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Fix Public Hospitals To Honour Kyari, Falana Tells Buhari

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Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, said on Sunday the greatest tribute the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), could pay to the 19 deceased victims of COVID-19 in Nigeria, including his former Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, who died on Friday, was for governments at all levels to fix public hospitals.

Falana, who made the call in a statement, also attributed the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to official hypocrisy, impunity and the lack of coordination between federal and state governments in the efforts to fight the pandemic in Nigeria.

He said, “From the foregoing, it is indisputable that there is an obvious lack of a coherent COVID-19 policy. This puts to question dangerously the seriousness of the Federal Government in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“No doubt, President Buhari has paid glowing tribute to the late Mr Abba Kyari. But the greatest tribute that can be paid to the deceased and the other 18 citizens that have lost their precious lives on account of complications arising from COVID-19 is for the Federal, state and local governments to embark on fixing and equipping public hospitals without any further delay.

“Just last week, the British Prime Minister, Mr Boris Johnson, who was discharged from a public hospital in London after his treatment for COVID-19, was full of adulation for the National Health Service of his country. That should be a sober lesson for members of the ruling class in Nigeria, who usually spend public funds on medical treatment in foreign medical centres.”

Kyari, who was believed to have wielded the highest level of influence in the Buhari regime, died of COVID-19 complications on Friday and was interred in Gudu Cemetery, Abuja, on Saturday.

Falana noted on Sunday that Kyari’s burial, which drew a crowd of people including top government officials, was handled with impunity as it was conducted in disregard of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s directive on social distancing.

He also referred to how Kyari, until his death on Friday, was treated in a private cardiological hospital in Lagos at a time the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said no private hospital had been granted permission to treat the disease.

He stated, “While the NCDC has directed anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 to report for treatment in isolation centres for treatment and monitoring former Chief of Staff to the President, the late Mr Abba Kyari was allowed to be treated in a cardiological centre, a private hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

“Since then, some influential people who tested positive to COVID-19 are said to have insisted on treatment in private hospitals without official authorisation.”

Falana said since “no private hospital has been accredited by the NCDC to treat COVID-19 patients, the death of Mr Abba Kyari ought to be investigated by the Federal Government.”

He said with the warning by health experts that Nigeria had yet to see the worst of COVID-19 pandemic, the “NCDC should henceforth operate without bending the rules to satisfy partisan political interests”.

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BREAKING: We Didn’t Arrest Magu, He Was Only Summoned Over Alleged Corruption Cases — DSS

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The Department for State Security (DSS) on Monday denied media reports of the arrest of acting Economic Financial and Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

The security agency said Magu was merely summoned by the presidential panel over alleged corruption cases.

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Lagos Traffic May Worsen As FG Plans To Shut Third Mainland Bridge From July 24 For 6 Months To Resume Renovation

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The already bad traffic situation in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city, may get worse, as the Federal Government is set to shut down the popular Third Mainland Bridge, from July 24, for six months.

Olukayode Popoola, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, disclosed this on Monday, July 6, 2020.

According to Popoola, “We want to do maintenance work on Third Mainland Bridge very soon. Most likely on the 24th. We may close it from the 24th of July.’’

“We are still working out the modalities and when we perfect the traffic management plan we will move to site. Everything being expected for the repairs of the bridge arrived the country that is why we want to start the repairs now,’’

The 11.8km bridge is one of the major links between the Lagos Mainland and Lagos Island, and perhaps, takes heavier traffic than the rest of the bridges, which include Carter Bridge and Eko Bridges.

Its partial or full closure means more traffic will now flow to Carter and Eko Bridges. Incidentally, part of the Eko Bridge, from the Alaka end of the Funsho Williams Avenue had been closed to traffic for some months now.

Popoola said that the planned shut down is to enable the Federal Government to carry out maintenance work from July 24, 2020.

According to him, consultations are ongoing towards developing a perfect traffic management architecture that will be very efficient and effective.

There have been reports of some worn-out joints of the bridge, which raised some safety concerns for the users of the bridge. The Federal Government will be working with the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) on how best traffic during this period.

It was constructed in 1990 and was the longest in Africa until 1996 when the 6th October Bridge in Cairo, Egypt, was completed.

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BREAKING: DSS Arrests EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

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Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has been arrested by the Department of State Services.

Magu was arrested on Monday afternoon at the Wuse II, Abuja office of the EFCC on Monday over allegations that he was siphoning part of money recovered by the commission from suspected looters.

It was learnt that the security details to Magu put up a stiff resistance during the arrest of their principal, as they objected to the DSS move.

But he is now undergoing interrogation at the DSS Headquarters In Aso Drive.

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