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US to return Alamieyeseigha $954,807.40 loot to Nigeria



Nigeria government and United States of America have signed an agreement to repatriate a total sum of $954,807.40 US Dollars the American government recovered from former Governor of Bayelsa State late Mr. Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha to Nigeria.

United States government and Federal Government of Nigeria agreed that the recovered looted sum would be used to implement a Health Centre Project in Bayelsa State for the benefit of the people of the state.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN who was represented by the Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General of Federation of Nigeria Mrs Beatrice Jedy-Agba at the ceremony thanked the government of the United States for ensuring that looted funds are returned to Nigeria.

He noted that the gesture of the United States with looted funds are not only in this case but in other pending cases such as Galactica ,Blue Assets ,Seaborne amongst others.

Malami said that this particular asset return arose from the forfeiture and recovery of approximately $1million USD linked to the corrupt practices of former Governor of Bayelsa State D.S.P Alamieyeseigha.

He recalled that the United States in collaboration with the Federal Republic of Nigeria initiated and completed “forfeiture proceedings against certain real property and investment funds located in Maryland and Massachusetts against the former Governor which resulted in the net forfeiture to the Government of United States of America totaling the sum of $954,807.40.”

Malami said that ‘following the court order, the FRN and the USA entered into negotiations and have finalized the terms of the asset return agreement.”

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari has already approved that the expected sum would be utilised for implementation of a health centre project for the benefit of the people of Bayelsa State adding that Civil Society Organizations and Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Justice would monitor the project.

United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard said this marks the conclusion of a legal process launched over 15 years ago and that the Health care sector in Bayelsa State would directly benefit the people.

She said that during Alamieyeseigha tenure as a public servant from 1999 to 2005 he made a few trips to US ,” DSPs official salary did not exceed the equivalent of about $81,000 per year.”

“However, during that time, he accumulated millions of dollars worth of property through corrupt acts such as abuse of office, money laundering, and other violations of Nigerian and US law.”

She said the funds are returned in accordance with our obligations under the UN Convention against Corruption and to further the tenets of transparency and accountability set forth in the Global Forum on asset recovery principles for disposition and transfer of confiscated stolen assets and corruption.

Ambassador Leonard noted that as a result of today’s agreement, “health care across Bayelsa State will be improved through the rehabilitation, refurbishment and equipping of healthcare centres as requested by the state.,”

In his remark, the Attorney General and Commission for Justice, Bayelsa State, Biriyai Dambo, SAN, who represented Governor Douye Diri assured that the recovered fund would be used specifically for Health Centre.

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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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Crystal Palace sack Patrick Vieira after a string of bad results



Patrick Vieira has been sacked as Crystal Palace Football Club manager. He was sacked after a string of poor performances. The club confirmed the sack on its website on Friday. The statement reads below: Crystal Palace Football Club can confirm that Patrick Vieira has left his post as First Team Manager. Three members of Patrick’s coaching staff – Osian Roberts, Kristian Wilson and Saïd Aïgoun – have also left the club. Chairman Steve Parish said: “It is with enormous regret that this difficult decision has been made. Ultimately, results in recent months have placed us in a precarious league position and we felt a change is necessary to give us the best chance of retaining Premier League status.”That said, Patrick’s impact since joining us in the summer of 2021 has been significant, and he is held in the highest regard by myself, and all of his colleagues. He led the team to a Wembley FA Cup semi-final and respectable 12th placed finish last season playing some exciting football, which was a challenging and crucial campaign for the club given the changes we made to the squad prior to his arrival.”Patrick has given his all to the club, and we all thank him and his team for their service.“We also wish Patrick, Osian, Kristian and Saïd the very best for their futures.” The process to appoint a new manager is underway, and we will provide an update in due course. Dean Kiely will remain as goalkeeping coach.

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