Entries in Kano State (2)


Update: Explosions Kill At Least 120 in Nigerian City 

ABC News Radio(KANO, Nigeria) -- At least 120 people were killed from explosions in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday.

Bombs exploded in several locations in the second-largest city including police stations and government offices.The government have confirmed seven deaths but witnesses and the Red Cross say hundreds are dead with a total so far of 120 though the number continues to climb.

Islamic militant sect, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks which involved at least two suicide bombers.

A television reporter with a private television station Channels TV was shot and killed by unknown gunmen outside the Kano State Government house where he had gone to interview people following the explosions. The station confirmed the death of 31-year-old Eneche Akogwua, a Kano correspondent.

The Kano State Government issued a 24-hour curfew following the attacks.

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Pfizer Pays Families of Children Who Died from Experimental Drug

Photo Courtesy - ABC News Radio(LAGOS) -- Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer paid compensation to four families in Nigeria whose children died due to a controversial meningitis drug trial.

According to BBC News the families received $175,000 each for the loss of their children in a 1996 meningitis drug trial which left 11 children dead and dozens disabled. Pfizer reached an out-of-court settlement with the families in 2009.

The state government of Kano, where the trials took place, fought the drug company which initially denied that the experimental meningitis drug called Trovan, caused the deaths and injuries. The company maintained that a severe meningitis epidemic in the region was to blame.

Pfizer set up a $35 million fund for victims as well as agreeing to sponsor health projects in Kano. A review process is being conducted to identify and compensate the remaining victims.

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