NEWS UPDATE: Soldiers Rescue 14 Pregnant Teenagers and 8 Children In Abia, Bird Flu now in 7 states and lots more…

Fire Burns Six-Year-Old Child To Death In Enugu

The Police in Enugu have confirmed the death of a six-year-old child, Sochimaobi Nwatu, in a fire incident which occurred on January 17, at Awkunanaw, Enugu.

According to the statement released by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ebere Amaraizu, “It was discovered that the child was burnt to death during the incident, the police are yet to identify the cause of the incident because investigation is ongoing’’.

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Soldiers Rescue 14 Pregnant Teenagers, 8 Children In Abia

14 pregnant teenagers and eight children have been rescued from a motherless babies’ home at Umunkpeyi Nvosi in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area, by soldiers from 144 Battalion, Asa, in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State.

It was gathered that Mrs. Charity claimed to be running a government-approved home, but engages in child trafficking and hiring of men who impregnates the teenage girls.Also arrested by the soldiers were six young men, who claimed to be staff of the home, and two girls, aged 16 and 25.

Each girl got N20,000, while their babies were sold for between N80,000 and N150,000 for females and males, respectively.

According to the reports by  Vanguard, a soldier who declined to have his name in print said children between the ages of one and six, and the pregnant teenagers, would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Personsand Other Related Matters, NAPTIP, while the other persons would be handed over to the police for prosecution.

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Bird flu now in seven states in Nigeria – FG

Speaking at a press conference yesterday in Abuja, the Minister of Agriculture, Akinwunmi Adeshina said the highly transmittable avian influenza viral disease also known as Bird flu has spread to five more states asides Lagos and Kaduna where the first cases were recorded in Nigeria. 15 commercial farms and 9 live bird Markets have been affected by the disease in the five states

States with the latest cases of the disease in poultry animals include Ogun, Delta, Rivers, Edo and Plateau states. The Minister also stated that the disease has not reached an epidemic state in Nigeria and that everything is being done to contain its spread in the country. “We are not in a state of any epidemic. Seven states have so far reported cases of the bird flu – Kano, Lagos, Ogun, Delta, Rivers, Edo and Plateau States. The most affected state has been Kano, where the initial case of the bird flu was found. In all of these states, different levels of interventions, including depopulation, decontamination and quarantine are currently ongoing.

103,445 birds have reportedly been exposed to the infection in Kano State, with 15,963 (15 per cent) mortality reported, while 31,195 and 3,347 (11%) mortality has been reported in Lagos State.

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