Nigeria records 338 new Covid-19 cases

  Nigeria on Sunday recorded a massive spike in confirmed coronavirus cases with the figures jumping to 338 from 176 (on Saturday), according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). In a tweet posted late Sunday, the NCDC also said deaths from coronavirus now stood at 182 – six more over the figures released on Saturday. According to the NCDC, Lagos accounted for 177 of the new infections, while Kano State recorded 64 of them to place second. FCT had 21 to place third. However, the NCDC also said…

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Covid-19: Buhari to address nation on Monday

President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation in a broadcast on Monday following the end of the first phase of the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown. Aliyu Sani, the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, made this disclosure when he appeared on ‘Channels Television’s Sunday Politics’.   According to him, the president is to decide on whether or not the country should go ahead with the second phase of the easing of the lockdown.   Task Force members had met the President earlier on Sunday to brief…

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Arsenal taking Alexandre Lacazette report ‘seriously’

      Arsenal are taking a report striker Alexandre Lacazette inhaled nitrous oxide from a balloon “seriously”.     An article in the ‘Daily Star’ showed the France striker pictured with a balloon in his mouth and he is said to have sent a video to friends, reports the BBC.     An Arsenal spokesperson added that it was “a private matter” that would be “handled internally”.     Lacazette has previously been warned about a similar offence of inhaling the substance, also known as laughing gas.     Arsenal recently…

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JUST IN: Lagos considers full reopening of churches, mosques, economy

Lagos State is considering the full re-opening of the critical sectors of its economy, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu revealed on Sunday.   But the move will not be pushed in a hurry.   In the coming days, Sanwo-Olu said the state government would be rolling out Register-to-Open initiative as part of the plans that would enable it assess the level of readiness of the players in the identified sectors for supervised operations.   The governor spoke at a briefing after the State’s Security Council meeting held at the State House in…

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JUST IN: Wike’s media aide, Nwakaudu, is dead

    Special Assistant on Electronic Media to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Simeon Nwakaudu, is dead.   The River State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, in a statement released on Sunday, said Nwakaudu died at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.     The statement reads: “Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed shock over the sudden death of his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu.     “He described late Nwakaudu as a loyal and dedicated professional  who contributed immensely to the implementation…

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Illegal structures’ demolition: Igbo traders threaten to leave Bayelsa

Following the decision of the Bayelsa State COVID-19 Task Force to demolish the GSM village in Tombia Etegwe round about in Yenagoa, Igbo traders are now threatening to leave the state.   Lamenting the demolition of their stalls, they said they lost goods worth billions of naira following the exercise.   They called on the state government to open the borders, closed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, so they can go back to their villages since all their sources of income have been destroyed.   The security component…

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COVID-19: Edo discharges 35th patient, as govt extends case search in 432 communities

The Edo State government has announced the discharge of the 35th coronavirus (COVID-19) patient, who has tested negative for the virus and cleared from one of the state’s isolation centres.   The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who disclosed this in a statement, commended the resilience and commitment of health workers and other first responders on the frontline of the state government’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.   Obaseki said: “We have discharged the 35th patient from one of our isolation facilities in the state. We appreciate the…

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Mediator beaten to death, police arrest five suspects 

Police in Ogun State have arrested five men for allegedly beating a 25-year-old Monsur Kareem to death.   The deceased was said to have met untimely death when he tried to mediate during an argument.   The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident, said it happened last Wednesday in Ijoko area of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area.   He gave the names of the suspects as Toheeb Popoola, Ibrahim Ridwan, Mutiu Tijani, Akeem Ishola and Lawal Afeez.   Oyeyemi disclosed that the father of the deceased reported…

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COVID19: Political office holders to receive half salary in Kano

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Due to shortfall in the federation account and collapse in the Internally Generated Tevenue (IGR) coupled with COVID-19 challenges, all political office holders in Kano State are to receive half salary with immediate effect from this month.   Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje lamented that: “Due to shortfall of the price of oil in the global market which affects the world’s economy and eventually causes serious shortfall in the federation account for states, we ahave decided to slash the salaries of all political office holders by 50 percent.”   Speaking furtherhe…

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Ebonyi Community tortures cleric for insulting leaders

    A cleric  and social critic in Amasiri community, Afikpo North Local Government Area of the Ebonyi State, Pastor Oko Chukwu Obeni, Sunday narrated how he was tortured to near death by leaders of his community identified as Essa, Eto and Isioru.     This is even as the community justified its action against him.   Obeni was said to have made some posts on his face book handle against some leaders of the community which the leaders consider as slanderous and action capable of jeopardizing the existing peace in…

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