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PAINFULLY AVOIDABLE! 25-year-old Nigerian-American student, BASSEY OFFIONG, weeks before graduation at Western Michigan University, Dies of Coronavirus …Chemical engineering student refused Covid-19 tests in the Kalamazoo area, where he lived off-campus, despite experiencing symptoms like fever, fatigue and breathing difficulties *Eventually hospitalised at Beaumont, in Royal Oak, had last week medication on a ventilator in the facility’s intensive care unit *“My dear sweet cousin, this is unreal. I don’t even know where to begin. May your soul rest in eternal peace. You did everything and more with your time here on Earth, and although you weren’t anywhere near done in your purpose”-Deceased cousin, Rosalyn Afiong *WMU president, Edward Montgomery: “On behalf of the entire Bronco community, I want to extend my deepest condolences to Bassey Offiong entire family, including his sister Asari, who has been generous in communicating with us regularly” * BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

PAINFULLY AVOIDABLE! 25-year-old Nigerian-American student, BASSEY OFFIONG, weeks before graduation at Western Michigan University, Dies of Coronavirus …Chemical engineering student refused Covid-19 tests...

NIGERIANS MOURN! Mallam ABBA KYARI, Nigeria President’s Chief of Staff dies of deadly COVID-19…test positive to Coronavirus, continuously received medial treatment till he passed on * Remains arrived in Abuja Saturday morning from Lagos * Buried at Gudu cemetery Abuja after funeral prayers at his residence * BY OLUCHI ROBERT/REPORTER, ABUJA

NIGERIANS MOURN! Mallam ABBA KYARI, Nigeria President’s Chief of Staff dies of deadly COVID-19…test positive to Coronavirus, continuously received medial treatment till he passed on * Remains arrived in...

NIGERIA School Blast and Tragedy! A Nun, SISTER HENRIETTA ALOKHA, College Principal Sacrificed her LIFE to save students at Bethlehem Girls College…’She risked her life, entered the explosion, died while rescuing Bethlehem Girls College students amidst the rubble’, says Sr. Monica Omowunmi Rowland, Superior General of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus *17 persons confirmed dead while 25 others were injured, Over 200 persons were displaced as 50 nearby houses were destroyed *Bethlehem College is owned by the Archdiocese of Lagos and managed by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus * ‘A gas explosion near the International Trade Fair Complex, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State may have been the cause’-INVESTIGATION *BY PADE ABAYOMI/STAFF WRITER, LAGOS & GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

NIGERIA School Blast and Tragedy! A Nun, SISTER HENRIETTA ALOKHA, College Principal Sacrificed her LIFE to save students at Bethlehem Girls College…’She risked her life, entered the explosion, died while...

EASTER SUNDAY: ‘I am the Resurrection and The LIFE’ -Jesus Christ of Nazareth …Stone rolled away from tomb, HE is Risen, Sicknesses conquered, Death destroyed * ‘Behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from the sky, and going to the tomb and rolled away the stone from the door, and sat on it’-Matthew 28:2 * ‘Mary Magdalene peering into the empty tomb of Jesus and saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet’- John 20:12 * “God raised him from the dead. He ascended to heaven, to the right hand of God, and will return again to fulfill the rest of Messianic prophecy such as the resurrection of the dead, the Last Judgment and establishment of the Kingdom of God”- New Testament * “He who believes in Me will live even if he dies”-Jn 11:25 * By Good Friday, Jesus died. Before dying, He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Finally, He said: “It is finished” * BY TOM ILEYA/RELIGION REPORTER, EUROPE

EASTER SUNDAY: ‘I am the Resurrection and The LIFE’ -Jesus Christ of Nazareth …Stone rolled away from tomb, HE is Risen, Sicknesses conquered, Death destroyed * ‘Behold, there was...

ANTI-CORRUPTION FIGHT! ‘ United States Justice Department’s Anti-money laundering must show evidence $320million stolen Abacha’s fund repatriated to Nigeria is not Squandered’-CHUCK GRASSLEY, U.S. Chairman, Senate Finance Committee …Slam Nigeria’s EFCC, Attorney General for pursuing opposition, saying: “We are asking for proof that funds returned to Nigeria would go toward infrastructure projects as promised” *“Ibrahim Magu, head of EFCC and Attorney General Abubakar Malami using their roles as an enforcement arm against anyone voicing opposition to Buhari’s government” *’Given all these circumstances, it is critical for Congress to understand what steps the United States government is taking, before it helps transfer hundreds of millions of dollars to Nigeria, to ensure that the money is not fuelling more corruption and government abuses’ *Nigeria rejects U.S. senator’s query, claim: “The Federal Government would not be dragged into any controversy over an allegation that has no fact or any iota of proof” * “The Commission remains focused on its mandate against economic and financial crimes and will not be deterred by spurious allegations from individuals with hidden agenda”-EFCC spokesman Tony Orilade * BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 27: Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, listens as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the...

CORONAVIRUS DISEASE! 1,000 Nigerians in America, Europe apply to Federal Government to Return Home…begging: ‘We are scared of Covid-19 Abroad, We don’t want to die…bring us back to Nigeria’ * Nigerians who want to return home are in China, United States, United Kingdom; France, United Arab Emirates, Spain and Italy * “Those stranded are actually not Nigerians living abroad. They are mainly Nigerians who traveled for one reason or the other and got stranded. They want to return home. We will do our best, with strict rules for them to follow before being allowed to board. Several people have registered”-Chairperson of NIDCOM, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa * Nigerian government give two conditions that must be met: “They must undergo a compulsory COVID-19 test in their host countries before leaving and subject themselves to a 14-day quarantine on arrival. Conditions are in line with the guidelines of the National Centre for Disease Control. They will bear all expenses of the trip” * BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

A Port Health Service staff member stands next to a thermal scanner as passengers arrive at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, on January 27, 2019. – The Port Health Services Unit of the Federal Ministry...

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC! ‘Nigerian Government ready to liaise with British Airways to evacuate over 500 Nigerians living in United States and the United Kingdom’- Boss Mustapha, Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 * 300 Nigerians are to be evacuated from the United States, 200 from the United Kingdom immediately All Nigerian citizens who will be evacuated will be quarantined in the available facilities rather than the self-isolation- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama * BY HELEN IDUMO/WRITER, ABUJA

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 09: British Airways plane taxies after landing at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 on September 9, 2019 in London, England. British Airways pilots have begun a 48 hour ‘walkout’, grounding most of its...

PAINFUL DEATH! Nigerian born British Bus Driver in London, EMEKA NYACK IHENACHO contracts Coronavirus…Died hours after lamenting if he skip work his take-home-pay would be cut, saying in tears ‘Mum, I’m not going to make it’ *Complained bitterly of lack of personal protective equipment for transport workers * Hardworking father of a seven-year-old son regularly parked his bus at the Holloway depot, proudly drives it through the streets of Islington * He was one of eight London bus workers who died in the last few days, suffered from mild asthma, Family members now crowdfunding money for his funeral costs * “I’m heartbroken. I’m in so much pain. It’s a pointless loss of a life for doing a job he loved. I only discovered after talking to my daughter that she begged him not to go to work. He made friends very easily. He would talk to anybody. He always enjoyed spending time with myself, his sister and we would watch movies and Love Island”- Anne Nyack, deceased mother cried * “I called 999 again and said he was screaming, calling out: ‘I need an ambulance’. I held his head between my hands and said: ‘Look at me, you’re not going anywhere’, and the look of fear in his eyes will haunt me for the rest of my life”-Family member * BY ADEOLA RUBEN/REPORTER, UK & GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

PAINFUL DEATH! Nigerian born British Bus Driver in London, EMEKA NYACK IHENACHO contracts Coronavirus…Died hours after lamenting if he skip work his take-home-pay would be cut, saying in tears ‘Mum, I’m...

PAINFUL! Nigerian born Naturalized American renowned Epidemiologist, CALEB ANYA sacrificed Life to save hundred Covid-19 patients inside New York Hospital…dies of Coronavirus infection, family want him cremated * Wore normal hospital garb, Covid-19 kit for five days * Plus his Life as a Pastor, Regrets & Aspiration for Nigeria * Why he prays before any medical operation * Last word to wife on dying bed: “Honey, I love you so much. I am so sorry for not staying back with you as you earlier advised me in Maryland. I tried to stay safe here in New York Hospital, yet I caught Covid-19. It pained me that I will not be able to celebrate my wedding anniversary with you and also help Nigerian government to solve the Coronavirus pandemic. Please forgive me” * BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

PAINFUL! Nigerian born Naturalized American renowned Epidemiologist, CALEB ANYA sacrificed Life to save hundred Covid-19 patients inside New York Hospital…dies of Coronavirus infection, family want him cremated * Wore...

SADLY! ‘We can tell you that 22 Nigerians have died of Coronavirus in Europe’ –Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe …18 in UK, 3 in Italy and 1 in Spain Not less than 25 other Nigerians are currently hospitalised due to infection from the virus * ‘The figures were compiled from the information provided by the country chapters of the organisation around the world’- Hon. Kenneth Gbandi, chairman of NIDOE * BY KOLA OYEDOLA/DIPLOMATIC REPORTER, Italy

SADLY! ‘We can tell you that 22 Nigerians have died of Coronavirus in Europe’ –Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe …18 in UK, 3 in Italy and 1 in Spain Not less than 25 other Nigerians are currently...