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COVID-19: 248,000 Nigerians tested as FG gives final report on Madagascar’s cure

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Nigeria has declared that the Madagascar COVID-19 herb syrup did not show any evidence that it could cure COVID-19.

The federal government also confirmed that nearly 248,000 Nigerians have been tested for the virus.

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, spoke on Thursday in Abuja at the 52nd Joint National Briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF).

He said the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) has shared its final report on the evaluation of the COVID Organics from Madagascar.

The minister disclosed that the initial report showed that its main ingredient is the same as Artemisia.

“While the preparation at high dose showed activity in reducing the frequency of cough, it did not show any evidence that it has real curative properties against COVID-19,” he said.

Ehanire assured that the government will continue to support all genuine efforts toward finding local COVID-19 cures.

On coronavirus cases, he observed that daily record over the past weeks now fluctuate within the 500 to 700 bracket.
He said, We can rightly assume from the exponentially increasing numbers that the pool of potentially infectious persons in the community is rising.”

Ehanire said the Ministry of Health, through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), now has 59 molecular diagnostic laboratories for COVID-19 tests.

He disclosed that all States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were receiving financial support from the COVID-19 response through the Regional Diseases Surveillance Enhancement (REDISSE) Project.

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Court jails secondary school student over threat to kill teacher

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A secondary school student, Segun Dosumu, is to spend three weeks in jail with hard labour for threatening to kill one of his teachers.

This is as an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court found the 20-year-old student guilty of the charge preferred against him on Thursday.

Dosumu, a resident of Iboro area of Ogun State, was said to have pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him in court.

As a result, the Magistrate, Mr S. S. Sotayo, after reviewing the facts of the case presented before him by the Prosecutor, ASP Wale Diyaolu, convicted Dosumu, but with an option of N200,000 fine.

According to the Magisterate, all the evidences before the court had proven beyond any reasonable doubt that Dosumu was guilty of the crime as charged, even aside his admission of guilt.

The prosecutor, Diyaolu, had earlier informed the court that the convict committed the offence on Tuesday at Eyinni Comprehensive High School, Iboro Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Diyaolu had disclosed that the SSS3 student threatened to kill or injure the teacher, identified as Mr Ismail Fadeyi, with a broken bottle.

The offence, Diyaolu maintained, contravened Section 86 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun State, 2006.

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Nigeria diversifying from oil – Osinbajo

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Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria is now focusing on non-oil exports.

He said the zero-oil plan promoted by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), affirms the country as being on economic diversification path.

Osinbajo spoke on Thursday when he received NEPC delegation led by the outgoing Executive Director/CEO, Segun Awolowo.

The VP said the country is on the right path and hailed the attention to non-oil exports.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) told policymakers to ensure that in the next few years, the zero-oil plan is achieved.

Osinbajo hailed Awolowo for his foresight and putting in place a plan that is well-structured and detailed.

“We are certainly getting away from the oil and gas era. We used to think that it will take a while, but today, the circumstances have changed.”

Osinbajo added that public investments from the European Union (EU) and multilateral oil and gas companies are fizzling out.

The VP noted that the Export Expansion Facility Programme (EEFP) is a natural progression for the zero-oil plan.

He advised stakeholders to brace up for the challenges ahead and ensure that the right things are done.

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Attack on Sen. Goje’s convoy: APC denies mass resignation of executives in Gombe

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The Gombe State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, dismissed a report alleging mass resignation of its ward executives in Yamaltu/Deba Local Government Area (LGA) of the State.

The APC State publicity secretary, Mr Moses Kyari disclosed this when he addressed newsmen in the State.

Kyari was reacting to a social media report indicating that over 80 percent of APC ward executives in Yamaltu/Deba LGA have resigned their positions in solidarity with Senator Danjuma Goje, whose convoy was allegedly blocked by political thugs and miscreants while on his way from the airport to the wedding venue of his granddaughter earlier this month.

According to him, the report was very dangerous and malicious.

Kyari said that the report alleging that all the executives in the eleven wards of Yamaltu/Deba LGA have resigned their positions in solidarity with Sen. Goje was not true.

He said, “This is not true, it’s a lie from the pit of hell and as you can see the people concerned have addressed a news conference.

“The people that were allegedly said to have resigned have come to debunk that and to tell the true story of what really transpired.

“Some of the people whose names appear on the list aren’t even in town; some of them are even sick and couldn’t go out, how did their names appear on the list.”

Kyari also described the report as the handiwork of enemies of APC in the State, adding that a committee would be set up to investigate the source of the story.

He added, “We shall take punitive actions by going to court to ensure that the people involved are brought to book.”

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