Visit National Orthopaedic Hospital, lose your limbs –Patients

An orthopaedic hospital is supposed to be a place where issues that have to do with bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons are treated. But what happens to patients in some of such hospitals leaves much to be desired. JOSEPH AGUMAGU, reports   The day started well for 76-yearold grandmother, who identified herself simply as Ajoke. There was nothing to suggest something sinister was lurking in the dark for her. Her intuition was dulled by her excitement of that particular day. She had just finished worshipping her creator, and was…

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THE DYING CULTURE OF GIVING FIRST SALARY TO PARENTS

It used to be a common culture in Nigeria. But not anymore! Then, children were expected to hand over their first salary to their fathers, and if their grandfathers are alive, it goes to him. It is somewhat distinct for the family and it attracts special blessings from such fathers. But, the practise seems to have disappeared. ISIOMA MADIKE, in this report, attempts to find out   In African tradition the family has to make one part of it. “First Salary” is one of the cultures that have endured over…

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HOSPITALS’ REFUSAL TO TREAT GUNSHOT VICTIMS: THE LIES, THE TRUTHS

Our fears, by doctors The cruel fate of involving in an accident or being shot by robbers could happen to anybody. Given the sanctity of human life, and the fact that the law makes provisions for obligatory treatment and care for such persons, it becomes puzzling to see some Nigerian hospitals still reject gunshot victims. ISIOMA MADIKE, in this report, looks at this vexatious issue   Doctors, by their professional calling, have a duty to save lives. But the issue of harassment when victims are treated without police report appears…

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LAND USE ACT: MEANSTO EXPLOIT HAPLESS PUBLIC

Fettered with institutional failure, dearth of political will and inherent defects, the Land Use Act seems to have lost its salt by becoming an exploitative tool in the hand of state governors 40 years after. DA YO AYEYEMI reports.   When the Land Use Act was enacted in 1978, the intension was to remove bitter controversies that arose over title to land. It was specifically meant to assist the citizenry, irrespective of status, to realise the ambition and aspiration of owning land for housing provision within the country. The intent,…

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DEATH, NIGHTMARES: AGONY OF RESIDENTS SACKED BY FLOOD

Rainy seasons bring tears and sorrow to most residents across the country. Whenever it rains, flood sweeps chaos and confusion into homes. EMMANUEL IFEANYI recently took a tour of Abia South Local Government Area and returned with nightmarish tales of a people in agony who are constantly swept away by the ravaging tidal wave   Ugwunna Ahuruonye Nwaogu is the son of late Chief Mathew Ahuruonye Nwaogu, one of the popular landlords in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State. For years, the younger Nwaogu watched helplessly as flood…

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SPOUSAL KILLINGS: Jealous Nigerian women on the rampage

Nigeria appears to be grappling with unprecedented number of husbands being sent to their early graves by their wives. This was very rare in time past. But not anymore! It is, at present, becoming regular headline news. In this report, ISIOMA MADIKE, attempts to find answers to this new “madness”   In a marriage, spouses continually need each other, especially for emotional support. But not anymore! Nigerian men, it appears, are no longer feeling safe in their marriages. They seem to be wondering what has happened to their wives. In…

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INCEST: Infants dishonoured by fathers from hell

  It has been a season of agony as the ugly incidence of babies’ defilement by their biological fathers across the country has taking a dimension that gives concern to many. This unbelievable romance of immorality, according to this report by ISIOMA MADIKE, is sometimes perpetrated by close relations, friends of the families, pastors and handlers of the toddlers     It seems that the case of fathers defiling their own daughters is on the increase in Nigeria. Some of them give “stupid” excuses as the reasons for their actions,…

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Dirty fuel: Death by instalment

The unfortunate result of the Federal Government’s foot-dragging on end to importation of dirty fuel is a cut in lifespan of Nigerians and their automobiles. ADEO LA YUSUF in this report reveals why Nigerians and their automobile will still keep living shorter lifetime than their counterparts in Africa   Over 90 per cent of premium motor spirit (PMS) also known as petrol in circulation in Nigeria is venomous. The Federal Government is not only aware of the danger this dirty fuel –legally imported into the country, posed to citizens, it…

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DARING TALES OF BANK ROBBERS

Banks have, indeed, become a refuge for daredevil robbers. In recent times, the raiders bared their fangs in banks, carting away millions of naira and leaving their victims in emotional trauma, with some sent to early graves. Such acts are fast becoming a nemesis for the banking public. And the records, according to this report by Isioma Madike, are not just statistical curiosities but a blur in the security around banks   Reports of bank robberies in the country appear to be on the rise, which is a major concern…

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DEATHS IN PARLIAMENT: Why they happen

Public officers in the prime of their life aren’t supposed to collapse and die. But, it occasionally happens, making sudden deaths front-page news. ISIOMA MADIKE in this report attempts to find out how they can possible avoid such dreadful deaths   The Nigerian lawmaking chambers have had to mourn members of the legislative arm of the government since January. Within the spate of four months, five legislators, an ex-lawmaker inclusive, have been reported dead. In March, the sad news of the death of Senator Ali Wakil, who represented Bauchi South…

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