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Insurgency fight: North-East residents hail Buhari, Service Chiefs

“A lot of achievements have been recorded and we pray for a lasting peace in the country. To a large extent, we can now sleep with our two eyes close —Mr. Caleb Ubale former chairman NBA, Gombe

“Judging from the caliber of persons Buhari had appointed to handle the anti-insurgency war, we have every hope that the war will soon be history.”—Alhaji Bulami Mali-Gubio.

Some Nigerians living in the North Eastern part of the country grappling with security challenges, have expressed satisfaction with the approach of the new Service Chiefs in tackling the menace of Boko haram insurgents in the area.

A cross section of them who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe, Bauchi, Maiduguri and Damaturu, said that unlike in the past, they were now convinced that government was poised to living up to its responsibility of ensuring the safety of lives and property.

They observed that the new Service Chiefs were not only pro-active, but sincere and committed to the discharge of their duties, thereby removing doubts that had been in the minds of Nigerians regarding the possibility of elimination of the insurgents.

Mr. Caleb Ubale, former chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in Gombe state, observed that the appointment of the new Service Chiefs had yielded positive result.

“A lot of achievements have been recorded and we pray for a lasting peace in the country. To a large extent, we can now sleep with our two eyes closed,” he said.

Malam Ibrahim Yusuf, Coordinator, Association for Responsible Citizens, a Gombe-based non-governmental organization, observed that the new Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, had taken steps to boost the morale of soldiers, adding that his being an indigene of Borno, the base of Boko Haram, made him to adopt workable strategies.

Alhaji Bulami Mali-Gubio, member of Borno Elders Forum, said that President Muhammadu Buhari had demonstrated sincerity in prosecuting the war.

``The anti-insurgency or anti-terrorism war has been very effective, although it is still early to give a final judgment,’’ Mali-Gubio, also a former Borno Head of Service (HOS), said.

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How erosion killed 6, destroyed 27 houses in Delta

By Osakhare Erese, Asaba

State have raised the alarm over the gully erosion menace ravaging the areas.

Worse of the peoples’ predicaments was the death of six persons alleged to have been drowned by the gully erosion while 27 houses were reported to have been destroyed.

The community highly populated and blessed with commercial and diligent farmers is under serious siege of the erosion especially when it rains the entire community becomes inaccessible of roads, especially those linking up the old Lagos-Asaba road, the Benin-Asaba express way as it has remained sources of night mare to its residents.

Investigation revealed that the absence of access roads in these highly commercial areas, the movement of goods, especially textiles and agriculture products have also become impossible as the plight of its residents have been deepened over their inability of movement especially in transporting their goods to urban areas.

It was reliably gathered that victims of the unfortunate gully erosion lost their lives three weeks ago while they had attempted to struggle and remove their properties when the erosion swept their houses.

Some respondents who lamented the situation said the attempt allegedly made to stop the use of motorcycles popularly known as (Okada) in Boji-Boji Agbor, Boji-Boji Owa and its environs by the state Ministry of Transport; a situation that has resulted in a total collapse of commercial activities and evacuation of agriculture produce.

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Checking human trafficking via awareness campaign

By Femi Ogunshola and Jacinta Nwachukwu

A victim of human trafficking, simply called Blessing, describes her experience with a human trafficker as miserable.

Narrating her ordeal, she recalled that she had a misunderstanding with her parents sometimes ago and she had to leave the house. She said she eventually identified an old friend that introduced her to a man who promised to get her a job abroad.

“I met the man called Ugochukwu and we had discussions among other ladies on how to get employments. This is the only thing I heard and we embarked on a journey.

“During the journey, he took us through a lot of suffering, hunger almost killed us and it got to a stage that we asked him to bring us back to Nigeria because we couldn’t withstand the situation.

“We later found ourselves in Mali, but through enquiries from some ladies in the same dilemma in Mali, we discovered that Ugochukwu had brought us for sex business. He handed us over to a woman whose job is to manage ladies brought from Nigeria to Mali for prostitution to assess them and prove that they are useful for the business.

“Thereafter, we were, on many occasions, forced to sleep with men, I pleaded to be free but the plea did not work because the woman monitored our movements in collaboration with the country’s police authority.

“There is no escape route; all the car owners at motor parks have also been placed on notice to report any stranger, especially Nigerian ladies, that want to travel out of the country,” she explained.

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500 days of Chibok girls’ abduction

By Yemi Adamolekun

On April 14, 2014, 279 girls were abducted from Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State. Chibok is a small farming community and Borno is in the northeastern part of Nigeria, the region most affected by the ongoing insurgency.

500 days later, a lot of Nigerians still think the abduction was a hoax; that those involved in the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy campaign have ulterior motives and say that all we do is protest and make noise on social media. For those genuinely confused and others just being mischievous, here are some facts.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the Presidential Fact-Finding Committee on the Abduction of Chibok School Girls on May 6, 2014. While the full report has yet to be made public, during the committee’s report presentation to Jonathan on June 20, 2014, the committee confirmed the following: 276 girls were abducted; none were rescued by the Nigerian Army as was previously announced; 57 escaped on their own and 219 are still missing. The report included the names of all the girls and their pictures. These facts are sacred.

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High heel shoes: Bitter price of elegance

When it comes to shoes, some women will go through hell for a pair of the London Jimmy Choo brand. The brand became notable in the fashion circles, especially for its high heeled bridals since 1996.

Since wearing high-heeled shoes is an art, women deserve medals for learning to walk in them let alone run! But what effect does wearing high heel have on our bodies?

 By Lucy Osuizigbo  

Most women believe that if they wear high-heeled shoes they will become more attractive, sexier, more cultured, corporate and sophisticated as well as boost their confidence.

These days at social functions, including churches, as every day wear, especially in the corporate world, Nigerian ladies can be seen wearing these ridiculously high-heeled shoes that come as high as 14 to 16 inches.

There are different kinds -- the wedge, clogs, ankle strap heels, wedge sandals and the high heel sandals and they come in assorted colours.

Unknown to many, the constant wearing of these shoes presents some very serious health risks as experts have warned that they could constitute harm to the feet, hip, back and even lead to permanent body deformities.

“The negative effects of wearing high heels can be experienced in particular sections of the feet, knees, legs and back,” Dr Onyebuchi Ahoma, a Clinical Psychologist, said adding that ladies who wear heels put themselves through unnecessary misery and pain.

“Some of them cannot even walk straight on heels because they feel uncomfortable but because they think it is chic and trendy they want to endure and ignore the pains they feel,” he said.

Dr Abubakar Muhyi, an Orthopaedic Surgeon with the National Hospital, Abuja, says that high heel shoes have been the leading cause that usually brought female patients to visit orthopaedic doctors.

Muhyi says that the constant wearing of shoes with high heels or narrow toes have led to a high incidence in corrective foot operations.

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