Breaking News this Morning, 19th June 2020
1. 6 Killed, 600 Buildings Destroyed in Kano State.
Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has just confirmed 6 persons killed and 600 buildings destroyed through windstorm in 4 local areas in the state.
The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Sale Jili, confirmed the disaster on Thursday June 18th, in Kano State, stating that about 1, 752 had been destroyed by the windstorm in the past 1 week.
He revealed the affected places to include Gwale, Rimin Gado, Gwarzo and Kibiya LGAs.
He said the displaced are taking shelter with their family in the affected places.
Mr Jili exclaimed that one person was electrocuted in Ja’in region while five persons died in a collapsed building in Gwale LGA.
He added that the Agency was awaiting submission of a report from other local Government areas affected by the unhilarious disaster.
The secretary reported that the Agency had deployed Employees to the affected areas for the conduct of damage assessment exercise, to enable it strengthen comprehensive data on the disaster.
“We have visited Kibiya and Rimingado and distributed relief materials to the sufferers as an interim tip to alleviate their pains and sufferings.
“The items distributed included food items, bags of cement, roofing sheets, mats, blankets and garb materials,” he exclaimed.
Mr Jili, however, warned communities in flood prone areas to deviate from dumping waste bins in water ways to prevent flooding.
2. 745 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Nigeria.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on 18th June reported 745 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of active infections to 18,480.
745 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria
3. Buhari Congratulates new Burundi President.
President Muhammadu Buhari on thursday, 18th June congratulated Evariste Ndayishimiye on his assumption of office as the President of Burundi .
Ndayishimiye was inaugurated earlier on Thursday in Gitega, the country’ s political capital.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity , Garba Shehu , the President also felicitated with the government and people of Burundi on the peaceful transition to a democratically elected government after the sudden death of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
4. WHO declares Nigeria polio-free.
The World Health Organisation on thursday 18th June declared Nigeria free of wild polio.The declaration followed the completion of documentation for the free status.
WHO regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, announced this yesterday.
Nigeria’s complete documentation for Wild Polio virus free status was accepted by the Africa Regional Certification Commission for polio eradication (ARCC).
Nigeria achieving a Wild Polio Virus-free status is significant on multiple fronts.
“It is a historic day for Nigeria, Africa and the Global Polio Programme,’’ WHO said.
5. Police release Instagram Celebrity also known as Cubana Chief Priest.
The Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit in Lagos State has released Instagram celebrity and Executive Director, Cubana Group, Pascal Okechukwu, popularly known as Cubana Chief Priest.
Okechukwu, known for his lavish lifestyle, was invited for alleged misuse of police escorts and weapons as well as unexplained wealth.
A top police source said the investigation was sequel to order from the Office of the Inspector-General of Police who had expressed shock over the abuse of police personnel.
However, the Police later released Okechukwu. He was at his house in Banana Island as of 10 pm on Thursday night.