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Hospital director in Wuhan dies of Covid-19

A hospital director in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan, the epicenter of a new coronavirus outbreak, died from the disease on Monday, state media reported on Tuesday. Liu Zhiming, Director of Wuchang Hospital, died from infection with the new coronavirus, which has so far spread to more than 72,000 people…

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Police extend curfew in Bayelsa to February 23

The Bayelsa State Police Command has extended the three-day dusk-to dawn curfew earlier imposed on the state from February 17 to February 23. The State Commissioner of Police, Uche Anozia, announced the curfew extension on Monday during a press briefing in Yenagoa, the state capital. “The Bayelsa State Police Command…

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Buhari sends delegation to Katsina over bandits attack

A federal government delegation led by the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, arrived Katsina State on Monday, extending heartfelt condolences to Governor Aminu Bello Masari and Emir of Katsina, Abdulmuminu Usman, over the recent killings by bandits. The delegation was sent by President Muhammadu Buhari to commiserate with government and…

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Gunmen kill 24 in attack on Burkina Faso church

Gunmen killed 24 people, including a pastor, in an attack on a church during Sunday mass in northwestern Burkina Faso, four security sources said on Monday. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack, which came as militant groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State…

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Insecurity: 1013 killed in Niger Delta in 2019 – Report

No fewer than 1013 people were killed in at least 416 conflicts and violent attacks in the Niger Delta in 2019, a report shows. According to the Foundation for Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND) in its Niger Delta Annual Conflict Report, the deaths from such violence increased in…

Senator Douye Diri

New Bayelsa gov meets state lawmakers, urges early passage of 2020 Budget

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has urged the state House of Assembly to expedite passage of the 2020 Appropriation Bill he would soon present for consideration. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Diri made the appeal when he met the 24-member state legislature on Monday in…

Abdulrasheed Akanbi

Osun govt. speaks on Oluwo, Agbowu face-off

The Osun State Government has described the face-off between the Oluwo of Iwo, Abdulrasheed Akanbi and the Agbowu of Ogbaagba, Dhikrulahi Akinropo, as unfortunate and avoidable. Mr Akanbi was alleged to have assaulted Mr Akinropo during a peace meeting at the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge…

Rotimi Akeredolu

Ondo IGR increases to N2.2 bn monthly

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Monday announced an increase in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state from N750 million to N2.2 billion monthly since the inception of his administration. Mr Akeredolu disclosed this in Akure, the state capital, during the induction of the second batch of…

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Russian woman who fled coronavirus quarantine ordered to return

A Russian court ordered an undiagnosed local woman to return to coronavirus quarantine on Monday after she fled days earlier, from what she described as dismal conditions. The 32-year-old woman had been quarantined in St Petersburg’s Botkin Hospital upon returning home after a trip to China. She fled the facility…

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Afforestation: Nigeria to plant 300 millon trees in 2020 — Official

The Acting Director, Department of Forestry, Federal Ministry of Environment, Tiamiyu Oladele, has announced plans by the federal government to plant 30 million tree seedlings in 2020 to accelerate afforestation in the country. Mr Oladele made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday…

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99 more coronavirus cases confirmed on Japan cruise ship

Japan’s Health Ministry said on Monday that 99 more people on a quarantined cruise ship in the port of Yokohama have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases on the vessel to 454. Japanese health officials have so far screened a total of 1,723 people…

A Pakistani health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a child at a school during a polio vaccination campaign in Karachi on April 9, 2018.

Pakistan to vaccinate 40 million children amid fears of polio

Pakistani authorities have targeted 40 million children in the first nationwide polio vaccination drive of the year that began on Monday amid fears of a resurgence. “Over 250,000 health workers would be on the streets throughout the week to vaccinate children under the age of five,’’ Pakistan’s health chief Zafar…

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Cruise ship coronavirus rings alarm bells; recession looms for Japan, Singapore

Authorities on Monday scrambled to track hundreds of cruise ship passengers scattered across the world after a woman who had been on board tested positive for coronavirus, highlighting the risks of a worsening global infection. Across mainland China, officials said the total number of coronavirus cases rose by 2, 048…

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One dead in Abuja truck accident

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said one person was crushed to death and four others were injured by a truck on Sunday at Kugbo along Nyanya road, Abuja. The Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Bisi Kazeem, who confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the accident…

NiMet predicts weather across Nigeria

NiMet predicts Monday’s weather across Nigeria

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted dust haze condition over the northern cities while the central and southern cities are to be in sunny and hazy condition. NiMet’s weather outlook on Sunday in Abuja further predicted possibilities of cloud building up around the coastal region during forecast period. “For…

Timipre Sylva [PHOTO CREDIT: @SylvaTimipre]

Bayelsa Governorship: Sylva apologises to Buhari, says APC remains strong

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, has urged the people of Bayelsa to Shun all acts of violence and lawlessness. Mr Sylva made this known in a statement he signed and released on Sunday. “I want to use this moment to call on all the people of…

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Fire destroys eight shops in Apongbon market, Lagos – LASEMA

The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said that eight shops were destroyed by a fire outbreak in Apongbon Under Bridge Market in Lagos on Sunday. Mr Oke-Osanyintolu made this known in an interview with a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent at the scene of the…

EPL: Son double sinks Villa to send Tottenham Hotspur fifth

Son Heung-min struck a stoppage time winner, after a dreadful error from Bjorn Engels, as Tottenham Hotspur won 3-2 at Aston Villa to move up to fifth in the Premier League. In an enthralling match, Villa went ahead in the ninth minute when Spurs defender, Toby Alderweireld, turned an Anwar…

Federal Medical Center (FMC), Jabi, Abuja.

Resident doctors decry assault on member at Abuja hospital

Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja has condemned an alleged assault on one of its members while on call on Saturday. The Association in a statement signed by its President, Adejo Arome, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) on Sunday in…

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Nigerian Air Force did not kill 250 insurgents – Official

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says a supposed ‘Breaking News Flash’ with the headline “Nigerian Air Force Kills Over 250 Boko Haram Fighters In Maiduguri” is totally fake. An air commodore, Ibikunle Daramola, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, made this known in a statement on Sunday in…

Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum [PHOTO: Thecable.ng]

Borno governor visits Niger Republic, plans repatriation of 120,000 refugees

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno has visited Niger Republic to discuss modalities for safe and dignified repatriation of 120,000 refugees. Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to the governor on Public Relations and Strategy, made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday in Maiduguri. Mr Gusau said that the governor had…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Gunmen kidnap Perm. Sec. in Nasarawa – Police

Jibrin Giza, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works in Nasarawa State, was in the early hours of Sunday abducted by yet to be identified gunmen. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bola Longe, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia. Mr Longe told NAN that…

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Okada Ban: Accidents reducing in Lagos – Deputy Governor

The Lagos State Government has reaffirmed its decision to ban commercial motorcycles (okada) and tricycles (keke) on major roads in Lagos metropolis. In a statement issued by his office on Friday, the state's Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, said that the government was determined to reduce accidents and vices associated with…

Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abubakar

FG to re-evaluate Ogoniland clean-up project

The federal government says it is planning to make critical changes on Ogoniland clean up with intent to accelerate the pace of the project. Minister of Environment, Mohammad Abubakar, disclosed this while inspecting some of the 21 remediation sites in Alode, Eleme Local Government Area, Rivers on Friday. Mr Abubakar…

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official webpage of the Nigerian Army]

Buratai orders evacuation of stranded passengers on Maiduguri-Damboa road

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, a lieutenant general, on Friday, ordered his convoy to evacuate some passengers whose vehicle broke down along Maiduguri-Damboa road in Borno State. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Buratai who was en route at the time, ensured that all passengers in the…