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PDP chides Alia for attending remembrance mass in Jos

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has chided Gov. Hyacinth Alia of Benue for attending the remembrance mass of the son of the President of Appeal Court, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem in Jos.

The PDP said this in a statement by the state Publicity Secretary, Mr Bemgba Iortyom on Sunday in Makurdi.

“It has been reliably gathered that Alia, yesterday attended the one year remembrance mass in honour of late Paeke Shepnaan, the son of the President, Appeal Court.

“PDP in Benue views this with deep suspicion for the very fact that the governor is having his election challenged by our great party before the Benue State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Makurdi.

“PDP is aware that the President of the Court of Appeal appoints the Judges who sit on the various election petition tribunals.

“The party has no reason to doubt the integrity of the president and those judges, the same cannot be said of Alia,” Iortyom said.

He warned the governor against acts that might tamper with the course of justice at the tribunal.

 

He reiterated that any attempt by the governor to tamper with justice at the tribunal would be stoutly resisted through every lawful means available to the party.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.

 

In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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