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Anger as DSS Agents Open Fire on Protesters, Journalists

There was palpable anger yesterday as operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) fired live ammunition at protesters and journalists covering a peaceful protest organised by a group, Concerned Nigerians, calling for the release of detained Convener of #Revolution Now Movement, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.
The protest, which took place at the headquarters of the agency, was disrupted when operatives of DSS stormed the place in a Hilux Van shouting “kill them, kill them” and brutalised journalists, including Arise cameraman, Mr. Stanley Ugochukwu.
They subsequently started shooting sporadically into the air and fired tear gas canisters at the gathering, forcing protesters and journalists to scamper to safety.
Sound of gunshots was intermittently mixed with kicks and punches as the operatives descended on protesters and journalists.
As protesters and journalists covering the protest ran to take refuge inside a luxury bus, popularly known as el-Rufai Bus, parked nearby and used to convey the protesters, the operatives, who had cordoned off the entire area, moved to the bus and smashed the glass windows, dragged those hiding under the seats and beat them mercilessly.
Many journalists were brutalised while their camera and other equipment were seized.
Arise TV cameraman, Stanley Ugochukwu, was brutalised while his camera was snatched by the operatives.
DSS was yet to release the camera as at the time of filling this report.
Reporters and cameramen working with The Guardian and Sun Newspapers, Mr. Oludare Richards and Mr. Muda Atanda, respectively, were also beaten to pulp.
Director of Enough is Enough, Ms. Yemi Ademolekun, an analyst with Arise News, was assaulted by the DSS. Her phone was seized and smashed.
Ugochukwu, in an interview with THISDAY, narrated his ordeal in the hands of the security agents.
He said: “While we were there, a Hilux van ran into the crowd and the next thing we heard was kill them, hit them, and then we started hearing gunshots.
“They were also firing tear gas canisters and pepper spray and we all scampered to safety; but before that, they had cordoned off the area. Anywhere you turned to, you either met an operative, a power bike or a Hilux van.
“I made for the bus where I hid. I saw a Galaxy TV reporter lying flat under the seat.
“Later, when the gunshots had stopped and I tried to tip toe out of the bus, I heard a voice say ‘stop there!’ I had my camera but I didn’t know that it was recording so he said ‘so you have been recording us?”
“He pointed a gun at me and dipped his hand into my pocket and picked my identity card. He collected my camera and I was pleading please don’t hurt me.
“Somebody who was passing said ‘look at what you are doing to journalists and they pounced on him and beat him to the point that he was bleeding all over.”
Calls and text messages sent to DSS spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunanya, were not

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NCDC reveals why Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases are low

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that the low number of the COVID-19 cases in the country is due to the lesser amount of samples collected across the states.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC Director-General, stated this during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday.

Ihekweazu, who was represented by Mrs. Elsie Ilori, NCDC Head of Surveillance and Epidemiology Department, stated that the testing labs were underutilized because the states were not collecting enough samples for the laboratory to test.

“As mentioned earlier since the Sallah break we have had some of our confirmed cases have been very low compared to what we’ll be having before, but this isn’t because the numbers are getting low but because we are not collecting enough samples.

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“If you notice, the number of samples collected during Salah was very low, and we believe it was because of the festival season some labs even went on break, it should not have been.

“So we are working with the states to quickly address this so that we do not have this kind of situation again,” he said.

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According to the Ihekweazu, we sometimes know when we look at stigmatization, people say they do not want to go to testing sites because they’ll be stigmatized.

“But I mean, this isn’t something to be ashamed of, we have just had an example amongst us, it can happen to anybody.

So, please let us come out and be tested.”

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Nigeria Records 373 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Now 48,116

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 373 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The 373 new cases brought the nation’s confirmed COVID-19 infection cases to 48,116.

The agency made this known via its verified Twitter handle @NCDCgov on Thursday.

On the 13th of August 2020, 373 new confirmed cases and 10 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 48116 cases have been confirmed, 34309 cases have been discharged and 966 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 373 new cases are reported from 20 states- Lagos(69), Osun(41), Kaduna(40), Oyo(40), FCT(35), Plateau(22), Rivers(19), Kano(17), Ondo(17), Ogun(15), Abia(14), Gombe(12), Imo(9), Enugu(7), Kwara(6), Delta(5), Niger(2), Borno(1), Bauchi(1) and Nasarawa(1),” the NCDC said.

See the breakdown of cases by states below;

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 16,256 2,923 13,132 201
FCT 4,632 3,261 1,325 46
Oyo 2,935 1,400 1,504 31
Edo 2,399 178 2,121 100
Rivers 1,991 160 1,775 56
Kaduna 1,706 201 1,493 12
Plateau 1,665 905 736 24
Kano 1,661 287 1,320 54
Delta 1,626 152 1,430 44
Ogun 1,521 209 1,288 24
Ondo 1,373 575 770 28
Enugu 976 307 650 19
Ebonyi 908 30 852 26
Kwara 888 274 591 23
Katsina 746 265 457 24
Osun 719 365 341 13
Borno 698 86 576 36
Abia 677 126 546 5
Gombe 647 48 576 23
Bauchi 580 33 533 14
Imo 494 316 168 10
Benue 430 282 139 9
Nasarawa 372 141 223 8
Bayelsa 346 9 316 21
Jigawa 322 3 308 11
Akwa Ibom 241 26 207 8
Niger 228 48 168 12
Ekiti 194 110 81 3
Adamawa 185 69 104 12
Anambra 156 7 131 18
Sokoto 154 138 16
Kebbi 90 82 8
Taraba 78 19 55 4
Zamfara 77 1 71 5
Cross River 73 23 42 8
Yobe 67 2 57 8
Kogi 5 3 2

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