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NAGGMDP salutes Kwara Gov over appointment of member

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The Kwara State chapter of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) has commended Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq over the appointment of Dr Raji Razaq as a commissioner-nominee.

NAGGMDP Chairman, Dr Lakadir Adebayo and Public Relations Officer, Dr Lai Umar, said in a statement on Thursday that the appointment was well deserved and expressed optimism that the appointee would bring his wealth of experience to bear in the service of the state and its people.

The statement also commended AbdulRazaq for his giant strides in the health sector within the past four months, saying Kwara has not had it so good over the past 10 years because the effects of his interventions have been so glaring on the sector.

The governor’s release of counterpart fund for Basic Health Care Provision Funds (BHPF) and the initial appointment of the Special Adviser on Health showed his declaration of the health sector in the state as an emergency, the statement added.

Assuring AbdulRazaq of its continued support, the association urged him not to derail in his government’s health policies aimed at bettering the lot of the citizenry.

The group also rejoiced with the commissioner-designate over his appointment and wished him well in the task of taking the state to the next level.

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Catholic Diocese of Nnewi: Priest died from inhaling toxic fume

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he Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, Anambra, yesterday said the late Rev Fr Edmund Nwagbara, might have died from inhaling toxic fume from the inverter battery in his apartment which exploded.

 

Nwagbara was the Parish Priest of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, Nnewi Ichi, Nnewi. He died in a fire which engulfed the parish house on Saturday night and his body was burnt beyond recognition.

 

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Chancellor of the Diocese, Rev. Father Hyginus Aghaulor, gave the explanation in a statement released by the Diocese on the death.

He said that Rev Fr. John Obasi, the first Assistant Parish Priest of the church, was also affected, but escaped with burn injuries.

 

According to him, Nwagbara might have died from toxic fumes from the inverter battery in his apartment. Aghaulor said that the priest had conducted sacrament of reconciliation for a couple he was to conduct wedding for on the morning he died.

 

“At about 2.30a.m., there was a big bang coming from Fr. Edmund’s (Nwagbara) room that woke some people up. But already, his apartment was in in flames. Fire Service was called and they managed to come in ‘our Nigerian way’ of approaching such issues.

 

Neighbours tried to put out the fire but it was simply like a hell. When eventually the Fire Service gained entrance into Fr. Edumund’s apartment, he was already burnt beyond recognition. It’s very likely that the fire came from the inverter in his room.  When it was heated up, the battery blew up like a bomb. Looking at late Fr. Edmund’s remains, he didn’t look like someone that struggled before dying. The toxin from the burning battery which he must have been inhaling slowly in his sleep might have killed him before the actual fire burnt him. One would expect someone struggling or trying to escape to die very close to the door or at a corner and not to relax on his bed,” he said.

Aghaulor expressed a deep sense of loss in the Diocese and  prayed  God to grant repose to the soul of the dead and quick recovery for the wounded.

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Again, Lagos seals churches, mosques over noise pollution

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he Lagos State Government has shut down at least eight churches and mosques across the state in a renewed campaign against noise pollution in the state

 

This was even as New Telegraph gathered that the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, the agency saddled with the responsibility of regulating noise and other environmental pollution in the state, receives over 1,000 petitions monthly over noise pollution and other environmental nuisances. The government has therefore ordered religious centres to seek permits before embarking on open crusades or other religious activities.

 

 

It was further gathered that following petitions by some residents of the host communities of the religious centres, some of the sealed worship centres had been warned to either relocate or reduce their noise pollution levels. 

 

 

The shut facilities are located at; No. 68, old Otta Road, Orile Agege, No. 4, Ademola Oshinowo Off LoveAll Street, Ketu, Dele Amuda Street, Lekki, No. 17, Ajileye Street, Ilaje Bariga, No. 39, Kusenla Road, Elegunshi, Ajayi Bembe Street, Abule Oja Yaba, among others.

 

The General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, (LASEPA), Dr Dolapo Fasawe, said there would no longer be a hiding place for any religious organisation that cannot operate within the ambit of the law, regardless of their faith.

 

 

Consequently, the LASEPA GM, declared it illegal to convert residential properties for religious use without recourse to the wellbeing of other residents, stressing that the current administration was very concerned about the state of the environment.

 

 

She said the enforcement exercise, which coincided with the 2019 United Nations International Day of Tolerance, was a clear indication that Lagos was in sync with the world on the issue of tolerance. She also noted that LASEPA would continue to clamp down on any organisation, firms or bodies noted for persistent environmental pollution and disruption of peaceful co-existence of Lagos residents.

 

 

Fasawe assured residents of the state that LASEPA would not rest on its oars in bequeathing a liveable ambience to all inhabitants of the state, stressing that those recalcitrant organisations or worship centres, known to be disturbing the peace of Lagosians would face the full wrath of the law.

 

According to her, while the state government guarantees freedom of religion for its residents, the government will not condone any act that will hinder peaceful co-existence through infringements on the rights of other residents of the state, in the name of religious activities.

 

She added that the agency has been inundated with petitions and outcry from residents of the state over the insensitivity and intolerance of some religious outlets in different areas across the state. The LASEPA boss regrettably noted that several warnings issued to the management of these churches and mosques had not yielded the expected result.

 

 

“The state government recognises the fact that the state thrives on peaceful co-existence among practitioners of the major religions across the state, but of great concern to the state government is the need for religious activities to be conducted in a manner that worshippers and citizens would not infringe on each other’s rights,” the General Manager reiterated.

 

 

Fasawe said that for the facilities to be reopened, the leaders of these organisations must reach an agreement of compliance with the Agency and also satisfy other necessary conditions as may be prescribed by LASEPA.

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Insurgency: Troops rescue children, octogenarian

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igerian Army Troops, yesterday, said it has subdued suspected Boko Haram members and rescued four children, three women and an octogenarian.

 

 

According to a press release signed by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the army, in its drive to end the insurgency in the North East, has continued to sustain the tempo of the ongoing Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency operations in the North East, with a view to decimating and destroying the remnant Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) criminals across the Operation LAFIYA DOLE Theatre.

 

Iliyasu disclosed that in one of the numerous operations conducted across the Theatre on November, 16, troops of 26 Task Force Brigade embarked on a clearance patrol to Dalu village within the Mandara Mountains in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, following credible intelligence report on the presence of some of the criminal insurgents in that area.

 

 

Iliyasu said: “Fortunately, the report was confirmed as the troops soon established contact with the marauding terrorists and effectively subdued them with superior fire power. Subsequently, the troops moved in to thorough clear the village of the presence of the insurgents. The clearance operation yielded good dividends as the troops found and rescued an octogenarian, three women and four children hitherto held captives by the insurgents. The rescued victims were promptly evacuated and the children among them were equally administered with Polio Vaccination by a Nigerian Army medical team. Interestingly, no causality was recorded by our troops during the commando operations.”

 

 

The image maker, however, said that many of the Boko Haram criminal elements were observed to have fled in disarray towards the summit of Mandara Mountains with gunshot wounds. The troops’ resilience and doggedness, said Iliyasu, are unwavering as further move to complete the annihilation of the insurgents was being sustained in the mountainous environment.   

 

 

Reacting to the recent feat, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, reassured members of the general public, of the resolve of the Nigerian Army to continue to execute its constitutional mandate professionally and responsively for a better secured Nigeria.

 

 

He also thanks all well-meaning Nigerians for their continual support, goodwill and understanding towards officers and men of the Nigerian Army as they sustained the conduct of various operations and routine exercises nationwide.

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Police discover lion at residential building in Lagos

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two-year-old lion has been discovered in a residential building in the Victoria Island area of Lagos State.

 

The lion is believed to be owned by a yet to be named Indian national. The lion is caged at Number 229, Muri Okunola Street in Victoria Island.

 

The Chairman of Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences, Yinka Egbeyemi, confirmed that the lion is owned by an India National.

 

 

According to him, men of the Nigeria Police Force have been deployed to the area to prevent the animal from coming out of the cage.

 

 

Egbeyemi also said that efforts were ongoing by the state government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment to evacuate the animal from the building.

He added that the Indian national who owns the lion has been invited for questioning.

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FUTA suspends six students indefinitely for bullying colleague

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he Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure, Ondo State, has suspended six students of the institution indefinitely over their alleged involvement in the bullying of a 100-level female student.

 

 

It was gathered that the suspended students were caught in a viral video at one of the off-campus hostels at the weekend, bullying their mate identified as Bolu.

 

 

The students were alleged to have stormed Bolu’s room, over an alleged altercation with a school daughter of one of her attackers.

 

In the viral video, which is currently trending across social media platforms, a male student and five female students identified as Popoola Olaniyi Agboola (300L), Oluwadare Faith Tobiloba ( 200L), Nandi Yohanna Jessica ( 200L), Ajuwon Tolani Emmanuella (100L), Emmanuel Funmilayo Taiwo (100L) and Alao Olabimpe Cecilia (100L) were seen beating Bolu, a 100Level student, on the allegation that she called one of them, ‘runs girl,’ otherwise known as prostitute.

 

 

The institution’s Deputy Director, Corporate Communications, Adegbenro Adebanjo, in a statement said: “Following the ugly incident of bullying of a female student by some students and as a result of preliminary investigation, the affected students have been placed on indefinite suspension with immediate effect.”

 

 

The University, after a disciplinary panel constituted over the incident, which has continued to receive condemnation also stated that, “as a consequence of their suspension, they are precluded from all academic and related activities indefinitely and barred from the University and its precincts forthwith.”

 

 

Adebanjo added: “At the conclusion of the on-going investigations, the full weight of the law of the University, as contained in the handbooks and oath of Matriculation, which all students are made to sign and subscribe to, will be visited on those found culpable.

 

 

Adebanjo said that the University Management was already providing medical and counseling support for the affected student.

 

The image maker further added: “The University deplores such behaviour and reiterates that all those found to be culpable will be visited with the full weight of the law, under the extant rules and regulations governing students’ behaviours and conduct off and on the campus.”

 

Adebanjo continued: “The University reiterates its abhorrence of any action or behaviour by students that are inimical to the well-being of others, and will continue to sanction students who run afoul of its rules and regulations. For the avoidance of doubt, only students who are worthy in learning and character can lay claim to and be addressed as FUTA students. The University will not tolerate any form of indiscipline or breech of University regulations.”

 

 

Meanwhile, the incident has continued to generate outrage from various quarters, with many insisting that the suspended students should be handed over to the police.

 

 

 

Also, some students of FUTA, who described the action as barbaric, stated that such offence, according to the institution’s Rule Book, stipulates outright rustication, which they stressed must be the fate of the affected students.

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PDP Reps flays Secondus’ comments

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he minority caucus in the House of Representatives  said it is shocked at the comments in a media interview credited to the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, wherein he, in spite of his position, “made very unpleasant statements against loyal members of the PDP”.

 

 

In a statement signed by Barr. Oyorima Idahosa, the group said, “the caucus is indeed surprised that at a time other leaders and critical stakeholders of the PDP are working hard for solutions to move the party forward, the National Chairman is rather detailing his aides to castigate party members and make unguarded comments on critical party matters.

 

 

“This is indeed the first time, since 1999, an aide of the National Chairman of the PDP or any political party for that matter, has ever insulted or castigated an elected member of the National Assembly; and for no reason.

 

“While the PDP members in the Caucus, as loyal and dedicated members of the party, will not join issues with the person of the National Chairman, he is however urged, as a leader, to be more circumspect in the manner he addresses issues relating to the party and her members in the media.

 

“It is even more saddening that at this time other leaders of our party are concerting efforts to ensure our victory at the Kogi and Bayelsa Governorship elections, those vested with piloting the affairs of our party are more interested in creating distractions and division within our fold.

 

“Indeed such comments by the National Chairman at a time like this, further inflames apprehensions that he is acting on the behest of certain external forces who are pursuing personal interests at the expense of our party’s unity.

 

“If the National Chairman needed to be in the media on the issue of the Minority Leadership in the House of Representatives, such opportunity should have been used to explain why the National Working Committee (NWC), which he chairs, has failed to act on the report of the three committees set up by the party to investigate this and other issues relating to the National Assembly.

 

“Nevertheless, the Minority leader, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, and his colleagues remain loyal and dedicated members of the PDP and, once again, urge the NWC to weigh its actions, in the interest of fairness, justice, and equity in line with the democratic ideals of our great party, the rules of the National Assembly and provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended”)

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Mother of four killed in presence of her pleading children

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mother of four, Mrs Nnedimma Nwaiwu, was shot dead on yesterday morning in Owerre-Ifakala village, Autonomous Community in Mbaitoli Council Area of Imo State, allegedly in the presence of her children.

Before the murder of Nnedimma, Mr Chinedu Chibuka was murdered Saturday night, in Umuchinenwe Umuagwuoche in Ifakala.

 

Members of the community believe the murder of the two victims were assassinations ordered by a known criminal, identified as Izuchukwu.

 

Chinedu, 32, before his death, was a security personnel attached to a poultry farm in the area, while Nnedimma was a mother of four children.

Nnedimma, 29, was killed in the presence of her little children, who it was gathered, had pleaded with the gunmen to spare their mother, but all their pleas fell on deaf ears.

 

Local sources said the killers scaled the fence and forced their way into the woman’s home. A resident, Efuobi, said that the people of Ifakala were shocked by the spate of attacks, adding that the killings were reprisals.

 

Another member of the community, who simply identified himself as Okenwa, said: “We cannot say for certain the real cause of the attacks, but we suspect it could be connected to the arrest of a criminal gang leader, identified as Izuchukwu by the police.”

 

 

Okenwa narrated that Izuchukwu’s gang had attacked the community some two years ago, but was apprehended by the villagers. The irate villagers were said to have set three members of Izuchukwu’s gang on fire, while Izuchukwu escaped.

 

Okenwa: “But since this year, the gang returned and became a thorn in the flesh of the people of our village. The community quickly informed the police about the return of Izuchukwu and his new gang. Last two weeks, he was arrested by the police and since then, we started witnessing these horrible attacks that led to the killing of the young man and woman.”

 

 

As at the time of filing in this report, the police public relations officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, was yet to respond to messages sent to him his phone on the matter. 

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Enugu: Kidnapped Catholic priest regains freedom

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A Catholic priest kidnapped in Enugu State has been freed, officials have said.

Theophilus Ndulue, the Parish Priest of St. Patrick Ihuonyia, Amansi-Odo, Ezeagu Local Government Area, Enugu State, was abducted on Friday.

The reverend father was kidnapped on his way back from the Diocesan Pastoral Council meeting held at Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu.

The Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the priest’s release, said he was released unhurt.

Also confirming his release, the Director of Communications, Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Benjamin Achi, thanked God that Ndulue returned safe and sound.

He prayed God to expose the perpetrators to forestall future occurrence.

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Indian keeps lion at residential building in Lagos

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A two-year-old lion has been discovered in a residential building in the Victoria Island area of Lagos State.

The lion, said to be owned by a yet to be named Indian national, is caged at Number 229, Muri Okunola Street in Victoria Island.

The Chairman of Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences, Yinka Egbeyemi, confirmed this to Channels Television on Sunday.

According to him, men of the Nigeria Police Force have been deployed in the area.

Egbeyemi also disclosed that efforts were ongoing by the state government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment to evacuate the animal from the building.

He added that the Indian national who owns the lion has been invited for questioning.

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Again, Lagos seals churches, mosques over noise pollution

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· Receives over 1,000 petitions monthly

Inundated by a barrage of petitions from residents, Lagos State government has shut down at least eight churches and mosques across the state in a renewed campaign against noise pollution.

 

This was even as New Telegraph learnt that the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), the agency saddled with the responsibility of regulating noise and other environmental pollution in the state, receives over 1,000 petitions monthly on noise pollution and other environmental nuisances. Hence, the government has ordered religious centres to seek permits before embarking on an open crusades or other religious activities.

 

New Telegraph gathered that following petitions by some residents of the host communities of the religious centres, some of the sealed worship centres had been warned to either relocate or reduce their noise pollution.

 

The shut facilities are located at; 68, old Otta Rd, Orile Agege, 4, Ademola Oshinowo Off love all Str, Ketu, Dele Amuda Street, Lekki, 17, Ajileye Str, Ilaje Bariga, 39, Kusenla Road Elegunshi, Ajayi Bembe Str. Abule Oja Yaba among others.

 

Speaking on the law enforcement exercise, the General Manager, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, (LASEPA), Dr Dolapo Fasawe said there would no longer be a hiding place for any religious organization that cannot operate within the ambit of the law, regardless of their faith inclinations.

 

Consequently, the LASEPA GM, declared it illegal to convert residential properties for religious use without recourse to the wellbeing of other residents, saying that the current administration was very concerned about the state of the environment.

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