Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A STRANGE FIRE IN STRANGE TIMES : Fire Guts Headquarters Of The Nigerian Football Federation In Abuja [Pictured] .... NewwireNG

The headquarters of the Nigeria Football federation [NFF] in the Wuse Zone 7 District of Abuja has been gutted by fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time but the Federation’s spokesperson’s Ademola Olajire confirmed the incident.

Online Newspaper, Premium Times reports that Mr. Olajire, who said he was just arriving the scene, said the fire began on the third floor of the building. Reporters at the scene said the offices of the President, Secretary General and the accounts department might have been affected.

Fire service officials have arrived the scene and are battling to put out the fire.

The NFF is currently enmeshed in a leadership tussle with Aminu Maigari and Mike Umeh laying claim to the chairmanship of the football body.
NFF Fire

EBOLA ALERT ... LOST TO THE EBOLA SCOURGE : Ebola Strikes At The Heart Of Nigeria…Ameyo, Daughter of Kwaku Adadevoh, Great Grand Daughter of Herbert Macaulay, Dies ... ThisDayLive

Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh
Adeola Akinremi   and Sheriff Balogun      
The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) struck at the heart of Nigeria, when Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, a consultant physician, and member of the illustrious Kwaku Adadevoh/Herbert Macaulay/Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowder lineage succumbed to the scourge of the disease.
Adadevoh contracted the virus from the Liberian, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who imported the disease into Nigeria.
Sources close to Adadevoh, 58, said she succumbed to the disease yesterday evening, having been in a coma for some days.
Adadevoh, who is survived by one son, had led the medical team at First Consultants Medical Centre, a Lagos-based hospital, which treated Sawyer on his arrival in Lagos.
As the head of operations at First Consultants, Adadevoh was praised for being the first to detect that Sawyer, who was admitted at First Consultants for five days before his death, was not being truthful when he denied that he was infected with the Ebola virus.
After he had tested negative for malaria and other diseases, she was said to have ordered that his blood be tested for Ebola. It was the positive result of the test that enabled the hospital to contact the Lagos State health authorities about the first Ebola patient in the country.
Her death brings to five, including the index case Sawyer, the total number of persons who have succumbed to the scourge of the disease in Nigeria.
Among those who have passed on, Adedavoh is the first doctor and the fourth Nigerian to have died from the virus. Others who died before her comprised two nurses and the ECOWAS protocol officer, Jatto Abdulqudir, who picked up an already infected Sawyer from the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
However, five others who contracted the disease from Sawyer have been discharged while two others remain in the isolation ward at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.
Prior to Adadevoh’s death, her family and colleagues had held a press briefing in Lagos appealing to the US government to intervene to keep her from dying.
They felt that the medical care she was getting in the isolation ward was insufficient and had called on the US government to send the ZMapp trial drug to save her life.
Adadevoh comes from an illustrious family of physicians, politicians, statesmen and clerics.
Her father, the late Dr. Babatunde Kwaku Adadevoh, was a renowned Harvard University-trained physician and former vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos, while her grandmother was the daughter of Sir Herbert Samuel Macaulay, a foremost politician and founder of Nigerian nationalism in the early 1940s.
Macaulay himself was the grandson of Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther, who was ordained the first African Bishop of the Anglican Church in Nigeria in 1864, making Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, his great-great-great-grand daughter.
The Adadevoh family can trace their roots to the Creoles in Sierra Leone, Ghana and South-west Nigeria.
Ogun Detains Guinean Travellers
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, yesterday disclosed that four travellers coming into the country from Guinea through an illegal border area in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State have been detained and were being monitored by the state government in its efforts to prevent the spread of the dreaded Ebola virus.
Guinea was the first country where the virus was detected in West Africa almost six months ago before it spread to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Soyinka, who disclosed this at a press conference in his office in Abeokuta yesterday, said response teams have been put in place at the local government area levels who serve as surveillance teams.
According to him, they had been detained because they could not convince the border authorities that they had not been in contact with patients who had contacted the virus.
He added that the circumstances of their crossing was a bit worrying, "they were told until they could convince the authorities, they have to go back or if they were to come to Nigeria, they have to observe them”.
He explained that the travellers who were coming from Guinea en route Nigeria agreed to be in the area for monitoring for the next 21 days.
"So they are staying there, they are not being quarantined but agreed voluntarily to wait while they are being observed to ensure that they have no symptoms,” he said.
While reassuring residents that the state is free of the virus, Soyinka stated that in addition to further training of the healthcare workers, there was refresher information and further sensitisation at the border areas.
According to him, the state currently has three quarantine and isolation centres in each of the three senatorial districts of the state, and urged the public to cooperate fully with the efforts of the state government in the interest of their health.
He reiterated that the virus could only be contacted through body fluids of an infected person not by just sitting with the person, advising the public to maintain personal hygiene with regular hand washing and the use of sanitisers.
The commissioner further advised that unnecessary physical contact at public gatherings should be avoided, saying: “Do not travel to areas where the epidemic is active, avoid hunting and eating bush meat. If you suspect Ebola, contact the health authorities immediately.”

He said the state government was compiling a list of volunteers who could be called upon for a variety of tasks to alleviate the disease.

HUNTER HAUNTED SERIES 2 : Anti-corruption Groups want SSS Spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar interrogated over N14 million bribery allegation ... PremiumTimes

Marilyn Ogar, SSS spokesperson
The Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, has demanded an immediate investigation into the claims that operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, were offered N14 million during the just concluded Osun gubernatorial election. The group, a coalition of over 150 anti-corruption organizations, said that the act is an offence punishable under the corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000. In a petition dated August 18, 2014, and addressed to the Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, the group demanded that the SSS Spokesperson be invited for questioning. Marilyn Ogar, the SSS Spokesperson, had, last week, accused an unnamed political party of attempting to bribe two of the agency’s operatives with N14 million to help them subvert the electoral process. The SSS Spokesperson had also angered civil society activists after she blamed the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the spate of bombings across Nigeria. “Last week Thursday, 14th August 2014, marks a turning point in the operation, perception and integrity of Nigeria’s security agencies, with the highly controversial assertions of the loquacious Director of the State Security Service,” the anti-corruption group stated in the petition signed by Olanrewaju Suraju, its Chairman. “In the condemnable practice of conducting intelligence operations in the public space, the SSS Director has severally exposed the agency to public opprobrium with her gaffe and politicization of serious security issues in the country. This obviously, is antithetical to the primary responsibilities of the agency. “At a media presentation, convened to review the role of security personnels in the just concluded August 9 gubernatorial election in Osun State, Ms. Ogar ignominiously descended into the political arena with jab of several allegations against the opposition party, an act reminiscence of the country’s unethical political parties tantrum throwing,” Mr. Suraju added. In their petition, CSNAC stated that Section 9 of the ICPC Act stipulates a seven year imprisonment for any person found guilty of bribing or attempting to bribe a public officer.
“According to Section 9 of the Act; Any person who corruptly –
(a) gives, confers or procure any property or benefit of any kind to, on or for a public officer or to, on or for any other person; or
(b) promises or offer to give, confers, procures or attempts to procure any property or benefit of any kind to, on or for a public officer or any other person, on account of any such act, omission, favour or disfavor to be done or shown by the public officer is guilty of an Offence of official corruption and shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for seven (7) years,” the petition read.
“In the light of the above provisions in Section 9(a) and (b) above, a prima facie case of offer and inducement attempt can be established. It is therefore the demand of this organisation that your commission, as a matter urgency, invite Ms. Marilyn Ogar for necessary interrogation, to identify the personalities behind the self-confessed bribe offer. “Under the Act in reference, failure to report this case to an officer of the Commission or Police Offer is already an Offence; Section 23 (1) any public offer to whom any gratification is given, promised or offered in contravention of any provision of this Act, shall report such gift, promise or offer, together with the name, if known, of the person who gave, promised or offered such gratification to him to the nearest officer of the Commission or a Police Officer. (3) Any person who fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with subsection (1) and (2) shall be guilty of an Offence and on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand Naira or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two (2) years or to both fine and imprisonment,” the petition added.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

EBOLA ALERT ... SO WE LOST HER? OHHHHH NOOOOOOO : Ebola: Dr. Adadevoh dies ... VanguardNews

The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has announced the death,  of Dr. Adadevoh, the doctor who was the first to attend to Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer
doctor1With her death, Nigeria has recorded five Ebola deaths, of which one was the index (first) case, Patrick Sawyer, one medical doctor, two nurses and the ECOWAS staff. Nigeria also has five Ebola survivors and three more expected to be discharged later this week.
Dr. Adadevoh, an experienced consultant physician and endocrinologist was Lead Consultant with First Consultants Medical Centre, Obalende, Lagos, came into the limelight shortly after the dramatic visit of Sawyer, and will be remembered as the first Nigerian confirmed to test positive to the Ebola virus

A REPENTANT SUAREZ, WHO CAN RESIST? : I Will Not Bite Again – Luis Suarez .... ChannelsNews

Barcelona forward, Luis Suarez, has made a promise not to bite anymore.
Suarez admitted he was concerned for his future in the days following his four-month FIFA ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini, but is now putting the saga behind him.
The Uruguay international provoked uproar at the World Cup over the summer after being found guilty of biting an opponent for the third time in his career during the South American side’s clash with Italy.
He was initially banned from all football-related activities for four months, as well as nine international matches, although that did not stop Barcelona from making the 27-year-old their marquee summer signing from Liverpool.
The controversial striker, who said he was “really depressed” after the incident in Brazil, launched an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the ban.
Following the verdict, the former Liverpool striker is still banned from playing in competitive fixtures until late October and must also serve the remaining eight games of his nine-match international ban.
But Suarez is no longer excluded from “all football-related activities”, which allowed him to make his Barcelona debut as a 75th-minute substitute in the 6-0 friendly victory over Mexican side, Club Leon, on Monday.
Addressing a media conference on Tuesday, he said of his behavioural issues, “I am speaking to professionals – the right professionals. But it is a private matter and I don’t want to comment further on that.”
“I know I must accept the reality and have apologised,” said Suarez. “That is something from the past and to be forgotten. When it [the bite] happened I felt very down, then saw I had to apologise. I prefer not to go back over all I have been through. The lesson is clear. It was my mistake. But that is the past now. I say to the fans not to worry as it will not happen again.”
Suarez, who had previously been banned for biting PSV’s Otman Bakkel and Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, initially denied he had bitten Italy’s Chiellini in Uruguay’s 1-0 win, but then issued a statement later confirming his guilt.

EBOLA ALERT ... DEFENSIVE AND OFFENSIVE MECHANISMS : Ebola: Woman Smashes Bottle On Man’s Head For Hugging Her ... InformationNigeria

Ebola virus
The fear of contracting the deadly Ebola Virus Disease caused a woman yesterday to smash a beer bottle on a man’s head for hugging her in Ajah area of Lagos State.
The woman identified as Bunmi was said to have been upset when her friend, Ademola Ojikutu, held her from behind without her consent.
According to LEADERSHIP reports, Bunmi was afraid of contracting Ebola and had since refused to shake hands with anybody including her elder sister, Yemi.
Yemi told the newspaper that she was discussing with Bunmi, at Ilaje area when Ojikutu held her from behind.
According to her, Bunmi was enraged and, out of anger, picked a bottle from a nearby beer parlour and smashed it on Ademola’s head.
The victim was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital in the area to stop the bleeding from the cut to his head.

While Bunmi disapproved of her sister’s action, she, however, faulted the man for hugging her from behind when she was not his lover.

FOR THE RECORDS AS WE HEAD UP TO 2015 : The promise of death in Akwa Ibom – 1 & 2 ... VanguardNews

By Dele Sobowale
“Those who want to take power through the back door will die and the PDP will continue.” Governor Godswill Akpabio, quoted in PUNCH, Thursday, July 17, 2014, p 19.
“Either one respects due process of law and the right of every citizen to a trial, or we live in a lawless jungle where one of us might be the victim of a mad executive…In a civilized society, you do not kill a man because you think be a bad man.” John Marshall, 1755-1835, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, 1801-1835.
I had prepared, for publication, another article titled OPEN SEASON ON AKPABIO IN AKWA IBOM on account of the avalanche of attacks aimed at the Governor of Akwa Ibom State – incidentally, by people, who a few months ago, were full of praises for the same man. How times have changed!
I expected a response from Akpabio. But, threat of death for those he described as “politicians seeking power through backdoor”, whatever that means, was not one of them. I had also hoped that Akpabio through his spokespersons or directly to the public would disclaim the statement credited to him. “I was misquoted” has, after all become the standard cry of politicians who realize that they have said something better left unsaid. But, three days had passed and there had been no denial. Are we then supposed to understand that a governor in the democratic Federal Republic of Nigeria is declaring death on people who have not been tried for any crime warranting a death sentence?
Certainly, “seeking power through the back door” is a strange sort of crime and totally alien to Nigeria. Governor Akpabio,  a lawyer, should be the first to know that. So, this is not a case of ignorance of the law but hubris of the worst kind. This statement, unless amended or withdrawn, had taken impunity to another level unknown in Nigerian history. A Governor, at inauguration, swears to uphold the constitution of Nigeria, chief among which is the protection of lives – without which other rights are meaningless. Strictly speaking, that statement amounts to Governor Akpabio openly threatening to violate the constitution which he swore to uphold. Surely, no governor, in any state in the United States, whose constitution we copied, would dare announce such a threat to his people generally and remain in office for long.
As it turned out, most of those publishing advertorials had accused Akpabio of being implicated or master-minding several murders which had occurred in the state since 2009. Granted, most of the accusations were based on circumstantial evidence, instead of proof beyond reasonable doubt. But, a person accused of violent crimes does not help his own case by threatening fire and brimstone on those who behave in ways he does not like.  Perhaps, the place to start is to ask Akpabio what he considers the “back door” to seeking political power which deserves the death sentence, obviously without a trial. Then, he should also tell us, who determined which is the “front door” and when and where was the announcement made for all politicians to know where such “doors” are located in the political space.
As things stand, right now, Akpabio has opened himself to intended and unintended consequences of his unfortunate utterances. Let us examine the unfortunate and unintended consequences first. But, before we do, it must be pointed out to Akpabio that a Chief Security Officer who threatens people with death has invited those who feel threatened to resort to self-help. Where are they supposed to obtain justice when the would be killer controls the judiciary and the police? He would be making the greatest mistake of his life if he thinks that potential victims will willingly and passively wait to be slaughtered without putting up a fight. Nobody, in Nigeria today, can claim a monopoly of violence – unless others don’t want to arm themselves. The United Nations Organisation agency on firearms estimates that there are about 10 million illegal firearms in private hands in the ECOWAS region; 60% of them are suspected to be in Nigeria. That is 6 million arms; clearly, anybody or group wanting to obtain arms desperately can get them. So can Akpabio’s intended victims. He should take this into consideration before he starts a war in Akwa Ibom – if war is not what he intended with that declaration. But, that is what he will likely get.
Lastly, at least for now, let me remind the governor that, he can get the war started any time he chooses. But, once the victims take up arms to protect themselves, he cannot determine when and how it will end. And, if the murders are perceived to assume ethnic cleansing in nature, then, “the only battle that counts is the last battle.” (Richard Neustadt, in POWER AND PRESIDENTS). That last battle might take years to end. A word is sufficient for the wise on that one…
“Some of the roads constructed by the present government in Abia South Senatorial zone since 2007 include Timber Market International Road, Uratta, Aba/Owerri, Aba/Portharcourt, Faulks Road, Brass Road…Azikiwe Road, Milverton Avenue… Also completed in Ukwa East Council area are Umuibe-Ohandu Road, Ohanso-Obunku Road, ..Eti-Onanku Road, DFRI Road…Roads that have been constructed and rehabilitated in Abia Central Zone include Ntiga-Mbawsi Road, ..Isieke-Okwuta-Ahiaeke Road..and Osoro-Obowo Street.
Courtesy: Dr Romanus Uwa, living in Aba, VANGUARD, July 4, 2014.
Altogether Dr Uwa listed at least 60 roads completed since 2007 in that article sent to VANGUARD. What can one do with unrepentant liars?
I know for a fact that it is impossible for even a blind man to stay in Aba for two months without passing through Milverton or Faulks or Azikiwe Road.
“History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.” Edward Gibbon, 1734-1794. (VANGUARD BOOK OF QUOTATIONS p 92).
Crimes have been committed in Akwa Ibom State – murders, kidnappings, arson, abduction, extortion – most of which had not been solved by the Nigeria Police or the SSS till today. By 2009, according to the Annual Report of the Nigeria Police, Akwa Ibom, hitherto low on the league table of states for crimes had risen to the number one position. It was definitely not the sort of “trophy” any state governor would like to keep on his shelf.
In that fateful year, 2009 that is, 177 murders were committed in a state which never recorded up to sixty a few years back. By 2010 the crime rate had exploded such as to erase the record of 2009. Some would recall that on February 14, 2010, the Governor was reported by the DAILY INDEPENDENT as asking his supporters to “crush all opposition to government.”
A few days after that declaration, one Engineer who had relocated from the Far East  in 2011, barely escaped assassination. He was hastily flown out of Nigeria for treatment to save his life. His aged mother was not so fortunate. After being kidnapped, and a ransom paid, the poor old woman, about 80 years old, was still murdered and the body dumped on the road. Several cases of murder and kidnapping were recorded in quick succession and Akwa Ibom State which up to 2007, was one of the safest states in Nigeria, leapt to the first position for crime nationwide. Until the 2011 elections were conducted the state was gripped by fear; few people could be seen  out after 7 o clock at night and even home was not safe.
While the opposition pointed accusing fingers at the state government, the Police and the SSS failed to solve a single one of these crimes. Akpabio was stoutly defended by his appointees – some of them have since turned coat. The truth might never be known until one of the murderers and kidnappers choose to confess and provide evidence.
However, guilty or not, Akpabio needs to understand that there has been a significant change in his situation with respect to power. In 2009, he still had six more years to spend in the Government House – more than sufficient time to deal with the opposition. Now, he has ten months left in power and must hand over the levers of power to a successor. A lame duck governor, seeking to go to the Senate and deliver his state to the President embarking on a quest for the second term, is so distracted as not to constitute such a formidable foe. And, from May 29, 2015, he will be on his own….Creating mortal foes should not be one of his most pressing problems.
One obvious unintended consequence of his utterances, quoted in PUNCH, July 17, 2014, needs to be pointed out to the governor before we turn the page, for now, on this matter. From now until the 2015 election for governor in Akwa Ibom State, Akpabio has opened himself up to unintended consequences of his statement on how to deal with opposition in the state – whether or not he was responsible. His immunity from prosecution ends on May 29, 2015. He will be well-advised to remember the fate of former Governor Mbadiniju of Anambra State….
Captain Abiodun Lisk-Carew, retired Air Force officer, and a former Chairman of the Lagos Island Local Government Council, last week exploded in anger when he read another story about the Chibok girls and their mothers in the papers. In a call to our columnist Dele Sobowale, the former Council Chief and a father to several kids voiced his disappointment at the passive role the fathers and brothers of the Chibok girls are playing in the entire episode.
“Where are the fathers and brothers of these girls? he asked, visibly angry. “Are we expected to believe that some Nigerian men are so irresponsible or gutless as to leave the search for their daughters and sisters to the women alone?” He went on to say that,  “Everybody in Nigeria should hold these men, without “balls”, responsible for not doing enough to bring their own girls back instead of leaving the task to the Federal Government alone as if it does not concern them”, he concluded.
P.S. I was informed that some of the fathers had been actively involved in the struggle to return the girls. But, the print media had made it appear as if it was an all-female affair.