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Nigeria records second case of COVID-19

Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire, disclosed that the new case was a contact of the index case and not a new importation into the country.



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Nigeria has confirmed the second case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. This was disclosed by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Monday at a press conference in Benin City, Edo State capital.

Speaking at the boardroom of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Ehanire disclosed that the new case was a contact of the index case and not a new importation into the country.

The Minister explained that the newly confirmed case is one of the 40, who had contact with the Italian, that had been isolated and was under clinical follow-up.

“He presently does not have any clinical symptoms, is comfortable and in care at Infectious Disease Hospital, Lagos.”

According to him, the case was confirmed on Sunday March 8, after the federal ministry of health, following best practices decided to test all the isolated contacts of the index case for possible presence of the disease in their systems. This was done even though none of the isolated persons had shown any symptom.

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He said, “When the first case was diagnosed on 27 February, the ministry traced and isolated 40 persons in Ogun and 20 in Lagos, who had had physical contact with the index case.”

Ehanire also disclosed that a team of researchers from various institutions in Nigeria have successfully perform the genome sequencing of the coronavirus (COVID-19) strain that the index case brought to Nigeria and proved it to be a match with the virus circulating in Italy and Wuhan.


The team included scientists from the Centre for Human and Zoology Virology in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in Redeemers University and the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Lagos, coordinated by the Lagos State Ministry of Health and NCDC.

“This is the first time the sequencing of this virus has been performed in Africa. The result has been shared with International Authorities and the Director General of the World Health Organization has extended congratulations to Nigerian scientists for this achievement” he added.

Nairametrics had reported when a press release from the Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed the first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lagos State, Nigeria. It was the first reported case in the country and in Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the press release, the Italian citizen works in Nigeria and just returned from Milan to Lagos on the 25th of February. Milan has been the center of one of the most significant breakouts of the virus in Europe. The unnamed worker has been confirmed by the Virology laboratory of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and is reported to be stable “with no serious symptoms” according to the press release.


Ruth Okwumbu has a MSc. and BSc. in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Delta state university respectively. Prior to her role as analyst at Nairametrics, she had a progressive six year writing career.As a Business Analyst with Narametrics, she focuses on profiles of top business executives, founders, startups and the drama surrounding their successes and challenges. You may contact her via [email protected]

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    Buhari suspends NPA MD, Hadiza Usman, approves investigative probe panel

    President Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of the MD of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman.



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    President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman.

    The suspension of Usman is to allow the panel of inquiry which is to be set up by the Federal Ministry of Transportation, to investigate the management of the agency to effectively carry out the task.

    This disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, through some tweet posts on his official Twitter handle on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

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    Shehu pointed out that the suspension follows the approval of the recommendation of the Federal Ministry of Transportation by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    The statement from Garba Shehu reads, “President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the recommendation of the Ministry of Transportation under Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi for the setting up of an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to investigate the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

    The President also approved that the Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, step aside while the investigation is carried out. Mr Mohammed Koko will act in that position.

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    President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed that the FG has enrolled 54 million Nigerians into the National Identity Database, citing that 12 million were enrolled in the past 6 months alone and that the final aim of the scheme is to secure Nigeria’s security infrastructure.

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    “I am pleased with the success we are recording in the enrollment of persons into the National Identification Number (NIN) database. 54 million Nigerians have now enrolled; I am told over 12 million of these within the last six months. Our goal is total coverage.

    The National Identification Number (NIN) is the foundational digital ID for the country. It will cover one of the weaknesses in our security structure. We will be able to easily identify all Nigerians, including the crooks in our midst.”

    The President added that both legal residents and Nigerians are expected to obtain the NIN as it would be beneficial to government agencies to utilise resources efficiently.

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    The Federal Government announced a further extension of the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) registration and linkage with Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) exercises to a new deadline of June 30, 2021.

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