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Kano flood kills over 50, destroy over 30,000 houses.

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The rest are Danbatta; Bagwai, Rimin Gado, Ungogo, Gwale, Warawa, Tarauani, Nasarawa, Dala, Kumbotso, and Kano Municipal.

Flooding has claimed 54 lives and destroyed 30, 356 houses across Kano State within the last four months, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said on Friday.

The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Saleh Jili, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Kano that the loss of lives and destruction particularly hit Rogo; Kabo, Gezawa, Bebeji, Kura, Gwarzo, Shanono, Wudil and Gaya.

Jili said 81 other residents were injured due to flood, windstorm and rainstorm during the period.

He added:“The agency has recorded 2,177 fire outbreaks and 9,127 farmlands destroyed to the disaster,” he said.

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“The displaced persons are taking shelter with their relatives in the affected communities.

“We were in the affected areas to sympathise with the victims and distributed relief materials to alleviate their sufferings.”

Jili said the items distributed included bags of cement, grain, roofing sheets, blankets, Mattress, and toiletries among others.

The secretary urged wealthy individuals and donor organisations to assist the victims, and called on the people to clear water ways to prevent flooding.


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Kano Reps member battered by Youths for no performing.

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The alleged incident happened on Sunday, October 11, when Jobe went to inagurate a project at Gulu, a village under Rimin Gado Local Government Area.

A member of the All Progressives Congress representing Dawakin Tofa/Tofa and Rimin Gado Federal Constituency in Kano State, Tijjani Abdulkadir Jobe, was allegedly attacked by angry youths in his constituency.


According to Noble Reporters Media‘s known Media, the youths reportedly attacked Jobe after accusing him of not delivering the dividends of democracy to them.


The publication adds that the lawmaker was beaten to a pulp by the youth, who accused him of making false promises for many years without fulfilling them.


“He was given severe beating by the angry youth on Sunday.


“They said they attacked him because of his fake promises for many years,” the report said.


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Deposed Kano Emir, Sanusi arrives Kaduna

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The former Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi has arrived Kaduna state more than five months after he was deposed by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state.

Sanusi’s visit to Kaduna state happens to be his first to any part of northern Nigeria since he was removed from the throne on March 9, 2020.

He is expected to visit Governor Nasir El-Rufai, his long time friend of over forty years at the Kaduna State Government House.

The former Emir on arrival in Kaduna was received by a crowd of supporters who joined his motorcade.

Some of them displayed 2023 campaign posters with his photograph on their vehicles.

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Sanusi, an ex-central bank Governor had frosty relations with Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje since 2017.

His supporters believe he was sacked for opposing Mr Ganduje’s re-election last year.

Sanusi was seen as a reformist and had been critical of some government policies – a stance that frequently put him at loggerheads with ruling politicians.

Exiled Ruler
Following his deposition, El-Rufai had met with the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi at Awe in Nasarawa State.

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Governor El-Rufai had on March 13th, 2020, arrived Awe Local Government where Sanusi was residing then.

Due to a heavy security presence, journalists were only allowed to stay 200 metres away from the place.

Sanusi later left Awe for Lagos after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja granted an interim order releasing him from detention in Nasarawa.

Justice Anwuli Chikere granted the order in line with the prayers on the exparte motion filed on behalf of the deposed Emir by Mr Lateef Fagbemi SAN.

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The former Emir had approached the court seeking an interim order of the court directing his immediate release from detention.

‘Moving On’
Not disturbed by his dethronement, the former CBN governor said he was “moving on” with his life, but, admitted that challenging his removal could have been the easiest thing to do if he wanted to.

“I have done what I could in six years, I’m moving on. I don’t want to go back. The truth is, if I had wanted to go back, the dethronement letter was so badly written, it was not done professionally. The easiest thing is just to go to court.

“It’s a simple, fair hearing, ‘did you query him? Did you ask him to defend himself? Did you even call him to ask him any question?’ That’s all but I think we should go on to a new phase in life,” he said.


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35-year-old rescued after being locked up by parents for 15 years in Kano State.

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A 35-year-old man, Ibrahim Lawan, who was imprisoned by his parents in Kano State has regained freedom after 15 years.

His hope for freedom from incarceration came to reality after Ibrahim was rescued by a Police Medical Team and operatives of Operation Puff Adder.

The victim was removed from confinement on Sunday in Sheka, a community in Unguwar Fulani in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the state.

He was later moved into an ambulance waiting just outside the building and was whisked away in company with armed security operatives.

File photo of security operatives that rescued victim.

The Public Relations Officer of the Kano State Police Command, Abdullahi Haruna, confirmed this to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media)

He disclosed that Ibrahim has since been moved to the hospital for medical attention and the police have commenced an investigation into the incident.

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Security officials rescue Ibrahim Lawan 15 years after he was imprisoned by his parents in Kano State.

Ibrahim’s rescue came just two days after the police in Kano apprehended one Aminu Farawa.

Farawa was arrested for locking up his 30-year-old son, Ahmed Aminu, inside his car garage for seven years.

Victim

He, however, claimed to have had his son locked up for three years after suspecting him of drug abuse.

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Ahmed was rescued by the police and taken to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano for proper treatment.

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in Kano, Habu Sani, ordered that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.

“We are currently investigating the matter to uncover the real course behind this act, the victims are also in our custody at the moment,” Haruna told Channels Television in a phone chat while giving an update in the incidents.

Unlike Farawa, the command’s spokesman said no reason was given by Ibrahim’s parents as to why they kept their son in detention for 15 years without proper feeding or medical care.


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Kano Police arrest Man after he did this to his 30-year-old son.

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The Kano State Police Command has arrested one Aminu Farawa for locking up his 30-year-old son, Ahmed Aminu, inside his car garage for seven years.

According to a statement released on Friday by the Command spokesman, Abdullahi Haruna, the victim has been rescued and admitted at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano for proper treatment.

According to Mr Aminu, he had had his son locked up for three years after suspecting him of drug abuse.

The State’s Commissioner of Police, Habu Sani has ordered the case transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.


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Leader of terrorist group, Shekau react after Shari’a court orders death of Kano singer.

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Abubakar Shekau, leader of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist sect, has condemned the death sentence handed down to a musician identified as Yahaya Sharif-Aminu over alleged blasphemy.

Noble Reporters Media reports that a Sharia Court in Kano State on Monday found Sharif-Aminu guilty of blasphemy for releasing a song insulting the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

But the death sentence has sparked reactions and condemnations by concerned Nigerians who faulted the ruling and called for the abolition of the Sharia Law.

However, in a fresh audiotape, Shekau berated the ruling noting that there is no difference between the accused and those who sentenced him to death.

He said: “There is no difference between the ‘blasphemer’ and those who sentenced him to death.”


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Reactions after shari’a court charges Kano singer to death.

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Several Nigerians have reacted to the judgment of an Upper Sharia Court in Kano which on Monday sentenced a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, to death by hanging for blasphemy.

Sharif-Aminu, 22, was found guilty of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad in a song he circulated via Whatsapp in March this year.

He has 30 days to appeal the judgment.

In the aftermath of the court’s decision, thousands of Nigerians trooped to social media to express their opinions on the judgment.

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A Twitter user @FakhuusHashim said nothing should warrant the killing of any Nigerian for what they have said.

“Nothing, and I mean nothing should ever warrant the killing of anyone for anything they’ve said. This is repulsive and regressive. Death sentencing for blasphemy are a human rights violation and the FG must act to stop the sentence from being carried out.”

Another user, YOjora, said Sharia Law in Northern Nigeria affects only the poor and enemies of the powerful.

“Sharia law in northern Nigeria never affects the rich, only the poor and political enemies of the powerful… There’s a video of a certain person packing dollars, I wonder why he hasn’t lost his hands..”

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A journalist, David Hundeyin, described the judgment as “state-sanctioned terrorism.”

“Boko Haram regularly executes musicians and artists for “blasphemy” in the villages they occupy, citing Sharia Law. I’d love to know how this is not state-sanctioned terrorism. What is the difference between the Kano State government and Boko Haram? Please do tell.”

The West African coordinator of the Afro Arab Youth Council, Bello Shagari, said no muslim has the moral right to react angrily to blasphemy.

“No Muslim has the moral right to react angrily to blasphemy; that doesn’t mean one cannot be angry. Meanwhile, the sharia law on blasphemy cannot be done to a non Muslim. It is only applicable to Muslims who commits a ‘certain degree’ of blasphemy in a circular state.”


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Shari’a court charges Kano singer, Yahaya Aminu Sharif to death

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An Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Quarters in Kano has sentenced a 22-year old singer Yahaya Aminu Sharif to death by hanging for blasphemy against Prophet of Muhammad.

In his ruling on Monday, the Shari’a court Khadi, Aliyu Muhammad Kani, found Sharif guilty of the one-count charge bordering on derogatory comment contained in one of his songs.

Sharif, a resident of Sharifai quarters in Kano municipal, was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.

Sharif’s action came to public knowledge on 4th of March, 2020, when hundreds of angry youths stormed the Kano Hisbah board headquarters in protest against what they considered an uncomplimentary assault on prophet Muhammad.

The youths accused government and security agencies of undue protection and failure to act appropriately against Sharif.

The irate youths had earlier razed down the family house of the singer after his disappearance when they invaded the resident.


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EdoDecide’20: Kano gov, Ganduje slams Obaseki

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…call him a liability, failure


Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Friday said his Edo State counterpart Godwin Obaseki is a “liability” to the People’s Democratic Party.

“I can assure you that Governor Obaseki is a liability to the PDP. I can assure you that we are contesting against a governor who failed most woefully,” Ganduje said.

Ganduje had accompanied the All Progressives Congress’s candidate for the Edo state governorship election Osagie Ize-Iyamu to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

He failed woefully in the area of providing infrastructural facilities to the good people of Edo State, who failed most woefully in the execution of constitutional provision in the state, especially pertaining to the legislature.

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“14 members were out of the legislature for 13 good months. When we calculated, we saw those 14 legislators are representing 60 per cent of the population. All their constituents are unhappy that elected legislators were not given the chance to participate in the legislation in that state.

“In fact, all the legislations made should be considered as illegal. So, we are ready to fight somebody who has failed and it’s an advantage to us.”

Obaseki has been faced with several criticisms from the APC.

Obaseki dumped the APC in July after he was denied a second term ticket by the party.

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The party had curiously disqualified Obaseki, alleging that his National Youth Service Certificate (NYSC) and the testimonial of the Institute of Continuing Education Benin city submitted by the governor were in-genuine.

However, Obaseki defected to the opposition PDP and clinched the party’s gubernatorial ticket to contest for a second a term.

Obaseki has since blamed the suspended APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, for his travails in APC.

Obaseki became governor under the APC in 2016, while Oshiomhole became the national chairman of the APC. But shortly after Obaseki assumed office, the political marriage between the two men began to unravel.


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Bribe: Court dismisses No-case submission against Kano ex-Reps member

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed the appeal filed by a former member of the House of Representatives from Kano State, Farouk Lawan seeking to terminate the $3million bribery charges brought against him by the Federal Government.

The appellate court in a unanimous decision held that a prima facie case was well established against Lawan that warranted him to enter his defence in the three counts charge brought against him since 2013.

Delivering the judgment in the appeal filed against the ruling of an Abuja High Court which held that Lawan had a case to answer; Justice Olabisi Ige held that the decision of the lower court was well-founded.

Justice Ige said that contrary to Lawal’s argument, the prosecution evidence at the High Court was not in any way discredited, hence the rejection of his no-case submission.

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The appellate court also held that the language of the trial judge, Justice Angela Otaluka which Lawan complained about did not place him in any disadvantage position or was in any way inimical to his trial.

Justice Ige who quoted copiously from the records of proceedings of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, especially the testimonies of the five witnesses called by the Federal Government, upheld the findings of Justice Otaluka that there were sufficient evidence linking Mister Lawan to the offences.

Justice Otaluka had in 2019 dismissed the no-case-submission filed by Mister Lawan who was then the Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Oil and Gas in his alleged $3million bribery trial.


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COVID-19: Kano council agree CBTCs in 5 emirates

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The Kano state Executive Council has approved the establishment of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Computer Based Testing Centres (CBTCs) in the five Emirates Councils as zonal offices and 44 Local Government Areas in the state.

The commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammadu Garba stated this on Sunday while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the council’s weekly meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano.

He said it became necessary to increase the number of CBTCs, to prevent a situation where candidates have to be sent to neighboring states of Bauchi, Kaduna, Jigawa and Katsina just to seat for the JAMB Exams.

Garba also revealed that during its sitting, the council approved the establishment of the State Council on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to fast track the spread of ICT skills to the grassroots.

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The council, according to him, would be co-chaired by the commissioner of Science, Technology and Innovation and that of local government, while the commissioners for Information, education, higher education as well as all the chairmen of the 44 local governments in the state will serve as members.

Speaking further, the commissioner stated that the council received a proposal from a private developer to use the old Triumph Publishing Company complex to create a specialized Forex Market (Kasuwar ‘Yan Chanji), the first of its kind in Nigeria and another one from Fari Properties Ltd. seeking to transform the abandoned Daula Hotel in the state capital into a residential.

Garba indicated that the council also received proposal for the construction of a multi-purpose ultra-modern shopping complex at the premises of Daula Hotel in the metropolitan area.


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Eid al-Adha: Kano govt pardons 43 inmates

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…Urges Prayers For National Security

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, yesterday, granted prerogative of mercy to 43 inmates of Kano Correctional Service in the spirit of Eid-Kabir Sallah celebration.

Ganduje made similar benevolence gesture to 295 inmates in the month of May to commemorate Eid el-fitir Sallah festival while urging the ex-convicts to exhibit positive character and good virtues.

In his Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, Ganduje charged the inmates and the entire Muslims to be law abiding and sustain prayers for security, peace and growth of the nation. He also advised residents to observe all health protocols against COVID-19 pandemic.

“When we release people, we release them without taking into consideration their religious background, ethnicity, age or sex differences. We believe humanity as a whole should always be assisted.

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“Those on release are advised to be and remain people with sound character. Mrs. Jennifer Okafor is an example of those released from this and similar correctional centres.

She is now holding on tight to her new job with the State Traffic Agency, KAROTA. This shows that we are achieving something.

“It is extremely important for people to pray much harder for national development and the security of our state and the country in general. We must continue observing all the protocols as enunciated by health workers. This way, we can overcome the pandemic,” he said.

Comptroller of Kano Correctional Centres, Magaji Ahmed Abdullahi,commended the governor for the gesture. Those released were given N5, 000 each as transport fare to their various destinations.


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Kano announces total lockdown ease

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has announced a total easing of the lockdown imposed on the state to check spread of the novel coronavirus.

Ganduje made the announcement on Thursday in Kano while briefing newsmen on the COVID-19 pandemic at Government House, Kano.

He said, however, that restriction of movement from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. would continue.

The governor also directed civil servants on grade level 12 and above to resume work from July 6.

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“Civil servants from grade level 12 and above can return to work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. but must continue to practice social distancing,” he said‎.

According to the governor, the law banning street begging and hawking is still in place.

‎He told Kano State residents to wear masks when going out and to continue to adhere to social distancing in public places. ‎


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Kano governor to present reviewed budget to Assembly

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has submitted a reviewed budget to the Kano State House of Assembly.

Dr Ganduje’s administration hinted a few days back, that the 2020 budget of over N200billion would be reduced by 30 percent due to the frustrations occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reviewed budget of N138,279,140,661 was first presented at the state Executive Council meeting, Wednesday, by the Commissioner of Planning and Budget, Nura Muhammad Dankadai, before transmitting the document to the State House of Assembly.

The reviewed budget of over N138billion has N78.8billon for recurrent expenditure, which represents 57 percent and N54.9billion for capital expenditure, which represents 43 percent.

Internally general revenue (IGR) stood at N46billion in the original document, but with N7.8billion as actual collection from January to March, the IGR now stands at N24billion in the reviewed budget document.

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The FAAC source for financing the budget was N76 billion in the original document but has now become N52billion, which is lower by N24billion.

In the original document, overhead stood at N18.3 billion as the amount and now reviewed to N16.6billion.

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.

The priority areas of the reviewed budget are education, health, and infrastructure.

While global behaviour inches towards learning how to live with COVID-19 pandemic at both local and global levels, due to the absence of a clear cut vaccine for the menace, the governor further ordered all contractors handling different government projects in the state to go back to the site.

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Governor Ganduje expressed optimism that, life will pick up steadily for the continued development of the state as he ordered for the opening of all manufacturing companies in the state, to further take care of developmental aspects in the state in Post-COVID-19.

“It is pertinent to note that, people should understand lucidly that there will life after COVID-19. As such we should not sit back and give less concern about that,” he said.

Ganduje commended all members of the State Executive Council for their roles in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor also commended the individual and collective commitment of the executive members during this period, stressing that his government philosophy of teamwork is strong and vibrant.


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FG flag off Ajaokuta-Kano-Kaduna Gas Pipeline

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President Muhammadu Buhari has formally flagged off the construction of the $2.8 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project, said to be the largest of its kind in the nation.

The President who performed the ceremony virtually from the State House on Tuesday, called on governors of states on the path of the pipeline route to create an enabling environment for the success of the project.

The AKK project is a section of the trans-Nigeria gas pipeline with a capacity to transport 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day and will be fed from the existing domestic gas infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai also flagged off the Kaduna end of the pipeline with a proclamation that the project will bring about rapid economic development in the northwest zone and the entire country.

El-Rufai was accompanied at the flag-off ceremony by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

Speaking during the ceremony at Rigachikun in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, the governor said the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano project, will add 3,600MW of electricity to the grid when completed and also supply industrial clusters with constant power.


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COVID-19: Ganduje extend Kano lockdown relaxation.

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Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, Sunday approved the relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown in a bid to further ease the restriction of movement in the state.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar, who disclosed this in a statement in Kano, said the governor extended the directive to include Mondays.

The state government had last month ordered the relaxation of the lockdown on every Friday, Sunday and Wednesday.

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He said: “To further cushion the effect and hardship caused by the lockdown in Kano State, Governor Ganduje has approved the relaxation of the lockdown on Mondays to be part of the existing free days (Friday, Sunday and Wednesday).

“While I urge the people to continue observing the COVID-19 protocols, I wish to convey to all, that, Monday is now the fourth day of a week, that lockdown is suspended.

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“People are now free to move freely on Mondays within the stipulated time between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

“They must maintain wearing of face masks, social distancing, use of hand sanitizer and washing of hands with soap under running water.”


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