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COVID-19: PTF in Edo, hails Obaseki on testing, response strategy

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has hailed the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, for his administration’s robust and systematic response to the disease outbreak in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic.

Lead, Presidential Task Force COVID-19 Profile, Prof. Ehimario Igumbor, gave the commendation while addressing journalists in Benin City.

Igumbor said the team was on a five-day official visit to Edo, to provide supportive supervision to the state’s response to COVID-19.

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According to him, “We are here in Edo, undertaking supportive supervision about the state’s response to COVID-19 in general but specifically around how we are improving our testing rate across the state.

“We have the opportunity to meet with Governor Godwin Obaseki and other key stakeholders in the health sector.

“We are very grateful to see the command that the governor has around the response and all that he is doing to support the activities of the public health response.”

He continued: “We want to keep the word out there around testing for COVID-19; we have seen a surge in cases in recent times and are encouraging the population to come out and get tested.

“We are visiting the various laboratory facilities; we like the decentralised testing strategy that the state has adopted.

“We just want to give reinforcement to that and communicate this even onward to our colleagues in federal and other states to take lead from such good feats that we are seeing in Edo.

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“We hope that in the next while, we would get more people tested and we can use that as a premise to inform the response and control the pandemic, which remains very real in our communities.”

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Police Teargas EndSARS protesters At Lekki Tollgate

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Police Teargas EndSARS protesters At Lekki Tollgate

Some EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate, Lagos State, were teargassed by the police on Wednesday.

The protesters, who gathered for the EndSARS memorial protest at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos State, were dispersed by men of the police force.

The demonstrators had gathered to call for justice for protesters who were allegedly shot dead on October 20, 2020

The EndSARS protests which were held in October 2020 were against the activities of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force accused of brutality.

READ ALSO: Pro-Buhari Protesters Say Nobody Died At Lekki Tollgate

However, on Wednesday the peaceful protest was disrupted by police officers who fired teargas at the youths.
The protesters scampered for safety as they chanted “EndSARS”.

 

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Pro-Buhari Protesters Say Nobody Died At Lekki Tollgate

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Pro-Buhari Protesters Say Nobody Died At Lekki Tollgate

Protesters loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday converged on the Unity Fountain in Abuja, saying “nobody died at Lekki tollgate” in Lagos.

The protesters who were conveyed to the venue on a bus, held up placards stating,”#EndSarsProtest; Lekki shooting was a hoax”, and ”Nobody died at Lekki tollgate”.

On October 20, 2020, soldiers reportedly opened fire on protesters campaigning against police brutality at Lekki tollgate.

READ ALSO: No Massacre Of Lekki Protesters In 2020 – Mohammed

While some reports, including civil society groups say some protesters were killed in the attack, the federal government has disputed this account.

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, on Wednesday described the Lekki incident as a ”phantom massacre”.

Nigerians poured into the streets in Lagos, Abuja and other places on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest.

 

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No Massacre Of Lekki Protesters In 2020 – Mohammed

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A year after the EndSARS protest, Information Minister Lai Mohammed has insisted that there was no massacre of Nigerians at Lekki where the event held last year.

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During a news conference in Abuja, Mohammed said that most of the claims of killings were false and misleading as most of those who made the claims of losing people were yet to show up and give evidence a year after such allegations.

 

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