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Oyo relaxes curfew, directs all categories of workers to resume June 22

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Resumption: Oyo Govt wants improved students’ turnout

…Worshippers in mosques, churches to wear masks!***

…As Nigeria’s 573 new COVID-19 cases surge infections to 16,658***

The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, on Monday, announced the relaxation of the curfew imposed on the state, following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The curfew will now run from 10 pm. to 4 am. as against the earlier period from 8 pm to 5 am.

The Chairman of the task force, Gov. Seyi Makinde, who made the announcement after the outcome of its meeting, directed all categories of state workers to resume work on June 22.

It would be recalled that the State Secretariat was closed on March 27 as part of the measures to check the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, but reopened on April 27 to workers on grade level 13 and above.

Makinde also announced the resumption of classes for Primary Six pupils as well as Junior Secondary School III and Senior Secondary School III students from June 29.

“The schools are to observe the COVID-19 protocols as released by the taskforce; schools are to provide handwashing points, with the support of Parent/Teachers’ Associations (PTA), while all students are to compulsorily wear face masks.

“Students in critical classes are to resume at the end of June to ensure that they are well-prepared for the public examinations ahead of them.

“This resumption of critical classes at the end of June will be two clear weeks ahead of the state’s drop-dead date of July 15.

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“By that date, it will be decided whether other categories of students will return to the class,” the governor said.

He, however, said that the resumption order did not affect the tertiary institutions in the state, for now, adding that the task force would review their case and determine their state of readiness.

“Other decisions taken by the taskforce include opening up of mosques and churches, which are to operate at 25 percent capacity.

“Also the decision to limit public gathering to 25 persons was taken at the meeting,’ he said.

Makinde, who stated that the reopening of religious centres would be reviewed within the first two weeks, directed that worshippers must wear face masks.

The task force, however, announced that night clubs would still remain shut.

The governor warned that the task force would not mind shutting everywhere if evidence emerged that the COVID-19 safety protocols were violated or there was an explosion in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

In the meantime, Nigeria, according to Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) recorded 573 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of Infections to 16,658.

The NCDC announced this on its official Twitter handle, noting that as at June 15, the country also recorded four deaths even though no new state, reported any case in the last 24 hours.

The NCDC said that Lagos reported the highest number of cases with 216 new cases and Rivers was second with 103 new infections.

“The 573 new cases are reported from 20 states, Lagos (216), Rivers (103), Oyo (68), Edo (40), Kano (21), Gombe (20),FCT (17), Delta (13), Plateau (12), Bauchi (12), Niger (10), Kebbi ( (9) Ogun (8), Ondo (8), Abia (7), Nasarawa (5), Borno (1), Kwara (1), Benue (1), Anambra (1)

The NCDC said that till date, Nigeria has 10,885  active cases while  5,349, patients have been treated and discharged.

It added that Nigeria recorded 424 deaths in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The agency said that the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across states, calls for Nigerians to TakeResponsibility, especially with the use of masks, avoiving mass gatherings and hand Washing.

“The health of each of us depends on our collective action,“ it said.

The health agency disclosed that it got samples with fictitious names and fictitious addresses.

“We can only vouch for the results of the samples.

“There’s no reason whatsoever to doubt the reality of COVID-19 in Nigeria. In fact we believe there are more cases out there than we’ve found.

“Behind each of those numbers we announce daily are people. Four Governors have themselves announced they’ve been infected.

“We have to make it socially unacceptable to be seen outside the home without face masks.

“We must also discourage unnecessary mass gatherings,” NDDC said.

 

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Praying Man Drowns At Lagos Beach, Divers Seek Body

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The Police said on Wednesday that divers were battling to recover the body of a 30-year-old man who allegedly drowned at Elegushi Beach, Lagos, where he had gone for prayers.

The Lagos Police Command spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, told newsmen) in Lagos.

He said a report to the police indicated that the man, identified as Samuel, had gone to pray at the beach with his friends.

Hundeyin said that the case was reported to the Ilasan Police Division at about 7.20 a.m. on Tuesday by a man whose name was not mentioned.

Hundeyin said that the man’s report revealed that on Tuesday, at midnight, he and three of his friends left Igbesan in Ogun to Elegushi Beach, Lekki for prayers.

The image maker said that the report stated that during the prayer session, at about 4.00 a.m., one of the friends, named Samuel, 30, allegedly drowned.

“Detectives of the division and effort promptly visited the scene is in progress by divers to recover the corpse.

“The family members of the deceased have been contacted and the investigation is ongoing,” he said. 

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Police Begin 24-hour Bike Patrol On Third Mainland Bridge 

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Police Begin 24-hour Bike Patrol On Third Mainland Bridge 
…As Troops neutralise 7 insurgents, recover weapons, motorcycles in Kaduna

The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Police Command in Lagos State have begun a 24-hour bike patrol on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

RRS made this known in a post it shared on its official X handle @rrsLagos767 on Monday.

It stated that the Commander of RRS, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, had directed the squad’s motorcycle riders to begin a 24-hour patrol on the Third Mainland Bridge.

“RRS Commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi has directed the squad’s Bike Riders to commence a 24-hour patrol of the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos as a way of protecting the infrastructure on the bridge.

“Also to prevent the incidence of harassment of road users by miscreants.

“This is in line with the directives of the State Commissioner of Police, CP Adegoke Fayoade to the squad for the protection of lives, property and public infrastructure on the newly renovated bridge,” it stated.

RRS said that Egbeyemi appealed to motorists and road users to cooperate with the riders so that they could serve them better.

In another development, showing observable security improvement, the 1 Division Nigerian Army, said its troops have neutralised seven insurgents and recovered weapons and motorcycles in Kaduna.

This is contained in a statement issued by Lt-Col. On Monday in Kaduna, Musa Yahaya, the Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations 1 Division Nigerian Army.

Yahaya said, “Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army deployed at a blocking position at Udawa carried out a fighting patrol along Udawa – Kurebe road on May 19.

According to him, during the aggressive patrol, troops made contact with insurgents and terrorist elements. They engaged them with a heavy volume of fire leading to the annihilation of five terrorists and violent extremists.

 He disclosed that items recovered during the encounter included,  one pump action gun, six cartridges, one empty AK 47 rifle magazine, one MP3 radio, one phone battery, two Baofeng radios,  two Baofeng radio chargers, four memory cards, two sim cards and four charms.

Some of the weapons recovered by troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army from the terrorists in Kaduna.

He said, “Relatedly, the division deployed at Sabo Birni in Igabi Local Government of Kaduna State intercepted suspected movement of terrorist elements at Baka general area on 19 May 2024.

 Yahaya said the troops swiftly mobilised to the area and engaged the terrorists.

“In the firefight that ensued, the terrorists who could not withstand the superior firepower of the troops cowardly fled to nearby hills in disarray with several degrees of gunshot wounds.

 “The troops exploited the general area and recovered one AK 47 rifle and two motorcycles while blood stains were seen all over the scene of the incident.

He also disclosed that troops of the Division while lying in wait at Kwaga village in Birnin Gwari local government of Kaduna state, made contact with terrorist elements and neutralised two of the criminals.

 “Items recovered included two AK 47 rifles, two magazines and two motorcycles, “Yahaya said.

The spokesperson said Maj-Gen. Mayirenso  Saraso, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division NA and  Commander of Operation, Whirl Punch, commended the troops for their aggressive posture.

He charged them to sustain the tempo and make life unbearable for terrorists, insurgents, violent extremists and their cohorts.

He equally appealed to all law-abiding citizens to report to the NA or nearest security agencies, persons seen with gunshot wounds seeking medical attention.

 Yahaya also appealed to the good people of Kaduna and Niger States to avail the Army and other security agencies with timely and actionable intelligence for prompt action. 

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ONSLAUGHT: Troops Eliminate 227 Terrorists, Apprehend 529 In 1 Week

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ONSLAUGHT: Troops Eliminate 227 Terrorists, Apprehend 529 In 1 Week

 The Defence Headquarters says troops have within the last week, eliminated no fewer than 227 terrorists, apprehended 529 and rescued 253 kidnapped victims, following ground and air operations across the country.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja on the operations of the Armed Forces.

Buba said the troops recovered 231 assorted weapons and 6,441 assorted ammunition, comprising 89 AK47 rifles, 40 locally fabricated guns, 59 Dane guns, 250kg bombs used by NATO and Eastern Bloc aircraft and one MRAP.

Others according to him are; 4,198 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 841 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 88 rounds of 5.56mm, 16 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm, 99 rounds of 7.62x51mm, 956 rounds of 7.62x54mm, 242 live cartridges, one PKM magazine, 24 magazines among others

In the North East, Buba said the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised 83 terrorists, arrested 59 suspects and rescued 58 kidnapped hostages as well as recovered a large cache of arms.

He said that 219 terrorists comprising 29 adult males, 65 adult females and 125 children surrendered to troops within the theatre of operations between May 8 and 14.

In the North Central, Buba said the troops of Operations Safe Haven and Whirle Stroke, neutralised 27 insurgents, arrested 154 violent extremists and rescued 42 kidnapped hostages.

In the North West, he said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji, also neutralised 58 terrorists, arrested 125 terrorists and rescued 105 kidnapped hostages.

Buba said the air component had on May 8, bombarded a new terrorist enclave in Faskari area of Katsina State following an intelligence trail and confirmatory ISR on the migration of notorious terrorist elements to the deserted settlement.

According to him, battle damage assessment revealed that several terrorists were neutralised and their structures as well as logistics destroyed

He added that troops of Operation Whirl Punch apprehended 68 illegal miners from an illegal mining site in Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT Abuja during the week.

He said that the troops also neutralised 25 terrorists, arrested 97 suspects and rescued 32 kidnapped hostages.

He also said that in the South-South, troops of Operation Delta Safe recovered 1,442,700 litres of stolen crude oil and 154,650 litres of illegally refined AGO.

According to him, troops discovered and destroyed 18 dugout pits, 34 boats, five drums, four receivers, four reservoirs and 97 storage tanks.

”Other items recovered include 198 cooking ovens, nine vehicles, three pumping machines, two speedboats, one baofeng radio, one outboard engine and 57 illegal refining sites.

”Troops also neutralised three extremists and apprehended 16 suspected oil thieves and other violent extremists’’.

In the South East, Buba said the troops of Operation UDO KA neutralised 21 terrorists, arrested 45 violent extremists and rescued 12 kidnapped hostages as well as recovered a cache of arms. 

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