Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Saturday morning

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 30th, 2014

Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1. At least, 160 persons that made contact with the Ebola victim who died recently in Port Harcourt have been identified and put under observation. The Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Sampson Parker, told a news conference at the state’s secretariat in Port Harcourt on Friday. He said that those currently under watch had so far shown no signs of the Ebola disease.

2. Report says President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu’s intervention led to the granting of waiver to Mallam Nuhu Ribadu by the PDP in Abuja on Friday. According to the report, it would have been very difficult granting Ribadu the so much desired waiver going by the decision of majority of the National Working Committee members of the party.

3. There is a new development regarding the ongoing marital crisis in the home of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Christ Embassy, as his wife, Anita Oyakhilome, has reportedly filed for dissolution of the marriage between her and her pastor husband, Chris Oyakhilome due to what her lawyers have termed “unreasonable behaviour” and “adultery.”

4. Private school owners in Lagos State and the Federal Government have differed regarding the order directing all primary and secondary schools in the country to resume on October 13, 2014, instead of the earlier date of September 15. The school owners, under the umbrella of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, have argued that the latest directive was unnecessary and should not be considered as part of the measures to prevent the spread of Ebola virus in the country. They made this known at a sensitisation programme on Ebola held on Thursday at Victory Grammar School, Ikeja, Lagos.

5. Manasseh Zorto, a Special Assistant to former Defence Minister, Lt. Gen. T. Y. Danjuma (retd), was on Friday brought before a Federal High Court in Lagos State for allegedly defrauding his boss of N2bn. The suspect could not however be appear before Justice Okon Abang on Friday as he was said to be on the run as disclose by the counsel to the Special Fraud Unit, Chief Godwin Obla. He said the police were having challenges in bringing the accused to court.

6. The Federal Government has announced that it has lifted the suspension of Residency Training Programme in all federal hospitals, starting from Thursday, August 28, 2014.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by his Special Assistant (Media and Communications), Mr. Dan Nwomeh, said all resident doctors equally sacked as a result of the suspension have been reinstated with effect from the same date.

7. The Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Samson Parker, has disclosed that the late Dr. Samuel Enemou, who treated Olu Koye, a Nigerian diplomat with the Economic Community of West African States, knew that the diplomat had the deadly Ebola virus. The Commissioner clarified this during a press conference in Port Harcourt on Friday evening.

8. A member of a kidnap gang operating in Enugu State, Mr. Chukwuekezie Ofonago has killed his father dead and buried him a shallow grave after he kidnapped him. The suspect who is currently with the police confessed that he shot his father, Mr. George Ofonago with a double-barrel gun at a hideout where he was kept while demanding an undisclosed sum as ransom from his family. Report says the incident occurred at Abor village Enugu Inyi Community, Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State.

9. At least fifteen people have been confirmed killed yesterday when a boat capsized on the Bonny River. Report says the incident occurred barely three minutes after the boat took off at about 6.30 am in Bonny, while it was heading to Port Harcourt. Thirty-five passengers were in the boat when it capsized.

10. It has been reported that about 400 people were yesterday displaced in Benue State after two communities, Shangev Ya and Mbakyaa clashed over land dispute. Report says that about 300 thatched houses were burnt down during the fight.

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