Category: NEWS FROM NIGERIA

Lagos Lagoon Suicide: Update

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has called on residents of the state with useful information concerning the alleged suicide that took place on the 3rd Mainland Bridge lagoon in Lagos over the weekend to please come forward with such information.

LASEMA General Manager, Adesina Tiamiyu, says the agency is yet to receive any concrete information regarding the incident making the round on social media.

Tiamiyu said that anybody with useful information of any missing person should report to the nearest police station or any office of the agency.

“We are still carrying out our search and rescue at the lagoon. Both the Marine Police and the Lagos State Waterway Authority are still there to see if there is any floating body,’’ Tiamiyu said.

He said the owner of the Ford Explorer Sports Utility Van (SUV) trending on the social media had nothing to do with the incident.

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“He was only trying to help. He and his wife are okay,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the Texas-based Nigerian woman, Toyin, whose photos have been going around as the person that committed suicide is fake.

Toyin is alive, another woman committed suicide but  is yet to be  been identified.

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Nigerian Lawmaker Slumps And Dies While Out Jogging

A member of the Cross Rivers State House of Assembly slumped and died while on an early morning workout on Wednesday.

Steven Ukpukpen, who represents Obudu Constituency in the Cross River House of Assembly, was said to have collapsed around 7.00am along Moore Road in Calabar, while he out jogging.

All first aid efforts to revive him failed and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital he was transferred to

Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade described as shocking and devastating the sad news of the lawmaker’s death.

In statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Christian Ita, the governor said the sudden passing of Ukpukpen had left him in a state of shock and disbelief.

He said he was completely numbed and bewildered that the state had lost such a vibrant intellectual who, as a lawmaker was deeply committed to the effort of his administration to build enduring legacies and bequeath strong economy for the people.

Ayade expressed regret that Ukpukpen died at such a young age, especially when the state most needed his skills and expertise.

He commiserated with the lawmaker’s immediate family, the State House of Assembly, the people Of Obudu and the entire state over the loss.

Saraki, Dogara, Tambuwal, Others To Dump APC

A meeting of aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was held last Wednesday where participants reportedly weighed several options, with majority backing the idea of a mass defection from the ruling party.

The meeting was attended by several party chieftains including  the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.

A statement yesterday by the chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, said the meeting was called to intimate members on the outcome of an earlier meeting with the leadership of the APC.

Baraje and other members of the nPDP on Monday met with APC stakeholders over allegation of marginalization against in the ruling party.

The group, in April, demanded to meet with officials of the ruling party to discuss their grievances and expectations from the APC and the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

“Following this development, the party invited us and we honoured their invitation for a meeting. We met with the leadership of the party last week, during which we resolved to report the outcome of our meeting to our members and stakeholders before arriving at any decision or proceeding with the next phase of discussions or actions with the APC and government,” Baraje said in the statement.

 

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Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara set to dump Buhari

But on the list of the nPDP members at the Wednesday meeting provided by Baraje were names of political office holders that were never part of the nPDP or its parent party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), checks by Daily Trust on Sunday showed.

One of those in attendance at the meeting said last night that the meeting was not restricted to the members of the nPDP block in the APC alone as other ‘like-minds’ also attended.

As part of the outcome, it was learnt, there is the likelihood that the affected members would leave the party in en masse, Daily Trust on Sunday has learnt.

The source, who is a lawmaker, said they discussed issues relating to how some of them were treated during the last congresses of the party and the way forward.

The lawmaker, who was never part of the nPDP, said they may leave the party if no concrete action was taken to address their grievances.

The meeting was well attended, with some governors who could not make it sending their apologies, the source said.

“I was at the meeting as a like-mind, not as a member of the nPDP because I was never part of them. We felt that so many things are going wrong in the party. Most members of the nPDP are not well treated.

“Look at what they are doing to Dino Melaye, who is an APC senator. Even during the PDP era, nobody did such a thing to anybody. The police would drag a senator who suffered for the party on the ground and no action was taken.

“Again, if you look at the congresses held, many nPDP members were sidelined, so they need justice. But the ultimate decision taken is to give the party some time to see if they would address the issues. If they don’t, then we’ll have no option than to leave,” the source said.

Asked which party they would join in the event that their grievances are not addressed, the source said no decision was taken on that.“We all worked for the APC and we should be treated equally; that’s what we are saying,” the lawmaker added.

Another lawmaker, who is a member of the nPDP, confirmed that the meeting was for like-minds as other members also attended.

Another source, who was at the meeting, said the tone was set by the Senate president who opened the floor by speaking about the plight of the members of the nPDP in the APC.

The source said: “After Saraki spoke, he asked us what would be our next step. We told him that we thought the meeting was convened for us to pull out of the APC.”

The senator said, at the end of the meeting, they resolved to pick one of two options.

“One of the two options supported by the majority was the immediate pulling out of the APC. Almost everybody who attended the meeting supported this option.

“But the issue now is that we must forestall the repeat of what happened to us when we joined the APC. Most of the speakers said we must have concrete agreements between us and the party that we will cross to,” he said.

The second option was for them to remain in the APC and continue to consult and strategise, adding, however, that it did not go down well with majority of the aggrieved members in attendance.

“This last option was not supported by many of us. The first option was the one that majority of us supported. The meeting was well attended by almost all members of the nPDP from across the country,” he said.

Asked to name those who attended the meeting, the source who spoke after seeing the statement issued by Baraje said: “All the names listed in the statement were in attendance, but Tambuwal was just a listener at the meeting. He didn’t say anything.”

Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that the meeting set up three committees to advise it on the next line of action to take.

“The first committee has been tasked to articulate the grievances of those who attended the meeting, including nPDP members and many others that joined much later but could not be fully accommodated, a source said, adding, “The committee has been directed to look at the relationship with the APC and the presidency; how they were shoved aside by the current leadership and the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to fully resolve the problem,” the source said.

“The second committee was tasked to look at the state of the nation, including the economy and others. They were also asked to aggregate the political strength of aggrieved members in their states; the mass of people they could go along with in the event they would leave the party.

“The third committee is expected to shop for a strong political party they could join as a group so that they could negotiate from the position of strength,” he said.

Another source said the aggrieved members were already in talks with the PDP and ADC.

“Many of those that attended Wednesday’s meeting strongly feel that PDP is the party to join because Nigerians know it very well and it has structures all over.

“But the condition for joining the PDP is that the name should be changed. They want the letter ‘A’ to precede PDP so that the party would now be called ‘APDP’, and this is for two reasons. The first is to enable the party appear on top of the ballot paper so that Nigerians would find it easier to trace it. The PDP is down in the ballot; and remember that we have about 68 political parties now.

“The second reason is that in the event the ADC agrees to merge with the PDP, its first letter ‘A’ which stands for Africa that would be adopted,” he said.

“Even though the aggrieved legislators said in their communiqué that they would not leave the APC, that is not the actual case,” a source close to one of the aggrieved senators, said.

“Yes they would remain if their grievances are met, which is very unlikely because in most instances, it means that Buhari would tame governors in favour of legislators and others. The conceivable option is to leave the party. I can assure you that at present, at least 20 senators and no fewer than 100 members of the House of Representatives are set to go.

“And there would be a band wagon effect, meaning that more legislators would leave in the coming months ahead of party primaries in order to actualise their dreams.

“As things stand, with the exception of very few, many senators and reps have lost out the battle to their governors in their states after the congresses, and there are others, especially ex-governors who might likely leave despite the fact that they are in control of the APC in their states. They have security a report that the EFCC will not spare them immediately after the election,” he said.

The meeting was well attended by members of the nPDP, including serving and former governors, senators, members of the House of Representatives and other aggrieved APC stakeholders, Baraje said in the statement.

“Those that attended the meeting include Sen. Saraki, President of the Senate; Yakubu Dogara, Speaker, House of Representatives; Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto State; Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso; Prince Oyinlola, Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd); Sen. Adamu Aliero; Sen. Danjuma Goje; Sen. John Enoh; Sen. Andy Uba; Sen. Ibrahim Gobir; Sen. Rufai Ibrahim; Sen. Ibrahim Danbaba; Sen. Suleman Nazif; Sen. Isa Misau; Sen. Muhammed Shitu; Sen. Shehu Sani; Sen. Dino Melaye; Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi; Sen. Shaaba Lafiagi; Sen. Bala Ibn Na’Allah; Sen. David Umaru; Sen. Barnabas Gemade; Alh. Abubakar Baraje, chairman, former nPDP; Rep. Aminu Shagari; Rep. Kabiru Marafa Achida; Isa M. Ashiru; Hon. Muh’d Musa Soba; Hon. Mark Gbillah; Rep. Sani Mohammed Rano; Rep. Garba Umar Durbunde and Rep. Aliyu Madaki, he said.

“Others are Rep. Zakari Mohammed, Hon. Rufai Ahmed Chachangi; Hon. Razak Atunwa; Hon. Emmanuel M. Udende; Hon. Hassan Saleh; Hon. Nasiru Garo Sule; Hon. Orker Jev; Hon. Aliyu Ahman Pategi; Hon. Isah Halilu B.; Hon. Rabiu Garba Kaugama; Hon. Abdussamad Dasuki; Hon. Ismaila A. Gadaka; Hon. Lado Suleja; Hon. Dickson Tarkighir; Hon. Babatunde Kolawole; Hon. Dr. Bode Ayorinde; Hon. U. Danjuma Shida; Hon. Danburam Nuhu; Hon. Sunday Adepoju; Hon. Sani Zorro; Hon. Ahmed Garba Bichi; and Hon. Garba Ibrahim Mohammed, among others.”

A source close to Dogara confirmed that the Speaker attended the meeting.

Dogara has been having a running battle with the Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar.

Dogara did not attend any of the APC congresses held in the state.

Prior to the state congress held last week, he and other notable personalities such as Senator Isa Hamma Misau and Nazif Gamawa approached a court to stop the congress.

Contacted, the special adviser to Saraki on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said he was not aware of any meeting between his principal and other members of the APC.

“I do not know anything about the meeting. You said a statement had been issued, why can’t you stick to it?” Olaniyonu said in a phone interview.

 

Original story from PMNews

 

FFK And Wife Welcome Triplets

Political abble-rouser, Femi Fani-Kayode and his new wife Precious Chikwendu welcomed a set of male triplets last weekend.

FFK as he is popularly called wrote on social media: ”I give thanks to God for the birth of my three beautiful sons Ragnar, Aiden and Liam this morning. They are so beautiful. Precious and the three boys are doing very well. Today is her birthday: what a wonderful birthday gift that the Lord has given to us. To God be the glory!

The heavily pregnant Precious, who gave birth to her sons on her birthday, had earlier in the month, regaled the public with studio pictures of her “bump”.

Photo shoots of women in full term pregnancies other wise known as “Maternity Shoot” have now become the en vogue thing for pregnant Nigerian celebrities.


Codeine Addiction Among Nigerian Youths Reaching Epidemic Proportions

This “Science Students” issue made popular by Aftobeats singer Olamide has now gone beyond a joke and is becoming a national epidemic which needs serious and urgent intervention from Nigerian government authorities and agencies.

A recently released video by the BBC has helped to expose this issue and shed more light on this little understood problem which if not quickly curbed, can become a major mental health epidemic affection hundreds of thousands of young Nigerians.

In his his song going by the same title, Olamide referred to the culture among youths of mixing together various chemical substances, many of the used traditionally in serious medical situations and using them as recreational drugs.

Specifically mentioned in the song is the strong pharmaceutical drug “Tramadol” which is described as an opioid or narcotic-like pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain.

According to medical experts, this drug can result in fatal side effects if used with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.

The misuse of Tramadol can be habit-forming which often results in addiction, overdose and very often death especially when it is being used without prescription or medical supervision.

Tramadol, however has now for some time been widely used in Nigeria as a recreational drug in the absence of banned and highly priced substances such as cocaine and heroin.

But Tramadol is not the only medical drug that has found it’s way into becoming a recreational drug among Nigerian youths and students.

Over the counter cough or cold medicine Codeine has also become a widely used substance that young people get high on. In this case, the dependence on this drug is more dangerous being such a common medicine used in treating common ailments such as minor coughs or sore throats, and is cheaply and readily available over the counter in any drugs store.

The recommended dose of the medicine is 1 – 2 5ml teaspoons at 4 hour intervals in the treatment of a cough. But students who use it for recreational use can down an entire 200ml bottle in one go or mix it with other drugs and alcoholic drinks such as wine, vodka or brandy. Because codeine comes in liquid form, users underestimate its potential dangers when ingested in large quantities.

Codeine syrup is a prescription medicine that works both to suppress cough and relieve pain. There are many different drugs that contain codeine, but the type that is most frequently abused contains the drug promethazine. The dangers of promethazine are not to be taken lightly. Both codeine and promethazine are prescription medications, and they are classified as central nervous system depressants.

A common misconception is that because these drugs are legal, they are safer than other types of drugs. That sense of safety, however, can be fatal. High doses of codeine and promethazine can cause severe side effects such as liver damage. Because it suppresses breathing systems – to control coughs – it can also lead to death.

Unscrupulous drugs store owners in the country are practically making a killing over the skyrocketing demand for the medication while housands of ill informed young people are getting hooked on cheap common substances, thus creating a new generation of medical drug addicts.

Sowore Takes Presidential Bid Roadwork To Emir Of Kano

The surprise presidential aspirant Omoyele Sowore is putting in the foot and road work towards his 2019 bid. In less than a week, the Sahara Reporters publisher has visited Ibadan, Abuja and now Kano.

Addressing the Emir of Kano at his palace on Monday, the presidential aspirant descried the Emir as a “disruptor” who disrupted Nigeria’s banking system and put away many “thieve” and looters” while he was chairman of the Central bank. Sowore however remarked that sadly many of those are now back as chairmen of their own banks. He told the Emir that as a young Nigerian, he is not willing to wait for four years before taking his place in destiny. Adding that the time for the youths in Nigeria to is in may 2019

Likening himself to the Emir, Sowore said he was taking up the mantle to disrupt the status quo in order to make Nigeria the greatest nation in Africa.

President Buhari Announces Second Term Bid

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday told the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that he will be seeking the party nomination to fly the party flag in the 2019 presidential election.

Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong who briefed the media at the end of the party’s shortest NEC meeting ever that the President informed the meeting that in view of the resolution of the tenure elongation issue and the adoption of the report of the Technical Committee, he will be seeking nomination for re-election.

The NEC meeting which started with the arrival of the President at about 11.02 and the introduction of members present ended at about 11.55 am when the President departed the APC national secretariat.

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