We Are Ready For Governorship Election – Edo CP

Police CommissionerThe Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Lafimihan Adeoye says his command is fully prepared for the challenges ahead of the governorship election in Edo State.

Mr Adeoye made the assertion after an assessment tour of several police formations including the Edo State Police Area Command headquarters in Auchi, Edo North and Irrua, Edo Central.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had postponed the election till September 28, 2016, following advice from security agencies in the state.

The Nigeria Police and Department of State Services (DSS) had advised INEC to postpone the governorship election scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Edo state.

The two security agencies say the advise is based on credible intelligence at its disposal which suggests that insurgents are planning to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets, with high population during the Sallah celebrations which took place between 12th and 13th September.

The agencies say Edo State is amongst the states that was earmarked for the planned attacks.

In a joint statement, the agencies reminded the public that similar threats were issued during the May 1, Labour Day and Democracy Day, May 29, celebrations as well as the Eid-el-Fitr holidays in July, 2016.

The statement further adds, “The security agencies were able to decisively disrupt and thwart the insurgents’ plan. In the same vein, while election is important, the security agencies cannot allow the peace of the country to be disrupted, and we will continue to remain vigilant and ensure consolidation of the successes gained in the current counter-insurgency fight.

“It is in regard of these that we are appealing to INEC which has the legal duty to regulate elections in the country to consider the need for possible postponement of the date of the election in Edo State, in order to enable security agencies deal decisively with the envisaged terrorist threats”, they said.

Ondo Govt. Sensitises Residents On Lassa Fever

Lassa-Fever-in-OndoResidents of Ondo State have been advised to maintain a healthy environment and avoid rats from getting in contact with their food, so as to prevent the spread of Lassa fever in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, stated this on Thursday at a sensitisation meeting on the management and control of Lassa fever held in Owo town of Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.

The meeting comes up after a case of the viral disease was confirmed at the Federal Medical Centre in the town, while two other suspected cases are still being investigated.

The Commissioner had earlier stopped on the highway between Akure ‎and Owo to educate some residents on the need to stop spreading food substances such as cassava and yam flour near bushes, in order to prevent rats from contaminating the food.

He ‎disclosed that the state government had made funds available to procure the equipment for testing the disease, as the victims pass through a lot of suffering which worsens their situation when they are being transferred to Edo State for treatment.

Speaking to reporters, a public health physician, Dr. Olufemi Ayodeji, explained the cause of the disease and how it is transmitted.

He said that the symptoms of Lassa fever include body pains, vomiting and the regular fever just like malaria, saying it could only be diagnosed through medical tests on the victims.

The Vice Chairman of Owo Local Government, Mr Olusola Owadasa and the traditional ruler‎ of one of the towns in the area, Oba Omotunde Adako, voiced their support for the sensitisation programme.

They promised to help disseminate relevant information and also educate their people about the disease.

Ondo Confirms Lassa Fever Case, Suspects Two Others

lassa fever in OndoOne confirmed case and two suspected cases of Lassa fever have been identified in Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, made the disclosure on Wednesday in an interview with reporters in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Dr. Adeyanju said the confirmed case, which occurred in Owo, was identified at the Federal‎ Medical Centre located in the town and had been referred to the General Hospital Irrua in Edo State for treatment.

He added that the samples of the tests conducted on the two suspected cases have also been sent to the hospital.

The Commissioner disclosed further that health officers were keeping tab on five contacts of the patients, in order to curtail the spread of the disease that have also been detected in some other states in Nigeria.

He informed reporters that emergency operation centres and surveillance operations across the state have been very active.

Adeyanju noted that widespread sensitisation programmes were ongoing, assuring the residents of the state that there was no cause for alarm.