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Following his faulty diagnosis that pronounced a living baby in her mother’s womb, dead, a medical doctor in Martha Bamaiyi General Hospital, Zuru, Kebbi State amputated the limb of a helpless baby girl who was right in her mother’s womb, struggling to be delivered of her mother who was in labour. YAHYA SARKI writes. The family of Ibrahim Ajayi (42) and Fatima Ajayi (32) from Danko District of Danko Wasagu local government area of Zuru Emirate in Kebbi State could not believe that their new baby girl will be born with an amputated hand. But it is a reality that happened not by the natural cause in giving birth but by alleged unprofessional conduct of a principal medical officer, Dr. Jamilu Muhammad, who amputated the hand of a baby girl in the process of carrying out surgery. The incident occurred on April 19, 2017 when the pregnant Mrs Ibrahim was...
by Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja - Former President Goodluck Jonathan has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to order ‎former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh‎, to deposit N1billion with the court to cover for his travelling expenses before he can testify in his case. Jonathan also asked the court to set aside the subpoena ordered to be served on him by the court to come and testify in the corruption suit against Metuh. The federal government is prosecuting Metuh and his company over alleged N400 million fraud. The money was alleged to be part of the funds meant for the purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram insurgents. Last week, Justice Okon Abang granted Metuh’s request to summon Jonathan and a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), to appear before it as witnesses. The court subsequently adjourned till yesterday for Jonathan and Dasuki to appear...
By ANTHONY AWUNOR, As the number of private jet owners in Nigeria continues to decrease due to economic recession, the remaining 50 per cent who still own the luxury items now spend about N30 billion on maintenance annually, LEARDERSHIP checks have revealed. It was gathered that the remaining 100 owners of private jets in the country spend between $500,000 to $1 million to maintain their jets annually, translating to N30.5 billion. Our finding showed that the number of owners of the luxury items dropped from 200 to between 50 and100, with most of them who are out of the league either selling out their private jets or returning them to their original owners abroad. Before the present government came into power, it was estimated that Nigeria had about 200 private jets owned by individuals. With the President Muhammadu Buhari administration maintaining an unshakable posture on the anti-corruption war, the number is said to have...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja Youths from the Northern part of the country have appealed to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to allow a complete separation of the Southeast states presently agitating for biafra republic from the federal republic of Nigeria through a peaceful political process. According to them, taking steps to facilitate the actualisation of the biafran nation in line with the principle of self-determination and as an integral part of contemporary customary international law is the solution to incessant agitation from that part of the country. This is contained in a letter by a coalition of Northern youths to the acting president signed by Ambassador Shettima Yerima, Joshua Viashman, Aminu Adam, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman and Nastura Ashir Sharif. In the letter, the Northern youths contended that the principle of self-determination has since world war II become a part of the United Nations Charter, which states in Article 1(2) that one of the purposes...
By Muhammad Bello,  High level security sources have fingered the Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Doctors Without Borders, operating in the North-east, where the organisation’s Brussels Operational Centre is currently based in Maiduguri, in an allegation that it is clandestinely involved in fuelling the Boko Haram conflict. LEADERSHIP Friday findings reveal that the MSF has been refusing to allow the Nigerian Army verify that it was actually distributing food and medicine as it claimed whenever it left Maiduguri into rural areas and did not inform the authorities. Since the advent of the Boko Haram insurgency, which has claimed the lives of over 100,000 Nigerians, numerous aid and humanitarian organisations have flocked into the country and established offices with the stated goals of assisting Nigeria take care of the millions of displaced created by the conflict. Due to the urgency of the humanitarian situation in North-east Nigeria, many of these agencies were not properly vetted...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Efforts by the federal government to diversify the economy is beginning to yield results, as the federal government is set to export 72 metric tonnes of yam to Europe and the United States today. In a major diversification breakthrough, the minister Of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, announced yesterday that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the exportation of yams to the United States and United Kingdom. Ogbeh disclosed this to State House correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa, Abuja. The minister was joined at the FEC briefing by his science and technology as well as Health counterparts, Ogbonaya Onu and Isaac Adewole respectively, and Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina. Ogbeh noted that his ministry informed  council that last week, they completed arrangements for the first formal export of Nigerian yams to the...
BY ONUKOGU KANAYOCHUQU JUBAL, TAOFEEK LAWAL and KABIR AKINTAYO The fever of sports betting is spreading all over the world and it has caught up with Nigeria. Sports betting has become a 21st Century money-spinning, entrancing venture for the Nigerian youth population, who have embraced it with both hands for financial succour. ONUKOGU KANAYOCHUQU JUBAL, TAOFEEK LAWAL and KABIR AKINTAYO write Every match day, whether it involves a major or minor club, young people – bankers, spinsters, traders, business people, secondary school students, undergraduates, journalists, doctors – take to online betting websites (depending on their knowledge of the internet) or queue at betting parlours to stake their claim and make predictions for games, some of which they have never seen live; from football, to horse-racing and go-karting, dog-racing to mountain-racing and everything in-between, a bet is made. After placing their bets, they wait frantically, for the sport to be done with and...
Mrs.Hope Martins, a civil servant with the federal ministry of Agriculture has lost confidence in Nigerian banks. As a matter of fact, she has resolved to demand that her salaries be paid by cash as part of her decision to do away with electronic banking, which she says forced her to eat from the trashcan earlier this year and “has continued to prove ineffective to me.” Mrs. Martins lost her N15,000 monthly income to electronic transaction through an Automated Teller Machine channel in Abuja earlier this year. She has N15,000 left to her every month after a loan repayment deductions by a co-operative union in her office. “I tried to withdraw N15,000 in an Access bank machine in early February only to get the biggest disappointment of my life,” Martins recounted. “The machine came up with a message: ‘insufficient funds’ and failed to dispense cash to me. They (bank) deducted...
By Nnamdi Mbawike, Enugu Reprieve yesterday came the way of retired war-affected ex- biafran Police officers as the federal government through the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) paid them their pension benefits in Enugu yesterday. Speaking during the occasion, the Executive Secretary of PTAD, Barrister Sharon Ikeazor, disclosed that in this particular batch of payment, 57 next of kins who have not been paid their death benefits were among those that were paid yesterday, while 162 officers will be pay-rolled. The others, she further hinted, who are on the payroll but were being short-paid would also be paid in the next batch as soon as their pension benefit computation is concluded. She noted that the development represents another decision by the current federal government to put an end to the painful legacies of the civil war and also a clear demonstration that President Muhammadu Buhari is indeed a father to all Nigerians. She said,...
By ABAH ADAH, Abuja The federal government yesterday said it is not against state governments developing their own power projects to support development and supply of incremental power. Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, stated this on Thursday at a meeting of the National Council on Power (NACOP) in Jos. He said: “I heard statements to the effect that Federal Government should allow the states to develop their own power projects. “The truth is that federal government is not standing on the way of any state; the laws do not stand in the way of any state to develop power projects. “Because as governor, we built seven power plants, government did not stop us; what we could not do is to do commercial distribution which the law actually allows under license through Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).” The federal government also urged state governments in the country to wake up to the call...