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Generator fumes allegedly kills Enugu groom, wedding guests



The Enugu State Police Command says it has commenced investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of six persons, including a groom, Obinna Dike, in Akutara village, Adani community, in the Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state.

However, a reliable source close to the family of the deceased told our correspondent on Monday evening that the death of victims could be linked to the inhalation of fumes emitting from a generator that was placed at the veranda of the house.

Reports said Eight other persons, who were said to be part of the guests at Dike’s wedding ceremony in Akutara village, were receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the community.

The victims, after attending the wedding ceremony on Saturday, left the venue to continue the celebration at home.

Afterwards, they reportedly went to sleep in their various rooms at their residence in the community.

Things, however, took another turn when none of them came out of the rooms the following day.

Disturbed by the development, neighbours and residents in the community, who attempted calling their names and knocking on the doors of the rooms for the victims to open the doors to no avail, broke down the doors.

Upon gaining entry into the rooms, the residents reportedly found the lifeless bodies of six of the victims, including the groom, with foamy substances discharging from their mouths.

Eight other victims, who were found breathing faintly, were quickly rushed to hospital for treatment.

Our correspondent gathered that the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the victims had thrown the celebrants’ families and residents of the community into mourning.

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Reacting, the state Police Public Relations Officer, in a statement, said the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ammani, had ordered the state Criminal Investigation Department to investigate circumstances surrounding the victims’ death.

The statement read in part, “Preliminary investigation reveals that one of the confirmed deceased persons, Obinna Dike, 31, attended his traditional marriage ceremony at Obollor-Eke, in Udenu council area with his relatives and other victims of the incident on August 26.

“They, thereafter, went back home and continued with the celebration. However, the following morning, none of them came out of the room where they slept. This caused the door to be forced open, with all of them in the room found to be unconscious with foamy discharge from their mouths.”

 The statement, however, noted that they were rushed to the hospital, where six of them were confirmed dead and deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.

Meanwhile, eight others who survived were said to be responding to treatment in a hospital in the area.

 While commiserating with the families and friends of the deceased victims, Ammani appealed to residents in the community to remain peaceful and support the police with necessary information in the investigation to unravel the cause of their deaths.

 However, a reliable source close to the family allegedly linked the victims’ death to inhalation of generator fumes.

 He said, “The bride, the groom’s mother and sister, whose two sons died and the rest that were hospitalised have recovered. The groom’s mother and the bride have been asking the whereabouts of the groom since they regained consciousness. We are suspecting generator fumes to be the cause of their deaths.” (The PUNCH)

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Supreme Court to deliver judgement on Kogi APC guber primary Oct 23



• Usman Ododo and Smart Adeyemi
The Supreme Court, on Thursday, adjourned an appeal filed by Senator Smart Adeyemi against the judgments of the lower courts, on the Kogi APC Governorship primary election, to October 23, 2023, for judgment.

Adeyemi had filed a suit at the Federal High Court seeking to nullify the primary election of the All Progressive Congress, which produced Usman Ododo as the party’s flagbearer for the state’s governorship election slated for November 11.The case was dismissed by both the High Court and the Court of Appeal for lacking in merit.

The apex court, while hearing his appeal, on Thursday, told his lawyer, Musibau Adetumbi, SAN, that his client was appealing against concurrent findings of the High Court and the Court of Appeal, which stated that primary elections were held in Kogi State but that he had failed to challenge these concurrent findings.

However, the appellant’s counsel said he would go ahead to argue the appeal.

The Supreme Court therefore adjourned the appeal to October 23, 2023, for judgment.The representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission, All Progressives Congress and Usman Ododo include Chief Anthony Adeniyi (SAN) Abdulwahab Mohammed (SAN) and M.Y. Abdullahi, SAN; respectively.

The Court of Appeal had, on August 18, 2023, held that the appeal argued by Adekunle Otitoju on behalf of Adeyemi was completely bereft of merit.

In a unanimous judgment of a 3-man panel of Justices of the Court, Adeyemi was said to have failed to establish all grievous criminal allegations made against the conduct of the primary election by APC and its leaders.

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50 poisoned at wedding party



No fewer than 50 people were poisoned at a wedding in Iraq’s northern province of Kirkuk due to spoiled food, local media reported.

According to the report, the incident occurred in the town of Hawija, west of Kirkuk, the capital city of the cognominal province.

The provincial health chief, Ziyad Khalaf, said some of the cases were mild while some were serious.

He added that all the patients have received the necessary medical treatment in the hospital.

The incident came a day after a deadly fire ripped through a wedding hall in a predominantly Christian town in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, killing 114 people and injuring more than 200. (Xinhua/NAN)

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Make a difference in Niger Delta, Ogbuku charges new directors



The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr Samuel Ogbuku, has enjoined the newly promoted Directors of the Commission to make a difference in the discharge of their duties and take the Commission to greater heights.

Ogbuku, who gave the charge at the closing session of a two-week course on Leadership and Performance Management for directing staff of the NDDC in Abuja, said that the provision of quality services to the people of the Niger Delta was a collective responsibility and should be given priority.

According to him, the reason for sending the new Directors for training was to ensure they took the administrative knowledge acquired back to the Commission in order to make a difference for the overall benefit of the region.

He said: “We are supposed to be training and retraining our staff. This is just the beginning. I want the directors to take back the knowledge they have gained to others in the NDDC to better appreciate their roles and understand the expectations from them.

“We want to do things differently. We want to improve on our services. We want to take up challenges. We want to start with the staff first to ensure that all the staff are properly trained and they understand their roles.”

Ogbuku urged the directors to ensure they utilised the experiences gathered from the training to improve the administrative processes in NDDC to ensure that things were done differently.

He said further: “As new directors, you need to understand your roles and understand your boundaries. You also need to understand your strengths and understand when to use them and when not to.

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“You need to understand that you are public servants and not civil servants. So, these are some of the things we thought you ought to be equipped with.”

“Over the years we have seen a situation where the staff of the NDDC seem to act as politicians, but as directors who have been inducted into Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), I believe that you are not only going to be ambassadors of NDDC, you are also going to be worthy ambassadors of ASCON,” he said.

He stressed that his expectation was to work with directors who understood that they were career civil servants, and aspiring to get to their peak as professionals, not those who want to be nepotic or tribalistic.

Ogbuku noted that directors should be wary of their actions, adding that some of their actions could mislead their subordinates who are looking up to them as role models.

In her address, the Director General of ASCON, Mrs. Cecilia Gayya noted that training was essentially an activity that was designed to make an employee more efficient and productive in the performance of their functions.

She said that the focus of training was to ensure efficient and effective application of knowledge, skills and attitude for improved performance, noting: “The programme was carefully designed and implemented to provide the needed knowledge, skills and capacity to adequately and promptly discharge their responsibilities and thus, make meaningful contributions towards the attainment of the mission and vision of the NDDC.

“The conscientiousness with which you participated in this programme for the past two weeks is a testimony to your preparedness for the challenges ahead and thus gives us hope that this training will impact positively on your performance, especially as you rise higher in the strategic realm of the management of the Commission.

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