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CACOVID budgets N100bn for Police equipment; renovation of 44 stations

The private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19, CACOVID, has budgeted N100 billion to rehabilitate all the police stations that were damaged in the country following the lootings that ensued after the recent #EndSARS protests.

The Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, made the announcement during a press briefing in Lagos on Wednesday at the office of the CBN. He also disclosed that CACOVID had so far spent N43.27bn on the acquisition of medical equipment and supplies, and food palliative; adding that the alliance planned to spend N150bn on youth empowerment.

“CACOVID has committed to fully rehabilitate all 44 damaged and destroyed police stations nationwide in a bid to restore provision of security in affected locationsm,” he said.

We may soon reopen land borders, says FG

Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, says the nation’s land borders may be reopened soon.

During a state house correspondents’ meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, Ahmed said the presidential committee that set up on the border closure had recommended reopening. Nigeria, last August closed its land borders over the increase in the illegal importation of drugs, small arms and agricultural products into Nigeria from neighbouring West African countries.

“We have made an assessment, the president set up a committee to carry out an assessment and all the members of the committee recommended to the president that it is time to open the borders.”

“The objectives have been met in the sense that we have been able to work with our partners in a tripartite committee and reinforce the sanctity of the commitment that we made to one another so each side has learnt its lesson,” she had said.

Lekki shooting: ‘How can information minister be so misinformed’ — DJ Switch slams Lai

Obianuju Udeh aka DJ Switch, the Nigerian disc jockey who filmed the shooting of protesters at Lekki, has directed a few pointed words at the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

The entertainer was reacting on Tuesday to the controversy that trailed CNN’s recent investigation of the Lekki shooting. Speaking on behalf of the federal government, Lai had described the alleged killing at the Lekki toll gate as a “massacre without bodies” while threatening to sanction CNN over “irresponsible reporting”.

The DJ, spoke up on social media, appreciating Nigerians for their wishes and prayers and vowing to remain relentless despite the “bullying” from the government.

“How can a ‘minister of information’ be so ‘misinformed’? The only believable thing about him, is his name…Lai. Unfortunately sir, the truth is a very stubborn thing! Tnk u all 4 ur well wishes & prayers. Its not bn easy 4 me bt d need 2 #SoroSoke is more important than their bullying,” she wrote.

Football legend Maradona dies at 60

Diego Maradona, Argentine football legend, has died at the age of 60.

Maradona, who underwent surgery earlier in the month, was said to have suffered a cardiac arrest at home on Wednesday.

Maradona is widely considered one of the best players of all time, where his highs resulted in World Cup victories and a remarkable Serie A title for Napoli.

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