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Kaduna State Shuts Borders, Arrests 100 People

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Kaduna State has temporarily closed its borders with Kano and Katsina states as part of measures to contain the interstate transmission of COVID-19.

The closure which begins with immediate effect only allowed goods, medical equipment and in some cases people deemed to be necessary to the efforts to manage the coronavirus spread.

The COVID-19 Security Taskforce also intercepted over 100 people hidden inside a truck coming from Kano, and several others smuggled from Lagos by a trailer conveying goods to Kano.

Speaking to journalists, the Commissioner for Internal security, Samuel Aruwan, who led teams of security operatives including soldiers, Police and DSS operatives, said that the closure of the borders will remain in place till further notice.

He revealed that many motorists have devised new ways of outsmarting security operatives who are manning the entry points since the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed by the state government.

According to him, some trucks disguising to carry food items hid passengers at Sabon Gida village, a border town between Kaduna and Kano states.

Both the driver and the passengers were later turned back to Kano.

 

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Bruno Fernandes’s penalty hamds United a first home win in a match of two penalties

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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer concedes his side were ‘lucky’ that West Brom had a penalty decision overturned in their 1-0 win at Old Trafford.

 

After a goalless first 45 minutes, Slaven Bilic’s side were awarded a spot-kick early in the second half after referee David Coote ruled that Bruno Fernandes had fouled Conor Gallagher in the box.

 

VAR however intervened with the decision eventually changed after Coote reviewed the incident on the sideline. Replays suggested Fernandes did make some contact with the ball before the man.

 

The Red Devils made the most of the call and were themselves awarded a penalty 10 minutes later which Fernandes tucked away at the second time of asking after his first attempt was saved only for goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to be caught coming of his line.

 

Solskjaer, referencing Aston Villa’s similarly overturned last-minute spot-kick in their 2-1 home defeat to Brighton earlier on Saturday, told BT Sport he thought both penalties should have been awarded.

 

He said: “I looked at the penalty this afternoon at Villa-Brighton, and there’s contact on the ball and the man. In my head, it might be a penalty, and there as well.

 

With this victory, United see themselves in the top half of the table for the first time this seasin with 13 points from 9 games at 8th position.

 

While for West Brom, they remain in the bottom three with only 3 points.

 

United will host Istanbul Basaksehir midweek, while also to play away to Southampton on Sunday.

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