Gunmen Abduct General Hospital Chief, Two Others In Ondo

Medical doctors protest in Cross River…

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Gunmen have kidnapped Dr Olufemi Adeogun, the Chief Medical Director of the General Hospital at Idoani town in Ondo State.

Dr Adeogun was abducted at gunpoint along with two other persons with him in his vehicle on Monday night.

The incident occurred around Owani along the Idoani Road in Ose Local Government Area of the state.

They were said to be on their way to Owo town before they were accosted by the armed men who took them away to an undisclosed location.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He, however, noted that men of the command have since swung into action, combing the nearby bush and the entire vicinity to rescue the victims.

Ikoro believes with the prompt action of the security operatives, the victims would soon be rescued and the kidnappers would be apprehended and brought to justice.

Medical Doctors Protest

Elsewhere, in Cross River State, some medical doctors embarked on a peaceful protest on Tuesday over the kidnap of their colleague, Dr Vivien Otu, a paediatrician and a staff of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH).

Medical doctors in Cross River protest against the abduction of their colleague.

 

They took to the streets of the state capital carrying placards with inscriptions such as “Why Always Doctors?”, and “Release Doctor Vivienne Otu”, among others, and vowed to down tools until their abducted colleague was released.

The State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Innocent Abang, decried that medical doctors have now become endangered people as a result of the incessant kidnap of their colleagues.

“This is a doctor that would stand on her feet and make sure other people’s children survive, this is a doctor that would pull out her money to buy drugs for helpless children.

“Today, that is the reward she gets for saving lives in Cross River State; the reward is for her to be kidnapped and tormented,” he lamented.

In its reaction, the Cross River State government promised to ensure that Dr Vivien and others kidnapped were rescued by the security agencies.

Medical doctors protest in Cross River State on September 1, 2020.

COVID-19: Ebonyi Govt To Renovate 13 General Hospitals

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, says residents who do not wear face masks will be caned.

 

 

The Ebonyi State government has announced plans to renovate the 13 general hospitals across the state.

The state governor, Dave Umahi, disclosed this on Friday while giving an update on the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ebonyi.

He gave the brief at the State Security Meeting held at the Government House in Abakaliki, the state capital.

Governor Umahi noted that following the deployment of the second COVID-19 testing machine, the state has increased its daily testing capacity for COVID-19 to 100.

He stressed the need for the residents to take responsibility, warning that the government was serious with its ‘no face mask no public movement’ policy to prevent the further spread of the disease.

According to the state government, Ebonyi has recorded 162 cases of coronavirus, out of which 72 patients have been discharged and 90 others still receiving treatment.

The state has yet to record any coronavirus death.

Lagos Describes Maryland Incident As ‘Unfortunate’, Denies Involvement Of BRT Bus

Cancer, Akinwunmi AmbodeThe Lagos State Government has described as “unfortunate” the incident where a street hawker was knocked down by an oncoming truck at Maryland Bus Stop on Wednesday.

The street hawker, who was trying to evade arrest from officials of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), had attempted to cross the road before being hit by the truck, which was erroneously thought to be a BRT Bus.

As a result, hoodlums armed with sticks and stones, immediately descended on some BRT buses plying the route as at the time of the incident and in the process destroyed several of the BRT buses.

But the Government in a statement, signed the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, to clarify the ‘misconception’ being circulated in the social media that the street hawker was hit by a BRT bus, said it was a truck belonging to a soft drink company that hit the boy.

“It wasn’t any of our buses that killed him (hawker), it was a soft drink company truck that unfortunately crushed the boy while he was trying to escape from KAI officers who were on patrol trying to rid the street of street hawkers and traders.

“But hoodlums now took advantage of that to start destroying government assets, including several of the brand new BRT buses,” he said.

Ayorinde said it took the intervention of a team from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) to quell the riotous scene caused by the hoodlums before the corpse of the boy was taken to the morgue at the General Hospital, Ikeja.

The Commissioner said that at least three hoodlums alleged to have been part of the mob that destroyed the BRT buses have been arrested, saying that the law would take its full course.

“The Lagos State Government would like to use this opportunity to further reiterate that it would not relent in ridding the state of illegality, street trading and hawking,” he said.

Ayorinde said that Section one of the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003, restricts street trading and hawking in the metropolis, while Sections Seven and Eight of the same law gives jurisdiction and power to the Special Court to order the seizure and public auction of items impounded from street traders.

Section 10 of the law, he said, also prescribes a N5000 fine or three months imprisonment upon conviction.

“Street traders are hereby urged to desist from this illegal activity because the government will not be blackmailed and would do that which is necessary.

“And for the miscreants and hoodlums, the Lagos State Government and the Police Command would not allow any act of civil disobedience and those arrested would be dealt with in accordance with the law and further arrests would be made as investigation continues,” he said.

Calabar CBN Gas Explosion: Four Victims Confirmed Dead

CBN-Calabar-explosionAt least four victims of last Friday’s gas explosion at the Central Bank of Nigeria’s office in Calabar have been confirmed dead out of 15 taken to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH).

Doctors said the degree of damage meted on them by the explosion led to their death.

The Chief Medical Director of UCTH, Dr Thomas Agan, confirmed their death when Channels Television was at the hospital to get get an update on the present state of the victims.

It was a dark Friday for Staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Calabar Branch when a gas explosion rocked the financial building, leaving scores in critical condition and others dead.

The casualties were rushed to the UCTH, General hospital as well as the Nigerian Navy Hospital.

Other patients are lying in critical condition at the UCTH and the General Hospital, with lots of internal and facial injuries as a result of inhaling the fumes from the blast. The doctors said they are responding to treatment.

Dr Agan said, the CBN boss and other staff had so far been supportive, as their visits to the hospital had given the victims hope.

“They look forward to getting back on their feet in the shortest possible time,” he said.

He assured reporters that, the hospital would put in their best in ensuring that, the condition of the remaining victims improved.

At the General Hospital, the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Etim Effiong Ayi, told Channels Television’s correspondent that three victims that were received by the hospital in critical condition are now stable.

Some of the victims spoke on how it all happened and are grateful to God for saving their lives.

At the Nigerian Navy hospital, Channels Television was denied access to the patients nor any information in the present state of victims taken there.

Women In Niger With VVF Get Free Surgery

vvfThe wife of the Niger State Governor, Dr. Amina Sani Bello, has conducted a free surgical camp for women with Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) in the state.

The camp, which has about 20 women with the condition from across Niger State, is aimed at improving the maternal health of women in the state.

The women were operated on free by the Governor’s wife and VVF surgeons who were drawn from Katsina and Kano states.

Speaking to journalist at the General Hospital, Kontagora, Dr. Bello said that the aim was to proffer treatment to the women who had VVF and had no money to treat them surgically, adding that curing them from the ailment would give them a better life.

According to her, “VVF is a terrible condition which usually affects women in the poor areas and because they are poor, it is difficult to get treatment.

“What we have done in collaboration with Sani Bello Foundation and Niger State Government, is to call Fistula surgeons who are experts in treating the diseases surgically, so that those affected can have the surgery free and be integrated back into the society.”

Bello further said that she was planning to open a VVF centre in Niger State to address the backlog of women with VVF who have not been treated.

She debunked myths that VVF is affected by teenage pregnancy and early motherhood, saying that all those that registered for the camp were above 30 years.

“This condition is not just in a situation where it is teenage pregnancy. It happens in a situation of the kind of healthcare that the expecting mother gets,” she said.

The Governor’s wife called on the government to improve the healthcare system, to enable the women get access to ante-natal care and skilled birth attendants.

“We are trying to see how the government will ensure that our healthcare centres are able to provide 24-hour care in each ward. This will go a long way in ensuring that women who are pregnant will have skilled birth attendants to attend to them.”

One of the Surgeons, Dr. Kabiru Abubakar, called on the government to employ more skilled doctors who can perform Caesarean operations and also improve infrastructures.

UNAIDS Declares Kaduna State Best In Reducing Mother-Child HIV Transmission

UNAIDSThe United Nationals Programme on HIV/AIDS, (UNAIDS), has declared Kaduna State the best performing state in the reduction of mother-child transmission of HIV virus.   

This declaration was contained in a letter addressed to the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, by the UNAIDS Country Director, Dr. Bilali Camara, at the end of the the first phase of the 2015 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCH).

According to a statement by the spokesman to the Governor, Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna State won the prize, following a week long counselling and testing of 84,000 pregnant women for HIV across government hospitals in the state.

The statement also mentioned the effort of the state in the reduction of mother-child transmission of HIV, which necessitated the recognition of the achievement by the agency which also pledged the sum of $14,000 to support Kaduna State in the next phase of the MNCH.

The state’s healthcare system also got a boost, as MTN Foundation had selected five state hospitals to benefit from its Maternity Ward Support Project (MWSP).

The benefiting hospitals are; Yusuf Dantsoho Hospital, Kaduna, General Hospital, Kafanchan, Jubrin Maigari Hospital, Birnin-Gwari, Hajiya Gambo Sawaba Hospital, Zaria and the Dabo Lere Memorial Hospital, Saminaka.

A letter from the MTN Foundation to the state Governor also said that the five hospitals were selected after rigorous inspection and verification of the expression of interest submitted by the state.

With the selection of five hospitals, the maternal wards of each of the hospitals will get 20 adjustable hospital beds, 20 bedside cupboards, 10 foldable ward screens, 20 hydraulic over-bed tables, 20 visitor chairs, two neonatal incubators, 20 baby cots, 10 drip stands, 20 mattresses and 40 pillows.

In addition, all the maternal wards will be renovated, with the provision of toilets and a nurse’s bay.

Potiskum School Attack: Residents Call For Military Presence

yobe schoolResidents of Potiskum, Yobe state, are still living in fear following the bomb blast at the assembly ground of a school, on Monday.

It has been widely reported that over 40 people died. However, the principal of the school told Channels Television off camera that the death toll of the attack is 35.

According to the principal 26 injured students were rushed to the Potiskum General Hospital for treatment, when Channels Television visited the hospital it revealed that only one of the student is still remaining in the hospital as the other 25 students have been discharged.

For parents who lost their children its even more heartbreaking as some of them recount the last moments spent with their loved ones.

An appeal has also been made for more security personnel to be sent to the area, as shutting down the school is not enough.

The attack occurred at the Government Science Technical School, Potiskum by a suicide bomber disguised as a student.

Subsidy Protest Murder Trial Resumes

The Lagos High Court Sitting in Igbosere, Lagos Island on Tuesday continued trial in the case against the former Divisional Police Officer of Pen Cinema, Agege, DSP Segun Fabunmi.

DSP Fabunmi is charged with the attempted murder of some fuel subsidy protesters, and the murder of one Adedamola Daramola, an incident which occurred during the fuel subsidy removal of January 2012.

A prosecuting witness, Mr Chizoba Udoh, who took the witness stand in court, told Presiding Justice, Olabisi Akinlade, that the defendant shot at the crowd while the people ran.

The witness also said that he was reading a newspaper at Maternity Junction, Yaya Abatan, in the Ogba area of Lagos on January 9, when the Police van arrived.

“Suddenly a policeman got down from the van and started shooting in the air and I immediately crossed the road.

“Another policeman who was not in uniform then collected the gun from him and shot at the crowd gathered at the junction while we ran”, he said.

He added that it was while they were running that one Adedamola Daramola was killed, while four others sustained bullet wounds.

Another witness, Mr Moses Daramola, who claimed that the deceased was like a brother to him, told the court that he was in his house at Ogba when he heard gunshots coming from the Yaya Abatan end.

“When I got to the scene, people started telling me that my brother had been shot and taken to the General Hospital, Ifako Ijaye. I got to the hospital and found out that my brother was dead, I cried and was taken back home while his corpse was taken to the mortuary.”

During cross-examination, the defence counsel contended that the hospital was not operating on the said day, owing to the strike.

The case has however been adjourned to March 19 for continuation of trial.

4 Dead, 14 Injured In Ondo Auto Crash

Four persons have been reported dead and 14 injuried in an auto crash that occurred at Igbara-Oke in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The crash resulted from a head-on collision of an 18-passenger Mazda bus, number plate Lagos KSF 706 XF, with a Honda Accord saloon, AA 239 GBH.

The Federal Road Safety Commission Officer in charge of Field Operations in Ondo State Command, Mr. Joseph Ojerinde informed Channels Television that the accident occurred at about 6.30pm on Saturday.

He also said the auto crash was caused by  reckless driving on the part of the driver of the Honda car who made a dangerous overtake and collided with the bus coming from the opposite direction.

The FRSC official said 22 persons were in both cars: 14 males, four females and four under-aged children.

He added that the corpses have been deposited at the mortuary of the State Specialist Hospital, Akure, while those injured were taken to nearby General Hospitals in Igbara-Oke and Ilara-Mokin for treatment.

Building Collapse Kills Seven, Injures Others In Calabar

At least seven people have been feared dead including a pregnant woman following a building collapse in Calabar as a result of the heavy down pour at Edem Otop, in Calabar Municipality in Cross River state, which lasted for several hours.

Nine persons, including a six-month old baby, were in the building when the incident occurred.

Six bodies were recovered dead and the other three, including the baby, were rescued alive with several degrees of injuries. The survivors are receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Calabar.


 

Seven, Including Pregnant Woman Feared dead In Calabar Collapsed Building

At least seven people have been feared dead including a pregnant woman following a building collapse in Calabar as a result of the heavy down pour at Edem Otop, in Calabar Municipality in Cross River state, which lasted for several hours.

Residents of the area and eye witness accounts stated that, the disaster which occurred on Wednesday night, was as a result of erosion running through into a ravine behind the building. They also said that lack of drainage system to channel erosion in the community contributed to the problem.

Nine persons, including a six-month old baby, were in the building when the incident occurred.

Six bodies were recovered dead and the other three, including the baby, were rescued alive with several degrees of injuries. The survivors are receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Calabar.

The head of the family, Amos Akaniyene who was outside at the time of the disaster was not available to comment on the issue.

Former Senate leader; Olusola Saraki is dead

The former Senate leader in the second republic, Dr. Olusola Saraki is dead.

He passed away early this morning in Lagos, after a prolonged illness.

The late strongman of Kwara politics has been battling with an undisclosed ailment for months and has been seeking treatment abroad.

Dr Saraki became a Senator of the Nigerian Second Republic (1979-1983).

The late politician fondly called ‘Oloye’ was the Waziri of the Ilorin Emirate.

Born 17th of May, 1933 at Ilorin, Kwara State, he attended Eko Boys High School for his secondary education and proceeded to London for his university education, attending the University of London and St George’s Hospital Medical School, after which he returned to Nigeria to work as a medical officer at the General Hospital, Lagos and the Creek Hospital, Lagos.

He veered into politics in 1964, when he ran as an independent candidate in the parliamentary election for Ilorin, but didn’t succeed and after the election, he returned to his medical practice in Lagos.

In 1977, Olusola Saraki was elected as a member of the constituent assembly that produced the 1979 constitution and he was elected a Senator of the Second Republic, in 1979 and became the Senate Leader.

He was re-elected to the Senate in 1983 on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).

In 1998, Dr Saraki became the National Leader and member of the Board of Trustees of the All People’s Party (APP), contributing to the APP success in Kwara and Kogi States.

He assisted Mohammed Alabi Lawal in becoming Governor of Kwara State.

In 2001, he was head of a team from the Arewa Consultative Forum, a northern cultural and political group, sent to meet and discuss common goals with northern state governors and other leaders.

Dr Saraki later switched allegiance to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and in the 2003 elections, supported his son; Bukola Saraki to be the PDP’s governorship candidate in April 2003 election in Kwara state.

Dr Bukola Saraki became the governor of the state while his sister, Gbemisola R. Saraki, was elected a Senator for Kwara State Central.

Meanwhile, the Kwara State Governor has declared today, Wednesday, 14th November, 2012 a work free day and three days of mourning, to allow residents in the state attend the burial of late states man.

A 20 man committee on the burial for Dr Saraki has been set up.

Members of the committee which is headed by Alhaji Saka Onimago are Barrister Anthony Towoju, Alhaji Kayode Issa, Alhaji Tajudeen Oloje, Alhaji Yekeen Ilobu, Alhaji Sule Maja, Prince Yemi Afolayan, Alhaji Ali Olola, Alh Lekan Alabi, Alhaji Mohammed Saraki and Alh Ope Saraki. Others are Alhaja Muslimat Ibrahim, Hon. Ganiyu Abdulkareem, Hon. Adamu Sabi, Hon. Mrs Owolabi, Alhaji Issa Hajia Nimota, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, Alhaji Wahab Oba and Alhaji Abdulsalam Suleiman. Alh. M. A Shehu is the secretary of the committee.

The governor urged community, religious and political leaders to troop out en masse to receive the remains of this illustrious son and Nigeria’s political icon later today at the Ilorin International Airport.