Free Fuel Promotion: First Bank set to reward Verve card users

First Bank Nigeria is set to reward its customers for Verve Card usage in its Free Fuel Promotion.

The Free Fuel promo which is activated by FirstBank in collaboration with Verve International and Oando Plc. kicked off on Monday, 6 July 2020 to Friday, 24 July 2020 between 6 am and 6 pm.

In a statement issued to newsmen, the Bank stated that FirstBank Verve Cardholders will receive 5 extra litres of fuel for free instantly at selected Oando Fuel Stations across Lagos every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for a minimum of N3,000 fuel purchase in the promo.

While highlighting the fuel stations where the promo will run, The Bank stated Abijo(Lekki Stillwaters), Fola-Agoro, Maryland, Agege-Bypass, Lakowe, Lawanson, Ojodu- Berger, Alapere, Shiro Road (Fadeyi Ikorodu Rd.), Awolowo Rd (by Fire Service), Marina, and Tradefair stations.

It explained that Verve card is a secure debit card that allows the cardholder to conveniently meet day to day financial needs such as payment for goods and services, airtime recharge, bill payments, funds transfer, etc.

JUST IN: Fire Outbreak destroys property in Lagos

 A fire outbreak has destroyed some property worth millions in the bajulaiye area of Lagos state.

The incident happened at exactly 12: 10 am on Friday. 

As at the time of filing this report, The Fire Service has not arrived but the boys in the area garnered efforts to put out the light successfully.

Gov. allegedly flouts COVID-19 protocol at Airport

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has allegedly flouted Covid-19 protocol put in place at the domestic wing of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

The governor and his entourage reportedly refused to have their temperature checked at the airport on Tuesday, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria said in a statement.

This is coming barely a day after FAAN accused former Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, of assaulting an airport official enforcing the Covid-19 protocol at the Kano airport.
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Take 2 cows for each AK47 rifle surrendered, Gov. tells bandit

Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle of Zamfara state said his administration would give two cows for each AK47 rifle surrendered by repentant bandit in the state.

Matawalle spoke on Thursday when he hosted Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, Director General, Department of State Security Services, Yusuf Bichi and other heads of Intelligence Units of military and police.

According to him, “For every rifle submitted by a repentant bandit, there would be compensation of two cows.

“We don’t want to give them money, so they wouldn’t use the money to purchase new weapons.

“We said we will compensate them with cows, they are Fulani and they need the cows to advance their economic interest.

“We also told the repentant bandits that all “Dabas” (Camps) in the forests should be disbanded. We won’t accept a situation where the bandits will disarm and then go back to the  forest and be staying in these camps or Dabas

“We asked them to either come to town and be reintegrated into the society or be given economic empowerment where they are, so that they would start a new life.

“Most of them are residing in forests under the shades of trees and inside caves. That is why we came up with RUGA policy to help them”

Governor Matawalle further disclosed that Zamfara state is the epicentre of armed banditry in the country, adding that if the security operatives could deal with the menace in the state, the whole North West and by extension the country in general would be secured.

“Why I said so is because all the bandits’ super camps and their leaders are in Zamfara state.

“We need proper coordination among the security formation in the country.

“There should be synergy among the security agencies because when these criminals are attacked in the neighbouring Katsina state, they escape to Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states”

IGP Adamu said President Muhammadu Buhari had given them marching order to stop the carnage all over the nation because he is very much concerned about the security situation of the country.
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Wole Soyinka at 86: Why I enlisted in the military but fled…

Professor Wole Soyinka, the Nobel Laureate, a proud son of Nigeria, African  statesman and global citizen, is 86 years old (13 July 2020).He explained why he enlisted in the Nigerian Army officer Corp but decided to leave after a period. He would have become a retired General now!

He said this during an interview with him on the occasion of his 80th birthday in 2014. Now he is 86.

In his words: “I dedicated my Nobel Prize to Nelson Mandela. Why should that surprise you? I have been obsessed with South Africa since I was politically conscious. I told you, that was why I entered the military as a student joining the officer corps for a short while. I fled when they were going to pack me to the Suez instead of where I wanted to go – which was South Africa. I packed up my kit, saying “No, I wanted to train for South Africa, not for the Suez. You go and capture a canal on someone’s land, then declare war when he resists, and then you call me up to serve. Remember the Anglo-French invasion? I was called up and I said “No, that was not it”. That was why I left the officer corps. Fortunately, we the interior native – you know, the colonialists were very funny. Those in Lagos were British subjects, we from Abeokuta etc, the interior, were ‘protected subjects’ and we were not fully bound by the laws of the British. I was not a British citizen. I was like a second class citizen, not a real British citizen. Nice to be a second class citizen sometimes. I was able to go back to my studies after the intervention of the Students’ Adviser for foreign students.

He added: “I have always been obsessed with South Africa. And Mandela represents for me the bearer of African dignity. That’s why I used that expression that “the soul of Africa has departed” when he died. It was something which I didn’t really have to think about, that was how I felt on Nelson Mandela’s death. I did some reading at Marymount University after his death. It’s been a personal obsession with me. It was the most natural thing for me to have dedicated that lecture to Nelson Mandela. I remember our first meeting after his release as one of the most moving encounters of my existence.”

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Man, 30, steals food, cold water in Abuja

A Life Camp Magistrates’ Court in Abuja, on Thursday ordered a 30-year-old Labourer, Yusuf Muazu, to sweep the court premises for three hours for stealing a bowl of food and a cup of cold water.

The Police charged Muazu of no fixed address for criminal trespass and theft.

Muazu however, pleaded guilty to the charges and begged the court for leniency.

“I plead for mercy, I want the court to forgive me. I was really hungry and I entered the woman’s’ kitchen and saw a pot of food and i fetched some and also a cup of water.

Magistrate Sharon Tanko, in her ruling, said, being hungry does not give the convict the right to commit such offence, thus would be punished for his crime.

“The court having found the convict guilty of the offence and him being remorseful and not waiting the time of the court in admitting to his crime, his hereby ordered to engage in three hours community service.

“You are hereby ordered to pick up all the dirt’s and clean up the premises of Life Camp Magistrate Court for three hours under the supervision of the court registrar,’’ Tanko said.

The Magistrate, further advised Muazu to relocate back to his home town at Kano or elsewhere where he can be meaningfully engaged to meet his daily needs.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, ASP Peter Ejike, FCT Command, told the court that one Chidibere Lewechi of Life Camp, Abuja reported the matter at Life camp police station, on July 1.

The Prosecutor alleged that the defendant smartly entered into the complainant’s compound and made his way into her kitchen without her consent.

He told the court that the defendant stole a bowl of food with meat from the complainant’s pot with a cup of cold water.

Ejike alleged that while the defendant was about to leave the kitchen with the stolen items, the younger brother to the complainant caught him and held him down with the help of neighbours.

He added that during police investigation, the defendant admitted to have committed the crime.

The Prosecutor said that the offence contravened Sections 348 and 288 of the Penal Code Law.
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COVID-19: Health Minister sacked over $20M illegal contract

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sacked his health minister, who has been charged with corruption over illegally awarding a $20 million contract for coronavirus testing.

Obadiah Moyo, 66, was arrested last month following an investigation by the southern African country’s anti-graft commission. He has been released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court on July 31.

Presidential chief secretary Misheck Sibanda said Tuesday that Mnangagwa removed Moyo from office for “conduct inappropriate for a government minister”.

Moyo is accused of awarding a $20 million contract to Drax Consult SAGL, a Dubai-based company created just months ago, to supply personal protective equipment and COVID-19 test kits.

After Zimbabwe’s opposition condemned the deal, the government cancelled all contracts with the company, according to local media reports.

Moyo also faces charges in two other cases, which date back to last year for the supply of general medical equipment to public hospitals.

The landlocked southern African country has recorded more than 700 coronavirus cases, including nine deaths.

Breaking: Terrorists kill Soldiers at fighting patrol in Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has said that some gallant soldiers have passed on during a fighting patrol with terrorists in Maiduguri on the 7th July, 2020.

This was made known through its official twitter handle at exactly 12:15 a.m on the 8th of July, 2020.

Meanwhile, it noted that many terrorists were neutralized, adding that reconnaissance and reinforcements are ongoing.

“Troops of 25 Task Force Brigade on fighting patrol came under BHT IED attack along Maiduguri-Damboa Road on 7 July 2020. 

“Many terrorists were neutralized. 

“Unfortunately, some gallant soldiers paid the supreme price. 

“Reconnaissance and Reinforcements are ongoing” It said 

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