Prof. Abubakar Momoh, Director General of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Institute is dead. Momoh died in the early hours of yesterday. Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, who confirmed this, said he has been buried in Auchi, Edo State. Oyekanmi said he was not sure if Prof. Momoh had been sick, adding, “we saw him last week.
“He has been buried according to what I heard. He was buried in Auchi.” Momoh was an activist. Before his appointment as DG of the INEC Institute, he was Vice President of African Association of Political Science (AAPS). He was also national treasurer of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) between 1991 and 1995. Momoh also served as the dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Lagos State University, LASU and was involved into social science research.
A Ph.D holder in political theory, Momoh started his lecturing career in 1988. Since then, he has lectured at many universities across the world, including serving as visiting research fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland; fellow, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. He also served on various boards and scientific committees including those of the Centre for Democracy and Development, and Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa.
150,000 Nigerian children born with sickle cell disease annually – Don
Prof. Aliyu Babadoko, Consultant Hematologist with the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, said on Tuesday that 150,000 Nigeria children were born with sickle cells disease annually.
Babadoko made the disclosure while presenting a paper during the World Sickle Day celebration at Kaduna State University (KADSSU) main campus in Kaduna.
The don, at the programme jointly organised by Safiyya Sickle Cells Foundation, Sickle Cells Cohost Research (SCORE) and KADSSU, titled his paper: “Journey through the Most Common Genetic Blood Disorder”.
The consultant described sickle cells disease as the most common genetic disease in the world.
He said: “Worldwide 20 to 25 million people have sickle cells disease, while 12 to 15 million are in Sub Saharan Africa and 300,000 are born with the disease worldwide annually.
“Of the total number, Nigeria accounts for 150,000 and about 2-3 per cent of Nigerians have sickle cells disease.
“Nearly 90 per cent of the world’s sickle cells disease population live in Nigeria, India and Democratic Republic of Congo,” he said.
He said that Africa had the highest rate of sickle cells disease in the world and equally had the highest rate of malaria.
In his speech, the Vice-Chancellor, KADSSU, Prof. Mohammed Tanko, said the knowledge and challenges about sickle cells disease was neglected over the years.
Tanko lamented that people, especially in Nigeria, blindly fell in love without knowing their blood genotypes, which to some extent resulted in giving birth to children with sickle cells anaemia.
He lauded the efforts of the organisers of the event and urged them to sustain the tempo, describing it as educative, informative and encouraging.
NAN reports that the programme drew hundreds of sickle cells patients from within and outside Kaduna as well as many experts in the field. (NAN)
Wizkid’s runway image sells for N179,889 online
Each image of Wizkid walking the runway for Dolce & Gabbana on Saturday at the Milan Men’s Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 has been put up online for sale by a photo company for $499 (N179,889).
On Getty Images website, photos of the singer included a long shot, his back view, as well as a close shot.
All the pictures were each priced at $499, but there is a tab that can supposedly let the buyer get it for $450 apiece.
Since the photographs popped up online, Nigerians have expressed their views about the price tags.
Police nab suspected gun runner in Bayelsa
The Police Command in Bayelsa said on Tuesday that it had arrested a suspected gun runner who sold an AK 47 riffle for N500,000 and a Berrata pistol for N250,000.
DSP Asinim Butswat, Spokesperson of the command, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa that the suspect was arrested in a sting operation on June 16 at a hotel in Ekenfa 3, Yenagoa.
Butswat said that the operation was in furtherance of the directive by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to police commands to mop up arms and ammunition from unauthorised persons.
He said that the police recovered one AK47 rifle and two Barreta pistols from the suspects who sourced the arms from the Republic of Cameroon.
He said police detectives lured the suspected notorious gun runner, who hails from Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state, under the guise of purchasing arms from him.
The spokesperson told NAN that the suspected gun runner was arrested with a 34-year-old man from Oboro Town in Delta, who usually introduced him to buyers.
“The suspect confessed that he usually travelled to the Republic of Cameroon to buy arms and ammunition in a community called Okwa, a border town with Bakassi Peninsula.
“He also admitted that he sells an AK 47 riffle for N550,000 and Berratta pistol for N250,000 in Nigeria,” Butswat said.
The police spokesperson said that efforts were underway to recover some of the guns the suspect earlier sold and arrest the buyers.
He also appealed to members of the public to provide to the police useful information that might lead to the recovery of arms from unauthorised persons. (NAN)
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