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Police threaten to ‘deal’ with handler of parody Twitter account, tell public to unfollow

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The Nigeria Police Force has dissociated itself from a parody Twitter account which has been posting satirical tweets about the activities of its operatives.

The handle @PoliceNGFaux has been creating a sort of sensation since its emergence a few weeks ago after tweeting a series of subliminal posts making a mockery of the modes of operation of the police force.

The disclaimer is coming after several viral tweets mocking the police emanated from the parody account with over 9,000 followers.

One of the tweets which garnered about 6,000 retweets and over 13,000 likes read:

Another viral tweet from the parody account which garnered over 6,000 retweets and over 12,000 likes also read:

Despite stating in its bio that it is a parody account, the Police denied the account and advised members of the public not to follow the handle.

Its bio reads:

“Official PARODY Twitter account of The Nigerian Police Force/This account DOES NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS of NPF/Report cases to @PoliceNG/Crime News 24/7.”

However, in a statement via its verified Twitter handle @PoliceNG on Monday, the NPF described the handle as fraudulent and vowed to deal with the handler ‘appropriately’.

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NPF tweeted:

The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a new Twitter handle known as “@policeNGfaux.” Be it known to the public that the handle does not emanate from the Nigeria Police Force.

“It is not only fraudulent but ostensibly designed to spread fake news and consequently tarnish the image of the Force. Members of the public are advised not to “follow” the handle and those currently “following” the handle are advised to stop forthwith.

“Meanwhile, investigation is on to ascertain the source of the fraudulent handle and deal with it appropriately.”

Information on the handle’s bio reveals that it was created in July 2012.

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See NPF’s tweet:

 

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Africa Day 2020: Buhari advocates for peace, security to achieve sustainable development

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President Muhammadu Buhari says Peace, security, unity, and harmony are prerequisites for development in Africa

Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said President Buhari stated this in a message to African leaders to mark the ”Africa Day 2020”.

The event was commemorated by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).

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The Nigerian leader, therefore, called for peace on the continent as a prerequisite for sustainable development.

According to him, Africa has given the world a new hope by choosing the theme ”Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID-19” for this year’s Africa Day.

He stressed the need for African leaders to ensure that every effort is made to ensure the success of silencing the guns on the continent.

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He also emphasized the need to sensitize Africans about the inseparable connection between peace and development.

President Buhari urged citizens all over the continent to innovate on how ”Silencing the Guns” could be used to achieve peace and grow African economies.

He also urged regional economic groups, civil society organizations and the private sector in Africa to take full ownership of the theme of this year’s celebration to strengthen collaborative efforts among member-countries of the African Union.

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Africa Day is observed annually on May 25, to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the precursor of the African Union, which was created on May 25, 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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COVID-19: Gov. Obiano’s aide commends monarch for distributing palliatives to PWDs

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Mr. Chuks Ezewuzie, Special Adviser (Disability Matters) to Anambra Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has commended the Traditional Ruler of Ifitedunu, Igwe Emeka Ilouno, for gifts given to Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).

Ezewuzie gave the commendation during the presentation of COVID-19 palliatives by Ilouno in Ifitedunu, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra on Monday.

The governor’s aide recalled that the governor recently constituted Disability Community COVID-19 Response Team to ensure that every class of persons in the state was not left out in the COVID-19 palliatives.

He said the gesture shown by the monarch would go a long way to reduce hardship associated with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the lives of persons resident in Ifitedunu.

“These food items, bags of rice, and tubers of yam from Ilouno would sustain the special persons well enough to be thankful to God. It is well appreciated,” he said.

According to reports other items distributed at the event, courtesy of World Ebony Network, were face masks, farm inputs, fertilizer, lime, maize, cucumber, watermelon seeds.

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Ezewuzie appealed to other traditional rulers in the state to seek People Living With Disabilities in their communities and support them in order to give a meaning to their lives at these bad times.

He said that the monarch had remained at the forefront to support policies and programs of the government, especially as it affected disabled persons.

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Earlier, Ilouno said the step was taken in response to the need to help the disabled persons in the community to cushion the effect of coronavirus challenges.

He said that some individuals, as well as community efforts, helped to make the event a success.

The monarch reassured the group that his community would not relent in showing kindness to them at all times.

He encouraged the people to religiously observe preventive measures issued against the virus and advised the group to embark on subsistence farming to enable them equally cushion post-COVID-19 effects.

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Ilouno said that he was confident that the Anambra government would successfully manage all COVID-19 cases in the state.

Some of the beneficiaries, Stanley Obi, Arinze Nwafor, and Innocent Okafor, commended the traditional ruler for his kind gesture toward the group and assured him that they would observe the preventive measures.

Obi, who is the Co-ordinator of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities in the state, said that life had never been easy for people living with disabilities.

He said that they would ever remain grateful to the monarch for his kind gesture to their members.

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COVID-19: NAF produces ventilators to support fight against pandemic

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The Nigerian Airforce (NAF) has produced locally-made ventilators as its contribution to national efforts towards fighting the novel coronavirus disease.

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal (AM) Sadique Abubakar, announced this during Eid-el-Fitri lunch with troops of the Air Component of “Operation Lafiya Dole” at the Airforce Base in Maiduguri on Monday.

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Abubakar said that the locally-made ventilator was a product of a research development program by the Nigerian Airforce in partnership with Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

He said that the ventilators would be commissioned on May 27.

He explained that as part of the measures to combat the pandemic, NAF had distributed a reusable face mask to all its personnel while PPE and ventilators were provided at the Nigerian Airforce Hospitals in Maiduguri.

“I wish to remind us of the need to maintain continues vigilance and ensure strict adherence to necessary guidelines and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19,’’ he said.

The CAS said that despite the challenges of competing resources, occasioned by the COVID-19 induced lockdown, NAF has maintained the tempo of its operations, not only in the North East, but other parts of the country.

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