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175 Dead, 10,000 Hospitalised As Cholera Hits North-East

Norwegian Refugee Council, NRC, says cholera has killed 175 people in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, leaving about 10,000 people hospitalised. It attributed the cholera outbreak to crowded Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camps and host communities. In a statement yesterday, Janet Chenero, NRC Programme Manager, said that the urgent need for improved hygiene facilities to combat the deadly cholera outbreaks, adding that congestion in camps had made it difficult to provide adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services. She added that the rainy season had also worsened the conditions in camps and host communities. Her words: “Number of displaced persons affected ...
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Police Find 5 Guns In Uncompleted Building, Arrest 11 Suspects

Five guns hidden in an uncompleted building at Road 1, Block 1, Plot 7, Victory Park Estate, Osapa London, Ilasan Lagos State, have been recovered by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command’s task force attached to Area J. It was stated that the recovering guns are three European-made pump action rifles numbers L926547, R268751 and P987707; one locally-made double-barrelled rifle and one locally-made single-barrelled rifle. The guns were recovered during targeted raids of unoccupied houses and plots of lands at the estate. Also, a Berretta and two locally-made pistols were recovered at Elemoro, during a similar search by Police ...
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30% of Nigerians Suffer Mental Illness –FG

The Federal Ministry of Health says about 20 to 30 per cent of Nigerians suffer from mental illness. The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Abdulaziz Abdullahi, said this at the Mental Health Action Committee and Stakeholders’ Workshop in Abuja on Monday. Abdullahi said with a population of about 200 million, Nigeria had a high rate of mental illness. This implies that Nigeria has about 60 million persons with mental illnesses. He said, “There are many different mental disorders, with different presentations. They are generally characterised by a combination of abnormal thoughts, perceptions, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others.” Mental disorders ...
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Your Uniform Not Licence To Commit Crime, NYSC Warns Corps Members

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, yesterday, warned corps members serving in Osun State not to see their uniform as tool to commit crime or get involved in social vices. The Osun State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Emmanuel Attah, gave this warning at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Batch C Stream 1 orientation camp programme at the Osun NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Ede. Attah said: “My dear corps members, I urge you all to be good ambassadors of the NYSC wherever you find yourselves and put in your best and be security conscious at all times. May I ...
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Father of 11 Commits Suicide Over Missing Church Money

A 59-year-old man, Julius Numa, reportedly committed suicide in Oton area of Sapele, Delta State on Sunday over stolen N600,000 harvest fund kept with him. A family source, who craved anonymity, disclosed that the dangling body of the father of 11 children was found in his room by his daughter, who had gone to check on him in the evening. “We suspected he must have killed himself over a harvest fund of N600,000 that was stolen from him weeks back. He was in charge of the harvest fund in the church and a few weeks back he was robbed by ...
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Police Nab Stepmother For Inflicting Injury On Stepdaughter

The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested Mrs Jennifer Dikeocha for allegedly inflicting varying degrees of injury on her four-year-old step daughter, Stephanie, a pupil of Royal Peters International Academy, Mowe, Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state. The suspect was said to have been arrested on Friday, November 9, 2018. Stephanie’s class teacher reportedly lodged a complaint at the Mowe Police Station, having discovered lacerations on the pupil’s back, which were allegedly inflicted by the stepmother, showing same to policemen at the station. The teacher, whose name was not supplied by the police, said she had noticed ...
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Oil Exploration: We’re Now Living Like Animals

A coalition of Niger Delta agitators has decried the level of environmental degradation and lack of essential amenities in the oil communities of Akwa Ibom State, pleading for urgent government intervention to save them from hardship. *Oil spillage Specifically, the agitators alleged total neglect of the communities by some multinational oil companies operating in the area, saying they have jettisoned their corporate social responsibility. They stated that their people had been exposed to inhuman treatment and abject poverty due to the exploration of oil. The agitators, who conducted a tour of the communities, also accused their leaders of conniving with ...
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Court Remands 3 in Prison For Allegedly Stealing 31 Cows

A Magistrates’ Court in Minna on Thursday ordered that three men be remanded in prison for allegedly stealing 32 cows. Baje Shehu 40, Abubakr Majo 26, and Aminu Usman 25, were docked on three counts of criminal conspiracy, theft and cattle rustling. Magistrate Paul Adama who gave the order adjourned hearing in the matter until November 20 for further mention. Earlier, Police Prosecutor Sgt. Ogiri Emmanuel, had told the court that one Pastor Jeremiah Nmadu in Gusadi village, Katchia Local Government Area reported the matter at the station on March 13. Emmanuel told the court that complainant told the police ...
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Mishap: Three Dead, Five Missing As Boat Capsize In Lagos

No fewer than three persons have been confirmed dead and five missing by Lagos State Government after a passenger boat capsized on the lagoon. File Photo: Vanguard gathered that the 20-seater passenger boat including two boat operators capsized when it collided with another wooden boat on Wednesday evening. Immediately after the mishap, eyewitness disclosed that 12 passengers were rescued by the emergency management agencies and Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA officials. Other agencies were Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Lagos State Ambulance Services, LASAMBUS, State Environmental Health Management Unit, SEHMU. It was gathered that the accident would have been ...
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75 Million Cows Waste Yearly –FAO Report

No fewer than 75 million cows slaughtered for consumption end up wasting every year, a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation says, the UN agency, in a report entitled “Preventing Nutrient Loss and Waste Across the Food System: Policy Actions for High-quality Diets” in New York also stated that regular eating of poor-quality food has become a greater public health threat than malaria, tuberculosis or measles. According to the report, more than half of globally-produced fruits and vegetables are lost or wasted each year. It added that “moreover, around 25 per cent of all meat produced, equivalent to ...
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