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Ikpeazu Reveals Why Citizens Don’t Appreciate Some Government Policies
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Ikpeazu Reveals Why Citizens Don’t Appreciate Some Government Policies

Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has said citizens do not appreciate some policies of government as a result of their poor knowledge of such policies, saying it is attributable to lack of national orientation. According to the governor, there is a need to galvanize the requisite support required to drive government policies, noting that despite various micro and macro policy interventions by the government, the citizenry were not even aware. The Governor while receiving in audience on Tuesday, the Abia State Director of the National Orientation Agency, Dr. Ngozi Okechukwu, and her Management Team to Government House, Umuahia called for adequate support for the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to form the fulcrum that would drive government policies and programs in Nige...
More Than 400 Inmates Flee From Haiti Prison Leaving 25 People Including Prison Director Dead
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More Than 400 Inmates Flee From Haiti Prison Leaving 25 People Including Prison Director Dead

More than 400 prisoners have escaped from the Croix-des-Bouquets prison in Haiti leaving 25 people including the prison director dead. The escape which happened from a jail near the capital, Port-au-Prince on Friday February 26, lead to the death of bystanders who were caught up in the violence. One of those who fled, a notorious gang leader named as Arnel Joseph, was killed hours after escaping. Joseph, still wearing prison ankle cuffs, was a passenger on a motorcycle that was flagged down at a checkpoint, According to police spokesman Gary Desrosiers, Joseph, was still wearing prison ankle cuffs when he boarded a motorcycle . The motorcycle was flagged down at a checkpoint but failed to stop. Joseph then pulled a gun on officers who then shot and killed him, Des...
Reps Reject Motion To Allow Citizens Carry Arms
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Reps Reject Motion To Allow Citizens Carry Arms

The House of Representatives on Wednesday shot down a motion to reverse President Buhari’s Executive Order prohibiting the issuance of licenses for fire arms by the police in Nigeria. The sponsor of the motion, Rep. Uzoma Nkem Abonta (PDP- Abia), failed to present the motion on notice when the public address system went off just after the Speaker had introduced it. The lawmaker, however pressed to be heard, when the House Leader, Rep. Alhassan Doguwa (APC-Kano), interjected saying the motion was “dead on arrival”, because according to him, it was an unpopular subject. The motion was entitled “Need to Reverse the Executive Order and Police Directive banning Possession and Issuance of New Licenses for Firearms in the Country”. Sensing a strong swell of opposition to the motio...
You are Responsible for your Personal Safety Abroad, – Canada Warns Its Citizens against non-essential Travel to Nigeria
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You are Responsible for your Personal Safety Abroad, – Canada Warns Its Citizens against non-essential Travel to Nigeria

The Canadian government has warned its citizens against non-essential travel to Nigeria over security not being predictable. The North American country in a travel advisory addressed to its citizens, also advised its citizens already in Nigeria to avoid travelling to Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara and Plateau states. According to Canadian authorities, there are risks of inter-communal clashes, armed attacks and kidnappings in Nigeria. The travel advisory read;   “Avoid non-essential travel to Nigeria due to the unpredictable security situation throughout the country and the significant risk of terrorism, crime, inter-communal clashes, armed attacks and kidnappings. “Avoid all travel to the following regions due to the risk of terrorism, armed attacks, kidna...
Nigerians Absolutely Enjoy and Believe they Deserve to be Poorly Governed – Oby Ezekwesili
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Nigerians Absolutely Enjoy and Believe they Deserve to be Poorly Governed – Oby Ezekwesili

Former Presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili has stated that Nigerians are not yet ready for good governance. In a tweet she shared, the former Minister of Education said Nigerians absolutely enjoy and believe they deserve to be poorly governed, and politicians understand this. Ezekwesili added that when citizens are ready, it will end. She tweeted; I will repeat it yet again. Citizens of Nigeria are not yet ready for Good Governance. They absolutely enjoy and believe they deserve to be poorly governed. The Politicians know this and dish Bad Governance in large doses to them. When citizens are ready, it will end.
‘Don’t Flout COVID19 Rules and Don’t Block Roads’- Lagos State Govt Warns Residents ahead of the #OccupyLekkiTollgate protest
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‘Don’t Flout COVID19 Rules and Don’t Block Roads’- Lagos State Govt Warns Residents ahead of the #OccupyLekkiTollgate protest

The Lagos state government has warned residents of the state planning to embark on the #OccupyLekkiTollgate protest scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 13, to desist from flouting COVID-19 regulations or block roads. Some Nigerians who are against the reopening of the Lekki Tollgate have concluded plans to protest the decision to reopen the toll that was shut after the October 2020 gunshot incident. In a statement released today February 11, the Lagos state Commissioner of Justice and state Attorney General, Moyosore Onigbanjo, said the state government will not tolerate any form of violent actions and urged the police to respect the right of citizens. The statement reads “Our attention is drawn to the planned protest scheduled for Saturday February 13, 2021 at the Lekki ...
US Surgeon general, Jerome Adam resigns at Joe Biden’s request
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US Surgeon general, Jerome Adam resigns at Joe Biden’s request

U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome Adams has resigned from his position at the request of President Joe Biden.   Adams, 46,  was nominated by former President Donald Trump and sworn into the job in September 2017.   In a lengthy post on Facebook, Adams wrote: Thank you for the opportunity to serve this great Nation, as this has been the honor of my life. Three years and five months ago, I was confirmed as just the 20th United States Surgeon General - and only the second ever African American male to serve in that role.   My tenure started with three category 5 hurricanes barreling down on our citizens. I immediately deployed to witness the devastation first hand, and to lead our Public Health Service Officers as we helped with the response. I saw the best of o...
COVID-19: “Don’t Reserve Pfizer Vaccine For VIPs & Chinese Vaccine For Ordinary Citizens” – Nigerians To Buhari
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COVID-19: “Don’t Reserve Pfizer Vaccine For VIPs & Chinese Vaccine For Ordinary Citizens” – Nigerians To Buhari

Nigerians have excoriated the Buhari administration for advancing moves to inoculate millions of citizens with the controversial Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine from China. Foreign minister Geoffery Onyeama said Tuesday that Nigeria was in talks with Beijing to procure coronavirus vaccines to immunise millions of Nigerians against the viral infection, which had recorded 1342 fatalities as of Friday, January 8. The Nigerian government had notified citizens of an expected shipment of 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, due to arrive in the country late January. A Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 disclosed that the awaited inoculation was facilitated by the global COVAX programme of the World Health Organisation, which provides vaccines to indigent countries. Coordinator of the...
FG Can’t Protect Lives Of Its Citizens But Tries To Suppress #EndSARS – Moghalu
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FG Can’t Protect Lives Of Its Citizens But Tries To Suppress #EndSARS – Moghalu

Former Presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu has blasted the Buhari-led adminstration over the killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state. In tweets he shared, the economist expressed fear of Nigeria becoming a failed state. He also said that ''a government which can’t protect the lives of its citizens, spends all its energy attempting to suppress #EndSARS peaceful protesters.'' Moghalu wrote; “The barbaric beheading of 43 Nigerians in Zabarmari village in Borno State by Boko Haram is a national outrage and tragedy. It’s increasingly clear that @NigeriaGov is unable to protect the lives of Nigerians. What does that mean? Our country is becoming a failed state." “It is a travesty that a government that can’t protect the lives of its citizens spends all it...
Acquiring COVID-19 Vaccine For Citizens Our Priority – Osinbajo
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Acquiring COVID-19 Vaccine For Citizens Our Priority – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has emphasised that one of Nigeria’s most pressing priorities is obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine for the citizens. He stated this yesterday at the opening session of the virtual edition of the Paris Peace Forum, which featured presentations by some Heads of State & Governments alongside international organisations, on a collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, Osinbajo also said the government is preoccupied with improving healthcare and the economy post-COVID-19. “The priorities of Nigeria in the post-COVID-19 era include improved healthcare and the economy. First, we need to keep the vi...
Premier League title race will be between ‘six or seven sides’, says Manchester City No 1 Ederson
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Premier League title race will be between ‘six or seven sides’, says Manchester City No 1 Ederson

England's top flight has been dominated by Liverpool and the Citizens over the last two years, but the Brazilian doesn't see it like that this season   Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has predicted the tightest Premier League in years, with the Brazil international suggesting that “six or seven sides” could compete for the title. Liverpool ran away with the crown last year, while the season previous it was duel between the Reds and Ederson’s City. Ahead of a clash between the two chief protagonists over the last two years, the shot-stopper believes that the field will be far more open this term.
Nigerian Army Reduces Academic Requirement To Woo More Citizens Into Joining
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Nigerian Army Reduces Academic Requirement To Woo More Citizens Into Joining

This is to allow more citizens join the army and make more soldiers available to execute the war against terrorism in the North-East region of the country, documents sighted by SaharaReporters have revealed. The Nigerian Army has reduced the academic requirement needed to join the military unit. This is to allow more citizens join the army and make more soldiers available to execute the war against terrorism in the North-East region of the country, documents sighted by SaharaReporters have revealed. As part of the basic requirement for enlistment into the Nigerian Army, interested applicants must now possess “a minimum of four passes in not more than two sittings in WASSCE, GCE, NECO or NABTEB at O' Level including English Language”, the document said. In the internal memo ...
SERAP to sue Nigerian Government and ‘compel’ Buhari administration to protect citizens
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SERAP to sue Nigerian Government and ‘compel’ Buhari administration to protect citizens

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has said that it will sue the Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari. The suit, according to SERAP, will also compel the government to protect the lives and properties of Nigerian citizens.   According to the rights group, SERAP - who on Wednesday submitted a report to the International Criminal Court informing them of the alleged killing of protesters by the Nigerian military - the suit comes after the inability and unwillingness of government to stop the ongoing crisis in the country caused by the government's refusal to meet the demands of the #EndSARS protesters. "President Buhari’s government seems unwilling or unable to stop the violence, looting and killings by armed thugs in Lagos and other...
Governor Simon Lalong declares 24-hour curfew in two Plateau local governments
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Governor Simon Lalong declares 24-hour curfew in two Plateau local governments

The Plateau state government has declared 24 hours curfew in Jos south and Jos north local government areas over violence.   Governor Lalong said he was forced to declare the curfew after “hoodlums attacked and molested innocent citizens who are going about their normal businesses.” He further revealed that this led to the death of 3 persons.   The Governor said;   “Government is left with no choice than to impose a curfew to stop further loss of lives and properties. “By this directive, all forms of protests are hereby banned in the two Local Governments Areas of Jos North and Jos South.”
#EndSARS: Governor Makinde bars police from engaging protesters in Oyo
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#EndSARS: Governor Makinde bars police from engaging protesters in Oyo

Policemen have been barred from engaging #EndSARS protesters in Oyo state by Governor Seyi Makinde.   Speaking after a meeting with security chiefs in the state in a statewide broadcast on Monday October 12, Makinde stated that it is the legitimate right of citizens to protest.   He added that members of Operation Burst have been deployed to the hotspot especially Ogbomosho to ensure that as people protest, they will not be harassed or brutalised. The Oyo state Governor also urged the protesters to be peaceful during the protest.   Makinde said;   “The past few days have been of grief for the people of Oyo State. I cannot imagine the pain and frustration of the parents and families of those who have died or are hospitalized as a result of the actio...
Let ‘Responsible Citizens’ Carry Guns – Ortom Begs FG
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Let ‘Responsible Citizens’ Carry Guns – Ortom Begs FG

The Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, Wednesday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government to allow ‘responsible citizens’ to carry guns such as AK47 to prevent criminals from attacking harmless Nigerians. Ortom stated this in a paper obtained by ChannelsTv, which he (Ortom) presented yesterday during the virtual meeting convened by Centre for Values in Leadership, CVL, in collaboration with Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF. In the paper titled ‘Insecurity and Governance Challenges in the New Normal’, the Governor said governments at all levels must come to terms with the fact that insecurity is a real threat to the development of the country and be willing to sincerely tackle the menace. He also recommended adequate funding of security agencies and conti...
FG to Retain Passports of Travellers to Nigeria
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FG to Retain Passports of Travellers to Nigeria

Citizens or foreigners coming into Nigeria will henceforth leave their passports with the Nigeria Immigration Service for two weeks, till their health status is verified. In a circular dated June 10, 2020 and addressed to all diplomatic, consular and international organisations accredited to Nigeria, it was gathered that only those with diplomatic passport are exempted from the new directives. The circular with reference number BW/20/CIR.LET/III/2020 reads; “Persons who have arrived in Nigeria are advised to self-isolate for 14 days and to remain in the city/state where the point of entry is located (i.e Lagos or Abuja) throughout the duration of self-quarantine. “If not resident in Lagos, passengers shall make arrangements for accommodation at their own cost. Please note t...
Citizens Have Right To Sue Govt Over Lockdown, South African President Tells
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Citizens Have Right To Sue Govt Over Lockdown, South African President Tells

As legal challenges to the South African government’s COVID-19 lockdown mount, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday he could not stop anyone taking them to court. “Since the start of this crisis, a number of people have exercised their right to approach the courts,” Ramaphosa wrote in his weekly letter to the nation, adding this was a normal tenet of constitutional democracy. Ramaphosa chose to address the issue as the country heads into its eighth week of lockdown and voices criticising the government’s measures grow louder. Although the country had more than 15,500 confirmed cases by Sunday, more than 7,000 have recovered and 264 have died. Many argue that the health services have had enough time to prepare for the “peak” of infections, expected from July. Of great...
Evacuation of Nigerians From Different Countries is Reaching a Saturation Point – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama
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Evacuation of Nigerians From Different Countries is Reaching a Saturation Point – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has disclosed that the evacuation of Nigerians from different countries in the world is reaching its saturation point. The Minister who said this at the Presidential Task Force Briefing on COVID-19 on Monday May 11, said there are now over 600 evacuees in Lagos and Abuja. He further revealed that the ministry will now slow the evacuation process a bit for space, before bringing in more citizens. Though Onyeama noted that the evacuation of Nigerians from Dubai, UK and New York was successful, he also averred that a lot went wrong with logistics in the case of passengers who were transported to Abuja. He added that a better arrangement will be made to prevent any future recurrence
Wike Has No Legal Authority To Confiscate Citizens Properties – Adegboruwa
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Wike Has No Legal Authority To Confiscate Citizens Properties – Adegboruwa

Foremost human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), on Saturday said Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has no right under the law to confiscate property of citizens who allegedly flouted the lockdown order in the state. The Rivers State Government had directed its Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to auction all vehicles that were impounded for violating the state’s lockdown directive. But in a statement titled: ‘The Emerging Dictatorship in Rivers State’ Adegboruwa said the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria grants unfettered access to property which cannot be taken with Executive fiat as being done by the governor. The statement reads: “The Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Mr. Nyesom Wike, is a lawyer, which should be an added advantage to...
25 Passengers on Flight From Kano to Beirut Test Positive for Coronavirus
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25 Passengers on Flight From Kano to Beirut Test Positive for Coronavirus

Lebanon's ministry of health has disclosed that 25 persons on board a flight that arrived in the country's capital, Beirut from Kano on Wednesday May 6, have tested positive for Coronavirus. The Middle East Airlines had been directed by the Lebanese government to evacuate its citizens from foreign countries in early April. The Ministry of Health in its statement on Wednesday, said 25 people tested positive for Coronavirus after a test was carried out on passengers on board a flight that left Kano on May 5. While the affected passengers will be taken to the hospital for treatment, those who tested negative will be quarantined and also re-examined if they show Coronavirus symptoms.   The statement reads in part; “The Ministry of Public Health announces that it has ...
Spain To Introduce Basic Income To Support Its Least Well Off Citizens
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Spain To Introduce Basic Income To Support Its Least Well Off Citizens

Spain is to introduce a targeted basic income to support its least well off citizens through the economic slump to come after its coronavirus outbreak, according to the leader of junior coalition partner Podemos. In a statement posted on Twitter on Thursday morning, Pablo Iglesias, secretary general of the centre-left party, said the basic income was “a measure of social justice and also of economic efficiency.” He wrote: We are very happy that in the coalition government we have finally agreed that in this country there will be a Minimum Vital Income this May. There are hundreds of thousands of families in Spain that could not wait several months; The Government is aware of its situation and will work to accelerate to the maximum all the necessary procedures so that this Mi...
Police Officers Entertain Citizens with Songs And Dances Amid Lockdown
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Police Officers Entertain Citizens with Songs And Dances Amid Lockdown

The lockdown in many countries necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic has many at their wits’ end. However, ingenious police officers in Panama have come up with an ingenious way to help reduce the people’s frustrations and boredom. Police officers in Panama are doing more than just enforcing the lockdown order in the country, they are entertaining the citizens with songs and dances. According to a senior police officer in the country, Felipe Cruz, they are entertaining the citizens so as to bring hope to them. He said: “There are certain sanitary rules that we have to follow, and they are in their apartment, they don’t have much space and we try to bring them some happiness, joy, hope, faith and will so that they never feel lessened.“ This in itself is a welcomed move because as...
Coronavirus Lockdown: Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, Declares Free Water Supply For Citizens For The Next Three Months + Uninterrupted Power Supply
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Coronavirus Lockdown: Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, Declares Free Water Supply For Citizens For The Next Three Months + Uninterrupted Power Supply

Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo, has announced Special intervention packages for its citizens as the country continues to battle the Coronavirus pandemic. In his 5th state-wide broadcast since the pandemic began, President Akufo-Addo announced that the government will cover the water bills of its citizens for the months of April, May and June. Recall that on March 30, he declared a 2-weeks lockdown on Kumasi and Accra and Kumasi, the two most populous parts of the country as part of measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus. Some communities in the country had complained they lacked water to effectively wash their hands as a preventive measure to stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The President in his speech, said private water companies have been contracted to provide...
COVID-19: Our Hospitals Are Stretched, U.S Tells Citizens Leaving Nigeria
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COVID-19: Our Hospitals Are Stretched, U.S Tells Citizens Leaving Nigeria

Hospitals back home are “overwhelmed”, the United States Mission has informed Americans leaving Nigeria amid the coronavirus pandemic. It said two evacuation flights scheduled to depart Lagos on Friday were cancelled due to flight clearance issues in some West African states. The PUNCH had reported that scores of Americans were stranded at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Friday as the emergency flights never showed up. In a statement on its website on Sunday, the US said its nationals in Nigeria willing to travel back to the States would be responsible for their medical bills. The statement read in part, “Two flights that were scheduled to depart Lagos on Friday were cancelled due to flight clearance issues in other West African states. The U.S. government immedia...
Egypt, Lebanon Evacuate Citizens From Nigeria
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Egypt, Lebanon Evacuate Citizens From Nigeria

More countries yesterday evacuated their nationals from Nigeria amidst fears of possible explosion of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Since March 26 when countries including Israel, Germany, France commenced evacuation of their nationals, over 1000 have so far been evacuated out of the country. At the weekend, hundreds of American citizens were scheduled to be evacuated but the flight was stalled over flight permit from other countries, leaving the evacuees stranded as they later returned home. There are indications they might be evacuated either on Monday or Tuesday. But yesterday 37 Egyptians were evacuated through the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri. An Air Peace aircraft which did the evacuation mission arrived the airport at 11.27 am and departe...
Timi Frank Warns Against Harassment Of Citizens By Military, Police, Others
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Timi Frank Warns Against Harassment Of Citizens By Military, Police, Others

A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Thursday, condemned reports of harassment of citizens by some military officers and other security agents enforcing the lockdown directive of the Federal Government as he urged security agencies to be civil in approach. President Muhammadu Buhari had in a nationwide broadcast ordered a stay-at-home for residents of Lagos, Ogun and the FCT in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19. Frank, in a statement in Abuja, described any form of harassment against Nigerians at the present moment as one suffering too many. He urged the agents of the military, police and other security agencies enforcing the present lockdown across the country to be civil i...
“Instead Of Causing Trouble, I’ll Send You To The Grave”, Philippines President Warns Citizens
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“Instead Of Causing Trouble, I’ll Send You To The Grave”, Philippines President Warns Citizens

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has been widely criticised by labour groups after he ordered police to shoot dead residents who break quarantine rules. His violent threat follows the arrest of 21 people who had apparently taken to the streets of Metro Manila’s Quezon City to demand help from the government. Police said the group had protested without a permit, though the website Rapper reported that it is not clear if all residents were demonstrating or if some were simply looking for food. There is growing concern about how the poorest people in the Philippines will survive a month-long lockdown that has been imposed on the country’s main Luzon island. Many of its 48 million residents live hand-to-mouth and depend on daily work to feed their families. The governme...
UBA donates N5bn to fight COVID-19 across Africa
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UBA donates N5bn to fight COVID-19 across Africa

UNITED Bank for Africa Plc, UBA, weekend, announced a donation of over N5 billion, through the UBA Foundation, to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic in 20 African countries where it operates. The bank said in a statement that the donation will provide much needed support to Nigeria and 19 other African countries, by supplying relief materials, critical care facilities and financial support to governments. Under the UBA support programme, N1 billion will be allocated to Lagos State government; N500 million to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT; and N1 billion to the remaining 35 states in Nigeria. Also N1.5 billion will be disbursed to countries with UBA presence across Africa, N1 billion allocated for medical centres with equipment and supplies, as well as development of Free Tele...
Isreal Evacuates 274 Citizens From Nigeria Over Coronavirus
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Isreal Evacuates 274 Citizens From Nigeria Over Coronavirus

Israel evacuated 274 of its citizens from Nigeria on Sunday. The move was not unconnected to the exploding cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. The Israelis were evacuated via the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Tel-Aviv, Israel. The flight, operated with the Air Peace’s Boeing 777-300, left Lagos with 65 passengers and airlifted 209 others from Abuja before departing the country. Although closed to international flights as part of measures to forestall further importation of coronavirus, emergency flights such as this are allowed to operate at the MMIA and NAIA. As of 6pm on Sunday, Nigeria has 97 cases of COVID-19 with one recorded death while Israel has 3,865 cases and 81 deaths.
Atiku reacts to massive explosion in Ondo
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Atiku reacts to massive explosion in Ondo

Former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar has spoken on the massive explosions that rocked Ondo State on Saturday. Recall that over 100 buildings were in the early hours of Saturday destroyed following an explosion that rocked Ondo State. The explosion occurred around 1 a.m. According to residents of the area, a terrifying loud bang was heard when everyone was already asleep. Reacting, Atiku urged relevant government agencies to work with security agencies to ‘quickly get to the bottom of what happened. He tweeted, “I am as concerned as residents of Akure, Ondo State following the explosion of today. “It’s my hope that relevant government agencies working with security agencies will quickly get to the bottom of what happened to rea...
Coronavirus: US To Evacuate Citizens From Nigeria
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Coronavirus: US To Evacuate Citizens From Nigeria

US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria says it is preparing emergency flights to evacuate its citizens in Nigeria despite airport closures , The PUNCH reports . This is not unconnected to the exploding coronavirus cases in Nigeria which stand at 81 on Saturday morning according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The Federal Government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had closed all international airports in the country including the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja to prevent further importation of COVID -19 . But the Consulate on Friday , in a notice entitled ‘ Health Alert: US Mission in Nigeria ’ sighted by The PUNCH , advised American citizens to be in Abuja and Lagos “ as soon as possible ” to joi...
Coronavirus: France Evacuates 260 Citizens from Nigeria Through Lagos Airport
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Coronavirus: France Evacuates 260 Citizens from Nigeria Through Lagos Airport

260 French citizens were airlifted from Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos to Paris on Thursday March 26, following an approval given by the Federal Government to a request by the Air France General Manager in Nigeria, Michel Colleau. Colleau had sought for permission for the airline to land in Lagos to evacuate Dutch and French citizens stuck in Nigeria after the closure of all the major international airports to international flights. The Nigeria Government through the Ministry of Aviation granted the permission for the Air France/KLM flight to operate on the platform of essential flights. An Air France aircraft came in via Cotonou at 2.05pm today, and with the pre-boarding formalities completed, French nationals boarded the aircraft which took off at about 3.44...
Labour demands nationwide lockdown
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Labour demands nationwide lockdown

Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday, demanded for nationwide lockdown with exception for providers  of essential goods and services, saying “Such large-scale lockdown should be accompanied with appropriate support systems that allow workers who provide essential services to function and in a manner that provides protection and sustenance to them and their families.” According to NLC, government should consider a national lockdown for a reasonable period of time if the  infection escalates, insisting “in line with Section 45 of the constitution which empowers government to limit citizens’ rights in the favour of public safety, we ask citizens to comply fully with government directives on public orders on COVID-19.” NLC also warned that organised labour would not accept a situation...
Coronavirus: South Africa evacuates its citizens from Wuhan, China
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Coronavirus: South Africa evacuates its citizens from Wuhan, China

South Africa evacuated about 121 of its citizens from China yesterday. The evacuated citizens hot into the country on Saturday and they were accompanied by South African Airways and some members of the South African National Defense Force. Furthermore, reports says they will isolated at the Ranch Hotel and Resort in Polokwane. Police and some military personnel are stationed already at the place earlier in the week. The South African government received requests from his citizens living in Wuhan to moved back to South Africa. Zweoi Mkhixze made an announcement that 24 persons have tested positive to the virus so far in the country. He stated on Saturday that: “At this point I wish to also bring it to your attention that there are more positive results that have come ...
Senate Approves HND as Minimum Qualification for President and State Governors
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Senate Approves HND as Minimum Qualification for President and State Governors

The Nigerian Senate has approved Higher National Diploma (HND) as the minimum qualification for citizens seeking to be president or governors. The bill which proposed the certificate as the minimum qualification for president and state governors, and Ordinary National Diploma (OND) as the minimum qualification for those contesting for state and federal legislative seats, passed its second reading on Thursday March 12. President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan sent the bill which is sponsored by Istifanus Gyang (PDP, Plateau) to the Committee on Constitution Review after lawmakers passed the proposed amendment for second reading. It is expected the bill will alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to provide for the amendment of Sections 65 (2) (a), 131 (d...
Coronavirus: South Korea Sends Presidential Plane To Evacuate Citizens
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Coronavirus: South Korea Sends Presidential Plane To Evacuate Citizens

The VCN-235 Air Force plane left Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, at noon on Tuesday (Feb 18), and landed in Japan's Haneda Airport, 20 minutes away from the Yokohama port where the cruise ship Diamond Princess is docked. The plane is scheduled to leave Japan on Wednesday and arrive at Gimpo Airport at around 8am. It is set to evacuate five people - four South Korean nationals and a Japanese spouse - from the cruise ship. But the final number could change depending on the situation, according to government officials. There are 14 Koreans onboard - nine passengers and five crew members, all of whom are reportedly unaffected by the coronavirus. They have been stranded on the ship with around 3,700 people since Feb 3, after a former passenger was diagnosed with the vir...
Coronavirus: Algeria, Morocco, Other Countries Evacuate Citizens From China
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Coronavirus: Algeria, Morocco, Other Countries Evacuate Citizens From China

Thousands of foreigners are among millions of people stuck in the central Chinese city of Wuhan as the country struggles to get to grips with the spread of a SARS-like virus which has claimed 132 lives nationwide. These are the plans so far by foreign governments to evacuate their citizens from the epicentre of the outbreak: – ASIA PACIFIC – Australia The foreign ministry said Tuesday it was working on a plan to transport home all Australian nationals, most of whom it said are dual nationals. Officials added they had received about 400 calls from Australians in China registering for evacuation. Canberra does not have a consulate in Wuhan but Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government is negotiating with Chinese officials over the arrangements. He said officials are talking...
Rising Insecurity is Surprising – Buhari
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Rising Insecurity is Surprising – Buhari

President Buhari has expressed shock over the rising insecurity witnessed across the nation. The Nigerian leader who spoke during a visit to the state house by eminent citizens from Niger State led by the Governor Alhaji Sani Bello, lamented that activities of bandits had forced many to abandon their farms and homes. Buhari promised tougher measures against bandits that have made life difficult for Nigerians as he stated that the rising insecurity is an evil plan against the country. He said; “I was taken aback by what is happening in the North-west and other parts of the country. “During our campaigns, we knew about the Boko Haram. What is coming now is surprising. It is not ethnicity or religion; rather it is one evil plan against the country. “We have to be harder on t...
US Arranging Charter Flight to Evacuate American Diplomats and Citizens Out of China
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US Arranging Charter Flight to Evacuate American Diplomats and Citizens Out of China

The United States has started plans to evacuate it's citizens and diplomats living in Wuhan, the Chinese city from which the deadly strain of Coronavirus originated from. Coronavirus, a SARS like disease, has killed over 50 people in China already with 2000 cases of infection confirmed already, with the Chinese government putting the city of Wuhan under lockdown as they try to contain the deadly virus.                                                    But the US, in keeping with principles of protecting it's diplomats and citizen all over the world, has finalized plans to evacuate about three dozen diplomats and their families from the US consulate in Wuhan, China and even though the city is in lockdown the Chinese government has been very supportive of the US' move. According to...
You Slept While Nigerians Were Killed – Soyinka Slams FG for Outlawing Amotekun
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You Slept While Nigerians Were Killed – Soyinka Slams FG for Outlawing Amotekun

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has berated the Nigerian government for outlawing Amotekun few days after its launch in the South-West region. Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos on Wednesday January 15, Soyinka wondered why those who "slept, took belated actions and watched people being decimated" will suddenly wake to declare the initiative as illegal.  He further stated that a government that cares for the welfare of its citizens will never object to such initiative. The Nobel Laureate who insisted that the launch of Amotekun operation was not only necessary but long overdue, added that it is the fundamental right of the people to defend themselves against those who threaten their existence. He said; “I’ve always believed passionately in self-policing. If it is possible to el...
Two Nigerian Fake Fight in India crowded Market To Escape Deportation
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Two Nigerian Fake Fight in India crowded Market To Escape Deportation

In a bid to escape deportation, two Nigerian nationals who have been living illegally in India for the past six years, allegedly staged a fight in a crowded market in Greater Noida, to land themselves in jail. Their alleged plan, however, backfired when a video of the incident, which took place last Saturday afternoon, went viral and came to the attention of police. Ose and Ayuvoi, who stay in Sector Omega 1, Greater Noida, were seen attacking each other with a big knife and a blunt object at Jagat Farm market by eyewitnesses, said police. “We received the information from a passerby. The two men were brought to the Beta 2 police station. No one filed a complaint and there were no injuries. They were released after signing personal bonds,” said Tanu Upadhyay, circle officer 1,...
Iran: Reconsider Travelling To Nigeria, US Warns Citizens
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Iran: Reconsider Travelling To Nigeria, US Warns Citizens

Following the Friday killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a drone airstrike, the United States has cautioned Americans to reconsider travelling to or across Nigeria. The US Embassy in Nigeria, in a statement on its website, admonished American citizens to review their personal security measures, be prudent and keep a low profile. Stating that it had no specific security threat information, the mission advised US nationals in Nigeria to stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, government facilities, places of worship, tourist locations, and transportation hubs. The security advisory, which was dated January 3, 2020, also asked them to review and alter travel routes and times to reduce time and place predictability. It read, “Due to recent world ev...
Pastor Tunde Bakare Reveals A List Of ‘The True Enemies Of Nigeria’
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Pastor Tunde Bakare Reveals A List Of ‘The True Enemies Of Nigeria’

The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare on Sunday disclosed the true enemies in Nigeria. Bakare in a statement on his verified Twitter page said the true enemies are found in every level of government, from the local to the state to the federal levels, and in every arm of government in Nigeria. He noted that those who partake of the loot, celebrate looters are the true enemies among the people. Bakare urged Nigerians in this new decade to stand up against the true enemies highlighted in his statement at all levels rather than attack journalists who criticize the government. The statement read: “A few days from now, on January 15, we will observe Armed Forces Day; a day earmarked to honour Nigeria’s fallen heroes in commemoration of the end of t...
US warns Americans not to travel to ‘high risk’ states in Nigeria
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US warns Americans not to travel to ‘high risk’ states in Nigeria

The United States of America has warned its citizens not to travel to some states in Nigeria categorised as "high-risk aeas”. In a release published by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, 14 Nigerians states were listed with a “do not travel” instruction. US urged its citizens to reconsider travel to Nigeria “due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and maritime crime, which includes kidnappings, hijackings, boardings, theft, etc. Some areas have increased risk. “Do Not Travel to Borno and Yobe States and Northern Adamawa State due to terrorism. Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, and Yobe states due to kidnapping. "Coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, and Rivers states (with the exception of Port Harcourt) due to crime, civil unrest, kidnapping...
Those Who Elected Us Don’t Know Our Role – Lawan
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Those Who Elected Us Don’t Know Our Role – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, has called for active involvement of citizens in the process of governance. He said doing so would substantially deepen Nigeria’s democracy as well as ensure transparency and accountability on the part of lawmakers elected to deliver on effective representation to the people. Lawan made the call when a delegation from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, United Kingdom, and local officials of Inter-Parliamentary Union paid an official visit to the Senate President at the National Assembly, Abuja. The mission was primarily to announce the inauguration of the Young Parliamentary Forum (YPF) which has been scheduled for Tuesday at the National Assembly. Members of the forum comprise legislators at both the National Assembly and the sta...
Malawi also evacuates its citizens from South Africa
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Malawi also evacuates its citizens from South Africa

88 Malawians running away from South Africa’s xenophobic attacks are on their way home and are expected to arrive in Malawi today, the diplomacy said on Wednesday. Foreign ministry spokesperson Rejoice Shupa said that the Malawians were dispatched following their consent to leave South Africa. On arrival, they will be given money to enable them pay for bus fares to their home towns, Shupa said. The official said her ministry had received assistance from the United Nations’ International Office of Migration and the South African government for the repatriation of the 88 Malawians, who are part of the 113 Malawians who had taken refuge at a makeshift camp outside Johannesburg following the attacks. According to Shupa, the rest of the Malawians will be repatriated soonest should t...
#SayNoToXenophobiaAttacks: Zambian DJ allegedly beaten for playing South African music in nightclub
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#SayNoToXenophobiaAttacks: Zambian DJ allegedly beaten for playing South African music in nightclub

In Zambia, citizens have placed a ban on playing South African music on their airwaves, and one DJ who flouted the directive found himself in big trouble. While many celebrities have publicly spoken against the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, some Zambians have been reacting in a more harsh way as a means of retaliation. Described as DJ Hero, the Zambian DJ has reportedly received some severe beatings for playing South African music in a club. In a post on Facebook, fellow Zambian DJ, Star DJ Virus shared the news of the incident yesterday. “Zambian DJ Hero DJ gains weight in seconds after playing South African music in Club on the a Copperbelt #StopXenophobi,” he wrote
South African government denies xenophobic attacks
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South African government denies xenophobic attacks

South African government have denied reports that their citizens are carrying out Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians. The country’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Bobby Monroe, made this known when he met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in Abuja this morning. Speaking at a media briefing after the meeting with Onyeama, Monroe said the recent attacks were not ''xenophobic'' in nature but are rather mere ‘sporadic acts of violence’. According to Monroe, businesses belonging to other South Africans were also affected in the violence that erupted yesterday Monday September 2nd.

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