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Borno Governor’s Convoy, Hundreds of Vehicles Trapped, As Insurgents Attack Damaturu

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BORNO GOVERNOR’S CONVOY, HUNDREDS OF VEHICLES TRAPPED, AS INSURGENTS ATTACK DAMATURU

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Over one thousand vehicles including the Convoy of Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum were trapped at the main entrance of Damaturu , the Yobe state capital, as the Boko Haram insurgents were said to attacked, Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

Our correspondent who was at the city gate checkpoint near Mega filling station.Damaturu, reports that hundreds of passengers which consist of women, children and elderly persons were trapped at the checkpoint and were exposed to the cool hanattan blowing across .

Our correspondent gathered that all the four roads linking Damatutu, the Yibe state capital were closed and thousands of people were trapped at all the checkpoints

Some of the motorists who spoke to our correspondent said that the road was closed since at about 3:00pm on Sunday, following an attacked along Gashua road, Damaturu which forced the military to closed all the roads liking the city with other parts of the Northeast.

A motorist. Mallam Audu Ibrahim said ” we were trapped here since at around 3’00pm and nobody told us what is happening. We are here exposed to the cool harmattan and above all we are also exposed to risks of been attacked by the Boko Harsm “.

” We are appealing to the military authority whenever there is such incident. They should at least allow people to gain entrance into the city rather than exposing hundreds of people including women. Children and eldertly to the risk of attack, he added.

A commercial driver, Abubakar Adamu said ” it is unfortunate because in my vehicle I am carrying a woman and her five children including an infsnt. So also many vehicles are carrying women, children elderly people .and all those people are exposed to danger, God forbid in case of attack in the checkpoint it will be disastrous “.

He further said ” we have been plying this road and in.most cases this place weas opened around 6:00pm but today we have been trapped sinve around 3;00 pm the roads were closed. ”

As at the time of filing in this report, helicopter gunship was still hovering on the Damaturu, the Yobe state capital

Similarly,three humanitarian workers working with Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) were said to have killed, while two female workers were abducted when member of the Boko Harsm insurgents ambushed a convoy of the umanitarian workers along Monguno road about 140 kilometers way from, Maiduguri, the Borno state capital..

 

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Coronavirus ; Pangolins found to carry viruses related to covid -19

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Coronavirus: Pangolins found to carry viruses related to Covid-19

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A trafficked pangolin in Kuala Lumpur: The animal is a suspect in the outbreak
Pangolins smuggled into China have been confirmed to contain viruses closely related to the one sweeping the world.

Sale of the animals in wildlife markets should be strictly prohibited to minimise the risk of future outbreaks, says an international team.

Pangolins are the most-commonly illegally trafficked mammal, used both as food and in traditional medicine.

Bats are thought to be the original viral source, with another species playing a role in human transmission.

In a new research paper, published in the journal Nature, researchers say their genetic data suggests “handling these animals requires considerable caution, and that their sale in wet markets should be strictly prohibited.”

Further surveillance on pangolins in the wild in China and Southeast Asia is needed to understand their role in the emergence of coronaviruses and the risk of future transmission to humans, they add.

The ant-devouring scaly mammal, said to be the most widely trafficked mammal in the world, is threatened with extinction. The animal’s scales are in high demand in Asia for use in traditional Chinese medicine, while pangolin meat is considered a delicacy by some.

 

 

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Operation Lafiya Dole arrests 8 suspected Boko Haram, ISWAP logistic suppliers, destroys 6 vehicles loaded with logistics

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Operation Lafiya Dole arrests 8 suspected Boko Haram, ISWAP logistic suppliers, destroys 6 vehicles loaded with logistics

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Operation Lafiya Dole theater Command has arrested 8 suspected Boko Haram insurgents and ISWAP, logistuc suppliers and destroyed 6 vehicles belonging to them loaded with food and assorted provision in its efforts to block all its logistic chain.

Briefing newsmen shortly before the destruction along Gubio Road Maiduguri yesterday,, the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Abdul Ibrahim.said “the vehicles we are going to destroy today were intetcepted base on intelligence reports. We had an information that some unpatriotic element supplied food and non food items from the hinterland and take it’s to the Boko Haram, ISWAP” in the bushes.”

General Ibrahim who is also the commander sector 1 of the Operation Lafiya Dole said ” we cary out diligent nvestigations before we carry out the destruction, it may be nteresting to know that some of the suspects were arrested before and in the cause of investigation we released them but you can see that we rearrested them again. We do dilegent investagions, if not you can see vehicles moving on the road, we would have arrested them and say they are insurgents logistic supplies.

“So we do thorough investigations before their vehicles are destroyed to serve as deterant to those still engage in this illicit bussines of logistic suppliers to the Boko Haram Investigation is still on going and they be soon charged to court,, the GOC stated.

” We have been warning the general public through jingles and press releases of the danger of this illicit and illegal bussinesd but they choose to remain adamant . it was clear in our investigation that they are taking items to the insurgents in the Bush. We are destroying these vehicles to serve as deterrent to others who engage in this act,” General Ibrahim added.

He said ” the vehickes which were intercepted about three weeks ago carrying contrabanned items which includes foodstuffs, fish, milk, mattress, spare parts . Cooking oil among other items to the Boko Haram and ISWAP in the Bush. ”

According to him, 10 peoples were arrested in connection with illigal business and that investigations have so far revealed that 8 people are involved in the illegal business, where the insurgents gives them money to supply the items for them, while investigation on two others are still ongoing.

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Covid -19 ; UMTH developed hand sanitiser, antiseptic

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Covid-19: UMTH developed hand sanitiser, antiseptic

By Askirama, Maiduguri

The University of Maiduguri Teching Hospital (UMTH) has developed hand sanitizer and antiseptic for its local use in the hospital as part of sanitary measures to check risks of Covid-19 and Lassa fever.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Ahmed Ahijo, made this known on Friday in Maiduguri.

Ahijo said that the development had saved the hospital a lot of fund used to be spent on imported sanitisers, particularly with the outbreak of Lassa fever and Coronavirus.

“Following the outbreak of Lassa fever and Coronavirus, we realised that we have to buy a lot of water sanitisers in the hospital and the cost is very much to us.

“So, I called the pharmacists and say why not we produce our own. I looked at the Act that established the hospital which gave us the backing of the law to do so.

“We have produced for our local consumption for now. We are thinking maybe we can extend it to the society and other institutions,” Ahijo said.

The chief medical director assured that with time the hospital would take steps to patent the product as prescribed by law.

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