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Lizard causes panic in Kano mosque

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Pandemonium almost broke out on Friday at Umar Bin Khattab Jumuat Mosque in Kano city when a lizard fell from the roof of the female section of the worship centre while the Eid-el-fitr prayers were being observed.
Our reporter, who was among the congregation, heard shrill screams emanating from the women wing of the mosque, a development that caused confusion among thousands of worshippers that attended the ritual.
It was observed that some of the worshippers almost abandoned the prayers when they noticed a stream of women and girls rushing towards the gates of the mosque complex following the screams while security agents stood at alert and took positions.
One of the worshippers, Abdurrahman Nura, told Daily Trust on Saturday that the loud screams almost made his heart pop out of his mouth because he thought “something ugly” was going to happen.

“You know the situation we are experiencing in this country. Everyone is afraid; that was why, when I heard women screaming and saw some of them coming out, I thought we were under attack. But we are grateful to Allah that nothing happened,” Nura said.
Another worshipper, Sani Auwal, said that at the time the incident happened, he just saw his neighbour trying to rush for his shoes, but for the intervention of a mosque guard who tried to calm him down.
But a girl who was at the women’s wing when the incident occurred said the screams and panic were caused by a lizard which fell from the roof and made its way into the female congregation.
Umar Bin Khattab mosque was recently targeted by a female suicide bomber who detonated her explosives near the popular Dangi roundabout on Zaria Road, a stone-throw from the mosque. The bomber killed herself and a boy who was walking nearby.

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APPLY: WTO opens entry for 2022 young professionals programme

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The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has opened applications for its 2022 Young Professional Programme (YPP).
The programme provides opportunity for young professionals to enhance their knowledge of the organisation and international trade issues.

In 2021, 14 professionals out of 2,400 candidates were selected for the programme from Bangladesh, Belize, Dominican Republic, Eswatini, Guatemala, Georgia, Indonesia, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Chinese Taipei and Thailand.

WTO said “The YPP is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience which can help open the door for future professional opportunities in the field of multilateral diplomacy and global trade.

“The YPP selection gives preference to young professionals from developing and least-developed countries that are members of the WTO and whose nationals are currently under-represented or not represented in the organization’s Secretariat.

“The programme is part of the Secretariat’s overall goal to increase its diversity to better reflect the make-up of its membership.”

To be eligible, applicants must be of age 32 as of January 1, 2022, and selected candidates will work at the WTO secretariat for one year, starting from the beginning of next year.

The areas of work at the programme includes accessions, agriculture, dispute settlement, intellectual property rights, market access, media and external relations, WTO rules, trade and development, trade and environment, trade in services and investment, trade facilitation, trade policy analysis and trade-related technical assistance.

WTO said candidates must have advanced university degree in law, economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to WTO work; must possess relevant expertise or continued academic study in a field of interest to the work of the WTO.

Equally, candidates must similarly have a minimum of two years relevant work experience.

The trade organisation further said selected candidates will be paid $3821.66 (N1,454,141.63 million) monthly and applications can be accessed on the WTO e-Recruitment website and should be completed no later than 29 April 2021.

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Buhari receives briefing from Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President had last Thursday returned to the country after a16-day medical trip to London, United Kingdom.

He left Nigeria on Tuesday, March 30, briefly after a security meeting with defense and intelligence chiefs as well as other security sector managers.

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Gunmen attack Imo police station, kidnap officer

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A police officer has been abducted in an attack on Mbieri Divisional Police Headquarters in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state on Thursday morning.

This comes three days after the state Police Command headquarters and Owerri Correctional Center were attacked while 1,884 inmates released.

A resident of Mbieri said the gunmen released the suspects in custody.

However, the policemen on duty were said to have engaged the attackers in a gun duel but they were reportedly overpowered by the gunmen who had sophisticated weapons.

A community leader, Nokey Ebikam, told newsmen that the police divisional headquarters was not burnt but only freed the suspects in detention after vandalizing it.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack on the police station but did not go into details.

It was gathered that aside the officer who was abducted, two others sustained injuries in the incident which is the second major attack on a police station since an armed gang invaded the state police headquarters on Monday.

The Police authorities have blamed the attacks on the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but the group has distanced itself from the attacks.

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