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313 New Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria, Total Now ‪7,839



Nigeria has recorded 313 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 7,839.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this known on Sunday.

Data from the NCDC showed that five more patients died of coronavirus-related complications in the country.

Nigeria currently has 5,350 active cases after discharging at least 89 patients on Sunday, The PUNCH reports.

The centre said, “On the 24th of May 2020, 313 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

“Till date, 7839 cases have been confirmed, 2263 cases have been discharged and 226 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 313 new cases are reported from 17 states- Lagos (148), FCT (36), Rivers (27), Edo (19), Kano (13), Ogun (12), Ebonyi (11), Nasarawa (8), Delta (8), Oyo (7), Plateau (6), Kaduna (5), Kwara (4), Akwa Ibom (3), Bayelsa (3), Niger (2), Anambra (1).”

COVID-19 has killed at least 343,216 people since it first emerged in China last December.

Tally compiled by AFP as of 07 pm on Sunday showed that at least 5,362,160 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 2,079,300 are now considered recovered.

According to data from the World Health Organisation since 07 pm on Saturday, 3,441 new deaths and 99,827 new cases have been recorded worldwide.

The countries that registered the most deaths are Brazil with 965 followed by the United States with 951 and Mexico with 190.

The US, which registered its first case of the virus in early February, is the worst-hit country, with 97,430 deaths and 1,633,076 cases. At least 361,239 are now considered recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Britain with 36,793 deaths from 259,559 cases, Italy with 32,785 from 229,858 cases, Spain with 28,752 deaths and 235,772 cases and France with 28,367 deaths and 182,584 cases.

China – excluding Hong Kong and Macau – has to date declared 4,634 deaths and 82,974 cases. It has recorded 78,261 recoveries.

Europe overall has 173,915 deaths from 2,021,900 cases, the United States and Canada have 103,889 deaths from 1,717,158 infections, Latin America and the Caribbean 39,166 deaths from 720,260 cases, Asia 13,992 deaths from 441,447 cases, the Middle East 8,805 deaths from 343,372 cases, Africa 3,314 deaths from 109,562 cases, and Oceania 130 deaths from 8,466 cases.


States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 3,505 2,805 658 42
Kano 896 727 133 36
FCT 505 347 144 14
Katsina 308 243 51 14
Borno 250 81 144 25
Jigawa 241 159 78 4
Oyo 240 178 58 4
Bauchi 232 62 165 5
Ogun 231 123 101 7
Edo 191 126 58 7
Kaduna 189 68 116 5
Gombe 145 24 118 3
Rivers 116 78 30 8
Sokoto 116 12 90 14
Plateau 83 55 27 1
Kwara 79 44 34 1
Zamfara 76 8 63 5
Yobe 47 33 8 6
Nasarawa 46 26 18 2
Osun 42 5 33 4
Delta 39 19 13 7
Ebonyi 33 27 6 0
Kebbi 32 11 17 4
Niger 28 22 5 1
Adamawa 27 7 18 2
Akwa Ibom 24 9 13 2
Ondo 23 4 18 1
Ekiti 20 4 14 2
Enugu 18 12 6 0
Taraba 18 8 10 0
Bayelsa 11 5 6 0
Anambra 9 8 1 0
Imo 7 0 7 0
Abia 7 6 1 0
Benue 5 4 1 0

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Bandits Attack Military Base in Katsina, Soldiers Feared



An unspecified number of soldiers are feared killed in an attack on a military outpost in Marina, Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.

It is not clear the casualties suffered on either side, but some soldiers were feared killed.

The soldiers were said to be returning from an operation in a nearby forest when they were ambushed.

A resident of the area, who spoke under condition of anonymity, told DailyTrust, “Unknown to the soldiers, the bandits had laid an ambush in their outpost. The bandits opened fire immediately the soldiers returned to the posts.

“It is unfortunate because the soldiers were just returning from another operation, where they made tremendous success, combing the forests for the bandits, only to be waylaid in their base,” he said.

Another resident, however, said two of the bandits were killed during the gun duel.

Attempts to confirm the incident from the military or the police authorities proved abortive.


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Matawalle Accuses Jangebe School Watchman of Complicity in Schoolgirls’ Abduction



Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has fingered the watchman of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, where about 300 students were abducted last week, of being complicit in the incident.

He also said repentant bandits held talks with their unrepentant counterparts and were able to secure the release of the schoolgirls.

Matawalle spoke on Wednesday while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme monitored by The PUNCH.

The governor had said Nigerians will be shocked if they know the identities of those behind the mass abduction.

When asked to reveal the identities of masterminds of the abduction, Matawalle said, “The security agents in the state are aware that when we were trying to rescue these children without paying ransom, other people were behind talking to them that money will be given to them that they shouldn’t release them to the state government.

“This is a complete sabotage for my government and we have a lot of intelligence on this and I am going to inform the relevant authorities.

“The children have mentioned the watchman of the school, that after releasing them, the bandits were telling them that they should greet the watchman for them, they even mentioned his name that he was the one who gave them the go-ahead to come, he was involved.

“They (the schoolgirls) have said this before the commissioner of police in Zamfara State.

“I assure Nigerians that investigation will be carried out and all the people involved will be known.”

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See Full List of Officers, Soldiers Who Deserted the Army



The Nigerian Army has declared a total of 12 officers and 89 soldiers wanted for deserting the war front in Borno State.

The army authorities have also frozen the banks accounts of the affected personnel.

Military sources told PREMIUM TIMES the soldiers absconded from duty after insurgents attacked their camps in Marte and Dikwa Local Government Areas of Borno State, leaving scores of their colleagues dead.

This newspaper had exclusively reported how at least seven soldiers of the Nigerian Army were confirmed dead after Boko Haram terrorists attacked Marte.

The soldiers, attached to the 15 Task Force Battalion, were ambushed and dislodged after hours of intense fighting, sources told PREMIUM TIMES.

According to those familiar with the matter, the troops were overwhelmed and could not withstand the superior firepower of the terrorists.

The unit then tactically retreated and relocated to Dikwa, which was attacked again.

The Nigerian Army recently announced the recovery of Marte and other communities.

Order to apprehend deserters

Military insiders said the order to arrest and freeze bank accounts of the fleeing soldiers came from authorities of Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno.

Various formations of the army have been notified to immediately apprehend and deliver any of the soldiers found in their areas of responsibilities.

An internal memo to that effect has already been circulated to various formations, our sources said.

Full list of the officers and soldiers who deserted the army:

  1. GY Mohammed
  2. EP Nwangwu
  3. US Muhammad
  4. EG Utok
  5. A Ibrahim
  6. US Ibrahim
  7. ME Ochei
  8. EN Essien
  9. FC Maduako
  10. KO Adejare
  11. S Mammada
  12. YJ Ishaya
  13. Muazu Yusuf
  14. Musa Usman
  15. Idris Garba
  16. Chigbo John
  17. Aminu Mohammed
  18. Godfrey Samuel
  19. Christopher Silas
  20. Okoro Emeka
  21. Meze Hillary
  22. Zakka Peter
  23. Onyebuchi Kennedy
  24. Okunola Oluwasegun
  25. Suoyefe Abiola
  26. Mwankat Shalmak
  27. Ekekien Peter
  28. Daniel Emmanuel
  29. John Monday
  30. Yakubu Amos
  31. Aminu Saidu
  32. Pius Okoro
  33. Kenebra Shedrach
  34. Dominic Eworo
  35. Ojo Oluwasegun
  36. Nura Lawal
  37. Yakubu Suleiman
  38. Johnson Chorus
  39. Isah Shaibu
  40. Nasiru Hamisu
  41. Jibrin Sa’adu
  42. John Ukpenkune
  43. Umar Sani
  44. Mustapha Suleiman
  45. Isiaq Adam
  46. Muhammed Ahmed
  47. John Richard
  48. Kabiru Hashimu
  49. Awuna Monday
  50. Isah John
  51. Zamani Fidelis
  52. Abubakar Adam
  53. Philip Chia
  54. Ogundipe GBenga
  55. Samson Unite
  56. Francis Audu
  57. Abubakar Musa
  58. Ibrahim Adamu
  59. Sadiq Abubakar
  60. Lawal Abdullahi
  61. Ajala David
  62. Suleiman Jamilu
  63. Okoro Ama
  64. Sunday Sule
  65. Aimato Abdulsalam
  66. Abubakar Musa
  67. Suleiman Kabiru
  68. Onu Kingsley
  69. Buba Usman
  70. James John
  71. Hussaini Adamu
  72. Shamsudeen Ismail
  73. Saidu Sani
  74. Abdullahi Musa
  75. Abubakar Yahaya
  76. Edosa Aigboje
  77. Ibrahim Umar
  78. Chukwujekwu Okenwa
  79. Abdullahi Usman
  80. Ukali Emmanuel
  81. Joseph Benard
  82. Ewubare Gold
  83. Abimiku Sunday
  84. Ibrahim Mansur
  85. Joseph Ayuba
  86. Ayanyemi Tayo
  87. Remember Jeremiah
  88. Jimoh Adesina
  89. Ukwokori Precious
  90. Ayawei Ayibatemi
  91. Kalu Sunday
  92. Abdulkadir Ahmed
  93. Osakwe Festus N
  94. Badamashi Omokafe
  95. Levi Pwagureno
  96. Paul Pilate Saddam
  97. Bello Musa
  98. Moses Ayo
  99. Ademu Alih
  100. Ogobi Fredrick
  101. Benedict Uduebor

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