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Bill Gates tests positive for COVID, says he’s fortunate to be vaccinated

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Bill Gates, billionaire businessman and co-founder of Microsoft, says he tested positive for COVID-19.

Gates announced this on Tuesday in a post on Twitter, adding that he is experiencing mild symptoms.

“I’ve tested positive for COVID. I’m experiencing mild symptoms and am following the experts’ advice by isolating until I’m healthy again,” he wrote.

“I’m fortunate to be vaccinated and boosted and have access to testing and great medical care.

“The Gates Foundation is coming together today for the first time in two years, and I am lucky to be on Teams to see everyone and thank them for their hard work.

“We will continue working with partners and do all we can to ensure none of us have to deal with a pandemic again.”

Gates has been a vocal advocate for measures to curb the pandemic, especially on access to vaccines and medication for poorer countries.

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NDLEA reacts to trending video of officers in a minibus

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, wishes to disclaim a trending video of some persons wearing red jackets similar to the ones used by officers and men of the Agency for operational purposes, operating in a minibus.


The Agency has so far established, following series of public enquiries, that the video with screenshot pictures attached to this statement is a skit and not a video of officers of the Agency on duty.

The skit maker has also been confirmed to be one Mathew C Eze who lives in the Lekki area of Lagos.


The confusion this video has created in the minds of members of the public underscores the need for some social media content producers to show restraint, responsibility and decorum in how they misuse paraphernalia of law enforcement officers to avoid misconceptions and insinuations.


The Agency will however continue to monitor the activities of this particular skit maker with a view to establishing his motive as the latest is his second in the misuse of NDLEA’s official jackets.

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EFCC releases Patricia Etteh on bail

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released Patricia Etteh, former speaker of the house of representatives, from its custody.

The former speaker was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly receiving a suspicious payment of N130 million.

The money was allegedly paid to Etteh by an unnmaed contractor of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) who was awarded a solar-powered electrification project in Akwa Ibom state.

In a statement on Saturday, the anti graft agency said Etteh was released after fulfiling her bail conditions.

The commission said the former speaker is expected to report to its office “periodically to assist further investigations”.

“Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs Patricia Olubunmi Etteh, detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on suspicious and shady financial involvement with Phil Jin Projects Limited, has been released by the Commission,” the statement reads.

“She was released on Friday, May 20, 2022 upon fulfilling bail conditions offered her by investigators working on her matter.

“She is to report periodically to assist further investigations.”

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Buhari appoints Antonia Simbine as NISER DG — first woman to ever lead the institute

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Antonia Taiye Simbine as the director-general of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER).

Sufuyan Ojeifo, special assistant, media, minister of state, budget and national planning disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

The appointment will take effect from June 1, 2022.

Simbine is to take over Folarin Gbadebo-Smith whose tenure expires on May 31, 2022.

Following the appointment, she becomes the first woman to be appointed director-general of the nation’s apex research institute.

According to the statement, Simbine is a professor of political science and international relations and currently heads the knowledge management development department at NISER.

Prior to her appointment, she was a researcher at NISER in Oyo state.

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