Kano, Sokoto, Lagos, Kaduna, Oyo, Plateau, Other States, Targeted for Religious Uprising-DSS Alerts

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The Department of States Services has warned Nigerians that there are plans by some elements in the country working with external forces to incite religious uprising in the country.

The statement warned that some states including Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Rivers, Oyo, Plateau and other south east states have been targeted as flash points for the planned mayhem.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS), Peter Afunaya, and made available to Newsmen in Abuja.

The statement reads, “The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to alert the public about plans by some elements working with external forces to incite religious violence across the country.

“Targeted states include Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Oyo, Lagos and those in the South East.

“Part of the plans is to cause inter-religious conflicts, as well as, use their foot soldiers to attack some worship centres, religious leaders, personalities, key and vulnerable points.”

It added that, “Consequently, Nigerians are advised to be wary of these antics and shun all divisive tendencies aimed at inciting or setting them against one another.

“While the Service pledges to collaborate with sister agencies to ensure that public order is maintained, those hatching these plots are warned to desist from such in the interest of peace, security and development of the country.

“However, law abiding citizens (and residents) are encouraged to report suspected breaches of peace around them to the nearest security agencies.”

Confusion in Kano Over Rising Deaths, As State Records 71 New Cases of COVID-19 Friday

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Some residents of Kano are living in fear over the increasing death rate amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The increase in the toll comes at the time the state witnessed a spike in COVID-19 cases.

As of Friday, 74 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Kano.

One of the health workers at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital who spoke with TheCable, however, said he feared there are more cases than recorded as the state lacks testing capacity.

“Things are in disarray here, and there is no well structured response to COVID-19. The government is not communicating.

They are not testing, and people are dying. We have had people coming here to hospital and when they died, they are immediately buried without taking samples for testing,” he said.

“This is not a rumour. People are dying. The suspended test centre was fumigated days ago, and normally it should take 48 hours but as of today, it has not been reopened. They said this is because of the shortage of reagents.”

He also said there is a high level of suspicion that top government officials in the state have been exposed to the virus.

Umar Khaleel, a Facebook user based in Kano, said his grandmother was the 14th person to be taken for burial at a cemetery in the state as of 10am on Friday.

Upon getting home, Khaleel said they were informed of the death of another family member. He said they took his body to the same cemetery at about 2pm, and he was the 25th person to be buried that day.
Ganduje has tried to allay the fear of residents but they are still worried.

“As at the time we left the cemetery, 7 new graves had been dug and were awaiting dead bodies,” he wrote in a post.

Another source whose uncle died Friday night said he was doing fine in the early hours until suddenly he fell ill and died immediately.

Zainab Mahmoud, a Twitter user, said she and her colleagues decided to investigate the deaths in Kano, and by day two, they had received reports of over 100 deaths.

“A large number highly suspicious for COVID-19,” she tweeted.

Three days ago my colleagues and I decided to investigate the deaths in Kano. By day 2, we had received reports of over 100 deceased people. A large number highly suspicious for COVID 19.

— Zainab Mahmoud (@iNabmahmoud) April 25, 2020

Mubarak Umar, an Abuja/Kano based journalist, also tweeted a list of more than 10 prominent persons that died on Saturday in Kano which include an ex grand khadi, former deputy vice chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), and a former chairman of the state universal basic education board.

Kano lost the following personalities today:

•Prof Ibrahim Ayagi, CEO of Hassan Gwarzo School
•Alh. Dahiru Rabiu, Former Grand Khadi
•Dr. Musa Umar Gwarzo
•Mal Musa Tijjani, former Editor of Triumph Newspaper
•Alh. Adamu Isyaku Dal, former SUBEB Boss
•Alh Salisu Lado

— Mubarak Umar (@Mubarack_Umar) April 25, 2020

Some undertakers in the state had earlier expressed worries over the increasing rate of burials.

Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, the governor’s spokesperson, did not immediately respond to a message seeking his reaction to the development.

But Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano, who had dismissed the reports of unusual burials, has admitted that the state is passing through tough times.

At a press conference on Saturday, he said the state government had rented a hotel where suspected cases whose blood samples were taken are kept, adding that the isolation centre at Sani Abacha Stadium can accommodate 210 people.

Tests haven’t been conducted in Kano for three days after it was shut over the exposure of some key officials to COVID-19

The governor said the isolation centre at Kurna Dawakin Kudu where the inten

COVID-19: Boom!Nigeria Records 117 New Cases

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Coronavirus cases in Nigeria has spiked to about 117 as of 11:25 pm of 21st of April, 2020.

The alarming rise in cases of the disease came amidst extension of lockdown in the three epicenters of the disease in the country, namely Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.

The recent record of the cases suggests the spread of the disease into new states like Borno and Katsina as Kano records a bump in the number of cases.

Below are the details:

117 new cases of #COVID19 have been reported;

59 in Lagos
29 in FCT
14 in Kano
6 in Borno
4 in Katsina
3 in Ogun
1 in Rivers
1 in Bauchi

As at 11:25 pm 21st April, there are 782 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.

Discharged: 197
Deaths: 25

It is of note, however, that this rise in the number of cases comes at a time when the Adamawa state government decided to relax its lockdown order, even though movement into the state was still in effect.

The state has been awashed with a disturbing rumour of 100 factory workers returning from Lagos and Ogun, who were remanded in isolation centers in Numan and Demsa, escaping from the quarantine.

Though News Rendezvous can not confirm the details at this moment, if the rumour is anything to go bye, then Adamawa should brace itself for the worst.

Babachir Recommends Psalms 37 for Mal. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

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Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, has empathised with the recently deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, saying he should find consolation in God in his time of trials and read Psalms 37 to strengthen his faith in the Almighty that things would be better after the storms.

Babachir said, he had been in the shoes of the deposed ruler and the Monarch’s stance for the poor and the downtrodden especially in the North, will eventually lead to his emergence as a stronger and better person.

Babachir made the remarks in a statement issued to newsmen, Thursday, in Yola, Adamawa state.

Addressing the embattled Emir of Kano, Babachir said, “Good morning your Royal Highness. Please, note that wherever and however you may be now, God is with you, good Nigerians are with you and we the lovers of the North stand with you.

“Given the way God does His things, this is only the beginning of good things and His showers of blessings upon you.

“We, lovers of Nigeria particularly the Northern Nigerian ones, have listened to you and are in total agreement with what you say and the way you say it and we shall yet celebrate with you.”

He explained that, “I have gone through this type of experience and I have come out the better and stronger for it. You are a hero of all the poor, the uneducated and the oppressed Northerners in particular and indeed Nigerians.

“But you are also hated by the corrupt rich, the educated illiterates, the tribalists, some hardlined fuedalists and religious bigots and they are more powerfull, more united and can muster more recourses than us.

“But God is God. No man is God. Man can only be a tin god for a brief period, wither like the flower, and therefater be accountable for all his actions on the day of judgement before our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Your Highness, I recommend Psalm 37 to you., borrow a Bible and read it, that is if you do not already have one.”

Making reference to the situation of some Nigerian leaders he admonished the monarch saying, “God is God. No man is God.
“I urge you to reflect on the experiences of two of the country’s past leaders, General Olusegun Obasanjo who was thrown into prison but ended being a two-term President, sitting on the seat once forcefully occupied by his persecutors.
“And General Mohammadu Buhari who was overthrown and banished to a town where he spent more than a year under house arrest; nevertheless, he now sits on the seat once occupied by his persecutors as a second term President.
“These are only just two living examples of God’s faithfulness.
“God never changes.”