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20 Nigerian Generals test positive for Coronavirus

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About 20 Generals have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, one week after the death of the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Maj. Gen. John Irefin from complications arising from the disease. 

The infected Generals reportedly had contact with the deceased during the Chief of Army Staff’s annual conference 2020, in Abuja which was cancelled after the death of Irefin. 

The conference was attended by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, pictured above; the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi; and GOCs from nearly all the army divisions nationwide. They were all directed to go isolation thereafter, leading to the COAS not being able to attend the wedding of his son in Abuja on Friday, December 11. 

Punch reported that some of the infected GOCs and principal officers were being treated at the COVID-19 isolation centre, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja. Some patients were also being quarantined at other isolation centres in the Federal Capital Territory.

A source who confirmed the development which has reportedly triggered panic among top military brass who are yet to take the COVID-19 test told the publication;

“The report is true; I know about four generals who returned positive and are being treated for the disease.”

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SUG, Absu removes 20 Percent on Lodge Rent

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During the Covid-19 pandemic, lots of students dropped out of school as a way to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, which was alleged to have come from China.

Schools were on shutdown and all academic activities placed on hold, except for those who were heavily involved in online classes.

But from research, a lot of students could not gain access to browse the internet due to the high rate of internet accessibility in the Nigeria.

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Meanwhile, various hostels and lodges where students occupied were left left unoccupied due to their absence from the school premises.

Students complained greatly that the pandemic that affected most business around the world, affected their guardian’s businesses, and as such will not grant them the ability to pay for the rent of the previous year wherein they did not live in their various hostels.

Also the subsequent year should be looked into, for a downward review, to enable them pay up.

it has also been gathered that some landlords are bent on collecting the rent of the previous year, so the need to look into the issue by the authorities that be.

This outcry got to the landlords and some governing counsels of various schools to look into the case thereby announcing a certain percentage deduction on the rent going forward.

Such governing counsel, is the students union government of the Abia State university, Abia State.

on 22nd January, 2021 released a letter stating “Conclusion of payment Deduction on Lodge rent”.

The letter reads thus in parts:

To: All lodges

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This is to notify the various lodge owners, students and the general public that after series of meetings between the SUG/SRC and landlords, caretakers and lodge president, the council agreed that, 20 percent is hereby deducted from the lodge rent for the year 2021.

the memo also read that students are advices to commence payment to their various lodges on Monday, January 25th, 2021 and present evidence of payment on arrival.

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UK looks forwards to easing lockdown from March – Foreign Minister

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Britain’s government looks forward to easing some lockdown restrictions in March as it presses ahead with Europe’s quickest rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, Foreign Minister, Dominic Raab, said on Sunday.

The country, which also has Europe’s highest COVID-19 death toll, has been under national lockdown since Jan. 5, with schools closed for most pupils, non-essential businesses shut and people ordered to work from home where possible.

The nation, which additionally has Europe’s highest COVID-19 loss of life, has been under public lockdown since Jan. 5, with schools for most students, non-essential businesses shut and individuals requested to work remotely where possible.

“Our plan is to get out of this national lockdown as soon as we can,’’ Raab told Sky News television.

“By late-winter, ideally, by March, we’ll be in a situation to settle on those decisions.

“I think it’s right to state that we won’t do it across the board in one big bang.

“As we phase out the national lockdown, I think we’ll wind up staging through a (regional) layered methodology.’’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set a target of immunising the oldest age groups, the clinically vulnerable and frontline workers – approximately 14 million individuals – by the middle of February.

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He said that England can consider easing lockdown restrictions from that time if all goes as wished.

The Sunday Times said that British ministers had settled their disparities to back a three-point plan that could prompt some lockdown restrictions being lifted as soon as early March.

Regions will have restrictions eased once their death rate has decreased, the number of hospital admissions drops and some people aged between 50 and 70 are immunised, the newspaper said.

It cited priests as saying they were set up to oppose pressure from wellbeing counselors to defer the progressions until a great many people are immunized, a cycle that could take until the harvest time.

It cited ministers as saying they were ready to resist pressure from health advisers to delay the changes until most people are immunised, a process that could take until the autumn.

A spokesman in Johnson’s office declined to relate his take on the report.

The head of England’s public health service said the vaccination programme had made “an extremely solid beginning” however a quarter of people hospitalised were less than 55 years, younger than the priority target groups.

“It won’t be the situation that on Valentine’s Day or the fifteenth of February, with one bound we are free.

“In any case, similarly, I don’t think we will need to stand by until the autumn,” Simon Stevens disclosed to BBC TV, alluding to the easing of the lockdown restrictions.

“This is going to be a progressive improvement as we get more COVID-19 vaccination supply.’’ (Reuters/NAN)

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Breaking: Nigerian multi Billionaire Bolu Akin-Olugbade dies of COVID-19

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Bolu Akin-Olugbade, Nigeria’s billionaire has succumbed to Covid-19. The businessman, 61, passed away on Wednesday 13th January, 2021 at the Paelon COVID Centre, Ikeja, Lagos.

The Lead Express gathered that he was the first person in Africa to receive the $450,000 Rolls Royce Cullinan in 2019. In his own words in 2018 during an interview with ThisDay, he stated, “I have different concepts of how I spend money. I spend money on cars because I have always loved cars. I bought my first Rolls Royce in 1984 and now, I am on my ninth Rolls Royce. I believe in dressing well and I travel a lot.”

Until his death, Akin-Olugbade was the Owu Kingdom’s Aare Onakakanfo. He received a PhD in Business Law from Cambridge University. A Rolls Royce enthusiast, Akin-Olugbade was one of the world’s biggest collectors.

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