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Vietnam begs to import rice into Nigeria

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The Socialist Republic of Vietnam has appealed to the Federal Government to allow its rice imports into Nigeria at discounted rates.

The Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Vuong Dinh Hue, made the appeal in Abuja when he led a five-man delegation to meet the Adams Oshiomshole-led All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee.

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He said the delegation would also meet Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to present similar demands.

Oshiomhole said Nigeria would not accept such demand from Vietnam, advising the country to rather secure land and invest in rice production in Nigeria.

He said Nigeria would no longer become a dumping ground for unwanted chemicals and spoilt products among others, stressing that Nigeria’s borders would remain closed until neighbouring countries learn to respect the rule of fair trade.

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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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UPDATE: Court grants Dr Anu bail on self-recognisance as case is adjourned till July 9

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Earlier today, it was reported that Lagos based cosmetic surgeon, Dr Anuoluwapo Adepoju popularly known as Dr Anu, who runs Med Contour, was dragged before the court by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC.

Well, in a follow-up report, Dr Anu has been granted bail on self-recognisance by Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos state.

The FCCPC, in a five-count charge, arraigned Dr Anu over allegations of a botched surgery she allegedly conducted that led to the death of a patient, one Mrs Nneka Onwuzuligbo. The agency also accused her of obstructing the investigation by its officers into the case. The agency also accused Dr Anu of disregarding several summons sent to her to appear before the agency and summons by the agency to appear and produce certain documents.

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In a six-paragraph affidavit of completion of investigation attached to the charge sheet, the commission through its counsel, Babatunde Irukera, said it received complaints against Dr Anu from one Marlene Oluwakemi, Taiwo Temilade, and Vivian Onwuzuligbo that Dr. Anu’s services “are unsafe for consumers,” and that she made “false, misleading and deceptive representation in relation to the marketing of their services.”

“In particular, the above-mentioned Vivian Onwuzuligbo, a member of the Mrs Nnneka Miriam Barbara Onwuzuligbo (now deceased) alleged that the deceased died as a result of the failed defendants’ cosmetic surgery and she is privy to the events that led to the demise of the deceased.” part of the court document read

Irukera told the court that the incidents happened at No. 11a Ladi Alakija Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos between April 15 and May 4, 2020. The counsel argued that Dr Anu’s conduct is contrary to sections 33(3)(a) and 113(4)(a) of the FCCPC Act 2018 and was liable to be punished under sections 33(3) and 113(1) of the same Act, among others.

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Dr. Anu pleaded not guilty to the five counts.

The presiding judge then granted her bail on self-recognisance in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and adjourned the case till July 9 for the commencement of trial.

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