Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Femi Owolabi

    67 Ivorian returnees quarantined in Lagos 

67 Ivorian returnees quarantined in Lagos 

Sixty-seven travellers who arrived Nigeria from Ivory Coast have been put in isolation at a facility in Badagry, Lagos state. TheCable had reported that there was panic in Osun over fears that the travellers would head to the state.  In March, the state had received 127 returnees from Ivory Coast among whom 17 tested positive for COVID-19. A top government official who spoke off the [...]

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    200 US-based Nigerians willing to be evacuated, says Onyeama

200 US-based Nigerians willing to be evacuated, says Onyeama

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says about 200 Nigerians in the United States are now willing to be evacuated to Nigeria over COVID-19.  With over 300,000 confirmed cases, the US is the worst hit country.  At a press briefing on Wednesday, the minister said all the while the presidential task force on COVID-19 had been putting measures in place to receive [...]

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    COVID-19: Anxiety in Osun as ‘67 travellers from Ivory Coast head for state’

COVID-19: Anxiety in Osun as ‘67 travellers from Ivory Coast head for state’

There is panic in Osun as 67 travellers from Ivory Coast head to Ejigbo, a town in the state, sources at the government house have told TheCable.  In March, the state received 127 returnees from Ivory Coast among whom 17 tested positive for COVID-19.  A source said the state has been alerted of another 67 coming to Ejigbo, and that it would [...]

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    COVID-19: NIPOST offers to help distribute relief materials, medical kits

COVID-19: NIPOST offers to help distribute relief materials, medical kits

The Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) has offered to help with the distribution of relief materials and medical kits as its support for the presidential task force on COVID-19.  As part of strengthening the capacity of the task force and other relevant agencies in the fight against the pandemic, NIPOST said it is making available its facilities across the country for the distribution of materials.  In a [...]

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    COVID-19: We don’t know if lockdown will end in 14 days, says SGF

COVID-19: We don’t know if lockdown will end in 14 days, says SGF

Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), says no one is sure if the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja will end after 14 days. In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, President Muhammadu Buhari had on March 29 ordered a 14-day lockdown.  Speaking in Lagos on Tuesday, Mustapha, chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, [...]

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    Magu: There’s no online test for COVID-19 — beware of fraudsters

Magu: There’s no online test for COVID-19 — beware of fraudsters

Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has asked Nigerians to beware of fraudsters using fake online test for COVID-19 to dupe unsuspecting people. Since the outbreak of the disease, there has been a ‘Do-It-Yourself Test’ message being circulated on the social media. But Magu on Monday said such messages are from internet fraudsters seeking to exploit [...]

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    PHOTOS: Chadian president leads soldiers to capture Boko Haram’s ‘arms store’ in Sambisa

PHOTOS: Chadian president leads soldiers to capture Boko Haram’s ‘arms store’ in Sambisa

An arms store believed to be owned by suspected Boko Haram insurgents have been captured by soldiers from Chad.  The Chadians troops had on Saturday launched an offensive against the insurgents in the Goje-Chadian area of Sambisa forest, a stronghold of Boko Haram.  The operation, led by Chadian President Idriss Déby, lasted for hours with the soldiers clearing the insurgents off the [...]

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    Kogi commissioner accused of rape

Kogi commissioner accused of rape

A woman, identified as Elizabeth Oyeniyi, has accused Abdulmumini Danga, Kogi state commissioner of water resources, of raping her. In a viral video, Oyeniyi said the commissioner abducted her over a Facebook post she made against him. She further accused the commissioner of making her record a video to recant her Facebook claims. Yahaya Bello, governor of the state, has, however, ordered an investigation [...]

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    SGF: The world thinks Nigeria will crash under COVID-19 but we can prove them wrong

SGF: The world thinks Nigeria will crash under COVID-19 but we can prove them wrong

Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), has called on Nigerians to prove the world wrong on COVID-19.  Mustapha, who is the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, said Nigeria is seen as one of the countries that would be crushed by the virus.  At a briefing on Friday, the SGF said Nigerians must wake up to [...]

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    Akwa Ibom rejects COVID-19 cases in the state, says ‘there are no symptoms’

Akwa Ibom rejects COVID-19 cases in the state, says ‘there are no symptoms’

Akwa Ibom has rejected the reported positive cases of COVID-19 in the state, saying they are not exhibiting any symptoms.  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had on Wednesday announced the new cases which added to the total cases of 174 recorded in Nigeria as at then. But Dominic Ukpong, Akwa Ibom commissioner for health, has said the state wants the NCDC [...]

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    COVID-19: We’ve not received any cash donation, says FG

COVID-19: We’ve not received any cash donation, says FG

Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), says there has been no cash donation to the government to fight COVID-19.  The SGF, who is also the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, said there have been efforts by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), corporate bodies and individuals to raise funds but government has no control [...]

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    Falana asks Buhari to stop soldiers from enforcing COVID-19 regulations 

Falana asks Buhari to stop soldiers from enforcing COVID-19 regulations 

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop soldiers from enforcing the COVID-19 regulations.  Buhari on Sunday ordered a two-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, and also signed the quarantine regulations 2020.  Restating his argument that the deployment of soldiers to enforce the lockdown was illegal, Falana, in a statement on Thursday, said videos [...]

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    The purpose for lockdown is being achieved, says NCDC DG 

The purpose for lockdown is being achieved, says NCDC DG 

Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says the agency is now following up on 70% of persons believed to have had contacts with COVID-19 patients.  President Muhammadu Buhari had on Sunday ordered a two-week lockdown of the federal capital territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states to allow for contact tracing and stop the spread of the [...]

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    TRENDING: Sacked army commander complaining about poor equipment against Boko Haram

TRENDING: Sacked army commander complaining about poor equipment against Boko Haram

Barely seven months as theatre commander of operation Lafiya Dole, the Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced a replacement for Olusegun Adeniyi, a major-general.  Known to have commanded a couple of army’s brigades in the fight against Boko Haram, Adeniyi would now live a less combatant life as he is to resume at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), Abuja. Faruk Yahaya, general [...]

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    Gunmen ‘kill 11′ in Kaduna despite movement restriction 

Gunmen ‘kill 11′ in Kaduna despite movement restriction 

Gunmen have reportedly killed 11 people in Kaduna despite the curfew imposed on the state to curb the spread of COVID-19.  In a statement, Luka Binniyat, spokesman of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), said the killings took place in Guruku ward, Kuduru village in Chikun local government area and Jagindi in Jema'a local government area. According to him, Danlami Barde, district [...]

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    COVID-19: In a few days, we’ll be conducting 1,000 tests per day, says NCDC DG

COVID-19: In a few days, we’ll be conducting 1,000 tests per day, says NCDC DG

Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says by the end of the week, the agency would have capacity to carry out 1, 000 COVID-19 tests on a daily basis.  TheCable had reported how only a few persons were getting tested because of lack of equipment.  But while responding to questions at a press briefing on Tuesday, Ihekweazu [...]

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