Sabinews Evening Update for May 9, 2015
I am going back to school after Villa – Sambo’s wife
Wife of the Vice President,on Saturday in Abuja, said she would go back to the classroom to acquire more knowledge after the expiration of her husband’s tenure on May 29. She also advised Nigerians to pray for the incoming administration of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari.
According to her, she will continue to remain accessible, even though she did not disclose which institution or course of study she intends to pursue. Read more
Ekiti NMA begins strike to protest doctor, nurse’s kidnap
Nigerian Medical Association has declared an indefinite strike to protest the kidnap of a former Chief Medical Director of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Patrick Adegun, and a Nurse with the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Mrs Margaret Aladeneka.
The association declared this in a letter to Governor Ayodele Fayose by the Ekiti NMA Chairman, Dr. John Akinbote, and the Secretary, Dr. A. A. Akinyele, where they frowned on the serial kidnap of health workers in the state. Read more
Nigeria military claims rescue of another 25 Boko Haram hostages
Nigerian troops have rescued 25 more women and children from Boko Haram’s northeastern stronghold in the Sambisa Forest, killing a number of insurgents and destroying Islamist camps, the military said Wednesday.
“Seven additional terrorists camps were yesterday destroyed as more terrorists also died in the ongoing onslaught to flush them out of Sambisa forest,” the defence headquarters said in a statement. Read more
Borno establishes 21st IDPs’ camp, houses Nigerien deportees
Borno State Government on Saturday established a camp for the indigenes of the state recently repatriated from neighbouring Niger Republic.
The establishment of a special camp for the repatriated indigenes, who are among the over 6,000 deported from Niger after the attack on two of the country’s islands by the Boko Haram sect, takes the number of camps established for Internally Displaced Persons to 21 in the state. Read more
Ebola may be sexually transmitted, WHO warns
The World Health Organisation has issued an interim advice on the possibility of Ebola Virus of being sexually transmitted. The WHO had directed all Ebola survivors and their sexual partners to receive counselling to guard against possible transmission of the disease.
This is contained in a statement made available by WHO to newsmen in Lagos on Saturday. Read more
Liberia declared Ebola-free
Liberia was declared free from Ebola on Saturday after 42 days without a new case, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said, but it urged vigilance until the worst-ever recorded outbreak of the virus was extinguished in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone.
A total of 11,005 people have died from Ebola in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in December 2013, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Read more
Nigeria is rich, but Nigerians are poor, EU tells Buhari
The European Union (EU) on Saturday urged the President-elect, retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that Nigerians enjoyed the democracy dividends.
The EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr Michel Arrion, made the call at the Europe Day 2015 in Abuja.
Arrion explained that democracy meant nothing to the common man except it led to the improvement in their standards of living. Read more
Mubarak, sons jailed 3 years for corruption
An Egyptian Court on Saturday sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison in a retrial on charges of corruption.
The Criminal Court also gave a similar sentence to each of his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, and ordered the three to pay a fine of 125 million Egyptian pounds (16.4 million dollars). Read more
Aliyu backs Fayose, asks Mu’azu, others to resign
Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State on Saturday urged leaders of Peoples Democratic Party to emulate the British political leaders, who resigned after leading their party to defeat in Thursday’s election.
Aliyu said this in Dutse, Jigawa State capital, at the inauguration of a township road named after the then ‘G7 Governors’ by Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido.
He said any leader, who led his political party to defeat, like it happened to the PDP, was expected to resign. Read more
Nigerians deported from Niger begin HIV/AIDS screening
The Yobe State Agency for Control of HIV/AIDS on Saturday commenced HIV/AIDS screening for over 4,000 Nigerian returnees from Niger Republic, who fled the state at the wake of insurgency.
Executive Director of the agency, Hajiya Farida Mamudo, said in Giedam that the agency found it necessary to establish returnees HIV status to check the spread of the virus.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that over 6,000 Nigerians, mostly inhabitants of Lake Chad, have returned to the country to pave the way for military operations against insurgency. Read more