Friday, 29 August 2014

Ebola outbreak: Senegal confirms first case

Senegal's health minister has confirmed a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country to be affected by the outbreak.

Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters on Friday that a young man from Guinea had travelled to Senegal despite having been infected with the virus.

The man was immediately placed in quarantine, she added.

PDP Grant Ribadu Waiver To Run In Adamawa Guber Election

Members of the National Working Committee of the People’s Democratic Party today granted the much needed waiver to boost the governorship dreams of a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu. Mallam Nuhu Ribadu
The party also grant waivers to  Brigadier General Buba Marwa (ret.) and Marcus Gundiri to participate in the primary process for the party during a meeting in Abuja today. All three governorship aspirants had requested the waivers to enable them to vie in the primaries after they recently defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP.

Ebola: Rivers urges persons who have had contact with late doctor, hospital to come forward for tests

The Rivers State Government has urged anyone who has had contacts with the first victim of the Ebola Virus Disease in Rivers State, Dr. Iyke Sam-Enemuo, to own up and submit himself or herself for test.
The Ministry of Health in the state also advised anyone who had been near Dr. Sam-Enemuo’s hospital, Samstel Clinic, Rumuokoro in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, to also come forward for testing.

Cameroon bombs Boko Haram camp

The Nation newspaper reports of massive casualty on the part of the dreaded Boko haram sect following a bombardment on their camp by Cameroonian military.

Stephen Keshi to sign new N6million monthly contract

The Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi, has agreed to sign a N6million contract with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, and the Sports Ministry as soon as the NFF crisis comes to an end.

The Sports Minister and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, NSC, Tamuno Danagogo, told journalists in Abuja on Thursday evening the current crisis has been causing hitches in Keshi’s contract else he would have signed another one.

How Nigeria Is Keeping Ebola at Bay

The foreign media believe that the Nigerian government has just done enough to control the spread of the deadly Ebola virus as this piece from the Time suggests.

Sacked Resident Doctors Reinstated

Health Minister Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu
The Nigerian government has reinstated over 16,000 resident doctors sacked August 13 in the middle of a strike called by the doctors’ union.

The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, announced the recall Friday.

VIDEO: Nigerian Immigrants Seek Asylum Under Harsh Conditions In South Africa


Video courtesy of Sahara TV

Thursday, 28 August 2014

North Korean Dictator Kim Jung Un is a Manchester United fan

Did you know that North Korea’s communist dictator Kim Jong-un has always been a Red...?

And now the 31-year-old Manchester United fan is making sure the rest of his country can also watch their games.

He has ordered state TV to broadcast the matches, which observers claim are being illegally streamed.

Other changes to the normally staid TV schedules include the introduction of shows on how to ride a horse, how to play golf, and, from Germany’s Bundesliga, even more football.

But after Louis van Gaal’s Reds had an awful start to the Premier League and lost 4-0 to MK Dons, there could be calls to ban the games.

Surely the people of North Korea have suffered enough...

Source: Mirror

APC warns of increased Ebola spread as pro Jonathan rallies continue

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately halt the rallies being organized across the nation in his support by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), saying the rallies
are jeopardizing Nigeria’s efforts to control the spread of Ebola.

Enugu gets new deputy governor

Ralph Nwoye

Enugu state now has a new deputy governor, Ralph Nwoye, this follows the impeachment of former deputy governor, Sunday Onyebuchi who was impeached by the state House of assembly over allegations of rearing chicken in his official residence and failing to represent the Governor at some official functions.

Ralph Nwoye is said to be a pastor at the Christ Ascension Church in Enugu.

The former deputy governor has however indicated that he would challenge his removal in court.

The impeached deputy governor had told the impeachment panel set up by the state’s chief judge that Mr. Chime also operated a piggery at the Government House.

Giving evidence before the panel last Wednesday, Mr. Onyebuchi said the governor’s poultry was hurriedly evacuated shortly after the panel commenced sitting.

Health Minister confirms outbreak of Ebola virus in Port Harcourt

The Federal Government, Thursday, confirmed that the doctor that died in a hospital in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, died of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.

The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, told journalists in Abuja on Thursday that the doctor contacted the disease after treating a patient who came in contact with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought Ebola to Nigeria.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Port Harcourt records first Ebola death

Sahara Reporters is just reporting that a  doctor, who secretly treated a diplomat who had contact with the index case, Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, has died of Ebola in Nigeria.

President Jonathan condemns discrimination against Nigerians over Ebola

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Wednesday in Abuja condemned the stigmatization of Nigerians by some countries over recent cases of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country.

2015 Elections: IPC to hold social media tweet-a-thon

The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria says it will hold its second media tweet-a-thon with the theme: “Using new and social media to promote citizen participation in elections” on August 28, 2014

Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade  said,  Mr. Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) and Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin, Online Editor, The Nation Newspaper will be the lead speakers at the event which would be interactive as there would be a question and answer session by the participants physically present as well as following on twitter and other social media channels.

A statement issued by the IPC's Programme officer, Stella Nwofia noted that the tweet-a-thon is a monthly activity supported by UNDP DGD lll aimed at promoting active media engagement and active citizens’ participation in the electoral process ahead of 2015 elections.

It urged the media and members of the public to participate in the discussion by following the hash-tag #Media4Elections  on Twitter during the event.

Tom Ikimi dumps APC

The season of defections has continued as a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tom Ikimi, on Tuesday resigned from the All Progressives Congress APC.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Boko Haram: Runaway Nigerian soldiers return from Cameroon

Some of the Nigerian soldiers that fled to Cameroon following a fierce battle with Boko Haram militants in locations around Borno and Adamawa states  may have returned as residents of Mubi town in Adamawa State say the saw tattered looking soldiers arrive.

Angel Di Maria completes £59.7m move to Manchester United

Argentine, Angel Di Maria has completed his transfer from Real Madrid to Manchester United for a British record fee of £59.7m, signing a five-year contract at Old Trafford. 

NFF President arrested by Nigeria's secret police

NFF President Aminu Maigari and the Secretary-General have been arrested by security operatives.

Unconfirmed reports say the arrest is in order to stop them from appearing at the ongoing general assembly gathering at Chida Hotel in Abuja.

The arrest is causing a lot of commotion at the venue of the congress, as those in Maigari's camp feel it is an attempt to sideline them in the scheme of things as the congress aims to chart a way forward for the troubled Nigerian football body.

Sports Minister To Pay Keshi For Congo, South Africa Matches

The controversies rocking the Nigeria Football Federation is threatening to derail the Super eagles preparation for the next Africa cup of nations in Morocco, as contract talks with coach Stephen Keshi has continued to stall.

Nigeria now has only one case of Ebola- Health Minister

Good news in the war on Ebola, Premium Times reports...

Enugu state Deputy Governor, Sunday Onyebuchi impeached

The Enugu State House of Assembly has removed the state’s Deputy Governor, Sunday Onyebuchi, from office.

Monday, 25 August 2014

DHQ explains presence of Nigerian troops in Cameroon

The Defence authorities on Monday explained that the Nigerian troops crossed over to the Cameroonian side of the border during the battle with the insurgents while making a tactical manouver.

480 Nigerian soldiers take refuge in Cameroon while on the run from Boko Haram

No fewer than 480 Nigerian soldiers have reportedly arrived in Cameroon, on the run from heavy fighting with members of the deadly islamist sect, Boko Haram in Borno.

PHOTOS: President Jonathan returns from private trip to Germany

More Pictures after the cut...

Ebola: Younger Sister Of Late Dr. Adadevoh tests positive

Late Dr. Stella Adadevoh

Despite ongoing moves by the Federal and Lagos state governments to curtail the spread of the deadly Ebola virus which was brought into the country by Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer there are reports that the disease wont just stop spreading.

Latest news on the disease indicate that Amy Ngozi Adadevoh, younger sister of the late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, has reportedly tested positive for the Ebola virus.

It would be recalled that Miss Adadevoh had been a suspected case, but the suspicion has been confirmed following a blood test. 

Reports say she has been moved to isolation at the Ebola treatment center in Lagos. She joins two other patients there undergoing evaluation and treatment.

Reports also say Dr. Ade Joroh, a patient at the isolation center who is infected with the Ebola virus, is recovering and responding to treatment. He is expected to recover fully, although medical professionals are awaiting blood test results.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Boko Haram sets up Caliphate in Northern Nigeria

After running over a police training college and attacking several villages in Borno state, North East Nigeria, leader of the deadly islamist sect Boko haram, Abubakar Shekau has released a video in which he declares the areas under his sect’s control a Caliphate. 

DR Congo confirms two deaths from Ebola

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say two people have died from Ebola in the country's north-west.

Kidnapped US journalist freed in Syria

An American journalist kidnapped nearly two years ago has been freed in Syria and handed over to UN representatives, after Qatari mediation helped lead to his release.

35 Policemen still missing after Boko Haram attack on Police College

In response to the attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the Gwoza Training camp of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force (PMF), Acting Inspector-General of Police Suleiman Abba has ordered the tightening of security around police facilities in the country, in addition to efforts to further protect life and property.

Nigerian doctors call off 65 day old strike

Reports just coming say Nigerian doctors under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association [NMA] has suspended its 65- day old strike action.

The strike had crippled activities in public hospitals across the country.

NMA's President,  Kayode Obembe, said the association’s delegates decided to suspend the industrial action in the interest of the ongoing public health issues in the country (Ebola outbreak).

He said all Nigerian doctors are expected to report to work on Monday.

Mr. Obembe said the delegates also resolved among others that the Federal Government recall all suspended resident doctors without punitive measures.

Over 16, 000 resident doctors were suspended by the Federal Ministry of Health following a presidential directive.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

2 Face Idibia's Dad dies of cancer

2face Idibia has lost his father to the cold hands of death, reports says he died today Saturday 23rd August after battling with cancer.
May his soul Rest in peace.

VIDEO: President Jonathan in a telephone conversation wth the Falconets

As Nigeria's female under 20 National team, the Falconets get set to tackle their German counterparts in the final of the 2014 FIFA under 20 championships in Canada on Sunday, President Goodluck Jonathan who is currently in Germany spoke with the girls on phone, charging them to bring the trophy home.
Take a look at the video after the cut.

Boko Haram continues rampage, overrun Madagali Local Government in Adamawa State

According to Sahara Reporters heavily armed insurgents belonging to the Nigerian Islamist sect, Boko Haram, in the early hours of today invaded the secretariat of the Madagali local government area in Adamawa State.

DSS warns of attacks by female bombers in Catholic sisters’ regalia

Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services [DSS], has raised the alarm that suicide bombers, dressed in the regalia of Catholic Church’s reverend sisters, might be planning to bomb locations in the country.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Discharged Ebola Patients Warned to Abstain From Sex

The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) has warned that infected men who have recovered from the killer Ebola virus disease (EVD) can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to seven weeks after the recovery.

Keshi losses patience with NFF, set to decline job offer

Stephen Keshi

Stephen Keshi has appeared to rule himself out of a return as Nigeria coach after losing patience with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

2 new Ebola cases recorded in Nigeria

There are reports of two new cases of the deadly Ebola virus as has been confirmed by Nigeria's minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu on Friday.

According to the minister, the new cases are spouses of the primary contacts of the index case, Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought the virus to Nigeria.

He said the new cases are the first secondary contacts to test positive to the deadly virus that has killed five people in Nigeria.

The Health Minister also said secondary contacts had been under surveillance since the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria.

Nigeria has recorded two new Ebola cases, the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, announced Friday.
Mr. Chukwu, a professor, said the new cases are spouses of the primary contacts of the index case, Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought the virus to Nigeria.
He said the new cases are the first secondary contacts to test positive to the deadly virus that has killed five people in Nigeria.
The secondary contacts had been under surveillance since the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria, Mr. Chukwu added.
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Images from Ebola-stricken Liberia

More Pictures after the cut...

Thursday, 21 August 2014

President Jonathan to pay private visit to Germany

President Goodluck Jonathan will on Friday leave Abuja for Germany on what the Presidency said is a private visit.

Boko Haram Attack Gwoza Police Training College

Heavily armed Boko Haram insurgents Wednesday, August 20, invaded a well-known Nigerian Police training college in Gwoza, Borno State, on tanks killing and injuring trainees.

Ebola: God saved my life- US doctor speaks after leaving hospital

Ebola patient Dr Kent Brantly beamed with delight today as he thanked God for sparing his life and prepared to leave hospital after being declared free of the deadly disease.

Nigeria Police clears air on Abuja bomb scare

Earlier today there was a report of an alleged bomb laden vehicle which caused pandemonium at the Nyanya area of Abuja, if you didn't see the story check it out HERE.

The Nigerian police has however urged residents of the area to go about their normal business as the incident was a hoax.

Federal Government begins payment of pensions to ex Biafran soldiers

The Federal Government has commenced payment of monthly pension to soldiers of the Nigerian Army who defected to fight on the side of Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War from 1967 to 1970.

U.S. doctor treated with experimental Ebola drug to be discharged

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with an experimental drug, his charity said.

IGP appoints new Police Spokesman

DCP Emmanuel Ojukwu

The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Suleiman Abba has appointed DCP Emmanuel Ojukwu as the new Force Public Relations Officer to replace ACP Frank Mba who has been redeployed to Lagos State as an Area Commander. ACP Mba was the Force Public Relations Officer from February 2012 to August, 2014.

Until his new assignment, DCP Emmanuel Ojukwu, who is a seasoned and thoroughbred officer, was the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigations Department at Zone 7 Headquarters, Abuja. 

In a brief handover ceremony witnessed by senior Police Officers , and members of the media, ACP Mba thanked the IGP for the new assignment given to him and urged the media and the public to extend maximum cooperation to the new spokesman.

Bomb scare in Abuja causes pandemonium

There is reports of serious pandemonium in the Nyanya area of Abuja Thursday morning when a car suspected to be laden with explosive device was seen left unattended to in the middle of the road.

Premium Times said motorists and other passersby scampered for safety for fear the car might explode.

Soldiers are said to be searching the vehicle which is a Peugeot 406.

“The driver just parked the car and left in a hurry prompting soldiers nearby to be suspicious and people in traffic on seeing the soldiers surrounding the car began to run in different directions,” a commercial motorcyclist, who witnessed the confusion was reported as saying.

It would be recalled that two deadly explosions had rocked the same Nyanya location in April and May this year killing more than hundred people and wounding several others.

The Ameyo Adadevoh I knew, by Prof Odinkalu

The following is a tribute to the Nigerian doctor, Ameyo Stella Adadevoh who recently died of the Ebola virus after treating the Liberian-American index case, Patrick Sawyer.  

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

I will join PDP when Satan converts to Islam— El Rufai

Following the defection of the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial crimes Commission EFCC Nuhu Ribadu from the opposition All Progressive Congress APC to the People's Democratic Party PDP, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has vowed never to follow such path.

Replying to a question by one of his followers on twitter on the possibility of cross carpeting to the ruling PDP, Elrufai insisted that he will consider the move when Satan converts to Islam...

Ebola: Lagos records 5 new suspected cases

Five new suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease were brought to the Yaba Mainland Hospital, Lagos, on Tuesday, the Lagos State government has said.

Fire guts Nigeria's FA Building

Fire today gutted the office of the Nigeria Football Federation located at Wuse Zone 7, behind the Federal Road Safety Corps Abuja office.

The fire is reported to have started from the office of the General Secretary, Musa Amadu on the top floor and affected the office of the President which is also on the same floor.

The cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained, but there are unconfirmed reports that it could be the handiwork of arsonists, who might want to cover up some evidence in ongoing corruption investigation.

Crisis in the NFF climaxed with the suspension of President Aminu Maigari.

Maigari has however been returned to office following an order from the Federation of International Football associations FIFA.