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Lassa Fever: death toll rises to 41

The death toll from the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has increased to 41, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed. The NCDC, in its weekly situation update for week four (January 20 to 26), stated that the number of newly confirmed cases and deaths is gradually on the rise. Although NCDC has activated a National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate the response activities, the number of new confirmed cases increased from 81 cases in week three to 95 cases. Between January 1 and 26, a total of…

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Court sentences Pastor, wife to three years imprisonment for selling JAMB form over N4700

A pastor of one of the new generation churches, Mr. Ujaku Emem Samuel, his wife, Mrs. Peace; Mr. Opulani Sunupe and Mr. Umar Musa Sa’adu, were convicted on Monday by a Magistrate Court sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa State. According to a statement by JAMB’s Head of Information, the four persons pleaded guilty to the offence. They were sentenced to three years in prison each. The Federal Government had pegged the sale of 2020,UTME/DE application documents at N3, 500, reading text for N500 and N700 for computer based test centres (CBT)…

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herdsmen kill policeman, farmer in Edo State

Suspected herdsmen have killed a farmer and a policeman in Owan community, Ovia North East local government area. It was gathered that the farmer whose identity was yet to be ascertained was killed last Saturday by herdsmen. The community called in the police to help retrieve the body but the herdsmen were said to have fired at the police and killed one of them in the process. A brother to the farmer was also said to be hit by bullets fired by the herdsmen. The killing made the community members…

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Customs Seeks EFCC’s Assistance in Achieving 2020 Revenue Target

The Nigeria Customs Service has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to assist it in realizing the 2020 revenue target handed to it by the Federal Government. M. B Boyi, Customs Area Controller, Port Harcourt made the appeal on Tuesday January 28, 2020 during a courtesy visit to the Command by the Port Harcourt Zonal Head of the EFCC, Usman Imam. Boyi disclosed that while the Federal Government gave the Service a revenue target of N1.5trillion for 2020, the agency has a more ambitious projection of N2trillion.…

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Nigeria to get 3-year grant from Global Fund to fight malaria

The National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Dr Audu Mohammed, on Tuesday said Nigeria would get three-year grant of $417 million from the Global Fund to tackle malaria. Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that Nigeria accounted for 25 per cent of Global Malaria burden. NAN reports that NMEP is responsible for formulating, facilitating policy and guidelines; coordinates partners and stakeholders’ malaria control activities and provides technical support to states’ malaria programme It also provides support for local government areas, stakeholders, mobilise resources, monitor, evaluate…

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Trouble as Imo speaker, others defect to APC

Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Collins Chiji, has defected to the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic Party. Seven other lawmakers equally joined the ruling APC from the PDP. The speaker announced his defection and that of his colleagues during a plenary on Tuesday, Breaking Times reports. The plenary, which lasted for 15 minutes, came to an end after the speaker announced the names of the defecting lawmakers. Apart from the speaker, others who defected are Uche Ogbuagu (Ikeduru), Dominic Ezerioha (Oru West) Chigozie Nwaneri(Oru East),…

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Gunmen abduct 17 year-old college student in Abuja

A 17-year old student of Federal Government College, Rubochi, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja was abducted by unknown gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday, The Nation gathered. It was learnt the male student, identified as Gift Abiikor, was abducted while he was sleeping around 1am in the residence of one Ahmed Adamu, who reported the incident to the police. A statement by the Federal Capital Territory Police Command indicated that the Commissioner of Police, CP Bala Ciroma has ordered a discreet investigation into the abduction. The statement…

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Lagos goverment slams brakes on motorbike taxis

Regular motorcycle taxis involve rides without helmets for either driver or passenger Nigeria’s traffic-choked economic capital Lagos has announced sweeping bans on the motorbike taxis plying its perilous roads set to come in to force from next month. The state government has barred motorbike taxis and motorised rickshaws, known locally as okada and keke, from swathes of the city over what officials described as “scary figures” for fatal accidents in recent years. “Lagos State Government on Monday wielded the big stick against the menace of commercial motorcycles and tricycles,” the…

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Benin Monarch urges Ganduje to reconsider plan for new emirates

The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare, II, has urged Kano Governor Umar Ganduje, to reconsider the creation of additional Emirate Councils in the State. The Oba spoke during a courtesy call to the Governor, in Kano on Monday, against the backdrop of beliefs in many quarters that the creation of new emirates targets Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi. The monarch said the splitting of the Emirates should be treated with utmost care, maturity and wisdom that their forefathers applied in handling matters of that nature. “I…

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Lassa Fever: Gombe State records seven cases

Seven suspected cases of Lassa fever have been recorded in Gombe State, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Ahmed Gana, has disclosed. Gana made this disclosure in Gombe on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the outbreak and spread of the disease in the country. He said that out of the seven suspected cases, two were confirmed and out of the confirmed cases, one died while the other one was treated and discharged. Gana said among the remaining five suspected cases, one later died while waiting laboratory confirmation and the remaining…

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