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Groom slumps, dies at wedding reception


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On Saturday, tragedy struck in Amasiri in the Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. It is reported that a bridegroom, Chukwuemeka Onwuka, slumped at the reception venue, he later died in hospital.

Onwuka was getting married to one Miss Onyinyechi Amadi Ugbor of the Ihie village in the Amasiri community.

The deceased was an ophthalmologist, who hailed from Item in the Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.

An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told PUNCH Metro that the bridegroom had first danced with well-wishers and family members at the reception venue.

The source stated that after the first dance, the master of ceremonies announced that a missing wristwatch had been found and called on the owner to come for it.

The source said, “Nobody came out to collect the wristwatch. So, the second round of dancing was announced and as the bridegroom approached the dance floor, he fell down and started foaming in the mouth.

“He was carried outside and was being fanned by people, but there was no sign of recovery. It was at that point that it was suggested that he should be taken to hospital.”

It was learnt that Onwuka was later taken to a nearby hospital, where the doctor on duty referred him to the Mater Hospital, Afikpo.

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It was gathered that the bridegroom died before getting to the hospital.

“Yes, he was seen on Thursday very healthy. This incident happened on Saturday at Amasiri Central School. So, I can tell you that it is either the bridegroom or the bride disappointed someone and the person saw the wedding as an opportunity to avenge,” a close family source said.

When contacted, the Divisional Police Officer, Afikpo, Mr Patrick, said such a report had not reached his office.

But the Ebonyi State Neighbourhood Security Watch confirmed the incident.

Its Chief Security Officer in the area, Mr Godwin Orji, told our correspondents that Onwuka’s death was a shock to the entire community.

Similarly, a yet-to-be-identified man collapsed and died while jogging on Sunday morning on the WEMCO Road, in the Ogba area of Lagos State.

The man collapsed due to suspected cardiac arrest and efforts by the people around, who rushed to his rescue, proved abortive as he died on the spot.

In the footage of the incident made available to our correspondent by an eyewitness, the lifeless body of the man, who wore a Chelsea jersey and a white pair of trainers, was seen lying on the pavement as rain fell on it.

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An eyewitness, Ayobami Adedeji, said that the man started gasping immediately he fell on the pavement, but efforts to get emergency responders to the scene proved abortive.

He stated that the man could have been saved if a medical expert had responded to him on time, adding that he died despite the cardiopulmonary resuscitation performed on him.

Adedeji said, “I was jogging in the morning along the WEMCO Road, Ogba, around 6.30 am, when I suddenly heard people shouting behind me. When I looked back, I saw a man lying on the floor and people started gathering to attend to him.

“I knew it was an emergency, so I moved closer and saw the man gasping; the people who rushed to his rescue and I did a cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedure by applying pressure to his chest because it was obvious that he had suffered cardiac arrest while jogging. The man struggled to regain consciousness, but unfortunately, he didn’t and he died.

“I was fortunate to have my phone on me, so I called the emergency lines for over an hour but nobody showed up. I called the 747 and was told that responders were coming, but when we didn’t see them, I called again and the lady, who picked the call, started apologising. I became angry and started shouting at her that the emergency unit at Alausa was not far from the WEMCO Road and it was Sunday morning and there was no traffic anywhere.”

When contacted, the General Manager, LASEMA, Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the man suffered suspected cardiac arrest while jogging, adding that his remains had been evacuated to the mortuary.

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He urged Lagos residents to consult their doctors before embarking on any strenuous exercise to prevent health problems.

Oke-Osanyintolu said, “The man suffered suspected cardiac arrest; when we received the call, we contacted the SHEMU to evacuate the corpse. The corpse has been evacuated. We are appealing to everybody who wants to exercise to endeavour to do the basic tests to ascertain their fitness.

“They should also talk with their doctors on the type of exercise they can be involved in. We also appeal to Lagosians to use the facilities provided by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to take good care of their health.”



Masari expresses worries over Katsina’s COVID-19 status



Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State, on Tuesday, expressed worries over the 337 total figure of COVID-19 infections, making the state the fourth on the list of the global pandemic in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 215 cases were recorded from Katsina Local Government area, 79 from Daura, and the remaining 43 from other council areas.

Speaking in Katsina, the governor said that the government would continue with the lockdown on Katsina, Batagarawa and Daura council areas from 7 am. on Wednesday, as part of measures to contain the further spread of COVID-19.

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He revealed that the state had recorded 18 deaths out of the total figure, adding that 13 of them were confirmed COVID-19 positive after their death, while five others died in the hospital.

Masari said that 51 patients were discharged from the isolation centers in the state.

He also disclosed that the state government would sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sahel Medicare Services in Katsina to commence COVID-19 sample testing in the state.

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According to him, the center will test about 204 samples within 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the governor has urged commercial motorists in the state to provide hand sanitizers for the passengers, adding that all their passengers must also use face masks.

Masari said that the government would enforce the use of face masks to prevent the spread of the disease.

“It is time for use of face masks and maintaining cleanliness, as preventive measures against the disease,” he said.

He urged the media to continue to enlighten the public on the safety measures against the disease.

“The war against COVID-19 is everybody’s affair; everyone must be responsible and involved in the war.

“We have to aggressively use sensitization as a tool for fighting the disease,” he said.

The governor, however, said that this could not be done without the support of the media; hence the need for the media to continue to intensify efforts in enlightening the public on safety measures.

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He also restated the ban on inter-local government movement within the state.

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Banditry: Group urges FG to review security response system



The Jam’iyyatu Ansariddeen (Attijjaniyya) (JAA), an Islamic organization has urged the Federal Government to review the nation’s security response system to curtail killings, kidnappings and destruction of properties by bandits in Kaduna and Katsina states.

National Secretary of the group, Sayyidi Yahaya, made the call in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Yahaya said that the government’s intelligence gathering and response arrangement require a collective impact approach to curtail the deplorable security situation in some parts of the country.

He also called on the government to constantly scrutinize its operatives, particularly, those in charge of security, in order to tackle the potent challenge of internal and external sabotage against the efforts of the government to provide enduring security in the country.

“The JAA notes with deep anxiety, the growing concern of rampant and incessant killings, kidnappings and destruction of the property being perpetuated by bandits in several northern parts of the country, particularly in areas of Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, and the Sokoto States.

“A few days ago, the bandits attacked a number of villages in Sokoto East Senatorial District, killing, maiming, raping, robbing, and rustling cattle.

“Similarly, in Katsina State, they attacked Kankara, Batsari, Danmusa, Safana, and some other parts of the State with gusto and ‘devil-may-care’ attitude.

“Likewise, in Niger State there are incessant attacks on some villages and communities in Shiroro and Rafi local government areas on a more or less daily basis, turning the villagers into refugees in some bigger towns,” he said.

Yahaya, therefore, called on the government to appraise the situation and device a more proactive and clearly accountable approach to curtail the menace.

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He explained that the actions could involve the ‘ Collective Impact Approach’ mechanism, utilizing the government, community leaders, and faith-based organizations while also putting in place measures to check-mate possible sabotage of the security efforts internally and externally as may be envisaged.

He said the JAA remained committed to supporting and partnering the government in addressing public challenges and in rendering good governance to the citizens as epitomized by the personality and leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Yahaya, who declared the support of the group to the government in the fight against COVID-19, called for the opening of places of worship with due adherence to all essential preventive measures to enable the observance of critical acts of worship.

He also urged the concerned State Governments to take decent practical measures to integrate the Almajiri Education into the conventional educational system as a right and not a privilege.

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He stressed the need for the Federal Government to extend its support to the states in areas necessary for the facilitation of successful integration of the Almajiri system of education.

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If you have mind come and break my heart, Lady says as shares photos with her uniformed dad and brother



A Nigerian lady has dared men on social media to try and break her heart if they dare.

The Nigerian has stunned social media users with adorable photos of her brother and father she shared via micro-blogging site, Twitter.

The lady who seems to be a serving corps member was pictured with her dad and another young man (presumably her brother), both of whom are law enforcement officers.

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Sharing the photos, she simply captioned thus:

“If you have mind come and break my heart”

See photos below:

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