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COVID-19 Partial Lockdown: US-based Organisation Puts Smile On Orphans, Widows Faces

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USA-based non-profitable organisation, the Nigeria International Humanitarian Foundation of England  Int. (N.I.H.F.N.E)  has donated palliatives to orphans and widows at Uyiosa Orphanage and Widows Ministry in Benin.

Items donated are provisions such as toiletries, food items, among others.

Our correspondent reports that the presence of the organisation at the home changed the mood of the orphans and widows as they were seen smiling faces during the visit.

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A representative of the organisation, Mrs Esohe Ehigiator,
noted that the visit was to give the orphans and widows a sense of belonging.

Ehigiator said the items donated  was to cushion the effect of hardship of the partial lockdown to curtail the spread of the covid-19 pandemic.

According to her, “The visit is a normal routine exercise of the  organisation to put smile on children, orphans and widows faces both in good and bad times.

“The Organisation representatives are here today to show the orphans and widows a sense of belonging, the organization want you to feel you are not neglected especially in this COVID-19 pandemic era.

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“The  non-profit charitable organization is dedicated to meeting the basic humanitarian needs of children, widows, and orphans of all ethnicities,  race, religion and genda throughout the United States and other countries in general.”

She noted that it was virtually impracticable for only government to dole out palliatives to everyone at this point in time.

A cross section of widows that benefited from the palliative

She said the Organisation which is located  in Lynn, Massachusetts, (USA) was formed by 10 good of friends from different spheres of influence.

Appreciating the organisation, Mrs. Florence Ruben, one of the widows, said “the purpose of this visit is the best thing that has happened to us,  particularly some of us who cannot afford anything at this COVID-19 pandemic era ,”

“We want to sincerely thank the organisation for this initiative at this crucial time that we all found ourselves. I must say I am really impressed with the gesture towards us.”

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She called on other public spirited individuals and organisations to assist in alleviating the sufferings of the citizenry.

The orphans were not left out as Osasogie Uyiosa, who spoke on behalf of the children, commended the selfless efforts, as he thanked and prayed for the organisation.

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EFCC Arrests 48 Kwara Varsity Students For Internet Fraud

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Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested 48 students of the Kwara State University and two others for offences bordering on internet fraud.

EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

According to the statement, the suspects were arrested on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at their various hideouts, after days of surveillance, adding that they will be arraigned in court when investigations are concluded.

Items recovered from the suspects, according to the statement, included laptops and different brands of phones.

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The statement read, “Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 48 students of the Kwara State University, KWASU, and two others for offences bordering on internet fraud.

“They were arrested on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 in their various hideouts after days of surveillance and fruitful intelligence on their suspected involvement in internet-related offences.

“Items recovered from the suspects include nine exotic cars, 24 laptops, and different brands of phones. The suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigations.”

A week ago, the anti-graft agency also arrested 14 individuals suspected of internet fraud at a “Yahoo Academy” in Makurdi.

In a statement on its official X handle, the EFCC said, acting on intelligence, operatives from the Makurdi Zonal Command raided a three-bedroom apartment along Achusa Road, Benue State, believed to be a training centre for internet fraud trainees.

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PHOTOS: Three-storey Building Collapses In Lagos During Downpour

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A three-storey building at Ita Faaji Market in the Lagos Island Local Government Area of Lagos State collapsed during the downpour on Thursday.

The PUNCH learnt that the incident which happened around 9am caused panic in the community.

The Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services, Magaret Adeseye, in a statement obtained by The PUNCH, said the building was under renovation before it caved in.

She, however, added that the construction workers escaped unhurt.

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“A three-storey building under renovation at 24, Binuyo Street off Ita Faaji Market, Lagos, collapsed during a downpour. The few artisans on site escaped unhurt,” the statement read in part.

Adeseye further disclosed that its personnel from Ebute Elefun Fire Station and other state emergency responders were at the scene of the collapse.

The LSFRS boss noted that the supposed cause of the collapse was unknown, adding that recovery operations had since been concluded.

READ ALSO: JUST IN: Score Feared Dead As Lagos Building With Over 800 Rooms Collapses

The PUNCH reported that a yet-to-be-identified woman said to be 80 years old died as the staircase of a storey building caved in the Oyingbo area of the state in September 2023.

The Lagos State Building Control Agency while condoling with the victims of the collapsed building blamed the non-compliance on the vacation notice on the part of occupants of the building.

Emergency responders raced to the scene for a rescue mission following the incident.

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JUST IN: One Missing, 15 Rescued In Boat Accident 

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Not less than 15 people were rescued this evening from the scene of a boat accident in Lagos, where a passenger ferry collided with an unexpected shoreline concrete at a construction site near the power line corridor at the Lekki Ikoyi Link Bridge.

Although one person was still missing as of the time the report was filed.

In a statement by the management of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), one of the passengers was said to have sustained an injury, while another is yet to be accounted for.

In a statement signed by Wuraola Alake of the Public Relations Unit of LASWA, said officers from the Search and Rescue Unit of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, the Marine Unit of the Nigerian Police Force and other relevant agencies were still at the incident location carrying out further rescue Operations.

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Part of the statement reads: “At about 6.50pm today Wednesday 21, 2024, an Ibeshe bound passenger ferry named Tee Ben having departed from Addax jetty, had a collusion with an unforeseen shoreline concrete at a construction site around the power line corridor at the Lekki Ikoyi Link Bridge.

“About 15 out of the 17 passengers said to be on board this boat have been rescued, with one casualty confirmed, while rescue efforts are still ongoing as at the time of writing this statement.

“Officers from the Search and Rescue Unit of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, the Marine Unit of the Nigerian Police Force and other relevant agencies were still at the incident location carrying out further rescue operations.”

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