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RCCG Pastor Adeboye cries out, says demons in Nigeria did not go to school

Pastor Enoch Adeboye of Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has lamented that demons in Nigeria are not educated.


 
Adeboye said the illiteracy level of demons in Nigeria has made it difficult for them to be cast out.




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He made the disclosure while delivering a sermon at his church headquarters auditorium, at Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.



Adeboye recalled his encounter with a foreign pastor who wanted to follow him down to Nigeria to cast out demons.

The clergy man said he warned the pastor, knowing that his Christian lifestyle was not strong enough.

According to Adeboye, he warned the pastor that the demons in Nigeria did not go to school, hence they won’t take things lightly with him.


Adeboye, however, stated that demons in foreign countries are considerate because they wear suits and all sort of modern clothes.

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He said: “Demons in Nigeria did not go to school. If you see them you will know here comes the original.

“I have enough problem casting out the demons from my own people. I don’t want to add your own.

“Because if you come, I might have to cast demons out of you”. Dailypost
04:00

Seventeen soldiers killed, scores abducted in fresh Boko Haram attack


No fewer than 17 soldiers were killed, while many others were abducted in two confrontations on Friday and Saturday between the military and Boko Haram insurgents on Bama-Gwoza highway



It was, however, gathered that the number of casualties on the Boko Haram side were high, although it could not be ascertained as of press time.

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The insurgents were said to have initially attacked Firgi, 20 kilometres north of Pulka along the road from Gwoza to Bama on Friday.

They were said to have killed 13 soldiers in the crossfire that took over two hours.

The insurgents were said to have forced some of the soldiers to retreat.


Sources added that the insurgents carted away some arms, ammunition and vehicles belonging to the Nigerian Army.

They were said to have attacked a military company at Banki junction on Bama-Gwoza Road around 10pm.

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The battle was said to have lasted for about three hours.

Punch gathered that the casualties on the side of the military were four, while that of the insurgents was not known.


The insurgents were also said to have abducted some soldiers and carted away arms and ammunition.

Reaction of the military could not be got as text messages to both Col. Sagir Musa, Army spokesman, and Col. Isa Ado, spokesman for the Military Joint Task Force on Counter-Insurgency in the North-East (Operation Lafiya Dole) were not responded to. Punch
04:00

In Imo: Mbaka speaks on ‘collecting money’ from APC, makes revelations about Jonathan

The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry in Enugu State, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has denied that he is working for the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Mbaka, speaking during his homily on Sunday, insisted he was not being paid for his prophecies.

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The cleric also claimed that former president, Goodluck Jonathan, tried to bribe him before the 2011 elections, which he lost to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Some of you who are saying that I’m an APC man and I collect money for prophecy should stop talking.


“If it is a question of money, Goodluck Jonathan wouldn’t have lost 2015 presidential election because they were ready to give me everything provided they retained the seat.

“The message is not partisan, I’m not a politician, I am a prophet of God. The Governor of Enugu State and Ebonyi State we are praising for doing wonders, are they APC?


“I went to Imo State to pray for Uzodimma, yes! Is that your business? Did I go with your legs? If after everything Hope (Uzodinma) called me to come and pray in Imo government house who am I to say no?

“Even Catholics who should be at the vanguard of protecting me are coming hard on me. A gift God gave you people in which you should use as a pride, that it is in my church that this type of a thing is happening and you people are toying with it.


“Those who are advocating for banning prophecy are ungodly. Catholic church is a prophetic Church. Stopping prophecy is closing the mouth of the holy spirit.

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“Church will ordain you a priest, baptize you and confirmed you in the name of the father, son and holy spirit when you start doing the work of holy spirit the same church will attack you. This is uncalled for,” Mbaka said.


Dailypost reports that the Supreme Court removed Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and declared Hope Uzodinma as the Governor of Imo State.

It came weeks after Mbaka’s prophecy, in which he predicted the outcome ahead of the apex court’s ruling. Dailypost
04:00

Science: ESA opens plant that turns moondust into oxygen


If humans are going to have a long-term presence on the Moon, they're going to need breathable air and rocket fuel -- and the ESA might just have a way to create both using the Moon itself. The agency is running a prototype plant that converts moondust (currently simulated, of course) into oxygen that could be used for air and fuel.



The technique unlocks the high amounts of oxygen in regolith using molten salt electrolysis that superheats the dust and migrates the oxygen along the salt until it's collected at an anode. 

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The basic process has already been used for metal and alloy production, but the ESA tweaked it to ensure oxygen was available to measure.


As that suggests, this process could have an upshot for Moon explorers by producing useful alloys to construct habitats or repair vehicles.


There's a lot of work needed before plants like this can go to the Moon. It needs to store oxygen instead of simply venting the gas. Likewise, scientists would need to determine what alloys would be the most useful byproducts. 

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A Moon-worthy test plant should be ready by the mid-2020s, though, so it may just be a matter of time before explorers are producing air far from Earth. (engadget)
04:00

President Buhari speaks on Nigeria-UK relations, rues visa, customs barrier within Commonwealth

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday spoke on Nigeria’s relations with the United Kingdom (UK) and the country’s exit of the European Union (EU).


Buhari, in an article titled ‘A new case for a Commonwealth based on trade, sought closer ties with the UK and called for better trade as well as uncomplicated movement of people and goods within the Commonwealth.

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He noted that in recent years, Nigeria-UK relationship – particularly economically – has become increasingly defined by Britain’s membership of the European Union.

“A new free trade agreement would reconfigure this, presenting new opportunities for both”, Buhari noted.


“As the largest economy in Africa, my country of nearly 200 million people has a great deal to offer: Nigeria’s vast natural energy and mineral resources, unbarred through the ending of customs barriers, could help supply growth for companies in all corners of the UK.

“For my country, greater UK engagement in its economy would bring jobs to under-tapped sectors, such as agriculture and manufacturing. Millions of highly skilled, English-speaking but underemployed young people, are eager to work but without the opportunities that foreign investment can bring to create jobs and build businesses.


“Yet there is also a case to be made that our two Commonwealth countries should try, with other members, to deliver more – collectively. In 2015, I became the first head of a new Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council tasked with boosting trade and investment within the wider organisation.

“Now with the United Kingdom – the Commonwealth’s largest economy – no longer obliged to ringfence its economy with tariffs, this mission will be given a jolt of vitality. However, we must be realistic: the commonwealth will not suddenly become a multilateral-free trade zone.


“Today many members reside within regional free trade and customs zones of their own. Yet without any of us needing to relinquish these ties, we can work together to minimise – consistent with respective memberships – as far as possible many of the tariffs and barriers on commodities, products and services.

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“Because member countries’ national laws are built on the principles of English jurisprudence, we might work together from this common platform to better align regulations on investment, certification and trade.


“A renewed sense of Commonwealth solidarity would also be of enormous benefit to the large and vital diasporas – particularly from Africa and the Indian subcontinent – that live in Western Commonwealth countries such as Britain, Canada and Australia.

“These communities still maintain the strongest of cultural and family links with the countries from which they and their forebears emigrated. Visa restrictions and customs barriers must be reduced to fulfill the potential these connections could bring to the nations where they today reside.


“As an African leader, I have an obligation to speak of the fact that while many in the African Diaspora enjoy considerable benefits from life in the West, they do not always feel at the heart of the community. A renewed sense that there are ties that bind us through the Commonwealth, could act as a spur to encourage togetherness and the certainty of belonging.”

Earlier on Saturday at a meeting with a select group of the Nigerian community in the UK, Buhari commented on the partial closure of Nigeria’s borders.  Dailypost
04:00

Health: ‘Diseases may soon become untreatable due to lack of new antibiotics’

There are fresh concerns that infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, diarrhoea, Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV), measles, among others, may soon become untreatable.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday warned that declining private investment and lack of innovation in the development of new antibiotics are undermining efforts to combat drug-resistant infections.

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 Two new reports published by the WHO revealed a weak pipeline for antibiotic agents and the 60 products in development (50 antibiotics and 10 biologics) bring little benefit over existing treatments and very few target the most critical resistant bacteria (Gram-negative bacteria).


According to the WHO, while pre-clinical candidates (those in early-stage testing) are more innovative, it will take years before they reach patients.Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said: “Never has the threat of antimicrobial resistance been more immediate and the need for solutions more urgent.

“Numerous initiatives are underway to reduce resistance, but we also need countries and the pharmaceutical industry to step up and contribute with sustainable funding and innovative new medicines.”


According to the WHO, gram-negative bacteria, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia coli, can cause severe and often deadly infections that pose a particular threat for people with weak or not yet fully developed immune systems, including newborns, ageing populations, people undergoing surgery and cancer treatment.

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WHO Assistant Director-General for Antimicrobial Resistance, Hanan Balkhy, said: “It is important to focus on public and private investment on the development of treatments that are effective against the highly resistant bacteria because we are running out of options. “And we need to ensure that once we have these new treatments, they will be available to all who need them,” he said.


Meanwhile, in the area of research and development, WHO and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) have established the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP), a non-profit research and development organisation, to accelerate the development of new and improved antibiotics to tackle drug-resistant infections. GARDP’s strategy is to deliver five new treatments by 2025. Theguardianng
07:03

EPL: Ole Solskjaer reveals Man United’s permanent captain, confirms departing player

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that he has handed defender, Harry Maguire the United captaincy on a permanent basis.


This is as Ashley Young edges closer to a move to Inter Milan, pending a medical.


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He also confirmed that Young will definitely leave Old Trafford this January.

Maguire has been handed the armband just six months after his £80 million (Dh383m) move from Leicester.


Solskjaer told reporters, “Everything about him tells me that he is a leader. Harry will keep wearing the armband now.”

He went on to pay tribute to Young, and admitted the 34-year-old’s move to San Siro marked an unmissable opportunity at this stage of his career.

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He added, “Ashley is 35 in the summer and if he gets a two-year contract somewhere I think it’s up to him to take [something] that we weren’t ready to offer.


“He’s been a good servant to the club, he’s been captain and won leagues and trophies but we’ve got other players coming through and Ashley’s mindset was, ‘I want to try something new’.

“So it was time. He’s done a fantastic job and he’s served this club fantastically. I think it was an opportunity for him that we had to say yes to. We got a transfer fee for someone who’s been so loyal to the club.” Dailypost

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07:03

We thought forex trade would bring us fortunes — N233m fraud victims


About 354 forex trade investors allegedly defrauded by an ex-banker, Seye Onigbinde, are currently embittered after their investments went down the drain.



Some of them, who spoke with City Round on Friday, said they were convinced to put their money in the scheme, thinking it would bring fortunes.

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Onigbinde is being investigated by the police at the Area F Command, Ikeja, Lagos, led by ACP Akinbayo Olasoji, over a sum of N574.2m.

He allegedly obtained the sum from his unsuspecting victims while promising them a monthly interest of 20 to 30 per cent.


According to the police, the suspect claimed to have paid principal and interest to the tune of N482.3m, remaining an outstanding of N233.4m.

It was gathered that the suspect operated the scheme as a business venture named Blueprint Business Development and Consulting located on Hughes Street, Alagomeji, Yaba.


The police spokesperson in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, while confirming Onigbinde’s arrest, had said, “He collected this money from these individuals with a promise of extraordinary gains to those willing to invest in the scheme which he claimed was built on lucrative trading in forex trading, Bitcoin and shares purchase from four international brokers.

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“This get-rich-quick scheme attracted gullible and greedy investors, who received the expected high returns. The more investors his scheme attracted, he created a business and used agents to find more and more investors.”


Punch gathered that the victims include bankers, business owners, and civil servants with individual investment ranging from N1m to N10m.

Some of them, who spoke with City Round and identified themselves only by their first names, said Onigbinde dashed their hopes.

A worker at a consulting firm, Oyinlade, said her current investment is N1.3m, adding that a friend linked her with Onigbinde in February 2019.


Another investor, Desola, who lost N2.3m, said she was convinced to invest in the scheme having heard the success stories of some of her friends.

Hassan, one of the agents working for the prime suspect, said his friend, one Victor, put N5m in the failed transactions, adding that Victor had wanted to use his principal and interest to execute a project in December 2019.


Adelaja, a businessman whose N2m was trapped, said one of Onigbinde’s agents identified as Peace persuaded him to stake his money.

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Onigbinde declined to speak with our correspondent, claiming that he had told the police everything about the case. Punch
07:02

‘Amotekun’ is a plot against Fulani, those behind it must be arrested - Miyetti Allah


The Miyetti Allah Kaute Hore has asked the federal government to arrest south-west leaders in charge of Amotekun, a regional security outfit.



In an interview with The Sun, Bello Bodejo, national president of the group, said the outfit is a plot against the Fulani ethnic group.

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On Wednesday, the group had asked south-west governors to give up the outfit after Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), had declared it illegal.


“They should not only ban it, but should arrest the leaders of this group. Like I said earlier, nobody or group has more security intelligence than the Police. The Army is doing enough; the DSS is also doing enough, likewise the Civil Defence,” the newspaper quoted Bodejo as saying.

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“They are just doing all these things in order to stop the Fulani from coming into their area;  it is just a hidden agenda to prevent the Fulani herdsmen from grazing in their God-given areas.


“If you say you set up Amotekun to protect  your region, what about the Northern Nigeria, what about the Southeast and the South-South and other places that don’t have that kind of thing. Nigeria is one; everything is one, unless they want to divide the country.


“I know some of their leaders have good hearts, but others have evil hearts, and those are the ones coming up with this agenda that the Fulani can’t do this and the Fulani can’t do that; all these things are happening because of Fulani; they are just against the Fulani.

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“I support 100 percent the federal government banning it; and the leaders should be arrested. It is a deliberate plot against the Fulani.” TheCable
07:02

HIV: FG approves CD4 Rapid Test kit

The Federal Government has approved the evaluation of Omega Visitect Cluster Differentiation Molecule 4 (Omega CD4) Rapid Test Kit to monitor patients living with HIV, responding to Anti-Retroviral Therapy.

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CD4 is a diagnostic device for the detection and monitoring of HIV infection.


In people with HIV Infection, the CD4 count is one of the important laboratory indicators of immune function and predictor of HIV progression.

Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health, disclosed this at the Dissemination Meeting of Omega Visitect CD4 Rapid Test kit Laboratory-Based Evaluation Report and Kit on Friday in Abuja.

“The Omega Visitect CD4 Rapid Test Kit Performed well in Identifying persons with low CD4 count with a sensitivity of 97.9 percent.

“It is noted that the detection of higher CD4 count is poor, with a specificity of 46.4 percent.

“The kit, however, meets the requirement to be recommended for use in the National HIV testing algorithm.


“I hereby officially disseminate the Omega Visitect CD4 Rapid Test Kit Laboratory-Based Evaluation and approve its use in Nigeria,’’ he said.

According to him, current data indicates that Nigeria has 1.9 million persons infected with HIV and about 1.1 million on Anti-retroviral therapy (ART).

The minister said in line with the global 90-90-90 targets, there should be 1.71 million people who know their status.

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“This means that up to 600,000 HIV Positive persons need to be identified and tested by December 2020.

“The second “90” target is to have 1.54 million persons living with HIV/AIDs (PLHIV) on ART by December; this underscores the need for appropriate diagnostic tools,’’ he said.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Abdulaziz Abdullahi, said the dissemination of the testing kit was coming at a time when the ministry was concern about the quality of healthcare.


The permanent secretary said dissemination of testing kit was also coming at the time when the ministry was concern about effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery.

“Nigeria has to expand HIV testing algorithm to accommodate the yearning and aspiration of all of us bearing in mind the WHO specifications on sustainability of HIV Testing kits in the country,’’ he said.

According to him, the major focus of the meeting will be the presentation of Omega Visitect CD4 Rapid Test kit Laboratory-Based Evaluation Report.

“We hope with the approval from the minister, in addition to other kits, it will make the quality of test kit readily available in the country.’’

Giving an overview of the report, Mr Manason Rubainu, Chair, Laboratory Evaluation Team, said the overview was necessary to be able to know the performance of the device used in laboratory.


Rubainu said the team did phase one evaluation and got samples from the six geopolitical zones; characterised the testing and used some specimens to evaluate the performance of the test kit.

“For CD4 testing, it was used to measure if the patient could fight disease or not; it was also used to diagnose advance HIV, depending on CD4 count,’’ he said.

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Mr Majekodunmi Aborode, Nigerian Representative, Omega Diagnostics Limited, assured of the availability of the CD4 testing kit.

“One of the objectives of the company apart from enriching the health sector in the country is economic aspect of it.

“I have discussed with the manufacturer if they can bring the technology to Nigeria and they have promised to bring the plant to the country; that is part of the agreement I had with the manufacturer,’’ he said.


According to him, one Omega Visitect CD4 Rapid Test kit costs six 6 dollars (about N2,160) and it is more avoidable.

“It is less expensive, it does not require any maintenance, it does not require any electricity; also you will know your count result in 40 minutes.’’

Similarly, Mr Araoye Segilola, the National Coordinator, National AIDS/STI and Hepatitis Control Programme, said the kit could be used to test other diseases such as Malaria and Tuberculosis in patients living with HIV.

Segilola, an official of the Department of Public Health, Federal Ministry of Health, said the kit could also be used to detect the response of the patient to medicine.

The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the 35-page report of Laboratory Evaluation of Omega Visitect CD4 Rapid Test Kit to the minister, (NAN)
04:10

JAMB suspends UTME registration in over 243 centres

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has suspended registration for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 243 centres nationwide on Thursday only.


It explained that this was to avoid overcrowding at the centres where recruitment was taking place, adding that the registration would resume at the centres on Friday.

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The JAMB Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, said, “The board regrets to announce that there would be no (and there should be no) registration in the 243 centres where a third-party recruitment examination will take place across the nation on Thursday (today).”


It advised candidates to log on to JAMB website for the list of the centres.

The board also said it had arrested five agents for selling e-PINS above the stipulated rates, adding that they had also been suspended from further vending the facility.

It warned that any outlet caught selling the ePINS  higher than the prescribed amount would be sanctioned immediately.


The examination body stated, “On January 14, 2020, four agents – Abdulrazak Adiza, Mathew Joe, Obekee Godday and Inyang Patrick – were arrested for selling ePINs above the stipulated fee and the vendors were immediately suspended from further participation in the selling of ePINs for the 2020 UTME and Direct Entry registration.


“On January 15, one Amodu Friday was apprehended vending the ePINs above the regulated fee. Investigations also revealed that he was actually issuing receipts covering the regulated fee but collecting higher. This is a clear instance of criminality.”

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The board stated that the arrested vendors had been suspended from further participation in the selling of ePINs for the 2020 UTME and DE registration.

It advised parents and candidates to promptly report any case of exploitation, stressing that the ePIN is N3,500 and the reading text N500. Punch
04:10

Nigeria NYSC issues stern warning to service evasion offenders


The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has issued a stern warning to corps members who have the habit of avoiding or stalling their service year.



According to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), those who fail to report for service in the Service Corps in the manner directed by the Directorate ”is guilty of an offence and liable on Conviction to a fine of N2000.00 or to imprisonment for a term of 12 months, or to both such fine and imprisonment.”

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This was made known in a statement released on their twitter account on Wednesday.


The statement read: ”This is to inform all eligible Nigerian graduates that NYSC Management has recently commenced the process of prosecuting mobilized graduates who willfully failed to turn up for National Service especially during.. 2019 Batch ‘C’ Service Year.


”The decision is in compliance with Section 13 (1) (a) of the NYSC Act which stipulates that any person who fails to report for service in the Service Corps in the manner directed by the Directorate or as the case may be prescribed pursuant to the provisions of this Act…” is guilty of an offence and liable on Conviction to a fine of N2000.00 or to imprisonment for a term of 12 months, or to both such fine and imprisonment.


”According, Management hereby magnanimously gives all 2019 Batch ‘C’ mobilized graduates who fails to turn up for service to, revalidate their call up instruments as soon as the portal opens for 2020 Batch ‘A’ registration, or risk the application of the full weight of the law.

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”This notice serves as a final warning and you are please advised to abide by it”. Dailypost
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