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Plateau Govt Further Relaxes Curfew in Jos North, Lifts Ban on Tricycles

The Plateau State government has announced a further relaxation of curfew in Jos North Local Government Area.

A statement by the governor’s spokesman, Dr Makut Macham, revealed that the government has also lifted the ban earlier placed on operations of tricycle, commonly referred to as Keke, in the state.

Governor Simon Lalong, Macham hinted, gave the approval on Tuesday following a meeting of the State Security Council held at the new Government House in Jos.

“Beginning from Wednesday, 8th September 2021, the curfew in Jos North will be enforced from 10pm to 6am,” the statement said. “This will tally with the current status of the curfew in Jos South and Bassa Local Government Areas which still remains from 10pm to 6am.

The governor, however, stated that the ban on motorcycles within the Jos/Bukuru metropolis remained in place, saying enforcement would continue to ensure that violators were arrested and punished according to the law.

According to him, the government is working on innovations, legislations, and enforcement modules to enhance the security, effectiveness, and availability of public transportation in the state.

Governor Lalong explained that the modules would be unveiled in due course.

They are expected to address the major concerns of the citizens, particularly as it relates to the safety of passengers.

The governor praised the citizens for cooperation and understanding of the citizens during the period of the attacks and subsequent curfews.

He urged them to continue to support the government in restoring normalcy to enable the state to resume the normal trajectory of hospitality, opportunity, and productivity.

“Governor Lalong also thanks all stakeholders within and outside the state for their concerns and goodwill towards addressing the recent ugly developments, assuring that his administration will continue to pursue the path of peaceful coexistence while dealing with criminals and crises merchants who are bent on tarnishing the enviable image of the state,” the statement added.


Igboho aides: Armed robbers hijack DSS case file in Abuja

Barrister I. Awo, the counsel for the Department of State Service, DSS, has told the Federal High Court, Abuja, that the case file containing the fundamental human rights enforcement application filed by aides to the embattled Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, was stolen by armed robbers in the nation’s capital.

The counsel told Justice Obiora Egwuatu on Wednesday that his colleague, who was conveying the document to the court, boarded a vehicle belonging to some criminals who carted away the file and other personal items.

He therefore applied for adjournment of the hearing.

Recall that the DSS had, during a midnight invasion of Igboho’s Soka house in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, arrested 12 of the activist’s allies and detained them in Abuja.

The detained aides had approached the court to seek their fundamental rights to freedom from the custody of the DSS.

Egwuatu, during a sitting on August 4, 2021, granted bail to the 12 detainees. However, they are still in the custody of the secret police.


17 More People Die As Nigeria Records 597 New COVID-19 Cases

More people have lost the fight to COVID-19 in Nigeria with authorities reporting 17 new deaths on Tuesday.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed this in a late-night update on the outbreak of the disease in the country.

With the new deaths, 2,573 people have so far died of complications related to COVID-19, with at least one death reported in each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

As the country battles the third wave of the pandemic, the latest data from the health agency shows that 597 new cases were confirmed in 13 states and the FCT.

Lagos recorded the highest number of fresh infections on Tuesday – 204 and was followed by Rivers, Edo, and FCT where 89, 65, and 50 fresh cases were confirmed respectively.

“Today’s (Tuesday) report includes zero cases from Abia, Nasarawa, Ondo, and Sokoto States,” the agency said in a post on Facebook.

As a result of the new cases, Nigeria has now confirmed 196,487 infections, and 185,159 people have been successfully treated.

The NCDC says it has collected and tested a total of 2,884,034 samples, since the first case was reported in late February 2020.


India Restricts Religious Festivals over New COVID-19 Surge Fears

Indian authorities are restricting major religious festivals that start this week and attract huge crowds, warning that a new Covid-19 wave had already begun in the financial capital Mumbai.

State governments across the country of 1.3 billion people, which saw a devastating coronavirus surge in April-May, are clamping down on mass gatherings.

“The third wave is not coming, it is already here,” Mumbai’s mayor Kishori Pednekar told reporters on Tuesday.

“We can celebrate festivals later. Let us first prioritise the lives and health of our citizens,” added Uddhav Thackeray, the chief minister of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital.

He was speaking ahead of the 11-day Hindu Ganesh Chaturthi festival, which starts Friday.

The last Covid-19 wave overwhelmed India’s hospitals and was known to have killed more than 200,000 people.

It struck after one of the world’s biggest religious gatherings, the Kumbh Mela, which attracted some 25 million Hindu pilgrims.

That gathering, large state election rallies and the infectious Delta virus variant — first detected in India — were blamed by experts for fuelling the surge.


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