WHO identifies Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo
Ebola killed one person in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is suspected in two other deaths, the World Health Organization said Friday. WHO, the public health arm of the U.N., said six other people were hospitalized as part of the cluster of illnesses and deaths that began April 22 in the remote Bas Uele Province, a northern swath of the country that borders the Central African Republic.
“It is in a very remote zone, very forested, so we are a little lucky. But we always take this very seriously,” WHO’s Congo spokesman, Eric Kabambi, told Reuters. The country’s ministry of health confirmed the presence of Ebola in one of the nine cases, though further tests are underway.
Lagos Unveils Free Wi-fi Internet Service In Public Parks
As part of activities to mark 50 years of the existence of Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has launched a free public Wi-Fi Internet service initiative. Starting with the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa, Ikeja, Ambode informed that virtually all parks in Lagos would have the free Wi-Fi Internet access facility.
Ambode unveiled the facility, a partnership with MainOne Cables yesterday. Represented by the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Olufemi Odubiyi, the governor said the provision of free public Wi-Fi at the park was part of efforts by his administration to make Lagos a smart city. He revealed that parks and gardens are being established in different parts of the state to provide conducive environment for recreation, citing the opening of Badagry Recreation Park last week as one of such.
Herdsmen behead an Okada rider and six farmers in Delta state.
Suspected herdsmen have reportedly beheaded a commercial motorcycle rider identified as Udoka Ossai and six indigenes of Ossissa community, in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State. It was gathered that the incident occurred at about 6:30pm on Thursday when the Okada rider went to drop a passenger at Ossissa Junction along the Ughelli/Asaba Expressway, while the farmers who worked with Ugo Farm were ambushed on their way home.
It was gathered that the herdsmen after beheading the motorcyclist fled the area before community youths arrived the scene. While some of the aggrieved youths went in search of the killers, others took the lifeless body of Ossai on a protest to the Ashaka Divisional Police Station. However, the youths, on Friday barricaded the Ughelli/Asaba Highway in protest, lamenting that security agencies had refused to intervene in the killings by these marauding Fulani herdsmen who had forcefully sacked local farmers from their farmland.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Zanna Ibrahim, who confirmed the killings of three persons, said he had deployed more officers in the area and normalcy had returned. He stated that his men were already on the hunt for the killers and assured the community that the killers would not go unpunished.
D’banj and PSquare take stand against women abuse.
As most women face the devastating effects of domestic violence across the country, some Nigerian celebrities have taken to their social media platforms to speak out against the atrocity. Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo popularly called D’banj on his Twitter handle @iamdbanj advised victims not to be in denial or be deceived by such men that hitting them was normal.
“Don’t be deceived. Anyone who is telling you ‘men hit, its normal’ is either in denial or guilty. NO Excuse LEAVE!!!!!! God help us all. Love hath no Violence…If he hits you, he is not a man. He is a Beast. RUN! Stay safe! Give yourselves all the nomenclature you want. Wrong is wrong. When the head is cut off, the ears go with it. Be Wise. God Bless. I’m D’Banj,’’ he said.
Peter Okoye of Psquare was not left out of the reaction against violence women. He challenged any man that has the intention to beat a woman to start with him (Peter). He took to his Twitter handle @peterPsquare to re-enforce his point.
2Face threatens Blackface over Song Theft Accusations.
Music superstar, 2baba, has threatened a legal suit against his former band member, Blackface, for accusing him of song theft. 2Baba, in a letter sent through his lawyers, demanded that Blackface apologizes for making ‘false, misleading and the defamatory’ remarks about him. It stated that Blackface should tender a general unreserved apology for all statements made and published by him in the past as well as cease form making further defamatory remarks. He gave Blackface a one-week ultimatum to retract his statements or face legal actions.
According to media reports, Blackface recently claimed ownership of 2Baba’s 2014 hit ‘Let Somebody Love You.’ He also argued that he wrote the award-winning ‘African Queen’ song for 2Baba, and he was yet to be compensated. He also made other allegations recently on Instagram accusing 2Baba of trying to sabotage his career.