March 2020 - ESUT PARROT

Give Nigerians one-month free subscription, Keyamo tells DSTV, GOTV, others

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has asked direct broadcast satellite service providers in Nigeria to support the fight against COVID-19 by giving Nigerians an extension on their current subscription.

In a series of tweets on Monday, Mr Keyamo urged DSTV and Star Times to extend existing subscriptions by one month, to aid ease the pains of many across the nation.

The minister also urged the the major telecommunication companies in Nigeria to give out some tokens of airtime and data in a bid to ease the pains of Nigerians and to help them stay connected to their loved ones in this trying times.

''As one of the Ministers entrusted with the welfare of Nigerian workers, I politely urge @DStvNg & @StarTimes_Ng to extend all EXISTING subscriptions by at least one month, free-of-charge, as their own contribution to ease the pains of Nigerian workers at this time of lockdown

''I would also urge @MTNNG @9mobileng @AirtelNigeria @GloWorld to consider giving Nigerians some token airtime & data to ease their pains & to ensure that communication with individuals & authorities is ensured in cases of emergencies, especially when toll-free numbers are busy.''

Mr Keyamo had in some earlier tweets on March 26, opined that God allowed the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease to afflict the human race.

Sierra Leone lifts ban on pregnant girls attending school

Sierra Leone has overturned a ban on pregnant girls attending school in a victory for human rights activists who had fought against it for five years.

The West African country introduced the ban in 2015 after a rise in r.a.p.e, abuse and poverty during the deadly Ebola outbreak fueled a spike in teenage pregnancies.

The government held that allowing pregnant girls to attend school would tire them out, expose them to ridicule and encourage other girls to get pregnant, while critics said the ban increased stigma and set thousands back in their studies.

“The Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education... hereby announces that the ‘ban on pregnant girls attending school’ is overturned with immediate effect,” the government said in a statement.

“Overturning the ban is the first step in building a radically inclusive Sierra Leone where all children are able to live and learn in safety and dignity.”

After years of advocacy proved unfruitful, human rights groups filed a case against Sierra Leone with West Africa’s top court in 2018.

The court ruled in their favour in December, saying the ban was discriminatory and violated the right to equal education.

“It’s been such a long fight,” said Sierra Leonean child rights activist Chernor Bah.

“We didn’t need to have gone through this. I feel for those girls who were abandoned by this policy, who went through all of this and who, most of them, will never probably recover,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Education Minister David Sengeh said the state would replace the ban with two new policies focused on “radical inclusion” and “comprehensive safety” in the education system.

COVID-19: Be professional in enforcing lockdown, Sanwo-Olu tells security operatives

Be friendly in enforcing the lockdown order announced on Sunday by President Muhammadu Buhari.

That was the charge of the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to security agents on Monday night as lockdown in Lagos commenced 11pm.

The Governor called for high professionalism on the part of the enforcement team in dealing with erring persons, cautioning that high-handedness may lead to violation of human rights of residents.

Sanwo-Olu gave the charge in a discussion with commanders of all security formations in the State during a Security Council meeting held at the State House in Marina.

President Buhari had announced 14-day cessation of movement in Lagos, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Ogun State as part of the steps to break the cycle of the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. Lagos is the worst hit among the three states locked down by the Federal Government.

Aaron Carter's girlfriend arrested for domestic violence after scratching singer's arm

The girlfriend of singer Aaron Carter has reportedly been arrested for domestic violence.

Melanie Martin has allegedly been taken to police headquarters after she is said to have had a physical fight with the singer and he ended up with a scratched arm.

TMZ has claimed that the couple had a fight in their Lancaster, California home, when police arrived at the house.

The site has reported that Martin is in custody with a $50,000 bail.

It has been claimed that the LA County Sheriff's Department was called to 32-year-old Carter's home at 11pm on Sunday evening.

The singer reportedly had scratches on his arm from the alleged scuffle and the reason given for the police response was noted as 'domestic violence.'

Source told the site that the altercation had started as a 'verbal argument' before it turned physical.

The pair have been inseparable since self-isolating together during the coronavirus pandemic and they have presented a united front on social media.

It would seem that the peace and harmony was broken and Carter has presented photographs of the scratch marks on his arms.

Tania Omotayo's daughter, Sarai turns one (photos)

Tania Omotayo's daughter, Sarai is one. She turned one yesterday and her mom shared photos from a shoot she had. Only if a party was allowed. Happy first birthday SARAI!

Photos: Police block Lagos-Ibadan expressway as lock down order takes effect

As part of plans to effectively lock down the Lagos metropolis, the police have blocked the inbound and outbound sections of the Lagos-Ibadan express way.

This move follows the recent order by President Muhammadu Buhari, in line with local and global best practices for curbing the spread of COVID-19.

In his nationwide broadcast on Sunday, President Buhari ordered that a total lock down be observed in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in a bid to combat the virus. More photos below...

Military ready to enforce coronavirus lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun

The Defence Headquarters says the military is ready to implement the presidential order on the restriction of movement to curtail the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, announced this on Monday while briefing reporters at the DHQ in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

This comes a day after President Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Watch the video below...

Davido's dad, Adedeji Adeleke also donates N1bn

Davido's dad Adedeji Adeleke has also donated the sum on N1b to fight coronavirus.

He made N500m donation to the Federal Government, while also donating N500m worth of food stuff across Osun state

Nigerian doctors cry out as disposable gloves sold for N1500 now sells at N25.000

Trolololo. Medical Doctors in Nigeria have lamented the high cost of medical consumables in the country, following the outbreak of the novel COVID-19, global pandemic.

The Doctors who spoke under the aegis of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (GPMPN), on Monday, appealed to governments at all levels to come to their aide by providing them with grants and medical equipments, materials, to continue in saving people of the country from avoidable deaths.

The people spoke in a news statement they held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital yesterday lamented that  cost health care delivery in the country has sky rocketed while medical bills to patients remain the same.

In a document read by the National President of the group, Dr. Iky Odo they noted that although medical service is  a social service, but said unless help comes for them, high cost of material will frustrate them out of their jobs and the already mentally and financially stressed citizens of the country will suffer the consequences and could even die of treatable ailments.

They called on the Federal, State, Local governments, well meaning individuals, foundations multinational companies to assist them to help them remain in Practice and continue to contribute their   quota into national health and stability.

They said, “the private doctors in the country are the primary care doctors, they are the gateway to health delivery in the country, they are the first respondent to every health situation.

“These doctors take care of the majority of the population health care condition, with over 70 per cent of the citizens looking up to them. They are in clinic and hospitals in the country, readily available and acessible, their role is not just fundamental, but critical.

“In this undertaking time in the medical history of the nation, they are the most in demand, the most available, accessible, most vulnerable and endangered.

“They are ready to play their professional role to the country now as ever, howevee, what is happening is at best a false majored,an act of God, beyond the calculation and expectations  of any man.

“It is an unusual situation that demands unusual solution. Countries, Companies,shopes, markets are sitting down everywhere, cost of items have gone astronomically high, but we are open, and as a doctor you sit down in your consulting room, you do not know who the next person your to see will be, that person can be a Corona patient, and you will not ignore him, you must attend to him and care for him.

“But this is uncommon disease, highly infectious, viral and to attend to such people, you will need to kit yourself properly, because any window it gets, your infected, so anybody can be a patient.

“As we speak, disposable gloves we used to buy for N1,500 a packet, is now sold for N25, 000, face masks that used to go for N3000, is now between N25, 000 and N30,000, the Infra-red thermometer which was sold for N5,000, two weeks ago, as at last week it is now N90,000, how about the coverall kit we used to buy for between N500 and N1,000 is now N10, 000.” they lamented.

Don't tag me in any Instagram challenge again, it's time to go on our knees and ask God for help, angry Pretty Mike says

When the Bible says God's judgement will start from the church, and we even read of a thief making Heaven, lol people questioned that, why? A thief?? See ehn, our so called preachers, holy marys, gospel singers hahaha don't be surprised on the last day, don't be surprised.

Prettymike is classified as a womanizer, ofcus a club owner (what sin is higher than that right? lol, I mean every manner of sin happens at the club right, lol (yimu), see eh, me i wont be surprised to see Pretty Mike in Heaven and well, a man that carry's God on his head but can't speak the truth at crucial times in hell. So many are scared of being criticized, so they say, it's just a virus. Trolololo virus kwa?

Anyway, Pretty Mike has joined the truth gang, dropping a bombshell on IG asking people not to tag him and get serious for once or is it until we all perish? He said to him, we have had enough fun and it's time to return to our creator. He also chastised those still faking it on the gram, I mean a lot are still doing that. Taking to IG and addressing what has made the world STAND STILL, Pretty Mike wrote;... read below...

''I think it’s time for us to wake up and face reality......There is a global crisis......the whole world has been brought to a stand still ever since the spread of this epidemic...gradually the world has been shutting down,children forced to leave school,universities shut down,families forced into isolation,the economy going downhill by the minute, it’s the end of the month and alot of companies can’t even afford to pay their works salaries ☹️ and u can’t blame dem because there hasn’t been no business for a min....deaths recorded by the thousands and it keeps getting worse by the day......85% of what makes it to the gram is not people’s real lives...I’m yet to see a post of a woman showing us where her husband beat her last night,or a post of where a mother is going crazy over the commotion the kids are causing at home....instagram isn’t reality....poor families stuck at home without any means to take care of themselves....this is the harsh truth right now and Nigeria is no exemption.....this is not the time to blame our governments,Pastors,celebrities or social media influences for not doing their jobs. It’s about time we all take a chill pill and take responsibility of ourselves and surroundings.....some of us are still ignorant to how severe this is media is full of different tiktok and triller challenges,while some just want to kill themselves in this house party app ....Pls and I say pls again, no one should tag me in any Instagram challenge again 😑haven’t we had enough fun already......when are we going to take this seriously....the world is in crisis and before it gets better it would get worst and we are yet to see the worst of it here in Nigeria I’m not a saint,but it’s about time we all get on our knees and call upon the creator and ask for his HELPπŸ™πŸ½ or is it until Desert Locust starts eating us all ☹️...Pls maintain social distancing and isolate urself positively,the faster we all realize how serious this is,the faster for us to get through it ... this is wake up call for me.... What about You ?????''

Outrage as reckless Russian expert wrongly advises pregnant women to have abortions during coronavirus pandemic

A Russian expert has shockingly told women to have abortions during the coronavirus pandemic despite there being no evidence of the virus’ impact on unborn babies.

Viktor Maleev, from the Russian Academy of Science, issued the outrageous advice as he urged women to either terminate their pregnancies or “not get pregnant” in the first place.

However, despite Mr Maleev’s comments - there is no indication of how coronavirus impacts pregnancy, or even if pregnant women can pass the virus to their unborn babies.

Leading UK experts have said there is “no evidence” that the virus may lead to miscarriages, there is “no evidence” the virus can pass to babies in the womb, and it is “unlikely” the virus would cause problems for babies' development.

Mr Maleev, the head of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, said:

“We recommend to be careful at the early stages, do not get pregnant or terminate.”

He also outrageously claimed that coronavirus can “influence conception” - but failed to offer any evidence as most experts do not believe this is the case.

His comments were first reported by state-run Russian newspaper RIA Novosti.

The academic himself even admitted there is “very little data” about the impacts on pregnancy after making his seemingly baseless comments.

Mr Maleev also remarked that it is very likely to get COVID-19 through paperwork, which might have been exposed to infected saliva - urging people to instead “work with gadgets”.

Oksana Drapkina, from Russia’s ministry of health, also said there is no scientific information about danger to the fetus.

Ooni urges Nigerians to explore potentials in herbal medicine for coronavirus cure

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has urged Nigerians to explore potentials in herbal medicine for the cure of coronavirus.

The monarch speaking during a press conference in his palace on Monday contended that the traditional herbal medicine has the potency to cure coronavirus adding a divine proclamation came out to the world last year June 6th 2019, during the World Ifa Festival – Otura Meji which foretold the impending rage of this invisible pandemic war.

“The cure to the pandemic Coronavirus lies in the ability to explore potentials of the alternative natural medicine.”

“We should not condemn the alternative medical practitioner at this point in time. I attest to its potency, it has been used to cure many chronic diseases. As spiritual head, this pandemic was foretold last year June. It is to help humanity in Nigeria.

“Cuba as a country that has strong traditional ties with Nigeria and the Kingdom of Ife, in particular, have not only defeated the Covid-19 but now rendering huge medical assistance to several countries across the world because they value their cultural heritage which they got from us.”

“As the spiritual head, I have a lot gathered for the use of mankind as I am also currently working with Yem Kem International (Alternative Medicine Expert) pharmaceutical company for the packaging and distribution of these medications globally. I also challenge researchers both in Nigeria and abroad to make these natural herbs into clinical medicine and extract the vaccines from it,'', he said.

Ooni also admonished Nigerians to learn from the worst-hit nations and also find means in keeping their environment clean and maintain good hygiene to curb the spread of coronavirus and other diseases.

COVID-19: China deports foreigner for abusing health officers

Chinese authorities have ordered a foreign national to be deported after the “foreigner” assaulted health officers who asked him to wear face mask, according to an official statement.

The foreign national was captured in a video yelling ‘motherf*****’ at the officials before throwing his phone at them.

The foreign resident is facing deportation after being arrested by local police for disrupting public services.

“We received a report that a foreigner in our jurisdiction did not wear a mask while entering the residential complex he lived in and disobeyed the property management staff,

“His behaviours disrupted the public order and we ordered him to leave the country within a time limit,” Chinese local police stated in their statement.

The statement did not mention the man’s nationality, but officers confirmed to MailOnline that he comes from Morocco.

A witness told the local press that the foreign national appeared to be intoxicated.

“I was at the convenience shop nearby when I heard someone smashing things and shouting,’ the witness told Pear Video. ‘He smelled of alcohol.”

Covid-19: Youths allegedly battle garri sellers over hike in price

Some youths in Udu area of Udu local government area yesterday reportedly stormed some markets in the area forcing garri sellers to revert to the old price of N800 naira for the small paint can.

The youths according to eye witness accounts were heard shouting that the lockdown which commences in the state from Wednesday should not trigger off hike in the price of foodstuff.

Meantime there has been hike in the price of foodstuff in several markets.

A paint of Garri which sold between N750 and N800 as at yesterday went for N1800. A paint can of beans which was N600 as at yesterday was selling for N900. A tuber of yam that was sold between N500 to N600 as at yesterday was selling for N900.

Some of the traders told the Vanguard that they had no choice but to increase the price for what they sold.

“If we don’t increase our price for what we sell we can’t buy things we need at the end of the day from others that have raised their process”, some said.

COVID-19: Oyo traces 101 contacts as cases hit seven

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Oyo State was seven as of Monday.

It was learnt that the blood samples of some persons being located through contact tracing had already been sent to the diagnostic centre.

The state Incident Manager, Dr Olabode Ladipo, who spoke in a telephone interview with punch correspondent on Monday, said, “We are still with 76 (cases). One of those cases seems to have recovered. We are going to have confirmation of his results very soon.

 “If the result comes out negative, we would have had a case that has recovered in Oyo State. However, we are expecting the second results which might be in any time from now.

 “We are still with seven (confirmed) cases and we are still following up with the contacts. At this point in time, we have a total of 101 cases that we are tracing. We have been able to make contact with about 50 of them. We are trying hard to locate the others.”

  Asked how they follow up on the already traced contacts, he said, “We call them every day. We actually try and see them every other day or every three days.”

 Ladipo said 28 samples had been sent for tests.

He added, “The (availability) of kits is the major issue now. But you have to understand that it is a thing that is all over the world now, not in the country alone. We are trying to see how we can work with the virology laboratory and make up by improvising so that we would be able to meet the demand for testing.”

Kwara restriction task force shuts church, arrests transporters

The United Bank for Africa on Monday boosted the fight against the coronavirus in Kwara State with a donation of N28.5m.

The state Technical Committee on COVID-19 said that it shut down a church in Idofian, a suburb of Ilorin on Sunday, while 15 transporters were arrested and 80 motorcycles seized on Monday for alleged violation of the partial lockdown rules in the state.

Presenting the cheque to the state Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, who is the chairman of the Technical Committee on COVID19, in the state, Mr Kazeem Salaudeen, Head of UBA in Kwara, said it was the financial institution’s way of supporting the government in the fight against the spread of the virus.

The deputy governor, in his reaction, expressed appreciation to the bank for the gesture and promised that the money would be domiciled in the bank for accountability purposes.

He also promised that the funds would be judiciously used to ensure that the state contain coronavirus and manage the situation very well.

Earlier before the presentation, Alabi had briefed members of the committee on COVID-19 that no fewer than 15 transporters were arrested on Monday for violating the government’s directive and protocols on the partial lockdown imposed on the people to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the state.

The deputy governor disclosed that no fewer than 80 motorcycles were sized for violating the stay-at-home order.

Alabi said he had directed that none of the arrested persons or property sized should be released out until he gaves any further directive from him.

He commended the members of the task force for their self

Troops kill Boko Haram leader, Usamah, others in Borno

Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole being coordinated by the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, have killed a top Boko Haram leader, Abu Usamah, and scores of other terrorists during a gun battle with the insurgents in Gorgi in the Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The military said on Monday that Usamah, one of the top commanders of the insurgents, was killed by troops on a subsidiary operation, Ayiso Tamonuma, noting that his death had created a “consequential vacuum in the Boko Haram leadership.”

The Defence Media Operations in a statement noted that ammunition including two AK-47 rifles, two AK-47 rifle magazines, one Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb, 273 rounds of Anti-Aircraft Gun ammunition, 101 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and a Boko Haram terrorists’ were recovered after the killing of Usamah.

The Director, DMO, Brig Gen Bernard Onyeuko, said, “Own communication intercept confirmed by accurate intelligence revealed that a top Boko Haram Commander, Abu Usamah, was among those Boko Haram insurgents killed during the Gorgi encounter. He sustained gunshot wounds in the fire fight that ensued during the encounter before his foot soldiers hurriedly evacuated him and withdrew. Nevertheless, Abu Usamah died in the process.

“His death has no doubt created a consequential vacuum in the Boko Haram leadership particularly as the gallant troops remain resilient and continue to rout the criminal elements from their last enclaves in the North-East.”

The military spokesman noted that in another development, troops of 159 Task Force Battalion in Kanama community in the Yunusari LGA of Yobe State, killed scores of the Boko Haram terrorists and the Islamic State’s West Africa Province insurgents who attempted to infiltrate their location on Friday.

“The terrorists were decimated by troops supported by the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole. Furthermore, during the encounter, several terrorists were neutralised while one Gun Truck and various arms and ammunition were captured by the troops,” Onyeuko added.

Cross River turns back 35 US oil workers, demands thorough screening

The Cross River State Government on Monday turned back 35 American oil workers over coronavirus screening.

The state government was said to have asked the workers to go for further screening in Lagos or Abuja before they would be allowed in.

It was gathered that they were later taken to Abuja.

A Charter flight said to be from the United States on Monday landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, with the Americans heading to Calabar, Cross River State.

An eyewitness said the Americans came into the country to work with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.

According to findings, after screening by officials of the Port Health Services, the Americans were taken to Calabar onboard an Air Peace charter flight.

An industry source said the flight was part of the special flights granted permission by the Federal Government to land during the suspension of all commercial and private jets movements in the country due to the shutdown of the international airports over COVID-19.

The source said an approval was given by the Ministry of Aviation before the flight.

Kim Kardashian melts hearts with ultra sweet photo of her smiling sons Saint and Psalm

Kim Kardashain brought some cheer to her fans Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The reality star, 39, shared a heart-warming photo of her darling sons, Saint, four, and Psalm, 10 months, playing with one another.

In the photo, the youngsters smiled wide whilst nestled against two white pillows.

'My boys,' Kim captioned the photo with two grey heart emojis.

Psalm was the picture of happiness as he sat right next to his big brother, who placed his hand upon the youngster's head.

Kim shares her two sons - as well as daughters North, six, and Chicago, two - with her husband Kanye West.

COVID-19: Adenuga donates N1bn to FG, N500m to Lagos

Billionaire businessman and one of Africa’s richest entrepreneurs, Mike Adenuga, on Monday, announced a donation of N1.5 billion to the initiatives to combat coronavirus in Nigeria.

He announced the donation in a letter sent to the Lagos State Governor, Jide Sanwo-Olu, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, through the Mike Adenuga Foundation.

The donation is broken into two: N1 billion to the federal government and N500 million to the Lagos State Government.

Announcing the N500 million donation, he said, “We shall in addition to this contribution actively continue our ongoing efforts to assist various bodies and institutions in the country with the supply of such essential items as sanitisers, masks, test kits, ventillators, PPEs and other necessary requirements.”

Opposition leader in Niger freed under COVID-19 prison release

The main opposition figure in Niger, Hama Amadou, who has been in prison since last November for alleged baby smuggling, is among more than 1,500 inmates who are being released early because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Amadou’s name is among those of 1,540 prisoners who have been pardoned by President Mahamadou Issoufou “for humanitarian reasons and to reduce prison numbers” because of the pandemic, according to a list read on state radio.

A source close to Amadou confirmed the former premier and parliamentary speaker “is definitely concerned by the presidential pardon and in theory will be leaving prison (today).”

Amadou has several months left to serve of a controversial one-year jail term.
The 70-year-old, dubbed “The Phoenix” for his political comebacks, ran against Issoufou in presidential elections in March 2016, but his campaign was marred from the start.

He was arrested on November 14, 2015, on his return from exile and was later accused that he and others, including one of his wives, smuggled babies into Nigeria via Benin for wealthy couples in Niger.

He denied the charges as a fix and was forced to campaign for the presidency from behind bars.

He was released on medical grounds on March 16, 2016, four days before the second round of the voting, and flew to France.

Issoufou went on to win with 92 percent of the run-off ballot. With the opposition boycotting the election, Amadou only picked up seven percent of the vote.

After a one-day trial in March 2017, Amadou was given a 12-month term in absentia.

In November last year, he returned to Niger to serve the remaining eight months of his sentence. He went to France for two weeks in February this year for medical reasons.

His party, Moden, named him its candidate for presidential elections due in December this year, although he may be legally excluded from running because of his conviction.

Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world, has recorded 22 cases of coronavirus, three of them fatal, since March 19.

The presidential pardon was announced last week on television..

Billionaire businesswoman Folorunsho Alakija pledges N1bn to support FG’s fight against coronavirus

The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Famfa Oil Limited, Modupe and Folorunsho Alakija have donated N1billion to support the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.

According to them, the donation symbolises their resilience, character and strength as they plan to work with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

In a statement issued, the business philanthropists also announced the donation of N250million Lagos State Government and the NCDC respectively.

“As the world rallies to deal with the health, security, economic and social implications of the coronavirus, it’s clear that we will feel the effects much more deeply than many of the developed world. Managing a crisis of this magnitude means that the strength of our response will determine our ability to weather the storm.

Individually and collectively, we are rising to this unprecedented challenge in a way that symbolizes our resilience, our character and strength,” the statement partly read.

Similarly, the medical workers on the frontline in Lagos and Abuja will each get N100million while another N100m will be for the supply of medical equipment to relevant organisations.

Also, the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh foundation (DRASA), and the Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons were supported each with N50million.

Alakija believes that the listed organisations will decide on where to deploy their contribution to the needed impact.

COVID-19: Kesington Adebutu donates N300m to Lagos

Popular philanthropist and businessman, Sir Kesington Adebutu, has donated the sum of N300 million to the Lagos State government towards combating the coronavirus in the state.

The state currently has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country with 68 and the state government has put in place measures to fight the disease.

In a letter addressds to the state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, dated March 30, Sir Kesington, popularly known as Baba Ijebu, described the donation as his own way helping the state in bringing succour to those who are down with the disease.

According to the letter written by the businessman, “On behalf of myself, my entire family and organisation, we commend the dynamic efforts of Your Excellency in bringing succour to the sufferers of COVID-19 in the state.

“As a token of our support to the victims, myself, family and organisation are donating a modest sum of N300,000,000.00 (Three Hundred Million Naira Only) towards which we have forwarded the necessary instruction and our Banker–Wema Bank Plc has transferred the sum into the dedicated UBAAccount number 1022751273 of LASG COVID-19.

“Copies of our cheque and receipt of the payment are attached for easy reference.”

COVID-19 cases top 700,000 globally 

More than 700,000 cases of the novel coronavirus have been officially declared around the world since the start of the pandemic, according to an AFP tally at 0800 GMT Monday based on official sources.

There have been at least 715,204 cases including 33,568 fatalities in 183 countries and territories.

These are notably in the United States which has reported 143,025 cases and 2,514 deaths and Italy with 97,689 cases and the world’s highest death toll of 10,779.

China, where the outbreak first emerged in December, has registered 81,470 cases and 3,304 deaths.

The figures represent only a fraction of the number of infections as many countries only carry out tests on suspected cases if they are hospitalised or with severe symptoms.

Tanasha Donna finally admits her relationship with Diamond Platnumz is over

Media Personality cum singer Tanasha Donna has finally admitted to have ended her relationship with Tanzanian singer Diamond Platnumz.

In an Interactive Insta-Live, Donna disclosed that its never easy to deal with a breakup, but she will be sharing her story soon, highlighting what transpired before she decided to walk away.

At first she refused to address the dilemma surrounding her love life, but after being pressed by fans she agreed to speak out.

“I know a lot of you guys wanna know about what went down in my relationship and my personal life. This is not something I’m ready to come out with in public just as yet. Its something very personal and everybody as their own timing of coming out with their own stories, so I’m not here to talk about what happened in my previous relationship “said Tanasha Donna.

She went on to assure her fans that she will be sharing a small bit of her story in a Magazine that will be out soon.

“It’s never easy to deal with a break up but am focusing on what matters the most, but I’m greatful all is well. But will talk about when the right time comes because everyone has her way of handling things. When I’m ready I will talk about it. And in the next few weeks I will tell a bit of my story in a magazine that I’m on the cover because I see everybody want to know what happened” added Ms Donna.

Her confession comes days after Diamond declined to admit if it was true that his relationship with Ms Donna was over.

A fan asked "So where is Tanasha?"

A smiling Diamond responded saying; “That's too private... Hayo mammbo ya familia kidogo".

Nairobi hotel releases student detained over Sh45,000 coronavirus isolation bill

A Nairobi hotel has released a Kenyan student it had detained over a Sh45,000 bill she had accumulated during her Covid-19 isolation stay.

Nairobi News had reported last week that Mayombe Odubah had been detained at Pride Inn hotel by uniformed policemen after a government order that everyone arriving in the country be isolated for two weeks at their own cost.

“I have been transferred to another place. My parents got to an agreement with the hotel management and paid Sh15,000 (instead of the Sh45,000),” said Odubah.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe explained that the isolation was aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus in the country as the number of those testing positive for the deadly disease keeps rising with each passing day.

The 20-year old law student at Middlesex University in Slic-en-slac, Mauritius earlier explained to Nairobi News that the police took her to the Sh9,000 a day hotel despite her notifying them that she could not afford the bill.

She also wrote a letter to the Ministry of Health explaining her financial position.

“Most passengers refused to go to the hotel but police forced and threatened us,” she explained.

Odubah added that she tested negative for the coronavirus in Dubai on her way back home but was ordered into self quarantine on landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)  as was directed by the government.

300 people die in Iran after drinking methanol they thought could cure coronavirus

The death toll from alcohol poisoning in Iran has risen to 300 after people started to consume methanol because of a rumour that high proof alcohol could cure the coronavirus.

Iranian media reports that more than 1,000 have been sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic, where drinking alcohol is banned and where those who do rely on bootleggers.

It comes as Tehran announced 144 new deaths from coronavirus on Friday, bringing its death toll to 2,378, and another 2,926 new confirmed cases, with a total of more than 32,300 infected.

There have been a spate of fake remedies spreading across social media in Iran, where people remain deeply suspicious of the government after it downplayed the crisis for days before it overwhelmed the country.

Dr. Knut Erik Hovda, a clinical toxicologist in Oslo who studies methanol poisoning and fears Iran's outbreak could be even worse than reported, said: 'The virus is spreading and people are just dying off, and I think they are even less aware of the fact that there are other dangers around.'

'When they keep drinking this, there's going to be more people poisoned.'

Iran as been particularly badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, which is home to 80 million people.

Man City star Kyle Walker's ex meets with lawyers as she seeks to get share of his $30m fortune after he impregnated Lauryn Goodman

Kyle Walker’s cheated ex has held secret talks with lawyers over a share of his £30million fortune.

Heartbroken Annie Kilner dumped the England ace over his love child with Lauryn Goodman.

Annie, 27, who has three children with Walker, 29, has told pals their 11-year relationship is over.

She has met lawyers to hammer out a settlement with the star who has property, cars and other assets.

A source said: “Annie’s world has been turned upside-down. But she is determined to start again.

“She isn’t greedy. She just wants what is fair for her and their family.”

Man City defender Walker bedded Lauryn, 29, last summer and will become a dad for the fourth time next month. A new shoot shows her proudly holding her bump.

He has been trying to win Annie back but she’s determined to move on.

They met as teens and she wants to make sure her role in helping him shape his career is recognised.

But they never married so it could mean Annie is only entitled to child maintenance. A legal source said: “People assume that if you have lived with your partner for a number of years that the state will treat you as if you’re married. This is untrue.

“The only financial responsibility an ex will have is to the children. An order may put a roof over a mother’s head until their child turns 18.”

Sources say Annie may have to go to court if he does not voluntarily give her a satisfactory financial deal.

Meanwhile, a source close to Annie said: “Kyle has been asking to come back home and give things another go. But I think she’s moving on so he’s wasting his time. She’s very hurt.”

So fast! Trump says Harry and Meghan must pay for security as couple move to the US

President Donald Trump says the US will not foot the bill for Prince Harry and Meghan's security amid reports that the pair have moved to the US from Canada.

Mr Trump tweeted he was "a great friend and admirer of the Queen and the United Kingdom", but added: "They must pay!"

The couple said they had no plans to ask for publicly funded security in the US.

They have reportedly relocated to Meghan's home state of California amid the intensifying coronavirus outbreak.

They will formally step down as senior royals on 31 March and will no longer carry out duties on behalf of the Queen, but these arrangements will be reviewed after one year.

In a statement released through a spokesperson on Sunday, the couple said: "The duke and duchess have no plans to ask the US government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made."

The couple and their son Archie have spent much of this year residing in Canada's west coast, following a six-week Christmas break on Vancouver Island.

Teenage sweethearts who both married other people reunite and tie the knot 27 years after they first met

Sitting on a beach in Devon and staring up at the sky, teen sweethearts Sam Penny and Derek MacMillan wondered where life would take them.

It was then, as a plane flew overhead, that Sam suggested Derek could join the air force, jokingly telling him: “You’d look good in a pair of Ray-Bans.”

But when he took her suggestion literally and was posted overseas, she felt a pang of regret.

“I was surprised when he actually signed up but I fully supported him,” she says. “Although I wondered what it would mean for us.”

In reality, it would mean spending decades apart. Both married different people, had children and eventually got divorced.

But in a tale straight out of a wartime drama, Sam’s old flame came flying back into her life via a chance message on Facebook.

Now, almost 30 years after they sat on that beach, the pair are finally married to each other and live happily in Devon.

RAF officer Derek, 45, says: “Now we are back together and married with our joined family and a dog, I realise that this is how life should be.”

The pair first met at The Purple Turtle bar in Reading, Berks, in 1992.

Derek was 17 and Sam was 15, but there was an instant spark.

Teaching assistant Sam, now 43, recalls the moment she first set eyes on Derek. “I can remember it like it was yesterday,” she says.

“I was with my friends and I asked him if I could use the stool next to him.

“There was something about the way he smiled and flicked his hair that immediately made me blush. My first thought was that he was completely gorgeous and as the evening went on, we got chatting and really hit it off.

“I gave Derek my number and it went from there. We dated for about five months and during that time we were inseparable.

“But eventually it just fizzled out. I think we were too young for a proper relationship.”

The pair remained friends but the following year, Sam moved 180 miles away to Devon with her family.

“We kept in touch,” she says. “Derek even came to visit me. We sat on the beach and that’s when we discussed his career. I ­jokingly told him he should join the air force as he’d look good in a pair of Ray-Bans.

“We joked that if neither of us were married by the time we were 30, we would get hitched,” she says.

“I remember secretly hoping it would work out like that.”

Sam went on to enrol at university in Plymouth to study animal science, while Derek signed up for the RAF.

Then in February 1999, Derek called Sam out of the blue. “He rang to tell me he’d met someone and it was getting serious,” she says.

“And although I’d had boyfriends of my own, I remember wanting to be sick on the spot.

“That’s when Derek asked if there was any chance for us. I was 23 and about to go travelling around Asia and Australia, so I had to say no.

“I hung up and cried my eyes out. It felt like another chance had been missed. I even wrote to him while I was travelling, telling him how I really felt but I was too scared to post it.”

And Derek says: “When Sam moved with her family, I was devastated but I moved on with my life and met someone new.

“However, I needed to make sure that my chances with Sam were definitely in the past. I asked her outright in a phone conversation.

“I had to accept the past was the past.”

Derek got married in 1999 while Sam tied the knot in 2005.

She then became mum to Michael, now 16, Sienna, 13, and Tyler, eight.

Sam threw herself into family life but admits: “I often wondered where Derek was and if he was OK.

“My marriage ended in January 2016 and I spent a year as a single mum. Then, in April 2017, a familiar name flashed up on my phone and that was it.

British taxi driver dies after 'catching coronavirus from customer's cash'

The daughter of a cabbie who died of Covid-19 believes he caught the killer disease off cash from one of his fares.

Relatives of Spencer Kurash join families across the UK to speak of their horror a death toll passed 1,000.

Cab driver Spencer, 56, died after bravely deciding to carry on ferrying people around London.

His student daughter Natasha, 18, said: “It could have been an infected passenger who handed over money. It’s just devastating.”

Spencer, a cabbie for 22 years and a Spurs season ticket holder, self-isolated when his symptoms developed after his last shift on March 18.

His wife of 19 years, Esther, tried in vain to resuscitate him when his symptoms worsened at home in Chigwell, north east London, on Wednesday and the family dialled 999.

Paramedics worked on Spencer for an hour but could not save him. RIP.

Sanusi tests negative for COVID-19, bars visitors

The former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, and his wives have tested negative for coronavirus which has killed many people globally.

This was contained in a statement signed by the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria’s son, Adam Sanusi, on Sunday.

In the statement, Sanusi urged Nigerians to comply with government’s directives, adding that being infected with coronavirus was not a death sentence.

The statement read in part, “We have been inundated with calls asking about the health and safety of my father (Sanusi) especially given the number of visitors he received on arrival in Lagos, and a number of contacts he had who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or were in contact with persons who tested positive.

“As for my father, on March 25, he and all our mothers submitted samples for the COVID-19 test.

These samples were taken at home under the supervision of Dr. Alero Roberts, the second Vice Chairman of the Association of Public Health Professionals.

“On March 27, Dr. Roberts conveyed the results and all of them were negative. We hope this information will allay the concerns of all those who are asking.”

Earlier, Sanusi had barred guests from visiting him, urging them to stay safe in their homes.

Ugandan pastor who said COVID-19 is just a hoax is arrested

The Police have arrested Pastor Augustine Yiga of Revival Church Kawala, Rubaga Division in Kampala, Uganda over false utterances and passing harmful propaganda relating to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.

Yiga had said coronavirus is just a common flu.

Kampala Metropolitan Area Spokesperson Patrick Onyango confirmed his arrest in a statement released over the weekend.

This was after the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine asked police to arrest and prosecute Pastor Yiga who said in a Friday broadcast that the Coronavirus pandemic is a hoax.

“The video that went viral undermines government efforts in fighting the COVID 19 pandemic and exposes the public to dangers of laxity in observing the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health on its control and prevention,” Mr Onyango said, adding that the action of Pastor Yiga promotes the spread of the COVID 19.

Pastor Yiga who is currently detained at Old Kampala Police Station, will be interviewed to “establish the motive behind the dangerous utterances.’

Onyango appealed to the public to desist from making false or alarming utterances concerning COVID 19 and disregard information not from authorized government structures.

25-year old Nigerian student in US dies of coronavirus

A 25-year-old Nigeria, a student at Western Michigan University has died Saturday after contracting coronavirus.

Bassey Offiong, was expected to graduate with a chemical engineering degree in a few weeks.

His sister, Asari Offiong, said her brother told her he was turned down several times for the coronavirus test in the Kalamazoo area while living off-campus despite having fever, fatigue and shortness of breath.

"I told him to ask them to test him," Offiong said. "He said they refused to test him."

One medical staffer told him he had bronchitis, she said. She said he had no known prior health issues. Offiong said she wasn't ready to disclose the locations where he was denied a test.

He was hospitalized at Beaumont in Royal Oak and spent the last week on a ventilator in their intensive care unit. She called her "baby brother" sweet and humble and a "gentle giant." She last saw him a week ago.

"I know God has him in his presence," Offiong said. "He loved God."

He was a member of the Christ the King Miracle Church in Redford Township.

Bassey Offiong's dream was to start his own organic makeup line with Loreal that would enhance women's beauty, his sister said. He was a graduate of Renaissance High School in Detroit.

"He's just someone who thinks so big," she said.

Western Michigan University President Edward Montgomery said Offiong had "enormous potential."

"On behalf of the entire Bronco community, I want to extend my deepest condolences to his entire family, including his sister, Asari, who has been generous in communicating with us regularly," Montgomery said in a press release from university and Kalamazoo County health officials.

"They are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

University officials announced Friday that three students had tested positive for the virus.