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El-Zakzaky, Wife Arrive India, Begin Treatment

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 Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat have arrived in India for their medical treatment. They were received by medical doctors and wheeled into Medanta Hospital, New Delhi upon arrival yesterday.

This was as an Indian-based Muslim group, Anjuman e-Haideri, has said it will bear all medical costs incurred El-Zakzaky and his wife.

 Zeenah, were on Monday flown out on medical leave to India where they are expected to undergo treatment for multiple health conditions. However, Anjuman e-Haideri Islamic group, in a letter signed by its General Secretary, Mr. Bahadur Naqvi, and addressed to the Managing Director and Chief Surgeon of Medanta Hospital, Dr. Naresh Trehan, offered to foot all the medical costs incurred by the El-Zakzakys in India.

It was gathered that before their departure to India, President Muhammadu Buhari had waved those conditions and approved that the IMN leader should proceed to get the medical attention as granted by the court and based on the advice from intelligence services.

The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and Department of State Security Service (DSS) who had been working behind the scene to resolve the impasse occasioned by the detention of Shiite leader have advised the presidency on the appropriateness of obeying the court orders since some foreign interests including the Iranian government have sought a diplomatic approach in managing the issue.

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On Monday allowed a 10-man delegation accompanied El-Zakzaky and his wife to India on medical trip.

The delegation is made up of four IMN (Shiites) leaders and six security operatives. The IMN also spoke on El-Zakzaky’s trip.

An IMN member gave the names of its leader’s family members on the trip as Zainab and Hassan Bala. The name of the accompanying doctor was given simply as Rahamat. But the security operatives were not identified.

They flew out of the country on Emirates Commercial airliner, via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to India. The IMN leader and his wife are to receive medical attention for undisclosed health challenge.

Daily Asset gathered that the government opted for delegates from both sides to “ensure a transparent medical procedure.”

A top source said: “The government decided to allow four leaders/ members of the Shiites to follow El-Zakzaky to demonstrate its commitment to a fair and transparent medical procedure.

“The government did not want to leave any gap for misrepresentation of the medical treatment. All these delegates will be part of the process.

“The government felt there was need to build confidence between the two sides. This is a sensitive trip.”

It was also learnt that the Federal Government “mitigated the legal course, especially the conditions attached to the trip” based on security reports and to show good faith.

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The source added: “The conditions set by the court were acceptable to both parties and the Federal Government deliberately mitigated further legal hurdles at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court to show good faith.

“Security reports also indicated that there was no basis for dragging the legal issues on the conditions

It said the wife could only make it to the airport on a wheelchair.

The IMN gave the details in a statement by the Chairman, Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee, Abdurrahman Abubakar Yola.

The statement said: “The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife have at last just left Nigeria for India alongside some family members and security operatives.

“This followed the granting of the couple’s application for leave to seek medical attention in New Delhi, India last week by Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna State High Court.

“In spite of the attempted efforts at frustrating this emergency medical journey by the Kaduna state government, which tried to unilaterally put conditions to the journey even though it lacked such powers, the journey has gone on without hitches.

“This emergency medical journey is consequent on the facts that both the Sheikh and his wife are known to be clearly very ill in detention, sequel to the brutal wounds unjustifiably inflicted on them by the state agents in the name of Nigerian army, the resultant prolonged dehumanising detention in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the obvious poisoning of the Sheikh.

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“As a result of all these physical and psychological stress, the Sheikh suffered series of mild strokes and is at the risk of further recurrences.

“At the same time, he lost one eye following the military attack and is at a severe risk of losing his sight completely in the other. He is now found to have more than twenty times the toxic levels of lead poison in his body!

“Similarly, the wife has been under excruciating pains with shrapnel deeply lodged in her body for all these years of inhuman conditions in detention. She now is able to ambulate only with the use of a wheelchair, even to the airport.

“They have been battling ailments that could not be treated in Nigeria, as posited by the foreign medical experts that earlier in the year assessed their health condition. Undoubtedly, both risk losing their lives had the medical journey been further delayed or denied.

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Goodwill Messages as Benue Speaker Takes Wife to Altar

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From David Torough, Makurdi

The Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly and the Gubernatorial Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for next year’s election, Engr Titus Uba on Saturday took his wife, Paulina to the Altar of God at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Sachi in Makurdi, the state Capital.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom in a goodwill message at the wedding  reception in honour of the couple said Uba  has the capacity to effectively Govern the state.

  

He stated that the PDP candidate’s humility was a virtue that all great leaders possess. 

The Governor explained that Engineer Uba has excelled in his professional career and as a politician, having presided over one of the most successful assembly across the states of the federation, would replicate his performance as Governor of Benue.

 

He congratulated Engineer Uba and his wife, Pauline for consummating their union in the Lord and called on the people to pray for them as well as other marriages to succeed. 

The Governor who prayed God to bless the union also asked Him to grant their heart desires and ambitions, adding that as a humble couple, God will lift them to the exalted position of the number one family of the state. 

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Chairman of the occasion, Senator Gabriel Suswam and the Head of Service, Mrs. Veronica Onyeke who served as the Chairlady, urged the couple to stick to the vows they made to each other and always look unto God for solutions to their challenges to have a successful union. 

In their goodwill messages, wife of the Governor, Dr. Eunice Ortom, represented by Mrs. Monica Ugela, wife of PDP National Chairman, Mrs. Iyorchia Ayu, Wife of the Tor Tiv, HRM, Felicia Ayatse and Tor Jechira, Chief Clement Uganden, advised the couple to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness to have a blissful marriage. 

The State Deputy Governor, Engineer Benson Abounu, other members of the state executive and security councils, leadership of the PDP at both the state, zonal and national levels as well as other dignitaries across the state witnessed the wedding ceremony.

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Pastor Who Anointed me in 1992 to be Governor Rejected New Car Gift from me-Ortom

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 From Vincent Nyinongu, Makurdi

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has recounted how Rev Samuel Alaha, who annointed him in 1992 to be governor of the state rejected a car gift from him when he eventually became governor. 

Governor Ortom made this disclosure Sunday, January 23, 2022 as the guest preacher at Faithway Gospel Ministries, Gboko, with the theme, ‘Help from Above.

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The Governor explained that after the prophecy by Rev. Alaha had been fulfilled and he became Governor in 2015, he visited the pastor and presented the new car in appreciation. 

According to the Governor, even though Rev Alaha received the gift on the spot, “he called after few days to inform him that he appreciated the offer but begged to return it because he did not find it necessary.” 

Governor Ortom described Rev Alaha as a committed and true man of God whom he knew since 1980 for his zeal and commitment in service to God, pointing out that as Governor, he is determined to executing God’s counsel to people of the state at all times.

 
Governor Ortom who took his text from Thessalonians 5:18 and Philippians 4:6, enjoined the congregation to be thankful for the air they breathe, stressing that whatever one passes through is a route to greatness. 

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He admonished the congregation to seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and assured that “all other things will be added onto you.” 

Governor Ortom also called on  Christians to go back to the time when there was love towards one another “as it used to be in the past when we became Christians. True brotherly love is lacking today that is why there seems to be conflict all the times.” 

Touching on the unity in the family, the governor told couples to begin to show love towards one another to celebrate accommodation, tolerance and faith in God.  

Guest Speaker at the occasion and member representing Gboko-Tarka at the House of Representatives, Rt Hon John Dyegh appreciated Governor Ortom for being kind to Gboko saying he has done for Gboko what no governor had done since the creation of Benue. 

The Federal Lawmaker testified that in 1993 after serving as Council Chairman of Guma, Governor Ortom gave out his only car and house to God, an action that generated much pressure from close family members and the Church decided to return his house to him. 

During the Church service, the General Overseer of Faithway Prophetic Ministries, Rev Samuel Alaha and other ministers of God prayed for the Governor, the state and all political aspirants in Benue.

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Crossover Night: FCT Imposes 50 Per cent Hall Capacity for Churches, Nightclubs

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By Laide Akinboade, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration ( FCTA) on Wednesday, insisted that  all religious and social gatherings must be limited to 50 per cent of the hall capacity and urged all worship centres planning an elaborate New Year eve religious rituals, popularly known as ” Crossover Night ” to obey instituted authorities and adhere strictly to the recommended preventive  measures and health guidelines.

In an interview with newsmen in Abuja, the Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement Ikharo Attah,  said the surge in new cases of  COVID-19 was alarming, and the administration would not fold it’s arms and watch the situation go from bad to worse.

He also said that the ban on nightclubs and other social gatherings where physical distancing and non-pharmaceutical protocols cannot be achieved, remained in force.

He further disclosed that on  December 26 alone the city recorded an alarmingly disturbing 806 new cases,  while on the December 27 the new cases were 57. 

Attah noted that on Tuesday December 28,  80 new cases were recorded in the nation’s capital, and that there must be government and all stakeholders’  effective collaboration to tackle the pandemic.

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According to him, FCT ministers had at different occasions met with religious leaders and other stakeholders, creating synergy against the deadly pandemic, and also reiterating their commitments  to keeping Abuja safe and secured.

While he appealed to religious leaders and residents to ensure complete compliance with all the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Health and Human Services Secretariat last week, he noted that enforcement team would be mobilized to track down violators who will be made to face the laws of the land. 

He added that the administration will continue to do everything necessary to have a healthy and prosperous capital city that is free from diseases and all manners of anti-social elements in the New Year.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed yesterday that Delta State topped the country’s daily COVID-19 chart on Tuesday with 194 out of the 599 cases recorded. The NCDC made this known on website on Wednesday morning.

The centre said the 194 cases were recorded from December 13 to December 27.

The Centre said the 599 cases on Tuesday showed another decline from the 859 registered on Monday.

The NCDC also said that Lagos State reported three COVID deaths, raising its death toll from 757 to 760.

The agency also said Lagos reported 35 cases on Tuesday while Ondo has 23.

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Others are Edo-94, FCT-80,Kaduna – 48, Kano (21), Rivers (20), Kwara (20), Ogun (18), Plateau (12), Abia (8), Cross River (8), Ekiti (6), and Bauchi (3).

The NCDC noted that the pandemic has claimed 3,027  lives across the country since the outbreak in 2020.

It added that Nigeria now has 239,010 COVID-19 cases.

The NCDC stated that 213,180 have so far been treated and discharged.

The agency said that as of Tuesday , the number of active cases in the country increased to  22, 803, from 22,586 on Monday.

The NCDC said that 3,823,309 people have been tested for the virus.

It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continues to coordinate the national response activities. NAN

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