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Peter Obi Condemns Attack On Imo Students

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…Absolves IPOB, Calls For investigation

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has condemned the reported attack on school children sitting for WAEC examination in Imo State, describing it as un-Igbo, out of place and misguided aggression.

Obi who spoke to journalists said he does not believe any Igbo man would contemplate attacking innocent students, more so those taking their WAEC exams, to compete with the rest of West Africans over academic excellence.

He said education should ideally be treated as something “sacred’ because it is not just about the future of the children, but also the future of society.

Obi wondered who could be responsible for the attack, saying it was perplexing against the fact that IPOB had issued countless press releases suspending the Monday sit-at-home and therefore could not logically be responsible for the attack.

Based on his observations, Obi called for proper investigations to unravel those behind the attack.

He said: “Since IPOB has announced the suspension of the sit-at-home, it is reasonable to suspect that other forces might be hiding behind IPOB to draw back the South-East through such acts as well as the needless call for stay at home on Mondays, a critical day for business/official work, which is only hurting the economy of the South-East.

“Would investors come to the zone under the present condition? Would established businesses not think of leaving the South-East under such a condition? Would traders from neighbouring countries that flock Aba and Onitsha on Mondays not seek and stick with alternatives? Would some industries not think of relocating?”

Obi called on political leaders to further strengthen their collective engagements with the view to charting the best path for the South-East.

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NAFDAC Raises Alarm Over Dangers Of Self Medication, Fake Drugs

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In a bid to ensure a good life for all Nigerians, National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has flagged off a campaign against dangers of public health challenges.

The campaign is aimed at addressing the following health challenges: dangers of buying medicines from hawkers; abuse of Codeine and self-medication especially among youths; dangerous effect of using Kerosene tankers to load groundnut oil; the dangerous practice of using potassium bromated to bake bread; use of Azo-dye in Palm oil; dangers of using Sniper to preserve any type of food or keep flies away from meat.

Others are dangers of consumption of excessive oil; use of formalin on food and its associated health hazards; low level of exclusive breastfeeding practice by lactating mothers and its associated health hazards; dangers of wrong use of pesticides and insecticides; wrong use of chemicals and its hazardous effects and problem of antimicrobial resistance arising from animal meat.

Speaking at the sensitisation campaign in Lagos yesterday, NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, who was represented by the Director, Ports Inspection, Prof. Sampson Adebayo, encouraged Nigerians to buy drugs from only licensed pharmacies and medicine stores and refrain from self-medication.

She said the key objective of the sensitization programme is “to intensify and expand the scope of our informal and formal behaviour change communication strategies in order to reach the vulnerable communities especially at the grassroots,” noting, “dissemination of food and drug safety information is an important aspect of our regulatory work.”

Prof. Adeyeye hinted that NAFDAC has engaged the services of a project consultant, MMCC, to drive the sensitization campaigns, adding that the campaign materials are ready to be deployed on the field.

She said the sensitisation campaign was aimed at protecting Nigerians “against the deleterious effects of unwholesome food, falsified medical products, harmful cosmetics, poor waters and other substandard regulated products.

“It is common knowledge that Nigeria has a preponderant share of the global problem of falsified medical products and unwholesome food. The advent of COVID-19 has aggravated the problem with the challenges posed by substandard and falsified personal protective equipment (PPEs). The sensitization campaigns will therefore contribute significantly to Federal Government’s concerted efforts to inform, sensitize, educate and alert the public about inherent dangers of intake and use of those spurious regulated products.

“Sokoto, Kebbi, Bauchi, Rivers, Edo, Osun, Kwara and Lagos have so far been selected as pilot states for the sensitisation campaigns. NAFDAC intends to organise the programme in phases and stagger to cover all the 36 states of the federation.”

NAFDAC boss informed that the mass media, youth organisations and civil societies in the pilot state will be in the forefront of the sensitisation campaigns, adding that the target audiences are market women and men, road transport workers and employers, community youth organisations and students.

While expressing optimism that the participants and target audiences would become dependable partners and allies of NAFDAC, and be in the forefront of sustaining the public awareness campaigns by disseminating the information and messages to the grassroots, Prof Adeyeye said the ultimate goal is to ensure that the various communities take ownership of the care and management of their own health.

NAFDAC boss also gave assurance that the agency under her watch will not leave anything unturned in “our concerted efforts to rid the country of the menace of falsified medical products, unwholesome food, harmful cosmetic, poorly packaged water and other substandard products.”

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Lagos CP Vows To Arrest Motorcyclists Who Killed Policeman, Destroyed Patrol Vehicles

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The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has vowed to arrest and prosecute the hoodlums who killed a policeman, CSP Kazeem Abonde, in the Ajao Estate of Lagos State.

The victim was killed on Thursday when policemen carrying out enforcement in the area were resisted by the riders, who protested against the seizure of their means of livelihood.

The situation was said to have snowballed into a clash and resulted in the death of Abonde, who was reportedly hacked to death.

Spokesman for the Command, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement on Friday, confirmed the killing of Abonde by the rampaging hoodlums.

He said the urchins attacked the policemen with guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.

The statement was titled, ‘Senior Police Officer Attacked, Killed During Raid Of Criminal Hideouts In Lagos’.

It read, “The Lagos State Police Command lost one of its finest officers during a raid on criminal hideouts in Ajao Estate, Lagos State yesterday 23rd September, 2021.

“The incident happened when tactical teams of the Command comprising men drawn from RRS, Taskforce, Ajao Estate Division and other divisions were carrying out raid of identified flashpoints and enforcing the ban on use of motorcycles in restricted areas in the Estate and similar places in the State.

“The exercise was a routine proactive approach aimed at curtailing activities of armed robbers and other criminal elements in the State. Similar exercises were carried out in the past in other parts of the state which have resulted in reduction in crimes in the areas.

“After the successful operations which led to the arrest of some of the suspects, other criminal elements and hoodlums in their large number laid siege to the exit of the Estate and attacked the policemen with guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.

“Unfortunately, during the fatal attack, CSP Kazeem Sumonu Abonde attached to the Operations Department of the Command was brutally killed by the hoodlums. The DPO Ajao Estate, CSP Abdullahi Malla and other Police officers equally sustained varying degrees of injuries. The corpse of the deceased officer has been deposited at the Yaba Mainland Hospital for autopsy.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu while condemning the attack on the policemen who were carrying out legitimate duty at the time, has directed that a discreet investigation into the incident should be carried out immediately. The CP has equally vowed to ensure that all suspects responsible for the dastardly act would be brought to book soon.

“The Commissioner of Police has promised that this mournful incident would not dampen the morale of the Command or discourage it from carrying out its statutory duties of protecting lives and property of the Citizens in Lagos State.”

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Buhari Addresses World Leaders At UN General Assembly

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President Muhammadu Buhari is addressing world leaders at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76).

The President is speaking at the high-level General Debate of the summit ongoing at the UN Headquarters in New York, the United States.

He took to the podium to address the world leaders after President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus gave his speech.

The theme for this year’s UNGA is, ‘Building Resilience Through Hope – To Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to the Needs of the Planet, Respect the Rights of People and Revitalise the United Nations’.

President Buhari addresses the world leaders on the theme of the conference and other global issues.

Since his arrival in New York on Sunday, the President has attended a series of meetings with leaders of other countries’ delegations and heads of international development organisations.

The Nigerian leader met with Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who is the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as well as President Evariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi and Queen of The Netherlands, Maxima Zorreguieta.

He also attended the UN Food Systems Summit and participated in a hybrid High-Level event tagged “Transformative Actions for Nature and People,” among others.

President Buhari, who is expected back in the country on Sunday, was accompanied to New York by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; and Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor.

Also in his delegation were the National Security Adviser, Retired Major General Babagana Monguno; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Abubakar, among others.

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