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Nigeria on Wednesday confirmed 460 new cases of the novel coronavirus, pushing the country’s toll of infections caseload past the 30,000-mark.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control revealed this in a tweet via its official handle.
According to the health agency, the number of total infections in the country now stands at 30,249; while 684 persons have died as a result of the virus, 12,373 have been successfully treated and discharged.
Lagos confirmed the highest number of cases among the states with 150 while Rivers recorded 49.
A circulating video showing a black teen losing consciousness while being choked by staff members of US juvenile facility sparked anger on Wednesday, as anti-racism protests continue to escalate across the United States.
Cornelius Fredericks, 16, died May 1, two days after being pressed to the ground by staff at Lakeside Academy — a residential treatment for young adults in Kalamazoo, Michigan — for just throwing a sandwich at another boy in the cafeteria.
In the video, captured by surveillance cameras, Fredericks throws the sandwich and then is thrown to the ground by several men, who use their weight to subdue him.
The “horrific video” of Fredericks’s death reveals a “culture of fear and abuse” at Lakeside Academy, where “suffocation is a regular practice… as a form of discipline,” the lawyer for Fredericks’s family, Geoffrey Fieger, said Tuesday while making the video public.
Fredericks “was executed on April 29 for the crime of throwing a sandwich,” Fieger said. The seven staff members who pinned him down “deprived him of oxygen and his brain suffered irreversible damage.”
Two of instructors and one nurse were taken into custody and charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse.
The Minister of Education in Nigeria, Mr Adamu Adamu has make known that, no Unity Schools in Nigeria will participate in the scheduled WAEC exams.
Mr Adamu disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council yesterday.
He said that none of the schools under his ministry will reopen until schools are considered safe for learning.
The Minister further urged the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the state governments to reconsider their decision to open for exams.
An unknown gunmen have destructively shot a pro-India politician along with his father and brother in Kashmir, police said, in a first known attack against India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members in the disputed region.
Gunmen fired at Sheikh Wasim Bari, a leader with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP party in northwestern Bandipora town on Wednesday night in India, police said in a statement.
The statement said “during indiscriminate firing,” Bari, his brother and father were injured but later died in hospital. Bari’s brother and father also were BJP members.
Police hold responsible the rebels fighting against Indian rule in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region for the attack on Bari, who was an executive council member of the party in the region. He was reported to be 35 years old.
He helped the BJP to strengthen its base in the region and was considered the face of the party in Bandipora district.
Ram Madhav, the party’s national general secretary, said in a tweet that he was “shocked and saddened” by the killings.
No rebel group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
More than three million people in the US have now been confirmed to be positive for Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
More than 131,000 deaths have been reported, and on Tuesday the US broke its record for most new cases reported in one day.
In spite of the rise, the White House wants to press forward on some reopenings, including for schools.
US Vice-President Mike Pence, who leads the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, argued rules should not be “too tough”.
Infections were compressing out, he said, while President Donald Trump discloses on Tuesday that America was “in a good place” regarding the virus.
Over 60,000 new cases were reported on Tuesday, shattering the previous highest toll of 55,220 new infections on 2 July.
The latest figures came as the states of California and Texas each reported more than 10,000 new daily cases.The latest figures came as the states of California and Texas each reported more than 10,000 new daily cases.
Meanwhile, two prestigious universities in the US are taking legal action against the government over an immigration rule they say will force international students to leave the country.
Under the rule, introduced by the Trump administration, foreign students would be barred from staying in the country if their colleges don’t hold in-person classes this autumn. Much university teaching is shifting online during the pandemic.
LGBT rights in Poland is at stake as the country goes for its re-election.
Polish President Andrzej Duda, who is seeking re-election on Sunday, is accused of running on an anti-LGBT platform and says he plans to ban same-sex couples from adopting in Poland.
Before the novel coronavirus escalation, Ben Hunte, the BBC’s LGBT correspondent, went to Poland to visit its their ‘LGBT-free’ zones, and was shocked to find out what life is like for gay people living Poland.
The Kogi State Government in Nigeria has inaugurated Justice Henry Olusuyi as the Chief Judge of the state.
The swearing-in ceremony was held today in Lokoja, the state capital.
Justice Oluseyi was sworn in at 10:35 am Nigerian time after taking his Oath of Office.
In attendance are Governor Yahaya Bello, the state Deputy Governor, Edward Onaja; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole and other top government functionaries.
This comes five days after Governor Bello make known of Olasuyi’s appointment in an acting capacity.
The position became vacant following the death of Justice Nasir Ajanah on June 29 2020.
For now, Governor Bello has approved the appointment of Bayo Olowosegun as the acting President of the state’s Customary Court of Appeal.
Mr Olowosegun’s appointment also followed the demise of the former occupant of the office, Shaibu Atadoga, who died on June 22.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus.
He took his fourth Covid-19 test on Monday after developing symptoms, including a high temperature.
Mr Bolsonaro has repeatedly played down risks of what he has called the “little flu”, saying he would not be seriously affected. He has opposed lockdowns, which he says hurt the economy.
Brazil has the second-highest toll of Covid-19 infections and deaths in the world, after the US.
Mr Bolsonaro is in his 60’s which makes him vulnerable in contracting the pandemic.
Contact tracing and tests will be carried out for the people the Brazil President has met recently.
His pass three tests for the virus all came back negative.
The executive director of the World Health Organization, Dr Mike Ryan, wished President Bolsonaro “a speedy and full recovery from this disease”, adding: “I think the message to us all is: we are vulnerable to this virus.”
President Donald Trump has formally disclosed to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization (WHO) effective July 6th 2021.
Trumph had made his intentions known in late May, accusing the WHO of being under China’s control in the wake of the coronavirus escalation.
Despite calls from the EU and others, Trumph said he would pull out of the UN agency and redirect funds elsewhere.
He has now make known this know to the UN and Congress of his intentions, although the process could take at least a year.
Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, confirmed the US had notified it of its withdrawal, effective as of 6 July 2021.
Senator Robert Menendez, the leading Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, also wrote on Twitter:
“Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the US from the WHO in the midst of a pandemic.
“It leaves Americans sick and America alone.”
Joe Biden, who will challenge Donald Trump in the November presidential election, tweeted: “On my first day as President, I will rejoin the WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage.”
‘The US is the global health agency’s largest single contributor, providing more than $400m (£324m; €360m) in 2019, around 15% of its total budget.’
One of the pretentious Nigerian name Olalekan Jacob Ponle was arrested in may after his 29th birthday, he posted a picture on his Instagram standing next to a bright yellow Lamborghini in Dubai.
“Stop letting people make you feel guilty for the wealth you’ve acquired,” he lectured, wearing designer jewellery and Gucci clothes from head to toe.
A month later, the Nigerian, who goes by the name “mrwoodbery” on Instagram, was taken into custody by Dubai Police for alleged money laundering and cyber fraud.
The most famous of the dozen Africans nabbed in the dramatic operation was 37-year-old Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, “hushpuppi” or just “hush” as he was known by his 2.4 million Instagram followers.
‘Police in the emirate say they recovered $40m (£32m) in cash, 13 luxury cars worth $6.8m, 21 computers, 47 smartphones and the addresses of nearly two million alleged victims.’
Mr Abbas and Mr Ponle were both deported to the US and charged in a Chicago court with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and laundering hundreds of millions of dollars gained from their cybercrimes.
The two have not yet been asked to petition and are presumed innocent until court proven guilty.
“I think there’s probably a certain arrogance when they believe they’ve been careful about maintaining anonymity in their online identities, but they live high on the hog and get careless on social media,” said Glen Donath, a former senior prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC.