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President Muhammadu Buhari addresses Nigerians on COVID-19

Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you all are doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Punch Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Punch News.

 

Buhari has failed Nigerians on security –Anglican bishopBishop of the Diocese of Ijebu South-West, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Reverend Babatunde Ogunbanwo, says the President Muhammadu Buhari has failed Nigerians.

 

Ogunbanwo made this declaration on Friday in his bishop charge during the first session of the fourth synod of the Diocese in Odogbolu, Ogun State.

He said Buhari’s failure was hinged on the continuous killings in the country, especially in the Christian dominated part of Kaduna State – Southern Kaduna.

$1m levy: FG knocks Ghana for ‘incessant harassment’ of Nigerians

The Federal Government, on Friday, highlighted several atrocities committed by Ghana against Nigerians living in that country, warning that it would no longer tolerate further hostile actions.

The government noted that 1,150 Nigerian shops were shut in the country since 2018, and that over 200 Nigerians were sentenced and languishing in Nsawam Maximum Prison alone in Ghana, while 825 Nigerians had been harshly deported from Ghana since 2018.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement titled, ‘Nigeria will no longer tolerate harassment of its citizens in Ghana – FG,’ said the government was deeply concerned over the incessant harassment of its citizens in Ghana and the continuous acts of hostility towards the country by Ghanaian authorities.

Akpata, SANs kick as northern lawyers form parallel NBA

The newly sworn-in President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olumide Akpata; and some other Senior Advocates of Nigeria have condemned the move by northern lawyers in the country to form a parallel association.

Some lawyers of northern extraction had, on Friday, formed the ‘New NBA,’ following the recent controversy that trailed the withdrawal of an invite to the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, as a guest speaker at the association’s conference.

The breakaway group, in a statement by two lawyers, Nuhu Ibrahim (Convener 1) and Abdulbasit Suleiman (Convener 2), explained that the formation of the ‘New NBA’ was aimed at protecting their interests as enshrined under Section 40 of the constitution.

Gunmen kill two, abduct policeman, others in Kaduna

Gunmen, in the early hours of Friday, invaded Mararaban Rido and Juji in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

At Juji, after a failed attempt to kidnap residents, the gunmen killed two persons.

During an attack on Maraban Rido, a neighbouring community, the bandits kidnapped four persons, including a sick police officer.

Blasphemy: Musician denied access to lawyers as appeal deadline nears

A 22-year-old Musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, who was sentenced to death by an Upper Sharia Court in Kano State on August 10, 2020, has been denied access to lawyers even as the 30-day deadline given to him to appeal the judgment lapses on September 9.

Saturday PUNCH learnt that a notice of appeal had yet to be filed in court even as Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has expressed readiness to sign the convict’s death warrant once the 30-day deadline lapses.

Speaking with our correspondent on Friday, human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), said he had asked a lawyer to meet with Sharif-Aminu but the lawyer was denied access by prison authorities.

Shi’ites hold procession, demand El-Zakzaky’s release

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria held a procession on Friday in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

Vehicular movements were hindered during the procession which started from the Zone 3 Custom Mosque and ended at the popular Wuse Market.

The sect stated that it held the procession as part of the activities to mark Ashura, an annual religious event.

Norway raised $1bn to assist North-East — Presidency

The outgoing Ambassador of Norway to Nigeria, Jens-Petter Kjemprud, on Friday, listed the organisation of two donor conferences that raised $1bn for the development of the North-East as one of his achievements in office.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Kjemprud said this during a virtual farewell meeting he had with the President General Muhammadu Buhari.

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