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06:28

Global surge of domestic violence since coronavirus lockdowns


UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of a "horrifying global surge" in domestic violence during the coronavirus crisis and urged governments to step up efforts to prevent violence against women.

"We know lockdowns and quarantines are essential to suppressing COVID-19. But they can trap women with abusive partners," Guterres said in a video message posted on Twitter on Sunday. "For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest - in their own homes."

In some countries, the number of women calling support services has doubled, healthcare providers and police are overwhelmed and understaffed, and local support groups are "paralysed" or short of funds, the UN chief said.

He called on governments worldwide to make sure the prosecution of abusers continues, to set up emergency warning systems in pharmacies and groceries, and declare women's shelters essential services.



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Guterres pressed for safe ways "for women to seek support, without alerting their abusers".

"Together, we can and must prevent violence everywhere, from war zones to people's homes, as we work to beat COVID-19," he said, as he called "for peace at home - and in homes - around the world."

"I urge all governments to make the prevention and redress of violence against women a key part of their national response plans for COVID-19."

Countries, including Germany, have warned that movement restrictions placed on the public in a bid to prevent the coronavirus from spreading threaten to exacerbate domestic violence.  Aljazeera
06:28

Coronavirus: Egypt evacuates citizens from Nigeria

Some Egyptians were on Sunday evacuated from Nigeria through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Egypt is the latest country to evacuate its citizens from the country due to the current coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

The evacuation carried out by Air Peace Airline started from Owerri, Imo State where 37 Egyptians boarded the flight at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri.

The Air Peace Aircraft for the evacuation essential flight arrived at the Owerri airport after midday and departed later to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to pick other Egyptians to Cairo, Egypt Capital.



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This is the 7th evacuation embarked on by different countries thus far since the shut down of passenger flight Operations into the country.

This is also the second evacuation by Airpeace of foreign nationals, the first was the evacuation of Israelis from Lagos via Abuja to Tell Aviv.

So far, Air France and Lufthansa have evacuated over 800 French and German nationals through Murtala Mohammed international airport Lagos. Vanguard
06:28

Coronavirus Pandemic: Air Peace delivers FG’s medical supplies from Turkey

The Federal Government has taken delivery of medical supplies from Istanbul, Turkey, to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The supplies were delivered by an Air Peace aircraft, a Boeing 777 with registration number, 5N-BWI, which arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Saturday night.

It was gathered that the flight left Nigeria early Saturday morning for the seven-hour flight to Turkey and was able to airlift the supplies and returned to Nigeria before midnight.

The medical supplies are said to be the first batch as an Air Peace Boeing 777 ER with registration number 5N-BVE is expected to leave for Beijing, China on Monday (today) for another batch.



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The Chief Operating Officer of Air Peace, Mrs Toyin Olajide, said the Federal Government deserved commendation for its efforts to rid the country of coronavirus.

“The management of Air Peace commends the Federal Government for being proactive in the preparation for emergencies, preventing the spread of the virus and also providing the kits and other medical equipment for the treatment of those infected by the pandemic,” Olajide said.

According to the COO, the effort shows that government is ready to fight the disease. Punch
06:28

In Nigeria: NNPC Debunks Insinuation of Mass Outbreak of COVID-19 in Corporation’s Estate

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has explained the circumstances of the reported COVID-19 infected individual at an apartment in the NNPC Estate in the Garki Area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

NNPC dismissed insinuation of mass outbreak of Coronavirus infection in the facility, saying the National Oil Company was aware of all the actions taken by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to tackle the singular case, which for now, has remained an isolated incident.

The corporation explained that the said case, involving a non-member of staff of the corporation, had to do with the individual who had just returned from the United Kingdom and developed symptoms of the disease.



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Spokesman of NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru said in a statement that his case was said to have been confirmed positive by the NCDC after undergoing a laboratory test.
The statement added that in line with NCDC’s approved protocol, all residents of the affected apartment were moved out and placed in Isolation, while officials of NCDC undertook a disinfection of the flat and adjoining areas to eliminate the chances of community infection.

The NNPC said it had long embarked on public awareness campaigns within the Corporation and beyond her borders including sharing with the residents of the Estate guidelines on successful self-supervised isolation to ensure strict adherence to all NCDC prescribed safety measures designed to tackle the COVID-19 global pandemic. Thisdaylive
06:27

FIFA raises age limit for Tokyo Olympics to 24


FIFA has raised the age limit for the men’s football tournament at the Tokyo Olympics to 24.


The competition is usually for U-23s, but the world football governing body has made the change, following the postponement of the Games.

It would ensure players who were eligible for the Tokyo Olympics this summer, will still be able to take part next year.

Any player born on or after January 1, 1997, will be able to play, alongside three allocated over-aged players.



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The men’s tournament will kick off before the July 23, 2021 opening ceremony.

The women’s event has no age limit.

FIFA has also called off all men’s and women’s national team games set to be played in June 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread. Dailypost
06:27

Our hospitals are stretched, United State tells citizens leaving Nigeria

Hospitals back home are “overwhelmed”, the United States Mission has informed Americans leaving Nigeria amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It said two evacuation flights scheduled to depart Lagos on Friday were cancelled due to flight clearance issues in some West African states.
Punch had reported that scores of Americans were stranded at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Friday as the emergency flights never showed up.

In a statement on its website on Sunday, the US said its nationals in Nigeria willing to travel back to the States would be responsible for their medical bills.


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The statement read in part, “Two flights that were scheduled to depart Lagos on Friday were cancelled due to flight clearance issues in other West African states. The U.S. government immediately took action to redress the situation and the flights have been rescheduled.

“Potential evacuees (should) bear in mind the following considerations in determining if an evacuation flight is in the best interest of you and your family:

“Healthcare systems in many localities in the United States are currently overwhelmed. If you need to seek medical care while in the United States, you will be responsible for all costs not covered by your insurance;

“There are shortages of many basic supplies across the United States, including toilet paper and canned and frozen foods.  Many stores, restaurants, and businesses are closed;

“At this time, Nigerian airports are closed to all commercial international flights.  If you evacuate to the United States, it is unlikely you will be able to return to Nigeria until the Nigerian government reopens the airports and commercial flights resume.”

Punch had reported that Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said foreigners in Nigeria were leaving the country to use health facilities in their countries.

According to the World Health Organisation statistics, there are over 250,000 coronavirus cases and above 70,000 resultant deaths in the US while Nigeria has recorded over 200 cases with five attendant deaths. Punch
05:38

31 Americans heading for Cross River now isolated says NNPC

The 31 American oil workers who were heading for Cross River State on Monday but were denied entry into the state have been placed on isolation, Saturday Punch reports.

It was gathered from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in Abuja that the Americans arrived in Nigeria on Monday and were to work for an NNPC partner in Cross River State.

They were, however, denied entry by the Cross River State Government and were turned back over coronavirus screening.

After the Air Peace charter flight that took them from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos was denied entry into Cross River, the oil workers who were billed to land in Calabar, were eventually flown to Abuja.



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On arriving in Abuja, it was learnt that the oil workers were asked to undergo 14 days’ isolation, as a precautionary measure in the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Kennie Obateru, told our correspondent that although the foreigners had been placed on isolation, none of them had exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19.

Obateru stated that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had tested the 31 Americans, adding that the NNPC would do what was best for the country in containing the spread of the virus.

“The 31 Americans are in Nigeria to work for one of our partners. They are being taken through the coronavirus precaution protocol of 14 days’ isolation even though none of them showed any sign when tested by the NCDC,” he said.

Obateru further said the NNPC had been making efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19, saying that aside from the N11bn donated for this purpose by the corporation and its partners, the oil firm recently handed over medical equipment to a hospital.

He outlined some of the equipment, which were handed to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada, to include an oxygen generating plant, a brand new ambulance, six NNPC operational ambulance vehicles and two ventilators.

Others were a patient monitor, hospital beds, bedside cupboards, overtop tables, air conditioners, fully automated 5-part haematology analyser and semi-automated chemistry analyser. Obateru further said the NNPC had been making efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19, saying that aside from the N11bn donated for this purpose by the corporation and its partners, the oil firm recently handed over medical equipment to a hospital.

He outlined some of the equipment, which were handed to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada, to include an oxygen generating plant, a brand new ambulance, six NNPC operational ambulance vehicles and two ventilators.

Others were a patient monitor, hospital beds, bedside cupboards, overtop tables, air conditioners, fully automated 5-part haematology analyser and semi-automated chemistry analyser. Punch
05:38

Osun 6 cpatients escape from isolation center

Osun State residents panic as six persons who tested positive escaped from isolation centre at Gedu in Ejigbo area of the state.

According to an unofficial public announcement the state has launch manhunt for the six persons who escaped from the isolation centre on Friday night.

The announcement enlisted the names and phone numbers of the six infected persons;

LAWAL Waliyulah, Masifa Ejigbo.



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When the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Ismail Omipidan was contacted on phone, his line was not reachable as at the time of filing this report.

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05:38

Onyeama Reveals Why Foreigners Are Leaving Nigeria Over COVID-19

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has explained why foreign nationals are leaving Nigeria in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

He made the clarification while responding to questions at the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 which held on Friday in Abuja.

The minister believes the exit of the foreigners does not necessarily have anything to do with the nation’s healthcare system.



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According to him, they may have taken the decision to leave Nigeria as a result of the system that works best for them should any situation arise.

“I think the foreigners who are leaving, whether there is something they know that we don’t know, I think it is a lot more innocent than that,” the ministers told reporters at the briefing.

He added, “It is basically a case where people are more familiar with the health systems in their various countries and so prefer to go to the various countries so in the event that they might have to be confined, they will be in more familiar surroundings.

“And they will also have access to the medical practitioners that they are used to and, of course, facilities that they are used to. So that’s really the reason.”

Onyeama stressed that the countries whose citizens have been evacuated still have their ambassadors, heads of missions, and other staff in Nigeria and have no plans of leaving. ChannelsTv
05:38

COVID-19: PDP Blames APC Govt Over Warri Killing


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday condemned the extra-judicial execution of an innocent Nigerian by the security operatives in Warri, Delta state, on Thursday.


The PDP also condemned reported brutalization of Nigerians in many parts of the country by security forces under the guise of enforcing the lockdown order to check the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in our country.

The PDP in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, insisted that such acts of violence against citizens cannot be condoned or justified under any guise whatsoever.



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”The party calls on Nigerians to hold the Buhari Presidency and the APC responsible for the Warri killing as well as the reported brutalization of Nigerians, noting that such ugly situations would have been averted if the APC controlled Federal Government had heeded wise counsel by the PDP and other well-meaning Nigerians and made adequate provisions for social palliatives that cushioned the economic challenges of the lockdown.

”The APC government had failed to shelve its political interests and heed good suggestions to implement calls to cut taxes, reduce fuel price and use the states and local governments to channel essential commodities to poor Nigerians whose means of survival comes only from their daily struggle on the streets and markets.

”The APC government has also failed to constitute an Eminent Nigerian Group to administer the palliatives and eliminate all political and bureaucratic bottlenecks that are now encumbering easy flow of social panaceas, leading to poor Nigerians coming out to seek for survival on the streets.”

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05:37

In Lagos: Americans stranded at airport as evacuation flight fails to arrive

Many American nationals were on Friday stranded at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

It was gathered that the aircraft that was supposed to evacuate them from Nigeria failed to arrive.

Sources said the aircraft was forced to return to the US after takeoff due to issues with the crew.

The US nationals were said to have already checked in at the MMIA and were made to wait for several hours.

The General Manager, Public Affairs of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, who confirmed the incident, said the aircraft did not arrive as expected.




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“The passengers spent the whole day waiting, finally they were all told to go home. They retrieved their luggage and went home,” she said.

She said the agency was waiting for feedback on when the next flight would be arranged for the evacuation.

The US Consulate had in a circular, last week, said it would evacuate American citizens in Abuja and Lagos who were ready to return to the US due to the COVID -19 pandemic.

The consulate stated in the circular that there were no scheduled flights to the United States but that it was actively exploring options and attempting to secure flights despite global airport closures and travel restrictions.

“We will email US citizens immediately once we have flight details, routes, and costs. US citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to travel to Abuja or Lagos as soon as possible,” the consulate said. Punch
03:38

Nigeria govt reduces petrol price to N123.5 per litre

The Federal Government on Tuesday night reduced the price of petrol from N125/litre to N123.5/litre.

Current petrol price indicates a reduction of N1.5 on every litre of petrol purchased nationwide.

It announced the reduction through the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, after a whole day meeting with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector in Abuja.

Announcing the reduction, the Executive Secretary of the PMS pricing regulator, Abdulkadir Saidu, said, “PPPRA, in line with the government approval for a monthly review of Premium

“Motor Spirit pump price hereby announces guiding PMS pump price of N123.50 per litre.



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“The guiding price which becomes effective 1st April 2020, shall apply at all retail outlets nationwide for the month of April 2020. PPPRA and other relevant regulatory agencies shall continue to monitor compliance to extant regulations for a sustainable downstream petroleum sector.”

It added, “Members of the public and all oil marketing companies are to be guided accordingly.”

The spokesperson for PPPRA, Kimchi Apollo, had told our correspondent at 7.30pm that stakeholders had been meeting on the new price since Tuesday morning.

Officials from the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, oil marketers and labour unions, among others, who constitute the petroleum products price modulation committee attended the meeting.

On March 19, 2020, a day after the Federal Government announced the pump price of N125/litre for petrol, the PPPRA declared that there was the possibility of a new price regime for the PMS beginning from April 1, 2020.

It explained that the N125/litre price might last till the end of March, as a new cost for petrol might be introduced on April 1.

Saidu had told journalists that the PPPRA would be undertaking a review of the PMS price and would announce a new price for the product on April 1 (today) if there were changes in the parameters used in determining the N125/litre pump price.

In another development, the Transmission Company of Nigeria on Tuesday announced an improvement in power generation.

It said this followed the support received from the NNPC in terms of supply of gas to fireup thermal power plants. Punch
03:38

In Nigeria: 99-year-old Itsekiri Bible translator dies

A cleric and nonagenarian Bible translator, Deacon Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi, has died in Koko, headquarters of Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State. A statement issued in Koko said Deacon Aganbi died in his home last Thursday, March 26.

Aganbi, 99, served as chairman of the Itsekiri Bible Translation Project and the team completed the Old and New Testament translation in the Itsekiri language.

The statement, signed by Mr. Felix Aganbi, a business mogul, said the late Bible translator, gifted interpreter and scholar, had a strong influence in Itsekiri literature.

“Deacon Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi was a legal guru, a highly reputed politician of the Second Republic in Nigeria and the Olare-Aja of Koko (community head).”

The statement praised Deacon Aganbi for putting his learning to the service of the church and using the Bible to nourish the faith and life of believers. “He served as a spiritual guide to many.”



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It also praised the accomplished translator for his well-known vision and linguistics competence in the languages of the Niger Delta region.

Meanwhile, the member representing Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Thomas Ereyitomi, paid glowing tribute to Aganbi, who he said played key roles in the nation’s development. He described Aganbi as a great man whose wealth of knowledge and advice will be greatly missed by all.

Similarly, a former chairman of Warri North Local Government, Chief Francis Maku-Eyituoyor described Aganbi as a defender of the faith. “We are encouraged and inspired by his example of Christian service,” he said. Theguardianng
03:38

Nigeria Records 4 New COVID-19 Infections, Total Cases Rise To 139

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria has risen to 139 after four new cases were discovered.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed the new figure in a tweet on Tuesday, in its latest update on the disease.

Of the new cases, three were confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) while one new case was discovered in Lagos.

This comes two days after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the restriction of movement in Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun State.



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President Buhari had made the declaration as part of measures to curtail the spread of the virus in the country.

Following the lockdown order, the President signed the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, which declared COVID-19 a dangerous infectious disease.

According to his media aide, Femi Adesina, this is in line with the exercising of the powers conferred on President Buhari by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004), and all other powers enabling him in that behalf.

As of 8pm on March 31, there are 139 confirmed cases with nine discharged while two deaths have been recorded in the country.

With the increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, Lagos now has 82 reported while the FCT has 28.

Other states that have recorded at least one case are Oyo – eight, Osun – five, Ogun – four, Kaduna – three, Enugu – two, Edo – two, Bauchi – two, Ekiti – one, Rivers – one, and Benue – one. ChannelsTv
03:38

COVID-19: Stop feeding children with sanitisers, Ogun warns parents


The Commissioner for Health in Ogun State, Dr Tomi Coker, has warned mothers to desist from giving their children sanitisers to drink as a way of combating coronavirus.


Coker, who gave this warning said this on Tuesday during a press briefing on the update of cases of COVID-19, described the development in the state as a myth.

The commissioner said she had discovered that many mothers in the state had been engaging in asking their children to drink sanitisers so as to get immune against the deadly virus.

The medical expert said there was no evidence that drinking sanitisers would prevent COVID-19.



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She said, “We also want to address some myths in society. There are mothers that are actually giving their children sanitisers to drink.

“There is no evidence that giving sanitisers to children will prevent COVID-19. So, we encourage people to cease from doing this.”

The commissioner also allayed the fears of the people over the report that a victim of COVID-19 was at the State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta a few days ago.

Coker said the patient who  visited the hospital with some symptoms of COVID-19 had tested negative.

She said, “The individual that presented to Ijaye hospital with signs and symptoms suggestive of a COVID-19. Since then, the individual who is a male has been admitted into our isolation centre and tested negative of COVID-19.

“We have treated him for other ailments and he has today been discharged home hale and hearty.”

On the number of ventilators the state has, the commissioner said not less than 24 ventilators have been secured including 10 at the 250 beds hospital in Abeokuta. Punch
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