Unemployed docked for stealing N2.5m car



A 38-year-old unemployed man, Vincent Emezuom, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing a car valued at N2.5 million.

The defendant, who resides at Igando, a suburb of Lagos, was arraigned before Magistrate Mrs B.O Osunsanmi on one-count charge of stealing.

Emezuom, however, denied committing the offence and was admitted to N300,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Osunsanmi directed that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two-year tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The Prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Sept. 20 at Bariga, Lagos.

He said that the defendant stole a Highlander jeep belonging to one Mr Anthony Dike.

Ayorinde said the police accosted him in the process of escaping with the looted car.

“The defendant was intercepted by the police and when questioned, he could not give satisfactory account of the car.

“He was taken to the station as the car was suspected to have be stolen,” he said.

According to the prosecutor, the complainant came to claim ownership of the car.

The offence is a violation of Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 which stipulates three years imprisonment for offenders.

The case was adjourned until Nov. 20 for mention. (NAN)


Edited by Olawunmi Ashafa/Tajudeen Atitebi




AIB, NCAA deepen collaboration to promote airspace safety



The Accident Investigation Burea (AIB), and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), on Wednesday in Abuja inaugurated a Joint Committee to promote safety of Nigeria airspace.

AIB Chief Executive Officer, Mr Akinola Olateru, said the joint committee would collaborate to review NCAA’s responses to Safety Recommendations issued by AIB on accidents, serious incidents implementation and continuous operation of the State Safety Programmes (SSP).

Olateru added that the committee would also consider any other areas of cooperation that would enhance safety of aircraft operations in Nigeria.

According to him, the committee will also coordinate activities with regard to aviation occurrences, respect for the mandate and responsibilities of each organisation, effective and efficient exchange of information and data amongst others.

“ Both agencies have nominated five representatives each to the committee while one representative has been nominated by the Federal Ministry of Aviation.

“These 11 Joint Committee members will collaborate in the review of NCAA’s responses to safety recommendations issued by AIB on accidents and serious incidents.

“ The committee will see to the implementation and continuous operation of the State Safety Programmes in Nigeria and any other areas of cooperation that will enhance safety of aircraft operations in Nigeria,” he said.

He stated that NCAA was in charge of regulating the industry while AIB focused on investigating  serious incidents and accidents to promote safety of the nation’s airspace.

He said the two agencies had worked together to ensure effective discharge of their duties in establishing and promoting higher levels of safety.

“Today, we are inaugurating an Joint Committee, which will ensure enhanced positive working relationship between the two aviation agencies.

AIB Nigeria is always open to cooperate and collaborate with other agencies and other organisations, both in Nigeria and abroad, in ways that will ensure continuous safe skies in Nigeria and the region,” he said.

In his remarks, NCAA Director-General, Capt. Musa Nuhu, said the primary objective of establishing the committee was to ensure the enhancement of thorough coordination, collaboration and cooperation processes and public safety in aviation industry.

According to him, such coordination had been taking place between the authority and the bureau, although inconsistently and informally.

“Today marks a great stride toward performing our respective functions in the areas of safety oversight and investigation of accidents and serious incidents with a view to determining probable causes, implement safety recommendations issues in order to prevent re-occurrence.

According to him, it is expected that safety and accident investigation experts will have the opportunity to sit down together to review safety recommendations that have been proposed by the bureau and the responses provided by the authority.

He said the two authorities were vested with the responsibility of the implementation of the State Safety Programme (SSP).

“Also, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs) Part 20 on safety Management requires that both authorities have access to appropriate information in the incident reporting system (Mandatory Occurrence Reporting (MOR) and the Non-Punitive Reporting System to support the safety responsibilities.

“Pursuant to the above, both authorities are striving towards establishing compatible software to enable the sharing of safety data and this also is part of the mandate of this committee.

“It is also important that this committee continuously reviews the requirements of the Nig. CARs and the implementation of responsibilities it assigns to the Civil Aviation Regulations (Investigations of Air Accidents and Serious Incidents),” he said.

According to him, another area of cooperation to emphasise on is the clarity on what constitutes a serious incident.

The director general said the attachment C of Annex 13 gives guidance that was not all inclusive which could be open to subjective interpretation and application.

He urged the committee to continuously engage in ensuring the establishment of conclusions devoid of ambiguous interpretations that would ensure frictionless and seamless description of lines of responsibilities.

“The committee will have to determine the detailed modality and methodology of implementation to ensure that there will be no compromise.

“This is necessary, as we are supposed to have a global perspective to the final reports being issued by the bureau, as they do not constitute AIB reports per say, but Nigerian report and are ultimately available in the public space,” he said.

He further urged the committee to address establishment of procedures for timely transfer of occurrence to ensure valid and valuable evidences were not degraded or completely lost before the transfer authority began investigation.

Edited By: Lydia Beshel/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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UN Security Council renews sanctions against CAR




The Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution to extend sanctions against the Central African Republic (CAR) for a year.

Resolution 2536, adopted unanimously by the 15-member council, decides to renew the sanctions regime — an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze — till July 31, 2021.

It also decides to extend the mandate of the panel of experts, which helps the Security Council implement the sanctions, till Aug. 31, 2021.

The resolution requests the panel of experts to provide to the Security Council a midterm report no later than Jan. 31, 2021, and a final report no later than June 30, 2021.

The resolution expresses particular concern about reports of illicit transnational trafficking networks which continue to fund and supply armed groups in the CAR, and requests the panel of experts to devote special attention to the analysis of such networks.

It requests the CAR authorities to report by June 15, 2021, on the progress achieved regarding the reform of the country’s security sector; the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation process for members of armed groups; and the management of weapons and ammunition.

It requests the UN secretary-general to conduct, no later than June 15, 2021, an assessment on the progress achieved by the CAR authorities on those key benchmarks for the purpose of a review by the Security Council of the arms embargo on the CAR government.

The resolution affirms the Security Council’s intention to review the sanctions regime, at any time as may be necessary, in light of the evolution of the security situation in the country and the progress in the key benchmarks.

The CAR has been mired in a civil war since 2012. The presence of armed groups has prevented the government from establishing state authority in most parts of the country.


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Cancer care: Merck Foundation provides oncology training for 80 doctors





By Cecilia Ologunagba

Abuja, July 9, 2020 (NAN) Merck Foundation, philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, says it has provided one to three-year Oncology fellowship and masters degree for for No fewer than 80 doctors from 26 countries to improve cancer care.

Dr Rasha Kelej, Chief Executive Officer of Merck, in a statement on Thursday, said the foundation joined hands with African first ladies to achieve the feat.

The countries are: Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, DRC, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“Our strategy is to develop a Multidisciplinary Oncology Care team in each country such as; Medical, Surgery, Pediatric, Gynecology, Radiation Oncologists, Nursing, Pathologist and Radiology Technician.

“As an African woman, I am proud that we are making history in Africa through training the first oncologists and first cancer care teams in many countries.

“Our main objective is to provide quality and affordable care to patients who never had anyone to care for them before,” Kelej said.

According to her, the burden of cancer in Africa is growing with recent estimates reporting 1.06 million new diagnosed cancer cases per year.

This figure is expected to increase by 102 per cent to 2.12 million by 2040 and, while the burden of cancer in Africa is rapidly rising, there is a very limited number of oncologists.

“Also, there is a lack of investment in building professional cancer care capacity across the continent,’’ she said.

Kelej said  that building professional healthcare capacity was the right strategy to address the pressing challenge.

“It is an ongoing initiative as the aim is to build cancer care capacity and we plan to scale it up to train more doctors in more African countries.

According to her, some of the first ladies from the benefiting countries appreciated the foundation for supporting the doctors to improve cancer care.

The statement, however, quoted First Lady of The Gambia, Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow, as saying, “I am very proud with this programme.

“I am proud of the programme that added great value to my country, The Gambia, by providing specialty training for the first oncologists in my country.”

Also, the First Lady of Liberia, Clar Weah, said that Merck Foundation was the first foundation that provided this valuable specialty training to first oncologists in Liberia.

“They are also providing the training for the first fertility specialists, embryologists and diabetes specialists in my country Liberia.’’

In addition, Weah said in partnership with her office, Merck Foundation would also provide online one year diploma and two year masters degree in other areas of medicine.

“ They will provide in Respiratory Medicines, Cardiovascular Medicines, Sexual and Reproductive Medicines, Acute medicines and Endocrinology for Liberia and of course the rest of Africa.”

The Merck Foundation, established in 2017, is the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of people and advance their lives through science and technology.

The foundation is focused on improving access to quality and equitable healthcare solutions in underserved communities, building healthcare and scientific research capacity.

It was also empowering people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with a special focus on women and youth. (NAN)


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)


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German city dwellers continue to rely on cars: study




The number of newly registered cars in all of Germany’s 20 largest cities had increased in 2019 and the country’s city dwellers showed no signs of being “tired of cars,” according to a study by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) on Friday.

“In Germany, a stable trend towards increasing vehicle ownership, even in large cities, has been discernible for years. The frequently made claim that the personal car is losing importance has thus been refuted,” said CAR Director Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer.

The number of new cars increased by 17 percent to 3.6 million in 2019. Among the 15 largest German cities, Munich registered the biggest rise — two percent year-on-year — in vehicle population.

“Germans seem to love their cars and obviously want more and more of them,” said Dudenhoeffer. City dwellers in Germany would still prefer to own a car, although public transport services have improved and parking spaces are becoming scarce.

According to Dudenhoeffer, the steady increase in the number of cars is not unique to Germany. This is a worldwide trend, which is expected to continue.

Fueled by growing prosperity, car manufacturers are making driving ever easier with new products, such as car subscription services, which offer vehicles for a fixed monthly fee.

“The task is not to ban cars in cities, but to make them more compatible with city requirements,” Dudenhoeffer stressed. To that end, cars should be quieter and emission free, but also safer, he said.


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