Weapons seizure: The Turkey ‘generosity…. ‘Customs intercepted 2,671 pump-action rifles since January’

Nigeria is a nation quaked by crime. This may be why the massive seizures of munitions is both frightening and disquieting. For a country already brimming with criminalities, the latest hauls should cause sleepless nights for security chiefs, who ought to plug all loopholes and ensure that the country ceases to be a dumping ground for weapons. ISIOMA MADIKE reports Nigeria is generally been regarded by many to be a destination for dangerous weapons in recent times. The reason for this thinking may not be fanciful. The country is believed…

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GULLY EROSION: A DISASTER FORETOLD

The painful memories of gullies, particularly in the South South and South East geo-political zones have remained distressing. Before now, cracks in the soil often seem harmless but annual rainfall has continually weaken the fissures and trigger erosions, which had, in recent times, caused landslides that consumed homes, severed roads and divided communities, reports ISIOMA MADIKE.   A 48-year-old mother of two children, who gave her name simply as Mrs. Ubaka, hails from Ukwu-Nzu, a sleepy and agrarian town in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State. She narrated…

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RISING KADUNA ABDUCTIONS: They promised not to kidnap again but abducted my wife 2 months after –Victim

Kaduna, according to its inhabitants, now subsists in the jaws of kidnappers. Head, Special Investigation, ISIOMA MADIKE, tells the story of a state in which the rich and famous continually disguise to beat off the antics of abductors as he concludes this two-part story from his just-concluded tour of the state   Dr. Abdulmalik Durungwa, a Fulani and Kaduna-based businessman, deals on Information Communication Technology (ICT). The 55-year-old is also into politics. He had an experience he said he would never wish his enemies. That was on August 20, 2016.…

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‘Government is dealing with the issue of kidnapping decisively’

Samuel Aruwan is the spokesperson for Governor Nasir el-Rufai. He told Isioma Madike in this interview that security problem in Kaduna State is one of the legacies that his administration inherited from the previous government.   How would evaluate the security issues in Kaduna State? Let me start by stating that it remains one of the legacies that this administration inherited at inception. It is also important to understand the complex nature of the problem in this state. We have boundary with Zamfara, Katsina, Niger, Nasarawa, FCT, Bauchi, and Plateau.…

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We’ve resolved 1,125 kidnap cases –Ubua

Sunday Ubua is a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and second-in-command of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force. He said in this interview with Isioma Madike that sheer commitment and zeal drives the team.   Kaduna is one of the places your team has been to. How was the challenge like in that state? Kaduna is one place where we have really made impact. We got into that state because shortly after Governor Nasīr el-Rufai came in, one of the challenges his government faced was…

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Fear grips Kaduna over rising scale of abductions

Kaduna is gradually, but steadily, becoming a hub for kidnappings in Nigeria. Recently, kidnappers a chancy dimension, with many rings deceptively working as syndicates that specialise in trafficking of children for pecuniary motives. As more kids are being snatched away to languish in abductors’ den, the populace is left to watch with trepidation. Head, Special Investigation, ISIOMA MADIKE, who just returned from a tour of the state, reports   Kidnappings in and around Kaduna State seem to be turning deadly nowadays. Children, according to residents, appear to have suddenly become…

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RESIDENTS FLEE, CHOLERA BREAKS LOOSE AS FOUL ODOUR FILLS LAGOS NEIGHBOURHOOD

  The dumpsite on Adeleye Street are causing a great level of discomfort as they have already blocked the water channel flowing from the nearby Babs Animashaun Street in the Orile Iganmu area of Lagos State. Posing serious threat to their health, residents of the area are crying out loud over what is gradually have becoming a permanent refuse dump. In crying out to authorities concerned, residents, like everyone else, are focusing on the health hazards the communities become exposed to, while urging the state government to urgently address the…

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Doctors confirm my drug cures HIV, says Ezeibe

Maduike Ezeibe, a professor of Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Virology, is the Head, Department of Veterinary Medicine, at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State. He claimed in this interview with ISIOMA MADIKE and IGBEAKU ORJI to have developed Anti-retroviral Drug- Aluminum Magnesium Silicate (AMS), which has effects that could lay a perfect track for effective therapy for HIV, after over 19 years of intensive research. Extract:   When did you start the research on HIV/AIDS? I started this research on antiviral medicine many years ago. It…

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‘HIV should be included on Health Insurance Scheme’

Dr. Sani Aliu is the Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA). He said in this interview with CHANNELS TELEVISION, Sunrise programme, as monitored by our reporter that at the moment, only about one-third of those who are infected are on treatment.     There are issues about HIV status. Could you give an idea of the percentage number of those who know their status? About 48 per cent of people who have HIV know their status in Nigeria. At the moment, only about one-third of…

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HIV/AIDS EXPLOSION: Stigma, our biggest challenge –Patients

Stigma is borne out of fear, ignorance and prejudice. However, many believe it can be overcome with openness and access to information. While legal remedies and advocacy can be used to counter discrimination, APPOLONIA ADEYEMI, in this report revels how everyday stories of stigma and discrimination have changed lives   The last six weeks was tough for 36-year-old Human Immuno Virus (HIV) positive single lady, who identified herself simply as Dupe. She presented with persistent fever and has been in and out of hospital to seek the attention of health…

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