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DHQ partners filmmakers to correct wrong narratives about Nigerian military

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) and the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) are collaborating to engage the Nigerian movie industry to correct the story of incorrect perspectives about the Nigerian military through movies.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, disclosed this at an interactive meeting between stakeholders in the Nigerian Film Industry and Defence Department of Civil Military Cooperation, on Thursday in Abuja.

Olonisakin, who was represented by the Defence Chief of Civil-Military Cooperation, Rear Adm. O.H Ngalabak, said that the relationship between the defence and Nigerian film industry started about 40 years.

He said that DHQ realised that there was a need to change the narratives about the story of the Nigerian military being told in Nigerian movies.

Olonisakin said that the experience of the American military during their operation in Somalia, made them to collaborate with Hollywood to retell their story.

He said that there was a need for the military to have the kind of collaboration which exists between the American army and Hollywood.

“You always here that somebody was being killed in Maiduguri or that a soldier died but we need to pass the explanation across.

“It is the film makers that can do that and that is the reason for the collaboration,” he said.

The Managing Director, Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr Chidia Maduekwe, said the objective of the meeting was to put in place necessary procedures to project the armed forces in proper perspective through filmmakers.

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Maduekwe said that the DHQ was as concerned as many Nigerians on the occasional appearances and portrayal of its personnel in some Nigerian films.

He said that such images sometimes tend to fall short of national aspirations of many proud Nigerians.

“We are indeed a great nation that has contributed so much to internal, regional, global peace and security.

“As such our armed forces are continuously paying the supreme sacrifice to maintain the sovereignty of this country.

“They certainly deserve our support and encouragement in all ramifications particularly on global viewing screens.

“Presently, there are many exploits by our armed men that such stories can easily be produced as epic movies under effective supervision of our globally acclaimed Nigerian filmmakers,” he said.

Maduekwe also disclosed that the DHQ was prepared to partner with the film industry, through NFC to produce world standard films that would be good for both local and global consumption.

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He added that military hardware and software, and the needed funding required for such feature films, would henceforth be made available for such collaboration.

He said individuals wishing to produce independent and private films shall be free to seek the needed assistance from DHQ for guidance and training on how best to portray the military in Nigerian film.

NFC is very optimistic that outcome of this interactive meeting will definitely provide the fulcrum on how best to portray our nation’s armed forces personnel in our films,” he said.

A participant, Desmond Ekeh, who is a Lecturer at the Nigerian Television (NTA) College, Jos, said that most filmmakers in Nigeria in the past do not usually make movies based on research.

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Ekeh said that while they make their films based on their thinking and feelings, others sometimes did from their personal experience or what they see.

“We see American military as number one not because there are no ills in their military but because that is what they portray.

“So if we are able to portray this in the right light with the Nigerian military, we are going to earn respect for our military and as well as the citizens,” he said.

 

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Enugu to take care of brutalised 10-year-old victim’s medical bills

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Enugu State Government has taken interest in the wellbeing of Miss Nneoma Nnadi, the 10-year-old victim of child abuse and domestic torture in the state.

The state government has promised to offset her medical bills and ensure that she receives adequate medical attention.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi also directed the Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Rt. Hon. Princess Peace Nnaji, to immediately visit the victim at the hospital to ensure that she receives proper medical attention.

Nnaji, who was accompanied by the Chief Medical Director of ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, Prof. Hycienth Onah, to see the abused child, empathized with the victim and her immediate family and promised them that the state government will not take the matter lightly.

She said;

“We can never sweep it (matter) under the carpet”, pointing out that the act undermined the Child Rights Act.

Nnaji also thanked the neighbours for bringing the cruel incident to the public domain, describing them as “Good Samaritans”.

Responding, the mother of the victim, Mrs Nnedinso Nnadi, expressed gratitude to the state governor for the government’s concern and intervention, disclosing that it was a traumatic experience for the child and the entire family and asked God to reward all those who have played roles towards the rescue and treatment of their child.

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In his remark, the Chief Medical Director of ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, Prof. Onah, explained that the victim is responding to treatment and is being taken care of adequately,” adding that “her chances of full recovery are high”.

Police Command had, at the weekend, rescued the 10-year-old Nneoma Nnadi, whose guardians, an aunt and her husband maltreated.

A police bulletin from the commands’ spokesman, ASP Daniel Ndukwe Ezea, said the victim, Nneoma Nnadi, was being mistreated by her aunt whom she is living with to the extent of using different objects such as hot pressing iron, iron roads and nails to inflict grievous bodily harm as well as inserting pepper into her private part.

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The aunt, Ifeoma Ozougwu, and her husband, Jude Ozougwu, residents of Thinkers Corner, Enugu, were arrested by the police following a tip-off.

The police said

“Following credible information received at Enugu Area Command on 02/07/2020 at about 0900 hours, alleging that a woman in Akonameze Street, Thinker’s Corner, Enugu, inflicted degrees of injuries on her minor female ward, Operatives of the Command swiftly moved to the area where they rescued the victim, Nneoma Nnadi, aged 10, arrested the suspect, one Ifeoma Ozougwu, aged 24; and thereafter arrested her husband, one Jude Ozougwu, aged 40.

“On receipt of the visibly exhausted and traumatized victim, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad Abdur-Rahman instructed the Area Commander to rush her to hospital for treatment. He bemoaned why the suspect will be so heartless to abuse and inflict such grievous injuries on another woman’s child left in her care and directed the immediate launch of a thorough investigation and prosecution of the suspect, her husband and any other culpable accomplices to the crime.

“The Commissioner further warned all those who may have been in the habit or are intending to maltreat and/or inflict grievous harm on susceptible children to desist forthwith, as the Command will not spare anyone found culpable in such inhuman acts that infringe on the dignity and fundamental human rights of children. He also advised parents/guardians to take responsibility, adequately care for their children/wards and train them with the fear of God Almighty.

“Meanwhile, preliminary investigation shows that suspect, who is victim’s relative and a mother of three (3), mistreats her to the extent of using different objects, including hot pressing iron, iron rod and nails to inflict several grievous bodily harm as well as inserting pepper into her private part.

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Osun records two COVID-19 deaths, 14 new cases

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 The Osun Government says it has recorded two coronavirus related deaths with 14 new cases in the state.

Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, the state’s Commissioner For Health made the disclosure in a statement in Osogbo on Sunday.

Isamotu said four patients had been discharged from the isolation and treatment center in the state after they tested negative to the virus.

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The commissioner said the new cases were discovered, following contact tracing of previously confirmed cases in the state.

He noted that with the new cases recorded, the number of confirmed cases in the state had risen to 165 with 95 active cases.

“With the latest development, the number of our active cases as of today is 95.

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“We have 165 confirmed cases, out of which the state has successfully treated and discharged 63 patients while seven deaths have been recorded,” Isamotu said.

He appealed to residents of the state to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the state government against the spread of the virus.

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Nigeria’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 exceed 28,000

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Nigeria’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 28, 167 on Saturday as 603 new infections were announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC)

Six deaths were recorded from the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 634.

The health agency in a tweet Saturday night said the new cases were reported in 19 states.

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The 603 new cases are reported from 19 states- Lagos, Edo, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Rivers, Delta, Ogun, Kaduna, Plateau, Osun, Ondo, Enugu, Oyo, Borno, Niger, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Kano, Sokoto and Abia.

There was an increase in the number of confirmed cases reported on Saturday (603) compared to what was reported on Friday (454).

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Wednesday’s figure was the country’s highest yet.

All the reporting states already had at least a case of the virus.

As of the time of reporting, 35 states and the FCT have recorded at least a case of the disease. Only one state, Cross River, is yet to officially report any case of the virus although there are controversies about it.

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Lagos remains the epicentre for the disease in the country. Zamfara has not reported any new confirmed case in the past 47 days.

 

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