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Tragedy has struck at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, with a final year student of Microbiology, Francis Chinedu Madubuobi, collapsing on a basketball court playing the game, dying shortly afterwards.

Yesterday, students of the university took to the streets to protest the tragedy. They lamented the lackadaisical attitude of the medical personnel at the university’s medical centre, alleging that they did not do enough to save the life of Francis, who was still gasping for breath when they arrived the hospital.

But, on the contrary, the Director of Information of the university, Dr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, said the deceased was brought into the clinic without any pulse.

According to him, the deceased was after examination rushed to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Amaku where he was also confirmed dead.

A student of the institution said he was among those that rushed Francis to the medical centre, adding that on arrival to the clinic, medical personnel at the clinic asked them to pray for his survival.

He said: “I was inside the ambulance holding Francis’ foot. It was damn cold; his eyes were already open. I was scared. I knew only a miracle could save happen since he had no pulse. On getting to Amaku, the doctors saw that it was already too late,”

However, the demonstration came on the heels of a call by the Committee of Faculty Presidents of the institution who on hearing of Francis’ demise, called out a demonstration for Monday.

A statement by the Faculty presidents reads: “The events leading to the death of Francis is one that is extremely worrisome to students of this institution as it could happen to any one of us or our close friend,

“This is the second time that a student had died in similar circumstances at the university’s medical centre.”

The students vowed to continue with the protest until the management of the university not only address them but make commitment to resolve the issues so far raised by the students.

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Nigeria Yet To Receive Ventilators From US, A Month After Trump’s Promise — FG

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The federal government says it is yet to receive ventilators from the US.

On April 28, US President Donald Trump, during a telephone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari, promised to send ventilators to support Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.

Speaking at the presidential task force briefing on Thursday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, said the ventilators are yet to arrive in Nigeria.

He said there is no specific date for the arrival of the medical items, and that the information will be made public once the ventilators are received.

“On when the ventilators promised by President Trump will arrive, to the best of my knowledge, they have not arrived. When they do arrive it will be made known to the public,” he said.

On the efforts made by the information ministry in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Mohammed said there has been increased community sensitization against the disease.

He said there has been a series of jingles played on radio stations to enhance rural engagements.

“In addition, we also have support from 40 community and campus radio stations across the country awaiting our jingles,” he said.

“Our aggressive and sustained campaign on the Social Media has gained traction, in the last five days alone some of the videos we posted have been viewed over one million times.”

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Buhari Came To ‘Steal, Kill, Destroy’ —- Fani-Kayode

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A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has described the five years of President Muhammadu Buhari as “disastrous.”

He disagreed with Special Adviser to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, whose weekly column argued the President’s emergence, saved the nation from collapse in 2015.

Fani-Kayode, on his verified twitter handle, said Buhari’s emergence has plunged the nation into a deeper abyss.

Responding directly to Adesina’s tweet, the former Minister said: “Not so my friend. The emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria and plunged her into darkness, death, and destruction.

“He came to steal, kill and destroy and for the last disastrous 5 years that is all he has done.”

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Lagos BRT Increases Fares By 50%

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Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Primero Transport Services Limited, operators of the Bus Rapid Transport, have said fares will increase by about 50 percent.

The company on Thursday said it got approval from the regulator of the sector, the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, to increase the fares.

Earlier, the News Agency of Nigeria reported that the company withdrew its services on Monday due to losses caused by the new guidelines of government which restricted the number of commuters on BRT to 20 per trip instead of 70.

The BRT Managing Director, Mr Fola Tinubu, told NAN that the management of the company would resolve the issues after a meeting with the government.

After the meeting, Tinubu said an agreement had been reached for the fares to be increased.

He said, “We are going to increase our pricing effective from Friday, May 29 (today). We agreed on this after our talk with the Lagos State Government.

“Everywhere commuters are paying N200 for a trip, it is going to be N300 and everywhere commuters are paying N300 per trip, it is going to be N500.

“We are increasing our fares. We have secured the permission of the regulator, Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority.”

He said the number of passengers on the buses would also be increased to 42, with no passenger standing on buses as against 20 earlier approved by the government.

The LAMATA External Relations Specialist, Kola Ojelabi, confirmed the development.

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