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Lockdown: We are still searching for Naira Marley – Police

The Lagos State Police Command says Naira Marley had yet to honour its invitation over a house party he attended in contravention of the lockdown order in Lagos State.

Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, had on Saturday hosted a party in honour of her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, called JJC.

When the video of the party leaked, the police arrested the actress and have arraigned she and her husband in court.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, has now confirmed that Naira Marley is yet to arrive at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, where he is expected to make himself available.

Libya's former prime minister dies from coronavirus

Libya’s former interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jebril has died from coronavirus, according to his political party.

The 67-year-old contracted the virus in Egypt in late March and died at a hospital in Cairo, according to his aide.

He was in power as head of the National Transitional Council during months of civil war in 2011 which led to the ousting of former long-time ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Libya’s internationally recognised government in Tripoli offered its condolences in a statement that described Mr Jebril as a “national figure”.

Woman kills husband after quarrel over food, then rips out her own intestines in suicide bid

A somber mood has engulfed Ikoli Village in Malava Constituency, Kakamega County, Kenya after a 25-year-old woman killed her 36-year-old husband before attempting suicide.

Joy Indeche fatally stabbed Bryan Indimuli multiple times in the stomach before turning the kitchen knife on herself.

The couple is said to have quarreled after a piece of ugali fell on the floor on Friday night, April 3.

Indimuli’s father, John Indimuli, said his son complained after Indeche tripped over a chair and the ugali, which she was carrying, fell on the floor.

“My son suspected his wife had taken alcohol, hence her wobbly feet, which led to her tripping over and resulting in the fall of the ugali,” said the deceased’s father.

Enraged by her spouse’s complaints and attempt to cane her, the woman is said to have picked a kitchen knife and drove it into his abdomen repeatedly.

She, thereafter, attempted to commit suicide by stabbing herself.

However, she was rescued by neighbours and taken to the Kakamega County Referral Hospital, where she is fighting for her life.

“Her intestines were ripped out,” said Ikoli Assistant Chief Walter Moses Namutali.

The deceased’s father, John Indimuli, told K24 Digital that the marriage between his son and Indeche was filled with unending conflicts.

“One year ago, the two had gone separate ways before reuniting. My son had married Indeche when she had a daughter from a previous relationship. The two would, thereafter, get a son together,” said John Indimuli.

COVID-19: Nigeria Medical Association rejects FG’s decision to invite Chinese doctors

More reactions have continued to trail the Federal Government’s decision to invite medical doctors from China to assist in managing COVID-19 cases in the country.

The latest of such reactions is coming from the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) who described the action as an embarrassment to its members.

In a statement on Monday, the union said it is dismayed about the decision of the Federal Government to invite doctors from China, when the Chinese government is still battling with the pandemic.

According to the statement, Nigeria has a large pool of unemployed general medical and specialist practitioners that the government can engage instead of foreigners who can pose some security concerns at this time.

The NMA advised the government to concentrate on improving the welfare of front-line health workers, provide them with the needed personal protective equipment and other incentives to work.

In its communique, the NMA stated that it would like to review her participation in the fight against COVID-19 considering the serious implications and risks this will bring to their members should the government insist on invitation.

Disturbing photos: Dead bodies on the street of Ecuador as officials struggle to cope with coronavirus deaths

Bodies are being left to rot on the side of road as officials struggle to cope with coronavirus deaths in an Ecuadorian city.

At least 150 corpses were left on the street or kept in the homes of grieving relatives in Guayaquil as the deadly bug ravages the horror-struck port city.

The bodies were placed on the roadside in the desperate hope that authorities would be able to take them away but removals take up to three days due to a backlog.

Residents were even forced to use cardboard boxes as coffins as Ecuador's official death toll hit 172 with at least 3,500 confirmed cases. See some of the heartbreaking photos below...

Suicide bombers kill seven in Cameroon yesterday

Seven people were killed when two suicide bombers, suspected to be members of Boko Haram jihadist group, attacked a village in northern Cameroon on Sunday, police and a local official said.

“Two Boko Haram bombers blew themselves up at around 8pm” in the attack on Amchide, on the border with Nigeria, a policeman said Monday, while a local official said a village chief and two teenagers were among the dead.

Lagos to prosecute Funke Akindele over house party

Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele may be prosecuted today. She is likely to be charged before Ogba Magistrate Court 1 at about 11 a.m today.

The prosecuting team will be from the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

The actress on Saturday organised a house party to celebrate her husband JJC’s birthday at her residence in Amen Estate Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos

This violated the total lockdown for residents of Lagos state and social distancing preached by the government.

Some of the dignitaries that attended the party included; Naira Marley, Rasheed Gbadamosi, a former Lagos state governorship aspirant among others.

Lebanese community donates food items, other essentials worth over N100m in Kano

A group of Lebanese in Kano State have donated food items and other essentials worth over One Hundred Million Naira (N100m) as their contribution to the state palliative programme to the poor in the population as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenting the items to the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Consul General of the Lebanese Community in Kano, Mr Khalil Muselmani said the commodities include 30 Tonnes of rice and 2,000 packets of spaghetti.

Others are 1,000 bags of Dawavita of 1kg, 500 packets of Juice drinks, 1,548 Hand Sanitizers, 1,500 Protective Garments, 20 boots, 500 cartons of detergent, among other items. No be audio oo, photos full ground. Some donated N500m worth of food in one particular state, another N160m worth of food and other items, we didn't see a SINGLE photo.

I am yet to see any research linking 5G Network with COVID-19 - Minister of Communication

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, says he is not aware of any research by international body linking 5G network with COVID-19.

Pantami said this during an appearance on Channels Television’s News At 10 on Sunday, amid a controversy over the safety of the network and theories linking it with the coronavirus pandemic.

Asked about the speculations about the network and its safety, the minister dismissed them saying that the government does not take decisions based on online speculations.

“Firstly, it is not what is said online that government will work with. We are always taking decisions based on the opinions of experts, based on research,” he said.

Explaining further, the minister said the major global bodies involved in health matters and the global telecom industries have not found any link between 5G network and coronavirus.

He said, “When it comes to health, we have (the) World Health Organisation and many health bodies.

“I just want you to bring out any research which they have conducted and (in which they) made their position about 5G’s relationship with COVID-19. I am yet to see anyone from the World Health Organisation.”

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami

“This is a body that accommodates our experts in health globally. We have ITU, the International Telecommunication Union.

“I just challenge you to let me know one expert or ITU as a body or any other professional body that conducted research and also made it public that this is the position,” the minister stressed.

He, however, revealed that a trial was conducted in November 2019 after it was stalled for about two months.

Pantami explained that the exercise could not go in September because they needed to accommodate all necessary stakeholders.

He said he personally took the trial while stakeholders were invited and were given the challenge to review the trial and come up with recommendations.

According to the minister, the government is expecting the recommendations from the stakeholders before deciding whether or not to deploy the 5G network.

He noted that Uganda and Kenya were waiting to deploy the network but the Nigerian government was very much concerned about the safety of the lives and properties of its citizens.

Abia Government mourns death of Nigerian doctor in the US

The Abia State Government has expressed sadness over the death of a medical doctor from Abia State who died in the United States.

Dr Caleb Anya is among three Nigerians confirmed to have died of Coronavirus in America.

In a statement by Commissioner for Information in Abia on Sunday, John Kalu, the government said, “Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, the government and entire people of our state mourn with the family, friends and relations of the late Dr Anya as well as the people of Ohafia where he hails from.

“His loss reminds us of the risk health workers in our state and globally take daily to protect the rest of us and we use this opportunity to once more salute their courage and sense of sacrificial service to others.

"Our prayer is that the Almighty God will continue to protect all of them even as we all work harder daily to provide those at the frontline of the battle against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases with necessary personal protective equipment to keep them safe.

"May the soul of Dr Caleb Anya and others who have lost their lives in this pandemic rest in the bosom of the Lord.”

Masquerader’s arrest not responsible for DPO’s death –Command

The Ogun State Police Command has refuted the claim that the death of the Divisional Police Officer, Ibara Police Station, Abeokuta, Olusegun Dada, is in connection with the arrest of a masquerader.

   The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, made this clarification on Sunday in a statement following speculations on the cause of death of the DPO.

Oyeyemi said Dada’s death had nothing to do with the arrest of the masquerader, who violated the directive of the state government on the gathering of many people.

The police had arrested a masquerader in Ijeja, Abeokuta for defying the ban on the gathering of many people to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Oyeyemi explained that the late DPO had been on the sick bed for over a month before the arrest of the masquerader.

The PPRO said the masquerader was arrested for violating the social distancing directives of the federal and state governments.

Oyeyemi insisted that the late DPO was not on duty when the masquerader was apprehended.

The statement read in part, “The attention of the Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to mischievous information circulating on the social media attributing the untimely death of one of the finest, humble and dedicated officers of the command to the recent arrest of a recalcitrant masquerader, who violated the social distancing directives of the federal and state governments.

 “The command wouldn’t have taken issues with thosecirculating the fake news, but the wrong and mischievous impression needs to be clarified.

“The late DPO had been on the sick bed for the past one month, battling with an ailment, which later resulted in his untimely death.

“Contrary to what the mischief makers wanted the public to believe, the late DPO was not on duty when the said masequerader was arrested, because he was in hospital.

“The masequerader was arrested on Sunday, March 29, 2020, for violating the government’s directive, while the DPO was on the sick bed at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, until he breathed his last; he was not even aware of the said masquerader’s arrest.

“It will be ignorant of anyone to attribute the DPO’s death to the arrest of the recalcitrant masequerader just to attract traffic to blogs.

“Anybody, who might have had reasons to meet the late DPO when he was alive, would attest to his humble and polite nature.

“He was an embodiment of what a gentleman officer should be and the Nigeria Police Force, Ogun State Police Command, in particular, will forever miss him.”

The PPRO said the incident and the claim would not deter the command.

He added, “To those circulating the unfounded rumour, your mischievous information will not deter us from carrying out our constitutional duty.

“If pastors and imams can be arrested for violating the government directive, no masquerader should think of being above the law.

“May the good Lord bless the soul of our departed officer and conso

Hoodlums invade Bayelsa warehouse, cart away bags of garri

Some suspected hoodlums have carted away bags of garri from the Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency’s warehouse at Igbogene, Yenagoa, that are being distributed as relief materials to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

It was gathered that the boys moved over 150 bags of garri out of the warehouse and carted them away through a bush path.

The state government had, on Thursday, commenced the distribution of the bags of garri to the three local government areas of Yenagoa, Southern Ijaw and Kolokuma/Opokuma in the first phase of the exercise under the supervision of the SEMA Chairman, Zedekiah Izu.

Izu, who is also a member of the state’s COVID-19 Task Force chaired by Governor Douye Diri, had explained on Thursday that the staple was meant for the victims of the 2019 flood in the state but the National Emergency Management Agency delayed bringing it to the state.

He said the governor directed that the bags of garri be distributed to the poor to reduce the hardship being suffered by the people as a result of the lockdown imposed on the state to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The stolen bags of garri were said to be allocated to the Sagbama and Ekeremor local government areas.

 An eyewitness who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “The boys came threatening to deal with anybody who tried to stop them from having their COVID-19 palliatives.”

The incident was said to have caused pandemonium in the area and the warehouse was forced to be closed to prevent the looting of the remaining bags of garri.

 Efforts to get the comment of the SEMA boss did not yield any result as he did not return calls to his mobile.

He had yet to reply to a text message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.

Admission: We haven’t released cut-off marks yet, says JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has disclaimed admission cut-off marks circulating in social media, asking higher institution admission seekers to disregard them.

The board said it was yet to release the cut-off marks for 2020 admissions, saying the ones in circulation were from fraudsters who in their usual ways,were out to dupe unsuspecting admission seekers.

JAMB also said it had reinforced its Central Admission Processing System, CAPS, mobile app to enable candidates access to information regarding admission-related issues in the comfort of their homes without visiting any Computer-Based Test,CBT centres or cyber cafe

The board in a statement released by its Head of Media and Information,Dr Fabian Benjamin, yesterday, insisted that the cut-off marks were fake, asking candidates to be wary of the antics of fraudsters.

Jamb disclosed that the 2020 cut-off marks would be decided at a stakeholders policy meeting slated for June 15 and 16, 2020, and expected to be presided by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.

He said: “Kindly disregard any cut off marks paraded by fraudsters. It is fake news. Cut off marks are decided at a policy meeting chaired by the Minister of Education with all heads of tertiary institutions, CEOs of regulatory agencies in education and all other critical stakeholders in attendance..

“This meeting has been fixed for June 15 and 16, 2020, all things being equal. Until this meeting is held, no body can talk about cut off mark. Nigerians are advised to disregard any such marks being paraded.”

JAMB also, in its weekly bulletin yesterday, said it had “reinforced its Central Admission Processing System, CAPS, mobile app to enable candidates access information regarding admission-related issues in the comfort of their homes without visiting any Computer-Based Test,CBT centres or cyber cafe.

“All they need do is to download the JAMB’s CAPS onto their phones.

Boris Johnson admitted to hospital over coronavirus

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests, 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus, Downing Street has said.

He was taken to a London hospital on Sunday evening with "persistent symptoms" - including a temperature.

It is said to be a "precautionary step" taken on the advice of his doctor.

The prime minister remains in charge of the government, but the foreign secretary is expected to chair a coronavirus meeting on Monday morning.

Mr Johnson, 55, spent the night in hospital and is having what has been described as a series of "routine tests".

In a statement, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: "On the advice of his doctor, the prime minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.

"This is a precautionary step, as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus."

She added: "The prime minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the government's advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives."

No research links 5G to COVID-19 – Pantami

As controversy over the link between 5G and COVID-19 rages, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami has again dismissed the fear of Nigerians, saying that he is not aware of any research linking the dreaded virus with 5G.

The minister spoke while featuring as a guest at Channels TV News programme.

Pantami, who was asked to respond to the concern of Nigerians who are worried about the safety of 5G network following the Demo trial of November 2019 in Abuja, said he is yet to see any research by any of the international and professional bodies linking 5G and COVID-19 as being speculated in some quarters.

He noted that during the Demo trial conducted on 25th November 2019 on 5G network, MTN did not use the spectrum of 5G, but did the trial using the spectrum of 4G not 5G because federal government does not acquire infrastructure for any company in telecoms.

‘‘We have always taken decision based on opinion of experts on research. We have many health and telecommunications world bodies. I am yet to see any research by any of these professional bodies like ITU and others about 5G and COVID-19. These are bodies that accommodate our experts in this field globally.

‘‘We have these professional bodies which make research on this and other related matters. During the trial I personally invited about 16 institutions and also directed NCC to invite other stakeholders. With experts we have so far, the recommendation will accommodate many experts when it comes to a matter like this.

‘‘When you want to do trial, you must involve stakeholders. During the trial based on the report that came to me from NCC, they only used the spectrum of 4G and even the spectrum of 5G is the same with radio frequency and it has not been released for anybody for 5G.’’

He insisted that there was no cause for alarm since no 5G license had been issued and advised Nigerians not be worried because no spectrum of 5G has been issued and no approval given to any operator to deploy 5G, insisting that government would only take a final decision based on experts’ recommendations.

‘‘We as a government do not speak based on speculations, but based on facts and figures and inputs from experts within the fields and not rely on speculations.

‘‘It was because of this that when the issue of COVID-19 emerged, the first thing government did was to advise people not to speak unnecessarily but to allow experts in the field to speak.’’

‘‘Because of this, Nigerians should not be worried because no licence for 5G has been issued; no spectrum of 5G has been issued; no approval given to any operator to deploy 5G.

‘‘This decision will be taken after research. We are taking our time, many countries deployed 5G in UK, Germany, South Korea, India and South Africa and Lesotho. Now Uganda and Kenya are working on deploying 5G.

‘‘In Nigeria, we know our constitution. Because of this, we are not in any way rushing until after extensive investigation, so that we will be able to come out with something tangible.’’

When asked to comment on where 5G falls within the range of iodized and non-iodized frequencies, the minister said: ‘‘During trial you can used the spectrum of one generation to test another one. The 4G, 3G and 2G have been in existence till today. During the trial, I personally did it.’’

On what was found from the trial, Pantami said federal government awaits the recommendations of a team of experts assigned to study on it and submit their findings before taking a final decision on whether to deploy issue 5G licence in Nigeria or not.

‘‘The trial has been concluded since, and the NCC has been working on the report collecting recommendations, observations, and constructive criticism from stakeholders who wish to do so. From that report, government will take a position.

‘’During the trial, we invited stakeholders, security institutions and many more. After the trial, we have given them a challenge to come up with recommendations that will guide government to take decision on whether to deploy 5G or not. That recommendations will be accommodated in the regulatory instrument to be developed by NCC.

‘‘So far, the report is yet to reach me. When the report comes to me, we will review it and make our position known and very clear and we will see it. Right now, we don’t take decisions based on speculations. As it is now, we don’t take decisions based on speculations.’’

COVID 19: Two policemen arrested for contravening IGP’s lockdown rules in Abia

Abia Police command has arrested two policemen in Ikwuano and Isiala Ngwa North LGAs for contravening the Inspector General of Police, IGP’s guidelines on lockdown enforcement in some states due to coronavirus outbreak.

The Abia Police Commis-sioner, Ene Okon who disclosed this during an interview in Aba said the policemen were arrested on Friday for disregarding the IGP’s directives.

The Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed had on April 3, directed policemen across the country to strictly observe human rights in the discharge of their duties during this period.

Okon therefore warned other policemen working during this period to know that they were being watched and would be brought to book if they erred from the directives.

He said: “As I am talking to you, I have two policemen in the cell who deviated from the guidelines of the Inspector-General of Police. I got the report and sent my monitoring team quickly and they were arrested. They are being detained now and by Monday their trial will start.

“These ones we have arrested should send signals to others to let them know that they are being monitored and that everything will be done to bring any erring police officer to book”, he said.

Okon who outlined steps he had taken to enforce Abia government’s directives aimed at keeping Coronavirus away from the state urged citizens to endure the sacrifice for the good of all. The CP reacting to reports that policemen at boundary posts in Abia were using the lockdown to extort money and allow persons to cross the state’s boundaries, said he was attending to complaints on such issues promptly.

It was gathered that some policemen at Abia boundaries with neighbouring states have thrown caution to the wind, extorting and allowing people to pass and thereby breaching lockdown restrictions in the affected states.

Abia had on March 29, closed its boundaries with other states while announcing a total lockdown on Wednesday, April 1, as a measure to stop Coronavirus from spilling over to the state.

However, the policemen at the boundaries according to sources, have converted the opportunity to create brisk business for themselves by extorting people entering the state and allowing them in.

COVID-19 Lockdown: Why Funke Akindele was arrested

The Lagos State Police Command, yesterday, arrested popular actress, Mrs. Funke Akindele-Bello for hosting a party to celebrate the birthday of her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz on Saturday in contravention of the lockdown order in Lagos State.

The Lagos State Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed that the actress had been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.

Singer, Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley, also graced the party, which had over 20 others in attendance.

Thousands of Nigerians on social media called for the arrest Akindele, popularly called ‘Jenifa’.

The actress, who is said to be an ambassador for the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and Dettol, has appeared in adverts calling on Nigerians to observe social distancing and hygiene.

She later apologised over the incident, saying most of those who attended the party were colleagues, who were living temporarily within the estate and could not return to their home states because of the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Akindele reacts

But the embattled actress has explained why she held a birthday bash for her husband despite the lockdown.

Akindele, in a video on her Twitter handle, said: “I hear you all and I acknowledge all your honest feedback.

“I also thank you for your concerns, well wishes and calls. I am sorry and hope this video offers some explanation. Please stay safe. And God bless.”

Coffin recovered from ritualist’s den, one arrested

The Lagos State Police Command on Sunday said it has arrested a suspected ritualist and recovered a coffin and fetish items from the shrine.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana in a statement on Sunday said late last month, at about 6am, some residents of Panuse area, Okoafo, reported at Morogbo Police Station that one Dona Asogbo, 30 and Peter Alogbo had turned an uncompleted building in the community into a rituals’ den.

“That their activities has instilled fear and panic in the community. A team of Police officers led by the Divisional Police Officer visited the scene. The principal suspect, Dona Asogba was arrested while his partner took to his heels. A mini size wooden coffin and all sorts of fetish items were recovered from the shrine.

“The shrine is suspected to be used for criminal purposes. Investigation is ongoing,” Elkana said.

Federal Government sets to evacuate Nigerians from US

The Federal Government has set machinery into motion to evacuate willing Nigerians from the United States of America (USA) over the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a memo titled evacuation of Nigerians from the US by the Consulate General of Nigeria, Nigerians interested in leaving the US were told to indicate interest.

The memo signed by Consul (Information and Community Relations) Mrs. Ninikanwa Okey-Uche, the willing Nigerians were asked to provide the details, including COVID-19 status, travel document status, location and reason for the request to the Consulate.

“Information received will be compiled and forwarded to the Nigerian Government for appropriate action. As soon as necessary arrangements are made, all concerned individuals will be informed accordingly. Please note that the financial implications of the evacuation will be borne by the prospective evacuees,” the memo dated April 3, 2020 stated.