51-year-old woman counters nursing mother’s claim of police officer assaulting her and her baby (Listen to audio)

A 51-year-old woman who was at the scene where a nursing mother claimed she was assaulted alongside her 3-months-old baby a SARS officer known as ”Idowu SARS”, has countered the new mum’s story.  Recall that the claim generated lots of controversy after Anthony Ojukwu, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission NHRC demanded justice for the nursing mother and her child. Speaking to LIB, the woman identified simply as Funmi maintained that the policeman never pointed his gun at the nursing mother and her child. She said that the incident occurred at the Oke-Ado junction in Oyo state, following a traffic gridlock caused by the nursing mother and her husband who was driving on the wrong section of the road.   She disclosed that the policeman stepped down from the car he was in to ease traffic in the area, but the much younger woman stopped her husband from moving his car as directed.  According to the older woman, she fought with the nursing mother after she tried filling her car’s number plate while saying a different thing from what was happening at the scene. She also showed off the injury she sustained after allegedly being bitten by the new mum.   Funmi who disclosed that she is against police brutality said she decided to come forward with the “right account” of what happened at the scene of the incident to save the innocent policeman who never committed an offense.  She also pleaded with Governor Seyi Makinde and other relevant authorities to send in a team to speak with some residents of Oke-Ado to get an accurate eyewitness account of what happened.  “Idowu SARS” allegedly assaulting her and her baby. . . According to the lady, she was the one who fought with the lady and not the police officer. . . She insisted that the police officer never pointed a gun at the woman and her baby. . . The lady also disclosed that the incident occurred after the nursing mother who alongside her husband caused traffic gridlock on the road by driving on the section, tried recording her number plate while saying a different thing from what was happening at the scene of the incident

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Lagos accredits three private hospitals for COVID-19 treatment

The Lagos state government has accredited three private hospitals for the treatment and management of Coronavirus cases.  Lagos Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi who made the announcement during a press briefing, said the accredited hospitals passed a biosecurity compliance test which was designed to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases.  He added that the accredited hospitals will still be under the supervision of the Lagos State Government Ministry of Health. Abayomi said;  “They have passed the biosecurity compliance test. They have made modifications to their hospitals so that their staff and other patients are not put in danger or exposed to a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. “Those private hospitals have passed the test and we are just in the process of issuing them with accreditation certificate so that they can start managing COVID19 patients in the private sector.“However, even if they are managing COVID19 in the private sector, it still comes under the supervision of the Lagos State Government Ministry of Health.“Also, information about every patient managed by the hospitals must be made available to us so that we can record it in our database.“COVID-19 remains a public crisis and all public crises are managed and supervised by the Lagos state government and by extension the federal government of Nigeria.

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federal government seizes former minister of petroleum, Dan Etete’s private jet in Canada

The federal government has seized a private jet believed to be owned by former minister of petroleum Dan Etete, over his alleged involvement in the $1.1 billion Malabu oil deal. The Bombardier 6000 jet with tail number M-MYNA which touched down at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport in Canada on Friday evening, was seized on Saturday morning after a Quebec judge granted a seizure order.  Finance Uncovered reported that Babatunde Olabode ‘Bode’ Johnson who was appointed by the Nigerian government in 2016 to recover assets from the OPL 245 deal, confirmed the seizure. He said the court order was served on the jet’s owner, a company called Tibit Ltd, which has until Tuesday next week (9 June) to file court papers opposing the seizure. Tibit Ltd is an anonymously owned company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Johnson added that the jet which Etete paid a total of $57m for in 2011, has been closely monitored and has been grounded in Dubai for the past four years.  He said;  “Our investigators in Dubai then noticed that the jet, having been grounded in Dubai for so long, suddenly did some test flights and even went up to a cruising altitude for a short while. It seemed like they were testing whether they could fly somewhere. “The jet then took off from Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai, mid-morning on Friday. We did not know the destination at that point.“We now suspected that it was being flown to Canada for a major service, pending a possible sale.“We had just a few hours to get a legal team in place on the ground there in Canada to file the injunction. It was 3 am in Nigeria when I made a statement to the judge via video link.” Etete who became the petroleum minister during Abacha’s military regime has been accused of awarding the prospecting rights to the huge OPL 245 block to a company he secretly controlled, Malabu Oil and Gas. After he went back to being a private citizen, he offloaded the oil block to oil giants Shell and Eni in 2011 who paid a combined $1.3 billion to the Nigerian government. While Shell and ENI paid a signature bonus of $210 million to the federal government, they paid $1.1 billion to buy 100 percent interest in the oil block from Malabu. It was alleged that some government officials were bribed to facilitate the deal which is considered unfavorable to Nigeria as the value of the oil block is estimated to be worth much more than what was paid for it. Eni and Shell have however denied any wrongdoing.  Etete has also denied any wrongdoing and has dismissed the allegations as “political propaganda”. Now aged 75, he is thought to divide his time between Dubai and France.

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Sokoto discharges all 101 Coronavirus patients

Sokoto is currently COVID-19 free after discharging all 101 isolated Coronavirus patients in the state.  The state’s commissioner for health, Dr. Ali Inname also disclosed that the state recorded 14 Coronavirus deaths at a news conference.  He said the first index case was recorded on April 19 with 731 samples collected, while 655 contacts completed a 14 day follow up. In name explained that the Sokoto State Taskforce Committee on COVID-19 which he heads, received 839 alerts from across the state and that all of them were investigated. He added that the patients were from eight local government areas of the state.  Men constituted 85 percent of the patient population, while women made up the remaining 24 percent.  The commissioner who advised residents of the state to observe safety guidelines to curb the spread of Coronavirus said that the committee’s activities would continue as many test results were still pending.

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Nigeria news : Kogi Bank Robbery: Police IGP takes full action, deploys IRT, STS, FSARS to state

Nigeria news : Kogi Bank Robbery: Police IGP takes full action, deploys IRT, STS, FSARS to state, The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, has deployed the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the Special Tactical Squad (STS) and Federal-SARS Crack Detectives to Kogi State following Thursday’s bank robbery in Isanlu and attack on a Police Station which led to the death of some persons, including police personnel on duty.

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Nigeria news : Yobe govt set to implement stiff penalties for capital offences, threatens life imprisonment for rapists

Nigeria News : Yobe govt set to implement stiff penalties for capital offenses, threatens life imprisonment for rapists Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni says his administration will fully apply the state’s laws on rape which stipulates life imprisonment for rape cases involving minors or 25-years jail term when it involves an adult.

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Nigeria news : Nigeria’s problem will be compounded if we discard Agriculture amid COVID-19 – Niger govt

Nigeria news : Nigeria’s problem will be compounded if we discard Agriculture amid COVID-19 – Niger govt Niger State Governor Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello has said that if the Nigerian state jettisons Agriculture in the face of the current novel Coronavirus, the Nation’s economic challenge would be compounded.

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