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Pharmacists shut drugstores in Ondo, protest non-assent to bill

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Members of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) in Ondo State on Tuesday took to the streets to protest the delay in the assent to the 2017 Pharmacy Bill.

The pharmacists, who locked up pharmaceutical shops across the capital city Akure, carried placards with various inscriptions such as:

“To Stop Chaotic Drug Distribution, Sign Pharmacy Bill Now Mr President’’ and  “Drug Abuse and Misuse Kills, Sign Pharmacy Bill to Stop this.’’

Others were:

“Dear Mr Buhari, to Fight and Eradicate Fake Drugs, Sign Pharmacy Bill Now ” and “For Better Use of Drugs, for Improved Quality of Life, Sign Pharmacy Bill Mr President.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protest prevented residents from buying drugs in pharmaceutical outlets.

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the State Secretary of ACPN, Olufemi Obateru, who led the protest, said that the association’s members across the country had agreed on the action to highlight their grievances.

“We believe that as we are coming together, it will carry weight and make Mr President hear us.

“It is not an individual thing but collective action which is for the benefit of the entire country.

“We have been on this since 2017 that the bill had been passed by the National Assembly and we are again appealing  to Mr President to listen to us,” he said.

According to him, the law will take care of the chaotic drug distribution channel being experienced in the country.

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He explained that drugs would no longer get into the wrong hands.

“It is sad that in Nigeria, there is open market selling of drugs to people. Those that are engaged are not certified and do not know anything about drugs and we want it to stop,” he stated.

The secretary said that if the bill was not signed into law, the national body of the association would decide on the next step to take.

Similarly, Mrs Oluwemimo Akande, a member of ACPN, cautioned that drugs were not articles of commerce, hence the need for signing the bill into law.

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Akande noted that the association was not happy with the situation where anybody could handle drugs in the country.

According to her, codeine is still being circulated in the country inspite of its ban.

She added that if the bill was assented to, the drug distribution chain would be regularised and the authorities would be in a good position to perform.

“We are, therefore, appealing to Mr President to please assent to the bill. We are not happy. Our youths are dying of drug abuse and drug misuse,” she said.

 

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I-G deploys investigation aids to unravel death of UNIBEN female student

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The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has deployed additional investigation aids and forensic support to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of Miss Vera Omosuwa, a University of Benin (UNIBEN) student.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

He said the deployment of the investigation aids and forensic support to the Police Command in Edo, was to complement and expedite actions in the ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident.

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Mba said it was part of deliberate and concerted efforts by the Nigerian police high command to get to the root of the brutal attack and unfortunate death of the student on May 30.

The FPRO said the I-G had condemned the attack and commiserated with the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased.

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He called for calm and pledged to bring the perpetrators of the callous act to book in the shortest possible time.

According to reports, it was recalled that Omosuwa, a 100-level Microbiology student of the university, was reportedly killed in a church in Benin by hoodlums, after raping her.

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Affirm death penalty for husband killer, Maryam Sanda, Police tell Court of Appeal

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The Police in Federal Capital Territory [FCT] have urged the Court of Appeal in Abuja to affirm the death penalty imposed on husband killer, Maryam Sanda.

WuzupNigeria reports that Sanda was sentenced to death on January 27, 2017 by Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court in Abuja for the murder of her husband, Bilyaminu Bello.

Justice Halilu held that circumstantial evidence proved that Maryam “fatally” stabbed her husband to death in Abuja on November 19, 2017.

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On February 19, 2020, Sanda filed a 20-ground notice of appeal, praying for an order discharging, and acquitting her.

The mother of two contended that the judgment convicting her was tainted by bias and prejudices resulting in her being denied her right to a fair hearing.

She also noted that her conviction was based on circumstantial evidence despite that there was reasonable doubt arising from the evidence of the witnesses in her favour.

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But in their brief of argument filed in opposition to the appeal, the police maintained that contrary to the appellant’s contention, the trial judge properly evaluated the evidence in arriving at his judgment.

Police lawyer, Mr. James Idachaba, confirmed the filing of the brief of argument to our correspondent on Sunday.

He argued in the brief that setting aside the judgment would serve as an incentive to angry and unhappy spouses to take the life of their partners.

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Idachaba maintained that affirming the judgment imposed by the judge would serve as a deterrent to others who wished to commit the crime of culpable homicide.

He contended that Maryam was guilty of taking her husband’s life and was therefore deserving of the death penalty imposed on her by the judge.

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Petrol to sell at N121.3 per litre as PPPRA reviews ex-depot price

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Petrol to sell at N123 per litre as PPPRA reviews ex-depot price

The Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) will now sell at N123.50 per litre following an upward review of the ex-depot price of the commodity by the petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency(PPPRA) for the month of June.

The ex-depot price was increased to N104.13 from N102.13/Ltr.

The ex-depot price is a  price at which depot owners sell the commodity to retail outlets across the country.

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This was contained in circular to all Petroleum Products Marketers dated 31st May, which was exclusively obtained by the Tribune Online from Industry sources in Abuja.

In the document, the PPPRA also increased the ex-depot collection from N109.78 to N111.78/litre.

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The agency said the review became imperative after considering the prevailing market fundamentals in the month of May and Marketers’ realistic operation costs.

 

Details shortly…

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