Lagos Assembly passes N1.046tn budget for 2018

Lagos Assembly passes N1.046tn budget for 2018

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the state’s 2018 appropriation bill of N1,046tn into law.

The passage followed the adoption of the report and recommendations of the House Adhoc Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, headed by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu.

The house approved N347. 039bn as the total recurrent expenditure from the consolidated revenue fund.

It also approved N699. 082bn as the total capital expenditure from the development revenue fund for the year ending Dec. 31, 2018.

Yishawu, while presenting the committee’s report, said that efforts should be made to reduce the total overhead cost of the state.

The lawmakers, who took turns to commend the nine-man ad hoc committee for a job well done, however, called for quick consideration of the Private-Public Partnership (PPP) scheme.

Hon. Setonji David, the Acting Chairman, House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development said: “there are so many arrangements going on in PPP that the house does not know about’’.

The Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Muyiwa Jimoh, said that PPP should be on its own and not operate under any ministry.

The Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, also commended Yishawu and members of the committee for thorough scrutiny of the budget within a short time frame.

The House passed the bill after Obasa conducted a voice vote on each of the sectoral allocations for ministries, departments and agencies.

Obasa directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, to send a copy of the bill to Gov. Akinwnmi Ambode for his assent.

JSS 3 pupil allegedly kidnaps eight-year-old cousin, demands N40m ransom

JSS 3 pupil allegedly kidnaps eight-year-old cousin, demands N40m ransom

The Police on Wednesday arraigned a Junior Secondary School III pupil in a Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court, Abuja over the alleged kidnap of eight-year-old Innocent Sani, his cousin.

The prosecutor, Mr Kufreabasi Ebong, alleged that the defendant kidnapped Sani, his cousin on Dec. 18, 2017.
The prosecutor said that the defendant, 18-year-old Ebenezer Istifanus, demanded N40m ransom, but was paid N160,000.

He alleged that the defendant enticed the boy out of the lawful custody of his guardians without their consent.

He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 273 of the Penal Code.

Istifanus, however, denied committing the offence, adding that he was wrongly accused.

He said that he was a JSS3 pupil of Government Science School Wamba, Nasarawa State.

The defendant said that he was fixing electrical faults in the shop of a former neighbour when he was arrested by men of the Nigeria Police.

The magistrate, Mr Emenisi Ebiwari, described the case as ‘delicate’ since it “involves members of the same family”.

He ordered that the defendant be remanded in police custody and adjourned the case until Feb. 1, for further hearing.

(NAN)

Tears, tributes as Deji Tinubu is buried

Tears, tributes as Deji Tinubu is buried

Deji Tinubu

Llagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, his Ogun state counterpart Ibikunle Amosun and wife of Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo yesterday led thousands of friends, family members, colleagues and well-wishers to pay last respect to the late Deji Tinubu who passed on last Thursday.

At a well-attended lying-in-state and funeral service held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Victoria Island, Lagos, tributes, eulogies and tears poured in freely for Tinubu, who until his demise was the Special Adviser to Governor Ambode on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives.

Deji had slumped while playing a novelty football match with some members of the State Executive Council at the Jubilee Chalets in Epe.

Lagos State Government in a tribute in memory of Tinubu published in the funeral service brochure and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, described him as a great professional, who devoted time to the service of humanity.

“He was an engineer, but he was also an engineer of sports. He was both sports man and sports lover. But he was unforgettable as a sports administrator. Those who followed him knew him as a symbol of service to humanity.

“We had seen him enliven us on television screens and through radio waves. He was an enthusiast and an analyst. He probed the game and predicted. He pointed out weaknesses and strengths. He saw flair, he saw style, the celebrated goals. He delighted in them and infected all who listened or watched him with his full vigour and vitality about living,” the Lagos State Government said.

Speaking at the service, Amosun described the late Deji as a man who had a deep passion for football and sports in general.

“The last time I saw Deji was when he came to identify with Segun Odegbami’s 10th anniversary of his sports academy. Little did I know that Deji will answer the final call on January 25 which happened to be my birthday. Deji was full of life and had a deep passion for football,” Amosun said.

He commiserated with Governor Ambode and the State Government, adding that Deji’s call to glory was an act of God.

“God’s ways are not our ways, when it happens like this, we have to thank Him. With all what has been said about him clearly shows that we have to be thankful to God for his life in the 54 years he spent with us,”Amosun said.

Mrs. Osinbajo, who prayed for the family of the deceased, urged them to take comfort in God, while praying that God will sustain his wife and children.

In his sermon, Pastor in Charge of RCCG, City of David, Idowu Iluyomade said Deji was a quintessential gentleman and a pillar, who contributed in no small way in building the house of God.

“I have known Deji for 22 years. He was a giver and a lover of football. To the family, I want you to take solace in the fact that everyone of us will die or be raptured. Today we celebrate Deji because we know he’s in a better place. Nobody took his life, he died at the appointed time,” he said.

Taking his sermon from Isaiah 43 verse 2, Iluyomade urged the congregation to see Deji’s death as a reminder of the futility of life and the need to submit their lives to the almighty God.

Among the dignitaries present at the service include President, Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Peter Obi, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, Ovation publisher Chief Dele Momodu, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, members of the Lagos State Executive Council, Body of Permanent Secretaries, members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, sports aficionados, among others.

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What manner of third force?

What manner of third force?

By Emmanuel Oladesu

What manner of ‘movement’ is being launched today in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)? Can the coalition fly? What are its prospects? Can it overtake the discredited Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and abort the dream of the crisis-ridden All Progressives Congress (APC) to retain federal power in next year’s elections?

In the opinion of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Muhammadu Buhari administration has failed. President Buhari, he advised, should not seek re-election next year. Also, both the APC and the PDP should not produce his successor. His reason: the two parties have outlived their usefulness.

Obasanjo’s remedy is that only a coalition of ‘willing’ Nigerians can salvage the country in 2019. As his associates throw up the ‘Third Force,’ can the new group make a difference? Will it change geo-political calculations? Does the so-called ‘Coalition for Nigeria (CN) offer hope?

Indisputably, Dr. Obasanjo may have done a scanty spade work before unfolding his agenda. Thus, the movement is springing up in a hurry, barely a week after he released his highly inflammable “special statement.” Unlike the PDP, which metamorphosed into a virile party from the G-34, and the APC, which came into existence after critical deliberations and agreement involving the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), and sections of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and PDP), the CN emerged from Obasanjo’s bedroom.

Observers believe that the new political group may be facing a gloomy future. At birth, it is jaundiced. Nigerians were taking aback by its composition. It is the same of the same. There is no line of demarcation. There is no fresh blood. It is still the old wine in a new bottle. In the final analysis, only aggrieved acolytes of the former leader are involved in the new show. Thus, public enthusiasm is waning.

He who comes to the equity must come with clean hands. The key leaders of the CN are politicians who were associated with PDP’s 16 years of failure. These men of yesteryear shared in the blame for the impunity that had characterised governance. The spent forces, rejected party functionaries and disgruntled PDP stalwarts are seeking relevance. But, Nigerians are not assailed by collective amnesia. Since the motivation is from Obasanjo, many credible Nigerians may distance themselves from the enterprise because of the former president’s perceived history of personal agenda and self-interest decorated in the garb of public yearning and aspiration.

Do the arrowheads parade intimidating credentials of honour and integrity? What ideology is driving them? The proxy leader is a beneficiary of election rigging, who was kicked out by the temple of justice for vote stealing. He will be working in tandem with a vocal scholar and an expert in prevarication from the Northcentral, a former governor from the Southeast struggling to bounce back into reckoning on the false platform and another ex-governor from the Northwest, who is standing trial for corruption.

The implication is that, although Obasanjo has used his stature to swing public opinion against the Buhari administration at a time Nigerians are protesting the mishandling of farmers/herdsmen clashes in Benue and some other states, his message may not be swallowed hook, line and sinker as no credible alternative platform is being offered to compete for power with the two main parties.

Since the CN is made up of PDP leaders, what can they offer that the PDP has not offered? Are CN members the messiahs Nigerians are expecting? How popular are they in their states? Can Dr.Obasanjo successfully mobilise the people of his ward in Abeokuta during elections? Who will listen to the new foot soldiers? Can the coalition become a formidable party? Can it even meet the criteria for registration by the electoral commission before next year’s polls?

If Nigerians feel that the third force may not lead them to the promised land, they may start to have a rethink. In fact, many critical minds are re-dissecting Obasanjo’s statement. Although the Benue killings left a sour taste in the mouth, the government has not completely failed the nation in the area of security. The recent killing of troublers of peace in the Southsouth, including ‘Gen.’ Don Wanny, meant that a lip service is not paid to security. Besides, Boko Haram is being pummeled.

Also, many now realise that Obasanjo’s comment on the economy is not totally true. While it is true that Nigerians are complaining about hardship, it is not because the government is closing its eyes. Experts have pointed out that a significant leap has been recorded in the government’s bid to revatalise the economy. The nation’s foreign reserve is increasing. The forex regime is attracting investors. Electricity is becoming stable. Efforts are on to revatalise the railways. More importantly, there is prospect of food security. The Buhari administration’s achievement in agriculture cannot be ignored. Today, rice importation is becoming a thing of the past.

Will Nigerians close their eyes to these achievements and prospects and risk their future in the hands of an inexplicable coalition teleguided by Obasanjo?

Source: The Nation

INEC to transmit election results electronically

INEC to transmit election results electronically

​Abuja – The Independent National Commission (INEC) has solicited the collaboration of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and telecommunications operators for deployment of electronic devices in the conduct of 2019 general elections.


INEC National Chairman, Mahamood Yakubu addressing pressmen on new release of 2019 Election Time Table and Schedule of Activities for 2019 Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council Elections while at INEC Office Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the appeal when he led management of the commission on a visit to NCC Executive Vice-Chairman, Prof. Umar Dambatta, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Yakubu said that INEC was planning full deployment for e-collation and transmission of Ekiti and Osun governorship elections later in the year, and for the 2019 general polls.

He said that time had come to electronically collate and transmit election results from polling units to collation and declaration centres, explaining that doing so would enable results to be transmitted faster and more accurately.

Yakubu said that while the commission had the software and hardware to do the transmission, it needed to rely on telecommunications operators for the transmission of figures and scanned images of result sheets.

Towards these, he appealed to NCC, as the the industry regulator, to facilitate a meeting between INEC and telecommunications operators in the country to finalise preparations for the elections.

He said that the meeting would provide INEC with the combined network coverage map for all operators nationwide, including network strength that could help the commission to deploy e-collation system successfully.

“Since we shall also be transmitting scanned copies of result sheets, it is imperative to ascertain areas covered by 3Gand 4G networks and by which operator(s) across the country.

“The objective is also to discuss data security in the course of transmission of results in order to further safeguard the security of the process.

“The meeting is also imperative to discuss the provision, registration and exclusive use of SIM Cards with special numbers for use in its Smart Card Readers.

“These numbers should be registered in the name of INEC instead of the current practices of using cards sourced from the open market registered in the personal names of our officials.

“This will help in the management of database and dataset of the allocated numbers.

“Doing so will also enable the encryption of information thereby providing additional security in the course of transmitting both data and images,’’ he said.

Yakubu also called on NCC to facilitate discussion with the operators on ways to enhance cooperate social responsibility to Nigeria electoral process, especially on voter education and publicity.

“Towards the 2019 general elections, we would like the operators, in collaboration with INEC, to send bulk SMS on imperative of peaceful elections, the collection of Permanent Voter Cards by registered voters.”

He also called for synergy on directional information on the location of Polling Units for easy access to voters.

In his response, Dambatta expressed NCC’s reediness to be at the forefront of driving innovations that would improve the electoral process in the country.

He said that the commission was committed to ensuring and promoting free, fair and credible elections in the country, especially from 2019.

Dambatta added with ICT there was no need to be at election venue before election could be monitored, saying that today’s telecommunications had made nonsense of distance.

He assured that there was availability of telecom infrastructure, including 3G networks that would facilitates e-collation and transmission of election results.

“We will bring to bear our wealth of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and telecoms expertise in 2019 general elections to meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.

“This is what we can achieve in 2019,’’ he said, adding that coming together by INEC, NCC and telecom companies to discuss would help to overcome some of the envisaged challenges.”

He added that there was no better time than now to commence voter education and publicity ahead of the 2019 elections. (NAN)

Army uncovers militias’ base in Benue, arrests native doctor

Army uncovers militias’ base in Benue, arrests native doctor




Olaleye Aluko, Abuja

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said it had discovered a base used by armed militias terrorising Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states at Tor-Dunga Town in the Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.

The army added that it also arrested a native doctor, Tordue Gber also known by an alias, Tiv Swem, who allegedly supplied charms to the militias.



Our correspondent learnt that the arrest was made by troops of the 707 Special Forces Brigade, Makurdi, on Monday, who raided the base.

The military, in a release signed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Sani Usman, said the native doctor was arrested along with one of his accomplices, Atoo Francis.

Usman said Francis was however shot dead by the troops.

The army spokesman said, “Troops raided the shrine and arrested Gber, who acted as a spiritual adviser to the criminal militias. Gber is also an ally of the wanted notorious criminal, Akwazar Terwase (alias Gana). It will be recalled that he was declared wanted by the security agencies and has been at large since 2016.

“Preliminary investigation shows that the shrine serves as a hideout for wanted armed militias that operate in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states.

“The troops recovered a locally fabricated pistol, two Baretta Pistols, 11 rounds of 9mm ammunition, three motorcycles and assorted charms. Other items include warm clothing for concealing weapons, two mobile telephones and three power generators, amongst other items at the hideout.”

Source: The Punch

News Headlines Jan 31, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Jan 31, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers


Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch


Probe panel asks FG to dismiss suspended SEC DG, Gwarzo
Gunmen kill seven in Nasarawa, Taraba warns of fresh attack
Cameroonian gendarmes invade C’River community
Herdsmen: CHDR, IYC urge Buhari to implement Osibanjo panel’s report
APC’s false hope on restructuring
Youth unemployment as a ticking time bomb
EPL: Swansea stun Arsenal, Liverpool cruise
Car crushes 10-year-old boy to death during football match …BRT kills man, 47
Latest English Premier League table (WK 25)
One dies as OPC factions disagree over Ibadan mayhem
I only rob expatriate worshippers at National Mosque – Suspect
Eto’o leaving Antalyaspor for Konyaspor
Police recover 18 stolen vehicles in Osun
Mbappe sent off as PSG reach League Cup final
Police arrest Onitsha ‘beggars’ who make N25,000 daily
Ijaw won’t back anti-restructuring candidates in 2019 —Dickson
EFCC can’t probe states’ accounts without Assembly’s nod — Court
2019: INEC to announce results electronically
Reps give Amaechi 72hrs to produce $195m contract documents
Aubameyang arrives Arsenal as Man City sign Laporte
Liberia’s George Weah slashes salary by 25%
Tears, tributes as Lagos buries Deji Tinubu
More Africans are coming to Nigeria for surgeries – UCH…
Senate warns Nigerians against investment in bitcoins
Emirates crew beat, tied up 71-year-old Nigerian for eight hours for sitting in wrong seat
My govt will no longer tolerate killing, kidnapping —Buhari
Lagos Assembly passes N1.046tn budget for 2018
2019: We’re expecting landslide victory in Rivers – PDP
APC crisis: Kwankwaso cancels visit to Kano, Presidency intervenes
Participate in politics, it’s not sinful, Makinde tells Christians
2019 elections: Portfolio investors may pull out funds
Provide evidence of call masking, ATCON tells NCC
Capital Bancorp rates economy, stocks high this year
World Bank working with Nigeria to increase revenue generation
 [Full Text] How I nearly bought Chevron Netherlands – Paddy Adenuga
Happy Musa rejoins CSKA
Coach wants Messi fresh for World Cup
Nigerian man, Okeke, buys Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Bugatti for $2.5m
Kim Kardashian gets roasted over Fulani braids
Nobody is immune to Lassa fever infection – Commissioner
Retired military chief urges support for PLWDs
MTN announces return to profit
Firm launches online art gallery
Amazon delivery trial’ll threaten FedEx, UPS
Bank, fintech, telco partnership’ll drive financial inclusion – Experts
Lagos as a work in progress
Banks and credit to the real sector: Beyond moral suasion
Women find a man more attractive once they learn he’s married —Study

ThisDay



Again, Herdsmen Sack Benue Community, Kill
NNPC Staff, Seven Others Killed by Herders in Benue, Nasarawa
• Again, Buhari orders arrest of persons involved in killings
NPA Gives Intels Two Weeks to Pay $48m Debt
Panel Recommends Gwarzo’s Sack as Adeosun Defends His Ouster
Adichie’s Bookstore Anger Lights up Social Media
Ijaw Leaders: We Will Back Any Candidate Who Will Restructure Nigeria
Patience Jonathan Losses N2bn Rights Suit against EFCC
Saraki: Separation of Powers Key to Survival of Democracy, National Security
You Can’t Probe Governors Without State Assembly’s Nod, Court Tells EFCC
Ekwueme Exhibited Uncommon Political Selflessness, Says Ekweremadu
World Bank’s Support to Nigeria, Others Hits $14bn
Tears, Tributes As Deji Tinubu Makes Final Journey Home
Labour Asks FG Not to Transfer Wages to States
Amnesty International Accuses Military of Killing Dozens in Villages
Ngige Denies FG’s Spending N1bn on Ekwueme’s Burial
House C’ttee Orders Amaechi to Tender Papers on Contracts Awarded to Israeli Security Firm
Ogun Foremost Educationist, Jiboku Dies at 67
First Private Medical University in Nigeria Begins Admission of Students
Afenifere Wants Security Architecture Reorganised, Removal of Defence Minister
NGOs Blame Obasanjo for Nigeria’s Problems
Matthias Asielue Passes On at 84
Bayelsa’s Special Security Outfit Arrests 8,500 Crime Suspects
UNICEF Seeks $3.6bn Emergency Assistance for 48m Children in Nigeria, Others
Lassa Fever Kills Three in Taraba
ERGP: NEPC Mulls Malaysian Model to Support Exports
Rivers University Honours Alaere, Alaibe’s Wife
Ex-Senate President Writes Obasanjo, Says Former President Has Outlived His Usefulness
 Lalong Signs 2018 Appropriation Bill into Law
Amnesty International Accuses Military of Killing Dozens in Nigerian Villages
FRSC Promises to Guard against Gridlock in Anambra during Ekwueme’s Burial
WHO to Assist in Rebuilding Destroyed Health Facilities in Borno
Court Rules against Niger, Assembly over Tenure Reduction of LGs
Bauchi Pledges Continued Collaboration with UNICEF
JEdo plans tech-based teaching, learning in public schools – Obaseki
Edo PDP goofs again, Modular Refinery, Gelegele Seaport, Benin Industrial Park on course –…
Capital Bancorp Lists Factors to Boost Stock Market Rally
Senate to Probe Arbitrary Charges, Illegal Deductions by Commercial Banks …
. Decries proliferation of crypto-currency in Nigeria
RenCap Foresees Interest Rate Cut in Q1
Resort Savings & Loans Set to Resume Operation
INEC, NCC Seal Deal on Electronic Transmission of Results Politics
Kwara Gov: Saraki and I Have No Plan to Return to…
Sokoto APC Adopts Tambuwal for Second Term
The Classroom Revival
Etebor Joins La Liga’s Las Palmas on Loan Deal
FG Appoints Elegbeleye Nigeria’s Chef de Mission to Winter Games
Ahmed Musa Returns to CSKA Moscow on Loan
NFF Unveils Dennerby as Super Falcons Coach
  Yusuf Faces Selection Headaches as Eagles Battle Sudan for Final Ticket
Belema Oil Splashes N100m Scholarships on 374 Indigent Students
BelemaOil Splashes N100m Scholarships on 374 Indigent Students
Enugu Tasks Old Students on Devt of Alma Mater
Robust Entrepreneurship Training for Secondary School Students: Panacea for High Level of Unemployment among Youths
Easing Dyslexia in Children to Develop Full Potential
EDITORIAL: FOR THE PRISON REFORMS’ COMMITTEE…1



The Nation



Troops raid shrine in Benue, arrest chief priest
2019: NGOs back Buhari as Obasanjo’s coalition lands
Senators may boycott Senate’s security summit
What manner of third force?
How to make police effective, by IG Idris
Adeosun, Gwarzo disagree on SEC, Oando crisis, others
2019: Ijaw leaders threaten to reject anti-restructuring candidates
Ahmed: I’m not returning to PDP
‘Ibadan chieftaincy law review for elevation of metropolis’
Anarchists’ manifesto?
Tears, tributes as Deji Tinubu is buried
Disquiet in Immigration over alleged lopsided promotion
LASTMA’ll ensure free traffic on airport road, says commissioner
Bayelsa govt urges politicians to shun violence
Ex-Senate President Ebute flays Obasanjo
Premier League: Arsenal Beaten 3-1 @ Swansea, Salah Wins For Liverpool
NFF unveils Falcon’s Coach, Dennerby
CHAN: German coach plots Super Eagles fall against Sudan
First Bank BC begins training for new season
Amuneke, Kelechi tag team lights up sudanese league
Musa gets No 7 jersey ahead Belgrade clash
Swede coach promises to rebuild Falcons, says “I won’t be a flying coach’’
Comedian Bovi writes Dorcas Fapson on alleged rape
‘Science Student’ thrives online despite NBC ‘ban’
BBNaija: Meet the three housemates who made the first ‘imprint’
LASTMA’ll ensure free traffic on airport road, says commissioner
‘Join cooperative societies’
PVC ‘key to democracy,’ says ex-Ambode aide
JP Clark unveils ‘Remains Of A Tide’
TCN recovers 500 containers of transmission equipment
Senate to investigate digital currency trading
Global wealth rises as inequality persists, says World Bank
Fed Govt eyes N300b privatisation cash to fund budget


 

Vanguard


NCC Confronts Companies Accused Of ‘call Masking’ As Deadline Nears
Cattle Colonies In Imo
Fan Market: New Technology, Design Drive Competition For Market Share
Guinness Sets Aside N7.2m For Maltavator Challenge
Nigerian Banks Nominated For Africa Advertising Awards
Army Commmends Media On War Against Insurgency
 Why We Can’t Concession Ajaokuta Steel Plant — FG
 Europe-based Nigerian Couple Beat Sister-in-law To Comatose Over Infidelity Allegation
 APC Blames PDP For ‘rumours’ Of Gov Ortom’s Defection
 Parents, Teachers’ Protest Ground Academic Activities At FGC Odogbolu
 Digital Marketing Tips For Politicians
 Poverty – The Role Of Government And Its Agencies (5)
 Implement APC’s Recommendation On Resource Control, IYC Urges Buhari
 Love Your Country, Not Its Leaders
 Voters Registration Picks Up In Imo
 NCC Presents Mobile Voice Termination Rates Report Tomorrow
 Hate Speech: Nigerian ICT Practitioners Berate Govt’s New Wiretap Measures
Cattle Colonies In Imo
Letter Bomb: Don’t Tackle Obasanjo, Buhari Warns Aides
Electricity: FG Unveils 20-year Transmission Plan
Ekwueme, A True Son Of Igbo Land — Bishop Udeh
Camerounian Soldiers Invade Nigerian Community
No Tolerance For Killings, Kidnappings Anymore – Buhari
SEC Probe: Panel Recommends Gwarzo’s Dismissal
Court Ruling In Fayose’s Case Cannot Stand – EFCC
Presidential Bid: Lamido Solicits Fayose’s Support
NSCIA Attacks CAN, Accuses It Of Hate Speech
US Delegation Flees Bethlehem Event As Palestinians Protest
N1b Burial Not Enough For Ekwueme’s Burial – APGA National Chairman
Governor Wike Calls For The Decentralisation Of Security Services
Chelsea Snap Up Defender Emerson From Roma
Swansea Stun Arsenal, Liverpool Cruise
Liverpool Bounce Back With Easy Win At Huddersfield
We Can Shock Eagles —Sudan Coach
2018 CAA Athletics Championship Will Be A Success — Dalung
My Daughter Can’t Control Her Drinking.
My Girl Can’t Let Go Of Her Ex
Students Mock Australia University ‘sex Consent’ Course
Olamide Loses Mother On Son’s Birthday
Queen Chizoba Ejike Wins Miss Intercontinental Africa 2017/18
Okorocha Meets Miss Nigeria, Says She Is A Good Example Of What A Youth Should Be
Davido, Wizkid Others, Make List Of Most Followed Africans On Social Media
I Have Numbers Of About 13 Presidents, Davido Brags
MORKA: My Obsession For Winning Prizes
Nigeria Is A Natural Gas Nation
Buhari Listens Only To His 80-year-old Uncle —Tony Nyiam
Benue Killings: All Our Cries To The Sultan Of Sokoto, Emir Of Kano, Others Fell On Deaf Ears – Ujege, Tiv Tribal Leader
We Look Up To Nigeria For Mentoring —Kamara, APC Candidate
BNSG Closes 2,219 Schools Over Poor Standards

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The Sun

2019: Buhari not too old to contest –FONGON
•Says Obasanjo responsible for 50% of Nigeria’s problems
…President back from Addis-Ababa 
Obasanjo causing trouble –Ameh Ebute
SEC: Administrative panel recommends Gwarzo’s dismissal
…Suspended DG to face ICPC, refund N104m severance package    •2 others to face disciplinary
National security: Buhari dealing with threats –Minister
•Aregbesola condemns herdsmen killings
Deji Tinubu, Ambode’s aide, buried
Alleged graft: EFCC can’t probe states without Assemblies’ nod –Court
• Ozhekome tasks FG, anti-graft agency on rule of law
Buhari’s anti-graft war on course –Ribadu
Herdsmen’s killings: Again, Osinbajo urges no retaliation 
•Afenifere rejects cattle colony in South West
Buhari: I’ll no longer tolerate killings, kidnappings
• Wike insists on decentralisation of security services
Outrageous charges: Senate summons Emefiele, bank MDs, others
…To commence investigation
Gunmen kill 7, injure 2 in Nasarawa
Lassa fever kills 3 in Taraba
•NCDC confirms 77 cases, 21 deaths
UK delegation, APC leader hold talks on 2019 polls
Kenya: Defiant Odingo sworn in as president
Govt blocks live transmission of event Horror in India: 8-month-old girl raped by 28-year-old cousin
Buhari wants to keep us together by force, it won’t work –Adebanjo
2019: APC govt has brought culture of hate into Nigeria –Lamido
Best way to prevent your smart phone from unnecessary invasion
Senegal unveils digital voice signature for PLWD, others
Customs seizes petroleum products, clothing materials worth N21.6m
Etebo joins Las Palmas on loan
Nigeria eyes CHAN 2018 final spot
•Eagles must take their chances, Lawal warns
Ajaokuta: FG explains why concession  work
…Says $1.2bn needed to turn around plant
EDITORIAL:  Checking proliferation of illegal firearms
Dickson: The perfectionist turns 52
Close shave: How abducted Lagos trader miraculously escaped from ritual killers
Re: Buhari and Obasanjo’s red card
‘Return/reverse back’ wrong
Nigeria: A funny country where life of a cow is more precious than that of human being (2)
Kaduna Nzeogwu, Jan 15 and 60 years of Tiv genocide
The philosophy of psychic attack (3)
Why my promotion of herbal medicine has been so successful
2019: Don’t believe everything you hear…


The Guardian


  Caesareans increase child obesity risk
 Senate, Customs boss feud deepens 430 prisoners admitted for varsity degree
 Kenya opposition supporters gather for Odinga ‘swearing-in’
The way we are
Arresting the shithole syndrome
 Umahi charges new Liaison Officers to check herdsmen activities
Winnie Mandela discharged from hospital
Court strikes out Patience Jonathan’s N2 billion rights suit
Lalong signs N146bn budget for 2018 into law
UK seeks to play down leaked Brexit economic study
Man City seal Laporte deal, Arsenal chase Aubameyang
Leicester’s Musa joins CSKA on loan
Fiery Sanchez can spark Man United, says Herrera
Class of 92′ blueprint for Miami – Beckham
761 is not just a number
Obasanjo is wrong, APC is daft
Averting the drift into anarchy
Ex- Jigawa governor, Lamido visits Fayose, solicits support for presidential bid

Leadership



GenCos Foresee Shut Down Of Thermal Plants Over N600bn Debt
Crisis Brews In Kenya As Odinga Declares Self President
SEC Panel Recommends Gwarzo’s Sack NLC Tells Workers To Vote Out Defaulting Gov.
NYSC DG Sympathises With Family Of Deceased Corps Member
I Will Overrun Fayose, Deputy In Free, Fair Primary-Adeyeye
Ex-Guber Aspirant, Others Dumps APC In Edo
Public Service Reforms: Kaduna LGs Begin Recruitment 
UNIDO Supports Nigerian Storage Facilities With Toxin Test Toolkits
 . .Give Amaechi 72Hrs To Produce N195m Waterways Contract Documents
Edo Govt, Army Collaborate On New Security Architecture
2019: Monarch Endorses Wike For Second Term
Rivers: Belemaoil Awards Scholarship To 374 Students In Host Communities
Police Detonate 3 Bombs In Benin
PMB Promises To End Violence, Killings
Lagos Assembly Passes N1.046 Trillion 2018 Appropriation Bill
APC Wants LGs  Abolished
Show Remorse For Crises You Caused Nigeria, Former Senate President Writes Obasanjo
$1.2b Needed To Commission Ajaukuta Steel Plant – Minister
FG, Global Alliance Partners on Shea Butter Exploration
New Episode Of Professor Johnbull Draws Attention To The Anonymity Of The Cyberspace
EDITORAL : Time To Implement The National Health Act
“My Life With Obasanjo”, By Remi Obasanjo
We Will End Herdsmen/Farmers Clashes-Osinbajo
Senate Summons CBN Governor,  Banks’ CEOs Over Arbitrary Charges


New Telegraph



Buhari poised to end insurgencies, herdsmen attacks
Ex-Senate President, Ebute, chides Obasanjo over letter to Buhari
VIDEO: Buhari will die before election if he campaigns for second term – Prophet Samuel Akinbodunse
2019: Kingibe’s campaign posters flood Abuja, Lagos
BB Naija: Miracle, Nina kiss in the shower (Video)
Eight-month-old baby girl raped by her cousin
Kwara governor, APC leaders speaks on plan to dump APC
Benue APC chairman speaks on Governor Ortom’s plan to defect to PDP Barracks of despair, disrepair
APC adopts Tambuwal for second term
Patience Jonathan loses N2bn suit against EFCC
Sultan, Ooni, monarchs to FG: End killings in Nigeria
Cashless: CBN to revoke 15 mobile money licences
Lagos Assembly passes N1.046trn budget
Inyang-Eyen: Emmanuel has remodelled Akwa Ibom
Bello vs Melaye: No end in sight to supremacy battle
NSCIA accuses CAN of hate campaign, corruption
Bank fraud: Senate summons Emefiele, bank MDs

Zakzaky: We’ll occupy Abuja indefinitely –Shi’ites
Nasarawa: Herdsmen kill seven in midnight raid
Airport Road: Bring title documents, Lagos tells landlords
Anxiety as police, army discover bombs in Edo
Panic as lawyer slumps, dies in courtroom
Four suspected drug peddlers arrested in Adamawa
Etta: Minister should appeal suspension if…
 Melaye releases another song
Kingibe rekindles presidential ambition
2019 timetable: Reps on collision course with INEC
POLITRICKS: Perm Sec, son as course mates
Ghana warns against use of bitcoins, other virtual currencies
Stock market advances on sustained bargain hunting
Capital Bancorp sees external reserve crossing $48.5bn in 2018
Mikel, Moses, others out
Salisu: Our target is final
Happy Mourinho unleashes Sanchez on Spurs
DOAMF Charity Golf Tournament tees off Saturday
Ezenwa hails FG, NFF for payment of bonus
Musa vows to bounce back
Still waters and vast canvas of history
Shyllon: Piracy thrives because there is no cultural policy
Power Show: Akinwande’s solo exhibition opens
EDITORIAL: Obasanjo, let Nigeria be


News Headlines Jan 30, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers. 

News Headlines Jan 30, 2017. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers. 

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch


I left 11 victims in Lagos kidnappers’ den – Survivor
Political parties too many, may cause problems in 2019 –INEC
We received N5.1tn as subsidy payment in nine years –NNPC
Power grid collapses six times in eight days
Will reordering of election schedule ensure credible polls?
We are fit and ready for Wikki clash – MFM
Minister, NFF praise Super Eagles
Ex-Falcons coach warns Falconets
La Liga club beat Porto, Genk to Etebo
Controversy mars Nasarawa, Rangers tie
Bolt trains with Mamelodi Sundowns
I’m happy to stick at 20 – Federer
Whistle-blower accuses Putin
Veterans pay tribute to Okpalaoka
How Musa, Success can make W’Cup squad – Rohr
40 stocks drive 1.2% market rally amid new rules
Shareholders fault intervention in Oando crisis
US deeply committed to Nigeria’s growth – Consul General
Miners, oil companies fuel gain for Britain’s FTSE
Security guard, gang kill military boss, burn corpse
You can leave PDP, Fayose tells Adeyeye, others
Fulani man stabs driver to death in Ondo
INEC sued for alleged manipulation of Saraki’s 2015 result
Man divorces wife for sex doll
APC crisis: Kwankwaso cancels visit to Kano, Presidency…
UPDATED: US lifts ban on refugees from 11 countries
Police arrest 46 as OPC factions clash in Ibadan
Command nabs bandits for hijacking truckload of beer
Fulani man stabs driver to death in Ondo
I left 11 victims in Lagos kidnappers’ den – Survivor
Police arrest kidnapper in Imo
 Herbalist sells baby for N650,000 to barren client
My wife strips naked, lays curse on me, divorce seeking Pastor tells court
Imo Police arrest another wanted kidnapper, recover arms
Restructuring: APC deceiving Nigerians again, says ADP
Miners, oil companies fuel gain for Britain’s FTSE
Youths vital to economic growth, says Sanni
SureRemit raises $7m for digital voucher system
It’s tougher to be VC in Nigeria than overseas – Rahmon Bello
Oil firm awards scholarship to 374 beneficiaries
Research institute staff protest unpaid allowances, poor funding
ASUU should fight corruption in schools –Falola
82 cases of offspring named as co-authors
1.2 million register for 2018 UTME
List of 2018 Grammy awards winners
Bruno Mars sweeps Grammy Awards
BBNaija begins with 20 housemates
Half of health searches on Google return cancer diagnosis —Stud
MTN announces return to profit
Amazon delivery trial’ll threaten FedEx, UPS
Bank, fintech, telco partnership’ll drive financial inclusion – Experts
N285m levy: Court orders reopening of Taraba base stations
Editorial: Why Defence Minister should quit
2019: The ‘Third Force’ fever
No, no to cattle colonies
Help! Asaba has become like old Onitsha
2019: Should change be changed?

ThisDay



$1bn Inflow Catapults Nigeria’s Stocks to Among World’s Best
Again, Herdsmen Sack Benue Community, Kill Four in Plateau
Tributes as Osinbajo, S’East Govs Receive Ekwueme’s Body
Buhari Rallies African Leaders to Create Single, Unified Market
Budget Defence: House C’ttee Dismisses Agency for IDPs over Suspicious Contracts…
FG Deports Cameroonian Separatist Leaders
Conflicting Accounts Trail Alleged Assault on Senator Olujimi at N’Assembly
NCC to Revoke, Suspend Licences of Telcos Next Week over Call Masking
Minister: Obasanjo Enjoys Sensationalism, Abacha Sent Him to Gulag to Avert His Antics
Kwankwaso Bows to Pressure, Cancels Kano Rally
NNPC: FG Owes Us N170.6bn Subsidy Payments
ICRC, Bi-Courtney, NSWIA Suggest Measures to Fund Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
Medview Suspends Dubai Operations
Suspected Herdsman Stabs Driver to Death
Dangote Donates N1.2bn Structure for Business School in Bayero University
Admission: Over 600,000 Students in Limbo as JAMB Insists on Eligibility
Bafarawa: No Decision Yet on My Presidential Aspiration
NAF Bombs Boko Haram Artillery Base
Sokoto Police Command Trains 100 Officers on Counter Terrorism
Obaseki: No Cattle Colony in Edo
Jonathan Greets Dickson at 52
Solution to Fuel Crisis is Beyond FG, Says Lawmaker
Court Acquits OPC Boss, Others of Death of Ex-NURTW Leader
Panic at FMC Umuahia as Patient Dies of Suspected Lassa Fever
NOSDRA, Oil Company Use Communities for Zero-Sum Game, Group Alleges
Saraki Tasks Immigration Boss on Availability of Passport Booklets
Ekwueme was a Good, Exemplary Nigerian, Say Obi, Nwosu, Ogbeh, Orji
NDDC, Chinese Firm Partner on Regional Power Pool Project
No More Hiding Place for Criminals in Rivers, Wike Declares
Lagos Processes N320bn Contracts in 2017
NOUN Offers 430 Prisoners Admission
You‘re Free to Join APC, Fayose Tells Ex-minister, Adeyeye, Others
Research Institute Workers Seek Inclusion in TETFUND
German Shock at Car Exhaust Tests on Humans and Monkeys
CBN Injects Additional $210m into Forex Market
MTN Sees Return to Profit for 2017
NDIC Seeks Collaboration with IoD to Strengthen Corporate Governance
Fidelity Bank Partners Group on Capacity Building for Entrepreneurs
US Restates Support for Growth of Nigeria’s Economy
Petrol Crisis May Worsen as Depot Price Hits N165 Per Litre
Sustained Fight against Maritime Crimes
Dalung Hails Eagles, Rohr Showers Praises on Ezenwa
Nigeria PGA Admits Only One of 81 Applicants into Pro Rank
NFF, NB Plc to Seal Partnership Deal in Lagos
Deji Tinubu to be Laid to Rest in Lagos Today
FA CUP: Man City Draw Wigan in 2013 Final Repeat
Transfer: Arsenal Close to £60m Deal for Aubameyang
Obasanjo and the Extent of Presidential Powers
Editorial: INEC AND THE ELECTION TIMETABLE

The Nation



Senators, Customs boss in new face-off over protocol
‘Fed Govt owes NNPC N170.6b’
Dignitaries rise for Ekwueme in Abuja, Enugu
46 held as OPC men clash in Ibadan
Ex-Ekiti NURTW chief: Court frees seven
Air Force battles Boko Haram with remotely piloted aircraft
How to win anti-graft battle, by Buhari
Federal roads
Again, Baba Iyabo thunders
Not exactly ‘two fighting’
Whither Okowa’s ‘prosperity for Deltans?’
Apc aspirant: I ‘ll provide jobs for Ekiti youths
Stay off Lagos, others Air Force tells criminals
Archbishop to Nigerians: work hard for better life
FUTO shutdown as non-academic staff begin strike
Gov Emmanuel opens UNIUYO arts gallery in honour of mother in-law
Dangote donates N1.2b structure for Business School in Bayero University
Gabriel delighted with Eagles’ winning goal
Handball needs a revival – Taangahar  
2018 Commonwealth Games: George eyes podium at Gold Coast
Top African golfers confirm for LPGAN inaugural championship
Nigeria vs. Sudan: Injury Knocks out Sunday Faleye
C/wealth Games: George sets eyes on the podium
NBBF loses North East Zonal Representative
Whither Okowa’s ‘prosperity for Deltans?’
Udom can’t get second term, says APC chieftain
60th Grammys: Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar win big; Jay-Z shut out
Korede Bello’s new single hits top spot on Boomplay
BBNaija: Tobi becomes first Head of House
Concerns over fate of North’s dry ports
Olofa stool: Victorious ruling house ready for dialogue
Buhari, Obj and 2019
Stay off Lagos, others Air Force tells criminals
Customs retirees allege eviction from homes
Ambode warns against breach of procurement rules
Court dissolves pastor’s marriage
Scientists use microbes to convert human waste into space food
Group reveals how Obasanjo stole operation feed the Nation, others
Obasanjo’s letter: Matters arising
Nigerian named among 2018 Global Leaders Fellows
Education emergency from April, says minister
ICRC pledges suport for Lekki Deep Water Port project
‘Why we passed Bill demutualising NSE’
CBN injects $210m into forex market
Accenture to CEOs: deploy intelligent technologies or die




Vanguard


A Look At Bala Usman’s Analysis Of Communal Conflicts In Nigeria (3)
Ugwuanyi Seeks Ties With Private Sector For Economic Growth
Alli Must Go!
Edo Assembly Lifts Suspension On Ex-Deputy Speaker
Ijaw Group To Militants: Stop Damaging Oil Facilities, Engage Govt
CHAN: Injury Knocks Out Faleye
Fuel Scarcity: Loading Resumes In Ejigbo Satelite Depot
NDDC To Build Power Pool In Niger Delta
Fulani Herdsman Stabs NURTW Member To Death In Ondo
Activist Files Suit To Nullify Osun LG Poll
3:48 AM46 Arrested As OPC Rival Groups Clash In Ibadan
ALMA Announces 2018 Awards For Excellence
Sports And Politics:Nigeria, Russia, US And North Korea (1)
Don’t Use Unqualified Engineers For Gelegele Port Rehabilitation —CIS
Jonathan Greets Dickson At 52
Dalung Hails Super Eagles
Five Companies Already Applied For Bancassurance – NAICOM
2019: No alternative to Buhari, says el-Rufai

Customs boss shocks, humiliates Senators on protocols of visits

PDP mocks Buhari’s AU Anti-Corruption honour

Ekwueme: Anambra declares Thursday work free day

Herdsmen: Imo Police, Miyetti Allah, monarchs agree on compensation

Money Laundering ‎Charge: Judge returns Lamido’s case-file back to CJ

Photos: Parade of Honour for late Dr Alex Ekwueme

Benue Killings : FG opts for decisive military action to end crisis

Ekiti 2018: APC promised much, delivered less says Fayose

Only religious bigots oppose Buhari’s re-election – Shittu

I was not slapped nor did I ask anybody to slap anyone, Senator Olujimi

Dalung hails Super Eagles

NFF, NB PLC to exchange signed contracts in Lagos

Q/finalists emerge in Zenith/Delta Principals’ Cup

Giroud open to £30m Chelsea move
My wife curses me with her private part, Pastor tells court

Davido, Wizkid others, make list of most followed Africans on Social Media

I have numbers of about 13 presidents, Davido brags

BBNaija: Tobi becomes first Head of House

BBNaija: Season three begins with 20 housemates

Shakira makes Grammy history, wins Best Latin Pop Album twice
EDITORIAL: Kudos to EU on Borno rehab package

Fuel Scarcity: Loading resumes in Ejigbo satelite depot
How a factory worker was stabbed by his lover over noodles meal
Ondo community residents relive how herdsmen attacked farms, slaughtered woman, carted away heart, private part
Call masking: NCC says 6 companies may lose operating licences in February
ALMA announces 2018 Awards for excellence


The Sun




MASSOB warns South East govs against cattle colonies
FG spends N5tr on fuel subsidy payment
…NNPC stinks, fraudsters to be exposed – Saraki
Development of Nigeria: Wike seeks role for traditional rulers
 • Says we’re re-positioning Rivers health sector
El-Rufai: APC’ll retain 24 states in 2019
Police arrest 46 as OPC factions clash in Ibadan
Customs CG, Senate ad hoc committee in protocol drama
Elevator use drama at National Assembly: Female senator in assault controversy
• Civil servant arrested over brush with Ekiti federal lawmaker • I never ordered anybody to slap
APC, PDP weak with deceitful manifestoes –Dogara
Sorrow, tears as Ekwueme’s corpse arrives Enugu
••• FG holds Parade of Honour in Abuja
I’ll fight for your interest, Umeh tells Igbo traders in FCT
PDP, Edo gov bicker over cattle colony
BBNaija: Tobi becomes first Head of House
FG to declare emergency in education in April
2019: Obasanjo engaging in sensationalism –Minister
•Says losers blackmailing Buhari Herdsmen lose 73 cows in Nasarawa 
•Alleged loss, poor parody of human lives –Mdzough u Tiv
China accused of spying on AU headquarters
Kenya opposition dares Kenyatta, to swear in Odinga as president today
Ekiti guber: APC has no anointed candidate –Oyegun 
Buhari’s poor performance’ll cost him re-election -Okorie
2018: Tasks ahead of Dogara-led House
Insurance sector nets N235bn premium in 9 months
…As NAICOM warns of fake online recruitment
‘Mobile money operators should target rural areas’
Buhari urges African leaders to create single market to boost jobs
CHAN 2018: Angola was difficult, Yusuf confesses
• Faleye out for rest of tournament • Dalung hails team
SWAN, Ladipo mourn, as Deji Tinubu goes home
ATP rankings: Federer closes gap on Nadal after Australian Open win
Getting foundation right, answer to Nigeria’s education problem –Ogunde, education advocate
2 killed in Plateau as herdsmen ambush residents
20 die in Kaduna-Abuja Expressway auto crash
Frequent probes distracting me, Fashola tells Reps
EDITORIAL: IGP and the Senate ultimatum on Benue
Cross River gives succour to 3,000 Cameronian refugees
Uneasy calm in Minna
…As govt suspends installation of local chiefs
2018: Still uncertainties over education
Obasanjo’s howitzer
What does Obasanjo want?

Why Stroke Cases Are Increasing — Physiotherapist

Why Stroke Cases Are Increasing — Physiotherapist

A Consultant Physiotherapist, Dr Chris Okafor, says the incidence of stroke has increased in the country due to the dwindling economy and the state of healthcare delivery.

Okafor, who is a senior lecturer at the Department of Physiotherapy, University of Lagos, Akoka, spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.

The lecturer said that lack of awareness was also a contributory factor to the high incidence of stroke in the country.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), stroke accounts for 10.8 per cent mortality and 3.1 per cent of disease burden worldwide.

It has also been projected that by the year 2030, about 80 per cent of all stroke cases will occur in low and middle income countries of the world.

“A lot of people, both young and old, now come down with stroke due to poverty, lack of quality healthcare and awareness.

“We are not creating enough awareness for people to know that hypertension and diabetes, causes of stroke, are killer diseases,“ Okafor said.

He also identified poor environment, industrialisation, poor habits and attitudes as factors contributing to a lot of people not exercising regularly.

“Our environment does not encourage people to cultivate the habit of exercising.

“As a physiotherapist, when I see the elderly during clinics, I always advise them to be physically active and engage in daily walks.

“However, when you look at the environment, it does not encourage exercise, and so a lot of the elderly in the society are discouraged to walk.

“Also, habit is a challenge; many people are unable to practise, because we are in a society where, over the years, people have become lazy.

“Due to industrialisation and urbanisation, it is now difficult for people to exercise, and rather depend on buses and taxis to take them to different locations,‘’ he said.
The consultant urged the elderly in the society to maintain avoid sedentary lifestyle and high salt and sugar intake.

He appealed to stakeholders, including the government and healthcare practitioners, to continue to sensitise people to cultivate the attitude of being active.

“Exercise and being active is key to improved health; adequate sleep of eight to 10 hours daily is also advisable for the elderly people.

“Also, they should check their blood pressures and blood sugar regularly to prevent hypertension and diabetes.
“If they have problems, they should see a doctor who will refer them appropriately, “ Okafor said.(NAN)

Codeine abuse can cause cardiac arrest, low blood pressure –Expert


Codeine abuse can cause cardiac arrest, low blood pressure –Expert


A Deputy Director of Pharmaceutical Services at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Taiwo Ogundipe, discusses codeine and its effects with MOTUNRAYO JOEL

What is codeine?

Codeine is an alkaloid found in the opium poppy, the scientific name for the plant is papaver somniferum.

Codeine belongs to the class of drugs called opioids. It is used as an analgesic for the treatment of mild to moderate pain (narcotic analgesic). It can also be used as a cough suppressant and an anti-diarrhoea. It is better avoided in children under 18 years, pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers.

How addictive is codeine?

Codeine is supposed to be a “prescription-only-medicine.” When codeine is not used according to medical prescription and in high doses or high frequencies of use (drug abuse), it will lead to codeine addiction. It causes drowsiness and respiratory depression; its effect is not as high as marijuana.

It is illegal to buy or possess codeine without licence or prescription from a registered medical practitioner.

What are the side effects of codeine?

The side effects of codeine use include drowsiness, constipation, itchiness, vomiting and respiratory depression. The side effects that can arise from the misuse of codeine are usually adverse effects which include dry mouth, urinary retention, orthostatic hypotension and respiratory depression.

What are the dangers of mixing codeine with other drugs?

As a result of addiction, codeine alone may not be enough even at the high doses they take, they have to combine it with other drugs to get the expected high effects.

They combine codeine with alcohol, codeine with tramadol and some other agents that are known to the users. The danger of mixing codeine with other drugs is that there is the possibility of drug-drug interaction between codeine and the other drugs which may lead to toxicity, cause some complications and may be life-threatening.

If the codeine-addict eventually comes to the hospital for treatment, the doctors may not even know other drugs combined with codeine which may make treatment difficult.

What treatment options work best in treating codeine addiction?

The best treatment options are some chemical agents (medicines) can be used for detoxification of the body system of the codeine addict. Some implants have been developed which may be inserted to treat addiction. Some anti-craving agents can be used. Rehabilitation of the subjects during and after treatment is very important. Psychological counselling of the subjects is also very important.

What are the street names for this drug?

Some of the street names for codeine include school boy, science student, captain cody and cody. When it is mixed with alcohol, it is called Lean, sizzurp, purple drank. When mixed with tramadol, it may be called Lean-T.

What are the health risks of the drug?

The health risks of codeine are devastating to health and psychological state of the subjects. It produces euphoria, altered consciousness, confusion, cardiac arrest, allergic skin reaction, organ damage, heart rate and blood pressure can drop.

What are the signs of addiction?

Some of the signs of addiction include cyanosis (blue skin), slowed heartbeat, pinpoint pupils, lack of pulse, loss of consciousness, seizures, frequent vomiting and fatigue.

What are the symptoms of withdrawal?

If a person suddenly stops using codeine, withdrawal symptoms may occur which include running nose, chills, stomach cramps, sweating, pains, muscle spasm, weakness, yawning, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia and drug craving. To minimise withdrawal symptoms, long-term users should gradually reduce or tail-down their codeine use under medical supervision of a health care professional.

What are the relapse prevention techniques for addicts?

In advanced countries, there are addiction treatment centres, where you have addiction consultants and psychologists who attend to the needs of addicts through personal clinic contacts, phone calls and text messages. This can be adopted in Nigeria too.

Health facts: On codeine

What codeine is

Codeine is a narcotic pain-reliever and cough suppressant similar to morphine and hydrocodone. Moreover, a small amount of codeine is converted to morphine in the body. The precise mechanism of action of codeine is not known; however, like morphine, codeine binds to receptors in the brain (opioid receptors) that are important for transmitting the sensation of pain throughout the body and brain. Codeine increases tolerance to pain, decreasing discomfort, but the pain still is apparent to the patient. In addition to reducing pain, codeine also causes sedation drowsiness and depresses breathing.

Is codeine addictive?

Codeine is habit forming (addictive). Mental and physical dependence can occur but are unlikely when used for short-term pain relief. Using codeine during pregnancy can cause opioid withdrawal syndrome in the newborn, which may be life-threatening if not treated. One needs a prescription for codeine. Codeine is a schedule II controlled substance in the US.

Side effects

The most frequent side effects of codeine include lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, sedation, allergic reaction, constipation, rash, itching and abdominal pain. Serious side effects of codeine include life-threatening respiratory depression, severe low blood pressure, adrenal insufficiency and accidental ingestion of codeine can result in fatal overdose.

Alcohol with codeine

Codeine can impair thinking and physical abilities required for driving or operating machinery. Alcohol and other sedatives such as alprazolam (Xanax) can produce further brain impairment and even confusion when combined with codeine. Therefore, alcohol and other sedatives should not be used when taking codeine. Drugs that stimulate and also block opioid receptors (for example, pentazocine) reduce the effect of codeine. Such drugs should not be combined with codeine. Drugs that block the action of acetylcholine (anticholinergic drugs) increase the occurrence of urinary retention and constipation when combined with codeine.

Source: MedicineNet.com

Culled from The Punch