At least two people have been confirmed dead from a cholera outbreak at a facility where ex-Boko Haram fighters are being camped in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The Borno State Government confirmed the deaths at the Kosheri camp along the Maiduguri-Dikwa road. The government also said many other occupants of the camp are sick from the disease and are undergoing treatment.
A source at the camp had earlier said that the death from the disease was up to 20.
“I can confirm to you that the crisis started on Friday when 14 persons died,” the source, a healthcare worker, said.
The source, who asked not to be named for security reasons, said another six occupants died on Saturday.
However, in its reaction on Saturday, the Borno government said only two deaths have been recorded in the camp.
“Only two persons died among those that were diagnosed to have suffered from the cholera outbreak at Kosher camp,” the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Zuwaira Gambo, told PREMIUM TIMES Saturday,
“Other persons diagnosed with cholera have been evacuated and taken to where they would be quarantined.”
The identity of the dead occupants could not be ascertained.
Though officials from the state ministry of health could not be reached for comment, the women affairs commissioner said: “everyone concerned at the ministry of health has been mobilized to the camp to contain the situation.”
The military and the Borno State government recently said more than 70,000 ex-Boko Haram members have surrendered since June last year.
The Borno government recently opened two more camps to accommodate the increasing number of surrendering terrorists. The Kosheri camp, where the cholera outbreak was reported, is one of the camps opened to decongest the main Hajj camp.
Cholera is a bacterial infection usually caused by the consumption of contaminated food or water.
Danfo driver stabs LASTMA official, strips naked to evade arrest
It was a very strange scene in the Constain area of LagosLagos, on Sunday, after a commercial bus (better known as danfo) driver stripped naked to evade arrest after stabbing a Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) official.
According to the agency, the incident happened i after the driver committed a traffic offence.
“Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) today arrested a driver of a painted Volkswagen ‘T4’ commercial bus (LSR 966 YE) for stabbing a LASTMA Officers after being apprehended for serious traffic obstruction around Costain r/about, Lagos,” LASTMA said in a Sunday statement.
“LASTMA Officer Olajide Olukoga ‘Bravo’ who led the enforcement team disclosed that the Volkswagen commercial ‘T4’ bus was apprehended for picking up passengers on the main expressway thereby causing serious traffic obstructions to other road users around Costain inward Iponri.”
The agency said the operation was undertaken after repeated warnings to drivers to use designated bus stops before picking up or dropping people.
“Our enforcement team had successfully apprehended the driver despite dangerous driving attempts to escape before he brought out a knife and stabbed me.
“After seeing the deep cut he had inflicted with the knife, he decided to strip himself naked and caused serious commotion before he was eventually arrested by policemen from Iponri Police Station.
“After his arrest, dangerous weapons ‘cutlass and knife’ were recovered inside his commercial Volkswagen ‘T4’ bus by security officers,” the statement added.
Major haul: NDLEA seizes 4 tonnes of Abuja-bound Nitrous Oxide, other illicit drugs
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted four tonnes of illicit and controlled drugs in seven states within one week.
NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, stated this in a statement on Sunday.
The drugs seized include nitrous oxide, popularly known as laughing gas, skunk, codeine syrup, methamphetamine, and tramadol.
Babafemi said that the seizures were carried out during interdiction operations in Lagos, Kogi, FCT, Jigawa, Kaduna, Sokoto, and Edo states.
He explained that 1,194 cylinders of laughing gas with a total weight of 2,547.2 kilogrammes were intercepted in Toyota Sienna buses on Sept. 22 along the Okene-Lokoja-Abuja expressway.
Two suspects, Onyebuchi Ikpozu and Kenneth Igwe, who conveyed the consignment to Abuja for distribution, have been taken into custody.
According to him, one of the Toyota Sienna buses marked KTU 582 HV was conveying 99 cartons containing 594 cylinders weighing 1,267.200 kg, while the other bus, registered FKJ 329 YA, was loaded with 100 cartons with 600 cylinders weighing 1,280 kg.
A 48-year-old woman, Mrs Ugo Eluba, was also arrested in Abuja in a follow-up operation after 2,400 ampules of pentazocine injection and 100,000 tablets of Exol-5 intercepted in Kogi were traced to her.
“In the FCT, operatives intercepted 977 kilogrammes of skunk on Sept. 20 in a trailer marked LSR 343 XW, bearing cartons of maggi.
“The skunk consignment was loaded into the truck at Ipele junction in Ondo state. 959 kg of the substance were meant for distribution in Sokoto State; the rest was to be dropped off at Gwagwalada.
“Two suspects, Auwal Mohammed and Abdullahi Abubakar, have been arrested in connection with the seizure,” he added.
Babafemi also said two suspects, Mutari Abdulazeez, 31, and Ayuba Madaki, 28, were arrested on Sept. 23 at Zuba, FCT with different quantities of methamphetamine, cannabis, and 13,930 pills of tramadol.
He further said that during a stop and search operation along Kano-Hadejia road in Jigawa, two suspects, Shuaibu Yusif, 27, and Abubakar Hussaini, 20, were arrested on Sept. 23 with 89.1 kg of skunk.
Babafemi said that 6,000 ampules of pentazocine injection were recovered from a suspect, Usman Sidi, 35, on Sept. 18 along Abuja-Forest Road, Kaduna State, while on his way to Bauchi State.
He said that a follow-up operation in Bauchi led to the arrest of the actual owner of the consignment, Dominic Chukwuma, 35, on Sept. 19.
The NDLEA spokesman added that at least 2.58 kg of Diazepam and 36.55 kg of pentazocine injection were recovered in Chukwuma’s house.
“Two other suspects, Inuwa Nuhu and Isiyaku Dahiru Sani, were also arrested on Tuesday in connection with the seizure of 49 blocks of cannabis sativa concealed in a black sack weighing 26 kg in a commercial vehicle coming from Ogere in Ogun to Kano.
“A total of 183 kg of Ghana Loud, a strain of cannabis, were also recovered from the body compartments of a J5 bus intercepted in Lagos on Sept. 20,” he said.
Babafemi disclosed that operatives in Sokoto State, on Sept. 19, arrested Charles Okeke, 44, with 473 bottles of codeine syrup in the Unguwar Kosai area of Sokoto.
The NDLEA spokesman said that in Edo, 365 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa weighing 258 kg were recovered from a Toyota Camry car marked KTU 886 EZ at Igarra, Akoko Edo LGA.
Meanwhile, the agency, in a massive operation from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13, in thick forests in Ijesha Isu-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, destroyed 40 tonnes of cannabis plants covering 16 hectares of farmland.
In the belly of the beast: Woman’s remains found in jaws of 13-foot alligator in US
The remains of a woman, identified as a 41-year-old Sabrina Peckha, was found in the jaws of a 13-foot alligator in Largo, Florida on Saturday.
The authorities in Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reported that the situation unfolded before 2 pm local time Friday, according to CBS.
The deputies were called to an unincorporated part of Largo — located in the Tampa Bay area — after the body of the victim, later identified as Sabrina Peckham, was spotted in a waterway.
Peckham’s neighbor JaMarcus Bullard told CBS affiliate WTSP that he discovered the victim in the jaws of an alligator and called 911.
“It (the alligator) lifted up out of the water with the body, like it was just clamped onto it, and it like swam backwards, like, under to the bottom of the canal to the other side,” Bullard said.
“I just couldn’t believe it was real,” he added.
Deputies and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded and “humanely killed” the alligator, the sheriff’s office said.
A dive team then recovered Peckham’s remains from the canal.
No further details on the circumstances leading up to the discovery were published.
The Pinellas County medical examiner is still working to determine the manner and cause of her death, the sheriff’s office said, and the investigation into the case ongoing.
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