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NAN losses staff to accident involving Gwagwalada Divisional Police Officer



NAN losses staff to accident involving Gwagwalada Divisional Police Officer

Nigeria News Agency has lost one of its technical staff, Mr Peter Onyeke to an accident involving the Gwagwalada Divisional Police Officer (DPO), CSP Wilson Dankwano.

Mr Uchechukwu Onyeke, a younger brother to the diseased told NAN on Thursday in Abuja that the incident occurred at about 8.p.m on Sunday along Apo-Kabusa road.

He said his family was informed of the accident by a passerby, who saw his brother lying helplessly in his car, used his phone to call them.

He explained that two cars were involved in the accident, Toyota Tundra belonging to the DPO and that of his brother, Golf three were at the scene at the time family members arrived.

He alleged that the accident was a head on collision, adding that the signs and evidence available showed that the DPO left his lane to hit his brother.

Onyeke said sign of efforts made by his brother to hold his brake while the Toyota Tundra was coming to his lane was on the ground at the scene.

He said the DPO and the girl in his car at the time of the accident were immediately rushed to the hospital by police officers attached to Apo Motor Traffic Division (MTD).

According to him, his brother was on his way to Apo from Kabusa to pick his children from the sister’s house before the accident occurred.

“From the signs on the ground, my brother made efforts to hold his brake at the time the DPO came to his lane on a high speed before the collision,” he said.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Bala Ciroma, said it was a private Golf car that took the DPO and the other victim to the Police Station.

He said the argument that his men rushed the DPO and the girl in his car to hospital, leaving the other victim helpless was not the true situation.

Ciroma said the owner of the Golf car got to the scene of the accident, took the DPO and the girl to the station with a view to alert the police of the accident.

He said the idea was for the police to mobilise and go back to rescue the third victim.

The CP said before the arrival of the police team at the scene, the family members of the victims had been alerted and had taken him to the hospital.

He blamed the argument on communication gap between the family and the police, adding that the police would never have rushed some victims to hospital, leaving others helpless.

He pledged to ensure diligent investigation into the matter, adding that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the command would take over the investigation immediately.


“Our principle in road traffic accident is that when a life is lost in an accident that involved two drivers, we assume that the one alive is at fault and we so charge him to court or get a neutral party to investigate the case.

“If there is no enough evidence to prosecute the case, because there are instances where it is the dead that is at fault and there are also instances where it is the living that is at fault.

‘If we get evidence against the living, he will be held accountable for the death of other victims,” he said.

Edited By: Felix Ajide

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COVID-19: FCT leads with 130 cases, as Nigeria records 386 new infections



The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) led the pack on Saturday with 130 Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases as the country recorded 386 new infection in the country.

Data from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC ) showed that the cases were spread across 18 states and the FCT.

The NCDC said that FCT topped the list for the of states with higher daily cases of COVID-19 for the third time consecutively with 130, while Lagos, the epicentre of the virus, reported 65.

Other states with new cases were Ondo, 37, Osun, 29, Plateau, 23, Rivers, 15, Enugu, 14, Nasarawa, 12, Bayelsa, 11, Ebonyi, 11, Ekiti, 9, Oyo 8, Edo, 8, Abia, 6, Ogun, 3, Katsina, 3, Imo 1 and Adamawa 1.

The health agency said that Nigeria had now successfully treated 20,087 COVID-19 cases following the discharge of 522 additional patients in the last 24 hours.

The health agency noted that four more persons have died from the disease.

According to the NCDC, till date, a total of 43,537 cases of the virus have been confirmed, 20,087 cases discharged and 883 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NCDC noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC) activated at Level 3 would continue to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria conducted 145,454 tests in July and recorded 17,457 positive cases during the same period.

It said compared to June, the figures represented 95 per cent increase in testing numbers and 12 per cent increase in positive cases.

”It is good news that Nigeria significantly stepped up testing in July. The 95 per cent increase in testing in July compared to June only resulted in 12 per cent increase in positive cases.

”June, 74,580 tests, 15,532 positive cases. July, 145,454 tests, 17,457 positive cases. July also recorded one of the lowest monthly test positivity to date.

”July test positivity is 12 per cent . June test positivity is 21 per cent. May test positivity is 17 per cent. July also records 51 per cent of cumulative test in the country,” it said.

The Agency said that states that had made this possible by their daily increase in testing were, Kano, Plateau, Oyo, Lagos, FCT and Rivers States in July. (NAN)

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Nigeria records 462 new cases of COVID-19, total now 43,151




Abuja, Aug. 1, 2020 Nigeria has recorded 462 new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) showed that the cases were spread across 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Friday night.

The health agency noted that one more person died from the disease.

According to it, till date, 43,151 cases have been confirmed, 19,565 cases have been discharged and 879 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and FCT.

The 462 new cases were reported from 16 states – FCT (93), Lagos (78), Plateau (64), Kaduna (54), Oyo (47), Ondo (32), Adamawa (23) and Bauchi (19).

Others are Rivers (9), Ogun (9), Delta (9), Edo (7), Kano (6), Enugu (6), Nasarawa (5), and Osun (1).

The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated at level-3, continues to coordinate the national response activities.

Meanwhile, NCDC announced that two new laboratories have been activated for inclusion in the NCDC Molecular Lab Network.

“These are Molecular Diagnostics Lab, Gombe State Specialist Hospital and United Nations IOM Lab, FCT.

“There are currently 61 laboratories with capacity to test for COVID-19 in the NCDC network of laboratories,’’ it stated.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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CP deploys more personnel to 4 LGs in Southern Kaduna



The Commissioner of Police (CP), Kaduna State, Mr Umar  Muri, has ordered the immediate deployment of more Police personnel to Kajuru, Zango Kataf, Kaura and Kauru Local Government Areas of the state.

The spokesman of the command, ASP  Mohammed Jalige, stated this in a statement he made available to newsmen  on Friday.

He said that the CP ordered the deployment as part of his efforts to restore law and order into  the areas  following recent violence and other security challenges there.

According to the statement, the Commissioner, therefore, directed all Area Commanders and DPOs within the affected areas to make adequate use of the deployed personnel in ensuring the safety of lives and properties of people there  as well as the full enforcement of the 24-hourly curfew imposed by the Kaduna State Government.

The command  also commiserated with the people of Kaduna State, particularly, those who have lost loved ones and property as a result of the crises.

He also assured them that the Command would do everything within its powers to ensure that peace was restored in the affected areas.

Umar  advised all law abiding citizens in the State to co-operate with the  law enforcement agencies as they carried out the full enforcement of the curfew  alongside other measures with a view to ensuring their safety.

He, however,warned troublemakers  to desist forthwith from acts of violence and lawlessness.

He said that  the Command would not hesitate to deal decisively with any person or group of persons found working against peace in the state.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Peter Dada (NAN)

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ABP: NIRSAL structures FCT farmers into 16 Agro Geo-Cooperatives



The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System (NIRSAL), said it had structured Federal Capital Territory (FCT) farmers into 16 established Agro Geo-Cooperatives (AGCs) for the 2020 wet season farming.

NIRSAL Head of Corporate Communications, Ms Anne Ihugba, said this in a statement she in Abuja, on Wednesday.

She added that 12 of the AGCs had been included in the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP).

NIRSAL had also linked 926 FCT farmers cultivating 1,140 hectares of land with guaranteed off-taker markets.

”This is to protect them from price fluctuations and exploitative tendencies of some middlemen.

”Other forms of support for the AGCs include provision of fertiliser, crop protection products and round-the-clock technology-driven project monitoring services,” she said.

Ihugba said NIRSAL would continue to provide trainings on bookkeeping, modern farming practices, mechanisation for pre-planting, planting, harvesting activities and distribution of improved, high-yielding seed varieties as more AGCs develop around FCT and beyond.

She said that rice, maize, cassava, sesame and soybean farmers in Nasarawa, Niger, Kogi and Benue states and the FCT were positioned for an increase in yields and improvement in livelihoods.

“This is following NIRSAL’s support for their 2020 wet season farming activities under Anchor Borrowers’ Programme.

“Symbolic of input distributions that occurred across the north-central region where some farmers in Dobi area of the FCT received support for their ongoing farming activities from NIRSAL.

NIRSAL’s AGC model, applied in its role as Participating Financial Institution (PFI) in the ABP, was a demonstration of increasing multi-sectoral support to agriculture in spite of the times,” she said.

Ihugba said that since inception, NIRSAL had facilitated over N105 billion across the Pre-Upstream, Upstream, Midstream and Downstream segments of the Agricultural value chain from public and private sources of finance.

“This finance has had a profound positive socio-economic consequence, resulting in the creation of over 400,000 jobs and impacting two million lives positively.

“At the forefront of its finance facilitation drive, is the NIRSAL Agro Geo-Cooperative formation process.

NIRSAL Plc is structuring farmers by creating 16,000 Agro Geo-Cooperatives made up of eight million farmers cultivating four million hectares of farmland.

“To date, over 452 Agro Geo-Cooperatives covering over 270,000 hectares of land have benefitted from the process Geo-Cooperatives,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NIRSAL was created by CBN to link agriculture and finance.

It has developed technology-driven risk-mitigation mechanisms designed to boost farmers’ productivity and encourage financiers to lend to agriculture.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/ Felix Ajide (NAN)


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