EFCC arrests six Yahoo boys

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested six suspected internet fraudsters, also known as ‘yahoo yahoo boys’ in one of their hideouts at Kubwa area, Abuja.

The suspects are: Ihoeghian Aghasomwan, Precious Osarumen, Enabulele Osazee Frank, Osahon Scott, Efe Ehieorobo and Peter James.

The operation, which was carried out on May 11, 2018 by the Advance Fee Fraud Section, AFF, of the Commission through a sting operation, followed an intelligence report on the activities of the fraudsters.

Surveillance was carried out and the identity and location of the fraudsters, who specialize in defrauding innocent citizens both within and outside the country through internet, was identified.

On arrest, some of items recovered from the suspects include – one Toyota Camry 2009, 10 laptop computers, 4 ECOWAS International passports, 17 mobile phones, 2 flash drive, HP printer and Certificate of Award of Asian Professional Security Association in favour of Sun Yaje.

Also recovered was a traveling bag and air piece check-in bag suggesting Abuja as its destination dated March 19, 2018 labeled with two paper clearance certificate of Custom Controlling Department, International Affairs China, No: 00548 and TDK courier service worldwide express service shipment details with track No: ME103178131.

All the hardware and digital devices recovered from the suspects would be subjected to forensic examination.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

Fayemi declares interest in Ekiti guber race

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has declared his intention to contest in the forthcoming governorship race in Ekiti State.
Fayemi, a former governor of the state between 2010 and 2014, made the declaration while speaking with journalists at his Isan-Ekiti country home on Sunday.
So far, he is the 36th aspirant eyeing the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the state’s governorship election scheduled for July 14, 2018.
While reacting to his indictment by a judicial panel of inquiry raised by the State governor Ayodele Fayose, to try him and other former officials of the state for alleged misappropriation of funds during his reign, Fayemi said he could not be stopped by the decision of the panel, adding that only his party would determine his eligibility at the appropriate time.
He said the APC was ready to deploy all necessary logistics to be victorious at the poll.
The former governor said his defeat as an incumbent in 2014 has taught him a great lesson, saying the experience and his role during the last Ondo State governorship election would come handy in prosecuting the current assignment.
He said he deliberately waited patiently before declaring his intention to avoid breaching the Electoral Act and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) laid down rules, adding that he would formally notify his party about his intention at the state secretariat by April 14.

Nigeria Society of Physiotherapists to sanction erring members

The Nigeria Society of Physiotherapists has condemned in strongest terms, what it described as “a disturbing video” currently circulated on social media platforms and published by some traditional media in Nigeria depicting a barbaric treatment of an innocent child with disability by an alleged member of the society.
In a statement issued in Abuja and jointly signed by the National President, Dr. Rufai Yusuf Ahmad and National Secretary Dr. Felix Odusanya, the society expressed shocked and outrage and categorically denounced what is seen in that video.
It described the content as “callous and unprofessional and does not in any way relate to Physiotherapy practice, its skills and all its known techniques”.
To unravel the matter, the NSP has set up appropriate machinery to reach out to the victim and her parents to ascertain the current health state of the victim.
The Societies’ ethics Committee has also been directed to urgently and thoroughly investigate what happened while liaising with the Medical Rehabilitation Therapists Board (MRTB) on the matter.
Once the findings following laid down procedures indict the practitioner, the Society said she would be made to face the disciplinary Committee of NSP and be punished according to the prescribed sanctions as provided in NSP constitution.
The National President and Secretary assured the general public that what is seen in that video is in no way related to Physiotherapy procedures and practice anywhere in the world.
“The NSP sympathise with the family of the victim for this traumatic experience and offers to have a qualified Physiotherapist help the family with appropriate treatment of the child,” the statement stated.
Physiotherapy professional practice has been in Nigeria for over 70 years and the Society was formed 58 years ago and has over the years practiced under strict ethical and professional standards.
In view of the recent ugly incident, the NSP executive advised the public to be mindful of quacks and to continue to exhibit highest standards of ethics and professionalism in dealing with their clients.
Furthermore, the statement assured Nigerians that at all times the NSP would protect the nation from quacks and ethical misconducts, and would not hesitate to punish any erring practitioner or quack found culpable in practice.
“NSP will also protect the nation from quacks and ensure the provision of Physiotherapy services according to the Constitution of the Society and laws of the Nigeria,” the statement added.

African Innovation Foundation finalists announced

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has announced the top 10 nominees who will be contending for the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa. The winners will be announced in Accra, Ghana on 18th July 2017 and will see innovators from nine African countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe battle it out for the prestigious Prize.
This year’s innovators have demonstrated incredible proficiency through innovative solutions addressing challenges in agriculture value chain, health care, energy, communications, service industries as well as surveillance using drone technology.
This year’s cream of the crop underwent a rigorous selection process by a renowned panel of judges including corporates, academia, technology and scientific experts representing top African innovation influencers.
The inspiring stories of these nominees remind us that innovation and African-led solutions are indeed the answer to Africa’s growth and prosperity.” said Walter Fust, AIF Chairman of the Board.
The Awards, now celebrating its sixth year under the theme “African Innovation: Investing in Prosperity”, IPA offers contenders a shot at a grand share-prize of US$185 000 and incentives to spur growth and prosperity in Africa through home-grown solutions.
IPA has seen tremendous growth in applications and increasing interest from both innovators and innovation enablers over the years. To date, IPA has attracted more than 7 500 innovators from 52 African countries, making it a truly Pan African initiative. IPA 2017 edition witnessed a record number of entries from over 2 530 innovators across 48 African countries. The Foundation has supported past winners and nominees with approximately US$ 1 million to move their innovations forward. Due to exposure generated by IPA, past winners have gone on to secure over US$30 million in investments to grow and scale their businesses.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to work with our partners to ensure the innovations of the 10 nominees will be available to African markets and beyond. We invite you to join us and unlock the potential of African innovators, starting by investing in these 10 nominees.” said Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl, IPA Director.
AIF will host the IPA 2017 awards ceremony and its second Innovation Ecosystems Connector on 17 and 18 July in Accra, Ghana. The event will focus on how innovation enablers and businesses can leverage funding streams, investments and resources that are critical to unlock potential of African innovators. Participants at the IPA Awards will get an opportunity to attend the official opening of IPA 2017, experience the innovation marketplace, join high-level roundtable discussions, Zua Hub meet-ups, and networking activities, ending with a celebration of African ingenuity when the IPA 2017 winners will be announced.
The 10 nominees:
Peris Bosire, Kenya: FarmDrive
FarmDrive is a financial technology company that has developed a mobile phone based application that collects data and provides an alternative risk assessment model for small holder farmers.
Nokwethu Khojane, South Africa: Lakheni, Turning Social Capital into Buying Power
Lakheni is a social and business model innovation which seeks to aggregate low-income households into buying-groups in order to negotiate favourable discounts for goods and services supplied to these households.
Omolabake Adenle, Nigeria: Voice Recognition and Speech Synthesis Software for African Languages
This is a software solution that can understand and digitize spoken African languages, and synthesize speech from African languages presented as digitized text.
Nzola Swasisa, Democratic Republic of Congo: Lokole
Lokole, is a device that enables access to efficient email communication anywhere with cellular coverage at a price that is one hundred to one thousand times cheaper than accessing email via regular cellular bandwidth costs.
Badr Idriss, Morocco: Atlan Space
Atlan Space develops software technology that is then deployed to manage the operations of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones.
Aly El-Shafei, Egypt: Smart Electro-Mechanical Actuator Journal Integrated Bearing “SEMAJIB”
The patented innovation (SEMAJIB) presented by Dr. El-Shafei, is a smart bearing which is versatile and can change its characteristics as it operates.
Dougbeh-Chris Nyan, Liberia: New Technology for Rapid Detection of Many Infections Using Only One Test
This is a rapid diagnostic test that can detect and simultaneously differentiate at least three to seven infections at the same time within 10 to 40 minutes.
Olanisun Olufemi Adewole, Nigeria: Sweat TB Test, A non-invasive rapid skin test to detect Tuberculosis Sweat TB Test, is a non-invasive rapid diagnostic test to detect tuberculosis (TB). TB is second only to HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death in Africa.
Gift Gana, Zimbabwe: Dr. CADx Dr CADx is a software solution that helps doctors and health care workers diagnose medical images more accurately.
Philippa Ngaju Makobore, Uganda: Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF) The Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF) is medical device designed to accurately administer intravenous (IV) fluids and drugs by controlling the rate of fluid flow based on feedback from a drop sensor.

Watch!!! That high blood sugar may get you demented

A group of researchers in the United States have discovered how high blood glucose could lead to dementia even if the affected person never had diabetes.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, analyzed 2,067 participants without dementia aged 65 and over, from a study called Adult Changes in Thought (ACT).
In order to examine the relationship between glucose levels and the risk of dementia, researchers from the University of Washington involved in a Group Health study analyzed average measurements of glycated hemoglobin levels and glucose levels over a period of 6.8 years.
The team compiled specific data from the participants using a Cox regression model – a predictive model that uses time-dependent factors.
Results of the study revealed that in the participants with diabetes, the risk of dementia was 40% higher for those with an average glucose level of 190 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl), compared with participants who had an average glucose level of 160 mg/dl.
However, the results also showed that in the participants without diabetes, the risk of dementia was 18% higher for those with an average glucose level of 115 mg/dl versus those with an average of 100 mg/dl.
Dr. Paul Crane, an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, says:
“The most interesting finding was that every incrementally higher glucose level was associated with a higher risk of dementia in people who did not have diabetes.
There was no threshold value for lower glucose values where risk leveled off.”
The researchers note the strength of this research lies in it being based on the ACT study, which is a long-term cohort study analyzing people throughout their lives.
Eric Larson, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute, adds:
“We combine information from people’s research visits every other year with data from their visits to Group Health providers whenever they receive care. And this gave us an average of 17 blood sugar measurements per person: very rich data.”
The researchers say that including both glucose levels and glycated hemoglobin in the measurements was key. They add that blood sugar levels rise and fall throughout the day, but glycated hemoglobin does not vary as much over short periods.
However, the researchers add that these results do not necessarily mean that people should eat foods with a lower “glycemic index,” but exercise may help.
“Your body turns your food into glucose, so your blood sugar levels depend not only on what you eat but also on your individual metabolism: how your body handles your food,” says Dr. Crane.
In conclusion, the researchers say that although the results show that higher glucose levels are linked to higher dementia risk, there is no data to suggest people who make changes to lower their glucose levels will reduce the risk of dementia.

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