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UK Jails Nigerian Doctor Over Forged Age, Killing Mum Of Three

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A court in the United Kingdom has jailed octogenarian Nigerian doctor, Isyaka Mamman, for killing a mother-of-three after botching a bone marrow biopsy and piercing her heart during a routine appointment.
Mamman of Cumberland Drive, Royton, was yesterday, sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to three years imprisonment after pleading guilty, at an earlier hearing.
He admitted to the manslaughter by gross negligence of one of his patients, Shahida Parveen, 48, who died during the treatment at Royal Oldham Hospital in 2018.
Mamman, now 85, gave no reaction as he was jailed, but his family wept in the public gallery at the court.
Mamman was 81 at the time of the medical incident.
The doctor had already been suspended for lying about his age – and colleagues thought he should be retired after botching similar procedures, leaving a patient permanently disabled, before the fatal incident.
The Nigerian-born medic, aged 81 at the time, carried out the ‘highly dangerous’ procedure using the wrong needle and inserted it in the wrong place, piercing her heart sac.
The 48-year-old and her husband had asked Mamman to abort the treatment but he persisted, and she died later the same day in September, 2018.
Following her death, a consultant provided an expert opinion to the police that the procedure had been inappropriately and incompetently performed.
Passing sentence, Mrs Justice Yip criticised both the defendant and the hospital trust that employed him, saying there was a ‘troubling background’ to the case with the doctor’s age and two prior critical incidents in 2015.
She said: ‘It is hard to understand why these incidents did not lead to your retirement.
‘Equally it is difficult to see why the trust did not do more and why you were allowed to continue to work. Sadly, there were failings in the system.
‘It is very sad to see a long career in medicine end in such dreadful circumstances.’
Earlier, the court heard that Ms Parveen had gone to the hospital with her husband, Khizar Mahmood, for investigations into possible myeloproliferative disorder.
A bone marrow biopsy had been advised and the routine procedure was allocated to Mamman, working as a specialty doctor in haematology, Andrew Thomas QC, prosecuting, told the hearing.
Normally, bone marrow samples are taken from the hip bone but Mamman failed to obtain a sample at the first attempt.
Instead he attempted a rare and ‘highly dangerous’ procedure of getting a sample from the patient’s sternum – despite her and her husband’s objections.
Mamman, using the wrong biopsy needle, missed the bone and pierced her pericardium, the sac containing the heart, causing massive internal bleeding.
Ms Parveen lost consciousness as soon as the needle was inserted, with her husband running from the room shouting: “He killed her.
“I told him to stop three times and he did not listen. He killed her.”
Mamman qualified as a doctor in Nigeria in 1965 and had worked in the UK since 1991.
From 2004 until the time of the fatal incident, he was employed by the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
But his ‘true age’ is a matter of ‘controversy’, the court heard, as his birthplace in rural Nigeria had no system of birth registration.
During his medical training he gave a date of birth of September 16, 1936, which meant that he was 21 when he began his medical training and 81 at the time of the fatal hospital incident.
But he knocked years off his age by adopting a birth date in 1941, provided to the NHS, suggesting he began his medical degree at the age of 16.
However, in about 2001 and approaching what was then the compulsory retirement age of 65, Mamman adopted an even later birth date – October, 1947 – which he relied upon in an application for naturalisation as a British citizen – suggesting he started his degree course at the age of 10.
In 2004, he was found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council (GMC) and suspended for 12 months for lying about his age.
The Pennine Trust sacked him but then re-employed him in 2006, after he had been restored to the register by the GMC, who accepted his date of birth to be 1943 – which meant he was 14 or 15 when he began his medical degree.
He had left his previous employment with the Medway Trust because of ‘poor performance’, and in 2015 a formal complaint was made to the Oldham hospital when a patient complained that he had used ‘excessive force’ during a bone marrow biopsy.
The patient was told that Mamman was in his 70s and his colleagues thought he should retire but they could not dismiss him purely because of his age.
She was assured he would be put on light duties in future.
However, the same year there was another clinical incident which resulted in serious injury to another patient, again during a bone marrow biopsy and again involving a needle being inserted in the wrong place.
The patient survived but has been left permanently disabled.

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We Work With Police To Ensure Security – OSPAC Commander

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Rukpokwu local vigilante called OSPAC, says it is working with the police to ensure safety of citizens
The Commander, Mr Worlu Chigor, stated this while on routine patrol yesterday at Eliokpokpodu
Worlu restated the determination of the local vigilante to ensure peaceful atmosphere in the area
He noted that the sanity for which OSPAC is known remained their watchword.
Rukpokwu Market Ospac said although the task before them had never been an easy one, with support and cooperation, of the people, every challenge is surmountable.’
Mr, Worlu appealed for logistics which he described as the bane of their operation and appreciated the Community Development Chairman, Prince Sunny Wopara, for his immense support.
He warned criminals to stay clear of Rukpokwu as the area can never be a hiding place them
Worlu however urged residents of the area to report any suspicious movement to them for prompt action
He said criminals caught had been handed over to the police for necessary action.

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Auto Accident Claims One In PH

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The Rivers State Police Command has called on members of the public whose relations are missing to visit it with a view to identifying for the body of a young man allegedly knocked down by a car on the 11 of may 2022.
The was contained in a press release by the Traffic officer state traffic division, Nigeria police port Harcourt, CSP Christian Cyril.
Eyewitness account informed the Tide that the deceased whose identity remains unknown was allegedly knocked down by a car along the Elimgbu junction in Obio/Akpor local government area.
According to the account the deceased in an attempt to dodge a tricycle jumped on top of the bonnet of a car and was knocked down.
The deceased whose identity was unknown was said to have died instantly.
The driver of the vehicle was said to have carried the deceased body to the Elimgbu police station.
The Tide also learns that since the incident no member of the public had come out to claim his body.
According to the press release, “today 11/05/2022 at about 153hrs a case of fatal motor accident transferred from Elimgbu Divisional police headquarters Rumuewhara farm road Port Harcourt received and referred for investigation”
The release said the driver of the vehicle reported that he knocked down a male pedestrian name and address and relatives unknown while crossing the road..
It said the victim died at the spot as a result of the accident.

By: John Bibor

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Man Stabs Mother Of Six In Philadelphia

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A man stabbed a mother-of-six to death in a minivan, according to cops in Philadelphia. Victim Ashley Lockhart, 32, had taken out a protective order against defendant Raymond Thompson, 34, authorities said in local news reports.
“This particular victim obviously did the right thing,” Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Chief of Homicide Joanne Pescatore said of the protective order in a press conference, according to Philadelphia CBS affiliate KYW-TV. “For some reason, she was back with this man in that particular van. I don’t know the circumstances of that; I don’t know why that was. But sadly enough she is not going to be here to tell us what happened.”
“As men we’re supposed to be out here protecting our women, not abusing them.” Mother of 6 Ashley Lockhart was found stabbed to death inside a van in West Philadelphia. Police say her fiancé, who had a restraining order against him, has been arrested.
Police say Ashley Lockhart – a mother of six little girls she called her ‘6 Charms’ – was brutally stabbed to death by her finance – Raymond Thompson. Lockhart had a protection order against him. She’s the latest victim in a spike of violence against women
Surveillance footage reportedly showed Thompson leaving a Honda Odyssey from the 5300 block of Chestnut Street on Saturday morning. Lockhart was allegedly a passenger in the minivan. Thompson allegedly went to a convenience store, returned to the vehicle, and attacked Lockhart.
“Extremely sad, and very, very troubling,” Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said of Lockhart’s death, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Lockhart was found in the passenger seat of the minivan. She had sustained stab wounds to her neck and arms, and she was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities in a WPVI report.
The alleged motive: jealousy. Thompson told detectives he stabbed Lockhart because he thought she had cheated on him, according to law enforcement sources cited in the Philadelphia Inquirer report. He reportedly said he took a train to the Kensington neighborhood, used heroin, and called the cops to turn himself in.
Thompson is being held without bail on charges of murder and possessing instruments of crime. He reportedly has prior convictions for drug offenses. Those charges are said to include pleading guilty to resisting arrest after authorities said he wrenched himself from cops during an arrest in a drug case. He also is said to have jumped onto railroad tracks to try to escape.
Friends and family reportedly gathered at the scene of the crime with white and green balloons — Lockhart’s favorite colors.
34-year-old Ashley Lockhart, a mother of six, was brutally stabbed to death by a man she was in a relationship with. Police say she had a protection order against him. 34-year-old Raymond Thompson is in custody charged with her murder. Families are raising money for her girls.

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