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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...

NO HIDE-OUT FOR CORRUPTION: ‘We are ready to Confiscate the stolen sum of 117 million pounds ($153 million) seized from JAMES IBORI, a convicted Nigerian politician’-British prosecutor * Case, a rare example of a prominent Nigerian politician being punished for part in the endemic corruption that has blighted Africa’s most populous country for decades * Restarting the process at Southwark Court, prosecution counsel Jonathan Kinnear list assets Britain is seeking to seize from former Delta state governor and return funds to Nigeria * Ibori as a young shop assistant in a branch of home improvements chain Wickes in London, was caught trying to steal from the store and convicted of theft *BY CHIOMA ELEBUWA/CRIME REPORTER, London

NO HIDE-OUT FOR CORRUPTION: ‘We are ready to Confiscate the stolen sum of 117 million pounds ($153 million) seized from JAMES IBORI, a convicted Nigerian politician’-British prosecutor * Case, a rare example of...

JUST IN: Oyo state Governor, SEYI MAKINDE tests positive to Coronavirus disease…says: ‘I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result. It is POSITIVE’ * Confirms he is asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate * Designate Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while he recovers * BY YEMI AKANDE/POLITICAL REPORTER, IBADAN

JUST IN: Oyo state Governor, SEYI MAKINDE tests positive to Coronavirus disease…says: ‘I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result. It is POSITIVE’ * Confirms he is asymptomatic and will continue...

New development in medical science: ‘I met a young Jamaican in Geneva whose Invention could help tackle spread of COVID-19’ -Commonwealth Secretary-General, PATRICIA Scotland …Rayvon Stewart found a way to curb the spread of harmful germs from person-to-person or via contaminated surfaces * He discovered Xermosol which helped saved 20 born babies in Jamaica that were earlier infected with lethal bacteria * Field and laboratory testing validated Xermosol’s efficiency in killing more than 99.9% of deadly pathogens * Tests carried out in conjunction with University of Technology, Jamaica and University of the West Indies showed Xermosol destroys organisms as MRSA, E-coli and viral cells like influenza virus H1N1 * This is a huge step in the fight against microorganisms and offers new ways of thinking around combatting viral cells such as Coronavirus * “The recognition I received from the Commonwealth Health Innovation Awards was a key moment in Xermosol’s progress, generating immense interest in the project”-Rayvon *BY DEBRA KELLY/SCIENCE REPORTER, KINGSTON, JAMAICA

New development in medical science: ‘I met a young Jamaican in Geneva whose Invention could help tackle spread of COVID-19′ -Commonwealth Secretary-General, PATRICIA Scotland …Rayvon Stewart found a way to...

CORONAVIRUS 14-DAY CURFEW: Nigerian Government orders Shelter-in-Place for Abuja, Lagos, Ogun states…businesses, offices shut down, movement restricted from 11pm on Monday, March 30,2020 …’COVID-19 has no cure. Scientists around the world are working very hard to develop a vaccine’, President Muhammadu Buhari *All citizens in areas mentioned to stay in their homes, Travel to or from other states postponed * Restriction will not apply to hospitals, all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution * Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they were unable to work from home exempted from restrictions *All seaports in Lagos shall remain operational, Vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargoes from these Ports to other parts of the country will be screened thoroughly before departure by the Ports Health Authority * Vehicles conveying food, other essential humanitarian items into locations from other parts of the country will be screened thoroughly before they are allowed to enter restricted areas * Directs a three month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans be implemented with immediate effect * BY TOLA ADEBAYO/ NATIONAL REPORTER, ABUJA

CORONAVIRUs 14-DAY CURFEW: Nigerian Government orders Shelter-in-Place for Abuja, Lagos, Ogun states…businesses, offices shut down, movement restricted from 11pm on Monday, March 30,2020 …’COVID-19 has no...