 

Details shortly…

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