Ban on Journalists: Governor Umahi Is Ingloriously Attaining Notoriety, Says NUJ

The NUJ National Secretariat has condemned what it called the continuous desperate action of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State to destroy Journalists and Journalism in his state. A statement signed by the National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman said the most recent development in which Governor Umahi was instigating attacks against Journalists in the State is frightening to the Union as it signals clearly that such attacks on the media are not going to abate any soon. According to the NUJ; “We regret to note that Governor Umahi is ingloriously…

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Gov. Umahi Bans Two Journalists ‘for life’ From Ebonyi State

The governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, on Wednesday continued his war on the media by banning for life, the state correspondents of The Sun newspaper, Chijioke Agwu, and the Vanguard newspaper, Peter Okutu, from entering the Government House or any government facility in the state. Mr Umahi, who made the declaration in a statewide live broadcast aired on the State’s broadcast stations, said he was displeased with the leadership of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), for failing to discipline their members. The governor, had, last week Saturday, ordered the…

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BREAKING: Governors Declare Support For 14 Days Nationwide COVID-19 Lockdown

Governors of the 36 States of the federation on Wednesday “unanimously” agreed to the implementation of an inter-State lockdown in the country over the next two weeks to mitigate the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 virus from State to State. The governors, operating under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), reached the agreement after receiving briefing from the Governors of Lagos, Bauchi, Oyo and Ogun States who shared their experiences and lessons from the fight against COVID-19. A communiqe issued by the NGF chairman and governor of Ekiti…

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Funke Akindele Breaks Silence on Ordeals, Says ‘God’s Plan is Bigger Than Your Mistakes’

Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, has broken silence about her ordeals with police authorities over social distancing directives on COVID-19, saying God’s plan is bigger than one’s mistakes. The 42-year-old movie star, was sentenced to 14-day community service and N100,000 fine after she violated the Lagos government’s directive towards containing the virus’ spread. Taking to her Instagram handle on Tuesday, just after she admitted having learned her lesson, Akindele shared pictures of herself with the caption “God’s plan is bigger than your mistakes.” In the wake of the controversies that had…

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IGP Redeploys Abia CP After ‘Drunk Policeman Killed Youth

The inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has redeployed Okon Ene, Commissioner of Police in Abia state, after the alleged extrajudicial killing of a youth. Frank Mba, police spokesman, who broke the news via a statement on Tuesday, said the IGP has set up a panel to probe the death of the youth identified as Ifeanyi Arunsi. Arunsi was shot dead last week by a policeman during an argument in Ebem Ohafia area of the state. Ene had said in a statement that the constable who shot Arunsi had…

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I’ve Denied Some Governors Flight Access Over Lockdown -Minister

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says some governors have been denied access to Abuja since President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a lockdown three weeks ago. The Daily Bells recalls that the President had ordered a lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja to limit the spread of coronavirus. While responding to questions during the media briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, on Tuesday, Sirika said the restriction of movement is being followed strictly. He said a Twitter user had demanded that shuttles of very important persons…

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Concern Mounts as 180 Die Within Four Days in Kano

The recent rise in deaths in Kano state has been a source of concern to residents. A health worker, who spoke off the record, told TheCable that 180 persons have been buried in the last four days. Although the development comes at a time when the state recorded 59 COVID-19 cases, the third highest in the country, some health workers said the deaths are not related to the disease which has claimed over 170,000 lives across the world. One of the sources at the Murtala Muhammad Specialists Hospital Kano said…

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COVID-19: FG Postpones WASCE, NECO Indefinitely

The Federal Government has announced the indefinite postponement of the Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) for 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajubu, broke the news on Tuesday in Abuja while speaking of provisions being made for students to study online. According to him, both the SSCE by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and that of the National Examinations Council (NECO) would be affected. “WAEC and NECO for the year have been postponed indefinitely. Students can learn online. We…

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104 Persons Had Contact With Borno Index Coronavirus Patient

The Borno Task Force on COVID-19 says at least 104 persons had contact with the index case in the state. Borno recorded its first case of the disease at the weekend but the patient, a retired nurse, died before the result of the COVID-19 test came out. Speaking at the inaugural media briefing of the task force, Umar Kadafur, the deputy governor, said 48 persons have been tested and of this figure, 44 persons tested negative for coronavirus while two persons tested positive and two results were being expected.

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Osun Barricades Borders to Enforce Closure Over COVID-19

Osun State Government has mounted barricades at all boundaries leading into the State and on major roads within the State in order to ensure total compliance with its lockdown directive imposed to curb spread of COVID-19. This follows the announcement that the 14-day lockdown in the State was not a curfew, but a total lockdown with no affordance of human and vehicular movements. The State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode during an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, said the barricades were erected to throttle back unauthorized movements…

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