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Press News: 10 things you need to know this Friday morning



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

1.No fewer than 23 persons have been killed in a robbery attack that took place in a commercial bank in Isanlu area of Kogi State on Thursday.

It was gathered that the suspected armed robbers numbering about seven came into the bank with two vehicles, killing about seven security operatives on duty alongside some passersby.

2.The federal government has made it clear it would not hesitate to review the reopening of churches and mosques if its guidelines are not adhered to.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, stated this on Thursday during their daily briefing in Abuja.

3.No fewer than 10,000 members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Kwara North Senatorial district of the state, on Thursday, defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Alhaji Manzuma Abdulmalik Kawodogo, who led the group, said they defected to the umbrella party due to the intra-party conflict and crisis among the leaders and members, allegedly “caused by non-adherence to the party’s constitution.”

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4.Latter Rain Assembly President, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has warned that Churches may soon be empty.

He noted that the church is a body that is required in these trying times to show up for its members.

5.Heavy rainfall wreaked havoc in some parts of Minna, capital of Niger State, destroying property worth millions of naira.

The downpour that came with ice drops started at about 8am and lasted 45 minutes, but left a lot of destruction behind it.

6.Suspected bandits attacked villages in Talata Marafa and Maru Local Government Areas of Zamfara State on Wednesday, killing about 25 people.

Report had it that the armed men invaded Awala village and went away with herds of cattle and other domestic animals. Thereafter, they went to neighbouring communities to rustle cattle but were not lucky as they met stiff resistance from the residents.

7.Two persons have died after a trailer reportedly knocked them to death at Oghara Community, Chief James Onanefe Ibori’s hometown in Ethiope-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

It was learned that a commercial motorcyclist also sustained serious injuries as a result of the fatal accident.

8.The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said a decision on the reopening of schools in the state, will be made in the next two weeks.

Sanwo-Olu during a media briefing on Thursday afternoon, made it clear that “the state government will enforce compliance with all safety precautions”.

9.The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, on Thursday announced that Nigeria recorded 350 new COVID-19 cases.

The NCDC in a tweet said Lagos recorded 102 cases, while Ogun followed with 34.

10.The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has stated that patients who stop showing coronavirus symptoms —fever and respiratory, will be discharged without waiting for a laboratory negative test.

Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who spoke at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, in Abuja, said for symptomatic patients, they may now be discharged at least 10 days after symptoms onset and at least three days without symptoms.

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Press News: 10 things you need to know this Saturday morning



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

1.The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki on Friday, officially joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Obaseki announced his decision on Friday afternoon at the state Secretariat of the party in Benin City, Edo State.

2.Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State said churches and mosques should remain closed until further notice.

The Governor, while addressing newsmen at his Okemosan Governor’s office in Abeokuta, said the situation of COVID-19 has not improved in Ogun State and Nigeria, saying the current regime of ease of lockdown should be maintained.

3.Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has ordered that all courts be shut immediately.

Umahi also ordered all staff of the Judiciary in the state to go for COVID-19 testing.

4.A Rivers State High Court has granted an ex parte order restraining the Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Victor Giadom from parading himself as national chairman of the ruling party.

The presiding judge, Justice Florence Fibresima ruled that Giadom is not qualified to act as the party’s National chairman, having resigned as the APC Deputy National Secretary in 2018 to contest the 2019 general election as Deputy Governor of Rivers State.

5.Nigeria on Friday recorded 667 new cases of coronavirus in the country.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, which made the disclosure, said Lagos recorded 281 cases, while Abia followed with 48.

6.Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last general elections, has reacted to the arrest and detention of Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the Spokesman for the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP.

Atiku said tyranny and dictatorship are inimical to a democratic order, stating that Ugochinyere should be released without delay.

7.The leader of Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG) Nastura Ashir Sharif has been released 48 hours after his arrest in Katsina for leading peaceful protest against killings in the north.

CNG Spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, in a statement said Sharif was released following the pressure from the CNG, the Northern Elders Forum, international media and among others.

8.300 Stranded Nigerians in UAE landed in Abuja, Nigeria on Friday.

All Evacuees are to go on compulsory 14 days self-isolation according to the new Protocol by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

9.The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has condemned the arrest of the convener of the Katsina protest over the unending killings of the people, saying that more protest would be witnessed in the north over the spate of insecurity.

He wondered why the convener was arrested for organizing a protest over the killing of his people on daily basis and blamed it on what he called “Fulani cabal” ruling the country.

10.A Governorship aspirant under All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has called for arrest of Governor Godwin Obaseki and everyone present at the defection rally for immediate quarantine.

Ize-Iyamu said Obaseki is an irresponsible and vain Governor who prioritizes politics over public health and human lives.

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Press News: 10 things you need to know this Saturday morning



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

1.The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has said that Ramadan fasting this year will end this Saturday.

This means the 2020 Eid-el-fitr will hold on Sunday.

2.President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday signed into law Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary Order, 2020.

Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media to Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who made this known in a statement, noted that the development means that Nigerian States’ Legislature and Judiciary Arms no longer have to wait for Governors for funds.

3.The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) said Nigeria on Friday recorded 245 cases of coronavirus

According to the agency, Lagos recorded the highest number with 131 cases, while Jigawa State followed with 16 cases.

4.The Defense Headquarters (DHQ) has said that troops of the Nigerian Army have killed 135 bandits in a raid on their hideouts in Katsina and Zamfara States.

According to the DHQ, some other bandits escaped with gunshot wounds in the operation conducted around Abu Radde Camps 1 and 2, Dunya in Jibia and DanMusa Local Government Areas of Katsina State, as well as Hassan Tagwaye’s Camp, Alhaji Auta’s Camp, Maikomi in Birnin Magaji and Zurmi LGAs of Zamfara State.

5.The Lagos State Government has announced the death of four coronavirus patients in the State

The State’s Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, who made the announcement, confirmed that 139 new cases of the viral infection were recorded in the State.

6.The Kano State Government has said that ten coronavirus patients have been discharged after showing full recovery from the virus.

The State Ministry of Health made the disclosure in a tweet via its Twitter account while confirming that 8 new cases of the viral infection have been recorded in the State.

7.President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Godswill Obioma as the new National Examinations Council (NECO) Registrar and Chief Executive Officer.

The approval was contained in a letter signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and dated 15th May 2020 with Reference No: FME/PS/396/C1/1/134.

8.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has come hard on Buhari-led government in its approach towards the COVID-19 pandemic.

The party said the government’s approach was parochial and marred by corruption, nepotism, incompetence and narrow-minded politics.

9.Former Kano State Commissioner of Works and Infrastructural Developments, Muazu Magaji, has been discharged after recovering from COVID-19.

Magaji took to his Facebook page to announce his status.

10.A Pakistan International Airlines plane on Friday crashed near the neighborhood of Model Colony.

More than 100 people on board the Airbus A320 died, with just two survivors

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Press News: 10 things you need to know this Thursday morning



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

1.President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Registrar, National Examination Council, NECO, Prof. Charles Uwakwe and dismissed four top management officials of the council over a series of allegations.

Their removal was as a result of recommendations by a panel investigating allegations of misconduct levelled against them while they were on suspension.

2.The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday night, announced 284 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases to 6677.

3.Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has stated that 60 per cent of coronavirus cases recorded in the state are from oil workers returning from rigs.

Governor Wike, who disclosed this when the Management Team of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited paid him a courtesy visit at Government House Port Harcourt, stated that it is for this reason that the state government has insisted that oil workers coming into the state must be tested to confirm their coronavirus status.

4.The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Nigeria now stands at 200, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has said.

The NCDC, while confirming 284 new cases of the disease in the country on Wednesday, said Nigeria has so far recorded 6677 cases and 200 deaths.

5.The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has apologized to Zamfara State Government for wrongly accrediting eight positive cases of coronavirus to the State on Tuesday.

NCDC, on Wednesday night regretted its error and apologised to the governor Bello Matawalle-led administration of Zamfara, promising to further deliver its reports with accuracy and transparency.

6.The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed it is considering Madagascar’s COVID Organics for a clinical observation process.

President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina in a tweet on Wednesday, after a meeting with Director-General of WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said WHO had congratulated Madagascar for the discovery of its COVID Organics.

7.The Rivers State Government has relaxed lockdown on Obio-Akpor and Port Harcourt for six days starting from Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Governor Wike in a statewide broadcast said the decision to relax the lockdown was reached by the Security Council.

8.A part of the Nigerian Postal Service Headquarters was on Wednesday gutted by fire.

The Federal Capital Territory Fire Service personnel were able to contain the fire, which started at about 8:40 a.m.

9.The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N1.23 billion for the construction of a faculty of health services at the Plateau State University, Bokkos and the procurement of computers and printers for zonal and area commands of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced this on Wednesday while briefing State House reporters on the outcome of the second virtual cabinet meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

10.The Lagos State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association has directed members to embark on a “Sit-at-Home strike to protest alleged harassment of its members at the frontline of Covid-19 battle by security operatives.”

The group accused the Police in Lagos of harassing its members through conflicting directives on the status of essential workers.

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