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More troubles for alleged fraudster, Hushpuppi amid new evidence.

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New evidence has been submitted against popular alleged internet fraudster, Ramoni Abbass, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

Hushpuppi was arrested weeks ago for allegedly defrauding over 1.9 million people to the tune of over 168 billion naira.

The new evidence shows how he used his personal email to register on a website “whizzlog” which is a market place for buying US bank logs and money laundering.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Hushpuppi pleaded not guilty to the four-count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering conspiracies, international money laundering and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity.

In June, the Hushpuppi was flaunting an opulent lifestyle on social media and was shortly arrested in Dubai by special operatives of the Emirati police and American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).


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Dubai leader sends Food, Medical supplies to Nigeria, Sudan

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The Ruler of Dubai has ordered 14 tonnes of medical supplies and 20 tonnes of food supplies to Nigeria and Sudan, the Dubai Media Office said on Saturday.

“@HHShkMohd orders humanitarian aid flight to Sudan and Nigeria carrying 14 tonnes of medical supplies, 20 tonnes of food supplies,” the press office said in a tweet.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, recently paid for the medical bills of a Nigerian mother, Suliyat Tijani, who was delivered of a set of quadruplets in the United Arab Emirates.

This picture, released by the Dubai Media Office on August 15, 2020, shows cargo being loaded into a plane apparently headed for Nigeria and Sudan. (Noble Reporters Media //)

The latest gesture is likely connected with the coronavirus pandemic.

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On August 11, the United States Government handed over 200 modern ventilators to the Nigerian government to aid the latter’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.’

Meanwhile, 170 Nigerians returned from the United Arab Emirates to Nigeria on Saturday, taking the number of evacuees from the Arab nation to over 3,000 amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).


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Storyline: 170 Nigerians arrives Lagos airport from UAE.

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One hundred and seventy Nigerians have returned from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, taking the number of evacuees from the Arab nation to over 3,000.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) disclosed this in a tweet via its official handle on Friday.

It explained that the evacuees arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on board the Fly Dubai airlines.

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According to the agency, the returnees who arrived on Friday night came on board one of three free flights offered by the UAE government.

The UAE government offered the gesture to Nigerians whose documentation expired since March 1 and were given till August 17 to leave the country.

All evacuees tested negative to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and are now on a mandatory 14-day self-isolation as part of the guidelines stipulated by the Presidential Task Force.

This development comes three days after 292 more Nigerians were evacuated from the UAE.

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On Thursday, NIDCOM said 175 Nigerians returned from Uganda.

As at June 2020, the Federal Government said it had spent N169 million on the evacuation of Nigerians from overseas.

During a briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had directed all Nigerians interested in returning to the country to work with Nigeria’s embassies and high commissions where they are.

“What is important to get out to all Nigerians is that their engagement and communication should be with the embassies, high commissions and not with any other parallel agency, department of government or anything like that.”

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted regular daily activities in several countries across the world, leaving millions of people stranded in foreign nations.

Against the backdrop of the outbreak, many countries initiated the process of evacuating their citizens back home.

Nigeria is not left out as the Federal Government has facilitated the repatriation of thousands of its citizens stranded abroad.

Among the nations where Nigerians have been brought back home include the United States, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Sudan, France, Ethiopia, and several others.


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Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari moves to UAE for medical treatment

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The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari is reported to have travelled out of the country to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirate for undisclosed reasons.

Although the office of the First Lady could not confirm the reason for her trip, there are strong indications that Mrs Buhari may be receiving medical attention in the Arab country.

The First Lady who was last seen in public during the Eid-el-Kabir prayers with her family at the villa reportedly left the country after the celebration.

She was said to have gone on 14 days isolation after visiting the Lagos home of Mrs Florence Ajimobi, the wife of former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi who died of COVID-19 complications.

However, after the isolation, the president’s wife reportedly continued to experience the pains, prompting the Dubai trip.


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Just in: Dubai crown prince pays medical charges of Nigerian stranded with quadruplets

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Relief has come the way of a Nigerian mother, Suliyat Tijani and her quadruplets stranded in a hospital after the Dubai Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum paid their hospital bills.

Channels Television had on July 19th reported that Suliyat, 29, had planned to return to Nigeria for delivery since she and her husband, Tijani Adigun Shakiru could not afford doing so in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

But travel restrictions occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, left Suliyat, an Oyo State indigene, and her husband with no choice than to do so in the Arab nation.

She was to later gave birth to quadruplets, two days before her planned return to Nigeria.

Mother of quadruplets, Suliyat Tijani.

Since Suliyat and her family had no medical insurance, having racked up about $108,000 (400,000 AED) in medical expenses since the birth (prematurely) of the two boys and two girls, they went on soliciting for help.

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Although the Nigerian community in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) rallied around and paid part of the bills ($11,500), the Dubai Crown Prince stepped in to foot the medical expenses after their story went viral.

One of the quadruplets which Suliyat Tijani gave birth to in Dubai.

Local radio stations in Dubai and the CNN said the Latifa Hospital for Women and Children where the babies were born through an emergency C-section confirmed the Crown Prince’s gesture.

The quadruplets were placed on ventilators at the neonatal intensive care unit, are doing well and will soon be ready to go home, the hospital explained.

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Her husband, Shakiru, obviously elated by the Prince’s magnanimity, described it as a huge favour, admitting that payment of the medical bills gave him sleepless nights.

As a sign of gratitude to the Dubai royal family, the chef told local media Khaleej Times that three of the babies will be named Hamdan, Mohammed and Lathifa.

The young couple

An Expensive Joke?

“I never thought of having four babies, because there’s no money,” Shakiru had told Channels Television.

According to Shakiru who relocated to the UAE with his family in 2017, “When my wife told me she was pregnant, and she went for a scan, I told her she was joking.”


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US-sought ‘hijacked’ tanker now in Iran

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International Labour Organization says MT Gulf Sky was hijacked on July 5 and all 28 Indian crew disembarked in Iran.


A United Nations agency has acknowledged that a US-sought oil tanker “hijacked” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after allegedly smuggling Iranian crude oil is back in Iranian waters.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) on Sunday said the MT Gulf Sky was hijacked on July 5, citing its captain. That mirrors earlier reporting by The Associated Press news agency

“The vessel was taken to Iran,” the ILO said. All 28 Indian crew members disembarked in Iran and all but two of the crew without passports flew from Tehran to India on July 15, it added.

The ILO cited the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network for its information. The agency earlier filed a report saying the vessel and its sailors had been abandoned by its owners without pay since March off Khorfakkan, a city on the eastern coast of the UAE.

Iranian state media and officials have not acknowledged the hijacking and arrival of the MT Gulf Sky to Iran. The United States government similarly has not commented.

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In May, the US Justice Department filed criminal charges against two Iranians, accusing them of trying to launder some $12m to buy the tanker, then named the MT Nautica, through a series of front companies.

Mystery tanker
Court documents allege the smuggling scheme involved the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is its elite expeditionary unit, as well as Iran’s national oil and tanker companies.

The two men charged, one of whom also has an Iraqi passport, remain at large.

A US bank froze funds associated with the sale, causing the seller to launch a lawsuit in the UAE to repossess the vessel, the Justice Department said earlier. That civil action was believed to still be pending, raising questions of how the tanker sailed away from the Emirates after being seized by authorities there.

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As tensions between Iran and the US heated up last year, tankers plying the waters of the Middle East became targets, particularly near the crucial Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf’s narrow mouth through which 20 percent of all oil passes.

In this July 21, 2019 photo, members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard inspect the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz [Morteza Akhoondi/Mehr News Agency via AP]
Suspected mine attacks the US blamed on Iran targeted several tankers. Iran denied any involvement.

Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf last year after British forces seized an Iranian tanker off the territory of Gibraltar. Both vessels were released after a months-long standoff.

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A flotilla of tankers carrying Iranian fuel for gasoline-starved Venezuela reached the US sanctions-hit nation in June.

The shipments caused a diplomatic standoff between Iran and Venezuela and the US as both nations are under American sanctions.

The US recently beefed up its naval presence in the Caribbean for what it said was an expanded anti-drug operation.


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Alleged Fraud: Hushpuppi dumps Chicago lawyer | Reason

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Hushpuppi has dumped his top Chicago lawyer as court transfers trial to California.

The popular Nigerian Instagram celebrity facing wire fraud charges in the United States with real names Ramoni Abbas has agreed to settle for a government lawyer after his case was transferred to another district.

Mr Abbas had hired a top lawyer in the U.S., Gal Pissetzky of the Pissetzky & Berliner law firm as his attorney.

Mr Pissetzky, renowned for handling criminal cases in Chicago, had argued that his client sourced his money from promoting designer products on social media and a real estate investment.

It should be noted a Chicago court, on Monday, denied him bail and ruled that he remains in detention till his next trial date later in the year.

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Mr Abbas’s case has also transferred to the Central District of California for prosecution.

American prosecutors had earlier said Mr Abbas would still be transferred to Los Angeles, a city in California.


During the detention hearing on Monday, the government orally renewed its motion for removal in custody and the government’s oral motion was granted.

If convicted, Mr Abbas would get a minimum sentence of 20 years in the U.S. federal prison.


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COVID-19: Dubai-based airline layoff 9,000 jobs

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Emirates Airlines has cut a tenth of its workforce during the novel coronavirus pandemic in layoffs that could rise to 15 percent, or 9,000 jobs, its president said, according to a report on Saturday.

The Middle East’s largest carrier, which operates a fleet of 270 wide-bodied aircraft, halted operations in late March as part of global shutdowns to stem the spread of the virus.

It resumed two weeks later on a limited network and plans to fly to 58 cities by mid-August, down from about 157 before the crisis.

However, its president Tim Clark has said previously that it could take up to four years for operations to return to “some degree of normality”, and the airline has been staging rounds of layoffs, as recently as last week, without disclosing numbers.

Before the crisis hit, Emirates employed some 60,000 staff, including 4,300 pilots and nearly 22,000 cabin crew, according to its annual report.

A file photo of an Emirates airline plane.

Clark said in an interview with the BBC that the airline had already cut a tenth of its staff and that Emirates “will probably have to let go of a few more, probably up to 15 percent”.

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A company spokeswoman told AFP the airline had nothing to add to the report.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that airlines are in line to make a combined net loss of more than $84 billion this year in the wake of the pandemic crisis, the biggest in the industry’s history.

Clark said in the interview that Emirates was “not as badly off as others” but that the crisis hit just as it was “heading for one of our best years ever”.

The Dubai-based airline had reported a bumper 21 percent rise in annual profits in March.


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Dubai Police nab 22-year-old Nigerian for fraud

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A 22 year-old Nigerian is on trial at the Dubai Court of First Instance after robbing a Turkish national of about $8,200.

The suspect has been arraigned for allegedly luring a victim on a dating app and gaining unauthorised access to his credit card.

According to court records, the Nigerian lured his victim via a dating app, locked him inside a hotel apartment and stole his money.

Aided by other suspects still at large, the Nigerian made a social media account to deceive the victim who went to a flat in the Al Barsha area believing he will meet a girl he came across on social media.

An Emirati policeman testified that the victim, of Turkish origin, reported the incident after the defendant assaulted him and stole his money.

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The gang lured the victim to the apartment, closed the door, tied his hands, assaulted him and threatened to kill him.

“I was assaulted by the suspects and they withdraw Dh30,000($8,167) from bank account using my bank card and details. They were three men and a woman,” the victim said according to police records.

Dubai Public Prosecution charged the 22-year-old Nigerian for locking the victim inside an apartment, theft, and using his credit card without authorisation.

The Nigerian will remain in custody until the trial begins on July 16, Noble Reporters Media report


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Dubai legally move Hushpuppi, Mr. Woodbery to United States

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Raymond Igbalode Abbas (Hushpuppi) and Olalekan Jacon Ponle (Woodberry) have been extradited to the United States.

Dubai Police revealed in a statement that the Nigerian fraudsters, Huspuppi and Woodberry have been extradited to the United States after they were arrested in Dubai for allegedly committing multiple money-laundering and cyber crimes.

FBI’s Director, Christopher Wray thanked the Dubai Police for their cooperation.

Hushpuppi and Mr. Woodbery

Statement by the Dubai Police reads;

The Director of the Federatal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray has praised the exceptional efforts exerted by the United Arab Emirate, represented bu the Dubai Police General HQ, in combating transnational organised cybercrime including the rrecent arrest of Raymod Igbalode Abbas, known as “Hushpuppi” and Olalekan Jacon Ponle aka “Woodberry” who were taken down in opetation “Fox Hunt 2”.

Mr Wray also extended his appreciations to Dubai Police for their cooperation in extraditing the wanted criminals, who committed money-laundering and multiple-cybercrimes, to the United States.


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BBNaija: Ifu Ennada give shout-out to Dubai Police – Mock Hushpuppi

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Former BBNaija reality TV star, Ifu Ennada has slammed everyone sympathetic to the course of cyber fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo Boys.

Her post comes hours after the Dubai Police released a video showing how Hushpuppi and his gang were arrested after defrauding 1.9 million people and making N168 billion.

Giving a shout out to the Dubai Police, Ifu Ennada promoted the image of Nigeria and encouraged people to focus on honest work.

he wrote: “Every day for the thief, one day for the owner. #saynotocrime #shoutoutstodubaipolice

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“If you feel attacked by this story, then you need to re-evaluate your life.

“If you insult me because of this story, then thunder will fire you.

“I hope the corrupt politicians are taking notes.

“Every fraudulent person go get their own one day.

“Hopefully, we’ll slowly rebuild the image of Nigeria.

“Clean honest work pays”.


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Dencia tackles Hushpuppi amid arrest

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Singer Dencia has taken a dig at Hushpuppi after a video released by the police in Dubai released a video to confirm his arrest.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Hushpuppi had taken a swipe at people who bleach their skin by warning them not to make social media posts in support of Black Lives Matter.

This must have been seen as offensive to Dencia who sells bleaching cream who waited to hit back at Hushpuppi.

On confirmation of his arrest, Dencia shared:

“At least bleaching is legal, we buy and sell legal bleaching without fear of arrest. He was arrested a day after this post. How can you be so loud, old, acting childish and doing illegal sht but always talking sht, demeaning and insulting hardworking folks on top of their money you are stealing?

“If you gonna be a criminal, be a smooth one. You can’t be smart and be dumb at the same time. N*ggahs ain’t street smart, they are social media smart”.


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Apple’s denial for Dubai Police to check Hushpuppi’s social links | Reason

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It has been gathered from a reliable source in Dubai, the police have tried in vain to unlock the devices and approach the phone giant Apple who declined the request based on data protection and customer confidentiality rule.

Apparently the devices were encrypted and Apple has stopped overriding the codes.

Recall with NRM that about a week ago, HushPuppi who was allegedly arrested for involving in fraudulent activities. According to reports, the Dubai based big boy was arrested after he was linked to a fraud on the unemployment insurance program if states in America.

There is hardly an Instagram user in Nigeria that does not know who famous and wealthy Nigerian businessman and philanthropist, Hushpuppi is.

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The way he flaunts his designer wears caught our attention, but the car he’s always spotted with has most of this attention.

Hushpuppi is best known for his luxurious lifestyle he lives both home and abroad. The young man has taste for good things as he is highly fashionable.

The pictures he shares on his social media handles show the kind of life he lives as he believes highly in living large and having fun to the fullest.


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Hushpuppi not arrested by Interpol or FBI – New Report

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Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Hushpuppi arrested in Dubai was arrested neither by America’s FBI or Interpol
as widely reported in Nigeria.

On the contrary his arrest on 10 June was executed by Dubai Police.

UAE’s online newspaper, The National reported Wednesday that he was arrested on multiple fraud charges, along with 12 other accomplices.

The paper also revealed his real name as Raymond Abbas and his real age as 38 years.

His case has been referred to the Dubai public prosecution and is currently being questioned by prosecutors at the Bur Dubai section, the paper reported.

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“The prosecutors have charged him for “obtaining money from others through fraudulent means.”

According to UAE National, security officers in the emirate arrested Mr Abbas and 12 others for online fraud that targets companies and individuals.

“They would send out letters from email addresses almost identical to those of legitimate companies, targeting customers of these companies, with the purpose of diverting payments to themselves,” said a senior prosecutor, quoted by the paper.

“Initial information includes that he was part of this gang which fraudulently obtained cash and cars from people.

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“His statement was taken by prosecution but this is just the beginning of prosecution investigations.”

The paper also reported that Raymond Abbas is wanted for fraud crimes in Europe, the United States and Nigeria.

Mr Abbas has over two million followers on Instagram. He is known for his display of wealth on social media.

He often posts pictures with his luxury cars like Ferrari and Rolls Royce and a private jet.


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Breaking: Dubai to resume economic activities despite pandemic grip.


Dubai will allow free movement and business activity to restart during the day from Wednesday, Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said on Monday.

Restrictions will remain in place however from between 11pm and 6am, the Dubai Media Office said in a press release.

“I chaired a remote meeting of the Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai, and after a comprehensive evaluation of the health, economic and social dimensions, we adopted a decision to resume the economic movement from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m., starting on Wednesday May 27,” Sheikh Hamdan said in a tweet.Hamdan bin Mohammed✔@HamdanMohammed

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I chaired a meeting with Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis& Disaster Management,&we approved the resumption of economic activities from 6am to 11pm,starting May 27.This decision was reached following a comprehensive analysis of health and socio-economic factors of the situation

He added: “We require the various concerned authorities to intensify their awareness-raising efforts and ensure that everyone at the institutional and individual levels adheres to preventive measures and instructions aimed at ensuring the health and safety of our society.”

Last month, Dubai allowed malls to reopen at limited capacity during Ramadan that began on April 24. Dubai has also allowed dine-in restaurants and cafes to resume business at 30 percent capacity and public parks to reopen with restrictions, N.Rs collect

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“We realize the pressures that many sectors have been exposed to due to the global crisis caused by the emerging coronavirus … but the UAE community always remains stronger than all challenges, and we are able to deal positively with the changes thanks to the great flexibility that characterizes the performance of most of our sectors,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

We urge all concerned entities in Dubai to intensify awareness efforts and ensure that everyone, at organisational and individual levels, adheres to the precautionary measures and guidelines to protect the well-being of our society.

Dubai Media Office urged residents to “take into account all preventive instructions to ensure the safety of society.”

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The instructions include maintaining social distancing, and a 14 day quarantine for those returning from abroad. People must also use face masks at all times and adhere to constant santization.

Children under the age of 12, people over 60 and those that have illnesses or are considered at high risk are not permitted to enter commercial, recreation and education centers, including cinemas.

We understand the pressure experienced by numerous sectors due to the COVID-19 crisis, but the UAE community remains strong. We are able to positively adapt to the current changes, due to the flexibility that characterizes many of our sectors.

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Those who breach the rules will be subjected to a fine or penalty, depending on the breach, the office added.

Some of the businesses permitted to resume economic activities are airports, clinics, schools and colleges, cinemas, sports academies, and leisure activities in Dubai Mall.


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COVID-19: Test results of returnees will not be disclosed to public – NCDC alleges. [Nigeria]


The Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday said the agency does not share test results of individuals publicly and the test results of Nigerians evacuated from Dubai, UAE; the United Kingdom and the United States is not an exemption.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu who was responding to questions during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19 on Thursday stressed that the results of the retunes will be shared only with them and not make public.

He added that the returnees are still in isolation undergoing the stipulated 14days of self-isolation.

“We are doing the test, even when the tests are out we are not going to offer it to you. We will offer it to the returnees. If they are patients we will manage that.

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“We are not going to make public the results whether you just came back from Dubai or you are living in Nigeria. Results are meant for patients who got tested,” he said.

No fewer than 253 Nigerians were recently evacuated from the United Kingdom (UK) by the Federal Government and 265 others evacuated from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

Also on May 10, 160 Nigerians who were stranded in the United States following the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it plans to evacuate more Nigerians back home from Canada, China and other countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NCDC DG in his address also announced that the agency is working with research organisations in the country and focusing on domestic science and research. He said the agency is working with TETFUND, NIMR, ACEGID, LUTH, among others to find solution to the pandemic.


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