Saturday, March 21, 2020

Passengers stranded as Benin Republic closes border

Hundreds of passengers were stranded in Seme on Saturday as the Benin Republic closed its border over the global coronavirus pandemic.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited Seme border reports that the Benin Republic had closed the departure and arrival gates as early as 6:00 a.m. on Saturday

NAN reports that most of the passengers travelling to the Republic of Benin through Seme border were stranded because of the closure.

Passengers who were indigenes of Benin Republic were allowed to pass through the gate to their country while Nigerians were allowed to go through the gate to Nigeria.

North Korea fires two ballistic missiles into sea amid coronavirus pandemic

North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday, the latest in a series of such launches by Pyongyang as the world struggles with the coronavirus pandemic.

The South Korean military condemned the launches as “extremely inappropriate given the difficult situation the world is experiencing due to COVID-19… We urge them to stop immediately.”

North Korea has not reported any cases of the coronavirus, which has turned into a major crisis with more than 11,000 deaths and over 250,000 infections worldwide.

There has been widespread speculation, however, that the virus has reached the isolated nation, and health experts have warned that it could devastate the country given its weak medical infrastructure and widespread malnutrition.

COVID-19: Italy records almost 800 daily deaths

Italy on Saturday reported 793 new coronavirus deaths, a one-day record that saw its toll shoot up to 4,825 — 38.3 percent of the world’s total.

The number of COVID-19 infections rose by 6,557 to 53,578, another record.

The total number of fatalities in the northern Lombardy regions around Milan surpassed 3,000. It accounts for nearly two-thirds of Italy’s fatalities.

Italy has reported 1,420 deaths since Friday, a grim figure that suggests the pandemic is breaking through the government’s various containment and social distancing measures.

Striker Paulo Dybala, girlfriend test positive for coronavirus

Juventus striker, Paulo Dybala, and his girlfriend, Oriana Sabatin, have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

He made this known via his Twitter handle on Saturday.
He tweeted, “Hi everyone, I just wanted to inform you that we have received the results for the COVID-19 test and both Oriana and I have tested positive.
“Luckily, we are in perfect condition. Thanks for your messages.”

Nigerian govt shuts Lagos, Abuja international airports

The federal government of Nigeria, on Saturday, announced the shut down of international flights coming into Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

This was confirmed in a statement signed by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu.

“Further to our earlier letter on restriction of international flights into Nigeria, we wish to inform you that effective Monday 23 March at 2300Z to 23 April at 2300z, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos (DNMM) and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja (DNAA) will be closed to international flights,” the statement read.

“This is in addition to the closure of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano (DNKN); Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (DNEN); and Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa (DNPO) effective Saturday, 21 March at 2300Z.

Groom dies on wedding day in Jos

A groom-to-be, Samuel Yarling, of Lamingo, Jos, has reportedly died on his wedding day leaving his bride-to-be and both families devastated.

The wedding which was slated for March 21, at the ECWA Church Seminary, had sent two families into mourning after the sudden death of the groom.

Late Yarling was set to marry his heartthrob, Miss Helen Weze, a nurse, who according to the family is currently on admission at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital (BHUT) after going into shock, on learning about her soon-to-be husband’s death.

A family member said that late Yarling was full of life before his untimely death.

COVID-19: Spain emerges second in europe with 1,300 deaths

Spain on Saturday reported a 32 per cent spike in new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the country total to 1,326 fatalities, the second-highest in Europe after Italy.

The number of infections across the country also shot up to 24,926, the health ministry said in a statement.

The capital Madrid remains the hardest hit in the country, according to the tally reported by the ministry.

The new numbers follow a fresh spike in both deaths and infections on Friday.

Troops rescue nine kidnap victims in Zamfara

Troops of the Operation Hadarin Daji have rescued nine victims kidnapped by bandits in Bindim and Koli towns, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The victims – seven males and two females – have been handed over to their respective families by the military authorities.

In a statement on Saturday by the spokesman of the Defence Headquarters, Benard Onyeuko, the rescued was made possible based on credible intelligence.

“Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI acting on credible intelligence invalidates 2 bandits in Bindim and Koli towns of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Four Burkina Faso ministers test positive to coronavirus

Four government ministers are among the latest cases of coronavirus in Burkina Faso as two new deaths were reported by the country’s health emergency response operations centre on Saturday.

According to press releases issued by their respective departments, the ministers of foreign affairs, interior, education, and mines and quarries have all tested positive for COVID-19.

“Two deaths (have been) recorded today, bringing the number of deaths since the start of the epidemic to three,” the report from the operations centre known as Corus said.

“Twenty-four (new) cases were confirmed on March 20, including 19 in Ouagadougou, two in Bobo-Dioulasso, two in Boromo and one in Dedougou.”

I’ve not retired from comedy –Julius Agwu

Comedian, actor, and master of ceremonies, Julius Agwu, has said that the entertainment industry is now a safe haven for many Nigerian graduates who do not want to get involved in fraudulent activities.

The 46-year-old multi-talented entertainer also maintained that the comedy industry is not congested but comedians only need to re-strategise.

In an interview with Saturday Beats, Agwu said, “When I look around, I’m excited about what is happening in the industry, because many graduates are now into entertainment.

“I thank God for Instagram because everybody now has the privilege to make money for themselves so far they are not stealing or doing any fraudulent activity to earn a living.

Coronavirus : FG suspends railway services as from Monday

The Nigerian Railway Corporation plans to suspend all passenger services in the country effective Monday, March 23, says the Federal Government.

The suspension is not unconnected to the spread of the novel COVID-19 which increased from 12 to 22 in the country on Saturday.

Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), made this disclosure on Saturday via his verified Twitter handle.

 FG also announced the closure of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos; and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja effective Monday, March 23.

Lagos goes tough, bans gatherings of over 20

The Lagos State Government has banned all religious and social gathering of over 20 people.

The state government announced this on its Facebook page after 22 cases of coronavirus were recorded in the country on Saturday.

Before the new development, the LASG had imposed restrictions on gatherings of over 50.

It urged residents in the state to adhere to the new directive.

Breaking! Lagos records 7 new positive coronavirus cases as record around the country hits 22

There are 10 new cases of confirmed coronavirus in Nigeria, the Federal Government has announced.

Three of the new cases are in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and seven new cases in Lagos State.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 22.

A statement by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said: “All 10 new cases are Nigerian nationals; 9 (nine) of them have travel history to the Canada, France, Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom.

Coronavirus: Ogboni cult head releases statement, offers to perform rituals to cleanse Nigeria

The spiritual and traditional head of the Aborigine Ogboni worldwide, Oba Olakisan Adetoyese has offered to perform rituals to appease to gods in bid to end the scourge of coronavirus in the country.

Oba Adetoyese said that the federal government should tackle the pandemic disease with traditional and spiritual means.

The head of fraternity made this known in a statement made available to journalists in Osogbo, Osun State on Saturday.

He said that coronavirus should be fought with spiritual power and not only scientific means.

Breaking! Three tests positive for coronavirus in Abuja

 Three persons have tested positive for Coronavirus in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

According to a report by The Punch,  the capital index case is an official of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

He was one of the passengers on the British Airways’ flight that landed on March 13, 2020.

Punch confirmed that a medical doctor who disclosed the index cases said that the three patients had been moved to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital.

Spain turns hotels to hospitals as Coronavirus death toll rises

The Spanish Government is ordering the closure of all hotels across the country by next Thursday so they can be converted into hospitals after the country’s death toll rose by 169 in a day to 1,002

The Ministry of Health in Spain published the regulation on Thursday night in an extraordinary Official State Gazette notice.

The new measure orders ‘the suspension of opening to the public of all hotels and similar lodgings, tourist accommodation and other short-term accommodation… situated on national territory,’ the official notice reads.

I hated God for abandoning me – BBNaija star, Diane

2019 Big Brother Naija former housemate, Diane Yashim, popularly called Diane Russet, has recounted how she once ‘hated God’ because of what she went through after the death of her father.

The reality star in a recent interview with The Punch, opens up on the setbacks she faced and how she questioned God for years.

She said, “My mother’s prayers have been working for me. I didn’t know that the love I’m getting was going to be so overwhelming and I’m surprised about everything

“I remember crying more than I prayed. I remember questioning God and for a couple of years, I hated God if that makes any sense. It was difficult for me to get back to where I was with God because I struggled to pray. You know, I lost my dad. School wasn’t going fine and I had a lot of setbacks. But looking at things now, I feel that I had to have gone through that phase to be where I am today. That’s why I appreciate things now and I won’t trade my journey so far for anything now.

Lagos hospitals flooded with chloroquine-overdose patients

Gboyega Akosile, chief press secretary to the governor says some hospitals in Lagos state have started receiving patients suffering from chloroquine poisoning.

Akosile who quoted Oreoluwa Finnih, senior special assistant to the governor on health, urged people to stay away from excessive consumption of chloroquine as a measure to fight coronavirus.

Following a statement by US President, Donald Trump saying chloroquine, oral artemisinin-based monotherapy (oAMTs) has been approved for the treatment of covid-19, many Nigerians rushed to purchase the drug in excess.

75 year old man arrested for defiling two sisters aged 2 and 4

The Anambra state police command have arrested 75-year- old man, Raphael Mbanyereude aka Papa Okoye, pictured above, for allegedly defiling two sisters aged two and four in Okija, Ihiala Local government area of Anambra state.

In a statement released on Friday March 20th, the spokesperson of the state police command, Haruna Mohammed, said the aged man was arrested following a report by the mother. He said the Commissioner of Police, John Abang, has ordered for immediate transfer of the case to the State CID for discreet investigation.

“On the 17/3/2020 at about 11:am, following a formal complaint, Police operatives attached to Okija Division arrested one Raphael Mbanyereude alias (Papa Okoye)’m’ aged 75years of Okija in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State. Suspect allegedly had unlawful carnal knowledge with two minors all females, aged 2 and four years(Children of same parent) respectively.

Australian couple cancel weddings as coronavirus spread

A cluster of 35 coronavirus cases linked to a marriage ceremony near Sydney and new government measures have hit Australia’s multi-billion-dollar wedding industry and forced many tearful couples to cancel the big day.

Restrictions on gatherings of more than 100 people were announced this week in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.

Among the new rules was the stipulation that indoor events should allow at least four square metres (43 square feet) per person, while the government has advised people to stay at least one metre away from one another.

The outbreak and new rules have thrown the wedding industry — worth around Aus$4 billion (US$2.3 billion) a year in Australia — into limbo.

Man dresses In dinosaur costume to escape quarantine

A man in Spain has been arrested for walking the streets wearing a T-Rex dinosaur outfit to take his trash outside while the country is on lockdown.

It is gathered that the man who tested positive for coronavirus was arrested after he was seen dressed as nan enormous brown dinosaur.

The Murcia Police located in the southeastern Spanish city shared footage of the man dressed as a dinosaur and warned citizens to stay at home.

Writing on Twitter, Murcia Police said while dog owners can go on short walks, dinosaurs cannot. They wrote:

TV show host Andy Cohen tests positive for Coronavirus

American television talk show host Andy Cohen is the latest celebrity to test positive for the novel coronavirus.

The 51-year-old host of the long-running late-night show “Watch What Happens Live” revealed on his Instagram page that he tested positive for coronavirus

“After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus… I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves.”

The revelation is coming hours after Andy Cohen had announced that he would be filming his show without a live audience and from his New York home in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. That plan is now on hold as Cohen said he would be focusing on getting better.

Abiara calls for national prayer to end coronavirus

A former General Evangelist, Christ Apostolic Church, Prophet Samuel Abiara, has urged world leaders to seek God’s intervention by convening national prayer sessions in addition to proactive medical measures being taken to end the COVID 19 pandemic.

Abiara, who said that the killer virus would mysteriously fizzle out the same way it came, however, stressed that all legitimate means should be deployed in combating the scourge.

The renowned cleric spoke yesterday during a press conference held on the coronavirus pandemic at the Christ Apostolic Church, Agbala Itura, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The man of God lamented the poor state of health facilities in the country, saying, “There is need for Federal Government to equip both the big hospitals and the primary health centres.

Okada riders burn FRSC office over rumoured death of motorcyclist

There was chaos on Friday in Minna, Niger State, when angry commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as okada riders, burnt down the office of the Federal Road Safety Corps .

The okada riders were angry over the death of one of their colleagues allegedly caused by some FRSC officials.

It was learnt that the late motorcyclist rode against traffic along the GRA in the state and in a bid to arrest him, the FRSC officials on patrol opened their vehicle door to block his motorcycle.

Eyewitnesses said the rider crashed the motorcycle in the process and hit his head on the pavement, leading to a serious injury. He was said to have been rushed to a hospital where he died.

Country music legend, Kenny Rogers passes away at 81

American country music legend Kenny Rogers has died aged 81.

A family representative said he "passed away peacefully at home from natural causes".

Rogers topped pop and country charts during the 1970s and 1980s, and won three Grammy awards.

Known for his husky voice and ballads including The Gambler, Lucille and Coward Of The County, his career spanned more than six decades.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and, that same year, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association.

Assault: Oluwo must appear in person, court rules

An Osogbo Magistrates’ Court on Friday ordered the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, to appear in person for the hearing of a matter bordering on allegations of assault filed against him by the Agbowu of Ogbaagba, Oba Dirkrullahi Akinropo.

Oba Akinropo filed a suit accusing Oba Akanbi of assault at a peace meeting in the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone XI, on  February 14.

Through his counsel, Soji Oyetola, Oba Akinropo on March 6 sought and got relief of the court to file an application to compel the Oluwo to appear in person for trial.

Canada confirms over 1000 cases of coronavirus, announces non-acceptance of asylum seekers for now

Canada’s cases of the COVID-19 respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus passed more than 1,000 on Friday.

The sobering reality of the pandemic has made Prime Minister Justin Trudeau roll out a series of measures to stop further spread of the disease.

Henceforth, Canada will turn back asylum seekers who walk over the U.S.-Canada border, Trudeau said on Friday, as economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak intensified and a ban on non-essential travel across the world’s longest undefended border was set to come into effect.

Italian who brought coronavirus to Nigeria is discharged

The unnamed Italian was discharged on Friday night after receiving treatment for nearly a month in Lagos, the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said

Earlier in the week, Nigeria’s health minister Osagie Ehanire said the patient had tested negative and that further tests would be carried out before he could be allowed to go home.

 “As the COVID-19 Incident Commander for Lagos, I am glad to inform you that the index case; the Italian gentleman is now negative,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Sanwo-Olu said the index patient donated one unit of white blood (plasma) before he was discharged on Friday. The blood plasma is rich in antibody proteins that target #COVID19 virus.

Zimbabwe Reports First Coronavirus Case

Zimbabwe on Friday reported its first coronavirus case, a man who returned to his home in the tourist resort town of Victoria Falls from Britain at the weekend.

“The is the first case of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe,” said Health Minister Obadiah Moyo on state television ZTV.

“The patient is a 38-year-old Caucasian man… who had travelled to Manchester in the UK on the 7th of March and returned to his home in Victoria Falls on the 15th of March via South Africa,” he said.

The Zimbabwean government on Tuesday announced a raft of steps to prevent the virus from spreading – including the cancellation of public and sporting events, and constraints on gatherings. Schools will close on Tuesday.

Angry mob sets robbery suspect ablaze in Imo

An armed robbery suspect caught while operating in Owerri, the Imo State capital, has been set ablaze by an angry crowd.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Friday at ‘Batcher Estate,’ near Mechanic Village along Umukoto, Nekede in the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.

The incident followed the killing of a motorcyclist by two suspected robbers who robbed the rider of his motorcycle. According to eyewitnesses, the suspect and three other members of his gang invaded the estate and started robbing residents in their rooms.

But while they were operating, a neighbour raised the alarm which woke up members of the village.

Coronavirus: Staff in US Vice President’s office tests positive

A staff in the office of US Vice President Mike Pence, the pointman for Washington’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, has tested positive for the illness, a spokeswoman said Friday.

“Neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence had close contact with the individual.

Further contact tracing is being conducted,” Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller said.

Pence has appeared at Trump’s side at the daily White House press conferences to announce developments in the US fight against the outbreak.

It was the latest case of COVID-19 to brush the inner circle of US leadership.

UNIABUJA suspends 24 students arrested during cult initiation

The University of Abuja on Friday announced the indefinite suspension of 24 students of the institution arrested during cult initiation in Gwako village along Gwagwalada Road in the Federal Capital Territory.

The students, including seven final year students, arrested by the police on March 15 after the villagers raised the alarm of a crowd of cultists hiding in a bush.

The suspected cultists arrested with the effort of the community vigilantes had subsequently been taken into police custody.

According to an eyewitness, a total of 46 persons suspected to be students were arrested but about 24 are from the University of Abuja. It was not clear yet where the other suspects school. They were stripped and beaten by the villagers before they were moved away by the police in two vans.

Pregnant woman drinks poison after discovering boyfriend’s marital status

A 20-year-old woman in Anambra State on Thursday tried to kill herself after discovering that her boyfriend was a married man.

The woman, Oluchi Akabilo, from Obosi, in the Idemili North Local Government Area of the state, allegedly took a liquid substance suspected to be poison.

She was said to have been rescued and arrested by the police for attempted suicide.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, said the woman became devastated when she knew about her lover’s marital status.

Hyundai set to unveil electric SUV in Nigeria

Stallion Motors, an auto assembler and franchisee of nine global brands including Hyundai, has announced plans to introduce electric sport utility vehicle into Nigeria’s automobile market before the end of this year.

The company’s Vice Chairman, Mr Haresh Vaswani, stated that Stallion planned to officially introduce to Nigeria’s market, Hyundai Kona, an electric car, which he noted had been adjudged by European motoring journalists as world’s number one.

Vaswani said well-meaning and concerned people globally were urgently making moves to save the planet by using electric cars.

He said, “After operating successfully in Nigeria for over five decades, the least our company could give back to the country and, by extension, the world is to be a leading pilot in steering the nation to the direction of clean energy use and reduction of emission.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Two FBI wanted Nigerians Onajokpe, Nnamdi convicted in Warri for cyberfraud

Two FBI wanted Nigerians, Patrick Erakposhere Onajokpe and Macdonald Chukwuma Nnamdi, along with four others have been convicted in Warri and sentenced.

Onajokpe and Nnamdi were convicted by Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court, Warri, Delta State for various offences bordering on impersonation and Internet fraud.

The four others were convicted for operating a vessel within Nigerian Waters without due registration and licence by appropriate authority.

They were all prosecuted by the Benin office of the EFCC.

Chloroquine poisoning in Nigeria after Trump’s false claims

Gboyega Akosile, chief press secretary to Lagos state governor, has revealed that some hospitals in Lagos state have been receiving patients suffering from chloroquine poisoning.

Akosile made the statement while quoting Oreoluwa Finnih, senior special assistant to the governor on health.

He warned people against the consumption of chloroquine as a measure to fight coronavirus.

The demand for chloroquine, oral artemisinin-based monotherapy (oAMTs) for malaria treatment, soared a few hours after President Donald Trump announced that the drug had been approved by his country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the virus.

Coronavirus: Court rejects total border shutdown request

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, rejected an application to compel the Federal Government to totally bar entry into the country from the US, Iran and China.

Justice Inyang Ekwo refused the ex parte motion filed by an Abuja-based lawyer, Johnmary Jideobi.

He ordered the applicant to put the respondent on notice.

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) is the only respondent in the suit.

Coronavirus: Work from home, Fayemi tells Ekiti civil servants

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Friday, barred social, political, religious and family gatherings of more than 20 persons as part of efforts to check the spread of coronavirus.

The governor, who announced that “all public and private schools and institutions in Ekiti State are to close down from Monday, March 23”, also directed that “all non-essential workers in private and public sectors are encouraged to work from home from Monday, March 23”.

Fayemi, in a statewide broadcast in Ado Ekiti, said, “Now that we are aware of its presence in our midst, we must leave no stone unturned to make Ekiti State coronavirus (COVID-19) free. We must combat and curtail its spread by ensuring our people are actively involved in government’s efforts to fight this global pandemic. While the world frantically searches for a cure, our best and only defense is prevention.”

Ekiti on March 18 recorded its first case of coronavirus, The Punch reports.

COVID-19: Google doodle honours handwashing pioneer Doctor Ignaz Semmelweis

Google on Friday, March 20 posted a handwashing video Doodle recognising Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis and creating awareness about handwashing to curtail the coronavirus outbreak.

In the video, Google explained that the doodle follows the official guidelines on how to properly wash your hands from the World Health Organisation.

“Today’s Doodle recognises Hungarian physician Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, widely attributed as the first person to discover the medical benefits of handwashing.

“On this day in 1847, Semmelweis was appointed Chief Resident in the maternity clinic of the Vienna General Hospital, where he deduced and demonstrated that requiring doctors to disinfect their hands vastly reduced the transmission of disease,” Google wrote, explaining the doddle.”

Gambia hunting 14 coronavirus quarantine escapees

Gambian authorities were on Friday searching for 14 people who broke out of a hotel where they had been quarantined as a coronavirus precaution and escaped, health officials, said.

The group was among 32 passengers who arrived on a flight from the United Kingdom on Wednesday and placed in quarantine in the hotel located in the capital Banjul.

In a statement broadcast on Thursday, Health Minister Ahmadou Lamin Samateh said that some quarantined passengers “apparently became aggressive,” broke down the hotel gates and ran away.

He added that the incident was “very, very detrimental” and created “risk for the entire nation”.

FG plans to ban importation of milk by 2023

The Federal Government says it is planning to ban the importation of milk in the next two to three years in the country.

Alhaji Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said this at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum, in Abuja.

Nanono said that the government had the mechanism with effective plans and strategies to ensure that it worked out positively.

“I am telling you that it will work out well because there are many processes and plans already on ground.

Coronavirus: Nigeria’s aviation industry to lose N160bn, 22,200 jobs

The disruption to air travel due to the continued spread of coronavirus will cost Nigeria’s aviation industry over N160.58bn (using Bureau de Change rate of N370 to $1) ($434m) in revenue and 22,200 jobs, the International Air Transport Association has said.

IATA said on Thursday that the country would also lose approximately 2.2 million passengers.

The association, an umbrella body for 290 airlines globally, had in early March projected 853,000 losses in passenger volumes and $170m loss in base revenues in Nigeria if the spread of COVID-19 continued.

In its country-specific loss analysis, the IATA said since the end of January, thousands of passenger flights had been cancelled in Africa.

OAU sends students home over coronavirus

The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have announced the closure of the university until further notice.

A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, on Friday, said this was in compliance with directives from the Federal Government.

The FG had on Thursday ordered all tertiary institutions and unity schools to shut down in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

“All students of the university have been directed to proceed on a break, and those in the university’s halls of residence have been asked to vacate their hostels and go home.

Congolese music legend Mabele dies of coronavirus

Congolese music legend Aurlus Mabele has died in Paris of coronavirus, his family and friends said on Friday.

“My father died this morning from the coronavirus, please honour his memory,” his daughter rapper Liza Monet, said on Twitter.

Claudy Siar, the presenter of Radio France International’s “Couleurs Tropicales” Afro music programme, also paid tribute to the 67-year-old singer known as the “King of Soukous”, a high-tempo modern variant of Congolese rumba.

His former bandmate Mav Cacharel also mourned his loss on Facebook, paying tribute to a man who sold more than 10 million records and had a huge following across Africa.

Monaco's head of state tests positive for coronavirus

Prince Albert II of Monaco has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Palace of Monaco confirmed its ruler has tested positive for the new coronavirus in a statement made available to the public.

The monarch appears to be the first head of state who has publicly confirmed he has contracted the deadly virus.

Albert in the statement advised his people to respect confinement measures.

WAEC postpones school WASSCE over COViD-19

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has postponed the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates, 2020 indefinitely.

In a statement, WAEC Nigeria’s Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Ehidiamen Areghan, said the examination scheduled to begin April 6, 2020 in member countries, was postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement reads in part: “The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Nigeria, nay, the West African sub-region, has decided to put on hold the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates, 2020, earlier scheduled to commence on April 6, 2020.

Osinbajo leads special committee to deal with coronavirus

In what reflects a continuous and consistent confrontation of COVID-19 in Nigeria, State governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council (NEC) have set up a Special Committee to coordinate Federal and State governments’ response to deal with the fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Committee which started deliberations immediately after the NEC meeting on Thursday is chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, with the Governors of Jigawa, Edo, Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Kebbi and Ogun States as members.

The establishment of the Special Committee mandated to coordinate the responses of the Federal Government and States especially as it relates to the socio-economic implications of the pandemic on Nigerians, was the major outcome of the Council meeting which featured several presentations on COVID-19 ranging from the economic to the financial and public health dimensions of the matter.

Nse Etim goes into self-isolation as she returns from UK

Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim, has gone into self-isolation after returning yesterday from UK.

Ikpe-Etim disclosed this in a series of tweets on twitter. She, however, made it clear she has not displayed any coronavirus symptoms but was taking steps as a responsible citizen. Her tweets...

“Hi lovelies, yesterday morning, I returned to Lagos from the UK – one of the countries listed as a COVID-19 hotspot by the Federal Ministry of Health.

“I am presently in self-isolation according to the directives of the NCDC and in constant communication with them.