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Benue killings: Police IG, force PPRO must go, group insists



A political group, Benue Arise Network (BAN) are insisting that President Muhammadu Buhari must sack the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood for incompetence to contain the security in the state and for calling Governor Samuel Ortom as a drowning man”.

The group also raised an alarm over what it termed “a clandestine plot” by the police chief to allegedly redeploy Benue indigenes occupying sensitive positions to other parts of the country to serve as punishment for them.

It is particularly worried that the IGP had not been able to arrest the herdsmen since he was directed by the President to move to the state to contain the situation.

Addressing a news conference in Makurdi, the state capital, the Director of Media and Publicity of the organisation, Mr. Terfa Youghyough said the role played by the police IG in the herdsmen pogrom of innocent people of the state clearly shows that he is the spokesman of the Fulani militia group.

“We have seen the IGP Ibrahim Idris and the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Jimoh Moshood act as spokesmen for Fulani herdsmen, a group rated as the fourth deadliest terror group in the world. We have seen IGP blame the killing of innocent and defenseless people in Benue State on the anti-open grazing law, and the PPRO refer to Governor Ortom as a drowning man”.

“We also want to inform you of an alleged clandestine order by the IGP who directed the compilation of names of all Benue indigenes in positions of authority within the state with the intention to transfer them out of the state and replace them with those who will be doing his bidding”.

“It is in the light of this that we call for the immediate resignation, sack or dismissal of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood”.

“We demand a full explanation from the Nigerian Police Police Force on what it’s spokesman means by this assertion that a governor is a drowning man. We are aware that police officers guard Governor Samuel Ortom and if the police now refer to him as a drowning man, is the security of the governor guaranteed”?

Mr. Youghyough called on President Buhari to act decisively by arresting the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kuatal Hore and declare it a terrorist organisation to put an end to the senseless killing of the people so that they can go back to their ancestral homes.

He regretted the insensitivity of the Buhari-led government to the continuous massacre of the people after the state voted massively for him to become the President during the 2015 general elections only for him to pay the state back in a bad way as evidenced in the non-availability of federal projects non-inclusion in the federal character.

The organisation called on the President to disarm and arrest the Fulani herdsmen who move freely with AK47 riffles, noting that failure to do so Nigerians will be left with no other option than believe that he has approved firearms for the herders to kill innocent and defenceless citizens.

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Naked couple found dead in car



A naked couple found dead in a car are believed to have suffocated after turning on the engine to keep warm while allegedly having sex.

The 39-year-old man and 44-year-old woman’s bodies were discovered by police in a locked garage in the city of Bottrop in western Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state.

Investigators said the naked couple, whose names have not been released, appeared to have turned on the car engine to get warm, leading to their suffocation.

Nobody had noticed the car engine had been left running for hours behind the metal gate of the garage which is located behind a commercial building.

Police opened the garage door because the man’s family had reported that he had been missing for days.

Meanwhile, officers in the city had also started an investigation into the woman’s sudden disappearance.

Police said there appeared to be no evidence of a crime but forensic scientists were working hard to establish exactly what happened. Tests are being carried out to ascertain CO levels in the blood of the couple

A police spokesman said, “At the moment all evidence points to an accident.

“To put all doubts to rest, the public prosecutor ordered an autopsy be performed on the bodies.”

(UK Mirror)


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Nigeria ranks 11th country with highest newborn deaths




A new global report on newborn mortality released by the  United Nation Children’s Education Fund, UNICEF, has ranked Nigeria the 11th country with the highest number of newborn deaths.


A statement made available to newsmen by UNICEF Communication Specialist, Eva Hinds on Monday in Abuja, noted that globally,  one million children do not survive beyond 24 hours after birth.


Making reference to the 2016-17 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted by the Federal Government which placed the rate of newborn deaths in the country at 37 per 1000 births, UNICEF’s Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, noted that the national average  hides the differences between the 36 states and the slow progress in some of them.


While noting that the situation in Nigeria was improving though progress was very slow, she lamented that global deaths of newborn babies were still alarmingly high particularly among the world’s poorest countries, even though majority of the deaths were preventable.


“Every year, 2.6 million newborns around the world do not survive their first month of life. One million of them die the day they are born.


“Globally, in low-income countries, the average newborn mortality rate is 27 deaths per 1,000 births, the report says. In high-income countries, that rate is 3 deaths per 1,000. Clearly, we are failing the world’s poorest babies.


“While we have more than halved the number of deaths among children under the age of five in the last quarter century, we have not made similar progress in ending deaths among children less than one-month-old.


“The report notes that 8 of the 10 most dangerous places to be born are in sub-Saharan Africa, where pregnant women are much less likely to receive assistance during delivery due to poverty, conflict and weak institutions. With the newborn mortality rate of 29 deaths per 1,000 births, the global estimates rank Nigeria as the 11th highest on newborn deaths.”


On his part, UNICEF Nigeria’s Representative, Mohammed Fall, has urged the Federal Government to double its efforts by recruiting, training and managing a sufficient number of health caregivers with expertise in maternal and newborn care.


He also stressed in the need for the Nigerian government to ensure all health facilities were adequately equipped, make the provision of life-saving drugs and equipment for every mother and child a priority and empower the citizenry to demand and receive quality health care.


Fall noted that “a fair chance in life begins with a strong, healthy start. Unfortunately, many children in Nigeria are still deprived of this.


“MICS data tells us that the trend is improving but urgent action needs to be taken for Nigeria to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. It cannot afford to fail its newborns today,” he said.


Lamenting a shortage of well-trained health workers and midwives to serve as life-saving support babies need to survive, UNICEF has disclosed that plans were underway to launch a global campaign,  Every Child Alive, to demand and deliver solutions on behalf of the world’s newborns.


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Man arraigned for allegedly stealing phone from altar



The police on Monday arraigned a 26-year-old man, Toyin Sunday, at a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court, near Lagos, for allegedly stealing a mobile phone worth N7,000 from a church.

The accused, whose address was not mentioned, is facing a charge of stealing.

The prosecutor, Inspector Akpan Ikem, told the court that the accused committed the offence on February 14 at the Cherubim and Seraphim Church,  Akorokoji area of Seme, in Badagry.

The prosecutor said the phone was the property of one Noah Gbeliho.

Ikem said the accused entered the church building through an entrance door that was left open, saw the cell phone by the altar and stole it.

According to the prosecutor, the complainant saw the accused before he left the premises of the church after allegedly perpetrating the act.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Code of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Chief Magistrate Jimoh Adefioye granted bail of N20,000 to the accused and a surety in like sum.

He adjourned the case until March 12 for mention.

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