• Many injured, buildings destroyed as explosion rocks Akure

Many buildings were destroyed by an explosion which occurred along Akure-Owo road in Ilu Abo town, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

  • First commercial gold mine construction begins in Osun

The construction of Nigeria’s only large-scale commercial gold mine has begun in Osun State and the facility will start producing gold in 2021.

According to the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, the facility demonstrates the Federal Government’s desire to make the mining sector the mainstay of the country’s economy.

  • Nigeria sixth African country with high COVID-19 cases – WHO

Nigeria is among six African countries with the highest number of COVID-19 cases, the World Health Organisation chart shows.

  • COVID-19: Buhari, health minister, NCDC boss meet

The President, Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Health, Prof Osagie Ehanire, have just rounded off a meeting at the State House, Abuja.

  • Oyo identifies 84 suspected COVID-19 cases, imposes curfew

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state after two new confirmed cases were confirmed and 84 new suspected infections discovered.

  • CBN, Dangote plan N120bn COVID-19 fund, Elumelu, Rabiu donate N6bn

The Central Bank of Nigeria and the private sector, led by Aliko Dangote Foundation and Access Bank, have set up a coalition aimed at raising N120bn towards the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.

  • COVID-19: Prepare for evacuation flights, US tells citizens in Nigeria

US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria says it is preparing emergency flights to evacuate its citizens in Nigeria despite airport closures.

  • Nigeria’s coronavirus cases hit 81 as NCDC announces 11 new cases

Nigeria has recorded 11 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 81.

  • CBN lists conditions to access N50bn Covid-19 intervention fund

The Central Bank of Nigeria has listed the conditions that must be fulfilled by individuals and companies willing to access it’s N50bn intervention fund.

  • Sanwo-Olu orders closure of Lagos markets

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the closure of all markets not selling essential commodities such as medical supplies, water, foodstuff amongst others.

  • COVID-19: Lagos task force destroys goods of traders defying ban

Policemen attached to the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit are in the eye of the storm after forcibly shutting down shops that defied the state government’s directive.

  • Sanwo-Olu orders partial closure of banks

Lagos State Government, on Tuesday, placed a partial closure on banking activities in the state as part of measures to break the cycle of transmission of coronavirus.

  • Coronavirus: Lagos not on lockdown, says commissioner

The Lagos State Government said it had not ordered the lockdown of the state over the spread of coronavirus.

The state, in a statement by its Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, noted that some media outlets had reported that the state was on lockdown.

  • COVID-19: Enugu confirms two new cases, closes borders, markets

Following the two confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Enugu State, the government has ordered the closure of all land borders and inter-state transportation until further notice.

  • Coronavirus: FCTA shuts markets, churches, mosques, gives sit-at-home order

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has ordered workers at Grade level 1 to 12 to stay at home as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

  • Coronavirus: We won’t allow passengers into Rivers, Wike tells airlines, FAAN

The Rivers State Government has announced the closure of air, sea and land borders into the state with effect from Thursday, March 26, 2020.

  • Police bar complainants from stations in Anambra

The Anambra Police Command on Thursday warned complainants in the state to reduce their frequency to police stations in the state. This it said was in compliance with the social distancing order globally in force on account of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Coronavirus: Umahi bans weddings, burials, others for 31 days

The Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi, on Monday, banned all forms of public gatherings in the state for 31 days.

Umahi disclosed the ban during a town hall meeting with residents, which held at the International Conference Centre, Abakaliki.

  • Coronavirus: CJN shuts down courts nationwide

The Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Tanko Muhammad, has directed all heads of courts to suspend sittings from Tuesday (today) for the initial two weeks.

He gave the directive as part of efforts to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the court.

  • CBN suspends forex sales to BDCs over pandemic

The Central Bank of Nigeria has granted a two- week market holidays to the Bureaux De Change operators.

  • COVID-19: Massive economic crises loom, says CBN

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday said the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic would lead to a massive economic crisis capable of throwing many countries into recession.

  • Nigeria may enter recession in six months –Finance minister

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, has warned that the Nigerian economy may slide into recession if the coronavirus pandemic continues for the next six months.

  • Expect recession worse than 2008 global crisis – IMF: Coronavirus

The International Monetary Fund has said the global economy will slide into a recession that is “at least as bad as during the global financial crisis or worse” this year on the back of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Coronavirus: Adeboye donates ICU beds, ventilators to Lagos, others

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has donated Intensive Care Unit beds with ventilators to Lagos State.

  • Reps take delivery of exotic cars, begin distribution

The legislators had at an executive (closed-door) session on February 5, 2020, resolved to purchase 400 units of the exotic car.

The House has, however, kept sealed lips on the cost of each unit as the contract for the supply it was learned was not awarded to accredited Toyota dealers.

  • Senate threatens to order Emefiele’s arrest over $289m payment

The Senate Public Accounts Committee said on Tuesday that it might consider demanding a warrant for the arrest of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, over his alleged refusal to honor invitations extended to him by the legislature.

  • COVID-19: US asks doctors, nurses, around the world to apply for visas

The United States has asked medical professionals seeking to work in America to apply for a work visa at the nearest US Embassy as part of measures to strengthen the health system to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

  • Coronavirus: Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Kyari, tests positive

The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Coronavirus: Three Abba Kyari’s aides test positive

Three aides to the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari, have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.

  • Osinbajo tests negative for coronavirus says, aide

The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, said Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has tested negative for coronavirus.

  • COVID-19: Obaseki in self-isolation after contact with Kyari, Bauchi gov

Following his close contact with the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who have both tested positive for coronavirus, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has gone into self-isolation.

  • Coronavirus: I met with two persons who tested positive – Fayemi

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has asked all his 35 colleagues to go into self-isolation immediately.

Fayemi, who is the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, said he had done the coronavirus test having been exposed to two persons who had tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Coronavirus: Access Bank closes branch after customer tested positive

Access Bank Plc on Monday closed one of its branches in Lagos State over a coronavirus case.

  • Coronavirus: Aisha Buhari seeks total lockdown

Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has called for a total lockdown of activities across the country as coronavirus toll hits 36 with one death recorded on Monday.

  • We may be heading the way of China, Italy, FG warns: Corona Virus Updates

The Federal Government on Monday said Nigeria had 40 coronavirus cases and one death caused by the disease.

  • Coronavirus: Stay at home, Buhari tells FG workers

The circular was copied to the Chief of Staff to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice-President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, all ministers/ministers of state, all permanent secretaries, Accountant-General of the Federation, Auditor General of the Federation and other principal officers in the government.

  • COVID-19: Oyo govt tells civil, public servants to stay off work for two weeks

…says single coronavirus case in State responding to treatment

As part of measures put in place by the Oyo State government to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, the government, on Wednesday, directed civil and public servants in the employment of the state, local governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to stay off work for two weeks.

  • Coronavirus: FG to ban inter-state travel, close motor parks

The Federal Government has announced plans to ban inter-state travel and possibly close down motor parks as part of measures to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus.

  • Nigeria has less than 500 ventilators for coronavirus patients — Sources

As coronavirus spreads to six states in Nigeria, with fear that the infection could get worse, highly-placed health workers have said that the nation does not have up to 500 ventilators across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

  • Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed until 2021

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday.

  • Nigeria slashes crude selling prices to woo buyers

Nigeria has cut the official selling prices for its crude oil to record lows to clear a glut of unsold April-loading cargoes before releasing the May program on Monday.

The country has had to grapple with an unprecedented excess of oil triggered by the coronavirus outbreak and a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia for market share.

  • India locks down over 100 million people amid coronavirus fears

The capital New Delhi and over 80 cities and districts shut down as India scrambles to check the spread of the pandemic.

  • Coronavirus: UK orders three-week lockdown

The announcement came after outrage in government that recommendations about reducing social contact to minimize close-contact transmission of the virus were being ignored.

  • COVID-19: Olopade tests positive, the first case in sports

Former Ogun State Commissioner of Youth and Sports, Bukola Olopade, has confirmed testing positive to the coronavirus.

He becomes the first sports personality in Nigeria to contract the virus.

  • Edo speaker tests positive

The Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Mr. Frank Okiye, has been confirmed as the index case of Coronavirus in the state.

The state Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, disclosed this to newsmen at a press briefing in Benin on Wednesday.

  • Address rumors surrounding Osinbajo, Bakare tells Presidency

Lagos-based preacher, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has asked the Presidency to address the rumors surrounding Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Bakare, who is the Serving Overseer, Dominion Hall, Citadel Global Community Church (formerly Latter Rain Assembly) said this while delivering a sermon on Sunday.

  • Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus

The 86-year-old Cameroonian, best known for the 1972 hit ‘Soul Makossa’ died in Paris, according to a representative.

Renowned Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango has died after contracting the new coronavirus, his representatives and official Facebook page have announced.

  • American playwright Terrence McNally dies of coronavirus complications

Terrence McNally, a revered American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter whose long career earned him four Tony awards and an Emmy, died following coronavirus complications. He was 81 years old.

  • African football legend Mohamed Farah dies from COVID-19

Somalia has tragically lost former footballer, Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Somali Football Federation has confirmed.

  • Bali fears for future, as Indonesia’s coronavirus cases jump

Bali bounced back after bombings and natural disasters, but some worry it will not recover from the effects of COVID-19.

  • Coronavirus stretches Australia welfare agency to the limit

Government says as many as one million Australians could find themselves out of work in the coming days due to shutdown.