Press Release: 5 Things You Need To This Morning

Good morning! Here are summary of Nigeria news update.

Decision on reopening marriage halls soon

Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said on Friday that a decision would soon be made about reopening marriage halls.

During a meeting with a delegation of marriage hall owners, the provincial minister assured them that all businesses would soon be allowed to resume operations with the de-escalation of the pandemic, but added that hasty decisions could not be made while putting human lives at risk.

 Oyo Overtakes Lagos, Records 191 Daily New Cases – COVID-19

Oyo State has reported its highest one-day total of new COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 191 new infections.

The data released on Friday night by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) revealed that the state also toppled Lagos State from the number one spot in daily new infections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lagos State, which recorded 168 new cases, had repeatedly held the first position in daily new COVID-19 infections since the index case was first reported in the country.

Indigeneship Crisis: Only 3 Of Our Governors Have Clear Lagos Ancestry 

Why strangers who betray Lagos always end badly’ •Speaks on indigenous groups’ plan for future elections.

The fissure has always been there, especially when the indigenes began to lose ground in the administration of the state as the population of the settlers and their influence in governance and politics grew. Today, real Eko indigenes now struggle for prominence in the land their forebears founded. But the schism became very pronounced in 2016 when the administration of then-governor Akinwumi Ambode chose Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, as the chairman of Lagos at 50, which eventually held in 2017, to commemorate the official birth of Lagos State in 1967. While Soyinka is a global citizen, he is a native of Ogun State and his appointment endlessly riled indigenes of Lagos State who felt insulted that no real Omo Eko was considered credible and capable enough to lead the planning of the golden jubilee.

Nigeria: Boko Haram’s Tactics Continued to Terrorize Children, While Implementation of Commitments by CJTF Strengthened Efforts to Protect Them

Boys and girls in northeast Nigeria continued to endure gruesome violations at the hands of Boko Haram and to be deeply affected by military operations against the group by Government Forces despite noteworthy efforts and commitments, highlighted the second country report of Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in Nigeria released today.

The report described 5,741 grave violations against children between January 2017 and December 2019 in Nigeria; incidents in neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger were also reflected in the context of the spillover of Boko Haram’s activities beyond Nigeria’s borders.

Islamic group reacts Buhari’s decision to probe Magu, NDDC

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has reacted to the probe of alleged corrupt practices in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, describing these probes as confirmation of the genuineness of the war against corruption embarked upon by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The presidency is currently probing the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, while the National Assembly is also currently probing the NDDC.

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