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Obidient movement mega rally cause traffic gridlock in Lagos State.

Thousands of supporters of Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, under the aegis of the fast-growing ‘Obidient Movement’ converged on strategic parts in Lagos.

From National Stadium, Surulere to Lekki, and from Ikeja to Festac area of Lagos, many of the supporters on Saturday morning were seen holding the posters of the LP candidate and his vice, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, who had branded vests as they marched around and moved to the bridge leading.

The rally caused both human and vehicular traffic around the Stadium axis, from Alaka and Teslim Balogun Stadium and down to Ojuelegba.

Noting that the use of the stadium would avert unintended lockdown, The Third Force Movement, in a statement by Mr. Olawale Okunniyi, said without the approval the Organisers cannot stop Nigerians from using other venues like Gani Fawehinmi Park or Lekki Toll Gate.

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Nigerian youths defy police warning, hold rally at Lekki toll Gate.

Hundreds of young Nigerians from all works of life have gathered at the popular Lekki toll gate where police brutalised citizens in 2020 during the #EndSARS protest.

Recall that the police had earlier warned that they’d arrest anyone caught within that space in the name of holding a rally.

They could be seen in a video that have surfaced online, dancing around and shouting “Obi Obi Obi.

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Nigeria Army allegedly sacked a community in Anambra state.

Troops of the Nigerian Army have sacked Umunze community in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State in what appeared as a reprisal attack following the alleged killing of five soldiers and two civilians in the area on Wednesday.


SaharaReporters had reported that seven persons including five soldiers were ambushed and shot dead on Wednesday around Zenith Bank area in Umunze town.
However, hundreds
of troops were reported to have invaded the community, shooting indiscriminately, and injuring several people.

The military men sacked the community while burning some houses shops, according to sources.
The soldiers who also invaded Nkwo Market in area ordered the traders to close their shops, while shooting indiscriminately causing pandemonium as everybody ran helter-skelter seeking refuge.

Apart from the Nkwo Market and all the shops in that vicinity, all the schools in the area quickly closed as parents withdrew their children.


President General of the town, Chief John Akanyeonu, who addressed journalists in Awka on Thursday evening, said the soldiers had opened fire on his people when they stormed the crime scene at about 3pm, injuring some of the residents.

He said that one of the persons who were hit by the army’s bullets died while others were still struggling to stay alive in various hospitals.

Asked what the community was doing about the development, he said: “We have made some calls to the DSS office and the DPO here.

We have also called some top military officers and I think they are discussing with their colleagues to take it easy with our people.

All the schools around here were shut down. And there is no hope of reopening tomorrow. Because of their behaviour, people were so afraid, Akanyeonu further lamented.

Meanwhile, a trending video on the military’s invasion showed people running away to safety, everywhere deserted. The maker of the video also showed a pellet he picked from the Nkwo Market area.

Efforts to speak with the state Police Command were unsuccessful as the spokesman, Tochukwu Ikenga, could not be reached on telephone as his phone indicated reachable.

He was also yet to respond to text message.

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Antonio Guterres UN Chief warns Putin, says Annexation has no place in modern world.

The Secretary General of the United Nations has said that a possible expulsion of Russia from the UN Security Council is not the right step in the face of the tensions arising from the invasion of Ukraine and has emphasized that more diplomacy is needed.

I think that the secretary general António Guterres has said in the past that expelling countries from a global forum is not really the right step when we are talking about the need for more diplomacy, said the spokesman for the Secretary General of the UN, Stéphane Dujarric.

Thus, he stressed that the UN bodies will make the decisions they believe they should take in line with their procedures.

I think it’s a reminder to the world of the dangerous situation we find ourselves in. It’s a reminder of the need for all member states to respect international law, he argued.

Dujarric has stressed that Guterres has transferred his concerns to Russia regarding the procedures on the possible annexation of four Ukrainian regions the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as Kherson and Zaporizhia scheduled for the day this very Friday.

Guterres himself warned Moscow on Thursday that this annexation has no place in the modern world and cannot be accepted, since it contravenes both Ukraine’s legal framework and international law. 

Thus, he has warned that the supposed referendums on which this step is based lack legitimacy.

In response, Russia’s permanent mission to the UN has criticized Guterres, accusing him of double standards for a direct attack on the fundamental right to self-determination expressed by the population of the Lugansk, Donestk, Kherson and Zaporizhia.

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Zelensky signed NATO deal rule out talk with Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced a surprise bid for fast-track membership of the NATO military alliance on Friday and ruled out talks with President Vladimir Putin, striking back at Moscow after it said it had annexed four Ukrainian regions.

Zelenskiy signed the NATO application papers in an online video clearly intended as a forceful rebuttal to the Kremlin after Putin held a ceremony in Moscow to proclaim the four partially occupied regions as annexed Russian land.

We are taking our decisive step by signing Ukraine’s application for accelerated accession to NATO,” Zelenskiy said in the video on the Telegram app.

The video showed Zelenskiy in combat fatigues announcing the membership bid and signing a document flanked by his prime minister and the speaker of parliament.

The announcement was likely to touch a nerve in Moscow which casts the NATO bloc at home as a hostile military alliance bent on encroaching on Moscow’s sphere of influence.

Before Russia sent its armed forces into Ukraine in February, Moscow was demanding legally binding guarantees that Ukraine would never be admitted to the U.S.-led transatlantic defence alliance.

Kyiv and the West say Moscow used this as a pretext, among others, to launch a pre-planned military campaign against Ukraine.

By applying for fast-track membership of NATO, Zelenskiy appears intent on showing Putin is failing in one of his main war goals preventing Ukraine joining NATO.

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Nigeria: Peter Obi, Atiku Abubakar, Tinubu, and others sign peace accord.

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Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike host Peter Obi in Port Harcourt.

The executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has reacted after hosting the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital today.

Peter Obi, a former Governor of Anambra State is one of the leading presidential candidates in the country.

He has been consulting with various political and religious leaders across the country since he declared his presidential ambition some months ago under the platform of the Labour Party.

Reacting after meeting Peter Obi, Governor Nyesom Wike stated on his official Twitter page that it was nice hosting the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.

The Governor of Rivers State is in a political tussle with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

His camp which includes some former and present Governors is seeking the resignation of the national chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.

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UK government under fire fort not intervening in Nnamdi Kanu rendition case.

The family of a British citizen who was allegedly taken to Nigeria in an act of extraordinary rendition has been granted a court hearing to challenge the UK government for not intervening in his case.

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob), a prominent separatist movement proscribed in Nigeria, was arrested in Kenya in June last year before being transported against his will to Nigeria, where he has been held ever since.

In July, the UN working group on arbitrary detention published an opinion that the father of two had been subject to extraordinary rendition and said he should be released immediately.

However, successive UK foreign secretaries, first Dominic Raab and then Liz Truss, before she became prime minister, have refused to take a view as to whether Kanu was a victim of extraordinary rendition.

The family has been granted a judicial review to challenge that refusal, arguing that its effect has been that no action has been taken to help him.

His brother, Kingsley Kanu, said: The British government is well known for its stance on human rights.

I believe it must be decisive when it comes to its decision-making about very serious violations of the human rights of British citizens abroad, especially when the facts are clear, as they are in my brother’s case, and when the UN has investigated and reached a firm conclusion that my brother was subject to extraordinary rendition. I am very happy that the court has agreed that a hearing is necessary to decide this important issue.

Kanu’s family claim he was tortured in Kenya and has been held in solitary confinement in Abuja since being transported there.

The UN working group referred the case to the special rapporteur on torture. It expressed concern that he had been denied treatment and medication for his heart condition and highlighted that solitary confinement in excess of 15 consecutive days is prohibited under the Nelson Mandela rules, international non-binding standards.

In a court filing concerning a parallel case brought by Nnamdi Kanu in Abuja, the Nigerian government denied torturing or mistreating him. It claimed that he entered Kenya unlawfully, having previously jumped bail in Nigeria, and so had no right to an extradition hearing.

In 2015, Kanu was arrested in Nigeria and charged with terrorism offences and incitement, after setting up a digital radio station, Radio Biafra, at his home in London.

Two years later he fled the country while on bail after an attack on his family home, which he claimed killed 28 members of Ipob. In January, he pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges.

The evidence available to date establishes that he has been subject to extraordinary rendition and torture or inhumane treatment, she said.

It is unacceptable for the UK government to continue to prevaricate on this issue.

We are glad that the court has now granted permission for this case to move to a final hearing.

Explaining her decision to grant a judicial review hearing, Mrs Justice Ellenbogen said: Such decisions/inaction are, in principle, reviewable and do not enter forbidden areas, including decisions affecting foreign policy.

The Foreign Office declined to comment while proceedings were active.

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Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide builds up in your bloodstream.

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Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide builds up in your bloodstream. When too much carbon monoxide is in the air, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide. This can lead to serious tissue damage, or even death.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by burning gasoline, wood, propane, charcoal or other fuel. Improperly ventilated appliances and engines, particularly in a tightly sealed or enclosed space, may allow carbon monoxide to accumulate to dangerous levels.

If you think you or someone, you’re with may have carbon monoxide poisoning, get into fresh air and seek emergency medical care.

Pathophysiology

CO toxicity causes impaired oxygen delivery and utilization at the cellular level. CO affects several different sites within the body but has its most profound impact on the organs (eg, brain, heart) with the highest oxygen requirement.

Cellular hypoxia from CO toxicity is caused by impedance of oxygen delivery. CO reversibly binds hemoglobin, resulting in relative functional anemia. Because it binds hemoglobin 230-270 times more avidly than oxygen, even small concentrations can result in significant levels of carboxyhemoglobin (HbCO).

An ambient CO level of 100 ppm produces an HbCO of 16% at equilibration, which is enough to produce clinical symptoms. Binding of CO to hemoglobin causes an increased binding of oxygen molecules at the three other oxygen-binding sites, resulting in a leftward shift in the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve and decreasing the availability of oxygen to the already hypoxic tissues.

CO binds to cardiac myoglobin with an even greater affinity than to hemoglobin; the resulting myocardial depression and hypotension exacerbates the tissue hypoxia. Decrease in oxygen delivery is insufficient, however, to explain the extent of the CO toxicity. Clinical status often does not correlate well with HbCO level, leading some to postulate an additional impairment of cellular respiration.

CO can produce direct cellular changes involving immunological or inflammatory damage by a variety of mechanisms, including the following:

Binding to intracellular proteins (myoglobin, cytochrome a,a 3)

Nitric oxide generation leading to peroxynitrite production

Lipid peroxidation by neutrophils

Mitochondrial oxidative stress

Apoptosis

Immune-mediated injury

Delayed inflammation

What are the causes of Carbon monoxide poisoning?

Carbon monoxide poisoning is caused by inhaling combustion fumes. When too much carbon monoxide is in the air you’re breathing, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide. This prevents oxygen from reaching your tissues and organs.

Various fuel-burning appliances and engines produce carbon monoxide. The amount of carbon monoxide produced by these sources usually isn’t cause for concern. But if they’re used in a closed or partially closed space — cooking with a charcoal grill indoors, for example — the carbon monoxide can build to dangerous levels.

Smoke inhalation during a fire also can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

Other common sources of carbon monoxide include the following:

Malfunctioning cooking appliances

Tobacco smoke

Clogged chimney

Auto exhaust or idling vehicles

Malfunctioning water heater

Malfunctioning oil, wood, gas, or coal furnaces

Malfunctioning gas clothes dryer

Wood burning fireplace, gas log burner, or any unvented space heater

Gas or fuel-burning appliances in cabins or campers, barbecue grills, pool or spa heaters, or ceiling-mounted heating units

Fires

Who is most at risk for CO poisoning?

Everyone is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. In winter, risks are higher because of improperly maintained heating systems or people warming up cars in garages. At highest risk are:

Unborn babies.

Infants.

Older adults. Most deaths from CO poisoning happen to adults 65 and older.

People living at high altitudes.

People with chronic heart disease, anemia or respiratory (breathing) problems.

People with already-high CO levels, such as those who smoke.

People who have CO exposure through their jobs are also at higher risk. Harmful CO levels exist in places such as boiler rooms, warehouses or petroleum refineries. Occupations with high CO levels include:

Firefighters

Forklift operators

Garage mechanics

Police officers

Taxi drivers

Tollbooth attendants

Welders

Check if you have symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide gas is colourless and does not smell, so you cannot tell if it is around you.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

Headache

Dizziness

Feeling sick or being sick

Feeling weak

Confusion

Chest and muscle pain

Shortness of breath

The symptoms may come and go. They may get worse when you spend time in an affected room or building and get better when you leave or go outside.

What are the complications of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Even minor cases of CO poisoning can cause serious complications. These may include:

Brain damage

Heart damage

Organ damage

Death

Due to the seriousness of these potential complications, it’s important to get help as soon as possible if you believe you have CO poisoning.

Diagnosis of CO Poisoning

Nonspecific symptoms or metabolic acidosis in at-risk patients

Venous carboxyhemoglobin level

Because symptoms can be vague, nonspecific, and variable, the diagnosis of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is easily missed. Many cases of mild poisoning with nonspecific symptoms are mistaken for viral syndromes. Physicians must maintain a high level of suspicion. If people from the same dwelling, particularly a heated dwelling, experience nonspecific flu-like symptoms, CO exposure should be considered.

If CO poisoning is suspected, the carboxyhemoglobin level in the blood is measured with a CO-oximeter; venous samples can be used because arteriovenous differences are trivial. Arterial blood gases (ABGs) are not measured routinely. ABGs and pulse oximetry, alone or combined, are inadequate for diagnosis of CO poisoning because oxygen saturation reported in ABGs represents dissolved oxygen and is thus unaffected by carboxyhemoglobin concentration; furthermore, the pulse oximeter cannot differentiate normal hemoglobin from carboxyhemoglobin and thus provides a falsely elevated oxyhemoglobin reading. Noninvasive CO detectors have not been shown to be accurate or useful in the diagnosis of CO exposure or toxicity.

Although elevated carboxyhemoglobin levels are clear evidence of poisoning, levels may be falsely low because they decrease rapidly after CO exposure ends, particularly in patients treated with supplemental oxygen (eg, in an ambulance). Metabolic acidosis can be a clue to the diagnosis. Other tests may help evaluate specific symptoms (eg, electrocardiography for chest pain, CT, and MRI for neurologic symptoms).

How is carbon monoxide poisoning treated?

If a doctor suspects you have CO poisoning, you’ll receive treatment immediately once you’re in the hospital. Quick treatment is essential to prevent life-threatening complications. Treatment may involve:

Oxygen treatment

The best way to treat CO poisoning is to breathe in pure oxygen. This treatment increases oxygen levels in the blood and helps to remove CO from the blood. Your doctor will place an oxygen mask over your nose and mouth and ask you to inhale. If you’re unable to breathe on your own, you’ll receive oxygen through a ventilator.

Oxygen chamber

Your doctor may temporarily place you in a pressurized oxygen chamber (also known as a hyperbaric oxygen chamber). The oxygen chamber has twice the pressure of normal air. This treatment quickly increases oxygen levels in the blood and it’s typically used in severe cases of CO poisoning or to treat CO poisoning in pregnant women.

Emergency care

You should never treat CO poisoning yourself. If you believe you have CO poisoning, go outdoors immediately and call 911. Don’t drive yourself to the hospital, because you may pass out while driving.

How can I prevent CO poisoning in my home?

Install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home. Check or replace the detector’s battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. Place your detector where it will wake you up if it alarms, such as outside your bedroom. Consider buying a detector with a digital readout. This detector can tell you the highest level of CO concentration in your home in addition to alarming. Replace your CO detector every five years.

Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.

Do not use portable flameless chemical heaters indoors.

If you smell an odor from your gas refrigerator have an expert service it. An odor from your gas refrigerator can mean it could be leaking CO.

When you buy gas equipment, buy only equipment carrying the seal of a national testing agency, such as Underwriters’ Laboratories.

Make sure your gas appliances are vented properly. Horizontal vent pipes for appliances, such as a water heater, should go up slightly as they go toward outdoors, as shown below. This prevents CO from leaking if the joints or pipes aren’t fitted tightly.

Have your chimney checked or cleaned every year. Chimneys can be blocked by debris. This can cause CO to build up inside your home or cabin.

Never patch a vent pipe with tape, gum, or something else. This kind of patch can make CO build up in your home, cabin, or camper.

Never use a gas range or oven for heating. Using a gas range or oven for heating can cause a build-up of CO inside your home, cabin, or camper.

Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal – red, gray, black, or white – gives off CO.

Never use a portable gas camp stove indoors. Using a gas camp stove indoors can cause CO to build up inside your home, cabin, or camper.

Never use a generator inside your home, basement, or garage or less than 20 feet from any window, door, or vent.

When using a generator, use a battery-powered or battery backup CO detector in your home.