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Imo State Police Command has arrested a suspected member of a gang that abducted, Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo and subsequently killed him in 2017.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that the suspect, Mr. Charles Nnana, from Aji in Oru East council area of the state, has been on the run since the incident occurred while other members of his gang were rounded up.

But the police on February 16 this year cut short his fun when he was arrested on the day of his traditional wedding day by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)

Nnana was said to have fled to Indonesia after the operation only to come back three years later thinking that the storm was over.

Giving insight to the case, Ikeokwu said: “Upon Investigation into this matter all the suspects were rounded up except Charles Nnanna who fled to Indonesia, However, based on credible intelligence, he was arrested while on his traditional wedding ceremony. He has confessed to the crime as well as his role in the operation. He will be prosecuted accordingly.”

Recall that the late Catholic priest from Osina, came home to bury his late father but was unfortunately kidnapped and killed by Nnana and his gang and took his corpse away which was also recovered few days after on the road.

Despite all the crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the national chairman of the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole appeared unperturbed on Thursday.

In his first appearance since a FCT High Court in Abuja restrained him from acting as chairman, Oshiomhole was in his usual bubbling mood.

The APC leader, who came out of a meeting in his office believed to be rushing out to catch an engagement in the Villa, asked newsmen at the foyer of his office if they were looking at him with pity.

Decked in his usual Khaki attire, the party chieftain asked the newsmen pointedly: “Are you looking at me with pity?”

Before the journalists could respond, he dashed out smiling to a waiting car.

A transgender man who has given birth wants to be described to as the father of his child and not the mother as written in the child's birth certificate. 


Freddy McConnell, who is a multimedia journalist at The Guardian, says being referred to as a mother was psychologically scarring.


Transgender man demands right to be described to as the father of his child and not mother


Back in September, a judge ruled against him, after a High Court trial in London, but he has launched an appeal with three appeal judges now considering the case.


At the September ruling, Sir Andrew McFarlane, the president of the Family Division of the High Court and most senior family court judge in England and Wales, ruled against Mr. McConnell.


He concluded that people who had given birth were legally mothers, regardless of their gender, and said there was a 'material difference between a person's gender and their status as a parent'.


But Lord Burnett, the Lord Chief Justice and most senior judge in England and Wales, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Singh have started analyzing case at a Court of Appeal.


The hearing is due to finish today.


A barrister leading Mr McConnell's legal team told the three judges at the Court of Appeal there were 'clear reasons' why her client should have won the High Court fight.


'Notwithstanding the complexity of the arguments and the issues engaged, there were clear reasons why the claim ought to have succeeded and why (Mr McConnell) ought to have been declared the father or parent of (the child), not the mother,' Hannah Markham QC stated in a written argument.


'It is submitted that the learned judge fell into error in determining the term 'mother' not to be a gendered term.'


She said Sir Andrew had failed to consider whether the current birth registration system was 'fit for purpose'.


'The learned judge was wrong to focus on giving birth as the determining issue when deciding parental role described in an administrative document,' she added.


'In identifying that the issue, in this case, raised important matters of public interest and that there was a pressing need for the government to challenge square on the status of a trans-male person who has become pregnant and given birth to a child, the learned judge ought to have declared where the current law fails to recognise those rights.

Two Kenyan lovers who have been in a romantic relationship for quite some time, have expressed shock of discovering they are siblings days to their wedding. 


John Njoroge was told to call off his marriage plans to Rose Wanjiku (not their real names) on grounds of them being "siblings", after he introduced her to his parents. 


Lovers discover they are siblings days to their wedding (photos)


Recounting the sad spot he found himself in, Njoroge said he was told Wanjiku was his half-sister and daughter of his father's second wife. He told Kameme TV; 


"After I took her for introduction to my parents, I was told my father had another wife and we were thus brother and sister."


Lovers discover they are siblings days to their wedding (photos)


Njoroge added that he has come a long way with the lady he started dating after she ordered a shoe from him. 


On her own part, Wanjiku expressed fear of falling in love again. She said;


"I cannot even fall in love with another person because I am scared he will also turn out to be my relative."

Two senior lecturers found guilty of sexually harassing their student have been sacked by the governing council of Modibbo Adama University. 


The sacked lecturers identified as Dr Yakubu Bobboi and Dr Toma Fulani Mbahi of the Department of Animal Science and Range Management, were penalised for their involvement in the victimisation and sexual harassment of one Miss C. A. Bathon, a Masters student in the Department.


In a statement issued by the institution's spokesperson Aminu Gururmpawo on Tuesday March 3, it was also gathered that a Deputy Registrar, Bakari Girei was sacked for misappropriating N1.12 million, said to belong to the university’s Primary School Parent/Teacher Association’s (PTA). 

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, has stated that there's something "fishy" about the report of an Italian man been diagnosed with Coronavirus in Lagos.


FFK in a twitter thread, said something doesn't add up in several reports about the case.

''The Italian that brought coronavirus into Nigeria has not been named & his picture has not been released to the public.The driver that was alleged to have driven him to Abeokuta said he did not do so.The passengers on the plane in which he flew into Nigeria cannot be traced.

The claim that he was an employee of a company & that he went to their office in Lagos after leaving the airport has proved to be false. Finally the Lagos state Comm. of Health went to see the Italian without wearing any protective gear. Something doesn't add up in this saga''  he wrote 



The Head of Human Resources for Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Shakuri Kadiri has disclosed that Nigeria currently has 1 doctor to 2,753 patients, an abnormality from the World Health Organization's standard of one doctor to 600 patients. 


Kadiri disclosed this at the launch of the Nigeria Health Work Force Country Profile 2018 and handover of the Nigeria Health Workforce Registry by the ministry in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and other partners.


He stated that the country recorded a progressive increase in migration of medical doctors from 2005 to 2018, adding that 59 per cent of the registered medical practitioners were in good standing with 35 per cent being females.


He also revealed that the number of medical doctors registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria is 74,543, suggesting there are 36.3 medical doctors per 100,000 population.

It was further gathered that the last health workforce profile of the country was done in 2012.


The WHO Nigeria Officer in Charge, Clement Peter who revealed that the current National Health Workforce Registry had health workforce information for 10 states, called on the federal government to support the scaling up of the registry to cover the remaining states as well as the federal departments, agencies, parastatals and the private sector.


He added that Nigeria could only improve its health indices by ensuring that the health workforce is accessible and equitably distributed.


The Minister of Heath, Osagie Ehanire on his own part said they've been working to obtain accurate data on the existing health workforce in the country, to facilitate human resource for health planning and thereby deliver efficient, effective and high quality health services to citizens.

The World Health Organization has been enlisted by the Nigerian government to initiate a search to identify 103 out of the 158 passengers that flew into the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos with the Italian man who tested positive for coronavirus in Nigeria. 


This came after the Lagos State Government revealed how difficult it was tracing the passengers aboard the Turkish airliner that flew into the country with the index case on February 25. 


Serving an update on the search on Tuesday March 3, Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora disclosed that the WHO has been contacted to help in tracking uncooperative passengers. 


He said; 


 “The contact tracing is going on well. It started from the manifest of the airline that came with the Italian, and I think about 157 or thereabout were on that flight.

“We got the manifest and 54 on the manifest have been traced. Then, moving from there to the hotel where the man (Italian) went, I think we have about six identified as contacts with him, then to the company he went to in Ogun State.

“We have about 30 to 35 identified contacts that are being followed up; then, there are other members of staff like the ambulance and taxi driver; all in all, about 100 contacts have been established.

“It is also important to say that some of these contacts, those on the aircraft that arrived the country with the index case have left the country,  but the fact still remains that there was documentation.

“I am aware that WHO has been contacted so that those contacts that left can be traced to wherever they left to. So they have been notified and will get in touch with these contacts, no matter the country that they have gone to.’’

A woman killed herself and her 15-year-old daughter, then attempted to kill her other children, to spite their father who abandoned them.


Hafusat Ibuloye, who lives in Idumota, Lagos Island, with her kids, woke her daughter from sleep on Thursday, November 27, 2020, and gave her a poisonous substance to drink, The Nation reports.


She did same to her two younger children but they refused to consume the substance. Hafusat then drank hers and became unconscious.


Neighbours found Hafusat and her teenage daughter unconscious and rushed them to the hospital but it was too late.


The publication reports that Hafusat had been angered that her husband had not reached out to her for years after he relocated to USA. 


He recently returned to Nigeria but did not contact Hafusat or their children. When Hafusat found out that he has been in Nigeria for 3 months, she was upset. However, no one suspected she would go this far.


Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Maurice Iwu announced yesterday March 2, that an institute he owns has found the cure for the dreaded coronavirus.


The former INEC Chairman who is the CEO of Bioresources Institute of Nigeria (BION), made the disclosure during a meeting between his researchers and the Ministers of Science and Technology and Health in Abuja.


He disclosed that the institute identified and patented the possible COVID 19 treatment far back in 2015 at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, where he was a professor of Pharmacognosy and continued in America when he was visiting scholar at the Division of experimental Therapeutics of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington DC, USA, between 1994 and 2003. Iwu said the research was reactivated during the Ebola epidemic. 


The former INEC Chairman also recounted how his company collaborated with leading laboratories from different parts of the world to come up with anti-Ebola virus activity of three structurally characterised compounds from Nigerian plants which were subsequently granted patent protection by the federal government of Nigeria in 2018.


He said; 


 “I am here to formally brief you about our drug discovery project, which has led to the identification of a potential treatment agent for coronavirus infections.

‘’You will recall that on July 23, 2018, you presented to scientists of the Bioresources Institute of Nigeria (BION) patent certificates granted by the Trade mark, Patent and Design Registry facilitated by the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, NOTAP.

“The three patents granted     to us NG/p?2015.84; NG/P/2015/85 and NG/P/2015/97 were based on discoveries from the natural products drugs screening programme at Bioresources Institute of Nigeria, BION, focused in Neglected Tropical Diseases, emergent Infections and Orphan diseases.’’


Iwu who sought for the federal government's assistance to translate the compound into drug for treatment of virus, further disclosed that the lead drug discovery project includes the chemical isolation and characterization of naturally occurring compounds and subjecting them to a battery of bioassays for the identification of potentially useful drug-lead molecules.


Iwu added; 


‘’Our approach is the use of a network of eminent scientists and leading laboratories to target particular diseases, especially fever virus, Chikungunya, Coronarus and Tacaribe virus; and chronic metabolic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases."


Nigeria’s Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mohammed Abdullahi who spoke to newsmen at the end of the meeting said the discovery has been sent to the Special Committee on the Nigerian Academy of Sciences.


Abdullahi said; 


 “As part of the ongoing conversation on Coronavirus (COVID-19), the FMSTNG hosted Prof Maurice Iwu, who intimated us of his drug discovery project with a potential as a treatment agent for COVID-19.

“FMSTNG referred the discovery to its special committee set up to asses such claims.

“President of Nigerian Academy of Sciences will chair the special committee to verify these claims.”


Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who expressed happiness with the discovery said; 


“We cannot continue to copy other countries but show that we have the best brains in Nigeria.   It is gladdening to know that the NIHS had already entered an MoU with the BION. The ministry had already set up a Committee to look into any drug related issues’’

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