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Policemen Engage Soldiers Over Traffic Rule Violation

A fracas was reportedly ensued between policemen and armed soldiers in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State over alleged traffic rule violation.

The clash started when some police traffic wardens impounded a tricycle , whose operator violated traffic light signals .

An eyewitness , who would not want to be mentioned in print , explained that when efforts to secure the tricycle failed , the operator contacted the owner who was a soldier.

He narrated that some minutes later , the soldier arrived with another tricycle and asked after the traffic police wardens who impounded his tricycle .

This resulted in a fierce fight as the wardens allegedly engaged the soldiers, prompting a detachment of soldiers on guard at the International Conference Centre , Abakaliki , to rush to the scene and joined the fray .

While the matter was being settled inside ICC , a detachment of mobile policemen and operatives of anti -robbery squad arrived the scene and charged at the soldiers.

The soldiers, however , responded by cocking their riffles , while also making calls for reinforcement from their base .

It took the intervention of senior police officers from the Ebonyi State Police Headquarters , Abakaliki, to calm the situation and avoid what would have been a major security scare and bloodshed as reinforcement from an army base arrived the scene minutes later.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Command , Mrs Loveth Odah , said it was an internal matter that should have been settled by the appropriate authorities .

She said the matter ended with no casualty .

Covid-19 Update: Cases Rise Above 6000, NCDC Reports

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 216 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country. This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 6,175.

The NCDC made this known via its Twitter handle on Monday.

It tweeted:

“On the 18th of May 2020, 216 new confirmed cases and 9 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

Till date, 6175 cases have been confirmed, 1644 cases have been discharged and 191 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 216 new cases are reported from 15 states; 216 new cases of #COVID19; 74-Lagos 33-Katsina 19-Oyo 17-Kano 13-Edo 10-Zamfara 8-Ogun 8-Gombe 8-Borno 7-Bauchi 7-Kwara 4-FCT 3-Kaduna 3-Enugu 2-Rivers.”

Ganduje Reviews Lockdown, Okays Eid-Prayers

Kano State Government has reviewed the lockdown imposed by the Federal Government and extended on Monday by two weeks as prevention for the spread of coronavirus.

Special Adviser on Media to the governor Salihu Tanko Yakasai said after a meeting between the governor and religious leaders in the state: “Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has accepted and approved recommendations by a selection of 30 Islamic scholars in Kano for the Government to allow Friday Prayers to hold as well as Eid Prayers, ‘’said the statement.

‘’The Governor gave this directive after a lengthy consultation with the Islamic Scholars and other government officials at Africa House, in the Government House.’’

The statement added: “This means that the relaxation of the lockdown on the days of Monday and Thursday will continue, but Friday prayers will also be allowed as well as Eid Prayers, but traditional Eid celebrations in the State will not be allowed.’’

‘’The Imams have also been directed to ensure that everyone wears a face mask, as well as the use of sanitizers and washing of hands. They should also observe spacing as well as making brief sermon and observing social distancing.’’

‘’The State Government has also inaugurated a committee that will oversee the distribution of hand sanitizers, Sanitation equipment as well as face masks among others to Imams of Friday Mosques in the State.’’

Haaland Makes History As Bundesliga Resumes

The setting may be unfamiliar with the German Bundesliga returning behind closed doors after a two-month coronavirus shutdown, but the identity of the day’s first goal-scorer was entirely familiar as Erling Braut Haaland put Borussia Dortmund ahead against Schalke.

Haaland who diverted a low Thorgan Hazard cross into the far corner of the net in the 29th minute made history for scoring the post-lockdown goal in the Bundesliga league.

It was a 10th goal in nine Bundesliga appearances for the prolific 19-year-old Norwegian striker, who moved to Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in the winter.

Usually, the scorer of the first goal in the Ruhr derby — one of the biggest fixtures in German football — could expect to be mobbed by his teammates.

Bundesliga results
Augsburg 1 – 2 Wolfsburg
Borussia D. 4 – 0 Schalke 04
Fortuna D. 0 – 0 SC Paderborn 07
Hoffenheim 0 – 3 Hertha BSC
R’Ballsport L. 1 – 1 Freiburg
Eintracht F. 1– 3 Borussia M.

Interstate Travel Ban Violators Ordered To Sweep School Premises in Abuja

A mobile court sitting in Abaji, an area in the Federal Capital Territory has ordered eight violators of the interstate travel ban to sweep premises of the Local Education Authority (LEA) primary school in the area.

The Federal Government had handed down an inter-state ban on travellers as part of measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

The presiding magistrate of the mobile court, Ibrahim A. Yusuf, who disclosed this to our reporter yesterday, said 110 other violators were fined while 32 were discharged.

He said 115 travellers including motorists were arrested by the enforcement team on the COVID -19 restrictions and arraigned at the mobile court.

According to him, some of the arrested motorists attempted to manoeuvre their way through the border checkpoint in Abaji, which shares boundary between FCT and Kogi State.

He added that the violators were arraigned for not using face mask, overloading and route violation.

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