The abducted Provost of the College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Bakura, Zamfara state, Habibu Mainasara, has regained freedom.
Mainasara’s elder brother, Nasiru, disclosed to reporters that he was freed on Wednesday night, three days after bandits abducted him from his official residence in the institution.
It is however not clear weather any ransom was paid to his abductors to secure his release.
The abductors had earlier demanded a ransom of 5 million naira from the provost’s family with negotiations commencing for his release.
Amid reports of a possible third covid-19 wave, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has announced that the country recorded 48 new coronavirus cases.
NCDC gave the update in a series of posts on its social media page, but failed to show if any case was recorded in Lagos, which has been the country’s epicenter of the pandemic.
The health agency revealed that the new infections were recorded in seven states, comprising Ondo which recorded the highest figure of 14; Oyo had 10, Gombe- six cases, FCT– five, Ogun – 4, while the trio of delta, Ekiti and Rivers state registered three new infections each.
Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, had earlier warned that Nigeria was at high risk of a surge in Covid cases, alerting that the risk was even higher with emergence of the delta variant of the virus.
Senegalese authorities have raised an alarm over an unprecedented surge in covid-19 cases, after the country reported a record 733 cases in the past 24 hours.
Spokesman of Senegal’s Health Ministry, Mamadou Ndiaye, lamented that the country has never witnessed such an increase in cases, noting that more than 25% of the 2,854 tests carried out in the past 24 hours came back positive.
Ndiaye therefore harped on the importance of taking urgent measures to reverse the disturbing trend.
In another development, Argentina has become the fifth country in Latin America to surpass 100 thousand deaths linked to covid-19, as the country suffers a surge in coronavirus cases that have strained its healthcare network and worsened an already dire economic crisis.