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We trekked for hours, ate like slaves – UNIABUJA kidnap victims

Some of the people abducted at the University of Abuja Senior Staff Quarters and rescued by the police have recounted their ordeals in the kidnappers’ den.

According to them, on the first day, they drank garri with dirty water, while on the second day they were given leftover food.

They said they trekked for hours and were moved around different areas.

Gunmen had abducted six persons, including two professors, a deputy registrar and three family members, during an early hour raid on the university’s staff quarters last Tuesday.

The hoodlums had demanded N300m for their release before the police rescued the victims on Friday.

Narrating his ordeal to PUNCH Metro on Saturday, a victim, Professor Joseph Obansa, said he never imagined he would go through what he suffered in the hands of his abductors.

He said, “They made us walk over a long stretch, day and night, and when it’s day time, they blindfolded us. On the first day, they fed us with garri with unclean water.

 “The second day, they harvested yams from people’s farms and roasted them. They gave us the yam to eat after they finished eating. We were fed like slaves.

“There was a time when I couldn’t move again after trekking for a long time. They kicked and threatened to waste me if I didn’t stand up. My son had to help me up.  It was a very terrible experience; I never trekked continuously for that long in my life.”

He noted that the abductors called for a swap after some of them (kidnappers) were arrested.

Obansa said, “They foresaw getting a ransom from us was not feasible.  They said they were not interested in the ransom again. They said if they released their friends, they would release us or they would kill us. They freed us around 2am on Friday.”

Joseph’s son, John, said he lost hope after the hoodlums demanded a huge ransom.

He said he was happy he went with his father into the forest, adding that he (John) carried him (Joseph) after he was exhausted and the kidnappers threatened to kill him.

“I thought the police had abandoned us, but they made some moves which eventually paid off,” he added.

Another victim, Sambo Mohammed, said he could not confirm if a swap was made by the police, but he overheard when negotiations were on.

He said, “I speak Hausa language well; it gave me the opportunity to interact and I became close to them. For this particular operation that they undertook, there were some people that sponsored and led them to this place.

“They don’t stay in a place; they pushed them from Kaduna and Zamfara states. Because there is no network, they decided to come to this area where network is available.

“They are not from here. I can confirm that, they even told us that they would move us to Zamfara if they did not get their ransom.”

The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Josephine Adeh, said neither was a swap made nor ransom paid to rescue the victims.

She said, “The victims were rescued through the joint efforts of all security operatives in FCT. We engaged the kidnappers in a gun duel and arrested eight.”



Lagos govt seal: MDCN issues licenses to Vedic Hospital foreign doctors

The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has finally issued practicing licenses to three foreign doctors at Vedic Lifecare Hospital in Lekki, Lagos.

The Lagos Health Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) sealed the facility on October 29, 2021.

The state government sanctioned Vedic after the three expatriate medical personnel were unable to produce their certificates of registration with the MDCN.

In a statement on Sunday, the management noted that the hospital has over 17 doctors, all duly qualified and licensed to practice in Nigeria.

Vedic disclosed they have doctors with over 20 to 30 years of experience internationally and all their documents are endorsed by the medical authorities in India and elsewhere.

In the case of the trio, the hospital said their applications had been submitted to the MDCN and all requirements complied; the Government of India through the Indian High Commission Nigeria vetted them.

Vedic regretted that due to reasons beyond its control, there was some delay in the issuance and procurement of their license by the MDCN.

The statement said since the closure, the management has worked closely with the MDCN.

“We are pleased to report that, with their support, as well as that of the Indian High Commission, we have successfully completed the registration of these three expatriate medical personnel and their practising licenses have now been issued,” it said.

“Vedic Lifecare Hospital is committed to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics and would never jeopardise the health and well-being of any of our patients by engaging unqualified personnel.”

Vedic insists its relationship with MDCN, HEFAMAA, and the Lagos Ministry of Health remains strong, recalling previous partnerships including during the COVID-19 pandemic when it served as an isolation and treatment centre.

The hospital accepted the admonition of the Ministry of Health and HEFAMAA in good faith, adding that lessons have been learnt from recent developments.

“We apologise to the public and assure every Nigerian of our commitment to improved service delivery and healthcare to all our patients.

“We would never compromise on our values or engage in, consent to, or participate in any scheme that compromises the health and safety of our patients regardless of the limitations and circumstance”, Vedic assured. Dailypost


EPL: ‘My god, I’m not your puppy’ – Jurgen Klopp speaks out as West Ham beat Liverpool

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has reacted to his side’s Premier League 3-2 defeat to West Ham on Sunday.

Klopp launched a furious rant during his post-match press conference as Liverpool lost to West Ham at the London Stadium.

West Ham ended Liverpool’s 25-game unbeaten run over the weekend, following goals from Alisson Becker (own-goal), Pabio Fornals and Kurt Zouma as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Divock Origi’s goals were not enough to give Klopp’s side a point against the host.

Speaking after the game, Klopp said at his post-match press conference: “There are a couple of things that happened during the game that are difficult to take. If you don’t take your chances, you are leaving things up to ref decisions.”

When asked about which decisions he was not happy with, Klopp added: “It’s really interesting you ask that.

“I’m not sure I want to answer the question if you don’t know the situation I’m talking about. Do you not think [Alisson was impeded for the first goal]? Is your job not to have an opinion? Okay, that’s nice.”

Klopp was then asked about Cresswell’s challenge again and the Liverpool coach said this: “My god. I’m not your puppy. Hopefully, you have an opinion yourself. All good.”

The defeat means Liverpool have now dropped to the 4th position on the Premier League table with four points behind league leaders, Chelsea. Dailypost


FAAN Lagos manager’s body recovered from canal, police probe death

The Lagos State Police Command says it has begun investigation into the death of the Assistant General Manager, Electrical Engineering Department, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Lagos State, Mr Abdulrahaman Musa.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the investigation to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday.

Ajisebutu, however, did not give details of how far the investigation had gone.

“The case is under investigation at the Abattoir Police Division. Arrest is not to my knowledge yet,” he said.

The General Manager, Public Affairs, FAAN, Mrs Herienta Yakubu, who also confirmed the incident, said the management of the agency had set up a committee to look into the incident.

A younger brother of the deceased, Mr Nuhu Momoh, said his brother left his house on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

Momoh said he and the deceased’s wife became worried when it was late and he did not return home, adding that all his phones were switched off.

He said they made efforts to trace him and called some of his friends before they found his car on the Old Abeokuta Road, beside Bola Event Centre, where it was involved in an accident.

Momoh said eyewitnesses confirmed that his brother was fine after the crash and alighted from the vehicle by himself.

He said witnesses further told them that his brother made efforts to get a towing van to remove the vehicle, but could not get any around.

Musa was said to have decided to leave and return the following morning for the vehicle.

“At that moment, a security man at the Oando Filling Station in the area confirmed that the car was dropped with him before my brother left. The security man said that while going, some hoodlums followed him and that was all he knew.

“Although we reported the case to the Abattoir Police Station and the police command headquarters, Ikeja, we continued in our search till we received a call on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

“The call came from the Abattoir Police Station that they got a report of a dead body at Alaramimo canal and if I could go to check for identification. On getting there, I confirmed he was the one,” he added.

Momoh appealed to the police to unravel those behind the murder of his brother. Punchng


Radio presenter stabbed to death in Calabar

A radio presenter, David Ekanem, has been gruesomely murdered on the Murtala Mohammed Highway, Calabar, Cross River State.

He was reportedly stabbed several times by unknown persons at about 10 am on Saturday, 6 November 2021.

David Ekanem was also a renowned master of ceremony, who presented Efik language programmes on a private radio station in Calabar, FAD FM.

A statement by the radio station which was run several times in place of the popular Efik instructional programme, confirmed the murder.

It said facts have yet to emerge as to the motive behind the murder of their presenter, whose nickname was Itiat Zion.

“We are still waiting on the police to conclude their investigations into the murder of our presenter. Presently, we leave everything yet in the hands of the police”, Ms. Tina, a journalist with the station said.

Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo said they have heard about the murder.

Ekanem was known to promote the values and culture of the Efiks.

He often frowned at societal misdeeds, and would also call on people and the government to stamp out crimes and improve lives of the people. Dailypost


Places Every IJGB Should Visit This Christmas

Coming to Nigeria during the Yuletide season is something that everybody looks forward to. A lot of people “in the abroad” look forward to coming home and having the time of their lives in Nigeria during Christmas.

There are several things that you should keep in mind when coming to Nigeria for Christmas, and one of them is dropping your accent at the airport so you don’t get billed double or triple by vendors. Another thing you should know is the best places to go to ensure that you have a great time while you're here. Below is a list of places you should visit if you’re an I-Just-Got-Back in Lagos.


Nike Art Gallery

If you are a lover of art, then you should plan a trip to Nike Art Gallery while you are in town. It is one of the biggest art galleries in West Africa and it is home to thousands of artworks ranging from sculptures, paintings, and even sketches.

In addition to admiring the beautiful works on display, you can also purchase some art from local artists as a memento. 


Lekki Conservation Center

This is the ideal spot for an IJGB who is a nature lover. Lekki conservation centre sits upon acres of land and this makes it the perfect spot for hiking and other nature activities like bird watching.

There are lots of fun activities for you here like braving the longest canopy walk in Africa and playing various games in the family park.


Rufus and Bee

If your idea of fun is a game arcade, then you should add Rufus and Bee to your list of ‘Places to Visit this December”. Honestly, you are guaranteed to have so much fun here that you’ll forget about the outside world. 

Activities in Rufus and Bee include bowling at the alley, dancing, virtual car racing, and a lot of other fun games to ensure that you have the time of your life. 


Tarkwa Bay

Tarkwa Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. It is a man-made island that is popular among beachgoers. Fun activities at Tarkwa bay include beach games and even surfing. 

There are a lot of fun places for every IJGB to have the maximum fun this December, and there is nothing to hold you back from having a wonderful time and making memories. 



NITEL/MTEL pensioners write Buhari over 77 months arrears

Pensioners of the defunct Nigeria Telecommunications Limited, NITEL/MTEL, have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in their 77 months pension arrears despite his initial directive.

A letter written by members of the concerned NITEL/MTEL Pensioners to President Buhari and signed by the group’s leader, Mr Kunle Ojo lamented that while most of their counterparts in other privatized government agencies have been settled, their own fate is hanging in the balance.

According to the group in the letter, they explained that they always remind the Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) that the settlement of their pension arrears is subject to the release of funds by the federal government.

The group stated, “Your Excellency Sir, we NITEL/MTEL pensioners deeply appreciate your humanitarian gesture of reinstating our pensions. We humbly bring to your notice that we are still owed 77 months in arrears.”

The group added, “What aches our souls is that most of our counterparts in other privatised government agencies have been settled as you have signed executive orders granting their full settlement.”

The pensioners explained that they are not oblivious of the President’s magnanimity in seeing to the welfare of the disadvantaged and elderly which he promised in his inaugural speech.

The letter stated that it however remains the settlement of their arrears for which they request that Mr President uses his exalted office to make this possible by the end of this 2021 fiscal year as promised which they strongly believe is achievable as the executive secretary of PTAD has unequivocally promised to settle the said arrears this year, saying that as it stands no action has been taken even as the year winds down.

The group lamented that they are constantly being reminded (rather frustratingly) by her that the settlement of our arrears is subject to the release of funds by the federal government.

They appealed to the President to intervene as many of them have died waiting for the fulfillment of the promise and those of them who are alive are equally vulnerable without the full receipt of their arrears to enable them to take care of many medical as well as other sundry problems.

They noted that the settlement of their arrears was one of the glowing hallmarks of the President’s administration. Dailypost


EU opens scholarship portal - Youths key to Nigeria’s development

The European Union has called for applications for next year’s Erasmus+ scholarship programme in line with its commitment to expanding opportunities for quality higher education for young Nigerians even as it stated that youths remain the key to Nigeria’s development.

The EU said it is building partnerships between young Africans and their European counterparts because young people will remain critical in addressing current global challenges, including the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and making the world a better place.

At the National Youth Conference organised by the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports in Abuja, the EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, said youths are not only the future, but also constitute the largest generation of young people in history.

Urpilainen said she had mandated EU Delegations across Africa to establish a Youth Sounding Board to ensure youths are mainstreamed into their decision-making processes to reflect diversity and inclusivity.

“In Nigeria, seven youths out of ten are under 30 years old. Whether it’s politics, economy, or the EU-Nigeria partnership, we need youth participation. That is why this Nigerian National Youth Conference is so important. Youth is a top priority in the EU’s partnership with Africa,” she observed.

Also speaking during a presentation, Precious Uchechi Eze, a National Youth Service Corps member and a member of the recently inaugurated European Union Youth Sounding Board in Nigeria, said the NYSC is proposing to set up a Trust Fund for corps members that will serve as a support system for the corps members facing various challenges during their service period.

Meanwhile, the EU has called for applications for next year’s Erasmus+ scholarship programme

The Erasmus+ is the EU’s flagship programme for education, training, youth and sport, offering beneficiaries scholarships to study in some of the most prestigious universities within and outside Europe. It also enables youths, students, staff and higher education institutes to attend or work with European Higher Education Institutions.

The programme equips young Nigerians with the education, skills and competences they need to thrive in a globalised economy, hence, contributing to nation-building.

This year, 134 Nigerians were awarded a prestigious Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree scholarship. This is not only a steep increase compared to previous years, but also makes Nigeria the top country of Africa with most selected students. Worldwide, Nigeria is up there together with Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Mexico and Pakistan as top six countries with most awardees.

The EU urges Nigerians and Nigerian Higher Education Institutes to take advantage of the provided opportunities for investment in knowledge, skills and competences. Punchng


Top 5: Ballon d’Or 2021 final power rankings revealed

With three weeks left to announce the winner for this year’s Ballon d’Or, DAILY POST highlights the final power rankings.

The winner for the Ballon d’Or 2021 will be announced on November 29.

DAILY POST reports five players that deserve to be in the Ballon d’Or final power rankings top five ahead of November 29.

In the last 30 days, football pundits, present and past players, present and past football managers, among others, have been vying for their preferred football star that should win the Ballon d’Or this year.

Recently, 30 players were shortlisted for this year’s Ballon d’ Or.

However, DAILY POST has now cut that number to five based on the player that got the most support from pundits, past and present managers, football icons, among others, to win the Ballon d’Or this year.

DAILY POST observed that Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi tops the Ballon d’Or final power ranking list in the last 30 days.

Messi is ahead of Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Below is the top five for the Ballon d’ Or final power ranking:

1. Lionel Messi – Paris Saint-Germain:

Former Barcelona and Chelsea striker, Samuel Eto’o, Inter Milan legend, Javier Zanetti, Atletico Madrid striker, Luiz Suarez, Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, Barcelona veteran defender, Gerard Pique, and former Real Madrid and Juventus defender, Fabio Cannavaro, all backed Messi to win the Ballon d’ Or this year.

Messi won the Pichichi trophy, scoring 30 goals and providing eleven assists in 35 LaLiga appearances during his time at Barcelona.

The former Barcelona captain also led Argentina to win the 2021 Copa America.

2. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich:

Barcelona legend, Rivaldo, Manchester City playmaker, Kevin de Bruyne, former Premier League stars, Peter Crouch, Rio Ferdinand and Nigel de Jong, picked Lewandowski to win the Ballon d’ Or.

Lewandowski was the favourite to win the Ballon d’ Or in 2020, having scored 55 goals in all competitions for Bayern Munich, but the prestigious individual prize was not handed out because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lewandowski won the Bundesliga title with Bayern.

3. Jorginho – Chelsea:

Germany legend, Lothar Matthaus, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel’s assistant, Zsolt Low, former Chelsea star, Pat Nevin, Italy head coach, Roberto Mancini, and former Juventus manager, Marcello Lippi, supported Jorginho to win the Ballon d’ Or.

Jorginho won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Euro 2020.

The midfielder also won this year’s UEFA Best Player.

4. Karim Benzema – Real Madrid:

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, Tennis superstar, Rafael Nadal, former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane and Brazil legend, Ronaldo Nazario, picked Benzema to win the Ballon d’ Or.

Benzema won the UEFA Nations League with France this year.

The striker has been impressive for Real Madrid, topping the LaLiga goal chart with ten goals so far this season.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United:

Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, backed Ronaldo to win the award.

Ronaldo became the leading goalscorer in men’s international football after surpassing Ali Daei’s record last month. Dailypost


COVID19 vaccine: Lagos clarifies N6,000 fee at private facilities

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, has given reasons the state fixed N6,000 fee for individuals who would prefer to receive the COVID vaccine at private facilities.

The clarification comes after the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced the fee while flagging off the state’s mass vaccination exercise on October 27.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Abayomi said the state is collaborating with the private sector to ensure that those who prefered to receive the vaccine at private facilities rather than public ones are covered in the vaccination exercise.

The commissioner also noted that the fee for private sites would cover logistics, personnel, and other related costs and added that vaccination was free at public facilities.

The statement read, “The State Government, through the Primary Health Care Board, does not have the capacity alone to ramp up vaccination to this massive level in such a short time and before the deadline, hence the need to include the private sector,”

“The public-private partnership is similar to the strategy we deployed for escalating our COVID-19 testing which resulted in a dramatic increase in testing done in Lagos from an average of 200 a day to over 2,000 a day culminating in a total of 800,000 tests in less than a year and Lagos State accounting for more than 30% alone of all COVID-19 PCR tests done in Nigeria. This demonstrates the power of public-private partnerships, with the inclusion of the significant capacity of the private sector but [the] government retaining strict regulatory oversight and quality function.

“With this approach, we intend to ramp up our vaccination strategy using the existing public facilities as well as [the] inclusion of some private facilities. It is imperative to emphasise that the vaccines administered in public facilities is free and would remain free to the public as they were contributed to us by the Federal Government and our donor partners, those wishing to receive the vaccines can go to any of the designated 206 government facilities and receive their dose totally free of charge.

“However, those that wish to receive the vaccines within the comforts of a private facility can do so at a minimal administrative cost of N6,000 for two doses, which covers the cost that the private sector, will incur to facilitate the administration of the vaccine which includes logistics, personnel, quality oversight, administrative and overhead costs.

“The cost will be proportionally lower for single dose or those wishing to take a single booster dose,” the statement added. Punchng


Fuel Supply: Don’t panic - NNPC tells motorists, others

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has advised the public not to engage in panic buying of Premium Motor Spirit, commonly known as petrol.

The NNPC said it was also not aware of any plan by government to cause an increase in the pump price of petroleum.

A statement on Monday by Garba Muhammad, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, in Abuja, said that the NNPC had over 1.7 billion litres of petrol in stock.

According to Muhammad, more of the product is expected to arrive into the country daily over the coming weeks and months.

He said it was therefore unnecessary to entertain any fear of scarcity of petrol throughout the festive season and beyond.

“The NNPC is also not aware of any plan by government to cause an increase in the pump price of petroleum. The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has made that declaration last week.

“In view of these assurances therefore, the NNPC is advising motorists and other consumers of petrol to maintain their regular pattern of the purchase of petrol without getting into a panic situation that may send the wrong signals around the country,” he said.

According to him, the NNPC is also engaging all stakeholders to ensure smooth supply and distribution of products to every part of the country during the festive season and beyond. NAN

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