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Armed Robbers Invade MTN Office In Kebbi

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The Kebbi Police Command has confirmed the invasion of MTN office in Tudun Wada area of Birnin Kebbi by three armed robbers on Wednesday.

The Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Nafi’u Abubakar, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.

“Yes, the robbery took place and investigation has since begun,” he said.

Earlier, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, the MTN Manager in the state told NAN that the robbers stormed the shop around 2.pm on Wednesday and took away about N4.5 million.

“The armed robbers carried out the operation in less than five minutes when they stormed our office at around 2 pm, and carted away nothing less than N4.5 million , ” he said.

He explained that the three masked armed robbers arrived the office in a Toyota saloon car with Bauchi state number plate.

“On arrival, the robbers, armed with AK 47 ordered all the people outside the office to lay down while wielding their guns.”

He said that one of the robbers was left outside holding those laying down hostage at gun point.

Dasuki explained that the remaining two shot into the air immediately after they gained entry into the office and demanded for money.

He added that the robbers must have trailed one of the staff members from a bank, where he withdrew money for office transactions.

“As soon as they got into the office, they demanded for the money by asking where is the money, where is the money?

“They carted away the money in less than five minutes’ operation; they stole over N4.5 million,” the manager said.

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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

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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

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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

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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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