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  • 5 days Miracles Incorporated! By Ozodinukwe Okenwa SaharaReporters |Opinion
    SOC Okenwa SOC Okenwa For the intellectual, miracle could be described as God's great supernatural intervention in the natural affairs of men. But for the layman, miracle could equally be described as wonderful, surprising healing and deliverance by Pastors or men of God through the name of Jesus the Christ. For the uninitiated, Jesus is still performing miracles through His servants. But for those who see clearly and broadly refusing to be drawn into or hoodwinked by the miracle merchants most of what ... more
  • 5 days Coronavirus: Beware Of Criminal Elements, Inspector-General Of Police Warns Nigerians SaharaReporters
    Inspector-General of Police (IG-P), Mohammed Adamu Inspector-General of Police (IG-P), Mohammed Adamu Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria's Inspector-General of Police, has urged Nigerians to beware of criminals, who may take advantage of the Coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of them.  Adamu in a statement on Sunday said the police was privy to intelligence reports suggesting that an increase in fraud and cybercrimes during the Coronavirus lockdown.  He said, "Specifically, intelligence obtained from the INTERPOL Headquarters shows that scammers in Nigeria and other parts ... more
  • 5 days BREAKING: Nigerian Government Grants Air France Permission To Evacuate European Citizens As COVID-19 Pandemic Fear Grows SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Government has approved a request by Air France to fly its aircraft into Nigeria to evacuate European citizens following the outbreak and continued spread of Coronavirus in the country.  In a letter dated March 25, 2020 and addressed to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Air France asked to airlift Europeans from the country on March 26, April 2 and 9. The letter reads, "Air France hereby submits its request to operate three essential flights on March ... more
  • 5 days COVID-19 And Delinquent Leadership By Yinka Odumakin SaharaReporters |Opinion
      The Church was packed full. It was a gathering of eminent Nigerians to remember. But there probably more soldiers than dignitaries and well wishers who came to wish Papa Adekunle Ajasin final bye. The men in green were in the Owo Church to "guard" then No 2 in the country: gen. Oladipo Diya who came to stand in for his dark-googled and evil-hearted boss, Gen Sani Abacha. A soldier was standing over my head with a gun. I looked at ... more
  • 6 days Okonjo-Iweala Cautions Against Public Gatherings Over Coronavirus Outbreak SaharaReporters
    Nigeria's former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Nigeria's former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala A former Minister of Finance in Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has reiterated the need for Nigerians and Africans in general to desist from public gatherings as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  She made the call on Sunday via her Twitter handle.  She said, "#COVID19 Africa’s window for containment is narrowing!  "As of March 28, there are 4,106 cases in 46 countries with 124 deaths. Still too many reports and videos of people ... more
  • 6 days Ogun Government Closes Land Borders Over Coronavirus Outbreak SaharaReporters
    Governor Dapo Abiodun Governor Dapo Abiodun The Ogun State Government has announced the closure of its borders with neighbouring states and the international border with the Republic of Benin. Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Kunle Somorin, said this in a statement.He said the closure will take effect from midnight on Sunday, 29th March, 2020, and be in force for two weeks in the first instance. As a result, movement in and out of the state is banned as a further measure to ... more
  • 6 days Coronavirus Cases In Cameroon Hit 113 SaharaReporters
      Confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Cameroon has hit 113 after the country recorded 14 new infections.  Manaouda Malachie, the country's Health Minister, disclosed this on Sunday, saying 14 tests returned positive out of the 76 tested. Three people have so far died from the virus since Cameroon recorded its first case weeks ago. Earlier, the minister said Cameroon had 99 confirmed cases and encouraged residents to be vigilant and observe rules of hygiene. "A total of 14 positives out of 76 tested ... more
  • 6 days Nigeria Must Fix Health Sector Now By Femi Falana (SAN) SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Section 17 (3) (d) of the constitution has imposed a duty of the state to ensure  that "there are adequate medical and health facilities for all persons".But the section is not justiciable like other provisions of the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles State Policy enshrined in Chapter II thereof. Hence, successive governments have failed to provide medical care  for the Nigerian people. Having abandoned public hospitals and reduced them to mortuaries, top governments functionaries have continued to travel abroad for medical ... more
  • 6 days BREAKING: Provost, Deputy Of UCH Ibadan Test Positive For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCH) University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCH) The  Provost and Deputy Provost of  University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Prof Ezekiel Olapade-Olaopa and Prof Obafunke Denloye, have both tested positive for Coronavirus.  Confirming the situation on Sunday, Olapade-Olaopa said, “Dear colleagues, I wish to inform you that the Deputy Provost and I tested positive for COVID-19 following the tests done on Friday.  "Although we are both asymptomatic, we have gone into self-isolation for 14 days while our contacts are being observed ... more
  • 6 days BREAKING: Chief Medical Director Of UCH Ibadan Tests Positive For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Chief Medical Director of University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Prof Jesse A. Otegbayo, has tested positive for Coronavirus. He confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday.  Otegbayo said, "On Monday March 23, we commenced a 12-man quarterly board meeting which was meant to last five days in the hospital, we observed social distancing and other precautionary measures for Covid-19 as much as possible.  "However, on Wednesday morning, one of us presented with what appeared to be symptoms of Covid-19, his samples were ... more
  • 6 days JUST IN: Osun Government Announces Lockdown After Confirming Second Coronavirus Case SaharaReporters
    The Osun State Government has ordered residents in the state to go on total lockdown after confirmation of the second case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state. Adegboyega Oyetola, governor of the state, said all land borders will shutdown effective midnight of Sunday March 29, 2020. Oyetola said there would be no movement within the state during the shutdown while those on essential duties such as health personnel, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication ... more
  • 6 days BREAKING: Nigeria’s Immigration Boss, Babandede, Tests Positive For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Muhammad Babandede Muhammad Babandede Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service,  Muhammad Babandede, has contracted Coronavirus.  Babandede, who returned from the United Kingdom to Nigeria on March 22, made the confirmation on Sunday.  Nigeria already has 97 confirmed cases of the virus and there are fears it could rise further in the coming days. One person has been killed by Coronavirus in Nigeria.  PUBLIC HEALTH Travel Breaking News News AddThis :  Original Author :  Saharareporters, New York Disable ... more
  • 6 days BREAKING: Mamman Daura’s In-law, Abdullahi Moukhtar, Is One Of Three Abba Kyari’s Staff Infected With Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Abdullahi Moukhtar, an In-law to Mamman Daura, is one of three staff of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, that tested positive for Coronavirus, SaharaReporters can confirm.  It was also gathered that the Presidency had been hiding the fact from the public in order to avoid Moukhtar from being stigmatised and persons he had been in contact with in recent days to panic.  Daura is a nephew to Buhari and one of the most influential members of Aso Villa cabal.  ... more
  • 6 days BREAKING: Coronavirus Cases Hit 97 In Nigeria SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has confirmed eight new Coronavirus cases in the country. This brings the total in the country to 97. Of the eight, four were confirmed in Oyo State while two were confirmed in Abuja.  The NCDC also said one was confirmed in Kaduna. The case in Kaduna is that of Governor Nasir El-Rufai. SaharaReporters had earlier reported that el-Rufai tested positive to the virus.  See Also ... more
  • 6 days Abba Kyari, The church And Coronavirus Pandemic By Festus Adedayo SaharaReporters |Opinion
    There is a natural mystic blowing through the air If you listen carefully now, you’ll hear This could be the first trumpet, might as well be the last Many more will have to suffer; many more will have to die Don’t ask me why Things are not the way they used to be… One and all, we have to face reality now… - Bob Marley   Mystic, mystery and even a mystique the Coronavirus, otherwise called COVID – 19 is, ... more
  • 6 days Rivers State Government Opens Coronavirus Support Account SaharaReporters
    The Rivers State Government has opened a bank account to ask for donation to combat Coronavirus. The state released Access and Zenith banks accounts, asking Nigerians for support."Interested individuals and organisations wishing to support the efforts of the government are advised to direct their contributions to the two accounts," the government said. The Lagos State Government too had opened a similar account following the Abule Ado explosion.   PUBLIC HEALTH News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York ... more
  • 6 days BREAKING: Kaduna Governor, El-Rufai, Tests Positive For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, has tested positive for Coronavirus. El-rufai disclosed this in a video posted on Twitter on Saturday. 
    KADUNA UPDATE: Malam Nasir @elrufai has disclosed that he has tested positive for Covid-19. He is in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a someone that is not showing symptoms. pic.twitter.com/5lqfvWc4zv— Governor Kaduna (@GovKaduna) March 28, 2020 He is the second state governor to test positive for the virus in Nigeria.  Bala ... more
  • 6 days Horror In Akure: Deadly Blast Destroys Buildings, Causes Injuries, Renders Dozens Of City’s Residents Homeless As Coronavirus Fear Grips Young And O... SaharaReporters
      When residents of Akure, capital of Ondo State, went to bed on Friday night, they had no inkling of what laid in wait for them. Like persons in other parts of the country where relative peace exists, they had hoped to wake up to a blissful Saturday despite the Coronavirus lockdown sweeping ferociously across the city and indeed most sections of Nigeria. Spirits were high. But by the time the early morning dew ushered in Saturday, Akure and hundreds ... more
  • 6 days BREAKING: Nigeria Records Eight New Confirmed Cases Of Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Google The Nigeria Center For Disease Control has confirmed eight new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The new cases brings the total confirmed number in the country to 89. A tweet by the NCDC reads, "Eight new cases of #COVID19 has been reported in Nigeria, seven in Lagos and one in Benue State. "As at 4:00pm March 28, there are 89 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with one death."
    8 new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria, 7 ... more
  • 6 days Group Tells Nigerians To Report Cases Of Domestic Violence While Observing Stay-at-home Order SaharaReporters
      Women at Risk International Foundation, a non-profit organisation focused on reducing the prevalence of gender-based violence in Nigeria, has urged Nigerians to report any case of domestic or gender-based violence that may occur during the period of stay-at-home order by the government. WARIF expressed fear that as the number of Coronavirus cases continue to increase across Nigeria and with stringent measures being put in place for individuals to quarantine and self-isolate, people might be at risk of being harmed by ... more
  • 6 days Coronavirus: Ensure To Give Account For Donations To Lagos, ADP Tells Governor Sanwo-Olu SaharaReporters
      The Action Democratic Party has urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos to be accountable on funds received by the state to tackle the outbreak of Coronavirus. National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Adelaja Adeoye, in a statement on Saturday, said the public was already asking questions on where the donations and grants running into several billions were going. He said, “As a public officer, it is important that while updates are being given to Nigerians on the efforts so ... more
  • 6 days Babalakin Obsessed With The Vice-Chancellor’s Removal By Alabi Azeez SaharaReporters |Opinion
      As expected, the Vice Chancellor’s response on the barrage of lies that Babalakin tried to peddle about the suspension of the 51st convocation of the university, elicited anger and rage from a faceless and dishonest ‘Concerned Stakeholders’ and a group of delinquent non-academic staff making scrupulous releases requesting for the Vice Chancellor to proceed on leave, because, for them Babalakin has an intimidating resumé and commands national respect. A cursory look at the individuals issuing these publications will tell exactly ... more
  • 6 days Coronavirus: FCT Officials Shut Down Wedding Over Violation Of Public Gathering Ban SaharaReporters
      A team of Federal Capital Territory officials on Saturday stormed a wedding in Wuse Zone 6, Abuja, and shut down the ceremony. Like in many cities across the country, a ban had been placed on public gathering in Abuja in a bid to curtail the spread of Coronavirus. Announcing the incident on its Twitter page, the FCT management said, “The FCT Enforcement Team which includes security and law enforcement agents has shut down a wedding ceremony happening at Wuse Zone 6. “The ... more
  • 6 days Taraba Governor Bans Movement In And Out Of State SaharaReporters
      Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has banned movement in and out of the state, SaharaReporters can confirm. A statement from the governor's Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Mijinyawa, said that the ban takes effect from Sunday, March 29, 2020. He said, “The decision to close the state’s land borders was taken as part of continued efforts by the government to protect the state from the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus. “The Commissioner of Police and the Commandant of National Security and Civil Defence ... more
  • 6 days WHO Ranks Nigeria Sixth African Country With Highest Coronavirus Cases SaharaReporters
      The World Health Organisation has ranked Nigeria among six African countries with the highest number of COVID-19 cases. Confirmed cases rose to 82 on Saturday with one recorded death so far. The pandemic has infected over 400,000 people around the world and killed more than 25,000 persons. In Africa, South Africa has recorded 927 cases and two deaths; Algeria 305 cases and 1 deaths, Burkina Faso 146 and three deaths, Ghana 132 and three deaths, and Senegal 105 with no ... more
  • 6 days BREAKING: Benue State Confirms First Case Of Coronavirus SaharaReporters
      Benue State has recorded its first case of Coronavirus. This was announced by the state governor, Samuel Ortom, during a media briefing in Makurdi, the capital, on Saturday. According to Ortom, the case is a recent returnee from the United Kingdom. The state recently opened two isolation centres at the University Teaching Hospital and Federal Medical Centre Apir. With this development, Nigeria now has 82 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and one recorded death.   PUBLIC HEALTH Breaking News News ... more
  • 6 days Coronavirus: Kwara Group Calls For Palliatives For Poor Residents SaharaReporters
      Elites Network for Sustainable Development, a Kwara-based civil society organisation, has urged Kwara State governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, to provide palliatives for poor people in the state. The government has ordered residents to stay at home as part of efforts in curbing the spread of the pandemic in the country. ENetSuD, in a letter jointly signed by its Coordinator, Dr Alagbonsi Abdullateef; and Secretary, Mahmud Usman Baba; noted that notwithstanding the laudable lockdown order, majority of Kwarans in the informal sector ... more
  • 6 days EXCLUSIVE: Two Nurses, One Doctor Infected With Coronavirus In Abuja Hospital SaharaReporters
    Two nurses and a doctor have been confirmed to have tested positive for Coronavirus at a hospital in Abuja, Nigeria's capital.  The health workers, who are staff of a government hospital in Abuja, were part of medical personnel that attended to an infected person brought into the hospital. A senior medical worker at the hospital told SaharaReporters that, "The patient was rushed to the hospital and as our job demands, we have to save life first and that was what we ... more
  • 7 days Epidemiologist Raises Concern Over Refusal Of UK Returnees To Self-isolate In Delta State SaharaReporters
      An epidemiologist in Delta State, Richard Ikwuogu, has raised the alarm over the refusal of three returnees from the United Kingdom to observe the mandatory 14-day self-isolation period in the state to reduce the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.  Three UK returnees said to be indigenes of Okpanam community under Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state, have refused to self-isolate or submit themselves for medical screening. Speaking with SaharaReporters on Saturday over the development, Ikwuogu stated that there ... more
  • 7 days The Case Against UNILAG VC By Adekola Adetomiwa SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Wale Babalakin Wale Babalakin Re: Babalakin obsession with........ My attention has been drawn to a sponsored treatise by an unknown Alabi Azeez of a phantom online magazine codenamed Unilag Vanguard. The decision of the writer to launder the image of his paymaster is not of interest to me. However, he goofed big time when he chose me as an object of vilification and insults. He wrote so much negative attributes, about my person, which are nothing but falsehood. I want to say here ... more
  • 7 days Covid-19 and End of Faith Healing? By Leo Igwe SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Has the outbreak of the coronavirus marked an end to faith healing practices in Nigeria, Africa and the world? This question has become necessary because traditional, Christian and Islamic faith healing claims have been rampant. And they include claims of healing persons who are suffering from all sorts of illness, the blind, lame or those with HIV/AIDS. Faith healing is huge business enterprise. Surprisingly, following the Covid-19 crisis, individuals and institutions that claim to possess faith healing powers have been silent, ... more
  • 7 days Air Strike In Lake Chad Kills 18 Boko Haram Commanders SaharaReporters
    At least 18 Boko Haram commanders have been killed in air strikes around the Lake Chad area by the Nigerian Air Force. Ahmed Salkida, a journalist with strong intelligence on terror groups in West Africa, made the disclosure on HumAngle.ng, an online news publication. HumAngle reported that Nigerian Airforce bombardments of insurgents between January and March 2020 had taken out no less than 18 of the prime war commanders of ISWAP, a group Boko Haram pays allegiance to.  It said, "There have been a series ... more
  • 7 days Thirteen Persons Hospitalised As Explosion Rocks Akure SaharaReporters
    At least 13 persons have been rushed to the hospital after a deadly explosion hit Akure, Ondo State, on Saturday morning.  The impact of the explosion, which occurred around 1:00am, destroyed houses and tore major roads apart.  A church known as Possiblity Ground, a boarding school -- Aina Awawu International College in Eleyewo -- are among buildings destroyed by the explosion.  A truck carrying explosive items to a quarry was said to have triggered the blast.  Residents of Oba Ile, ... more
  • 7 days BREAKING: Western Diplomats Warn Of Coronavirus Explosion In Nigeria As European Countries Evacuate Citizens SaharaReporters
    Some Western diplomats on Friday warned that with the current and abysmal way the Nigerian Government was handling the Coronavirus outbreak, the number of infections could witness a significant rise in the coming weeks.  Already, Nigeria has 81 confirmed cases and one recorded death of the pandemic.  According to the diplomatic community, infections could rise to more than 10,000 in the coming weeks as there are at least 5,000 persons, who had come in contact with infected persons in Nigeria already.  ... more
  • 7 days BBNaija Star, Tacha, Blasts Buhari For Failing To Address Nigerians On Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Tacha Akide, popular Nigerian reality TV star, has berated Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, for failing to address Nigerians over Coronavirus pandemic in the country.  In a two-minute 25 seconds video she uploaded to one of her social media pages on Friday, Akide wondered why Nigerians accepted abnormal things without holding their elected leaders to account. She said, "It seems like we as a country are forgetting who we are. We are forgetting that Nigeria is one of the most populated black ... more
  • 7 days BREAKING: Nigeria Records 11 News Cases Of Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has confirmed 11 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.  Eight of the cases were confirmed in Lagos while two were confirmed in Enugu. Edo State also confirmed a fresh case. The NCDC said, "11 new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: eight in Lagos, two in Enugu and one in Edo State.  "As at 11:55pm 27th March, there are 81 confirmed cases of  #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Three have been discharged ... more
  • 1 week Australia-based Islamic Cleric Slams President Buhari Over Failure To Address Nigerians On Coronavirus Outbreak SaharaReporters
    Google An Islamic cleric based in Australia, Mohammad Tawhidi popularly known as 'Imam of Peace', has slammed Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, over his failure to address Nigerians on the Coronavirus pandemic that is spreading rapidly across the country and wreaking havoc.  Tawhidi also berated Buhari for his poor handling of terrorism in Nigeria especially in the North-East region where Boko Haram has killed thousands and displaced millions.  Expressing his thoughts on Twitter on Friday, Tawhidi said Buhari was not fit to be ... more
  • 1 week Nigerian Music Star, Davido, In Self-isolation After Fiancée, Chioma, Tests Positive For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Nigerian musician, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido, has announced that his fiancé, Chioma, has tested positive for Coronavirus.  Making the announcement on Twitter, Davido said Chioma recently returned from the United Kingdom with their baby. While the baby tested negative, her own result returned positive.  He said, “Hey everyone, I came back recently from America after cancelling a tour. My fiancé, Chioma, also came back from London recently with our baby.  "We had no symptoms and still both feel perfectly ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Coronavirus Cases Hit 70 In Nigeria SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has confirmed five new cases of Coronavirus in the country. This was announced through the official Twitter page of the agency on Friday night. The NCDC said, "Five new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: Three in FCT and two in Oyo State. “As at 8:00pm 27th March, there are 70  cases of confirmed #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Three have been discharged with on death.”
    Five new cases of #COVID19 have been ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Lagos Government To Provide Food For Residents Over Coronavirus Lockdown SaharaReporters
      The Lagos State Government has set up food banks across the state to cater for 200,000 households in 377 wards in the state to cater for the most vulnerable during the mandated lockdown to curb the spread of Coronavirus.  Residents, who cannot afford meals during the lockdown will receive food provided by the state. A statement by the Lagos State Government on Friday reads, "Few days after LASG issued a stay-at-home directive to residents, in order to curtail the spread of ... more
  • 1 week Ex-Ogun Sports Commissioner, Olopade, Tests Positive For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The former Commissioner for Sports in Ogun State, Bukola Olopade, has tested positive for Coronavirus.  In a video he posted online, Olopade said, “A few days ago, I did make a video that I have been tested for COVID-19. I did promise to make it public once it was done and it has come out a couple of hours ago that I tested positive for COVID-19. “As you all know, it’s not a death sentence, it’s not the end of the ... more
  • 1 week NYSC Camps, Stadium To Serve As Isolation Centres For Coronavirus Patients SaharaReporters
    File photo   The Nigerian Government has converted all National Youth Service Corps camps and four stadia in the country into isolation centres. Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday dare, said this on his Twitter handle on Friday. “Mr President has approved for the Ministry of Youth and Sports to open and make available the stadiums in Surulere Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, and Kaduna, as well as our NYSC camps nationwide for use as isolation centres as they are needed. We are ... more
  • 1 week Sokoto Government Closes Entry Points Into State Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
      The Sokoto State Government on Friday announced the closure of entry points into the ancient city in order to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Governor Aminu Tambuwal in a broadcast said that only the movement of medical supplies and essential food items will be allowed into Sokoto from other parts of the country. He said the closure will stay in place for an initial two weeks pending observations on the pattern of the disease in the state ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: United States Urges Doctors, Nurses Worldwide To Apply For Its Visas SaharaReporters
    The United States Government has urged nurses and doctors around the world interested in working in America to put in for its work visas at the nearest US Embassy to them. The move is part of strategies the United States was adopting to increase the number of health workers combating the Coronavirus pandemic in the country. In a statement on Friday, the US authorities called on foreign medical professionals already in America to be in touch with their sponsors to extend ... more
  • 1 week Lagos Government Says Coronavirus Cases May Rise To 39,000 In State SaharaReporters
    The Lagos State government on Friday said that cases of Coronavirus in the city may rise to 39,000 in the coming weeks. Commissioner for Health in the state, Prof Akin Abayomi, made the comment on Friday during a briefing with journalists. He said, “Our mathematical modelling shows that the worst-case scenario is that we may see up to 39,000 cases in Lagos. “If we add social distancing to active contact tracing, then we will be able to bend the curve further. ... more
  • 1 week Abule Ado Explosion – Have We Moved On? By Oduche Azih SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Does Nigeria possess the relevant forensic expertise to deduce the size of the explosive that devastated Abule Ado? I am referring here not to the trigger which could jolly well be a match stick, box of matches, a cigarette, a 12.5 or even a 50kg cylinder of LPG. If could also be a 2-ton industrial LPG storage.  Let's leave the trigger alone for now.  Even as a layman viewing the field of devastation, I have deduced that the explosion proper cannot ... more
  • 1 week Accept Your Failure and Leave Sowore Alone, Odumakin Tells Buhari SaharaReporters
    President, Centre for Change, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, has called on the Nigerian Government to steer clear of its plan to rearrest human rights activist and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, saying such move would be counter productive. Sowore had raised the alarm over moves by the Nigerian Army to secretly secure an order from the Federal High Court, Abuja, to rearrest him over SaharaReporters publication revealing that President Muhammadu Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, had been infected with Coronavirus. Odumakin said such ... more
  • 1 week Falana Warns Nigerian Government Against Plans To Rearrest Sowore Over SaharaReporters Coronavirus Reports SaharaReporters
    Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has warned the Nigerian Government not to make any attempt to rearrest rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, over reports by his online news medium exposing that Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, had contracted Coronavirus.Recall that SaharaReporters had on Monday reported that Kyari was ill and had contracted the deadly virus, which was later confirmed by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control.In a letter addressed to the Chief Judge of the Federal High ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Tests Positive For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has tested positive for Coronavirus and is self-isolating. He has developed mild symptoms and will self-isolate in Downing Street and remain in charge of the government’s handling of the crisis. In a video posted on Twitter on Friday, Johnson confirmed that he had developed mild symptoms – “a temperature and persistent cough” – over the last 24 hours and on the advice of the chief medical officer, he took a test, which returned positive for Coronavirus. ... more
  • 1 week Low Number Of Coronavirus Test In Nigeria Raises Suspicion Of Conspiracy SaharaReporters
    While the Nigerian Government may have announced only 65 confirmed cases of Coronavirus so far, the numbers clearly do not reflect the true state of things in the country, many observers believe. With the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control in charge of testing and confirming the number of infected persons in the country, the agency seems compromised as data are being hidden from the public. It was reported that there are more silent cases of Coronavirus than the figure released by ... more
  • 1 week Bayelsa Government Asks Workers To Stay At Home For Two Weeks Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The Bayelsa State Government has asked civil servants on grade level 1-12 to stay at home for two weeks. Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Health, Inodu Apoku, said burial and wedding ceremonies have also been suspended in the state for the same period. He explained that only those on essential services such as medical and health workers, fire service personnel, cleaners and other related personnel were exempted from the temporary restriction. Apoku said other decisions reached by the committee ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: AAC Asks Buhari, APC To Unveil Action Plan To Curb Pandemic SaharaReporters
    The African Action Congress has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress to outline strategic plan on how to curtail Coronavirus from further spreading in Nigeria. In a statement, Ken Henshaw, AAC’s National Deputy Chairman, said, “The socio-political and socioeconomic circumstances surrounding this nation at this time of Coronavirus invasion has necessitated questions begging to be answered.  “This is why we will be asking the Buhari/APC government frank questions as our lives are on the line together now. “How ... more
  • 1 week A Call For COVID-19 Relief Bill And Work At Home System By Favour Ayodele (PhD) SaharaReporters |Opinion
    "Federal Government and Private Institutions should embark on workforce innovative platform" Coronavirus is pandemic, it’s not under control. No one can determine the timeline, the virus do. So, nations are now conditioned to redirect their course, program, system, constitutions, fundamental policies etc.  We need all hands on deck for this new way of life/living. It will cause more havoc if this virus stay longer than expected and nothing is done to keep the citizens while the country is on lockdown mode. ... more
  • 1 week Revisiting A National Political Debate By Edwin Madunagu SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Edwin Madunagu Edwin Madunagu   One of the first definitive steps taken by General Ibrahim Babangida on displacing General Muhammadu Buhari in a “palace coup” and coming to power in Nigeria in August 1985 was to set up, four months later, a 17-member committee (two women and 15 men) to organise, conduct, collate and then report on a general national political debate. He called the committee the Political Bureau. The political debate was to be on the character, content and form of a ... more
  • 1 week Covid-19, Nigerian Leaders, Public Health And Infrastructure By Oyebola Oyesola SaharaReporters |Opinion
    I am no expert at pandemic disease and global health crisis but the responses of African leaders and Nigerian leaders to be specific to the global health crisis of Covid-19 has generated a lot of mixed reactions in my mind. Should I be happy that finally this pandemic is generating the right responses in “our so-called leaders” about the dire and terrible state of affairs of the Nigeria public health system or should I be sad that it has taken a disease which ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Supreme Court Throws Out APC’s Application On Zamfara Governorship Election SaharaReporters
    The Supreme Court in Abuja on Friday morning threw out the application of the All Progressives Congress demanding a review of the judgement on the Zamfara State governorship election. According to the Supreme Court judges, the request was a gross abuse of court, frivolous and grossly vexatious. The court thereafter ordered the APC to pay N2m to the respondents in the case. The ruling now affirms Bello Matawalle as governor of Zamfara State. Legal Politics News AddThis :  ... more
  • 1 week Boko Haram Terrorists Kill 92 Chadian Soldiers In ‘Deadliest’ Attack SaharaReporters
    At least 92 soldiers from Chad have been killed in the deadliest-ever attack by the Boko Haram terrorists, President Idriss Deby said on Tuesday. “We lost 92 of our soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers,” he said of the attack overnight on Sunday in Boma. “It’s the first time we have lost so many men,” he added, after visiting the site of the incident in Lac province, which borders Niger and Nigeria. The attack on soldiers on the Boma peninsula lasted at ... more
  • 1 week Lack of Access to Water in Rural Communities – A COVID-19 Risk Factor SaharaReporters
    Omi Oko - the only source of drinking water in Idoka Community Abandoned Water Project abandoned and non-functional water projects in Idoka abandoned and non-functional water projects in Idoka Women climbing the hill after fetching water from ‘Omi-Oko’, the only source of drinking water in the community Women climbing the hill after fetching water from ‘Omi-Oko’, the only source of drinking water in the community Washing your hands regularly is one of the first things that public health ... more
  • 1 week Pantami And Ministerial Arrogancy By Emmanuel John SaharaReporters |Opinion
    The uncouth behaviour of Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, during the commissioning of the NCC complex in Mbora, in the presence of the President is unfortunate to say the least. This could only happen in Nigeria where Muhammadu Buhari is the President. In saner climes, the minister could have resigned for disrespecting the office of the President or fired.     The Executive Vice Chairman, Prof Garba Danbatta, is not a good story for the commission, but for the commission’s ... more
  • 1 week EXCLUSIVE: Lagos University Teaching Hospital Sends Away Man Who Tested Positive For Coronavirus Over Lack Of Bed Space SaharaReporters
    One of these two men is Benson. He refused to identify himself for fear of stigmatisation One of these two men is Benson. He refused to identify himself for fear of stigmatisation   A man named Emmanuel Benson, who had close contact with two persons that recently arrived Lagos from the United Kingdom, has been told to go home by medical personnel at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, after testing positive for Coronavirus. Benson, who had hoped to be quarantined and treated ... more
  • 1 week US Returnee Suspected Of Having Coronavirus In Ondo Tests Negative SaharaReporters
    A man named David, who came into Nigeria from Maryland, United States of America, and was suspected of having Coronavirus, has now tested negative for the virus.  This was confirmed by a senior staff of the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Ondo Town, Ondo State, where the man had been kept under observation all the while. See Also Sahara Reporters UPDATE: US Returnee Suspected Of Having Coronavirus Moved To 'Stroke ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Nigeria Records 14 New Cases Of Coronavirus SaharaReporters
      The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has announced 14 new cases of Coronavirus in the country. According to the NCDC, 12 were confirmed in Lagos while two were confirmed in the FCT. “14 new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: two in FCT, 12 in Lagos “Of the 14, six were detected on a vessel, three are returning travellers into Nigeria and one is close contact of a confirmed case. “As at 7:35 pm 26th March, there are ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: Police Brutalise, Teargas Traders, Buyers During Enforcement Of Market Closure In Osun SaharaReporters
      In trying to enforce the closure of markets as ordered by Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, the police brutalised and fired teargas canisters at traders and buyers at Ifon Market on Wednesday morning.  The governor had on Tuesday ordered the closure of all weekly markets in the state to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The government stated that only daily markets would be allowed to operate because they attracted small number of persons at a time. However, in enforcing ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: Stop Wasting Testing Kits On Politicians, AIED Tells NCDC SaharaReporters
    NCDC   The Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development has urged the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to stop wasting "limited testing kits" on political office holders and government officials.  In a statement on Thursday by its Director of Media and Publicity, Comrade O'Seun John, the organisation said the unchecked usage of the scarce testing kits for COVID-19 on government officials and politicians is appalling and a disservice to ordinary Nigerian, who deserve to be truly tested.  The statement reads, "We have ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Sowore Raises The Alarm Over Plot By Buhari’s Regime To Re-arrest Him After SaharaReporters Exposed Coronavirus In Aso Villa SaharaReporters
    Omoyele Sowore Omoyele Sowore BBC Rights activist and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, has raised the alarm over a plot by the Nigerian Government to detain him over revelations by his news outlet, SaharaReporters, that Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, tested positive for Coronavirus.  On Monday night, SaharaReporters had exclusively reported that Kyari was ill and had contracted the deadly virus.  See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Buhari’s Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari, ... more
  • 1 week COVID-19: Should Education Hit A Pause Or Are We Just Unprepared In Nigeria? By Olabisi Deji-Folutile SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Olabisi Deji-Folutile Olabisi Deji-Folutile Google   The world is facing its most trying and unprecedented times as the last few weeks have been most challenging for almost everybody.  What started in Wuhan, China, as an epidemic, has put the entire world in disarray.  Major streets across the globes have become empty. Both the rich and the poor are being ravaged by the plague of COVID-19, which the World Health Organisation has rightly described as a pandemic. Work places have been shut; religious and social ... more
  • 1 week EXCLUSIVE: Indonesian Embassy In Abuja, Others Refuse To Allow Staff Work From Home Despite Coronavirus Outbreak SaharaReporters
    Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Abuja Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Abuja Google   The Embassy of Indonesia in Abuja, Nigeria, has refused to allow staff work from home or observe social distancing despite the outbreak and continued spread of Coronavirus in the country, SaharaReporters can confirm. Despite pleas to the leadership of the high commission, staff especially Nigerian employees of the embassy have been asked to continue working without recourse to their health. “The High Commissioner even threatened some staff that ... more
  • 1 week Inside Story: How Obasa Was Forced To Reinstate Suspended Lawmakers SaharaReporters
    Mudashiru Obasa Mudashiru Obasa Google   At the resumption of plenary on Thursday at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, announced the reinstatement of two suspended lawmakers, Moshood Oshun and Raheem Kazeem. The two lawmakers were suspended alongside Deputy Majority Leader, Olumuyiwa Jimoh; and Chief Whip, Rotimi Abiru, who were demoted on grounds of misconduct, insubordination and action that could destabilise the Assembly on March 9. However, two days after the meeting of the Governor’s Advisory Council, the suspended lawmakers were ... more
  • 1 week Court Orders Forfeiture Of Retired Army General’s N293m, Property Over Financial Theft SaharaReporters
    The Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday ordered the forfeiture of N293m, six parcels of land and 30, 000 MTN shares recovered from a former commander of the military Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, in the Niger Delta, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Atewe (retd). Justice Mohammed Liman made an order for the temporary forfeiture of the assets to the Nigerian Government following an ex parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The EFCC alleged that the assets were ... more
  • 1 week UBA Donates N5bn To Support Coronavirus Fight In Africa SaharaReporters
    The United Bank for Africa Plc on Thursday announced a donation of N5bn ($14m) through the UBA Foundation to support the fight against Coronavirus. The donation will provide significant and much needed support to Nigeria and 19 other African countries by supplying relief materials, critical care facilities, and financial support to governments, according to the bank. The donation will be allocated as follows: N1bn to Lagos State Government, N500m to Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, N1bn to the remaining 35 states in ... more
  • 1 week Civil Society Organisations Write IGP, Seek Investigation Of DIG Micheal Ogbizi Over Abuse Of Power, Corruption SaharaReporters
    Two civil society organisations in Nigeria, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre and the Social Intervention Advocacy Foundation have asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to investigate Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Michael Ogbizi, over allegations of corruption, abuse of power and gross misconduct. In a joint statement on Thursday signed by Okechukwu Nwanguma for RULAAC and Segun Awosanya for SIAF, the groups said they were concerned that Ogbizi unduly interferes in cases reported to the police, derailing and compromising ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: Senate President Urges Government To Provide Relief For Poor Nigerians SaharaReporters
    President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has called on the government to immediately devise ways of providing relief for poor citizens whose daily livelihood will be affected as a result of the restriction on movement due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Lawan made the appeal against the backdrop of a meeting between the leadership of the National Assembly and some ministers and heads of government agencies in Abuja. According to the Senate President, besides mulling a total lockdown of business activities ... more
  • 1 week Ondo Governor, Akeredolu, Tests Negative For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
      Barely 24 hours after announcing that he would take the Coronavirus test, Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has tested negative to the pandemic. Governor Akeredolu made the announcement via his Twitter handle on Thursday. He said, “We give all glory to God. Wish everyone affected speedy recovery.  See Also PUBLIC HEALTH Ondo Governor, Akeredolu, To Undergo Coronavirus Test After Contact With Abba Kyari 0 Comments 20 Hours Ago ... more
  • 1 week Adamawa Governor Orders Civil Servants To Stay At Home For 14 Days Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
      Adamawa State governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, has issued a stay at home directive to workers on grade levels 1 to 14 in both the public and private sectors. A statement by the governor's Press Secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou, said, “The directive is to ensure the safety of the people against the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, a challenge the world is passing through. “This category of staff are to work from home for a period of two weeks in the first instance, ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Lagos Assembly Recalls Suspended Lawmakers After SaharaReporters Story SaharaReporters
      The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday lifted the suspension of two lawmakers, Moshood Oshun and Raheem Kazeem. Speaker of the Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, made the announcement at the start of plenary on Thursday. According to Obasa, the Governor's Advisory Council and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, called a meeting earlier in the week to intervene in the matter.  See Also Exclusive EXCLUSIVE: Tinubu, ... more
  • 1 week Court Grants Post-conviction Bail To Ex-Abia Official Jailed Alongside Orji Kalu Over Corruption SaharaReporters
      The Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday granted post-conviction bail to a former Director of Finance and Account at the Abia State Government House, Jones Udeogu, who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment last December. Udeogu was convicted of N7.1bn and jailed alongside his principal, Orji Uzor Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, who bagged 12 years in prison. Following an application by his lawyer, Chief Solo Akuma (SAN), on Thursday, Justice Mohammed Liman granted N50m post-conviction bail ... more
  • 1 week Covid-19 And That Flight From Abuja By Azu Ishiekwene SaharaReporters |Opinion
        The trip was not planned. As concerns over the spread of Covid-19 grew and the country inched more and more towards the abnormal, I figured travel might be restricted before the end of the week. A call that Tuesday morning confirmed that feeling: I decided to travel out of Abuja immediately. What I saw at the airport and on the flight on the short trip to Lagos, was a special class on the current public health crisis. I kept ... more
  • 1 week Governor Wike, COVID-19 And “Doctrine Of Necessity” By Inibehe Effiong SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Inibehe Effiong Inibehe Effiong SaharaReporters Media Let me begin by saying that the views expressed in this article are not solely targeted at Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State. It extends to the Nigerian Government and all governors in Nigeria that have taken restrictive actions similar to the fiat issued by Wike banning entry into and exit from Rivers State by air, land or sea. I am using Rivers State as a case study given the far reaching dimension of Wike's statement. Some public ... more
  • 1 week Tribalism Is The Answer By Remi Oyeyemi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Remi Oyeyemi Remi Oyeyemi "In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity."          -- Erik Erikson, German-American Psychologist/Psychoanalyst and the originator of the theory of "Identity Crisis." "Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to try to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow."         --Shawn Corey Carter a.k.a. Jay Z, African American Musician and Businessman ... more
  • 1 week Abducted Enyimba FC Player, Colleague Regain Freedom After Kidnap In Ondo SaharaReporters
    Dayo Ojo, a footballer with Enyimba Football Club, who was kidnapped by suspected gunmen in Ondo State, has been released, SaharaReporters can confirm. Ojo regained his freedom on Wednesday night along with Benjamin Iluyomade of Abia Comets.  The two footballers were kidnapped on Sunday evening.  Recall that Ojo and Iluyomade were abducted along Benin-Owo Expressway while on transit to Akure, the Ondo State capital. The duo had left Abia State following the suspension of the Nigerian Professional Football League season as ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus In Aso Rock: A Day Devil Drinks Poison By Buhari Olanrewaju Ahmed SaharaReporters |Opinion
    The cloud out there is still dark, the thunderstorm swirls with warning. A day the trumpet blows itself without a signal may just have come. Just suddenly a day turns into a night. A scary moment of unrest, a tough time when the fear of unseen grips the earth.  The pandemic has shaken the world beyond the control of the world's most powerful leaders. A moment when death knocks on the door of the rich and powerful people; the poor are not ... more
  • 1 week The President Must Declare State Of Emergency In Nigeria On Account Of COVID-19 (Part 1) By Evans Ufeli SaharaReporters |Opinion
    The spread of the infectious Coronavirus now referred to as COVID-19, with its attendant and towering impact on global economy has clearly become an existential threat to humanity. The pandemic is reshaping the world in ways that has exposed humanity to the proclivities of a possible lockdown of the human race.  In Nigeria, we are daily inundated with the spread of the disease each day as the number keeps adding in proportion. As a national emergency, the Nigerian Centre for Disease ... more
  • 1 week Alas, We Ran From Golden Palaces To Hospitals We Did Not Build By Jonathan Abang-Ugbal SaharaReporters |Opinion
      Political leaders in Nigeria from time immemorial especially in the fourth republic, developed a penchant for misfiring on issues that affect all Nigerians. From power to education, infrastructure, health and the topical COVID-19 pandemic of which as at the time of putting pen to paper, the country has recorded 51 cases with more suspected. It seems Nigerians have over the years developed some form of thick skin around between the ear lobes and the brain that some information about the ... more
  • 1 week Imo Government Orders Closure Of Major Markets Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The Imo State Government has ordered the closure of all markets in the state, starting from Saturday.Oguwike Nwachuku, Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser, to Governor Hope Uzodinma, also said the state had provided ambulances for 27 local government areas. These measures are part of strategies to control the spread of Coronavirus in the state. Governor Uzodinma appealed to citizens to do their shopping between Thursday and Friday, adding that civil servants within the approval given by the Head of Service not to report ... more
  • 1 week Kano Shuts Borders To Avoid Inter-state Movement Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The Kano State Government has shut down its borders to avoid moving in and out so as to curtail the spread of Coronavirus. This was disclosed by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the governor of Kano State.  It was disclosed that the border restriction takes effect immediately. Anwar quoted the governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, as saying, "This decision is hard but absolutely necessary as part of precautionary measures against the deadly COVID-19 possible spread.  "We urge Kano citizens and all other Nigerians to ... more
  • 1 week Nigeria Records Five New Coronavirus Cases SaharaReporters
    Google Nigeria has recorded five new confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country. These new cases were announced by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 51. "Five new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: two in FCT, two in Lagos and one in Rivers. "Three are returning travellers into Nigeria and two are close contacts of a confirmed case.
    For a breakdown of cases by states in real time, please see ... more
  • 1 week Dana, Air Peace, Arik, Other Nigerian Airlines Suspend Operations Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Domestic airlines in Nigeria have begun suspending all flight operations over Coronavirus outbreak in the country. The suspension of operations is coming couple of days after a memo by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority announcing closure of all airports to international flights. In different statements, Air Peace, Arik Air, Aero Contractor, Azman Air and Dana Air announced the suspension of all flight operations. Dana Air announced that it would stop flight operations from today (Wednesday) for two weeks. “In line with ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: LAGESC Corps Marshal Orders Operatives To Enforce Closure Of Markets SaharaReporters
    Corps Marshal, Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps, CP Gbemisola Akinpele (retd), has directed officials to remain at duty posts to enforce the compliance of directives by the state government especially on the closure of markets. As part of efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus,  governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had ordered the closure of all open markets and stalls for seven days beginning from Thursday, March 26. To ensure total compliance, LAGESC said it's operatives will be available to enforce the ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Bauchi Governor’s Brother Kidnapped By Gunmen SaharaReporters
    Gunmen have kidnapped Adamu, brother to Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed. He was kidnapped in Bauchi, the state capital, on Wednesday evening. The police are yet to officially confirm the incident.  CRIME Politics Breaking News News AddThis :  Original Author :  Saharareporters, New York Disable advertisements :  ... more
  • 1 week Ondo Governor, Akeredolu, To Undergo Coronavirus Test After Contact With Abba Kyari SaharaReporters
    Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday announced that he was ready to take the Coronavirus test. Akeredolu, who made the announcement through his Twitter handle, said he would ensure that the result was made public.  This came barely 24 hours after SaharaReporters exclusively reported that the Ondo governor had gone into self-isolation after coming in contact with persons confirmed to have contracted the virus. Akeredolu had contact with President Muhammadu Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, recently.  See ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: Shehu Sani Donates Protective Items, Food To Churches, Mosques SaharaReporters
    A former federal lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has distributed protective items and foodstuffs to churches, mosques and correctional centers. Sani while making the donation in Kaduna on Wednesday, urged Nigerians to stand together and fight Coronavirus. He berated the elites and political leaders for neglecting and destroying the public healthcare system over the years.  He added that the days of reckoning had come for those charged with the responsibility of turning around Nigeria's hospitals but refused to take action. 
    A modest ... more
  • 1 week Two Persons Allegedly Die Of Coronavirus After Attending 80th Birthday Party Of Nigeria’s Ambassador To United Kingdom, Okoya, Osoba Among Top Guest... SaharaReporters
    Two yet-to-be identified persons are alleged to have died of Coronavirus after attending the lavish and star-studded 80th birthday party of Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, George Adetola Oguntade. The colourful ceremony, which took place on March 10, 2020, was held at the London Hilton on Park Lane, a posh area of UK’s most popular city – London. Apart from the two guests alleged to have died of the virus after attending the ... more
  • 1 week Justice For Sambo Abdullahi, Victory For Whistleblowers In Nigeria By Chido Onumah and Godwin Onyeacholem SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Whistleblowers are the first line of defence against corruption, crime and cover-ups, according to a 2019 paper by the All–Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on whistleblowing in the UK. For Sambo Abdullahi, head of internal audit at the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) Plc, it has been one long tortuous journey. Over the past two years, he has been at the receiving end of the retaliation whistleblowers around the world, including in Nigeria, face for shining the light on malfeasance  around them: denial of wages, ... more
  • 1 week Nigeria’s Ex-Vice President, Atiku, Donates N50m To Coronavirus Fight SaharaReporters
      A former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has donated N50m in support of government’s effort at combating the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country. In a statement he personally signed on Wednesday, Atiku said that he believed the donation will help efforts towards curbing the spread of the pandemic. He said, “As the Coronavirus pandemic ravages the world, I applaud the various Nigerian state governments who have proactively taken measures such as issuing stay at home orders, and shutting ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: Panic In Delta As Persons With Suspected Symptoms Flood FMC Emergency Ward SaharaReporters
      The Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Delta State, is currently witnessing large influx of visitors with suspected symptoms of Coronavirus. A staff of the medical facility, who spoke with SaharaReporters, disclosed that many of the visitors were apprehensive that they might have contracted the virus after feeling unwell. “There is serious fear since Monday night, so many persons with suspected symptoms of Coronavirus have been coming into our emergency ward and the number is increasing even though no formal tests had been ... more
  • 1 week Oil Benchmark Slashed To $30 Per Barrel By Nigerian Government SaharaReporters
      The Nigerian Government on Wednesday proposed $30 per barrel of oil so as to work the 2020 national budget around that. The announcement was made by the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, in Abuja. Ahmed advised a review of the 2020 budget using a $30 per barrel price benchmark in favour of the previous $57. She also said, “The privatisation proceeds will be cut by 50 per cent, based on the adverse economic outlook on sales of the Independent Power ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: Medical Supply Donated By Chinese Billionaire, Jack Ma, Moved To Abuja From Lagos SaharaReporters
      The Nigerian Government has moved medical supplies donated by Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma, to combat Coronavirus in the country from Lagos to Abuja. However, the decision to move the supplies to Abuja has caused a storm on social media with citizens raising the alarm that the materials were about to be distributed to wealthy government officials in the nation's capital.  Bashir Ahmed, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, made the announcement on Wednesday. In a post on Twitter, he said, ... more
  • 1 week Federal Inland Revenue Service Retires Directors SaharaReporters
      The board of the Federal Inland Revenue Service has approved the retirement of all directors, who had served at least eight years with the organisation. The appointment of four Coordinating Directors and two Group Leads in an acting capacity was also approved by the board. Director of Communications and Liaison Department of the FIRS, Abdullahi Ahmad, made the announcement on Wednesday. He said, “The FIRS Board took this decision at its emergency meeting No. 2. held on Friday, March 20, ... more
  • 1 week CBN Introduces N50bn Credit Facility For Households, Small Businesses Affected By Coronavirus SaharaReporters
      The Central Bank of Nigeria has announced that it would give a N50bn Targeted Credit Facility to households and small businesses affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Those eligible according to the apex bank must prove that they, their livelihood and business operations have been adversely affected by the spread of the virus. Businesses eligible for the scheme are agricultural value chain activities, hospitality, health (pharmaceuticals and medical supplies), airline service providers, manufacturing and value addition, and trading. The maximum amount to ... more
  • 1 week Adamawa Governor Denies Refusal To Pay N32,000 New Minimum Wage SaharaReporters
      Adamawa State governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, has debunked media reports claiming that his administration had backed down on paying the N32,000 new minimum wage. The governor said that workers on Grade Level 1 to 6 had been paid their March salaries with the new minimum wage template. A section of the mass media had on Tuesday quoted the government as saying the new minimum wage was suspended due to hardship caused by the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country. Solomon Kumangar, ... more
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