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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers, Friday morning, March 20, 2020



Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Friday morning.

1. Presidency dismisses Senate calls for Buhari to address Nigerians on COVID-19 as cheap politics

The Presidency on Thursday described as cheap politics calls by senators for President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians on the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement urged Nigerians to unite against COVID-19. Read more

2. Controversial clergyman, Mbaka, prays for ‘sunray’ as cure for Coronavirus

The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka, on Thursday, prayed for sunray to help cure the Coronavirus that had killed about 9, 000 people across the globe. He also declared that the COVID-19 would vanish the way Ebola did a few years back.  Read more

3. Nigerian govt orders immediate closure of all tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools

The Federal Ministry of Education on Thursday ordered the immediate closure of tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools nationwide over the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the country. Read more

4. INEC postpones bye-elections in Bayelsa, Imo, Plateau

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday postponed the bye-elections for some senatorial districts in Bayelsa, Imo, and Plateau States because of Coronavirus. Read more 

5. Enugu orders closure of schools over Coronavirus

The Enugu State Government on Thursday ordered the closure of public and private schools in the state as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country. The order takes effect from March 27. Read more

Read also: 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers, Thursday morning, March 19, 2020

6. FCT orders closure of schools, shopping malls over COVID-19

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has ordered the closure of all schools in the nation’s capital as part of the proactive measures to check the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The FCT Minister, Mohammed Musa Bello, said the directive takes effect from Friday. Read more

7. Coronavirus index case tests negative, awaits confirmatory screening

The Lagos State government said on Thursday the Coronavirus index case has almost recovered from the disease. The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who disclosed this at a press conference, said the Italian had now tested negative for Coronavirus. Read more

8. COVID-19: Buhari’s daughter in self-isolation after trip abroad

One of President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughters who recently returned from the United Kingdom has embarked on self-isolation following the discovery of Coronavirus in the country. Read more

9. Bill seeking compulsory debates for presidential, governorship candidates scales second reading in Senate

The Senate on Thursday endorsed a bill to make election debates compulsory for presidential and governorship candidates. The bill which was sponsored by a Senator representing Oyo North, Abdulfatai Buhari, scaled its second reading at the plenary. Read more

10. Lagos explosion death toll hits 21

Rescue team on Thursday recovered one more body from the scene of last Sunday’s explosion in Abule Ado, Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos State. The rescue team had earlier recovered 20 bodies from the scene and the latest discovery brings the death toll to 21. Read more

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