Why should I die if the Lord hasn’t called me? – Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly accused some senior Zanu-PF officials of wishing him dead, adding that some are even trying to “bewitch” him so that they can take over his position.

According to The Standard, Mugabe said this while addressing war collaborators, ex-detainees and restrictees, widows of war veterans and non-combat cadres at the City Sports Centre in Harare over the weekend.

“I know that there are those sitting down and discussing my succession…They are unhappy that I am not dying, saying to themselves but why is he not dying. Why should I die, if the Lord has not called me?,” Mugabe was quoted as saying.

The veteran leader accused his rivals within the ruling party of trying to “bewitch him so that they could take over”, a BBC report said.

‘We are in a critical time’

The report said that infighting within Zanu-PF party factions to succeed Mugabe, 92, had intensified as he appeared “increasingly frail”.

Reports on Monday said the nonagenarian had, at the same ever, indicated on his retirement, while admitting that the country’s economy was crumbling.

Mugabe said that if he were to retire, he would do so “properly”.

It was, however, not clear what he meant by “properly”.

He said that he had used his time in office to “fend off the West’s spirited machinations to destroy Zanu-PF and the ideals it stands for”.

Mugabe said he believed he had now “defeated… the British and Americans…”, adding that he understood that times were difficult in Zimbabwe, a report by eNCA said.

“We are in a critical time… for regime change,” Mugabe was quoted as saying.

Fani-Kayode Must Not Die In Detention– PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has said a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, must not be allowed to die in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The PDP said the arrest of the former Spokesperson for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation was what it described as the latest in a series of plans designed to further harass and intimidate its members and supporters using the security and intelligence apparatus of the Nigerian State.

Spokesperson for the former ruling party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, stated this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Adeyeye alleged that since his arrest, the former minister had not been able to take his medication.

He said, “What is not common knowledge is that at the time of his arrest, Fani-Kayode was ill and taking medication.

“Since his arrest, he has been denied access to his medication and medical doctors who are
conversant with his medical history.

“As of the time of writing this statement, officials of the EFCC have continued to deny Fani-Kayode access to his medication.

“The only conclusion that can be reached is that the All Progressives Congress- led Federal Government and EFCC want Fani-Kayode to die in detention.”

Adeyeye accused the EFCC of detaining “an obviously weak and ill man.”

He alleged that the the action of the commission violates the constitutional rights and freedoms of the Nigerian people, and called on the government to halt such action.

“The Federal Government cannot, and must not, be allowed to continually infringe on the rights of the very people it swore to uphold,” he added.

The former minister of works called on all well meaning Nigerians to urge the Federal Government to desist from what he described as “its path of human rights abuses.”



Five Die In Clash Between PDP, APC Supporters In Niger

Barely 24 hours to the local government elections in Niger State, five supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been killed in a clash with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).  The incident occurred at about 8p.m. on Thursday.

It was learnt that two of the deceased were from an accident involving an APC vehicle which ran into a crowd of PDP supporters. The situation degenerated to a free for all, leading to the attacks on members of both parties.

The aggrieved members of the PDP burnt brooms and threw them at APC supporters, leading to attack and deaths on the other side. The remains of the deceased were deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Bida.

Police spokesman, Bala Elikanah, confirmed the incident, saying it was a case of an accident that turned sour. Elikana said the crisis happened after both parties held their campaigns in the ancient city.

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Shiite Protest: Three More Members Die

There was anxiety yesterday in Kaduna, following a clash between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and policemen in Tudun Wada.

An eyewitness account said the Shiite sect members were preparing for a protest against the arrest of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, by the military when the police came to disperse the crowd.

But the sect members regrouped at Tudun Nupawa where many of them were said to have engaged the police in a shootout, leading to injuries on both sides.

The source also said three persons were feared dead.

A source at the police clinic on Independence Way in the heart of Kaduna also hinted our correspondent that four policemen were injured, one in critical condition.The clash came as the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, led a Federal Government delegation to Kaduna State over the crisis between the army and the sect. They clashed last weekend when members of the sect blocked the Zaria/Jos road, preventing Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur

The clash came as the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, led a Federal Government delegation to Kaduna State over the crisis between the army and the sect. They clashed last weekend when members of the sect blocked the Zaria/Jos road, preventing Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai’s convoy from passing.

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16,000 Nigerian Children Under Five Die Everyday In 2015- WHO

The National Surveillance Officer, World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Irene Isibor has said most children in Nigeria still die from vaccine-preventable diseases due to people’s wrong attitude.

Isibor said this at the 19th Biennial Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria, held at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos with the theme: “Internally Displaced Persons, Health and Socio-economic Impact.”

She, however, urged Nigerians to develop the right attitudes to immunisation of their children against the child-killer diseases and stop all the myths attached to them.

Isibor said, “Everyday in 2015, 16,000 children under five years continue to die, mostly from preventable causes. Child survival must remain the focus of the post-2015 development agenda.

“The distribution of the estimated deaths among children under five years of age, from diseases that are preventable by vaccination in 2008 in Nigeria shows that measles accounts for 118, 000. Death from Neonatal tetanus-59,000, Tetanus (non-neonatal)-2,000, Pneumococcal disease- 476, 000, Rotavirus- 453,000, Pertussis- 195,000, and Hib-199,000.”

Isibor said that immunisation was one of the most successful public health initiatives, noting that there was a need to fully embrace and implement it.

According to her, the number of children under five years dying every year as of today has reduced to 6.3 million from 12.7 million in 1990 due to administration of vaccines.

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2 Fire Fighters Die, N400m Goods Destroyed In Onitsha Midnight Fire

Tears flowed freely yesterday at the Ochanja ultra modern market, Onitsha as a Sunday midnight fire   ravaged the shoe dealers’ section of the market destroying goods worth over N400million.

Unfortunately, two fire fighters from Okpoko Fire Service Station died while trying to put out the fire even as traders in other sections of the market closed their shops in solidarity yesterday.

Giving an insight into the incident, Chairman of Ochanja Shoe Dealers Association, Chief Nwabueze Umeh told Daily Sun that a mysterious fire started in a shop within the market at 5 p.m. on Sunday but they were able to quench the fire and went back home only to get another news at about 2 a.m. that another fire started in a different section of the market.

He said they immediately contacted men of the Okpoko Fire Station, who quickly mobilised to the scene but while they were at work, a decking slab from the shops caved in and killed one of the fire fighters instantly while the other had his spine broken. He died at the hospital where he was  taken to for treatment. Umeh noted further that the tragedy which befell the fire fighters stalled further efforts to put out the fire leading to the destruction of many shops with goods estimated at N400 million lost to the inferno.

Governor Willie Obiano visited the market yesterday morning and promised to provide fire-fighting equipment to the traders and also assist victims.

Two of the affected traders, Boniface Amaizu from Oraifite and Iloduba John Kennedy told Daily Sun  that they were alerted on phone at about  3 a.m. while they were in the village that Sunday but before they could get to the market by 4a.m, their shops and their entire goods had been consumed by t he fire.

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Man To Die By Hanging Over N14,570 Robbery

An Ado-Ekiti High Court, yesterday, sentenced one David Olugboyega to death by hanging for armed robbery involving N14,570.
Justice John Adeyeye passed the judgment following the confessional statement of the convict and the conclusion of trial by the prosecution.

“An accused may be convicted on his own confession alone as long as the court was satisfied. Based on the confessional statement of the accused, the court found him guilty as charged. Besides, the prosecution has also proved his case beyond reasonable doubt by providing seven witnesses.

“The accused is hereby sentenced to death by hanging. This will serve as deterrent to others in the society. May God have mercy on your soul,” he said.

During trial, the prosecutor, Mr Alaba Adeyemi, told the court that the convict committed the offence on March 20, 2003 at Araromi Street, Ikere -Ekiti.

He said the convict, armed with dangerous weapons including gun and cutlass, robbed three people of N14,570.

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100 Women Die Daily In Northern Nigeria During Childbirth- UNFPA

Ms Ratidzai Ndhlovu, Nigeria Country Director of United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA), says no fewer than 100 women die daily across Northern Nigeria during childbirth.

She spoke on Thursday in Sokoto at a consultative meeting with the theme: “Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal Deaths in Northern Nigeria: The Role of the Traditional and Religious Leaders.”

Ndhlovu decried the high maternal mortality figure, and stressed that collective efforts must be stepped up to redress the ugly trend.

” No pregnant woman should be allowed to die while bringing a life into the world and they should be adequately protected.

” Traditional rulers, community and religious leaders should take census of all pregnant women in their areas, with a view to tracking the exact figure of maternal mortality.

” This would help in gingering all of us to step up measures to reduce the menace and save more pregnant mothers and their children from dying during childbirth.

” This would certainly help in reducing maternal mortality and even help to reduce it to a zero-level across the North,” she said.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, who spoke called for the building of capacities of more traditional birth attendants in the region.

Abubakar said that the action would complement the efforts of the skilled midwives in health facilities.
He suggested that the traditional birth attendants ” should be recruited by the three tiers of government and deployed to health facilities, to boost manpower provision.’’

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8 Die In Borno Suicide Bomb Attack- Police

At least eight people have been confirmed dead in a suicide bomb attack that took place in Mafia, a town in Borno State.

Borno state police commissioner, Mr. Aderemi Opadokun, has confirmed the blast in a text message to our correspondent.

He stated: “Yes, at about 1040 hrs of Sunday, 22/11/15, a suspected  female suicide bomber while approaching Mafa checkpoint on foot at Galimari Village  detonated an IED strapped to her body in the midst of a crowd trying to enter Maiduguri.

“The explosion killed eight persons including the bomber, eight others were injured.”

“Scene of the incident was visited, the victims and corpses conveyed to hospital and investigation in progress and the area is now safe.”

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50,000 Nigerian Girls Die Annually Of Abortion Complications- NMA

More than 50,000 Nige­rian girl-children die annu­ally due to complications relating to wrong and poor­ly done abortions across the country due to lack of education available to the Girl-Child Education and awareness.

The Nigeria Medical As­sociation (NMA), Ebonyi State chapter disclosed that majority of the victims were young school girls who fell victim of pres­sures relating to adoles­cence stage as well as lack of sensitization.

Speaking yesterday dur­ing the awareness cam­paign organized by the Committee on Girl-Child Education of NMA at the Model Girls’ Secondary School, Ugwuachara, Eb­onyi State, NMA Chair­man, Dr. Esike Chidi called on female students to take their studies very serious and avoid all distractions that often lead them astray to the level of indulging in pre-marital sexual ac­tivities which has been the major prevalent causes of unwanted pregnancies in girl children.

He said early and pre-marital sexual intercourse in girl children inhibit their chances of furthering their education and also expose them to various risks which includes unwanted preg­nancies which often lead to death of over 50,000 Nige­rian girl children annually.

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I Did Not Ask Anyone To Go & Die- El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai yesterday said he was misrepresented on comments he made during the interactive segment at a Town Hall meeting with stakeholders on Saturday.

El-Rufai said in a statement through his media assistant, Samuel Aruwan, that he did not ask anyone to die over appointments, adding that he was only being emphatic about the need for frank talk when he said those not comfortable with the truth could climb the Kufena Hills  and jump.

The governor added that what he said at the meeting was: “All of us in the Kaduna State government have sworn with the Quran; Christians with the Holy Bible, to do justice and we will do justice. We better stand and tell ourselves the truth. Everyone knows the truth. No matter the noise, the truth is constant. And as I stand here, no matter who you are, I will face you and tell you the truth. If you don’t want to hear the truth, you can climb Kufena Hills and jump.”

He said the word “die” was a fabrication dressed as a direct quote due to the fact that his comments were translated from Hausa.

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10 Die From Cholera Outbreak In Anambra

Ten persons have been feared dead as a result of cholera outbreak and other water borne diseases in Amansea in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

In a bizarre twist, villagers have attributed the development to a curse on the community that followed the 2013 discovery of 48 dead bodies in Ezu River, the major source of water in the area.

According to villagers, since the gruesome discovery, no fewer than 20 motor accidents have been recorded near the Ezu River Bridge.

The cholera outbreak may be connected to the fact that the river constitutes a major source of drinking water for the villagers.

The village head of Amaowele, who is also a member of Igwe’s cabinet at Amansea, Benjamin Onoania, accused the Anambra State Government of failing to fulfil its promise of sinking a borehole for them.

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37 Migrants Die As Boat Sinks Off Libyan Coast

A boat carrying migrants sank off Libya’s Mediterranean coast, killing at least 37 people, a local official said, the second such fatal accident within days.

“We had reports this morning that there are seven bodies of illegal migrants that sank off Khoms (east of Tripoli)…but we don’t have any details how many migrants were on board,” said Mohamad al-Misrati, a spokesman for the Red Crescent in Tripoli. Fishermen later discovered 30 more bodies in the same area near Khoms, a town some 100 km (62 miles) east of the capital, he said.

Volunteers of the Red Crescent were trying to recover the dead but were lacking boats. No more details were immediately available. On Thursday, a vessel packed with migrants hoping to make it from Libya to Italy sank in waters off the Libyan town of Zuwara, killing up to 200 people.

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Seven Die As Nigerian Air Force Aircraft Crashes

Seven people have been killed after an aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Air Force crashed at the old site of the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna , Northwest Nigeria.

The casualties include all four crew members and three passengers. The victims were travelling from the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna en route Abuja.

Emergency officials say the helicopter crashed less than ten minutes after taking off.

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Cult War: 3 Die In Rivers

Three persons have been killed and some villagers wounded, as two deadly rival cult groups, Dewell and Axelander, clashed in Ubima community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Daily Sun gathered that some natives had relocated to neighbouring communities for safety, as the two cult groups resumed a battle for supremacy.

A source said trouble started yesterday morning when one of the leaders of Dewell, Chinedu Uwazurike (aka Biggi), entered the territory of Axelander to buy Indian hemp and was murdered in the process.

The source said: “Biggi is one of our members; he just came back from another town and decided to get Indian hemp; he could not get it from a nearby shop. So, he went to a seller close to Axelander barracks that was how they dragged him down from motorbike and started beating him until he collapsed and died.

“But, we have revenged by killing two of their members. The fight will continue because it is a disgrace on our side.”

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Pay Us Before We Die, Ondo Pensioners Tell Gov. Mimiko

Ondo State retirees have protested the delay in the payment of their three months pension arrears and gratuities, lamenting that they are dying of hunger and frustration.

The retirees, who besieged the governor’s office on Tuesday as members of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, complained that they were owed three months areas and 33 per cent increment in arrears in the last five years.

They marched with placards having inscriptions such as “Pay Our 3 Months Arrears”; “We Are dying of Hunger and Starvation, Save Our Soul, ” and “We Are Oil Producing State, Why Owe Us our Entitlements?”

Akin Adubuola, who is the Chairman of NUP in Akure South Local Government Area of the state, said the pensioners had been abandoned in spite of their old age, and having served the government meritoriously.

“We appeal to the state government to come to the rescue of our members by paying them all their entitlements so as to put an end to problem of sudden death, prolonged sicknesses and suffering,” he said.

Another pensioner, Femi Odere, urged Olusegun Mimiko to show compassion on the retirees who are dying of hunger and frustration.

“It is ungodly to maltreat the old folks in such a manner. We have served the government in all capacity with the best of our ability,” he said.

The Special Adviser to the governor on Union Matters, Dayo Fadahunsi, told the pensioners that the delay in the payment of their allowances was as a result of the financial crisis currently assailing the entire country.

He said the state government was committed to the welfare of its citizens, especially pensioners, and promised to take their grievances to the governor.


Five Die Mysteriously After Eating Dog Meat In Rivers

At least five persons have  been confirmed dead at Woji, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, after eating dog meat from a popular inn in the area.

Vanguard gathered that Etiaba had been in the area for a long time, running an inn where he cooks only dog meat in Mini-Woji Road at Woji Town.The mysterious death has raised tension in the community as people have begun to question the tragic result that has followed the eating of dog meat alleged to have been cooked by one Friday Dickson, popularly called Etiaba.

Mr Brain Ogbondah, a member of the community, revealed that five people who ate the dog meat prepared by Etiaba, among others, had been confirmed dead some hours after eating the dog meat.

He said the situation has mounted tension in the community, resulting in an emergency meeting by the council of chiefs and elders, with a view to locating other members of the community who also ate the dog meat. He said the suspect fled the community after the five people were confirmed dead.


Cleric Prophesies That Boko Haram Members Will Vote & Serving Minister May Die

A Nigerian cleric based in the United Kingdom, Bishop Bassey Effiong Orok, has urged Nigerians to pray hard to avoid the death of a prominent Nigerian in the President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet. Orok also advised Jonathan to prevail on his cabinet members to go spiritual for God’s intervention.

The cleric told Daily Independent that “Soon, a prominent Nigerian citizen who works within the Presidency will pass away. This means Nigeria as a nation will soon observe a minute’s silent for a departed soul.

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