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Enyimba, Insurance to face North African clubs in CAF competitions’ opening round



CAF Champions League


Nigeria’s representatives in the 2023/2024 CAF Champions League, Enyimba International Football Club of Aba and Remo Stars of Ikenne have been drawn to face clubs from Libya and Ghana respectively.

The draw was held in Cairo on Tuesday, with representatives of the 54 participating clubs drawn from 42 member-nations in attendance.

It has those paired together participating in the first preliminary stage, and Enyimba who are the reigning Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) champions will face Libyan side Ahli Benghazi.

Enyimba already have a glimpse of what to expect from Libyan teams, having been ousted during their last participation in CAF inter-club competitions by Al-Ittihad in the knockout phase.

On the other hand, Remo Stars who are debuting in the competition will be wrestling it out with Ghana league leaders Medeama for a progression to the second stage in the Champions League.

The winners between Enyimba and Ahli Benghazi will get a chance to face either Benin Republic-based Cotonsports or Asec Mimosa from Côte d’Ivoire in the second preliminary round.

Should Remo Stars defeat their Ghanaian opponents, they will face Guinean side Horoya, in the second stage.

The first round matches are scheduled for Aug. 18 to Aug. 20.

In the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary draw, Nigeria’s Federation Cup winners Bendel Insurance of Benin are pitched against Algerian side ASO Chlef.

Should they win, the Nigerian side will face another north African side, RS Berkane of Morocco in the second stage.

This is the first time in a long while that Bendel Insurance are getting a chance to compete on the continent.

For Rivers United who have been regulars in the CAF inter-club competitions in the last three seasons, they drew bye in the preliminary round.


They head into the second round where they play the winners of the pairing of Etoile Filante of Burkina Faso and Ziguinchor of Senegal.


Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt




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




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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