1. MONKEYPOX PATIENT COMMITS SUICIDE IN BAYELSA
One of the patients afflicted with monkeypox at a Bayelsa quarantine centre has taken his life. He was among the 21 suspected victims of the virus that were being managed at the teaching hospital.
Bayelsa Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, stated that the deceased took his own life despite speedily recovering from the disease. He noted that his medical history did not suggest any mental illness or depression.
He maintained that the patient did not die of the disease, adding that the police and his family had been duly informed and all due diligence was being followed.
2. IBE KACHIKWU REVEALS DETAILS ABOUT THE FIRE INCIDENT AT HIS HOUSE
Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has revealed details of the fire incident at his house.
According to reports, there had been a fire incident at Kachikwu’s house in Abuja on Monday. However, the minister, in a statement said: “It was nothing serious.”
“It was a mere power surge that was contained immediately,” Mr. Kachikwu’s spokesperson, Idang Alibi, said in the statement.
According to him, no one was hurt during the incident, which he said occurred between Sunday night and Monday morning. He blamed the fire on a faulty electric cable in his principal’s bedroom.
3. BUHARI REACTS TO KILLINGS IN PLATEAU STATE
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the recent spate of killings in Plateau state. There has been an increased attack on innocent villagers and citizens by unknown gunmen in the state. On Monday, 29 persons were murdered at an IDPs camp in Bassa LGA of the state.
Reacting in a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu on Monday, Buhari said he believes that “this madness has gone too far.” Meanwhile, the president has instructed the military and the police to not only bring the violence to an instant end but to draw up a plan to ensure that there are no further attacks and reprisal attacks by one group against the other.
4. MONKEYPOX TEST RESULT SHOWS NO DISEASE IN LAGOS – FG
The Federal Ministry of Health says all the Monkey Pox test samples obtained from Lagos tested negative. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this during a press conference in Abuja on Monday.
He said only four cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Nigeria. According to him, the most likely source of infection is a primary zoonotic transmission, from an animal, with a secondary person-to-person transmission.
He further stated that “since our initial announcement, a total of 43 other suspected cases have been reported from eight other states. He assured that many of these cases being reported from other states in Nigeria are not caused by the Monkeypox virus, but investigations are ongoing to fit the case definition.
5. FG TO BAN USE OF SMS IN BANKING TRANSACTION
Federal government may soon outlaw sending of vital bank details via short message services (SMS) in Nigeria because of its associated risks. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it was already engaging with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to find better ways of doing it.
Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, made this known at the consumer conversation held in Minna, Niger State capital, adding that the commission was already engaging with the CBN to find ways to ensure that mobile phone users’ vital information relating to their bank accounts and financial transactions were not jeopardised should their phones get lost or stolen.
6. 17-YEAR OLD GIRL STABS TEENAGE BOYFRIEND TO DEATH IN LAGOS STATE
17-year-old Hannah Osazuwa, has reportedly stabbed her boyfriend, Tomide Akintoye, to death in Gowon Estate, Lagos state.
It’s not clear what events led to the stabbing but it’s believed that the relationship has a violent past.
However, a police source said there was a disagreement between them around 8am and Akintoye assaulted Hannah.
“The suspect retaliated and stabbed him with a pair of scissors in the chest. He was rushed to a hospital, but he bled to death.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, who confirmed the incident, said Hannah has been arrested.
7. NIGERIAN SENATE SUMMONS NNPC CHIEF, BARU, SHELL OVER OILFIELD PROBE
The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has invited the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru; and the Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, Osagie Okubor, over the revocation of the licence of an oilfield, OML 13.
The oilfield was allegedly awarded to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, a subsidiary of the NNPC, through an executive fiat.
According to reports, the invitation followed a probe into the deal by the committee based on a petition to the Senate by the National Coordinator, Global Peace and Sustainability Network, Chief Longers Anyanwu.
8. PRODUCE KANU OR FACE WAR, IPOB WARNS
The banned Indigenous People of Biafra on Monday threatened to take up arms against the Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari if it failed to produce its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, dead or alive, on Tuesday (today) in court.
IPOB, in a statement on Monday, in Awka, Anambra State by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said it was gradually losing its patience with the Nigerian government.
The group added, “One outcome is guaranteed in all this, should Nigeria not produce our leader in court on the 17th of October 2017, there will be inevitable confrontation on a scale the human mind cannot imagine, at a time and place of our choosing.”
9. NIGERIAN ARRESTED IN INDIA FOR OVERSTAYING
A Nigerian student is facing prosecution in India for allegedly overstaying in the country after his visa expired.
Twenty-five years old Raji Roqeeb Babatunde reportedly arrived in India in 2011 for his Masters in Occupational Therapy in Manipal School of Allied Health Sciences. He subsequently followed the Masters Programme up with a doctorate programme.
But, Babatunde whose visa expired on December 31, 2016 was arrested on Monday by Indian authorities after staying illegally in the country for about 10 months.
According to Kemmannu.com, Babatunde was arrested under the Foreigners Act and later charged to court.
He has been sent him to judicial custody till October 31.
10. AISHA BUHARI PAYS UNSCHEDULED VISIT TO STATE HOUSE CLINIC
The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, on Monday paid an unscheduled visit to the State House Clinic in Abuja.
It was recalled that the Wife of the President, Aisha, had last week attacked the management of hospital for their inability to provide basic drugs and equipment despite billions of naira proposed for the hospital in successive budgets.
Mrs. Buhari who arrived the hospital on Monday at about 2:30 p.m. was accompanied by some of her personal aides and was received by the Medical Director, Hussaini Munir.
According to reports, when Mrs. Buhari’s team arrived “the management took her round the Hospital showing her both the new and old buildings.”
Mrs. Buhari had a “short interaction” with some of the staff before leaving the complex.