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Terrorists kill 23 soldiers, injure 17 others in Niger Republic

Suspected terrorists have killed 23 in Niger Republic and wounded 17 others in an ambush.

This happened during an offensive near the border with Burkina Faso and Mali, the defence ministry said.

It said more than 100 “terrorists” had attacked an army unit between Teguey and Bankilare using “home-made bombs and suicide vehicles”.

In addition to the 23 soldiers who died it also confirmed that about 17 others were wounded.

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More punishment for UK-based Nigerian doctor accused of having s€x with patient

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More punishment for UK-based Nigerian doctor accused of having s€x with patient

A Nigerian doctor in the United Kingdom, UK, Ewere Onykpe, accused of having sex with a patient in a hospital’s toilet cubicle, has been suspended for an additional six months.

According to a report by Premium Times, Onyikpe is said to have begun a sexual relationship with the woman while employed as a locum registrar at the Whittington Hospital, London.

The online newspaper earlier reported in 2023 how the Medical Practitioners Tribunal of the General Medical Council (MPT of the GMC) – a medical regulatory body in the UK, imposed a sanction of a six-month suspension on the suspect’s practising licence after he was found guilty by an investigative tribunal.

Having completed the six-month suspension, the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) appealed against the MPT’s decision before a UK court on the ground that it failed to take into account the vulnerability of the patient within the allegation.

However, a tribunal hearing in February reconsidered the case. It determined that Mr Onyekpe’s registration should be suspended for 12 months having been found guilty of misconduct which was later reduced to six months to reflect the suspension already served.

The details of the case and decisions of the tribunal chaired by Tanveer Rakhim are highlighted in a 61-page document exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES after the hearing held from 12 February to 29 February.

How it happened
The tribunal heard that the suspect, a Nigerian-born medical doctor, examined the patient after she was brought to the Whittington Hospital’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department by ambulance on 5 June 2020.

He made a diagnosis of sciatica and prescribed pain-killing medication for her and had an “intimate examination” which was considered to be appropriate.

It was Mr Onyekpe’s “unchallenged evidence” that before the patient left the hospital, she gave him her telephone number on a piece of paper saying ‘in case you want to be friends or anything’.

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Mr Onyikpe allegedly sent the patient a WhatsApp message an hour after she was discharged from A&E and the pair exchanged messages over the coming days.

On 10 June, she was brought back to Whittington’s emergency department where she exchanged messages with the doctor for three-and-a-half hours which became “personal and highly sexualised.”

The pair allegedly had consensual sexual intercourse in the hospital’s toilet cubicle that same day, the tribunal heard. The next day, Mr Onyekpe went to the patient’s home and again had consensual sex with her.

The tribunal further heard that the pair continued to exchange sexual messages, interspersed with medical advice from Mr Onyekpe, until 24 July 2020.

On 3 August 2020, Mr Onyekpe was arrested on suspicion of raping the patient but the police released him without charge, after which GMC found out about the facts of his arrest.

Demands for erasure from medical records
The representative of the medical regulatory body, Rosalind Emsley-Smith, submitted at the tribunal that the appropriate and proportionate sanction in this case was one of erasure.

Ms Emsley-Smith stated that Mr Onyekpe had admitted the majority of the allegations he faced before the tribunal and the totality of the allegations he had faced before a previous tribunal.

About the aggravating factors of the case, Ms Emsley-Smith submitted that Mr Onyekpe used his position as a doctor to pursue a sexual and improper emotional relationship with the “vulnerable” patient.

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Ms Emsley-Smith submitted that the only way to remedy the damage to the reputation of the profession, which she said had occurred as a consequence of Mr Onyekpe’s decisions and conduct, would be to erase his name from the medical register.

However, in his defence, the doctor’s representative, James Counsell, submitted that Mr Onykpe accepts responsibility for his misconduct, reminding the tribunal that it occurred nearly four years ago.

Mr Counsell submitted that Mr Onykpe has always acknowledged that “his behaviour transgressed professional boundaries and that he had let everybody down, including himself, his family and his colleagues.”

He stated that Mr Onyekpe was a family man with a supportive wife and referred to the various testimonials that spoke of him as a man with integrity.

Mr Counsell stated that the GMC accepted that the relationship was entirely consensual. He referred to the rape allegation and Mr Onyekpe’s arrest in the presence of his wife, as well as the investigation by the GMC and the Trust, and how he cooperated with the entire process.

After the submissions, the tribunal concluded that Mr Onykpe’s conduct, spanning seven weeks, demonstrated a failure to prioritise the care of the patient, “who was vulnerable at all material times.”

Tribunal’s decision, conclusion
The tribunal concluded that the misconduct was adequately addressed with the substantive suspension, adding that it is not necessary to impose an immediate order of suspension on Mr Onyekpe’s registration.

“This means that Mr Onykpe’s registration will be suspended from the medical register 28 days from the date on which written notification of this decision is deemed to have been served unless he lodges an appeal,” the tribunal noted.

“If Mr Onykpe does lodge an appeal he will remain free to practice unrestricted until the outcome of any appeal is known.

“For the same reasons, the tribunal also determined to revoke the interim order of conditions with immediate effect.”

More punishment for UK-based Nigerian doctor accused of having s€x with patient

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Israeli missile strike kills three sons, four grandchildren of Hamas political leader

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh’s three sons and three grandchildren were murdered in an Israeli airstrike on a Gaza refugee camp, according to the Hamas-affiliated news agency Shehab.

Haniyeh told Al Jazeera that his children were targeted while visiting relatives for Eid at the Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza.

The Hamas president condemned what he called Israel’s savagery, but he emphasized that Palestinian leaders will not back down if their families and homes are harmed.

“There is no doubt that this criminal enemy is driven by the spirit of revenge and the spirit of murder and bloodshed, and it does not observe any standards or laws,” Haniyeh said, adding that 60 members of his family have been killed since the start of the war.

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“We’ve seen it violate everything on the land of Gaza. There is a war of ethnic cleansing and genocide. There is mass displacement.”

Also, Gaza’s media office confirmed that Haniyeh’s children and grandchildren were killed by Israeli fighter jets when a “civilian vehicle” was targeted on the first day of Eid el-Fitr.

Several of his children and grandchildren were riding in the vehicle, it said.

“We strongly condemn Israel’s ongoing attacks against our Palestinian people,” the office said, adding that at least 125 bodies of slain Palestinians arrived at various hospitals in the past 24 hours alone.

“We hold the US administration, the international community responsible, and the Israeli occupation responsible for these massacres and crimes that are still taking place in this ongoing genocide,” it added.

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17 killed, 41 injured in Pakistan truck crash

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17 killed, 41 injured in Pakistan truck crash

At least 17 religious pilgrims were killed and 41 injured in a crash as they travelled to a shrine in southwestern Pakistan, officials said Thursday.

The crash happened around 10 pm on Wednesday in the Hub district of Balochistan province, district deputy commissioner Munir Ahmed told AFP, confirming the toll of dead and injured.

“The truck was overspeeding and it went out of the driver’s control while negotiating a turn” and fell into a ravine as they approached the shrine, he said.

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Shaukat Jalbani, the deputy medical superintendent of Hub’s main hospital, also confirmed 17 people had been killed and said most of the injured had been sent to nearby Karachi city for treatment.

Road accidents with high fatalities are common in Pakistan where safety measures are lax, driver training is poor and transport infrastructure often decrepit.

In January 2023, 41 people were killed when their passenger bus, which was also loaded with containers of flammable oil, plunged into a ravine in Balochistan province and burst into flames.

17 killed, 41 injured in Pakistan truck crash

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