* Monkey Pox spreads to Lagos, Rivers, five other States (ThisDay) * NNPC Response: Kachikwu’s board effectively redundant (ThisDay)

* Monkey Pox spreads to Lagos, Rivers, five other States (ThisDay)     * NNPC Response: Kachikwu’s board effectively redundant (ThisDay)



Monkey Pox spreads to Lagos, Rivers, five other States (ThisDay)

Following the outbreak of the monkey pox virus in Bayelsa State recently, other suspected cases have been reported in six more states in the country, bringing the total number of suspected cases so far to 31. The states that have reported cases of the virus are Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River. Making this known Monday, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said samples had been collected from each of the suspected cases for laboratory confirmation and results were still being awaited. Read more

NNPC Response: Kachikwu’s board effectively redundant (ThisDay)

One week after a memo written by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, of not adhering to due process in the award of contracts by the corporation and insubordination was made public, NNPC in its response Monday to the issues raised in Kachikwu’s letter effectively rendered the corporation’s board chaired by the minister of state redundant. Read more

Osinbajo: I have no plan to contest for Presidency in 2019 (ThisDay)

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo Monday said he had no plan to contest the 2019 presidential election. According to Reuters, Osinbajo said this when he was asked at the Financial Times Africa Summit in London if he had considered running for the presidency.“None of that is on the cards,” the vice-president reportedly said. Osinbajo had earlier disowned a group known as Osinbajo Volunteers, which is campaigning for his election as president in 2019. Read more

I’ve got what it takes to lead PDP -Bode George (SUN)

Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and an aspirant to the position of the national chairman, Chief Bode George, has said he has what it takes to lead the party. If the Port-Harcourt convention had gone as planned, Jimi Agbaje would have emerged chairman. What has changed between the time you had the botched Port-Harcourt convention and now?

When we pray, we ask God to save us from calamity. When you hear ‘Olohun ma je ki a pade agbako’, it is a valid and potent prayer in my part of the country. So much has changed. We now have a second chance. Read more

…You lack integrity, Pearse replies (SUN)

Dr. Adetokunbo Pearse, is the Lagos State Coordinator for Professor Tunde Adeniran, one of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) national chairmanship aspirants. In this encounter, Dr. Pearse explains why Professor Adeniran, was best suited for the job. Why are you supporting Prof. Tunde Adeniran for the chairmanship position?

I am supporting Prof. Tunde Adeniran to be the next National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because at this point in the history of the party, we need a leader who has prompt experience and most importantly, whose commitment to the party is unwavering. Read more

TCN restores second Jebba-Kainji, Ajaokuta-Gwagwalada transmission lines (Vanguard)

The Transmission Company of Nigeria said that it has successfully restored and energised the second 330kV power transmission line 1 from Jebba to Kainji, and the Ajokuta – Gwagwalada 330kV Double Circuit transmission line 11 on Monday, October 2, 2017. In a statement signed by the GM (Public Affairs), Ndidi Mbah, TCN said that the second 330kV Kainji -Jebba line had been unavailable for two years, due to technical problems emanating from the Kainji end of the power transmission line, while the Ajaokuta-Gwagwalada line 11, was out on account of cut sky wire which tangled with conductors at towers 338 and 339. Read more

The good in the North-South exchange of visits (Vanguard)

The recent exchange of visits by some Northern and South East leaders has undoubtedly reignited the spirit of brotherhood which reckless acts of some elements in authority and youths in the wider society had sought to break over the Biafra agitation. First was the visit to the East by a delegation of Northern governors led by the Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF, Governor Kashim Shettima, to Port-Harcourt, Owerri and Umuahia, in late September 2017. In the delegation were also Governors Aminu Masari of Katsina State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and Simon Lalong of Plateau State. Read more

No single syringe, others in Villa clinic – Aisha Buhari (Punch)

Aisha, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, publicly upbraided the Chief Medical Director of the State House Medical Centre, Dr. Husain Munir, for the poor state of the health facility established to take care of the President, Vice-President, their families as well as members of staff of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. She spoke at the opening of a two-day stakeholders’ meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.Mrs. Buhari admitted that Nigeria was unstable in the last six months owing largely to the President’s ill-health that forced him to remain outside the country for months. Read more

Imo woman bathes husband to death with acid (Punch)

Residents of Akwakuma Autonomous Community in the Owerri North Council Area of Imo State are in grief after the murder of a stonemason, Raymond Ihugba, by his wife. The 50-year-old father of four children was reportedly killed by his wife, Augustina, after a protracted misunderstanding between them. Punch Metro gathered that the remains of the victim had been deposited at the mortuary of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, while the suspect was on the run. Read more

Court remands five over N15m fraud (Punch)

An Edo State High Court has remanded five former executive members of the Edo State Welders Association in custody.The suspects were accused of stealing a sum of N15m belonging to the association. They were arraigned on Monday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 15 counts bothering on conspiracy, stealing by conversation, forgery and altering. The commission listed the accused to include Isaac Ogundimu, Monday Ewemade, John Odaro, Andrew Egharevba and Omorogbe Jacob. Read more

I didn’t fail at El-Kanemi – Bosso (Punch)

Ladan Bosso has said he left El-Kanemi Warriors following   the expiration of his contract with the club  at the end of last season, dismissing reports that he sacked. The former Flying Eagles coach left the Nigeria Professional Football League side on Wednesday  after two years in the saddle. Bosso led El-Kanemi to the sixth position in the league  with 56 points from 38 matches. Bosso, who has also coached Abia Warriors, told our correspondent on the telephone on Thursday that he  had no  regrets leaving  Maiduguri club. He insisted that he did not fail at the club. Read more

Zambian fans want FAZ to petition FIFA over Nigeria’s qualification (ThisDay)

Passionate football fans in Zambia are mounting pressure on the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to protest to FIFA for a possible rematch of last Saturday’s World Cup 2018 qualifying game against Nigeria that the Chipolopolo lost 1-0.This development is coming 48 hours after the world football body sent a congratulatory letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and 12 other countries that have secured qualifications before the final games of the qualification series in November. Read more

Pinnick heads to Cairo for first AFCON meeting (Thenff)

NFF President Amaju Pinnick will on Wednesday in Cairo, Egypt preside over his first meeting as President of the Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations. Following the toppling of the old order at CAF seven months ago, leading to the enthronement of new blood headed by Mr. Ahmad, Nigeria’s Pinnick also won election as Member of the Executive Committee, and two months later was appointed the President of AFCON. Read more

World Cup: NFF shops for top friendly matches for Eagles (Vanguard)

Having qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia,  top quality friendly matches against highly-rated teams are being lined up for the Super Eagles. Nigeria became the first African nation to book one of the five spaces reserved for Africa at next summer’s World Cup, with a 1-0 victory over the Chipolopolo of Zambia weekend at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo. Read more

Ronaldo, Messi top Ballon d’Or list (Punch)

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi lead an illustrious list of 30 players nominated for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award, Goal reports.The full list of top footballers was revealed across Monday by organisers France Football, with Champions League and La Liga winners Real Madrid dominating with seven nominees. Following unprecedented back-to-back Champions League wins, Real Madrid star Ronaldo is joined on the roster by attackers Karim Benzema and Isco, defenders Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, and midfielders Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Read more

Meryl Streep speaks out against Harvey Weinstein and ‘disgraceful’ sexual harassment allegations (Independent)

Two of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actresses have both condemned and distanced themselves from producer Harvey Weinstein’s over allegations of sexual harassment made against him, saying they were unaware of his actions. Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, both venerated performers who have worked with Mr Weinstein, said in statements that they had no knowledge of the producer’s alleged abuses. Read more

Turkish troops enter Syria in major operation to support anti-Assad rebels (Independent)

Turkey has sent troops across the border into Syria’s northwest Idlib province to aid anti-regime rebel groups, a move which has the potential to spark further violence in the conflict-ravaged area. A statement from Ankara on Monday said that Turkish soldiers had moved into Idlib overnight as part of an operation to enforce the internationally-brokered ‘de-escalation’ zone deal, agreed earlier this year. Read more

Las Vegas security guard was shot before gunman opened fire on crowd (Telegraph)

A hotel security guard was shot by the Las Vegas mass shooting’s gunman before he opened fire on concert-goers, authorities said on Monday, revising the timeline of the attack. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo had previously said the guard was shot after gunman Stephen Paddock fired at the country music festival and that the guard’s arrival in the hallway of the Mandalay Bay hotel may have caused Paddock to stop firing. Read more

Anthrax may have caused the sudden death of 100 Hippos (Time)

More than 100 hippopotamuses have died over the past week in Bwabwata National Park, in northeast Namibia, leaving authorities scrambling to explain the cause. Agence France-Presse reports that some veterinary experts in the southwestern African country believe the sudden deaths may have been caused by anthrax. “Over 100 hippos died in the past week. The cause of death is unknown but the signs so far show that it could be anthrax,” Minister for Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta told AFP. He noted that the death toll could be higher, as crocodiles may have eaten some of the carcasses. Read more

UN: Colombian police fired on mission sent to probe slayings (Washingtonpost)

The United Nations denounced Colombia’s anti-narcotics police on Monday for firing on a humanitarian mission it led to investigate the murder of several coca growers during clashes with security forces. The mission, comprised of observers from the U.N. as well as the Organization of American States and church groups, were attempting Sunday to reach a remote outpost where the killings took place when they were stopped in their tracks by four exploding stun grenades as well as teargas and the sound of gunfire, according to the U.N.’s human rights office in Colombia. Read more

10 million Australians vote so far in same-sex marriage poll (Reuters)

Ten million Australians, or 62.5 percent of eligible voters, have cast their votes so far in a postal ballot on whether same-sex marriage should be legalised, the Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.That was up from an estimate of 9.2 million made a week ago. Australians began voting last month in the non-binding poll to inform the government on whether voters wanted Australia to become the 25th nation to permit same-sex marriage. The results will be announced on Nov. 15. Read more



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