PCN Seals Off 264 Pharmacies In Enugu

The Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed off 264 pharmacies and medicine shops which according to the agency, fall short of the operating standards in Enugu state.

The exercise, according to the Head of Enforcement Team, Stephen Esumobi, revealed some patent shops that were operating illegally, dispensing expired drugs, while others were yet to meet up with the basic requirements of operating a pharmacist/ medicine shop.

“Some of these shops do not have pharmacist and evidence of registration. Some have not met minimum conditions for storage. There is a likelihood that these drugs can deteriorate before the expiry date. Some of the ethical drugs can be harmful if they are not properly managed, that is why we are doing this to ensure the right things are done.”

PCN Officials

Director and HOD of the PCN Inspection and Monitoring unit, Anthonia Aruya, said the council is committed to sanitising the drug trade chain in ensuring quality drugs are distributed across the nation.

“The Pharmacist Council of Nigeria cannot guarantee that drugs sold in unregistered outlets are of the same integrity as specified by manufacturers.”

To this end, she therefore called on the public to be mindful of where they buy drugs and advised that they seek professional advice before doing so.

Kwara Govt. Adopts New Strategies Against Herdsmen, Farmers Clash

Abdulfatah-AhmedIn a bid to ensure that Kwara state does not witness clashes between herdsmen and farmers, an occurrence which has become rampant, the state government has put measures in place to ensure peaceful co-existence among various groups.

Some of the measures include prompt payment of damaged farmlands, centralization of the activities of the vigilante groups and regular security meetings.

The State Governor, Abdufatah Ahmed, who was in the Baruten Local Government Area to lay the foundation for the agriculture campus of the Kwara State University, assured residents that the government would put heads together with the security operatives on how to ensure that clashes between farmers and herdsmen do not occur anywhere in the state.

According to him, living together in peace, would bring more development and economic independence to the area, as the communities are known for agricultural produce.

At another event; a monthly stakeholders meeting with party members across the 16 Local Government Areas of the state, the governor noted that an agreement had been reached with the umbrella body of the herdsmen and farmers, Miyetti Allah, to live in peace and harmony.

He also said adequate compensation would be paid for any encroachment on farms or vigilante groups which hitherto were under different leaderships.

The governor added that they would now be under one leadership and answerable to the police authority.

Palm Sunday: Christians In Anambra Pray For Nigeria

Christians in Anambra State, from the Church of the Holy Spirit, Awka, the state capital, engaged in a procession in celebration of the Palm Sunday.

The Vicar of the parish, Reverend Canon Jason Onyeakagbusi, upon the return of the congregation and clergy from the procession, prayed that the palms be a sign of victory for the church.

He also prayed that just as Jesus Christ triumphantly entered Jerusalem as king, he would enter every nation, especially Nigeria and Anambra state and cleanse them of every political and economic mess.

“Jesus triumphantly entered into Jerusalem, it is also our belief and faith that he will enter into every heart triumphantly and when he enters into the heart, he will cleanse the mess. Jesus will enter into every nation – He will enter into Nigeria and when He enters into Nigeria, every political mess, and economical mess will be cleansed.

“When He enters into Anambra state, every economic mess, every political mess will be cleansed and we will have a cleaner place to live in, a place where the will of God is done,” Reverend Onyeakagbusi said.

Tunisia Confirms Kasperczack Sack

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The Tunisian Football Federation has announced the sacking of Henryk Kasperczak from his position as its National Team Coach.

This is coming less than two weeks after the cartage eagles lost two international friendlies against Morocco and Cameroon in March.

The 70­-year­-old, who led Tunisia to the final of the 1996 Africa Cup Of Nations, returned for a second spell in charge in 2015.

The Tunisian Football Federation said a new coach will be appointed by the end of the month.

Christians Across The World Celebrate Palm Sunday

Christians in Nigeria and across the world have gathered in celebration of the Palm Sunday, marking the final Sunday in the Lenten season and the start of the Christian holy week.

The holy week is the week leading to Easter and is held in remembrance of Jesus’ time in Jerusalem, before he died and was resurrected.

The Palm Sunday is also in remembrance of the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem in triumph, riding on the back of a donkey.

It is a solemn day where Christians pay their respects to their savior and reflect on the sacrifices he made.

Meanwhile, a blast has taken place outside a church in northern Egypt, leaving at least two people dead.

The explosion occurred hours after a separate blast which killed at least 25 people during a Palm Sunday service in the Nile Delta.

As gathered from Reuters, the Nile Delta explosion comes as Islamic State’s branch in Egypt appears to be stepping up attacks on Christians and threatening them in messages blasted out to followers.

SERAP Asks Buhari To Refer High-Profile Corruption Cases To ICC

Alleged Corruption: SERAP Writes Buhari Over SGF's CaseAs the Nigerian government’s anti-graft war continues to draw reactions, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has asked the President, Muhammadu Buhari, to refer high level official corruption cases to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

A statement released on Sunday, by the agency’s Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, stated that the measure would improve deterrence and show commitment in confronting grand corruption.

Mr Adewale further noted that referring corruption cases to the ICC should be part of a strategy to require a fundamental reform of Nigeria’s criminal justice system.

“As a state party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the government should also consider drawing from the expertise, experience, and international best practices of the court to complement the mandates and powers of our anti-corruption agencies and judiciary to successfully and satisfactorily investigate, prosecute and hear high-profile corruption cases.

“The latest setbacks in the prosecution of high-profile corruption cases show the need for effective enforcement measures to weed out, expose, and punish grand corruption in the country. Referring large-scale corruption cases to the International Criminal Court would in the short-medium term improve deterrence, and at the minimum demonstrate a symbolic commitment to confront grand corruption head on.

“Referral to the ICC should be considered as a stop-gap measure, and as part of an all-embracing strategy that would inevitably require a fundamental reform of the criminal justice system and the strengthening and empowerment of the country’s anti-corruption agencies.

“SERAP argues that corruption by high-ranking officials and their families and associates is an international crime, especially given the sheer amounts of national wealth involved, and the devastating effects of such plundering, including political instability, weak rule of law, and destruction of the country’s economy.

“Without effective investigation and prosecution of high-ranking public officials charged with corruption, and a judiciary that is willing and able to satisfactorily play its own interpretative role, this government’s fight against corruption may sadly turn out to be all motion and no movement, and this will eventually undermine the legitimacy of the anti-corruption efforts,” the organisation stated.

SERAP also advocated that more training be provided to those charged with the task of investigating and prosecuting large-scale corruption.

“SERAP believes that radical and more robust criminal enforcement measures are necessary to appreciably improve anti-corruption efforts, by equipping, empowering and providing opportunities for training and re-training of those charged with the investigation and prosecution of large-scale corruption so that they can fearlessly, impartially, efficiently and energetically enforce anti-corruption laws and ensure justice for the countless victims of corruption in the country.

“It should not be the case that only petty offenders are successfully prosecuted while high profile corrupt officers escape punishment and justice. Prosecuting the ‘small fry’ and leaving the ‘big fish’ to go unpunished would send a particularly damaging message about the government’s commitment to end large-scale official corruption, legitimize offenders’ impunity, and clearly violate the underlying legal and moral assumptions that a govern­ment will treat all persons equally, fairly, and with respect.

“Effectively prosecuting high-ranking officials would help to persuade foreign jurisdictions keeping stolen public funds, and facilitate international cooperation and assistance that may lead to the recovery of such assets.

“Efforts must also be intensified to apply stronger preventive measures to ensure that Nigerians are informed of the dangers of corruption. By ensuring that the Nigerian public views grand corruption with a ‘human face,’ the public may be more likely to build a united front and demand change from their leaders, which, in turn, would gradually strengthen Nigeria’s political will to end the problem. This is the surest way to help keep Nigeria fair, just, stable and prosperous.

“As the situation in the country has shown, corruption is costly to good governance, human rights and national development, and leads to erosion of confidence in good governance, rule of law and economic stability.

“SERAP argues that grand corruption in the country violates fundamental human values, and the values protected by international human rights law, as well as negates the doctrine of fiduciary relations that obligate public officers to faithfully perform the duties of their office, and to preserve state property.”

Explosions Hit Egyptian Churches On Palm Sunday


A Second blast has taken place outside a church in northern Egypt, hours after at least 25 people were killed during a Palm Sunday service in the Nile Delta.

The latest explosion outside St. Mark’s Coptic Church in Alexandria killed at least two people, according to state TV.

As gathered from Reuters, the bombing in Tanta, a Nile Delta city less than 100 kilometers outside Cairo, comes as Islamic State’s branch in Egypt appears to be stepping up attacks on Christians and threatening them in messages blasted out to followers.

According to the BBC, Pope Tawdros is unhurt and his secretary said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who struck outside the church.

After the first explosion in Tanta, Provincial Governor, Ahmad Deif, told the state-run Nile News channel: “Either a bomb was planted or someone blew himself up.”

General Tarek Atiya, a spokesperson at Egypt’s Interior Ministry, told AFP news agency that the blast in Tanta took place near the altar. However, a search is under way for any more explosives which could be in the vicinity.

Poland Building Collapse Leaves Six Dead

Poland Building Collapse Leaves Six Dead A block of flats in southern Poland has collapsed, killing at least six people, according to officials.

Firefighters revealed that two of those who died were children, and another four people were rescued from the rubble.

Reports say 18 people are registered as living at the building in the town of Swiebodzice.

There are suggestions that two of the building’s floors may have caved in due to a gas explosion.

Edo State Govt. Launches Agripreneurship Pilot Scheme

The Edo State Government has launched the pilot scheme of the Agripreneurship Programme in Sobe, Owan West Local Government area of Edo state as part of its efforts to create more than 200,000 jobs within the next four years.

“We are doing a thousand hectres here, we expect that we are going to have among those who would work here, the agripreneurs – We are also going to have growers who are going to do a lot of work here. We are using a pilot scheme for maize,” a government official noted.

Also Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Godwin Obaseki said his administration has identified agriculture as a key component in the drive for economic development of the state.

“I know that we can do more than 200,000 jobs if we invest in agriculture and we want to show to Nigeria and Edo state that it is possible.”

For the farm settlers however, the threat of invasion by herdsmen has remained a source of worry.

Allaying their fears, the governor stated that “there are almost 5,000 people here working, so you have varied interests. It’s not like your isolated farm where you cultivate and go away and if there’s an attack, you cannot find response.

“Here, there would be response, we are going to put a response averting mechanism so that the farmers can come together and protect each other,” he added.

U.S. Warships Deployed To Korean Peninsula

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As tension is brewing around the Korean Peninsula, the U.S Military has ordered a Navy strike group to move towards that region, amid growing concerns about North Korea’s missile programme.

The Navy War Vessel known as Carl Vinson Strike Group, comprises an aircraft carrier and other warships.

The carrier group has the capability to intercept ballistic missiles while having massive striking power.

U.S. pacific command described the deployment, heading towards the western pacific – as a prudent measure to maintain readiness in the region.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has said the U.S is prepared to act alone to deal with the nuclear threat from North Korea if China fails to assist in dealing with the issue.

North Korea has carried out several nuclear tests and experts predict more that could be in the offing as the country moves closer towards developing a nuclear warhead with a big enough range to reach the U.S.

Oslo Police Destroy ‘Bomb Like’ Device

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A ‘bomb-like’ device has been destroyed in a controlled explosion in Central Oslo.

Police officers cordoned off a large part of the Gronland area on Saturday evening, before the bomb squad detonated the suspected device.

A police spokesman said a suspect is in custody as police were already on alert after an attack in Sweden on Friday.

A truck ploughed into a Stockholm department store, killing four people and leaving 15 more injured.

It was said to be the worst attack to hit the Nordic region since the 2011 killing of 77 people in Norway by far-right extremist, Anders Brevik.

Swedish police confirmed on Saturday that they had found the unknown device on the driver’s seat in the abandoned lorry, which they were testing.

The investigation has been handed over to Norway’s Police Security Service.

Physicians Raise Alarm Over Increasing Disease Rate In Nigeria

Physicians Raise Alarm Over Increasing Disease Rate In NigeriaThe Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria has raised an alarm over increasing rate of Non-Communicable Diseases like diabetes, cancer and hypertension in the country.

The association stated this in Ado Ekiti at the 33rd National Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting themed: Non-Communicable Disease Burden: Health System Preparedness in Nigeria.

Speaking at the opening, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Dr. Olusegun Elegbede, blamed this on change in lifestyle of people and the economic recession.

According to him, there is evidence that NCDs are undermining the attainment of Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.

“There has been growing burden of NCD and the World Economic Forum has reported it as leading macro-economic risk at global level,” he said.

The National Chairman of APHPN, Professor T.M. Akande, said the conference offered another opportunity to network and rub minds on burning public health issues in Nigeria and the strategies for advancing public health practice in Nigeria.

In a paper entitled, “Nigerian Health System Response to the Emerging Epidemics of NCDs,” the Guest Speaker, Professor Olanipekun Alausa, said chronic NCDs have become more prominent causes of illness, disabilities and deaths.

“In addition, changes in lifestyles and in the environment have increased the morbidity and mortality rates due to NCDs,” he said.

Recommending solutions, Alausa called for the strengthening of health systems with appropriate technologies in tertiary institutions.

According to him, the cost of management must be made affordable and heavily subsidised by the government and other health agencies.

“Affected people with diagnosed NCDs should seek hospital patronage early and desist from consulting and seeking for traditional and religious solutions in the first instance.

“The government should come to the assistance of patients, rather than the patients begging for donations on television stations and social media,” he added.