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Medical doctor clubs colleague in midnight squabble

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By: Bodunrin Kayode

They started the day peacefully as a team in Damboa a sleepy council head quarters community located about 89km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital north east Nigeria. No one suspected that tragedy was lurking behind the corner before the usual long night creeps into the compound of Medecins Du Monde (MDM). MDM is a French non governmental organization (NGO) which is involved in medical support to residents in Damboa and of course resident internally displaced people (IDPs). They have their headquarters in Maiduguri. Eleven of the staff of MDM including two security guards live and work inside the MDM guest house compound in Damboa. There was no sign of tension before the end of that working day even in their nearby clinic were the aggressor Dr James Korinjo works with his colleague Dr Francis Akume.

Just about 11.30 pm, on that 17th March, trouble started. Dr James Korinjo who started work with MDM in December 2023 knocked and entered the room of his colleague Dr Francis Akume. Instead of his trade mark stethoscope, he was armed with a knife, screw driver and surgical scissors in his hand obviously to unleash harm. He locked the door behind him and started intimidating his colleague Francis to comply to his devilish demands or prepare for deadly repercussions.
After demanding for the android phone of his colleague Francis, he started a strange live broadcast on Facebook with the phone when he was sure he had gotten him cornered and can film him effectively. Francis a tall lanky young fellow had no choice but to comply at the wrongs done to him because James Korinjo was obviously angry and wanted a revenge over some unexplained bottled up issues with his colleagues as related in the live broadcast made available to this reporter.

Till today, no one can assess the mental status of the strange behavior of this doctor. Even if he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), nobody has been able to ascertain. There has been several cases of PTSD among military and non governmental organizations within the war theatre of operations Hadin Kai especially at Damboa. But the behavior of James Korinjo believed to be normal was outright unprofessional and if not that Dr Francis had to dodge some of the hits from the weapons in his hand, he would be a dead man by now.

Hear Dr Francis: ” After instructing me to sit on the bed under duress, Korinjo accused us of poisoning him. He also said we connived with the military to do all manner of harm to him which i don’t understand. He started a live video recording and forced me to say all manner of things i never did into his recording. He virtually forced me to say what i didn’t do and i was helpless in the circumstance. He said i was a small boy but i was making him look small in the organization. He also said that from the coordinator to the field coordinator, we planned to kill him. He actually used my phone for the live broadcast to make people believe it was real and it was done with my approval. Meanwhile i was sitting on the lower side on the bed helplessly watching what next he will do.

” While we were going through the struggle between life and death in my room, Judith Peter our sexual and reproductive health officer came by the window to find out what was going on. She called my name, Francis what is going on? I couldn’t help myself because he was facing me with the weapons i mentioned. So she yelled at James to stop his assault on me which i kept dodging to stay alive. But James would not bulge. And when the entire compound were at the scene and saw that he was adamant, they pounced on the door to my room and brought it down to free me from his hands before he landed the last stab which was meant to kill me.

“Saminu Lewi our data man was one of those who rushed in to disarm him and free me. Sadly in the process he got hit by one of the weapons he was holding. He was badly afflicted with a cut on his head and chest and he too had to be given medical treatment at the Damboa military base to stop his bleeding. He also attended the UMTH for further treatment and is recuperating now.

Assault on Augustine Sharah with a wrench

Meanwhile the head of the MDM in Damboa, Augustine Sharah in a bid to ensure his staff were safe was moving from one room to the other to check his people. And to ensure that another scenario is not playing in another room without them knowing. While going around, he did not know that James was lurking in the corner and targeting him too for an attack. And before he could turn to see who was trailing him, he was hit on the left side of his head by a massive wrench which dealt a nasty blow on him bringing him down unconscious. He said he was told the moment James injured him, the policemen and CJTF were summoned to the compound. The rest of the occupants hibernated to somewhere else and the gate to the house was locked so he couldn’t escape. His arrest was made in the morning. They (policemen and CJTF) kept vigilance all through the night to ensure he doesn’t escape.

According to the medical report, he had “severe traumatic injury, multiple fracture on the scull, sinusitis that resulted in blood oozing out from his nose and mouth, cerebral contusion and oedema/haemorrhage.

After Augustine lost consciousness he was rushed to the nearby military base for urgent first aid to bring him back to life. “The military guys did their best but suggested that his case must be taken to the UMTH as fast as possible to bring him back to consciousness.” Days after being revived at the UMTH, Augustine managed to compose himself and sat down for a long chat with this reporter.

His words: “I became unconscious after the blow on my head by that heavy equipment from James Korinjo. Actually, to answer your question on how those stuffs got to our compound, i can tell you right away that there is no department of works with us. But there was maintenance work that was done in the compound last year and some tools were bought by the organization to help out. I suppose that’s were he got the adjustable spanner (wrench) which he had access to assault me. I was obviously taken to UMTH the following day which was 18th March and i stayed there till 10th of April 2024. I went back for follow up on 8/05/2024. That will determine the next course of action. Meaning if i will be taken to Abuja for superior treatment or abroad to bring back my slurred speech. I was a normal man well coordinated in speech before this attack but now i struggle to express myself. On your question on treatment abroad, the MDM has not discussed taking me abroad yet. This was something we thought was going to happen from the beginning but it didn’t happen. However, they have been talking about seeking other specialist opinion in Abuja.”

Tormenting ordeal at the UMTH

While Augustine was at the UMTH, his wife said they were psychologically harassed by friends and agents of James Korinjo who came in on the 25th of March in the name of checking on him. One Meshelia claiming to be a medical personnel putting on a lab coat came to check on him and left.
But on the 23rd of March, three people who claimed to be family members of James Korinjo barged on him and verbally assaulted Augustine in the presence of his wife accusing him of wanting to punish James for nothing. They accused the wounded man managing to reciprocate on his sick bed of pretending to be ill. After James has inflicted so much harm on him with many witnesses around in Damboa yet they said he was well but pretending to be ill. The friends went ahead to harass him by barging in on him while he was eating and recuperating inside the amenities ward and even snapping his pictures without his permission. They committed a lot of dangerous and unethical atrocities on a patient that should have his privacy even after being moved from the “trauma centre” to the amenities where he was entitled to privacy. Imagine a patient suffering from Dysarthria or -slurred speech due to traumatic brain injury following the assault on his head going through such ordeal based on the directive of Korinjo’s mother who came to town desperately to free her son then in police custody. They sneaked in beating the security of UMTH to harass him consistently. Augustine was however released to go home on the 10th of April and has been taking medications awaiting further verdict of the doctors based on progress he has been making.

On Saminu the second staff assaulted by Korinjo, he was not admitted into the teaching hospital but he was released same day. He kept going for wounded dressing and injections from 18/03/24 to 22/03/24. His stitches were removed on that 22/03/24 and he is alive and stable for now.

Korinjo desperate petition and reaction of the police spokesman

As at the time of writing this report, Dr korinjo was said to have jumped bail and escaped from maiduguri with the help of his mother. He was said to have informed close friends that he was going off to jos to seek for medical treatment. One wonders which treatment he is looking for having written a libelous petition to the Police inspector General alleging bad treatment in the custody of the Borno State Command. Nobody seems to be aware of his exact location now after jumping bail. And nobody is aware if Dr Korinjo was suspended or sacked for bad behavior by MDM known for extreme secrecy in their operations in Borno. Even the head of the Damboa centre doesn’t know his whereabout as at the time of writing this report.
“I have no access to official decisions. I have not been consulted about such. Since the incident I have been focused on recovering.” said head of centre Augustine. After the misdemeanor of Korinjo, a case was filed on the 19th of April against him. The case file is yet to be awarded to a judge as at the time this reporter visited the ministry of justice. But there is assurance that the case will soon come up at least for mention.
Attempts to get the investigating police officer (IPO) Yakubu Gadzama to speak on the matter was turned down. But the police spokesman Nahum Daso an Assistant superintendent of police confirmed that Korinjo has indeed jumped bail. This is because he did not show up according to the bail conditions the police gave to him. He however assured that the Police are on top of the matter as expected. He frowned at the massive bad campaign against the command by the family of Korinjo who are trying to run away from the reality. As at the time of filing this report, Korinjo’s family through his mother who visited Maiduguri was said to have directed their lawyer to file another counter case in Abuja against the Nigerian police and Augustine. The filed suit was served on them on the 19th of last month by one Hassan Bemdo esq.

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NDLEA smashes 2 drug cartels, recovers multi-billion-naira cocaine, fentanyl consignments

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By: Michael Mike

A married couple cocaine trafficking cartel has been smashed by the operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

A statement on Tuesday by the spokesman of the anti-narcotics agency, Femi Babafemi said multi-billion-naira worth of illicit drug were recovered in two major operations following the arrest of Bolanle Dauda and Olayinka Dauda, the kingpin and the queen of the cartel.

He revealed that the intelligence led operations led to the smashing of the cartel which scope of operations spread across Lagos and Ogun States.

He disclosed that the duo were arrested last Saturday by operatives of a special operation unit in NDLEA with the support of Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States at Ibiye, along Lagos-Badagry expressway while attempting to cross the land border to deliver the consignment in Ghana.

He said at the point of their arrest, 42 blocks of the Class A drug weighing 47.5 kilogrammes were found on them, adding that a swift follow up operation in their residence at Plot 24/25 OPIC extension, Petedo road, Agbara, Ogun state, led to the recovery of additional eight blocks of the same drug weighing 10 kilogrammes, bringing the total weight of the cocaine seized from the couple to 57.5 kilogrammes.

Babafemi said in another raid by the special operation unit, no fewer than 1,100 ampoules of lethal synthetic opioid, fentanyl, weighing 6.48 kilogrammes were recovered from a member of a drug trafficking syndicate, 34-year-old Ikeh Ifeanyi at the popular Idumota market in Lagos Island.

He said no less than 790 ampoules of the dangerous opioid weighing 5.273 kilogrammes were equally seized from another member of the fentanyl syndicate, 48-year-old Chieze Benjamin who was also arrested at Idumota market. He noted that fentanyl, a lethal synthetic opioid, which is 100 times more potent than heroin is currently responsible for over 70% overdose deaths as well as a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the United States.

Babafemi disclosed that two other persons: Olayiwola Kazeem, 37, and Ogunfowora Ajibola, 35, were arrested on Lagos Island in a different raid by NDLEA officers with 432 grammes of methamphetamine recovered from them.

He said at the Tincan port in Lagos, NDLEA operatives last Saturday intercepted 15 parcels of Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis weighing 7.5 kilogrammes concealed in the doors and body crevices of a Toyota Highlander SUV in a container marked MSMU 7294325, which was declared as containing three units of used vehicles including the Toyota Highlander originated from Toronto and shipped to Nigeria via Montreal, Canada.

H noted that a swift follow up operation led to the arrest of two suspects: Sunday Sodade and Oriyomi Adesina, who were to receive the vehicle and the drug consignment, adding that a bribe of six million naira offered NDLEA officers by the sender of the container based in Canada through his agent has also been registered as exhibit for the prosecution of the case.

Reacting to the arrest of the drug kingpins and the seizure of the dangerous illicit drugs, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig Gen Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of the special operation unit for their resilience in targeting and taking down drug cartels and barons. He equally praised the result-oriented collaboration between NDLEA and its local and international partners, urging all commands and formations of the agency to remain unrelenting in their offensive action against the drug underworld.

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Troops Arrest 8 Cameroonian Rebels Fuel Suppliers

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By: Zagazola Makama 

Troops of the 6 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Jalingo, Taraba State have arrested eight persons suspected to be supplying fuel to the Ambazonia rebels of Cameroon Republic unleashing terror on parts of the neighboring Francophone country.

Intelligence sources told Zagazola Makama, a Counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad region that those arrested are: Jafaru Adamu, 32; Auwal Haruna, 34; Umar Dahiru (no age stated); Mubaraka Abdullahi, 20; Saidu Musa, 26; Bashiru Ibrahim, 18; Danlami Yahuza, 19; and Abubakar Abdullahi 19.

They were arrested by the troops on Friday, May 24 at the Nigeria/Cameroon border Kurmi market on their way to Obong in Cameroon Republic through Kurmin Baisa road, Takum LGA, Taraba State in three J5 vehicles carrying 605 Jerry cans containing 40 litres of fuel each, at the cost of N800 per litre, totalling 24, 200 litres, with a total cost of N19, 360,000.00.

On interrogation, they confessed to the crime of smuggling and selling fuel to the Ambazinia rebels who have been banned from entering Nigeria for direct purchase of fuel legally.

During preliminary investigation, they revealed the names of other members of their syndicate as: Alhaji Abdulmumin; Rabilu Zubairu; Sule Abong; and Mark Akawu, the chairman of the syndicate. 

The arrested suspects are in the custody of the 6 Brigade for discreet investigations and necessary action.

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Yobe: Police warns public property vandals to desist or face the wrath of the law

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Yobe State Police Command has placed security surveillance measures around public properties, especially electricity power distribution cables around the state.This is akin to numinous reports of vandalization of electricity power transformers distribution cables and other important edifice.

The Command succeeded and arrested one of the notorious Vandals who specialised in vandalization of electricity power distribution transformers cables in Damaturu and other nearby towns.

Thus, on 16 May 2024, at about 1300hrs personnel, of C Divisional Police Headquarters, intercepted One Saminu Garba aged, 23 years old, of Maiduguri Borno State. The suspect was arrested among two other syndicate members who evaded arrest and fled. The command has begun a swift chase to arrest them soon. The suspects, were namely : Audu Ismail and Abba Mohammed of the same state. The suspect confessed to having vandalized an electricity transformer situated at the state low-cost via Gujba Road , Damaturu. In the midnight of 16th May 2024

The Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Ahmed, warned perpetrators to desist or face the full wrath of the law while reiterating the commitment of the command relentless efforts towards untoward criminal activities in the state. However, he urges good members of the public to report suspicious activities of such types of miscreants to the nearest police station, and those who buy stolen vandalized properties stiffer sanctions will be meted out on them accordingly.

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