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I have 375 species of anti-coronavirus plants in my garden, Anambra oldest female herbalist says


Reputed oldest female herbalist in Anambra State, Chief Flora Ilonzo, has said she planted anticoronavirus plants in her gardens years back.

Ilonze, the founder of Centre for Psychic and Healing Administration Awka, Anambra State claimed knowledge of Anticoronavirus plants.

She challenged researchers across the world and governments to visit her garden for authentication of her claims.

She claimed she had 375 species of plants in her garden with different medicinal values.

She said her grandparents, who were herbalists informed her of an outbreak of coronavirus abroad at their time and that it was imported into Nigeria and other African countries then.

“This, they told me, prompted herbalists and researchers in the continent to meet and initiate planting of a certain healing tree at public places.

She added,

” In one of my radio programmes in 2018, I mentioned some diseases and pandemics that occurred in the past and present which our forefathers used a certain plant to treat.

” Among them is Ebola (known in Igbo as Nchiche); you cannot go near those with this disease. I also talked about Coronavirus (known as okwuma in Igbo language); you cannot touch or go near the sufferer.

“So, coronavirus is not new. It killed a lot of great men and women, rich and the poor all over the world when it occurred in the past.

“Because of this, our forefathers held meetings and decided that the tree should be planted at village squares, markets, hospitals, homes, shrines and so on.

“All tribes and nationalities have different names for the plant. There are also other plants in different parts of the world with such medicinal values. Unfortunately, most of them have been felled indiscriminately out of ignorance, get rich quick syndrome and religious beliefs.

“All parts of this tree are useful, it’s bark, roots, leaves and even inhaling its scent heals.

“In that radio programme I promised to offer the plant to everyone for free. But only five persons came to my centre and took the plant for free.

“This attracted a delegation from the Federal College of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Abuja to my Centre.

“I conducted them round my herbal gardens and they confirmed it, promising to get back for further studies but never came back till date.”

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Boko Haram : Army kills three commanders, others in Borno



Boko Haram : Army kills three commanders, others in Borno

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed three Boko Haram commanders and 67 other fighters during counter-attacks in Firgi/Banki the axis of Borno state.

The commanders’ neutralization at “Banki junction failed attack,” includes Manzar Halid, Amir Abu Fatima and Nicap among 70 terrorists killed by Army.

Those killed in attack include Manzar Halid, Amir Abu Fatima and Nicap among others, seventy-two members of the sect were also neutralised.

Coordinator Defence Media Operation, Maj-Gen. John Enenche Wednesday in Maiduguri said, “Other high ranking fighters include; Abu Jamratu AL-Naweer, Kaka Bana and Tareta Babakari, were also severely wounded with slim chances of surviving.”

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He said the failed attack on troops’ location occurred at Banki Junction and within the Response Firgi Area of 7 Division strike group.

On how terrorists were killed, he said: “Troops of Operation LAFYA DOLE carried out a counter-attack against the terrorists on May 26, 2020.

“After the attack, human intelligence confirmed the death of some high ranking commanders of the Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram.

“Additionally, Seventy-two (72) members of the sect were also neutralised. Others wounded with slim chances of survival include some high profile Commanders and other fighters namely.”

He added that a large number of their equipment including gun trucks, motorcycles and bicycles were destroyed by troops.

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He said the destruction was in collaboration with the Air Task Force during Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters’ withdrawal which was in disarray.

According to him, the blockade of their spy routes, networks, crossing points and logistics supplies had further crippled the terrorists.

He said that the blockade has limited terrorists’ freedom of movement and action to troops’ advantages.

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai also congratulated gallant troops for their resilience, courage and dedication to end security challenges in Northeast.

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Kaduna: Nine killed in fresh attack



Kaduna: Nine killed in fresh attack

No fewer than nine people have reportedly died in a fresh attack by bandits in Avong Doka village in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

This fresh attack was disclosed by the Chairman of Kajuru local government area, Cafra Caino while speaking to newsmen.

As at the time of filing this report, the Police is yet to comment on the attack.

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Caino said that the gunmen invaded the village in the early hours of today and started shooting sporadically, forcing residents to scamper for safety.

According to the Chairman, nine people died from the attack and many others sustained injuries and they have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

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Caino said the prompt arrival of soldiers stopped the casualty figure from increasing as the bandits ran into the bush.

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Soldiers have now been stationed in the village to avert any further attack, he added.

This is coming barely a week after gunmen burnt down several houses at a Rural Grazing Area settlement in Agwala Dutse village also in Kajuru local government area.

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Umuahia: Couple steals 10-month-old baby (photos)



Umuahia: Couple steals 10-month-old baby (photos)

Pandemonium as a family has been left in a state of shock after their 10-month old baby boy was stolen by a strange couple on Friday in Umuahia, Abia State, Vanguard reported.

The shock has left the nursing mother acting strangely.

Narrating how the child was stolen in his mother’s hair salon, Mr Harrison a staff of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, appealed to those who took the little boy to return him to the family.

He explained that while at his duty post on Friday, he got an urgent call to come home. And on getting to the hairdressing salon at Ekwuruke Street by Okigwe Road, he was told how a man and lady deceived his wife, Charity, and stole the child.

Parents of the little boy that was stolen

Parents of the little boy that was stolen

Mr. Harrison’s words: “Three weeks ago, this couple came to the saloon and the lady told my wife that she was looking for a good salon to make her hair.

“She said that they moved into the neighbourhood a few weeks ago from Port Harcourt and had been searching for a good salon to make her hair.

“My wife welcomed them, thinking that they were genuine, not knowing that they had another thing in mind.

“From that day, the ‘couple’ started visiting the saloon on a regular basis and were admiring my children, especially the 10 months old Emmanuel.

“The lady told my wife that they have been married for two years without a child and have been praying for a child like my son.

“They come around every day to greet my wife, thereby creating a kind of familiarity.

“On Friday, the couple came to inform my wife that the wife would be making her hair on Saturday, but my wife told them that since Saturday was clean-up day, they should come in the afternoon.

“They returned later on Friday with the excuse that they would not be chanced on Saturday afternoon. The man even bought roasted yam and ate it while my wife was preparing the attachment to make the wife’s hair.

“While my wife was working on the attachment the lady gave my wife a padlocked bag and told her not to let her husband get hold of the bag because it contained money, which she didn’t want her husband to see.

“It was while the stylist was busy preparing the attachment that the woman left while her husband took away the child, telling neighbours that she was taking the child to Shoprite to shop for him.

“On realising that both husband and wife were nowhere to be found, my wife raised the alarm. On opening the bag, they discovered that it contained only serviettes.

“The matter was reported to Central Police Station, Umuahia.

“Now, it is like my wife is developing mental issues. She has not eaten since then and would say that her son is crying and needs her.”

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