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    Plateau to close borders on Thursday over coronavirus

Plateau to close borders on Thursday over coronavirus

Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau state, has ordered the closure of all borders to prevent the spread of coronavirus into the state. Danladi Atu, secretary to the state government, said during a press conference on Wednesday in Jos, the state capital, that no one will be allowed to come in or go out of the state from Thursday evening. He added that [...]

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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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    Lawyer: Soldiers brutalising Nigerians under the guise of enforcing restriction

Lawyer: Soldiers brutalising Nigerians under the guise of enforcing restriction

Tope Akinyode, a human rights lawyer, says the military has no right to enforce the movement restrictions imposed by the federal government.  In a memo, Lamidi Adeosun, chief of policy and plans of the Nigerian Army, had said Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, had approved the activation of “Op-Second-Eleven”, a special operation to see to the enforcement of the restriction [...]

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    CDD FACT CHECK: Did Buhari sack Abba Kyari, his chief of staff?

CDD FACT CHECK: Did Buhari sack Abba Kyari, his chief of staff?

VERDICT: FALSE CLAIM: On March 31, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a WhatsApp broadcast message which has gone viral in Northern region of Nigeria with the claim that President Muhammadu Buhari had sacked his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. The message forwarded to many Nigerians said the president had replaced Kyari with Abiola Ajimobi, a former [...]

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    ‘Akure incident was caused by explosives’ — mining society counters OAU prof

‘Akure incident was caused by explosives’ — mining society counters OAU prof

The Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) has faulted the claim of Adepelumi Adekunle, a geophysicist, that the reported explosion in Akure, Ondo state, was an impact from meteors. In a statement on Friday, Obadiah Nkom, NMGS president, said the blast was caused by explosives and not a natural phenomenon. Adekunle, a professor of geophysics and earthquake engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University [...]

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    Abiodun: How I convinced Buhari to shift Ogun lockdown to Friday

Abiodun: How I convinced Buhari to shift Ogun lockdown to Friday

Dapo Abiodun, Ogun state governor, says the lockdown of the state as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari would commence on Friday. Buhari had ordered a lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital territory (FCT) from 11pm on Monday. However, while speaking at a press conference during the inauguration of the isolation centre in Ikenne, Abiodun said in Ogun, the lockdown would [...]

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    Chris Olakpe, LASTMA CEO, is dead

Chris Olakpe, LASTMA CEO, is dead

Chris Olakpe, the chief executive officer and chairman of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), is dead. According to PUNCH, Olakpe died at an undisclosed hospital in the on Sunday. Isaac Adetimiro, LASTMA director of research and statistics, who reportedly, confirmed the incident said nobody knew the Olakpe was ill and he did not show any sign of sickness. “We heard about [...]

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    ‘We are not at war’ — Soyinka tackles Buhari for locking down Abuja, Lagos

‘We are not at war’ — Soyinka tackles Buhari for locking down Abuja, Lagos

Wole Soyinka, playwright and Nobel laureate, has questioned President Muhammadu Buhari's decision to lock down Lagos, Ogun and Abuja amid the coronavirus outbreak. In a statement on Monday, Soyinka said Nigeria is not in a war, demanding answers on whether Buhari has such powers to declare the curfew. In his nationwide broadcast on Sunday, the president announced restriction of movement in the two [...]

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    Lockdown: Your ID card is your pass, Lai tells journalists

Lockdown: Your ID card is your pass, Lai tells journalists

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says journalists must use their valid identity cards to access their places of work during the 14-day lockdown. President Muhammadu Buhari had on Sunday, ordered a lockdown of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). In a statement issued on Monday, the minister said journalist must carry their ID cards due to inadequate [...]

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    EXTRA: Trade minister drives self to work as Buhari instructs non-essential workers to stay at home

EXTRA: Trade minister drives self to work as Buhari instructs non-essential workers to stay at home

Niyi Adebayo, minister of industry, trade and investment, on Monday drove himself to work following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that non-essential workers should stay at home. During his national broadcast on Sunday, Buhari imposed a 14-day curfew on the federal capital territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states. He said the measures were aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus. The [...]

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