Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Lagos State to sensitise schools on Ebola virus before resumption

By Kolapo Abiola   Posted at  17:53   No comments

The Lagos State Government has lined up a series of sensitisation meetings for school managements on how to stop the risks associated with the Ebola Virus Disease as the state prepare to resume on Monday. Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, who is the Commissioner for Education, Lagos State, discussed this on Tuesday in Lagos at a meeting with General and Permanent Secretaries of all the six education districts in the lagos state and Tutors. She reiterated that the sensitisation was in done to carry out measures to stop the spread of the virus among pupils of Lagos state. She further noted that Education Secretaries and Head Teachers of public schools in the state coupled with principals of public schools from the six education districts would be sensitised on 17th of September on Wednesday, while proprietors of private schools will be sensitised on the 18th of September, Thursday.
She also added that, "The government will instruct them to identify an Ebola Virus Disease Focal Officer in each of the schools who will be responsible for surveillance and health monitoring as well as the provision of adequate environmental sanitation, including clean toilets and premises in their school. The sensitisation will also dwell on the provision of running water, soap and the encouragement of frequent hand washing among pupils and the arrangement of prompt referral of a sick person to the nearest health institution for treatment." Oladunjoye explained that at the end of each sentisation, environmental and personal hygiene measures such as the sensitisation and the training of pupils, vendors, teachers and non-academic staff on the ebola virus and how to prevent it would be emphasised.

F.G of Nigeria claims $9.3M cash

By Kolapo Abiola   Posted at  17:19   Politics No comments

Just yesterday, The Federal Government of Nigeria has confirmed its involvement in the $9.3m illegally imported by two Nigerians and an Israeli citizen to purchase arms on behalf of its security services and insisted that the deal was legal.

Earlier on, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, The National President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, whose private jet, a Bombadier Challenger 600 marked N808HG, was used to convey the money denied any involvement in the deal.

The Document and data pertaining to the transaction process has been relaeased by the Federal Government of Nigeria to South Africa, thereby validating that the entire operation involving the aircraft was 'genuine'.

Ebola: NAFDAC to prosecute Professor at LUTH for claiming to have a cure

By Kolapo Abiola   Posted at  17:02   Crime No comments

A Nigerian Professor of Ophthalmology at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, has claimed he has a cure for Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, using native vegetable, Ewedu and just yesterday, The National  Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, yesterday said it will arrest and prosecute him.

There have been several types of sanitisers in the market and NAFDAC has been able to quarantine 104 sanitizers with the arrest of 3 bussiness men who imported fake ebola test kit and hand sanitizers.

The Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, in lagos has disclosed that various claims for the cure of ebola by medical and pharmaceutical professors is very misleading and dangerous at this point in time.

The Director warned that the case of the Professor of Ophthalmology at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, will be used to send warning to all those who will tend to use any claims of ebola cure to mislead the populace.

He narrated that "One consequence of these unsupported and possibly fraudulent claims is that people may be misled into a false sense of invincibility on account of eating Ewedu or bitter kola and drop their guards. This is a national embarrassment and the Agency will not take such uncorroborated claims by supposedly learned people lightly." He further warned that anyone who claims to have a solution or cure for the dreaded ebola virus disease should come to NAFDAC or the Treatment Research Group set up by the Federal Government rather than misleading the people

NAFDAC will henceforth arrest and prosecute any Nigerian making such unverified claims of having any cure for ebola virus disease as that could put the public in serious danger.

B-R-E-A-K-I-N-G: Bomb blast at college in kano

By Kolapo Abiola   Posted at  17:01   Crime No comments

Panic grasped the students and workers at a college in kano, a north Nigerian City on Wednesday as gunshots and explosion hit the School. There are fears that there are multiple casualties after the incident occured at about 2:00PM (13:00 GMT). The police is yet to confirm the story but witness told AFP that the saw five Vehicles taking away casualties. More to follow....

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Motionless Man trapped by a transformer

By Kolapo Abiola   Posted at  12:20   Crime No comments

The corpse of a man who was electrocuted inside a transformer cabin was found by the residents of Lonlo area of Iju-Ishaga, Lagos after they woke up yesterday.
The identity of the deceased who was wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans trousers could not be ascertained, and the deceased tried to remove the steel covering of the power equipment when there was darkness and power failure. Unfortunately for the deceased power was restored and that resulted to a spark from the transformer.

Passers by saw his Still body and guessed it was an official of the Ikeja Power Distribution Company not until he was observed closely and they later learnt that he was electrocuted.. Residents of Lonlo area of Iju-Ishaga gathered at the scene to have a glimpse.

The local government council had been informed by the Police sources at Iju towards removing the corpse.

Nigerian Soldeirs sentenced to death

By Kolapo Abiola   Posted at  12:08   Crime No comments

12 soldiers were sentenced to death by the Military Court Martial on Tuesday morning. They were among the 18 soldiers who were charged for mutiny at the Maimalari Cantonment on the 13th and 14th of May 2014 .

The soldiers were accused with six count of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny,disobeying lawful orders and numerous acts aforesaid to be harmful to the military service. The Soldeirs were also found guilty of insubordinate behaviour, use of abusive language, leveling false accusation against their superior officers, among others by the nine-member military Court Martial
There was an assasination attempt on the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Major General Ahmed Mohammed by the accused soldeirs who shot at his official car, between May 13th and 14th, 2014. The car was bullet proof.

The soldeirs were also found them guilty of hindering the passage of some of their wounded colleagues to hospital and preventing evacuation of their dead ones who were killed their way from an operation in Chibok in an ambush. The event took place at the Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri during the ongoing counter insurgency campaign. Those to die are: Cpl. Jasper Braidolor, David Musa, Friday Onu, Andrew Ngbede, Nurudeen Ahmed, Ifeanyi Alukhagbe, Alao Samuel, Amadi Chukwudi, Alan Linus, Yusuf Shuaibu, Emmanuel Igomu and Stephen Clement. Jeremiah Ichocho, was sentenced to two(2) years without labour after he was found guilty of Absence Without Official Leave (AWOL). The court found Five not guilty and were discharged and acquitted.

The legal team of the felons appealed with the court martial to temper justice with mercy. The team narrated out pathetic stories about the family backgrounds of the felons. One was said to be father of a five-month-old baby and another was the only son of his widowed mother. The defence team highlighted that giving them maximum sentence would do more harm than good, adding that it would amplify the anguish of their dependants.

The court said the sentences were subject to approval by higher authorities and accepted the right of the soldiers, who pleaded not guilty to most of the charges, to appeal the judgment.

The court was presided over by Brig. Gen. CC Okwonkwo. Other members of the court are: Lt. Col. CR Nnebeife, Col. TS Nurseman, Major I Yusuf, Col. TO Olowomeye, Col. IG Lassa, Lt.Col. JK Feboke, Major TA Yakubu and Major AE Martins. Lt. Col. AA Audu and Lt. Col. U Ukpe served as prosecutors.

2014/15 UEFA Champions League kicks off today

By Kolapo Abiola   Posted at  12:02   Sports No comments

English top teams Chelsea and Manchester City get their UEFA Champions League campaigns off the mark on Wednesday against German rivals Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich, while Paris Saint German star Zlatan Ibrahimovic
returning to his old club Ajax and Spanish giants Barcelona also in action.
The second batch of elite European fixtures in Groups E, F, G and H previewed.

Group E
Five-time winners Bayern, who made a third consecutive European semi-final last season, face off against English Premier League winners Manchester City for the third time in four years in the group stage starting in Munich. City came from two goals down to end Bundesliga champions Bayern's record ten-game run of Champions League wins last season. Both teams finished level on points with Bayern coming out on top after their 3-1 win at City. Bayern eliminated Arsenal in the last 16 and City's neighbours Manchester United in the quarter-finals, before losing to eventual champions Real Madrid 5-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals. The 2013 winners are boosted by France playmaker Franck Ribery who marked his return from a knee injury to score in a 2-0 win over VfB Stuttgart that put the champions joint top of the Bundesliga. City, meanwhile, have had a sluggish start to their Premier League title defence with a draw against Arsenal on Sunday leaving them fifth with just seven points for their first four games.

Roma coach Rudi Garcia is set to hand former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita his full debut when the Giallorossi end a four-year absence from the Champions League by hosting CSKA Moscow. Malian international Keita, who has come off the bench in two league wins so far, is set to step in
for the suspended Daniele De Rossi. Roma last competed in the competition in the 2010/11 season, when they reached the round of 16, and will be desperate to make a positive start in a Group E which also features favourites Manchester City and Bayern Munich. While Roma are without attacking midfielder Kevin Strootman (knee) and possibly defender Leandro Castan (thigh), CSKA have far bigger worries in comparison. Defender Georgi
Schennikov, midfielder Rasmus Elm and forward Vitinho are sidelined with injury, while Aleksandrs Cauna is a fitness doubt.
Russian international Alan Dzagoev and Swede Pontus Wernbloom will also sit out the first of a three-match ban following red cards last season against Czech side Viktoria Plzen. Garcia rested several key players, namely Gervinho, Francesco Totti and Juan Iturbe in last weekend's 1-0 win at
Empoli, suggesting they will start at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.

Group F
New Barcelona coach Luis Enrique's European campaign debuts with La Liga runners-up hosting Cypriot outfit Apoel, competing in the group stage for the third time and quarter-finalists in 2011/12 . Last season the Catalans failed to reach at least the semi-finals for the first time since 2007 being stopped in the quarter-finals by eventual runners-up Atletico Madrid. The four-time winners are however boosted by the statistic of having lost just one of their last 27 home Champions League matches.

Dutch champions Ajax, who won the last of their four European titles two decades ago, face a potentially tricky test at home against last season's quarter-finalists Paris Saint-Germain. The Amsterdam outfit will also have to contend with their former Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, now an
international star 13 years after he joined Ajax, as they bid to survive the group stage for the first time since 2006. But French champions PSG, who play their first ever tie in the Netherlands, have won just one of their last seven away games, being held Saturday in Ligue 1 action.
The Qatari-backed Parisians reached the quarter-finals for the second successive season in 2013/14, before losing to Chelsea on away goals. Laurent Blanc's side also have defensive worries with skipper Thiago Silva still sidelined while David Luiz picked up a knee injury playing for Brazil
and Serge Aurier recovering after losing consciousness during a clash of heads playing for the Cote d'Ivoire.

Group G
In-form Premier League leaders Chelsea, with maximum points on the domestic front after four games, will be looking to repeat last season's display against Schalke 04 whom they beat 3-0 home and away.
Bolstered by new signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea are favourites to advance past the group stages as they bid for second title after 2012. The Londoners reached the semi-finals last year and can be boosted by the fact they have never lost against a Bundesliga side at home.
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is also bidding to become the first coach to win the European title with three different clubs after Porto (2004) and Inter Milan (2010). Schalke were eliminated in last season's round of 16 by winners Real Madrid, losing 3-1 away and 9-2 on aggregate, and are struggling in the Bundesliga with just one point from three games.

Resurgent Sporting Lisbon return to the Champions League group stage after a six-year absence with Nani among a new-look side bolstered by 11 new signings who open against Slovenian champions NK Maribor, themselves back in Europe after 15 years. Maribor's squad can take inspiration from coach Ante Simundza, who played an important role in the club's last European qualification as a player in the 1999-2000 season, scoring the winning goal in the group opener to defeat Dynamo Kyiv. Sporting's new coach Marco Silva will be hoping to overturn the statistics of the Portuguese league runners-up
having lost their last two opening day fixtures. The Portuguese are looking to wipe out memories of the heaviest home (5-0) and away (7-1) defeats in European competition in the last-16 to Bayern Munich in 2009, and reverse the tide of not winning any of their last ten away matches in European competition.

Group H
Athletic return to the Champions League group stage for just the second time and the first in 16 years after their 4-2 aggregate victory over Napoli in qualifying last month and are hopeful of making it out of a group which also includes Porto and BATE Borisov. The Basque side have struggled in La Liga this season with just three points from three games, while Shakhtar have
notched up six consecutive victories in their league despite playing their home games in the western Ukrainian city of Lyviv because of unrest in the Ukraine. Mircea Lucesu's side can feel at home in northern Spain having got their Champions League campaign last season to a 2-0 win at Athletic's rivals Real Sociedad.

Portuguese side Porto will be looking to put their struggles at home last season behind them when host Belarus outfit BATE Borisov, who are in the group stage for the third time in four seasons. Porto, winners in 1987 and 2004, will be playing their 200th elite European fixture.


Nigerians caught with $9.3m cash held in South Africa

By Kolapo Abiola   Posted at  12:02   Crime No comments

The South African police has held Two Nigerians and an Israeli citizen for trying to illegally bring $9.3m cash into the country. South Africa's City Press newspaper narrated that the money which was in bundles of unused $100 bills, was packed in three suitcases in a small business jet, a Bombardier Challenger 600, was attempted to be smuggled into the country by the accused persons. According to the story, the jet departed Abuja on
September 5 and when it arrived South Africa, Customs officers became suspicious when the passengers' luggage was off-loaded and put through the scanners just after 7pm. The officers then examined and found three suitcases full of cash. The passengers then told customs officials that they were acting on behalf of the Nigeria intelligence services and showed documentation to ascertain that they had come to South Africa to buy weapons for Nigeria security services. It was not clear whether the Israeli passenger was an intelligence officer or an arms dealer.

Marika Muller who is the Spokesperson of the South African Revenue Service (SARS), said that the money was seized at Lanseria airport, northwest of Johannesburg. The statement said: "The passengers' luggage was searched after Customs officials detected irregularities. The money was detained as it was undisclosed/undeclared and above the prescribed legal limit. The funds are being held at the central bank as police investigate". Also, Solomon Makgale who is the South African airport security spokesman agreed that police investigation was on-going but refused to give further information. The National Conventional Arms Control Committee, which has to give approval for the importation and exportation of any weapons as well as issue permits for such transactions, was not informed of any applications in this case. The Nigerian security service is yet to reply to the investigation for the confirmation of the story.

Senate set to consider Jonathan’s $1bn loan request against insurgents

By Kolapo Abiola   Posted at  11:54   Politics No comments

With the National Assembly resuming today, the Senate has agreed to allow priority to President Goodluck Jonathan's appeal of $1 billion loan to fight against terrorism in some parts of the country, especially the Boko Haram insurgents. It also agreed to consider the most desirable way of eliminating the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.

The Senate also said it would expect President Goodluck Jonathan to show the National Assembly the Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, that will bring to light his borrowing plans and the template for the 2015 budget. Senator Ita Enang, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, revealed these while answering questions from journalists, yesterday, and he also stated that if the President will bring the report of the just concluded National Conference to the Senate, it would pass the normal legislative process.

President Goodluck Jonathan had in the letter to the Senate President, Senator David Mark, which was read a day before the vacation, described that the loan would be used to upgrade equipment, training and logistics for the armed forces and other security agencies. In the letter, the president explained: "I would like to bring to your attention the urgent need to upgrade the equipment, training and logistics of our Armed Forces and Security Services to enable them more forcefully confront this serious threat. For this reason, I seek the concurrence of the National Assembly for external borrowing of not more than $1 billion including government to government arrangements for this upgrade."

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