Earlier today there was a news of Gas explosion which occurred in Ajao Estate, Lagos State Nigeria, the explosion has killed many people leaving scores of others injured.
According to sources, the explosion came from a nearby gas filling station which sadly claimed innocent lives and damage property in neighborhood.
The incident has however stair up a lot of reactions among Nigerians social media users, some of the reactions are provided below.
So gas explosion in my estate they are picking human being meat everywhere Dark night in Ajao Estate
An explosion just hit at Afariogun Road Ajao Estate. The whole building came up with flames while lots of properties were tuned into ashes. May God forgive those who lost their lives and for those who lost their properties, may God grant them what is better than what they lost.
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Nigeria is not in a hurry to adopt Britain’s new magic drug Dexamethasone to treat COVID-19 patients, even as death toll hit 455 on Tuesday night.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the agency at the heart of Nigeria’s COVID-19 battle, the country will await some clearance from the World Health Organisation before using the drug.
A team of scientists from Oxford University announced on Tuesday that the £5 drug has been found to be a silver bullet to cure coronavirus.
The drug, which is a steroid, reduces the risk of dying from coronavirus by a third in patients on ventilators.
A major British trial, code-named RECOVERY, declared the drug the biggest breakthrough.
According to reports, dexamethasone was shown to save the lives of a fifth of Covid-19 sufferers with moderate illness receiving oxygen.
The results from the RECOVERY trial suggest the steroid can prevent death in one in eight ventilated coronavirus patients and one in 25 on oxygen.
Dexamethasone, which is given either via an injection or as a once-a-day tablet, becomes the first drug proven to treat the incurable viral disease, according to The Daily Mail.
In a statement on its Twitter handle on Tuesday, the NCDC said it was aware of recent outcomes from a UK-Government funded clinical trial for COVID-19.
“The results support the use of Dexamethasone as a possible treatment to reduce the risk of death among COVID-19 patients, who require oxygen or mechanical ventilation.
“Please note that the Government of Nigeria has not validated or approved any treatment for COVID-19. In addition, the use of Dexamethasone for COVID-19 treatment has not been validated by @WHO
“We are aware of ongoing clinical trials conducted by scientists in the UK and will work with our sister agencies to evaluate this emerging data on the use of Dexamethasone.
“We will inform the general public on outcomes following scientific review and validation”, NCDC said.
A survivor of the massacre by Boko Haram terrorists of 81 villagers of Faduma Kolomdi, Gubio in Borno State, has narrated how it happened.
Modu Gana said that the attackers stormed the village on Tuesday in three Hilux vans and motorcycles, telling them that they came to preach the word of God to the people.
“They asked us to remove all our charms, cutlasses, bows and arrows, as well as other spiritual protection for special prayers.
“Many people escaped with bullet wounds, while seven others, including our village head, were abducted by the terrorists,” he said.
Gana said that more than 2,400 livestock had been rustled by the terrorists.
He also told Governor Babagana Zulum that the community was attacked three times by the terrorists within the last one month.
Zulum visited the village on Wednesday and confirmed the killing of 81 people.
He said that 13 persons were injured while fleeing the attack, while seven others sustained various degrees of injury.
The governor further explained that 49 of the deceased had already been buried before his arrival, while 32 bodies of the victims had been taken away by their families.
Zulum recalled that the terrorists, who attacked Gajiram LGA some months ago, were the same ones who carried out the attack; describing it as “very unfortunate”.
The Governor said that the only positive option to end the massacre on the vulnerable communities was to dislodge the terrorists in their strong hold, in the shores of Lake Chad.
“We have been advocating for this for a very long time. The Tumbus and other shores of Lake Chad must be cleared completely, then people will get rest of mind. Anything less than this is a temporary measure.
“That requires a lot of support from the Federal Government such as blocking of the leakage from our neighbouring countries by the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF),” he said.
Zulum said that the state government on its part, would adopt measures to protect the people from further attacks, including merging smaller communities with larger ones, where they could be provided with effective security.
“This village from Gubio town is over 35 kilometers. Due to the nature of the vast land, the insurgents can easily sneak into the community to cause havoc. The military can come here and relocate them, but at the end, they may come back,” he said.
A mass burial was conducted for the deceased. and those who sustain injury are receiving treatment in the Hospital.
Sequel to the news of the demise of a Uniben student and innate member of National Union of Benin Students (NUBS), late Omozuwa Uwaila Vera who passed on 30th May 2020, the leadership of NUBS led by Enogie Iguma Itohan and her concerned members on Friday 5th June 2020, had a peaceful march around king square axis in Benin City, and paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.
The Union leaders and members assembled at Urokpota Hall at King’s Square where they prayed for the family of late miss Omozuwa Uwaila Vera and asked God and the ancestors to grant her weary soul eternal rest as well as safety of the Union, during the peaceful demonstration and visit to her family.
NATIONAL UNION OF BENIN STUDENTS embarked on the peaceful demonstration which began with placing a banner strategically at ring road on which entailed inscriptions to further consolidate the widely embraced Rape advocacy campaign in hashtags #justice_4_Uwa. they moved from there to the Uniben shuttle bus park carefully obstructing vehicular movement and chanting solidarity songs in Benin dialect. It’s expedient to also state clearly that the perpetrators of the dastardly act were not spared as curses were openly laid on them in songs and in weary chants.
At the end of the peaceful demonstration, the union made her way to the house of Elder Omozuwa Johnson, the father of the deceased. NUBS was received greatly even though the atmosphere revealed that vacuum was created by the death of late miss Uwa.
Elder Omozuwa Johnson who spoke on behalf of the family thanked the members of the Union for affiliating with his family in their time of trial and grief. He recounted the indispensability of various student movements in creating heightened awareness and drawing the attention of relevant authorities to the situation via media and protests. He further narrated the tragic occurrence that led to her demise.
Elder Omozuwa in appreciation thanked the management and students of the University of Benin for their show of love and care. He also thanked the management of University of Benin Teaching Hospital particularly for their pivotal role in her treatment for about three days before she gave up the ghost. He said if anything humanly possible could be done to bring her back, he knows the hospital would have done it.
He appreciated the Governor of Edo State and his wife as well as the new commissioner of police for all of their contribution so far and pleaded that ‘the do not pray that such acts repeat itself but if it does to other people, the same hand of encouragement that reached out to his family should be extended to others’.
He also expressed heart gratitude to individuals, firms and organizations who have so far called and even paid visits to console the family in the last one week.
About the deceased miss Uwa, the father remarked that he loved her so much. The mother also in her remark ascribed her to be a jewel and a star, extremely brilliant and hardworking.
NUBS ably represented by those present expressed their deep condolence and promised to do more in ensuring that proper awareness is made and relevant authorities are coerced to act proactively by all means possible.
For the sake of clarity on some speculations by the media, questions were asked by the NUBS president Iguma Itohan and answers were provided by the father, Elder Omozuwa Johnson. He began by pointing our attention to the fact that there are a lot of rumors out there and some are not reliable while some are transmogrified. He furthermore pleaded that in quest to find justice, they should be mindful of the information they propagate especially if its veracity is not well ascertained.
As regards the apprehension of one suspect that reporters and the police force had previously announced, Elder Omozuwa said he wasn’t informed about any of such improvements. He however said its possible the police are keeping him away for proper fluidity in investigations. He advised that the union and the entire student of the institution, should be patient with the law enforcement agencies as they carry out proper investigations because they hold the sword of justice.
He also made clarification on the rumor of the church building where the incident happened that was said to have been set ablaze. Elder Omozuwa briefed on his role in ensuring the church wasn’t burnt by angry mobs. In a classical show of wisdom and integrity, Elder Omozuwa had instructed his close relatives to swiftly remove the sign board at the front of the worship centre and bring it to his house through an opposite route from the one the angry mobs took. This made it difficult for the angry mobs to locate the church. In a way to verify the information, he asked people to lead the to the church and the information was confirmed. As at the time of visit, the blood of late miss Uwa was still seen inside the now deserted church. Elder Omozuwa however demanded an apology from the media who claimed that the church was burnt down because of his daughter.
On a lighter note, Elder Omozuwa confirmed that he wasn’t turning from Christianity by virtue of what happened in contrast with the speculation by some media that he wasn’t changing religion because he lost his child. He however explained that he has always been a traditional man who has always joined hands with the Oba in ensuring a peaceful and safe Edo land.
On recent development, Elder Omozuwa narrated how he was threatened earlier on Friday morning via phone call before the NUBS arrival by an anonymous caller. Details on this is confidential and will remain so to help the police complete investigations.
In conclusion, prayers were said by the Enogie, Iguma Itohanfor the family of Elder Omozuwa Johnson and the union promised to keep in touch with the family as happenings unravel.
The coalition of Civil Society Organizations on justice for Uwa who were present also sought NUBS support on their candlelight procession for late Omozuwa Uwaila on Wednesday 10th June 2020. Thereafter, some delegates led by the Enogie Iguma Itohan went to maingate for rape advocacy campaign and a banner was placed at the fly over bridge at Ugbowo Lagos road.
A 25-year-old Nigerian man has been arrested after allegedly raping an old woman believed to be 85 years old.
The man identified as Ezekiel Yunana was arrested by the Niger State Police in Rafi.
In a report by the Nation, Ezekiel broke into the old woman’s room through the window and demanded a large sum of money after threatening to kidnap her.
The victim of the rape incident who was rescued by her grandson revealed that Ezekiel raped her for a long time after she could pay the amount the suspect demanded so he forcefully abused her se.xually.
The suspect reportedly confessed to the crime, stating that he raped her since she did not have any money to give him. the Niger state Police command is currently handling the issue. while the raped victim is receiving treatment in the Hospital, the police is carrying out further investigation if drugs was involved during the process.
Some African countries are ordering consignments of Madagascar’s cure for COVID-19. The World Health Organization is yet to endorse the COVID- Organics herbal remedy and has cautioned against its use. The African Union and the W-H-O have called for its clinical trials.
However, there have been high level consultations between Madagascar and South African government officials on the remedy.
“We actually did get a call from the government of Madagascar, they did ask us, that they would like to be assisted in the process of trying to validate and try and help to investigate the scientific basis on with such a drug could be used. I had a call with the minister of foreign affairs of Madagascar, and there had been a call from the president. We then have said that our scientific research institutions would be willing to support an analysis, as it were, on that matter,” Dr Zweli Mkhize, Health Minister, South Africa.
Traditional medicine is used in all countries and there’s a plant in South Africa, called wormwood, that’s been used for generations.
The Health official adds,”There’s a herb which we used in my part of the land, which is called UMHLONYANE [worm wood]. UMHLONYANE is used for fevers, for flus. Where I grew up we didn’t go hospital, we used UMHLONYANE, we used a lot of that and so if you had fever as young people, we knew you’d go there and collect the stuff and use it for steaming and for drinking as a kind of tonic and bath.”
The South African health authorities say they won’t be drawn in on debate on the efficacy or otherwise of traditional medicines and cures, including the Madagascar remedy.
“When we come across those kinds of remedies that people are using, we make no comment about that. We just simply say we note that they are doing it. The only difference, we get involved in as the department, as the government, is when you’ve got to deal with a scientific analysis of what is that herb, what is the active pharmaceutical ingredient in that herb that could be proven to scientifically, in a clinical trial, demonstrate an effect on a particular pathogen on a particular condition. In this case we are not there. So we will leave the conversations to go on the way they are going, and we just want you to be aware, we are aware of the conversations and at a point where it is necessary to assist those countries, we will assist them.”
In the meantime 70 traditional medicine experts from across the continent met virtually with the W.H.O. in mid-May and agreed that clinical trials must be conducted on all traditional medicines on the continent. And perhaps the cure for COVID-19 is right here.
UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom has sanctioned Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s LoveWorld Television Ministry for airing false and “potentially harmful statements” about the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement, Ofcom said the Christian channel aired a sermon that promoted a baseless conspiracy that the virus is linked to the roll-out of 5G Network.
It also insinuated a “global coverup”.
In addition Loveworld news also claimed that hydroxychloroquine is a cure for COVID-19, without proof.
“Our investigation found that a report on Loveworld News included unsubstantiated claims that 5G was the cause of the pandemic, and that this was the subject of a ‘global cover-up’, Ofcom said.
“Another report during the programme suggested hydroxychloroquine as a ‘cure’ for Covid-19, without acknowledging that its effectiveness and safety as a treatment was clinically unproven, or making clear that it has potentially serious side effects”, it added.
Ofcom said Loveworld breached Rules 2.1 and 5.1 of the Broadcasting Code.
Loveworld’s sanction was non-monetary, for now. Ofcom simply wanted it to broadcast its findings that debunked its fake news and sermon.
But it also warned about a further sanction: “We are considering whether to impose any further sanction,” the statement added.
Loveworld TV was not the only violator of the UK broadcasting code punished by Ofcom on Monday.