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By KINGSLEY OMONOBI
ABUJA—The Joint Task Force, JTF, implementing the state of emergency imposed on Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, has arrested a medical doctor (names with-held) in Borno State, who is the medical consultant to the terrorist group. He is at the same time a consultant with the World Health Organization (WHO).
Vanguard gathered from reliable security sources that the arrest of the medical doctor followed a tip-off that the terrorists had a well organized mobile medical facility with which wounded insurgents are treated.
The international connection of the medical doctor was, however, brought to the fore when suddenly, the international human rights watch dog, Amnesty International, sent its officials to investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the supposedly WHO consultant.
“In fact, what gave him out was his suit case containing sophisticated medical equipment with which he provided diagnostic services to the terrorists”, the source said.
Disclosing how the doctor was arrested, the source said: “A truck suspected to be carrying insurgents and IEDS as well as other dangerous weapons was stopped at a check point but it sped off. Unknown to the truck’s driver and other occupants of the truck, there was another checkpoint which had been alerted of their coming. When the truck got to that checkpoint, the security operatives fired at it while the occupants ran into the bush.
“When the truck was searched, various types of IEDS, AK 47 rifles and other bomb-making materials were found. Also found was a suit case containing medical equipment. After some time, when the doctor felt the Special Forces had left, he came back to retrieve his suit case but was ambushed and arrested”.
The source added that “immediately the doctor was arrested, Amnesty International was calling the military authorities alleging that an innocent doctor has been arrested by the JTF forces and that he should be released because of his human rights, though the military authorities are not moved by their plea”.
There have been ethnic and religious tensions around the world, and in some cases have resulted to devastating wars. Examples of such tensions were found in the Former Yugoslavia, which disintegrated into seven countries vis- Slovenia, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Bosnia. We also have the post-Soviet states, also commonly known as the Former Soviet Union or Former Soviet Republics, are the 15 independent states that emerged from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in its dissolution in December 1991. The three Baltic states restored their independence on the basis of state continuity; while the remaining 12 republics are deemed to have seceded from the Soviet Union and are thus referred to as the Newly Independent States, viz Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Estonia; Georgia; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russia; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; Uzbekistan – (Wikipedia). Sudan is another example. Since gaining independence from Britain and Egypt in 1956, Sudan…
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In recent time, University of Lagos main campus, Akoka has witnessed series of road accidents, severe and minor, which had left many of the victims with various degrees of injuries and many still in the medical centre receiving treatments.
On the 18th June, 2013, a power bike ridden by a student of the institution ran into a jeep owned by a lecturer in front of the School Pharmaceutical Shop, this left the power bike in a state of complete disrepair and the rider lying in his own pool of blood.
Early in July, yet another accident along Distance learning Institute (DLI) road towards the second gate where a car hit a streetlight pole, due to this, the front part of the car was in completely destroyed beyond repair to an extent where the vehicle’s airbag pulled out to ensure safety of the driver.
Another occurred mid-July about 5am, a car driven by an unidentified man hits another car owned by a female student in front of New Hall in the school premises. In an attempt to escape, the man injured the lady but was later arrested, thanks to the security operatives of the school who radioed their men at the gates leading out of the school and consequently shutting down every escape route.
The latest of these accidents, is the one that happened at the school gate in the afternoon of Friday, the 26th day of July, 2013, a car entering the campus ran off its lane hitting a signboard firmly rooted to the concrete demarcating the two-lane road of the University.
These raise a lot of questions as to the nuisance power bikes and it riders generally constitute to the campus with their over speeding and the disturbing noises caused by the power bikes, although commercial motorcycle is prohibited on campus but permitted for non commercial use.
Also, In Akoka, there is no speed limit caution anywhere order than the bump, the management installed on the road to curtail over speeding. There are little or no traffic signs on the roads except for the Zebra crossing which some motorists ignore.
In a two-lane road, not a highway, one wonders why we continue to have an average of one accident per week in an academic environment, an indication that work needs to be done in checking over speeding, drunk driving, security checking and ensuring compliance to traffic rules by the motorist plying the campus roads.