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Police arrest pastor over alleged killing of native doctor in Anambra

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The Police Command in Anambra says it has commenced investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the alleged murder of a native doctor by a pastor.


A statement issued on Friday in Awka by SP Haruna Mohammed, the Command’s spokesman, identified the victim as 60-year-old Oliver Ugwu of Umusiome village, Nkpor near Onitsha.

 

He said the suspect, Uchenna Chukwuma, 21, who reside at Ugwuezue  street, Umusiome Nkpor near Onitsha, allegedly carried out the murder with a machete on Sept. 3. 

“The suspect, who hails from Amagunze in Nkanu East LGA of Enugu State, claimed during interrogation that he was sent by God to kill the native doctor.

“The suspect further alleged that the victim was disturbing him spiritually and had not allowed him to progress financially,” Mohammed stated.

The Police spokesman said detectives attached to Ogidi Division led by the DPO, CSP Ekuri Remigius visited the scene of the crime and rushed the victim to Iyi Enu hospital Ogidi for medical attention.

He said the victim was certified dead by the medical doctor at the hospital, and the corpse was deposited at the hospital mortuary for autopsy.

According to him, the machete used in perpetrating the crime was recovered as exhibit and the case transfered to the Criminal Investigation Department for investigation.

Edited By: Josephine Obute/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Rivers: NEMA engages stakeholders on flooding challenge

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Saturday,  engaged critical stakeholders in Rivers on the level of preparedness to mitigate the effects of flooding in 2020.


Mrs Fatima Kasim, Deputy Director of NEMAwho said at the occasion in Port Harcourt that the engagement was to follow-up  strategic measures the state government had put in place to mitigate the effects of flood.

Kasim stated that NEMA, had on June, 2020, sent letters to all the states on the need to put  in place  measures in place to forestall the effects of the predicted  flooding in 2020.

She said that NEMA wrote the letter based on predictions from the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMET) and Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA).

“So,  we came  to follow-up  the update and also collate update in areas that have been flooded and respond the challenges of the state if any.

“I can confirm that flood has already affected some communities in Abua/Odual, Ahoada-East, Ahoada-West, Degema and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGAs of the state.

“The South-South Zonal Coordinator of NEMA is making arrangements for assessment visits to the affected areas,” she said.

According to Kasim, disaster has three levels of management,  starting with the local government, state and the federal.

“It is when the disaster overwhelms the LGA that the state intervenes, and when it overwhelms the state, the federal comes in.

“The synergy between the federal and state governments is good as they are collaborating to achieve the desired result,”she added.

The NEMA deputy director advised stakeholders,  including  communities on the need to continue to prepare, saying, “it is not over until it is over” and also put in place measures to reduce its impact.

“For instance, waste should be properly disposed and not be dropped in drains and canals to avoid stopping the flow of water.

“People need to start engaging themselves on what they need to do before the flood catches up with them.

“People should begin to identify where they will move and adhere to early warning alert. They shouldn’t wait till they see the flood before leaving,” the deputy director warned.

Kasim, who is the Team Lead for the Advocacy visit to Rivers,  assured the affected communities that palliatives would be made available to them as soon as possible .

The South-South Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr Walson Brandon, stated that NEMA was always prepared for emergency management and that the foreseeable challenges of the 2020 flood would not be an exception.

“The emergency management circle starts with prevention, preparedness, response and rehabilitation, and we  started sensitisation long ago.

“Today’s programme is to sensitise more people for response that the flood is here and how do we respond in case the flood overwhelms us,” he said.

Brandon said that the Rivers government had already designated primary school buildings to be used as IDP Camps should the flood overwhelm the communities.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma
Source: NAN

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Foundation donates food, other gifts items to widows in Abuja

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Smile Attracts Smile Foundation (SASF), a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), has empowered 25 widows with food, cash, clothes and shoes, among other items, as a way of putting smiles on their faces.


News Agency of Nigeria reports that at the maiden edition of the foundation’s meeting on Saturday in Abuja, the widows were full of praises to the foundation.

Major items such as rice, spaghetti, indomie, seasoning, vegetable oil, salt, bread, Ankara materials, shoes and cash were distributed to widows.

Mrs Bukola Adewumi, founder of the SASF, said empowering widows was a dream come through for her, adding that her mother was also a widow and knew what she went through during the period, until she passed on.

”This is like a burden to me, my mother was a widow, I knew what she went through, the struggle and I have nursed this ambition from my university days and also given the little I had then,” she said.

Adewumi said she had been giving her widow’s mite before now, but that it was time to establish a foundation that would be readily available to cater  for their needs.

She noted that her greatest joy would be to see the widows smile, stressing that it was the essence of establishing the foundation to assist widows.

According to her, SASF will not only be about sharing food items, but would also ensure that the widows are trained on entrepreneurial skills, in other to have a ready source of livelihood.

She explained that the foundation would  acquire land and build a widow’s home, in a bid to have projects running there.

”Whatever money we make as proceeds will be plough back to the widows,” she said.

Adewumi said the foundation would have a data base where the names and details of all widows would be saved, for possible support, adding that widows, who register with her foundation, would no longer be a liabilities.

She then called on public spirited Nigerians to contribute to the foundation in the drive to help the widows out of doldrums, adding that their financial support would help cushion their plight.

Mrs Elizabeth Aledare, a resident of Lugbe Airport road, lauded the foundation, adding that the gesture was a divine intervention for her as she and her children had nothing to eat at the moment.

She said that one of her children was billed to return to school come Sept. 21, but that the fear of getting her food had overwhelmed her, until the foundation intervened.

Aladare, 53, from Kogi, who had been a widow for 12 years, said she would remain grateful for the swift intervention by the foundation.

Mrs Chinese Ozor, one of the beneficiaries, a 40 -year-old widow from Enugu, who lost her husband in 2016, commended the organiser, describing the initiative as a timely intervention.

She said such gesture would linger in her memory, while calling for support from Nigerians for the foundation to be able to reach out to other widows.

Mrs Binta Aminu, another  beneficiary, 42, from Katsina, who lost her husband in 2018, said the intervention by the foundation was heartwarming.

Aminu said she could not believe her eyes with the items provided by the foundation, while commending the organiser for the kind gesture.

Mary Adeyemi, 23,  from Oyo, who lost her husband in 2019, described the gesture as huge and wonderful.

The young widow urged other public spirited Nigerians to join hands with SASF to reduce the burden of widows in the country.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

The Smile Attaracts Smile Foundation (SASF) distributing food items on Saturday in Abuja

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Plateau: NFC trains 60 youths in Modern Film Techniques

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The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), says it  has trained 60 youths in modern film techniques in Plateau state.


Managing Director, (NFC) Dr Chidia Maduekwe, stated this at the closing ceremony of the training in Jos on Saturday.

He said  the objective of the training was to unlock the creative potential of youths in the state.

“It is an honour to be able to train all of you in modern film techniques in the state, this is just one of our training programmes for the year.

“This will enable you to be able to relate with your creative energy in the country and the world at large.

“The main objective of this training is to unlock the creative potential of youths in the state to make you self sufficient and positive impact on the economy through your talents,” he said.

Maduekwe said it was important for the country to embrace the creative sector to be able to catch up economically with other parts of world especially as other critical sectors in the country were faced with challenges.

He added that the Agricultural sector and the creative sector must be placed on the same level of importance as they go hand in hand in creating wealth for the country.

“Feeding the nation and the creative industry must go hand in hand because when we eat and not use the energy to be creative, we will be eating for nothing.

“Film is not just play but real business, it’s an industry that can be used to diversify the economy of a country.

Maduekwe tasked the participants to use the knowledge impacted on them as their post COVID-19 survival tool.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the participants who were drawn from different parts of the state were trained in costume and makeup, editing, lighting/sound and production/set design.

Starter packs such as laptops, sewing machines, video cameras, drone cameras and others were given to each of the participants at the end of the training.

Mr Meshak Goyit, a participant at the training, commended the organisers  for the opportunity given to them to be trained and acquire new skills. by the NFC, promising to put what they have learnt to good use.

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Motorists decry deplorable roads in Southern Kaduna

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Motorists and other road users in Jema’a, Sanga, Kaura and Jaba Local Government Areas in the South of Kaduna State,  have decried the deplorable state of roads in their locality.


The motorists, who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, cited the Kafanchan-Kagoma-Kwoi, Kagoro-Manchok and Forest-Sanga-Akwanga roads among those in dire need of attention.

Malam Audu Balarabe, a commercial driver, stressed that the poor condition of the roads had forced commercial vehicle drivers in the area to jerk up their fares.

“A journey that is supposed to take a small amount of time, takes several hours owing to the terrible nature of these roads.

“This‎ has caused commercial operators like me to increase our fares because of the stress we go through,  driving on our roads,” he said.

Another commercial driver, Bobai Monada, who regularly plied  the Forest-Sanga road, spoke of how he took his vehicle to the mechanic for repairs at least twice a week because of the bad road.

“The better part of the money one makes is spent on one repair or the other every time because of the potholes on the roads.

“It is  really a pathetic situation down here because we are suffering and we don’t know when all this will be over,” he added

However, some repair works could be seen going on at the Forest-Sanga road when our correspondent visited.

On his part, Sunday Kuyambana, noted that the deplorable state of the roads was impacting negatively on the local economy of the people in the area.

“This Kagoma to Kwoi road has really brought us untold hardship. It is hindering our social and economic activities.

“It is rather sad that we are still grappling with issues of basic amenities like roads in this age and time when others countries have gone far,” he said.

Godwin Bala described himself as a victim of the bad roads in the area, noting that he was lucky to have survived an accident on the Kagoro-Manchok road in 2019.

“Last year, I was traveling to Jos on that road when I was involved in an terrible accident with another vehicle.

“If not God, maybe I would have been long gone by now but here I am, talking and sharing my experience with you on the state of our roads.

“The bad condition of the road contributed very greatly to that accident and the road is still the way it has been all this while,” he added.

Bala called on the elected representatives from the region to use their good offices to attract the intervention of the relevant authorities.

For Haruna Sani, a passenger, he blamed the worsening condition of the roads on the movement of articulated vehicles carrying overloads of liquids and dry cargoes.

Sani called for the creation of alternative routes for articulated vehicles to move cargoes.

According to him, articulated vehicles carrying more than 45,000 litres or 35 tons of dry cargo should not be allowed to ply those roads.

Others who spoke to NAN called on governments at both the State and Federal levels to come to their aid by reconstructing or rehabilitating the roads.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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