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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Nigerian Military Ranked 4th Most Powerful Force In Africa

Nigerian Military Ranked 4th Most Powerful Force In Africa

The Nigerian Armed Forces have been rated as the fourth most powerful military in the African continent for the year 2019.
Nigerian Military Ranked 4th Most Powerful Force In Africa

According to a new list of military rankings released by Globalfirepower, the Nigerian military rated 0.7007 on its Power Index score to be positioned behind Egypt, Algeria and South Africa, Africa's top three militaries.

Based on the Power Index score, Nigeria is also ranked as the 44th most powerful military in the world.

It was discovered that the country's military was similarly ranked last year and maintained its position in the new listing.
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Egypt is the highest ranked African country with 12th most powerful military in the world. The Egyptian Armed Forces had a Power Index score of 0.2283.

The second most powerful military in Africa and the 27th in the world belongs to Algeria which had a Power Index of 0.4551.

South Africa's Armed Forces sit in the third position in Africa with a rating of 32nd most powerful in the world. They had a Power Index score of 0.5405.

After Nigeria, being 4th, the fifth most powerful military in Africa belongs to the Ethiopia which ranked 47th in the world with a Power Index score of 7361.

Angola's military is sixth most powerful in Africa and 58th in the world with its Power Index score of 0.8154.

The Kingdom of Morocco's armed forces wraps up the top 7 most powerful military in Africa with a 61st ranking in the world following a Power Index score of 0.8244.

According to Globalfirepower, a defense website, the ranking is achieved by processing the individual and collective values of each nation on the list through an in-house formula to generate the Power Index score. Some of the values, the website says, maye be estimated if original data is unavailable.

These values include military manpower, air power, land strength, naval power, resources, logistics, financials and geography among others.

The 2019 ranking comes at a crucial time for the Nigeria Armed Forces which have been stretched thin fighting decimated insurgent forces in the northeastern part of the country and rampaging bandits across huge parts of the north.
Giving additional support to the police to combat incessant kidnappings in both the north and southern parts of the country has also become the daily duty of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

(Legit)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

WHO Identifies ‘more Effective’ Ebola Treatment Drugs

WHO Identifies ‘more Effective’ Ebola Treatment Drugs

WHO Identifies ‘more Effective’ Ebola Treatment Drugs
Two of four Ebola treatment drugs have been determined “more effective” than the others and will be the only ones used on patients going forward, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced.

WHO announced in a statement that two of the four Ebola treatment drugs were determined more effective in treating patients than others in a trial which began as part of the emergency response in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Nov. 20, 2018.

The trial was called the Pamoja Tulinde Maisha study.

ZMapp, remdesivir, mAb114 and REGN-EB3 were the four drugs used in the trials. During trials, REGN-EB3 and mAb114 were determined to be more effective in treating Ebola than the other two, and will be the only two used going forward, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced in a statement.

As part of an emergency response team in the Congo, the “Together Save Lives” trial was done with a collaboration of organisations, including the Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research, the Ministry of Health, the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Alliance for International Medical Action and other organizations.

FreshReporters News understood that the final analysis of data will be completed in late September or early October of this year, the NIAID said the effectiveness of REGN-EB3 and mAb114 was “compelling enough to recommend and implement” the changes immediately.

The other two treatments, ZMapp and remdesivir, will no longer be used.

Some 681 patients were enrolled in the trial as of August 9, 2019, with a total aim of 725 patients, the NIAID said.

According to the CDC, Ebola is a virus that is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of someone infected with the virus or who has died from it, or through blood, body fluids or tissues of infected fruit bats or primates.

Symptoms, including fever, muscle pain, fatigue, vomiting, severe headache, weakness, diarrhea, abdominal pain or unexplained hemorrhaging, occur within two to 21 days of coming in contact with the virus.

Currently, there is no approved vaccine or treatment for the virus, so prevention is crucial, the CDC states.

Trials like “Together Save Lives” have been introduced in areas like the Congo during outbreaks to test what treatments may be most effective for infected patients.

Just under a month ago, the Ebola outbreak in Congo was declared a global health emergency.

As at Aug. 6, there have been 2,781 reported cases of Ebola in the country, according to the WHO.

There have been 1,866 reported deaths as a result of the virus – NAN reports

Monday, August 12, 2019

Buhari, Condé Donate Money, Cows, Rice To Corpers Serving In Katsina

Buhari, Condé Donate Money, Cows, Rice To Corpers Serving In Katsina

Buhari, Condé donate money, cows, rice to corpers serving in Katsina
As part of his activities during the Eid-el-Kabir, President Muhammadu Buhari and his visiting Guinean counterpart, Alpha Condé, donated cash, cows and bags of rice to youth corps members posted to Katsina State for their one-year National Youth Service.

The youth corps members had visited the President at his country home, Daura, on Sunday, where he is spending the Sallah holiday with Condé.

FreshReporters News understood that President Buhari donated two cows and 10 bags of rice to the corps members, in addition to cash, his Guinean guest complemented his gesture with two cows.

The President also used the occasion to challenge the corps members to live up to the expectations of the founding fathers by utilising their education and privilege of visiting different parts of the country to unite Nigerians.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman, quoted President Buhari in a statement in Abuja as saying that, “The primary focus of the NYSC is to expose graduates to the beauty and diversity of the country, so that they can return to their states to share their experiences.”

He urged them to always emphasise the common values of peaceful co-existence, kindness and hospitality that cut across all cultures and religions in Nigeria.

“From Lagos, Port Harcourt and other parts of the country, you are at the end of the country.

“This posting will make you know this place, Daura, and you can disabuse the minds of those who are not educated about the other side of the country.

“It is only the NYSC that is merging us together and, of course, the police and soldiers,” he said.

The President noted that in every meeting with former Head of State, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who initiated the programme in 1973 to promote unity and understanding among Nigerians, he always remembered to appreciate the ingenuity of the programme and the need for its continuity.

In his remarks, President Conde of Guinea, who celebrated the Muslim festival with Buhari, said that the diversity of Nigeria remains its greatest strength, urging the youth corps members to always see themselves first as Nigerians, before identifying with their ethnic background.

“First, you are Nigerians before you are from any other part of the country.

“So promote the unity of the country regardless of your tribes,” he added.

The Chief Liaison Officer of NYSC in Daura, Aliyu Abdullahi, said it was a privilege to serve in the hometown of the President, and also meet with him and his Eid-el Kabir special guest, President Condé.

(NAN)
Army Denies Arresting Notorious Criminal, Bobrisky

Army Denies Arresting Notorious Criminal, Bobrisky

The Nigerian Army has denied reports that its soldiers have arrested a suspected notorious cult leader, popularly known as Bobrisky in Gokana local government area of Rivers State.
Army denies arresting notorious criminal, Bobrisky

Recall that the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike last Friday August 9th, announced that soldiers in the state have arrested the notorious criminal.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 6 Division, Colonel Aminu Illiyasu, has however denied the claims made by the governor. In an interview with The Leadership, Illiyasu said soldiers did not arrest Bobrisky or any other criminal in Gokana local government area.

We don’t know what they are talking about. If such thing has happened, I would have been the first to inform you. When we got Don Wanny, I sent you pictures and the statement as early as 4:00am in the morning, because I couldn’t get all of you to come and take pictures yourself.

“When we got Mene, I sent the statement and pictures to you even before you started calling me. But, the issue of Bobrisky, we don’t know anything about it. If the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army  was involved, I wouldn’t have waited for you to call before passing the information to you.”

The governor on Thursday August 8th, placed a N30 million bounty on Bobrisky. Hours later, he announced that the suspected criminal had been arrested by soldiers after his promise to reward anybody with information that could lead to his arrest.

The Army has captured Bobrisky of Gokana. I will pay the bounty that I promised to the Nigerian Army. Anyone  who  generates insecurity in Rivers State, I am ready to pay any amount to ensure the arrest of that person.” the governor said
(LIB blog)

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Harmful Effects Of Palm Wine On Breastfeeding

Harmful Effects Of Palm Wine On Breastfeeding

Harmful Effects Of Palm Wine On Breastfeeding

This week is the world breastfeeding week. It is celebrated every year around the world from 1st to 7th August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies. It promotes exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. This piece is put up to demystify the myths about the effects of palmwine on breastfeeding. I had gone to congratulate a woman and to see that the new born baby was doing fine. I met the new mum she was happy, on a lighter mood, baby was also happy as evidenced by the numerous spontaneous smiles from the baby. I asked for the husband, she was said to have gone out. I later met him at the reception and noticed he was worried.

The following ensues between the two of us:

Doctor: Congrats Sir, where have you been?

Man: Doctor, I’ve been out all day in search of palm wine for the new mum.

Doctor:  Palm wine! Palm what!

Man: The nurse requested I get the palm wine for the mum so that she can lactate.

Doctor: No Sir, you need to hold on, you don’t need to get it, and the mum doesn’t need palm wine either.

Man: But the nurse asked us to go and get it, anyway thank God, thank you
Harmful Effects Of Palm Wine On Breastfeeding
I later approached the nurse, who requested for the palm wine to be brought and given to the new mum. I asked her if she knew that palm wine contains alcohol on the average up to six per cent. I also asked her whether she knew that alcohol passes through breast milk and can affect the baby. She replied that it is a cultural practice, but agreed that it was not a medical proven treatment and that it was not ordered by the doctor.

Medical Explanation

Naturally, palm wine is a low alcoholic drink. Its alcoholic content is as little three per cent, but fermented palm wine has the potential to breed as high 12 per cent alcoholic content. When palm wine is taken by breastfeeding mum, it passes into the breast milk. It is on record that there is no known safe level of alcohol consumption while breastfeeding. Mums should avoid palm wine/alcohol intake in the first month after a baby is born until breastfeeding is well established because it impedes the milk flow as opposed to the cultural belief. It takes about two hours for the average woman to clear one standard glass of alcohol drink from her system, therefore four hours for two glasses, six hours for three glasses and so on.

Effect of palm wine/alcohol on breastfeeding mum

Using alcohol may make the mum fall into a deep sleep which can be dangerous to the baby. Mums who are going to drink alcohol are strongly advised not to have their baby sleep with them on the bed.  They are to always put babies in their cots. They may not wake for the baby’s next feed, or if the baby becomes distressed. They are to make ‘safety plans’ – have an adult take care of the baby. Palm wine is used by some mums as post natal beverage. This is dangerous to health; the levels of alcohol in breast milk remain close to those in the mother’s bloodstream. Levels will be at their highest between 30 and 60 minutes after drinking, or 90 minutes if drinking with a meal. It takes two hours for a unit of alcohol (a small glass of wine, or half a pint of beer) to leave a mother’s blood.

Effect of palm wine/ alcohol on breastfed babies

While large amounts of alcohol in breast milk can have a sedative effect on the babies, it is more likely to make the babies agitated and disrupt their sleep patterns. When a nursing mother takes it, it gets into the breast milk and the baby sleeps and unable to suck. Alcohol inhibits a mother’s let-down (the release of milk to the nipple). Studies have shown that babies take around 20 per cent less milk if there is alcohol present, so they’ll need to feed more often. Some infants have been known to go on ‘nursing strike’, probably because of the altered taste of alcohol in the milk.

In conclusion, drinking palm wine by breastfeeding mums is counterproductive because it is proven scientifically that palm wine does not make the breast flow. It reduces the flow contrary to perceived increase by traditions. The act of palm wine drinking by new mum is a myth, with no scientific basis or benefit. Most importantly, it is a harmful practice. Breast flow is, however, increased by staying hydrated, eating a well-balanced diet, putting baby to breast on demand, resting and having enough sleep.

Rotimi Adesanya; Child and Public Health Physician, roayad@yahoo.com, 08037202050

(Punch)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Bauchi Varsity Students Reportedly Killed As Bridge Collapses

Bauchi Varsity Students Reportedly Killed As Bridge Collapses

Some students of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi State have reportedly been killed following the collapse of a bridge in the University on Monday.
Bauchi Varsity Students Reportedly Killed As Bridge Collapses

The collapse of the bridge was as a result of a heavy downpour in the state which lasted for several hours.

The exact number of casualties was sketchy as of the time of filing this report as some sources within the school said two students were carried away by the flood while some said three and some even put the number at four with several others missing.

A source said, “I learnt that eight students have been killed, many others are missing. One corpse was found around the Nigerian Air force Base (over 5 kilometres away), many are still missing.”

According to another source within the institution said, “The bridge linking the classes with the hostels collapsed as a result of yesterday’s (Monday) torrential rain while students were returning to the hostels”.

Another student who pleaded anonymity said the incident happened between 11:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

BREAKING: Adeboye Calls For Prayers As Gunmen Kidnap Five RCCG Pastors

BREAKING: Adeboye Calls For Prayers As Gunmen Kidnap Five RCCG Pastors


As a father, how do you think I should feel to hear that five of my children have been kidnapped while on their way to attend the Ministers Conference?” ; Pastor Adeboye said!.
BREAKING: Adeboye Calls For Prayers As Gunmen Kidnap Five RCCG Pastors

Gunmen, on Thursday, abducted five pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), The Nation reports.

The news of the pastors’ abduction was announced on Friday by the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye during his message at the ongoing ministers’ conference holding at the Redemption Camp, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Adeboye, who said the pastors were on their way to attend the ministers’ conference, reportedly said they were abducted along Ijebu-Ode axis.

He urged members of the church to pray for their release.

“As a father, how do you think I should feel to hear that five of my children have been kidnapped while on their way to attend the Ministers Conference?” the reports quoted him as saying.
(SaharaReporters)

Monday, July 29, 2019

So bad!!! : 7 Feared Dead, 11 Injured In Horror Road Crash

So bad!!! : 7 Feared Dead, 11 Injured In Horror Road Crash

SAD NEWS! 7 Killed, 11 Injured In Horror Road Crash
No fewer than seven persons have lost their lives while eleven others were badly injured in a fatal accident involving two vehicles along Kano-Malam-Madori road in Jigawa State.

Police spokesperson SP Abdu Jinjiri confirmed the incident to DAILY POST in Dutse on Sunday.

He said that the incident occurred on Sunday about 1330 hours when a Peugeot 206 with the registration number; TRN 948 AE and a Golf 3 numbered FW 94 ANJ had a head-on collision near Kwalande village in Maigatari Local Government Area of Jigawa.

Jinjiri explained that Rabilu Ahmad, 35 years of Koki Quarters in Dala Local Government Area, Kano State, who was behind the wheels of the Peugeot was heading to Madori from Kano while the driver of Golf 3 Mohammed Aminami, 30 years was moving from Dapchi Local Government Area of Yobe State to Kano.

He said seven persons died on the spot while the two drivers and nine other occupants sustained various degrees of injuries.

Jinjiri said the police rushed the victims to Gumel General Hospital for examination and seven persons were confirmed dead by doctor and eleven were injured and currently receiving treatment.

An eyewitness, who spoke with DAILY POST, revealed that the incident happened when the driver of the Peugeot lost control and veered into other lane, causing a head-on collision with the Golf 3.

(Naijaloaded)

Friday, July 26, 2019

Nigerian Students Shuts MTN Office Over Killings Of Nigerians In S/Africa

Nigerian Students Shuts MTN Office Over Killings Of Nigerians In S/Africa

Freshreporters News gathered that the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Thursday closed the Kaduna office of South African Telecommunication giant, MTN, over xenophobic attacks and killings of 118 Nigerians in the last two years.
Nigerian Students Shuts MTN Office Over Killings Of Nigerians In S/Africa

NANS’ Director, Travels and Exchange, Mr Dominic Philip, explained in Kaduna that the step was necessary to curb further attacks, looting, destruction and mindless killings of African nationalities, particularly Nigerians in South Africa.

Philip recalled that Nigeria had contributed morally, financially, diplomatically and logistically to the agitations that eventually led to the emancipation of South Africans from white’s domination.

The NANS official also said that African countries led by Nigeria, helped in the institutionalisation of black majority rule in South Africa in 1994.

He equally said that Nigeria played a big brotherly role by opening economic opportunities for South African citizens to invest in the Nigerian market, the biggest market in Africa.

Philip, however, noted with dismay, that instead of reciprocating the gesture, South Africa had allowed Nigerians to suffer all forms of discrimination, including murders  and looting of their businesses.

According to him, NANS will no longer align with Nigerian Government diplomatic approach, which is cosmopolitan and reconciliatory on the issue.

“Available record has shown that the levels of attacks on Nigerians is on astronomical rise, with the recent killing of Nigerian by South Africans, on July 20 increasing the number to 118 in the last two years.

“Out of this number, 13 were reportedly killed by South African Police in an extra-Judicial manner.

“It appears that the South African government is incapable of bringing their citizens to order and stop the killings, leaving us with no option than to picket South African businesses in Nigeria until the killing is stopped.

“We, therefore, want the South African government to investigate and provide accurate number of Nigerians so far killed and prosecute perpetrators of xenophobic attacks to ensure justice for the victims.

“We equally want the government to generate data of all Nigerians, whose properties were bunt or looted for immediate compensation.”

Philip said that NANs equally demanded that all South African businesses in Nigeria be closed pending sufficient proof that Nigerians living anywhere in South Africa were safe and allowed to do their businesses freely.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Lagos Socialite Pretty Mike Storms Event On The Shoulders Of 6 Hefty Men (Photos)

Lagos Socialite Pretty Mike Storms Event On The Shoulders Of 6 Hefty Men (Photos)

Lagos socialite Pretty Mike storms event on the shoulders of 6 hefty men (photos)
Nigerian socialite and Lagos big boy, Pretty Mike, has once again managed to get Nigerians talking with his dramatic entrance into an event recently.

The Lagos big boy and businessman, who is known for being rather eccentric, sure knows how to redefine dramatic entrances with every single outing he goes for.

Currently trending on social media are various clips of the socialite being carried on a bed by 6 huge men into an event.
The men who covered their faces with white handkerchiefs, were bare-chested and had white shorts on, shoes with white socks and

See photos below:

This is not the first time he is attending an event in this manner.
Recall a while ago, he did the same thing but with dwarfs all dressed in similar outfits.

In the video shared online, Pretty Mike was seen proceeding into the wedding party hall with one of the dwarfs leading the way with a calabash that had some items burning in it which could easily pass for a typical sacrifice.

Prior to that, Pretty Mike who seems to enjoy controversy, stepped out to a wedding with two ladies on a leash. The ladies, who wore matching pink dresses and masks, didn't seem to mind being held by the chain around their necks, as they moved in front of their 'owner'.
(Legit.ng)

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Cassava: Association Urges States To Prioritise Processing Plants

Cassava: Association Urges States To Prioritise Processing Plants

The Nigerian Cassava Growers Association (NCGA) has urged State governments to prioritise cassava production by providing processing plant and machines to boost national economy.

Mr Segun Adewumi, the National President of the association, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.

He said the availability of either the processing plant or machines would assist farmers to process cassava to its final production stage and ultimately help the country realise its inherent enormous potential.

Adewumi, who specifically noted that the nation had more than enough cassava farmlands, however, decried the absence of state of the art machines to process and derive other finished products from the commodity.

He said that such government’s assistance would eliminate post- harvest losses currently bedeviling farmers in the country.

According to him, cassava generates more income than oil if its potential are fully harnessed; the challenge is lack of government’s attention with regard to providing farmers with processing machines for improved and well packaged finished products.

He said some of the by-products or final products of cassava outside gari are starch, tapioca, ethanol, flour for different purposes among others.

NCGA’s president further identified cassava as the greatest industrial materials that provided companies with five major utility industrial products.

One of them is ethanol and ethanol can trigger industrial revolution because you can get more than 100 products from it,” he said.

Adewumi said that some of cassava products could be used by pharmaceutical companies and multi-national companies.

Nigeria is the highest producer of cassava; so we should be able to promote it to realise its full potential.

“So, if the government can create an enabling environment that will allow people to bring in and install machines that will mill our cassava into this products, our association will be able to contribute maximally to the economy.

“Government should pay attention to processing plant by collaborating with non-government organisations, financial institutions among others to ease and lessen the burden of farmers’ post-harvest losses,” he said.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Tailor Docked Over Alleged N1.48m Fraud

Tailor Docked Over Alleged N1.48m Fraud

Tailor docked over alleged N1.48m fraud
A 47-year-old tailor, Popoola Abolade, was on Friday brought before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for allegedly defrauding a company of N1.48 million.

Abolade, who resides in Ikeja area of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining by false pretenses, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Oriabure, told the court that the defendant committed the offences at 1p.m. on Jan. 19, at No. 33, Olorunlogbon St., Anthony Village, Lagos.

Oriabure said that the defendant was contracted by Slloyd Nigeria Ltd., to sew 222 uniforms worth over N1.6million for its workers.

He said however that the defendant delivered only 48 of the uniforms to the company and promised to deliver the remaining 174 uniforms, which he failed to do.

Oriabure told the court that instead of meeting his contractual obligations, the defendant locked up his shop and absconded with the balance of N1.48million.

My Lord, it was the company’s Human Resources consultant, Mr Olumide Oladipo that made the report at the station.

“Upon investigation, the defendant was arrested and he signed an undertaking to supply the remaining uniforms to the company or return the money within three weeks.

“My Lord, that was in May, up to date, he has refused to do either,” the prosecutor  said.

Oriabure said the offences contravened Section 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

Section 287 stipulates a three-year jail term for stealing, while Section 314 carries 15 years for obtaining by false pretences: the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports 

The Magistrate, Mrs S.O. Obasa, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Obasa ordered that the sureties must be above 40 years and reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

He added that the sureties should show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned till July 30, for mention.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Medical Outreach: NGO, African Doctors Offer Free Treatment To 700 Patients

Medical Outreach: NGO, African Doctors Offer Free Treatment To 700 Patients

No fewer than 700 patients with various illnesses in Dobi, a community in Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT, have benefited from a free medical treatment offered by Oral Health Advocacy Initiative (OHAI), an NGO, in collaboration with African Doctors for Africa.
Medical Outreach: NGO, African doctors offer free treatment to 700 patients

The Executive Director of OHAI, Dr Ver-or Ngutor, said on Thursday in Abuja that the medical outreach which took place on Wednesday was for women and children with focus on malaria control, oral health, Hepatitis B and C, nutrition, eyes screening and provision of lenses, tuberculosis and HIV/Aids.

Ngutor in a statement expressed excitement over the huge turnout of the people and commended the traditional institution in the area for mobilising its people to take advantage of the programme.

He pledged the commitment of OHAI and African Doctors for Africa to continue to work closely to ensure that that healthcare was available for as many as possible.

Aside the testing and treatment, the organisers donated 80 wrappers to women during the outreach.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs Ifeoma Anagbogu represented by Mr Joseph Dzungwe at the event, explained that the outreach had given credence to Nigeria’s signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

She also said it was a sign of elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW) as well as other statutes, conventions and treaties which enjoin states, parties to ensure the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health facilities for the prevention and treatment of illnesses.

Anagbogu noted that the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs placed premium on well-being and rights to quality health of women and girls and other vulnerable groups in the society, hence, the collaboration with non-governmental organisation and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and other initiatives to this end.

“Government alone cannot meet the health needs of our teaming population, hence, the need for the contribution of NGOs, CBOs, other stakeholders and partners who provide a variety of services and programmes for the health benefits of the populace,” the statement quoted Anagbogu as saying.

It also quoted Mrs Nma Ogbonna, Assistant Director/Head NGOs, who represented the Director of Health Planning and Statistics, Federal Ministry of Health, as saying that the activities championed by OHAI and African Doctors for Africa would in no small measure contribute to government’s efforts to improve health of the people.

Earlier, the traditional ruler of the community, Alhaji Ismaila Nda-Etsu Dobi, lauded the organisers for their commitment in providing medical care to his subjects.

He urged governments at all level to support NGOs such as OHAI that had shown capacity over the time in providing healthcare services particularly for the local communities.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Father Sexually Assaults Daughter Lands In Court

Father Sexually Assaults Daughter Lands In Court

Father sexually assaults daughter lands in court
A 60-year-old man, Mr Godwin Anukwa, who sexually assaulted his eight years old daughter, was on Thursday in Lagos granted N500,000 bail.

An Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s Court, which granted the defendant bail, directed him to provide two sureties as part of the conditions.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Yewande Aje-Afunwa, ordered that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Government.

Aje-Afunwa added that one of the sureties should be related to the defendant.

The defendant, whose address was not provided, is facing a charge of unlawful sexual assault.

He, however, pleaded not guilty.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, ASP Peter Nwangwu, told the court that the defendant committed the offence in March at Airport Estate, Isheri, Lagos.

Nwangwu said that the defendant sexually assaulted his daughter (name withheld) by inserting his finger into her private parts.

According to him, the defendant was arrested by the police after the case was reported.

He said the offence contravened Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Section prescribes a three-year jail term for any offender.

Friday, July 5, 2019

40 kidnap victims regain freedom in Zamfara

40 kidnap victims regain freedom in Zamfara

40 kidnap victims regain freedom in Zamfara
The Zamfara Police Command has secured the release of no fewer than 40 people being held in various hideouts by volunteer vigilante groups and bandits in the state.

Their rescue followed reconciliation and peace agreement processes jointly put in place by the Zamfara State Government and the Police Command in the State

The agreement led to the freeing of no fewer than 40 kidnap victims from their captors between Thursday and Friday in the state.

Freshreporters News understood that Gov. Bello Matawalle as part of the agreement, had extended an amnesty offer to bandits in the state to surrender their weapons and embrace peace.

The Police Command also followed the pledge by asking all repentant bandits who had innocent persons in their captivity to release them in furtherance of the peace treaty.

This led to the rescue of initial 25 persons of Fulani extraction comprising men, women and children who were initially held by volunteer vigilante groups.

The 25 victims had been released by their captors in Dansadau Emirate of Maru Local Government Area of the state where they were detained by vigilantes since April 9, this year.

Another 15 persons comprising 13 males and two females were rescued by the police from the hands of bandits operating in the bushes of Shinkafi Local Government Area of the state.

This was confirmed to journalists by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Mohammed Shehu.

He said, “Today being 5th of July 2019, the Commissioner of police Zamfara State Command, CP Usman Nagogo, has once again perfected the release of fifteen (15) kidnapped victims from the hands of armed bandits in Shinkafi LGA.

“It will be recalled that yesterday 25 Fulani’s abducted by YANSAKAI volunteer group since on the 9th of April, 2019 were successfully released to the Commissioner of Police who later handed them over to the state executive governor,” the PPRO stated.

In his response to the development, the National Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Mohammed Kiruwa applauded the efforts of the state government and Police Command for the initiative.

He expressed confidence that all victims under the captivity of the bandits would soon be released to the government in order to reunite them with their relations.

While receiving the kidnapped victims from the Commissioner of Police, Matawalle commended the commissioner for his dedication and total commitment towards ensuring peace in Zamfara.

He also described the release of the kidnapped persons as a sign that the peace process was succeeding and urged for continued support and prayers from the people of the state.

The governor directed the Government House Clinic to check the medical statuses of the victims and said the state government would organise a ceremony that would bring the Fulani, vigilante members and other people to witness the handing over of the victims to their respective families to further demonstrate that the peace process was working.

Our source gathered that one of the rescued victims, Haruna Na-Hantsi wa a national of the neighbouring state of Maradi in Niger Republic.

Another victim, Ibrahim Mohammed Moriki, a Community Health Worker attached to Kuturu Primary Healthcare Center said he was kidnapped by bandits over 20 days ago while some of those rescued along with him had spent more than two months in the hands of the bandits before he joined them.

He informed the governor that they were released from a village called Kagara in Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State before they were brought to the Gusau Government House.
(NAN)

Monday, July 1, 2019

Labour Plans Nationwide Strike Over Minimum Wage Delay

Labour Plans Nationwide Strike Over Minimum Wage Delay

Labour plans nationwide strike over minimum wage delay
The organised labour have alerted Nigerians that plans were underway to embark on industrial action if the current state of affairs as regards the issue of consequential adjustment arising from the new national Minimum wage of N30,000 per month remains the same.

It is operating under the aegis of the Trade Union Side (TUS) of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC); the eight Unions in the Public Services of the Federal and 36 State Governments.

In a press statement in Abuja on Monday, the TUS Acting Chairman, Mr Anchaver Simon, and the Secretary, Mr Alade Lawal, expressed disappointment by government’s effort to derail the implementation of a new National Minimum Wage.

“As things are right now, the government side is only prepared to pay peanuts to workers as adjustment under the pretext that it will soon be undertaking general salary review in the Public Service.”

The committee on Consequential Adjustment of Salary agreed to set up a technical body to work out different scenarios in respect of salaries that would be paid to workers who are in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that draw their emoluments from the government treasury.

The technical committee met severally and series of computations that were to be presented for the plenary for consideration were developed.

The labour leaders stated that the TUS had initially proposed that since the minimum wage was increased by 66.66 per cent; from N18,000.000 to N30,000.00, salaries for officers on Grade Levels 01-17 should be adjusted accordingly to maintain the relativity that exists in the salary structure in the Public Service.

But when the Government side argued that such increase across board would raise the total wage bill too high, the TUS side reviewed its demand downward and eventually settled for 30 per cent for officers on Grade Levels 07-14 and 25 per cent for those on Grade Levels 15-17.

“The Government side on its part was insisting on 9.5 per cent salary raise for employees on Grade Levels 07-14 and 5 per cent for those on Grade Levels 15-17.

“The two sides then agreed to capture the two positions in the technical committee’s report which will now be presented for discussion at the plenary.”

According to the TUS, it received a rude shock at the last meeting of the Technical Committee when the government side began to hold on to a non-existent position that the Technical Committee’s term of reference was to base its assignment in respect of salary adjustment on what was provided for it in the 2019 budget.

It regretted that the implication of Government’s position was that the Technical Committee cannot go beyond what the Government was pushing for which is 9.5 per cent salary increase for officers on GL 07-14 and 5 per cent for those on GL 15-17.

“With this turn of event, it is quite clear now that some fifth columnists in this Administration are hell bent on pushing President Muhammadu Buhari to enter into a collision course with millions of Nigerian workers in the Public Service. This is very sad,” the Union stated.

The TUS recalled that after the Ama Pepple committee recommended N30,000 monthly new National Minimum Wage, the Government Side went to the press to announce that the negotiation was inconclusive.

It thereafter sent N27,000 and N30,000 monthly National Minimum Wage proposal to the National Council of State and the National Assembly.

The latter approved N30,000 as the new monthly National Minimum Wage before President Buhari signed it into law on April 18.

“It is indeed perplexing that political office holders whose monthly take home pay runs into millions of Naira are the ones working behind the scene to ensure that Public Service employees especially core Civil Servants continue to receive starvation wages.

“This is why the eight Trade Unions in the Public Service have resolved that enough is enough and that if the Federal Government fails to call its officials to order and direct them to negotiate openly the issue of Consequential Adjustment arising from the new National Minimum Wage, millions of workers at the Federal and 36 States Public Services will have no other alternative than to take some necessary Trade Union actions to seek redress.

“The time for President Buhari to act is now,” the Union emphasised.

Meanwhile, a meeting of officials of the TUS of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council across the Federation is being arranged with the sole aim of setting the records straight.

At the same time TUS is preparing for appropriate Trade Union measures to be deployed to get justice for public service employees.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Heavy Rainfall Leaves Buildings, Cars Damaged In Ilorin

Heavy Rainfall Leaves Buildings, Cars Damaged In Ilorin

Heavy rainfall leaves buildings, cars damaged in Ilorin
Residents of Olunlade Area in Ilorin on Thursday lamented the havoc wrecked by flood on their property as buildings, cars and shops were destroyed after heavy rainfall.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the area experienced downpour around 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday and it lasted for about three hours.

Some of the victims, who spoke separately with our source expressed sadness over the flood and damage to their property.

One of the victims, Mr Femi Olaoye, whose house was taken over by flood, said he was helpless as the water entered his sitting room and kitchen.

“I was bitter and sad as there is nothing I could do to stop the flood from entering my house. It was only me and my two children at home. I wept bitterly to witness such a terrible occurrence.

“All my electronics were damaged beyond repair. Even the bedroom has turned to a swimming pool. I am confused,” he said.

Another resident, Mr Yusuf Taiwo said the flood came as a nightmare to him as his furniture, bookshelf and electronics were destroyed by the flood.

“Even some vital documents that I placed on the floor in my room have been destroyed by the flood.

“I don’t know what to do because I’m confused at the moment. I never expect the extent of the damage done by the flood. It was a shock,” he said.

A shop owner in the area, Mrs Ronke Idowu also told our source that almost all the provisions in her shop were damaged.

“It is a total loss for me as there is nothing left for sale. All the cartons of biscuit, noodles, sweets and soaps were damaged by the flood.

“Some were on the bare floor in my shop and that made it easy for them to be destroyed beyond retrieval,” she said.

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NDLEA Seizes 1,031.49 Kg Illicit Drugs In Adamawa

NDLEA Seizes 1,031.49 Kg Illicit Drugs In Adamawa

NDLEA seizes 1,031.49 Kg illicit drugs in Adamawa
The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA) Adamawa Command, on Wednesday confirmed the seizure of 1,031.491 Kg of illicit drugs and arrest of 219 persons.

Mr Yakubu Kibo, state Commander of the agency, disclosed this at a news briefing to commemorate the 2019 United Nations International Day Against Drugs Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Yola.

Kibo said that the seizure and arrest were made from July 26, 2018 to July 26, 2019.

“Between the periods under review the Command seized a total of 1,031.491 Kg of assorted illicit drugs and arrested 219 persons for dealing, possessing and using illicit drugs.

“The Command prosecuted and secured the convictions of 36 persons within the period under review while many cases are still being prosecuted at the Federal High Court, Yola,’’Kibo said.

He said command had rehabilitated no fewer than 136 drug users mostly youths across the state.

Similarly, he said the command screened and cleared 19 persons for NDLEA Visa clearance, who were going to foreign countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and India for studies as well as retreats.

He said that Nigeria was a signatory to the international drug control and was also being domesticated in the country.

The commander noted that the effective and efficient response to drug problems required institutions of criminal justice, health and social services to work side by side in order to provide joint solutions.

Kibo decried the lack of operational vehicles, stressing that it was a constraint affecting the command for effective service delivery.

(Source: NAN)
My Wife Pushed Me Into Adultery, Man Tells Court

My Wife Pushed Me Into Adultery, Man Tells Court

My wife pushed me into adultery, man tells court
My wife pushed me into adultery,’’ Mr Bello Abudu, a 42-year-old technician, told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Thursday.

Abudu, whose wife, Blessing, sought the dissolution of their marriage, accusing him of infidelity, told the court while responding to the allegation that his wife pushed him into adultery

“My wife always tells me that I cannot impregnate another woman and that if I try to make love with another woman, my male organ will get stuck inside that woman, that she had done something concerning my male organ.

“I was afraid initially, but later I decided to try it to know if she is saying the truth.

“But luckily, the girl I met got pregnant and had a baby, when my wife got to know, she told me that the baby was not mine.

“After some months, I decided to do it again to prove her wrong, and the girl took in again.

“Since then, Blessing made the house unbearable for me by fighting me regularly. She caused the Police to arrest me and when I could no longer bear it, I packed out of the house,’’ he told the court.

The respondent said that his wife starves him of sex on many occasions, adding that she mostly claim that sex gives her headache.

He urged the court not to grant his wife’s wish by dissolving their marriage, but told the court that he still loves her.

Mrs Blessing Abudu had approached the court to dissolve her 12-year-old marriage over her husband’s alleged infidelity.

My husband is cheating on me, he got a girl pregnant on two occasions.

“I have gone to several hospitals and herbal homes, just to have another baby but my husband is busy making babies with another girl,’’ she lamented.

The 36-year-old tailor accused her husband of denying her the pleasure of having sex with him.

My husband refused to sleep with me, despite the fact that I desire another baby.

“He told me to look for another man to sleep with me and vowed that he will not sleep with me again,’’ she alleged.

Blessing accused her husband of posing serious threats to her life.

Bello told me that I am eating poison in his house, that I should pack out, else he will kill me or cause me to run mad,’’ she told the court.

The petitioner said that her husband had abandoned her with the only child of their marriage.

The mother of one begged the court to terminate the marriage, adding that she had long lost interest in it.

The president of the court, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, urged the two parties to maintain peace and adjourned the case until July 25, for judgment.