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Julius Berger finally hands over 2nd Niger Bridge to FG 

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The newly constructed Second Niger Bridge is now fully ready and open for use as Julius Berger, contractor of the bridge, has officially handed it over to the Federal Government.

The 1.6 kilometres long bridge links Anambra and Delta states and was estimated to ₦336bn.

Initially, the project was launched on May 23, 2023, during the eve of the former President Muhammad Buhari departure from the office.

However, there were ancillary roads and other construction works that needed to be done after the inauguration and its use was suspended.

In a short ceremony held at the toll area of the bridge, Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, expressed approval of the project.

He said that repairs on the vandalised sections were successfully executed by the contractor.

The minister commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his predecessor, Buhari for providing the needed support that led to the completion of the project.

He said the All Progressive Congress-led administration of President Tinubu would deliver more projects across the country.

The minister also commended the company, Julius Berger, for delivering the project.

He, however, noted that the interchange on the Asaba end of the road had not been done.

“This will ensure that road users do not have to go through Asaba town where they will encounter traffic hitches before accessing the bridge,” he said.

He also noted that the Federal Government planned to give the interchange work to investors who would recover their money from the toll plazas on the road.

He also said that Julius Berger and the Ministry of Works reached an agreement on the power supply issue on the road and bridge.

“We agreed that they will deploy solar system to tackle the power issue so that there will be constant light and this will improve security on the road,” he said.

Speaking during the handover, Managing Director of the company, Lars Richter, thanked the Federal Government for finding their company to carry out the project.

“We are very pleased to handover this project today to the client which is the Federal Government,” he said.

Director of Bridges Designs, South East of the ministry, Obioha Bede, urged the people of the region to make judicious use of the bridge.

He also urged them to protect the facilities from being vandalised.

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Kwara man dies while rescuing son from well

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One Fasasi Afeez has died while trying to rescue his his son Kaleed Afeez who fell in a well in Kwara state.

The incident happened in Gaa Jangbo, Igbonna Road Offa, in Offa local government area the State.

The Kwara State Fire Service confirmed the incident on Friday, saying it occurred at about 04:11 pm on Thursday.

The spokesman of the state fire service, Hassan Adekunle, disclosed that the body of a 49-year-old man and his 17-year-old son were recovered from the domestic well.

He, however, said while the man was recovered dead, the son was rescued alive.

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Adekunle noted that the man stumbled and fell into the well in his frantic attempt to save his son.

According to him, the brigade was summoned through an exchange telephone call by One Alhaji Taiye Gbadamosi living in the neighbourhood.

According to a report, “the rescued boy went to fetch water from the domestic well and in the process of fetching water, one of his legs suddenly slipped off the ground and he eventually tumbled down into the well.

“However, before the arrival of fire servicemen, his father while trying to rescue the victim, his legs suddenly slipped off the ground and he eventually tumbled down into the well too.”

Director, Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade John Olumuyiwa, expressed sadness over the incident and urged the general public to be more careful in their day-to-day activities and desist from sending underage children to fetch water in domestic wells.

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BREAKING: One feared killed as violent clashes rock Lagos market

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BREAKING: One feared killed as violent clashes rock Lagos market

Commercial activities in the Oluwole Market in Ogba, Ojodu Local Council Development Area of Lagos State were grounded on Friday morning as Yoruba and Hausa clashed.

It was learnt that the clash ensued on Thursday night when a young man simply identified as Abbey settled a quarrel between two Hausa men and was allegedly stabbed by an unidentified man, leaving him in a pool of blood.

According to eyewitness accounts, Abbey was said to be bleeding profusely before he gave up the ghost, sparking a reprisal between Yoruba and Hausa in the area.

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The reprisal attack led to the destruction of food items including peppers, onions, and sold by Hausa traders.

It was gathered that police vans are now patrolling the market in an attempt to stem the clash and restore normalcy.

Calls made to the line of the Lagos State Police Command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, were not answered.

“Sorry, I can’t take this call right now,” he wrote in response to a text sent to his on the incident.

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Devout Christian doctor convicted of punching a dementia patient

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A devout Christian doctor has been convicted of punching a dementia patient who made a racist comment towards him during a medical consultation.

Consultant physician Dr Xowi Mwimbi, 68, punched the patient who has complex health needs in the left temple and pushed his head into a pillow after he told him to leave his hospital room.

Staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, in Lancashire had urged Mwimbi to stand back warning him that the patient would get severely distressed if anyone got to close to him.

But the doctor who is a church elder at the Altrincham Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Greater Manchester and trustee of a charity which tackles poverty in Africa ignored their pleas and attacked the unnamed man.

During the ensuing scuffle the patient who has limited movement due to his condition instinctively swung his arm towards Mwimbi but barely made contact.

The doctor then reacted by punching the dementia patient in his left temple and pressing his head into the pillow.

Care staff who were present quickly intervened and reported the assault.

The patient had a care plan in place for his complex needs which included an instruction not to get too close to him as it caused him distress.

He was also known to make racial comments due to his mental condition.

In a police interview Dr Mwimbi from Wythenshawe, Manchester who was working as a locum at the hospital said the patient had hit him and racially abused him so he had acted in ‘self-defence’.

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He said he was ‘surprised and shocked’ to hear the care staff present were ‘telling stories about him’ and claimed their version of events was ‘all a figment of their imagination’.

But at Preston Crown Court, Mwimbi who qualified in Zambia in 1986 was convicted of ill treatment by a care worker following a trial after jurors rejected his self defence plea.

He will be sentenced in May and he now faces an investigation by the General Medical Council which could lead to him being struck off.

The maximum sentence for an offence of ill treatment by a care worker is five years in jail.

Prosecutors said the incident would not have arisen if Mwimbi had followed the care plan and that the patient scarcely made contact with the doctor due to his lack of mobility.

After the case Miss Sazeeda Ismail, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: ‘Dr Xowi Mwimbi demonstrated a gross breach of his duty of care, when in anger he used excessive force against an extremely vulnerable man.

‘His actions traumatised those who witnessed the incident. I would like to thank those witnesses for their quick action in intervening and reporting what they had seen.

‘It is thanks to them that we have been able to bring Dr Mwimbi to justice for his despicable actions.’

The 767 bed hospital has already been at the centre of a four year police investigation into a ‘culture of abuse’ by staff towards patients on the stroke unit.

The probe began after a student ‘whistle-blower’ went to the authorities after being shocked by comments made by a senior nurse.

She also said she had been told to sedate a difficult patient with prescribed drugs which hadn’t been prescribed.

Several members of staff have been convicted of offences relating to the theft of drugs, ill treatment of patients and sexual harassment.

Last December a nurse and a healthcare worker were jailed for ill treatment after a court heard patients were sedated for an ‘easy shift’ and ‘amusement’.

Detectives are still investigating the suspicious death of Valerie Neale, 75, who bled to death on the ward in November 2018 after suffering what officers believe was a sex attack.

A murder investigation was launched after a post-mortem examination found that she had died following a haemorrhage caused by a ‘non-medical related internal injury’.

A £20,000 reward has been offered for information leading to to the conviction of the killer but no-one has been brought to justice.

An inquest into her death us due to take place in May.

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