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Saturday, 4 July 2020

Catalonia places 200,000 people under coronavirus lockdown

Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region on Saturday locked down an area with around 200,000 residents near the town of Lerida following a surge in cases of the new coronavirus.

WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, up more than 212,000

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Saturday, with the total rising by 212,326 in 24 hours.

Appeal court affirms Yahaya Bello as Kogi state governor

Nigeria - The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed the election of Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello.

Benue governor’s wife and son test positive for COVID-19

Nigeria - The wife and son of Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus. 

Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi and some of his aides test positive for COVID-19

Nigeria - Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus. The Governor confirmed this in a statement personally signed by him on Saturday, July 4.

Ondo Deputy Gov. declares to Gov: You have 21 days to hand over to me.

Nigeria - Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, has said that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has 21 days to hand over power to him or the constitution would be invoked.

Bukola Saraki distances himself from Hushpuppi following APC's call for an investigation into his alleged link with the suspected fraudster

Nigeria - Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has distanced himself from Hushpuppi after the ruling All Progressives Congress APC called for an investigation into his alleged links with the suspected fraudster who was recently arrested in the United Arab Emirates and extradited to the United States. 

US Federal prosecutors officially charge Hushpuppi for fraud. Faces 20 years in US prison

Nigeria - Ramon Olorunwa Abbas a.k.a. “Ray Hushpuppi” now faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in a US federal prison after being extradited from Dubai to the United States. 

Infected Ghanaian minister resigns after breaching COVID-19 protocol

Ghana's deputy minister for trade and industry, Carlos Ahenkorah has resigned after breaching COVID-19 protocols.

Barcelona icon, Xavi 'agrees £5.4m-a-year deal' to replace Quique Setien as new manager of the club

Barcelona icon, Xavi has reportedly agreed to replace Quique Setien as the new manager of the Spanish giants. 

Hushpuppi planned to swindle English premiership club of $124m

Nigeria - But for his arrest in Dubai on June 10, 2020, suspected Nigerian fraudster Ramon Olorunwa Abbas a.k.a. Hushpuppi would by now have gone far in  his plan to swindle an English premiership club of £100 million (approximately $124 million), according to US prosecutors.

Nigeria records 12 new deaths as NCDC announces 454 new #COVID19 cases, 268 new recoveries. See full breakdown...

454 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria, 268 new recoveries and 12 new deaths.


Friday, 3 July 2020

Apprehension as Global coronavirus cases exceed 11 million

Global coronavirus cases exceeded 11 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months.

Ondo State Deputy Governor granted waiver by PDP to contest Guber primary

Nigeria - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has granted a waiver to Agboola Ajayi, Ondo state deputy governor, to contest the party’s governorship primary election.

And Cross River records more COVID-19 cases, state govt yet to admit

Nigeria - The chief medical director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Ikpeme Ikpeme, says five patients tested positive for COVID-19 in the hospital.

Benue University VC tests positive for #COVID19

Nigeria - Benue State University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Msugh Hembe has tested positive for Coronavirus. 

French President, Emmanuel Macron appoints Jean Castex as new prime minister after Edouard Philippe resignation

French President, Emmanuel Macron has appointed Jean Castex, as the country's new prime minister after Edouard Philippe's resignation.

See PHOTOS as Ondo State Health commissioner is laid to rest following death after #COVID19 complications

Nigeria - Safety protocols were ignored as a large crowd of sympathizers gathered at Ilara-Mokin to witness the burial of late Ondo Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro.

Photos after the jump break>>>

French prime minister Edouard Philippe and his government resign

Prime Minister of France, Edouard Philippe, 49, and his government have submitted their resignations.

Nigerian troops hit terrorists’ meeting venue, kill several fighters in Borno

The Defence Headquarters says the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has scored a precise hit on Boko Haram terrorists’ meeting venue and neutralised several terrorists at Mainyakare on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno.

Bank security guard, two others held for ATM fraud in Benue State

Nigeria - Bank guard and two others have been arrested for allegedly defrauding bank customers through Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in Benue State.

US approves new sanctions bill to punish China over new Hong Kong security law

The United States Senate has approved a final version of legislation that would punish China for imposing a new security law on Hong Kong, a move by China that aims to destroy democratic freedoms and government accountability in Hong Kong.

Wife of Ondo Governor, Betty Akeredolu tests positive for COVID-19

Nigeria - Mrs Betty Akeredolu, wife of Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Plant used to make Madagascar COVID-19 drink exists in Nigeria, says health minister

The Nigerian Government Thursday said preliminary results of the analysis of the Madagascar COVID-19 herbal drink by the National Institute
for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRID) showed that it is the same as the plant Artemisia annua, with proven efficacy in malaria treatment.

Total confirmed cases climb above 27000 as NCDC records 626 new cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria, record 649 new recoveries and 13 new deaths. See full breakdown...

626 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria, record 649 new recoveries and 13 new deaths.


Thursday, 2 July 2020

Cross River Government insists on zero COVID-19 infection

Nigeria - The Cross River Government has insisted that it has no COVID-19 case, saying that it has nothing to gain by hiding cases of infections in the state.

Twitter removes image tweet by Trump over NYT copyright complaint

Twitter Inc on Thursday took down an image tweeted by the U.S. President Donald Trump from its platform, after receiving a copyright complaint from the New York Times.

Joe Biden's campaign raised $10M more than Trump's campaign in the month of June; See figures

US President, Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden have both revealed the eye-popping fundraising records both campaigns received last month, with Biden’s campaign getting $10m more money than Trump's .

COVID-19 strain in Beijing outbreak may have come from Southeast Asia - Harvard study

A strain of COVID-19 that has infected more than 300 people in Beijing since early June could have originated in South or Southeast Asia, according to a study by Harvard University researchers.

Pastor 52, arrested for defiling 12-year-old girl in Ogun

Nigeria - The police in Ogun State have arrested a 54-year-old man, Niyi Omowodun, for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old girl (name withheld).

#COVID19Nigeria: Some pupils are already hawking, education minister laments

Minister of State for Education Emeka Nwajiuba who spoke ahead of the planned reopening of schools, has disclosed that some parents are already engaging their children in street trading following the closure of schools over the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Significant rise in new cases as NCDC records 13 new casualties, 406 recoveries, 790 new cases and a total of 26484 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. See breakdown...

790 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria, 406 new recoveries and 13 new deaths.


Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Oh dear!!! Groom dies after infecting over 100 wedding guests with Coronavirus

A wedding in India turned out to be a Coronavirus hotspot, killing the groom
who had a high fever, and infecting more than 100 guests as his family didn't heed his request to post-pone the wedding ceremony.

Russians grant Putin right to extend his rule until 2036 in landslide vote

Russians appeared to have paved the way for Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036 by voting overwhelmingly for a package of constitutional changes which will also boost pensions, partial results of a nationwide vote showed on Wednesday.

Plateau State commissioner, Abe Aku tests positive for coronavirus

Nigeria - The Plateau State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Abe Aku, has rested positive for coronavirus.

JUST IN: Following #COVID19, Nigerian govt announces resumption of flights in Abuja, Lagos, others

The Nigerian government has announced dates for resumption of domestic flights in the country.

Delta State Governor and wife test positive for #COVID19

Nigeria - Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa has tested positive to COVID-19.
His wife, Dame Edith Okowa also tested positive.

A serious reverse as FG increases petrol pump price to N143.80

Nigeria - The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency has announced a new price band of N140.80 to N143.80 per litre for Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol. 

50 killed in Ethiopia protests over singer's death

At least 50 people were killed in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region in protests following the fatal shooting of a popular singer, a regional spokesman said on Wednesday.

Osun State SSG tests positive for Coronavirus

Nigeria - Wole Oyebamiji, secretary to the Osun state government has tested positive for Coronavirus. 

I studied law, but didn’t graduate – Suspected fake lawyer confesses after being arrested in Ogun

Nigeria - The Ogun state police command has arrested a man allegedly parading himself as a lawyer in the state. 

Another daily death toll high of 17 as total confirmed cases hit 25694, following NCDC's announcement of 561 new cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria and 344 new recoveries. See breakdown...

561 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria, 344 new recoveries and 17 new deaths


Tuesday, 30 June 2020

US could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day, expert says

The United States could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day, top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci warned Tuesday.

See VIDEO as Ondo Governor Akeredolu tests positive for coronavirus

Nigeria - Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Man beats girlfriend to death after she refused having sex with him (see photos)

Nigeria - The police in Oyo state have arrested 26-year-old Shagbada Erigga pictured above for allegedly killing his girlfriend, Happiness Winifred, 30, for refusing to have sex with him.

Abuja court dismisses Oshiomhole's appeal challenging his suspension as APC Chairman

Nigeria - Adams Oshiomhole's appeal which challenged his suspension as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been dismissed by a Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja. 

WHO says pandemic ‘not even close’ to over as toll passes 500,000

The coronavirus pandemic is “not even close to being over”, the WHO warned Monday, as the global death toll passed half a million and cases surged in Latin America and the United States.

#COVID19: UK reimposes lockdown on virus-hit city of Leicester

Britain on Monday reimposed lockdown measures on a city hit by an outbreak of coronavirus, in the first big test of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “whack-a-mole” strategy to control the disease while getting the economy moving again.

Remarkable!!! 4625 graduates apply for Amotekun job in Osun

Nigeria - Report indicates that about 4,625 university and polytechnic graduates representing 35 per cent have applied for recruitment into Amotekun Corps in Osun.

Kogi Gov. Yahaya Bello finally sets up COVID-19 testing lab, Infectious Disease Centre

Nigeria - The Kogi state government says it has partnered with the United States Centre for Diseases Control (CDC) to set up a reference molecular laboratory for COVID-19 tests.

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