Saturday, April 18, 2020

Nigeria records another giant rise in COVID-19, announces 49 new cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has confirmed 49 new COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

Of the 49 cases, 23 were recorded in Lagos, 12 in FCT, 10 in Kano, 2 in Ogun and 1 each in Oyo and Ekiti states.

As at 10:40 pm 18th April there are 542 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.



FCTA quarantines official caught acting unprofessionally during Abba Kyari’s burial at Gudu Cemetery

The Health and Human Services Secretariat of the FCTA has said the man who was seen in a viral video putting off his PPE unprofessionally after participating in the burial of late Mallam Abba Kyari has been quarantined.

This was made known in a statement. Read below....

Military invade Ebonyi community, as abducted Naval officer is used for rituals

The Nigerian Navy on Friday night invaded an Ebonyi Community where a naval officer had gone missing last month.

The invasion followed a painstaking investigation into the missing of the naval officer who went missing in Umuogodoakpu Mgbo in Ohaukwu local government area.

The state governor, David Umahi, stated this during his weekly live broadcast briefing to the people of the state on COVID-19.

He said investigations revealed that the naval officer was killed and used for rituals by the people of the area with his head taken away by one of his killers.

So sad! Women and children die in Borno aid stampede

At least five women and children died on Saturday in a stampede when cash and clothes were handed out to thousands of displaced people in northeastern Nigeria, militia and local people told AFP.

A large crowd surged forward for the government aid distribution and people were trampled under foot in the town of Gamboru, near the Cameroon border, a region hit by jihadist violence.

“Five dead bodies, four women and a little girl, were brought to the hospital along with seven injured,” a medical source said at the hospital.

“We learned that (other) bodies were identified and claimed by relations from the scene,” the source added without specifying how many.

44 Boko Haram terrorists found dead in prison

A group of 44 suspected members of Boko Haram, arrested during a recent operation against the terrorist group, have been found dead in their prison cell, Chad’s chief prosecutor announced today.

Speaking on national television, Youssouf Tom said the 44 prisoners had been found dead in their cell on Thursday.

They were among a group of 58 suspects jailed during a recent army operation in the Lake Chad zone, he added.

“Following the fighting around Lake Chad, 58 members of Boko Haram had been taken prisoner and sent to Ndjamena for the purposes of the investigation,” he said.

348 males, 145 females have tested positive for coronavirus so far in Nigeria – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, on Saturday, said of the total 493 infections recorded in Nigeria since the pandemic began, 348 were males while 145 were females.

This was contained in the Centre’s situation report on the pandemic in the country.

In the report released via its Twitter, the NCDC said the most affected age bracket were those between 31 years old and 40 years old.

It added that a total number of 7154 tests have been conducted so far while 9221 people of interest have been identified.

Ekiti 3rd case of COVID-19 is 29-year old pregnant woman who sneaked in from Lagos - Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Saturday, revealed that a 29- year old woman from Lagos, is the third case of COVID -19 recorded in the state.

The governor also regretted the alleged compromise of security agencies at the borders, which he said was responsible for why the woman gained access to Ekiti during a lockdown, directing watertight security at the entry points to restrict the influx of people to the state.

Fayemi gave the startling revelation, on Saturday, while updating the state on the spread and challenge of COVID 19 and how far his government has gone in tackling the menace.

COVID-19: Edo discharges sixth patient, as govt charges residents on screening

The Edo State Government has announced the discharge of the sixth coronavirus (COVID-19) patient in the state after the patient tested negative twice for the virus and was cleared for discharge at one of the state’s isolation centres.

In a statement, Governor Godwin Obaseki said: “Good people of Edo State, I have good news again today. One more coronavirus (COVID-19) patient has tested negative twice for the virus and cleared to return home.

“Please, stay safe and stay at home, as we intensify efforts to check the spread of COVID-19 in our dear state.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia, in a chat with journalists, urged residents with the symptoms of coronavirus to seize the opportunity of the ongoing massive screening across the state to ascertain their status, noting that prompt detection and treatment increases the chances of survival.

Policemen flog lady for allegedly violating lockdown in Osun state (video)

A lady, Tola Azeez, was flogged by policemen in Iwo for allegedly violating the coronavirus lockdown in Osun State.

Azeez, who made this known on Twitter on Saturday, said the incident happened on her way to get drugs.

“This is me being beaten by the police today on my way to get drugs and some relief materials for my people,” she wrote while she retweeted a video posted by a Nigerian musician, @Ruggedybaba.

In the video, two police officers were seen lashing a lady with whips. See the very disturbing video below...

One Million Boys: We’ve joined forces with soldiers, others – Lagos police

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, has urged residents in the state to disregard letters addressed to their communities by a gang of armed robbers popularly known as One Million Boys.

He said the letters were written to Lagos communities to create fear and panic.

There has been panic over threat letters purportedly written to some Lagos communities by One Million Boys.

In the letter, the group threatened to carry out armed robbery attacks in some listed neighbourhoods.

Astonishing photos show birth of second most premature twins babies ever to survive

The parents of the second most premature twins babies ever to survive have released astonishing pictures showing how tiny and fragile the newborns were.

Tracey Hernandez and Anthony Hope were told their twin girls would have zero chance of survival after being born at just 22 weeks in December.

But little Makayla and Makenzie Pope, born in their amniotic sacs weighing 1lb and 1lb 3oz, defied medics after spending four months in neonatal intensive care at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina, US.

They were so tiny, the sisters were branded "micro-premmies" - and only survived because they were able to breathe alone outside the womb.

Fun seekers and bar owner arrested in Lagos for breaking lockdown rule (photos)

Some fun seekers, including women (shey some of you are saying you don't have s.e.x partners during this period, yimu, lol) and a bar owner have all being allegedly picked up by police in Lagos for allegedly breaking lockdown rules.

The bar owner when questioned said he was just trying to make nkwobi, but the police allegedly caught them in action.

According to report, this happened on Friday, April 17 at Isheri/Ojodu Berger.

Scores feared killed as bandits attack Katsina villages

Scores are feared killed in Katsina state as bandits launched multiple attacks in three local government areas of Safana, Danmusa and Dutsinma.

Sources say the attacks were coming few days after relief materials were shared to some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the area.

The beneficiaries were said to have gone home with food items given to them by the government when the bandits struck in the early hours, snatching them away. The villagers formed some resistance which led to more bandits coming out in large numbers to attack unsuspecting people in the areas and killing many, Daily Trust reports.

Breaking Ganduje sacks Commissioner over ‘unguarded utterances’ about late Kyari

Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has relieved the appointment of the commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Mu’azu Magaji with immediate effect.

According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, the commissioner was removed following his unguarded utterances against the person of the late Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari.

He said as a public servant, the commissioner ought to have respected the office by refraining from any act capable of rendering it to disrepute.

“The action of a public servant, personal or otherwise reflects back on the government and therefore, the Ganduje administration would not tolerate people in official capacities engaging in personal vendetta or otherwise,” the statement read.

21 Navy personnel test positive for Coronavirus

As many as 21 Indian Navy (IN) personnel at “INS Angre”, a shore establishment at Mumbai city in the southwestern state of Maharashtra, have tested positive for novel coronavirus, a senior IN official in New Delhi confirmed to Xinhua on Saturday.

“INS Angre” works as a base depot for ships and units based in Mumbai.

“A total of 21 serving personnel have been tested positive for COVID-19 within naval premises at Mumbai.

“This number includes 20 sailors of INS Angre, a shore establishment at Mumbai,’’ said the IN official.

Social distancing! Nigerians call for arrest of those who attended Abba Kyari's burial

The Chief of staff of the President, Abba Kyari was buried today in Abuja after he died of COVID-19. A lot of people however attended his funeral as watched on tv.

Now, Nigerians have called for the arrest of those who attended saying they are more than 20 and that automatically floats a coronavirus lockdown rule.

Many chastised the government for allowing such... see some of their tweets below...

Husband dies of coronavirus just 6 months after marrying his partner of 25 years

A Scottish man died from coronavirus just six months after he and his partner of 25 years had their dream wedding.

Andy Wyness, 53, is thought to have caught the virus while on a bowling trip to Wales.

He initially thought it was just a cold, however his condition deteriorated and he was taken into Wishaw General Hospital, where he spent two weeks in intensive care.

On April 6, the great-grandfather lost his battle against the disease.

Adamawa Government isolates 99 Lagos, Ogun returnees

The Adamawa State Government has isolated nearly a hundred citizens returning from Lagos and Ogun states.

The returnees, who were mostly people working in factories in the states, were placed in two isolation facilities near the capital, Yola, for a 14-day observation to determine their COVID-19 status.

While 59 of the returnees were placed on an isolation facility in Numan, 40 others were quarantined at the Kpacham facility in Demsa, two gateway towns to Yola.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chairman of the Adamawa State Covid-19 Containment Committee, Bashir Ahmad, said in an interview on Saturday that he ordered the isolation of the returnees on Friday.

Breaking! Lagos records three more COVID-19 deaths

Commissioner of Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, announced this on Saturday.

According to him, the deceased are two males and a female aged 52, 63 and 67 respectively.

He added that two of the victims had underlying health issues.

“32 new #COVID19 cases were confirmed in Lagos on April 17, 2020. Total number of confirmed cases in Lagos now stands at 286,” he said.

We shall pull through! Don Jazzy tells people who have lost their loved ones to coronavirus

Mavin record boss Don Jazzy has sent a condolence message to families of those who have died from coronavirus.

The music producer cum singer, assured we will pull through this and also advised we all come together at this very disturbing time.

He made this known on twitter writing;

Police confirms the kidnap of Edo commissioner for Science and Technology, Emmanuel Agbale

The Edo Police Command on Saturday confirmed the abduction of Mr Emmanuel Agbale, the Commissioner for Science and Technology in the state.

DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, the command’s Public Relations Officer, confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin.

Nwabuzor said that information available to the command indicates that Agbale was abducted by yet-to-be-identified kidnappers on Friday evening by Ogbemudia farm, along the Benin-Auchi road in the Ehor Divisional jurisdiction.

Lockdown: Pots of soup, jollof rice now being stolen in broad daylight - police

Following measures taken by the Ebonyi state government to curtail the spread of coronavirus, Ebonyi state Police Command yesterday has admitted that there has been an increase in crime in the state as a result of the lockdown and banning of commercial motorcycle in the state.

Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Loveth Odah made this known while briefing journalists, noting that they have beefed up security around the state, assuring on their preparedness to protect and arrest anyone found terrorizing the people.

“We received report of a stolen pot of soup and Jollof rice. A woman was cooking and went inside to take something and on coming out, her pot of soup was stolen and this shows that there is hunger in the land. People in Ebonyi don’t believe COVID-19 is real and some residents in the rural areas are even celebrating it”.

Coronavirus:Chinese doctors are still in quarantine - FG

The Federal Government has said that the Chinese medical team currently in the country to support the COVID-19 fight are still observing the 14-day quarantine policy

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, this on Friday in Abuja, at the 14th joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

The minister, however, said that the Chinese team are already sharing their experiences with officials and partners of the ministry who are in communications with them via teleconferencing.

“The Chinese team are still in quarantine for 14 days but our directors, officials and technical partners in the ministry have had a teleconference with them, in which they exchanged ideas and were able to learn a lot of things about how they handled their cases, patients and how they carried out their infection prevention,” Ehanire said.

Khloé Kardashian may borrow sperm from ex Tristan to have second baby

Khloe Kardashian has revealed she might “borrow sperm” from ex-boyfriend Tristan Thompson so they can give their daughter True a sibling.

On Thursday’s episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the 35-year-old and Thompson, 29, were discussing which toys the two-year-old has grown out of on FaceTime when the topic of a sibling came up.

The conversation began after Thompson suggested that the couple not get rid of any of the toys, as they would have to buy them all over again “if we have another girl”.

“What happens if we have another girl?” the NBA player pointed out. “We have to buy it all over again.”

Man breaks into restaurant and serves himself for 4 days amid lockdown

A burglar has been arrested after he was found to have broken into a closed restaurant and helped himself to food and drinks for four days.

Louis Angel Ortiz, 42, was arrested early Tuesday after the police responded to reports of a burglary at Soul de Cuba Café, New Haven, Connecticut. The manager who said that the restaurant had been shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, found Ortiz sleeping inside the restaurant with a bottle of rum.

Police viewed the security video footage and concluded Ortiz broke into the restaurant on Saturday through a side window of the restaurant. He then helped himself over the course of four days to the restaurant’s food, liquor, and beer, in addition to which he also removed beverages and property from the building.

“Officers learned Ortiz helped himself over the course of four days to the restaurant’s food, liquor and beer,” police said in a statement Wednesday.

CONMEBOL confirms World Cup qualifying to begin in September

South American qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, will begin in September, the region’s governing body CONMEBOL said on Friday.

Last month, CONMEBOL asked FIFA to delay the start of the qualification campaign as the first two rounds of matches at the end of March could not be played due to football being suspended on the continent over the deadly virus.

“For the moment, the start fixed by (FIFA) for its celebration is September 4-8 in the format already established,” said CONMEBOL.

All 10 teams are due to play each other home and away in a round robin format.

Prison Break actor, Ranjit Chowdhry dies at 64 in India

Actor Ranjit Chowdhry has died at the age of 64.

The Prison Break and former Bollywood star passed away in a Mumbai hospital on Wednesday after suffering a ruptured ulcer in his intestine, according to TMZ.

Chowdhry's career begun as a Bollywood actor, starring in Indian comedies in the late '70s and early '80s before moving to Hollywood.

While there, he wrote the screenplay for 'Sam and Me', 1991, which is based on the lives of Indian immigrants in Canada.

Breaking! Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari buried in Abuja (photos)

The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari, has been committed to mother Earth at the Gudu Cemetery, Abuja.

The interment, which took place from about 11:20am, was followed up immediately with Islamic prayers, which was led by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami.

The burial was attended by senior public servants and associates of the deceased, including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha.

Meanwhile, speaking at the graveside of the late Chief of Staff, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, described Kyari as the Pillar of the Buhari administration. More photos below...

Man kills brother for having s.e.x with mother

A 36-year-old man from Bokisero-Nyabwari Village in Nyamira North Sub-County, Kenya has been arrested for killing his younger brother, whom he allegedly caught having s.e.x with their biological mother on Thursday night.

Evans Mamboleo Nyachuba visited his mother’s house at 8:30pm, when he allegedly found his 31-year-old sibling, Fred Onsongo Nyachuba, engaging in sexual intercourse with their 55-year-old parent Doria Moraa Nyachuba.

Mamboleo is said to have reached for a wood plank and smashed it against his brother’s face and the back of his head, killing him on the spot.

Jonathan, Onyeama, FFK, others mourn death of Kyari

Prominent Nigerians have reacted to the demise of Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

In separate tweets, they all paid glowing tributes to the deceased.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, in his condolence message, prayed for Kyari’s friends and family “during this moment of grief.”

Nigeria’s Senate President, Ahmed Lawan in his message, asked God to “forgive the shortcomings” of the late Kyari.

Final rites ongoing for Kyari, as FG says there would be no ceremonies, condolence visits

The remains of the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari, would be laid to rest in Abuja today.

A tweet by Personal Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, confirmed that the burial would hold in Abuja.

“Mallam Abba Kyari will be buried later today in Abuja according to Islamic rites,” Ahmad said.

Moslem burial prayers have also being said for the late Chief of Staff at the Defence House, Maitama, Abuja.

Nigerian man dies of COVID-19 in New York (photo)

The death of Jonathan Amarachi has been announced.

Jonathan died of the deadly virus in New York. This, is according to his friend, show promoter, Paul Okoye popularly known as Paulo.

Paulo took to social media to announce his death questioning coronavirus on why he took his friend and business partner.

''MyManWhy??? JonathanAmarachiNewYork RIP CoronavirusWhyWhy?? SoManyThingsWePlanThisSummer Smh GonesosoonBrother'', he wrote.

Popular Kenyan Gospel singer Ruth Matete quizzed over Nigerian husband’s death

Gospel artiste and 2012 Tusker Project Fame star Ruth Matete Amoyi on Thursday recorded a statement with detectives over the death of her Nigerian husband John Apewajoye.

Apewajoye, a pastor, died on April 11, two weeks after he suffered burn wounds sustained at the couple’s Great Wall Gardens Estate home in Athi River, Machakos County.

Ms Matete was summoned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers. After taking her statement, Ms Matete, who is two months pregnant, led detectives, forensic officers, Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority officials and her family lawyer, Mr Robert Odanga, to her house.

The team collected samples. The exhibits include the gas cylinder that reportedly exploded, leaving Apewajoye with serious injuries.

KCee finally shows off his family as he celebrates his birthday

People can breathe now, lol. Singer KCee has never put his family out there, in fact he has left many confused if he is married or not and has always omitted that part in his interviews. Today, April, 18th, 2020 Kcee turned a year older and decided to unveil his family.

Not only that, he also took out time to celebrate his wife and children.

Writing about his special day and how grateful he is, the singer wrote;

Drogba joins effort to distribute aid to poor in Ivory Coast

Former Ivorian striker Didier Drogba and one of the country’s biggest music groups Magic System distributed aid on Friday to 200 families in a poor area of Abidjan as part of the effort to fight the coronavirus crisis.

Drogba joined Salif Traore, known as A’Salfo, the Magic System frontman, for the second phase of the “caravan of solidarity against covid-19”, financed by their respective foundations, the European Union and a real estate company.

“This is the time to show solidarity and compassion, to help the poorest in the population,” said Drogba, invoking his “civic responsibility”.

El-Rufai’s son, Bello apologises over r.a.p.e tweet

One of the sons of Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State has apologised over a tweet suggesting the r.a.p.e of a Twitter user’s mother.

Bello El-rufai, 32, on Sunday threatened to “pass to his friends” the mother of @thanos_zer after a Twitter disagreement escalated.

The private message was later made public and elicited outrage on social media, with several civil society groups calling for Mr. El-rufai’s prosecution under the Cybercrime Act.

10-year-old boy shares his 24 hours experience in the hands of kidnappers

Master Chidera Nwankwo is a 10-year-old boy who was kidnapped along with his younger brother, a two-year-old boy. But Chidera was later found after he was left on a road at Ngwa in Abia State by the kidnappers, who took his brother away. He shares his experience in the hands of the kidnappers with Raphael Ede.

Can you recall what happened to you on April 8, 2020?

On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, a lady came to our house and told me to go and get what my mother bought in the market. And I couldn’t leave my younger brother behind as there was no one else at home, so I carried my brother and followed her.

Did you know the lady?

China reports 27 new coronavirus cases

China’s National Health Commission reported 27 new confirmed coronavirus cases on April 17, up from 26 the day earlier, according to data published on Saturday.

Of that figure, 17 cases were imported via individuals arriving overseas, up from 15 the previous day.

Newly discovered asymptomatic cases were at 54, down from 66 a day earlier.

Three of the new cases were imported, according to the Health Ministry.

Malawi court stops government from implementing lockdown

Malawi’s High Court on Friday temporarily barred the government from implementing a 21-day lockdown to curb coronavirus following a petition by a human rights group.

The Human Rights Defenders Coalitionarguedthat the government had failed to announce any measures to cushion the poor during the lockdown.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa. More than half of its population live below the poverty threshold.

The organisation’s chairman, Gift Trapence, said the court had granted them temporary relief pending a judicial review in seven days.

Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari is dead

Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari is dead.

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity confirmed this in a tweet at 12:44 am on Saturday, April 18, 2020.

He tweeted, "Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, passes on. May God rest his soul. Amen. Funeral arrangements to be announced soon".

Friday, April 17, 2020

Abiodun relaxes Buhari’s total lockdown on Ogun

The Ogun government has relaxed the total lockdown imposed on the state by President Muhammad Buhari.

Gov Dapo Abiodun made this known while addressing journalists on Friday in his Iperu-Remo residence.

The President had, on March 30, announced the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory for two weeks to curb the Coronavirus pandemic.

He also announced the extension of the lockdown for another two weeks in a nationwide broadcast on April 12.

Governor Seyi Makinde makes wearing of face mask in public places compulsory

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has made the wearing of face mask in public places, compulsory.

He announced this on Friday in Ibadan while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State COVID-19 Taskforce meeting held at the Government House.

Makinde, who noted that the directive was one of the measures to prevent, curtail and control the spread of coronavirus, said that the State COVID-19 Taskforce had decided to implement the measure.

“If you must leave your house to any public place, then you must wear a face mask,” he said.

Nigeria records biggest jump in coronavirus cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has reported the biggest jump in coronavirus cases.

Fifty-one new cases were reported this night, taking the national total to 493.

Lagos has the bulk of the new cases with 32. Kano was next with six. Kwara reported five cases.

Abuja FCT, Oyo and Katsina have two cases each, while Ogun and Ekiti have a new case each.

Checkout the breakdown of the new cases below...

Canada declares 4 Nigerians wanted for $2m romance scams

Canadian police in Saskatchewan have declared four Nigerians wanted, while another one has been arrested.

The Nigerians are wanted in connection with $2m romance scams.

All the suspects are in their 20s.

Multiple reports identified the Nigerians as Kelvin Awani, 24, Jonah Eigbuluese, 22, Joshua Ometie, 25 and Clinton Newton, 27.

Governor Ganduje’s daughter goes into isolation

Dr. Amina Umar Ganduje, daughter of Kano state governor, has gone into self-isolation after a co-member on the State Task Force on COVID-19 she worked with got infected with the virus.

Other members of the Kano Task Force team include health commissioner Aminu Tsanyawa, environment commissioner Kabiru Getso, Imam Wada, secretary of the committee and Deputy governor Gawuna, chairman of the committee.

However, all members of the team have gone into isolation after co-chairman of the committee, Professor Abdulrazaq Garba Habibu tested positive to Coronavirus.

Lockdown: Civil defence officer hospitalised after being hit by commercial driver

A commercial driver on Friday knocked down an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Victor Fayemi, while trying to escape arrest after defying the lockdown order in Abuja.

Media Assistant to the NSCDC Commandant General, Ekunola Gbenga, confirmed this to punch.

He said the officer was hit while verifying if the Taxi driver had an exemption tag at a roadblock mounted along Gwarinpa/Kado road area of Abuja.

YouTube star Steve Cash commits suicide

YouTube star Steve Cash who was the voice behind the Talking Kitty Cat videos has committed suicide at the age of 40.

Social media sensation Cash died Thursday morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a battle with mental health issues, TMZ reported.

The YouTube star had more than 2.43 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, with his videos racking up more than 770 million views.

His heartbroken wife, Celia DeCosta Cash, announced the news of his tragic death Friday morning.