The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyehe, has again warned bakers in the country to desist from using potassium bromate to enhance bread.
Speaking at a sensitization campaign in Agulu, Anambra state, she warned that Potassium bromate has grave health consequences to humans as it can cause kidney, thyroid, and gastrointestinal cancers.
Represented by the Director of Chemical Evaluation and Research, Pharmacist (Mrs) Ngozi Onuorah, the Director General stressed that potassium bromate is a silent killer, hence, should not be used for human consumption.
“The use of Potassium bromate is a recurring decimal and we have renewed our earlier warning that bakers of bread who are trying to cut corners by using it to enhance the size of their bread should desist from the practice,” she stressed.
Prof. Adeyeye indicated that there are other healthy alternatives that have been introduced to the bakers which are not injurious to public health.
She however, regretted saying, “But it has come to the knowledge of NAFDAC that some bakers are clandestinely still using potassium bromate, especially at the grassroot level where they think they are not within the precinct or the full glare of the NAFDAC regulatory officers.
“We are also asking the law enforcement agencies to also join the crusade so that we can rid the country of such practice.”
On why NAFDAC is paying special attention on bread, the Director General said: “We are laying emphasis on the issue of bread because it is a major stable food on the table of most Nigerians. Almost every family in the country eats bread on a daily basis either for breakfast or other meals.
“We are also appealing to the Nigerian Master Bakers Association to renew their efforts and drive in self- regulating. This is because we have been working closely with the union in ridding the bad elements among them in the past.
“We are again appealing to them to report to the nearest NAFDAC office anybody that is apprehended for using potassium bromate to enhance bread.”
Ifeanyi Ubah seeks court permission to visit Nnamdi Kanu in DSS facility
Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, who represents Anambra South in the Senate, has taken the bull by the horn with a motion on notice before a Federal High Court in Abuja to Visit Nnamdi Kanu
The motion he filed seeking an order to allow him access to the Department of State Services (DSS) detention facility to visit the detained leader of Indigenous People’s of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.
Senator Ubah, accompanied by his defence counsel, Maxwell Opara, said the visit to Nnamdi was part of his oversight legislative function.
Kanu was arrested and brought into Nigeria in June to face treason trial.
Since he was brought into Nigeria, he had been detained at the detention facility of the DSS pending his trial.
Briefing newsmen after filing the suit, Ubah said he was denied access to the IPOB leader and was directed to approach the court to obtain permission before he could be allowed access to Kanu.
He said his visit was to ameliorate and fashion a meeting point or creating a discussion table aimed at reducing tension and quelling the agitation and killings in the South East.
The lawmaker said since the arrest and detention of Kanu, there had been serious agitation aimed at pressing home his release and this had degenerated into proclamation of sit-at-home orders in the South East; a situation which is crippling the economy of the South East.
He said, “The Sit-At-Home orders are a medium of expression of solidarity to the detained Defendant and same has been hijacked by unknown criminal elements who are now terrorizing the South East and engaging in wanton killings, assassinations and burning of valuable properties.
“The Sit-At-Home orders have gravely affected the economy of the South East and had often led to the killing of flouters, arson and assassination of notable persons by a terror group called unknown gunmen.
“As a senator from the South East Geo-Political Zone of Nigeria, I took it upon myself in carrying out my oversight legislative functions to visit the Defendant at the DSS detention facility to ascertain from him if he is involved in any way in what is happening in the South East and to seek way of amicable settlement of the separatist agitation in the South East in the overall interest of Nigeria.”
Court sentences man to death by hanging for killing 2 women in Kogi
By Friday Idachaba
A High Court in Lokoja on Wednesday sentenced a middle-aged man, Danladi Ichado to death by hanging for stabbing two women to death.
Delivering judgment, Justice Nicodemus Awulu, held that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that the convict was presumed to have intended to kill the women based on the weapon he used.
The judge held that the evidence of Rekiya Rilwan (PW1), who was an eyewitness at the scene of crime had fixed the defendant and demolished his alibi.
Awulu therefore, convicted the defendant and sentenced him to death by hanging.
Earlier in the case, the prosecution led by Inedu Opaluwa, Senior Legal Officer with the state Ministry of Justice had told the court that Danladi Ichado of Odogomu, Ankpa Local Government Area of the state committed the alleged offence on June 6, 2020.
Charged with Culpable Homicide Contrary to Section 221(a) of the Penal Code, Ichado was said to have on 6th of June 2020 at Oko-Ojuwo, Ogaji in Ankpa, caused the death of the women by stabbing them with a short cutlass on the head and in the chest.
Opaluwa called six witnesses and tendered four exhibits while the defendant called one witness and gave evidence in his defence.
The prosecution alleged that the convict attacked Rabiyetu Yusufu and Jemila Yakubu with lethal weapon and therefore, urged the court to hold that he intended to kill the women based on the weapon he used.
He argued that with the weapon, Ichado inflicted injuries on their heads and chest penetrating deep and destroying vital organs, leading to their death.
According to him, the three women – Rabiyetu Yusufu, Jemila Yakubu and Rekiya Rilwan were going to farm on the fateful day when the defendant suddenly appeared from the bush wearing a face mask and pounced on them.
He said that the defendant initially escaped but was later caught and arraigned.
Ichado in his defence tried to establish an alibi that he was at home harvesting palm fruits on the day of the incident and therefore couldn’t have possibly been the one that attacked the women.
Use of carbide on fruits: NAFDAC officials on surveillance to arrest offenders
The officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) are currently on surveillance in all nooks and crannies of the country to track and arrest anyone found using carbide to ripen fruits.
The Director General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, who disclosed this at a sensitization campaign in Onitsha, Enugu state, warned sellers of fruits including oranges, banana, plantain and many others to desist from using carbide or risk being arrested.
She explained that carbide has enormous negative implications on the health of the people, hence, should not be used on fruits as it causes cancer, liver diseases and many other health complications.
Represented by the Director of Public Affairs of the agency, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, the NAFDAC Director General, however, appealed to Nigerians to be on the alert and report anyone found using carbide to ripen fruits to the nearest NAFDAC office or the law enforcement officials.
“In the past four years, we have been intensifying efforts to tackle the menace. We have held several sensitization fora for fruit and vegetable sellers across the country.
“This time around, we are taking the campaign to another level by going from community to community and getting the people enlightened and sensitized about this ugly practice.
“This is because cases of cancers, kidney disease, liver cirrhosis that have been noticed in various hospitals across the country are traced to some of these sharp practices.
“To that extent, NAFDAC is intensifying its campaign and also appealing to fruit sellers to stop the practice.
Prof. Adeyeye also cautioning prospective buyers to be vigilant about the nefarious activities of some people.
She lamented that those who engage in such sharp practices at the altar of public health are undermining the health system in Nigeria.
“All hands must be on deck to enlighten our people to allow fruit to ripe naturally as it is obtained in the past. But now people just want to make quick gain at the detriment of public health.
“We are appealing to Nigerians to be on alert and NAFDAC will not hesitate to deal severely with anyone that is apprehended for ripening fruits with carbide because our officials are already on surveillance watching,” she warned.
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