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Lock-down: Bauchi residents engage in panic-buying of food items

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Lock-down: Bauchi residents engage in panic-buying of food items

Bauchi residents are rushing to stock food items and other essential products barely some hours to the total lockdown of the state.

The state government announced that effective Thursday night, movement into and out of the state would be restricted for two weeks as part of measures to check the spread of coronavirus.

The state has so far recorded three cases, with the state governor, Bala Mohammed, one of those infected.

A reporter who visited some popular business centres on Wednesday observed heavy traffic, with people rushing to buy food items.

A visit to the popular Wunti, Muda Lawal and the Bauchi central markets located in the heart of the city indicated that thousands of residents were engaged in panic-buying of essential commodities preparatory to the scheduled date for the lockdown.

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Alhaji Musa Yaro, a customer at the Muda Lawal market, told newsmen that he was at the market to procure all the needed foodstuff and other consumables for his family, sequel to the lockdown notice.

He described the COVID-19 pandemic as a serious calamity capable of exterminating the human race if urgent measures were not taken to address the menace.

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Malam Aminu Shehu, another customer at the popular Wunti market, said he was at the market to make some purchases for his 24 family members to sustain them during the lockdown.

He, however, commended the Bauchi state government for taking proactive measure aimed at curtailing the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

Mrs Janet Emmanuel, a trader who deals in foodstuff at the Bauchi central market, told newsmen that she was experiencing boom in sales as the lockdown hour approached.

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She said in spite of the notice, prices of foodstuffs had remained stable with the exception of the price of palm and groundnut oil that rose slightly.

A Newsmen also was at the Awala and Muda Lawal motor parks where passengers were boarding vehicles to their hometowns for fear of being trapped by the lockdown order.

Idris Mohammed, a passenger onboard a Plateau-bound vehicle, told newsmen that he was on his way to deliver foodstuff to his family who were resident in Jos, to avoid them being starved.

 

 

 

 

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Mali protests resume as thousands call for president’s resignation

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Thousands of people took to the streets of Mali’s rainy capital Bamako on Tuesday renewing calls for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to step down despite international mediation efforts to resolve a political crisis.

Protests led by an opposition coalition called M5-RFP have raged since June, caused by contested local elections and perceived government corruption and incompetence.

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Tensions escalated in July when police shot dead at least 11 demonstrators.

Regional powers are worried that prolonged unrest could derail the fight against Islamist extremists in the region, many of whom are centred in Mali. Their presence has rendered large areas of the centre and north of Mali ungovernable.

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Keita had hoped that concessions to opponents and recommendations from a mediating delegation of regional leaders would help stem the tide of disaffection.

But the majority of protestors appeared unmoved as they filed into Bamako’s heaving Independence Square in their thousands on Tuesday, shouting “Keita step down” and “listen to your people”.

“M5-Rfp demands purely and simply the resignation of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his regime to allow for a democratic transition,” prominent M5-RFP member Ibrahim Maiga told the cheering crowd.

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Nigeria pardons terrorists, wants to kill man for blasphemy – Apostle Suleman

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President of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide Apostle Johnson Suleman has reacted to the death sentence handed down to a 22-year-old man by a Kano Upper Shari’a Court on Monday for blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.

Suleman via his Twitter page on Tuesday said Saudi Arabia will be shocked at the development.

He stressed that he could not understand how the death sentence would be awarded for blasphemy while Boko Haram fighters are pardoned.

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He wrote, “A country that pardons terrorists want to kill a man for blasphemy. I am sure even Saudi Arabia is shocked..the worst form of deception is self-deceit.”

Saudi Arabia regularly hands down the death sentence for drug trafficking among other crimes.

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Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis, was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March.

The incident caused riots in the city. His family house was burnt down in the process.

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