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Ghana Court Jails Nigerian Six Months For Attempt To Register As A Voter

A Nigerian, Isaiah China, 31 years of age, has been sentenced to six months in prison with hard labour for trying to register as a voter in the ongoing voters’ registration in Ghana.
In the sentencing at the Kaneshie District Court, the 31 years old tailor from the Eastern part of Nigeria pleaded guilty to the charge of attempting to register in the exercise, which is contrary to Section 24 (a) of CI. Election Regulation 1995 and was convicted on his plea.

Baba Jamal, his counsel, in pleading for mitigation, told the court, presided over by Madam Rosemond Dodoa Agyiri, that his client was deceived to go to the registration centre.

The counsel said Chima’s plea of guilty showed he was remorseful, adding that the court should temper justice with mercy.

Baba Jamal also prayed the court for mercy and clemency, Ghanaweb reports.

Police Sergeant Apaweh Achana told the court that Mr Kingsley Twum Agyapong, the complainant, is a businessman and a resident at Dansoman-Karikari. In contrast, Chima lived at Dansoman-Dominion, all suburbs of Accra.

He said on Monday, July 27, 2020, at about 0930 hours, Chima, together with Pascaline Nyadroh and Joshua Payin, went to the Swag Club House Dansoman Registration Centre to register in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise.

The prosecution said Pascaline and Payin filled the guarantor’s form to enable Chima to register, saying during the registration, Chima gave his name as Kofi Isaiah.

Sergeant Achana said in the course of answering questions, the registration officer became suspicious of Chima’s accent. When the guarantors were confronted, they rushed to their car and drove off, leaving Chima.

He was then arrested. After that, he admitted the offence in his caution statement in the presence of an independent witness.

Sergeant Achana said Chima told the police that he was from Abia State in Nigeria and that it was Pascaline and Payin that asked him to go and register.

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Nigerian-Born USA-Based Medical Doctor Insists Chloroquine Is Cure For COVID-19, Accuses Colleagues, Pharma Firms Of Cover-up.


A United States of America based Nigerian-Born medical doctor, Dr. Stella Immanuel, has taking colleagues an pharmaceutical companies to the cleaners ‘for hiding the truth’ about the Coronavirus cure.
Dr Immanuel has therefore taken a prominent spot in social media trends following a news conference she featured in at Washington.


Dr Stella who insisted that antimalarial drug; hydroxychloroquine, zinc and antibacterial drug, Zithromax were effective in the treatment of Coronavirus, accused her colleagues and pharmaceutical companies of cover-up.

Sharing her experience of managing over 350 Coronavirus patients, the Nigerian-born doctor stated that no patient has died under her care, including those with underlying medical conditions like diabetes, asthma and others.

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Nigerian Political Parties Drag President Buhari To Court Over Expired Tenures Of Service Chiefs

A group of political parties in Nigeria under the name of  ‘Coalition of United Political Parties’ (CUPP) has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari to court over the tenure elongation of service chiefs.


Also dragged to court with the President are, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas.
The group is seeking an order to stop President Buhari from extending the tenure of the service chiefs and also stop the service chiefs from continued stay in the office 
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the spokesman of CUPP, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, passed a vote of no confidence on the service chiefs, adding that their continued stay in the office undermine the national security, demoralizes the troops and also the cause of mass resignation of soldiers.


He pointed out that five years after President Buhari came to power, his three key promise of tackling security situation in the country, fighting corruption and ravamping the economy have not be met.
Ugochinyere said: “Five years down the line, Nigerians are not in doubt anymore that they have fallen victim to political yahoo yahoo, they are victims of one chance and this regime has picked the pocket of Nigerians. 
“Under the watch of this regime, Nigeria has been turned into a killing field. The colour of our rivers is now red with the blood of innocent citizens. 

“The regime has failed in its fulfillment of the primary purpose of government which is the protection of lives and properties of citizens. 
“We now have different nomenclature for different theatres of blood in the country. In the North East it is called insurgency.  In the North West it is called banditry. In the North Central it is called herders farmers clash while in the Southern states it is referred to as kidnapping.


“By the provision of the Constitution, the President has the unfettered powers to appoint in line with the law heads of all security agencies in the country. These appointments include those of the Service Chiefs which are the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Navy Staff and chief of Air Staff. 

“The only guides provided by the Constitution are contained in Sections 217, 218, 219 and 220 of the Constitution. 
“It therefore means that the failure of the security falls squarely on the table of the President and on the basis of the failure to provide basic security for Nigerians, we have passed a Vote of no confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari and on his appointed  Service Chiefs, as their continued stay undermines national security, demoralizes troops and a cause of mass resignation and public complaints by solders which cause more damage to our democracy.
“It is to forestall the impending danger that the Opposition Coalition CUPP has filed a law suit at the Federal High Court seeking among other things:


“1. A DECLARATION that the Service Chiefs have attained the mandatory retirement ages of 60 years or 35 years of service and therefore due for retirement.    “2.    A DECLARATION that the Service Chiefs having attained the mandatory retirement age of 60 years or 35 years of service in the Nigerian Armed Forces CANNOT lawfully have their services extended by the President or continue to perform any duty pertaining to their respective offices in the Armed Forces of the Federation.
“3.    A DECLARATION that upon the attainment of the mandatory retirement age of 60 years or 35 years of service in the Armed Forces of the Federation, the Service Chiefs CANNOT be deemed or taken to be serving members of the Armed Forces of the Federation and therefore cannot lawfully remain in service.
“4.    A DECLARATION that the Service Chiefs are due for statutory retirement upon their respective attainment of 60 years or 35 years of service in the Armed Forces of the Federation and ought to immediately proceed on one month pre-retirement leave and stop further performance of duty forthwith.
“5.    AN ORDER OF COURT directing and compelling the President to direct the Service Chiefs to immediately proceed on one month pre-retirement leave forthwith.”
Alternatively, the CUPP said that “AN ORDER OF COURT directing and compelling the Service Chiefs to forthwith stop performing any duties or exercising any powers of the offices of Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff and Chief of Naval Staff of the Armed Forces of the Federation respectively.
“6.    AN ORDER of Perpetual Injunction restraining the President from further re-appointing or in any other manner extending the services of the Service Chiefs in the Armed Forces of the Federation.
“The Nigerian opposition cannot continue to indulge this President and believe that he will change. This President still has close to three years left for his regime to constitutionally run out. We can no longer stand on the sidelines and watch him destroy our country irreversibly. 
“We must put all hands on deck to make this country work whether the President likes it or not. We believe that the Federal High Court will grant our prayers and invariably terminate the illegal extension of the tenures of the Service Chiefs, cause a legitimate chagnge of guard and revitalize the very low morale of troops at the various theatres.
“The president has an opportunity before the Court delivers its judgment to prove he is Commander in Chief and command with the right people that have the capacity. The President has not only failed by failing to exercise the right to hire and fire, but it is shameful in failing to respect the Constitution on tenure of the Service Chiefs and that is unacceptable and will be fought through the law.”

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Many Feared Killed In Lagos Gas Explosion

Unaccounted persons have been feared killed in a gas explosion that has rocked the Nigerian commercial capital city of Lagos.
The sad event happened in the evening of Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at the Afariogun area of Isolo in Isolo Local Government Area of Lagos.
According to information gathered, the explosion occured in a gas shop and a source from the scene said the explosion is not unconnected with a electric spark inside the shop


‘We have been having epileptic power supply and I think that the explosion might have been caused by a spark from electricity.”
However, men of the fire service and other essential workers were seen at the scene evacuating the dead and the incident caused heavy vehicular traffic in the area.

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Breaking! FIFA Bans Guinea Bissau Federation Presidents For Ten Years

FA, the world football governing body, has slammed Manuel Nascimento, the president of Guinea Bissau Football Federation, a ten ten-year ban from all football and football-related activities for his involvement in a mob incident against a man in his country.

The international ban was handed the football administrator late Friday evening, less than 24 hours before he was due to contest Saturday’s election for his third term in office as the leader of the football federation.

Nascimento, who was seeking a third, four-year term in Saturday’s polls was also hit with a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs Swiss (about 93 thousand Euros) for the offense.

The decision means he will not contest Saturday’s election and there will be a new leader in charge of the Guinea-Bissau federation after Saturday morning’s election in the country’s capital.

Seven candidates are running for the presidency of the Football Federation of Guinea-Bissau following the ban imposed on Nascimento for the incident that occurred in the capital Bissau.

The adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee found Nascimento guilty of breach of his duty to protect the physical and mental integrity of others, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that, based on information, including video material, gathered by the investigatory chamber, Mr. Nascimento had breached his duty, as per the FIFA Code of Ethics, to protect the physical and mental integrity of the man who was the victim of the mobbing,” the FIFA statement read.

“Consequently, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr. Nascimento had breached art. 23 (Protection of physical and mental integrity) of the FIFA Code of Ethics and sanctioned him with a ban from all football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level for ten years. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 100,000 has been imposed on Mr. Nascimento.”

Nascimento wrote off the ban, saying: “Imagine, one day before the elections, and this matter was made public. I am calm. I spoke with my lawyer and said I have 60 days to do what we have to do “.

He has 60 days to appeal the decision at the Court for Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland.

Nascimento is a hugely divisive figure in African football often publicly verbally attacking people who are politically opposed to him in the trajectory of African football.

In 2017 just before the CAF elections, he reportedly vowed to quit football administration if Issa Hayatou, whom he so much supported, lost the CAF presidential election in Addis Ababa, where current leader, Ahmad Ahmad won.

But refused to stand down when they Cameroonian was pummeled at the polls, claiming the youth of his country wants him to continue in the position.

Since that election, he has wasted no time in attacking Ahmad for his policies and was among the few who were actively plotting to bring down the Malagasy leader of Africa’s football governing body.

The ban all but ends Nascimento’s participation in African football politics as the world would have moved on by the time he gets the opportunity to overturn the decision or return to the game in 2030 when the ban elapses.

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Sexual Offences Court: President Bio Salutes Efforts Of First Lady, Judiciary

President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone has saluted the first lady and his wife, Her Excellency Fatima Maada Bio as well as the country’s Chief Judge and the entire judiciary for their support in the efforts towards ridding the country of Sexual Offences.
Taking to his Twitter handle to express delight in the setting up of the Sexual Offences Model Court, the president said the need to “Hands Off Our Girls” had become a rallying point of resistance in the fight against Sexual crime in the country.


The president said the support from his wife, the Chief Judge and the entire judiciary had become very immeasurable in the efforts of his administration in saving the girls and women in the country.
He twitted: “We are establishing a Sexual Offences Model Court. Thank you First Lady for your tenacity.


“Hands Off Our Girls’ has become a rallying cry of resistance.
“Thank My Lord, the Chief Justice and members of the judiciary for your interminable support,” President Bio tweeted.
Sierra Leone, it will be recalled, has been in the forefront of the fight against Sexual Offences and the present administration under President Maada Bio has priorize eradication of Sexual crime since he came on board.

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How 24 Nigerians Were Burnt To Death In Tanker Explosion

Fresh facts have emerged on how more than twenty persons were roasted alive when a tanker laden with petroleum products burst into flames after it exploded at Koko Junction in the ever-busy Benin, Sapele High Way in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Edo State in South-South Nigeria.


According to an eye witness who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone, the driver of the tanker would have avoided the accident if he had been cautious at the bad spot on the junction.


“The driver fell into a gutter but that road is bad and he ought to have been very careful. He was not careful at that spot and that made him fall with his tanker.
“I was close to that place doing shopping when I heard a loud bang and the next thing was fire everywhere.


“We normally have such incidents there and that is why vehicles, particularly the articulated ones, must be very careful.
“Because it was sudden, a lot of vehicles on that road could not see how to escape and that is also because the road is not very good.
“All of them were burnt and that is how so many people died.


“I personally counted more than twenty bodies and I am very sure that the least that could have died in the fire will be twenty-four.
“In one of the burning vehicles, onlookers could see trapped occupants yelling, shouting, and battling for their lives as the fire from spills of the tanker was raging seriously.”


On whether the men of the fire service did not respond immediately, he said they might have been delayed by traffic, but commended their efforts in putting out the fire eventually.
“If you look at how the fire was raging, it was difficult for anyone to get close and that is why so many people were helpless in assisting those trapped in their vehicles
“But the fire service tried though they did not arrive on time maybe because of traffic.
“But immediately they arrived, they worked tirelessly to stop the fire,” says the eye witness named Chika, an undergraduate of the University of Benin, who is staying with his parents in the Edo State capital due to the lockdown on academic activities in the Nigerian ivory towers, saying more than fifteen vehicles were burnt in the process.

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Sierra Leone To Conduct 3rd Post War Census In December

The Government of Sierra Leone will conduct what it called the mid-term population and housing census of all the inhabitants of the country soon.
According to President President Julius Maada Bio through a tweet late Tuesday, the exercise will commence on December 4, 2020.


The president said the census became very imperative as it would help the country to plan effectively and ensure equitable distribution of resources to all parts of Sierra Leone.


President Bio tweeted: “The Mid-Term Population and Housing Census of all inhabitants of #SierraLeone will commence on the 4th of December 2020.


“This will help us plan properly, ensure equitable distribution of resources, and foster economic and social development,” the president said in the tweet.
Meanwhile, the last time population census was conducted in the country was in 2015. It marked the second post war enumeration exercise in the country.


The census then was conducted with both technical and financial support coming from the UNFPA and its partners.

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Four Die As Car Plunges Into River In Ogun State Nigeria

Four persons have been feared killed after a car they were traveling with fell into the river in Ogun State, South West Nigeria.

Meanwhile, in the accident that occured when the car, an Opel Salon, fell into the Ososa River in Odogbolu Local Government Area of the state late Tuesday, two other passengers of the ill-fated vehicle sustained injuries.

Speaking on the accident, Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, confirmed the occurence.

Akinbiyi said the vehicle marked, GGE 596 DV, heading for Sagamu from Ijebu-Ode, plunged into the river at the second bridge around 10.20am on Tuesday.

Akinbiyi said: “The car was coming from Ijebu-Ode and heading for Sagamu when the accident happened.

“The car was speeding when it suddenly lost control and plunged into the Ososa River. 

“Six persons were in the vehicle; one female and five males, including the driver, which is against the COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.

“The two injured have been taken to the Ijebu-Ode General Hospital and the four dead bodies have been deposited at the morgue of the hospital.”

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Biden Proposes New Tax Credits For Children, Disabled’s Caregivers

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday proposed new tax credits for those who care for children, seniors and disabled people and said he would build tens of thousands of new child-care facilities as part of a plan to bolster what his campaign called the “caregiving economy.”

Biden, CNN reports, is set to detail his plan in a speech Tuesday afternoon in New Castle, Delaware. It’s the third plank of the “build back better” economic platform the former vice president is rolling out in advance of next month’s Democratic National Convention.

Biden’s plans — which have included manufacturing and clean energy, and are also expected to include a future speech on how he would address racial injustice in the economy — have been offered as economic stimulus programs that would restore jobs lost during the Coronavirus pandemic and add millions more on top of those losses.

Biden’s campaign said the plan would cost $775 billion over 10 years. Biden would pay for it by repealing tax breaks for real estate investors who earn more than $400,000 and, according to a campaign document, “taking steps to increase tax compliance for high-income earners.”

Of that, $450 billion would go to clearing a waiting list for Medicaid home and community services that, citing Kaiser Family Foundation data, Biden’s campaign said numbers more than 800,000 and can last as long as five years.

Once the backlog is cleared, Biden’s campaign said, he would propose allowing states to scrap their existing Medicaid home- and community-based care service waivers — which allow people to receive long-term care in their homes rather than institutional settings — in favor of a new program with more federal funding.

Biden’s campaign also said it would fund the hiring of 150,000 community health care workers.

The plan also includes elements aimed at aiding unpaid caregivers who take care of family members, offering them a $5,000 tax credit and Social Security credits.

Biden’s plan also covers early childhood education. He is proposing $8,000 tax credits for families with one child and $16,000 credits for those with two or more children making up to $125,000 per year. Those earning too much to qualify for the full credit, but less than $400,000 per year, would receive partial credits.

Biden’s plan also includes an alternative to tax credits. Families earning up to 1.5 times their state’s median income could instead have their child care subsidized so that they are paying no more than 7% of their income.

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