Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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    We don’t receive any allowance, says presidential task force on COVID-19

We don’t receive any allowance, says presidential task force on COVID-19

The federal governments says members of the presidential task force committee on the COVID-19, do not receive N500,000 sitting allowance. Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, said no member of the committee has ever been paid any allowance. He said rumour peddlers were distracting the fight against COVID-19 with fake news. “The truth of the matter is [...]

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    Falana to CJN: Ask judges to hear urgent cases via Skype, Zoom

Falana to CJN: Ask judges to hear urgent cases via Skype, Zoom

Femi Falana, senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has asked the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) to make arrangements for judges “to hear urgent applications via Skype or Zoom during the lockdown”. Ibrahim Muhammad, the CJN, had issued a directive suspending all court sittings indefinitely following the lockdown measures put in place by the federal government and some state governments to curb the [...]

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    FG: Nigerians abroad must test negative for COVID-19 before evacuation

FG: Nigerians abroad must test negative for COVID-19 before evacuation

The federal government says Nigerians abroad, who wish to be evacuated, must test negative for the coronavirus. This was contained in a form entitled “COVID-19 Application Form for Nigerians who want to return home” on the website of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM ). The form states that anyone who intends to return “must get tested for the virus in your [...]

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    COVID-19: Medical team from China will not interact with patients, says FG

COVID-19: Medical team from China will not interact with patients, says FG

The federal government says the medical team, which has been invited from China, will not have direct interference with patients diagnosed with coronavirus in Nigeria. Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, had announced on Friday  that an 18-man team of Chinese medical experts, including doctors, nurses and other health workers, will come to Nigeria to help in the fight against the pandemic. Speaking [...]

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    Kogi: We are not desperate to order total lockdown over COVID-19

Kogi: We are not desperate to order total lockdown over COVID-19

The Kogi state government says it is not "desperate” to order a total lockdown in the state over the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, Kingsley Fanwo, commissioner for information and communication, on said Kogi is the centre of the nation and a total lockdown would "close down the nation and her economy". "As you are aware, Kogi is the centre of the [...]

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    US records over 300,000 coronavirus cases — highest in the world

US records over 300,000 coronavirus cases — highest in the world

The United States has recorded over 300,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus with more than 8,000 deaths. At least 1,324 deaths were reported in the country on Saturday, the highest in a single day. According to the data compiled by Worldometer, a website giving timely update on COVID-19, the US recorded 280 new cases on Sunday morning, bringing the total number of cases to [...]

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    COVID-19: NNPC dismisses claim of mass outbreak in its Abuja estate

COVID-19: NNPC dismisses claim of mass outbreak in its Abuja estate

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has dismissed claims that there is a mass outbreak of the coronavirus in the corporation's estate in Garki, Abuja. Kennie Obateru, NNPC’s spokesperson, said only one person who is not an official of the corporation tested positive for the disease. Obateru said the victim “had just returned from the United Kingdom and developed symptoms of the [...]

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    Fire breaks out in Lagos market

Fire breaks out in Lagos market

There was a fire outbreak at Maola shopping mall in Ebute Ero market, Idumota, Lagos state, on Friday. Although there were no casualties, the fire reportedly affected two shops in the mall. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, director general of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency  (LASEMA), said the fire had been curtailed by emergency responders. “Upon the [...]

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    ‘Fake news worsens health problems’ — Atiku’s son speaks from isolation centre

‘Fake news worsens health problems’ — Atiku’s son speaks from isolation centre

Mohammed Abubakar, son of Atiku Abubakar, former vice president, says fake news worsens the health condition of those battling coronavirus. Abubakar is the index coronavirus case in the federal capital territory (FCT). In an interview with ARISE News, Abubakar, who was speaking from the isolation centre at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada, said: “Fake news compounds your problems if [...]

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    COVID-19: Two Egyptians fined N10,000 for violating Ekiti lockdown order

COVID-19: Two Egyptians fined N10,000 for violating Ekiti lockdown order

A chief magistrate court in Ado-Ekiti has convicted two Egyptians of violating the lockdown order in Ekiti state. Mohammed Mustapha and Mahmud Ahmed, the two Egyptian nationals, were among the 12 persons convicted. Abdulhamid Lawal, the chief magistrate found the defendants guilty on two counts bordering on “violating the Provision of Regulation 2(1)(b) punishable under Regulation 12 of the Provisions of Ekiti [...]

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    Israel’s health minister, wife test positive for coronavirus

Israel’s health minister, wife test positive for coronavirus

Yaakov Litzman, Israel’s health minister and his wife Chava have tested positive for COVID-19. According to the ministry of health which made the announcement on Tuesday, Litzman and his wife are both in good condition. “Litzman and his wife feel well, are receiving treatment and will be quarantined and supervised,” the ministry said. Owing to Litzman's diagnosis, Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, [...]

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    Malami: Courts should sit on urgent cases during lockdown

Malami: Courts should sit on urgent cases during lockdown

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), says courts are expected to conduct proceedings despite the lockdown order issued by the president. Malami in a statement issued by Umar Gwandu, his special assistant on media, said only matters which are “urgent, essential or time-bound” should be attended to. The AGF said the “speedy dispensation of justice is a cardinal principle of justice [...]

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    Lockdown: Ikeja DisCo suspends disconnection of owing customers

Lockdown: Ikeja DisCo suspends disconnection of owing customers

Ikeja Electric Plc, an electricity distribution company, says non-paying customers within its franchise network will not be disconnected during the compulsory two weeks lockdown. Folake Soetan, acting CEO of the company, said all customers would be allowed to enjoy electricity supply during the lockdown period. "At Ikeja Electric, we are committed to ensuring that our customers enjoy steady and quality supply throughout [...]

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    Putin in self-isolation after contact with doctor who tested positive for coronavirus

Putin in self-isolation after contact with doctor who tested positive for coronavirus

Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, says he would work remotely after shaking hands with a doctor who tested positive for the coronavirus. Denis Protsenko, who heads the country's main coronavirus hospital said he tested positive for the disease, but that he feels well. “I have tested positive, But I feel fine,” Protsenko said. “I’ve isolated myself in my office, where everything is in [...]

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    Coronavirus: Kwara shuts borders, makes plan for fumigation of markets

Coronavirus: Kwara shuts borders, makes plan for fumigation of markets

The Kwara state government has ordered the closure of its borders as a measure against the spread of coronavirus. During a press conference on Tuesday, Kayode Alabi, deputy governor of the state, said the border closure would not affect those carrying out essential duties. “The government hereby announces the shutting down of all our land borders to ban movement to the state [...]

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    IGP tests negative for coronavirus

IGP tests negative for coronavirus

Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), and 11 other police officers have tested negative for Coronavirus. Frank Mba, force public relations officer, said the IGP’s test result was received on Tuesday after samples were submitted on Friday, March 27. The PRO also revealed that he took the test and it came out negative. According to the statement, other officers who also tested negative [...]

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