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Man arrested after he and his wife allegedly paid assassins to kill a neighbour over COVID-19 palliatives

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A man has been arrested by police in Idimu while his wife is at large after they allegedly conspired to kill their neighbour over COVID-19 palliatives.

Rasaq Babalola and his wife identified as Mama Raheem, who live at Agbo Komolafe Street, Unity Estate, Idimu area of Egbeda, Lagos, allegedly paid assassins to kill their neighbour Emeka Anozie (pictured above right).
Rasaq has been arrested and detained at the Police Station while efforts are being made to arrest his wife, who he said fled after the plot was foiled and the assassins had escaped.

Trouble began when Emeka Anozie engaged the services of a chef to cook food to be shared to people in their neighborhood during the current lockdown. However, according to PM Express, the couple attempted to stop Anozie from sharing food to people in the neighborhood but he ignored them and went ahead to distribute the food to neighbours.
Anozie said that after the incident, Rasaq’s children were disturbing in the compound, throwing stones at his window, and he went to their mother to ask her to control her children so as not to destroy things in his apartment. But the woman flared up and threatened to deal with him
Anozie said the next day, some armed men, about 14 of them, invaded his apartment, beat him up, collected his phones, then dragged him outside in an attempt to take him away in their waiting Toyota car. Fortunately, people in the neighborhood frustrated them so they left him and escaped.
Mr. Anozie, who was bleeding from the attack, then rushed to the Police and he was referred to the hospital.
As he was receiving treatment, he received information that another set of armed men in military uniforms allegedly invaded his apartment looking for him. When they didn’t find him, they attacked two of his younger brothers, destroyed his two televisions, other properties inside, looted his safe containing huge sums of money, and escaped. He said that the operation was led by both Rasaq and his wife, now at large.
When Rasaq was contacted, he allegedly admitted that he hired assassins including the armed soldiers to attack Mr. Anozie and blamed everything on his wife and in-laws, who he said arranged the whole thing, the publication reports.
Rasaq was detained at the Idimu Police Station while efforts are being made by police to arrest his fleeing wife

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Eid Fitri: FG declares Monday May 25 & Tuesday May 26 public holidays

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The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 25th, and Tuesday, May 26th, as public holidays to mark the Eldi Fitri Celebration.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja.  Aregbesola congratulated all Muslim faithful for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.
A statement by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, quoted Aregbesola as calling on Muslim faithful to replicate the life of kindness, love, tolerance, peace and good neighborliness as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad

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Osinbajo is the current chairman of Short People Association of Nigeria – Governor El-Rufai jokes

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A Twitter post by popular comedian Teju Babyface. 
 In the short video from a 2010 interview with the comedian, Governor El-Rufai said he used to be secretary-general of the short people association.

He also shared some challenges he had before getting over not being tall enough.

The Kaduna state Governor said in the interview; 
“I used to be the secretary-general… at a point at my teenage years, in my early 20s I had big issues with my height because you know all the pretty girls turn out to be taller than me.
“But with time, I got over it. I managed to get a pretty and intelligent woman to marry who was an inch shorter than me.”

Reacting to a video of the interview after it was shared by Teju Babyface, Governor El-Rufai jokingly described Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the current chairman of the Nigerian Association of Short People. 
He tweeted; 
Yes…..I remember this @Tejubabyfacetv interview in 2010…..how time flies….HE VP Osinbajo is the current chairman of the Nigerian Association of Short People….so we are represented at the highest echelons of governance! Thanks Teju

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Madagascar’s herbal cure for COVID-19 sent to Nigeria

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Nigeria is set to receive Republic of Madagascar’s herbal drug ‘COVID Organics (COV)’, which the country’s leaders said cures and prevents Coronavirus.
The Nation reported that Nigeria’s consignment has been sent to Equatorial Guinea from where it will be airlifted to Abuja. It was gathered that African countries were divided into zones for ease of transportation, leading to freighting of Nigeria’s consignments to Equatorial Guinea.
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has been notified of the offer from Madagascar and arrangements are being made to bring Nigeria’s allocation to Abuja.
While some health officials are pushing for clinical trial of Covid Organics before being used in the country, there is reportedly pressure on the Federal Government by different medical and scientific organizations to allow the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) subject the drug to further analysis
The Nation source said; 
“The consignments of the drug are being distributed to different countries in Africa based on zonal grouping. We have been told that Nigeria’s consignment is in Equatorial Guinea from where it will be airlifted to Abuja.
“When the herbal drink is brought into the country, we will know the next step. But some medical and scientific organisations are pressurising that the drug be subjected to clinical trial.
“Some countries like Tanzania, Congo-Brazzaville, Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea have subscribed to the drugs. Also, while South Africa has offered to conduct a scientific analysis of the drug, Senegal said it will subject it to clinical trial.
“I can assure you that the Federal Government will take the best decision on the drug in the overall interest of Nigerians.
“Before any food or drug can be administered in this country, there are certain protocols that must be followed. The government will not circumvent these protocols. We want solution; we want the best for Nigerians.”

 Recall that on April 28, the Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha said the nation was ready to give Madagascar’s herbal drink a trial.

Mustapha said at that time; 
“I want to assure you that whatever is happening in the world, we are mindful of it and we are keeping a tab.
“I was reading of the experiences in Madagascar– of why everybody is drinking some solutions that have been prepared. This morning I was sharing with my wife, and I told her that probably I would request that Mr. President allow us import a plane load for a trial.
“We are all navigating an unchartered cause. Nobody has ever been on this road. So, every attempt to find solution that would bring succour to our people, be rest assured that this task force is very responsible and we would do everything to ensure that we get what will benefit our people, what will help them in the processes that we find ourselves today.”
This is coming after the World Health Organisation (WHO) maintained that the efficacy of the drug was unproven.

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