Arik Air resumes flights to Owerri

Arik Air says it will resume flight services to the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, from October 21. The airline made the announcement in a statement signed by its Chief Executive Officer, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu, on Monday in Lagos. Ilegbodu said the airline suspended flights to Owerri early in 2019 due to operational exigencies, adding that since then passengers had been yearning for a return of the carrier. He said re-launch of flights to Owerri was coming on the heels of resumption of services to Warri by the airline on September…

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Woman,19, docked for allegedly escaping from police custody

A 19-year-old unemployed woman, Precious Ogbonna, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly escaping from lawful custody. Ogbonna, who lives at Ikeja, Lagos, is being tried for breach of peace and escape from lawful custody. The Prosecutor, Insp. Mojirade Edeme, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on October 2 at Allen Ave. Ikeja. She said the defendant escaped from custody when she was arrested in connection with a case of conduct likely a threat to life. “The defendant was arrested when she…

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Zimbabwe doctors defy court order, continue strike

Striking Zimbabwe government junior doctors remained on strike on Monday despite a Labour Court ruling issued on Friday giving them 48 hours to return to work. The doctors went on strike on September 3 demanding better working conditions and improved salaries. Their direct employer, the Health Service Board, took the matter to the Labour Court which on Friday determined that the strike was illegal and that the doctors should return to work, reports Xinhua. The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association on Sunday said that it had “noted with great dismay” the…

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Kwara NMA demands decriminalisation of suicide

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has called on the Federal Government to decriminalise suicide in the country. The Deputy Chairman, Kwara NMA, Prof. Baba Issa, made the appeal at a news conference on Monday in Ilorin. He said that anyone who attempted suicide obviously needed help, which was not gotten. Issa was speaking in commemoration of the 2019 Physician’s week holding from October 12 to 19. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Care of the Unknown Patient: Policy Overview and Review”. The event has other sub-themes like: “Curbing the…

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Court remands 72-yr-old man for allegedly raping, impregnating daughter

The Chief Magistrates’ Court 10 in Gombe, on Monday remanded 72-year-old Ibrahim Yunusa in prison custody for allegedly raping and impregnating his biological daughter. Yunusa of Dadinkowa, Yamaltu/Deba Local Government, Gombe State had on arraignment pleaded not guilty to the charge. The Chief Magistrate, Daura Sikkam ordered the remand of the accused person and adjourned the case to November 13 for further mention to enable police complete investigation. Earlier, reading the police First Information Report (FIR) Dalaky Wanma, the court clerk, said the accused committed the offences several times between…

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Remains of Ethiopian Airlines crash victims arrive Kenya

The remains of 28 out of 32 Kenyans who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March have been brought to Kenya. The victims’ families and state officials received the caskets which arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the capital Nairobi from Ethiopia. Flight ET302 crashed on March 10 shortly after take off killing all 157 people on board, reports the BBC.

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Congo to start using Ebola vaccine November

Health authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo will introduce a Johnson & Johnson Ebola vaccine in November in the country’s eastern provinces, to counter the current outbreak, they said. The J&J vaccine will complement another vaccine manufactured by Merck, which has been administered to more than 225,000 people. It requires two injections eight weeks apart, unlike the Merck vaccine, which requires a single shot. A first batch of 500,000 doses of the J&J vaccine should arrive in Congo next week, the authorities said in a statement. The inoculation process will…

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Report: 14 killed as Turkey ‘bombs convoy of foreign journalists, aid workers’ in Syria

AT least 14 people have been killed in a devastating Turkish air raid on a civilian convoy in Syria yesterday, according to reports. Five civilians, including a journalist, died after they were attacked as they arrived at the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain, that Turkish-allied forces have seized, reports thesun.co.uk. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (Sohr) said the death toll from the strike was 14. A Kurdish news agency Hawar said one of its reporters was killed. Several foreign journalists were with the convoy when it was…

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Newborn girl found alive in shallow grave

A newborn girl allegedly buried alive in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has been rescued by a villager. The man discovered the baby in an earthen pot in a grave when he had gone to a ground to bury his own daughter who had died minutes after birth. The man alerted the police – the infant was taken to a hospital in Bareilly district and is said to be improving, reports the BBC. Police say they are are looking for the parents of the newborn girl and trying…

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Malaysia to cut export duties for crude palm oil in 2020

Malaysia will reduce duties on exports of crude palm oil, its first review since the current tax rate was imposed in 2013, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said on Monday. Under the new tax regime, the export duty rate will be set at 3% when prices are between 2,250 ringgit ($538.54) and 2,400 ringgit per tonne, down from the current duty of 4.5%, reports Reuters. The export duty rate will go up to 4.5% at the next price tier of 2,401 ringgit to 2,550 ringgit, and rise at 0.5% increments…

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