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Police nab 8 suspects over alleged kidnapping in Oyo



Police arrest 12 suspects, recover weapons in Zamfara

… As NAPTIP inaugurates anti-trafficking in person club at FG College***

The Nigeria Police Force, Oyo State Command, on Friday paraded eight suspects, who allegedly kidnapped Mr. Christopher Bakare, the Farm Manager of the late Adebayo Alao-Akala’s farm.

The suspects also allegedly kidnapped the owner of a private clinic, Dr. Abdulraheed Oladoye, on July 22 at Gbede near Ogbomoso.

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The newsmen recall that the two abductees were kidnapped on July 16 and July 22 at Jabata and Gbede respectively in Surulere Local Government area.

SP Adewale Osifeso, the command’s Public Relations Officer, parading the suspects on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Adebowale Willianms, said the suspects were responsible for the abduction of the two victims.

Williams said the command had rejigged its security architecture in a bid to rid the state of criminal elements and to cater comprehensively and qualitatively to all the people of the state.

The Commissioner of Police said that the command would continue to partner with relevant sister security agencies and non-state actors to collectively meet up and resolve the yearnings and concerns of the good people of the state.

“To this effect, the command today, Friday paraded the abductors of one Christopher Bakare and Dr Rasheed Oladoye, who were kidnapped on July 16 and July 22 at Jabata and Gbede via Ogbomoso axis respectively.

“The command appreciates the residents for their support and enjoined them to be unrelenting and generous with the provision of credible and timely information capable of nipping crimes in the bud at all times,” he said.

Newsmen report that the command also paraded another nine suspects terrorizing the people of Igana, Iwajowa Local Government area, as well as the Ogbomoso axis of the state, for alleged armed robbery, defilement and kidnapping.

One of the suspects told journalists that he had been in the kidnapping business for over two years.

“The victim we kidnapped last gave us a ransom of N1 million and I was given N150, 000 as my share of the money; we used to operate anywhere that is conducive for us in Igana area,” he said.

In the meantime, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in Bayelsa says it is taking its campaign against human trafficking and violence against persons to secondary schools.

The newsmen report that NAPTIP on Friday, inaugurated the Vanguard group in Federal Government Girls School Imiringi, in Ogbia LGA in Bayelsa.

Speaking at the event, the State Commander, Mrs Abieyuwa Ikhidero, said the agency was poised to succeed in the total eradication of human trafficking, hence the establishment of the Vanguard groups in Unity Schools.

Ikhidero educated the students and enlightened the teachers on the dangers of human trafficking, child abuse, organ harvesting and gender-based violence.

She urged the NAPTIP-ATIPVAP Vanguard members to be good ambassadors of NAPTIP and also help to create awareness of the dangers of human trafficking among other students.

The student volunteers, in return, promised to propagate the anti-human trafficking message and report all forms of human trafficking cases to the NAPTIP office in Bayelsa.

Mrs Aniah Grace Ovia, the Principal and Mr. Ogunsina Ade,  the Vice Principal both commended NAPTIP for establishing the club in the school.

The high point of the event was the nomination and inauguration of the executives for the club.

The members are to serve for an interim period of six months.

The nominees are Ms Williams Favour, President and Ms Obikwu Favour, Vice President.

Ms Lorita Marcel is the Secretary, Ms Egede Anna is, Assistant Secretary while Ms Ibekwe Peace will serve as Financial Secretary.

Others are Ms Nora Williams, Treasurer, Ms Osinachi Jecinta, Public Relations Officer.

The focal teachers to oversee the club are Mr Pius Joseph and Ms  Akekere  Moudlyn.



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Over 73m People In Philippines Suffer From Tooth Decay



 At least 73 million Filipinos suffer from dental caries, making the disease a “serious health concern” in the Southeast Asian country, the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday.

“Dental caries is a silent epidemic,” Manuel Vallesteros, a division chief at the DOH’s disease prevention and control bureau, said this after a committee hearing at the House of Representatives.

Vallesteros said the DOH data is based on the 2018 national health survey, noting that the number now is much higher compared to when the COVID-19 pandemic had restricted access to dental services for more than two years.

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He noted that eight of 10 Filipino children suffer from “childhood caries” or “decaying baby teeth” because they are fed with sweetened infant formula.

“The oral health status of Filipino children is alarming,” the DOH said, adding the oral disease “continues to be a serious public health problem” in the Philippines.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), dental caries is a major global public health problem and the most widespread non-communicable disease. 

– Xinhua

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5 Ugborodo Communities Picket Chevron Yard In Escravos



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Hundreds of residents of the Ugborodo Community in the Warri South-West Local Government area of Delta on Wednesday besieged the Chevron Yard in Escravos, protesting against the alleged insensitivity of the oil company to their plights.

The protesters were drawn from Ode-Ugborodo, Ogidigben, Ajudaibo, Madangho, and Ijaghala Communities under Ugborodo Federated Communities.

The aggrieved protesters, both young and old, were led by the Eghare-Aja of Ugborodo, Mr. Daniel Uwawah.

They were armed with placards of various inscriptions such as: “We want our PIA as host communities Ugborodo”; “Enough of Chevron Divide and Rule Policies”.

“All local content contracts must be brought to the community through the appointed organ”; “Ugborodo Community demands frequent and regular engagement with Chevron”, among others.

In his remarks, Mr. Terry Atete, the Igbajoh of Ugborodo Community, who spoke on behalf of the Eghare-Aja, said that the federated communities had written several letters to the oil company for dialogue in line with the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), 2021.

The Act is one of the most audacious attempts to overhaul the petroleum sector in Nigeria.

It seeks to provide legal, governance, regulatory and fiscal framework for the Nigerian Petroleum Industry.

If implemented diligently, the PIA will help facilitate Nigeria’s economic development by attracting and creating investment opportunities for local and international investors.

Atete said that since the inception of Eghare-Aja, the Ugborodo Community had also written to Chevron on the Act, concerning the award of contracts and employment.

According to him, the company had deliberately refused to address their grievances.

“We are faulting the PIA process. We are saying that Chevron should come directly and dialogue with our community in line with the PIA Act.

“We are not going to accept it until they come and dialogue with us.

“We will not relent until Chevron comes and dialogue with the host communities, which made up Ugborodo,” he said.

Also, Mrs Oritsematosan Nuko, a Woman Leader in Ugborodo Community, appealed to Chevron and the Federal Government to come to the rescue of the community and shore up the area.

Nuko said that indigenes of the community were almost being chased away by tidal flood.

She, however, urged Chevron to heed to the call and address the demands of the community.

Nuko said the oil company should come forward for a dialogue toward addressing the lingering challenges confronting the federated community, including unemployment and the award of contracts.

Commenting, a Chevron member of staff, who pleaded anonymity, said that all the issues raised by the aggrieved protesters were already being addressed at the company’s headquarters in Lagos.

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Resident Doctors To Commence 5-day Warning Strike On Wednesday



… As FG fails to negotiate

Those planning to visit the hospital this week may as well think twice as the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), says it will commence a five-day warning strike on Wednesday.

The President of the association, Dr. Innocent Orji, disclosed this on Monday while speaking with newsmen on the outcome of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

According to him, the warning strike will begin by 8 am on Wednesday.

The association had on April 29 issued a two-week notice to the Federal Government to increase the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) or risk industrial action.

It said at the time that the increment should be to the tune of 200 percent of the current gross salary of doctors and also be in addition to the new allowances included in the letter written to the Minister of Health in 2022 for the review of CONMESS.

According to the association, it observed that in spite of several engagements with the Federal Government on the need to upwardly review CONMESS, which was last reviewed over 10 years ago, there are no changes.

“The Federal Government has neither called NARD to the negotiation table nor taken any tangible step in addressing the issue.

“This is against the background of the dwindling economic situation in the country, the serial abysmal decline in the value of the Naira, the imminent removal of fuel subsidy, and the consequent damaging effect on the cost of living in the country.

“There have been previous ultimatums issued to the government by NARD on account of this problem of the review of the CONMESS salary structure.”

It added that the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on CONMESS stated clearly that the salary structure would be due for review after five years, but this has not been done since the implementation in 2014, though the approval was given in 2009.

Orji, however, said that since the issuance of the two-week notice the association had not been called upon by the Federal Government to initiate negotiations.

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