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Nigeria will join the rest of the world to observe this year’s World Breastfeeding Week from the 1st to 7th of August, 2023.

The World Breastfeeding Week is a yearly global campaign that aims to increase awareness on the health and wellbeing outcomes of breastfeeding on infants, young children, mothers, families and the society at large.

A statement by the National Food and Nutrition Median Team, NFNMT reveals that in Nigeria, only 29% of the infants under age 6 months were found to be exclusively breastfed, while only 42% were put to breast within the first hour of birth.

The team then urged all citizens to enable breastfeeding by making a difference for working parents.

The global theme for this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, is “Enable Breastfeeding, making a Difference for Working Parents”.

It focuses on breastfeeding and employment/work. According to the statement that, this year’s theme calls for more awareness on breastfeeding support in workspaces.

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To achieve a higher impact on malnutrition reduction such as stunting, it urged that the coverage of nutrition sensitive and nutrition specific interventions among the targeted population should be 80% and above.

The statement reads in part: “The known identified challenges that hinder breastfeeding of infants in the country among others include inadequate knowledge among mothers on the benefits of breastmilk, myths surrounding breastfeeding, early return to work after childbirth, lack of a conducive breastfeeding environment especially for working mothers, aggressive marketing of breastmilk substitutes, among others.

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“Breastfeeding is the right of both the mother and the child. “However, for working mothers in Nigeria, balancing the demands of their careers with the desire to breastfeed can be challenging.”

“In addition to working outside the home, many Nigerian women have to perform time-consuming, often arduous domestic chores including cooking and laundry to maintain the household; and they also have to breastfeed their children.

“This year we are focusing on how we can adequately support these women to optimal breastfeeding for the good of our dear nation.”

The Federal Ministry of Health had recommended early initiation of breastfeeding within an hour of birth, exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, continued breastfeeding up to two years of age or beyond, with the introduction of appropriate complementary food as from six months.

The Ministry also advocated that working places should be made conducive to encourage breastfeeding as this will enhance productivity for these mothers, while assuring their nurturing role.

Presently, women employed in the federal civil service are entitled to 16 weeks paid maternity leave and when they return to work, they have two hours off a day to breastfeed till 6 months.

Recently, the Civil Service has extended this to the men, with 14 days paternity leave.

Under the Labour Act, mothers employed outside of the public sector are entitled to 12 weeks maternity leave. They are entitled to half pay if they’ve worked for their employer for at least six months.

It is no doubt that breastfeeding is important both to the mother and the child, a practice that all fathers, family members and society should support without fail.

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Breast milk is very nutritious and builds the immunity of the baby.

It also protects babies from common diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia.

Much more, the bonding between mother and baby during breastfeeding improves emotional and social development of the child.

“The general public, is being reminded that breast milk is the ideal food for infants, it is readily available, cheap, safe, clean and gives the first form of protection against many common childhood illnesses.

“Breast milk provides all the energy and nutrients that the child needs for the first months of life, and it continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one third during the second year of life.

“Therefore, it’s important that everyone gets involved by supporting our women to breastfeed everywhere. Your support contributes to our nation’s health, economy and future workforce”, it said.

 

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FCT Police nabs killers of Retired Army General in Abuja

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FCT Police nabs killers of Retired Army General in Abuja

The FCT Police Command has arrested four suspects over the killing of Army Brigadier General Uwem Udukwere in Abuja Sunshine Estate.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igweh, said two of the robbers, now at large, went away with the pistol of the retired general

He declared the robbers wanted and vowed to get them.

According to the Police, “At Kabusa and Pigbakasa Apo in FCT, Abuja Utako Division operatives led by CCP Victor Godfrey arrested four suspects who robbed and murdered a retired Brigadier General, Gen. Uwen Harold (Retd) N/5575 15th Regular course at house, No. 9 Sanga Street, Sunshine Homes, by Kabusa Junction Lokogoma, FCT, Abuja.”

One of the suspects, the Police added, is Ibrahim Rabiu, aged 33, from Dala Local Government Area of Kano state. But he was a resident of Rasha Apo Roundabout.

Another, Nafiu Jamil, 33, from Tofa council inKano, resided at Apo Pantekar.

The third and fourth are Aliyu Abdullahi, 47, from Shinkafi Local Government of Zamfara state, but resident at Apo Roundabout Abuja, and Mohammed Nuhu, 28, from Kumbotso, Kano, but resident at Apo primary school.”

Source: Vanguard

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Police confirm abduction of Borno high court judge, wife, others

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The Borno State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of a High Court judge, Justice Haruna Mshelia, his wife, orderly, and others in the Biu Local Government Area of the state.

The spokesman for the police command, ASP Nahum Daso, confirmed the incident to PUNCH Online on Monday.

He said, “We received a report today from one Sani Audu through the Divisional Officer of Biu that on 21st of June, 2024 at about 9am, the justice with his wife, orderly, and the driver were kidnapped along Biu-Maiduguri Road, specifically at Jiba town.”

He said that the police have commenced an investigation to track the terrorists and ensure the safe release of the judge, his wife, the orderly, and the driver.

“There has not been any contact with the terrorists, however, the police have put all security measures to see that the victims are rescued.

“The police through the Borno State Police Commissioner has delegated a Special Investigation team which comprises the State Intelligence Department and other tactical squads in collaboration with other security forces and the DSS to see how they can get forensic evidence they can get to enable them to track and retrieving the victims,” Daso added.

Source: The Punch

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Bandits kill Usmanu Danfodiyo varsity Deputy VC

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Bandits have killed the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS), Prof. Yusuf Saidu.

Prof. Saidu was UDUS Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Innovation and Development.

The attack was reported to have occurred while Prof. Saidu was travelling from Sokoto to Kaduna State.

According to information in circulation, the university don was said to have been killed by bandits around Kucheri town near the Zamfara State and Katsina State border.

As of the time of filing this report, security operatives in Zamfara and Katsina states are yet to make statements regarding the incident.

The Usmanu DanFodiyo University announced Prof. Saidu’s death in a brief statement on its official Facebook page Monday evening.

The University described the Professor’s demise as a great loss to the entire academic community.

The statement reads: “Innalillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun. The death has occurred of Prof. Yusuf Saidu, the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research Innovation and Development Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto. He was attacked and killed by bandits on his way to Kaduna from Sokoto State.

“Prof. Saidu was remembered as a man of integrity, religion, dedication, and courage.

“His untimely death is a significant loss to the university community and the broader academic world. “May Allah accept his soul and forgive his sin, but this is a painful loss to all members of the University community and the Academia at large.”

 

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Flood sweeps away 16-year-old apprentice in Ogun

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A 16-year-old apprentice barber identified as Dimeji was reportedly swept away on Friday after a torrential rainfall in a gully erosion around St Anthony Secondary School, Igbeba, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

Dimeji was said to have accidentally stepped into the canal, thinking there was a pedestrian plank that crossed gully, and was swept away by the erosion.

A viral video circulating on Saturday showed how the corpse of the young boy was retrieved from the gully.

The video was accompanied by a condolence message explaining that the victim was not a student but a barber apprentice around Awokoya, Ijebu-Ode.

The message read, “With a heavy heart, we share the sorrowful news of a young life lost to the devastating erosion in Ijebu Ode this evening.

“The victim, an apprentice barber at Awokoya, has been confirmed to be a non-student.

“Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his mother, who sells “fufu” at the same location.

“May his soul rest in peace, and may his family find comfort in this difficult time.”

The source who pleaded anonymity said “Yes, what you saw in the video is true, the boy, Dimeji actually slipped into the canal.

“What happened was that he escorted his friend to take a motorcycle, while the friend sat on the bike and went away he erroneously put his leg in the water thinking that he was stepping on the plank and that was how he was swept away.”

Efforts to reach the Ogun State Police Command’s spokesperson, SP Omolola Odutola, for comment on the incident, were unsuccessful, as her phone calls went unanswered and WhatsApp messages remained unanswered at the time of this report’s filing.

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Eight jailed for internet fraud in A’Ibom

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Uyo Zonal Command has secured the conviction and sentence of eight internet fraudsters in the state.

This was contained in a statement by its Spokesperson, Dele Oyewale on Saturday.

Oyewale said Justice Rosemary Oghoghorie of the Federal High Court, Calabar, Cross River State convicted the internet fraudsters.

He explained that they were prosecuted separately on two counts that bordered on criminal impersonation, identity theft and obtaining by false pretence.

He listed the convicts to include: Abasiofon Daniel Essien also known as Jason Momoa, Gideon Junior, Edikan Ubong, Harrison Chiemelie, Ndifereke Umoh, Christopher Promise, Effiong Wisdom and Godswill Nsikan.

One of the charges against Essien reads, “That you, Abasiofon Daniel Essien (aka Jason Momoa) sometime in 2023, in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court did take possession of $300 (Three Hundred US dollars) intentionally, knowing that the money formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: Identity theft and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022 and punishable under the Section 18 (3) of the same Act.

One of Wisdom’s charges reads, “That you, Effiong Wisdom “M” (aka Pamela Randy) sometime in November 2023, in Nigeria, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court did fraudulently present yourself as Pamela Randy to Michael Moore on the social media platform: Facebook/Instagram with intent to gain advantage for yourself did take possession of the sum of $170 (One Hundred and Seventy United States Dollars) knowing that the money formed part of the proceed of an unlawful act to wit: impersonation thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition and Prevention) Act 2022 and punishable under Section 18 (3) of the same Act.”

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They all pleaded guilty to the offences against them.

“They all pleaded guilty to their charges when they were read to them following which prosecution counsel, Khamis Mahmud tendered their confessional statements and incriminating contents of their mobile phones to the court as evidence and urged the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.”

“The judge convicted and sentenced them to two years in jail each. Umoh, Promise, Chiemelie and Nsikan were given the option to pay a fine of N2 million each (Two Million Naira). Junior, Essien and Ubong were given an N1.5 million (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira) option of a fine, while Wisdom was given an N1,000,000 (One Million Naira) option of fine.

“In addition, Essien, Junior, Ubong and Chiemelie are to restitute $100, $300, $170 and N140,000.00 respectively to their victims, while Umoh, Promise, Wisdom and Nsikan will restitute $70, $140, N100,000.00 and Nsikan $50 respectively to their victims.”

The convicts also forfeited their phones which the court described as tools for their crimes to the government.

Source: The Punch

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FRSC officer injured after hit-and-run driver evades arrest in Osun

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An officer of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Osun State Command was injured on Friday after a hit-and-run driver evaded arrest over a traffic offence.

It was gathered that the incident occurred via Osun State Government Secretariat, Abere when operatives of the FRSC were on patrol on Friday.

A passer-by named Odebode Shina disclosed that the incident occurred around 9:20 am when the driver of a private Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) going towards the Ibadan axis was pulled over.

Shina said: “Seems the driver of the vehicle knew he would be booked for one offence or the other, he manoeuvred the patrol team and while doing that he hit an officer of the commission who hung on the bonnet of the car a few meters from the spot he was hit before he fell off.

“The officer was seriously injured as his colleagues chased after the driver of the car.

The FRSC Osun State Commander, Inyang Umoh confirmed the incident, saying, “The officer is in stable condition. We are trying to get him

Source: The Nation

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