Thursday, 28 August 2014

Bauchi State Gets First Female Chief Judge

Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda has sworn in the first female Acting Chief Judge for the state, Justice Rabi Umar with a promise that his administration will ensure that the Judiciary as an arm of government remains independent.

Governor Yuguda assured the Acting Chief Judge that his administration will do everything administratively possible to ensure that the judiciary excelled.

Justice Rabi Umar is to act as the Chief Judge of the state over the next three months when a substantive Chief Judge is expected to be appointed on the recommendation of the National judicial Commission.

APC Accuses Organisers Of Pro-Jonathan Rallies Of Violating Ebola Control Measures In The Country

The All Progressives Congress has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately halt the rallies being organized across the nation in his support by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria TAN.

The APC said the rallies are jeopardizing Nigeria's efforts to control the spread of Ebola.

 It added that the President must in particular ensure that the rally slated for Port Harcourt on Saturday is stopped in view of the spread of the Ebola virus Disease to the Rivers capital.

Ralph Nwoye Emerges New Deputy Governor Of Enugu State.

Enugu State now has a new Deputy Governor.

He is reverend Ralph Nwoye.

Members of the State House of Assembly unanimously cleared Ralph Nwoye after the speaker Eugene Odoh read a letter forwarded to the lawmakers Governor Sullivan Chime, urging them to expeditiously consider, and approve the nomination.

Ralph Nwoye was then ushered into the chambers and was told to just take a bow after a member John Anichukwu appealed to his colleagues that the nominee had been screened and cleared by the house in the past, when he was appointed as the commissioner of environment and solid minerals.

Another Doctor Dies As Rivers State Records Two Cases Of Ebola Virus Disease.

The Rivers state Government has confirmed that the Ebola virus Disease has claimed its first victim in the State.

The state commissioner for health Doctor Samson Parker confirmed this to Journalists in Port Harcourt today

Doctor Parker said the victim Iyke Sam-Enemua who is a medical doctor died last Friday.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

SSS Arrests Aminu Maigari

President of Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari has been arrested by men of the State Security Service.

He was said to have been arrested earlier in the day alongside the General Secretary, Musa Amadu and Christopher Green.

The development temporarily put the General Assembly billed to kick-off by two pm in Abuja on hold.

Enugu State Assembly Impeach Deputy Governor

The Enugu State House of Assembly has impeached the state Deputy Governor, Sunday Onyebuchi from office.

His impeachment followed his indictment by a seven-man panel of inquiry, which investigated allegations levelled against him by members of the Enugu State House of Assembly.

The members of the house adopted the report of the panel after the House Leader Udeh Okoye, moved a motion for its adoption.

The Deputy Governor was accused of running an illegal poultry in his official residence, an offence according to a resolution of the house, and also refusing to represent Governor Sullivan Chime at official functions, in spite of a directive from the governor.

APC Describes Nigerian Soldiers Foray Into Cameroon As A National Embarrassment.

The All Progressives Congress has described as an unprecedented national embarrassment the increasing seizure of Nigerian towns by the terrorist group Boko Haram and the reports that Nigerian soldiers fled to Cameroon during an attack on a military base in Gamboru-Ngala.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party called on President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently address Nigerians on the worsening security situation in the northern part of the country that has allowed Boko Haram to proclaim its rule over a part of the nation's territory.

It said in the face of the biggest threat to Nigeria's unity and territorial integrity since the country's civil war, President Jonathan must also put partisanship aside and rally the nation against Boko Haram,

The APC said Nigerians must start asking questions rather than just blaming soldiers.

Tom Ikimi Resigns From APC

Another crisis has hit the  All Progressives Congress, as its chieftain,  Tom Ikimi, today, resigned from the party.

A founder member of APC, Tom Ikimi, said his resignation takes effect from tomorrow, Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

It will be recalled that Tom Ikimi has tried unsuccessfully to be the National Chairman of the party in the last National Convention.

Although it was not clear if he would join the Peoples Democratic Party, the former Minister of External affairs, in a statement  in Abuja, today,  said he was studying the other political parties in the country.

Former Presidential flag bearer of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria and a chieftain of the APC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, had also recently decamped to the PDP.

Late Doctor Stella Adadevoh's Sister Test Negative For Ebola

The younger sister of late Doctor Stella Adadevoh has been tested negative for Ebola virus disease and discharged in Lagos. 

The Commissioner for Health, Doctor Jide Idris who confirmed this in Ikeja said she was suspected of Ebola after the death of Doctor Adadevoh. 

Doctor Idris said the state is currently having one confirmed and one suspected cases. 

He said one hundred and fifty eight contacts are been monitored while one hundred and fifty nine have been discharged.

Pictures: Commissioner For Health Briefs Press On Latest Development On Ebola Virus Disease

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (middle) briefing newsmen on the latest development on the Ebola Virus Disease during a press briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. With him are Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba (right) and the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Mr. Hakeem Bello (left).

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris (middle) briefing newsmen on the latest development on the Ebola Virus Disease during a press briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. With him are Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba (right) and the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Mr. Hakeem Bello (left).

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Doctors Set To Resume Work Tomorrow After Nigeria Medical Association Called Off Strike

The Nigerian Medical Association has suspended its over two months old strike action.

NMA President, Kayode Obembe made the announcement at the end an Emergency Delegates Meeting of the association in Abuja.

The doctors expressed their support for the government’s effort at improving the Health sector.

The NMA however demanded the immediate reversal of the suspension of Residency Training Programme by the federal government.

The body of Medical doctors commended the efforts of the federal and Lagos state governments in containing the spread of Ebola Virus Disease and the establishment of isolation centres in all the thirty six states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Boko Haram Militants Annex More Communities In North Eastern Nigeria

Members of the outlawed Boko Haram terrorist group are reported to have taken over some bordering communities of Adamawa State.

An eyewitness in the affected areas told Journalists in Yola yesterday that the militants have mounted their flags and taken full possession of the areas.

The eyewitness said the affected communities are located in Madagali town in Adamawa which he said was about twenty kilometres from Gwoza town of Borno State.

SSS Warn Nigerians Of Potential Suicide Bombers

The State Security Service has said that there are strong indications that female suicide bombers may be disguising in Catholic Reverend Sisters’ outfit with the aim of attacking innocent Nigerians.

SSS spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar said in a statement that some unidentified persons had on the twentieth of August broke into a tailoring shop located at Sabon Gari in Kano State and stole about thirteen pieces of Nun’s regalia.

She said with the recent trend of female suicide bombings in the country, the theft of the regalia heightens concerns about the possibility of terrorist elements using same to perpetrate acts of terror.

Friday, 22 August 2014

FG To Increase Surveillance At Murtala Muhammed Airport To Curtail The Spread Of Ebola

The Federal Government says it is increasing its surveillance at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to prevent another cross-border transmission of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease to Nigeria.

Director of Port Health Services, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, Doctor Morenike Alex-Okoh told newsmen that since the Lagos airport is a major aviation hub in the West African sub-region, the screening services would not be relaxed.

Doctor Morenike Alex-Okoh was speaking while taking delivery of thirty non-contact forehead infra-red thermometers donated by the United States Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria to the Federal Government.

NMA Blames Continued Doctors Strike On Minister Of Health Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu

The Nigerian Medical Association has accused the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu of prolonging the seven-week long strike embarked upon by doctors.

The NMA made the accusation following the government’s announcement that it was suspending talks with its leaders, who had earlier assured Nigerians that negotiations with the government were fruitful and the strike would soon be suspended.

The Secretary-General of the NMA Adewunmi Alakayi alleged that the Minister of Health was undermining efforts to resolve the crisis, and sponsoring reports that talks had been shelved insisting talks was still ongoing with government at a higher quarter.

EFCC Arrests Suspected Fraudster For Impersonating Secretary To Minister Of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

A suspected fraudster that impersonated Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy Wilson Amarachi has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. 

The suspect, John Madu was arrested at a Diamond Bank branch, in Lagos, where he had gone to make withdrawals with an ATM card. 

A statement by the Head, Media & Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren stated that the suspect defrauded Wu Qingzhu, a Chinese national, of the sum of Five Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty Dollars when he allegedly posed as Wilson Amarachi and deceived the Chinese into believing that he had outstanding payments to collect for contracts executed for the Nigerian government. 

Federal Government Commences Payment Of Monthly Pension To Former Biafran Soldiers.

Federal Government has commenced payment of monthly pension to soldiers of the Nigerian Army who fought on the side of secessionist Biafran army during the Nigerian Civil War between 1967 to 1970

Chairman of the Military Pensions Board, Air Commodore Mohammed Dabo said this while playing host to the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, in Abuja, on Thursday. 

You wish to know that the former-Biafran soldiers were granted Presidential pardon by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2000.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

First Nigerian Doctor Dies Of Ebola Virus Disease

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Ameyo Stella Adedavoh, a female medical doctor at First Consultant Hospital, Lagos, has died from the Ebola virus disease.

The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, who announced the death of the doctor in a statement, said she was one of the primary contacts who treated the late Patrick Sawyer, who brought Ebola virus disease to Nigeria.

Doctor Adedavoh, who is survived by her only son, was the first doctor and the fourth Nigerian to die from the virus.

The others were two nurses and an ECOWAS protocol officer.

It will be recalled that five other persons who were infected have been treated and discharged from isolation ward.

Nigerian Soldiers Down Tools In Maiduguri

A group of soldiers in Maiduguri, Borno State is refusing to fight Boko Haram militants until they receive better equipment.

One of the mutineers told the BBC that at least forty of his colleagues would refuse order to deploy.

He explained that soldiers were not being given enough weapons and ammunition to fight Boko Haram.

The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade said the incident was being investigated, and denied that soldiers were being sent to die in the North East.

INEC Creates Additional 30,000 Polling Units Across The Country

The Independent National Electoral Commission has created an additional thirty thousand polling units across Nigeria, bringing the nation-wide total to one hundred and fifty thousand units.

INEC’s decision is meant to fulfil the commission’s pledge to decongest polling units across Nigeria in order to make it easier for voters to cast their votes.

The Director in charge of the commission’s secretariat, Ishiaku Gali, said the decision to create the additional polling units was taken at INEC’s meeting last Tuesday.

Nigeria External Debt Hit 3.8 Billion Dollars

Nigeria’s external debt has hit nine point 3.8 billion dollars.

The Director General of Debt Management Office, Abraham Nwankwo who disclosed this in Abuja said the country’s domestic debt stood at eight point nine trillion naira.

He said the debt profile was okay for countries within Nigeria’s level of economic development but stated that it was not a guarantee for further borrowing. 

My Defection To PDP Was For A Good Cause - Nuhu Ribadu

A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, says his defection from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party was in the pursuit of what he described as a good cause.

The presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in twenty eleven election said in a statement that his decision to join the PDP was not borne out of selfish interests as being portrayed in some quarters.

Nuhu Ribadu formally joined the PDP on Saturday, and on Monday he picked the PDP’s Expression of Interest form to run for the October eleven Adamawa State governorship bye-election.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Federal Government To Begin Disbursement Of 220 Billion Naira Micro And Medium Enterprise Fund.

President Goodluck Jonathan will on Tuesday in Abuja officially begin disbursement of the of the two hundred and twenty billion naira Micro ,Small and Medium Enterprises fund.

Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele who disclosed this at the opening of the eight MSME financial conference and Entrepreneurship Award on Monday, said the sector remains critical economic drivers.

Emefiele noted that balanced and inclusive growth and development depend largely on affordable and efficient financial services to MSME,especially the micro entrepreneurs who account for more than ninety percent MSME in Nigeria.

He stressed that the sector must be strengthened in other to forestall the inevitable adverse socio-economic consequences of financial exclusion.

4 Ebola Virus Victims Discharged From Hospital After A Successful Treatment

The Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu has announced that four additional confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease who have been managed successfully and are now disease free have been discharged home today.

It includes two male medical doctors and one female nurse. The three participated in the treatment of the index case while the fourth person was a female patient at the time the index was on admission.

This brings to five the total number of patients diagnosed with Ebola Virus Disease who have now been discharged from hospital.

Recall Resident Doctors NLC Tells Federal Government

The Nigerian Labour Congress have described the recent mass dismissal of resident medical doctors in federal hospitals across the country by the Federal Government is ill-advised.

In a press statement by the NLC, The President Abdulwaheed Omar said that what the country needs urgently is recruitment of more health professionals, well equipped public hospitals, and a well organized health system capable of responding to the health concerns of our growing population and not sacking of any category of health personnel.

The Labour scribe said that the NLC believe the Federal Government was misadvised and also misled by this action. 

APC Plans Nationwide Thanks Giving To Celebrate Modu Sheriff’s Defection To PDP

The All Progressives Youth Forum is planning to organize a nationwide ‎thanks giving with special Sunday church service and umma'at prayers over the planned defection of former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff from the APC to PDP according to Barrister Ismail Ahmed the Forum's chairman

Sheriff had on Friday confirmed his planned defection to PDP when he told State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan that his movement to PDP was in Nigeria’s best interest. 

Barrister Ismaila Ahmed said the Forum received the news with so much joy as it considers his exit as the best thing that would ever happen to the life of the party due to what it calls 'strategic blackmail of the APC  by the PDD using Sheriff's alleged links with the Boko Haram, regardless whether Sheriff was guilty or not". 

EFCC Partners Lottery Commission On Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has offered to assist the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, NLRC in tackling the menace of lottery scam and other unwholesome practices in the lottery sector.

Ibrahim Lamorde, Executive Chairman, EFCC, made the offer while receiving Mr. Adolphus Joe Ekpe , Director General, NLRC, who led his management team to the Commission on a courtesy visit.

The EFCC boss who lamented the manner Nigerians are being ripped off their hard earned resources through unscrupulous lottery promotions expressed the Commission’s preparedness towards cleaning up the lottery industry of cheats and illegal lottery operators.

According to him, the Commission “will make available its operatives in the area of investigation and detection so as to have a joint team to clean up the system”.

Lamorde said the war against graft can only be fought and won through the collaboration of all stakeholders in the country.

Speaking earlier, NLRC Director General, Mr. Ekpe, said that the team was in the Commission to solicit support of EFCC in the area of lottery crime detection and investigation; arrest and prosecution of lottery offenders; and staff attachment and training in fighting financial crimes in relation to lottery activities.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

61 Secondary Ebola Contacts Certify Free In Lagos

Sixty-one people out of the secondary contacts being monitored in Lagos over the Ebola virus disease have been certified free and discharged.

The state Governor, Babatunde Fashola made this known while reacting to allegations that victims quarantined in Lagos have been abandoned.

Governor Fashola who explained that the victims were being cared for by volunteer workers stated that getting sufficient knowledgeable personnel, especially health workers to care for them have been a challenge.

My Email Account Was Hacked - Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati has disowned a statement purportedly issued by him indicating that President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed the location of the abducted Chibok school girls and exposed Boko Haram masterminds.

Reueben Abati in a statement attributed the press release to fraudsters who he said hacked into his email account in an attempt to mislead the public at the expense of the credibility of the Jonathan administration.

He condemned what he described as criminal resort to political dirty tricks which seeks to cynically play on national concern and emotions about the Boko Haram insurgency and fate of the abducted Chibok school girls.

Nigerian Medical Association Threaten To Collapse Sector If The Federal Government Fail To Withdraw The Suspension Of Residency Training

Members of the Nigerian Medical Association and the National Association of Resident Doctors have threatened to collapse the nation’s health sector should the federal government fail to withdraw the circular suspending the Residency Training Programme.

The doctors during a protest in Abuja described the action of President Goodluck Jonathan and the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu as an act of desperation.

The President of the National Association of Resident Doctors, Doctor Jibril Abdullahi said the suspension of the programme was illegal.

NMA President, Doctor Kayode Obembe called on the federal government to rescind its decision and offer unconditional reinstatement of the sacked doctors.

He also warned the affected doctors against collecting any sack letter or sign any register opened in any hospital.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

National Conference Ends Peacefully As Delegates Adopt Report

The National Conference have ended, This came after delegates adopted the draft report of the conference prepared by the Conference secretariat. 

Delegates also avoided bringing the conference to an acrimonious end when they agreed to a change in the title of a controversial document earlier named 'the draft constitution'. 

It will be recalled that delegates representing  a section of the country had alleged that certain items including a third term agenda for President Goodluck Jonathan had been smuggled into the 'draft constitution'.

In the end, it was unanimously agreed the document should be re-named "proposed amendments to the 1999 constitution".

This brings an end to a conference inaugurated on the 17th of March two thousand and fourteen (2014) by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Confererence was mandated to find solutions to the challenges confronting the country. 

APC Accuses DSS Of Crass Partisanship, Calls Spokesperson Unfit For Her Office

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of crass partisanship and unprofessional conduct over its actions and comments on the recent election in Osun State.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also said the spokesperson for the agency, Ms. Marilyn Ogar, should be properly trained and given the necessary exposure so she can speak with knowledge and facts, instead of making baseless and incautious statements.

''It is sad that a spokesperson for the DSS does not know there is no offence called 'loitering' under Nigerian laws. For her to now go on national television to say the APC's National Publicity Secretary was arrested for 'loitering' in Osogbo on the eve of the state's governorship election is the height of ignorance and constitutes a great embarrassment to DSS.

''It is even worse that the so-called spokesperson, ever so glib, would make a joke out of such a faux pas by an agency that is supposed to be non-partisan and highly professionalized. How on earth can any human being not be disoriented when 15 hooded gunmen arrest him/her and point their weapons at his/her head as they did to me on that night in Osogbo?

''How can a spokesperson for such a sensitive government agency not understand that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides for freedom of movement? On what basis is Ms. Ogar questioning what the APC's National Publicity Secretary was doing in Osun, when the same fellow has not questioned the presence of Musiliu Obanikoro, Chris Uba and the likes in the same state or are those people from Osun State?

APC said by spearheading the mass arrest of its leaders and members in Osun before and during the Aug. 9th governorship election in the state, and by preventing the rally planned by the NLC in support of Gov. Aregbesola from holding, the DSS has decided to pitch its tent with the PDP instead of staying neutral.

It described as a tissue of lies the allegation by Ms. Ogar that the party tried to bribe the DSS with 14 million Naira before the Osun election, wondering why the DSS did not arrest the official who offered the alleged bribe.

''Apparently, Ms. Ogar has never head of a 'sting operation' that is widely used by security agencies to catch a person who is committing a crime. The allegation by Ms. Ogar would have been sweet in her mouth had the DSS mounted a sting operation to catch whoever was offering the alleged bribe, and then prosecute him or her,'' the party said, calling the allegation cheap blackmail by a conspiratorial

APC said it is important to educate the likes of Ogar, and indeed the entire DSS, that election is not war, but a celebration of democracy, hence DSS agents should drop their hoods and hide away their menacing guns when next they are posted to police an election anywhere in the country.

SSS Accuses APC Of Complicity In Bombings After Elections

Spokesperson of the State Security Service SSS Marilyn Ogar has defended the use of mask by operatives of the service in Osun state during the build-up to the just concluded governorship election.

Marilyn Ogar was reacting to the complaints made by the APC, alleging that it was an attempt to intimidate the people of Osun state.

The APC had also through its National Publicity Secretary Lai Muhammed alleged that the SSS operatives fired gunshot indiscriminately into the air for no valid reasons.

The SSS spokesperson alleged that there were bombing after every election where the APC lost.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Emir Of Gwoza Escape From Boko Haram Insurgents

The Emir of Gwoza, Mohammed Idrissa who was captured when his town was attacked and captured by Boko Haram insurgents last week has resurfaced.

The Emir was said to have escaped captivity with some of his subjects on Sunday night due to heavy rainfall which allowed for relaxed watch by their abductors.

Reports say the Emir was held hostage at one of the mountains of Gwoza by the insurgents alongside some of his subjects.

You may recall that the Emir was enthroned about three months ago when his father and predecessor was killed by insurgents in a highway raid.

Rauf Aregbesola Receives Certificate Of Return From INEC; Condemns Military Deployment In Osun State

The winner of last Saturday’s governorship election in Osun state and incumbent governor Rauf Aregbesola has received his certificate of return from INEC.

At the ceremony held in Osogbo, governor Aregbesola condemned the heavy deployment of military personnel to the state before and during the election.

Protocol Assistant At ECOWAS Office In Lagos Dies Of Ebola Virus

A Protocol Assistant with the ECOWAS Commission Liaison Office in Lagos Jatto Abdulqudir has died of the Ebola virus.

Jatto Abdulqudir was one of those that rushed to the aid of Liberian national, Patrick Sawyer when he collapsed on arrival at the Lagos     airport from    Monrovia.

A statement issued by the commission said Jatto Abdulqudir has been in quarantine since Patrick Sawyer died of the Ebola virus.

Tambuwal Meet Obasanjo Over 2015 General Elections

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal has held a closed door meeting with former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta.

Details of the meeting were not made public but our correspondent gathered that it might be connected with the Speaker’s twenty fifteen political ambition.

The Speaker’s media aide, Imam Imam, said his boss was only in Abeokuta to consult with Chief Obasanjo on how to move the nation forward.

He could not confirm whether Aminu Tambuwal has any presidential election and on which platform he intends to pursue it.

Northern Delegates Reject News Draft Consitution

Delegates from the north to the national conference, have rejected the new draft constitution presented to them by the leadership of the conference.

The report and the draft constitution are to be debated today.

They vowed to reject the draft constitution on the grounds that the conference lacks the legal and moral authority to produce the document.

According to the northern delegates, the conference was constituted to serve as advisory body to the President.

You Cant Threaten Me Over 2015 Election - Goodluck Tells Northern Elders Forum

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that no group has the right to threaten him before performing his duties.

The President was reacting to a statement credited to the Northern Elders Forum that President Jonathan should forget his re-election if he does not rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls by the end of October.

But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doctor Doyin Okupe said the Federal Government was already working on how to rescue the abducted girls.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Defence Headquarters Investigates Allegation Of Extra-Judicial Killing Levelled Against Nigerian Soldiers.

The Defence Headquarters says it takes the issue of human rights violation seriously and will never condone any proven case of abuse by its personnel.

The Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, in a statement said the military is deeply concerned about the video footages being circulated which Amnesty International referred to in its latest report on human rights violations by the Nigerian Army in the fight against Boko Haram.

The defence spokesman said the military had set up an investigation team to study the allegations by the international human rights body in its latest report saying much of the scenes depicted in the videos are alien to the Nigerian military operations and doctrines.

More Nigerians Test Positive To Ebola Virua

The Matron of a hospital where a Liberian man, Patrick Sawyer who died of Ebola, was taken to for treatment now has symptoms of the virus.

One of the doctors who attended to him has already tested positive for the virus.

The chairman of the Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, Doctor Tope Ojo who disclosed this at a news conference said doctors need the assurance of safety while attending to suspected Ebola cases.

Nasarawa Impeachment Panel Dismises Allegations Against Governor Al-Makura For Lack Of Evidence

The panel investigating alleged misconduct against Nasarawa state governor Tanko Al-Makura has dismissed the allegations due to the failure of the State House of Assembly to appear before it.

The chairman of the panel Yusuf Usman said that the House did not have any evidence in support of all the sixteen allegations against governor Al-Makura.

US Companies Pledged To Invest 14 Billion Dollars In Africa

US companies have pledged fourteen billion dollars of investment in Africa in areas such as energy and infrastructure.

US President Barack Obama made the announcement at the first US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC, attended by over forty African heads of state.

The deals include a five billion dollars partnership between private-equity firm Blackstone and Aliko Dangote, for energy infrastructure projects in sub-Sahara Africa, as well as more investments in Obama’s Power Africa Initiative.

The summit is an effort to strengthen US ties with Africa as China increases its African investments.

Pictures From The U.S - Africa Leaders Summit