80 killed as cholera hits Zamfara
No fewer than 80 persons have been killed by Cholera in Zamfara State in the last one month.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Suleiman Gummi, dislclosed this on Tuesday, in Gusau.
Alhaji Gummi maintained that about 500 others were currently receiving treatment at various health facilities in the state.
He said the disease had spread to 10 out of the 14 local government areas of the state.
Gummi said the state government had established special camps and had deployed medicine and health personnel there to contain the situation.
He said that the state government had reported the case to the Federal Government and more medical supports were being expected.
The commissioner appealed to the citizens of the state to keep their environments clean and also ensure to prepare their food under hygienic conditions.
The local government areas affected are: Bungudu, Maru, Maradun, Talata-Mafara and Bakura.
Others are: Shinkafi, Anka, Kaura -Namoda, Birnin-Magaji and Zurmi.
Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhoea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated.
It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholera.
Reps move against schools collecting fees in foreign currency
The House of Representatives, on Tuesday resolved to probe foreign schools in Nigeria collecting fees in foreign currency.
The lower chamber held that the practice was in disregard to Federal Government’s policy.
The position of the lawmakers was sequel to a motion by Rep. Emmanuel Agboola (Ekiti-PDP) and 14 others.
Moving the motion, Agboola recalled that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had on April 17, 2015, issued a circular on “Currency Substitution and Dollarization of the Nigerian Economy” to reform the currency regulations.
He said that this was in pursuant to Sections 15, 20(1) and (5) of the CBN Act, which made it illegal to price or denominate the cost of any product or service in any foreign currency in Nigeria other than the Naira.
The lawmaker expressed concern that the American International School, Abuja was charging school fees in United States dollar.
He added that some other international schools in Nigeria were also collecting fees in foreign currencies, contrary to the government policy.
He explained that AISA disregarded the extant financial regulations even when it was inclined to collect the fees in Naira and could accept the currency only at parallel market rate.
According to the lawmaker, the use of the parallel market rate to determine the amount of fees to be collected in Naira entails that parents pay school fees at different rates.
“This depends on the rate in the black market and as such, parents of children in the same class end up paying different fees for their wards, depending on the day the payment was made,” he said.
The motion was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.
In his remarks, Mr Yussuff Lasun said that the matter should be investigated by the relevant committee of the house.
He, therefore, referred the motion to the Committee on Basic Education.
EFCC intercepts N49m in sacks at Kaduna Airport
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Kaduna Zonal office, has intercepted a sum of N49million in five large 150kg sacks.
According to the anti-graft agency, the sacks were intercepted following a tip off on Tuesday.
A statement by the EFFC said the money was recovered, “During a routine baggage screening, five sacks were sighted unattended and without tags containing fresh bulk items suspected to be money.
“Upon examination, the bags were found to contain fresh crispy naira notes of N200 denomination in 20 bundles totaling forty million naira and N50 denomination in 180 bundles totaling nine million naira with seal purportedly emanating from the Nigeria Security and Minting Plc as seen in the labeled sealed packs.”
The EFCC said investigation was ongoing “to unravel the culprits behind the attempted illegal movement of the cash”.
The development is coming barely one month after the EFCC raided the home of former NNPC boss, Yakubu, in Kaduna city where it discovered the sum of $9.8m and £74, 000.
Naira sustains gain against dollar
The Naira on Tuesday sustained its gain against the dollar at the foreign exchange market.
Naira exchanged at N455 (Buying rate), N457 (selling rate) at the parallel market, from the N455/460 it traded on Monday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N547 and N480, respectively.
At the Bureau De Change window, the Naira traded at N399 to a dollar, CBN controlled rate, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N547 and N480, respectively.
At the interbank window, the Naira closed at N306.25 to a dollar.
Traders at the market were hopeful that improved liquidity at the interbank market would lead to a fuller recovery of the Naira.
The CBN had injected over $1.4bn in a series of interventions at the interbank market.
The liquidity boost was geared towards stabilising the exchange rate.
Buhari signs treaty on establishment of Abidjan-Lagos corridor
Today, President Buhari signed the instrument of ratification of the treaty on the establishment of the Abidjan-Lagos corridor among the Governments of Republic of Benin, Cote D’ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Nigeria at the State House Abuja.
Stephanie Otobo drags Apostle Suleman to police for illegal abortion
Read the petition below...
Miss. Stephanie Otobo,
Monday, March 13, 2017
The Commissioner of Police,
The Nigeria Police Force, Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, Lagos State.
PETITION AGAINST APOSTLE JOHNSON SULEMAN FOR ILLEGAL PROCUREMENT OF ABORTION, THREAT TO LIFE AND ATTEMPTED MURDER.
Sir, my name is Miss Stephanie Otobo, and I wish to bring a formal complaint to you against one Apostle Johnson Suleman as follows:
That sometime in June 2015, Apostle Suleman Johnson and I started an amorous relationship in far away Canada. The relationship was nurtured by Apostle Suleman who inundated me with cash gifts and pleasure trips all over Europe.
In particular, I was invited by Apostle Suleman to join him for his crusade that was held in 2015 at Napoli, Italy, the full expenses for the trip was paid for by the gentleman. While in Napoli, Apostle Suleman would preach and do “miracle” in the day time and take the much needed rest in my bosom at night.
Napoli was our love nest for three (3) good days and after the crusade Apostle Suleman left Napoli and I also returned to Canada.
Shortly after the Napoli experience, I discovered that I was pregnant for Apostle Suleman. I called my lover to inform him of the pregnancy but Apostle Suleman was not particularly excited about the news rather he requested that I should come to Nigeria.
Based on Apostle Suleman’s instruction I left Canada for Nigeria to meet Apostle Suleman. It is important to note that despite the amorous relationship, I saw Apostle Suleman like a father figure who takes care of me and to whom I was extremely obedient to.
I arrived Nigeria on the 25th of August, 2015 and clandestine arrangement was made for the two (2) of us to meet and consequently, I met Apostle Suleman at Definite Destiny Hotel, beside Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State. It was at the hotel that I was given a concoction to drink by Apostle Suleman who told me that the concoction was for my spiritual fortification. But in less than ten (10) minutes after drinking the concoction, I started vomiting blood and passing out blood. Apostle Suleman then gave me pills to stop the blood though the blood did not stop immediately but the pain subsided and the pregnancy was gone.
I was devastated by the development and Apostle Suleman gave me cash gifts in three (3) different currencies, to wit; Euro, Dollars and Naira to console and compensate me for the loss of the pregnancy. I could not come to terms with the facts that the man that claimed to love me and promised to marry me, could procure abortion for me without my consent which could have lead to my death.
Unfortunately Apostle Suleman did not stop at procuring abortion for me without my consent but also in a desperate bid to keep the amorous relationship between him and I a secret not known to his teeming followers, Apostle Suleman invented various devices to bully and threaten my life.
It is against this backdrop that I urge you to use your good offices to call for a thorough and dispassionate investigation into the above allegations. I plead with you, in the course of your investigation, to confirm the exchange of all our text messages from the networks, forensic analysis of all the nude pictures we both sent to ourselves (and whether they are, indeed, photo-shopped or authentic), our international passports to confirm the dates and times of our travels, investigation concerning the hotels we slept together both in and out of Nigeria and bank accounts to confirms the transfers of funds.
MISS. STEPHANIE OTOBO