Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:37


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Dr Taiwo Sholaja, the lead pathologist who carried out  the autopsy on the body of  the late Sen. Isiaka Adeleke,  on Wednesday told a  coroner inquest that no trace  of poison was found in the body system of the deceased when it was examined.

Sholaja,  while giving evidence before the coroner, Chief  Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, said the autopsy carried out by him and two other pathologists from Ladoke Akintola University Hospital, Osogbo,  revealed that the late senator died of “aspiration of gastric content due to multiple drug overdose.’’

He said the autopsy carried out by him and his team was performed in the presence of the Police Divisional Officer of  Dugbe Police Station, Osogbo,  SP Ogunkanmi Gbemileke and the two other pathologists from LAUTECH.

Sholaja also said that  before the autopsy, he gathered from a  family member, Mrs Modupe Adeleke-Sani, that the late politician had  complained of pains in the knees, and inability to sleep.

He added that some drugs were said to have been  administered on him.

Sholaja  said after  an examination was carried out on Adeleke’s  body, it was discovered that the drugs which were administered  on him in excess quantity caused his death  as his breathing was blocked due to a side effect.

“Aspiration of the gastric content blocked his airwaves through depriving the body of oxygen which was also evident in the bluish discolouration shown on some parts of the deceased’s  body,’’ he said.

He said the used containers of the drugs administered on him indicated that a banned drug,  Analgin injection as well as Diazepam injection, pentasozine injection, gentamicin and hydrocortisone drugs were given to him.

The pathologist  said the side effects  of most of the drugs given to the deceased included  drowsiness, vomiting and cardiovascular collapse which resulted in  blockage of his breathing.

He said though the deceased had  a hypertensive heart decease which could have caused sudden death, there was, however,  no evidence of  this  from the result of the autopsy.

Sholaja also  said the police toxicologist report,  which was presented to him  after samples were taken, showed abnormally high level of alcohol, sedative and Analgin in the blood of the deceased.

No traces of poison and metal was, however,  found.

Gbemileke, the DPO of Dugbe Police Station  and the Officer in charge of  Homicide,  SP Etetah Moses,  both confirmed that the empty bottles and injections of the drugs given to the deceased were in  police custody.

But when Mr Aderibigbe Alfred, the nurse that administered  the drugs on Adeleke was called, his counsel, Lekan Alabi,  prayed  the court to allow his client appear on Friday.

He said the  summon was only served on him on Tuesday, adding that his client  needed more time to prepare.

The coroner, however, rejected the plea, saying Alfred must  appear before the court on Thursday, the next adjourned date.


Wednesday, 17 May 2017 07:00


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By Adeyemmy Dalemo 

A 35 year-old Muslim cleric, Sheikh Yusuf Abdulsalam Ipamuren Tanimola, Amzat-Salam, also known as Alfa Abu, his wife and four children were killed by hoodlums in the early hours of Tuesday in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

The incident occurred at Atiba area of Odogbolu Local Government Area.

The eldest child, a girl aged 11,  her twin brothers, aged 8 and the last female child, aged 2 were all killed.

 All the victims had  been buried in accordance with Muslim rites,  amid wailing by sympathisers and relations.

According to investigations gathered by Nigerian Newstrack, the unusual lateness of the deceased's children attracted the attention of a teacher from the school they were attending within the neighborhood, but upon getting to the house of the family, he gate was locked from within.

The heavy knocking of the teacher was said to have attracted the attention of neighbours who were also shocked by the lateness of the family to open their gate at the time, to take their children to school and exchange greetings with them as usual. 

They forced the gate opened only to peeped through the windows and found the lifeless body of the man of the house, Alfa Abdulsalam Yusuf Tanimola in a pool of blood and a mortal stained with blood near him.

Nigerian Newstrack gathered that one of the deceased's younger brother forced the door open only to discovered what could be described as the highest level of wickedness to fellow human beings.

The four children were gruesomely murdered in their sleep with various degrees of matchet injuries on them.

 The mother was also seriously matcheted but managed to get to the Ijebu ode general hospital before giving up the ghost.

The attackers, whose motive could not be ascertained, butchered the entire household with machetes.

Hundreds of sympathisers from Ijebu ode township thronged the venue of the incident with tears in their faces.

A community leader Otunba Babatunde Onakoya popularly called Debasco told our correspondent that the incident is alien to the community saying "it is a pure case of assassination".

According to him "this is great wickedness and we are all scared and afraid of this strange incident".

Another youth who craved anonymity said "preliminary investigations shows that the family might have been killed with a mortal with the blood stains on the household equipment".

"Nothing was said to have been taken away from the house only that the house was turned upside down".

A close family friend, Mr Yusuf Oludaisi, described the act as dastardly and wicked, wondering what the victim could have done to warrant such treatment.

 “He was someone whom we grew up together. I have known him for 30 years to be humble and kind to everyone who came across his path.

“It’s really sad because this was someone you will never see quarrelling or being disrespectful”, said Oludaisi.

The younger brother of the victim, Alfa Ishaaq Amzat-Salam, however, said he would leave the matter for God to judge.

“I leave those who perpetrated such evil into God’s hands for He alone will judge them. The deed cannot be undone.

“I will always remember my brother forever for his loving kindness as he was a shining light to us all”, said Ishaaq.

Men of the Nigeria Police came to evacuate the five bodies of the deceased and his children to the Ijebu ode mortuary before the family collected them for burial according to Islamic rites.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in Ogun, Bimbola Oyeyemi, said the command was aware of the incident.

“We are already doing all to investigate and apprehend the culprit”, he said.



Tuesday, 16 May 2017 08:27


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For the second year in a row, Nigeria is ranked the 13th least stable country in the world on the Fragile States Index, FSI, released by Washington DC-based think-tank, Fund for Peace, FFP.

 The Index measures levels of stability in 178 countries and ranks them according to their vulnerability to threats from social, political, economic and demographic pressures.

 The 2017 FSI, released on Monday, is the 13th from FFP. Nigeria has been measured on the Index since it was first published in 2005 when the country was ranked 54, its highest position yet.

This year, Nigeria outranks seven African countries viz South Sudan, Somalia, Central African Republic, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad and Guinea, who are all considered less stable than Nigeria.

Zimbabwe is co-ranked 13th with Nigeria and Ethiopia follows both countries as the 14th least stable country in the world.


Tuesday, 16 May 2017 08:25


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Kano State anti-graft agency said on Monday that it has a water-tight case against the state’s emirate council.

NAN quotes Chairman of Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Muhyi Gado, as saying that though it has a strong case against the emirate council, the probe will remain suspended to avoid concurrent investigation.

The probe was suspended after Kano State House of Assembly also said it was going to investigate the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi.

The anti-graft agency was investigating allegations that the emirate council mismanaged N6 billion of its funds, an allegation the council denied, providing details of its expenditure. 


Tuesday, 16 May 2017 07:57


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Sixteen Federal Permanent Secretaries are due for retirement this year, Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF) Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita revealed yesterday in Abuja.

 She was speaking at the send-off ceremony for Permanent Secretary Common Services Office, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), Dr Saheed Yemi Adelakun, who retired after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60.

 While the details of the affected PS were not available as at the time of going to the press, Adelakun’s retirement brings the number of retired PS to four as, the PS Federal Ministry of Information and Culture Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba, also retired yesterday.

Her retirement was coming on the heels of that of Mrs Rabi Jimeta who retired in April as PS Federal Ministry of Water Resources and that of Hajiya Jamila Shu’ara, who served in the Federal Ministry of Education and also petroleum resources.

“They have to retire in line with public service rule. Either they have spent 35 years in service or have reached the mandatory age of 6o, whichever comes first,” Oyo-Ita said.

“These 16 federal permanent secretaries, some of them have started retiring this year, others by the end of the year. Then there is the succession plan so the selection process of the permanent secretaries is ongoing.”

She urged workers to emulate retired Adelakun, who was honoured by the HoCSF and other staff in the OHCSF and other senior civil servants, especially for the successes recorded under his watch as chairman of Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) scheme for federal workers.

Adelakun thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, HoCSF and other staff for working with him to succeed and urged workers to be dedicated to reap the benefits of hard work.

 Adelakun who is a chartered accountant joined the federal workforce in 1982 as Higher Executive Officer before he was appointed PS by immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan in November 2013.

 Born in Lagos on 15th May 1957, Adelakun started his career as a civil servant in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in January 1983 as an accounts officer and served as Finance Attaché to Nigeria High Commissions in Port of Spain, Pretoria, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

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Monday, 15 May 2017 07:16


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A 14-year-old female suspected suicide bomber says Boko Haram leaders chose her to detonate an Improvised Explosive Device in Maiduguri because she refused to get married to their members in Sambisa Forest. 

The suspect is among three suspects arrested by the military when they allegedly came for a suicide mission at a military facility in Jakana in Maiduguri.

The suspect told NAN in Maiduguri on Sunday that she was sent on the mission to detonate the device because she refused marriage proposals from three Boko Haram terrorists.

The suspect said she was abducted with her father, Usman, by Boko Haram insurgents in Gwoza, Borno, in 2013.

She said she and her father were running to Mandara mounting for safety when they were abducted.

The suspect said she and her father wanted to travel to Madagali in Adamawa where he normally sold cows before Boko Haram insurgents attacked Gwoza.

 “I have spent three years in the hands of Boko Haram. Three different Boko Haram (terrorists) had proposed to marry me and I refused. Two among them were commanders (amir).

“When I refused for the third time, one of the commanders became furious and threatened to kill me and my father. I told him I would rather die than marry a Boko Haram (terrorist). 

“So, after one week, they said since I have refused to get married, I should be taken to Maiduguri for a suicide mission. So, three of them held my hands and they injected me.

“Then, I never knew what was happening again.

“I was taken to a herbalist, who, after I regained consciousness, told me that I had been with him for 30 days.

“He told me he was preparing me for a mission. So, he gave me some water to drink. I don’t know what it tasted like but I drank it. So, he said they would come and pick me today.

“At about 7 pm, three Boko Haram (members) came with a male and a female. They were also recruited for the mission like me.

“We spent one and a half days on the road to Maiduguri. It was when we got to Maiduguri that they strapped the bombs on our bodies. At that moment, I knew that I was going to die, so I started crying.

“I was watching when the first bomber, a female, detonated her explosive close to a military checkpoint which killed no one but herself. The second, a male, was killed by the military before he could detonate his.

 “At that time, something told me to remove my own IED and surrender which I did. I was surrounded by soldiers and policemen and I fainted.

“When I woke, I discovered that one of the policemen at the checkpoint was a brother of my mother’s. I think that was the reason I survived", the suspect said.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, said the suspects were being de-radicalised at the military detention facility.

“We have quite a number of them here in our facility. We have been profiling them and making them feel comfortable.

“So far, from their testimonies, they usually tell us that they were brainwashed by some sort of charms to commit suicide, Irabor said. 


Monday, 15 May 2017 06:51


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Eugene, a son of a former Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, has been reported dead.

It was gathered that Eugene slumped and died while playing lawn tennis on Sunday in a Lagos club. Medical sources linked his death to heart attack.

The death of Anenih’s son came less than a month after the deceased’s mother died in April.

Efforts to reach him for comments at about 8.45pm on Sunday were unsuccessful.

But a source close to the family confirmed the incident.

The source, however, declined to give details about the circumstances surrounding Eugene’s death.

When contacted, Edo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Dan Orbih, who also confirmed the development, noted that the party would make an official statement soon.

“The thing (incident) just happened. We will be making a statement, maybe, tomorrow,” Orbih added.

The deceased was until his death, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nova Finance & Securities Limited.

He was formerly Head of Corporate Finance and Treasury Operations at A and Hatman Ltd. before moving on to Nova Finance & Securities Limited as Chief Executive Officer.

He was an authorised Dealing Clerk of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers. Eugene holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Benin. 

He also attended the Programme for Management Development at Harvard, United States. He was an alumus of the Harvard business School.

He also attended several courses in capital Market Internationally including Capital Equity appraisals suite courses with the New York Institute of Finance, New York and Strategic valuations on equities with Euromoney.


Sunday, 14 May 2017 06:27


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A police sergeant attached to the Ipakodo Police Division has been arrested after confessing to selling police arms and ammunition to suspected militants in Lagos State.

It was gathered that the suspect, identified as Sergeant Sunday Odu, attempted to shoot himself dead at the station, but was prevented by a team inspecting the armoury.

A source told our correspondent that the sergeant had been detained and put in a cell at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, where the case was being investigated.

The source told our correspondent that the incident happened on Thursday, saying Odu indicted another policeman, whom he claimed connived with him in selling the arms.

“A police audit team, led by an assistant commissioner of police, went to the station on Thursday. It was a verification exercise to know the situation of arms and ammunition at the station.

 “They attempted to bribe the team, but they insisted on doing their job and going on with the inspection of the armoury.

“During the audit, they discovered that they had sold many of the arms and ammunition. To be precise, about 162 arms had been sold.

Immediately the situation was discovered, the armourer, a police sergeant, cocked his gun and wanted to kill himself.

“But the team quickly seized the gun from him and handcuffed him. He has been taken to the SCIID. After much interrogation and beating, he confessed that he sold the arms and another policeman was involved,” said the source.

Also, a source at the SCIID confirmed that the policeman was in custody, adding that the number of ammunition sold was large.

He said, “I don’t know if he sold arms. But I am aware that he sold bullets to militants. The bullets he sold cannot be exhausted by a police division for one year. I was told the Divisional Police Officer, who checked the armoury, discovered that where they kept bullets were filled with stones. The bullets had developed wings. 

The DPO reported his findings to the state commissioner of police, who then ordered that he be detained and transferred to the SCIID. He is in the cell now.”

 A detective said that the suspect confessed that he sold the bullets to militants, adding that the police command was already looking into the case.

He said the command was bothered about how militants were getting access to arms and ammunition and the spate of killings in the Ikorodu area. 

“It will not be right to continue to protect these bad cops that are spoiling the name of the police force and I do hope that, with this discovery, others doing such terrible things would stop,” another source said.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, did not pick his calls and asked our correspondent to send a message. 

He had yet to reply to the message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.


Sunday, 14 May 2017 06:22


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United States of America and United Kingdom have expressed no doubt in the ability and commitment of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to continue with the anti-corruption war and economic revival in Nigeria. 

The two countries told SUNDAY PUNCH on Friday that they have confidence in Osinbajo to carry on with the quality leadership President Muhammadu Buhari has been providing the country.

This is coming on the heels of public outrage and fears expressed by Nigerians over Buhari’s deteriorating health and continued absence from public. 

The President left for the UK last Sunday to receive medical attention and he is expected to be there for an indefinite time, according to his media aide, Femi Adesina.

In his last medical trip to Britain, Buhari was away for 49 days.

In the last few weeks, some prominent Nigerians had expressed angst over a cabal that has purpotedly hijacked power in the Presidency due to Buhari’s protracted illness, leaving Osinbajo in the cold.

 The US and the UK, however, said that they believe the VP would take off from where the President stopped when he jetted out of the country to the UK for further medical attention. 

When asked by our correspondent if the US Government was worried that Buhari’s poor health could slow down ongoing anti-corruption war in Nigeria, the spokesman for the US Embassy in Nigeria, Russell Brooks, said President Donald Trump’s administration believed in Buhari and Osinbajo.

Brooks said, “We are very much in favour of President (Muhammadu) Buhari’s campaign against corruption. We also believe that Acting President (Yemi) Osinbajo is strongly committed to this agenda and will continue to pursue it while President Buhari is out of the country.”

Speaking in a similar vein, spokesman for the UK High Commission in Nigeria, Joseph Abuku, stated that while the British Government could not comment on whether any crisis resulting from Buhari’s protracted ill-health would lead Nigeria into political instability, he said the UK had confidence in the President and his deputy.

“The Vice President is acting President in President (Muhammadu) Buhari’s absence. The United Kingdom has full confidence in both he (Osinbajo) and President Buhari. Questions on President Buhari’s health should be directed to his office,” Abuku said.

Concerning Buhari’s return to the UK to continue his medical treatment, Brooks stated that the US looked forward to the President’s return to the country.

“Again, we wish President Buhari good health and a speedy return to his homeland,” he said. 

Recently, the US had praised the Buhari administration’s current agenda of fighting insecurity and corruption, noting that it agrees with Trump’s plan of dealing with such issues on the African continent.

Speaking last week during a special briefing in Washington, Deputy Director, Office of West African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs, Nathan Holt, told journalists that the country was a critical US partner.

“Nigeria matters to us because it’s Africa’s most populous country, and depending on the price of oil, it’s either the biggest or the second biggest economy on the continent.

“With a current population of 182 million, Nigeria is projected to grow to over 400 million over the next few decades, which will leave it by the middle of this century as the fourth-largest country in the world,” Holt said.

When asked about America’s continued support for the country in view of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric to cut foreign aids to Nigeria and other African countries, Holt said, “I’m not the person who can answer your questions about the future of the US Government budget.”


Sunday, 14 May 2017 06:16


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A senior Nigerian surgeon, Dr Lawal Haruna, has been struck off in the UK after accidentally removing a woman’s ovary instead of her appendix.

The 59-year-old mistook the patient’s reproductive organs for her appendix when she was admitted to hospital with abdominal pain.

 The unnamed “Patient B”, who was not of child-bearing age, also had her fallopian tube removed during the bungled procedure.

 The incident in March 2015 was one of a series of botched operations carried out by Haruna over two years which were so poorly executed.

He said the mistakes were “trifling errors” while his colleagues described them as ‘never events’.

Another man, known as Patient A, who had acute appendicitis, had been on a list for emergency surgery yet Haruna mistakenly removed a pad of fat, meaning he was forced to undergo a further operation a month later.

Haruna removed a skin tag from a third patient who had been admitted with a cyst.

An expert report reads: “Dr Haruna was mistaken in his identification of the appendix and removed the ovary and tube in error.

“This is a serious omission and a breach of duty of care.

“To have mistaken a fat pad for the appendix and to have failed to deal adequately with the pathology suggests a standard of care which is seriously below that expected of a reasonably competent Staff Grade in General Surgery.”

Haruna, who says he has 25 years’ experience, said the appendix and fallopian tubes were similar “worm-like structures which lie in a similar area.”

 But at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service a disciplinary panel found him guilty of misconduct and banned him from treating patients.

Chairman Clare Sharp told Haruna his treatment of one patient was “reckless”.

He added: “You were asked to put yourself into your patients’ shoes and to consider how your actions made them feel.

“Whilst you have apologised to the patients in question, you showed a lack of empathy for them, as well as for the serious consequences of your failings.

“The Tribunal did not believe that your misconduct was deliberate but it concluded that there was a continuing risk to patients.”

The incidents occurred between 2013 and 2015 whilst Dr Haruna was working for the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust, which oversees six hospitals.

Haruna said it would be ‘harsh’ to strike him off.

Haruna apologised to Patients A and C personally and to Patient B via his medical team.

The surgeon, who represented himself, told the Manchester hearing that he had been suffering from “poor vision” at the time and claimed it would be ‘harsh’ to strike him off.

He added: “I want to apologise to all the patients. I didn’t experience operative difficulties, in removing whatever I removed. Everything had gone along fine and it was not difficult to remove.

“It was only later I realised it was not the appropriate part. The operation itself, the technicality, was fine but the wrong specimen was removed.

“I have performed hundreds of appendectomies. This was due to lapse of judgement.”

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