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Court jails woman who sold baby for plane ticket

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A Russian court on Monday jailed a woman for four years after she sold her newborn son for 166 euros ($205) to buy a plane ticket, court sources said.

The 28-year-old woman, originally from Uzbekistan, arranged with an Uzbek couple to buy the infant before it was born in October 2016, investigators said.

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The transaction was completed in October, and the woman bought the ticket to a central Asian destination soon afterward, according to a spokesman of the court in St Petersburg.

The buyers were both sentenced to three years in prison, AFP reports.

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 350 new COVID-19 cases, total now 11,516

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Confirmed cases of coronavirus have increased to 11,516 in Nigeria.

This is after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced 350 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The NCDC made the announcement via its Twitter handle on Thursday.

It said, “On the 4th of June 2020, 350 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

“To date, 11516 cases have been confirmed, 3535 cases have been discharged and 323 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The 350 new cases are reported from 20 states- Lagos (102), Ogun (34), FCT (29), Borno (26), Kaduna (23), Rivers (21), Kwara (16), Ebonyi (17), Katsina (14), Edo (10), Delta (10), Kano (10), Bauchi (10), Bayelsa (9), Imo (8), Plateau (4), Ondo (3), Nasarawa (2), Gombe (1), Oyo (1).”

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COVID-19: Lagos discharges 15 males, nine females

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15 males, nine females undergoing treatment for coronavirus at isolation centers in Lagos State have been discharged.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known in a statement on Thursday.

He said the patients were discharged after testing negative twice for the virus.

According to reports, a total of 952 patients have been discharged from Lagos isolation centers.

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Sanwo-Olu said, “Good people of Lagos State, today (Thursday), 24 more COVID-19 patients fully recovered.

“Fifteen males and nine females –all Nigerians were discharged from the Onikan, Gbagada, Agidingbi, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital isolation facilities to reunite with society.

”The patients, four from Onikan, one from Gbagada, one from Agidingbi and 18 from LUTH isolation centers were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID-19.

”With this, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged in Lagos State has risen to 952.”

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JUST IN: Many feared killed in Kogi bank robbery attack

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An unspecified number of people were said to have been shot dead in a bank robbery attack in Isanlu, Kogi State, on Thursday.

A source, who spoke with reporters, said that the robbers stormed the bank a few minutes after closing hour, shooting sporadically and killing many customers and staff in the process.

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The robbers were said to have succeeded in the operation and carted away a huge amount of money.

Details of the attack are still sketchy as at the time of this report.

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