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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

US Surgeons Successfully Attach A Pig Kidney To A Human

10/20/2021 07:27:00 pm 0

 For the first time, Surgeons in US have successfully attached a kidney grown in a genetically altered pig to a human patient and found that the organ worked normally. 


The procedure done at NYU Langone Health in New York City involved use of a pig whose genes had been altered so that its tissues no longer contained a molecule known to trigger an almost immediate rejection, according to the Reuters news agency which reported on the news on Tuesday.


The recipient was a brain-dead patient with signs of kidney dysfunction whose family consented to the experiment before she was due to be taken off life support, researchers told the Reuters news agency.


For three days, the new kidney was attached to her blood vessels and maintained outside her body, giving researchers access to it.


Test results of the transplanted kidney’s function “looked pretty normal,” said transplant surgeon Dr Robert Montgomery, who led the study.


The kidney made “the amount of urine that you would expect” from a transplanted human kidney, he said, and there was no evidence of the vigorous, early rejection seen when unmodified pig kidneys are transplanted into non-human primates.


The recipient’s abnormal creatinine level – an indicator of poor kidney function – returned to normal after the transplant, Montgomery said.


In the United States, nearly 107,000 people are currently waiting for organ transplants, including the more than 90,000 awaiting a kidney, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. 

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Tuesday, 19 October 2021

FG Budgets N104bn To Maintain And Purchase Generators In 2022

10/19/2021 05:50:00 pm 0

 The Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, headed by Zainab Ahmed, set aside N82.03bn for generators, that is 80 per cent of the entire budget, making it the ministry with the lion’s share of the generator budget.

When it comes to agencies, the budget also shows that the Federal Inland Revenue Service is the agency with the highest budget for generators. The agency earmarked N250m for maintenance, N1bn for fuelling the generators and N550m for purchasing new ones, given a total of N1.8bn.


The Nigerian Army has the second highest budget for generators having earmarked N971.7m for generator fuel alone.


The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has the third highest budget for generators at N946m.

The Department of Petroleum Resources set aside N118.7m for maintenance, N666.8m for generator fuel and N120m for the purchase of generators in its offices in Sokoto, Kano, Makurdi, Yenagoa, Ilorin and Umuahia, bringing it to a total of N905.5m.


The agency with the 5th largest generator budget is the Nigerian Ports Authority which set aside N798.2m for the maintenance and purchase of generators.

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Nigerians Spent N54trn On Household Consumption In 6 Months - NBS

10/19/2021 05:29:00 pm 0


Household final expenditure is the amount of final consumption expenditure made by resident households to meet their everyday needs, such as food, clothing, housing (rent), energy, transport, durable goods (notably cars), health costs, leisure, and miscellaneous services.


According to the NBS, the expenses incurred by Nigerian households increased by 13.7 percent in the last six months of 2021 however, it was 7.45 percent lower than the N59.25 trillion spent by Nigerian households in the second half of last year.

The report shows that the final expenditure for households on consumption increased by 8.90 percent in Q1 and 19.08 percent in Q2 of 2021.

The report also revealed that household consumption accounted for the largest share of real GDP at market prices which stood at 53.68 percent and 51.82 percent in Q1 and Q2 2020, respectively, compared to 76.83 percent and 72.88 percent posted in the corresponding quarters of 2021.


Also, the compensation of employees during the first and second quarters of 2021 grew by 9.26 percent and 19.44 percent, respectively. For 2020, the growth rate stood at 0.96 percent compared to 8.99 percent in 2019.


The report also said national disposable income declined by 2.25 percent in the first quarter of 2021 and 5.35 percent in the second quarter of 2021. 

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#EndSARS Anniversary: No Street Protest Is Allowed- Lagos Police

10/19/2021 05:24:00 pm 0

 The Lagos state police command has said that contrary to reports, it has not permitted anyone to stage a street protest to commemorate one year of the #EndSARS protest on October 20.


In a statement released today October 19, the command says it will only allow indoor or virtual ceremonies to commemorate the day. The statement reads


''The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a post being circulated on the social media insinuating that the police in Lagos have agreed to allow street protests in commemoration of the one year EndSARS anniversary on 20th October, 2021.

On the contrary, the police will only allow an indoor and virtual event in commemoration of the EndSARS anniversary and will provide adequate security at the venue (s) if known. This is in recognition of rights of every Nigerian to express his or her interest.

We wish we could permit such street protests. However, intelligence at our disposal has revealed plans by some faceless groups or individuals to stage an anti-EndSARS anniversary protest in the state same day.

In view of the conflicting interest between the pro and anti- EndSARS anniversary groups and threat to cause mayhem, the Command once again warns both groups against any form of street protest between now and 20th October, 2021 and beyond. 

It is acknowledged that citizens have the right to peaceful protests. However, in this instance having carried out a critical security assessment and intelligence report at the disposal of the Lagos Command in respect of the planned protests and attendant implications on public safety, the Command considers it inappropriate to allow such protests to hold. It will not stand aloof and allow breakdown of law and order which the protests may cause.

To avoid a recurrence of the gory protests of last year during which some innocent Nigerians including police officers were gruesomely murdered, private and public property plundered and maliciously destroyed, the police will not abdicate their responsibilities of protection of lives and property by allowing such avoidable incident happen again in the state

Therefore, in the interest of security and public safety, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, wishes to warn the organisers of the protests that the police will deploy all legitimate means to stop or neutralise the planned protests. 

Parents, guardians are admonished to warn their children against participating in the protests. Similarly, youths and other individuals or groups planning to take part in the protests are further warned in their own interest to shelve the plan.''

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Monday, 18 October 2021

About 30 Feared Dead As Bandits Attack Goronyo - Governor Tambuwal

10/18/2021 09:08:00 pm 0

 Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has said that about thirty people are feared dead as a result of bandits attack on Goronyo township, the headquarters of Goronyo local government area in Sokoto state.


It was gathered that bandits attacked Goronyo weekly Market on Sunday, October 17, killing many traders and buyers. 


Tambuwal confirmed the attack on Monday, October 17, when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya paid him a courtesy visit.

"Between last night, yesterday evening till this morning, we were greeted with a very dastardly attack in Goronyo local government, particularly Goronyo township, where scores and tens have lost their lives and still counting. We’re not sure of the figure. But it is 30 something,” the Governor explained.


Praying for the success of the army over criminals, Gov. Tambuwal noted that the army chief “have come at a very trying moment for the army and the Nigerian nation. We’re faced and bedeviled by many security challenges in our own area here, particularly banditry, kidnapping and other associated crimes.”


He appealed for synergy between the army and other security operatives in the state while requesting for the presence of more forces in the state and the deployment of more resources.


He pledged that his administration shall continue to support the army and other security operatives.

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Lagos #EndSARS Panel Ends Sittings

10/18/2021 09:00:00 pm 0

 Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry investigating cases of brutality and human rights abuses by the Police and its disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has concluded its assignment. 


Chairman of the Panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi told newsmen that the long-awaited report of the October 20, 2020 Lekki Tollgate ‘shootings’ is being prepared as investigation of the incident, including the taking of evidence and exhibits, had been completed.


Okuwobi assured petitioners that the panel’s recommendations would include compensation to victims, if any, of the Lekki Tollgate incident.


She added that untreated or unconcluded petitions will be sent to the supervising Lagos State Ministry of Justice, which may set up a human rights body to handle them.

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El-Zakzaky Sues FG Over Passport Seizure, Demand N4bn

10/18/2021 08:51:00 pm 0

 Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, have filed a suit at the Federal High Court Abuja against the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, challenging the seizure of their international passports.


Noting that their passports were last seen in the possession of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) which has officially denied that it was in their possession, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by Femi Falana Chambers on October 14, said they were told that the passports have been flagged by the DSS when they tried to renew it through the Immigration Service. 


The couple in their seperate lawsuits asked the court to compel the DSS and the AGF to release their passports and lift the red flag restrictions, as all request to remove the restriction have been ignored by the secret agency.


They further asked the court to declare the seizure of their passports since May 2019, as illegal and unconstitutional because it violates their fundamental rights to freedom of movement.


They are also seeking payment of the sum of N2 billion each, as general and exemplary damages, for the violation of their rights to freedom of movement.


The reliefs they are seeking include; 


“A declaration that the seizure of the Applicants Passport No A50578740 since May 2019 is illegal and unconstitutional as it violates his fundamental right to freedom of movement guaranteed by Section 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended) and Article 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Act (CAP A9) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

“A declaration that the Red Flag Travelling Restrictions placed on the Applicants Passport and land borders by the Respondents without a court order is illegal and unconstitutional as it violates his right to fair hearing guaranteed by Section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended) and Article 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Act (CAP A9) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

“A declaration that the refusal of the Respondents to allow the Applicant to travel abroad for medical treatment constitutes a threat to his life guaranteed by Section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended) and Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Act (CAP A9) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

“An order of this Honourable Court mandating the Respondents to release the Applicant’s international passport number A50578740 to him in order to enable him to access prompt and adequate medical attention as recommended by his physicians.

“An order of this Honourable Court mandating the Respondents to lift the Red Flag Restrictions (and all or every form of restriction howsoever) placed on the International Passport number A50578740 of the Applicant by agents of the Respondents forthwith.

“An order of this Honourable Court mandating the Respondents to pay over to the applicant the sum of Two Billion Naira (N2,000,000,000.00) as general and exemplary damages for the violation of the Applicant’s rights to freedom of movement, fair hearing and property.

“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the Respondents from further violating the Applicants fundamental rights in any manner whatsoever and howsoever without lawful justification.”

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Friday, 15 October 2021

National Assembly Rejects Allocation For Lawmakers In The 2022 Budget

10/15/2021 07:25:00 am 0


The House of Representatives has faulted the N134billion allocated to the National Assembly in the 2022 Appropriation bill.


Describing the budget as too small, the spokesman of the House, Benjamin Kalu, said the percentage of transfers to the National Assembly did not reflect the increase in the amount of statutory transfers in the 2022 budget. He noted that when the House had a budget with aggregate lower expenditure, it was from N150billion to N128billion.

“This concerns the House. It concerns the House because, the statutory transfer as we have mentioned, there is an increase from N484.49 billion to N768.28 billion and that is a reflection of 58.7 percent increase; an increase of about N283.79 billion. Do you know that this increase does not reflect in the amount that comes to the National Assembly?”

But remember, when we had a budget with lower aggregate expenditure, it was reduced from N150 billion to N128 billion though, we have the challenges our forex and the challenges of the purchasing power of the currency; what we have is N134 billion? Do you know what N134 billion represents for the statutory transfer?

Let me give you this example; in 2019, we had N125 billion given to the NASS and that is at the level of 1.42 percent of the N8.83 trillion.

In 2020, we had N128 billion given to National Assembly. That was a reduction from 1.42 to 1.18 percentage of that N10.8 trillion.

In 2021, we were given N134 billion which now represents 0.98 percent of N13.1 trillion but this year, we are given N134 billion again which is now representing 0.82 percent here,” he said.

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Navy Arrests 22 Foreign Nationals For Allegedly Smuggling 32.9kg Cocaine Into Nigeria

10/15/2021 07:17:00 am 0

The seafarers were arrested on-board MV CHAYANEE NAREE, by the joint team following an intelligence report it got from the UK Border Force.

It was gathered that the cargo ship left Santos in Brazil on September 19, 2021, and the UK Border Force discovered that the vessel was heading to Nigeria.


All 22 crewmen are being detained on board the ship at the Lagos Port Complex while the investigation continued.

Addressing newsmen on Thursday, October 14, the Commander of NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Bashir Mohammed, said the brief is aimed at informing the public on a development within the nation’s maritime environment that concerns a recent sting operation conducted through collaborative efforts between the Nigerian Navy and other Law enforcement agencies including the Interpol, the Nigerian custom services, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the NDLEA.


Commodore Mohammed said the joint security team, acting on credible intelligence from Interpol, naval officers, commenced tracking of a vessel, MV CHAYANEE NAREE, which was suspected of attempting to smuggle narcotics into Nigeria.

He said with the aid of the Nigerian Navy Falcon Eye Maritime Domain Awareness system, the security team started monitoring the movement of the vessel.

Mohammed said during the investigation it was discovered that the vessel departed Santos Brazil on September 19, 2021, and drifted for a week at a position about 250nm (approximately 500 kilometres) off the coast of Benin Republic from October 1 to October 8 before setting sail and arriving Nigeria on October 8, 2021.


"Upon entering Nigerian waters, the vessel was intercepted by Nigerian Navy Ship EKULU and escorted to NPA port where she was directed to berth on October 9, 2021, and taken custody by the Navy. Thereafter, other agencies were invited to conduct an extensive and comprehensive search of the vessel for narcotics and other contraband items," he stated.


“The suspected vessel was thoroughly searched by a combined team of Nigerian Navy, Interpol Nigeria, Nigerian Customs Service and Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency. The Search began on October 9, 2021, and at about 6 pm on October 13, 2021, the efforts of the search team were rewarded when a bag was found in the Vessel’s Cargo Compartment One


"Tests conducted on the contents of the bag by the NDLEA confirmed the substance to be cocaine wrapped in 30 slabs weighing 32.9 kg. Accordingly, the substance was handed over to the NDLEA while further search and investigation continued on every nook and cranny of the vessel,” he added. 


Also speaking on the arrest and seizure, the Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command, Ibrahim Malanta Yusuf, said it is gratifying to point out that, the success of the operation as a result of the excellent synergy and collaborative efforts between the NN, Interpol Nigeria, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Nigeria Customs Service.


He said as the Investigation progress jointly and the continuous search of the Vessel, additional information will be released to the press on the case.


"The desired end state by all parties involved in the prosecution of all those involved in this nefarious act according to the laws of the land.” he added.


Those at the event include the representative of the Chairman of NDLEA, Mrs Mercy Thompson, the representative of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Head of Interpol Lagos, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Nwogwu Martins.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Rapper Tyga Arrested On Suspicion Of Domestic Violence Against Ex-girlfriend

10/13/2021 09:23:00 pm 0

American rapper, Tyga has been arrested for an alleged domestic abuse incident against his ex-girlfriend, model Camaryn Swanson.


The 31-year-old rapper, whose real name is Michael Stevenson, turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood precinct Tuesday morning, October 12, public information officer Lizeth Lomeli confirmed to USA TODAY.


Officers first responded to the domestic violence incident early Monday, Lomeli said. 


The "Taste" singer was booked for felony domestic violence, according to a statement from LAPD's social media account. The authenticity of the tweet was confirmed by an LAPD representative to USA TODAY. 


Stevenson was released after posting a $50,000 bond, jail records showed. 


The arrest comes one day after Stevenson's ex-girlfriend Camaryn Swanson shared photos of alleged abuse to her Instagram Story. Swanson wrote Monday she was "physically assaulted," although she didn't name Stevenson specifically.

 LAPD would not confirm the parties involved in the alleged altercation with Stevenson.


"I've been emotionally, mentally and physically abused and I'm not hiding it anymore," Swanson wrote alongside a photo of herself with a bruised eye. In another photo, she added, "I'm so embarrassed and ashamed it had to get to this but I have to stand up for myself."

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Gunmen Invade Government Offices In Nasarawa

10/13/2021 09:13:00 pm 0

 Nasarawa State Local Government Civil Service Commission was on Monday October 11, invaded by gunmen numbering more than 50, who also carted away an AK 47 riffle from a personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps deployed to guard the commission. 


Daily Trust reported that the gunmen overpowered the security personnel on duty at the commission’s office located along Makurdi road, Lafia, and also carted away two televisions and a safe box containing valuable documents of the commission.


Two NSCDC personnel and one other security man who were on duty on the day of the incident, were tied up by the gunmen before they carried out their operation which lasted for about three hours.


An official of the commission who confirmed the incident, told the publication that no life was lost as only valuables were carted away.


Permanent Secretary of the local government commission, Mrs Rammatu Julde also confirmed the incident. She said the gunmen invaded the premises on Monday at about 2:am.


Rammatu said; 


“Some gunmen invaded our premises in the early hours of Monday at 2am to be precise.

“They came through the main gate linking the local government commission and civil service commission and during the operation, they were able to tie down two officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps who were guarding the premises and collected their Ak-47 guns.

“They attempted to take away our 150 KVA generator, but they could not succeed but they took away the safe where valuable documents of the commission were kept.

“We are presently doing the stocktaking to know other items that were carted away."


The Public Relations Officer of the NSDC, Mr Jerry Victor also confirmed the incident. He said the two officers involved in the case, are being detained at the command headquarters in Lafia. 


Victor said;


“Two of our officers who were securing the offices were tied down with ropes and they collected their Ak-47 gun.

“The officers have been detained in our command headquarters here in Lafia and investigation is currently ongoing.”

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Nigerian Army Denies Ruga Settlement In South East

10/13/2021 09:06:00 pm 0

 The Nigerian Army has debunked report that it is constructing Ruga Settlement in the South-East region.


In a statement issued on Wednesday, the acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 82 Division, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, described as baseless, false, an allegation that the Division of the Nigerian Army is currently constructing a Ruga Settlement in Igbo-Etiti and Udi Local Government Areas of Enugu State.


The statement disclosed that its engineers were currently constructing a military training facility between Ochima and Affa in Igbo-Etiti and Udi Local Government Areas. 


"The 82 Division Nigerian Army has noted with utmost concern, a baseless allegation aired through an outlawed online radio that the Division of the Nigerian Army is currently constructing a Ruga Settlement between Ochima and Affa in Igbo-Etiti and Udi Local Government Areas, Enugu State," the statement read. 


"Though this inciting broadcast emanates from a source bereft of any credibility whatsoever, there is need however to present the facts clearly for the sake of posterity. It must be emphasised that Nigerian Army Engineers are not constructing any Ruga Settlement in any part of Nigeria. Rather, the Engineers are currently constructing a military training facility between Ochima and Affa in Igbo-Etiti and Udi Local Government Areas, Enugu State


"Upon completion, the facility will accommodate troops during training and aid to improve their efficiency in protecting law abiding citizens across the South East. Any counter narrative aired on the project is a malicious falsehood aimed at inciting the public against the Nigerian Army.


"Members of the public are therefore advised to disregard such untrue and false information emanating from this aforementioned media or any information source. The Nigerian Army remains a credible institution that unites the country and has no place for ethno-religious sentiments. We shall continue to carry out our constitutional tasks objectively across the country and remain totally apolitical." 

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