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Court orders Metuh’s trial in absentia over misconduct

Court orders Metuh’s trial in absentia over misconduct
Metuh on stretcher

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered that the ongoing trial of former National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh will be conducted in his absence because of his misconduct.

The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, gave the order on Wednesday in Abuja while ruling on an application by Metuh’s counsel, Mr. Emeka Etiaba, (SAN) that the matter be adjourned to allow Metuh recuperate.

It will be recalled that the prosecutor, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir, on Tuesday, following Metuh’s absence in court and in spite of Etiaba’s application for an adjournment, prayed the court to proceed with the matter.

Tahir told the court that although the law said defendants in criminal matters must be present in court, there was an exception to the rule where a misconduct was established.

The prosecutor maintained that the circumstances that led to Metuh’s fall on May 21, resulting in his absence in court were a clear disregard for the orders of court and constituted a misconduct.

Justice Abang in his ruling said that he agreed with the submission of the prosecution that Metuh willfully disobeyed court directives.

“I entirely agree with the submission of Tahir that what transpired in the court room amounts to a misconduct by willfully failing to abide by the directives of the court to remain on his seat.

“The court had directed the defendant to remain on his seat because in my view, he wanted to give the impression that he could not walk properly since he was using a walking aid.

“The defendant ignored the directive of the court and headed for the dock then he fell which made the court to adjourn for 29 minutes.

“When the court reconvened, I saw the court’s doctor, Adaora Ikezor, in the court room, she approached the bench and told the court that the defendant needed to be taken to the hospital.

“I notice that the defendant was on the floor and the people around him did not make an attempt to lift him up,” Abang said.

According to Abang, Metuh was whispering loudly and groaning intermittently, giving the impression that he was in pain, making the temple of justice appear like an accident scene.

The judge added that the doctor had no business being in court since he was not sure under whose authority she came into the court saying it was not under the court’s directives.

“In a normal situation, if there is an emergency in the court room, anybody can call a medical doctor to attend to the situation.

“But where the issue involves a defendant in a criminal trial, and the proceedings are ongoing, not adjourned, a medical doctor cannot attend to the defendant that purportedly needs medical attention without the permission of the court.

“This is because looking at the checkered history of this case, the court doctor cannot just on her own decide to attend to the defendant without the knowledge and permission of the court.”

He added that since there was no material placed by the defendant in court explaining his condition, it could not be presumed the court was aware of the state or condition he was in.

The judge held that Metuh had jumped bail by failing to attend court on May 22 without any reasonable explanation for his absence.

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He said that under Section 266(a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, the court was entitled to proceed with the trial of the case in the absence of the defendant.

He judge opined that if Metuh did not intend to frustrate the trial, why had he not appealed the three previous ruling of the court that refused to order the release of his international passport.

The judge also ordered the General Manager of Channels Television and one of its presenters to appear in court on May 25.

They were to appear and show cause why an order should not be made to compel them to produce the tape of a programme aired on May 22 where prejudicial comments were made.

He adjourned the matter until May 24 for continuation of trial in Metuh’s absence saying Metuh would not be denied fair trial.

(NAN)

Atiku’s visit to Jang: We stand by our story -NAN

Atiku’s visit to Jang: We stand by our story -NAN
Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has denied visiting Senator David Jonah Jang, in Jos Prison, but the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) is not recanting the story of the visit.

The denial of the visit by both the Atiku Media Office and Luka Ayedoo, the PRO of Jos Prison, followed a report by the News Agency of Nigeria that the former vice-president and a leading figure in the Peoples Democratic Party visited the prison to cheer up Jang, being detained on the orders of the Plateau High Court, following his trial for fraud and money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Apart from Atiku, other notable politicians, who came for the solidarity visit, included Professor Jerry Gana, some senators and Chief Chris Giwa, who is fighting a protracted legal battle to become the President of the Nigerian Football Federation.

Our reporter first got information about the visit from the Publicity Secretary of Plateau State PDP, John Akans, and, in the tradition of the agency, called Ayedoo to confirm the visits by PDP bigwigs.

Ayedoo was in Lafia at the time of the interview and confirmed everything the reporter wrote.

Ayedoo recanted his confirmation of Atiku’s visit on Monday, when news of the visit had gone viral.

He did not deny the visits by Jerry Gana and others.

He wrote: “The Service’s attention has been drawn to a section of media report confirming the visit of His Excellency Atiku Abubakar to the former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah David Jang, in Jos Prison. That report is fictitious and brewed from fallacies.

“The Command has not in any away confirmed such visit to any media house. Hence, such section of the report should be shed, as it is aimed at misleading the public,” said Ayedoo, who is a Deputy Superintendent of Prisons.

NAN called Ayedoo on Tuesday evening to ask him if he did not speak to our reporter and if he was not responsible for the copious quotes as published by the agency.

His response was that ‘he does not have a problem with the report,’ only the aspect that concerns ‘Atiku’.

Our reporter, however, insisted that Ayedoo confirmed the report in its entirety when he spoke with him and there was no disclaimer by Ayedoo earlier on Tuesday, when he spoke again with our reporter.

In this circumstance, NAN stands by the story as sent by its reporter.

Justice Daniel Longji of the Plateau High Court had on May 16 ordered that the Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly be remanded in prison after refusing him bail.

The court made the decision after it denied an application by Mr Jang’s counsel, Robert Clarke, following an objection by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacob.

Jang is facing a 12-count charge of diverting N6.3 billion alongside a former cashier in the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Yusuf Pam.

They were alleged to have committed the offence while Mr. Jang was governor of the state.

Ayedoo said: “At the weekend, we received Prof. Jerry Gana, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, senators and other notable Nigerians who came on solidarity visit to Sen. Jonah Jang.

“Even though Jang is in prison custody, he still reserves the right to be visited and so we won’t deny him that right,” he said.

The PRO, however, said restrictions were placed on the calibre of people to visit the former governor so as not to turn the prison yard into a political arena.

“Those we give express permission to see him are few political allies, family members, his doctor and his lawyer,” he said.

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The Atiku Media Office in its reaction said it was not true that Atiku visited Jang in Jos.

“That report, as it relates to the former Vice President, is in its entirety false and mere fabrication”, the Media Office stated.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar has been in Yola, Adamawa State since Thursday for the activities of the 10th Commencement Ceremony and Presidential Inauguration of American University of Nigeria, Yola.

“The Waziri Adamawa on Thursday attended the Honours Society event of the university.

On Friday, Atiku Abubakar joined the Yola Ummah at the first Juma’at prayer of this year’s Ramadan at the Yola Central Mosque and later graced the Graduation Awards Ceremony of AUN.

“On Saturday, Atiku Abubakar attended the 10th graduation ceremony of AUN which was widely reported in the media.

“The former Vice President arrived in Yola International Airport in the morning of Thursday, 17th May and still remains in Yola till today.

“Therefore, he was not, and could not have been in Jos as being claimed in a section of the media.”

Boko Haram insurgency affects 14m people

Boko Haram insurgency affects 14m people
Prof. Tijjani Bande

No fewer than 14.8 million people were affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria with at least 1.7 million of them displaced.

Nigeria’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande, told the UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts Tuesday that most adversely affected were women and children.

Bande regretted that the Boko Haram insurgency had led to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in northeastern Nigeria.

He, however, assured the international community that ‘The Buhari Plan’ would bring relief to Northeast Nigeria, currently ravaged the by Boko Haram activities as all efforts were being taken against the insurgency.

The Presidential Committee for North East Initiative developed ‘The Buhari Plan’ – a framework of action to ensure the rehabilitation of the victims of insurgency and the reconstruction of their communities.

Bande said a robust Social Protection Initiative, and a second National Action Plan to fully implement the provisions of resolution 1325 (2000) had been instituted to protect civilians, particularly women and children from the Boko Haram ravages.

“To that end, the initiatives will also complement the implementation of ‘The Buhari Plan’, which provides a blueprint for the comprehensive humanitarian relief and socio-economic stabilisation of the North-East, as well as the return and resettlement of displaced persons.

“We are collaborating with our neighbours, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, within the framework of the Multinational Joint Task Force, to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency, which is targeting civilians, particularly women and children,” Bande said.

‘The Buhari Plan’ aims to achieve a safe and prosperous Northeast that would be a global model for post-conflict socio-economic recovery and development.

The envoy noted that Nigeria was among the first group of states to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration in Oslo, thereby making a pledge to protect schools during armed conflicts and using and promoting the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict.

Bande said the declaration complemented and strengthened Nigeria’s national Safe Schools Initiative established in 2014, as part of the response by the Federal Government to promote safe zones for learning.

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He said the initiatives reflected government’s commitment to ensuring the security of women and children during armed conflicts and enhancing their active and direct participation in conflict prevention and peace building.

The ambassador said: “It is heartening to note that over a thousand kidnapped women and children have been rescued, and all territories once controlled by the group have been recovered.

“Indeed, our experience in the Lake Chad Region today, is evidence that with determined international collaboration, terrorism can be defeated.

“In addition, the Government of Nigeria has adopted a multinational and multi-agency approach tagged ‘Operation Safe Corridor,’ to effectively handle the de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration of willing and surrendered Boko Haram members back to the society.”

The Nigerian envoy said so far, many insurgents had willingly surrendered to the military, while about 700 others had indicated interest to surrender.

He said Nigeria had taken steps to cater to victims of Boko Haram in the form of rape and other sexual violence against children, abduction of children and other grave violations.

According to him, these steps include providing humanitarian relief, financial, economic, educational and psycho-social support.

“Despite the tremendous efforts being made at the national level, we acknowledge that protecting civilians in conflict situations remains a critical challenge, not only for the United Nations, but also for the entire international community.’’

Ebola: Vaccination begins Monday

Ebola: Vaccination begins Monday

Health workers in Democratic Republic of Congo will begin a vaccination campaign today aimed at containing an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

A spokeswoman for the health ministry, Jessica Ilunga, said 4,000 doses of vaccine were shippedon Saturday to Mbandaka, which last week registered the first cases in an urban area since the latest flare-up of the disease was announced earlier this month.

Cases in Mbandaka, a port city on the Congo river, have raised concerns that the virus could spread downstream to the capital Kinshasa, which has a population of 10 million.

The outbreak is Congo’s ninth since the disease made its first known appearance near the vast central African country’s northern Ebola river in the 1970s.

An Ebola epidemic killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa in 2013 to 2016.

“I don’t know how to protect myself against Ebola. God alone can protect me from this illness,” said Lusya Mbangu, who was selling fish at Mbandaka’s bustling floating market on Sunday.

According to Congolese health ministry data released late on Saturday, there have been four cases of Ebola confirmed through testing in Mbandaka’s Wangata neighborhood and another two suspected cases.

One patient has died there, the figures showed.

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has established an isolation ward at a hospital in Wangata, where health personnel could be seen being sprayed with disinfectant before entering the facility on Sunday.

“The building does not conform to international regulations but we have reorganised it … to make sure there is no contamination,” Dr Hilaire Mazibu told Reuters.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that Ebola — which causes hemorrhagic fever, vomiting and diarrhoea and is spread through direct contact with body fluids from an infected person — had killed 25 people since early April.

Confirmation of the disease in Mbandaka, a city of about 1.5 million people, prompted WHO last week to declare a “very high” public health risk for the country and a “high” risk for the region. But it said the outbreak could be brought under control and was not yet an international public health emergency.

“Previous outbreaks have demonstrated the importance of a rapid and well-resourced response in order to save lives, but also prevent an exponential increase in the economic cost of a response,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said on Sunday.

The U.N. health body was heavily criticized as too slow to declare an international emergency during the 2013-2016 epidemic that spread through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and infected nearly 30,000 people.

Jasarevic said WHO was seeking $26 million to fund the Ebola response in Congo.

WHO is sending 7,540 doses of the vaccine developed by Merck to Congo.

It is also in talks about a second vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson.

More than 30 health workers with experience administering Ebola vaccines are being deployed from Guinea to help with the campaign in Congo.

Logistical difficulties remain, especially the need to keep the vaccine 80 degrees Celsius below freezing in a humid region where daytime temperatures hover around 30 and power supplies are erratic.

A government spokesman said late on Saturday that Congo’s partners had promised to make available 300,000 doses of vaccine.

Blogger Linda Ikeji five months pregnant

Blogger Linda Ikeji five months pregnant
Linda Ikeji

Celebrity blogger, Linda Ikeji, is five months pregnant.

Laura Ikeji first shared the good news on Instagram today with a picture of her pregnant older sister.

The 37 year old famous blogger later confirmed the good news on Twitter.

“OMG! The most amazing thing has happened to me! I am going to be a mum. My greatest dream realized!” She wrote on Twitter.

She then offered baby bump photos of her five-month old pregnancy on her blog.

She says she is expecting a baby boy.

Writing with emotions about her boundless joy, Linda also promises to have a baby shower soon.

Here is what she wrote on her blog:

Oh God, I can’t breath… lol. So let me say that again…I, Linda Ikeji, is going to be a mum. Somebody please pinch me! Gosh, I can’t get over it.

2018 started with me finding out I was pregnant. When I missed my period and my friend and I did a home pregnancy test and it read positive, my friend began to cry with happiness but I was just there staring at the stick like, you’re not messing with me, are you? This is real and not a joke on me, right? I refused to believe it and asked my friend to drive me to a lab for another test. And there it was confirmed, I was pregnant. Me, Linda, I am going to have my own child. Please don’t wake me up from this lovely dream..lol

So many women have had children, so what’s the big deal, huh? Lol. Well, you see me, I’m somewhat of a different case. There’s something about me that I have never talked about publicly before and that’s the fact that I love children so much (I took that from my dad), and I am particularly obsessed with babies, and I mean that literally. Their pureness, innocence, little beautiful faces, tiny hands and soft cheeks make me just want to be around them.

I grew up in a compound with a lot of neighbours and believe it or not, as a teenager/young woman, I was the unofficial resident babysitter. I swear, ask my siblings. I literally carried all the new born babies born in that compound at a period of time until they grew up to a certain age. Their mums used to come drop the babies at our house whenever they were tired or wanted to go out, this was, of course, to the annoyance of my family…lol.

The first baby I carried was a boy named Makoba (wonder where he is now, this was about 20 years ago, he will be a big boy now). From the first day I carried him, I didn’t want to let him go…so every time I had free time, and his mum hadn’t brought him to me, I would walk two floors up, knock on his family’s door and ask them if they wanted me to take the child off them for a while. I was always happy when they said yes. After him other mums started dropping their kids with me.

Blogger Linda Ikeji five months pregnant

 

Back then my sisters and I used to take turns to cook every day of the week. So whenever it was my turn to cook and I was babysitting and they insisted I go cook, I’d tell my sisters to either hold the baby for me so I could go cook or they go cook. They always chose the latter. Lol.

Then my siblings started having children and I started to feel more joy. These were no longer neighbours’ or friends’ children, these were my nephews and nieces. My family! And carrying them brought me even more joy. Like for example, whenever I see my sister Laura’s son, Ryan, I shriek with happiness. He’s the love of my life…lol. If I was planning to go out and I heard my beautiful nephews and niece were coming over to the house, most times, I change plans and just stay home with them. I’m a homebody, I like to stay home (that’s why I bought a big house…lol).

So now imagine that in a few months, I will look down at a baby, and it won’t be a neighbour’s child, a friend’s child, a sister’s child, but my own child, my own flesh and blood, carried in my womb. My own son. It’s surreal. I can’t get over it.

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You guys think DJ Khaled is obsessed with his son, Asahd? Wait until this one gets here. He’s not even here yet and I already ordered a Bentley Mulsanne for us. I swear! Lol. Like, I can’t keep calm. Oh and please, nannies, stay away from me. I’ve got this covered! Thank you. Lol.

Sometimes when I’m lying down and I feel him moving around inside me (he’s so hyper already, constantly moving around…lol), I just get up and cradle my tummy and smile. Lol. I can’t wait for these months to go by so I can meet him. My own son!

Dear son, of every dream I have had, every achievement, every milestone, out of all my accomplishments and titles, all the money and worldly possession I have, nothing compares to you. You are my greatest blessing, my gift from heaven, my greatest dream realised. I love you more than life itself and I can’t wait to meet you and give you so many kisses. And of course, spoil you! You will hear ‘I love you’ loud and clear so many times, you will beg me to stop. I can’t wait to hold you in my arms.

I know I’m going to be the best mum ever! I was born for this and I am finally ready! And now I want to do more, achieve more, so lil man will be proud of his mama.

Considering how much I love children, sometimes I wonder why I didn’t have them earlier. But like my dad said, miracles like this finally happen when God is ready to share you.

Anyway, as you all know, I’ve always shared every milestone, every good thing that’s happened to me over the years with you guys and I definitely wanted to also share this joy with you. I’ve been wanting to scream about this since I found out many months ago but my family and friends have been telling me to ‘calm down Linda, calm down’…lol. I’m now way into my second trimester, so I guess it’s okay to share my joy.

May God grant you what you desire the most and may all your dreams come true.

Oh, by the way, I’ll be having a baby shower in a few weeks and I will definitely love for some of you amazing, loyal female readers to come celebrate with me. Will communicate when the time comes.

Democracy Walk: Buhari to lead 1m Nigerians

Democracy Walk: Buhari to lead 1m Nigerians

The National Democracy Stakeholders Group (NDSG), a pro-democracy and non-profit organisation, says President Muhammadu Buhari will lead the 2018 edition of Democracy Solidarity Walk.

NSDG’s Convener, Mr Kletsaint Akor, who briefed newsmen on Sunday in Abuja, said that Buhari would lead the walk which would be held on May 29 at Eagles Square, Abuja.

He said that the walk, organised by NDSG in collaboration with state and non-state partners, would also be led by governors in the 36 state capitals across Nigeria.

According to Akor, the walk, which is the fourth edition with the theme “Walk for Credible, Free and Fair 2019 Elections,” is expected to attract over 1 million people nationwide.

Akor said that the aim of the exercise was to mobilise Nigerians to take ownership of the 2019 electoral process through participation, enlightenment and protections of Nigeria’s nascent democracy.

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“The 2018 edition of the annual Democracy Solidarity Walk will be led by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and the governors in each of the 36 states.

“It is expected to draw participation from all Nigerian democracy stakeholders, including representatives of the Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC), Trade Union Congress(TUC), political parties, National Orientation Agency, aspirants to elective political offices.

“Others expected to participate are the media, pro-democracy groups, civil society groups, development partners, students union representatives, Non-Governmental Organisations and ordinary Nigerian citizens whose best interests are served by credible elections,’’ he said.

He said that the first Democracy Walk, which took place in May 2009 to celebrate Nigeria’s first ever 10 years of uninterrupted democratic governance since independence in 1960, drew a huge participation.

Akor said that the event was marked again in 2013 and 2017 and had grown into a major component of Nigeria’s annual Democracy Day celebrations as Nigerians had realised that there was no alternative to democracy.

The NDSG convener said that adequate security would be provided by the Nigeria police and other security agencies throughout the walk.

Maduro targets victory as voting begins in Venezuela

Maduro targets victory as voting begins in Venezuela

Venezuelans, reeling under a devastating economic crisis, began voting Sunday in an election boycotted by the opposition and condemned by much of the international community but expected to hand deeply unpopular President Nicolas Maduro a new mandate.

Maduro, the political heir to the late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez, has presided over an implosion of once wealthy oil producer Venezuela’s economy since taking office in 2013.

Hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages, rising crime and broken water, power and transportation networks have sparked growing discontent and violent unrest among Venezuelans.

However the 55-year-old former bus driver is expected to easily defeat his main rival Henri Falcon, a former army officer and state governor who has failed to gain the endorsement of the main opposition leaders, and an evangelical candidate, Javier Bertucci.

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Wearing a bright red shirt that identifies him as a “Chavista,” the president arrived early at a Caracas polling station along with his wife Cilia Flores and trusted officials and claimed to be the first person to cast a ballot.

After voting, Maduro called the election a choice between “votes and ballots,” and pledged to respect “the will of the people.”

Maduro, who has a tight grip on the electoral and military authorities, faces a bitterly divided opposition which has called for a boycott.

“Low enthusiasm will likely reduce voter turnout and enable Maduro to control the outcome without major social backlash,” said analyst Risa Grais-Targow of Eurasia Group.

Cylinders halt cooking gas plan

Cylinders halt cooking gas plan

Delivery of unsafe 6kg cylinders of cooking gas has forced Kenya to temporarily halt its plan to provide cheap cooking gas to poor households.

In its grand Project Mwananchi, the government was to buy five million gas cylinders by the end of 2019, fill them with gas and distribute them to the low and middle-income.

The households were to get the cylinders, burner, grill and gas at a reduced cost of Ksh2,000 ($20).

The programme, launched in October 2016, was meant to subsidise the cost of cooking fuel for the poor especially in the rural areas in the next three years.

It aimed to contain the destruction of forests through reduction or elimination of the use of harmful sources of energy such as charcoal, firewood and kerosene.

But the plan seems to falter, with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum confirming that a consortium led by Allied East Africa Ltd (AEAL), a Kenyan firm contracted to supply the government with the initial 300,000 Gas Yetu cylinders, provided defective appliances that are risky to the consumers.

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Petroleum Andrew Kamau said that the firm had been directed to collect the gas cylinders from the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK) depot in Nairobi’s Industrial Area, and take them back for repairs.

But he was evasive on whether the government will continue doing business with the firm.

“They will take the cylinders back for repairs. They are doing it pole (slowly by slowly).

“You know one truck can carry only about 500 cylinders. It is a pity because these are local manufacturers. We were trying to help,” said Mr Kamau.

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The EastAfrican has learnt that the government suspended further distribution of the subsidised cooking gas in January this year over safety concerns.

The official launch of the cheaper gas programme covering poor households in all the 47 counties in Kenya was due to take off after the completion of the pilot programme in Machakos and Kajiado counties last year.

However, just 39,000 cylinders met the safety standards and were dispatched to the two counties.

According to NOCK, the state-agency mandated to receive, test, store and distribute the cylinders filled with gas, the affected cylinders had leakages, slow filling rates and defective valves.

“I condemned them and inspectors from the ministry also condemned them. A leaking cylinder is a very serious issue so we halted the process,” said NOCK’s LPG plant manager, Dominic Pere.

Ali Mohamed, a director at the Allied East Africa Ltd in-charge of finance and marketing who spoke to The EastAfrican on the phone acknowledged that indeed some of the cylinders the firm supplied failed to meet the safety and quality standards but denied that the government had cancelled its supply contract.

An independent investigation by The EastAfrican revealed that out of the 300,000 cylinder supply contract, the first batch of the delivery in June last year totalling about 2,000 had defective valves and were rejected by NOCK and the Ministry.

Out of the subsequent deliveries about 60 per cent were rejected for failing to meet the safety and quality standards relating to leakages and slow filling rates.

 

Source:  EastAfrican

NNL: Bendel Insurance beat Warri Wolves 1-0

NNL: Bendel Insurance beat Warri Wolves 1-0

A late penalty kick by Arinze Okorie ensured the maximum points for Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin against visiting Warri Wolves in a Nigeria National League (NNL) fixture.

Okorie scored the only goal of the 1-0 win through a penalty kick in the dying minutes of the match played at the University of Benin Sports Complex on Saturday.

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Bendel Insurance FC’s Head Coach, Baldwin Bazuaye, later told sports writers that while his players were not totally lively in the game, they were still able to get the job done.

He however said the situation was because they were mourning the club’s late Media Officer, Edoseghe Eguakun.

On his part, Head Coach of Warri Wolves, Napoleon Aluma, said the penalty kick awarded the home side was controversial.

 

(NAN)

Hope rising for cancer patients

New compound that repairs cancer cells found

A joint study by the University of Newcastle in Australia and University of Science and Technology in China can lead to innovative new approach to treating cancer, lead Investigator Professor, Xudong Zhang of University of Newcastle, said.

He said while global research usually focuses on two per cent of human Genome, ignoring the non-functioning cancer cells, scientists involved in the collaborative project decided to investigate the noncoding genes known as ncRNA.

According to him, “it seems the unorthodox approach worked, with researchers identifying two unique pathways that can lead to the development of new, more targeted cancer therapies.

“One of these ncRNA genes, named GUARDIN, is a molecule that helps to stabilise a particular protein involved in the DNA repair process and we discovered the protective mechanisms of GUARDIN were twofold.

“On one hand, it acts like a sponge to absorb harmful molecules, on the other, it functions like a bridge that brings two proteins together to protect the genome.”

The lead investigator said researchers found that reducing GUARDIN actually made cancer cells become more vulnerable to drug treatments, saying the second major breakthrough revealed that another ncRNA that regulates the metabolism of a cell accelerated the metabolic activity of cancer cells.

Co-author of the study, Dr Rick Thorne from University of Newcastle, explained that “while normal cells use up oxygen for energy, cancer cells use a process called glycolysis to produce energy.

“On face value, glycolysis is not a particularly efficient way for cancer cells to make energy but there are other advantages, for example, producing building blocks that enable cell growth.

“Like flicking a switch, we were encouraged that when we blocked this particular ncRNA, the cancer cell growth was also blocked and it began to revert to behave more like normal cells.”

 

(Xinhua/NAN)