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COVID-19: Ebonyi CP orders release of suspects


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The Ebonyi State Commissioner for Police, Mr Awosola Awotinde, on Tuesday, directed the immediate release of suspects in the command’s custody whose offences were bailable.

The directive was part of the Command’s measure to avert the spread of coronavirus disease in the state.

The spokesperson for the Command, Loveth Odah, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Tuesday.

The Command also ordered that forthwith, any form of unwarranted arrest and detention of suspects in Police cells within the command would no longer be allowed.

According to the statement, suspects for serious offences such as murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, rape/defilement and others capital offences, must be thoroughly screened before taken into Police custody to avoid the spread of the virus.

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The statement read in part:

“Coronavirus (otherwise known as COVID-19) has been a pandemic disease ravaging the globe since its outbreak.

“As a measure to control its spread in Nigeria, the Federal and various State Governments, including Ebonyi State Government, have imposed social restriction orders, while the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu NPM, mni, has ordered the strict enforcement of such legitimate orders given by various levels of Government and warned against the unnecessary arrest and detention of suspects.

”In light of the above, the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Command, CP Awosola Awotinde, while admonishing the good people of Ebonyi State to willingly adhere to the legitimate orders and measures aimed at controlling the spread of the virus in the State, has directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Tactical/Operational Units of the Command to ensure the strict enforcement of the social restriction orders and other legitimate directives from the Federal and Ebonyi State Governments.

“Furthermore, the Commissioner of Police, while enjoining Officers and Men of the Command to observe personal safety measures, has directed them to stop forthwith any form of unwarranted arrest and detention of suspects in Police Cells within the Command.

“He also ordered the immediate release on bail of suspects who might have been detained for offences considered to be bailable. In line with this, suspects arrested for serious offences such as murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, rape/defilement and others capital offences, must be thoroughly screened before taken into Police custody to avoid the spread of the virus.

“The CP, while calling on the good citizens of Ebonyi State to remain vigilant and law-abiding in this trying moment, urges them to avoid crowded places, social visits to Police Stations, offices/ministries as well as reduce official visits.

“He further reassures all and sundry of the Command’s commitment to ensure the security and safety of lives and property in the State.”

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Kwara records eight new cases of COVID-19



Kwara has recorded eight new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as at 11.45p.m on Monday, Aug 10.

The state now has a total of 865 confirmed cases of the virus, while one patient was discharged.

Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement on Tuesday day in Ilorin.

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According to him, out of the 865 confirmed cases, 516 patients were discharged leaving 330 active cases in the state.

Ajakaye said 19 deaths have been recorded out of the 3, 853 people tested for the virus.

He added that 2, 922 tested negative for coronavirus with 66 tests being awaited.

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US gifts Nigeria 200 ventilators [Photos]



The US ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Mary Leonard handing over the 200 ventilators to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire in Abuja on Tuesday. Credit, Adelani Adepegba

The United States has handed over 200 ventilators to Nigeria in fulfilment of the promise made by US President Donald Trump during a telephone conversation with the President, Maj Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in April 2020.

The medical equipment were handed over to the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard at a ceremony in Abuja this morning.

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President Trump while making the promise said the US would support Nigeria during the pandemic.

Some of the ventilators

Speaking while accepting the ventilators, Ehanire said

“We shall be taking delivery these ventilators to shore up our intensive care response capability courtesy of the President of the United States and the US people.

“It is my pleasure to be here at the Premier Medical Warehouse Abuja at the invitation of  USAID Nigeria on behalf of the
USA government to receive valuable medical equipment that will support the Nigerian government in their fight against the COVID19 pandemic.”


“This donation consists of 200 ventilators which are critical components of the response strategy that will help to save the lives of persons who have been severely impacted by #COVID19. These ventilators will be of great benefit to the people of Nigeria.”

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Russia develops COVID-19 vaccine 



President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess.

The development paves the way for the mass inoculation of the Russian population, even as the final stage of clinical trials to test safety and efficacy continue.

The speed at which Russia is moving to roll out its vaccine highlights its determination to win the global race for an effective product but has stirred concerns that it may be putting national prestige before sound science and safety.

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Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin said the vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters.

“I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” said Putin.

He said he hoped the country would soon start mass-producing the vaccine.

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Its approval by the health ministry foreshadows the start of a larger trial involving thousands of participants, commonly known as a Phase III trial.

Such trials, which require a certain rate of participants catching the virus to observe the vaccine’s effect, are normally considered essential precursors for a vaccine to receive regulatory approval.

Regulators around the world have insisted that the rush to develop COVID-19 vaccines will not compromise safety. But recent surveys show growing public distrust in governments’ efforts to rapidly-produce such a vaccine.

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Russian health workers treating COVID-19 patients will be offered the chance of volunteering to be vaccinated soon after the vaccine’s approval, a source told Reuters last month.

More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed around the world to try to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. At least four are in final Phase III human trials, according to WHO data.


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