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North-East: Half A Million People At Risk Of Starvation – UN

Modola, Aisha, 25, feeds her baby boy Sadiki, 1 with Plumpy'Nut, a peanut-based paste for treatment of severe acute malnutrition, in an IDP camp in Bama, Borno state. Photo: WFP/Siegfried-
Aisha, 25, feeds her baby boy Sadiki, 1 with Plumpy’Nut, a peanut-based paste for treatment of severe acute malnutrition, in an IDP camp in Bama, Borno state. Photo: WFP/Siegfried-Modola.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that half a million women, men and children in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states are at risk of starvation as its funding for the region dries up.

In a statement released on Friday, the global agency says it may soon be forced to cut food rations except it secures urgent funding to continue its life-saving operations in the crisis hotspot.

The region has been a mainstay of insurgency attacks for over a decade and the situation has been worsened by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising high food prices, the WFP said.

The UN agency also said the number of internally-displaced persons surpassed two million in September.

“Cutting rations means choosing who gets to eat and who goes to bed hungry. We are seeing funding for our life-saving humanitarian work dry up just at the time when hunger is at its most severe,” said Chris Nikoi, WFP’s Regional Director for West Africa following a recent visit to Nigeria.

The WFP, which won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2020, said it required at least $55 million in a matter of weeks to avoid cutting food aid.

“Our food assistance is a lifeline for millions whose lives have been upended by conflict and have almost nothing to survive on. We must act now to save lives and avoid disruptions to this lifeline,” Nikoi added.

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said cutting food assistance “will be a painful decision for humanitarians as it will negatively affect children, women and men uprooted from their homes due to continued violence.

“As we call upon our partners to step up their support in response to the growing needs, I would like to say thank you to those who have stood with us over the years in providing the much-needed humanitarian assistance in the country.”

According to its Friday statement, the WFP said it has “provided life-saving food and nutrition assistance to severely food insecure people, displaced families in camps, and to vulnerable people living in host communities thanks to generous contributions from Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the United States of America, and private donors.

“This year, relying on the continued generosity of donor partners, WFP ramped up its response to address rising food insecurity and the impact of COVID-19, targeting 1.9 million displaced people in Nigeria with life-saving food assistance.

“To sustain humanitarian operations in northeast Nigeria until March 2022, WFP urgently requires USD 197 million.”


EPL: Man Utd deserved to lose against Leicester City – Pogba


Manchester United deserved to lose against Leicester City in Saturday’s Premier League tie at the King Power Stadium.

This was disclosed by Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba.

Pogba said this while reacting to Man United’s 4-2 defeat to Leicester City at the weekend.

Leicester defeated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at home, thanks to goals from Youri Tielemans, Caglar Soyuncu, Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka.

Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford did score for United.

“To be honest, we have been having this kind of game for a long time and we haven’t found the problem,” Pogba was quoted by Sky Sports as saying after the game.

“We need to find what is the problem, to concede easy goals, stupid goals, when we know those games where we play on this pitch, the fans are going to push, put pressure on us and everything. We need to be more mature, I think. We need to play with more experience, arrogance in a good way. We have to take the ball and play our football.

“But now we have to find what’s the key of these games that we lose. Because I think we deserved to lose today.”

He added, “We need to find something, we need to change something. I don’t know the mindset of all of us, the players, when we start… we really don’t know. It’s frustrating because it’s something we don’t understand and we have to find that very fast because if you want to compete and you want to win the title, those games you have to win, even though they are very hard and we’re playing away.

“You need to fight their game, you need to find the right mentality, the right tactic to win those games. That’s my thought. We have time to think about it and then all together, we have to stick together and find the problem.”

EFCC Grills Ex-kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.


Man invents mini money printing device, prints N500 notes using paper (Video)


A video which is circulating on social media shows the mini printing machine that was built to print currency notes.

The machine which is very small compared to the standard size and it has two mini rollers, which automatically turn plain papers into currency.

In the video, A man could be seen demonstrating how the machine works and even printed some notes with it.

He took a small paper similar to the size of naira notes, and then passed it through the rollers, while he controlled manually by moving a knot in a clockwise direction. A N500 noted then emerged from the plain paper.

Though he did it a few times, it is however yet to be verified if the money is real or fake.

Watch video HERE


Russia Tops 1,000 Daily COVID-19 Deaths For First Time


Russia on Saturday topped 1,000 deaths over 24 hours for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with the country’s jab drive at a standstill and few restrictions in place.

An official government tally showed 1,002 deaths and 33,208 new infections, setting a high for both fatalities and cases for the third day in a row.

The surging outbreak has come with just 31 percent of Russians fully inoculated as of Saturday, according to the Gogov website, which tallies Covid-19 data from the regions.

A lack of tough restrictions has allowed the virus to spread unchecked, though a number of regions have re-introduced QR codes for access to public places.

The Kremlin has avoided re-introducing major restrictions despite calling the country’s vaccination rate “unacceptably” low, saying this week authorities have to ensure “the economy continues working”.

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It also said that Russia’s medical system is prepared to take in the rising number of patients, describing it as not “overwhelmed”.

Authorities have blamed Russians for the growing outbreak.

Health Minister Mikhail Murashko this week pointed to their “behaviour”, while Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said everything had been done to give the public the chance to “save their lives by getting vaccinated”.

While several Russian-developed jabs have been available for months, authorities have struggled to inoculate a vaccine-sceptic population.

Independent polls show that more than half of Russians do not plan to get a shot.

Russia’s fatalities from Covid now stand at 222,315 — the highest toll in Europe — even as authorities are accused of downplaying the severity of Russia’s outbreak.

Under a broader definition of deaths linked to the virus, the Rosstat statistics agency has said that by the end of August more than 400,000 people in Russia had died with the coronavirus.


Mourinho speaks on returning to EPL to coach Newcastle


Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has insisted that he is not looking to return to England to manage Newcastle United.

The Magpies have been linked with several top managers, following the Saudi-backed takeover last week.

Mourinho is one of those tipped to replace Steve Bruce at St James’ Park.

However, Mourinho has made it clear he is focused on the Serie A side, after only arriving this summer.

When asked about joining Newcastle, Mourinho replied: “I have nothing to say about Newcastle.

“I worked with Mr. [Bobby] Robson [at Barcelona], one of the greatest in the history of the club, and I have always had a connection with those people and that city that I know well by now.

“But nothing more. I am 100 per cent focused on the project with Roma-Friedkin project.”


Organisers begin training athletes, officials for Slap Fight Nigeria


Organisers of combat sport, Slap Fight Nigeria, have commenced training for athletes and officials who will participate in the inaugural edition.

Chief Executive Officer, Slap Fight Nigeria, Abdulrahman Orosanya, who made this known in a statement on Saturday, said the maiden edition is tagged ‘Slapmania 1.0’.

According to him, the athletes have to be trained because there are strict rules they must follow for them to be eligible to compete.

He said; “There are nutrition, dieting and training regimes that athletes must practice to remain competitive and healthy. The athletes must avoid issues of taking unapproved or contraband substances and drugs in order to have a clean championship.”

He stated that the athletes will compete at the championship in Lagos in October 2021, after their training.

Orosanya added that the CEO, U.S. Slap Fight championship, T Tilley, expressed his appreciation to the athletes and officials who are participating in training after putting them through the nitty-gritty of the sport.

“During his presentation, he took the participants through the strategies, techniques, rules and regulations of slapfighting with the aid of a demonstration video. He also presented a step by step procedure for participating in Slap Fight,” he said.


I’ve been getting death threats over my ‘relationship’ with a male housemate – Angel


Big Brother Naija ”Shine Ya Eye” finalist, Angel Smith has revealed that she’s been receiving death threats over her relationship status.

The reality star took to her Twitter account on Saturday to make the claim, although she did not mention the person on whose behalf people were issuing threats.

According to Angel, she is single and not in any relationship with anybody from the BBNaija house, neither does she plan to steal their ‘fave’ from another woman.

She tweeted; “I’m not a messy person at all, especially in real life. I like my space and I like to avoid confrontation but this is me putting it out there that I’ve been getting death threats from ‘no caller IDs’ regarding my ‘relationship status.

“I’ve stated time and time again that I am single and frankly I promise I will not be chasing anything that will take away my peace.

“Please, stop calling me to threaten me because of my affiliation with your ‘fave’. I am single. Thank you.

“I would also like to state that you can not dictate who I choose to be friends with, I have no intention of stealing your fave from whoever.

“Please, leave me out of whatever enmity is trying to form. I am only focused on my brand.

“I’m too content within myself to be out here dragging anyone’s man. All I’ve ever needed is myself and I can do very well by myself. Thank you.”

This comes a day after Angel was reportedly hospitalised following the conclusion of the reality TV show.

Leicester City end Man United’s 29-game unbeaten away run 


Manchester United’s 29-game unbeaten away run came to an end on Saturday following a 4-2 loss to Leicester City. 

Leicester City dominated the game early in the opening minutes but failed to break United’s defence. And out of nowhere, the Red Devils took the lead. Greenwood took a ball from Fernandes out on the right, cut inside, and unleashed an absolute stunner that swerved and crashed in off the inside of the goal frame. 

In the 31st minute, Leicester drew level and it was another stunner. Maguire was at fault, he was robbed of possession by Iheanacho who played in Tielemans and he clipped a dreamy effort into the far top corner. 

Substitute Daka forced De Gea to make a fine save but from the corner, Leicester took the lead. De Gea made another stop amind the scramble from Daka but Soyuncu – who’s played onside by Maguire – could bundle in. 

Marcus Rashford, who had just come from injury scored on his return to bring United level. 

However, Leicester restored their lead immediately through Vardy. Right from kick-off, a long pinged-out left eventually finds Perez, who dribbled into the box and made a backpass for Vardy to finish. 

Daka got his name on the scoresheet. There was no red shirt to get a clearing header and there was no red shirt on the back post and Daka’s gamble pays off. 


UNILAG To Install 1,000 New CCTV Cameras To Tackle Up Security


The University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka has signed an agreement with a private company, Bionomics Nigeria Limited to install a total of 1,000 new Closed-Circuit Television otherwise known as CCTV cameras at the main campus and two other campuses of the university.

The agreement under the public-private partnership arrangement was signed on Thursday by the Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and the Managing Director of Bionomics Nigeria Limited, Mr Oluchukwu Onyedika at the Senate Chamber of the university on behalf of respective establishments with some top management staff of UNILAG including the deputy vice-chancellor (management services), Prof. Lucian Chukwu, Registrar, Mr. Oladejo Azeez; bursar, Mr Lekan Lawal; University Librarian, Prof. Yetunde Zaid and the Director of Academic Planning, Prof. Mopelola Olusakin, in attendance.

Prof. Ogundipe said the project with a control station to be built also on campus would be completed for use by this December at no financial cost to the university.

He said the university believes in building blended security architectures combining security personnel on ground with the technology devices to effectively prevent crimes and criminalities in and around its three campuses.

He said the university would not need to wait for crimes to be committed before taking step but rather prevent crimes from being committed anywhere on campus.

He said the university at the moment had only about 300 CCTV cameras and that the number could not capture all the strategic locations including the flash spots on campus, hence the need for the addition more so that the university is preparing to host the Nigerian Universities Games (NUGA) next year.

He said out of the new 1,000 cameras, 700 would be installed at the main campus while the rest are for the two other campuses at Idi-Araba and Yaba.

He explained that the cameras unlike the ones on ground would capture faces of people and all their activities as well as the plate numbers of vehicles clearly, adding that such would help in solving crimes, generating data and in forensic analysis of criminal acts on campus

“Our students would also be trained by the company on CCTV camera installation, among others,” he added.

He said the governing council had approved the project.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of Bionomics Nigeria Limited, Mr. Oluchukwu Onyedika, said while the company is helping UNILAG in boosting its security architecture at no cost to the university, the company is expected to get some money from the bill boards to be mounted on some of the poles for interested advertisers.

He said UNILAG would be the first tertiary school in Nigeria to have what he called such a high-tech security device across strategic locations on their campuses.