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Oborevwori urges Navy to curb illegal activities on Nigerian waters

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Gov. Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta has urged the Nigerian Navy to work assiduously in curbing illegal activities on Nigeria’s maritime domain.

The governor made the appeal when the Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral U.S.A Chugali visited him on Tuesday in Asaba.

“We know how critical our terrain is and that is why this visit is very important because Delta state is 40 percent coastal and we need all the support from the Navy.

“I know the Navy has done a lot in securing our waterways and that is why our oil production is going smoothly and as a state government, we encourage you to do more.

“One of the representatives here is someone that I have worked with in 2009 when he was the military Amnesty Coordinator and I was the State Coordinator.

“We worked very well together and we covered a lot of riverine areas in the state and I know he understands our terrain very well; I am assured that with him present, our state will be more secure,” he said.

The governor told the navy team that a lot of illegal activities still take place on the waters and expressed confidence that the Navy and Marine Police would collaborate to tackle the menace.

He assured the commanding officer of the state government’s support and commitment to improve peace in the state.

“I know that with the efforts of the Navy and other security agencies, Delta will continue to be peaceful, which will in turn attract more investments into our state,” he said.

Earlier, Chugali said he was in Delta on familiarisation visit to Units under Command under him, and interface with critical stakeholders in the state.
He commended Gov. Oborevwori for the assistance being given to the navy and other security agencies in Delta, assuring that the cordial relationship existing between the Navy and the state would be sustained.

Chugali also assured that the Navy would continue to secure Nigeria’s maritime domain for social and economic activities to thrive in the country.

 

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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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