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LIGHTNING CREAMS’ DETRIMENTAL IMPACT ON HEALTH 

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LIGHTNING CREAMS’ DETRIMENTAL IMPACT ON HEALTH 

By: Omirin Joshua

Previously, skin bleaching and toning was considered a fashionable attribute of the wealthy, particularly among those who had lived abroad for an extended period of time. With the passage of time, the fashion trend became a fad for individuals of various and varying socioeconomic statuses, and local and foreign corporations began to compete to manufacture various skin care products and soaps with appealing fragrances and colours in order to keep the fad alive.

While this practice may seem harmless, it can actually have serious consequences for one’s health. In addition to these treatments, some people self-mix a range of substances, such as mixtures of numerous commercial skin-bleaching solutions with hydrogen peroxide, to create their own homemade products.

Some people bleach or whiten their skin for a variety of reasons, including desiring to have a beautiful and enticing face and removing unsightly body markings, among others, which some experts believe may be psychological. Some parents who have succumbed to the psychological pull have even extended the preoccupation to their children, including toddlers.
Not only are the chemicals in these creams harmful to the skin, but they can also cause long-term damage to the liver, kidneys, and other organs. In addition, the use of skin lightening creams can have a negative impact on self-esteem and body image.
The hazards linked with skin-bleaching cremes and creams are genuine and worrisome, since powerful chemicals wreak havoc on the user’s skin. In this article, we break through the hype to get to the bottom of the issue, exposing the indisputable health hazards and horrifying side effects of skin-lightening cremes and showing methods to live a better and happier life.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that a study done by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that 77 percent of Nigerian women use skin bleaching creams, the highest in Africa, compared to 59 percent in Togo, 35 percent in South Africa, and 27 percent in Senegal.
The active ingredients in skin lightening creams can cause a variety of physical side effects, including, Skin irritation, dryness, and redness, Scarring, hyperpigmentation, Premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. These side effects are caused by the chemicals used in skin lightening creams, such as hydroquinone, mercury, and steroids. These chemicals can cause damage to the skin cells and lead to serious health problems. Hydroquinone, one of the main ingredients in skin lightening creams, can cause dryness, itching, and redness of the skin. If used over a long period of time, it can lead to a condition called ochronosis, in which the skin becomes thick, hard, and leathery. Another common ingredient, steroids, can cause thinning of the skin and an increased risk of infection. Mercury, another common ingredient, can cause a condition called mercury poisoning.
Mercury poisoning can cause a number of serious health problems, including damage to the kidneys, liver, and nervous system. Other health risks associated with skin lightening creams include premature aging of the skin and an increased risk of skin cancer. These health risks are often overlooked by those who use skin lightening creams, but they are very real and should not be ignored. If you are considering using a skin lightening cream, it is important to be aware of the potential health risks involved. It is also important to consult with a dermatologist or other healthcare professional before starting any skin lightening regimen.
In conclusion, it’s critical to realize that using skin-lightening creams can have detrimental effects on one’s physical and mental health. Using these creams can result in negative body image and low self-esteem in addition to the physical side effects mentioned above. Many users of skin-lightening creams do so as a result of pressure to meet unattainable beauty standards. Cosmetics enriched with harmful chemicals have an indirect impact on nature, as the waste and residues of these products pollute the environment. The residue from these products contaminates the water as soon as the user showers or cleans their face. After using the product, there is a high probability that the residues in the product container containing harmful chemicals will end up in nature. Yet the global skin lightening market is highly unregulated and is estimated to be worth billions of dollars. However, these products can have serious health risks, and the best way to achieve a healthy and happy life is to embrace your natural skin tone. You are beautiful just the way you are!

Godiya Sardauna Molyini.
Department of Mas Communication.
University of Maiduguri.

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NDLEA intercepts Vietnam-bound businessman with cocaine consignment at Abuja airport

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NDLEA intercepts Vietnam-bound businessman with cocaine consignment at Abuja airport

By: Michael Mike

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted a 40-year-old businessman, Ejike Solomon with 1.45 kilogrammes of cocaine concealed in his luggage while attempting to board an Ethiopia Airlines flight number 950 to Vietnam via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

According to a statement by the spokesman of the anti-narcotics agency, Ejike was arrested at the Abuja airport on Saturday after NDLEA officers subjected him to a thorough search, and in the process, the illicit substance was discovered concealed, factory fitted, in his bag.

In the statement the suspect gave to NDLEA, he claimed he was on a business trip to Vietnam.

Also, operatives of a special unit of the agency last Friday swooped on members of a syndicate that deals in methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin in their hideouts in parts of Lagos.

Babafemi said the operatives assigned for the operation raided the home of Esimone Amachukwu at 14 Arochukwu street, Ejigbo, where 10.012 kilogrammes of methamphetamine was found in possession of his associate, 40-year-old Evelyn Nneka Okem. Esimone is said to be currently at large.

The NDLEA spokesman said while the Ejigbo operation was going on, another set of officers were simultaneously busy in the residence of another member of the syndicate, 45-year-old Ebele Iwuegbunam, located at Plot 1604 Close D, 4th Avenue, Festac town, Lagos where they arrested him and recovered 429.5 grammes of cocaine and 7 kilogrammes of heroin.

In Kogi state, NDLEA officers on a stop and search operation along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja expressway last Friday intercepted a commercial bus marked GRM 347XA (Borno) conveying 28 compressed blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 11 kilogrammes; 100 bottles of codeine-based cough syrup and 500 tablets of diazepam, all concealed in three plastic drums covered with cattle fats, heading to Jos Plateau state., while operatives in Ogun state last Thursday recovered 169 kilogrammes consignment of cannabis abandoned in a truck at Sagamu tollgate, their counterparts in Lagos seized 25 cartons of tramadol containing 325,000 pills in Ikeja the previous day Wednesday.

On the same day, a suspect, Abdullahi Khalil, 42, and 2,745,000 capsules of pregabalin recovered from him at Singer market, Sabon Gari area of Kano were handed over to the Kano state command of NDLEA by the Department of State Security, DSS.

In the same vein, the 243 Recce Battalion, Nigerian Army, Badagry on Saturday transferred 27 sacks of cannabis sativa weighing 1,110 kilogrammes recovered at a coastal community, Ajido by soldiers, to the Seme Special Area Command of NDLEA. A suspect, Hassan Muhammad, 34, was on the same day arrested with 44,950 pills of tramadol at Moranti area of Borno state by NDLEA operatives.

In Abia state, NDLEA operatives last Thursday raided a drug joint at Cemetery Barracks, Aba, where Ifeanyi Uche, 37, was arrested with different quantities of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. Another raid was carried out at the abandoned Eyimba Hotel, Ogbor Hill, Aba, where illicit substances were seized and suspects arrested last Friday.

Babafemi said with the same zeal, the various commands of the agency across the country continued with the War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, advocacy campaign in the past week.

Meanwhile, while commending the officers and men of the NAIA, Abia, Ogun, Kogi, Lagos, Seme, Borno and Kano commands of the agency as well as those of the Special Unit for their outstanding feats in the past week, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) equally applauded them and their counterparts in all the commands across the country for intensifying their WADA advocacy lectures.

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Yobe: Emir of Fika charges Journalists on fair reportage

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Yobe: Emir of Fika charges Journalists on fair reportage

By: Yahaya Wakili

His Royal Highness, the Emir of Fika. Chairman Yobe State Council of Chiefs and the National Convener of the Council of the Traditional Leaders of Africa, Alhaji Dr Muhammadu Ibn Abali Muhammad Idrissa, CFR, have implored the journalists in the state to be fair and just in all their reporting.

His Royal Highness disclosed this in a unique receipt organized by the correspondent chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Yobe State, at his palace in Potiskum.

“We must command journalists in Yobe State and in Nigeria in general, and you are a very important part of this society, and you have been playing your role, which sometimes is very ropey and sometimes is not easy, because you have to be critical of government activities.” he said.

“We are happy with you and your remarkable achievements in Yobe State, in particular, about the reporting of government activities on what is happening.

He charged the journalists to redouble their efforts and also said the truth: be equitable, be fair, so that is not always to be praising the government. When you are supposed to say the truth, say the truth, and he also urged them to be very fair and make remarkable achievements in Yobe State in your activities.

His royal father also implores the journalists to be fair and just in all their reporting so that when the government is wrongly saying it, when they are rightly saying it, I think you have been doing that.

“I think you have been doing well. We need to tell the government that we are living on a time bomb, and if it is exploited, we are all going to suffer. We have to appreciate the youth. 65% of the time, wherever you go, you see youth who are on drugs out of frustration.

Speaking earlier, the chairman of the correspondent’s chapel, Alhaji Ahmed I. Abba, ensured His Royal Highness that we are here to serve this state, and we sacrifice all we have for the state and for the palace.

“This palace has been home for us; we really appreciate your royal highness and the members of the palace; this is a unique reception we have never had anywhere; we will forever live to remember the reception we always have in this palace.” The chairman added.

He also assures his royal father that when he needs our support, we are ready to be available for your royal highness. He also sympathizes with the palace with the recent accident that just happened in Fika, as well as the recent accident that just happened in the same schools within the emirate.

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Nigeria Commiserates with Tanzania Over the Pssing of Former President Ali Hassan Nwinyi

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Nigeria Commiserates with Tanzania Over the Pssing of Former President Ali Hassan Nwinyi

By: Michael Mike

The Federal Government of Nigeria has commiserated with the Government and People of the United Republic of Tanzania over the passing of former President Ali Hassan Mwinyi.

The former President died on Thursday. He would be remembered as
an African Elder Statesman, who was an astute and influential politician that contributed significantly to laying the foundation for Tanzania’s economic development.

A statement signed by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Francisca Omayuli on Friday said: “Nigeria stands with Tanzania in this period of grief. May the soul of the departed former President rest in peace and may God grant the bereaved family, the Government and the good people of the United Republic of Tanzania the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Nigeria Commiserates with Tanzania Over the Pssing of Former President Ali Hassan Nwinyi

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