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IPC Calls For The Immediate Release of Detained Akwa-Ibom Journalist

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The International Press Center, Lagos has demanded the immediate release of Kufre Carter a sports presenter with XL 106.9 FM in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. According to a report by Secret reporters dated April 28, 2020, Kufre Carter is being detained by the Department of State Security over a leaked telephone conversation he had with a medical doctor on the method deployed by the Akwa Ibom state government in handling the spread of dreaded Covid-19 pandemic in the state. Lanre Arogundade, Director, IPC in a Statement said his detention is a gross violation of Mr Kufre's rights, the Nigerian laws and all democratic tenets “The recurring  developments underscore the remarkable fact that even after twenty years of ceaseless democracy, the government can still create subtle censorships to muzzle journalists and other independent voices at the faintest criticism” Mr Arogundade lamented IPC calls for the unconditional release of the detained journalist and ‘an end to all forms of

MURIC Attributes Mysterious Deaths In Kano To A Plot To Depopulate Muslims

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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has given a rather ridiculous interpretation to the unfolding tragedy in Kano, suggesting that the unusual death toll in the northwestern state could be “a deliberate attempt” at decimating the population of Muslims in Nigeria. Kano State has seen a spike in mystery deaths in one week amid COVID-19 threats. With scant resources nationally and low capacity to test, authorities are yet to determine if COVID-19 caused the deaths. Public concerns have arisen over the situation in the state, which now appears helpless, with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje accusing the Federal Government of neglect. In a statement on Monday, MURIC Director, Ishaq Akintola, lamented the unusual deaths, saying Kano needed help urgently, and then surprisingly brought a religious angle to the matter, warning of a threat to the “majority status” Nigerian Muslims enjoy “in the area of demography.” “More disturbing is the rumour that the National Centre for Disease Control

Dokpesi Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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The Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Mr Raymond Dokpesi Jnr. has tested positive for coronavirus. The African Independent Television, a subsidiary of DAAR Communications Plc, reported on Monday that he made his status known in a short message to members of the AIT staff in Abuja. His message read, “I got a call this morning confirming the result is COVID - 19 positive. I am leaving now to the Gwagwalada Isolation Centre for treatment and hope to be back in two weeks. Many of you may have interacted with me during our various meetings and I would advise you to get tested as soon as possible.” Dokpesi was said to have been self-isolating in the past week, before he developed malaria symptoms and started coughing. He reportedly contacted the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for a COVID-19 test which came back positive.

Covid-19: Complete Text Of President Muhammadu Buhari's Address To Nigerians

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ADDRESS BY H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE CUMULATIVE LOCKDOWN ORDER OF LAGOS AND OGUN STATES AS WELL AS THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY ON COVID- 19 PANDEMIC AT THE STATE HOUSE, ABUJA, MONDAY, 27th APRIL, 2020 1. Fellow Nigerians 2. I will start by commending you all for the resilience and patriotism that you have shown in our collective fight against the biggest health challenge of our generation. 3. As at yesterday, 26th April 2020, some 3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded globally with about 900,000 recoveries. Unfortunately, some 200,000 people have passed away as a result of this pandemic. 4. The health systems and economies of many nations continue to struggle as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 5. Nigeria continues to adapt to these new global realities on a daily basis. Today, I will present the facts as they are and explain our plans for the coming months fully aware that some key variables and

President Buhari To Address Nigerians Today

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President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation today Monday, April 27, 2020 at 8pm. A tweet by the senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Garba Shehu urged Television, radio and other electronic media stations to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria respectively for the broadcast.

MRA, IPC Petition Code of Conduct Bureau Over Violation of Journalists Rights, Seek Removal of Ebonyi State Governor For Abuse Of Office

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Dave Umahi (Ebonyi state Governor) Two Lagos-based media support organizations, Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and the International Press Centre (IPC), have petitioned the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) asking it to sanction Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi for allegedly misconducting himself, breaching his oath of office and the Code of Conduct for Public Officers following his recent attacks on journalists in the State. In a  complaint  addressed to the Chairman of the Bureau pursuant to Paragraph 3(e) of Part One to the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution, as amended, the organizations contended that Mr. Umahi is unfit to continue to hold the office of Governor and requested the Bureau to investigate the matter and invoke the provisions of Paragraph 18(2)(a) and (b) of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers contained in the Constitution to secure his removal from office and disqualification from holding any public office in Nigeria for the next 10 years.  Signed

Alleged Death of 640 Citizens: PDP Asks Buhari To Visit Kano

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Following the alleged death of six hundred and forty citizens (640) in Kano, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sunday called for investigation, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to visit the state. The party in a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary, PDP equally lampooned Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, noting that he abandoned his duty as a governor. Recall that a good number of people were reportedly died under mysterious circumstances in the last one week. In view of this therefore, the party noted with dismay that the Buhari Presidency had failed to take any concrete step on this frightening development, but is, as usual, waiting to be prodded to stand up to the demand of the office and proceed to Kano state to identity with the people, find solution and contain the ugly situation. Vanguard

Abia Killings: Abaribe Applauds IGP, Cautions On Extension of Lockdown

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The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has applauded the police, particularly the Inspector General, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, for his prompt action in arresting the dangerous slide into major crisis in Abia State, over the reported cases of extra- judicial killings by men of the police force. The Senator in a statement in Abuja by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom also cautioned against the planned extension of a nationwide lockdown over the Covid-19 pandemic, saying resorting to it would rather ignite major economic and security crisis that could hurt Nigerians majority of who depend on daily earnings for sustenance. The IGP, Senator Abaribe said, acted wisely to effect the changes in the police leadership in its Abia state command as well as ordering an investigation into the various police killings, especially the Ohafia brutal episode, which resulted in violent reactions by a section of the citizenry. Senator Abaribe however, said he hopes the measures taken

Arrest Of Vanguard Reporter In Ebonyi State Unacceptable And Condemnable - IPC

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The International Press Centre IPC Lagos says the arrest of Vanguard Correspondent in Ebonyi State, Mr. Peter Okutu, reportedly on the orders of a local government Chairman in the state, is another unbecoming act of executive lawlessness. The IPC says by ordering security operatives to arrest the journalist, the concerned Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Council of the state, Mr. Clement Odah, violated the right of Mr. Okutu to self dignity and violently assaulted press freedom in the process. IPC through a statement by its Executive Director, Lanre Arogundade reiterated that any body or institution that feels aggrieved about a story should either exercise the right of reply or seek redress legally and not embark on extra judicial self-help. Arogundade said arresting a journalist and getting him detained over a story is not an acceptable means of seeking such redress and the act of Mr. Odah is unacceptable. The IPC therefore condemned the action and demanded the immedia

Evacuation: 72 Nigerians, 111 Other Africans In China Test Positive For Covid-19

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Seventy-two Nigerians awaiting evacuation in Guangzhou city, Guangdong Province of China have tested positive for the coronavirus disease. The results of the tests conducted on 56 Nigerians, which were released on Tuesday, indicated that the affected individuals were asymptomatic, raising concern that they might have infected other people. It was learnt that16 Nigerians had earlier tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number to 72 . The Chinese authorities explained that 65 persons who had contact with the positive cases were being traced. The Foreign Affairs Office of Guangzhou Municipal People’s Government disclosed this in a note verbale (diplomatic correspondence) to the Nigerian Consulate in Guangzhou dated April 22, 2020. The note, which was also copied to the Nigerian Embassy in China, as well as the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, indicated that 16 Nigerians had earlier been confirmed positive. The correspondence read in part, “According to the data by the Gu

Lukaku Appologises To Inter Milan Over Coronavirus Claim

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Romelu Lukaku has apologised to Inter Milan for comments he made in an interview where he claimed 23 out of 25 of their players had suffered coronavirus symptoms in January. No member of the Inter squad have confirmed they have had the virus, but in an Instagram Live interview with Belgian television channel VIER, Lukaku claimed players returned from time off in December with what appeared to be symptoms. Lukaku has apologised for the comments and has been disciplined by the Serie club, who are said to have been surprised by his suggestion. The Belgium international was quoted as saying: "We had a week off in December, we returned to work and I swear that 23 out of 25 players were ill. I am not kidding. "We played against Radja Nainggolan's Cagliari (on January 26) and after about 25 minutes, one of our defenders had to leave the pitch. He could not continue and almost fainted." Though his name was not mentioned by Lukaku, Milan Skriniar was substituted afte