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Onumah was never arrested – DSS

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has refuted reports that it arrested Dr Chido Onumah in Abuja on Sunday evening.

According to a statement by the Public Relations Officer, DSS National Headquarters, Abuja, Dr Peter Afunaya, Onumah was only engaged in an interaction during which an act of his capable of undermining public order and national security was explained to him.

The said act, according to the statement, was wearing a T-shirt with the inscription WE ARE ALL BIAFRANS on it.

It reads: “The Department of State Services wishes to make clarifications regarding media reports that Dr Chido Onumah was arrested by the Service.

“To set the records right, Onumah was never arrested by the Service. He was rather engaged in an interaction during which an act of his capable of undermining public order and national security was explained to him.

“On his arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on 29th September, 2019, it was discovered that Onumah wore a T-shirt with WE ARE ALL BIAFRANS inscription on it.

“With credible intelligence that he might be a subject of mob attack if allowed to go into town in same cloth, the Service invited him and drew his attention to the implications of his probable (un)intended action.

“It was strongly believed that an attack on Onumah would have sparked ethno-religious reprisals with dire consequences for law and order and public safety in the country.

“He understood the issues and pledged not to engage in activities that may cause disaffection in Abuja and the country at large.

“He subsequently removed the cloth with the inciting symbols and inscriptions and agreed not to use it.

“The interaction between Onumah and the Service held in a convivial atmosphere.

“He appreciated the courtesies extended to him. Afterwards, the Service arranged for him to go back to his accommodation in town.

“It is hoped that this clarification has dispelled the erroneous claims and reportage that he was arrested.

“The Service acted within the confines of its mandate and only carried out its routine security duty that could have been discharged by a similar agency in any part of the world.

“It is not out of place for concerned security agencies to have sought clarification from a traveller concerning a subject of security interest.

“The DSS reaffirms its avowed commitment to the rule of law and protection of citizens and national critical assets.”

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Kwara commends BUA Group for donating three ambulances

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has commended the BUA Group for donating three ambulance buses to the Kwara State Government

A statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, on Friday in Ilorin said the donation came two months after the conglomerate donated N100 million to the state’s COVID-19 campaign.

“I am so glad that BUA has lived up to the expectation again. It is not just the buses.

“BUA recently gave us N100 million which we are very grateful for,” Ajakaye quoted the governor as saying shortly after the ambulances were handed over to him in Ilorin.

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The governor said that the gradual reopening of the economy did not mean that the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic was over.

AbdulRazaq, therefore, urged the people of Kwara to adhere to all safety protocols, adding that the world now appeared to be in the middle of the health crisis.

“I want to specifically thank the Chairman of BUA, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, for N100 million, these ambulance buses, the hundreds of people being employed in Kwara State, and for the internally generated revenue they contribute to the state and for future prospects and investments,” he said. 

The Senior General Manager of the Lafiagi Sugar Company (BUA Group), AbdulRasheed Olayiwola, while presenting the ambulances said they were meant to further campaign against the pandemic which had affected everyone.

“We are stakeholders in Kwara State and our Chairman is very particular about development.

“As a responsible corporate organization, we’re not only interested in our investment here, we are also interested in the wellbeing of Kwara people.

“We deem it fit, therefore,  to support this government in its drive to fight the scourge of COVID-19,” he said. 

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Kaduna completes the first phase of an ultra-modern market

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Kaduna State Government has completed the first phase of the ultra-modern market being constructed at Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Council in Kaduna State.

Facilities in the market which include police posts, clinics, banks, fire service stations, warehouses, and administration blocks have been completed.

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Musa, who led newsmen on a tour of the market, said that the construction work in the market had reached advance stage.

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The project, with a cost of over N2 billion, has 224,000  shops.

A representative of the construction company, Hamza Bello, said over 400 shops had so far been completed in the first phase of the project.

He said that about 80 percent of the work had been completed and assured that the remaining work would soon be completed.

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Some laborers at the project site expressed their commitment to meet the completion target given to them.

Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai launched the reconstruction of the burnt market as part of his administration’s readiness to promote equality in opportunity and economic development in the communities.

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COVID-19: Edo discharges 80 more patients

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Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has disclosed that 80 more coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have recovered and have been cleared to reunite with their families and the society after testing negative to the virus.

In a statement, the Governor said the death toll in the state has risen to 43 with the elderly accounting for a large number of the fatalities, urging residents to observe precautionary measures to stay safe, healthy as well as protect the aged.

Obaseki noted:

“We have discharged 80 more COVID-19 patients from our isolation centres. The number of discharges now stands at 498. We lost one more person to the virus, bringing the number of fatalities to 43. Stay safe and protect our aged parents, who are most endangered”

Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia, said the state has recorded a total of 1,203 confirmed cases, 6,046 suspected cases and exited 2,532 others, including 2,185 line-listed contacts and 347 persons-of-interest (POI), who have completed the compulsory 14-day follow-up and tested negative.

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Okundia said the 1,203 confirmed cases were recorded in Oredo (391), Esan West (117), Egor (223), OviaNorth East (86), Ikpoba-Okha (160), Uhunmwode (14), Etsako Central (2), Esan South East (7), Akoko-Edo (1), Esan Central (107), Ovia South West (19), Owan East (1), Esan North East (43), Etsako West (20), Etsako East (9), Orhionmwon (2), Owan West (1) Local Government Areas (LGAs).

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The commissioner, who reassured residents that the state government would continue to intensify efforts to contain the pandemic and protect the Edo people, said the state has tested over 6,371 residents and is contact-tracing 2,794 others as well as visited over 1,035 rural and urban communities for Active Case Search (ACS) activities.

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He added:

“While the state government intensifies efforts to protect the Edo people from this deadly disease, we urge all citizens to stay at home and observe all precautionary measures against the spread of the infectious disease, including regular handwashing with soap under running water and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Cover your mouth and nose properly when sneezing and/or coughing.”

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