Exactly how this crazy-busy mom lost 50 pounds in 6 months

Exactly how this crazy-busy mom lost 50 pounds in 6 months

Jenny Craig essentially boils down to calorie counting: You eat fewer cals than you had previously

I’d seen Jenny Craig commercials and thought the plan might work for me

It seemed like it fit with my busy schedule, so I joined March of last year.

Jenny Craig essentially boils down to calorie counting: You eat fewer cals than you had previously –

while burning more through exercise. There are prepared meals that are already portioned out, which was super-convenient.

In addition to those meals, you get a shopping list of fresh fruits and vegetables to make sure you’re getting enough produce. A typical day of eating for me might be:

*Breakfast: Apple-cinnamon oatmeal and a half cup of fruit
*Mid-morning snack: Protein bar
*Lunch: Chicken tortilla soup and garden salad with a light dressing
*Mid-afternoon snack: Fruit
*Dinner: Turkey burger with fresh veggies

 

If I was still hungry after all of that, I’d have a small serving of popcorn.The plan was easy to stick to.

I lost three pounds the first week and continued losing about one to three pounds per week after that.

 

I had to get creative to squeeze in workouts

Around the same time I joined Jenny Craig, I began working out regularly. I made it a goal to exercise three to five days per week, for an hour each time. I’m lucky to own an elliptical and treadmill, so I’d get on one of those and put on Netflix or HBO Go and just start moving as much as I could for an hour.

I planned out my exercise the same way I’d plan meetings or play dates, and I started multi-tasking by hopping on the treadmill during conference calls or scheduling meetings with my publicist over workouts.

Around September of 2017, six months after making a serious effort to get healthy, I hit the 50-pound weight-loss mark.

Obasanjo’s govt used police, DSS to topple govs – Presidency

Niyi   Odebode and Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Presidency again took on the opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday and accused one of its former Presidents of illegal removal of state governors.

Though former President Olusegun Obasanjo was not mentioned, all the facts pointed to events that took place under his administration.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last week accused Obasanjo’s administration of wasting $16bn on power projects without any visible result.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a document titled “The real price of change-the-change campaign (2)” made available to journalists in Abuja, that the PDP under Obasanjo showed aptitude in the toppling of elected state governments using the police and secret service under their control.

He said none of the absurdities recorded when the PDP was in charge of the country had happened under President Buhari.

Shehu alleged that during the PDP days in power, the party showed aptitude in the toppling of elected state governments using the police and secret service under their control.

He said, “A five-man legislature met at 6am and ‘impeached’ ex-Governor (Joshua)  Dariye in Plateau; 18 members out of 32 removed ex-Governor (Rashidi) Ladoja of Oyo State from office; in Anambra, APGA’s ex-Governor (Peter) Obi was equally impeached at 5 am by members who did not meet the two-thirds required by the constitution.

“His offence was that he refused to inflate the state’s budget. The lawmakers had reportedly met with representatives of the President in Asaba, Delta State and then accompanied to Awka by heavy security provided by the police Mobile Unit.

“The PDP President at that time had reportedly told Obi to forget re-election in 2007 if he did not join the PDP because he (the President) would not support a non-PDP member.

“In Ekiti, Governor Ayodele Fayose, in his first term, faced allegations of financial corruption and murder. Following the failure to heed the instruction of the Presidency to impeach only Fayose and spare the deputy, Madam Olujimi, now a senator, the PDP President declared that there was a breakdown of law and order in the state and declared a state of emergency.

“He appointed Brig-Gen. Adetunji Olurin (retd.) as the sole administrator of the state on October 19, 2006.

“In an earlier incident in Anambra, it took an insider collaboration to thwart the unseating of Governor (Chris) Ngige by a powerful thug sponsored by the PDP administration.”

“Thank God for Buhari, none of these absurdities has happened under his watch but the PDP is indicating their boredom with his meticulous observance of the constitution by calling for a return to the old order.”

Shehu wondered what pushed the PDP to write a letter to the United Nations, laying false claims to constitutionality and alleging that democracy is presently under threat.

Shehu said the present administration had fared well in various policy fronts and there was a long list of achievements to flaunt.

He described his concerns for the poor citizens and the nation as among Buhari’s greatest assets.

“This is why he has led the country through difficult changes, such as the increase in the pump price of fuel and the landmark steps to stabilise the naira, at grave risk to political capital, but measures that had become necessary for the benefit of the nation,” he said.

Under Buhari, Democracy Day not worth celebrating –PDP

However, the PDP,  in a statement on Sunday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan,  urged Buhari and the All Progressives Congress not to address Nigerians on the occasion of the 2018 Democracy Day on Tuesday.

The PDP said that in the last three years, such addresses had contained deceits, falsifications and unfulfilled promises.

The party noted that Nigerians had become frustrated by “the magnitude of lies and deception told by the Buhari Presidency and the APC” and would prefer to spend the next one year contending with such past deceptions.

It added that the Buhari Presidency and the APC had, since assumption of office, violated all tenets of democracy, trampled on citizens’ rights. The PDP said Buhari and the APC should not be associated with democracy under any guise.

The opposition party stated, “Indeed, this administration should not come close to the emblem of democracy, as such would be an unpardonable spat on the faces of the millions of suppressed Nigerians and the graves of victims of extra-judicial executions under this administration, as catalogued by international bodies including, Transparency International, Amnesty International and even the United States Department of State.

“Instead of celebrating democracy, Nigerians are today groaning in regret for electing an administration that has completely turned against them, engaging in clampdown with utmost impunity, setting aside our constitutional provisions and desecrating all democratically established institutions.”

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OAU sex scandal exposes Buhari-Saraki impotence

Tunde Odesola

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Impunity is Nigeria’s Holy Grail. Every day, lawlessness unstrips decency and both dance naked to the brutal drums of anarchy as the clock ticks down to the zero hour when Nigeria would inevitably collapse upon all of us. Armageddon lurks, absurdity rocks but drunken and dazed Nigerian leaders poured more alcohol into the gourds of power, frolicking, dancing, stomping, sweating; drinking our future milk and honey together with the wine of today.

 Today, I write as a survivor of serial sex abuse. I write because almost five decades after my experience, the scars of horrific molten images are still burning deep inside the depth of a mind that recalls clearly the defilement of a kid by a young lady, who was a close family friend. I still remember her name, Aunty Iyabo, the lastborn of Iya Ijebu, our landlady on a popular street in the Onipanu area of Mushin in Lagos State. I was loved by her family that lived on the ground floor while my family lived on the top floor. Iya Ijebu, a big-time cloth merchant, particularly loved me, and so did her first son, who was popularly called minister. Minister would always buy me a bottle of soft drink whenever I came home with my report card from school. I really don’t know why, but Iya Ijebu, a light-complexioned, plump, old woman, and her family doted on me.

 So, whenever her daughter took me to her room, everyone thought her gesture was in line with the family’s love. Aunty Iyabo would lock me up in her room, strip naked and do unprintable things with me. I was too young and naïve to know there was a difference between her strange fantasy and the washing of plates or sweeping. At times, she would get me under the tap in the bathroom, carry and press me insanely to her naked body. Later in her room, she would put my tiny hands to every part of her body and I would watch her wriggle. For some minutes, it could be fun to me – watching this ‘big aunty’ playing with a little me, covering us up with a huge blanket as she tickled, giggled and laughed. After a while, I would lose interest in the groping, telling my big guest I wanted out, but she would beg with candies and biscuits and place my head on her bosom, rocking me with pleas and promises. I decided to open up on this personal experience because parents, guardians and the society largely believe that only female children need to be protected against sex predators. In my own case, though I found it strange, I didn’t even know what the aunty was doing wasn’t good, hence I didn’t deem it fit to report. Aunty Iyabo was a friend to my mum’s youngest sister, who lived with us.

 The next case of sex abuse involves a postgraduate student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Monica Osagie, who has pointed the finger at her lecturer, Prof Richard Akindele, for allegedly demanding five days of sex (not rounds o) from her in a viral telephone recording. Also, in the Land of Uncle Sam, a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nasser, would spend 175 years in prison, following conviction for criminal sexual conduct after evidence and Victim Impact Statements by 156 women were heard by a federal court. Judge Rosemary Aquilina, who delivered the judgment, said she wouldn’t trust Nasser with her dog, adding that the 175-year sentence would begin after Nasser completed his 60-year federal sentence for child pornography. Several heads rolled in the wake of the scandal which was broken by the Indiana Star. Investigation revealed that the 54-year-old Nasser had been sexually abusing teenage athletes under the guise of medical treatment since 1997 before the law caught up with him in 2017 and his sentencing in 2018. The team doctor had, in 2004, used PowerPoint presentation to prove to the police that his treatment was justified when a 17-year-old girl accused him. Survivors of Nasser’s sexual abuse, including Olympic champions Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, said the Olympics team doctor touched them inappropriately. The employer of Nasser, Michigan State, agreed to pay an unprecedented $500m as settlement to 332 alleged victims who filed a class action suit against the Michigan State University, where Nasser worked, just as law suits and claims pending before various courts have been on the increase. According to reports, the university will also set aside $75m of the settlement for future claimants alleging sexual abuse. An attorney to some of the victims, John Manly, said in a statement, “This historic settlement came about through the bravery of more than 300 women and girls who had the courage to stand up and refuse to be silenced.” Following the scandal, the President of MSU and the entire USA Gymnastics board resigned, acknowledging the need for institutional change. It was heard in court that allowing Nasser to examine and treat athletes alone in private rooms for over two decades was in violation of USAG’s standards of conduct. The MSU, however, argued that as a state institution, it enjoyed sovereign immunity, which shielded it from civil liability. Legally, complicity and collusion are not criminal offences per se in this instance, argued USAG, but a survivor of Nasser’s abuse, Olivia Cowan, said, “I want MSU and USAG to know what they have done is on the very same level of accountability as the crime Nasser has committed.”

 The OAU sex scandal and the Nasser narrative explain the difference between Nigeria and the US. Whereas the US Senate, following the report by Indiana Star, wrote a letter to USAG president and CEO, Steve Penny, expressing concern and calling for immediate steps to report the complaints received and install future safeguards, the Nigerian Senate has never discussed nor taken any action on the everyday reports of rape and other sexual abuses across the country. Instead, the Bukola Sarake-led Senate failed to sit for duties for a whole day when it visited Senator Dino Melaye who allegedly got injured while attempting to evade trial for some purported offences.

In Nigeria, perpetrators of sex abuse are seen as victims, who need deliverance themselves, but in the US, they are seen as criminals whom the society needs to be delivered from. After the OAU sex scandal broke, some members of the society said Osagie, probably, would’ve consented to the professor’s advances if he didn’t demand five days of sex. But a national outrage greeted the unmasking of Nasser in the US. Victims of Nasser’s ignoble actions freely came out to testify in the US, but many Nigerian victims of sex abuse keep silent for fear of stigmatisation. As soon as the Nasser story broke, police began their own independent investigation but the police in Nigeria have not said anything on the OAU sex scandal several weeks after. When the law eventually caught up with Nasser, he received its full wrath. At no point was there any plot to subvert justice or make Nasser get off with a light sentence. The reverse is always the case in Nigeria.

 Whereas all relevant organisations made public statements in the case of Nasser, the Nigerian Presidency, Senate, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Federal Ministry of Education, National Universities Commission etc have refused to comment on the wave of sexual abuse plaguing the nation’s higher institutions. When these public institutions don’t even see sexual abuse as an alarming scourge, how would they find a solution to it?

The imprimatur of our national failure doesn’t reside only in the army of youths plaguing our day with bank-robbery horror or the orgiastic ritual killings stalking our night. They’re also located in the complicity of a maladministered and misdirected government weakened at the seams by corruption, suspicion, ineptitude and lack of vision.

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We won’t vote for religious bigots in 2019 – Methodist prelate

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, Rev. Samuel Uche, has said Christians will not vote for wicked and lazy politicians, who are religious bigots  in the 2019 elections.

He said although he had only one vote, he could influence at least two million voters from his denomination and many other Christians.

Uche said this in a sermon delivered at the 2018 Democracy Day Interdenominational Church Service held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja where Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo warned Nigerians to resist the temptation of asking to be returned to the era of the past characterised by corruption and ethnic conflicts.

While saying impunity would no longer be allowed in the country, Uche said he was ready to take the bullet while fighting the menace.

He said, “As we celebrate Democracy Day on Tuesday and as we remember our children today, I want to advise that we should avoid do-or-die politics.

“There should be no fear in politics. Let people be allowed to vote and let their votes count.

“We will work against all those who plan to manipulate elections; we will never allow that. And let me tell you that if they fire their bullet, it will not penetrate because God is with us. The God of Elijah and Elisha is our God.

“We will no longer allow impunity to reign in this country. I don’t belong to any political party but I can influence at least two million Methodists in Nigeria. I can also influence other Christians.

“We will never vote in anybody that is lazy; anybody that is wicked, anybody that is a religious bigot can never smell any office in this land. Those who mean well for Nigeria, God will preserve them. Those who are planning to hurt Nigeria, God will annihilate them.

“So, let us come together to build a nation where there is peace, love, harmony, tolerance, concord and synergy.”

The clergyman warned the ruling party against clamping down on members of  the opposition parties just as he advised the opposition members to avoid crying wolf where there was none.

He warned all stakeholders against heating up the polity, saying the nation needed peace.

He also described the calls for the breaking of the country as nonsensical, adding that those behind such calls were ignorant.

The cleric said Nigerians must learn to live together in peace.

Uche also called on the Federal Government to revisit the report of the 2014 National Conference with a view to picking the recommendations that would be useful to the nation.

He  advised the government to stop apportioning blame and pointing fingers, saying it was a waste of time.

He supported the call for the establishment of special courts for urgent trial of corruption cases.

According to the clergyman, Nigeria personifies the biblical Job at this time because the country’s problems and challenges are many.

He said the nation’s past heroes meant well for Nigeria and they worked for the nation’s progress.

Uche, however, said the present-day politicians acted with impunity because they had not learnt their lessons.

He described 90 per cent of such politicians as chameleonic, asking them to change.

“Our leaders have failed to provide good leadership. They can’t organise simple primaries. There is in-fighting. What a shame! We need peace before we can build a nation of our dream. We need tolerance, forgiveness and forbearance,” he said.

Uche urged the Federal Government to review the bogus salaries and allowances of those in authority downwards, saying they could not continue to be enjoying while the people were suffering.

He enjoined them to allow the little national cake to go round so that everybody could have a bite.

“Hawking is evidence that all is not well with our country. Many young people are deprived and that is why I call on the government with all due respect to review the bogus salaries and allowances of those in authorities because they are squandering our money.

“They engage in bogus spending leaving us to suffer; this must stop. We must allow our little cake to go round so that each one can have a bite.

“Our government should ensure something is done about our porous borders in order to checkmate the incidence of migration of miscreants, irresponsible cannibals and wicked people into our country,” he said.

Uche said former President Olusegun Obasanjo recently told him about a Yoruba proverb that meant that a family could only know peace if there were no bastards.

“All those who are troublers of Nigeria are bastards. A family only knows peace where there are no bastards.

“No holy book encourages war or hostility. Why then do we have hatred, malice and intolerance?

“I blame religious leaders of different faiths who collect money. They are wicked, malicious, and satanic,” he said.

Despite all the ills, Uche said he saw hope for the country if only Nigerians could agree that the amalgamation of 1914 was a divine one.

Don’t ask for a return to the past, Osinbajo warns Nigerians

In his remarks at the service, Osinbajo said the current national challenges that were making some Nigerians to call for a return to the pre-2015 era were designed by God to strengthen them.

He explained that when God put individuals or nations on a journey to destiny, He did not tell them the challenges inherent in the trip, lest they would refuse to embark on it.

Quoting extensively from Exodus 14: 10 to 15, the Vice-President likened Nigeria’s current challenges to the children of Israel wilderness’ journey that was tough, difficult and fearful.

He said like some Israelites did at a point, Nigerians might be faced with the temptation of wondering why they were not left to remain in the captivity of the past.

Osinbajo said his message for Nigerians at such critical point in the nation’s history was for them to go forward and refuse to turn back because “the challenges they see today won’t be seen again.”

He said, “As it was with the journey of the Israelites, so it is in the journey of nation-building and development. Our nation is not different. We are on a journey from the past.

“There have been times where the journey is somewhat tough, difficult and even fearful.

“We looked behind us, we see the armies of the past: the armies of division which led to civil war where many of us died; the armies of religious strife that refused to leave us; the armies of corruption and graft; those who want us to remain in the captivity of ethnic and religious conflicts, these are the armies of the past.

“But ahead of us, we also see the Red Sea – bloody conflicts and the doom sayers saying the future will be worse than the past.

“And then the people say, ‘Why did you take us from where we were?’ The same people who cried in anguish to the Lord, now say, ‘You should have left us in the past, you should have left us; we didn’t know you were taking us out of captivity to kill us in the wilderness.’

 “And like Moses, the leadership say, ‘What shall we do, oh Lord? We didn’t expect that this will be a journey to destruction.’ Then God said to Moses, God speaks to the leadership of Nigeria, ‘Why do you cry to me? Tell the children of Israel, tell the children of Nigeria, go forward, go forward, don’t turn back.’

“Moses, inspired by God, said to the children of Israel to go forward. He also said, ‘Do not be afraid, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians you see today, you shall see no more forever. He will fight for you and you shall hold your peace.’

“So, I say to you brethren in Christ and to you my fellow country men and women, let us go forward, let us not look back.

“The armies of the enemy that are today threatening to kill and maim and the colours of poverty and injustice, you shall see no more forever.

“God will fight for us and we shall hold our peace. We must move forward, we are a people of prophesy. God has said concerning this nation that he is building a nation where all men and all tribes and faith will dwell in love and peace, a nation where our people will have ample opportunities for productivity and reward. The promises of God are assured and certain.

“2 Corinthians 1:20 tells us that all the promises  of God are yea and amen to the glory of God to us. All the promises of God to us are yes and amen in Jesus Christ for you and I.

“This is the future that we are heading and we are already going steadily, surely in that direction.”

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said the Church had a role to play for the good of the nation to manifest.

“The Church has a responsibility that Nigeria sees the light,” he said.

 The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, took the only lesson for the service from Job 14:7-9.

 The service featured a short drama, special renditions by the Christian Association of Nigeria’s mass choir, and pupils of the School for the Blind, Abuja as well as intercessory prayers for Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, Osinbajo, the Legislature, Judiciary and the Church.

 Dignitaries who attended the service included the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen; and the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, among others.

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Buhari: President govt’s support among poor, disadvantaged solid – Presidency

Buhari, Osibanjo to inaugurate 109 projects

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, stated this in a write-up titled; `The Real Price of Change the Change’’ campaign (2)’ issued in Abuja on Sunday.

The Presidency has said that  the support for the Buhari/Osinbajo led government, especially among the poor and disadvantaged is unlikely to  wane in spite negative attacks and criticisms from the opposition.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, stated this in a write-up titled; `The Real Price of Change the Change’’ campaign (2)’ issued in Abuja on Sunday.

Shehu revealed that recent internal polling on the popularity rate of the Buhari administration had indicated that the government had been consolidating its support and acceptance among majority of Nigerians.

“”In fact trends from our internal polling suggest that this should hold up, or even grow all the way to 2019, the reason being that the ordinary citizens concede it to the president that he is trying to do his best for the country.

“”His concerns for the poor citizens and the nation are among his greatest assets.

“”This is why he has led the country through difficult changes, such as the increase in the pump price of fuel and the landmark steps to stabilize the Naira, at grave risk to political capital, but measures that had become necessary for the benefit of the nation,’’ he said.

According to the presidential aide, the distinguishing characteristic of the administration is its habit of not being bombastic.

He said: ““Look at the simple programme drawn up to celebrate the third anniversary: prayers in mosques on Friday and churches on Sunday; Democracy Day Lecture by Prof. Attahiru Jega, erstwhile chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in the morning of May 28.’’

Shehu further disclosed that a banquet would be held in the evening of May 29

He said at event the nation would also be expected to say farewell to the Super Eagles of Nigeria, one of the teams representing Africa in the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia.

“”The most telling event of the day is expected to be the broadcast on radio and TV by the President at 7:00 in the morning.

“”To mark the occasion, some ministers and senior officials of government are expected to be on radio and TV for much of the day, parading what has been achieved by the government in the three years.

“”While the claims will be verifiable, the opposition is expected to continue their political jibes much of it unfortunately, promoting hate and intolerance that does not fit with the traditions of modern democracy.

“”When they ran the government at the centre, the opposition PDP showed aptitude in only one thing: the toppling of elected state governments using the police and secret service under their control.

“”A five-man legislature met at 6:00 am and “impeached” Governor Dariye in Plateau; 18 members out of 32 removed Governor Ladoja of Oyo from office; in Anambra, APGA’s Governor Obi was equally impeached at 5:00 a.m. by members who did not meet the two-thirds required by the constitution.

“”His offence was that he refused to inflate the state’s budget,’’ he said.

He added that the lawmakers had reportedly met with representatives of the President in Asaba, Delta State and then  accompanied to Awka by heavy security provided by the police Mobile Unit.

He explained that the PDP President at that time had reportedly told Obi to forget re-election in 2007 if he did not join the PDP because he (the President) would not support a non-PDP member.

“”In Ekiti, Gov. Fayose in his first term faced allegations of financial corruption and murder.

“Following the failure to heed the instruction of the presidency to impeach only Fayose and spare the deputy, Olujimi, now a senator, the PDP President declared that there was a breakdown of law and order in the state and declared a state of emergency,’’ he buttressed.

Shehu added that retired Brig.-Gen. Adetunji Olurin was appointed as the sole administrator of the state on Oct. 19, 2006.

He said: “”In an earlier incident in Anambra, it took an insider collaboration to thwart the unseating of Governor Ngige by a powerful thug sponsored by the PDP administration.

“”The parliament at the centre seized the law-making powers of the Rivers State House of Assembly as a way to save Governor Rotimi Amaechi, the then chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum from impeachment by the PDP presidency.

“”Thank God for Buhari, none of these absurdities has happened under his watch but the PDP is indicating their boredom with his meticulous observance of the constitution by calling for a return to the old order.

“”If not for ‘dry eyes,’ as said in our common parlance, what is it that would push this party to write a letter to the United Nations, laying false claims to constitutionality and alleging that democracy is presently under threat?

““But then, we all understand that by its tone, this is an angry opposition unhappy about the loss of privileges they desperately want to hang on to, privileges now abolished by the prudent, austere Buhari Administration.’’

Shehu observed that former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, shocked the world by the revelation in her new book, titled, Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines, that they paid N17 billion bribe to the National Assembly to get them pass the 2015 budget.

He, however, stated that President Buhari’s first budget in 2016 was the first year of passing the budget without the bribing  of legislators.

”He came to power to clean up the mess and has so far managed a cleaner government than all of the past administrations,’’ he noted

Death of triplets’ mother: Inquiry blames mismanagement, drunken husband

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

A resident of Gbazango Extension, Kubwa, a satellite town in Abuja, Nkechi Okonya, who gave up the ghost after giving birth to a set of triplets died due to loss of blood and mismanagement of the pregnancy, a medical inquiry has revealed.

The inquiry which was carried out by the medical personnel at Bwari General Hospital where she died indicated that the pregnancy was not properly managed by the Primary Health Centre where she had the first child before she was rushed down to the General Hospital.

Okonya, 32, died on April 20, 2018 after undergoing a Caesarian Section, leaving behind her triplets, and two older children, who are now being catered for by family members.

The Medical Director, Bwari General Hospital, Dr Osayande Osagie, deflected blame for the death, stating that his workers went beyond the call of duty while attending to the deceased.

Though she was referred to the hospital by the PHC after she failed to deliver the other babies after the having first one, the doctor explained that the patient did not get to the BGH until after four hours.

Osagie said, “She was referred at 11am, she got here at 4pm and by 5pm, she was already in the theatre. This is someone who was not our patient, so we had to stabilise her, get blood because of her condition.

“We delivered the second and third child and the first had to be admitted at the neo-natal unit. Throughout this time, the husband was drunk; we could not obtain any information from him. We could not get him to donate blood, up till the next morning, the husband was still drunk.”

He added, “Because of the amount of hemorrhage she had had, she was still bleeding, we gave a total of three pints of blood that Friday night before she died.

“The case has been discussed; we invited the primary referral centre to talk to them about management of multiple pregnancies which are high risk pregnancy that cannot be managed by the PHC.

“Even in this hospital, there are some patients that we preferred that they should be managed by a tertiary health centre, there is division of care. We have an existing maternal prenatal death response; every patient that dies in the hospital, the case is reviewed.”

The MD said the hospital did not demand for money from Okonya, adding that her family did not pay for the surgery and other consumables that were used, noting that the deceased family went away with the babies without settling the medical bill.

“They (Okonya family members) took the baby from the neo-natal and left; they didn’t pay a kobo. We only discuss payment after the patient has started recovering, that is why we didn’t demand money from them.

“We knew the case was bad immediately they brought her in; twins are high risk pregnancy, we are now talking of triplets. The patient did not come in time. We have invited the head of health unit in the area council and the PHC where this mismanagement started and we have discussed with them, there are some patients that should not be handled by the PHC,” Osagie explained.

The doctor said after the inquiry, the head of health departments in area councils were also invited to a meeting and advised against admitting women with multiple pregnancies.

He disclosed further that everyone that took part in the management of Okonya’s case participated in the review to educate them in order to prevent a recurrence.

When contacted for reaction, a cousin to the deceased, Chinwendu Ekwunife, said she needed her husband’s permission to talk to the media, but she failed to respond to subsequent phone calls.

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Crisis: nPDP meets Buhari today

John Alechenu and Success Nwogu

The  leadership of the new Peoples Democratic Party  in the All Progressives Congress will today (Monday) meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The leader of the nPDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, who disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Ilorin on Sunday, said the meeting with Buhari would take place after the dialogue with the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

He stated that he was hopeful that at the end of meetings with Osinbajo and President Buhari, the APC would come out stronger and become more united in the general interest of the citizenry.

According to him, the next line of action of his group will be determined by the outcome of the meetings.

Baraje stated, “After meeting with the Vice-President, the attendees at the meeting are expected to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari later in the day to intimate him about the outcome of their meeting.

“I am optimistic that at the end of  the  meeting with the Vice-President, and later with President Muhammadu   Buhari, our party, the APC,  will come out stronger and become more united in the general interest of the citizenry.

The nPDP had, in a letter, given the APC leadership a one-week ultimatum to address its grievances, which, it stated, included marginalisation.

The group was reported on Sunday to have listed fresh grievances including complaints about the conduct of the recent states’ congresses of the APC and the alleged refusal of the party leadership to stamp its feet on parallel congresses in some states.

PDP woos aggrieved APC members

Meanwhile, the opposition PDP has started moves to take advantage of the crises rocking the APC, The PUNCH has learnt.

It was gathered on Sunday that the PDP had sent its leading figures to their wards, local government areas and states to woo aggrieved members of the governing APC.

One of our correspondents learnt in Abuja on Sunday that party leaders were given the mandate to go back home in order to complement the efforts being made by the Senator Lyel Imoke panel to woo APC members.

The committee, which was set up by the PDP leadership a few months ago, was saddled with the responsibility of meeting with Nigerians willing to join a coalition, which would include the main opposition party. The coalition is aimed at ending the APC’s rule in 2019.

It was gathered that following the APC’s ward, local governments and states congresses, which led to crises in many states, the PDP decided to deploy its chieftains to their respective states to woo aggrieved members of the ruling party.

When contacted, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, confirmed the deployment of party chieftains in their various localities to boost the party’s chances.

He confirmed the development in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja, on Sunday.

Ologbondiyan said, “I am just coming from my constituency and members of the APC and other political platforms met with us to discuss the way forward for our nation because they, like most Nigerians, are tired of this APC regime.”

The deployment of the chieftains is coming at a time members of the nPDP bloc within the APC have scheduled a meeting with Osinbajo to discuss their grievances.

The PDP also said it was not threatened by the news that its former members would hold a meeting with the Vice-President and later with Buhari.

APC NWC meets to vet panels’ reports today

It was also learnt that the APC would  begin the consideration of reports from its various committees set up to conduct congresses at various levels.

A high-ranking member of the party’s National Working Committee, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said the APC was fully aware of the PDP’s plot.

He said that the APC remained confident that Nigerians “will not swallow their (PDP’s) bait this time.”

He said, “Look at it this way. In 2015, members of the nPDP who joined us came from a position of strength; they had five serving governors with all their structures, is the scenario the same today?

“Do you think any governor, especially in northern Nigeria, would want to take the risk of acting in a manner considered injurious to President Muhammadu Buhari’s second-term bid in 2019?

“These are some of the issues you must consider. Members of the nPDP, who have aired their grievances, are our party members; they don’t want to leave, they want to be better treated. The PDP is simply building castles in the air.”

The PUNCH further learnt that the APC’s NWC would commence deliberations on the appeal committee’s reports submitted to it after the congresses.

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, confirmed this development to one of our correspondents via a text message on Sunday.

Responding to a question as to when the NWC would commence the consideration of the reports, he said, “Starting tomorrow (Monday).”

Asked how the party intends to deal with the issue of parallel congresses, he said the party’s constitution did not make provisions for such congresses.

According to him, the only congress the party will recognise is the one conducted by the committees duly constituted by the party’s NWC.

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Buratai probes alleged assault of Delta leader by soldiers

Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has ordered the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police, Six Division in Port Harcourt, Rivers State to investigate the alleged assault and torture of one Mr. Freedom Odiete by soldiers attached to 3 Battalion in Effurun, Delta State.

Southern City News learnt on Sunday that the order followed a human rights infringement petition sent to the Nigerian Army by the Executive Director, Centre for the Vulnerable and the Underprivileged, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi, against the soldiers led by one Capt. Kingsley Ukwani.

Odiete, a community leader in Ovwian, Udu Local Government Area of the state was allegedly assaulted, battered and tortured by solders numbering eight on February 21, 2018 over the reported disappearance of a robbery suspect, Oghenerume Bejeru.

Ikimi, in the petition filed on March 12, on behalf of the victim, said the army operatives led by Capt. Ukwani had accosted the Odiete around the popular Jigbale market, Ovwian, and took him to an unknown location and in the process maltreated and injured him.

While confirming the Chief of Army Staff’s directive in a statement on Sunday, Ikimi stated that he had also filed a N500m fundamental rights case in Suit No: OUHC/65/2018 against Captain Ukwani and seven others at the High Court (2) Otor-Udu as damages.

He said, “The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Yusuf Buratai upon a petition has ordered the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police, Six Division Provost Group of the headquarters 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt to investigate the said incident.

“Freedom Odiete in the process of the above torture sustained multiple bruises, lacerations to the buttocks and his left upper limb swollen. After the said torture, the victim at about 4.00pm same day was driven by two military policemen in their Hilux Van to the Area Command Office, Warri where investigation commenced immediately.

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