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Joe Biden Heavily criticised the decision by some state officials to remove a draft of Covid-19 restrictions

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The Republican Governors of Texas and Mississippi, Gov. Greg Abbott and Gov. Tate Reeves, announced on Tuesday that they will allow businesses in their states to reopen with full capacity and will no longer require mask-wearing in public places.

When asked about the decisions by White House reporters on Wednesday Biden decried the “Neanderthal thinking” of those who decided to repeal the restrictions while the covid-19 case numbers remain dangerously high.

Governors decide that “state mandates are no longer needed”

There has been reason for cautious optimism in recent weeks, which left the two Governors feeling that now was the right time to lift restrictions. The vaccination effort is picking up speed with a third coronavirus shot now cleared for use by the FDA and case numbers are falling across the country.

In announcing the decision Gov. Abbott said that he would issue a new executive order rescinding the vast majority of coronavirus restrictions and would allow businesses to be “100%” open from 10 March. When asked about the decision Renae Eze, Gov. Abbott’s press secretary, told CNBC that the move was based on the improving situation and the need to return to normality:

“It is clear from the recoveries, the vaccinations, the reduced hospitalizations, and the safe practices that Texans are using, that state mandates are no longer needed.

“We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans. The Governor’s focus has been, and always will be, protecting the lives and livelihoods of Texans.”

Mask-wearing remains a priority for Biden and health experts

However the states’ decision was swiftly criticised by Biden who told reporters that it was “critical, critical, critical” that local authorities continue to “follow the science” in their covid-19 response.

He has made addressing the public health crisis the top priority for the early months of his presidency and is hoping to pass a new stimulus bill in the coming days that would provide hundreds of billions of dollars to speed up vaccine roll-out and get Americans back to schools, workplaces and social gatherings safely.

He told reporters in Washington: “Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now these masks make a difference… The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking, that, ‘In the meantime, everything’s fine. Take off your mask. Forget it.’ It still matters.”

Biden’s comments are backed up by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who have warned of the risk of reopening too soon. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said on Monday that premature easing of restrictions risked “completely los[ing] the hard-earned ground we have gained.”

She added: “With these statistics, I am really worried about more states rolling back the exact public health measures we have recommended to protect people from Covid-19.”


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Don’t accept wike’s deceptive Financial bribe- IPOB warns IMO communities

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has warned the people of Ohaji Local Government Area of Imo State against ceding their land to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

IPOB cautioned the people of Ohaji against accepting Wike’s alleged satanic and deceptive financial inducement.

Emma Powerful, the spokesman of IPOB, issued the warning in reaction to an alleged illegal and undocumented ceding of communities in Ohaji Local Government Area to Wike.

Powerful warned that ceding their communities to Wike would affect their children’s future; hence such a deceptive move should be rejected.

He urged the communities to treat whoever is persuading them to change their state of origin as a criminal.

Powerful noted that accepting to change their state of origin for the sake of N150,000 monthly is evil.

A statement by Powerful reads partly: “Following an illegal undocumented treaty to cede communities of Ohaji Egbema LGA from Imo State to Rivers State via a crooked financial inducement by current Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

“We the global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the command and leadership of our great leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU wish to warn that such project is called to a halt to avert inevitable consequences.

“We suggest to the communities that fall into this deceptive venture masterminded by Nyesom Wike to retrace their steps, considering that this singular act could attract futuristic destructive effects.

“IPOB was intimated with the information regarding Governor Wike’s plan, which includes conditional future promises and haven gone through these moves realized that Wike will abandon them in future because governor Wike cannot be in charge of Rivers State beyond his tenor as a current Governor.

“It is a known fact that the Imo State government failed in their obligations as it concerns the predicaments they are facing in that area, but they must forget Wike with his satanic offer. Wike’s deceptive offer would harm them and their children in the future as such may not be sustainable by successive governments. Moreover, the Biafra restoration approaches hastily.

“IPOB is advising them to retrace their steps and watch what God Almighty has in stock for them; changing God Almighty’s plans for children will harm the communities in the future, for God to have placed you where you are today does not mean that he has abandoned you.

“The communities or anybody persuading them to change their State of origin identity and be acquired like slaves with cash value of N150 (One Hundred and Fifty Naira Only) is evil and must be treated as criminal because we don’t see where old men and women, youths and educated people would allow such an undocumented territorial treaty due to hunger and abandonment.”


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2023 elections: Pastor David Ibiyeomie tells Nigerians who to vote

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Pastor David Ibiyeomieof Salvation Ministries has addressed Nigerians on those to vote ahead of the 2023 general elections

Ibiyeomie urged Nigerians to vote for politicians with a vision for the country and not a politician.

He gave the remark while addressing his members at the church’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Pastor David Ibiyeomie noted that anyone who collects money to vote in the forthcoming election sold their conscience, stressing that electorates should vote for a statesman.

According to Ibiyeomie: “If you take money to vote, then you have sold your conscience. When we are shouting, you people will say I don’t shout. I am shouting now. Don’t collect bribes to vote, vote for your conscience.

“Don’t vote party again in Nigeria; vote for someone who has a vision. Nigeria is in the woods; she needs someone who has a vision.

“No politician should be voted; vote for a statesman instead. A statesman thinks of the next generation, a politician thinks only of the 2023 general elections.”


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Interpol arrests three Nigerians for international scam

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The International Police (INTERPOL) has arrested three Nigerians over alleged global scam.

The trio were arrested in a sting operation conducted simultaneously in a Lagos suburb, Ajegunle and in Benin City, 300 km to the East of the commercial capital.

One of the scammers, Hendrix Omorume has been charged and convicted and now faces a 12-month prison sentence.

The three men, aged between 31 and 38, were each arrested in possession of fake documents, including fraudulent invoices and forged official letters.

The investigation was conducted in conjunction with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The operation is part of a global operation codenamed “Killer Bee” involving INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) and law enforcement in 11 countries across Southeast Asia.

According to INTERPOL’s Director of Cybercrime, Craig Jones, the organisation had “to alert Nigeria to a serious security threat where millions could have been lost without swift police action.”

The laptops and mobile phones seized by EFCC during the arrests, were examined by the INTERPOL to help confirm the systematic use of “Agent Tesla” malware to access business computers and divert monetary transactions to their own accounts.


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