Rest In Peace: 150 Slain Victims Get Mass Burial In Zamfara State

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About 150 people killed at the weekend by invading gunmen in Unguwar Galadima village in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State have been given a mass burial.

The bodies of the victims were interred on Sunday at a ceremony attended by the state Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari.

Over 215 persons were said to have been killed in the attack on the people who were holding a meeting of vigilante groups to review the security situation in the area when the gunmen struck.

Speaking at the funeral, Yari, who led a delegation of the state government to the ceremony, expressed shock and sadness over the incident.

He wondered how such a heinous act could happen in broad daylight without any help from the security operatives.

While giving the assurance of his government’s determination to fish out the culprits and bring them to book, Yari also promised that the families of the victims would be compensated to cushion their suffering.

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Horror:Woman Gave Baby Morphine Through Chest Breast Milk Gets 20 Years Jail Term

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A judge sentenced a South Carolina woman to 20 years in prison Friday for killing her 6-week-old daughter with what prosecutors say was an overdose of morphine delivered through her chest milk.

A prosecutor said Stephanie Greene, 39, was a nurse and knew the dangers of taking painkillers while pregnant and chest feeding, instead choosing to conceal her pregnancy from doctors so she could keep getting her prescriptions. She lost her nursing license in 2004 for trying to get drugs illegally.

Greene’s lawyer said she was only trying to stop debilitating pain from a car crash more than a decade before and relied on her own judgment and medical research on the Internet instead of the advice of doctors and is still overwhelmed with grief from the loss of her child.

The 20-year sentence was the minimum after a Spartanburg County jury found Greene guilty of homicide by child abuse Friday. She could have faced up to life behind bars. Greene will have to serve 16 years before she is eligible for parole. She said nothing in court and quietly shuffled out of the courtroom, her hands and feet shackled, after she was sentenced.

Her lawyer said she will appeal and it’s likely the case will be tied up for years to come. Both the prosecutor and Greene’s lawyer agree no mother has ever been prosecuted in the United States for killing her child through a substance transmitted in chest milk. Also, prosecutors didn’t prove how the baby got the morphine and there is little scientific evidence that enough morphine can gather in chest milk to kill an infant, Greene’s lawyer Rauch Wise said.

“The court can’t punish her any more than she already has been by losing a child,” Wise said.

Greene’s husband did not talk to reporters. Wise said he supported his wife and was devastated as he prepared to raise their 7-year-old son alone.

Greene’s fourth pregnancy in 2010 was unplanned, but she and her husband of 10 years joyously accepted the surprise, her lawyer Rauch Wise said. She has two children from a previous marriage.

Alexis was born healthy, and her mother chose to chest feed. Forty-six days later, Greene called 911 to report her baby was unconscious in her bed. On a recording of the call, she sounds groggy and unfocused. The former nurse first tries to do CPR compressions on the baby’s back and has trouble counting to keep pace. Investigators at the scene found dozens of pill bottles and painkiller patches on her nightstand where the couple’s then 4-year-old son could get to them.

A toxicology report from the baby’s autopsy found a level of morphine in the child’s body that a pathologist testified could have been lethal for an adult, prosecutor Barry Barnette said.

A review of her medical records showed Greene carefully hid her pregnancy from her primary doctor. After a home pregnancy test showed she was pregnant, she told her doctor she needed to go to a gynecologist for a birth control. She then got prenatal care from that doctor while not telling her all the painkillers she was taking, Barnette said.

“She was a nurse. She knew how to work the system,” Barnette said. “She caused the loss of that child.”

But that is an unfair characterization of a woman who remains racked with chronic pain from a 1998 wreck where she fractured her skull and pelvis, Wise said.

“She needed those meds to get up in the morning and function,” Wise said. “She was on total disability because of her pain, her fibromyalgia and all the other things wrong with her.”

Greene still faces 38 counts of obtaining prescription drugs through fraud, and Barnette said he is still deciding whether to take those cases to court

Greene had her nursing license suspended in South Carolina in 2004 because she was irrational at work, tried to call in a prescription illegally and refused a drug test, according to an order from the state’s Nursing Board.

Barnette doesn’t want his prosecution to stop women from breastfeeding. He took this case personally because his wife had a miscarriage in 1989. She is a nurse and personally reviewed the case.

“We make sacrifices every day for our children,” Barnette said. “She decided she was going to have her drugs and sacrifice the health, and ultimately the life, of her child.”

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Traits Of A Principled Woman As We Celebrate Our Mothers

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As we celebrate our mothers today, pause a minute and ask yourself ,AM I A PRINCIPLED WOMAN ? Find out Now!

A principled woman knows who she is in the sight of God and understands her worth.Eph.2:26. She will not allow herself to be mishandled by someone who is a spiritual and emotional pauper. This woman understands” who can find a virtuos woman? for her price is far above the rubies” Prov.31:10. She knows that she is an invaluable jewel and the right discernable eye willl see her worth and act accordingly. Nothing but an equally precious setting will do for her.

A principled woman is not only a woman of unsurpassable character,she’s “got it going on” in every way. Her head, heart and spirit is together, she has developed and actively using her gifts. She is a person who draws others to herself because she has something that everyone wants-She has a certain”joie de vivre,”a joy of life that comes from being comfortable with who she is.

A principled woman knows the promises of God concerning her and keep them close to her heart. She wont settle for less than God’s best for her. See Luke1.45.

A principled woman is a well kept lady. She keeps herself reserved for those things that are deserving of her attention. She doesnt get distracted by or caught up in things that are not edifying or uplifting to herself or to those in her world. She keeps her affections closely guarded and never freely tosses them to the wind in the hopes that someone will catch them. She must understand Proverbs 4:23. Her life demands respect from all who know her.

A first class pilot,a Principled woman soars above negativity and other people’s trivial opinions.She knows where’s she is going and what she wants,and she doesnt land until she sees her destination and get clearance from God.

Moreover, a Principled Woman is quite comfortable flying solo;she knows that she is never really alone. She only want A RIGHTLY QUALIFIED COPILOT TO FILL THE SEAT BESIDE.

Sweet sister,evaluate yourself and your life today and see if you are qualified to be called a principled woman, if not, its not too late, start today and work towards it and remain the star God created you to be.

Gracefully Gracious
Daughter Of Abiriba Kingdom
3.30.14

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Gobe:See Serious And Funny Pictures At The Ongoing National Conference

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The National Conference began on Monday, March 17, at the National Judiciary Institute in Abuja.

The confab that will last for three months and cost around N7bn ($42mln) is meant to provide a platform for Nigerians to discuss issues of common concern.

These issues that are likely to be at the top of the agenda are Islamist-linked violence in the north, corruption, a more fair distribution of oil wealth, and the effectiveness of the country’s political structure.
Former Minister of State for Defence, Olusola Obada (right), Legal Practitioner, Adeniyi Akintola (middle) and Vice President, Nigeria Labour Congress, Isa Aremu during a voting pattern on the resolutions of the conference in Abuja yesterday

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A visibly angry delegate, Naseer Kura (left) being calmed down by the President , Market Women Association of Nigeria, Felecia Sani during a debate on the voting pattern of the resolutions of the conference in Abuja yesterday

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One of the delegates taking a nap during yesterday’s session. You should remember that the delegates Of National Conference get paid N1.45 million after sitting for one week.

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Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani(left) Senator Musa Adede and Dr former PDP National Chairman, Dr Haliru Mohammed at the session yesterday

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Chief Niyi Olaniwun(left) Chief Ayo Adebanjo and others during session

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Dr Joe Okei Odumakin(left) Mrs Ezenwa Okoroafor and Dr Abiola Akiyode Afolabi during confab session on March 25

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Gen Alani Akinrinade(left) Mr Fola DSaniel and Alh. Magaji Dambata on March 25
Source: The Nation

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Pics: Nigerian youths embark on protest at Fed Min. of Interior HQ

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Some Nigerian youths this afternoon marched to the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Interior in Abuja where the man in the eye of the NIS Recruitment storm, Minister Abba Moro’s office is. The youths said they were there to protest the death of some of the applicants of the recently conducted NIS employment test. They demanded to see Moro but they were not allowed in. See more pics after the cut…

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NIS Recruitment: Applicants Sues FG,Morro And Others,Asks For 1M Naira Compensation Each

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Four of the applicants in the just cancelled immigration recruitment exercise, on behalf of themselves and others who participated, have filed a suit against the federal government, seeking among others, a refund of their application fees.

They also asked the court to declare that the conduct or the execution of the recruitment exercise was illegal, unwarranted and in violation of the their fundamental rights to life.

The plaintiffs, who filed the suit at the registry of the court, brought the application under Sections 33,34, and 44 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the equivalent articles of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right.

Also joined as respondents in the suit were the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, the NIS and its Comptroller General, David Shikfu Parradang.

The applicants, Charles Ugwuonye, Friday Danlami, Chinedu Onwuka and Samson Ojo through their counsel, Emeka Ugwuonye, among other things want the court to declare the recruitment exercise illegal and restrain the NIS from spending the money realised from the recruitment exercise.

They also want the court to order the respondents to refund the recruitment money back to the applicants, pay the sum of N1million to each applicant and N50million to deceased applicants as general damages.

They also want the court to declare that the conduct or the execution of the recruitment exercise is illegal, unwarranted and in violation of the applicants’ fundamental rights to life, right to protection from inhuman and degrading treatment, right to dignity of the human person, right against discrimination on the basis of the circumstances of birth and right against unlawful taking of the property of a person; under Sections 33, 34, 42 and 44 of the Constitution (as amended), and the equivalent Articles of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

They also want the court to declare that the respondents, particularly the Minister of Interior and Comptroller General of the NIS owed a duty of honesty and candor to them regarding the true purpose and intention behind the exercise.

The court was also asked to declare that the respondents, particularly the Minister of Interior and the Comptroller General of the NIS have a duty to superintend the recruitment exercise in a safe and healthy manner with due consideration to lives and wellbeing of those who applied for or participated in the exercise.

The applicants further want an order declaring that the NIS 2014 recruitment exercise was carried out in a manner that was motivated by greed and corrupt intentions and without any realistic plan to offer the applicants employments.

Also they want an order declaring that the respondents do not have the power to appropriate any funds raised by them from the recruitment exercise but must remit such funds to the Federation Account.

In addition, the applicants want the court to make an order directing the respondents to issue a written apology to them.

The apology should be published in five Nigerian newspapers and on the main website of the NIS.

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