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Cameroonian sells her baby for N70,000 in Calabar, middleman demands N40,000 share

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A Cameroonian refugee in Nigeria has been arrested for allegedly selling her baby for N70,000 at Adagom refugee camp in Calabar, Cross River State.

It was gathered that Claudia, 20, agreed to sell her baby after a barber, one Victor, at the camp approached her with an offer from an unidentified buyer.

The buyer was reportedly seeking a child to adopt.

“The boy that bought the baby told the barber to find someone to stay with him. So, the boy agreed to help him get someone,” Charles Ojon, leader of the refugees in Adagom camp said.

“He met the girl and explained things to her. It was when the girl came that they later agreed she will sell the baby to the man. She followed him to a hotel in town where they stayed till the next morning before he settled her and paid her the money.

“I remember when she came to the camp pregnant, she delivered shortly after she arrived here but has been struggling to survive.”

The bubble, however, bust after Victor insisted on taking the lion share from the N70,000 after the deal was concluded. Angered that Victor demanded N40,000, Claudia protested and reminded Victor that the baby was hers.

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It was during their argument that other refugees heard of the deal and called the police.

“The barber told her she will take N30,000 while he collects N40,000,” he said, adding that the woman protested.

“She said no, that it is her child; so she will take the N40,000 while the guy takes N30,000. So it was when they were trying to fight that we saw them.

“The police came and they found out the money. Already, the other man had left with the baby. The barber was called and both of them were taken to the police station but he was later released.

“The money was collected from her and kept. They have been calling the guy but he is not picking. We told him there is a job we want him to do but he said he has already gone to Calabar and up till today, the police are looking for him” Elvis Manget, one of the refugees on the security team of the camp said.

Claudia blamed her action on hunger and hardship after being interrogated by police officers that arrested her alongside Victor.

“When the police came, said she sold the child because of hardship; that there is no food or anything to feed the child,” Ujom said.

“That was just before they paid us for July. Then, everywhere was dry. A lot of us have been selling our things and using them to settle debt.”

The untold hardship Claudia has reportedly faced since arriving at the refugee camp in October 2018, was corroborated by another refugee who recounted how a resident of Ogoja refused to pay the 20-year-old mother after having sex with her.

“A Nigerian had earlier been here to take her to his house, they slept but he did not pay her after their business

“So she came to report the matter to us, that was when I first saw her and the kid. We were sent to go and bring the man and the matter was later settled.”

The camp coordinator and an official of the state’s SEMA, identified simply as Andy, confirmed the incident and further revealed that the police have already launched an investigation.

I know of such case but the police is handling it now” he said.

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JUST IN: Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases now 8344

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Nigeria on Tuesday recorded 276 new cases of the COVID-19, bringing the total active cases to 8344.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on its official twitter handle, said that as of May 26, 2020, 14 deaths were recorded in the country.

The health agency said no new state reported a case in the last 24 hours.

“276 new cases of #COVID19; Lagos-161 Rivers-36 Edo-27 Kaduna-19 Nasarawa-10 Oyo-6 Kano-4 Delta-3 Ebonyi-3 Gombe-2 Ogun-1 Ondo-1 Borno-1 Abia-1 Bauchi-1

“8344 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria

“Discharged: 2385 Deaths: 249”

Global Report:

Since 31 December 2019 and as of 26 May 2020, 5 459 528 cases of COVID-19 (in accordance with the applied case definitions and testing strategies in the affected countries) have been reported, including 345 994 deaths.

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Cases have been reported from:

Africa: 115 868 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are South Africa (23 615), Egypt (17 967), Algeria (8 503), Nigeria (8 068), and Morocco (7 532).

Asia: 971 938 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are Turkey (157 814), India (145 380), Iran (137 724), China (84 102), and Saudi Arabia (74 795).

America: 2 518 852 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are United States (1 662 302), Brazil (374 898), Peru (123 979), Canada (85 700), and Chile (73 997).

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Europe: 1 843 581 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are Russia (353 427), United Kingdom (261 184), Spain (235 400), Italy (230 158), and Germany (179 002).

Oceania: 8 593 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are Australia (7 118), New Zealand (1 154), Guam (166), French Polynesia (89), and Northern Mariana Islands (22).

Other: 696 cases have been reported from an international conveyance in Japan.

Deaths have been reported from:

Africa: 3 478 deaths; the five countries reporting most deaths are Egypt (783), Algeria (609), South Africa (481), Nigeria (233), and Morocco (200).

Asia: 27 680 deaths; the five countries reporting most deaths are Iran (7 451), China (4 638), Turkey (4 369), India (4 167), and Indonesia (1 391).

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America: 146 391 deaths; the five countries reporting most deaths are United States (98 220), Brazil (23 473), Mexico (7 633), Canada (6 545), and Peru (3 629).

Europe: 168 308 deaths; the five countries reporting most deaths are United Kingdom (36 914), Italy (32 877), France (28 432), Spain (26 834), and Belgium (9 312).

Oceania: 130 deaths; the four countries reporting deaths are Australia (102), New Zealand (21), Guam (5), and Northern Mariana Islands (2).

Other: 7 deaths have been reported from an international conveyance in Japan.

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Kaduna extends lockdown for another two weeks

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According to the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, who made the announcement in a broadcast to residents, the two weeks lockdown would start as from June 1st, 2020,

The two-day windows remained Wednesdays and Thursdays for now.

However, as from the June 1st, 2020, the relaxation windows would be extended from two days to three days.

She said the three days window took effect Monday, June 1st 2020, saying that instead of Wednesdays and Thursdays, the three days window, would start from Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The government had imposed its quarantine orders on the state for one month beginning March 26 and extended it from April 26, to May 26, 2020.

The Deputy Governor who is also the Chairperson of the COVID-19 Task Force in the state, said the period of extension, required that citizen would adhere to safety guidelines which included greater compliance in wearing of face masks, washing of hands with water and soaps and avoidance of large gathering.

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She said a violation of these guidelines would now force the government to re-imposed the restriction order.

She added that the compliance of residents helps in no small way to reduce the number of infected persons and kept fatalities to a minimum.

According to Balarabe, during the additional two weeks lockdown, the prohibition of interstate and intercity travel remains, adding that government officials and mobile courts will enforce this ban to prevent people from spreading the virus through non-essential movement.

“In addition, the nighttime curfew that has been enforced across the state still remains, from 6pm to 6am,” added.

Moreover, the Deputy Governor continued that “schools, places of worship and markets will remain closed under the adjusted orders.”

The Deputy Governor said,

“After 60 days, the state government has reviewed the Quarantine Orders. The Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has approved the recommendation to extend the partial lockdown regulations for two weeks, with adjustments to permit the reopening of certain sectors.

“These measures are intended to preserve the state’s ability to protect citizens, empower citizens to lead the fight against Covid-19 and make necessary adjustments to the partial lockdown to permit the safe resumption of the pursuit of livelihoods in more sectors.

“The Kaduna State Government is conscious of the sacrifices that citizens have made and the many challenges that remain in keeping them safe from Covid-

“This is why the state government has adjusted and extended the Quarantine Orders, by two weeks to empower citizens to more steadfastly carry forward, the against fight Covid-19.

“Preservation of the relaxations in this extension requires that citizens demonstrate greater compliance with laid down health protocols, particularly the wearing of facemasks outside the house, observance of physical distancing, regular handwashing with soap and water and the avoidance of large gatherings.

“Violation of these protocols will compel the government to reimpose restrictions. A spike in Covid-19 infections will also necessitate a tightening of restrictions.

She added,

“This week, the relaxation of movement will be effected on Wednesday and Thursday.

“From Monday, 1st June 2020, the revised regulations will come into effect. They give citizens a three-day window every week to shop for food and other essentials. Until otherwise stated, the lockdown-free days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

“Temporary neighbourhood markets will continue to operate from 10am to 4pm on these three days, but citizens can move from 6am to 6pm on these lockdown-free days.

“Informal markets are not allowed and those flouting regulations by turning streets into markets are advised to stop.

“The adjusted orders also expand the ability of citizens to resume the pursuit of livelihoods, in permitted sectors subject to compliance with health and safety protocols, including physical distancing.

“Private sector firms that meet these requirements will also operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This window also allows vulcanisers, welders, mechanics and providers of similar services to operate on the same days.”

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France reports more than 28,500 coronavirus deaths

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France’s cumulative death toll from coronavirus infection rose by 73 or 0.3 per cent to 28,530 on Tuesday.

This is a similar rate of increase as the day before despite health authorities having resumed taking into account nursing home data after a four-day interruption.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said the number of fatalities was up 83 in hospitals, to 18,195.

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But the death toll in nursing homes has been revised to 10,335, 10 fewer than the last time it was published.

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