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Deceased COVID-19 patient: Ekiti to partner Kwara on contact tracing



The Ekiti Government says efforts are being made to partner its Kwara counterpart to exchange ideas on the medical history of a patient who died of  underlining complications from COVID-19.

The 75-old -year woman had died in one of the tertiary health institutions in Ekiti after being hospitalised upon referral from a public hospital in Kwara

Ekiti  Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr  Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, made this known in Ado Ekiti on Friday when the COVID– 19 Taskforce was giving an update on the pandemic.

She disclosed that the deceased had been hospitalised at the General Hospital in Omu Aran, Kwara,  where she was initially treated for  cardiac-related issues before her referral.

The commissioner stated that though there was no COVID-19 lockdown in Kwara then,  the issue of contact tracing was now crucial given the present circumstance.

” After they suspected COVID– 19,  the deceased was referred to Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, on May 14.

” She was treated for two days in isolation before the state was informed and specimen collected.

” The result came on May 20 and unfortunately the woman died.

” We have been able to establish that the deceased came from Ayedun in Kwara and she was not infected here in Ekiti.

“As of now, Ekiti has no problem , the only problem we have is the people coming or sneaking into Ekiti illegally and only two Coronavirus fatalities have been recorded,” she said.

She also said that the state had not recorded an upsurge of victims that would warrant introduction of home isolation method as adopted by the Lagos State Government.

Also speaking, the Director General , Office of Transformation, Strategy and Delivery, Prof.  Bolaji Aluko, said the security situation in Ekiti remained stable with no further cases of incursion from neighbouring states.

Aluko added that those who had been arrested for defying the lockdown were given appropriate punishment to serve as deterrent.

The Special Assistant on Public Health, Dr Jimlas Ogunsakin, said over 300 farmsteads had been visited by the task force and  adequate sensitisation on the pandemic done.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Ramadan: Police distribute food to wives of deceased officers in Jigawa



The Police Command in Jigawa says it has distributed food items to wives of 13 deceased officers to support them during the Ramadan fast.
SP Abdu Jinjiri, the spokesman for the Command made this known in a statement in Dutse on Saturday.
“As fasting period is here again, the Commissioner of Police in collaboration with Command Headquarter’s mosque committee, distributed relief materials to 13 families of deceased police officers.

“The donation was to reduce hardship for the widows and orphans left behind by deceased .

“One widow was selected from each of the seven Area Commands, four from State Headquarters and two from 35 Police Mobile Force (PMF), Dutse.

“Each of the beneficiaries got one carton of macaroni, one carton of spaghetti, 10 yards of guinea brocade and a pair of Nigeria printed wax,” he said.

Editedby Angela Okisor/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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COVID-19: Families of deceased health workers to get compensation- NAICOM



The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) says the insurance industry will pay an assured sum of N3 million each to families of medical doctors who died on the line of duty while fighting COVID-19.

Mr Sunday Thomas, the Acting Commissioner for Insurance, NAICOM, made the disclosure in Abuja on Friday.

The document was presented to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Thomas said that families of nurses and pharmacists who also died in active service would be paid N2 million each while families of other health workers would get N1 million respectively.

The acting commissioner said the gesture was under the insurance cover offered by the insurance industry to 5,000 health workers on the front-line for the fight against COVID-19.

Thomas said the insurance cover would be for a period of 12 months with effect from April 14.

He noted that the premium of N112.5 million for the cover had been paid by the insurance industry in line with the principle of ‘No Premium, No Cover’.

According to him, 19 life insurance companies have been accredited to provide the cover.

“The Nigerian Insurance Industry is offering to the Federal Government its assistance in providing life insurance cover to the frontline workers on COVID-19.

“In event of any fatality, the relevant agencies of government will immediately advise the lead underwriter – First Bank of Nigeria Insurance Ltd. who will make request for relevant documents needed for payment of the claim.

”The estimated liability of the insuring companies is N11 billion.

“The Life Insurance Policy which is the evidence of the contract is hereby presented to the Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID- 19 through the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning,” he said.



Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Kyari: NANTA condoles President Buhari, deceased family



The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his close ally and Chief of Staff, late Mallam Abba Kyari.

Mrs Susan Akporaiye, President of NANTA, expressed the association’s condolences in a statement she released to the media on Saturday.

Akporiaye said the entire body of the travel trade operators were taken aback by the sudden demise of Mr Kyari, urging the president, the family and Nigerians generally to stay strong.

She said the association was pained over the sad development, adding that the father figure of Mr President and his right hand man would be missed by all who appreciated his dedication and loyalty to President Buhari and Nigerians in general.

“We at NANTA are shocked having prayed and trusted that he would pull through after testing positive to Coronavirus.

“Malam Kyari was a brave man, and his position will be hard to replace.

“Though we give God the glory for the life of the late chief of staff; as humans, his demise was very unexpected and regrettable but we rejoice that he served the President and the people of Nigeria well.

“We pray God accepts his soul and keep his immediate family in peace with fortitude to bear the loss,” she said

The NANTA president called on Nigerians to obey lockdown directives and keep to COVID-19 preventive measures to help stem the rising tide of the dreadful pandemic.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)


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COVID-19: Keep hope alive, Delta Speaker urges Nigerians at Easter, condoles family of deceased



The Speaker of Delta House of Assembly, Mr Sheriff Oborevwori, on Saturday urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the country and to keep hope alive amidst the terror occasioned by the COVID-19.

The Speaker made this appeal in his Easter message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Dennis Etu, and made available to the newsmen in Asaba.

He said that Jesus Christ laid down his life for mankind and “He is the reason for the season”.

Oborevwori said that the whole world would be celebrating Easter in an unusual way this year and implored all and sundry to pray for healing of the world, just as he said that after “darkness, there will be light again”.

While felicitating with Christians on the occasion of Easter, he appealed to all Nigerians to be more prayerful than ever before, saying that the world was going through a trying period.

“With a grateful heart and a sober mind, I join thousands of Deltans to wish all Christians Happy Easter celebration.

“Easter is all about the trial, crucifixion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a time for sober reflection.

“However, we are celebrating this year’s Easter in very challenging circumstances occasioned by the outbreak and fast-spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic globally.

“But as children of the Living God, we should not despair, let us be prayerful and look up to the Author and Finisher of our Faith. This current dark hour across the globe will give way to light,” the Speaker said.

Oborevwori urged Nigerians to have the same mind as that of the Saviour of mankind, Jesus Christ, in order for the world to know peace and be healed.

He called on residents to pray for their dear state and its health workers who were at the frontline in the fight for God to protect them.

“I want to commend our Governor for his relentless efforts in this trying period. He has been able to keep Deltans informed on situation of things in the state.

“My heart goes out to the family of those deceased as a result of the pandemic on Thursday in the state and pray God to grant his soul eternal rest.

“Let me also use this opportunity to wish the confirmed COVID-19 patient a speedy recovery. This period will also pass away,” he said.

Oborevwori admonished all Deltans to observe and adhere to instructions given by the state government on regular hand washing with soap, use of hand sanitisers and social distancing to curtail any eventuality.

“The Holy Son of God has risen, may we be saved through the Power of His Resurrection and as we celebrate, stay home, stay safe and stay alive to support each other.

“Wishing Deltans, Nigerians and Christians all over the world Happy Easter celebration,” the speaker said.


Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Tajudeen Atitebi

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COVID-19: Travel history of deceased concealed from UITH – Management



The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) has said that the travel history of a deceased patient, suspected of COVID-19 was concealed by the family.

According to a statement, signed by UITH Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Dr Aisha Saka, the 57-year-old deceased was labelled suspected ‘coronavirus case’.

“A 57-year-old, male, Muslim patient was brought into the UITH’s Accident and Emergency Department on the night of Wednesday, April 1 in the company of one of the hospital’s Professor of Internal Medicine,’’ the statement read.

She explained that the professor, a specialist in infectious diseases, brought the patient and told the hospital that the patient only has a history of abdominal discomfort/stooling, following ingestion of rotten pineapples.

“The patient was then admitted and managed as a case of ‘food poisoning’.

“The patient later died in the early hours of April 2.

“The hospital also, following the patient’s death, release the corpse to the managing professor, who happens to be the deceased’s relative, for immediate burial in accordance with Islamic rites.

“The hospital management, however, began to receive several anonymous calls with information of recent travels by the patient and his wife to the UK and having been on self-isolation on arrival to Ilorin,’’ it said.

Saka noted that this information was concealed from the frontline medical personnel at first contact in the Accident and Emergency unit.

“The hospital’s management considered this act highly unethical.’’

She said that based on this presumptive and hidden information, the hospital’s management and the UITH’s COVID-19 Committee immediately swung into action by labelling the case a ‘suspected case’.

According to the CMAC, the hospital management immediately notified the Kwara COVID-19 Committee’s response team for the proactive fumigation of the hospital medical emergency department.

“The hospital also advised everyone, who had close contact with the patient in the hospital to self-isolate and keep close contact with the state COVID-19 team, who will also do contact tracing in the community,’’ she said.

According to the hospital management, samples from the deceased wife, the professor and all others identified as very high risks contacts have been taking.

“The institution has also taken other measures at every point of clinical services to protect health care staff in the frontlines and others in cases of deceptions or nondisclosure from clients with probable symptoms of COVID-19 subsequently.

“The hospital hereby advises the general public to provide accurate, necessary and timely information that will aid appropriate standard of care, services and prompt response from health workers in the hospital,” Saka said.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde/Felix Ajide



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COVID-19 Scare: Experts suspect deceased died of gastroenteritis



The death of a Chartered Accountant, Alhaji Jimoh Raufu-Muideen, at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), has thrown people in Ilorin into a Coronavirus (COVID-19) panic.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that experts at the UITH claimed that it was only suspected and not confirmed yet.

A Consultant Health worker of UITH, who pleaded anonymity, explained that the deceased has gastroenteritis, an intestinal infection marked by diarrhoea, cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever.

He said a patient with symptoms of food poisoning was said to have been on self isolation for 13 days following his return from the United Kingdom to attend graduation of his daughter.

He explained that sample have been collected from the deceased for testing, adding the case result is still being expected.

According to him, the news going round is mere speculation.

NAN learnt that the management of the hospital has shut down the Medical Emergency and the process of fumigation has been initiated.

Also health workers were advised to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits while attending to any patient because all patients are potential carriers of this highly contagious virus.

The President, Asoociation of Resident Doctors (ARD), UITH branch, Dr Lanre Olosunde, told NAN that he would comment on the issue, after the management had issued a statement. .

He however advised members to be cautious and use protective wares always.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Banker in court for stealing deceased customers’ N3.6m



A 36-year-old banker, Joseph Promise, who allegedly stole N3.6 million from the accounts of two deceased bank customers, was on Wednesday docked in an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

Promise, whose residential address was not given, is standing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and fraud.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Ejime Okete, told the court that the defendant committed the offences between Feb. 2012 and Jan. 20, at United Bank of Africa (UBA), House 57, Marina, Lagos.

Okete said that the defendant conspired with others still at large, and stole N3.6 million from the accounts of two deceased customers of UBA.

He said: “The defendant, being an employee of UBA, did unlawfully link the bank verification numbers of different accounts of two deceased bank customers and fraudulently withdrew the sum of N3.6 million without the consent of the deceased family.”

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened sections 20 (3), 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

The Magistrate, Mrs H. O. Omisore, granted Promise bail in the sum of N400, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Omisore then adjourned the case until April 27, for further mention.

Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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Northern CAN mourns its deceased Secretary-General



 The Northern Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed shock over the untimely demise of its Secretary General, Mr Danladi Yerima.

Rev. Yakubu Pam, the Chairman of Northern CAN, in condolence message on Tuesday in Jos, described Yerima as a humble man who stood firmly in defence of the cause of Christians and the gospel of Christ in the North and Nigeria at large.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Yerima died on Wednesday, March 11, after a brief illness.

Pam described the deceased as a calm, peaceful and well composed personality who stood for the poor and the needy in the society.

“I have worked closely with the deceased and I can say that he lived a life of selflessness and complete devotion to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

“He has contributed immensely to the propagation of the Gospel of Christ to many particularly in Northern Nigeria.

“Late Yerima stood for Justice, peace and unity of Christians in the North despite the persecution of the church.

“CAN in Northern Nigeria will certainly miss his wise counseling, wealth of experience and selfless service,” he said

The chairman commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased and the entire Christian community in Northern region and Nigeria at large over the painful loss.

Pam urged the family to be consoled by the fact that Yerima has gone to be with the Lord, adding that the good legacies he left behind in various fields of endeavour would live after him.

NAN reports that Yerima’s body would be buried on Saturday, March 21, at Kufana in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Edited By: Tajudeen Atitebi

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Osinbajo condoles family of deceased outrider



Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday visited Gui Community, FCT to condole  with

the family of the late Insp. Ali Gomina, an escort rider attached to his office, who died in an accident.

Gomina died in an auto accident along the Abuja Airport road as he led the vice president’s convoy on Friday.  

His remains were buried immediately in accordance with Islamic rites.

 Osinbajo  was received by the leader of the community, Alhaji Alhassan Yussuf.

Muslim and Christian prayers  were said after which  the vice president interacted with the widow of the deceased and his children.

Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, told newsmen that following the death of Gomina the vice president aborted his trip to Lagos on Friday and asked his aides to visit the family immediately.

“He decided to come today to personally express his condolence, the wife, the children and the community and to say that himself and the federal government of Nigeria will continue to support the family and do everything necessary to comfort this family.

“He also expressed his personal regrets; he is very greatly saddened by what has happened and decided to come and show it personally.”

On the uncertainty expressed by the children of the late Gomina that their father’s death could force them to end their education, Akande said that it would not be a problem as the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was compassionate.

“Everyone knows that this is a government that is very high on compassion and the vice president himself is somebody that values that kind of relationship.

“I can tell you right away that won’t a problem for this family.

“The Federal Government would do everything that is right and that is worthy of a diligent and hard working officer like Inspector Aliyu Gomina,” he said.

Earlier,  Gomina’s wife, Hasia Gomina, who was delivered of a baby on Nov. 11

, called on the Federal Government to support the family.

Gomina’s son, Abdullah Husseini, who is a first-year student at the College of Education, Zuba, Abuja, expressed fears that his father’s death could force him out of school because there was no other person to take care of him and his siblings.

“The family, as it is now, we have no other person we can run to for help for our education,” he said.

Husseini added  that his late father also laid the foundation of a building, which he feared might collapse now that he was dead.

More so,  Ali’s first daughter, Hafsat Ali, who is also a student, said her father’s death was very painful.

“I don’t have much to say but to ask the government to look into our plight and help us,” she said.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz

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