2024 Hajj Death Toll Exceeds 900

. Relatives of Nigerian pilgrims panic, reach out to NAHCON, States boards         Friends and family searched for missing hajj pilgrims on Wednesday as the death toll at the annual rituals, which were carried out in scorching heat, surged past 900. Relatives scoured hospitals and pleaded online for news, fearing the worst after temperatures hit 51.8 degrees Celsius (125 Fahrenheit) in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, on Monday. About 1.8 million people from all over the world, many old and infirm, took part in the days-long, mostly outdoor…

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Cholera Strain In Lagos Highly Contagious — Health Commissioner

The Lagos State government, yesterday, explained that the strain of cholera in Lagos is highly aggressive and contagious. Recall that Lagos has recorded 17 confirmed cases of cholera and 15 fatalities so far. It also said laboratory investigation has confirmed the strain to be cholera sub-type O-1, adding that the subtype is associated with more severe diseases. The Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, in a post on X, said the identified strain is “highly aggressive and contagious, with potential for widespread dissemination.” READ ALSO: France Cuts Troops In West,…

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I Faked My kidnap To Extort Money From My Mother —27yr-Old-Lady

A Secondary School drop-out, Ruth Livinus, arrested for faking their kidnap, revealed yesterday that she did it to extort money from her widowed mother to establish a hairdressing salon. The 27-year-old lady was arrested alongside her live-in-lover, Isaac Gabriel, whom she alleged sold the idea to her. Parading the lovers alongside 21 other suspects arrested for various crimes at the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, the Zonal Public Relations Officer, SP Ayuba Umma, said, “A case of kidnapping was reported to the office of the Assistant Inspector General of…

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Russia Denies Recruiting Nigerian Students For Ukranian War

The Russian Embassy in Nigeria on Wednesday vehemently denied claims of coercing African students, particularly Nigerians, to participate in the ongoing war in Ukraine in exchange for visa extensions. According to Bloomberg’s Monday report, Russia purportedly sought to enlist thousands of migrants and foreign students to reinforce its troops in the war against Ukraine, adopting tactics similar to those employed by the Wagner mercenary group. European officials reportedly assessed this situation, claiming that the Kremlin was threatening not to extend visas for African students and young workers unless they agreed…

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Data Breach: Govt slams N400m Fine On Four Banks, Others

The Nigeria Data Protection Commission has said more than 1000 financial institutions, schools, insurance companies, and consultancy firms are currently undergoing investigations for various degrees of breaches of citizens’ data. This was as the commission’s National Commissioner, Vincent Olatunji, revealed that four major banks and three other institutions faced sanctions and incurred fines totalling N400m for infractions relating to breaches of citizens’ data. Olatunji revealed this on Tuesday during an interactive session with journalists to mark the first anniversary of the signing into law of the Nigeria Data Protection Commission…

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How Nigerian Female Pilgrim Committed Suicide In Madinah – Report

State board releases identity, gives details of how another died at an intensive care unit of a Saudi public hospital       A Nigerian female pilgrim, Ajia Hawawu, has died in Saudi Arabia. The Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Board, which confirmed this on Sunday, disclosed that the pilgrim committed suicide in Madina, quoting an investigation carried out by Saudi Arabian authorities. In a press release signed by the Executive Secretary of the board, Abdulsalam AbdulKabir, said another pilgrim from the state also died in Madina. According to the release,…

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NCDMB Plans Changes To Enhance Nigerian Content Fund

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) plans to introduce some changes that will enhance the Nigerian Content Intervention (NCI) Fund and increase the fund’s impact and efficiency. The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Felix Omotsola Ogbe hinted at the changes at the quarterly engagement forum held with the Bank of Industry (BoI), custodians of the fund on Monday in Lagos. Commenting on the performance of the Fund, the Executive Secretary confirmed that the NCI Fund has since its inception played a…

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Tinubu Intervenes As Nigerian Students In UK Face Deportation

The Federal Government has intervened to address deportation orders issued against Nigerian students at Teesside University in the United Kingdom. A delegation to be led by a representative of the Nigerian Embassy in the United Kingdom (UK), Christian Okeke, and leaders of the Nigerian Students’ Union in UK is expected to meet with the management of Teesside University to seek resolution. The decision was made following a virtual meeting attended by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of NIDCOM, Okeke, Mr. Yemi Soile, President of the Nigerian Students Union UK, and affected students.…

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One Power Line Collapses, Three Vandalised in North East

. TCN gives updates on transmission tower sabotage, confirms theft of 16 spans of conductors         One transmission tower has collapsed while three others were vandalised in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), which, in a statement to Platforms Africa, gave this update on transmission tower sabotage, confirmed the theft of 16 spans of conductors from the assets. The statement sent by Ndidi Mbah, General Manager, Public Affairs of the TCN, maintained that the “vandalism incidents collapse three towers along Biu-Dambua…

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Naira Down To N1,525/$ In Parallel Market

The Naira yesterday depreciated in the parallel market to N1,525 per dollar from N1,520 per dollar last weekend. However, the Naira appreciated to N1,339.33 per dollar in the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market, NAFEM. Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative exchange rate for NAFEM fell to N1,339.33 per dollar from N1,482.81 per dollar last weekend, indicating N143.48 appreciation for the naira. READ ALSO: Nigeria Invests N309bn In Agriculture In One Year – Minister Why I Relocated To US – Pastor Sam Adeyemi 2024 Hajj: Nigerian Pilgrim Dies In Mecca…

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