COVID-19: Massive traffic crashes Internet networks

Operators need more investments in capacity, says ATCON   Massive traffic across all networks providing internet service in the country has brought the networks to their knees, New Telegraph has learnt. The lockdown in major cities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was gathered, has forced many people to the internet, thus stretching the networks’ capacity,leading to slow experience for the users. The slow internet is affecting subscribers across the mobile networks of MTN, Globacom, Airtel, 9mobile and all other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country. While subscribers are…

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COVID-19: NCDC, A’Ibom govt bicker over 5 positive cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Akwa Ibom State Government, yesterday, disagreed on the status of five indigenes of the state that tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). While the Akwa Ibom State Government denied the five cases of COVID-19 confirmed positive in the state and called for the reconfirmation of the cases, the NCDC insisted that five persons in the state were confirmed positive with the virus on Wednesday. Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, in Uyo, said that the five reported positive cases have been…

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Larger waistline from heavy drinking increases stroke risk

Researchers at the University College, London (UCL), have found that heavy alcohol consumption by the elderly have been linked to a significantly larger waistline leading to increased stroke risk. The study, published in the journal; ‘Addiction,’ examined the association between heavy drinking over a lifetime and a range of health indicators, including cardiovascular diseases. According to the findings of a new study published in the journal ‘Addiction,’ heavy alcohol consumption over a lifetime was associated with higher blood pressure, poorer liver function, increased stroke risk, larger waist circumferences and body…

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PDP insists on N90 fuel price, says N1.50 reduction fraudulent

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the N1.50 reduction in the pump price of petrol by the Federal Government as offensive to the sensibility of Nigerians. The party had earlier proposed N90 per litre based on the fall in the price of crude oil in the international market. In a statement yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP maintained that N90 per litre remains the appropriate price and not N123.50, which the Federal Government announced on April 1. “Our party describes the reduction of pump price by…

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COVID-19: Ondo community rejects Akeredolu’s proposed isolation centre

Plans by the Ondo State government to establish an isolation centre in Ilutitun community in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state may have hit the rocks as youths of the community thronged the streets to protest against the proposed plans.   They insisted that the government’s plans to convert the only mega school in the community to isolation center was without wisdom as there were not yet a case of coronavirus in the community to warrant the such moves. Coordinator of Ilutitun Youth Development Forum (IYDF), Mr. Akintade Omokunle,…

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FCT: Anxiety heightens over increasing cases of COVID 19

There is palpable fears and anxiety among residents of the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) over the increasing cases of the novel Coronavirus pandemic in the territory. The latest COVID 19 reports released by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) showed that as at Thursday, FCT has 35 confirmed cases, and second to Lagos state with 91 cases. More worrisome to the residents is the fact that the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has predicted during his briefing yesterday in Abuja that, ” as contact tracing and testing…

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ASUU to FG, states: Provide food, water, light during lockdown

The President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, yesterday advised Federal and State governments to back lockdown across the country with provision of everyday existential needs of the masses. The ASUU President in a release entitled “COVID-19: Together We Shall Win,” made available to newsmen in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, stated that there must be reasonable supply of electricity, water and unbroken chain of food items. ASUU warned that unless everyday needs of the people were made available “the emerging lockdown of the country may not achieve…

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Professional misconduct: Three lawyers face NBA’s disciplinary committee

Three legal practitioners will on Saturday face the Disciplinary Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) over alleged professional misconduct. The three, Barth Onyeilo, Ejike Efobi and Geetee Ozioko, were dragged before the committee by one of their colleagues, Samuel Udenta, for allegedly filing a motion to undermine a judgement of the Supreme Court. In the petition to the committee, Udenta accused the three lawyers of re-initiating a land dispute case between Abba and Ukpo communities in Anambra State already decided by the Supreme Court before a high court. Udenta…

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CUPP questions method of distribution of palliatives

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has described the method adopted by the Federal Government to pay stipends to the vulnerable to mitigate the effect of lockdown, as an invitation to anarchy. Last Wednesday, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hadiza Usman, began payment of N20, 000 to the poor in a village in Abuja. But CUPP faulted the method, and expressed the fear that the real vulnerable people the programme is meant for, might be shortchanged. The coalition in a statement by the spokesperson,…

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COVID-19: CAN rallies churches for 24-hour prayer chain

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on all churches in the country to actively participate in a 24-hour prayer chain to seek God’s intervention in the COVID- 19 pandemic that was fast spreading in Nigeria and other parts of the world. This was contained in a memo signed by CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, and issued to all heads of blocs that made up the association, national officers, zonal chairmen, state chairmen and every Christian family in the country. The memo, which was sighted by our Correspondent yesterday…

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