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CAN protests, demands end to Christian killings


Some members of the Christian Association of Nigeria,(CAN ) Ekiti state chapter, on Sunday, matched to the streets of Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital to protest incessant alleged killings of clergymen and other Christians in some parts of the country, by herdsmen and Boko Haram insurgents.

At the peaceful protest, tagged, “Stop Killing of Christians in Nigeria”, the demonstrators, in their hundreds, marched through major streets of the ancient city, singing songs and expressing grievances, through placards with various inscriptions.

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The protesters particularly showed disgust concerning the recent killings in the country, especially the gruesome murder of Revd. Lawan Andimi, the Michika Local Government Area Chairman of CAN in Adamawa.

The procession, which began at about 3 p.m. took off from the Ori-Apata state secretariat of CAN, located at Adebayo Area and terminated at the popular Adekunle Fajuyi Park in Ado-Ekiti.

The peaceful protest was closely monitored by men of the Nigeria Police as well as officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps among other para-military officers in the state.

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The protesting Christian body comprised of different denomination worshipers, who carried placards with different inscriptions such as “Stop killings” “We must unite against killings in Nigeria” Christian demands justice “It is inhuman to take life” “Citizens must be protected from killers” “We Christians are the main victims”, among others.

Addressing the protesters, the State Chairman of CAN, Revd Fr. Peter Olowolafe, lamented current security situations in the country and described it as unbearable.

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He explained that Christians in the area had decided to join others in the country to embark on the peaceful protest to show their grievances over the unabated killings in the country.

Olowolafe, who is a Catholic Priest cited several killings in the country in recent times, to include the murder of about nine church leaders and several Christians within the last one month.



Onigbongbo LCDA chair didn’t die from COVID-19, says council secretary



Following the death of the Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area Chairman [LCDA] in Lagos State, Babatunde Oke, his Chief Press Secretary [CPS] has clarified the circumstances that led to his boss’ demise.

WuzupNigeria reports that the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, said Oke died from COVID-19 complications.

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He condoled with the people of the LCDA and described Oke’s death as a big loss to the state.

But in a press statement, the council CPS, Ishmaeel Akerele, said the council boss did not die from COVID-19.

In the statement titled, ‘Hon Babatunde Oke’s death was not related to COVID-19 complications’, Akerele noted that his boss died “after a brief illness.”

“While we reflect on the passing of a great leader and astute politician, rumour mongers must not use this medium to distract his immediate families and political associates from the peaceful mourning the late Hon. Babatunde Oke deserves,” he added.

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Makinde approves promotion, payment of gratuities to 97 sacked workers



Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has approved the promotion and payment of gratuity to 97 civil servants dismissed in 2012.

Recall that the 97 workers were dismissed in 2012 during the administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

The workers were, however, recalled by the present administration of Makinde.

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatubosun, who spoke after the State’s weekly virtual executive council meeting, said that the payment of and promotion of the staff was in consonance with the policy of Makinde administration.

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Olatubosun said,

“97 civil servants dismissed in 2012 were recalled the moment this administration got into office. The executive council, today, approved their rotational promotion and payment of gratuity to the concerned ones among them.

“This is in furtherance of the present administration’s drive to give cause for the working population to be happy for the job they do; it is also a testament to the fact that this is a government with large heart, that caters for the welfare of all.”

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Former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, goes back to school



Former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, is returning to school in the United Kingdom in October.

He is scheduled to start a fellowship program at the African Studies Centre of Oxford University.

Sanusi will be enrolling there as a Visiting Fellow (Academic Visitor) at the Centre for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Oxford University’s African Studies Centre is one of the world’s leading Centres of African Studies.

According to the Centre, Sanusi intends to use the fellowship to write a book around the theme: ‘Central Bank Response to Global Financial Crisis: A Case Study of the Central Bank of Nigeria 2009-2013.’

This will be based on his experience as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and as a banker and public intellectual.

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Sanusi served as the Governor of the CBN from 2009 to 2014.

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