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COVID-19: NCDC registers one death, 209 new infections

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it registered one additional death from the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday.

The NCDC also said it recorded 209 additional infections across 11 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The public health institute made these known via its official website, noting that the 209 new infections was an increase from the 99 infections reported on Tuesday.

The agency noted that the fatality toll in the country now stood at 2,890, with total number of 212,359 confirmed cases in the country.

According to the centre, a total of 204,010 Nigerians have been discharged across the country.

It stated that Gombe State topped the Wednesday chart with 109, while the FCT and Rivers had 21 cases, followed by Lagos State with 13 cases.

Others were; Bauchi (9), Ondo (9), Plateau (9), Enugu (7), Benue (5), Oyo (4), Ekiti (1), and Ogun (1).

The NCDC also noted that Delta, Edo, Kaduna and Osun states reported no cases on Wednesday.

It added that the country currently has 5,688 active coronavirus cases, while a total of 3,340,313 blood samples tested since the pandemic started across the country.

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

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that available COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria are; AstraZeneca, Pfizer, modena and Johnson and Johnson.

The country has an eligibility list which does not prioritize non-Nigerians or tourists. Travelers who desire a COVID-19 vaccine should be vaccinated prior to arrival.

Eligible Nigerians can both register and find additional vaccination information at: https://nphcda.gov.ng

Government of Nigeria requires a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within three days (72 hours) before departure.

The PCR tests must be administered within this time frame (not results received). Passengers must upload the test results to the Nigeria International Travel Portal (nitp.ncdc.gov.ng) and present documentary evidence of the negative test result prior to boarding.

Passengers not meeting this requirement may be denied boarding and/or entry, while passengers arriving without a valid PCR test may face prolonged placement at a government isolation centre.

Children under the age of 10 are exempted from providing negative PCR test results.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 had said that the Nigeria International Travel Portal (www.nitp.ncdc.gov.ng) would undergo system upgrade between Nov. 2 and Nov. 4, 2021.

It, however said that the public should note that an alternative arrangement had been made to manually register passengers who were not able to register on the portal upon arrival into the country.

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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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Nnamdi Kanu: Imo residents observe sit-at-home for IPOB leader’s trial

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Residents of Imo State, especially Orlu town and Owerri municipal, on Tuesday, stayed indoors to observe the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who appeared in court today.

It was gathered that the state secretariat, motor parks, schools, banks, shops and markets across the major cities were all shut down.

Even the Imo State University junction, Government House Roundabout, Control Post Roundabout, Warehouse junction Roundabout, Ikenegbu, Mbari, Douglas, Okigwe Road, and Wethedral Roads, were scanty.

In Orlu, the ever-busy Banana junction and Okwudo junction were more like ghost towns.

A journalist, Mr Martin Nwoke, in Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu.

He said Imolites and the people of southeast states were the ones suffering the heat of the order.

Nwoke said, “In this part of the world, everything we do here involves money. I am begging President Buhari to pity us and free Nnamdi Kanu.”

A lawyer, Barr. Emeka Obi, told our correspondent that he could not go to file a court process due to non-availability of transport, while children, who could not go to school, resorted to playing football on the streets at Akwakuma.

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Plateau monarch abducted

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Barely three weeks after the kidnap of a paramount ruler in Plateau State, the military task force responsible for the maintenance of peace in the state, code-named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), has confirmed that gunmen have abducted HRH. Da Gyang Balak Gut, the Da Gwom Rwei of Vwang District of Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

The traditional ruler was kidnapped on Sunday night on his way home to Vom, a few metres from the gate of the National Institute For Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos South LGA.

Recalls that following the abduction of the Sum Pyem, Da Charles Mato Dakat, on the 26th December, 2021, before he was released five days later, the United Mwaghavul Lawyers Association (UMLA) had described the incident as not an attack on an individual, but on the entire traditional institution in Plateau State.

The lawyers equally had said it views the kidnapping of the royal father as not an isolated incident, “but the beginning of a well-orchestrated plan to intimidate and decapitate our treasured leaders in the state and the Middle Belt at large”.

While condemning the dastardly act, on behalf of UMLA, Barr. Philemon Daffi reminded the federal, state and local governments of their shared responsibility under the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Spokesman of OPSH, Major Ishaku Takwa, who confirmed the incident, said, “Troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in conjunction with other security agencies are on trail of the kidnappers.

“God’s willing, the security agencies will soon close-up on the criminals”, he maintained.

Vwang District is where the famous National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom is situated in Plateau State.

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