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'South Africa won't be easy' - Nigeria's Francis Uzoho

Nigeria v. Argentina - Uzoho Getty The Super Eagles are now in pole position in Group E after they secured a hard-fought victory over Libya in Sfax

After passing Libya’s test, Francis Uzoho has set his sights on Nigeria’s next African Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa; an encounter he said ‘won’t be easy’.

Striker Odion Ighalo put up another five-star performance to ensure the Super Eagles held off the north Africans' scare, winning 3-2 in Sfax, Tunisia.

Gernot Rohr’s men had won the first leg comfortably in Uyo, putting four unreplied goals past their hapless visitors - with the China-based striker grab bing his first hat-trick in the national team colours.

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However, on Tuesday, they had to deal with a much improved Libya side, with an 81st-minute winner from the Changchun Yatai marksman helping them to the summit of Group E.

And they face second-placed Bafana Bafana on November 16; one the Elche shot-stopper insists will not come easy.

“Personally, the match in Tunisia was more difficult than the one in Uyo,” said Uzoho after the game.

“The weather was different and it was a much smaller pitch than what we have in Uyo. And so we did not hav e enough space to run at the Libyan defence in Tunisia, and they were able to somehow contain us.

“The Eagles will take the game against South Africa very seriously because we have never underrated any team we have come up against.

“We know it won’t be an easy game.”

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Having kept the doubleheader against Libya, Uzoho, on Friday evening, returns to club football as Elche prepare to face Malaga in a Spanish Segunda tie.

Since his loan arrival from Deportivo La Coruna this summer, the young goalkeeper has yet to play in a league game, with his only appearance coming in the Copa Del Rey.

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Posted by On 10:31 AM

Codeine syrup addiction: Nigerian arrested after BBC expose

Africa Africa Codeine syrup addiction: Nigerian arrested after BBC expose

Chukwunonye Madubuike
Image caption Chukwunonye Madubuike had been on the run since he appeared in the BBC documentary in May

A former Nigerian pharmaceuticals executive who was implicated in a BBC investigation into the illegal sale of addictive opioids has be en arrested.

Chukwunonye Madubuike was detained west of Lagos, close to the border with Benin, police said.

He went on the run in May after he was filmed illegally selling codeine syrup to an undercover BBC reporter.

Police said he told them he thought he was selling to a genuine businessman and regretted not checking his ID.

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The BBC documentary exposed the extent of addiction to the codeine-based cough mixture among Nigeria's youth.

Codeine is a painkiller, which is highly addictive and if taken to excess can cause organ failure and trigger schizophrenia.

The Africa Eye film also exposed the black market practice of selling the medicine to people without a doctor's prescription or a pharmaceutical licence.

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Media captionBBC Africa investigation: Nigeria’s deadly codeine cough syrup epidemic

Chukwunonye Madubuike was a business development executive with Emzor pharmaceuticals, who sacked him after the film was aired.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police Imohimi Edgal said the arrest was made in the border town of Idiroko in Ogun State. He had been heading to Cotonou in Benin.

He said Emzor had reported Mr Madubuike in May on suspicion of having "knowingly supplied the controlled drugs to persons who were not supposed to have access to them contrary to" Nigerian law.

Mr Edgal went on to say Mr Madubuike, in his statement, said he was "was only trying to meet his sales target", acknowledged he should have carried out greater checks to verify the identity of the person he was dealing with and & quot;regretted selling controlled substances to unauthorised persons".

Since the documentary was aired, more than 2.4 million codeine syrup bottles have been recalled and a number of pharmacists and small-time dealers have been arrested. Hundreds of people turned up to public screenings of the documentary, and it has helped raise awareness of the problem in other African countries.

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  • Codeine is a pain killer but also an addictive opioid. Taken in excess, it can cause schizophrenia and organ failure
  • Codeine syrup is commonly mixed with soft drinks and often consumed by students
  • The codeine is imported, but the syrup is made in Nigeria by more than 20 pharmaceutical companies
  • Nigeria's drug enforcement agency is fighting this epidemic. In a recent raid, it seized 24,000 bottles of codeine syrup from a single lorry in Katsina
  • Codeine syrup addiction is a problem across Africa, with reports of addiction in Kenya, Ghana, Niger, and Chad
  • In 2016, India banned multiple brands of codeine cough syrup following reports of addition

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Posted by On 7:47 AM

Nigeria: Killing of aid workers raises fears [The Morning Call]

Nigeria: Killing of aid workers raises fears [The Morning Call]

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Hauwa Liman and Saifura Ahmed Khorsa were aid workers in Nigeria who met their death after they were recently executed by the Boko Haram Islamist militants. They had been abducted in March this year along with another aid worker in Nigeria’s north eastern town of Rann.

Hauwa Liman and Saifura Khorsa were Muslim midwives who worked at a government health care center supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Khorsa was shot dead in September and a month later her colleague, Liman, was also murdered.

The militants had given the Nigerian government an ultimatum to meet their demands, though it’s not clear what their demands were. But according to the group, the government ignored them.

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