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By Tony Okafor, John Charles

Just like teaching hospitals, state hospitals across the country are fast collapsing following the neglect of the health facilities by the state governors, new investigations have revealed.

Findings by our correspondents across the country showed that buildings in many of the hospitals were in a state of disrepair while the health institutions lacked equipment as well as basic consumables needed to treat patients.

Investigations also revealed that the conditions of some of the hospitals were worsened by unhealthy and dirty environment.

General hospitals in Ogun, Anambra, Edo, Enugu, Ekiti, Gombe, Cross River, Benue, Osun and other states visited by our correspondents were in short supply of hand gloves, face masks, drip stands, wheelchairs and stationery for recording patients’ complaints. Investigations also revealed that scanners, endoscopy machines and functional mortuaries were non-existent in many of the hospitals.

It was also revealed that most of the state hospitals lacked emergency equipment, ambulance or vehicles, while operating theatres were ill-equipped. The state hospitals, it was discovered, also faced the problems of power and water supply, while patients were left with no option but to sleep on bare floor due to inadequate bed space.

Calabar: Health personnel attend to patients on the corridor

For instance, when one of our correspondents visited the General Hospital in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, on Friday, he sighted some patients, who were being attended to in the corridor close to the out-patient department.

The correspondent also observed that the buildings were decrepit and needed an urgent makeover.

A patient, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said drugs were not available in the hospital, adding that the sick people were asked to buy prescribed drugs.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Cross River State, Dr Agam Ayuk, in an interview with The PUNCH, said, “There is no emergency equipment. Some hospitals don’t have ambulance or vehicles. Theatres are not well-equipped. Power supply and water supply are problems.”

When contacted, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Bassey Joseph, admitted that there were problems in the hospital but added that the government was addressing them.

On lack of drugs, he said, “It should not be an issue because there is a drug committee. Patients pay for drugs. They don’t get it free.

“It is wrong to prescribe drugs for patients to go and buy outside the hospital. Each hospital is expected to run a revolving scheme whereby they get 10 per cent profit which could be ploughed back.”

Drips hung on windows at Makurdi general hospital

Also, at the General Hospital, Makurdi, Benue State, a nurse said there was only one ramshackle table inside the theatre, stressing that the facility lacked necessary equipment.

Another nurse at the male ward of the hospital located at the North Bank, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was shortage of notebooks to keep patients’ medical records.

She stated, “Look at the receiver (notebook) covers, they are stained. There are no gloves. Patients are the ones buying them.

“The drip stands are not enough. Look at that patient there, (the patient hung his drip bag on the window). This is because of dearth of drip stands. Our cupboard is already scattered. Notebooks are not available. We only make use of ordinary sheets of paper.”

The Chief Medical Officer of the hospital, Dr Felix Atsen, said the hospital lacked critical equipment.

He stated, “The equipment is not enough. In the operation theatre, we have only one table. It has been there for years. The structures in the hospital are choked up because we are constrained by space.”

But the Benue State Commissioner for Health, Dr Eru Emmanuel, expressed optimism that the government would pay more attention to the general hospitals.

He stated, “In the area of medical equipment, we are waiting for the renovation of our hospitals. You know many of the state general hospitals need renovation because in some areas the roofs are leaking.

“We are aware of all the problems in the hospitals but we have all the equipment in the store. We are only waiting for the renovation of the structure and the theatres.”

Patients lie on the floor due to lack of space – CMD, Central Hospital, Benin

In Edo State, one of our correspondents noticed that the roof of the male ward of the state government-owned Central Hospital, which was blown off by windstorm some years ago, had not been repaired.

The Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Philip Ugbodaga, explained that patients in the male ward were moved to the female ward after the roof collapsed.

He stated, “But presently, the place is no longer spacious enough due to the influx of patients. That is why you could see some patients on the floor.

“The government promised to construct a new building to replace the collapsed male medical ward, but we are still waiting for them.”

It was learnt that the patients made provision for light whenever there was power outage.

Reacting to this, Ugbodaga sad, “The truth is that, we can’t afford to run on generators on our meagre subvention every time there is power outage. We have so much to do with the little we are given. But one thing is sure; we give priority to the theatre.”

When contacted, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr David Osifo, said the government would soon begin massive renovation of the hospital, including the male medical ward.

Only one fridge working in Gombe Specialist Hospital’s mortuary

At the Gombe State Specialist Hospital, Gombe, the Head of Nursing Services, Mr Napoleon Kwati, described the hospital’s environment as enabling, but said the health facility lacked some basic equipment.

“There are essential things that we still lack. They include clinical thermometers, wheelchairs and regular water supply,” he said.

According to him, only one of the fridges in the mortuary is working.

On his part, the Medical Director, Dr Shuaibu Ishaq, said, “We need scanners, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and endoscopy machines.”

He also said the mortuary should be upgraded, adding that the accident and emergency unit should be expanded.

The secretary of the state chapter of the NMA, Dr Bose Abdullahi, who commended the medical director, said the hospital had less than five wheelchairs.

“The hospital has less than five functional wheelchairs. We need modern anaesthetic machines. Doctors are ready to work but sometimes we are handicapped. We need essentials like face masks and gloves.”

But the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Kennedy Ishaya, blamed insecurity for the inadequate funding of the health sector, saying “government is spending money to maintain the internally displaced persons.”

Patients buy diesel for Osun general hospital

At the Osun State General Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo, parts of the premises were overgrown with weeds.

One of our correspondents, who visited the hospital, observed that a building, where the blood bank of the hospital was located, had some of its roofing sheets blown off.

A patient, Gbadamosi Lateef, said a resident of Osogbo was asked to buy 40 litres of diesel to power the generator before a surgery was carried out on her.

Lateef said, “It is like a normal practice here now that whenever a surgery is to be carried out, the patient must buy diesel for the generator to power the theatre where the surgery will take place.”

Reliable sources, who spoke to one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity, explained that the mortuary of the hospital had been offering skeletal services because there was no money to buy chemicals.

Also, the Chairman of the Medical and Health Workers Union in the state, Mr Wemimo Olowookere, in an interview with The PUNCH, said the X-ray department at the General Hospital, Ilesa was not functioning because there was no radiographer.

When contacted, the Supervisor, Ministry of Health in Osun State, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, said the state was not unaware of the challenges facing the hospitals.

Isamotu added, “That must be an arrangement between the hospital and the patient. Be that as it may, we plan to have solar energy in our hospitals now. So the idea of people buying diesel will no longer occur.”

Facilities in the Ogun State Government-owned hospital are also deplorable. In most of the hospitals, patients said prescribed drugs were not available.

When one of our correspondents visited the General Hospital, Ifo, on Friday, the toilets were dirty and patients resorted to the use of potties.

The situation was the same at the General Hospital, Ilaro, where a worker told one of our correspondents that the emergency unit was not well equipped.

“Some of the toilets are dilapidated. The hospital should be renovated. The government should purchase medical instrument to equip the facility,” the worker stated.

But when contacted, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, disagreed with the patients who said that drugs were not available at the general hospitals in the state.

He stated, “You cannot go to any general hospital and not find drugs. If you talk of drug supply, I met a revolving account of about N27m. We have drugs worth more than N400m. They have drugs as and when due, so, nobody in Ogun State will say there are no drugs in our general hospitals.”

The commissioner, however, said many people did not have confidence in the general hospitals in the state because of poor funding.

He said, “I wish I had more funds. Funding is an issue. We have not met the World Health Organisation’s recommendation for funding in the health sector as a country.”

On dirty toilets in the hospitals, Ipaye said, “I cannot go and do the cleaning for them, we have a team responsible for that.”

Snakes scare patients, workers at Anambra hospital

Investigations at the Anambra State General Hospital located at Umueri in the Anambra East Local Government Area showed that the facility had been neglected.

When one of our correspondents visited the hospital, it was learnt that that some of the equipment installed after its renovation in 2007 had been vandalised, while some had become obsolete.

A security officer attached to the hospital, Mr Emmanuel Agbata, lamented that workers posted to the hospital hardly come to work for fear of attack by snakes.

He said, “We are risking our lives in this hospital. Look at the type of bush in a general hospital owned by government; the type of snakes and other reptiles around here often chase people away and sometimes these wild animals attack people inside the hospital.”

He said an X-ray machine that was purchased for the hospital four years ago had not been installed to serve the people.

Reacting, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Jeo Akabuike, said the government would soon upgrade and retool the hospital.

Equipment shortage in Ondo hospital

It was also gathered that hospitals owned by the Ondo State Government lacked the required equipment.

At the Mother and Child Hospital in Akure, it was learnt that the hospital had stopped the free medical care policy.

In his reaction, the Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, admitted that the state health facilities were facing a series of challenges.

He, however, said the government had begun to address the challenges.

In Ekiti State, investigations showed that paucity of fund had made it impossible for most of the hospitals to run generators for more than three hours in the night.

But the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Moji Yaya-Kolade, expressed confidence that the government would address the situation after an assessment of the hospitals’ needs.

Also, in Oyo State, The PUNCH’s investigations showed that the condition of the state government’s hospitals was appalling.

In some hospitals visited, especially the one at Adeoyo, Ring Road, Ibadan, some of the equipment and facilities were either obsolete or not functional.

But the Chairman of the NMA in the state, Dr Akin Sodipo, said the state government had promised to address the problems of health workers and renovate the hospital.

General hospitals in Enugu State are dead – NMA

When one of our correspondents visited the Nsukka District Hospital, two patients in separate interviews decried the services that were provided by the health workers.

A patient, who did not want his name mentioned, said there were no toilet facilities.

He added, “When I defecate, my sister will go to the bush to throw the waste away.”

Another patient, Basil Esibe, said, “I have never seen power supply in the hospital either in the day or in the night for the past two weeks I have been admitted here. My wife only uses torchlight. There are no functional toilet facilities in the hospital. There is no water in the hospital. We buy water.”

Also at Oji-River General Hospital, a health worker, who said she was a nurse but did not want her name mentioned because she was not authorised to speak to the media, said the hospital lacked basic medical equipment.

She asked, “Does this environment even look like a hospital to you?”

On the condition of the theatre, she said, “It is nothing to write home about. We don’t have anything but we are managing.”

The nurse said the hospital depended on rains for water. According to her, during the dry season the nurses trek over three kilometres to fetch water.

She said there were no toilets for members of staff and patients, adding that workers and patients defecate in the bush.

Reacting to the development, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Fintan Ekochin, said he had taken note of the problems.

He thanked the press for providing him with such information to work with.

When contacted, the state Chairman of the NMA, Dr Ike Okwesili, said the state had no general hospitals and that the state government had no interest in the improvement of the state health sector.

Okwesili said, “General hospitals in Enugu State are dead. There is nothing like general hospitals in Enugu State. So, we should not talk further on that.”


This story first appeared in Punch Newspapers.

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Fraudster sets girlfriend ablaze for infidelity

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A 19-year-old boy, Orji Ifeanyichukwu, has been arrested by policemen from Iba police division in Lagos for allegedly setting his 24-year-old girlfriend, Alabi Tolani, ablaze over alleged infidelity.

The spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Elkana said the incident took place at G54, Army Post Service Housing Estate, Ojo, Lagos, where they both lived in Ifeanyichukwu’s N600, 000 per annum apartment.

The police spokesman said: “Ifeanyichukwu met the victim on February 28, through a hookup and she moved into his house in March.

“He has been into internet fraud for the past three years where he gets the proceeds for renting the apartment.

“They have since then, inhabited as lovers because her parents live apart.”

According to Elkana, Ifeanyichukwu brought Tolani into his house with conditions that she would quit prostitution and stick to him alone.

He added: “However, trouble started on Thursday when the victim left home to fix her hair and did not return until the next day.

“She equally left the house on Friday under the guise of visiting her father but ended up seeing another man.

“Ifeanyichukwu got to know on Saturday when she returned by scrolling through her phone and saw her chats, video calls and pictures of her naked body which she sent to her client.”

He said the suspect became angry and used the petrol he kept for his generator to set her ablaze.

“A team of detectives visited the scene and the victim has been taken to General Hospital, Igando, where she was admitted but died in the early hours of Sunday.

“The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed the immediate transfer of the case to Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba.

“The suspect confessed to the commission of the crime and will be charged to court for murder,” Elkana stated.

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Real reason DSS rearrested Sowore – Nnamdi Kanu reveals

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has reacted to the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the RevolutionNow Movement by the Department of State Services, DSS.

Kanu alleged that DSS re-arrested Sowore because he once had a meeting with him.

The IPOB leader made the disclosure during a live broadcast on Radio Biafra on Sunday, where he condemned DSS action against Sowore.

He alleged that the Nigerian government led by President Muhammadu Buhari was not interested in Sowore but was only using the activist to get close to him.

“The only reason Sowore is in prison is that he had a meeting with me. They are not fighting Sowore. They are fighting me,” Kanu said.

Kanu and Sowore, who was the 2019 presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, had prior to the general election met in New York, United States, to strategize on what they describe as “injustice in Nigeria.”

The secret police rearrested Sowore on Friday morning operatives of the DSS re-arrested Sowore on the premises of an Abuja Federal High Court, a development that has continued to generate public outcry

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DSS operatives disguised as lawyers to desecrate the court, Femi Falana declares

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Femi Falana, human rights lawyer representing Sowore, says officials of the Department of State Services  (DSS) are guilty of desecration of court.

The secret police had invaded the federal high court in Abuja on Friday to rearrest Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement,  barely 24 hours after he was released on the order of the court.

Video clips making the rounds showed the chaos inside the courtroom where Sowore was pinned down by a man alleged to be an operative of the DSS while he (Sowore) was surrounded by his supporters who fought back.

The DSS has, however, denied infiltrating the court. The service said it did not attempt arresting Sowore inside the court, alleging that his supporters only “stage-managed the drama” to bring the service to disrepute.

Justifying the rearrest of Sowore, the DSS said he “resorted to acts inimical to security”, adding that it remains a law-abiding agency.

Responding to the claims, Falana said immediately the case was adjourned, DSS operatives “pounced on Sowore and caused a disruption of the proceedings of the court”.

He said armed DSS operatives who disguised in lawyer’s outfit were inside the courtroom.

Femi Falana added that Ijeoma Ojukwu, the presiding judge, summoned the head of the DSS team in her chambers and asked him to justify the invasion of the court after which he reportedly offered an apology before he was asked to withdraw his men from the courtroom.

“As soon as the case was adjourned the SSS pounced on Sowore and caused a disruption of the proceedings of the court. Having taken over the court room vi et armis Justice Ojukwu hurriedly rose and asked the Registrar to adjourn all other cases. After the learned trial judge had risen for the day she summoned the heads of the prosecution and defence teams to her chambers,” Falana said.

“When the lead prosecutor, Dr. Liman Hassan SAN denied knowledge of the invasion of her court she directed him to invite the head of the SSS team in the court. When challenged to justify the invasion of the court the officer could not. He apologised to Justice Ojukwu on behalf of the SSS. The judge then directed the officer to withdraw the SSS operatives from the courtroom. The directive was complied with as the operatives withdrew from the courtroom but rushed out to join their colleagues who had taken over the entire court house.”

Femi Falana said the DSS could not provide a warrant of arrest for Sowore, insisting that the rearrest of his client was illegal.

Falana, therefore, called on the DSS to release Sowore and “other political detainees” pending the verdict of the court in their trial.

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Governor Ikpeazu bans street trading in Ariaria Market

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In a bid to restore sanity and order in Aba metropolis, Abia State Governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has placed a banned erection of shops, tents or any other structure for the purpose of trading around the Ariaria International Market in Aba.

This followed the successful dislodging of all street traders around the area by the Ministry of Trade and Investment in a bid to restore sanity and order in Aba metropolis.

The Governor, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka and made available to newsmen in Umuahia on Monday ordered that no form of street trading be conducted around that area which is the commercial nerve centre of the state.

Ikpeazu also directed security agencies to arrest and prosecute any person who attempts to flout his orders.

He advised those who wish to do business to find spaces for their trading activities inside the market.

“Governor Ikpeazu hereby orders all relevant agencies of the Abia State Government to work with security agencies to effectively and decisively carry out these instructions.

“Governor Ikpeazu further orders the Abia State Public Utilities Management Agency to immediately move into the area, clean up the place and turn the surroundings into green areas through the planting of flowers and other ornamental trees, as well as restore the original plan for that area which is to create unrestricted access into and out of the market.

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Sowore’s Rearest: Respect the rule of law US tells Buhari

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The United States government has reacted to the rearrest of the convener of the ‘Revolution Now’ movement Mr. Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Security Services (DSS) on Friday.

Mr. Sowore who was also a former presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), was rearrested and eventually detained barely 24 hours after the security agency had released him following a 24-hour ultimatum issued by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

His rearrest has sparked widespread reactions, even as his lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana SAN, has called for the release of Mr. Sowore who has been granted bail by the court.

In a tweet, the US State Department urged the Nigerian Government to respect the rule of law, judicial independence, political and media freedom. Adding that due process should be the tenets of democracy.

Meanwhile, the DSS in reaction to Mr. Sowore’s rearrest and detention, said that that he is facing trial, not as an activist, journalist or politician.

It said Sowore was taken into custody for allegedly resorting to calling for violence, a forceful takeover of government, and suspected transnational illegal activities. Sowore's Rearest: Respect the rule of law US tells Buhari

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I’ll never contest for any election in Nigeria – 67 year old Danjuma Goje says

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Muhammad Danjuma Goje, Senator representing Gombe Central has revealed he will not contest for further elections in Nigeria.

The 67-year-old lawmaker, who is a former Governor of Gombe State, disclosed this during a programme entitled ‘Goje Empowerment Programme’ at Gombe’s Pantami Stadium.

Danjuma Goje, however, said he would remain active in state and national politics.

“Having contested and won all seven elections, in addition to being a Minister for the country, I strongly believe that Allah (SWT) has been extremely kind to me,” said the serving Senator and former Minister of State (Power and Steel).

“I believe not many Nigerians are so lucky and blessed. Having reached an advanced age, I wish to formally inform you that I have decided not to contest any election again. For the avoidance of doubt, I will not contest any election at all levels.

“However, this does not mean that I will retire from politics; far from that. I will continue to be an active card carrying member of the APC and participate in all political activities at all levels, except that I will not contest any election.

“I have had the rare opportunity of contesting and wining seven elections…

“In the second Republic, during [Shehu] Shagari’s government, as a very young man, I contested and won election into the Bauchi State House of Assembly. In 1998, I also contested and won election as a Senator for Gombe Central Senatorial district under defunct UNCP during [Gen. Sani] Abacha’s regime.

“I then in 2003 contested and won the governorship election of Gombe State. I was reelected in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. I contested and won three senatorial elections for Gombe Central Senatorial district.

“I have every reason to thank Allah (SWT), the people of my primary constituency (Pindiga Emirate), Akko Local Government, Gombe State and indeed the entire country for giving me the very rare opportunity to rise from ‘grass to grace.

“At the national level, I will continue to be loyal and supportive of his Excellency, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, and the government, of course.

“I will continue to be an active and loyal member of the National Assembly under the leadership of the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

“My loyalty to the [APC] party under the chairmanship of Adams Oshiomhole is also unquestionable.”

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APC originated hate speech, APC chieftain says

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and human rights advocate, Joshua Alobo, on Monday, insinuated that his party originated activities that can now be interpreted as hate speech in the current administration.

Mr. Alobo was responding to a question on Sunrise Daily, about the Department of State Security Service’s treatment of founder of RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore.

He said he was “seriously embarrassed” by the situation as Sowore was “among those who canvassed for the ‘change’ mantra.”

“APC, in which I am a chieftain, originates hate speech,” Mr. Alobo, who is the President of the International Human Rights and Development Centre, continued.

“Look at what happened at . . . even Lai Muhammed and the rest, nobody was arrested. Look at the fuel subsidy protest at the freedom square. If not that Jonathan was proactive to deploy soldiers . . . I was in Abuja; even though I wasn’t in the general protest, I was using my vehicle to monitor the whole situation.

“So a lot of showbiz was going on during the Jonathan administration, they don’t look at it as a threat to the government. What is Sowore? They are just making the guy to be too popular, I don’t know him as a person. But they have been reading Sahara Reporters right from Jonathan era, a lot of information has been disclosed and all those things.

“So if a media practitioner cannot express his opinion, then what will he do? And this is a man that has the pedigree of activism right from University. So the DSS for goodness sake should not bring another terrorist group. It is the suppression of Yusuf Muhammed that escalated into what we have now as Boko Haram.”

Sowore was re-arrested by the DSS on Friday less than 24 hours after he was released from the agency’s custody. The move has drawn condemnation from several quarters, including Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka and the US government.

However, the DSS has said Sowore was re-arrested because he resorted to “acts inimical to security” shortly after being released from its custody.

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Lagos State will not repeal jumbo pension law – Braimoh

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The Lagos State House of Assembly has revealed that they will jot tow the path of heir Zamfara counterparts by repealing the state’s pension law permitting former governors and other public office holders to receive juicy pensions from state coffers.

In an interview with NAN on Sunday, Tunde Braimoh, chairman, house committee on information and strategy, said Lagos assembly will not repeal pension law for its former governors like it was done in Zamfara.

A federal high court in Lagos had ordered the federal government to recover pensions collected by former governors now serving as ministers and members of the national assembly.

The court also directed Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, to challenge the legality of states’ pension laws permitting former governors and other ex-public officials to receive such pensions.

Braimoh, however, faulted the court ruling that ordered Malami to take immediate legal action towards the abolishment of state laws that permit “former governors to enjoy governors’ emoluments while drawing normal salaries and allowances in their new political offices.”

He told NAN that as long as the law did not contravene the constitution, state assemblies had the right to make laws for the benefit of the society in which they operate.

The lawmaker said separation of powers as enshrined in the constitution empowers the legislature to make laws, the executive to implement and the judiciary to interpret the laws.

“The Supreme Court had made it clear several times that no arm of government can repeal the constitutional provisions of another arm of government,” he said.

“Therefore, legislators make laws that are in tune with the yearnings and dynamics of their society.

Braimoh said he was not aware of any law that restricted state assemblies from making laws for the provision of welfare package of former governors and public office holders.

Below are details of the pension of former governors of Lagos:

The Lagos State Governor and Deputy Governor Pensions Law of 2007 provides one of the most lucrative pensions in the federation. The highlight is that the former governor is entitled to six new cars every three years and a house in Lagos and another in Abuja. Conservatively, a house in Lagos will cost N500 million and one in Abuja N700 million. The former governor and family (spouse and children ─ both married and unmarried) are entitled to free medical which is not capped. Another highlight is that the ex-governor is entitled to a cook, steward, gardener and other domestic staff who are pensionable.

THE BENEFITS

Annual Basic Salary: 100% of annual basic salaries of the incumbent governor and deputy.

Accommodation: One residential house in Lagos and another in FCT for the former governor; one residential house in Lagos for the deputy.

Transport: Three cars, two back-up cars and one pilot car for the ex-governor every three years; two cars, two back-up cars and one pilot car for the deputy every three years.

Furniture: 300% of annual basic salary every two years.

House maintenance: 10% of annual basic salary.

Domestic staff: Cook, steward, gardener and other domestic staff (no limit) who shall be pensionable.

Medical: Free medical treatment for ex-governor and deputy and members of their families (not just spouses).

Security: Two SSS operatives, one female officer, eight policemen (four each for house and personal security) for the ex-governor; one SSS operative and two policemen (one each for house and personal security) for the deputy.

PA: 25% of annual basic salary.

Car maintenance: 30% of annual basic salary.

Entertainment: 10% of annual basic salary.

Utility: 20% of annual basic salary.

Drivers: Pensionable (no limit to number of drivers).

Severance gratuity: Not specified.

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DSS denies invading court to arrest Sowore, says it was staged

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The DSS has come out to deny claims that its operatives invaded the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday and forcefully taking Omoyele Sowore away less than 24 hours after he was finally released on bail.

In a statement signed by Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesperson, the secret police said Sowore’s supporters were the ones acting an “orchestrated drama”, adding that the viral video of the incident did not show any of its officers. He further denied that his operatives disrupting proceedings and chasing away presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu,

Afunanya said, “Our personnel were never, at any time, involved in the incident.

The agency further said that “in actual fact, it was his (Sowore’s) people who seized him. And from the latest developments, it has become obvious what the intent for such mischief was meant for — simply to serve a propagandist purpose as well as bring the Service to disrepute”.

 

“Eye witness and several media accounts have disclosed that the Court had adjourned peacefully without an untoward incident when suddenly the unruly crowd imported into the Courtroom went into frenzy on the mere suspicion that DSS was sighted at the court premises. The eventual re-arrest of Sowore by the DSS was effected outside the courtroom. His lead counsel has affirmed this.

In the statement, the department also explained the reason for going after Sowore less than 12 hours after releasing him.

The DSS said following his release, the activist “resorted to acts inimical to security”.

The agency said, “It has therefore become unarguable and raises a moral question as to who, between Sowore and the Service, dislikes or disobeys the Courts. In this regard, public attention may be drawn to the 25th July 2019 statement of SOWORE that “I’m not talking of protest.

 

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Ganduje gives Emir Sanusi new appointment amidst new emirates battle

Amidst the brewing political tension in Kano, the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has appointed the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II as the first chairman of the newly-formed State Council of Chiefs.

The appointment was announced amid the face-off between Ganduje and Emir Sanusi over the creation of new Kano emirates signed into law last week by Ganduje. There had been speculations that the Emir of Bichi, Aminu Bayero, would be appointed to chair the council.

In a statement on Sunday by his spokesman, Abba Anwar, Ganduje ordered Sanusi to summon council meeting immediately.

A court had earlier nullified the creation of four new emirates in Kano though the Kano government still insists on recognising them.

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