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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, on Sunday confirmed 170 new cases of Coronavirus in the country.

NCDC in a tweet via its Twitter handle, stated that Nigeria now has a total number of 2,558 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

2. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the decision reached with banks in the country concerning lay-offs.

Isaac Okorafor, CBN Director, Corporate Communications, in a statement Sunday evening, at the meeting, it was agreed that no bank in Nigeria shall retrench or lay-off any staff of any cadre (including full-time and part-time).

3. The Osun State Joint Task Force has arrested 17 Chinese nationals and 10 locals suspected to be illegal miners in the State.

According to Abdullahi Binuyo, the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Gboyega Oyetola, the suspects were arrested following a coordinated sting operation in Ilesa and Ife areas of the State.

4. Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed that the health agency has established that there is community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in FCT, Lagos and Kano States.

Ihekweazu said it has been established that there is community transmission in Lagos, FCT, and Kano.

5. Nine pastors have been arrested by the Bayelsa State Task Force on COVID-19 for holding church services in Bayelsa state despite the lockdown order to curb Coronavirus pandemic.

They include P. B. Barima of the Methodist Church, Obogoro, Timi Aaron of Believers Love World, Akenfa, Adaba Glory of Saint Paul Healing Church, and Chris Ezene of God’s Grace Salvation Ministry, Obogoro.

6. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has blamed the massive outbreak of COVID-19 the state to the delay in testing suspected cases.

Ganduje lamented that the State is in trouble following the uncontrollable spread of Coronavirus Disease that have left hundreds of people dead in the State.

7. Nigeria has recorded 87 COVID-19 related deaths in 18 states, according to statistics provided on the website of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

A total of 170 new confirmed cases and two deaths were reported on Sunday, May 3.

8. The Association of Private Transport Companies of Nigeria (APTCON) has called the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to the challenge of maintaining their firms amid the coronavirus crisis.

The body reiterated its warning that members may embark on massive job cuts if the federal government does not urgently unveil its plans to help businesses survive the economic shock of the pandemic.

9. A respected indigene of Kano State, Prof. Isa Hashim, is dead.

Until his death after a brief illness on Sunday, Hashim was a senior council member of the Kano Emirate Council.

10. The Emir of Kaura Namoda in Zamfara State, Ahmad Muhammad Asha is dead.

According to his younger brother, the Dan Jekan Kaura Namoda, Abdulkarim Ahmad Asha, the 71-year-old monarch had a long battle with diabetes and hypertension.

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