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Five Worshippers Killed As Church Building Collapsed During Bible Study

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Five worshippers died following the collapse of Seventh Day Adventist  Church Bethsaida Congregation in Luyeye village of Kasama, Zambia.

It was gathered that the church building they were in collapsed during a Bible study session following heavy rainfall.

The incident, which happened on Saturday afternoon, January 8, 2022, also left four church members injured and are admitted in the Kasama General Hospital.

The victims were laid to rest at Chiba Cemetery on Tuesday, January 11.

Kasama District Commissioner, Elizabeth Goma, said three people including an infant died on the spot, while two adults died at the hospital last night.

Meanwhile, the District Commissioner has also disclosed that 47 houses in the same area have been destroyed by the rains.

And, Northern Province Minister, Leonard Mbao, who visited the scene said it is disheartening to lose lives in such a manner especially that its only a week when rains started in the area.

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He challenged relevant authorities to ensure that they inspect and certify all buildings so that they are fit for habitation and to avoid further loss of lives.

Mr. Mbao said his office will soon engage churches and other stakeholders for a meeting to discuss the issues.

Leading Fire Fighter from the Kasama Fire BrigadeHosea Mbao, has attributed the collapse of the church building to the use of poor building materials.

He added that after assessment of the building, it was clear that the building material used was not effective.

A church steward, Francis Mfule, who survived the tragedy narrated from his hospital bed that they were in the middle of the Bible Study when the church collapsed as a result of strong winds and heavy rains.

He added that the church structure which was built in 2020 was in an incomplete state.

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FRSC personnel helped pregnant on transit to safe childbirth

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said some of its officers at the Mowe unit of the Ogun State Sector Command on Friday helped an expectant mother on transit to a safe childbirth.

A statement by Mr Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) on Saturday said that the assistance became imperative as it saved the lives of the mother and child.

According to him, while on patrol at Mowe, the team, led by Deputy Route Commander (DRC) Damilola Osiyemi of Mowe Unit Command assisted a woman who was in labour around 1430hours on Friday.

“The woman, Mrs Ola of No 7, Aiyegbami street in Sagamu, boarded a vehicle with Reg No: FKJ 904 HE from Sagamu.

“She was sighted in labour and she was later rushed to Broad Life Hospital, Olowotedo near NASFAT area, Mowe Ogun State by the team where she was later delivered of a baby girl,” the statement said.

It added that the command would not relent in its determination to do anything that would safeguard the lives and property of the residents of Ogun on the road and Nigeria at large.

The statement urged all motorists to desist from breaking traffic rules and regulations to reduce traffic congestion.

It also called on motorists to feel free to seek help from FRSC personnel operating on the highway whenever the need arises.

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‘After I Tore My Card, I Ceased To Be A Member’, Obasanjo Tells PDP

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo told leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has maintained he is no longer a member of the party from the day he tore his membership card.

Addressing a PDP delegation led by the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, four former governors, and members of the party’s National Working Committee visited him at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Saturday, he won’t stop dishing advice to anyone who approaches him in the interest of Nigeria

Addressing the PDP delegation, Obasanjo said: “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.

“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life. Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party.

“I will continue to be a statesman.”

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HELP! Hole-in-heart Patient, Ramadan Seeks N6m For Urgent Surgery

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A boy with three holes in the heart, Ramadan Tolani, urgently needs N6 million for chest infection surgery.

The surgery, according to medical experts, could only be done either at the Babcock University Teaching Hospital or India. However, the family considering the financial constraints of obtaining a visa and other logistics, resorted to doing the surgery at Babcock university here in Nigeria.

The young boy according to a medical report signed by the management of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), is currently on anti failure medication.

The report further implores Nigerians to accord him necessary assistance.

Ramadan was found to be centrally diagnosed with oxygen saturation values in room air between 77-45 per cent.

“Examination of the cardiovascular systems revealed a heart rate of 135bmp; with a prude 3/6 pansystolic murmur loudest at the left lower sternal border.”

The report revealed that echocardiography was done on January 6, 2021, and it revealed that Ramadan has three holes in the heart namely;  Secundum ASD, right partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection and moderate PAH.

It further states that he was presented on account of recurrent chest infections noticed from birth. Mrs Mayalleke Tolani,  Ramadan’s mother while pleading with Nigerians to come to her aid, explained how she has been facing endless difficulties since she gave birth to the boy. Last November, LASUTH told Tolani her son was due for the operation.

If you are touched by Ramadan’s plight, please send your donations to: Bank – Wema, Account Number – 0253889676 Account Name – Ramadan Shedrack Mayaleke

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