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Kaduna: Court grants bail to Imam, four others accused of holding Friday prayers

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Kaduna: Court grants bail to Imam, four others accused of holding Friday prayers

A Magistrate Court in Kaduna, on Monday, ordered the remand of an Islamic cleric, Aminu Umar, and four others accused of conducting a marriage ceremony and holding Friday prayers in defiance of the curfew imposed by the Kaduna State Government.

Umar, the Deputy Imam of Shekara Mosque, Malali, Kaduna, and Habibu Garba, Dauda Saidu, Rabiu Ahmad and Yusuf Usman, were arraigned for allegedly violating the law prohibiting religious and other gatherings because of Covid -19 pandemic.

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The state Director of Public Prosecution, Mr Bayero Dari, told the court that the accused persons were arrested at Malali Central Mosque, Unguan Shekara, conducting Friday congressional prayers and a wedding.

He said the offence contravened sections 35 and 36 (5) of the Kaduna Penal Code Laws and the 1999 constitution as amended.

However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges of criminal conspiracy and disobedience to the law.

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Their Counsel, Mr Abdulbasit Sulaiman, asked the court to grant his clients bail in liberal terms.

He promised that the defendants would be of good behaviour and would not interfere with investigation into the case.

The Magistrate, Malam Musa Lawal, granted the defendants N1 million bail each and ordered each of them to provide two reliable sureties.

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According to the magistrate, one of the two sureties must be a close relative while the other must be a traditional title holder recognized by the state government.

“The sureties must include a traditional titleholder who is recognized by the Kaduna State Government and must submit two passport photographs and an official identity card,” Lawal said.

He adjourned the case to April 29, for the continuation of hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After 14-years in coma, ‘sleeping’ Saudi Prince moves his head for the first time (Video)

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Joy unfolds as Saudi Arabia prince, Khalid Bin Talal moves his head for the first time and gives hope of living after being in coma for fourteen years.

All over the world, many are saying a word of prayer for the ‘Sleeping Prince’ as he still lays on his bed for more than a decade.

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During one of the sessions where he was receiving treatment whilst in a coma, Khalid miraculously moved his head from side to side.

The action was captured on tape and from the video, we could a reaction from Khalid’s caretakers as they could not believe what had just happened.

The doctors and some family members could not hide their excitement and the video has since garnered tons of joyful remarks from social media.

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JUST IN: Registration of religious, social centers begins in Lagos

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Covid-19: Lagos rolls out guidelines to reopen businesses post-lockdown

The Lagos State Safety Commission has opened a register for religious and social centres in its domain.

The registration of such centres is in preparation for their full reopening.

It is also in furtherance of the Register-to-Open initiative of the state government, as directed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the commission explained in a statement by Lanre Mojola, its Director-General.

The statement reads:

“Further to the directive of Mr Governor with respect to the Register-to-Open initiative of Lagos State government, we hereby confirm that all religious and social centres (social clubs, event centres, restaurants, bars, night clubs, spas, cinemas and gyms) within the state can commence the registration process on the designated portal www.lasgsafetyreg.com immediately.”

Giving an update relating to the COVID-19 pandemic in the state on May 17, the governor said the government was considering full reopening of the economy, including critical sectors like tourism and hospitality, sporting, event centres, cinemas, entertainment, and religious gatherings.

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He, however, said businesses in these sectors would have to undergo re-registration before reopening and that the Lagos State Safety Commission and Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) would be visiting offices and business premises to assess the level of their readiness to resume operation.

Sanyo-Olu said:

“We are at a level where we are reviewing the other arms of the economy. In the coming days, we will be starting what we call Register-to-Open, which means all players in the restaurant business, event centres, entertainment, malls and cinemas will go through a form of re-registration and space management.

“There is a regulation that will be introduced to supervise this move. We will be coming to their facilities to assess their level of readiness for a future opening.

“I don’t know when that opening will happen in the weeks ahead but we want these businesses to begin to tune themselves to the reality of COVID-19 with respect to how their work spaces need to look like.”

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WHO to resume trial of hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19

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Covid-19: WHO set to resume hydroxychloroquine trials

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it will resume its trial of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, stated this in official twitter account of the UN health agency.

According to him, the hydroxychloroquine section of the WHO’s Solidarity Trial can resume after being paused temporarily on May 25.

The trial’s Data Safety and Monitoring Committee had halted the study as a precaution in response to safety concerns raised by an observational study published in the Lancet.

Ghebreyesus said the Data Safety Monitoring Board’s review had been completed.

“Last week, the Executive Group of the Solidarity Trial decided to implement a temporary pause of the hydroxychloroquine arm of the trial, because of concerns raised about the safety of the drug.

“This decision was taken as a precaution while the safety data were reviewed; the Data Safety and Monitoring Committee of the Solidarity Trial has been reviewing the data.

“On the basis of the available mortality data, the members of the committee recommended that there are no reasons to modify the trial protocol.

“The Executive Group received this recommendation and endorsed the continuation of all arms of the Solidarity Trial, including hydroxychloroquine.

“The Executive Group will communicate with the principal investigators in the trial about resuming the hydroxychloroquine arm,’’ he said.
The director-general said the Data Safety and Monitoring Committee would continue to closely monitor the safety of all therapeutics being tested in the Solidarity Trial.

“So far, more than 3,500 patients have been recruited in 35 countries.

“WHO is committed to accelerating the development of effective therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics as part of our commitment to serving the world with science, solutions and solidarity,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Nigeria, on May 27, declared that it would continue with hydroxychloroquine clinical trials on COVID-19 patients.

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Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said the country would continue with the drug, in spite of the initial warning by WHO to discontinue using it.

”I do not know the data that they’re looking at, whether it’s from the Caucasian population or from the African population.

”If the data they’re looking at, and the reason for suspending the trials, is from the Caucasian population, then it may be justified.

“But I don’t think we have data from the African population yet, because our genetic makeup is different.

”If medical doctors, research scientists, pharmacists, herbal experts work together, we should conclude the clinical trial in three-four months.
“The narrative might change afterward but for now, we believe in hydroxychloroquine,” she said.

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