Nigerian Newspapers: 13 Important News Summary for Thursday, April 9th, 2020


Today’s summary from , Naija Newspapers

1. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed twenty-two new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

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NCDC, which made the announcement Wednesday night via its Twitter handle, noted that at the moment, Nigeria has 276 confirmed cases of the virus, and 44 cases have been  .

2. A 15-man COVID-19 medical team from China has landed in Nigeria.

They arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Wednesday afternoon, aboard a chartered Air Peace aircraft.

3. The Rivers State has declared Carveton Helicopters, Persona Non-Grata in the state for endangering the lives of Rivers people by what it said is a suspicious operation of the company in the state.

Governor Nyesom Wike in a media address directed Local Council Chairmen to close the Offices of Carveton Helicopters across the state.

4. At least 78 Lagos State residents have been arrested and convicted for violating “the principles of social distancing.”

The Lagos Police Command’s spokesman, Bala Elkana, in a statement on Wednesday, said the convicted persons were arrested playing football on significant streets and having group exercise in large numbers.

5. Some rooms at the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in Abuja were destroyed on Wednesday by fire.

The fire started at the Treasure House, which was recently renovated but was put out by men of the fire service.

6. The Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kola Ologbondiyan, has alleged foul play by the Buhari administration after fire gutted some rooms at the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in Abuja on Wednesday.

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Ologbondiyan claimed that the fire is not unconnected with the call for a probe into subsidy payments made by the government since 2015 when Buhari became president.

7. The Lagos State Government has withdrawn charges against Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley and a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Babatunde Gbadamosi. Naira Marley and Gbadamosi were scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday at the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ogba for violation of the social gathering order.

But a Defence Counsel, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, (SAN) disclosed that the government withdrew the four counts filed against the three defendants.

8. The Katsina State Government has lifted the suspension on Friday congregational prayers earlier stopped due to COVID-19.

Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Inuwa, said the decision was an outcome of a meeting between the government, religious leaders, traditional rulers, and security agents.

9. The Lagos State government on Wednesday confirmed the death of a COVID-19 patient in the state.

Prof. Akin Abayomi, Commissioner of Health in the state, disclosed that the deceased was a 66-year-old who recently returned from India.

10. A total of 91 people will be put under quarantine after returning to Nigeria through land borders, as the COVID-19 continues to spread.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, speaking at a press conference organized by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Wednesday, said 67 persons had already arrived at the country’s land border.

11) Maryam Uwais, special adviser to the President on social investment program (SIP), has fired back at the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila over their comment about the Social Investment Programme.

Recall that the National Assembly leaders had described the N2tr Social Investment Programme as a failure, and also faulted how the “conditional cash transfer” scheme was implemented during the 14-day lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.

12) 90 percent of Coronavirus patients recover without intervention – NCDC DG, Ihekweazu Chikwe

Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has disclosed that 90 percent of Coronavirus patients recover without intervention.

The NCDC DG disclosed this while commenting on how Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State recovered in less than one week after testing positive for the virus.

13) 200 US-based Nigerians are willing to be evacuated to Nigeria- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama
Geoffery Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, says 200 Nigerians residing in the United States of America have signified interest to be evacuated to Nigeria following the global Coronavirus pandemic. The US is the highest risk country at the moment.

Onyeama disclosed this on Wednesday, April 8, during the daily Presidential Taskforce against COVID-19 press briefing.

According to Onyeama, the government announced for willing Nigerians to register for evacuation after it had ensured there are isolation centers and other logistical arrangements to attend to any emergency when they arrive.



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