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Alleged Manslaughter: Trial of Plastic Surgeon opens in Lagos

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By Olawale Michael
The trial of a Lagos-based cosmetic surgeon, Dr Anuoluwapo Adepoju, whose services allegedly resulted in the death of one Mrs Nneka Onwuzuligbo, opened on Friday before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, which is prosecuting the surgeon, called its first witness and tendered a series of documents, which the court admitted in evidence against the surgeon.

The FCCPC accused Adepoju of blocking investigation into customers’ complaints against her, by allegedly shunning the agency’s summons and refusing to produce documents demanded from her.

The prosecuting counsel for the FCCPC, Babatunde Irukera, told Justice Mohammed Liman that it was a criminal offence for an industrial player to shun a summons by the commission, adding that the offence carries either a term of imprison or fine or both.

Irukera said Adepoju contravened sections 33(3)(a) and 113(4)(a) of the FCCPC Act 2018 and was liable to be punished under sections 33(3) and 113(1) of the same Act, among others.

The first prosecution witness, Susie Onwuka, an official of the FCCPC, said the commission received a series of complaints from Adepoju’s customers between March and April this year and efforts to probe the allegations were allegedly frustrated by the surgeon.

Onwuka said the surgeon failed to appear before the commission despite a summons issued and served on her as well as a notice of investigation pasted on the premises of her office in Lekki.

Among other documents, Justice Liman admitted as exhibits the summons, the notice of investigation and the photographs taken by the FCCPC while pasting the notice on her wall.

The judge adjourned till October 14, 2020 for the defence counsel, Marian Jones, to cross-examine the witness.

In a six-paragraph affidavit of completion of investigation attached to the charge sheet, the commission said it received complaints against Adepoju from one Marlene Oluwakemi, Taiwo Temilade and Vivian Onwuzuligbo that the surgeon’s services “are unsafe for consumers,” and that she made “false, misleading and deceptive representation in relation to the marketing of their services.”

It said, “In particular, the above-mentioned Vivian Onwuzuligbo, a member of the Mrs Nnneka Miriam Barbara Onwuzuligbo (now deceased) alleged that the deceased died as a result of the failed defendants’ cosmetic surgery and she is privy to the events that led to the demise of the deceased.”

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BREAKING: Churches, Mosques to re-open August 7

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The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed that religious centres can re-open for service from August 7, 2020.

The Governor also increases public gatherings capacity from 20 to 50 people.

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Lagos fumigates schools ahead resumption

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Preparatory to the planned resumption of terminal class students, the Lagos State Government has intensified the periodic fumigation/decontamination of all public secondary schools.
A press release by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs. Aderonke Odeneye on Saturday stated that majority of the public secondary schools in the six educational districts have been reached.
While adding that the exercise was part of the resumption protocol/guidelines for the secondary schools in the State, Odeneye emphasised that Lagos has continued to adopt measures to ensure that the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is effectively contained.
She said, “The fumigation exercise which is on-going preparatory to resumption next week for terminal classes will continue after the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) Exams. The periodic exercise which commenced in late June has been effected in all the Model Colleges across the six educational districts in the State”.

According to her, the schedule of the fumigation exercise listed Oduduwa Junior Secondary School, Mushin; New Era Girls Secondary School, Surulere and Oriwu Junior and Senior Model College, Ikorodu among schools that have already been fumigated.
Others included the Lagos State Civil Service Senior Model College, Igbogbo; Igbo-Owu Junior and Senior Secondary School, Mushin and Junior Model College, Igbogbo amongst several others.
The Permanent Secretary urged the schools’ management to make provision for water in the premises with a view to promoting the washing of hands among the students, stressing that pupils must avoid all sporting activities till further notice.
Odeneye also implored them to provide hand sanitisers in all classrooms and hostels as well as ensure that students are tutored on the need to constantly sanitise their hands after every educational activity in the classrooms and wear nose masks always.
“Schools are to enforce physical distancing where applicable and also provide facilities to reduce the risk of the infection amongst teachers and students. Disinfection of shoes and feet should be strongly encouraged frequently for each student to reduce bacterial infection that could lead to any ailment during their stay in the school”, she advised.

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COVID-19: 10 foreigners, 32 Nigerians discharged in Lagos

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The Lagos state governor who doubles as the incident commander for COVID-19 in the state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the discharge of 42 more patients who have recovered from the diseases, across the various isolation centres in the state.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Gboyega Akosile, the list of discharged patients shows “17 females and 25 males including 10 foreign nationals were discharged from our Isolation facilities to reunite with the society.

The patients; 8 from Gbagada, 5 from Agidingbi, 15 from Eti-Osa (LandMark) 6 from Onikan and 8 from LUTH Isolation Centres were discharged after full recovery and testing negative to COVID19.

Sanwo-olu reminded residents of the existing order on the compulsory use of face-masks in Lagos. “Remember, it is now a criminal offence in Lagos State to go out without using a face-mask. Let’s continue to adhere strictly to all public advisories given by government”

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