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COVID-19 Palliatives: Attend to Persons Living with Disabilities Urgently, FODUK CEO, Paseda Urges FG

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The Chief Executive Officer, Focus on Disability Foundation UK, with functional branches in Nigeria, Ghana among others, Mr. Abiodun Enilari Paseda, has called on the Nigeria government to come to the aid of people living with disabilities even as the COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging the world without exception.

Noting that Coronavirus has become the greatest global health emergency in recent times just as its ripples reverberate far and wide across the universe, Mr Paseda said that the very poor in the society as well as those living with disabilities are the hardest hit, and as a result need the urgent attention of the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force, Coalition Against COVID-19, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs among others to live a meaningful life.

Paseda made the call while supervising by proxy the distribution of palliatives to some homes of disabled people. He said ‘these people need more than we are giving or can give, and so the government has to come in before things get out of hand’.

He said: “Though the government have introduced measures like maintenance of hygiene through mandatory washing of hands, closure of borders thereby restricting travels in and out of the country, wearing of masks to cover noses, mouths and in some cases, eyes to preventing the droplets that transmit the virus as well as social distancing and stay home policy, a lot still has to be done to help the Nigerian populace, especially the disabled, to keep safe.”
It is worth knowing that the situation in Nigeria is growing more critical on a daily basis, with  the numbers expected to rise dramatically in the coming weeks though the numbers of people affected so far has been relatively few or far much less than in the Europe or the USA. At  the moment, a total of 4787 cases have been reported with 158 deaths while 959 people have recovered and discharged.
Further in his address, Paseda observed that the virus has the potential to spread at an alarming rate among the poorest and people with disabilities because they are the most vulnerable.
“It will hit them the hardest unless they urgently receive emergency supplies, social protection, medical treatment and food relief packages,” Paseda said.
Focus on Disability Foundation has been in the forefront of providing food items and cash to people with disabilities in Nigeria to cushion the effect of hardship occasioned by the lockdown.
Over the years, FOD has been identifying with the forgotten people with disabilities, providing succour and hope for a better tomorrow.
Among other functions, the foundation supports the education of children with disabilities and empower the adults, so that they can reach their full potential in life.

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  1. Biola

    May 14, 2020 at 6:35 am

    May God continue to bless u sir

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Jealous Wife Murders Husband’s Would-Be Wife

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The Police have arrested a housewife in Kano State for allegedly killing her husband’s fiancée, a week to their wedding.

The Police on Tuesday said Suwaiba Shuaibu, 20, stabbed Aisha Kabir, 17, to death in an uncompleted building in Doguwa Local Government Area of the state.

The Police spokesperson in Kano, Abdullahi Kiyawa, said Kabiru Jafaru had lodged a report with the police that Miss Kabir was missing.

Mr Kiyawa said the police after preliminary investigation arrested Mrs Shuaibu of the same address as the complainant.

The suspect is the wife of Shaibu Ali, who was to be wedded to Miss Kabir on January 9, after six years of courtship, the police said.

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed that she had called the victim on phone, deceived and lured her to an uncompleted building in their neighbourhood where she used a sharp knife to stab her on her neck, chest and other parts of her body.

“I killed Aisha out of jealousy because my husband proposed to marry her,” the police quoted the suspect as saying.

Officers evacuated the corpse of Miss Kabir to Tudun Wada General Hospital, the police spokesperson said.

He said the state’s Commissioner of Police, Habu Sani, has directed the case to be transferred to the command’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Homicide Section, to wrap up the investigation.

Mr Kiyawa said the suspect would be charged to court after the exercise.

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Landlady’s Son Stabbed to Death over Friend’s Affair with Neighbour’s Daughter

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One Toheeb and his friends are currently on the run after allegedly stabbing one Akin Okebukola to death in the Alakuko area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the men were allegedly mobilised by a woman, identified simply as Iya Abe, who was reportedly assaulted when a friend, Morenikeji Olawunmi, invited her and one Ajoke Bello, to threaten one Abu on the suspicion that he had been having sexual relations with her 16-year-old daughter.

Angered by the injuries she sustained during the assault, Iya Abe reportedly informed her son, Toheeb, who mobilised two other yet-to-be-identified friends to Olawunmi’s residence on Oluobadare Street Gbadabiu area of Alakuko, on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

A resident of the area, Johnson Idowu, said Abu fled from home before Toheeb and his friends got there, adding that in a bid to avenge his mother’s injuries, the men pounced on Abu’s roommate, Okebukola, and allegedly stabbed him with broken bottles in his leg.

He said, “Immediately blood started gushing out of his leg, because his vein had cut, and he was rushed to hospital but died on the way. After Okebukola died, Iya Abe, Toheeb and his two accomplices ran away. The person who was killed knew nothing about what happened; he was the landlady’s son, who accommodated Abu in his room.”

Olawunmi said she was not the one who killed Okebukola, but blamed herself for the circumstances that lead to his death, adding that Abu, who was the cause of the incident, ignored advice to desist from seeing her daughter.

She stated, “My daughter has been behaving strangely lately and I do beat her so that she could stop the behaviour. I even reported her to one of our neighbours, who informed me that my daughter was fond of seeing one Abu, who was staying with my landlady’s son, Okebukola.

“I asked Abu and my daughter to stop seeing each other but they refused to obey me. I had to call Iya Abe and my friend, Ajoke Bello, to help speak to my daughter and threaten Abu, but in the process, Iya Abe was injured by Abu. So, Iya Abe held Abu down, and quickly informed her son, Toheeb, who came with two other boys.

“Abu quickly got himself freed from Iya Abe and ran away. So, when her son and the two other guys came, they chased Okebukola and stabbed him in the leg. We rushed him to three different hospitals, but he was rejected and that was how he died. I was not the one who killed Okebukola, but I blame myself for all that happened.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said Olawunmi would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for further investigation, adding that some boys in the area, while protesting Okebukola’s death, destroyed both Iya Abe and Toheeb’s shops.

He stated, “When the incident was reported at the Alakuko Division, the Divisional Police Officer, SP Maryam Sonubi, mobilised policemen and the woman (Olawunmi), who alleged that one Abu was sleeping with her 16-year-old daughter, was arrested.

“During interrogation, she said she had warned him (Abu), but he refused to leave her daughter and she reported to some people, who called some boys, including one Toheeb, in the area to threaten him.

“It was out of annoyance that Toheeb’s mother called him because she was injured by Abu when they were threatening him to leave the woman’s daughter.

“So, Toheeb brought some guys to beat up Abu, who escaped, but his roommate, Okebukola, was attacked and stabbed to death. Unfortunately, the roommate was not the target.”

Adejobi explained that a manhunt had been launched for Toheeb and his accomplices, adding that Okebukola’s remains were deposited in the Ifo General Hospital for autopsy.

He added, “We were unable to pick the woman, who invited the boys. The boys also ran away but aggrieved youths in the community destroyed Toheeb’s shop and house for leading others to stab the victim.

“The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has launched a manhunt for Toheeb and his accomplices to get them arrested and brought to justice.”

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Bandits Kidnap Prof, Kill Son, Three Others in Kaduna

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Some gunmen in  separate attacks invaded  three local government areas of Kaduna State on Sunday, killing four persons, including a professor’s son, two vigilante members and one other.

The invaded local government areas are Igabi, Zaria and Giwa.

It was gathered that the bandits first launched an attack on Anaba village and Birnin Yero town all in Igabi LG where one person was killed

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the attack on Monday, gave the name of the victim as Lawali Abdulhameed.

The commissioner disclosed that the bandits stormed Wusasa in Zaria LGA where they kidnapped the Wazirin Wusasa (title holder), Prof. Aliyu Mohammed, in his residence while his son, Abdulaziz Aliyu, was killed during the raid.

He also added that the professor’s nephew, one Abba Kabiru, was shot and injured.

According to the commissioner, bandits on motorcycles stormed Iyatawa village of Giwa LGA but were repelled by some vigilantes, forcing them (gunmen) to flee.

Aruwan noted that two among the vigilantes who battled the bandits were, however, killed.

“The two of the local vigilantes, Malam Auwalu and Alassan Shehu, were sadly killed during the encounter as ground and air patrols were quickly mobilised to the location for a comprehensive engagement,” he said.

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