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My ‘Surprise Resignation’ Was Forced By Pope Francis, Says Italian Cardinal

Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu on Friday said his surprise resignation was forced by Pope Francis, who accused him of using Vatican money to help his siblings. The 72-year-old gave up the top position in the Vatican’s sainthood cases department on Thursday. He also gave up cardinal privileges, including the right to take part in papal elections. “The Holy Father explained to me that I supposedly favoured my brothers and their activities with money from the Secretariat of State, but I can explain,” Becciu told Domani, an Italian newspaper. Becciu resigned…

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US Executes First Black Man Since Resumption Of Federal Death Penalty – Witness

The United States has executed the seventh inmate and first Black man since the resumption of the federal death penalty, a media witness on the scene said. Inmate Christopher Vialva, 40, was executed Thursday afternoon for killing two youth ministers in the state of Texas in 2000. Time of death was 6:42 p.m. 10:42 p.m. GMT, WHTI correspondent Alia Blackburn said in a tweet. Vialva’s lawyer claimed that racial bias had a role in his sentence. Hours before the execution, the US Supreme Court denied Vialva’s request for a stay.…

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Cobbler Bags 8 Months Imprisonment For Stealing iPhone

An Upper Area Court sitting in Kasuwan Nama in Jos, Plateau State on Friday sentenced a 21- year-old cobbler, Jude Musaya, to eight months imprisonment for stealing an iPhone worth N120,000. Musaya pleaded guilty to theft and begged the court for leniency. The judge, Alhaji Lawal Suleiman, gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N30,000 or eight months in prison for stealing. The judge advised the convict to change his ways. Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Ibrahim Gokwat told the court that the case was reported at…

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Gov Lalong Inaugurates 2020 Plateau’s NAFEST Committee

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has inaugurated a 32-member steering committee to organise this year’s National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) in the state. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Plateau government was granted right by the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) in October 2019, for the hosting of the 33rd edition of the festival. Inaugurating the committee, the governor urged the members to put their best in the assignment in order to make the state proud being the ‘Home of Peace and Tourism’. Represented by…

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Tiv/Jukun Conflicts: Taraba Gov Urges Fleeing Communities To Return Home

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has called on the people of Chonku village who had fled to Wukari town in the wake of the Tiv/Jukun crisis to return home and resume their normal activities, saying peace has returned to the area. Gov Ishaku who made the call while laying the foundation of a Military and Police base at the Chonku village said that the government would establish a security base on the border between Taraba and Benue State. He said the base would provide security to the village which…

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COVID-19: Gov Okowa Calls For Sustainable Health Financing

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has called for the adoption and implementation of a viable and sustainable healthcare financing programme for states in the country. He made the call on Thursday in a statement issued in Asaba after he had addressed the 40th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Conference of Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in Oghara. The NARD AGM, with the theme; “Health Care Infrastructure Optimization and Adaptation in the face of a Global Pandemic: The Coronavirus Challenge”, held at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital,…

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NCDC Says No COVID-19-Related Death In 24-Hours, As Cases Reach 57,849

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says no death was recorded in the last 24-hours, as the country recorded 125 new cases of COVID-19. The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Thursday. According to the agency, 125 new cases were confirmed around the country, bringing the total number of infections to 57, 849. The agency said that the new infection was reported in 13 states of the federation. It also announced the discharge of 113 patients from isolation centres across the country, bringing the total…

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FIFA Suspends Trinidad And Tobago Over High Court Claim

Association of International Football Federations (FIFA) has suspended Trinidad and Tobago from international football after its football association (TTFA) pursued a dispute through the country’s High Court in contravention of the world governing body’s statutes. The TTFA and FIFA have been at loggerheads since March after the world governing body dissolved the executive of the cash-strapped association. FIFA said it had installed a normalisation committee after they concluded the TTFA’s former leadership had “engaged in various acts of serious mismanagement”. This was opposed by TTFA president William Wallace and contested…

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Education From States Slider 

Abia Announces Resumption Date For Primary, Secondary Schools

Abia State has announced that primary and secondary schools in the state are to resume on September 28 to complete the third term of the 2019/2020 academic session. The Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu, made this known in a statement he issued in Umuahia on the outcome of the State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting. Okiyi-Kalu stated that the schools were expected to conduct a one-week revision classes to prepare the pupils and students for the promotion examination. According to him, the state government directed that the examination should hold from October…

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Strike: FG Craves Labour’s Understanding, Dialogue Adjourned To Sept 28

The meeting between the Federal Government and the Organised Labour over the recent hike in fuel price and electricity tariff has been postponed till Monday, September 28, for further deliberation. Labour leaders and the Federal Government had met in Abuja on Thursday to deliberate on the development after organised labour threatened to shut down the economy on Monday, Sept. 28, if the hikes were not reversed. But with the duo unable to reach an agreement during the closed door meeting, Mr Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigeria Congress (NLC), told…

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