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Man, 20, docked for allegedly stealing motorcycle

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A 20-year-old man, Jeremiah Anu, was on Tuesday brought before a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly stealing a motorcycle, valued at N106,000.

Anu, whose address is not provided, faces a charge of stealing.

He, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Police Prosecutor, ASP. Akpan Ikem, told court that the accused committed the offence on Dec. 27, 2018 at Badagry Grammar School in Badagry.

Ikem said that Anu stole an unregistered Suzuki motorcycle, belonging to one Idowu Akodegbe.

The prosecutor said the offence contravene Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Patrick Adekomaya, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Adekomaya ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of payment of tax to the Lagos State Government.

He adjourned the case until July 17 for mention.

 

 

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German gov’t supports local fleece manufacturer to boost face mask production

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The German government subsidized the expansion of fleece production by local company Innovatec in order to boost production of face masks in the country, Germany’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) announced on Friday.

“We intend to significantly expand our production capacities for protective equipment in Germany and thus effectively reduce our dependence on imports,” said German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier when handing over the first notice of funding for fleece production.

Innovatec would invest more than 11 million euros (12.5 million United States dollars) in two new units for fleece production and could manufacture an additional 1,500 tons of fleece in the future, enabling the production of more than 1.5 billion face masks, according to BMWi.

The program was aiming to stimulate an additional fleece production of 4,000 tons per year. However, Altmaier stressed that “our long-term goal is to cover the entire value chain, from machines to filter fleece and protective masks.”

(XINHUA)

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Police command in Ogun arrests lovers for faking kidnap

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The Police Command in Ogun has arrested a 17-year-old girl, Seun Adekunle, and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Basit Olasunkanm, for allegedly faking kidnap of the girl.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Abeokuta.

According to the PPRO, Adekunle and Olasunkanmi live at 32, Agura Road, Abeojuta, and 4, Ogun Radio Road, Abeokuta respectively.

He said the duo were arrested on Friday, following a report by the girl’s mother, Mrs Bukola Adekunle.

The spokesman said the woman had complained at the Enugada Police Division, Abeokuta, on Thursday that her daughter was missing.

Mrs Adekunle had made a report at the police station on Thursday that she sent her daughter to Lafenwa Market on Monday and she had yet to return.

“She stated further that she received a call from someone on Wednesday who claimed to have kidnapped her daughter and demanded N500,000 ransom for her release.

Mrs Adekunle also added that the caller warned her not to report the case to the police if she still loved to have her daughter back,” the PPRO said.

Oyeyemi said further that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Enugada Division, SP Baba Hamzat, quickly led some detectives on investigation to the hideout where the girl and her boyfriend were hibernating and hatching the plot.

He said that the suspects were promptly arrested and taken to the station.

“Preliminary investigations reveal that the boyfriend, a butcher, was the one who brainwashed the girl and lured her into the devilish plan because he needed money to settle some problems.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigations and possible prosecution,” he said.


Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Singapore to build vaccine manufacturing capacity in fight against COVID-19: PM

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Singapore is building up its vaccine manufacturing capacity amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a transcript of his remarks released on Friday for the virtual global vaccine summit.

Speaking to the Global Vaccine Council in a video message, Lee said the COVID-19 pandemic demands a “unified and concerted response” by all nations.

One key area of cooperation is developing and producing a vaccine against COVID-19 and Singapore is doing its part as well, he said.

Singapore is building up its vaccine manufacturing capacity, and it hopes to offer to fill and finish contract manufacturing services to vaccine developers, said Lee.

“This should help them ramp up production faster, and assure them high standards of safety and quality in the manufacturing process,” he added.

On top of that, Singapore has contributed about 13 million United States dollars towards international efforts to combat COVID-19, through the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations or CEPI, and donations of essential medical equipment and supplies.

In addition, Singapore is also investing heavily in research and development on diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics.

Its researchers have developed a range of serological and nucleic acid-based diagnostic tests, which have been deployed to over 20 countries, said Lee. They are also developing therapeutic monoclonal antibodies, as well as a vaccine, and have started clinical trials of various therapeutics.

“Discovering, producing and distributing a safe and effective vaccine is vital to getting life back to normal despite COVID-19,” said Lee.

“I hope that this summit will help focus our minds and resources, and forge partnerships to promote vaccine multilateralism,” he said.

The Global Vaccine Summit was held on Thursday and co-hosted by the British government and Gavi, or the Vaccine Alliance, the public-private global health partnership.

On his Facebook page, Lee wrote on Friday that COVID-19 has “been a forceful reminder of the necessity for countries to mount a united response to common threats like the pandemic and climate change.”

“We are all in the same fight together and Singapore will do our part in this global call for action,” he said.

(XINHUA)

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Filed bankruptcies in Germany see moderate increase: IWH

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With 1,019 companies in Germany filing for bankruptcy in May, insolvencies recorded a “moderate increase” of 53 companies compared to the previous year, the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) announced on Friday.

Although overall corporate bankruptcies in Germany remained almost constant, IWH found that an increasing number of employees was subject to employer bankruptcy.

The five largest German companies, which filed for bankruptcy in May, employed a total of more than 10,000 people, according to the IWH analysis. In the previous months, there had hardly been any company insolvencies that affected 1,000 or more workers.

“During the course of the financial crisis of 2008/2009, we also observed increasingly large firms filing for bankruptcy,” said Steffen Mueller, head of IWH department of structural change and productivity and the IWH bankruptcy research unit.

Beyond economic crises, IWH noted that large companies were generally in a better position than small companies to avoid insolvency through a timely implementation of restructuring measures.

In order to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus crisis, the German government temporarily suspended companies’ duty to file for insolvency until the end of September if the insolvency was directly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a result of this law, it is possible that fewer insolvency applications will be received than usual at present and that these are not expected until autumn 2020,” warned Erik Geisler, vice president of a local district court in Darmstadt in March when the obligation to notify was suspended.

“Ultimately, the coronavirus crisis and the bankruptcies associated with it will be visible in increased job loss even if the bankruptcy numbers should stay moderate,” warned Mueller, who stressed that the current numbers would just reflect the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

(XINHUA)

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Germany’s biggest health insurer reports rise in prescription drug spending before lockdown

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During the week before contact restrictions came into force in Germany in mid-March, expenditure on pharmaceuticals by Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) had already increased by 44 percent year-on-year, the country’s biggest statutory health insurance fund said on Friday.

TK’s expenditure on pharmaceuticals totaled about 104 million euros (117.6 million United States dollars) during the second week of March, said the insurer.

The number of prescriptions, which included an unusually large number of large drug packages, was 10 percentage points higher than in the same week last year, according to the TK.

Patients in Germany had “stocked up on prescription drugs before the so-called lockdown, this applies in particular to insured people with chronical diseases,” said Jens Baas, chair of the TK’s Board of Directors.

The sharp increase in expenditure on drugs shows that the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany are currently difficult to estimate, according to the TK.

During March, expenditure on pharmaceuticals per insured person increased around 26 percent, but returned to the level of the previous year in April, according to the TK’s initial evaluation.

“Due to the economic consequences of the pandemic, enormous slumps on the revenues side are already apparent for the entire statutory health insurance system,” said Baas.

(XINHUA)

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‘Abe-Igi’ to wear new look – National Theatre management

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Management of the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, says plans are in top gear to give Abe-Igi, the popular open bar and restaurant within the facility, a new look.
The Spokesperson of the National Theatre, Steph Ogundele, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the step was to make the place, noted for artistes’ convergence and public rendezvous, more attractive.
Ogundele said that upon completion, Abe-Igi would not only wear a new look, but will also be totally rebranded.
“It is part of the management’s plan towards a post-Covid-19 market development.
“The lockdown has created a good opportunity for us to attend to some proposals, the first and major concluded one being the rebranding of Abe-Igi, which will take off after the total ease of the lockdown.
“We have to take this bold step, because we want to upgrade the place by making it more attractive to artistes and users of the complex,” he said.
Ogundele, however, said that nothing had been put before the management of the theatre concerning the proposed facelift of the main edifice by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“In
this regard, no information has come to us till date. We heard about it last year November, just like you also did. So we are waiting to be officially informed,” he said.
According to him, the management will remain committed to bringing necessary measures to bear in order to make the environment more comfortable for users of the Abe-Igi and facilities.


Edited By: Bola Akingbehin and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Coronavirus “well repelled” in Belgium: Sciensano spokesman

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A comparison on the coronavirus figures in Belgium over the past two weeks showed the COVID-19 situation is much more favorable and the virus is well repelled, said Yves Van Laethem, inter-federal spokesman for the public health institute Sciensano,at a press briefing here on Friday.

Comparing the situation of the past two weeks, “we see that both the number of confirmed cases and the number of positive tests, as well as the number of hospitalizations or stays in intensive care, have fallen by around 30 percent. This shows that the situation is much more favorable and allows us to say that the virus is well repelled”, said Yves Van Laethem.

In the past 24 hours, 140 new COVID-19 cases have been reported, which confirms the downward trend of around 8 percent in the last seven days, explained Van Laethem. The total number of confirmed cases amounts to 58,907.

Belgium has recorded 29 new deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 9,566 since the beginning of the epidemic.

Meanwhile, the current economic impact is unprecedented since World War II and considerably complicates the exercise of drawing up economic prospects, according to a press release published Friday by the Belgian Federal Planning Bureau (FPB) . The Belgian economy is expected to contract by 10.6 percent in 2020, before partially recovering in 2021 (8.2 percent), according to the FPB.

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Ogun FRSC gets new sector commander

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Mr Umar Galadunci has been appointed the Ogun Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Umar will take over from  Mr Clement Oladele, who has been transferred to Enugu as the Commander of the FRSC Academy in the state.

Oladele made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun.

NAN reports that  the Board of the FRSC recently promoted 119 senior officers to various ranks nationwide.

Oladele and his successor benefitted from the promotion.

Oladele described his successor, who was transferred from Kaduna State, as experienced.

“I want to thank all the staff  of the command for cooperation with me during my stay in Ogun.

“I urge them to extend the hands of cooperation to the new sector commander,” he said.

 Oladele will resume in Enugu on June 12.


Edited By: Folorunso Poroye (NAN)Ijeoma Popoola

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Man, 23, bags life jail for sexual abuse of 15-year-old girl

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An Abeokuta High Court on Friday sentenced  a 23-year-old man, Lekan Felix, to life imprisonment for abduction and raping a 15-year-old girl.

 

Delivering his  judgment, Justice Abiodun Adeyemi convicted Felix on two counts of having sexual intercourse and the abduction  of a child under 16 years.

 

The judge held that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts.

 

He held that the evidence presented by the prosecution was tenable and, therefore, he had to  sentence Felix to life imprisonment.

 

However, the state prosecuting counsel, Mr Adekunle Sodeinde, said  that Felix the committed the offences on Feb.17, 2013 at Sango-Ota area of Ogun.

According to the counsel, the convict unlawfully abducted a 15-year -old girl (names withheld), who was living with her elder sister.

 

He said that Felix took the girl to where her family members or anybody would not locate her whereabouts, and was having sexual intercourse with her for two years.

 

“The victim was sent on  an errand by her elder sister on her way she met the convict who bought drink for her.

 

“After taking the drink she passed out, and  few hours later on opening her eyes she met herself at Felix’s house at Ijoko village in Owode-Egba in Abeokuta.

 

“Felix  took advantage of her by sexually abusing her and was using her to work as a labourer on his farm land for two years before she regained her senses,” he said.

 

Sodeinde, however, said that Felix  confessed that he used charm on her so that she would not know where she was or think of going home.

 

He noted that the offences contravened Section 32 of the Child Rights Laws of Ogun and Section 362 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun 2006.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that as at  the time of  the incident, Lekan  was 23 years old, but at the time of his conviction, he was 30 years old.

 


Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Peter Dada (NAN)

 

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