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Police arrest Pastor Ezeh, 14 other suspected criminals, recover guns, ammunition in Enugu



Gunmen attack Imo Police Command, Correctional Centre, free inmates

…As Official says 6 inmates of Correctional Service, Abeokuta, await universities’ admission***

The Enugu state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmad Abdurrahman, on Tuesday paraded suspected criminals arrested in the State which included one Pastor Chukwuemeka Ezeh and 14 others for their alleged involvement in various crimes in the state and across the country.

Abdurrahman said that police operatives arrested Pastor Ezeh, for alleged murder of his girl-friend and church-member within the Railway axis of Enugu metropolis, and allegedly carted away all her belongings and a cash of N2 million.

The Command had within three weeks recovered four locally-made guns, four live cartridges, 13 handsets, three vehicles, one tricycle and an English Sword from suspects.

The state’s Commissioner of Police said the arrest of the suspects followed intelligence information and collaboration with other security agencies, noting that the command made the arrest within three weeks in various locations within and outside the state.

He said that within the period under review, the command through painstaking intelligence was able to bust a 7-man armed robbery gang network in the country.

“This group, whose members were arrested in Lagos, Port Harcourt, FCT, Aba and Enugu, has been terrorising and snatching vehicles all along within the state and move them to other parts of the country for sales.

“The Command through its intelligence operatives and the Independence Layout Police Division travelled to most parts of the country to round-up this well networked criminal group.

“The items recovered from the suspects included; a Toyota Corolla; a Toyota Spider Camry Car, one Honda Odessey, one locally-made pistol and one English Sword,’’ he said.

The commissioner said that three suspects were also arrested for conspiracy and armed robbery as well as disturbing the peace of Umuebi community in Udi Local Government Area.

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 “The command also arrested a 75-year-old man, one Boniface Onoja, for allegedly defiling an 11-year-old girl within the premises of Community Secondary School, Ogbunite in Igboeze North Local Government Area,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the Controller, Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Abeokuta, Ogun, Mrs. Violet Ogbebor, says six inmates who studied under the Borstal Training Institution (BTI), are now seeking admission into the Nigerian Universities.

Ogbebor made the disclosure on Tuesday at the inauguration of three renovated blocks and donation of 100 mattresses by the Fidelity Bank Helping Hands Project in Abeokuta, Ogun to the institute.

The Borstal Training Institution (BTI), Abeokuta, is the Juvenile arm of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Abeokuta.

It is one of the three Borstals in the country; the other two are located in Kaduna and Ilorin in Kwara, the facility at Abeokuta serves the entire Southern part of Nigeria.

The BTI was set up for correcting, training, reforming, rehabilitating and reintegrating young offenders.

Ogbebor said the institute registered 15 students for JAMB, adding that 13 students scored beyond the 200 marks, with the highest scoring 267, while the lowest had 181.

She said that the inmates studying in the institution were engaged and trained in both formal and informal education as well as vocational school.

“Some of the boys are encouraged to continue with their academic activities after contact with crimes.

“They are registered for Junior Secondary School Examination and Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination, JAMB and Post-UTME.

“The institution academic prowess has improved over the years; this year, the institution registered 12 students for WAEC with 90 per cent pass, including English and Mathematics

“These young offenders are in need of psychological modification, guidance, adequate monitoring and core teaching about life, basic religious tenets and adequate monitoring.

“They are admitted into the facility to spend between a year and most three years for training and correction within the facilities, basically to correct their antisocial behaviour,” she said.

The official said that the students also engaged in vocational training, including tailoring, barbing, shoe making, knitting and weaving, carpentry, Arts and design, photography and video recording among others.

The controller said that renovated blocks, donation of 100 pieces of chairs and tables and table tennis board would affect the institution in a great deal.

“What FHHP has given us will help re-sharpen the lives and worldview of the boys.

“The items will provide us with better and conducive environment to enhance their ability to learn, improved health and ease adaptation to training.

“This will help aid the institution steps in the actualisation of its statutory mandate of reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration,” she said.

Also, Mr Bayo Adeyinka, the Regional Bank Head, South-West 1, Fidelity Bank, said that he was in the institute three months ago to see how the bank could assist it.

Adeyinka said that the bank gave its little to the institute, because of its belief that everybody deserves a second chance in life.

In his remarks, Mr Ernest Ohwueebe, a Social Responsibility Officer, Fidelity Bank, said the bank came up with FHHP because of the belief that government could not do it alone.

Ohwueebe said the bank was coming out as an institution to make life better with the project, adding that it was meant to change life and creating a better life.




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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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