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Florida Records Highest COVID-19 Cases Since Pandemic Starts

Florida reported a total of 93,797 Covid-19 cases on Saturday, up 4,049 from a day earlier, the biggest daily increase since the pandemic began.

Total cases rose 4.5% in the past day, compared with an average increase of 3.4% in the previous seven days. Deaths among Florida residents reached 3,144, an increase of 1.3%, the state health department reported.

Cumulative hospitalizations of Florida residents rose by 165, or 1.3%, to 12,939.

The new rate of people testing positive climbed to 12.36%, compared with 9.97% on Friday and 8.8% on Wednesday.

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EFCC, FBI Collaborating To Track Victims Of Nigeria’s Most Wanted Internet Fraudster Hushpuppi

EFCC, FBI Collaborating To Track Victims Of Nigeria’s Most Wanted Internet Fraudster Hushpuppi.

The Nigerian anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has revealed that it was Collaborating with the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in efforts to trace the victims of Ramoni Igbalode, popularly called Ray Hush puppies, the current most wanted internet fraudster in Nigeria.

In press release made available to the media on Friday by the commission through it’s spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, the EFCC said that it was already abreast with Hushpuppi’s serial money laundering activities. 

Recall that the suspect was recently arrested by the International Police (Interpol) and the FBI over illegal activities bothering on money laundering.The EFCC image maker said that Hushpuppi has considerable case of money laundering and cyber crime, involving many high profile cyber criminals already facing trial in Nigeria, to answer.

“The commission is engaging with the FBI in tracing victims of his fraudulent transactions and other fraudsters having direct involvement with him. 

“Local cyber criminals with money laundering networks with him, are also being investigated.” It will be recalled that Hushpuppi was arrested on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 in United Arab Emirates in connection with $35 million ventilator scam.The Nigerian has accumulated massive wealth, even as a lot of his country men and women cannot exactly point to any genuine line of duty he’s engaged in.

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Rape Increase: Nigerian State Set To Sign Law For Death Sentence On Culprits

The Nigeria State of Kaduna is set to sign a law clamping a death sentence on anyone convicted of rape.Governor Nasir el-Rufai made this know following the increase in rape cases across the country where no fewer than ten victims have been raped to death in the past two weeks at different locations.

Also, it would be recalled that a serial rapist in Kano State in the same northern part of Nigeria like Kaduna was recently apprehended where he confessed to having sexually assaulted no fewer than forty women recently.
Thus, the governor assured residents of the state that he would go to any length to have the bill on death sentence for rapists signed into law.

Hajia Hafsat Baba, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, disclosed this in her verified Twitter handle on Friday.
Baba stated that the cases of rape have assumed a very worrying situation that several attempts to end the menace are proving difficult.

Baba affirmed that the new law has already got the governor’s blessings, saying, the governor is ready to sign it into law and end the menace.
Quoting from the governor’s Twitter handle he said, “No matter how tired and exhaustive I am, I will sign the death penalty by hanging for rapists because they shouldn’t live with us in Kaduna.

“We are committed to ending rape by all means in Kaduna State. Are you?”
Meanwhile, it would also be recalled that Kaduna had witnessed a series of rape cases in recent times; not long ago a proprietor of a school had raped a minor who happens to be a pupil in his school. 

Also, about six boys had raped their childhood friend after drugging her, dumped her by the roadside after violating her. Prominent among the cases In Kaduna was that of an adult,  a 45 years old man who raped a two-year-old girl to death in Zaria.

The man who was a neighbor to the parents of the toddler had carried the baby from the house, raped her for forty-five minutes thereby killing her in the process. 

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Nigeria’s Ruling Party APC Under Attack From Main Opposition Over Increased Banditry, Killings

The All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party in Nigeria, has come under severe criticism from the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), following the upsurge in Banditry other violent crimes, particularly in the northern part of the country. Recall that, that region has turned a slaughter ground where natives are killed in their numbers on a daily basis.

Even President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state of Katsina is not sparred as the Governor Aminu Maaari has openly admitted that his government had failed the people it swore to protect. As of the last count, more than two hundred persons have lost their lives in the region in the last month. Consequently, the PDP has said that the ruling party has questions to answer regarding the wanthom Killings, while also condemning the arrest of harmless protesters against the unchecked mass killing by bandits and insurgents in Katsina and other parts of the country, particularly in the North.

PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan on Thursday, described as absurd, but revealing, that the APC-led government would arrest, harass and detain victims of the bandits but chose to negotiate, hobnob with and even pay money to the assailants.
“This arrest further raises demands for the APC and its governors, particularly, those who openly confessed to have had contacts, negotiations and financial dealing with the bandits, to come clean on their alleged links with insurgents and marauders.

“Such actions by the APC administration, in addition to utterances of its leaders, have continued to dishearten Nigerians while emboldening bandits and insurgents to continue to pillage our communities, hold towns to ransom and visit all manner of violence on vulnerable Nigerians in various parts of the country,” the party said. 

The PDP recalls utterances by certain APC leaders, including asking victims of attacks not to revenge even in the face of poor security presence in affected communities as well as an admission by the government that the marauders were mercenaries from the Sahel region and armed deserters from late Muammah Gadaffi’s Libya.

The party reminded Nigerians that the APC and its leaders were yet to explain the whereabouts of the thugs they imported as political mercenaries from neighboring countries, particularly Chad and the Niger Republic to support the party’s bid during the build-up to the 2019 general elections.

“Furthermore, the APC and its leaders are yet to answer how marauders who were already pushed to the fringes by the PDP administration, resurged under their watch.

“Nigerians can recall that prior to the 2015 general elections, the insurgency had been extensively compressed, leading the successful conduct of the general election in all the 774 local governments across the country.    
“It is therefore clear that the constant narrative by the APC that some local governments were under the control of insurgents when it took over office, is mere propaganda.

“The situation in Katsina and other Northern states ought to be seen by the Buhari administration as a patriotic call to wake up to its responsibilities and take a decisive action to flush out the bandits and secure our nation,” the PDP said. 

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Nigerian Financial Crime Czar Arrests Fake Policeman For Robbing Mauritian

The Nigerian anti-money laundering agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a thirty-two-year old man, Boniface Oburuku, for allegedly stealing a bag, with vital documents belonging to a guest from Mauritius, whose name was concealed for safety.

Making a release on the incident on Wednesday, Dele Oyewale, the media officer of the EFCC, said the bag which was stolen contained international passport, the United States of America dollars, two Samsung mobile phones as well as the currencies of both Nigeria and Mauritius.

The statement read: “Oburuku committed the crime on June 11, 2019 at an event organised by the EFCC to mark the year’s National Democracy Day and Anti-Corruption Summit at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, which had in attendance, President Muhammadu Buhari,  Nigerian security chiefs, respected citizens and global leaders.

“For over one year, the suspect has been on the commission’s watch list and was eventually arrested in Lagos few days ago.”

Narrating how the suspect was tracked down, Oyewale said the team leader, Counter-Terrorism and General Investigations Unit of the EFCC, and his men swung into action through an intelligence on the suspect all over the country, which showed that he was constantly on the move, from Mpape area of the FCT to Jabi and later to Gwagwalada, all in the FCT.  He finally settled in Lagos where he was arrested.

Investigations also revealed that to breach security at the day’s event, Oburuku dressed smartly in a black suit and claimed to be of the Department of State Security (DSS), was allowed access into the venue by security agents on duty without presentation of an invite.

While confessing to the crime, Oburuku apologized to the Nigerian President, the EFCC, and his Mauritian victim, calling on others who are into fraudulent and criminal activities to turn a new leaf. He would soon be charged to court.

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The ravaging impact of Coronavirus outbreak across the world is gradually drawing the consciousness of everyone including UEFA governing body who expectedly canceled the commencement of Euro 2020 and rescheduled for the summer of 2021. This decision was reached in a conference involving about 55 European National Associations, each represented by their chief executives. 

However this cancellation, all seem to be a welcome idea considering the importance of adhering to the safety of lives. But the effects of a negative economic drawback to the host nations cannot be overemphasized in what looked like an innovation where we would have seen A Pan-European tournament, with 12 host cities is overwhelming taking into cognizance the number of preparations that had taken place until the sudden outbreak of the deadly virus

The confirmation came from UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, during a meeting on Tuesday backed with several videos conferences, they decided to cancel this summer’s showpiece football event.

However, soccer lovers would still have the privilege to watch matches as UEFA body want the European football season to be concluded by the end of June 2020. On one hand officials, other countries League is also working on modalities to structure how they would conclude the season.

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The impressive contribution of start-ups to the GDP of advanced economies today is globally acknowledged. That is the product of a knowledge society, which is driven by entrepreneurship. And entrepreneurship, according to experts, is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.

That is precisely the motivating force behind this inaugural edition of Salone CEOs’ Meet, entitled “Overcoming Business Obstacles In A Micro- And Macro-Economic Environment; The Winning Reset.” scheduled for 6th December 2019, as headline event of the maiden edition of the Personality of the Year Award, which holds  Saturday 7th December 2019 at the Freetown International Conference Centre, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The event is designed to showcase the first-time, the gathering of about five hundred Chief Executive Officers (CEOs’) across Africa, at a conference. They will form a think tank of successful African entrepreneurs and CEOs knowledgeable and willing to share their valuable experiences on how to create, innovate and improve business opportunities in Sierra Leone in particular and Africa generally. 

Given that the government has the responsibility of providing a healthy and competitive fiscal environment. We enjoin all and sundry to seize this opportunity for us to make an impact and a difference in our dear country and Africa.

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Kanayo O. Kanayo Mocks Okorocha After Govt House Tour

Veteran actor and member of the Joint Committee of the Inauguration/ Handover in Imo State, Kanayo O. Kanayo, has mocked the outgoing governor of the state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, after the committee had a tour of the government house preparatory to the May 29 handover in the state.

It will be recalled that Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated all comers, including Uche Nwosu, Okorcha’s son in law, to emerge the governor-elect of Imo State.

Ihedioha, in alliance with the sitting governor, constituted a handover committee and they embarked on a tour of the state’s seat of power.

Taking to his instagram page, Kanayo said it would not come out of his mouth what they saw at the government house in the course of their tour of the edifice.

The joint committee of the inauguration/ handover in Imo State met with the outgoing Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and also undertook a tour of Government House. You want to know what we saw? I wouldn’t be the one to spoil your appetite because it is not expected.”

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Duchess Of Sussex, Meghan, Gives Birth To Baby Boy

The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a boy with her husband by her side after going into labour this morning.

Speaking from Windsor, the Duke of Sussex said: “I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy this morning – a very healthy baby boy.”

According to Telegraph UK, the couple maintained an element of secrecy around the arrangements for the birth, saying they will share news of their baby’s arrival “once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family”.

Members of the international press have been assembled in Windsor for several weeks awaiting news that the baby is on its way, with American television networks updating their viewers daily.

They will now be joined by excited members of the public and the British media, in the last few hours before the seventh-in-line to the throne is welcomed into the world.

The baby is understood to be around a week overdue, with the Duchess, who is 37, said to be “comfortable and content” as she waited in her new home at Frogmore Cottage with her husband and mother Doria Ragland by her side.

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Breaking: Kidnappers Abduct Army Officer, Wife, Two Children

It has just been revealed that an army officer, his wife, and their two children had been kidnapped along Wukari-Ibbi Road in Taraba State, Nigeria just a few minutes ago, April 28, 2019.

The officer, according to Daily Trust, was reportedly dressed in civil attire and was traveling in his personal car with his wife and two children when he was abducted by unknown gunmen at Ibiwa village in Ibbi Local Government Area of Taraba state.

According to the newspaper, sources in Wukari and Ibbi who preferred to be anonymous said that the officer attached to Army Barracks Takum was traveling from Takum to Ibbi town when the gunmen blocked the road at Ibiwa village and took him and his family to an unknown location.

The source said soldiers from Takum and police from Wukari are now searching the forests between Wukari and Ibbi town to rescue the army officer and his family. The police public relations officer Taraba state command, DSP David Misal, was quoted to have said that he had contacted the DPO Ibbi and Wukari area command over the issue but they have not replied him yet. ”I called the DPO Ibbi but he has not replied my inquiry over the matter. I’m now waiting for his response,” DSP Misal said. 

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