Former Vice President of Nigeria and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar said his son has contacted the dreaded Covid-19.
In a tweet early Monday morning, Atiku said : “My son has tested positive to coronavirus. @NCDCGov has been duly informed, and he has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and management. I will appreciate it if you have him in your prayers. Stay safe, coronavirus is real. “
It is not yet clear if Atiku’s son has been included in the recent data released by the National Centre For Disease Control which puts the total number of confirmed infections at 30.
As the global pandemic continues its onslaught, federal and the state governments in Nigeria have continued to ask people to take precautionary measures to curtail the spread of the virus.
Murder: Court sentences two to death by hanging
It is the end of the road for Elijah Oyebode, 25, Yusuf Ajibade, 28, and Jelili Raji, 35 as Justice Jide Falola of Osun High Court sitting in Ikirun has sentenced them to death by hanging for murder.
According to the ruling by Justice Falola, on Thursday, the prosecution counsel proved his case against the convicts beyond reasonable doubt. He, however, acquitted the second convict, Ajibade, of two-count charge of murder and conspiracy but convicted him on the third count charge of receiving stolen property.
While Ajibade got two years imprisonment, Oyebode and Raji were sentenced to death by hanging.
He also said the shrine where the deceased was murdered be forfeited to the state government.
The convicts, who were first arraigned on November 14, 2017, pleaded not guilty to three-count-charge of conspiracy to commit murder, murder and stealing preferred against them.
The State Counsel, Kareem Adekilekun, had earlier told the court that the defendants murdered one Rofiat Adebisi, a 400-level student of Osun University, Ipetu-Ijesha, on December 22 2016.
Adekilekun said the offences were contrary to Sections 324 and 316, and punishable under Sections 319 and 322 of the Criminal Code Cap.3 Law of Osun, 2002, respectively.
Today.ng reports that the prosecution counsel told the court that on that fateful day, the deceased boarded a golf car with Lagos number plate FKJ 636 DL, driven by the first convict, Oyebode.
Adekilekun further told the court that on December 23, 2016, the lifeless body of the deceased was found by the road side along Egbeda road in the state.
He said the convicts were arrested with help of the police through the iPhone 5 of the deceased, which was sold to Ajibade.
Adekilekun said Oyebode, in his confessional statement, said Raji asked him to supply him a maid.
According to the prosecution counsel, a charm was given to Oyebode by Raji to charm any lady that he will bring and that such lady will be unconscious.
He also explained that in Oyebode confessional statement, he said the charm was used against the deceased.
He said Oyebode thereafter handed the deceased to Raji in his shrine and paid him N10,000.
He also told the court that the confessional statements of the three convicted persons were corroborated by the police, whose report showed that Oyebode had sex with deceased before taking her to Raji’s shrine.
Counsel to convicts, Suleiman Bello, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.
Billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote reveals COVID19 test result
Nigerian businessman and philanthropist Aliko Dangote on Sunday, said he had tested negative for the novel Coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19.
The founder and chairman of Dangote Group announced his health status with a tweet on his handle on Sunday, dispelling widespread concerns expressed by many Nigerians as a result of stories making the rounds that he had contact with some governors and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who had tested positive.
In the tweet, Dangote said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted modern society, affecting our collective health and well-being.
“As a global citizen and business leader, I took the COVID-19 test and the result came back NEGATIVE.
“Coalition Against COVID-19 is an initiative that I am leading with other private sector leaders&our common goal is to support ongoing Government initiatives with our resources in the fight against COVID-19.
“We are in this together and I am optimistic we will overcome.”