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Nigeria governed by three corrupt arms.
Mountains of alleged corruption in Buhari’s kitchen cabinet – Senator.
Census of Niger Delta militant groups underway.
Turn off dangerous Note 7 – ‘fire note’ – now – Samsung says.
Previous hospital bed occupant can put you at risk.
Boko Haram pay better dowry! Teach wives to use AK-47.
Nigeria first in Africa – in terms of number of death sentences
Govt officials teargassed, used clubs on women and children – Shiites
By the time you finish reading this sentence, one under-15 girl would be married off

Could the patient in a hospital bed before you put you at risk?

When a hospital patient is taking antibiotics, the next person to use the same bed may face an elevated risk of infection with the dangerous germ Clostridium difficile, a new study suggests.

C. difficile, a bacterium that causes inflammation of the colon and causes life-threatening diarrhea, is found in U.S. hospitals. Scientists have known that antibiotic use can contribute to the germ’s spread, but this new report says it’s not just the patient taking the medication who’s at risk.

Because the germ spores can persist, patients later assigned to the same hospital bed may have increased odds of getting C. difficile, researchers found.

“This study provides evidence that there is a herd effect with antibiotics,” said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Freedberg, a gastroenterologist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. “In other words, antibiotics have the potential to affect the health of people who don’t themselves receive antibiotics.”

A doctor who wasn’t involved in the study said the findings suggest a need to improve sterilization procedures in hospitals.

“This underscores the idea that hospitals are not being sanitized enough or they can’t be sanitized enough,” said Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. “There is an increased need for increased sterilization procedures between patients.”

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, C. difficile causes nearly half a million infections a year in the United States and 29,000 deaths. Older adults are most at risk.

In this study, researchers found that if the previous patient in the hospital bed was given antibiotics (not for C. difficile), the odds of C. difficile infection in the next patient were nearly 1 percent, compared with less than half of 1 percent if no antibiotics were given.

“Antibiotics encourage the spread of C. difficile from patients who asymptomatically carry C. difficile to patients who are C. difficile-free, even if the C. difficile-free patients do not receive any antibiotics,” Freedberg said.

In patients infected by C. difficile, antibiotics may cause the germ to proliferate and add to the number of its spores shed nearby. C. difficile spores can thrive in the environment for months, the researchers noted.

In addition, antibiotics may affect good bacteria living in the gut that protect against C. difficile, Freedberg said.

The new report, published online Oct. 10 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, emphasized the need to use antibiotics judiciously.

To evaluate the risk of getting C. difficile from a hospital bed in which the prior patient had received antibiotics, Freedberg’s team studied more than 100,600 patient pairs. All were in one of four New York-area hospitals from 2010 to 2015. New patients had to have spent 48 hours in a bed in which the last patient spent at least a day and had left the bed less than a week before the next occupant.

The suspected connection was borne out in 576 pairs. In those cases, the later patient developed C. difficile within two to 14 days after occupying the bed, the researchers found.

Average time to infection was around six days. And these newly infected patients were more likely to have the usual C. difficile risk factors — older age, increased levels of the waste protein creatinine, decreased levels of the protein albumin, and past use of antibiotics.

The risk of C. difficile was 0.72 percent when the prior occupant of the hospital bed received antibiotics, compared with 0.43 percent when the prior occupant of the bed did not receive antibiotics, the researchers found.

The association was small, and the study doesn’t establish a direct cause-and-effect relationship. But apart from antibiotics, no other factors related to the prior bed occupants were associated with increased risk for C. difficile in subsequent patients. That remained the case after excluding nearly 1,500 patient pairs in which the prior patient recently had C. difficile, according to the study.

“I don’t find this surprising. We knew that antibiotic use increases the risk of C. difficile,” said Siegel.

It’s another way that antibiotics aren’t harmless, Siegel said. When you make the decision to give antibiotics, “you have to keep in mind that you may be letting loose a germ that is in itself an infectious risk to the hospital,” he said.

From CBS News

Here are today’s newspaper headlines

Nigerian CSO to Observe US Presidential Elections
Etisalat launches mobile 4G LTE
Presidency Hands Over Two Presidential Aircraft to NAF
Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) in Crucial meeting over Shehu Dikko, as LMC Boss Escapes Arrest by Whiskers
Is Democracy and Freedom Good For Nigeria?
‘I thank God that the Police arrested me’ – Armed Robbery Suspect
SGF blasts Oyegun-led APC leadership over crisis in Delta, other states
Epe school abduction: Kidnappers issue deadline for payment of ransom
$1.1b Malabu oil deal: Reps target funds overseas
Super Eagles need 11 Points to Qualify – Gernot Rohr
MTN appoints new head of regulatory affairs after Nigeria fine
Nigeria: Opec Under Pressure to Restore Stability to Oil Market
Nigerian banking industry in credit crisis
Delta State Government denies child trafficking allegations
Nigeria’s Revenue target falls as oil sales slump
No regrets voting Buhari, we will re-elect him in 2019 – Northern Elders
Price of rice to fall before November – Audu Ogbeh
Federal government frustrated my efforts to free Chibok girls trice – Boko Haram close pal
FAAN Partners with Mantrac Caterpillar to end embarrassing Power outages at Airports
Nigerians may reject APC in 2019 — Chief Waku
Invasion of Ogun communities by land grabbers: Village heads take case to govt, court
How Double taxation kills, High Cost of Aviation fuel cripples Airlines
In Nigeria, higher percentage of female genital mutilation victims live in urban areas – Report
Nigeria: Economic Growth’s Impossible Without Focus On Made in Nigeria – Buhari
How The Nigerian National Judicial Council Shields Corrupt Judges
Nigeria: 20 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM)
Canon strengthens regional operations and presence in Nigeria
Nigeria: How Germany Can Help Curb Oil Theft By Militants – Buhari
Judges’ Arrest: Former Minister Supports DSS, Slams NBA, PDP
Tension in Kaduna as Government orders immediate arrest of ‘Shiite Spokesperson’
Security Guard burns 5 Utility Vehicles, to avenge ‘Impromptu’ Sack
Outlawed Shiite group reports arrests of members in Nigeria
Wike advises parents to groom children in art of leadership
Niger Delta militants want to colonise Nigeria economically – President
Chamber tasks government on reintroduction of export grant
NECA blames rising unemployment on lack of good governance
Centre, NBS to begin computation of sectoral productivity indices
Nigerian judges arrests spark controversy
Building collapse: Ambode reads riot act to property developers, contractors
ANALYSIS: Why APC may lose Ondo governorship election
Judgegate: PDP, APC condemn Wike’s subversion of justice
Food production: How Nigeria plans to encourage farmers – Osinbajo
Reversal of foreign investment crashes Guinness shares furthe
PZ Cussons Nig Plc: Still in the murky waters, as forex pressures persist
Emefiele promises review of forex policy to stimulate real sector

Zika virus highly likely to spread in Asia, says WHO

Singaporean authorities have been fumigating areas where mosquitoes breed
Zika infections are “highly likely” to keep spreading in Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
Hundreds of cases of the virus have been reported in Singapore while two cases of Zika-linked microcephaly have already been confirmed in Thailand.
The mosquito-borne virus has been detected in 70 countries worldwide, at least 19 in the Asia Pacific region.
WHO director Margaret Chan said experts were still looking for ways to deal with the virus.
“Unfortunately, scientists do not yet have answers to many critical questions,” she told an annual regional WHO meeting in the Philippines capital, Manila.
Zika generally has mild effects but is more dangerous for pregnant women as it has been linked to severe birth defects, including the brain deformation microcephaly.
The virus has existed in Asia for decades, but the latest large-scale outbreak originated in Brazil.

From BBC News

Here are more news headlines

Explore local research for agricultural development, FG urged
Borrowing our way out of recession
How Germany can help curb oil theft – Buhari
Senate commends MTN on 4G LTE launch
Akwa Ibom day: Youths tasked on self-actualisation
12,000 youths to get entrepreneurial training in Cross River
Labour leader tasks FG over unpaid salaries
Why Nigeria is not making progress – Jemibewon
How NJC Rejected DSS’ Request to Probe Judges
Government, stakeholders strategise to stop sugar importation
Dangote blames closure of tomato plant on influx of foreign products
ACCA unveils new qualification skills to shape accountancy profession
I’ve forgiven my kidnappers – Esuambuk
Nnamani electoral reform committee: High expectations, many questions
Ondo Guber Watch: Police read riot act to politicians
Police Recover 14.7 million Naira from Nine Suspected Kidnappers of CBN Governor’s Wife
Customs pushes for total ban on rice importation from 2017
Chartered accountants will promote greater transparency in governance , says Oyo-Ita
Customs gets 25.6 billion Naira from Tincan Port
Experts chart path to brand development in Nigeria
Ado Poly workers embark on strike
Warring South West PDP chieftains close ranks in Ibadan
NIPOST to clamp down on illegal courier operators
Sylva still owes me 500,000 Naira, has no respect for Supreme Court, says Governor Dickson
Judiciary In The Eye Of The Storm
Dickson seeks character, ethics training for youths
FG to Spend 350 billion Naira Releases to Fund Budget
Health of Abducted Model College Student Worsens as Kidnappers Reject Ransom Offer
Buhari Hands over Two Presidential Aircraft to Nigerian Air Force
Emefiele, Adeosun Allay Concern over Disharmony between CBN, Finance Ministry
I Lost Over 100 Chiefs To Boko Haram – Shehu Of Borno
Hollande meets Dangote, others to boost trade
Labour seeks improved workplace wellbeing for higher productivity
SSANU bemoans ownership crisis of Ladoke varsity
Ban on ‘immoral’ Rahama Sadau highlights north/south split
Buhari’s Letter to South African Authorities Dims Mend’s Hope of Okahs’ Release
Sultan Raises the Alarm over Deplorable Condtion of IDPs, Scolds Igbo Leaders of Thought
Protesters Vandalise Dangote Cement Factory in Ethiopia
Buhari: Niger Delta Situation is Complex
Saudi Energy Minister: Oil May Hit $60 Per Barrel This Year
Yaro is BUA Sugars’ new MD
‘Recession may be a blessing in disguise’
Seven banks are undercapitalised, says report
Rice price’ll fall by November — FG
Economic growth depends on patronage of Nigeria-made products — Buhari

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners told to turn off device

A Samsung Note 7 handset caught fire during a lab test in Singapore
Samsung has urged owners of the Galaxy Note 7 to turn off the smartphone while it investigates new reports of the device catching fire.
The South Korean firm also said it would stop all sales of the phone.
Samsung recalled 2.5 million phones in September after complaints of exploding batteries and later assured customers that all replaced devices were safe.
But there are now reports that even those phones that had been replaced were catching fire.
A man in Kentucky said he woke up to a bedroom full of smoke from a replaced Note 7, days after a domestic flight in the US was evacuated after a new device started emitting smoke in the cabin.

Samsung has halted all sales of the Galaxy Note 7
“Because consumers’ safety remains our top priority, Samsung will ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 while the investigation is taking place,” the company said.
“Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using the device and take advantage of the remedies available,” it added.
South Korean media reports suggest the company is likely to stop selling the phone permanently.
The problems for Samsung come at a crucial time for the firm, technology analyst Andrew Milroy of Frost & Sullivan told the BBC.
“Samsung had been making a comeback against its rivals. This catastrophic product fault will seriously damage its competitive position in the smart phone market,” he said.
Jake Saunders of ABI research said the situation for Samsung was now “very serious” with “the consequences beginning to snowball”.
“The concern now will be the knock-on consequences on the reputation of the brand.”
Consumer tech analyst Caroline Milanesi of Creative Strategies told the BBC that Samsung should “call it a day” on production of the Galaxy Note 7 to limit long-term risk to the brand.
However, South Korea’s finance minister has warned that the country’s exports would be hurt if the phone model is scrapped altogether.
“Right now we can’t tell what the impact will be in the long term. It’s up to the company and the government cannot interfere,” said Yoo Il-ho. “But if they do scrap the model, it will have a negative impact on exports.”

News From BBC

Here are more headlines in brief

Mtn Deploys 2.6GHz For Broadband Services
Internet is satellite TV’s biggest threat — Venn
Osinbajo: Despite Provocation, Christians Shouldn’t Seek Revenge
EFCC Arrests Ogah in Lagos
Lawyers Without Borders Seek Abolition Of Death Penalty
ASSBIFI decries casualisation, poor working conditions
Delta to resolve NUT, ASUSS industrial disputes
Anambra lawmakers flay planned sale of national assets
Edo election: Ize-Iyamu seeks fair minded judges as tribunal members
Victory over Zambia: President Buhari salutes Super Eagles
Ogbeh: Complexity in Zero-Budgeting Locks out 80 billion Naira from Economy
Customs: Ban on Rice Imports through Land Borders Still in Force
Fashola: Tariff Increase, Debt Clearance Won’t Solve Power Sector Financial Problems
Lawmaker Commences Evacuation of Huge Refuse in Owerri
Gombe State workers to get home renovation loan
Okere wins Africa’s patriotic personality award
Niger Delta Terrorists Want To Colonise Economy – PMB
Justice Oloyode: I Have No Regret Writing a Petition against Aregbesola
Reddington Hospital Appoints UK Surgeon as Group Medical Director
Shiites Alleges Police Brutality against Members in Kaduna
Judges’ Arrest: Pro-Buhari Group Tackles NBA
Addo Project Book ‘Through the Fire’ for Launch Tuesday
NAAT seeks appointment of industrialists into governing councils of varsities
Group asks FG to freeze Shiites’ bank accounts
Police dismiss, arraign killer cop; family buries undergraduate victim
Labour decries ‘precarious work’
152 Nigerians Voluntarily Return from Libya
Coronation: Benin Crown Prince Shifts Movement to Uzama Palace
Southern Kaduna Cries out over Fulani Persecution
Falana Asks LASG to Establish Police Service to Battle Kidnapping
Ondo Primary Crisis: How APC Reached Decision to Adopt Akeredolu
Echoes of World Humanitarian Day: Nigerian aid workers, IDPs cry out for support
Methodist Prelate wants FG to ban food importation
36 traffic offenders undergo psychiatric tests in Abuja
Tax Waiver: Obiano Orders Principals to Refund All Illegal Levies or be Sacked
Police in Kano Ready to Deal with Any Illegal Shiite Procession
NDLEA Arrests Drug Dealers with 2.5 billion Naira Illicit Drugs
Detectives Unearth Shops with Illegal Police Kits, Arrest Four
FCT Police Refer 36 Traffic Violators for Psychiatric Evaluation
Psychiatric nurses beg NASS to pass Mental Health bill
Court adjourns Metuh’s case till November 22
South West PDP Elders Parley in Ibadan, Seek Total Reconciliation
Oke appoints Tinubu’s aide as campaign DG
Food Security And The Support Of Global Agri-business

Zika Is Making Major Inroads Into Asia Via Singapore

So far, authorities have identified 41 locally transmitted cases.

The Zika virus has gotten a foothold in Singapore, according to authorities in the country.

Health authorities said Sunday they’ve identified 41 locally transmitted cases of the virus. And so far, these cases in Singapore might be the biggest inroads the virus has made in Asia.

Authorities confirmed the first locally transmitted case on August 25. The first case of Zika brought into the country was identified back in May.

Cases of local transmissions have also been confirmed in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The World Health Organization says the virus has also been detected — though not necessarily locally transmitted — in other parts of Southeast Asia.

Most of those infected are foreign construction workers, none of whom recently traveled to areas affected by the virus, so authorities say all those infected must have contracted it from within the country.

Zika isn’t a new virus. It is transmitted by a type of mosquito called the Aedes aegypti, and cases of human infection have been reported since the 1950s.

The most recent outbreak began in Brazil last year, and since then the virus has been linked to microcephaly in infants. And 53 countries have reported first-time outbreaks.

The FDA Is Now Recommending Zika Screening For All US Blood Donations

Since Singapore has a tropical climate, it’s very vulnerable to diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and already has trouble with dengue fever — a disease transmitted by the same type of mosquito as Zika.

In a statement, the country’s health ministry said it can’t rule out the possibility of “further community transmission.”

Here are more newspaper headlines

Bribe scandal: DSS Releases 7 Judges On Self-recognition
Oil Price Rises To One-year High At $51
Economic Summit: FG To Promote Production, Consumption Of Local Goods
Agriculture, only way to improve Nigeria’s economy — Governor Dickson
World Cup qualifiers: Zambia President orders FAZ to hire local coach
Kidnappers Of Emefiele’s Wife Got 10 million Naira Each – Police
Bayelsa Govt: NDDC Boss’ Outburst over Ongoing Projects Unnecessary
Vandalism: Oil producing communities to take over pipeline security
Oil sector exposure poses systemic risks to banking sector – CBN
Oil at $52.7, approaches one-year high
Power Africa: Nigeria to benefit from US $7b commitment
FG plans to link Nigeria’s major roads to five other countries
Tobacco firm to commence production in Nigeria
APC vs Dankwambo: Election tribunal reserves ruling
Clampdown: Abuja Federal High Court judges down tools
Police parade 3 soldiers, 6 others over kidnap of CBN governor’s wife
FG goes after election tribunal judges, others
Six private schools shut in Katsina
Smuggling: FG may close Seme border
Buhari, Obasanjo in another secret meeting
Moody’s: Top Five Nigerian Banks Face Credit Challenges Ahead
NDIC to Extend Deposit Insurance Scheme Soon
Justice Ademola arrested for granting Kanu bail – IPOB
Deal with killer herdsmen, Sultan urges FG
Man, 50, in trouble for defrauding IDPs
Police arrest 5 kidnap suspects, 14 others in Kagi
Zenith Bank Donates Ultra-modern ICT Centre to UNN
Industry chieftain, researcher recommend new energy model
Defection: Plateau PDP seeks Dariye’s recall
Buhari support group criticises NBA over stance on judges arrest
Group petitions Buhari over plan to discredit NOUN VC
Go After Past Cbn Governors, Falana Tells Efcc
AIG orders patrols to curb herdsmen, farmers’ clashes
Unemployment: FG, Taraba govt train 3,000 youths on ICT
MDGs deny diverting money meant for contractors’ payment
Police role in aborted arrest of judge in Rivers exposed
Akeredolu moves to pacify aggrieved governorship aspirants, State chairman
Niger Delta militants have no central command — Buhari
Question marks on the Edo election
Gombe to pay varsity lecturers 400 million Naira salary arrears
Buhari targets locally-made goods to overcome recession
UK, others urge Nigeria to abolish death penalty
NMA ends rift, swears in new state officers in Lagos
Hydrocephalus: Kehinde seeks 500,000 Naira for surgery
Provide subsidised care for cancer patients, Sebbecly urges FG

Nigerians Object as Judges Detained, Suspected of Corruption

Activists are accusing Nigeria’s government of intimidating and harassing the judiciary after several senior judges were detained in weekend sting operations.

Nigeria’s intelligence services announced more than $800,000 had been seized in raids targeting judges from the country’s high courts. The State Security Service said it had been monitoring the judges’ “expensive and luxurious lifestyle” amid complaints they had accepted bribes.

It did not specify how many judges were in custody.

Civil society groups quickly cried foul. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, an organization that previously has accused judges and lawyers of abetting corrupt officials, said it was “seriously concerned” about the arrests and called on all judges to be released immediately.

The arrests “served to undermine the independence of the judiciary in Nigeria, and reinforce the practices under successive governments of undue political interference in the judiciary,” the group said.

In a statement Sunday, the office of President Muhammadu Buhari said all arrests and searches were carried out according to the law in a bid to root out corruption.

“The recent surgical operation against some judicial officers is specifically targeted at corruption and not at the judiciary as an institution,” the statement said.

Buhari, a former military dictator, won election in 2015 while promising to tackle corruption, which he has blamed for the deaths of thousands in the ongoing fight against the extremist group Boko Haram.

But the president has been accused of targeting his political enemies while ignoring corruption allegations against people in his own administration.

From Voice of America

Here are more news headlines

Malaria burden reducing in Nigeria – NMEP, partners
Jang condemns renewed violence in Plateau
CBN to assist electricity companies with 213 billion Naira
Negotiation Must Precede Peace Talks In Pdp – Ex-Speaker Bankole
AD picks Oke as Ondo governorship candidate
How Emefiele’s kidnappers shared 80 million Naira
The sack of three judges
EFCC arraigns illegal polytechnic operator in Ado-Ekiti
Judges: DSS grills bank directors in bribe probe
Banks in credit crisis, says report
CJN deplores arrest of colleagues
154 Nigerians deported from Libya
FUTA workers’ protest against VC, bursar persists
Lagos Assembly writes Senate to rethink Special Status Bill
Will Lagos ever get special status?
Judges shun courts in Abuja
Many militants are mere extortioners, says Buhari
No regret writing petition against Aregbesola – Sacked Osun judge
Epe kidnap: Family begs to swap relative for ailing captive
Our students in Turkey
Development Bank of Nigeria gets $1.3b for SMEs financing
Putin pushes oil prices to $53 one-year high
Adeosun urges multinationals to pay tax
Gas shortage cuts off 3,269MW
Govt’s half year revenues dip, says minister
NCAA chief advises airlines on integrity
NPA eyes hub status for ports
Benue police arrests suspected follower of a wanted criminal
Man killed with stones in Ebonyi
Iran nuclear deal madness – Cheney
Waiting on Bello’s Commission of Inquiry
NCAT sacks 47 teachers
Oba’s coronation: Uzama Palace gets facelift
Journalism is in danger, says Osoba
Skye Bank, NGO battle cancer
Federal Govt urged to implement 2014 National Health Act
Ekiti poly workers on strike for ‘payroll discrepancy’
Obasanjo keeps mum over arrest of judges
Ize-Iyamu: we need fair-minded judges at election tribunal
DSS probes judges’ assets
Christians must serve God with humility, says Bishop
WHO to build pharmacy plant in Imo
Ugwuanyi partners veterinarians for economic recovery
EFCC arrests, releases Ogah as court strikes out charge
Sylva still owing me 500,000 Naira says Dickson

Outlawed Shiite group reports arrests of members in Nigeria

A newly outlawed Shiite Muslim group in northern Nigeria on Monday accused officials of using tear gas, clubs and sticks to round up members including women and children, as pressure grew on a minority group that the military has accused of trying to assassinate its army chief.

The Iranian-inspired Islamic Movement in Nigeria said eight members of one family were among those held in “illegal custody,” but it did not specify how many people had been detained in all.

Authorities in Kaduna state could not immediately be reached to comment. Africa’s most populous nation is almost equally divided between Christians and Muslims, most of them Sunni.

Monday’s statement was signed by Ibrahim Musa, the group’s spokesman, whose own arrest was ordered by Kaduna officials on Sunday. That order came two days after the state declared the group to be unlawful.

A Kaduna state commission of inquiry recently said the Islamic Movement in Nigeria was responsible for provoking an attack in December 2015 on its headquarters, during which the army gunned down more than 300 Shiites. The report said the violence began with a blockade that halted the convoy of Nigeria’s army chief, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

From Stars and Stripes

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The Nation’s Judiciary Under Siege
Efcc Arrests Uche Ogah Outside Lagos Court Premises
Masari advises politicians on national unity
Obasanjo visits Buhari, keeps mum
Okowa allegedly injured in domestic accident
Pastor donates 5 million Naira to acid victim, car to actor
Kebbi governor flags off training of 3000 teachers
Anti-malaria campaign hits schools
Gombe celebrates 20th anniversary
FCT to build special infectious diseases centre
Special status: Lagos lawmakers lobby Senate
DSS releases arrested judges
Customs arrests 14
MTN gets regulatory affairs head
Maritime academy opens
Group decries low manpower at airports
Envoy: China to share ICT experience with Nigeria
EIB, UBA partner on 60 million Euro investment
Okorocha says Nigerians over -dramatizing recession
Our players were afraid of Nigeria stars – Zambia captain
Paving a Pathway for Adolescent Girls
‘No Excuse for the Shameful Desecration of the Rule of Law by the DSS
Delta absolves officials of child trafficking
Amosun warns newly elected chairmen on corruption
Lagos Assembly seeks improved waterway security
Wike orders payment of LG workers’ salaries
Dss Releases Judges On Bail, Njc Meets Today
Ambode tasks contractors on standard buildings
Housewives arrested in Lagos for aiding robbers
Christians shouldn’t seek revenge, says Osinbajo
There’s hunger, starvation in the land, northern leaders tell Buhari
Herdsmen Attacks: Tuc Boss Predicts Food Scarcity In South East
El-Rufai inaugurates public service renewal project
Navy begins troops’ deployment in Lake Chad
Crackdown On Judiciary, Threat To Democracy – PDP
Why kidnapping for ransom is a national threat
Illegal police uniform factory discovered in Police College
Crackdown on judges sad, regrettable – CJN
Oil prices rise as Russia backs OPEC production freeze
Nigeria, others lost 1 trillion dollar to oil price slide – Barkindo

Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

India is one of the countries with a high number of child marriages, the report says
One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children.
The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia.
Save the Children says early marriage can trigger a cycle of disadvantage across every part of a girl’s life.
Conflict, poverty and humanitarian crises are seen as major factors that leave girls exposed to child marriage.
“Child marriage starts a cycle of disadvantage that denies girls the most basic rights to learn, develop and be children,” said Save the Children International CEO Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
“Girls who marry too early often can’t attend school, and are more likely to face domestic violence, abuse and rape. They fall pregnant and are exposed to STIs (sexually transmitted infections) including HIV.”
Europe struggles with migrant child brides
Gambia and Tanzania ban child marriages
Big money for Niger’s child brides
The report, called Every Last Girl, ranks countries based on the hardest place to be a girl based on schooling, child marriage, teen pregnancy, maternal deaths and the number of women in parliament.
Chad, Niger, Central African Republic, Mali and Somalia were ranked at the bottom of the index.
The report says girls in refugee camps are in danger of being married off young
The report says girls affected by conflict are more likely to become child brides.
It says many refugee families marry off their daughters as a way to protect them against poverty or sexual exploitation.
The charity used the example of a 13-year-old Syrian refugee in Lebanon it called Sahar – not her real name – who was married to a 20-year-old man. Now 14, she is two months pregnant.
“The wedding day, I was imagining it would be a great day but it wasn’t. It was all misery. It was full of sadness,” Save the Children quoted her as saying.
“I feel really blessed that I am having a baby. But I am a child raising a child.”
The report says girls also suffer during humanitarian crises such as the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone where the shutting down of schools led to an estimated 14,000 teen pregnancies.
The UN children’s agency, Unicef, estimates that the number of women married in childhood will grow from 700 million today to around 950 million by 2030.
The Save the Children’s report coincides with International Day of the Girl on Tuesday.

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Why we killed LTV presenter – Robbery suspect
Oke’s defection tears AD apart
Philips, WHF partner against cardiovascular disease in Nigeria
Militancy: Give Buhari opportunity to develop Niger-Delta – Omo-Agege
Killing of cop by cultists: Police go wild in Rivers
Delta Governor Okowa Slumps Over From Alleged Illness
Nigeria’s revenues fall far short in H1 2016, owes $6bn to oil JVs
OPEC under pressure to restore stability to oil market
Recession: Nigeria heading on road to recovery through agric – Ogbeh
Nigeria’s secret police, SSS, releases detained judges
Judges Boycott Courts In Abuja To Protest Arrest Of Colleagues
President Buhari Off To Germany On Wednesday
NTNU offers 50 per cent discount to deported Nigerian students from Turkey
UK Urges Nigeria to Expunge Death Penalty Law
Sultan Raises the Alarm Over IDPs, Scolds Igbo Leaders
Boko Haram: Navy Commences Deployment of Troops to Lake Chad Naval Post
Don’t Go to Hostile Environment for Study, FG Tells Nigerian Students
EFCC arrests former Abia governorship aspirant, Uche Ogah over allegation of forgery
Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu Sues for Contempt Proceedings against AGF, DSS
Baba-Ahmed advises Buhari to overhaul economic team, move fast to end recession
Economic growth’s impossible without focus on made in Nigeria – Buhari
Efcc Arraigns Illegal Polytechnic Operator In Ado-Ekiti
Now best opportunity to turn Nigeria around, says Osinbajo
Arrest of Judges: Federal High Court Abuja Grounded
Fashola Launches 50,000 Pre-paid Meters in Sokoto
I don’t want to go to prison eighth time – Suspect
Man, 75, arraigned for raping five-year-old in Ebonyi
Jigawa solar power plant to generate 80MW
Olisa Metuh tore unsigned statement during interrogation, witness tells court
GE confirms interest in $2b Nigeria railway concession
Lagos HOMS: Ambode Restructures Payment Plan to Fight Recession
African Bar condemns arrest, invasion of judges’ homes
How to build a stronger economy in Nigeria – Buhari
Federal High Court judges shun courts to protest arrest of colleagues
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Arguing that “we can’t just release them into society,” a governor in Nigeria is operating a detention center for former wives and children of Boko Haram commanders.

In the war with Boko Haram, a radical Islamist group that has terrorized Nigeria for years, anyone who has lived among the militants — including children who have been kidnapped and held captive — is often demonized as a sympathizer and considered dangerous.

Beyond the tall, concrete walls of a fortified compound, the authorities are holding a special group of detainees: the wives and children of Boko Haram commanders.

Guards stand ready at the gate. Curls of razor wire line the walls. Civilian militia members with AK-47s hanging from their shoulders meander about.

The 56 women and children held inside have been there for months, after being swept up by the Nigerian military during raids on Boko Haram strongholds. The state governor, who is operating the detention center, considers them all Boko Haram supporters.

“We can’t just release them into society,” Gov. Kashim Shettima said of the women and girls in the compound. “There’s been so much brainwashing.”

Shettima, whose Borno state is the center of the war with Boko Haram, called the compound a safe house, not a jail. All of the security not only keeps the outside world safe from the prisoners, but also protects the women inside from angry residents who hate Boko Haram, he argued.

In the war with Boko Haram, a radical Islamist group that has terrorized Nigeria for years, anyone who has lived among the militants — including children who have been kidnapped and held captive — is often demonized as a sympathizer and considered dangerous.

After all, Boko Haram has used children as young as 8, mothers and grandmothers as suicide bombers in attacks that have killed hundreds of people. So the women and children in Shettima’s custody have attracted particular suspicion, even though some of them say they were forced to marry Boko Haram members, including one girl who was only 9 when a fighter took her for his wife.

“They would kill people or hurt people,” said one of the detainees, the wife of a Boko Haram commander, speaking on the condition of anonymity because she feared reprisals. “They’re very bad.”

The local government here in Maiduguri, the city where Boko Haram was born, is hardly the only authority keeping families in custody. To rid the region of Boko Haram, the Nigerian military has detained countless men, women and children for weeks at a time.

Often, families have been held captive by Boko Haram, only to be “liberated” and placed in detention by the Nigerian military. Others were merely fleeing their villages, afraid that Boko Haram was closing in, when Nigerian soldiers grabbed them. Innocent people, even infants, have been held for long periods while the military screens detainees for Boko Haram sympathizers.

The women and children in this detention center are part of a program to convince them that another way of thinking exists outside of the violence and horror of the group, Shettima contends.

Boko Haram has set fire to villages, beheaded men and women, kidnapped schoolchildren and forced more than 2.5 million people in four countries to flee their homes. The war has left 65,000 people, most of them here in Borno state, to live in faminelike conditions, according to UNICEF.

At the walled compound, imams visit to teach the detainees moderate Islam, countering the radical preaching of Boko Haram fighters. Representatives from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and several local and international aid groups offer health screenings, give vaccinations and carry out blood and pregnancy tests. A psychologist offers counseling.

News of the compound has spread through the numerous camps across Maiduguri, where people from the threatened countryside have fled. At the camps, residents complain that food is sometimes scarce and sanitation is lacking. Their tents and cardboard homes do not stand up to the elements. Some are bitter that women who support Boko Haram get better treatment, aid workers said.

Understanding the women’s true leanings toward Boko Haram is a complicated endeavor. Researchers who have spent considerable time at the compound talking to and observing the women said several expressed support for the militants.

“While some did seem to be committed Boko Haram members, others were not, and they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Adam Higazi, a researcher at Modibbo Adama University of Technology in Yola. “But it’s quite hard to actually evaluate the level of a young girl or young woman’s commitment to the ideology.”

Boko Haram has become notorious for its forced marriages of young girls and women, who are raped and sometimes give birth to fighters’ children. In many cases, their so-called wives come from extreme poverty with little hope for a future even in times of peace.

Boko Haram offered them food. Some of the women even fetched a higher dowry from Boko Haram fighters than they would have had they married men in their home villages.

“These women often joined up with Boko Haram to make the best of their circumstances,” said Hilary Matfess, a research associate with the Institute for Defense Analyses, who visited the compound this summer. “It’s tough to tease out agency and consent.”

At the compound, the wife of the Boko Haram commander has emerged as a leader among women because she was married off to the highest-ranking militant.

Repeatedly throughout the three years that Boko Haram controlled her village, she was asked by the commander to marry him. Time and again, she said no. But she was tired of eating only rice and being holed up in her tiny house. The commander lured her with dates and other fruit, and the chance to wander in the area seized by Boko Haram. He offered her a cash dowry that was three times above market rate, she said.

Finally, she gave in, becoming his fourth wife. She cooked and washed clothes for the fighters, and her husband showed her how to use a gun. But she said her support for the group was a matter of circumstance, not ideology.

“I figured forgive and forget, and was just staying with Boko Haram,” she said.

When the Nigerian military invaded, soldiers burned her house. She lost everything, including her dowry.

Shettima said the woman was an important part of the de-radicalization process. As a high-ranking commander’s wife, she is looked up to by the others in the camp. He hopes they will follow her lead in denouncing Boko Haram.

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