NIGERIA: AN END TO POLIO IN SIGHT

Polio, short for poliomyelitis, or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease caused by poliovirus. In about 0.5 per cent of cases there is muscle weakness resulting in an inability to move. This can occur over a few hours to a few days. Nigeria, according to the World Health Organisation, has gone three years without a case of wild polio being detected. This, it said, is a significant milestone in the quest to eradicate the disease. ISIOMA MADIKE in this report looks at the journey so far     The news…

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Minna floods: Cholera outbreak fears rise, as displaced persons sleep in worship centres

Gov Sani Bello begs FG to rescue Niger     Exactly 11 months after the incessant floods affected 22 out of the 25 local government areas in Niger State leaving 40 persons dead and several thousands homeless, more danger looms in Minna the state capital as residents now take refuge in worship centres following another round of flooding. In this report, DANIEL ATORI writes about the flash flood that happened recently in Bosso and Chanchaga local government areas of the state leaving hundreds rendered homeless     In Minna, a…

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My marriage to missionary divinely ordained, says IDP-turned-lawyer

I dreamt Juliet would be my wife long before I met her –Husband   The International Christian Centre, home of Internally Displaced Persons, in Uhogua, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State, was a beehive of activities recently as Mr Hossana Ovadje and Juliet Ogbomo, were joined in marriage. In a chat with Saturday Telegraph Juliet who is a full product of Edo IDP camp but now a lawyer with Edo State Ministry of Justice said of her marriage to Hossana: “My marriage to Hossana Ovadje was divine.…

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I sought housekeeping job with fake name just to steal –Maid

A lady, Franca Amaha, who stole her employer’s foreign currencies six hours after she was employed at Masha area of Surulere, Lagos State, has claimed that she stole the money to help her sick mother. The 26-year-old lady, who confessed that she deliberately sought a housekeeping work in order to steal, added that after pilfering the money she changed some to naira, fixed her hair and banked the rest. This was even as she claimed: “I stole the money because I got a call from my village that my mother…

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DEFORMED, RAPED, REJECTED

…the moving story of Osaigbakhome     Uhunoma, Kemi Osaigbakhome, 36, has known no peace from birth. For her, life has been hellish. Born with physical deformity, rejected by her father, community and friends, she is still holding onto fate that life can only get better. The fathers of her three children didn’t help either. They, too, abandoned her to fate. Interestingly, she refuses to be deterred by the many challenges life keeps throwing at her. She is a good example of the motivational talk of making a lemonade out…

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Collapsed bridge: ATBU Gubi campus doesn’t look like university, everything is poor –Students

Bau chi Students of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University where a bridge collapsed recently killing some students have said that the school does not look like a university and that facilities on the campus are far from adequate. The collapse of the bridge was as a result of a downpour in the state, which lasted for some hours. Speaking to Saturday Telegraph under anonymity a 100 level student in the Department of Agriculture Economic and Extension from Kogi State Hadiza Usman Ishaya (not real name) said the school had been…

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How we delivered 10-year-old rape victim of her baby –Doctor

The news about a 10-year-old orphaned girl displaced by Fulani herdsmen attack, and who delivered a baby girl after having been raped hit the airwaves recently Little Masenengen Targba is one of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in Jor Fada, one of the unofficial camps not captured by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on the outskirts of North Bank area of Makurdi metropolis.   The victim got impregnated by a paedophile, Terna Taga, after relocating along with her uncle to the North Bank area of Makurdi.…

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UNICEF, NOA, mobilizing for essential family practices

  I t is one thing to conceive a lofty programme but entirely a different ball game to reach the target audience with the effective implementation of the programme. Unlike other government and institutional programmes, which fail at the level of implementation, the message of the Essential Family Practice, EFP, of the UNICEF using the National Orientation Agency (NOA), as vehicle for awareness creation, has been enthusiastically received by the women which explained its permeation in most communities and families in Abia State.   Women have been known to be…

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Curious boys attack hermaphrodite, Okeke, try to view genitals

AFTERMATH OF SATURDAY TELEGRAPH’S STORY   Mixed reactions have trailed the exclusive report published last week by Saturday Telegraph on Afam Okeke, a 25-year-old hermaphrodite, who last week revealed her worries and experiences over her intersex condition. It was reported that the Enugu-born grew up as a man but gradually developed feminine traits at adulthood.   In our exclusive report last week, Okeke said: “My body wasn’t really male or female. I was born with mixed features; people didn’t believe when I told them. What I was raised up in/living…

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SUSPECTS WHO DRUG DRIVERS, STEAL THEIR CARS: We target only greedy cab drivers who like free beer

Operatives of the Inspector- General of Police (IGP) Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), have arrested two members of a syndicate, who allegedly specialised in drugging cab drivers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, in order to steal their vehicles.   The syndicate came under IRT radar after it drugged a serving soldier to death, quickly buried him to conceal their crime and then stole his Peugeot 406 saloon car. The soldier, Sergeant Richard Akaeze, was said to have been using his car as cab during his off-days to augment…

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