FG tackles news of presidential taskforce member on COVID-19 receiving N500k on sitting.


The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described as fake news, reports making the rounds on social media that members of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 have been receiving N500, 000 daily as sitting allowance.

The Minister who spoke at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, said he was shocked when he heard the rumor. He said members of the team have not received any allowance at all and that as a matter of fact, they have been the ones using their own money to carry out this National Assignment.


“The issue I want to take on is that of the sitting allowance of half a million naira, paid to each of the members of the task force. You will remember that each time I come here, since I tested negative for Coronavirus, my other major problem has been fake news. As soon as I got that information, I consulted with my colleagues here whether I’m not a member of the task force and I asked them whether they’d received their own and they said no.

What bothers me is that since about 2 O’clock this afternoon I’ve been receiving text messages to send money to people; that they were broke, they had no money and I began to wonder, why today? Apparently, they are acting on this fake news that we receive half a million naira everyday.

The truth of the matter is that no member of the committee has received one penny, either for sitting or sleeping allowance, not even when we went to Lagos yesterday. So, you see this fake news is targeted at one thing alone: to distract the government from the more serious problem and task of containing and combating fake news. I want to say loud and clear; no member of the committee receives a penny as sitting allowance. Everybody sacrificed his time, energy and even sometimes his resources”, Mohammed said


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FFK – While Buhari is busy accommodating Chinese, They are chasing Nigerians.


Femi Fani-Kayode took to his Twitter handle on Thursday morning April 9, to react to the news of the arrival of 15 Chinese doctors to Nigeria to help in the fight against the ravaging COVID-19.

He wrote


”Whilst Buhari is inviting the Chinese to Nigeria to “help fight Covid 19”, the Chinese Govt. is throwing Nigerians out of their homes, persecuting them, subjecting them to the most vile & despicable human rights abuses & mocking, insulting & humiliating them on a daily basis!’.’


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COVID-19: 22 new cases confirmed as cases in Nigeria jumps to 276.


The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 22 new cases of the COVID-19 in Nigeria, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 276.

According to the NCDC, 15 are in Lagos, four are in the FCT, two are in Bauchi, while the other is in Edo.


A breakdown of the cases in each of the states shows that Lagos now has 145 cases, the FCT Abuja 54, Osun 20, Edo 12, Oyo 11, Bauchi eight, Akwa-Ibom and Kaduna five each, four in Ogun, two each in Enugu, Ekiti, Kwara and Rivers states, while Ondo, Benue, Katsina and Delta states have one case each.

Six deaths have also been recorded. Meanwhile, on a positive note, 44 cases have been discharged.

As the government scales up efforts to curb the spread of the disease in the country, some Chinese medical experts have been invited to complement such efforts.

The 15-man medical team from China arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The team arrived in Nigeria on Wednesday in a chartered Air Peace aircraft and the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehainre was at the airport to receive them.

News that Chinese medical experts were coming into the country had split opinion, but the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had last week, insisted that they would complement ongoing efforts to tackle the pandemic.


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Chelsea Reluctant on signing Barcelona’s Coutinho


Chelsea are said to be locked in talks with Barcelona over a loan deal for Philippe Coutinho, but the Blues are reluctant to agree to an obligation to buy the Brazilian.

Coutinho will return from his loan with Bayern Munich at the end of the season, with the German side declining to trigger their option to buy, and Barcelona are keen to get him off the books once and for all.

Philippe Coutinho

Sport have reported on a potential move to Stamford Bridge on a number of occasions, and their latest update suggests that there is ‘optimism’ that a deal can be done, although Barcelona’s desire to force Chelsea to sign him permanently is proving to be a problem.


In an ideal world, Barcelona would sell him outright in the next transfer window, with a fee of €90m thought to be enough to get the deal done, but Chelsea obviously don’t want to pay such a sum for a player who has struggled to impress since leaving Liverpool in 2018.

Barcelona are well aware of that, and that is why they are ready to let him go on loan again instead. They want someone to pay an upfront fee, cover his wages and agree to an obligation to sign Coutinho for €65m next summer, but Chelsea aren’t convinced.


Chelsea only want the option to buy, which makes a lot of sense. Spending so much money on the Brazilian would be a huge risk given his inconsistent form over the past two years.

The Blues are preparing for a busy transfer window, with big money moves for a centre-back and a striker also on the cards, so there wouldn’t be too much spare money to play with, and that’s why Chelsea only want a loan.


You can see why a loan deal would make sense. It would cost Chelsea relatively little this summer, allowing the Blues to focus on other areas of the squad.

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However, this obligation to buy would be a real problem. There’s no guarantee that Coutinho would be able to rediscover his best form, so agreeing to pay €65m before even seeing how he takes to life back in England probably isn’t in Chelsea’s plans.

There are a few other suitors for Coutinho – Manchester United, Tottenham, Everton and Leicester City are all named – but it seems as though Barcelona believe Chelsea will be their best bet


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Bruce Willis quarantines with Demi Moore, leaves wife and kids.


We all know Bruce Willis and Demi Moore stayed friends after their 12-year marriage ended, but this still seems like a bit much:

Willis is apparently quarantining with Moore and their three adult daughters, plus at least some of the partners of those daughters, per Page Six.


The huge crew has been posting pictures of themselves engaging in wacky self-isolation hijinks like wearing matching green striped pajamas, and N.Rs learnt that Tallulah Willis responded to one comment pointing out that the family didn’t appear to be socially distancing with: “Hi! We made the choice to quarantine together and have been together for 27 days taking every precaution. Please stay inside and wash your hands!”

Willis is now, of course, married to Emma Heming, and they have two daughters together, ages 8 and 5.


Heming has been commenting on many of the posts, including one comment the Mirror calls “cryptic” in which she wrote, “Family bonding at its finest, miss you guys,” inspiring many other commenters to presume she’s internally fuming over the situation.

But other comments, including one on a video of Willis shaving his daughter’s head, seem heartfelt: “This is actually melting my heart,” she wrote on that one, and on one of the matching PJ pics, she wrote, per People,

“Not many can pull that color off! Looking good squad.” If you have questions about why Willis is with his ex-wife and adult daughters rather than his current wife and young daughters, you’re not alone; the Guardian has a whole tongue-in-cheek “explainer” of the situation


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Ex-Atletico Madrid, Barcelona & Real Madrid Coach Radomir Antic Passes Away Aged 71


Tributes have poured in for former player and manager Radomir Antic who has passed away aged 71, following a long battle with illness.Antic is the only man to have managed all three of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.The Serbian enjoyed an illustrious playing and managerial career, which took him from Kenilworth Road to Camp Nou and spanned nearly 50 years.


Antic spent his early playing days in his native Serbia, where he represented Sloboda Užice and FK Partizan, winning the Yugoslavian Premier Division with the latter in 1976.

Radomir Antic, who managed FC Barcelona in 2003, passed away today. The Barça family mourns the loss of a man who was deeply beloved in the world of football. Rest in Peace
He moved to Fenerbahce that summer. After two years in Turkey, he got his first taste of Spanish football, signing for Real Zaragoza.


Antic saw out his final playing days at Luton Town, after joining the club in 1980. In the final game of the 1982/83 season, the defender scored four minutes from time at Maine Road to save the Hatters from relegation at Manchester City’s expense.Luton paid tribute to their former player, writing on Twitter: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Town legend Radomir Antic, at the age of 71. A true Hatters hero, for promotion and preventing relegation.


“The thoughts of all at Kenilworth Road are with his family and friends at this terribly sad time.We are devastated to learn of the passing of Town legend Radomir Antic, at the age of 71. A true Hatters hero, for promotion and preventing relegation. The thoughts of all at Kenilworth Road are with his family and friends at this terribly sad time. Rest in peace, Raddy 🙏 #COYH


Antic hung up his boots in 1984, and four years later, he returned to Zaragoza for his first stint in management. He secured European football for the club, and that was enough for the might of Real Madrid to come calling.He left the Bernabeu after a year in charge, and after a three year-spell in charge at Real Oviedo – where he saved the club from relegation – he joined Real’s rivals Atletico.


It was at Atleti where Antic would enjoy his most success in the dugout, guiding the club to the double in his maiden season in charge, as Atletico were crowned La Liga and Copa del Rey champions.Radomir Antic
He left Atletico in 1998, but would go on to return on a further two occasions, before the pair eventually parted company for the final time in 2000.


In 2003, the coach made history when he was appointed manager of Barcelona, becoming only the second man (after Enrique Fernández) to take charge of both Real Madrid and Barcelona – and the first to have managed the two Madrid sides in addition to Barça.Fernando Torres

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Nos ha dejado Antic, un hombre que dignificó la profesión de futbolista, historia de nuestro Atleti, campeón y leyenda rojiblanca porque Radomir siempre estará en los corazones de todos los atléticos. Mis condolencias y todo mi ánimo para sus familiares y amigos. DEP


Antic went on to manage Serbia, guiding his country to the 2010 World Cup finals. His final managerial job was with Hebei China Fortune in 2015.Barcelona paid tribute to their former manager, writing on Twitter: “The Barça family mourns the loss of a man who was deeply beloved in the world of football. Rest in Peace.”


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Barcelona Rejects Chance to Sign Willian as Tottenham and PSG Ready Offers


Barcelona are believed to have rejected the chance to land Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer, leaving the door open for both Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain to offer contracts to the Brazilian.

Willian’s current deal will expire at the end of the season and he recently admitted it is ‘unlikely’ that he will remain at Stamford Bridge after talks over a new deal broke down.


Willian

His agent, Kia Joorabchian, has been looking to drum up interest in Willian, and Sport note that the winger has been offered to long-term admirers Barcelona. However, they have wasted little time in rejecting the chance to move for him.

Just like with Chelsea, Willian’s demands of a three-year contract with a big wage appear to have scared Barcelona away, with La Blaugrana believing that money should be spent on a younger forward instead.


Sport add that a move has not been completely ruled out, but it’s highly unlikely that a move to Camp Nou will materialise at this rate.

Willian will have to look elsewhere in search of a new home, and both Spurs and PSG are named as potential suitors by Sport.


A source previously confirmed to 90min that Spurs are eager to land Willian and teammate Olivier Giroud this summer, and they are confident that they will have a good chance of doing so as the Brazilian wants to remain in London.

However, PSG are also still circling. The French side have been linked with Willian in the past and have been tipped to finally land their man on a free transfer. Mundo Deportivo (via ESPN) even go as far as to describe PSG as one of the favourites to sign Willian this summer.


Willian,Andy Robertson
The 31-year-old recently claimed that he is yet to hold talks with any interested side, having instead focused on trying to tempt Chelsea to meet his three-year demand, but it now looks like potential suitors are stepping things up a gear.

PSG are free to talk to Willian already, while Spurs would have to wait until closer to the end of his current deal, but it seems as though he will have plenty of options to choose from.


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Nigeria – DELSUTH to rise again – CMD says.


The Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) at Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area is the state’s apex health institution providing basic training, research and medical services.

It was established to give skilled health care through the training of undergraduate medical students, residency training of doctors and paramedics.

But since June 10, 2010, when it was officially inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan, DELSUTH had been plagued by multifaceted problems, ranging from industrial unrest, low staff morale, brain drain, poor funding, massive infrastructure decay, and epileptic power supply.

But with ongoing renovation of the institution by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration, there is hope the tertiary health care centre can reclaim some of its lost glory.

Dr Onome Ogueh, the chief medical director (CMD), believes the old narrative is gradually being replaced by a culture of medical excellence as envisioned by its founding fathers.

He says his priority, besides ensuring the hospital was run professionally, is to change the hearts and minds of “people who work here to have the right attitude towards the care that we provide.”

The CMD, appointed a little over three years ago, outlines his strategy for revamping the institution.

He says: “My management team has been doing a bit to reposition DELSUTH. We have approached this in various ways. One of the things we have done since I came on board just over three years ago is to make sure that all our departments are accredited for providing clinical services at a tertiary care level. For instance, for the first time we have full accreditation for Paediatrics, Radiology and Radiography, Orthopaedic, Cardiology, Neurology, etc.”

Continuing, he says “we have also ensured that we employ adequate staff for proper service delivery. We now have, for instance, a consultant dermatologist for the first time in DELSUTH. We have also employed a cardio-thoracic surgeon. We did not have one in Delta State before now. So, we are beginning to develop a cardio-thoracic surgery service. We have also employed a restorative dentist for the first time in Delta State. We are now developing a restorative dentistry service.”

He admits that for DELSUTH to play its multifarious role effectively, it requires annual subventions from government.

But Ogueh says his team is “already looking outward”. According to him, the management is exploring other avenues to generate revenue, such as “engaging in the production of medical consumables, sanitisers to hospitals, etc.”

His words: “Like all government hospitals and teaching hospitals in the world, DELSUTH requires subvention because unlike ordinary hospitals, we do not just deliver clinical services. We do more than that. As a teaching hospital, one of the pillars of the things we do is to provide research that will help to improve the quality of the services we give to the people. We also provide training for medical students, training for postgraduate doctors, and to be able to train medical students and postgraduate doctors, we need all departments to be accredited and this requires proper funding.

“We also need to train postgraduate doctors so we can have specialists that can provide specialist services in the state and in the country, and to train these people require funding. These are things you cannot achieve with internally- generated revenue. So, I must say we need to have more.”

One of the strategies includes approaching wealthy Deltans and corporate bodies to contribute towards development of the hospital.

The CMD notes that the move has yielded astounding results. “For instance, I can tell you that one of the new services we brought in is an optic laboratory. That service was funded entirely by an individual from this community. That service has been running for few years.”

He says other revenue sources being explored include leveraging on the hospital’s competencies, such as specialisation in nursing by providing services for students from other universities, including Ladoke Akintola University of Technology at Ogbomosho in Oyo State.

Dr. Ogueh says because his team emphasises medical research, internationally-recognised researchers from DELSUTH are currently engaged in research into specialised fields.

His words: “We are doing quite a lot in terms of research. Because we are a teaching hospital, we have professors, senior lecturers, and lecturers, whose pact of agreement is to carry out research, and some of the research involves international collaboration.

”For instance, we have a programme that we have been running with UT South-Western, U.S.A, where we are collaborating to do research into kidney disease. We have different types of research going on. We are in the process of setting up a telecardiology research where we can begin to view people with heart conditions or research into heart conditions by telemedicine. You are sitting here in Oghara and you are able to do some kind of consultation in Lagos or elsewhere. That is one area we are doing research collaboration. We are doing research in many other areas because that is what makes us different from the general hospital. We do research into the services that we are providing to ensure that we provide the best for patients.”

He says DELSUTH possesses a fully equipped Radiology Department, and an MRI machine (which is of the highest standard), adding that the institution provides training for resident doctors from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

The CMD notes that the tertiary health care institution is breaking grounds in the area of a paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery unit.

He says paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery is not done in Nigeria, adding that the vision of the institution is to run the service on a regular basis.

“One of such is the setting up of a Paediatric Cardio-thoracic surgery service in DELSUTH. The governor has already approved funding for it because as we speak the only way one can get paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery is to go to America, UK, Israel or India, or when people from those countries come to do outreach programmes here. That is the only time one can have it. What we want to do is a regular service and we are in the process of setting that up in collaboration with Hospital for Humanity based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.”

But Ogueh thinks his most astounding success is the cordial relationship blossoming with the host community and trade unions in the institution.

He says prompt payment of salaries and other emoluments by the government have lifted the morale of workers, adding that regular medical outreaches and support for local festivals have closed the gap in the relationship with the host community.

“We have bridged that gap and that is why, for instance, we have a football tournament that involves the community. We also reach out to the people during festive periods. During their traditional festival, Christmas, etc. we always give our support. We have bridged the gap that there was,” he offers.

Despite lamenting the deleterious effects of brain drain on the institution, Ogueh believes the country’s medical community stands to benefit in the long run.

According to him, “the other take I have with the brain drain issue is that sometimes, maybe it is even good for our people to go out there because when they go out there, they get more exposure because of the infrastructure they will meet there, which will improve their knowledge and experience. Some of them will bring this knowledge and experience back to Nigeria and use that to help develop the health service.

Continuing, he says: “… you are looking at a man who spent 28 years in the UK, Canada and America before coming back to Nigeria. The knowledge and experience I picked up in my sojourn is helping me to manage this place in the way I have been doing. For example, in the UK, because I was interested in management, I went through leadership training that has prepared me in leading this institution. Part of that leadership training involved my coming to Nigeria 10 years ago to do some work and help set up this hospital.”

Before his appointment, he was a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Associate Medical Director with Brighton and Sussex University Hospital in the United Kingdom.

He also served as an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer with Brighton and Sussex Medical School in Brighton, United Kingdom.


How DELSUTH is preparing to battle COVID-19


Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) at Oghara in Ethiope Local Government Area has put measures in place to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Onome Ogueh, says the management, with support from the government, has constant supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); face masks, gloves, hand sanitisers, etc. ”which we have consistently made available for use by our staff during this period.”

He adds: ”DELSUTH has a designated Isolation/Treatment Centre for COVID-19 with a screening protocol that is followed strictly with triage centres established at all clinics/ward entrances as well as the main hospital gate. This is to ensure that suspected cases are identified while making sure some form of clinical services delivery continues within the hospital”.

Dr. Ogueh notes that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been very proactive in preparing for COVID-19, saying the hospital has benefited through staff training, procurement of equipment and facilities’ upgrade.

He informs that ”management is aware that the state government is planning remuneration for all staff involved in the COVID-19 response team.”

The CMD says at this critical period, management counts on workers to give their total support in battling this pandemic.

Delta recorded its first case as of 9:45 pm last night. But the state had never relaxed its resolve to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic despite not having had an index case until on Wednesday.


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Accountant-General’s Office Inferno – No Data Lost.


Nigeria’s Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, has said that no data or records was lost in Wednesday’s fire incident at the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.

He said the fire was caused by a spark from one of the air conditioners on the fourth floor of the building at about 10:00am and was successfully put out by firefighters.


Agba said, “We have gone round the rooms and offices where the fire affected, and I am glad to report that our data centre where all our records are kept are fully intact.

“There is no destruction, so we haven’t lost any record.”


He however, noted that the only damage to the data centre was the exterior, which houses the cooling units.

Agba said one of the immediate steps taken was to shut down the data centre since the cooling units were no longer working optimally.

He added that a full scale investigation would be instituted to ascertain the cause of the incident.


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WHO calls for China, US unity to fight COVID-19


The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged the United States and China to join forces to fight the coronavirus pandemic, saying there would be “many more body bags” without international unity.

“The United States and China should come together and fight this dangerous enemy,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing in Geneva, following criticism from US President Donald Trump that the UN health body “blew it” and was “very China centric”.


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Jose Mourinho admit he was wrong over training session.


Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has accepted he was in the wrong for holding a one-on-one training session with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele in a public park in London.

Mourinho was pictured on social media flaunting government rules by meeting up with the midfielder Tuesday, even though they kept to social distancing guidelines.


Fellow Spurs players Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon were spotted running side by side in a separate session, while Serge Aurier filmed himself on Instagram running alongside a friend.

“I accept that my actions were not in line with government protocol and we must only have contact with members of our own household,” said the Portuguese manager.


“It is vital we all play our part and follow government advice in order to support our heroes in the NHS and save lives.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the players and Mourinho should be leading by example.


“My concern is people, particularly children, who might support Spurs or follow football may see these images, pick up a paper, watch the internet and think, well if it’s OK for them, why isn’t it OK for me?” he said.

The Premier League has been suspended since mid-March due to the spread of COVID-19.

The British government has introduced a strict series of measures to prevent the spread of the virus and Tottenham have reminded players of their responsibilities.

The club said last week they would be using the government’s furlough financial assistance programme for non-playing staff, a move that was seen as controversial and attracted a lot of criticism.


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Nigeria – 51 sentenced for breaching Lagos lockdown order.


A Magistrates’ Court sitting in the Yaba area of Lagos State has sentenced 51 persons for violating the lockdown and the social distancing directives of the Lagos State Government.

The offenders were sentenced to one-month community service.


Chief Magistrate Peter Ojo convicted the defendants following their plea of guilt to a charge of unlawful gathering.

They were convicted in two separate arraignments and trial by the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba.


In the first trial, 34 out of 37 persons were arraigned following their arrest by the police for exercising and ‘working out’ in a group larger than 20 persons on the Gbagada-Oworonsoki Expressway.

The second trial had 17 out of 18 persons arrested in Ajegunle area of the state pleading guilty to the charge of unlawful gathering.The Police counsel, Mr A. Adegoke, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), told the court that the Gbagada group committed the offence “along Bush Street/Gbagada Express Road/Ogudu Area.”


The court also heard that some members of the Ajegunle group fled upon seeing the police who succeeded in arresting only 18 persons.

They were all charged “with violating directives of Mr Governor of Lagos made pursuant to Regulation 8(1)(a) and (b) and 17(1) of the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 58 of the Public Health Law, 2015.


“Following their guilty plea, Magistrate Ojo ordered that the Gbagada violators be first quarantined for 14 days at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Yaba, or any other medical facility designated by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health.

He ordered that they should be tested twice for COVID-19 and if their result is negative, they may then serve their community service for one month at the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa.


“They must ensure that the premises are kept clean. Where their test result is positive, they shall be remanded for treatment until they are found negative.

Then they will proceed to community service,” Mr Ojo added.


Three members of the groups – Adetutu Aderogbangba, Segun Joshua and Obi Okoye, pleaded not guilty.

The Chief Magistrate said they should be quarantined for 14 days and adjourned ‪till April 21‬ for their re-arraignment and trial.

The court ordered that asides the 14-day quarantine and testing for the Coronavirus, the Ajegunle violators should be assigned to clean the Lagos State High Court for one month, ‪between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.‬, as their community service.

The court gave the sentence after dismissing- for lacking in merit – an application by the Gbagada violators’ counsel, Olufunlola Salaam, that the defendants be discharged and acquitted because the court had “no jurisdiction,” the charge “was faulty” and the law on which the charge was based did not exist.


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PDP demands full-scale investigation into treasury house inferno


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded a full-scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fire outbreak in critical offices at the Headquarters of the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in Abuja on Wednesday.

The party says an investigation is imperative given ‘apprehensions’ in the public space regarding the time and the offices involved in the fire outbreak.


“Our party expresses shock that the fire incident came on the heels of our heightened calls for a forensic audit into the hazy oil subsidy regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for which trillions of naira is being claimed to have been spent.

“This is in addition to recent demands for an investigation into allegations of fraud and diversion of COVID-19 intervention funds as well as social investments program of the Buhari government since 2015.


“Already, the National Assembly, riding on the gale of demands by Nigerians and championed by the PDP, has raised queries on spending in respect of social incentives program.

“Nigerians are anxious to know those behind this wicked arson because the fire outbreak reportedly occurred on the part of the building which hosts critical offices including the Treasury Single Account (TSA), Funds, Federation Account Allocation Committee and Revenue Department among others, relevant for the demanded financial inquests,” a statement by PDP’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, partly read.

The opposition party called for immediate investigation to determine the actual cause of the fire, as well as ensure that critical documents and data on government revenue and expenditure are immediately retrieved.

Also, the PDP demanded that the complex be immediately cordoned off to enable an uncompromised inquest into the ugly incident


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COVID-19: Reason we derail on procurement of ventilators, others for NDDC states – Pondei


Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has said its original interest to directly procure ventilators and sundry test and treatment resources to assist its mandate states in the fight against Coronavirus was derailed by setbacks posed by global lockdown on the pandemic.

Managing Director of NDDC, Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei, clarified in Port Harcourt, Rivers state Wednesday that the commission had to simply release funds to the NDDC to spend as deemed fit sensing the difficulties ahead of the initial interest.


Pondei, a virologist, said, “We wanted to get ventilators. Ventilators use to cost about eight to nine million naira. In one week ventilators have gone to almost N30Million for one. And those who will tell you they have ventilators for sale do not have them in the country.

“Ventilators are in short supply even in the United States. They have converted car manufacturing companies to shift to the production of ventilators. Most times the ones we got in contact with, their delivery date would be the end of April and some in May.


“So why are we to tie up money when we could give it to give to the states which also have made plans to get these things. As per treatment, all the different states have Isolation Units and made plans on how to go about treatment.

“In the long run having discussed with the different states, we didn’t want to duplicate efforts which will end up wasted because we work in synergy.”

The virologist harped on prevention as the best option to fight the menace of COVID-19 at the moment, urging the people of Niger Delta and Nigerians at large to respect the restrictions being imposed by federal and state governments while also praising efforts of Nigerian health experts at fighting the pandemic.

On the commotion generated by Federal Government’s resolve to bring in Chinese health experts to assist Nigeria in the fight against the pandemic, Pondei objected to the idea, saying there is no justification at the moment as Nigerian health personnel were doing good in their efforts and only need more motivation.


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Boko Haram leader, Shekau send new threats to Chadian President


Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau has issued a threat to Chadian President Iddris Deby following the killing of his fighters in an offensive led by the Chadian leader.

In a 5 minutes audio message obtained by The Nation, Shekau said his fighters will be coming after President Deby.


The Boko Haram leader who insisted that the Chadian leader is fighting against the enthronement of Islam, claimed that Allah made his fighters kill over 90 soldiers from Chad in an ambush which led to declaration of war on the insurgents by President Deby.

Shekau said;

“Today is Monday, 6th in the month of, Insha Allahu, Shaaban, the Hijirah of the Prophet of Allah, from Meccah to Medinah, 1441.

“We believe after this introduction, we heard certain things from Chad from a certain individual named Idriss Deby.

“He came out fully dressed up with the ambition of fighting the religion of Islam, that is he wants to fight us because we said we will work for the enthronement of Islam, we are Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad.

“Our aim is to follow the tenet of the Koran; our aim is to follow the tenets of the prophet; our aim is to practice Islam the way the Prophet of Allah left instructions before dying and handing over to knowledgeable scholars, who have also passed it down to me.

“Idris Daby, I will address you now. I am insha Allahu taalla, Abubakar ibn Mohammed Shekau, the Imam of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad.

“I decided to send you this message quickly. Don’t think because you’ve fought battles in ignorance not according to the tenet of Islam, and today, because we said we will work for Allah, you think you will triumph over us.

“First, even Pharaoh was frightened. Idriss Deby, fear Allah, repent and become a Muslim.

“Be careful, all these aggressions with weapons, insha Allah, you will not defeat us.

“Because of this, you can’t do anything to us. That area in which we were victorious, that Allah made us to kill you your men (killing of 90 Chadian soldiers), it is not that we are in enmity with human beings but anybody that is in enmity with Allah, is also our enemy. This is the summary.”

The Boko Haram leader also told his followers;

“My fellow brethren, take heart and endure. This kind of thing has happened to many. They endured and Allah gave then victory.

“We are together in the night and also at dawn; insha Allah we are together. Allah knows the servants that are working wholeheartedly and in sincerity, and he knows the kind of victory he will give to them. Allah will give us victory.

“My brethren, be consoled and stand firm; be full of prayers; continue with the work and may Allah help us and nobody will vanquish us since we said we will work for Allah.

“Idriss Deby you are in trouble. Idriss Deby you are in trouble; Idriss Deby you are in trouble. You made us to be calling your name because you are fighting Allah. People of Chad, rise up.

“The kind of life you are living is not according to the Koran, not from the hadiths of his prophet.

“But if you think you can do this, Allah is a helper and he is stronger than all. May Allah help us.”


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