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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on the floor, moving a bill on the Repeal of Quarantine Act, 2004 at plenary yesterday at National Assembly Abuja. . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan. 2

House of Reps set up 30-man c’ttee to accelerate passage of PIB

A thirty-member committee, with five members drawn from each of the six geo-political zones of the country, is expected to start work on the bill in the third week of this month, newsmen learnt, weekend.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Vigilante group nabs three ‘armed robbers’ in Bayelsa

A vigilante group in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state has arrested three armed robbery suspects in Oloibiri community and recovered firearms and stolen items.

Bayelsa West election: Political leaders affirm zoning arrangement

Political leaders from Bayelsa West Senatorial district have backed an existing zoning arrangement of National Assembly seats between Sagbama and Ekeremor Local Government Areas.
The kidnapped wife of a traditional ruler in Oyo State, Funbi Ojo, has regained freedom from her abductors.

Gunmen abduct Bayelsa blogger

Barely twenty-four hours after the Octogenarian father of the chairman of Sagbama Local Government Area, PA Napoleon Alele, was kidnapped, an online blogger and owner of Naijalivetv.com, Mr Mienpamo Saint, has been abducted by yet to be identified gunmen.
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Gunmen kidnap Bayelsa council chairman’s father

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped Elder Napoleon Alali, the 81-year-old father of Sagbama Local Government Council Chairman in Bayelsa State.

Oil industry begins third phase coronavirus intervention in Bayelsa

The oil and gas industry in Nigeria weekend embarked on the third phase of its intervention in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, with the takeoff of an infectious diseases centre in Bayelsa to serve the entire Niger Delta region.
The Emir of Kaura-Namoda in Zamfara State, Alhaji Mohammed Ahmad Asha, has passed away in the early hours of Sunday.

Zamfara emir dies in isolation

The Emir of Kaura-Namoda in Zamfara State, Alhaji Mohammed Ahmad Asha, has passed away in the early hours of Sunday.

Bayelsa West: Ijaw leaders endorse Seriake Dickson

Top Ijaw leaders drawn from different states of the Niger Delta, have called on the immediate-past Governor of the State, Seriake Dickson to contest for an upcoming bye-election in Bayelsa West Senatorial District.
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.
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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.

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Shoprite announces plans to discontinue operations in Nigeria

The Board of Africa’s biggest retailer, Shoprite International Limited, has announced plans to discontinue operations in Nigeria after 15 years.
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South Africa’s rand falls as virus fears hit risk appetite

South Africa’s rand fell to its weakest in more than three weeks on Monday, as fears about the economic fallout from rising COVID-19 cases dented investors’ appetite for riskier assets.
Thiago Alcantara may be an “unbelievable” player, concedes Jose Enrique, but that does not make the Bayern Munich midfielder the “best fit” for Liverpool.

PSG join race to sign Bayern Munich star

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly set to challenge Liverpool in their pursuit of Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara.
Kasper Schmeichel is as good as any goalkeeper in the Premier League, according to Mark Bosnich, who says the Leicester No 1 would be a fantastic signing for Manchester United.

Mark Bosnich: Kasper Schmeichel would be ‘fantastic’ signing for Manchester United

Kasper Schmeichel is "as good as any goalkeeper in the Premier League", according to Mark Bosnich, who says the Leicester No 1 would be a "fantastic" signing for Manchester United.

Ondo guber: Deputy governor’s defection tears PDP apart

The planned defection of the deputy governor of Ondo state, Hon Agboola Ajayi, to the Zenith Labour Party this week is generating heat within his People Democratic Party.