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NBA Legend, Paul Pierce Fired by ESPN for racy Instagram Live video with strippers
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NBA Legend, Paul Pierce Fired by ESPN for racy Instagram Live video with strippers

Boston Celtics legend and NBA analyst, Paul Pierce has been fired by ESPN over his recent raunchy Instagram Live video. The 43-year-old has worked for ESPN as an analyst since he retired from the league after the 2016-17 season and has been a staple on “NBA Countdown,” “The Jump” and in other NBA coverage for the network ever since. On Friday April 2,  Pierce went live in a room full of strippers while drinking and smoking what appeared to marijuana with his friends who all clearly ignored COVID-19 safety protocols. ESPN has now fired Paul Pierce after the video went viral, a source confirmed to The Post.   Pierce played in the NBA from 1998-2017, almost entirely for the Celtics. The 10-time All-Star helped lead Boston to a title in 2008 when he was n...
Granada vs Man Utd: Solskjaer names player who will miss game over COVID-19
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Granada vs Man Utd: Solskjaer names player who will miss game over COVID-19

  Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly, will miss their Europa League quarter-final clash against Granad this Thursday, as he has tested positive for COVID-19. This was confirmed by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Solskjaer revealed the player contracted the virus while on international duty with Ivory Coast. Bailly was unavailable for the Red Devils’ 2-1 comeback win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday. Solskjaer, speaking after the game, explained that Bailly is yet to return to England and will not be available for selection for the time being. “Unfortunately he won’t be with us for a little while,” Solskjaer was quoted by the club website after the game. “He’s been away with Ivory Coast and he tested positive with COVID-19 and he’s not back in the c...
COVID-19: How Yinka Odumakin Died – Wife, Dr. Josephine Okei-Odumakin
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COVID-19: How Yinka Odumakin Died – Wife, Dr. Josephine Okei-Odumakin

Wife of late Afenifere spokesman, Comrade Yinka Odumakin, has said he died just when his condition was improving. Dr. Josephine Okei-Odumakin who confirmed her husband’s death to The Nation, disclosed he had been ill since March 10 and was recuperating. "It is true, my husband and friend has passed on. The darling of the media is gone." She said a big part of her is gone while describing him “irreplaceable soulmate”, stating he died of complications from respiratory issues due to complications from COVID-19 from which she claimed he already recovered from. In a statement on Saturday, She said: “With gratitude to the Supreme Being for a life well spent, I announce the passing on of my beloved husband, Comrade Yinka Odumakin to the great beyond after a brief illness. “The ...
Actress Georgina Onuoha Blasts FFK for Taking the COVID19 Vaccine Months after Describing it as Evil
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Actress Georgina Onuoha Blasts FFK for Taking the COVID19 Vaccine Months after Describing it as Evil

Georgina Onuoha has blasted former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, who a few days ago took his first jab of the COVID19 vaccine, months after describing same as evil. FFK on several occasions in 2020 spoke against the COVID19 vaccine, saying it was evil and ''Gates killer vaccine''. It came as a surprise to many Nigerians on Tuesday, March 30 when he took his first jab of the vaccine. Georgina is appalled by his actions and took to her Instagram page to drag him as well as clergyman, Chris Oyakhilome. Read her post below; ''So this piece of shit called @real_ffk for months mislead millions of Nigerians by instilling fears in them regarding the coronavirus and the vaccine that followed. He lied and mislead them. Made various false statements and conspiracy theories abo...
Torreira Confirms he Wants to Leave Arsenal after Mother’s Death
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Torreira Confirms he Wants to Leave Arsenal after Mother’s Death

Arsenal midfielder, Lucas Torreira, has said he wants to join Boca Juniors in order to be closer to his family, following his mother’s death. In an emotional interview with ESPN Argentina, Torreira who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, confirmed his mother had passed after a battle with COVID-19. The Uruguay international also admitted he has long dreamed of playing for Boca, and he intends to fulfil the wish of his father by returning to South America. Torreira said: “I am trying to understand the situation. It is difficult to come to terms with it but as time passes, we will come to live with this pain. “My mother was 53 years old and died from Covid. There was an outbreak in Fray Bentos (Torreira’s hometown in Uruguay) and she spent 11 days fighting but on Monday ...
U.K Fines Pastor Chris Oyakhilome For Spreading Covid-19 Conspiracy Theories
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U.K Fines Pastor Chris Oyakhilome For Spreading Covid-19 Conspiracy Theories

The Office of Communications in the United Kingdom better known as Ofcom, has sanctioned religious channel, Loveworld, owned by Nigerian Pastor, Chris Oyakhilome. Ofcom said in a statement that the station was fined £125,000 (N65.6m) for breaching the country’s broadcasting code by disseminating misinformation on COVID-19. The statement read in part, “Today we have fined Loveworld £125,000 for this breach of the broadcasting code. This was the second time in a year that the broadcaster breached our rules on accuracy in news and harm in its coverage of the coronavirus.” On December 1 2020, Loveworld aired a 29-hour programme called the Global Day of Prayer, during which claims were made about the COVID-19. According to the agency, these claims included the notion that the ou...
48 New Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria
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48 New Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria

48 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria on Monday, March 29, 2021. According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, Lagos recorded 13 new cases, the highest for the day. Other states with new cases include Kaduna-7, Nasarawa-7, Kano-6, Kwara-5, Ondo-4, Akwa Ibom-3, and Osun-3. The agency also disclosed that they were 28 community recoveries in Ekiti State managed in line with guidelines. Nigeria now has a total of 162,641 confirmed cases. 150,466 patients have been discharged so far with 2,049 deaths recorded.
Real Madrid Star, Marcelo  Caught Violating COVID-19 Rules, Faces fine
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Real Madrid Star, Marcelo Caught Violating COVID-19 Rules, Faces fine

Real Madrid left-back, Marcelo, faces a fine for breaking the travel restrictions currently in place to halt the spread of COVID-19. This was decided after the Valencian regional government confirmed it had started investigating the Brazilian international on Monday. The confirmation came shortly after Marcelo posted a photo of himself and his family at the Malvarrosa beach in Valencia on social media. The current travel restrictions prohibit a resident in Madrid to leave the Comunidad de Madrid. All entry in the Comunidad Valenciana from other parts of Spain is also forbidden. For the Real Madrid player to take a family photo at a beach in Valencia, he must have done both. Sources in the Valencian government have described Marcelo’s behaviour as showing a lack of sol...
Philippines Orders More than 25 Million People into Lockdown Over Easter Celebration after Recording 9838 Covid-19 Cases in Just One day
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Philippines Orders More than 25 Million People into Lockdown Over Easter Celebration after Recording 9838 Covid-19 Cases in Just One day

Citizens of Philippines won't be celebrating Easter in a normal way this year as the country's leader has imposed a strict lockdown in the capital and nearby provinces, spoiling Easter plans for millions in the Catholic dominated country. Over the weekend, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced the lockdown after the country reported 9,838 new Covid-19 cases -- the country's highest single day increase. According to the Philippines News Agency, Philippines has reported more than 720,000 coronavirus cases, including 13,170 deaths, making it one of the worst affected countries in Asia. Since February there has been a rise in daily reported cases and the country is now reporting more than 9,000 new cases a day. More than 25 million people across Metro Manila and nearb...
Alex Iwobi tests Positive for COVID-19
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Alex Iwobi tests Positive for COVID-19

Officials of Nigeria’s National team have confirmed that midfielder Alex Iwobi has tested positive for COVID-19. Iwobi, who is with the Super Eagles in Benin Republic for the AFCON 2021 Qualifiers, has been left out of the matchday squad. MCI gathered that the mandatory matchday COVID-19 test results had been made available to the Coaches well ahead of the game on Saturday. Iwobi, 24, has played 44 times for Nigeria since his debut in 2015. He could also miss out of Nigeria’s final AFCON qualifying match against Lesotho.   The midfielder, who plays his club football for English Premier League side Everton is already in isolation.
Iheanacho vs Osimhen: Rohr Told to Change Nigeria’s Lead Attacker against Benin, Lesotho
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Iheanacho vs Osimhen: Rohr Told to Change Nigeria’s Lead Attacker against Benin, Lesotho

  Ifeanyi Udeze, a former Super Eagles defender, has told head coach, Gernot Rohr, to allow Kelechi Iheanacho lead the team’s attack ahead of Victor Osimhen against Benin Republic and Lesotho in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, qualifiers. Rohr’s men will travel to Cotonou on Friday for their matchday five ties against Benin in Porto Novo on Saturday. The Super Eagles will also tackle Lesotho next week Tuesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. But Udeze believes Iheanacho’s brilliant goal-scoring form for Leicester City in the Premier League and recently his two goals against Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final last week is an indication that the former Manchester City star must lead Nigeria’s attack ahead of Osimhen. Recall that Osimhen has be...
Coronavirus Vaccine allegedly Being Sold in Ikate, Lagos
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Coronavirus Vaccine allegedly Being Sold in Ikate, Lagos

Some Twitter users have alleged that the free AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine which arrived the country few weeks ago, is being sold in Ikate area of Lagos. While @irizzzy alleged that the vaccine is being sold for N100k, @ulxma said she witnessed the vaccine being sold at Ikate Primary Health Centre. Read the tweets below;
EPL Confirms Schedule for 2021/2022 Season
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EPL Confirms Schedule for 2021/2022 Season

The Premier League has confirmed dates when the 2021/2022 Premier League will kick off and end. The next season will begin August 14, 2021, and end May 22, 2022. The current season, which was hampered by the outbreak of COVID-19, started on September 12, 2021. It is scheduled to end May 23, 2021. Liverpool is the defending champions but is already out of the running to retain their title. Manchester City is currently top of the Premier League with 71 points. Pep Guardiola’s men are 14 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United with eight games left to play.
Governor Makinde Looks Calm While Taking His COVID-19 Vaccine Jab As Oyo Begins Rollout
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Governor Makinde Looks Calm While Taking His COVID-19 Vaccine Jab As Oyo Begins Rollout

Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo state, on Wednesday, took his first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Oyo got 127,740 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on March 11. The state government, however, said it conducted sterility test on its doses “to determine if the vaccines do not actually have other secondary form of infective substance”, hence the delay in administration. Speaking after getting his shot, Makinde said it does not matter that the state started late. He added that the number of doses administered in Oyo would soon surpass that of states which began earlier. The governor assured the people that the vaccine is safe while encouraging them to take the shots. “When I was reading the newspaper this morning, I saw Oyo state, and they said we...
Vladimir Putin Gets Coronavirus Vaccine behind Closed Doors
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Vladimir Putin Gets Coronavirus Vaccine behind Closed Doors

Russia President, Vladimir Putin received his Covid-19 vaccination  behind close doors on Tuesday according a statement released by the Kremlin. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media late Tuesday night, March 23: "Putin was vaccinated against the coronavirus. (He) feels good. Tomorrow he has a full working day." No video or images of the vaccination process have been made available. Earlier in the day the Kremlin said Putin's vaccination would not be a public event. Peskov said that the reason the vaccination was not being recorded was because Putin "doesn't like" being vaccinated on camera, before adding, "you will have to take our word for it." An unusual move for a leader who sometimes poses topless and shares photos of himself fishing or hiking. When aske...
MTN’s 300,000 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive Nigeria
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MTN’s 300,000 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive Nigeria

The Nigerian government has taken delivery of the first set of 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines out of a total of 1.4 million doses designated for Nigeria by the AU. The vaccines are a combination of doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility, and from the African Union’s (AU) COVID-19 vaccination programme, towards which the MTN Group contributed $25 million, the telecom company said in a statement on Tuesday. The vaccines will be distributed among health workers in Nigeria by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency. Commenting on the vaccines, Dr Faisal Shuaib, Director-General of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA), said: “On behalf of health care workers in Nigeria, we commend the efforts of the Nigerian government and the Afr...
Two COVID-19 Vaccines Developed in Nigeria are Awaiting Trial and Certification – PTF
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Two COVID-19 Vaccines Developed in Nigeria are Awaiting Trial and Certification – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said that two vaccines developed in the country are awaiting clinical trials and certification. Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha who disclosed this during the PTF national briefing in Abuja on Monday March 22, described it as a welcome development that will open a new vista in scientific breakthrough and will boost the morale and image of the medical industry in the country. Mustapha also called for collaboration among relevant agencies to ensure that the effort is successful. He said; “The disclosure that Nigerian scientists have produced at least two local COVID-19 vaccines which are awaiting clinical trials and certification is significant. “This is a welcome development that will open a new vista i...
Congo’s Main Opposition Candidate, Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, Dies Of COVID-19 A Day After Election
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Congo’s Main Opposition Candidate, Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, Dies Of COVID-19 A Day After Election

The Republic of Congo's main opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas died as he was being transferred to France for treatment for Covid-19, his campaign director told AFP Monday, a day after presidential elections were held. Kolelas "died in the medical aircraft which came to get him from Brazzaville on Sunday afternoon", said Christian Cyr Rodrigue Mayanda. Kolelas was being evacuated to France for treatment when he passed away. He first tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday and fell seriously ill. He spent election day in hospital. In a video that circulated on social media, 61-year-old Kolelas, who was diabetic, could be seen briefly removing an oxygen mask to tell his supporters that he is "fighting death". "Rise up as one person ... I'm fighting on my deathbed....
National Sports Festival: Obaseki, Dare, insist athletes in Edo must be vaccinated
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National Sports Festival: Obaseki, Dare, insist athletes in Edo must be vaccinated

The festival had suffered several setbacks from March 2020 because of COVID-19 and is now scheduled to hold from April 2 to 14, 2021. Receiving the Sports Minister at the Government House, Benin City on Friday, Obaseki hailed the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to support the state in hosting the National Sports Festival. The governor also led the minister on a tour of facilities for the Sports Festival, adding that “It is clear that the facilities at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium are world-class.” According to Obaseki the state is ready to host the sports tournament, the postponement is very challenging for the state following the preparation and resources committed to hosting the games. “Hosting the games is the right thing to do despite the challenges from CO...
Former Arsenal Footballer, Andrey Arshavin’s ex-wife Fighting for life in hospital after catching Covid-19 while recovering from pancreatitis and peritonitis
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Former Arsenal Footballer, Andrey Arshavin’s ex-wife Fighting for life in hospital after catching Covid-19 while recovering from pancreatitis and peritonitis

Former model, Alisa Arshavina, 38, the ex-wife of Arsenal football star Andrey Arshavin, 39, is fighting for her life in hospital after contracting covid-19 while in hospital with an unrelated illness Alisa had been “between life and death” in intensive care in St Petersburg, Russia, for eight days, according to her mum Natalia Sarycheva. Alisa, a regular poster on Instagram has now stayed a month without posting on social media. Before catching Covid-19 she reportedly had acute pancreatitis and peritonitis and was put into an artificial coma. Her mum said: “She has Covid-19 and pneumonia with a complication.” Her health issues come amid a bitter legal battle with Arshavin who she marrid in 2016. She shares a child with the Russian football star. The pair divorced...
Kenyan News Anchor ‘Winnie Mukami’ Dies From COVID-19 Complications
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Kenyan News Anchor ‘Winnie Mukami’ Dies From COVID-19 Complications

Kenya is mourning once again, this time, the death of former NTV news anchor Winnie Mukami. The anchor has passed away on Thursday, 18th of 2020 due to COVID-19 related complications. Mukami left NTV in 2010 after working with them for seven years. She recently served as a board member at Kenya Pipeline. She became known in 2003 when she anchored NTV News during its launch. Winnie Mukami’s family says she was admitted last Friday in hospital after falling ill. The death of Mukami comes two days after Royal Media Services journalist Robin Njogu also succumbed to the disease. This also happens just hours after the death of Tanzanian president John Magufuli. Her workmates and friends have since paid tribute to her; Silas Chepkeres wrote, "I am terribly saddened at the pass...
Tanzanian President, John Pombe Magufuli dies at the age of 61
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Tanzanian President, John Pombe Magufuli dies at the age of 61

Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has died at the age of 61, after weeks of speculation that he was infected with COVID-19. Announcing the President's death in a live television broadcast, the country's Vice-President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, said the President died on Wednesday, March 17, from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. "Our beloved president passed on at 6 p.m. this evening," said Suluhu. "All flags will be flown at half-mast for 14 days. "It is sad news. The president has had this illness for the past 10 years.'' President John Magufuli was one of Africa's most prominent COVID-19 skeptics. He had downplayed the severity of the virus and called for prayers and herbal-infused steam therapy to counter the virus. At one point, he made fun of...
We gave Niger Delta governors N100m each as COVID-19 palliatives – NDDC
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We gave Niger Delta governors N100m each as COVID-19 palliatives – NDDC

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has said that it gave each of the governors of the nine oil-producing states N100million each as COVID-19 palliatives.   NDDC officials reportedly made the claim while appearing before the Senate Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions.   Chairman of the Committee, Senator Patrick Ayo Akinyelure told reporters that the Senate may summon the governors to testify on how the money was spent.   Akinyelure who added that the NDDC Sole Administrator must appear before it or risk an arrest warrant being issued against him over non-appearance, added that the money given to the Governors is part of N6.25 billion allegedly expended by the NDDC on COVID-19 palliatives.   He reiterated that the petiti...
FG Fixes Dates To Reopen Kano, Enugu, PH Airports For International Flights
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FG Fixes Dates To Reopen Kano, Enugu, PH Airports For International Flights

The federal government has announced dates for the reopening of Kano, Enugu, and Port Harcourt airports, for international flights. Speaking at the weekly briefing of the presidential taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 on Monday, Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, said Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu airports will be reopened for international flights on April 5, April 15 and May 3 respectively. There have been calls for the federal government to reopen the international wing of the airports, since it was shut in 2020 as part of efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The minister had said the decision to suspend international flights in Kano — as is the case with the airports in Enugu and Port Harcourt — was for health and security reasons. “There have been agitations for us to ...
Moderna Begins Testing its COVID-19 Vaccine on Young Children
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Moderna Begins Testing its COVID-19 Vaccine on Young Children

Moderna has begun testing its COVID-19 vaccine in young children. The biotech firm announced on Tuesday, March 16, the first participants in a study of children between 6 months and 12 years old received doses of its COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna collaborated with the National Institutes of Health and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority on the study. Moderna plans to enroll 6,750 participants in the US and Canada in the trial, called the KidCOVE study. Researchers will evaluate the safety of the two-dose vaccine given 28 days apart. The US has not approved a COVID-19 vaccine for people under 16 years old. Researchers prioritized adults in initial vaccine trials, as severe COVID-19 illness in children is rare. According to Cleveland Clinic, clinical trials...
8,000 Nigerians have been Vaccinated with no adverse effect – FG allays fears over AstraZeneca vaccine
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8,000 Nigerians have been Vaccinated with no adverse effect – FG allays fears over AstraZeneca vaccine

The federal government of Nigeria said 8,000 Nigerians have been given the Covid-19 vaccine so far, including President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and none has reported any adverse effect since the vaccination began last week. A number of countries have suspended the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to concerns over reported negative effects. However, the federal government yesterday, March 15, assured Nigerians of its safety. It said no case of side effects of the vaccine such as blood clotting has so far been reported in the country. The number of countries that have suspended AstraZeneca vaccine increased yesterday with France, Germany, Spain and Italy joining the long list. But the World Health Organisation (WHO) advised countries using ...
COVID-19: Our Vaccine Experience, By Sanwo-Olu, Hamza
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COVID-19: Our Vaccine Experience, By Sanwo-Olu, Hamza

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat said they felt no side effects whatsoever three days after taking the COVID-19 vaccine. This came as Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, his deputy, Mr. Philip Shaibu, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma, his wife Chioma, deputy governor Prof. Placid Njoku and Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong on Monday took their own shots. Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat and Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi took the vaccine on March 12. Sanwo-Olu, who addressed reporters at his office on Monday, said he felt no side effects contrary to widespread speculation that the vaccine comes with side effects. He said: “It has been three days since I got the AstraZeneca vaccine. I can confirm to you that I felt no after-effects....
287 New Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria
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287 New Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria

287 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria on Thursday, March 11, 2021. According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Enugu recorded 107 new cases, the highest for the day. Other states with new cases include Kwara-26, Akwa Ibom-23, Bauchi-22,  Ogun-21, Rivers-19, Kaduna-14, FCT-11,  Abia-8,  Edo-8,  Ekiti-6,  Kano-5, Gombe-4,  Osun-4,  Oyo-3, Plateau-3, Nasarawa-2, and Delta-1. The agency also disclosed that they were 1,858 community recoveries in FCT and 259 community recoveries in Lagos State Nigeria now has a total of 159,933 confirmed cases 142,404 patients have been discharged so far with 2,001 deaths recorded.
EFCC arrest Nigerian man who defrauded US state of Virginia and collected COVID-19 relief cheque
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EFCC arrest Nigerian man who defrauded US state of Virginia and collected COVID-19 relief cheque

Collins Samuel, a Nigerian man who fraudulently obtained $8,000 COVID-19 benefit from the U.S. State of Virginia has been arrested and remanded in EFCC custody. The suspect who was arraigned before Justice P. Mallong of the Federal High Court in Kaduna, pleaded  ‘not guilty’ to the one count charge that borders on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences. Collins was reportedly arrested in Jos, Plateau State where he fraudulently represented himself as Ashley Cooper, an American citizen affected by COVID–19. It was alleged that he obtained $8,000 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) from Virginia, United States and reportedly redeemed the $8,000 benefit through bitcoin wallet addresses he got from various cryptocurrency traders. Justice Mallong adjourned the case...
No Decision On Aguero Contract Until Summer – Guardiola
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No Decision On Aguero Contract Until Summer – Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said a decision on record scorer Sergio Aguero's contract situation will not be made until the end of the season. Argentine Aguero has made just 11 appearances in all competitions this season due to injury and COVID-19. The 32-year-old made his first start in four months in City's 2-1 Premier League win over West Ham United last month but was an unused substitute in subsequent games against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United. Aguero, who joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, will be out of contract at the end of the campaign and Guardiola said negotiations over a new deal would have to wait until the summer. "We are going to talk to him (Aguero) as a human being, as a person and, of course, as a player," Guardiola said. "...
Picture Of Jigawa Governor Looking Scared As He Receives COVID-19 Vaccine
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Picture Of Jigawa Governor Looking Scared As He Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

Governor of Jigawa State Muhammad Badaru Abubakar has received his AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at Government House in Dutse. The governor’s personal physician administered the vaccine on him at the government house clinic. DAILY POST reports that the Jigawa State Government received 68,520 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, to be administered on 35,000 people in the state. Speaking after the vaccination, Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar said the COVID vaccine is free and safe. He explained that the vaccine will be distributed across the 287 primary Health care centres across the state. “We are going to distribute the vaccine to all the primary Health cares centres in 287 ward that was already been provided with steady power supply” Badaru said the COVID-19 vaccine will ...
Liverpool Set To Receive £1.3m Champions League Compensation From RB Leipzig
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Liverpool Set To Receive £1.3m Champions League Compensation From RB Leipzig

Liverpool will receive £1.3m compensation from their Champions League opponents RB Leipzig after being forced to travel to Hungary for their last 16 home leg. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds side take a 2-0 advantage to the Puskas Arena in Budapest on Wednesday evening, a place in the quarter finals and a £9.5m prize on offer for the victors. Restrictions over international travel introduced last month in Germany to curb the spread of Covid-19 meant that the first leg of the tie was also played in the Hungarian capital, with the planned clash at Anfield now taking place at the same venue owing to quarantine measures currently in place in the UK which would mean that Leipzig’s squad and staff would have to quarantine for 14 days before being able to fulfil the fixture. But a Saxony health ...
CAF Cancels U-17 African Cup Of Nations
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CAF Cancels U-17 African Cup Of Nations

The Confederation of African Football has cancelled the 2021 U - 17 African Cup Of Nations billed to kick-off on Friday in Rabat, Morocco. There was no official reason given by CAF for the cancellation , but reports claimed that the tournament was cancelled as a result of the closure of the Moroccan airspace until March 21, due to COVID- 19. Algeria ’ s U- 17 national team was expected to arrive in Morocco on Saturday but they are yet to be granted entry visa into Morocco. The PUNCH learnt that only five countries have arrived the North African country for the tournament . The countries are Senegal, Ivory Coast, Uganda , Tanzania, Zambia. The Golden Eaglets , who finished second at the U -17 WAFU tournament , were scheduled to depart the country on Tuesday for Morocco.
Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta Dies 23 Days to Retirement
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Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta Dies 23 Days to Retirement

Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Nwali Ngwuta is dead as confirmed by President Muhammadu Buhari and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi. Justice Ngwuta who was due to retire on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years on March 30, 2021, died in the early hours of Sunday March 7. Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hadizatu Uwani Mustapha said Justice Ngwuta died around 2.30 am in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the National Hospital, Abuja. Mustapha said;    “He felt sick and was admitted, last week, at the National Hospital, Abuja. “Before he was moved to the ICU on Friday, he tested negative for COVID-19. “Justice Ngwuta was due to retire on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 70 years on March 30, 2021. “His remains have been deposited i...
269 New Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria
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269 New Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria

269 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria on Sunday, March 7, 2021. According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Enugu recorded 78 new cases, the highest for the day. Other states with new cases include Bauchi-37,  Rivers-22,  Imo-18, Ogun-16, FCT-15, Akwa Ibom-13,  Kaduna-13, Kebbi-11,  Kwara-9,  Edo-7,  Ekiti-6,  Borno-5,  Yobe-5,  Kano-4,  Nasarawa-3,  Osun-3,  Anambra-2 and Plateau-2. The agency also disclosed that they were 80 community recoveries in Kwara State. Nigeria now has a total of 158,506 confirmed cases 137, 875 patients have been discharged so far with 1,969 deaths recorded.  
Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Ngwuta is Dead
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Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Ngwuta is Dead

A Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, is dead. Ngwuta died in the early hours of Sunday, March 7, after a protracted illness. His health took took a different turn for the worse on Thursday, March 4 and was subsequently taken to the intensive care unit. Spokesperson of the court, Ahuraka Isah, who confirmed his death, said “He has been ill for a while. He was supposed to preside over a matter on Thursday but the illness became severe. He was moved to intensive care unit on Friday. They even conducted COVID-19 test on him but he tested negative. We were already preparing for his valedictory service slated for March 30.”Isah said Ngwuta was absent from the bench between 2016 and 2019 while he faced trial for corruption after the secret police claimed it found ...
Ogun Ready To Begin COVID-19 Vaccination, Launch Amotekun In Yewaland – Governor Abiodun
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Ogun Ready To Begin COVID-19 Vaccination, Launch Amotekun In Yewaland – Governor Abiodun

The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun has disclosed that the state was ready to receive Covid-19 vaccines and begin the vaccination process, adding that the entire whole chain required for the vaccination has been identified. Governor Abiodun, who made this known at the Executive Chambers of the Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said his administration had gone a step further by ensuring that all of its refrigerators were in good condition to store the vaccines. The governor added that his administration had received guidelines from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency on those to be prioritised. He said: “We actually have more refrigerators than the number of wards that we have; so, we have those that are there right now and we have the back up as well, s...
₦10.6 Billion COVID-19 Vaccine Logistics Cost Claim Is False – FG
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₦10.6 Billion COVID-19 Vaccine Logistics Cost Claim Is False – FG

The Federal Government has debunked media report claiming that not less than N10.6 billion had been earmarked for the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines across the country. A national daily had on Saturday, in its report, claimed to have cited a document put together by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), and presented to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), which set the budget for the logistics distribution of vaccines to the states and council areas at N10.6 billion. However, reacting to the said report on Saturday, the Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, described the quoted figure as incredulous, explaining that the responsibility of distribution of vaccines across the country had been taken over by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (C...
COVID-19 Vaccine Has No Side Effects On President Buhari – Garba Shehu
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COVID-19 Vaccine Has No Side Effects On President Buhari – Garba Shehu

In response to press enquiries, I like to assure all citizens, and to dispel fears and misconceptions about the safety of the vaccine administered on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN earlier this morning. After he got his jab, the President felt normal and went about doing his job. If there are side effects that follow, we will be open about that but so far there is nothing of a side effect, serious or mild on the President. He is carrying on as normal. We hope this will help to send a strong message among the people, especially those grappling with hesitancy about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine. Garba Shehu
9mobile in Solidarity Visit to Covid-19 Frontline Health Workers
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9mobile in Solidarity Visit to Covid-19 Frontline Health Workers

Dr. Ayodeji Falana emerges most outstanding health worker The fight against Covid-19 received a huge boost over the weekend as Nigeria’s caring telecommunications company, 9mobile, celebrated Dr. Ayodeji Falana and other health workers. Dr. Falana was adjudged most outstanding health worker for his leadership and dedicated service. The commendation came as 9mobile visited health workers on Saturday February 27 at the Lagos State Government isolation centre of Mainland Hospital, Yaba otherwise known as Infectious Disease Hospital. Commending health workers nationwide, 9mobile’s Public Relations Lead, Chineze Amanfo, who represented the Executive Director, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Abdulrahman Ado, recalled that it was exactly one year that the index case was recorded in Ni...
371 new Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria
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371 new Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria

371 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria on Friday, March 5, 2021. According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos recorded 101 new cases, the highest for the day. Other states with new cases include Rivers-54, Anambra-31, Ebonyi-23, Imo-23, Kwara-22, Kano-20, Taraba-17, Akwa Ibom-16, FCT-15, Abia-13, Kaduna-13, Osun-5, Edo-4, Oyo-4, Kebbi-3, Ogun-3, Ekiti-2, Nasarawa-1 and Zamfara-1. The agency also disclosed that they were 204 community recoveries in Kwara State, 167 in Lagos State, 88 in Edo State, and 60 in Osun State. Nigeria now has a total of 158,042 confirmed cases 137, 025 patients have been discharged so far with 1,954 deaths recorded. See a breakdown of the number of cases per state below.
COVID-19: I’ll Take Vaccine First To Boost Confidence – Obaseki
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COVID-19: I’ll Take Vaccine First To Boost Confidence – Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has said that he will be the first person to be vaccinated in the state to boost the citizens’ confidence in taking the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. Obaseki disclosed this on Friday in Benin while addressing journalists on the need for residents not to be scared of the vaccines. The governor said “I will take mine and if I take mine and am okay, that will give confidence to Edo people. “The preventive protocol will still be in place, don’t forget that it will still take a while to vaccinate almost 80 per cent of the population that is expected to be vaccinated. “The fact that you have taken the vaccine does not mean you should be careless, you should not wear a mask, you should not protect yourself because many more people may have not received t...
I Don’t Need The Vaccine… COVID-19 Not Our Business In Kogi – Yahaya Bello
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I Don’t Need The Vaccine… COVID-19 Not Our Business In Kogi – Yahaya Bello

Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, says COVID-19 is not the business of people in his state, adding that they have “more pertinent” issues to tackle. Bello stated this on Friday, when he featured on ‘Politics Today’, a Channels Television programme. The governor, who has repeatedly denied the existence of the virus, said COVID-19 is the “minute aspect” of what the state is currently addressing, adding that Kogi is tackling diseases like Yellow Fever and Lassa Fever, without much noise about its efforts. “COVID-19 is not our business in Kogi state. We have more prominent issues, more pertinent issues, more serious matters that we are attending to in Kogi state,” he said. “Insecurity that we met, we’ve tackled it and several others. Disunity, we met it on ground and we have unit...
COVID-19: Police Arrest Pretty Mike For Cubana Club Operations
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COVID-19: Police Arrest Pretty Mike For Cubana Club Operations

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a socialite, Mike Eze, aka Pretty Mike, for allegedly facilitating operations at the Cubana Nightclub in the Victoria Island area of the state. The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, while parading 172 persons arrested for violating COVID-19 protocols during a raid on the nightclub, had ordered the arrest of the nightclub owner. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed Eze’s arrest, said the socialite, who was a consultant for the club, allegedly facilitated its operations on the day it was raided by the police. Adejobi said, “We picked him as a consultant for Cubana club. He allegedly facilitated the operations of the club on that day and he will be charged to court. We have our findings th...
COVID-19: Governors, Deputies To Be Vaccinated On March 9th
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COVID-19: Governors, Deputies To Be Vaccinated On March 9th

Governors of the 36 States of the Federation on the platform of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) have resolved to take the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, publicly next week Tuesday, March 9. This was one of the decisions taken at their emergency meeting to discuss the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines in the country. In the meeting were the the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Director-General , Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu and Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib as well as medical experts who play advisory roles for the NGF on the pandemic. The chair...
Thousands of Fake Covid-19 Vaccines Seized in South Africa and China 
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Thousands of Fake Covid-19 Vaccines Seized in South Africa and China 

Thousands of fake COVID-19 vaccine doses have been seized in South Africa and China as Interpol warned the raids were 'only the tip of the iceberg.' The international police body said roughly 2,400 doses of fake coronavirus vaccines in 400 ampoules were seized with a 'large quantity' of face masks at a warehouse in Germiston, South Africa. Chinese police seized more than 3,000 fake vaccines after a raid on a manufacturing plant. Authorities also confirmed the arrest of 80 suspects at the scene following the raid. Interpol claimed it had received more reports of criminal vaccine distribution networks targeting nursing homes and other health bodies. Pictures from the South Africa raids showed boxes stacked up in a largely empty warehouse, and a box full of fake COVID-19 va...

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