Terrorists again struck at the ever-busy Abuja-Kaduna highway, killing two travellers in the process This time, the attack occurred close to a security post according to an eye-witness who was at the scene of the incident The Abuja-Kaduna expressway has in recent times, witnessed a flurry of attacks by the armed terrorists
Oneworldnews learnt that armed bandits on Sunday night, December 12 opened heavy fire on travellers along the Abuja-Kaduna highway, killing two passengers aboard a passenger bus.
According to the report, the incident occurred between 10:30 pm and 11:00 pm but there was no response from security operatives despite the proximity to a security check post.
A victim, Ibrahim Umar Bari, who narrated his encounter with the gunmen said he could not confirm if hostages were taken by the bandits, but stressed that they opened fire on quite a number of vehicles and punctured their tyres.
From the way they operated, it was obvious they came for a killing spree… I have never seen live flying bullets in my entire life until last night. We sighted them some 300 meters away and ran for dear life.
They came close to our hiding points still opening fire and from the sound I heard, those were not ordinary guns.
He confirmed that the vehicle they were traveling in sustained two bullet holes.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has condemned the imposition of a travel ban on some African countries amid fears over the new Covid-19 Omicron variant.
The United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) have imposed a travel ban on African nations including Nigeria, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
The UK has put these countries on its red list of countries deemed high risk.
Addressing ECOWAS leaders in Abuja on Sunday, December 12, President Akufo-Addo charged them to move rapidly into the domestic production of vaccines for the protection of its citizens.
He tasked leaders of the ECOWAS member states to rigorously pursue national and regional efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new variant, Omicron has already been found in three member states and has led to unfortunate impositions of travels ban by some countries which are unjustified and unacceptable.
Whilst we remain grateful for the support from friends of the community, we must continue to pursue national and regional efforts to fight COVID-19 and move rapidly into the domestic production of vaccines for the protection of our citizens.
Amid the threats from jihadists and violent extremists, President Akufo-Addo called for deliberations among ECOWAS leaders in order to address economic and security issues in the sub-region.
As of 8th December, our region has recorded 674,556 cases of infections with some 10,000 deaths. This curse has impacted our humanitarian, social and economic sectors and it continues to rise with the emergence of a new variant and the risk of a new wave in our region, he added.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, has defended the vaccination policy introduced this festive season, saying it is necessary to avoid a possible 4th wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective Monday, December 13, all persons aged 18 and above arriving in Ghana must provide full evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations before they will be allowed entry.
The Ghana Airport Company has also cautioned airlines it will charge an amount of $3,500 for each unvaccinated traveller they bring into the country.
Covid-19 is caused by a novel strain of the virus known as Omicron.
The world has yet to recuperate from the impacts of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic on all sectors of society and is unprepared to face a new virus.
The World Health Organization discovered B. 1. 1. 529 on November 24, 2021, and named it Omicron two days later.
Everyone from experts to world leaders is concerned about the omicron variety. South Africa was the first to report it to the World Health Organization, and infections have risen dramatically in recent weeks. In practically all provinces in South Africa, where it was initially documented, the number of instances of this variation appears to be increasing.
The first verified infection was discovered in a sample taken on November 9, 2021.
Swabs are sent to labs for analysis to detect omicron. A comprehensive genetic analysis is required to confirm if it is a positive instance of omicron, which can take up to two weeks.
Symptoms Of Omicron Variant
The variation may manifest itself in somewhat various ways.
At this time, the World Health Organization claims that there is no evidence that omicron symptoms are difficult to distinguish from those of other variations.
However, some signs and symptoms may include:
1. A new coughing fit
2. Chills from fever
3. Taste or olfactory loss
4. Difficulty in taking a breath
5. Breathing problems
It’s unclear whether Omicron spreads more easily. It makes folks feel a lot worse than the other variations.
Currently, the following nations have cases of omicron:
* Czech Republic
* Hong Kong
* South Africa etc.
Omicron’s emergence is just another reminder that, while many of us may believe we are done with COVID-19, we are not done with it,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization.
Baby acne is just like the acne that many suffer from their teens and twenties. Baby acne can pop up anywhere on your newborn’s body, but it’s most often seen on their cheeks and back. Baby acne is also known as neonatal acne. The condition, which is usually treatable, occurs in about 30 percent of newborns. It is different from infantile acne in that open “blackheads” don’t usually appear in baby acne.
This skin condition normally becomes visible within two to four weeks of your baby’s birth. That said, some newborns have acne when they’re born. It may also affect infants at any point during their first several months of life.
Infantile acne is relatively uncommon and affects less than 2% of children. Relatively recent data derived from the outpatient pediatric population of the United States from 2000 to 2010 revealed that approximately 9.2 million ambulatory clinical visits each year were attributed to pediatric acne alone, with neonatal and infantile acne accounting for 3% of all cases. Infantile acne can affect either sex but has a higher predominance in males.
Types of Baby acne
There are two types of acne occurring in babies: Neonatal acne and infantile acne.
If your baby has acne before six weeks of age, doctors refer to it as neonatal acne. About 20 percent of newborns develop this type, and it mostly affects boys. Some may even have it from the moment they enter the world.
Doctors, nonetheless, don’t consider this true acne, but more on that below.
Neonatal acne generally appears on the face on the forehead, cheeks, and chin. Sometimes it runs down the back or chest.
The affected areas may look bumpy and oily, much like they would on an adult. Still, the breakouts can also simply appear as small red dots.
If your baby is between three and 16 months, doctors call it infantile acne. This type is less common, affecting approximately 2 percent of babies. But, much like neonatal acne, boys are more likely to develop it.
Infantile acne is a bit different from the baby acne most of us know. Your baby may still have red and whitish bulges, but blackheads and nodules can also appear. These typically surface in clusters, and the bumps may contain pus.
Infantile acne usually runs its course. However, in rare cases, it can be persistent and difficult to get rid of. And unlike neonatal, this type is generally viewed as true acne.
Causes of Baby acne
When your new-born baby is around 2 to 5 weeks old you may start to see small pimples on his face, usually on his cheeks, nose, eyelids, chin, and/or forehead. Baby acne is also referred to as neonatal acne and is common about 3 in 10 babies get it.
Experts are not exactly sure what causes baby acne, but it could be due to one of the following:
An inflammation caused by yeast on your baby’s skin
Overstimulated oil glands in your baby’s skin caused by coming into contact with hormones in the placenta during your pregnancy.
Baby acne has nothing to do with the type of acne that a teenager may experience.
Baby acne symptoms
It is temporary and typically develops within two to four weeks after an infant is born and lasts several days or weeks. In some cases, baby acne can last for several months.
Symptoms of baby acne, which may be more pronounced when a baby is crying or fussy, include:
Rough, bumpy rash
Small white pustules or whiteheads
Skin infection, with deeper, larger, painful area of redness, possibly with drainage of pus.
Acne rash appearing after 2 months old that has blackheads and more severe pimples is a more serious condition that needs to be evaluated and treated.
What if it’s not baby acne?
There are some skin conditions that can mimic baby acne. Here are some of the most common:
Milia: These are tiny white bumps that tend to show up about the same time as baby acne. They’re caused by skin flakes getting trapped near the surface of the skin, usually on the nose, chin, or cheeks. These are also harmless and do not require any treatment.
Erythema toxicum: This is a larger red area with overlying white or yellow bumps. It tends to appear in the first 1-2 weeks of life and goes away within a week or so without any treatment.
Eczema: This is a red, scaly, bumpy rash that may appear flaky. It shows up on baby’s faces but can also be anywhere else on the body, especially on the knees and outside of elbows. It tends to be quite itchy.
Heat rash: This is caused by blocked pores trapping sweat under the skin. It tends to happen in areas that get hot and sweaty, such as the neck, arm pits, and creases of elbows, knees, wrists, and feet.
Cradle cap: The scalp is where you are most likely to find cradle cap, which looks like scaly or crusty patches. They tend to look greasy and might be white or yellow.
Diagnosis and test
In most babies with acne, no investigations are necessary. In older children, or if there are other signs of virilisation, the following screening tests may be useful.
The best way to deal with baby acne is simply to be patient, and not apply or do anything that could make your baby’s acne worse. After all, baby acne should eventually clear up on its own.
Follow these tips for caring for baby’s acne:
Never apply an acne-specific medicine, cream, lotion or wash to baby’s face unless a pediatrician or dermatologist recommends it. Many adult and teen treatments are too harsh for baby’s sensitive skin, and could make acne worse.
Wash baby’s acne areas twice a day with warm (not hot) water. You can use a soft washcloth to pat or gently sweep these areas in circles, but be very gentle, and do not scrub. Too much rubbing/scrubbing could irritate the acne areas.
Stay away from harsh soaps, and stay away from any products with fragrances. Only use water and mild soap-free washes designed for babies on baby acne areas.
Do not use lotions, or any oily products
Never squeeze or pick at acne.
Make sure that baby doesn’t pick at their own acne have them wear baby mittens or socks on their hands if needed.
Also, never scrub or rub acne.
If baby’s acne seems especially stubborn, your pediatrician may prescribe a medicated cream or ointment. Ask your doctor about these treatments if you think they may be needed. Use the treatment exactly as your doctor directs you to, if one is prescribed.
Prevention of Baby acne
Some of the things you can do to prevent baby acne or at least keep it from getting worse:
Be gentle with the baby’s skin, especially when taking a bath. If your baby is already experiencing acne, avoid scrubbing the affected area to avoid causing irritation, and to help it heal faster.
Use lukewarm water when washing your baby’s skin.
As much as possible, use a mild soap, fragrance-free or a soap-free cleanser when washing your baby’s skin. It may be best to ask your doctor for product recommendations to know what’s best for your baby’s skin type.
Avoid using adult acne products such as those with erythromycin or retinoids on your baby’s skin as they may be too strong and may cause further skin issues.
Avoid using oily or greasy products that may aggravate baby acne. It’s also best to skip the lotion and heavy creams.
Most of all please do not squeeze baby acne as this many only irritate your baby’s skin, cause scarring and/or just make it worse.
Ahmed Lawan, who is the president of the senate, made it known at a Lecture Series organised by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS).
In the lecture, Ahmed Lawan cleared the air by stating that a senator’s monthly salary is not 13 million naira as generally believed. He made it clear that the said 13 million naira is for office allowance, which is paid quarterly. That of the House of Representatives members is 8 million naira, also paid quarterly.
The real salary for a senator is 1.5 million naira and that of a house of representatives member is 1.3 million naira, which is paid monthly.
The Senate President further urged Nigerians to believe in the Senate, as they are not rubber-stamped by the Senate.
Fisayo Soyombo, Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) founder, is being detained at the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Soyombo had on November 23, 2021, received a text message from the security agency.
This office is conducting an investigation in which your name and phone number featured, in view of this, you are to interview the Head, IGP Monitoring Unit on the 29th November 2021 by 1000hrs at 1st Floor, Force Headquarters, it read.
The journalist honoured the invitation on Monday and discovered it was in connection to a story on the award of contracts for police camps.
The transit police accommodations are located in Benue, Bauchi, Plateau, Katsina and Kano States.
FIJ had reported how, in his former role as CP Budget and Finance, Joseph Egbunike, (now DIG), allegedly joined other senior cops to approve more than N1 billion for the projects.
Egbunike headed the police panel that investigated ex-IRT head, Abba Kyari, after an FBI indictment for alleged fraud and conspiracy.
When FIJ visited the project locations, nothing or little had been done after three years of approval.
At the N245 million transit camp in Riyom, Plateau State, two uncompleted bungalows and a few mobile buildings on an expanse of land were found, he revealed.
Pro-Egbunike’s lawyers petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali, over the story, demanding the prosecution of those behind the defamation.
The legal practitioners, led by Stefan Onome Okorodudu, claim to operate under “Concerned Lawyers in defence of the Nigeria Police and its officers”.
It is unclear if police authorities are looking into FIJ’s revelations about the facilities meant to provide safe and comfortable accommodation for travelling officers and men.
Lately, there have been series of insecurity issues across the country, most especially in the northern parts of the country. Several innocent Nigerians have lost their lives as a result of insecuriy in the country.
Based on that note, a well known human rights activist, Adeyanju Deji decided to slam those who are happy over the high level of insecuriy in the northern parts of the country.
According to a post he made on his verified Facebook page, Deji made it clear that the north is bleeding, reminding Nigerians that the North is now a killing field, from Sokoto to Kastina. He went on and stated that those who are happy and saying that what is presently happening in the north is a family affair do not understand the danger we are all in as a nation.
This is really sad and unfortunate. I don’t see any reason why a Nigerian should be happy because his country men and women are being killed by terrorists. This is the time for us to act instead of rejoicing that people are being killed.
The repatriation of the Nigerians was confirmed by the Bono East Regional Commander of GIS, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI), Francis Annor.
At least 54 Nigerians have been deported by the Bono East Regional Command of the Ghana Immigration Service. The repatriation of the Nigerians was confirmed by the Bono East Regional Commander of GIS, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI), Francis Annor, GhanaWeb reports.
According to Annor, the Nigerians were rounded up on Sunday, December 5, 2021. The Nigerians were said to enter the West African country without the proper travel documents. They were processed the following day and sent back to their home country on Thursday, December 9. The repatriated fellows were made up of 52 males and two females. The Regional Commander stated that the GIS last month, in a similar operation, arrested and repatriated a bus full of Togolese citizens last month.
According to the commander, the foreigners entered the country illegally using motorbikes and tricycles and with the help of some residents in the region, converged at Tuobodom before hiring a bus to travel to their final destinations. He further advised residents of the Bono East Region to desist from aiding expatriates from entering the country illegally.