About 1.05 million Nigerians are likely to be diabetic, a non-communicable disease survey carried out recently has revealed.
According to Dr Sonny Chimenye, President of Diabetics Association of Nigeria (DAN) who carried out the survey only about 225,000 are aware of their conditions while 198,000 are currently on treatment.
The president an endocrinologist, who disclosed this to The Tide yesterday said that the above figures are likely to be more as Nigerians below the age of 15 were not included during the survey.
He noted that results were not available for Ogun, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States due to technical and logistics reasons and so were not included in the report.
Chimenye, who described diabetes as a condition primarily defined by the level of hyperglycemia which gives rise to risk of microvascular damage said that it is associated with reduced life expectancy and significant morbidity due to specific diabetes related complications.
In Nigeria, which is the largest country in sub-Sahara Africa, diabetes is the commonest endocrine-metabolic disorder, similar to the experience in many other parts of the world”, he said.
As part of efforts to cure diabetes, Dr Chimenye advised the public to ignore claims by unorthodox health practitioners in Nigeria that they can cure the illness, noting that such claims are “dubious and misleading, unsubstantiated and has led to the death of many Nigerians”.
He further stated that early diagnosis, prevention of short-term and long-term morbidities, promotion of self care practices and empowerment of people with diabetes can only improve the quality of life and productivity of people with diabetes in the country.
“Diabetes mellitus has a serious health, social and economic impact and concerted efforts will be needed to manage the projected global explosion in the prevalence of diabetes, particularly in developing countries”, he stressed.
Group Flays Bayelsa Over Anti-Grazing Law Committee
A group,the Bayelsa State Community Development Committee Chairmen Association, (BYCDCCA), has alleged that the state government has denied them membership of the newly constituted anti-grazing committee.
Speaking to newsmen in Yenagoa, the President of BYCDCCA and CDC Chairman, Otuabula 2 Community of Ogbia Council Area of the state, Chief Koto Omiloli said the association was unaware of the existence of any such committee in the state.
He regretted that upon the roles CDCs play in nation building, the state government had decided to treat them with disdain when selecting membership for the anti-grazing implementation committee.
Omiloli noted that the association was rather taken unawares as they only heard from sources that the government in a bid to curb herders,farmers row in the state had made and since assented to a law regulating the breeding and rearing of livestocks in the state,let alone being informed of inaugurating a committee on it.
He hinted that as Community Development Committee chairmen, they were in much better position to know the owners of farm lands, the forests of the various communities of the state and how to deploy community based security architecture to unravel the cause as well as prevent herders, farmers’ problems.
“Look at what happened recently in Otuoke? Was it not the community’s CDC and leadership that was first hinted of the assault on the victim?”
“As a body, our members cut across all the communities of the state. We’ve our state Secretariat here in Yenagoa, the state capital and the government we thought was supposed to have invited us to the public hearing before even the passage and giving of assent to the law”, he added.
“We’re unaware of the existence of a committee to that effect until just recently. They would’ve added at least a member or two of our state exco in the committee”, Omiloli noted.
He reiterated their continuous support to the government in maintaining the peace in the rural areas, saying the CDC chairmen association which was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission was not leaving any stone unturned in assisting the government in ensuring orderliness, and tranquility in the entire state.
It would be recalled that the Bayelsa State Government had in the wake of herders, farmers attacks sent a bill to the state Assembly which has since been passed into law and assented to by Governor Douye Diri who also has constituted an implementation committee.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
EFCC Arrests Ex-A’Ibom Attorney-General
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested Uwemedimo Nwoko, a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Akwa Ibom State.
He was arrested on Tuesday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, sources familiar with the matter said.
When contacted, the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest.
“Yes, the story is true. He (Mr Nwoko) has been arrested,” Mr Uwujaren said.
Asked for further details about the arrest, he said, “I do not have information on that.”
The EFCC had named Mr Nwoko as an accomplice in the alleged N1.4 billion money laundering charges filed against Paul Usoro, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), at the Federal High Court in Abuja in 2018.
The anti-graft agency alleged in the charges that Mr Nwoko along with some other ex-officials of Akwa Ibom State government with whom Mr Usoro allegedly connived to lauder the money, was at large.
The EFCC had re-arraigned Mr Usoro, on 10 counts of the N1.4 billion fraud in March 2019 with the accomplices, including Mr Nwoko said to still be at large.
Those aside from Mr Nwoko said to be at large were the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Finance, Nsikan Nkan; Accountant-General of Akwa Ibom State, Mfon Udomah; and Margaret Ukpe.
In February, the EFCC closed its case against Mr Usoro after calling Idongesit Udom, a deputy manager at Zenith Bank, as its first witness and Abdulrahman Arabo, the investigating officer as its second and final witness.
After discharging the witness and closing its case, the defendant through his counsel, Effiong Effiong, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, told the court of the defendant’s intention to file a ‘no case’ submission.
The EFCC alleged that Mr Usoro, among others, conspired with others to convert N1.4 billion belonging to Akwa Ibom State Government, which sum they reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of unlawful activity.
The prosecution said the money was proceeds of criminal breach of trust which contravenes the provisions of section 15 (2), 15(3), and 18 (A) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011.
NSCDC Discovers Eight Decomposing Corpses In C’River
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said it discovered eight decomposed bodies on the outskirts of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria’s South-South, on Tuesday.
The civil defence spokesperson, Solomon Eremi, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Calabar.
Mr Eremi said that the stench from the decomposing bodies attracted the attention of passersby who traced the location of the valley and raised alarm.
“We sent out a Disaster Management and Recovery team to the area. They went there with armed men.
“They went round the entire place and saw eight decomposed corpses made up of a female and seven males. One was still very fresh.
“We don’t really know what happened. We got the information from passersby due to the stench that came from the area.
“As we speak, we cannot really tell what happened, whether they killed them and dumped them there, whether it was kidnappers or what, we can’t really tell for now until investigation is completed,” Mr Eremi said.
Cross River, like other states within Nigeria’s South-South and South-East regions, has been grappling with some security challenges, including kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery, and cult-related violence and killings.
The security challenges in the state have been complicated by a spate of deadly attacks on police officers lately.
Some unidentified gunmen on March 3 shot and killed two police officers in Obubra, central part of Cross River.
Earlier in February, four police officers were shot dead along the road in Calabar by some unidentified gunmen.
In a move to rid the state of crimes, the Cross River State Government recently set up a security outfit called Operation Akpakwu which is made up of the Nigerian Army, the police, and other security agencies.
The security outfit has been pulling down buildings, including hotels, linked to crimes in the state
In another development, gunmen have attacked the Ekori Police Station in Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer at the Cross River State Police Command, Igri Ewa, confirmed this on Monday.
He told newsmen in Calabar that gunmen suspected to be cultists had invaded the police station.
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