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Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani Kayode, has reacted to plans by the to amend the proposed death penalty clause in the hate speech bill.

DAILY POST reports that Sponsor of ‘hate speech bill and Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate,  Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, on Sunday said the Senate may amend the proposed death penalty clause in the bill.

Abdullahi made this known in a statement he signed on Sunday in Abuja.

The assured that the death penalty proposed in the bill would be amended by the Senate “when it is subjected to legislative input at the National Assembly.”

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Abdullahi, who represents Niger North Senatorial District, said that the bill would undergo some fine-tuning to ensure that the clauses contained in its provisions to be passed into law reflected Nigerians’ views.

He added that the Senate welcomed contributions and inputs by critics and supporters of the bill, as these would go a long way towards giving Nigerians the much-awaited law that would address the disturbing trend of hate speech

But, Fani-Kayode reacting said amendment of the bill to remove the death penalty clause is not enough.

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He asked that the senate totally scrap the hate speech and social media bill and apologize to Nigerians.

The former minister on his page wrote; “Removing the death penalty for so-called “hate speech” is not enough.

” You must scrap the entire Bill, send it back to Singapore where it came from, get on your knees and ask God.

“Also ask the people for forgiveness for having the temerity to try to deprive them of their right to speak freely. “

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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COVID-19: NCDC Confirms 354 New Cases, Total Rises To 45,244

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The Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 354 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infection to 45,244.

The NCDC made this known via its verified handle on Thursday.

“On the 6th of August 2020, 354 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 45244 cases have been confirmed, 32430 cases have been discharged and 930 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 354 new cases are reported from 17 states- FCT (78), Lagos (76), Kaduna (23), Ebonyi (19), Oyo (18), Nasarawa (17), Rivers (17), Delta (16), Kwara (15), Akwa Ibom (13), Edo (12), Ogun (12), Plateau (11), Kano (9), Bauchi (6), Borno (6), Ekiti (6),” the NCDC said.

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See the breakdown of cases by state below;

Confirmed Cases by State

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 15,627 2,316 13,119 192
FCT 4,241 2,965 1,231 45
Oyo 2,825 1,392 1,402 31
Edo 2,340 174 2,073 93
Rivers 1,911 267 1,591 53
Kano 1,608 264 1,291 53
Delta 1,557 110 1,404 43
Kaduna 1,530 183 1,335 12
Ogun 1,428 200 1,204 24
Plateau 1,294 676 598 20
Ondo 1,243 565 651 27
Enugu 880 377 485 18
Ebonyi 838 19 793 26
Kwara 815 452 342 21
Katsina 746 265 457 24
Borno 634 30 569 35
Abia 625 103 517 5
Gombe 620 68 529 23
Osun 586 273 300 13
Bauchi 574 40 521 13
Imo 472 315 147 10
Nasarawa 360 129 223 8
Benue 356 285 64 7
Bayelsa 342 31 290 21
Jigawa 322 3 308 11
Akwa Ibom 234 55 171 8
Niger 226 81 133 12
Adamawa 176 80 85 11
Ekiti 159 81 76 2
Sokoto 154 1 137 16
Anambra 142 41 83 18
Kebbi 90 82 8
Zamfara 77 1 71 5
Taraba 72 13 55 4
Cross River 68 27 33 8
Yobe 67 2 57 8
Kogi 5 3 2

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Nigerian govt set to resume international flights, lists guidelines

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has asked airline operators and aviation authorities, to begin the process for resuming international flights.

The PTF Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, stated this during Thursday’s media briefing in Abuja.

Aliyu said the Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and other agencies should commence the process.

According to him, passengers would arrive three hours before flights, when the country’s airspace finally opens for international operations.

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He said, “Specific to air transportation, as you are aware, domestic flights have already resumed, the railway sector has also restarted. For international travel, we have made recommendation to the aviation industry to commence the process for opening international airport provided all existing international and local Covid-19 protocol are in place.

“We have modified the protocol for passenger arrivals at the airports. Domestic passengers arriving at the airports are advised to arrive one hour before their flights and three hours before international flights when this restarts.”

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Domestic flights had resumed in Nigeria in July after a four-month closure due to COVID-19.

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