Police Nab Ritualist, Recover Body Of 8-year-old Daughter Of Neighbour |RN


From: Tony John, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Police Command yesterday, took custody of a 23-year-old man, Ifeanyichukwu Maxwell Dike, who was arrested by members of a vigilance group in the Eliozu area in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while he was on the way to dispose the body of his neighbour’s daughter after using other parts of her body for ritual.

Sunday Sun gathered that the suspect abducted the eight-year-old victim, Victory Chikamso on Friday, raped, killed and removed some parts of her body for a ritual. When he was arrested by the vigilance group, he was carrying the remains of the corpse in a bag.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, told newsmen that the suspect who was residing at Messiah Street, Eliozu, Port Harcourt was arrested by men of the Okporo Police Station.

He said that Dike abducted the little girl, who lived with her parents at the same address on Friday.

“The little girl was abducted, defiled and killed, while her vagina, eyes, tongue and breast were removed and put in a polythene bag.

“The suspect was going to dispose of the body when he was arrested by members of a local vigilance group that suspected his movement. On being questioned, the suspect dropped the bag and took to his heels.

“Consequently, the vigilantes gave the suspect a hot chase and apprehended him. On further interrogation by the Police, he confessed and took the Police to where the vital organs were concealed,” Omoni said.

He, however, disclosed that the body and the organs of the victim had been recovered and deposited in the mortuary, while the suspect was helping the Police in the investigation. 

In a related development, operatives from the Azikiwe Police Station on stop-and-search duty at the Eagle Island Sandfill, on Friday, intercepted a Toyota Avalon salon car with Reg. No. WER 767 CN  with three occupants, namely, Ignatius Opara,  Aniebiet Daniel and Lawson Basoene.

On searching the car the police recovered one locally made pistol with two 7.62mm live ammunition which was hidden under the driver’s seat.

The Police further said interrogation revealed that the suspects had stolen the car from where it was packed at  Amadi Ama. (The Sun)

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Another Doctor Tests Positive For Lassa Fever In LUTH |The Republican News


Rats: agents of Lassa fever


…3 earlier positive doctors discharged

Lassa outbreak tapering off, but we must remain vigilant – CMD

By Azoma Chikwe

Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi Araba, Prof Chris Bode said, yesterday, that another doctor had tested positive for Lassa fever.

The new case was among the doctors under surveillance, who had close contact with the index, and she has already commenced treatment and is expected to recover fully very soon.

“Psychological and other supports have also been provided and her family contacts are closely monitored,” the CMD said.

He stated that three doctors admitted with confirmed Lassa fever in the teaching hospital have all been certified fit and discharged home as subsequent repeated tests on them showed that they tested negative for Lassa and no longer harbour the disease.

Last week, two patients were brought to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and later diagnosed with Lassa fever. Three doctors who closely attended to the first patient later tested positive for the disease and were admitted, while 135 other contacts had been followed up.

However, it was gathered that 70 of the contacts that were being followed up have also been let off, having completed their period of observation.  He said over 400 LUTH staff attended a grand round on Viral Hemorrhagic Fever yesterday at which various aspects of this contagious ailment were discussed.

The importance of a high index of suspicion, early diagnosis and referral were highlighted to medical workers who were also enjoined to observe universal precautions while attending to any patient who may be suspected of having Lassa fever.

The CMD spoke further: “There is a fully equipped response squad available round the clock to assess and take over the management of any suspected cases in LUTH. Various meetings have been held with doctors and other members of staff to reinforce these messages. Pieces of training have also been conducted and are ongoing for staff at the forefront of patients’ care. Both the Federal Ministry of Health and the Lagos State Ministry of Health have supported LUTH with the provision of more drugs and Personal Protective Equipment, follow-up services and decontamination. Free hand sanitizers have been deployed to various wards.

“Ebola Containment Trust Fund, a non-governmental organisation has provided 10 telephones and airtime for the use of our Lassa Fever Response Team in LUTH. The team has been beefed up by several volunteer staff who are working assiduously to overcome this dreaded disease and we are optimistic, buoyed by the successful discharge of those three doctors who had earlier tested positive.”

Prof. Bode said that an internal inquiry had been empanelled to audit possible breaches in established service protocols and any other reasons that resulted in hospital personnel getting infected.

He added that the disease was gradually tapering off but noted “we must remain vigilant while ongoing efforts are maintained to control the disease. LUTH Management thanks, all stakeholders and the Press for their continued support. (The Sun)

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President Buhari’s Return Is Nation’s Hope Fulfilled, Says Tinubu |RN

All Progressives Congress chieftain, Sen. Bola Tinubu, on Saturday urged Nigerians to remain united and support President Muhammadu Buhari as he pursues the progressive agenda for which he was elected, for a better nation.

Tinubu, in a statement entitled ‘President Buhari’s Return: A Nation’s Hope Fulfilled’ in Lagos, said just as Nigerians gathered to pray for the health and return of the president from a medical vacation abroad, they should remain supportive now that he is back.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari left Nigeria on May 7 for the second round of his medical treatment in London and returned on Saturday.

Buhari, who arrived at 4:35 p.m., is expected to address the nation on Monday.

Tinubu said: ”Just as we gathered to pray for his health and his return, we must remain united in spirit to support President Buhari as he pursues the progressive agenda for which he was elected, and that promises us all a better day.

”Our nation is strong, but must overcome many challenges. We can do so with President Buhari at the helm and with the rest of the nation in active support.

”Thus, the president’s return is both real and symbolic.

”We all must renew our faith in our collective purpose and rededicate ourselves to a nation indivisible and united in reconstructing our political economy so that it provides a decent and good life to all our people.”

He described President Buhari as a man of moral fortitude, discipline, strength and dedication.

According to him, these attributes have helped him battle medical challenges.

”President Buhari”s return home is our prayers answered and these attributes which he possesses will lead him to success in surmounting our national challenges.

”President Buhari has demonstrated time and again his devotion to this nation and its great causes.

”His love for the country and the realisation that he has a mission to fulfil so that Nigeria may realise its better self by providing security and prosperity to all Nigerians has compelled him home, ”he said.

Tinubu said it was heartening to see that the nation had matured to the point where governance continued in a meaningful and seamless manner during the president’s absence.

He said it was a sign of the harmony between President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

”On this day, it is even more heartening to think of the things that can now be achieved with President Buhari back to lead the nation.

”Today is a glad and happy one for those who wish Nigeria well. While we celebrate the President’s return, we also must quickly turn to the hard and heavy work at hand.

”With President Buhari back and with the nation united behind him, we can accomplish excellent things. May we do our best to become our best.

”Welcome home Mr President. Welcome home, ” Tinubu said. (NAN)

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Buhari’s Return Will Impact On Economy, Security, Yari, Ganduje |The Republican News



Muhammadu Buhari received at the airport on his arrival


From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Governor of Zamfara State and Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Abdullazeez Yari, has said the return of President Muhammadu Buhari after over 100 days in office will impact positively on the economy and the security sector.

Yari who spoke to State House Correspondents on the tarmac of the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, said Nigerians will notice the difference between when he was away and when he is around.

According to him, despite the fact that the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, did a good job at coordinating affairs when his boss was away, there be a clear difference when the head is around and takes a decision.

Yari said, “This is the moment that Nigerians have been waiting for over 90 days. We as governors that paid him a visit what we saw the first time we reported to Nigerians, Nigerians will see for themselves. We pray to God to give the President good health and for him to continue to manage the economy for the benefit of Nigerians.”

On the impact of the economy, he said, “It will impact seriously because is just like a body when the head is cut-off so the body will not make any meaningful achievement. The fact that he has a vibrant Vice President who can work effectively when he does not around does not mean you can compare the difference between when he is around and when the two of them are around. It will impact on the economy and it will impact on the security, it means so many things will change.”

The Kano Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said, “Nigerians are happy and we are happy. We did say when we visited that he was doing better and will soon return. It will impact on the socio economic activities in the country because now that the number decision maker is now around. He and his deputy will take a decision together and things will be done in a more quicker way. We will see improvement.”

On the impact on the economy, he said, “It impact on security there is no doubt about the because there are certain decision you know the Acting President will have to communicate him but now that he is coming back that would no longer be necessary.”

Some of those at the airport are National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Mongunu, Senior Special Assistants on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Laolu Akande, the Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media, Lauretta Onochie, among others.         (The Sun)

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Saraki Welcomes Buhari, Says President Will Resume With Greater Vigour |RN


Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki

Senate  President Abubakar Bukola Saraki has welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari back to Nigeria.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki thanked God for the safe return and recovery of the President, and reaffirmed the commitment of the National Assembly to continue working alongside the President in achieving objectives aimed at improving the standard of living of Nigerians and overall development of the country.

“I thank Almighty Allah for bringing President Muhammadu Buhari back whole, hale and hearty. I am thoroughly delighted that President Buhari has returned home after his medical vacation”, the Senate President said, “I was privileged to have met him twice in London during the period of the vacation. After our first meeting, I told Nigerians there was no cause for alarm. After our recent lengthy meeting on Thursday this week, I informed Nigerians that Mr President’s return home was imminent.

“In all, we must thank Almighty God for sparing all our lives and granting Mr President a most remarkable recovery. His return marks a new lease of life for this administration. I am confident that Mr President will resume with even more vigour to pursue an economic agenda that will improve the welfare of all Nigerians.  In this vein, Mr President should seize this opportunity to further consolidate and strengthen his team in order to meet the challenges ahead.

“On our part, the Senate is ready to work closely with the Executive and bend over backwards to support Mr President. I congratulate all Nigerians on Mr President’s return.

We thank the Acting President for his hard work in holding forte and steering the ship of governing the nation during this period.”

“May the Almighty Allah continue to bless our nation, and give our President, Muhammadu Buhari, the strength and wisdom to lead us successfully, ” the Senate President said.   (The Sun)

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President Buhari Returns After 107 Days Of Sick Vacation In London (Video)|RN

By Ike A. Offor,

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Nigerian Airforce flight touched down today, 19 August at Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport at 4:45 pm and he were received by the Acting President Prof. Yemi Osnbajo in the company of the service chiefs.

Buhari who has been away for 107 days for medical treatment in London, United Kingdom has been speculated by some folks from some quarters to be dead and some said that he was on a life-support machine.

The barrages of speculations about him and his ailment and how he turned out to be hale and hearty are something of a mixed feeling for some who wished or claimed that he was dead or on a life-support machine.

While his supporters will rejoice for his return, some critics will still be angered by his prolonged sick vacation without addressing the country or being specific on revealing his ailment, which many demanded to know.

Many photos that were released while he was away were claimed by the critics to be fake or photoshopped, and some of those critics who stood out from the rest are Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state and Mr Femi Fani-Kayode.

His supporters have said that Buhari’s return will strengthen the economy and security in the country, but some argued that his absence actually helped the economy and his presence before he left for London has not made the security in the country any better.

While Buhari was away, the Naira, the national currency got stronger against the dollars, which is why some have argued for Yemi Osinbajo to be made the president since him taking over the seat of leadership, has helped the economy than when Buhari is in charge.

Above all, it is good to have President Buhari back, and a great news for his family too and the country at large.

We hope his presence would check the menaces of both Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen and other security issues. Though some argued already that while he was here before leaving for London, the Fulani herdsmen operated without hindrance and the Boko haram proliferated and killed many.

Another thing is whether the President would address the issues of secessions by various regions and groups within the country. Nnamdi Kanu was released in his absence and has been seen as violating his bail conditions and it would be interesting to see if he takes action on that or he would allow him to carry on with his activities with Biafra secession.

Kanu has called for an election boycott in Anambra gubernatorial election, which comes up on November 18 and he has inaugurated the Biafran Secret Sevice a few days ago.

So, it will be interesting to see how Buhari reacts to these issues and his next line of actions. His action in imprisoning Nnamdi Kanu and disobeying court orders to release him unconditionally resulted in his fame around the world and many now think to stem such fame he must allow him to continue unhindered.

So, many will be watching to see what Muhammadu Buhari actions will be once he resumes duties in the next coming days.



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Natl Assembly Members Are A Bunch Of Unarmed Robbers, Says Obasanjo |RN

                                  Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday in Ibadan said that the bogus earnings of National Assembly members portrayed them as a “bunch of unarmed robbers.”

Obasanjo spoke at a public presentation of a book written by Prof. Mark Nwagwu, titled, ‘I am Kagara, I Weave the Sands of Sahara,’ in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He also called on the Federal Government to respect the agreement it signed with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, saying that the Federal Government put itself in a corner by entering into the agreement without full consultation.

He said, “Government allows itself to be stampeded into signing agreement particularly when one group or the other withdraws it services and goes on strike. After the agreement has been signed, without full consultation within government, implementation becomes an issue.

“But an agreement is an agreement whoever the agent is that signed that agreement on your behalf, you are bound by it. You may now have to renegotiate to have a new agreement but the agreement earlier signed remains an agreement.

“When the university teachers go on strike, there is an agreement; and when doctors go on strike, there will be a special agreement. And when the universities teachers see that the agreement reached with the doctors is different from theirs, they go on strike and this is bad for our economy.

“The way we are going about spending all our revenue to pay overheads, we will not develop. And we will have ourselves to blame. Ninety per cent of revenue is used to pay overheads, allowances, salaries and not much is left for capital development. In a situation like that, we have to rethink.

“It is even worse for the National Assembly. They will abuse me again but I will never stop talking about them. They are a bunch of unarmed robbers.

“They are one of the highest paid in the world where we have 75 per cent of our people living in abject poverty. They will abuse me tomorrow and if they don’t, maybe they are sleeping. The behaviour and character of the National Assembly should be condemned and roundly condemned.”

At the event, a former Minister of Education, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, called for positive attitudinal changes for national development.

She said the book would serve as a tool for the country to examine the extent to which it had lost her values and culture. (

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