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Samuel Ogundipe is a general assignment reporter at PREMIUM TIMES. At various times, he has covered the Presidency, National Assembly and Defence. Twitter: @SamuelOgundipe

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

EXCLUSIVE: Boko Haram War: Nigerian Army suspends voluntary retirement of soldiers

The Nigerian Army has suspended approvals for voluntary retirement requests from soldiers. In an internal memo, the army said the rate at which applications to quit service were flooding its headquarters lately was "disheartening". The directive, which military sources told PREMIUM TIMES went out late March, said all forms 9B…

5G Mast [PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters]

Coronavirus: Britons go on rampage, destroy 5G masts over ‘baseless’ conspiracy theory

A ‘baseless’ conspiracy theory that caught social media frenzy this week has been linked to at least two suspected arson attacks in the United Kingdom. The unfounded claim, which has been repeatedly debunked by mainstream scientists and fact-checkers, linked coronavirus to 5G broadband technology without any scientific evidence. After circulating…

Dapo Abiodun [PHOTO: TheCable]

Coronavirus: Five-year-old donates N950 savings towards medical supplies

A five-year-old schoolgirl has donated her savings to support the battle against the coronavirus pandemic in Ogun State. Kemi Ogunleye, a Basic-1 pupil, made the donation of N950 following government's appeal for support to get medical supplies for coronavirus patients in the state, according to her father Olalekan. "My daughter…

Dr. Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma, Chairman of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) Innoson Group. [Photo credit: YouTube]

Coronavirus: Innoson seeks N4 billion loan to start producing ventilators

Innoson Motors has approached the Nigerian government for a loan as it prepares to start producing ventilators and other medical equipment to support the country's beleaguered public health infrastructure, the company told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday. The company this week asked for N4 billion to help fast-track its production of ventilators…

China's Doctors, Fighting the Coronavirus [PHOTO CREDIT: The New York Times]

Coronavirus: China publishing fake data to deceive countries — Report

A classified intelligence submitted to President Donald Trump said China has been under-reporting the number of infections and casualties within its borders. The fresh intelligence submitted to President Donald Trump has accused the Chinese government of manipulating its data on the coronavirus pandemic, the report said on Wednesday. Bloomberg cited…

Bobi Wine, Obasanjo, Sirleaf others release song for Africa

Coronavirus: Bobi Wine, Obasanjo, Sirleaf others release song for Africa

Some top music artists, political and religious leaders in Africa have teamed up to release a music video to rally the continent as it reels from the global coronavirus pandemic. ‪Starring Ugandan reggae icon Bobi Wine and Cape Town’s folk-rock legend Robin Auld, the new video, released on Wednesday and…

Nigerian Army soldier

Nigerian Army removes commander who complained of Boko Haram attack on troops

The Nigerian Army has removed a senior commander who appeared in a video complaining about poor equipping of troops after an attack by Boko Haram left dozens of soldiers dead. Olusegun Adeniyi, a major-general and commander of operation lafiya dole, Nigeria's counter-terrorism headquarters in Maiduguri, was removed on Monday, according…

Coronavirus outbreak... Enugu State recorded cases for the first time

Coronavirus: Nigeria has 350 ICU beds for 200 million people

At midday on March 17, a week after the World Health Organisation declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic and 20 days after Nigeria reported its index case, Chikwe Ihekweazu — a consultant epidemiologist now leading Nigeria's war against the spread of COVID-19 — called a meeting of top medical experts…

Philippines on map

Coronavirus: Air ambulance crashes in Philippines, kills all onboard

An air ambulance operated by Philippines health officials crashed shortly after departure from Manila International Airport on Sunday, local media reported. The crash killed all eight people on board, including crew and medical professionals, news website Rappler said. The website cited airport officials as stating that the plane burst into…

Abuja City Gate.

Coronavirus: Agency nabs Abuja pastor for holding Sunday service

A team of enforcement officers against public gathering have shut down a church and arrested its lead preacher for holding Sunday service despite warnings against such activities around Abuja, the nation's capital. U.U. Uden (Full name unclear) was arrested while holding Sunday service at his Jesus Reign Family Church in…

National Hospital, Abuja

Coronavirus: Workers oppose plan to use National Hospital as isolation centre

Some workers of the National Hospital in Abuja have kicked against moves by the management to convert a ward at the facility to an isolation centre for coronavirus patients. At least three senior doctors at the hospital have carried out an inspection of the male and female ward as they…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Coronavirus: With Buhari absent from frontline, governors exercise presidential powers

In Kano, Governor Umar Ganduje closed all land boundaries and the state's airport. In Delta, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa shut all routes leading in and out of the state. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State halted all land, sea and air traffic. As  the coronavirus pandemic makes rapid inroads into Nigeria's…

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson

Coronavirus: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the first major world leader to do so. The BBC reported that the UK leader is experiencing mild symptoms and has isolated himself to avoid infecting others. The UK is amongst the hardest hit countries in Europe. Details shortly...

President Donald Trump

UPDATED: U.S. clarifies visa advice to foreign medical doctors

The United States has advised medical professionals with approved immigration petition to contact its embassies or consulates for possible visa appointments, indicating preference for those working to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement, published on the Department of State’s website Thursday night, also stated that medical experts looking to move…

Jack Ma's medical consignment arrives Nigeria

Coronavirus: Jack Ma’s medical consignment arrives Nigeria

A consignment of medical supplies donated by Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, has arrived Nigeria. The Chinese billionaire had used his foundation to forward millions of face masks, testing kits and other protective equipment to Africa as the continent battles to arrest the spread of COVID-19, a deadly disease…

A ventilator - The New York Times

Coronavirus: We’re ready to produce ventilators, other medical equipment — Innoson

Nigerian auto manufacturer Innoson said on Monday that it was ready to convert its assembly lines to start producing critical medical equipment that may be in short supply as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic. A shortage of ventilators and other critical equipment has become a growing concern amidst rising…

President Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari

Coronavirus: Nigerian lawmakers rejecting airport screening, Buhari’s chief of staff says

President Muhammadu Buhari's chief of staff, Abba Kyari, has raised an urgent public health alarm to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, informing him of the arrogance of some Nigerian lawmakers towards health officials. Mr Kyari, in a letter to Femi Gbajabiamila on March 21, said the minister of…

Bishop David Oyedepo preaching

Coronavirus: Oyedepo holds service, vows to keep Winners Chapel open

A major Nigerian pentecostal preacher has vowed to continue holding Sunday service for thousands of his followers, spurning worldwide medical advisory against physical contact at a time of blazing coronavirus. David Oyedepo brushed aside the potential hazards of his decision to defy government restrictions on social gatherings across Nigeria, saying…

Germany Chancellor, Angela Merkel

Coronavirus: German Chancellor Merkel quarantined #Coronavirus

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has isolated herself at home after a doctor she saw last week tested positive to coronavirus. Ms Merkel's decision came after her press briefing on Sunday in which she imposed restriction on any gathering above two people across Germany. She was told after the press conference…

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel

Coronavirus: Germany bans gathering of more than two people

Germany has imposed a public gathering restriction of not more than two people on its citizens, marking yet another stringent step in the fight to stop the spread of coronavirus. Angela Merkel, the country's chancellor, announced on Sunday no more than two people should henceforth be seen together in public.…

American senator, Rand Paul (Photo Credit: cnn.com)

U.S. Senator tests positive for coronavirus

An American senator, Rand Paul, tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, the first for America's upper legislative chamber. "Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive…

NIGERIA: Nigerian police force

Coronavirus: Police to detain only hardened crime suspects after screening

The Nigeria police would commence screening of criminal suspects for possible traits of coronavirus before sending them into detention, police chief Muhammad Adamu said on Sunday. Consequently, only hardened criminal suspects would now be recommended for detention in police cells across the country. The police chief directed that "adequate measures…

Emirates Airlines (Photo Credit: twitter.com)

Emirates Airlines suspends all passenger flight operations

Emirates Airlines, one of the world's largest aviation businesses, has announced suspension of all passenger flights from March 25. The airline said Sunday afternoon its cargo operations would continue to provide critical logistics as the world battles to stymie the fury of COVID-19, an infectious disease caused by coronavirus. "As…

David Adeleke A.K.A Davido (Photo Credit: Pulse)

Despite govt advisory, Davido performs at Ibadan clubs

Musician Davido proceeded with a club appearance that had more than 50 people in attendance at Nigeria's largest city of Ibadan on Saturday, missing an opportunity to be a voice for awareness against coronavirus. Governments across the world have been advising citizens to desist from taking part in a gathering…

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Coronavirus: Lagosians defy advisory, hold weddings

Hundreds of partygoers attended several wedding events that held across Lagos on Saturday — defying government advisory about potentially harmful implications of gathering in large numbers amidst coronavirus outbreak. A wedding programme held at an event centre in Ajao Estate and another in Alausa, two downtown Lagos neighbourhoods, on Saturday…