Covid-19: President Buhari approves recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians and orders Customs to release seized bags of rice for distribution all over the country

President Buhari has approved the recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians on special public works programmes and ordered the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to release for immediate distribution, bags of rice seized from smugglers. This directive is part of the palliative measures by the Federal government to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.[...]

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Abacha loot: UK backs US, opposes FG’s plan to pay Bagudu $110m

The United Kingdom has joined the United States in resisting a plan by the Nigerian government to give Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, about $110m (N41.8bn) out of the $155m (N58.9bn) stolen by late dictator, Sani Abacha, Bloomberg reports. The US, the UK and Nigeria are involved in a dispute over investment portfolios worth $155m[...]

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Immigration boss Babandede test positive for corona virus

The Comptroller-General of Immigration,  Muhammed Babandede, has tested positive for coronavirus. The CG, who disclosed this in a WhatsApp message to our correspondent this morning, explained that he is already on self-isolation since he returned from the United Kingdom on March 22. Babandede confirmed the development to the The PUNCH on phone. He stated, “Today, I[...]

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South Africa imposes 21-day total lockdown as coronavirus cases spike

 South Africa will impose a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from midnight on Thursday to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday, as the number of confirmed cases jumped by 128 to 402. Ramaphosa said in an address to the nation that South Africa needed to escalate its response dramatically[...]

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Brent Crude crashes to $24.09/pb

The price of crude oil continue to nose dive in the global market with its latest value at $24. This causality of the corona virus spread has the implication of grinding the world economy to a halt. This is especially for oil producing countries such as Nigeria that solely depend of crude for its revenue[...]

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Coronavirus: Nigerian Immigration Service suspends passport issuance

In response to the spread of corona virus and the closure of all ports of entry and exit into the country, The Nigerian Immigration Service has suspended issuance of passports and migrant registrations. The announcement was made in a press statement issued by the Comptroller General of the Service Muhammed Babandede. The suspension takes effect[...]

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Corona virus cases rises to 40- NCDC

According to the National Centre for Disease Control, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria is now 40. NCDC disclosed late Monday that three of the cases were recorded in Lagos and one in the federal capital territory (FCT). “Four new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria. 3 are in Lagos State[...]

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BREAKING: Court orders IGP, DSS to release Sanusi from confinement

A federal high Court in Abuja has ordered the immediate release of Muhammadu Sanusi II, deposed emir of Kano, from confinement. Sanusi had filed a suit against the inspector-general of police, the director-general of the Department of State Services over his detention after his dethronement on Monday. Anwuli Chikere, the judge, made the order in[...]

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Strange disease hits Benue, ’15 dead’

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it is investigating the outbreak of an unknown disease in Benue state. Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of NCDC, told NAN on Saturday the agency is taking steps to effectively manage the disease which is said to have killed 15 persons. Abba Moro, a senator from Benue, had reported the[...]

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One of the four Seminarians recently released by kidnappers in Kaduna gives a heart breaking account of what happened

Read the heart breaking account of one of the seminarians who was just released from kidnappers captivity. Exactly 21 days of being held hostage, We overheard our abductors speaking in hausa “an kamala tattaunawar” “an biya fansa” Meaning the negotiation has been concluded, and the ransom has been paid. Although we haven’t been released, and[...]

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