Lagos is gradually degenerating into a state of chaos, no thanks to the activities of rampaging criminals who are terrorising various neighbourhoods as the Covid-19 lockdown persists. Many of those victimised by the armed robbers have shared their ugly experiences. At least two of them are Nairametrics staff members.
Imagine this scenario: It was early Sunday morning (yesterday), and a shopowner had just been informed about an incident at her shop in Bode Thomas, Surulere. She rushed down there only to find her shop vandalised, with 85% of her goods carted away.
I recieved a call 30mins ago from my aunty crying and screaming about her shop been vandalized and 85% of her market gone.. 💔💔
Please RETWEET pic.twitter.com/x9yFQVIl42
— Timidayo Daniel Adebowale 📍📍📍 (@Timmydennydd) April 12, 2020
The woman had not been going to the shop since early April when President Muhammdu Buhari issued lockdown orders for Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun State. Unfortunately, not only has her business suffered due to her inability to make sales, she is now on the brink of completely losing her means of livelihood. The saddest part of the story is that the police in Lagos cannot help her.
Axcording to her The D.P.O came this inspect her shop this morning after the robbery buh they said "There is nothing they can do"
This is so sad that her friend is the real owner of the shop but handed it over to her to oversee before travelling abroad.
— Timidayo Daniel Adebowale 📍📍📍 (@Timmydennydd) April 12, 2020
Sleepless nights: These robberies are not only limited to commercial centres where most shops are currently under locks and keys. People living in residential areas have also been attacked in the middle of the night, as the criminals take away valuable items, including foodstuff which, by the way, have become quite expensive in recent times.
— President of Togo (@_darkweirdo) April 12, 2020
Sleep deprivation has also become the order of the day, as the nightly attacks have caused residents to resort to staying awake and alert. The fact that the Nigeria Police Force seems overwhelmed by the situation has also led to impromptu vigilante groups springing up in various neighbourhoods, as residents try to secure themselves by themselves.
A mini bus sped into Aboru, through Ayo afolabi road, coming from estate gate, abesan, ipaja.
The bus was stopped eventually by guys waiting at a junction.
Inside the bus were three guys, and in the bus, A GUN WAS FOUND!!! #AgegeUnrest #OFLAGOS Iyana Ipaja #ProtecttheFrontline pic.twitter.com/ZsnzkCOBRO
— ▫️𝕸𝕬𝖅𝖎_𝕭𝕺𝖎𝖅▫️ (@OmoAfowowe) April 13, 2020
Exclusive video clips obtained by Nairametrics also show the extent of the chaos in Agege, Lagos. Many of the residents were out in the street last night, brandishing machetes and shooting into the air, with lit burnfires everywhere. They too are taking matters into their own hands since the police cannot help them.
Nigeria’s meager city, Lagos, has been under lockdown for two weeks, as officials continue to combat the Coronavirus pandemic in the country. The lockdown has wrought serious negative economic impacts on many, especially low-income earners many of whom cannot survive on their savings for more than a few days. Although both the Lagos State Government and the Federal Government have made efforts to care for this set of people during this period, many are still feeling the impact.
In the meantime, the resultant criminal unrest in Lagos (and retaliation from Lagos residents) has generated quite a lot of reactions on Naija Twitter. Many people have argued that those who are stealing from house to house do so because they are impoverished and hungry, even as the government has refused to assist with financial aids during the Covid-19 lockdown. Others, however, believe that there is simply no justification for crime.
The Robbers were hungry- Blocked
The Govt did not give them relief fund- Blocked
The Lockdown made them Rob – Blocked
Stop justifying robbery with your woke teks. If you feel so welcoming you can drop your address so when they come we’ll direct them to your house.
— DANNY 👑 (@Danny_Walterr) April 13, 2020
There is also the legal/moral question about the residents who have resorted to protecting themselves, albeit with the use of unlicensed weapons including guns. Where did those guns come from? And will the jungle justice that might result from this episode be justifiable?
Civilians are carrying all sorts of weapons even guns that are actually not legalized for use because of their fight against robbers. People will see the need to make use of these weapons if the police doesn’t come through. #AgegeUnrest
— DREYLO. (@RealDreylo) April 13, 2020
All these guys Of Lagos taking it upon themselves to protect their community now, if they should catch one of those criminals and lynch now, police will come and put their fingers inside their nostril and say, "Say No to Jungle Justice" Shebi?#AgegeUnrest Akute Iyana Ipaja Egbeda
— DR.PENKING™ (@drpenking) April 13, 2020
COVID-19 Update in Nigeria
On the 29th of October 2020, 150 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 62,521 confirmed cases.
On the 29th of October 2020, 150 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 3,008 samples across the country.
To date, 62,521 cases have been confirmed, 58,249 cases have been discharged and 1,141 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 620,758 tests have been carried out as of October 29th, 2020 compared to 617,750 tests a day earlier.
COVID-19 Case Updates- 29th October 2020,
- Total Number of Cases – 62,571
- Total Number Discharged – 58,249
- Total Deaths – 1,1141
- Total Tests Carried out – 620,758
According to the NCDC, the 150 new cases are reported from 9 states- Lagos (89), Rivers (19), Ogun (11), Bayelsa (9), Kaduna (8), Plateau (8), Taraba (3), Osun (2), Delta (1).
Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 21,106, followed by Abuja (6,028), Plateau (3,630), Oyo (3,433), Rivers (2,809), Edo (2,657), Kaduna (2,641), Ogun (2,027), Delta (1,814), Kano (1,746), Ondo (1,666), Enugu (1,314), Kwara (1,069), Ebonyi (1,049), Katsina (952), Osun (925), Abia (898), Gombe (883). Borno (745), and Bauchi (711).
Imo State has recorded 616 cases, Benue (491), Nasarawa (482), Bayelsa (412), Ekiti (332), Jigawa (325), Akwa Ibom (295), Anambra (277), Niger (274), Adamawa (257), Sokoto (165), Taraba (146), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Yobe (82), Zamfara (79), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.
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, Nigeria’s 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.
On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.
On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.
FG warns Nigerians about on-going N3million COVID-19 grant scam
FG has warned Nigerians to beware of scammers using phishing links to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
The Federal Government has issued a warning to Nigerians about an ongoing N3million COVID-19 scam in circulation.
This was disclosed by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning via its Twitter handle.
According to the government, the scam targets Nigerians looking to benefit from the Federal Government assistance to businesses affected by COVID-19.
In the tweet, it warned about some phishing links being shared on social media, requesting for applications for N3 Million FG Grants.
It tweeted, “The general public should note that these phishing links are generated by Scammers and intended to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.
“Government requests for applications are only via official channels & websites.
“It has come to our attention that a link is being shared via social media requesting for applications for a FG N3 Million grant.
“The general public should note that this is a SCAM. Any requests for applications are only via official channels & websites. Pls beware! #FinMinNigeria.”
It has come to our attention that a link is being shared via social media requesting for applications for a FG 3 Million grant. The general public should note that this is a SCAM. Any requests for applications are only via official channels & websites. Pls beware! #FinMinNigeria pic.twitter.com/C0Z2EcUbQF
— Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (@FinMinNigeria) October 27, 2020
What they are saying
Okebunmi Omolaja, has tasked the Federal Government to take its warning further from the social media to other publicity tools in order to spread the information across Nigeria.
He said, “The Ministry can help by carrying the awareness campaigns to States radio stations or federal officers in each States to meet the CDA Leaders of their traditional rulers palaces/govt schools premises.”
The Ministry can help by carrying the awareness campaigns to States radio stations or federal officers in each States to meet the CDA Leaders of their traditional rulers palaces/govt schools premises.
— okebunmi omolaja (@Okebunmilajman) October 28, 2020
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COVID-19: Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown – Buhari
President Buhari has called on Nigerians to do all they can to avert a second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari said that the Nigerian economy is too fragile to go into another lockdown, as the second wave of coronavirus forces some European countries – Germany and France, to enter another phase of lockdown.
The President disclosed this in a social media statement on Thursday afternoon via his official Twitter handle.
Looking at the trends in the other countries, we must do all we can to avert a second wave of Covid-19 in Nigeria. We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again. Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 29, 2020
Buhari said Nigeria will work hard to control its local spread, as the country can’t afford a lockdown.
“Looking at the trends in other countries, we must do all we can to avert a second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria. We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again. Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown,” President Buhari said.
What you should know
According to a Bloomberg report, the rising cases of COVID-19 in Europe have led to another phase of lockdowns, with the Eurozone’s 2 biggest economies, Germany and France announcing new lockdowns restrictions.
“The measures we’ve taken have turned out to be insufficient to counter a wave that’s affecting all Europe,” said French President Emmanuel Macron
In August, Nairametrics reported that President Buhari approved the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another 4 weeks.
Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in real terms declined by 6.10% (year-on-year) in Q2 2020, ending the 3-year trend of low but positive real growth rates recorded since the 2016/17 recession.