Lagos East: Tribunal Strikes Out APM’s Petition Against Senator Abiru

 

 

The National Assembly and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ikeja, has struck out a suit filed by the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM) challenging the victory of Senator Adetokunbo Abiru in the December 2020 Lagos East senatorial district poll.

In a ruling delivered on Tuesday, Justice Bassey Ikpeme who chaired the three-man panel struck out the petition after an application by the APM and its candidate, Olusola Babatope, to withdraw their petition.

The other two members of the panel were Justice Mohammed Abubakar and Justice M.M. Odanya.

Both petitioners had approached the Tribunal to nullify Abiru’s victory which was declared by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC).

Apart from third defendant Abiru, his party – the All Progressives Congress (APC) – and INEC, were listed as the first and second respondents in the petition.

The Tribunal had fixed February 23 to hear the APC and INEC’s objections to the petition by APM and Babatope.

However, the petitioners did not file any response to the respondent’s objections.

Rather, having appraised the respondents’ defence to their petition, they filed an application seeking to withdraw it.

Abiru’s counsel and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Kemi Pinheiro, confirmed receipt of the petitioners’ application to withdraw the suit.

He also informed the Tribunal that under Paragraph 30 of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act, 2010 (as Amended), Abiru had filed the affidavit required and would not be opposed to the application.

The APC’s counsel, Abiodun Owonikoko, who is also a SAN, and INEC confirmed receipt of the petitioner’s application to withdraw.

The Tribunal heard and granted the APM and Babatope’s application to withdraw their petition and subsequently struck out the petition.

COVID-19: Lagos Govt Takes Delivery Of 50 Hand Washing Devices

A file photo of people washing hands.
A file photo of people washing hands.

 

The Lagos State Government’s continued partnership with the private sector yielded yet another fruit on Tuesday as the government officially received 50 handwashing devices donated for use in public institutions in the State by Fate Foundation. 

The devices, which were made locally, were received by the Office of Sustainable Development Goals and Investment (OSDG&I) at a ceremony held in Ilupeju, Lagos.

Speaking at the ceremony, Special Adviser to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, Mrs. Solape Hammond, who received the devices on behalf of the State Government, expressed delight that another partnership is yielding positive fruits.

“Today’s ceremony is a testimony to the viability of an ongoing policy of the State Government, which continues to yield tremendous results. What FATE Foundation has done with this partnership is quite commendable, and I am elated to witness it.

“It’s particularly noteworthy that these devices, which will boost our efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, were fabricated here in Lagos. That way, it has also contributed to the development of entrepreneurship skills amongst youths in the state,” she added.

Hammond also stressed the significance of hand washing especially in all public places as fundamental in curbing the spread of the deadly Coronavirus and most importantly in improving individuals’ personal hygiene. 

“Today’s success story lends credence to what we can achieve for posterity when we come together and embrace positive action towards achieving all the 17 sustainable development goals. As long as we continue to work together, focus on hygiene and all key elements of making sure the pandemic is handled well, Lagos and indeed Nigeria will emerge victorious from the pandemic.” Hammond concluded.

Also speaking at the event, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on SDGs, Mr. Lekan Fatodu, said the donation was a double win for the state as it addresses multiple development goals.

“This is an ideal case of killing three birds with one stone. This singular donation addresses SDG three, which is good health and well-being; goal nine, which is industry, innovation and infrastructure; and goal 17 which focuses on forming strategic partnerships towards achieving the development goals,” he said.

In his remark, Mr Ahmed Ayinla, who invented the device, expressed his delight to have contributed his quota to the development of the State and the fight against COVID-19. He praised FATE Foundation Entrepreneurial programme for giving him a platform to thrive and be a change maker. 

“If not for FATE Foundation’s training and funding to produce the 50 devices, the dream and drive in me might have died,” he said.

He also stressed his belief that the invention would go a long way in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in Lagos State in particular and in Nigeria at large. 

Speaking on behalf of FATE Foundation, Mrs. Nike Adeyemi appreciated the Lagos State Government for their partnership and adoption of private initiatives in driving its development agenda.  She highlighted some other initiatives of FATE Foundation to include: free COVID-19 testing of over 800 individuals in Lagos University Teaching Hospital, training and funding of young entrepreneurs, wealth creation through tailored projects among other wonderful initiatives. 

She stated that the handwashing devices were made of recycled and sustainable materials and have been projected for distribution in public places such as schools, markets, and health centers.

The Chairman, Odi-Olowo Ojuwoye LCDA, Hon. Rasaq Ajala, commended FATE Foundation’s initiative towards supporting young entrepreneurs to discover their talents. 

“I’m glad that FATE Foundation has thrown their weight behind the Lagos State Government’s drive towards curtailing the spread of the coronavirus. And the way they have gone about it, tapping into the resourcefulness and creativity of our youth, is to be commended,” he said.

While praising the Lagos State Government for promoting public private partnerships towards deliver good governance, he encouraged other nongovernmental organizations to also come on board to support the administration’s development project in all sectors of the State’s economy.

Alleged Disobedience Of Court Orders: Home Owners Call out AMCON

 

Residents and landlords of Victory Park Estate, Lekki, Lagos have asked President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to call the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to order over alleged disobedience to court orders.

The estate spans almost 50 hectares and is one of the gated communities along the Lekki Peninsula Scheme 1.

The residents are accusing AMCON and its receiver-manager of outright disregard for law and order and illegal use of official powers.

They have also accused AMCON of harassment and persecution of the legitimate residents and owners of the estate despite pending court cases and orders.

Two of such cases were filed by Mrs. Bose Ibude and Okechukwu Okoli alongside his wife against AMCON and its Receiver/Manager, Lanre Olaoluwa.

#EndSARS: Lagos Judicial Panel Awards N10m Each To Two Victims Of Police Brutality

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Restitution and Inquiry set up to investigate cases of police brutality especially involving officers of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), has begun awarding compensations to petitioners.

In a petition involving Mrs. Kudirat Adebayo Abayomi, who was killed by a police stray bullet in April 2017, the panel on Friday, recommended the prosecution of the erring police officers.

They also awarded the sum of N10 million as compensation to the family of the deceased, scholarship for the children, and a letter of apology to the family of the deceased from the police.

The second petitioner, Hannah Olugbode, is a 35-year-old hairdresser, who has been on crutches after her left leg was shattered by a stray bullet fired by some SARS officers around the Ijeshatedo area of Lagos.

 

 

N10 million was also awarded to her for the stress and anxiety she suffered, and to help her undergo treatment.

Although several cases have been brought before the panel, this is the first major move being made to compensate any victim since the panel was set up last year.

 

 

#OccupyLekkiTollGate

Two weeks ago, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi, gave a ruling allowing the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Ltd to repossess the toll gate – a decision that has been met with diverse views from Nigerians, many of whom are of the opinion that the toll gate should remain closed in honour of those who lost their lives during last year’s #EndSARS protests.

The toll gate had been one of the major converging points for the protesters in Lagos last year and was also the location for the infamous #LekkiShootings, masterminded by security operatives particularly men of the Nigerian Army.

Meanwhile, one of the prominent youths in the fight against police brutality and extrajudicial killings in the country, Rinu Oduala, had last week announced her decision to step down from the Judicial Panel.

“I will be stepping down from the Lagos Judicial Panel as it is now obvious that the government is only out to use us for performative actions,” she said in a series of tweets on Friday.

Read Also: #EndSARS: Rinu Steps Down From Lagos Judicial Panel, Accuses FG Of ‘Cover-Up’

Rinu and Majekodunmi Temitope had been sworn into the panel on October 27, 2020, to represent the youths in the wake of the nationwide #EndSARS protests.

While thanking the government for the invitation and some of the successes recorded from the panel, she, however, stated that she would not be part of a cover-up.

“What I will not do is be part of a cover-up. I am proud that I took the invitation because some of the successes the panel has recorded so far have been incredibly powerful for the people,” Rinu said.

Her decision followed the decision of the Judicial panel to return control of the Lekki toll gate plaza to the LCC.

Fresh demonstrations with the hashtag, #OccupyLekkiTollGate, emerged last Saturday in protest of the decision.

Adegboruwa, Rinu Absent As Lagos Judicial Panel Resumes Sitting

 

After failing to sit on Saturday, the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters commenced its sitting today without two of its members.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebunolu Adegboruwa, who was absent had already hinted last weekend that he was considering his continued participation at the panel.

A youth representative on the panel, Rinuola Oduala, had also tweeted her decision to stop further participation in the panel.

With the absence of the two, seven other members of the panel sat to listen to 10 petitions listed for hearing.

Read Also: #EndSARS: Rinu Steps Down From Lagos Judicial Panel, Accuses FG Of ‘Cover-Up’

While granting a further adjournment for the adoption of final addresses in the first petition of Francis Idum VS FSARS, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi warned lawyers to file their documents timeously. She said the panel had very little time left for its assignment and could not afford to be too liberal or magnanimous in granting adjournments when counsel fail to do what is expected of them.

In the second petition, involving late Rasheed Kareem, two witnesses testified on behalf of the family, the brother of the deceased, Olalekan Bankole whose testimony was closely followed by that of Imam Taofeek, who described himself as the best friend of the deceased.

The panel watched a video tendered in evidence by the petitioners of how the late Rasheed was allegedly shot by policemen said to be from the Area C police station in Surulere on October 3, 2020.

#OccupyLekkiTollGate: CP Will Be Asked To Give An Account Of What Happened – LASG

 

 

The Lagos State Government says the Commissioner of Police will be questioned on the events at the Lekki Toll Gate – the venue for the planned #OccupyLekkiTollGate protests on February 13.

The State Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, said this when he made an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

During the protest, comedian Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni, along with some others were arrested by the police.

They were also said to have been mistreated as videos that have now gone viral online, showed some of them being thrown shirtless into a police van.

The protesters had come out to oppose the decision of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry to reopen the Lekki Toll Gate and hand it over to the Lekki Concession Company.

Read Also: Lekki Protest: Macaroni, Others Granted Bail

According to the Commissioner for Justice, the government has no problem with residents exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression or participation in peaceful protests, however, if the action of the protesters is seen to result in a breakdown of law and order, then that is where a crime is being committed.

He cited a breach of COVID-19 protocols as part of the offences of those arrested, as well as the fear that the exercise could go out of hand.

“We cannot afford the sort of vandalism we saw before,” Onigbanjo said.

He, however, stated that the CP will be asked to give proper accounts of the events that led to the arrests, especially if they indeed mistreated peaceful protesters.

“We condemn any act of brutality on the part of the police,” the commissioner said, explaining that the government is not the one who gives such orders.

“The Nigerian police force is a legal entity of its own, with its own processes.

“But the role of the police stops when it comes to prosecution.The state government will ask the CP to give an account of what happened”.

Onigbanjo further defended the state government, saying that the ideally, arrests made on weekends don’t get to be brought to court until Monday, but in the case of those arrested, mobile court was set up immediately and the arrested youths were allowed bail and released later that same day.

“We were hell-bent on ensuring that nobody’s right is trampled upon,” he said.

‘Don’t Flout COVID-19 Rules, Block Roads’: Lagos Warns Lekki Toll Protesters

 

The Lagos state government on Thursday warned protesters planning to converge at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday to desist from flouting COVID-19 regulations or block roads.

The protests were scheduled after the Lagos state judicial panel decided to hand-over the keys to the toll gate back to the Lekki Concession Company.

Collection of fees at the toll-gate had been suspended since the #EndSARS protests which culminated into a bloody shooting on October 20 by military officials.

While some protesters are defending the decision to reopen the toll-gate, others want it reviewed.

READ ALSO: Any Violence In The Name Of #EndSARS Will Not Be Tolerated This Time – Lai Mohammed

“Our attention is drawn to the planned protest scheduled for Saturday February 13, 2021 at the Lekki Toll Gate for and against the opening of the Admiralty Toll Gate,” a statement from the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, said on Thursday.

“The State is aware of Sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which guarantees the Rights to Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Assembly. However, such right does not permit the violation of the Rights of other citizens in the State.

“While the State recognises the importance of exercising the Rights to Peaceful protests, same cannot extend to blockage of roads and or preventing other members of the public from enjoying their Fundamental Rights to move freely within the State.

“Any person or group with such desire to Protest must also bear in mind the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Regulations 2021 which prevents any gathering beyond 50 and other safety measures including but not limited to maintaining Social Distancing and the use of face mask.

“The Attorney General hereby enjoins everyone to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 Regulations and any other extant laws in the State. The right to protest peacefully does not exempt anyone from violating laws. Any violator will therefore be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

The statement, signed by the State’s attorney-general Moyosore Onigbanjo,
added that the government will not tolerate any form of violent actions and urged the police to respect the right of citizens.

“Furthermore, any individual or corporate body who incites or condones any act leading to the destruction of public and private properties shall be prosecuted under the extant laws and in addition to any penalty the court might pronounce, such person or body will be liable to compensate for any damage which is as a result of the action or inaction of such person or body,” it said.

“The Nigeria Police is equally urged, that in responding to any protest, it should respect the rights of the citizen as guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and carry out their duties in accordance with the law.”

COVID-19: Lagos Bans Gathering Of More Than 50 Persons

A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

The Lagos State Government on Sunday banned the gathering of more than 50 persons in an enclosed space as the state continues to battle a second wave of the pandemic.

The ban was communicated in a statement by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

However, religious services were exempted from the directive, so far gathering does not exceed 50% capacity of the space.

“The State Government has observed with dismay the widespread flagrant disregard and non-adherence to guidelines and protocols aimed at stemming and curbing the tide of infection,” Sanwo-Olu said.

READ ALSO: NDLEA Unable To Prosecute Over 500 Suspects In Borno Due To COVID-19

“We particularly note that some event centers have been operating their premises outside the acceptable parameters for operation/usage and continue to be recalcitrant in this regard.

“This is to sound a very serious note of warning that henceforth all those found culpable and in breach of the existing regulations and guidelines would be swiftly and decisively dealt with in full accordance with the provisions of the law.

“Furthermore, and in line with the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, it is hereby directed that no gathering of more than 50 persons shall hold in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50% capacity of the space.

“A breach of the provisions of the Presidential Regulations attracts upon summary conviction, a fine or six months imprisonment and or both. Our enforcement agencies have been appropriately tasked to ensure maximum compliance.

“All Lagosians are enjoined to continue to observe all laid down guidelines and protocols issued by both the state and federal governments for the effective containment and treatment of the novel coronavirus disease.”

 

READ THE GOVERNOR’S FULL UPDATE:

LAGOS STATE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – JANUARY 31, 2021

Lagos State continues to be the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. As of the 29th of January 2021, Lagos State had recorded a total of 47,871 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 34,094 have recovered in community, while 9,856 are currently active in community. Over the last 12 months, about 3,988 COVID-related patients have been admitted into the various care centres across the State; with a registered fatality rate of approximately 0.63% (301 deaths).
TESTING
Currently, Lagos State has 21 private and 4 public health laboratories accredited for Covid-19 testing. So far, a total of 316,801 samples have been tested, with 47,871 diagnosed as Positive.
The test positivity ratio for January 2021 is 24%, which means that one out of every four tests returns positive. This is the highest monthly average recorded in the last six months.
It should be stressed that testing is free at all Lagos State public health laboratories, for all persons who fall within the case definition—that is, have symptoms such as fever, cough, cold, inability to smell or taste, headaches or general body weakness—or those who have come into close contact with anyone with any of these symptoms. Testing at our public health facilities will continue to remain free but cannot be used for travel purposes. Anyone wishing to test as a requirement for either outbound or inbound travel or other work-related requirements must do so at any of the 21 private laboratories accredited by Lagos State for COVID testing.
HOME-BASED CARE
The Lagos State Government established a telemedicine service, EKOTELEMED, for patients who are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms that do not require admission, and can therefore be managed in the comfort of their homes.
EKOTELEMED is manned by well-trained medical personnel, and is available on a toll-free line, 08000EKOMED (08000356633). The State Government would like to encourage as many people as possible, whose cases fall in the asymptomatic or mild category, to take advantage of this service.
So far about 5,000 patients have been reached through EKOTELEMED, and more than a thousand care packs delivered to patients in the Home-based care program.
OXYGEN
The Government wishes to reiterate that Oxygen is free at all Lagos State-owned Covid-19 Treatment Centers. The Lagos State Government does not charge for the use of Oxygen in its Centers.
Considering that oxygen demand has spiked to between 300 and 400 cylinders per day across state-owned treatment facilities, the Government is working hard to ensure that availability and supply are very easily able to meet and even surpass this demand. To this end, a second oxygen plant is under construction at the Gbagada General Hospital, and will come on-stream within the next seven days. It is expected that this will boost the in-house capacity and availability of oxygen across all State Government managed treatment centers.
FG TREATMENT CENTERS GRANT
In view of the rising profile of the coronavirus disease due to the mutating variants now being discovered globally; and to shore up our containment and management capacity, I have approved the sum of Two Hundred Million Naira (N200,000,000) to support the ongoing patient management and treatment efforts of two Federal Government Treatment Centers in our state. To this end, LUTH will be receiving the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira and the Federal Medical Center, Ebute Metta will be receiving Fifty Million Naira. These sums will be disbursed on Monday, February 1.
IVERMECTIN
The State Government is aware of numerous international claims that the broad spectrum anti-parasitic agent/medication Ivermectin has shown some efficacy in acting as a sustained prophylaxis in containing/inhibiting the causative virus in SARSCoV-2. While this medication has not yet been approved for the broad treatment of the Coronavirus disease, the State Government has however taken the bold step of ensuring we have adequate stocks of Ivermectin, which will be initially deployed in a short clinical trial to ascertain its efficiency in our population to prevent and treat COVID-19 infection.
VACCINES
The Lagos State Government is aware that the Federal Government is expecting its first batch of vaccines (Pfizer) from the Covax Facility in February, and that Lagos State’s status as the epicentre of the pandemic in Nigeria will be duly considered in the distribution plan.
At the moment the State Government is finalizing its own vaccine strategy; while at the same time keeping a close eye on ongoing vaccine research, development and clinical trials. It is also in constant engagement with all the relevant stakeholders in that space, in the public and private sectors.
As the vaccines become available in Lagos State they will be prioritized to the people who need them the most: frontline health workers, people with co-morbidities (medically vulnerable), the  elderly (aged 65 and above, and subsequently, those aged between 50 and 65), and essential workers.
While aligning with the national strategy for deployment of the vaccines, in these early days, Lagos State will also continue to scale up the capacity to flatten the infection curve, and to minimize the fatality rate, through testing and treatment.
The Government also acknowledges its responsibility to ensure that:
1. Lagosians are protected from price-gouging and other forms of exploitation.
2. The integrity of the vaccines is kept intact along the entire supply and distribution chain.
3. Approved dosages are complied with.
4. That a post vaccination adverse event monitoring strategy is followed diligently and according to normal protocols of pharmaceutical public safety.
These responsibilities will be faithfully discharged, for the safety and wellbeing of the people of Lagos State.
NEW TREATMENT OPTION (GBAGADA CENTER)
In keeping with governments responsibility as a public protector and in response to the growing clamour by patients and families who are willing to pay for Covid-19 treatment but would like to do so at a cost that is lower than is currently obtainable at private facilities, the Lagos State Government is making efforts to transform the State-owned Isolation Center in Gbagada into a fee-paying facility that people can elect to be treated at.
This means that while the Covid Treatment Facility in Yaba will continue to offer free and high-quality treatment to all persons, Gbagada will offer treatments at a moderated and affordable cost to those who wish to take advantage of extra offerings like private treatment rooms and more personalised levels of care.
NON-PHARMACEUTICAL INTERVENTIONS
The importance of non-pharmaceutical interventions cannot be overemphasised. All residents of Lagos State must continue to abide by the public health and safety regulations that have been issued by the health authorities, including the following:
1. Wear a mask everywhere.
2. Ensure that you wash your re-usable mask regularly, and also properly dispose of used disposable masks.
3. If you operate an office or business, insist on the wearing of masks before customers or clients can be granted access or rendered service.
4. Follow social distancing guidelines.
5. Avoid mass gatherings or adhere to published guidelines for congregations.
6. Practice regular hand and respiratory hygiene
7. If you feel any symptoms that correspond to the outlined symptoms of COVID-19, get tested. Testing is FREE for symptomatic patients in Lagos State, through the network of public testing facilities.
8. If positive, self-isolate or report to any Isolation Centre and follow-up clinics.
The State Government has observed with dismay the widespread flagrant disregard and non-adherence to guidelines and protocols aimed at stemming and curbing the tide of infection. We particularly note that some event centers have been operating their premises outside the acceptable parameters for operation/usage and continue to be recalcitrant in this regard.
This is to sound a very serious note of warning that henceforth all those found culpable and in breach of the existing regulations and guidelines would be swiftly and decisively dealt with in full accordance with the provisions of the law.
Furthermore, and in line with the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, it is hereby directed that no gathering of more than 50 persons shall hold in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50% capacity of the space.
A breach of the provisions of the Presidential Regulations attracts upon summary conviction, a fine or six months imprisonment and or both. Our enforcement agencies have been appropriately tasked to ensure maximum compliance.
All Lagosians are enjoined to continue to observe all laid down guidelines and protocols issued by both the state and federal governments for the effective containment and treatment of the novel corona virus disease.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu
Governor of Lagos State

January 31, 2021.

Lagos Records Over 1,000 New COVID-19 Cases

A health worker helps his colleague with his PPE during a community testing in Abuja on April 15, 2020, as authorities race to contain the spread of COVID-19. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Further confirming its status as the nation’s epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, Lagos state on Saturday reported 1,040 new cases of COVID-19, according to data gathered by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

In a late-night tweet, the disease control agency put the total number of new cases recorded nationwide at 1,883 with one additional death.

To date, the country has recorded 130,557 virus cases across its 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Of those confirmed cases, 103,712 have been discharged and 1,578 have resulted in deaths.

Other states which recorded new cases on Saturday include FCT (298), Anambra (86), Rivers (54), Taraba (45), Ogun (42), Oyo (40), Akwa Ibom (38), Sokoto (30), Ebonyi (30), Imo (28), Kaduna (28), Osun (27), Kano (21), Benue (19), Edo (17), Gombe (15), Ekiti (9), Delta (8), Jigawa (3), Kwara (2), Bayelsa (2) and Plateau (1).

Global Update

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 2,206,873 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Saturday.

At least 102,002,160 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 61,888,000 are now considered recovered.

These figures are based on daily tolls provided by health authorities in each country and exclude later re-evaluations by statistical organisations, as has happened in Russia, Spain and Britain.

On Friday, 15,361 new deaths and 592,397 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were United States with 3,614 new deaths, followed by Mexico with 1,434 and United Kingdom with 1,245.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 436,810 deaths from 25,933,227 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 222,666 deaths from 9,118,513 cases, Mexico with 156,579 deaths from 1,841,893 cases, India with 154,147 deaths from 10,733,131 cases, and the United Kingdom with 104,371 deaths from 3,772,813 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Belgium with 181 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Slovenia with 167, United Kingdom 154, Czech Republic 151 and Italy 145.

Europe overall has 731,716 deaths from 33,147,191 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 591,788 deaths from 18,742,278 infections, and the United States and Canada 456,585 deaths from 26,702,635 cases.

Asia has reported 239,101 deaths from 15,139,780 cases, the Middle East 96,904 deaths from 4,701,780 cases, Africa 89,834 deaths from 3,536,815 cases, and Oceania 945 deaths from 31,681 cases.

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of tests conducted has greatly increased while testing and reporting techniques have improved, leading to a rise in reported cases.

However the number of diagnosed cases is only a part of the real total number of infections as a significant number of less serious or asymptomatic cases always remain undetected.

As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.

 

Lagos Court Sentences Man To 25 Years Imprisonment For Defilement

A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Lagos State Sexual Offences Court, Ikeja on Thursday, sentenced one Nura Asumoge to 25 years imprisonment for the defilement of a 13-year-old in Lagos.

The defendant was earlier arraigned by the Lagos State Government on a one-count charge in 2018.

Nura Asumoge, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was said to have sent the unsuspecting underaged victim on an errand on 3rd April 2018, on her return, the defendant forcefully had sexual intercourse with the victim and threatened her not to inform anyone.

The Prosecuting Counsel, Mrs Arinola Momoh-Ayonkanmbi, of the State’s Ministry of Justice, had urged the court to sentence the defendant accordingly having proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the offence for which he was charged.

She noted that several pieces of evidence brought before the Court by the Prosecution had proved the allegation of the crime levied against the defendant.

The trial judge, Hon. Justice Abiola Soladoye in her sentencing stated that the evidence provided by the prosecutors were credible, compelling and provided enough grounds for the conviction of the defendant.

Justice Soladoye found the defendant guilty of the charge, punishable under section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State (2015) and sentenced him accordingly.

“You are hereby sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for the offence of defilement of a 13-year-old girl”, Justice Soladoye ruled.

She also ordered that the Convict, Nura Asumoge’s name be entered into the Sexual Offenders Register in Lagos State.

It will be recalled, that the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the advocacy WALK against domestic violence organised by DSVRT, had emphasised the commitment of the State Government to ensure the safety and well-being of the Girl- Child and women in Lagos State.

Lagos Data Omitted As Nigeria Records 864 New COVID-19 Cases

A medical official performs a throat swab on a resident of Mabushi in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Abuja as part of the community testing for COVID-19… on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
File Photo: A medical official performs a throat swab on a resident of Mabushi in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Abuja as part of the community testing for COVID-19. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Nigeria has recorded 864 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total caseload of the country to 127,024.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this in a post in the early hours of Friday.

According to the agency’s report, 129 cases were recorded in the FCT, 87 were recorded in Anambra, while Lagos State, which has been the epicenter of the virus in the country with a total of 46,935 cases, was omitted.

Rivers State had 82 cases, Benue-80, Oyo-76, Plateau-61, Kaduna-54, Delta-51, Nasarawa-38, Kwara-36, Edo-32, Katsina-26, Kano-24, Taraba-18, Ogun-14, Sokoto-11, Gombe-10, Jigawa-7, Akwa Ibom-6, Cross River-6, Zamfara-5, Bauchi-5, Osun-4, and Ekiti-2.

 

 

Confirmed Cases by State

States AffectedNo. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)No. of Cases (on admission)No. DischargedNo. of Deaths
Lagos46,9358,43138,205299
FCT16,4705,38110,964125
Plateau7,8017756,97353
Kaduna7,5126236,83257
Oyo5,3081,1224,11076
Rivers5,1757284,36879
Edo3,7215853,000136
Ogun3,2775692,66642
Kano2,9133462,49176
Delta2,3005111,73752
Ondo2,2221752,00047
Kwara1,9233441,54039
Katsina1,8381101,70127
Nasarawa1,7581,42032513
Enugu1,7382961,42121
Gombe1,5911321,41742
Osun1,4743221,12032
Ebonyi1,3931661,19730
Abia1,2201141,09412
Bauchi1,141391,08517
Imo1,04623879018
Borno9009077436
Benue82926654320
Anambra80745433419
Akwa Ibom78930747210
Sokoto7182566726
Niger68825741714
Bayelsa6617456324
Adamawa63136324028
Ekiti534914358
Jigawa4575639011
Taraba36711923315
Kebbi2675120313
Yobe221141998
Zamfara199211708
Cross River195417912
Kogi5032

 


 

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Three new deaths were also recorded from the last 24 hours.

On a positive note, however, 100,853 persons are said to have fully recovered from the virus.

As the virus surges on and calls for more testing intensify, the country is also looking to secure vaccines as soon as possible.

As of Thursday, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said Nigeria had secured an additional 41 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

However, the delivery date for the vaccines remains unknown as manufacturers struggle to meet global demand in time.

The 41 million doses were secured as part of efforts by an African Union task team to help countries on the continent gain equitable access to vaccines.

The AU earlier on Thursday had announced that it had secured an additional 400 million doses of the vaccines for the continent.

This comes on top of an earlier announcement by the AU that it had secured 270 million vaccine doses.

Many African countries, including Nigeria, are yet to start vaccination programs.

Nigeria was expected to take delivery of 100,000 vaccine doses via the WHO-backed Covax sharing facility by the end of January, but the timeline has now been shifted to February, Minister Ehanire also confirmed on Thursday.

Cases top 100 million Globally

At least 2,176,000 people have died of coronavirus across the world since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019,  an AFP tally from official sources said on Thursday night.

More than 100,829,878 cases have been registered.

The US has suffered the highest toll with 429,202 deaths, followed by Brazil with 220,161 and India with 153,847.

Lagos State Is Under-Policed – Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu attends the Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3 hosted by the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission. Sept 8.
File photo: Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu attends the Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3 hosted by the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission. Sept 8.

 

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has admitted that the number of police officers manning Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre is inadequate for the city.

“We believe Lagos State is under-policed in terms of the ratio. We believe that the population is also growing but we do not have the same growth in terms of the number of police officers that we have. That is some of the places where the imbalance lies,” the governor said on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics while explaining his government’s efforts at combating crime.

“If we can get the ratio right, if we can get the proportion right, then we can see a lot more activity; you can see a quicker response time between when it (crime) happens and when they respond.”

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While admitting that the State Government can do nothing to increase the number of police officers in the State, Governor Sanwo-Olu, however, assured that security officers will continue to get the government’s backing.

“The minimum I can do is to up the skills and up the infrastructure and the equipment for the number we have in the Lagos State Command,” he said.  “We give them all the support that they require.”

 

He explained that there are ongoing conversations with the Federal Government on the adoption of community policing as a means to tackle insecurity in Lagos State and the country at large, stressing that community-based policing has worked well in other parts of the world.

A strong tool

According to Sanwo-Olu, his government is adopting technology in the fight against crime in Lagos State.

“We are doing a 2,000 high definition CCTV camera infrastructure architecture in the state,” the governor said, noting that the project has started.

“Technology is one of the things we believe we can use as a strong tool to help the security architecture and make them do their work well.”