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Lagos enlists 600 coronavirus patients for chloroquine clinical trials

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Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, on Saturday disclosed that the state had enlisted 600 patients for the planned chloroquine clinical trials.

The state discharged 45 more patients on Saturday.

Omotoso said an independent board, which would be inaugurated, would monitor the process and give necessary advice to the state government on the progress of the trial.

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Omotoso said, “In summary, we will be looking at about 600 patients. The trial will go on till we recruit the required number. There will be an independent Data and Safety Board. The board can advise that study be discontinued if the statistical evidence of the usefulness of a drug is overwhelming and in which case it becomes unethical to withhold it from other groups.”

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Also, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the state was better able to handle COVID-19 given the experience it had with Ebola six years ago.

“That was also epic in Lagos and it gave Lagos some understanding about how serious infectious disease could be managed. We have an Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba and even after the Ebola case, we had some international grants and over the last two to three years, we have built what we call a biosecurity lab level four, which can match any of its kind in the world,” he said.

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Akpabio tried to harass me sexually, says ex-NDDC MD

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Former acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh says she slappped Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, for sexually harassing her.

Speaking on Monday, during an interview on Arise TV, Nunieh said the incident happened at the minister’s guest house in Abuja.

She said her reaction to the alleged harassment proved her intolerance for “nonsense” as a woman from Rivers state.

“Why did he not tell Nigerians that I slapped him in his guest house at Apo? I am the only woman that slapped Akpabio. He thought he could come up on me. He tried to harass me sexually,” she said.

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“I slapped him. He tried to come on me. I am an Ogoni woman and nobody jokes with us. I showed Akpabio that Rivers women do not tolerate nonsense.”

The former NDDC MD also accused Akpabio of trying to inflate the NDDC budget.

She said the minister directed her to include some projects from the refugee commission in the budget of the NDDC.

“Akpabio wrote me to put a list of projects from the refugee commission in the budget of NDDC. Refugee commission is another federal government commission for IDPs,” she said.

“How do you tell me to put some of their projects in the NDDC budget when we have so many things to do in the Niger Delta? How do you explain that?”

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Nunieh and Akpabio have made allegations against each other following the activities of the senate ad hoc panel investigating the alleged mismanagement of N40 billion by the interim management committee (IMC) of the NDDC.

Akpabio had told the panel that he knew nothing about the expenditure of the NDDC under Nunieh because she refused to give him briefings.

But Nunieh alleged that the minister engineered her removal for failing to follow his orders.

“When we first came to the NDDC, on the day of going for the inauguration, he told me in the car that Madam MD, If you don’t do what I say, the same pen which I use to sign your letter, it will be the same pen I will use to remove you,” she had said.

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Nunieh had also alleged that Akpabio asked her to change the dollars in the NDDC account; sack the head of the legal team who is from the north; remove all directors who refused to follow his instructions and also to implicate Peter Nwaoboshi, chairman of the senate committee on NDDC.

 

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NHRC summons SARS officer over disappearance of 20-year-old boy in 2012

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The National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria [NHRC] has summoned a SARS officer, James Nwafor, over the alleged disappearance of 28-year-old Chijioke Iloanya, who was allegedly arrested eight years ago.

Nigerians have testified of the heinous crimes perpetrated by the SARs Boss who claims no one can question him for his constant act of violating human rights.

Chijioke who was 20-year-old at the time was seeking admission to a university when he was carted away during the child dedication of one of his friends on November 29, 2012, in the Ajali area of the state.

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His family members, who visited the Ajali Police Station in search of him, were informed that he had been transferred to the SARS headquarters.

Upon getting to the SARS office, Nwafor, who was the Officer-in-Charge of the Anambra State Special Anti-Robbery Squad then, reportedly denied that his men arrested the victim. He was said to have later claimed Chijioke had been shot dead by the police.

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Reacting to the matter, the NHRC, through its Twitter handle, stated that the officer had been invited to Abuja for questioning, adding that the commission would ensure that justice was served.

It tweeted,

The attention of @NhrcNigeria was brought to a painful report by a Twitter user, of the alleged torture and murder of her brother by CP James Nwafor who led the Awkuzu SARS division in Anambra State.

“Other Twitter users commented under the post, retelling their experiences or that of their family members. The issue was brought to the attention of @NHRCNigeria and we are working with other authorities to ensure this is not swept under the carpet.

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Pastor who reportedly bought Dubai property for Magu, prophesied Buhari will retain him

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The pastor who reportedly bought Dubai property for Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had reportedly prophesied in the past that Buhari will retain him.

The pastor identified as Emmanuel Omale who is the founder of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry, Abuja was among religious leaders who prophesied in December 2019 for people to have a clue or spiritual understanding of the incoming year.

The pastor, Omale had reeled out a list of things he said would happen in 2020 and one of the things he highlighted is President Muhammadu Buhari retaining Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to the pastor on December 31, 2019, “President Buhari has seen the great success of his war on corruption under Ibrahim Magu and he will submit his name for re-appointment and confirmation in spite of massive gang up,”.

Newsmen reported that the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) allegedly used a cleric to launder funds abroad, the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA) reveals.

Recall that Magu was arrested on Monday by a combined team of officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) and force criminal investigation department (FCID) after failing to honour two invitations from the panel.

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He has been detained since then and the police authorities on Thursday withdrew his security.

In the report of the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets (PCARA), which probed assets recovered by the EFCC from May 2015 to May 2020, Omale was said to have been used by Magu to launder funds.

He was reportedly uncovered during an investigation on EFCC’s activities by the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).

According to the report, the clergy bought a landed property on behalf of Magu worth N573 million in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Below are some of the things Omale said in his end-of-the-year message:

1) The war on corruption will jail two ex-governors who are currently serving as Senators.

2) Let’s pray for the health of a former Nigerian president who may not make it to 2020

3) There are a lot of enemy arrows being shot at the first lady, and her immediate family. She requires special prayers to avert tragedy.

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4) The Nigerian security agencies should activate their intelligence gathering mechanism to avert a terrorist driver ramming into early morning commuters in Abuja.

5) A serving Governor from North-West Nigeria will experience tragedy in his family, but seeking the face of God will prove beneficial.

6 Governor Rotimi Akeredolu must pray against terminal illness.

7) So also, a prominent minister from the South East needs to get closer to God, to avoid calamity.

8 ) A retired general from the North East may be implicated in a coup attempt.

9) Two major markets will be engulfed in flames. Traders should insure their shops and goods.

10) The rains will be unusual in their pattern this year, and we will see severe flooding nationwide.

11) Kidnapping on major highways may increase around Easter period but this can be mitigated by security agencies’ diligence

12) I see a burning petrol tanker around lokoja engulfing several vehicles.

13) President Buhari may effect minor cabinet reshuffle.

14) The Deputy Senate President should pray against enemy’s attack on his health.

15) I see prosperity for a lot of Nigerians despite a severe dip in the econoy that will affect fixed salary earners.

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16) A major old generation bank will face serious challenge and may collapse except for Gods intervention.

17) Christians should be exemplary in their conduct, especially one of the largest churches in south west that may immerse in big scandal.

18) A telecommunication magnet from the South West should pray against stroke and eventual bedridden paralysis.

19) The Chief of Staff to the president, Mallam Abba Kyari is trusted by the president. He should, therefore, pray against a well-orchestrated set up that may result in his removal.

20) President Trump may still get re-elected unless the Democrats field Mr. Bloomberg.

21) A major airline will face a major crisis that will collapse it if they don’t seek the face of God.

22) Governor Obaseki will find it hard to get re-elected in Edo state, unless he seeks the hand of God.

23) The Naira will depreciate against major international currencies, we need God to intervene.

24) A former President of Ghana will win elections in Ghana.

25) The price of petrol will go up.

26) An ex-militant in Bayelsa will die in assassination and this may throw the region into turmoil.

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