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5 burnt to death,10 injured in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway crash

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5 burnt to death,10 injured in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway crash

No fewer than five persons were on Friday burnt to death and 10 others sustained injuries in an accident involving a white Mazda bus at Onigaari, on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Mr Clement Oladele, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta.

Oladele said that the accident which occurred around 8:49 a.m. was caused by speed and loss of control.

The sector commander said that the crash involved 18 passengers comprising 17 male adults and one female adult.

The FRSC boss said that 10 males sustained injuries from the crash while five of the passengers comprising of four males and one female died from the crash.

“The lone crash involved a commercial bus that travelled all the way from Sokoto State but stopped briefly in Ibadan to pick other passengers.

“The white coloured Mazda bus with registration number WWD 302 CB, was heading to Lagos before it lost control at Onigaari due to speed and collided with the road median and upturn,” he said.

Oladele said that the injured victims were taken to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, while the dead bodies were deposited at the mortuary of the same hospital.

The sector commander reminded motorists of the need to drive cautiously on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, saying the road was still undergoing rehabilitation.

Oladele said that the recommended speed at construction areas was 50 kilometres per hour.

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Motorists groan in traffic as tanker falls, spills contents on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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Muritala Ayinla

For hours Friday motorists plying the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway groaned in traffic gridlock as a fully loaded truck with 33, 000 litres of Automated Gas Oil (AGO) lost control and spilt its content on the road.

The accident, which occured in the afternoon near the Otedola Bridge of the expressway, affected motorists moving inward Berger while several vehicles were stopped from passing the scene in order to avert possible explosion.

It was learnt that the white Mark Truck head with registration number KJA 911 XR lost control and overturned while heading towards Berger.

It was also learnt that officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) were on the scene minutes after the incidence despite the usual heavy Friday traffic outward Lagos to Ibadan and the surrounding towns on Lagos

Speaking on the accident, the General Manager, LASEMA, Dr Femi Oke-Osanayintolu said that truck had been removed from the road for free flow of the traffic.

He said that the immediate cause of the incidence was due to brake failure which made the truck trunk to fall off and spill its contents due to impact with the road but was successfully managed. He added that the physical assessment was also conducted to avert occurrence of a fire incident.

He said: ”The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency has successfully recovered and freed the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway from the traffic gridlock being experienced since when the fully loaded truck with 33, 000 litres of Automated Gas Oil, AGO, this afternoon pulled off its truck head and fell on its side while driving inward Berger shortly after the Otedola bridge.

”All emergency responders were activated and swung into action with trans loading of its contents, while the Lagos State Fire Brigade blanked the entire scene to prevent the truck from exploding.

”The primary responders at the scene of the incidence aside LASEMA, included the NPF, LASTMA, FRSC, Lagos State Fire Service and the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps,” he said.

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Motorists groan in traffic as tanker falls, spills contents on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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Muritala Ayinla

For hours Friday motorists plying the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway groaned in traffic gridlock as a fully loaded truck with 33, 000 litres of Automated Gas Oil (AGO) lost control and spilt its content on the road.

The accident, which occured in the afternoon near the Otedola Bridge of the expressway, affected motorists moving inward Berger while several vehicles were stopped from passing the scene in order to avert possible explosion.

It was learnt that the white Mark Truck head with registration number KJA 911 XR lost control and overturned while heading towards Berger.

It was also learnt that officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) were on the scene minutes after the incidence despite the usual heavy Friday traffic outward Lagos to Ibadan and the surrounding towns on Lagos

Speaking on the accident, the General Manager, LASEMA, Dr Femi Oke-Osanayintolu said that truck had been removed from the road for free flow of the traffic.

He said that the immediate cause of the incidence was due to brake failure which made the truck trunk to fall off and spill its contents due to impact with the road but was successfully managed. He added that the physical assessment was also conducted to avert occurrence of a fire incident.

He said: ”The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency has successfully recovered and freed the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway from the traffic gridlock being experienced since when the fully loaded truck with 33, 000 litres of Automated Gas Oil, AGO, this afternoon pulled off its truck head and fell on its side while driving inward Berger shortly after the Otedola bridge.

”All emergency responders were activated and swung into action with trans loading of its contents, while the Lagos State Fire Brigade blanked the entire scene to prevent the truck from exploding.

”The primary responders at the scene of the incidence aside LASEMA, included the NPF, LASTMA, FRSC, Lagos State Fire Service and the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps,” he said.

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Gbajabiamila donates N60m drugs to Borno govt

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday, donated drugs worth over N60 million to the Borno State Government for onward distribution to the victims of insurgency in the state. The Speaker’s gesture came after his visit to some internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, Borno State, in July. Represented by his Chief of Staff, Sanusi Garba Rikiji, the Speaker presented the drugs to the leader of the Borno State Caucus in the House and the Chief Whip, Mohammed Tahir Monguno, who received them on behalf of the state government.

The Speaker, who made the presentation in his office in Abuja, said the drugs comprised antibiotics and other essential drugs that would cure infectious diseases among the IDPs. It would be recalled that the Speaker had equally visited the IDPs in Zamfara and Katsina states where he donated items, including drugs and foodstuff.

In his votes of thanks, the leader of the Borno State Caucus in the House, Monguno thanked the Speaker on behalf of the state governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, saying the gesture would go a long way in ameliorating the health challenges of the IDPs. Monguno said Gbajabiamila was the first Speaker of the House, who deemed it fit to visit Borno State mainly to feel the plight of the IDPs despite the security situation, thanking him for being an exemplary leader. He said the Borno State Government would ensure the judicious use of the drugs in a manner that would affect the lives of all the IDPs positively.

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Glorious Vessels Foundation fetes less-privileged in Lagos

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For the second time in six months, the indigent in Lagos have had cause to smile courtesy of the Glorious Vessels Foundation. The Foundation founded in 2012 by Ruckey Peniel, an international public speaker, author, and host of Hope Now TV and Conferences, reaches out to the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria and around the world. Recently, the Foundation through its HOTS (Hope on the Streets), Lagos programme lit up the faces of children and indigent adults on the streets of Agege. It is the second of such programme they would be holding in Lagos this year, the last one being an outreach programme in Iyana- Ipaja in March.

The Agege Outreach programme on Saturday involved the distribution of food items, water and other items to the recipients who turned out enthusiastically to welcome the HOTS team. Jasmine Asekome, one of the coordinators of last Saturday’s outreach quoting Peniel said the foundation, which is an offspring of Vessels of Hope, a non-profit organisation and the charity arm of Hope Now TV and Conferences, is concerned about the growing number of children and destitute on Nigerian streets. “We have a burden for the homeless and downtrodden, who on our streets, face hunger and deprivation. This is why we have returned to Lagos six months after our last programme in Iyana-Ipaja, to reach out to the people of Agege.”

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Tipper driver kills mother in-law, sister in-law, 6-month-old baby in Edo

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…accuses in-laws of hiring thugs to beat him

 

 

Tragedy struck in Ovia North East Local Government Area near Benin, the Edo State capital, as a man identifies as Mr. Edoghogho Omorogbe, aged 44, has been arrested by the police for killing three members of his family. The suspect was nabbed by operatives of the state command for killing his mother-in-law, sister-inlaw and a six-month-old baby.

The names of the victims were given as Mrs. Alice Omorogbe (52), Mrs. Blessing Efe (25) and baby Osarumwense. Edoghogho was said to have killed the victims on September 17, at their residence at Iguadolor Community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state. A two-year-old girl inside the room at the time of attack was, however, spared.

The mutilated bodies of the victims were discovered the following morning by residents of the area. In his confession, Edoghogho said he killed his in-laws because they always hired boys to beat him anytime he had issues with his wife. He said: “I am a tipper driver but since the rains started I was doing menial jobs. I killed them out of annoyance because my mother in-law used boys to beat me up. She would say I am talking to my wife.

If I quarrel with my wife, she will send boys to beat me up. “I didn’t know that the cutlass will hit the baby. After I killed them, I ran away. Later I came out and went to tell my father what I did. I have not seen my wife since I killed her mother and sister.” However, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, could not be reached for confirmation of the incident yesterday, but a top police officer who pleaded not to be mentioned, said investigation into the matter had since commenced.

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Man bags 15 years in prison for defiling 8-year-old girl

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos, yesterday sentenced a 39-year-old man, Femi Anthony, to 15-years in prison for defiling an 8-year-old primary school pupil (name withheld). Anthony was convicted and sentenced after being found guilty of defiling the minor in 2012 while she was doing her homework in her family’s apartment.

While delivering judgement, Justice Taiwo said; “having considered all the oral and documentary evidence of the prosecution and defence, I am satisfied that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt. “I, therefore, find him guilty of the defilement of PW1 (prosecution witness 1). The incidences of the offence of defilement and rape have increased astronomically in society, this sentence should serve as a deterrented. I, therefore, sentence the defendant to 15-years imprisonment with no option of fine,” Justice Taiwo said.

However, according to the prosecution counsel, Mrs. K. O Sarunmi, the convict was first arraigned in court on June 23, 2014 after he had raped the 8-year-old pupil in May 20, 2012. The prosecutor said Anthony had snuck into the survivor’s (victim) flat while her mother was doing laundry downstairs. “The survivor was alone in the apartment when he came in. She was studying and doing her homework when he overpowered her and defiled her,” Sarunmi said.

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Army: Troops kill 7 Boko Haram commanders

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The Nigerian Army yesterday announced the killing of seven suspected Boko Haram commanders during joint operations between its troops and elements of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF). The Army further reiterated earlier claims that the suspected terrorists were fleeing to North and Central Africa, to escape the heat from ongoing operations in the North East.

Acting Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sagir Musa, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday, noted that the said feat has since attracted the commendation of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai. “The MNJTF and the Nigerian Armed Forces are in celebrative mood today and have been basking in the successes of their combined efforts of artillery and air bombardments of suspected hideouts of erstwhile Boko Haram/ISWAP at the Tumbus of Lake Chad region that neutralised many including key commanders.

“However, it was mourning and a monumental set back to the erstwhile Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters hibernating at the triangular area.

“Reliable information coming out from the inner circles of the demented and criminal group’s enclave escaping to Sudan and Central African Republic, indicated that about seven of their key commanders have been wasted by the superior forces of the MNJTF. “The neutralised commanders are said to be Abba Mainok, Bukar Dunokaube, Abu kololo, Abor Kime (said to be of Arab origin – likely their ISIS trainer), Mann Chari, Dawoud Abdoulaye (from Mali) and Abu Hamza,” Musa said He added that: “All these were said to be commanders of various Tumbus controlling fighters before they were decisively dealt with and sent to the pit of hell by the military bombardment. “Although these names may be not be real and may likely be nicknames and alias, nonetheless, it is an unprecedented feat to our quest of clearing the remnants of these criminals in the area. Consequently, efforts are ongoing to get more information on their true identities.

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Unidentified woman steals 2-month-old baby in Ekiti

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An unidentified woman yesterday reportedly stole a two-month-old baby from his mother, at the State Secretariat, in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State. Witness said the woman tricked the baby’s mother to follow her to the State Secretariat to collect some relief materials being given by government to flood victims. “On getting there, she sent the mother to help her to procure recharge card but ran away with the baby before the arrival of the woman,” a source said. Narrating her ordeal, the woman who was in tears explained that the abductor whom she suspected to be from the Eastern part of the country, had been patronising her consistently at the Oja-Oba market, where she sells soup ingredients.

She said the woman informed her on Wednesday that she would take her to the State Secretariat where her husband works and that the husband would facilitate the relief materials for her. The woman, who preferred to be anonymous, explained that the kidnapper came to her shop with a list of possible beneficiaries and included her name making her to believe that she was being favoured. She stated:

“The woman who had become a regular customer had this morning invited me to the Secretariat and pretended to be waiting for someone, having entered one or two offices under the pretence of making some arrangements. “She later took my baby and phone from me and asked me to go and buy recharge cards and before I came back, she had fled with my baby.” The poor woman, who claimed she had lost a child recently before the delivery of the stolen boy, said the suspect collected her phone to prevent her from contacting the police for her immediate arrest after perpetrating the crime. The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, could not be reached to confirm the incident.

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Police nab suspect behind 2017 murder of 3 officers, others in Edo

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After about two years of manhunt, operatives of the Edo State command have finally arrested the prime suspect whose gang members murdered three policemen attached to Ogba Zoological Gardens and abducted the Managing Director of the tourism complex, Andy Ehanire, in 2017, in Benin, the state capital. Also, the command said it has uncovered a fake hospital operating at Obamwonyi Street in the capital city.

Following a tip off, the police arrested the operator of the hospital, one Oriakhi Okundayo, aged 53. The man behind the illegal hospital was said to have engaged in unwholesome medical practices, including carrying out abortion on women and young ladies. The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Danmallam Abubakar, stated this when he paraded 160 suspects arrested for various criminal offences, including murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and defilement in different parts of the state.

Danmallam said investigation had led to the arrest of one Micheal Ayigie, the key suspect in the 2017 murder of policemen and abduction of Ehanire. He said the three kidnappers that abducted and killed one Adeleke Adebare have also been arrested. The Police boss gave their names as Hassan, Tambayo Adamu and Mukau Useni.

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Six Nigerians emerge as fellows of AfriSIG

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Six Nigerians emerged as fellows at the just concluded African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). The African School on Internet Governance is a multi-stakeholder training initiative that gives Africans from diverse sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to participate effectively in internet governance processes and debates nationally, regionally and globally. It contributes towards increasing the diversity, extent, quality and effectiveness of African participation in internet governance by creating a space that promotes multistakeholder learning and dialogue. The six Nigerians are: Amina Ramallan, Olamide Egbayelo, Gabreal Odunsi, Amina, Musab Muhammad Isah, Tomiwa Ilori and Morisola Alaba.

The Seventh African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG), which was held at N’Djamena, Chad, had 45 participants from 23 countries with a series of sessions, lectures and workshops on internet governance processes at the local, national, sub-regional, regional and global levels. The school which is usually collocated with the annual African Internet Governance Forum came to a wrap on September 12. In a statement released by the alumni group in Nigeria, “The African School on internet governance represents the grooming place for future leaders on Internet governance on the continent and it is great that there are six Nigerians among the 45 fellows this year.”

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