Nigerians have expressed shock after a Twitter user shared a pack of Hydroxychloroquine sulfate and claimed it was sold for 50,000 Naira in a Port Harcourt Pharmacy.
The drug became highly sort after when a Nigerian-trained US-based medical doctor said she has used a combination of hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax to treat over 350 Covid-19 patients and none died
While her claim has been highly disputed, demand for the drug has skyrocketed and this has made it expensive.
There are claims that a pharmacy in Port Harcourt is selling a packet of Hydroxychloroquine sulfate, containing 60 tablets, for 50,000 Naira and Nigerians are shocked.
Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has stated that Governor Godwin Obaseki is not a threat to his party in the forthcoming Edo governorship election.
Responding to a question on if Obaseki’s popularity was a threat to his party in an interview on Channels TV Sunday Politics, Oshiomhole stated that Obaseki who is the flagbearer of thePeoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not a threat because he is not even eligible to contest elections.
He further described the Edo state Governor as a snail involved in a race tigers are in. Oshiomhole said;
“How can he be a threat? A man who is not even eligible to contest elections? How can a snail be a threat in a race where tigers are involved?”
The two Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) involved in a public brawl which was captured in a viral video, have been demoted.
The naked tricycle rider who stood on the bonnet of the FRSC’s patrol vehicle during the incident which happened in Benin, Edo State has also been charged to court.
The case against the driver was filed on July 22 before Magistrate Ojehumen at the Evbuoriaria Magistrate Court 8, Sapele road, Benin and it was gathered that he pleaded not guilty to the 2 count charge bordering on breach of public peace and malicious damage of FRSC Patrol Vehicle.
A statement released by FRSC spokesperson Bisi Kazeem, read;
“The Federal Road Safety Corps has commenced legal action against the erring tricycle rider who was seen destroying an FRSC patrol vehicle in a viral video recorded along Sapele road Benin, Edo state.
“While the disciplinary panel constituted at the instance of the Corps Marshal that conducted the investigation into the incident recommended that the 7-man patrol team involved in the incident be sanctioned with the award of loss of seniority and reduction in rank.
“During the proceedings, the defendant pleaded not guilty to a 2 count charge bordering on breach of public peace and malicious damage of FRSC Patrol Vehicle.
“The Counsel to the defendant eventually applied for bail which was granted by the Court, and the case was adjourned to 5 August, 2020 for further hearing.”
“The Corps Marshal has further directed the redeployment of the affected FRSC staff from their present Command in addition to the reduction in rank that was awarded by the Disciplinary Panel against the affected personnel having been investigated and found liable of patrol misconduct, in civility, unprofessional and unethical behaviour towards a road traffic offender; acts that contradict the patrol operational ethics of the Corps.”
A seven-year-old boy has been left with multiple injuries after he was gruesomely beaten by his stepfather.
Shocking photos shared online shows the boy with a swollen face and wounds all over his body. As for his crime, it was reported that the little boy in the afternoon, ate some parts of the food that was meant for dinner.
It is unclear where the incident occurred, but the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria is following up on the case.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has disclosed that the loan the Nigerian government got from China for the rail projects across the country will be paid back within 20 years.
In a statement released on Saturday August 1, the former Governor of Rivers state disclosed that China is the only country giving out loans with a low interest rate of 2.8 per cent.
The statement read;
“The trade agreement between Nigeria and China, the ministry of transportation does not take loan, everything about loan is directed to the Ministry of Finance, so, I couldn’t have signed any loan because I don’t take loan.
“What I signed is what is called commercial contract, which is contract between the Federal Government and CCECC as a contractor, the contract between Nigeria and China is usually signed by the ministry of finance.
“Whether is the ministry of finance that signed it or the ministry of transportation, the issue is that nobody will give you loan free of charge.
“There must be an agreement and such agreement must contain some terms, that doesn’t mean that you are signing away the sovereignty of the country, no country will sign out its sovereignty.
“What clause 8 says is, I expect you to pay according to those terms we have agreed, if you don’t pay, don’t throw your immunity on me when I come to collect back the guarantee that was put forward, that is all.
“We are paying the loans. In the same National Assembly sitting, they were told that of the 500million dollars loan, we have paid 96 million dollars already, Nigeria is already paying.
“And the 500 million dollars was not taken by us, it was taken by President Goodluck Jonathan in his term and that clause was there.
“Nigeria has the capacity to pay back for the period of 20 years at 2.8 per cent, which country will give you that loan? Secondly, these loans are not given to us, they are paid directly to the contractors.
“Once they sign that the job has been done, they pay the contractors and that has never happened before and this project are in place. Are they trying to rubbish the fact that there is a railway from Abuja-Kaduna?
“There is no loan in Nigeria, either internal or external that is not approved by the National Assembly, none. Chinese government will not even give you a loan without an approval by the National Assembly because if they give you a loan without the approval from NASS that is no loan.”
Amaechi further stated that the loan is needed to boost infrastructural development across the country and only assets constructed with such loans will be taken back in case there is a default in repayment.
“What you do is you give a sovereign guarantee and that guarantee is the immunity clause they are talking about.
“When we say, I give you a sovereign guarantee and we get immunity clause, the immunity clause is that, if tomorrow I am not able to pay and you come to collect the items we have agreed upon, that these are the items that am putting down as guarantee, I can waive my immunity and say no you can’t touch it am sovereign country.
“So, they are saying, if you are not able to pay, don’t stop us from taking back those items that will make us recover our funds. So, is China our father that will give us money for free?
“It is a standard clause in every agreement whether is America we signed it with, whether is Britain, any country would want to know that they can recover their money.
“Anybody that is saying he doesn’t know what a sovereign guarantee or immunity is, too bad for the person, because it simply means in trade that I am not giving you this loan free of charge.
“Just like you go to the bank to collect a loan, the moment you don’t pay they go after your assets you put down, that is all about the clause, the Chinese can never come and take over Aso rock and become President or Minister.
“And if the assets you put down become depreciated then you negotiate which assets they can go after. Chinese will never take over what was not constructed with the loan.
“The Chinese is just asking us to show them the evidence that we will pay back, which is the immunity clause. If we don’t pay, they can take back their assets.”
Commenting on the Zambian experience, Amaechi reiterated that the Chinese government will never take over infrastructure that was not constructed from the money taken. He also disclosed that the federal ministry of finance has started paying back some of the loans.
“They are meeting the requirements, at any point in time that we need to pay, we’ll pay. 1.6 billion dollars was taken to fix Lagos to Ibadan, we are asking for 5.3 billion dollars to fix from Ibadan to Kano.
“3.2 billion dollars to fix Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, then Lagos to Calabar which is about 11.1billion dollars, if those things were done when we had money, the infrastructure will be here today? The answer is no.”
Tamar Braxton has specially thanked her Nigerian boyfriend David Adefeso for saving her life and helping her through recovery after her suicide attempt.
The American singer and reality star, 43, was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles after her man found her unresponsive at the couple’s residence at the Ritz Carlton in Downtown on Thursday, July 16. When he called 911, Adefeso reported that his girlfriend had been drinking before she took an unknown amount of prescription pills following a suicide attempt.
Tamar Braxton has since recovered and she has taken to Instagram to publicly show gratitude to her man.
The ‘Braxton Family Values’ star shared a sweet video of David and herself sharing a toast during a date and then wrote:
I came here just to say this and then I’m logging off… if you have ever been in recovery or treatment you know that you reflect on a lot of things…so, I couldn’t let another day, another second go by without PUBLICLY Thanking my Love @david.adefeso for saving my life… I’m so grateful.
I was in our home lifeless & I’m sure finding me the way that you did couldn’t have been easy. But know that people coming at you saying all crazy stuff, isn’t easy for me. people have called you every name in the book, to deflect from what’s really been going on. and you know that through this entire time, you have held my hand, heard my cries, held me when I have been weak.
You have had my ENTIRE back?? I will not allow anyone to call you controlling or “that’s that African man like I don’t have a mind of my own cause without THIS African man, I simply would not be here.
Everything isn’t political and your love for me is not that. You were here for me when NOBODY was and still is.
YOU and Logan are priority. Thank you for being my Rock and now, my Angel on earth. I love you.. and although I been said yes in this old video… now and then, I couldn’t imagine what life would be like if you weren’t by my side. thank God I’m here and thank God for you.’
A 24-year-old woman has been arrested by the Lagos state police for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend to death over alleged cheating.
The woman named Nkechi, aka Omalicha, allegedly attacked Auwal Suleiman, 26, yesterday, August 1st, 2020, at their residence in Sagbokoji Island, Apapa, Lagos State.
The couple started dating in 2018 and began living together in 2019. On August 1, 2020, they got into a heated argument over alleged cheating and during the argument, the suspect took a knife and stabbed her boyfriend to death.
The umbrella body of Igbo women in Nigeria and Diaspora, Okpotokpo Adaigbo Nile Worldwide has called on all political parties in Nigeria to zone thier Presidential ticket to the south east geo political zone ahead of the next general election.
In an online press statement jointly signed by Barrister Linda Ochunu, The National Coordinator, Barrister Happiness Ochunu, Lagos State Coordinator, Rose Jack National Publicity Secretary and Lolo Gloria Aniegboka South Africa Coordinator, the group disclosed that Igbo presidency is the Key to Peace, development, advancement & Industrialization of Nigeria.
They opined that for the nation to achieve the long standing dreams of it’s founding fathers and for an accelerated and unprecedented development that will usher Nigeria among the league of the biggest and prosperous economy in the world.
The group stated that the Igbo Nation has Worthy sons and daughters who have the capacity to occupy the highest position in the land and deliver the needed democratic dividends to all sections of the geopolitical zones.
The group noted that Ndigbo has paid their dues in Nigeria as theyare the most traveled tribe and has investment in all corners of Nigeria and this deserves the presidential spot.
The group outlined the efforts of Nigeria’s foremost Nationalist, Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe to unite Nigerians, noting that he amongst others fought for the independence of Nigeria and over forty years after the civil war, Ndigbo has continued to be disadvantaged in Nigeria.
The group further called on OHANAEZE Ndigbo and other Igbo Leaders and groups to intesify efforts in selling the Igbo presidency to other zones.
As students in exiting classes prepare to resume for academic activities nationwide on Monday, August 3, the Ogun state government has mandated all students in boarding houses to undergo Malaria and COVID-19 tests as that would make them admissible into their boarding houses.
In a statement released today August 1, Ronke Soyombo, the Special Adviser to the governor on Primary and Secondary Education, said all boarding students must stay in school hostels only as private hostels would not be allowed to accommodate students in order to ensure effective monitoring. Read the statement below
As part of the frantic efforts of the State Government to ensure a safe learning academic atmosphere for both learners and teachers of all our public and private schools particularly amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and as instructed by NCDC, all Principals of schools (private and public ) in Ogun State are hereby instructed to inform and update all SS3 learners on the following instructions;
1. That ALL the returning boarding students are to stay in the school hostels only
2. That parents are hereby advised that private hostels are exempted from accommodating students during this period to ensure strict compliance with NCDC directives.
3. That the Ogun State Ministry of Health has made provision for a COVID-19 and MALARIA TEST for all SS3 BOARDING students in Ogun State as part of the conditions for the re-opening of schools in the under listed Public Health Care facilities between Friday 31st July and Monday 3rd August, 2020
(a) Abeokuta : The 250 MTR, Okemosan, Abeokuta (A white edifice opposite the State Secretariat)
(b) Ado-Odo Ota : Ogun State General Hospital, Ota.
(c) Sagamu : Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu
4. That part of the strong condition of admittance to school for boarding students is the COVID-19 CERTIFICATE showing NEGATIVE
To this end, all Principals are therefore directed to immediately disseminate the above important information to all SS3 learners in the State and to ensure that the above instructions are strictly adhered to as sanctions will be meted out to any defaulting school.
E – signed Mrs Ronke Soyombo S A on Primary and Secondary Education
The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced the reopening of worship centers in the state beginning from Friday, August 7.
Governor Sanwo-Olu announced this at a press briefing today August 1.
While mosques will be reopened next week Friday August 7, the governor said churches will follow suit on Sunday, August 9. He said religious leaders must make available hand sanitizers, thermometer guns, adding that the state government will ensure that social distancing is maintained.
“Places of worship in Lagos will now be opened from Friday, the 7th of August for our Muslim worshippers, and on Sunday, the 9th of August for our Christian worshippers. We will only be allowing a maximum of 50% of their capacity” he said
He said night vigils and other services are still suspended. Citizens above 65 years old are to stay at home. He said handshakes, hugs and ”hi-fives” are banned during services. The Governor has also increased public gatherings capacity from 20 to 50 people.
The governor also announced that restaurants will resume eat-in services in the state beginning from August 14. Social clubs and recreational centers would be allowed to reopen beginning from August 14.
He said along with the Federal government directive, schools in the state will reopen for exiting classes beginning from August 3.
The governor said Night clubs, cinemas, game houses, and spas in the state are to remain shut.
Legendary Nigerian singer, Ebenezer Obey, who lost his wife in 2011, has hinted he might get married again but has dismissed any plans of getting married to a young lady.
In an interview with The Nation, the 78-year-old multiple award-winning singer said it is only a foolish old man that will get married to a young lady who hasn’t yet experienced anything in life. He says for him, whenever he is ready to settle down again, it would be for companionship and he would be looking at a woman in her 60s and not a young lady.
Responding to a question on why he hasn’t married a young lady since his beloved wife passed on, he said
”Marry a young lady? It’s a foolish old man that will say he wants to marry a young lady. The young lady has just started her life and definitely is virile and strong. Someone like me should be thinking of a woman who is 60 or above. And when I do it soon, everyone will know.”
Speaking further, he said
” Well, the companionship of a wife is a good thing. It is not against God’s rule. So, I am here, I can marry at any time; not just for the sake of marriage as it is, but for the sake of companionship, because what else do I want? I have children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren. So I have been blessed. It is not like I am looking for a wife that would conceive babies. As long as I still have life, you will hear when the time for marriage comes.”
The United States President Donald Trump has slammed his predecessor in the office, Barack Obama, claiming that his efforts to help Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, win the November elections will be unsuccessful.
According to Trump who major polls have him lagging behind Biden, former president Barack Obama worked so hard for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign but still lost to him.
Trump says the same fate will befall Biden because is supporters are more ‘energized than before’
Tweeting on Saturday morning, August 1, Trump wrote;
”Obama worked harder for Hillary Clinton and the losing Clinton Campaign than she worked for herself! Now he’s working with Sleepy Joe – will be same result. MAGA is energized like never before!”
In an earlier tweet, Trump wrote; ”We beat Obama 4 years ago, he worked harder than Crooked Hillary, and we’ll do it again!”
Trump’s tweet comes after a New York Times report on Friday, July 31 revealed that Obama called Trump “racist, sexist and nativist’ at an online private fundraiser where he helped raise over $20m for Biden’s campaign.
Trump and Biden are set to battle for the White House job in November 2020 to determine the next leader of the free world for the next four years.
The Director-General ofNational Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mojisola Adeyeye has elucidated the need for increased local production in the country.
Speaking in a Channels Television programme, Mojisola said the only thing Nigerian pharmaceutical companies do not import is water.
The NAFDAC DG also revealed how importation affected the availability of medical supplies in the country in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were over-dependent. The only thing that the pharmaceutical companies do not import is water. The ingredients are not there and you cannot manufacture ingredients, whether active or non-active in the country without support from the government. That is part of what the government is doing.
“You cannot set up active pharmaceutical industries without training the personnel; without having solid science foundation.
“That is changing now. There are two or three companies now that are going to be making some pharmaceutical ingredients. We think importation is the best thing, but it is the worst thing that could have happened to us.”
On how the Buhari-led administration is addressing importation challenges, Mojisola added;
“I actually see a brighter future for Nigeria because COVID-19 woke us up from our comatose state as a country. The health sector was neglected for decades and what the Buhari administration is doing right now is phenomenal. It is something to know that a neglect took place; it is another thing to start finding excuses.
“The current administration has now committed a lot of money towards the health sector — from the primary health to the tertiary, to pharmaceutical companies, to researchers.
“Before COVID-19, we had huge problems and COVID-19 kind of opened the Pandora’s box for us because we were over-dependent. From the universities, the university system is weak to produce graduates that cannot really strengthen the pharmaceutical industry. The regulatory system was weak and I use ‘was’ because NAFDAC is no longer what NAFDAC was three years ago. I knew a lot about regulatory science before I joined NAFDAC and there were things that were done wrong.
“But we cannot live in the past. It is what are we doing right now. If a regulatory system is weak, the pharmaceutical industry will be weak. So, what we are doing now is building internal capacity and that we cannot see on the air.
“What I mean by internal capacity is making sure we use quality management system and right now as we speak, we’re going through WHO audit which is a very tasking and arduous process and it is the best thing that could happen to NAFDAC.”
A Magistrate Court in Zuba on the outskirts of Abuja has dismissed the case of assault against Senator Elisha Abbo.
Abbo, the lawmaker representing Adamawa-North, was seen assaulting a woman named Osimibibra Warmate in a viral video. Afterwards, the Nigeria Police Force instituted a case of assault against him.
The assault caused outrage after the video went viral and the lawmaker apologized to his victim in a televised press conference.
A Magistrate Court has now dismissed the suit for lack of diligent prosecution by the police.
The Magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah, who upheld a no-case submission filed by Senator Abbo, said the police failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the lawmaker indeed assaulted Osimibibra Warmate on May 11, 2019.
This is despite a video recording showing the assault play out and another video showing him apologize to his victim.
During the trial, two witnesses testified against Senator Abbo and they are Warmate who was the nominal complainant and a police officer, ASP Mary Daniel, who investigated the matter.
In her testimony, Warmate said she had gone to visit a friend, Kemi at Pleasure Chest Sex Toy Shop, Banex Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja on May 11, 2019, when the lawmaker walked in with three women.
She said one of the women that accompanied Abbo started vomiting and later fainted.
Warmate said when she left the shop, she received a frantic call from the owner of the shop asking her to come to her aid as the lawmaker had accused her of fouling the shop’s air conditioning system that caused one of his female companions to vomit and was threatening to get her arrested.
The victim said when she returned to the shop and was cleaning up the vomit, two men – one of them a policeman in uniform – barged into the shop and assaulted them on the orders of Senator Elisha Abbo.
The court had on July 8, 2020, granted bail to Senator Abbo in the sum of N5million and the sureties must have verifiable addresses within the Federal Capital Territory.
The Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District was granted bail by a Senior Magistrate Abdullahi Ilellah.
This was after the lawmaker was arraigned by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police at Zuba Magistrate Court, Abuja.