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With Thousands of Cases Recorded, Some Nigerians Still Believe Coronavirus Does Not Exist (Video)

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By Gbenga Odunsi, Lagos

With the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria and its enfeebling effects on Nigerians, the Buhari-led administration and the Lagos state government have rolled out new safety guidelines for Lagos residents and businesses.

Prohibition of gatherings that exceed 20 persons; compulsory use of face mask; dusk to dawn curfew, among others are major aspects of approach by Lagos State government to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

But, many Lagosians have continued to defy the state directives. In separate interviews with Information Nigeria, some Lagosians dismissed the reality of the virus. Their reason, it was gathered, was that they do not know anyone, friends or relatives who have contracted the deadly virus.

“I have been hearing of coronavirus, but I have not seen any patient affected by the virus. We hear it is a virus that kills but they have not shown us any patient. So, to me, I don’t think coronavirus exists in Nigeria,” says doubtful Mrs Ogbonnaya Chinelo, a trader at Surulere local government area of Lagos state.

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Another resident, Aigbe Miracle, a female trader in her late 20s, said, “all I know is that it is a virus that kills people but I am not sure if coronavirus is in our country because I have not seen people this virus has killed.”

Edet Asuquo, a driver, says he doesn’t know anything about coronavirus because he doesn’t know anyone infected with the virus. He concluded by saying, “for our own side na hungry dey catch us o.”

Information Nigeria recalls that media mongul, Chief Raymond Dokpesi penultimate week made a comment on the existence of COVID-19 in Nigeria. Dokpesi and his family members had earlier tested positive for COVID-19.

But after he was treated and discharged, Dokpesi says he is a bit confused, asking the difference between malaria and coronavirus.

“I still have doubts in my mind and I need to be educated. What’s the difference between COVID-19 and malaria? Every drug we were given were malaria medications.

“A number of persons who tested positive were checked in reputable labs, hospitals in Abuja and were found to have malaria parasites in their bloodstreams. When did malaria become synonymous with COVID-19?,” Dokpesi said.

As of May 17, Nigeria has over 5500 COVID-19 cases, with Lagos state topping the list with over 1700 cases. Over 1400 patients have been discharged while over 170 deaths have been recorded.

These figures, however, mean nothing to some Lagos residents who clearly distrust the Federal government’s claim of coronavirus in Nigeria.

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Buhari Commissions Oil Refinery To Process 5,000 Barrels A Day

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Buhari Commissions Oil Refinery To Process 5,000 Barrels A Day

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday inaugurated a medium-sized refinery in Ibigwe, Imo State.

The Ibigwe refinery will process 5,000 barrels a day, the president said on his Twitter account.

The president launched the refinery online and said work would begin on expanding the plant to produce 50,000 barrels a day.

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According to Waltersmith, the refinery has a crude oil storage capacity of 60,000 barrels and is expected to deliver about 271 million litres of refined petroleum products, including diesel, kerosene, heavy fuel oil (HFO), and naphtha, per annum to the domestic market and create both direct and indirect jobs particularly within host communities.

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Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

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Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

Abdulrasheed Maina son, Faisal

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the arrested of Faisal Maina, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, for jumping bail in his trial on money laundering charges.

Justice Okon Abang who revoked Faisal’s bail ordered that his trial would continue in absentia pending when the security agencies would be able to arrest and produce him in court.

The judge also asked his surety, a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Umar Dangaladima, representing the Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State, to appear before the court to show cause why he should not forfeit the N60m bail bond which he signed for Faisal.

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At Failsal’s money-laundering trial resumption on Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, told the court that Maina’s son and Hon. Dangaladima both failed to appear in court since June 24, 2020.

Abubakar, therefore, applied the revocation of his bail and his arrest citing section 184 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

The prosecution also applied for the court to order his trial in absentia as provided by 352(4) of ACJA.

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Insecurity: I Don’t See Things Returning To Normal In Northern Nigeria – Omokri

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Reno Omokri

Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has expressed that he is pessimistic about life returning to normal in Northern Nigeria after the Coronavirus pandemic with the increasing insecurity in the nation.

In the past few days, there have been various reports of kidnapping, killing, and attacks by bandits on citizens in the Northern region of the country.

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Reacting to the situation, Omokri pointed out that due to the insecurity in the region, he foresees marriages, burials, ceremonies, and even trade being conducted virtually.

He wrote:

“Even after #COVID19, I don’t see things returning to normal in Northern Nigeria. Insecurity is overwhelming. I foresee marriages, burials, ceremonies, and even trade being conducted over zoom. Nobody in Northern Nigeria can safely travel. Absolutely NOBODY.”

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