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    President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the families of three University of Port Harcourt students reportedly murdered by their kidnappers and their bodies buried in a shallow grave in April.

    He said the killers must be apprehended and made to face the wrath of the law.

    The President also extended condolences to the university authorities and the Rivers State Government over the unfortunate incident.

    Describing the tragic occurrence as “sad and heinous,” Buhari regretted that the “evil perpetrators have cut short the prospectively bright journey of these youths.”

    He prayed that God would comfort all those who mourned these young students, and grant their souls eternal rest.

    Buhari, while noting that the Nigerian Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit has apprehended one of the suspected perpetrators, further directed the Police Authorities to intensify search for the remaining suspects and bring them to justice.

    According to the President, “This administration will continue to equip the law enforcement and security agencies to bring to an end the evil activities of kidnappers in the country.”

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    The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has ordered banks to stop any form of retrenchment of workers now.

    Isaac Okorafor Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, said the apex Bankers’ Committee both decided to suspend lay-offs in banks.

    The statement said that in order to help minimize and mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on families and livelihoods, no bank in Nigeria shall retrench or lay-off any staff of any cadre (including full-time and part-time).”

    It said the decision was taken following special meeting of the Bankers’ Committee on May 2, 2020, to further review the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigerian banking industry.

    The statement said the Committee deliberated on the issue of the operating costs of banks in view of the disruptions emanating from the global economic difficulties.

    The CBN stated that at the end of the meeting, it was decided that the express approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria shall be required in the event that it became absolutely necessary to lay-off any such staff.

    Access Bank had recently laid off some staff, citing economic downturn occasioned by Coronavirus lockdown as reason.

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    Music director and producer Clarence Peters is currently being detained by Lagos police over the death of popular dancer, Love Divines known as Kodak.

    This happened after reports emerged that the popular dancer died at Peters’ house on Wednesday while charging her iPhone.

    It was reported that the dancer was barefooted and sat near the door of the residence while operating the plugged phone when the incident happened.

    According to reports, she suffered chest burns when the phone fell on her body and died before they got to the hospital.

    However, The Nation reported that Peters is now being detained and questioned at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Yaba.

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    Friday Akpan, the chief suspect in the abduction and murder of three UNIPORT students has told Rivers Police Command why his gang committed the heinous crime.

    Kidnapped and later killed were Joy Adoki, a 400 level student of Management, Fortune Obemba, and Nelson Nwafor.

    Akpan, a member of the gang called Trouble, claimed his gang kidnapped the three students on the order of one Bright.

    The latter claimed one of the victims, Nelson, betrayed him after money was paid into his account.

    He didn’t state how much money Bright paid his gang.

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    Akpan was arrested on 30 April.

    He later led the police to the arrest of two other members of the gang and the forest where they killed and buried the three students.

    The forest was in Etoo in Eleme LGA.

    Akpan admitted he joined in the gang-raping of Joy, but denied taking part in killing her and other two victims.

    According to him, the three victims were killed when they could not pay the ransom demanded.
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    The Officer in Charge of Anti-kidnapping unit, SP Shedar Edward, said the three suspects belong to “Iceland cult” group.

    He said they are helping the police to rid the state of criminal elements.

    Yesterday, the Rivers State Police Command exhumed the remains of the undergraduates at Etoo Forest, almost 23 days after they were abducted.

    The Police Public Relations Officer,PPRO, of Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni spoke on the efforts by the police.

    ‘’Men of the anti-kidnap unit swung into action and in the course of their investigation arrested one Friday Akpan who confessed to the crime and led the police to the arrest of two other accomplices”.

    Omoni said one AK 47 riffle, one Pistol, three magazines,72 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

    The Police assured that they would arrest the fleeing members of the gang.

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    The authorities of University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, said two of the murdered victims of abductors in Rivers were not their students.

    A spokesman for the university, Dr. Williams Wodi identified the only female victim, Joy Favour Adoki, as a student.

    She was a 400 level Management Science Student and lived off campus in Alakahia community in Obi-Akpor LGA, he said.

    Disclaimed by the university were Nelson Nwafor and Fortune Obemba.

    The bodies of the three victims of abduction were exhumed by the police on 1 May, at Eteo forest in Eleme Local Government Area.

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    Wodi said the university has no records of Nwafor and Obemba.

    “Only the girl (Joy Favour Adoki) is a student of UNIPORT. The other two are not.

    The girl is of faculty of Management Science. She resides off-campus at Alakahia,” Wodi said.

    Wodi added that Adoki was expected to have been with her parents after the closure of the university.

    UNIPORT, like other Federal-owned universities were shut on 20 March over COVID-19 pandemic.

    Adoki and the other victims were kidnapped on 7 April.

    Friday Akpan, one of the leaders of the kidnapping gang took operatives of the anti-kidnapping unit of Rivers State Police Command to Eteo Forest on 1 May.

    There, the three bodies were retrieved and taken to the morgue.

    They were all initially recognised as UNIPORT students.

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    All the improperly kitted mourners at the burial 18 April of Malam Abba Kyari have tested negative to coronavirus.

    Dr Mohammed Kawu, Acting Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, made this known in Abuja on Sunday.

    Kawu said they have completed 14 days in isolation and been reunited with their families.

    There was a national uproar after a video of the mourners went viral.

    The video showed some of them without masks.

    One of the mourners also dumped a protective suit carelessly at the burial ground in Gudu, Abuja.

    Their actions breached the burial protocol outlined by the World Health Organisation and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

    The FCTA swiftly moved to arrest all the mourners.

    Some of them, who were staff of the Presidency, were barred from coming to the office, until they completed 14-day isolation.

    Abba Kyari, President Buhari’s chief of staff died in Lagos on 17 April from COVID-19 complications.

    He was buried 18 April in Abuja.

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    Subject: Computer Education

    Topic: Purpose of using Computer

    Duration: 40mins

    Reference Material: Basic Computer Education for the New Generation 5

    Previous Knowledge: Pupils are familiar with the computer system.

    Objective: At the end of the lesson, pupils should:

    • State the purpose of using computer
    • State professionals and what they use the computer for

    Content:

    Purpose of using Computer

    1. Performing calculations: addition of numbers, subtractions, multiplication and division e.g. Microsoft excel can be used for mathematical calculations
    2. Saving and storing of data
    3. To retrieve data
    4. Processing of data
    5. To do different task e.g. produce recording, teaching graphic, playing computer games e.t.c.

    Places in the Society Where Computers can be used

    1. Financial institution: insurance companies, banks, stock exchange
    2. Public institution: they are government owned companies e.g. water corporation, PHCN, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC)
    • Social institution: clubs, association, such as tennis club etc.
    1. Academic institution: they are schools e.g. college, universities, polytechnics etc.
    2. Private institution: they are companies established by individual or group of people in order to make profits e.g. Cadbury Nigeria ltd, GLOBACOM

    Jobs

    Professional Uses of the Computer

    Teacher

    Uses computer to teach; learn and for research

    Banker

    Uses computer for financial record

    Pilot

    To read weather condition

    Farmer

    To keep farm record

    Medical Doctor

    To diagnose patient sickness

    Student

    To study and make research

    Secretary

    Uses computer for office records and information process

    Engineer

    For structural designs, and for calculations

    Presentation:

    Step 1: Teacher revises the previous lesson with the pupils.

    Step 2: Teacher introduces and explains the new topic to the pupils.

    Step 3: Pupils are allowed to ask questions.

    Step 4: Teacher writes notes under content on the board for pupils to copy.

    Evaluation:

    1. Mention the purpose of using the computer
    2. List three places in the society where computer can be used

    Conclusion: Teacher moves round for inspection, marking and correction of notes where necessary.

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    Subject: Agricultural Science

    Topic: Pest and Diseases of Crop Plants

    Duration: 40mins

    Reference Material: Agricultural Science for Primary School, 5

    Instructional Material: Pictures of some common pest e.g. squirrel, rat, weevil

    Previous Knowledge: Pupils are familiar with common disease in livestock production.

    Objective: At the end of the lesson, pupils should:

    • List the categories of Pest
    • Define Disease

    Content:

    A pest is any organism that is capable of causing damage to plants. There are different categories of pest; they are insects, pest, rodents (rat, squirrel), birds, monkeys and human pest.

    Insect pest is the category of pest capable of causing the largest proportion of damage to crops. They may be categorized into two based on their mouth parts

    1. Chewing and biting mouth parts e.g. weevil, grasshopper
    2. Piercing and sucking mouth parts e.g. butterfly, mouth, cotton stainer

    Disease is the alteration or deviation from normal state of health in animals or deviation from normal physiological function of the plant.

    Signs/Symptoms of Disease in Plants

    • Stunted growth of plants
    • Poor or low yield
    • Physical defeats such as poor colouration and irregular stem growth
    • Premature death of plants
    • Abnormal maturity of fruits.

    Disease in plants are caused by parasites or unfavourable environmental conditions.

    Presentation:

    Step 1: Teacher revises the previous lesson with the pupils.

    Step 2: Teacher introduces and explains the new topic to the pupils.

    Step 3: Pupils are allowed to ask questions.

    Step 4: Teacher writes notes under content on the board for pupils to copy.

    Evaluation:

    1. What are Pests?
    2. Define Diseases

    Conclusion: Teacher moves round for inspection, marking and correction of notes where necessary

    Assignment: Agricultural science for Pry Sch, 5 Page 52, ex 4, 1 – 10

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    Subject: Social Studies

    Topic: Wages and Income

    Duration: 40mins

    Reference Material: Easyway to Social Studies for Primary School, 5

    Previous Knowledge: Pupils are familiar with employment.

    Objective: At the end of the lesson, pupils should:

    • Explain Wages
    • Give reasons why some people earn high salaries

    Content:

    Wages and salaries are the amount of money paid to workers by their employers after the workers have done their job.

    Salary differs from wages in the sense that salaries are fixed, regular and usually paid every month, while wages are paid according to the number of hours, days or weeks that a person works.

    Other Incomes

              In addition to salaries and wages, other income workers can get are the following:

    1. Transport allowance
    2. Interest from saving
    3. Housing allowance
    4. Gratuity
    5. Dividends

    Reasons why some workers receive higher salaries than others

    1. A very big company/industry pays higher salary than smaller ones
    2. Workers who do delicate work (doctors) or dangerous works (pilot) often receive more salary than those who do normal work.
    3. A person with higher qualification
    4. Those who do their work better gets a higher pay
    5. Those who do more work than others

    Effects of Unequal Wages and Salaries

    1. They stage a demonstration o they go on strike
    2. They may protest by writing to their managers to complain
    3. They may work without giving their best, because they are unhappy
    4. They might decide to resign

    Presentation:

    Step 1: Teacher revises the previous lesson with the pupils.

    Step 2: Teacher introduces and explains the new topic to the pupils.

    Step 3: Pupils are allowed to ask questions.

    Step 4: Teacher writes notes under content on the board for pupils to copy.

    Evaluation:

    1. List four other types of income that workers can get
    2. State the difference between wages and salary

    Conclusion: Teacher collects notes for correction and marking.

    Assignment: State reasons why people collect different salaries

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    Subject: Bible Knowledge

    Topic: Jesus leads us to the Father

    Duration: 40mins

    Reference Material: Christian Religious Knowledge for Primary School, 5

    Instructional Material: Luke 10:22, John 3:16-17; 10:11-18.

    Previous Knowledge: Pupils are familiar with Jesus the son of God

    Objective: At the end of the lesson, pupils should:

    • List the roles of Jesus in our lives
    • Explain why Jesus is called the Good Shepherd

    Content:

    Jesus is the son of God who became man for our sins “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent Jesus to the world so we might be saved through Him.

    Jesus is capable of leading us to the Father. He says that “I am the door, if anyone enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture (John 10:9)”.

    Jesus was tried and condemned because of our sins in order for us to be saved. Anything we ask for in the name of Jesus will be given to us by God the Father because the name is the name above all names.

    Jesus is the Good Shepherd, He protects His sheep from the attack of robbers and danger. As a Good Shepherd, Jesus knows those who believe in Him and He cares for them. He knows the Father and the Father knows Him. He tells us that He and the Father are one. He will give eternal life to anyone who follows Him.

    Moral Lesson

    1. God demonstrated His love to us by giving us Jesus, we should in return give ourselves in service unto God through Jesus Christ.
    2. Just like Jesus is the Good Shepherd, we should also be good followers of His.
    3. We must pray to the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.

    Presentation:

    Step 1: Teacher revises the previous lesson with the pupils.

    Step 2: Teacher introduces and explains the new topic to the pupils.

    Step 3: Pupils are allowed to ask questions.

    Step 4: Teacher writes notes under content on the board for pupils to copy.

    Evaluation:

    1. Jesus became a man in order to ____________________
    2. List two moral lessons from the lesson “Jesus leads us to the Father”

    Conclusion: Teacher moves round for inspection, marking and correction of notes where necessary.

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    Subject: Mathematics

    Topic: Multiplication of Decimals by Whole Numbers

    Duration: 40mins/period

    Reference Material: Macmillan Champion Mathematics, 5

    Previous Knowledge: Pupils are familiar with multiplication.

    Objective: At the end of the lesson, pupils should:

    1. Multiply decimals by 10, 100 and 1000
    2. Solve word problems on multiplication of decimals by whole numbers

    Content:

    Example 1: Multiply 3.8 x 10 =  

    The decimal points moves one place to the right

    Example 2: Multiply 2.74 x 100 = 274

    When multiplied by 100, the decimal point is moved two places to the right

    Example 3: 3.8 x 1000 = 3800

    When we multiply by 1000, the decimal point is moved three places to the right

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    Presentation:

    Step 1: Teacher revises the previous lessons with the pupils

    Step 2: Teacher introduces and solve examples on the new topic

    Step 3: Pupils are allowed to ask questions

    Step 4: Teacher writes questions on multiplication of decimals by whole number on the board for pupils to solve.

     

    Evaluation:

    (a) 56.9 x 57        (b) 75.9 x 86        (c) 7.324 x 41      (d) 36.8 x 35

    (e) The weekly salary of a worker is N850.75. Find his monthly salary.

    (f) If 1 packet of biscuits cost N685.50. Find the costs of 80 similar packets.

    Conclusion: Teacher moves round for inspection, marking and correction of notes where necessary

    Assignment: Page 86, Ex 2, 1 – 5.

      Page 88, 1 – 5.

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    Chief Raymond Dokpesi, founder of Daar Communications Plc, owners of Raypower FM and Africa International Television (AIT), his wife and his three children have tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus.

    Four of his relations have also tested positive for the virus.

    One of his sons, Dokpesi Jnr, had been confirmed positive for the virus and admitted to Isolation Centre.

    A statement issued by Daar Communications Plc on Friday, said its Chairman, Chief Raymond Dokpesi Jnr had on Thursday, April 23, 2020 tested positive after a test was carried out on him by the NCDC.

    The statement said following the development, “we wish to state that in conformity with the Federal Government protocol on the COVID-19 administration and management, his entire household and those that had contacts with him were subsequently subjected to the test and with so much emotional pains, we hereby announce that the under listed have equally been confirmed positive:

    “1) High chief Aleogho Dokpesi ( His Father/ Founder DAAR Communications PLC) 2. Our chairman’s wife; 3. His three children; 4. some relatives, making a total of eight.

    :They are all presently on their way to the Federal Government isolation centre at Gwagwalada in Abuja.

    “The Board, Management and the entire staff wish them their prayers and the grace of the good Lord for speedy recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic.”

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    Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has declared one Mrs. Amaka Okoro, who tested positive for coronavirus disease, wanted for treatment.

    He announced this on Thursday, during a media briefing in Benin to update the state on the progress made so far to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

    According to the Governor, the COVID-19 patient is a nursing mother, who has a baby that is already coughing.

    “She lives at 2 Atoe Idubor Str, off 2nd Ugbor, Benin City. She has been unreachable since her results returned positive.” he said.

    Meanwhile, Obaseki has extended the dusk-to dawn curfew imposed in the state to check the spread of coronavirus disease for another 14 days.

    He, however, made an hour upward review of the curfew from 8pm to 6am.

    “Since my last public update about 10 days ago, I am here to inform you that we have made tremendous progress in the area of screening, testing and improved awareness of our citizens about the virus.

    “We are working closely with public and private hospitals, we have screened about 20,000 people and tested 297 citizens.

    “This increased screening and testing is the reason for the increased number of cases in the state.

    “We are aggressively pushing to screen our minimum target of about 500,000 people and test about one percent of them which is about 5,000, in the next few weeks.

    “As we increase testing, we are likely to see an astronomic rise in the number of cases in the state.

    “Of the 20,000 people, we have screened and of the 297 samples taken, we have recorded 37 confirmed cases as at today, discharged eight and lost three people.

    “It is worthy of note that late testing was a strong factor leading to fatality. That is why I’m advising that everybody go out for screening at the numerous screening centres in the state,” he said.

    Obaseki noted that the various screening centres offers free medical services, free face mask and free multivitamins .

    “I’m confident that we can beat this virus if we follow the measures put in place strictly.

    “I want to appreciate the good people of the state for their cooperation and compliance with the curfew which l imposed 10 day ago.

    “I know that the curfew has created inconveniences and loss of income to many families. However, this is the sacrifice we have to make to protect the citizens and their families.

    “We have decided to commence another round of palliative distribution to the vulnerable groups in our communities.

    “With the lessons we have learnt in the past, we have put measures in place to make sure that only the targeted people receives these items,” he added.

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    President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the implementation of the Steve Oronsaye report that recommended a trimming of the Federal bureaucracy.

    Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed gave the indication in an interview on Channels TV Programme Politics Today.

    Ahmed said Buhari has directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Head of Service to begin the restructuring and rationalization, in line with the report.

    The Oronsaye committee was constituted in 2011 during the Goodluck Jonathan administration to seek ways of cutting cost of governance in the country.

    The committee found that there were, at the time 541 government parastatals, commissions and agencies.

    Among others, it recommended the reduction of statutory agencies from 263 to 161.

    “The president has approved that this administration should implement the Oransanye report”, Zainab Ahmed said.

    “It has reviewed the whole of the size of government and has made very significant recommendations in terms of reducing the number of agencies and that would mean merging some agencies.

    “This is a report that has been in place for a long time and there hasn’t been implementation but the president has approved that this should be implemented.

    “We have conveyed Mr President’s approval to the arms of government that are responsible for this and that will be the office of the secretary of government and the head of civil service of the federation.” Zainab said.

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    Paris Saint-Germain(PSG) were crowned Ligue 1 champions, for the ninth time, on Thursday as France’s football league declared the season.

    PSG led the table by 12 points from Marseille when the season was suspended in mid-March because of the coronavirus outbreak, which has gone on to kill more than 24,000 people in France.

    The announcement by the LFP comes after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Tuesday that “professional sports leagues, notably football, cannot restart” because of the risks linked to the pandemic.

    “There is no ambiguity about this declaration. We needed to make a final decision about this season.

    “We acknowledge that the 2019-20 season is over,” said LFP president Nathalie Boy de la Tour, in a conference call with reporters.

    Ruling out any possibility of following the lead of the Netherlands, who decided to void their season without a champion, relegation or promotion, the LFP said a final table was arranged on the basis of average points per game.

    Ten rounds of matches remained when the campaign was halted, although PSG and Strasbourg both had a game in hand.

    As a result, Marseille and Rennes will go into the Champions League next season, while fourth-placed Lille will play in the Europa League.

    Toulouse and Amiens, the bottom two, are condemned to relegation, with Lorient and Lens coming up from Ligue 2.

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    Paris Saint-Germain(PSG) were crowned Ligue 1 champions, for the ninth time, on Thursday as France’s football league declared the season.

    PSG led the table by 12 points from Marseille when the season was suspended in mid-March because of the coronavirus outbreak, which has gone on to kill more than 24,000 people in France.

    The announcement by the LFP comes after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Tuesday that “professional sports leagues, notably football, cannot restart” because of the risks linked to the pandemic.

    “There is no ambiguity about this declaration. We needed to make a final decision about this season.

    “We acknowledge that the 2019-20 season is over,” said LFP president Nathalie Boy de la Tour, in a conference call with reporters.

    Ruling out any possibility of following the lead of the Netherlands, who decided to void their season without a champion, relegation or promotion, the LFP said a final table was arranged on the basis of average points per game.

    Ten rounds of matches remained when the campaign was halted, although PSG and Strasbourg both had a game in hand.

    As a result, Marseille and Rennes will go into the Champions League next season, while fourth-placed Lille will play in the Europa League.

    Toulouse and Amiens, the bottom two, are condemned to relegation, with Lorient and Lens coming up from Ligue 2.

    The identity of the other European representatives depends on whether the finals of the two domestic cups are ever played.

    Large gatherings of people remain banned in France until September.

    However, if the French government and UEFA accept, both cup finals could yet be staged in August with European places still up for grabs.

    PSG were due to play Lyon in the League Cup final and Saint-Etienne in the French Cup final. If the games are played, Lyon and Saint-Etienne would qualify for the Europa League by winning.

    Lyon — seventh in the table when the season was stopped — would otherwise miss out on European qualification for the first time in over two decades.

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    Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has appointed as coronavirus ambassador, Femi Adeoye, the man who publicly reprimanded his son who travelled to Lagos despite his warning not to embark on the trip.

    The video of Mr Adeoye refusing to cover up for his son over fear of contracting and spreading COVID-19 in Ekiti State went viral after it was shot days ago.

    Adeoye said in the video that he would not take the young man home because his house had no space where his son could isolate himself.

    He urged the authorities to take charge and keep his son under close observation.

    COVID-19: Father Refuses To Accommodate Son Who Returned To Ekiti From Lagos – 06:02
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    However, Mr Fayemi met Adeoye on Thursday and commended him for the action as the state battles to contain the ravaging disease.

    A Twitter thread by the government read: “Governor Kayode Fayemi @kfayemi has appointed Mr. Adeoye as a COVID-19 Response Ambassador in Ekiti State. He will help to propagate the message as a member of the COVID-19 Task Force @Ekiti_COVID19 in the State.

    “By, in accordance with existing regulations, denying his son entry into his household having travelled from places under Federal lockdown against his fatherly advice, Mr. Adeoye has proved to be a worthy ambassador of Ekiti State resolve to end the #COVID19 pandemic.

    “The Government and the good people of Ekiti State are very proud of this chivalrous act of courage and principle which are the hallmarks of the Ekiti person.

    “Mr. Adeoye represents the kind of self-discipline, selflessness, and sense of collective responsibility that Ekiti State and Nigeria need desperately today to progress.

    “Ekiti State will in future recognise Mr. Adeoye’s valour as an example of the rebirth of Ekiti Values Orientation which is the central focus of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s @kfayemi administration.”

    Meanwhile, the Ekiti State Government on Wednesday ordered the suspension of a security officer who recorded the video.

    The security officer, while recording the video, made fun of Adeoye, urging him to go home with his son, after he claimed the young man had been tested and certified free of COVID-19.

    The officer was suspended for “incompetence and highhandedness” as the man’s temperature was only checked with a thermometer.

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    The police in Lagos on Wednesday said they have arrested 65 fun seekers for violating the coronavirus lockdown in the state.

    Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, in a statement said at 2:05pm on Wednesday, acting on credible intelligence, operatives from Area G Command and Oko Oba Division arrested 65 suspects at 84 Park Hotel, Augusto Close, Oko Oba.

    He said the suspects were arrested for holding a birthday party and consuming some substances suspected to be hard/illicit drugs.

    “Some of the suspects were found in the swimming pool catching fun, in total neglect of the social distancing regulations and the lockdown order.

    “The suspects, who are within the range of 16 to 45 years, confessed to have left their various homes to the hotel in defiance to the sit at home order.

    “The Manager of the hotel is equally arrested and the hotel is sealed off by the relevant agency of the State Government. Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to Court,” he said.

    Elkana said the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu has called on residents to continue to be law abiding, advising parents to monitor the activities of their children, especially during this lockdown period.

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    1. Fellow Nigerians

    2. I will start by commending you all for the resilience and patriotism that you have shown in our collective fight against the biggest health challenge of our generation.

    3. As at yesterday, 26th April 2020, some three million confirmed cases of COVID nineteen have been recorded globally with about nine hundred thousand recoveries. Unfortunately, some two hundred thousand people have also diedpassed away as a result of this pandemic.

    4. The health systems and economies of many nations continue to struggle as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

    5. Nigeria continues to adopt and adapt to these new global realities on a daily basis. This evening, I will present the facts as they are and explain our plans for the coming month knowing fully aware that some key variables and assumptions may change in the coming days or weeks.

    6. Exactly two weeks ago, there were three hundred and twenty three confirmed cases in 20 States and the Federal Capital Territory.

    7. As at this morning, Nigeria has recorded one thousand two hundred and seventy-three cases across 32 States and the FCT. Unfortunately, these cases includes 40 deaths fatalities.

    8. I will use this opportunity to express our deepest condolences to the families of all Nigerians that have lost their lives loved ones as a result of the COVID nineteen Pandemic. This is our collective loss and we share in your grief.

    9. Initial models predicted that Nigeria will record an estimated two thousand confirmed cases in the first month after the index case.

    10. This means that despite the drastic increase in the number of confirmed cases recorded in the past two weeks, the measures we have put in place thus far have yielded positive outcomes against the projections.

    11. The proportion of cases imported from other countries has reduced to only 19% of new cases, showing that our border closures yielded positive results. . These are mostly fellow Nigerians returning through our land borders. We will continue to enforce land border arrival protocols as part of the containment strategy.

    12. Today, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has accredited 15 laboratories across the country with an aggregate capacity to undertake 2,500 tests per day across the country.

    13. Based on your feedback, Lagos the State Government and the FCT with support from NCDC is have established several sample collection centers in Lagos and the FCT. They are also reviewing their laboratory testing strategy to further increase the number of tests they can perform including the accreditation of selected private laboratories that meet the accreditation criteria.

    14. Several new fully equipped treatment and isolation centres have been operationalised across the country thereby increasing bed capacity to about three thousand. At this point, I will commend the State Governors for the activation of State-level Emergency Operation Centres, establishment of new treatment centres and the delivery of aggressive risk communication strategies.

    15. Over ten thousand healthcare workers have been trained. For their protection, additional personal protective equipment have been distributed to all the states. Although we have experienced logistical challenges, we remain committed to establish a solid supply chain process to ensure these heroic professionals are can work safely and are properly equipped.

    16. In keeping with our Government’s promise to improve the welfare of healthcare workers, we have signed a memorandum of understanding on the provision of hazard allowances and other incentives with key health sector professional associations. We have also procured insurance cover for five thousand front line health workers. At this point, I must commend the insurance sector for their support in achieving this within a short period of time.

    17. Nigeria has also continued to receive support from the international community, multilateral agencies, the private sector and public-spirited individuals. This support has ensured that critical lifesaving equipment and materials, which have become scarce globally, are available for Nigeria through original equipment manufacturers and government-to-government processes.

    18. The distribution and expansion of palliatives which I directed in my earlier broadcast is still on going in a transparent manner. I am mindful of the seeming frustration being faced by expectant citizens. I urge all potential beneficiaries to exercise patience as we continue to fine tune our logistical and distribution processes working with the State Governments.

    19. I have directed the Central Bank of Nigeria and other financial institutions to make further plans and provisions for financial stimulus packages for small and medium scale enterprises. We recognize the critical role that they play in Nigeria’s economy.

    20. Our Security Agencies continue to rise to the challenge posed by this unusual situation. While we feel deeply concerned about isolated security incidents involving hoodlums and miscreants, I want to assure all Nigerians that your safety and security remains our primary concern especially in these exceedingly difficult and uncertain times. As we focus on protecting lives and properties, we will not tolerate any human rights abuses by our security agencies. The few reported incidences are regrettableregrettable, and I want to assure you that the culprits will be brought to justice.

    21. I urge all Nigerians to continue to cooperate and show understanding whenever they encounter security agents. Furthermore, for their protection, I have instructed the personnel of the security agencies be provided with the necessary personal protective equipment for their own protection.

    22. As we continue to streamline our response in the epicenters of Lagos and the FCT, I remain am concerned about the unfortunate developments in Kano in recent days. Although an in-depth investigation is still ongoing, we have decided to deploy additional Federal Government human, material and technical resources to strengthen and support the State Government’s efforts. We will commence implementation immediately.

    23. In Kano, and indeed many of other States that are recording new cases, preliminary findings show that such cases are mostly from interstate travel and emerging community transmission.

    24. Drawing from these, I implore all Nigerians to continue to adhere strictly to the advisories published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. These include rRegular hand washing, social physical distancing, wearing of face masks/coverings in public, avoidance of non-essential movement and travels and avoidance of large gatherings remain paramount.

    25. Fellow Nigerians, for the past four weeks, most parts of our country have been under either Federal Government or State Government lockdowns. As I mentioned earlier, these steps were necessary and overall, have contributed to slowing down the spread of COVID nineteen in Nigeria.

    26. However, such lock downs have also coame at a very heavy economic cost. Many of our citizens have lost their means of livelihoods. Many businesses have also shut down. No country can afford the full impact of a sustained lockdown while awaiting the development of vaccines or cures.

    27. In my last address, I mentioned the Federal Government will develop strategies and policies that will protect lives while preserving livelihoods.

    28. In these two weeks, the Federal and State Governments have jointly and collaboratively worked hard on thishow to balance the need to protect health while also preserving livelihoods, leveraging global best practice while keeping in mind our peculiar circumstances.

    29. We looked atassessed how our factories, markets, traders and transporters can continue to function while at the same time respecting adhering to the NCDC guidelines on hygiene and social distancing.

    30. We assessed how our children can continue to learn without compromising their health.

    31. We reviewed how our farmers can safely plant and harvest in this rainy season to ensure our food security is not compromised. Furthermore, we also discussed how to safely transport food items from rural production areas to industrial processing zones and ultimately, to the key consumption centers.

    32. Our goal was to develop implementable policies that will ensure our economy continues to function with while still maintaining our aggressive response to the COVID nineteen pandemic. These same difficult decisions are being faced by leaders around the world.

    33. Based on the above and in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID nineteen, the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum, I have approved for a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Saturday, 2nd May, 2020 at 9am.

    34. However, this will be followed strictly with aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.

    35. The highlights of the new nationwide measures are as follows;

    • Selected businesses and offices can open from 9am to 6pm;

    • There will be an overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am. This means all movements are will be prohibited during this period except essential services;

    • There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travels until further notice;

    • There will be Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services from producers to consumers; and

    • We will strictly ensure the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene. Furthermore, the restrictions of on social and religious gathers shall remain in place. State Governments, corporate organizations and philanthropists are encouraged to support the production of cloth masks for citizens.

    1. For the avoidance of doubt, the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos & Ogun States shall remain in place until these new ones come into effect on Saturday, 2nd May 2020 at 9am.

    2. The Presidential Task Force shall provide sector specific details and timing guidelines to allow for preparations by Governments, businesses and institutions.

    3. The above are guidelines. State Governors may choose to amend adapt and expand based on their unique circumstances provided they maintain alignment with the guidelines issued above on public health and hygiene.

    4. These revised guidelines do will not apply for to Kano State. The total lockdown recently announced by the State Government shall remain enforced be enforced for the full duration. The Federal Government shall deploy all the necessary human, material and technical resources to support the State in controlling and containing the pandemic.

    5. I wish to once again commend the front line workers across the country who, on a daily basis, risk everything to ensure we win this fight. For those who got infected in the line of duty, be rest assured that Government will do all it takes to support you and your families during this exceedingly difficult period. I will also take this opportunity to assure you all that your safety, well being and welfare remains paramount to our Government.

    6. I will also recognize recognize the support we have received from our traditional rulers, the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and other prominent religious and community leaders. Your cooperation and support has significantly contributed to the successes we have recorded to date. I will urge you all to please continue to create awareness on the seriousness of coronavirus among your worshipers and communities while appealing that they strictly comply with public health advisories.

    7. I will also thank the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the Presidential Task Force for all their hard work to date. Through this collaboration, I remain confident that success is achievable.

    8. I also wish to thank corporate organizations, philanthropists, the UN family, the European Union, friendly nations, the media and other partners that have taken up the responsibility of supporting our response.

    9. And finally, I will thank all Nigerians again for your patience and cooperation during this difficult and challenging period. I assure you that government shall continue to take all necessary measures to protect the lives and livelihoods our citizens and residents.

    10. I thank you for listening and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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    Niger State Government has concluded arrangements to repatriate all Almajiri children to their states of origin.

    The Secretary to the State Government and Chairman, Niger State Task Force on COVID-19, Ahmed Matane stated this in a statement on Monday in Minna.

    SSG Matane said that the decision is in compliance with the Northern Governors’ Forum agreement to evacuate them to their states of origin to curb the spread of COVID-19.

    ”Evacuation of Almajiri children became necessary considering the unhealthy condition, congestion and filthy environment they were exposed to” he said.

    Matane stated that the state government had closed down all formal and informal schools across the state but found out that the existence of Almajiri Schools “is becoming a cog in the wheel of progress.”

    He enjoined proprietors of Almajiri schools to cooperate with the state government.

    “The exercise will be carried out with vigor until Government is certain that all Almajiri children have been returned to their various States of origin and reunited with their parents,” Matane said.

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    President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation Monday, April 27, 2020 at 8pm.

    Statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said television, radio and other electronic media stations were enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast.

    The president’s briefing will centre around whether to extend the lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun.

    Buhari had two weeks ago extended the lockdown in the three places.

    A month ago, the president announced total lockdown of Lagos, Abuja and Ogun in a bid to checkmate the spread of the virus.

    Currently, Coronavirs has been on the increase in Nigeria, with infections surpassing 1,000, and Lagos and Abuja the worst hit.

    If what is on ground is anything to go by, Buhari may likely announce another two weeks extension today.

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