Nigeria on Wednesday recorded its new highest daily figure of 790 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections to 26, 484.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on its official twitter handle.
The NCDC said, as at July 1, Nigeria recorded 13 deaths.
The health agency said that no new state reported a case in the last 24 hours.
The NCDC also said that Nigeria reported a total of 603 deaths in 35 states and the FCT.
The NCDC said that Delta state reported the highest number of cases with 166 new cases while Lagos reported 120 new infections.
Others are Enugu-66, FCT-65, Edo-60, Ogun-43, Kano-41, Kaduna-39, Ondo-33, Rivers-32, Bayelsa-29, Katsina-21, Imo-20, Kwara-18. Oyo-11, Abia-10, Benue-6, Gombe-4, Yobe-2, Bauchi-2 and Kebbi-2.
The centre also said it has introduced an lIVR Self-Assessment Tool.
It said that Nigerians could use the opportunity to complete a COVID-19 self-assessment by dialing 01-700-6232 for an automated call-back if they suspect that them or a loved one may have been exposed to the virus.
NAN, reports that the Virology Laboratory at Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State has been included in the National COVID-19 Molecular Laboratory Network.
This brings the total number of laboratories in the national network to 40.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria daily testing exceed 4,000 for the first time in 125 days,the NCDC exceeded its target and set a record on its daily tests to 4, 205 as at June 30.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Court remands “spiritualist” for allegedly obtaining N2m from woman
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Geagwalada, FCT, on Tuesday ordered that a 43-year-old man, Friday George be remanded in police custody for allegedly cheating and fraudulently obtaining N2 million from a woman.
The police charged the defendant, who resides in Banode Estate, Bida Niger State, with three obtaining, cheating and extortion.
He pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Yusuf Ibrahim adjourned the case until Aug. 26 for hearing.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Abudullahi Tanko, told the court that one Bode Adebayo of Blantyre street Wuse II, Abuja and two reported the matter on July 15, 2020.
Tanko alleged that the accused sometime in 2009 approached Adebayo’s sister, Alice, with the intention to defraud her.
He further alleged that the defendant, dishonestly “hypnotized” her into thinking that he was a “spiritual man of God”.
He alleged that the defendant told Alice that God instructed him to avert her problems and bring her vision to reality.
The prosecution counsel added that the defendant also promised to revive her dead father which he claimed to have restored him back to life.
He alleged that the defendant intentionally cheated them by extorting about N2 million from them for sacrifice, cleansing, feeding and treatment for the revived father.
The prosecution counsel added that the said money was also meant to secure a job for one Rebecca Adebayo and Tony Adams with the Nigeria Immigration Service.
He said that during police investigation the defendant confessed to have brainwashed and collected huge amount of money from them.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 176, 320 and 292 of the Penal Code.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Police arrest 2 nurses for allegedly stealing newborn baby in Katsina
The police in Katsina State, have arrested two nurses for allegedly stealing a newborn baby girl in Katsina.
The police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Katsina.
He said that on July 25, 2020, at about 10 a.m., one Shamsiya Sani, 25, who resides in Dandagoro Quarters, Katsina, was delivered of a baby girl at Okomos Clinic, Kofar Kaura Quarters, Katsina.
“She later abandoned the child at the hospital with a hand written note stating that the baby was born out of wedlock hence the abandonment.
“Two nurses of the hospital, Misira Tijjani, 35, of Filin Canada Quarters, Katsina, and Grace Ejigu, 43, of Shagari Low cost, Katsina, conspired and took the baby out of the clinic to one Eucharia Onyema, 45, of Sabuwar Kasuwa Quarters, Katsina, ” he said.
According to him, the police apprehended the suspects based on a tip off.
“Nemesis caught up with them on their way from the hospital to their houses with the baby through the help of a tricycle rider who suspected them of stealing the baby,” he said.
Isah said that the baby was now receiving attention at the Social Welfare Department of the State Ministry of Youths and Social Development.
However, when interviewed by newsmen, the suspects denied selling the baby, they insisted that they gave Eucheria Onyema the baby on humanitarian grounds, since she had no child.
They however, revealed that they took the decision without informing the hospital management.
Isah said that the suspects would be prosecuted after investigations.
Edited By: Nick Nicholas/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
China’s Qingdao appoint Wu as head coach to replace Machin
Promoted Qingdao had terminated the contract of former Sevilla and Espanyol boss Machin last month after one of his relatives had tested positive for COVID-19, preventing the Spaniard from travelling to China to take up the job.
The club confirmed the appointment of Wu in a post.
Wu, who has had multiple spells as Shanghai boss, guided the team to the Chinese FA Cup title in 2017 and was appointed their technical director the following year.
The 59-year-old has also managed Zhejiang Greentown and had a brief stint as Shandong Luneng caretaker boss in 2012.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Police begin investigation into alleged killing of youth in Delta
The Police in Delta has begun investigation into the alleged murder of a youth in Ozoro, headquarters of Isoko North Local Government Area of the state.
NAN recalls that some youths in Ozoro took to the street on Monday in protest over alleged extortion and intimidation by the police in the community.
The man whose identity is yet to be known was allegedly shot to death during the protest.
Onovwakpoyeya said the essence of the investigation was to uncover the identity of the deceased and the circumstances that led to his death.
“It was a violent protest, investigation has started to find out who actually shot him, we do not want to be hasty to issue a statement, we will speak at the appropriate time.
“The video I saw on the internet on Monday did not show any policeman, I know that if this kind of thing happened, the crowd will hold the person hostage,” he said.
Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)