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FG urges U.S. to support global effort to end COVID-19 pandemic



The Federal Government has urged the United States (U.S.) government to lend its full support to global efforts to eradicate Coronavirus (COVID-19) which has ravaged most economies of the world.

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire made the appeal in Abuja on Tuesday while receiving 200 ventilators from the U.S. government, on behalf of the Nigerian government.

The ventilators were presented by the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs Mary Beth Leonard as part of effort to help the country sustain the fight against Coronavirus.

Ehanire said that the fight against Coronavirus needed the collaboration of all the nations of the world for it to yield effective result.

“I request the U.S. government to lend its full weight to global efforts to find efficacious therapeutic and vaccines to neutralise the threats of COVID-19 to the global community and to guarantee fair allocation to all countries and people.

“The speed and ease at which COVID-19 has spread globally clearly shows that it is a threat to all mankind.

“Without the full collaboration of all nations, the threat of COVID-19 to any one part of the world is a threat to all,” Ehanire said.

According to him, the provision of the ventilators will help to take care of respiratory distress that patients experience as part of the terminal symptoms that follow coronavirus infection.

He said it can also reduce mortality.

The minister said the ventilators would be distributed and allocated to states including the FCT based on needs.

“The ventilators are particularly useful and these ones are very modern and it is electronically controlled.

“Breathlessness is one of the major symptoms of COVID-19 and these machines will help us cure breathlessness but it is also useful in other infections that will affect children like pneumonia.

“It is a big addition to what we have. It is going to be distributed after they have been presented to the Presidential Task Force (PTF).

“It will be allocated based on needs and also on the size of states, especially to hospitals that are able to use them because they are specialised.

“They are not machines you put anywhere, and you must have doctors and nurses that can be able to use them,” Ehanire added.

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Nnamdi Kanu: Imo residents observe sit-at-home for IPOB leader’s trial



Residents of Imo State, especially Orlu town and Owerri municipal, on Tuesday, stayed indoors to observe the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who appeared in court today.

It was gathered that the state secretariat, motor parks, schools, banks, shops and markets across the major cities were all shut down.

Even the Imo State University junction, Government House Roundabout, Control Post Roundabout, Warehouse junction Roundabout, Ikenegbu, Mbari, Douglas, Okigwe Road, and Wethedral Roads, were scanty.

In Orlu, the ever-busy Banana junction and Okwudo junction were more like ghost towns.

A journalist, Mr Martin Nwoke, in Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu.

He said Imolites and the people of southeast states were the ones suffering the heat of the order.

Nwoke said, “In this part of the world, everything we do here involves money. I am begging President Buhari to pity us and free Nnamdi Kanu.”

A lawyer, Barr. Emeka Obi, told our correspondent that he could not go to file a court process due to non-availability of transport, while children, who could not go to school, resorted to playing football on the streets at Akwakuma.

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Plateau monarch abducted



Barely three weeks after the kidnap of a paramount ruler in Plateau State, the military task force responsible for the maintenance of peace in the state, code-named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), has confirmed that gunmen have abducted HRH. Da Gyang Balak Gut, the Da Gwom Rwei of Vwang District of Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

The traditional ruler was kidnapped on Sunday night on his way home to Vom, a few metres from the gate of the National Institute For Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos South LGA.

Recalls that following the abduction of the Sum Pyem, Da Charles Mato Dakat, on the 26th December, 2021, before he was released five days later, the United Mwaghavul Lawyers Association (UMLA) had described the incident as not an attack on an individual, but on the entire traditional institution in Plateau State.

The lawyers equally had said it views the kidnapping of the royal father as not an isolated incident, “but the beginning of a well-orchestrated plan to intimidate and decapitate our treasured leaders in the state and the Middle Belt at large”.

While condemning the dastardly act, on behalf of UMLA, Barr. Philemon Daffi reminded the federal, state and local governments of their shared responsibility under the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Spokesman of OPSH, Major Ishaku Takwa, who confirmed the incident, said, “Troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in conjunction with other security agencies are on trail of the kidnappers.

“God’s willing, the security agencies will soon close-up on the criminals”, he maintained.

Vwang District is where the famous National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom is situated in Plateau State.

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Suspected cultists arrested with female pant, charms in Delta



Police operatives attached to the Delta state police command raiders unit, have arrested twenty suspected cultists at a black spot in Ogarafe,  Oghara in Ethiope west LGA of the state.

Confirming the arrest to newsmen, the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Edafe Bright, said during the raid of the hot spot, a fabricated wooden gun, six hundred and forty-eight wraps of weed suspected to be Indian hemp, one used female pant, various charms, one Knife, Sixteen bottles of codeine, ten packs of razlers, one Grinder used in grinding weeds and the sum of sixty-nine thousand (#69,000) were recovered from the suspect.

He said the suspect will be arraigned in court soon.

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