Death Toll From Nigeria’s Economic Hub Building Collapse Rises To Three

LAGOS, July 12 (NNN-XINHUA) – Death toll from a building which collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria’s business hub, rose to three on Saturday, as authorities suspended search and rescue efforts.

The three-story building collapsed in the early hours of Saturday when the occupants were still asleep on Freeman street, in the Lagos Island area of the state.

35 troops killed in Nigeria insurgent ambush, 30 missing

KANO (Nigeria), July 10 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The death toll from an insurgent attack on a military convoy in northeast Nigeria has risen from 23 to 35, while 30 troops are still missing, security sources said.

Militants linked to the so-called Daesh group ambushed the convoy on Tuesday at Bulabulin village, about 40 kilometres from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

Twenty-three soldiers were initially thought to have been killed in Tuesday’s attack, and many were listed as missing.

But security sources said more bodies had now been found in nearby bush.

Nigerian Air Force Kills Several Gunmen, Destroys Camps

ABUJA, July 8 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Several gunmen were killed and their camps destroyed, following an air operation in the northwestern Nigerian state of Sokoto, the nation’s air force chief, Sadique Abubakar, said Tuesday.

The operation was launched on Monday, as part of efforts to rid the Nigerian northwest region of gunmen or bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, and other criminal elements, Abubakar said in a statement.

Nigeria eases school, travel bans as corona cases mount

ABUJA, June 30 (NNN-AGENCIES) –– Nigeria said it was allowing children to go back to school to take exams and permitting cross-country travel despite fears over mounting coronavirus infections.

The head of the presidential task force, Sani Aliyu, gave the go-ahead for the “safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes (to) resume in-person in preparation for examinations”.

A ban on travel between different regions of the country would also be lifted from the start of July, Aliyu said.

Nigerian doctors call off nationwide strike

ABUJA, June 23 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Nigerian doctors have ended a nationwide strike that was called to protest against low pay and inadequate protective equipment against the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Association of Resident Doctors (Nard), which represents some 40% of Nigeria’s doctors, said it called off the strike to give the government time to act on its demands.

The week-long strike ends on Monday morning, according to a statement quoted by local media. It had not affected medics treating coronavirus patients.

ECOWAS urges Mali to re-run disputed elections amid mass protests

BAMAKO, June 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) — West African regional bloc ECOWAS called on Mali to re-run some of its contested local elections and convene a government of national unity after anti-government protests swept the capital Bamako.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Friday for the second time in a month to demand President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita step down.

Keita, who was re-elected in 2018 for a second five-year term, has struggled with an ongoing security crisis, a strike by teachers and the coronavirus outbreak.

Nigeria and Cameroon declared polio free: WHO

ABUJA, June 19 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The World Health Organization (WHO) has certified Nigeria and Cameroon to be free of polio, a crippling disease that usually affects children under five.

Afghanistan and Pakistan are now the only countries with cases of the wild polio virus.

The UN health agency is expected to formally present Nigeria with a certificate and also declare Africa free of the wild polio virus.

Nigeria’s head of primary health care agency Dr Faisal Shuaib described the achievement as a “proud moment for us and indeed all Nigerians”.

Virus crisis puts Nigeria corrupt fuel subsidy system in spotlight

14 June 2020; AFP: Plunging oil prices and collapsing state revenues have seen Nigerian authorities vow an end to a controversial fuel subsidy scheme long criticised as a graft-ridden drain on public finances.

But there are major doubts that Africa's most populous country is finally ready to wean itself off a system that has helped some in high places syphon billions from government coffers.

Nigeria: Governors declare state of emergency after spike in rape, violence against women and children

ABUJA, June 13 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Nigerian governors have declared a state of emergency over rape and violence against women and children in the country.

This follows a spike in cases of gender-based violence during the recent lockdown imposed in some states to limit the spread of coronavirus.

In a statement, the 36 governors strongly condemned all forms of violence against women and children, and said they were “committed to ensuring that offenders face the maximum weight of the law”.

Nigerian President Says Peace A Prerequisite For Africa’s Development

ABUJA, May 26 (NNN-ENA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, said, peace, along with security, unity, and harmony, is a prerequisite for sustainable development in Africa.

In a message to African leaders, to mark “Africa Day 2020” launched by the African Union Commission, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Buhari said, Africa gave the world new hope, by choosing the theme “Silencing the Guns in the Context of the COVID-19” for this year’s celebration.

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