The Umueri community in Anambra State has raised concern over the absence of both the National Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency Management Agency in the management of the Internally Displaced Person camps in the state.
Anambra was said to be one of the worst affected states in this year’s flood disaster with many people killed, and communities submerged in water while properties worth hundreds of millions of Naira were damaged.
But the President General of the community, Johnny Metchie, said the government had not shown presence in coming to rescue the community over the disaster.
Metchie who has been visiting different camps and donating relief material across the IDP camps set up by the state government expressed fears that there may soon be a serious outbreak of some diseases in the IDPs camps because of the unprofessional ways things were being managed, including food, medicine and other items being donated by well-meaning individuals and organizations.
Metchie who was recently appointed the African Director of the International Association of World Peace Advocates lamented that what he saw in the IDP camps in Umuleri, Aguleri and the entire state was far below what was acceptable anywhere in the world.
According to him, rather than NEMA and SEMA, the Anambra flood victims’ IDPs camps were put entirely in the hands of new Local Government council chairmen who, apart from not having any experience in disaster management, were not even engaging the services of experts, including health officials, nurses, medical doctors and others, to ensure that essential food and drugs are safe for the victims.
He said, “I have been going around the different IDP camps in Anambra State. While I commend the efforts of the state government led by Prof. Chukwuma Soludo in quickly responding to the needs of the victims by setting up IDP camps, I cannot but express disappointment with the total absence of federal agencies like NEMA, as well as SEMA which would have brought in some level of professionalism in the operations.
“It falls below all known standards of disaster management to leave the coordination in the hands of local government chairmen who have no requisite knowledge and expertise to coordinate such huge crisis as we have on our hands currently.
“In cases where NEMA is involved, they come with health officials, nurses, medical doctors, security and others. This is to ensure that victims are not given expired and other unwholesome drugs. Victims that are put in IDP camps need security to ensure that they are not attacked or even robbed of the food and other relief items being donated by well-meaning individuals and organization.
“So, why has NEMA, a federal government agency abandoned Anambra at this critical time?
“There is also the need for accountability in order to ensure that donated relief materials are not diverted.”
While thanking the Anambra state government, individuals, NGOs, churches and other organizations that have been donating relief materials to the IDPs, Metchie called for more efforts in the areas of mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets, and rechargeable lamps, as well as mobilization of nurses, doctors, and other health officials to the camps.
“Many of the victims in the IDP camps are sleeping on bare floors under heavy cold and breeze, and at the mercy of mosquitoes. This is dangerous. Again, the Local Government chairmen should be working with NEMA, SEMA, Red Cross, and other stakeholders,” Metchie stated.
Cynthia Gregg Identifies Quest to Dominate As Cause of Proliferation of Small Arms
By Eric Elezuo
A security expect and Chief Executive Officer, Safety Signatures Limited, Dr. Cynthia Gregg, has identified the need for individuals to have intimidate and dominion over their fellow man as one of the reasons for the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Nigerian Civil space, thereby resulting in insecurity and unsafe habitation.
Gregg made the observation while participating as a panelist during the panel session of the 2023 National Security Conference of the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), on Thursday at the Civic Centre, Lagos.
The security practitioner noted that the issue of small arms and light weapons in the hands of non state actors, has become a major concern to all and sundry as killings abound, affecting both men in uniform and their civilian counterparts in the country today.
“We have noticed that in our society today, the person who carries the weapon is the most feared, and so because everyone wants to be feared, wants to dominate and intimidate the other person, they go to any length to acquire illegal weapons. That explains why when a robber encounters someone, the first thing they do is brandish a weapon or unleash some brutality to subdue their victim. It is the norm, unfortunately,” she said.
She further called on the public to encourage and help the law enforcement agencies to carry out their duties by saying something when they see something, and advocated community engagement to deal with challenges of proliferation of lethal weapons in the hands of non state actors.
Again, Gregg lauded the efforts of NAOSNP in using its platform to propagate safety and security through fruitful engagements with relevant institutions and reportage of credible security stories as well as advocacy through its enviable conferences.
Police Confirm Conclusion of Mohbad’s Autopsy, Await Result
The Lagos State Police Command had said the autopsy conducted on Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, had been concluded.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this to The Punch during a telephone conversation on Thursday.
He said, “Autopsy has been concluded. Awaiting results.”
Earlier on, while responding to an enquiry by the paper concerning arrests made by the police in connection with the late singer’s death, Hundeyin said, “I can’t answer questions on the arrests yet because I don’t have that update. However, the nurse is in our custody; I can confirm that.”
Police Exhume Mohbad’s Body for Autopsy
The body of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, has been exhumed for autopsy.
Lagos State Police spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed the development via his X handle on Thursday.
The Lagos Police image maker wrote: “Exhumation completed. Autopsy to commence. #JusticeForMohad #Justice4Mohbad.”