Amid anxiety over the fate of abducted students of Government College, Kagara, Niger State, bandits struck again in neigbourbing Katsina State, abducting a monarch and 13 others in two separate attacks, IgbereTV has learned.
The gunmen were said to have kidnapped the 91-year-old traditional ruler of Kunduru community on Friday night.
According to Sunday Vanguard, the victim who is the Galadiman Kunduru is the father of the Secretary to Katsina State Government, Alhaji Kasimu Ibrahim.
The monarch was whisked away by the gunmen who stormed the town on motorcycles
One of his children who pleaded for anonymity, confirmed the incident yesterday, adding that the incident had already been reported to the Police.
The nonagenarian was said to be having health challenges.
Sources also said the abductors had not made any contact with the family.
As of press time, the Permanent Secretary could not be reached as phone calls to his mobile phone were not replied to.
When contacted, spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, Superintendent of Police, Gambo Isah, said he was not aware of the incident.
“ I am not aware of that incident,” he told newsmen.
In a related development, gunmen kidnapped 13 travellers in Faskari Local Government Area of the state.
Isah also confirmed the incident, saying the bandits struck at 10: am on February 17, 2021.
He explained that the victims were travelling to Funtua from Mai Gora to collect loans from a bank provided through a family support programme.
The Police spokesman said three persons later escaped from the bandits.
He added that the Police were making efforts to ensure that abductees were rescued alive.
According to him, “it’s not true that seventeen women going for a wedding were abducted.
“What happened was that thirteen women from Mai Gora were travelling to Funtua for this family support loan facilities from a bank, somewhere before Dan Rimi village, these bandits came from the bush and shot at the tyres of the vehicle they were traveling in, forcing the driver to stop. Three women escaped while the remaining nine and the driver were abducted.
“We are making serious efforts to ensure that the nine women and the driver who are still in captivity are rescued alive. The incident happened at 10 a.m.”
Residents said the bandits were yet to contact any of the families of the victims as of press time.
NYSC To Consider Deploying Corps Members To ECOWAS States
The National Youth Service Corps may consider deploying corps members to the 16 member states of the Economic Community of West African States Corps, going by one of the suggestions offered at its top management retreat in Niger State.
A lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Prof Oka Obono, gave the proposition to the NYSC top management during the retreat in Suleja, while delivering his lecture titled; “Strategies for Sustaining the NYSC in a Changing World.”
Obono stated that the advantages of Nigerian corps members deployed across the West African sub-region would include the vast reduction of unemployment among the youths as well as regional exposure.
He advocated that all stakeholders should embrace expansion strategies that would be of benefit to the youths.
“Expand operations to the West African region thereby reducing internal graduate unemployment and reducing pressures on the Nigerian labour market,” Prof Obono told the NYSC management.
The don, who described inter-ethnic distrust as the bane of the county’s problems, lauded the NYSC Director-General, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim for his leadership style since assuming duty as the 18th DG of NYSC.
He further advised that all stakeholders must adopt a high level of diplomacy and advocacy to positively engage the unlearned youths who are potential threats to societal peace and national development.
The NYSC DG, Ibrahim, in his remarks, said that the retreat was a platform for the scheme’s appraisal of its operations by the top management.
According to a release by the NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, and obtained by SaharaReporters, the agency will consider the suggestion.
The DG added that the retreat would also help to formulate new strategies to guide its operations in a changing world.
“We will intensify more on our proactive disposition to official engagements to move the Scheme Forward”, Ibrahim added.
DELSU Don Prof. Avwioro, Rallies WHO, FG, Against Cancer
An expert in Medical Laboratory Science at the Delta State University, Abraka, Professor Godwin Avwioro has called on the Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) to consider cancer a major public health Challenge and develop implementable policies for its eradication in Nigeria.
Professor Avwioro, who was speaking on a lecture entitled ” Cancer: A Fight For the Poor, the Rich, the Weak, the Strong and the World” at the 85th in the series of inaugural lectures at the Delta State University, Abraka on April 15, 2021, advised the government to organize a national health summit on cancer in conjunction with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in order to address the Scourge of cancer.
In order to have a structure to address the challenge of cancer, on a permanent basis, he suggested that the Federal Government should establish a National Agency for the control of cancer with branches in all the States of the Federation, adding that the fight against cancer should be similar to what was done against Ebola and what is being done against Covid-19 and the six children killer diseases.
A first rate Medical laboratory Scientist, the Professor of Histochemistry and Histopathology, held the large audience spell-bound with his deep knowledge of cancer and its management at the University’s 1st 750 capacity Hall, which is gradually achieving the status of being the venue of choice for important events in the University. Professor Avwioro, who, according to the April 2021 Google Scholar Rankings, is the 6th Histochemist in the world and Number one in Nigeria, brought home the ravages of cancer with frightening figures.
According to him, “In 2020, the International Agency for Research on cancer estimated 19.3 million new cases of cancer with about 10 million deaths. Female breast cancer was the most common with a estimated 2,261,419 new cases with 684,996 deaths. Cervical cancer was 604, 101 with 341,831 deaths. On the whole, Cancer occurs in women more than men with 60:40. Cancer knows no age, gender or position of an individual in the society. It has killed the poor, the rich , the week and the strong, including Presidents of Countries Kings and the wealthy without respect for any of them”.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andy Egwunyenga, who was home with the inaugural lecturer’s presentation, being a Scientist of high repute himself, congratulated the inaugural lecturer on his prodigious and current publications which are the hallmarks of the academia. He observes that of the 97 publications cited, Professor Avwioro was part of all, either as a sole author, or in collaboration with other scholars.
The inaugural lecture, which was witnessed by a large audience, who wore their face masks, included the inaugural lecturer’s immediate and extended families. Also, in attendance was his 82-year-old mother , Mrs Esther Avwioro.
Lagos Govt Cautions Against Killer Fruit Juice
The Lagos State Government has warned the residents of the state against the consumption of expired products.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, who gave the warning, enjoined Lagosians to always check the expiry dates of the products they consumed.
Omotoso, while reacting to the report on the sales of expired citric acid powdered drinks in Kano State, urged residents of the state not to consume products that were not certified by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
The commissioner, however, stated that the state consumer protection agency would not allow the ‘killer drink’ to be sold in Lagos State.
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