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TB-Joshua-SCOANThe bodies of 74 South Africans, killed when a church guesthouse collapsed in Nigeria in September, arrived home on Sunday, with South Africa looking to ease diplomatic tensions that flared after the disaster.

Muhammad-SanusiThe Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has urged Nigerians to brace up to defend themselves against the extremist Boko Haram sect which has mounted a bloody campaign against Nigerians; killing, maiming and overrunning territories.

Speaking on Saturday while making a closing remark at the weekly recitation of the Holy Quran as part of prayers for peace in the country, Mr. Sanusi urged religious and community leaders to undertake the immediate task of reinventing courage in their people, particularly the youth, in preparation for self defence against Boko Haram attacks.

Pastor TB_JoshuaTwo South Africans, who lost relatives when a guest house at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos collapsed, have told the BBC they intend to sue Nigerian evangelist TB Joshua.

The two men, who both lost sisters in the collapse, are appealing for more families to come together in bringing a case against the preacher.

At least 115 people, including 84 South Africans, died when the multi-storey building fell down earlier this month.

TB Joshua_Church_CollapseThe number of deaths in Nigeria's church hostel collapse has risen to 115, including 84 South Africans, a South African minister has said.

The worshippers were attending a gathering by Nigerian TV evangelist TB Joshua when a building collapsed in Lagos 10 days ago.

Meanwhile, 25 survivors have returned to South Africa, where they will receive further medical care.

jet1MILITARY sources said Tuesday that the two Nigerians arrested by South African police for trying to bring $9.3 million into their country were on legitimate business.

The sources said the transaction which was legal was also quite regular in international business, adding that the two were in South Africa to buy weapons needed in the face of security challenges in Nigeria.

DollarsSouth African police are investigating two Nigerians and an Israeli citizen who tried to bring over R102 million (9.3 million US dollars) in cash into the country illegally, a spokesman said on Monday, in what might have been part of an arms deal.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) seized the funds at Lanseria airport, northwest of Johannesburg, on Sept. 5. The funds are being held at the central bank as police investigate, SARS spokeswoman Marika Muller said.

Ebola-Patient-at-a-centreNigerian health authorities said on Thursday they were holding for Ebola testing a South African national in transit to her country because she was showing potential symptoms of the disease after working in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The South African woman, whose identity was not revealed, flew in to Lagos airport from Morocco. She was being treated as a suspected case and was being taken to Lagos’ Ebola treatment centre for tests to see whether she actually had the virus.

Oscar PistoriusThe judge in Oscar Pistorius’ trial ruled out a murder conviction for the double-amputee Olympian Thursday in the shooting death of his girlfriend but said he was negligent, raising the possibility he’ll be convicted of culpable homicide.

The verdict in the case that has riveted much of South Africa and the world is expected on Friday when Judge Thokozile Masipa reconvenes the judgment phase, climaxing the trial that began in March.

Saturday, 06 September 2014 09:16

Nigeria Is Containing The Ebola Outbreak

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Fully-kitted-health-workers-attending-to-a-patient-with-EbolaFortunately, Nigeria does not have an Ebola problem. Contrary to the hysterical reporting of the disease, and unlike its neighbors, the Nigerian government has successfully identified and contained the infection in its early stages. The Ebola outbreak is concentrated in three West African countries – Guinea (510 cases and 377 deaths); Sierra Leone (670 cases and 355 deaths); and Liberia (670 cases and 355 deaths); and it is important to note that Nigeria does not share a border with any of the most affected West African countries. In fact, there are four other countries between Nigeria and the Ebola hotspots.

Ebola-Health-WorkersThe Federal Executive Council (FEC) has asked the Minister of Education, Mr Ibrahim Shekarau, to review the directive given to schools over their resumption following the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu, made this known while updating journalists on the Federal Government’s handling of the Ebola Virus Disease.

He said resumption of schools, earlier fixed for October 13, may be moved back to September as the Federal Government had put in place precautionary measures to check the spread of the virus.

Boko-HaramA report by South Africa News Group News 24 has quoted the South Africa said Deputy International Relations Minister Luwellyn Landers on Wednesday 2nd July 2014 as saying that . The dreaded terrorist group Boko Haram credited with the senseless slaughter of tens of thousand innocent citizens in Nigeria and the abduction of over 200 young girls around Borno North Eastern Nigeria, may have operatives in South Africa.

Landers told reporters that he was concerned the group were active in SA and that people "shouldn't be surprised if they are here".

"Someone who does a lot of work in Africa said to me it's very difficult to pinpoint just who belongs to Boko Haram because they have succeeded in integrating in every community they seek to be part of," Landers was quoted in a News24 report

hiv-aidsEgypt’s military said Saturday that devices it claimed it invented to detect and cure AIDS and hepatitis C need six more months of testing.

The army had earlier promised to reveal the technology to the public this coming Monday after making what experts dismissed as an outlandish claim last February.

At a news conference then, the head of the army’s Engineering Agency said the military had produced an 'astonishing, miraculous scientific invention' that could detect AIDS, hepatitis and other viruses without taking blood samples and also purify the blood of those suffering from the diseases.

The claim caused uproar among scientists and the public, with many pointing ou