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    FACT CHECK: Is there any link between 5G and coronavirus?

FACT CHECK: Is there any link between 5G and coronavirus?

As the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, so too are rumours and conspiracy theories about the disease, this time in relation to the 5G technology. There have been viral posts on social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and most recently, Whatsapp, claiming that the 5G technology is the cause of the infection. FIRST, WHAT IS 5G? 5G, or fifth generation, is the [...]

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    Curfew, border closure, free sanitisers — how states are tackling COVID-19 pandemic

Curfew, border closure, free sanitisers — how states are tackling COVID-19 pandemic

To say COVID-19 has sparked off hysteria around the world is stating the obvious. From Asia to America, Europe to Africa and other parts of the globe, this disease is spreading fast. After much speculation, conspiracy theories, arguments and counter arguments, the disease was confirmed in Nigeria on February 27, 2020. An Italian was the index case. But, the number of confirmed [...]

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    EXPLAINER: How does the 14-day lockdown affect me?

EXPLAINER: How does the 14-day lockdown affect me?

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday night announced a total lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and federal capital territory (FCT) for a period of 14 days as part of measures to check the spread of the COVID-19 in the country. A lot of people might need clarification on how this order will affect them. Q: I run a barbing salon and my friend is [...]

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    Buhari’s office or study? Confusion over State House fumigation sparks Twitter storm

Buhari’s office or study? Confusion over State House fumigation sparks Twitter storm

How can President Muhammadu Buhari be at work in the office on Thursday when the same office was fumigated? This seemingly harmless question has sparked a Twitter storm and led to a trending hashtag #TheBuhariChallenge. In a picture released by presidency on Thursday night, Buhari was seen working from the study at his residence in the State House. TheCable confirmed that the president [...]

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    FACT CHECK: Did Alakija donate 10m hand sanitisers to Nigerians?

FACT CHECK: Did Alakija donate 10m hand sanitisers to Nigerians?

The internet has been abuzz with stories that Folorunsho Alakija, the billionaire businesswoman and philanthropist, has donated materials running into millions of units to the fight against the coronavirus in Nigeria. Coming just before members of the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition against Covid-19 -- made of Aliko Dangote, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Femi Otedola, Tony Elumelu, Herbert Wigwe, Segun Agbaje and Jim Ovia -- [...]

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    FACT CHECK: 45m Nigerians to die of coronavirus? Verifying claims in viral WhatsApp audio

FACT CHECK: 45m Nigerians to die of coronavirus? Verifying claims in viral WhatsApp audio

A voice message went viral on Sunday claiming the World Health Organisation estimates that 45 million Nigerians would die from coronavirus if the outbreak escalates in the country. The voice note made its Twitter debut on Sunday night and by Monday morning, it was third on the list of Twitter's worldwide trends. TheCable ran checks to verify the claims made in the [...]

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    OBITUARY: Achimugwu, Nigeria’s first coronavirus casualty, joined NNPC at 25

OBITUARY: Achimugwu, Nigeria’s first coronavirus casualty, joined NNPC at 25

Suleiman Achimugwu, a trained chemical engineer rose from a junior cadre to top manager at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The deceased goes into history as the first recorded casualty of coronavirus. On March 23, after recording over 30 cases of coronavirus in Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed Achimugwu as the first to die of the [...]

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    EXTRA: Yahaya Bello is 44, mom dies at 101 — did she have him at 57?

EXTRA: Yahaya Bello is 44, mom dies at 101 — did she have him at 57?

Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, has announced the death of his mother, Hauwau Oziohu. In a statement on Monday, Bello said his mother died at the age of 101 after a brief illness. Bello, who is said to be the youngest of six children, was born on June 18,1975. So his mother was 57 years at the time of his birth. The [...]

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    PROFILE: 17 years at NIMASA, accountant turned maritime expert… meet the man replacing Peterside

PROFILE: 17 years at NIMASA, accountant turned maritime expert… meet the man replacing Peterside

March 10, 2020, marked Dakuku Peterside's last day in office as the director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). TheCable had earlier reported that Bashir Jamoh would succeed Peterside who has occupied the office for four years since his appointment in 2016. Jamoh is expected to spend four years in office as NIMASA DG. NIMASA was created on August 1, [...]

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    INSIGHT: ‘Instagram’ and ‘looting’ — why 49m Nigerians don’t pay tax

INSIGHT: ‘Instagram’ and ‘looting’ — why 49m Nigerians don’t pay tax

Tax evasion is a crime under Nigerian laws, but the government appears to have little or no morality to punish it. After all, it cannot claim to have been faithful with the use of taxes paid -- in the opinion of citizens. In this special report, MAYOWA TIJANI attempts to find out why over 49 million Nigerians do not pay taxes, [...]

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