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Updated: FG, southwest governors reach agreement on Amotekun

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The Federal Government and Southwest governors have reached an agreement on the new security outfit Operation Amotekun.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, revealed this in a statement via his Twitter handle on Thursday evening.

Recall that a meeting between Osinbajo and the governors of the South-West states held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday.

The security outfit, Operation Amotekun, which has been a subject of a series of controversial debates, is believed to be atop the agenda of the closed-door meeting between the VP and the governors.

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The minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, are also reported to have attended the meeting.

The statement read:

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, met today with South West Governors, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police.

The meeting was at the instance of the Governors who had asked to see President Muhammadu Buhari over the controversy surrounding the Amotekun Initiative. However due to the President’s foreign engagement, he asked the Vice President to host the meeting.

The meeting was very fruitful and unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward.

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Having regard to the need for all hands to be on deck in addressing the security concerns across the country, it was agreed that the structure of Amotekun should also align with the Community Policing strategy of the Federal Government.

It was also agreed that necessary legal instruments will be put in place by each of the States to give legal backing to the initiative and address all issues concerning the regulation of the security structure.

 

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Nigeria records 575 new cases of COVID-19, total now 29,286

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Nigeria on Monday night recorded 575 new cases of the Coronavirus.

According to a tweet from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos State recorded 123 new cases with the Federal Capital Territory having 100 new cases

Other states with reported cases follow: Delta-58 Edo-52 Ogun-42 Katsina-24 Bayelsa-23 Rivers-22 Borno-19 Plateau-18 Ondo-18 Oyo-17 Kwara-15 Osun-13 Enugu-9 Nasarawa-7 Abia-6 Cross River-5 Kaduna-3 Ekiti-1

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654 persons have so far died from the virus with 11,828 patients discharged, haven recovered

 

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Panic as NCDC official supervising COVID-19 response in zamfara dies of the disease

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A supervisor at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), identified as JJ Shalanga, has died of COVID-19 complications.

Shalanga, who was posted to Zamfara to supervise the spread and control of the disease, died on Sunday.

The deceased has reportedly been in the state since the beginning of the spread of the disease.

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According to the NCDC, the state confirmed its first two cases on April 24.

Yahaya Kanoma, the state commissioner of health, said the deceased fell ill and was being taken to Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, when he died.

Kanoma said it was discovered he died of COVID-19 when his samples were tested.

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“His remains have been taken to his home town in Plateau State for burial,” he said.

The state has confirmed 76 cases of COVID-19 with five deaths while 71 persons have recovered from the disease.

In Benue, Godwin Achinge, the vice-chairman of the state action committee on COVID-19, also died of complications of the disease.

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Sunday Ongbabo, the state commissioner of health and human services who confirmed the news, said Achinge died on Sunday afternoon at a hospital in Jos, Plateau state capital, where he was taken for treatment.

Samuel Ortom, the governor, on Saturday, said the late Achinge tested positive for COVID-19.

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Abdulkadir: Saraki mourns ex-APC National Vice-Chairman

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Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has expressed shock over the death of former Vice-Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Inuwa Abdulkadir.

Newsmen had earlier reported that  Abdukadir died at the age of 54 on Monday morning at the Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, where he was on admission.

Saraki took to his official Twitter handle to describe the death of Abdulkadir as a sad one.

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According to him, Inuwa brought decency to politics and was a friend and brother to him.

His tweet read: “I have received with shock and sadness the news of the death of Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, the Magatakarda Babaa of Sokoto. Inuwa was a brother, friend, associate, and a man who brought decency into his politics.

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“Though we were no longer in the same party, we maintained a good relationship and he will be sorely missed.”

The former senate president further consoled with the immediate family of Abdulkadir and the government of Sokoto State on his demise.

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