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  • 2 hours Breaking News: Ondo confirms first case of COVID-19 Sun
    Breaking News: Ondo confirms first case of COVID 19 Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure Ondo State has recorded the first case of Coronavirus disease. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu confirmed this on his Twitter handle. He said: “We have just received confirmation of our first positive COVID-19 case in Ondo State this evening.” According to Governor Akeredolu, the infected person is currently under isolation and will be monitored. He added that the state had activated all necessary protocol to locate all contacts and will be working closely with all the relevant agencies. The post Breaking News: Ondo confirms first case of COVID-19 appeared first ... more
  • 2 hours Rep defends Army on redeployment of senior officers Sun
    A member of the House of Representatives and the Deputy Chairman House Committee on Army, Hon. Tajudeen Adefisoye has risen in defence of the Nigerian Army on the recent redeployment of some senior officers. Fielding questions from newsmen, the House of Representatives member who is representing Idanre/Ifedore federal constituency said on Friday that the argument that greeted the redeployment of Major General Olusegun Adeniyi was needless. Adefisoye explained that not less than 20 senior officers were affected in the regular redeployment exercise. He described the castigation of the Nigerian Army on account of the redeployment of one officer out of ... more
  • 2 hours Nigeria excluded from World Bank’s $1.9bn COVID-19 support fund Sun
    Uche Usim, Abuja Nigeria has been excluded from the list of 25 countries to benefit from the World Bank’s $1.9 billion first set of emergency support operations for developing countries around the world, using a dedicated, fast-track facility for COVID-19 (coronavirus) response. The package was approved by the Board of Executive Directors of the global financial powerhouse. According to the World Bank, the decision for the intervention was reached by the board on Thursday, adding that it was prepared to deploy about $160 billion in the next 15 months to help countries combat the COVID-19 pestilence and recover quickly from ... more
  • 3 hours Ebonyi community petitions FG over 19-year-old boy’s killing Sun
    Romanus Ugwu, Abuja Ebiri and Nguzu autonomous community in Nguzu Edda, Afikpo South LGA of Ebonyi has pleaded with the Federal Government to urgently institute an investigation into the killing of a 19-year-old indigene, Chidi Oji Arua. A member of the family, David Olughu Ibiam, who made the appeal in the petition he made available to newsmen on Friday in Abuja lamented that no single arrest had been made, one week after the ugly incident. Ibiam further alleged that the deceased was shot by a top politician in the area, pleading that the intervention of the Federal Government and the ... more
  • 3 hours COVID 19: Drama in Niger as relations report tanker driver to COVID-19 taskforce Sun
    John Adams, Minna There was a big drama in Limawa area of Minna, Niger State on Friday when the relation of a tanker driver stormed the COVID-19 taskforce office in the state to report one of their own over suspicion of showing symptom of the coronavirus. The tanker driver was said to have returned from Lagos and was coughing and sneezing intermittently, fueling suspicion by the relations, hence the need to report him to the taskforce. The officials of the taskforce on receiving the report, immediately stormed the Limawa resident and took the tanker driver away. It was gathered that ... more
  • 4 hours Bandit Attacks: Buhari orders Army to support action in Sokoto, Plateau Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigerian Army to join the Police and flush out bandits from forests around the country, particularly in the areas that witnessed recent attacks. Senior Special Assistant to the President Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu in a statement said Buhari gave the directive in response to the killing of 22 people in Sokoto State, whose community was attacked by armed bandits as well as the reported killing of 10 others in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State. The statement said, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has already gotten ... more
  • 4 hours COVID-19: NBMA boss urges citizens to obey govt’s stay-at-home directive Sun
    Agu Dawn, Abuja The Director General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Dr Rufus Ebegba has urged Nigerians to abide to the stay at home directive by the Federal Government in other to control the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease) in the country. The DG who said this in statement on the 3rd April 2020 said the Covid-19 pandemic has spread to many countries of the world including Nigeria and the federal Government is doing all in its power to ensure that Nigerians are safe from the adverse impact of this virus. “The Federal Government has the interest of ... more
  • 4 hours Benue Council members donate salaries to COVID-19 fight Sun
    Rose Ejembi, Makurdi The Benue State Executive Council has resolved to collectively contribute the sum of N2.8 million monthly to the fight against Coronavirus in the state. Based on the foregoing, the 28-member Executive Council will be donating N100,000 every month till the battle against the spread of COVID-19 in Benue State is over. Secretary to the State Government, Professor Anthony Ijohor, (SAN) who disclosed this at the Benue Government House Makurdi on Friday said all members of the state executive council unanimously agreed to the dedicate part of their salary to the Covid-19 fight. In a statement signed by ... more
  • 4 hours COVID-19: We don’t deploy substandard kits – NCDC Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has assured that it does not deploy tests kits without validation. Director-General NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, was responding to a question amidst concerns that despite the fact that Spain and other countries are returning defective COVID-19 test Kits to China, Nigeria, Nigeria was welcoming them with open arms. Chinese authorities recently announced they would investigate Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology following an accusation that it sold defective COVID-19 test kits to the Czech Republic and Spain at marked-up costs. Speaking at the Friday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on the novel ... more
  • 5 hours LASEMA puts out Ebute Ero, Lagos Island market fire Sun
    In another development, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, has extinguished a market fire at Ebute Ero in Idumota on Lagos Island. The fire outbreak which cause could not be ascertained, occurred at about 13:30hours, razed five shops in all with two (35 & 36 only) visible from the front, in the two storey building known as Maola Shopping Mall, at Idumota on Lagos Island. According to the Preliminary Report on the Fire Outbreak at Ebute Ero Market Idumota, “Upon arrival of the Emergency Responders at the incident scene, it was revealed that a building (Maola Shopping Mall) was ... more
  • 5 hours Sokoto killings: Tambuwal condoles community, directs release of relief materials to victims families Sun
    Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has condoled with Gangara community over the killing of no fewer than 22 persons by suspected armed bandits on Wednesday. He also directed the state’s emergency management agency, the Ministry of Local Government and Sabon Birni local government council to work closely with a view to providing relief materials for the families of those killed. Tambuwal who was accompanied by some security heads in the state, pleaded with the people to be patient as “the government is doing its best possible to check insecurity in the area. According to him, ... more
  • 5 hours COVID-19: IAEA donates €80,000 worth of equipment to Nigeria Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has donated medical equipment and supplies worth €80,000 to Nigeria to assist in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, made the disclosure at Friday’s daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 pandemic, held at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) in Abuja. According to him, the Nigerian Permanent Representative at the United Nations (UN) in Vienna, Austria, secured the donation on behalf of the country. Onyeama also assured that government would be willing to ... more
  • 6 hours COVID-19: NBC threatens broadcast stations on programmes with spurious claims Sun
    Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), said it has observed with dismay, the preponderance of programmes with unverifiable claims targeted at COVID-19 pandemic. The NBC further said whilst it commended the commitments of broadcast stations for the massive coverage and support to the Federal Government by informing and enlightening Nigerians about the pandemic, it will not hesitate to impose severe sanctions on any station that allows unverifiable claims on its platform. “Consequently, the commission draws attention to the following sections of the 6th edition of Nigeria Broadcasting Code: 3.4.1(a): The broadcaster shall ensure that every programme is accurate ... more
  • 6 hours MTN restarts support for government’s fight against COVID-19 Sun
    Benjamin Babine, Abuja The management of MTN Nigeria has highlighted the support it’s providing for Federal and state governments, health agencies and subscribers as the country fights the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The company, in a press statement on Thursday said it will support government response efforts, connect medical personnels, connect customers with essential health information and make it easier for Nigerians to stay in touch and support each other. It stated that it will support the government at federal and state levels with communication systems, analytical response management and risk profiling. MTN went on to state that their support will ... more
  • 6 hours 2 suspected COVID-19 victims test negative in Ondo Sun
    Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure Two persons suspected to have contracted the coronavirus disease in Ondo State have tested negative. The state government confirmed that the two suspected carriers of the deadly virus had undergone a series of tests and the results were negative. The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo dispelled the rumours making the rounds in some quarters that the deadly virus has entered the state. Ojogo said “the government of Ondo State is delighted to announce that two suspected COVID-19 cases subjected to tests came out negative today. “The suspected cases are from Ondo town and ... more
  • 6 hours Sit-at-home spiking up domestic violence against women, girls – Women group Sun
    Fred Ezeh, Abuja Few days into the 14 days initial lockdown of some parts of Nigeria as part of measures to contain community transmission of the dreaded coronavirus in Nigeria, a women group, Women Aid Collective (WACOL), has raised the alarm, drawing attention to a sharp rise in domestic violence, particularly against women and girls. Founding Director of WACOL, Prof. Joy Ezeilo, in a statement released in Abuja on Friday said that available statistics indicated that the rise was caused by already bottled anger and other emotional issues among spouses or lovers. Prof. Ezeilo, however, emphasized the importance of understanding ... more
  • 7 hours Suspected ritualits invade Imo community, kill 3 Sun
    Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri Umuike-Ndiowerre community in Ihitte Uboma council area of Imo State are presently at the mercy of God as suspected ritualists frequently besiege the agrarian community, killing so far three indigenes. Commissioner for Special Projects, Comrade Simon Ebegbulem who is an indigene of the area narrated to newsmen the ugly trend in his community. According to him, the modus operandi of the hoodlums is attacking their victims in their farmlands. However, while appealing to the State Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Fafowara to come to their rescue, he informed that six suspects had already been captured and handed over ... more
  • 7 hours Army routine deployment ‘ll boost war against terrorism, GAW researcher, Kuanum Sun
    Terrence Kuanum, a researcher with renowned internal humanitarian group, Global Amnesty Watch, has applauded the Nigerian Army’s recent redeployment of its senior officers. According to the foremost author and activist, this exercise will positively boost the war against terrorism. In a major shakeup on Tuesday and approved by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Army announced the appointments and new postings of no fewer than 13 senior officers. Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya was appointed as the new Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) to take over from the erstwhile theatre commander, Maj.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi. Yahaya, who ... more
  • 7 hours Breaking News: COVID-19: Lagos discharges 4 more patients Sun
    The Lagos State Government has on Friday discharge four more patients from it’s Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba. This brings the total number of people discharged in Lagos to 23. The Incident Commander, Governor Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced this in his Twitter handle @jidesanwoolu. “More great news from our Infectious Disease Hospital as 4 patients – three females and one male – have recovered fully, tested negative twice and have been discharged. “This gives us a lot of hope as we continue to listen to our health experts and provide the resources to beat #COVID19. “With the newly discharged patients, we ... more
  • 7 hours COVID-19: Christian leaders query Buhari’s response strategy Sun
    Fred Itua, Abuja Christian leaders have queried the management style of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in handling the outbreak and spread of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19). They have also questioned the silence of Muslim groups and leaders since the outbreak of the virus. They urged them to come and support financially like Christians are doing. The Christian leaders who are members the Christians Right Agenda (CRA), in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, urged President to go back to the drawing board and come up with a clear response strategy to the outbreak. Interim Director of Publicity of ... more
  • 11 hours Lalong, army don’t you care Fulani herdsmen are killing us, Plateau community asks Sun
      Gyang Bere, Jos   The President, Irigwe Development Association (IDA) and former member Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Sunday A. Abdu has called on the Federal Government and Defence Headquarters to save rural villagers in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State from being wipe out by Fulani bandits. Abdu in a press statement issued in Jos on Friday lamented that Miango communities in Bassa Local Government Area have been under sustained attacks since the restriction order given by government to curb COVID-19. “While our people have continued to remain indoors and law-abiding in the wake of the ... more
  • 11 hours Breaking News: Covid-19: 6 new cases confirmed, taking tally to 190 Sun
    Doris Obinna Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed six new cases of COVID-19, the tally now standing at 190. The six new confirmed cases reported were in Osun State. As of 11:00 am April 3, there were 190 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. And so far, 20 people have been discharged with two deaths. A breakdown of cases by states is as under: Lagos- 98 FCT- 38 Osun- 20 Oyo- 8 Akwa Ibom- 5 Ogun- 4 Edo- 4 Kaduna- 4 Bauchi- 3 Enugu- 2 Ekiti- 2 Rivers-1 Benue- 1 The post Breaking News: Covid-19: ... more
  • 11 hours WHO committed to fight against COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Ghebreyesus says Sun
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) is committed to the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic on all fronts, particularly protecting young people. Dr Tedros  Ghebreyesus, Director- General, made this known in a statement posted on the organisation‘s website after the inauguration of “Read the World Initiative’’ to support children and young people in isolation. Read the World is a reading initiative amid COVID-19 pandemic, a collaboration of the International Publishers Association (IPA), WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “We understand the fear and anxieties many feel and know how the joy of reading can stimulate young minds, ease tensions and ... more
  • 11 hours Task force on Covid-19 has not received a kobo from private donations – Lai Mohammed Sun
    The Presidential Task Force for the Control of Coronavirus (Covid-19), says it is yet to receive any money from the funds donated by the private sector towards the fight against the covid-19 pandemic. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, a member of the committee and the Minister of Information and Culture, disclosed this on Friday when he appeared on News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum to give update on the activities of the task force in the fight against the pandemic. Mohammed expressed dismay over reported calls by some Non-Governmental Organisation seeking the probe of the task force over the deployment of monies ... more
  • 11 hours Breaking News: CODVID-19:  Military commences 24-hour liquefied oxygen gas production for treatment centres Sun
    Molly Kilete, Abuja The Defence Headquarters on Friday said it has commenced 24-hour production of pure liquefied oxygen as part of the contribution of the armed forces to support the Federal Government’s efforts at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The liquefied oxygen gas plant located at 103 Strike Group (103 STG) Nigerian Air Force Base, Yola, is currently being gasified and stored in cylinders and ready for supply/distributions to isolation centres and designated hospitals in the country. Coordinator, Defence Media Organization Major-General John Enenche, made this known at a media briefing in Abuja. Enenche also said that ... more
  • 12 hours IBEDC says no electricity disconnection during lockdown Sun
     The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc (IBEDC) says there will be no disconnection of electricity to non-paying customers during this period of lockdown in Coronavirus pandemic. Its Chief Operating Officer, Mr John Ayodele made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Friday. According to him, this is in recognition of the current precarious and tense situation pervading the country and the whole world occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. “IBEDC is a customers cent Ric organisation, with the welfare and wellbeing of its customers at heart. “Therefore, management has decided to suspend the disconnection of non-paying customers to help alleviate ... more
  • 12 hours NIWA corporate affairs manager retires 22 years after Sun
      Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Mr. Tayo Fadile this week retires from service in grand style. He is bowing out after 33 years in public service amid encomiums for his services to public relations in the maritime sector of the country. Mr. Fadile began his public relations career at the Nigerian Shippers Council in 1986 but spent a greater part of his life at NIWA, Lokoja, where he set up and managed its Corporate Affairs Department for 22 years. The Kabba, Kogi State-born Fadile is a graduate of Mass ... more
  • 12 hours The Waiting Game: For NBA coaches, that’s a new schedule Sun |Sports
    Orlando’s Steve Clifford figures he’s like every other NBA coach right now: Wake up, go to whatever now serves as the office, study his own team, maybe think about possible opponents, and resume planning. Of course, nobody knows what they’re planning for — or when these plans will get used. A stoppage in play doesn’t mean vacation time has arrived for NBA coaches, especially those like Clifford in position to take their teams to the post season — assuming this pandemic-interrupted season is able to resume. They’re all spending more time at home, not able to run practices, but none seem ... more
  • 12 hours Police arrest 6 suspected armed robbers, recover AK-47, ammunition in Enugu Sun
     The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested six notorious armed robbery suspects operating within the state for some months now. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said in a statement on Friday that the members of the armed gang were arrested from March 24 within the state. Ndukwe said that the command recovered one AK-47 rifle with number 12097; three live ammunition, one tricycle, one cutlass, one Infinix Hot phone and one Samsung Galaxy S7 phone. He gave the names of the suspects as: Eneh Ekene, 35; Ani Chinedu, 32, also known as “Doctor’’; Chidiebere Ogwudire, 21 ... more
  • 12 hours COVID-19: Delta Govt releases time table for open distance learning Sun
    The Delta Government has released a time table for television/radio open distance learning for JS3 and SS3 students during the temporary closure of schools due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The state Commissioner for Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Patrick Ukah, said this in a statement on Friday in Asaba. According to him, the programme, tagged “Delta State Teleclass”, which is in partnership with the state Ministry of Information, is a television and radio open distance learning programme. “The programme is for students in the state preparing for 2020 BECE and WASSCE/NECO examinations to ensure that students learning do ... more
  • 12 hours Lockdown: Poultry association demands palliative for producers of egg, day old chicks Sun
     The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) says government at all levels should consider granting some palliatives to Egg, Day Old Chicks (DOCs) and feed producers unable to sell produce due to lockdown measures adopted by governments. Mr Ezekiel Ibrahim, the President of the association, made the appeal in a statement on Friday in Abuja,. He said that such palliative would cushion the effect of the lockdown on the producers. According to him, the input suppliers and other category  of  farm service providers who are  critical to the food security    survival of the country should as well be considered in the palliative measures. Ibrahim identified the poultry industry as the ... more
  • 21 hours Tokyo 2020: Nigerian athletes to enjoy IOC scholarship Sun |Sports
    The IOC President, Dr. Thomas Bach, has commended the Nigeria Olympic Committee Athletes Commission for their initiative in creating awareness on the Covid-19 pandemic, using the voice of Nigerian athletes. Bach revealed that Nigeria was the first country to do that and encouraged other NOCs to emulate Nigeria. The video of the Nigerian athletes’ message was used on social media platforms by Athlete365 and the Olympic Channel. Bach made the disclosure at a conference meeting that included 200 athletes representatives, IOC Executive members as well as IOC Athlete Commission members and the Olympic Channels. Nigeria was represented in the meeting ... more
  • 21 hours Relive great sporting moments this week on GOtv Sun |Sports
    As live sporting activities globally are suspended due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, sport fans do not need to worry as they can relive a host of great sporting highlights showing this week on GOtv. The highlights – which includes Athletics meet, Premier League, La Liga, UEFA Champions League, Olympics and Wrestling classics – will be broadcast on SuperSport Select 1, 2 and 3 to GOtv Plus, Jolli and GOtv Max subscribers, and on SuperSport Select 4 and SuperSport Select 5 exclusive to GOtv Max subscribers. Viewers can re-watch legends such as Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, Maria Mutola of Mozambique ... more
  • 22 hours Pope Francis approves 2nd diocese in Rivers Sun
    Fred Ezeh, Abuja Pope Francis has elevated Bomadi Vicariate to the level of a diocese, bringing to two, the number of Catholic Dioceses in Rivers State. The other is Port Harcourt Diocese. The Pope also appointed Most Rev. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna, as first Bishop of the Diocese. Last year, the Holy Father appointed Rev. Fr. Pat- rick Eluke as auxiliary Bishop of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Vicariate Secretary, Rev. Fr. Anthony Kass, in a statement, appreciated the Holy Father for the kind consideration and creation of the diocese. The statement read: ... more
  • 22 hours COVID-19: Nigeria sitting on time bomb – MASSOB Sun
    Geoffrey Anyanwu, Enugu, Chijioke Agwu, Abakliki, Magnus Eze, Enugu, Paul Orude, Bauchi The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MAS- SOB), yesterday, warned that Nigeria was sitting on a time bomb given the poor response by the federal and state governments to the COVID-19 pandemic. It warned Igbo to be extra careful and maintain strict adherence to the advice and guidelines  by the World Health Organisation (WHO) against contracting the virus. A statement by MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, said at the rate the virus ... more
  • 22 hours Wike relaxes restriction in Port Harcourt Sun
    Tony John, Port Harcourt Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, has lifted the curfew imposed on Education Bus Stop to Agip Junction along Ikwerre Road and Obiri Ikwerre Junction to Ozuoba, Rumualogu and Choba areas of Port Harcourt, with effect from today. Governor Wike also recalled the suspended Chairman and Deputy of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area. Wike stated this, yesterday, during a state broadcast. “With effect from April 3, the 24 hours curfew imposed from Education Bus Stop to Agip Junction along Ikwerre Road and Obiri Ikwerre Junction to ... more
  • 22 hours COVID 19: Dare leads sports icons’ awareness campaign Sun |Sports
    As part of efforts to stem the spread of the COVID-19 scourge, Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has teamed up with some Nigerian sports icons and the Nigerian  Olympic committee on a massive awareness  campaign to educate people on keeping safe. Iconic sports stars like Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Mary Onyali, Blessing Okagbare, Tobi Amusan, Eniefiok Udo-Obong, Chika, Segun Odegbami, Samson Siasia, Funke Oshonaike, Chika Chukwumerije, Ahmed Musa and President of the Nigerian Olympic committee, Abu Gumel among others are leading  the campaign of educating Nigerians and the world to fight the dreaded virus. ... more
  • 22 hours UEFA aims to ‘complete Champions League in August Sun |Sports
    UEFA have reportedly drawn up a calendar to try and get the Champions League finished in August, and are considering a mini four-team tournament to end it. Both the Champions League and the Europa League have been postponed, with no return date in the pipeline at present due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has decimated the football calendar. But according to the Mirror, UEFA have put together a calendar to finish the European season after holding a video conference call with the 55 national associations to discuss contingency plans. The administrative body have reportedly pushed for the domestic campaigns ... more
  • 22 hours Ighalo: I rejected Barcelona’s offer Sun |Sports
    Emma Njoku Odion Ighalo has revealed how he turned down a rare opportunity to play for Spanish giants, Barcelona, before his celebrated summer deadline transfer to Manchester United. The former Super Eagles’ prolific striker told BBC Sport that  Barcelona had offered him a six-month loan deal as a back-up striker, but he rejected it because he did not want to be a part time player. “My agent spoke to me about a loan interest from Barcelona. The club wanted a striker with La Liga experience and someone who understands Spanish football. “It was meant to be a six-month loan and ... more
  • 22 hours Covid-19 lockdown and scarcity of essential commodities Sun |Columns
    The lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the epicenters of the fast-spreading Covid-19 as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari to check the march of the deadly virus is quite understandable. It is one way to prevent the disease from escalating and killing more people. The presidential order, though belated, is in line with global best practices in halting the spread of Covid-19. And if the pandemic continues to rise despite the current measures put in place, the country may likely go for a total lockdown.  Many stakeholders are even calling for a total lockdown of the entire ... more
  • 22 hours Covid-19 lockdown and scarcity of essential commodities Sun |Opinion
    The lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the epicenters of the fast-spreading Covid-19 as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari to check the march of the deadly virus is quite understandable. It is one way to prevent the disease from escalating and killing more people. The presidential order, though belated, is in line with global best practices in halting the spread of Covid-19. And if the pandemic continues to rise despite the current measures put in place, the country may likely go for a total lockdown.  Many stakeholders are even calling for a total lockdown of the entire ... more
  • 22 hours Kogi commissioner in soup over allegation of torture, rape of beauty queen
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    Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja Kogi State Commissioner of Water Resources, Abdulmumini Danga, may have landed into big trouble as he was alleged to have beaten a beauty queen, Elizabeth Oyeniyi, to stupor and, thereafter, raped her The commissioner was said to have battered the beauty queen last week in Lokoja for posting a message, urging the commissioner to lend a helping hand to his sister, who happens to be a friend to the beauty queen. The message was said to have angered the commissioner, who ordered her arrest and taken to Commissioners quarter in Lokoja where she was allegedly battered and raped ... more
  • 22 hours Covid-19: Buhari directs minister to prioritise payment of salaries Sun
     Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, directed the Ministry of Finance and National Planning to consider as its top priority  payment of workers salaries. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, who heads the presidential committee on the review of the impact of coronavirus on the economy, made the disclosure in an interview in Abuja. She said the committee briefed the president on current happenings around the world due to COVID-19 and the impact on the nation’s economy. The minister, who said March salary had been paid to Federal Government workers said the president had directed ... more
  • 22 hours COVID-19: 2 Naval officers allegedly lynched in Delta Sun
    Paul Osuyi, Asaba and Ben Dunno, Warri Irate youths allegedly lynched two naval personnel yesterday and burnt their motorcycle over the allegation of killing of a motorist who was said to have disobeyed the sit-at-home order.  According to a source, the naval personnel were not from the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS), Delta. “They were not armed and were going to their respective units when the hoodlums attacked them,” the source said. Meanwhile, Delta State Government yesterday ordered a full-scale investigation into the alleged killing of a 28-year-old man, Joseph Pessu, in Warri area of the state. The victim was allegedly ... more
  • 22 hours COVID-19: European Union evacuates 477 nationals from Lagos Sun
    Chinelo Obogo and  Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja European Union (EU) nationals from Germany, France and Holland were yesterday evacuated from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos as the European continent deployed two aircraft to ferry back 477 nationals from Nigeria amid the COVID-19 pandemic. An Air France Boeing 777-300ER flew in from Cotonou into MMIA Lagos on Thursday, April 2, and evacuated 255 EU nationals at 1:56pm. The flight was classified as being on essential and humanitarian operation. Another batch of 222 German citizens departed MMIA at 15.46hours to Munich on a Lufthansa Airbus A350 flight LH9856 which landed in ... more
  • 22 hours House committee chair pleads with aviation operators to pay staff salaries Sun |Biz
    Chinelo Obogo Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji has appealed to domestic airlines and private organisations within the aviation sector not to abandon their staff in this period of uncertainties occasioned by COVID19 pandemic. He made this known after reports that Max Air management had informed staff of their inability to remunerate them for the period the airlines suspended operations and some states on lockdown. Nnaji who represents Nkanu East/West Federal Constituency of Enugu State said he was disturbed by the memo issued to   staff of Max Air to the effect that they would not be ... more
  • 22 hours …4-man syndicate producing fake sanitizers, masks nabbed in Anambra Sun
    David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi Police in Anambra State have burst a four-man syndicate allegedly impersonating a government agency on COVID-19 in the state and recovered several surgical masks and hand sanitizers against Coronavirus, which they produced locally “under unhygienic conditions.” The suspects were said to have been arrested following an intelligence report to police operatives attached to Central Police Station, Onitsha. Confirming the report, the police public relations officer in the state, Mr Haruna Muhammed, a Superintendent of Police, gave names of the suspects as Anthony Chidubem Oyatubo, 30, of Nimo, Njikoka Local Government Area; Nwachukwu Chidi, 31, of Awka; Chris ... more
  • 22 hours COVID-19: Oyetola signs emergency prevention regulations Sun
    Moshood Adebayo, Clement Adeyi, Osogbo, Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure, Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan, Laide Raheem, Abeokuta, Doris Obinna and Bolaji Okunola  Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, yesterday, signed the Diseases Emergency Prevention Regulations 2020 to enforce government’s lockdown order aimed at preventing spread of coronavirus. According to him, the move was intended to exercise the powers conferred on him by the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and other relevant provisions of the Osun State Public Health Law. “The law is aimed at preventing and containing the spread of COVID-19 anywhere within the territories of the state. “Following the signing of the law, anybody ... more
  • 22 hours Lassa Fever: Nigeria’s death toll hits 185 Sun
    Death toll from the ongoing Lassa fever outbreak has hit 185, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said yesterday. As of last week, the number of deaths from the fever was 176, meaning nine people died from it within the week. The agency said there was a decline in the number of cases reported for the reporting week 13 as to the four consecutive weeks. The public health agency said 19 cases were reported for week 13, compared to 28 reported last week. These cases were reported from eight states – Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Taraba, Plateau, Kogi, and ... more
  • 22 hours Ubosi: 49 garlands for a quintessential parliamentarian Sun |Opinion
     Francis Igata As the clock chimes 49, signaling the commemoration of the birthday anniversary of the Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, ENHA, Rt. Hon. Edward Uchenna Ubosi, a universal convergence of encomium dots the firmament following his good temper and moderation which are the hallmarks of parliamentary language. These torrents of eulogizes on the Speaker who was born to the family of late Chief Felix Ubosi and Lolo Cecilia Ubosi of Umuchigbo, Iji-Nike, in Enugu-East Local Government Area of Enugu State on April 3,1971, find its roots on his believe and practice that, “In everything, do  to others what ... more
  • 22 hours Brazilian club wants Mikel Sun |Sports
    Brazilian club side, Botafogo, have reportedly expressed interest in signing John Obi Mikel. According to Yahoo Sports, the Brazilian side are in talks with the Nigerian midfielder who is currently a free agent after leaving Trabzonspor last month. Mikel reportedly cut ties with the club after the Turkish Super Lig continued as normal despite the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has claimed over 47, 000 lives worldwide. The 32-year-old made a name for himself at Chelsea for whom he played for over a decade before stints at Tianjin Teda in China and in the English Championship with Middlesbrough. ... more
  • 22 hours Aso Rock’s joker on COVID-19 Sun |Columns
    In a continent where, since independence era in the late 1950s, local rule has proved worse substitute for colonial administration, Nigeria, we must agree, is not only lucky but also blessed with ever alert citizenry compelling local emperors to account for their actions. While not completely perfect or politically detached, these society guards, well educated in their own right, are there for their value and sincerely speaking, if stripped of their nuisance value, must also be adored for their patriotism, without which our story might have been disastrously different. Inevitably, side by side with them are opportunists and self-serving unsolicited ... more
  • 22 hours Brila FM’s boss, Izamoje, loses mother Sun |Sports
    Chairman/Managing Director of Brila FM, Nigeria’s foremost all sports broadcasting radio station, Dr. Larry Izamoje, has lost his mother, Madam Felicia Ewere Otiti Izamoje. She was aged 89 years. According to a statement signed by Mrs Mabel Momodu, on behalf of the family, Madam Izamoje passed on ‘due to natural causes’. The statement read: “With total submission and thanks to God for the blessing of longevity and a life well lived, we announce the passing due to natural causes of our mother, Ma Felicia Ewere Otiti Izamoje (1931-2020), aged 89 years.” Madam Izamoje is survived by Mrs Mabel Momodu, Pastor ... more
  • 22 hours Lagos lockdown: Traders defy FG’s directive on opening hours Sun |Biz
    Adewale Sanyaolu Traders in some major markets in parts of Lagos have yet to comply with the Federal Government directive on opening hours of (10am-2pm) A visit by Daily Sun to the popular food market in; Oke-Odo market in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Authority (LCDA),showed that the leadership in the market did not comply with the directive. At the Oke-Odo Market our correspondent noticed very poor sanitary condition as both buyers and sellers did not adhere to social distancing while those trading in food stuffs are either with mask or hand gloves, a situation that could further make the ... more
  • 22 hours MultiChoice Talent Factory launches Free Online Masterclasses Sun |Biz
    MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) has announced the launch of a series of online masterclasses. The masterclasses, which will hold on the MTF portal, will offer exclusive access to practical, industry expert-led skills workshops that provides film and television professionals the opportunity to interact and learn from the best on the continent. The online masterclasses sessions will kick off with the Produce Like a PRO! masterclass series. This is designed as a 20-module masterclass on production from pre to post which has been recorded to watch on the go. Comprising 20 carefully crafted modules, the Produce Like a PRO! series is described ... more
  • 22 hours COVID 19: PDP Reps caucus seeks  N5bn SMEs loan to states Sun |Biz
    Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has charged the Federal Government to disburse the sum of N5billion to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in each of the 36 states in the country, as part of palliatives to cushion the effects of COVID 19. The leader of the caucus, Kingsley Chinda, who stated this in a statement, on Thursday, urged the government to maximise the two weeks lockdown by opening up free testing and treatment centres across the six geopolitical zones. The lawmakers also charged the government to step down the payment of ... more
  • 22 hours Naked abuse Sun |Columns
    The COVID-19 crisis has led to a reordering of our lives as we know it, at least for the foreseeable future. Many important events have had to be postponed. One of them is the public presentation of “Naked Abuse: Sex for Grades in African Universities,” written by Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, the acclaimed public analyst and author. The event was supposed to have taken place March 31, in Abuja. I was looking forward to it, and even though the event did not take place, the publication is being released. I was pleasantly surprised when Mr. Adeniyi asked me to write the ... more
  • 22 hours COVID-19: NCC’s 112 national emergency number offers succour to Nigerians Sun |Biz
    The national emergency number 112 set up by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is providing succour to Nigerians in the collective efforts tat fighting the spread of Coronavirus pandemic, also known COVID-19. Nigerians are able to call emergency response agencies/or first responders with respect to any issue they may want to report on the Coronavirus or other health-related issues and emergencies. Already, states and federal government agencies are leveraging the 112 National Emergency Number, whose calls are handled  through the Emergency Communication Centre (ECC) established by the Commission across the country. The ECC project is the brainchild of NCC to ... more
  • 22 hours Fuel: PDP rejects N123.5, insists on N90 per liter Sun |Politics
    Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the reduction of  the price of fuel from N125 to N123.5  by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency ( PPPRA). The PDP in a statement, said the reduction of the pump price of fuel  by N1.50k was further display of alleged cruelty and insensitivity by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to the plight of Nigerians. It insisted that owing to the slump in the price of crude oil in the international market, fuel should be sold for N90 per liter and challenged the Federal Government and the ruling ... more
  • 22 hours Regional security outfits, time bomb that’ll divide Nigeria –Madaki Auta, Shehu of Borno’s Ambassador Sun |Politics
    Kenny Ashaka Chief Bata Madaki Auta, is the Wakili Shehu of Borno, the Ambassador of the Borno Emirate Council outside Borno State. A former banker who served in various capacities at Barclays Bank, Union Bank, Bank of Credit and Commerce International, BCCI and Owena Bank where he retired into private business, BM Auta as he is fondly called made an initial attempt into politics within the fold of the United Nigeria Congress Party, UNCP under the Abacha regime. He joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP when Chief Olusegun Obasanjo began his campaign for the nation’s presidency. He worked with Governors ... more
  • 22 hours Ize-Iyamu appoints 13 directors into campaign organisation Sun |Politics
    Tony Osauzo, Benin An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant for Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, yesterday, announced appointments of 13 directors into his campaign organisation. Those appointed are Charity Amanyaevbo, Director of Mobilisation; Kehinde Garrick, Director of Special Duties; Gideon Obhakhan, Director of Research; Almed Momoh, Director of Welfare; Tom Eshemogie, Director of Administrations; Frank Erewele, Director of Logistics and Abu Momodu, Director of Finance. Other are Jubrin Mariam, Director of Women Mobilisation; Pius Alile, Director of Strategy; Victor Ojo, Di- rector of Security; Johnson Iyamu, Director of Youth Mobilisation; Mike Igaga, Director of ... more
  • 22 hours When repainting rooftops becomes a norm Sun |Biz
    Maduka Nweke, manweke@gmail.com Inequality in distribution of wealth and resources has resulted in individuals devising various meand of living comfortablely. Painting of roofs may have started as a result of people not having the resources to make entire change of materials when they are lookins old but not damaged. Painting roofs white has been–like changing lightbulbs–one of the well-cited easy ways out of climate change. By reflecting more light and heat back to the atmosphere, a white roof should act like a natural anti-warming device, while also reducing your energy costs by keeping your house cool in the summer. However, some ... more
  • 22 hours Air Traffic Controllers set guidelines for prevention of COVID-19 Sun |Biz
    The Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has set new guidelines for the prevention of infection at all the traffic control units in Nigeria. The document that contains the set of guidelines was signed by NATCA’s national president, Abayomi Agoro, and enumerates measures that the traffic control department would take to ensure the safety of all the workers. Though the Federal Government had ordered the shutting down of airports, some essential flight operations are still being carried out. The new guidelines stipulates among other issues, that heads of department should draw up rosters that would ensure that no more than ... more
  • 22 hours Estate focus: Marcopolo Estate, Lagos Sun |Biz
    Shelter is one of the basic necessities of humans preconditioned to find the best and well to do places to live in. Accommodation in Lagos is very pricey just like other things, but sometimes, you are left wondering just how expensive can be to get a good accommodation in Lagos. If you’re talking luxury, you should know what to expect. Marcopolo Estate Luxurious Apartments in Lagos gives you the best option in highbrow areas with many of Nigeria’s elite as neighbours. So if you’re in business looking for top investors and sponsors, this would be a great neighbourhood to meet ... more
  • 22 hours FIRS collects N1.1trn in Q1  Sun |Biz
    Uche Usim, Abuja The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on Thursday said it collected about N1,12 trillion as revenue during the first quarter of the year. The figure represents a 10.4 per cent increase compared to about N1.05 trillion that was collected within the same period last year. The tax authority described the feat as encouraging since the global economic climate has been quite turbulent this year, worsened by a sharp fall in global crude oil prices as a result of COVID-19. FIRS recorded a 568 per cent increase in Capital Gains Tax, from N96.41million in Q1 2019 to about ... more
  • 22 hours CIBN donates N20m to combat COVID-19 in Lagos Sun |Biz
    The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) has made a donation of the sum of N20 million to the Lagos State government to support its efforts in containing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  According to its Registrar/Chief Executive, Mr. Seye Awojobi, as a Not-for-Profit membership organisation, the Institute is fully committed towards ensuring a safe and sound economy as well as supporting all its stakeholders to achieve a healthy and sustainable development of the Country. While noting that the donation was a token of its support towards the state government’s response to the pandemic, it is believed that ... more
  • 22 hours Coronavirus: Stay at home and live! Sun |Columns
    Nigerians may not know the importance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s order for a total lockdown of Lagos State, the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) and Ogun State, as one of the measures to arrest the spread of the deadly coronavirus. They may not also appreciate the lockdown order of some governors, irrespective of my earlier reservations about the closure of state boundaries, in their respective states to help combat this pandemic. In the absence of a known cure, the restriction of movement is one of the best actions any government could take now to fight the rapid spread of coronavirus. It ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: Buhari’s daughter completes self-isolation Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter who has been on quarantine since her return from the United Kingdom has come out of self-isolation. The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, made the disclosure through her twitter handle @aishambuhari. She tweeted the joyous moment captured in a video while expressing her gratitude to God for the opportunity to reunite with her daughter. Mrs Buhari tweeted Thursday night: “It is a thing of joy & gratitude to Almighty God to reunite with my daughter after she had been in isolation for 14 days immediately she landed in Nigeria. While I’m wishing all ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: Osun monarch assures healing underway Sun
    Clement Adeyi, Osogbo Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has assured of God’s divine intervention that would culminate in a healing process capable of terminating the deadly coronavirus pandemic bedeviling the globe. He said that through God’s supremacy, the disease would soon become history, insisting that the deadly infection would suffer a natural castration next week. Oba Akanbi who gave the assurance on Thursday, however, called on the people across the globe to repent of their sins which, he said drew God’s wrath, to be able to obtain His mercy and victory over the ravaging virus. He described the pandemic ... more
  • 1 day Aftermath of 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases: Udom announces 14-day lockdown in A’Ibom Sun
    Joe Effiong, Uyo Following the confirmation of five suspected cases of the novel coronavirus in Akwa Ibom State, Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, has announced a total cessation of movements and prohibition of all events of any nature for 14 days in the state. This is sequel to the confirmation of five cases of coronavirus disease in the state by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Wednesday which were initially rejected by the state government. But in a state-wide broadcast on Thursday evening, the governor said the confirmed cases, most whom health workers, had been moved to an ... more
  • 1 day Wike lifts curfew on parts of Port Harcourt Sun
    TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has lifted the curfew imposed on Education Bus Stop to Agip Junction along Ikwerre Road and Obiri Ikwerre Junction to Ozuoba, Rumualogu and Choba areas of Port Harcourt, with effect from today (Friday). Governor Wike also recalled the suspended Chairman and Deputy of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state. He announced the these decisions yesterday, during a state broadcast. He said: “With effect from tomorrow, April 3, 2020, the 24 hours curfew imposed from Education Bus Stop to Agip Junction along Ikwerre Road and Obiri Ikwerre Junction to Ozuoba, Rumualogu ... more
  • 1 day FG set to train 3,000 COVID-19 volunteers – Minister Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Presidential Task Force on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic has announced that 3,000 volunteers are being assembled to be trained to help in grassroots advocacy on the protocols to be adopted to ensure safety against the disease. Minister of Environment Mohammed Abubakar disclosed this at the daily briefing of the task force on Thursday. He said: “On the personnel side, we are currently assembling about 3,000 additional community volunteers that can be trained quickly in terms of advocacy at the grassroots, counselling and advising as appropriate patients especially in terms of hygiene and sanitation. “Also, we ... more
  • 1 day NCDC replies A’Ibom on COVID-19: Our results are reliable Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has reacted to the Akwa Ibom State Government‘s rejection of the test results of the five coronavirus cases announced on Wednesday. Director-General NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said at the daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 that the rejection of the results was unfortunate. The state had blamed irregularities in the testing process for its position and, therefore, called on the centre to conduct another round of tests forthwith. Ihekweazu, while assuring that tests would be done at the appropriate time, said though they had been some delay in reporting the ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: Bloody clash averted in Abuja Sun
    Fred Itua, Abuja There was commotion in Abuja following a face-off between officers of the police and the Air Force. The incident happened along the Abuja-Keffi road. Trouble started when two young officers of the Air Force drove against the traffic. They were stopped by the monitoring team of the Federal Capital Territory. Policemen, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) officials and men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on the team directed the two men to turn back and follow the right way. This angered the young officers who started hurling insults at the police officer, Azeez ... more
  • 1 day Covid-19: 10 new cases confirmed in Lagos, Abuja Sun
    Fred Ezeh, Abuja Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19 in the country. NCDC, in a tweet, on Thursday, indicated that seven cases were confirmed in Lagos and three in the FCT. It said: “As of 08:00 pm 2nd April, there are 184 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. Twenty have been discharged with two deaths recorded.” Breakdown of cases by states indicate that currently, Lagos has 98 confirmed cases, FCT- 38, Osun- 14, Oyo- 8, Akwa Ibom- 5, Ogun- 4, Edo- 4, Kaduna- 4, Bauchi- 3, Enugu- 2, Ekiti- 2, Rivers-1 and ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: We have no access to announced donations – FG Sun
    Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja The Presidential Task Force on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic has explained that it has no access nor control over the billion of naira being contributed so far. Chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, gave clarifications to the operations of the committee and the method being adopted in the management of the funds. He said the only thing so far received by the task force was the materials donated recently by the founder of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma. According to the SGF, there had so far been four ... more
  • 1 day Catholic Church: Pope Francis approves 2nd dioceses in Niger State Sun
    Fred Ezeh, Abuja Pope Francis has elevated Kontagora Vicariate to the level of a Catholic diocese, bringing to two the number of Catholic dioceses in Niger State – Minna Diocese and Kontagora dioceses. The pope also appointed Most Rev Bulus Dauwa Yohanna, as first bishop of the diocese. Vicariate Secretary, Rev. Fr. Anthony Kass, in a statement, appreciated the Holy Father for the kind consideration and elevation of the level of the diocese. The statement reads: “Greetings and congratulations from the Bishop’s House Kontagora! “I have been directed by the bishop, Most Rev. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna, to inform you that ... more
  • 1 day APC expels Gombe rep over alleged anti-party activity Sun |Politics
    Fred Itua, Abuja The All Progressives Congress (APC), has expelled a member of the House of Representatives, Usman Bello Kumo of Akko Federal Constituency over alleged anti-party activities. The party leaders from Kumo East Ward Chapter of Akko Local Government, Gombe State in a letter to the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, dated April 1, said, the expulsion followed a petition against the federal lawmaker. The party in the letter signed by Musa Barade, chairman of the APC in Kumo East and 20 others, said upon receipt of the petition, the ward executive committee constituted and inaugurated a ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19 ASUU message to FG: If you don’t meet people’s need, expect rebellion Sun
    Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan The President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, has warned the Federal and state governments on the basic factors capable of rubbishing the desired results of lockdown of the country intended to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. He gave the warning in a release, entitled “COVID-19: Together We Shall Win,” which he issued on Thursday and was made available to newsmen in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. According to him, without reasonable supply of electricity, water and unbroken chain of food items that can be categorised as everyday existential needs of ... more
  • 1 day Buratai commissions blocks of 78 flats at Ikeja cantonment, Lagos Sun
    PHILIP NWOSU The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has commissioned two blocks of 39 flats each, totaling 78 flats, at Nigerian Army Cantonment Ikeja, Lagos. The commissioning ceremony was the third since the GOC assumed duty in July 2019. While emphasizing how lucky 81 Division is in terms of benefitting from the army chief’s intervention the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division Major General Olu Irefin who also represented the Chief of Army Staff, noted that the COAS had yet awarded another contract for the renovation of four additional blocks of flats for soldiers in the ... more
  • 1 day Humanitarian aid: German gov’t pledges €5.5m to Nigeria Sun
    Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja To help the vulnerable in the society to continue having access to clean water, food and shelter, the German Government has pledged the sum of €5.5m to the Nigerian humanitarian fund. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Nigeria, announced the pledge on its Twitter handle. The donation followed the evacuation of 222 German and European Union (EU) citizens from Nigeria by the German Missions in Nigeria. “#Germany pledges €5.5m to the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund. “It’s more critical than ever for vulnerable people to have access to clean water, food and shelter. “This ... more
  • 1 day Police confirm killing of 22 persons by bandits in Sokoto village Sun
    Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto The Sokoto State Police Command has confirmed an attack on Gangara village in Sabon Birni Local Government Area where no fewer than 22 people were reportedly killed. The attack, according to reports, was perpetrated on Wednesday afternoon. A spokesman for the state police command, ASP Abubakar M Sadiq, who confirmed the attack, promised to give more details on the attack. Our correspondent gathered that the bandits arrived at the village and started shooting sporadically, killing people on sight and razing down several properties. Eyewitness accounts say the attackers arrived on no fewer than 150 motorcycles, each carrying ... more
  • 1 day Senator Gyang grieves as bandits kill Plateau villagers at home Sun
    Gyang Bere, Jos The Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence and senator representing Plateau North, Barr. Istifanus Gyang has described as sad and disturbing when all nations of the world and Nigeria are battling with the COVID-19, bandits are killings people in their homes in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State. He noted with dismay that on Tuesday and Wednesday 31 March and 1 April, killer bandits attacked and killed 10 persons at Hukke and Kyle Borough villages of Irigwe Chiefdom, in Bassa Local Government Area in Plateau North senatorial district. Senator Gyang in a statement signed by his ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19 Lockdown Tragedy: Delta orders investigation into alleged killing of Warri youth Sun
    Paul Osuyi, Asaba, Ben Dumo, Warri The Delta State Government on Thursday ordered a full-scale investigation into the alleged killing of a 28-year-old man, Joseph Pessu, in Warri. The victim was allegedly killed by security operatives on routine patrol for allegedly flouting the stay-at-order of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as part of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Reacting to the alleged murder, the state Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, said in a statement that government was worried as a result of the incident. Aniagwu said the state government had sent a delegation to the family ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: FG commences disinfestation of FCT Sun
    Agu Dawn, Abuja Given the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in the country, the federal government has commenced the disinfestation of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in order to guarantee safe and conducive environment for the residents. Flagging off the National Decontamination and Disinfestation of FCT and other States at the Federal Fire Service (FFS) headquarters in Abuja yesterday, the minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar said that the exercise would be extended to other States. He noted that the exercise is a collaborative effort between the ministries of Environment and Interior, aimed at curtailing the spread of Covid-19 across ... more
  • 1 day Enugu begins fumigation of markets, secretariats, other areas Sun
    Magnus Eze, Enugu The Enugu State Government has commenced the fumigation of markets, bus stops, secretariats and other designated densely-populated areas in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state. Enugu State Chief Fire Officer Okwudili Ohaa, who spoke to reporters shortly after Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi supervised the flag off of the exercise at the Ogbete Main market, lamented that the agency’s major setback was the residents’ defiance of the state government’s stay-at-home order. He said that the exercise was impeded as the residents were still conducting business and roaming the streets. According ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: Artiste begs Nigerians to maintain social distancing as confirmed cases rise Sun |10ment
    Okwe Obi, Abuja As confirmed cases of the dreaded pandemic, Coronavirus continue to climb, a Nigerian artiste, Osazuwa Cynthia popularly known as Cynthia Proper, has appealed to Nigerians to maintain social distancing so that a lasting solution would be provided for those already infected This is even as she noted that the virus had grounded the music industry, as artistes no longer go for concerts to eke out a living. As at the time of writing, 23 new cases have been confirmed in Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Osun Ekiti, Bauchi and Kaduna States, including the Federal Capital Territory, leading to ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19 lockdown: IGP warns against police harassment on civil populace Sun
    Molly Kilete, Abuja The Inspector General of Police(IGP), Adamu, has warned against the unnecessary harassment of innocent citizens by police personnel deployed to enforce the lockdown and social restriction order of president a Muhammadu Buhari, to curb the spread of the novel corona virus in the country. The warning is coming on the backdrop of complaints by Nigerians over harassment by men of the Nigerian police. The IGP in a statement signed by force public relations officer Frank Mba, said he would not tolerate a situation where the rights of Nigerians are infringed upon under any pretext. He said persons ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: Enugu community leaders hail Gov Ugwuanyi for relocating isolation centre Sun
    Fred Itua, Abuja Oji River Indigenous Peoples Association Worldwide, has applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for rescinding his decision to site a Coronavirus isolation centre in Achi, Oji Local Government Area of Enugu State. National President of the association, Dr Obiechina Alex Chukwuemeka, who doubles as a former governorship candidate and a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in a statement released on behalf of the community, said the action of the governor has doused the tension in the community. He had argued that the move will expose the community and other surrounding villages in the Local Government to the ... more
  • 1 day NAFDAC uncovers establishment selling expired Agro-chemical inputs in Borno Sun
    The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it had uncovered an establishment engaged in alleged illegal sale of unwholesome and expired agro-chemical inputs in Maiduguri. Malam Nasiru Mato, the agency’s Zonal Director, disclosed Thursday in an interview with  News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri. He said  the agency made the discovery during mop-up activities at the Maiduguri Central market following intelligence report. Mato said various expired and unregistered products worth over N25 million, were seized during the raid. He listed some of the products to include; glycel, agrosyler micronutrients fertiliser, NPK gel fertiliser, fel ... more
  • 1 day Police warn vigilante group against jungle justice Sun
    The Commissioner of Police in Kebbi, Mr Agunbiade Oluyemi-Lasore, has cautioned vigilante group and other voluntary security organisations against killing people based on mere suspicion. Oluyemi-Lasire gave the warning in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Nafi’u Abubakar, in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday. The commissioner said that he was “miffed and highly pained in the indiscriminate killing of members of the public.” “Members of the public are being killed based on mere suspicion and without recourse to judicial process by some members of voluntary security organisations in the state, especially Yansakai. “In ... more
  • 1 day God is showing his supremacy through Covid-19 -Tsav Sun
     Rose Ejembi, Makurdi Socio critic and former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav (CP rtd.) has opined that God Almighty brought the novel coronavirus epidemic commonly known as COVID 19 to show His supremacy and to establish that there is none like Him and also to teach humanity some sense.  Tsav, in a WhatsApp message he sent to our correspondent stated that the pandemic had humbled great world leaders like President Donald Trump and the Italian President among others. “Great World leaders like the vocal Donald Trump of USA is humbled by the hopelessness of ... more
  • 1 day Covid-19: Benue to commence fumigation of public places on Thursday Sun
     Rose Ejembi, Makurdi Benue State government would commence the fumigation of public places across the state from Thursday this week. Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this on Wednesday when he went on an awareness and sensitization campaign to all the major markets in Makurdi, the state capital, to enlighten traders on the need to shut down markets as a way of beating down the spread of coronavirus. Ortom who observed that many traders were yet to comply with the sit-at-home order said stringent measures would be employed to ensure absolute compliance as from  Thursday. “We are appealing to ... more
  • 1 day SUBEB distributes motorcycles to enhance quality control in Bauchi Sun
     Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (BASUBEB), says it has distributed 15 motorcycles to 15 Local Education Authorities (LEAs) to enhance supervision and achieve quality control in schools. Mohammad Abdullahi, the spokesperson of the Board, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria( NAN)  on Thursday in Bauchi. Abdullahi said the motorcycles were distributed  to assist education inspectors to closely monitor teaching and learning in schools as well as ensure effective quality control in  schools. He said that motorcycles would also be provided to the remaining five LEAs, as part of proactive measures to enhance monitoring ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19, threat to food security-Experts Sun
     Prof. Veronica Obatolu, the Executive Director, Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan, says Covid-19 remains a threat to food security due to the negative effects on production and research. Obatolu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ibadan that the pandemic was raging at a time the country was entering the new cropping season. She said the effects on production would be immediate as manifested in reduction in supply with an increase in demand and subsequent increase in cost and reduced accessibility due to limited poor crop production plan and execution. Obatolu said agriculture as ... more
  • 1 day MNJTF launches massive offensive operations against Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists Sun
     The Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has launched a coordinated offensive to dislodge Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists from Tunbuns Islands of the Lake Chad. The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja. Onyeuko said the troops involved in the operation were the Sector 2 MNJTF (Chad Republic), Sector 3 MNJTF (Nigeria) and Sector 4 MNJTF (Niger Republic). He said the insurgents retreated into the Tumbuns of Lake Chad from where they plan attacks on soft and hard targets following the sustained onslaught against them ... more
  • 1 day Police rescue 2 Chinese nationals kidnapped in Ebonyi Sun
     Chijioke Agwu, Abakaliki Ebonyi State police command has rescued two Chinese nationals who were kidnapped at a mining site at Ishiagu in Ivo local government area of the state. The victims , Shen Gushen and Mao Ximnim ,who were kidnapped on Sunday ,March 29, 2020, were released unhurt by their abductors. According to the command’s spokesman, DSP Loveth Odah, the victims were released unharmed as a result of the sustained pressure mounted by the police operatives from the command. Odah said: “It would be recalled that on 29/03/2020 the command confirmed a kidnap incident of ... more
  • 1 day NUJ drums support for campaign against COVID-19 in Sokoto Sun
     Sokoto State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has urged people in border communities in the state to support government’s efforts to prevent spread of COVID-19. Mr Isa Shuni, Chairman of the association, made the call on Thursday while monitoring compliance with restriction of movements on the state boundary. Shuni appealed to residents of boundary settlements to report illegal routes used by travellers coming or moving out of the state. He noted that the state government had its borders and inter-state routes as part of precautionary measures against the spread of CONVID-19. The chairman said he led a ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19: FRSC, scurity agencies partner to enforce lockdown in Osun Sun
     The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Osun says its personnel have been deployed to support other security agencies in enforcing the lockdown aimed at curtailing the spread of the coronavirus. The Acting Sector Commander, Mr Salam Rasak, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Osogbo. ” The command had also organised series of public enlightenment programmes on radio and television for motorists to avoid overloading while maintaining social distance. ” We have intensified our efforts in the area of public enlightenment programmes on radio and televisions stations to sensitise our ... more
  • 2 days IPMAN commends FG over fuel pump price reduction, pledges compliance Sun
    Ajiri Daniels, Abuja The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has commended the Federal Government for further reducing the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), from N125 per litre to N123.50 per litre. The government had, on Tuesday, announced further cut in domestic pump price of petrol from N125 to N123.50. The new price cut is coming three weeks after the government slashed the initial price from N145 down to N125. National President of IPMAN, Alhaji (ENGR) Sanusi Fari, in a statement released in Abuja, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the ... more
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