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El-Zakzaky, wife arrive Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport for medical trip

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Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiites, and his wife, Zeenat, are at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja in preparation for the court-ordered medical trip to India.

The Shi’ite leader is expected to board Emirates Flight EK786 to Dubai en route to India at 6 pm today, sources familiar with the travel arrangements revealed.

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They have been in detention since December 2015 amidst reports of deteriorating health.

Last week, Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna State High Court granted Mr El-Zakzaky and wife leave to seek medical attention in New Delhi, India.

The court ordered that they be released to go to the hospital and return for the continuation of their trial after their discharge from the hospital.

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The spokesman for the State Security Service, SSS, Peter Afunnaya later released a statement, saying the service would comply with the order.

Sources said that El-Zakzaky appeared strong today as he was escorted into the airport, but his wife came in a motorised wheelchair.

The sources said there is a probability that National Intelligence Agency, NIA and foreign service officials will also join them at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, India.

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El-Zakzaky and wife will be escorted by his son Muhammad, family doctor Ramatu Abubakar, a family friend Zainab Hamid, two SSS operatives and a police doctor.

The Kaduna State government last week laid out seven conditions for Mr El-Zakzaky to meet before he is allowed to travel out, but it is not clear whether the Shi’ite leader met the conditions.

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 416 new cases, total now 10, 578

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This is after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced 416 new cases of coronavirus in the country.

The NCDC made the announcement on Monday, adding that no fewer than 299 patients have died of coronavirus-related complications in the country.

416 new cases of #COVID19;

Lagos-192
Edo-41
Rivers-33
Kaduna-30
Kwara-23
Nasarawa-18
Borno-17
FCT-14
Oyo-10
Katsina-7
Abia-5
Delta-5
Adamawa-4
Kano-4
Imo-3
Ondo-3
Benue-2
Bauchi-2
Ogun-2
Niger-1

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10578 cases of #COVID19Nigeria
Discharged: 3122
Deaths: 299

Details later…

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UNIBEN delegation visits family of slain student

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The Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), on Monday, visited the family of Late Miss Vera Omozuwa’s family to commiserate with them on the death of their daughter.

The Management led by the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Patrick Igbinaduwa, described the murder of the institution’s 100 level student as unfortunate and evil.

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In a statement issued in Benin, Prof. Igbinaduwa called on relevant authorities to step in and fish out the perpetrators of the evil act.

“The delegation conveyed the condolence message of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Lilian Salami, and her strong condemnation of the evil acts of rape and murder perpetrated against the late student.

“She had begun to show a lot of promise in her educational pursuit,” Igbinaduwa said.

According to reports, it was recalled that Omozuwa, a 23-year-old student of UNIBEN was raped by a gang of unknown men on May 27 and died a few days later in the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.

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COVID-19: PTF lifts ban on religious gathering, shortens curfew

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Mr. Boss Mustapha, the chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF), on COVID-19, has said that the ban on religious gathering has been lifted based on guidelines and protocols agreed with state governments.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said this at the PTF on COVID-19 daily briefing on Monday in Abuja.

This is as the curfew from the current 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. had been shortened from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., starting from Tuesday.

According to Mustapha, the relaxation of the restriction on places of worship is based on guidelines issued by the PTF and Protocols agreed by State Governments.

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He, however, said bars, gyms, and nightclubs would remain closed.

“After considering all factors mentioned above, the PTF submitted its recommendations and the President has approved them for implementation over the next four weeks, spanning June 2, to June 29, subject to review,” he said.

He said that there would be an application of science and data to guide the targeting of areas of high transmission of COVID-19 in the country.

He noted the mobilization of resources at State and Local Government levels to create public awareness on COVID-19 and improve compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions within communities.

According to him, sustenance of key non-pharmaceutical interventions will apply nationwide and includes a ban on gatherings of more than 20 people outside of the workplace.

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Mustapha said the protocols include managing 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.

Others are “mandatory use of non-medical face masks in public places; mandatory provision of handwashing facilities/sanitizers in all public places and extensive temperature checks in public places”.

He added maintaining two meters between people in public places.

In his speech, the National Coordinator of PTF, Dr. Sanni Alihu, said that the aviation sector would be asked to prepare for the possible resumption of domestic flights from June 21.

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Aliyu added that a national curfew would be shortened to 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. from Tuesday, from the current 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. order.

He explained that the nation’s financial sector would also be able to resume normal working hours.

The National Coordinator stated that other curbs remained in place, such as a ban on interstate travel, with a few exceptions, such as for essential workers.

He added that face masks must still be worn in public.

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