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COVID-19: NCDC reports 141 new infections

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it recorded 141 new cases of COVID-19 across the country on Monday.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official website on Tuesday morning , adding that the fatality figure remained at 2,723 as of Monday.

It stated that the 141 new cases were reported from nine states of the federation, namely: Rivers (33), Gombe (32), Lagos (29), Imo (25), Plateau (9), Benue (5), Borno (4), Kano (3) and Delta (1).

The centre added that Nigeria was currently in the middle of the third wave of the virus, with transmission driven mainly by the Delta variant.

It noted that there would be occasional increases and decreases in the number of deaths, but that the fatality ratio had stayed below 2 per cent.

It showed that between Sept. 26 and Oct . 2, a total of 46 Nigerians died from the virus, increasing the total number of deaths from 2,677 to 2,723.

The public health agency noted that with the latest update, the total number of infections in Nigeria stood at 206,279.

The agency stated that Nigeria had successfully treated and discharged 194,167 people across the country, with over 3,043,321 million samples tested and 9,389 active cases.

It said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

NCDC advised Nigerians to protect themselves and loved ones and ensure they got vaccinated at any nearest designated health facility.

It also urged all to adhere strictly to the non-pharmaceutical interventions of regular hand washing with soap in flowing water, hand sanitising, proper wearing of face mask, avoiding large gatherings, and practising social distancing.

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Photos from Alao Akala’s candle night

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Hundreds of residents of Ogbomoso in Oyo State, on Wednesday, organized a candle night procession in honour of a former governor of the State, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala.

Alao-Akala is an indigene of Ogbomoso, the second largest city in the State. The former police officer died in the early hours of Wednesday, 12th January, 2022.

He was the governor of the State between 2007 and 2011.

To pay their last respect for the former governor, youths, women and men in their hundreds organized a candle night procession in honor of the former governor.

The event attracted friends, family and supporters of the late politician.

The procession, which started around 4.pm, took off from Alao-Akala’s residence.

It moved through Takie, Sabo, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Orita Naira, Oja’gbo, Ijeru, Arowomole, Oja Akande and Seminary.

All the participants wore black attires.

They described the former Governor as someone whose legacies cannot be forgotten in a hurry.

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Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage

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District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.

The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.

In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.

Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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AMCON MD, Ahmed Kuru, allegedly in EFCC net

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The Managing Director of Assets Management Company of Nigeria, Ahmed Kuru, has allegedly been arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Sahara Reporters reports that Kuru, who has been accused of assets diversion and selling of seized assets by businessmen accused of loan default with banks, to cronies at below value prices, was invited by the EFCC on Wednesday, January 19.

A source at the EFCC confirmed to the publication that Kuru was invited by the commission after confirmation of him selling assets worth billions of naira belonging to Atlantic.

“Kuru will certainly spend the night with the commission as he is still undergoing interrogation,” the source said.

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