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The House of Representatives has kicked against Operation Positive Identification, which the army is scheduled to commence on Friday across the country.
The green chamber said rather than the army subjecting Nigerians to the treatment meted for conquered persons, the army should go on the offensive against the Boko Haram insurgents.
The House Minority Leader, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, had raised a point of order of national importance at the resumption of plenary yesterday, urging the House to stop the planned operation, saying it would strip Nigerians of their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of movement.
He insisted that the operation by the Army was a recipe for possible militarisation of Nigerians, adding that such plan by the army would lead to the infringement on fundamental rights of Nigerians, as enshrined in the 1999 constitution (as amended).
He added that the plan, if allowed, would downgrade innocent Nigerians to suspects, while it would also instil fear, anxiety and panic in the entire polity.
The minority leader noted that the nationwide operation would also amount to an indirect imposition of a state of emergency across the country by the Army.
He argued that such proposed military operations that involves direct contact and regulating of civilians could result in abuse and serious safety issues, especially at this time the country is battling with the scourge of victimisation and extrajudicial killings.
In his contribution, Hon. Ahamadu Jaha, said that travelling from Abuja to Maiduguri before took not less than 14 hours under normal circumstances, and wondered how many days it would take if the army should commence the operation.
He said that prior to the inauguration of members of the House that substantial number of the lawmakers could not assess the National Identity Card because of the rigorous process involved in getting the ID card, asking how the army expected a common man from the village to have ID card before he could move around.
Hon. Toby Okechukwu said the army was simply trying to engage in an exercise that was not within its purview.
He said it was a known fact that they were short of manpower, while wondering why the army was deploying the little manpower it had on Nigerians.
The House resolved that the army should develop pro-people strategy in confronting the security challenges instead of measures that would further victimise the people.
The House urged President Muhammadu Buhari, as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, to review the situation and stop the army from commencing the planned operation scheduled for Friday to make way for further consultations.
The House, therefore, directed the House Committee on Army to liaise with the Chief of Army Staff to develop a pro-people strategy in combating crime before commencing

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NCDC reveals why Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases are low

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that the low number of the COVID-19 cases in the country is due to the lesser amount of samples collected across the states.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC Director-General, stated this during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday.

Ihekweazu, who was represented by Mrs. Elsie Ilori, NCDC Head of Surveillance and Epidemiology Department, stated that the testing labs were underutilized because the states were not collecting enough samples for the laboratory to test.

“As mentioned earlier since the Sallah break we have had some of our confirmed cases have been very low compared to what we’ll be having before, but this isn’t because the numbers are getting low but because we are not collecting enough samples.

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“If you notice, the number of samples collected during Salah was very low, and we believe it was because of the festival season some labs even went on break, it should not have been.

“So we are working with the states to quickly address this so that we do not have this kind of situation again,” he said.

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According to the Ihekweazu, we sometimes know when we look at stigmatization, people say they do not want to go to testing sites because they’ll be stigmatized.

“But I mean, this isn’t something to be ashamed of, we have just had an example amongst us, it can happen to anybody.

So, please let us come out and be tested.”

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Nigeria Records 373 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Now 48,116

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 373 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The 373 new cases brought the nation’s confirmed COVID-19 infection cases to 48,116.

The agency made this known via its verified Twitter handle @NCDCgov on Thursday.

On the 13th of August 2020, 373 new confirmed cases and 10 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 48116 cases have been confirmed, 34309 cases have been discharged and 966 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 373 new cases are reported from 20 states- Lagos(69), Osun(41), Kaduna(40), Oyo(40), FCT(35), Plateau(22), Rivers(19), Kano(17), Ondo(17), Ogun(15), Abia(14), Gombe(12), Imo(9), Enugu(7), Kwara(6), Delta(5), Niger(2), Borno(1), Bauchi(1) and Nasarawa(1),” the NCDC said.

See the breakdown of cases by states below;

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 16,256 2,923 13,132 201
FCT 4,632 3,261 1,325 46
Oyo 2,935 1,400 1,504 31
Edo 2,399 178 2,121 100
Rivers 1,991 160 1,775 56
Kaduna 1,706 201 1,493 12
Plateau 1,665 905 736 24
Kano 1,661 287 1,320 54
Delta 1,626 152 1,430 44
Ogun 1,521 209 1,288 24
Ondo 1,373 575 770 28
Enugu 976 307 650 19
Ebonyi 908 30 852 26
Kwara 888 274 591 23
Katsina 746 265 457 24
Osun 719 365 341 13
Borno 698 86 576 36
Abia 677 126 546 5
Gombe 647 48 576 23
Bauchi 580 33 533 14
Imo 494 316 168 10
Benue 430 282 139 9
Nasarawa 372 141 223 8
Bayelsa 346 9 316 21
Jigawa 322 3 308 11
Akwa Ibom 241 26 207 8
Niger 228 48 168 12
Ekiti 194 110 81 3
Adamawa 185 69 104 12
Anambra 156 7 131 18
Sokoto 154 138 16
Kebbi 90 82 8
Taraba 78 19 55 4
Zamfara 77 1 71 5
Cross River 73 23 42 8
Yobe 67 2 57 8
Kogi 5 3 2

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