Short Article on Ebola by @Lachocko_ 


Talking about Ebola control and prevention within the cities in Africa, I get worried and thought about it and I asked myself is this possible? And I answered myself back that it’s impossible due to rate of poverty after reading from www.ebolafacts.com this is my worries.
How and why? I write as below.
  1. Over Population
I remembered how I grew up the urban communities, where a house build on a plot or half plot of land rather carries numbers of rooms from ten to twenty rooms plus, different families with at least two bachelors in the house and the rest families with three kids minimum and six in some cases in a room plus the father and mother, on a street this type of houses are mostly 97% built, tell me if a person contact a Ebola in such Building, what is the chances of it not spreading round that community within one week?
No matter how worst one’s family member gets sick and down, the loved ones will still get close to them, if Ebola can be contracted by hand shake and staying under the same roof with such patient as the news in spreading round town, then before the patient is reported to the hospital the family members and neighbors will be infected.
 
Our General Hospitals: When last did you visit one? The population on a morning queue only is not funny, if an Ebola patient who doesn’t know the nature of his/her illness is on that queue and sharing taught and words with someone next to him/her on that queue which commonly happen when you are in such public queue after hand shake and close sitting next to people on those long chairs and you didn’t think of washing your hands, what’s the chances of not getting infected? Or in a case whereby an unknown Ebola patient fell down on that queue or in a public place and you rushed to pick or check on him/her well being, because there are still good Samaritans in Nigeria and that person sweat robbed your palm or part of your body, what’s the chances of that Good Samaritan not getting infected?
  1. SHARING
I also remembered very well in the urban communities when our fathers in the compound sit together in the compound to do a brief tenant and landlord meeting and if they have good friendship relationship in such compound there’s always a green bottle with gin or some kind of herbal drink whereby those who drink alcohols will share shots with one small cup all in the name of there is love in sharing, what if an Ebola patient is amongst them and he was the first to use that cup and the funny part is you don’t drink and rinse such cup, immediately Papa Nonso turn his, Baba Biliki will turn his own too and it goes round, so it goes amongst the you in the neighborhood you will see a gathering where boys sit and gisting and there are sharing from one bottle of drink be it herbal or whiskey no one is waiting for a cup and young boys are found of hand shaking no matter the condition the next brother is if they see you before talking at all a hand shake has gone round and some time the hand shake are clockwise.
 
  1. POVERTY
Talking about poverty is also related to sharing under some condition, I remembered when going to the public school and you have lavish your small token your parents gave to you to school and it’s break time you are so tasty and don’t have a dime on you to buy a sachet of pure water the next option is (GUY ABEG DRINK REMAIN FOR ME) I have been through that before because it’s a turn by turn thing, today you’ll be buoyant in school the next day you’ll go broke and your group of friend won’t want to let you down because we watch each other back and cater of each other back in my high school days, and three of us are sharing a sachet of water, which I know it’s still happening in the public primary and secondary school and this is not only water I also remember some student will even eat and remain for their friends and that same food bought in a canteen or brought from their home will be eaten with one plate and spoon that’s the same plate and spoon the next person eating the leftover will use, worst scenario I also then is we share sachet yoghurt, and I believe it’s still happening because urban kids will always be urban kids.
And these things happened because of poverty, tell me what are the chances of these kids from these poor homes not contracting the virus from the public school?
 
My personal advice to the general public is be prayerful and not panic and ponder over it else you will be afraid to even step out of your house with your kids to school and your business/work places brethren that's the beginning of causing yourself more arms.
 
@LaChocko_ via twitter.
 

F78 WEEKLY NEWS - The Mavins, Skales, Sinarambo, Joe EL, Davido, Wizkid, 4X4 Sinzu, Godwon, Yvonne Nelson 


Here is another episode of Factory78 weekly news featuring the alleged Wizkid and Davido beef, Godwon jabs at rapper Sinzu, D'banjs new love interest, Ghanaian gospel singer caught cheating during her university final exam and Ghanaian comedian dissing actress Yvonne Nelson . Also Factory78's top pick of this week's Afrobeats video releases ( Sina Rambo ft Davido, 4X4 ft Davido, Mavins Dorobucci, Skales and more). Watch and share Factory78 weekely!

THE DEMOLITION (A Short Story Against Rape) Written By Philip Asuquo 


I had a brooding feeling that something bad would happen...

She led us through the farm...Showing us the beautiful produce from her farm. The adults amongst us were impressed...The kids giggled with laughter, excited at the robust fruits and vegetables.

I was happy her farm could produce such good food. Everybody was too, or so I thought.

Then a man that takes care of the old big house asked to give her a tour of the house.

She was happy and excited and decided to take up the offer. The kids trailed along. I followed, but hid myself amongst the walls. Why? I had a brooding feeling that something bad would happen...

The man took them into the big house and asked her if she'd like to see the orb in the ground floor that Christians were killed in back in the days, she said she'd love to.
He opened the door and let her go down the stairs...

He turned around to go pick something. I sneaked in behind her, picking a metal rod in front of the door as I went in.

I had a brooding feeling that something bad was about to happen...

I heard the man dismiss the kids telling them to go play somewhere else..They told him they want to see the orb too but he shooed them away.

After some minutes, I heard him descend the staircase. I quickly hid myself under the staircase, in a spot I could have a good view of him and the lady.

She was excited and chattering away while he walked in with a smirk on his face. He had something on his hand. I looked at what I had in mine and knew it was no match. I could and would take him out with the rod I had...

I think she started noticing that he was up to no good. His shoulders where squat and he had an evil glaze in his eyes.

She realized, he was about to rape her.

She had a look of utter shock in her eyes.

I think he was trying to make sure no one had followed her down there. So he came close to where I was, trying to see if anyone was there.

He looked away and looked at her, obviously running through the routine of the wickedness he was about to mete out on her..

Then he looked into the dark space I was hiding in...inching closer...I think he felt my presence. The man was huger/bigger than me but the disgust and anger I held in my chest for what he was about to do to that innocent fruit and vegetables lady was bigger than the old house could contain.

When I knew his face was close enough, I lifted the rod and clenching one end with two hands, I raised it up and hit him hard on the face.

He had a stunned look on his face. I stepped out of the dark and hit him twice on the same spot, barely missing it.

He fell to the floor, landing on the staircase. He propped himself up with his hand.

"Give me the keys or I smash the life out of you!" I slowly told him. He reached out and gave it to me.

I gave the key to the lady to go open the door while I held the rod over the man. She ran up the stairs but took long trying to open it. I looked at the man and knew he couldn't stand up so I went there and took the keys from her, picked out the one for the door - it was flat and the key hole was flat too, so I knew it was the one. I inserted the key half way into the door and urged her to open it while I went down to check on the man...The lady was very shook.

I went down and met him trying to swallow some pills with his hand shaking. I took the pills from him and gave him one. Probably it was some sort of medication. He heaved a sigh when he swallowed the pill then lifted himself from the ground. The pill seemed to have worked instantly but I could tell that whatever strenght it gave him was no match to the disdain and anger that I had at that moment, with that rod in my hand.

We walked up and exited the dark basement...then he said something that made me stop in my tracks...

"Her daughters didn't resist or have this luck when I did it to them"....

I was still contemplating what to do to this man that was obviously thinking his cruelty was right and fun when I suddenly woke up and realised ... IT WAS A DREAM.

I sat up in bed thinking about it. Then I wondered how many ladies had been led into a rape spot like that and had no one to help them.

My heart sunk

Ladies, please no matter how much you think you trust a guy, try not to find yourself alone with him in a place you will be out of help's reach if anything happens...

Guys, if you ever bring yourself down to the disgusting act of wanting to rape a lady, think of how you'd feel if it was your mom,sister or daughter that was about to be raped. Better yet, imagine if you were a lady and a disgusting fellow was about to do same to you...

Let's STOP RAPE. It affects our existence, not just the victims'.

Rape scars humanity.

Brothers, when a lady says "NO", please don't assume that she is playing hard to get...Kindly let her "GO".

#‎STOP_RAPE‬ #‎WrittenByPhilipAsuquo‬
 

Panic as mass transfer to North hits Anambra Police Command 


Panic has gripped policemen in Anambra State command, following ongoing massive transfer of most of the officers to the Northern part of the country, where the Boko Haram sect is involved in mindless killings.

Investigation showed that by yesterday about 149 officers in the command had been transferred to Sokoto, Borno, Nassarawa, Bauchi, Plateau, Yobe and Adamawa states, among others.

Speaking with newsmen yesterday, some of the affected officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the transfer was being done in batches.

They added that about 61 officers were in the first batch, while 88 were in the second, which list was released penultimate week.

The officers described the exercise as punitive, as only senior police officers of Igbo extraction were mostly affected.

While conceding that the issue of transfer was the responsibility of the Police Service Commission, PSC, the officers insisted that the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, was behind the transfer.

“It is really shocking that the IGP, who may be going on retirement next month, decided to carry out this exercise as a parting gift,” one of the police officers said.

SOURCE
VANGUARD

Police uncover bombs in Owerri church 

THE police, yesterday, averted what could have amounted to the worst disaster in the southern part of the country by terrorists, as it defused three improvised explosive devices, IEDs, carefully planted in the Living Faith Church, (Winners Chapel), Owerri that accommodates more than 10,000 worshippers.

Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, in his reaction, said “the bombs had the capacity to cover about 500 metres and could have been a huge disaster if they had exploded as planned by the terrorists”.

Following the report that the police had uncovered and defused the explosives, palpable tension and confusion enveloped Owerri, Imo State capital as residents were apprehensive that members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, must have been responsible for it.

Already, all the security chiefs operating in the state, have visited the church premises, located off Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, to have a first hand assessment of the planned bomb attack.

Addressing newsmen shortly after inspecting the area, the Commissioner of Police, CP, Mr. Abdulmajid Ali, confirmed that six persons have been arrested in connection with the planned bomb attack

The CP explained that soon after getting information about the strange objects, the anti-bomb unit of the Command was immediately despatched to the scene.

According to Ali, “the police have disabled the devices, while serious investigations have commenced to uncover those behind the plot”.

He appealed to residents of the state not to panic but to be more security conscious, especially as the foiled attempt ought to be an eye opener to all.

“We are worried about the development but people should be vigilant. People should be very curious about anything they see within their surroundings. People should however not pick up anything. They should contact the security agencies any time they see strange objects”, the CP cautioned.

The police boss pleaded with the citizenry to be conscious of what is happening in their surroundings, adding that people must learn to see any strange fellow with suspicious movement as a suspect.

Although the pastor in charge of the church, Moses Oyedele, declined to speak to journalists on the matter, a member of the security group in the church, Pastor Chike Odenigbo, said it was one of his colleagues who noticed the two explosives planted at the gate and another at the church auditorium, which he said accommodates more than 10,000 worshippers at a time, that alerted them of the suspicious devices.

“The founder of the church had said it about three weeks ago that we should not allow any vehicle to come into the church premises. So, we started the stop and search process last week. We are expecting that God will continue to work for us”,Odenigbo said.

At press time, the police had cordoned off the area, thereby restricting both human and vehicular movement, while worshippers were diverted to the Heroes Square along Concorde Avenue, Owerri.

When Newsmen visited St. Mulumba’s Parish, Owerri, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. George Ahamefula, confirmed receiving the security alert pointing out that “serious measures have been put in place to forestall any attack from the dreaded sect”.

It would have been huge disaster — Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha, in his reaction said the improvised explosive devices planted in the church, would have been a huge disaster if they had exploded as planned by the criminals.

Okorocha, who stated this, while speaking to journalists, yesterday, in Government House, Owerri, equally disclosed that the bombs had the capacity of covering about 500 metres range.

“It is true that bombs were planted in Winners Chapel, today (yesterday). These bombs had the capacity to cover about 500 metres range and would have been a huge disaster if they had exploded as planned by the insurgents”, Okorocha said.

What was also worrisome to the Governor was that the church is located in a densely populated area of the municipality. He thanked God for saving the lives of innocent citizens.

Answering a question, Okorocha affirmed that some suspects have already been arrested in connection with the crime and commended the security agencies for being alive to their duties.

While assuring the citizenry that “the state has applied necessary measures to stop further occurrence of the ugly situation”, the Governor added that there would be an emergency security meeting at the
International Convention Centre, Owerri, where further security briefing would be made available to Imolites.

“The situation is under control. Imo State is not known for such ugly incidence. I, therefore, appeal to all Imolites and other Nigerians resident in the state, to be more security conscious and alert the police about any suspected objects, vehicles or persons around their vicinity”, Okorocha pleaded.

Reacting to the development, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. Theodore Ekechi, said although government was visibly worried about the ugly development, it would allow the security agencies to do their job.
“No responsible government and no responsible people would be happy when reports of things like this begin to challenge the tranquility and serenity of a state like Imo”, Ekechi said.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in the state, following the foiled attempt to bomb the church in Owerri.
Vanguard recalls that the Owerri residence of former Governor Ikedi Ohakim which was gutted by fire on May 15, was suspected to have emanated from an incendiary bomb thrown into the building.

The Imo State Police Command has also warned members of the public, especially churches, schools, markets and motor parks in the state, to be more vigilant and security conscious about their surroundings.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Andrew Enwerem,said any strange objects observed in the form of refrigerator or air condition compressor, either hidden in sacks or otherwise, should be reported to the police immediately.

The statement advised members of the public to go about their lawful business without panic, as the Command is determined to ensure the safety of life and property of the residents in the state.

Shettima’s warning

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima had last week warned that Boko Haram had the capacity to extend havoc across the country, if they succeeded in overrunning the North-East. He said: “If Boko Haram succeeds in overrunning the North East as they seek, they will surely want to extend greater havoc to other parts of the North and if they overrun the North, they would want to extend to the South. Crisis of any type has got a life of its own which depends on something for survival.”


SOURCE: VANGUARD

Obasanjo was a school dropout, Kashamu tells court 


…You’re a drug pusher without reputation, Obasanjo fires back


Justice Valentine Ashi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court has fixed July 28 to commence hearing on the N20billion libel suit instituted against former President Olusegun Obasanjo by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-West, Mr. Buruji Kashamu.

This came as the duo engaged in a fresh war-of-words, with the plaintiff alleging before the court that the erstwhile President was a school dropout.

 

Piqued  by the fact that Obasanjo in his statement of defence to the suit, described him as “a drug pusher with neither local nor international reputation”, Kashamu fired back, calling the ex-president ”a social misfit.”

 

”The plaintiff acknowledges that the defendant (Obasanjo),was a poverty-stricken dropout from school and otherwise a social misfit who eventually found fame and fortune by joining the Armed Forces of Nigeria and benefitting disproportionately from opportunism of military adventure into governance in Nigeria.”

 

Kashamu told the court that “Obasanjo’s vaunted international acclaim was tested in 2008 when the former President contested for the position of the Secretary-General of the United Nations with a barely known diplomat from Egypt. The defendant (Obasanjo) was put in his place as he failed to fly the flag of the nation successfully and lost the contest disgracefully.”

 

Kashamu insisted that Obasanjo’s claims in his statement of defence constituted “an aggravation of the libel charge before the court.”

 

He said Obasanjo’s use of his “touted national and international acclaim to malign more productive members of the society is uncalled for and could be symptomatic of megalomania.”

 

Meanwhile, the former President who had earlier resolved not to personally testify in the matter, had in his statement of defence, described Kashamu as a notorious debtor and a man lacking in local and international reputation.

 

He urged the court to dismiss the suit for being “frivolous, speculative and gold digging”, insisting that no reasonable cause of action was established against him.

 

Kashamu had in his suit, claimed that Obasanjo, ‘murdered’ his reputation via a letter he (Obasanjo), sent to both President Goodluck Jonathan and the immediate past National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.

 

Kashamu told the court that the defendant, maliciously and recklessly published a letter titled, “Before it is too late,” which he said contained distorted facts.

 

He argued that the criminal imputation made against him by Obasanjo in his letter, greatly injured his public image.

 

He prayed the court to award in his favour, and against the ex-President, N20 billion for the damage suffered as a result of the allegation.

 

The plaintiff told the court that the former president specifically referred to him in the said letter as a fugitive wanted in the United States.

 

However, in his statement of defence, Obasanjo stood his ground, saying he had no reason to retract the words in the said letter as requested by Kashamu.

 

”The   statement/words are correct, true and justified”, he maintained, adding, “The plaintiff has no iota of good reputation locally and internationally.

 

“Aside the plaintiff’s illicit drug business for which he was indicted and wanted in America, the plaintiff has penchant for taking loans from unsuspecting banks/financial institutions with intention to permanently elude/avoid repayment or liquidation of such loans.

 

”Further to that, the plaintiff has been judicially adjudged/confirmed a debtor by a competent court of law in Cotonou, Republic of Benin. And the plaintiff presently occupies a choice position on the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria’s list of notorious bad debtor.”

SOURCE: VANGUARD

I have access to Boko Haram - Obasanjo 


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Thursday that he could reach out to the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, over the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the sect, but regretted that the Federal Government had yet to give him the go ahead.
Obasanjo, in an interview on the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, monitored in Kaduna, said he had a communication link with the sect, expressing the fears that the more than 200 abducted girls might never return again.


He said the terror group might release some of the girls that might be pregnant and finding it difficult to cater for the babies in the forest.

He noted that the girls might have been divided into groups and not likely to be at the same location.

The former President said, “I believe that some of them will never return. We will still be hearing about them many years from now. Some will give birth, but if they cannot take care of them in the forest, they may be released.”

 The Chibok girls are two days short of two months in captivity, with the captors defying a global campaign for their release.

SOURCE: NIGERIAN EYE

Twin explosives again rock Rivers court 

Explosives were again detonated at the premises of a high court in Ahoada East Local Government Area, Rivers State in the early hours of yesterday.
Vanguard gathered that documents were among items destroyed in the incident.

It was the third time explosives were hurled by unknown persons into the court premises.

The state Police Commissioner, Mr Tunde Ogunsakin, who visited the court with the anti-bomb unit of the Police said no particle of explosives was recovered from the premises. He, however, confirmed an attack on the place.
According to him, there was sign of burnt at the spot when he got there.

“The Commissioner of Police, Tunde Ogunsakin and his team visited the scene with the Police Anti Bomb team which collected samples for analysis at the scene of the attack,” the Police said.

SOURCE:
 VANGUARD

Fears as Fulani herdsmen invade Enugu communities 


The people of over forty communities in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State are currently panicking, following the invasion of their areas by Fulani herdsmen allegedly armed with AK 47 rifles. 

The herdsmen, who invaded the council area with their cattle two weeks ago, had allegedly destroyed crops in the farms and were reported to have raped some women in the village who were working in their farmland.

Economic activities paralysed

Agricultural and economic activities in those communities have been brought to a halt on account of the violent activities of the herdsmen, while the local vigilante group in the area had become helpless due to the superior arms carried by the invading herdsmen.

Vanguard learnt that a retired police man in the area had confronted two of them who strayed into his compound and the confrontation that ensued led to the death of a herdsman.
 
Justice Ozobu speaks

Speaking on the development, former Ohanaeze President General, Justice Eze Ozobu, who is now the Traditional ruler of Imeziowa Community of Ezeagu local government area, said the situation had got out of control, adding that his people were on the fringe of death and anarchy.

He said: “I do not know what government has done or any action taken by security operatives to checkmate the insurgency by the Fulani herdsmen. These people who we thought carry only sticks and machetes now carry AK47 rifles openly and we wonder where they got those guns from.

“People no longer go to farm anymore and every one now lives in fear of these people. They come in and settle down as if it is their home, nobody is doing anything to stop them.
 
Shooting

“In my own place, my brother who retired as a police officer, came out in the night and asked them what they were doing with guns they were carrying. At some point, he had to bring out his gun and shot two of them.”

He, however, expressed fears that with the incident, the town was apprehensive of a reprisal attack by the herdsmen.

Ozobu further lamented that should the state government fail to take action over what was happening, the tension might develop into breakdown of law and order.

Also speaking shortly after a meeting of the Ezeagu general assembly in Enugu, the President General, Dr. Obiora Ozobu, said they had a resolution to make an official complaint to Enugu State Government, after speaking with the local government chairman and the state House of Assembly.

He said: “This is a very serious issue in Ezeagu and we shall make official entry with the police and also speak with the council chairman and elected political office holders and we shall also find out the position of the state House of Assembly in order to figure out how we are to go about it.

“At a neighbouring town, a farmer was shot dead by these Fulani people and we have had three reported cases of rape of village women that went to their farm.
 
AK 47 rifles

“The most frightening aspect of this problem is how and where they got those AK 47 rifles that they brandish openly. That means there is more to the cattle rearing that meets the ordinary eye.

“It is not that we cannot defend ourselves or that we do not have what it takes to defend ourselves, but we are only trying to do this within the ambit of the law so that our actions do not worsen the already bad situation.
“In Ezeagu, we do not sleep at night because they can come at anytime and begin to slaughter people.”
SOURCE: VANGUARD

Gunmen kidnap 20 women in Borno 

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have reportedly kidnapped 20 women from a nomadic settlement in Borno State near the town of Chibok, where the Islamic militants abducted more than 300 schoolgirls and young women on April 15.

Alhaji Tar, a member of the vigilante groups set up to resist Boko Haram’s attacks, said the men arrived at noon Thursday in the Garkin Fulani settlement and forced the women to enter their vehicles at gunpoint. He says they drove away to an unknown location in the remote stretch of Borno state.

Tar said the group also took three young men who tried to stop the kidnapping.

“We tried to go after them when the news got to us about three hours later, but the vehicles we have could not go far, and the report came to us a little bit late,” he said.

In another incident, the Defense Headquarters said Monday that troops prevented raids by Boko Haram this weekend on villages in Borno and neighboring Adamawa state. Soldiers killed more than 50 militants on Saturday night as they were on their way to attack communities, defense spokesman Chris Oluklade said in an emailed statement.

The Nigerian military has come under rising criticism from Nigerians who say they’re not protected by the security forces, left to fend off attacks by Boko Haram on their own.

Boko Haram, which wants to establish Islamic state in Nigeria, has been taking over villages in the northeast, killing and terrorizing civilians and political leaders.
Thousands of people have been killed in the five-year-old insurgency, more than 2,000 people have been killed so far this year, and an estimated 750,000 Nigerians have been driven from their homes.

In recent weeks, the extremists have used a two-pronged strategy and widened their theater of operation beyond the remote northeast of the country. The group has bombed bus stations and marketplaces in three cities, killing about 250 people, and they are staging daily attacks on northeast villages, killing 20 people one day, and 50 another.

In one incident last week, the militants reportedly killed hundreds of civilians in three villages in the Gwoza local government.

SOURCE: VANGUARD
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