Two traders collapsed on Wednesday and were rushed to the nearest hospitals, after fire gutted 10 shops at the Balogun bus stop area of Iju-Ishaga, Lagos State.
According to eyewitnesses, the fire outbreak was caused by power surge and started from one of the shops at about 2am.
One of the shop owners, simply identified as Mummy Tolu, was among the two traders that collapsed and was rushed to hospital. Other traders claimed that she was presently in a coma.
The woman collapsed after she discovered that her shop burnt to the grounds, along with goods worth over N5million, which she had recently purchased. The victim sells textile materials in large quantities.
The second victim, a man, also passed out after he sighted his shop on fire. He was also rushed to the nearest hospital. It was alleged that he left N3million in his shop the previous day, planning to take it to bank the following day. The fire, however, destroyed the money, even before the trader got to his shop on Wednesday.
A resident, Mrs George, said: “A Yoruba woman, selling clothing material had just stocked her shop. When she saw her shop, she fainted and went into coma. I was not there when the fire started, but when PHCN returned power at about 2 am, I heard something like an explosion, coming from outside, resulting in the fire. Fire fighters came, along with the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LSNC). They were closely followed by the police. And then people came out of their houses. When the Yoruba woman saw her shop on fire, she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.”
Another resident, Mrs Olayinka, said: “One of the shop owners had just stocked her shop with goods for Christmas. A few minutes later, we discovered that a man, who left N3million in his shop, fainted and was rushed to the nearby hospital.”
The Public Relations Officer of the Balogun Community Development Association, Mr Oluwaseun Iroko, said: “When it comes to fire, one cannot really trace what could be the cause. What we know is that between 2:30 to 3:00 am, we discovered there was a fire outbreak. We thank God for the quick intervention of the fire service department of Lagos State. They did so much! If not for them, the fire would have gone out of control. Luckily for us, they arrived in the nick of time and within 15 minutes, the fire had been doused.”
Church holds Jesus Mega Party in Lekki
n commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ this festive season, the Father’s House Bible Church, is set to hold a drama, praise and worship concert tagged, ‘Jesus Mega Party’ in Jakande, Lekki area of Lagos State between December 10 and 12.
Speaking with journalists on activities lined up for the concert, Senior Pastor of the Church, Dr Richmond Leigh, said an epic drama, ‘ The Nativity’, which features over 200 cast would be staged to re-enact the birth of the Lord Jesus.
According to Leigh, the three-day concert is aimed at presenting the biblical significance of the birth of Jesus Christ to all and sundry regardless of religious affiliation.
The cleric, who addressed the news parley alongside Pastors Lekan Jenyo and Tony Kadiri, said adequate plans have been put in place to secure participants coming for the concert, adding that Nigeria needs religious harmony to ensure mutual coexistence.
DPR seals 250 illegal gas outlets in Ogun
he Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), yesterday, said it has shut down over 250 illegal gas plants in Ogun State during the outgoing year.
The DPR Operations Controller, Abeokuta Field Office, Mrs. Muinat Bello-Zagi, who disclosed this at the second Annual General Meeting of the agency held in Abeokuta, said it was committed to regularising and standardizing the operation of gas facilities in the state.
Bello-Zagi disclosed that currently, 70 per cent of gas outlets in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area, which is the largest industrial area of the state, were illegal.
According to her, the DPR’s engagement with stakeholders during the current year had been participatory with awareness created and stakeholders educated on the agency’s requirements.
She said: “The engagement process this year was able to reach an estimated number of 5,000 stakeholders. Routine surveillance to all nooks and crannies of Ogun State was stepped up. We observed that safety compliance in retail outlets has improved and this was due to the constant engagement and surveillance.”
The DPR boss lamented the proliferation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas plants in some local government areas, adding that the agency had also observed encroachment on gas pipelines right of way in some areas in the state.
Bello-Zagi, who revealed that certain roads in the state have an average of 10 gas facilities over a stretch of five– 10km, said her agency was currently carrying out “mapping,” which would be used in the issuance of new approvals for gas facilities.
She added: “The DPR in Abeokuta is currently mapping gas facilities in her area of operations. The aim of the exercise was to map the geographical spread, facilities concentration, conduct proximity analysis, ensure safely and as well guide future approval based on the listed elements. The mapping of gas facilities has demonstrated the capacity of technology to monitor and evaluate DPR procedures, enhance surveillance and enforcements. The mapping will also serve as useful advocacy tool for the department to engage stakeholders and other relevant agencies in terms of provision of facilities (fire services), business opportunities and tax collection.”
Bello-Zagi noted that in as much as the DPR would continue to encourage gas utilisation in line with Federal Government’s policy, the agency will not compromise safety and adherence to stipulated regulations.
She expressed the resolve of government to eliminate the use of firewood in the country.
“As you all know, use of firewood is giving hazardous causes that affect the atmosphere. Government’s intention was to reduce the effect of climate change to the barest minimum or even eliminate it. The increase in the use of LPG will reduce the use of firewood and kerosene. This will result in a greener and healthy environment. Some of the vehicles we use in DPR are based on natural gas. And I can tell you that it is about 50 percent cost effective than running petrol. It is safer and we have gas in abundance in Nigeria. That is why in DPR, we have been sensitising the public and encourage the public on the use of gas in their homes, industries, schools and medical sectors,” said Bello-Zagi.
Teenage student jailed for making sexual advances to stepmother
A Sharia Court sitting in Magajin Gari, Kaduna State, on Tuesday, sentenced a teenage student, Anas, to one year imprisonment over sexual encroachment on, and criminal intimidation of, his stepmother.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that after the defendant had pleaded guilty of the offence, he told the court that he was enchanted by his step brothers.
“My step brothers enchanted me and made me become a drug addict. Sometimes, I go naked; and sometimes, I do wake up late at night to pray,” he said.
The Judge, Murtala Nasir, however, granted the convict a bail option of N20,000 and that he must also pay N20,000 as compensation to the complainant.
Earlier, the Police Counsel, Sgt. Aliyu Ibrahim, told the court that on December 5, at about 6.00 pm., one Fatima of Unguan Sanusi, Kaduna, reported the incident to the Metro police division.
The counsel said Anas went into her room while she was asleep and that most times, he would come in naked.
“On December 3, at about 2.30 am., she saw him while using his cell phone’s torch to peep into her window. She came out and held him, while the phone along with a stick of cigarette fell off his hands,” he said.
Ibrahim, who said that the offence was punishable under Section 232 of Sharia Penal Code, prayed the court to sanction Sidi-Baba accordingly and also order him pay N20,000 as compensation for the fear he usually instilled in his stepmother.
72-year-old retiree loses marriage for starving wife of sex
A 72-year-old retiree, Mr Funsho, has lost his marriage for starving his wife of sex for three years.
An Igando Customary Court, in Lagos, on Tuesday granted the request of Mrs Ayo, seeking dissolution of her union to Funsho on the grounds of sex starvation and irreconcilable differences.
The court president, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, while delivering the judgment, said it appeared that the estranged couple was tired of the marriage and all efforts to reconcile both parties had failed.
“Since both parties consented to the dissolution of their marriage, this court has no choice than to dissolve the marriage.
“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Ayo and Funsho dissolved today; both of you henceforth cease to be husband and wife.
“Each of you should go on his or her separate ways unmolested, the court wishes both of you well in your future endeavours,” Koledoye ruled.
The 40-year-old businesswoman, Ayo, had earlier approached the court to end her nine years old marriage over sex denial.
“My husband denied me sex for good three years without any reason and he knew that I needed a child,” Ayo said.
The petitioner told the court that the respondent humiliated her because she was yet to have a child for him.
“My husband told me to pack out of his house saying that I am a barren woman and cannot bear children.
“He told me to get another man, that he is no longer interested in me.
“Funsho refused to pay our house and shop rents when both expired, and ordered the landlord to eject me from the house; which the landlord complied with.
“I begged him, even when my family members called him to know if I have offended him in any way, he told them that he was no more interested in me,” Ayo said.
The petitioner said that in August 2018, she begged her husband to divorce her after sending her out of their matrimonial house, but he refused.
“I pleaded with him to divorce me so that I can move on with my life because age is no longer on my side, but he refused.
“He said that no man can marry me again that any woman he had slept with can never get married again, so there is no need for him to divorce me,” she said.
Ayo urged the court to terminate their marriage which had not produced any child so that she can moved on with her life, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“I have wasted nine-years with him without achieving anything, please divorce the union,” she pleaded.
The respondent, however, conceded to the petitioner’s request for the dissolution of their marriage, saying that he was no longer interested in the union.
“I do not love her anymore, please court, grant her request for the dissolution of our marriage.
“I have six children, some are abroad. I do not even need a child from her,” Funsho said.
Gunmen kidnap 2 expatriates, 6 Nigerian workers in Niger
Police in Niger State say gunmen have kidnapped two expatriates, a Nigerian staff of Triacta Construction Company and five others in Galadima Kogo village of Erena in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.
The two expatriate workers were said to be handling the construction work on the 52-kilometer road from Erena town to Kaure village, a border town between Niger and Kaduna state, cutting across over 200 villages.
The contract for the road was awarded by the former Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Senator David Umaru in 2018 and has continued with the work despite his exit from the red chamber.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Adamu Usman, who disclosed this in Minna on Tuesday, said the gunmen, who wore military uniforms came to the village on over 20 motorcycles and attacked workers of the construction firm.
Usman said the incident occurred on Monday at about 12:45 hours along Shiroro-Galadima road.
Kogi Police parade Mrs Abuh’s killer
The Kogi State Police Command on Tuesday paraded Ocholi Edicha, suspected to have led the mob which burnt the house of late Mrs. Salome Abuh who died during the induced inferno.
Also five other suspected armed robbers, who the police alleged to be part of the assailants, were equally paraded.
Late Mrs Abuh was on November 18 burnt to death at her Ochadamu residence in Ofu Local Government Area of the state.
Addressing journalists in his office, the Police Commissioner, Hakeem Busari, said police operatives attached to Ofu Police Division in collaboration with Local Vigilantes arrested Ocholi Edicha, Adamu Haruna, Onu Egbunu, Musa Alidu, Attai Haruna Egwu and Attah Eheh.
According to Busari, Edicha, during interrogation, had confessed that he led the gang that burnt the house of Elder Simon Abuh, husband to the late Mrs. Abuh at Achejuigu in Ochadamu.
Gunmen kidnap director of litigation, three others in Adamawa
A Director of Litigation at the Adamawa Ministry of Justice, Samuel Yaumande, has been kidnapped.
The Police, which confirmed the kidnap of the law officer, disclosed on Tuesday that it was working to unravel the identities of three other persons taken by the kidnap gang.
Police spokesman for Adamawa Command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, explained that the kidnappers made their way into Yaumande’s residence and abducted him while family members watched helplessly.”
He said when the Police got the distress call and swung into action to rescue the victim, it also discovered that the kidnappers had masterminded the abduction of three other persons whose identities it had yet to uncover.
However, a family of the kidnapped director said their kinsman was abducted at his residence in Sengere, a suburb of Yola, the state capital, at about 11pm.
He furthermore disclosed that the heavily armed kidnappers picked the director, alongside a school principal and three others, that evening.
A fortnight ago, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Mubi North Police Divisional headquarters, Muhammad Ahidjo, was kidnapped and allegedly released following payment of ransom.
The resurgence of kidnappings has since been greeted with abduction of three senior lecturers from Moddibo Adama University of Technology, Yola; and several citizens, including nomadic Fulani herdsmen.
Kwara: Vice Principal, two others in EFCC net for exam malpractice
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested three persons including a Vice Principal for allegedly collecting money from students participating in the ongoing National Examination Council (NECO) at Government Day Secondary School, Ote in Eiye-Nkorin Area of Kwara State.
The suspects are, the Vice Principal of the School, Issa Abdulrahman, a teacher, Usman Lanre Kayode and a supervisor of the examination in the centre, Saka Isiaka.
The Commission was said to have received an intelligence report that the school management and supervisors of the centre were extorting money from the students writing NECO in order to assist them in the examination.
It was learnt that the Principal of the school usually separates the students who could not contribute money and put them in another classroom to write their papers, while those who contributed money would also be in another classroom.
But problem started when an operative of the Commission dressed in an usual way on Friday 6th of December, pretending to be a passerby.
An iPad containing answers to all the questions was recovered from them.
The suspects, according to the EFCC, would soon be charged to court.
Two arrested for stabbing shipping magnate’s wife to death
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two men in connection with murder of Mrs. Gildas Tohouo, a Hungarian citizen, whose husband is a shipping magnet.
The deceased’s husband, a Cameroonian, is said to be the Managing Director of Maersk Shipping Company.
Gildas was alleged to have been attacked in Lagos with a knife and later died. It was further gathered that her husband was also attacked and presently battling to stay alive in an undisclosed hospital.
The incident occurred on Sunday at about 11p.m. at their Lugard, Ikoyi residence after a birthday party for one of their children.
It was learnt that a few hours after the party, their power supply suddenly went off. Their estate electrician, Ade Akanbi, later came to their gate to knock, insisting that he came to fix the fused in the couple’s apartment, which he claimed caused the power outage.
The electrician, who came with a friend, Olamide Goke, allegedly used the opportunity of the power outage to attack the couple. Gildas was stabbed to death, while her husband, is in a hospital, battling to stay alive.
According to a police source, Akanbi told police that he attacked the couple because he had earlier asked the couple for an assistance, which the husband allegedly refused to give.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, swiftly moved to the scene of the incident where the house was cordoned off.
The CP, however, ordered Homicide Detectives from the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID) to the scene. It was gathered that based on the directives of the CP, the police launched an earnest investigation and zeroed in on the two suspects.
Elkana further said: “The two suspects arrested are assisting the police in the on-going investigation.”
How I lost my hand to explosive in school, by SS2 student
A 16-year-old Senior Secondary School (SS2) student, whose hand got chopped off by an explosive at school lastweek Thursday, has survived to tell the story of his close shave with death.
Chukwu Chibuike, a student of Glory Land High School, located in Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State said it was actually the son of a policeman that brought the explosive to school.
Speaking with our correspondent yesterday, Chibuike said that the object suddenly exploded in his hand as he picked it, leading to his being rushed to a hospital.
He said: “The object was brought to school by my classmate, Mogbo Afan, the son of a Mobile Policeman working with the Ebonyi State Police Command.”
It will be recalled that an object, suspected to be explosive, exploded in the school last Thursday, chopping off Chibuike’s hand and injuring his leg.
The incident, which occurred at about 9:am, caused panic in the school. Today, Chibuike is lying critically at the children’s ward, New Medical Complex of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital
Abakaliki (AE-FUTHA). His hand was amputated following the incident.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Chibuike disclosed that his classmate, Mogbo Afan, who brought the object to the school, ran away immediately it exploded.
He narrated: “The incident happened at about 9: am. One of my classmates, Mogbo Afan, brought an object that looked like electric bulb which had black cover. I was inside the classroom while he was on the staircase, very close to our classroom. When he removed the cover of the object, the object fell from his hand and landed on the floor. I rushed to pick it, to throw it away, thinking it was an ordinary firecracker. I didn’t want it to blow in the classroom and scare everyone. Immediately I picked it, it exploded in my hand. It chopped off my hand like this. I also sustained leg injury from the explosion. The boy in question is a son to a policeman; his father is a Mobile Policeman. When the incident happened, students scampered for safety. I was taken to one of the teachers in our school. They removed my belt and used it to tie
my hand. My father was contacted. He came and took me to the hospital. Mogbo Afan ran away immediately the object exploded and till date, he has not been seen. His mother and father have been coming to the hospital
to see me. They usually cry and plead for forgiveness.”
The victim’s father, Chukwu Nwani, a native of Okposi Okwu, Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state said he was not happy that his son, who was born whole, would now become one handed because of the action of his classmate.
Nwani urged the state government to come to his aid, in order to provide adequate medical care for his son.
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