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Hoodlums attack doctors at EKSUTH, steal corpse

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Activities have been paralysed at the EKITI State University Teaching Hospital, EKSUTH, Ado-Ekiti, as a result of an emergency and indefinite strike declared by labor unions at the hospital following an attack by suspected hoodlums who invaded the medical facility.

According to DAILY POST, some suspected hoodlums on Monday invaded the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, and attacked some doctors.

It was gathered that the hoodlums destroyed some facilities at the hospital and stole a corpse suspected to be the father of one of the hoodlums.

At the moment, the Association of Resident Doctors, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti has directed its members to embark on an indefinite strike with immediate effect.

This was contained in a letter addressed to the Chief Medical Director, Professor Kayode Olabanji and signed by the President of the Association, Dr Famous Adeyemi.

“The above-named association writes to notify you of the decision of the emergency congress held today to embark on an indefinite strike with immediate effect.

“This follows the actions of hoodlums who stormed the accident and emergency unit of the hospital in the early hours of today and assaulted some members of the association, destroyed several hospital properties and stole a corpse during the attack.

“This attack is happening at a time when our members are showing understanding with the state government on the non-implementation of our demands on improved welfare vis-a-vis being faced with work overload and exhaustion, which is as a result of poor remuneration, pay disparity, and the attending effect of local brain drain.

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“We wish to use this opportunity to call on the management of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) and the Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, to apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice for their actions.

“We also implore the state government to, as a matter of urgency, attend to our pending demands, which border on improving the welfare of our members.

“We implore the management and the government to provide a lasting solution to these incessant assaults on our members and ensure safety when they are at their duty post.

“We call on the state assembly to enact a law to criminalise assault on health workers in Ekiti State. The strike will not be called off until our demands are met.”

Confirming the development, the spokesperson in charge of the University Teaching Hospital, Rolake Adewumi, said already, four armed additional policemen have been drafted to ensure security at the hospital.

She disclosed further that the state police commissioner has since launched a manhunt on the perpetrators with a vow to ensure that they are arrested and be made to face the wrath of the law.

According to a statement signed by the hospital’s spokesperson, the management of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado – Ekiti has frowned at the activities of hoodlums who vandalised the Accident and Emergency Complex of the hospital and took away a corpse.

In his reaction to the incident, the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Professor Kayode Olabanji, said management will not tolerate any act of violence or mayhem being unleashed on members of staff of the hospital.

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According to Him, the management has stationed four armed policemen at the Accident and Emergency as well as two armed policemen at the main gate to strengthen the security of the hospital until further notice.

He pointed out that the Division Police Officer in charge of Oke-Ila Division, SP Sesan Falade, has also assured frequent patrol of the hospital premises.

Also, the EKSUTH boss noted that the management and the DPO had met with the State Chairman of the Road Transport Employer Association of Nigeria, Mr Sunday Adeola and mandated him to produce the ring leader because the management heard that the person involved is a member of the association.

The CMD explained further that the person who was involved in a recent similar occurrence at the Neo Natal ward will face the wrath of the law as the case is already in court and the culprit is being prosecuted.

Prof Olabanji, therefore, appealed to the members of staff to calm down as steps are in the right direction to ensure that such an incident does not occur again, saying the management will not tolerate any act of molestation of its staff while discharging their duties.

 

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Customs seizes 85 drums of petrol being smuggled to Cameroon

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Customs seizes 85 drums of petrol being smuggled to Cameroon

The Nigeria Customs Service has seized 85 200-litre drums of petrol being illegally transported from Adamawa State to Cameroon Republic.

The Service similarly confiscated 795 25-litre jerry cans of the same product which it found on a bush path at the Sahuda neighbourhood of the Nigeria-Cameroon border.

The Customs Area controller of the Adamawa/Taraba Area Command, Comptroller Garba Bashir, who addressed newsmen at the area headquarters in Yola Friday morning, said that a car with a hidden compartment loaded with petrol was intercepted along the Girei-Wuro Boki axis of Adamawa State.

He said the operations were carried out by operatives of the command from the 29th of last month to date.

He added that within the past six weeks, the Area Command which covers the two states of Adamawa and Taraba, recorded 17 cases of seizure of various items with aggregate duty value of N36,952,342.

He said, “In spite of the PMS subsidy repeal, smuggling from Nigeria into the neighbouring countries flourishes. This is due to strong fuel demand and steeper prices in adjacent countries such as Cameroon, Nigeria and Benin Republic.”

He added that selfish Nigerians take advantage of the higher prices in those countries to indulge in illegal export for personal gains.

However, he vowed that the trend would not be allowed to continue as his Command has been strengthening its capabilities and carrying out operations to counter the smugglers.

“We will continue until we bring smuggling down completely,” he said.

Source: Daily Post

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Edo residents count losses in flood-affected neighbourhoods

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Edo residents count losses in flood-affected neighbourhoods

Residents of Uffa, Ugbogbo, Afekhai, Orere, Domingo Road, Lawani Road, Momodu Ajayi Road and Ibillo-Auchi Road in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State have started counting losses as their houses and property have been submerged under flood.

DAILY POST reports that 85 houses were reportedly submerged under flood while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed following a two-day heavy downpour.

It was also reported that the flood took over major parts of the local government area.

Some of the affected victims blamed the flood on water coming from the Orere rock, collapsed bridges in major parts of the area and indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages.

One of the victims, Priscilla Osiobafoh, who expressed shock over the incident, added that about 85 houses have been submerged in the flood.

Osiobafoh, who is the Executive Director of BraveHeart Initiative, an NGO, said out of the 85 houses, 50 buildings were destroyed.

According to her: “The flood occurred at about 10 am on Monday. I did an on-the-spot assessment and reached out to about 37 victims affected by the flood.

“So far, we have about 85 buildings that have been affected by the flood. But the major destruction is in about 50 buildings in the area.

“The cause of the flood was the heavy water coming from the Orere rocks, the collapse of major bridges in the council area and the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages.

“This also shows the effect of climate change and all the environmental issues a lot of people talk about that we don’t pay attention to.

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“We understand some of our citizens were careless about their drainage system. They allow dirt to be in their gutters.

“One significant thing that happened on that day was that all the bridges in the town had issues.”

She called for the construction of a drainage system that would channel all the water coming from the rocks to its appropriate place.

She noted that while the government can blame residents for the indiscriminate dumping of refuse on drainages, it cannot, however, blame them for the collapse of bridges.

“All the bridges are faulty, the water exceeded the bridge level and went through all the places. These are critical issues that need government’s attention,” she stated.

Other victims, who spoke to journalists, including Ms Feyintola Eshamah and Ms Stella Agbarajo, lamented that they lost their entire properties to the flood.

“The water had wreaked havoc on our buildings, thereby rendering us homeless. Thank God that there were no casualties. But we have lost all our properties to the flood,” Agbarajo added.

Another victim, Mrs Edith Igboje, appealed to the

federal, state and local governments to come to their aid.

Reacting to the development, the chairman of the council, Tajudeen Alade, said the council had made its report on the incident to the state government.

“I have made an on-the-spot assessment of the affected areas along with the HOD Environment and Supervisory Councillor for Works, and we have made our report to the state government.

“We have equally informed the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, to see how we can assist the victims to cushion the effect of the flood,” he said.

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The council chairman, however, blamed the citizens for poor sanitation, buildings on the right of way and indiscriminate dumping of refuse on drainages.

Sources: Daily Post

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Police probe Yobe cleric for allegedly impregnating friend’s wife

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A 65-year old woman has been arrested for allegedly inflicting injury on her 19-year old house-help in Ezinifite, Aguata local government area

The Yobe State Police Command has begun the probe into the case of a self-proclaimed marabout, Auwalu Haruna, arrested for allegedly abducting and impregnating his wife’s friend.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the 20-year-old girl, after days of disappearance, was found pregnant at Haruna’s custody in Anguwan Arewa, in the Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State.

In a telephone interview with PUNCH Metro on Thursday, Dungus Abdulkarim, the spokesperson for the state police command, revealed to our correspondent that Haruna was accused of hypnotising the victim with a concoction that rendered her unconscious.

Abdulkarim said the case was transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department, and a discreet investigation was ongoing.

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“The suspect is just like a marabout, he does rituals for people. So, he allegedly forced her to drink a certain medical concoction that made her fall in love with him, then he eloped with her to Anguwan at Kano.

“The abduction case was reported to the Tarmuwa Divisional Police Headquarters by her father, who alleged it was Mallam Haruna who perpetrated it. After thorough research, the command operatives arrested him in Kano with the girl, whom he had already impregnated. It was medically confirmed that she was two months pregnant.

“The case is still under investigation at the Yobe SCID, and you know there are processes. After we are done, we still have to transfer his file to the Yobe State Ministry of Justice. The ministry, which is our counterpart, will now go through the file and vet it.”

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If satisfied with the investigation, they can now provide legal assistance to the police, and he will be arraigned in court,” Abdulkarim concluded.

PUNCH Metro reported in June that a 71-year-old landlord, identified simply as Adesina, for allegedly defiling and impregnating his tenant’s 14-year-old girl at Akegbeyale Street in Ifesowapo Akute, Ifo Local Government Area of the state.

Our correspondent gathered that the residents and other tenants were thrown into a state of shock when the septuagenarian suspect was found on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, having sexual intercourse with the minor at about 10:15 pm in the bathroom.

Source: The Punch

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Osun teenagers caught stealing high tension cables

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Osun teenagers caught stealing high tension cables

Two teenagers identified by their first names, Jelili and Babatunde, have been nabbed by members of the Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Service for stealing a high-tension electricity cable in Arola village in Ede, Osun State.

A security source who was present when the suspects were arrested by the hunters, laid in the bush, waiting for them, during an interview with PUNCH Metro on Wednesday, said the suspects were nabbed around 3:30 pm in the bush in Arola village on Tuesday.

Before they were picked up, he said, the suspects, had successfully cut an electricity cable from high-tension poles in the area and were about to flee the scene.

The source, who pleaded to remain anonymous for security reasons, however, said hunters had monitored the activities of the suspects within the area over some time before they were eventually arrested while perpetrating the crime.

“We caught them around 3:30 pm inside the bush. The operatives of the Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Service in Ede arrested the two suspected vandals on Tuesday.“They were caught stealing high-tension cable around the Akoda/Arola area in Ede. The first suspect is identified as Babatunde, while the second suspect is Akeem. They are both 19 years of age. We have handed them over to the NSCDC officers for further investigation.

“We have monitored the suspects over a period of time. Criminals are using the bush for cover, but it was easy for us to lay in the bush and get them because we know the terrain very well,” the security source said.

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When contacted, the spokesperson for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Osun State, Kehinde Adeleke, said the suspects were in the custody of the command.

She said, “It is true. They are in our custody. The investigation is progressing well. They may go to court on Thursday.”

 

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Woman nabbed for attempting to smuggle drug to Abuja inmate

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Woman nabbed for attempting to smuggle drug to Abuja inmate

A woman identified as Precious Yusuf has been arrested by officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service while attempting to smuggle drugs to an inmate at the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Abuja.

The suspect was said to have disguised as a visitor to one of the inmates but was apprehended during a search by the correctional service officials.

Yusuf, according to a statement on Wednesday by the FCT command spokesperson of the service, Adamu Duza, concealed the drugs in food packs.

He said the woman confessed that she was sent to deliver the drugs for an inmate in the facility.

Duza said, “The Nigerian Correctional Service, FCT Command has apprehended a lady called Precious Yusuf trying to push in drugs to an inmate of the Medium Security Custodial Centre Kuje, Abuja.

“This occurred on Tuesday when the above-named lady came in the guise of a visitor to an inmate. During the usual routine search by officers of the Kuje Custodial Centre, items suspected to be Indian hemp and other dangerous drugs were concealed in food packs in a carton. The culprit confessed to having been sent to bring this to an inmate of the custodial centre.”

He noted that the Controller of Corrections, FCT Command, Ibrahim Usman, directed that the woman should be handed over to the Nigerian Drug Law Agency for investigation and prosecution.

Duza said the controller warned those planning to perpetrate the same crime to desist.

He said, “The Controller of Corrections, FCT Command, Ibrahim Usman, has since ordered that the suspect be handed over to the Nigerian Drug Law Agency for further investigation and prosecution.

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“Usman cautioned and warned drug peddlers to desist from trying to smuggle in illicit substances into the custodial centres in the guise of visits as his officers and men are on alert to deflate such a plot.”

Source: The PUNCH

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Welder nabbed for allegedly kidnapping prophetess in Cross River

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Welder nabbed for allegedly kidnapping prophetess in Cross River

Cross River State Police Command, yesterday, paraded a welder identified as Oliver for alleged kidnapping a prophetess, Uduak Emmanuel alongside 19 others for various crimes.

Briefing newsmen at the state Police Command Headquarters in Calabar, Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, said the 20 suspects were arrested for various crimes within four months.

According to her, their offences ranged from kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, cultism to unlawful possession of firearms, among others.

According to Ugbo, of the 20 suspects arrested, 14 have been charged to court while the remaining would also be charged as soon as investigations were concluded.

She further explained that 14 persons were arrested over cult related activities, three for armed robbery, others for rape, kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms while items recovered includes phones, laptops, locally made pistol, criminal charms Indian hemp amongst others.

In a related development, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Augustine Grimah presented 17 cheques of over N43 million to families of deceased police officers.

Augustine urged the families not to allow the money bring wrangling among them, rather it should keep them united and used judiciously.

Source: Vanguard

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