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COVID-19: UN announces emergency response in North East

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UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), says it has scaled up emergency response measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Internally Displaced Camps (IDPs) in the northeast.

Mr Edward Kallon, UN Humanitarian Coordinator, disclosed this in a statement by Eve Sabbagh, Head of Public Information, UN-OCHA, on Wednesday in Kano.

Kallon said that proactive measures were necessary to protect displaced persons affected by the decade-long conflict in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

He warned that the humanitarian crisis from the pandemic could be high should it spread to the northeast because of the prevailing security challenges.

He said: “We will not wait for COVID-19 to reach camps for IDPs before we act.

“They have already suffered enough from the decade-long conflict and our priority is to ensure the continuous delivery of life-saving assistance especially health services to the most vulnerable women, children and the elderly who need special attention”.

According to him, it is crucial for vulnerable IDPs to have access to water, soap, shelter, food, education and protection.

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Kallon said the UN, in collaboration with humanitarian partners, was supporting state governments, State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMA) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in developing emergency response plans in recognition of the reality of the living conditions in host communities and IDP camps.

He explained that the plan includes specific mitigation measures in overcrowded camps and camp-like settings where the risk of disease outbreak is higher.

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The UN official added that key activities were being implemented jointly in the IDP camps, guided by global guidance on COVID-19 Outbreak Preparedness and Response.

“Humanitarian partners are installing hand-washing stations in IDP camps and ensuring supply of clean water. Partners are also distributing soap and teaching women how to produce their own.

“The UN is also planning to bring in vital health equipment and tools to prevent and treat the respiratory virus, which is now affecting over 12 states across Nigeria, with 131 total cases recorded as of March 31.

“UN has developed awareness-raising and prevention messages, leaflets, posters, animations and videos specific for IDPs and other vulnerable people in the northeast. In partnership with major TV and radio channels, it has launched sensitization campaigns across various states, reaching millions of Nigerians.

“The UN is also launching a survey tool with the Network of People Living with HIV (NEPWHAN) to gather specific and arising challenges for people living with HIV on continuous access to quality treatment, care and support in the midst of the response to the outbreak of COVID-19,” Kallon said.

 

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Virginity is the best wedding gift any man can ever receive from his wife- Nigerian man says

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Virginity is the best wedding gift any man can ever receive from his wife- Nigerian man says

A Nigerian man has taken to social media to reveal that the best gift a wife could possibly give her husband on their wedding night is her virginity.

The man identified as Mustyrahl on twitter took to the platform to decry how ladies no longer cherish chastity before marriage and give out sex at flimsy occasions such as birthdays, romantic getaways and even as far as exchanging job opportunities with their bodies.

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He wrote:

Virginity is the best wedding gift any man would receive from his newly wed wife, but lately, there’s nothing as such any longer because it’ll have already been given out as a Birthday gift, token of Appreciation, Job assurance, Examination marking schemes and for uber fares🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

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Zulum suspends doctors, medical staff of Borno hospital

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Zulum suspends doctors, medical staff of Borno hospital

Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, on Monday suspended medical doctors and the entire staff of the Ngala General Hospital for abandoning it.

According to him, the entire hospital staff has also abandoned patients to International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGO) operating in Ngala council.

Spokesman to Governor, Isa Gusau Wednesday in Maiduguri disclosed: “Zulum has suspended all paid staff, including resident medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and lab technicians of the hospital in Ngala town.

The suspension followed Zulum’s unscheduled visit to find out the state of healthcare delivery services to the people.

“After Zulum’s unscheduled visit last Monday; he had discovered that the entire staff, had despite receiving government salaries, abandoned the hospital to an INGO,” said Gusau.

He said that the INGO (fhi360) is currently attending to hundreds of patients, comprising most of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities.

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Ngala, a border town with Cameroon, was severally attacked by Boko Haram with loss of many lives and property.

The insurgency affected town; is a council headquarters within an international land route into Cameroon, Chad, Sudan and Central Africa.

According to him, the Army, however, liberated Gambouru/Ngala from Boko Haram terrorists in 2015.

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With the liberation of the border community, Ngala is currently populated of thousands of returnees.

“Many residents of Gambouru/Ngala are IDPs, who were forced to flee their villages and farmlands during decade long insurgency,” he said; noting that most of the IDPs are indigenes of council border areas.

While lamenting on hospital abandonment, he said: “The Governor was disappointed to find out that despite high turnout of patients, not one of the many government-paid staff, from doctors down to clerical staff, was at the hospital by 11 am.

“Instead, Zulum was received on arrival Monday, by a field Coordinator of fhi360, the INGO managing the abandoned Ngala hospital.”

“Unfortunately there is no single government staff here to attend to all these patients, and we promptly pay all of them salaries.

“These humanitarian workers from the INGO (fhi360) are supposed to complement the State Government staff and not to completely take over the hospital.

“I am directing Borno State Hospitals Management Board, if there is any staff on the payroll of this Hospital, to immediately suspend all the workers.

“I will be back to this hospital, hoping to see the opposite of what I saw today.”

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(JUST IN) Alleged N1.1b fraud: Court dismisses charge against Ex-Customs boss Dikko

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(JUSTIN) Alleged N1.1b fraud: Court dismisses charge against Ex-Customs boss Dikko

The fraud charge filed against former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Abdullahi Inde Dikko and two others by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has been dismissed by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/21/2019 was dismissed in a ruling on Wednesday by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu in view of the oral application by ICPC’s lawyer, E. A. Sogunle to withdraw the charge under Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.

Sogunle told the court that despite a bench warrant issued on Dikko, who has not attended court since the charge was filed early last year, the prosecution has been unable to arrest him and produce him in court.

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Dikko was named with two others – a former Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of Finance, Administration and Technical Services, Garba Makarfi and Umar Hussaini, a lawyer and owner of Capital Law firm – as defendants.

Dikko, Makarfi and Hussaini were, among others, accused of inducing the Managing Director of Cambial Limited, Yemi Obadeyi, to pay N1.1 billion (N1,100, 952,380.96) into the account of Capital Law Office as a refundable “completion security deposit” for the purchase of 120 units of duplexes as residential accommodation for officers of the Nigeria Customs Service.

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Hussaini was said to have distributed the money into various other bank accounts and for his part in the deal, he was rewarded with the sum of $3 million.

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