FCT, Ogun go tough on lockdown [Nation]

  • Warn non-domiciled workers to stay away
  • Lagos rolls out guidelines for transporters, commuters as lockdown is relaxed

The authorities of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Saturday warned workers not-domiciled in the city to keep away during the total lockdown taking off tomorrow.

The Ogun State government issued a similar warning to residents working outside the state.

Both the FCTA and the Ogun State government are setting up mobile courts to try violators of the restriction and the curfew, although Governor Dapo Abiodun said the usual relaxation window given to the people to conduct business activities and restock food items, would come up Monday May 4, Wednesday May 6 and Friday May 8 between 7 o’clock in the morning and 5 in the evening.

The Lagos State government announced new guidelines for transporters to check community spread of COVID-19 virus…

COVID -19: 220 new cases as national tally hits 2,388 [Nation]

Seventeen coronavirus related deaths were recorded across the country on Saturday including a runaway patient in Kebbi State.

Another suspected case is on the run from an isolation centre in Taraba State while there was an increase of 220 in the total number of infections including a four-year-old boy in Bauchi State.

The total number of cases in the country now stands at 2,388.

Three hundred and eighty-five cases were discharged, according to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in an update last night.

The breakdown of the fresh  cases are: 62-Lagos; 52-FCT; 31-Kaduna;13-Sokoto; 10-Kebbi; 9-Yobe; 6-Borno; 5-Edo; 5-Bauchi; 4-Gombe; 4-Enugu; 4-Oyo; 3-Zamfara; 2-Nasarawa; 2-Osun; 2-Ebonyi; 2-Kwara; 2-Kano; and 2-Plateau.

The Lagos State Ministry of Health said four more COVID-19 patients died of complications from the disease in the state…

Nigeria won’t return to normalcy until 2021, says NCDC DG [Nation]

  • COVID-19: Nigeria will come out economically stronger – Osinbajo

The director-general, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, does not see  Nigeria and the rest of the world returning to normalcy until next year — at the very least after the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is optimistic that the country will emerge from the crisis economically stronger.

The VP and the DG spoke at the Platform, an annual event organised by the Poju Oyemade Covenant Nation at the weekend.

Dr. Ihekweazu said Nigeria like other countries, is faced with a difficult reality that will take some time to go away.

“Every country is right now looking at the same challenge and how to get us back to some level of normalcy, but the reality is that we are going to live with COVID-19 for the next year at the very least,” he said.

“So we have to start thinking about how to live safely with COVID-19, and you know some of the changes we would have to make are actually good things to have forever.

“The emphasis on handwashing, sanitisers, respiratory hygiene; my goal as the leader of the NCDC is that we continue this forever.

“That we don’t go back like we did post-Ebola to an era of not washing our hand, not only will they prevent COVID but they will prevent so many other diseases from spreading, ultimately leading us into a better future.

“The thing about mass gathering, it will be a big challenge for us, but we have to try. Every business, every church… every religious gathering of any form, social gatherings, weddings, we really have to rethink how we do this in the short term.

“It’s a sacrifice we would have to make as a people, as a country, to get over this. It will be a challenging time, but this is a sacrifice we would have to pay — we are not alone in this, even the countries we looked up to are facing the same challenges, there is no easy solution.

“Now is a time to build our country despite limitations and find indigenous ways to solve this problem, and make our country recover quicker. To do that, we need this short term pain in order to gain the long term opportunity to return to normal socially rich life Nigerians are known for”

“If there is one great thing that would come out of this, it is that we reinforce our personal hygiene.”

IPOB sends palliatives to Igbo in Edo [Sun]

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has deployed palliatives to the people of Edo State to cushion the effects of the lockdown occasioned by Coronavirus pandemic.

In a press statement signed by the Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, over 20 communities in the state benefitted from the kind gesture of IPOB.

The palliative, mostly food items, was carefully distributed to Igbanke, Auchi, Uromi, Ikpoba Okah and other communities.

Powerful hinted that the items distributed was the little contribution promised by the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu to ease the suffering of the people as they battle to contain the COVID-19.

APC won’t crumble after Buhari’s tenure –Ibediro, National  Organising Secretary [Sun]

■ Says Uzodinma’ll be better governor than Ihedioha in Imo

The National Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Emmanuel Ibediro, a lawyer, is one of the political leaders in Nigeria, having been a Local Government Area chairman, several times State Commissioner in Imo State and now a national officer of a ruling party.

Speaking to Sunday Sun in Abuja, Ibediro addressed many issues bedevilling APC, the sunshine side of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, the political tension ragging in his home state, Imo and the survival strategy APC will adopt after the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari to remain relevant.

He equally spoke on the faith of the Southeast geopolitical zone in the clamour for presidency of Igbo extraction in 2023, warning that the APC will not prioritise zoning above the party constitution in the emergence of its presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

Coronavirus: NCDC fears spread may worsen as lockdown ends today [Punch]

…says normalcy won’t return until 2021, cases hit 2,388

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has expressed fears that the number of coronavirus cases in the country will continue to rise for the next few months. This hint came as the lockdown imposed on the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states ends at 11:59pm today.

The Director General, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, told Sunday PUNCH in an interview that the number of cases was likely to increase given the increasing capacity to find and test more cases.

There were 220 new cases on Saturday as the total rose to 2, 388. The number of discharged persons rose to 385 while the number of deaths increased to 85.

The new cases were 62 in Lagos; 52 in FCT; 31 in Kaduna; 13 in Sokoto; 10 in Kebbi; 9 in Yobe; 6 in Borno; 5 in each of Edo and Bauchi; 4 in each of Gombe, Enugu, Oyo; 3 in Zamfara and 2 in each of Nasarawa, Osun, Ebonyi, Kwara, Kano and Plateau states….


US lawmakers oppose return of $320m Abacha loot [Punch]

Two members of the United States House of Representatives, Steve Chabot and Chris Smith, have expressed concern over alleged human rights violations under the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in light of plans to return $320m stolen by the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha.

A  United States-based political organisation, American Principles Project, in a letter to the US Attorney General, William Barr, dated April 22, 2020, stated that the congressmen had relayed their fears to Barr.

The letter, signed by APP Executive Director, Terry Schilling, said, “Concern with Nigeria’s behaviour under the Buhari Administration is growing.

“Recently, US Senator (Chuck) Grassley has written to the DOJ noting that, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, Nigerians face violations undermining freedom of religion, freedom of speech, due process, and the rule of law.

“The persecution of Christians is especially alarming, as attacks have increased rapidly.’ Similar concerns were also shared with you by Representatives Steve Chabot and Chris Smith.” 

Anxiety as Daar Communications awaits results of more COVID-19 tests [Punch]

There is anxiety among members of staff of DAAR Communications, owners of RayPower FM and AIT television stations as they await results of more coronavirus tests conducted on some of them by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Sunday PUNCH has learnt.

The apprehension was as a result of the outcome of the tests conducted on some top management staff members of the organisations, whose results came out positive.

Founder of the organisation, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, his daughter-in-law and six other members of his family were on Friday tested positive for coronavirus.

Earlier, the son of the high chief and Chairman of the board of the company, Raymond Dokpesi Jnr, had tested positive for the virus…..

Despite Ease On Lockdown, FCTA Bars Workers Outside Abuja From Resumption [Leadership]

As residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) prepare for ease of lockdown on Monday, in accordance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s national address, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has directed workers, residing outside the territory to remain in their respective states of residence until the ban on interstate travel is lifted. In his message to residents, on the new guidelines, FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, said that the administration would vigorously enforce the overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am to prevent possible patients of COVID-19 from coming into the territory, while the ban on interstate travel would be enforced very strictly.

Bello disclosed that security agencies had been mandated to arrest and prosecute, through the mobile courts, anyone found contravening the guidelines. He stated that the FCTA would enforce rigorously the guidelines regulating the easing of the lockdown in the FCT as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the territory.

He maintained that the extant guidelines on market operations for sale of food items only remain in effect, as markets were to operate for two days in a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 8am and 3pm, while neighbourhood selling points would be established in various parts of the city to decongest the major markets The minister pointed out that the extant directive on places of worship still subsists, as they remain closed, while all schools in the FCT remain closed until further notice, adding that schools were not permitted to commence third term operations in any form until directed otherwise by the relevant authorities. In a statement signed and made available to LEADERSHIP Sunday in Abuja yesterday, the chief press secretary to the FCT minister, Anthony Ogunleye, the administration however added that companies involved in food processing, drug manufacturing and construction could commence operation subject to approved health and safety guidelines, just as operators of these facilities were mandated to refuse access to anyone not observing the hygiene protocols.

Life Of Almajirai Amid COVID-19 [Leadership]

COVID-19 has indeed changed the narrative on virtually every facade of human existence. However, this change fever seems not to have been caught by some people, particularly the Almajirai. CHIKA MEFOR-NWACHUKWU was able to capture their current condition of living under the global pandemic.

“Coronavirus is nothing to me. I even have local herbs that can cure it. You just rub it in your hands and inhale it and everything is alright,” these were the words of Mallam Usman (Real name withheld), an Islamic teacher with over 120 students under his tutelage in Dutse Alhaji of the Federal Capital Territory.

Usman who took great pride in his knowledge of herbs which he said he inherited from his father, who in turn inherited same from his forefathers, claimed that none of his students or household members could ever get infected as his herbal package was capable of taking care of any anomaly….


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