The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sulaiman Balarabe, has warned police officers and men under his command to shun extortion and incivility in the discharge of their duties.
Balarabe gave the warning on Thursday at Oji River Police Area Command during his ongoing tour of police formations and divisions under Oji River Area Command.
He reminded officers and men of the command on the need to remain dedicated to duty and to exhibit high level of professionalism.
According to him, officers and men of the command must shun all forms of indiscipline while discharging their duties.
He also reminded them on the use of firearms as well as community partnership and community policing.
The commissioner noted that anyone found wanting on professionalism would be visited with disciplinary action.
He warned against raiding of suspected criminal hideouts to collect bail money but insisted that those raided must be screened and entries to that effect made.
“Those linked with any crime should be investigated and prosecuted; while those not linked to any crime should be immediately released without any condition.
“Raiding of suspected criminal hideouts should be intelligent-led under the principle of intelligent-led policing,’’ he said.
COVID-19: Nigeria records 288 new cases, total now 44,129, with 896 deaths
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Monday.
The agency said that eight new deaths were reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 896 across the country.
The NCDC said that the new infections were recorded in Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory and 13 states.
It stated that Lagos topped the list with 88 new cases, while the FCT reported 25 fresh infections.
Among others were Kwara, 33, Osun, 27, Enugu, 25, Abia, 20, Kaduna, 17, Plateau and Rivers, 13 each, Delta, 10, and Gombe, 8.
The agency stressed that states with fewer cases include Ogun, 4, Oyo, 3, Katsina, 1 and Bauchi, 1.
According to it, till date, 44,129 cases have been confirmed, 20,663 cases discharged and 896 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Meanwhile, the health agency added that washing of hands frequently with soap under running water was one of the best ways to stop the transmission of diseases like COVID-19 from person to person or after touching contaminated surfaces.
“#TakeResponsibility to keep yourself and loved ones safe and healthy.
“This election period, #TakeResponsibility by adhering to guidelines to protect ourselves and loved ones from COVID-19, including Physical distancing, Use of hand sanitisers and Use of face mask,” it advised.
“In Nigeria, use of hydroxychloroquine is only limited to clinical trials.
“Please #TakeResponsibility and avoid self-medication,” it stressed.
The agency warned that a high percentage of those infected with COVID-19 did not show any symptom of the disease.
“So, to protect yourself and everyone around you, wear a face mask, maintain physical distancing, wash your hands frequently and follow all guidelines from the NCDC website,” it said.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
Father of 3 commits suicide in Nsukka
A father of three children, Emmanuel Eze on Monday allegedly committed suicide at Amagu Umudiaka village, Ihe community in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Eze, who hailed from Ehe-alumona, Nsukka, reportedly hanged himself in the early hours of Monday in an uncompleted one- story-building close to the house where he lived as tenant with his family.
Elder brother to the deceased, Mr Silas Eze, who confirmed the incident, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Nsukka on Monday that his late brother had been behaving abnormally before he took is life.
“It is unfortunate that my younger brother decided to commit suicide.
“For sometime now he had been behaving like someone who had mental health problem.
“Yesterday (Sunday), he hit the younger sister with a big wood and ran away, the sister was immediately rushed to the Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka.
“We are surprised to discover this morning that he has hanged himself in an uncompleted one-storeyed building near his compound.
“As I am talking with you, Emma’s wife is not yet aware that her husband has committed suicide, because she is the one staying with my sister in Bishop Shanahan Hospital,” he said.
Eze said that one of the family members had been mandated to report the incident at the Nsukka Divisional Police Station.
When contacted, Mr Daniel Ndukwe , the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Enugu State Police Command, said that he had received several calls on the incident.
Ndukwe however, said that the command was still awaiting brief from Nsukka Divisional Police Station.
Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Mrs Ugwuanyi wants families, LGs to support exclusive breastfeeding
Wife of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi, has called for the support families, friends and local government authorities, in the area of exclusive breastfeeding for babies.
Mrs Ugwuanyi made the appeal in a virtual internet video message, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria , on Monday in Enugu.
The message was to commemorate this year’s “World Breastfeeding Week”, which holds between Aug.1 and Aug. 7.
According to her, there is need for mothers, fathers and wives of local government chairmen, to join in the renewed call for appropriate feeding for newborns and infants, and support nursing mothers in any way they can.
“A warm chain of support from us all will create an enabling environment that empowers all mothers to breastfeed optimally for a healthier planet.
“I pledge to bridge the gap for the survival of our children within the state.
“This appropriate feeding for newborns and infants, which is uncompromising exclusive breastfeeding, is also one pathway to mitigate environmental degradation,’’ she said.
Mrs Ugwuanyi also stressed the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding of children within the first one hour of birth, and exclusively for six months.
“Also introduction of solid food after six months to complement continuous exclusive breastfeeding, meant to last for two years of age or beyond,’’ she said.
The governor’s wife noted that mothers’ breast milk contained antibodies that helped babies fight viruses and bacteria, as well as lowered babies’ risk of having asthma or allergies.
“It also provides the ideal nutrition for the babies and makes them smarter.
“Babies, who are exclusively breastfed for six months without a formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illness and diarrhea,’’ she added.
She also enumerated some negative consequences of inadequate breastfeeding on malnourished children, especially when they become adults, to include stunting and likely suffering of chronic diseases.
NAN reports that the theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is: “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet’’.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
NGO trains 35 youths in budget monitoring, project implementation in Enugu
The Coordinator of CODE in the state, Mr Daniel Ugwu, made this known in a statement on Monday in Enugu.
Ugwu said that the training was organised for members of Enugu State ‘Follow-The-Money’ initiative and ActionAid activists.
He said that the training was meant to equip the participants with the necessary tools to inspire change in their communities.
Ugwu, who is the South East Coordinator, Follow-The-Money, said that it was necessary to equip the youths with the relevant information to become advocates for good governance and accountability.
“The essence of the training is to enhance youth capacity in influencing effective public service delivery by equipping them with necessary information and resources to participate in development processes.
“Some of the key areas the participants were trained include Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, report writing, advocacy and policy influencing strategies and data mining,” he said.
Ugwu said that the training was part of CODE’s effort to achieve its mission of improving access to information and empower members of local communities.
He said that Follow-The-Money initiative was aimed promoting open government and effective service delivery as well as tracking government and international aid spending in health, education and environment.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)