253 Nigerians evacuated from United Kingdom
253 Nigerians were on Friday evacuated from the United Kingdom aboard a British Airways Boeing 747 aircraft which landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, about 1.44 pm.
The returnees were part of the second batch of Nigerians flown in under the special flights arrangements for nationals stranded abroad.
An Emirates flight had on Wednesday brought back 256 Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates in what was the first batch of Nigerians returned to their country.
Drama as FG’s mission to Kogi fail
There was a mild drama in Lokoja, Kogi State capital on Thursday as a delegation of the Federal Government, who were in the state for an assessment of its COVID-19 status, departed the state unceremoniously.
It was later discovered that the delegation comprising officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Department of Hospital Services of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), literally fled the state for fear of being forced into isolation by the state government.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, had admitted that the Federal Government’s support mission to Kogi State to assist the state in responding to the challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic failed.
Coronavirus: Lagos may begin chloroquine clinical trial next week
The Lagos State Government has said it will commence chloroquine clinical trial for the treatment of the novel coronavirus disease within the next one week or thereabouts.
This is sequel to the approval by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control that chloroquine could be used for the clinical trial treatment of the deadly disease.
There were 386 new cases on Friday, pushing the total cases in the country to 3,912. The number of deaths increased to 117 while 679 persons have been discharged so far.
Five more COVID-19 deaths recorded in Kano state
Five more COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded in Kano state.
The state Ministry of Health disclosed this on its twitter handle on Saturday morning, May 9.
Three more COVID-19 patients have been discharged in the state on Friday May 7 while 65 new cases were recorded. The state currently has 507 active cases of the viral disease.
METRO & CRIME
Man run over and killed by Boeing 737 airplane after going for walk on airport runway
A Boeing 737 airplane struck and killed a man after he walked along Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas on Thursday evening according to a Friday report by CBS News.
The victim who is yet to be identified is a trespasser and was going for a walk on the runway when he was hit and killed by the Southwest plane .
According to the report by CBS News, the pilot saw the man before hitting him. He tried to maneuver the jet out of the way, but was unable to do so.
After he was killed, an An airport driver found the man’s remains on the runway and an ambulance was called but it was to late as he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dangote truck kills two, injures seven in Ogun
A truck belonging to Dangote Cement Plc, on Friday, killed two persons and injured seven others in an accident along Toll-Gate, Sango-Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The accident involved the truck, three vehicles and two motorcycles.
The three affected vehicles were a Volkswagen bus with registration number KTU 952 XY; a Toyota Corolla with registration number EKY 556 ES and a black Toyota Highlander SUV with registration number FKJ 505 DP.
I helped E-money kidnap rich people but he left me poor –Suspect arrested by IRT
A suspect, Ifeanyi Asiegbuelam, has narrated how he helped the late billionaire kidnapper, Collins Ezenwa, popularly known as E-money, to kidnap many rich people from the South-East, especially in Imo and Abia states.
However, Asiegbuelam, 32, lamented that despite aiding Ezenwa to perpetrate the crimes, he did not make him rich.
Ezenwa, a dismissed police corporal, was killed in January 2018 during a gun duel with policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command when he attempted to kidnap a South-African-based Nigerian businessman in Owerri.
COVID-19: Google and Facebook extend work-from-home plans for employees till 2021
Facebook and Google have announced they will let their employees continue working from home for the rest of the year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The tech giants had originally announced plans to reopen their offices soon, but decided to allow more home working flexibility.
386 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Nigeria – 176 in Lagos and 65 in Kano
386 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria on Friday, May 8, 2020.
According to Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, out of the 386 new cases of COVID-19, 176 were recorded in Lagos, 65 in Kano, 31 in Katsina, 20 in FCT, 17 in Borno, 15 in Bauchi, 14 in Nasarawa, 13 in Ogun, 10 in Plateau, 4 in Oyo, 4 in Sokoto, 4 in Rivers, 3 in Kaduna, 2 in Edo, 2 in Ebonyi, 2 in Ondo, 1 in Enugu, 1 in Imo, 1 in Gombe, and 1 in Osun State.
Refusal to pay bribe cost me 2014 World Cup – Obasi
Former Super Eagles forward, Chinedu Obasi, has lifted the lid on why he wasn’t part of the national team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, despite being offered the chance to make the team.
Obasi said officials asked him to pay a bribe to be included in the squad but refused because he felt it wasn’t the right thing to do.
The former Schalke 04 man made the revelation in a live Instagram chat on Friday.
Aina: Why I dumped England for Nigeria
Super Eagles defender, Ola Aina, admits his slim chances at getting a call-up into the English national team, Three Lions, prompted him to switch to Nigeria.
Aina is one of the few foreign players with Nigerian descent to commit their international future to the West African nation.
“England was never going to give me a chance to play for the senior team, that’s the difference. Nigeria gave me the pathway to play for their senior team,” Aina said in an Instagram Live chat with the Super Eagles Media Team.
Tyson omits Joshua in list of top five boxers
Mike Tyson named Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in his top five favourite current boxers but didn’t include two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Fury, who recently claimed the WBC heavyweight title in a rematch with Wilder, has always earned the respect from Tyson since his comeback in 2018 and the former American heavyweight said he ‘respects’ the Gypsy King. However, he did not mention Fury’s next potential opponent and rival heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua when listing his favourite current fighters.
‘I respect Tyson Fury, I respect Deontay Wilder, I respect all of those guys,’ Tyson explained on his own podcast, Hotboxin’.
Ogun PDP gets new exco, receives 23 free cars from Kashamu
The Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, on Friday, inaugurated its new executive members to steer the party’s affairs for the next four years.
The oaths of office and allegiance, which took place in batches of 15 persons because of social distancing order, were administered by a lawyer and a notary public, Victor Owokoya and Oluwatoyin Omomehin, respectively.