Pirates attacked, kidnapped 130 West Africa Seafarers in 1 Year- Report

  Kidnappings by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea hit a record in 2020. This surge came with well-armed and violent gangs defying regional navies and marauding further out to sea, a report from the International Maritime Bureau has said. Pirates in the West African region kidnapped 130 seafarers in 22 separate incidents, accounting for all but five of those seized worldwide last year. The previous record, in 2019, was 121. The IMB’s annual piracy report said that overall armed robbery and piracy incidents rose to 195 last year, up…

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How FUTA Deputy Registrar was Ambushed, Assasinated + PHOTOS

The Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, had officially given graphical details of how one of its Deputy Registrars, Dr Amos Arijesuyo, Head, Guidance & Counseling Unit, Students Affairs Division, was ambushed and shot by yet to be identified assailants on Saturday January 16, 2021. Arijesuyo was a Senior Pastor with the CAC, Glory of God. Deputy director, corporate communications, FUTA, Adegbenro Adebanjo, who stated this in a statement made available to Platforms Africa, maintained that Dr. Arijesuyo died of injuries from the gunshots wound he suffered when his private…

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Nigeria’s Former Finance Minister Jubril Martins Kuye is Dead

  A former Minister in charge of Finance in Nigeria, Jubril Martins Kuye, is Dead aged 78. Martins-Kuye, who once occupied the seat as the Minister of state for Finance was a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Sources close to the Nigerian colourful politician popularly known as JMK, told Platforms Africa that the former governorship candidate in Ogun state, Southwest Nigeria, breathed his last in the early hours o Sunday January 17, 2121. “JMK is dead. Official statement will be issued by members of his family to…

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Panic Rocks LASU College of Medicine as 3 Students Contract COVID-19

  Panic as rocked the Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM) as theee students have tested positive for COVID-19. Following this, the management of the college has closed its hostel, isolated the students and embarked on contact tracing. A statement by the institution said: “The management of Lagos State University wishes to inform staff, students and the general public that three students of the Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM) have tested positive for Covid-19, leading the college to immediately close down all its hostel facilities.” In view…

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20 UNIILORIN Teaching Hospital Doctors Contract COVID-19 within 21 Days

  At least 20 doctors have been infected with COVID-19 at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH). President of UITH chapter of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Dr Badmus Habeeb, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. He said that members of the association were battling with the pandemic based on available resources. “About 20 of our members have been infected with the virus in the past two to three weeks. “I must reiterate that this is not…

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EXCLUSIVE: How 10m HIV, Tuberculosis Patients in Africa are being abandoned ‘to die’

  . The HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis patients’ angusih, neglect worsen during COVID-19 outbreak, Second Wave   This appears the worst time to suffer from underlining diseases like Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in Africa as more patients who battle these ailments are being abandoned for death. The over 10 million patients battling different degrees of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis are suffering from growing anguish of neglect buoyed by COVID-19, Platforms Africa gathered exclusively. The outbreak and second wave of COVID-19 have shown that the Africa’s health system could not simultaneously withstand fallouts from two…

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Man uses wife, kids as ‘collateral’ to collect N43,000 at POS shop

  A Middle-aged man has abandoned his wife and three children in a Point of Sales shop at Oluku near Benin City, the Edo State capital. Reports had it that the man went to the POS shop with his wife and three children, gave his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Card to the female POS attendant and requested for the sum of Forty-Three Thousand Naira. Unfortunately, the transaction did not go through; the man then pleaded with the POS attendant to give him the Forty-Three thousand naira (N43,000) to give to…

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Kano gets more share than Lagos as Nigeria releases Vaccine sharing formula

  Kano will have 3,557 vaccine doses while Lagos has 3,131 doses apportioned for it in the new sharing formula for COVID-19 vaccine released by an agency of the Nigerian government. In all, six states – Lagos, Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Bauchi and Oyo – would receive higher doses of the first batch of COVID- 19 vaccines for health workers, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has said. The breakdown of the data released by the NPHCDA at the weekend showed: Kano, 3,557; Lagos, 3,131; Katsina, 2,361; Kaduna, 2,074;…

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It’s Dangerous To Reopen Nigerian Varsities Now, Lecturers warn

  Nigerian Lecturers’ Union has given a stern warning against reopening of universities due to the second wave of COVID-19 in the country. Branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday, according to a report by The PUNCH, assessed COVID-19 protocols in the universities and said the institutions were not ready for safe reopening. The chapters of the union, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, commented on the directive of the  National Universities Commission that universities could resume on January 18, but must adhere to COVID-19 protocols in hostels…

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Saudi-Based Nigerian Oil Magnate Assasinated + PHOTOS

  Victim told to say his ‘last prayers’ before being ‘mercilessly’ shot at close range – brother   A Saudi Arabia-based Nigerian oil magnate, Ogacheko Atanu, had been assassinated in his home in Idah, Kogi State, North Central Nigeria. Elder brother to the deceased, Mr Ukubile Atanu, who is a lecturer with the Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja, who confirmed the incident, notec that the assassination happened at about 11pm when the deceased was about retiring to bed. When the assassins stormed his compound, Atanu was asked to say his last…

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