Top 10 News Stories In Nigeria Today! [25/01/2016]

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=> Lassa: 4,400 Rats Killed In 6 Markets In Lagos -Tribune

The Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria (EHOAN), Lagos State chapter, on Monday, said that it killed no fewer than 4,400 rats at six major markets in the state under its de-rat market programme.
Its president, Mr Samuel Akingbehin, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that his association carried out the exercise at Onigongbo, Oshodi, Oke-Odo, Ikotun Idanwo, Ojuwoye and Mile 12 markets.
He said that de-rating the markets was part of the association’s efforts to curb the spread of Lassa fever in the state.
“The exercise is strategic in our efforts toward the prevention of communicable diseases,” he said.
Akingbehin appealed to traders from across the state to show an understanding towards the efforts of the association to rid the markets of rats and rodents.
He said that the plan was to de-rat markets in one local government area per day starting from 5.00 p.m.

=>Nigerian Army Releases Statement On Buratai’s Alleged Role In Arms Deal Scandal– Nigerianbulletin
The Nigerian Army has noted with dismay the attempt to rubbish the hard earned name and reputation of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai and the Nigerian Army by a faceless group that called itself Save the Nation Movement (STNM) through orchestrated campaign of calumny in the media. In a release signed by Steven Chilaka, its National Secretary on Sunday, they wanted the Chief of Army Staff to be included among those indicted in the ongoing probe of abuse of funds meant for the procurement of arms simply because he was the Director of Procurement at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).
The public will recall our earlier warning of this type of campaign of calumny against the Nigerian Army and the Chief of Army Staff. This has reared its ugly head again. Unfortunately, the movement could not get their facts right as has always been the case with people with dubious intents.READ FULL NEWS….

 => Olisa Metuh Docked As Trial Continues –

The trial of Olisa Metuh, national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), continues today, January 25.
At the beginning of the hearing PDP’s spokesperson has been docked at the Federal High Court this morning.
He was again brought to the court in handcuffs.
Metuh requested for a variation of his bail conditions
Meanwhile, because the prosecution was just served, the trial judge deferred hearing on the issue to January 27.
He, however, declined to adjourn the trial, asking the first prosecution witness to testify.

»  Nnamdi Kanu Appears In Court All Smiles In New Attire
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For the first time in four months, the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu on Monday, January 25 appeared in court in a different attire.
While proceedings of his bail application was going on before Justice John Tsoho at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, January 25 Kanu was brought in by officers of the Nigerian Prison and some SSS officials in a blue and yellow native Ankara jumper.
His new attire is different from the sky blue shirt and and Chinos trouser he has always worn since his first arraignment at the Magistrate Court in Wuse, Abuja. The accused person however came in unshaven as usual.


 => Lassa Fever: Don’t Drink Garri With Cold Water – NMA Chairman – PMnews

Residents of Port Harcourt have been advised to stop drinking garri
soaked in cold water for now, because rats that carry the highly
contagious Lassa fever virus also like exposed dry garri.
Dr. Furo
Green, the Chairman of Rivers State branch of Nigerian Medical
Association, NBA, gave this medical advice, while speaking on the Lassa
Fever scourge in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital.
Dr Furo Green said the call became necessary as rats that cause Lassa
fever are mostly in contact with garri. “Because you are not sure which
garri has been infected by rats, its advisable to stay away. When you
want to sip garri, you only pour cold water, add sugar and milk as the
case may be.
“When you do that you only succeed in gulping a life
virus that can cause Lassa fever. The virus is empowered easily to
attack you. Rather, garri should be consumed in the traditional way
prepare it well boiled hot water or pour the garri in a pot of boiling
hot water and steer it.”
Dr. Green also advised members of the public
to store food in closed containers to keep rats at bay. “When you buy
foodstuffs like garri, you should pour it into a container that is
covered to avoid the garri from being contaminated infected rats”.


 => BREAKING: Court rules on Kanu’s bail application Friday
– Punch

Justice James Tsoho of a Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed
Friday for ruling on a bail application filed by leader of the
Indigenous People of Biafra and founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu,
and two others with respect to the charges of treason preferred against
him by the Federal Government.
Justice Tsoho adjourned for ruling after both the defence and the
prosecution made counter submissions on the bail application on Monday.
The judge had on January 20 shortly after Kanu was arraigned along
with two others – Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi – ordered the
Department of State Service to release the accused persons for remand in
Kuje Prison.


=> Zaria Bloodbath: 57 Shiites Sentenced To Prison

Fifty-seven Shiites have been sentenced to 15-years imprisonment, following the involvements in a prison mutiny.
The verdict on the 57 Shiite inmates s was passed by a court in
Bahrain on Monday, January 25. The term is to be added to the current
terms they are serving.
 Sources say the inmates were convicted of rioting and mutiny
following unrest last March at Jaw prison, south of the capital Manama.
The charges included “disobeying orders and forcing guards out of the prisoners’ buildings” and then “destroying furniture, air conditioners and security cameras, ” the source said.

=> NECO adopts CBT for objective examinations -Tribune

The National Examinations Council (NECO) on Monday said that it was
concluding plans to migrate from the Paper- Pencil-Test mode to the
Computer Based Test (CBT) mode for its objective examinations.  The
registrar of the council, Prof. Abdulrashid Garba, told the News Agency
of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. NAN reports that the management of the
council had, in 2015, announced plans to adopt the CBT mode for its
objective questions.
According to him, migrating into the CBT will make the examination
less cumbersome but be cost effective. “We have almost finalised the
procedure on the CBT mode for our objective examinations. “As soon as
we have a governing board in place, the plan will be tabled before it
for discussion and approval.

=> Fulani herdsmen kill DPO, 29 others in Adamawa – Nationalmirror
Rampaging armed group suspected to be Fulani herdsmen killed 30 persons,
including Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Vunokilang
Police Station in Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State in an
early morning raid yesterday.
However, authorities of the Nigerian military have since deployed
soldiers in Girei Local Government Area where the attacks took place.
Reports from the area revealed that the attacks may have been
masterminded by suspected Fulani herdsmen on a revenge mission following
protracted feud between them and peasant farmers in Demsare, Wunamokoh,
Dikajam and Taboungo targeted in the attacks.
A police officer, CSP Okozie Okereofor, and 29 others were also reported to have been killed in the at tacks.READ FULL NEWS….

=> Arms Deal Probe: PDP Torn Into 4 Factions – DailyTrust

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been torn into four camps over the $2.1 billion arms fund scandal for which many high-ranking members of the party have been dragged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Daily Trust on Sunday investigation has revealed.
In the last few weeks it has been observed that the former ruling party’s members are divided into four factions over the arms scandal.
One of the factions has sympathy for former President Goodluck Jonathan,
one has sympathy for Uche Secondus and his group in the NWC,
another is headed by some of the governors and the Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio,
while another faction was created a few days ago by the deputy national officers of the party.”

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