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DSS Moves Sowore From Lagos To Abuja

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Omoyele Sowore

The Department of State Services (DSS) has moved Omoyele Sowore, human rights campaigner, from its facility in Lagos to Abuja.

Sources at the DSS said Sowore, who has been held incommunicado since Saturday, is currently being detained in Abuja.

Although the secret police is yet to make any comment on his arrest, it is believed to be in connection with the nationwide protest that he was organising.

When TheCable reached Peter Afunaya, spokesman of the DSS, over the arrest of the activist on Sunday, he said: “Come to my office at one pm… I can talk to you then.”

Sowore, convener of “#RevolutionNow: Days of Rage” protest, was picked up in the early hours of Saturday and taken to the Lagos head office of the secret police on CMD Road, Magodo, Ikosi, Ketu.

Tope Akinyode, one of Sowore’s lawyers, had said he visited the head office of the command in Lagos but was denied access to the activist.

“As Lawyer to Mr. Omoyele Sowore, Publisher of Sahara Reporters, I visited the DSS office at CMD Road, Ketu, Lagos together with other notable Nigerians. Mr. Sowore had been arrested in a ‘gestapo’ manner in the early hours of today,” he had said in a statement.

“When we got to the DSS office, we were denied entrance into the Police Building arrogantly. As much as I persuaded them that the ‘accused’ has lawful right of access to his Lawyer as enshrined under Section 35 (2) of the 1999 Constitution, my advice fell on the deaf ears of the Police Officers who claimed that their boss wasn’t around and I have to wait till Monday (working day) before I could be let in.

The Coalition for Revolution, campaigners of the #RevolutionNow, has vowed to go on with the protest despite the arrest of the convener of the movement.

There has been serious pressure on the secret police to release Sowore.

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BREAKING: Nigeria Records 10 New Cases Of Coronavirus, Total Now 224

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) on Sunday confirmed 10 new cases of coronavirus.

Six cases were confirmed in Lagos, two cases confirmed in the FCT, two in Edo.

Two new deaths have been recorded in Lagos and Edo State with 27 patients discharged.

As at 11:15 am 5th April there are 224 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.

Twenty-seven have been discharged with five deaths.

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Three Nigerians Die Of Coronavirus In US

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The Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, has confirmed the death of three Nigerians from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the United States.

Okoyen made the announcement in a statement in New York on Saturday evening.

He said one of them, a doctor from Abia, contracted the virus while on duty in New York, the epicentre of the pandemic in the U.S.

The envoy identified the second person as 25-year-old Bassey Offiong, a final year Chemical Engineering student of Western Michigan University whose case has been reported by the Nigerian media.

Okoyen said: “It is regrettable to announce that three Nigerians have died of COVID-19 in the United States of America.

“The first case was a 60-year-old lady, Hajia Laila Abubakar Ali of Kano descent, who died on March 25, while receiving treatment at the Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, New York.

“Secondly, 25-year-old Bassey Offiong from Calabar, a final year Chemical Engineering student of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, died on Saturday, March 28, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

“Unfortunately, the last case was a medical practitioner, Dr Caleb Anya, from Ohafia in Abia State.

“He died while rendering service to humanity on the forefront of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic in New York on April 1.

“On behalf of the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York, I wish to extend our condolences to the families of the deceased Nigerians in this tragic circumstance.’’

The consul general saluted the sacrifice of medical personnel and other essential workers risking their lives on the frontline to save others.

“We are particularly very proud of Nigerian medical professionals in the USA who form part of the incredible workforce in the service of humanity at this time,’’ he added.

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BREAKING: Nigeria Records Five New COVID-19 Cases, Total Now 214

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported five new cases of coronavirus in the country, taking the total number of infections to 214.

According to NCDC, “Five new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: three in Bauchi and two in the FCT, Abuja.

As at 10:10 pm 4th April there are 214 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Twenty-five have been discharged with two deaths”

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