FG Targets 1000-Bed Space Isolation Centers In Abuja

 

The Federal Ministry Of Health is targeting the creation of about one thousand bed space isolation and treatment centers in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

This was announced on Tuesday by the Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora at a new conference, on Tuesday.

The proposed centers will be located in Agura hotel, DSS guest house, Women Development Center and This Day Dome, all at the nation’s capital.

Mamora said these locations will serve as isolation and treatment centers in preparation for possible surge in the numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Abuja, with over 25 confirmed cases of the deadly virus, has the second highest numbers of confirm cases in Nigeria, only next to Lagos State.

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), as at 11:15am, March 31 has confirmed 135 cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria, with two deaths.

The pandemic has been recorded in 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

PHOTOS: Israel Evacuates Over 270 Citizens From Abuja, Embassy Officials Included

Israeli citizens at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on March 29, 2020. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Israeli government has commenced the evacuation of its citizens resident in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

According to the government, this comes as part of efforts to protect its citizens from contacting coronavirus (COVID-19) which has killed thousands of people around the world.

The evacuation was supervised on Sunday by Mr Yotam Kreiman, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in the nation’s capital.

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He told reporters at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja that the evacuation became necessary due to the global increase in cases of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A private Nigerian airline is airlifting the Israeli nationals on a direct flight to Israel, which is the first time there will be a direct flight to the country from Nigeria.

A total of 274 Israelis made up of embassy staff and others working for private companies in Abuja were onboard the flight.

See more photos of the evacuation below:

Israeli citizens at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on March 29, 2020. PHOTOS: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Three New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed In Lagos

 

Three new cases of the #COVID19 have been confirmed in Lagos, Nigeria, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 30.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), made this known on Sunday, noting that two of the cases are returning travellers while the other one is a contact of a confirmed case.

According to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, the first of the three cases is a Nigerian male, with a two-week history of dry cough, intermittent high-grade fever and general pains.

He was recently in Dubai for two weeks and has been on admission for three days with Chest X-ray and a CT scan, suggestive of pneumonia.

The second case is a Nigerian male without a travel history. He’s an asymptomatic contact (driver) of a known positive case, while the third case is a Nigerian female who returned from the United States on March 8, 2020.

The three new cases bring to eight, the total number of cases the NCDC confirmed today (Sunday) alone.

According to the NCDC, out of the 30, 28 are active while two have already been discharged.

A further breakdown shows that Lagos State now has 22 cases, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has four, Ogun State has two, while Ekiti and Oyo states have one case each.


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As the government makes frantic efforts to curb the spread of the virus, people have simply been advised to stay at home and limit their contacts with people.

While the Federal Government has shut down the Lagos and Abuja International Airports, several states such as Lagos, Ogun, and Kwara have banned large gatherings of more than 50 people.

The Lagos State government in addition to that, has announced a stay-at-home order for public officers from Grade level 1 to 12 for the next 14 days.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, however, noted that “the stay-at-home order does not affect any of our first responders, meaning the medical personal are still meant to be at their duty posts, the fire service, members of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LAWMA and other essential services are not affected by this directive”.

Abuja Records One New Case Of Coronavirus, Bringing Total Number To 27

 

One new case of the COVID19 has been confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory.

This was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday, March 22. 

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According to the NCDC’s report via Twitter, Nigeria as at 11:00am on the 22nd of March, now has 27 confirmed cases of #COVID19 .

While the 27th case has been confirmed the NCDC also noted that two persons of the number recorded have discharged.

As at the time of the report, there have been no death recorded with regards to the virus. 

Doctors Down Tools Over Non-Payment Of Salaries

 

Resident doctors working in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, are downing their tools indefinitely, in protest against the non-payment of salaries for members spaning into seven months.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, the president of the Association of Resident Doctors in Abuja, Roland Aigbovo, noted that the decision to embark on the indefinite strike action has become their last resort after several failed promises by the FCT administration to pay their entitlements.

According to him, some doctors who received January salaries got only a paltry sum, ranging from one-fifth to one-tenth of their monthly salaries.

PHOTOS: Police Parade Suspected Kidnappers In Abuja

The Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday paraded some suspected kidnappers and robbers apprehended in different states at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office in Abuja.

Amongst the items recovered were 30 rifles including, Ak47 and locally made guns, 1520 rounds of ammunitions, Illicit drugs and large amount of cash taken from victims of kidnapping.

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During the parade, some of the suspects displayed how they hide guns inside the motorcycle and cars while going for operation.

Parading the suspects before journalists, spokesman of the Force, DCP Frank Mba, said the police remain committed to fighting insecurity in the country.

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Temporary Coronavirus Isolation Centre Really Not In Good Shape – Senate President

 

Senate President Ahmed Lawan has lamented that the temporary coronavirus isolation centre in the nation’s capital, Abuja, is not in good shape.

He said this on Wednesday while addressing journalists after an inspection of the facility at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.

The Senate President further lamented that the sum of N620 million which had been budgeted to set up the centre was yet to be released.

“We are going to get across to the Minister of Finance and all the other authorities who have anything to do with this, to release this money between today and tomorrow (Thursday) latest,” he said.

According to him, nobody should be found wanting whether or not there are any cases of the coronavirus.


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He, therefore, described the situation as unacceptable, noting that the centre has to be fixed within the fastest time possible.

“There is no way that Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa with a population of 200 million, yet in the Federal Capital and the surrounding states – six of the north-central, you don’t have one room that you can call an isolation centre where anyone who unfortunately falls into this crisis would be taken to.

“This is not acceptable,” Lawan stressed.

PHOTOS: Fire Guts Filling Station In Abuja

Shema Mega petrol filling station gutted by fire on Wednesday, February the 26the, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

A filling station in Abuja, (Shema Mega Petrol Filling Station) has been gutted by fire.

Located along Kubwa Expressway, the filling station went up in flames on Wednesday, destroying a building that houses its offices.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire started when fuel spilled across the premises from a tanker that was offloading.

Although there were no casualties, at least six petrol rigs and a tanker were destroyed by the fire.

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At the time of reporting the incident, men of the Federal Fire Service were on ground to quench the fire.

See photos below.

Police Arrest Suspect Over Aso Rock Director’s Murder

 

The police in Abuja have arrested a suspect over the death of an Assistant Director attached to the State House in Abuja, Laetitia Dagan.

According to a statement by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, the arrest followed a preliminary probe by the criminal investigation department of the force.

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The police added that the suspect whose identity was not revealed conspired with others, who are still at large, to carry out the crime.

The statement, also, warned members of the public to overlook inaccurate stories on social media about the murder of Dagan so as not to pre-empt investigation.

47-year-old Dagan was killed by gunmen on Monday evening in her apartment in the Galadimawa District of Abuja.

Court Orders Release Of Dasuki’s Passport For Renewal

 

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Maitama, has ordered the release of the passport belonging to a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki for renewal.

The order was given after Mr Dasuki’s lawyer, Ahmed Raji, notified Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, that the passport had expired since the court took its custody.

At the resumed trial on Wednesday, Mr Raji informed the court that the application which was dated and filed on February 11 with a 16-paragraph affidavit, was not opposed by the prosecution because there was no counter-affidavit.

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In response, the prosecution lawyer, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, said he had no objection.

Justice Baba-Yusuf in his ruling said since the request was not opposed by the prosecution (EFCC), which put the defendant on trial; it was wise to grant the request.

He, however, ordered the registrar of the court to release the document to Mr Dasuki for renewal, having become expired since the court took its custody.

The court adjourned the matter to March 13, for the continuation of trial.

Mr Dasuki, alongside a former minister of state for finance, Bashir Yuguda; a former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa; his son, Sagir, and his company, Dalhatu Investment Limited are facing a 25-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public funds to the tune N19.4 billion.

Gunmen Kill Aso Rock Assistant Director

 

Gunmen have killed an Assistant Director attached to the State House in Abuja, Laetitia Dagan.

The 47-year-old Dagan was killed in her apartment in Galadimawa, Abuja, on Monday evening shortly after she returned from work.

Reacting to the incident, State House Permanent Secretary, Jalal Arabi, said it was “a painful loss, not only to her immediate family but also the entire State House.”

“She was a dedicated, hard-working officer, and we all feel pained by her dastardly and untimely death,” Arabi told her family members during a condolence visit.

“We all share in your grief and pains, but be consoled by the fact that she lived a good life and contributed her best to the services of her nation”.

Speaking further, he asked the police authorities to ensure that the perpetuators are not allowed to go free.

Police Arraign Five Suspects Arrested Over Abuja Failed Bank Robbery

A file photo of four of the suspects paraded at the FCT Police Command in Abuja on December 31, 2019. PHOTOS: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The police have arraigned five suspects arrested in connection with the failed robbery attack on a commercial bank in Abuja.

The suspects were arraigned on Friday at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, seven weeks after they were said to have committed the crime.

They were charged with five counts bordering on conspiracy to commit armed robbery, robbery and illicit possession of firearms.

When the charges were read to them, all the suspects pleaded not guilty.

Upon taking their plea, the lead prosecution counsel, James Idachaba, made an oral application for the court to give both parties a week for the commencement of the trial.

He informed the court that the police were ready to present seven witnesses to testify in the case.

On his part, David Ochimana, who is the counsel to the first defendant and the alleged mastermind of the robbery, Larry Ehizo, aligned himself with the application of the prosecution counsel.

Trapped, Busted!

The suspects were said to have attacked the bank located at Mpape, a satellite town in the nation’s capital on December 28, 2010.

They reportedly gained entry into the banking hall after shooting sporadically into the air to scare people away.

In what looked like a scene out of a movie, scores of residents converged on the area to watch what they had seen on the screen in reality.

Unfortunately for the suspects, the hope of successful and well-planned operation was dashed as they came to the end of their road after they were trapped inside the bank.

 

This was as a result of the prompt response by security operatives made up of men of the Nigeria Police Forces, Nigerian Army, and the Department of State Services (DSS).

The security team arrived shortly after the suspects began the operation and positioned themselves strategically in the area to prevent the assailants from escaping.

The suspects eventually met their waterloo during an exchange of gunfire with the security personnel, resulting in the death of one of them while four others were arrested.