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Mob behead woman in Kano for blasphemy
Mob were said to have slaughtered an elderly woman suspected to have committed blasphemy Thursday evening at Kano textile market. Eyewitness told Vanguard that the incident occurred at Kofar Wambai market by Yan’roba when the activities at the textile hits it’s peak. The account explained that the incident triggered pandemonium as shop owners hurriedly lock up.
Moi-moi cooked in cellophane bag, sachet water, frozen chicken poisonous – Minister
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said moi-moi (grind beans) becomes poisonous when prepared in cellophane (nylon) bags. Nylon Moi-moi The minister made the disclosure at a one-day public hearing on Food Security Bill, organised by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja on Thursday.
According to him, cellophane bags contain a large dosage of dioxins that are harmful to health.
He advised lovers of the delicacy to make use of leaves in the preparation rather than cellophane, adding that leaves do not contain such poisonous substance. Ogbeh said beans and grains preserved with over dosage of pesticides by farmers and sellers had killed many unsuspecting Nigerians.
He also said the consumption of (pure) water in sachets exposed to sun at over 28 degree Celsius was poisonous and its consumption responsible for many cases of kidney and liver failure among Nigerians.
Ogbe said the habit of over-boiling meat in Nigeria had helped to prevent tuberculosis infection from under cooked beef. “Many of the cows being moved from one place to the other by herdsmen are already infected with tuberculosis. “But our practice of boiling meat very well here has been the saving grace of people being infected with the deadly disease’’, he said. The minister further disclosed that smuggled frozen chicken preserved with formalin, a chemical commonly used in the preservation of corpses, posed a serious health challenge.
“The wrong application of fertiliser by farmers has also led to consumption of poisonous foods. “Unknown to many farmers, there is specific fertiliser for specific crops in specific states in line with soil texture’’, he said.
Muhammad Ali taken to hospital with respiratory issue
Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital, because of a respiratory issue.
A spokesman for the former world heavyweight champion, confirmed the boxing legend was being treated by doctors as a precaution and his condition has been described as “fair”.
Ali is expected to spend a brief time in hospital.
The 74-year-old was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, after quitting boxing.
He was also hospitalized in January 2015, following a severe urinary tract infection.
Reps summon Fashola over epileptic electricity supply
The House of Representatives on Thursday summoned the Minister of Power, Mr Babatunde Fashola, to appear before its members to explain reasons for prevailing poor electricity supply in the country.
To appear with the minister are Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), National Electricity and Regulatory Commission (NERC), Generation Companies (Gencos) and Distribution Companies (Discos). Fashola, the agencies and companies as well stakeholders in the power sector are expected to be at a public hearing to be conducted by the House on the power supply issue.
The invitation followed a motion which came under Matter of Urgent Public Importance through Rep. Johnson Agbonayinma (Edo-PDP), who called for urgent an attention to epileptic electricity supply across the nation.
He recalled that defunct power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) was unbundled in 2010 into generation, transmission and distribution companies because the Federal Government could not manage the company.
He said that splitting it and given them to private concerns was to ensure improved efficiency and profitability in the sector.
The lawmaker, however, expressed dissatisfaction that in spite of privatising the company at a “landmark 2.5 billion dollars’’, Nigerians were yet to feel the impact of the exercise.
Jonathan back in Nigeria
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has returned to Nigeria after a month’s trip to the United Kingdom and Côte d’Ivoire.
It was gathered that the former President arrived at the Port Harcourt International Airport on Wednesday before heading for his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa State by 9pm.
An associate of the former President, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed that Jonathan had arrived Nigeria.
He said, “I have spoken with the ex-President and he said that he had returned to the country.”
Jonathan had on May 23 dismissed a report that he was on exile in Cote d’Ivoire.
A report by national newspaper had indicated that. Jonathan had been given asylum in that Francophone country because of the fear of arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
But on May 23 Jonathan had denied the report saying, “I’m not on exile.
Buhari needs chief economic adviser’
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mrs. Gloria Adebajo-Fraser, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a credible chief economic adviser in view of the economic challenges facing the country.
Adebajo-Fraser, in a statement also asked the President to conduct surveys regularly on controversial national matters in order to articulate the views and expectations of Nigerians before taking major decisions.
This, according to her, is the way governance is done in developed countries.
The PDP chieftain, while appraising President Buhari’s first anniversary in office, said the President had recorded commendable progress in tackling corruption by exposing looters of the national treasury.
She, however, said the Federal Government needed to devise innovative ways to sustain the anti-graft war.
The statement partly read, “My advice, therefore, is for the President to appoint a game-changing Chief Economic Adviser. With due respect to the President’s economic team, we need to utilise innovative solutions with a homegrown economic blueprint which would guarantee short-term results while they are applying theoretical principles which would guarantee the deliverables in the medium and long terms."
Ogoni clean-up: We’ve fulfilled our promise, FG says
The Federal Government on Thursday declared that it has fulfilled its campaign promise with respect to the clean-up of Ogoniland in Rivers State.
According to the government, President Muhammadu Buhari had during his campaign period promised to commence the clean-up of the Niger Delta, beginning from Ogoniland once sworn into office.
The Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed, saluted the courage and doggedness of President Buhari, stressing that he had continuously pursued the programme in order to ensure that it succeeded even in his absence.
In her speech, which was made available to our correspondent, the minister said, “I think it’s important to look at the back drop. First of all, it was a campaign promise he (Buhari) made before coming into office. We came into office in November (2015) and very quickly attended the climate change conference that lasted two weeks.
But the minister also stated that the $1bn set aside for the clean-up exercise would not be enough for the programme, which experts had said would last several years before it can be completed.
She said, “We hope we will have funds managers take care of this money because $1bn is not going to be enough. When we get the $1bn we need to start the job, but we also need to use that to leverage on the funding from the budget, from other donor agencies and from other opportunities around the world.”
Oyo State bans public smoking
Oyo State House of Assembly on Thursday passed a bill placing a ban on smoking in public places in the state.
The “Bill to Regulate Smoking in Public Places and for Connected Purposes’’ also provides three to six months imprisonment or fine of between N15, 000 and N50, 000 for violators.
The assembly said that the bill was necessary for regulating smoking in designated places, include shopping centres, restaurants, public toilets and cinemas.
Other areas covered by the proposed law are hospitals, creches, schools and public transportation vehicles within the state.
Specifically, the bill stipulates fine of N15, 000 or three month imprisonment or both for first time offenders while any person guilty of repeated act would be liable to a N50, 000 fine or six months imprisonment or both.
It also stipulates that any person found guilty of smoking in the presence of a child in a manner that exposes smoke to be injurious to the child, would be liable to a month imprisonment with an option of N15, 000 or both.
It states that refusal to place the sign or symbol by a corporate body, director, manager, company secretary or any person concerned in the management of the corporate body will be liable to N250, 000 fine upon conviction.
Fire wreaks havoc in Lagos
A mid-afternoon fire has destroyed part of the old National Assembly Complex located around the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the fire started around 3pm from the second floor of the building and spread to the 6th floor
Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, officials of the NEMA and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Fire service were battling to control the fire, NEMA spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye earlier today.
Farinloye said the fire affected the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th floors only, adding that the 6th, 7th and 8th floors were not affected.