…As Sen. Gyang describes assassination of Plateau traditional ruler as barbaric, devilish***
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded no death on Tuesday as it announced 176 new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the country.
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Wednesday.
According to the agency, the new infection takes the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 57,437.
The NCDC said that the new cases were reported from 14 states of the federation.
It stated that Lagos reported the highest infection in the country with 73, Plateau (50), FCT (17), Rivers (8), Ondo (6), Niger (5), Ogun (5), Edo (3), Kaduna (3), Oyo (2), Bauchi (1), Bayelsa (1), Delta (1), and Nasarawa (1).
According to it, till date, 57613 cases have been confirmed, 48836 cases have been discharged and 1100 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT.
The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, have continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
It added that the drivers of COVID-19 were different across the country, therefore subnational understanding of transmission was critical.
“We can’t celebrate the decline in national figures until we test sufficient numbers in every state,” it stated.
The NCDC said that the most common signs and symptoms reported by COVID-19 patients in Nigeria were cough and fever.
The agency said that in addition, most patients who died were reported to have difficulty in breathing.
“Most people who died were 61-70 years of age”, the public health body further said.
In another development, Sen. Istifanus Gyang (PDP- Plateau) has described the assassination of a traditional ruler in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau state, Bulus Janka by assailants as inhuman, barbaric and devilish.
Nigerians consider illegitimate killings as being far dangerous than COVID 19.
The traditional ruler was said to be killed on Monday night at his residence at Rasat, Foron District of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau.
Sen. Gyang in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Protocol, Mr Musa Ashoms, expressed worry over the growing attacks especially on traditional rulers.
“The murderous act is a thing of concern that the attacks have continued in spite of series of peacebuilding engagement and dialogue has been undertaken at governmental and non-governmental levels.
“It is worrisome that the crisis merchants are bent on bloodletting and terrorising communities and their traditional rulers in spite of all the efforts”, he said.
The lawmaker called on the government and security agencies to fish out the perpetrators for prompt prosecution.
According to him, if not tackled immediately, the lawless and bloodthirsty criminals and terrorists would be emboldened in their evil acts thereby endangering peace and peace-loving citizens.
He commiserated with the immediate family of the late royal father and entire Plateau people.
Sen. Gyang prayed God to grant the royal father eternal rest.