Adebayo Waheed, The Oyo State government has mandated every residents and citizen of the state to ensure they enroll in the newly introduced state health insurance scheme.  Explaining the rationale behind the scheme, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Health Insurance Agency, Dr. Olusola Akande in Ibadan on Thursday, said having many people enroll in the scheme would help create a pool of fund to cater for the health needs of the people who might not be able to afford it.  While thanking the state House of Assembly for providing the legal framework and background for the agency to operate, he said the intention of the Governor Ajimobi-led administration in starting the scheme was to ensure a universal health coverage for all the residents of the state, even when they cannot afford to pay for such treatment.  Akande added that the governor had approved that pregnant women, vulnerable group and children under five are...
by George Okojie Suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (a.k.a. Evans), has again dragged the Inspector General of Police, and three others before a Federal High Court in Lagos over his alleged illegal detention. In the new suit filed yesterday, Evans is claiming N300 million as general and exemplary damages against the police for alleged illegal detention and unconstitutional media trial. Joined as respondents in his new originating motion are the Nigeria Police Force, the commissioner of Police, Lagos State and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command. Evans had, on June 28 filed an ex parte application with reference number FHC/L/CS/1012/2017, before the same court, seeking an order directing the respondents to charge him to court. He had also in the alternative, sought an order directing the respondents to release him unconditionally where no charge is preferred against him. In an affidavit deposed to by his father, Mr Stephen Onwuamadike, it was averred that...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday listed agriculture, energy, industrialisation and transport infrastructure as key areas the President Muhammadu Buhari administration will focus on in the second half of its four-year tenure. He assured that in the next two years, the administration will build on the successes of the last two years, having demonstrated a willingness to learn from  mistakes and to improve on its successes. In a broadcast to the nation aired live on national television and radio stations to mark this year’s democracy day celebration and in commemoration of the second anniversary of the Buhari administration, Osinbajo urged Nigerians to expect the best from now onwards because the country had already passed through its wilderness. Reeling out keys areas the administration will concentrate on in terms of development in the next two years, the acting president said, “The critical points that we must address fully in the...

World Asthma Day

LEADERSHIP EDITORS May 2 of every year is set aside to remind nations and individuals of the scourge of Asthma. It is a chronic disease of the lungs  which leads to breathing problems. It is caused by swelling in the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs.  Whilst asthma cannot be cured, the symptoms can be controlled enabling people with the ailment to live full lives. These symptoms vary in frequency and severity. When they are not under control, the airways can become inflamed making breathing difficult. This inflammation can mean the tubes becoming narrow. The tubes can also be blocked with mucus. Triggers include various allergens such as dust mites, animal fur and pollen. Chest infections, exercise, cigarette smoke and gases can also be triggers. Complications of asthma include tiredness, stress, anxiety and depression. There is no cure and it can affect people of all...
 BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN,Kaduna After a week of exciting basketball action at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Indoor Sports Complex in Kaduna, 12 teams have earned their places in the next round of the Zenith Bank Female Basketball Premier League slated for Asaba, Delta. This was disclosed to newsmen by the head, technical committee, Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Ajibade Bello, at the end of the second phase of the league’s play-off which attracted 18 teams. According to him, six teams would remain in the lower division – though he failed to disclose which teams gained promotion and which ones failed to do so – stressing that it would take some days for his committee to “compile an accurate table.” Speaking further, Bello said the NBBF was looking forward to the third phase billed for Asaba in June. “We are happy that the competition was very successful. The standard of play was high, officiating was very good and...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS The  Department of State Security (DSS) on Tuesday presented a video evidence at the FCT High Court, Lugbe, where Femi Otedola was seen giving out a parcel to Hon. Farouq Lawan. Justice Angela Otaruku granted the request of the prosecuting counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), to play the video as evidence of Lawan collecting the said bribe from Otedola. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the request was made with the Awomolo led the DSS Prosecutor, David Ojataha, Principal Officer in-charge of Technical Operations, DSS in evidence. The video, revealing an exchange of parcel, lasted for almost three minutes. “The video I just played are those of  Femi Otedola and Hon. Farouq Lawan where there was an exchange of parcel at Otedola’s house in Aso drive, Abuja,” said Awomolo. The DSS prosecutor, however, told the court that he was saddled with the responsibility of recording the video by the DSS because of...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN  A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Chairman G-23 PDP Alliance, Honourable Olaitan Lucky Turaki, has said t‎he party still have tangible structures to win the 2019  presidential elections as well as many governorship and legislative seats. He said the‎ recent last week's declaration of Senator Ahmed Makarfi's led caretaker committee as the authentic leadership of the PDP by the Supreme Court in Abuja will further give impetus‎ to PDP chances to upset the All Progressive Congress (APC) and other parties in 2019. Turaki, in a statement, said the PDP leadership tussle between Ahmed Makarfi and Senator Ali Modu Sheriff which eventually went in Makarfi's favour, ‎was a divine reward for his steadfastness and consistency in the party since 1999. "The PDP is fully set and will surely upset the ruling APC and other political parties in 2019 elections, ‎following the judgement of the Supreme Court declaring Senator Ahmed Makarfi's led...
A 29-year-old bus driver, Folarin Olorunto, who threatened his sister-in-law with a knife to be able to rape her, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. The driver, who resides on Odushola Street, Aboru, Ipaja, a Lagos suburb, is standing trial on counts of rape and threat to life. The prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, told the court that the driver committed the offence on June 17 on Odushola Street, Aboru. Ogu told the court that the driver, who was separated from his wife, visited his child in the custody of the wife, when he committed the offence. “On getting to the house, the defendant met the 17-year-old sister-in-law at home, and when he discovered she was the only one at home, he shut the door. “The defendant brought out a knife and threatened to stab the girl if she would not cooperate with him; hence, he succeeded in raping her,” he said. Ogu...
  Comptroller-General Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hamed Ali; Director General Department of State Services, Alhaji Lawal Daura and the Chairman Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim during Juma'at Prayer at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. yesterday. PHOTO REMI AKUNLEYAN
More than 5 million people have been stranded in Bangladesh as monsoon flooding submerged more than one-third of the South Asian country and left at least 82 people dead, officials said on Friday. Many of the victims drowned while others died of snake bite and electrocution, disaster management official Al Mamun said. Mamun also said 27 out of 64 administrative districts, accounting for more than 35 per cent of the country’s landmass, had been inundated since the rain-triggered flood turned severe last week. “Numerous homesteads and farmlands in the North and North-East regions have been washed away by the rush of water from rivers in neighbouring India,’’ Mamun said. ‘’The number of flood-hit people is 5.14 million.’’ He said more than 650,000 hectares of croplands had been submerged,referring to an initial report by the government’s Agriculture Extension Department. The Relief and Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury, said that government had distributed adequate quantity of...