Gonorrhoea infections are increasing, but doctors are running out of antibiotics that can fight the increasingly resistant bacteria causing the sexual disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Friday. Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae or gonococcus. It is mainly found in discharge from the penis and in vaginal fluid and can easily pass between people through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex. Two-thirds of the countries that report resistance data to the WHO have seen cases in recent years in which their antibiotics of last resort no longer worked against gonococci bacteria. “These cases may just be the tip of the iceberg since systems to diagnose and report untreatable infections are lacking in lower-income countries where gonorrhoea is actually more common,” WHO expert, Teodora Wi, said in Geneva. The UN health agency estimates that 78 million people are infected annually with the disease. Britain and the...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS The  Department of State Security (DSS) on Tuesday presented a video evidence at the FCT High Court, Lugbe, where Femi Otedola was seen giving out a parcel to Hon. Farouq Lawan. Justice Angela Otaruku granted the request of the prosecuting counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), to play the video as evidence of Lawan collecting the said bribe from Otedola. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the request was made with the Awomolo led the DSS Prosecutor, David Ojataha, Principal Officer in-charge of Technical Operations, DSS in evidence. The video, revealing an exchange of parcel, lasted for almost three minutes. “The video I just played are those of  Femi Otedola and Hon. Farouq Lawan where there was an exchange of parcel at Otedola’s house in Aso drive, Abuja,” said Awomolo. The DSS prosecutor, however, told the court that he was saddled with the responsibility of recording the video by the DSS because of...

World Asthma Day

LEADERSHIP EDITORS May 2 of every year is set aside to remind nations and individuals of the scourge of Asthma. It is a chronic disease of the lungs  which leads to breathing problems. It is caused by swelling in the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs.  Whilst asthma cannot be cured, the symptoms can be controlled enabling people with the ailment to live full lives. These symptoms vary in frequency and severity. When they are not under control, the airways can become inflamed making breathing difficult. This inflammation can mean the tubes becoming narrow. The tubes can also be blocked with mucus. Triggers include various allergens such as dust mites, animal fur and pollen. Chest infections, exercise, cigarette smoke and gases can also be triggers. Complications of asthma include tiredness, stress, anxiety and depression. There is no cure and it can affect people of all...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel Wife of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan, has impressed on the House of Representatives to call security agencies to order. The is contained in a petition presented to the House yesterday by Hon Gogo Bright from Rivers state. While presenting the report, Hon. Bright pleaded that in view of the sacrifices Mrs.Jonathan's husband made for the country while he was president, the House should wade into the matter and call the security agencies to order. The lawmaker noted that no former first lady has been persecuted Mrs. Jonathan has since her husband left office. "No former first lady has been harassed like this before. "But for the sacrifices that her husband has made for the country, the house should consider and call the security agencies to order." The petition comes a day after an ad hoc committee of the House resolved to invite her husband to explain his role in the...
by George Okojie Suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (a.k.a. Evans), has again dragged the Inspector General of Police, and three others before a Federal High Court in Lagos over his alleged illegal detention. In the new suit filed yesterday, Evans is claiming N300 million as general and exemplary damages against the police for alleged illegal detention and unconstitutional media trial. Joined as respondents in his new originating motion are the Nigeria Police Force, the commissioner of Police, Lagos State and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command. Evans had, on June 28 filed an ex parte application with reference number FHC/L/CS/1012/2017, before the same court, seeking an order directing the respondents to charge him to court. He had also in the alternative, sought an order directing the respondents to release him unconditionally where no charge is preferred against him. In an affidavit deposed to by his father, Mr Stephen Onwuamadike, it was averred that...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday listed agriculture, energy, industrialisation and transport infrastructure as key areas the President Muhammadu Buhari administration will focus on in the second half of its four-year tenure. He assured that in the next two years, the administration will build on the successes of the last two years, having demonstrated a willingness to learn from  mistakes and to improve on its successes. In a broadcast to the nation aired live on national television and radio stations to mark this year’s democracy day celebration and in commemoration of the second anniversary of the Buhari administration, Osinbajo urged Nigerians to expect the best from now onwards because the country had already passed through its wilderness. Reeling out keys areas the administration will concentrate on in terms of development in the next two years, the acting president said, “The critical points that we must address fully in the...
 BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN,Kaduna After a week of exciting basketball action at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Indoor Sports Complex in Kaduna, 12 teams have earned their places in the next round of the Zenith Bank Female Basketball Premier League slated for Asaba, Delta. This was disclosed to newsmen by the head, technical committee, Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Ajibade Bello, at the end of the second phase of the league’s play-off which attracted 18 teams. According to him, six teams would remain in the lower division – though he failed to disclose which teams gained promotion and which ones failed to do so – stressing that it would take some days for his committee to “compile an accurate table.” Speaking further, Bello said the NBBF was looking forward to the third phase billed for Asaba in June. “We are happy that the competition was very successful. The standard of play was high, officiating was very good and...
By Dickson Agbo There are 37 career openings for young Nigerians under the United Nations bureaucracy, according to UN deputy secretary-general, Amina Mohammed. Mrs. Mohammed disclosed this at a Cultural Night organised by Nigerians working at the United Nations Systems. She said the openings are available via the Junior Professional Officers’ (JPO) Programme, including internship for young graduates. According to her, Nigeria has the opportunity to sponsor its youth for UN careers through the JPO. But Nigeria has not seized the opportunity in a long while, she noted. JPO is a programme for the young people to come and grow their career at the UN and it has 37 positions for Nigeria – one for each of the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory. The JPO programme provides young professionals with hands-on experience in multilateral technical co-operation, and is one of the best ways to gain entry level positions within the UN system. Some...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN  A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Chairman G-23 PDP Alliance, Honourable Olaitan Lucky Turaki, has said t‎he party still have tangible structures to win the 2019  presidential elections as well as many governorship and legislative seats. He said the‎ recent last week's declaration of Senator Ahmed Makarfi's led caretaker committee as the authentic leadership of the PDP by the Supreme Court in Abuja will further give impetus‎ to PDP chances to upset the All Progressive Congress (APC) and other parties in 2019. Turaki, in a statement, said the PDP leadership tussle between Ahmed Makarfi and Senator Ali Modu Sheriff which eventually went in Makarfi's favour, ‎was a divine reward for his steadfastness and consistency in the party since 1999. "The PDP is fully set and will surely upset the ruling APC and other political parties in 2019 elections, ‎following the judgement of the Supreme Court declaring Senator Ahmed Makarfi's led...
A 29-year-old bus driver, Folarin Olorunto, who threatened his sister-in-law with a knife to be able to rape her, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. The driver, who resides on Odushola Street, Aboru, Ipaja, a Lagos suburb, is standing trial on counts of rape and threat to life. The prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, told the court that the driver committed the offence on June 17 on Odushola Street, Aboru. Ogu told the court that the driver, who was separated from his wife, visited his child in the custody of the wife, when he committed the offence. “On getting to the house, the defendant met the 17-year-old sister-in-law at home, and when he discovered she was the only one at home, he shut the door. “The defendant brought out a knife and threatened to stab the girl if she would not cooperate with him; hence, he succeeded in raping her,” he said. Ogu...