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* Nigeria to investigate rare monkeypox cases in UK (CNN) * Finance Ministry Staff lament Adeosun’s Resignation (ThisDay)

* Nigeria to investigate rare monkeypox cases in UK (CNN)          * Finance Ministry Staff lament Adeosun’s Resignation (ThisDay)



Nigeria to investigate rare monkeypox cases in UK (CNN)

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) is working with Public Health England to investigate two cases of monkeypox diagnosed in the UK this week, in patients who had recently traveled to the west African nation. The two organizations plan to trace people who had come in contact with the cases to track and prevent further transmission. The first case, a Nigeria resident, was diagnosed with the disease in Cornwall last week, whilst the second case, a UK resident ,was reported in Blackpool. Read more

Finance Ministry Staff lament Adeosun’s Resignation (ThisDay)

Staff of the Federal Ministry of Finance lamented on Friday night as former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, bade them farewell and stepped out of the finance ministry. The minister encouraged and joined the staff in prayers and praise worship to God for the over three years she handled the affairs of the ministry. Adeosun finally bowed out of office at exactly 11 p.m on September 14. Adeosun, who arrived the Office at 10 a.m. on Friday, spent the day completing outstanding tasks till 11 p.m. when she finally stepped out of office to a guard of honour mounted by the staff. Read more

We won’t rest until HSBC returns our money – EFCC  (Vanguard)

Following the Presidency’s report that HSBC aided past Nigerian leaders to loot the country, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Sunday agreed with Presidency’s statement and vowed to repatriate all stole money. In a statement disclosed via the agencies official facebook handle, the anti-graft agency said that it would not stop until every penny belonging to the country is returned. Recall that the global giant bank, HSBC, had predicted that Buhari’s second tenure would stunt the nation’s economy. Read more

October Convention: Tension in PDP (SUN)

All eyes are on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as it gets set to nominate its presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections. Since it lost the 2015 general election, after 16 years in power, the PDP has not left anyone in doubt about its intention to return to power in 2019. From within and outside the PDP, a lot people are watching to see if the opposition party will get it right in the nomination of its standard bearer for the 2019 presidential poll. Read more

Fresh defections loom as govs close in on senators’ seats (Punch)

The nation’s polity is set to witness fresh gale of defections as a result of the resolve of more senators to dump their parties after their governors have indicated interest in or planning to take over their tickets ahead of the 2019 elections. Investigations by Sunday Punch revealed that many of the senators, especially members of the All Progressives Congress, had relied on the assurances of the national leadership of the party that they would be given automatic tickets to return to the red chamber next year if they did not join their colleagues to the People’s Democratic Party in July. Read more

JAMB: Ekwalo got it wrong (ThisDay)

I read online Dr. Chinedu Ekwalo’s seemingly informed view calling for the scrapping of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB. He expressed his strong conviction that the 40-year-old matriculation board no longer deserves its retention. Please permit me to join issues with this senatorial aspirant for Anambra North District despite my awkward qualifications for the self assigned job. I am not the board’s spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, who is doing very well and very vociferous in defending JAMB’s positions. Neither can I substitute for Professor Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede, the board’s chief executive. Whatever I have to say is from the sideline, from someone who is quaintly aware of the situations in JAMB and is being egged on to voice out the little he knows of the issues at hand. Read more

Why I left the PDP – Salvador, former Lagos chairman (Guardian)

A former Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr Moshood Salvador on Sunday said he did his best to reposition the opposition party for greatness while he was chairman. Salvador, now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made the claim in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. NAN reports the ex-PDP chairman had on Aug.27 announced his exit from the opposition party following what he called irreconcilable differences with some elders of the party. Read more

 How Jide Sanwoolu stuck a dagger in Akinwumi Ambode’s back (ThisDay)

Some men would spurn their intelligence for a bottle of champagne; many more would cheerily shun the grey matter to engage in a dance of folly – particularly if they are errand boys. If he were bird, Jide Sanwoolu, would probably be a peacock. The man many have touted as the incoming governor of Lagos State in 2019, like the flightless bird, is so stuck up on ego and the support of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, that he may have begun to over-estimate his own worth. Read more

IPOB’s sit-at-home order hurting South-East economy — Ohanaeze (Punch)

The apex socio-political body of the Igbo, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said the ‘sit-at-home approach’ in the agitation for Biafra was not good for South-East economy. Shops and markets in parts of the South-East were closed on Friday following the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra. Read more

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s wife robbed, beaten (ThisDay)

When men of the underworld strike, they hardly take into consideration the status of their victims. In most cases when they do not leave a trail of blood, they leave behind an indelible scar of losses and psychological trauma. In fact, in some cases, the higher their victims’ status, the likelier they are to pounce on them and wreak havoc. Not even being a former wife of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo could rescue Madam Oluremi Obasanjo a couple of days ago when her Ikeja GRA home was besieged by armed robbers. Read more

5 notorious spots where people defecate openly in Abuja (PremiumTimes)

Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, is gradually turning into an open field where people defecate without restraint, recent checks by Premium Times have shown. Beneath the good roads, exotic cars and gigantic edifices the Federal Capital Territory is adorned with, are long shadows of irritating sights of human excreta. Passing bodily wastes in open areas has become a norm that thrives in many parts of the city, especially in the slums and suburbs. The United Nation Children’s Fund, UNICEF, says of the 25 per cent or 46 million Nigerians who defecate openly, 33 million of them are living in rural areas. Read more

Golden Eaglets will develop into future Super Eagles, says Garba (Vanguard)

The Golden Eaglets’ coach Manu Garba on Sunday said his lads would develop into future Super Eagles. Garba said that the team was on their road to becoming unbeatable. He described the present Golden Eaglets as an ideal team that any soccer-loving country could dream of. The coach congratulated his players on their qualification for the AFCON U-17 tournament in Tanzania. “I thank Allah for giving us victory in spite of all the challenges we went through. “We left the shores of Nigeria with great optimism to pick the sole ticket to qualify for the Nations Cup and Tanzania, God willing, we have achieved that feat,’’ he said. Read more

Nigerian team debuts at African Floorball tourney (ThisDay)

Nigeria is among the five countries taking part at the maiden edition of the African Floorball Nations Cup tournament which commenced saturday and will end sunday evening at the Le Palais desi Sports de Treichville Centre, Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire. Team Nigeria is being represented by seven players and three officials namely; Hello Muiz, Hello Musa, Ogunruku Sunday, Sikiru Salawu, Offa Condition, Asuma Samson and Sulaiman Games while the officials are the President of Nigeria Floorball Association (NFA), Ms. Maduka Edith Chinenye, a board member, Mr. Agbai Akanu James and team coach, Freeman Ekundayo. Read more

Hat-trick Hero Hazard Puts Chelsea Top of Premier League (ThisDay)

Chelsea and Liverpool continued to throw down the gauntlet to Premier League champions Manchester City as all three were victorious on their return to action yesterday. Chelsea made it five wins from as many games under Maurizio Sarri thanks to the brilliance of Eden Hazard, who scored a hat-trick in a convincing 4-1 win over Cardiff to edge ahead of Liverpool on goal difference. Read more

David Beckham reportedly wants Lionel Messi at Inter Miami in 2020 (Barcablaugranes)

Lionel Messi is reportedly a top target for David Beckham’s Inter Miami team, and the Englishman wants to bring in the Barcelona star for their debut season in 2020. According to the Sunday Times, Miami want to make a signature signing and reckon they may just have a chance of luring Messi to Major League Soccer. The Argentine will be 34 and into the last year of his current Barcelona contract which he signed last year by then. His buyout clause is set at €700 million. Read more

‘Alexis Sanchez is finished’ – Manchester United’s marquee signing slammed after another anonymous display vs Watford (Caughtoffside)

A number of Manchester United fans are tweeting that Alexis Sanchez is finished after another anonymous performance in today’s game against Watford. The Chile international was a huge statement signing by United from rivals Arsenal back in January, but he was slow to settle in the second half of last season. Jose Mourinho publicly defended the player at that time, saying he wasn’t keen on making signings like that in the middle of the season as Sanchez hadn’t had much time to settle in at Old Trafford. Read more

Typhoon slams Philippines as Mangkhut claims first victims (CNN)

The extent of the damage inflicted by Typhoon Mangkhut on the northern Philippines was difficult to assess Sunday as fierce winds were replaced by flood waters, blocking access and aid to affected areas. At least two people were killed as the world’s strongest typhoon this year, known locally as Ompong, slammed into the Southeast Asian country in the early hours of Saturday morning. Mangkhut ripped roofs off buildings, uprooted trees, blocked roads with debris and dumped water on fields of crops that farmers weren’t able to harvest ahead of the storm. Read more

Pussy Riot: ‘Poisoned’ activist flown to Berlin for medical treatment (CNN)

A member of Russian protest group Pussy Riot has arrived in Berlin for medical treatment, following what the activists claim was a suspected poisoning in Moscow last week. Pyotr Verzilov, who is also the husband of prominent band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, flew into Berlin on Saturday, according to Germany’s Cinema for Peace Foundation, a non-profit humanitarian group that has previously advocated for Pussy Riot and which organized the flight. Verzilov had been in the intensive care unit at a Moscow hospital after falling ill. His father and wife “pushed for the immediate move to Berlin in order to find out if he was poisoned and by what, and to ensure the best recovery,” said Jaka Bizilj, founder of the Cinema For Peace initiative and chairman of the board of the foundation. Read more

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