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Not yet uhuru for El-Zakyzaky as Kaduna Govt vows to press new charges

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It may not yet be over for Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakyzaky and his spouse, as the Kaduna State Governmenr has vowed to return to the court with new charges against the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and his wife
The State High Court in Kaduna had delivered a judgement discharging and acquitting  El-Zakyzaky and Wife after six years of rigorious legal tussle

Kaduna State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mr. Dari Bayero maintained that the State will challenge the Kaduna State High Court judgement, while he also revealed that fresh charges that border on terrorism and treasonable felony will also be added.
Dari said Kaduna State government disagreed with the decision of the Judge, hence, they would appeal, stressing that El-Zakyzaky’s case as delivered were not in consonance with the facts on ground.
The State Prosecutor said, El-Zakyzaky would be rearrested once the Court order is issued for him to answer fresh charges.

He maintained that actions of the Shiite leader which Kaduna State government is prosecuting him afresh predated 2015.
Meanwhile, El-Zakyzaky and his wife reportedly moved to Abuja for medical treatment.
According to the source,” They have been flown to Abuja so as to get medical attention. They could not leave on Wednesday because they reached the Kaduna International airport late, the control tower had closed for the day. They were flown to Abuja on Thursday morning. Abuja is safer for our leader.”

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NAFDAC warns bakers against use of potassium bromate to enhance bread

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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.”

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Use of carbide on fruits: NAFDAC officials on surveillance to arrest offenders

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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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NAFDAC woos traditional, religious leaders to support fight against drug abuse

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The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Moji Christianah Adeyeye, has called on traditional, religious and community leaders to support the fight against drug abuse and drug misuse to a stand-still in the country.

She made the call during a sensitization campaign in Nnewi in Anambra state on Wednesday.

Represented by the Director of Narcotics and Control Substances of the agency, Dr. Musa Umar, the NAFDAC Director General warned that drug abuse, drug misuse and self medication are injurious to public health.

She noted that food and drug safety and security is an integral part of the national security architecture of the country, insisting that “drug security, unwholesome medicines, drug abuse, diversion of narcotics and psychotropic substances that are originally meant for medicinal use that are illegally diverted to illicit channels is injurious to public health and also injurious to national security.”

Prof. Adeyeye argued that kidnapping, arm banditry, terrorism, armed robbery and all sorts of crime are being fueled by drug abuse.

She explained that NAFDAC has been working closely with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in order to tackle the huge problem of drug abuse and drug misuse.

“This is why it is part of the strategic campaign that we are carrying out to the grassroot level.

“This time around, we are engaging the traditional institution, community and religious leaders to build a partnership since NAFDAC cannot do it alone.

“It is a clarion call. All hands should join us to fight this menace to finish. That is why we are moving from door to door with this campaign which involves road shows into communities and villages.

“All the societal social influencers like the traditional rulers, community leaders and parents should join NAFDAC in this campaign to eradicate and rid the country of the menace of drug abuse.

“We are also advising parents to watch their children in the school. You need to ask valid questions and when children come back from school, check their bags and also observe the peer group or friends of your children, it is very important,” Prof. Adeyeye said.

While noting that NAFDAC will not relent in its enforcement effort, she disclosed that in the last four years, the agency has been fighting the war against Tramadol.

“We have destroyed several containers worth hundreds of millions of naira of Tramadol that are shipped into the country and are being diverted.

“Most of the nefarious activities being committed by criminal elements, drug abuse is at the heart of it. That is why we are fighting it frontally.”

The NAFDAC Director General recalled that the national survey that was conducted by UNODC in partnership with some stakeholders including NDLEA and NAFDAC, revealed that Nigeria has almost triple the world average of the prevalence of drug abuse.

According to her, while the global average is within 5.6 per cent, Nigeria alone is around 14.4 per cent, almost triple.

This, she stressed showed that there is a critical problem of drug abuse in Nigeria, saying that is the reason NAFDAC is intensifying its campaign against drug abuse as a very key element of the campaign that is ongoing from community to community.

“Apart from fueling the insecurity problem in the country, drug abuse is also trying to decimate the very vital protective segment of the population which is the youth.

“Even house wives are not left out. That is why it is becoming cancerous. All hands must be on deck to combat this hydra headed problem and wrestle it to the ground. It is a total war that must be won,” she stressed.

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