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God spoke to me to save Nigeria from COVID-19 – Kemi Olunloyo.


Journalist Kemi Olunloyo has taken to her social media account to claim that God has chosen her to heal Nigeria of coronavirus.

This is coming after she claimed she introduced s*x toys to Nigeria.


She wrote:

“#BREAKING HOLY WEEK REVELATION🙏🏾🙏🏾 I had a BAD BAD DREAM last night! I’m a self professed Evangelist @Evangelistkemi and God spoke to me and woke me up 3 times overnight about #COVID19. He said I’m the one he chose to heal Nigeria not the Government or the Church. Said if I don’t people will DIE massively.


He told me to unblock people and massively start educating everyone. He says I should empty my bank account and start funding #IJcovid19 with my entire life savings with no penny left😲 He’s treating me like Job in the Bible. I must obey him. I skipped a heart beat at 3am telling him I will obey. He also told me to REVIVE the hashtag #ProtectNigeria. I begin God’s word and work today. He also told me I cannot talk to anyone during this assignment and work around the clock😳😵😓 I Begin now. Pray for me🙏🏾”


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Pope Francis Livestream Palm Sunday over COVID-19 pandemic.


Pope Francis called for courage in the face of the coronavirus pandemic as he delivered Palm Sunday mass by livestream instead of before Saint Peter’s Square crowds.

The Vatican is abandoning centuries of tradition and refraining from public celebrations of the official start of the Catholic world’s Holy Week.


Pope Francis called the pandemic a tragedy on Sunday that must be faced with courage and hope.

“Today, in the tragedy of a pandemic, in the face of the many false securities that have now crumbled, in the face of so many hopes betrayed, in the sense of abandonment that weighs upon our hearts, Jesus says to each one of us: ‘Courage, open your heart to my love’,” the pope said.


Palm Sunday marks the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem before his crucifixion. Easter Sunday on April 12 celebrates his resurrection from the dead.

But many of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics are observing the sacred days under home confinement — just like the 83-year-old pontiff.


Pope Francis has been communicating with the outside world by video so that crowds do not gather to see and hear him in one of the world’s most famous squares.

Vatican City itself has been closed to tourists for nearly a month as part of global efforts to stop the spread of a disease that has officially killed more than 65,000 people worldwide.


The Argentine-born pontiff went on to call on the faithful to overcome their fears and remember that they are not alone.

“When we have our back to the wall, when we find ourselves at a dead end, with no light and no way of escape, when it seems that God himself is not responding, we should remember that we are not alone,” the pope said in his prayer.


Pope Francis himself went down with a cold in late February and was reportedly tested for COVID-19 twice as a precaution because seven people in the Vatican have caught the virus.

The Vatican says the pope is now in good health.

Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter a week later on April 19.


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COVID-19: Nigeria govt to evacuate Nigerians abroad – Abike Dabiri-Erewa


The federal government of Nigeria has revealed its willingness to evacuate Nigerians who stay abroad and are willing to return home.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) disclosed that the evacuation process was initiated following pleas from Nigerians who are stranded abroad due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


She further revealed that they are currently compiling a list of Nigerians who want to return to the country.

The evacuees will be compulsorily quarantined upon their return to the country, and they are also expected to bear the cost of the evacuation process.


A statement released by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the Head of Media and Public Relations Unit at NIDCOM reads in part;

“The interested Nigerians are advised to inform the missions in the various countries they are in, which will then collate and coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“To this end, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa urged Nigerians stranded abroad willing to return home to key into this Federal Government gesture by providing information to the mission in their respective host countries.”


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2 epidemics attacking Nigeria.


What should a country that is caught between two tribulations do? Should it stick to the one that it is familiar with or should it engage the one it has never tried? Nigeria is caught between two debilitating disease epidemics – Lassa fever and coronavirus disease 2019 a.k.a COVID-19.

To millions of Nigerians, Lassa fever is a “home disease”.The COVID-19 – a deadly viral disease that has sickened more than one million worldwide and killed more than 50,000, is the newcomer.

Unarguably, Africa’s most populous nation has had its fair share of disease outbreaks, including the debilitating 2014 West African Ebola Virus Disease. In January 2020, several weeks after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Hubei province of the Chinese city of Wuhan, the World Health Organisation, WHO, declared the outbreak a Public Health Event of International Concern, PHEIC.

Nigeria, on the other hand, has been struggling with Lassa fever for more than five decades. but has not declared the disease a public health event of national emergency and concern.

The detection of the COVID-19 index case in Lagos late in February 2020, was not the first time that Nigeria would be confronted by a viral disease outbreak of pandemic proportions threatening fragile health systems in the country as the infection increasingly spreads.

The country did not immediately swing into necessary action when it ought to have done so but it later did.

The nation is now almost completely on total lockdown.In the last two months, Nigeria has seen a gradual daily increase in COVID-19 confirmed cases and it has matched the development almost stride for stride.

The dedication and commitment with which the national response has been implemented leaves health watchers wondering why the same could not have been extended to the age-long Lassa fever malady.

As at 11:00 am on 3rd April there were 190 confirmed cases reported with 20 discharged and two deaths.

As at 11 am yesterday, the numbers were: Lagos- 98; FCT- 38; Osun- 20; Oyo- 8; Akwa Ibom- 5; Ogun- 4; Edo- 4; Kaduna- 4; Bauchi- 3; Enugu- 2; Ekiti- 2; Rivers-1 and Benue- 1.

The disease has invaded the country’s highest level of governance and also infiltrated its social strata to the extent of threatening national security.

But even as COVID-19 saga takes firm foothold in after wreaking havoc on over 200 countries this is not the only viral outbreak Nigerians have encountered in recent times although it is most frightening especially going by the number of lives it has ravaged globally.

To say Nigeria is currently dealing with the world’s largest Lassa fever epidemic would not be exaggeration.

In several respects, Lassa fever – an acute, annual, viral haemorrhagic fever – for now has caused Nigeria more havoc than COVID-19.

Prior to the debut of COVID-19, outbreaks of Lassa in Nigeria had already killed more than 100 people within the first few weeks of the year.

That number is higher than the number of reported cases of COVID-19 as at last week.

The Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria is permanently active and outbreak is an annual ritual that has killed more than 1, 150 people since it was first diagnosed five decades ago.

The number of cases usually climbs around the start of the year linked to the dry season.

For several decades, Nigeria has been under pressure to declare a national health emergency as it struggles to contain annual episodes of Lassa fever outbreaks.

Since Lassa fever was first reported in Nigeria in January 1969, an estimated 20,000 suspected cases have been reported with more than 1,200 deaths.

Between 1969 and 2007, the disease was reported in only Borno and Plateau states, but from 2008 to 2012, it spread to eight other states.

From 2013 to date, at least 28 states have reported the disease annually. Over the 50-year period of Nigeria reporting 20,000 suspected cases, 11,195 were reported between 2016 and January 2020, while 632 of the total deaths were reported during the same period.

Laboratory confirmation of suspected cases has been of great concern. Of the 3,498 suspected cases in, 2018, only 633 were confirmed positive, while in 2019, only 833 of the 5,057 suspected were confirmed. Over the past five decades.

While a drug exists for treatment of Lassa fever, there is no approved drug or vaccine for COVID-19.

Problems of inefficient laboratory diagnoses and late hospital admission of patients, combine to make treatment of Lassa Fever patients cumbersome.

Of concern during Lassa fever outbreaks in Nigeria is the high proportion of deaths.

In the view of the Director General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ikheweazu, there would always be cases of Lassa fever until “we are able to prevent it’’.

Over the years, the Federal Ministry of Health assured of high level of alert to eliminate the disease. But it has largely remained unfulfilled as Lassa fever remains endemic in Nigeria.

Resources are only just becoming available for setting up special facilities, enhancing the surveillance mechanism, and boosting adequate human resource to address the challenge.

As declared by the Nigeria Academy of Science, the Federal Government should declare Lassa Fever disease a public health event of national concernü attaining an emergency status.


COVID-19 is a completely different matter.


Before the discovery of the index case in February 2020, Nigeria swung into action strengthening surveillance at the country’s five international airports in Lagos, Rivers, Kano, Enugu and the FCT.

A Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, was set upThe NCDC had set up the Coronavirus Group to mitigate the impact of the virus even as the World Health Organization listed Nigeria among 13 African countries at high-risk for the spread of the virus.

The Presidential Task Force announced a ban on travelers from 13 countries with over 1,000 cases domestically before it finally shut the airspace for all foreign flights.

All travelers returning from the affected countries prior to the restriction were to be on supervised self-isolation just as the Federal government announced the closure of international airports in Enugu, Port Harcourt and Kano.

Soon after, the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 was signed into law by the President, just as the lockdown on Lagos, the FCT and Ogun state kicked off.

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the nation, various terminologies entered the Nigerian vocabulary courtesy of public health officials.

They include: practice social distancing; work from home; stay at home; avoid public transportation and crowds; keep space between yourself and others and, where necessary, self-isolate.

These are good measures to curtail the spread of the disease. But which are the measures to contain Lassa fever that has killed more Nigerians? The country is under attack by two epidemics.

Health officials maintain that the two should be equally attacked by the authorities


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COVID-19: Anglican Church support Ogun with N5M.


The Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has donated a sum of N5m to the Ogun State government towards the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

Leading the delegation of bishops of the church to the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, on Friday, the Archbishop of the Province, Most Reverend Olusina Fape, said the cash was a “token contribution” from the 13 dioceses in Ogun and Lagos states under the Province of Lagos, to support the state government in its concerted effort to halt the spread of the pandemic.


Accompanied by the Bishops of Egba, Egba-West and Ijebu-Southwest dioceses, Emmanuel Adekunle, Samuel Ogundeji and Babatunde Ogunbanwo, respectively, Fape, added that the Province identified with the government and decided to contribute towards keeping the people safe.

He, however, expressed his optimism that the church’s “little contribution” would assist the state government in its bid to ensure the pandemic is contained.


Fape, while reading from a letter he later presented to the government said: “Whatever touches our people, as a religious body, equally touches us. And when we look at what the government of Ogun State has done under the leadership of Governor Dapo Abiodun, in our own little way, we decided to identify with our state. Of course, the Province of Lagos is made up of 13 dioceses and the 13 dioceses are spread across Lagos State and Ogun states. We have nine dioceses in the state and then four in Lagos State. And then we have decided to show our identification in a practical way, that what we are going through as a state, not only as a state but even within community and the nation, Nigeria. It is on that note that we have come to make our presentation.


“Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic a few weeks ago, we have watched and noticed your noble efforts to combat this dreadful disease. All your proactive measures are highly commendable and we are very proud of the achievements so far. Of course, when we saw what you are doing by putting up the isolation centres, we can only thank God for you that you together with your cabinet have not seen it as a thing that should be left, even for people to be procrastinating about, but you took proactive step.


“So, on behalf of the bishops, clergy and laity of the entire Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), it’s not how big it is but we still want to tell you we identify with you. If we have more we would do more. But we just want to show our own concern that we identify with you in this matter. So, we are making a humble donation of N5m to support your good efforts in combating this dreadful disease.

“No matter how little it is, we believe you will be able to channel it towards achieving what you feel is necessary. The money has been transferred direct to Ogun State Covid-19 Fund at Zenith Bank account 1017227484, through Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Mobolaji Bank Anthony branch, Ikeja, Lagos as contained in a letter which will be presented to you.

“It is our prayer that the Good Lord will grant unto you the wisdom to be able to lead the good people of Ogun State so that at the end of this pandemic, we will be numbered. None of the members of our family will be missing”.

Responding on behalf of the state delegation, which included the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi and the Chief of Staff to the governor, Salisu Shuaib, the deputy governor, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, thanked the church for the support offered the state government towards combating the pandemic.


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We can survive a year without wage – Ex United striker, Tevez speaks for football players.


Former Manchester United and Manchester City striker, Carlos Tevez, has insisted that footballers can survive one year without pay amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Tevez, who currently plays for Boca Juniors, has encouraged other players to volunteer and help those in need.


Argentina has been in lockdown since March 20, in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“Any footballer can live six months or a year without getting paid. We are not good examples, we might be for other things but not for this.

“We don’t have the despair that others live with day after day, those that have to leave their homes at 6am, and return at 7 in the afternoon to feed their families the next day,” he told America TV.

Meanwhile, there are discussions among Superliga clubs, to slash the wages of players and staff, to cope with the financial impact of the pandemic.


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COVID-19: 6 new cases reported in Nigeria.


Six new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Osun State, Nigeria.

As at 11:00 am 3rd April there are 190 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Twenty have been discharged with two deaths


As at 3rd April, there are 190 confirmed cases, 20 discharged, 2 deaths.

Current cases:

Lagos- 89
FCT- 31
Osun- 20
Oyo- 8
Ogun- 4
Edo- 4
Kaduna- 3
Enugu- 2
Bauchi- 2
Ekiti- 2
Rivers-1
Benue- 1


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COVID-19: African cases rise to 6,737.


There are now at least 6, 737 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across 50 African countries, with a number of the nations imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the global pandemic.

According to the latest data by the Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 on the continent stands at 251 while 536 persons have so far recovered from the disease.


African CDC data shows that in North Africa, Algeria has recorded 847 cases, Egypt 779, Libya 10, Morocco 638, and Tunisia 394.

In West Africa, Burkina Faso has recorded the highest with 282 cases, Ghana 195, Cote D’ Voire 190, Senegal 190, Nigeria 184, Mali 31, Guinea 30, Togo 36, among others.

In Central Africa, Cameroon has recorded 233, DR Congo 123, Congo Brazzaville 22, Gabon 18, Equatorial Guinea 15, Chad seven and Central Africa Republic six.

For the Southern African region, South Africa has recorded 1, 380 cases, Madagascar 57, Zambia 36, Mozambique 10, among others.


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Shocker: Italian kill his girlfriend after infecting him with COVID-19.


An Italian nurse allegedly strangled his doctor girlfriend to death because “she gave him Coronavirus.”

After committing the crime, 28-year-old Antonio De Pace reportedly called cops to tell them he had murdered young medic, Lorena Quaranta, 27.


When Police arrived at the scene, they found her dead in their apartment in Italy, while De Pace was found on the floor having cut his wrists but his colleagues were able to save his life at their hosiptal.

The young couple had been working in a local hospital in Messina, Sicily after they were drafted to help during the coronavirus crisis.


De Pace allegedly confessed: “I killed her because she gave me coronavirus.”

A police source said: “She was a doctor who was working hard to save others. It’s such a tragedy.”


NobleReporters gathered that tests were being carried out on both, but it came back negative, meaning neither Lorena or De Pace had the virus.

Lorena had been very vocal on social media about the coronavirus outbreak.


Italian Man Murders His Girlfriend For ‘Infecting Him With Coronavirus’

In a Facebook post just days before her death Lorena wrote: “Now more than ever we need to demonstrate responsibility and love for life.


“You must show respect for yourselves, your families and the country.

”You must think and remember those that dedicate their lives daily to looking after our sick.


“Let’s stick together everyone staying at home. Let’s avoid the next one falling sick is a loved one or ourselves.”

Last month, her boyfriend posted a message congratulating her after she passed a test and said:

“To reach our dreams you have to work hard with determination and you are proof.

“I wish you to keep chasing your dreams, always live the life you always imagined. Well done!


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COVID-19: We cannot tell when pandemic will end. (Nigeria)


The Federal Government on Monday said it did not know how long COVID-19 would last in the country.

The Secretary to the Government of Federation, Boss Mustapha, said this at a press conference he jointly addressed with the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, in Abuja where the government revealed that the country had recorded its second COVID-19 death.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as part of efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, on Sunday, ordered lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos, and Ogun states.

However, on Monday, the Ogun State Government said it had got the presidential permission to shift the lockdown to Friday.

Buhari, had during a nationwide broadcast on Sunday, said the 14-day lockdown would enable the government to trace and treat those who must have contracted the virus.

On Monday, the SGF, Mustapha, said, “We don’t know how long this thing will last. That’s the truth about it. I believe with sheer determination of all Nigerians, we will overcome these challenges.

“We are doing everything to ensure conformity of policies with state governments. We will do everything within our power to stop the case.”

He added, “Let me use this medium to appeal to all Nigerians, through you, for full understanding, unity of purpose and in the interest of humanity, to observe all measures put in place, remain vigilant and cooperate with security and other agencies who are toiling day and night to keep us safe and alive.”

Ehanire said no country could boast of having enough ventilators, which he said were not required for all cases.

He said, “The question of ventilators; yes we are addressing it. There is no country in this world that has enough ventilators. Of all the cases we have had so far only one requires a ventilator. Some require just Oxygen. Probably less than four per cent of the cases we are dealing with require ventilators.

“Government is also taking inventory of what each state requires. The number of ventilators you have in the country does not decide your rate of survival.”

Ehanire said the President had approved that all retired but essential and able staff be recalled to service.

He said the President had also issued directives for all Federal Government stadia, pilgrims camps and other facilities to be converted to isolation centres and makeshift hospitals.

To increase access to testing, the minister said the Federal Government was working hard to open up as many testing sites as possible.

He said, “We project that in three weeks, seven more laboratories in Abakiliki, Kaduna, Kano, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt and Sokoto will be added to this network to further expand testing capacity nationwide.”


We will only test people with symptoms —Minister


Ehanire said only those with symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath in an area of medium or high prevalence of COVID-19, could test for the disease.

He added that only results of test from one of the six molecular laboratories for COVID-19 in Nigeria were reliable because the rapid diagnostic tests gave unreliable results.

Also on Monday, the Director of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said government was tracing 6,000 people who came in contact with 111 COVID-19 patients.

Ihekweazu, who disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television, said 2,000 people that had been tested for the virus.

The NCDC director-general said the best way to prevent further spread of COVID-19 was for people to limit movements and contacts.

He stated, “We are following over 6,000 contacts of these 111 confirmed cases across these two cities. Every time we have a new case, we add about 50 to 60 contacts that we then have to follow every single day for 14 days.

“We hope that we can really use this time to buy some time to get ahead of the cases and ultimately see that curve start going down but in the next few days, we still do expect an increase in cases.

“We have currently tested well over 2000 people, we will update those figures today or tomorrow. We have increased the number of labs in our network to six. We are activating Abakaliki today. There will be seventh lab in our network.

Ihekweazu said it would take between 24 to 48 hours to conduct a test, adding that the centre was working to reduce it to 12 hours.

He further explained that some tests are delayed because it is carried out twice to ensure that the results are accurate.

The Oyo State incident manager, Dr Olabode Ladiipo, in the interview on Monday, said although the state had been able to trace 50 people, who had contact with persons infected with COVID-19, it had been able to take samples of 28 of them for test.

A former Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Prof. Temitope Alonge, at the Oyo State Infectious Disease Isolation Centre, Olodo disclosed that he had the mandate of the state government to set up an infectious disease isolation centre.


Makinde tests positive for COVID-19


The state Governor, Seyi Makinde, tested positive to coronavirus on Monday.

Makinde, who disclosed this via his Twitter handle on Monday, said, “I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result. It is positive.

“I am asymptomatic and will continue self-isolation. I have designated Prof. Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, as the head of COVID-19 Task Force while I recover fully.


Military deploys soldiers in Lagos, Abuja, Ogun


On its part, the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, said it would deploy personnel to work with the police in ensuring compliance with the President’s announcement of lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states.

The DHQ added that there would be penalties for people who flouted the Federal Government’s directive, saying the police were in charge of setting out what the punishments for the law breakers would be.

The Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations, Maj Gen John Enenche, said this during a briefing in Abuja. He added that a case of coronavirus was also confirmed in the armed forces and the victim was already in isolation.

The coordinator said the defence headquarters had set up 17 isolation and treatment centres across the six geopolitical zones of the country as follows:


Ekiti hopeful patient will soon be discharged


The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, expressed hope that the patient that tested positive for coronavirus in the state on March 18 would soon be discharged from the state isolation centre.

He also said the 37 contacts in isolation in the state were in stable condition without showing any symptom.

Fayemi said, “Ekiti State has not recorded any additional case of confirmed coronavirus patient while our single patient is doing very well in our isolation centre, still without showing any symptom. We are hopeful that his repeat test will come back negative so he can be discharged soon.”


Obiano in self-quarantine over contact with Bauchi Governor


The Anambra State Government said the state Governor, Willie Obiano, had gone into self-quarantine.

It said the governor’s decision was informed following his contact with the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, in a meeting in Abuja. Mohammed tested positive for the disease last week.

The Secretary to the State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu disclosed this at press briefing on Monday.

He said the governor had been in self-isolation for 11 days and he had not exhibited any symptoms of the disease.


Enugu COVID-19 patients receive treatment at home


The Enugu State Government said it was using officers of the Department of State Services to monitor all those who had contact with the two index cases in the state to ensure that they maintained self-isolation.

It stated that the index cases in the state were in their homes as they were fairly asymptomatic and very stable.

The state Commissioner for Information, Chief Chidi Aroh, who spoke to one of our correspondents on the telephone, explained that the state isolation centre was equipped with ventilators.


Lagos discharges five coronavirus patients


The Lagos State Government on Monday discharged five coronavirus patients who were treated at the Infectious Disease Centre, Yaba.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Gboyega Akosile, the patients were four males and one female, bringing the total number of survivors from the centre to eight.

One of the patients (names withheld) said testing positive for COVID-19 was not a death sentence, advising people not to panic as the virus could be defeated.


COVID-19: NCDC confirms 20 new cases, Nigeria has 131


The NCDC has confirmed 20 new infections bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 131.

The NCDC via its twitter handle, @NCDCgov, said, “Twenty new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 13 in Lagos, four in FCT, two in Kaduna and one in Oyo State.

“As of 09:00pm of March 30, there are 131 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with two deaths.

With the latest cases, Lagos now has 81 cases; the FCT, 25; Kaduna, three; Oyo, eight and Ogun State; three.

Enugu, Edo, Bauchi, and Osun states have two cases each, while Ekiti, Rivers Benue and have one case each.

Olufemi Atoyebi, Kamarudeen Ogundele, Dayo Ojerinde, Wale Oyewale, Tony Okafor, Olaleye Aluko, Abiodun Nejo, Godwin Isenyo and Raphael Ede


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COVID-19: Nigerian senators donate 50% of their salaries to fight pandemic.


The Nigerian Senate has announced the decision of the lawmakers to contribute 50 percent of their salaries for the fight against coronavirus in the country.

In a statement issued on Monday by the acting spokesman of the Senate, Godiya Akwashiki, the move is part of their efforts to respond to the spread and treatment of COVID-19.


“After due consultations following a keen review of the national efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, the Senate wishes to announce that from March, 2020, Distinguished Senators will be donating 50 per cent of their salaries to these efforts to stop the spread of the disease, otherwise known as COVID-19, in our country.

“This monthly contribution from the Upper Legislative Chamber will be sustained until Nigeria is declared safe from the ravages of this deadly disease,” the statement read in part.


The upper chamber also commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in securing Nigerians against this plague.

Senator Akwashiki noted that the National Assembly “is willing and ready to do whatever is required of the Legislature for the effectiveness of all the measures in place now or that may be required in the future to win the fight against this menace.”


According to him, all agencies of the Federal and state governments need to be commended for working together to protect public health across the country.

“The Senate further appeals to the citizens to comply with the directives on social distancing and observance of basic rules of hygiene as explained by public health officials as the most effective way to protect ourselves, families and country against COVID-19.

“This is a global adversity that is testing the wit and resilience of mankind all over the world. By staying resolute and each of us responsibly playing their role, COVID-19 like all epidemics before it will soon be pushed into history,” he stated.


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Nigeria: FCCPC sues supermarkets, pharmacies over increased prices of santisers.


The Federal Government has filed charges against four supermarkets and their proprietors in Abuja for alleged arbitrary hike of prices of sanitisers, handwash liquids, disinfectants, and other anti-bacterial hygiene products.

Court documents made available to Channels Television by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council (FCCPC) named the four supermarkets, which also include their pharmacies as H-Medix Pharmacy and Stores Limited, Prince Ebeano Supermarket Limited and its proprietor, David Ojei, and Bakan Gizo Pharmacy & Stores Nigeria Limited.


The others are Ray Opia and Luter Irene and their representatives, Sandra Ejekwu and John Oluwagbemiga, as well as Faxx Stores & Trading Limited and its representative, Adogah Ahmed.

In the statement of claim filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, the FCCPC preferred a six-counts against the four supermarkets and their owners.


The charges against them are for violating section 125 (1) (a) of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act, 2018, and punishable under section 155 of the Federal Competition And Consumer Protection Act, 2018.

The four supermarkets were also charged with supplying hand sanitisers and surgical disposable face masks of various existing brands to consumers at a price that was manifestly unfair, unreasonable and unjust.


They were also accused of disobeying without lawful excuse, the lawful orders and directives of the FCCPC against such practices.

The commission said the allegations against the accused were discovered following complaints from consumers through various social media channels, as well as visits to their supermarkets and pharmacies by representatives of its surveillance and enforcement office.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.


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COVID-19: I need N1 billion to fight coronavirus – Obiano tells Buhari. (Nigeria)


Though Anambra currently has no confirmed case of Coronavirus, the State governor, Willie Obiano has applied to the Federal Government for the sum of N1bn to secure his state against COVID-19 spread.

Obiano said Anambra had opened a special account for donations towards preventing coronavirus from spreading into the state, which currently has zero record of COVID-19.


In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, the governor said the steps were in line with the state’s resolve to ensure it remained free of the disease.

He urged the Federal Government to avail the state N1bn to help it to sustain the zero record because of the strategic nature of Anambra State people in commerce and industry.


The statement read in part, “Governor Obiano, therefore, considers it imperative that the Federal Government provides at least N1bn to Anambra, which is at risk in view of the multitude of people in its numerous markets and the peripatetic nature of the people who have been helping in the rapid development of all parts of Nigeria.

“Besides, we have as many as 63 major markets in the state, including the Onitsha main market, which is the largest market in West Africa.


“The markets are always full of millions of people from different countries in West and Central Africa, thereby making our people vulnerable to the contagion.

“The Anambra State Government would like to use this opportunity to announce the creation of a special account to assist ndi Anambra grapple with the grave challenges of the coronavirus.

“Known as the Anambra State COVID- 19 account, it is in response to various inquiries from people of Anambra State origin in different parts of Nigeria and beyond who have been seeking ways to assist their people since the viral disease outbreak.”

Adinuba said the account, which was domiciled in a new generation bank, would be administered by Obiano as the Chairman of Anambra COVID-19 Task Force, to ensure absolute transparency and accountability.”


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COVID-19: Nigeria witness another death.


The deadly Coronavirus disease has claimed a second life in Nigeria, the nation’s Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire disclosed on Monday.

The minister announced this while briefing newsmen in Abuja.


Suleiman Achimugu, 67, an engineer and former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company was the first Nigerian to have died of coronavirus infection.

He returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom some weeks ago and showed symptoms of the virus and died on 23 March, 2020.

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COVID-19: MAF donate N1.5 Bn to fight global pandemic.


The Mike Adenuga Foundation (MAF), established by business mogul, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., has donated the sum of N1.5 billion to support Nigeria’s fight against the global Coronavirus pandemi.

Giving the breakdown of the N1.5 billion donation, the Foundation said that “N1billion will go to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) which is coordinating efforts to raise funds from corporate bodies to support the initiatives aimed at combating the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, while the Lagos State Government which has recorded the majority of the cases will get N500 million”.


The cheque was presented by Globacom’s Executive Vice Chairman, Mrs Bella Disu to the Lagos State Governor on Monday.

“We are fully aware that our nation is indeed passing through very challenging times, with unprecedented impact on how we live, survive, stay in touch with each other and conduct our businesses. We feel the pulse of our people, appreciate the pains of those who are sick or have lost loved ones and the anxiety of all of us compelled to live under the shadow of this dreaded pandemic”, the Foundation said.

MAF noted that the core values that connect people firmly with one another – love for family, community and enterprise – were the most threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, and stressed that Dr Adenuga and his Foundation remained committed to the protection and promotion of those values, and appealed to Nigerians not to allow the pandemic to affect those values adversely.

In addition to this contribution, MAF shall actively continue its on-going efforts to assist various bodies and institutions in the country with the supply of such essential items as Sanitizers, Masks, Test Kits, Personal Prospective Equipment (PPEs), Respirators and other necessary requirements to combat the pandemic.


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Will United cut players’ wages any time soon?


Manchester United are expected to be among the last clubs to ask players to take a pay cut in the wake of coronavirus.

Barcelona , Atletico Madrid and Juventus have all taken cost-cutting measures as a result of Covid-19 bringing football to a standstill.


Championship side Leeds United are the highest profile club in England to slash wages – but United are in a better position than many of their rivals to resist such a move due to their ongoing commercial strength.

While the club have been frequently criticised for their various tie-ups around the world it’s believed their multiple revenue streams will help to shield them from the effects of the pandemic.


The Premier League has been suspended until April 30 as the UK tries to slow the spread of the outbreak.

United have been among the most proactive clubs when it comes to trying to ease the financial pressures of staff and supporters.


They were quick to reimburse fans in the region of £245,000 when their Europa League tie with LASK was ordered be played behind closed doors at a late stage.

Casual staff were then assured a combined pay out of around £1million if this season’s remaining home fixtures were cancelled or played in front of empty stadiums.


And supporters have also been offered pro rata refunds or rebates if those measures are forced to be implemented.

The need of Barca, Atletico and Juve to reduce salaries is a measure of the impact coronavirus is having on even the biggest clubs.


Barca were recently ranked the world’s richest club in Deloitte’s Football Money League. But last week they announced the need to “minimise the economic impact” of the outbreak.

Juve’s players, meanwhile, have agreed to waive four months’ wages.


It remains to be seen how long it will take for more clubs in this country to follow suit, but in a joint statement last week football authorities alluded to the issues facing the national game.

“The Premier League, EFL and PFA agreed that difficult decisions will have to be taken in order to mitigate the economic impact of the current suspension of professional football in England and agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions,” it read.

“The leagues will not recommence until 30 April at the earliest. They will only do so when it is safe and conditions allow.

“Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans.”


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Juventus surge after players take pay cut.


Shares in Italian football giants Juventus surged Monday after the club’s decision to cut their players’ salaries in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Serie A champions announced on Saturday that they had cut their players’ and coach Maurizio Sarri’s salaries from March until June after all Italian sport was suspended.


The club’s shares rose by 7.94 percent on the Milan Stock Exchange early Monday in a market that has taken a major hit from the coronavirus crisis.

Juventus’ highly-paid stars include five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who joined from Arsenal on a free transfer last year.


“The economic and financial effects of the understanding reached are positive for about 90 million euros ($100.5 million) for the 2019/2020 financial year,” the club had said in a statement.

Juventus, who led second-placed Lazio by a point in Serie A before the suspension on March 9, added that should the season be finished later in the year, the players could be paid extra in those months. Over 10,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Italy, more than in any other nation.

Players at other big European clubs have also agreed to take pay cuts, including Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in Germany.


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COVID-19: Nigeria will go into recession if epidemic continues for 6 months – Finance Minister.


Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Zaina Ahmed, has said the country will go into recession if the Coronavirus pandemic persists longer than six months.

She made this known on Friday March 27. NobleReporters learnt.

“We are hopeful that this pandemic will be limited in time. If it is an average of three months, we should be able to close the year with positive growth. But if it goes longer than that – six months, one year – we will go into recession.” she said


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Emmanuel Adebayor trapped in Benin Republic.


Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is currently trapped in Benin Republic. He fled from Paraguay where he recently signed with Olimpia FC to be with his family while the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

According to reports gathered by NobleSport, Adebayor, 36, left Paraguay on a flight to Paris and from Paris had to stop in Benin on his way to his country Togo.


While in Benin he was informed of the country’s isolation rules for travelers and is now stuck in the West African country for the next 14 days where he will be isolated to know if he has contracted coronavirus.

Adebayor was reportedly warned by his clubside in Paraguay of the risks of traveling but he still chose to travel, saying he will rather be with his family in Togo than be in Paraguay during this coronavirus pandemic.


Olimpia FC have released a statement about the situation surrounding Adebayor.

It read: ‘Emmanuel Adebayor made the decision to return to his country to spend the government-declared quarantine time.

‘As an institution, we have informed him of the risks that this entails, but his decision was to spend this time with his family.’

Adebayor speaking to local media after landing in Benin said: ‘My quarantine in Lome (Togo), like in Benin, is to feel at home, it doesn’t bother me at all.’


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COVID-19: Lai Mohammed test Negative.


The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, on Thursday, tested negative for Coronavirus.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, confirmed this to newsmen on the telephone.


He said, “The result is negative, I can confirm that. The governor has even confirmed it himself this morning.”

Also, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said he tested negative for the virus.

The minister said he was tested on Wednesday.

He said this in response to a question on his status and that of his colleagues during a media brief meeting in Abuja on Thursday.


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N.Rs tv: COVID-19 to be gone by tomorrow – TB Joshua.



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