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COVID-19 patient attempts escape from Kaduna isolation centre

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A coronavirus patient undergoing treatment at the Infectious Disease Control Center, Down Quarters, Kaduna South attempted to escape from the isolation centre but was caught

The Media Assistant to the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ekunola Gbenga, confirmed in his report to the media

In a statement sent via e-mail, the fleeing COVID-19 patient was said to have engaged officers of the NCDC on duty in a scuffle.

In the fight that ensued, the fleeing patient was said to forcefully take the entrance key to the isolation centre but was later overpowered by the NCDC officers on duty.

The statement titled ‘Kaduna: Civil Defence Officer capture COVID-19 patient who attempted to escape’, read, “It has emerged that a COVID-19 positive patient attempted to escape from isolation center in Kaduna without authorisation.

“The suspected COVlD-l9 patient tried to leave the Centre for morning prayers without the permission of doctors.

“The keys were disinfected, despite that, the doctor gave the personnel some drugs; he was instructed to self-isolate for two weeks and to call the Center if he develops any symptoms.

“The Corps had since strengthened its security measures in the internal isolation centre.”

 

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ASUU chapters at loggerheads after FG offer to end 8-month strike.

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The controversy generated by the ongoing strike between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is yet to abate despite the pleas from Nigerians.

The Nation reports that some branches of ASUU were divided over whether to accept the federal government’s offer and call off their eight-month-old strike. Legit.ng gathered that the union would harmonise the positions of zones and branches at a meeting in Abuja on Friday, November 27. The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, addressing the leadership of ASUU in Abuja over the strike. The report said while some branches insisted that the government must meet all the demands before the strike is called off, the union may put the decision to a vote. It was learnt that the Ahmadu Bello University branch agreed with the government on the N40 billion Earned Academic Allowance (EAA).

The branch, however, called for payment of the allowance before the strike will be called off. The newspaper noted that the lecturers at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Delta state, said negotiations with the federal government must be concluded before the strike is called off. The chairman of ASUU at the university, Ezekiel Agbalagba, said the congress on Wednesday, November 25, accepted the EAA, but rejected the N25 billion for the revitalisation of the varsities.

He said:

“We are willing to suspend the strike, but some of those contending issues should be thrashed and thrashed once.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the authority of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) directed all non-teaching staff of the institution to resume work on Friday, November 27, with cutlasses, hoes, brooms, and buckets to clear overgrown grass, sweep offices as well as keep the environment clean.

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