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Eid-el-Fitr: Sultan directs Muslims to look out for new moon of Shawwal

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has directed the Muslim Ummah to look out for the new moon of Shawwal 1441 AH from Friday May 22.

Reports have that Shawwal is the 10th month in the Islamic Calendar and the month in which Muslims celebrate Eid-al-Fitr after the compulsory fasting month of Ramadan.

Abubakar made the call in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, and issued to newsmen on Thursday.

“This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Friday, May 22, 2020, which is equivalent to the 29th day of Ramadan 1441 AH, shall be the day to look out for the new moon of Shawwal 1441 AH.

“Muslims are, therefore, requested to start looking out for the new moon and to report its sighting to the nearest district or village head for onward communication to the Sultan,” the statement said.

However, in another statement signed by Prof. Junaidu, the Sultan also directed Sokoto District Heads, Village Heads, and Imams of Juma’at Mosques to lead Eid-el-Fitr prayers in their respective mosques while Eid field should remain closed.

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Abubakar said the directive is to enable the people to maintain the social distancing been advised by professionals in order to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the state.

“Moreover, there should be no gathering or traditional celebration during the period, as such people should remain at their respective residences to celebrate,” he said.

The monarch further called on all Muslims to continue to pray for the end of COVID-19 across the globe and prayed for Allah’s help to all as the people discharge their religious duties.

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FG relaxes restriction on places of worship

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The Federal Government has announced the relaxation of the restriction placed on places of worship as part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced this during the daily briefing of the panel on Monday.

Mustapha who is also the Secretary to Government of the Federation, however, said the ban on inter-state travels is still in place.

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He said:

“There is a ban on gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace;

“Relaxation of restriction on places of worship based on guidelines issued by the PTF and protocols agreed by state governments.

“Managed access to markets and locations of economic activity to limit the risk of transmission;

“Ban on inter-state travels except for the movement of agricultural produce, petroleum products, manufactured goods and essential services;

“Mandatory use of non-medical face masks in public places;

“Mandatory provision of handwashing facilities/sanitisers in all public places.”

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Drivers exchange blow at Berger area of Abuja (Photos)

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Drivers exchange blow at the Berger area of Abuja on Monday.

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Photo Olatunji Obasa

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Covid-19: Ondo records two new deaths

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Covid-19: Ondo records two deaths

Two new COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded in Ondo State.

Governor of Ondo State,  Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, made the disclosure on his verified Twitter handle on Monday.

According to Akeredolu, three new confirmed cases of the deadly virus were also recorded.

With the two new deaths, the total number of deaths recorded in the state now stands at four.

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While revealing that the two patients who were part of the three new cases discovered passed on at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, UNIMEDTH, Ondo town, Ondo State.

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The governor’s tweet reads, “Today, we recorded three new cases and an unprecedented number of deaths from #COVID19Nigeria in Ondo State.

“Two of the new cases passed on at UNIMED in Ondo town this morning. The third case is currently at the IDH in Akure undergoing treatment,” Akeredolu tweeted.

 

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