Diaso’s Death:Lagos Doctors Begin Strike As Sanwo-Olu Orders Probe

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has directed its members to proceed on indefinite strike over the death of a medical doctor in Lagos,Dr.Vwaere Diaso.

Vwaere Diaso, died at the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island, when the elevator she used crashed from the 10th floor to the ground floor.

The late doctor was immediately rushed to the emergency ward of the hospital where she eventually died.

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Lagos has expressed deep mourning over the death of one its members while demanding an enquiry into the death.

It also declared a five-day mourning period while demanding for “an immediate, unbiased investigation into the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate incident.”

The NMA in a statement by its Chairman, Dr. Benjamin Olowojebutu and Secretary, Dr. Ismail Ajibowo, said all those found culpable must be brought to justice.

It further directed on its doctors in the three government hospitals on the Island to commence indefinite strike action until the investigations are completed and justice served.

“We immediately direct our doctors in all other government hospitals to scale down activities as a mark of respect for our dead colleague. Only emergency services should be rendered for the next five days.That the government should as a matter of urgency commence the complete overhaul of the house officers’ quarters on the island.

“That all other infrastructures in all our government hospitals that need repairs should be urgently attended to.That the blood transfusion system in Lagos state needs immediate revamping for improved services.”

The group also stated that due to the incident the state officers committee of the association decided that the upcoming Annual General Meeting would be a low-keyed event.

It implored the members to remain calm, saying the leadership of the NMA is on top of the situation and “will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that justice is not just served but seen to have been served.”

Meanwhile,Lagos state governor,Babajide Sanwo-Olu,has has taken immediate action to initiate a thorough investigation into the cause of the ugly incident.

He mourned the passing of a medical doctor, Vwaere Diaso,describing her death as shocking and a colossal loss to the health sector in the state and Nigeria as a whole.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, in a statement on his verified social media handles on Wednesday,also commiserated with the deceased family, friends and colleagues, particularly the Nigeria Medical Association, Medical Guild, doctors, and healthcare professionals in Lagos State.

He said: “I was deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Dr. Vwaere Diaso, a dedicated medical professional whose life was taken due to a mechanical failure within the elevator at the Doctors’ Quarters of the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island. It is distressing to think that such a promising young doctor had her life cut short in such a devastating manner.

“As a parent myself, I cannot help but feel the pain and sorrow that Dr. Diaso’s loved ones must be experiencing during this difficult time. My heart goes out to her parents, family members, friends, and colleagues who are grieving this profound loss.

“To the Nigeria Medical Association, the Medical Guild, and all doctors in Lagos State, I extend my deepest sympathies. Losing a fellow healthcare professional is a tremendous loss for the entire medical community.

“In light of this tragedy, I have taken immediate action to initiate a thorough investigation into the cause of the mechanical failure. It is my sincere commitment that this investigation will be conducted with utmost transparency and fairness, leaving no room for any biases or favoritism.

“Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this heartbreaking incident.May Dr. Vwaere Diaso’s soul rest in eternal peace.”

TikToker Bags Three-Year Jail Term For  Cyber-Bullying Eniola Badmus

Mohammed Shosanya

A Lagos Federal High Court,Wednesday sentenced a lady, Okoye Blessing Nwakaego to three years imprisonment for for social media bullying of a popular Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo gave the verdict on Wednesday following plea of guilty by Nwakaego to the two count charge leveled against her by the police.

According to the police,the convict and see one Chimabia (now at large) had between month of December 2022 and July 2023, conspired themselves to commit felony to wit: cyberstalking.

The convict and and Chimabia were also said to have knowingly cause the transmission of a communication via Tiktok, gossipmill tv, remedyblog and other social media network, with her mobile line number. 09125225742 which is grossly offensive, false and for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enemity, hatred, needless anxiety to the prejudice of one Eniola Badmus.

The offences were contrary to and punishable under section 27 and 24(1)(b)(2)(a)(c)of the Cybercrimes (prohibition, prevention, et.c) Act 2015.

The convict upon the reading of the charges, pleaded guilt.

The development made the prosecutor to plead with the court to review the facts of the case.

Reviewing the fact of the case,the prosecutor, Uhumwangho, told the court that Blessings in her confessional statement to the police said she made the video following the prompt by a male friend.

“Blessing said a friend who claimed to know Eniola Badmus narrated the false story to her and that she in turn, narrated the story to a male friend Chimabia ( now at large), who asked her to do a video of the false story line that Eniola Badmus specializes in introducing young Nigerian girls to men.”

She said after making the video, Chimabia gave her N200,000 and asked her to post it on her Tiktok from where other platforms picked it.

The prosecutor told the court that over three million viewers viewed the maligning video online.

He tendered the petition written by Eniola Badmus asking the police to investigate the matter and bring those behind the falsehood to book.Blessing statement was also tendered and admitted in evidence.

The prosecutor urged the court to convict the defendant as charged and pass appropriate sentence.

However, counsel to the convict, pleaded with the court to temper Justice with mercy, adding that the convict is a first time offender, who did not waste the time of the court.

He also inform the court that the convict has been remorseful as she had already pull down the offensive video and promised never to involved in such act.

After listening to the allocutus by the convict’s counsel, Justice Oweibo in his judgment, sentenced Okoye Blessing Nwakaeho to three years imprisonment on the two count charge or a fine of N150,000.

We Have No Control Over Fuel Price, Forex -CBN

Mohammed Shosanya

The Central Bank of Nigeria CBN,,says it has little or no control over the price of either Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or foreign exchange.

A Principal Manager with the apex bank, Mr Osagie Clement,disclosed this on Wednesday when he appeared before the House of Representatives adhoc committee investigating the recent hike in the price of fuel.

He explained that the demand for PMS has gone down by 30 percent due to its low demand following the hike in the price.

He disclosed that on a monthly basis,150 million dollars is being deployed to Premium.Motors Spirit importation from CBN intervention.

He urged the federal government to discourage importation and encourage local production, which he said would reduce the current challenges in the nation’s economy.

He expressed optimism that there are positive times ahead in the next four months for forex to benefit the Nation’s economy.

According to him: “The PMS market, perhaps it is envisaged that it is expected that there is no more subsidy, no more bottle necks so it becomes real market enterprise so more people will come into that business and you see competition will bring the price down .

Speaking the adhoc committee, The Executive Director distribution systems of the Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Agency (NMDPRA) ,Mr Ogbugo Ukoha, explained that the market forces of demand and supply determine what the prices of products would be.

According to him, the Petroleum Industry Act PIA, has however given regulators the authority to intervene to avoid cartel building, which is why the agency introduced competition to also deal with illegal profiteering.

He added:””PIA has given the authority quit enormous power too intervene to avoid cartel building which is why we have introduced competition and to also deal with illegal profiteering and more importantly to work with Federal Consumers protection Council in relation to consumer protection,” he added.

The Chairman of the House of Representatives adhoc committee investigating the recent hike in the price of fuel Hon. Babajide Benson, noted that the Petroleum Industry Act PIA, has however given regulators the authority to intervene to avoid cartel building but noted that the low demand for petrol due to its hike is worrisome.

800 Customers To Win N135m In Access Bank DiamondXtra  Savings Promo

Mohammed Shosanya

Access Bank has unveiled the Season 15 edition of DiamondXtra Savings Promo at the Computer Village branch of the bank.

The bank said,over 800 customers with the DiamondXtra Savings accounts are expected to smile home with a whopping N135 million in the Season 15 edition

Mr. Bolarinwa Animashaun, the Regional Sales Director of the bank, while speaking at the unveiling said Access Bank is richly dependent on its customers hence their zeal to always go with them with the DiamondXtra Savings promo.

“We have given out more than N6.3 billion since the DiamondXtra started over fifteen years ago.The process has always been transparent and this is why we have always been working with National Lottery Commission and the Consumer Protection Agency,” he said.

Also speaking at the unveiling ceremony in Lagos, the Group Head, Consumer Banking, Access Bank, Njideka Esomeju, said DiamondXtra is one of the best things that has ever happened to banking in Nigeria.

She said all the customers needed to do was to open a DiamondXtra account with as little as N5000 and maintain a N5000 deposit to qualify for the draws.

She also said twenty customers would at the venue of the launching of season 15 win N10,000 each, a gesture the bank raised to forty customers.

She said:“After Lagos, we are going to all parts of the country with the draws and it is our way of appreciating our customers.”

Speaking on the transparency of DiamondXtra, Mrs Suzzy Onwuka who was from the Lagos office of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) said they had been monitoring the DiamondXtra and could certify it very customer-friendly.

“Since we have been monitoring this programme, it has been transparent. We have never heard any complaint from any winner about not reviving his prize.

“Looking at their terms and conditions, they are very friendly and that attests to how they have carried on. Kudos to Access Bank for rewarding their customers,” she said.

Oyetola, Matawalle, Geidam, Lalong,Others Make Fresh Batch Of Tinubu’s Ministerial List

Former governors of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, Yobe, Ibrahim Geidam, Zamfara, Bello Matawalle and Plateau states, Simon Lalong, were among the 19 new ministerial nominees sent to the Senate on Wednesday as second batch by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Other nominees are:Abdullahi Tijjani Gwarzo, Bosun Tijani, Dr Dr Maryam Shetty, Isiak Salako, Tunji Alausa, Dr Yusuf Tanko Sununu, Atiku Bagudu, Lola Ade John and Shuaibu Abubakar Audu.

Others include; Prof Tahir Mamman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Senator Alkali Ahmed Saidu, Senator Heineken Lokpobori, Uba Maigari Ahmadu and Zaphaniah Bitrus Jisalo.
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Protest: National Assembly Sets Up Committee To Review Workers’ Demands

Mohammed Shosanya

The National Assembly leadership has set up a special Committee to review the grievances of the workforce in the country.

The development was sequel to Wednesday’s protest staged by members of the organised labour over the subsidy removal policy of the federal government.

The committee which is expected to be convened and sit within seven working days will among other things review some of the factors that led to a breakdown of truce between the federal government and the organised labour.

Senate President, Godswill Akpabio gave this assurance while through his representative, Senator Ali Ndume, Chief Whip of the Senate, when the protesters numbering over 5000 stormed the National Assembly.

The lawmakers said it aligns with the protest of the workers and support their struggle.

“We have keenly followed what is going on when we realized that there was a breakdown in the discussions between the Presidency and Labour. I want to assure you that we will find a permanent solution to this.

“Please give us one week and we will make progress and if you are not satisfied with the progress we are making, then you can take further actions.A committee has been setup to look into the demands of organised labour,” he added.

He assured that by close of the day or tomorrow, they will call the first meeting with labour to start the discussions and the engagements would continue.

“We will do our best as your representatives to come out with solutions acceptable to you and realistic enough,”he said.

He also assured that the letter which contained their demands and terms of reference would be handed over to the leadership of the Senate.

The protest which was peaceful saw some of the protesters carrying placards with inscription such as; “Stop Corruption, Not Subsidy”,We Condemn Increase in School Fees, “Stop Importation of Petrol, Revive the Refineries,” ”Increase in Price of Fuel Responsible for Inflation, Poverty among others.

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Mr Joe Ajaero said the mass protest was to express workers’ frustrations and grievances over what he described as anti-poor policies that had brought hardship on Nigerians.

He said: ”For almost two months now, we have been engaged in discussions without fruitfulness. We got frustrated.”

He,however,said that the demands of the labour include the immediate implementation of the resolutions jointly signed with organised Labour and government.

Ajaero also sought immediate reversal of all anti-poor policies of government including the recent hike in PMS price, school fees and VAT.

He also urged the Federal Government to fix the countrys’ local refineries in Porthacourt, Warri and Kaduna.

Ajaero also stated that government should order the release of eight months withheld salaries of university lecturers.

“Accord appropriate recognition and support to the Presidential Steering Committee and the work of its sub-‘committees.We want government to put a stop to in-human actions and policies of government,” he added.

Festus Osifo, President of the Trade Union Congress lamented the cost of governance in Nigeria, saying a reduction would be necessary.

He accused the government of being “insensitive to the plight of the masses.”

“The Nigerian masses have been battered. They have gone through excruciating pains but in all of this, we have not heard what the President has to say about the cost of governance.We want you in the National Assembly to show sacrifice. We want you to cut down your budget.

“We want you to buy Nigerian made cars and not imported vehicles because you are creating jobs over there and importing poverty here.We want you to show leadership because we elected you to work for us,” he said.

Customs Intercepts 7,728 Kg Of Cannabis At FOU Zone A, Nabs 3 Suspects

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’,has intercepted two trucks loaded with 7,728 kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativia, otherwise known as Indian hemp.

The three suspects were arrested in connection with the illicit drugs which were brought in from Ghana and heading to the South Eastern part of the country,Hussein Kehinde Ejibunu, the Acting Controller Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’, disclosed during a press briefing in Lagos on Wednesday.

He handed over the seized drugs and the suspects arrested in connection with the drugs to the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos State Command.

He also disclosed that Unit intercepted and seized 15 smuggled bulletproof jackets, 15 pieces of jack knives and 20 pieces of pistol pouches inside a Toyota Sienna bus.

He said the items were intercepted at a check point in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State,adding that the driver of the vehicle was arrested in conjunction with the seized controlled wares.

“It is pertinent to know that the importation of all forms of bulletproof materials such as vests, ballistic materials and vehicles, as well as parts and accessories for all military armaments and hardware such as guns, arms and ammunition of all kinds; lethal and non-lethal requires an end-user certificate.”,he said.

He said the end-user certificate is applied to, and issued by the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), which loses its validity after one year from the issuance date.

He said that the seizures recorded withing the period-Month of July, which was under review, were a reflection of officers’ commitment to duty, and no compromise posture in the discharge of “our statutory responsibilities, aimed at protecting the national economy and preventing the importation of prohibited and harmful goods.

He added:“This success story will not be complete without my expression of gratitude to the Ag. Comptroller -General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi,whose maiden working visit to the Unit was a morale booster. I also use this medium to thank him and members of the management team for stoking our logistics for more gainful performance.”

He disclosed that 50 seizures were made within the period under review for non-compliance with the extant Customs laws.

The seized goods are: 5,642 X 50 kg bags of parboiled rice which is equivalent to 9 trailer-load, 18,925 litres (757X25 litres jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit), 20 pieces of pistol pouches, 15 pieces of bulletproof jackets, 15 pieces of jack knives, 49 cartons of children school shoes; 181X87kg parcels of Indian Hemp, 357 kegsX5 litres of vegetable oil, 1 unit of Honda Motorcycles and 2 used (Tokumbo) vehicle.

He mentioned the total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized goods as N462,708,875, while the sum of N66,493,346.41 was recovered as revenue into the federation account through the issuance of Demand Notices(DN) on Customs duties that were discovered to be unpaid.

He added:“Thirteen suspects were arrested in connection with some of the seizures, and are at different stages of investigations and prosecution”.

The Lagos State Government is diverting traffic along the Ilepo bus stop in Alimosho local government area of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway for the construction of culverts in order to address the perennial flooding challenge at that axis.

Engr. Abdulhafiz Toriola,the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation,who disclosed this in a statement,said that the traffic diversion would be from the Kataguwa/Ilepo axis of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, starting from Friday, August 4, 2023.

He hinted that it has provided alternative routes for motorists during the construction period.

Toriola mentioned some of the alternative routes to include Iyana Ipaja towards Abule-Egba where he said traffic would be diverted to the BRT Lane.

According to him,traffic from Iyana Ipaja towards Abule Egba and traffic from Abule-Egba inward Iyana Ipaja would be diverted to service lanes, while traffic from Abule-Egba towards Iyana Ipaja would be diverted to the BRT lane from Abule-Egba.

He advised motorists to be patient as the lane closure was part of the traffic management plan for the construction of drains across the axis.

Nigerian Ports To Get Consumer Protection Units Soon

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) is partnering with the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) to establish a Consumer Protection Regime (CPR) at the port.

The Executive Secretary of NSC, Emmanuel Jime,disclosed this in Lagos, at the sensitisation programme for stakeholders on consumer rights and responsibilities in the port and shipping sector.

jime,who was represented at the event by the Director of Human Affairs, NSC, Adaku Okam, Jime said the consumer protection regime intends to ascertain the challenges of various regulated service providers and users and to propose solutions.

He disclosed that the collaboration started in 2020 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two agencies.

“The consumer protection regime aims to achieve seamless operations with little or no infringements of rights. We will use the platform to disseminate sector-based information on the subject, and provide an avenue for stakeholders to give feedback on infringements of rights and possible areas that need improvement if necessary,” he said.

He explained that the collaboration between the two agencies will encourage competition and protection of consumers.

Jime said to educate maritime stakeholders about consumer rights and responsibility in the port and the shipping sector “to ensure that all stakeholders are carried along in the process of developing the CPR so as to build trust and confidence before rolling out the scheme”.

Speaking,FCCPC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Babatunde Irukera,who was represented at the event by the Director of Legal Services, Tam Tamunokobia, said:“If all we do has not expressed the interest of consumers, we have failed. In everything we do, the consumers should be first whether at the port or at the point of entering into an agreement. We must ensure that the consumer is protected.

“We need to push the frontiers of our cooperation and collaboration to a higher level and I commend the council for collaborating with us. We need to collaborate effectively, if you look at the council’s act and ours; in both ways collaboration is highlighted.

“Where there is effective collaboration we find out that there is no room for fighting for an area or the person in charge of a place. When we collaborate, the consumers will be the beneficiaries.”

Super Falcons:FIFA To Pay Players Directly

World football body FIFA plans to pay prize money directly into the players’ accounts of the winners of the ongoing women’s World Cup in Australia/New Zealand.

FIFA Secretary-General, Fatma Samoura,who confirmed this in a viral video on social media,explained that the policy change is due to unpaid allowance issues involving Nigeria’s Super Falcons.

The Falcons head coach, Randy Waldrum, had previously disclosed that some players were owed “per diem and bonuses” from two years ago.

The development caused a disagreement and almost affected the preparation of the Super Falcon players with most of them insisting on missing the training to protest their unpaid bonuses.

But in the video, Samoura acknowledged that “things have been tough” for the Falcons.

She added that FIFA for the first time would monitor that match bonuses got to the players directly.

“I know that things have been tough. We have to face the realities of Nigeria. It pains me a lot. It is because of you (the Super Falcons) that, for the first time, the prize money has been ring-fenced in the history of FIFA to ensure that it goes to you,” the FIFA secretary-general said.

FIFA had announced that every player participating in the World Cup group stage would earn $30,000.

The match bonuses will increase to $60,000 in the second round of the competition.