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News: Hoodlums disguised as military men vandalize cables worth N60m in Lagos

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The Lagos State Police Command on Friday confirmed the arrest of some hoodlums who vandalized and stole telecommunications cables worth N60m in the Ojodu Berger and Ogba areas of the state.

The suspects, who wore green vests, came in a military van, marked OP MESSA Sector 3 005, with number plate NA 0002 9 Brigade and allegedly excavated and cut the cables before packing them into a truck.
The Punch gathered that the vandalized cables belonged to a firm, Peace Global Satellite Communications Limited,

PGSC, however while the hoodlums carried out their illegal act, a worker of PGSC, was said to have accosted them, ordering them to stop the act but he was allegedly beaten up by a soldier who accompanied them.

The incident happened on Saturday at about 2pm.
The suspects, numbering eight, reportedly vandalized the cables on the grounds that they belonged to the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited and that their firm had bought the NITEL cables.
The unnamed victim was said to have reported the matter at the Ojodu Police Division and the police ordered the truck carrying the vandalized cables to be brought to the station.
Confirming the incident, the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Damasus Ozoani, said the suspects were invited on Sunday to make statements at the station after which they were detained. Ozoani said the case was under investigation and the suspects will soon be charged to court.
Commenting on the incident, the Managing Director of PGSC, Livingstone Oreye, said, “On Saturday, at about 2pm, I received a call that some unknown persons were cutting the underground cables bought and installed by the firm since 2004.
“My workers explained to the copper dealers that the cables belonged to a private firm and not NITEL. But the workers forcefully broke into our underground joint box and cut over 1,200 petrol jelly-filled cables at several joints.
“The suspects instigated a soldier to slap one of my workers, boasting that we could not do anything. They claimed that the cables belonged to NITEL, but we told them that the cables have PGSC inscriptions on them and that they have no right to trespass on a private property.
“The workers refused and moved from one joint box to another, vandalising our cables and putting them in the truck they brought. The damage has affected the company’s operations since Saturday and the cables in circulation now cannot be as strong as the ones vandalized by the suspects.
“The act of vandalism has affected our telephone network and the perpetrators should be prosecuted. The cables, which were produced by Kable Metal, are no longer easy to get as the company has stopped producing in Nigeria.
“All the underground cables from Ogba down to Omole and Ojodu Berger were vandalised by the suspects, who claimed that only NITEL could afford such cables,” Oreye said, urging the State Commissioner of Police, CP, Fatai Owoseni, to investigate the matter and bring those behind the destruction to face the law.

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Covid-19: 6 Ways To Overcome Boredom During Stay-home Period

Due to the spread of covid-19 accross the world, most states in Nigeria are presently observing lockdown. Therefore, here are some ways to overcome boredom during stay-home period. 6 Ways Overcome Boredom Stay-home

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Considering the fact that everyone has no option than to stay at home to avoid the spread of covid-19 in our respective states or countries, boredom has been the order of the day which most people has been complaining about.

And to solve the problem of boredom you have to understand that you can’t go out, you can’t mingle neither can you gist with friends in crowded places, and you have to maintain social distancing — these are some of the measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

So you ask yourself, I am being quarantined, how will I scale through boredom? You ask yourself, I am always alone, how will I prevent being bored? How will I overcome this boredom that is already drowning me?However, to be able to enjoy your stay home period, the following are ways you could actually prevent yourself from dull moments:

  1. Watch interesting movies: This is the time you have to increase your interest in film watching. You need to know the latest movies in town and make as well watch them when you’re bored.
  2. Listen to music: music is life, music bring you peace and happiness. Good music minister to the soul. This quarantine period is a time you need to listen to good music, ensure you learn their lyrics and sing them along. If you’re a type that knows how to dance, you could dance to the music alone in your room. Now te me, are you not overcoming boredom like that?
  3. Start reasonable argument with roommates or siblings: If you’re living with a friend or you’re probably in your family house, you have to start some reasonable argument with your friends or siblings in order to make the atmosphere lively. You could argue about celebrities, politics, football and also on academics line.Play interesting games: I know so many people have been doing this but they still have to keep playing games so as to prevent themselves from dull moments.
  4. Follow trends on social media: This is another way to overcome dull moments, you have follow what is trendy on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
  5. Watch comedy clips: Of course to there are lot of comedy clips out there you could watch, follow comedian on Instagram and YouTube. Watch their clips and get over boredom.
  6. Read books and interesting novels: Of course, this is the time you have to develop interest in reading. There are lots of interesting story books that could bring life to your dull moments. You could Google interesting stories or download book apps to get yourself busy and lively reading books.

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Nigeria To Unveil Her First Home-Made Ventilator,Today

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National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure has manufactured the first made in Nigeria ventilators to fight COVID – 19 pandemic in Nigeria.
This is a gesture made in order to aid COVID-19 patients in breathing.
In a notice made by NASENI spokesman , Segun Ayeoyenikan , on Monday , revealed that Minister of Science and Technology , Dr Ogbonnaya Onu , would unveil the respirators, Tuesday ( today ) .
Recall that, Nigeria government, begged for respirators from American billionaire,through the Federal Ministry of Finance before it was withdrew as it was seen as national embarrassment,not long ago.
However,with this Nigeria ,too can make used of her home-made ventilators for her COVID-19 patients.

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Is Nigeria Worth Dying For?

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I have not been privileged to travel outside the shores of the Nigerian nation and the African continent. However, friends of mine who have been opportuned to travel out for study, work and holidays often say it to my hearing of how governments of other nations treat their citizens with care. The reverse seems to be case in Nigeria. It seems there is no sanctity and dignity of the human life. No wonder, citizens of other nations treat us with contempts.

Going down the memory lane, there have been several cases of the government failing to act as the custodian of the human person. Even in legal cases involving citizens of Nigeria and other countries, both within and outside the continent, citizens of other countries seem to gain the upper hand. This is because their government provides several facilities that make the legal process smooth sailing.

I remembered in 2014, when the nation was battling with the deadly Ebola Virus. Dr. Adadevoh Ameyo who in a bid to cure the virus lost her life wasn’t given any tangible award to honour her.

Also in another dimension, when cases of casualty involving military personnel is recorded, the way they are treated is horrifying. The whole situation is as though they have only followed the dictates of their heart. The families that are left behind are not given any special treatment. This was what dissuaded me from joining the military.

Whereas, governments of other nation states organise comprehensive welfare programmes for their citizens (old, young, literate and illiterate), we are ridiculed and made to suffer in the midst of plenty “. Unemployed youths are used as political instruments of thuggery during elections, while children of the rich feed of large budgets, this making things turn from bad to worse.

Before elections, political candidates suddenly turn the friends of the poor promising Heaven on earth. After suddenly wielding the sword of power to themselves, they turn enemies making ignorant ones believe it isn’t their duty to make things better. We are forced to accept the fact that travelling abroad won’t make things better and that Nigeria has a lot opportunities. On the contrary, dying in the face of war, doesn’t call for a heroic celebration.

Dying for one’s country is the highest level of patriotism. However, with the current realities, I cannot die for Nigeria. Dear reader, my question to you is this: Can You Die For Nigeria? Do share your thoughts in the comments section.

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