EU donates $55m in COVID-19 combat, Nigeria pops up in INTERPOL fraud report

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April 14: Buhari signs federal lockdown extension

Nigeria is to benefit from a European Union donation of $55m to boost the country’s fight against coronavirus. A statement from the presidency confirmed the development after a meeting between an EU delegation and President Muhammadu Buhari today.

“Receiving the EU delegation to the country, led by Amb Ketil Karlsen, President Buhari said the donation would go a long way in supporting Nigeria’s efforts at controlling & containing the virus to prevent community spread, as well as revitalise the national health care systems.

“The President used the occasion to express sincere condolences of the Government and people of Nigeria to EU-member countries and families who lost their loved ones as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,’ the presidency wrote on Twitter.

In his remarks, Ambassador Karlsen described the donation, channelled through the UN COVID-19 basket fund as, so far, the largest single contribution to the response in Nigeria and the largest support that EU is providing anywhere outside Europe.

The EU Ambassador congratulated President Buhari for “a very powerful address to the nation last night”, stressing “indeed the current situation is no joke and we wish to commend you for taking bold and necessary measures.”

He also announced that the European Union was mobilising other sources of funding, noting that they have already paid 1.2 million Euros to UNICEF, and goods purchased through that funding are expected in the country soon.

INTERPOL face mask fraud mentions Nigeria

INTERPOL on Tuesday unmasked an international COVID-19 fraud racket straddling three European countries – Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.

The elaborate plan that targeted German health authorities had to do with securing of face masks in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. INTERPOL reported that what started as a chain of referrals eventually led to compromised emails and an advance-payment fraud scheme.

“It all started with an email address and website which appeared to be linked to a legitimate company in Spain selling face masks. Unbeknownst to the buyers, the site was a fake and their legitimate email addresses had been compromised,” the report said.

Nigeria popped up at the point of chasing advanced payments to the fraudsters. A majority of emergency payment, EUR 880,000 by the German buyers to the supposed Dutch supplier was moved from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom with the final destination being Nigeria, INTERPOL said.

The relevant paragraph read: “The Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service quickly tracked down the EUR 880,000 which had been transferred from the German company. Nearly EUR 500,000 of those funds had already been sent to the United Kingdom, all of which was destined for an account in Nigeria.”

INTERPOL did not state whether the recipient of the said funds was known or will be traced. It is not known whether Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have been contacted, neither have they commented on the issue.

Advance-fee fraud also known as 419 is one of the main crimes that the EFCC have busted over the years. It was one of the areas that earned the pioneer EFCC Chairman Nuhu Ribadu, national and global acclaim in the line of anti-corruption in a country that has been bedeviled by corruption in different levels of society.

Buhari extends federal lockdown on Lagos, Ogun and FCT

President Buhari on Monday extended by two weeks a federal lockdown imposed on commercial capital Lagos, Ogun states and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja).

The president has since signed the Quarantine Act Regulations No. 2 of 2020 to operationalize the order. Abuja and Lagos are Nigeria’s most impacted in the COVID-19 pandemic. In a televised address on Monday, Buhari described the fight as a matter of “life and death.”

As at 09:50 pm 13th April, there were

343 confirmed cases, 20 new cases
91 discharged
10 deaths

Other major developments as below can be found on Special coverage COVID-19 in Nigeria.

  • Buhari signs lockdown extension act, cases reach 343
  • COVID-19 fight about lives, livelihoods – Buhari
  • Popular pastor backtracks on 5G; Lagos, Ogun record crime
  • Buhari meets VP, Task Force; speaker warns China, cases pass 300
  • Nigeria to decide on nationwide lockdown
  • Two months of free electricity announced
  • Government protests racist treatment in China
  • 13 Nigerians who died in diaspora listed
  • Tally at 276, Chinese medical team quarantined
  • Government considers traditional treatment
  • Communications Commission speaks on 5G
  • Buhari orders distribution of impounded rice
  • Tally at 232, lockdown party blues, Chines aid criticised
  • Nigerian showbiz couple arrested, Chinese medical aid slammed
  • Buhari briefed, lockdown brutality criticised
  • Govt knocks Soyinka, NCDC allocates Jack Ma’s donation
  • Cases rise to 139, infected Makinde speaks
  • Buhari signs lockdown regulations, cases rise to 131
  • Adenuga donates 1.5 billion naira, Senators donate 50% salaries
  • Buhari delivers nationwide address
  • Buhari briefed, el-Rufai tests positive
  • Nigeria’s testing up by 32% after Jack Ma’s donation
  • Elumelu’s UBA makes $14m donation
  • Ex-VP Atiku donates $135,000 towards relief fund
  • Bauchi State governor tests positive
  • Lagos closes all shops and markets for a week
  • President tests negative, chief of staff infected
  • Nigeria shuts all borders, cabinet meetings suspended
  • Lagos state battling chloroquine poisoning
  • Nigeria celebrates female doctor who identified index case.


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