REAL REASONS NIGERIANS COMMIT SUICIDE

  51 Nigerians died by suicide in five months, media reports   Triggers/signs of suicide – Talking or writing about death – Sense of hopelessness and helplessness – No sense of purpose in life – Withdrawal from friends, family, community – Reckless behaviour or more risky activities – Dramatic mood changes – Mood disorders, alcoholism, substance misuse – Previous suicide attempt(s) – A history of suicide in the family – Breakup of a relationship or a death – Academic failures – History of trauma or abuse – Chronic physical illness…

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OPEN DEFECATION: A WORSENING HEALTH CHALLENGE

The recent report that listed Nigeria among the top five open defecation countries in the world is not surprising but lamentable. The worrying aspect remains the disclosure that the country is set to overtake India in this inglorious health index, ISIOMA MADIKE, reports   The campaign “Clean Nigeria, Use the Toilet,” is the latest effort of President Muhammadu Buhari to end open defecation in the country by 2025. The president is said to be prepared to launch the campaign at a date yet to be announced. This follows the disturbing…

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NIGERIAN HIGHWAYS: DEN OF KIDNAPPERS

Nigeria’s highway is giving many sleepless nights as kidnappings and deaths are gradually but steadily becoming the order of the day. ISIOMA MADIKE, who has been following this ugly trend, reports     On May 5, a trailer-load of gunmen suspected to be kidnappers attacked travellers on the Ilesha-Ife Expressway. It was gathered that the trailer conveying the attackers suddenly stopped in the middle of the highway at Ikoyi town in Osun State about 6.45pm, while the gunmen disembarked and started shooting at everyone in sight. The Public Relations Officer…

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‘There is collaboration, compromise by service personnel in kidnapping’

Mike Ejiofor is a former Director of the State Security Service (SSS). In an interview with SUNRISE DAILY CREW on Channels Television recently, the security expert said the federal government needs to think in terms of technology to curtail the spate of kidnappings on Nigeria’s highways. Excerpts   Can you take us through your experience in the hands of kidnappers and why it took you that long to let Nigerians know that some uniform men were involved in your ordeal?   xWell, in the intelligence practice there is what is…

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HOW ‘CASH TRANSFER PROGRAMME’ BOOSTS GIRLS’ EDUCATION IN KEBBI

The federal government and development partners are working round the clock to reduce the huge number of out-of-school children in the country, especially in northern Nigeria. However, an unconditional cash transfer programme which caused an explosion in enrolment in schools, has laid bare some challenges confronting education in the North. REGINA OTOKPA reports     It was a bright Tuesday morning; school is in session but with heavy make-up on her face and a tray of pepper on her head, eight-year-old Aisha Samaila, spent the whole day including school hours,…

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DEPRESSION: THE IGNORANCE, THE STIGMA

Many people, including medical experts, seem to agree on depression as the possible cause of most suicide incidents. Hopelessness, feelings of guilt, loss of interest, insomnia, and low self-esteem are some of the most popular symptoms of depression. And while effective prevention and treatment of such mood disorders have been known to reduce the scourge, however, ignorance and stigmatisation often prevents depressed patients from accessing needed treatment, especially in this part of the world. Yet, two renowned Ifa priests, perhaps unsurprisingly, maintain a different stance from the arguments canvassed by…

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CHOKOR SMOKING OVENS The riverine women’s new-found love

The traditional method of fish-smoking in the Niger Delta region saw women spending many hours tending to fish laid out on mesh over smoking coals. Health hazards from smoke inhalation were high, while the output from such intensive labour was often low. That is now changing with the introduction of new smoking ovens. AKINWALE GANG, who recently toured the oil rich area, reports that the new technology is boosting income, providing better food and improves health   Omowunmi Omoyele, 26, was getting ready to prepare her fresh fish for smoking.…

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ALLEGED SODOMY: THE UNTOLD STORY OF A GAY PASTOR

Homosexuality and sodomy are two practices hitherto alien to this clime. But not anymore! ISIOMA MADIKE, who has been tracking the activities of those neck-deep in these acts, tells a disgusting story of a self-confessed pastor filled with evil spirits     He is not just gay but one going about allegedly sodomising young boys with a bible in his hands. He deceived many of them pretending to be a pastor and lured his innocent victims into this barbaric, disgusting and shameful act. And because of his large bible, which…

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DISTRESSED BUT RELUCTANT TO RELOCATE TO A NEW ABODE

The need for the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) to save lives may have informed the swift demolishing of marked defective structures after the Ita-Faji and Kakawa Street building collapses. And as part of efforts to provide succour to the victims who are affected by this exercise, the government has provided accommodation at the State Relief/Resettlement Centre in Igando, Alimosho Local Government Area. ISIOMA MADIKE, who visited the Island as well as Ignado, tells a story of a distressed people who are reluctant to relocate to a new abode…

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Malt drinks: Sweet silent killers (2)

People consume malt drinks believing they are good energy sources. But there are now worries as experts say their sugar contents could significantly increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. ISIOMA MADIKE, who has been on this story, concludes the series       When a former Vice-Chancellor at the Benson Idahosa University (BIU), Benin, Edo State, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, dragged the Nigerian Breweries Plc to a High Court in Benin City for alleged deception, many thought he was just playing to the gallery. But the professor of Biochemistry…

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