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Kidnapping: Kuje residents urge FG to introduce state police



Kidnapping: Kuje residents urge FG to introduce state police

…As Woman arraigned over alleged attempt to foil arrest of suspected kidnapper***

Some residents of Kuje Area Council, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have urged the Federal Government to introduce state police as a means to reduce the increasing rate of kidnapping in the area.

The residents made the call in separate interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kuje on Friday, following the recent kidnapping and other security challenges in the area.

Mr Isaac Taiwo, the Chairman,Pegi Community Association, said that with state police, it would be faster to respond to emergencies and distress situations in every society.

Taiwo said that the crime rate in Kuje, recently, was on the increase, particularly in terms of kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery among others, adding that the problem needed to be tackled decisively.

“The way things are going in Kuje, I believe that state police is the solution to our security challenges which will go hand in hand with community policing.

“In as much as the current policing system is unifying Nigerians, the government should add another tier of policing, which is state police,” he said.

Mr Joseph Gado, resident of Dafara community, said he was in support of the adoption of community policing in the country, adding that complementing it with state police would help to improve the security situation in the country.

Gado said that due to the frequent kidnapping incidents and other security challenges in the country, there was the need for Nigeria to have state or community police.

“There is need for the Federal Government to introduce state police, to reduce the rise of killings and kidnapping in the country.

“Introducing state police will enhance the understanding between the policed and the police in every community.

“The solution to security challenges in the country is to establish a comprehensive state police structure, to help in reducing crimes,” Gado said.

Also read:  Gunmen on RAMPAGE: Kill one, abduct NSCDC officer, his two children in Kuje

Abraham David of Paseli Community, said lack of state police was what brought about vigilante and cultural security outfits in different settlements.

“If you bring people from different areas who do not understand the culture and lifestyle of the people they are policing, they will not be able to fight crime.

“When you post somebody from another tribe, he will not know where to enter and where not to enter and how to go about things, because he is not part of the culture.

“All over the world, to police properly, you need to have people within the locality to be part of effective policing,” David said.

Mrs Sarah Kaka, a resident of Gaube community in Kuje, lamented the rising spate of insecurity and called Area Council Chairman and FCT Minister to end kidnapping in the area.

NAN reports that FCT Police Command on Thursday, confirmed the killing of one person and abduction of a Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officer with his two children at Dafara community in Kuje Area Council.

(PPRO), FCT Police The Command, through its Police Public Relations Office, said it had commenced a joint counter operation against kidnapping in Kuje and its environs.

In the meantime,  a 22-year-old woman, Anita Emajemite on Friday appeared before an Asaba Magistrate Court charged with attempting to aid a kidnap suspect escape arrest.

According to the police charge sheet, the defendant, whose relationship with the alleged kidnap suspect could not be ascertained, tried to foil his arrest by law enforcement agents.

It said that Emajemite allegedly tried to foil the arrest of one Wisdom Emurekhuoevbose, a suspected kidnap kingpin.

The defendant, who was arrested while trying to use a kidnap victim’s ATM card to withdraw money, is also charged with abetting crime.

The Prosecutor, Mr Gillian Okwagbe told the court that the accused committed the offences on July 5. 2019 at Oghara in Delta State.

He said that the offences were punishable under Sections 138 and 201 of the Criminal Code Cap C21 Vol 1 Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2006.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against her.

The Magistrate, Mrs Edith Anumodu, admitted Emajemite to bail in the sum of N100,000 with a surety in like sum.

Anumodu said that the surety must reside within the courts jurisdiction and provide an affidavit of means and two passport photographs.

She adjourned the case until Oct. 15, for definite hearing.


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Clean Naija Campaign: Showcasing The Impact Of Dr Moyinoluwa Oladoye



…In collaboration with Reckitt, Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN) and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA)

Dr. Moyinoluwa Oladoye, a young visionary leader and healthcare social entrepreneur has radically influenced sanitation and hygiene practices in Nigeria.

 In collaboration with Reckitt, Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), he plays a leadership role as the Senior Programme Officer at SRHIN in a transformative initiative to improve the practice of handwashing, hygiene, and sanitation, to about 6 million Nigerians between 2019 and 2025. 

*Dr. Oladoye with representatives from Reckitt Nigeria and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA).

With over 5 years of experience as a public health professional, Dr Oladoye has played a pivotal role in the Dettol Quest Hygiene Program that has reached hundreds of schools, health facilities and communities across 3 states in Nigeria since 2019. 

The Dettol Quest Hygiene Program, provides hygiene kits, materials, and structured education, which has led to a notable improvement in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours associated with sanitation and hygiene practices in Nigeria.

*Group photo with some of the project beneficiaries (students) at the Dettol Quest Hygiene Program closeout event in Lagos, Nigeria. 

The most recent rigorous impact assessment conducted in 2023 led by Dr Oladoye spanned through students, community members, and mothers/ pregnant women via pre-implementation (baseline) and post-implementation (endline) surveys. The results showed remarkable improvement in the knowledge, attitude and practice of the project’s beneficiaries.

Following former President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration for the Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 Order, Dr Oladoye is one of Nigeria’s leading Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) advocates whose projects on WASH have been presented at several state and national stakeholders meetings on WASH.

*Dr. Oladoye during the impact assessment presentation at the closeout event in Lagos, Nigeria. 

This includes the recent closeout event that held in Lagos, drawing a distinguished gathering of stakeholders, including Reckitt Nigeria, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), the Federal Ministry of Education, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), and other pivotal figures in the fields of public health and education.

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NDLEA Arrests 92 Suspects, Seizes 217kg Illicit Substances In Kaduna



NDLEA arrests India-bound businessman with 9.40kg heroin in Lagos

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kaduna State Command, has arrested 92 suspects and seized 217.02kg of illicit substances since the beginning of 2024.

The state Commander of NDLEA, Mr Samaila Danmalam, disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Kaduna.

According to him,  the suspects comprise 88 males and four females.

He added that the seized substances included Indian hemp, cocaine, heroin, tramadol and methamphetamine.

The commander said that NDLEA operatives raided 19 illicit drugs in the state during the period.

He said that the command secured the conviction of 24 suspects and charged  25 to court during the period.

“ln its drug demand reduction efforts, 29 drug users were counselled while seven drug addicts were successfully rehabilitated.

“In a bid to dissuade members of the public from illicit drug use and trafficking, enlightenment campaigns were carried out at various locations targeting 6,956 participants.

The commander called on members of the public to provide useful and timely information to the command, saying the fight against drug abuse and trafficking requires the support of all Nigerians.

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Enugu Hospital Detains Nnewi Woman, Her Triplets Over N352,350 Delivery Bill



Gov. Soludo appoints CPS, MD/CEOs, others

A private hospital, Praise and Grace Hospital and Maternity, Enugu, has detained Mrs Joan Orajiobi and her triplets over the family’s inability to pay the delivery bill of N352,350.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Orajiobi, a native of Nnewi in Anambra, gave birth to two girls and a boy in the hospital in Enugu on New Year’s Day.

Speaking to NAN from the hospital on Friday, Orajiobi, who lives at Ologo Quarters, Uwani Enugu, said she had been discharged on Jan. 8 but held by the hospital due to their inability to complete the hospital bill.

She said the hospital billed them a total of N482,350, but that her husband was only able to pay N130,000, the remaining balance of N352,350.

“The bill amounted to that because I gave birth through Caesarian Section (CS).
“I am a hairdresser. I had two girls already before this pregnancy came in May, but I never knew I was pregnant with triplets until the scan which showed that l was carrying twins.

Gov. Soludo appoints CPS, MD/CEOs, others
*Gov. Soludo of Anambra State

“I am pleading to Nigerians, organisations especially the governors of Enugu and Anambra States, to come to my rescue and assist us with financial support. I want to go home and take care my children.

“Anybody that is touched by our condition can reach and assist us through my husband’s Access Account Number 0043854232, Account Name: Nchekwube Orajiobi C. and his WhatsApp 08065846537,’’ she pleaded.

She added that she was always touched seeing other patients who came after them leaving the hospital while they were held because they could not pay.

The husband, Mr Cornelius Orajiobi, a trader, said they both hailed from Obiofia in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

He said he was excited to have triplets but regretted that it would be difficult for him and his wife to take care of the babies in terms of feeding.

“Nigerians should please assist us because this gift is bigger than what we can cater for alone.

“The N130,000 I deposited came from friends and well-wishers while I borrowed some.
“Apart from the medical bill, I need what I will use to bring up these kids,’’ he pleaded.

When contacted, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Shedrack Emeribe, told NAN that he operated on Orajiobi without a deposit from the family.

He added that it was after four days of the operation that her husband deposited N60,000 before making it up to N130,000.
He explained that all the things they were requested for the delivery were not provided, stressing that the hospital provided it for them.

“I told the husband to make an initial deposit of N150,000 but he never paid a dime till a few days after CS. But I have to save those lives,” he said.

He said that the bill of N482,350 included surgery, theatre, drug fees, and Hospital Services. 

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