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Jackie Chan offers N52.07m reward for coronavirus vaccine

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Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan has offered a reward of 1 million yuan (N52.07m) for the development of an antidote to the coronavirus that originated in China’s Wuhan city.

Chan, whose recent movie Vanguard was pulled at the last minute in China due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus in theatres, wrote in a Weibo post late on Tuesday (Feb 4) that he hoped to do what he could during the current epidemic, besides offering songs and cheer to the people who were affected by the outbreak.

“Science and technology is key to overcoming the virus, and I believe many people have the same thought as me and hope that an antidote can be developed as soon as possible,” the 65-year-old wrote.

“I have a ‘naive’ idea now. No matter which individual or organisation develops the antidote, I want to thank them with 1 million yuan.”

He hoped that his intention would not be misunderstood.

“This is not about money. I don’t want to see the once-bustling streets empty now and do not want to see my compatriots fighting a virus until some of them are dead when they should be enjoying life.”

His post has received more than 53,000 likes as of Wednesday afternoon, with many netizens supporting his decision and praising him for always doing his part during times of crisis in China. There were even netizens who suggested that he raise the reward to 10 million yuan.

There are so far more than 24,300 confirmed cases in mainland China, with the death toll rising to nearly 500.

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 571 new cases of COVID-19, total now 32,558

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Nigeria on Sunday night recorded 571 new cases of COVID-19

According to a tweet from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the total number of cases so far in Nigeria is now 32,558.

The NCDC further revealed that 740 people have died from the virus, with 13,447 patients discharged.

A beak-down state by state of the infected on Sunday night is as follows: Lagos – 152, Ebonyi – 108, Edo – 53, Ondo – 46, FCT – 38, Oyo – 20, Kwara – 19, Plateau – 17, Osun – 14, Bayelsa – 14, Ekiti – 14, Katsina – 14, Akwa Ibom – 11, Kaduna – 11, Rivers – 11, Niger – 10, Ogun – 7, Kano – 6, Cross River – 4, Bauchi – 2.

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571 new cases of #COVID19 Nigeria;  Lagos-152 Ebonyi-108 Edo-53 Ondo-46 FCT-38 Oyo-20 Kwara-19 Plateau-17 Osun-14 Bayelsa-14 Ekiti-14 Katsina-14 Akwa Ibom-11 Kaduna-11 Rivers-11 Niger-10 Ogun-7 Kano-6 Cross River-4

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Archbishop’s wife cautions girls against indecent dressing

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Ibezim made the call in a message to the Girls’ Guild of the Diocese of Awka, on the occasion of 2020 Girl’s Guild Sunday celebration held at Church of the Pentecost Awka on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the theme for the Girls’ Guild Sunday of the Anglican Communion was: “Be Still, and Know That I am God, Psalm 46 verse 10”.

She urged young girls to be cautious of the clothes they wear, the friends they keep, and places they also visit as negligence of the variables may lead to rape and other sexual assaults.

Ibezim admonished the young girls to be godly and join hands to fight rape as it had become a dominant issue of the season with more cases of forceful sexual abuse, drugging, and murder recorded every day.

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“There is a high rate of rape cases everywhere now; we all must join hand to fight the baseless men, who overpower their victims and drug them.

“Sisters, let us watch and pray against these evils and stand up against rape and other forms of violence against women,” she said.

Ibezim said that it was apt for the Church, families, and the society to raise stronger voices against a forceful sexual relationship that affects women and young girls.

She said that the current trend of using dangerous drugs to cause victims to lose their memory, prevent the immediate and permanent conception of victims, and gruesome murdering of victims should be legally discouraged.

“A stiffer penalty should be imposed on any defaulter, irrespective of his social status, as a deterrent to other baseless men roaming in the society,” she said.

She pointed out that the Bible stands against violence against women, saying that the issues of rape should be treated as murder, quoting Deuteronomy 22, 23 to 29.

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“Cases of rape caused wars in the old testament, recall the case of Dinah and the unnamed woman in Judges Chapter 19.

“The cry of Tamar over her rape by her half-brother, Amnon, made Absalom kill Amnon; it is a heavy crime that should be treated seriously,” she said.

She urged young girls to remain hopeful no matter the challenges, urging them to be encouraged by the theme “Be still and know that I am God” which meant that God knows their plight.

She also advised them to be godly for God to keep them safer.

Ibezim urged the girls, as future mothers, to always carry themselves as God’s women and desist from all ungodliness that could attract abuse to them.

She said that obedience to the words of God and observance of the rule of law was the hallmark of a godly girl which they all must strive to be.

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Miss Chisom Mbachi, one of the Girls’ Guild member, said that she was excited over the message of the wife of the archbishop and president of girls’ guild.

“The message was full of wisdom and exposition that will enable young girls to avoid trouble which may lead to their death or misfortune in the life.”

Mrs. Uzoamka Emegwa, the wife of the Vicar of the Church and leader of the girls’ guild in the Church, urged the girls to keep to heart all they were learning as it would keep them away from danger.

Emegwa urged the girls never to take to suicide or any harmful practices against themselves any time they were faced with life challenges, urging them to rather embrace God.

 Reports have it that highlights of the event included a rendition of special songs by the girls’ guild.

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Army recovers 711 cows, 592 sheep from bandits

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Faskari (Katsina) The Nigeria Army under the Operation Sahel Sanity recovered 711 cows and 592 sheep during from July 6 to July 11 in three North West states, an official said on Sunday.

The Acting Director of Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko made this known at a press briefing at the Special Army Super Camp in Faskari, Katsina.

Onyeuko noted that the Chief of Army Staff flagged-off the campaign on July 6 to root out armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, and other criminal elements from North West.

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He said that the cows and sheep were recovered in Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina states.

He said that on July 7, following intelligence reports, the army mobilized troops to Magira, Makwaruwa, Garin Damo, Kasale Made, Dadin Kowa, Gangara, and Shadama in Sabon Birni and Isa LGAs of Sokoto State, and pursued armed bandits who exchanged fire with them.

He said that army troops intercepted the bandits with a large number of rustled cattle from the Jangemi Village forest to Kwaren Ganuwa, adding that the bandits fled toward Munhaye Forest.

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According to him, the troops recovered 250 cows and 150 rams from them.

Similarly, on July 8, the troops arrested one Malam Halilu Ibrahim, a suspected bandit informant, and seller of rustled cattle, who was about to display some stolen cows for sale, according to Onyeuko.

The official told journalists that the suspect confessed that the cattle belonged to a notorious bandit leader.

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He added that a total of 18 cows were recovered from him and duly handed over to their owners.

He also said that on July 9, following a tip-off on the activities of armed bandits and cattle rustlers in Ruwan Dawa in the Maradun area in Zamfara, the troops recovered 14 cows.

The official called on members of the public to continue to support the army and other security agencies with intelligence information to facilitate their operations.

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