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It was a black saturday today, August 26th, in Ekeukwu Owerri market of Imo state after a young boy was killed by officials reportedly sent by Governor Rochas Okorocha to demolish some shops without providing alternative location for impoverished shop owners.

The boy, according to online posts and a video shared on Facebook, was trying to protect her mother’s shop from being demolished when he was killed on Saturday morning, Nigerian time.

A man is heard in the video, saying “this is Ekeukwu Owerri, Rochas is chasing people out of the market without giving them any location where they will transfer to. Rochas is demolishing Ekeukwu Owerri market now, people are stranded, they have nowhere to go”.

It was not immediately clear whether the shop owners had received legal quit notices, but pictures shared online showed a devastated mother in tears leaning on her son’s corpse.

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Resumption Date For International Flights To Be Announced Soon —– FG

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The Federal Government says the date for the resumption of international flights in the country will be announced soon.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made this known on Monday during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

Responding to a question about the likely date for the resumption of international flights, the minister said, “The (date for) international (flights) will follow today. Before the end of the day, we’ll be receiving directives or suggestions, practices, and standards from the International Civil Aviation Organisation. We’ll factor that in.

“Currently, I am the Chairman of the Logistics and Transport Committee of the West African Ministers to advise Mr President who is Champion of the COVID-19 within West Africa. Today, we held a meeting on how the industry will start up all over again.

“Some countries will run faster than others but I can tell you that huge countries with a huge population and huge aviation activities such as Nigeria will definitely need caution which has to reflect on safety and efficiency of the industry.”

Earlier, the PTF National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, asked the aviation sector to begin to develop protocols that will lead to the resumption of domestic flights any time from June 21.

“The aviation industry is requested to start developing protocols to allow for domestic flights to resume anytime from the 21st of June onwards.

“Airlines must ensure physical distancing by reducing passenger capacity and ensure the provision of sanitizers and personal protective equipment as well as carrying out temperature checks at the point of entry and departure and ensuring that airports are not congested by either travellers or airports staff,” he said.

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Domestic Flights To Resume From June 21 —- FG

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The Federal Government has asked the aviation sector to begin to develop protocols that will lead to the resumption of domestic flights any time from June 21, 2020

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this on Monday during a briefing Abuja.

He said, “The aviation industry is requested to start developing protocols to allow for domestic flights to resume anytime from the 21st of June onwards.

“Airlines must ensure physical distancing by reducing passenger capacity and ensure the provision of sanitizers and personal protective equipment as well as carrying out temperature checks at the point of entry and departure and ensuring that airports are not congested by either travelers or airports staff.”

Recall that the country’s airports and airspace were shut in March by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as part of efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commercial flight operations, both local and international, had stopped forthwith but the President’s directive allowed the operation of essential flights including those for medical and evacuation purposes, amongst others.

On May 6, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced that the closure of the country’s airports and airspace were further extended by four weeks after due consultations with experts.

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BREAKING: Nationwide Curfew Now 10pm To 4am —- FG

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The Federal Government says the timing for nationwide curfew is now 10 pm to 4 am, PorscheClassy News reports.

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, made this known on Monday.

Aliyu, who spoke at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja, said the new timing takes effect from tomorrow (Tuesday).

He said, “Effective from tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the easing of the lockdown will be characterized by the following: the nationwide curfew will remain in place but the timing of this will be reduced to 10 pm to 4 am.

This piece of information was also shared by President Buhari’s media aide, Bashir Ahmad.

“And just to clarify, the purpose of the curfew is to limit social interactions and, therefore, reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.”

Recall that the FG previously set the timing of the curfew from 8 pm to 6 pm.

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