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Kolade Johnson: He only responds to dumb tweets, Ruggedman says after Yomi Shogunle blocked him on Twitter

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Nigerian rapper Ruggedman said Head of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, Abayomi Shogunle, blocked him on Twitter over an inquiry into the death of Kolade Johnson.

Johnson was killed by men of the Special Anti-Cultism Squad (SACS) of the Lagos police command on Sunday.

Ruggedman took to his Twitter page on Monday to reveal that the police officer blocked him over his inquiry.

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Ruggedman condemned the controversial police officer for turning deaf ears to the plight of the masses and said he is always quick to respond to frivolities on the social media.

He wrote:

“Look who just blocked me because I said I am waiting on his tweet about an innocent man killed by a SARS officer. What a shame. If it’s a dumb tweet or act he will be fast to comment.

“We bring you a serious case and you keep mute and block people. What a disgrace to @PoliceNG.”

Shogunle is famous on Twitter for his controversial opinion on issues related to public complaints against police officers, which has led to several social media attacks against him by Nigerians in the past.

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Air Peace evacuates 301 Chinese from Nigeria

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Air Peace has evacuated 301 Chinese from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China’s most populous, commercial city.

Mr. Stanley Olisa, Spokesman of the airline, said in a statement on Friday that the evacuation which took place on Thursday was arranged by the Chinese government.

Olisa said that the flight took off about 10: 05 p.m. Nigerian time and arrived in China at about 1:15 p.m. Nigerian time on Friday.

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He said that Air Peace was also the airline that evacuated Israelis in Nigeria late March and has been contacted by other countries for evacuation operations.

“Air Peace on Thursday, May 28, operated its second flight to China as we evacuated 301 Chinese nationals back to their country,” he said.

He added The flight departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at exactly 10.05 p.m to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China.

He said Air Peace deployed its Boeing 777 aircraft with the registration number 5N-BWI for the evacuation exercise.

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The Regional Airport Manager, South West, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs. Victoria Shin-Aba, said the flight: P47807 pushed back from the Echo terminal of MMIA at 9:40 p.m. with 325 souls on board – 301 Chinese evacuees and 24 crew members.

She explained that all relevant government agencies such as FAAN, Nigeria Immigration Service, Port Health Services officials, and others were fully on the ground to ensure the success of the evacuation exercise.

“Air Peace is slated to carry out more evacuation operations for other nationals living in Nigeria, as the airline and other domestic operators gear up to resume scheduled flight operations soon.

“There are indications that commercial flight operations would resume early June, as the Nigerian Civil

Aviation Authority (NCAA) has started auditing airlines in preparation for scheduled passenger service,” she said.

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Obiano signs COVID-19 Prevention Bill into law

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Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra on Friday signed into the Anambra State COVID-19 and Other Dangerous Diseases Prevention and Eradication bill into law.

Speaking at a ceremony before signing the bill into law, Obiano called for strict compliance with the law, saying that his administration was committed to enforcing the law to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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He commended the Speaker of the state’s house of assembly, Mr. Uche Okafor, for the speedy passage of the bill.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Uju Nworgu, the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, said the new law had to do with how to prevent COVID-19.

According to reports that the bill has 15 sections with many sub-sections, dwelling on the current lockdown, closure of educational institutions, and other issues.

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The new law stipulates N10, 000 fine, community service, or both for non-adherence to face mask-wearing.

Obiano also signed the Public procurement Amendment bill into law.

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COVID-19: Censors Board exploring virtual platforms to serve motion picture industry—DG

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Mr. Adedayo Thomas, the Executive Director, National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), says the organization is committed to exploring virtual platforms in its service delivery to the motion picture industry.

Thomas made this known on Friday in an interview with Newsmen on the sidelines of the organization’s first teleconference board meeting in Abuja.

According to Thomas, the NFVCB as a critical stakeholder in the creative sector has resolved to adopt virtual platforms in carrying out some of its functions, including censoring and classification activities amidst the coronavirus lockdown.

He said that the virtual operation had enabled the board members to deliberate on salient issues affecting the organization even as they observed social distancing necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said this had also presented the opportunity to classify movies and video works produced before the COVID-19 lockdown, which had totally halted the motion picture sector.

“We understand it has been a challenging period for us as a nation with the advent of the coronavirus disease pandemic.

“However, the business of government must continue and that is why we have decided to explore virtual platforms as a good alternative in getting some of our jobs done.

“Thirty-five of our governing board members spread across different states were able to attend our first meeting for the year from the comfort of their homes and offices through zoom hosted here at the headquarters.

“The board was able to ratify the 2020 promotion examination and some pending disciplinary cases and it also got updated on the level of implementation of this year’s budget, among other matters.

“As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual platforms have become useful options for businesses and urgent functions of government and we most key into it to keep our economy working,” he said.

The NFVCB chief lamented the harsh realities of the pandemic on the global economy, including the creative sector and the film industry in particular.

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He, however, expressed hope that the tough time would pass in all aspects of our national life and urged Nollywood stakeholders to adhere to precautionary measures prescribed by health authorities toward preventing coronavirus.

“I encourage our filmmakers to keep the spirit high and take all necessary precautions as advised and directed by relevant government bodies and agencies.

“However, in order to keep the system running so as not to jeopardize the business interest of stakeholders, the board now operates virtually from its headquarters here in Abuja.

“Should they have any finished film/video work for censorship during this period, they can get such works to us through an online process,” he said.

Reports that the NFVCB is a Federal Government body that regulates the films and video industry in Nigeria.

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The board is empowered by law to classify all films and videos whether imported or produced locally.

It is also the duty of the board to register all films and videos outlet across the country and to keep a register of such registered outlets among other functions.

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