Nigeria’s Kogi Chief Judge dies at COVID-19 isolation centre

  Nasir Ajanah, Chief Judge of Kogi state, Nigeria’s confluence state, is dead. He died at a COVID-19 isolation centre in Gwagwalada, Abuja, according to Nigeria-based The Cable online newspaper, at a time Governor of the state, Yahaya Bello, is having a running battle with the country’s Centre for Disease Control (CDC) over his insistence that the state is Coronavirus free. A member of the family confirmed the death to TheCable on Sunday morning. His death came less than two weeks after an aide to Yahaya Bello, the state governor,…

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WHO, Partners mull $18.1bn on 2bn COVID-19 vaccine doses for Africa, others

  The World Health Organization (WHO) and vital partners have placed an order for 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines with a whooping $18.1 billion for the most vulnerable people in Africa and around the world. The plan, according to a report released by Wall Street Journal. approximates that the $18.1 billion would be needed to execute the plan predicts that by the end of 2021, COVID-19 doses could be delivered to nations, and there is a need to prioritize vaccinating high-risk persons, including people over the age of 65,…

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Analyst underscores danger ahead good governance in Nigeria

The cause of bad governance in Nigeria has become multifaceted but mostly traced to corruption and poor leadership, a Nigeria-based current affairs analyst, Azeem Salako, has said. Salako, who, according to a statement, said this during an interactive session in Ota, Ogun state, admonished political elites in the country against being instrumental to bringing some ill-prepared people into politics. Refering to the ill-prepared politicians as “impromptu politicians,” Salako concluded exposing them to leadership without prior training and experience could be destructive. “Speaking as a guest lecturer in the interactive session…

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How COVID-19 rocked Nigeria’s Offshore, Remote Oil Facilities, created panic for government

  Blow-by-blow accounts of the how and the why questions agitating minds of millions on virus outbreaks in oil facilities located as far as over 1000 km offshore Nigeria   More facts have emerged on reasons the offshore and remote oil facilities in the Africa’s biggest crude exporter is rocked by the novel COVID-19. Some of the affected oil platforms where some personnel have been confirmed to have tested positive for the dreaded virus, according to checks by Platforms Africa, are located as far as over 1000 kilometers offshore Nigeria…

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Divided They Stand: APC and The Mega Troubles Ahead by NURUDEEN OYEWOLE

With Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s recognition of Victor Giadom as National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party may have arrived at the tipping point   The ruling APC from the beginning was never a political party. What was in place was a hurried amalgam of people who want power by all means. They found a short cut in Buhari who has lived large on fable integrity and has consistently enjoyed some sort of occultic followership from the part of country he hails from. The political merchants…

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Nigerians reject Ghanaian President’s apology, demand action as diplomatic row over demolition saga worsens

Outrage from a cross section of Nigerians at home and in the diaspora worsened, forcing Ghanian President Nana Akufo-Addo to apologise to President Muhammadu Buhari over demolition of a building on the premises of Nigerian High Commission in Accra, Ghana. The Nigerian Government has summoned the Chargè d’ Affaires of the High Commission of Ghana to Nigeria, Ms Iva Denoo, as diplomatic row degenerated between two West African nations over the demolition of a residential quarters at the Nigeria High Commission in Accra, Ghana.   The action in Ghana described…

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Why Nigeria’s minister sacked Electricity Trading boss twice in six months

For the second time in six months, the Minister of Power, Mamman Saleh, has announced the sack of Dr. (Mrs) Marilyn Amobi, as the Managing Director/CEO of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading, PLC (NBET). His action, he declared, was in furtherance of the reorganization/ realignments in the Power Sector. He also replaced her with Dr. Nnaemeka Eweluka, the company’s General Counsel and Secretary. Amobi, was first sacked on December 24, 2019 but was recalled by the Presidency. Mamman in a statement signed its Special Adviser Media & Communications, Aaron Artimas,…

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FACT CHECK: Top 6 fake COVID-19 news spreading after Burundi President Nkurunziza’s death

The death of Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has been followed swiftly by some pieces of information in the category of rumour, fake news and fear mongering on COVID-19 in and about the country.  They are spreading like a wild fire across African countries of Kenya, Congo, Uganda and Nigeria among others. A few of the Media from the West also alluded to some of the information that have turned out to be unverified, lies and fake. Here is a fact check by Platforms Africa on six of the news items.…

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Fear as Five Nigerian Lawmakers Test Positive For COVID-19

  Five out of the 24 members of the Nigeria’s Gombe State House of Assembly have tested positive for COVID-19 creating apprehension across the state. Chairman of the task force, Prof Idris Mohammed, stated this in Gombe on Monday while updating newsmen on the situation of the pandemic in the state. According to him, the lawmakers whose identities were not disclosed have been admitted at different isolation centres in the state. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, has, together with 66 other people from the state, also tested positive for…

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President threatens to withdraw Brazil from WHO

  President Jair Bolsonaro has threatened to withdraw his country, Brazil, from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Bolsonaro said Brazil would consider leaving the WHO unless it stops being a “partisan political organisation.” Earlier, the WHO showed an opposite view against Bolsonaro’s efforts to lift lockdowns, as the COVID-19 epidemic was still plaguing the country. Replying to loosen the social distancing order, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said a key criteria for lifting lockdowns should be slowing transmission. With a new record of daily COVID-19 fatalities, Brazil outnumbered Italy to become…

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