Africans face long wait for unproven Ebola drug
Africans seeking a drug to help contain the Ebola virus will have to wait months before a potentially life-saving experimental treatment used on two infected Americans is produced even in small amounts, officials said.
And there are no guarantees that the medication known as ZMapp would help curb the spread of the dreaded disease, which starts with a fever and body aches and sometimes progresses to serious bleeding. Supplies of the drug are limited. It has never been tested for safety or effectiveness in humans. Read more
Falana, others urge reassessment of impeachment clause
Notable Nigerians including a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, have described the gale of impeachments across the country as a danger to the sustenance of democracy, calling for the reassessment of the impeachment clause in the 1999 Constitution with a view to properly redefining what constitutes ‘gross misconducts’ in the process. Read more
FG announces life insurance policy for health workers
THE Federal Government, on Thursday, announced that it has put in place life insurance policy for health workers that will be involved in the treatment of the patients of the Ebola virus disease.
This was announced by the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, while briefing representatives of foreign missions in the country on the measures being taken to contain the disease. Read more
Delta LG poll: APC warns DSIEC against fraudulent election
Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC, has been warned against fraud in the council election slated for October 25.
Hon. Harvest Igben, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, gave the warning yesterday in Udu Local Government at the formal declaration by councillorship aspirants of the party. Read more
UPN will participate in 2015 election —Fasehun
National chairman of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Dr Frederick Fasehun, on Thursday, maintained that his party will fully participate in all the political contests in 2015 general election, including fielding a presidential candidate.
To this end, he declared that his party would not be allowed to be used by the major political parties in the country to score any political gain, saying the UPN will never be an auxiliary to anybody. Read more
Stray bullets hit 3 Unical students during union elections
THREE students of the University of Calabar, UNICAL, were Wednesday evening, hit by stray bullets from the rifle of a security officer of the university.
The accidential discharge happened following an inconclusive Student Union Government election contested by four candidates: Emmanuel Akobi, Ajang Emmanuel, Ilefa Austin and Afo Nelson. Read more
Osun election will rank best among all Nigerian elections – Jega
Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has assured that Osun election would rank best among elections ever conducted in Nigeria.
The Commission’s Chairman while speaking at the Election Stakeholders “Forum for Osun State Governorship Election” confidently insisted that the election results would be difficult to manipulate. Read more
Nigerian Special Forces clear Boko Haram siege in Damboa, Delwa
Special Forces in the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign have cleared Delwa, Mustafari, Manga, Wanga and Damboa of terrorists who have been rampaging the communities.
The special operation, which began early in the week, is meant to restore law and order to the area and apprehend all terrorists who have been operating in the locality. Read more
U.S. Forfeits Over $480 Million Stolen By Former Nigerian Dictator
The Department of Justice has forfeited more than $480 million in corruption proceeds hidden in bank accounts around the world by former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his co-conspirators.
“Rather than serve his county, General Abacha used his public office in Nigeria to loot millions of dollars, engaging in brazen acts of kleptocracy,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell. Read more
Jubilation as Fashola reverses LASU fees to N25,000
There was great jubilation on Thursday as the Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), announced the reversal of school fees paid by students of Lagos State University (LASU) to the old rate of N25.000.
Speaking at the grand finale of her 19th convocation that featured award of higher degrees held at the school’s new auditorium Fashola said he had earlier met with the state executive council over the issue, and ordered that the old rate takes effect immediately.Read more
Israel-Gaza conflict: Ceasefire ends with rockets launched
The Palestinian militant group Hamas has rejected an extension on a three-day ceasefire which expired this morning after largely holding, saying Israel had failed to meet its demands during negotiations in Egypt.
The Israeli military says Gaza militants have fired a barrage of at least ten rockets at southern Israel shortly after the three-day truce between Israel and Hamas expired at 8am local time. Read more
Downing Street Rules out Britain’s Participation in US Airstrikes in Iraq
Downing Street has ruled out Britain’s direct involvement in the US-authorised military action in Iraq against the Sunni insurgents of Islamic State.
A No 10 spokesperson announced even though the Cameron government supports Washington’s decision politically, Britain will not be participating in the military intervention. Read more
Hawaii braces as hurricane draws closer
‘But we’re not really too concerned about the track or the intensity of the system,’ Lau said. ‘We’re primarily urging residents to still take proper precautions to prepare themselves to keep everyone safe.’
Hundreds of people flowed into emergency shelters set up at high schools on the Big Island, one of which lost power. Crews worked to restore electricity to the shelter in Pahoa with at least 140 people. Read more
Counterfeiting is More Dangerous Outside Pharmaceutical Industry, Says SON
The Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr. Joseph Odumodu has said the havoc caused by those involved in counterfeiting is more dangerous in other sectors of the economy than in the Pharmaceutical industry, where he has worked for several years as a pharmacist.
Odumodu made the revelation in Abuja on Wednesday, while presenting a keynote speech at the anti-counterfeiting conference organised by Hewlett Packard (HP). Read more
Nigeria Withdraws 600 Mining Licences
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mohammed Sada, said the Federal Government had withdrawn over 600 mining and extractive licences of companies that failed to comply with its rules and regulations.
Mr. Sada made this known on Wednesday in Abuja during the presentation of 2013 Annual Report and audited account of Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists, COMEG. Read more
PDP, APC Continue Slug Fest over Osun Guber Poll
As has become the norm with rival parties during Nigerian elections, accusations and counter accusations continued to fly over the Osun political space with just a day to the governorship election in the state.
Yesterday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) said it had uncovered the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) manual to rig Saturday’s governorship election in the state, complete with projected fake results in all the 30 local government areas of the state. Read more
U.S. Rejects Nigeria’s Request for Trial Drug
The United States of America, yesterday, dashed the hope of an early cure for Ebola Virus victims in Nigeria when it refused to share the trial drug with Nigeria. US President Barak Obama says it would be premature to share the experimental drug with Africa.
The Federal Government had earlier reached out to the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, in Atlanta, to request for the drug for treatment of EVD affected persons in Nigeria, but President Obama turned down the request, saying it would be far more beneficial to focus on prevention instead. Read more