Nigeria virus lockdown pushes Lagos poor to the brink Apr 03, 2020 0 621 12345 AFPLagosA large crowd jostled and cheered in the poor district of Alimosho in Nigeria’s megacity Lagos as the doors of a lorry swung open to reveal hundreds of sacks of food.The rice, beans and other staples were part of a programme from the local authorities to feed some of the poorest in economic hub of 20 million after it went into lockdown this week to halt the coronavirus. But the joy of the local residents soon turned to anger as the realisation dawned that there would not be enough for everyone. “Liars!” shouted a woman with a child tied on her back. Only 50 sacks of food were unloaded and handed over to a local traditional leader to dole out before the truck closed up and headed off to make its next delivery. The stay-at-home order issued by President Muhammadu Buhari from Monday has cut countless people who live hand-to-mouth in the city off from their only source of survival. The handout initiative from the Lagos state government aims to provide rations to an initial 200,000 households to last them through the two-week shutdown. But the 1.2 million people that represents is just a drop in the ocean of the hungry mouths left to feed across a sprawling city where poverty is rife.“Sixty percent of the people or more are in the informal sector, earning daily wages,” Lagos state’s minister for agriculture, Gbolahan Lawal, told AFP. “So there must be a way of palliating the economic challenges during the lockdown.” Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Iran, US heat up war of words despite COVID-19 pandemic Apr 03, 2020 0 2869 UN envoy in talks for Yemen ceasefire over coronavirus Apr 03, 2020 0 505 Saudi imposes 24-hour virus curfew in holy cities Apr 03, 2020 0 650 Iran parliament speaker tests positive for COVID-19 as deaths reach 3,160 Tehran Iran’s parliament speaker tested positive for COVID-19, state television reported Thursday, becoming the latest official to contract the disease in the hard hit country. Ali Larijani “was tested for .. Amnesty says Guinea security forces complicit in poll violence AFP Dakar Amnesty International on Thursday said security forces in Guinea were complicit in election-day violence which killed at least 12 people in the West African nation. Guinea voted on March 22 on whether to adopt a .. Over 250 rescued in Niger desert, put in quarantine Niamey More than 250 Europe-bound migrants were rescued in Niger’s arid north and placed in coronavirus quarantine after being abandoned by traffickers, the International Organization for Migration said Thursday. .. Israel health minister contracts virus, Netanyahu re-enters quarantine Jerusalem Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, a leading member of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to re-enter precautionary .. Sahel humanitarian crisis ‘spiralling’ amid virus: WFP Dakar More than five million people in Africa’s conflict-ravaged Sahel region are facing hunger, the World Food Programme said Thursday, just as the novel coronavirus is spreading into affected countries. In a ..