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[Nigeria] Abia driver killed by NSCDC official.

An official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) identified as Isiala Ngwa Division, in Abia State, allegedly shot a commercial driver dead.

The victim was reportedly carrying perishable and non-perishable food items in his car to deliver when he was stopped by the NSCDC official.

The driver and the official later got into an argument. The reason for the argument cannot be verified at the moment but some people have claimed that it was over bribe.

The driver allegedly tried to drive off during the argument and the NSCDC official allegedly shot at him, killing him.

The death of the driver led to heavy traffic on the Umuikaa, Isiala Ngwa South LGA axis of Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway as youths in the area took to the road to protest the alleged killing.

The incident was said to have angered youths in the area who attempted lynching the NSCDC official.

The NSCDC official narrowly escaped death by running into a police station in the area.

The state governor has expressed shock over the development.

In a press release signed by the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu and made available to newsmen in Umuahia on Wednesday, the state governor condemned the act.


Secondary school student stabs mate in Calabar.

A secondary school student suspected to be a cultist allegedly stabbed his fellow student in Calabar, Cross River State

The incident occurred at Government Secondary School, State Housing, Calabar, during school hours.

It was gathered that the student who brought an axe to school, hit the other student who is also a suspected cultist, in the head, before attempting to flee.

He was caught and handed over to the men of the Anti-cultism Unit of the State Police Command in Calabar.

The Special Adviser on Education to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Mr. Castro Ezama, who visited the school, ordered that the suspect and others involved in the act be handed over to the police for further investigation and possible prosecution.

Ezama insisted that the administration of governor Ben Ayade will not tolerate any form of cultism and anti-social behaviours in the State’s school system.


Pandemonium in Abuja commune after 20-year old herder got killed

The harmonious co-existence between herdsmen and Gbegi community in Abuja Municipal Area Council is currently threatened by the gruesome murder of a twenty-year old herder, Mustapha Iliyasu.

Already tension is mounting in the community over fear of possible reprisal attack by the herdsmen.

The victim was allegedly waylaid by a group of Gbegi youths suspected to be members of a dreaded cult gang terrorizing the community was hacked to death in the presence of his pregnant wife, Mariam Iliyasu, who he was trying to protect him from the assailants.

According to the victim’s uncle, Iliyasu Haruna, he was attacked in the company of other Fulani youths who were also wounded.

He said two of them narrowly escaped death with severe machete wounds and cannot still stand up five days after the attack.

Narrating the incident, Haruna said he sent the victim to deliver a cow to a customer where he was eventually attacked and killed. N.Rs gathered

In his words, “the Councilor representing our ward was organizing a remembrance ceremony for his late father and Chief of Gbegi and he bought a cow from me but because I was not disposed, I sent my elder brother’s son to take the cow to the man, I also gave him some cash donation to give to the celebrant since I won’t be coming.

“I was in the house around 11 am when one of the boys called me that they have killed my brother’s son and I saw some of the boys who were attacked with him running to the house.

“When I asked them what happened, they told me that they were going home after they have delivered the cow when some boys armed with machetes stopped them and started dragging the only woman among them who happened to be the wife of the victim. At that point he came out to stop them from taking the wife away and they attacked him with cutlasses and killed him and fled”.

Continuing amid tears he said, “I got there about 1am and saw his lifeless boy soaked in blood then I went to Jukwoyi Police station and reported the matter and the Police came and took the corpse to a mortuary.

“Two of the suspects have been arrested; one of them is the son of the Councilor who organised the event, while others are still walking the streets as if there is no consequence to killing an innocent man.

“All we are demanding is justice because some influential people are trying to suppress the matter but if that is done it will result to a fight and we don’t want that, we have been living with Gbegi people for a long time, infact most of us were born in Gbegi the only thing that can avert possible reprisal is justice.

“We want the Police to give us the corpse for burial but we are demanding that every person that was involved should be brought to book”.

However when contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command Njuguri Manzah, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said he will get back to our reporter.

But a Police Officer at Jikwoyi Police station where the matter was reported said they got a distress call about 1am Sunday morning about the killing of a herdsman.

He said that two of the suspects have been arrested, while manhunt is on for others who participated in the gruesome act.

The officer, affirmed that there is mounting tension in the community, “we are appealing to the Fulani community to remain calm and allow the law take its course because justice must be done in this case.”


Benue Killings: MUTUK feud, kicks.

The Mzough U Tiv UK (MUTUK) has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria as well as all security apparatus in Nigeria to ensure that the incessant loss of lives occasioned by herdsmen attacks in Benue is halted with immediate effect.

The Tiv socio-cultural organisation maintained that the safety and security of the people should be the number one duty of the government, without which all other areas of a stable life are made impossible.

MUTUK President Dr Kohol Shadrach Iornem in a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Ms Salome Biam, lamented that over the last few years the organisation had watched the systematic killing, destabilisation and eviction of Tiv people from their ancestral lands.

He said that despite concerted efforts in the past to address the increasing spate of killings by herdsmen in the state, Benue is again witnessing an upsurge in the killing of Tiv natives.

The statement reads:

“In January 2018, Mzough U Tiv UK (MUTUK) members gathered outside the Nigeria High Commission in London to protest the massacres and systematic extermination of our brothers and sisters at home in Benue State.

“MUTUK also delivered a petition to the then British Prime Minister, Theresa May, asking the British government to intervene and put pressure on the Federal government of Nigeria to do their duty and secure the lives of its citizens.

“It is with great sadness and grave concern that again we find ourselves here witnessing an upsurge in the killing of Tiv sons and daughters in our homeland of Benue State and other surrounding communities in Nigeria.

“We had hoped that we had seen the last of these barbaric acts but alas, again the distressing calls, messages and images are reaching us. The headlines are again reading, ‘Renewed attacks on Benue community’, ‘Herdsmen kill four in renewed Benue attack’, and so on.

“During the height of the attacks by so-called herdsmen, there was precious little urgency shown by the relevant powers in curbing the massacres, which murdered hundreds and sentenced thousands more to be displaced and confined to IDP camps, a horrendous situation which is sadly still ongoing.”

Iornem stated that the entire Management Committee of MUTUK would not relent but will again be using all the resources and contacts available to it in the UK and worldwide to make their voices heard once more.

The MUTUK President and the entire Mzough U Tiv UK membership expressed solidarity with the Benue State Government and people of Benue State, pledging not to rest until peace and stability are restored to the land.


1 killed during IYC convention in Bayelsa, Nigeria

The convention of Ijaw Youth Congress turned bloody as one person was killed and others left injured in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The unidentified young man was murdered at the venue of the convention, which was organised to constitute an electoral committee for the forthcoming IYC Worldwide election.

Reports said crisis started after some youth opposed members of the electoral committee chaired by a lawyer, Bekewei Ajuwa.

Confirming the incident, a top official of the organisation, who asked not to be named, said, “Apart from the killing, which was caused by activities of some cultists, the convention was concluded and the election committee constituted.

“Some persons felt they were not comfortable with members of the committee and instead of being civil in their grievance, they went violent.

“In IYC, we have warned repeatedly against turning our activities into a theatre of war. We have also warned stakeholders against bringing cultism into our activities.”


COVID-19: 1st patient brutally killed in N’Korea

Though the world has been speculated about the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in North Korea, the country insists it doesn’t have a coronavirus problem, even growing furious at a public offer of assistance from the State Department.

For all we know about the North Korean virus response, the government might have simply brainwashed the North Korean people into believing that loyalty to the Workers Party and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un grants immunity to the virus. However, there have been whispers.

A few weeks ago, there were whispers that one of the first coronavirus patients in the country was brutally killed by the regime after escaping from a (probably unimaginably brutal) quarantine. Moreover, according to the rumor, he was executed via the traditional North Korean punishment of extirpating criminals by shooting them with an anti-aircraft slug.

Now, IB Times, a shady English-language news website with a reputation for occasionally scooping its more cautious competitors, is reporting that Kim Jong Un allegedly ordered the execution of the country’s first coronavirus patient. IBT cited an anonymous twitter account called “Secret Beijing”, claiming it has a history of reporting accurately.

According to Secret Beijing, an anonymous social media commentator, who terms himself as an analyst on China affairs, the patient was shot dead. The story is still developing and there is still no clarity on the details of the patient executed by North Korea.

The account points out that such brutal tactics are in line with the regime’s reputation.

It had been suggested last week that the patient had left quarantine to visit a public bath, and was killed for doing so. The victim caught the virus in China, then brought it back to NK. Pyongyang reportedly told the WHO that it had tested 141 suspected cases of coronavirus, and that all came up negative.

The South Korean press has reported that several cases have been identified in the North, with some of them leading to death, mirroring what’s happening in Iran’s obviously overwhelmed health-care system.

It’s believed that fear of the virus has kept KJU from appearing in public over the past few weeks.


Police sack officer involved in death of Reno star player

The Nigeria Police Force has reportedly dismissed Inspector Olaniyi Ogunsoro, the officer who was involved in the death of Tiamiyu Kazeem, a young footballer with Remo Star football club in Ogun state.

NobleReporters learnt that the dismissal of Ogunsoro was recommended by the assistant inspector general of police after his trial by the Ogun state police command.

The rogue police officer will soon be prosecuted after his disengagement proceedings were finalised.

Recall that the police in Ogun state on Saturday, February 22, confirmed Kazeem’s death and ordered the arrest of the officer was involved in his death.


SARS officer who killed Nigerian footballer unveiled. {Photo}

A SARS officer identified as Oyato has been fingered in the killing of Nigerian footballer, Tiyamiyu, Kaka, Kazeem in Ogun State.

Officer Oyato is reportedly notorious for scouting perceived internet fraud operators, also known as “yahoo boys” in order to obtain money from them.

Reports also have it that he has amassed wealth for himself from proceeds of his extortion of internet fraudsters arrested within his jurisdiction.


Riot continue in Delhi, death toll raises

India’s capital has seen a third day of violence as the death toll from Monday’s clashes went up to at least seven, including a policeman, police told Al Jazeera.
Some 90 people have been injured in clashes in the northeast of Delhi over a new citizenship law, a senior hospital official told Reuters on Tuesday.
“Some of the people brought in had gunshot wounds,” Dr Rajesh Kalra, additional medical superintendent at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, said of Monday’s violence.

Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, appealed to residents to maintain peace after an urgent meeting of his newly elected legislators in the capital, reports al-Jazeera.
‘Severe shortage’ of police officers
Kejriwal told ANI news agency that his party’s legislators from the affected areas said there was a “severe shortage” of police officers. N.Rs learnt

The clashes erupted on Sunday after supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), passed by Parliament last December, attacked anti-government protest sites. The CAA, dubbed “anti-Muslim”, has triggered nationwide protests, especially by Muslims.

The violence started a day after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kapil Mishra warned anti-CAA protesters to end their peaceful sit-ins in the northeastern Jafrabad and Maujpur areas of the Indian capital.
On Monday, police used tear gas and smoke grenades but struggled to disperse the stone-throwing crowds.

A tyre market was set on fire later on Monday, the Press Trust of India said. A video posted on social media showed crowds of men shouting “Jai Shree Ram” or “Hail Lord Ram”, a revered Hindu deity, as they went on a rampage, according to the AFP.
Several vehicles and a fire truck were torched in Jafrabad and Maujpur as police imposed prohibitory orders to prevent further violence.

“Hundreds of women have been peacefully protesting against the CAA since Saturday night near the Jafrabad Metro station. But on Sunday, after Mishra led the rally, his supporters pelted us with stones leading to clashes,” Zohran, a Jafrabad resident, told Al Jazeera.
“The BJP leaders are trying to give the protests a Hindu-Muslim colour. They incite people in the name of religion, which is very unfortunate.”

‘Additional police officers deployed’
Anil Mittal, additional public relations officer of Delhi Police, said on Tuesday additional police officers had been deployed in the northeast district of Delhi.
One police constable was among those killed in the violence that erupted just ahead of US President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to the capital city.

Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are set to meet for talks on Tuesday at a venue located a few miles away from where the clashes occurred.
Tension in parts of the city remained high on Tuesday with schools remaining shut in some areas, amid news reports of fresh clashes. At least five metro stations in the city were closed.

Monday’s clashes were among the worst seen in Delhi since the protests against the CAA began in early December.
India’s capital has been a hotbed of protests against the law, which eases the path of non-Muslims from three neighbouring Muslim-majority countries to gain Indian citizenship.

This has led to accusations that Modi and his Hindu nationalist BJP are undermining India’s secular ethos.
The BJP denies any bias against India’s more than 180 million-strong Muslim minority, but objectors have been holding protests and camping out in parts of New Delhi for two months.


Lesotho Prime Minister Appeared In Court Over Murder Of Wife

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane appeared in court on Monday over the murder of his estranged wife after a weekend in which he was said to be receiving emergency medical care in South Africa.

In the latest twist of a saga that has gripped the southern African kingdom, the 80-year-old premier attended the magistrates court in the capital Maseru, NobleReporters heard

Charges had been expected to be formally read out to him for allegedly acting in “common purpose” in the June 2017 killing of 58-year old Lipolelo Thabane, whom he was in the process of divorcing.

But after a brief sitting, the matter was deferred to the High Court and the prime minister was not formally charged.

He was accompanied by his current wife Maesaiah Thabane, 42, whom he married two months after Lipolelo’s death and who is considered a co-conspirator in the murder case.

She has already been charged with murder and is out on bail.

Defence lawyer Qhalehang Letsika argued that Thabane should not be charged as long as he remained a prime minister.

“My client cannot be prosecuted while in office but he is not above the law,” said Letsika, adding the beleaguered premier was “entitled to immunity” because of his status.

During the hearing, the lawyer asked whether a sitting prime minister should be subject to criminal prosecution as this could mean that he be placed in custody.

Thabane had initially been due in court on Friday for the preliminary appearance but was a no-show, prompting police to warn they could issue an arrest warrant.

His aide initially said Thabane had gone to neighbouring South Africa for “routine” health checks, but later his office said he was seeking “emergency” medical attention and would appear in court on his return.

– Appeared nervous –

On Saturday police said Thabane’s sick note said that the premier would be “unfit” until February 27.

Wearing a navy-blue striped suit with a powder-blue shirt and flanked by his spouse, Thabane appeared nervous as the couple sat on one of the court benches.

Lipolelo’s murder sent shockwaves through Lesotho — a tiny landlocked nation of 2.2 million with a history of political turmoil.

She was gunned down outside her home in Maseru just two days before her husband took office. The couple had been embroiled in a bitter divorce.

The accusations against the prime minister came after communications records from the scene of the murder included Thabane’s mobile phone number.

The case has piled pressure on Thabane to step down.

His All Basotho Convention (ABC) party has accused him of hampering investigations into the killing and asked him to leave.

Last week Thabane announced on national radio and television that he would retire by July 31, citing his advanced age.

But at the weekend speculation mounted that he could go earlier than expected.

The main opposition party the Democratic Congress, on Friday filed in parliament a motion of no confidence in the prime minister and his administration.

If Thabane loses the motion, he could either step down or advise King Letsie III to dissolve parliament and call for fresh elections.


Four allegedly injured in severe Anambra crash

Four persons on Friday sustained serious injuiries in a multiple auto crash in Igbariam junction, along Onitsha-Awka Expressway of Anambra State m

The accident, which occurred close to FRSC Nteje Unit Command at about 09.30am, involved two vehicles, a trailer and a commercial bus.

NobleReporters gathered that the trailer which was heading towards Onitsha overtook wrongly and collided with the bus coming in the opposite direction.

Confirming the incident, the state, Sector Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Pascal Anigbo attributed the cause to wrongful overtaking.

He said no death was recorded.

According to him: “One Mitsubishi L300 with registration numbers, AKU855YI and a Trailer, with registration number ENU228RA were involved in the crash.

“A total of Twenty (21) victims, made up of Thirteen (13) male adults and Eight (8) female adult were involved.

“The injured victims were rushed to Chukwuemeka Odemegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Awka for immediate medical attention, by FRSC rescue team from Nteje Unit Command.”

Anigbo hinted that the driver of the trailer has been handed over to the Nigeria Police Force, adding that the FRSC operatives were on ground to ensure obstructions were cleared.

“The Sector Commander Federal Road Safety Corps Anambra State, Andrew A. Kumapayi warns motorists against wrongful overtaking, over-speeding, dangerous driving and other activities that will endanger their lives and those of other road users,” he added.


Wife sentenced to death by hanging after husband’s murder

A Kano High Court presided by Justice Ahmad Tijjani Badamasi on Friday sentenced a Kano-based house wife, Rashida Saidu to death by hanging

The convict was charged following her alleged complicity in the death of her husband, Dr Adamu Ali, who was until his death, a staff of the Federal College of Education, Kano.

Prosecution Counsel, Mariam Jilbrin, had told the court that Mrs Saidu engaged her husband in a fistcuff at their residence in Dorayi Quarters about a year ago during which she pushed him down from a storey building, which eventually led to his death

The prosecution produced four witnesses to the court to prove their charge against the suspect.

However, the suspect through her lawyer, Illiya Dauda, denied the charge and proceeded to produce two witnesses to counter the allegation of culpability in the death of her husband.

In his judgement however, the judge held that the prosecution had proven their case beyond reasonable doubt and that suspect was pivotal to the death of her 56 -year- old husband.

The Judge, therefore, sentenced her to death by hanging

The family of the late Dr Adamu Ali has described the death sentence passed on the ex- wife of their brother as just and fair, saying it has served the course of justice.

A relative of the deceased, Ali Usman, who reacted to the judgement on behalf of the family held that with the judgement of the court, the right of the deceased has been upheld observing that justice has come the way of the deceased barely a year after his death


Dagan’s Death: Aso Rock Suspect Put Behind Bar

The Nigeria Police Force has arrested an alleged conspirator in the murder of an Assistant Director attached to the State House, Abuja, Laetitia Dagan, who was killed by some assailants in her home in the Galadimawa area of the Federal Capital Territory.

The FCT Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of the suspect, identified as Edirin Ohonre, who is said to have conspired with others now at large to perpetrate the crime.

The police said the suspect, who is currently under interrogation, is assisting the team of detectives with information that will lead to the arrest of the other suspects connected to the crime.

Dagan, an Assistant Director with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, was reported on Tuesday to have been murdered in her apartment in Galadimawa, Abuja, on Monday, shortly after she returned from work.

The 47-year-old Plateau State indigene was said to have left her office in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, around 8pm while the incident happened around 11pm.

She was said to be a participant in an ongoing training for civil servants holding at the Manhattan Event Centre, Uke, Nasarawa State.

The FCT Police spokesperson, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, in a release on Wednesday, said members of the public should disregard inaccurate information on social media, and not to pre-empt the ongoing police investigation.

He said, “Preliminary investigation into the suspected murder by the Criminal Investigation Department of the FCT Police Command led to the arrest of one Edirin Ohonre who is suspected to have conspired with others now at large to perpetrate the crime.

“The suspect, who is currently under interrogation, is assisting the team of police detectives with information that will lead to the arrest of the other suspects connected to the crime, that are now at large.

“While commiserating with the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased on the unfortunate incident, the FCT Police Command is assuring members of the public that it has deployed relevant investigative tools to unravel the circumstances surrounding the victim’s unfortunate death and ensure the arrest and prosecution of suspects behind the heinous act.

“The command is urging members of the public to disregard insinuations making the rounds in some social media platforms, and also wish to appeal to the members of the public to desist from pre-empting the ongoing police investigation.”


Man arrested for killing ex wife in Bangkok

A man killed his ex-wife and wounded another person at a shopping centre in Bangkok on Tuesday, February 18, ten days after a mass shooting at another mall in Thailand’s northeast.

The man had gone into a beauty clinic at Century The Movie Plaza mall where his ex-wife worked and opened fire, killing her and wounding a bystander, Colonel Kissana Pattanacharoen said.

Thai police arrest man for killing ex-wife at Bangkok shopping mall

The gunman then fled the Century The Movie Plaza, near the Thai capital’s Victory Monument.

“One person died and another was injured,” police Colonel Kissana Pattanacharoen told Reuters.

Thai police arrest man for killing ex-wife at Bangkok shopping mall

The gunman was arrested while on the run in another province, police said on Wednesday morning. He was charged with premeditated murder and illegal gun possession, and three other charges.

Ten days before, a soldier killed at least a dozen people at the Terminal 21 shopping centre in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima. He had earlier killed his commanding officer, other soldiers at his base and several people at a Buddhist temple.


Insecurities: 30 killed in Buhari’s state

At least 30 people were killed following an attack on two villages in Kastina State.

According to reports, the incident happened on Friday at Tsauwa and Dankar villages in Katsina State.

The ward head of Tsauwa, Salisu Lawal, said residents were preparing for Magrib, the islmaic 7:00pm prayer, when the bandits attacked.

He said, “Yesterday (Friday) when we were preparing for the Magrib prayer, we heard that bandits were attacking Dankar village.

“Unknown to us that they were also coming to this village, we saw them in large number; some of them trekking, some riding motorcycles.

“Upon their arrival, they started shooting sporadically from across all areas in the village; they equally restricted movement of all the people in the village.”

Katsina State Police Command confirmed the incident.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Sanusi Buba, who visited the villages, noted that those killed by the assailants were mostly elderly women and children, who could not run while other villagers fled.

Buba revealed that 21 people were killed in Tsauwa village out of which 13 were set ablaze while nine were killed in Dankar.


Coronavirus: Disaster in Gowon Estate – LASG

Lagos State Government has dismissed the rumoured suspicion of cases of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-2019) in Gowon Estate of Alimosho Local Government area of the State.

The Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi who dismissed the rumour making the round on social media that Chinese people who recently returned from Wuhan, China and residing in Osoba Close of Gowon Estate were having severe symptoms of Coronavirus disease and treating the symptoms themselves noted that there is no truth in the report.

Abayomi, while giving an update on the investigation carried out by the Ministry through its surveillance team declared that there is no suspected or confirmed cases of Corona Virus in Lagos State contrary to fake news been circulated in the media.

Speaking further, the Commissioner explained that the State surveillance team and other relevant stakeholders in Alimosho visited the alleged scene of the suspected cases and its environs on the 9th of February 2020 and discovered that there were no Chinese nationals residing or carrying on business in and around any of the streets of the communities visited.

“In a bid to further investigate the rumour, the surveillance team of Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Alimosho community stakeholders were in Gowon Estate and its environs on 9th of February, 2019, the alleged scene of the suspected cases.

“The team interrogated residents living in and around Osoba Street in Alaguntan Ward, Segun Majekodunmi Street and other randomly selected houses in Alimosho, but there were no Chinese nationals residing or carrying on business in and around any of the streets and communities visited,” he said.

Abayomi added that the team also interrogated the Chairman of Gemade Estate who was known to have affiliations with Chinese expatriates but discovered that the six Chinese expatriates who had worked in his factory at Igbesa, Agbara, Ogun State had returned to China since 2019 when their work permit expired.

“The team expanded its search to hotels around Alimosho and Gowon Estate where a Taiwanese lady was identified to have visited one of the hotels but nothing concrete linking her to China was found. Three Egyptian nationals who were sighted buying drugs at a particular pharmacy were also interrogated but were found to be business men who had no link whatsoever with China”, the Commissioner said.

Abayomi, however, noted that the contact phone numbers of Alimosho LGA Disease Surveillance Notification Officer were given to relevant stakeholders in Alimosho in case they come in contact or have knowledge of any Chinese nationals living around or anyone arriving from China.

He assured that the State surveillance team has scaled up its search by placing hotels and other resort centres on active surveillance to closely monitor visitors, travelers and non-nationals especially those of East Asian and Chinese origin.

The Commissioner said awareness and sensitization efforts have been scaled up in all communities across the State adding that engagement of community stakeholders on the virus and other infectious diseases is on course at the grass root level to further enhance capacity for effective monitoring of suspected cases in the communities.

“Dedicated call center phone lines have been circulated in the communities to enable prompt reporting of suspected Corona Virus Disease cases and other infectious diseases. The team is currently engaging and mobilizing Community Development Associations (CDAs), Community Development Committees (CDCs) and Rapid Response teams (RRT) at LGAs and LCDAs across the state to support the surveillance efforts of the Ministry of Health,” he said.


Buhari visits Maiduguri after insurgence attack

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Maiduguri, Borno State on a solidarity visit after Boko Haram terrorists killed 30 people few days ago.

Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, on his twitter, said the visit was sympathise with the government and people of Borno State.

Buhari arrived Nigeria today after spending five days in Ethiopia, where he paid a state visit and also attended the 33rd Ordinary summit of African Union in Addis Ababa.

While in Ethiopia, he condemned the Boko Haram killings in Auno and promised to free the fresh dozens of abducted women and children.


Coronavirus: UK plane brings 200 evacuees; Spain yes 2 virus cases

Spain confirmed its second case of the new virus from China, and a plane evacuating more than 200 people from the Chinese city at the center of the epidemic landed Sunday in Britain.

The coronavirus case was detected in Mallorca, a popular vacation island in the Mediterranean Sea, Spain’s National Microbiology Center said. A British man who lives on the island contracted the virus at the end of January at a French ski resort where he came into contact with an infected person, according to Fernando Simón, head of Spain’s Coordination Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies.
The man, who was not identified, is healthy but is being kept in isolation in Palma de Mallorca, Simón told a news conference in Madrid. His wife and two daughters tested negative, N.Rs culled

Authorities are working to identify all the people the British man came into contact with in Spain.
Spain’s first virus case was a German tourist diagnosed a week ago in the Canary Islands off northwest Africa.

Britain’s evacuation plane, the second one charted by the government, arrived Sunday morning at RAF Brize Norton. British officials said the flight brought back 105 British citizens and family members, as well as 95 European citizens and family members. A total of 13 staff and medics were also on board.

The passengers were being taken to a hotel in Milton Keys where they will be quarantined for 14 days.
Also on board the British evacuation flight were 22 people from Germany. They were taken to Berlin, where they were to be tested and quarantined at a hospital for two weeks as a precaution.

Another 17 European evacuees on the onward flight to Berlin were to be transported on to Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Romania on special flights.
Meanwhile, Italian health authorities in Tuscany were trying to re-trace the steps of a Taiwanese couple who stayed four days in a Florence hotel, flew to Hong Kong and then to Taiwan on February 1 and were later confirmed to have the virus.

The virus death toll in China rose Sunday to 811, passing the number of fatalities in the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, and officials said nearly 37,200 people have been infected there.
Europe has seen a total of 38 infections in nine countries, including 14 in Germany.


Unnamed disease not Ebola, HIV or Coronavirus killing people in Benue – FG inform

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire on Friday February 7 stated that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is working hard to unravel the mysterious disease that has left many people dead in Benue State.

Ehanire who disclosed that the NCDC has activated an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate response activities in conjunction with Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi to ascertain the nature of the illness, said victims of the disease showed no symptoms of Ebola, Lassa fever or coronavirus after medical tests were conducted.

The Minister disclosed that some of the symptoms victims of the disease showed were headache, internal heat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach ache, weakness of the body and swollen stomach. He urged Nigerians to contact NCDC immediately on its toll-free number on – 0800-970000-10 to report strange cases.

Recall that the disease which broke out in Oyi-Obi community of Benue State on Wednesday January 29, has already killed 15 people. The number of the people affected by the disease have already exceeded 100


Abuja: Man killed Uber driver – to be killed by hanging

An FCT high court has sentenced one Obinna Echanu to death by hanging for killing an Uber driver.

Obinna and one Everly Nnerun, were arraigned before the court for allegedly conspiring to kill the Uber driver, Edwin Ali, on December 26th, 2016 along the Abuja airport road.

Echanu and Nnerun were charged with five counts which include armed robbery, conspiracy, illegal possession of firearms and culpable homicide.

Delivering judgment on the murder case filed against them by the police, the presiding judge, Justice Peter Kekemeke discharged and acquitted Nnerun for lack of evidence by the prosecutor, which is the Nigerian Police, but convicted Echanu and sentenced him to death by hanging as his counsel failed to prove his innocence before the court.

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Man silenced wife in Bayelsa, arrested

The Bayelsa State Police Command has arrested a 30-year-old man identified as Monday Uwem for killing his 26-year-old wife, Blessing Menaboo.

Uwem reportedly buried his wife’s corpse in the kitchen of their apartment at Aparama Fishing Camp in Akassa community of Brass Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.The suspect was arrested after his neighbours uncovered the sad act.

Bayelsa Police spokesperson, Butswat Asinim who confirmed Uwem’s arrest said;

“Investigation has commenced into the murder of one Blessing Menaboo ‘f’ 26 years, a resident of Aparama Fishing Camp, Okumbiri Town, Akassa, Brass Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.

“The deceased was allegedly killed by her husband one Monday Uwem 30 years, at their residence at Aparama Fishing Camp and buried her body in a shallow grave in their kitchen.

“The suspect who confessed to the crime was arrested and detained for further interrogation and Investigation”.


Lagos: Schoolgirl shot dead in alleged Okada riders’ clash with Police

The clash between okada riders and police officers in Iyana Ipaja has reporrtedly turned violent, after a schoolgirl was reportedly hit by a stray bullet.

In a video shared online, a schoolgirl clad in her school uniform can be seen lying motionless on the floor. Blood soaked through her school uniform and concerned people tried to tie a cloth around her to stem the blood flow.

There was a commotion around her as people screamed in distress as they tried unsuccessfully to offer whatever comfort they could to the dying girl.

The clash in Iyana Ipaja started this morning as a result of the okada and keke ban in Lagos.


Boko Haram attacked the religious and non-religious – Atiku replies Buhari

Former Vice President and 2019 Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has educated President Muhammadu Buhari not to “rationalise killings.”

Atiku made the statement while reacting to the statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday which says 90 percent of Boko Haram’s victims in the past years have been Muslims.

President Buhari in an article published in Speaking Out, a guest opinion column for “Christianity Today”, had said that the perception that members of the sect were always targeting Christians in Nigeria is not true.

“it is the reality that some 90 percent of all Boko Haram’s victims have been Muslims,” Buhari said.

“They include a copycat abduction of over 100 Muslim schoolgirls, along with their single Christian classmate, shootings inside mosques; and the murder of two prominent imams.

“It is a simple fact that these now-failing terrorists have targeted the vulnerable, the religious, the non-religious, the young, and the old without discrimination, ” the President stressed.

Reacting to the statement made by President Buhari, Atiku Abubakar said the killing of any human being irrespective of religion must be condemned unequivocally.

“We mustn’t rationalise killings. Whether Christian, Muslim, Traditionalist, or Atheist, the killing of any human being, by Boko Haram, or any misguided group, is wrong & should be condemned unequivocally. There is no compulsion in religion. Only love,” Atiku tweeted on Wednesday.