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  • 1 week COVID-19: Mass Revolt Imminent In Nigeria By Michael Agada SaharaReporters |Opinion
      Thousands have died and the numbers keep increasing everyday as the world is shaken, beaten and forced to a compulsory holiday by the global pandemic, the Coronavirus also called COVID-19. In the wake of COVID-19, it is pertinent to note one of the most troubling factors that will be at play. This, as Karl Max puts it, will be a class struggle between the haves and the haves not. Whatever the direction of the outcome of this pandemic, one thing ... more
  • 1 week Court Convicts Ex-NNPC Official Over N6bn Fraud SaharaReporters
      The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Kaduna Zonal Office, has secured the conviction of one Abdulkadir Mohammed Salihu, a former sales assistant of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Kaduna Depot. He was arraigned on three-count charge bordering on fraud to the tune of N6bn before Justice B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court in Kaduna State. Salihu, who was in charge of loading manifest at the Kaduna Depot of the NNPC, was arrested on 29th October, 2019 and arraigned on ... more
  • 1 week Covid-19, Nigerian ‘Big Man’ And Stigmatisation By Mariam Mohammed Maktoub SaharaReporters |Opinion
    We not only living in interesting times, but very delicate one at that. Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus and its pandemic status by the World Health Organisation, it bears without saying that the world is going through an evolutionary process. Country after country are evolving strategies other than the one laid out by the WHO in curbing the pandemic and its ravaging consequences. Like in all things, there is the Nigerian situation and this borders on transparency, accountability and clarity. ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: Edo Governor, Obaseki, In Self-isolation After Contact With Kyari, Bauchi Governor SaharaReporters
      Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, is currently in self-isolation after coming in close contact with Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, and Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, who are both infected with Coronavirus. In a statement, Special Adviser to Governor Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said the governor was stable and had sent his blood samples for testing. Osagie said, “The governor has gone into self-isolation after Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: Ekiti Governor, Fayemi, In Self-isolation SaharaReporters
    Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, is currently in self-isolation.  Fayemi made the decision after meeting with two infected persons in recent days.  In a post on Twitter on Wednesday, Fayemi said, "I just took a COVD-19 test, having gone into self-isolation since yesterday (Tuesday) evening. “I’m asymptomatic and feel well but I was in meetings with two people who had since tested positive.  "I look forward to an all clear and have encouraged all my colleagues to take the test.” Bauchi ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: Ondo Police Begin Clampdown On Gatherings Above 50 Persons SaharaReporters
    The police in Ondo on Wednesday said it had began a clampdown on gathering of more than 50 persons in the state in order to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.  In a statement, Commissioner of Police in the state, Undie Adie, said the enforcement was imperative in order to save lives in the state.  "The government of Ondo State in reference to the directives of the Federal Government has warned citizens to stay safe by avoiding crowded areas.  "It has called ... more
  • 1 week Eight-month-old Baby Tests Positive For Coronavirus In Uganda SaharaReporters
    An eight-month-old of baby is one of the confirmed new cases of Coronavirus in Uganda. The country's Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed five new cases of the pandemic, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 14.  The baby was said to have been infected by his father, who recently returned from Kenya. The baby was rushed to a hospital after developing symptoms of Coronavirus.  PUBLIC HEALTH Uganda News AddThis :  Original Author :  Saharareporters, ... more
  • 1 week EXCLUSIVE: Management Of Akwa Ibom Nursing School Defies Closure Order, Continues Academic Session SaharaReporters
    Illustration Illustration Google The management of School of Nursing, Eket, Akwa Ibom State, has disregarded the order of the Nigerian Government that all educational institutions in the country should shut down over the Coronavirus outbreak.  SaharaReporters discovered that in total disregard for the order, the management of the college was continuing academic activities and has in fact ordered lecturers to engage students in classrooms.  To further drive home that directive from government, the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria issued a memo to all ... more
  • 1 week JUST IN: Ghana’s Coronavirus Cases Hit 68 SaharaReporters
    The number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Ghana has hit 68, after it recorded 12 new infections. This was disclosed by the country's Ministry of Health on Wednesday.  The country recorded 25 cases on Tuesday after it tested 185 travellers.  Ghana PUBLIC HEALTH News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :  ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Rivers Government Closes All Entry Points Into State Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, on Wednesday announced the closure of all entry points into the state.  According to Special Assistant to the Rivers State governor, Simeon Nwakaudu, the measure was to control the spread of Coronavirus. All entries into the state through the air, sea and land will be closed to traffic beginning 6am, Thursday,  March 26, 2020. He said, "It is with gratitude to God that I announce to you that our state would have been infected with Coronavirus yesterday but ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Prince Charles Tests Positive For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Prince of Wales, Charles, has tested positive for Coronavirus According to the BBC, the Clarence House confirmed the development, adding that he was still healthy. "Prince Charles, 71, is displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health," a spokesperson said. The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus. International PUBLIC HEALTH Breaking News News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :  ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Nigeria’s Vice President, Osinbajo, Tests Negative For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has tested negative for Coronavirus on Wednesday, SaharaReporters can confirm.  Osinbajo went into self-isolation after President Muhammadu Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, tested positive for the virus.  See Also PUBLIC HEALTH Nigeria's Vice President, Osinbajo, In Self-isolation Over Coronavirus —Aide 0 Comments 14 Hours Ago Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, has also tested positive for the virus. Nigeria so far has 46 ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: The Nigerian Dream Cure By SKC Ogbonnia SaharaReporters |Opinion
    SKC Ogbonnia SKC Ogbonnia The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), which has compelled people to stay within their localities, illuminates the genius of the ageless adage: charity begins at home. It has exposed the malignant ignorance within Nigerian leaders who prefer foreign medical treatment while neglecting the amenities at home. The COVID-19 has profoundly exposed the nature and scope of the Nigerian healthcare crisis. Yet, every cloud has a silver lining! The recent coronavirus controversy in Enugu is a perplexing preface. A 70-year old woman was ... more
  • 1 week EXCLUSIVE: Tinubu, GAC Back Lagos Assembly Speaker, Obasa, Over Suspension Of Lawmakers, Corruption SaharaReporters
    A former governor of Lagos State, who doubles as the Chairman of Lagos Governor's Advisory Committee, Bola Tinubu, has thrown his weight behind Speaker of the state's House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, in the ongoing crisis in the parliament. SaharaReporters had exclusively reported that the Governor’s Advisory Council was convened to intervene in the crisis after the Assembly sacked two principal officers and suspended two other lawmakers indefinitely.  The Speaker was also battling to save his seat after revelation of several ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus Cases Rise To 46 In Nigeria SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has confirmed two new cases of Coronavirus in the country.  The new development takes the total confirmed cases in the country to 46. "Two new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: one in Lagos and one in Osun.  "Both cases are returning travellers to Nigeria in the last seven days.  "As at 07:00am 25th March, there are 46 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria.  "Two have been discharged with one death," the NCDC ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: Director General of Nigerian Governors Forum, Wife In Self-isolation After Contact With Infected Bauchi Governor SaharaReporters
    Director General of Nigerian Governors Forum, Asishana Okauru, is currently in self-isolation following exposure to Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, who has tested positive for Coronavirus. Okauru in a statement disclosed that he, his wife, Ifueko, and entire household will be proceeding on self-isolation following his attendance of the Nigerian Governors Forum and Nigerian Economic Council both of which were attended by Governor Mohammed of Bauchi. He said, "I wish to inform the general public that my wife together with my ... more
  • 1 week Edo Government Restricts Gatherings To 20 Persons SaharaReporters
    In a bid to curb the spread of Coronavirus in Edo State, the state government has reduced the number of persons allowed in any public gathering from 50 to 20. Other measures taken by the state government in the face of continuous spread of the virus in the country include the closure of markets with only sellers of food items, medicines and other vital commodities allowed to operate. Governor Godwin Obaseki disclosed the new measures during the inauguration of the Edo ... more
  • 1 week Buhari Expresses Grief Over Killing Of Soldiers In Borno Boko Haram Ambush SaharaReporters
    President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed “grief and sorrow’’ over loss of soldiers ambushed by Boko Haram terrorists in Gorgi Village, Borno State. According to a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari while commiserating with families of the slain soldiers, said, “Sacrifices of our gallant patriots cannot be quantified, and their sacrifices cannot go in vain.’’ The President said the death of every soldier causes deep pains because he knows what it means to be a soldier, ... more
  • 1 week Nigeria’s Vice President, Osinbajo, In Self-isolation Over Coronavirus —Aide SaharaReporters
    Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, is currently in self-isolation in compliance with a directive from the Nigerian Center for Disease Control.The development is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to Osinbajo on Media and Publicity, said the VP was continuing to work from home where he is isolated.He said, "VP Osinbajo yesterday at the office conducted his meetings via video conferencing ... more
  • 1 week Coronavirus: Anxiety As Ondo Governor, Akeredolu, Self-isolates, Cancels Official Engagements SaharaReporters
    Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, is currently in self-isolation to erase any possibility of him contracting Coronavirus, SaharaReporters can report.  Also, the governor on Tuesday cancelled all official engagements for 14 days.  It was reliably gathered from top government sources that fears that Akeredolu may have contracted the pandemic became rife after the governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, tested positive for the virus on Tuesday.  "The governor (Akeredolu) was in Abuja last week and even met with President Muhammadu Buhari alongside ... more
  • 1 week N3.6bn Fraud: NDDC Confirmed Genuineness Of Contract Leading To Omatsuli’s Trial —EFCC Witness SaharaReporters
    An investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Adamu Usman Yusuf, has disclosed that  the contract leading to the trial of a former Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Tuoyo Omatsuli, was genuine.  He told Justice Saliu Saidu of the Federal High Court in Lagos that the authenticity of the contract was confirmed by the NDDC in its response to an enquiry sent to it by the anti-graft agency.  Yusuf made the disclosure while testifying in the on-going trial ... more
  • 1 week EXCLUSIVE: Presidential Intensive Care Unit Activated As Buhari Self-isolates After Abba Kyari Tests Positive For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
      The Presidential Intensive Care Unit inside Aso Villa has been activated and placed on standby after President Muhammadu Buhari went into self-isolation on Tuesday evening.  A top government source told SaharaReporters that persistent coughing by the President raised fears in Aso Villa on Tuesday despite him earlier testing negative to Coronavirus.  Since it emerged that Abba Kyari, Buhari's Chief of Staff, tested positive for the deadly virus, all had not been the same in the Presidential Villa.  ... more
  • 1 week The Political Economy Of Coronavirus By Kunle Wizeman Ajayi SaharaReporters |Opinion
      The most powerful person in Aso Rock, Abba Kyari; who is the chief of staff to the president, has tested positive to Covid19. No government official can reach President Buhari without him. There is a ripe suspicion that the kitchen cabinet might have been infected. Likewise in Europe, the most powerful person, Angela Merkel the chancellor of Germany, has been quarantined. While Trump and Boris Johnson took the same path in trying to ignore the pandemic, their governments are in deep crises ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Abuja Resident Suspected Of Having Coronavirus Isolated In Ondo Hospital SaharaReporters
    A woman based in Abuja but on a trip to Ondo State has been isolated at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Ondo Town, after showing symptoms of Coronavirus.  Her blood sample has been collected for testing but the result is yet to be out, according to findings by SaharaReporters. The patient was taken to the hospital after coughing severely and developing high fever.  Recall that SaharaReporters had last Wednesday reported how a man named David, who came into Nigeria from Maryland, United States ... more
  • 1 week 10 Soldiers Missing After Ambush By Bandits In Niger State SaharaReporters
      At least 10 soldiers that responded to an attack by bandits in Galadima Kogo Village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State have been declared missing days after the team suffered a heavy casualty in an ambush.  According to findings by SaharaReporters, the soldiers from a forward operation base received a distress call of bandits shooting sporadically at a village located on the outskirts of Galadima Kogo on the night of March 15, 2020.  See Also ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: NCDC Adds Kyari, Bauchi Governor To Tally As Number Of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Hit 44 SaharaReporters
      The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has finally added Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, and Bala Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi State, to its real-time count of confirmed cases of persons infected with Coronavirus in Nigeria. SaharaReporters had on Monday exclusively reported that Kyari was infected with the virus as his test result came out positive but the NCDC refused to confirm it. Similarly, Mohammed’s result came out positive on Tuesday with a release from the state ... more
  • 1 week EFCC Arraigns Saraki For Money Laundering SaharaReporters
    Ope Saraki in court Ope Saraki in court Google   The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned a former Senior Special Assistant to Kwara State governor on Sustainable Development Goals, Ope Saraki, on a money laundering charge. Arraigned before Justice Babangana Ashigar of Federal High Court, Ilorin, Kwara State, on March 24, Saraki, a cousin to immediate-past President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki,  was alleged to have received a cash payment of N11.1m from one Kunle Adimula, an employee of Kwara ... more
  • 1 week Lagos To Temporarily Close Markets From Friday SaharaReporters
      The Lagos State Market Leaders and Traders' Association has resolved to closing all markets, showrooms and stores in the city from Friday. The decision was hinged on the increasing number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. The state chapter of the association in a notice jointly signed by Comrade Christopher Okpala, President; and Comrade Okey Enwuru, Secretary; said that the association was also concerned and worried about the dire economic crisis the pandemic had thrown the world ... more
  • 1 week Nigerian Gasoline Price Review To N125 And Pursuit Of Fuel Subsidy Removal –FBNQuest Research SaharaReporters
      The announcement of a N20 reduction in the price of Petroleum Motor Spirit has received mixed reactions across the country. For the petroleum industry, which will feel the wider impact, it has come as a big break for the downstream marketers in the country. Taking a deeper look at the recent announcement by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the policy gains is subject to the government retaining a free market by setting gasoline pump prices in line with prevailing global ... more
  • 1 week EXCLUSIVE: How Top Military Commanders Were Ambushed, Killed In Borno By Boko Haram Terrorists SaharaReporters
      Graphic details have emerged on how Boko Haram terrorists ambushed and killed more than 50 military personnel including top commanders during an attack in Borno State on Saturday. The military personnel were on their way to Alagarno Forest, Borno, to decimate a Boko Haram camp when the incident occurred. Among those killed in the ambush are Major Dominic, the second in command of 120 Battalion at Goniri, an Artillery Major, Air Liaison Officer, a Flight Lieutenant and an Airforce Officer.  ... more
  • 1 week Thinking With You… Where Will President Buhari Receive Next Medical Check Up? By Bayo Oluwasanmi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Bayo Oluwasanmi Bayo Oluwasanmi   With the exception of President Nelson Mandela who received treatment and care in his own country until he passed away, no African president received medical treatment in their own countries. Once African presidents assumed power, they become tyrannical tin gods to be revered, worshipped, and addressed as “His Excellency.” They turn their citizens into paupers at best, and serfs at worst. They become untouchable and invincible. Public institutions such as hospitals are not suitable or standard enough for ... more
  • 1 week A Letter To Abba Kyari In Isolation By Fredrick Nwabufo SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Fredrick Nwabufo Fredrick Nwabufo   Dear Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, I have not come gloat over your affliction by Coronavirus (COVID-19); I have come to sympathise with you and to wish you strength as you pull through this deadly infection. But I will not express my sympathies without some censuring. Really, I believe coronavirus is an inevitable doom. It has been suggested by some health experts that the disease could spread to as much as 60 per cent ... more
  • 1 week Nigeria Army Prepares For Lockdown Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Authorities of the Nigeria Army are preparing for a lockdown following the outbreak and continued spread of Coronavirus in the country. In a classified document from the office of Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Buratai, addressed to Army Headquarters and seen by SaharaReporters on Tuesday, personnel were advised to be on the alert as they could be deployed to various parts of the country in the coming days to help in the fight against Coronavirus in Nigeria. Coas Directive on Covid - 19.PDF ... more
  • 1 week JUST IN: Medical Supplies To Fight Coronavirus Donated By Chinese Billionaire, Jack Ma, Arrives Nigeria SaharaReporters
    Medical supplies donated to African nations by Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, have arrived Lagos. The shipment, which came in via an Ethiopian Airlines flight, carried 5.4 million face masks, 1.08 million detection tests, 40,000 sets of protective clothing and 60,000 sets of protective face shields. Receiving the donation on Tuesday in Lagos, Firihiewot Mekonnen, General Manager, Ethiopian Airlines, Nigeria, said, “We appreciate the donation of the Jack Ma Foundation and the generosity of Jack Ma.  “We admire Abiy Ahmed, ... more
  • 1 week EXCLUSIVE: Presidency To Move Abba Kyari To Lagos For Treatment After Testing Positive For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    There are currently plans by Nigeria's Presidency to move Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, to Lagos for urgent medical attention after he was confirmed to have been infected with Coronavirus.  SaharaReporters had on Monday exclusively reported that Kyari was seriously ill and suspected of having Coronavirus after returning from trips to Germany and Egypt where the virus had killed dozens of persons in recent weeks.  See Also Breaking ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Olympic Games Postponed To 2021 Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Shinzo Abe, Japan's Prime Minister, and International Olympic Committee President, Thomas Bach, have agreed to postpone the Olympic Games by about one year as a result of Coronavirus.  The Olympics has never been rescheduled in peace time except in war time such as 1916, 1940 and 1944 because of the world wars. Abe put the suggestion to Bach, who agreed that the latest date the Olympics will be held is summer 2021, CNN reports. The IOC has been facing mounting pressure to ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Abuja University Teaching Hospital Forces Patients To Go Home Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The Coronavirus isolation center at University of Abuja Teaching Hospital The Coronavirus isolation center at University of Abuja Teaching Hospital SaharaReporters Media Following the spread of Coronavirus to the Federal Capital Territory, management of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital has released all patients on admission to go home. As at Tuesday, seven cases of the virus had been confirmed in Abuja by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control.A source, whose son was on admission at the hospital, told SaharaReporters that all patients on ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Two New Cases Of Coronavirus Confirmed In Nigeria SaharaReporters
    Nigeria has confirmed two new cases of Coronavirus in Lagos and Ogun states. This brings the total tally of confirmed cases in the country to 42. The Nigerian Center for Disease Control on Tuesday in a Twitter post, said, "Two new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria. One is in Lagos State and one in Ogun. "One case is a returning traveller, the second case is contact of a previously confirmed case. "As at 1:00pm on March 24, there are ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Ghana Records 25 New Cases Of Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Ghana has recorded 25 new cases of Coronavirus. The country's Minister of Health confirmed this on Tuesday, adding that the new cases were recorded after testing 185 travellers that were quarantined.This is just as the country recorded two deaths from the virus.  Ghana now has 52 confirmed cases of the virus. 1030 people have been quarantined and 185 tested for Coronavirus in the West African country.   Ghana PUBLIC HEALTH News AddThis :  Original Author :  Saharareporters, New ... more
  • 1 week JUST IN: Nigerian Senate Suspends Plenary Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Senate has suspended plenary for two weeks as part of measures to prevent spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the country. The upper legislative chamber urged the Nigerian Government to devote special funds to fight the virus. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, disclosed the development after a closed-door session of senators. The lawmakers also mourned a female colleague, Rose Oko, who died in the United Kingdom while receiving treatment. PUBLIC HEALTH News AddThis :  Original Author :  Saharareporters, New ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Boko Haram Terrorists Ambush Nigerian Soldiers In Borno, Kill 45 SaharaReporters
    Breaking bannner Boko Haram insurgents have ambushed and killed at least 45 Nigerian soldiers in Alargano Forest, Borno State, SaharaReporters can confirm.  Alargano is reputed to be the "spiritual" base of Boko Haram terrorists. A top military source said units comprising of 120 battalion troops, 121 battalion troops, Artillery units and Sector 2 troops were ambushed when on a mission to degrade a Boko Haram camp in the forest. Over 40 soldiers and five officers were killed in the attack.  Many soldiers are ... more
  • 1 week BREAKING: Aso Villa Shuts Down After Buhari’s Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari, Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Garba Shehu, Others In Self-isolation SaharaReporters
    Activities in Nigeria's seat of power, Aso Villa, Abuja, has been shut down following the confirmation on Tuesday that Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu, had tested positive for Coronavirus. The confirmation comes hours after SaharaReporters exclusively reported that Kyari was seriously ill and suspected of having Coronavirus after returning from trips to Germany and Egypt where the virus had killed dozens of persons.  The lockdown of Aso Villa, according to top insiders, was to prevent a further spread of ... more
  • 1 week JUST IN: Another Deadly Virus Detected In China SaharaReporters
    While the world is still battling with Coronavirus, another deadly virus, Orthohantavirus popularly referred to as Hantavirus, has emerged from China. The virus has already killed a man from Yunnan Province. He was on a chartered bus to Shandong Province for work on Monday when he fell and died, Global Times reported. He was tested positive for Hantavirus. Other 32 people on the bus were tested also. Hantavirus is spread mainly by rodents. Unlike Coronavirus, the cases of human-to-human transmission of Hantavirus are ... more
  • 2 weeks Hollywood Star, Manu Dibango, Dies After Contracting Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Manu Dibango, a veteran Afro jazz star, has died on Tuesday after contracting Coronavirus. In 2009, he accused Michael Jackson of borrowing one of his hooks for two songs on the legendary "Thriller" album.  Jackson settled out of court. "His funeral service will be held in strict privacy and a tribute to his memory will be organised when possible," his record label told AFP. The saxophonist was one of the pioneers of Afro jazz and also fused funk with traditional Cameroonian music. ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: Stay At Home, Stay Safe! By Idris Mohammed SaharaReporters |Opinion
      The recent outbreak of disease in the world called corona virus also known as Covid-19 attracted attention from all corners of the world. In fact, there is currently no any topic of discussion globally apart from this pandemic disease.  The virus which has its major symptoms as cold, fever and difficulty in breathing causes a lot of untimely death an crippled all social and economic activities in most of the countries in the world.  According to World Health Organisation, the ... more
  • 2 weeks Buhari’s Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari, Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Confirms SaharaReporters Story SaharaReporters
    Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has tested positive for Coronavirus. The latest disclosure comes hours after SaharaReporters exclusively reported that Kyari was seriously ill and suspected of having Coronavirus.  A test conducted by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control on Monday has indicated that Kyari is positive for the virus while President Buhari tested negative.  A top government source had on Monday told SaharaReporters that Kyari had been seriously "down" since returning from a trip abroad.  Kyari ... more
  • 2 weeks Survival In A Lockdown: Lessons From Wuhan By Ayodeji Idowu SaharaReporters |Opinion
    COVID-19 and how to stop its ongoing war on mankind is what’s keeping everyone awake day and night, even my four-year old daughter has somehow caught wind of how to pronounce the word "coronavirus." Nations are probably unwillingly forced to fight this fight on their own as everyone is scrambling to protect its citizenry with limited personnel and resources. Wuhan, China where it all started from is not yet out of the woods but kudos to the Chinese Government for their ... more
  • 2 weeks Davido’s Insensitivity By Tony Ademiluyi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Google The world is currently going through a very rough time as a result of the dreaded Coronavirus. Thousands of people have lost their lives due to the illness that started in December last year from a town called Wuhan in China. The virus has spread to other parts of the world with Italy being the worst hit after China who has managed to greatly control it and keep the fatality very low in the world’s most populous nation. For some time ... more
  • 2 weeks Corona Chronicles By Reuben Abati SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Reuben Abati Reuben Abati This is my third commentary on the Coronavirus pestilence (see “E ku Corona o” – ThisDay, March 3, and “Amala and the Coronavirus patient” – ThisDay, March 10), and now, three weeks later, the most important subject still remains this mysterious plague that has changed the way we live, the way we think, the nature and character of markets, physical and futures, the face of globalization, relationships, and the world as we know it. This is not the first ... more
  • 2 weeks Cross River Government Closes Land, Air And Water Entry Points Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The Government of Cross River State has announced the closure of its land, air and water entry points in order to prevent Coronavirus from spreading into the state.  The pandemic, which has infected 40 persons in Nigeria, has led to the death of one person, raising concerns that things could escalate in the coming days.  In a statement by Christian Ita, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to Governor Ben Ayade, the state government handed down a number of directives.  The statement ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigerian Senator, Rose Oko, Dies In United Kingdom SaharaReporters
    A female lawmaker representing Cross River State in the Nigerian Senate, Rose Okoji Oko, is dead.  She died on Monday night in the United Kingdom at the age of 63 after battling illness.  Patrick Ikorgor Okoroji, a close family member, said, “Heart broken to hear of the passing of my dear cousin, Senator Rose Okoji Oko after a long fought battle with physical affliction. “You gave your best to your world now that it has pleased the Almighty God to call ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Coronavirus Cases Hit 40 In Nigeria SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has confirmed four new cases of Coronavirus in the country. This was announced via the official Twitter account of the agency on Monday night. The four new cases takes the total cases in the country to 40. 
    Four new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria. 3 are in Lagos State and 1 in FCTTwo of these cases are returning travellersAs at 11:00pm on the 23rd of March, there are 40 confirmed cases ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Buhari’s Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari, Reportedly Sick, Suspected Of Contracting Coronavirus SaharaReporters
      Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, is said to be seriously ill and in fact suspected of being infected with Coronavirus. A top government source told SaharaReporters on Monday that Kyari has been seriously "down" since returning from a trip abroad.  Kyari visited Germany and Egypt and only returned this week, giving credence to the fact that he may have indeed been infected with the virus.  Egypt has 327 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 14 deaths while ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Presidential Villa Staff Jubilate After Redeployment Of State House Permanent Secretary, Jalal Arabi SaharaReporters
    Workers in Nigeria's Presidential Villa in Abuja are currently jubilating following the redeployment of State House Permanent Secretary, Jalal Arabi.  In a letter on Monday, Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, announced the redeployment of Arabi and two others, Tijani Idris Umar and Sabi’u Zakari.  Arabi has now been moved to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.  Umar was moved to the State House from the Ministry of ... more
  • 2 weeks JUST IN: INEC Shuts Activities Nationwide Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The Independent National Electoral Commission has suspended its activities in the country over the outbreak of Coronavirus in Nigeria. Festus Okoye, National Commission and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, in a statement said the commission in line with directives of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control and the social distancing advisory of the World Health Organisation, will suspend all regular and non-essential activities for 14 days. He added that the electoral commission values the health and wellbeing of all staff, ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Governor’s Advisory Council To Meet Over Lagos Assembly Crisis SaharaReporters
    The Governor’s Advisory Council is being convened to intervene in the imbroglio that has engulfed the Lagos State House of Assembly.  The state Assembly has sacked two principal officers and suspended two other lawmakers indefinitely.  The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, is battling to save his seat after revelation of several financial misconduct perpetuated under him. See Also Corruption EXPOSED: Speaker Of Lagos Assembly, Obasa, Awards Contracts To Self Through Company Registered In Son's ... more
  • 2 weeks JUST IN: Ondo Government Orders Workers To Stay At Home, Closes Night Clubs, Others Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The Ondo State Government has directed all civil servants from grade levels 1 to 12 to stay at home in order to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus.  The government noted that the order was with the exception of those on essential duties.  In a statement on Monday night by government spokesperson, Donald Ojogo, the state also banned all political, social and religious gatherings for at least 14 days.  The statement reads, “Government hereby places total ban on all political, social and religious ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: NYSC Says Corps Members Free To Go Home SaharaReporters
    File photo Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has permitted all corps members to travel to their homes. The decision, according to the DG, was coming on the heels of the closure of all schools in the country due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country. In a memo to all Area Coordinators signed by Sanusi A.R on behalf of the NYSC DG, he stated that corps members willing to travel to their various homes should be ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: Rivers Government Orders Closure Of Parks, Night Clubs, Others SaharaReporters
    As part of measures to prevent Coronavirus from spreading into Rivers, the state government on Monday announced that beginning from Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all parks, night clubs and cinemas will remain closed until further notice.  In a statewide broadcast on Monday, Governor Nyesom Wike also directed religious groups to temporarily stop all forms of open worship.  He said, "With effect from the same date (Tuesday, March 24, 2020), all public parks, night clubs and cinemas in the state are to remain ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Nigeria Government Closes Courts Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Chief of Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has ordered the closure of all courts in the country. Tanko gave the directive on Monday evening as part of efforts to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the country. The order will come into effect from tomorrow (Tuesday). Tanko said, "In view of the reality of the COVID-19 in the country and in order to take further preventive steps, all Heads of Courts are from ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: Zamfara Governor Orders Closure Of Government Offices SaharaReporters
    Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has ordered the immediate closure of all government offices in the state. The move was to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the state. No case of COVID-19 is yet to be confirmed in the state.  The Nigeria  Centre for Disease Control had on Monday morning confirmed 36 cases of the virus with one death so far. In his directive, Matawalle ordered all civil servants to stay at home. However, he stated that health workers, firefighters and ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Nigerian Government Closes All Land Borders For One Month Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Government has announced the closure of all land borders into the country for four weeks in a bid to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.  The announcement was made by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday. Also, the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting was suspended until further notice. Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who doubles as Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on -COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, revealed that civil servants will be instructed on how to ... more
  • 2 weeks UPDATE: Abductors Of Enyimba Player, Friend Demand N20m Ransom SaharaReporters
    Abductors of Dayo Ojo, a player with Enyimba Football Club of Aba, and  Benjamin Iluyomade of Abia Comets, have demanded a ransom of N20m to set them free.   The two footballers were kidnapped on Sunday evening around Ipele Village on Benin-Owo Road in Ondo State. SaharaReporters gathered that the duo were travelling from Abia State when they were abducted.   See Also CRIME JUST IN: Enyimba Player, One Other Person Abducted In ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: Church Leaders Abandon God, Suspend Masses, Deliverance, Anointing By Obinna Akukwe SaharaReporters |Opinion
      The Coronavirus scourge in Nigeria had shown how church leaders, agents and oracles of divinity have abandoned God and closed down churches for fear of death. The rate at which religious leaders in Nigeria tremble before Coronavirus had only opened up the nakedness of all the empty masses, empty communion, empty deliverance and empty confessions which these men used to hoodwink their followers. This is the time when the God they profess to their followers will be called upon to ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: Self-isolation And Social Distancing ‘In Face-Me-I-Face You’ Apartments By Motunrayo Alaka SaharaReporters |Opinion
      As a child, my family lived at the Iponri Jakande Estate in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria. It was a collection of closely built blocks of flats. The Jakande estates, 18 of their types around the state, were initiatives of a former governor of the state, Lateef Jakande. They are blocks of six two and three-bedroom flats with a bathroom and a toilet in each apartment. Ours was a two-bedroom flat. Easily, my family of seven was a crowd when we all sat ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: When Religion Gets In Way Of Progress By Seun Awogbenle SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Let’s be clear, these are truly desperate, scary and uncertain times across the world, personally, I am yet unaware of any pandemic in human history that has had this magnitude of economic and social impact. Since Nigeria has not been insulated, different state governments are putting in place measures to contain and manage the spread of the disease, of importance are the measures that have been put in place to discourage social gathering and all forms of congregation particularly religious worship.  ... more
  • 2 weeks The Avoidable Tragedy At Abule Ado By Tony Ademiluyi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    The Coronavirus pandemic has taken over discourse across the world so much so that I have written on it twice to underscore its severity. This has made us oblivious to the local tragedies around us and has sort of lowered our level of humanity. The tragedy at Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos on the 15th of March 2020 was rather unfortunate. At the last count, some 20 people, including a family of four, some students of Bethlehem Girls ... more
  • 2 weeks Submit Yourselves For Coronavirus Test, Abba Kyari Tells Nigerian Lawmakers Returning From Foreign Trips SaharaReporters
    Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, has ordered serving Nigerian lawmakers, who recently arrived the country from foreign trips, to submit themselves for Coronavirus test.  In a leaked memo dated March 21, 2020 addressed to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Kyari expressed displeasure at the refusal of legislators to undergo Coronavirus checks at the country's airports upon arriving Nigeria. According to him, this could jeopardise all efforts put in place by government to curtail ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Family Confirms Death Of Ex-PPMC Managing Director, Achimugu, To Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The family of Suleiman Achimugu, a former Managing Director of the Pipeline and Product Marketing Company, has confirmed his death to Coronavirus. Achimugu, from Kogi State, becomes the first person to be killed by the virus in Nigeria. In a statement on Monday, Abubakar Achimugu on behalf of the family said, "Our family is deeply saddened to inform you of the sudden death of our beloved father, uncle, brother and friend, Engr. Suleiman Achimugu (former MD of PPMC). "He died of COVID-19 ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Ex-PPMC Managing Director, Suleiman Achimugu, Becomes First Person To Die Of Coronavirus In Nigeria SaharaReporters
    Sahara Reporters Media A former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Suleiman Achimugu, has died of Coronavirus. Achimugu, who returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom two weeks ago, started showing symptoms of the virus last Tuesday, according to findings by SaharaReporters. He eventually died around 2:00am on Monday after coughing severely for most part of Sunday. A family source told SaharaReporters that officials of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control were informed of his situation and even ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Nigerian Government Confirms Five New Cases Of Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control on Monday morning announced five new cases of Coronavirus in the country. The latest announcement has taken the total number of confirmed cases of the pandemic from 30 to 35. In a post on Twitter, NCDC said, “Five new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: two in FCT, two in Lagos and one in Edo. “Two cases are returning travellers from the UK
    Five new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in ... more
  • 2 weeks Priest Slumps, Dies During Service In Port Harcourt SaharaReporters
    Google A reverend father at Saint Helen’s Catholic Church, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Simeon Kuro, slumped during Sunday service and was subsequently confirmed dead by doctors.  The incident happened while the priest was delivering a sermon. The middle-aged priest was later rushed to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital by members of his congregation, according to a PUNCH report. However, doctors were unable to  resuscitate him and was declared dead. “I can confirm to you that the priest of St. Helen’s ... more
  • 2 weeks India Restricts Movement In More Districts To Curb Coronavirus Spread SaharaReporters
    A nearly empty street is seen in Mumbai, India on March 22 A nearly empty street is seen in Mumbai, India on March 22 Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images/CNN India has moved to lock down 75 districts to control further spread of Coronavirus in the country. According to CNN, New Delhi, the country's capital, is one of the districts penned for lockdown until March 31. India has reported 425 infections and eight deaths from the disease. The country had first issued a 14-hour lockdown on Sunday but ... more
  • 2 weeks MTN Asks Staff To Work From Home Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    MTN Nigeria Building MTN Nigeria Building The Weather Report MTN Nigeria has directed its team to start working from home from Monday as parts of precautionary measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus. According to a statement by the company's Senior Manager, External Relations, Funso Aina,  workers are expected to perform their duties from home. Aina said that the telcos operations would continue to run at full scale with essential staff working limited hours on-site. He said, “We also plan to announce the temporary ... more
  • 2 weeks Idris Elba’s Wife Tests Positive For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Idris Elba’s wife, Sabrina, has tested positive for coronavirus, according to CNN. This comes a week after her husband revealed he had the virus. "I wanted to be with him,” Sabrina told Oprah Winfrey of her decision to isolate with her husband, saying she had the “instinct of a wife” to take care of him. Both Idris and Sabrina say they feel healthy despite the diagnosis. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: British ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Atiku’s Son Tests Positive For Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Son of Nigeria's former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has tested positive for Coronavirus. Atiku confirmed this on his verified Twitter handle on Sunday. He said, "My son has tested positive for Coronavirus.   "@NCDCGov has been duly informed and he has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and management. "I will appreciate it if you have him in your prayers. Stay safe, Coronavirus is real." 
    My son has tested positive to coronavirus. @NCDCGov has been duly informed, ... more
  • 2 weeks JUST IN: Enyimba Player, One Other Person Abducted In Ondo SaharaReporters
    Dayo Ojo, a football player with Enyimba Football Club of Aba, has been abducted by gunmen in Ondo State.  Ojo was kidnapped on Sunday alongside a friend identified as Benjamin Iluyomade of Abia Comet.  SaharaReporters learnt that the two footballers were waylaid on Benin-Owo Road in Ondo State. Another player identified as Emma James, who escaped the attack,  confirmed the kidnap to journalists.   He said, "We were traveling on the road when the gunmen came out from the bush and attacked ... more
  • 2 weeks EFCC To Arraign Former Head Of Service, Oyo-Ita, Eight Others SaharaReporters
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will on Monday, March 23, 2020 arraign the immediate past Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita. She will be arraigned before Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Others to be arraigned along with Oyo-Ita are Frontline Ace Global Services Limited; Asanaya Projects Limited; Garba Umar and his companies, Slopes International Limited; Gooddeal Investments Limited; Ubong Okon Effiok and his own company, U and U Global Services Limited and Prince ... more
  • 2 weeks German Chancellor, Merkel, In Quarantine Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is currently quarantined after a doctor, who administered a vaccine on her, tested positive for Coronavirus, according to NY Daily News.  Merkel's spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, said the 65-year-old was informed about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news conference on Sunday to announce new measures to curb the spread of the virus, including banning gatherings of more than two people.  Seibert said Merkel had received an anti-pneumonia vaccine. Merkel will undergo “regular tests” and work from home for ... more
  • 2 weeks JUST IN: Coronavirus Cases Hit 30 In Nigeria As Lagos Confirms Three More Infections SaharaReporters
    Google The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has confirmed three more cases of Coronavirus in Lagos. This was confirmed on Sunday evening via the agency's Twitter handle. It said, "Three new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Lagos.  "Two cases are returning travellers and one is a contact of a confirmed case."  The latest discovery brings to total 30 confirmed cases of the virus in the country.   PUBLIC HEALTH News AddThis :  Original Author :  Saharareporters, New York Disable ... more
  • 2 weeks Sin, Arrogance And Disobedience Responsible For Coronavirus —CAN President SaharaReporters
        President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, on Sunday said arrogance of humans against God, sin and all sorts of wickedness were responsible for the Coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria and other parts of the world.  Ayokunle made this assertion in his sermon on a cable television on Sunday.  The cleric identified ungratefulness among other factors as responsible for the outbreak and spread of the pandemic.  He said, “As in the case of the children of Israel ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Lagos Government Asks Civil Servants To Stay At Home For Two Weeks Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
      The Lagos State Government has asked public officers to stay at home for 14 days as part of measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country. The stay-at-home order affects officers from Grade level 1 to 12.  Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the order on Sunday during a statewide address. Nigeria has recorded 28 confirmed cases of the pandemic, raising fears of a further spread. The situation has forced several state governments to take stringent measures including closing schools and ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigerian Youth Have Gone To Sleep? By Tao Bakare SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Woke up this morning to the unfortunate reality of the Nigerian state, the failure of her youth to take up responsibilities as the thread and wool that holds her fabric together.  Flashback to the time when our past heroes, who were at the time youths, took up giant strides and went through the battles, upheavals, fights that ensured the liberation of the Nigerian state. In the nineties, Nigeria was lucky to have the likes of Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Gani ... more
  • 2 weeks JUST IN: Fire Breaks Out At Agboju In Lagos SaharaReporters
      There has been a fire outbreak at the Agboju area of Lagos.  This comes exactly one week after a deadly explosion hit Abule Ado, a nearby community, killing more than 20 persons and destroying over 50 houses.  The cause of Sunday's fire is yet to be ascertained as of the time of filing this report. News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :  ... more
  • 2 weeks COVID19: Restrictions On Peaceful Assembly And Movement Without A Law Or State Of Emergency Is Unconstitutional By Inibehe Effiong SaharaReporters |Opinion
    A follower on Twitter asked me on Saturday whether it is "constitutional" for the government to restrict religious and social gatherings because of Coronavirus? By virtue of Section 45 of the 1999 constitution, the rights to peaceful assembly and free movement can be interfered with in the interest of public health and public safety. Is Coronavirus a threat to public health and public safety? The answer is obviously in the affirmative. Section 14 (2)(b) of the constitution states that "the security ... more
  • 2 weeks Enugu Rangers Player Killed In Road Crash, Two Others Injured SaharaReporters
    Oriental Times   Ifeanyi George, a player of Enugu Rangers Football Club, has been killed in a car accident.  The incident, which happened on Sunday morning, left two other players of the club critically injured. The management of the club is yet to issue a statement on the tragedy.  Sports Travel News AddThis :  Original Author :  SaharaReporters, New York Disable advertisements :  ... more
  • 2 weeks Police Block Popular Abuja Church, COZA, To Prevent Large Gathering Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    Police vehicles stationed in the front of the church Police vehicles stationed in the front of the church Armed policemen have blocked the  Commonwealth of Zion Assembly in Abuja in a bid to prevent worshippers from attending service as part of measures to curtail the spread of Coronavirus. No fewer that eight police vehicles were stationed in front of the church located at Guzape, Abuja.  Police vehicles stationed in the front of the church SaharaReporters Media No ... more
  • 2 weeks Between Gbaja And Gbajabiamila By Ozodinukwe Okenwa SaharaReporters |Opinion
    SOC Okenwa SOC Okenwa The (dis)Honourable Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, is the fourth man in the constitutional hierarchy. That is, he is the fourth most powerful man in Nigeria right behind the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, and the President, Muhammadu Buhari. Since power intoxicates in 'Naija' politicians covet power and authority deploying every means imaginable, legitimate or illegitimate, to attain their objectives. Besides, given the lucrative nature of political business in our embattled ... more
  • 2 weeks BREAKING: Another Case Of Coronavirus Confirmed In Abuja SaharaReporters
    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed another case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Sunday. The confirmed case brings the total in Abuja to four and 27 in the country.  See Also PUBLIC HEALTH Three New Cases Of Coronavirus Confirmed In Nigeria 0 Comments 7 Hours Ago "One new case of #COVID19 has been confirmed in FCT, Nigeria. As at 11:00 ... more
  • 2 weeks EXPOSED: Speaker Of Lagos Assembly, Obasa, Awards Contracts To Self Through Company Registered In Son’s Name SaharaReporters
      Emerging facts have revealed illegal activities being perpetrated by Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa. SaharaReporters had on Saturday published a report highlighting a list of companies the Speaker had been using to award contracts to himself and launder public funds. The report revealed that Obasa primarily used De Kingrun Multipurpose Nigeria Ltd for securing and implementing contracts from the parliament and ministries. He also owns several other companies used for receiving contracts from the Lagos Assembly. The ... more
  • 2 weeks Ghana Records First Coronavirus Death SaharaReporters
    Ghana has confirmed its first Coronavirus death, President of the country, Nana Akufo-Addo, made the announcement.  The patient, who is a 61-year-old Lebanese male trader resident in Kumasi, was said to be unwell and reported to a health facility with fever and cough. “Unfortunately one person who tested positive for the virus but had serious underlying health complications, passed away in the early hours of today,” President Akufo-Addo said. The Ghanaian President further announced the closure of the country’s borders to ... more
  • 2 weeks Nigeria’s National Assembly Barred To Visitors Over Coronavirus SaharaReporters
    National AssemblyThe National Assembly Building The National Assembly Building Security operatives at the National Assembly in Abuja have been ordered not to allow visitors into the complex starting from Tuesday. The complex will be permanently shut following a rise in the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country. The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control confirmed three cases of the virus in Abuja on Saturday.  Schools including universities in the country have been closed in several states of the federation indefinitely as ... more
  • 2 weeks Open Letter To Comrade Coro By Dele Farotimi SaharaReporters |Opinion
    Alaye mi to Corosive, I hope you will pardon my temerity, but your full name is a tad too long, and the COVID-19 nickname is a little too science-fictionesque for my unscientific mind. Jor, biko, manage Coro like that, and let us just focus on this my letter to you. Or perhaps we can just call this what it actually is: an appeal.  Now to be sure, you have not shown any inclination to be partial, even though our pastors and ... more
  • 2 weeks Lagos Government Seals Two Event Centres For Hosting Large Gatherings SaharaReporters
    The Lagos State Government has sealed two popular event centres in the capital, Ikeja, for violating its new directive on public gathering.  Following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country, the state government had taken a number of measures to reduce physical contacts among residents in order to prevent the spread of the disease.  As a result, the state had announced that gatherings of over 20 persons at a time was prohibited.  Officials of the Lagos Environmental Protection Agency sealed ... more
  • 2 weeks JUST IN: First Case Of Coronavirus Recorded In Oyo SaharaReporters
    Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has confirmed that a case of Coronavirus had been detected in the city.  In a statement on Sunday morning, he said, “The COVID-19 confirmation test for the suspected case at Bodija has come back positive. The result was released at 17:35pm on March 21, 2020. “A follow-up on the Ekiti COVID-19 case revealed that the deceased was picked up directly from Lagos Airport to a private apartment in Ona Ara Local Government Area. 
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  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: Be Law Abiding, Oyedepo Tells Church Members SaharaReporters
    Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide also know as Winners Chapel, David Oyedepo, has asked his members to abide by every government preventive measures in order to check the spread of Coronavirus.  Oyedepo made the call in his Sunday sermon monitored by SaharaReporters on the church's YouTube page.He said, "What we are doing is to ensure that the plague doesn't spread. This has never happened in my lifetime that nations are shutting their doors against each other."The world is at war with ... more
  • 2 weeks Three New Cases Of Coronavirus Confirmed In Nigeria SaharaReporters
    The Nigerian Government on Sunday announced the discovery of three new cases of Coronavirus in the country.  This comes a day after 10 fresh cases were announced on Saturday.  Nigeria now has 25 confirmed cases of the virus.  Two persons have however, been discharged to go home and spending time in isolation centres for treatment.  No deaths have been recorded in the country for the pandemic. Confirming the development, the Nigeria Center For Disease Control in a Twitter post said, "Three new ... more
  • 2 weeks Absentee President In A Season Of Coronavirus By Festus Adedayo SaharaReporters |Opinion
      If citizens of the world didn’t know that they lived in a global village, the COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, has demonstrated this starkly. Virtually all parts of the world have paused on account of the ravaging pestilence, with very earth-shaking implications for the global economy. Even world leaders with war-like inclinations have come to realize, to their shame, that the virus is killing more people than bullets and armoury can at the war front. In this global ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus: Paulo Dybala and Paolo Maldini Test Positive SaharaReporters
      Juventus and Argentina forward, Paulo Dybala, and former Italy captain, Paolo Maldini, have tested positive for Coronavirus, according to BBC.  In a message on his Instagram account, Dybala said he and his girlfriend both have the virus but were in good health. "Both Oriana and I have tested positive," Dybala, 26, said.  "Luckily we are in perfect conditions," he added.  AC Milan Technical Director, Maldini, and his son, Daniel, both tested positive and a club statement said they "are well".  ... more
  • 2 weeks EXCLUSIVE: Lagos Assembly Speaker Breaks Into Offices Of Removed Principal Officers As House Crisis Rages SaharaReporters
    Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mubashiru Obasa, has shut the door to the possibility of any reconciliation between him and two principal officers of the arm of government removed from office.  The affected officers are Muyiwa Jimoh and Abiru, Deputy Majority Leader and Chief Whip of the Assembly respectively.  SaharaReporters investigation revealed that the Speaker in company with Clerk of the Assembly and private security guards broke into the offices used by the removed principal officers.  According ... more
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