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Stop appealing for negligent health workers, Niger govt warns

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The Niger State government has appealed to politicians in the state to refrain from appealing on behalf of errant health workers as the act has contributed to the deteriorating health services in the state.

The Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services, Dr Makun Sidi, who made the appeal during a press briefing in Minna on Thursday, said when health workers erred, which sometimes lead to loss of lives, and they were sanctioned, political appointees and traditional title holders used to beg on their behalf.

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“Allow us to punish our employees when they err; stop begging for people who are negligent with the lives of people,” the commissioner stated.

Sidi said health workers were being sanctioned on a daily basis to ensure that they imbibe the principle of the sanctity of human lives.

He said the health sector had become a source of concern in the state, adding that an action as little as transferring a health worker usually resulted in begging from people in authority, who would not put into consideration the oath the workers took to save lives.

The commissioner stated, “In Niger, if you take an action as little as transferring someone from a department to another, they will start running helter-skelter asking people to call and beg on their behalf.

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“You will be shocked to receive calls from political appointees, people in elective positions and sometimes your family members appealing for people who were sanctioned for negligence or other offences.”

He stated that there was no sentiment when it comes to human lives, adding that nobody had the right to play politics with human lives.

He said that the state government was out to sanitise the health sector and flush out the bad eggs among the health workers.

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Google appeals $2.8bn shopping fine at EU court

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Google on Thursday appealed an EU court decision to uphold the bloc’s 2.4-billion-euro ($2.8-billion) fine for abusing its search engine dominance.

The tech giant said it would go to the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, after the General Court confirmed in November a decision by the European Commission in 2017.

At the time, the fine was the European Union’s biggest ever. But it was later exceeded by a 4.3-billion-euro fine against Google over its Android smartphone operating system.

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“After careful consideration, we have decided to appeal the General Court’s decision because we feel there are areas that require legal clarification from the European Court of Justice,” a short statement by the company said.

The case centres on Google’s shopping service and is one of three against the search engine giant currently moving through the EU’s drawn-out appeals system.

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The new appeal could take up to two years to reach an outcome, stretching the case out to well more than a decade after the commission launched its investigation in 2010.

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The court confirmation on Google Shopping was a win for the EU’s anti-trust supremo Margrethe Vestager, who burst onto the scene in Brussels by scrapping her predecessor’s more conciliatory approach to the US internet giant.

Vestager had lost in the same court in a different major case, against Apple and Ireland, in which her teams had ordered the iPhone maker to repay 13 billion euros plus interest to the Irish taxpayer. The EU has appealed that ruling.

The fine for Google came after seven years of investigation launched by complaints from other price-comparison services that saw traffic plummet against Google Shopping.

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NSCDC busts recharge card specialist fraudsters in Osun

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By Olajide Idowu

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Two suspects, Adeyemo Mufutau, 26, and Oladiji Hezekiah, 27, have been arrested in Osogbo, Osun State for engaging in use of recharge cards to dupe people while pretending to be herbalists.

The suspects were arrested by operatives of Osun Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

While parading the suspect, Osun NSCDC Commandant, Mr Emmanuel Ocheja, explained how the herbalists initiated their fraudulent activities by calling members of the public on their phones, and pretending as old men/herbalists to defraud them.

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“They will send fake recharge cards to people, and then call the receiver that the person should help return the cards, and afterwards introduce one ‘baba’ ( an old man)/ or a herbalist as the person intending to send the recharge cards to his son.

“They will say the ‘baba’ wants to specially thank anybody who sends the recharge cards back to them.

“During the process, the suspects would introduce themselves as old men/herbalists who wanted to reciprocate the kind gesture of those that had sent back the recharge cards to them.

”The suspects would say they wanted to help solve the problems of their unsuspecting members of the public ,” he said.

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The commandant added that the suspects had confessed to the crime and would be charged to court.

Similarly, Ocheja said that two other suspects were arrested on Monday at a mining site within Ita Obi Community of Ilesa, for mining illegally while three others were also arrested on Wednesdsy for dealing illegally in petroleum products.

He said one Zainab Afeez was also arrested for allegedly assaulting and pouring hot water on her 11-year old biological daughter, while one Abdulrahman Ibrahim was arrested in connection with a stolen Toyota Camry, 1999 model, in Osogbo but recovered in Kano.

Ocheja said that all the suspects would be charged to court after the completion of investigations into their matters. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

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