ONE: Last week Ahmad Salkida, a reporter who works with several newspapers in Maiduguri, wrote an expose on his personal experience reporting Boko Haram’s terrorists activities aided by the help of his network of sources within the group. A few days following Salkida’s report, Boko Haram attacked several media houses include, Premium Times newspaper and ThisDay newspaper offices in Abuja and Kaduna, apparently because of the unfair manner in which both the domestic and foreign press represent Boko Haram. Life and work as a journalist in Nigeria has never been easy, and now media houses are having to boost security measures.
TWO: The young woman who was slapped and assaulted by Bishop David Oyedepo in a video that went viral has slammed the wealthy religious leader with a N2 billion ($1.3 million) lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by Robert Igbinedion at the Ogun State High Court. The young woman’s identity has not been revealed and will be kept hidden to “protect her from Bishop Oyedepo’s fanatical followers” on the request of her lawyers.
THREE: The South African wine sector is looking to expand its activities into Nigeria, recently a seminar was hosted in Cape Town by the Wines of South Africa (WOSA) body on wine marketing opportunities in Nigeria. Apparently the volume of wine exported to Nigeria from South Africa between 2007 and 2011 showed a compound annual growth rate of 24.12 per cent.
FOUR: In Togo, 800 Nigerian citizens are serving jail terms for crimes ranging from possessing illegal travel documents, fraud and shady business transactions. A large number of the jailed Nigerians were actually abandoned by human traffickers on their way to Europe. The imprisonment of such a large number of Nigerians in the relatively small country that is Togo has raised concerns as to the number of Nigerian jailed in larger countries.
FIVE: The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has launched plans to develop a vaccine against HIV/AIDS, more than a decade after earlier plans were stalled in 2001. These plans were revealed during the National HIV Vaccine Plan Development Workshop in Abuja. Unlike the first plans which were hampered by poor implementation and planning, this time around the group aims to be realistic.
SIX: Doctors working for the Lagos State Government went on a strike last week after a three-day warning strike to demand for a full payment of Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS). The strike has been described as ridiculous, unnecessary and malicious by the state government.
SEVEN: The Nigerian Air Force’s first female military pilot is Flying Officer Blessing Liman from Kaduna State.
NINE: An investment of $15-$20 billion is needed over the next three years for Nigeria to buy and develop electricity assests.
TEN: On the issue of bone marrow stem cell transplants in Nigeria.