China confirms US accusations that it destroyed early samples of the novel coronavirus, but says it was done for ‘biosafety reasons’

238 ViewsChina has confirmed that it had ordered unauthorized laboratories to destroy samples of the new coronavirus but insisted that it was due to “biosafety reasons.” The announcement comes after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has repeatedly said that China refused to give virus samples taken from patients infected with COVID-19 in late December last year and that officials had destroyed early samples, according to South China Morning Post. Liu Dengfeng, an official with the Chinese National Health Commission’s science and education department, said in a Beijing briefing on Friday…

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Military airstrike kills terrorists, destroys facilities in Sambisa forest – DHQ

204 ViewsThe Defence Headquarters says Boko Haram terrorists in the Sambisa Forest of Borno have been set in disarray, following massive air strikes conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) on Friday. The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja. Enenche said the operation was executed based on credible intelligence reports as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions. He added that the reports revealed that the terrorists were importing additional fighters as well…

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Kogi To Get Permanent Secretary As FG to pick 16 new permanent secretaries in June

196 ViewsThe Federal Government has fixed June 1, 4, 8 and 9  for an examination to pick 16 new permanent secretaries for the Federal Civil Service. The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, announced the dates in a circular seen by our correspondent on Friday. The circular dated May 6, 2020 and marked HCSF/CMO/AOD/012/VI/ 32 was addressed to heads of ministries, departments and agencies, among others. According to the circular, the first stage of examination, which is written on relevant public service and policy issues,…

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PDP suspends Dogara, Sen. Hunkuyi, five others

439 ViewsThe People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, Dr Dogara Mato and five others for anti-party activities in Lere local government area. According to reports, other members suspended include Ibrahim Lazuru (Lere Local Government); Dr John Danfulani (Kachia Local Government); Lawal Imam Adamu (Soba Local Government); Ubale Salmanduna (Zaria Local Government) and Hon. Hashim Garba (Kubau Local Government). It was gathered that the Kaduna State Working Committee (SWC) of the party took the decision to suspend the members after preliminary hearing on discipline. A statement at the…

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Transfer: Fred sends message to Man Utd midfielder, Paul Pogba

198 ViewsManchester United midfielder, Fred, has urged teammate, Paul Pogba, to stay at Old Trafford beyond this summer amid interests linking the France World Cup winner with a move away from the club. Pogba has drawn the interest of Juventus and Real Madrid in the past. The 27-year-old’s current deal at Man United will expire at the end of next season. But Fred ‘really hopes’ Pogba stays at United, adding that the former Juventus star will strengthen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side next season. “Pogba is a great player,” the Brazilian…

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Remember Abraham Attah, the little boy in “Beasts of No Nation?” This is him Now

197 Views The adorable Ghanaian actor, Abraham Attahwho gave an award winning performance in the movie “Beast Of No Nation” is all grown up. Attah played the character of Agu alongside Idris Elba in the 2014 movie, which earned him the Marcello Mastroianni’s best young actor award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival and other several awards for his role. A lot has indeed changed about him from when he had a stint with the movie industry. He is currently living in the US for his career and education.

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WE MUST RESPECT THE ZONING ARRANGEMENT, DELTA STATE PDP CHAIRMANSHIP: WE WON’T GIVE UP – SAPELE POLITICAL LEADERS

168 ViewsSapele political leaders on Sunday rose from a meeting in Elume, insisting that the chairmanship of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State must come to Sapele Local Government Area. They also said that the speculations that some individuals in the party would try to jettison the zoning tradition and attain second term in office for the Delta State PDP chairman, Mr. Kingsley Esiso was raising political tensions and if proven true, threatens to unleash a major turmoil and conflict. ‘’There is an impending injustice and injury about…

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COVID-19: Nigerian govt warns recovered patients not to reveal drugs used on them

260 ViewsThe federal government has told COVID-19 survivors to stop giving details of the drugs used for their treatment, so they don’t encourage self-medication. The Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made the plea at a press briefing in Abuja. This follows recent revelations by some high-profile survivors, who spoke about the drugs administered on them during their treatment. Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, expressed concern that some of the testimonies disclosing the prescription for treatment could encourage patients to indulge…

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Breaking: Madagascar dropped English as an official language

2,821 ViewsMadagascar dropped English as an official language in the constitution, which was approved by voters in the November 2010 referendum. Conventional wisdom suggests that English is becoming “the world’s second language,” a lingua franca that many forward—looking organizations are adopting it as a working language. Optimists about the spread of English as a global second language suggest it will enable collaboration and ease problem solving without threatening the survival of mother tongues. Pointing to hundreds of thousands of Chinese children who learn English by shouting phrases back at teachers, the…

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Plateau govt, NCDC disagree over latest COVID-19 cases

425 ViewsPlateau State government has declared that only one case of covid-19 was recorded in the state as at  Friday 15th April against five announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nimkong Lar who briefed journalists alongside the secretary to the state government, Professor Danladi Atu, and the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, said the remaining four were repeated cases which were mistaken for fresh ones. He pointed out  that the attention of the NCDC has been drawn to the error…

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