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Police kill kidnappers while collecting ransom in Kogi



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… As Nigerian Navy educates youths on dangers of drug abuse***

The Police Command in Kogi have killed two kidnappers while collecting ransom in Abobo area of Okehi Local Government Area of the state.

Mr Onogwu Muhammed, the Chief Press Secretary to the Kogi governor, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to Muhammed, the criminals were gunned down in the early hours of Tuesday while collecting the ransom from representatives of their victims who came from a neighbouring state.

He said the police were able to ambush and kill the kidnappers following intelligent reports from professional hunters in the area.

“Following actionable intelligence report, professional hunters in Okehi local government area of the state ambushed the kidnappers who came out in Abobo area behind Nigerian Iron Ore Mining Company, Itakpe, to collect ransom demanded before the release of their victims.

“Two of the three kidnappers were killed in the process while one escaped into the bush with gunshot wounds with captives freed in the operation,” Muhammed stated.

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According to him, the Divisional Police Officer of Okehi LGA, Mr Ovanja Yakubu, said his officers had been drafted to join professional hunters to fetch out the third kidnapper dead or alive.

Muhammed also said Gov. Yahaya Bello, who maintained his position on criminal elements, has assured that the state would not accommodate any criminal trying to deprive the people of their peace.

According to him, Bello said that he is elected and sworn-in to protect the lives and property of the people and will ensure such covenant is kept for posterity.

The governor commended the professional hunters and the conventional security agencies in the state for their tireless efforts in routing out criminal elements from the state.

In another development, The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday organised a seminar to educate youths, particularly children and staff of Immanuel Anglican School, Apapa,  on the dangers associated with drug abuse.

The Nigerian Navy, Western Naval Command with children and staff of Immanuel Anglican School, Apapa, Lagos.

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Jason Gbassa, spoke at a  free medical rhapsody which held at Immanuel Anglican School, Apapa, Lagos State.

According to him,  the seminar is necessary because of the increase in incidents of drug abuse in the society.

Gbassa said that bringing the seminar to the school was a way of nipping the problem of drug abuse in society in the bud.

“The effect of drugs in our society particularly the youths is far reaching with negative consequences in society.

“The navy is a place where we recruit youths each year and if we do not get it right at this point, people will come into the force with a problem of negative drug abuse.

“Invariantly, this will impact on our operations so, we are in a way, trying to nip the problem in the bud,” he said.

Gbassa said the importance of eliminating drug abuse was so urgent that even a commission had been set up at the national level to address the issue.

“A part of the security problems we are facing is due to youths abusing drugs across the country.

“It is from this premise that the navy has decided to focus on negating drug abuse among our youths,” the FOC said.

He said the Nigerian navy had a tradition of regularly reaching out to host communities as part of measures to enhance people in military corporation.

Gbassa said that the Nigerian navy’s commitment to its  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was a key priority in the vision of the Chief Of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo.

“The vision aims at sustaining partnership and catering for the welfare of the host communities in which any naval formation is domiciled.

“This outreach is therefore organised as part of the activities covering social responsibility objectives.

“The Immanuel Anglican School is chosen because of its importance to the upbringing of children in this environment,” he said.

The FOC said  the seminar offered public health and educational services to ensure the beauty and hope of the future generations of this nation.

He, however, noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had limited the scope of the 2021 medical outreach.

“Owing to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, this year’s medical outreach cannot be organised in the elaborate form we normally do it.

“The restrictions due to the pandemic has disallowed us to gather people in large numbers for the medical rhapsody which is the norm before the COVID-19 restrictions,” he said.

Gbassa said he was optimistic that the medical outreach would further strengthen the long standing cordial relationship between the Nigerian navy and the Apapa community.

Rev. Basil Iberosi, in his remarks, said that the Anglican church and the community were grateful to the Nigerian navy for the kind gesture because they were impacting positive life to the younger ones.

Iberosi said that drug abuse was doing a lot of havoc to the society and that this kind of programme was welcomed to help the young ones to avoid drugs.

The reverend noted that parents had a role to perform in this regard by monitoring and not becoming negligent to  activities of their children.

“I urge parents to pay close attention to their children and try to understand the life that they are living.

“By this means, we will be able to checkmate the level of drug abuse in the society,” he said.

Iberosi appealed to the Nigerian navy to organise such programmes on a regular basis and also extend the service in subsequent programme to other members of the community and the church.

“As a result of lack of funds, people cannot access the right medical care for their health challenges. This programme will go a long way to solve such problems in the community.

“Apart from the students, the navy, in subsequent programmes can invite members of the church and the community to be beneficiaries of such programmes.

“This will create better impact for their services,” the reverend said.

Master Eugene Paul, A Junior Secondary School 3 (JSS) student of the school said he was grateful for the seminar and that he would avoid bad associations henceforth.

Also, Miss Vivian Uwaoma, a JSS 2 student, thanked the navy for the enlightenment programme and promised to stay clear of bad behaviour detrimental to the society.

The newsmen report that other health activities lined up during the seminar included deworming exercise, distribution of hand sanitisers, face masks, insecticide treated mosquito nets and educational materials.

Also,  a digital infrared thermometer was given to the school.


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GOUNI: After 18 Years, Varsity May Give Mass Burial To 33 Corpses



…Abandoned In Its Mortuary***

 Godfrey Okoye University (GOUNI), Enugu, has given families of 33 corpses abandoned in its hospital mortuary 21 days to evacuate them, failing which the corpses would be given mass burial.

Some of the corpses had been in the mortuary for more than 18 years.

Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Christian Anieke, told a news conference in Enugu on Sunday that the ultimatum, given on Nov. 13 became necessary to enable the university to renovate the mortuary.

GOUNI is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Enugu. It recently converted and upgraded one of its hospitals hosting the mortuary to serve as the varsity’s medical teaching hospital.

Anieke said the renovation and upgrading would make the mortuary a fitting one for a teaching hospital.

“We have gotten a court injunction to carry out the mass burial of the 33 abandoned corpses in our teaching hospital morgue.

“Some of the corpses have been in the mortuary for more than 18 years and it is quite challenging as we want to renovate and make the hospital a befitting one for a teaching hospital,’’ he said.

While confirming ignorance of what could be responsible for the long stay of the corpses, he opined that some probably had no relations or they were criminals.

“I am appealing to those who have corpses in the mortuary to come and remove them.

“We are talking about human beings here and not animals. Go and check if your relationship is there,’’ he admonished.

Anieke added that in Igbo tradition, families have to give a befitting burial to the deceased.

“`It is believed that if the dead is not given befitting burial it will have bad consequences on the family,’’ he said.

In his remarks, the Chief Medical Director of the teaching hospital, Prof. Cajetan Nwadinigwe, said many of the corpses did not have name tags, while about 14 of them bore the same name.

He said there were no records of dates in which some of the corpses were deposited at the mortuary, while it was evident that some had been there for more than 10 years.

“This is our basis of approaching the court and advertising the warning in newspapers for families to see,’’ Nwadinigwe said. 

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Kidnapped UNTH Doctor Escapes From Abductors’ Den – NMA Confirms



…First crawled, then trekked a while before breaking into a run…!

Those who think educated doctors are weaklings would be shocked as the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) confirms the escape of an abducted resident doctor, Dr Orockarrah Orock attached to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State.

The kidnapped doctor who has now rejoined his happy family gave an account of how he first crawled like an agile soldier, before trekking miles, like a Spartan, to escape and secure freedom.

The Maritime First learnt that Orock attached to the Anesthesia Department of the UNTH was on Saturday night kidnapped within the hospital premises, while on call duty.

The Chairman of NMA, Enugu State Chapter, Dr. Celestine Ugwoke, who gave the confirmation to newsmen in Enugu on Monday, stressed that Orock miraculously made his escape after the kidnappers felt satisfied with the agreement by his wife to pay the ransom demanded,  decided to go and have a “nice time with their weeds and spirits and fell into a deep sleep”

Chairman of NMA, Enugu State Chapter, Dr Celestine Ugwoke

The abducted doctor thereafter, “”gradually crawled away from the spot he was kept in the kidnappers’ den and later trekked and ran a distance before sighting human activities”, before finally coming out, near the Four Corner Junction of Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.

“He called his wife and the wife called the UNTH chief security officer that picked him up that midnight of Saturday. We are profoundly grateful to God for his miraculous escape,” he said.

The chairman, however, said that doctors had become endangered professionals in the state, as kidnappers always target them especially those working in tertiary health institutions in the state.

“We are really in trouble as doctors are now their target and we are living in fear as the kidnappers now chase us as if they are chasing rats,” he said.

The chairman said that any more abduction of any doctor in UNTH again, doctors in the teaching hospital would totally down tools adding that this warning would be extended to other tertiary hospitals in the state.

Ugwoke said that the association would be meeting with the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UNTH to mandate to release of security protocol for the hospital, to ensure the safety of all doctors, management staff, staff, and patients in the hospital.

“We also want the hospital management to beef up security within the hospital, ensure adequate perimeter fencing of the entire hospital, and installation of Close Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) and its monitoring base within the hospital.

“As an association, we have previously met the state’s Commissioner for Health and the Commissioner of Police on the spate of insecurity our members face even in the discharge of their life-saving professional duties.

“All efforts through official letters and other means to pay a courtesy call on Gov. Peter Mbah and intimate him on the vital issue of doctors’ security in the state had proved abortive.

“Maybe, the government wants doctors to leave their duty posts and carry placards to the Enugu Government House before listening to us. This will be very bad if allowed to drag to this point,” he said.

Efforts made to get the Spokesperson for Enugu State Police Command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, to speak on the matter proved abortive as he did not pick up several calls made to his cellphone.

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Lagos Rallies Volunteer Groups On Environmental Conservation



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The Lagos State Government rallied environmental groups to collaborate with it and explore innovative solutions to achieve environmental conservation.

 The Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji during a workshop for Coalition of Lagos Environmental Group (COLEG) at LCCI Building, Ikeja,  said the objective of the workshop is a commitment to the protection and preservation of the environment.  

Gaji, represented by the Deputy Director of Sanitation, Mr. Jide Adeoye said the Coalition of Lagos Environmental Volunteer Group (COLEG) is a coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations that offer non-profit voluntary services and intervention exercises across the State.

He mentioned that the group was created by the Ministry as an umbrella body to coordinate and regulate the activities of the group to check abuses as well as to ensure interventions carried out by the group are guided and focused to achieve maximum environmental gains.

“Consequently, this technical workshop will focus on training environmental NGOs registered as COLEG; cover expectations of the Ministry for the groups which includes proper processes for carrying out environmental interventions in the State as well as compliance with rules and regulations”, he said.

The Permanent Secretary said the duty of non-governmental organisations in the field of environmental conservation is truly invaluable, each playing a vital role in the collective effort to address various environmental challenges, adding that they are the driving force to provide innovative solutions, public awareness, and advocacy for achieving a sustainable future.

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He highlighted the environmental challenges faced in the state to include improper solid waste management, littering of public places, inadequate waste sorting and removal of recyclables leading to littering of the environment with PET containers as well as the impact of climate change and pollution, saying “All these are responsible for reducing the aesthetic and tourism potentials of Lagos State”.

The Permanent Secretary also gave the assurance of the government’s support, stressing that the present administration recognises the significance of NGOs in shaping environmental policy, implementing initiatives, and being the voices of conscience for the planet.

In a lecture, titled: “Process and Procedure for Environmental Interventions and Compliance with Lagos State, Rules and Regulations”, the Guest Lecture, Mr. Olasunkanmi Sojinu pointed out all areas where the NGOs can effectively partner with the Government, adding that the NGOs need to be a voice for the Environment.

He charged the NGOs and others, on the need to stop provoking the earth, adding that most waste can be used as raw materials for other products.  

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