By Ngozi Njoku
Two men – Lukman Ibrahim and Sokege Musibau – who allegedly hacked into a woman’s bank account, using her SIM card, on Thursday appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Ibrahim, 30, and Musibau, 32, whose addresses were not given, allegedly stole N1 million from the hacked account.
They are facing charges of conspiracy, stealing and breach of the peace.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to the Prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, the defendants committed the offences on March 27.
Ihiehie alleged that the defendants conspired and swapped the SIM card of one Miss Folake Balogun with that of one Ibrahim in other to hack into Balogun’s bank account to steal.
“The defendants actually hacked into the complainant’s FCMB account with number 2270414025 and transferred the sum of N1million without her consent.
“During an investigation, it was discovered that the defendants had an accomplice who we are yet to identify,” he said.
The alleged offences contravene Sections 168(1)(d), 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates three years’ jail term for stealing.
The Magistrate, Mrs E. Kubeinje, admitted the defendants to bail of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until April 2 for mention.
Tokyo stocks advance in morning on hopes for global economic recovery
Tokyo stocks advanced Wednesday morning, as buying was supported by continued expectations that the further lifting of virus-linked restrictions in many countries would aid the recovery of the global economy.
Nonferrous metal, transportation equipment and rubber product issues comprised those that gained the most by the morning break.
Vietnam’s phone export down 8.8 pct in 5 months
Vietnam earned nearly 18 billion U.S. dollars from exporting phones and components in the first five months of this year, posting a year-on-year decline of 8.8 percent, accounting for 18.1 percent of Vietnam’s total export revenue, according to the country’s General Statistics Office on Wednesday.
In May alone, Vietnam fetched 2.6 billion U.S. dollars from selling the products overseas, plunging 30 percent on-year.
Fire, explosion fatalities in Vietnam down in 5 months
A total of 1,259 fires and explosions happened in Vietnam in the first five months of this year, killing 41 people and injuring 93 others.
The fires and explosions also caused property losses of some 298 billion Vietnamese dong (about 12.9 million U.S. dollars), the country’s Fire Prevention and Fight Department said on Wednesday.
Vietnam recorded 1,581 fires and explosions in the first five months of last year, which left 55 people dead and 83 others injured and caused losses of over 484 billion Vietnamese dong (21 million U.S. dollars).
In 2019, the country reported 3,755 fires and explosions which claimed 112 human lives, injured 177 people, and left property losses of some 1,400 billion Vietnamese dong (60.9 million U.S. dollars), said the department.
New Zealand police officers charged with manslaughter
Three New Zealand Police officers have been charged with manslaughter, authorities said on Wednesday, following the death of a man in custody last year.
The charges allege the officers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were “grossly negligent” in their duty of care to the victim, and that this was a “causal factor” in his death, police said in a statement.
“The decision to file charges was made after a thorough investigation and consideration of legal advice from the New Plymouth Crown Solicitor and a Queen’s Counsel,” the statement said.
The victim’s family has been advised on the charges, and all three officers have been stood down from duty, the statement said.
The trio have been remanded on bail and will appear in court in late June.
Police said as the matter is before the courts, no further details or comments about the case would be made.
A police statement released last year following the incident said the man was found unresponsive at the police station during a routine check.
Police staff and paramedics tried to revive the man for more than 30 minutes.
“It is a very sad time for all involved, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family,” Inspector Chris de Wattignar said at the time.
“Police staff make every effort to ensure the safety of those in Police custody.”
Edited By: Emmanuel (NAN) Yashim
FG to engage community volunteers for house-to-house sensitisation on COVID-19 – Minister
Ehanire said that the ministry was working with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, (NPHCDA) to finalise plans on the engagement of existing community volunteers and agents to conduct house to house sensitisation on COVID-19 at the community level.
“A team from the FMoH, led by the ED of NPHCDA and comprising doctors from Departments of Family Health, Hospital Services and Public Health and NCDC, is in Lagos on an appraisal visit, during which a situation analysis will be conducted.
“The team will also visit the contiguous Ogun State on the same mission. The visits are in continuation of similar useful initiatives in the past to Kano, Katsina Sokoto, Jigawa, Gombe, and Borno, to share experience and ideas, align strategy and support each other,” he said.
The minister said that the ministry would continue to advocate for states to strengthen their response activities and have begun a program to strengthen the capacity of all Federal Health Institutions in Nigeria to deal with COVID-19 challenges in their States by additional training, supplies and equipment.
He said that the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja and University of Calabar Teaching Hospital would be prioritized for the deployment of Gene Xpert machines as soon as the test kits were validated by the Medical Laboratory Science Council.
He said this so that residents in Kogi and Cross River, among others, would no longer have a shortage of opportunity to be tested.
“Our observation is that states are at varying levels of readiness and it is important to re-strategise to meet all citizens at their points of need.
“All nations are working together and I urge all State authorities in Nigeria to accept the reality and also work with each other and Federal Government, and play their part in the strategy to keep the people safe.
He, however said that as the President advised that it was best to be fully prepared even if Nigerians do not have to use it.
“The FCT, for example, is no longer under bed space pressure, having been well supported with assets to meet all levels of care, security and needs,” he said.
Ehanire said that there would therefore be no reason for a COVID-19 positive person to be outside a designated Isolation and Treatment centre, especially with the ThisDay Dome Isolation centre ready to take cases.
He noted that it would be headed, in the introductory phase, by the Medical Director of Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, one of the most experienced virus disease hospitals in Nigeria.
He also said the FCT managed Idu COVID-19 treatment centre wih 500 beds ready.
“More than 13,000 health workers have been trained, which will result in reduced rate of infection, especially in the line of duty. We are collaborating with States to cascade the training to lower cadre workers.
“After consultation with top Nigerian scientists of the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee, I am advised that Nigeria has something to add to the body of knowledge around these trials.
“I have therefore approved the continuation of the trial, as recommended, under strong precautionary conditions to be built into it,” he said.
According to him, the leadership of the Ministry also had the first briefing with the Ministerial Advisory Panel of Experts on Monday and received a series of very useful advisories that will be discussed and shared with Heads of Agencies and Departments of the Ministry.
“Finally, as we move into the next phase of easing of the lockdown, I urgently call on all, to take responsibility for ensuring that we actively play our role in ensuring that COVID-19 does not spike or bounce up, as has been observed in many countries where lockdown was relaxed.
“It is important to bear in mind that this phase, more than the lockdown itself, is in the hands of the people, more than in the hand of government.
“We must fight the spread of the disease by adhering more strictly than ever, to the various social guidelines which have been announced, published and publicized,” he advised.
“Wear your mask on your face, not under your chin; it has no value under your chin.
“Be very sensitive about respiratory hygiene, wash hands regularly, use sanitizers and observe physical distancing. Open your windows to let in fresh air whenever it is safe to do so,” he said.
Zoom’s customers and sales rise as pandemic changes working life
Video conferencing app Zoom doubled its sales forecast for the year and posted considerable gains in total revenue and customers, it said in a quarterly report on Tuesday.
The global disruption to working life reshaped the company from a corporate tool to a digital hangout space.
The company did not disclose active user numbers.
This was in keeping with its previous practices, CNBC reported.
Zoom said it now has more than 265,000 corporate customers with more than ten employees – an increase of 354 per cent compared to the same time last year.
Some 769 customers – twice as many as a year earlier – spent more than 100,000 dollars a year on Zoom’s services.
Total revenue nearly tripled for the quarter to reach 328.2 million dollars compared to 122 million a year earlier.
The huge spike made the company raise its full-year sales forecast to between 1.78 billion to 1.8 billion from 915.0 million.
But it has not been all smooth sailing, with the tech company facing bans from governments and corporations due to privacy and security concerns.
In the wake of the criticism, Zoom invested heavily in cloud and security software, increasing the company’s cost of revenue by 330 per cent to 103.7 million.
Edited by Emmanuel Yashim
Zuckerberg defends not criticising Trump over threat of violence
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has defended himself for not condemning remarks by United States President Donald Trump appearing to threaten violent retribution against demonstrators protesting the death of a black man at the hands of police, according to media reported on Tuesday.
In a tweet which was also visible on his Facebook page, Trump slammed demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis as “THUGS” and appeared to promote a violent response by saying, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
That phrase was first used by a Miami police chief in 1967 to justify a violent crackdown on black neighbourhoods.
Online magazine The Verge reported that Zuckerberg held a long conference call with Facebook employees and addressed accusations that the social media platform allowed election misinformation and veiled promotions of violence from Trump.
Zuckerberg told employees he should have offered them more transparency, The Verge reported citing a recording of the meeting.
But he stood by what he termed a “pretty thorough” evaluation of Trump’s posts, saying the choice to avoid labeling or removing them was difficult but correct.
According to the recording, Zuckerberg described being upset by some of Trump’s recent posts, including the one regarding looting.
One said publicly that the company would end up “on the wrong side of history.”
Edited By: Emmanuel (NAN) Yashim
New Zealand reveals details for relaxed COVID-19 rules as country returning to normal
Restrictions on businesses will be removed under COVID-19 Alert Level 1, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern explained the details on Wednesday as New Zealanders are seeing their lives returning to normal.
Strict border controls will still remain, Ardern said, adding restrictions on hospitality businesses, gatherings and community sport will be lifted.
Ardern stressed coughing etiquette because risks remain as New Zealand heads into winter with more asymptomatic transmission.
The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 is unchanged at 1,481, he said, adding the situation was “hugely satisfying.”
Finland announces record-high supplementary budget to counteract COVID-19 impact
The Finnish government on Tuesday announced a record-high supplementary budget of 5.5 billion euros (6.16 billion U.S. dollars) to counteract the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Finance Minister Katri Kulmuni said.
With this budget, the debt taken by the government this year increased to 18.8 billion euros (21.04 billion dollars), Kulmuni said at a press conference.
The government also decided to extend the target timing of stabilizing the ratio between public debt and gross domestic product from 2023 to 2030, Kulmuni said, adding that the longer time frame would ease the pressure.
The senior official said Finnish universities will be authorized to add 4,800 students to this year’s enrollment.
According to the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland confirmed a total of 6,887 COVID-19 infections by Tuesday afternoon, with 320 virus-related deaths and at least 5,500 recoveries.
The country reopened restaurants and cafes on Monday, with opening hours shortened and capacity of service halved. The new restrictions are supposed to stay until the end of October.
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- Fire, explosion fatalities in Vietnam down in 5 months
- New Zealand police officers charged with manslaughter
- FG to engage community volunteers for house-to-house sensitisation on COVID-19 – Minister
- Zoom’s customers and sales rise as pandemic changes working life
- Zuckerberg defends not criticising Trump over threat of violence
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- Finland announces record-high supplementary budget to counteract COVID-19 impact
- Portugal begins third and final phase of deconfinement
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- 14 new COVID-19 cases reported in Libya, 182 in total
- United States ambassador to Germany Grenell resigns
- Nigeria records 241 new cases of COVID-19, total Infections hit 10,818
- Uganda to evacuate over 2,400 nationals abroad amid pandemic
- United States anger spreads to Australia as thousands protest police brutality
- Dollar changes hands around 108.81 yen level in early trade in Tokyo
- Tokyo stocks open sharply higher on hopes for United States economic recovery
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- Schools in Singapore reopen
- Egypt starts gradual reopening of services and offices
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- United States initiates trade probe into digital services taxes considered by 10 trading partners
- Lagos records 17 COVID-19 related deaths in 2 days
- Roundup: Europe-based airlines start to resume services as countries try to revive tourism
- COVID-19: Lagos discharges 30 Nigerians, 3 Indians
- Lagos rehabilitates 1,983 destitute persons in 1 year
- British study suggests minorities more likely to die from coronavirus
- V4 PMs discuss with European Council president about EU funds
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- UN rights chief highlights disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racial, ethnic minorities
- France reports 107 new single-day deaths from COVID-19
- British parliament resumes physical voting amid COVID-19 fears
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- Lagos to build more general hospitals — Hamzat
- COVID-19: Oyo yet to relax ban on religious activities, curfew — Taskforce
- Minnesota governor announces civil rights probe into Minneapolis Police Department
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- Security forces launch major anti-IS offensive in Iraq
- Senate approves revised 2020-2022 MTEF, FSP
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- Feature: City of Cars embraces art in age of coronavirus
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- Buhari commiserates with Delta fire victims
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- Egypt sets new daily record with 47 deaths from COVID-19
- Palestine urges ICC to investigate Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem
- Umahi urges community to cease farming on disputed land in Ebonyi
- BiH’s security minister resigns
- Board of Internal Revenue bill scales 3rd reading at Bayelsa Assembly
- Assembly donates N5 million, food items to family of deceased colleague
- Lagos recruits 3,000 teachers in 12 months
- NiMet predicts cloudy, sunny weather Wednesday to Friday
- Roundup: Greece reports 19 new COVID-19 cases within 24 hours, suspends flights from Qatar
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- LASG confiscates 2 houses allegedly used for fraud
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- Iran urges Europe to stand against United States sanctions
- Lagos govt trains 2,200 vulnerable females
- Buhari condoles with Dan Suleiman over wife’s death
- Port Harcourt DisCo decries N2.5bn revenue loss over meter bypass
- OOU, herbal firm partner to produce anti-COVID-19 drug
- Reps approve Buhari’s loan request
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- COVID-19: Nnewi community leader solicits support for less privileged
- Gov. Uzodimma inaugurates investigative panel on collapsed 8 story building in Owerri
- Premier League clubs can play friendlies before season restart – reports
- Anambra has 8 active COVID-19 cases – Obiano
- Spain set to introduce tax on single-use plastics
- Turkey vows to protect rights, interests in Mediterranean
- Rebels attack Sudanese army camp in Darfur
- Alitalia restarts Rome-New York service as part of wider relaunch
- I nominated N500m constituency projects–Sen. Folarin
- COVID-19: WHO advises govts to ease lockdowns in systematic step-by-step approach
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- UN steps up cross-border aid delivery to NW Syria
- Roundup: Italy marks Republic Day with tribute to coronavirus victims
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- Biden berates Trump as protests over Floyd’s death continue to rage across United States
- I-G orders transfer of investigation into UNIBEN student’s death
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- Kwara Assembly swears-in new APC member
- COVID-19: Fidelity Bank donates N5m to Borno
- Creative Industry mourns Majek Fashek, describes him as true legend
- COVID-19: Lagos Assembly reduces state’s 2020 budget to N920.5bn
- Kuwait calls on Yemen parties to stop hostilities, focus on reaching political solution
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- NIMR, Mobihealth launch first home COVID-19 self-swab test
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- Italy’s death toll from coronavirus climbs to 33,530
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