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Thursday, 26 November 2020

Yellow, Lassa Fever Outbreaks In Nigeria Killed 43 In November – WHO

11/26/2020 08:11:00 am 0

 The World Health Organisation has warned that Nigeria is facing concurrent outbreaks of multiple pathogens such as the Yellow Fever and Lassa Fever which have killed at least 43 persons this month alone.

The WHO in a report titled, Diseases Outbreak News: Yellow Fever – Nigeria, released on Wednesday, pointed out Delta, Enugu, Benue, Ebonyi and Bauchi were the most affected states.

It added that Lagos State is a major concern because of the population movements towards urban centres in the country. 

The international health organisation noted that while Delta had 33 deaths from 65 confirmed cases of Yellow Fever, Enugu State recorded ten deaths from Lassa Fever.

WHO said the most frequent symptoms "included high-grade fever, convulsion, and eventually coma, in addition to blood in the urine, mouth bleeding, bleeding in the respiratory tract, bloodshot eyes and pain in the flank."

WHO warned that the Covid pandemic could complicate the outbreaks.

"National and state authorities are currently focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting the human resources required to conduct investigations and response activities for the YF outbreaks," the report pointed out.

"Recent relaxation of COVID-19 measures will increase population mobility, thereby increasing the risk for amplification of yellow fever, especially if introduced into urban centres."

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PDP Begs US, South Africa, France, Others To Sanction Buhari Government

11/26/2020 08:08:00 am 0

 The Peoples Democratic Party has called on the international community to sanction officials in President Muhammadu Buhari administration who are championing the violation of rights of Nigerians.

Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesperson of the party, in a statement on Wednesday, said there is a cover-up by the Buhari government to conceal the truth of events in the country from the international community.

"Our party also urges the British Government to extend the proposed sanctions to include the freezing of assets and funds belonging to such officials and their families in the United Kingdom," he said.

"We also call on other countries, including the United States, France, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa among others to impose similar sanctions against indicted officials of the Buhari administration for human rights violations and a crime against humanity. Such sanctions should also be imposed on officials indicted for undermining our democracy and electoral system.

"The international community must call out President Buhari, as the buck stops on his table, as the commander-in-chief under whose watch human rights violations, including arbitrary arrests and detention in dehumanising facilities, widespread extrajudicial killings, sudden disappearances of dissenting voices, disregard to the rule of law, disobedience to court orders and foisting of siege mentality on the citizenry, have become the order of the day.

"Indeed, the manifest use of brute force, including the deployment of the military with live ammunition, in addition to recruiting of armed thugs to attack and kill innocent Nigerian youths, who were in a peaceful demonstration against widespread police brutality and other systemic injustices, underscores the horrible situation in Nigeria under President Buhari as detailed in earlier reports by Amnesty International and US Department of State among other international bodies.

"Is it not equally frightening that the government has also failed to explain how armed thugs were seen being brought in security vans to unleash violence on demonstrators in Abuja and other parts of our country?

"Rather than providing answers to these troubling questions, the Federal Government is desperate to gag Nigerians, muzzle the press, shut down the social media and even threatening the international media, including CNN for carrying out an investigative report on the Lekki killings, while its officials continue to make contradicting claims on the matter.

"Moreover, the administration had turned a deaf ear to the demand for an independent National Truth Commission on the killings. Such a stance only points to desperation for a huge cover-up in the face of demand for answers by Nigerians and the international community."

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Police Open Fire On Traders In Bayelsa

11/26/2020 07:56:00 am 0


A team of policemen have opened fire on traders in Bayelsa, leaving four people terribly injured.

The policemen went berserk and opened fire on traders at Tombia Market after claiming their activities led to traffic that affected their passage through the area.

A 17-year-old girl and three other women, who sustained severe injuries, are currently battling for their lives, TheGuardian reports.

An eyewitness disclosed that the policemen, numbering six, started shooting into the air for traders and pedestrians to leave the roadside and make way for their vehicle to pass.

He said when the traders hesitated to leave, one of the policemen opened fire on the traders, causing pandemonium.

The 17-year-old girl was shot in her two legs, leaving her currently paralysed.

Her father expressed fear if she would be able to walk like her colleagues.

"It was in the course of searching for her that we were told she was shot on her two legs by the police. I wonder if my daughter can still go back to school. I want justice for her so my mind would be at rest," said Mr Kingdom Baine, the father of the girl.

Mr Onoja Majadu, a pastor with one of the branches of Christ’s Embassy in Yenagoa, whose wife was a victim, disclosed that a bone in her leg had been damaged.

"When I saw my wife, I couldn’t believe my eyes. She was badly brutalised. As we speak, the bone between her ankle and knee is badly damaged. The hospital is asking me to provide N100,000 before they would commence major treatment on her leg," he said.

The state police confirmed the incident adding that the team of officers are detained and will be punished.

The police, however, claimed that the officer accidentally fire a shot that hit the victims.

“I want to assure you that they are already facing severe disciplinary measures the outcome of which you will be informed.

“The unfortunate incident occurred at the popular Tombia-Etegwe roundabout on November 24, around 7:45pm when the patrol team was stuck in traffic and one of the police officers in a bid to clear the gridlock accidentally fired a shot, the bullet ricocheted and injured three women. The victims are responding to treatment at the Gloryland Hospital, Yenagoa," said Mike Okoli, Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police.

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

We Can’t Pay 100% Salary - Niger State Government

11/25/2020 08:43:00 pm 0

 Niger state government has stated that it can't pay full salaries to workers due to a reduction in its federal allocation.


The state government government which proposed to pay workers 70% of their salaries, a decision the organized labour kicked against, stressed that the reduction was not a slash but the state’s inability to meet 100% salaries.


Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane said; 


“There is no talk about slash in the salaries of civil servants. What we have discussed with the organized Labor was that because of the recession, our FAAC allocation has dropped to a level where we won’t be able to pay 100 per cent of the salary.

“We called their attention to this, we opened our books in terms of how much we received, the existing commitments and what is left over."


Matane also disclosed that there will be a meeting with Labour leaders on Thursday November 26. 


While the Nigeria Labour Congress is yet to take a stand, the state chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Inusa Tanimu has averred that any salary below 100 per cent would not be accepted by the Union. 


Tanimu said; 


“We are meeting tomorrow [Thursday], we are still talking with them but one thing we have decided is that anything less than 100 per cent is a no to us.”

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Argentine Media Claim Diego Maradona Died Of A Heart Attack

11/25/2020 08:27:00 pm 0

 Football legend, Diego Maradona is said to have died after suffering a heart attack.


South American outlet Clarin says the 60-year-old has passed away in a hospital on Wednesday, November 25, after suffering a heart attack at his home.


The news comes just two weeks after he left the hospital where he underwent surgery on a blot clot in his brain.


Maradona, regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, helped Argentina win the World Cup in 1986. He played club football for Boca Juniors, Napoli, and Barcelona among others, and was adored by millions of fans for his football talent.

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Nigeria’s Land Borders To Be Reopened - Finance Minister, Ahmed Zainab

11/25/2020 08:18:00 pm 0

 The Minister of Finance and Budget, Ahmed Zainab, has hinted that Nigeria's land borders that have been closed since August 2019 may be reopened soon.


Zainab gave the hint during an interview with State House correspondents on Wednesday November 25. She said the presidential committee set up on the matter has completed its job and has recommended the reopening of the borders. According to the finance minister, the committee would soon submit its report to President Buhari.


In August 2019, the Federal government ordered the closure of the borders to curtail illegal importation of drugs, small arms, and agricultural products into the country from neighboring West African nations.

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Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu's Trial In Absentia

11/25/2020 08:10:00 pm 0

 The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu will begin on Thursday November 26 as scheduled by the Federal High Court in Abuja. 


Ahead of the court sitting in which five prosecution witnesses have been lined up to testify against Nnamdi Kanu, copies of the hearing notice were served on the prosecution team in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.


Recall that Justice Binta Nyako had since March 28, 2019, revoked the bail granted the IPOB leader, ordered his arrest, and directed that his trial on charges of a treasonable felony would proceed in his absence; but the court had not had any sitting on the case since then.

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Members Of Ondo House Of Assembly Kick Against Removal Of Iroju Ogundeji As Deputy Speaker

11/25/2020 08:04:00 pm 0

 Nine members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have condemned the impeachment of Iroju Ogundeji as the Deputy Speaker of the House. 


The lawmakers who described the impeachment as unlawful, pointed out that section 92 sub 2C of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended requires a two-thirds majority and the provisions of the standing order of the House for the impeachment of the Speaker or his Deputy.


Two lawmakers – the Former Majority Leader, Jamiu Maito, representing Irele State Constituency and Ademola Edamisan – while speaking on behalf of the nine members said the motion for the impeachment of the deputy speaker was never moved at the session. 


They declared the action as null and void and further stressed that it will not stand. 

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Nigeria's Recession Will Be Shortlived - Lai Mohammed

11/25/2020 04:19:00 pm 0

 The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the Federal government is confident that with the intervention policies, with the fiscal and monetary interventions have been put in place, the current economic recession will be short-lived.


The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS had two days ago said that Nigeria’s economy has slipped into another recession, the second time since 2016.


Speaking during an interview with NTA today November 25, Mohammed said the recession is inevitable due to the global collapse in oil prices occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. He said other countries like Finland, Hungary, Spain, and others have gone into recession due to the fall in the price of crude oil worldwide.


“It is true we are in a recession. Recession comes when a country records two consecutive quarters of negative growths. But we must go beyond that to understand that despite that, our economy is still very well in circumstances.

The main reason why we have entered into this recession is the oil sector. The oil sector recorded -13.89% and that is the worst in 14 quarters. Of course, it is easy to understand why; with the pandemic, there is low demand for oil…but when you look at the non-oil sector which is about -2.51 % in Q3, it is far better than what it was in the Q2.

Overall, yes, we are in a recession and it is inevitable but while our Q2 result was -6.1%, South Africa was -50% and as we speak today, Finland, Hungary, Spain, Mexico, Russia, Romania, Belgium, Austria have all fallen into recession.

But we are very confident that with the intervention policies, with the fiscal and monetary interventions the government has put in place, the recession will be short-lived.” he said

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Adamu Garba Fails To Appear In Court For Hearing In $1bn Suit Against Jack Dorsey

11/25/2020 03:48:00 pm 0

The Federal High court Abuja has adjourned till April 2021 the case filed against the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, by Nigerian politician, Adamu Garba.


Garba on October 20, filed the lawsuit against Dorsey. According to the politician who is a member of APC, Dorsey's endorsement of the #EndSARS protest helped fuel the crisis that erupted after it was hijacked by hoodlums.


Adamu in the court paper asked the court to compel Jack to pay the Nigerian government $1 billion as compensation for all the damages caused by the #EndSARS protest. He also asked the court to compel Jack to establish a Twitter office here in Nigeria. He alleged that the grand plan of Jack and others was to topple the government of the day using the EndSARS protest.. He asked the court to compel the Nigerian Communications Commission to shut down Twitter and prevent it from operating within the Nigerian cyberspace. Read here.


Lawyer, Tope Akinyode, who was in court for the hearing today, gave an update on the case via his Twitter handle. Tope who has represented some of the #EndSARS protesters in Abuja in court, wrote

''BREAKING: I was at the Federal High Court today to defend Adamu Garba'a lawsuit against @jack and @Twitter. However, @adamugarba

& his lawyers failed to show up in Court without given reasons & the Court has now adjourned case to 22nd April, 2021.''


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