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President Tinubu withdraws accreditation of 25 Journalists covering Presidential Villa



President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reportedly ordered the security to withdraw the accreditations of 25 journalists covering the Presidential Villa.

SaharaReporters reports that the journalists were shocked when the security operatives stationed at the main gate on Friday, August 18, told them to submit their accreditation tags.

The security operatives did not give any reason or explanation for the withdrawal of the tags.

The journalists were said to have expressed concerns over what might have warranted the action which has raised significant concerns about press freedom.

The affected journalists cut across reporters, cameramen and photojournalists from broadcast, print and online media organizations such as PromptNews, ONTV, ITV Abuja, Liberty, Vanguard, Galaxy TV, Ben TV, MITV and many others.

The affected media houses have been asked to source for video clips and other news materials from their colleagues.

Meanwhile those media organisations, which were not affected by the crackdown, appear to be silent on reporting the matter which is aimed at undermining and frustrating press freedom.

Some of the journalists described the action of the Tinubu-led government as absurd, unacceptable and an attempt to stifle and shrink media space.

They therefore called on civil society organisations to rise up against media repression and oppression.

They added that free press is not a prerogative of any arm of government and the media is a cornerstone of any democratic society.

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Police Probe US Businessman’s Sudden Demise in Lagos Hotel



– US-based businessman Onyejekwe Izuchukwu found dead in Lagos hotel
– Police investigation underway to determine cause of death
– Autopsy to be performed to reveal more details

The Lagos State Police Command has launched an investigation into the sudden death of Onyejekwe Izuchukwu, a 62-year-old US-based businessman. Izuchukwu’s body was discovered in his hotel room in Ikoyi on June 9, 2024.

According to a source, Izuchukwu had been staying at the hotel since June 6, engaging in business activities. Tragically, his lifeless body was found by a cleaner on the floor of his room.

The hotel’s management reported the incident to the police, who have commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Izuchukwu’s death. A doctor was called to the scene and confirmed the businessman’s demise.

Izuchukwu was a prominent figure in the oil and gas industry, having served as President of Bits and Drilling Tools, a division of Schlumberger. His death has sent shockwaves through the industry.

“The command has commenced an investigation into the case,” said Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin. “Izuchukwu’s corpse has been deposited in a morgue in Ikeja for autopsy.”


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Lagos Govt Opens Emergency Center To Curb Cholera Outbreak



– Lagos activates emergency centre to combat cholera outbreak
– UNICEF urges provision of clean water and sanitation facilities
– 350 suspected cases reported with 17 confirmed and 15 deaths

Lagos State Government has activated its Public Health Emergency Operations Centre to tackle the cholera outbreak. The centre will coordinate responses to the increasing number of severe gastroenteritis cases across the state.

According to Prof. Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health, the laboratory investigation has confirmed Cholera sub-type O-1, associated with more severe disease. He urged residents to adhere strictly to precautionary measures to prevent further spread.

Meanwhile, UNICEF has called on the state government to provide high-standard water and sanitation facilities to communities. Celine Lafoucrier, Chief of UNICEF Lagos Field Office, emphasized the need for strengthened healthcare systems to respond to outbreaks.

Lafoucrier stated, “Addressing cholera outbreaks requires a deliberate focus on providing high-standard water and sanitation facilities.” She also stressed the importance of community engagement strategies to halt transmission.

The state government has confirmed 350 suspected cases of cholera in 29 wards across multiple LGAs, with 17 confirmed cases and 15 deaths. However, the number of new cases is subsiding in previously affected areas due to interventions and surveillance efforts.

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