Good morning and welcome to Politics Nigeria latest coronavirus (COVID-19) update in Nigeria for today Friday, April 10th, 2020.
Information reaching POLITICS NIGERIA on Thursday evening reveals that the Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed has tested negative for the deadly COVID-19 virus. Mohammed, who tested positive a few weeks back, was overjoyed after the second test result returned negative.
No fewer than 2,600 prisoners have been pardoned by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of measures to decongest prison facilities in the country. In a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said 70 pardoned inmates will be processed and released today from Kuje maximum correctional centre. Aregbesola said that the decision to grant the inmates presidential pardon followed recommendations to the President by a Presidential Committee and the need to reduce the number of inmates in custodian centres across the country due to the outbreak of COVID 19.
Nigeria has recorded 14 new cases of COVID-19 as the official number of cases so far hits 288. This is according to a statement issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC. The NCDC also issued an apology for erroneously reporting 2 new cases of the virus in Bauchi on Wednesday.
The Nigerian Medical Association has issued a fresh statement rejecting the Nigerian Government’s move to enlist the help of Chinese Doctors in battling the COVID-19 Pandemic in the country. On Wednesday evening, 15 Doctors arrived from China aboard Airpeace along with medical supplies to help with the fight against Coronavirus in Nigeria.
Controversial Politician, Dino Melaye has reacted to the arrival of fifteen Chinese doctors in Nigeria. POLITICS NIGERIA reported that the doctors arrived in Nigeria on Wednesday to work in hand with local doctors in combating the Coronavirus pandemic. Before now, China sent some of its doctors to Italy and Spain where the deadly virus is on the rise. Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and residents doctors condemned such intervention. Meanwhile, a former Senator, Mr Melaye who represented Kogi West Senatorial District said the Federal Government was irresponsible.
The two months of free electricity to be enjoyed by Nigerians has not been approved by the federal government, Ikeja Electric Plc has said. This news medium had reported the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), which is the umbrella body of the Distribution Companies (DisCos), said Nigerians will soon enjoy electricity for two months without paying charges. But in a statement sent to POLITICS NIGERIA on Thursday, Ikeja Electric asked customers to continue paying their bills pending the approval of the stimulus package by the federal government.