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COCSON faults call for the removal of NFF Secretary General over alleged mismanagement of funds



The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria (COCSON) has faulted the recent calls for the removal of Dr. Mohammed Sanusi; the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over alleged corruption and mismanagement of funds.

This is contained in a statement jointly signed by The National President, Comrade Ikechukwu Chukwunyere and National Secretary, Honourable Olayemi Success, on Friday in Abuja.

The statement said: “Recently, we received some call from some of our member Organizations calling for civil actions against Dr. Mohammed Sanusi; the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on allegations of corruption and mismanagement, as usual we embark on fact finding so that we will act responsibly and the followings are the summary of our findings.

“The General Secretary of NFF is a Professional and thoroughbred Football Administrator that is ready to do the right thing for the betterment of Nigeria Football, our enquiries show that the General Secretary is not corrupt as he has been at various times also investigated by some anti corruption agencies including EFCC and has been giving clean health bill on all the allegations.

“Furthermore, Nigeria Football League is taking new shape under his Management as Referees and other March officials and been paid promptly and adequately leaving no room for any inducement and this is reflecting in the standard of our marches recently.

The Coalition called on all the detractors to stop the mischief and allow the Leadership of the NFF to be focus and continue the good job they are doing for Nigerians as the umbrella body of the Civil Society is solidly in solidarity with the Managers of the NFF.

“Finally, we hereby use this opportunity to remind all our member Organizations, the Media and others that have been invited to our VIOLENCE FREE ELECTION AND ACCURATE REPORTAGE Program coming up on 21-22 February 2023 in Abuja that the event still holds as planned”, the statement said.

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Equatorial Guinea Marburg virus death toll rises to 20



The Marburg virus epidemic in Equatorial Guinea has left 20 people dead over the past two months, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.

The outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever, which is almost as deadly as Ebola, has now spread beyond the province of Kie-Ntem, where it caused the first known deaths in January, and has reached Bata, the economic capital of the small central African country, according to the government.

The spread of Marburg “is a critical signal to scale up response efforts to quickly stop the chain of transmission and avert a potential large-scale outbreak and loss of life,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa.

Between March 11-20, eight new cases were identified, six of which proved fatal, the Equatorial Guinea government said on its website, without giving a total toll since the beginning of the epidemic.

The last official death toll, on February 28, was 11 victims.

The WHO said that “so far, there are 20 probable cases and 20 deaths” in the country.

The new cases have been reported from Kie-Ntem in the east, Litoral in the west and the Centro Sur provinces, all of which have borders with Cameroon and Gabon.

The epidemic is therefore now a serious problem in three of Equatorial Guinea’s four mainland provinces.

In eastern Africa, Tanzania said Tuesday that five people had died from the virus, while neighbouring Uganda, which had its last outbreak in 2017, said it was on “high alert”.

The WHO said additional experts in epidemiology, logistics, health operations and infection prevention and control would be deployed in the coming days.

The agency is also supporting the health authorities in neighbouring Cameroon and Gabon to ramp up outbreak readiness and response capabilities.

The Marburg virus causes severe fever, often accompanied by bleeding and organ failure.

It is part of the so-called filovirus family that also includes Ebola, which has wreaked havoc in several previous outbreaks in Africa.

The suspected natural source of the Marburg virus is the African fruit bat, which carries the pathogen but does not fall sick from it.

The virus takes its name from the German city of Marburg, where it was first identified in 1967, in a lab where workers had been in contact with infected green monkeys imported from Uganda.

The animals can pass the virus to primates in close proximity, including humans, and human-to-human transmission then occurs through contact with blood or other body fluids.

Fatality rates in confirmed cases have ranged from 24 per cent to 88 per cent in previous outbreaks, depending on the virus strain and case management, according to WHO.

There are currently no vaccines or antiviral treatments, but potential treatments, including blood products, immune therapies and drug therapies, as well as early candidate vaccines, are being evaluated, the WHO says.


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UK to ban TikTok from parliament’s devices



The British parliament has cited the need for cybersecurity to ban the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok from all parliamentary devices and the wider parliamentary network.

“Following the government’s decision to ban TikTok from government devices, the commissions of both the House of Commons and Lords have decided that TikTok will be blocked from all parliamentary devices and the wider parliamentary network.

“Cybersecurity is a top priority for parliament. However we do not comment on specific details of our cyber or physical security controls, policies or incidents,” a parliament spokesperson disclosed to the UK Guardian on Thursday.

TikTok, a short-form video hosting service owned by the Chinese company ByteDance allows users submit videos, which can range in duration from 3 seconds to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Scottish government has also ban the app from its mobile phones and other corporate devices following discussions with the UK government.

According to the Scotland’s deputy first minister, John Swinney, the ban does not extend to personal devices used by staff or the general public.

She said, “Devices managed by the Scottish government are configured in line with best practice from the National Cyber Security Centre, which helps us to manage any risk associated with the use of third-party applications.

“Our decision to prohibit the use of TikTok follows engagement with the UK government on the potential tracking and privacy risks from certain social media apps.

“Currently there is limited use of TikTok within government and limited need for staff to use the app on work devices. This ban will be implemented immediately. It does not extend to personal devices used by staff or the general public.”

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BREAKING: PDP suspends Fayose, Anyim, two others



The Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday suspended former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu.

The suspension, which takes effect on Thursday, was arrived at after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).

The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.

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