Herdsmen kill Yoruba farmer in Shaki, Oyo State

There was tension yesterday in the Shaki area of Oyo State as a bloody clash ensued between the Yoruba and Fulani herdsmen over the killing of a popular farmer in the area.

Although, the state Police Command has deployed mobile policemen to the town, the number turned out to be inadequate as the clash remained unabated, a situation that has forced the authority to draft heavily-armed soldiers to the area.

A resident of the area told The Guardian that trouble started with the killing of a farmer, who was identified as Jelili, was hacked to death over allegations that the deceased killed one of the herdsmen’s cattle.

The attackers were said to have gone into hiding to prevent reprisals by the enraged youths who were said to have destroyed the herdsmen property worth thousands of Naira. The crisis has escalated but the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude told Journalists that it was a case of murder.

In a related development, the Benue State Government yesterday condemned statements credited to the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore on the recently passed anti-open grazing law in the state, saying such comments amount to an open declaration of war on the Benue people.

Commissioner for Information, Lawrence Onoja (Jr.), who made the call at a press conference in Makurdi yesterday, called on security agencies to arrest leaders of the group for making inciting statements capable of breaching public peace in the state, which he said, amounted to treason.

Onoja said the statements of the Fulani socio-cultural group had put the state under threat and called on the Federal Government to call Miyetti Allah and its leaders to order before they plunge the entire country into trouble that may be difficult to contain.

Speaker of the House, Terkimbi Ikyange gave the ruling after a debate on a motion of urgent public importance moved by the Majority Leader, Benjamin Adanyi, who drew the House’s attention to the group’s uncomplimentary remarks at a media briefing.

Adanyi said it had become clearer that the attack on Benue communities was not as a result of their quest for grazing but an attempt to takeover the state.
The National President of the association, Abdullahi Bello and Secretary, Saleh Alhassan had last Tuesday addressed a World Press Conference in Abuja where they not only kicked against the law recently enacted in the state but also vowed to mobilise their members across the country to resist its implementation.
The group also attributed the herdsmen/farmers crisis in the state to the struggle for natural resources and claimed ownership of the Benue Valley.  Guardian

Cameroon – Football: Paul Biya appoints Issa Hayatou as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Football Academy and Enow Ngachu DG of the same Academy

The first decree appointed Issa Hayatou as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Football Academy. The former president of the CAF rebounds on the national sports scene after his failure last March, in the presidential election of the Confederation of African Football.

The second decree appoints the coach of the women’s football national team and current coach of Colombe FC of Dja and Lobo, Karl Enow Ngachu to the post of Director General and Deputy Director General is Nimedjé Jules Eloi.

Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ugwuonye barred from legal practice in Nigeria

Lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Emeka Ephraim Ugwuonye has been temporarily banned from legal practice in Nigeria.

Report from daily post says, Ugwuonye recently joined the legal team of Nnamdi Kanu.

Ugwuonye’s sanction was ordered by the Nigeria’s Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, LPDC, of the Body of Benchers, a unit which punishes misconduct among lawyers.

LPDC ordered Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to strike out Ugwuonye’s name.

TUC leader urges workers to resist military coup

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has flayed rumours of coup making the rounds since President Muhammadu Buhari’s second medical trip abroad and called on all Nigerians, irrespective of their political affiliations to resist any military incursion into the nation’s politics.

It averred that Nigerians must see military intervention in politics as an aberration and warns the military to steer clear of politics.

President of TUC, Bobboi Kaigama said that the military, indeed all Nigerians have condemned coups in Africa and even outside the continent, saying this was widely commended by the international community.

‘”One beauty of democracy is that there is freedom of speech and at least it has allowed us to challenge our thieving politicians at all levels. This is not the case with the military, which does not possess any iota of democratic blood in their exhibition of autocracy and brute force,” he said.

He pointed out that the Nigerian workers and the masses of the country had sacrificed a lot to enthrone democracy that has now been hijacked by a negligible few who have now become the lawmakers, governors and so-called political leaders to the detriment of the working class and citizens of the country.

“Let it be known that the people have voted for democracy and will strive to protect it. What should be paramount to all progressive Nigerians now is how to move the country forward and not to distabilise it. We know who caused the problems of the country,” he added.

Kagiama said Nigerians know that the present government has a serious challenge, which all of us must strive to correct but certainly not through a military coup.

“The military, mainstream politicians and privileged Nigerians should be careful not to throw the country into another political pandemonium and disappear into thin air leaving the masses to suffer. Let the rumour be what it is-a rumour. Nigerians are no longer ready for any hoodwinking because we have come of age,” he said.  guardian


BREAKING: Acting President Osinbajo receives 2017 budget

Acting President Osinbajo receives 2017 budget
by Azeez Adeniyi
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has officially received the 2017 budget from the National Assembly.
This was disclosed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande on Friday.
He said the appropriation bill was undergoing prompt and diligent consideration.

Mercy Aigbe coughing blood, Report Husband

With civil and criminal actions being instituted against Lanre Gentry, estranged husband of Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe, there are indications of a tough time ahead for the hotelier who, on Tuesday, was quizzed by the Lagos State department of Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT).

Speaking to our Correspondent on the matter, visibly angry Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in Lagos State, Mrs. Lola Akande, said it was disheartening to see the state Aigbe was when she came to her office to report the case.

“She was coughing blood from her nose and mouth and she had injury on her face which the doctor said she must have an operation. I was so angry that I need to see the face of the man that did this to her, and so we invited him and he came yesterday (Tuesday) to say his own side of the story to the official in charge of domestic violence.

But any man that can beat a woman to a pulp like that to the extent that she is still coughing blood one week after the incident need to have his head examined,” said Akande.

According to her, the Lagos State Government has secured a restraining order for Aigbe from any further abuse by her husband.

She commended the courage of Aigbe for voicing out her ordeal, and urged other women going through similar situation not to keep quiet about their ordeal.

“I must commend the courage of mercy, because what she did is what other women who are victims of domestic violence out there need to do, they don’t need to hide it except they want to die there.”

Adding her voice to the matter, Coordinator of DSVRT, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said the order henceforth prevents Mr. Gentry from getting close to his wife until further notice, assuring that the government would pursue the case to a logical conclusion.

She disclosed that Gentry, who may be charged for domestic violence, is expected to appear in court in two weeks’ time to give reasons why the restraining order should not be made perpetual.

Vivour-Adeniyi said the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was committed to stemming the tide of domestic violence, regardless of who the victim or the offender is, saying that Aigbe is yet another victim whose case would be treated according to the law.

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Dog saves wedding party, jumping on suicide bomber

Buba Ahmed, of Belbelo, a village near the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, said guests are grateful that the dog sacrificed itself to save their lives.

He said the teenage bomber was on the outskirts of a gathering where most villagers were attending a wedding ceremony when the dog pounced on her.

Police spokesman Victor Isuku confirmed that the dog had intervened to save the wedding party.

A multinational force has driven Boko Haram Islamic extremists out of most towns and villages in north-eastern Nigeria, but the extremists have resorted to attacking soft targets with suicide bombers.

Dino Melaye and His Certificate Scandal

Senator Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi West constituency is involved in another scandal.  There are allegations that he did not graduate from ABU Zaria with a B.S.C in Geography as he claimed. The controversial senator is known for constantly butting heads with people including his feud with Senator Remi Tinubu and a fallout with the governor of his state Yahaya Bello.

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Like, three ABU Zaria Lecturers allege that Senator Dino’s name was not on the  graduation list and further accused him of bribing his head of department, BT reports

Wikipedia reports that Dino Melaye graduated with a Bsc in geography from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria adding that about 30 undergraduates are currently enjoying scholarship under his education empowerment fund.

Wikipedia reports that Dino Melaye graduated with a Bsc in geography from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria adding that about 30 undergraduates are currently enjoying scholarship under his education empowerment fund.

Causes of Hiccups (Hiccoughs) and How to Stop it

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Hiccups are caused by a sudden contraction of your diaphragm. The diaphragm is a muscle under your lungs that helps you breathe in. The top of your windpipe (your glottis) closes immediately after your diaphragm contracts which makes the typical ‘hic’ sound.

A hiccup is an automatic action of the body that you can’t control (a reflex). However, unlike other reflexes, such as coughing and sneezing, hiccups do not seem to have any useful purpose.

Hiccups are very common. They affect women and men equally, although persistent hiccups occur much more commonly in men. They happen mainly in the evening.

Most people have bouts of hiccups from time to time. In most cases they start for no apparent reason, last a short while, then stop. Sometimes they are due to:

  • Sudden excitement or emotional stress.
  • A temporary swollen stomach caused by overeating or eating too fast, drinking fizzy drinks, or swallowing air.
  • A sudden change in temperature (very hot or cold food or drinks, a cold shower, etc).
  • Alcohol.
  • Excess smoking.

Most cases need no treatment, as a bout of hiccups usually soon goes.

There are many popular remedies that are said to stop a short bout of hiccups but they are based on people’s individual experiences. It is not clear how effective they are, as they have not been tested by research trials. They include the following:

  • First, block off all airways by putting fingers in your ears and blocking your nostrils. Then, take a sip or two of water from a glass. It is possible to do this alone (looks a bit silly – but is possible) but you may find it easier with an assistant.
  • Sipping iced water.
  • Swallowing granulated sugar.
  • Biting on a lemon or tasting vinegar.
  • Breath holding, breathing fast, or breathing into a paper bag.
  • Gasping after a sudden fright, or sneezing.
  • Pulling your knees up to your chest and/or leaning forward to compress the chest.
  • Using a technique called the Valsalva manoeuvre. (The Valsalva manoeuvre means trying to push your breath out while you hold your throat and voice box closed.) The way to do this is to take a deep breath in, then keep the air inside you while pushing with your muscles as if to force the air out. This is like pushing in childbirth or straining on the toilet.
  • Persistent hiccups are rare.

    • In some cases, persistent hiccups are caused by an underlying disease. Over 100 diseases have been reported to cause hiccups. Some are common, such as acid reflux and some are rare. You would normally have other symptoms apart from the hiccups.
    • In some cases of persistent hiccups there is no apparent cause. However, the persistent hiccups can become exhausting and distressing.

    Examples of conditions which can cause persistent hiccups are:

    • Certain medicines – examples are steroids, tranquillisers, painkillers containing opiates (such as morphine) and methyldopa (for blood pressure).
    • Changes in blood chemistry such as from alcohol, high blood sugar, or lack of calcium or potassium in the blood.
    • Gut problems such as acid reflux, stretching (distention) of the stomach, infection of the gallbladder or infection under the diaphragm.
    • A general anaesthetic.
    • Conditions affecting the neck, chest or tummy (abdomen). For example, surgery, infections (such as sore throat or pneumonia), swellings or tumours in these parts of the body.
    • Some heart conditions – a heart attack or inflammation around the heart.
    • Brain conditions such as stroke, head injury or brain infection.
    • Hiccups sometimes occur in the late stages of a terminal illness such as when a person is very ill with advanced cancer.
  • What is the treatment for persistent hiccups?

    Firstly, try any of the popular remedies used to treat short bouts of hiccups (explained above). Also, treat any underlying cause, if possible.

    Secondly, medication is sometimes needed to stop persistent hiccups. Various medicines have been used for this. The following medicines may be used for treating adults with hiccups (for children, specialist advice is recommended):

    • Chlorpromazine or haloperidol are medicines which can relax the diaphragm muscle or its nerve supply and may stop persistent hiccups.
    • For stomach problems such as acid reflux or a stretched (distended) stomach: anti-acid medicines (various types, such as omeprazole or ranitidine) or medicines which help the stomach to empty faster (such as metoclopramide).
    • Baclofen – this a medicine which helps to relax muscles.
    • Gabapentin – this can help to relax the nerve supply to the muscle under your lungs that helps you breathe in (the diaphragm).
    • Ketamine – an intravenous anaesthetic – is sometimes effective when other treatments have failed.
    • Giving a medication called metoclopramide by intravenous injection has been reported to cure hiccups occurring after anaesthetic.
    • For people with a terminal illness, sedatives such as midazolam can help to control hiccups and relieve the stress they cause.

    Referral to a specialist is often advised for persistent hiccups, either to look for a cause, or to offer more treatment options. Some examples of treatments that have been successfully used for persistent hiccups are:

    • Acupuncture or hypnotherapy.
    • A device similar to a pacemaker. This is used to stimulate or pace the nerve to the diaphragm (the phrenic nerve) or to stimulate another important nerve in the neck, called the vagus nerve.

    For hiccups that continue despite treatment, a phrenic nerve block is occasionally used. This involves interrupting the phrenic nerve – for example, by injecting a local anaesthetic near the nerve. However, this treatment needs to be considered carefully: it carries risks because the phrenic nerve is important in breathing.

Nigerian lawmakers to pass 2017 budget by end of March – Bukola Saraki

Nigerian lawmakers aim to pass the 2017 budget by the end of March, the president of the upper house of parliament said on Tuesday.

“This month is our deadline to finish work on the budget and return it to the executive,” Senate President Bukola Saraki said after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and the head of parliament’s lower chamber.

Buhari presented his record 7.298 trillion naira ($23.21 billion) budget to lawmakers in December. The budget must be agreed by lawmakers before being passed back to the president and passed into law. ($1 = 314.5000 naira) (Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing by Louise Ireland)