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Don’t set Osun on fire, MSSN warns OAUTHC

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The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has warned authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ile Ife, to desist from any act that may set Osun State on fire.

The society particularly warned the Principal of the school of Nursing and Midwifery OAUTHC, to desist from harassing female Muslim students of the school over the use of hijab.

A statement by the Amir, Abdul Jeleel A. Arikewuyo, Secretary, Abdul Wakeel O. Akanni and PRO of the MSSN, Saheed A. Raji, said the threat and subsequent labelling of the students as extremists because they covered their heads was unconstitutional.

“For the avoidance of doubt, it is instructive to emphasize that Mrs Awoseemo not only labelled the faithful sisters as an extremist for covering up their heads as required of them by their religion, an act which found its acceptance in the Nursing and Midwifery Council guidelines, as well as the Constitution.

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“The overzealous Nursing Tutor went a step further to force the female Muslim students to sign an undertaking to remove their Hijabs or get rusticated, an order she was quoted to have emanated from the hospital authority at Ile Ife.

“It is pertinent to remind Mrs Awoseemo that the school, being funded by taxpayers money remain one of the properties of the Federal government, and she’s only a Principal at the instance of the government and not of her church, thus her radical attempt to evangelise the students under her care, by all means, forms, and ways are hereby noted and by this medium brought to her employer’s and the general public attention.

“May we state that Mrs Awoseemo’s dangerous flight, and crude attempt, from all intent and purposes, is an attempt to undermine the fundamental rights to freedom of Religion of the Muslim Students’ of the institution, and a clear dissonance and fragrant disobedience to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s guidelines and above all, to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Like Mrs Awoseemo, we have also been briefed of how members of staffs of Christian faith have subjected our members at Ilesa campus (Wesley Guild Hospital Unit)of the institution to ridicule, coercion, undeserved punishments and expulsion threats for insisting on the usage of Hijab. These acts from our tormentors who are fast to tagged and labelled us fanatics have made us believe they may be truly enjoying the backing of the quoted authority to undermine the rights of our members, despite the glaring instances of acceptance of its usage by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as well as the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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“May we also state that a school of coordinate jurisdiction named School of Nursing Osogbo has since confirmed with the Nursing Council guidelines on the use of Hijab and both Mrs Awoseemo and Mrs Fatoye can borrow a leaf from them.

“While we remain a peace-loving people, an adherent of the gospel of truth and peace, we will strongly deplore any attempt to trample upon our members’ rights as citizens of this country from any quarters.

“It is pertinent for Mrs Awoseemo, Mrs Fatoye, their deputies and members of staff to know that we shall explore all lawful and legal means to resist any attempt by anyone, group and or groups who may be sabotaging the efforts of our members to enjoy their inalienable rights.”

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Father, daughters, relation die after ‘amala’ meal in Kogi

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Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Edward Egbuk

The people of Mopa town in the Mopa-Muro Local Government Area of Kogi State have been thrown into mourning following the mysterious death of four members of a family after reportedly eating a cassava flour meal known as ‘Amala.’

The deceased died in quick succession between Friday, September 30 and Sunday, October 2.

Those who died included the family head, Pa. Motilewa, two daughters and a girl who is said to be their relation.

One of the deceased daughters identified as Motun was a National Certificate of Education holder and teacher in the town. The mother, however, miraculously survived.

The event has left residents of the town and the entire neighbourhood in mourning, fear and confusion, with many calling for an investigation into the death of the family members.

It was gathered that the family prepared the ‘Amala’ meal from the left over of cassava flour from which they had previously made and eaten ‘Fufu’. They were said to have spread the processed shafts in the sun to dry for some days.

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The dried flakes were subsequently ground into soft powder which was used for ‘Amala’ which they ate on Thursday evening, before retiring to bed.

An eyewitness reported that the victims became sick overnight and efforts were made to stabilise them. Unfortunately, the youngest member of the family passed away on Friday, quickly followed on Saturday by the relation living with the family.

With the sudden passage, the others were moved to the highly rated ECWA Hospital, Egbe, for better medical attention.

Sadly, the eldest of the daughters, Motun, gave up the ghost at about 3:00am Sunday. The father also died later the same Sunday.

At the time of filing this report, the mother, identified as Molomo, was still alive in the hospital and under a close observation.

Members of the community are said to be suspecting foul play in the sudden death and have, therefore, suspended the burial for proper investigations to unravel the cause of their deaths.

“We are shocked. I have never seen a thing like this. We suspect that someone may have poisoned the food. For what? We cannot tell. I’m confused and in pains. This is too much to bear,” a member of the family lamented.

Earlier in August this year, five persons lost their lives after eating a cassava flour meal prepared at their family house in Usugnwe-Okaito, Okehi local government area of Kogi State.

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Building collapse claims one as flood displaces 651,053 in Anambra communities

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Flood in Anambra

One person died in Enugu-Otu, Aguleri in Anambra State, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed.

The Acting State Coordinator, Mr. Thickman Tanimu who disclosed this to reporters on Monday, said the deceased, identified as Ginikanwa Izuoba passed on following sudden collapse of his apartment occasioned by impact of the flood.

He further hinted that no fewer than 651,053 persons were rendered homeless by the disaster in six local government areas of the state.

He added that Ogbaru Local Government Area recorded highest number of victims followed by Anambra East and West Local Government Areas.

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“NEMA, accompanied by officials of Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, visited Umueze-Anam, Mkpunando, Igbedo, Inoma and Ifite-Ogwari all in Anambra East and Anyamelum Council Areas,” he said.

Appreciating Anambra SEMA for taking certain proactive measures to mitigate impact of the disaster, Tanimu identified such measures to include identification of 13 Internally Displaced Persons’ camps, recruitment of camp managers, support staff and activation of health workers to work with people in the camps.

“The camps so far activated include the Ifite-Ogwari and Igbakwu Health Centres,” he added.

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Father Mbaka Removed From Adoration Ministry As Worshippers Attack Priest Brought As Replacement

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Ejike Mbaka

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