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Web Analytic reports for the month of February 2018

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Ongoing daily Web Analytic reports for the month of March 2018

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Abia’s First Lady Donates Van, Pledges Support For Para Badminton

The First Lady of Abia State, Dr. Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu has donated a Toyota Sienna Van for the use of para-badminton players even as she promised to continue to support the game in the country.

The donation was made on Tuesday when the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) led by its president, Barrister Francis Orbih paid Dr. Ikpeazu a courtesy visit at the Government House, Umuahia.

The First Lady promised to make the Dr. Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu National Para Badminton Championship an annual event while assuring that the second edition will come up during the first quarter of next year alongside a Zonal Under-17 Championship.

She promised to lend support to para badminton players who are on the verge of qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Speaking earlier, Orbih stated that the BFN members were in Umuahia to express the board’s gratitude for the immense contribution of the First Lady to the development of para badminton in the country.

He said: “We really appreciate your contribution to the development of para badminton which has led to the growth of the game in the country. You have also shown commitment to the game by sponsoring the Dr. Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu National Para Badminton Championship in 2016, the National Para Badminton Team’s trip to the 2018 Uganda International Para Badminton Championship and the 2018 African Para Badminton Championship in Uganda.

“The First Lady’s support has greatly impacted on the team, making it ascend to the enviable position of the number one para badminton playing nation in Africa, while your effort also led to the team’s qualification for the 2019 World Para Badminton Championship in Basel, Switzerland which unfortunately the team could not attend due to visa issues.

“Her Excellency’s support also made it possible for some of the team’s members to be selected by the Badminton World Federation for part sponsorship towards qualification for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo,” Orbih added.

The BFN boss thanked the Abia First Lady for her decision to sponsor the second edition of the Dr. Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu National Para Badminton Championship with a view to making it an annual event, while also commending her for the van gift to players.

Orbih expressed belief that the history of Nigeria’s Para badminton would not be complete without the name and the huge contribution of Dr. Ikpeazu.

Board members who accompanied Orbih on the visit were Mrs. Obiageli Solaja, representative of the Southeast zone, Mr. Gabriel Gbayan, representative of the Northcentral zone, Mallam Tunde Kazeem, Mr, Isaac Ogbole, Mr. Samuel Ekeoma, the National Coordinator of Para Badminton and Mr. Chinedu Osuoha, the Secretary-General of the Federation.

Blind man regrets police refusal to pay N12m compensation

By Elo Edremoda, Warri

A former taxi driver, Simon Arigbe, who became blind as a result of police brutality in Ovwian, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, on Tuesday lamented the refusal of the police to pay N12 million compensation awarded by a law court.

Counsel to the victim, Bernard Jamaho, told the State Judicial Panel of Enquiry sitting in Warri that the judgment was issued in 2010.

He said the victim was molested by a police team, had his eyes injured in the process and became blinded.

Jamaho said rights lawyer, Oghenejabor Ikimi, took up the matter and judgment was given in 2010 for N12 million compensation to be paid to the victim.

“Some policemen who were on duty at Express Junction by Ovwian, asked him for some money, which he could not give to them. He said he had given them before and he could not give them another one.

“That led to an altercation and the altercation led to them beating him up. In the process, they injured his eyes and he got blinded.

“Human rights lawyer, Ikimi, took the matter up, got a judgment in 2010 and the police had to go to court again to try to set aside the judgment. The court dismissed the application in 2011.

“Since then, every application to the Police Service Commission (PSC), to the police force, to the government, to make sure that his money, the N12 million awarded against the police, is paid, has proved abortive. Every effort made has not worked. Even through the Attorney General, it did not work,” the lawyer said.

He expressed satisfaction with the panel’s decision to make appropriate recommendation to the state government.

The lawyer also called for a different body to enforce judgments by law courts, describing enforcement by bailiffs and the police as “anomaly”.

NAB Charges Students with Disabilities to Live Above Limitations

Group picture of participant at the Inclusion Works Career Change Dialogue series

The Nigerian Association of the Blind, NAB has charged Students with Disabilities to live above their limitations.

Making the call during an Inclusion Works Career Change Dialogue series for high school and pre-varsity Students with Disabilities, themed ‘Paddling the Professional Career Path for Persons with Disabilities in the New Normal, Oluwakemi Odusanya, the Program Officer, NAB charged Persons with Disabilities not to limit themselves.

According to her, PWDs ought to accept and be proud of their disabilities.

Further pointing out that acceptance of one’s condition makes things easy, Odusanya said, “do not limit yourself, always be proud of yourself, you need to accept your disability.

“When you accept your disability, it makes it easy to take whatever stone people throw at you,” She said.

Also speaking at the dialogue, Shola Orimoloye a Human Resource practitioner who also encouraged PWDs not to limit themselves pointed out that the fact that they can always attain greater heights if they set their minds towards it.

She explained that PWDs could do the unusual and break boundaries even with their disabilities.

Encouraging PWDs to go beyond the usual by doing the unusual Orimoloye said, “that I can’t do something that is usual, doesn’t mean I can’t do anything at all, it means I can do things that are unusual, it means that I can actually o beyond the norm, it means I can break boundaries.”

Further pointing that the first limitation an individual could encounter while doing things is one’s mind, she charged the PWDs to know their passion and pursue it.

Also gracing the event was Doctor Ife Akintunde who gave a brief overview of the professional space and the chances of PWDs in the evolving world.

Gender-Based Violence: Centre demands appropriate policy for rehabilitation, recovery, of victims

By Chioma Obinna

The Executive Director of Mothers And Marginalised Advocacy Centre, MAMA Centre, Chioma Kanu, has stressed the need to involve school girls in the public outcry against Gender-Based Violence, demanding appropriate policy attention to effective rehabilitation, recovery, and reintegration of victims of gender-based violence

Kano spoke at a one-day Sensitisation of Secondary School Girls on Gender-Based Violence with over in attendance over 600 schoolgirls and Civil Society groups to mark the upcoming International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Abuja.

The sensitisation programme according to Kanu, is aimed at educating and enlightening girls at Secondary School levels on the incessant violation, harassment, and abuse, while opening them up to various preventive measures and existing platform to seek redress and demand justice.

She said: “Involvement of schoolgirls in the public outcry against Gender-Based Violence is paramount to create a formidable voice demanding adequate policy sanctions, and community attention and appropriate justice on the incessant girl child violations and abuses at all levels in Nigeria.

“While it is estimated by UNESCO that 246 million girls and boys are harassed and abused at school every year with girls being particularly vulnerable, school-related Gender-Based Violence prevents millions of girls from reaching their academic potential across the world.”

Kanu lamented that Gender-Based Violence manifests in severe health and psychological effects of earlier child marriage that subsequently hampers socio-economic attainment of child bride and renders her unproductive with minimal earning capacity.

She added “Massive sensitisation of schoolgirls in commemoration of the International Day on Elimination Violence against Women is paramount to create public awareness of the plights and concerns of the girl child and amplify under-reported cases of abuses and violence at all levels. “Deliberate delayed adoption and transmission (into law) of the Child Right Act in many states since its passage in 2003 exposes girl child to early marriage resulting in poor cognitive and socio-economic achievement as well as identified life-threatening illnesses like Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF), Anaemia, High Blood Pressure, Premature Birth, Malnutrition, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Post-partum depression (PPD), and even suicide.”

She urged appropriate policy attention to the effective rehabilitation, recovery and reintegration programmes through medical, psychological and legal services for the survivors at all levels.

She called for adequate policy response in institutionalizing proactive measures and enabling reporting system as well as well-informed judicial interpretation of processes and laws to effectively sanction offenders and avert recurring incidence at all levels.

She demanded prompt adoption and full implementation of Child Right Act to secure them from physical, mental or emotional injury, abuse, neglect or maltreatment, including sexual abuse, torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and rapid adoption and full implementation of Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill by all State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria, as a demonstration of sincere commitment by the State Governments to secure health, the emotional and physical well-being of girls in the country.

She further called for full implementation of Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act with the sincere political will to punish offenders, while urging more independent judiciary to constructively interpret cases and impose sanctions without fear, intimidation or favour; prompt reformation of discriminatory laws and policies against women and girl child with demonstrated community support at all levels.

Speaking, School Guidance Counsellor, Regina Pacis College, Mrs Betty Omang, explained that sensitisation of girls across educational walls on International Day on Elimination Violence against Women will loosen critical discussions with revealing experience as well as existing reporting platforms for appropriate actions and justice.

“The challenges of Gender-Based Violence are also not unconnected to girls isolated in private homes as domestic workers, who suffer psychological, physical, and sexual abuse with resultant depression, abortion and life-threatening infections.

“Anytime a girl feel uncomfortable around an uncle or aunty, parents must be attentive and devise prompt intervention to ask genuine questions and ensure the affected girl, in case of suspected violation is taken rehabilitation with immediate effect to avert potential damage to her emotion and psychology while contacting relevant authorities for appropriate justice,” she advised.

The School Guidance Counsellor recounted that women at childbearing age are marginalised in various appointments, promotions, and remunerations at workplaces for their maternal responsibilities. This according to her should not be allowed and encouraged as every woman deserves a similar opportunity like the male counterpart to reach her full potential in life.

Omang also called on the United Nations to look into the reported cases of pedophiles who abuse boys at all levels.

Vanguard

UN urges Iraq to end violence against vulnerable people, persons with disabilities

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) urged on Wednesday the Iraqi authorities to end violence against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), as COVID-19 restriction measures increase the risk of violence against the vulnerable people.

The UNAMI call came as the world marks the 16 Days of Activism against GBV, which starts on Nov. 25, while the coronavirus pandemic requires governments to enact life-saving public health and restriction measures, which increases the risk of violence and loss of life for Iraqi women and children, especially those with disabilities, a UNAMI statement said.

“We urge the government and parliament of Iraq to end GBV, to hold perpetrators accountable, to create protective spaces and environments where survivors of GBV feel safe and empowered and can thrive,” the statement said.

The GBV Information Management System (GBVIMS) said that it has recorded a marked rise in the number of reported incidents of violence in 2020 in Iraq, the statement said.

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40m Nigerians affected by river blindness, says minister

By Segun Olaniyi, Abuja

About 40 million Nigerian rural dwellers are affected with sleeping sickness otherwise known as trypanosomiasis, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said

Onu disclosed this during the commissioning of the North-East zonal office of the Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiasis Research (NITR), in Gombe at the weekend.

According to a statement signed on Sunday in Abuja by the Director of Press in the ministry, AbdulGaniyu Aminu, Onu said trypanosomiasis disease affects both humans, animals and inflicting a great socio-economic loss to the country.

“There is no gainsaying the fact that river blindness is a devastating disease that impacts on the economy as well as education of school-age children who instead of being at school will be shepherding their blind parents and relations in villages and towns,” he said.

He added that the disease, which is often referred to as the disease of the rural poor affects mostly farmers, fishermen, tourists, and cattle readers.

The minister further said that about 19.5 million cattle, 22 million sheep, and 34 million goats are at the risk of infection.

“The disease reduces milk and meat protein carcass weight, calving rates, and hides skins production with an increase in abortion infertility and stillbirth,’’ he added.

Onu noted that the cost of drugs used in treating the disease is enormous, adding that the North-East will derive a lot of socio-economic benefits with the presence of the zonal office in Gombe.

He added that Gombe state was chosen in siting the zonal office because Gombe is well known for its large cattle population as well as other ruminants, stressing that the zonal office will also go a long way in helping livestock farmers when cattle ranches are eventually established in the country.

UN releases 25 mln USD for women-led projects battling gender-based violence

The United Nations humanitarian chief has released 25 million United States dollars from the UN’s emergency fund to support women-led organizations that prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian settings.

The funding has gone to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women that have been asked to channel at least 30 percent of it to organizations run by women that prevent violence against women and girls, and help victims and survivors with access to medical care, family planning, legal advice, safe spaces, mental health services and counselling, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a press release on Wednesday.

“The COVID-19 pandemic helped reveal the full extent of gender inequality while creating a set of circumstances that threaten to reverse the limited progress that has been made,” said Mark Lowcock, UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

“It’s a smart investment and it’s the right thing to do. We can only successfully find a way out of this pandemic if we bring everyone with us,” he added.

UNFPA will receive 17 million dollars and 8 million dollars will go to UN Women. They will now decide where and how the money will be spent and have been asked to channel at least 30 percent of the funding through women-led organizations working on gender-based violence, said the press release.

“It’s time to say ‘Enough’ to gender-based violence and to prioritize the rights and needs of women and girls in humanitarian crises,” said Natalia Kanem, UNFPA’s executive director.

The announcement came at the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls which runs each year from Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to Dec. 10, Human Rights Day.

“The high levels of gender-based violence that women and girls experience, especially in countries that are in crisis and in need of humanitarian assistance, remains one of the greatest injustices in our world,” said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

The funding comes from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, an emergency fund that offers one of the fastest and most effective ways to help people affected by crises. Since it was established in 2005, the fund has provided close to 7 billion dollars for life-saving humanitarian action that has helped hundreds of millions of people across more than 100 countries and territories. This would have not been possible without generous and consistent donor support.

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Buhari seeks confirmation of Board members of National Commission of Persons with Disabilities

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, In a letter dated 5th November 2020, requested the confirmation of seven nominees as Chairman and members of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities by the Senate.

The letter reads: “In accordance with the provision of Section 32(2) of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2019, O write to present for confirmation by the Senate, the following seven (7) nominees s Chairman and members of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.”

The nominees listed include Hon. Dr Hussaini Suleiman Kangiwa, Chairman (North West); Oparakau Onyejelam Jaja (South East); Philomena Isioma Konwea (South-South); Omopariola Busuyi Oluwasola (South West); Amina Rahma Audu (North West); Mrs Esther Andrew Awu (North Central); and Abba Audu Ibrahim (North East).

This request was contained in separate letters read on the floor during plenary on Tuesday by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

CSOs advocate inclusion of disability studies in curriculum to prevent stigmatisation

By ANGELA ATABO

A coalition of civil society organisations, Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room and Albino Foundation on Tuesday in Abuja called on the Federal Government to infuse disability study into school curriculum to address stigmatisation.

They made the call at a Dialogue Session on Disability Inclusion in Nigeria organised by the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room and Albino Foundation with support from UK Foreign, Communication and Development Office.

Prof. Douglas Anele, University of Lagos in his presentation, said that there was need to include disability study in civic education where citizenship and social issues were taught.

According to Anele, the understanding of disability and inclusiveness is necessary to catch the children young and forestall subsequent behaviour of stigmatisation and insults borne out of ignorance.

He said this was necessary, so that by the time they left primary school and went further, they would have had some reasonable ideas about what disability was and how to treat people with disability.

“This will ensure that they do not engage in behaviours that tend to discriminate against fellow students simply because of their disability.

“So, it is very important that this is done so that by the time they grow into adulthood, they would have developed reasonable ways of engaging with people living with different forms of disabilities.

“Every human being is living with one form of disability or the other.

“So, we need to teach our children what disability is, that it does not make somebody less of a human being and that it is a challenge that can be overcome,” he said.

Anele urged NGOs to continue advocacy on efforts to remove social cultural impediments, barriers and misconceptions surrounding some sets of people like the out-cast and so on.

He said that there were lots of unfounded ideas about generational curses and about “the sins of the forefathers’’ being visited upon the children thereby suffering the things they knew nothing about.

“It is high time we removed them and look at issues scientifically from a human point of view because segregation and stigmatisation lead to mental and emotional disability which often time culminate in suicide.

Anele said that education remained key in addressing these issues thus the emphasis on including disability studies in school curriculum with topics that deals with disability inclusion among others.

The Founder Albino Foundation, Mr Jake Epelle, said that the foundation worked with the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) responsible for curriculum development to develop curriculum that would address issues surrounding albinism.

Epelle said that there should be a special curriculum that would address some of the gaps in the education sector, like accessibility and technological devices to help visually impaired and gaps of e-learning for Persons With Disabilities (PWDS) .

He also advocated for special funding for intervention that has to do with PWDs to cater for their needs educationally.

Epelle said that the foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Afe Babalola University to start albinism institute, so that medical doctors could be trained as consultants in the area of albinism.

He added that the MoU was a breakthrough development for albinism in Nigeria.

Mrs Esther Uzoma, Convener, Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room said that the dialogue session was organised in collaboration with Albino foundation based on the group’s belief in inclusivity.

Uzoma said that Situation Room was committed to opening the civic space for all and ensuring that everybody was accommodated and carried along in spheres and sectors in Nigeria.

Succor For 162 Persons With Visual Impairment As Ogun Govt Hold Medical Outreach

By Johnson, INN reporter

At least 163 persons with visual impairment are heaving a sigh of relief with hopes of having their sight restored as the Ogun State Government begun it’s medical outreach.

The outreach, held on Monday at the State capital in Abeokuta attracted scores of residents with one ailment or the other, who have been in search of such succor.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Omotomilola Coker said a survey was carried out in order to ascertain those with health challenges.

The commissioner said the survey showed that hundreds of indigenes in the State are challenged with visual difficulty and others with various health challenge.

“Therefore, we invited them all to Abeokuta North Local Government Area where we have some specialised Doctors readily available to run series of tests on them. After the tests on those with visual difficulty, the ones that have minor issues were 193 and were given correctional drugs, those who would need surgery were registered as well and amounted to 162 and a date for their operations was fixed,” Coker said.

The commissioner, during an interview with journalists, also disclosed that those with hearing impairment were given hearing aids, while persons with other difficulties were attended to and those that would need surgery to be done on them were given an appointment for it to be done.

After the programme ended, the beneficiaries heaved a sigh of relief knowing they are and would be a transformed individual and can now resonate equally with the society.

Coker also expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Health that supported with fund on the project and The Association of Resident Doctors, Doctors, Nurses and Pharmacists in the State who volunteered to do the medical outreach as a way of pledging their loyalty to the State and the country.

Red Cross performs 9,150 surgical operations in Maiduguri in 18 months, 140 PWDs Benefit

A patient, Bundi Ibrahim, receiving care from ICRC Surgical Team at Surgical Ward, domiciled at Maiduguri State Specialist Hospital

At least 9,150 patients received surgical care from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Maiduguri in the last 18 months, its Head of Delegation, Mr Eloi Fillion, said on Monday.

Fillion told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that no fewer than 7,700 patients received surgical care from the ICRC surgical team in 2019.

He said that the ICRC’s surgical team received more than 350 surgical admissions and carried out more than 1,450 surgical interventions in the first half of 2020

He said out of those received in the period, 11 patients in critical conditions were referred to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for further treatment.

He added that the surgical programme of the ICRC would stretch for a long time in Maiduguri because of its training component.

“It is not only meant to support emergency for people who needed to be treated, it is also a teaching programme for medical staff including surgeons here in Nigeria and abroad.

“We train on orthopaedic surgery and everything that goes around it; we train staff that will be sent abroad to work in similar circumstances.

“We don’t have many places to train on orthopaedic surgery, so Maiduguri has become one of the places to train ICRC medical staff on orthopaedic surgery,’’ Fillion said.

He said the ICRC also opened the Maiduguri Physical Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) recently in collaboration with the UMTH to provide physical rehabilitation services.

According to him, the PRC will offer services in physiotherapy, prostheses (artificial limbs), orthoses (supportive braces) for upper and lower limbs, customised wheelchair fitting and walking aids.

“It will also offer services in mental health psycho-social support as well as offer accommodation for patients from outside Maiduguri in its 18-bed dormitory,’’ he said.

He told NAN that ICRC would still maintain its PRC domiciled at the Dala Orthopaedic Hospital in Kano.

“We will maintain our Kano centre for those from other parts of the northwest, but we don’t have so many war wounded patients there like we have in Maiduguri.

“Here in Maiduguri, we have more patients treated in our surgical ward and some of them that will need prostheses (artificial limbs) or orthoses (supportive braces) will be accommodated at the PRC,’’ Fillion added.

He said 314 patients were fitted with artificial limbs through the ICRC physical rehabilitation programme in 2019.

“More than 140 persons with disabilities benefitted from the ICRC-supported rehabilitation programme at the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Kano from January to June, 2020.

“No fewer than 67 assistive devices were produced, fitted and delivered to persons with disabilities in the same period,’’ he said.

Also in an interview with NAN, Dr Bhavna Chawia, a surgeon at the ICRC Surgical Ward at the specialist hospital, said the primary goal of the surgical programme was to treat victims of armed conflicts and other situations of violence.

“The programme is aimed at treating the war-wounded, offer life and limb saving surgeries; we also do emergencies for patients from the Internally Displaced Persons camps around the region.

“We have a lot of patients in the male ward that came in with orthopaedic trauma. This is where the role of psychotherapy comes early to assist in the procedures for rehabilitation,’’ She said.

She told NAN that some of the surgeries would involve amputation of limbs and that there was the need to rehabilitate such amputees.

“We have a PRC in Kano to where we used to refer the amputees to have access to mobility aids.

“With the inauguration of the new PRC in UMTH, it is going to be easier to refer our patients there. They don’t need to travel almost seven hours to get to Kano,’’ the surgeon said.

According to her, 70 per cent to 80 per cent of surgical interventions done by the ICRC Mobile Surgical Team are orthopaedic cases and limb injuries, while the remaining relate to abdominal and other areas of body.

The surgeon said the greatest challenge of the surgical programme was access to patients for timely intervention, adding that it could take two days to get some patients to the ward because of distance.

NAN reports the ICRC Surgical Ward domiciled at the Maiduguri State Specialist Hospital has a minimum capacity of admitting 36 patients, operation theatre, recovery room, accident and emergency unit, physiotherapy facility as well as psycho-social support facility for children.

#EndSARS: Petitioner dies one week before panel hears his case

By SHOLA SOYELE

One of the petitioners, Basil Ejiagwa who was scheduled to be heard on Tuesday at the Lagos Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of brutality by the disbanded SARS Operatives, is dead.

His cousin, Chukwu Vincent, who testified before the panel, said he died exactly a week ago, on the 17th of November, 2020.

Ejiagwa was listed as the third petitioner to be heard but when his case was called, his counsel Olalekan Gazali told the panel that “the petitioner is no more, we lost him last week as a result of the torture meted to him by SARS.

“His wife came to the panel all the way from Imo State with his picture to show the state of his health but unfortunately the matter did not go on at the last sitting, the counsel said.”

The counsel further said that his client died as a result of the torture he suffered in the hands of SARS officials.

He asked the panel to allow him instead call on a family member to testify.

“He is being represented by a family member who has his death certificate, hospital bills other hospital records and is ready to testify on his behalf,” the counsel told the panel.

At this point, the counsel representing the police, Mr. Joseph Eboseremen raised an objection to the effect that, “it can’t be proven that his death was directly caused by the torture from SARS as it took place a while ago,”

The Chairman of the Panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi agrees and strikes out this statement.

The relative, Mr Chukwu Vincent, a businessman who describes himself as a cousin to the deceased is then called upon to testify.

“According to Basil, he was arrested by men of the police, on his way from work at Alaba while going home. He was taken to Igando Police Station where he spent five days. They damaged his legs while hitting him with a hammer while he was there and he was later taken to Ikeja.

“We rushed him to El-Shaddai Hospital at Iba/Igando.

“The hospital results said the ‘hitting’ was responsible. He even travelled abroad at some point and it was him who filed this matter,” the witness, Vincent testified.

Vincent added that “We noticed gashes on his head from where he claimed to have been beaten by police with their guns. He was eventually diagnosed with a brain tumor. The incident happened in 2014 and we tried to treat it till 2017. I spent my personal money too and as time went by, it got worse and he began to lose his memory.

“When his condition was too severe, the family decided to move him out of Lagos to the east, then we started searching for a good lawyer to take up the case,” the witness said.

The Panel then admitted in evidence hospital documents including photocopies of drug prescription forms and a bill of N1m for his treatment. The hospital documents came from the Lagos State Government General Hospital in Alimosho and the El-Shaddai Hospital also in the Iba/Igando area of the state.

The panel also admitted a N40million judgement the deceased obtained in his favour from the Federal High Court, Lagos.

Through the witness, the family is appealing to the panel to help enforce the judgment against the police. The judgment was said to have been delivered on the 16th of April 2019.

US: Nigeria not included in $15,000 visa bond pilot programme

The United States Mission in Nigeria on Tuesday debunked claims that Nigerians were expected to pay between 5,000 to 15,000 dollars before they secure visas.

The new visa bond pilot programme for B-1 visas (for business travellers) and B-2 visas (for tourists) is expected to run for six months – December 24 to June 24, 2021.

The visa bond pilot programme is targeted mostly at African countries with high visa overstay.

Given the fuss it generated, the US Mission in Nigeria in a tweet said that Nigeria was not included in this six months pilot programme.

The statement issued by the mission read: “Nigeria not included in this six months pilot program.

“In response to the April 2019 Presidential Memorandum on Combating High Nonimmigrant Overstay Rates, the Department and our embassies and consulates overseas conducted an in-depth analysis to identify and address root causes of overstays.

“Among other efforts to address this challenge, the State Department is considering additional steps to address overstays, including piloting a limited visa bonds program to test, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the operational feasibility of posting, processing, and discharging visa bonds as means to ensure the timely departure from the United States of certain travelers.

“Accordingly, the State Department will begin a limited six-month visa bond pilot program beginning on December 24, 2020.

“We are committed to combating visa overstays and making sure travelers to the United States respect our laws.

“The implementation of this pilot builds on our engagement with foreign governments in recent years and will ensure continued progress to reduce overstay rates.”

LASODA New General Manager Resumes Office, Promises All Inclusive Administration

By oolasunkanmi

The new General Manager of Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA), Mr. Oluwadamilare Jamiu Ogundairo, formally resumed office today following his recent appointment by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.

The Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Orientation, Mr. Akintunde Oguntoye, speaking on behalf of the Management and Staff of the Agency, congratulated the new Head for his appointment, urging him to see himself as the General Manager of all the clusters and not that of the Physically Challenged groups only.

Introducing the new General Manager, LASODA Board Secretary and Director, Human Resources and Administration, Mr. Samuel Okedara, gave an assurance that the Management and Staff of LASODA will give maximum support in order to realise his objectives for the Agency.

The Director advised Mr. Ogundairo to be focused and be a leader of all, imploring him to shun divide and rule in order to enjoy a successful tenure.

Responding, the new General Manager thanked the staff for the warm reception and promised to work with the leadership of the Agency so that he can tap from their wealth of experience in carrying out his task of moving the Agency to a higher level.

He maintained that he would make use of every piece of advice, noting that his doors are wide open to all and sundry, especially those with constructive criticisms that would enhance the status of the Agency.

Mr. Ogundairo, who is a graduate of the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, possesses a Bachelor of Arts in English (Education) and also holds a National Diploma in Administration from the Lagos State Polytechnic.

The new General Manager is also Chairman of the National Association of People With Physical Disability, Lagos State Chapter.

The Disability Law Has It’s Own Disabilities – Ndidi

Ebullient, admirable and kind-hearted, Princess Adeyosola Onasanya Ndidi of Godswheel Foundation has poised her Organization to celebrate Special Needs Persons at this Year's International Disability Day.

By Adeyanju Adewale, INN reporter

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Godswheel Foundation is set to celebrate this year’s International Disability Day with Special Needs persons on Saturday 5th December, 2020. Venue is main hall, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives at The Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja – Lagos.

While confirming the preparation so far made to this reporter, Founder and Executive Director, Princess Adeyosola Onasanya Ndidi stated that; “Since the programme is globally observed and promoted by the United Nations since 1992 during which organizations are afforded the opportunity to celebrate with persons with special needs and contribute our quota to a world of inclusiveness; Godswheel Foundation has resolved to be involved and celebrate Special Need Persons in Nigeria as well.

“This year, we have decided to treat the Nigerian Disability Act which has been passed into Law by the National Assembly and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, as our topic. It isn’t encouraging that since the Disability Law was approved by the Federal Government, many States have yet to domesticate or ratify it.

“Unfortunately, there is no way the law can be effective without domestication or ratification by the federating units. Quite a number of States have claimed they do not have enough resources to implement once it is ratified. Hence the law has been dormant for want of due diligence to ensure its enforcement.

“It is observable from the foregoing that the Disability Law itself has disabilities. We intend to explore that theme in this year’s symposium. However, our main theme shall be: “Examining the Enforcement of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Law 2018.

“The keynote speaker, board member and staff of Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA), Barrister Muibi is visually impaired. He, along others will lead in dissecting the theme for the Day.”

Meanwhile, Ndidi said “Godswheel Foundation will empower many special needs persons during the event as has been the usual practice since the Organization was founded in 2011.

“We have reach out to several hundreds of the needy in our society. It is our goal to be a beacon of hope to the vulnerable and people living with disabilities. Over the years, the Foundation has raised awareness and vigorously campaigned to ensure that government policies in Nigeria and Africa at large should embrace inclusiveness.

“We have invited many special schools to the event and all COVID-19 protocols in the State will be fully observed” the Founder stressed.