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NDLEA Chairman Asks Lagos Governor, Other Leaders To Take Drugs Test

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The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig Gen Buba Marwa (retd.), has urged the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and other political leaders in the country to undertake a drug test.

“Running for public offices is a big responsibility. You shouldn’t be in this important assignment for the public, and your head is filled up because of drugs,” he told Sanwo-Olu during a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Marina.

 

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the NDLEA chair encouraged the governor to take the lead in demonstrating to the country the importance of taking “integrity” drug tests.

In the build-up to the last governorship race in Lagos in 2018, the incumbent governor had accused the immediate past governor, Akinwunmi Ambode of lying against him (Sanwo-Olu) that he was a drug addict.

Marwa stated further, “The drug scourge is now an epidemic in Nigeria. The prevalence is 15 per cent, three times the global average. One in seven Nigerians takes drugs. We have found out that there is a nexus between drug use and crime.

“We felt that Lagos can show the way first with integrity drug tests for students because it is our youths that are affected mostly; students, especially those in tertiary institutions, should do drug tests.”

Mr. Sanwo-Olu said his government was building a “full-fledged” mental health rehabilitation hospital at Ketu-Ejinrin, Lagos East Senatorial District, to tackle drug abuse effects.

He added that the state would continue to collaborate with NDLEA to address the drug crisis. According to him, the state has put in place measures to tackle the drug crisis.

Admitting the drug abuse crisis, Mr. Sanwo-Olu explained, “Indeed, we know that drug abuse is prevalent in our society in all forms and shapes. For us as a government, it is not something we are sweeping under the carpet. We are not denying that it is there.

“Part of the things we are doing to tackle it is to ensure that we have functional and working rehabilitation centres, and we are equipping them to identify real caregivers that will take victims through rehabilitation processes.

“Beyond that, we are actually building a fully-fledged mental health rehabilitation hospital at Ketu-Ejinrin in Lagos East Senatorial District. This, we believe, will not only have almost 500 beds but will also have the required expertise, medical and all of the complements, to ensure that different categories of treatments required are available.”

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6 Nigerian Siblings Who Are All Medics In The US Go Viral On LinkedIn

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6 Nigerian siblings, who all work in the medical profession, have gone viral on LinkedIn.

 

One of the siblings, named Chinyere Okpaleke, a medical doctor who works at Memorial Hermann Medical Group in the United States, took to LinkedIn to show off her siblings.

 

In the photos, all the siblings are seen wearing their blue medic uniforms with white coats. Among the siblings are medical doctors, nurse practitioners and one physician assistant.

 

In the caption, Chinyere wrote that she would choose the 6 Okpaleke children over the Kardashians.

 

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

 

She added that she knows their parents and ancestors will be proud of them.

 

While some reacted to her post by hailing her and her siblings, others pointed out that the comparison was not necessary and all professions, be it a medical profession or entertainment,  are important.

 

Below are some reactions.

 

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

6 Nigerian siblings who are all medics in the US go viral on LinkedIn

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Group Advocates Ban On Open Grazing In Edo

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A Non-governmental organisation, New Nigeria Initiative (NNI), Wednesday, advocated a ban on open grazing to prevent herders and farmers clash in Edo.

The group said Edo and the entire country were being gripped by endemic brutality, untold cruelties and awful cycles of events arising from clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

President of the group, Mr Uwadiae Odigie, stated this when the group visited the state acting permanent secretary, state ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Peter Aikhuomobhogbe, in Benin .

According to him, “NNI had in the wake of these attacks in June, 2000 dropped a private bill titled:  “the Prohibition of cattle grazing” in the State House of Assembly.
“But, regrettably nothing came out of it and the result has been the reign of reckless bloodshed by  criminal herdsmen in the State.
“The unabated tragic drama mostly in Edo spurred us to re-introduced a modified version of the bill  to the Dtate House of Assembly.”
Responding, the acting permanent secretary said government was concerned about the security situation in the state.

Aikhuomobhogbe said, “Government is doing its best to ensure food security in the state. If the cattle continue to destroy farmlands, it will affect food security.”

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10 Former Nigerian Governors Linked With N30billion Properties In UK

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A new report has linked 10 former Nigerian governors to properties worth £56 million (about N30 billion) in the United Kingdom.

The report on illicit financial flow (IFF) from Nigeria to the UK and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also shows that 216 properties are owned by 13 law enforcement officers in the UAE.

The report was presented at a media roundtable organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA Resource Centre) in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation.

The identities of the former governors were not disclosed.

Dr. Gbenga Oduntan of the Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK presented the report titled, “Fixing Nigeria’s Illicit Financial Flows: A critical review of UK and UAE Policies, Laws and Practices.”

Commenting on the report, Chairman of HEDA, Olanrewaju Suraju, said funds stolen from Nigeria and taken to the UK and UAE were mind-boggling.

He noted that both countries have become enablers of illicit funds and stressed the need to challenge external collaborators aiding the flow of illicit funds out of Nigeria.

“We should make it difficult for people to take out the proceeds of crimes,” he said, adding that the UK and UAE should protect their systems from “those toxic resources.”

The HEDA Chairman noted that while over $50 billion is lost annually to illicit financial flow in Africa, Nigeria is the leading country in terms of IFF.

Stakeholders have however advocated for the creation of a tripartite anti-corruption task force for the three countries to stop the illicit financial flow.

Oduntan, who presented the research report, said apart from the huge amount of money illegally stashed abroad by politically exposed persons in Nigeria, $15 billion alone is lost to tax evasion by multinationals in Nigeria.

In addition, he said there is heavy under-invoicing between Nigeria and the UK, adding that fixing Nigeria’s illicit financial flow would require the destination countries to collaborate with Nigeria to shut down their systems against suspected proceeds of crimes.

However, he lamented that this is not the case, saying in the UAE, findings show that prosecution of money laundering cases is very low.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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