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Updated: Igando pipeline explosion kills two, injures one

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A massive pipeline explosion just rocked the Igando area of Lagos state.

In a video making rounds online, people can be heard panicking and calling their loved ones to steer clear of the affected area.

Reports say the fire incident was caused by suspected vandals who ruptured a pipeline belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the area in a bid to steal fuel.

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Spokesman of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Nosa Okunbor, said rescue operations are still ongoing.

“Two people were burnt to death, and another victim who sustained 70-degree burns has been taken to Igando General Hospital for treatment,” he said.

“What we gathered from bystanders was that the victims were performing spiritual cleansing when the fire met them there and burnt them. But the pastor escaped and ran away.

“We saw the sponges used for the cleansing at the scene of the fire incident. Rescue and recovery operation is ongoing.” 

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Shoprite exits Nigeria 

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Africa’s biggest grocery retailer, Shoprite, is exiting the continent’s most populated country, Nigeria, after 15 years.

According to a report by News 24, the Cape Town-based retailer has started a formal process to consider the potential sale of all or a majority stake in its supermarkets in Nigeria, it said in a trading statement for the 52 weeks to end June released on Monday.

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South African retailers have struggled in the Nigeria market and most recently Mr Price has exited the market after Woolworths did the same six years ago.

In the statement, Shoprite said the results for the year do not reflect any of their operations in Nigeria as it will be classified as discontinued operation.

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International supermarkets (excluding Nigeria) contributed 11.6% to group sales and reported 1.4% decline in sales from 2018. South African operations contributed 78% of overall sales and saw 8.7% rise for the year.

As a result of lockdown, customer visits declined 7.4% but the average basket spend increased by 18.4%.

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Ogun clears air on COVID-19 test for exit students

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The Ogun State Government has clarified its position on the imposition of N25,000 COVID-19 test fee on exit class students in private secondary schools in the state, hours after parents protested the decision.

The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, said the government is expected to bear the full costs of the COVID-19 tests for the students of government-owned schools while parents and owners of private schools are expected to do the same for their students.

She insisted that the presentation of a COVID-19 free certificate by the students will form a major prerequisite for allowing them into boarding schools across the state, as the schools reopened on Monday.

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Soyombo said the clarification became necessary to remind the general public, particularly parents and operators in the education sector, of the government’s position on the protest, staged by the parents.

“This is part of the measures being put in place to avoid community transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic amongst our children in the boarding facilities and invariably, the state as a whole.

“A key additional requirement is the presentation of a certificate of negative COVID-19 test before a student is admitted to the boarding facility in both public and private schools in the state.”

“All private school owners are also expected to ensure that all their boarding students are certified COVID-19 test negative before being admitted into their boarding facilities.

“To further assist the private schools, Ogun State Government has negotiated a huge discount in the cost of COVID-19 Test with some healthcare service providers,” Soyombo said.

She noted that private school owners and parents are free to engage any other service provider of their choice as long as it is certified by the NCDC as an accredited COVID-19 Test centre.

“Indeed, certificate of negative COVID-19 test from other locations across the country will be tenably provided, as usual, it is from an NCDC certified centre and the test has been performed within 72 hours of the date of resumption.”

“Should any private school owner and parents desire a waiver of COVID-19 test requirement for boarding students, a joint representation of the school owner and the parents should be made to the government and this shall be considered on a case-by-case basis,” she said.

Speaking further, Soyombo said only boarding facilities directly operated by schools will be allowed to operate to enable the government to properly monitor their compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

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She, however, enjoined parents and school owners to work together to ensure that the health and safety of the students are given priority.

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Nigeria records 304 new Covid-19 cases

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As the nation continues its fight against the pandemic, 304 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded on Sunday night, the total number of confirmed cases of the deadly virus is 43841.

This was disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) via its official Twitter handle.

According to the NCDC’s tweet, Lagos recorded 81 of the 304 cases, followed by FCT with 39, Abia with 31 and Kaduna 24.

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The rest are: “Rivers-23, Plateau-16, Cross River-13, Ebonyi-12, Ondo-12, Ekiti-11, Edo-11, Benue-10, Nasarawa-10, Ogun-6, Gombe-5”.

20308 COVID-19 patients have been discharged out of the 43841 total confirmed cases in the country.

However, the infection has claimed 888 lives.

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