Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Late P’Harcourt doctor’s sister tests positive for Ebola

The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has put the total number of confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria at 18. The 18th patient, according to the Federal Government, is the sister of the late Port Harcourt doctor who died of the EVD recently.

A statement issued on Wednesday night by his Special Assistant (Media and Communication), Mr. Dan Nwomeh, said the number of cases successfully managed and discharged was eight while the number of deaths from EVD was seven.

We pray before every operation, say suspected robbers

Four members of a robbery gang who were arrested by the Lagos State Police Command have said they usually prayed to God before any operation.

One of the suspected robbers, Mutalubi Abdullahi, explained that the prayer was to ensure that only ‘sinners’ would be dealt with by the gang, while the ‘innocent’ would be spared.

Abdullahi, who was arrested along with Ismaila Moruf, Opeyemi Akinyemi and Sarah Emmanuel, were arrested by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the command, for robbing early morning pedestrians and motorists in the Mile 2 area of the state.

Militias in the south-east of Ukraine are ready to cease fire

Militias in the south-east of Ukraine are ready to cease fire if the Ukrainian army takes a similar step, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko said on Wednesday.

He said the so-called “counter-terrorism operation” in the south-eastern regions known as Donbass involved not only the regular Ukrainian army but also the National Guard, the nationalistic Right Sector and private battalions.

Lagos warns Nigerians against fake Ebola test kit

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday warned Lagosians and other citizens in the country not to fall victims of suspected fraudsters who were selling a kit that could purportedly be used to test for Ebola Virus.

The government, in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Mr Hakeem Bello, explained that the reality on ground was that there was nothing like that.

It added that the product, which was called Rapid Response Canada, was nothing but a hoax to rip-off unsuspecting Nigerians of their earned money.

I Don’t know B'Haram, how can I Sponsor Them? ––Senator Ali Modu Sheriff Deni

Ex-Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff today denied allegations that he is among the main sponsors of the Islamic fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram. Speaking at a media conference in Abuja, Sheriff threatened to sue Stephen Davies, the Australian negotiator who said the terrorists named him as kingpin of the sponsors. He also expressed preparedness to handle any panel in the world.

“I have no association with any terrorists anywhere,” he declared. “I have never met the group. I cannot be a sponsor of a group I have not met before. I don't have foot soldiers, as they alleged.”

Ebola death toll hits 1,900 -WHO

The World Health Organisation says more than 1,900 people have now died in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. WHO head Margaret Chan said there were 3,500 confirmed or probable cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. “The outbreaks are racing ahead of the control efforts in these countries,” she said. On Thursday the WHO is holding a meeting to examine the most promising treatments and to discuss how to fast track their testing and production. 

Cyla Simpson Defends Pastor Anita Oyakhilome

Cyla Simpson, a founding member of Christ Embassy UK shared this on the "Where is Rev Anita Oyakhilome' Facebook page.
“I am writing this to everyone with a heavy heart. It is heart wrenching to see the way people are referring to Rev Anita and how uncultured people are while talking. You don’t need to be derogatory or condescending to express yourself no matter your level as a Christian. First I would join true Christians around the world to appeal to Rev Anita but would say listen to God rather than man.

FG blacklists firm for abandoning power project

The Federal Government has blacklisted a firm, Messrs Techno Electric and Engineering Company and its directors, from executing any government project in the country for abandoning a power project awarded to it.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, the Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil said the company abandoned electricity project in Ebonyi State for the Engineering Design, Manufacture, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of 2X60MVA, 132/33KV at Amasiri and 2X132KV Line Bays Extension at Abakaliki after collecting 15 per cent mobilisation fee on December 1, 2010.

Impeached Enugu Deputy Gov Rejects Redeployment

Indications have emerged that the impeached deputy governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, would not accept his redeployment to the state civil service by Governor Sullivan Chime.

The former deputy governor was an employee of the Enugu State Civil Service before he ventured into politics after rising to the rank of a permanent secretary. But he was demoted to the rank of a deputy director in his redeployment, which was confirmed by the Enugu State Government on Monday.

Efforts by Punch to get Onyebuchi to comment on the development were unsuccessful as of the time of filing this report but a source, who is close to him, informed Punch that the former deputy governor would ignore the redeployment.

Another US Doctor in Liberia Contracts Ebola

Elwa hospital
Another American missionary doctor has tested positive for Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia; making him the third American health care worker to contract the virus.

The name of the doctor, who worked for the Christian aid group SIM, has not been released. But the group said in a statement that he did not treat Ebola patients. Instead, he saw obstetrics patients at the organization's main ELWA hospital, which is separate from its Ebola isolation unit. How he became infected is unknown.

Minister of Health debunks rumours of Ebola cases in Abuja and Calabar

 Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu has debunked rumours of Ebola cases in Abuja and Calabar and said the case in Kaduna continues to be under investigation. He also stated that another patient has been discharged from the Isolation center in Lagos after being certified free from the deadly virus.  He addressed issues in some tweets via his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Mr Dan Nwomeh. See more tweets after the break.

Rivers State releases 300million Naira to fight Ebola in the state

Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi announced today that his administration has released over N300million to fight the Ebola virus in the state.  Amaechi disclosed this while speaking with the Country Director of the World Health Organization, WHO, Mr. Rui Vaz, at the government house in Port Harcourt.

“Whatever it takes for us to overcome Ebola, please, I will do it because it costs more if Ebola is on the loose than if it is contained. So, we are happy that the World Health Organization is here to assist Rivers State. We are happy that the World Health Organization appreciates the dangers of Ebola to our communities. We need to contain Ebola. If there is no cure, then there is containment so that more persons don’t contract it. The Rivers State Government is prepared to take all the responsibility. The citizens are ours,” Amaechi said.

Woman arraigned in Lagos court for jilting lover

43-year-old events planner Omolola Shittu (pictured right), has been dragged before a Magistrate court in Lagos state for allegedly jilting and stealing from her 55 year old ex-lover, Prince Hilary Unachukwu.

According to Vabguard, Omolola, who was charged alongside one Raphael Oge, 51, on a three-count charge bothering on stealing and threat to life of her ex-lover, pleaded not guilty in court and was remanded in prison custody till she meets her bail conditions.

Fire razes 40 homes at Police barracks in Lagos

Fire has raised about 40 apartments at the Ijeh Police Barracks in Obalende Lagos state PM News reports. The explanation for the fire outbreak is yet to be determined. Here is the same barracks a officer died on Friday August 29th after he was pushed down a building by his wife during a fight. The officer died before getting to a medical facility while his widow continues to be in the intensive care unit of an undisclosed hospital.

See the British High Commissioner who slumped and died yesterday at MMIA

He is Mr Peter Leslie Carter, the deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria. He slumped and died yesterday as he landed at the Murtala Mohammed Airport yesterday evening. Read story here

Suspected Kaduna Ebola case tests negative

Yesterday there were reports a student of Law at Ahmadu Bello University, showed apparent symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus, but fortunately he's tested negative to the virus. Based on Premium Times, authorities of ABU and the Kaduna State Government had sent the patient's blood to Lagos for testing after he reportedly manifested some symptoms related to Ebola while on admission at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital. 


APC asks GEJ to hand over alleged sponsors of Boko Haram to the Int'l Criminal Court

The National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun, has asked Pres. Jonathan to arrest and hand over all those Australian Hostage Negotiator Stephen Davis, alleged to be sponsors of Boko Haram to the International Criminal Court. Oyegun said this while speaking with journalists in Abuja yesterday
"The man who exposed the boko haram sponsors is a Jonathan appointed, paid, hostage negotiator so he definitely has no axe to grind. He was certainly not speaking on behalf of the APC because we didn't know he existed until out of frustration he finally decided to speak up. Now that the cat has been let out of the bag and the real sponsors of Boko Haram have been exposed, we hope President Jonathan is summoning the courage today to do what is right. Hand over the identified boko haram sponsors to the international criminal court for investigation and prosecution" he said

PDP Fires back over Sheriff, Ihejirika; says Australian’s revelations prove APC behind Boko Haram

Nigeria’s ruling party, The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has hit back at the opposition All Progressives Congress, after the APC said recent allegations by a government-appointed Boko Haram negotiator, show that senior PDP members and allies of President Goodluck Jonathan are masterminds of the sect. At a press conference Tuesday, the APC demanded the immediate trial of a former governor of Borno State, Modu Sheriff, a PDP member; and a former army chief, Azubuike Ihejirika.

31 year old man arraigned in Court for sharing bad statements about Ogun state Governor on Facebook

A 31 year old man named Wasiu Ogunnoiki was arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court in Sagamu yesterday September 2nd for allegedly posting negative remarks about the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun on his Facebook wall. Ogunnoiki is alleged to have posted a message on Facebook saying that the state Governor had demolished the houses of some citizens without compensating them accordingly, a statement the government say they find unacceptable, and could incite the citizens against the governor.

Widow, 3 others who rob motorist along Mile2/Badagry Rd Nabbed

A widow and three men who are members of a robbery gang that specialize in terrorizing and robbing motorists along the Mile2/Badagry Expressway, have been arrested by men of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), Lagos State Police Command.

The robbers; Sera Emmanuel (31) the widow, Ismaila Morufu (30), Musaalobi Abdullahi (29) and Opeyemi Akinyemi (30), were arrested on August 27th along the Sango-Ifo road by Iyana-Iyesi in Ogun state.

The armed-robbers allegedly confessed to operating daily at some bad spots around Mile 2/Badagry Expressway, Mile 2/Apapa Expressway, Agege/Oshodi, Oworonsoki, Alapere, Bariga, Ikeja and Onipanu. 

PhotoNews: Ongoing protest at Benin-Ore Expressway by students

  Students of the College of Education, Ogwaruo, Benin, are still causing traffic gridlock on the Benin-Ore Expressway. Based on a OOB reader in Benin who submitted the photos, the students are not allowing cars ply the high way. He explained the students are protesting no results, no good roads, no power, that their school is similar to a poultry without any authority.

Law enforcement have moved to the location but haven't had the oppertunity to disperse the students. See more photos after the jump.

British William Pooley infected with Ebola, has been discharged

William Pooley, the 1st British National who tested positive to the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone on August 23rd has been discharged from the Royal Free Hospital in London. He was discharged today September 3rd after being successfully treated with the experimental drug, ZMapp
The 29 year old volunteer nurse was transported from Sierra Leone to England on August 24th, a day after he tested positive.

Oyakhilome Divorce Saga: I'm done with Chris Oyakhilome; No going back on divorcing him - wife

 Those who find themselves hoping that Christ Embassy Head Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and his estranged wife Anita Oyakhilome will resolve their issues and return together, shouldn't hold their breath as the woman is said to have vowed to divorce the pastor Chris..

Addressing Premium Times through her lawyers, Mrs Oyakhilome said her relationship with her husband had terribly degenerated that there's no room for any reconciliation or out-of-court settlement. 

Continue.. Oyakhilome Divorce Saga

I will sue Australian negotiator who said I sponsor Boko Haram - Alimodu Sheriff

Former Borno state governor Alimodu Sheriff, who was accused by Australian Boko Haram negotiator Stephen Davis of being a sponsor of Boko Haram, held a press conference which ended a few minutes ago where he addressed the accusations. He denied the claims and said he plans to sue Mr Davis. He said the campaign against him is 'callous and unwarranted' and those linking him with the sect are "either ignorant or completely out for mischief".

Some of the things he said below...

Suspected Ebola Victim passes on In Abuja Hospital

A patient suspected to have been infected with the deadly Ebola virus has died at the Asokoro Hospital Abuja.

The suspected patient, who exhibited symptoms similar to those of persons infected with the virus died at the hospital last Friday. Following the death of the patient, the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital where the patient was being treated has been cordoned off and the accident and emergency unit has been temporarily relocated to the General outpatient unit (GOPD). Similarly, a list of all medical staff who had come in contact with the patient has been compiled and they are all under surveillance.


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