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Victim Support Fund Donates 60,000 Covid-19 Test Kits To NYSC



The Victim Support Fund has donated a total of sixty-thousand test kits to the National Youth Service Corps in response to combatting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

While making the donation during the Presidential Steering Committee Press Briefing on COVID-19, the Chairperson, Victim Support Fund COVID-19 Task Force, Mrs.

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji said the donation was the single largest donation of rapid test kits to the NYSC, which would be used during its forthcoming Orientation Course.

She commended the Federal Government, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, the NCDC and NYSC Director-General for their tireless efforts in tackling the dreaded virus.

Speaking on behalf of the Chairman of VSF, Gen TY Danjuma,  Akerele-Ogunsiji said NYSC is the most crucial component of the country with high population density.

She added that there was the need to deploy full medical support to reduce COVID-19 mortality rate among Nigerians.

“We will continue to support the Government to reduce community transmission of the pandemic across the country”, she said.

While receiving the items, NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim appreciated the Federal Government,  Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and the NCDC for supporting the NYSC Scheme.

“On behalf of the Management, Staff and Corps Members nationwide, l want to thank you immensely for this gesture and l also want to place on record again by thanking the Presidential Task Force and the NCDC for the wonderful job they are doing for the country”, the DG said.

The Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha appealed to Nigerians to assist the Committee to build on the successes recorded in the fight against the pandemic for the benefit of all.

He tasked NYSC Management to make judicious use of the items, while he urged other organizations in the country to support the Presidential Steering Committee in combatting the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

Mustapha, who stated that the virus is still in the country urged Nigerians to adhere to all the COVID-19 safety protocols.

“We will continue to ensure the prevention of the spread of different variants of COVID-19 in the country”, he added.

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Insecurity: Armed Men Attack Presidential Villa



…There Was An Attempt To Burgle Buhari’s Chief Of Staff’s Residence – Presidency

Report have it that, Armed men suspected to be robbers invaded the residences of two senior aides to President Muhammadu Buhari inside the precinct of the Presidential Villa, administration officials and security sources have told Peoples Gazette, raising fears that the rising insecurity across the country was drawing closer to the elite than previously estimated.

The incident on May 9 (yesterday) prompted Ibrahim Gambari and Abubakar Maikano, the chief of staff and admin officer, respectively, to abandon their residences, sources said.

“Their houses were robbed and the robbers packed money and other valuable assets from both houses,” an aide to the informed about the robbery told The Gazette.

It was not immediately clear whether or not valuable documents of state interest were carted away by the intruders, but The Gazette heard that the residences were thoroughly ransacked.

“The robbers took away as much as possible from both places,” a security officer that confirmed the incident said. “What is more unfortunate is that no one has been arrested.”

Officials also said Mr Gambari was given an official residence at the Defence House, but has not been living there, preferring instead to live inside Aso Rock and be close to the president.

Nigeria’s presidential palace just west of the city centre has long been seen as highly fortified and far beyond the reach of burglars, bandits and other criminals currently holding the vast swathes of the country to ransom.

But as criminal activities overshadow other matters of national consequences, Mr Buhari has faced calls to act urgently before it would be too late.

Armed bandits have abducted thousands of citizens since January alone, claiming billions in ransom payments at an alarming rate.

No explanation was immediately rendered for the invasion and why it was not prevented by the ubiquitous contingent of security officers, especially those of the State Security Service, guarding the fortress.

Mr Gambari did not immediately return a request seeking comments.
A spokesman for the SSS said he would not comment on the matter and a spokeswoman for the police in Abuja abruptly disconnected the call upon hearing The Gazette’s enquiry was about a security breach at the Presidential Villa.

Meanwhile presidency revealed that there was an attempt to burgle the residence of Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Presidency has said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed that the incident occurred very early on Monday morning.

His confirmation followed the report by an online news medium, Peoples Gazette, that gunmen suspected to be robbers invaded the residences of Gambari and another senior aide to the President, Abubakar Maikano – the Admin Officer, located close to the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Quoting administration officials and security sources at the villa, the news outfit said that the incident forced Gambari and Maikano to abandon their residences.

The burglars were said to have raided the two houses where they reportedly packed money and other valuable assets.

‘A Foolish Attempt’

While he was silent on the purported incident at Maikano’s residence, Shehu noted that Gambari confirmed what he described as a foolish attempt to burgle his house.

“The Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, has confirmed that there “was a foolish attempt” to burgle his residence at 3:00am this (Monday) morning, but it turned out to be unsuccessful,” the President’s spokesman said in a tweet.

He added, “Professor Gambari, whose house is on a street next to the Villa, has assured that there is nothing to worry about from the incident.”

According to Peoples Gazette, the residences of the two senior aides to the President were thoroughly ransacked and no one has yet to be arrested in connection with the incidents.

This comes amid the disturbing rate of insecurity in the country with several calls on the Federal Government to secure the lives of the people and their properties.

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