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The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has directed all pay tv platforms in the country to release local channels to all Nigerian for free. .

The information was made known in a statement signed by NBC assistant director, public affairs , Ekanem Antia on Friday said the decryption will last for one month where it named GOTV, DSTV, NTA Startimes, FreeTV and other pay TV platforms in Nigeria to decrypt all local channels to enable subscribers to access daily reports and directives on the Coronavirus pandemic.

Further directives on this shall be issued by the Commission after detailed assessments of subsequent development,” the statement noted.

Earlier, NBC had requested broadcast stations to ensure timely basic information and updates on the pandemic.

According to the statement, the commission noted that daily broadcast monitoring reports so far indicated that broadcast stations across the country have been giving detailed reportage on the campaign for awareness on the virus.

However, the commission noted with dismay that a few broadcasters aired “unsubstantiated news and names of persons purportedly infected by the virus without required professional authentication”.

Broadcasters are further mandated to allot, at least, 10% of their daily airtime to public enlightenment on the virus, in line with National interest and Social Responsibility, as enshrined in the Nigeria Broadcasting Code,” the statement added.

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Nigerian musician David Adeleke known as Davido, has taken to his instagram to announced that his fiancee Chioma has tested positive to the ravaging Covid 19 virus.

The Popstar said it was out of precautionary majors, that he and his fiance, and 31 others submitted themselves for the test where her (Chioma’s) result came out Positive while the rest of them including their baby tested negative.

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The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 14 new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

It disclosed that two of the cases are in FCT and 12 in Lagos. Out of the 14, two were detected on a vessel, three were returning travellers and one is close contact of a confirmed case

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 65

NCDC@NCDCgov

14 new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 2 in FCT, 12 in Lagos

Of the 14, 6 were detected on a vessel, 3 are returning travellers into Nigeria & 1 is close contact of a confirmed case

As at 7:35 pm 26th March, there are

65 confirmed cases
3 discharged
1 death

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According to a tweet by social media activist JJ Omojuwa, there has been a report of 6 recovery cases of coronavirus in Lagos state.

Omojuwa who twitted on his official Handle JJ.Omujuwa wrote, ” Glad to read about 6 new Coronavirus recovery in Lagos! Only yesterday someone called me and asked, why aren’t there no recoeries in Nigeria like abroad? I said, recoveries are correlated to WHEN the city came in and how many cases you have. More cases= More recoveries

The NCDC has earlier reported that there are new cases of the COVID 19 virus his is ravaging the whole world, with 2 new cases in Abuja, 2 on Lagos and 1 in Osun state.

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The Lagos state government, in it’s bid to curtail spread of the ravaging Covid 19 disease, has continued to culminate major bus stops in the state.

The officials from the Vector control unit of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources are seen Fumigating major bus stops in Surulere against the COVID-19.

But while some people are happy and hailing the government for the efforts, others are seeing it as a counter productive effort since there are people still roaming the street, therefore the fumigation will be ineffective. See comments below.

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Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T.B Joshua, has predicted the date the coronavirus pandemic will cease to exist in the world.

In a sermon to his congregation, the controversial pastor said the fearful disease will disappear from the face of the earth on March 27, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control  has reported another 51 confirmed cases as of thirsday 26 March, more cases are yet to be pronounced as tests are being carried out in labs.

“Coronavirus, the fearful virus plaguing the world will end on 27th March 2020.” says TB Joshua

Source: the Nation Scoop

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Adamu Mohammed Duguri, elder brother of the Bauchi state Governor Bala Mohammed has been reportedly kidnapped this evening.

He was allegedly taken captive around 7:30 pm on Wednesday at Anguwar Jaki in Bauchi metropolis.

The sad news came a day after the Governor was confirmed positive for Covid 19 virus.

Source:The Nation

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The House of Representatives has today move to arrest some telecommunication services providers who refused to heed to the invitation of the parliament over the pay as you go tarrif on Nigerians.

The motion which was brought into the floor of the house as a Matter of Urgent Public Importance by a lagos state law maker Hon. James Faleki, chairman house committee on finance, has called for drastic majors by the house by way of sanction to the airing telecoms service providers.

The speaker of the house Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed his dissatisfaction over the refusal by the service providers to appear in the parliament after an invitation by the house committee. The speaker further describing the act as disrespectful on the side of the telecom service

The house has however, agreed to invite the telecoms services again in the next one week, and if they fail to honor the invitation they should face immediate arrest.

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The chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Honorable Abike Dabiri Erewa, has paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman/CEO of the National Hajj commission of Nigeria NAHCON Alhaji Zikirullah Hassan at the NAHCON office (HAJJ HOUSE) in Abuja on the 18th March 2020

The visit was made in other to discuss some areas of bilateral and common interest of the two organization as the 2020 hajj pilgrimage is fast approaching.

Source:NAHCON platform

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The House of Representatives, after a two-hour debate on Wednesday, banned all forms gathering open worships across the country over the corona virus pandemic.

According to the law makers, the measure was based on cues from Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Vatican whom have banned open worship in their respective countries, therefore should equally act in other to help curtail and protect the citizens from the Covid-19 pandamic

The members also banned all visitors from the National Assembly till further notice.

Therefore, the resolution will now force constituents to either write their representatives and wait for reply or see members in the constituency offices.

Moving the motion of urgent public importance, Rep. Zakari Isa Chawai said even though government has put some measures in place to ensure flight restrictions into the country, there was the need to restrict public gatherings.

Chawai commended the management of the NYSC for shutting down its orientation camps across the country, pointing out that there was the need to take more proactive measure and quarantine travellers to the country.

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