Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria has called on Nigerians to work concertedly towards the preventions of HIV infection.
The Rivers State Coordinator of the body, Mr. Dennis Otobo who stated this while speaking with The Tide in Port Harcourt yesterday regretted that scant attention was paid towards preventing the infection.
Mr. Otobo and his group, who were on courtesy visit to some places in Port Harcourt to mark The World’s AIDS Day, lamented the discrimination against the people living with HIV/AIDS, and pointed out that a large chunk of the fight against the infection was carried out by Non-Governmental Organisations.
He urged people to encourage those living with HIV rather than stigmatizing them.
According to him, the theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Zero New Infection, Zero Stigma, Zero Death.”
The coordinator noted that the theme was modified by the wife of the President, Mrs Patience Jonathan to “Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission.”
He noted that the elimination of Mother-to-Child transmission would foreclose the transmission of HIV to unborn children by HIV positive mothers.
Also speaking, Rev. Luke, one of the coordinators of the body, urged the Rivers State Government to remit funds towards the fight against HIV/AIDS.
He noted that the state had done much in the area of treatment but had paid little attention in the area of prevention.
Another person who spoke at the gathering, Kelechi Okorije also called on government to be concerned with the prevention of HIV/AIDS instead of restricting itself to the treatment of the infection.
She also called on government agencies to do more towards prevention of the disease and regretted that access to these agencies and ministries were not easy.
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Twitter Promoting Instability, Act Of Terrorism In Nigeria, FG Alleges
The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday, told the House of Representatives that the government decided to ban the operations of Twitter in Nigeria because it was promoting instability and act of terrorism in the country.
The minister, who spoke at a public hearing on the Twitter ban organised by a joint committee of the House, said despite repeated reminders, Twitter continued to provide separatist groups the platform to promote terrorism in the country.
He said the decision of the government was supported by the position of Section 45 of the 1999 Constitution, the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and also the Anti-Terrorism Act, among others.
He said the twitter also provided IPOB, an organization that was banned by the court in Nigeria the platform to spread hate news and ordering the killing of soldiers, policemen and burning public institutions.
On the issue of personal liberty, he explained that personal liberty can always be suspended when the rights of others is at stake.
Igangan: Court Orders Release Of Detained OPC Members After Three Months
The Chief Magistrate Court 2, Iyaganku, Ibadan, in the Oyo State capital, yesterday, ordered the release of three members of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), three months after their detention by the Oyo State Police Command.
The OPC members – Awodele Adedigba, Dauda Kazeem and Hassan Ramon – had been detained mid-March, 2021, after they arrested a suspected criminal reportedly from the Fulani ethnic stock, Iskilu Wakili.
Wakili had been accused of terrorising Igangan and other villages in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State.
The OPC had handed over Wakili to the Oyo State Police Command but the police subsequently detained three OPC members for allegedly burning down Wakili’s house and killing an unknown woman in the process.
However, the OPC and one of its leaders, Gani Adams, had said that the murder and arson allegations were false; adding that it immediately handed over Wakili and three of his accomplices to the police in Igboora after their arrest.
The three detainees, yesterday, appeared before the magistrates’ court, presided over by A.O. Amzat, and were discharged and acquitted after the state’s Directorate of Public Prosecutions failed to prove to the court that the OPC men were guilty as charged.
Counsel for the defendants, Akwarandu Adetoun, said that the magistrate struck out the case and ordered the release of the detainees.
The OPC Coordinator in Oyo State, Rotimi Olumo, also confirmed the release of his men in a chat with newsmen, yesterday.
Before Wakili’s arrest, farmers and residents of Igangan, Ayete, Kajola and neighbouring villages in Ibarapaland lived in perpetual fear of Wakili who was accused of displacing them from their farms, kidnapping their rich men and raping their women.
Igangan has been in the eye of the storm of late as marauding hoodlums carry out successive attacks on the rustic agrarian village, creating palpable panic and tension in residents of the area.
Earlier in June, no fewer than 17 persons were reportedly shot dead when hoodlums invaded the town on motorcycles around 11pm, and started killing and destroying property, which continued until around 3am the next day.
Buhari Names Six Ministers, Others To Resolve Twitter Impasse
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the Federal Government’s team to engage with Twitter over the recent suspension of its operations in Nigeria.
The approval was announced in a statement in Abuja, yesterday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who will chair the team.
The Federal Government’s team also comprises the Attorney-General of the Federation and Honourable Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN); Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; as well as other relevant government agencies.
Following the indefinite suspension of its operations in Nigeria, for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence, Twitter wrote to Buhari seeking to engage with the Federal Government over the suspension, with a view to charting a path forward.
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