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We didn’t deny accident victims treatment – NAF



NAF destroy insurgents’ logistics facility in Sambia forest

…As Nigerian army centre graduates 141 personnel in indigenous languages***

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said that a post on Twitter alleging that it refused medical attention to two accident victims rushed to its hospital in Jos, was “gross misrepresentation of facts.’’

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information denied the report in a statement in Abuja.

Daramola added that the post alleged that the victims, who were brought to the hospital on Sunday, were denied medical care because of absence of Police report.

“While we sympathise with the friends and loved ones of the victims on their unfortunate loss, the NAF wishes to state categorically that the facts presented in the report were inaccurate.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the public is kindly informed that the two patients were indeed rushed to the 563 NAF hospital as reported.

“However, they were brought in by personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), hence, the issue of requesting for a Police report never arose.

“Besides, in keeping with the Hippocratic Oath, all NAF Hospitals have a standing instruction to stabilise and, where possible, treat all accident victims without asking for payment or Police report.

“In this particular case, information at our disposal indicates that one of the victims was brought in dead, while the other victim had evidence of severe head injury, which the Hospital did not have the capacity to handle.

“Accordingly, the immediate caregivers were promptly advised to move the surviving victim to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) or the Plateau State Specialist Hospital, for further treatment.

“At no time throughout their stay at the hospital was any police report demanded.

“The NAF, as a highly disciplined and professional force, has standard procedures in dealing with such cases.

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“A Police report is seldom required as the NAF Air Provost are empowered to handle such cases within NAF Bases and liaise with the Nigeria Police Force, where required.

“The NAF once more sympathises with the families of the victims.

“However, we wish to advise the public to please discountenance the portion of the Tweet thread that referred to a demand for Police report as a prerequisite for treatment as it is a gross misrepresentation of the facts,’’ he said.

In the meantime, the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), on Friday, graduated 141 personnel of Nigerian Army, comprising 49 officers and 92 soldiers in three major indigenous Nigerian languages.

The language proficiency course in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba was conducted in collaboration with a leading study institution, Laclic Services Ltd, for a duration of two months at the centre.

Each of the participants learnt two of the three languages during the period of study.

Speaking at the occasion, Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, represented by the Chief of Administration, Maj.-Gen. Muhammed Yusuf, said that his approval for the course was informed by the adaptive nature of the domestic security environment.

Buratai said that the Nigerian environment was severely undermined by plethora of threats, such as terrorism, herdsmen-farmers clashes, cattle rustling, armed robbery, kidnapping, assassinations, cultism and ritual killings amongst others.

He said that the potency of those threats to undermine Nigeria’s national security, cohesion and peaceful coexistence was further exacerbated and reinforced by the proliferation of small arms and light weapons across the country.

According to him, the current domestic security realities have necessitated the deployment of the Nigerian Army troops in 34 states of the federation for internal security operations.

“This is undertaken concurrently with the Northeast counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. However, all these operations are intelligence-driven.

“Thus ability of troops to adequately and professionally respond to these security challenges depends on reliable intelligence which is partly contingent on the ability to communicate with the local populace.

“Our local operations are, therefore, dependent to a great extent on our ability to communicate in our indigenous languages, particularly the three major ones: Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.

“Thus, proficiency in these local languages will hasten our social integration and ability to penetrate the local operating environments.

“These domestic security realities were major determinants on the NA language policy and initiative,” he said.

Buratai, however, urged the participants to continue to use every opportunity that came their ways to improve on their current proficiency in order to become adequately fluent and capable of engaging in conversations at their places of deployment.

He also urged them to be ready to participate in an annual online language re-certification test being institutionalised to regulate their ability to stay in tune with languages they had learnt.

The Director General of NARC, retired Maj.-Gen. Garba Wahab, said that the essence of the course was to give the troops engaged in international operations the opportunity to be able to communicate with the locals in their areas of operation.

Wahab said that the troops needed to have adequate information in their areas of operation to be able to gather intelligence, adding that language proficiency was key to achieving that.

According to him, the course will also assist the individuals to relate in whatever environment they find themselves in Nigeria.

He said that after the phase one, they would move to phase two which would be for those going to the North East for them to be able to understand Kanuri.

“Then the phase three is for French and Arabic because we are surrounded by French speaking African countries and a lot of people we relate with speak Arabic.

“So if you have a soldier who can speak Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, French and Arabic, it will be great,” he said.

Wahab enjoined the participants to constantly practice the languages they had learnt in order to attain perfection and be able to pass the periodic test that would be conducted for them going forward.

A participants and Course Senior, Brig.-Gen. Flora Pearse, who said she participated in Hausa and Igbo language classes, said the course would help her to succeed in her future assignments.

She said that she would be able to henceforth relate well with people from different parts of the country and communicate effectively.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the participants acted out play to showcase their proficiency in the three languages they learnt during the course.

While some Yoruba participants acted a drama in Igbo language, some Hausa and other non-Yoruba participants acted in Yoruba and Igbo while the South-South groups acted in Hausa.



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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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