This is contained in a statement signed by the Information Officer of the State Ministry of Health, Abubakar Mohammed, made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola. “Adamawa State Ministry of Health wishes to inform you and the general public that the state has recorded confirmed cases of cholera in three local governments namely Yola North, Yola South and Girei respectively. “As at today Tuesday the 18th of June 2019, a total of 76 cases were recorded with 1 death, giving a case fatality rate (CFR) of 1.3%. It said treatment center had been set up in Yola Specialist Hospital to support case management. Mass media campaigns in radio and TV will commence to sensitize general public on cholera prevention and control measures and good hygiene promotion practices.
June 18, 2019 16:52 UTC
Justice Ladiran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court sitting at Ringroad, Ibadan, on Tuesday adjourned the contempt of court and committal proceedings filed against the Oyo State Government by the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State Chapter, till July 30. Those joined as defendants alongside the Oyo State Governor, Engr. The court adjourned the matter in order to allow counsels to parties in the suit complete the exchange of all court processes needed to determine the matter. Justice Akintola advised the counsels about acting on speculative reports, warning them to be careful about how they convey their thoughts. Heurged counsels to ensure the completion of the exchange of court processes before the next date and adjourned the matter till July 30.
June 18, 2019 16:41 UTC
A Canadian man has died after his parachute failed to open when he jumped out of a plane during a military exercise led by US forces in Bulgaria, local media reported on Tuesday. Three soldiers, reportedly US citizens, were also injured during the exercise overnight to Tuesday, dubbed Swift Response 2019, according to the private television channel bTV. The Defence Ministry in Sofia has confirmed the incident near the southern village of Cheshnegirovo, the BTA news agency reported. The three injured soldiers are being treated for broken bones in a hospital in Plovdiv, bTV reported. It involves around 5,600 personnel from eight countries, including 1,495 parachutists, the Defence Ministry in Sofia said.
June 18, 2019 16:41 UTC
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has commenced demolition of telecommunication masts in different locations within Nigeria. The regulatory authority said it was left with no choice as the 30-day ultimatum given to those telecommunication service providers has expired. Prior to the expiration of the ultimatum, letters of reminder were written to all affected organisations to obtain Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) for their masts. In line with this, the regulatory authority requires an Aviation Height Clearance (AHC) approval for every tower installation in the country irrespective of the height and location. The NCAA, however, reiterated that it will continue to apply requisite sanctions for violation of extant regulations especially, where the resolve of the Authority is tested.
June 18, 2019 16:41 UTC
Eniola Akinkuotu, AbujaLagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has made a U-turn, insisting that he never promised to solve the Apapa gridlock crisis in 60 days. READ ALSO: Governors acknowledge receipt of N2trnSanwo-Olu had said, “The Apapa trailer issue; it’s a campaign issue, it’s very serious. I believe that it is something that we are going to solve in the first 60 days of our government. We cannot continue to give excuses.”Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, however, the governor said he never promised to clear the traffic congestion in 60 days rather, he would review what has been done on Apapa roads in 60 days. They said that I mentioned during the campaign train that I was going to clear it in 60 days.
June 18, 2019 16:18 UTC
Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, has approved the appointment of Mr Babagana Aji as his Chief of Staff. The Special Adviser to the Senate President on Administration, Dr Betty Okoroh, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said ”the appointment is with immediate effect.”Okoroh said Lawan has also appointed Mr Festus Adedayo as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. “The appointments were made based on merit, experience, track record and competency of Aji and Adedayo needed by the senate president in executing his planned legislative agenda,” she said. He later joined the services of University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) where he was appointed as director in 2016. He was Special Adviser on Media to Oyo State governor between 2011 and 2015, Special Adviser on Media to Enugu governor between 2004 and 2007 and Special Assistant to Enugu governor on Public Policy Analysis between 2003 and 2004.
June 18, 2019 15:56 UTC
The trial of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and three others could not be heard June 18, 2019 before Justice Jude Okeke of the Federal Capital Territory, High Court, Maitama, due to the absence of the lead defence counsel, Akin Olujimi, SAN. Lawal, his younger brother, Hamidu David Lawal, along with Suleiman Abubakar, Apeh John Monday and two companies, Rholavision Engineering Ltd and Josmon Technologies Ltd are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an amended 10-count charge, bordering on fraud, diversion of funds and criminal conspiracy to the tune of over N500 million. Temitope Adeyemi, who held brief for Chief Olujimi, SAN, asked the court for an adjournment, following Olujimi’s illness and absence. The judge noted that there was no document in support of the adjournment application to show that the lead counsel was indisposed, but that he was disposed to giving the “learned silk” the benefit of the doubt. He adjourned the matter to July 4, 2019, noting that today’s adjournment was the second on the trot, given to the first defendant’s lead counsel.
June 18, 2019 15:56 UTC
A wave of one metre (three feet) is expected to hit the coast of the Sea of Japan, north of Tokyo, the nation’s meteorological agency said. The agency warned that it is “dangerous” to stay near the coast or in the sea. On March 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0-magnitude quake struck under the Pacific Ocean, and the resulting tsunami caused widespread damage and claimed thousands of lives. In 2004 a 6.8-magnitude quake hit, killing 68 people, including elderly who died in the days and weeks after the first tremor from stress and fatigue. The area was also hit by a magnitude-6.8 quake in 2007, leaving 15 people dead.
June 18, 2019 15:43 UTC
West African finance ministers and central bank governors agreed on technical issues surrounding the creation of a single currency for the Economic Community of West African States next year. “At a ministerial level, we’ve established a roadmap” for the establishment of a new currency, Ivory Coast Finance Minister Adama Kone told reporters Tuesday after the meeting in Abidjan. The 15-member regional organization has set a target to have a single currency by 2020, following a gradual approach that allows countries to join the monetary union when they meet the convergence criteria. Ivory Coast and several other French-speaking Ecowas members already share the CFA franc and have done since colonial times, while members including Nigeria and Ghana have their own currencies. The finance ministers and central bank governors spent two days discussing technical issues including the exchange-rate regime and monetary-police framework before adopting a draft report that will be reviewed by regional heads of state at the end of the month.
June 18, 2019 15:33 UTC
Ted Odogwu, KanoThe Kano State Police Command, on Tuesday, said it has arrested four suspects in connection to the case of a gorilla, which allegedly swallowed N6.8 million at Kano Zoological Gardens. Spokesman of the Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, who confirmed the arrests, said those arrested, include security officials and the accountant, charging them for negligence. However, Haruna wondered why such a large sum of money was kept within the Zoological complex for a period of five days during the Sallah period. READ ALSO: Missing N6.8m: No gorilla in Kano zoo, says Ganduje”Whoever is found guilty, at the end of investigations would be charged to court for prosecution.”Contacted, the Managing Director of the Zoological Garden, Umar Yusuf Hashe Katchakobo, said the matter is under investigation, hence he cannot comment on the development. It should be recalled that a Gorilla recently swallowed N6.8 million at the State Government Zoological garden.
June 18, 2019 15:22 UTC
The Legion d’Honneur award will be presented to the 72-year-old megastar by President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in the French capital on Friday. The singer, whose life was captured in the searingly honest “Rocketman” biopic that wowed critics at Cannes film festival last month, is not expected to perform although he was expected to use the occasion to promote his charity work. His own charity, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, was set up in 1992, just months after his friend Freddy Mercury died of the disease. It has since raised more than $400 million (357 million euros). His “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour kicked off in Pennsylvania in September.
June 18, 2019 15:11 UTC
The Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Atiku Bagudu, has said governors are grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for the release of about two trillion naira to the 36 states of the federation. Bagudu stated this when he addressed State House correspondents at the end of a closed-door meeting between President Buhari and governors elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja on Tuesday. “We are also appreciative of increased investment in agriculture which has been because of conscious decision to support agriculture as a way out of economic challenges and provide economic growth,’’ he said. On the meeting between the president and the governors, Bagudu said they were in the villa to congratulate the president on the National Assembly elections and to thank him for the confidence he had in the members of the forum. Bagudu added, “We offer to work with Mr President to ensure that we increase economic performance, the security of our country and social cohesion.”(NAN)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
June 18, 2019 15:11 UTC
Images from Changning county showed an electricity pole knocked down on the roof of a building, a hole in a brick home and broken windows on the street. More than 10,000 rooms within an undisclosed number of buildings were moderately damaged while 12 collapsed, according to Yibin authorities. An early warning alarm system was triggered in the provincial capital Chengdu about one minute before the earthquake struck, Xinhua said. The alert rang 10 seconds before it hit Yibin. In February, three earthquakes hit Rongxian county in the province, killing two people and injuring 12 others — casualties that residents blamed on fracking.
June 18, 2019 15:11 UTC
Authorities had initially believed that the vanishing act could be part of the stunt but immediately mobilised help to rescue him. Lahiri told AFP before the attempted escape act that he had successfully pulled off a similar stunt 21 years ago at the same venue in the eastern city. “I was inside a bulletproof glass box tied with chain and locks and dropped down from Howrah bridge. “If I can open it up then it will be magic, but if I can’t it will be tragic,” he said. Almost a decade earlier, he declared he would walk on the river waters but had to beat a hasty retreat when the act went wrong.
June 18, 2019 15:00 UTC
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with governors elected under the All Progressives Congress (APC) over security and other issues critical to the nation’s development. He said the governors thanked Buhari for the various interventions to states which he said had encouraged economic activities in the states. Bagudu said: “This morning Mr President graciously granted audience to Progressive Governors Forum. “Last and not least, we offered to work with Mr President continuously to ensure that we increase economic performance, the security of our country and social cohesion. We will collaborate more to ensure that security is enhanced particularly when it involves state borders.”
June 18, 2019 14:48 UTC