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Ebonyi residents uncover body of new born baby in a refuse dump

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Residents of Igweogbuofia Street, Kpirikpiri   in Abakaliki metropolis of Ebonyi, have called on relevant authorities to evacuate the remains of a dead baby found at a refuse dump in the area.

The residents made the call on Wednesday, during their separate interview with journalists in Abakaliki, while expressing worry over the incident.

One of the residents in the area, Mrs. Chinwe Madu, alleged that the act was not committed in the area.

According to Madu, an unsuspected member of the public must have committed the act elsewhere and dumped the body in the street to avoid being identified.

“This evil was not committed in this area rather the perpetrator, chose to dump the baby’s body here to cover up his or her act,” Madu said.

Another resident, who gave his name as Mr. Uguru, expressed worry over the act and called on authorities to investigate the development.

Mrs. Ogechi Nwaedu, who expressed dismay at the development, also called for evacuation of the body to avoid any health implications of the decomposing body.

When contacted, the Environmental Health Officer, State Ministry of Environment, Mr. Sunday Nwonu, said that the ministry would be working with the Nigeria Police Command in the state to evacuate the body.

“We do not have rights to go and bury the baby because police need to be aware.

“Whatever we are doing is with the authority of the police,” Nwonu said.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Loveth Odah, said that she had not been briefed over the matter by the Division Police Officer in charge of the area.

“The DPO of the area has not briefed us on the matter because he told me he was still on it,” Odah said.

The lifeless body of a new born baby was found in a sack at a refuse dump.

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Lagos confirms 17 cholera cases, 15 deaths

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The Lagos State government has confirmed 17 cholera cases out of 350 suspected cases in 29 wards in the state.

According to a statement on Saturday, the state government said it has recorded 15 fatalities from the cholera outbreak.

The statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs at the state Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, noted that the government has activated its Public Health Emergency Operations Centre at Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.

It said the PHEOC was convened to address the increasing number of severe gastroenteritis cases across multiple LGAs in the state.

The statement added that the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, disclosed this while speaking on steps taken to control the outbreak in Lagos State.

“He revealed that 350 suspected cases of cholera were reported in 29 wards across multiple LGAs in Lagos State with 17 confirmed cases and 15 fatalities so far,” the statement partly read.

The commissioner was quoted as saying, “The laboratory investigation and test results have so far confirmed Cholera sub-type O-1. This subtype is associated with more severe disease. The pattern of new cases per day varies across LGAs, according to our ongoing surveillance and monitoring updates.

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Digital hajj operation a sure check against illegal pilgrims – NAHCON

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), says the introduction of digital hajj operation by the Saudi authorities has prevented illegal pilgrims from gaining access to hajj camps this year.

Its Executive Chairman, Malam Jalal Arabi, stated this during a Special National Prayer Session held at the plain of Arafat in Mina, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday.

Arabi said that the digital hajj was the best way to guard against infiltrators and would ensure the pilgrims got value for their money.

“In 2023 or 2022 hajj, you could see faces that were not eligible to be here who must have found their ways in.

“But with some of the technologies introduced, you can’t come in here unless you are a genuine pilgrim.

“What people tend to forget is that any illegible pilgrim that has found his way here is displacing an eligible pilgrim; in other words, all the pilgrims that are here paid their money for the services.

“The money they paid covers where they will sleep, the bus they will ride and the food they will eat. So, imagine people coming to displace such people.

“I like this innovation that was introduced that says you must have to have a card that gives you access; you have to carry your visa, which will be scanned before even getting to your accommodation.

“The bus is labelled in so many ways. With the improvement in the services in the tent, you will know that things are working according to plan; you are bound to have your space and enjoy without any hindrance. ”

On the significance of the national prayer, Arabi said that prayer had become part and parcel of any successful pilgrimage.

According to him, organising special national prayer for Nigeria has been the tradition of NAHCON which he met on ground.

“But this time around, because of the volume of those that have been invited to join the team of scholars, you could see that it has wider spread.

“We spent much more time than in the past. I think that is a good sign,” he said.

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Tinubu orders reorganisation of Bureau of Public Procurement

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President Bola Tinubu has directed the resignation of Mr Mamman Ahmadu as Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Bureau of Public Procurement.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, in a statement on Saturday, said that the directive was part of a larger reorganisation effort in the public procurement system.

“The goal is to reposition the agency for greater efficiency and transparency.

“The Director-General is to hand over to the most senior officer in the Bureau, pending the appointment of a new Director-General.

“The President thanks Ahmadu for his services and wishes him success in his future endeavours,” the statement said.

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