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Boko Haram Leader, Shekau is Critically Ill and Wants Prayers From Nigerians – Borno Pastor
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Boko Haram Leader, Shekau is Critically Ill and Wants Prayers From Nigerians – Borno Pastor

Desmond Yunana, a reverend of Anglican Church Nigeria based in Borno state in his Sunday sermon disclosed that Boko Haram factional leader Abubakar Sheaku is critically ill and wants prayer from Nigerians. In the sermon delivered after a captured teenage fighter, Mohammed Adam disclosed that Shekau can no longer walk effectively, Yunana said he received a revelation on the health challenges Shekau is currently facing. The Cable reported that he added that the Boko Haram leader needs prayers from both Christian and Muslims residents of Maiduguri and is ready to ask for forgiveness.
Governor Sanwo-Olu Cancels Ongoing LASU VC Appointment Process
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Governor Sanwo-Olu Cancels Ongoing LASU VC Appointment Process

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has cancelled the ongoing process set up for the appointment of a substantive ninth Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU). The Lagos state Governor in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary Mr. Gboyega Akosile, said the process was cancelled after investigations and stakeholders engagement which were initiated after some petitions were received. Sanwo-Olu directed that a fresh process that would terminate in forty five days should commence immediately. Asides directed the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun to convene an emergency Senate meeting for the purpose of appointing one of the Deputy Vice Chancellors, who is not a candidate in the cancelled selection process as Acting Vice Chancellor from Monday Jan...
China Locks Down a City of 11 Million people to Contain a Coronavirus flare-up
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China Locks Down a City of 11 Million people to Contain a Coronavirus flare-up

China has locked down a city of 11 million people in its northern province of Hebei, in order to contain the country's worst coronavirus flare-up in months. Residents of Shijiazhuang, a provincial capital close to Beijing, have been barred from leaving the city, as major highways were blocked, train and bus stations closed and flights canceled. The lockdown comes as a total of 117 Covid-19 infections including 67 asymptomatic cases were detected in Shijiazhuang on Wednesday. On Thursday, Shijiazhuang identified another 66 positive cases, according to the Hebei provincial health commission. Since January 2, a total of 304 positive cases have been reported in Hebei,  most of which were in Shijiazhuang, official figures show. At a press conference Thursday night, municipal ...
Atiku Abubakar Receives Coronavirus Vaccine
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Atiku Abubakar Receives Coronavirus Vaccine

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Pfizer vaccine which is the first Coronavirus vaccine to be granted emergency use authorisation by the WHO, is said to be 90 percent effective. In a statement released by the spokesperson of the former PDP Presidential candidate Paul Ibe, Atiku expressed hope of Nigerians, especially medical professionals in the frontline and the most vulnerable will be vaccinated in the country. It read;   “The importance of the #COVID19 vaccine in mitigating the effect of the coronavirus cannot be overstated, particularly in Africa and Nigeria. Yesterday (Wednesday), as part of the mass vaccination programme, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar received the Pfizer-BioNTech...
EndSARS Protests: Osinbajo Convenes Emergency NEC Meeting
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EndSARS Protests: Osinbajo Convenes Emergency NEC Meeting

Vice president Yemi Osinbajo has summoned an emergency meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) for Monday, October 26, 2020. Constitutionally, the Vice president is the chair of the NEC, which has as members state governors. Osinbajo promises justice for #EndSARS protest victims The meeting is to, among others, enable the Council to receive briefings from the state governors and security agencies on the state of the states and the nation. The virtual emergency EC meeting, scheduled for 12noon, is convened amid looting of COVID-19 palliatives at warehouses as well as the vandalisation of public and private property across the country after the#EndSARS protests that had claimed lives.
Meet End SARS protesters’ demand or we attack ― Niger Delta militants threaten FG
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Meet End SARS protesters’ demand or we attack ― Niger Delta militants threaten FG

A coalition of nine renegade militant groups in the Niger-Delta region has declared support for the EndSARS protests across the country and stated that they are ready to resume hostilities, attack oil and gas facilities, if the federal Government does not meet the demands of protesting Nigerian youths. The militant groups under the aegis of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, which held an emergency meeting in Delta state, also announced their preparedness to disavow the ceasefire accord with the Federal Government and engage military forces.   They said in a communique by RNDA leader, self-styled “Major-General” Johnmark Ezonebi, aka Obama: “We will engage the troops attached to the proposed Operation Crocodile Smile and resume attacks on some identified oil facilities ...
Dad, his two Teenage Children and Dog Killed on Father’s Day
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Dad, his two Teenage Children and Dog Killed on Father’s Day

A father, his two teenage children and their dog have been killed after a suspected drunk driver mowed them down on Father's Day. A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of three counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one of drunk driving after the family were killed while taking a walk on Sunday. Police and paramedics rushed to Abbey Road in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, at around 2.30pm on Sunday, June 21. Despite their best efforts, three people died at the scene. The driver suffered injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. Witness Ian Singleton, who saw paramedics trying to save the victims, said on Facebook: "I was literally five to ten minutes from being involved on my bike. "Turned up at the scene and it was like a horror movie. ...
Man and Girlfriend Die after their Car hit a Tree and Burst into Flames
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Man and Girlfriend Die after their Car hit a Tree and Burst into Flames

A couple have died after their car collided with a tree and burst into flames just after reportedly dropping off their friends around 1am Sunday, June  21. The couple known as Jack Nunn, 24, and his girlfriend, Hannah Elsworth, 22, an NHS nurse, were in the car reported to be a white Audi, when it forcefully hit a tree on the A635 between Westbourne Grove and High Balk. Paramedics immediately rushed to the scene but the couple were pronounced dead upon arrival. A relative said that Ms Elsworth worked at Barnsley Hospital, while Mr Nunn was co-owner of a Tyre business known as JJ tyres. Reports say that Mr Nunn lives just 980 feet from where the crash took place on Huddersfield Road, Barnsley. In a photo obtained by Daily Mail UK, a woman can be seen placing flowers at the ...
Why APC Can’t Convene Emergency NEC Meeting – Hilliard Eta
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Why APC Can’t Convene Emergency NEC Meeting – Hilliard Eta

The Acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hilliard Eta, has insisted that inasmuch as the ruling party would have loved to convene an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting to resolve the myriad of crises rocking the party, the violation of COVID-19 pandemic protocols prohibiting public gathering has made it impossible. Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the APC National Vice Chairman (South-South) also dismissed claims by former Deputy National Secretary Victor Giadom that he was given a waiver to contest in the 2019 Rivers State governorship election, insisting that Giadom was no longer a member of the National Working Committee (NWC), having resigned. Responding to the clamour from party members to convene an NEC meeting, Eta replied: ‘It is ...
Callum Hudson-Odoi confirms Met Police will take no further action over rape allegation made against him
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Callum Hudson-Odoi confirms Met Police will take no further action over rape allegation made against him

He was later released on bail after flouting social distancing guidelines to invite a model he had reportedly met online to his home in Battersea. At the time, the Metropolitan Police released a statement, which read: "When emergency services attended, a woman reported that she was raped. "She was taken to hospital. A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of rape. He was released from custody and bailed to return on a date in mid-June. Enquiries continue." But following a 'full and thorough investigation', the Chelsea star has confirmed in a statement posted to his social media accounts that no further action would be taken.   'At a time where there are bigger things happening in the world right now, you may also be aware of serious allegations that were made again...
APC May Convene Emergency NEC Meeting Over Edo Primaries Crisis
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APC May Convene Emergency NEC Meeting Over Edo Primaries Crisis

The ruling All Progres­sives Congress (APC) may summon an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting to find a solution to the protracted political crisis rocking the Edo State chapter of the party ahead of the gov­ernorship primaries slated for June 22. Speaking with Daily Inde­pendent on Monday, a mem­ber of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “The meet­ing has become imperative as the presidency appears to be in a quandary over the issue”. The Edo chapter of the APC and the national leader­ship of the party are current­ly locked in a battle on the mode of primary to be used in choosing the flagbearer of the party. While Edo APC led by An­selm Ojezua said it is adopt­ing the indirect primary method for the emerge...
Why Lampard May Bring Back Victor Moses to Play for Chelsea this Season
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Why Lampard May Bring Back Victor Moses to Play for Chelsea this Season

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, may call on Victor Moses to help the team out if an emergency happens, the Daily Mail reports. Moses is currently on loan at Inter Milan from the Blues. The former Super Eagles winger signed a loan deal with the Serie A side until June 30, 2020. Players such as Moses, Alexis Sanchez, and Chris Smalling who are returning on loan, will be blocked from Premier League action, but will only be allowed to play in an emergency. “We’ve been told it will take a situation where the goalkeeper has to play center-forward or the center-forward has to go in goal for these players to be allowed to play. “A lot of players will be in limbo over the next couple of months and will probably have to train at home for a period,” the report...
NCAA Reveals the Five Airports to be Reopened for Operations by June 21
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NCAA Reveals the Five Airports to be Reopened for Operations by June 21

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has said that only five airports will be allowed to open for domestic flights effective from June 21, 2020. A circular signed by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu stated that the airports to reopen for operations include Omagwa International Airport Port Harcourt, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri, and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano. The circular added that the Nigerian Airspace remains closed for International flights. The circular in part reads ''Following the announcement by President Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on the easing of and the start of second phase on the COVID-19 lockdown...
INEC admits COVID-19 truncated Nigeria’s electoral process
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INEC admits COVID-19 truncated Nigeria’s electoral process

The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has assured Nigerians that COVID-19 won’t truncate Nigeria’s democracy and the electoral process. Yakubu spoke in Abuja at the INEC’s first virtual meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Saturday. The INEC Chairman, however, admitted that the virus disrupted INEC’s activities like other national institutions. He said: “For instance, further engagements with the National Assembly and stakeholders on electoral reform and the conduct of some off-season elections have to be suspended because of the global health emergency. “Happily, the PTF has issued guidelines on protective measures for the gradual restoration of normalcy nationwide. ”On that basis, the commission recentl...
One Killed as Fire Razes IDP Camp in Borno
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One Killed as Fire Razes IDP Camp in Borno

At least one person was killed and many others injured in a fire outbreak that occurred at the Muna garage IDP camp in Borno state over the weekend. According to NEMA, the fire was ignited from one of the kitchens in the Emergency shelters erected in the camp. 1613 HouseHolds have now been displaced as a result of the fire outbreak.
Pakistan Plane with 107 Passengers on Board Crashes Near Karachi airport
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Pakistan Plane with 107 Passengers on Board Crashes Near Karachi airport

A Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying more than 100 passengers has crashed into a residential area near the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, the country's civil aviation agency said on Friday.   "The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members," said Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for the aviation authority.   A spokesperson for the state-run Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Abdul Sattar told the newspaper Dawn that the flight was carrying 90 passengers and 8 crew members and had been due to land in Karachi at 14:45 local time (09:45 GMT). The newspaper said a rescue operation was underway and emergency workers had arrived at the scene. There...
19 More Staff of a Company in Oyo State Test Positive for Coronavirus
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19 More Staff of a Company in Oyo State Test Positive for Coronavirus

19 more staff of a company in Ibadan South-West local government area have tested positive for Coronavirus, days after 38 staff of same company tested positive for the virus. Governor Seyi Makinde who made the announcement in a statement issued after midnight on Monday May 18, said they've held back revealing the name of the company so as to allow the emergency operations centre gather intelligence and complete their investigation. The recent cases brings the total number of Coronavirus cases in Oyo state to 137. The statement read;   “The COVID-19 confirmation tests for nineteen suspected cases came back POSITIVE. All nineteen of these cases are from the same organisation referred to in the updates of May 16 and 17, 2020. So, the total number of confirmed cases in ...
Japan lifts virus emergency for most regions
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Japan lifts virus emergency for most regions

Japan's prime minister on Thursday lifted a state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus for the majority of the country but kept it in place for top cities Tokyo and Osaka. After fears the virus could explode in Japan, new infections have come down sharply, enabling the government to end the measure in 39 out of 47 prefectures before it was due to expire on May 31. But with new cases still emerging daily in Tokyo, Osaka and the northern island of Hokkaido, Shinzo Abe told reporters in a televised news conference that the state of emergency would be kept in place for those regions. "If possible, before May 31, we would like to lift the state of emergency for the other regions as well," he said. "It's going to be a long road ahead," Abe warned, asking residents to continue ...
Fashion Mogul, Mary-Kate Olsen Requests Emergency Divorce from Husband Olivier Sarkozy
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Fashion Mogul, Mary-Kate Olsen Requests Emergency Divorce from Husband Olivier Sarkozy

American fashion designer and former actress, Mary-Kate Olsen, has filed an emergency order to divorce her husband Olivier Sarkozy after five years of marriage. According to court documents obtained by TMZ, the 33-year-old fashion mogul filed for the emergency order this week after she initially signed a petition to divorce the 50-year-old French banker on April 17, 2020, but was unable to file it because courts were not accepting non-emergency filings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She's now requesting an emergency order that would allow her to file for divorce after Olivier terminated their lease without her knowledge and has requested she remove her belongings from the home by May 18. A source told E! News: "It's gotten very ugly between them," the insider reveals of Mary-Ka...
That was quite a shock’ – Koeman says he feels ‘very healthy’ after being hospitalised with heart problems
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That was quite a shock’ – Koeman says he feels ‘very healthy’ after being hospitalised with heart problems

The Netherlands manager required emergency treatment after feeling unwell in Amsterdam on Sunday, but he says he is now on the mend Ronald Koeman says he is feeling "very healthy" following the "shock" of requiring emergency heart treatment after he felt unwell at the weekend. The Netherlands manager was rushed to hospital on Sunday and had surgery after suffering from chest pains following a cycle ride in Amsterdam with his wife Bartina. However the former Barcelona defender was confirmed at the time by agent Rob Jansen to be in a stable condition, and he has now spoken for the first time about the incident after being released from hospital.
NFL Star, Earl Thomas Held at Gunpoint by his Wife after she Caught him Cheating
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NFL Star, Earl Thomas Held at Gunpoint by his Wife after she Caught him Cheating

Nina Thomas, the wife of NFL star Earl Thomas held a loaded gun to his head after allegedly catching him cheating with another woman. According to court documents obtained by TMZ, the incident happened April 13 involving the Baltimore Ravens player, Nina Thomas and several other people. The Austin Police Dept. responded to a home in the Austin, Texas area at 3:41 a.m. after getting a call about a disturbance. On arrival, the Police said “we observed that a black female wearing an orange sweater with a knife in her hand, later identified as Nina Thomas, was chasing a shirtless black male, later identified as Earl Thomas, with a pistol in his hand around a vehicle.” Cops drew their weapons and ordered both Nina and Earl to the ground and they complied without incident. That’s...
Coronavirus: Rahimo FC get Champions League ticket as Burkina Faso league ends
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Coronavirus: Rahimo FC get Champions League ticket as Burkina Faso league ends

All football competitions in the West African nation have been cancelled following Monday's emergency meeting in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic The Burkinabe Football Federation (BFF) has announced that the 2019-20 Burkinabe Premier League season will not continue as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. In an emergency meeting held on Monday at the BFF headquarters, president Arsjouma Sirima confirmed that football in the country will not return amid the ongoing fight against the coronavirus. As a result, the current season has been declared void with Rahimo FC to represent the country in the Caf Champions League, while Salitas will feature in the Caf Confederation Cup.
Over 4 million Italians Flock to the Streets Today for the First after Government Eases Coronavirus Lockdown OrdersTime
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Over 4 million Italians Flock to the Streets Today for the First after Government Eases Coronavirus Lockdown OrdersTime

Over 4 million people in Italy took to the streets of Italy today, Monday, after the Italian Government eased lockdown rules in the country following the Coronavirus outbreak over two months ago. With almost 29,000 deaths from Covid-19 since its outbreak emerged on February 21, Italy has the world's second-highest toll after the United States and the Italian government imposed one of strictest lockdowns two months ago to curb the spread of the virus. Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte decided to adopt a slow approach to ending the lockdown, after seeing that the daily tally of fatalities and new infections have slowed down, prompting him to announce that Italians can resume work today, but all churches, mosques, bars, clubs and event centers will remain closed. "We are still i...
Taiwan’s intelligence chief says North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is ‘sick’
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Taiwan’s intelligence chief says North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is ‘sick’

Taiwan’s intelligence chief said Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “sick” — and his country has emergency plans for a potential power struggle if he dies, according to reports. Chiu Kuo-cheng, the director of the National Security Bureau (NSB), gave a vague health description when pressed at a government hearing about rumors of Kim’s possible death, according to Taiwan News. He merely laughed and refused to reply when asked if that meant the Hermit Kingdom’s leader was indeed alive, the report said. “My answer is from the intelligence that is available and it is not an opinion,” Chiu told lawmakers, according to the Taipei Times. He refused to elaborate, citing the need to protect the intelligence service’s sources in North Korea, the report said. He assured l...
Former Presidential Aspirant, Adamu Garba Berates Those Condemning Crowd At Abba Kyari’s Burial
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Former Presidential Aspirant, Adamu Garba Berates Those Condemning Crowd At Abba Kyari’s Burial

Former Presidential Aspirant, Adamu Garba berates those condemning the large gathering at Abba Kyari’s burial held today at Abuja. He took to his social media page where he wrote; I don’t know why some people condemn gathering at Late Abba Kyari’s funeral. This calls to question whether we want to run a communist state or capitalist one. Abba Kyari was a senior citizen & statesman, his burial couldn’t have been same with that of others This is capitalism Capitalism is made this way to encourage all of us, including YOU reading this text, to work harder and get to stage of privilege and recognition. Not to seat in one corner with your keyboard and feel entitled like other good citizens who have worked hard to earn a privileged. 1. @NCDCgov should be there to ensure complianc...
Interpol Traces 1.5 Million Euro Face Masks Scam To Nigeria
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Interpol Traces 1.5 Million Euro Face Masks Scam To Nigeria

The International Criminal Police Organisation has uncovered a €1.5m face masks scam involving Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. It said it found out that a portion of the money was wired to Nigeria. Interpol Secretary General, Jürgen Stock revealed this as he noted that compromised emails were used in the “highly sophisticated fraud”. The global shortage of face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic had made the German authorities to vigorously seek to procure the essential personal protective equipment. It started in mid-March when German health authorities contracted two sales companies in Zurich and Hamburg to procure EUR 15 million worth of face masks. They later got an email from one of the contacted companies, explaining that their request cannot be met, unfortunately....
Google To Provide Financial Aids To News Publishers Worldwide
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Google To Provide Financial Aids To News Publishers Worldwide

The Google News Initiative has launched a Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to deliver urgent aid to thousands of small, medium and local news publishers globally. The funding is open to news organisations producing original news for local communities during this time of crisis, and will range from the low thousands of dollars for small hyper-local newsrooms to low tens of thousands for larger newsrooms, with variations per region. Starting Tuesday 14 April, publishers everywhere can apply for funds. “We’ve made this as streamlined as possible to ensure we get help to eligible publishers all over the world. At the end of the process, we’ll announce who has received funding and how publishers are spending the money,” says Richard Gingras, VP, News, Google. Local news is a ...
Tornadoes bring death, destruction in southern US
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Tornadoes bring death, destruction in southern US

Tornadoes ripped through the southern United States, killing at least 32 people and leaving behind splintered buildings and downed powerlines, officials and US media said Monday. Twisters caused catastrophic damage Easter Sunday and early Monday morning as storms moved through a region stretching from Texas to Georgia, prompting the National Weather Service to issue its highest level of tornado alert. Images showed lines of smashed, roofless houses where tornadoes had blasted through, many homes just piles of rubble sitting atop foundations. Aircraft parked at a regional airport in Monroe, Louisiana were piled on top of each other. “By the grace of God, early reports show only a few minor injuries,” Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said on Twitter, and the city’s account later p...
Ice Hockey star, Colby Cave dies at 25 after suffering brain bleed
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Ice Hockey star, Colby Cave dies at 25 after suffering brain bleed

Canadian Ice Hockey star, Colby Cave has died at the age of 25 after suffering a brain bleed His family confirmed his death in a statement after the Edmonton Oilers forward died on Saturday. "It is with great sadness to share the news that our Colby Cave passed away early this morning," Cave's wife, Emily, wrote in a statement. "Both our families are in shock but know our Colby was loved dearly by us, his family and friends, the entire hockey community, and many more. We thank everyone for their prayers during this difficult time." According to CBS Sport, Cave was airlifted to the Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday after suffering a brain bleed overnight. It was discovered that a colloid cyst was putting pressure on his brain and he underwent emergency surgery before be...
Russia Built ₦42Billion Hospital For COVID-19 Patients In One Month (Photos)
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Russia Built ₦42Billion Hospital For COVID-19 Patients In One Month (Photos)

Russia is preparing to open a brand new emergency coronavirus hospital built from scratch in less than one month. These first pictures show the wards at the new £92million clinic in Moscow which in recent days has seen 10,000-plus construction workers deployed round the clock. Pictured: Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, flanked by construction workers, inspects the building site of the £92million facility Pictured: Wards at Moscow's new £92million hospital complex which has seen over 10,000 construction workers deployed there in recent days. Intensive care room at the new Moscow hospital complex. The facility is the largest of 18 new medical spaces being built across the country, and the only one not being built by the Russian armed forces. In this file phot...
Ethiopia declares State of Emergency due to Coronavirus outbreak
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Ethiopia declares State of Emergency due to Coronavirus outbreak

Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency to halt the spread of Coronavirus in the country.   The country's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the decision was made following intense consultations with the opposition politicians.   "Considering the gravity of the COVID-19, the government of Ethiopia has enacted a State of Emergency according to Article 93 of the Constitution,” he said.   "This decision is not one that we decide for today's generation. We're taking it for our kids too. It is not only what we take in Ethiopia today, it is a decision that we will also decide on tomorrow," he added.
COVID-19: Oyo records one new case, plans to fumigate markets
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COVID-19: Oyo records one new case, plans to fumigate markets

The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, Saturday night, announced that the state has recorded another positive case. The number of positive cases in Oyo now stands at 9, and 209 across Nigeria. The update was contained in a statement by the Acting Chairman of the Task Force, Prof Temitope Alonge. The statement explained that the latest case is a close contact of the second confirmed case who subsequently developed symptoms. He said the patient has been moved to one of the isolation centres in the state, while activities at the Emergency Operations Centre, (EOC) are being reviewed to meet the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. “With the index case in the state already discharged, the other seven cases remain stable,” Alonge said. He added that the diagnostic centre locat...
Lionel Messi’s £11m Private Jet Forced To Make Emergency Landing At Brussels Airport Due To Faulty Gear
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Lionel Messi’s £11m Private Jet Forced To Make Emergency Landing At Brussels Airport Due To Faulty Gear

Lionel Messi’s £11m Gulfstream V private jet, was forced to make an emergency landing at Brussels, Belgium after it’s landing gear developed fault mid-air on Friday. The identity of who was on board hasn’t been revealed, but the plane was on it’s way to Tenerife, Spain, before it grounded at Zaventem Airport in the Belgian capital for the first time at 9.18am Almost 30 minutes later, the plane took off again only to quickly return back to Brussels. The aircraft hasn’t been bought by the football star but he regularly hires it, and even personalized the interiors of the jet with his son’s names and labelled the plane tail with No.10. Information from Flight Aware shows the aircraft flew from San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina to Guararapes aiport in Recife, Brazil, a 5h 51...
COVID-19: Portugal prolongs lockdown for two more weeks
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COVID-19: Portugal prolongs lockdown for two more weeks

The Portuguese face at least another two weeks in lockdown after the government decided Wednesday to extend confinement measures as deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic near 200. The restrictions were first imposed on the 10-million population on March 19 but they have not been as extensive as in neighbouring Spain where more than 9,000 have died from the virus. Lisbon has ordered people to stay at home unless they have to work and to go out only for exercise, within the local area, to buy groceries, help relatives or walk the dog. Shops and restaurants have been closed but supermarkets and chemists remain open. Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced the extension to the state of emergency, which can be decreed only for periods of two weeks, and which parliament is expected to app...
Coronavirus: Messi reveals why Barcelona players accepted 70 percent pay cut
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Coronavirus: Messi reveals why Barcelona players accepted 70 percent pay cut

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has said he and his team-mates would be happy to take a 70% pay cut on their salaries, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Messi, in a statement on Monday, also said the players will make an additional contribution, so that none of the non-sporting staff’s earnings will be reduced. Spain has been in a state of emergency since March 12 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Messi, 32, has a wage in excess of €600,000 per week from Barcelona. The reduction will not only affect the men’s first team, but all of the club’s professional teams, including the basketball side, among others. “We want to clarify that our desire has always been for a reduction to be applied to our salaries because we understand that this is an exceptional situation and we ar...
‘We Are Not In War Emergency’ – Soyinka Reacts To COVID-19 Lockdown
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‘We Are Not In War Emergency’ – Soyinka Reacts To COVID-19 Lockdown

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has questioned the legality of the lockdown ordered by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The PUNCH reports that Buhari had on Sunday ordered the lockdown of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. But Soyinka in a statement on Monday wondered if the president has the power to order such lockdown. The Nobel laureate called on constitutional lawyers and lawmakers to clarify the legality or illegality of the lockdown. He also warned against “constitutional piracy” in the fight against coronavirus in the country. The statement, titled ‘Between COVID and Constitutional Encroachment’, read in part, “Constitutional lawyers and our elected representatives should kindly step i...
Buhari has no power to restrict movement – Adegboruwa
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Buhari has no power to restrict movement – Adegboruwa

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa (SAN), said on Sunday President Muhammadu Buhari has no power to restrict movement in Lagos and Abuja. In a statement made available to Vanguard, Adegboruwa said: “The President has no powers to restrict the movement of persons without recourse to the National Assembly. The President has not invoked his powers under the Constitution to declare any state of emergency, which must be approved by the National Assembly. “We are running a constitutional democracy and it is illegal for the President to take over the affairs of any State of the Federation without the express consent of the people of that State through their elected representatives. “It is only the Governor of the State through the House of Assembly of the State that can ma...
Covid-19: Makinde orders civil, public servants to stay off work
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Covid-19: Makinde orders civil, public servants to stay off work

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Wednesday, directed civil and public servants in the employment of the state, local governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to stay off work for two weeks. The decision, DAILY POST learnt was taken as part of measures put in place by the State government to contain the spread of Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19. Makinde indicated that civil and public servants across all cadres in the state should stay off work as the state studies the situation. He, however, noted that only persons on essential services are allowed to remain on duty for now. Makinde in a statement made available to DAILY POST said, “The Oyo State civil service will shut down for two weeks from, Friday, March 27, 2020. Only workers rendering essential se...
Capital market goes on full lock-down over Coronavirus
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Capital market goes on full lock-down over Coronavirus

The primary and secondary segments of the capital market will from today operate on a full remote basis with all trading, applications, processing and other filings to be conducted electronically using dedicated channels. The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) will today shut its trading floors across the country and move all its trading and regulatory operations to electronic platforms. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday issued a circular directing all capital market operators to file all returns and applications through electronic channels while cancelling all physical meetings and functions. As the pandemic Coronavirus continued to spread and several new cases confirmed in Nigeria, both SEC and NSE stated that the cancellation of physical transactions and meetings was i...
Senate Adjourns Plenary Over Coronavirus Outbreak
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Senate Adjourns Plenary Over Coronavirus Outbreak

The Nigerian Senate has suspended plenary until April 7 over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Upper Chamber also urged the Federal Government to devote special funds to fight the dreaded disease. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, disclosed these resolutions of the Senate after a closed-door session of the upper chamber. According to Lawan, this step is a preventive measure to curb the spread of the virus. Lawan enjoined Senators to watch out for any emergency, while he asked the Senate Committee on Health and Communicable Disease to move into action to ensure proper coordination of activities.
Kogi Directs Civil Servants to Work from Home Over coronavirus
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Kogi Directs Civil Servants to Work from Home Over coronavirus

The Kogi State Government has ordered civil servants in the state's workforce to work from home in the next two weeks, to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Kogi commissioner for information and communication, Kingsley Fanwo said the affected workers are grade level 1 to 13 staff who constitute 70 per cent of the state’s workforce. Workers in emergency and essential services such as healthcare and fire services are not included in the directive. The statement reads; “The Governor of the State, His Excellency Alh Yahaya Bello has approved the ‘Work from Home’ approach to ensure the virus doesn’t spread through contacts at government offices across the state. “Those who render critical services will be communicated through the Office of the Head of Service of the State on ...
Coronavirus: No Plans to Shut Down Schools in Akwa Ibom- Governor Emmanuel Udom says
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Coronavirus: No Plans to Shut Down Schools in Akwa Ibom- Governor Emmanuel Udom says

Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom states has said that there are no plans to shut down schools in the state due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In a state wide broadcast delivered on Saturday morning, Governor Udom said that there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 disease in Akwa Ibom State and that as a matter of fact, the measures put in place at the state airport to curb the spread of the virus into the state, is comprehensive and has no parallel anywhere in West Africa. He appealed to residents of the state to adhere strictly to preventive measures so they do not contact the virus. '' I want to advise that we should all continue to observe the simple rules of Personal and Respiratory Hygiene: Regular hand washing with soap under running water. b. Use of hand sanitizer ...
Coronavirus: Nasarawa government orders closure of schools
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Coronavirus: Nasarawa government orders closure of schools

  The Nasarawa state government has ordered the closure of all public schools in the state. The state Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Fati Jimeta Sabo made the announcement at an emergency meeting with Directors, Chief Evaluation Officers and Association of Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) on Thursday March 19. Principals of secondary schools in the state were asked to hasten and complete ongoing examination on or before Thursday, March 26. The statement reads in part; “Following the growing concern and gradual spread of Coronavirus popularly known as COVID19, the State Ministry of Education Science and Technology, has directed principals of public secondary schools in the state to complete their second term examinat...
Coronavirus tenure will expire within 21 days – Pastor Enenche
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Coronavirus tenure will expire within 21 days – Pastor Enenche

The Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Dr. Paul Enenche on Sunday, led his congregation in a torrential prayer against the outbreak of COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus. Report said the deadly virus, which broke out in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020, had killed over 6,000 people with over 162,000 persons currently battling the ailment. The respiratory disease has affected mainland China, Europe, Iran, South Korea, the United States and some African countries. Leading his congregation in a brutal prayer against deadly virus, Pastor Enenche said its tenure would expire within 21 days. He said, “We want to agree together to curse the demon of coronavirus officially. He...
Wife of Spain’s Prime Minister Tests Positive for coronavirus
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Wife of Spain’s Prime Minister Tests Positive for coronavirus

Begoña Gómez, the wife of Spain's prime minister Pedro Sanchez has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The news was revealed in a statement by the Spanish Government. “The tests carried out in the last hours in Moncloa [the prime minister’s residence] on the people closest to the prime minister have tested positive in the case of his wife, Doña Begoña Gómez," the statement read. "Both Mrs. Gómez and the president are well, both remain in La Moncloa and follow the preventive measures established by the health authorities at all times." Two ministers of Sánchez’s Cabinet, the minister of equality and the minister of regional affairs, had already tested positive earlier this week. The government said both are in good health as well. The news comes days after the prime m...
President Trump Tests Negative for Coronavirus, White House Says
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President Trump Tests Negative for Coronavirus, White House Says

President Donald Trump has tested negative for coronavirus, the White House has announced. The news comes just hours after Trump revealed during a Saturday press briefing at the White House that he took the test on Friday amid concerns about his exposure to several people who have been infected for the virus. "Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed," according to the statement about the results released by press secretary Stephanie Grisham with Trump's permission. "One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free. I have been in daily contact with the CDC and White House Coronavirus Task Force, and we are encouraging the implementation of all their bes...
Trump Extends European Travel Ban to Include UK and Ireland 
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Trump Extends European Travel Ban to Include UK and Ireland 

The Trump administration has announced it would extend its current travel ban to include the UK and Ireland beginning next week Monday The White House had previously declared a travel ban to Europe alone, but due to the rapid spread of Coronavirus, the U.K. and Ireland have been included. Speaking at the White House press briefing on Saturday morning, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that all travel from the United Kingdom and Ireland has been suspended, effective midnight on Monday. The same exclusions that are a part of the already existing European travel restrictions will also apply to the UK and Ireland, Pence said. "We continue to implement the President's vision, as you know, it's been a brisk few days," Pence said, noting how the U.S. implemented a state of emerg...
Spain Prime Minister wife tests positive for coronavirus
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Spain Prime Minister wife tests positive for coronavirus

Spain Prime Minister wife, Begoña Gómez tested positive for coronavirus, Spain’s government announced on Saturday. She said to be in good health and she’s following the medic authorities instructions bat their residence in Madrid. Two ministers have tested positive already earlier this week. The government said both of them are also in good health. The government informed the media of Gómez’s infection shortly after Sánchez gave a nationally televised address to announce a battery of measures his government will take to combat the pandemic during a two-week state of emergency.
ASUU to Federal Government: “Declare State of Emergency on Education”
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ASUU to Federal Government: “Declare State of Emergency on Education”

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Kano zone, has called on the Federal Government to declare a five-year state of emergency in the education sector by allocating 26 percent of the Federal and state governments budget to education. The ASUU Zonal Coordinator, Prof Mahmoud Lawan made the call in a press conference in Kano. He said the zone firmly believe that the measures would go a long way in tackling some of the challenges bedeviling the education sector in the country. Lawan urged the Federal Government to accept the ASUU ongoing innovation of a more robust system of human resource management and compensation, called the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS). On the situation at Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST) Wudil, the zonal...
Woman Steals Car then Tries to Convince Police she is Beyonce after she was Caught
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Woman Steals Car then Tries to Convince Police she is Beyonce after she was Caught

A New Mexico woman was arrested after she stole a car then tried to convince police who caught her that she is the superstar Beyonce Knowles. A police officer spotted 48-year-old Surena Henry in a stolen car and tried to conduct a traffic stop, the Las Cruces Sun News reported, citing court documents. However, Surena Henry ignored the officer and drove home, the report said. The officer gave chase and caught up with her when she parked outside her home. When the officer confronted Henry, she reportedly refused to give her real name. She claimed to be the "Single Ladies" singer. Police had to use fingerprints to properly identify her. Surena Henry later told officers that she found the keys inside the car and decided to take it for a joyride, KTSM-TV reported. She reporte...