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NAPTIP Arraigns Abuja Hospital and Its Four Staff for Organ Harvesting

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By: Michael Mike

An Abuja based private hospital, Alliance Hospital and Service Ltd and four of its staff have been arraigned National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, (NAPTIP) on an 11-count charge bordering on alleged involvement in organ harvesting

They were all charged in contravention of Section 20 (3), of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition), Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.

Reading their charge at their arraignment on Monday, Justice Keziah Ogbonnaya of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, said that between February and May of 2023, the accused allegedly played a part in the harvesting of the kidneys of three young males including two minors.

In their plea, the defendants, Emmanuel Muyiwa Olorunlaye, Chikaodili Ugochukwu, Dr Christopher Otabor, Dr Aremu Abayomi, and Alliance Hospital pleaded not guilty to the 11-count charge preferred against them.

Upon taking their plea, the trial judge, Keziah Ogbonnaya, granted the defendants bail ahead of commencement of trial on May 6th.

Among the bail conditions is that all four defendants report at the Abuja office of NAPTIP daily from Tuesday 19th March, except on days of hearing of the matter. They are also ordered to deposit their travel documents.

Counsel for NAPTIP and Director Legal and Prosecution, NAPTIP, Hassan Tahir did not opposed the defendants bail application by their counsels, he however, prayed the court for accelerated hearing to lay the matter to rest, a prayer which the judge granted.

Tahir, who later spoke to journalists, said: “Everybody is entitled to bail and it is a bailable offence so we don’t want to waste time opposing bail, it will be unnecessary for us to waste time opposing bail.”

He added that: “We have filed an 11 count charge against the defendants including the hospital and their plea has been taken and the matter has been adjourned to another date which is 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th so we applied for accelerated, hearing and the court graciously granted that application.”

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Nigeria, Niger Joint Military Operation Neutralizes several fleeing Boko Haram in Borno

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Nigeria, Niger Joint Military Operation Neutralizes several fleeing Boko Haram in Borno

By: Zagazola Makama

The Air Force Component of Operation Hadin Kai in collaboration with the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Sector 4 Niger Republic, in a decisive operation, neutralized scores of fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in Arege in Abadam LGA,in Borno State.

The terrorists were chased from Niger Republic after attacking a military unit ONAHA Lada in the Province of Diffa, and injuring four SDFS.

Intelligence sources told Zagazola Makama, that the raid followed confirmatory Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions which established that a large numbers of the fleeing terrorists were crossing into Nigeria from Niger republic.

The attack aircraft dispatched by the ATF to engage the location recorded accurate hits within the target area, resulting in the obliteration of several insurgents.

There was no love lost between Nigeria and Niger republic as this was the fourth time the country was coordinating a joint Operation to neutralized Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists harboring within shores of the Lake Chad basin.

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FG to revamp orphanages in FCT

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By: Michael Mike

The Federal Government has announced its plans to revamp orphanages in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), elevating them to international standards.

The Mandate Secretary of FCT Women Affairs Secretariat, Hon. Adedayo Benjamins-Laniyi, stated this at an event in Abuja held to commemorate the International Orphanage Day at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), The Lord’s Place Parish, in Abuja, entitled; “The Balm in Gilead’.

She said: “In a bid to provide specialised care and support for children in vulnerable situations, particularly those with disabilities, the Secretariat has launched a comprehensive initiative. The project aims to redefine and upscale the services provided by orphanages across the FCT.”

Key components of the initiative include a thorough review of existing orphanages by a ministerial committee, focusing on recertification and adoption processes within the city. A dedicated committee has been tasked with conducting on-site inspections of certified orphanages under the FCT Secretariat.

She said, “The overarching goal of the initiative is to revamp interventions related to child protection and combating violence against children. This includes efforts to align local laws with international standards, particularly those outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The initiative seeks to enhance institutional reforms within the FCT administration, prioritizing sectors such as education, health, nutrition, and socioeconomic development. The aim is to establish a new standard of engagement between government entities and NGOs operating in the realm of child welfare”, she explained.

Through these concerted efforts, the FCT aims to provide a more supportive and nurturing environment for orphaned children, ensuring their rights and well-being are safeguarded effectively.

Funke Olorungbami, who was the convener of the event and the founder of Hospital, Orphanage and Prison Evangelism-HOPE Ministry said the event is also targeted at creating awareness for the need for Nigerians to be more deliberate in their show of love to the orphans in the country especially emotionally.

While commending the caregivers and managers of orphanage homes, she urged the government to show more empathy for the children and promote policies that would help upgrade their standard of living.

“Today we have medical awareness, we have a healing therapy for the children and Bible distribution for them because we believe the word of God does a better cleansing”, she said.

The Pastor of the Lord’s Place Parish, RCCG, Wuse 2, Pastor Ola Omosebi, stressed the need to continually project hope to children in orphanages across the country so they could have a sense of belonging.

“Being in those orphanage homes alone is secluded. These children need exposure and it’s okay for us to have gatherings like this where they will socialise”, he added.

In her remarks, the Director and founder of Facado Orphanage, Mrs Ngozi Judge,, lamented poor funding for the orphanage homes. She urged government and charitable Nigerians to help support the welfare of children in orphanage homes.

“People donate food stuff like rice and beans but that’s not enough to make a meal. When we go to the market, the high cost of things makes it very difficult for us to get enough. We need support in their education, feeding and health,” she added.

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FG to revamp orphanages in FCT

By: Michael Mike

The Federal Government has announced its plans to revamp orphanages in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), elevating them to international standards.

The Mandate Secretary of FCT Women Affairs Secretariat, Hon. Adedayo Benjamins-Laniyi, stated this at an event in Abuja held to commemorate the International Orphanage Day at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), The Lord’s Place Parish, in Abuja, entitled; “The Balm in Gilead’.

She said: “In a bid to provide specialised care and support for children in vulnerable situations, particularly those with disabilities, the Secretariat has launched a comprehensive initiative. The project aims to redefine and upscale the services provided by orphanages across the FCT.”

Key components of the initiative include a thorough review of existing orphanages by a ministerial committee, focusing on recertification and adoption processes within the city. A dedicated committee has been tasked with conducting on-site inspections of certified orphanages under the FCT Secretariat.

She said, “The overarching goal of the initiative is to revamp interventions related to child protection and combating violence against children. This includes efforts to align local laws with international standards, particularly those outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The initiative seeks to enhance institutional reforms within the FCT administration, prioritizing sectors such as education, health, nutrition, and socioeconomic development. The aim is to establish a new standard of engagement between government entities and NGOs operating in the realm of child welfare”, she explained.

Through these concerted efforts, the FCT aims to provide a more supportive and nurturing environment for orphaned children, ensuring their rights and well-being are safeguarded effectively.

Funke Olorungbami, who was the convener of the event and the founder of Hospital, Orphanage and Prison Evangelism-HOPE Ministry said the event is also targeted at creating awareness for the need for Nigerians to be more deliberate in their show of love to the orphans in the country especially emotionally.

While commending the caregivers and managers of orphanage homes, she urged the government to show more empathy for the children and promote policies that would help upgrade their standard of living.

“Today we have medical awareness, we have a healing therapy for the children and Bible distribution for them because we believe the word of God does a better cleansing”, she said.

The Pastor of the Lord’s Place Parish, RCCG, Wuse 2, Pastor Ola Omosebi, stressed the need to continually project hope to children in orphanages across the country so they could have a sense of belonging.

“Being in those orphanage homes alone is secluded. These children need exposure and it’s okay for us to have gatherings like this where they will socialise”, he added.

In her remarks, the Director and founder of Facado Orphanage, Mrs Ngozi Judge,, lamented poor funding for the orphanage homes. She urged government and charitable Nigerians to help support the welfare of children in orphanage homes.

“People donate food stuff like rice and beans but that’s not enough to make a meal. When we go to the market, the high cost of things makes it very difficult for us to get enough. We need support in their education, feeding and health,” she added.

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