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Family confirm Kabba Chief Imam died of coronavirus

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The family of Chief Imam of Kabba, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Ejibunu, has confirmed he died of coronavirus.

Kogi State Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have been at loggerheads over COVID-19 cases in Kogi.

While NCDC insisted two cases were confirmed, the Government insisted the state is coronavirus-free.

But the family of Ejibunu told Kogi Government “to stop denying the obvious.”

Chief Tai Ejibunu, Obatebise of Oweland, in a statement by the family, said the Chief Imam exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 because he eventually tested positive after a referral from the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja.

In the statement titled, “The COVID-19 Case Infection: Matters Arising, the family said:

“Our attention has been drawn to the series of discussions going on concerning Covid-19 index case in Kabba and the identity of the index case.

“I wish to affirm, on behalf of Ejibunu family, that the Chief Imam of Kabba, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Ejibunu, was down with flu some few days back and he had to be hospitalised at the Specialist Hospital in Kabba.

“Further medical attention was sought at the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja, as the flu did not abate after some days.

“At the FMC, he was referred to the National Hospital in Abuja and the test conducted on him by the NCDC showed that he was Covid-19 positive.

“The test conducted on one of his sons who had been with him since came out negative.”

It added:

“The family would have come out to speak on the matter but we were not comfortable with the ding dong game going on between the NCDC and the Kogi State government.

The family is concerned about the wellbeing of other and we wish to confirm that Covid-19 has found its way sadly into our community and the state.

“Therefore, no need for Kogi State government to deny the obvious.

“We would like to stress that the Chief Imam, of recent, had never ventured outside Kogi State by way of travelling outside the state. So, the ‘virus’ could have been contacted within.

“We wish to advise our people to please abide by the protocols emplaced by the NCDC and play safe.

“The family is cooperating with the Kogi State government and the NCDC to stem the spread.

“This evening, contact tracing and testing of family members of the Chief Imam had begun.

“What we need from our people is empathy and no need for the acrimonious exchange of views and counter views.

“May God save Oweland and her people in particular and the state in general.”

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Third Mainland Bridge: FG explains six-month closure, announce other routes

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The Federal and Lagos State Governments have announced traffic management plan ahead of the closure of the Third Mainland Bridge.

Maintenance on the bridge would be carried out from July 24, 2020, to January 24, 2021.

On Tuesday, Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola, at a media briefing said the bridge was last rehabilitated in 2012.

The official explained that the repairs would be done in two phases.

The Oworonshoki bound carriageway is the first to be shut for three months.

Within the period, motorists would use the Island-bound lane and alternative routes provided.

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From 12 am to 1 pm, the highway would take the Oworonshoki to Lagos Island traffic only on the Lagos Island-bound carriageway.

From 1 pm to 11 pm, the highway would take the Lagos Island to Oworonshoki traffic only on the Lagos Island-bound carriageway.

The same process will be replicated on the Lagos Island-bound carriageway upon completion of repairs of the Oworonshoki lane.

Popoola advised motorists to ply alternative routes from Carter Bridge through Iddo, through Oyingbo to join Adekunle ramp inward Oworonshoki.

“From Ijora Olopa through Western Avenue to Ikorodu Road. Traffic control will be in place to direct and help traffic movement”, he said.

Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works, Aramide Adeyoye, said Herbert Macaulay Way and Iddo/Oyingbo roads will receive urgent attention.

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Adeyoye confirmed that Adeniji Adele Road contract had been awarded and repairs would soon begin.

The aide told owners of trucks not in good condition to stay off the roads and warned against indiscriminate parking on roads and bridges.

Commissioner for Transportation, Fredrick Oladeinde, said the Vehicle Inspection Service had started checking trucks for roadworthiness.

“We have confiscated over 90 vehicles between June and today. So we will continue to do that. We will have more VIS on the roads.”

He assured that Lagos was doubling its efforts on congestion, noting that,

“a lot of traffic goes to the Island in the morning and goes back to the Mainland in the evening.”

Oladeinde added that as at the last traffic count, “we had over 60,000 trips going from the Mainland to the Island and those going on the other side are just about 20,000”

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We’re in talks with UN for Biafra referendum –IPOB

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, on Tuesday, claimed to be in talks with the United Nations to hold a referendum for a sovereign state of Biafra.

The claim was contained in a statement by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful.

Powerful said IPOB was making efforts for the referendum any moment soon.

Promising that the exercise would be peaceful, the group said everybody resident within Biafra territory would vote according to their conscience.

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He said:

“It is quite clear and understandable to every citizen of Biafra and indeed the entire world that we need a referendum, where the people will exercise their right on whether or not they want self-rule or continued existence within Nigeria.

A UN-supervised referendum is a must and a right for every human being in Nigeria to unequivocally state where they wish to belong.

“We in IPOB and Biafrans, in general, expect the United Nations to supervise this referendum, which will enable even those living beyond the boundaries of Biafra to equally determine their own fate. We want freedom for all, not just for Biafrans alone.”

“IPOB is making frantic efforts to ensure that this happens in the shortest possible time. We are not going to force or intimidate anyone or tribe because the will of the people is sacrosanct and must be respected. Each individual will be allowed to decide where he or she wishes to belong.”

 

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Bring COVID-19 patients for prayers – T. B. Joshua tells Nigeria, other countries

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Covid-19: TB Joshua speaks God's mind after the pandemic

Pastor T. B. Joshua has declared readiness to virtually pray for COVID-19 patients in isolation centres in Nigeria and other countries.

In an announcement on Tuesday, Joshua called on government and medical authorities to “organize those who are in isolation” and “arrange how to connect them to us.”

The cleric noted that “the blessing of Jesus is for those who knock and ask”.

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He told everyone that in whatever way they support to make the intercession happen, “we are a team; we are not doing more than you.”

The leader of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) added:

“Together we shall pray for them. Together we shall be set free from this COVID-19.”

Stressing that those infected need prayers, Joshua recalled the Bible scripture where Jesus healed all who had various sicknesses.

“The same anointing that heals one is also able to heal all at the same time,” he added.

Coronavirus has infected nearly 12 million people and caused more than 545,000 deaths.

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However, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for the reopening of all churches.

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