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Kogi, Bayelsa Polls: CYMS cautions youths against violence, vote-buying

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Kogi, Bayelsa Polls: CYMS cautions youths against violence, vote-buying

The Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) has called on political parties to curb any action that could instigate violence in the Saturday polls in Kogi and Bayelsa States.


The Director-General, CYMS, Mr Obinna Nwaka, made the call in statement on Friday in Lokoja, saying that the youths of both states should desist from any activities detrimental to their future.

Nwaka also advised politicians to shun vote buying, saying that CYMS will not hesitate to report individuals or political parties that violate the rules to law enforcement agencies for immediate prosecution through its reports.

He noted that the utterances and actions coming out of these states in relation to the governorship elections following the pre-election assessment was capable of causing problem in the states.

He said that in a bid to promote good governance and ensure youth participation in electoral process the organisation had trained and  deployed young people as election observers in line with the INEC’s pre-election activities.

He also called on the security personnel to take all necessary steps to mobilise strategically to counter political violence, paying particular attention to prevent or checkmate fake officials that could be used to disrupt electoral process.

“The security should secure the environment from inflow of external forces with intention to rig or destroy the election and ensure effective non-partisan response that will prevent further erosion of confidence in our electoral process.

“INEC should be firm and have a  consistent stance on the use of the card readers and uphold our electoral standards with quick respond where election materials are hijacked and diverted,” he said.

Nwaka, therefore, encouraged all the electorate in the two states to turn out en masse and cast their votes for any candidates of their choice and support the INEC in ensuring free, fair and conclusive election.

Edited by Felix Ajide

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Sagbama LG Chairman’s father regains freedom after 3 months in kidnappers den

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Eighty-year-old Pa Napoleon Alale, father of Sagbama Local Government Chairman in Bayelsa has regained freedom after spending about three months in the den of his kidnappers.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the local council chairman, Embeleakpo Alale, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Sagbama on Tuesday.

The statement signed by the Chairman’s Press Secretary, Mr Nikade Anderson, said that the octogenarian was released at about 1am on Tuesday, at Otuokpoti river in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.

The chairman said his father is receiving medical attention to ascertain his health status.

He expressed appreciation to God over the safe return of his father, and also thanked the state Governor, Douye Diri, and his deputy, Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, for their intervention and moral support throughout the harrowing experience.

Alale also appreciated associates, members of the public and the press for the overwhelming display of solidarity during the trying period.

NAN recalled that Pa Alale was abducted from his residence at Agbere in the early hours of Friday, May 8, 2020 by unknown gunmen.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Court sentences man to 1 year imprisonment for impersonation

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A Gwagwalada Chief Magistrates’ Court, FCT on Tuesday sentenced one Ja’afar Adamu to one year imprisonment for impersonating as a staff of the State Security Service (SSS).


Adamu of Egume village, Dekina LGA of  Kogi, had pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of impersonation and forgery preferred against him.

The Magistrate, Aliyu Shafa, however sentenced Adamu to six months imprisonment for each offence or an option of N5,000 fine for each offence.

Shafa cited the Holy Bible and Quran to buttress his sentencing, adding that he was satisfied with the evidences given by the defence witnesses about the good character of the defendant.

He said the punishment would serve as a deterrent to anyone planning to trail that part in the future.

Shafa also warned Adamu to desist from committing crimes and be of good behaviour.

Earlier, the defence counsel, Khalid Salaw, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy, adding that the defendant was a family man with four children and a pregnant wife.

Salaw said that the defendant was a first offender and had no criminal record or arrest in the past.

The defence counsel told the court that the defendant had learnt his lessons and would not repeat the act in future.

The prosecutor counsel, Victor Ejelonu told the court that the defendant cheated by impersonating as a staff of SSS at varying locations within Abuja while conveying passengers.

Ejelonu said that the defendant also forged the identity card of SSS with his name and logo of the SSS, FCT with force No. FCA332449.

He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 321 and 363 of the Penal Code.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Obike Ukoh (NAN)

 

 

 

 

 

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COVID-19: NGO donates protective equipment to hospitals in Kogi

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An NGO, Centre for Integrated Health Programmes (CIHP), has donated


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hospitals across the 21 local government areas of Kogi as measures

against COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Akpa Patrick, the State Programme Director of CIHP, handed over

the PPEs to Dr Usman Zakari, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Kogi Hospitals Management Board (KHMB) in Lokoja.

According to him, CIHP is a United States-funded NGO, through the Centre for Disease Control Atlanta, which has been supporting

the provision of comprehensive high-quality, family focused services to patients, including adults and children.

Patrick said “we are currently in about four states in Nigeria, including Kogi.

“We have been on ground since 2007, supporting the state to cater for the treatment, care and support people living with

.”

He noted that the NGO had earlier donated PPEs such as overall wears, spraying machines to hospitals and isolation centres

in April, saying “this was the second tranche of the donation.

“We did the first donation in April and we are donating the second tranche today in our bid to prevent infections among

healthcare workers, especially those at the frontline in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is no more history, it has become a new normal with us and across the world.”

The CIHP programme director noted that aside supporting the primary, secondary and tertiary public healthcare facilities,

the NGO had also been supporting private and faith-based hospitals in Kogi.

He added that “we are hoping that as soon as these PPEs are exhausted, we will supply more to hospitals.”

The KHMB chief medical director commended the NGO for the gesture, saying ”everywhere in the world, healthcare

workers are those in the frontline in the fight against the deadly virus.”

He said CIHP had been supporting hospitals in Kogi with logistics, medical equipment and everything around ,

tuberculosis and sometimes malaria.

‘He added that CIHP brought many PPEs to hospitals in Kogi for frontline health workers; they have donated before, and they are donating again.

“The management of KHMB is receiving the equipment on behalf of the state government for onward distribution to hospitals across

the 21 local government areas.”

Items donated included hand gloves, N-95 respirators, surgical face masks, hand sanitisers, and sodium hypochloride used as disinfectants.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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COVID-19: FG to develop innovative interventions to improve survival chances

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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says efforts are ongoing to develop innovative interventions to reduce  COVID-19 case fatalities to below one per cent.


 Ehanire said this at the Presidential Tasks Force (PTF) on COVID-19 daily briefing on Monday in Abuja.

According to him,  fatalities at present is at two per cent, especially for the elderly and those with co-morbidities.

Ehanire said that PTF members were aligned in non-pharmaceutical key role interventions in controlling new infections, as the measures of wearing of masks and avoiding crowds were easy, cheap and proven to be effective.

He added that “we would work with state governments to prepare necessary space and human resources at general hospitals or Primary Healthcare Centres to train and set up at least one sample collection site in every local government area in due course, with efficient sample retrieval logistics to convey samples to laboratories.

“As the cause of the disease becomes clearer, the Director-General of WHO warns that COVID-19 may be with us for a long time.

“This means that we should consider adjusting to what has been described as the ‘new normal,’ a way of life that is intended to reduce risk of infection, while allowing meaningful economic life to resume and citizens to restore their livelihoods,” he said.

The minister said there was need to sustain the efforts as the increase in testing capacity recorded  40,000 in one month, while the number of positive cases dropped by over 2,000.

“The total number of positive COVID-19 cases recorded in July was 17,457, out of a total of 154,454 samples tested, with a positivity rate of 11.3 per cent, as against that of June of 19,149 positive cases from a total of 111,052 samples tested with a positivity rate of 17.2 per cent.

“By Aug. 3, we recorded 43,841 confirmed cases out of of 286,091 samples tested, while 20,308 persons were treated and discharged with 888 persons dead,” he said.

Ehanire also announced that plans were ongoing to designate holding rooms at general hospitals, with facilities for oxygen administration, such as oxygen concentrators or oxygen cylinders.

“Some investment in this strategy, known in Lagos State as oxygen kiosks, will be required, but the benefit in lives saved will be significant,” he said.

Ehanire said that the task force responded to the request of São Tomé for commodities for COVID-19 response, as directed directive by the President.

He assured that there was continued increase and optimisation laboratory diagnostic capacity most recently in Zamfara, Kebbi, Yobe, Taraba, Gombe and Bayelsa states.

The minister said there should be no anxiety among health workers about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as the equipment had been reasonably well-stocked with materials and commodities and supplied to all sections of the country.

He said government was grateful to the United Nations and European Union for the donation of another consignment of valuable supplies, which he received on July 31.

“This additional delivery will boost our stockpile of wherewithal to fight the pandemic and it includes face masks and shields goggles, airways tubes, bio-hazard bags and safety boxes, test kites,” he said.

 

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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