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Vaccines are not responsible for death of Infants – Sultan of Sokoto

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has debunked the rumour that vaccines for polio and other communicable diseases is responsible for the death of infants in the State.

The paramount traditional ruler said this during a courtesy visit to Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State on Tuesday in Lafia, the state capital.

He advised politicians to stop politicising issues relating to health care for selfish reasons.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abubakar III, who is also the President General of Jamaatul Nasril Islam and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, is in Lafia for the 3rd Quarter Meeting on Polio Eradication Routine Immunisation.

He expressed displeasure at reports that vaccines for immunisation have been contaminated to poison certain groups of people and followers of certain religion in the country.

He described the reports as false and warned those spreading the rumours to stop discouraging innocent Nigerians from participating in the immunisation exercise to protect them against polio and other communicable diseases.

“There are two things we must never politicise and they are health and security issues because they affect everybody irrespective of religious or tribal background.

“I was so saddened when we heard that the vaccines contain poison to eliminate certain races.

“We must never play politics with people’s lives. The vaccines are not meant to kill anybody but to protect Nigerians from these communicable diseases.

“We will never support anything that will hurt anybody. So I urge our politicians and others to stop playing politics with the lives of anybody,” the Sultan appealed.

He also urged traditional rulers, religious leaders and other well-meaning Nigerians to help enlighten others on the vital importance of immunisation to end the endemic status of some communicable diseases in the country.

On the mandate of the committee, Abubakar III explained that the committee was his vision set up eight years ago to fight polio and other communicable diseases especially in Northern Nigeria.

`Health is the most important thing to human beings. No matter how strong, brilliant and smart you are, if you are not healthy, you are useless.

“That is why we set up this committee eight years ago to fight polio and other communicable diseases,” he said.

The Sultan commended the Nasarawa State Government for its enviable contributions to the health sector especially primary healthcare.

According to him, the contributions of the state government to health care prompted the committee to choose the state for its third quarter meeting.

“The last meeting we held was around July in Sokoto. It was there we heard of the strides made by the state government in the health sector and decided to hold the next meeting there.

“We thank the state governor and his able lieutenants for giving us tremendous support,” Abubakar III said.

Responding, Mr. Al-Makura thanked the Sultan and other members of the committee for choosing the state for the meeting.

“We are proud and grateful for your advocacy and campaign on health which you have personally embarked on across Nigeria.

“Your efforts on polio and other communicable diseases are efforts that have saved us from dooms day.

“We have nothing to give you but appreciation. We cannot thank you enough for your selfless service to the nation.

“I would like to encourage you to keep up the good work,” the governor said.

Mr. Al-Makura, however, appealed to the committee and state governments in Northern Nigeria to take seriously the threat of Monkey pox so as to prevent it from spreading across the region.

“We should not take lightly this issue of monkey pox, especially for some of us in the North.

“I want to assure you we will commence enlightenment and sensitisation of people to take to immunisation.

“I want to also assure that Nasarawa State will continue to collaborate with this committee in order for it to achieve its objectives,” he said.

The governor also pledged that the health budget of the state for the remaining lifespan of the current administration would be given adequate attention to tackle health challenges across the state.

Source : (NAN)

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Ekiti Extends Curfew Indefinitely

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Ekiti Extends Curfew Indefinitely
Ekiti Extends Curfew Indefinitely

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Amidst the continued violence across the country, Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has approved the extension of the 24-hour curfew in Ekiti State indefinitely.

The curfew was declared on Tuesday evening following reported cases of violence in Ado Ekiti as hoodlums allegedly the peaceful protest by EndSARS protesters.

The initial curfew lapsed on Wednesday night by 10 pm.

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However, on Thursday morning, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Akin Omole, announced that the curfew still continues in every part of the state until further notice.

It reads: “The general public is hereby alerted that the 24-hour curfew announced by the State Government is still in place in all parts of the state until further notice.

“Government appreciates the cooperation of all citizens of the state in obeying the curfew and ensuring that peace returns to the state.”

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BREAKING: Hoodlums Invade Ondo Prison, Release Inmates

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BREAKING: Hoodlums Invade Ondo Prison, Release Inmates
BREAKING: Hoodlums Invade Ondo Prison, Release Inmates

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According to reports, no less than 58 inmates of the National Correctional Service Centre located in Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State have been released by hoodlums on Thursday.

It was gathered the hoodlums stormed the center, burnt down a vehicle, and forcefully released the inmates.

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It was also gathered that several items were also destroyed on the premises of the prison service.

This is the second jailbreak to be recorded this week, following the jailbreak recorded in Benin, Edo State earlier in the week.

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Ikoyi Prison On Fire, Inmates Attempt Jail Break (Video)

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Ikoyi Prison On Fire, Inmates Attempt Jail Break (Video)
Ikoyi Prison On Fire, Inmates Attempt Jail Break (Video)

Ikoyi prisoners attempt jailbreak

An attempted jailbreak has reportedly occurred at the Ikoyi Prisons of the Nigeria Correctional Service located in Lagos State.

Videos circulating on social media suggest the Ikoyi prison has been broken into, some building set on fire, and gunshots are been heard as officials try to control the pandemonium.

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A video clip of the jailbreak shows smoke coming from the prison premises while gunshots were heard in the background.

According to reports gathered the police and military personnel had been deployed to assist prison guards to foil the attempt by inmates to escape.

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