ALL THE RELEVANT NEWS: SATURDAY

ALL THE RELEVANT NEWS: SATURDAY

1. Donald Trump Tweets from hospital
President Trump has tweeted for the first time since arriving in hospital saying, “Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!“
* His physician, Sean Conley, said on Friday that he was “doing very well” at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and has started Remdesivir therapy, an intravenous anti-viral drug. “He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably,” he said.
* Earlier on Friday he said that the president had “as a precautionary measure received an 8g dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail” at the White House.
* The antibody cocktail is an experimental therapy that uses two or more lab-engineered antibodies that is believed to reduce levels of the coronavirus and improve a patient’s symptoms.
* Experts say the administration of the cocktail on the President of US and leader of the free world, shows that the case was serious.
*On Friday, others who had been in close contact with the president in recent days announced that they had also tested positive for COVID-19. They included Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and University of Notre Dame president John Jenkins and his former close aide Kellyanne Conway, all of whom had attended a crowded Rose Garden ceremony last Saturday announcing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and his campaign manager, Bill Stepien.
* Three journalists who cover the White House also tested positive on Friday.
* Trump’s campaign manager tests positive.
* White House communications director Alyssa Farah said the president had not transferred his powers to Vice-President Mike Pence.

2. President Buhari has signed the Instrument of Ratification for Nigeria to become the 144th country to ratify the Doha Amendment of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).
* In his video-message to the UN High-level meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, President Buhari called for the total elimination of nuclear weapons, warning that trafficking in nuclear materials remains a potential threat to international peace and security.

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3. Oil prices fell more than 4% on Friday, and posted a second weekly decline after U.S. President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19, roiling risky assets, and as rising global crude output threatened to overwhelm the market’s weak recovery.
Brent crude was down $1.66, or 4.1%, at $39.27 a barrel and down 7% on the week.

4. Minister of State Katagum says FG’s MSMEs grant scheme will save 1.7 million jobs in Nigeria.

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5. Transport minister Amaechi defends Nigeria-Niger rail line, says project to boost economy.

6. Chevron Nigeria Limited has announced it will lay off a quarter of its work force in the light of the changing business environment.

7. Ojo Olatunde, an acting clerk, has been confirmed as the substantive clerk of the National Assembly by the National Assembly Service Commission.

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8. Senator Ali Ndume, who is acting as surety for Abdulrasheed Maina, an ex-pension boss, has told the Federal High Court in Abuja that he is unable to find him; the judge adjourned the case till October 5 ordering that “both the surety and defendant must be present in court that day.

9. Magu’s lawyer swears affidavit, insists Justice Salami made controversial ‘regret’ statement; Salami had denied making the statement.

10. The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday nullified the August 17, 2020 judgment of the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which sacked Governor Duoye Diri from office and ordered a fresh poll within 90 days. (11) Number of GSM users now 203 million.

11. COVID-19 Update: With 126 new cases reported on Friday, the Nigeria’s numbers are 59127 confirmed cases, 50593 recoveries and 1112 deaths.
* Prices of face masks, sanitizers, thermometers drop as cases crash by about 78%

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