Why Many Rich Nigerians Died From COVID-19, NCDC Accused Of Inflating Figures + Man Breaks Into Ooni’s Palace With Car

Opera News brings you a selection of the latest big news in Nigeria this morning. Enjoy!

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COVID-19 Update

Why Many Rich Nigerians Died From COVID-19 – Health Minister

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has revealed that many ‘well-to-do’ and highly educated Nigerians constitute many of the fatalities from COVID-19 in Nigeria.

According to the Minister who spoke at the daily Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, many of these well-to-do Nigerians preferred home treatment and reported late to care centres.

 

POLITICS

Zamfara Accuses NCDC Of Inflating Figures

The Zamfara State Government, on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, claimed that the NCDC was wrong by inflating 10 new COVID-19 cases in the state when it announced the figures for Monday.

The state government said that it only recorded two new cases and not 10.

 

Senators Demand Immediate Reversal Of Power Privatisation

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 asked the Federal Government to consider a comprehensive review of the power privatisation policy with a view to reversing the current arrangement.

The senators noted that Nigerians would not enjoy constant power supply in the next decade if the distribution companies were not reviewed and restructured.

 

Complete Ajaokuta Steel Complex Now – Senate Tells FG

The Senate continued its list of demands on Tuesday as it asked has asked the Buhari led administration, to take the issue of the completion of the Ajaokuta steel complex urgently.

The Upper House also appealed to Ministry of Transport to complete the Ajaokuta-Okaba rail line to facilitate the operations of the Ajaokuta steel plant.

 

WORLD NEWS

Trump Says Hydroxychloroquine Study Results Is An ‘Enemy Statement’

According to the Telegraph, US President Donald Trump emphatically defended himself on Tuesday against criticism from medical experts.

He stated that the alarm raised over his controversial use of the drug was “false” and an “enemy statement.”

METRO & CRIME

Motorists Spend Night At Osborne Road In Ikoyi For Violating Curfew Order In Lagos

Many motorists were forced to sleep at Osborne Road in Ikoyi area of the state for violating the curfew order in Lagos state last night.

Several eyewitness accounts showed images and videos of several people stuck on the famous road after they failed to be back home before the curfew.

 

Gunshots Fired In Ooni Of Ife’s Palace As Man Breaks In With Car

According to Wuzup Nigeria, a man forced his way into the palace of the Ooni of Ife in Ile Ife.

It was reported that the alleged intruder broke into the two gates and gained access to the royal residence. It is also claimed that gunshots were fired in the palace.

 

IGP Rescinds Order Restricting Movement Of Essential Workers After 8PM

The Inspector-General of Police, Adama Mohammed, has rescinded his order restricting the movement of essential workers nationwide after 8pm.

Journalists, Medical personnel, and other essential workers were shocked on Tuesday evening when policemen restricted them from moving within Lagos at the beginning of the 8 pm curfew imposed to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

Nigerian Navy Rescues 18 Chinese Crew Members From Pirates

The PUNCH reports that the Nigerian Navy has rescued 18 Chinese crew members of a vessel named MV HAILUFANG II, from pirates attack in the Gulf of Guinea.

According to the report, the crew members also consisted of Ghanaians and Ivoirians who were attacked by pirates on May 15, 2020, off the coast of Cote d’Ivoire.

 

FOOTBALL

Watford FC Confirms Three Positive COVID-19 Cases

According to the British press, a Watford player and two members of staff have tested positive for COVID-19 just before the proposed restart of the league.

This comes off the latest news in the Premier League that six players had tested positive to Coronavirus after the latest round of testing in the league.

 

Pochettino May Land Man Utd Job Eventually

Several sources indicate that former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino might eventually be the manager of Manchester United.

This was backed by his former player Danny Rose who believes his old boss would one day sit at the dug out in Old Trafford.

 

Brendan Rogers Wants Liverpool To Be Given The Trophy

Leicester City boss believes that the Premier League leaders Liverpool should be handed the trophy for this season that was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“They have been the best team in the country. I think they deserve it. They have been first class. the level of consistency and the level they’ve played at, it’d be an absolute crying shame if they weren’t awarded the title”he said.

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