Nigeria’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 22,020 on Wednesday as 649 new infections were announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Nine deaths were recorded from the virus on Wednesday bringing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 542.
The health agency in a tweet Wednesday night said the new cases were reported in 22 states.
These are Lagos, Oyo, Plateau, Delta, Abia, Kaduna, Ogun, Edo, Akwa Ibom, Kwara, Federal Capital Territory ( FCT), Enugu, Niger, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Osun, Bauchi, Anambra, Gombe, Sokoto, Imo and Kano.
All the reporting states already had at least a case of the virus.
As of Tuesday, 35 states and the FCT have recorded at least a case of the disease. Only one state, Cross River, is yet to report any case of the virus.
In the last one week, states like Oyo, Delta, Ogun have been reporting increasing numbers of infections daily.
Lagos recorded the highest daily figure of the infection on Monday, and remains the epicentre for the disease in the country.
Also, Oyo state reported its highest confirmed case yet, since the beginning of the outbreak.
Meanwhile, states like Kogi, Jigawa and Taraba have not reported any new case in over one week.
The 649 new cases are reported from 14 states: Lagos – 250, Oyo – 100, Plateau – 40, Delta – 40, Abia – 28, Kaduna – 27, Ogun – 22, Edo – 20, Akwa Ibom – 18, Kwara – 17, FCT – 17, Enugu – 14, Niger – 13, Adamawa – 13, Bayelsa – 7, Osun – 6, Bauchi – 6, Anambra – 4, Gombe – 3, Sokoto – 2, Imo – 1 and Kano – 1
NCDC said “till date, 22, 020 cases have been confirmed, 7,613 cases have been discharged and 542 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.”
A breakdown of the 22, 020 confirmed cases shows that Lagos State has so far reported 9, 323 cases, followed by FCT – 1,207, Kano – 1,191, Oyo – 1,155, Rivers – 930, Edo – 817, Ogun – 721, Kaduna – 635, Delta – 609, Bauchi – 488, Gombe – 482, Borno – 477, Katsina – 434, Jigawa – 317, Ebonyi – 264, Plateau – 293, Imo – 247, Abia – 280, Nasarawa – 193, Kwara – 217, Sokoto – 140, Ondo – 162, Bayelsa – 184, Enugu – 174, Zamfara – 76, Kebbi – 67, Osun – 73, Anambra – 70, Niger – 79, Yobe – 56, Osun – 67,Akwa Ibom – 83, Adamawa – 58, Benue – 47, Ekiti – 35, Taraba – 18, Taraba – 18, and Kogi – 3.
Finally, Buhari Fires Service Chiefs, Names Replacements
After years of complaints by Nigerians about the worsening security situation amidst the overstay of Nigeria’s military chiefs in office, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday relieved the officials of their positions.
Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said in a statement, Tuesday, that Mr Buhari “accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.”
The four men – Gabriel Olonisakin, a general and Chief of Defence Staff; Tukur Buratai; a lieutenant general and chief of army staff; Abubakar Sadique, an air marshal and chief of air staff, and Ibok Ibas, a vice admiral and chief of naval staff – were supposed to have retired over two years ago based on their years of service.
But President Buhari kept them in office even as the security situation across the country worsened with bandits wreaking havoc in the North-west and North-central states, the Boko Haram carrying out attacks in the North-east and kidnapping becoming the norm in several states across Nigeria.
As the security situation got worse and more Nigerians called for the replacement of the service chiefs, Mr Buhari stuck to his guns, insisting they were doing their best and did not deserve to be replaced.
Even when he finally relieved them of their positions on Tuesday, the president praised the officials for their “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country.”
President Buhari’s claim of “overwhelming achievements’ by the outgone military chiefs not only contradicts the perception of many Nigerians but also contradicts the position of the National Assembly dominated by members of the president’s party, APC.
At least on three different occasions, the National Assembly called for the sack of the service chiefs based on the worsening security situation. On each occasion, the president ignored the lawmakers and retained the Olonisakin-led service chiefs who were appointed on July 13, 2015, after President Buhari assumed office.
In his statement, Mr Adesina announced that the president appointed Leo Irabor, a major general, as the Chief of Defence Staff.
Mr Irabor formerly led Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram as the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole.
Ibrahim Attahiru, also a major general, was named the new Chief of Army Staff. Like Mr Irabor, Mr Attahiru had also led the war against Boko Haram.
The president also appointed A.Z. Gambo, a rear admiral, as Chief of Naval Staff and Isiaka Amao, an air vice marshal, as Chief of Air Staff.
“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities,” Mr Adesina said.
Just In: Chelsea Fire Manager Frank Lampard
Chelsea announced on Monday they had sacked manager Frank Lampard after a poor run in the Premier League.
“This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him,” said owner Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea are struggling in ninth place in the Premier League table, 11 points behind leaders Manchester United.
They have lost five of their past eight Premier League matches after a good start to the season.
Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel in line to take over, reports said.
Eagles Captain, Ahmed Musa Set to Join West Brom
Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa is set to join Premier League club West Bromwich Albion on a short term deal.
The 28-year-old has been unattached since quitting Al Nassr in October 2020.
According to Daily Mail, the Baggies have requested a visa for the winger and have also scheduled him for a medical on Wednesday.
Capped 95 times by Nigeria, Musa’s career has stalled since he left CSKA Moscow in 2016. Having scored 55 goals in 167 appearances for the Russians, he joined Leicester City in the summer of that year.
Things did not work out at the King Power Stadium, as the African made just seven league starts in 21 outings.
He joined after the Foxes had claimed the Premier League title and hoped to be part of something special with the club.
But he was loaned back to CSKA for the second half of the 2017/18 campaign.
He was then sold to Al Nassr in January 2019 and played 62 times in all competitions before being released.