Retired Col. Muhammad Abdallah, the Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has decried incessant violent attacks on its personnel during their lawful assignments.
Abdallah made this known in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by Mr Jonah Achema, NDLEA Head of Public Affairs.
The NDLEA chief promised to deal ruthlessly with those who engaged in the evil act.
He described the situation as “unfortunate’’, saying that the agency had lost no fewer than 200 of its personnel in the line of duty since inception.
He recalled that an attack was instigated against NDLEA staff in Ondo State leading to loss of lives of four of the officers in February, barely a year after a similar incident in Okene, Kogi State happened where three of its staff were killed by some unknown gunmen.
“Another incident of violent attack took place in Jigawa State where an officer sustained severe machete cuts on the head following a mob attack on the staff in the course of an operation.
“Personnel of the Kazaure Area Command of the agency, Jigawa, went to raid and dismantle a notorious drug joint at Braga Dan Amar in Kazaure.
“The crowd at the joint turned themselves into a murderous squad and attacked the NDLEA team with intent to kill them but for the intervention of the community, the mob vandalised the Area Command’s office.
“In March, Edo State Command of the agency was similarly attacked during an operation to burst Cannabis storage in Okpuje Forest, Owan West Local Government Area.
“The mob insisted on seizing the suspects and exhibits and began to shoot, hail stones and brandish cudgels, injuring officers and damaging operational vehicles,’’ Abdallah said.
The chairman noted that investigations into the incidents are ongoing while expressing confidence that the culprits would be brought to justice.
He, however, urged all stakeholders in drug control chain to foster a more responsive synergy and maintain a stronger foothold in the country’s onslaught against the nefarious drug merchants whom he said “were becoming increasingly violent’’.
Police arrest suspect in killing of student in Kaduna
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.
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.
Edited by Hawa Lawal/Maharazu Ahmed
FRSC to end articulated vehicles crash in Anambra -Commander
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has expressed concern over the death and injuries resulting from accident involving articulated vehicles in the state.
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.
Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz
Kebbi records 113 fire incidents in 10 months
“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
Medical expert decries rise in hepatitis B cases
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
NBA urges security agencies to prevent threat to peace in Edo
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Edo has stressed the need for security agencies to provide adequate protection of lives and property of residents of the state.
Oiwoh said that this was because the constitution was clear on the issue of protection of lives and property which is vested in the security agencies.
He said that though the NBA was elated at the release of the judge, there was the urgent need for government and security agencies to step up their actions.
He stressed that was in view of the increase in the spate of abduction within the state in recent months.
“We don’t want this to continue, so the security agencies should step up their actions in guaranteeing the protection of the people,” he said.
He explained that the NBA had, in solidarity with the judge, embarked on a three-day court boycott to condemn the abduction.
He said that the bar was on the verge of reviewing it to an indefinite boycott before the judge was released.
NAN reports that Justice Nwosu was released on Wednesday night.
Edited by Shittu Obassa/Ismail Abdulaziz
Fire service tasks entrepreneurs on firefighting equipment
The Enugu State Fire Service has appealed to entrepreneurs to ensure their business premises have firefighting equipment to ensure that fire outbreaks are put under control on time.
The State Chief Fire Officer, Mr Okwudili Oha, gave the advice on Friday in Enugu while speaking on the need for people to take actions against sudden fire outbreaks.
According to Oha, as we approach the dry and harmattan season, everybody especially factories and business place owners must be conscious, alert and ensure they have minimal firefighting gadgets.
He added that the service had already commenced its yearly Fire Safety Re-assessment Tour.
He explained that the tour would ensure that factories and business premises owners are adequately sensitised, and persuaded to put firefight equipment and gadgets in their factories and business centres.
Oha also said that the re-assessment tour would also provides the opportunity of issuing out Fire Safety Certificate to operate such factories or business premises, after they must have complied with the minimum fire safety standard.
“The best way to defend ones business or factory from fire incidence is to take the preventive or pro-active approach.
“It entails ensuring that firefighting equipment such as sizable fire extinguishers, water host/pipe, safety point and clear exist route as well as central electrical switch are provided.
“Again, the staff of the factory/business place must be oriented on what to do, and how to use the firefighting equipment/gadgets as well as how to get to the safety point and exist route on time,’’ he said.
The chief fire officer, however, urged residents to continue to use existing toll Free State emergency number, which is 117, to report any fire incident in their area.
He said: “the fire service emergency numbers remain and for Enugu metropolis.
“Others are for 9tt Mile Corner Fire Station; while is for Nsukka Fire Station.’’
Oha noted that the service was well-equipped and ready to attend to any fire incident in the state.
Edited by Emmanuel Okara/Ismail Abdulaziz
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