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24-year-old man regains sight after 21 years blindness

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21 years blindness

Call it a miracle, it qualifies as one, divine intervention, then it is still not out of place, because that is exactly how the father of a 24-year-old man who regained his sight after 21 years of blindness, has described the case of his son Edmond Eli.

His father Humoshe Eli, who said his son who turned 24 this year is now learning to wear his shoes correctly.

He said,

“When he came out of the darkness which he had been thrown into in the last 21 years because of our poverty, we noticed that one of his biggest challenges now is wearing his shoes correctly.

“He’s still learning to do this just as he makes the adjustment to walk without any support.

Edmond became blind at the age of three, and his father described his “cure” as one exceptional case of the impact of free medical outreach to 8,030 beneficiaries of the medical intervention offered by Senator Binos Yaroe, representing Adamawa Southern senatorial district in the National Assembly.

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The motivation, according to the senator, for the intervention to the people of his constituency covering nine local government council, is to assist the poor who are unable to access healthcare, either due to affordability or the parlous state of health care delivery in his constituency.

Unable to conceal his joy, Humoshe recounted how poverty and his inability to fund a trip for a treatment at an eye centre in Kano confined his son to blindness for 21 years.

This was after several visits to the local health center in Kpasham, a village in Demsa local government area of Adamwa State, and the Numan General hospital, from where they were referred to the Specialist Eye Centre in Kano.

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“But I am now happy, that he can now see,” Humoshe said.

He said,

“I imagined that were it not for our poverty, my son would not have been blind as a child.

“Edmond is still learning to take his steps. You can see him still raising his hands up as he walks, thinking he still needs assistance, perhaps thinking he is still blind.

Dr. Ugochukwu Anunwa, the ophthalmologist who treated Edmond, attributed his blindness to cataract of the cornea, adding that many corrective surgeries on Edmond and other patients revealed a prevalence of cataract of the cornea and advocated research to unearth the cause of its prevalence in the area.

Dr. Kalimu Wycliffe, leader of the medical consortium who said the free medical outreach was done with the collaboration of Soteria- Afrique Rural Health Care Initiative and the Christian Broadcasting Network, added that the target of the outreach, which was 8,000, has been exceeded.

“The target was 8,000, but we got 8,030, so we have even exceeded our set target,” Wycliffe said; adding that there were so many people who had lived with their health challenge for so many years, but their situations were addressed through the opportunity offered by the free medical outreach.

“There’s the case of this aged man with endometrial hernia who has been living with the ailment for more than 10 years, which had made him immobile.

“He was always in one place and had to be carried around.

“But we were able to remove it for him. When this man woke up, the first thing he said was, ‘Thank you, thank you very much . Tell Senator I am grateful.’”

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JUST IN: Akeredolu names Oluwatuyi new Ondo SSG

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Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has appointed Temitayo Oluwatuyi as the new Secretary to the State Government.

Oluwatuyi takes over from Ifedayo Abegunde, who resigned his appointment on Monday.

The Governor disclosed this via his verified Twitter handle.

The appointment, according to him, is with immediate effect.

“Today, I announced the appointment of Hon. Temitayo Oluwatuyi “Tukana” as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to resume immediately following the resignation of Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde,” Akeredolu tweeted.

 

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JUST IN: PSC dismisses 10 senior police officers

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) has dismissed 10 senior police officers and reduced the rank of eight others over various cases of misconduct in the line of duty.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, of the Commission, Ikechukwu Ani, on Monday.

Ani said the decision was taken at the 8th plenary meeting of the Commission, which spanned three weeks and ended on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020.

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Although the statement did not name those affected, it revealed the dismissed officers were one Superintendent of Police (SP), five Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP) and four Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP).

“A deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) were reduced in rank, a decision which also affected four Superintendents of Police (SP), one Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Police.

“The Commission also approved the punishment of severe reprimand for 16 Officers, reprimand for 13 and letters of warning to four others. Two Officers are to receive Letters of advice while eleven were exonerated.

“The Commission in Plenary looked into eighty three disciplinary cases which included eighteen appeals and petitions.

“The Commission had also at the Plenary approved the promotions of 6,618 senior Police Officers including one AIG to DIG, four CPs to AIG and three DCPs to CPs,” the statement reads.

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JUST IN: We didn’t arrest Magu- DSS

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Department for State Security (DSS) on Monday denied media reports of the arrest of acting Economic Financial and Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

In a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, the DSS said:

“The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public that it did not arrest Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as has been reported by sections of the media.

“The Service, has since, today, 6th July, 2020, been inundated with enquiries over the alleged arrest.”

Magu is undergoing questioning at the Presidential Villa by a probe panel over allegation diversion of looted funds and assets.

 

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