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Dr Sani Aliyu, Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) says an estimated 200,000 people are living with HIV in Oyo State.

He made the disclosure on Tuesday in Ibadan during a courtesy call on Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State at the executive council chamber of the governor’s office.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the delegation led by Aliyu, included representatives of relevant international donor and funding agencies like WHO.

Aliyu stated that only 16,000 out of the estimated 200, 000 persons living with HIV in the state are currently on treatment.

“We have a gap between the number of infected persons and those on treatment. We have a gap between infected pregnant women and those receiving treatment.

“We also have issues with the number of new infections recorded,’’ he said.

The NACA boss stated that 10, 000 pregnant women in Oyo State are living with HIV, adding that about 50 people contact HIV in the state on a daily basis.

He stated that the state has a considerable figure in terms of new infections, commending the state government for running one of the best programmes on HIV/AIDS.

Aliyu said that there are 1,060,000 people living with HIV in Nigeria, out of which only five percent were currently on treatment courtesy of the Nigerian government.

The NACA boss stated that about one million Nigerians are currently on treatment on the bills of the international donor agencies.

He said that NACA had proposed to the state government to contribute 0.5 or One percent of their federal allocation towards HIV/AIDS.

Aliyu stated that such contribution by state governments would allow the states to put another 50 per cent of infected persons on treatment.

“For instance, we have 16,000 already on treatment. If the state can put 0.5 percent of the allocation, the state will be able to put 8,000 on treatment,’’ he said.

He assured the governor that they are willing to work with his government to ensure that people living with HIV across the state have access to quality and affordable treatment.

In his response, Gov. Ajimobi assured the delegation of his administration’s readiness to partner with them to bring the figure of infected people to a barest minimum if not totally eradicated.

Ajimobi, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Moses Adeyemo said his administration would support the donor agencies with funds and human capital towards the eradication in the state.

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Two Teenage Brothers Behead 10-Year-Old For N200,000 [PHOTOS]

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Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested two teenage brothers allegedly in possession of fresh human head along Ajah-Epe Expressway.

The Spokesman for the police in the state, CSP Chike Oti, said on Wednesday that the suspects were arrested on Tuesday at about 8:30pm by a team of anti-kidnapping operatives.

Oti said the operatives were on routine patrol between Ajah/Epe Expressway when they met the brothers, aged 18 and 19, and resident at Tunde Balogun Street, Shapati, Ibeju-Lekki, a suburb of Lagos State.

He said on interrogation, the youths confessed that one Sodiq Abefe contracted them to provide him with a human head at the cost of N200,000.

He said: “They confessed that they lured the victim by sending him to buy Coca-Cola drink for them and when he brought the drinks to them they held him and cut off his head with a knife.

“The victim has been identified by his parents as Joseph Makinde, aged 10. The corpse was recovered from an uncompleted building located at Shapati.

“Effort is being made to arrest the said Sodiq Abefe who allegedly contracted the duo to commit the heinous crime.”

Oti said the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, had directed that the case is handed over to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation And Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba for further investigations.

Oti said the CP reiterated his earlier warning to criminals to repent, relocate from the state or regret the consequences of their actions.

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TRAGEDY: SARS Officer Shoots LASTMA Official Dead In Lagos [PHOTOS]

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Tragedy struck on Wednesday at the Iyana-Ipaja roundabout in Lagos, when a suspected officer of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) named Oki Prince Joseph allegedly gunned down an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

The LASTMA official identified as Adeyemo Rotimi, according to sources had flagged down the SARS officer for a traffic issue.

The SARS officer, we learnt, got down and warned the traffic official never to stop him again, adding that he didn’t have right to do so.

In the course of exchanging hot words, the angry officer returned to his car, brought out a gun and shot the traffic official. Many ran for safety after hearing the sound of the gun.

The SARS officer was said to have been arrested. Eyewitnesses said the officer drove a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) with registration number plate LSR 277 BJ.

The alleged killer was first taken Moshalashi Police Station along Ipaja Road before being transferred to State Command in Ikeja GRA.

The traffic official was rushed to Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital, where he was confirmed dead. His remains, according to sources have been deposited in a mortuary in Yaba, Lagos Mainland.

LASTMA Public Relations Officer Mahmud Hassan confirmed the incident.

Hassan said the investigation is ongoing.

When the SARS officer’s vehicle was searched for identification, guns, fake 1,000 Naira notes, ATM card, church ID card, business ID card and FSARS documents were recovered.

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