August 17, 2018

* Doctor dies of Lassa fever in Kogi (Nation) * Jonathan is Nigeria’s poorest ex-president – envoy (Vanguard)

* Doctor dies of Lassa fever in Kogi (Nation)            * Jonathan is Nigeria’s poorest ex-president – envoy (Vanguard)



Doctor dies of Lassa fever in Kogi (Nation)

A doctor has died of Lassa fever in Kogi State. The doctor, who was with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, Kogi State, was infected with the disease last week. Sources at the FMC said the victim, whose identity has not been made public by the hospital management, died at about 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. The source told The Nation that the doctor “did not make it.” “It is very unfortunate. He did not make it. He died at about 6:00 p.m. on Sunday,” the source said. Read more

Jonathan is Nigeria’s poorest ex-president – envoy (Vanguard)

Former Career Diplomat and retired Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Godknows Boladei Igali, has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan, has remained one of the poorest former Nigerian leaders, even in Africa, in recent years. Ambassador Igali also said that the immediate past Nigerian President was currently struggling to settle some of his 2015 election liabilities. Dr. Igali, who made this startling revelation in an interactive session with some journalists, weekend, in Abuja, said that despite the allegations of corruption leveled against some of the officials and associates of Jonathan during his tenure as Nigeria’s president, he left his exalted position as a fulfilled man but insolvent, as compared to most of his retired predecessors. Read more

2019: Delta replies Oshiomhole, says APC brought hardship (Punch)

The Delta State Government on Sunday berated the immediate past governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, over his alleged comment that the All Progressives Congress would extend its coast in the South-South by installing an APC governor in Delta State. Oshiomhole had during a mega rally of the APC held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, Edo State on Friday, said the ruling APC would extend its coast in the South-South by installing an APC governor in Delta State. Read more

Ebonyi reopens schools closed to check spread of Lassa fever (Nation)

Public and private schools in Ebonyi shut on January 18 to check the spread of Lassa fever outbreak in the state have reopened. Prof. John Eke, the Commissioner for Education, told NAN on Monday in Abakaliki, that the schools were reopened as no new case of the disease was reported since Jan. 18. The government had announced the closure of the schools for seven days, beginning from January 18, but rescinded its decision due to the timely check of the disease. The commissioner commiserated with the families that lost their loved ones to the killer disease and urged all residents to always keep their environment clean. Read more

Nigerian institute develops drugs for Ebola, malaria (PremiumTimes)

The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, NIPRD, has successfully researched and developed six traditional herbal products for the treatment of Ebola, malaria and other diseases. This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the Special Assistant, Communication and Strategy to the Minister of Health, Kazeem Akintunde, on Sunday. The statement quoted the Director General of the agency, Karniyus Gamaniel, in his retirement speech and presentation of achievements of the institute as saying the institute developed and completed Phase I study of a fixed dose combination drug for the treatment of Ebola. Read more

Taraba to resettle 19,000 victims of Katibu herdsmen attacks (Punch)

The Deputy Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Haruna Manu, said on Sunday that the state government would rehabilitate the over 19,000 victims of the recent violent attacks, allegedly carried out by herdsmen in Katibu, Lau Local Government Area of the state. Manu announced this at Shawuya Primary School, Jalingo, where some of the Internally Displaced Persons were camped. He directed the council chairman, Mr. Hassan Waniyafiwani, to liaise with the camp authorities to draw up a list of the essential needs of the IDPs and submit same to government for action. Read more

Confusion as ‘Fresh PDP’ faction rejects truce with Secondus (Nation)

The peace deal brokered between the ‘Fresh PDP’ and the leadership of the Uche Secondus-led People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has hit the rocks, barely 24 hours after it was brokered. A former national chairman of the PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, had, on Saturday, presided over a marathon truce meeting with purported leaders of the ‘Fresh PDP’ and a few chieftains of the PDP where the two parties in dispute openly declared an end to hostilities. The crisis was triggered by what some aggrieved members described as impunity and imposition of candidates at the party’s December 9, 2017 national convention, where a new set of national working committee members emerged. Read more

Herdsmen, farmers’ clashes: Watch your words, Alaafin cautions fellow monarchs (Vanguard)

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, has cautioned traditional rulers across the country to be wary of their comments over Fulani herdsmen’s attacks on farmers, saying they should ensure that their comments do not aggravate the situation. The Alaafin, in a statement yesterday, also wondered how the herdsmen came to be in possession of sophisticated weapons. He spoke following the defence of the Fulani cattle trade group, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) by Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II who claimed to be a patron of the group. Read more

Olubadan: we’re not celebrating High Court verdict (Nation)

The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, yesterday said he and his supporters are not celebrating the State High Court’s judgment which declared the panel that recommended the review of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration a nullity. An Oyo State High Court, on Friday, declared the panel and the activities it produced as illegal. This means the 21 obas crowned on the heels of the review of the chieftaincy law would forfeit their crowns, if the judgment is not upturned. The Olubadan told The Nation yesterday that the review had divided Ibadan indigenes, adding that this did not gladden his heart as the father of all. Read more

Fuel: We don’t have supply — DAPPMA, IPMAN (Vanguard)

Residents of Lagos woke up, yesterday, to witness queues at petrol stations, even as black market dealers, who had in the last two weeks retreated to their shells, following improvement in supply, again took over major roads with their product. The scarcity started in Abuja last week, with fears by many that it would soon spread to Lagos, though the problem had persisted in some other parts of the country. Read more

Borno PDP Secretariat not demolished – Youth Leader (Vanguard)

Youth leader of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Borno Central, Umar Sanda has dismissed media claims that the state secretariat of the party in Maiduguri has been demolished. Sanda who represented Maiduguri Metropolitan Council as member of the State PDP caretaker committee before the party became factionalized, said the clarification became necessary in view of misleading reports that is capable of destabilizing the peace in Maiduguri. In a statement on Monday morning, he said: Read more

Security agents: Islamic State fighters in Nigeria (Nation)

Security agencies have uncovered Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) fighters in Benue, Kogi and Edo states, it was learnt yesterday. A source in the Presidency said the group had been operating within some North Central and South-South states, using foreign terrorists. They are also believed to be recruiting young men into their fold and killing innocent people, thereby creating tension along ethnic, religious and regional fault lines. Read more

Kaduna govt to raise teachers’ pay (Vanguard)

As part of incentives to boost increase the quality of education, the Kaduna State Government yesterday said it would increase upward, the remuneration of teachers in its primary and secondary schools. Commissioner for Education, Ja’afaru Sani, who disclosed this at a briefing in Kaduna noted, that teachers in rural areas in particular would be targeted for special attention. According to the commissioner, the processes of recruiting 25,000 teachers to replace those sacked for failing competency test had reached an advanced stage. Read more

Robbers demand N25,000 for N1m stolen valuables (Punch)

Five suspected robbers have been arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly stealing foreign and local currencies, among other valuables estimated at N1m, from a woman on New Year’s Eve. The suspects, who also collected the victim’s American visa card, gold trinkets, phone, were said to have called her husband on the telephone afterwards, demanding N25,000 to release the valuables to her. Read more

Mechanic arrested for stealing policeman’s car in Niger (Punch)

An auto mechanic, Joshua Simeon, 37, has said he stole a Toyota Carina 2, with registration number AP 270 ZAR belonging to a police officer, to enable him to pay his children’s school fees. The suspect, who was arrested by a police team from Maitumbi Division in Minna, explained that he wanted to sell the car at a give-away price to enable him to settle the school fees of his four children in primary and secondary schools. Read more

Nigeria to host para-badminton workshop (Punch)

Nigeria will host the first African para-badminton workshop in October, the President of Badminton Federation of Nigeria Francis Orbih has said. Orbih told our correspondent that the workshop would be sponsored by the Badminton Confederation of Africa to develop the sport in Africa. “We’ll be having a para-badminton workshop which will be sponsored by the African body. I returned from South Africa recently, where the meeting was held. This is part of how the African body feels they can support us in developing the sport in the country and on the continent,” Orbih said. Read more

Shehu bids farewell to Cypriot club (Punch)

Nigeria defender Shehu Abdullahi on Sunday bid his former teammates and fans at Cypriot First Division outfit Anorthosis Famagusta an emotional farewell as he gets set to join Turkish Super Lig side Bursaspor. The Super Eagles right-back arrived at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium from Portuguese second division side Uniao Madeira in August 2016 and made 54 appearances across all competitions, with four goals to his name. Read more

Matt Targett joins Fulham on loan from Southampton (Skysports)

Fulham have signed Southampton full-back Matt Targett on loan for the remainder of the season. The temporary switch to Craven Cottage sees the 22-year-old reunited with Fulham academy director Huw Jennings, who performed a similar role at Southampton when Targett first joined the club as an eight-year-old. Targett, who has played 42 games in all competitions since making his Southampton debut in 2014, is desperate to help seventh-placed Fulham’s push for promotion from the Sky Bet Championship. Read more

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez passes Manchester United medical – sources (Espn)

Alexis Sanchez is set to be unveiled as a Manchester United player after passing a medical, sources have told ESPN FC. The Chile international was at the club’s Carrington training headquarters on Sunday to tie up the final details of his move from Arsenal. He is set to be announced as United’s latest signing — with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to the Emirates — in the next 48 hours. After flying to Manchester on board a private jet and visiting Carrington, Sanchez was also at Old Trafford on Sunday to film segments for his unveiling while wearing United’s No. 7 shirt. Read more

Mbaoma, Ibe’s goals push Akwa United over Yobe Desert Stars (Guardian)

Two goals in quick succession by Victor Mbaoma and Michael Ibe yesterday gave hosts, Akwa United a 2-0 victory over Yobe Stars in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Week Three encounter played at the magnificent Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo. The match started on a slow note with the teams a bit too cautious, but the tempo picked up in the 30th minute following Mbaoma’s opening goal. The Desert Stars were still trying to come to terms with their deficit when Ibe made the scores 2-0 less than four minutes after the first goal. Read more

Real Madrid defy crisis talk as Barca extend lead to 11 points (Punch)

Real Madrid moved back into the top four of La Liga by thumping lowly Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 on Sunday, with Cristiano Ronaldo ending a miserable run of league form with a late double. But Barcelona still extended their lead to 11 points – and 19 ahead of Real Madrid – as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both hit a brace in a 5-0 romp at Real Betis. Ronaldo had only scored four league goals before Sunday’s clash with third-from-bottom Deportivo, but the Portuguese added Real’s fifth and sixth with a smart volley and a diving header as they moved back above Villarreal and into the Champions League places. Read more

‘The Seoul Syndrome’ and the ‘Pyongyang Olympics’? South Korea on Thin Ice (Dailybeast)

On Sunday, North Korean singer Hyon Song Wol crossed into South Korea with six other members of her advance team, which will spend two days planning cultural performances at the Winter Olympics by the North’s singers, dancers, and pop musicians. Hyon, known as the “girl on a steed” after her most famous song, passed through the Demilitarized Zone in a bus. She was greeted in Seoul by what the New York Times called “a media frenzy.” Read more

Donald Trump’s government shutdown is about racism (Guardian)

Lost in the shitstorm over “shithole” was another equally damning example of President Donald Trump’s blatant racism and sexism. It was an outward display of a mindset that in many ways has paved the way for the government shutdown we’re facing now. Last week, NBC News reported that last fall, the president of the United States asked a career intelligence analyst “Where are you from?” She responded, “New York,” and that should have ended the conversation. It didn’t. Read more

Will Donald do Davos or Dems? (Everyinvestor)

FTSE 100 Index called to open -15pts at 7715, now in a clear falling channel from last week’s 7800 peak. Bulls need a break-out above overnight highs and the channel ceiling at 7740 to reverse the downtrend. Bears require a breach of 7710 overnight lows in order to see a bearish test of last week’s 7688 lows. Watch levels: Bullish 7740, Bearish 7710. Calls for a negative start come as the US government shutdown moves into a third day, with lawmakers failing to reach an accord over the weekend amid a contentious immigration debate. Subsequent Sterling strength is hindering the UK’s blue chip index, holding back its army of foreign-exposed constituents. Read more

Princess Eugenie to marry boyfriend Jack Brooksbank (Guardian)

Princess Eugenie has become engaged to her long-term boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, Buckingham Palace has announced. In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr Jack Brooksbank. “Her Royal Highness and Mr Brooksbank became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month. Read more

In spite of anger, Pence in Israel hoping for a “new era” (Cbsnews)

Vice President Mike Pence kicked off his first visit to Israel as the American second-in-command by meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. In spite of the fact that he flew into the Middle East on a wave of Arab anger over the Trump administration’s unilateral recognition of the holy city as Israel’s capital, Pence declared his hope that the world was witnessing “the dawn of a new era” in stagnant peace talks which have daunted politicians across the planet for decades. Pence placed his right hand over his heart as an honor guard greeted him with the American national anthem. Read more


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