Two suicides recorded at Swakopmund

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has confirmed two alleged suicides in the Erongo Region over the weekend.

According to NamPol’s Erongo Community Policing Commander, Inspector Ileni Shapumba, in a crime report issued on Saturday, one of the incidents involved a 52-year-old man, identified as Ben Coetzee, who reportedly shot himself in the head with a hunting rifle on Wednesday morning.

The crime report alleges that on Tuesday, the deceased told his landlord that he was going to Walvis Bay to visit and would return the following day.

On Wednesday at about 03h00, the landlord reportedly heard an unusual sound while she was sleeping and awoke to inspect around the house but found nothing and went back to sleep.

“On Thursday, a person who wanted to view the flat in which the deceased lived came by to view the flat but when they could not gain entry after several efforts to contact the deceased, they broke down one of the doors to the flat.

It was after entering the flat that they came across blood flowing from the sleeping room,” Shapumba explained.

The police were then called and found the deceased in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to the head and hunting rifle next to him, as well as suicide note.

In a separate incident, the body of 48-year-old Johannes Matheus was also discovered on Saturday at the Swakopmund airport, where he reportedly hung himself from the poles of the airport yard.

The body was taken to Swakopmund State Hospital’s Mortuary for storage.

The next of kin in both incidences were informed of the deaths and police investigations continue.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Murere sets sights on 2024 Paris Olympics

Namibian upcoming sprinter, Hatago Murere, has set his sight on reaching the qualifying standards for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games set for Paris, France.

The 23-year-old was recently crowned as the national 200 metre (m) champion at the Athletics Namibia National Championships held in Windhoek during April.

In an interview with Nampa on Saturday, the Otjwarongo-based athlete said 2023 has been a good year for him on the track but his biggest goal is to become the first male track and field athlete to emulate Frank Fredricks.

“Since Frank Fredricks retired from sprinting, the country has struggled to get male sprinters to qualify for the Olympics. Next year, Paris will be hosting the 2024 Olympic Games so I have set my goals to at least reach the qualification standards of that championship,” he said.

Murere, who recently ran his personal best of 20.74 seconds in the 200m sprint during the Athletics Namibia National Championships, added that to qualify for the Olympics means he must first do better at the African Games that will be held in Ghana in 2024.

“The Olympics qualifying standard in 200m is 20.16 seconds and my record is 20.74 seconds. If I keep working hard in the 200m, I can reach those times,” he said, adding that despite being hopeful of improving his time in the 200m, he has a long way to go with his 100m sprints.

The sprinter, who is making his maiden appearance as a guide for the Namibia Paralympic Committee team currently on a tour of the World Paralympic Athletics Grand Prix, stated that taking on the guide task is an experience he is enjoying and believes will improve him as an athlete.

“I know schooling is not my strongest point, I therefore pay all my attention to becoming a great athlete like Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse, who is my inspiration at the moment. I would one day like to win as many medals internationally as Frank Fredricks did,” he said.

Murere also said being crowned national champion in the 200m is not something he takes lightly and will fuel him to continue working hard so his teammate Gilbert Hainuca cannot usurp him, given that he is equally talented.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Men urged to open up about mental health issues

Erongo Governor, Neville Andre Itope, has urged men to open up about mental health issues and seek help in an effort to better themselves.

Itope, whose speech was delivered on his behalf, made the sentiments at the second edition of the Men’s Conference held at Swakopmund over the weekend.

In his speech, Itope commended the event, noting that it is significant to provide a platform for pertinent issues such Gender Based Violence, suicide and mental health to be engaged and deliberated on and to equip the men in society with vital information.

“Many a time, men are confronted with the saying ‘man up’, insinuating that they should not be weak, show emotion and be vulnerable. This discourages men from opening up and talking about issues that hinder them and resolving challenges in a peaceful and amicable manner.

It is for this reason that men resort to anger outbursts that end in gender-based violence or domestic violence cases or suicide,” he expressed.

Statistics by the Namibian Police Force indicated that most of the suicides, GBV, murder cases recorded within the region are by men, who are afraid to speak up due to the pressure from expectations to perform from their partners or society as men.

According to Itope, this is worrisome and requires urgent intervention from all sectors in society.

“It is important to highlight at this juncture that morals, values and ethics play an imperative role in how men handle issues they have to face. Morals and values guide us to act on what is right and good for all, while ethics is the willingness to do the right thing despite the cost or effort involved,” Itope noted.

The governor encouraged all men to speak up, speak out and seek solutions in the right places and further called on the men to hold hands and do what is not only legally correct, but that which is morally correct as well to make society a better and safer place to live in.

The men’s conference was held under the theme: “Stop suffering in silence and speak out for solutions.”

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Sudan crisis: Nigerian embassy facilitates students transfer to Egyptian universities

The Embassy of Nigeria in Cairo, Egypt is to facilitate the transfer of Nigerian students from Sudanese universities to Egyptian universities.

The embassy, in a statement on Sunday, said this was in the light of requests by both parents and students caught in the ongoing conflict in Sudan.

The embassy said that it was collaborating with the Central Administration for International Students (Wafeden), under the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to achieve this.

“In this regard, Nigerian students from Sudanese Universities who are interested in transferring to Egyptian Universities are expected to send their full names, faculties required, academic level/year completed, transcripts of the academic years completed.

“(They should also send) passport data pages and contact details (phone number and email) to enable the embassy and the Wafeden start working on them, before the portal for international transfers opens.”

The embassy cautioned students that any of them that transfer to Egyptian government universities would not be eligible for an Egyptian Government Scholarship.

It also provided a link for the transfer for interested students to fill and attach the required documents between May and June in order to join the 2023/2024 academic session commencing in September.

“https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSey- OAIR3UsduSWSIQsMkEn2b2fJ9cn1 Bmq12AdCZSU1x1HEg/viewform?usp=sf_link.

“After filling the above form, interested students should also send their below details and documents to this email: nigembegysch@yahoo.com with the following:

“a. Full Name:

“b. Faculty required:

“c. Academic Year/Level Completed:

“d. Transcripts of the Academic Years/Level Completed (attachment)

“e. Passport Data Page (attachment) f. Contact Details: Phone number(s) and email address.”

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Runsewe lauds NIPR on promotion of national unity, peaceful co-existence

The Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe, has commended the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) for playing leading role in enhancing peace and unity in the country.

Runsewe made the remarks in Abuja at a dinner to celebrate three fellows of the institute who were promoted to a higher level in their various field of endeavours.

The fellows included Wale Adeniyi, who was recently promoted to the rank of Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim, newly elected as National Internal Auditor of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

The other fellow, Osondu Ohaeri, was elevated to the position of Deputy Corps Marshal of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).

He said NIPR had promoted unity in the country through its various policies and activities.

“The Institute puts the peaceful co-existence of the country at the forefront in all its activities and I urge similar professional organisations to borrow a leaf from NIPR in advancing the campaign for brotherliness in Nigeria.”

Runsewe while congratulating the newly promoted fellows urged them not to relent in giving more in service to their fatherland.

Also speaking at the event, the President and Chairman of Governing Council of the NIPR, Malam Mukhtar Sirajo, attributed the exploits of promoted members to hardwork, dedication and commitment to principles of Public Relations.

The NIPR President urged the celebrants to remain good ambassadors of the institute and continually uphold dignity in their service to the nation.

Council Member representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at the Institute’s Governing Council, Dr Ike Neliaku, said it was crucial to recognise and celebrate their achievements in order to teach others the value of excellence.

Neliaku stated that a nation that thrives in excellence excels in success, emphasising that those who have demonstrated success in their endeavours should be celebrated while alive.

The celebrants who could not hold their joy expressed gratitude to the NIPR family, friends and associates for coming in their numbers to identify with them.

The event had in attendance, Senator-elect, Imo West Senatorial District, Mr Osita Izunaso; House of Representatives Member-elect (AMAC/Bwari, Federal Constituency, FCT), Mr Joshua Obike, and Chairman, United Nigeria Airlines, Prof. Obiora Okonkwo among others.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Centre introduces MarkHack 2.0 for marketing, media professionals

The Eko Innovation Centre says it has introduced MarkHack 2.0, a platform for marketing, media professionals and students to explore new and innovative ways to disrupt the creative industry.

Victor Afolabi, the founder of Eko Innovation Centre, said this during the launch of the second edition of Mark Hackathon on Saturday in Lagos.

He said the initiative was aimed at fostering collaboration, creativity and critical thinking among participants and also provide a platform for them to showcase their ideas to potential investors.

Afolabi said participants would be split into teams of five and required to work together for a period of three weeks, brainstorming and ideating new concepts based on their focus areas.

The founder said each team would pitch their ideas to a selection of jury and the best 10 teams with the most viable concepts would go head-to-head at the finale to win a prize pool of 10,000 dollars.

Afolabi said they would also get the chance to join an acceleration programme to get their products ready for the market.

Speaking on the creative industry, he said it is the country’s second largest employer and has the potential to produce seven million jobs by 2025, with a major contribution from entertainment and media.

“The entertainment and media growth will be seen in the development of the metaverse and the use of non-fungible token.The metaverse could contribute around 40 billion dollars to the economies of sub-saharan markets like Nigeria.

“With the rise of digital media, social platforms and the increasing use of technology, the creative industry stands among the most dynamic sectors in the world.

“The industry is becoming more digital, mobile and more pitched at media that attracts the young and more dependant on advertising today.

“It is important that the growth of the industry is steered by innovation that can only be birthed through collaboration among the brightest mind in the industry,” he said.

Similarly, Mrs Hannah Oyebanjo, Managing Director, Redwood Consulting, said the creative industry held the potential to create jobs for young people

Oyebanjo said research showed that the creative sector currently employs about 4.2 million people across five industries including media, entertainment, beauty and lifestyle, visual arts, as well as tourism and hospitality.

“The creative industry encompasses advertising, architecture, arts, video, photography, electronic publishing, radio and television, among others.

“The creative industry is considered as a reliable source of cultural and commercial value,” she said.

Oyebanjo, however, said that the Nigerian creative industry had its challenges which included lack of appreciation for intellectual properties, access to reliable data, weak marketing knowledge and access to funding, among others.

Also, the Managing Director of Entod Marketing, Iquo Ukoh, commended the innovation centre for organising hackathons such as the MarkHack to give several talents opportunities to bring their ideas to reality.

She said that soon enough, solutions would come out of the hackathon that would disrupt markets in Nigeria.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Army clarifies trial of ex-NAPL GMD

The Nigerian Army says the former Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigeria Army Property Limited (NAPL), Maj.-Gen. UM Mohammed, is being Court Martialed following his indictment over sharp practices while in office.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, gave the clarifications in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

“The general is being tried having been indicted by a military police investigation and recommendation for trial.

“Therefore, the media report on the ongoing Court Martial process of Maj.-Gen. Mohammed, is ill-conceived and campaign of calumny.

“Indeed, Maj.-Gen. Muhammed is facing army court-martial over alleged offences of theft of various sums of money belonging to NAPL and forgery,” he said.

According to him, “it is expedient to clear the air on the despicably false report and calculated attempt to cast aspersion on the ongoing court martial”.

He said the trial had already progressed to an advanced stage, adding that the prosecution had put forward the evidence against the general and closed its case.

Nwachukwu disclosed that the accused has opened his defence and testifying as First Defence Witness (DW1).

“For the avoidance of doubts, without being sub-judicial, the former GMD NAPL is facing trial in relation to alleged offences of theft of various sums of money belonging to NAPL and forgery.

“These are all acts declared as offences punishable under the provisions of various extant penal laws in Nigeria.

“To set the records straight, upon investigation and indictment of the accused senior officer by military police investigations, the Army Headquarters convened a Special Court Martial.

“This is to try the senior officer as a procedure to legally recover the sums of money he allegedly fraudulently acquired from the coffers of NAPL during his tenure as GMD.

“The details of the outcome of the court martial will be provided at the end of the court martial proceedings.

“It is instructive to point out, that trials are lawfully provided in the Armed Forces Act (AFA) as one of the disciplinary tools in the armed forces,” he said.

Nwachukwu said the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court had in multiple instances validated the procedures, findings, and sentences of court-martial.

He added that the court martials like all other criminal trials were held in the open.

According to him, the trial of Maj.-Gen. Mohammed is taking place at the Army Headquarters Command Officers’ Mess, Asokoro Abuja and not shrouded in secrecy as being insinuated.

“The trial has been opened and the Defence has presented adequate representation in court.

“The accused senior officer’s family members, friends, and associates attend and observe the court proceedings till date, without hindrance.

“It is factual that Maj.-Gen. Mohammed ought to have proceeded on retirement, however, provisions of the Armed Forces Act (specifically Section 169) permits the retention in service of such a personnel, who has pending disciplinary case(s) to allow extant legal processes.

“Furthermore, it is also a fact that members of the Special Court Martial trying Maj.-Gen. Mohammed are all junior to him.

“This is permissible in special circumstances, as the Armed Forces Act provides for this contingency in Section 133(7), where the Convening Officer is required to obtain the consent of an appropriate superior to appoint any such officers as members of the court.

“The requisite consent was obtained before convening the Special Court Martial trying the accused senior officer,” he added.

The Army spokesman said that the general was being defended by a legal team comprising two Senior Advocates and six lawyers, including a retired military officer.

He said that Mohammed was currently being detained at a military location purposely-built for such detention, where the rights and wellbeing of such detainees were given prime consideration.

According to him, at the onset of the trial, Maj.-Gen. Mohammed requested to be granted bail inter-alia on health grounds, the court declined the bail application taking cognisance of the humongous amount of monies allegedly stolen in the indictment, which could encourage the accused senior officer to abscond.

He said the court, however, granted visitation rights to some family members, including his two wives, son, daughter, and brother as requested by the accused officer.

These persons, according to him, have been visiting him regularly at the detention facility.

On the issue of the accused senior officer’s health, Nwachukwu said that Maj.-Gen. Mohammed’s state of health was being examined daily to determine his fitness to stand trial before the commencement of proceedings for the day.

He said the holding facility where he was being detained was serviced by the Army Command and NAOWA Hospital, adding that the medical facilities were open to the accused officer whenever required.

“It is crucial to state clearly, that it is inappropriate and amounts to unlawful interference with the administration of justice to peddle inaccurate reports and comments on a matter currently under judicial adjudication (sub-judice).

“All the statements reported to have been made about certain persons and funds disbursement were made in the course of the trial by a witness in the defence of his case.

“We shall therefore not comment on those statements to maintain the sanctity of the trial and its outcome.

“We enjoin media professionals to practice responsible journalism and refrain from subjective, inaccurate, and inappropriate reporting of matters currently sub-judice,” Nwachukwu said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NAFDAC warns consumers against use of recalled male performance enhancement capsule

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Sunday warned users/consumers against the use of PrimeZen Black 6000mg, a male performance enhancement capsule, recalled from the market.

The agency’s recall is contained in a public alert with No. 015/2023, signed by its Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, and issued to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Adeyeye said that Volt Candy is voluntarily recalling the one lot of PrimeZen Black 6000mg capsule alongside its 2000mg, due to undeclared ingredients they were made of by their manufacturer in America.

“The recall followed the analysis of Food and Drug Agency (FDA) of the United States of America, an FDA, which found the PrimeZen capsules to contain undeclared tadalafil and sildenafil.

“Sildenafil and tadalafil are phosphodiesterase (PDE-5) inhibitors found in FDA-approved products for the treatment of male erectile dysfunction.

“The presence of sildenafil and tadalafil in PrimeZen Black 6000mg capsules renders them unapproved drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established and, therefore, subject to recall.

“Risk Statement, PrimeZen Black 6000 capsules containing sildenafil and tadalafil may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and may cause a significant drop in blood pressure that may be life-threatening.

“People with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.

“Among the adult male population who are most likely to use these products, adult males who use nitrates for cardiac conditions are most at risk from these products,” she said.

According to her, “The product details are as follows; PrimeZEN Black 6000 male enhancement capsules, manufactured by Volt Candy, 324 S. Diamond Bar Blvd #212, USA.”

The NAFDAC boss said that the lot Number: NPINPB 1003, UPC code: 728175521891, expiration date is Aug. 16, 2025 for PrimeZen Black 6000mg being marketed online as a dietary supplement for male enhancement and is packaged in a blister card with one capsule.

Adeyeye added that the product can be identified by the card color in black with the name on it PrimeZen Black 6000.

She said, “NAFDAC hereby implores members of the public in possession of the above product to stop the sale or use, as well as handover the product to the nearest agency office.”

The DG appealed to those who have the falsified product, to “please DO NOT use it.”

“If you, or someone you know, have used the product, or suffered any adverse reaction after use, please seek immediate medical advice,” she advised.

She also advised healthcare professionals and consumers to report any suspicion of adverse drug reaction, substandard and falsified medicines to the nearest NAFDAC office.

Adeyeye said that the public were also advised to report any adverse reactions of the product to NAFDAC on 0800-162-3322 or via email: alert@nafdac.gov.ng”

The DG also encouraged healthcare professionals and patients to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of medicinal product through the use of the E-reporting platforms available on the NAFDAC website “http://www.nafdac.gov.ng/”

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Kebbi to partner Egypt in agriculture, livestock production

Kebbi Government says it will partner with Egyptian experts in agriculture and livestock production for the development of the state.

Gov. Atiku Bagudu made this known while receiving experts in agriculture from Egypt who visited him at Government House in Birnin Kebbi, on Friday.

He said that his administration believed in partnership and cooperation as essential ingredients for development of the state.

‘The state is endowed with abundant agricultural potentials and rated as the second most livestock producing state in the country.

“In addition, the state has become the gateway to West Africa in animal husbandry due to its strategic location of sharing boundary with both the Republic of Niger and Benin Republic.

“Already, we have signed a tripartite agreement with Kwanni in Niger Republic and Maleville in the Republic of Benin on the development of animal husbandry.”

Bagudu further described people of the state as hardworking and ready to imbibe modern methods on agriculture and livestock production.

He also commended the National President of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Alhaji Aminu Goronyo, for facilitating the visit and preparing ground for mutual cooperation in the agriculture sector.

“The President-elect Bola Tinubu has pledged to build on the achievements on agricultural revival for food security initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari at the national level.

“Also, here in the state, the Governor-elect Dr Nasir Idris, has affirmed similar commitment to strengthen the agricultural revolution started by incumbent administration at state level.”

Earlier, the RIFAN President, Alhaji Aminu Goronyo, informed the governor that the Egyptian experts, led by Gen. Walid Soliman-Morsy, were in the state for partnership on agricultural development.

He revealed that the experts were ready to develop several hectares of Fadama land in the state through the process of training of farmers, application of modern farming methods, technology and expertise.

Goronyo said that the team would also visit Lagos and Ogun states as well as Calabar in Cross River for similar ventures.

The Egyptian agriculturalists, led by Mr Soliman-Morsy, said that they were in the state for a joint partnership with government to explore areas of interest in agriculture and livestock production.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

9 candidates cleared for Thursday’s Enugu State FA elections

The 2023 Electoral Committee of the Enugu State Football Association (ENSFA) says it has screened and deemed nine candidates fit to contest for positions in Thursday’s ENSFA elections.

Francis Ugwu, Secretary of the Committee and also ENSFA Secretary of the Association, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that from the list of candidates, the positions of Chairman and Vice-Chairman have only one candidate each for now.

and may not be contested for on the said date.

“Having completed the sale of forms and screening in line with the electoral guidelines, nine candidates have been screened, found fit and eligible.

“They have been cleared by the electoral committee to contest the May 18 elections in the following positions:

“Tony Ugwu for chairman, Nnonah Monday for vice-chairman, P. I. Okeke for member, Dominic Nwobodo for member and Foster Chime for member.

“Others are: Abuchi Anueyiagu for member, Uzo Boniface for member, Chidi Ugwu for member and Okwudili Celestine for member.”

NAN reports that the election is scheduled to take place at the Sports Club in Nsukka.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Writer calls for implementation of National Reading Plan

Angola writer Jacques dos Santos on Saturday expressed concern about the delay in the implementation of the National Reading Plan in the country.

Speaking in an interview to ANGOP, the former MP spoke of the existing projects to help disseminate reading taste and of the lack of will to implement them.

“How long have we been hearing about the National Reading Plan? The projects exist, but they have been shelved for a long time,” Jacques dos Santos said.

He is of the view that if there was willingness, “the budgets allocated to education would be different, which could subsequently result in a switched posture of the Angolan Writers’ Association.

The National Reading Plan (PNL) is a strategy of the Angolan government to promote taste for reading and writing in children of pre-school and primary and secondary education.

The Ministry of Education intends, with this project, to meet the challenges of improving school performance in the fields of reading and writing.

The goal is also to facilitate access of school communities to cultural diversity and stimulate critical analysis through the involvement of the society and didactic material of varied authors and themes that children can read at school.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)