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Ondo: Christians obey govt’s directive on partial reopening of worship centers

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Christians in Okitipupa, Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State on Sunday complied with the directive of the state government on the partial reopening of worship centres in the state.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday directed a “guided” and “syndicated” resumption of mosques and churches across the state.

The state government on March 26, directed a shutdown of all religious worship centres to curtail the spread of #coronavirus.

As part of the partial reopening of the worship centres, Akeredolu also directed that mosques and churches must be disinfected.

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The governor also directed that soaps, water, hand sanitizer must be provided to worshippers as well as use of face masks and maintaining social distance, among others.

A correspondent who visited churches like Christ Apostolic, Anglican, Methodist, Winners Chapel, Mountain of Fire, Redeemed Christian Church of God, among others, in Okitipupa, noted that the churches complied with government directives.

Worshippers wore face masks, while soap, water and hand sanitisers were provided for worshippers before entering the churches.

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Worshippers also observed social distancing during the services.

Primate Elisha Akinsulere, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ondo South District, told NAN on telephone that the government had been magnanimous in reopening worship centres.

He urged Christians to continue to pray to God to give the leaders the necessary direction and to pray for God to take away COVID-19 permanently.

“We are happy for the partial reopening of worship centres. We thank the state government for the magnanimity and we will continue to pray for our leaders for the right direction.

“I urge all our brethren to continue to pray to God to help us defeat COVID-19 permanently for peace to return to our dear country and the world at large,” Akinsulere said.

He, however, urged Christians to continue to comply with all government preventive measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Video: Nigerian man vandalizes his parents’ apartment over…

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In a video which has surfaced online captures the moment a Nigerian boy scattered his parents’ apartment because he wasn’t given what he asked for.

The mother of the boy, Chidera, who shared her own side of the story in the video, said he demanded for some documents including her passport which he claimed he needed for a university program.

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According to an eyewitness,  he claimed that Chidera didn’t need any of the documents he demanded for.

The boy’s mother added that after she ignored him, he forcefully took her documents which she retrieved. He subsequently began breaking things in the house and also pouring food items on the floor.

When asked why he scattered his parents home by one of those who turned up at the scene of the incident, the boy replied by saying “he will get his mother’s attention by scattering the house”. 

 

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NCAA releases West Link aircraft

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has released one of the two aircraft belonging to West Link Airlines, which was grounded under Specs Part G of the Air Operator’s Certificate due to violations of the  Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCAR).

The aircraft was among those the regulator erroneously added to its list of grounded airplanes.

According to sources, the aircraft – a Challenger CL604-n604 WL – was released to service for not falling under the category of Part G category as it is said to be owned by the airline and not leased.

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The other aircraft, the CL601-N253LA, a source hinted, however, falls under the category and will still have to undergo an audit and compliance with all the relevant Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations.

A  Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) from the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) Aeronautical Telecommunication Service dated July 7, 2020, to stations with text AA0016/07071244 releasing the aircraft to operate read:

“The DG-NCAA has directed  that N604WL CL604 (West Link Airlines) that was earlier grounded via permit no AA004/03072005 be released with immediate effect to resume normal operations. Please act accordingly. Regards.”

doing all we can and working round the clock to ensure we meet it as soon as possible.’’

The NCAA had suspended operations of some airlines aircraft based on NCARS Part 9.2.3.4(b) referring to Wet Leasing aircraft, which states:  No holder of an AOC issued under this Part 9 may allow another entity or air operator to conduct wet-lease operations on its behalf (a wet-lease in) unless the air operator holds an  AOC  or its equivalent from a Contracting State that authorises those operations.

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The NCAA noted:

“The  AOC  holder advises the  Authority of such operations and provides a copy of the AOC under which the operation was conducted. Such operation does not exceed a period of 12 months and the Authority approves the operations.”

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Police set to begin massive arrest of face mask violators in Lagos

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Lagos State residents have been warned by the state police command to properly use their face masks or face arrest.

According to the police command, it was noticed that most residents have either jettisoned the directive or now place the masks beneath their chins as decoration.

The state Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Hakeem Odumosu on Tuesday urged Lagosians to own the battle against further spread of COVID-19 in the state.

According to Odumosu, the police and other law enforcement agencies have the mandate of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to arrest and prosecute violators of COVID-19 prevention protocols, adding that there will be no sacred cows in safeguarding public safety.

Already, Odumosu said the command arrested 3,802 persons between April and June for not wearing face masks, adding that all the suspects were charged to court and sentenced accordingly.

He said:

“We have been enforcing the law. We have arrested 3,802 people for not using face masks and 12,900 suspects were held for flouting various COVID-19 guidelines since the commencement of the lockdown in April. They were all charged to court.

“But we are going to be stricter now because we have noticed that some people do not wear at all while others hang it on their chins. That is not the purpose for the directive.

“The face mask must be properly worn to cover the mouth and nose. That is how it will serve its purpose. Our people must know that the policy is for their safety and that of society.

“As soon as you step out of your house into public space, you should have your face mask on, worn properly. It should be that way until you return to your private space. Wearing a face mask is compulsory just as social distancing is compulsory. You cannot do one and leave the other.

“For emphasis, we will arrest those who put the face mask on their chins and also arrest those not wearing it.”

Checks across Amuwo Odofin, Isolo, Egbe Idimu and Oshodi areas of the state showed that most residents were nonchalant about the use of face mask and social distancing.

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According to the NATION, it was observed that only commercial motorists mostly had face masks on though a greater number of them hung them on their chins.

It was gathered that the drivers were compelled by their unions to have the face masks handy and also ensure their passengers have them to prevent arrest.

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People were seen having discussions in clusters and at bus stops without wearing face masks and in complete disregard for the social distancing directive.

At Oke-Afa, it was observed that over eight non-compliant people encircled a woman roasting corn with some of them taking turns to touch the staples.

Also, the black market foreign exchange operators in Okota were beckoning on potential clients without observing the protocols.

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Most traffic hawkers from Okota Round About up to Apple Junction in Amuwo Odofin did not also comply with the directive as they claimed that wearing the mask makes breathing difficult.

A fruit seller, who approached our reporter to market his ware, said:

“I am not using it because it is hard to wear. The few times I tried it, I could not breathe. I have not worn face mask for over a month now and I do not have the disease. Do I look sick?”

The situation was not different in Ajao Estate as most shop owners and their customers were seen neither putting on face masks or observing social distancing.

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