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Lawyer drags Lagos govt to court over ban on bikes, tricycles

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A legal practitioner, Olukoya Ogungbeje, has filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Lagos to challenge the ban imposed by the state government on the operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as okada, and tricycles otherwise known as Keke.

Ogungbeje asked the court to declare that the ban, as issued in February by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was not backed by any court order as it “grossly violates Section 41 of the Constitution.”

He also urged the court to make a perpetual injunction restraining the Lagos State government from enforcing the ban.

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The lawyer specifically asked the court to award N500 million as general and exemplary damages against the state for the alleged violation of citizens’ rights.

Apart from the state government, he joined the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Unit, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, the state’s Attorney-General; the Commissioner of Police in Lagos; the Vehicle Inspection Service; and the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, as defendants in the suit.

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Ogungbeje, who argued that the ban had visited untold hardship on him and other law-abiding Nigerians living in Lagos, prayed the court to declare that “the forceful impounding, seizure or confiscation of motorcycles and tricycles” by agents of the state government amounted to an infringement on the right of residents to own property under Sections 43 and 44 of the Constitution.

He also asked the court to declare that the power given to agents of the state, under the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, to arrest and punish violators of the ban was equivalent to the usurpation of the functions of the judiciary, “and is thus a gross infringement on the right to a fair hearing and human dignity under Sections 36 and 34 of the Constitution.”

The case has been assigned to Justice Mohammed Liman who has fixed September 28, 2020, for hearing.

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US students organize ‘Covid-19 parties’ to see who gets infected

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Following some US citizens’ refusal to obey Covid-19 measures, it was discovered that several college students in an Alabama city organised “Covid-19” parties as a contest to see who would get the virus first.

Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry said students hosted the parties to intentionally infect each other with the new coronavirus. That’s not it! All the invited guests of the party put money in a pot and whoever gets COVID 19 first gets the pot.

“They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense,” McKinstry said. “They’re intentionally doing it.”

The department initially thought the parties were rumours, but Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith said after some research, officials discovered the parties were real.

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Prior to this too, students in Walla Walla conducted similar Covid-19 parties, thinking they would be infected with coronavirus and become immune!

As per a CNN report, many Americans believe that it is better to get infected with the virus and get it over with to faster reach herd immunity. Herd immunity is an epidemiological concept that describes the state at which the virus becomes less of a threat because the majority of the population has become immune to it.

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However, the logic is flawed as herd immunity best comes from a vaccine. More so, even if one develops immunity, it might not last forever and could wane over time. Also, not to forget that these youngsters might spread the disease to old and vulnerable people, further worsening the crisis.

Experts have warned against following the trend and said more and more Covid-19 cases would overburden health system and hospitals, resulting in more deaths.

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The contagion has so far killed more than 127,000 people in the United States.

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COVID-19: 322 Nigerians return home from US

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No fewer than 322 Nigerians stranded in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic are on their way home.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this on Saturday via Twitter.

According to him, the evacuees departed the Newark Liberty International Airport aboard an Ethiopian aircraft with flight number ET 509.

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He said the returnees are expected to arrive at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos around 02:30pm.

The minister added that they all tested negative for the virus and would be subjected to mandatory repatriation protocols outlined by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 upon arrival in the country.

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He explained that each of the returnees would undergo 14-day self-isolation and take another Covid-19 test before they are allowed to mix with the society.

In other news, Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation has disclosed that airports in Nigeria are 90% ready for reopening.

This was disclosed by the aviation minister on Saturday, June 27 after he and other government officials took part in the dry run simulation exercises held at the domestic terminals of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos respectively.

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Twitter to remove ‘Blacklist,’Master,’ ‘Slave’ in favor of more inclusive language

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Twitter engineers revealed that they would be making the language in code, docs, and configs more inclusive, removing words like Backlist, Whitelist, Master, Slave for more inclusive words.

Twitter Engineering wrote;

Inclusive language plays a critical role in fostering an environment where everyone belongs. At Twitter, the language we have been using in our code does not reflect our values as a company or represent the people we serve. We want to change that. #WordsMatter

We’re starting with a set of words we want to move away from using in favour of more inclusive language, such as:

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There is no switch we can flip to make these changes everywhere, at once. We will continue to iterate on this work and want to put in place processes and systems that will allow us to apply these changes at scale. We’re focusing on these areas Down pointing backhand index

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1. Migrating source code and changing configuration by going through our existing code, IDing violating terms with new warning tools, and changing to the new inclusive terminology. Automated tools and linters are being developed in order to minimize manual effort for developers.

2. Updating documentation across internal resources, Google Docs, runbooks, FAQs, readmes, technical design docs, and more. We are also implementing a browser extension that will help our teams identify words in documents and web pages, and suggest alternative inclusive words.

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This isn’t just about eng terms or code. Words matter in our meetings, our conversations, and the documents we write. We know there’s still a lot of work to do, but we’re committed to doing our part. #UntilWeAllBelong

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