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Four policemen killed as gunmen attack Enugu, Imo police stations

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There was pandemonium in Enugu State on Tuesday following the attack of a Police station, four cops were confirmed dead while the Divisional Police Headquarters in Iwollo, Ezeagu Local Government Area of the state was burnt.

According to a reliable source that confided in our correspondent, he revealed that hoodlums had invaded the police station on Tuesday morning, killed four, injured some and set the police division and vehicles ablaze.

The unidentified gunmen were said to have also burnt the armoury, made away with weapons and released criminal suspects in the police cell.

Also, a resident of Iwollo, who lives very close to the police station, begged our correspondent  to appear anonymous before speaking, she disclosed that the bandits arrived at about 1 am and started shooting indiscriminately at different directions.

“It was around 1 am when I heard sounds of gunshots from different directions in our area. I live very close to the police station. They were shooting for more than two hours.

“When the shooting stopped, we went to the scene and discovered that four policemen were killed. One of them, Effiong, the Investigation Police Officer, a station officer, who was a friend to all, was killed. His name was Igwe, another person Sunny and one other policeman from Olo.

“Some policemen were injured and taken to hospital while some escaped unhurt.” The resident said.

However,  the state Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the incident. He revealed that a manhunt had been launched to track down the hoodlums.

Fear envelope Imo as unidentified gunmen burn another police station

Fear has gripped communities in Imo State on Tuesday as gunmen set ablaze Orji Divisional Police Headquarters situated along Owerri-Okigwe Road in Owerri.

Our correspondent who visited the scene of the incident reported that security operatives made up of soldiers, policemen and men of the Air Force were engaging the hoodlums in gun duel.

Two banks situated close to the scene were said to have hurriedly shot down, ostensibly to protect their workers and customers.

Businessmen ran away and vehicles diverted as motorists scampered for safety after running out of their vehicles.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that on arrival, the gunmen numbering over 10 attacked the police station after blocking the expressway with their vehicles.

The hoodlums were said to have told nearby business people not to panic as they didn’t come for them.

It was not ascertained whether there was any casualty on the said of the security agents, but the police spokesperson in the state, Bala Elkana, told our correspondent that “we are repelling them. The war is ongoing.

Elkana said the state command had arrested five suspects in connection with the attack on Orji Divisional Police Headquarters.

He gave the names of the suspects as Chigaemezu Sebastine, 26; Casmir Ibe, 36; John Chinonso, 24; Chukwudi Okoro, 28; and Alozie Daberechi, 25.

Army, others, take over burnt Imo police station

After the deadly act that razed down the police station, scores of military, police operatives and other security agents have taken over the premises of Orji Divisional Police Headquarters in Owerri, which was burnt on Tuesday afternoon.

A reliable source close to the scene disclosed this to our correspondent, he added that the hoodlums abandoned a Highlander SUV and small vehicles they operated.

Woman, artisan murdered, Imo residents flee as police, hoodlums engage in gunflight

However, a businesswoman was shot dead on Tuesday afternoon as gunmen and security operatives engaged in a gun duel in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

It was gathered that the woman in her 60s sold provisions at Hardel junction, Orji, near the scene of the incident, before she was hit by the flying bullet in her shop.

Her corpse was lying on the floor as people, including her relatives and neighbours, wailed.

A lady, who was recording the gun battle with her mobile phone, was also said to have been hit by a stray bullet on her leg, but did not die.

However, an artisan simply identified as Matthew from Ikeduru LGA of the state was said to have lost his life after being hit by a stray bullet during the gun battle between security operatives and the hoodlums.

The gunfight between the police and hoodlums forced residents to flee their shops, offices and homes.

Police debunk attack on Abuja station

In Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Command of the Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday said none of its stations in the nation’s capital was attacked.

A video had surfaced earlier in the day, claiming that one of the police stations in the FCT had been attacked and set ablaze.

But in a statement, the spokesperson for the command, Mariam Yusuf, said the command had no record of such incident.

Yet-to-be-identified gunmen kill police, one other in Abia

But the situation was different in Abia State as a policeman attached to a Chinese was shot dead alongside the driver of the Chinese.

The incident was said to have occurred on Friday in Umuahia, the state capital.

An eyewitness, who spoke to our correspondent under the condition of anonymity, said the incident happened on Mission Hill Road at a spot where the office of the Nigeria Correctional Service is located.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the incident.

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FFK’s Admission Into APC, A Symbolic Presidential Amnesty – Kayode Ajulo

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FFK’s Admission Into APC, A Symbolic Presidential Amnesty – Kayode Ajulo

Dr. Kayode Ajulo, a legal practitioner, has described Femi Fani – Kayode’s (FFK) admission into the APC as a ‘symbolic presidential amnesty’, considering his past attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ajulo said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, against the backdrop of FFK’s recent defection to the APC.

He said the APC was magnanimous to have received FFK, irrespective of the fact that some persons including some party members might not be happy with the development.

”FFK’s past attacks on President Buhari and the APC had unwittingly influenced passions in some quarters, for armed and unarmed agitations against the President and the Nigerian state.”

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He recalled that FFK had suggested on different occasions with his tweets, that the APC government was filled with terrorists.

Ajulo, however, said that the commendable magnanimity of President Buhari to FFK should be extended to various agitators across the country as a basis for amnesty.

According to him, amnesty in this context is not to be viewed from the strict standpoint of legal knowledge, rather the ordinary meaning is desirable.

“For our immediate purpose, therefore, amnesty means forgiveness, cessation of remembrance of wrong, leniency, and mercy,” he said.

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He stated that it might not be wrong to state that the symbolic ‘amnesty’ granted to FFK by the President and the APC almost came on a platter of gold.

“The symbolism by the President signposts the fact that the vilest of ‘sinner’ in his lucid moment of thorough reflections, can be granted safe passage toward the “mercy seat,” he said.

Ajulo admitted that FFK is misunderstood man and has a controversial personality.

According to him, haven been given the benefit of ‘eating his cake and having it, the same level of understanding, leniency, and mercy should be extended to his allies.

He said some of the agitations by secessionists had not gone without the open endorsement and support of FFK.

He advised FFK to totally divest himself of his divisive un-nationalistic past.

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Sanwo-Olu Seeks Innovative Solutions For Cardiovascular Disease Patients

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has tasked the Nigeria Cardiac Society, (NCS) to develop innovative solutions and reinvent methods to reach out to patients with cardiovascular diseases in Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by Dr Olusegun Ogboye, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Lagos state, made the call at the 50th anniversary and scientific conference of the NCS in Lagos.

The theme of the conference was : “Delivering Cardiovascular Care in Emergency and Disaster Situations”.

”Science and technology has successfully made life easier and better through several inventions and innovations, such as telemedicine and use of artificial intelligence in the health sector.

“As we are aware, people with underlying health issues such as cardiovascular diseases, are more at risk of the severity of COVID-19 complications.

”The World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed in 2016 that non-communicable diseases are estimated to account for 29 per cent of all deaths in Nigeria.

”With cardiovascular diseases being responsible for 11 per cent of these deaths and also responsible for a high burden of morbidity and disability leading to strokes and others.

“These statistics serve as a pointer to the fact that cardiovascular diseases have somewhat dire consequences when not properly and closely monitored,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He said that in Lagos state telemedicine has been integrated into our health care system.
“It is one of the innovations we have embraced from the lessons COVID-19 has taught the world.

“I remain proud of all the great strides and achievements of the society, being the first cardiac society to perform an open heart surgery in black Africa.

“This society has contributed to manpower training in cardiovascular medicine and surgery,” Sanwo-Olu added.

Speaking, Dr Okechukwu Ogah, President, Nigerian Cardiac Society said there was a need to collaborate with basic, social and public health scientists in order to advance our research in common cardiovascular health conditions in the country.

Ogah said that in recent time there had been remarkable contributions of our members in the areas of congenital heart disease, hypertension, COVID-19 and other heart diseases.
“We are also working with the World Heart Federation(WHF) and Federal Ministry of Health in many areas to tame the growing burden of Non-communicable Diseases.

”It is no doubt that we are working in very difficult terrain at a time the world is bedeviled by a pandemic, “he said.

Oga noted that locally, they were facing a very disruptive health care system, massive migration of health workers, economic down turn, devaluation of our currency and high cost of drugs.

“We therefore, use this opportunity to call on our governments at all levels to look into the plights of our patients and those who provide the care.

”We thank all the public and private health institutions that have added value to the practice of cardiovascular medicine in Nigeria.

“At the founding of our society, there were very few human and material resources to take care of the cardiovascular needs of the country.

”Today cardiac care services are provided in many tertiary centres and private-owned super-specialty cardiac care services are springing up, but currently affordable to the rich in the country, “he said.

Sanwo-Olu Seeks Innovative Solutions For Cardiovascular Disease Patients

Oga called on the Federal and State Governments to embrace universal health coverage and provide the enabling legal framework and resources in Nigeria.

Also contributing, Prof. Amam Mbakwem, Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the conference said that the time was apt for us to deliberate on the best way to deliver cardiovascular care during these periods.

Mbakwem said that the level of environmental degradation, global warming, encroachment on the natural habitats of some of the hosts or carriers of these pathogens, no one was sure what happens next.

”However, come what may, we would innovate and look after our patients in a safe and effective manner.

“The problems of cardiovascular care delivery are magnified in our environment with very weak and fragile infrastructure and health systems.

”During this conference, we will take a critical look at how far we have come as a society as we attain the golden jubilee age.

“In this conference, we have three generations of cardiologists; founding fathers, the cardiovascular care professionals of today and our young fellows,” she said

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CBN Sets To Roll Out E-naira October 1

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The director of Information Technology, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Rukiya Mohammed, on Wednesday said the apex bank has concluded plans to launch the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) on October 1.

Mohammed disclosed this in a webinar, themed “Digital currency and the prospects of CBDC in Nigeria”, organized by the committee of e-Business in industry Heads Nigeria (CeBIH).

Mohammed said that the use of digital payment was rising while cash payment was declining both in Nigeria and globally.

She said that over 85 per cent of Central Banks worldwide were considering digital currency and so CBN was also innovative to cope with global trends.

“CBDC would contribute to macro-economic growth in the country, if people adopt more of the usage of the e-naira, it would enhance more data to formulate macro economic policies.

“Also, when more countries have their own digital currencies, it would increase exchange of currency and be able to build cross border trade at lower cost.

“Even though Nigeria has a good payment system, this would also improve Nigeria’s payments efficiency,“ she said.

She said the CBN has partnered with a lot of experts in digital currency technology providers such as MasterCard, came up with the design and would soon publish the design.

“CBN would focus on low amount payments at the introductory stage, instant settlement with low cost.

“CBDC would be legal tender with one e-naira equivalent to one naira which shows fundamental differences between CBDC and crypto currencies,” she said.

Also speaking, Dr Adesola Adedutan, Managing Director, First Bank Nigeria, said that the Central Bank of Nigeria CBDC was a game changer that would provide an alternative payment system and would radically transform the payment landscape.

Adedutan, who was represented by the Banks deputy chief executive, Mr Francis Soba, said CBDC provides a platform for the government to leverage blockchain technology to maintain a centralised and institutional role over of the currency.

‘’It should be noted that there are significant differences between CBDCs and cryptocurrencies,” he said.

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