COVID-19: Stop Pranking Health Workers, Lagos Govt Tells Residents

A file photo of Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: Twitter- @ProfAkinAbayomi
A file photo of Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: Twitter- @ProfAkinAbayomi



The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, has decried the rate of irrelevant calls received on the emergency lines set up for COVID-19 cases.

He described the calls as ‘very distracting’ in the management of coronavirus outbreak in the state and Nigeria, in general.

Abayomi made the remarks on Monday while giving an update on how the state is handling COVID-19 pandemic.

He said, “80 per cent of the calls we receive are hoaxes. People call in with aggressive language.

“They block our call centre lines and make it difficult for the people that truly need help to get through.”

“11 per cent of the calls we receive are welcome – they are asking for information.

“Only nine per cent of the calls are actually valid calls, but only four per cent of the valid calls have resulted in a red flag,” he added.

The commissioner lamented further that the calls were becoming worrisome and disturbing the interventions of the government in flattening the curve of coronavirus infection.

He, therefore, urged residents to desist from making unnecessary calls to the 08000CORONA lines, pranking health workers, as well as the aggressive use of language to staff of the ministry.

‘I Was Nervous, Anxious,’ Atiku’s Son Shares Experience Battling COVID-19

A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Inset: Mohammed Abubakar.



A son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), Mohammed, has shared his experience battling with the virus.

Mohammed, who spoke in a video made at the Abuja University Teaching Hospital where he is being treated, said he was initially nervous and had a high level of anxiety coupled with being the first recorded case in Abuja.

He, however, expressed optimism that he would be discharged soon.

In a video his father shared on Thursday via Twitter, Atiku’s son said, On the 20th of March, I tested positive for COVID-19 and later that night I was brought to the isolation centre at the Abuja University Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada. I’ve been here for about twelve days and I hope to be out soon. Perhaps when my next test is taken and the results are favourable, I will be on my way out, hopefully.

I decided to make this video so I can speak about my experience and I hope it will be of value to people out there, Nigerians in particular.

In the first few days when I came here, I was asymptomatic but I was nervous. I had a high level of anxiety and a little bit of trauma, it was a fairly difficult few days especially being the index case in Abuja. I think that was the main challenge.

But day by day, I grew stronger thanks to prayers and support I got from a vast array of Nigerians, many people I don’t even know but of course my family and friends, associate have been supporting.

Mohammed also urged Nigerians to avoid fake news which he said compounds health issues of people, especially those that are vulnerable.

He said, But one thing I will like to speak to Nigerians on my experience is about fake news. Fake news is very bad. It compounds your problems if you are in a vulnerable situation.

Perhaps coming from a politically exposed family, I didn’t really feel that pain as much but for people who are more vulnerable. It could really affect their health and their immune system as well.

So let me urge people out there to be very circumspect with how they treat information. Let them be careful about spreading information that is false. These things aggravate health conditions.

He appreciated the health workers on the frontline and government authorities for doing their best and advised Nigerians to come together to fight coronavirus regardless of their social, religious or political differences.

UCH Medical Director Recovers From Coronavirus, Tests Negative

A file photo of UCH Chief Medical Director (CMD), Professor Jesse Otegbayo. Photo: [email protected]



The Chief Medical Director (CMD) at the University College Hospital (UCH), Professor Jesse Otegbayo, has recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19).

UCH spokesperson, Toye Akinrinlola, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday on behalf of the management of the UCH in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

In the statement, and his result has turned out negative.

The announcement, Akinrinlola explained that Otegbayo tested negative after spending a couple of days in isolation and receiving treatment.

“His (Otegbayo) samples were taken again on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Today, at about 3:00pm, the result came out negative,” the UCH spokesperson confirmed.

This comes barely a week after the UCH revealed in a statement that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Otegbayo had appealed to all those who had contact with him to go into self-isolation to prevent further spread of the disease.

He also confirmed his latest health status in a tweet on Thursday.

COVID-19 Lockdown: Lawmaker Accuses Shipping Agents, Terminal Operators Of Exploitation

Mr Leke Abejide



A Federal lawmaker, Leke Abejide, has accused some shipping lines and terminal operators of taking advantage of the lockdown in Lagos State to collect extra demurrage on shipments.

The lawmaker who represents Yagba Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives made the allegation on Thursday while briefing journalists in Abuja.

He noted that the shipping agents and terminals were not affected by the lockdown order.

Abejide alleged that they have refused to come to work for clearance of shipments, which eventually accrued extra daily demurrage.

He, therefore, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to issue clear directives to the operators to either shut down the ports or keep them fully operational.

Boss Mustapha, Lai Mohammed, Others Visit Abba Kyari’s Office Amid COVID-19 Speculations


Members of the presidential task force on COVID-19 including the Secretary-General of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Tuesday visited the Presidential Villa and the office of the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

This is amid unconfirmed reports that the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, tested positive to the Coronavirus.

The team however declined to answer questions on the status of the Chief of Staff or the President.

Presidential task force on COVID-19 at the presidential villa on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.


None of the members would also confirm if there will be a briefing in respect of the two cases.

However multiple sources within the villa speculate that indeed the Chief of Staff tested positive.

No one has however given an official confirmation or explanation.



Seyi Makinde Bans Gathering Of More Than 30 People, Orders Shut Down Of Schools


Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has placed a ban on the public gathering of more than 30 people and ordered all public and private schools in the state to be closed until after the Easter celebration.

The governor gave this directive in a public address on Monday following the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in the state.

He also announced the postponement of scheduled events including the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Summit and the Agribusiness Summit in the state.

“I am obligated to place a ban on gatherings such as religious services, weddings, parties, burial ceremonies and so on, gatherings should be limited to 30 persons or less. Nightclubs will have to remain closed. These measures will be reviewed in two weeks.

“I have already directed that all public and private schools in Oyo State should be closed until after Easter. The ongoing workers’ verification exercise has been suspended. The Free Health Mission has also been suspended.

“All returning expatriate staffers in the state are presently in isolation and are being monitored,” he said in the address.

The governor also stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the state socially, economically and spiritually and urged residents to practice proper hygienic, social distancing and stay at home.

FG Suspends Sporting Activities At Stadiums Nationwide


The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has directed the temporary shutdown of all activities at four National Stadiums across the country.

According to a statement signed on Monday by the spokesperson of the Ministry, Lere-Adams A.B, the direction is aimed to checking the spread and safeguard all Nigerians against the COVID-19 virus.

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The stadiums to be shut down include MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja; Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna; Liberty Stadium, Ibadan and National Stadium, Surulere-Lagos.

The ministry also noted that, following this directive, these facilities will not be available till further notice.

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other stakeholders are putting necessary measures in place to curb and eliminate the Pandemic in Nigeria.

ASUU Commences Indefinite Strike

ASUU President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi says the strike became necessary after the Federal Government ignored issues raised by the association.


Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on indefinite strike action.

The announcement was made by the President of Association, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi in Abuja, on Monday.

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He explained that the action became necessary following the Federal Government’s refusal to address issues raised in its 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as well as its objection to joining the Integrated Pay Roll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS)

The industrial action takes effect today, March 23rd.

House Parties, Happy Hours Move Online Following Coronavirus Lockdown

A picture taken on March 19, 2020, shows a view of closed restaurants, bars and locations for adult entertainment on the “Grosse Freiheit” street in the red light district of the northern German city of Hamburg on March 19, 2020. PHOTO: MORRIS MAC MATZEN / AFP


Coronavirus lockdown or not, Amaya Howard plans to unwind after a hard day’s work by sharing a few glasses of wine with her friends.

But with bars closing across the United States, they have started meeting online via Houseparty — one of several group video apps doing a roaring trade during the pandemic.

“The idea came about of doing a happy hour — we just get on the app and just drink wine and talk,” she said. “Mostly it’s about a lot of randomness, but occasionally someone will say, ‘I just can’t believe how crazy what’s going on is.'”

She is not alone. Downloads of similar apps — where each person who logs in to a group chat appears in their own “window” on the screen of a phone, tablet or computer — have gone through the roof.

Cocktails are for sale to go at Dudley’s bar and restaurant in Manhattan as the Coronavirus, COVID19, outbreak continued unabated on March 19, 2020 in New York City. PHOTO: VICTOR J. BLUE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP


Just this month downloads of Houseparty, which was highly popular with teens a couple of years ago, have surged tenfold to 210,000 per day, according to Apptopia.

Others such as Zoom, used mainly for remote working, and Google Hangouts, Skype and Rave have also seen upticks.

For Esmee Lavalette, a Dutch film student in Los Angeles, the lockdown has presented a chance to hang out with friends back in the Netherlands — although the time difference has necessitated some “daytime drinking.”

“They always have a weekly drinks nights, but now since everything’s canceled, they decided to do it on Houseparty,” she said.

“And now for the first time in like a year-and-a-half, I could join them. So I was drunk at like 2:00 pm.”

The call ended when the night grew too late in Europe — and Lavalette returned to her homework. Even drinks for her graduation, which was set to take place this week, are now being shifted to cyberspace.

“I still have a lot of beer leftover so that’s what I’m gonna drink,” Lavalette said. “And some vodka.”

‘Girl’s night’

As well as a chance to catch up and blow off some steam, users say the apps are good for their mental health in these anxious times.

Rachel Chadwick, a local government worker in Leeds, England, has struggled with anxiety and depression.

“I’m quite extroverted… so obviously this self-isolating is really difficult for me,” she said.

Chadwick and her friends usually meet for a “girls night” once a month, which is now being played out on the app.

“Tomorrow night we’re doing a little pub quiz where each of us has a category, but we all have drinks and snacks,” she said. “We can keep it lighthearted so you don’t feel like you’re losing the plot.”

One of the friends has “borrowed” a whiteboard from work to keep scores on.

The Houseparty app also features built-in games such as trivia, drawing and wordplay. This is a draw for Fiama Liaudat, a Spanish teacher from Argentina living in North Carolina.

She and fellow teachers dotted across the state would typically explore bars together, or meet at someone’s home to play board games before the virus.

“For us, the app means we can continue, but on our phones,” she said.

Up until four

“The weather is perfect here and the night is warm, so I can imagine being on the balcony with a beer playing with them,” she said. “But I have to make a new online shop now!”

The surge in video group chats has even presented the opportunity to make new friends.

Howard, now back home in Dallas, used to chat with strangers through travel meet-up apps while living in Philadelphia, where she worked with non-profits.

They recently logged into Houseparty where they all met for the first time face-to-face.

“We were probably on it until four in the morning, five in the morning… everybody had their own drinks,” she said.

“They definitely don’t feel like strangers to me now.”


Edo Govt Bans Public Gathering After Recording First Coronavirus Case


Edo State government on Monday announced that a ban has been placed on public gathering of over 50 persons in the state.

The announcement was made by the state governor Godwin Obaseki during a briefing after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the state on Monday.

The first case of coronavirus was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on its verified Twitter handle.

READ ALSO: Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Nigeria Rise To 36

The health agency in the tweet also reported an additional five cases of coronavirus bringing the total number of cases in the country to 36.

Also, schools are to remain closed in the Edo state and civil servants from grade level 1- 12 are to work from home among other measures to deal with COVID-19 threat in the state.

COVID-19 Deadlier Than Boko Haram, Says SGF Boss Mustapha

Mr Boss Mustapha says the Nigerian government is not slow in its response to tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic.


The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha has described the COVID-19 pandemic as deadlier than the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast and other criminal activities in other parts of the country.

He made the remark on Sunday during his visit to Adamawa State to condole with the people of Garkida over its recent Boko Haram attack.

“I took the opportunity to speak to them on the current challenge that we are having with regards to COVID-19 and I said as dreaded as Boko Haram is, COVID-19 is vicious and most-dreaded (deadlier).

READ ALSO: Edo Records First Case Of Coronavirus

“One infection of COVID-19 can destroy a whole city, so I implore all of you to begin to speak to the people of Adamawa State and Nigerians concerning the adversity that can face us if we don’t take precaution,” Mustapha said.

He also spoke on the importance of social distance and maintaining personal hygiene like washing hands and avoiding handshaking.

He expressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s regret following the Boko Haram attack which resulted in the death of some security personnel, leaving properties worth millions destroyed.

He also noted that the Nigerian government is not late in its actions so far taken which are necessary.

“We are not acting a little late, we took steps by first identifying the countries that are a heavy burden; first we started with 13, and the next day we added two with the closure of three international airports.”

Coronavirus: Kaduna Courtrooms Witness Low Number Of Lawyers, Litigants


The courtrooms at the Kaduna State Ministry of Justice on Monday witnessed a low number of lawyers and litigants contrary to the large number of people that usually besiege the court on weekdays.

The low number, according to lawyers who spoke to Channels Television, was a result of compliance with the Federal government’s advisory for people to avoid large gatherings as a means of containing the spread of COVID-19.

As part of the measures, lawyers were restricted from sitting inside the courtroom until their cases were called by the court clerk, while only litigants were equally allowed to come into the courtroom without their relations and friends as it used to be.


However, Channels Television correspondent at the courtroom observed that there was no provision of water and hand sanitizers at the court for people to wash their hands before entering into the courtroom, except few lawyers who came with their personal sanitisers and mask.

Also, some lawyers inside the court did not comply with the social distancing advice, as some of them sat close to one another, maintaining close body contact.

A former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) of Kaduna Branch, Sule Shuabu, said the social distancing advisory, although very important in containing the coronavirus spread, cannot prevent the courts from sitting, as far as people maintain proper personal hygiene.