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Amotekun: Osinbajo, South West Governors In Closed-Door Meeting



Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is currently meeting with South-west governors in his office in Abuja.

The details of the meeting have not yet been made public. However, a source said the meeting would focus on the newly-formed South-west security outfit, Amotekun.

The federal government has declared the outfit, set up in December to combat rampant insecurity in the region, illegal. The announcement was made by the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The declaration has been greeted with disapproval among groups and across southern Western part of the nation

Mr Malami and the Inspector General of the Police, Mohammed Abubakar, are attending the meeting.

Mr Osinbajo had earlier on Thursday chaired a meeting of the National Economic Council, which has all governors and some ministers and top government officials as members.

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COVID-19: FG Gave N10bn To Lagos But Not A Dime For Rivers That Produces Greater Percentage Of Nigeria’s Wealth — Wike



Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says while the federal government approved N10 billion for Lagos, his state is yet to receive any monetary support from the federal government for the fight against coronavirus.

Writing via his Twitter handle, Wike accused the government of politicising efforts to fight the disease.

While Rivers is being controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos, is under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Lagos has so far recorded 120 cases of the coronavirus while Rivers has one case.

But the governor asked if the federal government is waiting for a state to have more than 50 cases before rendering support.

“While Lagos State received a grant of N10billion as a commercial hub, Rivers State as the nation’s oil and gas hub that produces a greater percentage of the nation’s wealth has not received any support from the Federal Government,” he wrote.

“One wonders why Federal Government should single out a state out of 36 States to give support. Does it mean that support will come when a State has a record of over 50 infected persons before it gets support.

“No state should be seen as more important than any other state. This is a Federal Republic. No state is superior to others.”

He said Rivers is entitled to support from the federal government, adding: “Every day, we are inundated with letters from the Federal Government to allow oil companies to fly in expatriates to drill oil.

“Then we ask, what is the status of those coming from Lagos? Nobody has told us their status as regards coronavirus.

“If they come to come Rivers without us knowing their status, what will be implication assuming they have the virus.”

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Makinde Recovers From Coronavirus



Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, says he has received a second negative test for COVID-19.

Makinde, who broke the news in a tweet late Sunday, thanked the people of the state for their prayers.

The governor expressed gratitude to the COVID-19 task force in the state, promising to resume work on today.

“I am deeply moved by your prayers and support throughout this period. I am so thankful. This evening, I received my second negative test result for COVID-19. I especially thank Prof Temitope Alonge, who acted in my stead as Head of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force,” he tweeted.

“I am also grateful to all members of the Task Force for their cooperation during this time. I will be resuming my responsibility as Head of the Task Force from tomorrow.”

Few days ago, Makinde had announced that he was under isolation after testing positive for the virus.

With the recovery of Makinde, the governors undergoing treatment for the disease are two: Bala Mohammed of Bauchi and Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna.

There are currently 232 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. Lagos has 120 cases, the highest; the federal capital territory (FCT) 47; and Osun, 20.

Oyo and Edo states have nine cases each; Bauchi, six, Akwa Ibom and Kaduna, five each. Ogun has four cases; Enugu and Ekiti, two cases each; Rivers, Benue and Ondo states have one case each.

Of the total figure, 33 patients have been discharged after recovering from the disease while five deaths have been recorded.

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COVID-19: Air Peace Delivers Medical Supplies From Turkey



The Federal Government at the weekend took delivery of the first batch of medical supplies intended to fight the spread of COVID-19 and treatment for infected persons.

The supplies were flown in by an Air Peace Boeing 777 aircraft which landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport , Abuja from Istanbul, the Turkish capital on Saturday night.

Immigration sources hinted that the aircraft with registration number 5N-BWI flew out of Nigeria early Saturday on a seven- hour flight to lift the medical supplies and made it back before midnight.

The source also disclosed that this was the first batch of the medical supplies from the federal government, noting that the airline would leave for China on Monday for another batch of medical supplies for government.

“Air Peace will also deliver another supplies for the federal government. It will leave for Beijing on Monday for 15- hour non-stop flight to China with its B777-ER with registration number 5N-BE,” the source said.

Chief Operating Officer of Air Peace, Mrs. Toyin Olajide, gave kudos to government on its efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, noting that government was ahead of some countries in the fight against the pandemic.

She said: “The management of Air Peace commends the federal government for being proactive in the preparation for emergencies, preventing the spread of the virus and also providing the kits and other medical equipment for the treatment of those infected by the pandemic.

“This shows that government is ready to fight this disease and it is even more prepared than the governments of some of the advanced nations in the measures and strategies adopted to eradicate the virus.”

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