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COVID -19: NCDC logs 2 additional deaths, 241 new infections

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday logged two Coronavirus-related deaths and 241 additional cases in eight states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The NCDC disclosed via its verified website on Tuesday morning that a state in the North-East, Taraba, had 98 new infections which included 74 backlogs from January 1 to 23.

It said Rivers, a state in the Niger Delta region of southern Nigeria reported 66 cases, while Lagos, a state in southwestern and the second-most populous city in Africa reported 35 infections as the FCT reported 20 cases.

Also read: COVID-19: Lagos announces end of 4th wave

Other states with new cases include Delta -13, Kwara – three, Abia – two, Nasarawa – two and Plateau – two.

According to the public health agency, zero cases were reported from Cross River, Ekiti, Kano, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo and Sokoto.

It said that there were now a total of 252,428 COVID-19 cases in Nigeria where 3,126 people had lost their lives to the pandemic since February 27, 2020, when the country reported its first COVID-19 case.

The NCDC noted that 596 people were discharged on Monday across isolation centres in the country, while the total number of recoveries in the country stood at 227,004.

Nigeria with an estimated population of over 206 million, has tested about 4,055,877 people for coronavirus infection since the virus outbreak.

In the same vein, Dr Rasheed Odunola, the Director of the University of Ilorin Health Services, has encouraged Nigerians to get vaccinated because COVID-19 has become a disease of the unvaccinated people.

Odunola, who gave the advice on Monday while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, said that Nigerians and Africans are indeed lucky not to have witnessed a surge in COVID cases as seen in the developed countries.

The director appealed to Nigerians, most especially members of the university community, not to be too complacent overtaking the vaccine.

He explained that research has shown that the anti-COVID-19 vaccine is effective in lowering the risk of contracting and spreading the virus, adding that the majority of the victims of the pandemic in recent times are unvaccinated people.

Commenting on the life expectancy of average Nigerians, the medical doctor lamented that while people in the USA, UK, Hong Kong and most developed countries enjoy life expectancy of above 70 years, that of Nigeria is reducing.

Using the 2021 data released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Odunola said Nigerian women are expected to live longer than their male counterparts at 55 years against 53 years for men.

He blamed the reason for the short life expectancy prediction on the attitude of Nigerians to their health, food and environment, urging the people to imbibe a healthy lifestyle to live longer.

Besides, Odunola appealed to residents to avail themselves of COVID-19 vaccination centres across the state to get immunised against the deadly pandemic.

 

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Amotekun Recovers Ak-47 Rifles, Ammunition hidden in Oyo Forest

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Amotekun Recovers Ak-47 Rifles, Ammunition hidden in Oyo Forest

 The Oyo State wing of the Southwest Security Network (Amotekun Corps) has recovered AK-47 rifles, military camouflage and other items hidden in a forest in the state by suspected kidnappers.

Commandant of the corps in Oyo State, retired Col. Olayinka Olayanju, told newsmen in Ibadan on Monday that the corps recovered four AK-47 rifles, four magazines and 50 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.

Also recovered were wraps of Indian hemp, raincoats, two Nigerian Army caps, and a beret.

He said the items were recovered while operatives of the corps were combing forests following rising cases of kidnap on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“Last weekend, efforts of our men were rewarded when the arms and ammunition were found in one of the forests following a tip-off that some gunmen sighted in the area.

“The security network’s agents are still present in the forest to possibly apprehend the criminal elements,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Special Adviser to Gov. Seyi Makinde on Security Matters, retired Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the governor had directed security personnel in the state to take proactive steps to stop abductions in the state.

Owoseni said collaboration with local hunters and vigilantes assisted greatly in recent successes recorded by the Amotekun corps in the state.

He assured that the state government would provide the equipment needed for the smooth operation of the corps to enhance their performance.

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Motor Park Attacks: Osun Police Recover 5 guns, Arrest 10 Suspects

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Motor Park Attacks: Osun Police Recover 5 guns, Arrest 10 Suspects

 The Osun Police Command on Monday said it had arrested 10 suspects over the attacks across some motor parks in the state on the premise of the forceful takeover of the parks.

SP Yemisi Opalola, the Command’s Spokesperson, in a statement, said five guns, nine live and four expended cartridges and five cutlasses were recovered from the suspects.

“This is to inform the general public that the Osun State Police Command is aware and frowns at the crises that erupted within the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state in the early hours of today (Monday).

The Commissioner of Police, the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and other stakeholders had met with the NURTW executive, members and other stake holders to avert the crisis and forceful take-over of the parks in the state.

“All consented to maintain peace, but it was a surprise to learn about the attacks by NURTW members in several parts of the state with attendant destruction of offices and injury to some persons and police personnel.

“The CP, Faleye Olaleye, swiftly charged the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Commanders to ensure the situation is brought under control and arrest culprits.

“Consequently, the Police operatives tactical operation led to the arrest of 10 suspects and recovery of one Barretta pistol, two Pump Action guns, two Barrel guns, nine live and four expended cartridges, five cutlasses and charms,” she said

She said the CP was, however, assuring the public that the command was fully on top of the situation as mobile, conventional, tactical and patrol teams had been deployed to curtail the crises.

The CP also advised members of the public to go about their lawful businesses without fear of insecurity or attacks.

He warned that anyone found culpable in the unwarranted violence and attacks would face the full wrath of the law.

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LASTMA apprehends 2 suspected ‘one chance’ robbers; Troops neutralize 4 Kaduna Bandits

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LASTMA apprehends 2 suspected ‘one chance’ robbers; Troops neutralize 4 Kaduna Bandits

Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have arrested two suspected ‘one chance’ armed robbers in Ikate, Lekki-Ajah area of Lagos.

The General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, said this through the Director, Public Affairs of the authority, Mr. Taofiq Adebayo, in Lagos on Sunday.

 Oreagba disclosed that the suspects were nabbed by the patrol team of the Agency while on duty monitoring and controlling traffic around Lekki-Ajah axis of the State.

 “Our officials heard passengers with loud voice shouting, thieves! thieves!! while on patrol team, in an unpainted commercial bus.

“While trying to stop the driver, he drove dangerously and our men pursued them with LASTMA patrol vehicle down to Ikate where they were blocked by another pathfinder car belonging to a good Samaritan”.

“Two suspects were arrested while the remaining two suspects escaped with the P.O.S. they used to withdraw passengers’ money inside the T4 commercial bus.

“The two arrested suspects with the recovered unpainted T4 commercial bus were later handed over to R.R.S personnel who were on pin-down at Chisco, along Lekki- Ajah”.

“They were all later moved down to Ilasan Police Station for further investigations,” Oreagba said.

The General Manager advised Lagos residents to always ensure they board buses at designated garages adding that they should be vigilant, especially when boarding public vehicles.

One of the rescued passengers Mr. Christophe Omukoro is quoted as saying that he boarded the unpainted commercial bus from Alfa-Beach going to Ikate.

He disclosed that they were four with P.O.S machine collecting passengers’ ATM cards and withdrawing money from individual accounts.

Omukoro confirmed that passengers started shouting thieves! thieves!! thieves!!! after they had collected their phones with other valuables from them.

In another development, the troops of Operation Forest Sanity have neutralized four bandits during clearance operations in identified bandits’ hideouts around Tsohon Gayan, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday in Kaduna.

“The troops made contact and pursued the fleeing bandits, two bandits were neutralized during the engagement while credible human intelligence sources revealed that two others died from gunshot wounds.

“Credible sources in the general area reported that two of the four neutralized bandits have been identified as Dogo Mallam and Bello Mallam.”

According to him, the troops recovered one AK47 rifle, one magazine with 22 rounds of ammunition and a motorcycle.

The commissioner said Gov. Nasir El-Rufai praised the troops for their resilience and courage.

He assured that the clearance operations will continue in the general area and other locations.

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