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European Countries Reviewing Protocols As COVID-19 Lockdown Phase Returns

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Many European countries are returning to the lockdown stage due to the rise of Covid-19 infection rates, which had earlier forced them to take extreme caution and measures to prevent the rise in cases.

The Covid-19 infections are beginning to climb again in Europe, this has been narrated as a comeback of the pandemic the world has been battling without success since December 2019.

However, after navigating the worst of a most intense pandemic with robust efforts at vaccinations, the Covid-19 infected numbers are starting to rise again with some European countries experiencing panicking increases in their daily ratios.

Although, countries like the Netherlands are resorting to a new wave of partial lockdown regulations to counter the fresh increase in cases they are witnessing, while other countries have been placed on the high lookout with precautions in advance to counter any impending threats.

Protests have also trailed the Netherlands’ recent attempt to re-create the lockdown regulations that countries resorted to in the earlier days of the pandemic.

Another country going to the fresh lockdown is Austria. The authorities imposed a lockdown on the unvaccinated by midnight Sunday in a bid to reduce the increasing numbers within its territory.

The unvaccinated will only be able to go to school, work, exercise and buy essential supplies once the lockdown is in place from midnight onwards.

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has urged Britons to get their booster jabs to prevent extreme measures from being deemed again due to the increase in numbers of infected cases.

The United Kingdom is getting up to 40,000 daily cases, as numbers recorded only two days ago indicate.

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BREAKING: ISWAP currently attacking Borno town

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The military are currently engaging insurgents of the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Auno village of Borno State, north-east Nigeria.

POLITICS NIGERIA learnt that the terrorists invaded Auno, but Nigerian security forces are repelling their attack.

Northern Nigeria region continues to face multiple challenges posed by insurgents.

ISWAP, a splinter of Boko Haram, is growing in power and influence. From its territorial base on the banks and islands of Lake Chad, this jihadist group is waging a guerrilla war across north-eastern Nigeria and elsewhere on the lake’s periphery. By filling gaps in governance and service delivery, it has cultivated a level of support among local civilians that Boko Haram never enjoyed and has turned neglected communities in the area and islands in Lake Chad into a source of economic support.

Efforts by this reporter to get comments on the Auno attack from Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director Army Public Relations, was unsuccessful.

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Time For Community Policing In Imo

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When Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State started this year with commissioning of projects, it took very many people by surprise.

Management experts have argued that with careful planning, the sublime is achievable within the shortest possible time. It is also said that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Therefore, following Uzodinma’s plans, policies and projects, it may not be difficult to understand how he could achieve the feat.
The governor is a listening governor. Wherever he is going wrong and it is pointed out, he quickly corrects himself. He is doing a good job under the circumstances.
These are difficult times in the last two years and he’s come out well. I commend him for the ongoing renovation of over 305 health centers across the INEC Wards of the twenty-seven local government areas of the state. He never allowed himself to be distracted by the previous occurrences that triggered the state of unrest in Imo.

The renovation of the health centres would open fresh window for employment opportunities for Imo indigenes. No matter the falsehood dished out by few persons on social media under the sponsorship of desperate oppositions who are not sure of their own destination, the good news remains that Uzodinma is doing well.

The issue of unknown gunmen and kidnapping should be put to an end. Community policing is very important. Community policing remains the best security tool to stamp out all shades of criminal practices. There should be no further delay. Vigilance groups should be formed and equipped.

The governor has promised to do this. I heard him say “we shall create a Neighbourhood Security Watch code-named “North East West” (NEW) involving a coordinated network of Community Intelligence Gathering Programme in liaison with the NPF, DSS, NSCDC, NSO and some Private Security Companies.

“In tandem, we shall launch Operation “FOC,” (Flush Out Criminals) – a combined security operations targeted at flashpoints and centres of high criminal activities, including hideouts, jungles, uncompleted buildings, forest, shrines, lakes and creeks, etc. Whether in Ohaji Egbema, or Nwaorieubi Shrine at Ifakala, or in the thick jungle at Akokwa, or Njaba or Urashi, We shall rout them and free our society of the menace of banditry, kidnappings, and ritual killings including Yahoo-Plus, and Alibaba Gangstars.

It shall be a “SAD” season for criminals in Imo State” Government should intensify manhunt operations against identified target groups and criminal syndicates. People from the communities know these criminals and kidnappers and they can help government smoke them out from their holes.
•Uwadi writies from Mahu-Egbema, in Imo State

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Foluke Daramola-Salako denies being paid to endorse Tinubu

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Nollywood actress Foluke Daramola-Salako has responded to the criticisms projected towards her and her colleague for singing Tinubu’s praise in a viral video in which they chant “Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.”

It was reported that the video offended many Nigerians who accused her of endorsing Tinubu. Foluke said, however, she did not receive any money, claiming, instead, that they were preaching peace.

She insisted that the video had nothing to do with politics nor her singing was intended to endorse Tinubu’s candidacy for the general election in 2023.

The 43-year-old actress said that despite her being a card-carrying member of the APC, she had not endorsed anyone at that time.

“I need to set the record straight, I never endorse anyone, please don’t get things twisted,” she said in a video uploaded to Instagram.

“What we went to do yesterday had nothing to do with politics, we are in a group advocating for peace and unity in Nigeria.

“Although I’m a card-carrying member of APC, we did not go in the capacity of endorsing Asiwaju Tinubu for President and it was not a Nollywood thing.

“I was not paid in any way for this, it was meant to be a unity and peace campaign nothing more.

“Don’t let us get it twisted, it does not have anything to do with politics or Nollywood, let’s be guided!”

Daramola-Salako is most notable for being nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2013 at the Africa Movie Academy Award.

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