NEWS: 74 men, 20 children killed for refusing to join Boko Haram, 839 health workers affected by Ebola and lots more…..

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74 men, 20 children killed for refusing to join Boko Haram

The Boko Haram Islamic sect slaughtered 74 men and 20 children at Njaba Village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State yesterday for refusing to join the insurgents.

A security source, who spoke on grounds of anonymity said they received the news of the attack and killing of 74 men and 20 children, but added that there was no official report on the incident as security operatives had been detailed to Damboa area to authenticate the claim by locals.

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839 health workers affected by Ebola

A total of 839 confirmed health worker infections have been reported in the three intense-transmission countries of Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone as Africa continues to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

According to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), a total of 51 new confirmed cases were reported in Guinea, none in Liberia, and 81 in Sierra Leone in the seven days to 1 March.

The report says, “A total of 132 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported in the week to 1 March, an increase on the previous week (99 new cases). Liberia has however not reported new confirmed cases this week, the first time since the week of 26 May 2014.

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House probes sale of oil blocks

On Thursday. the House of Representatives  summoned the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, over the decision of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria to relinquish its interest in some oil blocks in Oil Mining Licence II.

The House noted that some “discrepancies and insider trading arrangements” within SPDC on the bidding process for the blocks had been reported and said it was interested in knowing whether the country’s local content law had been breached in any way or not in the ongoing bidding process.

The Minister is to appear alongside the Managing Director of SPDC to explain the bidding process for the blocks

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21-yr-old student in EFCC custody over N20m internet love scam

Obiechina Chikeluba, a 21-year-old student of the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, Lagos has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly defrauding a Briton of N20 million in an internet romance scam.

He was said to have met his victim, Kieran Oakes, on Facebook and  entered into a relationship with her. In in the course of their relationship, he at various times, collected money to the tune of £54,000, which current value is N20 million, from Oakes, to enable him travel to the UK to meet her.

Spokesman of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said operatives of the commission, in a sting operation on February 24, in Lagos, arrested the suspect while he was attempting to collect a parcel sent to him and would appear in court as soon as investigation is concluded

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208 prison inmates to sit for 2015 UTME

A total of 1,475,477 candidates will sit for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations scheduled to hold from the 10th of  March through to the 21st of March 2015.

The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, who announced this in Abuja on Thursday, said among the candidates are 208 prison inmates and 192 visually impaired candidates.

The prison inmates are from Kaduna and Ikoyi prisons. He however, noted the number of candidates writing the examination this year dropped when compared to that of 2014.



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