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Coronavirus: FG To Shut Lagos, Abuja Airports

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Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, says the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja will soon be shut.

The minister said this on Friday while speaking with state house correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that it would help check the spread of coronavirus.

According to Sirika, even though the presidential task force on COVID-19 is in the best position to announce any action regarding that, he spoke in his personal capacity.

Sirika is a member of the task force chaired by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation.

“Well I think differently, this is my individual perspective. At some points, these airports must be closed. This is my opinion. But like I said, there is Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 of which I am a member,” he said.

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“But certainly and definitely at some point, these airports must be closed (Abuja and Lagos), all of them in Nigeria will be closed. I think it is the safest thing to do because these things multiply exponentially.

“But for a better brief, I think we have the forum, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, they will come up with a statement. But I can guarantee you that, sooner than later the airports will be be closed. We would close down these airports and we would issue the necessary notices to airmen as to what time they would be closed.

“I think it will be very soon. It is better safe than sorry and I think in my opinion, this is my personal opinion, if you want to catch a fish empty the water.”

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#EndSARS: Lagos Govt Invited Us To Restore Order – Army

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#EndSARS: Lagos Govt Invited Us To The Streets – Army

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The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army has debunked the multiple reports of soldiers shooting at #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday, 20th of October, 2020.

The Acting Director Army Public Relations of the 81 Division, Major Osoba Olaniyi,  made this known in a statement on Tuesday night.

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He, however, confirmed the involvement of soldiers in restoring order in Lagos following the declaration of curfew by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, revealing that the army was invited to enforce the curfew by the state government.

He insisted that they acted within the confines of the Rules of Engagement for Internal Security operations.

He also maintained that soldiers did not shoot at the #EndSARS protesters in Lagos.

 

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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Approves Full Reopening Of Lagos Markets

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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Approves Full Reopening Of Lagos Markets

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the full reopening of all markets across the state to enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of recent times.

The statement was made available by the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on New Media, Gawat Jubril on Tuesday.

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The Governor in the statement noted that both food markets and non-food markets can reopen every day of the week.

Recall that the state government had regulated the opening of the markets to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

In the statement on Tuesday, the Governor urged traders and their customers to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols for their safety.

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#EndSARS Protests Politically Motivated – Kogi Governor

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#EndSARS Protests Politically Motivated – Kogi Governor

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Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has expressed that the nationwide #EndSARS protests across the country were politically motivated.

Bello made the statement when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Tuesday.

Bello said the protest was sponsored by politicians who are benefitting from the disruptions caused by the demonstrations across the country.

The governor said Nigerians do not need a soothsayer to tell them that the protests had a political undertone even after the government agreed to the demands of the agitators.

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“Dear Nigerians, let me tell you, what is happening today, this so-called #EndSARS is politically motivated,” he said.

“Whether anybody says it or not, I am saying it once again and you can quote me anywhere, anyday and I will prove it to you.

“Why will you demand five items and you and granted and you refuse to take it.. which struggle, agitation or uprising across the world has ever succeeded without leadership?.

“100 per cent, I agree (with the agitations of the protesters) but if you look at what is happening today, you will have no option than to classify it as politically motivated”.

According to him, it is a “ploy to set we the youths of this country against one another.”

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