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Despite Brent-crude futures rallying in recent weeks, Nigeria, is facing a fast-looming future without reliance on fiscal revenue from its massive oil wealth, Bloomberg has reported.

Amid the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought to a halt economic activity and travel, demand for crude has been crippled, resulting in a dramatic oversupply.

Accordingly, a glut of Nigerian oil has been bringing the country about $10 less than the $30 a barrel registered on Tuesday.

“It’s now dawned on everyone across the country how severe this threat is. There is a possibility that at least for three to five years, there’s going to be no revenue flowing to the government from oil,” Andrew Nevin, a partner and chief economist for Nigeria at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, told Blooomberg.

Zainab Ahmed Minister of Finance: Double whammy challenge

Once oil prices, which normally contribute about half of Nigeria’s fiscal revenue, are at around $20 a barrel, Nigeria receives very little cash for its crude, Nevin of PwC was cited as saying at a webinar on 30 April.

Current global measures to fight the spread of COVID-19, with lockdown procedures, travel bans and shut industries, have driven oil prices to new lows where they fail to cover the costs of pumping barrels for many of Nigeria’s companies, writes the outlet.

Despite such low prices, on 5 April traders were cited as acknowledging that around a quarter of Nigeria’s oil cargoes for his month were still awaiting buyers, with at least six tankers used as storage space for about 4.5 million barrels of crude were idling off Gibraltar and nearby Ceuta.
According to tanker tracking data cited by Bloomberg, the tankers, floating in the area since the end of March, were about to be joined by another one.

Despite such low prices, on 5 April traders were cited as acknowledging that around a quarter of Nigeria’s oil cargoes for his month were still awaiting buyers, with at least six tankers used as storage space for about 4.5 million barrels of crude were idling off Gibraltar and nearby Ceuta.

According to tanker tracking data cited by Bloomberg, the tankers, floating in the area since the end of March, were about to be joined by another one.

On Tuesday Nigeria’s Finance Minister spoke in a webinar to deplore the twin challenge of dealing with the coronavirus epidemic itself and economic impact from it facing the country.

“It’s a double whammy. This has set us back significantly,” said Zainab Ahmed.

Clement Agba, minister of state for budget and national planning, echoed the dismal forecasts, saying: “It is no longer a secret that government revenues have collapsed.”

Nigeria was already struggling before the pandemic, as a US shale oil boom had slashed the country’s crude exports to America.

About 40 to 50 percent of the oil was typically sent to the US.

Amid the dire forecasts, Nigeria has sought a $3.4 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to shore up the country’s 2020 spending plan.

It’s also requested a further $3.5 billion from the World Bank and other financial institutions.

In late April, the IMF reviewed its earlier forecast of an anticipated 2 per cent growth of Nigeria’s economy, predicting it would shrink by 3.4 percent in 2020.

According to the IMF, crude revenues were predicted to decline by $26.5 billion this year, down from $54.5 billion in 2019.

With oil making up 9 percent of the Nigerian economy, crude exports fetch over 90 per cent of foreign exchange earnings.

“This is a period of crisis… Job losses are imminent across the petroleum industry. The impact of this will start reflecting from June and July.

“The reality is that some members will certainly be impacted.

“What matters most to us is how to manage the process of any of such expected exit,” Shell Nigeria’s Fortune Obi, a spokesman of the country’s oil union for senior workers, was quoted as confirming.

The economic downfall could spark social unrest in a country that has witnessed spells of militant violence for years, with oil facilities often targeted by protesters lashing out against allegedly unfair practices by the government and large oil companies.

Regarding possible future government measures, experts predict there will be pressure to keep oil wells pumping, with focus on maximizing revenue by slashing output from high-cost producers.

Deep offshore operators would potentially be the hardest hit from such moves, said Cees Uijlenhoed, chief financial officer First Exploration & Petroleum Plc.

He added, optimistically, that prices might tentatively reach around $50 a barrel by the end of 2020.

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The Senate has set up an Adhoc Committee to probe alleged financial recklessness by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The committee chaired by Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi (Ekiti North) is to, among others, unravel the alleged spending of N40 billion by the IMC in three months without due process.

Other members of the Committee are: Senators Jika Dauda Haliru (Bauchi Central), Mohammed Tanko Almakura (Nasarawa South), Abdulfatai Buhari (Oyo North), Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North) , Ibrahim Hadeija (Jigawa North-East ) and Degi – Eremienyo Biobarakuma Wangaha (APC Bayelsa East).

The resolutions of the Upper Chamber followed a motion titled: “Urgent need to investigate alleged financial recklessness in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)” sponsored by Senator George Sekibo (Rivers East).

Sekibo, in his lead debate, noted the Senate is worried that the accelerated development envisaged by the NDDC’s Act has not actually impacted on the region, 20 years after its establishment.

He lamented that the operators of the commission’s policies and programmes have not only lost focus but completely abandoned the initial desire of the people of the area.

Sekibo said: “There have been a loud accusation of misuse of funds by previous management of the commission which portrayed the commission as a financial conduit pipe especially when the aspiration of the founding fathers have been forsaken.

“The visible recklessness may have prompted the President to set up an Interim Management Committee while ordering a forensic audit of the commission so as to reposition it for its intended mandate.

“While the President’s action of setting up an IMC and the forensic audit may have been conceived to forestall the financial recklessness of the commission and reposition it for fast-tracking of the development of the region, the IMC has been more bedeviled with the same financial misuse, misapplication, misappropriation or outright fraud in the management of the funds of the commission.

“Alarmed that the IMC has inundated itself with undue gross misconducts in fraudulent contracts award without due recourse to due process and flagrant disobedience to the provisions of the Sections 19, 25, 41 and 42 of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

“Within the last three months, the Commission has spent over N40 billion of the commission’s fund without recourse to established processes of funds disbursement which has opened up further suspicion among stakeholders of the Niger Delta Region.

“The IMC is also alleged to be arbitrarily using executive power for wrongful sacking of management staff of the commission without recourse to established civil service rules and practices with the aim of concealing the fraudulent financial recklessness they have committed.

“Consequently, the IMC has lost credibility and is been seen as a financial conduit pipe based on opinions of stakeholders in the region, which therefore urgently calls for an intervention by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to install confidence in the people for whom the commission was primarily established.

“In particular, Section 88 of the Constitution (as amended), has conferred on the National Assembly and in this case the Senate, to ascertain whether the sum of N40billion so appropriated and in the coffers of the commission, has been properly applied judiciously and appropriately to programmes they are meant for.”

Sekibo called on the Senate to mandate the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs to carry out a wholistic investigation on all issues relating to but not limited to misapplication and misappropriation of the sum of N40 billion by the commission as well as all procurements and financial transactions of the commission in this fiscal year 2020 and any other matter that is not in accordance with the provisions of the NDDC’s establishment Act 2000.

Though during the general debate on the motion, Senators Bala Ibn Na”Allah (Kebbi South) and Ajibola Basiru (Osun Central) through different constitutional point of orders, tried to stop it from sailing through but the motion was approved when it was put to voice vote by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

Senators Na’Allah and Basiru kicked against the motion on the grounds of being driven by allegations.

But Lawan, in his ruling, countered by saying that at the level of investigation, the veracity or otherwise of the allegations would be established.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, however objected to assertions that the Committee may have been negligent in its oversight duties.

Nwaoboshi said: “It will be necessary for me to place on the record because this is the house of record and whatever you say here, will always come out and you may be held responsible for that.

“My learned colleague in the Bar, Senator Na’allah raised a point of order and in the process, he said that the committee failed to perform its duties and it is on record. When the issue was raised again, he went over to say again that Sekibo did not bring it on behalf of the committee.

“First, Senator Sekibo is a member of the committee on Niger Delta Affairs and everything he did here was in consonance and approval of the members of this committee.

“For him to say that the committee is not part of it is a misnomer since motions are not brought in the names of a committee, it has never happened in this Senate unless a report is brought in the name of a committee.

“Secondly, he went further to say I have ‘stopped’, that we have relegated on our powers or our functions.

“That is not correct. The period under the investigation is three months. If you can follow the motion. Within the period of investigation, we have been, the chamber has been locked and this is the first time we are taking a motion on the floor of this Senate.

“To say that a member of the committee brought a motion and it was debated and you say that the committee has relegated on its powers, it is an affront on the integrity and personality of some of us in the committee.

“He is a lawyer, I am 31 years in the Bar, you cannot make such derogatory statement about me.”

On why the Senate choose to carry out the probe through an Adhoc Committee and not the Senate Committee on NDDC, Lawan said: “I want to assure you that it was not the intention of the Senate to take away the responsibility of the NDDC.

“We believe that you have been doing your work. I know personally that you have been involved as far as the affairs of the NDDC is concerned.

“This is something that was put to vote. It is not strange to have an Adhoc committee when we have a standing committee.

“We in this 9th Senate sets up Adhoc committees. I recall that in 2011, I headed a committee to investigate privatization.

“There was a committee on BPE so this is just the workings of the Senate. All that we need to do is to ensure that our committees, whether Adhoc, standing or special committees do their work.

“I want to assure you that nothing affects the integrity of the committee. It is just to ensure that there is sanity in the NDDC.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari has described the late President Umaru Musa-Yar’adua as a honest and sincere public servant.

President Buhari, in his message to commemorate the 10th year remembrance anniversary of the former President’s death, also described him as a patriot, whose primary focus as a leader was easing the pains of ordinary Nigerians.

According to President Buhari, the political differences he had with the late President Musa-Ya’adua notwithstanding, he would always give him his regards as an outstanding leader in the history of Nigeria.

While extending his prayers to the family of the late President and the government of Katsina State, he charged all Nigerian politicians to emulate his rare gentle nature and avert character features that would corrupt political opposition, making enemies out of political opponents.

“Despite our political differences, President Yar’Adua was unarguably a patriot because of his passion for the masses and his reversal of policies he believed were hurting ordinary Nigerians.

“Every leader should be given the credit that he deserves, whether you agree with President Yar’Adua politically or not, I must say that history will always record his honest and sincere service to the country.

“As we remember President Yar’Adua today, let us emulate his patience and gentle nature so that we don’t introduce toxicity into our politics where opponents perceive each other as enemies.

“Let me also use this occasion to extend my prayers and goodwill to his family, and Katsina State Government on the 10th anniversary of his demise. May Allah continue to bless and comfort his gentle soul.’’

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 21:36

Ganduje appoints new Emir of Rano

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje on Tuesday appointed new Emir of Rano to replace the late Emir, Alhaji Tafida Abubakar Illa.

The new Emir of Rano is Alhaji Kabiru Muhammad Inuwa.

The new emir was formerly the Kaigaman Rano, District Head of Kibiya.

A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar on Tuesday confirmed that Ganduje has appointed Inuwa to fill the vacant seat.

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The Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday said it has arrested 121 suspects and impounded 79 vehicles for violating the curfew in Lagos.

A statement issued by Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana said on 4 May, 2020, operatives of the Lagos State Police Command on enforcement of COVID-19 orders arrested 121 suspects for violating the curfew.

He said 58 suspects were arrested for not wearing face mask in public and that the Command impounded 79 vehicles during the curfew hours.

“The suspects along with the 148 suspects arrested during the weekend for violating lockdown order were charged to Court, bringing the number of suspects charged today to 325. They were sentenced accordingly.

“Some of the suspects were given four hours community service while others were awarded fines of N2,500 and N3000 respectively,” he said.

Elkana added that the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu and other senior officers went round the State on the first day of the curfew to monitor compliance.

“The CP is impressed with the level of compliance and looks forward to huge improvements in the coming days. On 5th May, 2020 the Commissioner of Police Lagos State and his counterpart in Ogun State visited the Police Check Point at the boundary community in Ojodu Berger manned by personnel of Lagos and Ogun States.

“Security is tightened at the boundary community to restrict non-essential interstates movements,” he said.

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MIKE TYSON showed off his remarkable body transformation as the 53-year-old heavyweight legend prepares for a boxing comeback.

Tyson recently released a now viral clip of him hitting the pads proving he has not lost his trademark speed and power.

 Mike Tyson next to his new trainer, MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro
Mike Tyson next to his new trainer, MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro
 Tyson retired in 2005 with a record of 50–6 and battling drug addiction and depression
Tyson retired in 2005 with a record of 50–6 and battling drug addiction and depression

And a picture uploaded online of Tyson, now weighing around 240lb, next to his new trainer, MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro, revealed the American in fighting shape having used time in lockdown to begin training again.

It comes after the iconic puncher announced he will make a ring return - 15 years after retiring - to compete in exhibition bouts.

And padman Cordeiro insisted Tyson, who became become the youngest heavyweight champion of all time, aged 20 by beating Trevor Berbick in 1986, is still carrying the same power he had during his prime.

He told ESPN: "He hasn't hit mitts for almost 10 years. So I didn't expect to see what I saw.

"I saw a guy with the same speed, same power as guys 21, 22 years old.

"Like I said before, 53-years-old but when he puts his mind to it, his body inside the ring - he changes."

Tyson has been training with Cordeiro for three weeks in a row, working on his cardio, pads, and bag work.

The trainer believes the heavyweight needs just six months before he can fight again, as he added: "It's not a joke.

"I believe Mike fought against himself for a long, long time. He's proud to be the Mike Tyson he is today.

"What I can tell you is that if he wants to do something in the future, we'll be ready to do that, 100 per cent."

After Tyson won the title in record breaking time, his destructive run came to an end in 1990 as James 'Buster' Douglas scored a famous upset, knocking out Iron Mike in Tokyo, Japan.

Tyson went on to spend three years in prison after being convicted of rape in 1992, before returning to the ring in 1995.

He won the WBC and WBA titles in 1996 but in the same year lost to Evander Holyfield and infamously bit his ear off in their rematch a year later.

The knockout artist, who also lost to Lennox Lewis, retired in 2005 after losing to Kevin McBride and left the sport with a record of 50–6 and battling drug addiction and depression.

But having turned his life around in recent years, the retired boxer started his charity Mike Tyson Cares Foundation and runs his popular Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson podcast after opening up a cannabis farm.

He remains one of the most celebrated heavyweights of all time - but recently announced plans to lace up the gloves again in order to raise money for charity.

He said on Instagram: “I've been working out, I've been trying to get in the ring, I think I'm going to box some exhibitions and get in shape.

"I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff.”

 Tyson is still the youngest heavyweight champion of all time
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Tyson is still the youngest heavyweight champion of all timeCredit: AFP - Getty
 The reformed Baddest Man on the Planet has been using lockdown time to get in shape
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The reformed Baddest Man on the Planet has been using lockdown time to get in shape
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More than £241m ($300m) seized from Nigeria's former dictator has been returned to the country from Jersey, the Reuters news agency reports.

The money was stolen by Sani Abacha in the 1990s, before it was laundered through the US and hidden in a Jersey bank account.

The sum was recovered in June 2019 from the account of shell company Doraville.

It was returned by the US following a tripartite agreement between the three nations in February.

The money is part of an estimated $5 billion stolen by the military ruler during his presidency between 1993 and his death in 1998.

As part of the repatriation Jersey will retain $5m (£3.8m) and the US is eligible for the same, the US Department of Justice said.

Jersey's Attorney General Mark Temple QC confirmed the island had transferred $314,305,568.54 to the US on 2 March.

Infrastructure projects

The Justice Minister for Nigeria, Abubakar Malami, said the money had been moved to a recovery account held by the Central Bank of Nigeria and would be paid to the National Sovereign Investment Authority within 14 days.

The money is to be spent on infrastructure projects in the country, including the building of roads and bridges.

Mr Malami said the recovered funds "further consolidates" the government's record on repatriating stolen money.

Swiss authorities have already returned $300m (£230m) to Nigeria as part of the seizures.

A further $30m (£23m) from Britain and $144m (£111m) from France is expected to be recovered, according to the US Department of Justice.

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From Moses Emorinken, Bolaji Ogundele and Frank Ikpefan, Abuja

  • PTF raises concern over overcrowding in public places
  • House-to-house search for virus carriers begins in Kano
  • 30 doctors, 3 policemen test positive in Lagos, Katsina

A lockdown of the country again is likely.

This follows Monday’s gross disobedience of the protocols as Nigerians got some relief after weeks of restrictions.

It was the first day after the easing of the shutdown to contain the spread of coronavirus in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states.

Before the four-week stay-at-home imposed by President Muhammadu Buhari, Lagos and Abuja had been under some forms of restriction for at least one week.

Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is not pleased that there was a breach of social distancing with overcrowding in public places, interstate movement and shunning of face masks.

“Today, we might forgive a little bit because it was the first day. However, we will have infections because of what happened today (yesterday), no doubt about that.

“But what is more important is how we can learn from the mistakes of today (yesterday) into tomorrow and into next tomorrow, so that by Friday, hopefully they will have normalised some of these things.

“The challenge for us as a society is how we now organise ourselves to mitigate this risk to limit transmission from each other. We don’t want an explosion of new infections.

“But if we do have that explosion, there will be almost no choice left for the leadership of the country than to ask all of us to go back into our homes.

“For the benefits of having a few hours a day of coming out and reopening parts of the economy, there is a price to pay and that price is that we organise ourselves to do this strictly,” Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said. He spoke during the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja yesterday.

Dr. Ihekweazu said although the PTF expected some lapses in compliance with safety precautions by some people, corporate organisations, especially banks, flouted the NCDC guidelines for infection prevention and control.

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He said the panel noted that only a few bank branches opened a development that led to the high number of customers seen in them.

The NCDC boss explained that the Federal Government expected a few extra infections as a result of the lapses on Monday.

“Initial reports are not too pleasing across the country. When we say take responsibility this time, we really needed to address corporate Nigeria. One of the biggest groups that we have allowed to restart business today were banks,” he said, adding: “When you limit the number of branches that open, everybody goes to the one branch that is open; that becomes counter-productive.

“We can produce all the guidelines in the world, but if organisations fail to support the implementation of these measures and focus on a risk-based approach, then our efforts might amount to little or nothing.

National Coordinator of the task force, Dr. Aliyu Sani, also clarified that “the easing of the lockdown is in no way a license to relax our self-protection measures.

”It is also not …to return to business as usual. The danger of acquiring COVID -19 is even more clear and present now that we are all slowly going back to work.”

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, enjoined Nigerians to be more cautious” countries who eased or lifted restrictions, suffered an increase in new cases.”

”We need to protect, not only ourselves, but each other and our loved ones. We need to make sacrifices today for a better tomorrow,” he advised.

PTF chairman, Boss Mustapha lamented that crowds at the banks milled around without giving a hoot to possible spread of COVID-19.

He charged banks to help in solving the crowd problem by ensuring that their online platforms were set right and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) loaded with cash.

Mustapha also noted that state governments and security agencies had been advised to ensure strict compliance by corporate organisations to the regulations for the current phase of national response.

He appealed to Nigerians to continue being responsible citizens, adding that easing the lockdown did not mean danger had already been averted.

He said, “The PTF has been monitoring the level of compliance with some of the measures and early observations showed lack of compliance with social distancing and wearing of masks.

“We note particularly the chaotic scenes around the banks and other financial institutions. We must reiterate that the danger of infection is not over and that individual actions will contribute to the success or failure of our measures.

“We urge citizens to minimize the risk of getting infected while in the banks. We similarly urge the banks to ensure that their ATMs and online banking systems are in good order and stocked regularly to avoid convergence of customers in their premises.

“The PTF fully understands the desire of Nigerians to come out to continue their lives after five weeks of lockdown.

“State governments and security agencies have however been advised to enforce the measures rigidly and violators will be prosecuted.”

On inter-state travels, Mustapha said the PTF was not pleased at the rate of movements across the states, including recent transfer of Almajiris.

He noted that with the new phase of the national response, such movements would be regarded as violation of regulations.

“The PTF has also received reports on the level of compliance with the nationwide ban on inter-state movements. The objective of the ban is to slow down the spread of virus across state boundaries.

“The determination of government to enforce this policy is not in doubt and as we progress, we believe that proper alignment with the directives of Mr. President would be pursued.

“There has been very noticeable relocation of Almajiris from one state to another, up until yesterday (Sunday). With the ban on interstate movement, the continuation of this exercise will not be in alignment with the guidelines issued.

“The PTF shall engage the respective state governments on how to achieve their objectives.”

The task force also lamented that some states involved in ‘deportation’ Almajiris were helping in the breach of the ban on interstate movement.

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A woman, her adult son and husband have been charged in the fatal shooting of a security guard who refused to let her daughter enter a Family Dollar in Michigan because she wasn't wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus.

Calvin Munerlyn was shot Friday at the store just north of downtown Flint a short time after telling Sharmel Teague’s daughter she had to leave because she lacked a mask, according to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.

Teague, 45, argued with Munerlyn, 43, before leaving. Two men later came to the store.

Teague; her husband, Larry Teague, 44; and Ramonyea Bishop, 23; are charged with first-degree premeditated murder and gun charges.

Larry Teague also is charged with violating Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive order mandating that all customers and employees must wear face coverings inside grocery stores, Leyton said.

Witnesses identified Bishop as the man who shot Munerlyn in the back of the head, Leyton said.

Sharmel Teague has been arrested. Police were looking for her husband and son.

No information has been released about the daughter, who has not been charged in the shooting.

“It is important that the governor’s order be respected and adhered to, and for someone to lose their life over it is beyond comprehension,” Leyton said earlier Monday in a statement.

On Thursday, gun-carrying protesters and other demonstrators rallied inside the state Capitol, calling for coronavirus-related restrictions to be lifted. Some protesters with guns — which are allowed in the statehouse — went to the Senate gallery. Some senators wore bulletproof vests.

As of Monday, Michigan has reported 43,754 confirmed COVID-19 virus cases and 4,049 deaths due to complications from the disease.

“The hostile tone that we have seen in recent days on television and in social media can permeate our society in ways we sometimes don’t fully realize or anticipate,” Leyton told reporters Monday. “Decisions like staying home when we can, wearing a mask when going to the store and staying a safe distance from those around us — these should not be political arguments. They don’t necessitate acts of defiance, and we simply cannot devolve into an us versus them mentality.”

About 150 people attended a candlelight vigil Sunday night. On Monday, a makeshift memorial was started outside the Family Dollar.

Munerlyn’s mother, Bernadett, said she wants justice for her son.

“They didn’t have to take my baby and it wasn’t that serious,” she said. “All you people just have to do is listen to the law, listen to the governor. Just stay home. If you don’t have to come out, then you wouldn’t need a mask unless you’re out getting groceries or necessities. All my baby was doing was his job working and doing his job.”

Whitmer offered her condolences.

“It is incredibly sad that in this crisis that this life was lost," Whitmer told reporters Monday. “We are mindful of how important it is that people keep a level head, that we do the right things protecting ourselves and protecting others.”

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Nigeria has recorded 245 new cases of Coronavirus, the highest it has recorded in a single day.

With the sharp increase, Nigeria now has a total of 2,802 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.

In the figures released by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Monday night, Lagos recorded a sharp increase, ramping up 76 new infections, while Katsina recorded 37 new cases.

Jigawa also recorded sharp increase in infections, raking in 32 new cases, while Kano has 23 new infections.

The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, followed, ramping up 19 new cases; Borno, 18; Edo, 10; Bauchi, nine; Adamawa, six; Oyo and Ogun, five cases each while Ekiti, Osun, Benue, Niger and Zamfara have one case each.

“245 new cases of #COVID19: There are now 2,802 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria; Discharged: 417; Deaths: 93,” NCDC said on its twitter handle.

How States Stand in new cases on Monday

76-Lagos
37-Katsina
32-Jigawa
23-Kano
19-FCT
18-Borno
10-Edo
9-Bauchi
6-Adamawa
5-Oyo
5-Ogun
1-Ekiti
1-Osun
1-Benue
1-Niger
1-Zamfara

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