Woman, 26, dies of Lassa fever in Ogun

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta Lassa fever has killed a 26-year-old woman, Titilayo Akinsola, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The victim died on Saturday at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, where she was admitted four days ago. The hospital’s Public Relations Officer, Segun Orisajo, confirmed the death to reporters in Abeokuta Saturday night. Orisajo, who stated that the deceased was admitted to the hospital, disclosed that series of tests showed she had Lassa fever.The death came barely three days after the Ogun State government denied the outbreak of the…

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Dickson gives automatic employment to First Class graduates of NDU

Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson at the weekend offered automatic employment to 104 First Class graduates of Niger Delta University (NDU), Amasomma.   The governor made the pronouncement during the 5th Combined Convocation ceremony of the NDU for the 2015 to 2019 academic sessions.   The beneficiaries include 13 best graduating students of the different faculties of the institution which convoked 15,853 graduands with 91 making First Class.   The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, said the directive was in conformity with…

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Malami:  How Nigeria-Macao Agreement will benefit both countries

Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, has said that Nigeria stands to derive immense benefit from the  ratification of the  agreement for the transfer of sentenced persons between Nigeria and the Government of the Macao; Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.       President Muhammadu Buhari had on Friday, assented to the Instrument of Ratification of the Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons between the two parties.   This is sequel to the Federal Executive Council Conclusion of August 1,…

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WSJ: Saudi wealth fund in talks to buy Newcastle Utd for $447m

  Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is in talks to buy English soccer club Newcastle United for about 340 million pounds ($447 million), the Wall Street Journal reported here on Saturday, citing people familiar with the discussions. The deal would represent an exit for British billionaire Mike Ashley, who made his fortune from sportswear retailer Sports Direct (renamed Frasers Group last month) and first bought into Newcastle United in 2007. The WSJ said Saudi’s Public Investment Fund, together with a group of investors organised by British financier Amanda Staveley, are…

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Iwo monarch laments failure of Yoruba language

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi, Saturday lamented the failure of Yoruba language to evolve with the current trends and assert its identity among respectable languages in the world.     Speaking against the background of the recent addition of some Nigerian words into the Oxford Dictionary, the First Class traditional ruler said he is worried by the inability of the Yoruba language to translate some English words into Yoruba and vice versa.     The Oxford English Dictionary had last week incorporated some local words, such as, Danfo,…

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Almajiri crisis: A cry for our children

        Where is our shame? Where is our collective responsibility?  Allah Ya Isa!     In the last month, social media has been awash with multiple scenes, most from Northern Nigeria, of mile-long queues of hungry young children—Almajirai or Almajiri children as they are now referred to; bowls in hand, waiting for food. These images stand in stark contrast with recent images that have also been circulating for the last year in the same region; of displays of opulent lifestyles and exhibition of immeasurable wealth. These contrasts of…

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Mushin plank market, 4 other locations ravaged by fire in Lagos

The popular Amu Plank Market in Mushin was among five buildings and facilities ravaged by fire in various locations in Lagos State within the last two days. Director General, Lagos Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that areas affected were Ogba, Agege, Lekki, Ikeja GRA and Mushin. NAN reports that many shops and buildings at the Mushin plank market went up in flames during the fire which started around 11.p.m. on Friday. Amu market is popular stockist of building materials ranging from tiles,…

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Aussie Open: Kyrgios wins thriller to set up Nadal clash

Nick Kyrgios will face top seed Rafael Nadal in the last 16 at the Australian Open after an “insane” five-set win over Karen Khachanov. Kyrgios, who missed match points in the third and fourth sets, won 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (6-8) 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (10-8). The Australian, 24, needed nearly four-and-a-half hours to win a tense third-round match against the Russian – having led by two sets and a break. But he came through in a final-set tie-break at a boisterous Melbourne Arena. “It was definitely one of the craziest…

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KDSG confirms one case of Lassa fever

The Kaduna State Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed that a 36-year-old patient in Chikun Local Government Area has tested positive to Lassa fever virus. A statement issued in Kaduna by the Commissioner for Health, Amina Baloni, said the patient is being treated at a designated infectious disease control centre. “The ministry of health reiterates its appeal to the public to maintain the highest standard of individual hygiene and to report any suspected cases promptly to the nearest health facility. “Test results have confirmed a case of Lassa fever in…

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Experts caution against excessive, unprescibed use of sex stimulants

Some experts have cautioned against excessive and sometimes unprescribed use of sex stimulant in view of its health implications. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that sex stimulants could be found in orthodox and natural forms, including herbs, foods and fruits. NAN reports that sex stimulants have become popular in the quest to get sexual satisfaction, improve poor marital relationships and, in some cases, to improve self-esteem. Some experts have, however, cautioned that continuous usage and abuse of sex stimulants could lead to addiction and damage to the nerves.…

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