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Deployment Of Armed Security Operatives For Elections Encourages People To Vote – Jega


Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega has dismissed opinions that the deployment of armed security during an election discourages people from participating in electoral process. He said instead, the presence of security helps to drive people’s confidence to participate in the process. “I want to ... Read More »

Minister Advises Nigerians On Dangers Of Using Mobile Phones


The Minister of Communications Technology, Omobola Johnson, on Thursday in Abuja cautioned the public on the risks which go with the use of mobile phones. Mrs. Johnson, represented by Ngozi Ogujiofor, a Deputy Director in the ministry, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria after the ... Read More »

Ebola: No More Handshake In Imo


The Imo State Government has warned against handshake and other forms of close contacts to check the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The State Commissioner of Health, Dr Edward Ihejirika, made this known yesterday while speaking with journalists in Owerri, the state capital, on precautionary measures taken to check ... Read More »

2015: Nigeria Won’t Break Up, PFN Assures


The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) on Thursday, allayed fears concerning 2015, saying Nigeria will not disintegrate. The PFN National President, Dr. Felix Omobhude, stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Zazzau and Chairman of Kaduna State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Highness, Alhaji (Dr.) ... Read More »

Ebola: US Not Sending Experimental Drug To Africa Yet – Obama


US President Barack Obama said it was too soon to send experimental drugs for the treatment of Ebola to West Africa, which has been hardest hit by the deadly outbreak. Obama on Wednesday said affected countries should instead focus on building a “strong public infrastructure,” adding: “I think we have ... Read More »

Whereabouts Of Gwoza Emir Unknown After Boko Haram Captures Town


The whereabouts of the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Mohammed Idrissa Timta, two days after the attack and capture of his town still remain unknown. According to SR sources, nobody knows about the present location of the newly installed Emir of Gwoza, Mohammed Timta. The Senator representing Borno South in the ... Read More »

Ebola: Nigeria Awaits Response From US On Experimental Drug


The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, said on Thursday that the Federal Government was awaiting response from America on drug request. Chukwu spoke to journalists on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Defence Identification Centre (DNA) at the Magadishu Cantonment in Abuja He said that the U.S. has ... Read More »

LASU School Fees Slashed To N25,000


Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Thursday announced the reversal of the Lagos State University (LASU) fee from N350,000 to the old rate of N25,000 across board. Fashola made the pronouncement at the 19th convocation ceremony of the higher degree award in Lagos. The governor said he had met ... Read More »

Ebola Forces Doctors To Call Off Strike


Nigerian public sector doctors on Thursday suspended a nearly five-week long strike over an Ebola outbreak which has killed two people and infected five others in Lagos. A statement from the National Medical Association union listed “the incursion of Ebola into Nigeria” as a main reason for suspending the strike. ... Read More »

Boko Haram: Nigerians Flee Attacks Into Chad


Some thousand people fleeing Boko Haram attacks in Kolikolia, Borno State, last Thursday arrived on the uninhabited island of Choua in Lake Chad, according to the UN’s refugee agency,UNHCR. The island lies in Chadian waters about four kilometres from where the borders of Chad, Nigeria and Niger intersect. Refugees reported ... Read More »

US Surveillance Plane Spots Abducted Chibok Girls


US surveillance flights over northeastern Nigeria has shown what looked like large groups of girls clustered in remote locations, raising hopes the group of girls abucted by Islamist sect group, Boko Haram on April 14, has finally beeen located, Thisday reports, citing US and Nigerian officials. The news represents the ... Read More »

Ebola in Nigeria: How Patrick Sawyer Knowingly Imported Ebola Into Nigeria [Full Story]


Liberian Diplomat Patrick Sawyer, the man credited with ‘importing’ Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to Nigeria, ‘knew he was sick’ with the virus before entry to Nigeria. He was also advised by the Liberian Health Ministry not to travel out of the country but he ignored the instruction, flew to Nigeria ... Read More »

Delta Sets Up C’ttee On Ebola, Designates Seven Hospitals As Isolation Centres


The Delta State Government has set up a committee to educate the residents on the prevention and management of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, who made the disclosure, urged the residents not to panic. He said there was no identified case of the virus in the state, ... Read More »

Ebola: S/West Governors Meet, Strategize On How To Curb Spread


Southwest Governors met yesterday in Lagos State on how to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) following the death of a nurse, the first Nigerian victim, on Tuesday. The meeting, which held at the Ikeja Office of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), was ... Read More »

Chibok Girls’ Rescue Is A ‘Very Delicate’ Matter, Says Jonathan


President Goodluck Jonathan has indicated that the federal government of Nigeria was not adverse to the help of intermediaries who have offered to persuade the Boko Haram sect to release the over two hundred schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State in April this year. This he indicated while speaking in ... Read More »

Adeboye Bans Delegates From Ebola Endemic Countries From RCCG Convention


The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, has banned delegates from Ebola-affected West African nations such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, from attending the church’s ongoing convention, which opened Monday night at the church’s Redemption Camp along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Adeboye, while ... Read More »

Ebola: Lagos Identifies 27 Secondary Contacts, To Provide Life Insurance For Medical Experts


The Lagos State Government has begun an intensive search for 27 secondary contacts, who might have come close enough to doctors, nurses and health workers, who attended to the late Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, at a Lagos private hospital. Sawyer, who was infected with the deadly Ebola virus in his native ... Read More »

Ebola Outbreak: Lagos Begs Churches, Mosques To Suspend Religious Gatherings


Lagos state government has appealed to religious organizations including churches and mosques to step down on congregational activities that will bring a large number of worshippers together. State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said the appeal became necessary in the wake of heightened anxiety over the threat posed by ... Read More »

Bayelsa Senator’s 90-Year-Old Mother Freed By Captors


Florentina Paulker, the 90-year-old mother of Senator Emmanuel Paulker, has been released by her abductors. The nonagenarian was kidnapped by gunmen for the second time on July 30. Mr. Paulker, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Bayelsa Central, is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum, Upstream. The ... Read More »

Atiku Drums Up Support For Aregbesola


A former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar, has appealed to the electorate in Osun State to vote “wisely” on Saturday by returning the incumbent governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for another four-year term. A statement from the former VP’s Media Office in Abuja quoted Mr. ... Read More »

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