September 25, 2018

* 7 monkeypox patients recover fully in Bayelsa (Punch) *Aid workers leave Borno as Boko Haram lay siege to town (Punch)

* 7 monkeypox patients recover fully in Bayelsa (Punch)    *Aid workers leave Borno as Boko Haram lay siege to town (Punch)



7 monkeypox patients recover fully in Bayelsa (Punch)

Seven out of the 13 monkeypox patients on admission at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri in Bayelsa have fully recovered, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, has said. The commissioner, in a statement on Wednesday in Yenagoa, said that the seven patients had been discharged from the hospital. The contagious disease broke out three weeks ago in Agbura area of Yenagoa following reports that a family manifested symptoms of monkeypox after eating monkey meat. Read more

Aid workers leave Borno as Boko Haram lay siege to town (Punch)

Aid workers have begun leaving Gwoza a town in Borno State as insurgents on Tuesday laid siege to it. The town was once declared the headquarters of the Boko Haram insurgents. One of the residents of the town, Abubakar Ahmed, who spoke with our Correspondent on Wednesday, said, “The attempt by Boko Haram to overrun the town, which was successfully repelled by the Nigerian military had made NGOs in the town to start taking their leave.” Read more

PDP constitutes campaign committee for Anambra gov election (Punch)

The National Caretaker Committee of the People’s Democratic Party has constituted a Campaign Committee for the Anambra State gubernatorial election scheduled for November 18. The National Secretary of the party, Sen. Ben Obi, on Wednesday in Abuja, disclosed that the committee would be led by Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta as joint chairmen. The party’s gubernatorial candidate for Anambra, Mr Obaze Oseloka,  would flag off his campaign on Monday, at the Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, the statement said. Read more

Saraki promises Nigerians better deal in petroleum legislation (Guardian)

Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, says Nigerians have a lot to gain in the recently passed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) by the National Assembly. According to him when signed into law, the issues of exploitation and exploration of petroleum resources in the country would be solved. He spoke yesterday at the opening of a three-day Nigerian content workshop in Owerri, Imo State with the theme, Maximising the Nigerian Content Policy for Sustainable Business Growth and National Development. Read more

Ambode promises to construct 224 roads in six months (Guardian)

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday promised that no fewer than 224 roads would be comprehensively reconstructed in the next six months.The governor, who spoke while addressing party faithful, residents and community leaders at the fourth quarter 2017 town hall meeting, said 181 of the roads would be local council roads while the remaining 43 would be major link roads. However, Ambode has called on traditional rulers to support the Neighbourhood Safety Corps and co-operate with security agencies, especially during this ember months, to curb crimes in the state. Read more

We haven’t encountered ISIS terrorists in N’East – Army (Punch)

The Nigerian Army has urged the public not to panic about rumours that the troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole had an encounter with terrorists of the Islamic State in the North-East, during which 30 soldiers were allegedly killed. The army said such reports were unfounded, noting that those people behind the news were “Boko Haram propaganda elements.” The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, and spokesperson, Theatre Command, Borno State, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said this on Tuesday, adding that the photos circulating in the media to support the ISIS killings of Nigerian soldiers were not real. Read more

‘Fake agents trafficking Nigerian girls to S’Arabia’ (Punch)

The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has said a “new dimension” of trafficking in the country is for syndicates and fake agents to traffic Nigerian girls to Saudi Arabia. The NAPTIP Director General, Julie Okah-Donli, said this on Tuesday during an advocacy visit to Rivers and Bayelsa states, noting that the girls were trafficked en masse under the guise of fake employment opportunities, but they were eventually used for vices including organ harvesting. Read more

Northern PDP leaders knock Fayose for declaring presidential bid (Punch)

Leaders and elders of the People’s Democratic Party from the 19 northern states met in Abuja on Tuesday and condemned the presidential ambition of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State. The meeting was called by the leaders of the party in the region to harmonise their position on the zoning arrangement of the party ahead of the 2019 general elections and the PDP national convention. The region said no other part of the country would contest the party’s 2019 presidential ticket with members of the party from the region. Read more

Gunmen kill former Plateau HoS, two others (Punch)

Gunmen on Tuesday attacked Wereh Village in Barkin-Ladi, Plateau State, killing former Plateau Head of Service, Moses Gwom, and two other persons. Sources from the village indicated that the assailants invaded the village at night, shot many people, and ran into the bush. “The attack lasted about 10 minutes or so,” the source said on Wednesday in Jos. The Public Relations Officer of the Plateau Police Command, Mr Terna Tyopev, who confirmed the incident, said that it took place “around 8 pm on Tuesday”. Read more

Wike vows to prosecute those involved in Mgboshimini killings (Guardian)

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has vowed to prosecute the perpetrators of Monday killings in Mgbuoshimini community. Members of a rival cult group masterminded the attack in which over 15 people were killed. The governor made the pledge yesterday when he led members of the state security council on an assessment of the community, located in Obio/Akpor Local Council Area. He said: “This is most unfortunate and those involved in this dastardly act would not go scot-free. The security agencies have been empowered to go after them. Everybody should remain calm, as we are taking measures to ensure that our people are protected from such ugly attacks.” Read more

Victor Moses is my world cup joker – Eagles coach Gernot Rohr reveals (Owngoalnigeria)

Nigeria won’t have much problems at Russia 2018 World Cup according to coach Gernot Rohr if their star forward Victor Moses stay injury free from now till the period leading to the tournament. Rohr said the abilities of Victor Moses in playing different roles will come handy to the team in Russia, if he stays fit, and according to Rohr he was the most impressive player during the World Cup Qualifiers. Read more

Fifa will fine Zambia if they appeal disallowed Goal Vs Nigeria (Allnigeriasoccer)

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) have reiterated that they will not file an appeal to Fifa over Augustine Mulenga’s disallowed goal during Saturday’s 2018 Russia World Cup qualifier against Nigeria despite the demands by the Chipolopolo fans to protest the decision of Botswana referee Joshua Bondo. Based on television replays, the goal scored by Mulenga was legitimate but the Zambian Federation can’t seek justice because the referee’s decision is final except it can be proved that he was manipulated by Associations or betting companies, which is not the case. Read more

Messi is Extra-Terrestrial, scream relieved Argentinians (Punch)

A nation exploded with relief on Tuesday as Lionel Messi single-handedly dragged his Argentina team into next year’s World Cup finals with a spellbinding hat-trick in Quito. “Messi is E.T. He’s from another planet. He’s not from this world,” Marco Mouras, a 28-year-old Brazilian said in a crowded Buenos Aires bar as Argentinians around him went wild, beer and pizza spilling onto the floor. Messi gave the world a masterclass of what it would be missing if he didn’t go to Russia 2018, a distinct possibility when Argentina went a goal down inside the first minute of a match they had to win. Read more

Ronald Koeman linked with Everton exit (Royalbluemersey)

Ronald Koeman is being linked with a move away from Everton, as the potential new coach of the Netherlands. The Oranje failure to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia was confirmed earlier this week as they finished third in Group A, behind France and Sweden. It is the second straight major tournament that the Dutch have failed to qualify for, having missed out on Euro 2016 last summer, and continued the country’s fall from grace since reaching the World Cup final in 2010. Read more

Man arrested for calling Mugabe ‘dead man walking’ (Punch)

A Zimbabwean activist has been arrested after calling 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe “a dead man walking”, lawyers said Wednesday, in the latest case of authorities cracking down on dissent. Sten Zvorwadza, the leader of a street vendor’s union, was charged with insulting or undermining the president in a press interview where he was also quoted as saying that Mugabe was “old” and “day-dreaming”. Zvorwadza is a prominent anti-Mugabe campaigner who has led several demonstrations calling on the veteran leader to step down. Read more

Jesus painting to be sold for $100m (Punch)

The last Leonardo Da Vinci painting still in the hands of a private collector will go under the hammer next month in New York, the Christie’s auction house said Tuesday, estimating its worth at $100 million. Dating from around 1500, “Salvator Mundi” — which depicts Jesus Christ as the world’s saviour — was long believed to be a copy of an original by the Italian master until it was eventually certified as authentic. Fewer than 20 works by Da Vinci, whose art was already highly sought after during his lifetime, have survived to this day — all of them held in museum or institutional collections, with the exception of “Salvator Mundi.” Read more

Construction worker commits suicide over being overworked (Punch)

A 23-year-old construction worker on Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium killed himself due to overwork, his family’s lawyer said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of cases that have sparked alarm in the workaholic nation. The employee, whose name has not been released, began working on the project in December and clocked around 200 hours of overtime in the month before his body was found in April. The official labour bureau has now concluded he had become mentally ill “due to excessively long working hours at the Olympic stadium”, lawyer Hiroshi Kawahito said in a statement sent to AFP. Read more

Catalan leaders sign and suspend declaration of independence (Euronews)

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and other regional leaders have signed a declaration of independence from Spain after his long awaited speech before Catalonia’s parliament. But the move will not be implemented immediately allowing for talks with the national government in Madrid. The symbolic gesture was welcomed by some lawmakers but for others it fell short of a unilateral proclamation. Read more

Army in ‘systematic’ bid to drive Rohingya from Myanmar: UN (Channelnewsasia)

Myanmar’s “systematic” crackdown on the Rohingya has been designed to permanently eliminate the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday (Oct 11). “Brutal attacks against Rohingya in northern Rakhine State have been well-organised, coordinated and systematic, with the intent of not only driving the population out of Myanmar but preventing them from returning to their homes,” a UN investigation found. Read more

Fukushima evacuee to tell UN that Japan violated human rights (Guardian)

A nuclear evacuee from Fukushima will claim Japan’s government has violated the human rights of people who fled their homes after the 2011 nuclear disaster, in testimony before the UN in Geneva this week. Mitsuko Sonoda, who voluntarily left her village with her husband and their 10-year-old son days after three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant went into meltdown, will tell the UN human rights council that evacuees face financial hardship and are being forced to return to neighbourhoods they believe are still unsafe almost seven years after the disaster. Read more

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg says sorry for ‘tasteless’ Puerto Rico VR video (Skynews)

The Facebook boss appeared as a cartoonish avatar in a video made through the VR app Spaces to explain how the social media giant was using artificial intelligence technologies and satellite images to help deliver aid in Puerto Rico. The 145mph winds of Hurricane Maria left homes wrecked and infrastructure shattered when it struck in September. Mr Zuckerberg was attempting to explain how Facebook’s computer vision technologies allowed it to build population maps, creating a profile for infrastructure from satellite imagery. Read more





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