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Africa’s oldest tortoise, ‘Alagba’ dies after brief illness

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Arguably, the oldest tortoise in Africa, popularly addressed as ‘Alagba’  (meaning ‘The Elderly one’) in the palace of the Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oyo state, Nigeria has died following  a brief illness at the age of 344.

The sacred tortoise, as reliably gathered  was sick for a few days before her demise, today Thursday, 3rd of October, 2019.

The tortoise, however became a popular breed upon ascension of the throne of the current Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajangungbade III.

The Private Secretary to Oba Oyewumi, Oluwatoyin Ajamu, who also confirmed the incident informed that the tortoise, which has attracted several tourists across the globe will be greatly missed not only by the palace household but everyone who came in contact with ALAGBA during her lifetime.

”Alagba had lived in the palace for centuries. The tortoise played host to many monarchs in Ogbomoso in the past.

”Alagba became popular because Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Soun of Ogbomosoland used his personal resources to cater for her well being.

“The tortoise had two staff members of the palace, dedicated to her. They provide food, health support and other logistics, so as to make sure she gets the best treatment.

“Often times, Kabiyesi shares great moments  with Alagba. On a daily basis, Alagba, had tourists visiting her from different part of the world.

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” The palace household, Ogbomoso community and stakeholders in the tourism sector are mourning Alagba’s passage”, Ajamu stressed.

The Palace secretary added that plans are underway to preserve Alagba’s body for historical records.

Alagba, though  believed to be older than everyone in Ogbomoso, but permutations about her  true age relies heavily on oral history. Her present age was arrived at by situating it with the period of the Soun (King) who reigned then.

Alagba was allegedly brought to the palace by Soun Ikumoyede Ajao, the third Soun of Ogbomoso, who is believed to have been born sometime in the late 16th century and who reigned in the 17th.

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Argentine football ‘lord’, Maradona is dead

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Argentine football legend, Diego Maradona has died of cardiac arrest at the age of 60.

Maradona’s spokesman confirmed the tragic story on Wednesday.

It will be recalled that the Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue. 

Tests at the La Plata clinic revealed a blood clot on the brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully. 

Maradona was subsequently released from hospital as an outpatient to continue his convalescence, which he carried out in his dwelling in a private neighbourhood near Tigre, northern Buenos Aires. 

Unfortunately, on Wednesday morning he suffered cardiac arrest, and paramedics at the scene failed to revive him. 

Details later…

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Senator trains Oyo North constituents in cosmetology

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Senator representing Oyo North Senatorial District, Abdulfatai Buhari in conjunction with the National Directorate Of Employment (NDE) has trained no fewer than three hundred  (300) selected constituents in Makeup and Cosmetology

The 3- day training programme facilitated by Sen. Buhari, as reliably gathered, is part of his strategic intention to create alternative means of employment generation for his constituents.

It is believed that the beneficiaries will make judicious use of the knowledge acquired, start up pack (Complete make up kit), and training allowance not minding the little way they are starting.

The training is expected to run through Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th  November 2020 and simultaneously  at three different venues and local governments which included, Ogbomoso Cooperative Building ( Isale Afon, Ogbomoso), Okeho Town Hall, Okeho in Kajola Local Government and Tede Town Hall,Tede in Atisbo Local Government in Oyo North Senatorial District.

No doubt, the professional practise of beautifying the face , hair and skin has brought many people to stardom within and outside the country.

Senator Buhari, in conjunction with the National Productivity Centre (NPC) and the National Directorate Of Employment (NDE) , had over the past weeks trained no fewer than eight hundred ( 800) constituents selected from across the thirteen (13) local governments of Oyo North Senatorial District in various field, ranging from ICT, soap making and disinfectants, tie and die, barbering and hairdressing.

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138 NYSC members test positive for COVID-19, NCDC reveals

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No fewer than than 138 members of the National Youth Service  Corps (NYSC) had so far tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and have been isolated, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed.

NCDC also revealed that 34,685 people have been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) across all the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps in the country.

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known on Monday at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Dr. Ihekweazu added that those whose samples were collected included corps members and NYSC officials in various camps.

“We tested over the last few weeks a total, so far, of 34,785 people of which we found a total of 138 positive only.

“So, we have a total prevalence of 0.4 per cent; in fact, about one in 200 new people coming into the camps turned out to be positive.

“None of them were allowed into the camp; all of them were excluded and either managed at home or the treatment centre depending on if they had symptoms and what state they were in,” the NCDC boss added.

He also spoke about the progress made so far in the area of vaccination against the disease, noting that four vaccines had already been announced.

Dr Ihekweazu stated that while these have brought excitement, there were lots to consider to guide decisions on which to go for when they became available.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who also briefed reporters, gave an update on COVID-19 infections, treatment, and fatalities.

He was that Nigeria was by no means out of the woods yet and urged the people to present themselves for testing.

Dr Ehanire said the PTF would continue to keep vigilance as COVID-19 cases surge in other parts of the world.

He gave an assurance that the ministry was taking measures to ensure that vaccine security was sure once they were available for the public.

The minister also disclosed that it has been confirmed that the strange deaths in Delta and some other states were as a result of yellow fever.

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