Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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    Lawan: Why Kalu’s seat wasn’t declared vacant when he was in prison

Lawan: Why Kalu’s seat wasn’t declared vacant when he was in prison

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the upper legislative chamber did not declare the seat of Uzor Orji Kalu, chief whip, vacant because he was "on several appeals." In December, a federal high court in Lagos convicted the chief whip of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion. He stood trial alongside Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account [...]

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    627 new COVID-19 cases as Nigeria’s toll exceeds 15,000

627 new COVID-19 cases as Nigeria’s toll exceeds 15,000

Nigeria recorded 627 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the country's total to 15,181 confirmed infections. Friday's figure is slightly below that of Thursday, 681, Nigeria's highest daily toll. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the cases for Friday were recorded across 22 states and the federal capital territory (FCT). With the latest development, over 1,300 samples tested positive within [...]

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    ‘I’m fine… I’ll return soon’ — Ikpeazu speaks from isolation centre

‘I’m fine… I’ll return soon’ — Ikpeazu speaks from isolation centre

Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia state, says he is doing fine after testing positive for COVID-19. Enyinnaya Apollos, his spokesman, quoted him as saying this during a chat they had on Wednesday. The governor was also said to have asked his team to carry on with the governance of the state as he looked forward to returning soon. Writing via his Facebook page, [...]

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    FLASHBACK: Ikpeazu once said COVID-19 won’t afflict Abia because of God’s promise

FLASHBACK: Ikpeazu once said COVID-19 won’t afflict Abia because of God’s promise

Less than three months after Okezie Ikpeazu proclaimed that no COVID-19 case will be recorded in Abia, the governor has become the latest positive case in the state. John Okiyi Kalu, the state's commissioner of information, announced Ikpeazu's status in a statement on Monday. He said the governor was confirmed positive for the disease after a second test -- the first having [...]

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    Ikpeazu, Abia governor, tests positive for COVID-19

Ikpeazu, Abia governor, tests positive for COVID-19

Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia state, has tested positive for COVID-19. John Okiyi Kalu, commissioner of information in the state, announced the case in a statement on Monday. He said the governor had gone into isolation before his result returned positive, and that he has directed the deputy governor to act on his behalf pending the time he resumes duty. ''Recall that on [...]

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    Abia tops new cases, Lagos drops below 50 as NCDC releases COVID-19 update

Abia tops new cases, Lagos drops below 50 as NCDC releases COVID-19 update

It was a Sunday with a difference when the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 260 new COVID-19 cases in 18 states and the federal capital territory (FCT). This is the first time since May 5, 2020, that Lagos will record less than 50 cases in its daily toll, as 38 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed for the state on Sunday. A [...]

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    Abia gov’s aides test positive for COVID-19

Abia gov’s aides test positive for COVID-19

Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia, says two of his aides have tested positive for the coronavirus. Ikpeazu made this known in a statement on Tuesday. The development comes two days after state officials were asked to go into self-isolation following the death of Solomon Ogunji, commissioner for environment. “Leading this battle from the front as your Governor, I and all members of the first [...]

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    COVID-19: Abia asks contacts of late commissioner to go into isolation

COVID-19: Abia asks contacts of late commissioner to go into isolation

The Abia state government has asked the contacts of a late commissioner of the state to go into self-isolation. A week ago, the state had announced that Solomon Ogunji, commissioner for environment, died on May 23, 2020, at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, "after a brief illness related to high blood pressure." John Kalu, the state commissioner for information, in a [...]

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    Abia declares COVID-19 patient wanted

Abia declares COVID-19 patient wanted

Abia state government has declared one Emmanuel Ononiwu, who was said to have absconded after testing positive for COVID-19, wanted. The announcement was made on Thursday by John Okiyi Kalu, the commissioner for information. Ononiwu was said to have escaped from a temporary isolation facility after he was informed that he tested positive. The government said all efforts to reach the patient had [...]

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    Abia discharges index COVID-19 case

Abia discharges index COVID-19 case

The Abia state government has discharged one of the two patients admitted over COVID-19 in the state. As of Thursday evening, Nigeria recorded 1,932 confirmed cases of COVID-19, out of which two cases were in Abia. Addressing journalists on Friday, Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of the state, said the discharge of the patient is a positive development. Ikpeazu commended the healthcare workers for their [...]

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    ‘Show evidence I’m IPOB’s sponsor’ — Alex Otti replies Ikpeazu

‘Show evidence I’m IPOB’s sponsor’ — Alex Otti replies Ikpeazu

Alex Otti, former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia, has asked Okezie Ikpeazu, the state governor, to show proof of his alleged sponsorship of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Otti made the demand while responding to a petition Ikpeazu allegedly wrote to the Police Service Commission against him, accusing him of sponsoring the secessionist group. The governor [...]

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    IGP redeploys Abia CP — after ‘killing of youth by drunk policeman’

IGP redeploys Abia CP — after ‘killing of youth by drunk policeman’

Mohammed Adamu, inspector general of police (IGP), has redeployed Okon Ene, commissioner of police in Abia state, after the alleged extrajudicial killing of a youth. Frank Mba, police spokesman, who broke the news via a statement on Tuesday, said the IGP has set up a panel to probe the death of the youth identified as Ifeanyi Arunsi. Arunsi was shot dead last week [...]

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    COVID-19: Ikpeazu orders use of face masks in public places in Abia

COVID-19: Ikpeazu orders use of face masks in public places in Abia

Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia, has ordered the use of face masks by residents and all those visiting the state as a part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The governor premised his order on paragraph 15 (2) of the Abia state infectious diseases (emergency prevention) regulation 2020, and it takes effect from Wednesday. In an announcement on Tuesday, Ikpeazu [...]

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    NAIJA MADE: Abia begins production of face masks

NAIJA MADE: Abia begins production of face masks

The Abia state government says it has started production of "certified, quality standard" protective medical kits and masks to cater to the needs of Nigerians and make up for the scarcity of imported ones. Sam Hart, director-general of the Abia State Marketing and Quality Management Agency, told NAN that Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of the state, initiated the project to ensure Abia [...]

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    EXTRA: Abia only state in the Bible… coronavirus will pass us by, says Ikpeazu

EXTRA: Abia only state in the Bible… coronavirus will pass us by, says Ikpeazu

Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia, says the state will not record any coronavirus case because it was mentioned in the Bible. Ikpeazu, who is a biochemist, said this during a chat with Onyebuchi Ememanka, his chief press secretary, which was broadcast live on Facebook. In the Bible, Luke chapter one verse five traces a certain priest’s origin to Abia -- not the state [...]

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    Peter Obi, Abaribe attend funeral of Nnamdi Kanu’s parents

Peter Obi, Abaribe attend funeral of Nnamdi Kanu’s parents

Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, and Enyinnaya Abaribe, senator representing Abia south, are among the dignitaries attending the funeral ceremony of Eze Kanu and his wife, king and queen of Afaraukwu in Abia state. Abaribe stood as a surety for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), when he was granted bail by a federal high [...]

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