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Nigeria records 21 new cases of COVID-19 in five states

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As the battle against COVID-19 continues, Nigeria has recorded 21 new cases of the deadly disease across five states of the federation.

This was announced on Monday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its daily update for Monday, November 29.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 21 additional cases reported on Monday indicate a decrease from the 110 cases reported the previous day.

According to the NCDC, the additional 21 cases bring the total of confirmed infections in the country to 214,113.

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It said Lagos recorded 6, Cross River-5, Rivers-5 and Abia-3.

However, Bauchi and Kaduna recorded one case each.

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The NCDC noted that since the outbreak of the virus on Feb. 27, 2020, a total of 2,976 persons had lost their lives, while 207,292 recovered and were discharged.

The Nigerian public health institute said a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

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The agency added that a total of 3,479,682 blood samples had been tested since the pandemic began across the country.

(NAN) 

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Confusion as security operatives exchange blows during Buhari’s Kaduna visit

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There was confusion when security agents exchanged blows while President Muhammadu Buhari was commissioning Kawo bridge in the heart of Kaduna state, city, on Thursday.

President Buhari arrived in Kaduna State to commission projects executed by the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

The projects are in Kafanchan, Kaduna and Zaria.

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Shortly after his return from Kafacnchan, the President commissioned the Kawo bridge.

However, an altercation among security operatives attached to the President and those based in Kaduna resulted in exchange of blows.

Trouble started when some operatives of the Department of State Services blocked the road to Kawo bridge soon after the President who mounted the bridge.

Governor El-Rufai, who had earlier alighted from his vehicle, rode in the President’s convoy to the bridge.

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The security agents, who barred journalists and other dignitaries from accessing Kawo bridge, blocked the road after El-Rufai and the President were on the bridge.

However, El-Rufai’s Aide-De-Camp insisted that the governor’s official vehicle must be allowed access.

Daily Trust reports that the President’s security aides stood their ground and this resulted in not just an altercation but exchange of blows.

Eventually, the governor’s vehicle was given access.

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Two die, five injured as truck crushes motorcycle in Cross River

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The Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed the death of two persons in an accident in the early hours of Thursday in Nko community, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The Public Education Officer of the Corps in Cross River State, Mark Ajuka, confirmed the death of the victims in an interview.

Ajuka, a Superintendent Route Commander, told the News Agency of Nigeria that five persons were also injured in the crash that involved a truck and a motorcycle.

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He said that investigation revealed that the crash was caused by a brake failure from the truck driver.

He said: “The accident occurred early this morning in Nko community, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River.

“The deceased have been evacuated from the scene of the crash, while those injured were taken to the General Hospital in Ugep for treatment.”

An eyewitness, James Eteng, told the NAN that the tragic incident occurred at St. Pius Primary School in Nko community.

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“Today is a black Thursday for us in Nko community.

“We have lost a son and a daughter in an accident that occurred this morning.

“As we speak, the whole community is in mourning mood, we can only console with the family to bear the irreparable loss.”

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