It’s illegal to manage COVID-19 patient without permission – Lagos govt (Tribune)
The Lagos State government has classified as illegal the management of COVID-19 patients by private facilities in the state without permission from the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi disclosed this at a press briefing on COVID-19 held on Friday at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
Abayomi stressed that every COVID-19 patient in the state must be known to the government person for adequate data capturing.
He warned that “Every person with COVID-19 in Lagos state must be known to the government. If you are managing COVID-19 without government permission and we are not capturing you in our database, you are performing an illegal act according to the laws of Lagos State. Read more
LASU undergraduate arrested for child molestation in Lagos (Vanguard)
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested Adeyeye Oluwatosin, a Botany student of Lagos State University (LASU) seen kissing a minor in a viral video.
Adeyeye Oluwatosin who was arrested on Friday 5th May is currently being investigated at the State Criminal Investigation Department for molesting his three-year-old step sister.
The incident was a learned incident that happened on Tuesday 2nd, June 2020 in their residence at Shagamu.
Confirming the arrest the spokesperson Lagos state police command DSP Bala Elkana said “the arrest was made after the attention of Lagos State Police Command was drawn to a viral video showing one Adeyeye Oluwatosin Babatunde of Kajola Street, Shagamu, Ogun State, a Botany student of Lagos State University, kissing his three years old step sister (name withheld). Read more
Rape: Coalition of CSOs takes protest to Lagos Police Area Command (Independent)
Following recent increase in rape cases across the country, coalition of Civil Society Organization (CSO) has taken protest to police area command in Lagos State demanding, that federal government must as a matter of urgency declare a state of emergency on Gender Based Violence (GBV).
The protesters, made up of prominent rights groups in the country, like Women Rights and Health Project (WRAHP), Action Aid Nigeria and a host of others, dressed in black, carrying placards with various inscriptions like “So long as girls and women are not free, no one is free.” Read more
Lagos will soon run out of isolation centres – Commissioner (DailyTrust)
The Lagos State Government has revealed that if the state continues to record over 200 to 300 positive cases on a daily basis, it will soon run out of isolation centres. It added that with the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state, only moderate to severe cases will be managed at the isolation centers while the asymptomatic and mild cases will be managed at home. In a chat with journalists in the state on Friday, the Commissioner for health, Prof Akin Abayomi insisted the modalities for the community based/home-based care will be defined as to who qualifies to be managed at home and who will be managed at the isolation facility. He noted that if Lagos continues to record over 200 to 300 positive cases on a daily basis, the State will soon run out of isolation centers. Read more
Hotel owners seek palliatives from Lagos State, fault ‘register to reopen’ policy (Guardian)
Hotel Owners and Managers Association of Lagos (HOMAL), the umbrella body of hotel woners in the state, has called on the Lagos State Government to work out palliatives for its members as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at a briefing held recently in Lagos, the chairman of the group, Chief Samuel Alabi, said hospitality sector deserves special interventions following the lockdown that kept all hotels under lock and key.
“No one could ever imagine that the economic activities will almost be totally grounded as from the month of March. Read more
Covid-19 claims 42 per cent of Nigerian jobs, says NBS (Nation)
Lagos may shut churches, mosques over face mask compliance
Aso Villa mosque re-opens
Ondo threatens another lockdown if cases increase
With the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic still unraveling, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says 42 per cent of Nigerian employees have lost their jobs on account of the disease.
The bureau, in a report just published, said the economic shock imposed on Nigerians by the pandemic exceeds whatever they may have experienced between 2017 and 2018. Read more
Umahi gives palliatives to Ebonyi indigenes in Lagos (Guardian)
As Nigerians grapple with hardship precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi has donated 13,000 bags of 5kg rice and N13 million to cushion the effects of the lockdown on indigenes of the 13 councils that make up the Development Association of Ebonyi State in Lagos, with each council entitled to 1000 bags of rice and N1 million.
A statement by President of the Development Association of Ebonyi, Felix Amah Nnachi, said the palliatives, facilitated by President of Ndigbo, Lagos, Maj-Gen. Abel Obi Umahi (rtd), Executive Assistant to the Governor and Liaison Officer in Lagos, Mrs. Ogechi Anaso Kalu and himself were in line with the governor’s humanitarian gestures. Read more
Aba designers making brisk business from PPE (DailyTrust)
or the past two months in Aba, following the outbreak of coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, tailors and fashion designers have changed their line of business. They now concentrate more on making personal protective equipment. From Amammogho Cluster to Kent, down to Howell Crescent and York Street by St. Michael Road, production of PPE is in vogue. Products such as coveralls and facemasks now generate a lot of money for those who make and sell them. Read more
Coronavirus: WHO advises to wear masks in public areas (BBC)
The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
The global body said new information showed they could provide “a barrier for potentially infectious droplets”.
Some countries around the world already recommend or mandate the wearing of face coverings in public. Read more
Entire emergency response team of Buffalo Police Department resigns over suspension of cops who pushed elderly protester (RT)
All 57 members of the Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response Team have quit their unit in protest after two officers were suspended without pay over their unprovoked attack on an elderly peaceful protester.
The officers resigned from their positions en masse on Friday after their colleagues were suspended without pay the previous night as a “show of support and disgust,” local media reported. They have not quit the police department entirely, however.
The Erie County District Attorney is investigating an incident – caught on video – in which two members of the Emergency Response Team pushed a 75-year-old demonstrator to the ground in the process of clearing the area in front of the Buffalo City Hall. While they initially claimed the man fell, video later emerged showing the men shoving him without apparent provocation. Read more
NFL says players’ protests should now be allowed (BBC)
The National Football League has said players can now protest during the US national anthem, as rallies continue against police brutality and racism.
“We were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.
The NFL had previously banned its players from dropping to one knee.
The practice was started by black player Colin Kaepernick in 2016 in protest against racial injustice. Read more
Minneapolis bars police use of controversial chokehold (VOA)
The U.S. city of Minneapolis agreed Friday to ban the police use of chokeholds after an African American man died in police custody, triggering nearly two weeks of protests across America.
City negotiators agreed with the state of Minnesota to ban chokeholds and require police to intervene and report any unauthorized use of force by another officer.
The Minneapolis City Council approved the agreement unanimously after the Minnesota Department of Human Rights began a civil rights investigation this week in response to the death of George Floyd. Read more
Coronavirus: Madagascar minister fired over $2m lollipop order (BBC)
Madagascar’s education minister has been fired over plans to order more than $2m (£1.6m) worth of sweets for schoolchildren.
Rijasoa Andriamanana said pupils would be given three lollipops each to mask the “bitter” aftertaste of an untested herbal remedy for coronavirus.
The plan was called off after objections from Madagascar’s president.
President Andry Rajoelina is promoting the herbal tonic Covid-Organics as a coronavirus cure. Read more
Joe Biden clinches Democratic presidential nomination (NYPost)
Joe Biden has formally clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Friday.
“It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded,” Biden said in a statement Friday night.
“And I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party.”
The former vice president will go on to challenge President Donald Trump in the general election against the backdrop of immense challenges: the coronavirus pandemic, nationwide civil unrest and historic joblessness. Read more
Nigerian Bundesliga trio excites Rohr (Nation)
Though none of the Nigerian players in the Bundesliga is involved in the title run in with their respective clubs, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr remains a happy man.
With the return of the Bundesliga w on May 16 amid the coronavirus crisis, the trio of Paderborn’s Jamilu Collins, Mainz 05’s Taiwo Awoniyi and FC Koln’s Kingsley Ehizibue have all been in the thick of action for their respective German sides.
Rohr reckoned that the Bundesliga where he made his name with Bayern Munich in his heyday is a veritable ground for the Nigerian lads to improve on their fitness ahead of resumption of international football.
“It was important that football returns,” explained Rohr, who will be 67 on June 28. “Bundesliga is well prepared with a great sanitary concept which is good. Read more
Liverpool cleared to win Premier League at Anfield (Vanguard)
Premier League leaders Liverpool could claim a first title for 30 years at Anfield after the initial batch of fixtures of the restart was announced on Friday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men, with a commanding 25-point lead at the top of the table, were just two wins away from clinching the title before coronavirus forced the suspension of football in March.
Liverpool’s first match back is against Everton on June 21. Read more
Kei Kamara: ‘Being a black man in the US is very difficult’ (BBC)
Sierra Leone’s US-based striker Kei Kamara, who joined in the protests this week following the death of George Floyd, says his children and their futures inspired him to make a stance.
Widespread protests have taken place across cities in the United States and globally since Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after being pinned down by a white police officer.
Kamara, who plays for MLS club Colorado Rapids, says he was moved by the action of his children who joined him at the protests. Read more
COVID-19: Neymar mistakenly approved for $120 welfare payment (Independent)
Superstar Neymar was mistakenly approved to receive a $120 (Dh440) welfare payment meant for low-paid Brazilian workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.
In an apparent case of identity theft, the Paris Saint-Germain star’s name, date of birth and Brazilian ID number were used to register for the payment from the federal government, news site UOL reported.
The emergency payments are meant to help Brazilians employed in the informal sector whose jobs and incomes have vanished with stay-at-home measures to contain the virus. Read more
Michael Jordan: NBA legend to donate $100m to racial equality fight (BBC)
Michael Jordan says he will donate $100m (£78m) to groups fighting for racial equality and social justice.
The NBA legend said in a statement that he and his Jordan Brand would distribute the money over 10 years.
The money will go to a number of organisations in a bid to tackle “ingrained racism”.
It comes in the wake of protests breaking out across the US and around the world following the death of George Floyd as he was restrained by police. Read more
LA Galaxy fire Aleksandar Katai over wife’s social media posts about George Floyd protesters (RT)
LA Galaxy have released Serbia midfielder Aleksandar Katai after his wife, Tea, made incendiary outbursts on Instagram describing protesters over the death of George Floyd as “disgusting cattle” and calling for more killings.
The club agreed to mutually part ways with Katai, who had only made two appearances from the club since signing on December 31, during a meeting two days after being made aware of a now-deleted Instagram diatribe by his wife that they deemed “racist and violent”.
Tea Katai posted a screenshot from a video showing two New York City police offers driving through a crowd of demonstrated, adding the message “kill the shits,” as reported by the Associated Press’ Greg Beacham. Read more