Thursday, July 31, 2014

My wish is to continue as Super Eagles coach — Keshi

Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has expressed his desire to extend his contract with Nigeria.
The AFCON-winning coach in a chat with africanFootball.com from his base in the United States said:"Yes, I met with Deji Tinubu in Lagos before heading out for America to see my family.
"It's my country, I am ready to serve. I have started something I would love to finish."
However, Keshi quickly added the working conditions for his new deal have to be better than what he had previously.
"But I cannot work the way I worked last time. It's not possible! All my staff, no!no!!no!! We have to be professional, everybody has to do what they are supposed to do," he stated.
"I cannot be paying another staff salary, when I am not the Nigeria Football Federation. We will see how it goes. If the conditions are met, we will be there, no wahala."
In the meantime, the NFF has disclosed to africanFootball.com that it will forward a letter of intent for contract renewal this week to the former Super Eagles captain.
Tinubu, the Head of a three-man committee for Keshi's contract renewal, said: "We have made tremendous progress.
"We will first send a letter of our intent for a renewal of his contract and expect a reply from him as quickly as possible.
"This would allow us to start working on the terms of contract. We would have our terms and we know he would have his terms. But we would be working in such a way that we would arrive at an agreeable term that would suit both parties and then hopefully he signs.
"We can't put a time limit on this, but we hope we are done with it as quick as possible considering that we have a game in September," Tinubu stated.

Photo: Nassarawa state lawmakers hold session in 'new chambers'

The photo above shows some members of the Nassarawa State House of Assembly holding a plenary session at their temporary 'new chambers' in Karu Local Government Area of the state.
The lawmakers fled the state Assembly Complex in Lafia the state capital following widespread protest by citizens over the impeachment process the PDP dominated lawmakers launched against the Governor of the state, Umaru Al-Makura, who is an APC member.

See Iyanya’s Advice To Wizkid & Davido

Iyanya took to his instagram page to share some wise words with his peers…
"Stop talking!!! Let's release more MUSIC!!! Let's entertain Our Fans!!! Stop The Hate!!! My Prayer is that we ALL make it"

Photo: Mad Man Stabbed Police Officers In Alakija Lagos

A suspected kidnapper who disguised as a mad man has been arrested at Alakija bus stop in Lagos after he allegedly attacked two policemen on duty with a bottle.
The drama took place inside the premises of a Redeemed Christian Church of God in Alakija area of Lagos state Nigeria yesterday.
The policemen on duty were attacked as they tried to chase an insane woman away from the premises of the aforementioned church.
Read eyewitness account of the story:
"Trouble started when the woman was stand­ing in front of the church and policemen deployed to the area attempted to evict her.
"Suddenly, a madman, who was watching what was going on, went to meet the policemen ostensibly to stop them.
"The policemen left the woman and confronted the insane man. They started beating him with their ba­tons. The madman, who was with a stick started flogging the policemen.
"Suddenly, the madman brought out a broken bottle from his bag and stabbed the two policemen, who were later rushed to Navy Town Hospital by church mem­bers and onlookers.
"News got to other police­men attached to the church that their colleagues had been stabbed by the mad­man and they reinforced and began to look for the mad­man, whom they found at Alakija Bus-stop.
"The five policemen sur­rounded the madman and tried to overpower him and after much struggle, they tied him up with a rope and bundled him into their van and took him back to the church for interrogation."
Many people who witnessed the drama said the woman and the man are both kidnappers disguised as insane people to carry out their evil plot.

Popular Nnewi Big Boy Ogbodo Chibuzor Caught With Drugs In Lagos

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 39-year-old Ogbodo Chibuzor David, a known motorcycle parts dealer in Nnewi, for trying to smuggle 11.06kg of dried weeds that tested positive for cannabis to China.
Ogbodo who concealed the drugs in various food items was arrested following the discovery of cannabis in his bags at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos when he was about to board a Qatar Airline flight.
He pleaded that he decided to smuggle drugs because someone duped him, leading to his business collapse.
"I gave a business partner the sum of $30,000 dollars to supply me goods and he disappeared. That brought my business to its knees and I have been struggling to take care of my wife and child since a year ago.
"I met many people for financial assistance but nobody was willing to help until I was wrongly advised. A friend told me to smuggle cannabis to China," Ogbodo stated. The NDLEA commander at the airport, Mr. Hamza Umar, said the suspect would be charged to court.
Ebola death toll rises to 729 - WHO

Ebola death toll rises to 729 - WHO

Fifty-seven more deaths from the Ebola epidemic spreading alarm in west Africa have pushed the overall fatality toll from the outbreak to 729, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
The 57 deaths were recorded between Thursday and Sunday last week in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, the UN health agency said in a statement.
It added that 122 new cases were detected over the four days, taking the total number of confirmed and likely infected cases to 1,323.

Police explains rise in female suicide bombings in Nigeria

The Nigeria Police Force spokesperson Frank Mba has given an insight into the recent rise of female suicide bombers in Nigeria.
Addressing newsmen at the National Information Center yesterday, Mr Mba said Boko Haram men now use women because they raise fewer suspicions.
"If you have been following the trends of terrorism worldwide, you will understand that use of female suicide bombers is actually not totally new. It is actually a new trend in our own part of the world. The reasons why established international terrorist organizations go for female suicide bombers is clear. The major reason is that women raise fewer suspicions, particularly with security layers, and so they take advantage of the fact that women raise fewer suspicion to try to indoctrinate and recruit female suicide bombers. The suspicion even becomes much lesser if the woman in question is a minor and that explains why. In addition to that is the fact that by rules of engagement that we are cultured to, male security operatives are not allowed to frisk or search females but we are equally developing counter terrorism strategies to deal with that." he said. He disclosed that more female police officers will now be stationed on roads and other places where stop-and-search exercises are being carried out.
"Nigerians should prepare to see more female police officers, more female bomb disposal experts, more female DSS operatives, more female soldiers actually in combat operations and carrying out stop-and-search," he said

No fresh case of Ebola in Lagos - Lagos state Government says

The Lagos state government says no fresh case of Ebola virus has been discovered in the state or in any part of the country.
According to the Special Adviser to the Lagos state Governor on Public Health, Dr (Mrs) Yewande Adeshina, all the 59 people who had direct or indirect contact with late Liberian Patrick Sawyer who died last Friday in Lagos from the virus, have been traced, tested and found to be hale and hearty and have not exhibitedany unusual body temperature or any other symptoms of the dreaded virus. Continue..
In a related development, the state Commissioner for Information, Lateef Ibirogba advised residents to be wary of the activities of fraudsters who are making spurious claims about their ability to provide cure for the Ebola Virus, urging them to always contact health providers to report unusual feelings noticed asonly medical solutions are known to be appropriate for the disease.He warned those making false claims of being able to cure the disease to desist from it or would be made to face the full wrath of the law once they are caught.
He reminded residents of the State to make use of the emergency phone numbers- 08023169485, 08033086660, 08033065303, 08055281442 and 08055329229 provided to contact health authorities in case anyone with observed symptoms of the Ebola disease is noticed.
Pastor, woman nabbed after ‘sanctified water’ kills 2

Pastor, woman nabbed after ‘sanctified water’ kills 2

A man, said to be a pastor, and a woman are in Police net in Asaba, the Delta State capital for allegedly killing two children with a deadly substance sold by the pastor for N1,850.
The Delta State Police Command spokesperson, DSP Celestina Kalu, in a release, said the suspects are in custody helping the police with relevant information.
According to Kalu, "on July 25, at about 4.00 am, the Police at Abraka Police Station received information that awoman, Ese Oghenevwe (25), of Urhuoka quarters, Abraka had killed her two sons namely, Prayer Clement (9 months) and Wisdom Clement ( 2 years) by giving them a liquid substance to drink.
"Based on the information, detectives arrested the said Ese Oghenevwe. The suspect revealed that the substance was given to her by one Apostle Austin Eduviere of Triumphant World International Church, Abraka for healing purposes as the Apostle claimed he had prayed over it.
"Meanwhile, the said Apostle Austine Eduviere has also been arrested and he is helping the Police in their investigation. The suspect disclosed that the said substance was a mixture of water and salt which he sold to people for N1,850.00 for healing of various sicknesses after praying for them."

Police nab car theft

Relatedly, the Police has also recovered a stolen car and apprehended one suspect at Abraka Division.
Kalu said: "Yesterday, at about 10,00 am, a patrol team from Abraka Division, while on stop-and-search duty at Police station junction, Abraka intercepted a Toyota Camry car, with number plate LAGOS LSD 264 AC with two occupants.
"Immediately the vehicle stopped, one of the suspects alighted and took to his heels while the other, later identified as Akpos Omote, was arrested. The suspect has confessed that they snatched the car from one Mrs. Jane Esegbe at Udu, in Udu Local Government Area of Delta state.
"The said Toyota Camry has been recovered to the station, while efforts are on to apprehend the fleeing suspect." She added.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

‘I Need Money’! MFM Pastor Battling Blindness Says Anointing Oil And Prayers Cannot Help Him

The pastor says he needs close to 1 million to restore his eyesight…..
61-year-old Lawrence Okechukwu Amuruche, a pastor at the Alakija, Satelite town branch of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), is seeking for financial help to restore his failing eyesight.
Narrating his situation to correspondents from The Sun,Pastor Amuruche said he had been struggling with eye cataract for over a year, which has already grown on one eye and threatening to start growing on the second eye if medical help does not come fast.
He said: "I noticed my eyes always scratch me and at a point my vision changed, my sight became blurring. I told my wife about it, she looked into my eyes and told me there was a growth forming in my eyes. So, we sought medical advice."
The optician they visited, for medical advice, informed him that he had developed an eye cataract and that the only way it can be treated is surgery.
"I went to an optician in the estate where I live who told me that it is cataract and that the only way out is surgery. Initially, I didn't know what the problem was because I have not experienced it before and it is not in my lineage. So, we went to Eye Foundation Hospital, Ikeja, for treatment."
"At the hospital",Pastor Amuruche continues, "they said I should provide N450,000 per eye. That is N900,000 for the two eyes but I cannot afford it. I did an eye test for which I paid N130,000 pending the time I will get money for the surgery. But I have not been able to raise money and my situation is getting worse by the day."
He said he sought for alternative treatment but the effort to Isiukwuato LGA, Abia State, when he heard that a group of opticians flew in from the United States to help people with eye problems free-of-charge was futile,
"I spent five days there but I could not do the surgery because the crowd was much. That is how I have been going around for assistance and now it is moving to the other eye", he stated.
Pastor Amuruche was asked if the church has made an effort to assist him and he replied: "I have gone to my General Overseer for money to do the surgery. To get him was a problem. It was just last week that I was able to get him. But instead of giving me money to do the surgery, he gave anointing oil, prayer points and water to be washing my face. I told him that I have prayed.
I have been doing fasting and have been doing vigils concerning the eyes. But it has been deteriorating. If my coming out to seek for help will lead to my sack, let him sack me and I will go instead of losing my eyes in the name of ministry. And I will not be able to minister, I will not pastor and I will be in the house and they will not pay me."

WAEC May/June 2014 Result To Be Released Soon – Get Set!

West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Result for MAY/JUNE 2014 is Set to be Released soon.

The expected date of release is Thursday July 31st 2014 (31/7/2014).
Candidates will be able to have access to their result as from the above mentioned date.

How To Check WAEC Result Online
* Candidates should visit WAEC online result checker website at www.waecdirect.org
* Enter your WAEC Examination Number.
* Enter your Examination Year.
* Select the Type of Examination (MAY/JUNE WASSCE).
* Enter the Card Serial Number found on the reverse side of your Scratch card.
* Enter the Personal Identification Number (PIN) on your Scratch card.
* Click "Submit" button and get their result.
* Candidates must take the hard copy of their result for further use.
We wish you all Goodluck.

President Jonathan officially launches 64-page e-passport

President Jonathan today officially launched and obtained the new 64-page e-passport. According to presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati;
"The new 64-pg e-passport helps frequent travelers, it's gender friendly, forestalls identity theft, cheaper for the aged and low income earners, conforms with international best practices."
"Cost of new e-passport for below 18yrs and 60 years and above is N8,750; change of name as a result of marriage or divorce is also N8,750
"The existing e-passport is 32pp; new one is 64pp but it is strictly for frequent travelers. Please note, it does not invalidate the 32 pp"

Gunmen Kidnap Senator’s 90-Year-Old Mother In Bayelsa

Latest reports emanating from Bayelsa state, south-south Nigeria indicate that some unknown gunmen had kidnapped Senator Emmanuel Paulker's 90-year old mother.
According to Vanguard report, the abduction of the federal lawmaker's mother took place on Tuesday morning, 29 July, 2014, at her residence at the Opolo suburb of Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa.
Another source, who claimed to live very close to the area where the abduction took place, informed naij.com that gun shots were heard all over the community when the abduction took place.
He added that for fear of being hit by stray bullets, no resident in the area was able to come out.
It was also gathered from the source that Senator Paulker had been informed of the tragic incident and that the kidnappers drove towards Ogbia local government area on their way out of the area.
As at the time of compiling this report, it was not ascertained if the abductors have got in touch with the family of the kidnapped aged mother.
Meanwhile, it would be recalled that a 77-year-old kidnapped mother of the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Surv Furoebi Akene, was freed on 16 June, 2014 after being kidnapped for three days.
Madam Patimi was reportedly abducted on 16 June without any gunshot and whisked away by armed men numbering about six from her home close to the Fonibiri community waterside at about 12am.

Horrible! Woman Shot To Death For Not Wearing Hijab In Somalia

The woman's relatives claim she was shot to death by militant Islamists for refusing to wear the hijab….
According to BBC, Ruqiya Farah Yarowwas killed outside her hut near the southern Somali town of Hosingow by gunmen belonging to the al-Shabab group, her relatives say.
They also alleged that the militants had ordered her to put on a veil, and then killed her after returning and finding she was still not wearing one.
However, the al-Shabab group through their spokesman have denied the killing of the woman.
Her relatives who pleaded anonymity out of fear to the BBC said that Mrs Yarow was killed at about 07:30 (04:30 GMT).
Yarow was shot twice and died instantly, they added.
She is survived by her husband and children, the relatives said.
There are strict rules of behaviour, including dress codes for men and women by the Al-Shabab group which controls much of southern and central Somalia.

Lagos Local Govt. Chairman picks TV presenter as 6th wife

The Chairman of the Ibeji-Lekki local government area in Lagos state, Hon Semiu Kemi Surakat has picked a TV presenter with the Lagos State Television, LTV, Kemi Fahm as his 6th wife, Encomium magazine reports.
Hon Surakat got married to the TV personality at a private court wedding which held on Thursday July 17th at the Ikeja marriage registry. This will be his sixth shot at marriage while this would be the second for Ms Kemi Fahm who is a single mother with two boys.
Mrs Kemi Fahm-Sukarat is the anchor of the LTV programme, Conference 57, which is dedicated to the activities of the 57 local government councils in the state. Reports say her husband has started showering her with gifts. He is said to have just moved her to a new apartment in Lekki and bought her a new car.

Photos: See Billionaire daughter Nene Ibru as she show off her hot bikini bod

HKN gang artist Sina Rambo's hot girlfriend Nene Ibru shows off her hot body while on vacation at Amalfi Coast in Italy.

Not again! Many feared killed as female suicide bomber attacks Kano Poly

Another female suicide bomber blew herself up at the administration building of Kano State Polytechnic this afternoon July 30th around 2.45pm as students were checking their results in the school.
Kano State Police Command confirmed the blast, saying a female teenager blew herself up targeting prospective corps members who went to school to check their NYSC posting. They said at least two students died in the blast while 7 others were seriously injured and have been taken to the hospital. This is becoming serious...
Have you guys noticed how it's now women blowing themselves up?

Kanye reportedly resisting second baby with Kim Kardashian...

Lol, these oyibo reporters can like to report anything they like. Just two months after Kanye spent millions of dollars to marry the woman he's obviously obsessed with, insiders claim he is now reluctant to have a second baby with her
Sources tell Radar Online,
"Kim has made no secret for her desire to get pregnant right away with another baby. However, Kanye is resisting because he is going to be going on a world wide tour after the release of his upcoming album. The couple doesn't even have their own house to live in! It's just too much chaos for Kanye to handle."
What's more, "It doesn't help that the couple have been fighting a lot ever since they got married," the source continued. "Kanye can't understand Kim's love of just lounging around for days at a time."

Facts on Ebola Virus disease.

Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients.
Ebola virus disease outbreaks can devastate families and communities, but the infection can be controlled through the use of recommended protective measures in clinics and hospitals, at community gatherings, or at home.
In Brief
  • Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
  • EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
  • EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
  • The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
  • Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.
  • Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.

Transmission

Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.
Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids. Burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola. Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness.
Health-care workers have frequently been infected while treating patients with suspected or confirmed EVD. This has occurred through close contact with patients when infection control precautions are not strictly practiced.
Among workers in contact with monkeys or pigs infected with Reston ebolavirus, several infections have been documented in people who were clinically asymptomatic. Thus, RESTV appears less capable of causing disease in humans than other Ebola species.
However, the only available evidence available comes from healthy adult males. It would be premature to extrapolate the health effects of the virus to all population groups, such as immuno-compromised persons, persons with underlying medical conditions, pregnant women and children. More studies of RESTV are needed before definitive conclusions can be drawn about the pathogenicity and virulence of this virus in humans.

Signs and symptoms

EVD is a severe acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes.
People are infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus. Ebola virus was isolated from semen 61 days after onset of illness in a man who was infected in a laboratory.
The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms, is 2 to 21 days.

Diagnosis

Other diseases that should be ruled out before a diagnosis of EVD can be made include: malaria, typhoid fever, shigellosis, cholera, leptospirosis, plague, rickettsiosis, relapsing fever, meningitis, hepatitis and other viral haemorrhagic fevers.
Ebola virus infections can be diagnosed definitively in a laboratory through several types of tests:
  • antibody-capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
  • antigen detection tests
  • serum neutralization test
  • reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay
  • electron microscopy
  • virus isolation by cell culture.
Samples from patients are an extreme biohazard risk; testing should be conducted under maximum biological containment conditions.

Vaccine and treatment

No licensed vaccine for EVD is available. Several vaccines are being tested, but none are available for clinical use.
Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. Patients are frequently dehydrated and require oral rehydration with solutions containing electrolytes or intravenous fluids.
No specific treatment is available. New drug therapies are being evaluated.

Natural host of Ebola virus

In Africa, fruit bats, particularly species of the genera Hypsignathus monstrosus, Epomops franqueti and Myonycteris torquata, are considered possible natural hosts for Ebola virus. As a result, the geographic distribution of Ebolaviruses may overlap with the range of the fruit bats.

Ebola virus in animals

Although non-human primates have been a source of infection for humans, they are not thought to be the reservoir but rather an accidental host like human beings. Since 1994, Ebola outbreaks from the EBOV and TAFV species have been observed in chimpanzees and gorillas.
RESTV has caused severe EVD outbreaks in macaque monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) farmed in Philippines and detected in monkeys imported into the USA in 1989, 1990 and 1996, and in monkeys imported to Italy from Philippines in 1992.
Since 2008, RESTV viruses have been detected during several outbreaks of a deadly disease in pigs in People’s Republic of China and Philippines. Asymptomatic infection in pigs has been reported and experimental inoculations have shown that RESTV cannot cause disease in pigs.

Prevention and control

Controlling Reston ebolavirus in domestic animals
No animal vaccine against RESTV is available. Routine cleaning and disinfection of pig or monkey farms (with sodium hypochlorite or other detergents) should be effective in inactivating the virus.
If an outbreak is suspected, the premises should be quarantined immediately. Culling of infected animals, with close supervision of burial or incineration of carcasses, may be necessary to reduce the risk of animal-to-human transmission. Restricting or banning the movement of animals from infected farms to other areas can reduce the spread of the disease.
As RESTV outbreaks in pigs and monkeys have preceded human infections, the establishment of an active animal health surveillance system to detect new cases is essential in providing early warning for veterinary and human public health authorities.
Reducing the risk of Ebola infection in people
In the absence of effective treatment and a human vaccine, raising awareness of the risk factors for Ebola infection and the protective measures individuals can take is the only way to reduce human infection and death.
In Africa, during EVD outbreaks, educational public health messages for risk reduction should focus on several factors:
  • Reducing the risk of wildlife-to-human transmission from contact with infected fruit bats or monkeys/apes and the consumption of their raw meat. Animals should be handled with gloves and other appropriate protective clothing. Animal products (blood and meat) should be thoroughly cooked before consumption.
  • Reducing the risk of human-to-human transmission in the community arising from direct or close contact with infected patients, particularly with their bodily fluids. Close physical contact with Ebola patients should be avoided. Gloves and appropriate personal protective equipment should be worn when taking care of ill patients at home. Regular hand washing is required after visiting patients in hospital, as well as after taking care of patients at home.
  • Communities affected by Ebola should inform the population about the nature of the disease and about outbreak containment measures, including burial of the dead. People who have died from Ebola should be promptly and safely buried.
Pig farms in Africa can play a role in the amplification of infection because of the presence of fruit bats on these farms. Appropriate biosecurity measures should be in place to limit transmission. For RESTV, educational public health messages should focus on reducing the risk of pig-to-human transmission as a result of unsafe animal husbandry and slaughtering practices, and unsafe consumption of fresh blood, raw milk or animal tissue. Gloves and other appropriate protective clothing should be worn when handling sick animals or their tissues and when slaughtering animals. In regions where RESTV has been reported in pigs, all animal products (blood, meat and milk) should be thoroughly cooked before eating.
Controlling infection in health-care settings
Human-to-human transmission of the Ebola virus is primarily associated with direct or indirect contact with blood and body fluids. Transmission to health-care workers has been reported when appropriate infection control measures have not been observed.
It is not always possible to identify patients with EBV early because initial symptoms may be non-specific. For this reason, it is important that health-care workers apply standard precautions consistently with all patients – regardless of their diagnosis – in all work practices at all times. These include basic hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, the use of personal protective equipment (according to the risk of splashes or other contact with infected materials), safe injection practices and safe burial practices.
Health-care workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus should apply, in addition to standard precautions, other infection control measures to avoid any exposure to the patient’s blood and body fluids and direct unprotected contact with the possibly contaminated environment. When in close contact (within 1 metre) of patients with EBV, health-care workers should wear face protection (a face shield or a medical mask and goggles), a clean, non-sterile long-sleeved gown, and gloves (sterile gloves for some procedures).
Laboratory workers are also at risk. Samples taken from suspected human and animal Ebola cases for diagnosis should be handled by trained staff and processed in suitably equipped laboratories.
Updated by Anex119.

Plans underway to move tank farms from Apapa-Oshodi Road — Obanikoro.


….Urges Lagos Govt to provide parking bay for trucks
By Evelyn Usman
LAGOS—The Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro disclosed, yesterday, in Lagos that there were plans to relocate the tank farms along the Oshodi/Apapa expressway as a way of finding a lasting solution to the unending gridlock.
Obanikoro, who disclosed this during his visit to Oshodi/Apapa expressway also urged the Lagos State Government  to provide a permanent parking bay for trucks, from where  drivers could be reached.
Obanikoro, explained that the visit became pertinent  following the security implication of allowing trucks to use the road as a park.
He, however, applauded  steps taken by  the Western Naval Command, WNC, to ease the flow of traffic along the expressway, including other areas witnessing gridlock but added that the WNC’s effort might not be a permanent one since it was not its constitutional duty to control traffic.
According to him: “I am here to familiarise myself  with the activities of the Nigeria Navy around the Ports area because I know that for some time now, we have been looking at the security implication of allowing trailers and trucks to use the road as a park.
“There are plans and we are also working with all stakeholders to ensure that the threat to this  corridor is kept under check. It is not easy to just close all these tank farms  overnight. What is important now  is to call for more vigilance on the part of all the operators.
“I want to assure you that all the security agencies in the country are  aware and  alert to what is at stake and everything humanly possible is being done  to avert any  calamity.
“I am happy that, so far, all those trucks have been moved and passage way created so that there could be free vehicular movement around the ports, thus eliminating the security implication of just having trucks and  containers littering the entire road.
“This is largely due to the effort of the  Western Naval Command’s ability to engage all the stakeholders.”
He stated that the present administration was doing all it could to handle the situation, pointing out that part of  its effort was the ongoing construction of a parking bay for trucks at Tin-Can Island Port.
He, therefore, said that this was not time to trade blames but a time for the Lagos State Government to partner with the Nigerian Ports Authority and other stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the situation.
“I am not going to join Lagos State Government in the blame game. What is important to me is that all of us have a responsibility to the good people of this country and particularly Lagos state.” Updated by Anex119.

Ebola: Nigeria is not out of the woods yet — Prof. Tomori.


Since the confirmation and subsequent death of a Liberian man who was the first to be diagnosed with the Ebola Virus Disease on Nigerian soil, anxiety, shock and fear have been expressed by a wide section of the populace.  Although several assurances have been given by officials of the Federal and state governments, the generality of Nigerians remain worried and doubtful about their safety.
Foremost virologist and Vice-Chancellor of Redeemer’s University, President of the Nigeria Academy of Science, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, is of the view that Nigeria’s effort in containing the first reported Ebola case was commendable. However, Tomori, who is currently the regional virologist with the World Health Organisation Africa Region and a Fellow of the Nigeria Academy of Science, the College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria and the Royal College of Pathologists of the United Kingdom, warns that as far as Ebola is concerned, Nigeria is not yet out of the woods. He speaks to Sola Ogundipe. Excerpts .
WHAT should be the best step for monitoring passengers entering Nigeria by air, land and sea from Ebola affected countries? Do they need to be quarantined?
Not necessarily. The Port Health staff needs to screen passengers coming into Nigeria from Ebola affected countries, by checking for anyone ill with fever plus signs and symptoms of Ebola fever. The screening can be done using a prepared investigation form for taking details of the passenger – name, age, contact address, travel history (which countries visited, for how long and which part of the country, etc), plus any history of illness or sickness over the last 2-3 weeks.Those who are sick, like the Liberian case, must be taken for observation to hospital with isolation facilities. Others must be let off, but monitored and contacted DAILY by phone to check if they fall sick over the next 3 weeks covering the incubation period of Ebola infection. They should be carefully monitored by competent health staff
From what we have witnessed in the handling of the first Ebola victim, is Nigeria in any way up to  the task of containing a possible outbreak of Ebola?
I will say that the health staff – federal, state and the hospital where the case was admitted and the laboratory staff have performed creditably well. However, the detection of the case was purely fortuitous and not because we had our preparedness machinery in place. We should count ourselves lucky that the Liberian case came into Nigeria already sick and landed in Lagos too sick to continue his journey to Calabar.
He arrived at a time when our government hospitals were operating at “half mast” because the doctors were on strike. We might have had a bigger problem in our hands, assuming this case was well enough to get to Calabar – (in which case he would have mingled with more passengers at the local airport and in Calabar) or that government hospitals were in full operation, (in which case he would not have been admitted into a private hospital, where there are fewer contacts). So, I am saying we were able to detect the case through fortuitous circumstances and not because of our preparedness.
We were simply lucky. In spite of our national penchant for declaring ourselves always on top of the situation, we were plain lucky on this occasion, not because we were prepared. Next time, we may not be so lucky. We must, however, commend staff of the Federal and State Ministries of Health and of the private hospital where the case was admitted for being alert and   taking prompt action as soon as suspicion was raised. Another point about this issue which made me proud was the laboratory support within the country.
The lab in LUTH under Prof Omilabu received samples on July 22nd and the next day provided results of a pan-FILOVIRUS family diagnosis, that is evidence of presence of a virus belonging to the family of Ebola virus (including Marburg, Ebola-Zaire, Ebola-Sudan Bundibugyo virus, Reston virus, and Taï Forest virus).
Samples were also sent to Prof. Happi’s lab at the Redeemer’s University (RUN), late on July 23. The Happi team worked and tested and confirmed that the virus was the specific Ebola-Zaire type virus early on July 25, 2014. All these happened before confirmation came in from Dakar. I understand the RUN lab will commence sequencing studies pretty soon. My congratulations to our colleagues in LUTH and RUN for a great job.
What should we be doing currently that we are not in terms of (a) preparedness (b) response?
We are certainly not out of the woods yet, until we ensure that we monitor and ascertain that every of his contact is free from infection. We must trace all  the passengers in the plane that brought him to Nigeria, to those in contact with him at the Lagos airport, and  all those who attended to him,  in the hospital where he was treated.
Every such person must be monitored for the duration of the incubation period of Ebola virus infection that is up to 21 days from point of contact. We must get in touch with them on a daily basis to find out if they fall sick, with fever and showing the signs and exhibiting the symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fever. This must be carried out thoroughly, efficiently and rapidly. I repeat, we are not out of the woods yet.
One other issue we should take note of is to find out the itinerary of the ASKY flight that brought the case to Nigeria. Did the flight come direct from Liberia or were there stops on the way say, Lome, etc., and who had contact with the case.
We need to contact other countries where ASKY might  have landed and is still landing. I hear also that other airlines – Arik does direct Abuja-Monrovia-Freetown flights. If that is so, then we must also mount our surveillance not only on Lagos, but also on Abuja, Not forgetting Idi-Iroko, Seme borders.
In the event of detection of subsequent confirmed cases of Ebola, what would be the implication and how should we respond to such?
Any suspected case arising from new comers into Nigeria or should any of the contact of the Liberian case become ill, the case should be admitted immediately into a hospital with isolation facilities and barrier nursing instituted.
Isolation facilities
This is why the monitoring at the border must not be scaled down. So long as we are still having people coming in from the affected West African countries, we must be on top alert with our border monitoring.
Are there any issues regarding the hospital where the victim was admitted and eventually died?
I am very pleased to say that the staff of the private hospital acted professionally in every aspect of the treatment and eventual containment of the case. I understand that the hospital has been decontaminate and closed for a period of time.
What is your last word on this?
As I mentioned earlier, the detection of the case was purely fortuitous and not because we had our preparedness machinery in place. We should have had our border monitoring in place soon after we learnt of the first case in Guinea.
Again, so long as ASKY or any other airlines are bringing in passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, our border monitoring must remain in place until the countries are declared free and for another 2-3 weeks after the declaration. Updated by Anex119.


Guinea rap concert stampede kills 24

Guinea rap concert stampede kills 24

CONAKRY (AFP) – A stampede during a rap concert on a Conakry beach Tuesday left at least 24 people dead, Guinean hospital officials said.
The government declared a week of national mourning after what it called a "tragic drama" on the beach in the capital city's northern Ratoma suburb where the popular Guinean rap group Instinct Killers was playing.

Pics: Man stabs friend over N2,000 debt

The Edo state Police command has arrested a man identified as Oruma who allegedly stabbed his 20-year-old friend, Frederick Eze (pictured above), in the neck over a N2,000 debt.
Punch reports that Frederick, who was angry that Oruma had not paid his money, accosted him at the Oza area of the state & seized a property belonging to Frederick, who is an ice cream factory worker from Ebonyi state. A fight broke out between them and Oruma broke a bottle and stabbed Frederick in the neck.
Frederick lost conciousness after losing so much blood. He was rushed to a private hospital on a wheelbarrow after several cab drivers declined to take him.
Confirming the arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer, Edo State Command, Noble Uwoh, said, "He has been arrested. The two people in the matter are friends." he said

Doctor who treated more than 100 Ebola patients dies from the virus

The Sierra Leonean doctor who treated more than 100 Ebola patients has also died. Dr Sheik Umar Khan (pictured above), who was hailed as a national hero for disregarding his own health and helping sick patients, died yesterday July 29th from the disease after being diagnosed with the virus last week. He contacted the virus despite wearing protective gear when treating patients.
In an interview last month, the 39yr old doctor had expressed fears for his life because of his constant contact with Ebola patients.
"I am afraid for my life. Healthworkersare prone to the disease because we are the first port of call for somebody who is sickened by the disease. Even with the fullprotective clothingyou put on, you are at risk" He told ReutersHis death comes days after a senior doctor at Liberia's largest hospital, Samuel Brisbane, died on Saturday at an Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia. Three nurses working in the same Ebola treatment centre alongside Khan also died from the disease last week.Several other medics have been infected.

Jim Iyke flees Liberia amid reports of Ebola outbreak

The actor who was in Monrovia, Liberia for business, left the country a few hours ago following reports of the virus spreading in the country. He shared a pic of himself at the airport saying though his business is unfinished, he was leaving because he's scared. Who can blame him?

Caught on camera: Disturbing moment mistress is stripped in public by female gang

Disturbing footage of a young woman's vicious beating has gone viral on Chinese micro-blogging website Weibo.
Pictures of the brutal attack, which reportedly occurred outside a karaoke television bar in China's south-eastern city of Yulin, Guangxi province, show the unidentified female being stripped and savagely kicked and had her hair pulled by four woman as stunned witnesses filmed the incident.
The helpless victim – who wore a black top and grey leggings before being stripped – can be seen curled up on the floor, shielding her chest as the other woman undress her in public. Continue...
Weibo users, known as netizens, alleged the July 21 attack was revenge after accusing the victim of cheating with one of her assailants' partners.
Group shaming of mistresses in China is not uncommon, but netizens have questioned why bystanders did not attempt to stop the violence unfolding outside one of the city's popular karaoke lounges. See the video below...
Source: Mirror UK

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SAD: Son of former FCT Minister, Nasir El Rufai dies in car accident

Hamza El Rufai, one of the sons of the former Minister of the FCT & Chieftain of the APC, Nasir El Rufai died this morning July 29th in a car accident. His father took to his Facebook page to announce his passing on. May his soul rest in peace.. Amen

3 ECOWAS staff, Nigerian ambassador, 55 others had contact with Lagos Ebola victim

59 people including the Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, Chigozie Obi Nnadozie are said to have had direct and indirect contact with the late Liberian man, Patrick Sawyer, who died on Friday July 25th from the Ebola Virus in Lagos.
At a Joint Ministerial Press briefing of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Health on development concerning the diseaseyesterday July 28th, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr Jide Idris said out of the 59 people who had contact with the late Patrick Sawyer,44 were hospital contacts (38 healthcare workers & 6 laboratory staff) and 15 Airport contacts comprising 3 ECOWAS staff-driver, Liaison, and Protocol officers, Nigerian Ambassador to Monrovia, two nursing staff and five Airport passenger handlers.Continue...
Dr Idris explained that out of the number, 20 contacts had been physically screened of which 50% are of the type one contact and another 50% had type two contact, adding that the airline manifest has not been provided yet.
"The Airline manifest has not been provided by the airline at the time of this report and therefore, the precise number of passenger contacts is yet to be ascertained, especially as two flights were involved (Monrovia-Lome and Lome-Lagos). There was no report of a medical incident filed." the statement readDr Idris stated categorically that only one case of imported Ebola and one death has been recorded in Lagos. He went further to state
"No Nigerian is infected, but all contacts are being actively followed. We call on all Nigerians to be calm and not panic and I do hereby assure them that both the state and Federal governments are up in arms to ensure that the virus did not escape and that no Nigeria is infected with this virus," he stressed.He said part of the measures taken after the death of the Liberian was the demobilization of the private hospital where he was admitted and elimination of primary source of infection and that the decontamination process in all affected areas has commenced.
He added that the corpse of the victim has since been cremated, and the ash is awaiting further directives from the Liberian Embassy.
"Adhering strictly to WHO guidelines, the body of the deceased patient was decontaminated using 10% sodium hypochlorite and cremated, with the permission of the government of Liberia. A cremation urn has been prepared for dispatch to the family. The vehicle that conveyed the remains was also fully decontaminated," he added.

Wizkid, Davido at war again?

A lot of industry watchers thought the two young kids, Wizkid and Davido have buried their differences and show of supremacy but it seems all is not well again.
The duo are said to be on collision once more. It started with what look like an harmless tweet but the hatred is already spreading on the social media.
Wizkid had tweeted " Thank u so much NewYork!! Amazing show last night!!Big up @wale nd @akon for showing me love!! Proper show! Proper venue! Boys talk!! Men work!!", few hours after his New York performance on the same night Davido beat him and others to the Artiste of the year at the African Muzik Magazine Awards in Dallas, US.
Many felt he played down the significance of the awards and was indirectly throwing insult at his perceived arch-rival with the line, "Boys talk!! Men Work!!"
Davido seems to have hit back with his own tweet, stating, "Pull half my crowd before talking shit! Looser!" .
Well, you can judge.
3 electrocuted, several injured in ogun state

3 electrocuted, several injured in ogun state

Yesterday, tragedy struck at Ifo market in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State when three persons got electrocuted as a high-tension wire fell on them.
According to vanguard, It was gathered that the high-tension cable suddenly snapped and fell on the victims. Three were said to have died on the spot, while several others sustained injuries.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident, however, said only two persons died, while two others who sustained injuries have been admitted at the Ifo General Hospital.

Sprinter Blessing Okagbare wins Gold in Women's 100m final in Glasgow

Sprinter Blessing Okagbare just won Gold in the Women's 100m for Nigeria in the Commonwealth Games. She won in a time of 10.85 seconds in a new Games record, making her the second fastest woman of all time in World 100 metres. She beatJamaica'sVeronica Campbell-Brown, Kerron Stewartand England'sAsha Phillipwho came second, third and fourth respectively.
Blessing becomes the first Nigerian winner of this title since Mary Onyali back in 1994. Go Blessing! Go Blessing!!

Jonathan condemns terror attack in Kano, Adamawa & Cameroon

Find the State House press statement below...
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan wholeheartedly condemns the recent terrorist attacks in Kano and Adamawa States as well as the kidnap of the Lamido of Kolofata in Northern Cameroon, Lamido Seini Lamine and the wife of the Vice Prime Minister of Cameroon.
The President describes as shocking, callous and reprehensible the multiple bomb blasts that occurred in Kano within 24 hours, and the unrelenting attacks by the Boko Haram at a time the Muslim faithful are observing the holy festival of Eid el Fitri.
He commiserates with the families of all those who lost their loved ones in the Kano and Adamawa attacks and wishes the injured speedy recovery.
President Jonathan further notes that the deployment of young women as suicide bombers represents a new low in the inhuman campaign by these terrorists and an expression of utter disregard for the dignity of the female gender as well as a wicked exploitation of the girl-child.
The President states that the abduction of the Lamido of Kolofata and the wife of the Vice premier of Cameroon clearlyunderscores the regional security threat that Boko Haram has become.
He welcomes the recent resolve by the Defence Ministers of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Benin and Niger to further strengthen existing partnerships in order to forestall the desperate attempt by misguided elements to turn the sub-region into a battleground for terrorism and radical extremism.
President Jonathan urges the security forces to remain resolute, and not be discouraged by the desperation of the agents of evil. He believes that with the continued cooperation between Nigeria's security forces and their counterparts in neighbouring countries, the war against terror will surely be won.
REUBEN ABATI
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
July 28, 2014.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bomb Explosion at Trade Fair Complex in Kano today

A bomb went off this afternoon around 1.40pm at the Trade Fair Complex on Zoo Road close to the popular Shoprite shopping mall in Kano State. According to police report, a female bomber about 18 years old died, while at least six people were injured. The area has been cordoned off by security attached to Shoprite. Details later...

Arik Air Suspends Flights To Liberia, Sierra Leone Over Ebola Virus

Arik Air on Sunday said it would suspend flight operations to Monrovia in Liberia and Freetown in Sierra-Leone on Monday following the first Ebola virus death officially confirmed in Lagos.
This is disclosed in a statement issued and signed by the airline's Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Ola Adebanji, in Lagos.
It said the suspension would be in force until further notice.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the first Ebola virus death officially confirmed in Lagos involved a Liberian national.
He had flown into Lagos on a foreign airline from Monrovia via Lome in Togo last week.
The statement said the flights suspension decision was a precautionary measure aimed at safeguarding the lives of Nigerians.
"We are taking this important step as a concerned corporate citizen, bearing the interest of Nigerians at heart.
"We acknowledge the steps the Federal Government of Nigeria is currently undertaking to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus," it said.
The statement said the airline felt compelled to take the business decision to immediately suspend flight services into the two Ebola virus-affected countries.
It said this was due to its interest in the well-being of Nigerians.
"At the early stages of the virus development across West Africa, the Gambian Government took the proactive decision to stop airlines, including Arik Air, from bringing in-bound passengers from Monrovia, Conakry in Guinea and Freetown into Banjul in Gambia.
"Hence, in line with the actions taken by the Gambian Government, we trust and are confident that the FGN shall take all steps necessary to control and curtail the spread of the virus," the statement said.
It advised that all in-bound flights into Nigeria, which originate from any of the Ebola-affected countries, be immediately suspended.
"Our core vision and purpose are to provide world-class experiences and services which are safe, reliable and contribute towards both improved user quality of life as well as the elevation of Nigeria's global standing," the airline said.
However, Arik assured customers and Nigerians that their continued safety would always be at the forefront of all business decisions taken by the airline management.(NAN)

Federal Govt. Should apologize to Boko Haram for killing their leader -- Tunde Bakare

Popular Lagos pastor and Convener of the Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare says one of the ways to end the spate of attacks by terror group, Boko Haram in Nigeria, is for the Federal Govt of Nigeria to apologize to the sect members for killing their leader, Mohammed Yusuf in 2009.
According to Vanguard, he gave the advise during the state of the nation address at a church service in Lagos.
"The summary execution of the Boko Haram's former leader, Mohammed Yusuf in 2009 provided the soil of martyrdom for the nurture and growth of the sect. Government must declare peace first of all; apologizing for the murder of Mohammed Yusuf to the sect members not their sympathizers or bandits." he said
On the attack on Buhari last Wednesday in Kano, Pastor Bakare said "But for the timely intervention of God, last week's assassination attempt on General Buhari might have marked the beginning of the end for Nigeria if it had succeeded. We will not also ignore the fact that at the root of the escalation of the Boko Haram crisis was oppression and injustice".

Another bomb blast in Kano this morning

The Nigeria Police Force just announced that another bomb blast occurred this morning at NNPC mega station along Maiduguri road in Kano state.

More Details later...

Another bomb blast in Kano this morning

The Nigeria Police Force just announced that another bomb blast occurred this morning at NNPC mega station along Maiduguri road in Kano state.

More Details later...

Nigeria rakes in six medals from weightlifting in the commonwealth games

Oluwatoyin Adesanmi won another gold medal for Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games in the women's 63kg weightlifting yesterday.
The African championship silver medallist pushed Commonwealth No.1 and compatriot Obioma Okoli into the silver position.
India's Punam Yadav, the youngest lifter at 19, took bronze.
She followed her compatriot, Chika Analha who won gold Saturday after she recorded a lift of 107 kg in clean and jerk event.
That brought to six the number of medals won by Nigeria in weighlifting, placing her atop the medal table in the event.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Female Suicide Bomber Dies In Failed Attempt To Bomb University In Kano

The Nigeria police said a lone female suicide bomber died in an attempt to bomb, Northwest University in Kano around 1pm Nigerian time.
The female estimated to be 16 years of age, was walking suspiciously towards the gate of the university when police guarding the area spotted her, isolated her and called for reinforcement from female police officers adept at handling Muslim females.
The young woman who had a bomb concealed inside her hijab, killed herself by detonating her explosives, five policemen suffered minor injuries.
Photo credit: Sahara Reporters