CULT WAR CLAIMS THREE LIVES IN BENIN CITY

The lives of three young men were today cut short owing to the raging cult war in Benin City.

One of the casualties was a young man felled by the bullets from the gun of a rival cult member at cooless area in Useh, the second was shot and killed at the Mobile Barracks axis of Siluko road while the last was brought down around the Catholic Church end of same Siluko road.

An anonymous eyewitness disclosed that a group of young men wielding guns and other dangerous weapons stormed the Useh market this afternoon and started shooting sporadically into the air causing the market Traders to scamper for their dear lives as the boys crossed towards cooless area.

It would be recalled that some young men, Wednesday evening, stormed the Useh market, shooting into the air, thus, forcing the traders to close for the day, even as the residents of the area were forced to sleep early by the development.

GHANA MOURNS JERRY RAWLINGS

Former Ghanaian President, Jerry John Rawlings, has reportedly died from covid-19 related ailments at age 73.

Rawlings was said to have been hospitalized in Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana after showing symptoms of covid-19.

The former Ghanaian leader was known as father of modern Ghana, he was born on 22nd June 1947.

PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED YOUNG MAN GUNNED DOWN IN BENIN CITY

Tragedy struck at TV Road area in Benin City when a young man in his late twenties was allegedly shot to death by unknown gunmen.

It was gathered that the victim, identified as IK, was about entering into their compound gate that evening around 7pm, when three men accosted him and shot him on the chest at close range.

It was, however, not clear whether the victim, who is also a physically challenged, had any resistance or argument with them before he was gunned down.

Sympathizers were seen milling at the front of the victim’s house the following morning, Wednesday, describing the late IK as a jolly good fellow whose is widely known as a respecter of persons and a good comedian.

Meanwhile, suspected gunmen allegedly evaded Useh Community shooting sporadically into the air, Wednesday evening.

Though no death or injury was recorded as at press time, the incident unleashed fears on resident of the area who scampered for safety of their dear lives.

The tempo of insecurity in Benin City has scaled up in recent times, a situation which some alleged is as a result of the jail break in Benin and Oko Correctional Centres during the #EndSARS protest.

#FreePoorPatients:UBTH FREES ANOTHER DETAINED WOMAN

A patient in Ward A2 of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, Mrs. Evans, has regained freedom having spent almost five months in the hospital over inability to fully settle her hospital bills.

Mrs. Evans was admitted into the hospital in June this year due to pregnancy which resulted in losing the baby after a cesearan session was performed on her.

Her husband, Mr. Evans was said to have paid about three hundred and eigthy thousand naira but the hospital’s management detained the woman on the grounds that the bills was yet to be fully settled by her husband.

Speaking after his wife’s release from the hospital, Mr. Evans gave thanks to God, all men and women of goodwill, especially, Jefferson Uwoghiren, Esq., and Kenn Osaretin-Aibuedefe, who stood by him during the trying period.

Mrs. Evans, whose joy knew no bound, could only say “I thank God, I thank God, I thank God for everythingas she dances her way into the uneasy road to freedom.

NEWS FLASH!!! UBTH:A DETENTION FACILITY?

The University of Benin Teaching Hospital UBTH has become a sort of “detention” facility for patients who are unable to pay their hospital bills after being discharged.

Investigation by PRIMACY NEWS revealed that some patients most of whom were delivered of their babies, lost same and could not foot their hospital bills are languishing in the custody of the UBTH.

The decry the huge bills slammed on them by management of the hospital which, always, accrue to not less than five hundred thousand naira, in cases of giving birth through cesearan session, CS.

The expose came to the fore with the story of a young lady, Bidemi Taiwo, who had been in the hospital since March 23, 2020, after giving birth to a baby boy through cesearan session but lost the child.

She was allegedly detained for non-payment of her bills to the tune of over six hundred thousand naira until she was released on October 31, 2020 due to the intervention of a Benin based Legal Practitional, Jefferson Uwoghiren and an NGO, SOTHAWACA, also based in Benin City, and other individuals who spoke up on the issue.

Further investigation by PRIMACY NEWS revealed that about ten other poor patients are still languishing in the Ward A2 over their indebtedness to the hospital.

They lamented that upon being discharged, they are no longer fed, neither are drugs giving to them, yet, the hospital bills keep mounting by the day, emphasizing that they are confined to the Ward until the bills are cleared before they will be allowed to go home.

There is the case of a pregnant woman who was admitted in the hospital in June this year, wheeled into the hospital’s theatre for cesearan session, but lost the baby, upon the her discharge, a bill of about seven hundred thousand naira was stuck on her.

The woman’s husband, Mr. Evans told PRIMACY NEWS that as a struggling young man, he sold virtually all he had to raise and paid the sum of three hundred and eighty thousand naira, despite other monies he paid, and they insisted that until he pays the entire sum, his wife will not be released to go home.

The development has cast a very big question mark on the modus operandi of the hospital, even as Members of the public are beginning to call on management of the hospital to wake up to their responsibility by reviewing cases of huge hospital bills.

Some stakeholders are of the opinion that UBTH is supposedly a Government health care facility where patients are treated with drugs and other medical equipment and as well given psychosocial support to soothe or heal the pains of their immediate past, and as such, it is not a supposed detention facility.

LEGAL LUMINARY ADVOCATES RELEASE OF POOR PATIENTS IN UBTH

A Benin based Legal Luminary, Jefferson Uwoghiren, has called on authorities of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, to release all poor patients who could not pay their hospital bills upon discharged.

Uwoghiren Esq., made the call in Benin City while reacting to the unconditional release of one Bidemi Taiwo who has been in the hospital for about six months and was released to go home on Saturday, October, 31, 2020.

The legal Luminary stated that the woman’s alleged”detention” in the hospital facility was illegal, emphasizing that there are a lot of patients suffering same fate in the hospital.

According to him, “it is a criminal offense to detain a patient in a hospital, by management, or their agents, due to debts accumulated by a patient, in consequences of health care treatment” the Legal Luminary submitted.

Bidemi Taiwo was admitted on March 23, 2020 in UBTH where she gave birth to a baby boy, through cesearan session, but lost the child and was held back by management of the hospital due to her inability to foot the hospital bills of over five hundred thousand naira.

UBTH FREES WOMAN AFTER SIX MONTHS OF NON-PAYMENT OF HOSPITAL BILLS

Authorities of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, has discharged a poor patient who could not pay her hospital bills since March this year.

The woman, Bidemi Taiwo, was admitted in the hospital on March 23, 2020 after she gave birth to a baby boy through cesearan session but lost the child.

Immediately the news of her discharge filtered in, her parents who were getting ready to go to farm for their daily bread threw away the working implements and broke into wild jubilation.

Father of the woman, Mr. Sunday Oyebamiji thanked authorities of the UBTH for their magnanimity in writing off the debt which, as at August 2020, accrued to about six hundred thousand naira.

Mr. Oyebamiji also appreciated Jefferson Woghiren, SOTHAWACA and others for their show of love and concern during the trying times.

PRIMACY NEWS had reported the case of the woman who was detained in UBTH over non-payment of hospital bills

ARMED BANDITS STORMS BENIN TILES MARKET

Business activities was temporarily disruptef when four armed men raided a Drugs shop located at Forestry by Cooke road junction.

It was gathered that the men stormed the place at about 5pm, Tuesday, in a commando style, brandishing riffles which made the Tiles market Traders and customers scamper for safety.

It was, however, not ascertained whether or not they succeeded in robbing the Drugs shop of goods or cash sums.

Eye witness account said they eventually snatched a black RAV4 Jeep, emphasizing that the trunk of the Jeep threw open as they zoomed off towards Akpakpava Road.

GOV. OBASEKI INSPECTS EDO MEDICAL STORES AFTER HOODLUMS’ ATTACK

Edo state Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has expressed worry over Saturday’s looting at the Edo Medical Stores in Benin City.

Mr. Obaseki who visited the place in company of his Deputy, Hon. Philip Saibu, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and the state Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, said the wharehouse is where Medical and hospital supplies that feeds the whole hospital network system in the state are kept.

He emphasized that the people who use the hospitals are not the healthiest but the poorest.

The Governor who described the act as wicked, said the amount of destruction when quantified after assessment, will sure run into millions of naira and that the health care system is very weak while the state is doing her best to strengthen same with assistance from the federal Government.

” This destruction shows and tells you that this is not the intention of the #EndSARS protesters, there is more to it. We will get to the root of the matter” Obaseki said.

Speaking, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire called on those who are in possession of items that cannot be eaten to return same to be used or destroyed professionally because some of the medications are harmful to the body.

He described the situation as a great setback to the state and that the#EndSRAS protesters will not be happy over the development..

On his part, the state Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, disclosed that over fifty persons have been arrested in connection with the looting and destruction.

Kokumo said, the hoodlums carted away the few food pallatives and thereafter, switched to the Medical equipment.

He disclosed that the police authorities was yet to confirm whether or not anyone suffered from gunshot injuries.

GOV. OBASEKI INSPECTS EDO MEDICAL STORES AFTER ATTACK BY HOODLUMS

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has expressed worry over Saturday’s looting at the Edo Medical Stores in Benin City.

The Governor made the position known when he led the, the Deputy Governor, Comrade
Shaibu, Minister Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo and other Government functionaries on a visit to the vandalized wharehouse.

Governor said he was sad by the development because the wharehouse is where medical and hospital supplies that feed the whole hospital network system in the state and those who use the hospitals are not the wheathiest but the poorest in the society.

He described the act as wicked, emphasizing that the amount of destruction after assessment will surely run into millions of naira.

According to him, “the destruction shows and tells you that this is not the intention of the #EndSARS protesters, there is more to it. We will get to the root of the matter”.

Speaking, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, urged those who find themselves in custody of what they cannot eat to return them to be used or destroyed professionally as some of the medications can be very harmful to the body.

On his part, the State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, disclosed that over fifty persons have been arrested in connection with the looting and destruction.

Kokumo said the hoodlums have already made away with the few food pallatives after which they switched to the Medical equipments.

He however disclosed that the police authorities was yet to confirm whether or not anyone sustained gunshot injuries during the looting.