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Despite N11m medical expenses, hit-and-run victim dies at LASUTH

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She was energetic, aspiring and promising with determination to live and work abroad which she diligently pursued despite all odds and her prayers were answered when she got a visa to fulfil this long term ambition.

At 31, Omotola Akinsanya was a synosure to many of her peers until her hope of fulfilling her ambition was dashed on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 when he was reportedly hit by a hit and run Lebanese national, John Greg, who was reportedly driving against traffic on top speed.

Greg was said to be driving in a Toyota 4Runner when he allegedly hit Omotola and this resulted in serious leg injuries but sympathisers rallied round and rushed her to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital LASUTH, chased and apprehended the fleeing motorist and handed him over to the Police who thereafter impounded the vehicle.

The incident occurred on the Sanusi Fafunwa Road, Victoria Island, Lagos and this has been receiving hearings at Yaba Magistrates Court where Greg was granted bail to the tune of N1m. The case had been adjourned till July 4, 2022.

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The victim was said to have undergone major surgeries which led to the amputation of her leg unfortunately, she could not withstand the acute pains as she died on Thursday, June 9, 2022 when family and friends were rallying round to fly her abroad for further medical treatment.

Barely two weeks after her death, the Akinsanya Family who hail from Ikorodu, Lagos State are alleging negligence on the part of the hospital medical team as being responsible for their daughter’s death.

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They claimed that few days to her death, the victim had sent appeal messages to the family members to relocate her from the hospital due to negligence.

To achieve this, friends and well-wishers of the victim had taken to the social media to raise appeal fund to the tune of $20,000 to relocate her abroad for further medical treatment unfortunately, they could not meet up with the target before Omotola bade the world farewell.

Angered by the development, the Akinsanyas have registered their plights with LASUTH authorities which is currently probing the death and has promised to take decisive steps on the matter.

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Vanguard Metro can authoritatively reveal that Lagos State Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi, who was privy to the matter is leaving no stone unturned to unravel it.

Similarlly, it was learnt that Lagos State Police Command has rearrested the suspect for re-ammendment of charges against him.

It was learnt that the hospital authorities were planning to conduct an autopsy on the body for more findings but the family could not be patient for this due to the circumstance that led to her death.

Family vows to unravel Omotola’s death

The family head who resides in Surulere area of Lagoas, Venerable Folarin Shobo,  spoke with Vanguard Metro in an emotional laden voice saying,’’The issue now is that Omotola is dead and her death was compounded by lack of professional treatment by LASUTH.

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‘’After 11 days in Intensive Care Unit ICU, she was moved to autopaedic ward where the injury was exposed to infections due to lack of diligent medical treatment. The girl was appealing to us to mover her out of LASUTH because she had been neglected.

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‘’For four or five days, they were not there to debride her leg and she kept appealing that we should take her out of that hospital. She said she was aware that private hospitals could be expensive but they will not neglect her to that extent.

‘’When the leg was amputated on Friday, June 4, 2022, some of her friends in the United Kingdom, saw the need to quickly raise fund to fly her abroad. I was always at the ICU unit and this makes me to wonder if it was Lagos state Government that was running LASUTH because the medical bill was commensurate with that of private hospitals whereas we were not enjoying the services.

‘’Conservatively, the medical expenses have gulped over N11m while extra N600, 000 was charged before the death certificate was issued. A day before she died, the medical bill gulped N150, 000 all to no avail.

‘’Omotola was born to Omotayo and Sunbo both residing in Lagos, the grandfather was the famous Lawyer Akinsanya in Ikorodu, All efforts were to get her out of the hospital. She just secured a job in the UK and was processing her travel document before the incident occurred. Omotola was a product of Redeemer’s University.

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‘’On that fateful day, she was going to collect a reference letter from a VIP before she was hit by the Lebanese.

‘’As a family, we promised her that we will use every opportunity at our disposal to unravel her death.

‘’few days before her death, we received a message from the lawyer of the hit and run Lebanese that we should compile all the medical expenses and send to him but this was to be sent on June 10, 2022 unfortunately, our daughter died the previous day and since then, he has closed all channels of communications.

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‘’As a priest, I have told my congregation about the incident because anything can happen in Nigeria. As for autopsy, I have told Police that we are ready to exhume the corpse if need be.’’

A senior medical practitioner with LASUTH who pleaded anonymity said the management will unravel the riddle.

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Contacted, the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Prof.Adetokunbo Fabamwo, said the hospital will not respond to Vanguard enquiries until the high powered panel of enquiry submitted their report.

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Again, court rejects Abba Kyari’s fresh bail request

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Again, court rejects Abba Kyari’s fresh bail request

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, dismissed a fresh bail application the detained Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, filed to be released on bail, pending the conclusion of his trial.

Kyari is facing an eight-count charge bordering on drug trafficking brought against him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

Also read: Appeal Court dismisses suspended DCP Abba Kyari’s bail application

The NDLEA alleged that Kyari and his men, sometime between January 19 and 25, 2022, at the office of Inspector-General of Police, IRT, Abuja, in connivance with one ASP John Umoru (now at large), ACP Sunday J. Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu, unlawfully tampered with 21.25kilograms worth of cocaine that they seized from the two convicted drug traffickers- Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwane- even as it also accused them of dealing in cocaine worth 17.55kg.

The charge stated that this is contrary to section 14(b) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, the defendants

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The court had, in two previous rulings, denied the defendant’s bail and ordered their remand at Kuje prison.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja also refused Kyari’s request for bail.

At today’s sitting, Justice Nwite, in a ruling, held that Kyari’s application lacked merit.

He stated that Kyari failed to establish any exceptional circumstance that would warrant the exercise of judicial discretion in his favour.

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The trial judge said that the court had earlier dismissed a similar bail application that was brought before it and ordered an accelerated hearing of the case.

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He said no evidence was shown to convince the court why it should depart from its earlier ruling.

Justice Nwite rejected Kyari’s application and approved that the NLDEA, proceed with the prosecution of both Kyari and his co-defendants in the matter.

Recall that the court last month granted Kyari temporary bail from prison custody to enable him to participate in his mother’s final burial rites.

The court granted him N50m bail for two weeks and two sureties in like sum.

Previously, Kyari had filed an application to challenge the charge brought against him which the court on March 22, 2023, dismissed.

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Kyari, through his team of lawyers led by Mr Nureni Jimoh (SAN), argued that the charge was legally defective and premature.

He added that the NDLEA ought to have allowed police to exhaust its internal machinery before filing the applications in court.

He claimed that the Police had already commenced an investigation into allegations against him and issued an interim report.

The defendant argued that he could only be charged to court upon the conclusion of the internal investigation by the police.

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Reverend E.M.F. Oshoffa demotes London shepherd over insubordination

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In a move to uphold pastoral authority, Reverend Emmanuel Mobiyina Oshoffa, the Pastor and Spiritual Head of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide, has demoted VSE Bayo King, the Shepherd in Charge of the Celestial Church of Christ, Harton Street, London.

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Citing repeated acts of disobedience and insubordination, Reverend Oshoffa announced the demotion in a memo titled “PASTORAL ORDER: DEMOTION IN SPIRITUAL RANK” with reference number CCC/EMF/PO/AD-DSR-001/04-24.

The memo highlighted VSE Bayo King’s refusal to vacate the Harton Street Parish as directed by previous Pastoral Orders dated 25th September 2023 and 12th February 2024.

It accused him of instigating parish members against the directives of the Pastor and destabilising the parish. As a result, VSE Bayo King has been demoted to the rank of Assistant Superior Evangelist with immediate effect.

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The Pastoral Order stipulates that during the period of demotion, the embattled London shepherd must not use or be addressed by any spiritual rank higher than Assistant Superior Evangelist.

Additionally, he is prohibited from wearing the church garment corresponding to any rank above Assistant Superior Evangelist.

The memo emphasizes that his conduct will be closely monitored by the Office of the Pastor, C.C.C. Worldwide.

Reverend Oshoffa expressed hope that VSE Bayo King would demonstrate the expected remorse, obey orders, and show improvement in his conduct, potentially leading to a reconsideration of the decision. Failure to do so could result in further disciplinary action.

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In a related statement, Reverend Oshoffa addressed concerns regarding the formation of a parallel Diocese in the UK under VSE Bola Olaleye.

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He clarified that he had not authorised any such formation and reaffirmed that the Celestial Church of Christ, United Kingdom Diocese, remains unified under the leadership of Most Superior Evangelist Amos Olabode Fatusin.

        Most Sup Evang Amos Fatusin, HoD UK Diocese

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Couple, accomplice arrested for alleged human trafficking in Anambra

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Couple, accomplice arrested for alleged human trafficking in Anambra

Anambra State Government through the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare has handed a couple and an accomplice to the police over alleged human trafficking in Ifitedunu, Dunukofia Local Government Area of the state.

This was made known in a statement by the media aide to the Women Affairs Commissioner, Chidinma Ikeanyionwu, on Facebook on Tuesday.

 

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According to the statement, the arrest was made possible after the community chairman, Mr Arinzechukwu Azodo, notified the Women Affairs Commissioner, Ify Obinabo, about a suspected trafficking incident in the community.

According to Mr Azodo, he was alerted by his team commander over a report of suspected trafficking taking place in the community and quickly informed the commissioner, who instructed him to arrest the suspects.

Upon arrest, it was discovered that the suspects were about to seal a deal worth one million naira.

One of the suspects, Ebere, confessed that she was approached by another suspect, Temple Nwankwo, who offered to sell her twin baby.

Ebere claimed she agreed to partner with Temple and link her up with a prospective buyer. However, Temple denied any involvement in the alleged transaction.

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The statement said, “Ebere said she accepted to partner with her and went further to link her up to a prospective buyer who needed a male child urgently. Ebere in her confession said that after their negotiation, they agreed to meet at Oye Agu to further seal the transaction but instead, Temple requested an instant payment of one million naira in her account which the buyer objected to because he hadn’t seen the baby in question which brought disagreement among them before Temple changed her mind and left them.

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“On the alleged seller’s part, Temple Nwankwo from Enugu State but resident at Ifitedunu, she denied ever having to be in any type of business with Ebere but explained that she only reconnected with her when she was four months pregnant. Temple in her defence said it was Ebere who actually asked for her help in getting a male child because she’s not been able to have a child of her own.

“Temple in her confession said, after Ebere made the request, she warned her to never involve her in such and that since that day, Ebere has been coming to her house in her absence meeting her daughter even after her several warnings to her.

The investigation revealed that Temple had been accused of human trafficking by some community members, who claimed that she and her husband, Ndubuisi Nwankwo, were involved in the business. When questioned about the whereabouts of her two children, Temple claimed they were dead, but her story raised suspicions.

The statement added, “It will interest you to know that, some members of the community alleged that Temple is into the trafficking business with her husband Ndubuisi Nwankwo as an accomplice because they have not seen some of her children for a very long time.

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“When the couple were asked the whereabouts of the two kids, they claimed that they were dead but when asked about the people present when they were buried, they stated no one has ever been around to witness the burial of the two children.

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“It was at this point that the Honourable Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare Anambra, Obinabo, who was visibly sad over the incident, handed them over to the police for investigation and prosecution.”

The Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Obinabo, handed the suspects over to the police for investigation and prosecution, reiterating the state government’s commitment to ending human trafficking.

She urged the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the ministry.

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