These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Friday morning.
1. Nigeria’s total hits 442 as 35 new cases of COVID-19 announced
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Thursday night confirmed 35 new cases of coronavirus in the country. The centre said on its Twitter handle the figure had further pushed up the number of people infected by the virus in Nigeria to 442.
2. Reps, power stakeholders set up panel on proposed 2-month free electricity to Nigerians
The House of Representatives and stakeholders in the power sector on Thursday agreed to set up a joint implementation committee on the proposed two-month free power supply to vulnerable Nigerians.
3. Akwa Ibom extends COVID-19 lockdown by one week
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, Thursday extended the restriction of movement imposed on the state following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the county by one week.
4. Lagos govt confirms discharge of another 5 COVID-19 patients
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Thursday confirmed the recovery of another five COVID-19 patients at the state’s isolation facilities.
5. Enugu discharges second COVID-19 patient
The second COVID-19 patient in Enugu State has been discharged after he recovered fully from the disease. The patient was discharged from the state isolation facility barely 24 hours after the first case was released by health authorities in the state.
6. Why government can’t provide free electricity to Nigerians —TCN
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Thursday rejected claims the Federal Government was providing free electricity to Nigerians to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown on the citizens.
7. Northern Nigeria a ‘high-risk’ for COVID-19 spread —Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said on Thursday that northern Nigeria remained a high-risk region for the spread of COVID-19 due to its weak primary healthcare system. Read more
8. Osun govt warns private hospitals to steer clear of COVID-19 patients
The Osun State Government Thursday restated its warning that private hospitals in the state should steer clear of suspected or confirmed coronavirus patients in the state.
9. Nigerian Correctional Service reacts to report of alleged release of Maryam Sanda
The Nigerian Correctional Service on Thursday dismissed reports that Maryam Sanda, the woman who was sentenced to death for killing her husband, had been granted presidential pardon and released from prison.
10. COVID-19: Nigerian govt charges tailors to begin mass production of face masks
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Thursday, charged Nigerian tailors to start mass production of face masks with local fabrics.