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Just in: 117 stranded Nigerians in three east african countries returns

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A total of 117 Nigerians stranded in three East African countries as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have returned home.

They were brought back to the country on Sunday from Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania.

The airplane which evacuated the returnees from the three East African countries touched down at about 3am at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

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A Nigerian airline, Azman Air, which conducted the evacuation exercise, announced the arrival of the returnees in an early-morning tweet.

In line with the guidelines of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on evacuation, the returnees are expected to go into self-isolation for 14 days.

At the end of the isolation period, they are also expected to take another test to ascertain their COVID-19 status before reuniting with the society.

US Evacuees Now 1,430
Their return to the country came barely a day after the Nigeria Government evacuated 300 more Nigerians stranded in the United States.

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The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), in a tweet on Saturday, confirmed that a total of 300 citizens were brought back to the country.

According to the agency, the evacuation of the new set of returnees who also arrived at the international airport in Lagos via Ethiopian Airlines is the fifth from the US since the government began the exercise.

All the returnees had tested negative to COVID-19 before boarding the flight and would also observe the mandatory 14-day self-isolation as directed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

The latest evacuation brings to 1,430 the total number of Nigerians who returned from the US.


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COVID-19: Tanzania bans Kenya airways

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Tanzania banned Kenya’s national airline from entering the country effective Saturday, in the latest move in a deepening row triggered by Tanzania’s controversial handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tanzania said Kenya Airways flights were being banned “on a reciprocal basis” after Kenya decided against including Tanzania in a list of countries whose passengers would be permitted to enter Kenya when commercial flights resumed on 1 August.

“Tanzania has noted… its exclusion in the list of countries whose people will be allowed to travel into Kenya,” Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority director general Hamza Johari said in a letter sent to Kenya Airways on Friday.

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“The Tanzanian government has decided to nullify its approval for Kenya Airways (KQ) flights between Nairobi and Dar/Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar effective August 1, 2020 until further notice,” Johari wrote.

“This letter also rescinds all previous arrangements that permit KQ flights into the United Republic of Tanzania.”

Kenya Airways chief executive Allan Kilavuka said Saturday he was “saddened” by the letter and hoped the situation would soon be resolved.

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Tanzania has taken a controversially relaxed approach to tackling the coronavirus pandemic and began reopening the country two months ago.

President John Magufuli’s refusal to impose lockdowns or social distancing measures, and to halt the release of figures on infections since late April, has made him a regional outlier and caused concern among Tanzania’s neighbours and the World Health Organization.

Magufuli declared Tanzania free of coronavirus in June, thanking God and the prayers of citizens for the disease’s defeat disease.

The diplomatic spat between Kenya and Tanzania erupted soon after the outbreak of the pandemic in East Africa, when Kenya blocked Tanzanian truck drivers from entering the country, fearing they would spread the disease.


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Former Tanzanian Leader dies at 81

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Former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa has died age 81 in a Dar es Salaam hospital, the government announced Friday.

He was the country’s third president after independence from Britain in 1962 and ruled from 1995 to 2005.

“I’m saddened by the death of the third president of Tanzania and that is a big loss for us as a country. Let’s pray for him and more information will follow later,” said President John Magufuli in a short televised speech.

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He did not reveal the cause of death.

Mkapa was born in 1938 to a poor family in south-eastern Mtwara.

He earned a degree in English in Uganda and later worked as a journalist before being appointed the press secretary for the country’s first president Julius Nyerere.

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He held several cabinet posts, such as foreign minister and information minister and also served as ambassador to the United States before he was elected president.

Tanzania will hold a period of seven days of mourning, during which the national flag will be flown at half mast.

Mkapa had most recently attempted to mediate between Burundi’s government and opposition groups after a disputed 2015 election plunged the country into crisis, however the government repeatedly refused to take part and the talks went nowhere.


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COVID-19: Tanzanian President orders probe on testing kits after Pawpaw, one other test positive.

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Tanzanian president, John Magufuli, has ordered a probe on the country’s coronavirus testing kits after samples taken from a goat and pawpaw tested positive.

Speaking at an event in Chato in the northwest of Tanzania on Sunday, the President said that the COVID-19 testing kits, which had been imported from abroad had “technical errors”.

Magufuli said that he had given directives to Tanzanian security forces to check the quality of the kits, who randomly collected non-human samples, including from pawpaw, a goat, and a sheep, but had assigned them human names and ages.

He further stated that these samples were then submitted to Tanzania’s laboratory to test for the coronavirus, with the lab technicians left deliberately unaware of their origins.

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He said ”The samples from the pawpaw and the goat tested positive for COVID-19.

”This clearly states that it was likely that some people were being tested positive when in fact they were not infected by the Coronavirus.

“Are we now supposed to quarantine goats and fruits?

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”If a sample from a goat, which turned positive it means that something is not adding up.”

The country, which is among the African countries being hit by the dreaded coronavirus pandemic has 408 confirmed cases, 167 patients have recovered with 16 deaths recorded.


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[Nigeria] NYSC denies suspension of members April Allowance.


>>> We need prove of Nigerian prisoners released in Tanzania – Group <<<


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The Human Rights Writers’ Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has challenged the Federal Government to show 60 Nigerian prisoners freed from Tanzanian prisons, as claimed by the government.

HURIWA recalled the government said it successfully secured the release of 60 out of the 73 Nigerians imprisoned in Tanzania, even as government affirmed that these Nigerians were imprisoned on different charges, according to the Head, Media and Public Relations Unit, Nigeria in Diaspora Commission, Mr. Abdur-Rahman Balogun.

It said the Commission’s spokesman stated that their repatriation was made possible by the Nigerian ambassador to Tanzania.

HURIWA quoted the media, as saying that Balogun said: “The Ambassador, Dr. Sahobi Gada, was in Nigeria in January 2020, specifically for this purpose, after having successfully secured a release of 60 out of 73 Nigerians in various prisons in Tanzania. Arrangements were then being made by the Ambassador for their repatriation.

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“The rights group in a statement signed by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, accused Nigerian government of peddling what might turn out to be mere propaganda.

HURIWA said: “We got an intelligence report from an official of the Nigerian community in Tanzania, who has spent over 11 years and working in the East African nation, that till yesterday (Friday), there was no evidence that any of the Nigerians incarcerated in the Tanzanian prison has been freed.

“The informant drew our attention to the publications in Nigerian newspapers, claiming that the Chairman of the National Commission in charge of Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa had secured through the Ambassador of Nigeria in Tanzania about 60 of the Nigerian prisoners in Tanzania.

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“The source said it was only on Thursday that the Nigerian Embassy in Tanzania asked his officials to forward the names of Nigerians serving time in the Tanzanian prison.

“The source told us that although he would not want his name in print, but he was informing us to tell Nigerians that the news of the release of the Nigerian prisoners in Tanzania was not true, as nobody has been freed since the names were compiled… “

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>>> NYSC denies suspension of members April, May allowance <<<


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The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has denied news release purportedly issued by the Director-General, conveying to members that their monthly stipends for April and May, would be contributed to the fight against COVID-19.

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The NYSC advised all corps members to disregard the story in its entirety, as there is no iota of truth in it.

The scheme noted that the story emanated from a fake source, adding that a similar mischievous story had earlier been bandied on the social media in February 2020.

NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi, said: “It is important to note that payment of monthly stipend for the month of April shall be effected without the usual gathering for clearance, in keeping with the rule of social distancing.

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“It is equally imperative to add that there shall not be clearance for May. The system shall generate automatic clearance for everyone.

“Management appreciates the contributions of corps members across the country in the fight against the pandemic.

“Special commendation goes to Corps medical personnel working tirelessly with medical teams across the country to save lives and corps engineers that fabricated pedal-operated machine dispensing sanitiser, water and soap.

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“Please, remember to always abide by the safety protocols of observing good hygiene, which include among others, proper washing of hands with soap, use of hand sanitiser, social distancing; and as much as possible, staying at home.

“The battle against COVID-19 shall be won, if we all stay focused and approach it with a single mind.”

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>>> COVID-19: WHO plea Nigeria, other countries to ensure uninterrupted immunization <<<


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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised Nigerian and other African countries to ensure uninterrupted provision of routine immunisation services, even during a period of crisis, as part of essential health service delivery.

The global health body suggests that, to protect communities from vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks during this time, African countries must maintain routine immunisation services, using innovative approaches and with strong infection prevention control practices in health facilities.

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WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, who gave the advice in a massage to mark African Vaccination Week in unison with World Immunisation Week, yesterday, said when COVID-19 transmission is contained, scaling-up supplementary immunisation “will be a priority to ensure we reach communities in need, particularly those most at risk.”

She observed that more than 30 million African children under the age of five fall ill and 500 000 die, due to vaccine-preventable diseases yearly, which accounts for 58 percent of global deaths from these diseases.

Moeti stressed the need to increase investment in vaccine research and development, adding that through the African Vaccines Regulatory Forum (AVAREF), safe and effective vaccines are reaching communities faster.

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She said: “It took only 90 days for Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Guinea and Zambia to license the Merck Ebola vaccine after WHO prequalification in November 2019. African countries should engage in clinical trials that meet international standards, so that the resulting products are adapted to meet regional needs. Through technology transfer, vaccine production in African countries should increase, to reduce the continent’s reliance on importing these essential products…

“This year’s theme is “Vaccines work for all,” celebrating people who develop, deliver and receive vaccines as heroes, contributing to protecting everyone, everywhere. Never has this been clearer than in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

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>>> Southern Kaduna residents protest herders attack amid lockdown. [Nigeria] <<<


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Southern Kaduna Indigenes, under the umbrella of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) have raised alarm over alleged coordinated attacks and killings by armedi herdsmen in their communities, despite the lockdown against the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

In a statement, SOKAPU said in the past 48 hours, communities in three local councils in the southern part of Kaduna State have, again, come under coordinated attacks by armed herdsmen.

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The statement issued by SOKAPU National Public Relations Officer, Luka Biniyat, said: “This, and many other savageries on our communities in recent times, affirm the fear that for our vulnerable communities, the danger posed to our existence and wellbeing by the Coronavirus pandemic is less grim than the perennial murderous acts of armed herdsmen.

“They not only kill in the most gruesome manner, they plunder, loot, carry out mass scale arson and then kidnap their victims, despite the lockdown.

Last Wednesday, April 23, 2020, around 10pm, gunshots were heard from different directions in Atang, near Gidan Waya in Godogodo Chiefdom of Jemaa Local Government. After the pandemonium, it was discovered that the invaders had kidnapped Mr. Emmanuel Iliya Atang, son of the Chief of Godogodo Chiefdom… As at yesterday, his abductors called to ask for N30m ransom…”

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Listing the numerous persons that had been killed and kidnapped in different areas, the group decried the cruelty and wantonness of the herdsmen.

SOKAPU however, commended “the effort put up by our security defending Akwunakwo. We acknowledge the supreme sacrifice paid by the fallen soldier and pray for the repose of his soul.”

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COVID-19: I won’t shut churches – Tanzania president.

says, coronavirus can’t survive in Christ’s body


Despite the spread of coronavirus across the globe, Tanzania President John Magufuli, has revealed that he won’t close religious gathering over the pandemic.

John Magufuli, on Sunday announced that his government would not shut down churches and mosques due to coronavirus, as these are the only places where true healing can be found.


“These Holy places are where God is. My fellow Tanzanians, let us not be afraid of going to praise Him,” he said

Magufuli went ahead and told a congregation in Tanzania where he had attended a church service that the Covid-19 virus is Satanic and cannot survive while in the “body of Christ”.

“Corona cannot survive in the body of Christ, it will burn. That is exactly why I did not panic while taking the Holy communion,” he added while the congregation cheered.


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BBNaija: Ike ex lover on Mercy’s matter


Tanzania singer Kiki n Gigy has called out former Big Brother Naija housemates and couple, Ike and Mercy over their constant side talk about her.

The singer made this known via her Instagram live on Thursday, January 9, 2020. According to her, Ike was just her babysitter for her right before he hit fame. He went on to call out Mercy for sending people to troll her.


“I don’t give a f**k…that bitch that n**ger…when he is sleeping his nose is like this (gives a descriptive look) Yo he was a baby seater to me, I have been a boss, I have always taken care of men, no man takes care of me. I have my own life, I have my own crazy mind, I don’t give a f**k. You should know that I became famous because of my craziness so I want to tell you, what do they even call her, she is not even a Lamborghini, shes a Vert because a bitch who has a mind and common sense would not send people to talk shit about somebody else,” she said.

It didn’t end there as she went to brag about giving Ike fame before he ever met Mercy and appealed to the winner of last season’s edition of Big Brother Naija to stay away from her life.

Kiki n Gigy


“Come by yourself bitch, talk to me. You win because you are crazy right? I don’t depend on Biggie Brother, I dint want to be on Biggie Brother, I have my own Biggie p**y. When that N**ga came to Africa, I have been taking care of him if you don’t know, I gave him fame before that miss come over. So stop mentioning my name on that m**da f**ker page,” she concluded.

Ike and Mercy are yet to respond to Kiki n Gigy’s claims but we will continue to monitor the story as it develops. It is not clear why the singer would be attacking Ike and Mercy at the same time because she had previously announced that she was single.

Mercy Eke


Mercy’s announcement…

The reality TV star made this known via her Snapchat page on Tuesday, December 31st, 2019. In a short but direct post, the beautiful reality star announced her arrival into the singlehood association.

“Single not searching,” she wrote.

Okay guys, calm down before we all explode with questions about her love story with former housemate, Ike. We also wonder what might have gone wrong with their beautiful relationship.


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