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Bird flu: Russia detects first case of H5N8 bird flu in humans

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Russia has reported the first case of a bird flu strain, H5N8, being passed from poultry to humans.

Russian health officials said seven workers at a poultry plant in the country had been infected following an outbreak there in December 2020 but they are now recovering.

“All seven people… are now feeling well,” Anna Popova head of Russia’s consumer health watchdog said.

She added that adequate measures had been quickly taken to stop the spread of the disease.

After Russia reported the case to the World Health Organization, Ms Popova said there was no sign of transmission between humans.

She praised “the important scientific discovery” by Russia’s Vektor laboratory, which had isolated the strain’s genetic material from the infected workers.

“The discovery of these mutations when the virus has not still acquired an ability to transmit from human to human gives us all, the entire world, time to prepare for possible mutations and react in an adequate and timely fashion,” Ms Popova said.

It is normal for strains of bird flu to occasionally infect humans and have led to deaths – but this is the first report of the H5N8 strain being passed from bird to humans.

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Senate confirms Abdulrasheed Bawa as EFCC chairman

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The Senate has confirmed the nomination for the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFFC.

The 40-year-old Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist was screened by the lawmakers at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly today February 24.

Last week, President Buhari nominated Bawa and asked the Senate to confirm him as the substantive Chairman of the Commission.

He assumes office as the first core EFCC official and non-police officer to head the agency.

Bawa also became the youngest person ever to serve as chairman of the anti-corruption agency.

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10 dead, 47 injured in fresh Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri

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Ten persons have been confirmed dead and 47 others injured in the fresh attack carried out by Boko Haram members in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital on Tuesday night, February 23.

The insurgents stormed the city launching 10 rockets. Among the dead were nine boys playing football at Gwange, when rockets landed in the area.

The state governor, Babagana Zulum, last night visited the hospital where the dead and the injured were evacuated shortly after the incident occurred. He was told that 10 people were killed in the explosions that rocked the city and 47 others injured.

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”It slipped out of my mouth”- Apostle Suleman reacts to viral video of him praying COVID19 shouldn’t end

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Apostle Johnson Suleman who is the General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has described as an error in his statement in which he said that COVID19 should not end because he was prospering and has been able to buy his third private jet.

In a video that went viral last week, Suleman while preaching at a church program, said

“In COVID (pandemic) I bought a jet; the third one. I have three. I was praying for COVID-19 not to end because I was resting. While people were complaining. my wife asked, ‘Can life be this sweet?’ Am I talking to somebody here?”

His statement drew criticisms from Nigerians who condemned him for being excited about the pandemic that has crippled the economic lives of many including the people who attend his church.

Reacting to the criticism, the clergyman while preaching in his church on Sunday, February 21, said the video of him making the statement was edited by a fellow pastor who is an enemy of his.

“There’s a video that is trending about me. It was posted by a pastor against me. It was a programme I had in Abuja and I was trying to explain something about COVID-19. When they told me that I prayed for COVID-19 not to end, I said ‘me? I didn’t say that.’

When they brought the video, I discovered it slipped out of my mouth. There’s no pastor that will pray for Covid not to end. It doesn’t make sense.

I was talking about what happens around Covid, how families were staying together, how families united, how some people even made money during that process. That was what I was trying to buttress and it slipped out of my mouth. I could not have prayed for Covid not to end, no pastor would do that. But he (the pastor) took that mistake, edited some part and blew it” he said

The clergyman added that those who are angry that he bought a third private jet will just die.

“If you are angry I mentioned three jets, you go just die. That’s the truth,” he said

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