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265 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Nigeria

In the latest update of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, 265 new cases have been reported as of Saturday evening, May 23rd by the National Centre for Disease Control.

In a new update on their Twitter page, the NCDC reports that there’s new cases in Lagos, Oyo, Edo, Ogun, FCT, Plateau, Kaduna, Borno, Niger, Kwara, Bauchi, Anambra and Enugu

Their tweet reads;

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265 new cases of #COVID19;

133-Lagos
34-Oyo
28-Edo
23-Ogun
22-FCT
6-Plateau
5-Kaduna
3-Borno
3-Niger
2-Kwara
2-Bauchi
2-Anambra
2-Enugu

7526 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria
Discharged: 2174
Deaths: 221

A breakdown of cases by state;

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Lockdown won’t go longer than necessary – President Buhari assures Nigerians

President Buhari has assured Nigerians that the current lockdown put in place to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus, will not go longer than necessary as it would be ”reviewed from time to time to ease the increasing hardships on the people”.

The President gave the assurance in his Eid-el-Fitri message to Muslims.

A statement released by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity today May 23, quotes the President as saying that COVID-19, which caught the world off guard, and has put a damper on what would otherwise have been “a time of celebration for the Muslim faithful to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period.” He said he is aware of the inconveniences the lockdown and other measures put in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus has caused Nigerians.

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“I am well aware of the inconveniences these tough measures have brought on the lives of Nigerians, including limiting religious activities and gatherings in large numbers. No government would intentionally impose these tough and demanding measures on its citizens if it had a choice.”

Speaking further, the President said

”It is not easy to give up many of these important duties and activities but it became imperative to do so in order to control or limit the spread of this deadly disease.

Let me use this opportunity to commend the sacrifices of both Muslims and Christians for their cooperation in the enforcement of the social distancing guidelines.”

President Buhari appealed to other Nigerians “whose businesses and means of livelihoods were badly affected by the prolonged lockdown measures for their understanding and cooperation.”

He also exhorted people with means to continue helping their neighbors and the less well-to-do “so that we can all come out of this pandemic stronger and more united.”

The President told the Muslim faithful that “this year’s Eid event is an occasion for sober reflection rather than celebration because of the long shadows of gloom that the coronavirus has cast on people’s lives.”

He prayed to Allah to ease the hardship among the people as they struggle hard to flatten the curve, while wishing all Nigerians “Eid Mubarak.”

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I killed my brother because he was father’s favourite

The Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari, have arrested 20-year-old Ibrahim Abdullahi and 22-year-old Hassan Amadu over the murder of Kadade Abdullahi at Amana Maikasuwa Village in Kaduna State.

The 20-year-old cattle rustler and alleged kidnapper was nabbed after operatives of IRT attached to Operation Puff Adder, Kateri Annex, arrested a member of the 5-man gang that killed Kadede.

Upon being arrested and quizzed by the police, Ibrahim admitted belonging to a gang that specialised in robbery, kidnapping and cattle rustling. He also confessed to masterminding the robbery and killing of his elder brother because he is his father’s favourite.

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Ibrahim said;

“My father is married to four wives and has many children. I don’t know what is special about Kadade that our father wouldn’t ever take care of his other children without rubbing it on our faces that Kadade was special.

“I was sent to Arabic school in Kaduna, while only Kadade attended primary and secondary schools. My father said it was not necessary for other of his children to go to school because he wanted every one of us to become farmers. And yet, he was always the first person to insult and call us illiterates, saying we couldn’t speak English Language.

“How can I speak English Language when my father did not send me to school? I only learnt how to cultivate corn and rear cows. I had to get married to convince him that I was old enough to handle responsibilities.

“As soon as I got married, my father gave me only 20 cows and two plots of land. The reason I carried out the killing of my blood brother with the help of my gang members was because our father trusted my late brother much more than he trusts me. It is also because of the sum of N1, 700,000, which our father realised from selling his cattle. The money was kept with my brother.

“My brother sold some cows and made N1.7million and was making noise about it. My father was also very happy about it and asked him to keep the entire money. .

“We expected him to share the money. That day I was so broke and asked my father for money. He started insulting me and asked me to learn to be responsible like Kadade.

“I was so bitter and I immediately called a member of our gang, Haruna and told him about the money in my house. I asked them to come and also make sure that they kill my brother.

“Although I now regret my action but I thought that his death would make my father allow me to control some of his businesses. My father was devastated but I consoled him that it was Allah’s wish. .

“In the morning, I went to the bush to meet them and they told me that it was only N300,000 that they found with my brother. I collected N100,000 as my share since I was the one who brought the job.“

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245 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Nigeria

In the latest update of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, 245 new cases have been reported as of Friday evening, May 22th by the National Centre for Disease Control.

In a new update on their Twitter page, the NCDC reports that there’s new cases in Lagos, Jigawa, Ogun, Borno, Kaduna, Oyo, Rivers, Ebonyi, Kano, Kwara, Katsina, Akwa Ibom, Sokoto, Bauchi, Yobe, Anambra, Gombe, Niger, Ondo, Plateau, FCT, Bayelsa

Their tweet reads;

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245 new cases of #COVID19;
131-Lagos
16-Jigawa
13-Ogun
12-Borno
9-Kaduna
9-Oyo
9-Rivers
9-Ebonyi
8-Kano
7-Kwara
5-Katsina
3-Akwa Ibom
3-Sokoto
2-Bauchi
2-Yobe
1-Anambra
1-Gombe
1-Niger
1-Ondo
1-Plateau
1-FCT
1-Bayelsa
7261 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria
Discharged: 2007
Deaths: 221

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Plane with 107 passengers on board crashes near Pakistan airport (Video)

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed in Karachi on Friday, May 22nd — the flight was reportedly on its way from Lahore to Karachi.

The plane, reported to have conveyed more than 100 passengers crashed into a residential area near the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, the country’s civil aviation agency said on Friday.

“The plane crashed in Karachi. We are trying to confirm the number of passengers but initially it is 99 passengers and eight crew members,” said Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for the aviation authority.

A spokesperson for the state-run Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Abdul Sattar told the newspaper Dawn that the flight was carrying 90 passengers and 8 crew members and had been due to land in Karachi at 14:45 local time (09:45 GMT).

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The newspaper said a rescue operation was underway and emergency workers had arrived at the scene. There were no immediate reports on the number of casualties.

Users on social media have since started posting images and videos of the residential area where the plane crashed. The videos show smoke billowing from the plane. Others have a close-up short of the area where the crash took place.

Watch a video from the crash below;

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Ogun State Lockdown: Pregnant Woman in Labour dies at police checkpoint

Aggrieved youth on Thursday staged a protest in Abigi, Ogun State, following the death of a pregnant woman, Mrs Opeoluwa Waidat Adedeji, at a police checkpoint.

The protesters, who stormed the Abigi Divisional Police Headquarters, blamed policemen manning the checkpoint for her death.

The mother of six lost her life while on the way to hospital for delivery. The deceased was being rushed to the hospital on a motorcycle by two men, when they were accosted at the Sowore River checkpoint.

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The police officers inquired why they were not wearing face masks and also not obeying the social distancing order of the state government.

The policemen allegedly delayed the trio on motorcycle, citing the ongoing restriction of movement over COVID-19, but later allowed them to go upon realizing the woman was bleeding profusely.

Adedeji, however, gave up the ghost before getting to the hospital, prompting the angry youth of the community to storm the police headquarters with the remains of the dead woman, insisting that policemen were responsible for her death.

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Teenager kills her husband for trying to have sex with her; says she had no idea sex is a marital obligation

A 17-year-old wife accused of killing her husband as he tried to have sex with her in Bauchi has said she had no idea sex is a marital obligation, so she thought her husband was trying to defile her.

Salma Hassan, a resident of Itas-Gadau, was paraded at the Bauchi Police Command on Tuesday, May 19, for stabbing her husband to death 11 days after their wedding.

She told journalists that when her husband approached her for sex that night, she thought what he was doing was wrong, so she objected. However, her husband beat her and tried to force himself on her. She said she then picked a knife to scare him but mistakenly stabbed him with it.

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She said: “We were married. We loved each other.

“I never knew that sex is a marital obligation. On that fateful night when he approached me for sex, I refused him because I have never been involved in it. I thought he wanted to defile me.

“He later got angry and was trying to force himself on me with slaps and beating, then I picked up a knife to scare him away but he kept coming. I didn’t know when I stabbed him with the knife in his chest.

“I have already given my statement. I’m in great suffering. I’m in great bitterness. I don’t know what will happen to me now. But I wouldn’t have done what I did if I knew better.”

According to a Police statement, a knife was recovered when they arrested Salma for culpable homicide at her home in Itas-Gadau.

“On the 24/04/2020 at about 0900hrs, one Haruna Musa ‘m’ of Itas-Gadau reported at Itas-Gadau Division, that one Salma Hassan ‘f’ 18yrs of the same address stabbed her husband, one Mohammed Mustapha on the chest. As a result, he sustained serious injury and was rushed to General hospital Itas–Gadau for treatment where he was certified dead. The suspect was arrested and has confessed to the crime. Exhibit recovered from the suspect was one knife,” the statement reads.

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Nollywood Actor stabs neighbour to death, see why.

A 30-year-old Nollywood actor, Temitayo Ogunbusola, has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed his neighbour, Oladotun Osho, to death following a altercation over the payment of electricity bill.

Ogunbusola allegedly committed the offence around 7pm on May 17, at 4, Sebili Kazeem Street, Cele bus stop, Agodo Egbe, Ikotun.

Trouble was said to have started on Saturday when Ogunbusola was asked to pay his accumulated electricity bill by a man identified as Banjo. Temitayo, however, protested against the N22,000 passed to him as amount payable, which caused an argument between him and a few other tenants.

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According to The Nation, Ogunbusola allegedly picked a stone and chased Banjo round the compound but was stopped by other tenants.

In retaliation Banjo then went out and brought about seven men dressed in military uniform, who physically assaulted Ogunbusola.

However, on returning to the house, Temitayo allegedly took a knife and chased some tenants, threatening to stab them.

He couldn’t find Banjo and he turned his aggression on Oladotun and allegedly stabbed him at the chest, preventing the occupants from taking the late Johnson to the hospital in time.

Oladotun did not survive the attack as he was pronounced dead-on-arrival when he was eventually rushed to the hospital.

lice spokesman Bala Elkana confirmed the incident, adding that the murder weapon was recovered by homicide detectives.

He said the body was moved to the General Hospital, Isolo and casefile transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Yaba for further action.

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Man who abducted teenage girl, Ese Oruru sentenced to 26 years imprisonment

Justice Jane Inyang ruling in the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has sentenced Yinusa Dalhiru to 26 years imprisonment for abducting then 14-year-old teenage girl, Ese Oruru, from her home in Bayelsa state to Kano state where he got married to and impregnated her.

Ese Oruru made news about five years ago after the story of her abduction by Yinusa was widely reported — Yinusa had at the time, met the 14 -year-old Ese at her mother’s shop where he and his peers go to buy food.

He abducted and took her to Kano on August 12th, 2015 where he forcefully married her and had her name changed to Aisha after she was converted to a Muslim.

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After months of outcry from her parents and Human rights activists, she was eventually returned to Bayelsa in March 2016, pregnant with a child — shee was delivered of her baby girl on May 26th, 2016.

Ese in an interview said she did not know how she followed him to Kano. Yinusa was arrested and arraigned in court on charges bordering on child trafficking, child abuse, rape, kidnap, infringement of right of religion, and holding a person against their will.

After four years of litigation, Justice Inyang on Thursday morning May 21, convicted him and sentenced him to 26 years in prison.

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Lagos to admit only severe cases of Coronavirus at isolation centres

Lagos state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi has announced that they will now be concentrating on people with severe cases and isolating them while mild cases will be managed at home.

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The health commissioner said the decision became necessary as they’ve exceeded the containment phase and now at the active community transmission stage.

He added that they will intensify home treatment for Coronavirus patients with mild symptoms, as isolation centers are running out of bed spaces following increased cases of Coronavirus in the state.

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Abayomi said;

“We have exceeded the containment phase now. We are at the active community transmission stage.

“We will be concentrating on people with severe cases and isolating them while mild cases will be managed at home. Our attention is shifting to community-based isolation.”