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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers, Wednesday morning, April 1, 2020

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Wednesday morning.

1. NCDC confirms 4 new cases of COVID-19 in Lagos, Abuja; Nigeria’s total figure rises to 139

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Tuesday night announced four more cases of coronavirus in Lagos and Abuja. The NCDC said on its Twitter handle that the fresh discoveries brought the total number of people with coronavirus infection in Nigeria to 139. Read more

2. NCDC to increase COVID-19 test capacity to 1,500 per day

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said the centre would increase its COVID-19 test capacity to 1500 per day. Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said this on Tuesday. Read more

3. I didn’t contract COVID-19 at PDP rally –Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, Tuesday dismissed reports that he contracted coronavirus at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) unification rally held March 18 in Ibadan. The Chief Press Secretary to Governor, Taiwo Adisa, who disclosed this in a statement in Ibadan, said there was no known incident of COVID-19 as at the time the rally was held. Read more

4. Why govt suspended electricity tariff hike —Power Minister

The Minister of Power, Engr. Saleh Mamman, said Tuesday the suspension for three months of implementation of the proposed electricity tariff in the country was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to support Nigerians in this difficult time when COVID-19 has disrupted the nation’s economy. Read more

5. ICPC TO MDAs: Don’t exploit COVID-19 for personal gains

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Tuesday cautioned the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) involved in the ongoing efforts to rid the country of the coronavirus against using the opportunity to loot the nation’s treasury. Read more

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6. COVID-19: Police to enforce lockdown in Adamawa

Adamawa State Police Commissioner, Audu Madaki, has directed all police formations in the state to enforce the government’s lock down of the state as part of measures to check the spread of COVID-19 among the people. Read more

7. NLC condemns alleged plan to increase electricity tariff April 1

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has decried alleged plans to increase electricity tariffs in the country. In a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, described the alleged plans as a “deafening expression of insensitivity.” Read more

8. Ooni of Ife stirs controversy after prescribing herbs he claims can cure covid-19

The Ooni of Ife, Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), has prescribed some native herbs which he said have been tested, in the cure of the deadly covid-19 disease which has killed many people worldwide. Read more

9. CORONAVIRUS: EU begins evacuation of citizens from Nigeria April 2

The European Union Tuesday announced evacuation flights for nationals of its 27 member states in Nigeria. The EU Member States include Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Greece and Ireland, amongst others. Read more

10. Inmates of Kaduna Custodial Centre on rampage over suspected COVID-19 case

Inmates of Medium Custodial Centre in Kaduna went on the rampage on Tuesday over a rumoured presence of a suspected coronavirus case at the facility. The inmates demanded they be released from the facility after news filtered in that an awaiting trial inmate had infected two other persons with the disease. Read more

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