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Court orders resident doctors to resume work
An Industrial Court of Nigeria, sitting in Abuja, on Friday, ordered striking resident doctors across the country to resume work with immediate effect.
Justice Bashar Alkali, while ruling on an interlocutory injunction filed by Toochukwu Maduka (SAN) on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, based his judgement on the prevailing health cases of Nigerians and the need for the doctors to resume duties as essential workers in curbing the COVID-19 third wave.
Earlier in August, resident doctors in Nigeria embarked on a strike, demanding that the federal government should review the memorandum of understanding and other agreements reached with the body but the federal government, through the Ministry of Health, filed an application before the Court on 20th August, 2021, seeking an injunction to restrain the striking doctors from continuing with their industrial action.
Court orders DSS to pay Sunday Igboho N20bn over home invasion
Justice Ladiran Akintola of Oyo State High Court has declared the raid conducted by the Department of State Service on the residence of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, in Ibadan as illegal.
The court which gave the ruling on Friday, ordered the Department of State Service to pay the sum of twenty billion naira to Igboho as exemplary and aggravated damages done to his Soka home in Ibadan during the July 1 invasion.
The judge ruled in the suit filed by Igboho against the DSS in which he demanded five hundred billion naira and declared the raid illegal and criticized the DSS for arbitrary aggression and prejudices.
Jigawa Police to enforce ban on sale of petrol in jerry cans
The police command in Jigawa State has alerted residents of the ban on the sale of petrol in jerrycans and other containers by the State Government.
The Public Relations Officer of the command, Lawan Shiisu, said this in a statement on Friday in Dutse, the state capital.
He said that filling stations, individuals, or groups who contravened the order would be made to face the wrath of the law.
The spokesperson added that the command, in collaboration with sister security agencies would extend its tentacles to nooks and crannies of the state to ensure full compliance with the order.
Nigeria Records 601 New COVID-19 Cases, Seven More Deaths
Nigeria has recorded six hundred and one new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths from the virus.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)said in its COVID update released on Thursday night that the new cases were reported from 17 states which include Lagos (173), Edo (97), FCT (68), Rivers (50), Delta (45), Kaduna (28), Ondo (28), Akwa Ibom (25), Bayelsa (16), Imo (16), Plateau (15), Anambra (12), Ekiti (11), Cross River (6), Oyo (6), Gombe (3), and Benue (2).
This now brings the total confirmed cases across the country to 200,957.
189,346 infected persons have, however, recovered and have been discharged, while a total of 2,647 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
FG woos local investors, opens $3bn Eurobond borrowing plan
The Debt Management Office has said that Nigeria is back in the International Capital Market after about three years with a plan to raise at least three billion dollars from issuance of Eurobond.
This was contained in a statement on Thursday issued by the Debt Management Office’s spokesperson, Chinenye Onu.
The statement which read that The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans for a Eurobond issuance in the International Capital Market, further said that there would be virtual meetings with investors on September 17 and 20, adding that the meetings are open to local investors for the first time.
ON THE FOREIGN SCENE
Guinea Declares End of Marburg Virus Outbreak, Says WHO
The World Health Organization on Thursday said Guinea has declared the end of an outbreak of the Marburg virus, which belongs to the same family as Ebola.
Health authorities in the country confirmed West Africa’s first recorded case of Marburg on August 9, in a man whose infection was detected after he had died a week earlier. Marburg has no treatment or vaccine and belongs to the same filovirus family as Ebola, but infection is somewhat less deadly.
However, its symptoms include high fever and internal and external bleeding, and in preventing the spread of the virus, Guinean health authorities began monitoring the Marburg victim’s contact cases.
The World Health Organization said in a statement that no other cases had been detected since, and they believe outbreak is over, adding that Guinea’s growing expertise in responding to viral outbreaks had prevented a spillover and saved lives.
Arsenal confirm deal for Hein ahead of Burnley clash
Arsenal have confirmed that goalkeeper, Karl Hein, has signed a new long-term contract with the club.
The North London club said this in a statement on Friday ahead of their Premier League clash with Burnley on Saturday.
The 19-year-old, who made his non-competitive first-team debut in July in the pre-season match at Hibernian, was also a member of the first-team matchday squad six times in the Europa League last season.
He also made his full international debut for Estonia in September 2020 in a Nations League match against Georgia, and kept a clean sheet against Wales earlier this month in their 0-0 World Cup qualifier draw in Cardiff.