Cholera: 23 Dead, 530 Cases Recorded In Benue
Cholera has claimed no fewer than 23 deaths and 530 suspected cases in
Borno, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
said on Thursday .
The UN agency added in a statement that a cholera outbreak was first
reported by the state’s Ministry of Health, adding that the first case
was recorded on Aug. 16, 2017.
“Over 530 suspected cases had been registered as of Sept. 5, 2017, including 23 deaths (4.3 per cent fatality rate).
“Although most cases have been identified in Muna Garage camp, others
have been identified in Custom House, Ruwan Zafi and Bolori II, all
camps located near Muna Garage.
“There have also been reports of a suspected cholera outbreak in Monguno
and Dikwa Local Government Areas, northeast and east of Maiduguri,
respectively,” OCHA said.
Two Arrested For Catholic Priest’s Kidnap, Murder
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has confirmed the arrest of two
suspects in connection with the gruesome murder of a catholic priest,
Reverend Father Cyriacus Onunkwo.
Onunkwo was allegedly kidnapped by gunmen, last week Friday, from his vehicle in Orlu town, Orlu Local Government Area.
His body according to the Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Chris
Ezike, was discovered the following day, in a bush in Omuma Village, Oru
East Local Government Area.
Okorocha, who disclosed the report of the arrest while speaking at the
Government House in Owerri on Wednesday, said that security operatives
have arrested two suspects in connection with the crime. He said, “The
suspects are already making reasonable confession that can help police
in further investigations,”
Another 121 Stranded Nigerians Return From Libya
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, on Wednesday said it had
received another batch of 121 stranded Nigerians from Libya.
The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Suleiman Yakubu, received them on behalf
of the federal government, enjoining them to learn from their unpleasant
experiences in the course of their sojourn.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that NEMA had on August 29 received another batch of 139 returnees from Libya.
NAN reports that the total number of Nigerian returnees brought back
from Libya by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from
February, 2017 to date is 2,638.
FIFA Orders Replay Of South Africa vs Senegal World Cup Qualifier
The Bureau for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers has ordered a replay of the
qualification match between South Africa and Senegal which was played
on 12 November 2016.
This decision follows the confirmation of the Court of Arbitration for
Sport (CAS) to uphold the lifetime ban of match referee, Jospeh Lamptey,
for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary and
The match will be replayed within the November 2017 international window, with the exact date to be confirmed in due course.
20-Year Old Female Kidnapper Arrested In Ogun
20-year-old woman, Ajoke Owolabi, has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly abducting a seven-year-old girl, Rachael Olorunshola, for 19 months.
The girl was said to have been abducted in Abeokuta while returning from school.
It was gathered that she was brought home by a Good Samaritan last month.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Rachael raised the alarm on sighting her abductor.
He said, “She identified the suspect as her abductor. The suspect was arrested, but she denied knowing the girl.
“The girl mentioned her name as aunty Ajoke and when she was searched,
her name was tattooed on her body. It was then that she confessed to the
“She revealed that the little girl was taken to Oshodi in Lagos, where
she was kept for 19 months. She said she came to attend a party in
Abeokuta when the girl escaped from where she kept her in Lagos.”
Another Nigerian Who Attempted To Jump Into Lagoon In Suicide Bid Charged
31-year-old man, Hammed Olojo, who attempted to jump into the Lagos lagoon in a suicide bid, was charged before an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday.
Olojo was brought before Magistrate O.O.A. Fowowe-Erusiafe on a charge of attempted suicide.
He, however, pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge.
Olatunde said the accused was apprehended while attempting to jump into the lagoon and was quickly restrained.
He said the offence contravened Section 235 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Fowowe-Erusiafe, however, advised the accused that suicide was not the
way out and that he should look at the brighter side of life.
The magistrate admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She adjourned the case till November 16 for mention.
Buhari Has Fulfilled His Promise On Economic Recovery – APC
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has lauded the federal government
for the nation’s recent exit from economic recession as announced by the
National Bureau of Statistics, NBS.
The party expressed this in a press statement on Wednesday signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi.
“APC also commends the National Assembly as it continues to work with
the Executive on improving the economy and other areas of national
life,” Mr. Abdullahi said.
“Commendably, the country’s exit from recession was in tandem with the
current administration’s forecast that the country will experience
economic growth in 2017. This is another demonstration that the
President Buhari APC-led administration is one that keeps its promises,”
the party said.
It, however, said the government will not rest on its oars.
“APC thanks Nigerians for their patience, understanding and support for
the President Buhari administration while the economy was in recession.
Although there remains much more work to be done, we assure Nigerians
that the administration remains focused on its effort to sustain the
economy on the path of growth.
“As the President Buhari administration works assiduously to build a new
solid foundation, credible image and pull the country out of the
present hardships, we appeal for continued patience and the cooperation
The party said Mr. Buhari during the 2015 elections, promised to curb
corruption, restore the economy and ensure the security of the nation;
adding that he had kept his promise.