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I will never join APC – Governor Obiano

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The governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano who made history by wining 21/ 21 local governments in the just concluded Anambra gubernatorial election has on Friday told newsmen that he would never dump All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, for All Progressives Congress, APC.

Chinese doctor tries head transplant

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The world’s first human head transplant has been carried out on a corpse, it was claimed yesterday.

During an 18-hour operation, doctors in China showed that it is possible to reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels to a severed head.

Professor Sergio Canavero
Controversial Italian neurosurgeon Professor Sergio Canavero, who announced the breakthrough, said an operation on a living human was now ‘imminent’. The next stage is a ‘full head swap’ between brain-dead organ donors – which British scientists said would be extremely difficult and ‘nothing short of criminal’.

The Chinese head transplant was performed on two human corpses by a team led by Dr Xiaoping Ren, an orthopaedic surgeon from Harbin Medical University.

 Last year he decapitated two rhesus monkeys and connected the head of one to the other’s body. The date for the first live human head transplant is due to be announced in the next few days by the Chinese team, who will also release an academic paper on their operation on corpses.

Their aim is to use the procedure to help people with long-term medical conditions. The first human head transplant is expected to be carried out on a Chinese volunteer with paralysis. Speaking at a press conference in Vienna, Professor Canavero said: ‘The first head transplant on human cadavers has been done. A full head swap between brain- dead organ donors is the next stage. And this is the final step for the formal head transplant for a medical condition.’

The professor, who wants head transplants to help people live beyond 120, added: ‘For too long, nature has dictated her rules to us. We are born, we grow, we age and we die. For millions of years humans have evolved and 110billion humans have died in the process. That’s genocide on an unprecedented level.’ Professor Canavero was described as a modern- day Frankenstein in 2015 when he said he would be ready to transplant a human head within two years.

British experts were unimpressed by yesterday’s announcement. Dr James Fildes, NHS principal research scientist at the transplant centre of the University Hospital of South Manchester, said: ‘To surgically attach a dead head on to a dead body warrants no publicity and is not a head transplant. ‘His next goal, to transplant the head from a brain-dead donor on to the body of a brain-dead donor, again will not be a head transplant.

‘Unless Canavero or Ren provide real evidence that they can perform a head, or more appropriately, a whole-body transplant on a large animal that recovers sufficient function to improve quality of life, this entire project is morally wrong.’ Jan Schnupp, professor of neuroscience at the University of Oxford, said: ‘Professor Canavero’s enthusiasm notwithstanding, I find it inconceivable that ethics committees in any reputable research or clinical institutions would give a green light to living human head transplants in the foreseeable future. ‘Indeed, attempting such a thing given the current state of the art would be nothing short of criminal.’

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa takes power

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Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has addressed a packed stadium, vowing to serve all citizens.

Anyim still in EFCC custody

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was still holding on to a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Anyim Pius Anyim , as at press time yesterday.

Our pains, by brother of ex-PDP chairman’s son allegedly killed by wife

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Family and friends of Bilyamin Bello, who was killed by his wife, Maryam, held a vigil in his memory during the week in Abuja. There, they called for justice claiming that a murder was committed and the culprit should be made to face the full wrath of the law without reservation.

Nigerian Army to set up new base in Kano deadly forest

Posted on Friday, 24 November 2017 No comments
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Friday, said a Forward Operation Base (FOB) would be set up in the once dreaded Falgore forest in Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State to address security challenges in the area.

Death toll in Egypt mosque attack rises to 235

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The death toll in a bomb attack on a packed mosque in Egypt’s restive North Sinai province has risen to 235.

You’ve made greatest mistake by dumping APC, el-Rufai tells Atiku

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Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufa’i on Friday criticised the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar for dumping the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Atiku resigns from APC

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Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has resigned from the All Progressives Congress. Abubakar confirmed this in a statement he personally signed on Friday.

Maryam Sanda alleged husband killer freed

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Maryam Sanda, alleged killer of her husband, Bilyamin Bello, has been spared, for now, of being remanded in prison by the police.

President Buhari approves 30-member committee for new minimum wage

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a thirty-member tripartite National Minimum Wage committee in commencement of negotiations for a new wage for Nigerian workers.

MUGABE - 'I want to die in Zimbabwe'

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Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution, sources close to the negotiations said yesterday.

Arabic teacher in court for rape

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An Arabic teacher, Ashimiyu Shittu , yesterday appeared at an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan, Oyo State, for allegedly defiling his pupil.

222 assets recovered by Maina shared among govt officials, others - Malami claims

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Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami claimed yesterday that about 222 assets were recovered by the Presidential Task Force Team on Pension Reform.

EFCC denies sharing 222 recovered pension properties

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has denied allegations that 222 Pension Properties recovered from pension thieves had been shared under its watch.

FG to reintroduce toll gates in 38 points across Nigeria, says Fashola

Posted on Thursday, 23 November 2017 No comments

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday said the Federal Government has concluded arrangements to reintroduce toll gates in 38 points across the country.

Robinho Sentenced to 9-years in Prison for Sexual Assault

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A court in Milan has sentenced Brazil international Robinho to nine years in prison.

Police arrest 86-year-old woman for robbery

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Police in Philadelphia, U.S., have arrested an 86-year-old woman for an attempted robbery after she pointed a gun at a bank teller and demanded $400, police say.

NFVCB confiscates pirated materials worth N150m at Alaba Market

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The National Film and Video Censors Board ( NFVCB ) has seized pirated materials worth N150 million at Alaba International Market in Lagos and arrested five suspects.

UNILAG, UNN, OAU top law school results

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Students at the University of Lagos, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Obafemi Awolowo University, have emerged tops in the just-concluded Bar Finals Examination.

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