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The Gate Gov. Wike Put As Boundary Between Rivers And Abia State

The Gate Gov. Wike Put As Boundary Between Rivers And Abia State

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Governor Nyesom Wike is at it again.

A photo has emerged of a gate that the Rivers State Governor has erected at the boundary between Rivers State and Abia State.

The gate is intended to prevent potential violators of the lock-down policy of the state government from gaining access into the state

Since instituting the lock-down policy, the Rivers State Government has arrested countless people who entered the state through neighbouring Abia State in breach of Rivers borders closure order to check Corona Virus.

Days ago, Wike ordered the auctioning of the cattle and the two trucks. The truck had 14 persons hidden in them. He came in from Adamawa State.

The Governor recently revealed that security personnel deployed to enforce the directive at different locations in the state have allegedly turned their duty posts to revenue-generating points, where they extort motorists and other travellers at will.

In a State Broadcast on April 27, Governor Wike announced a complete lockdown that will starts from Tuesday 28 April 2020, till further notice.

The Gate Gov. Wike Put As Boundary Between Rivers And Abia State

In mid-April, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, visited the borders between Rivers State and other states.

The unscheduled visit was to address police officers at the borders. He asked security agents deployed to the border to stop the extortion as alleged against them.

The Rivers State is home to some 5,198,716 residents. The state capital and largest city, Port Harcourt, is economically significant as the centre of Nigeria’s oil industry.

The state has many ethnic groups: Ikwerre people, Ikwerre Subgroups, Ijaw Subgroups, Ogoni people and many other ethnic groups.

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Nigerians Should Get Ready For Fresh Lockdown – FG

Nigerians Should Get Ready For Fresh Lockdown - FG

Nigerians Should Get Ready For Fresh Lockdown If COVID-19 Cases Keep Raising – FG

  • Bank customers, transport workers, commuters shun social distancing

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The Federal Government, on Monday, decried the nationwide non-compliance with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19’s guidelines for gradual reopening of the economy.

The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who stated this during the task force press briefing in Abuja, warned that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), could restore the lockdown if the guidelines were not observed and there was a surge in coronavirus cases.

The President had, on March 30,  imposed a two-week lockdown on the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states, but at the expiration of the first lockdown on April 13, he extended it by another  14 days.

In his broadcast to the nation on April 27, Buhari said phased and gradual easing of the lockdown would begin on May 4 (yesterday). He also imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on the nation.

Besides banning interstate movements, the President imposed a total lockdown on Kano State, which had witnessed a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Guidelines on gradual reopening of the economy issued by the PTF a few days after the presidential address mandate anyone in public spaces to use non-medical face masks.

They also prohibit interstate travels, apart from for essential services. The guidelines ban gathering of more than 20 people outside of a workplace.

Commercial vehicles are only allowed to operate outside the curfew hours and should practise social distancing in the number of their passengers.

But our correspondents, who monitored activities in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states on Monday observed that people did not observe the PTF guidelines, including social distancing.

Although banks limited the number of people that entered their premises, customers ignored social distancing as they crowded at bank gates.

Pedestrians and motorists from Ogun State crossed over to Lagos in violation of the ban on interstate movements.

‘Easing lockdown: There will be new infections’

The NCDC boss, at the PTF’s press briefing on Monday, reviewed compliance with the guidelines across the country and concluded that it was not satisfactory.

He said the President could restore the lockdown if the task force guidelines were not observed.

Ihekweazu stated, “Today (Monday), some of the measures are being eased. Initial reports are not too pleasing across the country.

Now that we have seen the sunlight again, the challenge for us as a society is, how do we organise ourselves to mitigate these risks and limit transmissions from each other?

“Though we might have a few extra infections today and tomorrow, what we don’t want is an explosion of new infections? If we do have that explosion, there will be almost no choice left for the leadership of the country but to ask all of us to go back to our homes.”

NCDC boss faults banks, fears new infections

Ihekweazu noted that banks were among business groups that were allowed to open on Monday.

He, however, lamented that many banks limited the number of their branches that opened, adding that there would be a spike in infections due to the way people mingled.

The NCDC boss said, “When we say take responsibility this time, yes, we are addressing individuals, but we really need to address corporate Nigeria. There is benefit of the doubt, but when you limit the number of branches opened, everyone goes to the one branch that is opened and that becomes counterproductive.

“Today, we might forgive a little bit because it was the first day. We will have infections because of what happened today, no doubt about that. Everybody here (on the PTF) knew today would be a problem because, for the first time, people were let out of their homes.

“We can produce all the guidelines in the world. We can preach and do press conferences, but how can we learn from the mistakes of today,  tomorrow and the day after, so that, by Friday, hopefully, we have normalised some of these things?”

He stated that organisations must support the implementation of the preventive measures, help manage the risk and focus on a risk-based approach.

Why markets are opened, places of worship shut —PTF

Ihekweazu, while fielding questions from journalists, noted that the decision to open markets  and close places of worship was because “food is an existential issue.”

He added, “We are not even saying we are happy with the markets across the country. But we are really still appealing to everyone in those markets to help us make it (curb in transmission) work.

“We know that many of our markets were not built for an era of COVID-19. We’re sure about that. Our markets are historically very congested places with many ports of entry, very difficult to control access; in fact, a perfect place for transmission.

“So, by no means are we saying the marketplaces are the examples of perfect locations for managing transmission. We have to allow markets to continue because people have to eat.”

Speaking on the efforts of the PTF’s in Kano State, Ihekweazu said experts deployed by the Federal Government were working to guide the ministry of health in the state.

‘Kano testing is slow’

According to him, the NCDC team and the Kano State officials are working to improve the laboratories in the state.

He said,  “The speed of testing (in Kano) is a little bit slower than you would expect. But that is the price we have to pay in order to get this up and running. I’m confident that we will leave that lab better.”

The NCDC boss also said the task force supported the delivery of a new lab funded by the Aliko Dangote Foundation, delivered by a Nigerian company, 54 Gene.

Continued interstate movements  of almajiris violating protocols —PTF

The PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, in his remarks, said there had been “very noticeable” relocation of almajiris from one state to another.

Mustapha said, “With the ban on interstate movement, the continuation of this exercise will not be in alignment with the guidelines issued. The PTF shall engage with  state governments on how to achieve their objectives.”

Don’t neglect treatment of other ailments, minister tells hospitals

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, in his address, urged all health care facilities not to reject persons seeking medical help, especially in emergencies.

He said it was unethical not to attend to persons in distress.

“I also urge citizens to go to  hospitals when not feeling well and to cooperate by giving accurate information especially with regard to travel history,” he said.

Nigeria to take part in COVID-19 medicine trials, says FG

Ehanire also noted that the country had informed the World Health Organisation that it would take part in trials of medicines to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to him, efforts are ongoing to also conduct research in Nigeria.

He said, “Other drugs can be added based on emerging evidence. We shall ensure the maintenance of ethical standards and safety of our people.”

The National Coordinator of the  PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, in his remarks, decried non-compliance with the task force protocols, saying the easing of the lockdown was in, no way, a licence to relax self-protection against the infection.

He restated the PTF guidelines, saying, “No interstate travel is allowed except for transportation of essential commodities and services. No passenger flights. Churches, mosques and schools remain closed.

“Clubs, bars, parks, sporting and gaming centres will also remain closed. It is absolutely necessary to continue to maintain those measures that will continue to protect us.

“We must wear our masks to protect ourselves and one another at all times. We must keep washing our hands. We must maintain the safe physical distance of two metres and comply with the eases lockdown measures.”

89 COVID-19 vaccines being developed —WHO

The WHO Country Representative, Fiona Braka, while fielding questions, stated that research was going on globally for a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Braka, no fewer than 89 products are undergoing development.

He stated, “Research is going on globally to study the genetics of the virus. This helps us to develop a vaccine. Thanks to rapid sharing of genetics data from countries, we are able to advance the production of vaccines.

“We do acknowledge the contributions of countries in sharing their genetic sequencing data, including Nigeria. So, the first vaccine trial started as early as 60 days just after the genetic sequencing information of the virus was shared by China.

“We have about 89 products that are currently under vaccine development. The numbers keep getting updated because there is an accelerated process going on globally to try and find a vaccine.”

Nigerians shun social distancing, storm banks, bus stops

Meanwhile, on Monday, Nigerians, who trooped to banks, bus stops and other public places,  disregarded measures introduced by the Federal Government.

Our correspondents, who monitored activities in Lagos and Ogun states, as well as the Federal Capital, observed that motorists failed to observe social distancing.

The PUNCH correspondent, who went round Sokoto, the Sokoto State capital, observed that social distancing was not adhered to by most people in the city.

Customers, who thronged most of the banks, located on Kano Road, were struggling to enter their premises

Lagos bank customers, transporters  violate social distancing

In the Berger and  Ikorodu areas of Lagos State, it was observed that commercial transport workers and passengers were partially complying with the use of face masks, but ignored social distancing as most buses were filled with the regular number of passengers.

Also, the influx of people into various banks and to board the Bus Rapid Transit attested to the lack of compliance with the social distancing directives.

An eyewitness in Ikorodu, Shukurat Adebayo, said she aborted the transaction she wanted to do in a bank because of the large crowd, adding that bank customers and commuters were not observing social distancing.

She said, “Currently, I am at the Ikorodu Garage, I wanted to do a transaction at the GT Bank  but the branch at Ayangburen road did not open.  We were directed to another branch at Agric, but I did not go. I left for Polaris Bank to do another transaction, but on getting there, it was crowded.  There was nothing like social distancing because I saw a lot of people trying to gain access into the bank. They were not orderly and efforts by the bank officials to talk to people didn’t work.

“Also, the situation is the same at BRT Park. Although, I can confirm to you that the drivers conveyed only 20 passengers because I boarded a bus this morning from Lagos Island to Ikorodu. The queue was crowded as usual and commuters were not observing social distancing.”

Motorists plying Sango/Tollgate to Oshodi were seen carrying passengers, while the bus stops at Meiran, Ijaiye, U-turn and Abule Egba were overcrowded.

The majority of the passengers were seen wearing face masks but disregarded the social distancing order of the federal and state governments.

At Agege, a driver, Abbas Ramon, told The PUNCH that it was not possible for commercial vehicles to load   60 per cent of their capacity because the National Union of Road Transport Workers was still collecting normal levy from them.

Rivers commercial vehicle operators flout social distancing order

In Rivers State, commercial bus operators still loaded their vehicles with passengers without observing social distancing.

While the state government had insisted that only two passengers should be on a row, the commercial bus drivers still allowed four passengers.

Recall that the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, had threatened to ban the operation of commercial vehicles in some parts of the state should commercial drivers continue to flout the order on social distancing.

A commercial bus driver, who identified himself as Godswill, said he would not be able to make profit if he adhered to the order of having only two passengers per row.

“How can I have only two passengers where I am supposed to be carrying four passengers? If I try that, I will not make profit,” Godswill, who plies Ikwerre to Choba, said.

FCT residents besiege banks

In the FCT, hundreds of people on Monday besieged commercial banks.

The banks in Garki Area One, Adetokunbo Ademola Wuse 2, Central Business District, and other parts of the city were thronged by customers, many of whom wore no face masks.

At the Ecobank branch beside AP Plaza, Wuse 2, scores of customers were locked outside the bank and only a few were allowed to enter in line with the social distancing guidelines.

The same situation was observed at a GTB branch located beside a popular eatery where tens of customers waited impatiently outside the bank.

A customer, Stanley Wosu, said he had an urgent transaction to make in the bank hence his visit, adding that he would not have come to the bank on account of the pandemic.

14 more Lagos patients discharged

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government on Monday announced the discharge of 14 more COVID-19 patients who had recovered from the virus.

The state Ministry of Health, via its twitter handle, @LSMOH, said 261 patients had been discharged in Lagos.

It tweeted, “14 more COVID-19 Lagos patients; six females and eight males, all Nigerians were today (Monday) discharged from our isolation facilities at Yaba, Onikan, LUTH and Eti-Osa (Landmark) to reunite with the society.

“The patients; seven from Onikan, two from IDH, Yaba, four from @LUTHofficial and one from the Eti-Osa (LandMark) isolation centres have fully recovered and tested negative twice consecutively to COVID-19.

“With this, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged in Lagos is now 261.”

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President Buhari Receives $312 Billion Abacha Loot From US

President Buhari Receives $312 Abacha Loot From US

President Buhari Receives $312 Billion Abacha Loot From US

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has announced that the Nigerian government on Monday received $311,797,866 of the Abacha loot.

The money was repatriated from the United States and the Bailiwick of Jersey after a recent agreement.

Malami, in a statement by his Spokesman, Umar Gwandu, said the amount increased from over $308 million two months ago to $311 million because of the interest that accrued.

He noted that the litigation process for the return of these assets titled “Abacha III” commenced in 2014, while the diplomatic process that culminated into the signing of the Asset Return Agreement in February.

“This Agreement is based on international law and cooperation measures that sets out the procedures for the repatriation, transfer, disposition and management of the assets.

“In line with the 2020 Asset Return Agreement, the fund has been transferred to a Central Bank of Nigeria Asset Recovery designated account and would be paid to the National Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) within the next fourteen days.

“The NSIA is responsible for the management and execution of the projects to which the funds will be applied,” the Minister has said.

Malami said the money will be used to fund projects including Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, Abuja – Kano Road, and the Second Niger Bridge.

To ensure transparent management of the returned assets, the Nigerian government promised to, “engage a Civil Society Organisation, who has combined expertise in substantial infrastructure projects, civil engineering, anti-corruption compliance, anti-human trafficking compliance, and procurement to provide additional monitoring and oversight.”

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Goats Eat up the 50 Billion Naira To Be Given To Nigerians FG Says (Photos)

Goats Eat up the 50 Billion Naira To Be Given To Nigerians FG Says (Photos)

Goats Eat up the 50 Billion Naira To Be Given To Nigerians FG Says (Photos)

The Nigeria Federal Government has reported that 50 goats came into their office in abuja to eat 50 billion Naira Donated as relief fund for Nigerians.

They chairman said;

We are sorry to announce to you that we don’t know how 50 goats came into the office to eat up 50 billion naira without the awareness of our soldiers.”

Nigerians should exercise patience because we don’t know how to give everyone relief fund.

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The newly-reported cases, as revealed via the Centre’s Twitter on Tuesday evening, show that Lagos, the epicenter of the virus, still has the highest number with 80 patients followed by Kano with 38 cases.

Other states include Ogun with 15 cases, Bauchi, 15, 11 in Borno, 10 in Gombe, 9 in Sokoto, 5 in Edo, 5 in Jigawa, 2 in Zamfara 1 each in Rivers, Enugu, Delta, FCT and Nasarawa.

In total, 195 new cases of #COVID19 were reported on Tuesday while as at 11:50pm 28th April, 1532 confirmed cases of COVID19 have been reported in the country altogether. The discharged patients are 255 and 44 patients have died so far.

Meanwhile, Nigeria will begin a “phased and gradual” easing of more than four weeks of lockdowns in the national capital and the largest city on May 4, President Muhammadu Buhari said in an address on Monday.

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The Secretes Behind IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu’s Death – Kemi Olunloyo

The Secretes Behind IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu's Death - Kemi Olunloyo

The Secretes Behind IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu’s Death – Kemi Olunloyo

Nigerian controversial Journalist, Dr Kemi Olunloyo is set to reveal if IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kano is dead in Italy or not following the rumor circulating about Nnamdi Kanu being dead.

In her recent tweets on Tweeter, Kemi Olunloyo said that she would also unveil secretes about the possibility of Nnamdi Kanu being dead and already replaced by a body double as Nnamdi of Sudan.

(This woman wants to add salt to an injury)

She Tweeted:

“#BREAKING Tomorrow i will tell you if IPOB Terror leader Nnamdi Kanu is DEAD coffin in Italy and cremated or being impersonated by a Double Nnamdi of Sudan. I’m the only credible Journalist

#kemitalks”

The Secretes Behind IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu's Death - Kemi Olunloyo

The tweet was yesterday, which implies that the revelation will be today. Not too long after she tweeted someting on her tweeter page that the IPOB leader Nnamdi kanu is really dead.

She Tweets:

#BREAKING Reports that Nnamdi Kanu has died. This is one strong news i cannot authenticate. Kanu or IPOB will have to debunk this i hope he’s fine. Good luck to everyone.

The Secretes Behind IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu's Death - Kemi Olunloyo

Check for full details later on opera.

The Secretes Behind IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu’s Death – Kemi Olunloyo

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SHOCKING NEWS: Another Death In Aso-Rock

SHOCKING NEWS: Another Death In Aso-Rock

SHOCKING NEWS: Another Death In Aso-Rock As Buhari loses personal bodyguard

The Presidency on Tuesday announced the death of one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s bodyguards, Lawal Mato, a warrant officer.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who confirmed this in a statement in Abuja, said Mr Mato passed away after three years of struggling with diabetes.

Mr Mato died a few days after the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, died.

Mr Shehu quoted the president to have described the officer, who had been working with him for many years before he won the 2015 elections as “very thorough, trustworthy and dependable soldier who carried out his duty with diligence and focus.’’

Mr Buhari prayed that Allah would ease his passage to paradise and grant his family, government and people of Jigawa State the fortitude to bear the loss.

Mr Mato was part of a team that former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua restored to Mr Buhari as personal security and he had been off full duty for three years, treating diabetes.

SHOCKING NEWS: Another Death In Aso-Rock As Buhari loses personal bodyguard

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Shocking! There Is A Hole In President Buhari’s Neck

Shocking! There Is A Hole In President Buhari’s Neck

Shocking! There Is A Hole In President Buhari’s Neck

IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has called the attention of Nigerians to an obvious hole in Buhari’s neck.

Taking to twitter, the freedom fighter shared a photo of President Muhammadu Buhari with something that appears to be a hole in his neck.

Shocking! There Is A Hole In President Buhari’s Neck
There is a hole in Buhari’s neck – Nnamdi Kanu claims (Photos)

Kanu claims that the hole is as a result of a faulty surgical mask.

See below:

Shocking! There Is A Hole In President Buhari’s Neck

Nnamdi Kanu has several times claimed that the person in Aso Rock is not the President.

He is totally convinced that the Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is being impersonated by a Sudanese identified as Jubril..

Shocking! There Is A Hole In President Buhari’s Neck

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Social Distancing Violated As Abba Kyari Is Buried In Abuja

Social Distancing Violated As Abba Kyari Is Buried In Abuja

Social Distancing Violated As Abba Kyari Is Buried In Abuja

According to the Minister of Information and DG NCDC, both disclosed the bodies of Covid-19 victims are not to be released for burial and would be handled by the Ministry of Health

Many explanations are needed on the release of his corpse for burial by FG

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Social Distancing Violated As Abba Kyari Is Buried In Abuja
Social Distancing Violated As Abba Kyari Is Buried In Abuja
Social Distancing Violated As Abba Kyari Is Buried In Abuja
Social Distancing Violated As Abba Kyari Is Buried In Abuja

Why are we deceived❓

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Breaking! Corpse Of Abba Kyari Flown To Abuja In Private Aircraft (Photo)

Breaking! Corpse Of Abba Kyari Flown To Abuja In Private Jet (Photo)

Breaking! Corpse Of Abba Kyari Flown To Abuja In Private Aircraft (Photo)

The body of President Mohammad Buhari’s former chief of staff Abba Kyari was flown to Abuja on Saturday morning in a private aircraft 

The plane touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at 9 am.

On hand to receive the body were government officials including former Secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF) and Chief MKO Abiola’s former running mate,

Babagana Kingibe, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar and Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Corpse Of Abba Kyari Flown To Abuja In Private Jet (Photo)
Corpse Of Abba Kyari Flown To Abuja In Private Jet (Photo)

The corpse is currently being conveyed to Defence House, located in Maitama for the fidau prayers before the burial at a cemetery in Abuja with only a few persons allowed to attend.

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Breaking! Nigeria Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari Is Dead

Breaking! Nigeria Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari Is Dead

Breaking! Nigeria Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari Is Dead

President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff Abba kyari is dead.

In a statement on Saturday morning to politics Nigeria, the presidency announced the passage of the chief of staff to the president, mallam Abba kyari

The Deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19 and had been receiving treatment, but he died in Friday, April 17,2020

Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly

His life

Abba Kyari was a businessman, Lawyer and Politicians. Born in Borno state to a Kanuri family, Kyari graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick in 1980.

He also has a bachelor’s degree in law from Cambridge University and was called to bar in 1983.

He also posses a master’s degree in Law and participated in a Management development course in Harvard Business School in 1992 and 1994.

Kyari and President Buhari are very close friends. On March 24, 2020, Kyari tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from an official trip to Germany nine days before.

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Buhari Given €50m By European Union To Fight Coronavirus

Buhari Given €50m By European Union To Fight Coronavirus
Buhari Given €50m By European Union To Fight Coronavirus

Buhari Given €50m By European Union To Fight Coronavirus

Nigeria has received €50m from the European Union to boost its ongoing fight against Coronavirus in the country. 

President Muhammadu Buhari played host to EU team at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja on Tuesday.

Making the announcement on Tuesday on Twitter, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

Femi Adesina, said Head of the EU delegation at the event, Amb Ketil Karlsen, was impressed with efforts by the Federal Government so far in tackling the pandemic.

“EU gives Nigeria a grant of €50m to fight COVID-19,” Adesina wrote on Twitter.

Confirming the news, Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant on New Media to President Buhari said,

“The European Union has donated a grant of €50m to the Federal Government, their contribution to Nigeria’s fight against #COVID19.

“Head of EU delegation, Amb. Ketil Karlsen, announced the donation at a meeting with President @MBuhari today in Abuja.”

Nigeria so far has 343 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 10 recorded deaths. 

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BREAKING: FG Begin N20000 Cash Transfer In Lagos Says Sanwo Olu

BREAKING: FG Begin N20000 Cash Transfer In Lagos Says Sanwo Olu
BREAKING: FG Begin N20000 Cash Transfer In Lagos Says Sanwo Olu

BREAKING: FG Begin N20000 Cash Transfer In Lagos Says Sanwo Olu

The Federal Government has begun the conditional transfer of N20,000 in Lagos as part of efforts to reduce the effect of the coronavirus lockdown on residents of the state.

This was revealed on Friday night by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who said he received the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq in his office.

Over 160 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Lagos State out of the over 300 infections reported in Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu said the minister’s team was in Lagos to flag-off the conditional cash transfer and supply of relief food materials for the poor and vulnerable including the elderly, refugees, internally displaced persons, persons living with disabilities, petty traders, hawkers, labourers, amongst others.

Today, I received the Hon Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq who was in Lagos with her team to flag off the conditional cash transfer and supply of relief food materials for the vulnerable.

Our state is the epicenter of COVID-19 in Nigeria. We appreciate all the support we have received from the Federal Government. 

Again I appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for his leadership and for his invaluable support. We will not rest until Lagos is free of COVID-19,” the governor tweeted.

The FG had said beneficiaries of its conditional cash transfer had received it in Federal Capital Territory Abuja and some other states across the country.

Similarly, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State said on Friday that he received the minister of humanitarian affairs in his office in Abeokuta.

“The Honourable Minister handed over five truckloads of rice and one truckload of vegetable oil, as part of the relief materials that the Federal Government is donating to the state for further distribution to the poor, vulnerable and elderly.

“She gave her word to speed up the process of the FG’s cash transfer to the less privileged in Ogun State, in order to ensure that these beneficiaries remain well during the COVID-19 lockdown period, which was directed for the common good of everyone,” Abiodun wrote on Twitter.

According to PUNCH reports Abuja, Lagos, and Ogun are currently on lockdown based on the directive of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) as part of efforts to curb the circle of transmission of the novel virus in the country.

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#BREAKING: Kano Government Dethrone Emir Lamido Sanusi II

Kano Government Dethrone Emir Lamido Sanusi II

The government of Kano state led by Abdullahi Ganduje has dethroned the emir of Kano, Emir Muhammad Sanusi II.

The information was made public by the Director-General, Media and Communications, Kano State Government, Salihu Yakasai on Monday on his official Twitter handle, @Dawisu“The Kano State Executive Council has

The government of Kano state led by Abdullahi Ganduje has dethroned the emir of Kano, Emir Muhammad Sanusi II.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi II The Kano State Government has announced the sacking of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II. The information was made public by the Director-General, Media and Communications, Kano State Government, Salihu Yakasai on Monday on his official Twitter handle, @Dawisu.

“The Kano State Executive Council has unanimously approved the dethronement of the Emir of Kano Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II at a special sitting held today by the council,” he tweeted.

Sanusi ascended the throne in 2014, following the death of his granduncle Ado Bayero. His grandfather Muhammadu Sanusi I reigned from 1953 to 1963, when he was deposed by Premier Ahmadu Bello.

His father Aminu Sanusi was Chiroma of Kano. Prior to his accession, Sanusi was an economist and banker. He served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2009 to 2014, when he was suspended by President Goodluck Jonathan after raising the alarm on the $20bn alleged to be missing.

Recall that the emir is currently in a battle with the governor Abdullahi Ganduje which started last year amid allegations that he supported the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Abba Kabir-Yusuf. The monarch has since been under investigation for alleged corruption while his emirate was split into five to whittle down his influence.

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#BREAKING : ASUU Declares Two – Week Warning Strike

Just In: ASUU Declares Two - Week Warning Strike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday declared a two-week warning strike against non-payment of salaries of lecturers not enrolled in the Federal Government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System. National President of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi, who read the declaration after the ASUU National Executive Council meeting held in Enugu, said the warning strike takes effect today, March 9. According to him, the strike action was to compel FG to implement the agreement and resolution of Memorandum of Action it had with the union from 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2019. “Having discussed the provisions in the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding and the 2017 Memorandum of Action which have not been implemented, NEC resolved to embark on two weeks warning strike action with effect from Monday 9th March 2020, to compel the Government to implement the agreement and resolution,” Ogunyemi stated.
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President Buhari Praises Aliko Dangote For Donating N200m

President Buhari Praises Aliko Dangote For Donating N200m Towards The Fight Against Coronavirus In Nigeria

President Buhari has commended Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, for donating N200 million to assist in combating the influx of Covid-19 into the country.

In a statement released by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Buhari recalled that the businessman through his foundation, the Aliko Dangote Foundation, had in the past donated N1 billion to tackle Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Africa, commending such public spiritedness to other well-to-do individuals and groups.

In his words:-

“Hand in hand, standing shoulder to shoulder, we can confront our challenges as a country. This is a path for us all to follow as a people.”

President Buhari noted that his government, at various levels, is poised to ensure that the country and every Nigerian remain safe from the virus, which is spreading rapidly in many parts of the world.

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Buhari Can’t Appoint New Service Chiefs Ndume says

Buhari Can’t Appoint New Service Chiefs   Ndume says

Buhari Can’t Appoint New Service Chiefs Ndume says

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has given reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari cannot afford to change or appoint new service chiefs for now.

He told medium in an interview that Buhari could not afford to change the military leadership because Nigeria was in a complete state of war.

The Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; and Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.

Ndume told this medium that the president could not but retain the service chiefs because Nigeria is in a state of war, not only in the North-east, but all over the country with serious military deployments to quell crisis and maintain peace
He said: “We are in war. Definitely, we are in war. We are fighting the insurgents in the North-east and in the North-west.

The military is so much involved and are being deployed in so many zones of the federation. The security situation is such that that the military is involved almost in all parts of the country. So, we are in war.

“The military is so involved in so many security challenges. In fact, in almost the 36 states, in fact, this is a pointer that we are at war.

“Coincidentally, the president is a retired army general and he knows this war situation better than most Nigerians; and he knows when to change his army commanders and when not to do that. As a commander-in-chief, he understands this war situation better than we the civilians.

“I’m sure he is doing the right thing as the commander-in-chief and when he finds it necessary, he will effect changes.”
He stated that he didn’t think that changing the service chiefs would solve the insecurity in the country.

“I don’t think that changing the service chiefs will be the solution to the insecurity in the country. I don’t think that this war is not won because the service chiefs are still there and have not been changed.”

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Yahoo Boys Can Be Useful To Us – EFCC Boss Magu Speaks On Rehabilitation

Yahoo Boys Can Be Useful To Us - EFCC Boss Magu Speaks On Rehabilitation

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s acting chairman, Magu has said ‘yahoo-yahoo’ boys can be useful to Nigeria.

According to SaharaReporters, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, has said that the agency is planning to rehabilitate young people engaged in Internet fraud popularly known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ in Nigeria because they could be useful to the agency in future.

Magu stated this in Lagos on Thursday while delivering a paper at the third All Administrators National Conference of the Chartered Institute of Administration, according to a report by PUNCH.

While speaking on collaboration between the EFCC and other nations, Magu said the agency had secured collaboration with ECOWAS member-states to aid in prosecution of cross-border crimes.

He said, “So if you carry money from Nigeria and escape to Ghana, we will just call the men in Ghana and say, ‘arrange this man and keep him for me.



“This is what the ‘Yahoo-Yahoo boys’ like to do. But we are planning to rehabilitate them because they can be useful to us in future.”

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BREAKING: Court Grants Sowore, Bakare N100m Bail

BREAKING: Court Grants Sowore, Bakare N100m Bail

Sowore’s bail conditions include N100 million and two sureties in like sum, must have one of the sureties must own landed property and deposit N50 million, and prohibited from travelling outside Abuja.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a federal high court sitting in Abuja has
granted Nigerian pro-democracy advocate, Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale
Bakare with stringent conditions.

Sowore’s bail conditions include N100 million and two sureties in like
sum, must have one of the sureties must own landed property and
deposit N50 million, and prohibited from travelling outside Abuja.

Bakare was granted bail to the sum of N50 million and prohibited from
travelling outside Osun State.

Sowore and Bakare are prohibited from addressing the press until the
completion of the trial.

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Sowore Insists – Whether you like it or not, the revolution will happen

Sowore Insists - Whether you like it or not, the revolution will happen

Sahara Reporters publisher and convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, has said that “the revolution” in Nigeria will happen whether the government likes it or not.

Sowore Insists - Whether you like it or not, the revolution will happen

Sowore who narrated his experience in detention said he has been held out of touch with the real world.

“I haven’t been in touch with my lawyers. I don’t know the charges they are bringing against me. I am not allowed to see sunshine. I’ve not been outside except today. I am happy people are staying strong.

I have no doubt this will come to an end in favour of the Nigerian people. Whether you like it or not, the revolution will happen. It is only a matter time.”

“I have a bad shoulder which they broke during my arrest. They gave me no access to telephone. No TV. No newspapers. Nothing.

What is interesting is that Boko Haram commanders who are engaged in high level terrorism have access to telephone, TV and even cable in their cells.

So you wonder which one is better: a freedom fighter or a terrorist.”

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Sowore meets bail condition, awaits release from DSS custody

Sowore meets bail condition, awaits release from DSS custody

The convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr Omoyele Sowore, on Wednesday met the condition of bail granted to him on Tuesday by the Federal High Court in Abuja for his release from the custody of the Department of State Service.

His lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), visited the DSS headquarters in Abuja, on Wednesday, after Sowore complied with the Tuesday’s order of court which directed him to deposit his passport at the court’s registry as condition for his release from the custody of the security agency.

“I am currently at their headquarters. Sowore, having complied with the condition given by the court, I am here for his release,” Falana told our correspondent on the telephone at about 4pm on Wednesday.

However, checks with Falana as of the time of filing this report at about 7pm on Wednesday, showed that the activist had not been released.

An “affidavit of compliance with court order” deposed to at the Federal High Court in Abuja by a lawyer in Falana’s law firm, Mr Marshal Abubakar, confirmed the submission of Sowore’s passport to the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court as directed by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, on Tuesday.

It read in part,  “That on September 24, 2019, this honourable court per Hon. Justice Taiwo Taiwo mandated the applicant/respondent to release the respondent/applicant forthwith.

“That the said order has since been served on the applicant/respondent (DSS). Attached hereto and marked Exhibit 1 is a copy of the endorsement by the applicant/respondent.

“That the court also ordered the respondent/applicant to deposit his passport with the Deputy Chief Registrar of this honourable court within 48 hours.

“That the respondent/applicant’s passport with number A50255207 has been deposited with the Deputy Chief Registrar of this honourable court.”

A letter titled, ‘Notice of compliance with court order’ was signed by Abubakar and addressed to the office of the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The letter was received by the office of the DCR on Wednesday.

It read in part, “In line with the court order we respectfully forward with the instant correspondence, the passport of Mr Stephen Omoyele Sowore with passport number A50255207 to your good self.”

Justice Taiwo had on Tuesday ordered the release of Sowore, from the custody of the DSS.

 The judge said the activist should be released to his lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), who is to produce him for arraignment whenever he is needed.

The judge however said since charges had already been filed against the activist, he must deposit his passport and other travel documents to guarantee his availability for trial.

He ordered that the passport should be deposited at the court’s registry within 48 hours.

He said since the order for detention permitting the DSS to keep the activist for 45 days had expired, the activist ought to be released immediately.

The DSS, on September 3, arrested Sowore, the publisher of SaharaReporters and former presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections over his call for revolution protest scheduled to hold on September 5.

Justice Taiwo, on September 8, granted an ex parte application by the DSS permitting the security agency to keep the activist for 45 days.

The 45 days period expired on Saturday.

Barely 24 hours to the expiration of the 45 days detention order, the Attorney-General of the Federation’s office filed charges of treasonable felony, cybercrime offences and money laundering against him before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

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Just in: Court sentences Evans Okunrobo to 7 years in jail

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos zonal office, on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Okunrobo Osarenren Evans to seven years imprisonment before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The convict was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on October 19, 2017 on a three-count charge bordering on forgery, an offence contrary to Section 363(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

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One of the counts reads: “That you, Okunrobo Osarenren, on or about the 24th day of August, 2009 in Lagos, within the Lagos Judicial Division, knowingly forged the National Population Commission of Nigeria Certificate of Birth No. 0273682 dated Friday 24th August, 2009 in the name of Okunrobo David and purported same to have been issued by the National Population Commission of Nigeria.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him by the prosecution, thereby leading to his trial.

During trial, the prosecution counsel, Ufoma Franlin, called four witnesses and tendered several documents that were admitted in evidence by the court.

At the resumed hearing today, the prosecution counsel urged the court to impose maximum sentence on the convict on the grounds that the defendant had wasted the time of the court.


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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos zonal office, on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Okunrobo Osarenren Evans to seven years imprisonment before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The convict was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on October 19, 2017 on a three-count charge bordering on forgery, an offence contrary to Section 363(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

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One of the counts reads: “That you, Okunrobo Osarenren, on or about the 24th day of August, 2009 in Lagos, within the Lagos Judicial Division, knowingly forged the National Population Commission of Nigeria Certificate of Birth No. 0273682 dated Friday 24th August, 2009 in the name of Okunrobo David and purported same to have been issued by the National Population Commission of Nigeria.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him by the prosecution, thereby leading to his trial.

During trial, the prosecution counsel, Ufoma Franlin, called four witnesses and tendered several documents that were admitted in evidence by the court.

At the resumed hearing today, the prosecution counsel urged the court to impose maximum sentence on the convict on the grounds that the defendant had wasted the time of the court.

However, counsel to the defendant prayed the court to “temper Justice with mercy”, adding that my client is a first-time offender and has a wife and children to cater for.”

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In her judgment, Justice Dada said the prosecution had clearly proved its case beyond reasonable doubt with absolute diligence.

Justice Dada, therefore, convicted and sentenced Osarenren to seven years imprisonment on each count.

The sentences are to run concurrently

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Osinbajo’s office has been rendered useless, impotent

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Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, says from the look of things, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s office has been rendered useless, impotent and irrelevant.

It, however, said it would be too early to speculate if Osinbajo’s “ordeal” was caused by any misdemeanor on his part or if it was based on permutations ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The spokesman for Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said this during an interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday.

He said, “We are watching as events unfold. We are studying the situation, but we must also not muddle up issues.

“For now, we will not jump into any premature conclusion that this is about 2023 alone.

“We will need more information to know whether it is political or whether there was abuse of office or process.

“But the barrage of the last 48 hours shows that there is something wrong.

“We will wait to have all the facts because we don’t want to say a Yoruba man is being attacked.

“They may have had a justifiable reason to do so; but we are taking note of every development and at the appropriate time, we will make our position known.

“But clearly, what has happened is that the VP’s office has been rendered impotent, useless and irrelevant.”

It may be recalled that the Economic Management Team hitherto led by Osinbajo was suddenly dissolved on Monday and replaced with an advisory council that would report directly to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The following day, online news medium, The Cable, reported sighting a memo in which the President instructed the Vice-President to, henceforth, seek presidential approvals before taking any action over agencies under his (Osinbajo’s) supervision.

Currently, Osinbajo is the chairman of the governing boards of the National Emergency Management Agency, the National Boundary Commission, the Border Communities Development Agency and the Niger Delta Power Holding Company — a limited liability company owned by the three tiers of government.

It was learnt that some agencies, such as NEMA, would rather deal directly with the President than with Osinbajo.

There are also reports that some of Osinbajo’s aides had been transferred out of the Presidential Villa and seconded to some Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.

The Presidency, it was reported, is planning to strip the Vice-President of his brainchild known as the Social Investment Programme which comprises the TraderMoni Scheme, N-Power, school feeding programme and others.

The welfare programme is expected to be placed under the newly-created Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development headed by Mrs. Sadiya Umar.Osinbajo’s office has been rendered useless, impotent

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Aisha Buhari Says Nigerian Female Soldiers Are lazy

Aisha Buhari Says Nigerian Female Soldiers Are lazy

Nigerian policeman backs Aisha Buhari, says Nigerian female soldiers are lazy


A Nigerian policeman, Edward Onoride in his tweet said that Nigerian female soldiers are lazy as he backed First Lady Aisha Buhari who told military authorities to deploy female soldiers to counter insecurity challeneges witnessed across the country.

Recall LIB reported that Aisha Buhari partly blamed the security crisis witnessed in the country on the yet to be definded role of women and cold feet in exploring their potential for operational effectiveness in the military.

Reacting to the report, the Nigerian policeman recounted fighting wars with female soldiers from other countries while also stating that there is a lot female soldiers can do if deployed. He tweeted;

I had fought war along women soldiers from different countries. I was in Sudan & Somalia & I’ve work with women soldiers from China, US, Britain, Israel, Kenya, Bangladesh, Uganda, Ethiopia, etc. Aisha Buhari is spot on. There’s a lot our women Soldiers can do of deployed out.

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Breaking — President Buhari reacts to tribunal verdict

I wasn’t worried all along — President Buhari reacts to tribunal verdict

I wasn’t worried all along — President Buhari reacts to tribunal verdict


President Buhari has reacted to the Presidential election tribunal’s judgement which upheld his victory in the February 2019 Presidential election.

The President said he was not worried about the outcome of the court process because he knew Nigerians elected him for a second term in office.

“Good conscience fears no evil report. I was unperturbed all along, because I knew Nigerians freely gave us the mandate. We are now vindicated,” Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari to have said.

Commending the judiciary for not “dispensing justice without fear or favour”, President Buhari also dedicated his victory at the tribunal to God and Nigerians.

The statement reads in full “President Muhammadu Buhari says the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on the February 23, 2019 poll, is victory for Nigerians who trooped out to overwhelmingly elect him for a second term in office.

“Good conscience fears no evil report. I was unperturbed all along, because I knew Nigerians freely gave us the mandate. We are now vindicated,” the President declares.

He dedicates the victory to God, and to Nigerians, while also commending the judiciary for “dispensing justice without fear or favour.”

President Buhari extends a hand of fellowship to those who had felt aggrieved at the outcome of the election, and went to court, noting that it was within their democratic rights.

He notes, however, that with the pronouncement of the judiciary, “it is time for the country to move forward as one cohesive body, putting behind us all bickering and potential distractions over an election in which Nigerians spoke clearly and resoundingly.”

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)

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What Really Killed Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe Ex-President

What Really King Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe Ex-President

Zimbabwe ex-president, Robert Mugabe has died at the age of 95. Mugabe, who was Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, died after battling ill health, his family confirmed.

The current President of Zimbabwe announced his passing on Twitter, writing: “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe.”

Mr Mugabe had been in hospital in Singapore since April. He was ousted in a military coup in November 2017, after being in power for over three decades.

He served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as President from 1987 to 2017

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BREAKING! Tinubu Is DEAD… Governor Sanwo-Olu Mourns

BREAKING! Tinubu Is DEAD… Governor Sanwo-Olu Mourns

Former Lagos State Head of Service, HOS, Alhaji Rafiu Tinubu has died at the age of 75, and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu mourned his demise


Alhaji Tinubu passed away on Wednesday morning in Abuja after a brief illness. He was former Head of Service in Lagos.However, a statement by Sanwo-Olu, commiserated with the Tinubu’s family of Lagos over the death of its scion, describing his death as a huge loss to the state and the nation in general.

In a statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, Sanwo-Olu sympathised with Tinubu family, the deceased’s friends and associates, saying:“Alhaji Tinubu’s demise came at a time the nation and Lagos in particular needed his wealth of experience the most.

As experienced administrator per excellence, we certainly will miss the late Alhaji Tinubu’s counsel on matters of importance in the state civil service.”The Governor said Lagosians would always remember the “laudable achievements” of the former top civil servant, who, he said, served the state meritoriously for 26 years before he rose to become the Head of Service.

Sanwo-Olu said:“We can’t forget the contributions of late Alhaji Rafiu Tinubu towards the professionalisation of Lagos civil service. His quest for excellence and exemplary leadership were hallmark of his earthly sojourn.‘‘We condole the Tinubu family, especially our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, wife and children of the deceased and the entire extended families of late elder statesman.

I pray that Almighty Allah grant the late Alhaji Rafiu Tinubu Al-Janah Firdaus and grant members of the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

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#Xenophobia : Lagos State government condemns attack on Shoprite

#Xenophobia : Lagos State government condemns attack on Shoprite

Lagos State government condemns attack on Shoprite

The Lagos State Government through Gbenga Omotoso, the commissioner for Information and strategy has reacted to the attacks on Shoprite Complexes at Jakande and Sangotedo Area of Ajah by some unidentified people claiming to be acting in retaliation against the attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

The state government said, ‘these attacks are condemned as they are against the Nigerian spirit of accommodation and benevolence that the country in general and Lagos State in particular is noted for.    

The Federal Government is in dialogue with South African Authorities to stop this obnoxious act. We appeal to our compatriots to eschew violence and any unlawful acts. The Lagos State Government wishes to reiterate its commitment to providing a conducive atmosphere where businesses are conducted without hindrances.    

The security agencies have been directed to ensure that law and order prevail in all parts of the State, even as Lagosians are advised to go about their activities without any fear.  

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Breaking: Nigerians set MTN office on fire in Lagos (photos)

Breaking: Nigerians set MTN office on fire in Lagos (photos)

One of the MTN offices in Apapa, Lagos, has been set on fire by Nigerians protesting the recent xenophobic attacks.

MTN is a telecommunications company owned by South Africans.

Twitter user @fasasido, shared the photos of the torched building online.

Breaking: Nigerians set MTN office on fire in Lagos (photos)

Breaking: Nigerians set MTN office on fire in Lagos (photos)
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Nigerian Embassy Shuts Door On Nigerians Attacked In South Africa

Nigerian Embassy Shuts Door On Nigerians Attacked In South Africa

The Nigerian Embassy in South Africa has shut its door to Nigerian victims of ongoing xenophobic attacks in the former apartheid colony.

The latest attacks against nationals of other African countries domiciled in South Africa, which started on August 28, 2019, has spread to several parts of that country, raising fears of more violence in the coming days.

Speaking with Sahara Reporters on Monday, a handful of Nigerians in South Africa revealed how they now live in fear.

According to them, some victims of the attack, who visited the Nigerian Embassy for help and protection were denied entry into the place.

Former president of Nigerian Union South Africa, Iyke Anyene, told Sahara Reporters that Nigerians had remained in the houses, afraid for their lives and unsure if they would be the next victims.

He said, “In some parts of Guateng Province the looting has continued.

“It started in Pretoria and people have not been able to do their businesses. It is not safe, there is widespread looting.

“Some Nigerian victims went to the high commission but were denied entry into the place.

“The high commission claimed that they are dealing with the situation but we don’t know what to do. We need results, people are losing their lives and properties.”

He said migrants from other African countries are also affected in the attacks and looting, adding that the South African police are usually overwhelmed when such attacks happen.

He added, “All African migrants are affected. When it happened in Pretoria, the police was there but couldn’t stop the attack.

“In Johannesburg, they were not able to stop anything. It is a very serious problem at the moment.”

A Nigerian business woman, Doris Ikeri-Solarin, also told Sahara Reporters that she had remained indoors with her family for fear of being killed by South Africans if they go out of their home.

She said, “There is trouble, it is very tough. There is a state of emergency and the violence is still ongoing.

“No one opened shop today, our movement has been restricted.

“In Mabupane, they burnt our shops on Wednesday but we were able to save the ones we have around Sunnyside.

“These people are reinforcing and they are coming out to attack us.”

Ikeri-Solarin faulted the Nigerian Embassy for shutting citizens out at such time of need.

She added, “A baby just died in Marabasa because of the fire. We are at home, we can’t go out, our children cannot go to school, Nigerians inside taxis are dragged out and attacked.

“Nigerian Embassy does not exist. Some of our people affected by this attack went to the high commission but the ambassador did not come out. It is a big shame on them.”

Last Wednesday in Japan during the Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development, President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, said that his government will address the killings of Nigerians in his country.

He added that the country’s criminal justice system was looking to proffer lasting solutions.

He said, “On the issue of Nigerians who are dying in South Africa, we feel very upset about that.

“Obviously, our criminal justice system is working on it. We don’t support killings.”

But despite his assurances, South Africans have continued to target Nigerians in xenophobic attacks, killing and destroying businesses belonging to them.

In July, President of Nigeria’s Senate, Ahmed Lawan, disclosed that about 118 Nigerians had so far lost their lives in different attacks in South Africa over the years.

Experts say the figure could may well be above that figure especially several unreported cases of hostilities against Nigerians.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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EFCC Reveals The Number Of Yahoo Boys FBI Arrested

EFCC Reveals The Number Of Yahoo Boys FBI Arrested

FBI SCAMMERS’ LIST: WE’VE FOUND N486M AND ARRESTED 28 ‘YAHOO BOYS’ – EFCC REVEALS

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has given an update into its fight against fraudulent activities.

According to Punch Metro, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said that it has recovered $314,000 and N373m ( N486m in all) from suspects in connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the list of nearly 80 Nigerians indicted for fraud.

The acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, further stated that the collaboration between the commission and the FBI, led to the recovery of the funds.

Magu said while the sum of $314,000 had been recovered, the sum of N373m had been traced to various commercial banks by the Lagos zonal office of the commission.

He also disclosed that the recent joint operations coordinated by the commission had yielded 28 arrests, adding that 14 suspects had been charged and convicted.

The EFCC chair further stated that “nine of the suspects are currently undergoing trial, while five are still under investigations.



“Over 80 cases are still under investigation from the EFCC-FBI joint operations.”

 Speaking during a media briefing in Lagos on Tuesday, Magu, who spoke through Mohammed Rabo, Zonal Head, EFCC, Lagos, added that, the Lagos zone of the commission, prior to the collaborative efforts with the FBI, had independently launched a sustained operation on perpetrators of various computer-related frauds.

He said: “From 2018 to date, the EFCC had launched a sustained operation on perpetrators of various computer-related frauds, which resulted in over 200 arrests, 130 convictions and recovery of a large number of exotic cars and properties suspected to have been acquired through the proceeds of crime.



“We had independently launched intensive investigative actions against the infamous Yahoo Yahoo boys culminating in various strategic raids and onslaught on their hideouts.



“Our efforts in this regard have recorded tremendous successes leading to a number of arrests, prosecutions and convictions.”

Magu also called on the media to continue to lend its voice to the fight against corruption and economic and financial crimes, saying that “no one has the monopoly of knowledge of how the fight should be fought and won.

The FBI had released a list of 80 persons – mostly Nigerians – for their alleged role in email scams in which Americans were duped of over $70m.

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