NIGERIA: RICH COUNTRY,MALNOURISHED CHILDREN

Nigeria’s oil picture masks the reality on the ground. Only now is the country’s place in malnutrition crisis becoming clearer. In this report, ISIOMA MADIKE, highlights the fact that pregnancy and infancy are the most important periods in the fight against this scourge. They are critical periods as mothers and babies need good nutrition to lay the foundation for the child’s future development     Naked kids with wrinkled frames are common sights in most Nigerian neighbourhoods. Their pictures usually cast a dark shadow over a rising Nigeria, where millions…

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ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE: Unintended shootings, undeserved deaths

The police ought to personify duty and responsibility of safeguarding lives and properties. Today it appears, according to this report by ISIOMA MADIKE, to be doing the reverse by hurting, and sometimes taking the lives of many through what the authorities call, “accidental discharge”     Kudirat Adebayo was at her duty post at the makeshift shed frying the yams she sold for a living when she met her death. She was hit by the police bullet, although, it was not intentional. A policeman who mistakenly shot and killed her…

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KIDNAPPING: ‘Big business’ that took over from armed robbery

Kidnapping began some years back with the agitation in the Niger Delta region for resource control. Overtime it assumed an alarming dimension with schools becoming targets and pupils taken away for ransom. In this report, ISIOMA MADIKE, looks at this disturbing menace that has seen many Nigerians lose millions to abductors   Ikorodu, the aquatic neighbourhood in the ‘centre of excellence’, has been in the news lately, though for the wrong reasons. It is gradually but steadily becoming kidnappers’ den. But, before this new dimension to criminality, armed robbers had…

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HARVEST OF SUICIDES: Hasty sprint to other side of existence

The federal government officially declared the nation’s economy insolvent on August 31, 2016. This confirmation, it seemed, may have stimulated more suicide cases across the country in recent time. Medical experts, especially psychiatrists, say people take to the cowardly act as a temporarily measure to escape their challenges. But do they have the right under the law to take their lives? Is there any consequence for a failed attempt? These form the fulcrum of this report by ISIOMA MADIKE     Nigerians, in the last two weeks, seemed to be…

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ALLWELL CHIAWOLAMOKE OJI: When depression is more than just sadness

Depression is a serious, but common, illness. It is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviour, feelings, and sense of well-being. It could be caused, according to medical experts, by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological, social and environmental factors. ISIOMA MADIKE and KUNLE OLAYENI, examines why depression is more than just sadness, in this report     It was a sad Sunday. The news jolted everyone, everywhere. No one saw it coming on a day so adored by many. Allwell…

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