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Liberia: Lofa Residents panic over Sierra Leone Ebola news

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Reports has shown that residents of Lofa County are reportedly living in fear over reports of the discovery of a new strain of Ebola virus in neighboring Sierra Leone.

A new strain of the Ebola virus called ‘Bombali virus’ was reportedly discovered in bats in Northern Sierra Leone a forth night ago.



Although there hasn’t been anyone affected by the new strain, residents in towns and villages near the Liberian border with Sierra Leone in Lofa County are panicking over the reports.

According to newsmen in Lofa County, residents have started avoiding handshakes and executing measures to avoid contracting Ebola.

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Some residents have publicly expressed fear over the news and are calling on the Ministry of Health to quickly instituted measures to avoid a spread to Liberia.

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa started in neighboring Guinea in 2014. Over 11, 300 persons were killed by the Zaire strain of the Ebola Virus in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

However, authorities of the National Public Health Institute (NPHIL) have called on residents not to panic in the wake of the new discovery in Sierra Leone.

NPHIL’s Director General Tolbert Nyenswah disclosed that public health institute was on a high alert and has system in place to contain any outbreak.

He dismissed that the discovery is a new outbreak and said researchers are on top of the matter working to establish the characteristic of the new Ebola strain found in Sierra Leone.

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Expect sack over N30,000 minimum wage -Governors warns

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Nigerian governors have rejected the proposed increase of N30,000 minimum wage,  unless the organised labour wants its members to be sacked.



Adding that, the 36 States rejected it because they will run bankrupt if they accept to pay the workers that amount. 

On Wednesday, The chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ summon its members on emergency meeting in Abuja calling on the Federal Government to agree to their demand by reviewing the national revenue allocation formula.

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The chairman, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, told the newsmen that a new committee would be raised to meet with President over this issue.

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The committee members who are nominated to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari includes governor of Enugu,Bauchi,Akwa Ibom,Plateau,Kebbi,Lagos and Kaduna.

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Yari said, he hopes the committees engagement with  President will make everybody happy if an agreement is reached.

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Police arrests 19 year old in possession of human parts.

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A 19-year-old man, Sunday Owo, was on Thursday apprehended with fresh human parts at a healing home in Awka, Anambra State.

Owo was caught with genital organs, fingers and blood-filled bottle of a child suspected to have been killed by the man.



The suspect, who was apprehended at the instance of the Proprietor of the healing home, Mrs Ifeanyichukwu Ilonzo, told reporters that he hailed from Ohaukwu in Ebonyi.

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He said he was asked by one Blessing to get the human parts and bring them to a natural healing home in Awka for money ritual.

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He said that he paid Blessing N50, 000 for connecting him to the healing home.

Owo confessed that the victim whose parts he had was about four years and that he killed him in a stream in his town and threw the head and other parts into the stream.

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