Edward Nnachi, AbakalikiTWO Chinese nationals working at a mining site in Ebonyi State were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen at Ihietutu village in the Ishiagu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. It was gathered that the kidnapped Chinese nationals were employees of Greenfield Metals Nigeria Limited, a firm that specialises in lead and zinc mining. The incident, it was learnt, happened on Wednesday in a mining pit at Ihietutu near the company’s office. He said the incident happened at the company’s mining pit at Ajirija mining site, 300 metres from the company’s Life Camp. The Ebonyi Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident and added that the victims were kidnapped on Wednesday at the company’s mining site.
’Tunji Ajibade[email protected]; 08036683657The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar III, marked the end of Ramadan a few days ago. I suppose this is apparent considering the many challenges Nigeria has. Religious leadership should help to solve problems, when tension is high they should help calm it. However, when religious leaders drive unhelpful and divisive comments, they’ve abandoned the fundamentals of their faith and those who do this should accept the critique session that must follow. The goodwill that CAN leadership shows to the Sultan can even open up better lines of understanding, trust and thus encourage dialogue.
Abiodun Nejo and Peter DadaMr Muyiwa Olumilua, the second son of the late former governor of the old Ondo State (comprising present day Ondo and Ekiti states), Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua, said on Thursday that the children, family and indeed Ekiti State would miss the wise counsel of the departed elder statesman. Olumilua, a diplomat, who was born in 1940, died in the early hours of Thursday in his Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State hometown. He was governor of the old Ondo State during the Third Republic between January 1992 and November 1993 under the platform of the Social Democratic Party. Also, the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, described Olumilua’s death as a loss to Ekiti and Nigeria. In her condolence message, Senator Biodun Olujimi described Olumilua’s death as shocking, saying that Ekiti state would sorely miss him.
Ebenezer BajelaMoses Simon says Levante hold the key to his future amid suggestions that Nantes want to keep him at the club ahead of next season. In an interview with Tribalfootball.com, the 24-year-old confirmed that he had been approached by Nantes to remain at the club ahead of next season. Nantes actually wants me to remain at the club,” Simon responded when asked if he had been spoken to by the club. “I think I adjusted quickly to French football and this helped me to settle down very well as a professional player. “Of course French football suits my game since I have splendid performances.
Edward Nnachi, AbakalikiSOME top officials of Ebonyi State Government have tested positive to the novel coronavirus pandemic. This is as the state government on Thursday expressed worry over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state, which it said had climbed to 75 out of the over 3,000 sample tests conducted. The Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, who doubles as the acting Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Uchenna Orji, said that 26 COVID-19 cases had been treated and discharged, while 49 cases were still receiving treatment and were in stable condition. Umahi was said to be disturbed about “the way and manner some members of his cabinet were infected.”According to Orji, the cabinet members, who tested positive were currently receiving treatment and were in stable condition. “All civil servants shall work from their respective homes within this period, but shall leave their phones open to respond to official imperatives.
’Tosin OluwalowoLack of adequate COVID-19 testing facilities in the country may hinder the resumption of the Nigeria Professional Football League, The PUNCH can report. As at the time of filing this report, a total of 71,336 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the country, with 11,166 confirmed cases. There are also a total of 30 testing laboratories in the country spread across 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory, while a total of 16 states are yet to have any COVID-19 test lab. A Doctor of Sports Medicine, who spoke with our correspondent under a condition of anonymity, doubted the ability of the LMC and NPFL clubs to run tests for players and coaches. Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, had last week, said it cost the state between N40,000 and N50,000 to run an individual COVID-19 test.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has provided over $23 billion in emergency financial assistance and debt relief to 66 member countries facing the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. According to information sourced from IMF’s website on Thursday, sub-Saharan Africa got the highest support of $9.81 billion. Western Hemisphere region got $4.5 billion, Asia and Pacific region got $1.124 billion and Europe got $1.034 billion. IMF also approved total debt relief worth $229.31 million for 27 countries. These facilities allow the Fund to provide emergency assistance without the need to have a full-fledged programme in place.
June 04, 2020 20:15 UTC
Kayode OyeroThe Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 says high transport cost will characterise the Nigerian economy as the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic becomes eased across the country. PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha, who stated this during a briefing in Abuja on Thursday, explained that air travel will particularly be expensive due to the need to maintain social distancing onboard. Flying after COVID-19 will be one of the most expensive ventures because if you are going to maintain social distancing, what happens to the capacity of the aircraft as built in such a way to accommodate about 100 passengers? READ ALSO: Worship centres to reopen in Lagos June 19 – Sanwo-Olu“If you maintain social distancing, the capacity might reduce to about 50%. PTF National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, said, “The aviation industry is requested to start developing protocols to allow for domestic flights to resume anytime from the 21st of June onwards.
June 04, 2020 19:41 UTC
Three brothers of one Emmanuel family, Johnson, Gideon and Success, have been arrested by the police for the kidnap and murder of one Mrs Janet Ogbonnaya. One of the three brothers, Johnson Emmanuel, had lured the woman, a mother of five children, via Facebook from her Gwagwalada home where they allegedly laced her yoghurt with drugs and subsequently murdered her. After the killing, the three brothers allegedly buried the remains of Ogbonnaya, a 55-year-old mother of five children, in a septic tank and hurriedly sold off their Abuja home to a third party. The statement further stated that the decomposing body of Ogbonnaya was on Thursday brought out of the septic tank for forensic examination. “Further findings revealed that the victim, a widow, who had been a Facebook friend of the principal suspect – Johnson Emmanuel, was lured from her home in Gwagwalada to visit the suspect.
June 04, 2020 19:30 UTC
Lagos State government on Thursday announced the discharge of 24 more COVID-19 patients, comprising 15 males and nine females, all Nigerians, from its various isolation centres across the state. The state Ministry of Health made the disclosure on its Twitter handle, saying the patients were discharged from the Onikan, Gbagada, Agidingbi and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) isolation facilities. According to the ministry: “Today, 24 more fully recovered COVID19Lagos patients; 15 males and nine females, all Nigerians were discharged from the Onikan, Gbagada, Agidingbi and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) isolation facilities to reunite with the society. “The patients, four from Onikan, one from Gbagada, one from Agidingbi and 18 from LUTH Isolation Centres were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to #COVID19. “With this, the number number of #COVID19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged in Lagos has risen to 952,” the ministry said.
June 04, 2020 19:18 UTC
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has called for a total reform of the Nigeria Police Force in line with modern policing that would make the force the pride to all Nigerians. He noted that the system of government being practised in the country should be people-oriented and friendly-police service. Abiodun noted that the Police were the instrument of coercion in the colonial era as a means of oppression and intimidation by the power that be. “I urge the police leadership to intensify efforts at a total reform of the police service which will be the pride of all and sundry,” he advised. He said, “Community Policing is cheaper, more effective and efficient, and certainly proactive in the prevention of crime.
June 04, 2020 19:07 UTC
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday announced a new case management guidelines for the treatment and discharge of COVID-19 pandemic patients. Its Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) media briefing in Abuja. Ihekweazu said that the third version of the guidelines was released following the emergence of new science about the duration of infectivity of individual patients. He said that physicians were hesitant about the new guidelines, assuring them that the new guidelines was effective. The NCDC chief said the centre had also removed the use of antivirals and Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine from its treatment guidelines.
June 04, 2020 18:45 UTC
Soli who observed that the security situation in some parts of the country has degenerated to the extent that criminal activities have become a daily occurrence in many states of the country. In the bid to address the situation, Hon. Omowumi Olubunmi who beckoned all the Security Chiefs and other security agencies to be more proactive in discharging their duties, urged the House leadership to interface with the security agencies as the spate of insecurity lately has become unbearable. Victor Mela stated that the resignation of the service chiefs is long overdue as the issue of security should not be trifled with. While noting that there seems to be no synergy between the different security agencies, as well as between the security agencies and the communities in which they operate, Hon.
June 04, 2020 18:44 UTC
The Commissioner that resigned from the government of the Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Thursday, in his letter of resignation told the governor that he knew not whether they would ever meet again and so he was bidding him everlasting farewell. Mr Paul Onhombamu, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, resigned his appointment on Thursday, saying he did so for the general good of the state and the happiness of the people. According to him, “Whether we shall meet again, I know not, therefore, our everlasting farewell take. “I remain eternally grateful to His Excellency the Governor for indulging me in his purposeful and sophisticated administration. I greet you sir and the entire loyal members of the state executive council.
June 04, 2020 18:33 UTC
Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday called on the Judiciary to accelerate hearing of all pending rape cases in line with the provisions of the Administration of Justice Act. Rotimi Agunsoye, who expressed grave concern over the trending media reports of gender-based violence against Nigerian women and girls. Femi Gbajabiamila described the rise in these cases as sick, despicable and ungodly acts which cut across all gender. Lanre Oladapo called for the urgent correction of the social vices and mentality that makes rape thrive. Others are: A bill for an Act to repeal the National Commission for Refugees Act, Cap.
June 04, 2020 18:11 UTC