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Kidnappers seem to have set their sights on Calabar metropolis, as gunmen are reported to have abducted for ransom six people in ten days.

Commuters stranded as commercial drivers withdraw services in Cross River

Commercial drivers in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, on Monday withdrew their services to protest alleged illegal taxation by some thugs and local government officials in the state.

Gunmen ransack Bakassi village

Men dressed in Police and Nigerian Customs Service uniforms, suspected to be armed robbers, have ransacked Ikot Ebok village, near Ikang, headquarters of Bakassi LGA of Cross River State.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has been Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) since the 15th of August 2016.

Nigeria: 10 die of coronavirus in Kano, Ogun, three other states

No fewer than seven patients died of coronavirus-related complications in Kano and Ogun states on Friday.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has been Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) since the 15th of August 2016.

Nigeria records 148 new coronavirus cases, total now 2,950

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday recorded 148 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 2,950.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has been Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) since the 15th of August 2016.

NCDC: Another lockdown most likely if Nigerians don’t observe social distancing

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the federal government might be forced to implement another lockdown if Nigerians do not comply with social distancing measures, leading to a new explosion of infections.
NERC Chairman, Prof. James Momoh,

Nigeria to halt extended power cuts during coronavirus lockdown

The federal government has made arrangements to ensure that prolonged power outages are reduced in the country throughout the period of the current lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Another WHO staff tests positive for coronavirus in Bauchi

Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Rilwani Mohammed, who disclosed this to newsmen in a telephone interview, said that the victim is a female security guard whose samples was taken Monday and had returned positive for the coronavirus.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has been Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) since the 15th of August 2016.

Nigeria urges residents to use face masks at public gatherings

The federal government has urged Nigerians to use face masks or improvised cloth mask at public places where social distancing may not be practicable.
Lagos State Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Isolation Centre

Lagos discharges nine more coronavirus patients

The Lagos State government, on Tuesday, announced the discharge of nine more Coronavirus patients, having tested negative twice for the virus.
Lai Mohammed is the current Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. A Nigerian lawyer, and former National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress.

Nigeria: Fake coronavirus vaccine on sale in Kano

“You must ignore the Vaccine being hawked in Kano which is called ‘COVID19 Vaccine’. It is yellow in color, it’s not certified by anybody, please don’t patronize the hawkers,” Nigeria’s information minister Lai Mohammed said during the Presidential Taskforce on COVID19 briefing.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed prompt payment of salaries to all employees. 4

President Buhari writes chief justice over decongestion of custodial centres

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for urgent measures towards the speedy trial of cases and decongestion of custodial centres in the country in view of Covid-19 pandemic.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police: Nigerians still travelling long distances at night despite lockdown

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Police Command, has threatened to seal all motor parks in the nation’s capital if the operators fail to obey the covid-19 Presidential Lockdown Order.
Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

Ooni of Ife plans to donate N144 million modular fumigators to 36 states

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, has concluded plan to donate modular fumigators, estimated at N144 million to the 36 states of the federation.
As the inks flow in tributes to Abba Kyari by those who loved and despised him, let us not forget that Abba was much misunderstood and often maligned.

Notable African figures who have died of novel coronavirus complications

Africa, the continent that was last to confirm cases of coronavirus now has more than 20,000 cases. As of Tuesday, according to Worldometer, the continent has 24,501 confirmed cases, 1,167 deaths, and 6,531 recoveries.

NSCDC distributes face masks to officials, embarks on more production

Checks by newsmen on Tuesday revealed that the face masks were the first batch produced and they were distributed to the officials on April 20, as part of effort to combat the spread of Covid-19 in work environment.
A vendor poses as he counts Nigerian naira banknotes inside a shop in Idumota Market, in Lagos, Nigeria February 11, 2019. REUTERS-Nyancho NwaNri

Nigerian naira slides to 3-year low on black market after oil price crash

The Nigerian naira fell to its lowest level against the dollar in three years on the black market on Tuesday, traders said, a day after a historic oil price rout pushed U.S. crude futures below zero.
Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released today by the European Commission, just one month after parliamentary elections in the union.

EU supports UN with €1.2 million for coronavirus response in Nigeria

The United Nations (UN) on Tuesday announced that it received EUR 1.2 million from the European Union for the provision of lifesaving preparedness and response activities for COVID-19 in Nigeria.
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Nigeria records highest inflation rate in almost two years

Nigeria’s headline inflation rate for March 2020 rose marginally by 0.06 percent points higher than the 12.20 percent rate recorded in February.

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, said the Federal Government would engage the services of members of the National Youth Service Corps to champion the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 at the grassroots.2

President Buhari: We joined ECOWAS to oust Yahya Jammeh, led onslaught against sit-tight president

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria joined the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) to oust Gambian former President Yahya Jammeh, who had refused to accept results of election he lost in 2016, adding it was the least the country could do in leading an onslaught against the sit-tight President.
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WHO hands over refurbished psychiatric hospital to Borno government

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has handed over a state psychiatric hospital it recently refurbished to Borno State government to address the increasing mental health challenges in the area.

Enugu bye-election: INEC receives sensitive materials

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Thursday, received electoral sensitive materials for Isi-Uzo State Constituency Bye-Election from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Enugu Branch.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

House of Reps summon minister, directors over polytechnic’s unaudited accounts

The House of Representatives on Thursday, summoned the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and other directors at his Ministry, to appear before it, over alleged frustration of the submission of financial audit reports of 2018 and 2019 by the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Imo State.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

CBN: Diaspora remittances now to be withdrawn in dollars

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), had announced a new policy initiative, which would help to boost remittance inflows and foster an environment of faster, cheaper, and more convenient flow of remittances back to the country.