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360 fake medicine stores, pharmacies sealed in Sokoto

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), appeared to have saved thousands of lives in Sokoto State after it sealed off 352 patent medicine stores and eight unregistered pharmacies for various offenses.

Mrs. Anthonia Aruya, the PCN Director, Inspection, and Monitoring, who addressed a news conference on Friday, said their offenses included operating without registration and failure to renew premises license.

Aruwa listed other offenses as dispensing ethical products without the supervision of a pharmacist, poor sanitary conditions among others.

She explained that the PCN is a Federal Government’s agency charged with the responsibility of controlling education, training, and practice of pharmacy in all aspects.

“The core mandate is to ensure rational distribution and dispensing of medicines that are safe, effective and of good quality to the public.

“The PCN cannot guarantee drugs sold in unregistered outlets that have not complied with the statutory production and distribution laws,’’ Aruya said.

At the end of the enforcement exercise in Sokoto, she said 513 premises comprising 26 pharmacies and 487 patent medicine shops were visited.

She added that the PCN observed that many pharmaceutical premises began operations without fulfilling the minimum requirements for registration while many failed to renew their licenses.

“Some of these premises stored products in environments where the quality, safety, and efficacy of pharmaceutical products cannot be guaranteed.

“They exposed public lives to serious danger, as many have no requisite knowledge or skills to handle ethical drugs and control medicines in their facility,’’ she added.

She said the exercise was part of the measures to arrest the ugly trend, as similar exercises were conducted in other states of the federation.

This, she noted, has prompted owners of such unregistered facilities to troop into the PCN office in Sokoto to regularise their operations, even as she lauded the activities of the state task force in this direction.

Aruya said the National Assembly had directed the PCN to close down all illegal premises nationwide and called on the public to patronize only registered medicine stores or pharmacies.


My husband denies me sex, practises juju, woman tells court

A housewife, Mrs. Sandra Ekpa, on Friday begged an Upper Area Court in Mararaba, Nasarawa State, to dissolve her three-year-old marriage because her husband allegedly practices juju and also denies her sex.

Ekpa told the court that her pastor husband, Gideon Adejoh, had ruined their marriage and killed the love she had for him.

She said that she married Adejoh on April 18, 2015, according to native laws and custom of the Igala people in Kogi.

She said that the union was blessed with a child.

“Shortly after our marriage, my husband began to do awful things in the house like practicing juju and seeking extra-powers.

“In addition, my husband stopped having sex with me ever since I gave birth to my baby, who is a year and six months old now.

“I have made all efforts to see that he changed for good but all proved abortive, rather he kept telling me to pack and go if I cannot stay.’’

The divorce-seeking woman told the court that there was no longer love in the marriage and as such “I cannot continue again because I have lost the love and affection I had for him.”

She pleaded for immediate dissolution of the marriage and for the court to grant her custody of the only child from the union.

Ekpa also asked the court to compel the respondent to pay her N30, 000 monthly for the child’s upkeep.

However, Adejoh denied the allegations, pleading with the court to give him time to enable him and his wife to discuss and appraise the issues.

The Presiding Judge, Mr. Ibrahim Shekarau, adjourned the case until May 3 to allow the parties settle out of court.


Andrew Yakubu’s $9.7m stands forfeited to FG: Appeal Court

The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal today affirmed the decision of the Federal High Court Kano which ordered the interim forfeiture of the money found in a house in Kaduna belonging to former Group Managing Director of NNPC, Engineer Andrew Yakubu.

On 3 February 2017, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission stormed a house allegedly belonging to the former NNPC boss and uncovered the sum $9,772,800 (Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Seventy-Two Thousand, Eight Hundred Dollars ) and another £74,000 (Seventy Four Thousand Pounds Sterling) stashed in a fireproof safe.

The money according to Yakubu were gifts from well-wishers.

However, the Commission suspected that the money was a proceed of crime and that prompted the EFCC to secure an interim forfeiture from the Federal High Court on the money.

Yakubu through his counsel Ahmed Raji SAN approached the Federal High Court in Kano asking the court to revoke the order.

The Federal High Court Kano presided over by Justice Z.B Abubakar on  10 May 2017 dismissed the application of Yakubu and affirmed the order of interim forfeiture it granted on the 13th February 2017.

Yakubu being dissatisfied with decision of the Federal High Court, approached the court of appeal in a  bid to reverse the interim forfeiture order and get his money back.

The appeal was filed on the 22nd of May, 2017 while the Commission filed its response which was subsequently adopted on the 29th of January 2018 and matter was then adjourned to today for judgment.

The appeal was brought on grounds of jurisdiction, misrepresentation of fact by EFCC that the money was suspected to be proceeds of illegal activities.

He further argued that Section  29 of the EFCC Establishment Act is null and void while at the same time submitted that, Section 28 of the EFCC Act offends the provision of Section 44 (2)(k). In Section 43 of the EFCC Establishment Act.

The learned silk argued that the Attorney General of the Federation did not make regulations and guidelines consequently, all forfeiture made shall be null and void.

However, the respondents in their reply contended that the ruling of the lower court validating its order was not perverse and that sections 28 and 29 of EFCC Act are valid and operational notwithstanding the alleged failure of the AGF to make regulations for their operations.

In a judgment delivered by Justice Obietonbara  Daniel  Kalio who headed the panel of the three judges, the appellate court resolved all the issues in favor of EFCC.


Fake lawyer nabbed at Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court

The law has finally caught up with a fake lawyer Samson Obu, after allegedly acting for three years as a counsel.

The 43-year-old, residing at No. 5, Imam St., Owutu, Agric in Ikorodu, near Lagos, was docked an Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, on a count charge of impersonation, following suspicion raised by some lawyers.

According to the Prosecutor, Sgt. John Iberedem, the accused had appeared in the court on April 5 to represent an accused.

“He announced his appearance for an accused and quoted a wrong section, which was what aroused the suspicion of other lawyers, including Mr. Adetayo Ladega.

“Ladega, the Vice-President of the Ikorodu Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association and other lawyers challenged Obu and he was interrogated and arrested by the police.

“The accused has been appearing as a lawyer for the past three years,” the prosecutor said.

Iberedem said the offense contravened Section 78 of the Lagos State Criminal Code, 2015.

Obu, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. F. A. Azeez, granted him bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Azeez said the sureties must show evidence of three years tax payment and must make deposits of N25, 000 each.

She adjourned the case until May 10 for a mention.


Davido pays for surgery of airport worker

David Adeleke, an Afropop singer better known as Davido, has paid for the surgery of an airport worker.

The Nigerian singer made this known on Wednesday by sharing a video of a group of people holding placards and chanting praises of thanks to him.

The video was shared on his Instagram Story.

The cardboard signs that were held up to the singer had inscriptions like ‘Omo Baba Olowo, Thank You, N15 million no be joke‘ and ‘Davido we love you’.

The FIA singer captioned the video: “Aww I payed(sic) for the surgery of a lady that works at the airport and they did this to thank me. So cute.”

Davido, son of a billionaire businessman and nephew of a senator, is known for his philanthropic gestures. He has over time paid the tuition of several persons who sought assistance on social media.

In 2017, he offered financial assistance and a scholarship to Utibe, a five-year-old boy who went viral for singing ‘IF’, his hit song.

A few weeks ago, he donated $5000 (N1,800,000) to a Rwandan music school.

“I love Africa, and that’s why I told my boy before I stood up here… that I am going to donate $5000 to you,” Davido had told the music students.

The singer is one of the highest nominated artistes for the 2018 Headies awards.


Commissioner, governor’s aides face CCT trial in Bauchi

Mr. Danladi Umar, Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has approved April 24 and April 27 for the arraignment of a serving Commissioner and 54 other public officers before him in Bauchi State.

According to a statement by Mr. Ibraheem AL-Hassan, Head, Press and Public Relations of the tribunal, the trial would be conducted at the state High Court Bauchi.

The CCT said nine Senior Assistants (SAs) operating from the office of Secretary to the Bauchi state government and three Personal Assistance to state Governor are among those facing trial.

Others, according to the spokesman of the tribunal, include four staff of the Nigeria Drugs Law Enforcement Agent personnel with a Commander operating in the state.

Al-Hassan further listed Chief Superintendent of Custom and eight Police officers of different ranks in the state command to had allegedly breached the CCB’s Act.

The CCT spokesman said the routine inter-state became necessary in order to handle all pending cases brought to it by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

The court said those to be arraigned for the alleged breached the code of conduct of public officers were both career and political office holders.

Al-Hassan said the respondents included heads of federal, state and Local government Agencies, operating in the state.

He said the aim of embarking on state’s trial was to bring justice to the doorstep of the defaulters spread across the country.

“Also the itinerant session would serve as a means of reaching out to the state on the activities of the CCT.

“It is our hope that this would serve as a deterrent to other public servants who do not consider it necessary to promptly declare their assets,’’ Al-Hassan said.


Three Nigerian students killed by a tree in Cameroon

A tree that fell on a motorcade killed three Nigerian undergraduate students and injured 16 others in northern Cameroon.

An official said the victims were part of 50 students and six members of staff of Nigeria’s Taraba State University.

The students were on an excursion to the Bouba Ndjida National Park, North regional governor Jean Abate Edi’i told state television, CRTV on Wednesday.

“Following a tornado during their study mission to the park, a big tree unfortunately fell on the delegation, killing three and leaving 16 others with injuries,” the governor said.

The injured were taken to the Garoua regional hospital.

The hospital director, Dr Aboubakar Sadjo, said the staff had been mobilised to attend to the Nigerians.

The Taraba State University said the students were members of the Biological Science Department on a research trip to the neighbouring country.

Bouba Ndjida National Park is home to several animal species.

In 2012, heavily armed poachers from Chad and Sudan massacred several savannah elephants in the park.

Six troops and two guides were killed in the park in February during a clash with heavily-armed poachers on horseback.

Source: Africareview


Omo-Agege denies allegation, released by police

Embattled Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has denied having anything to do with the Wednesday’s invasion of the Senate chambers and the removal of the mace.

The senator representing Delta Central has also been released by the police.

The Senate Chamber was on Wednesday invaded by some persons who made away with the mace.

Shortly after the mace was stolen, the Senate accused Omo-Agege of sending thugs to steal the mace.

Omo-Agege in his reaction denied involvement in the theft of the mace.

He said he has also left police custody.

A statement by a legal practitioner, Mr. Lucky Ajokperniovo, for the office of the Senator, said that he only went to the Red Chamber on Wednesday to resume work and sit for plenary.

He added that he was only invited by the police to speak about his perspective on the incident.

“We are aware of several media reports suggesting that Senator Omo-Agege personally removed or encouraged anyone to remove the Mace of the Senate. This weighty allegation is not true at all.

“Following the said media reports on the Mace issue, the Police authorities decided to hear from Senator Omo-Agege.

He has told the Police his perspective to help them carry out a proper investigation. He has since left the Police.

Senator Omo-Agege trusts them to thoroughly investigate this very serious matter,” the statement read in part.

Omo-Agege also reacted to the statement by the Senate Spokesperson, Senator Abdullahi Sabi accusing him of leading the hoodlums to cart away the mace.

Omo-Agege described the allegation as ‘very serious’.

“We are carefully studying Senator Sabi’s allegations to ascertain their full ramifications.

Appropriate responses will follow, as may be necessary,” Omo-Agege’s statement read.

The mace which is the symbol of authority of the Senate was on Wednesday, snatched by some unidentified men.

The men barged into the Chamber of the Senate, during plenary, pushed away the Sergeant-at-Arms positioned at the entrance and carted away the mace.

The drama coincided with the protest at the National Assembly against the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, APC- Delta Central.

Spokesperson of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, accused Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of masterminding the snatching of the mace.

He described the action as an attempt to overthrow an arm of government. He said it was treason.

Source: NAN


Aguero ruled out of World Cup

Sergio Aguero will struggle to recover from knee surgery in time for the World Cup, according to Argentina Football Association doctor Homero D’Agostino.

Manchester City striker Aguero underwent an arthroscopy after aggravating a knee problem during their derby defeat to rivals Manchester United, Pep Guardiola citing a challenge from Ashley Young that went unpunished by referee Martin Atkinson for the injury.

The striker was included in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year on Wednesday after scoring 30 times in all competitions for newly crowned champions City.

But D’Agostino doubts whether the 29-year-old will be fully fit for the World Cup, with Argentina opening their campaign in Russia on June 16 against Iceland.

“That a player has undergone an arthroscopy with 60 days to go before the World Cup is worrying,” D’Agostino told Radio 10.

“The recovery process will require at least five weeks. When one has old injuries, the recovery process is not as fast as one would like it to be. It’s never going to be less than three or four weeks, or even more.

“I imagine that he will not arrive 100 percent fit with the limited time that is left before the World Cup. The anatomy is the anatomy. The injury is what it is. He can try but I don’t think he will arrive 100 percent.

“The important thing is to know what he had. The doctors would have tried to resolve the issue in a conservative manner, non-surgically, but they were unsuccessful. The arthroscope is a process that you do when there are old injuries.”

Should Jorge Sampaoli be unable to rely on Aguero for the World Cup, the Argentina coach could turn to Inter captain Mauro Icardi or Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, both of whom were left out of his most recent squad.

Former City forward Carlos Tevez, back playing for boyhood club Boca Juniors in Argentina, has also indicated he retains hope of being called up the World Cup.


ISIS militants get 48 hour ultimatum to surrender near Damascus

Islamic State (ISIS) militants have been given 48 hours to withdraw from an enclave they control south of Damascus, the pro-Syrian government newspaper al-Watan reported on Thursday.

“If they refuse, the army and supporting forces are ready to launch a military operation to end the presence of the organization in the area,” it said.

The jihadist-controlled enclave is centered around the Palestinian Yarmouk camp and the al-Hajar al-Aswad area south of Damascus.

The area is much smaller than the eastern Ghouta region where the Syrian government recently defeated insurgents.

A commander in the regional military alliance that backs the Syrian government said the Syrian army had begun shelling the jihadist enclave on Tuesday in preparation for an assault.

Yarmouk, some eight km from the center of Damascus, was home to Syria’s largest Palestinian refugee community before the Syrian war erupted in 2011.

Although most residents have fled, the UN has said several thousand remains.

The Syrian government has recovered swathes of territory from rebels by letting them leave to other rebel-held parts of the country after years of siege and ferocious military assaults backed by Russia and Iran.

Source:NAN