Russia becomes first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, says Putin

Russia becomes first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, says Putin

The development paves the way for the mass inoculation of the Russian population, even as the final stage of clinical trials to test safety and efficacy continue. The speed at which Russia is moving to roll out its vaccine highlights its determination to win the global race for an effective product, but has stirred concerns that it may be putting national prestige before sound science and safety. Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin said the vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters. “I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” said Putin. He said he hoped

Nigeria confirms 182 new cases of COVID-19, total active cases now hits 6064

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 182 new cases of the Coronavirus, (COVID-19), in the country, the total active cases for Nigeria now stand at 6,064. The NCDC, on its official twitter handle, said that as at May 28, 2020, 182 new confirmed cases and five deaths were recorded in Nigeria. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the NCDC said that the new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in the country. The center said that this took the country’s total infections to 8,915 out of which 2,592 have been discharged with 259 losing their lives. The NCDC said that the cases were spread across 15 states and the FCT, with Lagos accounting for the highest

Oil prices fall as U.S. fuel demand remains weak

Oil prices edged lower on Friday after the U.S. inventory data showed lacklustre fuel demand in the world’s largest oil consumer while worsening U.S.-China tensions weighed on global financial markets. Brent crude slipped 25 cents, or 0.7 per cent, to $35.04 a barrel by 0334 GMT and the U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was at $33.18 a barrel, down 53 cents, or 1.6 per cent. Still, both contracts are set for a fifth weekly gain, helped by production cuts and optimism about demand recovery in other countries. “The rally needs a breather. “It has been four weeks of gains and the market needs to buy time for downstream prices to catch up,’’ OCBC economist, Howie Lee, said. “Beyond the short term, the bullish momentum still

FG shuts down NDDC HQ in Rivers over suspected COVID-19 outbreak

ABUJA - The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has ordered the immediate shutdown of the headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission in Port Harcourt following the sudden death of the Commission’s Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Chief Ibanga Etang. Chief Etang, whose death occurred in the early hours of Thursday at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital in Port Harcourt, was suspected to have died from complications arising from coronavirus disease. To this ends, Senator Akpabio has directed all staff of the Commission currently exhibiting symptoms not to panic but to report to the nearest NCDC centre in Port Harcourt for evaluation. The ministry in a statement by its Director, Press & PR, Mrs Deworitshe Patricia said the “Minister

Become payment facilitator, Fulfilment facilitator and earn up to $1,000 daily with the Black Wall Street programs to redefine African commerce from colonial past

The Black Wall Street has unleashed two programs to redefine African commerce from the colonial past. This is to further the Economic War to set Africa free from European invaders who structured African trade to suit their selfish interests. Colonialism had a huge impact on the lives of Africans. Economic policies were adopted by Europeans who destroyed the colonies, rather than help them. Africa was damaged economically, politically, and culturally. Africa’s traditional lifestyles and culture were destroyed. The Europeans had no interest in traditional African culture and had no concern for the Africans. There were several negative effects of colonialism that became evident after many African nations became independent. The economic structure of African society was changed by European invaders. Cash crops were

Mob set lunatic ablaze for killing five siblings in Ogun

A mob on Saturday morning lynched a mentally sick man identified as Oladele Adeola, 35, for killing five siblings, The Nation has learnt. The incident occurred around 9:30am at Asa Village in Ojaodan, a Lagos border community. It was gathered that Adeola used a cutlass to matchet the kids aged between two and five years. The children were said to belong to one Olaegbe Adeola. The children were identified as five-year-old Bolu, Johnson, Tosin, Joel and Sesan all aged two. It was learnt the kids were playing when the madman suddenly got hold of a cutlass and started matcheting them. By the time villagers knew what was happening, the kids were lying lifeless on the ground. It was gathered the sight of the lifeless children provoked villagers

Jude Okoye responds to Cynthia Morgan’s allegations

CEO of Northside Entertainment, Jude Okoye, has responded to the allegations made by singer, Cynthia Morgan, now known as Madrina. The elder brother of Peter and Paul Okoye of the defunct R&B group, P-Square, denied the allegations during an Instagram Live chat with blogger, Tunde Ednut, on Sunday. He said, “I spent almost N40 million on you. Have I ever gone to court to gain an injunction against you?. Abeg when you tell people what I did to you. Did you tell them I gave you a Range Rover, Did you tell them I gave you a house? Did you tell people how many shows you don do behind my back?” Cynthia had earlier revealed that she had lost access to her social

COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu vows to re-impose total lockdown if…

The Lagos State Government says it will not hesitate to re-impose total lockdown in the state if residents continue to violate guidelines on the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown. Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the announcement on Saturday while giving an update on the management of COVID-19 and review of the lockdown in the state. On May 4, Lagos State commenced a gradual easing of the lockdown imposed on the state as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lagos, the economic hub of Nigeria is the city most affected by the coronavirus in the country. Sanwo-Olu said that the level of compliance with guidelines on the lockdown easing was unacceptable. He said that the compliance level for commercial

COVID-19: 160 stranded Nigerians depart U.S. for Abuja

The first batch of Nigerians stranded in the United States due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is on their way back home. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 160 Nigerians, including eight infants, made the first batch of evacuees. They are returning aboard an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft under the special flight arrangements by the Federal Government for nationals stranded abroad. In line with the government’s pre-departure infection prevention control guidelines, temperature checks were conducted on the passengers by a special medical team. The plane departed the Newark International Airport, New Jersey, on Saturday around 8:20 p.m. local time (1:20 a.m. in Nigeria on Sunday). It is expected to arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, around noon on Sunday. On arrival,