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Covid-19: No entry for Nigerians, Americans into Europe

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Nigeria has been excluded from the list of countries whose travellers could be received into Europe when the borders reopen on July 1, according to PUNCH.

Schengenvisainfo.com reported that the European Union Commission released a list of 54 countries that qualified for travels into Europe as the union opens its borders that were shut to contain the spread of COVID – 19.

The commission said that citizens of Brazil, Qatar, the US and Russia would only be able to enter Europe at a later date when the epidemiological situation in these countries improves.

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The countries from which travellers are permitted to enter Europe are listed as Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Bahamas, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Canada.

Others listed are China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic People ’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lebanon and Mauritius.

More countries include Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Serbia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zambia.

The EU Commission spokesman, Eric Mamer, said the union had the right to choose who would enter its borders.

“ The European Union has an internal process to determine from which countries it would be safe to accept travellers ,” he said, adding that it was “ based on health criteria. ”

On June 11, the commission presented its recommendation on the reopening of internal Schengen borders on June 15, so that Europeans could travel within the borderless area freely, just as they did pre-pandemic.

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2020 Pitchers Award: Noah’s Ark emerges Agency of the year and Digital Agency of the year

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Nigeria’s multiple award-winning creative marketing communications powerhouse, Noah’s Ark Communications Limited, has re-enacted its winning streak once again as it recently shone brilliantly by winning the Agency of the Year and Digital Agency of the Year at the prestigious 2020 Pitcher’s Award held in Lagos.

This is the second time in a row that the agency would be winning the Agency of the Year having won the same award last year. The agency which is reputed for its brilliant works across the continent showed class once again by winning a total of 33 laurels at the event including one gold, six silver and twenty-six Bronze medals. With this development, Noah’s Ark leads the rank as one of the most recognized agencies at the award ceremony.

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Speaking on the awards, the Managing Director/Chief Creative Officer, Noah’s Ark Communications Limited, Mr. Lanre Adisa, attributed the achievement recorded by the agency to hard work, immense support received from clients who created the enabling environment for creativity to thrive as well as the invaluable contribution of the team.

According to Adisa, this milestone would serve as a huge motivation for the agency to continue on its path of excellence, which would help in reaching the goal of putting Nigeria on the global map as far as the marketing communication landscape, is concerned.

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The Agency’s creative campaigns for Nigeria’s Telecommunication giant, Airtel on Data extension, and Smart Talk with titles such as chores, conditioning, Stew, Mechanic, Twale, and Boo became center of attention as they repeatedly won awards in both Social Media and Film categories.

While the ‘Chores and Conditioning’ Airtel campaigns won the agency two Silver medals and two Bronze medals respectively in Social Media and Film Categories respectively, Hypo’s Surprise campaign gave it a total of six bronze medals.

Both Maltina and Pay Attitude creative campaigns titled “Happiness” and “What’s Your Number” respectively swell the ranks of the medal haul with each one winning 3 bronze medals.

The high point of the event came when Noah’s Ark’ ‘Let’s History repeat itself’ campaign titled “Fela” was crowned with a Gold medal in the Outdoor category. Other creative campaigns by Noah’s Ark include ‘No brief just beef’, which won a total of three bronze medals.

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It would be recalled that Noah’s Ark Communications emerged Africa’s Agency of the Year at African Cristal Award in 2018 and has consistently shown its class in the league of notable agencies in Africa, winning different awards both locally and globally in the last five years.

The Pitcher Awards is an award recognized as the new benchmark for creative excellence in marketing communications across Africa.

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Braimoh was a meticulous legislator, astute communicator- Hon. Kasunmu

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The Lawmaker representing Ikeja Constituency 2 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu, also known as ARK, has expressed total grief at the sudden demise of his colleague in the House of Assembly, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, who passed away on Friday.

In a statement from the Media Office of Hon. Kasunmu, the lawmaker stated that “the death of Hon. Tunde Braimoh is still like a trance to me and I am finding it difficult to believe”.

Hon. ARK described the late Braimoh as “a deft politician and meticulous legislator, whose contributions to the success of the 8th and current Assembly cannot be quantified.

“He was always full of life and his intellectual disposition reflected in his contributions in and out of the Chamber.”

“Indeed, we have lost an erudite parliamentarian and astute communicator. This is one death too many and an irreplaceable loss”.

“On behalf of the people of Ikeja Constituency 2 and the Lagos  State House of Assembly Committee on Lands, I want to specially convey our heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of the deceased, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and the entire House of Assembly as well as the people of Kosofe Constituency 2 and APC family in Lagos State. May his soul rest in Aljouna Fridaous and may God console the family” Hon. Kasunmu stated.

The late Hon. Tunde Braimoh was the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy before his sudden demise via complications arising from COVID-19 in the early hours of Friday Friday 10th July 2020.

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How Magu used Pastors to launder funds abroad

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A report by the Presidential Probe Panel has shown details of how Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), allegedly used a cleric to launder funds abroad.

Magu is currently being interrogated by the panel headed by retired Justice Ayo Salami over allegations of lack of transparency in managing recovered assets and mismanagement of EFCC.

A copy of the report made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Saturday in Abuja disclosed that the founder of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry, Abuja, Dr Emmanuel Omalewas was used by Magu to launder funds.

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Omale’s name was uncovered through an investigative report on EFCC’s activities by the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and mentioned in the final report of the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA).

The report added that the unknown Pastor is alleged to have bought a landed property on behalf of Magu worth N573 million in Dubai, United Arab Emirate.

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Another individual who is helping in laundering funds for the Acting Chairman and who has been referred to in several petitions is one Pastor Emmanuel Omale of the Hand of God Prophetic Ministry.

“He’s reported to have travelled to Dubai with Mr Magu, and his name was used in purchasing a property in Dubai for Mr Magu.

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“As an unknown pastor, the NFIU’s report showed the huge movement of funds ranging from N573,228,040.41,” the report said.

However, efforts had been intensified to reveal the real identity of the Pastor and to arraign him for prosecution if found culpable.

Magu is being held at the Police headquarters in Abuja.

He is expected to reappear before the Salami probe panel on Monday, to defend himself against several allegations.

 

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