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U.S-based Nigerian musician involved in accident to undergo another surgery



The U.S-based Nigerian musician, Folashade Akinboboye, popular called Folaship, who was involved in a fatal car accident in November in Los Angeles, California has been scheduled for another spinal surgery.

Akinboboye’s General Manager, Mr Victor Akinbobola of Westland Records, California, USA/Lagos Nigeria disclosed in a statement sent to the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Sunday.

Akinbobola said the condition of Folaship, who recently dropped a new Extended Play (EP) record titled: Motherland had been stabilised after his initial surgery.

“He has however been scheduled for another spinal surgery,” he said.

The General Manager explained that the musician would be undergoing another surgery because the accident affected his spine and that he had been unable to sit or walk erect.

“After the spinal surgery in a few weeks’ time, he would also be going for a physical therapy session for his full recovery.

“Meanwhile, his new EP titled `Motherland’ released on Oct. 25 before his accident is heavily rocking the airwaves with his previous songs as Afrika, Excuse Me Sir and You and I,” Akinbobola said.

According to him, Folaship also plan to release another new album in April 2020 after he must have fully recovered.

Akinbobola said the artiste would also be visiting Nigeria with his band to appreciate his fans after he has been medically cleared to embark on promotional tours and concert performances.

“Folaship, however, appreciates his fans and well-wishers for standing by him and showing him love at his trying time.

“We also urge everyone to continue to pray for him for a successful operation and also his rehabilitation after his surgery,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the musician was involved in a fatal car accident on Nov. 28 in Los Angeles, California, USA on his way home from a night club.

He was, however, rushed to the hospital for an emergency surgical operation following injuries he sustained.

Edited by: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ali Baba-Inuwa



Crowd control weapons in United States cause at least 115 head injuries – Study



The use of crowd control weapons during protests that have unfolded nationwide after the officer-involved death of George Floyd has left scores of people with head injuries, according to a new study.

Physicians for Human Rights, a Texas-based organisation, in a study, identified 115 people, who were shot in the head or neck at demonstrations with “Kinetic Impact Projectiles” – like rubber bullets and bean bags – starting the day after 46-year-old Floyd died in Minneapolis.

Video of the Memorial Day incident, which sees an officer kneel for several minutes on Floyd’s neck while he calls out for help, has prompted hundreds of thousands of people across the United States to call for justice on his behalf.

The demand for systemic change has also been fuelled by other high-profile shootings, including that of Breonna Taylor.

The 26-year-old EMT was killed when officers busted into her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, to execute a search warrant linked to a narcotics investigation.

“Shooting civilians in the head with KIPs violates widely accepted use of force principles, which forbid targeting of the head and neck and emphasise proportional response to actual threats faced by law enforcement,” the Physicians for Human Rights said.

“Furthermore, our past research has shown that severe injury, disability, and death are often consequences of being shot in the head with these weapons. Such excessive and indiscriminate police responses to protests have a chilling effect on the exercise of the fundamental First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly and expression,” they added.

The physicians said that while such projectiles were typically intended to be “less lethal,” how deadly they are is actually determined by how they are deployed.

The organization identified Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and Los Angeles as hot spots during their selected window of time, which ran from May 26 to July 27.

Experts noted the number of people actually affected in such incidents over the summer months is likely much higher than their data indicates.

According to a lawsuit filed on behalf of injured protesters, Abigail Rodas, one of at least 12 people injured KIPs in Los Angeles on May 30, was marching on Beverly Centre when she was struck in the jaw.

Court documents revealed that a steel plate was used to repair her jawbone, leaving her unable to talk for about 10 days.

For a week, she was stuck drinking only liquids, it said.

“Nearly three weeks after the injury, she has screws in her gums and rubber bands to immobilise her jaw while the bones rejoin,” the suit says.

The city denied the allegations of excessive force in a court filing, saying all responses were “reasonable and necessary for self-defense.”

“It seems systematic,” Dr. Rohini Haar, an emergency physician in Oakland, California, who led the analysis, told USA Today.

“It seems like there needs to be a reckoning with the use of force in protests,” he added.

The Physicians for Human Rights in conclusion called for a ban on such crowd control weapons, saying that “piecemeal, post-hoc changes to individual law enforcement” are inadequate.

“We must ban the use of KIPs in crowd-control situations due both to the life-threatening injuries they can cause and their potential to violate freedom of expression and assembly,” the organization declared.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
Source: NAN
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NIDCOM lauds Nigerian honoured with Intergrity Award in United States for returning $4,000



The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has lauded Ms Chioma Odidika, a Nigerian resident in Columbia, South Carolina, USA, who was honoured with an Integrity Award by the Sheriff of Richland County for returning $4,000 USD.

Mrs  Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of NIDCOM, lauded Odidika in a statement by the commission’s Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun.

Dabiri-Erewa extolled the virtue demonstrated by the Nigerian, saying that she had made the country proud.

She said it was gratifying to note that the uncommon act of honesty of Odidika had earned her Integrity Award from the Sheriff of Richland County.

“It is indeed a well deserved award and a great opportunity to celebrate you.

“This is another victory for Nigeria, as another proud Nigerian is portraying what Nigeria is about and that is honesty.

“Thank you for being a good ambassador of your country Nigeria.

“You have portrayed Nigerians in the diaspora as unique, honest, and trustworthy immigrants.

“No legacy is as rich as honesty. It remains the best policy. We must continue to exhibit such behaviour wherever we find ourselves.

“We must continue to be good ambassadors of  our country,” she added.

Odidika, who hails from Imo, said she received an email from possible scammers, who had called her on phone and before she knew what was happening, they had sent a cheque of $4,000 United States

She said that she immediately called President Tonna Okei (Ikuku Oma), President of the Organisation of African Unity SC, who immediately called the Sheriff of Richland County, after which “the Police of Columbia City took me”.

Odidika said that she reported and surrendered the cheque.

“Okei called both police leaders and made a strong representation and  Odidika  was given an award of honesty by the Sheriff and offer of a job on Sept. 2, 2020.

It will be recalled that another Nigerian based in Qatar, Michael Jonathan Asemota in 2018, returned $441,127.99 about N150 million that was wrongfully posted into his account.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Emmanuel Yashim
Source: NAN
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Katsina State Govt. signs MoU on Neem seeds production



The Katsina State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Contec Global Agro Ltd., on Neem seeds production.


Signing the MoU on Tuesday in Katsina, the state Commissioner of Commerce and Industries, Alhaji Muhktar Abdulkadir, said the initiative was in line with the State Government’s commitment to resuscitate ailing industries in the state.


Abdulkadir said that the factory, “neem-pro”, was established in 2007 by late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, when he was the Governor of the state, but stopped production.


He explained that the factory would assist to create job opportunities for the teeming number of people in the state.


In his remarks, the Managing Director of the company, Mr Thomas Chackunkal, said the factory had the capacity and manufacturing places.


According to Chackunkal, there is the utility section where the factory would try to improve soil capacity, thereby making the state to be organic.


He said that there was also Neem extraction place, where the oil could be extracted from the chemical.


“Katsina neem-pro is the only factory that can extract chemical from the oil.


“The chemical is the world’s best organic pesticide, even Europe, USA and Canada are using this to kill bacteria in agriculture,’’ he said.


The managing director said that the factory would assist creating job opportunities for people in the state.


“We are ready to take care of Neem trees available in the state, and we will encourage planting of more Neem trees because it gives more oxygen to human beings.


“We will organise farmers to collect seeds and will buy from them; we will also give them small equipment to use, that will also add more value to the seeds,’’ he said.


He said the factory would also set up a laboratory where soil samples would be examined to find out the type of fertiliser suitable to a particular type of soil.


Chackunkal said the company would also have a tissue testing laboratory where banana tissue would be multiplied to give more yields to farmers.

Edited By: Kabir Muhammad and Abdullahi Yusuf
Source: NAN

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Unilorin Vet student wins MSD Animal Health scholarship



A 300-Level student of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ilorin, Abdulhakeem Azeez, has won the MSD Animal Health/World Veterinary Association 2020 Veterinary Student Scholarship.

In a statement signed by Dr Ismail Odetokun, Head of the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine of the University on Monday, Azeez is the only Nigerian, who won the award among the 41 winners world-wide.

According to him, the award is a programme designed to aid students in their scholastic development, which will also enable them to continue their education by offering direct financial support, in recognition of their academic achievements.

“This will also aid in the development of their academic and veterinary career.

MSD Animal Health is a leading global biopharmaceutical company, which has been investing in medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases.

MSD Animal Health is a division of Merck &Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA,” he said.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Yemi Idris-Aduloju
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