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Buhari behind deposed Emir Sanusi’s ordeals – Kwankwaso 

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Buhari behind deposed Emir Sanusi's ordeals - Kwankwaso 

Former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has said Muhammadu Sanusi 11 was dethroned as Emir of Kano based on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari.

THE WITNESS reports that Kwankwaso, a former presidential aspirant on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, made the statement on the BBC Hausa Service on Wednesday morning.

Kwankwaso stated that “the governor of Kano himself has been saying that he has been given the order to remove Sanusi.”

The Presidency has not spoken on the sack of Sanusi since the former Emir of Kano was deposed by the Kano State Government on Monday.

President Buhari had also earlier stated that he will not interfere in the rift between the Emir and his State Government.

Buhari noted that he will be overstepping his bounds, constitutionally, if he gets involved in the dispute between the monarch and Ganduje but Kwankwaso on Wednesday alleged that the President has been intervening in the affairs of Kano State.

“President Buhari is getting involved in the affairs of Kano state,” Kwankwaso said.

BBC, however, noted that Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso did not provide any evidence to back his claim of the involvement of the President in the removal of the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria as Emir.

Kwankwaso, under whose tenure Sanusi was installed as the Emir in 2014, also claimed in the BBC interview that the people of Kano were saddened by the deposition of the Emir.

He described Muhammadu Sanusi as an “honorable king and a man of the world.”

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BREAKING: Coronavirus finally hits Lagos, Nigeria

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Another virus breaks in China, kills one

The Ministry of Health in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city, has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 and reported it to the Federal Ministry of Health.

The Witness reports that the Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, broke the news in a statement released early on Friday.

Abayomi said: “The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the outbreak in China in January 2020.

“The case is an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of February from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit. He fell ill on the 26th February and was transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing. COVID-19 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

“The Government of Lagos State under the Governor as the COVID-19 Incident Commander, through the Lagos State Ministry of Health, has been strengthening measures to ensure that any outbreak in Lagos is controlled and contained quickly in collaboration with the multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group, led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). We have immediately activated the State Emergency Operations Centre to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.

“I wish to assure all Lagosians and Nigerians that we have been strengthening our preparedness since the first confirmation of cases in China. We will use all the resources made available by the State and the Federal Government to respond to this case.

coronavirus lands in Lagos, Nigeria

“We are working to identify all the contacts of the patient since he arrived in Nigeria. Please, be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only a mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses. All Lagosians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following the precautions below:

“1.    Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
“2.    Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
3. People coughing persistently or sneezing should stay indoors or keep a social distance, but not mix with a crowd.
“4. Ensure that you and people around you follow good respiratory hygiene by covering mouths and noses with a handkerchief or tissue while sneezing or coughing. You can also sneeze or cough into your sleeve at the bent elbow.Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

“5. Stay indoors if you feel unwell with symptoms, such as fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call Lagos State Emergency hotlines 08023169485 or 08033565529 or 08052817243 which are available day and night.

“6. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, the Social Media, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health.

“Citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic. The Lagos State Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Lagos.”

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Breaking: Man jumps into Lagos Lagoon

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Breaking: Man jumps into Lagos Lagoon

Another man has alighted from an UBER car and jumped into the Lagos Lagoon on the Third Mainland axis, The Witness can report.

This online news platform understands that the sad incident is coming less than two weeks after a man alighted from an UBER vehicle and jumped into the Lagos Lagoon.

The Witness understands that the man was said to have jumped into the Lagoon around midnight on Wednesday.

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