Reps dare court: Insist won’t stop Infectious Diseases Bill

  Despite the ruling of a Federal High Court, the House of Representatives has insisted that it will continue work on the process of the passage of the controversial Infectious Diseases Bill.     Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on media and public affairs, Hon. Benjamin Kalu (APC, Abia), who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said the court ruling of May 13 did not stop the lower chamber from exercising its statutory powers.     The statement reads: “The House of Representatives notes with dismay the erroneous…

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Cultists kill ex-PDP chair, two others in Calabar

A former chapter chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State, Ekpenyong Okom has been killed by gunmen suspected to be cultists.   New Telegraph learnt that Okom was killed at about 8pm on Saturday at a drinking joint along Akai Efa in Calabar Municipal Council of the state.   Confirming the report, the Security Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade, Mr. Ani Esin lamented the death of Okom, saying the spate of cult activities in the state was becoming worrisome.   “The…

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COVID-19: Plateau records first death

Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Barr. Simon Lalong has disclosed that the state has recorded its first COVID-19 death. Lalong stated this during a statewide broadcast on Sunday at the old Government House, Rayfield. He said one suspect, whose sample was taken, died yesterday (Saturday) before his result was back. “The state has recorded more cases of COVID-19 which is now 33. This necessitated us redoubling our efforts to checkmate community spreading by aggressively conducting contact tracing, isolating suspected contacts and treating the infected. “As at…

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Panic as CSP disappears after testing positive to COVID-19

Officials of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) were alarmed on Friday after a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), (name withheld), attached to 21 Mobile Police Force, Nyanya, Abuja, vanished into thin air after testing positive to COVID-19.   This incident occurred just as NCDC officials had been expressing worry over the escalating cases of COVID-19 carriers in Nigeria.   According to eyewitnesses, a mild drama played out when NCDC officials came to take the police officer to an isolation centre to commence his treatment. It was learnt that…

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CoS: We’re ready to work with you, Govs tell Gambari

The Nigerian governors have told the newly appointed Chief of Staff (CoS) to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari that they are available to work with him at the sub-national level.   The governors in a letter by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi, reminded Prof. Gambari that his appointment came “with great responsibilities and unconventional demands requiring candour, discipline, professionalism, loyalty, focus, diligence and the highest level of service.”   The state chief executives, however, noted that the Cos’ “credentials, pedigree, experience and career trajectory both locally…

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You don’t own PDP, Kashamu hits back at Secondus

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A former senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, has faulted the claim of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, that he had been expelled from the party.   Kashamu, who inisited that he remains a bonafide member of PDP, said a FCT High Court in Abuja had on October 10, 2018 nullified his expulsion from the party. In a statement made available to reporters at the weekend, the former lawmaker, who contested as the PDP governorship candidate in Ogun State in 2019, also warned Secondus against taking…

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Covid-19 Donations: A’Ibom makes  U-turn on ExxonMobil vehicles

The Akwa Ibom State government  says it is no longer accepting the 10 “very old” used vehicles donated by ExxonMobil for use in the COVID-19 contact tracing in the state.   ExxonMobil had last Friday donated WHO-standard RNA COVID-19 test kits for 1,920 tests, 1000 units of sample collection kits, two brand new ambulances and 15 other vehicles to the state government.   Governor Udom Emmanuel, who was represented by Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Secretary to the State Government, had  commended ExxonMobil for donating equipment and items worth millions of naira…

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Edo, Ondo guber: APC to meet over primaries

Barring any last minute change, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will this week meet to commence the preparations for the Edo and Ondo states’ governorship primaries.   This was revealed Sunday by a National Working Committee member of the party.   According to the NWC member, the party would meet on the need for the preparations for the governorship primaries for the two states. Despite the lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic, the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the Commission would…

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FG impounds British aircraft for operating commercial flights into Nigeria

  The Federal Government has impounded an aircraft owned by a British company for illegally operating passenger flights into Nigeria. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this known on Sunday via his Twitter handle, @hadisirika. He said the company, Flair Aviation, was authorised to conduct humanitarian flights but was caught operating commercial flights. Sirika explained that in addition to the confiscated aircraft, a fine would be imposed on the company for the contravention of FG’s ban on commercial flights as part of measures to curb the importation of coronavirus. “COVID-19. Flair…

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Three Dubai returnees test positive to Covid-19, says Lagos Commissioner

  Muritala Ayinla The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has said that three of the Nigerians evacuated from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), by the Federal Government have tested positive to coronavirus in the state. New Telegraph learnt that the three returnees, who were among the stranded Nigerians in Dubai before their evacuation, have been placed under isolation to prevent further spread of the deadly disease. Abayomi, who disclosed this on Sunday in a statement on its official social media handle, said that efforts had been intensified…

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