Dyepkazah Shibayan

    FEC approves N623m for customs to buy computers

FEC approves N623m for customs to buy computers

The federal executive council (FEC) has approved N623 million for the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to purchase computers in all its zonal and area commands. Speaking with reporters after the FEC meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, said the money was approved after Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, presented a memo. The minister said the N623 million would [...]

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    292 Nigerians have been evacuated from Saudi Arabia, says Onyeama

292 Nigerians have been evacuated from Saudi Arabia, says Onyeama

Two hundred and ninety-two Nigerians evacuated from Saudi Arabia have arrived in the federal capital territory (FCT). In a tweet on Wednesday, Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, said the evacuees arrived in the nation's capital on Tuesday. Onyeama said the Saudi Arabia government facilitated their transportation to Abuja, and that a large number of the evacuees are nursing mothers and children. According [...]

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    ‘His past actions were in order’ — Savannah Centre tackles Gambari’s critics

‘His past actions were in order’ — Savannah Centre tackles Gambari’s critics

The Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) says whatever Ibrahim Gambari, chief of staff to the president, did in the past was in line with the decision of the government of the day. The centre was reacting to criticism of Gambari's past actions. Gambari was chairman of the centre until his new appointment. The chief of staff is accused of openly [...]

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    Kaduna workers to receive May salaries before Sallah

Kaduna workers to receive May salaries before Sallah

The Kaduna state government has directed its ministry of finance to pay May salaries to workers ahead of the set date for payment. Workers in the state are said to usually receive their salaries on the 25th of every month. The Muslim holiday, Eid al-Fitr, is expected to be celebrated during the weekend. Hadiza Balarabe, the deputy governor, announced the early payment [...]

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    Lawan: It’s time to review privatisation of power sector

Lawan: It’s time to review privatisation of power sector

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the time has come to review or "probably reverse" the privatisation of the power sector. Speaking before Gabriel Suswam, senator representing Benue north east, moved a motion entitled "Power sector recovery plan and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic" on Tuesday, Lawan said if the distribution and generating companies are left the way they are, the country [...]

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    Senator: Nigerien soldiers are the ones fighting bandits in Sokoto

Senator: Nigerien soldiers are the ones fighting bandits in Sokoto

Ibrahim Gobir, senator representing Sokoto east, says soldiers from Niger Republic moved in to Sokoto when the Nigerian military abandoned residents over attacks by bandits. He said this at the plenary session of the senate on Tuesday. Sabi Abdullahi, the senator representing Niger north, had raised a motion on the need to enhance security operations in Niger state. Gobir, while contributing to the [...]

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    Two years after Gwarzo’s suspension, Buhari names new SEC DG

Two years after Gwarzo’s suspension, Buhari names new SEC DG

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the senate to confirm Lamido Yuguda, a former director at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), as the director-general (DG) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Buhari's request was contained in a letter read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday The president based his request on [...]

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    Trump asks WHO to reform in 30 days or face permanent funding cut

Trump asks WHO to reform in 30 days or face permanent funding cut

US President Donald Trump has asked the World Health Organisation (WHO) to reform within 30 days or face a permanent funding cut from his country. Trump has since ordered a temporary funding cut to WHO, blaming it for the global spread of COVID-19. The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had said China blocked WHO from sounding the alarm on the disease in [...]

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    COVID-19 tests: Many factors limiting our target, says NCDC

COVID-19 tests: Many factors limiting our target, says NCDC

Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says the agency's goal to test more people is being impeded by bottlenecks. In April, the director-general said the NCDC is targeting two million tests in the next three months. According to the agency's situation report for May 17, 2020, Nigeria has tested 35,345 samples since recording the index case on [...]

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    UK sanctions Oyakhilome’s TV station over claim linking COVID-19 to 5G

UK sanctions Oyakhilome’s TV station over claim linking COVID-19 to 5G

Ofcom, UK broadcasting authority, has sanctioned Loveworld Television Network, a station owned by the church overseen by Chris Oyakhilome. Oyakhilome, founder and president of Loveworld Incorporated, had claimed that COVID-19 was caused by the 5G technology but TheCable found this claim to be false. In a bulletin on Monday, Ofcom said the claims were "harmful statements" which were not presented "with due accuracy." The [...]

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    Police arrest man ‘who started raping daughter since she was 11’

Police arrest man ‘who started raping daughter since she was 11’

The Lagos state police command says it arrested Ede Tyndale, a 50-year-old man, for allegedly raping his 19-year-old daughter on a number of occasions. In a statement on Sunday, Bala Elkana, spokesman of Lagos police command, said Tyndale was arrested after his wife filed a complaint against him. Elkana said the mother told the police that her husband started having sexual [...]

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    Dokpesi asks AIT to stop airing his son’s comment on COVID-19 response

Dokpesi asks AIT to stop airing his son’s comment on COVID-19 response

Raymond Dokpesi, founder of DAAR Communications Plc, has asked the African Independent Television (AIT) to stop airing comments by him and his son on their experience with COVID-19 at an isolation centre in Abuja -- for now. Dokpesi and his son were admitted to Gwagwalada isolation centre after they tested positive for COVID-19. When he was discharged, Raymond Dokpesi jnr expressed disappointment [...]

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    Kwara: We retrained health workers over poor evacuation of a patient

Kwara: We retrained health workers over poor evacuation of a patient

The Kwara government has retrained health workers in the state following the "mishandling of a patient" earlier in the week. On Tuesday, a driver in the employ of the state unilaterally attended to an “unkempt person” who was evacuated with a COVID-19 ambulance in Ilorin. In a viral video, the driver was seen carrying the patient with some persons who were not [...]

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    China blocked WHO from issuing alert on COVID-19, says CIA

China blocked WHO from issuing alert on COVID-19, says CIA

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) says China blocked the World Health Organisation (WHO) from sounding the alarm on COVID-19 in January. According to Newsweek, the intelligence agency said China was stockpiling medical supplies from around the world at the time. So far, the globe has recorded 4,527,823 cases of COVID-19. While 1,706,406 people have recovered from the disease, 303,438 have died. The [...]

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    I’d be happy if you don’t ask me about Chinese medical team, Ehanire tells journalists

I’d be happy if you don’t ask me about Chinese medical team, Ehanire tells journalists

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, says his ministry cannot always explain the whereabouts of the Chinese medical team because they are not guests of the federal government but CCECC, a construction company. The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) had kicked against the involvement of Chinese doctors in the fight against COVID-19. But the federal government had said they would not be involved in [...]

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    Gambari can’t solve problem of cabal in govt, says professor

Gambari can’t solve problem of cabal in govt, says professor

Jideofor Adibe, professor of political science and columnist, says Ibrahim Gambari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, is not going to solve the problem of a cabal in government. Gambari, former minister of external affairs, was officially announced as the president's chief of staff on Wednesday. Speaking on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme on Wednesday, Adibe said no matter how [...]

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