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NIN enrolment: National Identity Management Commission seeks N25bn to procure storage servers
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NIN enrolment: National Identity Management Commission seeks N25bn to procure storage servers

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says it requires N25 billion to procure more servers for the storage of National Identity Number enrolment records. The Director-General, NIMC, Aliyu Abubakar Aziz, disclosed this while appearing before Senate Public Accounts Committee, which is probing the agency over alleged non-compliance with Public Procurement Act on award of N229 million contract. Aziz in his presentation said 57 million persons have, so far, been registered, adding that 90 servers were needed to register 100 million Nigerians. “For us to reach 100 million, we will need 90 servers. We have enrolled 57 million as of today. We will ask for N25 billion at FEC tomorrow to buy more server to take the whole of population,” he said
Nigerians are Hungry and Insecure – Northern CAN
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Nigerians are Hungry and Insecure – Northern CAN

The Northern wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), otherwise known as Northern CAN has raised an alarm of increased insecurity and worsening economic situation in the country. The group in a statement released by its Spokesperson Rev. Jechonia Albert, alleged that Democracy day is not worth celebrating in the country as "larger majority of Nigerians cannot breathe because of certain undemocratic tendencies of our leaders." Northern CAN also said that it is concerned about the frequent attacks on schools and the abduction of students and pupils by bandits, especially, in states such as Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Niger. The statement titled “Democracy Day, Insecurity and the Looming Food Crisis", read “June 12, declared as Democracy Day by the current administ...
We Are On Track To Lift 100 Million Out Of Poverty – Buhari
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We Are On Track To Lift 100 Million Out Of Poverty – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday stated that his administration has lifted 10.5 million people out of poverty. MCI  reports that the president stated this in a nationwide broadcast to mark the June 12, 2021, Democracy Day. While listing farmers, artisans, market women among persons whose lives have improved, Buhari added that his administration is on track to lift 100 million persons out of poverty. He said: “I will be the first to admit that in spite of our efforts and achievements which are there for all to see, there is still much more to be done and we are doing our best in the face of scarce resources and galloping population growth rate that consistently outstrips our capacity to provide jobs for our populace. “Our overall economic target of lifting 100 million Nige...
None of the Arrested Bandits and Boko Haram Terrorists have been Released- Leader of IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, writes
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None of the Arrested Bandits and Boko Haram Terrorists have been Released- Leader of IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, writes

The Deputy Commissioner of Police and leader of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, has denied claims that some of the arrested bandits, Boko Haram terrorists and other criminals have been released. Abba in a post shared on his Facebook page on Thursday, June 10, challenged anyone with any evidence to back claims that the suspected criminals have been freed, should come forward with it. ''My Friends, These are some of the Bandits, Boko Haram Terrorist and other criminals we arrested. None of them have been released. If those keyboard warriors and Sympathizers of Criminals spreading False News that Bandits are not being arrested have any Evidence that one of the hundreds of arrested Bandits Shown above is released or Given Amnesty they should ...
China Scraps Law Banning Parents from Having over two Children, increases limit to three
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China Scraps Law Banning Parents from Having over two Children, increases limit to three

China has scrapped its controversial 'two child' policy and will now allow couples to have three kids. According to Chinese state media, the move was approved by President Xi Jinping in order to aid the country's ageing population. This comes after Beijing abolished its infamous 'one child' policy in 2016 which had been in place since the late-1970s. The government believed that the high cost of raising kids in Chinese cities deterred many couples from starting families so the two children policy wasn't helping with population growth . "To further optimise the birth policy, (China) will implement a one-married-couple-can-have-three-children policy," state news agency Xinhua said in a report on Monday, 31. The policy change will come with "supportive measures, which will be...
Democratic Republic of Congo hit with 61 earthquakes in a day Following Volcano Eruption
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Democratic Republic of Congo hit with 61 earthquakes in a day Following Volcano Eruption

The Democratic Republic of Congo has reported 61 earthquakes in a 24-hour period on Saturday May 29. Seismologists say the earthquake was as a result of volcanic eruptions around the Mount Nyiragongo volcano, which erupted a week ago. The 11,500-foot-high volcano sits around 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Goma, a city with an estimated population of 670,000. In a daily report prepared for the DRC government by the Goma Volcanic Observatory (GVO) it was revealed that the volcano's crater "continues to collapse, which contributed to the earthquake and caused ash emissions visible from Goma." According to the DRC government,  around 400,000 people had fled the city as officials warned of a second eruption. The first explosion last Saturday killed at least 31 people. Since...
Lagos Announces 10-week Partial Closure of Eko Bridge
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Lagos Announces 10-week Partial Closure of Eko Bridge

The Lagos State Government has announced the partial closure of Eko Bridge for emergency repairs, starting from June 4 to August 13. The state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, said in a statement that the repair of the Eko Bridge, from Costain to Alaka in-bound National Stadium, was necessary to complete the rehabilitation works at the opposite side of the bridge earlier embarked upon by the Federal Government. Motorists are to take alternative routes during the period of repairs. Oladeinde asked motorists to take note of the diversion routes and comply with directives from the State’s Traffic Management Personnel. The commissioner urged motorists to bear the inconveniences, as the project was aimed at achieving a "seamless, safe and efficient transpo...
I Will Stop Marrying and Fathering children the day death visits – Man with 151 Children and 16 Wives reveals
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I Will Stop Marrying and Fathering children the day death visits – Man with 151 Children and 16 Wives reveals

Misheck Nyandoro, a Johanne Marange Apostolic sect member with 151 children from 16 wives has revealed that he has no plan of stopping anytime soon. The polygamist from Mbire in Mashonaland Central of Zimbabwe, told The Herald that he is planning to take his 17th wife soon so that he can add to his 151 children. Nyandoro said ; “Mine is a project. This polygamy is a project that I have undertaken since 1983 and will end with my death. Whenever that day death visits, is when I will stop marrying and fathering children. “I am planning on taking in my 17th wife this winter and the formalities are already being worked on." He also described polygamy as a project which is now bearing fruit as he is constantly receiving money and goodies from his children and son-in-laws. Nyandoro...
El-Rufai is a Sycophant, Ethnic Champion and Religious Bigot who Hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him – Ortom Fires back
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El-Rufai is a Sycophant, Ethnic Champion and Religious Bigot who Hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him – Ortom Fires back

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has fired back at Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state after the latter described him as a failure and someone he doesn't take seriously. Ortom in a statement released by his media aide Terver Akase, alleged that the Kaduna state Governor is a sycophant, ethnic champion and religious bigot who hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him. He also claimed that El-Rufai’s attack on his person is merely to make him look good before the Presidency, after he fell out of favour at the Villa. The statement read; We read the statement credited to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai in which he accused Governor Samuel Ortom of using the insecurity in his state to attack the Federal Government in order to cover up what he termed as t...
Derek Chauvin’s Inmate says the ex-cop is ‘not Safe’ and Warns that he’s Going to get Beat up a lot’
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Derek Chauvin’s Inmate says the ex-cop is ‘not Safe’ and Warns that he’s Going to get Beat up a lot’

An inmate at the jail where Derek Chauvin is being held has warned that the convicted former Minneapolis cop is not safe in prison. Hannabal Shaddai, who is serving a life sentence at Minnesota Correctional Facility, doesn’t believe George Floyd’s killer is safe among the prison population because of his former profession and the nature of the crime. Shaddai, 45, claims he doesn't seek revenge but believes Chauvin wouldn't be safe as violence occurs regularly at the maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights. He told Paradox: “First of all, he’s a cop. Then he did what he did. So it’s not safe for him to be here. Best case scenario for him is he’s going to get beat up a lot. I don’t think he’s safe in any prison population." The prison...
Local Hunters Kill 4th Elephant in 2 Years in Ogun state
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Local Hunters Kill 4th Elephant in 2 Years in Ogun state

There are concerns that Nigeria's elephant population is fast depleting after local hunters shot dead a 4th elephant in Ogun State. The elephant was killed near Omo forest in Ogun State. According to the Elephant Protection Initiative, this is the 4th elephant illegally killed in two years.
Late Zulu King’s Widow Dies Less than two Months after Husband’s Demise
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Late Zulu King’s Widow Dies Less than two Months after Husband’s Demise

Regent of the Zulu nation and wife of South Africa’s recently deceased Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu has reportedly passed on. Mangosuthu Buthelezi, traditional prime minister to the Zulu monarch who did not mention the cause of her death said she died "unexpectedly" on Thursday April 29. The statement read; “It is with the deepest shock and distress that the Royal Family announces the unexpected passing of Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, Regent of the Zulu Nation. “This has taken us by surprise and left us utterly bereft,” he added without mentioning the cause of death." The sudden death of Dlamini-Zulu, 65, comes days after she was reportedly hospitalised just weeks after her husband's burial. Zwelithin...
Nigeria Overtakes Congo as Worst in Global Access to Electricity
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Nigeria Overtakes Congo as Worst in Global Access to Electricity

Nigeria has overtaken the Democratic Republic of Congo with the highest number of citizens that lack access to electricity. World Bank Group officials who made the announcement during a virtual engagement with power reporters in Abuja on the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP), said Nigeria has 25 percent of people without access to electricity. The international financial agency's officials revealed that while electrification in the country has been growing at 1.1% yearly since 2010, it has not kept pace with the population growth of 3% yearly. This has increased the deficit by 3 million people to 85m which is 57% of the population. The group said; “Nigeria now has the largest number of unelectrified people globally and the trend is worsening; of the electrified, the supp...
The Average Northerner Marrying two, three, four Women, are Helping the Society – Ned Nwoko
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The Average Northerner Marrying two, three, four Women, are Helping the Society – Ned Nwoko

Ned Nwoko, the billionaire husband of actress Regina Daniels, says marrying more than one wife helps save the society. Nwoko in an interview with BBC Igbo, said the average northerner has at least two wives and this helps the society by preventing women from venturing into prostitution. In his words “The average Northerner marrying two, three, four women, they are helping the society because it is the economic downturn that has affected so many women who you see doing prostitution and all that. But the fallacy of it all is that Christianity does not allow that in the South and yet, the average Southern man has 10 girlfriends.” Speaking further, Nwoko said the polygamist nature of northerners has helped to increase their population and made them the majority in the country. “I ...
It Was an Accidental Verbal Mistake, I Want the Expansion of Armed Forces by 50,000 and not the 50 Million – Tinubu
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It Was an Accidental Verbal Mistake, I Want the Expansion of Armed Forces by 50,000 and not the 50 Million – Tinubu

Former Governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu has backtracked on his earlier comment of 50 million youth being recruited into the Nigerian army. The APC Chieftain made the comment while speaking at a colloquium to celebrate his 69th birthday on Monday March 29. Following the backlash the comment triggered, Tinubu released a statement on Tuesday March 30 saying it was an "accidental verbal mistake". His media office said he gave the figure in error and only meant to say 50,000 youths. The statement added that the former Governor was also canvassing for the recruitment of five million youths in all aspects of nation-building, ranging from infrastructural development to agricultural modernisation. It read; “Asiwaju seeks the expansion of security personnel by 50,000 for the arm...
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...
Brazil Legend, Pele receives COVID-19 vaccine
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Brazil Legend, Pele receives COVID-19 vaccine

Brazil football legend, Pele, on Tuesday received his first dose of the COVID-19 and described it as an “unforgettable day”. The 80-year-old revealed this on his social media pages, along with a picture of him receiving the shot. Although Pele did not disclose where the dose was administered, he has been staying at his home in Guaruja, outside Sao Paulo, since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Brazil one year ago. “Today is an unforgettable day I received the vaccine! “The pandemic is not over yet. We must keep discipline to preserve lives until many people have taken the vaccine,” Pele said. Less than 4% of Brazil’s population has been vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The country has the second highest COVID-19 death toll in the world, nearing 260,000 victims.
Nigeria Needs Urgent Action On Food As Population Surges – Osinbajo
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Nigeria Needs Urgent Action On Food As Population Surges – Osinbajo

The vice president says the population growth is "handsomely" ahead of the economic growth figures Nigeria has to act fast to develop a sustainable food system as it faces a population growth that is “handsomely” ahead of its economic growth figures, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Tuesday. Mr Osinbajo said the need to create a food system that works “has never been more urgent and more existential” as the country’s poverty levels has worsened particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. The vice president made these remarks during the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), organised by the Nigerian government in collaboration with the United Nations, which was held virtually with over 700 participants in attendance. The dialogue was orga...
Covid Vaccine Calculator Predicts Pandemic Won’t End for Another Seven Years
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Covid Vaccine Calculator Predicts Pandemic Won’t End for Another Seven Years

With the current rate of vaccinations, it is believed that by 2028, up to 75 per cent of world population will have been vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine. This suggests it will take until then for the global population to have reached a degree of herd immunity, which should lead to the virus being suppressed. Bloomberg's vaccination calculator also reveals that the United States could potentially reach herd immunity by as early as New Year's Day of 2022. The US has reportedly vaccinated around 8.7 per cent of the population, administering 1.3 million jabs per day. Currently, it's believed that around 4.5 million vaccine dosages are being administered across the States, with an estimated 119.8 million vaccines being delivered worldwide. The UK is hoping to vaccinate e...
Social Distancing may Have to Remain in Place Until End of Year
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Social Distancing may Have to Remain in Place Until End of Year

Scientists have asked the British government to ensure that social distancing is enforced until the end of the year. Sunday Telegraph reported that restrictions can only be relaxed once the Coronavirus vaccines are at least 85% effective and a ‘high uptake’ of the jab is vital to avoid another deadly wave of the disease.   In the paper which was commissioned by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), a sub-group of the government’s SAGE advisory committee, many scientists are said to believe transmissions will be reduced by around 60%. The report added that even in a best case scenario in which vaccines stop 85 per cent of transmission in those vaccinated, lockdown would have to be kept in place until the end of May to prevent another significant ...
Poverty and demography has helped Nigeria in fight against COVID-19 – PTF
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Poverty and demography has helped Nigeria in fight against COVID-19 – PTF

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has said that poverty and demography has helped in the fight against the deadly disease. PTF's national coordinator Sani Aliyu who said this while appearing before a joint senate committee on health and aviation, averred that poverty and demography played roles in reducing the infection rate across the country. Aliyu said; "Demographically, only 3% of Nigerians are above the age 65 as against 20%, 18%, etc, of such populations in European and American countries where death casualties were high. “Aggressive nature of African countries against the pandemic also helped tremendously in containing the spread of the pandemic in Nigeria and many of the African Countries ”  
WHO and Africa CDC launch COVID-19 laboratories network
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WHO and Africa CDC launch COVID-19 laboratories network

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) have launched a new laboratory network that will reinforce the genome sequencing of Coronavirus in Africa. The initiative seeks to study the possible mutations of the virus in order to prepare better responses in public health. Experts from the WHO and the Africa CDC believe that the move will help countries understand the different strains of the SARS-Cov-2 virus, in order to improve the countries’ responses, treatments, or possible vaccines and make them more relevant to the continent’s population. WHO Twelve specialised laboratories will join the network in Africa. Ten different lineages have been identified so far in the continent. This move comes after the Africa CDC said that early reports were...
Pastor Giwa reveals what will happen in 2023 if Buhari refuses to split Nigeria now
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Pastor Giwa reveals what will happen in 2023 if Buhari refuses to split Nigeria now

Leader of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, use his office to split Nigeria into parts before the 2023 election. Giwa, in a statement to DAILY POST on Thursday specifically said the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress was as a result of the presidential ambition of some politicians who want to control the country at all costs. The cleric urged Buhari to allow Nigerians go their different ways in peace before the 2023 election. According to Giwa, “Nigerians are ready to forgive the maladministration of president Muhammadu Buhari in the last five years if he can listen to the cries of the citizens this time around and split the country into parts....
Sokoto Discharges all 101 Coronavirus Patients
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Sokoto Discharges all 101 Coronavirus Patients

Sokoto is currently COVID-19 free after discharging all 101 isolated Coronavirus patients in the state. The state's commissioner for health, Dr Ali Inname also disclosed that the state recorded 14 Coronavirus deaths at a news conference.  He said the first index case was recorded on April 19 with 731 samples collected, while 655 contacts completed a 14 day follow up. Inname explained that the Sokoto State Taskforce Committee on COVID-19 which he heads, received 839 alerts from across the state and that all of them were investigated. He added that the patients were from eight local government areas of the state. Men constituted 85 per cent of the patient population, while women made up the remaining 24 per cent. The commissioner who advised residents of the state to observe ...
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Governor Ikpeazu, Wife and Children test Negative for COVID-19

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state,  his wife Nkechi, and their children have tested negative for COVID -19 just as two of his aides have tested positive for the virus. A statement released by the state governor says the test was carried out on his family and aides on Saturday, May 30. “Leading this battle from the front, as your Governor, I and all members of the first family subjected ourselves to COVID-19 tests on Saturday, May 30, 2020, and the results came out negative today. Unfortunately, the results of two of my aides, who also subjected themselves to COVID-19 tests were positive, while others turned in negative results. We are confident that within days, the currently asymptomatic positive patients who are now isolated will be successfully nursed back to good healt...
Ex-official Claims 90 Per cent of Referees Support Real Madrid, 10 Per cent Barcelona
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Ex-official Claims 90 Per cent of Referees Support Real Madrid, 10 Per cent Barcelona

Ex-referee, Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez, has claimed 90 per cent of match officials in Spain lean towards Real Madrid and the remaining 10 per cent support Barcelona. Iturralde refereed almost 300 matches in LaLiga before retiring in 2012. According to him, a lot of people support Madrid from a young age, including most of the match officials. “Around 90 per cent go with Real and 10% with Barcelona. Whether Barca [fans] like it or not, 70 per cent of the Spanish population, excluding Catalonia, are Real Madrid supporters. “Personally, I don’t care about one or the other. I’m Athletic [Bilbao]. Everyone knows that I am Athletic, but I would go against them to try and be fair,” Gonzalez told Cadena Ser. Barcelona have won 96 titles in their h...
ECOWAS and WAHO Refute Alleged Endorsement of Madagascar’s Herbal Cure for Coronavirus
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ECOWAS and WAHO Refute Alleged Endorsement of Madagascar’s Herbal Cure for Coronavirus

The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and its health Institution, West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) have refuted their alleged endorsement of Madagascar's herbal cure for Coronavirus. In a press release, the ECOWAS Commission and its health Institution denied claims that they had “ordered a package of COVID Organics (CVO) medicine from a third country.” The statement read:“Our attention has been drawn to a story making the headlines that claims ECOWAS has ordered a package of Covid Organics (CVO) medicine from a third country. "We wish to dissociate ECOWAS and its health Institution, West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), from this claim and to inform the general public that we have not ordered the said CVO medication." "As part of its mandate to safe...
82.9 Million Nigerians Live in Poverty – NBS
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82.9 Million Nigerians Live in Poverty – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS has said 82.9 million Nigerians, amounting to 40.1 per cent of the country’s population, live in poverty. The NBS, in the executive summary of the 2019 poverty and inequality report released on Monday, said over 82.9 million Nigerians lived below its poverty line of N137,430 per year. The bureau said between September 2018 and October 2019, it conducted the latest round of the Nigerian Living Standards Survey after 10 years. The NLSS is the official survey that is the basis for measuring poverty and living standards. The NBS said, “In Nigeria 40.1 per cent of the total population were classified as poor. In other words, on average, four out of 10 individuals in Nigeria have real per capita expenditures below N137,430 per year. “Thi...
Giant Alligator Was Spotted in Middle of the Road-Lockdown
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Giant Alligator Was Spotted in Middle of the Road-Lockdown

The terrifying moment a giant alligator was spotted in a Florida traffic crawling towards drivers was captured on video. Francis E. Scott-Marr was driving to a friend’s house when she spotted the four-legged reptile. She said she noticed the animal on the corner of MLK Boulevard and Williams Road at the Seffner intersection as it lumbered its way around the roads. Footage shows the animal heading straight for her while surrounding traffic is brought to a standstill. She can be heard screaming: ‘Lord have mercy, look how big it is! It’s coming for me!’ as her dog Chloe barks furiously at the giant gator. As the reptile edges ever closer it suddenly appears to change its mind and heads in a new direction – but not without a warning flick of its tail. Scott told Fox6 News that s...
COVID-19: Buhari writes CJN on decongestion of prisons
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COVID-19: Buhari writes CJN on decongestion of prisons

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has called for urgent measures towards the speedy trial of cases and decongestion of custodial centres in the country, in view of COVID-19 pandemic. The President has also suggested to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, to consider setting up Special Courts in all states, including the FCT, to try cases of armed robbery, banditry, kidnapping and other serious offences, in order to facilitate speedy trials. This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, in Abuja yesterday. President Buhari in a letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad,  drew the attention of the CJN to the recent call by the United Nations on all countries “to consciously reduce the po...
Saudi King approves extension of curfew until further notice
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Saudi King approves extension of curfew until further notice

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman approved an extension of the kingdom’s curfew until further notice due to the rate at which the coronavirus is currently spreading, the state news agency (SPA) reported early on Sunday. The Saudi king has previously ordered a curfew that took effect on March 23, from 7 pm to 6 am for 21 days, to curb the spread of the coronavirus, state media reported. Last week the kingdom placed its capital Riyadh and other big cities under a 24-hour curfew, locking down much of the population to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
COVID-19: Mumbai hospital shut after 26 nurses, 3 doctors test positive
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COVID-19: Mumbai hospital shut after 26 nurses, 3 doctors test positive

A major private hospital in Mumbai was shut to new patients and declared a coronavirus containment zone on Monday after 26 nurses and three doctors tested positive, an official said. Since the virus hit India — which has been under lockdown since March 25 with 111 deaths so far — medical workers have complained about not being given adequate protective gear. Mumbai city authority spokesman Vijay Khabale-Patil told AFP that the Wockhardt Hospital has been declared a “containment zone” after the cases were confirmed. “Three hundred staffers have been quarantined and the hospital is shut,” he told AFP. The United Nurses Association (UNA) in Mumbai accused hospital management of failing to protect staff by refusing to let them wear appropriate safety gear. “They told the medical...
Akure Explosion: I didn’t know i was carrying explosives in my truck – Truck Driver
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Akure Explosion: I didn’t know i was carrying explosives in my truck – Truck Driver

The driver of the truck that carried explosives which detonated, causing an explosion on Saturday at Eleyewo community in Akure, Ondo state revealed that he did not know he was carrying explosives. The driver of the truck, Isiaka Yinusa, was transporting explosives from a neighbouring state when the explosion happened at Eleyewo community in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State. Yinusa who is still recuperating from the surgery he underwent to remove shrapnel from his stomach, said he never knew when and how he got to hospital. Speaking in an interview on the state television, Yinusa said his boss contacted him to move some items from a stranded truck at Osu axis along Ife-Ibadan expressway. The consignment were loaded and was to deliver them to a company in Auchi, ...
COVID-19: Portugal prolongs lockdown for two more weeks
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COVID-19: Portugal prolongs lockdown for two more weeks

The Portuguese face at least another two weeks in lockdown after the government decided Wednesday to extend confinement measures as deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic near 200. The restrictions were first imposed on the 10-million population on March 19 but they have not been as extensive as in neighbouring Spain where more than 9,000 have died from the virus. Lisbon has ordered people to stay at home unless they have to work and to go out only for exercise, within the local area, to buy groceries, help relatives or walk the dog. Shops and restaurants have been closed but supermarkets and chemists remain open. Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced the extension to the state of emergency, which can be decreed only for periods of two weeks, and which parliament is expected to app...
Neymar Jr. Comics releases issues for free during coronavirus pandemic
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Neymar Jr. Comics releases issues for free during coronavirus pandemic

The graphic novel company, owned by PSG's star, hopes to keep isolated fans occupied during the crisis - while Tim Krul is also lending a hand The comic book company owned by Neymar has announced it will release hundreds of titles for free in order to combat boredom during coronavirus self-isolation. Measures to quarantine the population have been taken across the world, with many nations closing all but essential businesses and banning people from the streets in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19. Boredom is one of the main dangers of quarantine, but Neymar Jr. Comics has its own plan to help out its fans. "In the wake of global shutdowns and local quarantines related to the COVID-19 virus global pandemic, Fan The Flame Concepts LLC, an independent comic and graphic novel ...
W/Bank, IMF grant IDA countries debt relief
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W/Bank, IMF grant IDA countries debt relief

The World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, IMF, have suspended debt payments by their poor debtor countries. The debt relief as announced in a statement, yesterday, was specifically for  the International Development Association, IDA, countries, to mitigate the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the economies of the affected countries. IDA is the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries.  It complements the World Bank’s original lending arm, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD. The statement said, “The coronavirus outbreak is likely to have severe economic and social consequences for IDA countries. “They are home to a quarter of the world’s population and two-thirds of the world’s population living in extreme ...
South Africa Goes into Total Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Crisis
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South Africa Goes into Total Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Crisis

The South African Government has announced that the nation will be going into total lockdown from Thursday March 26, in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the measures after coronavirus cases in the country increased from 274 to 402 on Monday March 23. According to Ramaphosa, the stay-at-home order which will be effective till April 16 does not apply to essential services personnel, including police, health care workers and those involved in the supply of goods, including food. He said in his address to the nation; “We need to urgently and dramatically escalate our response. “The next few days are crucial. Without decisive action the number of people infected will rapidly increase. “This is extremely d...
TB Joshua Predicts Coronavirus will End March 27
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TB Joshua Predicts Coronavirus will End March 27

Founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, has predicted that the deadly Coronavirus disease will disappear on March 27. Joshua, the clairvoyant cleric and miracle worker with church headquarters at Ikotun, Lagos, had said on the SCOAN-owned Emmanuel TV that “the fearful Coronavirus which has caused fear and panic in the world will disappear the same way it came. Specifically, he said, “Coronavirus, the fearful virus plaguing the world will end on 27th March 2020″. However, the cleric’s prediction may have elicited hope amidst a disillusioned world population, considering that he has a reputation for giving predictions that often come to pass. Joshua, having recently reeled out various predictions for this year, reportedly struck a ...
All of Italy is on Lockdown as coronavirus cases rise
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All of Italy is on Lockdown as coronavirus cases rise

Italy is taking aggressive measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, including travel restrictions in and out of the country as the whole of Italy has been placed under lockdown as coronavirus continues to spread in Europe’s worst-affected country. "All the measure of the red zones are now extended to all of the national territory," Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said at a press conference on Monday evening as he also announced a ban on all public events until next month. According to the Prime Minister, the move was taken in order to protect the population, and especially the most fragile individuals. The lockdown will affect over 60 million people in Italy, including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. The country has 9,172 cases so far, the most of any European countr...
Hotel Used to Quarantine Suspected Cases of Coronavirus in China Collapses, Many Trapped
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Hotel Used to Quarantine Suspected Cases of Coronavirus in China Collapses, Many Trapped

A five-storey hotel being used to quarantine suspected cases coronavirus in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou collapsed on Saturday March 7, leaving about 70 people trapped. Videos shared from the scene of the incident showed rescue workers in orange overalls clambering over the rubble of the Quanzhou Xinjia Hotel and carrying people towards ambulances.   Though what caused the collapse is not clear at the time of filing this report, it was however gathered that about 35 people have been pulled from the rubble. The hotel reportedly opened in 2018 and had 80 guest rooms. An eyewitness said in a video posted on the Miaopai streaming app; “I was at a gas station and heard a loud noise. I looked up and the whole building collapsed. Dust was everywhere, and...
Coronavirus Spreads To Algeria, Brazil, France
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Coronavirus Spreads To Algeria, Brazil, France

A second case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been recorded in Africa just as the first case was confirmed in Brazil yesterday. France also reported a death from the epidemic. Algerian Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, reported the country’s first case of coronavirus, a statement from the World Health Organisation said. Africa’s first COVID-19 case was reported earlier this month in Egypt. The Brazil case was the first in Latin America, the country’s health ministry said. As of yesterday 81, 109 confirmed cases of the disease were recorded globally with 871 new cases recorded between Tuesday and yesterday. The WHO, in its daily situation report yesterday, said: “For the first time, since the onset of symptoms of the first identified case of COVID-19 on 8 ...
‘Ghost’ Population Of Humans Discovered In Ancient Africa
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‘Ghost’ Population Of Humans Discovered In Ancient Africa

During the Stone Age in what is now western Cameroon, four children who perished before their prime were buried in a natural rock shelter. Now, thousands of years later, an analysis of the ancient DNA found in their bones has revealed secrets about the people who lived there many millennia ago, according to a new study. Perhaps the most surprising finding is that these children are not related to the modern-day Bantu-speaking cultures that reside in the region today, researchers behind the study said. Rather, the Stone Age youngsters are genetically closer to the present-day hunter-gatherer groups of Central Africa, which are not closely related to Bantu speaking groups. This realization and others, including that a previously unknown "ghost" population contributed genetically to t...
Nwoko Battles Malaria in Antarctica
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Nwoko Battles Malaria in Antarctica

News from Cape Town, South Africa, indicated that the founder of Ned Nwoko Foundation and convener of the Malaria Eradication In Africa Project, Prince Ned Munir Nwoko, have left for Antarctica. Although, there are no humans live in Antarctica permanently, only plants and animals that can live in cold live there. The animals include penguins, seals, nematodes, tardigrades and mites However, about 1,000 to 5,000 people live through the year at the science stations in Antarctica. The Antarctica expedition is in furtherance of his strong determination to lead a global fight for the eradication of malaria scourge, which according to the World Health Organisation affected some 219 million people worldwide in 2017, out of which 435,000 of them succumbed to the disease in that year. ...
Nigeria Listed for Possible War Crimes by ICC
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Nigeria Listed for Possible War Crimes by ICC

The office of the prosecutor of the international criminal court (ICC) has listed Nigeria among 11 countries currently under probe for alleged war and international human rights crimes. The probe was announced in ICC's end of the year report on preliminary examination activities. Nigeria which was listed for possible war crimes alongside Venezuela, Colombia, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Palestine, Republic of Philippines, Ukraine and Bangladesh/Myanmar, is reportedly in phase three of the investigation stages dealing with admissibility (the last stage before the conclusion of investigation). A wide range of crimes allegedly committed in Nigeria since 2010 is currently being examined as disclosed in the report dated December the 5th, 2019. The intergovernmental organization and internat...
100-year-old Great-grandmother Joins Politics
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100-year-old Great-grandmother Joins Politics

Lisel Heise, a great-grandmother from Germany has said she is going into politics. According to AFP, the woman’s ambition to enter politics crystalised a few years before her 100th birthday, when organisers of a public hearing cut off her microphone. Heise, who retired from teaching school 40 years ago, was arguing for the reopening of an outdoor pool. “When I started out, some people really didn’t want to listen to me apparently — they even pulled the plug!” she said, still stunned by the impudence. “Now people from around the world are coming to talk to me. Who’s laughing now?” What changed was Heise’s election, against the odds, to the town council of Kirchheimbolanden in southwestern Germany just weeks after she embarked on her second century on the planet. It was...
Boko Haram kills Colonel, five soldiers in Borno State
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Boko Haram kills Colonel, five soldiers in Borno State

An Army colonel, a captain and his four escorts, as well as driver, have been killed by rampaging Boko Haram insurgents between Mainok and Jakana along Damaturu/Maiduguri highway. According to a report by TheNation, the Colonel and his convoy ran into some fleeing insurgents after a heavy gunfire exchange with soldiers at Jakana in an attack that lasted for hours. A military source who spoke on condition of anonymity, denied insinuations that it was an ambush. He said: “The Colonel with his escort was just unlucky to run into the insurgents on his way from Maiduguri to Damaturu without knowledge of the ongoing attack on the highway”. The source also confirmed that the Colonel is from 29 Task Force Brigade of Sector II of Operation Lafiya Dole.  The source also informed the insurgent...
Power will remain in the North in 2023 – Paul Unongo
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Power will remain in the North in 2023 – Paul Unongo

Former Chairman of Northern Elder’s Forum, NEF, Paul Unongo, has posited that power will remain in the north at the end of President Buhari's second tenure in 2023.   The Second Republic Minister stated that northerners contesting in the 2023 election was morally right because they have the population, and are also the ingredients to quicken the face and practice of democratization in Nigeria. He also said the northerners are not greedy and do not insist, but only believe that whatever happens is the will of Allah and that only Allah gives leadership.   On if it is morally right for northerners to contest in the 2023 election, Unongo said; “Yes, it will be morally right, that was why I told you that we are practicing budding and evolving democratic system and issues ...
Nigeria’s Population Now 190 Million – NPC
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Nigeria’s Population Now 190 Million – NPC

The National Population Commission has estimated that the population of the country is about 190 million. The Director-General of the commission, Dr Ghaji Ismail, who spoke at a press conference  on Tuesday, said it was imperative to conduct another census as soon as possible. Ismail said, “Based on data available to us, the present population is about 190 million. About three months ago, the United National Population Fund brought out a figure of 201 million. The UN figure is a function of the assumptions  we both  made. “You have to use models to arrive at the figures you are projecting. The margin of error is very small. It is more imperative that the government should undertake another census. “It strengthens our case that we should have undertaken another census. The last ...
AfCFTA: What Buhari Said after Signing Agreement
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AfCFTA: What Buhari Said after Signing Agreement

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday declared Nigeria’s commitment to trade and African integration. He spoke in Niamey at the opening of the African Union (AU) Summit after signing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. He told the Summit that Nigeria will build on the event by proceeding expeditiously with the ratification of the AfCFTA. ‘‘Nigeria wishes to emphasize that free trade must also be fair trade. ‘‘As African leaders, our attention should now focus on implementing the AfCFTA in a way that develops our economies and creates jobs for our young, dynamic and hardworking population. ‘‘I wish to assure you, that Nigeria shall sustain its strong leadership role in Africa, in the implementation of the AfCFT...

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