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A period of national mourning has begun – how the Queen’s death is being marked today



A period of national mourning has officially begun across the country and will continue until the the day of the Queen’s state funeral, the government has said.

The announcement comes as the UK grieves the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the country’s longest-serving monarch.

A period of royal mourning will be observed – by members of the Royal Family, royal household staff and representatives, together with troops committed to ceremonial duties – from now until seven days after the Queen’s funeral, the date of which will be confirmed in due course, Buckingham Palace said.

Senior members of the Royal Family spent the night at Balmoral following the 96-year-old monarch’s death, including the King and Queen Consort, and the next in line to the throne, Prince William.

His brother Prince Harry, was the first to leave the Royal Family’s Scottish residence this morning for Aberdeen International Airport, where he boarded a British Airways flight to London.

King Charles III and the Queen Consort will return to the capital later, with the monarch due to hold his first audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss, before he addresses the nation on television at 6pm.

What will be taking place today to mark Her Majesty’s death?

As people across the UK and world react to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, events and ceremonies have been planned, all the details of which have not yet been announced.

In London, 96 rounds of gun salutes – one for every year of the Queen’s life – will be fired in tribute to the late monarch from 1pm in Hyde Park by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and at the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company.

People gather outside Buckingham Palace following the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Thursday September 8, 2022.
A service of prayer and reflection will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral in central London at 6pm.

Around 2,000 seats will be allocated to the public on a first come first served basis.

Today’s House of Commons sitting will not start at 9.30am as planned, with both Houses of Parliament due to gather at noon instead.

MPs and peers will be invited to pay tribute to the Queen in the session, led by Ms Truss, which is set to last until 10pm.

The government is not expected to announce any other business, unless anything urgent occurs, to allow focus to fall entirely on the Queen.

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FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets



THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday

Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.

“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.

“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.

“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”

The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.

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Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs



President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service

The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,

The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).

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DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt



The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real

DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.

A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.

“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.

“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”

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