JUST IN: CAN Chairman kidnapped

  The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Nasarawa State, Joseph Masin, has been kidnapped. His kidnap was confirmed by the police commissioner in Nasarawa, Bola Longe, Thursday morning. Longe told journalists in Lafia that the bishop was taken from his house in Bukan-sidi in Lafia around 12:39 a.m. Thursday. He said the police have mobilised officers as well as hunters to free the cleric. Kidnapping for ransom has become rampant in many parts of Nigeria.

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JUST IN: Pakistan passenger plane crashes in Karachi

A Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 passenger jet flying from Lahore has crashed in a densely populated residential area of Karachi. Flight PK8303, carrying 91 passengers and eight crew, crashed on approach to the busy Jinnah International Airport. The provincial health minister said at least 11 people had died, but a far higher toll is feared. Reports say at least one passenger survived the crash, reports the BBC. Thick black smoke rose from a scene of devastation in the Model Colony area. TV footage showed rescue crews combing through debris…

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JUST IN: Multiple accident leaves one dead near Otedola Bridge

  A multiple accident in the early hours of Thursday near the Otedola Bridge, Lagos has claimed one life. Although the reports are still sketchy, New Telegraph learnt that the incident, which happened on the side of the highway leaving Lagos, involved a number of vehicles including a bus and two articulated trucks. The lone casualty is said to be a woman, while a number of other people sustained various degree of injuries. More details later…

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JUST IN: Fire outbreak at NIPOST HQ in Abuja

  A fire outbreak has occurred at the headquarters of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) in Abuja. According to online newspaper, TheCable it could not immediately confirm the cause of the fire which began around 9am on Wednesday. It was, however, learnt that a large number of staff of the agency were in their offices when the fire broke out. A member of staff said the fire service was able to put out the fire “not long ago”.

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JUST IN: Trump gives WHO ultimatum over Covid-19 handling  

US President Donald Trump has sent a letter to the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) threatening to pull US funding permanently over Covid-19. The letter outlines a 30-day deadline for the body to commit to “substantive improvements” or risk losing millions and US membership altogether, reports the BBC. Addressed to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, it criticises stages of the body’s response since December. Earlier in the day, Trump called the UN’s health body a “puppet of China”. The president, who faces re-election this year and has himself…

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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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Nigeria’s positive Covid-19 cases drops, Lagos still leads

  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 176 new cases of Covid-19 in the country. The figure represents a massive drop in Friday’s which was 288. In the release on its Twitter handle on Saturday night, NCDC said Lagoa had 95 new cases. Oyo with 31 and the FCT with 11 placed second and third. Unfortunately, the nation also recorded five new deaths, however, the number of those discharged rose to 1472. BREAK DOWN 95-Lagos 31-Oyo 11-FCT 8-Niger 8-Borno 6-Jigawa 4-Kaduna 3-Anambra 2-Edo 2-Rivers 2-Nasarawa 2-Bauchi 1-Benue…

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JUST IN: Niger records first COVID-19 death, 8 new cases emerge

    Daniel Atori, Minna   Niger State has recorded its first COVID-19 death. This, however, occurred among the eight new cases confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The state’s Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services.  Dr Muhammad Makusidi explained in Minna, that out of the 22 results received from the NCDC eight were positive while 14 were negative. Dr Makusidi revealed that from the eight positive cases confirmed, seven are Almajiri returnees from Zaria, Kaduna State while the deceased is a taxi driver plying the Suleja-…

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Army captain kidnapped in Ondo regains freedom

  An army officer who was kidnapped on Wednesday in Ondo has regained his freedom. Some gunmen kidnapped the army captain identified as D Gana along Kabba-Auga Akoko expressway in Akoko north-east local government area of Ondo state. The kidnappers were said to have contacted the victim’s family, making a demand of N20 million as ransom. Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Ayorinde Omojokun, spokesperson for the 32 Artillery Brigade, Owena Barracks, Akure, said Gana was released alongside two others on Wednesday night at a border town between Ondo and Edo…

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JUST IN: UK coronavirus death toll ‘passes 40,000’ 

  The number of deaths in the UK involving coronavirus has passed 40,000, analysis of officials statistics by the PA news agency suggests. This includes 8,000 deaths in care homes across England and Wales. The total includes new figures published this morning by the Office for National Statistics, reports mirror.co.uk. These figures show that 35,044 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in England and Wales up to May 1 (and had been registered up to May 9). The latest figures from the National Records of Scotland, published last week, showed 2,795 deaths…

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