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Osimhen’s absence may derail Napoli title chance – Ex-Stars

The chances of Napoli winning the title this season may be in jeopardy following the injury of Victor Osimhen, ex-internationals have revealed.

Napoli last won the Italian League title 30 years ago.

The Nigerian striker sustained multiple fractures in an aerial clash with Inter Milan’s defender, Milan Skriniar, last Sunday in a Serie A clash.

He however underwent facial reconstruction after suffering multiple fractures to the cheekbone and orbital bone.

The initial rehabilitation is said to be for at least 90 days, ruling Osimhen out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations which kicks off on January 9 till February 6 in Cameroon.

Statistics however show that Napoli have not lost a Serie A league game this season with Osimhen until last Sunday’s 3-2 loss against Inter Milan where he was replaced after 52 minutes due to the injury.

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Prior to the game against Inter Milan which  theylost 3-2, the Partenopei with Osimhen in the team have recorded eight wins and two draws with the Nigerian scoring five of Napoli’s 23 goals so far this term and his former U-17 coach Emmanuel Amuneke says playing three months without the 22-year-old will be a terrible blow to their chances.

“He’s Napoli’s top marksman and playing without him for three months will obviously be a big miss to the team’s chances winning the Scudetto,” Amuneke told PUNCH Sports Extra.

“But the most important thing now is for him to recover well. It was a nasty injury but he is a strong boy and well be back better.”

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Italian agent Ayo Makinwa also added, “It is going to be difficult sincerely considering the form he is now at the moment but I think Luciano Spalletti will adopt another plan which will make them play well.

“They have other players who could try to fill the void.”

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Anambra airport receives first commercial flight, begins operations

Igwe Oranu Chidume of Omor Kingdom in Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra, has commended Governor Willie Obiano as Anambra International cargo/passenger airport commenced flight operations on Tuesday.

The traditional ruler told newsmen in Ayamelum in Anambra, that the airport would impact positively on the economic development of the state and the Southeast region as a whole.

It would be recalled that Air Peace, confirmed it would begin scheduled flights into Anambra on Tuesday following approval of the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

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The traditional ruler said the people of Anambra were full of excitement and joy as a result of the new airport.

He described Obiano as a serial achiever for the notable landmark projects he carried out in the state.

“There is excitement and joy in the air over the airport. The people can now fly to Lagos and Abuja from the state and this will boost the economic viability of the state.

“To crown it all, Gov. Obiano bequeathed to Anambra people a resourceful person, in the person of Prof. Charles Soludo, as the next executive governor and his successor.

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“This is the greatest gift he has given the people,” the traditional ruler said.

He described Soludo as a prudent, intelligent, resourceful and international figure, who would take the Anambra economy to eldorado.

He advised the governor-elect to run a government with professionals ready to hit the ground running with policies that would transform the economic viability of the state to abundance of wealth.

The traditional ruler also pledged his overwhelming support for the government of the state.

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Ekiti SSG, Bidoun Oyebanji, resigns, joins governorship race

The Secretary to the Ekiti State Government, Biodun Oyebanji, has tendered his resignation, just as he revealed his ambition to contest in the coming governorship election in the state.

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ekiti State, Yinka Oyebode disclosed this on Friday in a statement titled ‘Ekiti SSG Oyebanji Resigns From Cabinet.’

The statement read, “Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has accepted the resignation of Secretary to the State Government, Hon Biodun Oyebanji, from his cabinet.

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“The resignation which was conveyed in a letter to the Governor, dated December 3, 2021, takes effect from Tuesday, December 7th.

“Oyebanji had cited his decision to contest the forthcoming governorship election in the State for his resignation as Secretary to the State Government.

“Governor Fayemi in accepting Oyebanji’s resignation, thanked the former SSG for his remarkable contribution to the administration since inception in 2018 and wished him well in his future endeavours.”

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VIDEO: Lagos okra trader, family share story of viral birthday video

Lagos okra trader, Anuoluwapo Festus, narrates how she was surprised by her younger sister’s husband on her birthday at the market.

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Seven killed, properties destroyed as suspected bandits block major road in Zamfara

Gunmen suspected to be bandits operating along Shinkafi-Moriki-Kaura Namoda road in Zamfara State have blocked the road, attacking passengers where they killed no fewer than seven people and set many vehicles and food items on fire.

A resident of the area, Musa Shuaibu confirmed to The PUNCH that the bandits have succeeded in attacking 15 vehicles and set five of the vehicles ablaze.

Shuaibu said, “They have abducted many passengers from these vehicles and moved away with them to an unknown destination.”

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Some of the affected vehicles, according to him, included three golf cars, one heavy truck conveying tomatoes, and a Sharon vehicle.

He maintained that the bandits have been on the road since Wednesday last week, lamenting that “they have set ablaze five vehicles and goods worth millions of Naira and also damaged many vehicles”.

Shuaibu also stated that the road was almost deserted, explaining that, “Nobody can pass through that road unless it becomes absolutely compulsory”.

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“You will hardly see motorists plying the road because of the heavy presence of the bandits under their leader Bello Turji.”

Efforts to reach the Police Command failed because the spokesperson of the command, SP Mohammed Shehu, could not be reached on phone.

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BREAKING: Many feared dead as truck crushes pupils in Lagos

Several pupils have been crushed to death by a hit-and-run truck driver along Ogunusi Road, Grammar School bus stop, Lagos State.

It was learnt that the pupils were going home after closing time and wanted to cross the road when the truck ran over them.

The driver was reportedly chased to the Ogba area where he was arrested.

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“I have never witnessed such a terrible scene in my life. I saw about 15 pupils lying lifeless on the floor. The incident occurred around 2 pm,” a commercial motorcyclist told our correspondent.

Riot has broken out as a result of the incident as policemen fired tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd.

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Erring oil companies must be penalised for negligence —Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has called on the federal government through its relevant agencies to penalise indigenous oil companies responsible for the devastation of host communities where they operate.

Lawan made the call following a motion on “the extremely urgent need to stop the continuous crude oil and gas blow out spill at Santa Barbara well 1, OML 29 operated by AITEO Eastern Exploration and Production Company Limited in Opu Nembe, Bayelsa State.”

A statement signed by the Special Assistant(Press) to the Senate President, Ezrel Tabiowo, said the motion was sponsored by Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo (Bayelsa East).

According to the statement, “The lawmaker, while coming under order 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules, noted with concern the continuous gushing and spewing of oil and gas into the waterways and mangrove vegetation of Opu Nembe area of Bayelsa state, from a long sealed, non producing oil well 1, Santa Barbara OML 29 belonging to AITEO Eastern Exploration and Production Company Limited.”

Biobarakuma said, “Worried that even though same oil well has witnessed several oil spills in previous years, the current incident borders on catastrophe due to a long period of accumulated oil and maximum pressure from piled up gas in the well. The magnitude of this incident is of an extremely high order, the first of its kind in this part of the world;

“Further worried that the entire mangrove forests and aquatic life have been adversely affected by this methane gas, as rainbow-like sheens are seen on the water body around the point of incident down to the shoreline;

“Disturbed that dead fishes are also seen floating within the impacted area and fishing activities totally crippled, with the direction of the wind blowing onshore towards the community from the point of the incident;

“Aware that during the just concluded global Climate Conference (COP26) held in Glasgow, Scotland, world leaders gathered to encourage nations to implement international best practices in cutting off such emissions into the entire ecosystem. The Nigerian Government well represented by our dear President in our contribution to global climate action;

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“Notes that while the policy on divestments by IOCS in exploration and production of oil and gas is a welcome development as it creates space for indigenous companies to invest and grow in the industry, such opportunities should be accorded to indigenous companies with proven requisite technical and financial competence;

“Worried that attempts to stop the continuous oil and gas spill by the operators had failed repeatedly for over one month running, wasting an estimated over 2 million barrels of hydrocarbon and gas, shows a disappointing appearance of technical incompetence in handling the incident on the part of AITEO Eastern Exploration and Production Company Limited;

“Notes that such degree of incompetence is sufficient to attract sanctions such as revocation of their operational license by the regulatory authorities to instill sanity in the oil and gas sector in response to the increased global call for protection of the environment;

“Notes with deep concern the threat that this incident poses to the health of the people of the host communities as the air and water have been contaminated, and also the possibility of a fire outbreak from the oil well if this wanton release of oil and methane gas continues unstopped.”

Senator George Thompson Sekibo representing Rivers East called on the federal government to intervene by curbing the excesses of oil companies in their host communities.

This is as he lamented that many states in the Niger Delta are polluted with soot as a result of the flagrant negligence of such companies.

On his part, the Senate President said that the National Assembly would insist on companies carrying out their corporate-social responsibilities to host communities under the law.

According to him, doing so would also involve penalising any company that fails to adhere to operational standards set out by the federal government.

“I feel very sad, that an indigenous oil company for that matter, would be involved in this kind of incident and yet not able to show any capacity.

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“As a country, we want to promote our local content – indigenous oil companies – to participate in this industry.

“But we are going to insist, whether it is an indigenous owned company any or an international one, that the companies must be responsible to the communities and to us as a nation.

“This is devastation of lives and ecosystems in that part of the country, and I believe that this particular case should be made to be an example of what government and its agencies can do, not only to force the alleged culprit to remedy the environment but also to penalize the oil company for devastating the lives of the people of that area (Nembe)”, Lawan said.

The statement said the Senate urged AITEO Eastern Exploration and Production Company Nigeria Limited to urgently seek, explore and deploy relevant highest level of expertise and technology to stop the spill and prevent continuous damage to the environment and restore the life support system of the people.

This is as the Senate condemned in totality the oil spillage by AITEO and urge the relevant agencies to invoke the maximum penalties applicable under the laws for such infractions.

“The chamber urged the relevant agencies to undertake environmental impact assessment to determine the extent of the pollution with a view to undertake remediation in accordance with internationally accepted polluter pays principles within ninety days.

“The Senate further resolved that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) should, as a matter of urgency, provide relief materials as this ugly incident has taken a negative toll on the health and wellbeing of the people of the host communities which can be declared as a disaster area,” the statement added.

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OAU student’s death: Adedoyin to remain in custody as bail application fails

A suspect in the investigation into the death of a master’s student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Dr Ramon Adegoke Adedoyin, will remain in custody after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja denied his bail application, The Nation reports.

Adedoyin had filed an ex-parte motion with a fundamental rights enforcement suit to grant him bail pending the conclusion of a police investigation or pending the determination of his fundamental rights suit.

On the other hand, he asked for access to quality healthcare facilities of his choosing, while the police conclude its investigation before his possible arraignment.

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Adedoyin, who is said to be the owner of the Hilton Hotel, Ile Ife in Osun State, has been in custody since November 15, after he was arrested, for his involvement in the alleged murder of Timothy Adegoke.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, who gave the ruling, declined to grant any of the prayers, after listening to Kunle Adegoke, SAN, who led a team of lawyers for Adedoyin.

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The judge, however, ordered Adedoyin to serve the motion and other processes in the case on the sole respondent – the Inspector General of Police – before adjourning the matter till December 9 for hearing.

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Dowen College: Take over Sylvester Oromoni case -Reps to IGP

The House of Representatives has called on the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, to take over the case of alleged torture and eventual death of a Junior Secondary School 2 pupil of Dowen College, Lekki, in Lagos State, Sylvester Oromoni.

The House also called for stricter regulation of schools and their boarding facilities by the Federal Government.

While the father of the 12-year-old pupil who shares the same name with his son had alleged that the junior Oromoni died from the injuries sustained during an assault by five of his colleagues who wanted to initiate him into cultism, the school had claimed he died after sustaining an injury during a football match.

At the plenary on Tuesday, a member of the House, Unyime Idem, moved a motion of urgent public importance, titled ‘A Call to Condemn the Trend of Inhumane Treatment in Nigerian Boarding Schools Across the Country and Comprehensive Investigation into the Activities of Nigerian Boarding School System.’

Adopting the motion, the lawmakers “condemn in strong terms, the recent incidences of inhuman treatment and abuses happening in the boarding schools across the country,” urging the Federal Ministry of Education to set out guidelines for the operations of boarding schools across the country.

The House also mandated the “Inspector-General of Police to immediately commission and take over the investigation, prosecution and punishment of the perpetrators of the identified heinous crimes.”

Furthermore, the House mandated its Committees on Education, Youth Development, and Women Affairs and Social Development to follow up with the investigation, set up a committee to brainstorm and come up with modalities and report to the House within two weeks.

Leading the debate on the motion, Idem said, “These recent developments call for the attention of the lawmakers. These children that are being molested; these children that are being wasted, they are our constituents. We cannot watch this kind of situation happening in our constituency.

“If proper measures had been put in place, we would not be having this. There would have been a proper way of monitoring the activities of these children.”

Another member, Obinna Chidoka said, “It is very important to send a strong signal that our children cannot be treated this way. There was one case in Kwara that trended, where they were giving corporal punishment to students.

“On the criminal aspects (of the Dowen College case), the IGP should investigate thoroughly and give feedback.”

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Also, Babajide Obanikoro, who noted that the incident occurred within Eti Osa Federal Constituency in Lagos where he represents, said, “In this particular matter, there are five students that are involved. They are a flight risk; their names should be placed on ‘no flight’ list. And the school, as shut down by Lagos State, should remain shut until the school is cleared of all the allegations.”

In his submission, Victor Akinjo said, “There is nothing wrong with private schools because we operate an almost private economy, but there is something wrong with the regulators. You cannot leave the boarding schools without proper regulations.

“It is the responsibility of the regulators to do proper oversight; to do what is right and save Nigeria from this embarrassment. It is a huge embarrassment for those schools to be turned into a cultists’ medium (sic).”

In the motion, Idem recalled the incident leading to the death of 14-year-old Karen-Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher of Premier Academy, Lugbe, Abuja on June 22, 2021, which he described as “one that left many heartbroken.”

“Her parents narrated how their daughter was sexually assaulted and later died of complications as a result of a condom left in her private part. Six months later, there is still no news of a suspect being arrested,” the lawmaker further recalled.

Idem partly said, “The House is cognisant that following the two recent cases, some Nigerians on the social space have been voicing out their bitter experiences with the boarding school system of operation.

“The House is cognisant that the Federal Government should, without delay, launch a national campaign; the campaign should include advocacy, public sensitisation and social mobilisation, as it will take the joint effort of government, school managements and parents to curb ugly happenings in our boarding schools. All hands must be on deck to curb the spread of this new trend.”

Meanwhile, the House adopted a separate motion moved by another member, Mark Gbillah, which was titled, ‘Suspected Rape and Murder of 14–Years Old Miss Keren–Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher.’

Adopting the motion, the House urged the Nigeria Police Force to “thoroughly investigate mysteries surrounding the death of Keren, allegations of harassment and threat to the life of Keren’s family and the leader of a coalition of gender-based violence and his family.”

The House also asked the police to “carry out a DNA test, recover spermatozoa and test Premiere Academy staff to identify anyone liable and bring him to justice.”

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Furthermore, the House mandated its Committees on Woman Affairs; Human Rights; and Police Affairs to invite stakeholders to investigate the “circumstances surrounding the death of Keren–Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher.

The joint committee is to also probe the “allegations of the unwillingness of the Nigeria Police Force to initiate an investigation into the death of Keren; allegations of harassment and threat to the life of Keren’s family and the leader of an NGO and his family; previous cases of sexual harassment at Premiere Academy Abuja and other incidents of violence against women in Nigeria; probable lapses by other relevant agencies handling the incident.”

The panel is to report back within six weeks for further legislative action.

Moving the motion, Gbillah recalled how Akpagher, a 14-year-old SS1 boarding student of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, was allegedly raped and eventually died on June 22, 2021, from medical complications as a result of rape.

The lawmaker also recalled how Keren was reported to have taken ill on June 16, 2021, without adequate medical care by Premiere Academy, until the mother took her to a hospital in Wuse Zone 6 in Abuja on June 19, 2021, where she eventually died three days later.

He said, “The House is worried that the medical examination before her death revealed a condom lodged in her private part, which had a milky effusion with the presence of dead spermatozoa within the fluid, which had caused an infection that developed into sepsis.

“The House is alarmed by the unwillingness of Premiere Academy to uncover the truth behind Keren’s death and the management’s media denial of previous cases of sexual harassment of students in the institution contrary to documentary evidence.

“The House is also alarmed by the lack of proactive and thorough investigation by the Nigeria Police Force, even after formal correspondence to the police by the deceased family’s lawyers and the allegations by Amnesty International of harassment and threat to the lives of Keren’s mother, Vivien Akpagher, her family and the leader of the coalition of gender-based violence responders and his family over their public campaigns and advocacy demanding justice for Keren.”

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Why I sympathise with Sanwo-Olu on EndSARS panel White Paper

Oludare Mayowa

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, appears to be a gentleman by all ramifications and also a well-intentioned governor who means well for the people of the state. His speeches and activities since he became the governor of the state, including his body language tend to portray him as a good guy and also showed that he would have turned out to be one of the best performing governors of the state since inception.

However, something tells me that Sanwo-Olu is a governor without the authority of his office. He is the one in charge of the affairs of the state without being the one running the show in the state. He has often time demonstrated courage in certain areas of governance through his speech and action, but in spite of such bravadoes, the outcome has often been far from what his word and action tend to portray.

One of such cases was his position on the payment of bogus pensions to former governors of the state, which was initiated during the administration of Bola Tinubu and passed and signed into law before his departure from office in 2007.

Sanwo-Olu had come out smoking about the inappropriateness of the pension and promised to review it to help alleviate the finance of the state.

His word; “Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members of the House, in light of keeping the costs of governance low and to signal selflessness in public service, we will be sending a draft executive bill to the House imminently for the repeal of the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension Law 2007), which provides for payment of pension and other entitlements to former governors and their deputies.”

Sanwo-Olu had told Lagosians in November last year that the abolition of pension for former governors and deputies would reduce the cost of governance in the state.

“It is our firm belief that with dwindling revenues and the appurtenant inflationary growth rates, that we need to come up with innovative ways of keeping the costs of governance at a minimum while engendering a spirit of selflessness in public service,” Sanwo-Olu had said.

Alas! The more things change, the more they remain the same. His executive bill to the House of Assembly remained an exercise in futility as the legislators came out with their own version with a cosmetic change on the previous law and till today, past governors in the state are still laughing to the banks at the expense of the state treasury.

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Another case was the governor’s attempt to rid the street of Lagos of the menace of motorcycle riders, popularly known as Okada riders. Sanwo-Olu mounted campaign to show the world the menace of the commercial motorcycle riders and why they must be restricted from the streets of Lagos.

This was at the height of insecurity and rampant kidnapping and traffic robbery in the state. Many Lagosians believed that with the governor’s rigorous campaign, the end had come to the nonsense value of the okada rider in the state.

But what has become of the noise of the governor overtime? The okada riders are now more daring and have proved to be more powerful than the governor of the state.

His speech last Tuesday, which preceded the release of the White Paper on the EndSARS probe panel set up in the wake of the crisis that engulfed the state last year at the height of the protests was soughing and was received by many as a real voice of a leader who is desirous of peace and intended to bring closure to the event.

Prior to the release of the White Paper on Tuesday night, many Nigerians had commended the governor for his non-interference with the works of the probe panel and his comportment both during and after the incident at Lekki Toll gate.

He was seen as a bridge builder who could ameliorate the pains of those who lost their loved ones to the unfortunate incident even though many also blamed him for the action of the security agencies at the toll gate.

His speech later that day elicited some commendations and raised hope that justice was about to be done to those families who lost their loved ones to the unjust action of the security agencies at the Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020.

A former editor of the defunct National Concord, Nsikak Essien, said this much about the governor’s speech; “Did you watch the broadcast by Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and those of Ministers Lai Muhammad and Festus Keyamo? All centred on #EndSARS protests.

“The governor seeks all avenues to achieve peace so that he too can sleep with two eyes closed. He sought enmity of nobody. He shares concern for everyone, law enforcement officers, ordinary people and the vulnerable.”

Perhaps, many of us were expecting too much from the governor, whom we know that even though he is in power, he does not possess the lever of authority of his office. It has been proved without time that there is a power behind the throne and Sanwo-Olu can only bark, he does not have the teeth to bite.

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The White Paper was nothing but a clear departure from the expectations of many Nigerians and that has further confirmed that no matter what the governor says or does, those who actually hold the levers of authority on his behalf will always have their ways in Lagos.

The rejection of the conclusion of the panel on the number of death that occurred at the Lekki toll gate was a mere affirmation of ‘his master’s voice.’

From all indications, any other conclusion by the governor on the White Paper would have been seen as an indictment of the Federal Government and the powers behind the throne in Lagos would not dare to confront Abuja with the truth, hence hell is let loose on his 2023 ambition.

It’s inconceivable that soldiers would visit a scene of a protest and released bullets into the crowd and only one person would have died from such a scenario.

The White Paper deliberately ignores the portion of the report that says security agencies carted away bodies of wounded and dead protesters in their truck after the shooting. Also, it carefully jettisons the testimonies of those who were wounded and came with amputated limbs to the panel to give evidence.

The governor himself on the second day of the incident visited many victims of the Lekki toll gate shooting in the hospital and those were people who were shot by the security agencies.

It’s obvious to all that there was a conspiracy against the dead, those who died during the protest at the Lekki toll gate are children of the commoners and they do not matter as long as the political interest of those in power is satisfied.

Despite the conspiracy of silence and all efforts to cover up the misdeed of the security agencies last year, we are sure that one day, the king that does not know Joseph will ascend the throne and the truth like a smoke will eventually come out.

  • Mayowa is a Lagos based investment and financial analysts

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Nnamdi Kanu hungry, starving in DSS custody — Lawyer

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on Tuesday, claimed that his client is starving in the custody of the Department of State Services.

According to him, none of the pronouncements made by Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja on December 2, 2021, has been obeyed by the DSS.

Ejiofor said these in a statement titled: “Update on today’s visit to our indefatigable client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at the Headquarters of the Department of State Services Abuja.”

He said, “The routine visit to our client — Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was conducted on December 6, 2021, and in his usual practice, he extended his compliments to his millions of supporters. He remains profoundly grateful for the overwhelming support and show of solidarity thus far.

“However, we observed with dismay, and indeed very unfortunate and worrisome that notwithstanding the far-reaching orders made by Her Lordship in the open Court on December 2, 2021, the detaining authority being the DSS have in their usual style, flouted and/or ignored the said court orders.

“We were informed by our client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu that none of the pronouncements made by the Court on December 2 2021 has been obeyed by the DSS.

“They have unrepentantly continued to treat the orders of the Court with the greatest disdain. Our client — Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu further informed us that he had not eaten anything since yesterday (Sunday).”

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The lawyer further claimed that his client is being punished because he complained to the court about how he is being treated in the custody of the DSS.

Ejiofor said, “Apparently, he is being punished because we dared to complain to the court about the condition under which he is being held in custody. But, very, unfortunately, this should be the height of their reckless affront to the orders of Court.

“At the time Her Lordship made these far-reaching orders in open court, I did not mince words in informing the Court that the operatives of the DSS will flout these orders, pursuant to which the court specifically told me to come back to her with these facts if her order is flouted.”

Ejiofor noted that due to the development, he would approach the court tomorrow to reveal this ‘terrifying’ development. The lawyer said that the development is ‘totally unacceptable, grossly condemnable, and cannot be tolerated.’

He said, “Interestingly, we will be approaching the court tomorrow with this terrifying development, which is totally unacceptable, grossly condemnable, and cannot be tolerated.

“The facts must be placed in their proper perspectives: Our Client — Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has not been convicted of committing any crime, he is still presumed innocent of every unfounded and frivolous allegation against him, and as such, the DSS has no power whatsoever to whittle down the enjoyment of any of his rights clearly protected under Chapter 4 of the constitution.

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“The detaining authority (DSS) is an agency clearly established by instrumentality of the laws and should operate within the confines of the same laws establishing them, and should not be seen as a lawless entity.”

The lawyer, hence, demanded that the DSS comply with the ruling of the court immediately as further attempts to flout these orders will be faced with strict sanctions by the court.

He said, “We hereby, demand without further ado, for the immediate compliance with all the orders of the Court clearly made on December 2, 2021, and further attempt to flout these orders must be faced with strict sanctions by the Court.

“We respectfully wish to assure our client’s teeming supporters that we cannot leave anything to chance towards ensuring that our client is sufficiently protected and his rights are upheld. The DSS must and shall certainly operate within the confines of the laws. They have no option on this.

“Be assured that we are not resting on oars whatsoever, to ensure that our Client is unconditionally released. This strategy isn’t being discussed here, but it will happen soon.”

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You’ve brought joy to my life, Saraki hails wife on 30th wedding anniversary

A former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, eulogised his wife, Toyin, in commemoration of their 30th marriage anniversary.
The former Kwara State Governor took to his verified Facebook page to share a picture of himself and his wife, adding an emotional note to her.
He said, “Happy 30th wedding anniversary to my darling wife, Toyin! As we celebrate this special day, I thank God for the blessing and favour.
“I thank you for the wonderful years together, for the love and joy you have brought into my life, and I appreciate you for all the things that you do behind the scenes that you think I do not see!”
This comes a day after Mrs Saraki celebrated the 30th birthday of their first child, Tosin.
Taking to her verified Instagram page on Monday, she wrote, “Wishing our darling daughter, Tosin the happiest of 30th birthday today!
Saraki and his wife have four children together.

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BREAKING: NCDC reports three new cases of Omicron variant

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Tuesday afternoon announced that three additional cases of the Omicron variant have been reported.

The new cases bring the total of the recently discovered variant of the COVID-19 virus in Nigeria to six.

The PUNCH reports that the Omicron variant, which was first reported by South Africa, has been designated a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization.

Though the global health body says it is still launching investigations into the new strain, several countries such as the United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada among others have issued travel restrictions into their territories.

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The NCDC in the statement signed by the Director-General, Ifedayo Adetifa further explained that the three additional cases were detected in passengers linked to South Africa in November.

The statement partly reads, “The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed three more cases of COVID-19 with the B.1.1.529 SARS-CoV-2 lineage, i.e., the Omicron variant, in Nigeria.

“In addition to the three cases announced earlier on 1st December 2021, this brings the total number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant detected in Nigeria to six. All the Omicron cases so far were detected in persons with recent travel history to South Africa in November.

“The NCDC through the National Reference Laboratory continues to coordinate genomic surveillance activities across the country to sequence all positive COVID-19 samples from international travellers arriving in Nigeria. This includes sequencing of positive samples from international travellers from October 2021 to date.

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“The Delta variant remains the dominant variant and so far, we have not seen the replacement of this variant by the new Omicron variant as observed elsewhere.”

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One in 10 adults living with diabetes – Report

A recent report from the International Diabetes Foundation revealed that one in 10 adults worldwide lived with diabetes in 2021.

These statistics amounted to over 567 million adults living with the disease and as seen in the 10th edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas, this number was predicted to rise to 643 million by 2030 and 783 million by 2045.

The report discussed the continued global increase in diabetes prevalence, confirming diabetes as a significant global challenge to the health and well-being of individuals, families, and societies.

According to the report, 81 per cent of the affected adults (about four in five) lived in low and middle-income countries.

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Diabetes led to 6.7 million deaths in 2021 i.e one diabetes-related death occurred every five seconds, the report noted.

A South African Professor in Diabetes, Ayesha Motala, who was part of the research team, stated that the prevalence of COVID-19 has placed an additional burden on diabetic patients.

In her statement, published in The Conversation on Monday, Motala said, “The urgency is even greater because COVID-19 has placed an additional burden on people living with diabetes, making them more susceptible to the worst complications.

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“We are yet to see the impact of lockdowns, the use of masks, and the potential risk of COVID-induced diabetes on population health. There is a widely held concern that the pandemic may have caused a further rise in the prevalence of diabetes and its complications that will manifest over the coming years.”

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We will bring back PDP members — Duke

Former Governor of Cross River State and a Peoples Democratic Party member, Mr Donald Duke, says he will woo back to the party former members of the party currently in All Progressives Congress.

Duke made the vow on Monday while receiving former PDP state party Chairman, Ntufam Ekpo Okon, who defected from the PDP to the APC to contest election as the deputy governorship candidate in 2019.

According to Duke, “From time to time you leave your institution and go for a sabbatical. I have had experience because I went on sabbatical too when I left the party to another party.

“And today we have our colleagues who made the party tick. We are not going to rest on our oars. We have worked for this party since 1998. A strange element came and took our party.

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“We even allowed the strange elements to occupy seats that we the owners ought to have occupied. I will tell you without equivocation that the state today ought to be among the richest states in Nigeria. So we have to recall all our ‘lecturers’ who went on sabbatical back to the party. We are receiving and harvesting all our members who left the PDP for a sabbatical in batches.”

Speaking during the event, the former PDP state party Chairman Ntufam Ekpo Okon said he was happy to be received back to the fold and assured the party faithful of his total loyalty to the PDP.

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According to him, he and Duke were able to attain the height which they did through the support of the PDP members he has returned to rub shoulders with once again.

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Omicron: Student, work visa applications will be processed despite travel restrictions — UK

The United Kingdom on Monday said that student and work visa applications will be processed despite travel restrictions imposed on Nigeria amid the outbreak of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

The British High Commission, Abuja, made this known in a statement titled, ‘Statement from British High Commission on UK visa applications’.

The High Commission had on Sunday said it will “pause making decisions on visitor visa applications in all red list countries, including Nigeria, until travel restrictions are lifted”.

But in an update on Monday, the UK said visa applications in other categories such as for persons who wish to study, work or live permanently, will continue to be processed.

“To support the UK Government’s aim to protect public health from COVID 19 and associated variants of concern, UK Visas & Immigration have paused making decisions on visitor visa applications in all red list countries until travel restrictions are lifted.

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“Applications in other categories (student/work/live permanently in the UK) will continue to be processed.

“If you have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England, once you arrive you must quarantine for 10 full days in a managed quarantine hotel (the day you arrive in England is day 0),” the statement read in part.

Britain had on Saturday banned Nigerian travellers after it said it discovered 21 cases of the Omicron variant in people who recently visited Nigeria, saying the measure was a temporary measure aimed at protecting its public health.

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, subsequently said the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 would respond to the travel ban.

Mohammed, at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, described the travel ban as discriminatory.

Also, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the UK, Sharafa Ishola, described the travel ban as apartheid.

President of the African Development Bank, Akinwunmi Adesina, had also described the travel ban by the West on African countries as discriminatory.

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