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Bauchi lockdown: Imam flogged in public for conducting prayers in mosque [Video]

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The Emir of Azare, Bauchi state, directed his Dogaris (palace guards) to publicly flog an Imam who held mosque prayers with more than 10 people, violating the social distancing directive.

According to reports, the Imam conducted prayers in a jam-packed mosque and this resulted in the Emir giving the order for him to be publicly flogged to serve as a deterrent to others.

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Aldavisons, who shared the details on his Twitter handle @alexisobi4, wrote:

The emir of Azare, Bauchi state, directed his Dogaris (palace guards) to mete out instant punishment to any Imam who held mosque prayers with more than 10 people and did not maintain any social distancing. One Imam thought he was above the law held prayers in a jam-packed mosque,

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Police set to begin massive arrest of face mask violators in Lagos

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Lagos State residents have been warned by the state police command to properly use their face masks or face arrest.

According to the police command, it was noticed that most residents have either jettisoned the directive or now place the masks beneath their chins as decoration.

The state Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Hakeem Odumosu on Tuesday urged Lagosians to own the battle against further spread of COVID-19 in the state.

According to Odumosu, the police and other law enforcement agencies have the mandate of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to arrest and prosecute violators of COVID-19 prevention protocols, adding that there will be no sacred cows in safeguarding public safety.

Already, Odumosu said the command arrested 3,802 persons between April and June for not wearing face masks, adding that all the suspects were charged to court and sentenced accordingly.

He said:

“We have been enforcing the law. We have arrested 3,802 people for not using face masks and 12,900 suspects were held for flouting various COVID-19 guidelines since the commencement of the lockdown in April. They were all charged to court.

“But we are going to be stricter now because we have noticed that some people do not wear at all while others hang it on their chins. That is not the purpose for the directive.

“The face mask must be properly worn to cover the mouth and nose. That is how it will serve its purpose. Our people must know that the policy is for their safety and that of society.

“As soon as you step out of your house into public space, you should have your face mask on, worn properly. It should be that way until you return to your private space. Wearing a face mask is compulsory just as social distancing is compulsory. You cannot do one and leave the other.

“For emphasis, we will arrest those who put the face mask on their chins and also arrest those not wearing it.”

Checks across Amuwo Odofin, Isolo, Egbe Idimu and Oshodi areas of the state showed that most residents were nonchalant about the use of face mask and social distancing.

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According to the NATION, it was observed that only commercial motorists mostly had face masks on though a greater number of them hung them on their chins.

It was gathered that the drivers were compelled by their unions to have the face masks handy and also ensure their passengers have them to prevent arrest.

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People were seen having discussions in clusters and at bus stops without wearing face masks and in complete disregard for the social distancing directive.

At Oke-Afa, it was observed that over eight non-compliant people encircled a woman roasting corn with some of them taking turns to touch the staples.

Also, the black market foreign exchange operators in Okota were beckoning on potential clients without observing the protocols.

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Most traffic hawkers from Okota Round About up to Apple Junction in Amuwo Odofin did not also comply with the directive as they claimed that wearing the mask makes breathing difficult.

A fruit seller, who approached our reporter to market his ware, said:

“I am not using it because it is hard to wear. The few times I tried it, I could not breathe. I have not worn face mask for over a month now and I do not have the disease. Do I look sick?”

The situation was not different in Ajao Estate as most shop owners and their customers were seen neither putting on face masks or observing social distancing.

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Glo reduces international call tariffs by 55 per cent

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In line with its forte of giving back to its esteemed subscribers, the grandmasters of data, Globacom, has reduced international call tariffs by 55 per cent to give more power to its customers to stay in touch with their loved ones abroad at a pocket-friendly rate.

Globacom in a press statement on Tuesday said the reduced tariffs, which come without any subscription fee, cover calls made to major destinations such as the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Ireland, South  Africa, Spain and Saudi Arabia.

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Other countries affected by the reduction are  Cameroon, Niger, Benin Republic, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire. The specific tariffs for each country vary, but are the most competitive in the market, the company declared.

For instance, calls to the United Kingdom which used to cost between N30 and N130 per minute now cost between N24 and N100 per minute depending on the network the call is being terminated on.  Similarly, calls to Spain and Italy have been reduced to N75 and N60 per minute from N90 and N130 respectively.

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The company said calls to South Africa will now attract N85 per minute instead of N150, while calls to Saudi Arabia will now be charged at N55 per minute, down from the former N60 per minute. For France and Ireland, the tariff has been slashed to N50 and N40 respectively from N65 and N60, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Togo and Niger N150 instead of the old N200  per minute rate.

The company enjoined subscribers to take advantage of the tariff slash to connect and talk at a cost-effective rate with their friends and relations in the countries covered by the offer especially in view of the prevailing international lockdown caused by the global Coronavirus pandemic.

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It added that its rates to other major destinations such as the United States, India and China are still the most competitive in the market.

“Subscribers can enjoy premium-quality calls to these countries for just 50 kobo per second,” the company concluded.

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Third Mainland Bridge: FG explains six-month closure, announce other routes

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The Federal and Lagos State Governments have announced traffic management plan ahead of the closure of the Third Mainland Bridge.

Maintenance on the bridge would be carried out from July 24, 2020, to January 24, 2021.

On Tuesday, Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola, at a media briefing said the bridge was last rehabilitated in 2012.

The official explained that the repairs would be done in two phases.

The Oworonshoki bound carriageway is the first to be shut for three months.

Within the period, motorists would use the Island-bound lane and alternative routes provided.

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From 12 am to 1 pm, the highway would take the Oworonshoki to Lagos Island traffic only on the Lagos Island-bound carriageway.

From 1 pm to 11 pm, the highway would take the Lagos Island to Oworonshoki traffic only on the Lagos Island-bound carriageway.

The same process will be replicated on the Lagos Island-bound carriageway upon completion of repairs of the Oworonshoki lane.

Popoola advised motorists to ply alternative routes from Carter Bridge through Iddo, through Oyingbo to join Adekunle ramp inward Oworonshoki.

“From Ijora Olopa through Western Avenue to Ikorodu Road. Traffic control will be in place to direct and help traffic movement”, he said.

Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works, Aramide Adeyoye, said Herbert Macaulay Way and Iddo/Oyingbo roads will receive urgent attention.

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Adeyoye confirmed that Adeniji Adele Road contract had been awarded and repairs would soon begin.

The aide told owners of trucks not in good condition to stay off the roads and warned against indiscriminate parking on roads and bridges.

Commissioner for Transportation, Fredrick Oladeinde, said the Vehicle Inspection Service had started checking trucks for roadworthiness.

“We have confiscated over 90 vehicles between June and today. So we will continue to do that. We will have more VIS on the roads.”

He assured that Lagos was doubling its efforts on congestion, noting that,

“a lot of traffic goes to the Island in the morning and goes back to the Mainland in the evening.”

Oladeinde added that as at the last traffic count, “we had over 60,000 trips going from the Mainland to the Island and those going on the other side are just about 20,000”

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