The gradual ease of the lockdown restrictions in major cities in Nigeria has seen a rise in the number of new cases of infection the deadly coronavirus. The gradual ease began on Monday, May 4th, a day in which 245 new cases of the virus were announced. It is the highest single infection in the country so far.
Nigeria began loosening restrictions Monday on staying in the capital, Abuja, and the largest city, Lagos, in an effort to reduce the impact on Africa’s largest economy. The government said restoring economic activity was the first phase of the six-week process. It added that the situation will be re-evaluated within the next two weeks, and if the situation is calm, the action of lockdown will be eliminated altogether.
Residents of Nigeria’s major cities can breathe a sigh of relief as lockdown restrictions brought about by the deadly coronavirus pandemic are to be eased. The President, Muhammadu Buhari, made the announcement on Monday night through a televised address. He revealed that there would a gradual easing of the lockdown restrictions.
At least fifteen people were killed after an explosion at a gas processing plant in Lagos, Nigeria. A total of 50 buildings were destroyed after a fire broke out in a suburb in the capital city. “Fifteen bodies have been recovered now. So many people have been injured,” the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye, said.
The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has been dethroned and removed from office. The government оf thе ѕtаtе оf Kаnо, in Northern Nigeria, сlаіmѕ tо hаvе tаkеn thіѕ vеrу rаrе аnd historic decision tо defend thе vаluеѕ buіlt “fоr a millennium.” It іѕ аn undеrѕtаtеmеnt to ѕау thаt the dесіѕіоn аnnоunсеd on Monday by thе lосаl аuthоrіtіеѕ іѕ fraught with соnѕеԛuеnсеѕ.
Senegal announced the first new coronavirus case on Monday. The patient is a Frenchman who remained in France in February before returning to Senegal and being isolated in Dakar. Senegalese authorities want to isolate all passengers on Senegal Airlines flights from Paris to Dakar.
The World Health Organization has raised its assessment of the risk of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus to “very high.” This happened after a development where Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Nigeria are the latest among 49 countries that have detected cases of the virus within two weeks.
Coronavirus can spread to all countries in the world. This is according to Christian Lindmeier, the spokesperson for the World Health Organization. “The outbreak is getting bigger. The scenario of the coronavirus reaching multiple countries, if not all countries around the world, is something we have been looking at and warning against since quite a while,” he said at a news briefing with reporters in Geneva on Friday.
At least 31 civilians were killed in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on Saturday. The attacks in Yemen came the day after the Houthis claimed to have shot down one of the Saudi coalition’s planes. The attack was confirmed by the UN coordinator in the country, Lise Grande.
At least 30 people were burnt alive, while women and children were abducted, in northeastern Nigeria. The government spokesman, Ahmad Abdurrahman Bundi, said that the attackers stormed the area in trucks mounted with heavy weapons, killing, burning and looting before kidnapping women and children. “They killed not less than thirty people who were mostly motorists and destroyed 18 vehicles,” the spokesman said in a statement after visiting the scene.
Three aid workers and other civilians who had been held hostage by an armed group have been released, a United Nations official has said. They had been held hostage in northeast Nigeria since late December. The hostages were kidnapped on December 22 by fighters posing as soldiers who stopped a convoy of commercial vehicles travelling towards the city of Maiduguri, state capital of the northeast state of Borno.
Nine people have been killed after a grenade exploded Monday afternoon on a bridge over El Beid river in the Cameroonian frontier town of Fotokol. Cameroon army spokesperson, Colonel Cyrille Atonfack Nguemo said that the blast resulted from “reckless manipulation” of a grenade found in the sand in the locality by “two little boys.”
An attempted robbery at a bank in Mpape area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has been foiled by policemen and soldiers from the Guards Brigade. Four members of an armed gang have been arrested as one is confirmed dead, he was shot dead while trying to escape. Some of the bank’s staff and security officers suspected to have aided the robbers are also held by police from Mpape Division for questioning.
The Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) brutally executed a group of its hostages, most of whom were Christians. ISWAP released a 56-second video produced by “news agency” Telegram, claiming to show the killing of eleven Christians in Nigeria. In the footage, a captive in the middle is shot dead while the rest are pushed to the ground and beheaded. ISWAP said that it spared two of its captives. The video was released on December 26, and analysts say it was appropriately timed to coincide with Christmas celebrations. Another video circulated early this month that showed the group pleading for help.
Four Nigerian hostages held since July have been killed by members of a group that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL), the French aid group Action Against Hunger (AAH) said on Friday. “The armed group responsible for the kidnapping of humanitarian workers on July 18, have just murdered four hostages,” AAH said in a statement. The Paris-based organization added that one of its staff and two drivers were among those killed.
Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has ordered a speedy and thorough investigation on an incident in which five inmates were electrocuted in Ikoyi prison. “The law recommends in this instance a coroner’s inquest which will reveal what the exact cause of the death was, but beyond that, we will look into everything about it, the circumstances, the how, why and generally the cause of this,” he said.
Nigerian police rescued 300 people on Thursday, mostly children and young people, who were being held in a building advertised as a special Islamic school. At least 100 had been chained in the “torture house” in Kaduna, in the north of the country. Police say the children were victims of torture and rape during their stay.
Five people were killed in a wave of xenophobic violence that has rocked South Africa since Saturday. The country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has condemned the attacks, calling them “totally unacceptable.” Close to two hundred suspected perpetrators of the attacks and looting have been arrested.
Twenty seven people were killed by Islamic terrorist attacks per day, each and every day over the last six days. That was an average of five attacks per day. The overall number of attacks has increase but the number of deaths has declined three weeks in a row.
The most horrific Islamic attacks last week were in a northeast Nigerian village as the militants struck the village of Ngamngam in Borno state, near the border with Niger. The Islamic insurgents executed at least 20 locals on their farms, while many of the rest fled to the nearby town of Damasak, a government and a security source claimed.
The number of targeted attacks by extreme Islamic terrorists in 2019 is staggering. There were 569 Islamic attacks in 37 countries in which 3,237 people were killed and 3,689 were injured so far this year That works out to over 30 people killed per day and almost five attacks per day.
This week’s major news story and largest attack was a Boko Haram attack on a Nigerian Kuda-Kaya Village. That Boko Haram extremists killed at least 25 people who were returning home from a wedding celebration.
- SYRIA: The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces announced Sunday they were engaged in fierce fighting as part of a “final push” against Daesh in Syria. The offensive comes as President Trump announced plans to declare, as early as next week, that all Daesh territory has been recovered.