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Another fire outbreak kills three brothel workers in Anambra

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Another fire outbreak has claimed the lives of three female workers sleeping in a brothel building at Otolo Nnewi area of Anambra state on Friday.

This is the third time the State would be hit by fire incident in the last three days.

The incident occurred at the joint called Padded Joint, close to St. Thomas Anglican Church (Akwudo) around 3:00 a.m.

It was gathered that the deceased workers were trapped in the inferno which occurred wee hours of Saturday after the close of business.

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A witness who pleaded anonymity said the deceased were fast asleep when the building went up in flames.

The source said the fire started after the woman who owns of the motel fondly called ‘Obodo Umu Anumanu’ closed for the day, leaving behind three ladies and locked them inside the building.

“The ladies were fast asleep when they were caught up in the inferno and they were burnt beyond recognition.

“They couldn’t escape because the rooms were locked,” the source said.

Confirming the incident, the Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, John Bassey Abang, said the inferno consumed three ladies said to be workers in the brothel.

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Abang said that it was a drinking joint and the waiters who did a sleepover at the joint all lost their lives in the inferno, describing the incident as very unfortunate.

Abang also confirmed that the owner of the facility had made useful statements aiding the police in their investigations.

Meanwhile, the ill-fated drinking spot – Padded Joint located along St. Thomas Anglican Church Otolo Nnewi in Nnewi-North local government area of Anambra State is said to have a history of harbouring call girls who used the joint for commercial sex activities.

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Sources in the area also disclosed that it was the joint owner’s normal routine to lock the joint and go home with the keys even if the girls were indoors and didn’t go out for their sex work.

 

 

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FG raises penalty for hate speech from N500,000 to N5m

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, reviewed the penalty for hate speech in Nigeria.

Mohammed disclosed the increment in penalty for hate speech from N500,000 to N5 million.

The Minister disclosed this at the unveiling ceremony of the reviewed Nigeria Broadcasting Code organized by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Lagos.

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A statement signed and issued by Mohammed’s spokesman, Segun Adeyemi said the reviewed code contained the Antitrust provision aimed at boosting local content and encouraging the growth of the local industry, among other provisions.

The statement reads partly:

“The amended Code also includes the provision raising the fine for hate speech from 500,000 Naira to 5 million Naira.

“Alhaji Mohammed clarified that the amendments were necessitated by a Presidential directive, in the wake of the 2019 general elections, for an inquiry into the regulatory role of the NBC with a view to repositioning the regulator for optimum performance.

“He said despite the attacks by some vested interests, who believe that their singular business interest is superior to national interest, over the provisions of the amended Code, the Federal Government remains unperturbed.”

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1.5m students to sit for 2020 WAEC exams

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The 2020 West African School Certificate Examination is to be taken by 1,549,463 candidates in 19,129 centres nationwide.

The participants comprise 786,421 males, while the balance 763,402 are females.

The Head of Nigeria National Office (HNO) of the organisation, Patrick Areghan, made the disclosure yesterday in Lagos.

He added that the test, which holds between August 4 and September 5, would run daily from Monday to Saturday.

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In deference to existing COVID-19 protocols, the HNO said:

“Schools must provide wash-hand buckets with running water, soaps, hand sanitisers and thermometer hand-gun to check the temperature of all concerned.”

He continued:

“All examination functionaries, including the council’s staff on distribution, supervisors, invigilators, inspectors, candidates and school officials will be required to wear face masks, wash and sanitise their hands daily, and throughout the duration of the examination.”

Areghan asserted that the council would adhere strictly to physical distancing in the examination halls by ensuring that candidates sit two metres apart.

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UPDATED: WAEC releases 2020 WASSCE timetable

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The West African Examinations Council has released the timetable for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination.

The Federal Government had announced the resumption of graduating pupils beginning August 4, noting that WASSCE would begin effective August 17, 2020 through September 12, 2020.

WAEC Nigeria in a statement on Tuesday signed by its Head of Public Affairs, Demianus Ojijeogu, advised candidates to disregard other versions of the examination timetable in circulation.

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The statement was titled, ‘WAEC Releases Timetable For The Conduct Of West African Senior School Certificate Examination For School Candidates, 2020’.

The statement read,

“The West African Examinations Council, Nigeria wishes to inform its stakeholders-schools, parents and candidate-that the Final International Timetable for the conduct of WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020 has been released.

“The Council notes that several versions of the examination timetable have been in circulation and enjoins the general public to disregard them as they did not emanate from it.

“The examination which has been slated to begin on Monday, August 17, 2020 will end on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

“The Council hereby urges the candidates to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of the examination by shunning all acts of malpractice and obeying all Covid-19 protocols that have been put in place at the examination centres.

“This is wishing the candidates success in the examination.”

 

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