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RCCG: We will comply with FG orders on reopening worship centres.


The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has said that it will comply with the guidelines from the government in regards to the reopening of worship centers.

Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, the RCCG Head of Media and Public Relations, made this known in a statement seen below.

“From the outset of this pandemic and the attendant lockdown, our general overseer has continued to emphasise that all our churches must abide by whatever rules and regulations the government brings. We are sufficiently ready to comply with the rules.

“When we look at the issue of spacing, for instance, churches are in different categories. We are a church planting mission. We have some of our churches that are in the lower cadre in terms of the population of the congregation. Some are under 50, while some are under 100.

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“So, when the rules are ready, we will adjust. Some of our megachurches, space should not be a problem; it is a matter of reducing the number of people worshipping at a time.

“In all the sermons that our general overseer has been preaching on Sundays, he has been emphasising the issue of social distancing. Once we know the details of what the government wants, we will work towards achieving it”, it read.


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Leaked! DJ Cuppy reveal what Otedola did in Lockdown. (Video)


Ifeoluwa Otedola better known as DJ Cuppy, daughter of Nigerian Billionaire, Femi Otedola has revealed how her father has been keeping himself busy during the quarantine.

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She shared a video of Femi Otedola in his study and captioned it; “So my dad @realFemiOtedola has lowkey been writing a book during quarantine… Would YOU read it? #FamilyFirst”

She said, “Remember the life-changing contract I signed and dream job I landed? Well, in 48 hours I should be allowed to reveal the HUGE NEWS and I’m already SCREAMINGGG!”


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Breaking: Japan lift lockdown as cases pause


Japan was poised to lift its nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus on Monday, gradually reopening the world’s third-biggest economy after new cases slowed to a crawl.

Compared with hard-hit areas in Europe, the United States, Russia and Brazil, Japan has been spared the worst of the pandemic, with 16,581 cases in total and 830 deaths.

Yet with infections threatening to run out of control, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared an initial state of emergency for Tokyo and six other regions on April 7 — later expanding it to cover the entire country.

Businesses and schools were urged to shut and people were requested to remain home but Japan‘s “lockdown” was far softer than in other parts of the world and there was no punishment for anyone flouting the rules.

Citizens largely heeded the orders, with most of Tokyo’s famously packed streets falling quiet, and the number of new infections has fallen from a peak of around 700 per day to just a few dozen nationally.

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“It was acknowledged that the state of emergency measure was not necessary for all the prefectures and the declaration for lifting (the state of emergency) was approved,” said Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge of the virus response.

Abe was expected to confirm the decision formally at a news conference at 6 pm (0900 GMT).

There does not appear to be one single reason why the pandemic has hit Japan as hard as other comparable countries, and trying to pinpoint possible causes has become a favourite sport on social media.

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High levels of hygiene and general health, removing shoes indoors, widespread masks, bowing as a greeting rather than shaking hands or kissing: all have been advanced as possible reasons but analysts agree there has been no silver bullet.

– Recession and deflation –

Japan has come under fire for a relatively low level of testing with around 270,000 carried out, the lowest per capita rate in the group of seven advanced economies, according to Worldometer.

But Japanese authorities insist that mass testing was never their strategy, as cases remained low enough to rely on aggressive contact tracing to contain clusters.

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Nevertheless, testing has been ramped up in recent weeks as authorities warn of a possible next wave of the virus that could overwhelm their previous strategy.

Medical facilities are also being boosted after horror stories of coronavirus victims being unable to find a suitable hospital bed — mainly for administrative reasons as only certain establishments are designated to deal with the virus.

Although the human toll has been less severe than in other parts of the world, the economy — already struggling from the effects of natural disasters and a consumption tax hike — has suffered.

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The world’s third-largest economy has plunged into its first recession since 2015, data published last week showed, shrinking by 0.9 percent in the first quarter.

With economic activity slowing to a crawl, the spectre of deflation is looming again, with consumer prices in March logging their first drop in more than three years.

In a bid to stem the damage, Abe has ordered a mass handout of 100,000 yen ($930) per person, part of a stimulus package worth around $1 trillion.

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Coronavirus has also taken its toll politically, with polls showing support for Abe falling rapidly — a recent survey for the Asahi Shimbun suggested backing had dropped to 29 percent, the lowest since he took office in 2012.

He performed a rare U-turn on the cash handouts — initially announcing an entirely different policy — and is seen to have bungled another signature move involving the distribution of two masks per household, which attracted widespread mockery.


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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


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: India stress lockdown to end of May.


India extended a nationwide lockdown to May 31 as cases exceeded 90,000 and further clashes erupted between police and stranded migrants.

Schools, malls and other public places will remain mostly closed, though rules will be relaxed in areas with low numbers of cases, according to an order from the interior ministry on Sunday.

“New guidelines have permitted considerable relaxations in lockdown restrictions,” the ministry said in a tweet accompanying the order.

Large gatherings are still prohibited, but outside of containment zones with high numbers of active cases “all other activities will be permitted”, it said, potentially allowing commerce and industry to reopen across much of the country.

Decisions on where to set containment zones would be decided by district authorities, the order said.

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India has now reported more cases than China, where the virus first emerged late last year, although deaths at 2,872 remain much lower than China’s 4,600. The death toll in the United States and some European countries is much higher.

India’s lockdown, introduced on March 25 and extended several times, had been due to expire at midnight on Sunday.

The curbs have set off a crisis for the hundreds of millions of Indians who rely on daily wages to survive.

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‘Resorted to violence’

With no work and little public transport, many urban migrants attempting to return to their home villages have set out on gruelling journeys on foot or hitched rides in the back of trucks.

In Rajkot in the western state of Gujarat, more than 1,500 migrant workers blocked roads, damaged more than a dozen vehicles and threw stones at police on Sunday, after two special trains that were supposed to take them home got cancelled.

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A police official in Shapar said police baton-charged the migrants to disperse them, with several officers injured in the process.

“The workers had not gathered with the intention of violence. Two or three trains were rescheduled, but the workers misunderstood that the trains had been cancelled and resorted to violence,” Balram Meena, Rajkot’s superintendent of police, told local media.

“We are identifying the people who were involved in the violence,” Meena added.

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At least 23 migrants were killed trying to reach their homes on Saturday when a truck crashed in northern India.

Sixteen migrant workers died on May 8 after being struck by a train. They had fallen asleep on the tracks while walking back to their village after losing their jobs in a coronavirus lockdown, police said.


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COVID-19: Adeboye tell Nigerians what to do as soon as lockdown eases.


The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Adeboye has advised Nigerians on their next line of action as soon as the lockdown is over.

According to Pastor Adeboye, Nigerians need to win more souls for Christ as soon as the lockdown period is over.

The clergyman stated this while delivering a sermon broadcasted live on his Dove TV.

He said, “Some people are already getting consumed by freight because of the lockdown. The flood will come sooner or later. My advice for you is to be wise.

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“As soon as the lockdown is over. You better spread your wings and win more souls for christ.

“When you rededicate yourself to soul winning, you will begin to enjoy all round blessings and success .”


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Just in: Airtel extend ‘work from home’ policy by 14 days.


Airtel Nigeria has extended its work-from-home policy by two weeks in a bid to safeguard them from contracting coronavirus and stem the spread of the virus.

Airtel Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, made this known in a statement on Saturday in Lagos.

He said that the company’s employees particularly affected were those in Lagos, Ogun State, and Abuja, the epicenters of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria.

” They have been told to continue to work from home until the end of May,” he said

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Ogunsanya urged the company’s employees in other parts of the country to observe the nationwide 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew while adhering to restriction orders obtainable in their states of operation.

“All employees have been charged to take responsibility for their health and safety as well as that of their families and colleagues, by maintaining social distancing, observing the prescribed hygiene protocols, and wearing the appropriate face masks.

“I want to commend all employees for their strict compliance with the prescribed safety and hygiene measures which has resulted in zero-infection in Airtel.

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“I prayed that God continues to protect them all and their loved ones, “Ogunsanya said.

He, however, noted that some Airtel outlets were open across the country with a reduced number of employees in compliance with government regulations.

Ogunsanya said that all agents had been charged to ensure contactless interactions whenever possible as they served customers.

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He also urged customers to download the Airtel self-care app to avail themselves of a world of products, services, and self-care in problem resolutions.

“We are mindful of the circumstances and are thankful for all the company’s online platforms are working optimally with excellent resilience to withstand the pressure of contactless customer service.

“I want to assure our customers that in spite of the challenges, the network is up and running without any major issues,” the managing director said.

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He commended the offices of the National Security Adviser (NSA) and Inspector General of Police (IGP) for providing security passes for Airtel engineers to move about freely to ensure uninterrupted network availability.

Ogunsanya said that the company would review the situation at the end of the month to determine the next steps with regard to the resumption of work at their offices.


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: Schools in France reopen as lockdown eases.

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Thousands of schools reopened throughout France on Tuesday as the government eases its coronavirus lockdown rules despite some fears of a second waves of infections.

According to official figures there were 348 new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the national total to 26,991.

Primary and nursery schools reopened however, with teachers wearing face masks and the children’s chairs separated to avoid spreading the disease.

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For Gregory Bouvier, headmaster of a nursery school in Rennes, northwest France, it was all a bit “surreal”.

“It’s not part of a nursery school’s DNA to have the children spaced apart from each other remaining at their desks and not able to share things,” he told AFP.

Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer hailed the reopening, which will be rolled out gradually throughout the country, including Paris schools on Thursday, before some secondary schools resume lessons next week.

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To ease the fears of parents concerned that the virus remains just a sneeze away, the government has given them the choice to allow their children to return to school or remain under lockdown at home.

Unions have criticised the decision to reopen the schools calling it “premature”.

Some scientists and parliamentary deputies have also questioned the decision.

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France began easing its two-month lockdown on Monday, with residents able venture outdoors without filling in a permit for the first time in nearly eight weeks and some shops reopening their doors.

But officials are keeping an anxious eye on events in Germany and South Korea which have reimposed some restrictions as virus cases rose after they eased lockdown measures.


#Newsworthy…

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Lockdown Palava: Husband left with no choice than trek to hospital in saving life of sick wife.

LOCKDOWN PALAVA: HUSBAND LEFT WITH NO CHOICE THAN TREK TO HOSPITAL IN SAVING LIFE OF SICK WIFE. – Noble Reporters tv

[United Kingdom] Boris Johnson in trouble over confused lockdown strategy speech.

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Work from home if you can, unless you can’t, in which case definitely try to go back to work, but do not – if at all possible – take the train.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s much-anticipated statement about the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown was roundly criticised on Monday, with the head of the largest police officers’ union, the Police Federation, arguing that officers needed “crystal clear guidance” rather than “loose rules”.

Meanwhile, the replacement of the government’s “Stay at Home” message with “Stay Alert” has led to concerns that citizens will consider the crisis over.

‘Mixed messages’
Police Federation in England and Wales (PFEW) Chief John Apter argued that the latest advice from the government will make it difficult for police officers to enforce the new rules.

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“Policing this crisis has been tough, a lack of clarity and mixed messages has made that even harder,” Apter said.

“If we fail to get clear and unambiguous guidance policing this crisis will become almost impossible.”

His advice to workers on construction and manufacturing, who are unable to work from home, was chief among concerns. Trade unions, in particular, are concerned that the guidance may put undue pressure on workers to try to return to work even at the risk of their health.

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This is especially true for those workers with children, given that there was no firm decision from the government on when children would go back to school.

But it wasn’t just Johnson’s advice on working from home that has led to confusion.

He also told Britons that the one-hour restriction on exercising outdoors was being lifted, and people could now spend “unlimited amounts” of time outdoors.

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They would also be allowed to drive to public beauty spots, including beaches, and play golf and tennis, and meet a friend – but not more than one – in a park as long as they sit two metres apart.

At the same time, fines for breaking social distancing rules were to be increased.

‘Vague and imprecise’
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she didn’t know what the new advice meant and has asked the UK government not to promote a “vague and imprecise” message in Scotland.

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Johnson is due to answer questions in parliament on the government’s lockdown strategy on Monday.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Keir Starmer said that the prime minister had failed to provide either clarity of consensus to the British people.


#Newsworthy…

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Covid-19: New Zealand Relax Lockdown Further.

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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has announced a gradual easing of the country’s lockdown measures.

However, the government said the country’s border will remain closed.

At a news conference on Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the easing will begin starting on Thursday, meaning most businesses and public spaces could reopen.

“But everyone would need to play it safe. We must continue to behave as if the virus is still amongst us,’’ Ardern cautioned.

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According to her, schools will re-open from May 18, while bars will be able to re-open on May 21.

“We may have won a few battles, but we have not won the war,’’ the prime minister said.

She said that gatherings at home for weddings, funerals and tangihanga (Maori funeral rites) would be capped at 10 people, while all other social events, either indoors or outdoors, would be limited to 100 people.

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Ardern said if case numbers were still low in a fortnight, restrictions on gathering numbers may be eased further.

The country’s total number of reported COVID-19 cases was 1,479, with 21 deaths.


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: Pastor Tunde Bakare Send Message to Pastors over Churches lockdown. [Nigeria]

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The General Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has called on church leaders to donate buildings to be used as isolation centres, instead of continually criticizing the government.

In a broadcast shared by the church on Sunday, Bakare revealed he has donated facilities in Lagos and Ogun, to be used.

“Those churches with multiple facilities, rather than their leaders criticizing the government, should collaborate with them.

“They must be prepared to offer some of their halls to governmental authorities as isolation centres in support of the efforts of the government,” Bakare said.

Bakare’s position is in contrast with the opinion held by the presiding bishop of Living Faith Worldwide, David Oyedepo.

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Oyedepo has questioned the ban on religious gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

He claimed that the “voice of darkness” influenced the ban on gatherings in churches.


#Newsworthy…

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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”.


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: I slept with my Landlord during Lockdown – Woman confess.

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An unidentified woman has cried out for help as her conscience continues to torment her after she slept with her landlord in order to provide for her family.

The woman who expressed remorse for sleeping with her landlord asked for help on what to do next.

She sent her message to Cynthia Valerian Raphaels on Facebook and said:
“Good evening ma. Hide my id please. My marriage is 10 years with 3 kids. My husband is 44years, 32 years. I beg you all dont blame me much😭😭😭😭. I just needed solutions on how to help myself, because I have started hating myself. My husband lost his job last 2 years and since then, I have been feeding the house with my salary😭😭😭😭. I did something I never wanted to do on this Corona period. I don’t have any money to cook anything at home and no one to talk to, no water for my children to drink.

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We started drinking borehole water. I kept putting my account number on madam Cynthia give away post but I wasn’t lucky at all. Our land lord have been making advances at me for long and I ignored him. My parents look up to me for help and I didnt even give them anything at all.

Me and my family stayed two days without anything and I left to ask my landlord for money to see if he can help me. All my neighbors I went to for help, nobody gave me anything. I lied to my husband let me go and see my brothers friend to know if she can help us. My landlord wife and kids stay abroad.

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He lives two houses away from us. When I got to his place, he brought up the topic again and I told him that I cant do it, he promised to give me 20k free and some provisions. I know what I did is wrong and my conscience is killing me badly. I cant watch my three children cry anymore and I gave in and he refused he wont use protection. I have been asking God to forgive me. If they paid us in school where I teach before discharging us I wont have fallen into such. I am a shadow of myself now ma.

Three days ago, our compound people had meeting with him. Nepa people came to cut our light because of old bill we didnt settle. If you see the way he humiliated my husband because he gave his own suggestions, because he knows our situation😭😭😭😭😭I covered my face in shame. I wish I never did what I did. My husband is not on social media. Please help me post for advise.”


#Newsworthy…

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How Funke Akindele handle community service question from troll will shock you.

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Actress Funke Akindele has refused to disclose how far she has gone with the community service duty she was sentenced to by a court in Lagos.

Funke Akindele bagged the sentence after she threw a party at her Ibeju Lekki residence with singer Naira Marley and over 50 people present.

The actress was arrested after a social media outcry over the likelihood of a spread of coronavirus due to the flouting of the restriction order in Lagos by the actress’s decision to throw a party with that much guests.

A Twitter user who is yet to forget about the whole incident decided to find out if she has completed the sentence she was given.

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He tweeted: “Lady, have you finished your community duty?”

Funke Akindele responded by using a Yoruba term to describe his poke nosing attitude. She said, “Elenu gboro”.


#Newsworthy…

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Lockdown was eased for these reasons – NCDC boss.

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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, has said that the ease of the lockdown which was declared due to coronavirus was done by the Federal Government.

NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu stated that the FG made the decision with the hope that Nigerians will safeguard their health by following the guidelines given.

Reacting to the viral video showing crowds trampling on each other at banks on Monday, Ihekweazu stated that he doesn’t see the FG’s decision to ease the lockdown as a mistake.

He told TVC, “We don’t think that easing the lockdown was a mistake.

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“We knew already knew that this day would come but we really expected Nigerians to take a little bit more responsibility for what happened yesterday.

‘“There is only a little the government can do. We can issue lockdowns, we can bring out the police but we rely on the common sense of most Nigerians, we rely on Nigeria taking responsibility.

“This is not being done for NCDC or for the Federal government or the state government. It is being done for all of us.

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“So we really are counting. Let’s take yesterday as an exception.

“Lets see what happens today. Let us see how many cooperates will come out of their offices and organize the queues in front of their offices.

“ Let’s see how many cooperates will organize their office spaces and actually put out their hand washings and educate their staff on the changes that they need to do for themselves.

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“This is not being done for us. This is being done for you.”

“So all of us have to take responsibility,” he added.


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: Lockdown is evil, it can lead to suicide – T.B Joshua confess

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Prophet T.B Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, has described the lockdown order as an evil spirit, adding the government doesn’t know this.

The cleric said what the government is trying to protect people from (COVID-19) is not as dangerous as they are portraying it.

T. B Joshua warned that lockdown is an evil spirit that could lead to laziness, depression and suicide.

He said the government has succeeded in putting the spirit of fear, addiction and the spirit of violence in the people.

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“Our government doesn’t know that lockdown is a spirit, an evil spirit – spirit of laziness, spirit of depression, spirit of suicide,” he said during a live Sunday worship.

“Those who once surrounded themselves with people find themselves surrounded only by four empty walls. This can cause depression and suicidal thoughts.

“Those who never stayed on a spot are now confined to one spot. Our government doesn’t know this. They think they are protecting us from the spirit of COVID19 but what is COVID19 in comparison to the repercussion?

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“Our government, our leaders, our presidents, you are doing good for the world but what you are trying to protect us from is not as dangerous as what you are putting us into.

“That spirit that has entered your life – spirit of fear, spirit of addiction, spirit of violence – be cast out! Be cast out! In the name of Jesus! “


#Newsworthy…

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Access Bank Denies Shutting Branches Nationwide.

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Access Bank Plc has urged its customers and the general public to disregard social media report of its shutting 340 branches nationwide.

Responding to enquiry, its Media Relations officer, Mr Abdul Imoyo, says the online report is misleading.

According to him, “branches were closed at the onset of the COVID-19 lockdown.

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As the structure of the lockdown has been relaxed, the branches will be reopened in a phased approach and with adherence to physical distancing guidelines.

“We advised the public when we closed over 540 branches (60 left to operate) in response to our business continuity plan for crisis of this nature. This was further buttressed by the Lagos State and subsequently the FGN’s stay-at-home or work from home order. With the proposed lifting of that order from May 4th, we recognise that the threat of the virus is still out there and are planning to do a phased opening of the branches. So yes an additional 200 branches (bringing the total to 260) would be opened in the first phase. The staff at the frontline are also people’s sons, daughters, wives, husbands e.t.c and we have to be very mindful how we expose them. So staff would also be rotated. We have however made arrangements to pair the branches so customers whose branches are yet to be opened can be served from an alternate branch and those messages are going out to customers over this weekend and by Monday.”


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: 220 new cases in Nigeria; Total infections hit 2388 amid lockdown ease.

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Nigeria has recorded 220 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the country’s total infections to 2,388.

According to a tweet by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday, of the new infections, 62 are in Lagos, 52 from the FCT, 31 in Kaduna and 13 from Sokoto.

The number of deaths from the virus also rose to 85 while 385 have now recovered.

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The novel coronavirus has killed at least 241,682 people since the outbreak first emerged in China in December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Saturday.

More than 3,398,390 cases were registered in 195 countries and territories. Of these, at least 1,023,900 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

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Many countries are testing only the most serious cases.

Over the past 24 hours, 6,167 new deaths have been recorded and 94,645 new infections around the world.

The countries with the newest fatalities over the 24-hour period were the United States with 2,518, Britain with 621 and Italy with 474.

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The United States has the highest number of total deaths with 65,645 out of 1,121,414 cases. At least 164,015 have been declared recovered.

Italy has the second-highest toll with 28,710 deaths out of 209,328 cases, followed by Britain with 28,131 deaths from 182,260 cases, Spain 25,100 deaths and 216,582 cases and France with 24,760 deaths and 168,396 cases.

The country with the highest proportion of fatalities per population is Belgium, with 67 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by Spain with 54, Italy with 47, Britain with 41 and France with 38.

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China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 4,633 deaths and 82,875 cases. It has 77,642 recovered cases.

Europe has a total of 142,223 deaths from 1,521,847 cases, the United States and Canada have 69,278 deaths and 1,177,994 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean have 12,533 deaths and 234,032 cases, Asia has 8,919 deaths and 233,465 cases, the Middle East has 6,879 deaths and 180,721 cases, Africa has 1,730 deaths from 42,229 cases, and Oceania 120 deaths from 8,102 cases.


#Newsworthy…

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FCT issue fresh directives to Schools, Worship Centres amid lockdown ease.

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The FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello Musa has announced new guidelines for easing the COVID-19 lockdown.

The Minister in a statement released on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, said that all schools in the FCT are to remain closed until further notice.

The rules take effect from Monday, May 4, 2020.

Part of the guidelines mandates all places of worship to remain closed until further notice; while eateries and restaurants are to open between 9am and 3pm on mostly take out services.

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The guidelines say ”Schools are not permitted to commence third term operations in any form until directed otherwise.

”Schools are however encouraged to continue with e-learning and virtual teachings.

”The extant directive on places of worship still subsists and they remain closed.

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” All clubs, bars, gardens, beer parlors, recreational parks, communal sports facilities, movie theatres, etc in the FCT are to remain closed.

”Ban on social congregations such as parties, weddings, etc also remain in force.

It said ‘Residents are once more reminded that COVID-19 can be fatal and all are advised to take all prescribed measures to avoid contracting it.

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Persons with underlying medical conditions especially hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and low immunity are advised to remain at home. Equally, Persons 65 years and older are also advised to remain at home.

Bello also vowed to rigorously enforce the guidelines regulating the ease of the lockdown order in the FCT

He said security agencies have been mandated to arrest and prosecute anyone found to be contravening any of the guidelines through the mobile courts.

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The Minister thanked public-spirited individuals, associations and corporate organisations for the palliatives donations.

He also commended volunteers who devoted their time and resources in fighting the pandemic especially the journalists who made appearances on the various radio and television stations to educate residents of the FCT on their personal and collective responsibilities in the fight against COVID-19.


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[Nigeria] Lockdown ease, Suicidal – Sheik Gumi blast FG.

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Popular Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, says it is suicidal and irresponsible for the Federal government to ease the lockdown even as the nation continues its fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

President Buhari on April 27 announced the ease of the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT beginning from Monday May 4th.

In a chat with the Media, Sheik Gumi said the Federal government need not bow to pressure from Nigerians but should be firm in its approach to tackle the ravaging viral disease.

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He opined that the decision to ease the lockdown is because the Federal government is running away from its responsibility, adding that people are locked down in hunger and that the government is not ready to spend on the palliatives.

”The government is just running away from their responsibility. This is just the truth, people are locked down in hunger and the government is not ready to spend on the palliatives. So they are saying the best thing is let’s release you people; but this is suicide, it is suicidal, it is suicidal and I’m very sorry to say it is irresponsible.

Yes it is because of pressure and hunger, that is it. If not it is not right to do that. Even in China where they have controlled opening, like the schools they made every child to come with mask, there was serious testing and taking of people’s temperature before coming into the school. Can we afford to do that here? We cannot. And what we are afraid of is if there is community transmission, meaning that it is not only the man to man contact, but it comes into the community and it becomes endemic; then it is going to be seriously fatal and we pray it does not happen.” he said

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Speaking further, he said

”Sincerely, I’m not comfortable and I don’t really know the word to use in describing what is happening, either in regards to the government or the people. But let me talk about the government because the government has seen what it should do although it is trying to derail now. Government is trying to derail because of pressure, but the Nigerian populace is something else too.

People are behaving like a child you took to the hospital for injection and he is struggling and doing everything possible not to receive the injection. This is how Nigerians are behaving. You are trying to do what is good for them, but then they’re resisting. But also you cannot blame them, because they are hungry, left uneducated; they are not well informed, because even the clergy or the Mallams are not ready to explain to them the real situation of things. Even some of the rejections of the issues stemmed from what they heard from the clergymen, so I don’t really blame them. But the government is not doing enough”


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