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Lagos Hospital Elevator Still Unreplaced Five Months After Killing Officer



Five months after an elevator accident led to the death of a House Officer, Dr Vwaere Diaso, at the General Hospital, Odan Lagos, the equipment was yet to be replaced.

The PUNCH reports that Diaso was killed after the elevator crashed from the 10th floor to the ground floor of the 131-year-old hospital.

A colleague of the deceased told our correspondent when he visited the scene of the accident in August 2023 that the management of the hospital was aware of the poor state of the elevator.

On multiple occasions, the elevator has stopped while we were inside. And there’s no maintenance,” he said.

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Also, information from the panel set up by the state government to look into the tragedy revealed that the doctor did not die immediately after the crash but was trapped in the plunged and damaged elevator for an hour before being extracted and provided medical care.

The government further stated that it has sacked and blacklisted the facility managers and suspended the General Manager of Lagos State Infrastructure and Asset Management Agency, Adenike Adekanbi.

A few days after the doctor was buried, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced his visit to the hospital on his Instagram page, where he mentioned that speaking to the house officers present at the hospital that “they gave me an insight into their needs, and I gave my word that we have already got on it.”

Meanwhile, a visit by our correspondent to the 10-storied doctors’ residence, discovered that for five months, doctors in the residence had to take the stairs to their apartments because a new elevator was yet to be installed.

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The PUNCH correspondent found out that the exit area to the lift was barricaded with a three-pieced black marine construction board.

A larger poster “Restricted area, construction site. No unauthorised access” alongside other words, numbers, and symbols pasted on the board.

When contacted, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, and the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health, Olusegun Ogboye, both insisted that the contract to replace the lift and renovate the building had been awarded to the contractors.

But no sign of renovation or billboards proposing the beginning of renovation on the premises could be seen at the time The PUNCH correspondent visited the place.






RCCG Pastor Arraigned For Allegedly Raping Daughter




A Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Emmanuel Orekoya, was on Tuesday arraigned before the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court for allegedly raping and impregnating his 17- year-old daughter.

The defendant is facing two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and sexual assault preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.

It was also gathered that the defendant in the process of having sexual intercourse with his daughter, allegedly impregnated her.

The state’s prosecution counsel, Mrs Abimbola Abolade, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in 2017 at Jacob Adeleye Street, Odoeran, Itire area of the state.

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The prosecutor also told the court that Orekoya sexually assaulted the victim, by inserting his finger inside her vagina and inserting his penis inside her mouth.

According to the prosecutor, the offences Orekoya committed contravened Section 137 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges pressed against him.

Justice Soladoye adjourned the case till April 17, 2024, for the commencement of trial.

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27 Year Old Kills Father, Removes His Eye In Abia




A 27-year-old man, identified as Chinalu Ogbonna, has allegedly killed his father, Maduka Ogbonna, and removed his left eye.

Vanguard gathered that the incident happened at midnight on Monday at a compound opposite Junior Secondary School, Amuzukwu in Umuahia North council.

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Though the cause of the incident is still sketchy, Vanguard learnt that the suspect who was arrested by the youths of the area confessed to have wanted to use his father for ritual.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Abia State Command, ASP Maureen Chinaka,was yet to respond to a text message and calls placed on her mobile number.

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Troops Rescue 10 Kidnap Victims In Kogi




Troops of the Nigerian Army on Monday, rescued 10 passengers onboard a Peace Mass Transit Bus, who were kidnapped while traveling from Calabar to Abuja.

The passengers were rescued in Kogi.

This is contained in a statement by the Director, Army Public relations, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Nwachukwu said the rescue operation took place at Ogugu Community, along Enugu-Kogi Road in Olamaboro Local Government Area of the state.

He said the troops swiftly mobilised to the scene of the kidnap incident in response to a distress call where the kidnappers had demobilised the bus, abducted the passengers and moved them into the nearby Ette forest.

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According to him, the gallant troops diligently tracked and engaged the armed gang in a fire fight, compelling them to relinquish their hostages.

“The swift and decisive action of the troops led to the successful rescue of the passengers,” he said.

Nwachukwu also said that army troops, in another operation, raided IPOB/ESN Enclaves in Egbuoma/Osiam in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo on Monday.

He said the operation resulted in the neutralisation of one terrorist and recovery of one Mercedes Benz 350 4matic from their camp.

The Army spokesman said the troops in Nasarawa on Monday, quelled an attack on Katakpa village in Toto Local Government Area of the state, following a distress call.

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He said that an armed group identified as the Bassa militia group had invaded the village and annihilated the Sarkin Katakpa.

According to him, the troops acting on a distress call, embarked on a fighting patrol to the community and successfully repelled the attackers.

“During the incident, troops recovered two AK 47 Rifles, two AK 47 Magazines, two G3 Rifles, two G3 Rifle Magazines, 41 Cartridges of 39mm ball special ammunition and 45 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

“Troops have dominated the general area and continued further exploits to nab the assailants.

“The Nigerian army remains committed to ensuring safety and security of citizens and will continue to conduct operations to sanitise troubled areas and maintain peace and stability in the country,” he added.

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