COVID-19: Edo Records 53 More Cases, 23 Recoveries

A file photo of a health worker writing on a paper. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Edo State has recorded 53 new cases, 23 recoveries and one more death from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with the government intensifying efforts to ensure compliance with the state’s disease prevention protocols to contain the second wave of the pandemic.

The State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this on Friday during a virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

“Edo State, in the last 24 hours, recorded 53 new cases, 23 recoveries and one more death from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths recorded in the second wave to 42,” he said.

“The 53 new cases were confirmed positive from the 208 samples collected within a 24-hour period. We also recorded one more health worker infection, with 864 active cases that are being managed at various treatment and isolation centers in the state.”

READ ALSO: BioNTech/Pfizer Say Vaccine Can Stand Warmer Temperatures

According to him, “With the new figures, Edo has now recorded a total of 1717 confirmed cases, 389 health workers infections, 42 deaths and 803 recoveries since December 1, 2020 when the state started tracking the second wave of the virus.”

The Incident Manager, who reassured the government’s commitment to containing the pandemic and protecting Edo people, charged residents to “complement the state government’s efforts at ensuring the health and safety of all citizens by complying with guidelines against the spread of the second wave of COVID-19.”

He further urged citizens with COVID-19 symptoms to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre on this toll-free number: 08003625000 for assistance.

COVID-19: Edo Govt Calls For Strict Compliance As State Records 20 New Cases

Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.
Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.

 

Edo State has recorded 20 new cases and 30 more recoveries from COVID-19 as the government intensifies sensitization and enforcement of guidelines to guard against the spread of the second wave of the pandemic.

The State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this during a virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

Obi, who charged residents to support the government’s efforts at curbing the spread of the virus, reassured that the Obaseki-led administration will continue to deploy resources to check the spread of the pandemic and protect residents across all communities in the state.

He noted, “Edo State has, in the last 24 hours, recorded 20 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 more recoveries, with 852 active cases that are currently being treated at various treatment and isolation centres in the state.”

The Incident Manager while urging residents to ensure compliance with the state’s disease prevention protocols, noted that “the second wave of COVID-19 is very challenging, as all indices including case positivity and death rates have been significantly higher when compared with the first wave.”

Obi charged residents with any COVID-19 symptoms to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre on this toll-free number: 08003625000 for assistance.

COVID-19: Edo Records 33 More Cases, One Death

Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.
Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.

 

 

Edo State has recorded 33 new cases, 12 recoveries, and one more death from coronavirus (COVID-19) as the government ramps up efforts to contain the second wave of the pandemic across all communities in the state.

The State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this during a virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

Obi stated: “Edo has, in the last 24 hours, recorded 33 new cases, 20 recoveries and one more death from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the second wave of the pandemic to 38.”

According to him, “a total of 795 active cases are currently receiving treatment at various isolation and treatment centres in the state”, adding that “with a 90.7% prevalence of community transmission across the State the risk of transmission COVID-19 is further heightened as such we all must take responsibility for action to limit its spread.”

He reiterated the need for compulsory, consistent, and correct use of face masks, strict observance of physical /social distancing while ensuring regular washing of hands with soap under running water, among other guidelines.

The Incident Manager noted that the second wave of COVID-19 is very challenging, as all indices including case positivity and death rates have been significantly higher when compared with the first wave.

Obi charged residents with any COVID-19 symptoms to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre on this toll-free number: 08003625000 for assistance.

Don’t Cover Up Gender-Based Violence, Obaseki Tells Edo Residents

A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki..

 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has urged residents to report cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other forms of gender-based violence to appropriate authorities in the state.

He asked the people to take advantage of the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Benin City, the state capital to lodge such complaints in order to tackle the menace of gender-based violence in Edo.

Governor Obaseki made the plea on Friday in commemoration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, a United Nations-sponsored annual awareness day.

“As part of the Edo State government’s commitment to ending this practice that violates women’s rights to sexual and reproductive health, physical integrity, non-discrimination and freedom from cruel or degrading treatment, we established the Vivian Ogu Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Benin City to provide a one-stop free clinic for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence as well as the required care and support for girls,” he said.

The governor added, “With our basic education reforms, through our EdoBEST programme, we are also equipping girls in the state with a sound educational foundation.

“Education is a vital tool in addressing Female Genital Mutilation and other forms of gender-based violence, as it exposes the girl-child to information, new concepts, and encourages them to exchange ideas along with access to various sources of information and technology that foster social relations and developments.”

Governor Obaseki urged multilateral organisations and civil rights groups to complement the government’s effort by leading sensitisations to increase awareness aimed at discouraging cultures that allow female genital mutilation.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), marking the annual International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM in the context of COVID-19 is a timely reminder of the health sector’s vital role in ending the violation of girls’ and women’s health and human rights.

The health agency noted that from offering preventive services at the primary care level to ensuring the highest quality care possible for women and girls who have already undergone FGM, healthcare providers remained powerful agents for change and service in their communities.

Edo Governorship Election: Court Delivers Judgement On Appeals From Two Petitions

Logo of a court gavel

 

 

The court of appeal sitting in Benin City the Edo state capital on Thursday affirmed the decision of the Edo governorship election petition tribunal holden in Benin deferring a ruling in an application seeking to strike out the petition of the Action Democratic Party and Emmanuel Iboi or strike out the fourth and fifth respondents in the petition till the final judgement stage.

The appellate court also struck out the appeal of the Action Alliance and Ukonga Frank Onaivi against the tribunal’s ruling which struck out the petitioners’ petition against Godwin Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party and INEC for non-compliance with the filing of pre-hearing notice.

The court affirmed the ruling of the tribunal holding that paragraph 18(4) of the first schedule of the electoral act focused on the abandonment of petition and not dismissal under an interlocutory application.

It also held that the decision of the tribunal flowing from paragraph 18 (4) was a final decision and not an interlocutory decision.

The appeal was struck out owing to the appellants’ failure to file their brief of argument within the statutorily stipulated time.

A cost of two hundred thousand naira in favour of all respondents was accorded against the appellants in each appeal.

Don’t Pay Ransom To Kidnappers, Edo Police Boss Tells Nigerians

 

The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, has cautioned Nigerians against paying a ransom to kidnappers.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, the commissioner advised the citizens to quickly report any kidnapping incident to the police authorities.

“What I want to encourage the public is that if anything happens rather than going quietly to pay a ransom, inform the police so that, even in negotiation, we can be involved and we will know how to track them and bring them to book,” the police boss said in reaction to the recent kidnap and killing of a US-based Nigerian in Edo State.

The victim, Dennis Abuda, who travelled to Edo for the Christmas holiday was said to have been on his way to the Lagos airport before being killed by his abductors in the state.

Abuda, alongside his family members purportedly, left Fugar, in Etsako Central Local Government Area in the early hours of Saturday in a Toyota Sienna with registration number, LAGOS, SMK 606 GQ, when they were ambushed by the gunmen.

READ ALSO: Edo Police Arrest Suspected Killers Of Prince Dennis Abuda

The police commissioner lamented that the State Police Command was not informed of the incident until the ransom was paid.

Edo State Police Commissioner, Philp Ogbadu speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on February 5, 2021.

 

“The command was not even informed until a ransom was paid. Two of them were released and the command followed up in search of the last person.

“The killing of this fellow was done by kidnappers. They were travelling on Benin-Lagos bypass and they were accosted by kidnappers. Three of them were kidnapped and taken into the bush.

“We actually went into the bush with vigilantes and all other security agencies that could accompany us. When we were doing the bush coming, we intercepted one of them and one of the victims identified him as the person that collected the ransom. They now led us to the camp. While we were approaching the camp, they started firing. It was a free-for-all fight, in the process four of the kidnappers were gunned down.

“Further combing of the bush led us to recover the corpse of this man that was on his way to the airport. It is very unfortunate that we have this incident. But right now, all the kidnappers along that road, we have been able to arrest many of them,” he added.

Edo Police Arrest Suspected Killers Of Prince Dennis Abuda

 

Police authorities in Edo State say the command has arrested some persons in connection with the kidnapping and killing of Prince Dennis Abuda.

Speaking on the development Thursday, police spokesman Chidi Nwabuzor said the hoodlums were arrested by operatives of the anti-kidnapping and cybercrimes unit in collaboration with vigilantes and hunters.

According to the police spokesperson, the victim’s body was located along the Benin-Ahor-Lagos bypass, further impelling deeper investigations into the crime.

READ ALSO: Two Suspected Armed Robbers Shot Dead, One Arrested In Ogun

Police spokesman, Chidi Nwabuzor speaks on the kidnap and death of Mr. Dennis Abuda.

While Mr. Abuda was shot dead by his abductors, a heated chase by security operatives caused the kidnappers to release three other abductees who happened to be the deceased’s brothers.

Mr. Nwabuzor said the investigations into the matter are still ongoing as those arrested have been helping the police to arrest other hoodlums within the state.

The late US-based Nigerian who came into the country for a visit hails from Fugar, Etsako Central local government area of Edo.

The police command bemoaned warned all criminally minded people to look for a decent job or leave the state.

COVID-19: Obaseki Suspends Schools Resumption In Edo, Extends Curfew

FILE: Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, addresses residents in a state-wide broadcast in August 7, 2020.

 

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has reviewed the curfew earlier imposed in the state to now start from 10 pm to 5 am as part of efforts to check the spate of COVID-19 cases in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic.

The governor, who rolled out several measures to halt the spread of the virus in the state during a press conference inside the  government house in Benin city, the Edo state capital also announced the suspension of schools’ resumption till at least February 1st, 2021

Governor Obaseki said the state government had put in place a robust response mechanism in dealing with the first wave of the coronavirus, but that data from a comparison between the first and the second wave of the pandemic has shown that there is a need to take drastic measures to curb the spread of the new wave of the virus, which has been confirmed to be more virulent and infectious.

READ ALSO: COVID-19 Deaths Exceed Two Million Worldwide

According to him, “Comparing the first six weeks of the pandemic from March 23, 2020, with the first six weeks since December 1, 2020, Edo State has witnessed an 84.5 percent rise in the number of infected persons.

“There has also been a 10.5 percent increase in the number of older persons infected with Covid-19. It is early days yet, but we have evidence suggesting that more older persons infected with COVID-19 are dying.

“Most of the cases in the early phase of the pandemic were travel-related but since December 2020, there has been a 13.9 percent increase in community transmission of the disease. This is a big concern especially with the evidence before us that there has been a 15 percent increase in the number of persons infected with COVID-19 who show no signs or symptoms of the disease but are transmitting it in our communities. Our children and youth are major contributors to this group.”

On the new directives to halt the spread of the virus, he said the general recommendations are that individuals, groups, and organizations must take responsibility to avoid closed spaces, crowded places and close contact.

“Curfew is now reviewed from 10 pm to 5 am effective Saturday 16th January 2021,” he added.

On schools’ resumption, Governor Obaseki said schools are to remain shut till February 1, 2021, when the prevailing realities are to be reviewed to determine if it would be safe to reopen the schools.

The governor also stressed that sanctions and incentives shall be used to drive better compliance using enforcement and monitoring teams across the state, urging government-owned organizations to model best practices.

On religious gatherings, the governor said, “Handwashing stations with running water and liquid soap/alcohol-based hand sanitizers must be provided at entry and exit points. There must be temperature checks at entrance points and facemasks must be used correctly and consistently.

“Sitting in gatherings should not exceed a maximum of 30% of capacity per session and ensure physical distancing (at least 1.5m) must be adhered to. The length of meetings should not exceed 1 hour and there must be breaks in-between sessions for decontamination. Children below 12 years and adults above 60 years should stay at home.

“Monitoring/Enforcement teams must be set up and include powerful and influential religious leaders as drivers. There must be sensitization on covid-19 prevention during every meeting. Written commendation by the governor and deputy governor will be issued to religious institutions who show good compliance to Covid-19 preventive measures.”

For the transportation sector, the governor insisted that there must be compulsory, consistent and proper use of face masks by riders, drivers and passengers, adding “Monitoring/Enforcement team must be set up. Stop and check teams are to be set up to track and sanction motorbikes, tricycles, cars, buses for non-compliance with facemask use.”

He added that there must be a strict observation of ‘no facemask, no entry’ policy in hotels, lounges, bars, restaurants while insisting on no eat-ins in restaurants.

“These facilities must provide handwashing stations with running water and liquid soap and reduce numbers of chairs in bars, lounges and others and maintain physical distancing. All public swimming pools must be closed or pool party events banned,” the governor added.

Obaseki Hails Court Verdict, Says Ruling ‘Victory For Truth, Rule Of Law’

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has hailed the ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which dismissed the certificate forgery suit instituted brought against him by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Obaseki, in a statement issued on Saturday, said the judgement is a triumph of the rule of law and a testament to the fact that truth would prevail ultimately no matter how vehemently detractors push lies in the face of incontrovertible evidence.

“The verdict of the Federal High Court, delivered by Honourable Justice Ahmed Mohammed is well-received and a victory for the rule of law. It was a most needless attempt by desperate individuals trying to undo the will of the people through the backdoor but we are happy today that justice and truth have prevailed,” he said.

READ ALSO: Certificate Forgery: Why APC’s Suit Against Obaseki Was Dismissed – Court

“My profound gratitude goes to the judiciary who have stood indefatigably for truth and justice; the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR); my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); our party leaders and members; my teeming supporters; the good people of Edo State and all Nigerians.”

The governor said the verdict has confirmed once again that Edo people were well-guided in trusting him to lead them in the September 19th governorship election.

He pledged his administration’s commitment to prioritising the “development of the statenot minding the darts thrown by those who are embittered by their loss and continue their attempt to put spanner in the works even when they have been roundly beaten on all fronts.”

Obaseki’s Govt Enthroned By God And Edo People, PDP Reacts To Court Verdict

A photo combination of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and a court gavel.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has reacted to the Federal High Court judgement that dismissed the All Progressives Congress (APC) certificate forgery suit against Governor Godwin Obaseki.

In a statement issued on Saturday by the PDP chieftain, Chris Osa Nehikhare, the party said the court ruling is a “testimony to the fact that this government was enthroned by the wish of Edo people and had the blessings of God.”

While congratulating Governor Obaseki on his victory at the court, the PDP asked the APC to join the Edo State Government to “build a society where hard work is rewarded, where hate should be condemned and love for a prosperous state the driving spirit of our being.”

READ ALSO: Court Dismisses APC’s Certificate Forgery Suit Against Obaseki

“It is now clear that Edo APC and the news and stories they propagate are built on falsehood, social greed, intellectual imbecility and pathological irresponsibility. Edo people are advised not to only punish them with their votes on election days, but to consider them public enemy number one henceforth!

“However, if Each and every one of them own up to their role, tender well-intentioned apologies and commit to being of good character, show respect to Edo people, toe the path of honour and have the decency of admitting to the fact that they spread lies and concocted fake stories to sell their mandate and attempted to dupe the courts, Edo people may show some mercy. After all, Governor Obaseki is a reasonable man. Edo people are reasonable people.

“It is the most honourable thing to do; it is the noblest step to take. Governor Obaseki, we once again congratulate you and the good and patient people of Edo State as your RESETTING EDO agenda moves to the next level,” the PDP added.

Obaseki defeated the APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu in the September 19 governorship election.

He secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than Ize-Iyamu who got 223, 619 votes.

VIDEO: Shaibu Shows Dancing Skills To Celebrate Obaseki’s Victory In Certificate Forgery Suit

Mr Philip Shaibu dancing at the Government House in Edo State following the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki at the Federal High Court in Abuja on January 9, 2021.

 

It’s a happy day for Mr Philip Shaibu following the victory of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

In the video below, Shaibu who is the state deputy governor is seen dancing to a song titled ‘God Win’ after he got the news of the governor’s victory on Channels Television on Saturday.

This comes moments after the court dismissed the suit instituted against the governor by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a chieftain of the party, Williams Edobor, following the Edo State governorship election.


 


In his judgement, Justice Ahmed Mohammed said the plaintiffs relied on the photocopied document presented by Governor Obaseki without getting in touch with the university to verify the authenticity of the said certificate.

He stated that no iota of truth was brought before the court by the plaintiffs who alleged forgery, saying it was a criminal matter, but the claimants were unable to prove their case.

The judge held that the Deputy Registrar (Legal) of the University of Ibadan had given evidence in the suit that the university duly issued the certificate to Governor Obaseki.

He noted that the governor was duly and properly admitted to study Classics which was later renamed Classical Studies in 1976 and graduated in 1979.

According to Justice Mohammed, the plaintiffs failed to prove their allegations of forgery against Governor Obaseki and, thereby, the case is dismissed.

But the judge did not award any cost against the plaintiffs.

Edo Jail Break: Prisoner Arrested In Ogun

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

 

The police authorities in Ogun State have arrested a prisoner, Frank Ogbe, who allegedly escaped from the White House Prison Yard in Edo State during the #EndSARS protest.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspected prisoner was arrested prisoner following a tip-off.

According to the police spokesman, policemen at Agbado Divisional Headquarters received information that a middle-aged man was seen around Angulis area of Agbado, adding that his look and conduct was suspicious.

“Upon the information, the Divisional Police Officer, Agbado division, CSP Kehinde Kuranga, detailed his detectives to the area where the man was apprehended,” Oyeyemi said.

READ ALSO: Police Arrest 83 Suspected Cultists In Benue

“He was properly interrogated and confessed to the detectives that he was an inmate of white house prison in Edo State and that he was set free by hoodlums who attacked the prison yard during the #EndSARS protest.”

The police PPRO said the suspect confessed that he relocated to the Agbado area in order to avoid being re-arrested.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further profiling.