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Attack on Owo Church is an unspeakable evil — Osinbajo



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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has described the attack on St. Francis Catholic Church of Owo in Ondo State as an “unspeakable evil” and condemnable in all ramifications.

Osinbajo, who stated this at the church on Monday, said his visit was to commiserate with the church, the people of Owo and the state on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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“This is a horrible tragedy and I do not think anyone will wish this for their worst adversary.

“These (the perpetrators) are animals who have behaved in such a way that is shocking, and the most depraved way,” he said.

According to the Vice-President, the attack is a sore in the heart of every Nigerian, and the perpetrators of the attack do not represent Nigeria in any way.

He added that President Buhari has ordered a full-scale investigation, and that the attackers would be apprehended.

Osinbajo commended the attitude, calmness and courage of the people of the community and the church, adding that the Federal Government was encouraged and pleased by this.

In the meantime, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has described the gruesome murder of parishioners at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, on Sunday as an unspeakable evil.

The vice president said the perpetrators would  be fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the vice president visited Owo town and the Catholic Church to commiserate with the clergy, community and people of the state over the incident.

The vice president also visited those who were injured at St. Louis Catholic Hospital in the town.

Osinbajo said the incident was terrible tragedy and unspeakable evil by depraved minds and terrorists.

“The president has already ordered a full-scale investigation of this crime.

” Without any doubt, those who perpetrated this will be fished out and they will pay for the consequences of this crime.”

The vice president was received in Akure by the Ondo State Dep. Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, and was later joined by Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu in Owo.

During his visit to the palace of the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye III, in company  of Akeredolu;  Osinbajo told the traditional ruler that his visit was on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, who sent his condolences.

“This barbaric act is one that has to be condemned by all.

“But more importantly, we must find the perpetrators and they must be punished, and we must set an example.

“Anyone who will go into a place where there are children, elderly people and shoot them, throw explosives at them, cannot be dignified by their description as humans.”

He expressed his condolences to the traditional ruler, the entire community and people of the state.

The vice president said the Federal Government, through the security agencies, would  ensure that the perpetrators were found and justice was done.

“This is the pledge that the Federal Government has made through the security agencies, that the perpetrators are found, and that we are able to discover exactly what it is that led to this situation in Owo, which, as you said, is a peaceful community that is not known for excessive behaviour.

“We need to investigate this thoroughly and find out exactly the situation.

“You can be sure of the Federal Government’s resolve to ensure that we don’t just support the efforts of the state government in every way we can, but to ensure that this act of terrorism is punished.

” But also, more importantly, to ensure that going forward, we are able to protect the citizens of this state, and the citizens of all states around Nigeria.”

The vice president commended the courage and resoluteness of the priest and the church’s congregation in handling the situation, despite the gravity and loss of their loved ones.

Osinbajo said that the words they spoke showed that they were the ones who truly represented the people.

He acknowledged Akeredolu’s efforts in tackling security issues in the state and his exemplary work.

“I will ensure that I take this message back to the President and that you are supported in every way to ensure the security and welfare of the people of Ondo State.”

Osinbajo also addressed youths in Owo outside of the palace.

He urged them not to take matters into their own hands, but allow the rule of law and justice take its course.

“I can understand how you feel because that is how all reasonable people all over Nigeria feel.

It’s a very terrible thing indeed.

“It should never be allowed to happen, and I understand how you feel about so many other things.

“Many have lost their relatives, families; we are still going to the hospital to see those who are injured, many of them are very badly injured from the account I have heard.

“As young people, we must understand that despite the security challenges, when there is trouble, we are the ones who must come together, not to fight, but to say our country can be better than this; it is possible for our country to be better.

“The solutions lie, not just in government, but in all of us, especially young people; and I believe very strongly in Nigeria’s young people.

“We will eventually solve all of these challenges, and all of us will be involved,” he said.

The vice president  reiterated the Federal Government’s resolve not only to find those who committed this grievous crime, but also to resolve security challenges across the country.


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Heavy Downpour Leaves Lagos-Badagry Expressway Flooded; Residents Groan 



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Hundreds of motorists and passengers going to Mile 2 were on Saturday stranded as flood from morning downpour disrupted free movement on the Trade Fair and Abule -Ado axis of the Lagos- Badagry Expressway.

The resultant flood from the downpour also blocked the trade fair axis, temporarily impeding the movement of vehicles on the expressway.

NAN also reports that the rainfall, which started at 5.00 a.m. and continued for hours, forced many passengers to come down from commercial vehicles and resort to trekking from Abule-Ado to Barracks in Ojo.

Some passengers and motorists urged the Lagos State Government to clear the drainage to avert such flood incidents.

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*Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu

Mrs Ibironke Adegboyega, a trader in Ebute-Aro, Lagos Island, said that the flood had prevented her from going to open her shop.

*Another passenger trying to cross from one side of Lagos Badagry expressway to the other during the downpour on Saturday.

“The flood has completely blocked the expressway, some vehicles that tried to access the road had been trapped in the flood.

“The drainage is blocked by plastics and nylon preventing the passage of the water.

“Lagos government should wake up to its responsibility and clear the drainage, they should also warn the traders against indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

“I have to go back home now because it is dangerous to force your way in there due to the flood,” she said.

*Commuters trekking due to flood caused the morning downpour  in Lagos

Mr Toyosi Stephen, a passenger, said the blockage of the expressway was due to the way the contractor handling the project constructed the road.

“One will see that from Abule-Ado down to the Trade fair axis is very sloppy making water to gather under the bridge.

“This also applies to when you are coming from Barracks down to Trade fair, so the water coming from Abule-Ado and Barracks will gather at trade fair and block the movement of vehicles and passengers.

“Government should work on this and also ensure clearing of drainage around this place all the time.

“I have been trapped here, I have to go back to Agbara and sleep,” he said.

*The blockage at the Trade fair axis of Lagos Badagry expressway.

Mr Mutiu Suru, a bus conductor, said the flood would reduce when the rain stopped and that vehicles and passengers would be able to move freely on the expressway.

“The rain is heavy, that’s why the flood blocked the road, but I can tell you that in an hour’s time, vehicles will start going.

“All we need to do is to exercise patience and relax in our vehicles,” he said.

NAN reports that the floods also affected communities in Badagry including Mowo, Ikoga, Ansarudeen, Ajara-Vetho, Aghelaso, and Zogakome areas.

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HEAVY DOWNPOUR: LASG Postpones Planned 2-Sunday Traffic Diversion On 3rd Mainland Bridge



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 …To announce new dates later***

Due to the heavy downpour experienced in all parts of the Metropolis today, the Lagos State Government has announced the postponement of the planned Two Sundays palliative works on the failed sections of the 3rd Mainland Bridge, which was scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday 17th, and Sunday 24th September 2023.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Oluwaseun Osiyemi who confirmed this in a release, explained that the rain has affected the preliminaries of the planned palliative works on the asphalt pavement of the bridge by the Lagos State Public Works Corporation.

Assuring that a later date which will be subject to weather conditions will be duly communicated for the palliative works, the Transport Commissioner urged Motorists to continue to access the bridge with observance of safety measures.

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Live Worm Found In Woman’s Brain In Australia



Australian doctors have found a live parasitic worm in a woman’s brain in a world-first discovery.

In a new study published on Tuesday, researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) and Canberra Hospital detailed the discovery of the parasitic roundworm.

The eight-cm Ophidascaris robertsi roundworm, which is usually found in pythons, was pulled from the patient, a 64-year-old woman, still alive and wriggling after brain surgery.

Sanjaya Senanayake, a leading infectious disease expert from ANU and the Canberra Hospital, said in a media release that it was a world first.

According to the study, the patient was admitted to a local hospital in south-east New South Wales (NSW) in 2021 after three weeks of abdominal pain and diarrhea.

In 2022, after she started experiencing forgetfulness and depression, a neurosurgeon at Canberra Hospital identified an abnormality in the right frontal lobe of the brain from an MRI scan, prompting the surgery that discovered the roundworm.

The study hypothesizes that the patient was probably infected by touching, or eating, native grasses that a carpet python had shed the parasite into.

She remains under monitoring by infectious disease and brain experts. 

– Xinhua

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