Police Give Materials To Orphanage In Imo

ekiti drivers-Imo-policeThe Imo State Command of the Nigerian Police Force will soon commence the delivery of free medical services to the general public, as part of its Corporate and Social Responsibilities to the people of the state.

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, disclosed this when the leadership of the state command visited Nigerian Red Cross, Orphanage and Motherless Babies Home along Orlu Road in Owerri, Imo State capital, to donate food items and essential materials.

The Police boss in the state said that the leadership of the Nigerian Police Force, led by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, was conscious of regaining public trust and partnership which he stressed was a panacea to getting useful information that would no doubt assist the security agencies in fighting crime.

He said that the Police would in no distant time commence some humanitarian services in appreciation for the cooperation and support from the civil populace.

Responding, the state Vice Chairman of the Red Cross, Keke Chima, expressed delight saying the visit and donation for the first time from the Nigerian Police Force, is an indication that change has come to the nation.

Synagogue Building Collapse Inquest Begins

building collapseThe Coroners inquest into the September 12, Synagogue Church Building Collapse began today at the Lagos High Court premises in Ikeja.

Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe who presided over the inaugural sitting of the inquest today, assured the parties who turned up that the court would be fair as it was only on a fact finding mission and not out prosecute anyone.

The Synagogue Church of all nations and its Founder, Prophet TB Joshua was represented at the inquest by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Lateef Fagbemi & Mr Olalekan Ojo while Mr Akingbolahan Adeniran represented the Lagos State Government.

The Nigeria Police, Nigerian Red Cross and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) were also represented by lawyers at the inquest today.

In his address to the lawyers and witnesses, Magistrate Komolafe outlined the procedure that would be adopted in the fact finding process. He urged all parties to front load and submit their testimonies, list of witnesses and other documents to the courts registry before sending same to other parties.

The Magistrate also asked members of the public with useful information that would assist the inquest to come forward and testify

He pleaded with the families of the South African victims to make available their blood samples to the pathologists for easy identification of the victims even as he urged the South African Embassy in Nigeria to send its representatives to the inquest.

The Magistrate has however warned that a summon would be issued on any witness who fails to appear before the tribunal to make presentation.

Channels Television’s judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele reports that the Coroner and the parties to the inquest have agreed and made plans to visit the synagogue church on Thursday to see the scene of the incident.

Outside the court, a few synagogue church members, some physically challenged staged a peaceful protest. They carried placards bearing inscriptions asking that their prophet be left alone.

On the 26th of September, the Lagos State Government had set up the coroners inquest to ascertain the cause of the Synagogue church building collapse which left about 115 people dead.

Most of the victims of the collapsed building were of South Africa nationality.

Fed Govt. Advises On Cholera Outbreak

The Federal Government has advised persons living in rural communities to desist from acts of open defecation, saying it is largely responsible for the outbreak and spread of cholera.

Speaking in Abuja at the 2013 Annual Physicians’ Week organised by the Nigerian Medical Association, the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu decried the number of deaths recorded through cholera as 74 persons have so far been confirmed dead, out of 333 cases reported.

Professor Chukwu appealed to states and local government authorities to scale up their sensitization campaign in order to arrest the spread of cholera and other communicable diseases.

Red Cross International to raise N34m for flood victims in Nigeria

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have launched an Emergency Appeal Fund to help the Nigerian Red Cross assist 10,000 people affected by the flood as part of efforts to cushion the effects of the flood ravaging some parts of the country.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Disaster Management Coordinator of the Nigerian Red Cross, Mr Umarabdu-Mairiga says the sum of N34, 000,000 (Thity Four million naira) raised by the international arm of the humanitarian foundation will be used to assist victims in Adamawa, Taraba, Kogi, Plateau, Katsina, Cross River, Jigawa, Kogi, Benue and Edo states.

He added that the flood has claimed 148 lives and displaced 64, 000 persons in 21 states.

Also speaking at the occasion, the who described the flood situation as a disaster says the funds being raised by the federation will be used to support the ongoing relief efforts of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.