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On The 19th of May 2021, Chief Bonaveture Mokwe Called on the Government through his face book account, to Plead with the property owners to forfeit one month rent for all tenants as a form of palliative in the face of the Global pandemic that is ravaging both life of individuals and the Economy of the whole world.

Then on the 22nd of May, he decided to walk the talk on his own by cancelling one month rent for all his tenants scattered between Anambra and Lagos States to alleviate the suffering occasioned by the dreaded Pandemic

The Igbo Cultural Professor as he is fondly called by Close allies,  Chief Bonaveture Mokwe hails from Umuchu and lives in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria.

He is:

A hotelier 

Property Owner, and
 
A Social Crusader

A gang of monkeys attacked a laboratory assistant and escaped with a batch of coronavirus test samples, it has been reported.

The bizarre incident saw the troop of primates launch their assault near Meerut Medical College in Delhi, India.

According to local media, the animals then snatched COVID-19 test samples from three patients and fled.

One of the monkeys was later spotted in a tree chewing one of the sample collection kits, the Times of India reported – adding that test samples from the patients had to be taken again.

It is the latest example of the highly intelligent, red-faced rhesus macaques taking advantage of India's nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus.

While they have proved an increasing problem in urban areas of the country in recent years, lockdown measures in the last two months have emboldened the monkeys.

Reports have shown them congregating in parts of Delhi normally crowded with humans
The 15-man medical team from China who arrived Nigeria on April 9 to help contain the Coronavirus pandemic  flown out of the country.

This was disclosed by Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, whose husband, Matthew Ekeinde is a pilot.

She took to her Instagram page to announce that her husband was embarking on his first flight in two months due to the shut down of the nation’s airspace.
Sharing a picture of her husband and his co-pilot fulled kitted in a face shield and a mask, she wondered if it was the new normal.

The Nollywood diva eventually added that he was flying the Chinese doctors who arrived Nigeria in April back to their base.

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She wrote, “Is this the new normal? #TheCaptain went on his first flight today in two months! Those are the Chinese pple that flew in some time ago! Not sure how to feel”.
Recall that Nigerians opposed their coming to the country, while the Federal Government assured that they will be quarantined for 14 days on arrived.

The Nigeria Medical Association also kicked against the decision of the FG to invite the Chinese doctors to help the country curtail and contain the spread of the deadly virus.

But the Federal Government last two weeks denied knowing the whereabouts of the team, claiming that they were guests of the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

The annual prestigious and distinguished National Peace Awards, which was slated to hold on the 11th of June 2020, has been postponed. The postponement of the 2020 June event was confirmed in the early hours of Saturday via a Special Announcement Statement, signed by the National Public Relations Officer of Messengers of Peace, the organizers of National Peace Awards.

According to the Statement by Agility Onwurah, the National PRO of Messengers of Peace Foundation, he noted that the postponement was premised on few national and international circumstances, which includes the recent Covid19 pandemic saga. He however called on all its members and Awardees to bear with the organization, as a new date will be announced soon.

He further stated that the Messengers of Peace Foundation will be holding a management meeting soon, so as to initiate prospective plans and directions for organizational operations amidst the Covid19 pandemic which has shaped the entire political, social and economic environment in Nigeria and across the globe.

The Messengers of Peace Foundation has remained one of the most notable promoters of National peace in Nigeria. It has continued to use the National Peace Awards to recognise personalities and organizations that have remained earnest in their contributions to peace. The PRO conclusively thanked its partners, members and Awardees for their massive support, as he reiterates the management's willingness to immediately resolve all issues surrounding the postponement.

The tremendous successes recorded in the  Abuja and Nigeria Entertainment Industry today, as well as the growth in event organization, coordination and sponsorship may have been achieved with efforts by some notable underdogs, that has remained inevitably relevant in supporting the industry overtime. One of such person is the vibrant 30years old Chief Executive Officer of Kingfinity Entertainor, Mr. Ajayi Oluwasegun.

Hailing from Ikole Local government Area of Ekiti state, the land of honour and integrity, Mr. Ajayi Oluwasegun has continue to record honourable feats in his career as a Project Manager, Event Planner and site Engineer. After the graduating from the Federal University of Technology in Akure, the vibrant and intellectually creative Enterpreneur has continue to engage prospective initiatives to support and promote entertainment in Nigeria.

Popularly referred to as "Million Dollar" AKA "Man Like Shege", the successful Enterpreneur has over the last 6years played notable roles to ensure the success of projects year in and out in the FCT and across Nigeria. Some of the projects his Organisation has supported includes Abuja all white pool party, miss Ambassador for peace Africa beauty Pageant, various movie premiere, stage play, Nigerian-Chain Economic & cultural commision amongst many others.

His organization, Kingfinity Entertainor is a management company that runs the affairs of Beauty Queens, Professional Models, Performing Arts, event and general Entertainment, as well as hospitality Investments. His clientele network,.cuts across humanitarian agencies, public and private institutions, as well as entertainment labels. His is the presently working with agencies like the Peace Ambassador Agency, MissDee sickle cell foundation, Mellis copia ltd, Dallas Hamilton oil& gas Ltd, Nigeria Morgage Refinance commission, etc.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Ministerial Task-team on the Enforcement of Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions has arrested eight persons, some of who impersonated army officers, for violating the 8 pm to 6 am curfew order by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The violators who were arrested at Kubwa and Dutse Alhaji Districts of the FCT are to be arraigned before the Mobile Court.

Some of those arrested were in drinking bars and gardens, while a tricycle operator and a commercial motorcyclist were arrested for operating during the curfew hours.
 
At Second Gate, Dutse-Alhaji, the team accosted the operator of a drinking bar who claimed to be a soldier but upon interrogation, he admitted that he lied in order to evade arrest.

He disclosed that he is a Chef who closes late from work and not military personnel as claimed.

At Dutse Makaranta, the team shut a beer parlour which was fully in operation a few minutes after 10 pm.

The manager of the place also claimed that it is owned by a serving Major in the Nigerian Army, saying they decided to operate into the curfew hours because of the occupation of the owner.

Addressing journalists after the night operation, Chairman of the Task team, Ikharo Attah, however, noted that the compliance level in Kubwa and Dutse area is very high.

"Unlike Lugbe where we went a few days ago, most of the known nightclubs and bars in Kubwa and Dutse-Alhaji are closed. Vehicular movement is very few and made up largely of those on the exemption list," he stated

Attah decried "the level at which some residents of Dutse Alhaji and Makaranta parade themselves as military personnel even when they are not".

He said; "The Chef claimed to be a soldier while the beer parlour Manager said the place belongs to a Major in the Army. This must stop forthwith. People should not drag the name and image of the military in the mud."

The Task team Chairman also lamented that; "Despite the high level of compliance in these areas, very few persons still seem not to fully understand the purpose of the curfew. Imagine the lady we met who claimed she was going to visit her friend after 9 pm during the curfew. Also surprising this night were the two bricklayers we caught who were returning from Bauchi state despite the interstate travel ban and were going home to Bwari town. We still keep appealing to other Enforcement officers across the country to close ranks and halt the interstate traveling which seems to be going on massively despite the Presidential ban."

The Organizers of Nigeria's most innovative talent event and reality TV show, "The Big Dreams Nigeria Talent Show", has announced its readiness to commence the event, which was initially placed on hold as a result of the lockdown order across major cities in Nigeria. The Director made this know via an official online statement he released few days ago.


He highlighted some of the notable expositions and activities which the contesting Housemates will engage in immediately they resume the "Big Dreams House". He stated that the selected 30 Housemates for the 2020 edition of Big Dream Nigeria Talent Show will focus on talent-drills surrounding Music and Acting.

According to Amb. Kingsley Amafibe, the CEO of Peace Ambassador Agency and also the Principal Executive of Big Dreams Nigeria Talent Show, noted that the house will have two in-house Music Producers, who will be directing and producing songs and sounds respectively for Contestants who are talented in the music art.

He also noted that Big Dreams Talent Show will work on a movie project and a book titled "Virtue" that will be developed to review the nature and developments of GirlChild Education in Africa. Amb. Kingsley stated that the movie will feature popular Nollywood personalities and celebrities including Nonso Diobi, Chyke Chuks, Francis Duru, Empress Njamah, Akpororo as well as Housemates of the 2020 Big Dreams Nigeria Talent Show.

He however described the talent event as one that will discover, train and build young talents across Nigeria and in Africa. Kingsley concluded by narrating the situation of displacements of several talents in Nigeria. He noted that if governments at all tiers and we'll meaning Nigerians in business, captains of industries and political office holder's can invest hugely into talents, the growing rate of crime would reduce significantly. He therefore stated that the Big Dream project has been designed to produce highly talented Nigerians who will be at the frontline of the creative and entertainment industry's.
The Assistant Manager News and Current Affairs of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Channel 6 Aba, Mrs. Chinyere Okoye has been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen.

Our reporter gathered the incident that took place on Wednesday night at Obikabia road off Ogbor Hill, in Obingwa Local Government Area of the state as she was heading back from work.

Details shortly…..


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The Assistant Manager News and Current Affairs of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Channel 6 Aba, Mrs. Chinyere Okoye has been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen.

Our reporter gathered the incident that took place on Wednesday night at Obikabia road off Ogbor Hill, in Obingwa Local Government Area of the state as she was heading back from work. 

Details shortly…..


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A United States-Based Nigerian, Tony Ugochkwu, has walked out of prison a free man after spending 15 out of the 18 years he was wrongly convicted for murder.

For being a victim of wrong identity, he is to be paid $10 million by the government on the order of a court.

Ugochukwu, according a brief story by Facebook,   left the prison on Tuesday

IN KOGI - The Kogi State Government, has disowned the two index cases reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), insisting the state is still COVID-19 free.

ABUJAPRESS gathered that the government made the claim via a statement signed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna Audu, describing the claim by NCDC as fallacy.

“Kogi State till this very moment is Covid-19 free. We have developed full testing capacity and have conducted hundreds of tests so far which have returned negative.

“We have also continued to insist that we will not be a party to any fictitious Covid-19 claims which is why we do not recognise any Covid-19 test conducted by any Kogite outside the boundaries of the State except those initiated by us. Any attempt to force us to announce a case of Covid-19 will be vehemently rejected.

“We continue to enjoin our people to take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic into the State and give no listening ears to rumour peddlers and mischief makers.

“We are more than prepared to secure the life of our people and have no interest in playing politics with their Health concerns.” A part of the statement read.

Recall the NCDC on its website alleged that, two index cases were recorded in Kogi as at Wednesday, May 27 2020, making the total cases in the country at 8733.

 About 8,000 staff members of a waste management company in Anambra State have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is coming as states have locked down their boundaries to stop the spread of the COVID-19. 

Managing Director, Redivivus Industries Ltd., Mr. Emeka Ajekwu, who disclosed this to newsmen in Awka, on Wednesday said the COVID-19 pandemic had adversely affected the operation of the company, as they lack access to their production materials. 

 It was gathered that the Redivivus Company signed an official Waste Recycling Contract of about $1.1 million with Anambra State in 2019. The firm established a network of waste scavengers to supply wastes to the moribund UNDP structure in Ogbunike to help in sustainable environmental management. Redivivus injected life into the location by employing no fewer than 44 permanent staff members and an additional 16 contract personnel to run the plant with a recycling capacity of  320,000 kg of plastics wastes. Mr. Ajekwu said the company recorded tremendous successes with its partnership with the state government, as they had no fewer than 8,700 members of staff. 

Their scope of operations, include Nnewi, Ekwulobia, Ihiala, Nise, Awka, Amansea, and Nkwelle Ezunaka. He explained that the company shut down in February to avoid exposing their frontline workers to dangers. According to him, waste management practitioners always pick refuse from dumpsites. "They also pick from some bins that you don't know, who might have dropped them or what might have been used for. "We also shut down because most of our products come from across the state and what we produce is evacuated to other states. "But we are facing difficulties because of the border closure. We don't have access to raw materials. 

In fact, we don't have access to waste products again. So, it's really affecting our business,'' Mr Ajekwu noted. He pleaded with the government to intervene over the displaced staff members as some of them live below N500 per day. "We are asking the government to extend palliative measures to our staff. We urge them all to go into agriculture and key into the agric policies of Anambra State government. "We also plead with the government to ensure transparency in the disbursement of support funds mapped out by Micro Finance Banks. We hope to commence moves to access them once the COVID-19 pandemic is over,'' Ajekwu added.


An award-winning and influential advocate of democracy in Nigeria and Africa, Mr. Alexandra Ajagbonna has clocked plus one today. The notable MD/CEO of Face of Democracy Nigeria and Democracy Heroes Awards has celebrated his birthday with close friends and family members in his house today. Speaking via a phone conversation with our Reporter, "Mr. Fajag" as he is popularly referred expressed gratitude to God for the grace of life and a your new age.

He also appreciated his friends, family members, colleagues and Models within Nigeria and across the globe, who sent it congratulatory messages, prayers, wishes and gifts to celebrate such important day in his life. He has thanked those who made time out of their busy schedules to still come by the house to celebrate with him especially the OMC group 

Mr. Alexandra Ajagbonna has remained one of the most thorough and meticulous event managers, with records of successful event coordination in Abuja and across Nigeria. As the principal Executive and host of two notable events in Nigeria, Mr. Fajag has continued a smooth advancement through the ladder of success, especially in the showbiz Industry.

In a felicitation message by the MD of Amity Global Network, Mr. Alex Nwankwo, he congratulated the CEO of Democracy Heroes Awards and Face of Democracy Nigeria Organization - the organizers of Face of Democracy Pageant. He prayed for God's grace, blessings and health as he adds a new age.

•Traumatised and shot Sadiq Ibrahim


About a dozen detectives of the Nigerian Police Force have invaded the Abuja residence of former Sole Administrator of the National Iron Mining Company, Itakpe, Engr Abubakar Yaro Ibrahim, and extra-judicially shot one of his sons.

The police officers, who are members of the Special Tactical Squad (STS) of the Office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), it was gathered, stormed the residence of Engr Ibrahim, penultimate Monday, 18 May, at about 12:45 pm, when he was preparing to join other members of his family to perform the afternoon prayer (Salatul Zuhr).

The STS personnel, PRNigeria learnt, violently molested members of Ibrahim's family, threatening to eliminate their mother and Sadiq, the teenage son shot by one of the armed policemen.

The Force Spokesperson said the Police is investigating the incident.

Confirming the incident to PRNigeria, the traumatised father of shot teenager, said: "On Monday, 18th May, 2020 at about 12:45pm, I was preparing to join other members of my family to perform the afternoon prayer (Salatul Zuhr), when I heard several gun shots, and some strange people shouting at the top of their voices at members of my family, while some other people were banging doors, trying to forcibly gain entrance into the house through other doors.

"I rushed downstairs to the main living room of the house to know exactly what was happening and to my greatest dismay I found members of my family laying down on the floor of the living room with their faces facing down and several armed men were standing keeping a watch over them, threatening to shoot anyone that may attempt to run away."

Ibrahim, who has already demanded an apology from the Police Force and is also pressing for damages, explained that he did not immediately realised that they were operatives from the ST Squad of the IGP office.

He further narrated: "I assumed naturally that they were armed robbers, since I could not immediately identify them. More so, as we have had experience of attack by armed robbers in the past.

"They led all of us out of the main building into the open space in front of it. It was then that I realised that they were actually security operatives from STS. Then naturally, myself and some of my children started asking them why they were treating us in the manner they were doing. They slapped my children who asked that question saying, ''you even have the mouth to talk.

"Earlier, while they were in the process of gathering us, one of my children also sought to know why they laid siege in our house and a gun was fired very near his ear apparently to deafen him."

According to the retired director in the Federal Civil Service, some of the operatives re-entered the boys' quarter premises and other parts of the house, apparently for further search.

"And thereafter, they came back to meet us at the spot we were gathered. They then decided to take us (myself, my male children, seven in number, and my driver) to their office at Guzape.

"We left my female family members, amongst whom were small children confused, crying and highly traumatised. While entering the vehicle which was meant to convey us to their office, a son of my neighbour happened to be passing by, and when questioned by a member of the STS team, he explained that he came to inform us that my son, Sadiq, was shot and that he was at their house.

"We therefore, went with the STS operatives to pick Sadiq who was obviously in a state of shock and severe pains. Blood had stained his clothes and the piece of the cloth that was used to bandage the wound was greatly soaked with blood.

"I could not control the tears coming from my eyes when I saw my son in that pathetic situation, and I pleaded with the STS operatives to help quickly rush him to the hospital for him get prompt medical attention, and we can thereafter, face any charge they may decide to place on us. All they said was that we should wait for them to finish what they wanted to do, and that they had a clinic in their office where Sadiq would be attended to," Ibrahim said.

He further said: "The STS operatives came into his house by jumping over the fence between my house and that of my next door neighbour."

His words: "They met Sadiq doing ablution for the afternoon prayer in the premises of the house. He was greatly frightened due to the manner by which they gained access in our house. He immediately concluded that we were being attacked by armed robbers. To add to his shock the officer who shot him then pointed gun at him and started pursuing him. The officer pursued him over a distance of at least 200m. It is only by the mercy of the Creator that Sadiq survived.

"The officer shouted at the top of his voice saying, 'thief, thief' so that people in the neighbourhood shall close their doors, and not allow Sadiq entrance. It is also obvious that the officer wanted Sadiq to be lynched by members of the public.


 
"The STS operatives asked Sadiq to produce his handset before we would be driven to their office, and he told them that it had fallen while he was escaping from the STS operative who was pursuing him and firing at him. The STS operatives insisted that they needed to obtain the handset before we would leave for their office. God so kind the handset was eventually traced and we were eventually taken to the STS Office at Guzape, Abuja In the afternoon."

He continued by saying: "At the venue of interrogation we were each asked to make statement, and it was while we were doing so, that it became evident that they were trying to link us up with a kidnap case. According to them, that a Nigerian Army major and one or two other people were recently kidnapped in Kogi State, and the kidnappers demanded a huge ransom before they could be released.

"According to them, they were trying to track the kidnappers when they arrived at a spot (near my house, but on the road which passes in front of it) as the location of the kidnappers when they were last contacted. They claimed that the kidnappers asked them to take ransom to that spot which they automatically assumed to be part of my house. No recorded voice conversation with the kidnappers to that effect was presented to us.

"...after the necessary formalities we were asked to fill bond forms and thereafter, we were allowed to depart at about 5.45pm. I requested that we be provided escort to accompany Sadiq to hospital for proper medical attention. They assigned the person who shot at him to take him along with a relation to National Hospital, Trauma Centre, Abuja for treatment."

Engr Ibrahim, however, said that while they were on their way to hospital, Sadiq asked the officer who shot him why he did so, but the officer replied him, saying he should count himself lucky that he was still alive.

"The officer unapologetically stated that he intended to kill Sadiq. He also stated, without any remorse, that he had aimed at Sadiq's head while shooting towards his direction. When they arrived at the National Hospital, Trauma Centre, Abuja, they simply dropped Sadiq and the relation accompanying him at the entrance of the Centre and left. This refusal to provide the statement was in spite of the insistence for it by doctors," Ibrahim noted.

Engr Ibrahim, who is currently a visiting lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, maintained that the STS team did not storm his house with a search warrant authorising them to search his house.

He said: "They did not enter my house through the main door, in spite of the fact that it was not locked. They instead jumped over the fence between my house and that of my immediate next door neighbour.

"My son, Sadiq, was performing ablution when they entered the home by jumping over the fence between my house and that of my neighbour; this very manner of entering the house greatly frightened him.

"More so that one of the operatives pointed gun at him and pursued him trying to kill. Sadiq actually assumed they were armed robbers when he saw them. The particular person that shot him had hair style that is not befitting responsible people, making the boy to believe they were armed robbers. None of the officers wore a protective gear which they normally wear when they are on such operation. This cast doubt on the motive of the mission of the STS team.

"The same officer who shot Sadiq told my wife, who at that time they entered our compound, was in the kitchen preparing food for children, to open the kitchen door or be shot. One of the children advised her to open for him and she did. But for that invention by the child it could have been a different story.

"The shock and trauma we were subjected to caused another son of mine to collapse at the interrogation venue. The STS operatives had disgraced us as a family by treating us as criminals without the slightest justification for that.

"I served this Country to the best of my ability and I retired as a Director from the Federal Civil Service, and I had never been linked to any criminal act. Even on retirement I am still contributing to the development of the country through many different facets. I am presently a visiting lecturer in the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. I am living no stone unturned in trying to bring up my children in the best Islamic way. Three of my children have memorised the Holy Quran, and Sadiq is one of them.

"I and members of my family have been unjustifiably humiliated, traumatised and inhumanely treated by the STS operatives. My fundamental human rights have been violated and trampled upon. I therefore demand that the STS staff involved be appropriately sanctioned for unprofessional and unethical conduct in the conduct of their duty to serve as deterrent to other officers. They should also forward a letter of apology to myself and my entire family."

When contacted, the Force Spokesperson DCP Frank Mba told PRNigeria that the Police Headquarters is investigating the incident and would make it position known soon.

Frank said: "There are different versions to this report. We are, nevertheless, investigating the controversy over the incident and we will surely make our position known and take appropriate actions on the issue." (PRNigeria)

Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has announced the first death of a Covid-19 patient in the state.

The governor who made the declaration during a Covid-19 special broadcast on Monday evening said that the deceased, a 66-year-old man died as a result of not reporting early to the hospital.

He regretted the despite early measures put in place by his government to protect the state from invasion of the deadly pandemic, it ended up recording nine cases and one death.

Obiano said: "Ndi Anambra it is important to explain here that the only Covid-19 death we have recorded so far was a 66-year old man who did not report his ill-health on time.

"His case was reported late to the hospital and by the time his result came back positive, 24 hours later, he had passed away. Ndi Anambra, there is a possibility that his case would have been managed well if our Team had been alerted on time.

"I urge you to cooperate with our efforts to protect lives. People who hide their medical conditions run a high risk of dying from Covid-19. Please, let us bear this in mind."

The governor stressed that the rise in the reported cases of Covid-19 in the state was as a result of the aggressive case search mounted by the Special Task Force on Covid-19, headed by himself.

He said that following the success of the Task Force at the state level, the team has since extended its activities to the 326 wards in Anambra State for a more aggressive campaign against the pandemic.

Obiano reeled out membership of the Task Force at the community level to include, the Officer-in-Charge of Primary Healthcare Center, the Community Woman Leader, the Community Youth Leader, the Representative of the Ministry of Health and the Representative of the Civil Society.

He explained that the team will be headed by the Councilor of the Ward while the Local Government Chairman and his Medical Team will supervise the activities of the entire Team.

The governor expressed hope that the structure will help to ramp up more tests in the various communities and weed out the virus from the populace.

According to him, the setting up of Covid-19 Task Force at the Ward Level will play a major role in increased detection and reportage of more cases of Covid-19 in Anambra State.

He added, "So, while there may be a sharp rise in the number of cases in the coming weeks, rest assured that we have enough capacity to handle what will come out of the increased testing.

We shall continue to innovate and seek new creative responses to Covid-19 as time goes on


 
"As you are well aware, long before we recorded our Covid-19 Index Case on April 9, 2020, we had made some commendable arrangements that would give us a fighting chance against this pandemic. We have put together a 428-bed Protective Care Center to absorb Covid-19 cases and nurse them back to good health.

"We have made elaborate arrangements to fight this pandemic…we have fumigated all the 63 markets in Anambra State and distributed palliative materials to segments of our society. We have also continued to emphasize the strict adherence to all the Covid-19 protocol which includes heavy use of nose masks, frequent washing of hands, regular use of hand-sanitizer and maintenance of social distancing.

"Out of the many tests we have conducted so far, we have recorded 9 positive Covid-19 cases. Four of these cases are currently in our Protective Care Center. One of the cases was accompanying a corpse from Lagos to Imo State when his sample was captured in Anambra for testing. He has since returned to Lagos and we have communicated the appropriate authorities about his whereabouts.

"Three of the cases have been discharged and only one case has passed on."

The governor called for attitudinal change on the part of health workers who are reported to be hostile to suspected Covid-19 patients, warning that such attitude will not be tolerated in the state.

His words: "We cannot encourage any attitude that will discourage possible Covid-19 patients from walking willingly into hospitals to reveal their condition. I fully recognise the overriding importance of our healthcare workers who are on the frontline of the battle against this pandemic.

"It is on record that I generously acknowledged the efforts of the health workers who handled our Index Case and our two newly discharged cases here and assured them of some rewards.

"So, we deeply appreciate our healthcare workers but we must also discourage any negative attitude from them where it exists.

"We have decided to set up a Case Medication Team. This Team is made up of seasoned medical practitioners and public health officers who will deliberate and decide the best medical approaches to adopt on a case-by-case basis."

While urging health workers in the state to exhibit better understanding and empathy, he also enjoined them to keep to their professional oath.

He called on hospital management of all hospitals in the state to create an Isolation Room where any patient whose sample has been taken for Covid-19 testing can be kept while the result of the test is awaited.

The governor insisted that if a patient who is suspected of Covid-19 is placed in an isolation ward, it reduces the pressure the team will have to contend with in the volume of contact tracing that arises from allowing a suspected patient to roam freely.

He expressed hope that all hospitals in Anambra State will comply with the directive with immediate effect, even as he called for calm, saying that there was no need for panic.

Drama looms as BBNaija announces reunion for Tacha, Mercy, Mike & other season 4 housemates

BBNaija presenter, Ebuka has announced on his official twitter page that the organizers of the reality show have decided to hold a reunion show for the ex BBNaija season 4 housemates.

Ahead of the opening of the 2020 edition of Big Brother Naija Season five, Ebuka has revealed in a statement that the ex-housemates will be back for a reunion show to run as from the first of June, 2020 on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29.


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Ebuka wrote "Who is ready for some #BBNaija #PepperDemReunion drama? "Premiering on June 1 on African Magic Urban and Family on DStv and GOtv."

Recall that last year, BBNaija for the first time introduced the reunion show in 2019, which starred the See Gobe housemates. The show was a very dramatic one and at the same time very entertaining. This is a promising show most people usually look forward to.

Obinwanne Okeke, the Nigerian 'businessman' arrested in the United States last August, has capitulated after months of putting up spirited fights against the two-count charge of wire and computer fraud slammed on him by American authorities.

Mr Okeke, also known as Invictus Obi in Nigeria, has now told American authorities he is ready to enter a guilty plea, possibly in exchange for a lesser sentence

Already, a Senior United State District Judge, Rebecca Smith, has given an order approving the plea bargain arrangement.

"The Court has been advised that the defendant wishes to enter a plea of guilty," Judge Smith said in her Order of April 24. "A United States Magistrate Judge is hereby authorised, with the consent of the defendant, to conduct the proceedings required by the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11 incident to the making of the plea. See 28 U.S.C. Section (b) (1); United States v. Dees, 125 F.3d 261 (5th Cir.1997).

"The defendant may consent to the United States Magistrate Judge conducting the proceedings on a form provided by the clerk.

"If, after conducting such proceedings, the Magistrate Judge accepts the plea of guilty and the associated plea agreement, a presentence investigation shall be conducted and a report shall be prepared pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 32, and a sentencing data shall be scheduled.

"If the plea of guilty is accepted, the District Judge will adjudicate guilt and will determine and impose a sentence."

Magistrate Judge Robert Krask has been appointed to conduct the plea agreement hearing set for June 18 at the Norfolk Magistrate Courtroom 1.

Mr Okeke's capitulation is a surprising turn in the case as he has since his arrest strongly denied wrongdoing.

On December 15, 2019, he filed two preliminary objections. One saying American authorities lacked jurisdiction to charge him for fraud since he did not commit the alleged offence on American soil, and that no American companies or individuals were swindled at the time of his indictment.


In the other objection, Mr Okeke accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of obtaining evidence from him and his iPhone under duress and that the information so extracted should be discountenanced by the court.

Responding to the objection, the prosecutors said Mr Okeke travelled to the U.S. in the course of the crime and that his lawyers were wrong to argue that no American companies or individuals were defrauded by the suspect.

The FBI also insisted it obtained evidence from Mr Okeke following due process.

But just as the parties agreed to continue the trial, Mr Okeke began to signal to the prosecution that he was ready for a guilty plea agreement. The court was so informed of the development.

Mr Okeke was arrested by the FBI on August 6 in Alexandria, Virginia, as he was about to return to Nigeria.

He was later charged with two counts of computer fraud and wire fraud, which carry a maximum penalty of 10 and 20 years jail, respectively.

U.S. authorities allege Mr Okeke defrauded the United Kingdom office of Unatrac of up to $11 million in business email fraud. Unatrac's headquarters is in the United Arab Emirates, but the company filed complaints with the FBI through Caterpillar.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has said he is too busy serving the nation at the national level to consider a shot at the 2021 Anambra State governorship election.

Ngige who spoke to reporters in his country home in Alor, in Idemili Local Government Area, of the state on Sunday said although he had the right to contest, he was too busy with his national assignment as a minister to start eyeing "a provincial job."

He spoke after presenting cash and food items, totaling N15m as COVID-19 palliatives to some vulnerable persons in the area.

Ngige said, "Whether you're a member of APC or PDP, APGA, Accord, APA, PPP, once you are vulnerable, you get. We started with my town. We will fan out to my local government, then to my entire senatorial district. We also intend to reach out to the church. If we don't do it and COVID-19 kills all of us, what then will my foundation do?

"Yes, there have been speculations that I am eyeing the governorship of Anambra State. They have written about it in a lot of media. I am a politician. They have the right to speculate on my next move. My next move is very vast.

"Elections will come in 2023, I have a right to vie for any position. I can vie for Senate. I can vie for President if I so wish. Election will be coming in Anambra State, latest November 2021 to elect a successor to Obiano. I am not disqualified. I have a right to say I can run.

"I don't have interest for now in Anambra governorship because I am on a national assignment."
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed his new Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari to cancel all appointments and approvals the late Chief of staff Abba Kyari personally made without his permission. 

Though no reason was given for the President's action, however, reports indicated that no less than 150 memos without President Buhari's authorization may have been uncovered. According to a source: "By this new development, every official action carried out by the late COS without presidential approval may have been declared null and void and of no effect." 

We learnt that an audit of the late Kyari's office and all the appointments and official actions he carried out without the president's nod will be investigated. 
Nigeria's coronavirus cases have increased to 7839.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this disclosure on Sunday night via Twitter.

313 new cases of #COVID19;

148-Lagos
36-FCT
27-Rivers
19-Edo
13-Kano
12-Ogun
11-Ebonyi
8-Nasarawa
8-Delta
7-Oyo
6- Plateau
5-Kaduna
4-Kwara
3-Akwa Ibom
3-Bayelsa
2-Niger
1-Anambra

7839 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria
Discharged: 2263
Deaths: 226