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Czech International Footballer Dies After Turkish Bus Crash

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Czech international Josef Sural has died of injuries sustained in a minibus crash while returning with teammates from a match in southern Turkey, his Turkish club Aytemiz Alanyaspor said on Monday. The club’s chairman said the accident occurred after both the drivers on the bus fell asleep. “Czech player Josef Sural who was seriously injured after an accident involving a private minibus carrying seven of our footballers after an away game at Kayseri could not be saved despite all of the hospital’s efforts,” the club said on Twitter. The six other players were injured but not seriously in the crash, close to the southern town of Alanya, state news agency Anadolu said. Among them was Stephen Caulker, a former Tottenham Hotspur defender who was capped for England in 2012 and Senegal international and former Newcastle United player Papisse Cisse, local media reported. “Sad news this morning. Sincere condolences to the family and to all loved ones. R.I.P,” Arsenal goalkeeper an

NLC Denies Disrupting Inauguration of NSITF Board, Calls for Cordial Relationship

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has denied disrupting the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) board inauguration ceremony. Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, who made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, denied the accusation of the Ministry of Labour and Employment. He said the statement from the ministry’s Mrs Rhoda Iliya, Assistant Director, Press alleged that NLC leadership imported “violent thugs” to disrupted NSITF inauguration. The inauguration of the board of NSITF, would have taken place on April 18 but was postponed to a later date. The statement asserted that “the violent gate crashing and the illegal forceful seizure of the conference room of the Honourable Minister by thugs numbering hundreds and persons who clearly had no business with the inauguration of the board is totally unacceptable. “Government therefore take [sic] serious exceptions to the dishonourable actions of the NLC leadership and Chief Frank Kokori as well as his cohorts and warn

Police Continue Raid on Abuja Clubs, Arrest 70 Women

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About two weeks after police officers arrested 30 women at different night clubs in Abuja, another 70 women have been arrested. The latest arrests were done on Saturday night and the victims were taken to and detained at a police station, a witness said. Martin Obono, a lawyer and activist, said he witnessed when the women were brought to a police station in Utako, Abuja on Saturday night. He said some of the women were accused of prostitution. He also suggested some had been sexually abused by the security officials. Mr Obono shared his experience with online newspaper, Premium Times after first posting them on Twitter. “As I type, 70 girls were arrested and brought to Utako Police station last night. This is in addition to the ones who were arrested on Friday night. Their offence; clubbing and in some instance, prostitution. Some have been assaulted with injuries in their vaginas. “One of the ladies arrested has a 2-month old baby. She wasn’t allowed to breastfeed her

Sri Lanka Warned of Threat Hours Before Suicide Attacks - Sources

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Sri Lankan intelligence officials were tipped off about an imminent attack by Islamist militants hours before a series of suicide bombings killed more than 300 people on Easter Sunday, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Three churches and four hotels were hit by suicide bombers on Sunday morning, killing 321 people and wounding 500, sending shockwaves through an island state that has been relatively peaceful since a civil war ended a decade ago. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on Tuesday, without providing evidence of its involvement. Indian intelligence officers contacted their Sri Lankan counterparts two hours before the first attack to warn of a specific threat on churches, one Sri Lankan defense source and an Indian government source said. Another Sri Lankan defense source said a warning came “hours before” the first strike. One of the Sri Lankan sources said a warning was also sent by the Indians on Saturday night. The Indian

Innovative Child Malaria Vaccine to be Tested in Malawi

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A large-scale pilot of what has been called the world's first malaria vaccine to give partial protection to children has begun in Malawi. The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites. Earlier, smaller trials showed that nearly 40% of the 5-to-17-month-olds who received it were protected. Malaria cases appear to be on the rise again after a decade of success in combating the deadly disease. "This is a landmark moment for immunisations, malaria control, and public health," Dr Kate O'Brien, Director of Immunisation and Vaccines at the World Health Organization, told the BBC. According to the most recent annual figures, global malaria cases are no longer falling, sparking concerns about its resurgence. Malawi is the first of three countries chosen for the pilot to roll out the vaccine. It aims to immunise 120,000 children aged two years and below. The other two countries, Ghana and Kenya, will

Only Four Cancer Treatment Centres Functional in Nigeria – NMA President

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Investigations by the Punch newspaper has revealed that public hospitals are battling with obsolete equipment in some hospitals while some medical facilities have none. Consequently, patients with cancer and terminal ailments are being subjected to needless wait before treatment could get to them. Confirming the dearth of vital equipment, the President of the NMA, Dr Francis Faduyile, in an interview, said Nigeria’s public hospitals had just eight radiotherapy centres, where cancer treatment could be done, but only four of them were functioning as of Monday (yesterday). He stated, “We have eight teaching hospitals in Nigeria with radiotherapy centres – Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba; University College Hospital, Ibadan; National Hospital Abuja, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria; University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu; University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin; Usman Danfodiyo Teaching Hospital, Sokoto; and the Federal Teaching Hospital,

Exam Malpractices: JAMB Probes Candidates’ Credentials From 2009-2019

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Heads are set to roll across the country as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has launched a probe into the credentials of applicants dating back to 2009. This implies that persons who cheated the system to pass the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination to get into school and may have even graduated and participated in the National Youth Service Corps will be arrested and their certificates withdrawn. The Head, Media and Information of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, said this during an interview with the Punch newspaper on Monday. Benjamin said the probe had begun and it would be completed in record time as JAMB had acquired software which would be able to identify fake biometric data. Speaking in a separate interview on 95.1 Nigeria Info FM Abuja, the JAMB spokesman said, “We want to do what we call biometric verification dating 10 years back. Even if you are now working and we discovered that someone wrote exams for you, we will publish your name and the law agenci

Second Judge Withdraws From Okorocha’s Certificate of Return Suit

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The second judge has withdrawn from a suit filed by the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, seeking an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue him a certificate of return as the senator-elect for Imo West. The development came barely a week after the first judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, of the Federal High Court in Abuja, withdrew from the case. The Punch newspaper reports that after Justice Taiwo withdrew from the case on April 10, it was reassigned to Justice Okon Abang also of the Federal High Court in Abuja. Justice Abang was said to have on April 11 fixed April 18 for hearing in the suit. But on the date fixed for the hearing, Justice Abang announced his decision to withdraw from the suit. His decision was anchored on Okorocha’s letter to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, asking for the transfer of the case to another judge. The governor, in the letter, was said to have sought the transfer of the ca

NSCDC Official, Other Lynched After Killing Nine Boys’ Brigade Members

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Pandemonium broke out on Monday at the Sabonline area, Gombe, after an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Adamu Abdullahi, and a yet-to-be-identified man were reportedly lynched for the killing of nine Boys’ Brigade members. Reports by Punch Metro said the Boys’ Brigade members were drawn from the St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Madaki, and two parishes of the Evangelical Church Winning All in Bamusa and Barunde, Gombe State. The Boys’ Brigade members were said to be having an Easter procession when the incident happened around 1 am. Punch reports that the NSCDC official had wanted to drive through the procession, but was prevented by the brigade, which had blocked a lane on the road. After some altercation, Abdullahi was said to have had his way. The official, who was said to be unhappy with the initial action of the group, reportedly drove to his house and dropped off some occupants in his car. He was alleged to have returned to the procession in hi

Your Budget-Padding Allegation Irresponsible, Saraki Tells Tinubu

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President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has challenged the  National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to prove that he has padded the national budgets since   2015. Former  Lagos State governor Tinubu in a statement on Sunday accused  Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, of padding national budgets since they came to power. “National budgets were delayed and distorted as these actors repeatedly sought to pad budgets with pet projects that would profit them,” Tinubu claimed in the statement. “Even worse, they cut funds intended to prosper projects that would have benefited the average person. After four years of their antics, halting the progress of government, we should do all we can to prevent a repeat of their malign control of the National Assembly. “He (Saraki) planted himself at the apex of legislative power. But his actions as Senate President showed a man devoid of compassion for the average Nigerian. All

British Aid Worker Killed By Gunmen at a Holiday Resort in Nigeria

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A British aid worker has been shot dead in Nigeria after gunmen stormed a holiday resort on Friday, killing two people and kidnapping three others. The British High Commission confirmed her death, and non-governmental aid agency Mercy Corps named her as Faye Mooney, one of its employees in Nigeria. Mercy Corps said it was "utterly heartbroken" to learn that Mooney, who had been working as a communications specialist with the agency for almost two years, had been "tragically killed" by gunmen at the resort in Kaduna State, in the northwest of the country. "Faye was deeply committed to fostering cross-cultural collaboration and was an inspiration to us all," CEO of Mercy Corps Neal Keny-Guyer said in a statement. "We extend our deepest sympathy to those who have been affected by this senseless tragedy." We are aware of the tragic incident involving the death of a British national in Kaduna State on Friday. The next-of-kin has been notifie

Amaechi Preaches Inter-Party Coexistence To Rebuild Rivers State

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Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, like his arch political rival, Governor Nyesom Wike, has challenged Rivers State people to rise above partisan acrimony and unite in rebuilding Rivers state.  Amaechi Amaechi in his first key public statement after the heated Rivers elections noted that the state has endured a “tortuous political season which saw political parties jostle and cajole Rivers people to make choices.’’ Consequently. he said:”Our state which was known and respected as the treasure base of the nation, is now almost always in the news for the wrong reasons.  This is not the Rivers State of our dreams. “No amount of provocation or even threats should challenge the Rivers spirit of oneness, unity, and harmony in you. We must find our way back to the path of a glorious future. “I am one of you, therefore, as your father, son, and brother, I beseech you to be of good courage and join hands to build and restore the glory of our state.  “One of the lessons we can take ou

Saraki, Dogara Padded Budgets For Four Years – Tinubu

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Sunday accused the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, of allegedly hijacking and padding national budgets for the four years that the party had been in power. He claimed that the two presiding officers of the National Assembly always padded the budgets with pet projects that profited them while they cut funds appropriated to projects that would have benefited Nigerians. Tinubu made the allegations in a statement made available to journalists by his media aide, Tunde Rahman. He was reacting to reports that he was backing some persons as leaders of the Ninth National Assembly because of his alleged interest in the 2023 presidential race. The former Lagos State governor said rather than a future political ambition, his desire to prevent a repeat of Saraki and Dogara’s era was responsible for his support for the choice of President Mu

I’m Nigerian by birth, says Atiku

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The Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the February 23 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has denied the All Progressives Congress’ allegation that he is not eligible to contest because he was not born in Nigeria. Atiku stated this in a response to the APC’s reply to the petition he and his party jointly filed before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. He said he was born on November 25, 1946, in Jada, Adamawa State, therefore he was a Nigerian. The APC had alleged in its response that as of November 25, 1946, when Atiku was born, Jada, was part of  Northern Cameroon. But Atiku insisted that he was a Nigerian citizen, adding that his parents were also Nigerians by birth. He said while his father, Garba Atiku Abdulkadir, hailed from Wumo in the present-day Sokoto State, his mother, Aisha Kande, hailed from Dutse, now Jigawa State. Atiku and the PDP said, “Contrary to the allegations contained in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the 3rd responden

Easter: Ekweremadu Urges Prayers For National Security

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The Deputy President of the Senate has urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the Easter celebration to pray for the security of the nation and return to the path of reconciliation, peace, and justice. Ekweremadu, however, added that prayers should also come with the necessary steps to rethink the nation’s security architecture, especially policing arrangement. He made the call in his Easter goodwill message to the Christian faithful on Holy Saturday. He said: “I call on the Christian faithful and indeed every Nigerian to pray for divine intervention in the affairs of the nation, particular the frightening insecurity challenges facing various parts of the nation. “However, we must also muster the political will to take these security challenges head-on, beginning with the decentralisation of policing such that constituent parts of the nation are constitutionally empowered to take responsibility for the security of lives and property of the citizens like other federal states

‘Game of Thrones’ Star Jason Momoa Shaves Signature Beard to Promote Environmental Cause

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American actor, Jason Momoa, known for his roles as Khal Drogo and Aquaman in Game of Thrones and Aquaman, respectively, has shaved his signature beard to promote environmental protection. Momoa said he shaved his beard for the first time in seven years to bring awareness to the plastic “killing our planet.” The 39-year-old actor posted a four-minute video on YouTube titled, “Goodbye Drogo… I SHAVED.” Drogo walked through a pile of plastic ware at the beginning of the video and suggested that more aluminum packaging should replace plastic packaging. He said, “I hate going to the airport or being on an airplane and getting a water bottle this big (holding his fingers apart with a small distance). “When it can be an aluminum one. They have aluminum sodas and it’s fully recyclable.” “Aquaman is trying to do the best he can — for my kids, for your kids, for the world. Clean up the oceans, clean up the land. I love you guys. “Good bye, Drogo!” Momoa exclaimed as he shaved h

Ensure Immediate Implementation Of new Minimum Wage, NLC Tells FG

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The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the new national minimum wage bill of N30,000. A statement signed by the General Secretary of NLC Peter Ozo Eson, however called for immediate implementation of the law, given the fact that the process has dragged on for nearly two years. the statement also urged employers, particularly federal and state governments, to commence immediate negotiations with the appropriate unions on the impact of the new law on the wage structure with a view to timely and judicious implementation.

Children From Poor Family Have Weaker Brain Activities – Study

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A new research has revealed that children from low-income backgrounds, where parents have a low level of education, have weaker brain activity and are more likely to be distracted. The Lead researcher, Prof John Spencer from University of East Anglia’s School of Psychology and his team studied the brain function of children aged between four months and four years in rural India. They compared their results with children from families in Midwest America and found that children from lower-income backgrounds, had weaker brain activity and were more likely to be distracted. “Each year, 250 million children in low and middle income countries fail to reach their developmental potential which shows the growing need to understand the global impact of poverty on early brain and behavioural development.” Spencer added that “Previous work has shown that poverty and early adversities significantly impact brain development, contributing to a vicious cycle of poverty. But few studies have

CCT Delivers Judgment in Onnoghen’s Trial Thursday

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The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Monday fixed Thursday for its final judgment in the charges of false and non-declaration of assets instituted against Justice Walter Onnoghen, who reportedly resigned as the Chief Justice of Nigeria on April 4. The Danladi Umar-led three-man bench fixed the date for judgment after the prosecution led by Mr. Aliyu Umar (SAN), and the defence led by Mr. Okon Efut (SAN), adopted their final addresses. During the proceedings, the defence, in their final arguments, maintained that the prosecution failed to prove the six counts beyond reasonable doubt as required by law and urged the tribunal to dismiss the case. Efut maintained that the statement made by Onnoghen to the Code of Conduct Bureau was not confessional as alleged by the prosecution. He added that the charges, were incompetent and unconstitutional as they were based on the provisions of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and Bureau Act which were in conflict with the relevant provisions of the

Worker’s Car Stolen on National Assembly Premises

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A Honda Accord car belonging to a worker at the National Assembly was stolen from the premises during work hours on Friday. The victim, Mr Mathias Obaje, of the Legislative Scrutiny Department, Directorate of the House of Representatives, narrated his ordeal to Northern City News on the telephone on Saturday. Obaje, who is aspiring for the position of Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, said, “Yesterday (Friday), my car was stolen. I parked behind the Malima Restaurant around 9am and I locked the car properly. It was the day for debate and manifesto. After our presentations, I came out around 4.45pm and I did not see the car. “I went to the Crime Office at the National Assembly; from there, we proceeded to the DPO’s office. I gave them the particulars and details of the vehicle. They said they were going to investigate it.” Asked if the police had given any update on the crime since it was reported, Obaje said, “No.” He explained that the stole

Police Arrest Persons Involved In The Kidnap of Channels Television Staff

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* Recover arms and ammunition In line with the IGP’s stated commitment to curb all forms of crimes and criminality, especially incidences of kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country, Police Operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder, acting on intelligence report, on 9th April, 2019 at about 6:30am arrested three (3) notorious persons involved in the kidnap of Channels Television’s staff, Mr. Friday Okeregbe.   The suspects: Hanniel Patrick ‘m’ 29years from Akwa Ibom State, Abdulwahab Isah ‘m’ 28years and Salisu Mohammed ‘M’ 32years both from Kogi State have made useful statement to the Police.  Meanwhile, investigation reveals that Mr. Friday Okeregbe was not originally the intended target of the vicious criminals. However, on that fateful day, 22nd March, 2019, at 07:45PM, he was kidnapped when the kidnappers saw him parking his vehicle at a location in Lugbe, Abuja. Investigation further reveals that the victim was taken to the kidnappers’ den somewhere in Karimo