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News+: No disorganization in Buhari’s govt – Garba Shehu

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President Buhari’s Special Media Aide, Garba Shehu, says there is no crisis under the present government.

Mr Shehu stated this when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

This comment comes on the heels of reports suggesting that there might be a dilemma within the present government following the manner in which some ministers and head of parastatals have been behaving towards lawmakers running probes into the operations of various commissions and ministries.

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In the last few weeks, there have been reports of ministers and heads of commissions failing to appear before committees set by the National Assembly to look into certain ills within some parastatals.

There have also been situations in which some Senators walked the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, out of a meeting, while the NDDC Boss, Professor Pondei, and others walked out on Lawmakers at the House Of Reps investigative hearing.

In reaction to these developments, President Buhari read the riot act to ministers and heads of the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) on the relationship with the National Assembly.

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“Ministers and all heads of Departments and Agencies should at all times conduct themselves in ways that will not undermine the National Assembly as an institution, its leadership, and members,” President Buhari stated.

Building on this premise, Mr Garba Shehu stated that where wrongdoings are detected within the present government, they are always addressed.

Mr Shehu further assured that if there is a mistake or wrongdoings by ministers or appointees, President Buhari would address it appropriately.


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Government reveal why foamy chemical full Lagos community

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The Lagos State Government has reacted to tweets making the rounds about a foamy substance surging through Anthony Village on Wednesday.

Pictures of white foamy substance surging through Anthony Village had emerged online on Wednesday which got some Nigerians saying that the state was experiencing snowfalls while some wondered what could have led to the development.

However, the Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor, Gboyega Akosile, while addressing the situation in a tweet on Thursday said that the foamy substance came from blanketing of an entire scene of an accident.

Akosile said that the Lagos State Fire service carried out the blanketing process as a result of content leakage (Black oil) from a container which fell around the area. It was carried out to prevent a secondary incident.

He said, “Situation Report. Vehicular incident around Anthony Village, Lagos.

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Residents react as chemical flood Lagos street

“The attention of the agency has been drawn to videos circulating concerning some streets in Anthony Village.

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“Earlier today, there was a vehicular incident involving a lone articulated truck with registration number AAA 235-XW conveying a loaded double 20ft container.

“It appeared to have lost control while in motion resulting in the obstruction of vehicular movement on the main carriage way.

“Blanketing of the entire scene of incident was carried out by the Lagos State Fire service as a result of the content leakage from the container (Black oil) to prevent any secondary incident.

“The reaction from this blanketing is what has led to the appearance of “snow/foam” in the aforementioned area. A full scale operation comprising LASEPA, LASEMA, LASTMA ,LAGOS FIRE SERVICE and NIGERIA POLICE have retrieved the container and cordoned it off the street.

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“Further Investigation by LASEPA is ongoing to determine the nature of the chemical being transported in the container.

“Any additional corrective action required will then be carried out.

“We regret the inconvenience caused by the operation and are working to prevent secondary damage and to mitigate any further environmental challenges caused by the initial spill and the cleanup operation.

“That being said, we can confirm that no residents are trapped in their homes and plead for all affected persons to exercise patience and due caution.”


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Nigerian govt reveal plan to end DStv’s market monopoly

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Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed plans to discontinue the monopoly enjoyed by cable television service providers, especially Digital Satellite Television, owned by MultiChoice, a South Africa-based company, NRM reports.

Only DStv currently broadcasts major football competitions in Nigeria, especially the English Premier League.

The government said it had amended Nigeria’s broadcasting code to prevent DStv and others from monopolising their channels and contents in the grand strategy which includes ending exclusive rights to sporting events.

The House has been probing DStv for allegedly cheating its Nigerian subscribers by restricting them to prepaid plans and increasing its subscription rates on June 1, 2020, despite the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown on the people.

At the continuation of the investigative hearings organised by an ad hoc committee of the House on the matter in Abuja on Tuesday, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had dismissed claims by DStv that pay-per-view was not proper for the Nigerian market.

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Mohammed noted that StarTimes, the cable arm of the Nigerian Television Authority, was already operating for some years.

In an audio recording obtained by our correspondent, Mohammed could be heard responding to questions from the lawmakers.

The minister said, “On the issue of increase in price for subscribers, with the onset of COVID-19, one of the first things we did in the ministry with the NBC (National Broadcasting Commission) was to provide succour to broadcasters.

“We suspended payment for the initial two months to all broadcasters so that they would be able to absorb the impact of COVID-19. Therefore, it will be unfair for those for whom we have suspended payment to also at the same time increase their own fees. And I’m sure that the DG of NBC will take up this matter.”

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On the issue of monopoly, Mohammed stated that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had in 2019 set up a board of enquiry to look into the activities of broadcasting stations, to ascertain the potency of the broadcasting code and broadcasting act to curtail and regulate the industry against excesses.

He added, “We took that opportunity also to make right recommendations to Mr President, including the breaking of the monopoly of the various giant operators. It is to the credit of Mr President that he did approve those recommendations.”

Mohammed noted that some recommendations would require that the National Assembly amend the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Act.

The minister said, “You will notice, in recent weeks, a lot of attacks on the ministry as a result of these amendments. These amendments have actually struck at the heart of monopoly. These amendments are, for once, giving back to Nigerians their own industry.”

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Earlier, Chairman of the committee, Mr Unyime Idem, asked Mohammed and the acting Director General of the NBC, Armstrong Idachaba, to order DStv to suspend its recent rates’ increment.

Mohammed immediately ordered the Idachaba to issue the notice. Idem had stated that the minister and all stakeholders present should ensure and commence full implementation of its directives.

The House committee’s order included “a marching order to the service providers, particularly Multichoice’s DStv, to reverse the recent June 1, 2020 price hike and revert to the old price as this is not the best of times to increase the prices of services, no matter the reasons for such increase, taking into consideration the ravaging effect of COVID-19 on the economy of Nigerians.”

It added, “Come up with a robust strategy to break the monopoly and open up the industry for larger participation. PAYG regime for the digital TV broadcasting in Nigeria, with particular reference to DStv, GOtv, StarTimes and Kwese TV.


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Buhari Govt reveal when ‘Interstate’ travels would commence.

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The Presidency has said that the ban on interstate travel is likely to be lifted on June 21.

This was disclosed on social media on Thursday by a presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad.

His tweet read: “Interstate movement may resume on June 21, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, gave the hint recently, as domestic flights are also expected to resume on June 21.”

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The ban was placed by the Federal Government as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

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Noble Reporters Media reported that the Federal Government has finally lifted the ban placed on Churches and Mosques due to the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

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This was disclosed by SGF Boss Mustapha, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Boss Mustapha stated that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the relaxation of the ban for four weeks.


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Government announce public holiday for Ramadan’s celebration.


The Federal Government of Nigeria has has declared public holiday for Muslims to mark Eldi Fitri Celebration. According to the, Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th has been declared as holiday for Muslims to celebrate .

Aregbesola however congratulated all Muslim faithful for successful completion of the Ramadan fast.

A statement by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, quoted Aregbesola as calling on Muslim faithful to replicate the life of kindness, love, tolerance, peace and good neighbourliness as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).

The Minister however expressed his concern about the spate of ethnic conflicts that has resurfaced in some parts of Northern Nigeria in recent times. He advised Nigerians to see themselves as a single entity and learn to tolerate one another despite their ethnic and religious differences.

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Aregbesola further assured Nigerians that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was fully committed to battling COVID-19. He also commended the security agencies for the successes so far recorded in the fight against the insurgency in the North East, he advised Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of the COVID-19.

The Minister however, reminded Muslims to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.


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Buhari have cost more advoc, animosity than Biafra – HURIWA


The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointments since assuming power has planted so much animosity among Nigerians.

HURIWA said Buhari’s appointments in the past five years has caused animosity among Nigerians than the Biafran civil war did.

A statement by HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf lamented that Muslims have enjoyed the “topmost juicy” appointments under Buhari.

The statement reads: “Buhari’s administration in the last five years has planted animosity between different ethnic nationalities than the civil war created.

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“It will take the Grace of God and the will to overpower our differences for Nigeria to rebuild the bridge of unity that the selective administrative style of President Muhammadu Buhari has destroyed in the last five years.

“It is regrettable that even within the core Moslem North which enjoys the topmost juicy federal appointments made so far since the last five years of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, there is a widening chasm between few elites who have cornered all the juicy positions and discontented but restive youths who out of frustration have launched large scale social upheavals in the forms of armed banditry and outright unleashing of blood against soft targets in the North leading to the destruction of many towns.”


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Kano allow Friday Eid-El-Fitr amid lockdown review.


The Ganduje-led Kano State Government on Monday reviewed the lockdown order to allow Friday and eid-el-fitr prayers to hold across the state as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 extended the lockdown in the state by two weeks.

This was disclosed by the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje after holding a closed-door meeting with Islamic clerics at the government house on Monday.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media to the governor, Malam Salihu Tanko Yakasai, said the Ganduje approved Fridays and Eid prayers after a lengthy consultation with the Islamic Scholars and other government officials at the Government House.

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“His Excellency, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR has accepted and approved recommendations by a selection of 30 Islamic scholars in Kano for the Government to allow Friday Prayers as well as Eid Prayers to hold.

“This means that the relaxation of the lockdown on the days of Monday and Thursday will continue, but Friday prayers will also be allowed as well as Eid Prayers, but traditional Eid celebrations in the State will not be allowed,” the statement read in part.

According to the statement, the Imams have also been directed to ensure that everyone wears face mask, as well as the use of sanitizers and washing of hands. They should also observe spacing as well as making brief khutbah and observing social distancing.

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Recall that the Federal Government on Monday said that Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said this in Abuja at the 33rd joint national briefing of the Taskforce


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Electricity: Nigerian govt sack TCN boss.


On Tuesday, the federal government relieved Usman Gur Mohammed of his appointment as the managing director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

Mohammed Sale, minister of power, approved of his sack on Tuesday, appointing Sule Abdulaziz to replace him in acting capacity.

“As part of continuing measures to reposition and improve the performance of the power Sector in the country, the Honorable Minister of Power Engr. Sale Mamman hereby announces major changes at the Transmission Company of Nigeria,” Aaron Artimas, spokesman of the minister, said in a statement.

“Accordingly, the Managing Director of the TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed has been removed from office with immediate effect. He is being replaced with Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, as Managing Director, in acting capacity.

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“The Honorable Minister has also confirmed the appointment of four directors who have been on acting position in the Company for some time.”

They are Victor Adewumi, executive director, transmission services provider; M. J. Lawal, executive director, independent systems operator; Ahmed lsa-Dutse, executive director, finance and accounts; and Justin Dodo, executive director, human resources and corporate services.

The statement said President Muhammadu Buhari approved of all the changes and appointments.

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While the distribution and generation sub-sectors were sold to private investors during privatisation of the sector in 2013, the TCN is fully owned by the federal government.

It transmits the energy produced by the generation companies to the distribution companies (DisCos).


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COVID-19: Taraba govt announce religious resumption. [Nigeria]


Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the Taraba State government has said people in the State can resume their religious activities.

The State Deputy Governor, Haruna Manu made the disclosure during a broadcast on Monday, N.Rs reports.

He, however, directed that people of the State must adhere to the social distancing and other safety protocols while observing their religious activities.

Manu also announced a gradual ease of restriction of movement and other activities across the State.

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The Deputy Governor said Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays have been set aside to enable the residents carry out their activities from 8 am. to 6 pm.

He ordered that the lockdown would still be observed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Warning that violators would face strict penalties, the Deputy governor called on religious leaders and other citizens to comply with the rules.

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This is coming at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the extension of the gradual ease of lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun States due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in this three states.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had disclosed the President’s directive on Monday during the committee’s daily briefing in Abuja.


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Just in – Lagos Govt considers reopening full Economy, place of worships. [Nigeria]


One week after the partial easing of the lockdown on the state, Lagos state government is considering reopening the state to full business activities.

The state Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Sunday said that the government was considering full re-opening of the critical sectors of its economy, even though the move will not be pushed in a hurry.

According to him, in the coming days, the government would be rolling out Register-to-Open initiative as part of the plans that would enable it assess the level of readiness of the players in the identified sectors for supervised operations.

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The governor spoke at a briefing after the State’s Security Council meeting held at the State House in Marina.

Sanwo-Olu said officials from the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) and Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) will be visiting restaurants, companies, religious houses to assess their level of readiness.

With the size of the State’s economy and numbers of businesses that operate in its domain, the governor said government could not afford to keep people and businesses on lockdown permanently.

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He said: “We are at a level where we are reviewing the other arms of the economy. In the coming days, we will be starting what we call Register-to-Open, which means all players in the restaurant business, event centres, entertaiment, malls and cinemas will go through a form of re-registration and space management.

“There is a regulation that will be introduced to supervise this move. We will be coming to their facilities to assess their level of readiness for a future opening. I don’t know when that opening will happen in the weeks ahead, but we want these businesses to begin to tune themselves to the reality of COVID-19 with respect to how their work spaces need to look like.

“For us, it is not to say they should re-open fully tomorrow or any time; there has been a process guiding the re-opening. We will be mandating LASEPA and Safety Commission to begin the enumeration process and the agencies will be communicating with all relevant businesses and houses in the days ahead. I must, however, caution that this should not be misinterpreted as a licence for full opening; it is certainly not. The State’s economy is not ready for that now.”

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Sanwo-Olu said the Government agencies also would be visiting places of worship to evaluate their level of preparedness ahead of full reopening. He stressed that social distancing and hygiene would be fully considered in determining whether mosques and churches can re-open in the future.

“We are reviewing and considering how the phased unlocking will happen. If we see huge level of compliance, then it can happen in the next two to three weeks. If not, it could take a month or two months. It is until we are sure all of these players are ready to conform to our guidelines,” the governor asserted.

Sanwo-Olu urged businesses, religious houses and residents to maintain the status quo while the state works out modalities for full re-opening.

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The governor disclosed that all the 10 staff of the Government House who tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) had fully recovered and returned to their beats. He said the disclosure was necessary to further promote transparency in the reporting and management of coronavirus cases by the State Government.

Sanwo-Olu enjoined banks and markets to strictly enforce orderliness in their premises. He directed that elderly people must be given the priority to transact their businesses in bank and markets between 9am and 10:30am, after which other younger customers should be allowed to transact.

Lagos residents, the governor charged, must not take the easing of lockdown for granted, saying everyone residing in the State must collectively take responsibility for public health safety.

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He reiterated that the use of face mask in public places was compulsory, while disclosing that the State had distributed a million free face mask to residents in the last two weeks. Thousands more will be distributed in the course of the week, the governor said.

Sanwo-Olu said those walking in public places without face mask were risking their lives, urging residents to fully comply with public health guidelines.

The governor, however, frowned at laxity observed in the enforcement of ban on inter-state movements. He also said commercial buses still lag in complying with spacing of passengers and 60 per cent load capacity.

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Sanwo-Olu said: “We are not happy with the level of compliance by yellow buses despite assurance from their union. We do not want to use force to drive compliance; we want it to be self-compliant. We have also not seen the level of compliance we wanted for inter-state travels. We are seeking collaboration with Ogun State government and the police to ensure obedience to the directive on this.”

The governor said the State’s whistleblowing policy had yielded encouraging feedbacks, adding that incidents reported by whistleblowers had helped the government to further drive compliance in business places.


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Shocker: Here is what Nigerian govt is considering as COVID-19 cases hit 5,621.


The chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF), Boss Mustapha, has said the federal government might impose ‘isolated lockdowns’ in certain parts of the country.

Mustapha also dismissed the possibility of another nationwide lockdown, NobleReporters learnt.

He, however, stated that some cluster areas in certain parts of the country, would be closely monitored for possible intervention as advised by medical experts.

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Isolated lockdowns might not affect the entire states, but affected parts for efficient administration, enforcement and monitoring.

Mustapha cited the federal government’s intervention in Kano State, as an example of how the isolated lockdown might look.

He also noted that the situations reports across the country were being monitored closely, so the federal government will determine when to intervene.

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On Saturday night, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 176 new positive cases, increasing the tally to 5,621 in the country.

A total of 1,472 have been discharged, while the number of deaths rose to 176.


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COVID-19: PDP give Buhari govt 2 days ultimatum to find missing Chinese doctors. [Nigeria]


The main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has given the President Muhammadu Buhari government “a 48-hour ultimatum to declare the whereabouts of the medical team from China who were brought in purportedly to assist the nation in its fight against the spread of the COVID-19.”

In a statement shared on its Twitter handle on Saturday night, the main Party was reacting to a declaration by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, that he cannot account for the whereabouts of the Chinese team.

“More so, the minister’s statement had heightened apprehensions in the public space that the Chinese team, whose identity and activities have been shrouded in secrecy, might have been brought in by a certain cabal for another purpose outside the general public good,” the PDP said.

COVID-19: FFK question where about, mission of Chinese doctors. [Nigeria]

The PDP said it was suspicious, creepy and weird that Dr. Ehanire, who oversees health matters in the country and had repeatedly assured that the Chinese were brought to render medical services and trainings; “and even went personally to receive them at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on April 8, 2020, in an elaborately publicized event, can no longer account for the team.”

The party said it was worried that the Buhari government was not telling Nigerians the truth, and is “playing politics with the lives of our citizens and health safety of our nation.”

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The main opposition said it holds that the government’s inability to account for the Chinese team amounts to direct betrayal of public trust, “which has heightened fears of conspiracies by certain unpatriotic interests in the APC and its administration to compromise the health architecture of our nation and expose our citizens to danger.”

COVID-19: FG confirm all Chinese doctors missing. [Nigeria]

“Nigerians can recall how the Federal Government had failed to respond to demands by our party and other well-meaning Nigerians for the particulars of the members of the team, their medical status, scope of operation, detailed itinerary within our country as well as the safety of the equipment they brought into our nation.

“Our party had expressed worry over scary reports of escalation of the scourge in certain countries reportedly after the arrival of Chinese medical personnel in those countries and insisted that the @OfficialAPCNg administration should be held responsible should there be any sudden upsurge in COVID-19 infection and deaths in our country, with the arrival of the said Chinese medical team,” the party said.

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The party noted that before the arrival of the medical team from Asia, Nigeria’s nation’s coronavirus data stood at 254 confirmed cases with 44 successfully treated by Nigerian doctors and 6 deaths but had skyrocketed to 5,450 cases and 171 deaths as of today.

The PDP said it was insisting that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha “should immediately come out with the truth and provide explanations on the whereabouts of the team in the next 48 hours so as to douse the tension in the country.”


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COVID-19: Don’t Reveal Drugs Used To Treat You – Govt Warn Patients. [Nigeria]


The Nigerian Government has warned COVID-19 patients not to reveal the name of the drugs which were administered on them towards recovery.

This was stated by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary General to the Federation, while speaking at the press briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja.

His words come amid claims by prominent Nigerians that they recovered from the virus after malaria drugs were administered on them.

Concise News learnt that such claim was made by AIT boss, Raymond Dokpesi, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and former presidential aide Doyin Okupe.

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“The PTF congratulates and appreciates the testimonies of Nigerians who have recovered from COVID-19, which has given us more insights and further strengthens the need to adhere strictly to guidelines issued.

“However, an emerging issue from all these testimonies is the issue of prescription for treatments. We should always remember that the symptoms of COVID-19 mimic some illnesses we already know but treating the symptoms is not the same as treating the virus. For this reason, we strongly discourage self-medication,” Mustapha said.


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Buhari Govt – We Will Pay N-Power Beneficiaries Soon. [Nigeria]


Nigerian Government has announced that beneficiaries of the Social Investment Programme, N-Power, will receive their April stipend next week.

The beneficiaries have been lamenting the continuous delay in the payment of their stipends for some months now.

They are now clamouring for their April payment since the announcement of the lockdown in some states owing to the outbreak of coronavirus.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, however, gave the assurance on Friday, adding that the payment process was at the final stage.

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Farouq, who spoke on Friday at the daily briefing by members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said, “It is in the final stage of payment and by early next week, they will get their payment Insha Allah.”

Beneficiaries of the programme had last month lamented the delay in payment of their stipends since the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, under the leadership of Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, took over the scheme.


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COVID-19: Ogun govt extends lockdown. [Nigeria]


The Ogun state government has once again extended the current lockdown by another one week with windows of relaxation on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7am to 5pm to allow residents to restock essential needs and engage in commercial activities.

Addressing journalists during his weekly briefing ,the state governor, Dapo Abiodun said the action is imperative in view of the substantial non compliance with laid down directives of government aimed at flattening the curve of the spread of the pandemic

While asking for total cooperation and understanding of residents,the governor however sounded a note of warning against any forms of sabotage as the state has recorded 134 active cases,5 deaths while 54 patients discharged so far in the state


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COVID-19: Zamfara govt lift ban on worship centres. [Nigeria]


Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has lifted the ban on congregational prayers in Mosques and Churches placed to curtail the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

Matawalle made the announcement in a statewide radio broadcast on Thursday in Gusau.

“I want to commend the people of the state for supporting the government in our effort to frustrate the spread of coronavirus in our dear state by complying with the lockdown orders.

“In the light of this, therefore, we are suspending restrictions on congregational prayers in Mosques and Churches while appealing to people not to converge in large numbers at the same time,” he said.

Matawalle urged the people to continue to observe social distancing when they meet as well as using face masks to prevent the spread of the virus.

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The governor, however, said markets in the state would remain closed until further notice, warning that the government would not take it lightly with violators of the orders.

NobleReporters reports that the COVID – 19 pandemics had so far claimed five lives, while 18 victims out of 73 confirmed cases had been discharged from the Gusau isolation center.


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