Police Nab Ritualists, Fraudsters In Oyo State

policeThe Oyo State Police Command has arrested some fraudsters cum ritualists in their hideout situated in Ona Ara Local Government Area of the state.

The Special Ambush Squad alongside the Anti-kidnapping Squad which was led by the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, succeeded in making the arrests without bloodshed.

One of the suspects, Ismael Adesina, a 42-year-old man who was arrested at the scene of crime, confessed to duping people for over five years in a compound set in the thick jungles of Isase after Badeku community in Ona Ara LG.

Fake foreign currencies, charms, machetes and other criminal items were also recovered from the den which looked more like a ritualist haven.

Channels Television crew were able to take shots from a safe distance where the squad took positions to smoke out the suspects.

The traditional head of the Isase village where the shrine is located expressed shock at the discovery and promised that the community would ensure the demolition of the place.

Meanwhile, Mr Katsina has said that his command will not relent in efforts to wipe out crime, adding that the intelligence led operations of his special squad made the arrests possible just before they committed another crime.

Militias Head For IS-Held Ramadi

isThe Iraqi government is reported to be sending Iran-backed Shia militias to Ramadi, to recapture the city from the Islamic State (IS) militants.

About 500 people died when the Iraqi Military abandoned their positions in the city, only 70 miles (112km) West of Baghdad, the BBC reports.

A Regional government official said the people fleeing Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, fled ”in great numbers.”

The US had said that it is confident the capture of Ramadi can be reversed.

Addressing reporters in South Korea, the Us Secretary of State, John Kerry, said: ”I am convinced that as the forces are redeployed and as the days flow in the weeks ahead, that is going to change”.

The Shia Militias, also known as the Popular Mobilisation (Hashid Shaabi), were key to the recapture from Islamic State (IS) of another city, Tikrit, North of Baghdad, two months ago, where there use has raised concer in the US and other Countries.

The Militias were said to have pulled out of Tikrit, following reports of widespread violence and looting.

A statement from IS said its fighters had ”purged the entire city”, taking the 8th Brigade Army Base, along with tanks and Missile launchers left behind by troops.

Resident Doctors’ Suspension Reminiscent Of Draconian Military Laws- Tope Ojo

Resident doctorsThe Lagos State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Tope Ojo, has condemned the suspension of resident doctors by the Federal Government, describing it as laws seen only during the “draconian military era” which “gives sad nostalgia”.

He also accused the Federal Government of “neglecting  the key challenges that should be addressed”.

He berated the Federal Government for accusing the resident doctors of performing below average, and reiterated the call for the restructuring of the residency programme to ensure the production of the highest level of medical specialists. This, he added, is part of the 24 demand made by the NMA to the Federal Government.

He said the decision was coming at a wrong time because “there is a high level of inadequacy” in the sector, which had forced some Nigerians to go abroad for treatment, adding that “employment into the residency programme is haphazard. When you pass your primaries, they will be looking for space all around” to accommodate you.

“If you have a residency board, this will be holistically looked at and you will have a placement arrangement that will be handled by this board,” he said.

He emphasised the importance of the resident doctors in the medical sector saying “the residents form the bulk”. “You can have a board where you have four consultants and about 20 residents at different level of training. They participate profusely, deeply and seriously in the training of medical students; which means that there will be no medical training that will go on,” Dr Ojo emphasised.

He also added that the “post graduate resident training has to do with the mid level training of the middle level manpower in the health sector.

“They are people going through a minimum period of six years in different fields,” he maintained.

Dr Ojo also stated that apart from resident doctors conducting over 50 per cent of the tutorials in the medical schools, their contributions in hospitals is vital to the survival of the health sector

He said if the suspension was not withdrawn, “major surgical operations are shut” because “the consultants don’t perform operations alone”.

“The resident doctors prepare patients for the operation from the clinic,” he said, insisting that a neurosurgeon can’t perform an operation with the help of a medical officer.

Dr Ojo, however, called on Nigeria’s political class to patronise Nigerian health institutions and to desist from “picking policies that will shut down operations in the health sector”.

He also noted that the suspension was a calculated attempt by the Federal Government to break the ranks of the NMA, but  he assured that the association “remains stronger”. “Our minimum condition to resume negotiation is for government to reverse this unpalatable decision,” he said.

FG Justifies Sack Of Resident Doctors

Meanwhile the Federal Government in a statement by the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, justified the suspension of the Residency Training Programme in all federal hospitals, “as part of efforts to reposition the public health sector”.

Professor Chuwku also said that “the quality of training has also progressively declined over the last decade despite recent efforts by the Jonathan Administration to revamp it”.

The Minister also added that the Residency Training Programme in all hospital in recent times had been beset by numerous challenges, including poor performance and unsatisfactory conduct of the resident doctors.

“The terms of admission to the Residency Training Programmes stipulate that either party (employer or employee) may terminate the relationship by giving one month notice or one month salary in lieu of notice.

“Accordingly, all affected doctors will receive one month salary in lieu of one month notice. One of the reasons for employer-initiated determination of the appointment, according to terms of the probationary residency appointment, is unsatisfactory performance by the resident doctor,” he said.

The Minister, however, stressed that “only resident doctors under the employ of the Federal Government are affected. Resident doctors employed by state governments in their hospitals and by private hospitals are not affected”.

Ebola: NNPC Shuts Down Clinic In Lagos

NNPC Shuts downThe Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Friday, announced the indefinite shutdown of its clinic in the Muri Okunola area of Victoria Island, Lagos, following a suspected case of Ebola virus on admission at the clinic.

NNPC shuts down the clinic as it discovered that the patient visited the First Consultant Medical Centre during the period the first Ebola case was reported at that clinic.

The Corporation, in a statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ohi Alegbe, explained that the pre-emptive step was taken after the case was duly reported to the Federal Ministry of Health as well as officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health.

In the meantime, all contacts with this case are being traced and adequate precautionary measures instituted to contain the possible spread of the disease,” the Corporation stated.

The medical team has given assurances that the patient is in stable condition.

Pete Edochie Is Not Dead

The President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ibinabo Fiberesima, on Saturday debunked an online report claiming that veteran actor, Pete Edochie, had died after falling off a cliff in Austria.
In a facebook message reply to Channels Television’s enquiry, Ms Fiberesima said: “Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, can authoritatively confirm that Pete Edochie is alive, hale and healthy. Please disregard the rumour about his death.”

A website, Global Associated News, claimed that Mr Edochie died while filming a movie in Kitzbühel, Austria early Saturday.

“Preliminary reports from Austrian Police officials indicate that the actor fell more than 50 feet to his death in a remote area of the Hahnenkamm Mountains while on-set during the filming of a movie.

“Specific details are not yet available. The accident occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m. (UTC/GMT +12).

“Additional details and information will be forthcoming,” the report said.

The false report created a buzz on social media as commentators sought to find out the truth.

Security agencies deny fresh vilonce in Plateau and Bauchi states

Reports of resumed violence in Tse and Shong villages in Plateau state which is said to have claimed about one hundred and forty lives has been debunked by the Defence Headquarters.

Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petrin, who was represented by the Chief of Administration, Rear Admiral Dele Ezeoba told journalists in Abuja that the said attack never happened; instead peace and normalcy have been restored in the area affected by recent violent attacks.

He added that the police is working together with other security agencies to address the security situation in Plateau and indeed the entire country.

The Nigerian Police Force also called on Nigerians to disregard speculations of a bomb attack at the Bauchi state NYSC orientation camp, which is reported to have killed 50 corps members.

Force spokesman, CSP Frank Mba, denied any such occurrence and urged Nigerians to desist from spreading such rumors especially in the face of serious security challenges.

He further added that the inspector general of police has ordered the beefing up of security around the various orientation camps across the nation.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had earlier said there was no bomb blast in the National Youth Service Corps orientation camp in Bauchi.

Punch Newspaper reported that the NEMA spokesman, Yushau Shuaibu, said in an SMS that the reported killing of over 50 corps members in a blast was untrue.

“NEMA wishes to inform the public that there wasn’t any explosion in Bauchi today as has been speculated,” he said.