The Jigawa State Government has earmarked over N50 million for the purchase of kits for compulsory HIV tests before marriage.
Programme Manager, Jigawa State Agency for the Control of AIDS, Malam Ibrahim Almajiri, disclosed this while defending the agencies’ budget proposals before the House of Assembly Committee on Public Service.
He said the amount will be used for the supply of HIV/AIDs testing kits for the compulsory test of intending couples across the state.
It would be recalled that the Jigawa State House of Assembly had in 2016 signed into law making it compulsory for all intending couples to undergo test for HIV/AIDs three times before marriage is contracted.
The Law had helped Jigawa State in reducing the prevalence of HIV/AID from 1.9% in 2014 to 0.30% in 2018.
The 2018 SMART Survey placed Jigawa State as a top state where the rate of HIV/AIDs is low with only 0.30% in the country.
Almajri, however, called on the committee to facilitate the allocation of additional funds to strengthen the test before marriage law in the state to maintain the successes so far recorded in the control of HIV/AIDS.
Chairman House of Assembly Committee on Public Service, Alhaji Aminu Zakari, assured to work with House Committee on Appropriation for the provision of more funds to the agency for carrying out its responsibilities in 2022.
Kaduna cleric urges security operatives to take Zamfara bandits’ threatening letter seriously
The General Overseer of Truth and Life Gospel Church, Trikania Kaduna, Dr. Sunday Omolafe Jeremiah, on Thursday, in Kaduna urged the police and other law enforcement agents to take urgent steps in protecting all churches and worship places in Zamfara and its environs
Omolafe, who is also a senior lecturer with Theological Bible College Kagoro Kaduna, made the passionate plea following the threatening letters from bandits to Christians in Zamfara to close all churches and Christian worship places
DAILY POST recalls that the Zamfara Police Command penultimate week, confirmed the threatening letter from bandits warning Christians to close down churches in Zamfara State.
CAN’s General Secretary, Barr Joseph Bade Daramola had warned against the threat, even as he warned politicians not to create enemity between Christians and Muslims.
He asked the security agencies in the country to leave no stone unturned in their protection of all churches in Zamfara State.
Reacting, Omolafe who was not comfortable with the threatening letter, said since everything is known to security agents, Christians in the State would not have much to fear.
He said Christians must be allowed to continue to enjoy their freedom to worship without hindrance or attack from the bandits.
He also warned some politicians who hide under the guise of bandits to bring division, hatred among Christians and Muslims in the country.
He assured Christians in Zamfara that the police would not allow bandits to do their bindings, adding that “the good part of it is that, the threatening letter came through the police, whose duty is to protect lives and property.”
Court remands 2 over murder of 9-year-old boy in Rivers
A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt has remanded two suspects, Kenneth Sylvanus and Chijioke Ogbonna, who are linked to the beheading of a 9-year-old boy in Isiokpo community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The court also directed the prosecutor to liaise with relevant authorities and produce the third suspect Chibuzor Amadi on the next adjourned date.
Sylvanus and Ogbonna, are standing trial on a three-count charge bordering on the murder of one Destiny Peter, a 9-year-old in Isiokpo community.
The first accused person, Kenneth Sylvanus, has already pleaded guilty to the charge even when it has not been read.
The prosecutor informed the court that the statement of the first accused mentioned one Chibuzor Amadi as a collaborator in the case and wondered why he was granted administrative bail by the police.
In his ruling, the chief Magistrate I. F Iyabo remanded the two suspects and directed the prosecutor to liaise with the Attorney General’s office to produce the third suspect Chibuzor Amadi on the next adjourned date- Monday, December 6, 2021.
DAILY POST had reported how the trio of Kenneth Sylvanus, Chijioke Ogbonna and Chibuzor Amadi was paraded by the Rivers state police command for beheading a 9 year old boy in Isiokpo community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
EFCC arrests 18 suspected illegal oil bunkerers in Port Harcourt
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has apprehended 18 suspected illegal oil bunkerers.
They were nabbed at a location within the new Government Reservation Area in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, announced the arrest in a statement on Wednesday.
The suspects are Thompson George, Asu Tommy, John Joseph, Imoh Anthonia, Adegbejire Michael, Mayei Godpower, Demian Israel Kelechi, Banyo Fred and Atuaka Chisom.
Others are Elliot Diamond, Simeon Blessing, Umukoro Victor, Horsefall Reuben, Munku Jonah Munga, Nweke John, Amos Daniel, Chikwe Chinedu and Gloria Horsfall.
They were caught with a truck with reg. no. Lagos AAA 995 XH, Toyota Avalon car with reg. no. Rivers SKP 327 AW, and Nissan Murano Jeep with reg. no. Rivers PHC 434 AE.
The truck was loaded with products suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) packed in 9 Geepee tanks of 3,000 litres and three big drums filled with the same product.
The Avalon car conveyed products suspected to be illegally refined AGO in cellophane bags.
Uwujaren added that the suspects would be arraigned as soon as investigation is concluded.
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