Opera News brings you a selection of the latest big news in Nigeria this morning. Enjoy!
Nigeria Records 200 COVID-19 Deaths
The death toll of COVID-19 victims in Nigeria hit 200 yesterday according to the latest figures by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, it was announced that eight more COVID-19 patients had died, taking the tally to 200.
NCDC Apologizes For Inflating Numbers
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has apologized to the Zamfara state government for wrongly accrediting eight positive cases of coronavirus to the State on Tuesday.
NCDC on Tuesday confirmed that Zamfara State recorded 10 cases but the state kicked back saying it had only confirmed two positive cases.
Two Nigerian Soldiers, Three Boko Haram Fighters Killed
Two Nigerian soldiers lost their lives during an ambush coordinated by the insurgency group Boko Haram, according to a Nigerian military official.
The ambush which took place in Yobe saw Boko Haram insurgents killed also but the figures were not revealed.
Buhari Sacks NECO Registrar
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sack of Prof Charles Uwakwe as the registrar and chief executive officer of the National Examinations Council (NECO).
The NECO registrar who has been suspended since 2018 following a probe of allegations of unsatisfactory conduct against him with one involving the mismanagement of N25 billion, was dismissed alongside four members of the management for various offences bordering on financial impropriety.
Nigerians React As Buhari Sacks NECO Registrar, Replaces With Northerner
President Muhammadu Buhari’s sacking of Prof Charles Uwakwe as the registrar and chief executive officer of the National Examinations Council (NECO) has been received by mixed feelings by Nigerians.
While others feel the move was appropriate, others expressed that Buhari’s action to replace Uwakwe with a Northerner had ethnic sentiments and tribal undertones.
METRO & CRIME
Human Part Dealers Beat Customers Over N1M Fee
According to METRO Punch, “suspected ritualists, who deal in human parts in Ogun State, got enraged and beat up some of their customers for failing to pay the agreed sum of N1m for a human hand that was supplied to them.
The suspected ritualists reportedly lured their customers to a bush and beat them to a pulp for failing to pay for the human hand they asked them to provide.”
Young Banker Commits Suicide, Drops Note For Girlfriend
A young banker by the name of Kelvin Rhima was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at his flat in Ogba, Lagos.
According to his eyewitnesses, Rhima left a suicide note addressed to his lover and father.
Two Killed In Cult Clash In Kwara
In Kwara state, two members of rival cults were killed in clashes at the Okelele area of the state capital Ilorin.
As a result of the clashes, fear has gripped the residents of Okelele and the adjoining communities following reprisals launched by the groups.
Armed Forces of Nigeria Reacts To Viral Video Of Soldiers Cursing Buratai After Boko Haram Ambush
The Armed Forces of Nigeria has reacted to the viral video of some soldiers who were ambushed by Boko Haram raining curses on Chief of Army Staff Buratai.
According to the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the soldiers outbursts were due to mental snap/distress occasioned by fog of war and it is the kind of outburst expected in war but the soldiers involved who have been identified would undergo observation and counselling.
Kante Granted Compassionate Leave By Chelsea Over COVID-19
Top French and Chelsea midfielder Ngolo Kante has been granted a compassionate leave by his club over his fears concerning the COVID-19 epidemic and the restart of the Premier League.
Kante had resumed training on Tuesday but was absent on Wednesday because he was granted to be absent by Frank Lampard over his worries that the league would start again during the pandemic.
South Korea Football League Imposes Heavy Fine On FC Seoul Over Sex Dolls
The professional league in South Korea has imposed a record fine on FC Seoul over its use of sex dolls to fill up the empty spaces in the stadium during one of its recent matches.
The club was fined 100m won ($81,000) by the K-League because the club had ‘“deeply humiliated” female football fans and damaged the 38-year-old league’s reputation’ according to The Guardian.
Steve Bruce Speaks On Saudi Takeover Of Newcastle
Manager of Newcastle Utd, Steve Bruce has spoken about its future in Newcastle which was recently bought over by a Saudi consortium.
” have a wonderful working relationship with (managing) Lee Charnley and he told me ‘when there’s something to tell you, Steve, I’ll tell you” said Bruce.