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Controversy trails number of deaths in the Strange sickness that hit parts of Kogi as Govt deny 62 figure

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Controversy trails number of deaths in the Strange sickness that hit parts of Kogi as Govt deny 62 figure

Apparently piqued by the public outcry over the purported high number of children that were killed by strange ailment in some communities in Yagba West local government, Kogi State government has decided to take census of graves of victims to ascertain the actual number.
Just as the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the state own specialists hospital Lokoja, Dr. Bolorunduro Ehalaiye confirmed that forty victims were brought to the hospital and after medical examination were conducted, six were diagnosed to be suffering from stooling and vomiting and were admitted and are responding to further treatment.
He added that the remaining thirty four patients who had minor ailments were treated and discharged.
Addressing newsmen yesterday, the Commissioner for health Dr. Saka Haruna denounced the earlier figure of 62 people as the casualty from the outbreak of the strange ailment by the strange ailment.
He blamed the Fulani leaders in the villages for the misleading figures.
He further disclosed that the epidermic started six weeks ago at Okunran, Okoloke and Isanlu-Esa all in Yagba West, Local government.
According to him, the disease was not a case of lassa fever as laboratory tests carried out on the patients by medical experts drafted to the community proved negative.
He added “Honestly, we have decided to carry out the ideal findings, so that we can come up with the actual figure of deaths “We will investigate and trace the dead people to their graves and come up with the correct figure.
“We want to assure the general public that government is doing all that is humanly possible to stay on top of the situation and forestall further loss of lives. We will continue to inform the public as the investigation progresses”.
Also speaking, Dr Francis Akpa, the State’s Epidemiologist, said anytime there is an outbreak of disease, the first thing to do is to trace the patients contacts to enable experts carry out tests on them.
He said that the information they got from their disease surveillance system was that one of the three patients brought to ECWA hospital in Egbe, was suspected to have lassa fever, but when sample was taken to Irua hospital in Edo state, the result was negative, saying it lowered their suspicion of Lassa fever.
He added that the claim by the Fulani leaders in the villages about the death toll cannot be taken to be correct until the medical personnel in the state carry out the imperical assessment to have a conclusive prove and figure of the number of deaths recorded.
Meanwhile when our reporter visited the Kogi State Specialist Hospital yesterday, some of the affected Fulani patients who were on admission were responding to treatment.
Abubakar Burtu a father of one of the patients who said he lost his 4 years son as a result of the illness told newsmen that he was not sure of the numbers but admitted that figures of the victims differs from camp to camp.

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Zamfara state Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle has expressed sadness over the resurgence of banditry activities in the state.

The governor who visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at Unguwar Danbaba in Tsunami area of Gusau local government as he urged the federal government to deploy more troops to the affected areas.

Sympathising with the IDPs who are mostly from Rijiya community, he assured them of his administration’s commitment to the continued protection of lives and properties of the citizens in the state.

The governor, in a statement by his Director General, Media, Public Enlightenment and Communications, Yusuf Idris Gusau said although his administration inherited the security problem in the state, with the support and cooperation of the people, the situation has reduced to a minimal level.

He appealed to the people of the state to support the government by providing necessary intelligence to security agencies in order to bring an end to the security challenges facing the state.

He commended the Ministry for Humanitarian and Disaster Management for the prompt action taken in the provision of food items, medicaments and bedding materials to the IDP camp.

Earlier, one of the IDPs” leaders, Mallam Muhammadu Shehu expressed gratitude over the governor’s visit as herequested for redeployment of more security personnel to the affected communities to enable them return to their respective communities.

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Arrest insecurity in Ebonyi not our President, indigenes tackle Umahi

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Arrest insecurity in Ebonyi not our President, indigenes tackle Umahi

**Raises the alarm over plot to declare Oluchchukwu wanted

Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has asked Governor Dave Umahi, to tackle the insecurity situation in the state instead of the plot to arrest for trial the association’s President, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu.

The Ebonyi indigenous group said it is in possession of a audio clip where the state government had asked the security operative to declare Mr. Oluchchukwu wanted and effect his arrest for trial over a published open letter in a national daily regarding the killings in Effium, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state.

In a statement released to newsmen Thursday in Abuja, AESID said sane minds had expected the state government to rejoind the said open letter with its own facts or counter proves rather than descend so low to harass security agencies to declare the leader of the group wanted.

“As a governance and accountability platform, we in AESID believe that the interest of truth and justice would be best served by truths and nothing but sincerity of purpose especially in managing the lingering Effium war and other communal unrests troubling the very soul of our dear state, not the resort to open or clandestine threats to the lives of Ebonyi citizens like our President willfull elected to not only ask questions and engage leaders in a democracy but even shoulder lots of the burden the government has elected to ignore.

We urge the security agencies in Ebonyi state to please jettison the rather hasty and irrational reactions cum conclusions of the government but rather focus their strengths and energy in bringing all those causing these delibitating unrests in Effium and indeed, our dear state in general to book.

We take this stand because we have known our President, Paschal Oluchukwu well enough and his track records are there for all to see.

“Ambassador Paschal is only deeply concerned just like the rest of ordinary Ebonyians that our once very peaceful Ebonyi has turned into a killing field while the government gallivants and prevaricates without seeking open-minded and credible solutions to these myriads of violence and insecurity in our land.”

While demanding for explanation within 24 hours on the allegation of bias in the lingering Effium carnages raised in the open letter, the group said such was necessary for the governor to clear his name and help in restoring peace in Effium and other parts of the state.

“Meantime, it is pertinent at this closing juncture to draw the attention of the Nigerian security apparatchik who were all duly copied the said Open letter to this latest threats and gimmicks of Governor Umahi to silence those calling for accountability in democratic setting.

“The Nigerian government and the whole world should hold Umahi and his agents responsible, should any harm befall our dear capacity President, his family and or relatives including his businesses home and abroad, for we believe at all times that the primary purpose of government is the protection of lives and property of citizens.”

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Tazan brings succour to Stagi orphanage home

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***lauds Gov. Bello’s strides on security

The Director of Foreign Affairs and integration, United Arab emirate, of National Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Tazan Saahibfatatiu has brought succor to the inhabitants of Stagi Cornerstone orphanage home to confirm with the doctrine of feeding the needy during the period of the Holy Ramadan.

Tazan made this known in a chat with newsmen after the presentation of food items and provisions to the orphanage noting that alms giving during Ramadan fast is considered one of the most admonished good deeds in Islam.

He added that the message of communal responsibility is reinforced through fasting and this, he maintained, encourages empathy and compassion for those that are less privileged in the society.

According to him, the world would have been a better place for all if only everyone takes from the little he or she has to help those in dire need in the society.

While commenting on the prevailing state of economy of the state, Tazan lauded Governor Bello for the giant strides recorded on security, stressing that the peace in the state has encouraged people like him to come home and do business, see family and friends very often.

Earlier, a friend who accompanied him, Hon. Chukwuma Trust lauded the effort of Saahibfatatiu adding that he feels motivated to go back home and replicate same.

While he promised to keep helping the orphanage home on regular bases, he donated an instant cash gift to support the orphanage home.  

Speaking on behalf of the owner of the home, the matron of orphanage, Mrs. Clara Owosagba expressed delight over the items, adding that the items will go a long way in providing regular food for the children.

She further called on the government through the state Ministry of Health to help provide care for one of their children who is a sickle cell patient and in dire need of medical attention.

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