Adamawa Hope Centre attends to 224 rape survivors – Manager
By Baba Yakubu Yola
The Yola Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) popularly known as “Hope Centre” has attended to 224 rape survivors since its establishment in March 2018 to date.
The Manager of the Centre, Dr Usha Saxena, made this known in Yola
Saxena said that the Centre established and equipped with the support of British Council under its Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) programme has been providing free treatment, counseling and legal services among others to survivors of Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in the state.
Saxena however lamented that out of the 224 cases recorded by the centre only 11 were undergoing prosecution and that so far there was no conviction.
“Thats why we need a bigger centre or more offices so that we can have desk officers from the police and lawyers in the Centre to facilitate prosecution of suspects,” Saxena said.
While lauding British Council and Pathfinder for their support in providing facilities to the centre, Saxena said that the EU-Spotlight Initiative, a global partnership between United Nations and European Union to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls has also shown interest to support the centre.
“The Spotlight Initiative had already conducted forensic training for doctors and nurses of the centre.
“Also trained by Spotlight are counsellors of the centre,” Saxena said.
She also explained that spotlight would also rehabilitate a hostel provided by Adamawa Ministry of Women Affairs to serve as “Safe Space” for survivors of rape who have no where to go or needed to stay briefly to complete their treatment.
Saxena lauded the recent launched of National Sexual Offenders Register (SOR) for the compilation of data of those convicted for sexual violence pointing out that the development would contribute positively in addressing sexual violence.
She urged Adamawa to queue into it so as to give the fight against sexual violence more bite in the state.
The manager also endorsed the clamour for a special court for sexual offenders in the state to facilitate justice.
Covid – 19 ; FMC Yola suspends visiting hours, pegs one relative per patient
COVID-19: FMC Yola Suspends Visiting Hours, Pegs One Relative Per Patient
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TheFederal Medical Centre (FMC) Yola, has suspended the visiting hours to the hospital. It has also reduced the number of patient relatives to one relative per patient.
This is contained in the press release Tuesday, signed by the chief information officer of the hospital Adamu Muhammad Dodo,
Dodo revealed that the measures taken were “in compliance with the directives from the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), with a view to controlling the spread of Corona Virus Disease; COVID-19.
1. All visits by the patient relatives have been suspended till further notice.
2. Only one patient relative is allowed to stay with a patient on admission.
“The management of the hospital wishes to remind members of the public to observe regular hand washing with soap and clean water, use of hand sanitizers where soap and water are not readily available, observe social distancing, avoid handshake and crowded places and observe personal hygiene
“These measures will be reviewed as the situation improves,” the hospital management assured.
COVID -19; Borno NUJ commends BOSG steps in preventing the virus
Covid 19, Borno NUJ commends BOSG steps in preventing the virus
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ ) Borno Chapter has commendad the Borno State government for taking a swift action to prevent out break of Corona virus disease in the state.
The NUJ in a statement signed by its secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim said *”Wworthy of note is the setting up of high powered Response Team for the prevention and control of Covid-19 as well as provision of state of the art facilities for testing, isolation center and intensive care unit among other restrictive measures to keep the public safe. ”
The Union however calls on the government to provide more artificial respiratory machines to complement the ones on ground for use and as precaution in the event of any suspected case.
NUJ Borno Council assures government and people of the state of adequate and accurate coverage as well as timely information on prevention and control of corona virus.
The statement equally calls on journalists not to publish any alleged case on Covid-19 without confirmation from the Response Team or the Commissioner of Health in the state and be cautious while covering issues relating to the pandemic by using personal protective equipment.
“We also implore the public to be prayerful for an end to the global pandemic and remain law abiding in the face of restrictions by the government on social distancing including personal hygiene.*, the NUJ stated.
Adamawa CP directs DPOs, Area Commanders to enforce public compliance with preventive measures on COVID -19
Adamawa CP directs DPOs, Area Commanders to enforce public compliance with preventive measures on Convid-19
By Baba Yakubu Yola
Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr Audu Madaki, has directed Divisional Police Officers and Area Commanders to ensure public compliance within their areas of jurisdiction of all legitimate orders given by government to contain the Convid-19 pandemic.
The directive was contained in a statement by the Adamawa Command Spokesman, DSP Suleiman Yahaya, who said that the commissioner also warned against unnecessary arrest and detention of suspects.
“Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) global health threat and the subsequent social restriction orders imposed by governments at all levels, to enable its containment, the Commissioner of Police, AUDU A MADAKI , while enjoining citizens to voluntarily adhere to the orders, directs all DPOs and their supervising Area commanders to ensure that all legitimate orders given in pursuant to the containment efforts by the Government are strictly enforced within their areas of jurisdiction.
“The CP while urging officers to observe personal safety measures, further directs the Area commanders and DPOs to ensure that cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects are not condoned.
- “He reiterates that detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum and that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention. The CP further directs that adequate measures be put in place to screen persons to be committed into police custody.
“The CP enjoins citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimize official visits, except where absolutely necessary. Meanwhile, the CP has ordered for immediate publicize phone numbers of it’s Command Control Room, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and other Operational Commanders using the conventional and non- conventional media in order to facilitate alternative interacting and reporting options between the Public and the Police.”
The statement also announced the closure of all Police Primary and Secondary schools in the state in compliance with Federal Government directive, adding that the Police Medical Services has also step up sensitization programmes across Formations and Barracks in the Command.
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