The World Health Organisation on Tuesday said “Covid-19” would be the new official name for the deadly coronavirus that was first identified in China on December 31.
“We now have a name for the disease and it’s Covid-19,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva, explaining that “co” stood for “corona”, “vi” for “virus” and “d” for “disease”.
Tedros said the name had been chosen to avoid references to a specific geographical location, animal species or group of people in line with international recommendations for naming in order to avoid stigmatisation.
The WHO had earlier given the virus the temporary name of “2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease” and China’s National Health Commission this week said it was temporarily calling it “novel coronavirus pneumonia” or NCP.
Speaking on the first day of an international scientific conference in Geneva that will look at possible vaccine options to combat the virus, Tedros also said he saw a “realistic chance” of stopping the outbreak.
“We are not defenceless,” he said.
“We have to use the current window of opportunity to hit hard and stand in unison to fight this virus in every corner. If we don’t we could have far more cases and far higher costs on our hands,” he said.
BREAKING: Buhari Suspends Ibrahim Magu As EFCC Acting Chairman
Ibrahim Magu has been suspended as Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by President Muhammadu Buhari, the BBC reports.
Multiple sources at the presidency also confirmed the development.
Magu spent the night in a police cell at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) Headquarters in Abuja.
This followed a six-hour grilling by a presidential panel, chaired by Justice Ayo Salami, a former president of the Court of Appeal.
Buhari set up the panel to probe various allegations levelled against Magu, following a petition by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Department of State Service (DSS).
Recall that the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) on Monday accused Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami (SAN) of lacking commitment to the anti-graft war.
It said a power bloc to which Malami belongs wants acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EEFC) Ibrahim Magu removed.
Gov Ugwuanyi Offers Tortured Girl Chinonye Full Scholarship
The 10-year-old Chinonye Nneoma Nnadi who was tortured by her guardians, Ifeoma Ozougwu and her husband, Jude Ozougwu, has been offered scholarship by Enugu state governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
The governor approved the award of scholarship to the girl up to the university level.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, Gov. Ugwuanyi directed the state scholarship board to implement the award with immediate effect.
According to Aroh, Governor Ugwuanyi has further directed the immediate release of financial support to the family of the child for their upkeep.
At present the Enugu government via the State Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development is bankrolling the hospital expenses of the poor girl.
Governor Ugwuanyi has told the ministry to find the best available medical care for the child.
Chinonye Nneoma Nnadi was living with the Ozougwus as a maid.
But the couple maltreated her.
She had two nails drilled on her skull and hot iron burns on her body.
Her plight was reported to the police, which swiftly moved to rescue her.
The police docked the couple today at a magistrates’ court. But while awaiting the advice of the DPP, the couple were sent to jail until the next adjournment in August.
Gov. Ugwuanyi expressed appreciation to the Enugu State Police Command “for their timely and professional intervention”.
He also directed the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Miletus Eze to “liaise with the Nigeria Police and ensure that the suspects are brought to justice timely”.
EFCC Chairman, Magu Reportedly Detained
Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC was reportedly detained after he was quizzed for many hours by the presidential panel set up to investigate the allegations of corruption leveled against him and the agency by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
Few weeks ago, Malami wrote a letter to President Buhari asking for the sack of Magu whom he accused of corruption, insubordination among other crimes.
The Nation reports that the panel which is headed by Justice Isa Ayo Salami, a retired president of the Court of Appeal, drilled Magu for many hours before he was whisked away from the Presidential Villa where he was interrogated by the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) at about 10.15pm shortly after the investigative panel ended its sitting. His escort mobile policemen and security detail were stood down before he was taken into custody.
It was learnt that shortly after emerging from the sitting, Magu was led into a waiting white Hilux van marked 371D. Magu insisted on sitting in the open space at the back of the Hilux. The police team persuaded him to sit in the first cabin. The ding-doing over his relocation to the FCID lasted about 25 minutes. Magu was later allowed to go to the FCID in his official car.
“In the light of the ongoing investigation, it became expedient to detain Magu at the FCID. We do not want him to return to the office while he is being questioned, because he is likely to have another session with the Justice Salami panel.” a source told The Nation
It was also learnt last night that Magu might be suspended from office.
“By not allowing him to go back to his office was an indication that he might be suspended. It is obvious that the Presidency has concluded plans to look for a new candidate for the office,” the source added
At the FCID around 10.50pm, Magu rejected an offer to take him into an office to stay the night. He told the officers in charge to treat him like a suspect by putting him in a cell.
Sitting on a chair, he said:
“I won’t go and sleep in any office, I prefer to be in a cell. Kindly put me in a cell. That is what Allah wants for me. I can’t question God.”
On Monday July 6, Magu was intercepted on the road along Fomella Street while moving out of the Wuse II office Annex of the EFCC in Abuja. His invitation was then extended to him by a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID).
Some of the 22 allegations Magu is being investigated for include:
- Alleged discrepancies in the reconciliation records of the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Finance on recovered funds
- Declaration of N539billion as recovered funds instead of N504b earlier claimed
- Insubordination to the office of the AGF by not seeking his approval on some decisions
- Not providing enough evidence for the extradition of ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke
- Alleged late action on the investigation of Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) leading to legal dispute
- Not respecting court order to unfreeze a N7billion judgment in favour of a former Executive Director of First Bank
- Alleged delay in acting on two vessels seized by Nigerian Navy leading to the loss of crude
- Alleged favouring of some investigators called Magu’s Boys
- Reporting some judges to their presiding officers without deferring to the AGF
- Alleged sales of seized assets to cronies, associates and friends
- Alleged issuance of investigative activities to some media prejudicial to some cases.
A top source told the publication;
“Magu and his officers had spent the last two weeks looking at all the allegations and compiled appropriate responses to them with documents. It is the compendium of evidence that he took to the panel to prove his innocence. Whatever you may accuse Magu of, it is not corruption or self-enrichment.
All those who have worked with Magu know him for his incorruptibility. He is also a hardliner who stepped on many toes. It is good that a panel is looking into the allegations. Take the case of sales of assets, Magu never sold any assets since he came into office. Instead, the seized properties were allocated for use by government agencies.
The P&ID matter preceded Magu in office because the judgment debt was during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. Magu only investigated the criminal aspect instead of supporting the Settlement Agreement. And he gave the case all his strength to get the best for the nation. At the appropriate time, the details of what Magu did in office and what really transpired before the panel will be known to Nigerians for posterity.”
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