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Court adjourns trial of El-Zakzaky, wife  indefinitely

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A Kaduna State High Court on Monday adjourned indefinitely, the trial of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiite, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zinat.

El-Zakzaky and wife are standing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace, among others.

The judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, adjourned indefinitely, following his appointment to serve as the judge in the Presidential and National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Yobe.

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Speaking to newsmen shortly after the adjournment, Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and lead counsel to the defendants said, aside the absence of the trial Judge, his Clients (El-Zakzaky and wife Zinat), were in dire need of medical attention, the reason they could not appear in court.

Falana said that his clients had not been given adequate medical care since Dec. 14, 2015 when they were detained.

“So the Court has adjourned Sine die, meaning indefinitely. My clients are yet to access any form of medical attention even after the court had ordered so.

“The Case had to be adjourned as both my clients need time to attend to their health,” Falana said.

The court had on Tuesday, Jan. 22, ordered the Kaduna State Government to avail the IMN leader and his wife Zinat, access to medical care.

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The judge had on that date also accepted the withdrawal of charges against the third and fourth defendants, Yahya Yakubu and Sunusi Abdulqadir, who were standing trial alongside the IMN leader

Prosecution counsel, Dari Bayero had told newsmen after the proceedings that they had withdrawn the charges against the third and fourth defendants.

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Bayero added that the court had asked the prosecution to amend its charges to conform with the new development.

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Kwara records eight new cases of COVID-19

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Kwara has recorded eight new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as at 11.45p.m on Monday, Aug 10.

The state now has a total of 865 confirmed cases of the virus, while one patient was discharged.

Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement on Tuesday day in Ilorin.

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According to him, out of the 865 confirmed cases, 516 patients were discharged leaving 330 active cases in the state.

Ajakaye said 19 deaths have been recorded out of the 3, 853 people tested for the virus.

He added that 2, 922 tested negative for coronavirus with 66 tests being awaited.

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Over five million applicants applied for N-Power batch-c enrollment- Minister

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The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development has said that over five million applicants have registered for the Batch C N-Power that has closed on Sunday 9th of August, 2020.

The Honorable Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq disclosed this through the SA Strategic Communication, Halima Oyelade that the registration which commenced on the 26th of June 2020 was initially scheduled to end on the 26th of July but the Ministry extended the date by two weeks to avail those that were unable to do so to apply.

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A total of 5,042,001 Nigerian youths have applied as at the end of the exercise.

Farouq said she wishes to officially inform the general public that registration of Batch C of N-Power has closed on Sunday 9th of August, 2020 and reassured Nigerians that due diligence will be applied during the next stages of the selection to ensure that only duly qualified applicants are enrolled.

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The Ministry will ensure that the applicants, as well as the general public, are kept fully informed on the progress of the scheme.

Adding that the N-Power program is aimed to provide the Nigerian youths with opportunities to gain skills for employability and entrepreneurship which will also go a long way in assisting the country towards the post-Covid-19 economic recovery.

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She added that women and persons with disability will be prioritized during the selection.

She said that her Ministry remains committed to the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to lift 100 Hundred million Nigerians out of Poverty in the next l0 years and identified the N-power as one of the platforms that can assist in the realization of that vision.

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441 first-class graduates apply to teach in Oyo

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The Chairman, Oyo State Teaching Service Commission, Pastor Akinade Alamu, has said no fewer than 441 First-Class graduates from different fields applied to teach in the state public schools.

WuzupNigeria reports that the applicants began writing the computer-based test that commenced in Ibadan on Tuesday. The test ends on Saturday.

Alamu made the disclosure during the inspection of the exercise at the University of Ibadan CBT hall.

Alamu said the interest of the First Class candidates in teaching service portended significant turnaround for the education sector in the state, as the present administration in the state would ensure the judicious application of available resources.

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He said,

“We are happy to have the best applicants, especially the First-Class graduates taking part in this exercise. The government of Oyo State is desirous of lifting education to a higher level so that we will have as much as the best among our applicants.

“We want to bring back the pride attached to teaching in the old, it is the best profession and if we have the best hands joining, it is a good omen.

“The scores at the interview level will place applicants higher. We have a mark for NCE, we have different mark for graduates and there is a higher mark for First-Class. This shows that the whole thing will be based on merit.

“The present government is concerned with the upliftment of education in the state. This is why we decided that before we appoint anybody as teacher, such a person must be qualified, competent and ready to work in line with the passion of the governor for education. I believe this will raise the standard of education in the state and will catapult the performance rating of our state to the first three.”

He said the distribution of compendium of past questions of subjects, the intervention classes and the distribution of books among others were indicative of a state that always planned.

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