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Just In: Another COVID-19 Loophole Bursted In Edo

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A lady identified as Mercy Kemefa has narrated her ordeal in the hands of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and Edo government COVID-19 Committee on what she described as “keeping me in an isolation centre for nothing.”

Kemefa, in a video posted online revealed how she was first stigmatised by nurses when she went for a check up in a popular private hospital, Airport Road, Benin, because she had high temperature.

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She said despite showing Doctors and Nurses in the hospital results of her previous tests and scannings that she’s a patient of abdominal pains, they insisted that COVID-19 test must be carried out on her, yet they abandoned and distanced themselves from her while she shivered and suffered helplessly on the ground until she was referred to Stella Obasanjo Hospital Isolation Centre, Benin.

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“They taught I have COVID-19. They asked what’s wrong with me, I told them what’s wrong with me. I showed them all my scan and test results, yet they insisted that I go for COVID-19 test, and that they will not let me leave, yet, they refused to attend to me. My temperature was very high, I was shivering, they distanced themselves from me, I was highly stigmatized”, she revealed.

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According to her, on getting to the Isolation Centre, though there was a little delay, test was carried out on her and her sample was taken to the laboratory with the assurance that the result would be out within three (3) days.

She further narrated that she was promised the next day but when the day came to no avail, lamenting that she had stayed in Stella Obasanjo Isolation Centre for good six (days) without any result from her test.

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She said, “They brought me here on Sunday, they refused to do the test on that Sunday till Monday. They did the test and took my sample and said the result was going to come out within 3 days which was on Wednesday. Wednesday came, they told me there was delay in the result, and that it was going out on Thursday. I asked for my result on that Thursday and the guy who attended to me said the result was out, but they have not sent it yet, so, I waited till evening yet no result. And today is Friday, I am still here waiting for the result.”

Kemefa further lamented that the response she’s been given when she request for her test result now is that, the laboratory they earlier took her sample to had already full hence they had to take it to another laboratory. This she was not told earlier.

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“Now, they are telling me that the laboratory they took my sample to was full, so they had to transfer my sample to another laboratory. I have been kept here for good six days and my result is not out. This is what is happening in Stella Obasanjo Hospital. They are just keeping me here for nothing and I don’t know why”, she lamented in the video.

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JUST IN: OPEC Secretary-General, Barkindo, Is Dead

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The Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Muhammad Barkindo, is dead.

Barkindo died late Tuesday.

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The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, announced Barkindo’s death in a tweeted posted to his verified Twitter handle, @MKKyari, in the early hours of Wednesday.

“We lost our esteemed Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo. He died at about 11pm yesterday 5th July 2022. Certainly a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community. Burial arrangements will be announced shortly,” Kyari tweeted.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had, on Tuesday, honoured Barkindo, describing him as a worthy ambassador of the country, at the State House, Abuja.

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Reacting to Barkindo’s death, a former lawmaker in the eighth Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, tweeted to his Twitter page, “Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo, former GMD NNPC and until recently, @OPECSecretariat scribe, was honoured yesterday. He died 11pm yesternight. May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin. That is the ephemerality and transience of life.”

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‘Go Spiritual,’ Army Chief Tasks Troops To Complement Kinetic Efforts

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, has asked troops to complement the Nigerian Army’s kinetic engagements with spiritual efforts.

He advised them to seek counselling, guidance, and divine supplications in ongoing military operations across the nation.

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The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Yahaya gave the charge during an interdenominational church service to commemorate the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2022, held at Saint Mark Military Church (Protestant), 34 Brigade Obinze Barracks in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The army chief who was represented by Major General Victor Ezugwu, according to Nwachukwu, noted that the theme of the interdenominational service “Promoting National Unity through Religious Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence” was apt.

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He urged the Christian faithful across the nation to continually promote peace and unity in complementing the efforts of the army to surmount contemporary security challenges bedevilling the nation.

Yahaya also appealed to all to desist from the use of misinformation, deceit, and issues capable of disintegrating the nation, stressing the unity in Nigeria’s unique diversity.

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The interdenominational service was held in all formations and units of the army across the nation.

The church service had in attendance representatives of the President, Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), principal staff officers from Defence and Army Headquarters, corps commanders, general officers commanding, commandants of Nigerian Army training institutions, soldiers, and their families.

 

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Man Docked For Alleged Intimidation, Falsehood Against High Court Judge

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A Minna, Niger State-based land speculator, Ibrahim Tukura, has been remanded in correctional custody till July, 7 on the orders of a Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah over alleged intimidation and injurious falsehood against a High court judge, Justice Bilkisu Yusuf Gambo in the state.

Tukura had allegedly filed a case before the Niger State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik, and requested that his case over a parcel of land presided by Justice Gambo of High Court No 6 be transferred from her court.

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The defendant claimed that the disputed parcel of land of which, he is claiming ownership with suit No: NSHC/MN/173/2021 was pending in High court No. 6 presided by Justice Gambo.

He alleged that the plaintiff in the disputed land, Malam Isah Nagoji, had given the said land to the presiding judge handling the case, hence his petition to the acting chief judge, demanding that the case be transferred from her court.

Justice Bilkisu Yusuf Gambo in her reaction filed a Direct Criminal Complaint against the defendant to the Chief Magistrate Court No., Hauwa Kulu Isah, requesting a police investigation into the allegations levelled against her by the defendant.

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Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah, forwarded the complaint to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligent Department (SCIID), for discreet investigation and afterwards, arraigned the defendant in court for prosecution.

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The defendant was consequently, booked on a four-count charge of injurious falsehood, use of abusive or insulting language, criminal intimidation as well as inciting disturbance.

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According to the head of the prosecution unit of the SCIID, Abdullahi Mayaki ASP, the charges contravened sections 393, 399, 397 (b), and 114 of the penal code.

However, when the presiding Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah read the charges to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered to be remanded in Correctional custody.

Magistrate Isah then adjourned the case to July, 7 for further mention

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