Police escorting Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Thursday night, repelled an ambush staged against the governor’s convoy by suspected Boko Haram insurgents around 9 pm.
It was gathered that the governor’s convoy was attacked at Konduga local government area while returning from Bama local government area.
According to some police escorts on the governor’s convoy, they successfully repelled the ambush and there was no casualty on their side.
“They could not get the governor,” one of the security escorts said.
“It was the last police vehicle that was attacked after the governor passed. But we dealt with them and dispersed and clear the road before joining the convoy in Konduga.”
Government officials and politicians who are part of the convoy told DAILY POST that,
“The governor decided to visit the southern Borno area to check on some of the ongoing projects to ensure their completion and to be able to present something to the good people of Borno State in his 100 days in office.
“So, we went round to some of the local government and on our way coming, we left Bama and heading to Konduga when the Boko Haram tried to stop us,” one of the politicians, who did not want his name mentioned said.
According to him, the governor did not want such news to be escalated as it would encourage the insurgents to continue with such evil ways.
The government is yet to make a statement to the effect.
NAF renews loyalty to Buhari
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadiq, has renewed the loyalty and support of the Nigerian Air force to the Commander-In-Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sadiq gave the assurance at the Chief of the Air Force Eid-el-Fitr Luncheon organised with troops in the North East on Monday in Yola.
Represented by Air Commodore Muhammed Yusuf, Commander 153 Base Services Group, Yola, Sadiq said that the get together was a tradition to bring the Air personnel in the region together.
”Let me assure our loyalty to the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his constant support to the Nigeria Air Forces.
”The get together is a tradition being organised by the Nigeria Air Force to facilitate the front Air personnel in the North East region during the festivity.
”And the Nigeria Air Force is committed to ensuring our country is safe and people can go to their normal activities,” Sadiq said.
He added that the Nigeria Air Force base in Yola would continue to play a vital role in the fight against insurgency in the northeast.
He equally assured the people of Adamawa in particular and the entire region the utmost best of the Air Force to protect them from dreaded insurgents and other crimes.
Host Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa appreciated the Nigeria Air Force’s role in the fight against COVID-19 in the state.
Fintiri, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Maxwell Gidado, recalled that before the opening of COVID-19 test centre in Yola, the state government relied on Nigeria Air Force to carry samples of suspected Corona patients to Abuja for the test.
”The Nigeria Air Force had also rendered social services to our people which include education and healthcare services,” the governor acknowledged.
Coronavirus spreads to 16 of Ogun’s 20 LGAs
The Ogun State Government on Monday said COVID-19 had spread to 16 out of 20 local government areas of the state.
The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Tomi Coker, disclosed this on Monday afternoon.
He said only four local government were free of COVID-19 in the state.
The Commissioner, who mentioned three out of four councils that were free of the virus, said she did not remember the fourth one. She said could not access her diary where the detailed report of the geography was recorded.
The commissioner said,
“There are four local government areas that are free of these cases. Both Egbado North and South, Ijebu-Ode, there is one more that I cannot remember now, but, they are four.”
FG screens 19 Nigerian firms for COVID-19 drugs production
The Federal Ministry of Health is screening 19 local firms for the production of herbal drugs that can possibly treat or cure COVID-19.
The firms, it was learnt, made many claims ranging from the outright cure for COVID-19 to the treatment of the symptoms.
It was learnt that the 19 firms had met with the leadership of the ministry and the Department of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
The firms have, however, been asked to submit their samples to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control [NAFDAC] out of which three would be picked and recommended for funding.
The Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, confirmed this on Monday.
He said a meeting was held with the leadership of NAFDAC, the National Institute for Medical Research, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and other relevant stakeholders.
Mamora said the ministry asked interested herbal manufacturers to tell the government what their challenges were.
The minister said some of them complained about funding as well as possible theft of their patent. Mamora said concerns over how to identify patients for the trial were also discussed.
“We met with about 19 of them to know what remedies they have in place and to know how we can put them through the processes from listing the medicine to clinical trial and then we wanted to know the challenges they were having.
“They said those challenges essentially were funding and they needed assurances that their intellectual property would be protected and their product or remedy would not be stolen or repackaged by someone else.
“The other challenge is how to go about the clinical trial. Part of that is how they source for patients because they will need patients who are volunteers. These patients have to be volunteers since it is a new product that will be put out there.
“So, we are now in the process of screening the 19 of them and we will shortlist some of them. About three will be shortlisted for further assessment and we will recommend support for them in order to fast track the process of determining their efficacy.”
When asked if the drugs were for the outright cure of COVID-19 or just for the treatment, Mamora said it was too soon to say as discussions were still on.
He said NAFDAC would test the herbal solutions to see if they are safe for human consumption.
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