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Presidential Poll: Four men, woman who’ll decide Tinubu, Atiku, Obi’s fate today

THE die is cast and the stage is set. After five months of legal fisticuffs, the Presidential Election Petition Court (Tribunal) will decide the fate of President Bola Tinubu, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, today.

The trio were the leading presidential candidates in the February 25, 2023 presidential poll. While Tinubu, who was declared winner by the Independent National Commission, INEC ran on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC; Atiku contested on the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; and Obi flew the flag of the Labour Party, LP.

Atiku, Obi, PDP and LP separately want the court to nullify Tinubu’s election, award the victory to Atiku or Atiku, and disqualify Tinubu in the event of ordering a re-run
There is also a third petition lodged against President Tinubu by the Allied Peoples Movement, APM.

Specifically, APM contended that the withdrawal of Mr. Masari, who was initially nominated as the Vice-Presidential candidate of the APC, invalidated Tinubu’s candidacy in view of Section 131(c) and 142 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

Countering the petitioners, Tinubu, APC, and INEC urged the court to dismiss the petitions of the petitioners and affirm Tinubu’s election.

7 options before the court

As it is, there are seven options before the court, namely:

•Affirm Tinubu’s election on the ground that infractions observed during the polls were not enough to invalidate the outcome
•Disqualify Tinubu, nullify his election and declare Atiku as winner
•Annul Tinubu’s election and declare Obi as winner
•Cancel the elections and order a fresh poll among the 18 candidates
•Cancel the elections and order a re-run between the best two
•Order a re-run between Tinubu and Atiku
•Order a re-run between Atiku and Obi
Five justices who’ll decide Tinubu’s, Atiku’s, Obi’s fate

The four men and one woman, who will take one of the above options are
Justice Haruna Tsammani, Chief Registrar of the Court of Appeal and head of the panel; Justice Stephen Adah, Court of Appeal (Asaba division); Justice Monsurat Bolaji-Yusuf, Court of Appeal (Asaba Division); Justice Moses Ugo, Kano division; and Justice Abba Mohammed, Ibadan Court of Appeal.

Justice Tsammani

Born on November 23, 1959, Justice Tsammani hails from Tafawa Balewa LGA of Bauchi State. He obtained his LL.B degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1982, attended the Nigerian Law School, Lagos for his BL in 1983, and started as a High Court judge in Bauchi State on September 17, 1998.

Tsammmani, who was later elevated to the Court of Appeal on July 16, 2010, is the longest-serving Justice of the Court of Appeal among the five members of the panel. He has spent half of his 24 years as a judge on the Court of Appeal bench.

He delivered one of the judgments of the Court of Appeal in Abuja that affirmed the second term election of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

He also delivered the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja that issued the order restraining Rivers and Lagos state governments from taking action on their bids to collect Value Added Tax (VAT).

Justice Tsammani prepared the lead judgment that dismissed Abiola Ajimobi’s petition challenging the judgment of the 2019 Election Petition Tribunal, which had on November 19, 2019, upheld PDP’s Kola Balogun as the winner of the senatorial election for Oyo South for lacking in merit. He ruled that a person who was not a member of a political party has no right to challenge the outcome of its primary election.

In February 2022, Tsammani gave the lead judgment of the court that handed the control of APC in Kano State back to the immediate past governor, Abdullahi Ganduje,.

In October 2021, he led the three-member panel of the court that dismissed the suit by the suspended National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, to stop the party from holding its national convention. Justice Tsammani also led the panel of the court that gave the October 2022 judgment suspending the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, from custody after the charges against the secessionist were dismissed in an earlier judgment of the court.

Justice Adah

Born on June 13, 1957, Justice Stephen Adah, who hails from Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, is the presiding Justice of the Asaba Division of the Court of Appeal.

He obtained his LL.B degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1981 and attended the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, for his BL in 1982.

He was appointed a judge of the Federal High Court on November 12, 1998, and later elevated to the Court of Appeal on November 5, 2012. He was a member of the three-man panel that granted Obi and Atiku’s motions to serve Tinubu their petitions by substituted means.

One of his landmark decisions was in the appeal filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in 2020 against a trial court’s decision which partially upheld the no-case submission filed by former President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Robert Azibaola.

He led the panel that affirmed Ifeanyi Ubah as a Senator after his sack over alleged certificate forgery. He also led the panel that affirmed Valentine Ozigbo as the PDP governorship candidate for the Anambra State Governorship election.

Justice Bolaji-Yusuf

Born on August 7, 1959 , Justice Bolaji-Yusuf, who hails from Oyo West LGA of Oyo State is the only female member of the five-man panel of the court. She obtained her LL.B degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1983. She attended the Nigerian Law School the following year for her BL certificate.

She was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Oyo State on January 30, 1997, and later elevated to the Court of Appeal on March 24, 2014.

In the controversial impeachment of former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Justice Bolaji-Yusuf issued an order that invalidated the steps taken by the then-acting Chief Judge of Oyo, Justice Afolabi Adeniran, which led to the illegal removal of Ladoja.
Her verdict was the first major blow to the entire impeachment process that the Supreme Court later nullified and reinstated Ladoja as Oyo governor on November 11, 2006.

She also delivered the lead judgment of the three-man panel of the Benin Division of the Court of Appeal that affirmed the first-term election of Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki in June 2017. She was on the panel that affirmed that candidates of the Obaseki-faction were the authentic candidates to participate in the 2023 elections.

Justice Ugo

At 57, Justice Boloukuoromo Ugo, who hails from Kolokuma/Opokua Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, is the youngest member of the panel. He obtained his LL.B degree from the University of Calabar in 1989, and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School in Lagos the following year, for his BL certificate. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Bayelsa State on March 21, 2006, and later elevated to the Court of Appeal on March 24, 2011

Justice Mohammed

Born on February 19, 1961, Justice Abba Mohammed hails from Kano State. He
obtained his LL.B degree from the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1984, and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School in Lagos for his BL Certificate in 1985.

He was appointed a judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in 2010.

After serving for about 10 years, he was promoted to the Court of Appeal on June 28, 2021. He was the Chairman of the Nasarawa State Governorship Election Tribunal in 2019.

The PDP governorship candidate in the 2019 general election, David Ombugadu had sued INEC and Governor Abdullahi Sule of the APC. Justice Mohammed dismissed the petition for lacking in merit, and ruled that the petitioner’s allegation of over-voting and electoral violence could not be substantiated.


Harvest of coups threatens Africa’s democracy, Gabon military ends Bongos’ 56-year reign

The hail of gunfire which woke the residents of Libreville, the capital of Gabon, on Wednesday, signified the latest military coup in Africa and the 10th on the continent since 2017.

The reverberations from the gunfire jolted not only Gabon but Africa and the world. Coming a month after the presidential guards in Niger ousted the democratically elected government of President Mohamed Bazoum, the development in Gabon is raising red flags and concerns across the globe.

A dozen soldiers had Wednesday morning appeared on Gabonese national television, announcing the cancellation of recent election results and the dissolution of “all the institutions of the republic.”

The announcement came after President Ali Bongo Ondimba, 64, was re-elected for a third term, extending his family’s half-century rule over the oil-rich Central African country of 2.3 million. The Bongo family, one of Africa’s most powerful dynasties, has been in power since 1967. But the opposition described the poll as a ‘fraud orchestrated’ by the ruling party.

The president confirmed he is under house arrest and called for help, urging citizens to ‘make noise.’ However, reports said there have been scenes of celebration in Libreville since the military takeover.

Speaking to the French newspaper Le Monde, coup leader Brice Nguema assured that the president will “enjoy all his rights.” “He is a Gabonese head of state. He is retired. He enjoys all his rights. He is a normal Gabonese, like everyone else,” Nguema said.

The military leader declined to confirm whether he would declare himself the new president of the Central African country.

“I do not declare myself yet. I do not envisage anything for the moment. This is a debate that we are going to have with all the generals. We will meet at 2 pm. It will be about reaching a consensus. Everyone will put forward ideas, and the best ones will be chosen as well as the name of the person who will lead the transition,” he added.

In what appears to be a confirmation of what the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called ‘’an epidemic of coup d’états,” in his condemnation of the military takeover in Sudan in October 2021, the successful overthrow of 10 democratic governments by their respective armies points to a resurgence of rabid antagonism to democracy in Africa.

Out of the 486 attempted or successful military coups carried globally since 1950, Africa accounts for the largest number with 214, of which at least 106 have been successful.

Based on data compiled by American researchers Jonathan Powell and Clayton Thyne, at least 45 of the 54 nations across the African continent have experienced at least a single coup attempt since 1950.

Africa’s current wave of coups began in 2019 when President Omar al-Bashir was deposed by the Sudanese Armed Forces following mass demonstrations calling for his ouster. The army under the command of Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf overthrew the government and National Legislature and proclaimed a three-month state of emergency in the nation. This was followed by a two-year transitional period before an agreement was eventually reached.

A few months later on August 18, 2020, parts of the Malian Armed Forces initiated a mutiny, which was followed by a coup d’état. Several government officials were detained, including President Ibrahim Keta, who resigned and dissolved the government.

Following in the footsteps of their neighbours, the Malian Army under the command of Vice President Assimi Gota seized President Bah N’daw, Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, and Minister of Defence Souleymane Doucouré on the evening of May 24, 2021. This was the nation’s third coup d’état in 10 years, following the military takeovers in 2012 and 2020, the latter of which occurred just nine months earlier.

Two months later, the coup virus spread northwards and infected the Hichem Mechichi government which ousted Tunisian President Kais Saied and also suspended the Assembly of Representatives of the People on July 25, 2021. Described as a self-coup, the action followed a period of political unrest highlighted by a string of protests and the breakdown of Tunisia’s healthcare system in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the world was trying to make sense of what was happening in Tunisia, Alpha Condé, the president of Guinea, was taken prisoner by the military on September 5, 2021. The leader of the Special Forces announced the dissolution of the government and constitution in a broadcast that was televised on state television by Mamady Doumbouya. Conde’s third term Presidency had earlier sparked violent and mass protests in the country after a disputed election in October and a new constitution in March 2020 which allowed him to sidestep the country’s two-term limit.

Expectedly, the Economic Community of West African States condemned the coup and called for the restoration of constitutional authority in the beleaguered country. The regional bloc was still in the process of arraying granite sanctions against the junta when General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the Sudanese military staged a coup against the country’s government on October 25, 2021. Five top government officials, at least, were initially detained.

In consecutive fashion, the democratic administrations in Burkina Faso and Niger were also dismantled by their respective armed forces. On January 23, 2022, Burkina Faso experienced a coup d’état. The military made a television announcement that President Roch Kaboré had been removed from office.

Nine months later on September 30, Burkina Faso military leader President Paul-Henri Damiba was deposed in the country’s second coup in a year, as army Captain Ibrahim Traore took charge, dissolving the transitional government and suspending the constitution. The junta cited his failure to handle the nation’s Islamist insurgency.

On July 26, 2023, the presidential guard of the Republic of Niger detained President Mohamed Bazoum. Shortly after declaring the coup a success, presidential guard commander General Abdourahamane Tchiani assumed control of a new military junta.

Though the avalanche of military takeovers has been resisted by ECOWAS and the international community, this has not yielded the necessary result or curbed the appetite of African militaries for political power. Beyond the stock excuses for the takeovers, other factors adduced for the military intervention in democracy include foreign support or involvement, lack of discipline as well as the weakness of the regional and continental bodies such as ECOWAS, African Union, and others.

Meanwhile, the coup in Gabon has attracted reactions from the international community with the Commonwealth condemning the situation. Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said the situation was “deeply concerning.”

“The Commonwealth Charter is clear that member states must uphold the rule of law and the principles of democracy at all times,” Scotland said.

French government spokesman Olivier Veran said Paris condemns the coup in Gabon and wants the election result to be respected. Earlier, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said France is following events in Gabon “with the greatest attention.”

Paris maintains a military presence in many of its former colonial territories, including Gabon, where it has 370 soldiers permanently deployed, some in the capital, Libreville, according to the French Ministry of the Armed Forces website.

Also, Russia has expressed concern about the situation in Gabon. “Moscow has received with concern reports of a sharp deterioration in the internal situation in the friendly African country. We continue to closely monitor the development of the situation and hope for its speedy stabilisation,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated.

Retired diplomats attributed the coups to the failure of the political leaders to meet the needs of their people. A former Nigerian ambassador to Mexico, Ogbole Amedu-Ode, said the politicians must learn to deliver their mandates once elected.

Amedu-Ode stated, “Contemporary military interventions in the democratic political processes in the African region appear in Mali (August 2020 and May 2021), Guinea (September 2021), Burkina Faso (January and September 2022), Niger (July 2023), and now Gabon(August 2023). From the above enumeration, West Africa is clearly the epicentre of the resurgence of coup d’etats in the political processes in our part of the world.

“However, this resurgence of military intervention is the phenomenon of the regression of democracy which in itself is a consequence of democracy’s failure to deliver on its dividends to the people. Politicians and others involved in our political process must exert themselves to deliver on their promises.”

Retired diplomat, Amb Rasheed Akinkuolie pointed out that poor governance often leads to coups in Africa, warning, however, that coups do not yield positive results.

“Coups never bring positive results into society. In most cases, it worsens an already bad situation. One family in Gabon has been ruling for the last 55 years which is uncalled for. If they had governed well, that is a different issue. In Saudi Arabia, it is the same family ruling for years but they are happy.

“When you have a government that does not govern the people well enough, it gives room for a military coup. The military coup does not solve any problem and at the end of the day, it will be the people against the military which is worse. The people will take arms against the military. Senegal for 60 years has not had any coup. When there is a crisis, they solve it. That is a sign of civilization,” he submitted.

A former ambassador to Argentina, Chive Kaave maintained that democracy was still the best form of government, insisting that the forceful takeover of power was no longer fashionable.

He also cautioned Nigerian political leaders against complacency in delivering their electoral promises.

“All of these coups are a result of poverty, ignorance, disease, and the large scale of unemployment of young people. It should be a lesson to us here with the high rate of unemployment and ignorance. It is ignorance that is a challenge to democracy,’’ the ex-diplomat concluded.


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The Gambia has recorded a staggering 117 rape cases between January and July this year, according to a situation report issued by Gender Management Information System.

The report, issued yesterday at a press conference at the Bakoteh Orange Center, also revealed the country registered 310 survivors of Gender-Based Violence across the 8 operational One-Stop Centres in Kanifing, Banjul, Bakoteh, Bundung, Brikama, Basse, Bansang, and Bwiam.

The cases include 49 physical and 47 sexual assaults, 37 Intimate Partner violence, 6 FGM, 5 psychological, 5 defilement, 4 denial of resources, 3 emotional, 2 harassment, and 2 child marriages.

According to the report, the physical assault and IPV cases are mostly common among people aged 18 years and above, while survivors range from the ages of 10-14 and those aged 15-17 are mostly rape, sexual assault and defilement

Most FGM survivors, the report said, are between 5-9 years. It added that 100 percent survivors who reached out to the One-Stop Centres received support ranging from health care service to psychosocial support and that all survivors who wanted their cases to go further were all linked to the police and received appropriate legal support.

However, the report said most survivors did not pursue police or legal support. It indicated that of the cases reported for the period, 50% of perpetrators are between the ages of 20-35, while the average age of rape perpetrators is 25.

It is also reported that out of the 32 percent of the cases reported to police, over 70 percent preferred not to go to police or court.

According to the report, deeper analysis indicated that physical assault cases were mainly reported in Bansang One-Stop Centre while rape cases are mostly reported in Brikama One-Stop Center.

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, Fatou Kinteh, said proper recording of GBV cases is critical for the government’s response and programming. She said the government is working on establishing a special court on gender-based violence and a forensic lab. Minister Kinteh said the government has a number of programs geared towards addressing issues of GBV. She commended the level of awareness that has been created to encourage reporting cases of GBV but raised concern over victims’ families withdrawing cases which is hindering prosecutions.

“The withdrawing of cases has been a big concern but I want to assure you that henceforth we will not allow the withdrawal of cases especially rape cases,” she said.

The UNFPA country representative, Ndeye Rose Sarr, said the number of cases recorded is appalling and called for more advocacy and action from all stakeholders to address the root causes of GBV.  She urged victims to take advantage of the 199-emergency number to report all forms of violation for assistance.

A representative from the civil society, Fallu Sowe, commended the social and case workers in different GMIS centres across the country for their sleepless nights.

“We also have volunteers in communities who ensure that cases are reported and properly recorded at the regional level,” he said.

The GMIS centre was made operational in January 2023 to facilitate the delivery of quality services in line with global standards and GBV guiding principles and strengthen referrals in a timely and most appropriate manner. It is supported by the UN Systems in partnership with the Gambia Government.


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NNPP’s Suspension Of Presidential Candidate, Kwankwaso Is Nollywood Joke – Buba Galadima

Afounding member and a chieftain of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Alhaji Buba Galadima, has described the purported suspension of the party’s presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso as a “Nollywood and Hollywood joke”.

Galadima who said this to ChannelsTV during a programme noted that NNPP was not suffering from any internal crisis as projected to the public.

He added that Kwankwaso did not commit any anti-party activities and was not in any time suspended by the party.

Recall that a faction within the party suspended Kwankwaso, the party’s presidential candidate for the February 25, 2023, election, alleging “material evidence” in public that the former Kano state governor was involved in “anti-party activities in various meetings” on Tuesday.

The faction further alleged that Kwankwaso had political meetings with President Bola Tinubu, then candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) competitor, Atiku Abubakar, and Labour Party (LP) candidate Peter Obi without the party’s permission.

Galadima, on the other hand, has dismissed the allegations.

“When I saw it on social media, I thought it was like a Nollywood or Hollywood joke,” Galadima said in reference to Kwankwaso’s suspension on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Tuesday night.

He claimed that the leaders of the said group had been expelled from the NNPP.

“Now let me make a small correction, those that were expelled were Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam and Gabriel Agbor Major,” he maintained.

“All of them who were expelled were called to a disciplinary committee. They were drilled and they accepted their sins and it was on the basis of their acceptance that they were recommended to the Nation Working Committee for expulsion.”

Galadima also accused political opponents of orchestrating internal squabbles within the party, but emphasised that the NNPP remains strong.

“A lot of people are interested in this party in the sense that the other parties felt that they could only survive if they destroy this party.

“But unknown to them we are as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar,” he said.

He continued: “As a politician, we can meet with anybody.

“He took permission from us,” the party chieftain argued. “Whatever the case, Kwankwaso had permission from the party to meet with President Tinubu and talk to any other political group. So, he didn’t do this on his own.”

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“Wednesday lets me move forward to the second half of the week!” Happy Wednesday

Burna Boy is biggest ‘fraud’, most uninspiring artiste, says Lerin Nicodemus

Media personality, Lerin Nicodemus, has labelled Grammy-winning singer, Burna Boy as the biggest fraud and the most uninspiring artiste following his controversial statement about Afrobeats.

The TV presenter strongly criticized Burna Boy in response to his statement about Africa’s most renowned music genre, which has achieved worldwide recognition but is considered by him to be lacking substance.’

Nicodemus accused Burna of both tarnishing and trying to undermine the very foundation that propelled him to international fame.

She argued the ‘Love Damini’ singer has over time tried to infuse the style of the legendary Fela Anikulakpo Kuti who is well-known for pan-Africanism, into his craft.

However, she argued that, unlike Fela, Burna tends to avoid addressing the challenges affecting his fellow countrymen and the continent, opting instead to criticize his own people whenever he chooses to voice his opinions.

She said: “I said Burna Boy is the biggest fraud and most uninspiring artiste in Nigeria and this is why. She follows up with an excerpt of Burna Boy’s controversial interview where he noted: “Afobeats as most people call it is mostly about nothing, literally nothing. There’s no substance to it. Like nobody is talking about anything. It’s just a great time.”

“Burna Boy’s brand is built on this pan-African activism ideology which he basically copied from Fela. But whenever there’s social or political turmoil in Nigeria or Africa, he either stays very quiet or mocks Nigerians when he eventually speaks up.
“His statements about social issues lack any real progressiveness or empathy. All he does is belittle people at every opportunity and now, he’s doing it to Afrobeats.

“Like how do you shit on a movement that has taken years to build by our pioneers? Tons of people worked really hard to make sure that Afrobeats got the global recognition and respect it has now which he has greatly benefitted from by the way. And now it’s his turn to push it even further. And here he is tearing it down. If that’s not witchcraft, I don’t know what is.

Comparing Burna to his colleagues, she added: “Other artists like Wizkid and David try to shine a light on upcoming artistes at every given opportunity whether it’s putting them on an album or inviting them on global stages.

“But that can never be Burna Boy. He would rather just shit on people because that’s what he’s good at and it’s so uninspiring.”

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Concerns continue to mount over expired foodstuffs in town

Concerns have been raised by citizens amid the circulation of expired drinks that were believed to be imported into the country without notice.
Reports have been making round on social media that some expired soft drinks were served at a local ceremony on Saturday, fueling suspicion that some extra expired food stuffs and drinks could be on sale in the corner shops and supermarkets. This has raised debate in the public domain with some questioning the pro-activeness of the Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA).

The FSQA came to being by an Act of Parliament in 2011 but started its operations in 2013 in the area of food and feed. Since then, the Authority has only 36 inspectors

Recently, hundreds of bags of expired rice were intercepted at the border post, expired chickens were disposed and unhealthy production of oil was also detected. Many expired foods were found at the country’s biggest market, Serrekunda.

The data obtained from FSQA indicated that from last year to date, five business entities were fined, 17 closed, eight prosecuted and five mega disposals were carried out.

The Point has engaged a concerned citizen and a resident of Bundung, Babou Jobe, who expressed his dissatisfaction with the current state of food items imported into the country. He said expired foods are mostly circulated by wheelbarrow vendors, saying enforcement should be done to save the lives of the people.

“A huge number of our population cannot read or write. Therefore, they can buy expired foods without knowing. So these people are at risk of consuming those products. It is the duty of the regulatory body to promise an environment free from expired foods,” he stated.

Aji Astou Njie, also expressed her fear of buying certain products, arguing that many products are imported into the country without knowing their origin or being checked by Food Safety.

She said: “I cannot dwell more on the matter but I know something has to be done if we are really serious as a nation to save our people from health complications.”

Marabi Amfaal Hydara, FSQA’s communications officer, told this medium that in order to make so that the food that enters the country is safe, his institution deploys inspectors across all the borders including the airport. He added that this is to ensure all foods and feeds coming into the country are inspected.

He said: “We have a scientific department to ensure that anything people complaint is checked before making any conclusion. We also have the food control department that normally goes out every day to inspect. We have the regulatory department that is more of enforcement in case of someone violating the act.”

Dwelling on how inspectors determine consumable food, he explained that they have a checklist that usually guides them and checks if the food is fit for human and animal consumption.

Giving his reaction to the expired foods circulating on social media, he reiterated that when their inspectors get to the field, they don’t see such foods people complain about.

“We cannot do anything about things we cannot see. We normally reach out anytime we see something on social media. There is a junction named Expired Junction at Serrekunda, but the things they sell are actually not expired, it is mostly six months before the expiry date,” he said.

He emphasised that their inspectors are trying to trace the origin of the alleged expired drinks, while noting that finding the sole proprietor is the problem. He added that they don’t make decisions without finding the actual person responsible.

Molamin Jammeh, a public health officer, shared his thoughts with this medium, while reiterating that public health is the art and science of preventing disease promoting health and prolonging life through organised effort.

He explained that consuming expired food affects health, saying public health officers are driving to make sure people do not fall sick by preventing diseases from occurring. He said if someone falls sick from consuming expired foods, it has undermined the goal of public health.

“Expired foods in the market threaten public health. We should ensure that the food that is imported is safe and of quality and that we will be able to prevent the population from any safety issues. The consequences of consuming expired food products depend on the composition. Some expired food pose significant health threat which include food poisoning, diarrhoea, stomachic and muscle ache,”

He said some of the chemicals used to preserve the food may be toxic to humans when consumed after the expiry date.

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“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

~ Thomas A. Edison

EPL: Man United lose injured Shaw for Forest, Arsenal games

Manchester United and England international left-back Luke Shaw was on Thursday ruled out of the next two Premier League games after picking up a muscle injury, the club announced.

“Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has sustained an injury which will rule him out of forthcoming games,” said a club statement.

“The muscle issue is still being assessed but the England left-back is expected to be out of action for a number of weeks.”

The 28-year-old defender started the first two Premier League matches of the season but will now miss Saturday’s Old Trafford encounter against Nottingham Forest and next weekend’s trip to Arsenal.

He is also likely to sit out next month’s round of international matches.

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