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No COVID-19 positive case in Kwara Leprosy settlement -Programme Manager



Dr Rasheed Muhammed, the Programme Manager, Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme in Kwara, on Monday says there is no COVID-19 case at the Leprosy Settlement in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area.

In an interview with the FELLOWPRESS in Ilorin, Muhammed disclosed that though the settlement had no records of the pandemic, the inmates were however feeling the impact of Coronavirus.

The expert on Tuberculosis and Leprosy control lamented that the people in the settlement have no means of income and what to feed their family members with.

He observed that before the COVID-19 pandemic, the inmates resorted to begging to survive but now that the pandemic was in the state, they could hardly see people around to beg.

“This is due to the lockdown and social distancing advised by the state government to curb the spread of the pandemic.

“COVID-19 has had great effect on the inmates, even though there are no cases, it has been difficult.

“Though some organisations have been to the settlement to distribute some food items,” he said.

According to him, the Damien Foundation in Nigeria, who specialised in caring for people with tuberculosis and Leprosy, has been coming to the assistance of the settlement.

Commending the state government for assisting the people, he however, observed that government alone cannot do everything.

Muhammed appealed to organisations and well meaning individuals in the society to come to the assistance of the settlement, adding that they were humans just like anybody.

He warned against stigmatising people living in the settlement, adding that the people do not have the disease anymore.

He explained that the disease had been cured already and what people see was only the effects that tend to deform them, adding that they cannot infect anybody.

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UK orders probe into Islamophobia claims by conservative lawmaker



UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered an investigation into conservative lawmaker, Nusrat Ghani claims that she was sacked as a junior minister in 2020 over concerns that she was a Muslim.

A Downing Street spokesperson announced on Monday in a brief statement to reporters that “the Prime Minister has asked the Cabinet Office to conduct an inquiry into the allegations made by Nusrat Ghani MP.’’

In an interview published by the Sunday Times, Ghani said that she was dismissed as a junior transport minister in February 2020.

She said following her dismissal a senior Conservative lawmaker told her that her Muslim faith made colleagues “uncomfortable” and that her career would be “destroyed” if she tried to complain.

In a subsequent statement on Sunday, she said that she had directly informed Johnson about the matter but that the prime minister wrote to her that he could not get involved and suggested that she use the internal Conservative party’s complaint process.

Reacting to the launch of a probe, Ghani wrote on Twitter that she welcomed the decision and asked that all that was said in Downing Street, and by her senior Conservative colleague be included in the terms of reference of the inquiry.

“As I said to the Prime Minister last night, all I want is for this to be taken seriously and for him to investigate,’’ she added.

The Islamophobia claims came as Johnson was facing calls to resign over a string of parties that were allegedly held in Downing Street during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in car crash



Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved in a car accident, his spokesman has confirmed.

The four-vehicle crash, which occurred on Friday afternoon, January 21 in Los Angeles left one person with injuries, Los Angeles Police said.

Photos from the scene published by TMZ show a large SUV on top of at least two vehicles at an intersection in Brentwood while the ‘Terminator’ actor can be seen standing nearby.

Police said that no arrest has been made and ruled out the involvement of drugs and alcohol.

Officers did not identify those involved but the actor and former California governor’s spokesman confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he was driving the SUV when the incident occurred.

A report by police, seen by CBS Los Angeles, said that the SUV driver was “near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue, when a collision occurred with a red Prius making a u-turn as he continued through a ‘red arrow’ signal to turn left.”

It added that the SUV rolled on top of the Prius and ended up hitting two other vehicles.

One person was taken to hospital by ambulance, but the injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Schwarzenegger’s spokesman said that the actor was uninjured and had spoken with emergency services and the injured person.

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Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage



District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.

The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.

In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.

Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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