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Rita Daniels, mother of Regina Daniels shared a video of herself weeping bitterly and lamenting over the loss of lives and destruction of the economy due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
She could be heard in the video crying to God and pleading with him to show mercy and save humanity from destruction.
However, most Nigerians were not with Rita Daniels’ lamentations as many accused her of acting but not genuinely crying out to God.
The Federal Government, on Tuesday, announced the suspension of the ongoing reconstruction work at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika disclosed this after an inspection tour of the project.
He arrived the airport aboard a police chopper, with only few officials.
Sirika said the project, which had gone beyond 90 percent, would have been delivered before Easter.
“But considering that the construction workers have downed tools owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government hereby officially announce suspension of procurement.
“The work would have been completed in 6-7 days, but the workers left to be with their families in view of the social distancing,” the minister declared.
With a cure for the virus yet to be found, many people across the world have been resorting to self-help in a bid to prevent infection.
For weeks since the disease has ravaged the world, authorities have had to battle against fake news about purported prevention tips peddled by different sources from all corners of the world.
In a tweet posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the NCDC rubbished some of these tips, warning Nigerians to not cause further harm to themselves in the process.
The agency said preventive measures such as drinking palm oil, drinking hot lemon, eating garlic and ginger, gargling warm water and salt, or using special oils are all useless against the disease.
The NCDC noted that spraying of water or Dettol, an antiseptic and disinfectant, all over the body also does not prevent or cure the virus.
Nigeria has recorded a total of 131 confirmed cases, as of March 30, in 12 states across the country. Eight people have recovered and two have died.
Nigeria’s stylish senator, Dino Melaye has revealed whats more deadlier than coronavirus. He calls it the F-Virus with the “F” denoting fear. He advised Nigerians to limit what they read about coronavirus, that they should trust in God and act normal.
He passed this message through his Instagram page and it reads; “The F- Virus is worse than Corona. More people are dying of the F- Virus than corona. Recent research shows that many of those dying especially the elderly die b4 they die bc of F- Virus.
“F virus is FEAR. Lets kill fear..limit what you read and watch. Trust more in God.
This is no show off but to ask that we all should be normal and enjoy ourselves even in our confined environment. Fear is evil..imbibe God and self confidence and discard the spirit of fear. Senator Dino MELAYE”
Burna Boy took some time off his self-isolation to do a questions and answer (Q&A)session with fans on Twitter. This comes after Burna Boy had voiced his frustration at the limitation of his movement on March 27, 2020.
During the Q&A, he spoke about Wizkid, Fela, early days, new album in 2020 and ‘Odogwu (Remix)’ featuring Phyno, Zoro, Illbliss and Nigga Raw.
Nonetheless, something dramatic happened when Burna Boy replied a fan who told Burna Boy that, “With all this fela songs yhu dey drop back to back shior.”
Burna Boy who had obviously had enough bit back and replied, “The Fools that say this shit don’t even really know Fela songs. Fela went through much more hate from you fuckers than I currently do and all he did was speak the truth even more than I do. U are just pained that I’m King and I’m Flawless with the vibes. Unstoppable.”
…pray over COVID-19
The convicted Senator representing Abia-North Senatorial Zone, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has asked Nigerians not to give up in the face of the coronavirus pandemic that has hit the world.
He made this known in a press release by his Media Aide, Maduka Okoro, on Tuesday morning. Orji expressed his ultimate and abiding faith in God, saying that COVID-19 will eventually be a thing of the past.
He asked that this difficult and challenging period does not call only for solemn reflections, but for all well-meaning Abia-North sons and daughters, despite the socio-political differences, to collectively work together to fight the scary scourge that is very devastating.
Kalu said, “We must come together as a nation and people to seek the face of the Almighty God, so that His GRACE and Mercy will shine upon us all. I am constantly praying for the people of my constituency and will continue to work tirelessly, bearing the cross in these trying times.
“I urge you all not to relent but to keep hope alive, for soon and very soon the light of Hope will shine at the end of the tunnel by God’s infinite Grace”.
“May God continue to bless Ndi-Abia North and our dear Country Nigeria,” the ex-Abia governor added.
The Nigerian Army has removed a senior commander who appeared in a video complaining about poor equipping of troops after an attack by Boko Haram left dozens of soldiers dead.
Olusegun Adeniyi, a major-general and commander of operation lafiya dole, Nigeria’s counter-terrorism headquarters in Maiduguri, was removed on Monday, according to a military press statement published by PRNigeria, a platform that publicises statements for security agencies.
Dozens of top generals were asked to switch positions effectively April 1 in a circular that went out on Monday, NobleReporters gathered
Although the army’s redeployments appeared routine, its timing has fuelled insinuations that Mr Adeniyi was the main target.
It came barely a few days after Mr Adeniyi was seen in a video complaining about the brazen nature of Boko Haram attacks on troops. He also complained that insurgents were outgunning troops and an intelligence failure was responsible for an attack that left dozens of soldiers killed last week.
The video became an instant hit on social media, sparking outrage and a relentless torrent of abuses against President Muhammadu Buhari and other senior military and government officials overseeing the war efforts. The military did not publicly comment on the video.
Sagir Musa, chief army spokesperson, did not immediately return a message from media seeking comments about whether or not Mr Adeniyi’s removal from the frontlines was informed by his video last week.
Mr Adeniyi was moved to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, a military facility for strategy and innovation based in Abuja, as “a research fellow.”
The new commander of the army’s operation against Boko Haram is F. Yahaya, a major general, drafted from Headquarters 1 Division in Kaduna.
PRNigeria listed all the army officers affected as follows:
Maj Gen ACC Agundu from Special Task Force (STF) Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos to Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) Abuja as Senior Research Fellow, Major General HI Bature from Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Defence Liaison Office National Assembly Abuja to Army Headquarters Department of Civil Military Affairs and appointed Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj Gen UM Mohammed from Nigerian Army Property Limited (NAPL) to the Office of the Chief of Army Staff and appointed Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu/Deputy Chairman Board of Trustees NAPL.
Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu Maj Gen CC Okonkwo now redeployed to STF Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos and appointed Commander, Maj Gen F Yahaya from Headquarters 1 Division Kaduna to Headquarters Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE (OPLD) Maiduguri and appointed Commander, while Maj Gen OG Adeniyi is redeployed from Headquarters Theatre Command OPLD Maiduguri to NARC as Senior Research Fellow, Maj Gen S Idris from Sector 2 OPLD Damaturu- Yobe State redeployed to DHQ Abuja and appointed Director Liaison.
Others affected include – Maj General AA Adesope from Office of the Chief of Army Staff Directorate of Audit and Financial Management to NAPL and appointed Group Managing Director, Maj Gen MG Ali from Headquarters Theatre Command OPLD Maiduguri to Headquarters 4 Special Forces Command Doma, Nasarawa State as Commander while the erstwhile Chief of Civil-Military Affairs AHQ Abuja Maj Gen US Mohammed has been redeployed to 1 Division Kaduna and appointed General Officer Commanding. Similarly, Brig Gen HI Daniel from the Defunct Army Special Forces Command Maiduguri to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command Minna and appointed Director Army Training Support, Brig Gen BE Onyeuko is to remain in DHQ Abuja as Acting Director Defence Media Operation.
Brig Gen NM Jega from Training and Doctrine Command Minna to Infantry Corps Centre Jaji and appointed Chief of Staff, Brig Gen LA Araba from Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty Abuja now redeployed to Sector 2 OPLD Damaturu, Yobe State as Ag Commander, Brig Gen VO Ita from DHQ, Abuja to Headquarters 402 Special Forces Brigade Azare and appointed Commander while Brig Gen JAL Jimoh from Sector 3 Artillery Brigade OPLD Monguno to Headquarters 31 Brigade Minna and appointed Commander and Brig Gen GTO Ajetunmobi has been redeployed from 31 Brigade Minna to Nigeria Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty, Abuja as Executive Director Operation.
Others are – Brig Gen LG Lepdung from Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre Jaji to DHQ Abuja and appointed Deputy Director Procurement (Logistics), Brig Gen MO Ihanuwaze to remain in Office of the Chief of Army Staff Directorate of Audit and Financial Management as Acting Director, Brig Gen EC Obi – Osang from the defunct Headquarters 707 Special Forces’ Brigade Makurdi to Headquarters 401 Special Forces’ Brigade Makurdi as Commander while Brig Gen GM Mutkut is redeployed from the Defunct Nigerian Army Amphibious Command OPLD Baga to Headquarters 403 Amphibious Brigade Baga and appointed Commander and Brig Gen JR Lar from Nigerian Army School of Artillery Kachia to Sector 3 Artillery Brigade OPLD Monguno as Commander.
Also, Colonel DJ Abdullahi from the defunct Headquarters Nigerian Army Special Forces’ Command Maiduguri to Headquarters 4 Special Forces’ Command Doma Nasarawa State and appointed Acting Chief of Staff, Colonel EC Emere from Nigerian Army Archives to Nigerian Military School Zaria as Deputy Commandant and Col MO Agi is to remain in Headquarters Nigerian Army Armour Corps Bauchi as Acting Chief of Staff among others.
China’s control measures during the first 50 days of the COVID-19 epidemic may have delayed the spread of the virus to cities outside of Wuhan by several days and, by interrupting transmission nationwide, prevented more than 700,000 infections across the country, according to an international team of researchers. The findings, published today (March 31) in the journal Science, could be useful to countries that are still in early phases of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The number of confirmed cases in China by day 50 (February 19) of the epidemic, was around 30,000,” said Christopher Dye, visiting professor of zoology and visiting fellow at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. “Our analysis suggests that without the Wuhan travel ban and the national emergency response there would have been more than 700,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases outside of Wuhan by that date. China’s control measures appear to have worked by successfully breaking the chain of transmission—preventing contact between infectious and susceptible people.”
The researchers used a unique combination of case reports, human movement data and public health intervention information to investigate the spread and control of COVID-19. They examined the movements of 4.3 million people out of Wuhan before the travel ban, the types and timing of control measures implemented across the cities of China and the numbers of COVID-19 cases reported each day in every city.
“One fascinating aspect of our work is that it shows the power of novel data streams such as cell phone mobility data,” said Ottar Bjornstad, distinguished professor of entomology and biology, Penn State. “Since the time period we studied included the Spring Festival holiday and Chinese Lunar New Year, we were able to compare patterns of travel into and out of Wuhan during the outbreak with cell phone data from two previous spring festivals. The analysis revealed an extraordinary reduction in movement following the travel ban of January 23, 2020. Based on this data, we could also calculate the likely reduction in Wuhan-associated cases in other cities across China.”
The team’s model also analyzed the specific effects of the Wuhan shutdown and found that it delayed the arrival of COVID-19 in other cities by several days. “This delay provided extra time to prepare for the arrival of COVID-19 in more than 130 cities,” said Huaiyu Tian, associate professor of epidemiology, Beijing Normal University.
These cities banned public gatherings, closed entertainment venues and suspended public transport, among other actions. As a result, they reported 33% fewer confirmed cases during the first week of their outbreaks than cities that did not implement a Level 1 Response.
While the control measures taken thus far have reduced the number of COVID-19 infections to very low levels, China, is by no means out of the woods.
“Given the small fraction of the Chinese population that has been infected, a much larger number of people remains at risk of COVID-19,” said Tian. “We are acutely aware that resident or imported infections could lead to a resurgence of transmission.”
Bjornstad noted that SARS-CoV-2 may establish as a human endemic globally in the years to come.
“It is critical to keep in mind that this virgin epidemic likely will affect people of different ages and susceptibilities, and therefore have different fatality levels, than possible subsequent seasonal epidemics,” he said.
A group of irate men in Onitsha, Anambra State reportedly went into town today to attack traders who increased prices of food items.
According to reports, a female trader was used as an example for other traders as a big bowl of her garri was thrown away by the said men who were not happy that she hiked the price of her goods with over a 100% increment from N500 to N1500.
A Facebook user identified as Jestymoore Nnokwa who shared the story wrote;
“Today In onitsha, igbo boys went into town to see those wicked and cruel market women selling food items at exorbitant prices, unfortunately for this Garri seller, she was selling Garri of N500 for N1500 and the boys threw everything away on the ground. They were upset with what they saw in the market today in onitsha market.
Veteran Nollywood actress, Bukky Wright is 53 years old today, March 31, 2019 and to mark her day, the ever gorgeous mother of two took to her social media space to share a lovely photo with caption: “Wish myself the today and for evermore. Happy birthday Ajokepretty. I give all glory to almighty God.”
Lots of Nollywood celebrities have taken to her comment section and also their various Instagram page to celebrate and wish the beautiful light-skinned actress a happy birthday.
See some comments and posts below;
Bimbo Oshin wrote : ” Happy beautiful birthday darling @bukkywright May this year be a breakthrough year for you! I hope that all your stars keep shining and your biggest dreams come true. Have fun “
Mustapha Sholagbade wrote “I Celebrate you mummy @bukkywright May the rest of your life be the best ma. May Allah continue to be pleased with you and yours. Livelong and keep winning ma.”
AY Comedian’s wife, Mabel Makun has celebrated her birthday in isolation due to coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria.
The Federal Government declared a 14-day lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State as a measure towards curbing the spread of the deadly virus which now has 131 confirmed cases in Nigeria.
This has forced many people in the mentioned cities to stay indoors with social activities brought to a standstill.
This hasn’t prevented AY Comedian from celebrating his wife Mabel Makun on her birthday as he decided to surprise her by spraying dollar notes on her.
Sharing on Instagram, he wrote:
“HAPPY ISOLATION BIRTHDAY TO MY LOVELY WIFE @realmabelmakun. GOD BLESS YOU FOR BEING A BLESSING. #stayhome #staysafe”.
Singer Burna Boy has said that it is not his job to help people and make their lives better as Nigerians battle coronavirus outbreak.
The singer stated this in reaction to a troll who slammed him on social media after he said he wanted to go live on Instagram.
The troll said: “We don’t need you to go here. Go back to your community and do something meaning fort hen during this period of coronavirus”.
Burna Boy responded saying: “Even though I do my best as many as I can (and I urge everyone who can to do the same), the fact that I do does not mean it’s my job. That is the government’s job not mine. So don’t come here to advice me, advice your government and see if they will answer you”.
Singer Timi Dakolo has taken to social media to celebrates his wedding anniversary with his wife Busola Dakolo which he almost forgot due to coronavirus.
Timi Dakolo shared a picture showing him and his wife in native attire to celebrate their in n blessed with three kids.
He wrote: “Happy wedding to Timi Dakolo and Busola Dakolo,Many more beautiful years to you guys.This corona season is making a brother Forget many . Oh I am timi Dakolo sef(see what I am saying?)Happy anniversary to Us”.
It may be recalled that Timi Dakolo emerged winner of the inaugural season of Idols West Africa in 2007. Accompanying his victory was a recording contract with Sony BMG, in addition to other prizes.
The wife of Kaduna State governor, Hadiza Isma El-Rufai, has said that her test result for coronavirus has returned negative.
She disclosed this on her Twitter page stating;
“Dear Tweeps, My COVID-ONE-NINE test result is out. I’m NEGATIVE. Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes. #StayAtHomeStaySafe”she tweeted
Recall with NobleReporters that her husband announced he tested positive for the novel virus on Saturday March 28th.
Four new cases of the COVID-19 Pandemic have been recorded in Nigeria.
The announcement was made by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) through its Twitter handle on Tuesday.
According to the agency, three of the cases were reported in Osun State while one in Ogun State.
This brings the number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 135 with 2 deaths.
“Four new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 3 in Osun and 1 in Ogun.
“As at 11:15 am 31st March there are 135 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with 2 deaths”.
“Currently, Lagos has 81, FCT- 25, Ogun- 4, Enugu- 2, Ekiti- 1, Oyo- 8, Edo- 2, Bauchi- 2, Osun-5, Rivers-1, Benue- 1 and Kaduna- 3.
Davido’s father, Deji Adeleke has donated the sum of 500 million naira to the federal government, in a bid to help in the war against coronavirus.
Adeleke also distributed foodstuffs worth 500 million as confirmed by Dele Momodu.
He made this known via his official twitter handle @DeleMomodu. In his statement, he wrote, ‘DR ADEDEJI ADELEKE CONVID-19 DONATION…
Dr. Deji Adeleke (aka BABA OLOWO) Donates N500milliion worth of foodstuff across Osun State and N500million to FG. MAY GOD REPLENISH SIR…’
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British Airways will temporarily suspend operations at Gatwick Airport in London as travel demand continues to stall in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
International Airlines Group – owner of British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus – has already announced huge cuts to services, with the British flag-carrier to focus efforts on Heathrow in the short term.
Gatwick itself is currently operating from a single terminal, following a sharp fall in flights.
easyJet, a major operator at the south London airport, yesterday said it would suspend all departures for the foreseeable future in response to the crisis in global travel.
A brief statement from British Airways said: “Due to the considerable restrictions and challenging market environment, like many other airlines, we will temporarily suspend our flying schedule at Gatwick.
“We are contacting affected customers to discuss their options.”
The carrier yesterday extended its American revolving credit facility as it seeks to boost its liquidity situation during the virtual shutdown of aviation.
For all the latest from Breaking Travel News on the coronavirus pandemic, take a look here.
Officials of the US have asked India to lift the ban imposed on export of pharmaceutical ingredients amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The move comes due to the rise in demand in the US, now the most-affected country with nearly 164,500 confirmed cases and 3,100 deaths to date.
Currently, the US now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country, surpassing China and Italy.
India and US governments are in discussions on lightening restrictions on pharmaceutical ingredients exports from India, reported N.Rs
India is one of the largest suppliers of generics and pharmaceutical ingredients.
The export ban in India has been put in place to ensure an adequate supply of medicines during the outbreak in the country, which reported 1,251 COVID-19 cases and 32 deaths so far.
Commenting on US’ request, India state department spokesperson said: “We are collaborating, healthcare technology and personal protective equipment remain open even as large portions of our countries are shut down to reduce the risk of transmission.”
Meanwhile, India is planning to establish a global framework to gain affordable access to medicines to combat pandemics and enable easier movement of health professionals across borders.
The country currently supplies pharmaceutical ingredients and products to around 190 countries globally, which could be affected by COVID-19.
India Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal was quoted as saying: “We are confident that with improved regulatory and R&D cooperation, India can further enhance its capabilities to serve the world in a crisis like this.”
Josep Maria Bartomeu addressed claims of discontent at Camp Nou after Lionel Messi released a statement announcing player wages cuts on Monday.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said Lionel Messi agreed with pay cuts at the LaLiga champions, after the captain criticised senior club figures behind the scenes.
Barca confirmed a massive wage cut to help the club during the coronavirus pandemic, with players agreeing to reduce their salaries by 70 per cent and making further financial contributions to ensure all employees are able to take home the full value of their wages.
The news came following reports of a disagreement between senior Barca players and club directors over the degree of wage reduction, with Messi denying the squad turned down the team’s proposal to reduce salaries.
Bartomeu said Messi never opposed Barca’s decision to carry out salary cuts, telling SPORT: “Messi told me from day one that this reduction had to be made.
“This proposal came from the captains. It is a gesture that demonstrates their commitment to the club.”
Messi issued a statement on behalf of the players on Monday, which was soon shared by other members of the first-team squad, in which he insisted they had always been happy to reduce their pay in order to help the club and its staff during the nationwide lockdown, with LaLiga under indefinite suspension while Spain attempts to arrest the spread of COVID-19.
The message accused those in charge of Barça of placing the players under unfair levels of scrutiny while negotiations over wage cuts continued.
Bartomeu added: “Perhaps [the players] have been frustrated by things said by people inside and outside the club, who do not have all the information.
“But the negotiations were carried out only by Oscar Grau and me and we have not said anything.”