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Bauchi state Governor tests positive to coronavirus

The latest report says that Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19).



Bauchi Governor

The latest report says that Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19), following clinical tests carried out oh him and his aides.

This was announced by the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Mukhtar Gidado, on Tuesday, March 24, in a statement to the general public.


The governor’s media aide said, ”Of the six initial tests carried out, one sample was confirmed positive of COVID-19. The positive result happened to be that of his Excellency Sen.Bala Mohammed.”

He also said, ”At this point, it should be noted that the governor is in self-isolation as his doctors and officials from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control have taken full charge of his quarantine.”

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This development comes a day after the governor went into self-isolation with some of his aides and took the test after he had contact with the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar,  who was confirmed to have been infected with the virus.

Gidado further said the Governor has advised anyone who earlier came in contact with him to go for an immediate test to avoid further spread of the covid-19 epidemic.

Governor Bala Mohammed had gone into self-isolation following contact with the son of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Mohammed Atiku Abubakar, who tested positive to the virus.

He had admitted that he met and shook hands with Atiku’s son who was reported to have just come back from a foreign trip before he tested positive to the coronavirus.

Governor Bala Mohammed, becomes the second high profile government official to test positive to the coronavirus.


This is after the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, was reported to have tested positive to the disease.


There is palpable fear in the State as the governor had been involved in some public functions whuch had hundreds of people in attendance these past days.


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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email-

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FG suspends evacuation of Nigerians in Diaspora

Federal government has suspended evacuation of Nigerians in diaspora until a new structure is put in place.




The federal government has suspended the evacuation of Nigerians in diaspora until a new structure is put in place to handle the evacuees.

This was disclosed by Foreign affairs minister Geoffrey Onyeama during the Presidential Task Force media briefing on Wednesday afternoon.


“We have been asked to cease all evacuation for now, until the whole structure is put in place” he stated, adding that he is hopeful that the new structure will be in place by next week.

According to the minister, the current arrangement has been quite restrictive as the ministry is often constrained by the resources available in determining the frequency of evacuation flights, and the number of people to be evacuated.

He said that the government is aware of the challenges being faced by Nigerians in diaspora, especially those in China.

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Pre-flight testing now a condition for evacuation 

Part of the new arrangement is the pre-flight testing. Going forward, pre-flight is a condition for Nigerians in diaspora to get on the evacuation flights back to Nigeria.

“Anybody that is going to be evacuated will first of all, have to undergo a test from the country that they are leaving from, at least five days before travel and not later than nine days before travel. That will be a precondition for evacuation to Nigeria.  

“If they are positive of course, they will not be able to get on the flight. If they are negative, they get on the flight,” he stated.

Evacuees will not be quarantined in hotels anymore

According to the minister, the evacuees will no longer be quarantined in hotels for 14 days at designated hotels, but will be allowed to go self-isolate at home after their samples have been collected at the airports.


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The ministry will also retain the passports of all evacuees whose samples have been collected before they are allowed to go self-isolate at home.

Results from those samples will be available within a day or two. Those who are positive will be taken into isolation centres and those who are negative will complete the 14 day period of isolation after which they can come to collect their passport and go their way,” he explained.

The Minister noted that with this new arrangement, the government could increase the number of people being evacuated and the frequency of flights.

He appreciated Aliko Dangote and other private sector participants who rallied around to make these sample collection units available at the airports.

He also revealed that among the people evacuated, 50 trafficked Nigerian girls were rescued from Lebanon.





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Governor El Rufai extends Kaduna State’s lockdown by 2 weeks starting June 1st

The Governor noted that most of the cases recorded in the state have either been from persons with a history of interstate travel. Therefore, citizens must take responsibility for their safety by adhering to guidelines.



Kaduna state governor, El-Rufai tests positive to coronavirus, El Rufai extends lockdown by 2 weeks from June 1, releases revised regulations

Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El Rufai has extended the lockdown in the state by two weeks, effective from June 1, 2020. This was announced by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, who spoke on behalf of the governor during a state broadcast on Tuesday evening after the Eid celebration.

There will be a relaxation of movement on Wednesday and Thursday, May 27 and 28, and neighborhood markets will open from 10 am-4 pm on both days to allow residents to purchase their needs before the lockdown takes effect on Monday June 1.


During the two week period, there will be adjustments during this period to allow the easing of restrictions in certain sectors and enable residents to resume their jobs.

3 lockdown-free days

Balarabe stated that there will be a three-day window every week to allow residents to shop their essential needs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Business owners that meet the stipulated requirements will also be allowed to operate on these days. Artisans such as vulcanisers, welders, and mechanics will also be allowed to operate on the same days.

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“The revised regulations are intended to preserve the state’s ability to protect citizens, empower citizens to lead the fight against Covid-19 and make necessary adjustments to permit the safe resumption of the pursuit of livelihoods in more sectors” she stated.

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These businesses and organisations must remain shut

Under the revised regulations, schools and places of worship will remain shut until directed otherwise. Markets will also be closed except on the lockdown free days, while the government engages with relevant stakeholder on the circumstances for a safe reopening.

Restaurants and eateries will not entertain sit-in customers but are allowed to offer takeaway services. In the same vein, sporting centers, event centers, and relaxation centers are to remain closed. Hotels are to also remain shut as well, as they have not been specifically licensed as essential service providers during this period.

(READ MORE:Update: Court orders Sanusi’s release from confinement, meets with El-Rufai in Awe)


The public sector will also use the two-week extension to prepare for limited resumption. Heads of Ministries, Department and Agencies will ensure that government offices are reconfigured for physical distancing and that handwashing facilities are available.


All of the regulations are to be reviewed after two weeks.

The governor commended the state’s residents for complying with earlier directives of the lockdown, despite the inconveniences. He assured them that their sacrifices have not been in vain.

“These sacrifices have not been in vain. Without them, infection rates will be much higher. Many citizens have embraced the exercise of personal responsibility, including wearing facemasks when outdoors, washing hands with soap and water regularly, observing physical distancing and avoiding large crowds. These new habits will help keep our communities safe” he said.

He noted that most of the cases recorded in the state have either been from persons with a history of interstate travel or have been in contact with people who traveled inter-state. Therefore, citizens must take responsibility for their safety by adhering to guidelines.


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Covid-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 26th of May 2020, 276 new confirmed cases and 16 deaths were recorded in Nigeria bringing the total confirmed cases recorded in the country to 8,344.



COVID-19: FCMB reschedule operations

The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to rise as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 8,344 confirmed cases.

On the 26th of May 2020, 276 new confirmed cases and 16 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.


To date, 8344 cases have been confirmed, 2385 cases have been discharged and 249 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory having carried out 46,803 tests.

Covid-19 Case Updates- May 26th 2020

  • Total Number of Cases – 8,344
  • Total Number Discharged – 2,385
  • Total Deaths – 249
  • Total Tests Carried out – 46,803

The 276 new cases were reported from 15 states- Lagos (161), Rivers (36), Edo (27), Kaduna (19), Nasarawa (10), Oyo (6), Kano (4), Delta (3), Ebonyi (3), Gombe (2), Ogun (1), Ondo (1), Borno (1), Abia (1), Bauchi (1).

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The latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 3756, followed by Kano (923), Abuja at 519, Katsina (335), Borno (256), Oyo (250), Jigawa and Ogun (241), Bauchi (233), Edo (218), Kaduna (208),  Rivers (157), Gombe (150), Sokoto (116), Plateau (95).

Kwara State has recorded 79 cases, Zamfara (76), Nasarawa (56), Delta (49), Yobe (47), Osun (44), Ebonyi (36), Imo (33), Kebbi (32), Niger (28), Adamawa (27), Akwa Ibom and Ondo (24), Ekiti (20), Taraba and Enugu (18), Bayelsa (12), Anambra (10), Abia (8), while Benue state has recorded 5 cases.

Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.



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May 26, 2020834427624916238557107
May 25, 202080682292337231155247
May 24, 202078393132265226353607
May 23, 202075262652210217451317
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May 21, 2020701633921111190748987
May 20, 202066772842008184046377
May 19, 202064012261921173444757
May 18, 202061752161919164443407
May 17, 202059593881826159441837
May 16, 202056211761765147239737
May 15, 202054452881713132039544
May 14, 202051621931683118038154
May 13, 202049711841646107037374
May 12, 20204787146158695936704
May 11, 202046412421521090235894
May 10, 202043992481421777834794
May 9, 202041512391271174532784
May 8, 202039123861181067931154
May 7, 20203526381108460128184
May 6, 20203145195104553425071
May 5, 2020295014899548123704
May 4, 2020280224594641722912
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