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Three accident victims die after failing to present Police report to hospital

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After being hit by a drunk driver then rejected by a hospital because they do not have a “police report”, a Nigerian lady and two others lose their lives.

One of the casualties, identified as Jemima, was a student of the University of Jos says her brother, Othniel.

Othniel says that his sister, Jemima, was in a keke napep with a fellow student, on their way to church, when a drunk driver “left his lane, climbed the road barricade” and rammed into their tricycle, causing it to somersault multiple times.

Othniel is demanding justice for his sister and her friend who “died as a result of a failed medical system and idiotic medical law passed only by a failed country.”

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He also added that the drunk driver is set to walk free “because of corruption within the police force.”

Read his statement below;

“My younger sister, Jemima, was involved in a road accident on her way to church, on Sunday morning.

“She was in her sophomore year at the University of Jos, Nigeria, studying Statistics.

“Her friend, Jennifer, who she commuted with, was in her final year. She was working on her project.

“What was supposed to be a harmless journey in a tricycle, turned out to be a tragedy when some drunk guy driving a BMW, left his lane, climbed the road barricade, hit the ‘keke’ my sister and her friend travelled in, and somersaulted three times.

“The drunk driver whose birthday was on Sunday confessed to being drunk after celebrating overnight.

“He survived the accident. The keke driver died on the spot.

“Sissy and her friend were still alive, and hence, rushed to the nearby hospital: 347 c, 303 Rayfield Road, Naf Station on Bauchi-Jos Expressway.

“This hospital rejected both of them. Stupid mofos wanted a Police Report, before taking them in.

“From there, they were rushed to another hospital, but before any medical help could be given, Jemima and Jennifer had died.

“Worse still, the police are currently attempting to grant the murderer of three people, bail.

“My sister, her friend and the tricycle driver, were casualties of the reckless driving of a stoned driver.

“Jemima and Jennifer died as a result of a failed medical system and idiotic medical law passed only by a failed country. Nigeria.

“And their murderer may go Scott-free because of corruption within the police force.

“All I want is justice. I owe my sister that much.

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Shoprite exits Nigeria 

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Africa’s biggest grocery retailer, Shoprite, is exiting the continent’s most populated country, Nigeria, after 15 years.

According to a report by News 24, the Cape Town-based retailer has started a formal process to consider the potential sale of all or a majority stake in its supermarkets in Nigeria, it said in a trading statement for the 52 weeks to end June released on Monday.

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South African retailers have struggled in the Nigeria market and most recently Mr Price has exited the market after Woolworths did the same six years ago.

In the statement, Shoprite said the results for the year do not reflect any of their operations in Nigeria as it will be classified as discontinued operation.

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International supermarkets (excluding Nigeria) contributed 11.6% to group sales and reported 1.4% decline in sales from 2018. South African operations contributed 78% of overall sales and saw 8.7% rise for the year.

As a result of lockdown, customer visits declined 7.4% but the average basket spend increased by 18.4%.

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Ogun clears air on COVID-19 test for exit students

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The Ogun State Government has clarified its position on the imposition of N25,000 COVID-19 test fee on exit class students in private secondary schools in the state, hours after parents protested the decision.

The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, said the government is expected to bear the full costs of the COVID-19 tests for the students of government-owned schools while parents and owners of private schools are expected to do the same for their students.

She insisted that the presentation of a COVID-19 free certificate by the students will form a major prerequisite for allowing them into boarding schools across the state, as the schools reopened on Monday.

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Soyombo said the clarification became necessary to remind the general public, particularly parents and operators in the education sector, of the government’s position on the protest, staged by the parents.

“This is part of the measures being put in place to avoid community transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic amongst our children in the boarding facilities and invariably, the state as a whole.

“A key additional requirement is the presentation of a certificate of negative COVID-19 test before a student is admitted to the boarding facility in both public and private schools in the state.”

“All private school owners are also expected to ensure that all their boarding students are certified COVID-19 test negative before being admitted into their boarding facilities.

“To further assist the private schools, Ogun State Government has negotiated a huge discount in the cost of COVID-19 Test with some healthcare service providers,” Soyombo said.

She noted that private school owners and parents are free to engage any other service provider of their choice as long as it is certified by the NCDC as an accredited COVID-19 Test centre.

“Indeed, certificate of negative COVID-19 test from other locations across the country will be tenably provided, as usual, it is from an NCDC certified centre and the test has been performed within 72 hours of the date of resumption.”

“Should any private school owner and parents desire a waiver of COVID-19 test requirement for boarding students, a joint representation of the school owner and the parents should be made to the government and this shall be considered on a case-by-case basis,” she said.

Speaking further, Soyombo said only boarding facilities directly operated by schools will be allowed to operate to enable the government to properly monitor their compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

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She, however, enjoined parents and school owners to work together to ensure that the health and safety of the students are given priority.

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Nigeria records 304 new Covid-19 cases

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As the nation continues its fight against the pandemic, 304 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded on Sunday night, the total number of confirmed cases of the deadly virus is 43841.

This was disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) via its official Twitter handle.

According to the NCDC’s tweet, Lagos recorded 81 of the 304 cases, followed by FCT with 39, Abia with 31 and Kaduna 24.

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The rest are: “Rivers-23, Plateau-16, Cross River-13, Ebonyi-12, Ondo-12, Ekiti-11, Edo-11, Benue-10, Nasarawa-10, Ogun-6, Gombe-5”.

20308 COVID-19 patients have been discharged out of the 43841 total confirmed cases in the country.

However, the infection has claimed 888 lives.

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