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FG seeks collective efforts to tackle insecurity

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The Federal Government has again called on states, local governments, community leaders, religious groups and individuals to support its efforts at ensuring a peaceful environment for all Nigerians.

The Ministry of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was quoted as making the call in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, by Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations of the ministry.

The Minister, who spoke after a closed door meeting with the Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, said that security of all Nigerians was very important and that it could not be left in the hands of the Federal Government alone.

He stressed the need for collaborative efforts of all and sundry to tackle all threats to internal security in the country.

The minister assured that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was committed to moving the country to the next level of socio-economic development through the protection of lives and property of Nigerians.

According to him, the government is committed to revitalising the economy and entrenching transparency in all aspects of governance.

“Security cuts across the federal, states, local governments, political associations, religious groups, communities and individuals; it is a collective responsibility and we all must see it as such,” he said.

He expressed confidence that Nigeria will soon overcome its security challenges if every segment of the society plays its part in the fight against insecurity.

Speaking, Lalong said he was in the Ministry to seek collaboration with the Federal Government on how to tackle security challenges in his state.

“In my capacity as the governor of Plateau State, I thought it wise to come and see the Minister in charge of internal security in Nigeria to see how we can join hands to ensure peace and security not only in Plateau but also in the entire country,” he said.

Lalong said further that there was the need for all the state governments to complement the federal government’s efforts in tackling insecurity with the  deployment of modern technology to combat crime and criminality in the country.

The governor noted that crime has become complex to handle.

He pledged the commitment and support of the people and government of Plateau State to the Federal Government in ensuring peace and security in the country. (NAN)

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Edited by Felix Ajide

 

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NAF training helicopter crash in Enugu

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A training helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has crashed in the NAF Base in Enugu after returning from a routine training exercise.

According to NAF twitter account on Friday in Enugu, the crash occurred on Thursday after a routine training.

It said that although there were casualties, the cause of the incident ws still sketchy and unknown.

@NigAirForce twitter that was re-twitted by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola‏, reads; “NAF helicopter suffers mishap upon landing in Enugu.

“Helicopter has crashed on landing in Enugu after a routine flight today. Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries to any crew member or persons on the ground.

“@CAS_AMSadique has directed that a Board of Inquiry be constituted to determine the causes of the accident.

“@NigAirForce continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians. Details later’’.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that efforts to get NAF officials on ground at the NAF Ground Training Command (GTC), Enugu, to speak on the incident was not successful.

Those that responded to calls, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that it was only NAF Headquarters that can authoritatively speak on the matter.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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NAF confirms helicopter crash in Enugu, no casualty

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Enugu, Nov. 14, 2019 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the crash-landing of its helicopter on Thursday at its base in Enugu.

A statement on Friday in NAF’s Twitter handle, said that the incident occurred after a routine flight and that though the blades of the helicopter broke but there were no casualties.

The statement said that the cause of incident could not be ascertained.

The statement reads: “@NigAirForce Helicopter has crashed on landing in Enugu after a routine flight today. Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries to any crew member or persons on the ground.

“@CAS_AMSadique has directed that a Board of Inquiry be constituted to determine the causes of the accident.

“Nigeria Air Force continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.”

The base is close to Akanu Ibiam International airport where repair works have commenced after it’s closure in August this year.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the scene of the crash was cordoned-off as members of the public attempted to have full glare of the incident.

Edited by Maureen Atuonwu

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Police arrest suspect in killing of student in Kaduna

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Kaduna State Police  Command has confirmed the arrest of a suspect in the killing of a student, Hassan Abdullah of Government Secondary Rigachikun, in Igabi Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

The incident occurred in the school premises on Thursday at about 11 am when the suspect, Sani Umar, who is not a student of the school, accosted Abdullahi and allegedly stabbed him with a knife.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, told the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Kaduna that the victim died on the way to hospital.

Sabo said Umar had been arrested and is undergoing investigation.

According to him, the matter was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to unravel the circumstances that led to the incident.

The police spokesman assured that the suspect would be prosecuted after the investigation.

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Edited by Hawa Lawal/Maharazu Ahmed

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FRSC to end articulated vehicles crash in Anambra -Commander

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The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has expressed concern over the death and injuries resulting from accident involving articulated vehicles in the state.

Mr Andrew Kumapayi, Sector Commander of the FRSC in Anambra said this while addressing participants in the Motorcade Rally held in Awka.

The event was part of the activities marking the 2019 African Road Safety Day and World Day for Remembrance of Victims of Road Traffic Crashes which will end on Nov. 17.

Kumapayi said lack of adherence to road safety rules and recklessness of drivers of these vehicles had sent many people to their early graves, maimed many and brought grief to some families.

He said the celebration was an opportunity to remind motorists that life has no duplicate and must be protected by ensuring that sense of safety of self and others guide all on the road.

Kumapayi blamed the spate of crashes in the state partly on the poor conditions of the trucks.

He restated the resolve of the state command to enforce safety including installation of Speed Limiting Device and checking conditions of the vehicles.

“We have had enough of these crash involving tanker and trucks. On this occasion we are sensitising and warning all motorists to observe safety rules because these accidents must stop.”

He said the sector had strategised for effective patrol of the state ahead of the usual Christmas and New Year traffic.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the Remembrance Week continues with hospital visit to accident victims in hospital on Saturday and ends with thanksgiving at St. Patrick Cathedral, Awka on Sunday.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Kebbi records 113 fire incidents in 10 months

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Birnin Kebbi, Nov. 15, 2019   The Kebbi State Fire Service on Friday announced that it had recorded 113 fire incidents that resulted in the death of eight persons in the last 10 months.

The service’s Deputy Director, Alhaji Bashir Bello, told Nigeria News Agency in Birnin Kebbi that the fire incidents took place between January to October.

“From January to October 2019, we have recorded 113 fire incidents and eight deaths in the process.

“The incidents occurred on these dates of Jan. 22, Feb. 28, March 22, April 11, May 9, June 4, July 7, Aug. 2, Sept. 5 and Oct. 3,” he said.

Bello said to prevent further fire outbreaks in the state, it was imperative for the residents to always be careful in handling electrical appliances and other inflammable items.

He attributed the fire incidents to mismanagement of electrical appliances, electricity surge, improper use of inflammable items and engagement of unqualified electricians.

Bello also enjoined smokers to always ensure that cigarette butts were properly disposed especially when in the grassy areas.

According to him, the fire service currently does not have  functional vehicle for quickly responding to fire incidences in the state.

“The fire department is only managing two rickety-old trucks out of nine trucks of which seven are grounded,’’ he said.

Bello appealed to the State Government to adequately equip the department for prompt responses to distress calls and fire emergences across the state.

Edited /Ismail Abdulaziz

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Medical expert decries rise in hepatitis B cases

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 No fewer than 20 million Nigerians are living with the hepatitis B virus, (HBV), a gastroenterologist, Prof. Adamu Samaila of the Department of Medicine, Bayero University Kano, says.

Samaila, who is a professor of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, disclosed this on Friday at the awareness lecture and screening exercise for HBV organised by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for its personnel in Abuja.

He explained that viral hepatitis is an infection of the liver caused by virus, and the five types of viruses most commonly responsible for viral hepatitis infection are: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis D and Hepatitis E.

Samaila, who noted that hepatitis is a common problem worldwide, said that there were many misconceptions about the ailment.

He said that hepatitis B causes 80 per cent of all liver cancer in human beings, adding that the virus could be transmitted by contaminated blood, semen and risky sex.

Samaila also said HBV could be transmitted from an infected mother to child, through sharing of needles, syringes or other drug-injection equipment and sharing of personal hygiene items such as razors or toothbrushes.

“Health workers can be at risk if they are exposed to unsafe medical practices, such as reusing medical equipment, or not using personal protection.

“HBV is not spread through food or water, sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, holding hands, coughing, sneezing, or insects that bite.

“However, the virus can survive outside the body for at least seven days, during this time,the virus can still cause infection if it enters the body of a person who is not protected by the vaccine,” he said.

Samaila said Hepatitis B has vaccine but no cure and more deadly than HIV, while hepatitis C has no effective vaccine but potentially curable.

“Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) is 100 times more contagious than HIV and 30 times more infectious than Hepatitis C Virus (HCV),” he said.

On screening for the HBV, he said everybody should be screened adding that “all are at risk, and deserves to be counseled and screened for HBV at any opportunity.”

Earlier, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, AVM Napoleon Bali, said the Service appreciated the need to have a healthy personnel for operational preparedness.

He said that the fight against the disease should not be left in the hands of medical personnel alone and urged all the NAF personnel to submit themselves for the screening.

He urged all to work together to eradicate hepatitis B from the country.

Also Air Commodore Gideon Bako, the Chief of Medical Services, NAF, Headquaters, said the awareness lecture came at a crucial time when the Service is being repositioned into a highly professional service.

He said this was in line with Abubakar’s vision “to reposition the NAF into a highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building initiatives for effective, efficient and timely employment of air power in response to Nigeria’s national security and imperatives”.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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