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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers, Saturday morning, March 21, 2020

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

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

1. COVID-19: Nigerian Govt shuts down 3 international airports

Three international airports, Aminu Kano, Kano; Akanu Ibiam, Enugu and Port Harcourt, Rivers State, have been shot down by the Nigerian Government. This was contained in a statement by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu. Read more

2. Senate suspends public hearing, shuts down gallery over COVID-19

The Senate on Friday suspended public hearing following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country. The upper legislative also announced a partial closure of its public gallery and barred students and other persons from undertaking excursions to the National Assembly Complex till when the Coronavirus that had infected persons in the country subsides. Read more

3. Oshiomhole formally presents Ajimobi to Buhari as new APC deputy chairman

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday formally presented the party’s new Deputy National Chairman, Abiola Ajimobi, to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Ekiti State chapter of the party had rejected the nomination of the ex-Oyo State governor and recommended two other persons for the position. Read more

4. APC CRISIS: VON chief insists on Oshiomhole’s suspension, doubts success of party’s reconciliatory moves

The Director -General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, on Friday, insisted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, is no longer a valid member of the party. In his reaction to the Court of Appeal decision to indefinitely adjourn the hearing on the appeal filed by the APC chairman to challenge his suspension by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, the VON director-general told journalists he was skeptical that the current peace overtures would restore normalcy in the ruling party. Read more

5. PDP backs Senate, insists Buhari should address the nation on Covid-19

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated the Buhari Presidency for allegedly insulting the Senate. The Presidency had attacked the Nigerian Senate for calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation on his administration’s efforts against the spread of Covid-19 in the country. Read more

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6. No Coronavirus case in Kwara – Govt

Kwara State government said on Friday there is no confirmed or suspected case of Coronavirus anywhere in the state at the moment. The state Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Bisola Fatimah Ahmed, who disclosed this in a statement in Ilorin, cautioned the people on the spreading of unverified information in the state. Read more

7. CORONAVIRUS: Austria, Sweden join 13 other countries on Nigeria’s travel ban

has added Austria and Sweden to the list of high risk countries with restricted entry to Nigeria over the outbreak of Coronavirus. This is was disclosed on Friday by the Minister of Heath, Dr. Osagie Ehanire at a press briefing in Abuja, where he gave updates on the country’s battle against the outbreak. Read more

8. Court dismisses application for total closure of border over COVID-19

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, dismissed an application to compel the Federal Government to totally bar entry from the United States, Iran, and China into the country because of Coronavirus. The judge, who refused the ex parte motion filed by an Abuja-based lawyer, Johnmary Jideobi, ordered the applicant to put the respondent on notice. Read more

9. NAFDAC hopes to use Chloroquine to tackle coronavirus

In search of a cure to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved the production of Chloroquine. The agency said it would love to subject the drug for clinical trials in tackling COVID-19. Read more

10. COVID-19: WAEC postpones SSCE indefinitely

The 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) slated to begin on April 6 has been postponed indefinitely over the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) said on Friday. The Council Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, said in a statement that the timetable for the examination would be reviewed after the coronavirus pandemic subsides. Read more

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