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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Friday, explained Trump ordered the killing of Iranian commander, Qasem Soleimani.

Pompeo said the action was to disrupt an “imminent attack” that could have cost American lives in the Middle East region.

“I can’t talk too much about the nature of the threats. But the American people should know that the President’s decision to remove Soleimani from the battlefield saved American lives,” Pompeo said on CNN.

Pompeo said Soleimani was “actively plotting” in the region to “take big action, as he described it, that would have put hundreds of lives at risk.”

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He said that Americans “are safer in the region” after the strike and demise of Soleimani.

Pompeo stressed that a US intelligence community assessment had led to the strike.

“The risk of doing nothing was enormous. Intelligence community made that assessment and President Trump acted decisively last night”.

Pompeo added that after the death of a US contractor in Iraq on December 27, “we watched the intelligence flow in that talked about Soleimani’s travels in the region and the that he was doing to put Americans further at risk.”

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“And it was time to take this action so that we could disrupt this plot, deter further aggression from Qasem Soleimani and the Iranian regime, as well as to attempt to de-escalate the situation,” he said.

On the advisory to US citizens to leave Iraq, Pompeo said, “the statement that we issued was appropriate, that the timing was right for that.”

However, Pompeo has spoken with his counterparts in China, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Statements released by the State Department said he “made clear that the United States remains committed to de-escalation”.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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COVID-19: NCDC Confirms 354 New Cases, Total Rises To 45,244

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 354 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infection to 45,244.

The NCDC made this known via its verified Twitter handle on Thursday.

“On the 6th of August 2020, 354 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 45244 cases have been confirmed, 32430 cases have been discharged and 930 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 354 new cases are reported from 17 states- FCT (78), Lagos (76), Kaduna (23), Ebonyi (19), Oyo (18), Nasarawa (17), Rivers (17), Delta (16), Kwara (15), Akwa Ibom (13), Edo (12), Ogun (12), Plateau (11), Kano (9), Bauchi (6), Borno (6), Ekiti (6),” the NCDC said.

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See the breakdown of cases by state below;

Confirmed Cases by State

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 15,627 2,316 13,119 192
FCT 4,241 2,965 1,231 45
Oyo 2,825 1,392 1,402 31
Edo 2,340 174 2,073 93
Rivers 1,911 267 1,591 53
Kano 1,608 264 1,291 53
Delta 1,557 110 1,404 43
Kaduna 1,530 183 1,335 12
Ogun 1,428 200 1,204 24
Plateau 1,294 676 598 20
Ondo 1,243 565 651 27
Enugu 880 377 485 18
Ebonyi 838 19 793 26
Kwara 815 452 342 21
Katsina 746 265 457 24
Borno 634 30 569 35
Abia 625 103 517 5
Gombe 620 68 529 23
Osun 586 273 300 13
Bauchi 574 40 521 13
Imo 472 315 147 10
Nasarawa 360 129 223 8
Benue 356 285 64 7
Bayelsa 342 31 290 21
Jigawa 322 3 308 11
Akwa Ibom 234 55 171 8
Niger 226 81 133 12
Adamawa 176 80 85 11
Ekiti 159 81 76 2
Sokoto 154 1 137 16
Anambra 142 41 83 18
Kebbi 90 82 8
Zamfara 77 1 71 5
Taraba 72 13 55 4
Cross River 68 27 33 8
Yobe 67 2 57 8
Kogi 5 3 2

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Nigerian govt set to resume international flights, lists guidelines

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has asked airline operators and aviation authorities, to begin the process for resuming international flights.

The PTF Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, stated this during Thursday’s media briefing in Abuja.

Aliyu said the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and other agencies should commence the process.

According to him, passengers would arrive three hours before flights, when the country’s airspace finally opens for international operations.

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He said, “Specific to air transportation, as you are aware, domestic flights have already resumed, the railway sector has also restarted. For international travel, we have made recommendation to the aviation industry to commence the process for opening international airport provided all existing international and local Covid-19 protocol are in place.

“We have modified the protocol for passenger arrivals at the airports. Domestic passengers arriving at the airports are advised to arrive one hour before their flights and three hours before international flights when this restarts.”

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Domestic flights had resumed in Nigeria in July after a four-month closure due to COVID-19.

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