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12-year-old Girl Electrocuted in Lokoja

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

Tragedy   struck  Logoja  the Kogi state capital following the electrocution of  a 12-year-old  Malama Ramatu Mohammed.

Eye witness told our correspondent that the incident occurred while she was trying to pass a sachet of water to a customer through a hole of a viewing center.

Reports said that the ugly incident could have been averted if the owner of the center identified simply as Babanladi had heed to the warnings about a naked wire hanging on the window of the center.

Residents, who spoke on the incident said that Babanladi deliberately left the naked wire on the window to prevent intruders from watching football matches.

Consequently, residents staged a protest condemning the death, and lamenting that all their warnings in the past had been ignored by Babanladi.

The wire, according to someone who was inside the center, had electricity running through it and people’s bodies kept rubbing on it each time they are inside the viewing center.

When the incident occurred, many of the passionate football lovers who were in the building at about 4.00 watching Egypt versus South Africa match ran out.

Narrating the incident, a friend of the deceased and a food seller, Habibat Ibrahim, told our correspondent that “Ramatu and I were seated together where I sell rice when someone asked her to bring pure water to the viewing center.

“Having waited for her to come back, she did not, I had to trace her to the viewing center where I saw her hanging on the window. I called her and as she refused to answer my call, I then noticed that something must have gone wrong with her.

“I then shouted and called for assistance. Some men came around and removed her hands from a naked wire. As the men noticed that she was already dead, they covered her with cloth.”

Also speaking, another eyewitness, who identified himself simply as Bala, said: “We have been complaining of the way Babanladi is treating viewers in the center. We warned him of the naked wire he connected to the window but he refused to disconnect it”.

A young man who described himself as Salisu recounted, “I was inside the building when we heard a shout and all of us ran outside only to see a lady lying dead beside the window.

Awushetu Muhammed, mother of the late Ramatu Muhammed, in a chat with our correspondent called on relevant authorities to bring Babanladi to book for connecting a naked wire on the window of the viewing center, which she argued was a public place.

The Kogi State Police Commissioner, Hakeem Busari, who confirmed the incident said that the owner of the viewing center ran away after the incident and had been declared wanted.

“Yes, we are aware about the incident, and we are investigating,we are also after the owner of the center who ran away after the incident, but we are confident that he will not be on the run for ever, we will soon get him to face the full wrath of the law”, he added.

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Cholera: Agege LG Suspends School Food Vendors

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The Agege Local Government in Lagos State has suspended food vendors in schools in the area as a way of preventing the outbreak of cholera.

The council has also embarked on rigorous sensitisations to prevent outbreak of the disease in its communities.

Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjobi, Executive Chairman of the council, gave the disclosure in an interview on Friday.

According to the chairman, efforts have been put in place to sensitise market stakeholders and schools on radio to prevent the outbreak within the community.

“We have suspended all school food vendors to ensure safety of the pupils and students.

“We have informed both the pupils and students on radio stations to come with their foods to ensure their safety from the cholera disease.

“This development will allow us to detect and prevent the outbreaks in our community,” he said.

Egunjobi added that schools were visited and inspected to ensure the children are in good health and environmental condition.

According to him, market traders in various communities were also enlightened and sensitised to adopt environmental hygiene in their places to prevent the outbreak.

“We are working tirelessly to prevent the menace of cholera outbreak in our community.

“We are using various means to talk to our people, through landlord associations and others,  to caution them on ensuring hygiene in preparing  foods and drinks.

“We urge residents to acquaint themselves with precautionary measures against the deadly cholera disease outbreak.”

The killer disease has spread to over 30 states with Lagos recording 15 deaths from 350 cases. (NAN)

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Kaduna Records 307 New Cases of HIV/ AIDS — Official

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The Kaduna State Aids Control Agency(KADSACA) on Friday said it has recorded 307 new HIV cases in the state.

Acting Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Nuhu Butawa, said during a remark at a workshop organised by an NGO, ‘ Wave Makers for Health and Youth Empowerment’, for journalists on Friday in Kaduna.

He said the new cases have been a matter of concern to the state government, adding,

”The new cases were recorded from January to March, which is a concern for us.

According to Butawa,the state’s prevalence rate is 1.1 per cent and the state will focus their  target on key population.

” We are concerned that we are beginning to witness new cases not only in the state but globally.

” The target is to eliminate HIV by 2030 and with this new cases, we have a lot work to be done in other to achieve that.”

He further said that the state government has started  the treatment of  sexually transmitted diseases(STIs)

” We have drugs for STIs now and we encourage people to come for treatment when they are tested and found with any of such diseases,” Butawa said.

Earlier in a welcome address, the Executive Director of the NGO, Ikeokwu Bennett- Nduka, said the workshop was organised for journalists for ‘ Value Clarification and Attitude Transformation’ .

He said the workshop aimed to provide the key stakeholders with accurate and evidence- based information on SOGIESC issues, debunking myths and misconceptions.

Bennett-Nduka said, “This workshop  is aimed to  foster an understanding of the unique challenges faced by minority persons in society

“To explore strategies for promoting positive attitudes, empathy, and support towards diverse people

“To equip key stakeholders with skills to effectively communicate and engage with their communities on sensitive topics.

“To change negative narratives, myths and misconceptions about sexual minorities.”

According to him, marginalized persons face barriers which include cultural and religious Beliefs.

Bennet-Nduka added, “Cultural and religious norms can act as barriers to accessing the rights of marginalized persons.

”Traditional values and practices may restrict their autonomy, limit their decision-making power, and impede their access to adequate information and their general well-being.”

He said that the marginalized persons also faced discrimination in healthcare settings.

”Marginalized persons often encounter discriminatory treatment within healthcare settings.

”Negative attitudes from healthcare providers can lead to dismissive or disrespectful treatment, discouraging them from seeking care and support

“They don’t come out for medical services because of the stigma and discrimination,”Bennet-Nduka said. (NAN)

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Enugu State Govt. Approves N44m Bursaries for 294 Law Students

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Gov. Peter Mbah of Enugu State, has approved N44.1 million as bursaries for 294 indigenes of the state currently studying at the seven campuses of the Nigerian Law School across the country.

Uche Anichukwu, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on External Relations, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Enugu.

Anichukwu said that the beneficiaries were drawn from the 17 Local Government Areas of the state, adding that 284 had already been verified and paid the sum of N150, 000 each.

He said the gesture was part of government’s support and effort to accelerate human capital development in the state.

He added that Mbah also awarded a scholarship in the sum of N12m to Miss Chidiogo Igwebuike, an indigene of Ukana in Udi Council Area of the state to train as a pilot at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, Kaduna State.

He said in appreciation, the beneficiaries under the umbrella of the National Association of Enugu State Law Students, described the gesture as an auspicious intervention.

“In a letter by the National President of the Association, Stephen Obiora; the National Secretary, Johnpaul Obisike; and the National Public Relations Officer, Uzoamaka Aguoma, pledged to make the state proud.

“They commended Mbah for his vision and commitment to educational development in the state,” Anichukwu said.

The governor had in May awarded scholarship in the sum of N23.3m to one Israel Echezona, a 17-year old indigene of Mgbagbu-Owa, Enugu State, to enable him trained as a pilot. (NAN)

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