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Taskforce Raids Illegal BDCs In Abuja

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The task force of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, on Monday, resumed its clampdown on illegal Bureau-De-Change operators at the Wuse Zone 4 area of Abuja.

 

The task force extended its raid to some red light zones within the Central Business District, burning down places suspected to be illicit and illegal drug colonies.

 

The FCT Director of Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Attah Ikharo, explained that the task force would have no choice but to continue to make arrests, if the operators refused to work within the provisions of the law.

Ikharo, who noted that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammed Bello, wanted residents to succeed at their various businesses and enterprises, explained that reports from the intelligence unit of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission worried the authorities, and added that if they did not obey the law, relevant forces might have to be engaged to ensure the sanitising of the industry.

 

Commenting on the raid on suspected drug peddler colonies, the director said they had doubled efforts in a bid to ensure a peaceful festive period in the Federal Capital.

“We had to address the issue of insecurity by removing all the shanties around the Bolingo Hotel and the Churchgate buildings” Ikharo said.

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NAUTH Resident Doctors Suspend Strike

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Resident doctors under the aegis of the Association of Resident Doctors, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, have suspended its five-day warning strike.

 

The group said it considered the plight of stranded patients who are in need of critical and emergency care before arriving at the decision to suspend the strike after an emergency meeting on Friday.

 

The doctors had embarked on a five-day warning strike on Wednesday to express displeasure over the assault meted out on one of its members by relatives of a deceased patient, whom the doctor was helping to resuscitate.

 

According to a statement signed by its President, Dr Ndukwe Chinwe, and General Secretary, Dr Egbue Obiora, on Saturday, the body said it unanimously resolved to suspend the strike, resume emergency services by 8 am on Saturday and routine clinic services/activities by Monday.

 

The doctors said it observed that the hospital’s management has shown commitment by ensuring the arrest of the culprits and has promised to follow the matter to a logical conclusion.

 

They also noted the commitment of the hospital towards fulfilling all the other demands outlined by the doctors.

 

The statement read, “Recall that on January 25, doctors under the aegis of Association of Resident Doctors Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi embarked on a five-day warning strike to express displeasure over the assault meted out on one of our members by relatives of a deceased patient, whom the doctor was helping to resuscitate.

“In an emergency general meeting held on Friday, January 27, 2023, the members observed that the hospital management has shown commitment by ensuring the arrest of the culprits and have promised to follow the matter to a logical conclusion.

“The management has begun the enforcement of compliance to visiting hours in the wards and has put measures to ensure that patient relatives are not found inside the wards at odd hours. A memo has been issued to that effect.

 

“The Hospital Management has also reiterated their commitment to fulfil all the other demands outlined by ARD.

 

“Congress observed the lamentations of patients who could not assess healthcare during the period of the industrial action since resident doctors make up the bulk of the doctors in the teaching hospital.

 

“The body unanimously agreed that the hospital management has shown a quick response to their demands which led to a total shutdown of services offered by Resident Doctors in NAUTH.

 

“The congress unanimously resolved to suspend the strike, resume emergency services by 8 am on Saturday and routine clinic services/activities by Monday 8 am.

 

“Congress also resolved that the exco should continue to engage the hospital management until other demands are met. That any other form of assault on any doctor will be met with stringent measures.

“That a rapid response team be instituted to quickly tackle this menace on the spot in the event of any re-occurrence.”

 

The group, therefore, commended the management of NAUTH for its swift response towards putting measures to forestall a future repeat of this condemnable act and ensuring that the majority of our demands received the needed attention.

 

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Police Arrest 50-Year-Old Man, Five Others For Raping 12-Year-Old Girl In Bauchi

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The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested a 50-year-old man and five others for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State several times.

 

Among the suspects were 40-year-old and 37-year-old men.

 

The spokesman for the command, Ahmed Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in the state on Friday.

 

He said that the case was transferred to the police from a lower Shariah Court in Yayu town in Chinade District of Katagum LGA.

 

He added that the suspects often lure the minor with monetary gifts of either N100 or N200 to commit their crime.

 

He said, “The command has arrested a 50-year-old and five others for raping a 12-year girl.

 

“The case was referred from the Lower sharia court, Yayu town Chinade district Katagum LGA on January 18, 2023, for discreet investigation regarding a 12-year-old girl who was raped on different occasions.

“A discreet investigation was conducted by the Gender Unit attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department of Bauchi.

 

“The investigation pointed to the following suspects namely; Abubakar Bello (50), Idriss Yakubu (40), Nasiru Dalhatu (40), Idris Sarkin Ruwa (50), Abubakar Jallaba (37) and Mustapha Kawu, male (40), all males and residents of Yayu village, Katagum LGA.

 

“The suspects confessed to have on different occasions enticed the little girl with monetary gifts ranging from N100 to N200 to have carnal knowledge of her.

 

“During the interrogation, all the suspects confessed to having had carnal knowledge of the underage victim.”

 

Wakil said that rape is a ‘capital offence and also against humanity and good conscience’ pointing out that section 283 of the penal code and Section 1(2a-c) of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act of Bauchi State prescribes the punishment for rape.

 

He said that during the investigation, the detectives of the command uncovered all facts and points to establish a prima-facie case against the accused persons respectively.

 

According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Aminu Alhassan, directed that the suspects be charged to court to face the full wrath of the law as justice will be served to the accused, the victim, and the society at large.

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French Footballer Gets 30-Year-Ban For Punching Referee

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An amateur footballer in France, described as a “fanatic”, was on Friday banned from playing for 30 years for punching a referee.

 

“The penalty is appropriate. These fanatics must not be able to set foot on a football pitch again. They have no place there,” said Benoit Laine, president of the Loiret football district in central France.

 

The 25-year-old player, who was not named by officials, was angry at being sent off while featuring for Entente Sportive Gatinaise in a local cup game on January 8.

He punched the referee so hard that the official was signed off work for two days.

 

The team was also kicked out of the tournament for the next two seasons.

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