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BREAKING: Bauchi Governor, Bala Mohammed, Tests Positive For Coronavirus



Bala Mohammed, Bauchi State Governor has tested positive to coronavirus.

This was disclosed by the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, on Tuesday.

This comes a day after the governor took the test after he had contact with the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, was confirmed to have been infected with the virus.

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Abia Wanted COVID-19 Patient Comes Out Of Hiding



Emmanuel Ononiwu, the COVID-19 patient who was declared wanted by the Abia State Government after he bolted from a holding facility in Aba has reportedly submitted himself to the medical team for treatment.

This was disclosed Saturday afternoon by the Information Commissioner; Chief John Okiyi-Kalu.

According to Okiyi-Kalu, Ononiwu is now in medical custody and currently at the isolation center in Amachara, Umuahia South Local Government Area of the state.

Ononiwu was said to have reported at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Aba, with his family, including his wife, at 8.05am Saturday.

He was said to have been immediately moved by a state rapid response ambulance to the Abia State Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Center, Amachara, Umuahia, for isolation and management.

Samples will be collected from his wife and other family members for testing while active contract tracing has commenced.

Meanwhile, three patients who are currently at the isolation center, including the 19 years old man from Afugiri, Umuahia, 30 years old man from Ofeme, Umuahia, and the Olokoro Umuahia returnee from Lagos who came to plan the burial of a relation who died in Kano have recovered.

They have tested negative to the virus two consecutive times and are expected to leave the facility Saturday, as arrangements have been concluded at the time of filing the report, for them to leave isolation facility.

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COVID-19 Cases In Kogi Are Real ― Melaye



Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye has said that the COVID-19 cases in Kogi state are real and authentic.

In a press statement issued on Saturday which copy was made available to our Correspondent in Lokoja, the former senator, who represented Kogi West senatorial district of the state, stated that “one of the cases is from Kabba and the victim is personally known to me.”

The statement read thus, “I want to announce that the COVID-19 case in Kogi is real and authentic and can not understand why any responsible government will want to deny and invariably kill her citizens.

“One of the cases is from Kabba and the victim is personally known to me. I can not be part of those who will play politics with the lives of my people.

“COVID-19 is real but not a death sentence if handled early enough. Family members of the Kabba victim who got referral to Abuja from Federal Medical Center in Lokoja and all those who had contact with him should please surrender themselves for test so as to curtail the spread.

“Kogi State government must come down from her imaginary high horse and start contact tracing to help curtail the spread.

“It is illogical to think we will be free with our proximity to affected states. God will hear our cry and heal our land.”

However, the Ejibunu family has confirmed that the Chief Imam of Kabba, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Ejibunu, was down with flu some few days back and he had to be hospitalised at the Specialist Hospital in Kabba.

According to Obatebise of Oweland, Chief Tai Ejibunu, who spoke on behalf of Ejibunu Family, he said medical attention was sought at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Lokoja as the flu did not abate after some days.

His words: “At the FMC, he was referred to the National Hospital in Abuja and the test conducted on him by the NCDC showed that he was COVID-19 positive.

“The test conducted on one of his sons who had been with him since came out negative. The family would have come out to speak on the matter, but we were not comfortable with the ding dong game going on between the NCDC and the Kogi State government.

“The family is concerned about the well being of other Owes and we wish to confirm that COVID-19 has fond it’s way sadly to our community and the state.

“Therefore, no need for Kogi State government to deny the obvious. We would like to stress that the Chief Imam, of recent, had never ventured outside Kogi State by way of traveling outside the State. So, the ‘virus’ could have been contacted within.

“We wish to advise our people to please abide by the protocols emplaced by the NCDC and play safe. The family is cooperating with the Kogi State Government and the NCDC to stem the spread. This evening, contact tracing and testing of family members of the Chief Imam had begun.

“What we need from our people is empathy and no need for the acrimonious exchange of views and counter views.”

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Ex-NNPC Group MD, Maikanti Baru, Died Of COVID-19 — Family Source



The immediate past Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, died of COVID-19 on Friday, a source close to the late Baru family, confirmed to The Whistler.

“The result of the COVID-19 test he did two weeks ago was negative while he tested positive for Coronavirus on Friday, shortly before his death ,” the source said.

The source also confirmed that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control was involved in his burial on Saturday.

Baru had returned to Nigeria from Mecca in February, 2020, after a medical trip and had made several trips to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment before his death.

Sources close to him said he had been sick for a long time and had undergone a hip operation sometime while he was the Group Managing Director of the NNPC.

Baru was the 18th GMD of NNPC serving in the position from July 2016 to July 2019, retiring statutorily from office at the age of 60.

The deceased was an indigene of Misau, in Misau Local Government of Bauchi State.

Between 1988 and 1991, Baru held various positions at the Jos Steel Rolling Company Ltd. including Head, Corporate Planning and Electrical Departments while also serving in several Committees in the Company.

He started his NNPC career as the Engineering Manager National Engineering and Technical Company Limited (NETCO) from May to November 1991. He became the Manager, Operations of Procurement Management Services (PROMAS) from 1991 to 1993 where he saved the Corporation over $70 million in six months of operation.

Thereafter, he served in the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) as the Manager Gas Department for four years and in 1997, he was appointed General Manager, Gas Development Division and during his stewardship of the Joint Venture Gas Projects, the Division saved over $575 million through project costs optimisation.

In July 1999, he was appointed as the Executive Director, Operations of the Nigerian Gas Company, Warri where he was responsible for the smooth operation of all the facilities in the Nigerian Gas Company including uninterrupted gas supply to customers such as NEPA.

Baru also contributed in the development of strategies for the deregulation of the Downstream Sector of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry. Following his good work there, he was appointed in September 2007, as the Group General Manager of the National Petroleum Investments Management Services (NAPIMS) where he effectively supervised the Nation’s investment in the upstream of the Nigeria’s oil industry.

As the GMD NNPC, Dr. Baru won several awards which include the 2016 Honourary Award of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) to commemorate his conferment as Honorary Member of NAPE; the 2016 Achievement Award of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Council for his Outstanding Contributions to SPE Nigeria as well as the 2017 Award of Excellence of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) in recognition of his Resourcefulness and Responsiveness to Labour and Industrial Relations Issues in the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry. He was also crowned as the Local Content Champion in 2016 by Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria.

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