Over 100 students of College of Health and Technology, Ijero-Ekiti, Ekiti State yesterday needed urgent medical attention after inhaling fumigation chemicals on the school premises.
An eyewitness said the students, who were writing exams, collapsed as Federal Fire Service personnel fumigated the campus.
The affected students were rushed to hospital, the source said.
The incident sparked a protest by students who besieged the administrative offices demanding an explanation for their colleagues’ fate.
It was gathered that school property and lecturers’ vehicles were damaged by the protesters, forcing staff to scamper for safety.
Some of the affected students are ashmatic, a condition which was aggravated by the chemicals.
Comissioner for Health Dr. Banji Filani confirmed the incident, saying normalcy has returned.
“Earlier today I received a call from the provost of the College on the situation. What we understand is that the school received a memo from the Federal Fire Service that fumigation would be done,” he said.
“The fumigation was carried out today but unfortunately the exercise created panic and there were adverse effects on over 100 students who were hospitalised at the Ijero State Specialist Hospital.
‘Sixty-four have been discharged and about 34 of them still in the facility. Most of them are in good condition. We sent two for close observation to ensure they were in good state and one is undergoing investigation in the Afe Babalola Teaching Hospital.”
“We are monitoring the situation in order to ensure everyone is safe. We have mobilised additional doctors and nurses, oxygen cylinders to the hospital to make sure that everybody is safe.”
Filani said some Fire Service officials who fumigaed the school have been arrested.
Ooni of Ife’s wife attends naming ceremony of incarcerated Endsars protester’s child (photos)
The naming ceremony of the son of Kemisola Ogunniyi, the #EndSARS protester who was two months pregnant at the time she was arrested by soldiers in Akure, Ondo State capital alongside three others, held today June 23. He was named Okikoiola Freedom Erinponmile.
In attendance was the wife of the Ooni of Ife, Prophetess Naomi Ogunwusi.
Kemisola was arrested after the violence that erupted in the wake of the October 2020 #EndSARS protests. She was accused of being one of those that set the state secretariat of the All Progressive Congress (APC) ablaze.
On June 16, she welcomed her baby boy while in prison.
See more photos from the naming ceremony below…
Delta PDP suspends Senator Peter Nwaoboshi
The Delta State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District in the National Assembly Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.
The suspension endorsed by the PDP State Working Committee (SWC) subsists for a period of one month.
According to the State PDP leadership, “The action became necessary against the backdrop of the recent romance with the opposition party, verbal recklessness, and unprovoked utterances of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, particularly against the person of His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State, which the PDP State Working Committee views strongly as totally unacceptable, disturbing and unbecoming of a politician and party member of his stature.”
“The PDP State Working Committee is in no doubt that the rash, unguarded, confused and heavily noxious, and vitriolic attacks by Senator Nwaoboshi, a serving Senator and a very recent Chairman of our great Party, are potentially inimical to the peace and harmony of the Party and tantamount to causing discord and disaffection among loyal Party members.
“The suspension, therefore, though obligatory, has sadly become imperative and inevitable, especially given the dramatic spontaneity and overzealousness of his verbal attacks, which are totally out of character and the have suspiciously been induced by circumstances which defy immediate rational analysis and comprehension”, the statement signed by the Delta PDP Publicity Secretary, Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza noted.
The matter, he said, has been referred to the State Disciplinary Committee, in order to afford Senator Nwaoboshi a fair hearing and the opportunity to appear before it and defend himself.
Oshodi council boss, MC Oluomo finally reconcile (PHOTO)
The executive chairman of Oshodi /Isolo local government area, Bolaji Ariyoh and the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos State, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya also known as MC Oluomo have finally reconciled and agreed to work together for the good of the local government.
Ariyoh and MC Oluomo had been at each other’s throats for nearly six years now over issues relating to the control of the All progressives Congress (APC) in the local government.
The reconciliation took place on Tuesday at a meeting convened by Ariyoh in his office.
The foes-turned friends agreed to put their disagreement behind and forge ahead for the common good of the LGA.
Sources at the meeting noted that the two gladiators resolved to put the past behind them and work together as brothers especially during the forthcoming local government elections in the state.
Reacting, Ariyoh explained that both him and the NURTW boss have actually agreed to sheathe their swords and work together for the overall development of the local government.
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