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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers, Tuesday morning, March 31, 2020

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

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

1. Coronavirus cases in Nigeria increase by 20, now 131

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Monday night confirmed 20 fresh cases of coronavirus in the country. The centre said on its Twitter handle that 13 of the cases were in Lagos, four in Federal Capital Territory, two in Kaduna and one in Oyo State. Read more

2. Buhari signs COVID-19 Regulations 2020 to enforce movement restrictions

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday signed the Covid-19 Regulations, 2020, which declared Covid-19 a dangerous infectious disease. The signing of the Regulation, according to a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, was In exercise of the powers conferred on President Buhari by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004), and all other powers enabling him in that behalf. Read more

3. Seyi Makinde tests positive for coronavirus

Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, has tested positive for coronavirus. The governor disclosed this on his Twitter handle on Monday. He said: “I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result. It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate. Read more

4. COVID-19: Ogun govt suspends total lockdown till Friday

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Monday shifted the commencement of the movement restriction in the state till Friday. President Muhammadu Buhari had on Sunday ordered a total cessation of movement in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja as part of measures to check further spread of coronavirus in the country. The restriction order takes effect at 11:00 p.m. Monday. Read more

5. COVID-19: Soyinka labels Buhari’s lock down of states ‘political virus’

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Monday described movement restriction imposed on Lagos, Ogun and Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari as “unconstitutional and a political virus for the future.” Read more

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6. COVID-19: Fintiri orders Adamawa lockdown

Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, Monday ordered a two-week lockdown of the state as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to the state. The directive takes effect on Tuesday. The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou, disclosed this in a statement in Yola. Read more

7. Imo gets new Accountant-General

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, Monday appointed Mr. Obieze Valentine Chukwuama as the state’s new Accountant-General. The governor’s Principal Secretary, Mrs. Irene Chima, disclosed this in Owerri, the state capital. Chukwukama replaces Mr. Donald Igbo as the state chief account officer. Read more

8. LOCKDOWN: Use your ID Card as your pass, Minister Lai tells journalists

All working journalists and other media staff in Lagos and Ogun states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been advised to use their valid Identity Cards to access their places of work and assignment venues during the 14-day lockdown. Read more

9. COVID-19: Buhari approves ‘very skeletal operations’ by banks during lockdown

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday approved “skeletal operations” by banks and other key players in the financial services sector following the restriction order placed on Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states. Read more

10. COVID-19: Obiano goes into self-isolation

Anambra State government said Monday that Governor Willie Obiano had gone on self-isolation following the growing cases of coronavirus in the country. The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, and the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Primus Odili, disclosed this at a joint press briefing in Awka. Read more

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