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I had never seen such before, Nigerian man recounts his scariest moment at work as US prison warden

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A Nigerian man has recounted what he described as a scary incident in a prison that made him realise how dangerous his job was as a prison warden in the United States.

In a thread via his Twitter handle @IamEtubo, he said while he was on duty one afternoon in the prison, two prisoners engaged in fisticuffs that almost resulted in the death of one of them.

Etubo further stated that he was more scared because the inmate who overpowered the other was never known to be troublesome in his 14 as a prisoner. All efforts to separate the inmates proved abortive

He tweeted:

“So, I told y’all I worked in a prison for a couple of years. One fight happened right in front of me that made me realize how dangerous my job was. I was scared!

“So, one afternoon, It was count time, this happens 5 times a day but there was one we did at 4:30 pm. I yelled count time and everyone got up. We got done counting and everyone sat down. I did a security check-in their bathroom and it was nasty. So I called for the Lead man (offender that made sure all cleanings were done) So he came to me. I checked the schedule and yelled for offenders that were on duty that day. They all ran to my desk. I asked them “is there a reason why no one cleaned the bathroom today” the lead man responded oh I didn’t know”  so I told him, “Sir, you have one job, just to make sure everyone else do their jobs” he said “oh sorry Officer, we will take care of it”

“One of them got mouthy and said “hey dude!” I made it clear and said “I am not your dude! I am your Officer and that is what you are gonna address me as.” He then said “Fuck you! we ain’t gonna do it and you can’t do shit” I told him, I wasn’t gonna repeat myself. So he left.

“This same dude threatened me a week before saying “do you know why I am in prison? I killed 2 people you better be scared. I’m gonna find you and your family!” I had to call my boss to come take care of it. He was really pushing me to the wall.

“So after talking to them, the lead man was about to run off, so I called him again and said “I’m giving y’all one hour to get it all cleaned or I’m issuing a violation to y’all” they all left. The lead man yelled “Get your stuff guys and let’s get it done! We don’t want no problem with the officer”.

“The lead man was one of the biggest men I have ever seen, he was huge fam! All muscle! He has been in the prison for 14 years and never caused no problem. He was gentle.. but just Looking at him, your brain immediately tells you “you can’t fuck with this one”.

“So they started cleaning and I asked the rest to remain in their living areas till the cleaning got done. They were like 98 offenders. They all went to the bathroom and started cleaning. This is where It got crazy. After they were done, that mouthy offender came to my desk and wouldn’t leave. So I asked “sir, do you need anything. You are can’t be at my desk. It is out of bounds” he then left.

“When I went around for my security check. I saw the lead man on his bed. He looked mad, so u asked him “sir, are you okay” he smiled and said “yes I am officer. I’m good. So I told him to come talk to me later. When I got back to my desk that mouthy dude was there again.

“I’m like “I already warned you… “Fam! I just heard a thick voice, that yelled!! “HEY!! YOU THINK THE OFFICER IS GONNA SAVE YOU?! YOU THINK HE IS? GUESS WHAT! HE AINT!” The other dude yelled back “What the fuck you gon do?” I was like “WTF is going on? The lead man grabbed this dude and started beating the shit out of him. He slammed him on the floor grabbed his head and started hitting it against the wall. All these happened in seconds. I was scared, I had never seen anything like that before *except for movies* I was like “HOLY SHIIIIIIT BLOOD! OMG!

“Blood everywhere fam… WTF?! So I called for help and medical assistance. I yelled “STOP!! STOP!! MR (Name withheld) STOP!!!” I took out my pepper-spay and burst some on his face. He didn’t stop. So! I grabbed him! I said!! “hey it’s me! Please stop! He did!

“He messed him up pretty good. The lead man knelt down and started crying.. he said “just take me away. I’m done” back up came. They sat the mouthy dude down and he couldn’t even tell where he was. And you know the scariest part? They asked him few questions and finally asked him who the president of the US was, he said Barrack Obama. Fam!! Barrack Obama left the office like about a year ago. WTF is going on? The medical team said with what they gathered so far the lead man knocked his brain back as far as 13 months ago. I was like.

“Damn! Everywhere was hot. Pepper spray everywhere fam! The house was getting loud and they were all pissed to see the lead man go. I told them “hey I’m sorry but it’s out of my hands and y’all need to calm down, there is nothing I can do about it.”

“They took the lead man away and the other was shipped out to the state hospital for surgery. I’m like what happened? I called one of the guys that cleaned and he said “Officer, the lead man tried but he couldn’t hold it any longer” I’m like “what are you talking about?”

“He said “the dude threatened the lead man’s family like he did to you earlier” He continued “We all know the lead man ain’t no problem but that fucking dude got what he deserved…” I said but I came in there about 4 times and everything seemed to be fine, he then said “we are offenders, we let you see what we want you to see” I felt that.

“I went to visit the lead man later that day before I left for my house. He asked me “Are you mad at me?” I’m like “No! But why?” He said “I dont know, but I will never forgive myself! I have been in prison for the past 14 years with no problems,

“I had just 3 years left but I’m gonna get at least 6 more for what I have done. I’m gonna start all over again” he cried.. he said “Officer, patience is a key. It’s a treasure and I know you have a lot of it. Protect it and don’t lose it for anything. Don’t be like me”

“I couldn’t get over it for a while, it was a shocking experience. Since then, I try hard not to run out patience. And of course, I have seen worse.”

 

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Don’t bottle-feed your children, practice exclusive breastfeeding, Abia Govt official tells mothers

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Dr. Chinagozi Adindu, the Executive Secretary, Abia Primary Healthcare Development Agency, has advised nursing mothers against bottle-feeding their babies, saying it discourages healthy child development.
Adindu gave the advice in an interview with the Newsmen in Umuahia, in commemoration of the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week.
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is a global campaign to raise awareness and galvanize action on themes related to breastfeeding.
According to WABA, an Online publication, WBW is celebrated every Aug. 1 to 7 in commemoration of the  1990 Innocenti Declaration.
It started in 1992, with annual themes: including healthcare systems, women and work, theInternational Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes,  community support, ecology, economy, science, education, and human rights.
Since 2016, WBW is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2018, a  World Health Assembly resolution endorsed WBW as an important breastfeeding promotion strategy,” WABA said.
Adindu urged mothers to ensure proper breastfeeding of their children, saying it has many advantages.
“In all our 722 facilities in the state, when mothers come for their ante-natal or post-natal, we usually use that opportunity to educate them on the need for proper breastfeeding.
“We dissuade them from bottle-feeding their babies. In fact, we confiscate such things, if they come to us with the bottles,” Adindu said.
He highlighted the importance of breastfeeding, saying, “it is nutritionally sound and helps the baby to develop very well”.
According to him, breastfeeding helps to strengthen the baby’s immunity against diseases as well as its cognitive development.
The medical doctor said that proper breastfeeding would also help the mother to lose weight, child spacing, maternal bonding, and cheaper.
Adindu said that, in commemorating the week, the agency had held Town Hall meetings, sensitization meetings, road walks, and as well engage the media to create awareness on the need for mothers to breastfeed their children.
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Expert urges shipowners to negotiate with AMCON to forestall foreclosure

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Dr. Chamberlain Peterside, a Financial Expert, has urged maritime stakeholders to come together and aggressively negotiate with the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to forestall their foreclosure.

Peterside made the appeal on an Instagram live program on Saturday organized by Mrs. Ezinne Azunna of the MaritimeTv.

The program had the topic, “State Guarantees, Sovereignty Clauses and all Borrowers in the Maritime Industry Need to Know’’.

According to him, the protracted action by AMCON to come after indigenous shipowners to try to repossess or foreclose them will cripple the already weak indigenous shipping industry.

He proposed a set-aside, urging stakeholders and government to see the industry as a special case as presently the coronavirus pandemic had caused more havoc and the need to protect indigenous shipowners.

“Yes there are some defaults but they should not take a strictly commercial view in this. We are not saying they should walk away but AMCON should cool down and work things out.

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“AMCON has to understand the trend of the industry and if the need is in the negotiation, the executive council should be involved.

“The indigenous shipping industry should be taken as a special case because if it is crippled, the multiplier effect will be very huge,” he said.

Peterside noted that presently discussions in the industry were about Cabotage, developing indigenous capacity, helping the industry grow, saying that already people who had taken the risk and had emerged would suffer.

The finance expert said that as regards borrowing now, it was not advisable to advocate for any measure for capital campaign till the end of the year.

He advocated that shipowners should let the dust settle due to the pandemic so that people would know where the market was heading and also the global economy as prices were rebounding.

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“At the level, things are right now, there is still a lack of comfort. The International Oil Companies (IOC) do not feel too comfortable to make key decisions and so the need to watch the IOC’s body language.

“Shipowners should be thinking of diversification. Those in the business of hauling cargoes for IOCs should consider other assets that they can invest in,” he said.

Peterside pointed out that the industry was a very capital intensive one and unfortunately, raising funds was burdened with few lapses such as operational, environmental, regulatory framework, and also risk profile.

He noted that the only sector that had the least risk in Nigeria was the natural resources sector.

He said that as regards guaranteeing Shipowners, a portion of their services should be guaranteed, like a set-aside, an intervention fund which was done all over the world.

Peterside called for the deployment of the cabotage funds which could be used as an intervention fund to create an avenue where indigenous players could tap from.

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“The government is already over-burdened and so cannot guarantee and the Cabotage fund should run very efficiently and on a commercial basis so that it is not frittered away,’’ he said.

He said that another way of generating funds for the industry was to concentrate on cargo and services instead of vessels because one could leverage cash flow.

Peterside noted that as regards banks funding the sector, they needed to have the expertise to be able to operate the trends as the sector was exposed to the global market.

He added that lack of expertise would lead to default in loan servicing, non-performing loans, saying that unfortunately, a lot of indigenous players did not have financial buffers to withstand loan cancellation, suspension of service, or any disruption.

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ExxonMobil Nigeria gets new chief executive

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ExxonMobil on Saturday announced the appointment of Richard Laing as Chairman and Managing Director of its three affiliates in Nigeria.
Mr. Ogechukwu Udeagha, Manager, Media, and Communications, ExxonMobil confirmed in a statement in Eket.
The three affiliates are Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria (Offshore East).
Udeagha said that the appointment takes effect from Aug. 1.
He said that Laing replaced Paul McGrath, who has been appointed Vice President, Global Projects for ExxonMobil in Houston after more than three years in Nigeria.
“Prior to his appointment, Laing was executive director of oil and gas production and related support groups for all of the ExxonMobil affiliates in Nigeria.
”Laing joined ExxonMobil in 1989 and has held a variety of engineering, planning, safety, and managerial positions in upstream and downstream operations while working in the U.K, Qatar, U.S., and Nigeria,” he said.
Udeagha said that Laing holds a bachelor’s degree in Mining and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and Master’s in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Responding, Liang said; “It is a privilege to lead the ExxonMobil team in Nigeria and build on the work that Paul McGrath had done over the last three years.
“I look forward to the work that lies ahead and continuing the company’s outstanding relationships,” Liang said
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