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Nigeria bans flights from Turkey, Brazil, India, South Africa

Nigeria has extended the ban on travellers coming from India, Brazil , South Africa and Turkey by four weeks because of concerns about the rampant spread of coronavirus in those countries.

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The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has extended the ban on flights from Brazil, Turkey and India by four weeks.

Speaking at the national briefing in Abuja on Monday, the Chairman, PSC on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, said “a few weeks ago, we announced additional measures to be met by passengers arriving from Brazil, Turkey and India.

”This action was due to the prevalence of variants of concern and the dangers associated with importation of the such virulent strain.

In May 2021, the PSC banned incoming flights from Brazil, India and Turkey, noting that anyone who had been in those three countries within 14 days of their intended arrival date in Nigeria would be barred from entering the country.

According to Mustapha, the PSC has been reviewing these restrictions and is of the opinion that they should remain for another four weeks before it is further reviewed.

”South Africa has, however, been added to this category once more.”

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), disclosed that South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Namibia and Uganda were being monitored as the COVID-19 cases were increasing there.

“In addition to these three countries, the PSC has also shifted its focus on some African countries.

”South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Namibia and Uganda fall in this category.

“South Africa for example, recorded over 100,000 cases in the last one week while 20,000 was recorded in the last 24 hours.

”The four major variants of concern are now classified as Alpha (UK), Beta (SA); Gamma (Brazil) and Delta (India).

”The Delta variant which has wreaked devastating havoc, is not yet found in Nigeria hence the need to tighten our borders and be more vigilant,” the SGF said.

He said that about six months ago, following the violation of the COVID-19 protocols by some inbound passengers to Nigeria, their travel documents were barred for a period of six months.

“We have received several appeals from those affected while we counselled on the importance of compliance with rules and regulations.

”The six-month period of ban for the first batch of 100 is almost complete and we use this opportunity to reassure Nigerians that sanctions will be imposed on violators of measures put in place to protect them and safeguard our nation.

”For over six months, federal government employees on GL 12 and below have been observing work-from-home instructions.

”This restriction remains in place until further notice in order to avert a third wave,” Mustapha added.

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#EndSARS Memorial: Nigerian youths plan to shutdown Lekki Toll Gate tomorrow

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The Nigerian youths have confirmed that the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos will be shut down tomorrow, Wednesday 20.

According to the youths, the #Endsars Memorial Car Procession will be held at the toll gate from 8 am.

The notifier, shared by Nigerian singer Falz, said the procession is “in memory of the lives lost on the 20-10-20.

“We should all endeavour to stay in our vehicles all throughout the procession and also in groups for safety reasons.

“Please be sure to arrive on time so we can proceed in unity together,” the notifier stated.

This plan was also confirmed by Comedian Mr Macaromi, who shared e-fliers of the car procession and the order of programme on his Instagram page.

Meanwhile Falz, on his part, noted that nothing will stop the procession.

“It is impossible for us not to memorialize our fallen heroes,” Falz stated on Instagram.

However, some youths are also planning a counter-protest titled “Defend Lagos.”

The Defend Lagos group in a trending message said:

“About a year ago, this carnage fell on Lagos State while Lagosians thought it was just going to be a protest. Lagos State was destroyed by End SARS protesters.

“Lagosians are ready to defend Lagos NOW. Never again will Lagos be destroyed.”

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University of Ibadan loses two students in 24 hours

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A 200 level student of the University of Ibadan (UI), Oluwaseun Ayomide Adeyemo, yesterday died in a car accident.
 
The student of the department of Microbiology was involved in a car accident around Mobil filling station, UI Ojoo axis.

She was rushed to the University Health Clinic popularly known as Jaja but efforts to save her life proved abortive as she passed on due to excessive loss of blood.
 
Her death came barely 24 hours as the university community was mourning the loss of a 400 level student of the department of History, Adebayo Adegoke.

Adegoke was allegedly shot by robbers around Pre-Boye World Shopping Complex in the late hours of 10:00 p.m. on Saturday.

A source, who preferred anonymity said, the deceased, who lived in Independence hall was shot and efforts to save his life proved abortive as he was unable to make it to the hospital.

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The students’ union officials were joined by the Dean Students Affairs, Professor A. Abiona, Head of Department of History and some other students’ leaders to visit the Bodija police station in order to ensure proper investigation is carried out on the deaths.

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Another building collapses in Lagos

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A building collapsed Monday night at No. 97, Lagos Road in the Haruna area of Ikorodu.

The incident occurred around 10pm. Two persons, a male and a female, were confirmed injured.

The victims are currently at the Ikorodu General Hospital receiving treatment.

At least three persons are trapped but no casualty yet, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

It was gathered that after the structure disintegrated, residents within the area mobilised to carry out initial rescue.

The Fire Service and Police responded on time but could not do much due to unavailability of equipment to lift rubbles.

A rescue operation was ongoing as at press time.

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