The governor , who spoke in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday evening , said , as part of efforts to curtail and contain community spread, the state would start random community testing for the virus . “ Our random community testing starting with Ikere Ekiti Council on July 1, 2020 and moving from council to council , ” he said . He added , “ Efforts are now on top gear to ensure our children return to school from July 20, 2020 as recommended by the interface between the Ministry of Education and all stakeholders in the education sector. ” Fayemi, who said the resumption of schools would be in phases starting with pupils in graduating classes ( SS3, JSS3 and Primary six) to prepare for their examinations , said , “ Other classes will be gradually absorbed as schools meet all requirements to accommodate them safely and responsibly . ”
The Confederation of African Football has moved the biennial tournament to January 2022, while cancelling the African Women’s Cup of Nations The next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) has been postponed by 12 months, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) confirmed in their Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday. The 33rd edition of the biennial tournament was due to begin in Cameroon on January 9, 2021, but has now been pushed back to January 2022 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic across the continent. “After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022,” Caf confirmed in a statement . “The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course.”
Ondo State Governor, Akeredolu tests positive to coronavirus
The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has tested positive to the coronavirus disease. He now joins the list of top public officials that have contracted the disease. This was personally confirmed by the Governor through a tweet post on his official Twitter handle on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. According to his post, ‘’Today I tested positive to coronavirus disease. All is well, I’m asymptomatic and have been self-isolating. Work continues. Your continued prayers over my well-being are most appreciated.’’ Arakunrin Akeredolu @RotimiAkeredolu Today I tested positive for #COVID19 . All is well. I’m asymptomatic and hav been self isolating. Work continues. Your continued prayers over my well being are most appreciated. 1,651 14:47 – 30 Jun 2020 1,434 people are talking about this The governor said that he had malaria a few days ago and was treated. However, he said that after the National Executive Council of his party, the APC, one of his colleagues advised that he should have a coronavirus test. He said that the result came out today, June 30 and he tested positive. However, the governor pointed out that he was asymptomatic and is yet to show any symptom of the disease. He said although he is not feeling sick or odd in any way, his doctors advised that he should take the normal treatment and self-isolate as he believes that supervised home management will be ideal for him for now. Akeredolu also assured that work will be going on as he will be attending to files at home. The Ondo State Governor will be the latest high profile Nigerian to have contracted the disease. The immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, passed away last week after a serious illness due to complications from the coronavirus disease.
Highlights of the last presidential taskforce briefing
1] FG said there is a general increase in the prices of goods and services, saying airlines would have to increase their fares to remain afloat. 2] It would also work with state governments to see how 18 high burden local government areas can be locked down across the country. As of May 29, about 11 of the local governments were in Lagos State. They were Lagos mainland, Mushin, Eti-Osa, Alimosho, Kosofe, Ikeja, Oshodi/Isolo, Apapa, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos Island and Surulere. Others that were listed include Abuja Municipal, Tarauni (Kano), Nassarawa (Kano), Katsina, Maiduguri (Borno), Dutse (Jigawa), Oredo (Edo), Bauchi and Ado Odo/Ota (Ogun). 3] Only essential movements would be allowed during curfew hours.
4] The Federal Government extended the Phase Two of the eased lockdown by four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020, through Midnight of Monday, 27 July 2020. 5] Interstate movement partially lifted only outside curfew hours 6] Safe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable 7] Safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations. Speaking during a COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, the Secretary to Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said that students in graduating classes were to resume in preparation for their exams while tertiary institutions still remain closed. 8] FG lamented the continued and general non-compliance with safety measures, noting that Nigeria could experience a resurgence of Covid-19 infections.
Makinde mourns Bode Akindele. Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has described the death of foremost Ibadan businessman and philanthropist, Chief Bode Akindele, as a great loss to Oyo State and indeed, Nigeria. Governor Makinde, who described the late Parakoyi of Ibadanland and chairman of Modandola Group, as a worthy elder statesman and someone who is genuinely interested in the wellbeing of others, said that the late businessman will be sorely missed. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying that the late Akindele contributed in no small measure to the growth of the state and his community. The governor also commiserated with the family of the late statesman, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji and the entire people of Oyo State, praying that the good Lord should grant them all the fortitude to bear the loss. The governor said: “The news of the death of our revered elder statesman, Chief Bode Akindele, the Parakoyi of Ibadanland and chairman, Modandola Group, came to us as a shock. “Baba Akindele was one of the worthy elder statesmen in the state and he lived a life worthy of emulation. As an elder, he was always after the progress and wellbeing of the state and its people. “I remember that only a few months ago when the state put out calls for support towards the Oyo State COVID-19 Endowment Fund, Baba Akindele was one of the elders who responded by donating N25 million to the state. “It is sad that we lost such a noble elder and philanthropist at such a moment as this. “I pray to God to grant his entire family and the state the fortitude to bear this loss.”
Hushpuppi’s arrest: Mompha deletes all Instagram posts
The development comes days after the police authorities in Dubai had shared footage of how Hushpuppi was taken down in a special operation over alleged cyber-fraud involving 1.9 million victims to the tune of N168 billion. Hushpuppi, whose real name is Raymond Igbalode, was arrested on June 10, alongside his associates of 11 other Nigerians, for committing crimes like money laundering, hacking, impersonation, scamming, banking fraud and identity theft. As part of an operation dubbed ‘Fox Hunt 2’, the Dubai police said they had cracked the case and staged synchronized raids at midnight after monitoring the gang’s “social media accounts”. At about the same time when Hushpuppi was arrested, Mompha, who appeared not to be in good terms with Igbalode — due to an altercation between them on social media — had taken to his Instagram page to advise people not to celebrate one’s shortcomings as no one knows tomorrow. “Never mock anyone who is facing a trail case cos you don’t know tomorrow. For those who are worried about me am safe and sound. No shaking, God never disappoint his own,” he wrote on June 10. However, due to the money laundering allegation earlier brought against Mompha, who — just like Hushpuppi — is known for often flaunting his wealth and luxury lifestyle on social media, Nigerians began trolling him online. Apparently cheesed off, the socialite and self-acclaimed Bureau De Change agent poured out his annoyance at those drawing the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the International Police (Interpol) to him. “O Allah, please grant every believing man and woman: Your mercy, Your guidance, Your blessings and Your forgiveness (Amin),” he wrote in an expletive-laden post. “JUMMA’AT Mubarak ??!!! Note: For those idts tagging fbi and interpol on my page and saying you are next na thunder go fire those hand you use in typing by the special Grace you idt think fbi or interpol dont know mompha you must be really sick fking hypocrites they never mind their business Btards!!” Nearly three weeks later, the controversial figure took to his Instagram page deleted all pictures showcasing his fleet of expensive cars and his luxury home furniture. In the early hours of Monday, the socialite also shared an unusual post which reads: “I usually give people more chances than they deserve but once I’m done, I’m done”. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had earlier arrested Mompha over alleged N32.9 billion money laundering while he was about leaving the Abuja airport for UAE. He would later be released after the federal high court in Ikoyi in Lagos, had granted him bail in the sum of N100 million in bond. His latest stunt also comes after the FBI had published a slew of photos and sought assistance in finding six Nigerians who were indicted for fraud by the United States.
Lawyer Drags Nigerian Army To Court Over The Illegal Arrest Of Lance Coporal Martins
In a statement that was released and signed by the revolutionary lawyer’s forum which is headed by Tope Akinyode
“We have just filed an action at the Federal High Court against the Nigerian Army, Chief of Army Staff and the Attorney of the Federation of Nigeria over the unlawful arrest and detention of Lance Corporal Martins and his Wife, Mrs Victoria Idakpini.
On 23rd June 2020, the Nigerian Army arrested Lance Corporal Martins for being critical of the army chief of staff over the handling of security crises and lack of adequate amenities to battle terrorism.
We are of the considered view that the continued detention of Lance Corporal Martins violates his fundamental human rights much as it violates the extant provisions of the Armed Forces Act.
Unfortunately, the Nigerian army displayed a higher degree of despotism on 25th June when again, it illegally arrested and has continued to detain the wife of Lance Corporal Martins, Mrs Victoria Idakpini leaving her 3 children, – twins of 2 years old and another who just clocked 3 years to the care of no one.
This unimaginable degree of wickedness from the Nigerian Army is worth the condemnation of all and sundry, to say the least.
Already, Nigerians are daily loosing confidence in the activities of the army but this recent arrest is a big blow on the generality of Nigerians.
We shall battle the oppressive and abrasive tendencies of the Nigerian army and we’ll ensure that justice is served in this case.”
Tope Akinyode National President of Revolutionary Lawyer’s Forum
FG lifts ban on interstate travel, gives greenlight on school resumption
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the second phase of the eased lockdown by another 4 weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020, to midnight of July 27, 2020. The Federal Government has also given permission for interstate movement outside of the curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 who also doubles as the Secretary to the Government of The Federation, Boss Mustapha, during the daily briefing of the task force which is currently going on. The announcement was made following the end of phase 2 of the gradual easing of lockdown on Monday, June 29, 2020. The Federal Government during the briefing also announced the safe resumption of domestic air travel as soon as practicable
FG should take closer look at the conditions before reopening schools- ASUU
The Drama continues in attempt to reopen academic sector. The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday opposed Federal Government to reopen school with the high increase in the novel virus. The Union decided that the Government must make arrangements possible in line with the proposed condition set by the Federal Ministry of Education. ASUU National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, made this position known on Monday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun State and was confirmed by The Punch newspaper to CMM “The Federal Government must lead and show the ways by meeting the conditions for reopening of schools before any school can be allowed to open because COVID-19 pandemic is a health challenge. “When it comes to public health, it is something that should not be left in the hands of individuals but the Federal Government must take the lead.” The ASUU National Chairman uses the medium to disclose all the NCDC measure sent to all University ( provision of materials for regular handwashing, provision of face masks, isolations spaces, hands sanitisers, amongst others). While not all University in having the financial capability to do this only the private Universities. “It is suicidal to reopen schools now if the Federal Government itself could not meet the conditions spelt out by the NCDC and the World Health Organisation. The nation will expose innocent children to avoidable risks.”
Nigerian Police To Pay N15m For Killing Shiite Members
Bilyaminu Abubakar Faska were alleged to have been killed by the police on July 22, 2019 while on a peaceful protest to demand the freedom of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.
Justice Taiwo also ordered the National Hospital, Abuja, to immediately release the three corpses in its morgue.
While granting reliefs A and C of the applicants, the judge said each of the applicants must be paid N5m as compensation for the killings.
The Inspector-General of Police is the 1st respondent while the medical directors of National Hospital, Abuja, and Asokoro District Hospital are both 2nd respondent in the separate charges.
While the bodies of Shehu, Musa and Faska were alleged to have been deposited at National Hospital, Abuja, the body of a fourth victim, Askari Hassan, was said to have been kept in Asokoro District Hospital.
The applicants, who are said to be brothers of the deceased in the suit, are Ibrahim Abdullahi, Ahmad Musa, Yusuf Faska and Said Haruna respectively.
Covid19: Osun state confirms 10 new cases in 24 hours
The Government of the State of Osun on Sunday confirmed 10 new Covid-19 cases in the State. The new cases are from contact tracing of previous cases in Osogbo and Ilesa. This is even as the government has cautioned residents and citizens against spreading false information, saying contrary to the rumour making the rounds, there were no fresh cases in any of the hospitals in the state. The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, made these known through a press statement in Osogbo on Sunday. He revealed that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State has risen to 116, while the State now has 64 active cases. On the rumour, the Commissioner said: “When our Health workers contracted the virus, we reported it. We treated them and they are now back to their beats. To the best of my knowledge, we do not have any fresh case or cases in any of our hospitals. All confirmed cases are being treated in the state isolation centres. The only case we had in one of our hospitals was that of a patient who later died even before his result came out. “Immediately after the incident, we decontaminated the hospital and the hospital management continued with their operations thereafter. So, I don’t know where the false information about two new cases emanated from. But wherever it came from, I say emphatically that it is false. “We must collectively join hands with the government to contain the spread of the virus. Spreading false information will not aid our fight against the spread of the virus. “With the latest development, the number of our active cases as at today, Sunday , June 28, is 64. We have 116 confirmed cases, out of which the State has successfully treated and discharged 47 patients while five deaths have been recorded,” Dr. Isamotu added.
FG To Begin Process Of Recruiting 774,000 Nigerians Tomorrow
The Federal Govt has commenced the process that will lead to the earlier announced recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians. On Monday, the federal government will inaugurate the various committees in all 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The inauguration would be done in Abuja by the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo. This was contained in a statement on Sunday by his spokesman, Olua Davidson. It said the committees would be in charge of “selecting the 1,000 persons per Local Government Area in respect of the Special Public Works Programme of the Federal Government”. The 36 States and FCT committees would have 20 members each. These are the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary (the NDE State Coordinator), Three Reps of Traditional Rulers from the three Senatorial Districts (members), One Rep of the State Governor (member), Market Woman Leader (member). Also to be on the committee are State Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) or a Rep (member), State Chairman of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs or a Rep (member), State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers or a Rep (member). Others are Six Reps from three youth organisations (two each from each of the three Senatorial Districts (one male & one female) – member, One Rep from a recognized Civil Society Organisation (CSO) – (member) and Two Reps from Institutions/Stakeholders representing interests peculiar to that State (members). The statement added in line with COVID-19 guidelines, the Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen and State Coordinators of National Directorate of Employment (NDE) would join the inauguration by virtual means from their different locations.
China lockdown nearly half a million people to contain coronavirus
China has imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people in a province surrounding the capital to contain a new outbreak of COVID-19.
Chinese authorities warned the outbreak was still “severe and complicated.”
After China brought COVID-19 under control, hundreds of people again got infected in Beijing and cases have emerged in neighbouring Hebei province in recent weeks.
Health officials said on Sunday that Anxin county — about 150 kilometres (90 miles) from Beijing — would be “fully enclosed and controlled”, the same strict measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the city of Wuhan earlier this year.
Only one person from each family will be allowed to go out once a day to purchase necessities such as food and medicine, the county’s epidemic prevention task force said in a statement.
The move comes after another 14 cases of the virus were reported in the past 24 hours in Beijing.
This takes the total number of cases to 311 since mid-June, spurring the testing of millions of residents.
The outbreak was first detected in Beijing’s sprawling Xinfadi wholesale food market, which supplies much of the city’s fresh produce, sparking concerns over the safety of the food supply chain.
Nearly a third of the cases so far have been linked to one beef and mutton section in the market, where workers are being made to quarantine for a month, city officials said Sunday.
Businesses in Anxin county had supplied freshwater fish to the Xinfadi market, state news agency Xinhua reported.
Some 12 cases of the novel coronavirus were also found in the county — including 11 linked to Xinfadi, the state-run Global Times reported.
The new cases in Beijing have prompted fears of a resurgence of the virus in China.
The capital has mass-tested wholesale market workers, restaurant workers, residents of medium and high-risk neighbourhoods and delivery couriers over the past two weeks.
At a press conference on Sunday, officials said 8.3 million samples have been collected so far, of which 7.7 million have already been tested.
Testing has now expanded to include all employees of the city’s beauty parlours and hair salons, the Global Times said.
Beijing city official Xu Hejian told reporters Sunday that “the epidemic situation in the capital is severe and complicated,” warning that the city needed to continue tracing the spread of the virus.
City officials have urged people not to leave Beijing, closed schools again and locked down dozens of residential compounds to stamp out the virus
But Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiology expert at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters last week the new outbreak had been “brought under control”, and officials lifted a weeks-long lockdown imposed on seven Beijing communities on Friday.
The justice ’ s death is coming exactly a week after the state lost the President of the Customary Court of Appeal , Justice Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga, after a brief illness. The Kogi State Government on its website said Ajanah was born in 1956 to the family of MJ Fari Ajanah in Okene local government area . He studied law at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria . Ajanah set up his private firm , Nasiru Ajanah & Co in Okene , where he practised law between 1985 and 1989. He served in various capacities such as chairman , Kabba disturbance tribunal , Kogi , ( 1994); chairman , election petitions tribunal in Adamawa state ( 1998); member of the governing council of Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( 1999 and 2006) and chairman , panel on Murtala Mohammed international airport fire incident ( 2000) . Ajanah, whose remains will be buried in Abuja on Sunday , served as chairman , election petitions tribunal in Akwa Ibom state ( 2007) and chairman , election tribunal petitions in Rivers state ( 2008) .
The remains of former Oyo Governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi have been laid to rest. He was buried at his Oluyole residence while hundred of associates, friends and supporters were waiting the body at the Senator Ishiaq Abiola Ajimobi Centra Mosque, Oke Ado. A close source to the family confirmed he had been interred. The burial, which was only attended by only his wife, children as well as very close associates, held around 10am. The decoy, the family source added, was to control the massive crowd already awaiting the remains of the corpse as well as allow for easier crowd control. Details shortly…
Poverty Runs In My Generation, I Escaped It By Whiskers – Hushpuppi
Arrested Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi, said his affluent lifestyle came after he and his family live in abject poverty that claimed the life of his elder sister, who passed away due to typhoid fever. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Police authority in a raid dubbed Fox Hunt 2 carried out on June 10, arrested Hushpuppi and 12 other members of his crew, including Olalekan Ponle, aka Woodberry, for allegedly defrauding 1,926,400 persons from different parts of the world, fraud amounting to 1.6 billion dirham (N168bn) perpetrated by the gang. In a video released on its official Twitter handle on Thursday, the DPF police said a special team had been tracking the suspect and his gang’s activities on social media for about four months. The police said 13 luxury cars, estimated at 35 million dirham (N3.7bn) were recovered from the house, where the suspects were arrested. But explaining his ‘rise to fame’ in a viral video he made in May 2018 when he had a heated exchange of words with acclaimed human rights activist, Deji Adeyanju, who at the time asked the anti-graft body, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to investigate and prosecute the internet socialite’s source of wealth, Hushpuppi detailed his purported journey from poverty to luxury. In the video which lasted for 14 minutes, Hushpuppi recounted how his sister died of typhoid fever in a General Hospital in Lagos because his parents couldn’t afford to pay the hospital fees, adding that poverty had been having a field day in his family, spanning several generations before his parents, who also wallowed in poverty. The arrested socialite has lived outside Nigeria for nearly 10 years and was reported to be living in Malaysia before moving to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he lives in luxury without anyone knowing what he specifically does for a living. Explaining that he was the only one in his generation to escape poverty by whiskers, he said: ‘‘You have to be able to tell me why my parents have to suffer so much and they can’t be proud of N1, 000 that has been given to them by the Federal Government. My mother is from the Niger Delta part of Nigeria where Nigeria’s oil comes from. She has never benefitted one dollar from the Niger Delta, the oil-producing part of Nigeria where she comes from and she is over 60 years old.”
Singer , Peter Okoye, has narrated how he and his wife , daughter as well as two domestic staff tested positive for COVID – 19 and recovered after a few weeks. Making the revelation in a video posted via his Twitter handle on Saturday, Okoye said , ” For the past three weeks, I have been ill and most people didn ’ t even know what was wrong with me . I kept it to myself. It has been three weeks of hell for me and my family. “ I had COVID 19 for about three weeks and it happened to me. “ I was sick and I tested positive. “ It ’ s been hell for this family in this house. Not just me. Even two of my domestic staff. “ After a week, my daughter caught the virus as well. It was sad that when she caught it, the doctor insisted that she has to be self – isolated in her own room but my wife did something very courageous . She said no .
“ I was sick and I was being self -isolated in my guest room . I couldn’ t even see my sick daughter and I was feeling so bad . I felt so bad because I felt that I am the one who actually brought the virus to the house. It was so bad that I had to be calling her on video, checking on her. “ The next day , my wife did something very courageous . She picked our daughter from her room , held her and took her to the master bedroom and she called me and she started crying . I asked her what happened and she said I cannot live this girl alone . I would rather be infected and be with her. “ Five or six days later , my daughter was pronounced negative . When she was pronounced negative , we knew it wasn ’ t going to end there . The next day, Lola became positive. It has been hell but we had a bad experience. “ The reason I came out to say this is to encourage a lot of people concerning this whole social distancing, getting used to sanitising your hands , disinfecting your environment , wearing your face mask , and all that. “ I just want to tell everybody that this COVID 19 is real . Don’ t take it for granted. “ I am happy to announce that my wife , myself , our daughter , and two of our domestic staff all of us are now negative . ”
First vaccinations begin in Africa for COVID-19 trial
Africa’s first participation in a COVID-19 vaccine trial started Wednesday as nervous volunteers received injections, while officials said the continent of 1.3 billion people cannot be left behind.
The large-scale trial of the vaccine developed at the University of Oxford in Britain is being conducted in South Africa, Britain and Brazil. South Africa has nearly one-third of Africa’s confirmed cases with more than 106,000, including more than 2,100 deaths. The country late Tuesday reported its biggest one-day death toll of 111.
“I feel a little bit scared but I want to know what is going on with this vaccine so that I can tell my friends and others what is going on with the study,” one of the vaccine trial volunteers, Junior Mhlongo, said in Johannesburg.
The African continent now has nearly 325,000 cases as countries loosen restrictions under economic pressure from citizens who say they have to feed their families. Shortages of testing materials and medical supplies remain a problem as Africa could become the world’s next hot spot.
The pandemic was delayed in Africa “but is picking up speed very quickly,” the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief John Nkengasong said Wednesday, with a steep increase in the number of cases and deaths.
“Unless we act now, Africa is at risk of being left behind on the global vaccine,” he warned a continental discussion and urged that local manufacturing and scientific expertise play a key role.
Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa all have highly developed clinical trial capabilities, said Salim Abdool Karim, chair of South Africa’s ministerial advisory committee for COVID-19.
Many other sub-Saharan African countries also have clinical trial capacity, said Daniel Bausch, director of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team.
“We’re not only needing but capable of participating” as the world races for a vaccine, South Africa’s Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said.
African leaders have been outspoken about the continent being elbowed out in the intense global competition for medical supplies in this pandemic, as well as what the World Health Organization’s Africa chief, Matshidiso Moeti, called the “distortion of the global market for key items.”
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged that the initial supply of any COVID-19 vaccine be deployed where it’s most needed, rather than based on the “ability to pay.”
Tedros also announced that as of this week, all 54 of Africa’s countries now have the lab capacity to test for the coronavirus.
In February, just two African nations could test for the virus. The continent’s first virus case was reported on Feb. 14.
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THE federal government has said a total of 500,000 Nigerians have benefited so far in the N-Power scheme just as it confirmed that enrolment for Batch C beneficiaries began yesterday, Friday, June 26, 2020, At 11.45 Pm . The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, which said this in a statement Saturday night by its Deputy Director of Press, Rhoda Iliya, gave the breakdown as 200,000 beneficiaries in Batch A while 300,000 in Batch B.
Ex -President Olusegun Obasanjo has said insecurity is one issue common to Nigerians , regardless of tribe , language , religion , location , gender , age or social position. He noted that without reforming the federating units , Nigeria would remain insecure , unstable , unprogressive , stagnated and , at worst , disintegrate .
Oshiomhole’s posters, portraits pulled down at APC secretariat Barely 24 hours after he was booted out as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), pictures of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole have been removed from the two giant billboards mounted at both the entrance gate and inside the party’s headquarters in Abuja, leaving only President Muhammadu Buhari’s poster.
NCDC confirms 684 new COVID-19 cases, total now 23,298The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 684 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number to 23,298. The NCDC made the announcement on Friday night via its Twitter handle. On the 26th of June 2020, 684 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria. No new state NCDC confirms 684 new COVID-19 cases, total now 23,298.
Ajimobis burial to hold on Sunday, to be buried in his mosqueBody of the former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, will be interred on Sunday at the Senator Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Central Mosque at Oke Ado, Ibadan at noon. Media aide to the late governor, Mr Bolaji Tunji, disclosed the decision of the Ajimobis family in a statement released on Friday evening.
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has said that many Nigerian looters are hiding in Ghana.Magu disclosed this when a delegation of the Chartered Institute of Public Resources Management and Politics visited the EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday confirmed that one of his daughters tested positive for Coronavirus.Okowa added that he and his wife, Edith, were now self-isolating for the next 14 days.The governor’s daughter was among the 106 positive cases in the state that was announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Controlon Thursday night.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Abubakar Girei has said that President Buhari saved the APC which was about to be destroyed by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. He said in an interview that the many political troubles that characterized the ruling APC under the erstwhile leadership of Oshiomhole.
Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has debunked claims that there is crisis in the All Progressives Congress, saying about 10 governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party will soon defect to the APC. He said this while featuring as a guest on Channels Televisions Politics Today, on Friday.
The Peoples Democratic Party, Governors Forum has enjoined the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to ensure that the September 19 Edo State governorship election is free, fair and credible. CREDIT:PressExpress
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported 11, 219 new cases on the continent on Friday with 216 new deaths, reported todaynewsafrica.com. This brought to 348, 871 the total number of cases as of Friday; total deaths were 9, 098 while recoveries were 166, 684. The pandemic has spread to 54 of the 55 countries in the African region , according to the African Union .
Oyo state releases covid19 prevention protocol ahead of school resumption
Oyo state fully set the pace to Reopen schools in the state. So, below are the prevention protocol to be put in place in the Schools just has it was revealed by Heralds Diary.
Teachers are to resume June 29 in Oyo State
Primary 6, JSS 3, SSS 3 students are to resume July 6th.
Schools open from 8 am – 12 noon; Mondays to Fridays
Hand washing sports to guarantee regular washing of hands by students, teachers or anyone entering the school.
Sitting arrangement in classes must be mapped 2 metres away from each other to prevent body contact.
It is compulsory for all students and teachers to use face masks. Parents are also to use face masks anytime they are coming to drop or pick their children from school.
Assembly, social gatherings and sport activities are suspended for now.
Infrared thermometer to test body temperature at the entrance of the school. Anybody with high body temperature should not be allowed into the school.
No use of air conditioners in classrooms but well ventilated classes.
Food vendors are not allowed in schools. Pupils/students are to bring their food, snacks etc. from home.
No going out of the classrooms except when going to the rest room (toilet) which must be under close monitoring by care giver or teacher.
No hand shakes, hugging, physical contact or collecting of things like books, pen, spoon, cup, food, water etc. from one another.
Birthday Celebrations/gifts in school is suspended.
If any child/teacher shows any syptoms of Covid 19/malaria; such should not be allowed to come to school, he or she must stay home to be treated or call Covid 19 NCDC agents.
Students/pupils and teachers must have a pocket (handy) sanitizer for their personal use anywhere they go apart from the general one provided by the school.
Decontamination of classes, object surfaces and school environment frequently is compulsory.
Only one entrance to the school premises will be accessible to everyone for proper monitoring.
EOC (Emergency Operations Centers) will be going round schools to determine compliance with the Covid 19 Prevention protocols put in place by schools. These precautionary measures should not only be observed in the school, it should be observed at home and public places to keep our children and us safe from Covid 19: -Wash your hands with soap and water frequently. -Use hand sanitizer -Use face mask -Keep social distancing -Report any case of corona virus symptoms. Please, our compliance is very important. May none of our families fall victim. Stay healthy!! Stay safe!!!
FG makes clarification for another lockdown from next month
The war against Coronavirus Disease in the country seems not to yield rapid results as it’s expected by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, Boss Mustapha on Thursday said he would return Nigeria to another lockdown if he had the powers to do so. Mustapha during the daily briefing said even though it would not be palatable to the ear, locking down Nigeria again will be the best option going by the rate citizens are flouting the guidelines order. He said Nigerians are playing love with Covid-19, behaving as if the virus does not exist. According him, “You want to hear the truth? If it were within my powers this is the time to lockdown. “Lockdown might not be a popular thing but this is the time to lockdown because I can see the attitude of Tom and Jerry. “I saw a real romance with Covid -19 today. Romance of people behaving as if the matter (virus) is over. “It is a very serious issue and my appeal to Nigerians listening is that; let us take this thing (virus) serious. “By now, with 500 plus fatalities you can’t be ignorant, you can’t say you don’t know of anybody that has fallen victim either by way of name or pictures but today they are no more.”
Osun Threatens Fresh Lockdown as State Records 22 new cases
The Government of the State of Osun on Friday confirmed 22 new Coronavirus cases in the State. The news of the new cases comes barely 24 hours after the discovery of 17 cases. State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, however, threatened that government might be forced to impose another lockdown on the State if residents and citizens continue to flout the lockdown relaxation guidelines. He made these known through a press statement in Osogbo on Friday. The Commissioner also revealed that 11 of the new cases were from the ongoing contact tracing within the Ede community, while the remaining are from the previous cases in Osogbo and its environs. “On Thursday, we announced the discovery of 17 new cases in our dear State. Sadly, today again, we have 22 new cases. Considering where we are coming from, this is worrisome. ”We must, therefore, take responsibility. The battle against Coronavirus is not over yet. “The virus is still very much with us. We must observe precautionary measures if we must avoid community transmission. “With the latest development, the number of our active cases as at today, Friday, June 26, is 54. ”We have 106 confirmed cases, out of which the State has successfully treated and discharged 47 patients while five deaths have been recorded,” Dr. Isamotu added.
The Minister of State for Education , Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made this known during a briefing in Abuja on Thursday. He said , “ The Ministry is indeed under intense pressure to reopen schools but will never succumb to such pressure until the infection curve begins to flatten.
“ The Ministry of Education reaffirms its commitment to the safety of the Nigerian children and would , therefore , not do anything to compromise their safety. The Federal Government is aware of the damages coronavirus has caused to the lives of people and economies globally , including Nigeria . We will , therefore , not compromise an inch in this regard, no matter the blackmail .
Baba Ijebu, Bet9Ja pay N1billion to Federal Govt to settle debt
Chief Kessington Adebutu: his Premier Lotto pays N833m to Federal Government
Two frontline lottery operators in Nigeria, Premier Lotto a.k.a Baba Ijebu and KC Gaming, a.k.a Bet9ja have remitted N1billion to the Federal Government.
A breakdown of the payments shows that Premier Lotto (Baba Ijebu) remitted N833,333,494.58, while KC Gaming (Bet9ja) remitted N166,666,827.92, totalling N1billion.
According to the EFCC, which helped in collecting the money, the N1 billion was the arrears of debt the lotto companies the Nigerian treasury.
They were supposed to remit 20 per cent of their turnover to government through National Lottery Trust Fund, NLTF as required by law.
EFCC said they either neglected or refused to do so.
On Thursday, the NLTF wrote the EFCC a letter of appreciation.
The letter was signed by the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Bello Maigari.
According to Maigari, “We are pleased to report that due to the diligent execution of the on-going strategic engagement between the NLTF, NLRC and the EFCC, recovery of unremitted fees by some lottery operators has been made.
“The board and management of NLTF wish to convey our appreciation for your patriotic intervention in ensuring the immediate recovery of government’s due remittances for good causes.
“Furthermore, we commend the EFCC team spearheading the exercise for their doggedness and professionalism in rooting out corruption in the sector and restoring sanity to lottery and gaming operations.”
Section 24(3) of the National Lottery Act 2005 states that “a licensee shall pay to the Trust Fund, established under Section 35 of this Act, within a period of not more than 90 days after the determination of the result of each lottery, an amount of 20 per cent of the proceeds of the lottery for the first 5 years of the licence, 25 per cent in the subsequent 5 years and thereafter 27.5 per cent.”
In a petition sent to the Commission by the supervising Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, dated January 20, 2020, the minister, Senator George Akume observed that “Since the inception of lottery business in Nigeria in 2007, only over N9 billion has been remitted into the federal government coffers till date,” a development he described as “totally unacceptable to the present administration.”
Disclosing why the ministry had to seek EFCC’s intervention, the minister said, “efforts made by the NLRC to recover outstanding debts owed the federal government by the operators have proved abortive. Therefore, the ministry was left with no option than to draw the attention of your Commission to assist in that regard as this act by the operators is purely an economic sabotage.”
This act of “economic sabotage” has now been laid to rest with the N1bn remittances into the government’s account by the operators.
Senator Buruji Kashamu, who is also a Lotto business player, was accused in January for snitching on Baba Ijebu.
Dubai Police release video of Hushpuppi’s arrest, say 1.9 million people defrauded
The video was released by Dubai police. It shows details of how the arrest of Nigerian Dubai-based big boy, Raymond Igbalodely, popularly known as Hushpuppi, was effected. You would recall that earlier this month, it was reported that the Dubai Interpol and the FBI apprehended the Big Boy in his residence in the United Arab Emirates country. In this new video that’s currently trending on social media, it confirms the arrest of the socialite following an extensive operation named “Fox Hunt 2”, which revealed a hidden online fraud network that was committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonation, banking fraud and identity theft.
In the video, it’s revealed that the socialite was apprehended alongside twelve other syndicates. Following their arrest, it was revealed that they hack corporate emails and clone websites to redirect payments to their own accounts. About 1.6bn Dhirams stolen was stolen by them, they had over 1.9m victims, over 25m Dhirams in cars, 150m worth in items. The successful raid resulted in the confiscation of incriminating documents pertaining to a well-planned international fraud, worth Dh1.6 billion(N168 billion). The video instigates the Dubai Police’s commitment to fighting crime and corruption in the country. The video has since gone viral on the internet with Nigerians having a lot to say about the situation.
The Former Governor Of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi Is Dead
The former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, is dead. The 70-year-old, who had been on a life support machine since last Friday at First Cardiology Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos, after slipping into a coma following Coronavirus complications, finally died on Thursday, according to findings by SaharaReporters which confirmed to PurpleWorld. Those projections came true on Thursday as the ex-governor finally succumbed to the virus that has also killed several prominent Nigerians including late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, who was also treated for the disease at First Cardiology Hospital until he died. On Monday, a reliable source close to the ex-governor had told SaharaReporters that Ajimobi had been on life support machine after he slipped into a deep coma and may not make any recovery going by the observations of medical experts around him. The source further disclosed that the former Oyo governor had a lung surgery since being rushed to the Lagos hospital but made no progress while his kidneys had also failed. Doctors treating Ajimobi, it was reliably gathered, last Friday informed his family that his situation had defied every medical intervention and that only a miracle could bring him back to life.