Nigeria records 216 new COVID-19 cases, total infections pass 6,000

  Nigeria on Monday recorded a slight drop in the number of coronavirus disease cases in the country with 216 new infections. The latest figure 112 less than the number of cases recorded on Sunday, which was 338. Lagos State still led with 74 but it was a drastic drop on the 177 cases on Sunday. Katsina State is second with 33 cases while Oyo State has 19, which put her third. In all, Nigeria, as at Monday night, had 6,175 cases of COVID-19 with 191 deaths and 1,644 treated…

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NNPC, CBN rescue evacuees, to fund N1bn feeding, accommodation cost  

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Monday agreed to fund the feeding and accommodation of evacuees in Lagos and Abuja. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 daily news conference in Abuja. Onyeama had said the fund to cover the cost of evacuees’ feeding and accommodation was over N1 billion and since funding was not available, it had to pass the cost onto the evacuees. Some evacuees had protested the condition…

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Police in Niger arrest murder suspect, 6 others on the run

The Police in Niger State on Monday said it has arrested one of the seven armed robbery gang members involved in the murder of one Ayuba Ibrahim, 19, of Boyi village in Gurara Local Government Area of the state.   While making this known, the Police said the suspect, Habibu Suleiman, 23, of Dawaki Town Hall area in Suleja Local Government Area, was trailed and arrested by a team of policemen attached to the Gawu-Babangida Division. It was learnt that on May 2, Police received information that armed robbers, numbering…

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Oyakhilome’s TV station sanctioned in UK

A TV channel in the UK owned by one of Nigeria’s most flamboyant evangelical pastors has been sanctioned by Ofcom, the broadcasting authority in London.   According to a BBC report, the authority punished Chris Oyakhilome’s ‘Loveworld Limited’, which runs the ‘Loveworld’ channel that can be viewed in the UK, “after a news programme and a live sermon included potentially harmful claims about causes of, and treatments for, Covid-19”. Pastor Oyakhilome had linked the virus to 5G networks and alleged that it was part of a plot to create a…

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Premier League clubs to resume training Tuesday

Premier League clubs will return to training in small groups from Tuesday (May 19) after the latest stage of “Project Restart” was approved on Monday. Clubs unanimously voted to allow players to start socially distanced training in a bid to meet the Premier League’s mid-June date to resume the season. Contact training is not permitted at this stage and corner flags, balls, cones, goalposts, playing surfaces and other equipment will be disinfected after each session. Testing for the coronavirus has taken place at Premier League clubs over the last few…

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Keep hope alive, Slyva tells APC loyalists

Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has advised members of the party in the state to remain strong and steadfast. The party leader gave the advice in a statement issued on Monday by the party’s state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo. The statement quoted Sylva as saying: “Despite the troubling times in which we are all living in, APC members and supporters in the state must not to lose hope.” The minister observed that APC’s commanding…

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‘MAKING GOOD PROGRESS’

The resumption of Germany’s Bundesliga over the weekend has raised expectations that the Premier League can follow suit. But some Premier League players remain concerned over returning to work while the virus is still uncontained, with Britain one of the countries worst hit by the crisis. Speaking to Good Morning Britain on Monday, Watford captain Troy Deeney said: “Phase one is social distancing individual training with a coach. That’s no problem, that’s like going to the park. “Phase two will be next week six days of training, three to six…

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COVID-19: SGF lacks power to impose curfew, restrict movements – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the extension of the two weeks curfew and restriction of movements announced by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 27 by another two weeks by the declaration of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha is illegal.   The party pointed out that nowhere in the nation’s laws is presidential power to declare curfew and restrict movement of persons vested in the Office of the SGF.   PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said…

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Anxiety mounts in Oyo as Covid-19 cases increase

Following the announcement on Saturday evening by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State that 30 of the 31 workers in a manufacturing company in the Ibadan South West Local Government area of the state, tested positive for Covid-19, but failed to disclose the name of the company, many residents of the state are uneasy asking the governor to disclose the identity of the company he said had been shut down.   The agitation was further heightened Monday following another disclosure by the governor, who in his Tweeter handle Sunday evening,…

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Late NFF Board member, Okenwa, for burial on June 10

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has received notice from the Enugu State Football Association that Hon. Chidi Ofo Okenwa, a Member of the NFF Executive Committee who died on May 5, will be buried on June 10.   The Enugu FA letter signed by the secretary, Francis Ugwu, read, inter alia: “We humbly wish to inform all the zonal chairmen that the family of Late Hon. Chidi Ofo Okenwa has scheduled the burial to hold on 10th June 2020 at his family compound. The family assured that the burial will be…

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