In the last 48 hours the number of cases of coronavirus in the Lombardy region in Italy has grown from six to over 40 victims of the virus.
The Lombardy region of Italy is now under voluntary quarantine. The Carnival (Mardi Gras) celebrations were cancelled in the area.
Five of the victims are doctors and nurses.
The “index person” who flew back to the region in late January from China still shows NO SIGNS of the deadly virus. Despite this the virus has spread to at least 40 people.
Conservative politician Matteo Salvini has called for Italy to close its borders.
Matteo Salvini: (translated) A prayer for the first Italian victim of #Coronavirus the and a thought to his family. Maybe now someone will have understood that it is necessary to close, control, armor, block, protect? #coronavirusitalIa
An angry mob on Saturday stormed a police station in Sagamu, Ogun State, after a police officer reportedly caused the death of Tiyamu Kazeem, a footballer.
Kazeem played for Ogun State-based Remo Stars Football club.
Videos and pictures of how the mob vented their anger on the officers and destroyed some properties of the police have been trending online.
In a statement by Oladimeji Oshode, the media officer of Remo Stars Football club, where Mr Kazeem played in the right-back position until his death, the club mourned the death of Mr Kazeem.
“The incident occurred this afternoon (Saturday) in Sagamu while he was driving along Sagamu area of Ogun State with one of his teammates, Sanni Abubakar,” the club management narrated.
It cited a witness account as saying that a SARS officer stopped the footballer and accused him of being a Yahoo Boy(internet fraudster) and they insisted on taking him to the nearby police station.
“The SARS officer stopped Tiyamiyu Kazeem, insisting that he was a Yahoo Boy. He brought out his identity (ID) card to identify himself as a player of Remo Stars FC, but, the officer insisted on taking him to the nearest police station in Sagamu.
“Tiyamiyu and Sanni obliged, followed the SARS officers, only for them to notice that they were driving towards Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway. Then the guys questioned to know where the SARS officers were taking them to, but this prompted them to stop the car and push him (Tiyamiyu) out of the car, and a vehicle knocked him down,” the unnamed witness was quoted as saying.
It was gathered that Mr Kazeem was immediately rushed to Fakoya Hospital in Sagamu, where it was confirmed that he was dead.
Meanwhile, the police have denied the involvement of any SARS or police officer in the death of Mr Kazeem.
The Ogun state police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told PREMIUM TIMES that the deceased was arrested by officers of the Zonal Intervention Squad of the police force.
According to Mr Oyeyemi, the youngster was arrested for wearing a military outfit when he was not a soldier.
“The police officer challenged him and he was arrested. While they were on their way, the vehicle developed a fault and while he was crossing the road, he was knocked down by another vehicle,” he told this paper on Saturday evening.
Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), says the recovered Abacha Loot will be used for infrastructural projects in the country.
He said the assets of Abubakar Bagudu, governor of Kebbi state, are not part of the Abacha Loot Nigeria is recovering overseas.
Malami said this in a statement on Saturday while reacting to the report that the federal government is planning to pay Bagudu $100 million out of the recovered Abacha Loot.
But he was silent on whether the federal government agreed to pay the governor $110 million from assets linked to him which Nigeria is seeking to recover before US and UK courts.
Bloomberg had reported that the payment was a part of the terms of a 2018 agreement signed between Bagudu and the federal government which kicks in after the country recovers €141 million ($155 million) worth of investment portfolios linked to governor’s family.
TheCable also obtained a court document detailing the agreement which was signed after the governor sued Nigeria for reportedly breaching a 2003 contract signed by the Obasanjo administration.
The 2003 agreement mandated Bagudu, who the US accused of aiding Abacha to loot Nigeria, to return some allegedly laundered funds to the federal government, and in turn “renounced any interest whatsoever” in his assets overseas.
In a statement by Umar Gwandu, the AGF’s spokesman, Malami said the assets are not covered under the agreement which the federal government signed to recover funds looted by Abacha.
He added that the Buhari administration remains committed to a “transparent management and utilisation of returned assets as well as independent asset recovery efforts”.
He said: “In the same manner that Nigeria is asserting its rights to the assets, there are others, including individuals, entities and countries who have rights and who have gone to court to contest the legality or otherwise of Nigeria’s claims against their assets.
“It is well known that the USA and the Bagudu family have been in court since 2014 over assets already rescinded under the 2003 Agreement. The matters are to be determined in the United Kingdom and the United States Courts. The Bagudu family assets in contention, which constitutes a distinct and separate cause of action, does not have anything to do with the assets already recovered and being recovered under the Abacha 2014 non-prosecution agreement.
“It is therefore mischievous and pedestrian for anyone to seek to turn the law and the facts on its head on the matter of repatriation whose terms are clearly spelt out and agreed among the parties.
“The government of Nigeria remains fully committed to continued cooperation with the United States of America and other countries in a reciprocal manner.”
Transparency International estimates Abacha might have looted as much as $5 billion during his regime from 1993 to 1998.
About $3.6 billion has so far been recovered out of that money.
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