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BE WARNED! The Danger Of Using Broomsticks To Mash Ewedu Revealed

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Utilizing a small bunch of broomsticks to mash ewedu (mallow-leaves) is very common among Nigerians when preparing the slimy soup. It is the conventional way of making the soup in various homes…
However, medical experts have said that the age-old practice is actually fraught with dangers.
Ewedu is also known as Rama ayoyo among Hausa, while the Igbo call it Kerenkere.
Dr. Adegboyega Akere of the Department of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, on Wednesday, advised women and caterers to desist from the practice.
Akere, a Consultant Gastroenterologist, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan that food handlers should always use blender for ewedu and every other ingredient used in cooking it. “They should not use broom to mash the vegetable,” he said.
Akere said this is because ewedu soup that is mashed with broomsticks could still retain splinters of the broom, however minute.
He said that when eaten, the splinters from the broomsticks could get trapped inside the oesophagus or the intestine.
Akere disclosed that someone who had eaten the soup containing a tiny piece of broomstick was rushed to the UCH recently.
“The broomstick settled in her intestine and did not digest. This resulted in the inflammation of the intestine.
“Two days after, the patient complained of severe stomach pains and a CT-Scan revealed that a broomstick was lodging inside her intestine.
“A surgical operation was carried out and in less than 24 hours, the patient was on her feet moving about. This clarion call is necessary because ewedu soup is the local soup of people in this part of Nigeria.
“The locals prefer it to any other soup; therefore, I will advise them to either blend or grind it on the stone before cooking,” he said.
Akere also warned that when someone ingests strange objects, they could develop gastroenterology-related diseases.
“Mothers must also be careful while preparing this soup, as it is the most common among the locals in weaning their babies,” he warned.
(NAN)

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Zabarmari Killing: Fani-Kayode Condemns Presidency Over Insensitive Statement

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Zabarmari Killing: Fani-Kayode Condemns Presidency Over Insensitive Statement

Femi Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the presidency over its statement that the 43 farmers killed by members of Boko Haram on Saturday in Borno did not have military clearance to be on the farm.

Recall that Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity disclosed on Monday that the farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday didn’t have military clearance to be on the farm.

Also Read: 43 Farmers Killed By Boko Haram Didn’t Have Clearance To Farm — Buhari’s aide

Reacting to the development, the former Minister expressed that the statement was not a good defence for the murder.

He wrote:

Whether it was 43 or 110 farmers that were killed, it’s not a good defence to say they were murdered because they did not get permission to farm. Every Nigerian, whether Northern or Southern, has a right to life &deserves to be protected regardless of their occupation or trade.

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Court Okays Suit Compelling Emefiele To Account For COVID-19 Donations

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Court Okays Suit Compelling Emefiele To Account For COVID-19 Donations

CBN Governor – Godwin Emefiele

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, granted a suit, seeking to apply for judicial review and order of mandamus to compel the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to provide details of financial donations received by the country in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.

Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the ruling in a suit filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Heda Resource Centre as 1st and 2nd applicants respectively.

Mandamus is a judicial writ issued as a command to an inferior court or ordering a person to perform a public or statutory duty.

Also Read: Nigeria’s Economy May Emerge From Recession In 2021 Q1, Says Emefiele

According to reports, the group, in an ex-parte motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1456/2020, listed the CBN governor as sole respondent.

Ekwo also granted their plea to seek an order declaring that the failure of the CBN to provide the plaintiff with information on the sources of the donations, how they are being applied, among others, amounted to a violation of the applicant’s rights under the Freedom of Information Act and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

He ordered the applicant to file, within seven days, a formal application for the orders sought, which must be served on the respondent within seven days.

The judge also ordered the respondent to, upon being served, file its response within 30 days.

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Lawan Leads FG’s Delegation On Condolence Visit To Borno

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Lawan Leads FG’s Delegation On Condolence Visit To Borno

Ahmad Lawan

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday, led a federal government delegation to Borno State on a condolence visit following the killing of farmers on Saturday by members of the Boko Haram sect.

Members of the delegation include the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Ministers of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Pantami, and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Mustapha Baba Shehuri.

Also Read: Boko Haram: ‘Be Hurt In Your Pursuit Of Justice For The Dead’, Ezekwesili Tells Buhari

Other members are the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), and Senior Special Assistant( Media and Publicity) to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu.

The delegation was reportedly received on arrival at the Airport by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Umar Gadafu.

The delegation is in Borno, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government, to commiserate and identify with the family of the victims, the Government, and the people of Borno State over the incident.

 

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