February 2020 - ESUT PARROT

Lagos gets ready special wards for coronavirus victims

Lagos is getting prepared ahead of a possible surge in the number of people infected with coronavirus, after a visitor from Milan, Italy was found to have the deadly bug on Friday.

Health Commissioner, Professor Akin Abayomi has not only visited the yet to be identified Italian in an isolation ward at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, he has also gone on an inspection to evaluate the preparedness of the state.

On Friday, the commissioner posted photos of wards under renovation.

“While at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, I took time to inspect the ongoing renovation of the isolation wards. The renovation should be completed in a couple of days. I am satisfied with the renovation and preparedness work in the hospital”, he said.

Nigeria is one of the latest nine countries to report the infection, along with Azerbaijan, Mexico, New Zealand, Lithuania and Iraq.

Italian Serie-A matches postponed over Coronavirus fears

Five Italian Serie-A weekend matches including Sunday’s clash between Juventus and Inter Milan have been postponed due to the novel Coronavirus, the Italian football league said on Saturday.

Other matches called off were AC Milan v Genoa, Parma v SPAL, Sassuolo v Brescia and Udinese v Fiorentina, the league said in a statement on Saturday.

The matches had been scheduled to be played behind closed doors.

Italy is the country hardest hit by the virus outbreak in Europe, with 650 cases and 17 deaths, mostly in cities in the north.

Police arrest two suspected ritual killers in Ondo

The Police in Ondo State have arrested two suspected ritualists, namely: Idris Sule and Alfa Alhassan.

According to the police, the suspects were said to have been in possession of a human skull and two roasted hands.

Confirming their arrest to Channels Television, the Public Relations Officer of the command, CSP Femi Joseph, said the suspects were arrested in Ido-Ani in Ose Local Government Area of the state.

He also noted that Sule, a 50-year-old farmer later confessed to the crime which then led to the arrest of Alhassan, an Islamic cleric who was said to have ordered Sule to bring the human parts.

“The suspect confessed to the crime which led to the arrest of Alhassan. An investigation has commenced into the matter and details will be made known to the public soon”.

Coronavirus: Increase prices of face mask, sanitiser and go to jail – Nigerian govt warns

The Federal Government has warned that suppliers and retailers using the excuse of coronavirus case in Nigeria to inflate protective apparel will be prosecuted.

It said sellers of face masks and latex gloves, personal hygiene products like sanitizers and anti-bacterial wipes, have increased prices of the products which are necessary in preventing infection or spread of COVID-19.

Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), on Saturday, said the inordinate practice during national public health concern violates both moral codes and extant law.

Babatunde Irukera, Chief Executive Officer, in a statement he signed, noted that abusing citizens’ sensitivity, apprehension, anxiety and vulnerability, especially during emergencies that could adversely affect national security is a violation of law.

It said the commission’s surveillance efforts have revealed that even reputable pharmacies and department stores are engaging in price gouging and manipulating supplies in a manner that distorts the market, or temporarily restricts availability in order to unreasonably/unfairly increase prices.

“Any conspiracy, combination, agreement or arrangement to unduly limit or manipulate supply, in order to unreasonably enhance price or otherwise restrain competition is a criminal offence under S.108(1)(b) and (c), FCCPA”, he noted.

“Any exercise or exploitation of undue pressure in selling or the sale of goods or services, or price manipulation between displayed, and selling price are also serious violations of the FCCPA under Sections 115(3) and 124(1).

“Taking advantage of the possibility of infection by a dangerous communicable disease to control supply, or unilaterally increase prices is predatory as it preys on the desperation of citizens.

“Considering the circumstances and the vital national interest/security this illegal conduct undermines, the Commission intends to strongly enforce the full letter of the law, including the fullest extent of penalties associated with this conduct,” he added.

The FCCPC encouraged consumers to be vigilant, and report such unreasonable or arbitrary exploitative price increase or trade practices to the Commission by telephone on 08056002020, or 08056003030, or by email: [email protected]

Air force kills, destroy terrorist facilities in sambisa forest

Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralized some Boko Haram terrorists and destroyed some of their facilities in air strikes conducted on the region.

The strikes targeted a location referred to as the “S” Region in the heart of the Sambisa Forest, Borno State.

Air force spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, in a statement said the air strikes were executed in continuation of Operation Rattle Snake 3 after series of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions.

He said the reconnaissance showed that the terrorists, with their vehicles, motorcycles and logistics facilities camouflaged under the dense forest vegetation, had intensified activities in the “S” Region with a view to launching further attacks on civilian settlements and troops’ locations in the area.

He said, the task force therefore detailed its fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location, scoring crucial hits leading to the neutralization of some Boko Haram fighters as well as the destruction of some of their structures.

He said, the Nigerian Air Force, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its air campaign to shape the battlespace in the Northeast for the effective conduct of further ground and air operations.

Russia, Syria under attack over killing of Turkish soldiers

Russia and Syria on Friday came under strong criticisms from western countries in the UN Security Council over the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria on Thursday.

According to reports, the soldiers died in an attack by Russia-backed Syrian government forces in the northwestern province of Idlib.

In separate contributions at an emergency meeting of the council in New York, the United Kingdom, United States, France, Germany, Belgium and Estonia condemned the attack.

But China expressed tacit support for Syria, saying the Idlib crisis was rooted in control of the province by terrorists, adding that all external peace efforts must respect Syria’s territorial integrity.

But Dominican Republic, Indonesia, South Africa, Vietnam, Tunisia and Niger took the middle course by calling for immediate ceasefire and urging all parties to explore diplomatic solutions.

The strongest words of the evening came from the U.S. whose ambassador, Kelly Craft, said she was not at the meeting to listen and discus, but to speak directly without mincing words.

Describing the attack as senseless and barbaric, Craft said Turkey had her country’s support to “respond in self-defence’’ to the “unjustified attack.”

The representative of U.K., Jonathan Allen, decried the suffering of the Syrian people caused by “the merciless and disproportionate campaign being waged by the Syrian regime and its Russian backers.”

Allen painted a graphic picture of the humanitarian crisis resulting from the Syrian government’s military offensive in Idlib and called on those responsible to desist.

In his contribution, China’s representative, Zhang Jun, said the Syrian conflict had its complicated background, adding that the council must be “impartial, objective and comprehensive’’ in facilitating political settlement.

Coronavirus: relationship expert, Joro Olumofin shaves beard

Self acclaimed relationship expert and blogger, Joro Olumofin has shaved his beards due to fear of coronavirus. The relationship expert shared a photo of himself at the barbing salon shaving his beards.

A report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had revealed that beards can prevent face masks and respirators from working.

A popular relationship expert and Instagram blogger Joro Olumofin has taken a preventive measure to take care of his health due to the spread of Coronavirus. It was recently reported that the first case of the virus was confirmed in Nigeria.

The case was confirmed on Thursday, February 27, by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. It was gathered that the virus was brought into the country by an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria.

The Italian citizen returned to Nigeria on Tuesday, February 25. Now, Olumofin has joined other Nigerians taking preventive measures to protect them from contracting the disease.

Olumofin, who is known for his beards, decided to shave it off after he discovered that beards may make it more likely to catch coronavirus.

He shared a photo of himself at the barbing salon shaving his beards on his Instagram page. He captioned the post, saying he cried before they shaved it.

See screenshot below;

Husband drowns wife then tries to flee country with suitcase full of s.e.x toys

A man who drowned his disabled wife was caught as he tried to flee the country with a suitcase full of s.e.x toys.

Peter Rex Dansie, 71, murdered his wife Helen by pushing her wheelchair into a pond in Adelaide, Australia.

On Easter Sunday 2017, he waited until it was almost dark and most people had left before shoving her into the water.

He briefly climbed into the water to make it look as though he'd tried to save her, before calling the police.

His story was called into question when it was discovered he'd left his watch and wallet behind in his car, which Supreme Court judge Justice David Lovell said showed "expectation on your part that you would be getting wet that night," reports the Daily Star.

Helen, 67, was a former microbiologist who had used a wheelchair since the 1990s after having a stroke.

The court heard that Dansie no longer wanted to care for his ailing wife, and had been having online conversations with a woman in China, with whom he intended to have a relationship.

He had booked plane tickets and the day before his flight, police searched his home and found a suitcase filled with condoms, Viagra, sex toys and lingerie.

"Helen, your loving and devoted wife for over 40 years, had simply become a burden to you," Justice Lovell said.

"This was a chilling, planned murder of a person whose mistake was to trust you."

Dansie was found guilty of her murder in December, and on Thursday was jailed for life with a non-parole period of 25 years.

He's been granted leave to appeal against his conviction, with a hearing scheduled for May.

During sentencing, Justice Lovell described the killing as "evil" and said Dansie had shown no remorse.

In a statement read to the court, Helen's son Grant Dansie said he hoped the case would result in a review of how the Australian government protects the rights of the most vulnerable.

He said there were "gaping holes in the system" which was intended to protect them.

21 year-old student who was 'cursed from birth' collapses and dies at university

The father of a student who died from a drug overdose said his son was 'cursed from birth'. Remi Gosal, 21, was found dead on a sofa in a student hall on March 2 last year.

He had moved from Canada six months prior to study law and Spanish at the University of Sheffield.

In the early hours of the morning, CCTV captured Remi stumbling into the block of flats where he lived, with police noting that he 'appeared quite intoxicated' and was 'unsteady on his feet'.

After finding Remi at 5.30pm in the communal kitchen, his friend tried to wake him before noticing his skin was cold to touch, according to Examiner Live.

Desperate for help and fearing the worst, his flatmate ran down to find security before dialling 999 with ambulance staff advising him to try and start CPR on Remi.

Paramedics pronounced him dead when they arrived at the flat.

A toxicology report found that he had fatal levels of codeine and alprazolam in his bloodstream, with the latter also known under its trade name of Xanax.

Remi, who had a black belt in taekwondo, was described as a 'sporty and bright boy', an inquest on February 28 heard.

His father Sarj Gosal said: "His level of drug use was at an addiction level, no doubt. From a cold, objective point of view I’m not surprised because Remi was hospitalised back home a couple of times.

“We took him to emergency once because he was on Xanax."

He also said there was a strong history of substance abuse within their family and he therefore believed his son was 'cursed from birth'.

"Remi didn't touch a drink for years but once he found alcohol and drugs he was hooked, particularly with the pills and alprazolam," Sarj added.

 "He was diagnosed with anxiety but after two weeks of being prescribed pills he liked the buzz and feel of it so his GP discontinued that. But thereafter he would buy Xanax off the street."

A few months prior to his death, Remi visited his GP in Sheffield amid fears he was becoming “restless and anxious” and would fall behind with his university studies.

He said, however, that he was not feeling depressed and there were no inclinations that he would self harm or had done in the past.

A follow-up appointment was made by the GP for three weeks after his initial visit in November 2018. However, Remi never showed up at the practice.

In his final remarks, assistant coroner Stephen Eccleston concluded that Remi died as a direct result of the codeine and alprazolam found in his bloodstream.

Bride dumped for being 'too fat' gets ultimate revenge winning Miss Great Britain

Three years ago, Jen Atkin was enjoying planning her dream wedding, when her fiancé suddenly called it off.

His reason for ditching his blushing bride-to-be? She'd been eating too much junk food and had gotten "too fat".

Well fast forward to present day and Jen, now happily married to someone else, has managed to get the ultimate revenge on her ex by being crowned Miss Great Britain.

The 26-year-old aviation administrator who lives in Ulceby, swapped takeaways for healthy eating and shed eight stone, going from a size 22 to a size 10 over the course of two years.

After slimming from 17st to 9st, Jen was named Miss Scunthorpe before going on to compete for the title of Miss England in 2018, where she finished first runner up.

She then briefly retired from competing in pageants, but decided to give it one more shot after having her name put forward for the 75th Miss Great Britain competition.

And she only went and nabbed the title last Friday at the glittering national final in Leicester.

After winning the pageant, Jen said: "I'm still in shock at winning, I'm so happy I can't even put it into words - I honestly can't believe it.

"When I started doing this it was just for a bit of fun, I never imagined how far I would come. Three years ago I would never ever expected to be winning Miss GB.

"Hard work really does pay off."

She continued to say: "Winning Miss Great Britain marks the end of a long and difficult, but also amazing, journey.

"Although my body has changed so much I think don't think my personality has, and I think that's really helped me.

"The judges were able to see what kind of person I really am."

The beauty queen went on to recall how her break-up inspired her to make big changes in her life.

"[Before we broke up] I would eat huge portions of pasta or pizza then a family-size chocolate bar. At weekends, we'd turn into virtual recluses sitting on the sofa in our pyjamas eating takeaways - spending £20 each time.

"The day he left I thought my world had ended - I cried for weeks and used food as my comfort. But it ended up being the best thing that's happened to me."

Jen soon signed up to her local gym and hasn't looked back since - instead she's looking on to bigger and better things, including boosting her country music career.

"I'm over the moon," she added. "I have so much in the pipeline for my reign, including the release of my next country single this Spring."

A Quick Trip to The Porkmoney Ranch (photos)

With an expected holding capacity of 40,000, Porkmoney’s Epe pig ranch is well on its way to become the biggest privately-owned pig farm in Africa.

Porkmoney is a pioneer in the pig-farming segment of Nigeria’s agriculture sector. The company, with expertise in pig production and processing, is not taking any chances with its self-imposed target of becoming the premier name in the entire livestock agriculture industry.

Currently, there are about 1000 weaners of different breeds on the company’s 100-acre property in Lagos. This number is expected to triple in the next few weeks. The ranch is eponymously named Porkmoney Ranch.

The company’s finishing model [raising pigs from birth to maturation] is an excellent and unique strategy in Nigeria’s agriculture industry.

Muyiwa Folorunso, the co-founder of Porkmoney says the ranch will boost the confidence of the company’s investors – that their money is in the right place, and the company is making the right moves blazing the trail.

The finishing strategy coupled with the company’s semi-intensive free-range system will ensure that unnecessary cost is avoided. The free-range system will also help the pigs grow healthy and strong.

The Porkmoney Ranch is destined to be a mecca of investors, and all other individuals or groups who have concerns with Nigeria’s fast-growing and all-important agriculture sector. A milestone Muyiwa Folorunso expects to reach in a very short while.

Nigeria’s agriculture sector is the country’s highest employer of labour and one of its sources of foreign exchange mostly through exports of cash crops.

However, there is an increasing focus on vertical integration – the total process of production, processing, and marketing. The Porkmoney ranch is a game-changer that will confirm the agtech company’s status as a pioneer in the pig segment of the livestock sector. It would also boost the confidence of investors that they are in the right place.

To paraphrase Muyiwa Folorunso, Porkmoney is putting its money where its mouth is - building the largest privately-owned pig-farm in West Africa and doing the hard work of farming so that its investors can earn money.

Visit www.porkmoney.com to find out more.

Four corpses found in Taraba kidnappers’ den

Four corpses were found in a forest in Taraba state. The corpses, all males were suspected to be part of the ten passengers abducted by kidnappers along Wukari-Jalingo road last Month.

Daily Trust gathered that the victims were travelling to Jalingo from Wukari when they were abducted at Bantaji and taken into the forest.

It was further gathered that since the abduction of the travellers including their driver, no information was heard about their whereabouts.

A source in Bantaje, Malam Musa Hamisu told Daily Trust that it was a vigilante group which went in search of the victims that found four dead bodies including that of the driver.

The driver identified as Adamu Wukari was buried by his family on Wednesday while the three other corpses are still in the forest.

The police public relation officer Taraba state command,DSP David Misal said the police have not received information of the discovery of the corpses.

Coronavirus: face masks, hand sanitizers sold out in lagos

Face masks, hand sanitizers and head masks are now scarce in most supermarkets and pharmacy shops in Lagos state as the Nigerian government on Friday confirmed the first Coronavirus case in the state.

A visit to most pharmacy shops and supermarkets on Lagos mainland areas such as Surulere, Ikeja, Agege and Ogba by dailytrust reporters on Friday shows that the products were bought off the shelfs early Friday morning by residents in the respective areas.

When daily trust  reporters visited major marts such as Shoprite, Spar, Medplus, Healthrite – all located in Adeniran Ogunsanya Mall in Surulere area of the state, none has hand sanitizer and facemask as early as 9:47am.

A shop attendant at the mall, who craved anonymity, said people came in as early as 8am when the mall opened and bought off every sanitizers and masks available.

Other major supermarkets and pharmacy stores visited in Ikeja and Agege areas of the state no longer have the products in stock as well.

However, it was  observed that most Lagos residents now go about their daily activities with hand sanitizers and few wore face masks, just as they try to avoid crowd contacts in most areas visited.

Italian infected with Coronavirus attempts to escape Lagos centre

A 44-year-old Italian who tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus in Lagos on Friday was angry and attempted to escape from the isolation center where he was being quarantined.

According to Punch, a high ranking health worker, at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos (formerly, Infectious Diseases Hospital), said the patient had “complained of excessive heat and mosquitoes” at the isolation center.

“The patient wanted to run away yesterday (Thursday). The Italian man, who seems to be an engineer, was very angry that the room where he was kept was very hot.

“There is nothing there (inside the isolation ward) aside from bed and hospital locker. He almost ran away and is still threatening to do that,” The Punch quoted the health worker.

The worker who was reported to have spoken under the condition of anonymity described the isolation facility as ‘very poor quality’ and added that “the authorities have not matched words with action”.

However, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Obafemi Hamzat, had said on Friday that the state government had built a facility to handle the situation, adding that the patient was getting better.

But the source, who emerged from the Out-Patient Department of the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, alleged that the level of preparedness in Lagos State for infectious diseases such as coronavirus and Lassa fever “is zero.”

The source revealed that the isolation area was a room in one of the wards and that it was quickly vacated to accommodate the Italian.

The source alleged, “The only thing demarcating the room from other rooms in the ward is a red and white barricade tape. That is where the Italian man that tested positive to coronavirus is kept.

“There is no single equipment inside that place. It is just like any other regular hospital room with a bed. That building you see that is being repainted is the original place meant to quarantine coronavirus patients.

“As you can see, the place is not ready. The state government is just renovating it, despite the fact that the virus started spreading since December 2019. It is really sad that a country like Nigeria is never ready to medically contain infectious disease outbreak.

“This is why most health workers leave because they are predisposed to the danger of infection.”

Meanwhile, the Medical Director of the Mainland Hospital, Dr. Abimbola Bowale, has assured that the patient “is stable and responding to treatment.”

He said the patient, who was admitted and quarantined on Thursday, “is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed and quarantined in accordance with health safety standard.”

“We are doing trace-monitoring, and, for now, we cannot say how many people he must have come in contact with.

“We are on top of the situation and all necessary precautions are being put in place,” he added.

Video: NOTORIOUS WANTED physically-challenged thief finally caught in Lagos

A notorious physically challenged wanted thief was finally yesterday caught at the Social Media Week, at Freemee Space, Lekki.

The physically challenged man had already been on wanted list when a CCTV video of him stealing a lady's phone went viral on social media. That however didn;t stop him from continuing to steal,.

According to Ruggedman, who shared the moment he was arrested yesterday, the rapper named him,
The Bad Legged Bandit. Ruggedman's post and video below...

''THE BAD LEGGED BANDIT has finally been arrested.

His name is Okeomo Friday.

He went for Social Media Week at Freemee Space lekki (most likely to steal from there too) Someone spotted him and reported to the security guys with video back ups.

The moderator at the event announced that every one should guard their properties. A few minutes later he stood up to leave but was held back.

Since freemen space security didn’t have evidence against him, they contacted his last victim from the restaurant he was seen stealing a phone.

They came with the @policenglagos and took him away.''

Video: Man seen praying on busy road in Lugbe, Abuja

This is not even funny. An unidentified man has been spotted praying in the middle of a busy road in Lugbe, Abuja.

The man can be seen on his knees, and raising his hands in prayer, as he shields himself with his car parked right behind him. Twitter user @Leokolade who shared the video wrote;

''Lool i was driving and then saw this man praying on the road in lugbe, Abuja. What are your thoughts?'' Watch the video below;

Tesco worker jailed for dumping date's body in woods after chemsex death

A Tesco retail store manager who dumped the body of a chef in woodland near his flat has been jailed for six years.

Hiran Chauhan, 24, went to the home of Neil Cuckson, 32, after they chatted about taking drugs on the dating app Grindr, Manchester Crown Court heard. Cuckson said they both drank liquid ecstasy – GHB – during ‘chemsex’ and admitted that he injected Mr Chauhan and himself with crystal meth before they fell asleep in the early hours of July 3.

The defendant claimed he woke up to find Mr Chauhan had died – but rather than alert the authorities, he kept the body in his flat and went to work as normal at a Tesco Express in Manchester city centre. He then bought a Suzuki Swift for £200 on the website Gumtree, after earlier purchasing a wheelbarrow and a pitchfork, and in the early hours of July 8 was caught on CCTV struggling to lift the body into the car’s boot.

Cuckson dragged the body, wrapped in plastic sheeting, across the road from his flat in Eccles Old Road to nearby woodland.

The body of Mr Chauhan, a chef at El Capo restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, was discovered by two 14-year-old schoolboys the next day, along with a woman.

As she waited for police to arrive she said she noticed a white male wearing a Tesco jacket on the other side of the road – describing him as ‘not looking shocked’.

Shortly afterwards, Cuckson bought a saw before inquiries led police to his flat, in which officers noted a ‘pungent smell’.

The defendant was arrested on suspicion of murder and en route to custody he said: ‘He overdosed that’s what happened, I didn’t kill him.’

Michael Lavery, prosecuting, said: ‘He told police that by the time he knew Hiran was dead he was panicking and that he was trying to cover up what had happened .

‘He said he formed the opinion that Hiran was quite naive when it came to drugs, not understanding the slang or street names which attach to them.’

Mr Lavery said the post-mortem examination was hampered and limited by the severe decomposition and degeneration of Mr Chauhan’s body

The prosecutor said the victim’s family believed he was not a regular drug user and a cousin said he was ‘very naive and vulnerable’.

Mr Chauhan’s sister, Gemma, read out her victim personal statement from the witness box as Cuckson, originally from Northern Ireland, stared at the floor in the dock throughout.

She said: ‘Hiran just wanted to be loved. He used the dating sites in the hope of finding this.

‘Dating sites are the norm in this generation but you do not expect to meet up with someone and not return home safely.

‘He should have rang an ambulance. There was a chance my brother could have been saved but no, Neil Cuckson thought he was better than a medical professional.’

She added: ‘What kind of individual thinks it’s normal to sleep next to a body for six days, wrap him up, buy a car to hide a body, drag a body across a road and dump a body in a field?

‘This is not normal and he deserves to suffer.’

In December, Cuckson admitted preventing a lawful and decent burial, perverting the course of justice and supplying Class A and Class C drugs.

He was facing trial next week on an outstanding count of administering a noxious substance – crystal meth – to endanger life but today pleaded guilty to the charge.

Michael James, defending Cuckson, said: ‘He understands he can never change what he did and he can never apologise enough to the family but he does show some real remorse.’

Sentencing, judge Alan Conrad QC told the defendant: ‘The state of Mr Chauhan’s body is a direct result of you having concealed his death and hidden the body, which made it impossible for experts to obtain the results which they usually can in the case of a suspicious death.

‘This has added greatly to the grief of his family.

‘They will never know exactly how and in what circumstances Hiran Chauhan, whom they loved so much, actually died.’

He added ‘anybody with any decency’ would have alerted the authorities to the situation.

President Buhari suspends amnesty programme coordinator

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Charles Quaker Dokubo.

Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said in a statement that President Buhari had directed that the caretaker committee set up to review the programme should oversee the running of the programme henceforth with a view to ensuring that government objectives were achieved.

Adesina said the National Security Adviser (NSA) set up a caretaker committee to look into the activities of the programme on the directive of President Buhari.

He said the directive followed numerous allegations and petitions surrounding the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

The statement said part of the committee’s task was to ensure that allocated resources were properly utilized in consonance with government’s objective of alleviating problems in the Niger Delta region, and stamping out corruption in the Amnesty Programme.

The NSA, the statement added, recommended to Mr President that the coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Dokubo, be suspended, a recommendation which had been approved took immediate effect.

Heart attack kills Congo’s intel chief Kahimbi

Congo’s military intelligence chief, General Delphin Kahimbi died on Friday after suffering a heart attack, his wife said.

His death followed media reports that an investigation had been opened into allegations that he tried to destabilize the country.

Kahimbi was also under European Union sanctions over alleged human rights abuses when he commanded operations against rebels in east Democratic Republic of Congo in the 200Os and during his tenure as military intelligence chief.

Kahimbi was appointed by former President Joseph Kabila. Kabila’s successor as head of state, Felix Tshisekedi, had been under pressure from the United States to hold the general to account for alleged human rights abuses.

“He had a heart attack at home and he died soon after we arrived at the hospital,” his wife, Brenda Kahimbi, told Reuters by phone.

Two sources in the security service said Kahimbi had recently been suspended over the accusations that he had sought to hide weapons and destabilize the country.

Kahimbi was also barred this month from leaving the country, the security sources and two sources in the migration service said.

The military confirmed Kahimbi’s death but did not confirm the cause or comment on the accusations against him or the reports that he had been suspended.

Popular Ondo businessman killed by suspected hired assassins

A popular businessman in Ondo State, has been killed by gunmen suspected to be hired assassins.

Charles Adenikinju, was shot dead at his residence along Ife Road, Ondo town, headquarters of Ondo-West Local Government Area of the state.

According to reports, the hoodlums numbering about three, broke into the compound at night and attacked the businessman with a machete before shooting him dead.

One of his neighbours, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, confirmed the incident.

He said, “We are still shocked about the killing of Adenikinju by the hoodlums who broke into his house around midnight.

“They shot him in the stomach and he died immediately. It is sad and we have called on the police to investigate this.”

Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo State, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident saying;

“The case has been reported to the police we have begun investigation into the incident.”

Video: Maid caught on camera assaulting her boss' daughter

A maid has been caught on camera physically assaulting her madam;s daughter. A twitter user, @Sokoliously shared a video of the maid bathing the girl in the compound as she kicks, punches and dragged her on the floor.

Though Sokoliously didn't mention where it took place, but from the background, one could tell it was in Nigeria. Too sad. Watch the video below...

Police under fire for allegedly sharing graphic photos from the Kobe Bryant crash scene

Some L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies have come under fire for allegedly sharing disturbing photos of the scene where Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gigi, and 7 others died in a helicopter crash, and the photos included remains from the gruesome aftermath.

Kobe's family, along with the family's of other victims of the crash were reportedly contacted by the Los Angeles police department and warned that graphic death photos of their family members may leak online shortly.

It's not clear who took the photos, but it was being talked about by first responders just 2 days after the crash, according to the L.A. Times. The report adds that at least one L.A. County Sheriff's official had the photos on his cell phone "in a setting that had nothing to do with the investigation."

The gruesome photos were also passed around by members of the L.A. County Fire department and the department is now investigating.

According to the LA Times, they spoke to someone who saw the leaked photos.

The report states: "One of the sources told The Times that the sharing of photos of the crash scene and the victims’ remains was the topic of a discussion among first responders two days after the crash.

"The source said he saw one of the photos on the phone of another official, in a setting that had nothing to do with the investigation of the crash. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter."

According to TMZ, one of the L.A. County Sheriff's deputies who responded to the crash scene - a trainee - took photos and at some point went to a bar and, as one source put it, 'he tried to impress a girl by showing her the photos'."

The bartender overheard the conversation and filed an online complaint with the Sheriff's Dept, the publication adds.

The LA Times spoke with Captain Jorge Valdez on Wednesday, and he said that "his office had been obligated to contact the family members of crash victims" about the photos. The official told The Times the reason for contacting them was not because of the allegation but rather because there was a media inquiry over the allegation. He added that he was "unaware of any complaint" about the leaked photos.

Photo: Italian hit by Coronavirus unveiled in Lagos

A faint picture of the Italian man who brought Coronavirus to Nigeria has been unveiled at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital where he is being isolated and treated.

Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who displayed a picture he took with the index case on his twitter handle, said he spoke with the man and assured him that he would be taken care of.

In the photo, the Italian man could be seen faintly discussing with Abayomi from where he is isolated. The commissioner was not wearing a face mask or anything.

According to Abayomi, “I also visited the #COVID19 patient a male Italian national who is isolated at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, where he is been managed by our well trained staff.

I spoke to him and assured him of

@followlasg resolve to ensure he gets adequate care #ForAGreaterLagos

“While at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, I took time to inspect the ongoing renovation of the isolation wards. The renovation should be completed in a couple of days. I am satisfied with the renovation and preparedness work in the hospital,” he said.

The first case of the deadly Coronavirus was confirmed in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Thursday.

Photos of Anthony Joshua with the people he loves most

Here are photos of Anthony Joshua with the people he loves most in life. The famous boxer is pictured here with his father, sisters and son.

Zamfara governor 'forces' school principals, teachers to eat poor quality meal provided for students

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle has ordered all school principals and feeding officers in the state to henceforth eat the food they serve students or face dismissal.

Mawalle gave the order after meeting secondary students eating substandard food contrary to the agreement with the principals and feeding officers in the state.

The governor, who was not happy with the quality of food he met in the two schools he visited, directed that “Henceforth, the principals and the feeding officers throughout the state must eat the same food they cook for their students or be dismissed”.

The visibly angry governor made it compulsory for the officials to eat together with the students amidst cheers from the visibly elated students.

“You must henceforth eat your food with your students and I will keep you on watch so that those who violate the order would be dismissed” Matawalle directed.

He personally supervised the compulsory eating of the sudstandard food by Principal and staff of Government Science Secondary School Gusau and Government Girls Secondary School Gusau.

The Governor expressed his dismay with the type of food provided to the students, in spite of huge amount of money being spent by the government on the program.

Matawalle warned that henceforth, his administration would deal decisively with such negative attitude by those entrusted with the responsibility.

He noted that the state government has been providing all necessary food items for the students and must therefore be delivered to them appropriately or face the wrath of his administration. This directive, Governor Matawalle said, applies across the state.

Dog tests positive for coronavirus in Hong Kong after catching disease from infected owner

A dog has been diagnosed with having coronavirus after catching it from its owner in Hong Kong.

The dog is now being kept in quarantine for 14 days after rectal, oral and nasal samples came back confirming it had the disease. Owner Yvonne Chow Hau Yee took her dog to a vet in the Happy Valley area of the city.

The results showed that the dog tested weak positive to the virus and it had not shown any symptoms.

Officials at the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department ordered for the dog to be kept at Hong Kong’s only quarantine facility where its condition will be monitored and it will continue to be tested.

The AFCD said in a statement that it ‘does not have evidence that pet animals can be infected with Covid-19 virus or can be a source of infection to people’.

Pet owners were being reminded to get into the habit of washing their hands after touching their pets.

It is believed to be the first case of a pet catching the virus.

Hackers clone South Africa's Intelligence Minister's phone

Mobile phones belonging to South Africa’s intelligence minister Ayanda Dlodlo and her deputy, Zizi Kodwa, have been cloned.

High-profile investigators were looking into how the phones and that of several other intelligence officials, had been cloned, the security ministry said.

Cloning involves the transferring of data from one mobile phone to another.

It was not unclear who was responsible or if any sensitive information had been compromised, the ministry said.

Ms Dlodlo’s spokesman told the Reuters news agency that the cloning was discovered when several individuals received text messages purportedly from Mr Kodwa.

The embarrassing admission comes a few weeks after a break-in at the State Security Agency’s headquarters in the capital, Pretoria.

Robbers walked into a safe at the office and left with classified documents and an undisclosed amount of money in local and foreign currency, according to South Africa’s IOL news website.

Coronavirus bombshell as 14% of patients who recovered test positive again

China has discovered that roughly 14% of patients who recovered from coronavirus test positive for the killer disease again, with the mechanism behind the virus' apparent ability to re-infect a complete mystery.

This comes after Japan reported that a female tour-bus guide aged in her 40s had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus for a second time in Osaka.

Normally, when you overcome a virus you gain immunity for a while afterwards which is why it is so rare for children to get chickenpox twice.

The statistics from China came from reports from hospitals in Guangdong province.

A positive test means the “recovered” patients may still be carrying the virus, straitstimes.com reports.

Currently, scientists do not know why it happens and whether these patients could still be infectious, said Song Tie, deputy director of the Guangdong Centre of Disease Control and Prevention.

Ray J and wife Princess Love are now living separately

Ray J and Princess Love are living separately just months after the former boyfriend of Kim Kardashian 'stranded' her in Las Vegas.

The former couple are not divorced despite not being under the same roof according to a report from TMZ.

The One Wish hitmaker and his wife went through a huge public bust-up in November when the model accused her spouse - who gave birth to second child Epik in January - of leaving her and their daughter Melody, now 18 months, stranded in Las Vegas following an argument.

The two are co-parenting, however it doesn't seem like everything has been reconciled between the 39-year-old singer and the 35-year-old fashion designer whose full name is Princess Pilipina Love Norwood.

Ray and Princess are getting along 'fine' and are happy to do family duties together without drama or arguing and believe their current living situation is helping to keep the peace according to the site.

While Princess is staying at her luxury Beverly Hills home with the children, her estranged husband is living in a bachelor pad nearby with their dogs, but visits the family home every day.

The pair are not discussing the possibility of getting divorce and are using their time apart to focus on themselves and their kids.

While Princess is 'very happy' with the current set-up, Ray is still trying to make amends and on Valentine's Day, he covered her house with more than 2,000 roses for his wife and daughter.

21 die as police and vigilante clash with bandits in Katsina

Twenty one persons were confirmed dead on Thursday as suspected bandits clashed with vigilantes and a team of policemen at Gurbi village in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the incident, said the bandits stormed the village about 3am on motorcycles, armed with AK-47 rifles, shot at the villagers and killed some in the process.

Isah said the bandits, who also rustled some animals during the raid, were repelled by the community vigilante group before a police team joined in the battle.

Seventeen bandits were reportedly killed in the gun duel that followed while some of them (suspected bandits) reportedly sustained injuries. Isah said:

“Today, being 27/02/2020, about 03:00hrs, a distress call was received that bandits in their numbers armed with AK-47 rifles stormed Gurbi village in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State, killed four persons and rustled a large number of domestic animals after they received a fierce resistance by the local vigilante group.

“Consequent upon which the Commissioner of Police, Katsina State Command, Sanusi Buba, directed the DPO Kankara Division to lead Operation Puff Adder in collaboration with Vigilante group to the scene.

“The bandits were engaged in a shootout along with some vigilantes. The team succeeded and killed 17 suspected bandits and recovered 80 cows, 180 sheep and a donkey from the hoodlums.

“During the attack, bandits killed one Alhaji Sanusi, m, of Yar-Bakaje; Akilu Isuhu, m, of Bawa Gidan Mai Ruwa; Nana Husaini, f, aged 25yrs of Unguwar Farin Dutse, Gurbi village; and Muntari Sama’ila, m, aged 30yrs of Gidan Korau village, all in the Kankara LGA of Katsina State while three other persons sustained injuries.”

This is coming just one week after suspected bandits killed about 30 persons during an attack at Tsauwa and Dankar villages in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina state.

Iran's vice president confirmed to have coronavirus day after health minister

The vice president of Iran is understood to have been infected with coronavirus a day after the country’s health minister confirmed he had tested positive.

A state-owned newspaper said vice president Masoumeh Ebtekar has contracted the deadly infection. Iran has emerged as a major hotspot in the region, with 26 fatalities – the highest death toll outside China.

A day before,  the country announced deputy health minister Iraj Hairichi is one of those infected in Iran. He had given a news conference on Tuesday seeking to play down the danger posed by the virus. He stopped at one point to wipe away sweat from his forehead.

He later posted a video online saying he had contracted the disease and had quarantined himself at his home, promising that authorities will bring the virus under control.

Mojtaba Zolnour, the head of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign affairs committee, also appeared in a video posted by Fars news agency saying he had the virus and was in self-quarantine.

Seven new deaths were reported in Iran in 24 hours as the spread of coronavirus appeared to accelerate.

Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told a press briefing yesterday that 106 more cases of the disease had been confirmed, raising the tally of infections to 245.

On Wednesday, Iranian authorities announced domestic travel restrictions for people with confirmed or suspected infections.

They also placed curbs on access to major Shiite pilgrimage sites, including the Imam Reza shrine in second city Mashhad and the Fatima Masumeh shrine in Qom.

Visitors to the shrines will be allowed to visit on condition they are provided ‘with hand-washing liquids, proper (health) information, masks’, Health Minister Saeed Namaki told a news conference.

They must ‘not gather together in groups but just pray and leave’, he said.

Man is unable to have s.e.x or masturbate after rat bit his p.e.n.i.s in New York jail

A man who was left unable to have s.e.x after his p3nis was bitten by a rat inside a New York jail is reopening his lawsuit against city authorities.

Vietnam war veteran Peter Solomon, 63, made headlines in 2011 when a judge granted him permission to launch a lawsuit.

He claimed to have suffered severe injuries and mental distress when the rodent latched onto his genitals while he was in a cell at Nassau County Correctional Center in 2007, pending trial on charges he had menaced his first wife.

But his cases failed the first time after not paying the $455 filing fee on time.

Mr Solomon, from Elmont, New York, said: "I am still unable to have s3x with my wife and I'm still in near-constant pain in my genitals.

"I took bullets for this country in Vietnam and I'll never be able to walk right again, but this injury really didn't need to happen.

"I have PTSD from Vietnam but the worst fear I experience is actually from the rat.

"I have nightmares every night about it. Every time I close my eyes I feel like a rat is going to jump out and bite me again.

"I can't have s3x and I can't masturbate. I still have the urges but I just can't do it. I can't get an erection and a semi erection is very painful, even urinating can be painful.

"I have a keloid scar on my p3nis from the bite and scars on my legs from where the rat scratched me.

"Half the prisons are infested with vermin. They don't treat prisoners humanely. The vermin problem was worse then than it is now.

"Since I was in there parts of the prison have been remodeled, there are less rats in there now, but that doesn't help me."

Solomon, who is married with four children, two of which are from a previous marriage, was admitted to the Nassau University Medical Center where his injuries were treated and he received rabies shots.

He added: "I had to go to hospital and be examined by a lots of doctors. It was humiliating."

He was released after a month behind bars when charged were dropped, with US District Judge Arthur Spatt later ruling that he had a right to sue.

The court documents read: "Solomon alleges that a rodent emerged from a hole in his mattress while he slept and bit him on the p3nis. Solomon pulled the rodent from his penis and threw it away from him."

Olympic athlete Toledo dies in bike crash ahead of Tokyo 2020

Braian Toledo has tragically died after being involved in a bike crash in his native Argentina just months before the Olympic javelin thrower was due to compete at the Games in Tokyo.

The 26-year-old was preparing to go for gold in Japan this summer but his hopes of bringing home a medal have sadly been dashed.

Toledo’s first Olympics came at London 2012 when he was just 18, and the rising star finished in 30th place.

Four years later in Brazil, the South American came 10th as he stepped up his game for the Rio Olympics. Toledo had a huge future ahead of him in javelin, having won many medals at youth level. RIP.

Arsenal out of UEFA Europa league after a 2 - 1 defeat

Youssef El-Arabi scored in the last minute of extra-time to give Olympiakos a 2-1 victory at Arsenal on Thursday and knock the Londoners out of the Europa League.

Arsenal, last year’s losing finalists, had won the first leg of the round of 32 tie 1-0 in Greece. Defender Pape Abou Cisse cancelled out that advantage after 53 minutes.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal back in front with a spectacular goal 23 minutes into extra-time, but El Arabi dramatically put Olympiakos through on away goals.

Wizkid’s fan dies days after tweeting about death

A die hard fan of wizkid has died days after tweeting about death and asking everyone to enjoy life.

Dolapo, who was a fan of the musician, had taken to his Twitter handle, @Kinyels, where he wrote, “Anybody can die anytime, enjoy your life! You only live once.”

He posted the tweet around 5.05pm on February 19, 2020, and it garnered 962 retweets and 1,800 likes from Twitter users.

In an unexpected twist of events, Dolapo reportedly died a few days after the tweet and the news has thrown his friends, families and colleagues, including Wizkid, into a state of mourning.

Condoling with his friends and family,  Wizkid wrote; “Rip Dolapo! God bless his soul and I pray God bless the family with the strength at this time.”

Also, a Twitter user, @itz_laolao, while expressing shock over the incident, tweeted, “I woke up this morning to the sad news that my brother Dolapo @Kinyels has gone to be with the Lord. I don’t know how to act, I don’t know how to feel, I don’t know how to think, I don’t know how to do anything. I just know that God knows best. Sleep well King. We miss you.”

One Laolu, while eulogising the deceased, said he spoke with him on Monday.

Through his Twitter handle, @laolusensei, he wrote, “Why? Why? We just spoke on Monday nawuuu. You gave me one of your phones to repair; you said I should bring it for you on Sat. Youn bought me food on that Mon. You even got me a shirt just a day before. This is sooo sad. And we had a project to work on. Damn.. #ripdolapo.”