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COVID-19: NCDC begins community testing in Abuja 

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COVID-19: NCDC begins community testing in Abuja

The NCDC has started community testing in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The move is seen as part of the struggles of the Federal government to hinder the spread of the disease through community transmission. Analysts say mass-testing is capable of stopping the potential of spreading COVID-19 cases across Nigeria.

The Nigeria Center For Disease Control (NCDC) has commenced community testing for the COVID-19 in Abuja. This is as the federal government scales up attempts to restrain the spread of the disease, especially in rural areas and city suburbs. In a tweet on Tuesday, April 14, the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said that the agency(NCDC) had increased its testing capacity.

According to the NCDC boss, the agency is planning to test one thousand (1000) samples daily in Abuja and other parts of the country.

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“The target is to test 2000 samples in Lagos, 1000 in Abuja and in the rest of the country daily, of the right people who meet the case definition,” the NCDC boss said. “Our laboratories are ready and have the capacity to test. We must all push harder than we have.

“The responsibility lies with the government as well as with citizens. We can pull through if we stay together,” he added.

Before now, some Nigerians had questioned NCDC’s capacity to do mass testing capacity. Some had suggested that mass temperature check is conducted from house to house, pending when NCDC can reach them for further investigations.

There are also fears that the lockdown may be extended due to the slow testing. Several calls have been made to the NCDC to deploy as many resources and personnel for mass-testing to ambush this potential of a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country.

Globally, rapid mass testing is seen as a better alternative especially in the face of no vaccine, or cure for COVID-19. Some have also said a lockdown without the mass testing measures in place will be futile in Nigeria’s battle to defeat coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the NCDC recently activated a COVID-19 test centre at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH, Kano. The centre is expected to serve the northwest zone of the country. While inspecting the facility, the deputy governor of Kano, Nasiru Gawuna said henceforth samples of suspected cases will no longer be taken to Abuja but tested in the state.

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Basketball: Nigeria Defeats USA Men’s Basketball Team 90-87 in a Scrimmage Matchup

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Basketball: Nigeria Defeats USA Basketball Team

Nigeria’s D’Tigers stunned the US Men’s Basketball team 90-87 in an exhibition game played on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

 

D’Tigers who lost 156-73 to the US team at the London 2012 Olympics put up an incredible performance despite the sterling performances of Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum and Damian Lillard.

Miami Heat’s Gabe Vincent put up a tremendous performance as he hit six three pointers of the 20 Nigeria recorded in the match.

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D’Tigers who won the 2015 Afrobasket in Tunisia continue to intensify their preparations under the tutelage of Mike Brown ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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Niger Currently has 20 IDP Camps – NSEMA

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Niger Currently has 20 IDP Camps – NSEMA

The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) has disclosed that the state currently has 20 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the state.

The Director-General of the Agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Inga, disclosed this to newsmen when the Victims Support Fund made an assessment tour of the Gwada IDP camp in Shiroro Local Government Area.

According to Inga, the burden of taking care of the IDPs is taking a toll on the state government because of the dwindling resources of the state government, stressing that the government resources can no longer sustain the displaced people for long.

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Inga further explained that the majority of the displaced persons are still in the camp because their communities are not safe for them to return.

He expressed concern over the fact that it is only the state government and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs that have reached out to the displaced persons in the camp, calling on other humanitarian agencies and development partners to reach out to the people.

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NDLEA Nabs Uber Driver, 2 Traffickers with Cocaine in Lagos

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NDLEA Nabs Uber Driver, 2 Traffickers with Cocaine in Lagos

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an Uber driver, and two other suspected traffickers with different quantities of cocaine at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Babafemi said the Uber driver, Lawal Tunde Rasheed, was arrested at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc, export shed of the airport on Tuesday, June 8.

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He added that Rasheed was arrested when he brought a consignment from his client to a freight forwarder for export to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

According to him, when the package was searched, 150grammes of cocaine, concealed inside two pieces of air freshener were discovered.

He further noted that investigations have so far confirmed that the suspects were behind two seizures of 50grammes of cocaine in hair attachment and another 150grammes of cocaine concealed in air freshener, heading to Malabo.

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