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Lagos NSCDC gets new commandant

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A new Commandant, Cyprian Otoibhi, has been deployed to the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

According to a press statement issued on Monday in Lagos by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NSCDC Lagos State Command, Mrs Kehinde Bada-Okoli, Otoibhi replaced Tajudeen Balogun, who had been transferred to Zone “F”.

The PRO in the statement said that there was a brief handing over ceremony held at the command’s headquarters.

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She said that there;  the outgoing commandant, Balogun, thanked the Commandant-General, Abdullahi Gana, for the opportunity given him to serve in Lagos State.

It said that Balogun also thanked him for the achievements recorded by the NSCDC during his three and a half-year tenure in Lagos command.

Balogun equally commended the Lagos State Government for providing him an enabling environment through logistic support, which he said contributed to the success recorded by the  NSCDC under his leadership.

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The statement also stated that Balogun lauded the corps’ personnel for exhibiting a high level of professionalism and commitment in the discharge of their duties.

He also implored the personnel to extend the gesture to his successor.

The statement said that the new commandant, Cyprian Otoibhi, in his address promised to continue where his predecessor-in-office stopped.

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It said that he urged the command’s officers to respect the rules and regulations of the command.

The PRO said in the statement that prior to his deployment to the  Lagos State Command, Otoibhi had served in FCT, Kogi, Kastina and Bayelsa states’ commands respectively.

 

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Nigeria records 304 new Covid-19 cases, toll now 44,433

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 304 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infection to 44,433.

The NCDC made this known via its verified Twitter handle on Tuesday.

“304 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; FCT-90 Lagos-59 Ondo-39 Taraba-18 Rivers-17 Borno-15 Adamawa-12 Oyo-11 Delta-9 Edo-6 Bauchi-4 Kwara-4 Ogun-4 Osun-4 Bayelsa-3 Plateau-3 Niger-3 Nasarawa-2 Kano-1.”

304 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

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FCT-90

Lagos-59

Ondo-39

Taraba-18

Rivers-17

Borno-15

Adamawa-12

Oyo-11

Delta-9

Edo-6

Bauchi-4

Kwara-4

Ogun-4

Osun-4

Bayelsa-3

Plateau-3

Niger-3

Nasarawa-2

Kano-1

44,433 confirmed

31,851 discharged

910 deaths

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Bristow Helicopters sacks 100 pilots and engineers

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No fewer than 100 pilots and engineers have been sacked by Bristow Helicopters.

This is coming barely 24 hours after Air Peace sacked scores of pilots across its fleet while slashing staff salaries by up to 40 per cent.

This was contained in a statement released by the airline company on Tuesday, August 4.

The company disclosed the workers were layed off due to the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on its operations.

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The aviation company which described the sack as “painful”, said it engaged with the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) to negotiate a fair and equitable redundancy compensation for those affected.

The statement partly read;

“This decision has not been made lightly, but having considered the state of the business and the very serious constraints caused by the spread of the COVID-19 disease and the downturn in the oil and gas market, the company must now take this painful, but decisive step to ensure the continuity of its business and delivery of essential services to its clients.

“One of these measures includes the right-sizing of the business to ensure that the company has the optimal level of personnel to continue the safe delivery of its services to its clients, whilst allowing the appropriate capacity for future growth.

“Accordingly, and with much regret, the company has taken the very difficult decision to release over 100 pilots and engineers (both National and Expatriates) over the next couple of weeks.”

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Texas man jailed for spending Covid-19 loans on lamborghini, strippers

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Lee Price III, a Texas man who spent a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus with COVID-19 loans and the and the rest of the cash on strippers, got a slower ride to jail on Tuesday, August 4.

This was after US authorities arrested him for using $1.6 million in government pandemic aid to go on a spending spree.

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Lee Price III, 29, was charged with fraud after he secured two government loans under the Paycheck Protection Program to pay employees he did not have, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Instead, he spent the funds on lavish goods like a sports car and a Rolex watch, as well as real estate, an F-350 pickup truck, and thousands of dollars at Houston strip clubs, the statement said.

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Price secured two loans: Price Enterprises Holdings allegedly received more than $900,000, while 713 Construction was approved for over $700,000.

Neither firms has employees and “the individual listed as CEO on the 713 Construction loan application died in April 2020, a month before the application was submitted,” according to the complaint.

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Congress approved the PPP program in late March to help small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, granting loans that could be forgiven if they were used to pay wages, rent and utilities.

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