Health and Safety

DSS nabs suspected Boko Haram, kidnapper`s medic in Kaduna

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…As Physician warns against treating Fibroids with drugs containing estrogen***

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested a suspected Boko Haram and kidnappers medic, Yusuf Salisu, aka Bala at Sabon Birni village, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr Peter Afunanya, said in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday that the suspect was arrested on Nov. 9 by a joint DSS and Military team.

Afunanya said until his arrest, he operated a medicine store and regularly treated wounded kidnappers or their victims.

He added that the suspect had been linked with 13 high profile Boko Haram Commanders on the wanted list of security agencies in the country.

The spokesman said that the service has also arrested four members of a gunrunning syndicate while two members of the group, Bitrus Badung and Emeka Obi were still at large.

The suspects are: Kim Dung, a local AK-47 rifle fabricator, Hubert Akubulo, aka Okafor, Chidi Stanley and Elochukwu Oguabia.

It would be recalled that a member of the syndicate, Dare Okunwola, aka Boda, had earlier been arrested by the joint team in Jos.

He said that during the operation, 1,163 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the group.

Afunanya said that the service had also arrested a notorious suspected kidnapper, Muhammad Musa, aka Zara while perfecting plans to kidnap a lawmaker and a prominent personality in Kaduna and Kano respectively.

He said that the suspect was arrested on Nov. 7 at Mararaban-Jos, also in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state.

The spokesman said that the service also arrested a suspected member of the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), Umar Nuhu, who was a close associate of Liman Maitukwane, current leader of Ansaru group.

He said that the suspect was arrested on Nov. 13 at Rafin-Guza, Kaduna State by the joint team.

The spokesman said that the group was responsible for several attacks on Military Bases in the North- East.

He said that the service on Nov. 16 arrested five suspected members of a kidnap and cattle rustling syndicate at Gumel, Jigawa while on transit.

The suspects are: Shuaibu Shehu, Abdulkarim Dauda, Adamu Usaini, Umar Adamu and Usaini Shede.

Afunanya said items recovered from him are one AK-47 Rifle, one locally made Pistol, two military uniforms, 64 cows, four donkeys, some rams and two machetes.

He said that the service would sustain these efforts aimed at ridding the country of all forms of criminality.

“Every law abiding person is enjoined to be patriotic and volunteer useful information that will help accomplish this task,“ he said.

He appreciated sister security agencies whose unrelenting efforts have guaranteed these successes, adding that adequate security would be put in place during and after the yuletide and elections.

In the meantime, Dr Osas Ikponwonsa, the Chief Medical Director of Calvary Estate Hospital, Benin, says women are likely to develop fibroids when they take birth control pills that contain estrogen.

Ikponwonsa said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Benin.

Fibroid is a non-cancerous growth in the uterus that can develop during a woman’s childbearing age.

Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system and secondary
sex characteristics.

He said: “fibroids are the most frequently seen tumors of the female reproductive system. It is estimated that between 20 to 50 per cent of women of reproductive age have fibroids, although not all are diagnosed.

“Some estimates state that up to 30 to 77 per cent of women will develop fibroids sometime during their childbearing years.’’

According to Ikponwonsa, the tumors are benign (non-cancerous) in most cases, stressing that the tumors are neither associated with cancer nor increase a woman’s risk of uterine cancer.

He added that fibroids may range from the size of a pea to the size of a small grapefruit or softball.

The physician, however, said that the cause(s) of fibroids was still unclear, but it was the belief that each tumor developed from an aberrant muscle cell in the uterus and could multiply rapidly because of the influence of estrogen.

He said women who were approaching menopause were at the greatest risk of fibroids because of their long exposure to high levels of estrogen.

The physician listed the symptoms as: heavy or prolonged menstrual periods, abnormal bleeding between menstrual periods and pelvic pain as the tumor pressed on pelvic organs.

Others are frequent urination, low back pain and pain during intercourse, a firm mass, often located near the middle of the pelvis, which can be felt by a doctor.

Ikponwonsa, therefore, advised women against unhealthy living, unnecessary medications and drug abuse.

He also urged them to be sensitive to their health needs and also to watch out for symptoms for early detection and easy cure.


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