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Edo: Pregnant women protest alleged stoppage of antenatal services

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From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin

Pregnant women have protested the alleged stoppage of antenatal services by the Edo State Government.

The women, who protested to the premises of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council, on Wednesday, said they went to the Central Hospital, Benin for their regular ante-natal care but were turned back by the staff of the hospital who were said to have been working on the instructions of the state government.

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Addressing reporters, one of the pregnant women, Happy Imafidon, said they were told that they were only acting on instructions and that they are free to visit the private hospitals if they have any issues.

She said angered by what they were told by the health workers on duty, they decided to embark on a peaceful protest to draw the attention of the government to their plight.

‘We got there and were told no antenatal care from today, December 22. The Nurses announced that from December 22, there will be no antenatal care because it has been closed till January 11.

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‘We asked if anyone has issues, before January 11, they said we should go to private. They told us it is an order from above,’ she said.

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In a swift reaction, the Commissioner for Health, Edo State, Prof Obehi Akoria, said there was a communication gap between the state government and the pregnant women, stressing that the government never barred any of them from using the Central Hospital.

Prof Akoria, while appealing to them not to be offended, instructed that they should be taken to the hospital with the hospital’s vehicles.

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Also clearing the air about the misinformation, the Medical Director, Central Hospital, Benin, Dr Duncan Iyawe, said that there was an ongoing renovation at the Central Hospital.

He said the Nurses on duty should have informed them of the ongoing work in the hospital and re-book them for a more convenient date.

Dr Iyawe pleaded with the aggrieved women and assured them that prompt attention would be paid to their request.

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Suspected serial burglar nabbed in Ibadan over stealing of N2m phones, laptops, other items

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From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan

Nemesis has caught up with a 23-year-old suspected serial burglar, Tobi Awoola, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, for burglary and stealing of phones and accessories worth over N2million in Challenge area of the city.

Police operatives, attached to Felele Divisional Headquartres of Oyo State Command, apprehended him on Saturday January 22, 2022. He was said to have been living at a community on Oleyo Ayegun Road in Ibadan.

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The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the command, Adewale Osifeso, a Superintendent of Police (SP), made this known to journalists in Ibadan on Tuesday via a press release, which he issued on behalf of the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko.

According to him, the success recorded in the case was part of conscious effort to continue ridding the state off unscrupulous and sinister-minded elements, describing the suspect as an habitual burglar in connection with a case of burglary and stealing, which occurred at about 8p.m on Thursday December 28, 2021 at Choice Plaza, Challenge area Ibadan.

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Osifeso continued: “However, as a result of painstaking and diligent investigations, through the swift deployment of intelligence and tactical assets, the suspect, one Awoola Tobi ‘m’ was tracked and apprehended in possession of the following items which were hitherto reported stolen. These recovered items include; 16 I-Phone mobile phones, a white earpiece, one unbranded white coloured earpod, a Sony Vio laptop, one Dell laptop and a black shuttle bag.

“Preliminary investigations and voluntary confessions made by the suspect revealed that he broke into the mobile phone and accessories shop situated at Choice Plaza, Challenge, Ibadan. This time unaided with the intent of stealing and re-selling the items.”

Osifeso stated that efforts have been emplaced to break into the suspect’s criminal network, adding that state police command “seeks the cooperation of the good people of the state in providing credible and timely information to help maintain the relative peace and tranquility enjoyed in the State.”

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Beijing 2022: Buhari  wishes Nigerian athletes participating in  Olympic, Paralympic Winter Games success 

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Buhari From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has wished Nigerian athletes participating in the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games success at the competition.

According to a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari said he trusts that Nigerian athletes participating in different events will excel at the competition, surpassing the previous record in PyeongChang, South Korea, in 2018, when the nation competed for the first time.

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He said recognises that the Olympic Games is a platform for closer friendship and cooperation between countries, expressing sincere hopes that all athletes, in the pursuit of their Olympic dream, would promote the core values of the Games: excellence, friendship and respect.

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The President congratulated China on hosting the Winter Olympics, lauding Beijing for making history as the first “dual Olympic city” in the world’s Olympic history, having hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008.

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As a friendly and brotherly country to Nigeria, President Buhari affirmed the support of the Nigerian government and its people to China.

He expressed the believes that with China’s rich experience in organising international events, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, with the slogan “Together for a Shared Future”, will be delivered as a splendid, exceptional and extraordinary Olympic event for the world.

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