* Treatment for Lassa fever free, says FG (Punch) * US Secretary of State Tillerson arrives Nigeria (SUN)

* Treatment for Lassa fever free, says FG (Punch)       * US Secretary of State Tillerson arrives Nigeria (SUN)

SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE MARCH 12, 2018

 

Treatment for Lassa fever free, says FG (Punch)

The Federal Government says treatment for Lassa fever remains free and urged members of the public to disregard news to the contrary. The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said this in a statement on Sunday. The NCDC boss disclosed this in a reaction to newspaper reports that the high cost of treating Lassa fever was responsible for the high mortality rate recorded so far in the country. Read more

US Secretary of State Tillerson arrives Nigeria (SUN)

United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, arrives the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, today, as part of his ongoing tour of Africa. Tillerson will be received by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olukunle Bamgbose at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Tillerson’s visit, according to US Department of State, is to further US partnerships with the governments and people of Africa. This was disclosed by the US Embassy Public Affairs Section, Abuja, yesterday. “The Secretary will arrive on Monday (today). The Secretary will be greeted by the Permanent Secretary of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs before departing.” Read more

‘No room for rigging in Edo’ (Nation)

The National Youth Leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Hon Udeh Okoye, has said that youths will resisit rigging in next year’s elections. Okoye said PDP youths will mobilise against electoral malpractices and defend the sanctity of the ballot box. He spoke in Benin City, Edo State capital, while delivering a speech at a PDP youth conference with the theme: ‘Youth and Leadership: Waking Up The Sleeping Giant. Okoye urged the youths to rise in defense of democracy. Read more

Nigerian artistes storm UN hq (PremiumTimes)

Some Nigerian women artistes on Sunday night “locked down” the UN headquarters complex in New York to spotlight various themes such as human trafficking, suicide bombing, and sexism and sexual harassment. Tagged ‘Unity in Diversity: An evening of art and hope with Nigerian women’, it was meant to show the strength of women as agents of change in African societies often dominated by men. The event, organised by UN Women, UN Population Fund and Nigeria’s Permanent Mission to the UN, with other partners, attracted dignitaries from all walks of life, filling the UN General Assembly Hall to capacity. Read more

Imo 2019 on my mind (Vanguard)

For the sake of the false history Owelle Rochas Okorocha orchestrated in Imo State, permit this writer to use the literary license of the portmanteau word “Fistory” for False History. Many may have forgotten, but Okorocha was elected to Government House Owerri with the  mandate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA. A master of false pretenses, Okorocha presented the  face of a progressive before members of APGA and deceptively gained their mandate and by the victory of his party, APGA, in that  gubernatorial election, became the elected governor of Imo State. Shortly thereafter, Read more

Igbo’ll be major beneficiaries of Buhari’s re-election –VON DG (Punch)

The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has said Ndigbo will be the major beneficiaries of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in office. The apex socio-political body of the Igbo, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, had, in a recent statement, said it was only interested in restructuring, and had not taken any decision on the 2019 elections. Speaking in Enugu on Sunday, Okechukwu, a member of the All Progressives Congress, advised the Igbo to back Buhari for a second term, as, according to him, restructuring was already on the agenda of the Buhari-led Federal Government. Read more

Saraki lauds Ekweremadu’s appointment as professor (SUN)

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has congratulated his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, on his appointment as a professor and senior mentoring scholar of E-Governance and Strategic Government Studies, by the Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the United States of America. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described Ekweremadu’s appointment as well deserved in view of his academic bent, notwithstanding his crowded legislative and political responsibilities. Read more

2019: Okorocha draws battle line with Catholic priest (SUN)

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has drawn the battle line with Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Diocese, Most Reverend Anthony Obinna. The state government has vowed not to succumb to blackmail, ahead of the 2019 governorship election in the state. The state government’s position was in response to a recent allegation that some supporters of Okorocha physically attacked Obinna during a funeral mass in Owerri.  Liaison officer in Imo State liaison office, Abuja, Dr. Edward Ihejirika, and the governor’s aide on Electoral Matters, Steve Asimobi, who addressed a press conference in Abuja, at the weekend, accused archbishop Obinna of blackmail and intimidation, with intention to play a prominent role in the choice of Okorocha’s successor. Read more

Ugwuanyi tasks Enugu stakeholders on voters registration (Guardian)

Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has charged stakeholders in the state, irrespective of their political affiliations, to intensify efforts towards the on-going voters’ registration exercise through the sensitization and mobilization of eligible voters, who have not registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to do so and obtain their permanent voters’ cards (PVCs). He made the call while addressing members of the People’s Democratic Party during the expanded meeting of the Enugu East Senatorial District of the party held at its zonal headquarters in Enugu Read more

Man abducts pupil, 3, after tricking brother with snack (Punch)

The parents of Chibugo Onwekwe, a three-year-old pupil at Gospel Nursery and Primary International School, Ahoda, Rivers State, are worried about her safety after she was abducted. The nursery 1 pupil was reportedly abducted around 8am on February 28, 2017, shortly after she and her elder brother were dropped off by their mother a few metres from the school gate. Punch Metro learnt that the abductor, who was said to be on a motorcycle, had approached the siblings while they were heading towards the school gate. Read more

145 arrested over herdsmen/farmers clashes (Nation)

A Presidency source late Sunday night confirmed that at least 145 suspects have since been arrested by the Nigeria Police following herdsmen/farmers clashes in some parts of the country, including Benue, Kaduna and Nasarawa states. The arrests occurred between January 2016 and January 2018. President Muhammadu Buhari who had given instructions to security agencies to fish out perpetrators of the violence, has been visiting some of the troubled spots and is expected in Benue State. The source, who does not want his name in prints, also revealed that out of the number, 124 have been charged to court, while 21 suspects are under investigation and waiting to be charged to court. Read more

Police arrest charms-bearing yahoo boys (Punch)

The Cross River State Police Command on Friday arrested three Internet fraudsters, also known as yahoo-boys, with charms which they used in defrauding and dispossessing their victims of money and other valuables. This was just as another group of five yahoo-boys were also arrested on the streets of Calabar. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, who disclosed this in Calabar during the parade of the suspects, gave the names of the yahoo boys that were arrested with charms as 22-year-old Chukwuemeka Ahunanya; Francis Ugochukwu, 25; and Emmanuel Chukwuma, 25. Read more

Communal clash claims 11 in Cross River (SUN)

Eleven persons have been reportedly killed in a communal clash between Okwabang and Beebo communities of Boki East, in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State. While two persons were killed on Friday, one each from both communities, nine Okuabang natives were hacked to death yesterday morning by Beebo guerrillas. Okwabang and Beebo communities, with vast amounts of the state’s rainforest reserve, have been engaged in an age-long land dispute, leading to destruction of life and property, in spite of repeated peace moves. Read more

Eagles not afraid of Messi, insists Rohr, Ezenwa (Punch)

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr and goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa say the form of Argentina superstar Lionel Messi is not giving them worries ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup. The Eagles are in Group D alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia at the Mundial and would clash against their South American foes in their final group game in Saint Petersburg on June 26. Both sides have met at the World Cup four times with the more illustrious South Americans triumphing on all occasions. Read more

Rangers wins Oriental derby, beats Enyimba 1-0 (Guardian)

Enugu Rangers’ Coach, Gbenga Ogunbote yesterday proved he knew Enyimba inside out when he set up his team for a hard fought victory over the Peoples Elephant.It was Enyimba’s first loss in eight games, but while the Aba team rued its loss, the fans at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium left the arena feeling fully satisfied by the great game they witnessed. Ogunbote was Enyimba’s coach last season. Both teams have 14 league wins between them and their recent exploits were enough drawing power for the fans. Ultimately, Rangers won the game through a Bright Silas’ early header, which the Peoples Elephant could not cancel in 90 minutes. Read more

Rohr calls for more grass pitch stadiums for NPFL matches (Nation)

Super Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr on Sunday in Lagos expressed his preference for Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches to be played more on grass pitch stadiums. Rohr spoke with the News men after the NPFL Match Day 12 fixture between Lagos-based MFM FC and Heartland FC of Owerri at Agege Stadium. The coach said while he was impressed with the standard of the league he believed it would be improved more if games were played on grass as against synthetic pitches. Read more

Slovakian interior minister resigns after street protests over murdered journalist Jan Kuciak (Independent)

Slovakia‘s interior minister has resigned following the biggest street protests in decades over the death of Jan Kuciak, an investigative journalist. On Friday, an estimated 50,000 people rallied in Bratislava and thousands more in other cities to call on Slovakia’s Prime Minister, Robert Fico, to dismiss his closest ally, Robert Kalinak. “It’s important for stability to be maintained, therefore I decided to resign the post of deputy prime minister and interior minister,” Mr Kalinak said. Read more

China’s attendance at Vatican organ conference hailed as sign of progress (Chriataintoday)

China’s attendance at a Vatican conference on combating organ trafficking underlines improving ties between China and the Church and will build momentum for better relations in other areas, a former senior Chinese official said. Communist China and the Vatican do not have formal diplomatic relations but negotiations towards what would be a breakthrough agreement on the appointment of bishops have made progress, the deputy head of the official Chinese Catholics association said last week. Read more

Some fun facts about Pope Francis at the 5-year mark (Abcnews)

In five years, the world has gotten to know Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina who was so self-deprecating that when he emerged on the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica on March 13, 2013, as Pope Francis, he quipped that his brother cardinals had to search to the “end of the Earth” to find a new leader. For starters, he likes his mate — an Argentine tea. He suffers from sciatica. For a period in his 40s he saw a psychoanalyst to “clear up some things.” His favorite film is Fellini’s “La Strada” followed closely by “Rome, Open City” with a fondness too for “Babette’s Feast.” Read more

 

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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