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  • 3 hours BREAKING: Nigerian Army Arrests Personnel In Viral Video Threatening To Rape, Infect Women With HIV In Warri After SaharaReporters’ Story SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Army has arrested two of its soldiers, who threatened to rape and infect women in Warri, Delta State, with HIV in retaliation for the alleged killing of their colleague.  The slain soldier was alleged to have been killed by a mob after he shot dead a man named Joseph Pessu in Warri on Thursday.  Pessu’s killing led to protest by angry residents of Ugbuwangue, a suburb of Warri, who blocked major roads and burnt tyres to express their pain.  ... more
  • 4 hours UPDATE: First Coronavirus Case In Ondo Is Military Officer Who Returned From India SaharaReporters
    Following the announcement of the first Coronavirus case in Ondo State, palpable fear has continued to grip residents of the city. SaharaReporters gathered that the first confirmed case is a military officer, who recently returned to Nigeria from India.  A source told our correspondent that the state received the result of the test after some samples were sent to a laboratory in Osun State.   See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Ondo Confirms ... more
  • 5 hours BREAKING: Ondo Confirms First Case Of Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Ondo State has confirmed its first case of Coronavirus. This was announced by Donald Ojogo, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, in a statement on Friday. This is coming hours after the state government said that two suspected carriers of the virus had undergone series of tests and the results were negative.  He however, said that state would continue to be vigilant and abide by health regulations. This brings to 191 the total confirmed cases in the country while two persons have died ... more
  • 5 hours Nigeria’s Unhealthy Healthcare In Eye Of Coronavirus By Runcie C.W. Chidebe SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Coronavirus (COVID-19) is here to teach us a lesson; I hope we learn. Nigeria’s healthcare is unhealthy. But instead of fixing it our rulers have been busy flying up and down to benefit from other country's productive health system. With Coronavirus, reality is upon us. No more running overseas for medical vacation. Our rulers cannot travel to the United Kingdom, United States of America or India anymore for medical care. These countries are also hanging on their last breath, battling to ... more
  • 5 hours BREAKING: Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, Suspends Commissioner Who Brutalised, Raped Lady Over Facebook Post SaharaReporters
    Commissioner Danga Commissioner Danga Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has ordered the suspension of Mr Abdulmumuni Danga, Commissioner for Water Resources in the state, who assaulted and raped a lady over a Facebook post. Sources revealed to SaharaReporters that the governor has also ordered an accelerated investigation into the case. SaharaReporters had reported how the commissioner kidnapped, assaulted and raped the lady identified as Elizabeth Oyeniyi before releasing her. See Also Human Rights Kogi ... more
  • 7 hours Hospital Management In Delta Forces NYSC Doctors, Nurses To Work In Coronavirus Isolation Centre SaharaReporters
    Google Doctors, nurses, pharmacists partaking in the mandatory National Youth Service Scheme in Asaba, Delta State, have been forced to work without protective gear in an isolation for Coronavirus patients, findings by SaharaReporters indicate. At the Asaba Specialist Hospital, a list containing names of persons, who never indicated interest to work as volunteers at the isolation centre, has been released by the management. As a result, those named including NYSC members will be forced to work without proper orientation, protective gear or plans for ... more
  • 7 hours Forum Tells Buhari, Governors To Begin Payment Of Stipend To Low-income Earners Over Coronavirus Lockdown SaharaReporters
    The Third Force Forum has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Governors Forum to begin the payment of between N20,000 to N40,000 to low-income earners and self-employed Nigerians as "COVID-19 Intervention Fund". The forum said the payment should be made to persons, who earn below N50,000 monthly. The group posited that urgent actions must be taken to mitigate the effect of the outbreak of Coronavirus on the people. The forum is also asking the presidency to convert 50 per cent ... more
  • 7 hours Interior Minister, Aregbesola, Holds Meeting With Malami Over Prison Decongestion SaharaReporters
    Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has held a meeting with the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on steps to be taken to ensure the decongestion of correctional centres (formerly prisons) in Nigeria. This is coming three days after inmates at the Kaduna Correctional Centre attempted a jailbreak following the global outbreak of Coronavirus. The meeting was also attended by the Chief Judge of FCT, Justice I.U Bello. “Minister of Interior, Ogbeni @raufaregbesola held a midnight meeting on the process ... more
  • 7 hours Women Organisations Call For Protection Of Females Against Gender-based Violence During COVID-19 Lockdown SaharaReporters
      Some 283 rights and advocacy organisations have called on the government to ensure the protection of women and girls against gender-based violence during the lockdown period due to the outbreak of Coronavirus. In a statement jointly signed by Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Executive Director, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre; Saudatu Mahdi, Secretary General, Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative; and Joy Ada Onyesoh, Country Director, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Nigeria on behalf of the organisations, they urged ... more
  • 7 hours Security Operatives, Youths Clash During Enforcement Of Public Gathering Ban At Adamawa Mosque SaharaReporters
      Scores of persons are currently feared injured after security operatives and Muslim youth clashed at Juma'at Mosque in Yola, Adamawa State. The clash, occurred at about 2:00pm on Friday when the security operatives arrived the Damilu Jumma'at Mosque to enforce the ban on public gathering imposed by Governor Ahmadu Fintiri in a bid to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country, according to a worshipper. Violence erupted when a combined team of law enforcement operatives stormed the mosque and ... more
  • 7 hours Rivers Governor, Wike, Lifts Curfew, Suspension Of Council Boss SaharaReporters
      Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has lifted the curfew imposed on Education bus-stop to Agip Junction along Ikwerre Road and Obiri Ikwerre Junction to Ozuoba, Rumualogu and Choba. This takes effect from Friday, April 3, 2020. Governor Wike also lifted the suspension of the chairman and deputy chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area. He announced these decisions during a statewide broadcast on Thursday. He said, “With effect from April 3, 2020, the 24 hours curfew imposed from Education bus-stop to ... more
  • 7 hours COVID-19 Pandemic: Some Things Are Beyond Us By Achike Chude SaharaReporters |Opinion
      Oh Man! Where is thy sting? Are all thy feats, nuclear warheads, scientific breakthroughs, accomplishments, shrunk to these little measures? Fear, anxiety, panic, paranoia, helplessness, hopelessness, confusion, disbelief and unbelief reign supreme across the seven continents of the globe. Ordinary people, the poor, the rich, politicians and electors, presidents and statesmen, craftsmen and professionals, clerics, religious and lay people, terrorists and bandits, activists and pacifists, all are inexorably linked by an unusual, contradictory and unprecedented bond of human solidarity. All, ... more
  • 8 hours COVID-19: In This Time Of Uncertainty, Government Cannot Leave People To Their Fate By Seun Awogbenle SaharaReporters |Opinion
      With over 700,000 confirmed cases and about 40,000 deaths so far recorded globally, it is sad to conclude that these are indeed perilous and extraordinary times only equal in dimension to the apocalypse fantasy and myth. Hence, when President Muhammadu Buhari in his nationwide broadcast on Sunday announced the cessation of movement in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, it simply came across as a normal course of action, since COVID-19 has now become ... more
  • 8 hours You Sit On Your Silence By Evans Ufeli SaharaReporters |Opinion
      You sit on your silence, running your thoughts through the pigmentation of constructive epiphany – the best harvest of your imaginative invention after years of weak mental erection to reclaim marginal redemption. For if there is no doubt when you look to yourself, there are doubts when you look to the government and your countrymen. You sit on your silence, with your fate trapped down your feet and your trust, Lingering on the pendulum of discordance, With wrapper tied around ... more
  • 9 hours COVID-19 Shutdown: Sober Reflections On Nigeria’s Political Leadership By Favour Morenike Olawumi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    With the government-ordered lockdown in full and partial effect nationwide, it is unsurprising that countless reactions are being raised by Nigerians that directly bear on the quality of life in Nigeria.  I watched popular Nollywood actress, Ada Ameh, rant bitterly about the inadequacy of power supply amidst the compulsory order in place given by the government. As I rose from my bed, my concerns and appraisal of this country took on a reflective curve, and I’d like to share a few ... more
  • 16 hours COVID-19: Tackling Misinformation, Conspiracy Theories And Occult Imputations In Nigeria By Leo Igwe SaharaReporters |Opinion
    The Advocacy for Alleged Witches(AFAW) commends all health workers in Nigeria for the great work that they have been doing following the outbreak of the pandemic. The Nigerian public owes health workers a huge debt of gratitude for the selfless service and sacrifice. AFAW appreciates the risks and dangers that health workers are facing daily especially at a time that the country is grappling with a deadly virus. Meanwhile, AFAW wishes to draw the attention of health authorities and the Nigerian ... more
  • 16 hours Coronavirus: NCDC Accused Of Carrying Out Selective Testing, Concentrating On Prominent Nigerians SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has been accused of embarking on selective Coronavirus test in the country. So far, most of those that had been examined by the agency are highly-placed Nigerians especially public office holders, who are trying to safeguard their lives by knowing their statuses.  The situation has left many persons enraged and lambasting the NCDC for neglecting ordinary citizens for the high and mighty in the society.  SaharaReporters had earlier published a report on how the agency, ... more
  • 16 hours COVID-19 Pandemic — Some Things Are Beyond Us By Achike Chude SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Oh Man! Where is thy sting? Are all thy feats, nuclear warheads, scientific breakthroughs, accomplishments, shrunk to these little measures?Fear, anxiety, panic, paranoia, helplessness, hopelessness, confusion, disbelief and unbelief reign supreme across the seven continents of the globe. Ordinary people, the poor, the rich, politicians and electors, presidents and statesmen, craftsmen and professionals, clerics, religious and lay people, terrorists and bandits, activists and pacifists, all are inexorably linked by an unusual, contradictory and unprecedented bond of human solidarity. All, are driven by ... more
  • 16 hours United States Lawmaker Condemns Violence In Guinea Over President’s Plan To Extend Tenure SaharaReporters
    Chairman of United States House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Sub-committee on Africa, Karen Bass, has condemned ongoing violence in Guinea over plans by President Alpha Conde to seek a third term in office.  Conde has tried to amend sections of the country's constitution to make way for his continued stay in power but the people are resisting that move.  As a result, the government has unleashed security forces on political opponents and all those against the move.  In a statement on ... more
  • 1 day Coronavirus: Akwa Ibom Declares 14-day Lockdown SaharaReporters
      Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has announced a 14-day lockdown in the state to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. This is coming after the Nigeria  Centre for Disease Control confirmed five cases in the state. Though the government had initially denied the result by the NCDC and said another test would be conducted, the governor said the lockdown was to enable a thorough process of contact tracing to identify those, who may have been exposed to the five ... more
  • 1 day Police, Air Force Personnel Clash In Abuja Over Violation Of Lockdown Order SaharaReporters
    There was commotion in the Nyanya area of Abuja on Thursday as some policemen engaged a group of Air Force personnel in a faceoff.  Trouble started when two young Air Force officers drove against traffic during the ongoing lockdown of the city occasioned by the outbreak and continued spread of Coronavirus but were stopped by the monitoring team of the Federal Capital Territory administration.The enforcement team directed the two men to turn back and follow the right way but they declined. ... more
  • 1 day BREAKING: NCDC Confirms 10 New Coronavirus Cases In Nigeria SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has confirmed 10 new cases of people infected with Coronavirus in the country. The new cases bring to 184 the total confirmed cases in the country. Of the 10, seven was recorded in Lagos while three was confirmed in Abuja. "Ten new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; seven in Lagos and three in the FCT. "As at 08:00pm 2nd April, there are 184 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.  "Twenty have been discharged with two ... more
  • 1 day BREAKING: Lagos Discharges 11 Coronavirus Patients SaharaReporters
    The Lagos State Government has discharged another 11 Coronavirus patients after they tested negative to the disease. This was announced by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday evening.  He said, “I am happy to break to you, my good people of Lagos, the news of the release today of 11 more patients from our facility in Yaba.  “They have fully recovered and have tested negative to COVID-19 and have been allowed to return home to their families. “The patients include two females ... more
  • 1 day Africa Can’t Run Away From Coronavirus, Medical Expert Says SaharaReporters
    A medical expert, Abu Clement Okolo, has said that Africa cannot run away from Coronavirus, hence the need to embrace the guidelines given by the World Health Organisation. Clement, who spoke to SaharaReporters on the preparedness of Nigeria and Africa as a whole, said it is impossible to predict the possible turnout of events in Africa as many countries on the continent are not prepared for the pandemic. He also expressed worry about medical experts contracting the disease. Last week, the Provost and ... more
  • 1 day Kano To Arrest Food Trucks Conveying Passengers SaharaReporters
    Kano Road and Traffic Agency Kano Road and Traffic Agency The Kano State Government says it will prosecute any food truck driver seen conveying people from other parts of the country into the city.  The Managing Director, Kano Road and Traffic Agency, Baffa Babba Dan'agundi, said the food will also be confiscated.  The state government closed down all entry points into the state to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Dan'agundi said the agency had observed that drivers were violating the recent order aimed ... more
  • 1 day Lagos Government Seals Agege Central Mosque Over Violation Of Ban On Public Gathering SaharaReporters
      The Lagos State Government has sealed the Agege Central Mosque for violating its ban on public gathering following the outbreak and continued spread of Coronavirus in the country. Olusegun Fafore, Executive Assistant to Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on New Media, disclosed that the decision was taken because more than 20 persons were found inside the mosque at the time officials visited the place. Recall that Lagos and other state governments across the country had adopted a number of measures ... more
  • 1 day PDP Calls For Free Electricity, Tax Holiday For Nigerians During Lockdown SaharaReporters
      The Peoples Democratic Party, House of Representatives Caucus, has called on the Nigerian Government to provide free electricity, tax holiday as well as stimulants for medium and small scale enterprises to cushion the impact of Coronavirus lockdown on the lives of people. The party in a statement by Ogundu Kingsley Chinda, PDP House of Representatives Caucus leader, said government must take into account measured responses that alleviate the poor economic conditions of Nigerians and guarantee the rights of citizens. The ... more
  • 1 day Ensure Accountability For Donated Funds, Civil Society Group Tells Nigerian Government SaharaReporters
      A coalition of civil society organisations has urged the Nigerian Government to ensure transparency and accountability in the management of over N30bn donated by groups, institutions and well-meaning individuals to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. In a statement on Thursday by the Centre for Democracy and Development, Women Advocacy Research and Documentation Centre, Journalists for Democratic Rights, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, HURIDAC, Green Peoples Environmental Network, Nigerian Human Rights Community, COPEAIDS Foundation, a health-concern rights group, Civil Society ... more
  • 1 day Buhari: An Illiterate Jubril? By Ozodinukwe Okenwa SaharaReporters |Opinion
    SOC Okenwa SOC Okenwa   "President Buhari is an illiterate, he does not know what restructuring means, he is less concerned about the future of Nigeria, he is only bothered about his cows."--- Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Afenifere Chieftain and elder Nigerian statesman. Illiteracy is defined by the dictionary simply as the inability to read and write. Someone unable to read or write could express themselves orally but when it comes down to putting pen to paper or reading a book or newspaper, for ... more
  • 1 day After Backlash, Nigerian Government Pulls Down Tweet Begging US Billionaire, Elon Musk, For Ventilators SaharaReporters
      The Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning has pulled down a tweet on their verified Twitter handle begging United States billionaire, Elon Musk, for ventilators for Nigeria to fight Covid-19 pandemic. Musk had on Tuesday said his company, Tesla, would distribute ventilators to hospitals worldwide within the company’s delivery regions. Shortly after seeing that, the ministry begged for about 100 to 500 ventilators to help with the fight the virus.  See Also ... more
  • 1 day Illegal Enforcement Of COVID-19 Regulations By Armed Troops Must Stop By Femi Falana SaharaReporters |Opinion
      In the March 29, 2020 national broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari and the COVID-19 Quarantine Regulations issued thereafter to curtail the spread of Coronavirus pandemic, members of the armed forces were not authorised to enforce the regulations. But out of sheer impunity, the Defence Headquarters announced plans of the armed forces to implement the presidential order on the restriction of the movement of the Nigerian people. In my reaction to the illegal plan of the Defence Headquarters to involve armed ... more
  • 1 day Togo Declares Three-month State Of Emergency Over Coronavirus Outbreak SaharaReporters
      Togo’s President, Faure Gnassingbe, has announced a three-month state of emergency in the country over the Coronavirus outbreak. AFP reports that Gnassingbe said an indefinite curfew will come into effect from Thursday between 7:00pm and 6:00am. Togo has recorded 36 cases of Coronavirus and lost two persons to the pandemic. The country’s government said it will roll out $650m worth of measures to help citizens cope with the outcome of the crisis.   PUBLIC HEALTH News AddThis :  Original ... more
  • 1 day Stop Security Operatives From Harassing Citizens, Amnesty International Tells Nigerian Government Over Lockdown Order SaharaReporters
      Amnesty International has asked the Nigerian Government to ensure that every citizen is free from abuse especially at the hands of security operatives during the lockdown instituted in some parts of the country to curb the spread of Coronavirus. The rights group in a statement on Monday signed by Isa Sanusi, Media Manager for Amnesty International in Nigeria, said concerned authorities must give clear instructions to security agencies not to abuse their powers.  See Also ... more
  • 1 day Army Kills Man In Delta Over Stay-at-home Order SaharaReporters
    Victim's body Victim's body   A young man has been killed by army personnel deployed to enforce a stay-at-home order in Delta State. The victim identified as Joseph Pessu was shot dead around 10:30am on Thursday at Ada Val Arenyenka Street, Ugbuwangue, Warri, over a yet to be known offence. The stay-at-home order announced by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa commenced on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in a bid to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the country. 
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  • 1 day Nigerian Government Begs US Billionaire, Elon Musk, For Ventilators On Twitter SaharaReporters
      The Nigerian Government, through the Federal Ministry of Finance, has taken to micro-blogging platform, Twitter, to beg for ventilators to be used on confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country.Members of Nigeria's House of Representatives recently took delivery of 400 newly acquired Toyota Camry 2020 model, a spending citizens say could have been channelled to funding Nigeria's deficient health sector.Musk, who is the founder and Chief Engineer, SpaceX, had tweeted on Thursday that his firm had extra ventilators that ... more
  • 2 days IGP Cautions Against Trampling On Citizens’ Rights Over Lockdown Order SaharaReporters
    Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu   The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has cautioned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force currently deployed for the enforcement of the lockdown and social restriction orders to ensure that the rights of Nigerians are not infringed upon under any pretext.  Also, persons on essential duties duly exempted from the restriction orders should be accorded due courtesies and unfettered access to and fro their places of duty, Adamu said.  In a statement by Force ... more
  • 2 days Garba Shehu Is A Paid Propagandist Hired To Distract Nigerians From Complex Issues Of Health —Soyinka SaharaReporters
        Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has responded to an attack on him by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu.  Shehu, speaking on behalf of the Presidency, had urged Nigerians to ignore Soyinka's comments on the lockdown order declared by Buhari on Sunday during a broadcast.  The lockdown to take place in Lagos, Ogun and FCT, was part of wider measures adopted by government to halt the spread of Coronavirus in the country.   ... more
  • 2 days Nigerian Students In UK Test Positive For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
      Four Nigerian students in the United Kingdom have tested positive for Coronavirus. The students are beneficiaries of the 2019 Niger Delta Development Commission Scholarship Programme. SaharaReporters had published that the students were abandoned in the UK for eight months by the NDDC under Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Godswill Akpabio, and the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. The four students were said to have contracted the virus while moving from one part of the UK to another to find means of survival.  ... more
  • 2 days Diary Of A Lockdown By Azu Ishiekwene SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Azu Ishiekwene Azu Ishiekwene   When I left Abuja at short notice nine days ago, the city was already emptying out. The single biggest factory and business centre there - the National Assembly - was on the verge of closure.  Before the closure was announced, though, things were already slowing down but there was still just enough time left for the lawmakers to take delivery of their brand new SUVs to drive any virus out of town.  Lagos was by far more affected ... more
  • 2 days COVID-19: Why Invest Billions In Feeding Pupils Who Aren’t Learning Anything? By Olabisi Deji-Folutile SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Olabisi Deji-Folutile Olabisi Deji-Folutile   It is no longer news that COVID-19 has brought untold disruption to classroom education in almost every part of the world. Going by statistics from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation as of March 28, 2020, over 1.7 billion students in 120 countries and 60.2 million teachers were out of school due to closure of educational institutions in response to the pandemic. This, the world body says, has impacted nearly 90 per cent of the world ... more
  • 2 days Gen Adeniyi Removed For Wailing Over Boko Haram: Is Nigeria Allergic To Truth? By Fredrick Nwabufo SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Fredrick Nwabufo Fredrick Nwabufo   Subterfuge. Propaganda. Lies. All have a date with truth. The truth is inexorable; it will always extinguish lies and propaganda. Nigeria’s ‘’successes’’ in the war against Boko Haram have been largely propaganda. Since 2015, when the Buhari administration declared the insurgents a conquered group, the combat campaign has been oxygenated by lies and half-truths. In March 2020, about 70 soldiers, including a major and three officers, were killed in an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents. The troops, on ... more
  • 2 days Ex-Ogun Governor, Amosun, Donates N25m To Coronavirus Fight SaharaReporters
      Former governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, has donated N25m to the state in support of the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19). Amosun becomes the latest individual to donate to the fight against the spread of the virus in the state. Ogun has restricted entry into the state and is set to go on lockdown on April 3, 2020. Amosun said he made the donation to the bank account of the state in a letter to the governor, tagging it as ... more
  • 2 days COVID-19: Appeal To President To Unlock Lagos And Abuja By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa On March 29, 2020, the President directed the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun states and Abuja. Everything became paralyzed from March 30, 2020, as movements of persons were restricted, save those on essential services. The concomitant effect of this has been very catastrophic indeed, especially for daily wage earners. No doubt the President meant and acted well, though a bit late, but it is not in doubt that the action of the President was the best in the circumstances of ... more
  • 2 days Nigerian Government Attacks Soyinka Over Comments, Tells Citizens To Trust Science, Not Fiction SaharaReporters
      The Nigerian Government has attacked Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, over his criticism of government's lockdown order of Lagos, Ogun and FCT to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country.  Soyinka had earlier in the week said that President Muhammadu Buhari had no constitutional backing to declare a 14-day total ban on movement in the three cities.  Buhari made the declaration on Sunday during a nationwide broadcast on the global health crisis and measures his administration was taking to stop ... more
  • 2 days Kogi Commissioner, Abdulmumuni Danga, Brutalises Lady For Calling Him Out On Facebook SaharaReporters
    Commissioner Danga Facebook Post Commissioner Danga   Commissioner for Water Resources in Kogi State, Abdulmumuni Danga, has brutalised and allegedly raped a lady for calling him out on Facebook. The lady, identified as Elizabeth, had urged the commissioner on Facebook to assist his sister and family financially. The post did not go down well with Danga, who hired thugs to kidnap Elizabeth from her home with her three-year-old son. Speaking with SaharaReporters, Elizabeth said she decided to make the post following ... more
  • 2 days BREAKING: Coronavirus Cases In Nigeria Hit 174 SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has confirmed 23 new cases of Coronavirus in the country. This brings to 174 the total cases confirmed in the country. The NCDC had earlier on Wednesday announced 12 cases in the country.  In the latest cases, nine were confirmed in Lagos with seven in the Federal Capital Territory. "Twenty-three new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; nine in Lagos, seven in the FCT, five in Akwa Ibom, one in Kaduna and one in Bauchi ... more
  • 2 days Amidst Coronavirus, Ogun Health Workers Underpaid By Tao Bakare SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Tao Bakare Tao Bakare As the global pandemic continue to hold the world to ransom, nations all over the world continue to search for the 'messiah vaccine'. Despite the fact that Covid-19 has successfully exposed even the supposed perfect and big countries in terms of inadequate health facilities, Cuba have come to the rescue. However, Nigeria remains wanted in the battle for cure as the President have never for once failed to disappoint Nigerians.  Meanwhile, Ogun State, in the South-West region, which is ... more
  • 2 days JUST IN: Ondo Closes Lands Borders, Declares Three-day Fast Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The Ondo State Government has announced the immediate closure of all entry points into the state as part of moves to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the country.  The announcement was made on Wednesday in a statement by spokesperson for the state government, Donald Ojogo.   The statement reads, "Having observed COVID-19 and the pos­sibility of its unde­terminable spread, the Government of Ondo State has ordered the closure of its borders with the neig­hbouring states of Ekiti, Osun, Ko­gi, ... more
  • 2 days American Evacuated After Testing Positive For Coronavirus In Lagos SaharaReporters
    A United States citizen, who tested positive for Coronavirus in Lagos, has been moved back home to America. Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, made the disclosure on his Twitter handle on Wednesday. He said, “The total #COVID-19 cases in Lagos is now 82. Eight patients have so far been discharged following their full recovery.  “One of the confirmed cases, who is an American citizen, has been evacuated to the USA.” Nigeria now has 151 confirmed cases of Coronavirus ... more
  • 2 days Coronavirus: Ondo Government Shuts Down Markets, Begins Fumigation SaharaReporters
    The Ondo State Government has shut down all markets including the ones selling essential commodities in the state.  The government said the closure was part of measures to stem the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the country. In a statement, the Ondo Government said, “It has been observed that residents have flagrantly disobeyed this directive which is a potent measure to avoid the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.  “Compelled by this unwholesome infraction, government hereby places a total ban on all markets ... more
  • 2 days Windstorm Destroys Houses, Billboards In Bayelsa SaharaReporters
    Properties worth millions of naira were on Wednesday destroyed by a windstorm that accompanied a rainfall in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State. On Tuesday, a fierce windstorm had destroyed the broadcast mast of Glory FM, a radio station owned by state government. See Also News Windstorm Destroys Broadcast Mast In Bayelsa 0 Comments 1 Day Ago Among properties affected by Wednesday’s incident were the ... more
  • 2 days Nigerian Government Begins Distribution of N20,000 Relief Fund To Vulnerable Households SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Government on Wednesday commenced the distribution of N20,000 relief fund to vulnerable households in Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadia Umar-Farouk, said exercise would continue for the next four months. She added that the relief fund was being distributed in line with the announcement made by President Muhammadu Buhari during his nationwide broadcast on Sunday.  Farouq disclosed that the N20,000 would ... more
  • 2 days Chadian Army Kills Boko Haram Terrorists In Retaliation For Soldiers’ Ambush SaharaReporters
    The Chadian Army has killed dozens of Boko Haram terrorists in retaliation for the terror group’s ambush of its soldiers. The ambush killed at least 90 soldiers last week. Earlier this week, Chadian President, Idriss Deby, directed commanders of a multi-national joint task force to embark on operations against the Islamic sect. In a video showing moments after the successful operation, Chadian troops can be seen chanting victory songs while showcasing bodies of Boko Haram terrorists, according to PRNigeria. 
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  • 2 days Petri Dish Detention By Mohammed Ibraheem Zakzaky SaharaReporters |Opinion
    The world is gripped in the Coronavirus reality and the immense panic and disruption it brings along with it. This virulent scourge has cut a path less trodden by viruses, as it infects and spreads with little regard for all the norms of red tape that has allowed the murder and official disappearance of many, including my six brothers. By the time it begins to execute those whose death sentences it has written and signed it is always 10 steps ahead ... more
  • 2 days Legal Issues Arising From Management Of Covid-19 Patients By Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem SaharaReporters |Opinion
    A lot of legal issues are bound to arise as an aftermath of the outbreak of Coronavirus otherwise referred to as COVID-19.  There is therefore a need to shed light on some of the issues that may arise and how to navigate them. This article will x-ray the rights of patients, the rights of health workers and the basic minimum obligations of the government. The Code of Medical Ethics in Nigeria 2008 lists acts that constitute professional negligence. Rule 29.4 of ... more
  • 2 days Why Coronavirus May Be Deadlier In Nigeria: A Housing Perspective By Jelili Adebiyi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Before this moment, Nigeria has been commended across the world for her readiness to combat and contain Coronavirus. Now that the virus is ravaging Nigeria and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, we must brainstorm the absences in how we are preparing to mitigate and alleviate the spread of the highly pandemic disease in the sub-region. As an effort in this direction, this article speaks to one of the reasons Coronavirus may be deadlier in Nigeria than elsewhere in the world and ... more
  • 2 days COVID-19 And Mark Of The Beast By Femi Fani-Kayode SaharaReporters |Opinion
    "Between 100,000 to 240,000 people will be killed by Covid-19 in America if we take the right measures but if we do not take the right measures up to 1 million Americans will die" – CNN.  If CNN is quoting the experts in the medical field and saying that up to one million people will die in America alone if the right measures are not taken to tackle Covid-19, can anyone hazard a guess about how many millions we will lose ... more
  • 2 days The Coming Harvest Of Lies… By ‘Dele Farotimi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    When you grow up around the old, or perhaps I should say that if you are blessed enough to have “Iya Olu” as your mother’s mother, who had raised seven of her own children, and several from other women’s wombs, and who in her dotage pours the essence of Yoruba culture into your skull, you learnt by the imageries that are planted in your head, with their war stories. They are the older females in the elephant herds: depositories of intelligence ... more
  • 2 days Post COVID-19: The Time To Act Is Now By Abdullahi D. Mohammed SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Without sounding apocalyptic, the picture of post Covid-19 Nigeria is grim.  As the global economic impact of the pandemic takes its toll on all facets of societies, Nigeria must brace up for the challenge. The crash of major stocks around the globe, the partial shutdown of businesses, the major lockdown of cities, and some countries, these are what the pandemic had bequeathed the world.  Infact, price of crude has hit an all time low, the last seen was some 18 years ... more
  • 2 days Coronavirus Cases In Nigeria Rise To 151 After 12 New Infections SaharaReporters
      The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has announced 12 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus, taking the total tally so far in the country to 151. Out of the 12 new cases, nine were recorded in Osun State, two in Edo and one in Ekiti State. A Twitter post of the NCDC on Wednesday said, “As at 12:30pm April 1, there are 151 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria.” There have been two recorded deaths so far in the country ... more
  • 2 days We Will Battle Military Repression Tooth And Nail By Tope Akinyode SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Tope Akinyode Tope Akinyode   Our attention is drawn to a circular by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, commanding soldiers to embark on an action he tagged 'Op-Second Eleven’ and which is organised for the "enforcement of government movement restriction order" over Coronavirus. Our sincere wishes had been that the military would follow the path of reason to jettison such a misguided ambition, which clearly has no legal standing within the Nigerian jurisprudence. However, we are disturbed by the updates we ... more
  • 3 days Post COVID-19: The Time To Act Is Now By Abdullahi D. Mohammed SaharaReporters |Opinion
      Without sounding apocalyptic, the picture of post Covid-19 Nigeria is grim.  As the global economic impact of the pandemic takes its toll on all facets of societies, Nigeria must brace up for the challenge. The crash of major stocks around the globe, the partial shutdown of businesses, the major lockdown of cities, and some countries, these are what the pandemic had bequeathed the world.  Infact, price of crude has hit an all time low, the last seen was some 18 ... more
  • 3 days COVID-19 Lockdown: No To Torture Of Citizens By Security Agents By Inibehe Effiong SaharaReporters |Opinion
      Troubling videos showing policemen, military officers and other agents of the state torturing, flogging, harassing and humiliating citizens for straying outside despite the current lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja and general movement restrictions across the country have surfaced online. Section 34 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) guarantees the fundamental right to dignity of the human person. It states that no person shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment. ... more
  • 3 days Truck Kills Six Persons In Lagos SaharaReporters
    Punchng   Six persons have been killed following a collision between a taxi and a Dangote Cement truck on Epe Expressway in Lagos. Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the accident happened on Tuesday. The truck fell on the taxi with number plate SMK – 312ES, said to be conveying seven persons to a destination in the state and crushed it, killing six of the commuters. He said, “On arrival at the accident scene, a Dangote Cement truck with ... more
  • 3 days This Journey Ends Here By Evans Ufeli Esq. SaharaReporters |Opinion
      The Coronavirus for every reason made available to time has made history. That human history has never been this troubled by the widespread and panic-inducing effect of an epidemic of this magnitude. The world will forever remember this era with nostalgic grief for many years to come. The pandemic tells the story that supports the fact that the truth is not foreign and reality is universal with little or no variation. In Nigeria, where public health care facilities are non-existent, ... more
  • 3 days Nigerian Students On Scholarship Abroad Risk Deportation Over Refusal Of Nigerian Government To Pay Tuition Fees SaharaReporters
    Godswill Akpabio and NDDC MD, Kemebradikumo Pondei Godswill Akpabio and NDDC MD, Kemebradikumo Pondei Not less than 210 Nigerian, who are beneficiaries of the Niger Delta Development Commission 2019 Scholarship programme, are at risk of deportation as the Nigerian Government has refused to make payment for their tuition fees. In July 2019, the NDDC under the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, announced its annual scholarship scheme calling for applications from all Niger Deltans. “As part of our Human Resource ... more
  • 3 days EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Lagos Governor, Ambode, Wives Of Past, Present Governors, And Atiku’s Son, Adamu, Top List Of Other Nigerians Who Own Luxury Apartment... SaharaReporters
    Days after it emerged that 35 governors, 15 ministers and dozens of other public office holders are among Nigerians, who own 800 choice properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, suspected to have been bought with stolen funds, SaharaReporters can exclusively confirm that there are still so many high-profile Nigerians with luxury apartments in the Arabian city never previously mentioned. A report by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a United States-based non-governmental organisation, had on March 19, 2020 revealed how the likes of Kebbi ... more
  • 3 days Adamawa Announces Lockdown Of State Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
      The Adamawa State Government has announced a lockdown of the state for 14 days. A statement by Press Secretary to the governor, Humwashi Wonosikou, said that the measure was necessary to contain the spread of Coronavirus. The statement reads, “Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri says though painful, the decision was necessary to save lives. “Inter-state travel restriction is also imposed and international borders with Cameroon are to remain shut during this period. “The ban also affects tricycle, taxis and bus operators ... more
  • 3 days Panic As Result Of Three Suspected Coronavirus Cases In Delta Is Expected SaharaReporters
    Google   There is panic in Delta State at the moment after it was announced that the result of three suspected Coronavirus cases are being expected. Governor of the state, Ifeanyi Okowa, made the announcement on Tuesday evening during a statewide broadcast. The governor, who ordered a total shutdown of activities within the state for 14 days with effect from April 1, 2020, solicited the support, patience and cooperation of residents in relation to the directive. Okowa said, “Samples of the three ... more
  • 3 days Staying Home Is Our Small Chance Of Containing Coronavirus Outbreak –NCDC Boss SaharaReporters
    Chikwe Ihekweazu Chikwe Ihekweazu   Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that the country’s only chance of controlling the spread of Coronavirus was for people to stay at home. Ihekweazu, while speaking on Channels Television on Tuesday, said to keep the virus under control, Nigerians must stay apart for some time. He said, “Do we have to really meet? We will be destroying the efforts we're making collectively. It's only by doing this and bearing this pain for a ... more
  • 3 days Allow Tanker Drivers Operate During Lockdown, NNPC Tells Law Enforcement Agencies SaharaReporters
      The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has appealed to law enforcement agencies across the country to allow petroleum products tanker drivers free movement during the lockdown ordered in parts of the country by President Muhammadu Buhari and some state governments. A statement by NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr Kennie Obateru, said the exemption granted by President Buhari to certain categories of essential workers covers the operations of petroleum products tanker drivers. The statement said that the Federal ... more
  • 3 days Coronavirus: Lagos, Ogun To Receive Ambulances, Test Kits From Oyedepo SaharaReporters
      The Lagos and Ogun governments will any moment from now receive ambulances, test kits and other medical supplies to help combat and curtail the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the country. The donation was made by Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide also known as Winners’ Chapel International, David Oyedepo. Chairman of the church’s Editorial Board, Prof Sheriff Folarin, in a statement said, “Living Faith Church as a faith-based organisation with a global outreach, wishes to register its ... more
  • 3 days Coronavirus Cases Rise To 139 In Nigeria SaharaReporters
      The number of confirmed Coronavirus cases rose to 139 in Nigeria on Tuesday after four new cases were discovered in Abuja and Lagos. The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control made the announcement on Twitter. The agency said, “Four new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Nigeria; three in the FCT and one in Lagos. “As of 08:00pm on 31st of March, there are 139 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. Nine have been discharged with two deaths. “For ... more
  • 3 days Group Hails Army Commander, Adeniyi, For Bravery, Patriotism In Boko Haram Fight After Removal By Buratai SaharaReporters
      Concerned Nigerians, a civil society group, has commended Major General Olusegun Adeniyi for revealing challenges faced by troops fighting Boko Haram in Nigeria's North-East.SaharaReporters had earlier reported that Adeniyi was removed as commander of Operation LAFIYA DOLE for revealing in a viral video that troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists lacked weapons and credible intelligence to execute their mission.  See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Nigerian Army Removes General In Viral Video Asking ... more
  • 3 days Nigerian Red Cross Calls For Support To Scale Up Coronavirus Response SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Red Cross has appealed to members of the public to support its ongoing efforts at creating more awareness on the dangers of Coronavirus and how citizens can avoid contracting the pandemic.  In a briefing with journalists on Tuesday, the organisation said that support in form of food and other essential items were needed to distribute to households in order to help cushion the effect of the lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday.  The lockdown is to be ... more
  • 3 days Nothing Must Happen To El-Zakzaky, Shiites Warn Buhari After Kaduna Prison Unrest SaharaReporters
    Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the safety of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, following a riot at Kaduna Prison by inmates on Tuesday.  The movement handed down the warning in a statement by Secretary of the Academic Forum of the movement, Abdullahi Muhammad Musa. SaharaReporters had earlier reported that inmates at the prison attempted a jailbreak after riot broke out over the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.  See Also ... more
  • 3 days IGP, Police Spokesperson, 10 Others Test Negative For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    IGP Mohammed Adamu IGP Mohammed Adamu IGP, Police Spokesperson, 10 Others Test Negative For Coronavirus Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has tested negative for Coronavirus.  The IGP received the result of the test on Tuesday after submitting samples on March 27, 2020.  Other officers, who also tested negative include Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, Principal Staff Officer to the IGP, DCP Idowu Owohunwa, Head of the Force Technical Intelligence Unit, DCP Lanre Ogunlowo, Personal Physician to the IGP, CSP (Dr) ... more
  • 3 days EXCLUSIVE: Viral Video Was Leaked By My Orderly, Army Commander, Olusegun Adeniyi, Says After Removal By Buratai SaharaReporters
    A senior Nigerian Army officer, Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, who headed Operation LAFIYA DOLE and spearheaded the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the country’s North-East region, has reacted to his redeployment to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre as Senior Research Fellow by Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai. The redeployment of Adeniyi and over 50 senior officers was announced in a statement on Tuesday. SaharaReporters had earlier reported that Adeniyi was removed as commander of Operation LAFIYA DOLE ... more
  • 3 days Nigerian Army Redeploys Senior Officers In Major Shake-up SaharaReporters
      As earlier reported by SaharaReporters, the Nigerian Army has announced the redeployment of senior officers, claiming that the move was in a bid to add freshness into the war against terrorism in the country. The posting, which was approved by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, led to the removal of Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi as Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE, the group fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East region of the country. Adeniyi, who ... more
  • 3 days Losing Her Religion: Nigeria’s Faith Unveiled In The Face Of COVID-19 By R. Evon Benson-Idahosa SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Me, circa 1984, in my choir uniform and what was possibly the now infamous tambourine. R. Evon Benson-Idahosa, Esq R. Evon Benson-Idahosa, Esq   I remember falling asleep at a Tuesday evening church service as a 9 year old child. I had a tambourine on my lap and as I fell to the floor, it reverberated thunderously throughout the hall, drawing the attention of everyone who had been attentively listening to the dynamic preacherman. I awakened to piercing stares and side eyes- particularly from my ... more
  • 3 days NHRC Warns Security Agencies Against Torture, Impunity In Enforcement Of COVID-19 Lockdown SaharaReporters
      The National Human Rights Commission has warned that the enforcement of Covid-19 lockdown directives must be carried out without torture, inhuman and degrading treatment of Nigerians. The commission called on law enforcement agencies across the country to ensure that they carried out their duties without undue violation of the rights of Nigerians. The NHRC in a statement by its Executive Secretary, Mr Tony Ojukwu, stressed that any act of torture, cruel inhuman and other degrading treatments should not be employed ... more
  • 3 days Sierra Leone Records First Coronavirus Case SaharaReporters
      Sierra Leone has recorded its first case of Coronavirus, the government said on Tuesday, making it the latest African country to register an infection. According to AFP, President Julius Maada Bio said that a 37-year-old man, who arrived in the country from France on March 16 had tested positive. “It was not a matter of whether, but when. Ladies and gentlemen, the when is here,” the President said. Sierra Leone had been one of the few countries in Africa to have ... more
  • 3 days Windstorm Destroys Broadcast Mast In Bayelsa SaharaReporters
      A fierce windstorm has destroyed the broadcast mast of Glory FM, a radio station owned by Bayelsa State Government. The fallen mast, occasioned by a heavy downpour on Monday night in Yenagoa, the state capital, also destroyed part of the building housing the radio station.  The collapsed mast also served the Nigerian Television Authority and Radio Nigeria Creek FM.   News AddThis :  ... more
  • 3 days BREAKING: Inmates In Kaduna Prison Attempt Jailbreak Over Coronavirus, One Feared Killed SaharaReporters
      Inmates in Kaduna Prison have attempted a jailbreak after riot broke out over the Coronavirus pandemic in the country. The inmates, who fear that they could contract the deadly virus going by the poor ventilation and lack of protective items in the facility, mobilised in large numbers on Tuesday morning in an attempt to break free from the correctional centre. Security personnel fired several gunshots around the facility to scare the inmates and bring the situation under control. One person ... more
  • 3 days BREAKING: Nigerian Army Removes General In Viral Video Asking For Weapons To Fight Boko Haram SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Army under the leadership of Lt. General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, has removed General Olusegun Adeniyi, who appeared in a viral video urging military authorities to supply them with weapons and accurate intelligence to combat Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East region. Adeniyi, who is Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, in the viral video lamented how his men were outgunned and ambushed while on an operation in Borno. SaharaReporters on Tuesday exclusively gathered that a massive ... more
  • 3 days BREAKING: Nigerian Doctor Dies Of Coronavirus In United Kingdom SaharaReporters
    Alfa Sa’adu Alfa Sa’adu   A Nigerian medical doctor, Alfa Sa’adu, has died in the United Kingdom after being infected with Coronavirus. The 68-year-old man, who is a native of Kwara State, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Until his demise, Sa’adu worked at Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust and was a former Medical Director of London Hospital. A family member, who confirmed the news to SaharaReporters on Tuesday, said that the victim’s wife is also a medical doctor in the UK. Ahman ... more
  • 3 days BREAKING: Nigerian Doctor Dies Of Coronavirus In United Kingdom, Wife In Critical Condition SaharaReporters
    Alfa Sa’adu Alfa Sa’adu   A Nigerian medical doctor, Alfa Sa’adu, has died in the United Kingdom after being infected with Coronavirus. The 68-year-old man, who is a native of Kwara State, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Until his demise, Sa’adu worked at Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust and was a former Medical Director of London Hospital. A family member, who confirmed the news to SaharaReporters on Tuesday, said that the victim’s wife, who is also a medical doctor in the UK, was also ... more
  • 4 days BREAKING: Nigeria’s Coronavirus Cases Rise By Four, Now 135 SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has announced four new cases of Coronavirus in the country.  This brings the total number of infections in Nigeria to 135.  Three among the new cases are from Osun State while one was discovered in Ogun State. So far, two persons have died of the virus in Nigeria. PUBLIC HEALTH Breaking News News AddThis :  Original Author :  Saharareporters, New York Disable advertisements :  ... more
  • 4 days Why Quarantine ACT Of 1926 Cannot Legalize Restriction Of Movement By President By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa 1.       The Quarantine Act has no provision for the restriction of the movement of any citizen. A fundamental right expressly granted by the constitution cannot be taken away by assumption, inference or deductions.   2.       Section 41 (1) of the 1999 constitution expressly donates freedom of movement to all citizens and it cannot be taken away by way of executive proclamations or regulations, as an executive regulation cannot in law take away a ... more
  • 4 days Mile 12 Market To Start Mobile Food Service Over Coronavirus Lockdown In Lagos SaharaReporters
    Leaders of Mile 12 International Market say they will start mobile market to allow people have access to food during the 14-day lockdown in Lagos.  President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the lockdown to slow the pace of the spread of Coronavirus in the country.  The order took effect in Lagos and Abuja on Monday while Ogun would start on Friday.  Executive Chairman of Mile 12 International Market, Shehu Usman, said they have concluded plans to make food available to people through a ... more
  • 4 days Coronavirus: Sultan Of Sokoto Slams Islamic Clerics Over Non-adherence To Experts’ Advice SaharaReporters
    Sultan of Sokoto,  Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has slammed some Islamic clerics over their non-adherence to instructions by experts on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Abubakar, who spoke under the auspices of Jama’atu Nasril Islam, said the preaching of some of the clerics “clearly depicts sheer whims and caprices of their myopic worldview, stark ignorance of reality based on genuine knowledge and medical scholarship. It is however, regrettable that as the negative actions of such preachers incites”. He further said, ... more
  • 4 days How I Conquered Coronavirus —Osowobi, Young Activist Released From Lagos Isolation Centre SaharaReporters
    Nigerian activist, Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, founder of Stand to End Rape (STER), has given a detailed account into her remarkable journey to recovery from Coronavirus (COVID-19). Osowobi, who tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after returning to Nigeria from the United Kingdom where she had attended a commonwealth event, said she fought to live. Sharing her experience on Twitter, she said, “I thought I was going to die and contemplated a succession plan for @StandtoEndRape.  "I was on drugs daily. Sometimes, I‘d ... more
  • 4 days EXCLUSIVE: Ondo Government Sacks Nurses For Demanding Payment Of Accumulated Salaries SaharaReporters
    The Ondo State Government has sacked some recently employed nurses, who embarked on a protest to demand payment of their accumulated salary arrears, SaharaReporters can confirm. The six nurses, who worked at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital both in Akure and Ondo town, were laid off on February 14, 2020. It was gathered that the affected nurses were employed in batches in June 2019 and were placed on three-month probation.  The termination letters of the affected nurses was signed ... more
  • 4 days The Psychology of COVID-19 By Reuben Abati SaharaReporters |Opinion
      Nigeria announced its first COVID-19 case on February 27 - an Italian who came into the country on February 24 and displayed symptoms of the disease while visiting Lafarge Cement Company in Ewekoro, Ogun State. He has been treated and discharged. Since then Nigeria has recorded a total of 111 cases, as at the time of this writing, with two reported deaths. The Nigerian government has introduced a number of measures: monetary measures by the Central Bank of Nigeria, and ... more
  • 4 days Nigeria’s Coronavirus Cases Rise To 131 SaharaReporters
      The number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria rose to 131 on Monday with two recorded deaths.  Nigerian Centre for Disease Control made the announcement The NCDC tweeted, “Twenty new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 13 in Lagos, four in FCT, two in Kaduna and one in Oyo State. “As of 09:00pm on March 30, there are 131 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with two deaths. “For a breakdown of cases by states in ... more
  • 4 days President Buhari Succumbs To Public Pressure, Signs COVID-19 Regulations 2020 SaharaReporters
    After intense pressure from the Nigerian public especially from senior legal practitioners and other prominent citizens, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday announced the signing into law of the COVID-19 Regulations.  Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004) conferred such powers on President Buhari.  It was the legal framework needed to enforce the lockdown order in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT issued by Buhari on Sunday during a nationwide broadcast. The announcement was made on Monday night by Special ... more
  • 4 days COVID-19: Delta Government Raises Concerns Over Neighbouring States Yet To Close Borders SaharaReporters
    Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa As the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus disease continues, the Delta State Government has raised concerns over neighbouring states yet to close their borders.Addressing journalists over the issue on Monday, Commissioner for Information in Delta, Charles Aniagwu, said, "Our neighbouring states are yet to close their borders and this poses a serious danger to us in Delta."If Anambra and Edo are yet to close their borders and Delta has done that, ... more
  • 4 days Presidential Order Not Enforceable Without Legal Backing! By Femi Falana SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Following the national broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari on the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday, some lawyers have questioned the constitutional validity of the restriction of locomotion of people in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states. No doubt, the President is empowered to adopt any measures deemed fit to combat the dangerous disease but such measures have to be spelt out in a Regulation made pursuant to section 305 of the constitution or under the Quarantine Act. Otherwise the presidential order on restriction ... more
  • 4 days After This Pandemic We Can Do Better By David Griffiths SaharaReporters |Opinion
    The pain of the COVID-19 pandemic, a defining event of our times, will continue long after the virus subsides. When the immediate crisis is over many will have experienced unimaginable loss. Many will have lost loved ones, huge numbers will have lost jobs and perhaps homes, and hundreds of millions will have experienced the anxiety and loneliness of social isolation. But we will have gained something too –  a choice. When we emerge from this collective trauma we can choose to ... more
  • 4 days Nigeria And Its Absentee President By Elias Ozikpu SaharaReporters |Opinion
      Buhari was a presidential candidate in 2003, 2007 and 2011 before emerging victorious in 2015. Despite contesting for a period of twelve years before his eventual victory, what is deducible from his growing ineptitude is that he was never prepared to be president. He simply wanted to relish the attention, fanfare and the numerous benefits that accrue to the Office of the President. During his Chatham House speech  on February 26, 2015, Buhari promised “to lead from the front and by ... more
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