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3rd person tests positive for COVID-19 in Bauchi

March 31, 2020 Editorial II 0

Bauchi state government has disclosed that another person has tested positive for coronavirus making the number of the victims to three in the state.  State deputy governor and chairman of the response committee on the pandemic Baba Tela made the disclosure Tuesday while briefing Journalists. Tela who said the new victim is 55 years old added that the state has Read More

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CSOs kick over SaharaReporters ‘antagonistic stand’ on army

March 31, 2020 Editorial II 0

The Conference of Civil Society Organisations for Peace, Security and National Development has criticised the continuous stand of an online news portal, Sahara Reporters to ridicule the efforts of men and officers of the Nigerian Army who are in the battle field to end the Book Haram scourge in the north east region. The CSOs in a statement signed by its Read More

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Breaking: 4 new Coronavirus cases confirmed in Nigeria… see details

March 31, 2020 Editor 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed four new cases of Covid-19. Three of the new cases were confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) while one was discovered in Lagos. As at 08:00 pm, March 31, there are 139 confirmed case of #COVID-19 in Nigeria. Nine have been discharged with two deaths

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Buhari, governors have lockdown power – Osinbajo

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Questioning the legality of the presidential order restricting movements in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states is unnecessary as the action taken is not only important but very well backed by extant Nigerian laws, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has said. He also said the governors also enjoy same power under the Quarantine Act to declare a lockdown following Read More

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PDP demands eminent Nigerians group to manage palliatives

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute an “Eminent Nigerians Group” to manage donations from the private sector and palliatives from the federal government to ensure that such interventions reached the desired persons in the overall effort to check the health and economic impact of COVID-19 in our country. The PDP demanded that “the Read More

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‘Makinde didn’t contact Covid-19 at Ibadan rally’

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Oyo state government has denied claims that Governor Seyi Makinde contacted the COVID 19 virus at the party rally held in Ibadan, sometime last month. A statement issued by the media aide to the governor, Taiwo Adisa, said Makinde did not contact the disease at the much-talked about PDP unification rally. The governor’s spokesman, who spoke to Silverbird Television, Read More

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COVID-19: Kwara shuts borders, to fumigate markets

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Kwara state government has announced the immediate closure of its local and external borders to prevent the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 in the state. The government however, said the border closure excludes all categories of movement sanctioned in the broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the partial shutdowns within the state remained in force until further notice.​ “The Read More

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Breaking: FG yields, postpones electricity tariff hike

March 31, 2020 Editor 0

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has hearkened to calls by Nigerians to postpone prospered 2019 Multi- Year Tariff Order (MYTO) by three months. Minister of Power, Engr. Saleh Mamman, who disclosed via a press statement said the decision was to ensure that Nigerians are not subjected to untold hardship during the current COVID-19 period. According to Mamman, “The 3-month Read More

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COVID-19 and looming global recession, any options for Nigeria?

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt economic activities globally, and IMF predicting a global recession in the face of the pandemic, analysts are considering options available to Nigeria.  As the coronavirus pandemic continues to distort projections and forecast globally coupled with plunging oil prices ($26 per barrel) have set Nigeria on the path to a second recession in four years.  These Read More

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Edo: Outrage as village head ‘rapes’ 13-year-old orphan 

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

 There was confusion in Abudu community, Orhionmwon local government area on Monday following accusations that the Odionwere (village head), Pa, Sunday Izekor, sexually assaulted a Junior Secondary School (JSS) class two student simply identified as Gift. The community leader,82, was said to have sexually abused the teenage girl, 13, at different times before it became public knowledge. Gift was said Read More

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Pandemonium in Kaduna Correctional Center over Covid-19 scare

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

There was pandemonium at the Medium Custodial Centre, Kaduna on Tuesday, as prisoners revolted over a rumoured case of Covid-19 in the centre.Blueprint gathered that the inmates started an uprising in the Correctional Center, demanding to be released from the congested centre.Unconfirmed report also has it that an awaiting trial inmate who was brought into the prison recently was infected Read More

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COVID-19 Lockdown: PDP chieftain doles out N10m package for Kaduna communities

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

A People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Lawal Adamu Usman, has doled out a N10 million stimulus package to support communities in seven local government areas that make up the Kaduna Central Senatorial District. Adamu fondly called Mr LA, who was the PDP senatorial candidate for Kaduna Central in the 2019 elections, made this known in Kaduna, noting that politicians must Read More

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COVID-19: Suspend utility bills, Rep urges FG

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on the Airforce, Shehu Koko, on Tuesday, called on the federal government to at the moment, suspend payment obligations of utility bills to Nigerians in view of effects of the ravaging Coronavirus spread. The House of Representatives had earlier in the day announced members’ decision to donate two months salaries to government intervention Read More

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Covid-19: Prison Comptroller allays IMN fears over safety of el-Zakzaky

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has expressed fear over the safety of their leader and his wife, who are in remand at the Kaduna Correctional Center following the rumoured Covid-19 case and uprising at the Center.But the Comptroller of Kaduna Correctional Center, Sanusi Muazu Danmusa, has allayed the fears, saying that the IMN leader, Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky, and his Read More

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COVID-19 AND CANCER: NIGERIA’S UNIQUE QUADRUPLE JEOPARDY

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Covid-19 pandemic has created several tragi-comic double jeopardies which are peculiar to Nigeria – the politician or elite who previously felt too “big” to attend local hospitals, but is now forced to either eat humble pie or die; the doctor whose job puts him at the greatest risk of contracting the virus and so cannot enjoy an “I told Read More

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Why FG locked down Lagos, Ogun, FCT – Osinbajo

March 31, 2020 Blueprint 0

Questioning the legality of the presidential order restricting movements in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states is unnecessary as the action taken is not only important but very well backed by extant Nigerian laws, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has said. Osinbajo said this in Abuja while responding to questions at the Google Hangout programme organized by HACK COVID-19 Read More

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Police present N23m cheque to slain officers’ families

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The authorities of the Nigerian police has presented a cheque of N23 million to 10 beneficiaries of slain policemen. The Assistant Inspector- General of Police, Zone 5, AIG Dibal .P. Yakadi, who presented the cheque, condoled the bereaved family on behalf of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, and pray God almighty to grant them the fortitude Read More

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X-raying Buhari’s COVID-19 broadcast

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  This was not the first time President Muhammadu Buhari is speaking to Nigerians on the raging corona virus disease  (COVID-19). He had done so using his verified twitter handle. But this is the first time he is addressing Nigerians live on the new epidemic on radio and television.  The full text of his speech was also reproduced by newspapers, Read More

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Oyetola raises panel for relief material, releases account number for donations

March 31, 2020 Editorial II 0

As total lock down begin Wednesday in Osun state, governor Gboyega Oyetola, has announced three former governors of the state, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and 18 other Nigerians to serve as Food and Relief Committee with a view to cushion the effect of restriction of movement in the state.  The committee members are: Asiwaju Tunde Badmus, Chief Adebayo Jimoh, Read More

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Federer wows fans on Twitter with video of trick shots

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Roger Federer delighted fans by posting a video on Twitter on Tuesday, which shows him executing some trademark trick shots against a wall in the snow. The 20-times Grand Slam champion last played at the semi-finals of the Australian Open, where he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic, before undergoing keyhole surgery on his knee in February. He is supposed to Read More

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Slovak club Zilina face liquidation over financial woes

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Seven-time Slovak champions Zilina face liquidation due to the financial troubles caused by the domestic season’s suspension after the coronavirus outbreak, the club said. Zilina, one of the most popular clubs in Slovakia, have already terminated the contracts of 17 footballers, including those with the highest salaries and those whose contracts expire this year. The club asked players to accept Read More

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Dortmund’s Can banned two games over Neymar clash

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Emre Can received a two-match ban from Uefa on Tuesday following his sending-off in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain. Can was shown a red card in the closing minutes of a 2-0 defeat at the Parc des Princes on March 11 after an altercation with Neymar in which he pushed Read More

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Spurs cut non-playing staff wages by 20 percent

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Tottenham have reduced the wages of non-playing staff by 20 percent for the next two months, with chairman Daniel Levy hoping players will follow suit due to the financial crisis caused by coronavirus. Players at Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich are among those to have taken either a significant wage cut or deferred payments during the crisis. Football in England Read More

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Premier League, EFL and PFA to discuss collective wage deferral

March 31, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Premier League and English Football League clubs are set to discuss a collective wage deferral agreement at a meeting with the Professional Footballers’ Association on Wednesday. The proposal is one option to help clubs facing financial struggles during the coronavirus crisis. It is also understood the PFA will ask clubs if wage deferrals are justified. Professional football in England has Read More