El-Rufai Condemns Attack By Suspected Muslim Youths

Kaduna, DeforestationThe Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the brutal attack on a young man by some suspected Muslim youths.

The victim, Francis Emmanuel, was allegedly attacked in Kakuri area of Kaduna metropolis for not participating in the ongoing Ramadan fasting being observed by Muslims globally.

The victim, severely injured, was hospitalised at the Saint Geralds Catholic Hospital.

Narrating his ordeal from the hospital bed, Emmanuel said he left his workshop to buy food that afternoon when a group of Muslim youths allegedly stopped him on the road and questioned why he should be eating when they were fasting.

He said that when he tried to explain to them, they immediately pounced on him, cut him with a machete and left him in a pool of blood.

Speaking to reporters when he visited the victim, Governor El-Rufai directed the Police to arrest the attacks.

He also warned that there was no room for any form of religious extremism, violence or criminality in Kaduna State.

The Governor asked religious leaders to call their followers to order, warning that the state government would not hesitate to sanction any religious leader that preaches hate messages capable of causing acrimony among the people.

He also commiserated with another Policeman at the hospital who sustained an injury during a gun battle with armed robbers.

Six Medical Doctors Die In Road Accident In Kaduna

Road AccidentA road accident along Abuja-Kaduna expressway has claimed the lives of seven medical doctors traveling from Ekiti to Sokoto State.

The accident which claimed the life of the driver of the bus, also left seven others severely injured.

The Kaduna State Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Muhammed Ibrahim, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent in Kaduna on Monday, said that the accident occurred around Doka area along the expressway, when one of the tyres of the 18-seater bus they were traveling in busted.

The vehicle hit the side breakers and somersaulted several times before it stopped.

He disclosed that the doctors left Ekiti on Saturday to attend the Nigeria Medical Association delegates’ conference in Sokoto State before the incident occurred.

He attributed the death of the six medical doctors to lack of proper medical attention at Doka General Hospital where they were rushed to, stating that there was no single doctor and first aid facilities to attend to the victims.

He also disclosed that the seven surviving medical doctors were receiving treatment at Saint Gerald’s Catholic Hospital in the state capital.

The accident occurred very close to the spot where the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi, his wife and son lost their lives in a similar road mishap.

Ebola Disease: Spread Rumour Causes Tension In Kaduna

Ebola DiseaseThere was tension in Kaduna State in the early hours of Friday about an outbreak of the Ebola disease at Saint Gerald’s Catholic Hospital, located in the state capital.

Following the rumour of the Ebola spread, which also mentioned another hospital located in Kaduna South Local Government Area within the city centre, sources at the hospitals told our correspondent in confidence that many patients, who were on admission, have fled the hospitals for fear of contracting the deadly disease which presently has no cure.

However, the Public Relations Officer of Saint Gerald’s Hospital, Mr John Ali, said that there was no case of the Ebola disease and wondered how people came up with the rumour that the Ebola spread had reached Kaduna.

On his part, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Thot Dogo, told Channels Television correspondent on telephone that people should discard the rumour as there was no case of the disease in the state.

He described the rumour as unsubstantiated and was only created by some people to cause panic among residents.

In spite of the State Government and the hospital authorities’ statements debunking the rumour, residents have taken to social media to inform their loved ones about the outbreak of the disease and what they should do to stay alive.

Some have recommended measures such as mixing salt in hot water to wash their faces; a claim that has not been backed by health authorities.

The Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, had on Thursday warned residents of the state to be cautious of the Ebola virus to avoid the spread of the dreaded Ebola disease across the state.

The Governor, during the launching of tricycle ambulances, cautioned the people of the state to adhere strictly to medical tips aimed at preventing the spread of the disease across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state, stating that the warning became imperative in view of the dangerous nature of the disease, which took the entire nation by surprise.