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COVID-19: Information Minister debunks rumours about Buhari’s health status

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…says Nigerians are not helping the situation

Minister of information, Alh Lai Mohammed has confirmed to be false the news all over social media that President Muhammadu Buhari tested positive to the deadly Corona virus and his health condition is deteriorating.

He also described as untrue news that a British Airways came into the country on Wednesday.

Lai Mohammed said this while addressing journalists and other stakeholders at a press conference held on Thursday in Abuja.

Giving updates on the situation of things with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, the minister stated that this is a critical period the nation and if the necessary measures are not put in place urgently, there may be a ‘virus explosion’.

In view of this, the minister noted that there will be an aggressive enforcement of measures announced earlier to contain the spread of the virus. Measures such as social distancing, contact tracing, testing, isolation of suspected cases and ensuring flow of information even to methe grassroots.

Also, he noted that more stringent measures have been put in place to further minimize the spread.

“I don’t intend to sound apocalyptic. But the truth is that time is running out. If we don’t urgently and more aggressively enforce the measures I have just listed, we have a short window within which to stop this pandemic or face an explosion in terms of the cases. We cannot afford to be complacent.

“In view of this, we are considering tougher measures to enforce compliance, stop the exportation of the disease to states that do not have it and minimize spread. Possible measures include:

•Stopping inter-state/inter-town travels, except for essential services
•Closing all motor parks and inter-state rail stations. Already, all train movements nationwide have been stopped.
•Using fire fighting and other adaptable vehicles and personnel to fumigate cities and towns.

Mohammed said there exists over 4,000 individuals who are still being traced but due to inaccurate data provided by these contacts, tracing is more difficult than it should be.

According to him, Nigerians are not cooperating to help contain the spread of this disease that has claimed lives of thousands across the world.

“We have 4,370 people of interest whom we are tracing. We urge those who have had contact with suspected cases to immediately report to the authorities. We urge Nigerians to support the authorities in this regard. We are on the verge of reaching the level of community spread. We must stop this immediately or we will record exponential cases in the days ahead. There is no better way to say this.

“Let me say, without mincing words, that we are not getting the kind of cooperation that this moment deserves from Nigerians. Many are busy engaging in meaningless criticisms instead of complying with the stipulated directives to keep people safe. Some Nigerians who flew into the country from overseas filled wrong addresses and phone numbers in their forms, making it difficult to trace them when the need arises. Some Nigerians defied orders to stay away from large gatherings while some religious leaders willfully flouted the directives to ensure social distancing. The government is doing its best but we need the citizens to do their best too. We have now gone past the stage of persuasion. It’s time for strong enforcement.”, The minister said.

Officially announcing the medical supplies donated by Jack Ma which consists 100, 000 facial masks, 1,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and 20,000 test kits will be distributed to health workers and the test laboratories in the country.

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BREAKING!: Lagos Airport Hotel on fire

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Another fire outbreak has been confirmed in Lagos at the popular Lagos Airport Hotel.

The incident happened on Thursday evening.

Firefighters and other emergency responders are battling with putting off the inferno as at the time of filing this report.

 

Details shortly…

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COVID-19: We Will Deal With Officers Violating IG Orders

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The Oyo state Police headquarters PPRO, SP. Fadeyi Olugbenga made this known in a telephone chat with our correspondent said “Our men had been thoroughly warned and lectured, their deployment is not based to go and extort, they are to carry out their lawful duties and make sure they enforce and at the same time secure the lives and properties of the people”.

S.P Olugbenga also warned that any Officer doing otherwise is doing that at his own peril. Violators of Inspector General of Police orders will be seriously dealt with in line with police regulations.

We check officers by using a mechanism of routine check, where senior officers go round to see what the officers are doing and also see to the level of public compliance. Though encouraging, but still have some recalcitrants.

Members of the public are advised to call our control room members been circulated in the public to complain any grievances.

In his view, Oyo state police command has been carrying out sensitization programmes to educate the public on the need to obey government directives and maintain law and order.

“Please stay at home, only people on essential duty are expected to be out”.

According to the directives of the IG, we are not ready to retain people unnecessarily but we do arrest on Important purposes.

He however enjoined the public to report officers violating them with a promise to take proper action but plead the public to obey the rules and regulations put in place to collectively win the war against Coronavirus pandemic.

He assured that Nigeria Police in collaboration with other security agencies are working hard to ensure a peaceful society.

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BREAKING! Accountant-General of the Federation’s office on fire

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Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation on Wednesday was gutted with fire.

The Root Media gathered that the building, also known as “Treasury House” is located beside the Federal Capital Territory FCT Police Command in Garki, Abuja.

It was gathered that the fire started from around the third floor, razing the building upwards including the Accountant General’s office and most of the important offices.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known even as workers are currently at home observing.

However, a combined team of men of the Federal and FCT Fire Services, as well as other security operatives, have to a large extent contained the fire.

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