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Follow FG’s COVID-19 guidelines as you celebrate Eid-el-Fitri, MSSN begs Muslims


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The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria [MSSN] has urged Muslims not to neglect guidelines put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus as they celebrate the 1441AH Eid-el-Fitri.

The advice was contained in a press statement issued by the Amir (President) of the MSSNLagos, Dr Saheed Ashafa, to congratulate Muslims on their completion of the Ramadan fast.

While acknowledging that this year’s Eid came at an unusual time, he appealed to religious leaders to encourage their followers to shun large gatherings.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Emir Alhaji Abubakar Saad, had announced on the termination of 30 days Ramadan fasting and declared Sunday as the first of Shawwal – Eid-el-Fitri.

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Ashafa said,

“We felicitate with all Muslims across the country on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. With the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands have died and millions have been infected and hospitalised. So, being one of those to witness the Sallah in this trying and challenging time is a huge favour from Allah.

“While we pray for the quick recovery of those undergoing treatment for the virus, we must be cautious and magnanimous in our celebration.

“We all should be conscious of the reality of the COVID-19 battle in Nigeria. Therefore, we should not toy with the government directives on precautionary measures even with the ease on the lockdown.”

Ashafa also enjoined Muslims to imbibe the lessons of the glorious month and the relevance of the Eid among which are sacrifice, brotherhood, piety.

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He also cautioned Muslims against the directives of state governments declaring that Eid prayers can be observed in large numbers despite the ravaging virus.

In such a situation, Ashafa advised that Muslim faithful should only follow the directives of the Ulamas or league/Council of Imams recognised by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs on the observance of Eid.

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He added,

“Many scholars have made us realise that Eid prayers can be observed at home, especially because of the situation we have found ourselves. It is baffling how some state governments lifted ban on public worship for the sake of Muslims observing Eid.

“While it is truly a time to celebrate, we must always remember that a strong believer is better than a weak one. We must give priority to our wellbeing and jettison the easing of the ban on religious gathering because it portends a greater danger for us.”


Police beat man to death for not wearing face mask



A man has lost his life after being beaten to death by police officers for not wearing a face mask.

A man has been beaten to death by police officers who arrested him for not wearing a face mask in Mexico, sparking violent protest in the country.

According to reports, the man identified as Giovanni Lopez was beaten to death hours after he was arrested by the Police.

Giovanni López, a 30-year-old bricklayer, was detained on 4 May by municipal police officers in the town of Ixtlahuacán de Los Membrillos near Guadalajara, The Guardian reports.

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On Wednesday, a video of the incident emerged, showing the police officers with assault rifles forcing Giovanni López into a police pickup truck as bystanders plead for his release.

“Just for not a wearing a mask?” one witness asked.

“He was resisting,” answers an officer.

According to reports, the relatives of López had gone to the Police station to look for him but were told he had been taken to a public hospital in Guadalajara, where they found hi dead body.

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He had a bullet wound in his foot, and an autopsy later revealed that he died of blunt trauma to the head.

This has led to an outrage on social media as Mexicans trended #JusticiaParaGiovanni on social media as they demand justice for his death.

Western Jalisco state governor Enrique Alfaro issued strict rules on wearing masks in public amid the Covid-19 pandemic

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Alfaro promised the investigation into the incident will be thorough even though the state prosecutor Gerardo Octavio Solís said the arrest was for “aggressive behaviour” rather than not wearing a mask – a version disputed by the family.

Anti-police protests also erupted on Thursday evening in Guadalajara, the country’s second-largest city.

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Photos: Truck catches fire on Niger Bridge



The Anambra State axis of the River Niger Bridge on Friday morning was reportedly gutted by fire.

It was gathered the fire emanated from a truck that went in inflames on the bridge.

The Public Relations Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Anambra State, Paschal Anigbo, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.

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He said,

“A truck is currently on fire on the River Niger Bridge, this morning Friday 5 June, 2020.

“The Fire Service has been contacted.”

Our correspondent learnt that there had been some agitation in some quarters over the barricade of a section of the bridge by the Anambra State Government as a measure to check influx of passengers into the state as a result of the lockdown occasioned by coronavirus pandemic.

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Man, 25, rapes 85-year-old woman in Niger



Police detectives attached to Kagara division in Rafi Local Government Area, Niger State have arrested one Ezekiel Yonana, 25, for raping an 85-year-old woman in Tukunguna village.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, ASP Wasiu Abiodun,  said the incident occurred on May 23 at about 23:00 am while the old woman was asleep.

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According to the PPRO, the suspect, a resident of Unguwar Ya’u Tunguna village criminally trespassed into her room and threatened to kidnap her for ransom.

“The suspect forcefully had canal knowledge of the 85-year-old before she was rescued by her grandson.”

Abiodun said that the two suspects had confessed to the crimes and would be charged to court.

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He appealed to residents to volunteer information about suspected criminal elements in their midst


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