Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Thursday, made it known that Nigeria is currently in talks with the Russian Government and other countries producing reliable vaccines for a possible supply when they are developed.
Ehanire made this known during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, on Thursday in Abuja.
With regards to the conversation we had with His Excellency, the Russian Ambassador, there was no memo. We requested to know about the development of their vaccines, how far they have gone, and what they have done so far. His Excellency came with a memoir, which is a document explaining how far they have gone and giving us contact information of their scientists, particularly the research centre where this development was going on. At the meeting we had with the Ambassador, we also had our own side present – who asked questions and were given a website to contact the scientists at the research centre. That conversation is going on as I speak and I haven’t got a report yet. We are in conversation and our own is to look at all countries who are producing reliable vaccines, and ways of collaborating with them in obtaining vaccines or manufacturing other licence if possible or whatever kind of collaboration that is possible. The Federal Government has a vaccine company that is just beginning to work – Bio Vaccine Nigeria Limited. The Federal Government has a share. The chairman was at that conference also that we had with the Russian Ambassador. They are also following up I’m sure to find opportunities of collaboration. I don’t rule it out that one day they may be invited to visit to look at how far they have gone and what we can learn from them,” he explained.
A tipper driver on Thursday night crushed a commercial motorcyclist to death in Mmiriele, along Ozubulu road Nnewi, Anambra State.
Eyewitnesses say that the crash occurred as a result of excessive speeding leading to loss of control.
Acting Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Kamal Musa confirmed the incident.
At about 1920hrs on Thursday 17th September, 2020, a fatal Road Traffic Crash RTC involving a Green/Black M/Benz 911 with registration number XH 712 PHC and a Blue/white Honda Motorcycle without a registration number was recorded at Mmiriele along Ozubulu road Nnewi. The crash also involved three male adults, including the motorcyclist who allegedly died on the spot and was taken to St. Felix Okolo hospital Nnewi, by the FRSC rescue team from Nnewi Unit Command. The corpse was deposited at the morgue after he was confirmed dead by the doctors in the hospital. The Sector Commander, FRSC, Andrew Kumapayi prays for God to grant the deceased family the fortitude to bear the irrevocable loss. He also warns motorists to desist from over speeding and drive in line with the speed limits stipulated by law,” he stated.
Detectives from Force Headquarters, Abuja have made known the arrest of an aide to Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on charges of an assassination attempt.
The suspect identified as Sunday Okoro Ukwejemifo is the special Assistant on Security to Governor Okowa. He is alleged to be complicit in the attempted murder of one Sunny Nwakego, a Sapele businessman.
It was gathered that Ukwejemifor, has been on the police watch list since 2009 for alleged involvement in the kidnapping, arson, unresolved murders and armed robbery. He was arrested alongside six others.
It was alleged Ukwejemifor hired five persons from Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, to kill the businessman.
The Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has directed that all the state’s hospitals and the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) treat snake bites free of charge.
The State Health Commissioner Razak Raji made this known to journalists on Wednesday in Ilorin, the state capital while presenting a 100-bed sets, medicines, and other medicaments to authorities of UITH by Sir Emeka Offor Foundation in partnership with Savannah Centre for Development, Diplomacy, and Democracy.
“Just last week, Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq donated several anti-snake venom vaccines to be used on patients of snake bite free. And we deployed such also to some of the state general hospitals. As I am talking to you now snakebite should be treated in the state free. Either in teaching or general hospitals and the hospitals had acknowledged the receipt of the vaccines. This development is very good even though coming from a foundation. We encourage other philanthropists and foundations to continue in this manner. So that patients will come here and utilize the facilities and have access to some of the free medications. The gesture is good for Kwarans,” Dr Raji stated.
In the recent massive airstrikes conducted by the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji, several armed bandits have been killed at their hideout at the Kwiambana forest area of Zamfara State. The bandits’ logistics facilities was also destroyed.
This was made known in a statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche.
“The Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI has eliminated several armed bandits and destroyed their logistics facilities in massive airstrikes conducted in the Kwiambana Forest area of Zamfara State. This was achieved yesterday, 15 September 2020, as part of air interdiction missions being executed under subsidiary Operation WUTAN DAJI 2 to rid the North West of the Country of armed bandits and other criminal elements. The location was designated for attack after Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports and confirmatory Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, established that the cluster of huts and other structures at the edge of the Forest served as a hideout for notorious bandits’ leaders ‘Sani Mochoko’ and ‘Damina’ and some of their fighters. Accordingly, the Air Component scrambled Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location. The attack aircraft took turns in engaging the target area resulting in significant damage to the bandits’ structures as well as the killing of several of their fighters,” the statement read.
The United States Government has placed a visa restriction on Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, at least 7,000 people have signed a petition calling on the United Kingdom and the European Union to follow suit.
However, the petition, which was initiated by a former Presidential aide, Reno Omokri, on Tuesday, was addressed to the UK Parliament, the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson; Council of the European Union, and the European Parliament.
Checks by The Nation on Change.Org showed that the petition had hit 8,000 as of 1 pm on Wednesday.
Omokri, a social media aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, who initiated the petition, accused el-Rufai of being a threat to the peace and security of Nigeria for many reasons. He added that El-rufai insulted Jesus Christ on Twitter, on January 27, 2013.
The petition further read, “On February 6, 2019, he threatened foreign observers, including observers from the EU and UK with death, warning that they would return in body bags should they intervene in Nigeria.
On July 15, 2012, Nasir El-Rufai said, and I quote ‘We will write this for all to read. Anyone, soldier, or not that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes.’
This threat has been carried out in Southern Kaduna where there is an ongoing genocide of Christians under el-Rufai’s watch.”
Omokri said on August 23, 2019, the governor charged the Anglican Bishop of Zaria province of Kaduna, Abiodun Ogunyemi, for defamation.
On April 24, 2019, another of his sons, Bashir el-Rufai, described the pogrom against Igbos as sweet.
It is for this reason that Nigerian citizens call on the government of the United Kingdom and the European Union Presidency to follow the lead of the United States and place a visa ban on Nasir El-Rufai, who is scheming to become Nigeria’s President, to prevent a Rwandan style genocide in Nigeria,” he said.
The governor has been accused of mismanaging the diversity of Kaduna State which has led to the killings of hundreds of persons mostly in Southern Kaduna.
He was also accused of human rights abuse including ensuring the prolonged and illegal detention of government critics.
The US state department has made known economic sanctions against Zineb Jammeh, the wife of Gambia’s former President, Yahya Jammeh.
Jammeh is said to have been involved in illicit transfer of funds to her husband.
“Zineb Jammeh is designated for her role in materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing support to her husband. She utilised a charitable foundation and charities as cover to facilitate the illicit transfer of funds to her husband,” the statement said.
Following the approval of the health protocol by the Tunisian scientific committee for the fight against coronavirus — which calls for the application of social distancing between pupils and the mandatory mask-wearing only for teachers and educational staff as children are at less risk of infection.
In order to help in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the nation has received several batches of medical aid from the Chinese government, Chinese foundations, and other companies since late March.
The importation of fish and milk into the country will soon be banned by the federal government.
During the official commissioning of the Agribusiness incubation center (AIC) at Federal University Dutse, in Jigawa State, Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources revealed this.
Nanono said the Federal Government will further look critically on all food importation into the country.
The Minister explained that Nigeria is blessed with so many resources and opportunities, stressing that there is nothing that is imported that is not produced in the country.
” We will look critically into the importation of any food into the country because we all have it, Nigeria is a country where we eat what we produce and produce what we eat” he stated.
He said Nigeria has about 25m cows in the country but the only problem the country has is how to get the milk.
He added that the Federal Government has commenced small scale milk processing centers to mitigate the importation of milk into the country.
Forty-nine shops and four houses were burnt down in a fire as a result of a fuel tanker colliding with a trailer in the Lambata area of Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State.
It was gathered that the incident happened at 11pm on Sunday night.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) revealed that the trailer was loaded with rice husks and was parked by the roadside when the fuel tanker coming from Minna direction lost control and rammed into it. The tanker burst into flames seconds later, burning the two vehicles beyond recognition. Shops and residential houses across the road also got burnt.
At the time of reporting, the whereabouts of drivers of both vehicles were unknown, but officials confirmed that no one died in the incident.
The state fire service from Suleja put out the fire in the early hours on Monday.
Several traders were seen lamenting over the shops lost in the fire.
Governor Sani Bello in a statement by his chief press secretary Mrs. Mary Berje on Monday commiserated with people who were affected by the incident, saying that his government would support them to ease their losses.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has made it known that it has disbursed N5million as revolving loans to 500 women across the 33 local governments in Oyo State, to boost their businesses.
It was gathered that the money was disbursed through the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to beneficiaries at Donald Hall, St Joseph Catholic Church, Oke-Ado, Ibadan.
The state NDE Coordinator, Mrs. Olayinka Olayemi, stated that the initiative was designed to help the women start and expand their businesses and that the program was under NDE’s Micro Enterprises Enhancement Scheme (MEES).
She added that it would contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction.
Olayemi said the empowerment was part of the Federal Government’s laudable program across the country being implemented by the NDE under the leadership of Dr. Nasiru Argungun.
Argungun also said each of the beneficiaries would get N10, 000 as financial backing to start up a micro business or expand the existing one.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, has made it known in a statement on Monday in Abuja that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed five members of Boko Haram/Islamic States for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists and rescued seven kidnapped victims in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno.
Enenche stated that the troops supported by the Air Task Force successfully raided the terrorists’ location at Hamdaga Makaranta town in Gwoza on September 6.
Adding that the gallant troops overwhelmed them, killing five, while others escaped with gunshots wounds.
“Troops also cleared nine identified isolated BHT/ISWAP structures and farmlands in the area. Furthermore, troops successfully rescued seven kidnapped victims comprising two females and five children. Currently, the gallant troops have dominated the area with aggressive patrols,” he stated.
A woman identified as Ifeyinwa Ezukamma, 40, has revealed that she has been chased out of her matrimonial home by her husband’s family for seeking justice for her eight-year-old daughter who was raped by her tenant.
It was gathered that the incident took place in their home at Ogidi, Anambra State. She explained that she had caught her tenant, the 57-year-old suspect in the act on July 23. She added that the man had been violating her daughter since March.
“I noticed an unusual noise and movement in the bathroom. So out of curiosity, I went to check if everything was normal. To my amazement, it was a tenant in our house, an old man, was having sex with my daughter,” she said
Ezukamma explained that her failure to heed her compromised husband’s warning not to pursue the case led to her being sent out of their home.
Child Right Brigade International (CRIB), an NGO said the matter was reported to its office on August 12. Adding that it would ensure that the suspect was charged to court and prosecuted.
Ogidi Divisional Police Officer Remigus Ekuri confirmed the incident, saying the matter would be charged to court as soon as the medical report was available.
As a result of non-adherence to safety protocols against the spread of COVID-19 in Anambra state, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) made it known on Sunday that it impounded 8,345 commercial buses in the state.
The Sector Commander, Mr. Andrew Kumapayi, stated that in Awka about 962 rickety trucks were also impounded between January and August.
Adding that the arrests were made during the joint operations of the FRSC and the Anambra State Ministry of Transport.
Recall that following the lifting of the ban on interstate travels by the Federal Government, commercial transport operators were urged to adhere strictly to COVID-19 safety protocols to curb the spread of the disease.