Royal Health Pilot http://royalhealthpilot.com Breaking Health News Thu, 09 Jul 2020 05:24:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 http://royalhealthpilot.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/cropped-IMG_20180828_061720_521-32x32.jpg Royal Health Pilot http://royalhealthpilot.com 32 32 Harvard, MIT sue Trump over proposed limit on foreign students’ visas http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/harvard-mit-sue-trump-over-proposed-limit-on-foreign-students-visas/ http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/harvard-mit-sue-trump-over-proposed-limit-on-foreign-students-visas/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 05:24:18 +0000 http://royalhealthpilot.com/?p=15091 Two reputable universities in the United States, Harvard and M.I.T., have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over a directive that would strip foreign…

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President Donald Trump speaking in the East Room of the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Two reputable universities in the United States, Harvard and M.I.T., have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over a directive that would strip foreign students of their visas if their coursework was entirely online, the New York Times reported.

On Monday night, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that foreign students who are pursuing degrees in the U.S. will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities switch to online-only courses.

The new visa rule received wide criticisms. While many kicked against what they consider an aggressive and inhumane immigration policy, some see it as an effort to pressure universities into reopening despite daily rise in coronavirus cases in the U.S.,

The two universities announced on Wednesday that they are suing Mr Trump for his ‘reckless’ directive on striping foreign students of their visas without a due process.

Harvard’s president, Lawrence Bacow, said in a message to the university community that the order came down without notice — “its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness.”

“It appears that it was designed purposefully to place pressure on colleges and universities to open their on-campus classrooms for in-person instruction this fall, without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors, and others.”

The directive may affect thousands of foreign students including Nigerians who travelled to the United States to attend universities or participate in training programmes, as well as non-academic or vocational studies.

According to the Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, Malia Heroux, one-third of African students studying in the U.S. are Nigerians.

Ms Heroux said about 13,000 Nigerians and 39,000 Africans go to study in the USA yearly.

Immigrant advocates say the new rule’s effect may reduce the number of international students enrolling in the fall drastically as delays in processing visas as a result of the pandemic, may discourage many foreign students from attending American universities, where they often pay full tuition.

Not only this, there are fears that universities may become coronavirus clusters which will betray the main reason many universities adopt measures to reduce exposure by suspending in-person tuition and going online.

Now that many universities are adopting a hybrid approach that would provide some in-person classes but offer a significant amount of coursework virtually, international students whose universities are not planning in-person classes — which is currently the case at schools including Harvard and the University of Southern California — would be required to return to their home countries if they are already in the United States.

Foreign students wanting to study in the U.S. would not be granted permission to enter the country to take online coursework.

Defending the new visa rule, the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, said in an interview on CNN that the administration was providing more flexibility for international students than in the past, “when they could only take one online course to qualify for visas. Now they can take more, as long as at least some of their instruction is in person.

“If they’re not going to be a student or they’re going to be 100 per cent online, then they don’t have a basis to be here. They should go home, and then they can return when the school opens.”

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The Prime Minister of Cote d'Ivoire, Gon Coulibaly. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook page of Amadou]

The Prime Minister of Ivory Coast and a candidate for October’s presidential election, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, has died.

He died on Wednesday at the age 61, after falling ill at a ministerial meeting.

Mr Coulibaly returned from France two weeks ago after two months of receiving heart treatment.

He received a heart transplant in 2012 and had travelled to Paris on May 2 for the insertion of a stent.

Upon his return, he was quoted to have said: “I am back to take my place by the side of the president, to continue the task of developing and building our country, Ivory Coast.”

While announcing his death on public television, the Secretary General to the Ivorien presidency, Patrick Achi, said: “I am deeply saddened to announce that Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the head of government, left us early this afternoon after taking part in a cabinet meeting.”

Alassane Ouattara, President of the Ivory Coast, in a statement said: “pay tribute to my younger brother, my son Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who was my closest collaborator for 30 years.”

“I salute the memory of a statesman, a man of great loyalty, dedication and love for his homeland.”

In March, Mr Coulibaly was declared the candidate for President Ouattara’s party after the incumbent said he would not seek a controversial third term.

His death creates huge uncertainty over the election.

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COVID-19: Domestic flights resume at Lagos Airport http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/covid-19-domestic-flights-resume-at-lagos-airport/ http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/covid-19-domestic-flights-resume-at-lagos-airport/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 05:10:13 +0000 http://royalhealthpilot.com/?p=15087 Some domestic airlines on Wednesday resumed operations following three months of COVID-19 lockdown. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who monitored resumption of the…

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Domestic flights resume at Lagos Airport

Some domestic airlines on Wednesday resumed operations following three months of COVID-19 lockdown.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who monitored resumption of the airlines at both GAT Alpha and MM2 terminals in Lagos, reports that few passengers were seen boarding, while social distancing and other precautionary measures were observed.

NAN recalls that the Federal Government had directed the resumption of domestic flights on July 8, after the March 30 lockdown of the airlines.

As at 6.30 a.m. on Wednesday, Arik Air passengers had started boarding for the first flight from Lagos to Abuja, scheduled to depart at 7 a.m.

NAN also observed that passengers complied with the COVID-19 preventive screening measures before boarding, but stores within the airport were all locked.

A check by NAN revealed that there had been a significant increase in airfares, as some airlines resumed operations (today) Wednesday.

The airlines raised their fares in all classes of tickets for one-hour flights from Lagos to Abuja.

Air Peace sold its Economy-Flexi Domestic plan for N33,001 for a one way Lagos-Abuja trip, while the business class ticket was sold for N80,000.

Arik Air’s economy plan was sold for N29,189, while the business class was N78,532 for a one-way Lagos to Abuja trip.

However, one of the airline officials, who preferred anonymity, told NAN that prices of the tickets were driven by extra costs factored into the base fare.

The source said that taxes and other fares increased by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) was also responsible for the hike in fares.

Adebanji Ola, the Public Relations and Communications Manager of Arik Air, commended government agencies for putting adequate measures in place for airlines to commence operations.

Mr Ola said that Arik Air commenced three daily flight operations from Lagos to Abuja, in the first phase of the aviation restart.

According to him, it is a new beginning in the aviation sector and prays that the COVID-19 pandemic will be fully addressed in Nigeria.

He said that “for us in Arik Air, protection of passengers and cabin crew remains paramount and we have put effective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We commend the government at all levels in ensuring effective synergy and support for the aviation sector toward combating the pandemic.”

Some of the passengers who spoke to NAN commended the measures put in place by the government at the airport to prevent the infection of COVID-19.

Kola Balogun, the Chairman of Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited, who was boarding to fly with Arik Air, commended the management of FAAN on the preventive measures put in place at the aiport.

He said “I am highly impressed with the level of compliance and processes I am seeing here today.

“I commend FAAN for making lives more comfortable and sticking to the social distancing methodology.

“I urge the Federal Government to support the airlines’ operations through interventions for them to bounce back in business.”

Tayo Ojulari, an aviation stakeholder, said that he did not subscribe to leaving the centre seats in the aircraft as directed by the government.

“The cost of operations and FOREX is affecting airlines, reducing passengers capacity to 50 per cent, which is another economic implication for the airlines,” he said.

The Director of Aviation Security of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Usman Sadiq, said that adequate security measures had been put in place at the airport.

Mr Sadiq said the government had also increased the security manpower at the airport for effective measures.

“There is effective synergy between the various security agencies across airports in the country to tackle the numerous security breach incidents.

“All security agencies are on ground to ensure law and order at the airports, and today, we can see that Nigerians are well behaved from what was demonstrated,” he said.

He also expressed gratitude to the management team of FAAN for their support in carrying out their responsibilities.

“I am excited to add that the highest level of the authority’s management, an enviable leadership, commitment and support, has been displayed again and again in an unequivocal manner.

“For this, we are grateful and rededicated to achieving the core mission of developing and profitably managing customer-oriented airport facilities for safe, secure and efficient carriage of passengers and goods at world- class standards of quality,” Mr Sadiq said.

However, security personnel at the MM2 terminal refused NAN correspondent into the terminal, claiming it was a management directive.

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Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu in action PHOTO CREDIT PREMIUM TIMES

Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu, has emerged as the first Nigeria national team player to test positive for coronavirus.

Onuachu’s positive test was revealed on Wednesday in his base in Belgium where he plays for Genk.

Ahead of the Genk’s exhibition game, all the players of the club including the Nigerian duo of Stephen Odey and Cyril Dessers were all tested.

While every other player returned negative, Onuachu was positive according to Belgium news outlet, HLN Sport

The 26-year-old Nigeria international was initially stranded in the country because of travel restriction before finally finding a way to join his club ahead of the new season.

“In the run-up to the first exhibition game of the season, the entire Genk group was tested yesterday (Tuesday),” a report on the Belgian website hln.be stated.

“Everyone tested negative except Onuachu.”

Onuachu becomes the second Nigerian footballer to contract the virus after Akpan Udoh, the first footballer to be infected, in February.

According to hln.be, Onuachu will miss Genk’s first exhibition game of the season against Eendracht Termien on Thursday (today) as he will be quarantined for at least a week.

 

Onuachu joined Genk from Danish club FC Midtjylland last summer.

He scored 10 goals and recorded two assists for the club in the 2019/2020 season before it was abruptly ended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Onuachu’s debut for the Super Eagles is quite historic; scoring one if not the fastest goal ever for the Nigeria national team.

The coach of the Nigeria national football team, Gernot Rohr, also decided to forfeit an undisclosed percentage of his April, May and June salaries as donations for the fight against the virus.

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COVID-19: UAE paid for tickets, test fees for Nigerian evacuees—Official http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/covid-19-uae-paid-for-tickets-test-fees-for-nigerian-evacuees-official/ http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/covid-19-uae-paid-for-tickets-test-fees-for-nigerian-evacuees-official/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 04:54:44 +0000 http://royalhealthpilot.com/?p=15082 The United Arab Emirates authorities paid for the flight tickets and coronavirus testing for some Nigerians evacuated from the country on Wednesday, the head of the…

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Head of the Nigeria in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa

The United Arab Emirates authorities paid for the flight tickets and coronavirus testing for some Nigerians evacuated from the country on Wednesday, the head of the Nigeria in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said .

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa, who shared the news in a Twitter post, said among the 246 Nigerians who evacuated from the UAE on Wednesday, 131 arrived on paid tickets by the UAE government who also sponsored their coronavirus testing before boarding.

“MORE NIGS RETURN.Another evacuation flight today arrived Lagos about 3.30 pm with a total of 246 on board Emirates The UAE govt paid for tickets and cost of covid 19 tests for 131 of the evacuees.. A big thank you to the Nigerian Mission in Dubai and the UAE govt ,” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, the agency in a Twitter post too, said all the evacuees tested negative but would proceed to self-quarantine at home for 14 days in compliance with the directive of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Last month, Nigerian government said it would evacuate a minimum of 1000 Nigerians per week, in order to assist over 4,000 stranded Nigerians in various countries of the globe for four weeks.

Officials said the evacuation seeks to make use of the limited resources and ensure that Nigerians are safely returned home.

So far, Nigeria has already airlifted hundreds of its citizens from the UK, U.S., France, Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and others due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused over 500,000 deaths globally.

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases exceed 30,000 http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/nigerias-covid-19-cases-exceed-30000/ http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/nigerias-covid-19-cases-exceed-30000/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 04:52:25 +0000 http://royalhealthpilot.com/?p=15080 The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 460 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 30,249. Also,…

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Sample coronavirus test [PHOTO: Euronews] hospital COVID-19

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 460 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 30,249.

Also, the death toll from the virus has hit 684, as 15 new deaths were reported on Wednesday.

There was a drop in the number of confirmed cases reported Wednesday compared to what was reported on Tuesday (503).

The health agency in a tweet said the 460 new cases were reported in 21 states including Lagos, Rivers, Oyo, Delta, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Anambra, Kano, Plateau, Edo, Bayelsa, Enugu, Osun, Kwara, Borno, Ogun, Kaduna, Imo, Bauchi, Gombe, Niger and Adamawa.

All the reporting states already had at least a case of the virus.

As of the time of reporting, all 36 states and the FCT have recorded at least a case of the disease.

Lagos state remains the epicentre for the disease with the highest number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country, while Zamfara has not reported any new confirmed case in the past 51 days.

The other five states with the highest number of confirmed cases are: FCT, Oyo, Edo, Delta and Kano State.

The 460 new cases were reported from 21 states: Lagos – 150, Rivers – 49, Oyo – 43, Delta – 38, FCT – 26, Anambra – 20, Kano – 20, Plateau – 18, Edo – 14, Bayelsa – 13, Enugu – 13, Osun – 12, Kwara – 10, Borno – 8, Ogun – 7, Kaduna – 6, Imo – 4, Bauchi – 3, Gombe – 3, Niger – 2 and Adamawa – 1.

Since the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria in February, a total of 169,629 samples have been tested.

NCDC said as of the time of reporting, there are 17,192 active cases of COVID-19 in the country, while 12, 373 have recovered and have been discharged.

Data from the health agency also indicates that the country is witnessing a high level of community transmission of the virus as 73 per cent of the total diagnosed cases reported unknown sources of exposure to the virus.

Only 2 per cent of confirmed cases were detected in people with travel history and 25 per cent of confirmed cases are reported in persons who were contacted to those with travel history.

“Till date, 30249 cases have been confirmed, 12373 cases have been discharged and 684 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” the NCDC stated.

According to NCDC, the predominant age-group affected is 31 to 40. In the gender ratio, the males are more infected than females.

A breakdown of the 30, 249 confirmed cases shows that Lagos State has so far reported 11, 670 cases, followed by FCT – 2,348, Oyo – 1,573, Edo – 1, 503, Delta – 1, 323, Kano – 1,291, Rivers – 1,284, Ogun – 1,057, Kaduna – 889, Katsina – 628, Borno – 563, Ondo – 550, Gombe – 524, Bauchi – 519, Ebonyi – 503, Plateau – 478, Enugu – 431, Abia – 400, Imo – 356, Jigawa – 318, Kwara – 307, Bayelsa – 282, Nasarawa – 234, Osun – 210, Sokoto – 153, Niger – 124, Benue – 121, Akwa Ibom – 112, Adamawa – 100, Anambra – 93, Kebbi – 86, Zamfara – 76, Yobe – 61, Ekiti – 45, Taraba- 27, Kogi – 5, and Cross River – 5.

With the increasing number of confirmed cases in the country, NCDC said in the absence of a vaccine, compliance with infection prevention and control (IPC) measures remains the most effective intervention to control the COVID-19 outbreak.

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How COVID-19 is affecting HIV 2020 target – UNAIDS http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/how-covid-19-is-affecting-hiv-2020-target-unaids/ http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/how-covid-19-is-affecting-hiv-2020-target-unaids/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 04:48:43 +0000 http://royalhealthpilot.com/?p=15078 A new UNAIDS report has shown that its 2020 targets on the ailment will not be met because of “deeply unequal access to antiretroviral therapy…

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UNAIDS

A new UNAIDS report has shown that its 2020 targets on the ailment will not be met because of “deeply unequal access to antiretroviral therapy and service disruptions” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UNAIDS 2020 target is aimed at having 90 per cent of the people living with HIV know their status, 90 per cent of the people living with HIV (who know their HIV status as positive) are already on anti-retroviral (ART) treatment, and 90 per cent of people on treatment are virally suppressed.

However, this might no longer be visible as the report showed that decades of hard-won gains could also be lost if the world fails to act as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The report – Seizing the Moment – released on Monday warns that the remarkable achievements made in the fight to end AIDS have not been shared equally within and between countries.

Missed targets

The UN agency said the missed targets have resulted in more than 3.5 million HIV infections and 820,000 AIDS-related deaths since 2015 than if the world was on track to meet the 2020 targets.

Missed targets are those with the virus who have not been diagnosed or placed on antiretroviral treatment.

The agency during a virtual meeting said that the global AIDS response could be set back by 10 years or more if COVID-19 disrupts HIV services.

Executive Director of UNAIDS, Winnie Byanyima, said decisive action is needed to be taken every day in the next decade to get the world back on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

“The progress made by many needs to be shared by all communities in all countries,” she added.

The agency said that the COVID-19 pandemic has already seriously impacted the AIDS response and threatens further interruption.

It stated that a six-month HIV treatment disruption could cause more than 500,000 additional deaths in sub-Saharan Africa between 2020 and 2021, bringing the region back to 2008 AIDS mortality levels.

It said even a 20 per cent disruption could trigger additional 110,000 deaths.

Ms Byanyima said to fight the two colliding ailments, the UNAIDS and its partners are leading a global call for a “people’s vaccine for COVID-19, demanding that all vaccines, treatments and tests be patent-free, mass produced and distributed fairly and free for all”.

UNAIDS is also urging countries to bump-up investments in both diseases.

Maintaining access to HIV drugs

Meanwhile, another sister agency, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had also raised concerned about how the pandemic is having an impact on efforts to tackle HIV.

The agency on Tuesday during a press briefing said about 73 countries are at risk of running out of anti-retroviral medicines (ARVs).

To address difficulties in accessing treatment during the crisis, WHO recommends prescribing these treatments for longer periods of time, up to six months.

The UN agency also urged countries to ensure uninterrupted prevention, treatment and services for HIV amid the pandemic.

While more than 25 million people worldwide have access to ARVs, WHO said progress has stalled in the areas of prevention, testing and treatment “because services are not reaching those who most need them.”

Stalled prevention efforts

WHO’s submission buttresses the findings of the report which says that the world is far behind in preventing new HIV infections.

It said some 1.7 million people were newly infected, reflecting more than three times the global target.

“While progress has been made in eastern and southern Africa, where new infections have fallen by 38 per cent since 2010, eastern Europe and central Asia have seen a staggering 72 per cent rise in new HIV infections since 2010.

“New infections also rose by 22 per cent in the Middle East and North Africa, and by 21 per cent in Latin America,” the report added.

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New study warns of brain damages linked to COVID-19 http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/new-study-warns-of-brain-damages-linked-to-covid-19/ http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/new-study-warns-of-brain-damages-linked-to-covid-19/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 04:45:41 +0000 http://royalhealthpilot.com/?p=15075 A new study has found that infection with COVID-19 can lead to brain damages, including delirium and nerve damage, the study by researchers at University College London (UCL) showed…

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A new study has found that infection with COVID-19 can lead to brain damages, including delirium and nerve damage, the study by researchers at University College London (UCL) showed on Wednesday.

According to the researchers, since COVID-19 broke out, there appeared to be a “concerning increase” of a rare brain inflammation known to be triggered by viral infections.

In the UCL study, nine COVID-19 patients with brain inflammation were diagnosed with a rare condition called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, which is typically seen in children and can affect both the brain and spinal cord.

They said that some of the 43 patients studied did not have respiratory symptoms.

Ross Paterson, of UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, and joint first author on the study, was quoted by local media as saying that “we might not yet know what long-term damage COVID-19 can cause.”

As a result, the researchers called for systematic surveillance of brain complications as a result of COVID-19 infection.

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Alleged $25,000 Bribe: I collected money from Shehu Sani for my father – EFCC witness http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/alleged-25000-bribe-i-collected-money-from-shehu-sani-for-my-father-efcc-witness/ http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/alleged-25000-bribe-i-collected-money-from-shehu-sani-for-my-father-efcc-witness/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 04:40:18 +0000 http://royalhealthpilot.com/?p=15070 A witness in the trial of former Kaduna State senator, Shehu Sani, on Wednesday said he had no idea what the money the lawmaker allegedly returned to…

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Former Nigerian Senator, Shehu Sani. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Instagram account of Shehu Sani]

A witness in the trial of former Kaduna State senator, Shehu Sani, on Wednesday said he had no idea what the money the lawmaker allegedly returned to his father through him was meant for.

Mr Sani was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly collecting $25,000 from the proprietor of ASD Motors, Sani Dauda, under the pretext of using the money to bribe the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the EFCC.

But in his oral testimony on Wednesday, Mohammed Sani Dauda said his father asked him to collect $25,000 from the senator but he did not know what it was for.

Under cross examination by Abdullahi Ibrahim, the defence counsel, Mr Mohammed said his father did not disclose to him his transaction with the ex-lawmaker, until he called him from Hajj in Saudi Arabia on November 29, 2019, to tell him that Mr Sani would be refunding some money.

He explained: “My father had sometime in November told me that Senator Shehu Sani had collected $13,000 from him and that he wanted him to refund the money.”

The defence counsel asked the witness if he was privy to his father offering the money and the purpose for it.

“From the way you explained, I can see that you are very close to your father, Alhaji Sani Dauda, the proprietor of ASD Motors, can say exactly what the money was for.?”

Responding, he said he only called Mr Sani but the former lawmaker did not pick his calls and he later sent him a text message over what his father told him. He insisted that he was not there to know the purposes for which his father gave the money to Mr Sani.

The EFCC also called another witness, Halimat Umar, a forensic auditor with the Commission.

In her testimony under cross examination by the defence counsel, Abdullahi Ibrahim, Ms Umar explained that she did a forensic analysis of communication devices of the accused and the complainant.

She presented the forensic form bearing results of Mr Sani’s communication with Mr Sani Dauda, involving the alleged $25,000 transaction, which was later shown to the defence lawyer and the accused.

She admitted that Mr Sani’s phone was taken from him while he was in custody without his consent.

Justice Inyang Ekwo after listening to both parties for close to two hours adjourned the case till Thursday.

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Nigerian govt approves N108 billion for road projects http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/nigerian-govt-approves-n108-billion-for-road-projects/ http://royalhealthpilot.com/2020/07/09/nigerian-govt-approves-n108-billion-for-road-projects/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 04:37:08 +0000 http://royalhealthpilot.com/?p=15068 The Federal Executive Council has approved N108 billion for the completion of various road projects across the country. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde…

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Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook page of Fashola]

The Federal Executive Council has approved N108 billion for the completion of various road projects across the country.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, revealed this to State House correspondents while briefing them on decisions reached at the weekly cabinet meeting, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the first approval of N25 billion was for the completion of the construction of Enugu-Port Harcourt highway.

He said: “Council approved an augmentation of an existing contract by N25 billion for the completion of the Enugu – Lokponta section of the Enugu – Port Harcourt highway.”

Mr Fashola said there were approvals for the completion of Dikwa-Marte-Mongno, Numan and Gombi-Biu roads, all in Borno and Adamawa states.

“Council also approved the award of three different roads. The first is Dikwa-Marte-Munguno road for N60,273 billion and the Numan road linking Borno and Adamawa States for N15.527 billion and the third is for Gombi-Biu linking Adamawa and Borno States, also for N7.643 billion,” the minister explained.

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