A yet to be identified uncle has been arrested for setting his two-year-old niece on fire in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Reports said the suspect, who constantly maltreated the little child, tied her to a guava tree and set her on fire for allegedly pooing around the house.
The little girl who has been rescued by Child Protection Network (CPN) Akamkpa, and brought to Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (#BRCI) is currently undergoing treatment.
BRCI revealed that it will press for prosecution against the girl’s uncle (her father’s elder brother).
It was gathered that she sustained high degree injuries from the fire. She can’t stand nor sit as a result of the burnt.
Reports said apart from the injuries, she is looking malnourished and terribly underweight.
She sleeps outside on a makeshift bed not even good enough for a dog let alone a human being.
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Pirates kidnap nine Nigerians in Niger Delta
Pirates attacked an oil production vessel off Nigeria in the early hours of Thursday and kidnapped nine Nigerian nationals, the ship’s owner BW Offshore said.
The Sendje Berge ship was undergoing maintenance when the attack happened, BW Offshore’s Chief Financial Officer Staale Andreassen told Reuters.
The Oslo-listed company said none of the people remaining on the vessel was injured.
“We are working now with the Nigerian authorities to get those nine people safely back,” Andreassen added.
The vessel, a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) that can produce about 50,000 barrels per day, was working at the Okwori oilfield operated by Addax Petroleum, a part of China’s Sinopec Group.
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Osun records 24 new coronavirus cases
Osun State Government on Thursday said the state had recorded 24 new cases of coronavirus.
The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, who made this known through a press statement in Osogbo, also disclosed that eleven patients were also discharged from its Treatment and Isolation Centre same day after testing negative for the virus.
The commissioner noted that the new cases were discovered following contact tracing of previous cases in the Ilesa, Ile Ife and Osogbo areas of the State.
He appealed to citizens and residents of the State to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the State against the spread of the virus.
Isamotu then said that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State has risen to 151 with 87 active cases.
“Lack of strict adherence to safety protocols and guidelines by our people is one of the main reasons for the sudden rise in our Covid-19 cases. But with the sentence of a defaulter to 30 days’ imprisonment, we have shown our resolve to enforce these safety protocols and guidelines.
“With the latest development, the number of our active cases as at today, Thursday, July 2, is 87. We have 151 confirmed cases, out of which the State has successfully treated and discharged 59 patients while five deaths have been recorded.”
2021 election: Anambra monarchs reject zoning arrangement
Traditional rulers in Anambra Central Senatorial District, on Thursday, disagreed with their colleagues in the Southern senatorial zone over the zoning formula for the 2021 governorship position in the state.
The Monarchs, in a meeting held at the palace of the Igwe of Ukwulu community, Igwe Peter Uyanwa, rejected zoning of the governorship position to the south while condemning the call by their southern colleagues for other aspirants from other zones to back down.
The monarchs said the quality of a governor is more important to the state than where he hails from.
In a statement made available to Tribune Online in Awka, shortly after the meeting stated that:
“At the meeting of the Anambra Central Traditional Rulers Forum held on 2nd July 2020, it was unanimously resolved that we dissociate ourselves from any zoning arrangement in Anambra State gubernatorial election.
“That we in the Central Forum will only accept and encourage any credible candidate governorship candidate that is ready, willing and capable of delivering the dividend of democracy to Ndi Anambra.”
According to Tribune Online, the Traditional rulers of the northern zone of the state had earlier dissociated themselves too from zoning, saying that they seek the best candidate for the state.
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