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Lagos shut Marine Beach Bridge over Repair


Lagos State Government has said Marine Beach Bridge by Total Gas, inwards Apapa would be closed for five months, effective from Wednesday 27th May, to Wednesday 21st October, 2020 for an emergency repair works, in line with the vision of providing a seamless transportation system across the metropolis

In a statement by the Ministry of Transportation, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde stated that the repair works by the Federal Ministry of Works is long overdue and is vital for the safety of the people of Lagos State, especially motorists that ply the bridge to access different parts of the State.

He also explained in the statement that, necessary palliative works have been carried out on all alternative routes around the construction site, making them to be in good motorable condition to ease motorists’ movements during the construction period.

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The Commissioner also made it known that the repair works which comprised of bearing and expansion joint replacement is planned to be executed in two phases; with each phase focusing on one lane of the Bridge at a time.

The first phase will be handling the lane inbound Apapa while the second phase will be designated to work on the lane that conveys vehicles outside the axis.

The statement further disclosed that adequate arrangement has been put in place to manage the construction period. Motorists’ inwards Wharf road will be diverted to the other section of the bridge outwards Apapa, a contraflow of 200metres has been put in place for vehicles to realign with a proper direction inwards Ajegunle or Wharf road, Apapa, while Motorists descending to Total Gas under bridge will drive without any hindrance.

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The statement added that the Traffic Management Authorities including the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), will be stationed at the construction locations to ameliorate the effect of the expected traffic issues.

While appealing to motorists and residents of the area to cooperate with the traffic management bodies deployed to the area to manage the traffic situation, The State Government expressed its unalloyed commitment to providing a transportation system that will meet the needs of a larger population in an emerging Smart city.


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64 Bank account link with Obasa’s BVN – Sahara Reporters


Not less than 64 bank accounts have been discovered to be linked to the Bank Verification Number of Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa.

According to SaharaReporters, the accounts registered with various names, are being used to siphon public funds in Lagos.

The BVN reveals that Obasa operates accounts with multiple names in Polaris Bank, Zenith Bank, Access Bank, Ecobank Nigeria, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, United Bank for Africa, First City Monument Bank and Wema Bank.

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To conceal his identity, the Speaker changed his name and date of birth in some of the accounts.

Aside from using Ajayi Mudashiru Obasa, he also used Obasa Abdulrahman Gbadunola and Gabriel Adedoyin Savage to register some of the bank accounts.

Some of the companies linked to the BVN include Adesav International Ventures, Fabric Splash Ventures, Swifthill international Ventures and Quick Solution International.

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Others are Quick solution International Ventures, White Honey Enterprises, Cream on Ice Services, A.B DELCO Nigeria Company, and Fabric Splash Ventures, Skye-Macosh Company, Swifthill International Ventures, Silver Section Global, Davedab Global Ventures and Jose-Macosh Company and De Kingrun.

In a series of reports in recent weeks, SaharaReporters had exposed how Obasa awarded contracts to himself using different companies owned by him and how he got the Assembly to approve N258m for printing of invitation cards for the inauguration of lawmakers two months after the event held.


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Lagos order doctors, health workers to stay at home.


The Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association has asked its members to embark on an indefinite “sit-at-home” industrial action.

This action was prompted by alleged harassment and intimidation of health workers by security agents in the state.

The NMA gave the “stay-at-home directive” in a statement signed by its Chairman, Dr Saliu Oseni, and Secretary, Dr Ramon Moronkola, on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the directive takes effect from 6.00 pm.

The doctors accused police officers in Lagos of acting contrary to the directives of the Federal Government on lockdown order, noting that their members are unsafe.

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The statement read, “We have observed that despite the directives of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhamadu Buhari, through the Presidential Taskforce on COVID 19, which was clear on the exemption of essential workers including doctors and other health workers from the ongoing lockdown/movement restrictions, (but) the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, has been issuing conflicting directives on social and mainstream media to the effect that essential workers, including doctors and other health workers, are NOT exempted.

“As a direct result of the conflicting directives of the government and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, the Lagos State branch of Nigerian Medical Association was inundated yesterday (Tuesday) evening of several cases of harassments and intimidation of doctors and other health-workers by officers and men of the Lagos State Police command to the extent that even Ambulances carrying patients with emergency cases were impounded. This has become a recurrent issue.

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“The Lagos State Branch of the NMA has resolved that it is presently unsafe for members to continue to provide healthcare services under the present confused arrangement.

“You are hereby advised to proceed on a sit-at-home, in your best interest, starting from 6pm today, Wednesday, 20th May, 2020 indefinitely, until otherwise advised.”


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COVID-19: Lagos bags 177 as Nigeria record 338 new cases.


Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Sunday confirmed 338 new cases of coronvirus across the country.

NCDC announced 177 new coronavirus cases in Lagos, 64 in Kano and 21 in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja.

Rivers State also had new 16 cases of the virus, Plateau State has 14 new cases while Oyo State reported 11 new cases.

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In Katsina, nine new coronavirus cases were confirmed while Jigawa and Kaduna had four new cases.

Abia, Bauchi, and Borno had three new cases each while Gombe, Delta and Akwa Ibom had two cases each.

NCDC confirmed one case each for Ondo, Kebbi and Sokoto states.

A total of 5959 cases have now been recorded in 34 states and the FCT.

The number of recoveries is now 1594, while Nigeria has recorded 182 deaths.

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to address the country on Monday following the end of the first phase of the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown.

The president was given a situation report on COVID-19 by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and chairman of the PTF, on Sunday.


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Police Reveal Why 1,872 lagosians were Arrested. [Nigeria]


The Police Command in Lagos has arrested 1,872 people in the last two weeks.

The were picked up for violating the COVID-19 lockdown order.

Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

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He said the suspects were charged to mobile court by the command’s legal team at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Yaba.

1,833 accused persons pleaded guilty to the one count charge brought against them and were convicted.

“The remaining 39 accused persons pleaded not guilty and were remanded in police custody until the next adjourned date for hearing,” he said.

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The spokesman added that 483 vehicles were impounded.

Out the the number 398 were private vehicles, while 85 commercial vehicles.

“Twenty out of the commercial vehicles impounded were intercepted along the boundary communities on non-essential interstate travel with 152 passengers who were equally arrested and charged to court,” he said.

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Elkana said 704 commercial motorcycles were impounded for violation of the suspension order on their operation issued by the state governor.

Additionally, 73 tricycles were impounded for violating the curfew.


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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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COVID-19: 39 Ghana Returnees Quarantined In Lagos. [Nigeria]


Lagos State Government has quarantined 39 Nigerian evacuees from Ghana.

The returnees and 12 others from different West African countries were isolated in the Badagry area of the state and have begun the 14-day isolation supervised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, who made this known on Sunday via Twitter, said the state government took up the cost of their quarantine period including lodging and feeding.

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“39 returnees who came from Ghana were brought in two luxury buses with registration numbers, Lagos LSD 614 YR and KTU 833XY.

“They arrived at about 3:30 a.m. from Ghana and other African nations and are currently on a 14-day quarantine. All the quarantine expenses paid for by the Lagos State Government,” NIDCOM tweeted.

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Meanwhile, the state Health Commissioner, Prof Akin Abayomi, has said three of the returnees recently evacuated from Dubai tested positive for coronavirus and have been moved to one of the state Isolation Centres.

Newsmen report that the NCDC on Saturday night announced 95 new infections in Lagos, bringing the total COVID-19 cases recorded in the state to 2,372 including 541 recoveries and 36 associated fatalities.


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COVID-19: 98 year old recovers in Lagos. [Nigeria]


Lagos State Government on Wednesday announced that a 98-year-old woman has recovered from coronavirus after treatment at one of the state’s facilities.

“Today, we discharged a 98-year-old woman, our oldest #COVID19 patient in Lagos,” Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu tweeted.

The 98-year-old woman, Sanwo-Olu said, was discharged alongside 25 other persons who had previously tested positive to coronavirus in Lagos State.

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The governor said 25 others are 13 males and 12 females, discharged from our isolation centres after testing negative for #COVID19.

The newly discharged patients bring the total of coronavirus patients discharged in Lagos to 528.

Nigeria currently has 4,787 coronavirus cases with Lagos State being the hardest-hit with 2006 cases. Thirty-three patients have died in Lagos so far.

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Sanwo-Olu urged Lagos residents to sustain the guidelines of social distancing, wearing face mask, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers and avoid mass gathering to prevent further spread of the disease.

“As our frontline health workers continue to sacrifice and push through, let us play our roles by following the public health guidelines, observing physical distancing and wearing our face masks,” Sanwo-Olu said.


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Nigerian govt to commence school feeding programme in 4 states.

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The Federal Government has disclosed that the school feeding programme for pupils in primary schools will commence next week in four states.

As part of measures to cushion the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown on vulnerable households, President Muhammadu Buhari had, during his first broadcast in March, directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to work with relevant state governments in developing a strategy on how to sustain the school feeding programme despite closure of schools.

In carrying out the directive, the ministry said it would liaise with state governors to work out modalities on how the feeding programme would continue while pupils are at home.

The minister in previous fora had also hinted that a door-to-door voucher distribution system would be used for the feeding exercise.

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Giving an update on the programme, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, said the exercise would commence in Lagos, Ogun, Kano states, and the FCT next week.

Speaking at the Karimajiji Disabled Colony in the FCT yesterday during the distribution of palliatives to Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), the minister said: “By next week, we are going to start off the school feeding programme with FCT, Lagos, Ogun, and Kano states.


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Lockdown ease: Sanwo olu to make review if Lagosians won’t obey. [Nigeria]

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Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has warned that the state government will review the ease of the lockdown if Lagosians do not improve in their adherence to all the guidelines issued before the ease of the lockdown came into effect on Monday May 4.

Speaking during the daily press briefing to update the state on measures being taken to stop the spread of Coronavirus in the state, Governor Sanwo-Olu decried the outright disobedience to the order for all residents of the state to put on a face mask when in public places.

He said,

”The gradual easing of this lockdown is dependent on the compliance of each and everyone of us which is the hashtag Take Responsibility. As a government elected to uphold the security of its citizens which includes the health security, let me make it clear that we will not hesitate to review the terms of this easing if we do not see an improvement in the next couple of days. People have to take responsibility.

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This face mask wearing is to protect yourself. You have to help us protect you and protect your loved one. It is not a showpiece. It is really to protect you and your family. If you have any public engagement, make sure you wear a face mask.

We have also heard of people that are sharing face mask. Please let us desist from this very uncivilised act. People are not meant to be sharing facemask in public places”.


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Emirates Plane conveying Nigerians to Lagos from Dubai makes U-Turn.

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A chartered plane conveying Nigerian returnees from the United Arab Emirates has made a U-turn after a pregnant woman reportedly went into labour.

The Chairman of the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa confirmed this, NobleReporters gathered

The plane, which was scheduled to arrive at 3 pm is now expected to land at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 7 pm.

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After weeks of delay, the first batch of Nigerians stuck abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic were expected in the country today.

The Emirates flight is expected to be the first of at least two other flights scheduled to evacuate Nigerians within the next few days.

According to the foreign ministry, discussions are ongoing with British Airways to airlift 300 Nigerians from London on Friday; arrangements are also being made with Ethiopian airlines for a flight from New York to Abuja next Monday.

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Over 4,000 Nigerians are waiting to be evacuated across the world back home, foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama said on Monday.


Coming into isolation


The returning Nigerians are expected to be quarantined for 14 days in select hotels on their arrival, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

The quarantine is required to ensure the coronavirus-status of every returnee is ascertained.

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The foreign ministry said it has made arrangements for hotel accommodations in Lagos and Abuja, which will be used to quarantine the incoming citizens.

The hotels have been inspected by the “Port Health Services, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Office of the National Security Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IPC,” the ministry said.

A global pandemic halts all
The evacuations have become important as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep through the world.

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The novel coronavirus has killed at least 254,532 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Tuesday.

The virus has particularly ravaged the airline industry, with countries closing borders, forcing travellers to cancel travel plans.

Other countries have been in the news for evacuating their nationals from foreign soil back home.

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The United States has evacuated at least 1,000 Americans from Nigeria since the WHO declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic.

Nigeria’s efforts to evacuate citizens from abroad has been hampered by several obstacles, including the ability to secure quarantine facilities for the returnees on their arrival, according to Minister Onyeama.


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265 Nigerians set to arrive Lagos State from Dubai.

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The Foreign Affairs Ministry has said 265 Nigerians will arrive in Lagos from Dubai on Wednesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement on Tuesday, ministry spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye, said the Emirates Airlines tasked with the transport is scheduled to arrive at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

Over 4,000 Nigerians are waiting to be evacuated across the world back home, foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama said on Monday.

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Discussions are also ongoing with British Airways to evacuate 300 Nigerians from London on Friday.

Additionally, arrangements are being made with Ethiopian airlines to evacuate Nigerians from New York to Abuja next Monday, the foreign ministry said.

The ministry added that the Dubai evacuation is being carried out in accordance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines.

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Evacuees will be required to undergo a mandatory 14-day supervised quarantine environment.

The ministry said it has made arrangements for hotel accommodations in Lagos and Abuja, which will be used to quarantine the incoming citizens.

The hotels have been inspected by the “Port Health Services, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Office of the National Security Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IPC,” the foreign ministry said.

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Read the Ministry’s full statement below:

PRESS RELEASE

No: MFA/PR/2020/10

UPDATE ON THE EVACUATION OF NIGERIANS ABROAD

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in the process of evacuating Nigerians from abroad and in accordance with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines, the evacuees will undergo a mandatory 14-day supervised quarantine in a monitored environment.

In this regard, Emirates Airlines is scheduled to evacuate the first batch of 265 Nigerians from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and they will arrive at 3:00pm on Wednesday, 6th May, 2020 at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

Arrangements for hotel accommodation in Lagos and Abuja have been made for the evacuation process. The hotels have been inspected by the following: Port Health Services, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Office of the National Security Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IPC.

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The hotels include:

  1. Bolingo – 300 rooms
  2. App Apartments – 61 rooms
  3. Royalty – 80 rooms
  4. China International – 200 rooms
  5. Belvior – 30 rooms
  6. Barcelona – 300 rooms

Discussions are also ongoing with British Airways, through the British High Commission, to evacuate about 300 Nigerians from London on Friday, 8th May, 2020. The flight (BA 9155) will depart London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5, at 07:10am and arrive Lagos at 1:10.

Additionally, arrangements are ongoing with Ethiopian airlines to bring evacuees back to Abuja from New York on Monday 11 May, 2020.

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The Federal Government wishes to reassure Nigerian of its continued commitment in ensuring the welfare and safety of all citizens.

Ferdinand Nwonye, Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

Tuesday 5th May, 2020.


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[Nigeria] Popular Singer, Jaywon arrested in Lagos, sentenced?..

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Popular Nigerian singer, Iledare Oluwajuwonlon popularly known as Jaywon was on Monday arrested for violating the Covid-19 curfew put in place by the Lagos State government.

This is coming after the ‘Aje’ crooner was driving out around 11pm and was intercepted around Dolphin Estate and whisked to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba.

He was subsequently dragged before a mobile court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty and fined N10,000 before being sentenced to 30 minutes community service.


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Shocker: Yaba Chief Medical Director Test Positive For COVID-19. [Nigeria]

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The Chief Medical Director of Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, Dr Bowale Abimbola, has reportedly tested positive for Coronavirus.

According to information on NobleReporters, Dr Abimbola is presently being treated in one of the wards in the hospital.

“Yes, he is positive, that’s why you haven’t seen him in public unlike before. It was even Dr Nifemi Bella Oloniniyi that received honourable members of Lagos State House of Assembly during their visit to our facility. I was told he had a meeting with someone who later showed symptoms of COVID-19, so his samples were immediately taken for test and his results returned positive last week,” N.Rs learnt

Dr Abimbola was actively involved in managing the Italian man who was the Index case of COVID19 in Lagos state.


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‘Distance at B/Stops’ – Lagos Government List Transport Guidelines. [Nigeria]

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The Lagos State Government, on Thursday, issued fresh guidelines for public transport operations effective Monday, May 4.

This is part of the controlled measures to ease the lockdown over COVID-19 pandemic.

Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, released the guidelines at a media briefing in Lagos.

Public transport operations within the state shall be between the hours of 6.00a.m and 7.00p.m daily from May 4.

Inter-state operation remains suspended until further notice, except for essential services. The same suspension applies to commercial motorcycles (Okada).

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The commissioner said commuters must wear face masks at all times, sanitise their hands with alcohol-based sanitisers or wash their hands with soap and running water before and after each trip.

”All transport operators/companies are expected to disinfect their vehicles, parks and garages regularly and continuously in collaboration/supervision of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources to ensure standards and safety of the disinfectant being used.

“All transport operators/companies are expected to have at the entrance of their respective parks handwashing equipment with running water and alcohol-based sanitisers.

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“Disinfectant companies are to be guided by the Environmental Health Unit of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. Operators are expected to have alcohol-based sanitisers in their vehicles for both drivers, conductors and passengers,” Oladeinde said.

Motor parks and garages must not be overcrowded with passengers and commercial activities, while social distancing is mandatory for passengers queuing to board buses.

“NCDC recommends that at least 2m (5feet) distance is required between people; operators are not allowed to overcrowd/overload their vehicles at this point in time.

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“All public buses should be 60 per cent capacity (i.e for buses, one passenger with driver in the front seat, two passengers on the back rows each and two passengers for a tricycle),” he added.

Oladeinde said trucks and individuals transporting foods and other raw materials must always use face masks and an alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

All vehicles carrying foods and other agricultural produce in and out of Lagos must not carry passengers more than seven on board.

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Vehicles used for the transportation of food items and other services must be disinfected before gaining access into the state’s border and when leaving, under strict monitoring by relevant government agencies.

On Mechanic Village operations, Oladeinde said the engineers shall work between the hours of 9.00a.m and 3.00p.m daily starting from May 4 till further notice.

Oladeinde said water transport operations within the state shall be from 6.00a.m to 6.00p.m daily starting from May 4 till further notice.

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“Boat operators and passengers are mandated in addition to life jackets, to wear face masks at all times, sanitise their hands or wash their hands with soap and running water before and after each trip.

”Operators and other stakeholders are mandated to comply with these guidelines as the Ministry of Transportation and her enforcement agencies/departments will be deployed for prompt enforcement with heavy consequences,” he said.


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Lagos Governor State New Measures To Ease Lockdown, Ban Okada Activities. [Nigeria]

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Ahead of the May 4th expiration of the lockdown imposed by the Federal Government on Lagos State, Ogun State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Lagos State Government has introduced a strict framework for movement and re-opening of businesses.

The set of new guidelines, according to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in his ninth briefing at the State House in Marina on Wednesday, are to safeguard the gains which the State had made in the past four weeks in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

From next Monday, Sanwo-Olu said the State Government will be implementing the dusk-to-dawn curfew announced by President Muhammadu Buhari last Monday as part of the phased measures to reduce risk of contagion of the COVID-19 disease among the residents and to consolidate on the response strategy deployed to combat the pandemic.

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The Governor’s new framework made fundamental changes to public transportation system and business dealings at corporate offices, local markets and malls.

All passenger buses are not permitted to load to full capacity, Sanwo-Olu ordered in the new guidelines. All commercial vehicles, the Governor said, must carry maximum of 60 per cent of full capacity and their drivers must use face mask and observe other prescribed hygiene tips.

The Governor also suspended the operation of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, across the state, with the exception of those used for courier and logistics purposes.

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Sanwo-Olu directed the drivers of tricycles (Keke NAPEP) operating in unrestricted areas not to carry more than two passengers per trip, adding that the passengers must keep appropriate distance.

Besides, food handlers at public eateries and restaurants have been mandated by the State Government to wear masks and hand gloves at all times, especially during the preparation and serving of foods.

Only take-out meals and delivery services will be permitted at eateries and restaurants, Sanwo-Olu ordered, warning that in-dining services will not be allowed at the moment.

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The Governor said all businesses that will re-open next week must operate between the hours of 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The new directive on business operating hours affects all corporate firms, banks, malls and local markets.

He said: “Following the culmination of the second phase of the lockdown on Lagos, Ogun and the FCT, and the nationwide address by President Muhammadu Buhari, it has become imperative for me to address our residents and to share a broader framework for the implementation of the President’s directives here in Lagos.

“There will be a dusk-to-dawn curfew from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am daily. This means that we expect all Lagos residents to stay in their homes in these hours, except those in essential services.

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“All commuters are mandated to wear face masks at all times, sanitise with alcohol-based sanitizer or wash their hands with soap and running water before and after of every trip. All motor parks and garages must avoid overcrowding. Social distancing is required for passengers queuing up to board buses.

“All buses should be loaded to a maximum of 60 per cent of full capacity. No standing allowed in all BRT and LBSL bus operations. All air- conditioning systems in public transport systems must be switched off.

“Commercial Motorcycles, popularly known as Okadas, are to suspend their operations statewide, except for those motorcycles used for courier and logistics purposes. Tricycles (Kekes) operating in unrestricted areas, must not carry more than two passengers per trip and must ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained between passengers.”

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In addition, the Governor announced the restriction of operating hours of water transportation companies to the period between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm daily.

He said under no circumstance should vehicles carrying food items have more than seven passengers.

All public and private schools from primary level to tertiary education must remain closed, Sanwo-Olu directed. He said online classes and lessons that had already been started must continue until further notice.

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The Governor added that businesses will be allowed to operate within “Controlled Easing Phase” framework, clarifying that the expiration of the lockdown was not a directive for the full reopening of the economy.

“It is a gradual and controlled easing of the lockdown. We will continue to monitor the public health situation; the economic impact of the lockdown and always adjust our responses accordingly,” the Governor said.

The Governor acknowledged the role of banking sector in sustaining the economy, urging banks to open all their branches and offer full complement of their services to the public. He, however, said banking operations must fall within the stipulated hours of 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, adding that banks’ managements must ensure regular cleaning and decontamination of their ATM machines and devices regularly used by the public.

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He said: “Companies that choose to operate within this Controlled Easing Phase are to operate between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. They are also directed to operate at a maximum of 60 per cent of their staff capacity. Some non-essential workers can continue to work online and remotely from the office. Online and work-from-home arrangements are highly encouraged to continue as much as is practicable.

“All entertainment centres, such as event centres, cinemas, arcades, bars, casinos, day clubs, nightclubs and beaches shall remain closed till further notice. Swimming pools, gyms, barber-shops, Spas, beauty salons, and all public parks, including those in private and residential estates, will continue to remain closed for another two weeks in the instance, at which point we will review and advise on the permissible opening date for these establishments.”

Sanwo-Olu said the Government’s whistleblower channels would be fully opened to report companies that would flout the new directives. He said whistleblowers would be guaranteed full protection and their identities will be kept strictly confidential.

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The Governor also announced that he would inaugurate a Committee on Thursday, which will comprise representatives of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Private Transport Operators, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), and the Lagos State Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget.

The committee, he said, will be charged with the responsibility of communicating the new State Government’s framework to their members for ease of implementation and compliance.


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FG’s Rice sent to States not ‘Expired’ – NAFDAC counters. [Nigeria]


Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, says the agency does not know the status of the controversial 1,800 bags of rice sent to Oyo State.

The consignment was delivered to the State by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on the orders of the Federal Government.

However, the Oyo government returned the rice after discovering that it was weevils-infested.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, had claimed that the rice distributed to States was inspected and certified fit for human consumption by NAFDAC.

But Adeyeye stated that NAFDAC was not invited to take samples and conduct consumption fitness test.

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She made the clarification in a TVC programme, Journalists’ Hangout.

In her explanation, Adeyeye explained that only the consignments to Lagos and Ogun States were tested by NAFDAC and certified fit for consumption.

“The one for Oyo State, I cannot say anything because NAFDAC was not called by the Ibadan or South-West Command of the (Nigeria) Customs, to test samples in Ibadan. I cannot speak about the Ibadan command rice that went to Oyo and possibly to Osun.

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“I don’t know why NAFDAC was not called to take samples from the Oyo State Command to test. We were not invited to come and take samples and we cannot do that.

“The ones that we tested (in Lagos and Ogun) were good enough and the rest of the samples are still in the lab in Oshodi”, she said.


#Newsworthy….

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Buhari to address Nigerians on whether lockdown will be extended in certain states.

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday night tell Nigerians whether the total lockdown imposed on Abuja, Lagos and Ogun over the coronavirus pandemic will be relaxed or not.

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“President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation Monday, April 27, 2020 at 8pm,” spokesman for Buhari Femi Adesina said in a statement.

“Television, radio and other electronic media stations are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast.”

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Concise News reports that Buhari had on 29 May imposed the lockdown on the aforementioned areas for an initial period of 14 days, asking citizens to stay in their homes.

The Nigerian leader, on 13 April, extended the lockdown for another two weeks.

On whether the president would relax the lockdown or extend again, Nigeria’s health minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire, in an interview with Channels Television, said, “The President will make that announcement in his own time. We will give him the facts, he will consider the facts and make his own announcements using his own wisdom.”

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Sunday said 91 more people had tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the country’s total cases to 1,273.

Concise News reports that 43 of the new infections were recorded in Lagos, eight in Sokoto and six in Taraba.


#Newsworthy…

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[Nigeria] Ogba NNPC Fuel Station on Fire.

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A fire outbreak has reportedly occurred at a petrol station owned by the NNPC in Ogba area of Lagos state.

According to social media reports, 6 buildings have been affected by the fire outbreak.

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The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

However, firefighters are said to be having difficulties in putting out the inferno.

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COVID-19: Ondo confirms 2 new cases. [Nigeria]


>>> University Professor Dies In Kano <<<


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Professor Balarabe Maikaba of the Mass communication Department of Bayero University has died.

A senior staff of the department Dr Gambo Nababa confirmed Maikaba’s death to The Guardian on telephone on Sunday.

Maikaba, a former head of department and member of the Senate, Bayero University, died at home after a brief illness.

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Although the cause of death was not disclosed, NobleReporters learnt that the professor of communication research suffered high fever for four days before his death.

The main of Professor Maikaba is expected to be buried today according to Islamic rites.

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>>> 2 new COVID-19 cases in Ondo <<<


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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo has confirmed two new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.
Akeredolu disclosed this through his verified Twitter handle on Sunday in Akure.

He said: “we have confirmed two other cases in Ondo state, one of the cases involves one of the recently arraigned suspects in the murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, Pa Fasoranti’s Daughter.

“The Commissioner of Police has been duly informed and the line tracing of Police officers and others in the SARs facility where he was kept has started and their specimens are being collected.

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“The suspect has been isolated from others and will be moved to the IDH for treatment. The Commissioner of Police has assured the state that there will be adequate security around the IDH premises to prevent his escape and while on treatment, he will be manacled to the bed.

“I will expatiate on all cases in my weekly press briefing on Monday, April 27,2020,” Akeredolu said.

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>>> Strippers, travellers arrested over lockdown violation in Lagos State <<<


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Nigerian Police Force has said its men arrested 620 violators of lockdown order including about 39 suspects arrested in a hotel for clubbing and striptease.

Bala Elkana, the Lagos police spokesman, said out of the 620 violators arrested during the week, about 288 of them were arrested during the weekend.

Elkana said 39 clubbers were arrested on Friday night in total violation of the lockdown order and social distancing regulations.

Also on Friday, Suleiman Abubakar, the Imam of Sheik Central Mosque, Mile 12 Ketu was arrested for holding evening prayers (Maghrib and Isha prayers – Muslim evening and night-time prayer) in the mosque with a large number of worshippers in violation of the social distancing regulations.

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But earlier during the week, Elkana said 95 inter states travellers and drivers of seven commercial buses were intercepted and arrested at Bhojson area of Ebute Metta on Tuesday.

He said the buses were impounded, while the drivers and passengers were charged to mobile court and sentenced accordingly.

He said about 211 other violators were also arrested in different parts of the state and also charged to court on Tuesday.

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Also, 10 persons on Thursday were arrested for organising a party at Lekki Garden. Police said the suspects were arraigned in court on three-count charges and were found guilty as charged.

“They were sentenced to 6 months imprisonment and community service, to run concurrently,” Elkana said.

Similarly, on Thursday another 121 violators of lockdown order were arrested in different parts of the sate and charged to Court. They were awarded fines ranging from #5000 and #10,000 and two hours of community services.

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The state, being the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, has been on lockdown since March 30. Although, the lockdown order expires on Monday, 27 April, it is unclear if the government will relax the lockdown as the state has continued to record more cases by the day.

As of April 25, Lagos has 689 cases of Nigeria’s 1,182 confirmed cases so far.


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: Lagos State to begin mass burial. [Nigeria]


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The Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has admitted they might resort to mass burials, as a way to decongest crowded mortuaries in the state.

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Sanwo-Olu, while giving an update on the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, explained that mortuaries are congested as a result of the lockdown.

However, he made it clear that the deaths were not those of victims of the pandemic.

Aside from the lockdown, Sanwo-Olu also linked the mortuary congestion to the recent Lenten period, during which many Christian bodies forbid burying their loved ones.

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“Because of this inability to hold funerals occasioned by the restriction of movement, our mortuaries in Lagos … we are now getting to the peak. And, there is a need for us to have a decongestion.

“If we are not able to see decongestion of the mortuaries across the state within the next two weeks, Lagos State Government might be compelled to seek to have mass burials and we do not want to force this on anyone and that is why we are asking for cooperation,” Sanwo-Olu said.


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