Jos Blast:Igbo community confirms 36 members dead and 42 injured

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The Igbo community in Jos, Plateau State, has confirmed that 36 Igbo men and women residing in Jos were killed in the twin bomb blast that rocked the city on Tuesday May 20th, with 42 others injured and many others still missing.

The Eze Igbo II of Jos Prof. Joseph Obilom stated this today Monday May 26th while addressing newsmen at his Palace in Jos.

“Our people were worst hit by the blast. Most of our members are traders, who own shops at the terminus market. Goods worth millions of Naira of our members were destroyed. We are calling on the Federal and State government to come to our aid by sending relief materials to the injured and affected members.” he said.

Source: LIB

(Photo): 40 Year Old Nigerian Drug Trafficker Excretes 63 Wraps Of Cocaine At Lagos Airport

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Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the departure hall of the Murtalla Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos have apprehended a suspected drug trafficker. The forty (40) year old suspect, Amobi Okoye living in Ancona, Italy was arrested while trying to board an Alitalia flight. He was found to have swallowed sixty-three (63) wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine weighing 1.030kg. The suspect, in his statement said that he came to Nigeria in search for a wife but decided to smuggle cocaine because he was broke.
According to the NDLEA Airport commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, the suspect was nabbed with the help of scanning machine. In his words, “a forty (40) year old Nigerian living in Italy, Amobi Okoye has been arrested for trafficking in cocaine. The suspect was nabbed with the assistance of scanning machine. While under observation, he excreted a total of sixty-three (63) wraps of powdery substances weighing 1.030kg that tested positive for cocaine. He is currently under investigation”.
The suspect who has been living in Italy since 2009 disclosed that he came home in December 2013 in search for a wife but got involved in drug trafficking because he was broke. “My involvement in cocaine trafficking was an afterthought. The reason I came to Nigeria in December 2013 was to search for a wife. In the process, I spent all the money with me. While searching for money to buy my ticket back to Italy, I was introduced into drug trafficking. They promised to pay me 4,000 dollars in addition to all travel expenses. It was a difficult decision for me but it was my last hope” Amobi stated. He hails from Enugu State.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade called on members of the public to avoid drug trafficking and support the anti-drug campaign. “Drug mules must shun drug trafficking in their best interest and that of the society at large. It is important for them to realize that the financial inducement offered by drug barons is insignificant compared with the damage to their reputation and that of their families. The best solution is to say no to drug trafficking at all times” Giade stated.
The suspect will be charged to court soon.

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(Photo) : 40 Year Old Nigerian Drug Trafficker Excretes 63 Wraps Of Cocaine At Lagos Airport

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Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the departure hall of the Murtalla Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos have apprehended a suspected drug trafficker. The forty (40) year old suspect, Amobi Okoye living in Ancona, Italy was arrested while trying to board an Alitalia flight. He was found to have swallowed sixty-three (63) wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine weighing 1.030kg. The suspect, in his statement said that he came to Nigeria in search for a wife but decided to smuggle cocaine because he was broke.
According to the NDLEA Airport commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, the suspect was nabbed with the help of scanning machine. In his words, “a forty (40) year old Nigerian living in Italy, Amobi Okoye has been arrested for trafficking in cocaine. The suspect was nabbed with the assistance of scanning machine. While under observation, he excreted a total of sixty-three (63) wraps of powdery substances weighing 1.030kg that tested positive for cocaine. He is currently under investigation”.
The suspect who has been living in Italy since 2009 disclosed that he came home in December 2013 in search for a wife but got involved in drug trafficking because he was broke. “My involvement in cocaine trafficking was an afterthought. The reason I came to Nigeria in December 2013 was to search for a wife. In the process, I spent all the money with me. While searching for money to buy my ticket back to Italy, I was introduced into drug trafficking. They promised to pay me 4,000 dollars in addition to all travel expenses. It was a difficult decision for me but it was my last hope” Amobi stated. He hails from Enugu State.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade called on members of the public to avoid drug trafficking and support the anti-drug campaign. “Drug mules must shun drug trafficking in their best interest and that of the society at large. It is important for them to realize that the financial inducement offered by drug barons is insignificant compared with the damage to their reputation and that of their families. The best solution is to say no to drug trafficking at all times” Giade stated.
The suspect will be charged to court soon.

Health Matters:Chemicals leaching into food from packaging raise safety concerns

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Synthetic chemicals which are used in the processing, packaging and storing of the food we eat could be doing long-term damage to our health, environmental scientists warn.

The concerns have been raised in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, part of the British Medical Journal group.

The scientists claim that tiny amounts of synthetic chemicals leach into food. While these minute quantities in themselves do no harm, no one knows how safe we are from a lifetime’s exposure to the chemicals, such as formaldehyde, through eating food previously wrapped or stored in plastics.

In a commentary piece in the journal the scientists note that some of the chemicals that could cause concern are regulated but this does not prevent their being used widely in food packaging. They say that people who eat packaged or processed foods are likely to be chronically exposed to low levels of these substances throughout their lives.

Far too little is known about the long-term impact and especially about our exposure to such chemicals at critical points in human development, such as in the womb and during early childhood.

The writers, who include Jane Muncke, from the Food Packaging Forum Foundation, in Zurich, say there is cause for concern on several grounds. Chemicals known to be toxic, such as formaldehyde, a cancercausing substance, are legally used in these materials. Formaldehyde is widely present, albeit at low levels, in plastic fizzy drinks bottles and melamine tableware.

Other chemicals known to disrupt hormone production and used in food and drink packaging, include bisphenol A, tributyltin, triclosan, and phthalates. Altogether, more than 400 chemicals are involved.

“Whereas the science for some of these substances is being debated and policy-makers struggle to satisfy the needs of stakeholders, consumers remain exposed to these chemicals daily, mostly unknowingly,” they write.

They warn that potential cellular changes caused by food contact materials, and in particular, those with the capacity to disrupt hormones, are not even being considered in routine toxicology analysis. They suggest this “casts serious doubts on the adequacy of chemical regulatory procedures”.

It will not be easy to monitor and assess the effects over decades of exposure to these chemicals, they say. There are no large groups of people who are not exposed to wrapped and processed and stored food.

Studies have shown that we all have traces of these chemicals in our bodies. That means it is not possible to carry out a study comparing people who have been exposed to them with people who have not.

But a population-based assessment is urgently needed as well as bio monitoring to establish any potential links between food-contact chemicals and chronic conditions such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, and neurological and inflammatory disorders, particularly given the known role of environmental pollutants, they argue.

“Since most foods are packaged, and the entire population is likely to be exposed, it is of utmost importance that gaps in knowledge are reliably and rapidly filled,” they say.

The Guardian

R.I.P: Venezuelan Miss Tourism Genesis Carmona (21) Dies From Gunshot wounds

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Venezuelan beauty queen lies motionless, cradled in the arms of a man on a motorbike, only to die hours later in hospital after being gunned down on the street. Dramatic photographs have emerged of Génesis Carmona being rushed to hospital after being shot in the head by an unidentified gunman who opened-fire at anti-government protesters in the state capital of Valencia, according to The Times.

The 22-year-old professional model, who won the title of ‘Miss Tourism’ in her home state of Carabobo, was rushed into emergency surgery but later died of horrific injuries.

Genesis Carmona is taken to hospital on a motorcycle after she was shot in the head during an anti-government protest in Valencia, Venezuela, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Carmona was allegedly shot by an unknown gunman who opened fire on opposition protesters. (AP Photo/Diario Notitarde, Mauricio Centeno)
Ms Carmona, a student of marketing, was shot amid escalating violent political protests.

According to a report in the New York Post Ms Carmona was just a few months away from graduating when tragedy struck.

“How long are we going to live like this? How long do we have to tolerate this pressure, with them killing us?” a relative, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.“She only needed one more semester to graduate,” he added.

Gunned down: Génesis Carmona, 21, was a professional model, who won the title of ‘Miss Tourism’ in her home state of Carabobo.
So far, five people have been killed in the demonstrations, sparked by opposition politicians with protestors demanding better security, an end to goods shortages and protected freedom of speech.

The Venezuelan opposition has blamed the deaths and injuries on armed government loyalists whom they allege are firing into crowds, at anti-government rallies.

The death of Carmona comes just over a month after a former Miss Venezuela, Monica Spear, was murdered together with her British husband in the street.

A relative of Ms Carmona tells media she was just one semester away from graduating from a tourism degree. Genesis Carmona, who won the title of ‘Miss Tourism’ in her home state of Carabobo, was rushed into emergency surgery but later died of horrific injuries.

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Good News:Work on N100bn 2nd Niger Bridge commences next month

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Work  on the proposed  N100 billion Second Niger Bridge is to commence next month.

Already, ministry officials said that preparations were in top gear for President Goodluck Jonathan to perform the ground-breaking ceremony on March 15, for work by the concessionaire, Messrs Julius Berger and AIIM to start.

Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen had hinted that the Federal Government had begun negotiations with contractors handling the construction of the second Niger Bridge at Onitsha, Anambra State, with a view to securing a reduction in the cost of the project.

Onolememen said the negotiations for reduction in the cost of the bridge arose from the  fact that the exact figures for building the bridge were now known.

According to the initial contract terms, the contractor, Julius Berger along with its partner in the consortium, are to invest N100 billion. The Federal Government is also to contribute 30 percent in equity that would come from money sourced from the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P.

“The second Niger Bridge has now been fully designed. Now that the figures are known, we are negotiating it downwards on the basis of our own objectives and financial plans, in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Finance. We will soon do the ground breaking,”Onolememen told reporters in Abuja.

Ministry officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, yesterday, however, said Julius Berger had earlier mobilised equipment to the site in July last year for preliminary work to commence, pending the conclusion of the negotiations.

According to them, the new bridge and its approach road are estimated at 12.4 kilometres, with the bridge alone having a length of 1.8 kilometres.

 

Vanguard