Journalist, wife die after gas explosion

National Vice President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), South- South zone, Mr. Eddie Bekom, has died. Bekom, an employee of the Cross River Broadcasting Service, Ikom, died on Sunday evening. Bekom, wife and four children had been receiving treatment at the Plastic Surgery Department of the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA), Ebonyi State, for more than two weeks after their neighbour’s cooking gas exploded. Bekom’s 10-year-old boy died in the hospital few days after the explosion, while his wife died a week later, leaving him and three children…

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Journalist, wife, son die after gas explosion

……SWAN mourns   Uchenna Inya   National Vice President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), South South zone, Mr  Eddie Bekom has passed on. Bekom, a staff of Cross River Broadcasting Service, Ikom  died on Sunday evening. Bekom, wife and four children have been at the Plastic Surgery Department of the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA), Ebonyi State for  more than  two weeks receiving treatment  after gas cooking explosion from their neighbour flat in Ikom, Cross River State. His 10-year-old boy had died in the hospital few days…

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Explosion: Son dies, journalist, four family members hospitalised

…victims need N15m for surgeries Five family members of the Vice President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), South-South Zone, Comrade Eddie Bekon, are now in critical condition at the Plastic Surgery Department of Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA 2) after cooking gas explosion from a neighbour in their building at Ikom, Cross River State. Bekon’s three-year-old boy has died following severe burns from the explosion. The incident occurred on Sunday night. Bekon and his family members were sleeping in their apartment when their neighbour’s gas cooker exploded. The…

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Confed Cup: Cab driver slams $1000 bill on journalist for Moscow ride

 A Chilean journalist was taken for a very expensive taxi ride during the Confederations Cup soccer tournament in Moscow. Diego Saez, a 38-year old journalist from Radio ADN in Chile, was scammed by the driver, who charged him 50,000 rubles —around $900— for a one-hour ride from the Domodedovo airport in southern Moscow to his hotel in the city center after arriving from Munich in the early hours of Thursday. That’s 50 times the typical fare. Tired from an overnight journey that stared in Romania, where Chile played its last…

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Local oil firms walking a tight rope

Indigenous firms are the worst-hit by myriads of challenges bedeviling the oil and gas industry. ADEOLA YUSUF reports on how many of them are running into bankruptcy     Aiteo, an indigenous oil firm, made the headlines penultimate week; basking in the euphoria of its new status as the biggest Nigerian- owned oil firm in terms of production, hitherto known by many as the petroleum product trading firm, it announced the production of the largest share of the 313,602 barrels per day output from indigenous companies. The firm’s management cannot…

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Karamajiji: A forgotten beggars’ colony

Some years ago, the then Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Nasir el-Rufai considered beggars a nuisance on the streets of Abuja and decided to forcefully evacuate them to a “special location”. The idea was to give Abuja, the Capital City, a facelift. However, many years after, the vision appears to have been derailed. CALEB ONWE reports     Karamajiji, a sprawling ghetto is home to both Gwari aborigines and other tribes, especially, low income earners. It is hidden right behind the National Military Cemetery, a few metres…

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Furore over WAEC’s new examination diet

DISAGREEMENT Less than one week that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) unfolded plans to introduce a new diet for external candidates, key stakeholders have faulted the move, kicking that it would not see the light of the day   While Nigerian students and their parents are yet to recover from the confusion generated by this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), last week, introduced a new diet in its examinations, which has continued to generate debate among stakeholders. With the new diet,…

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Angst in APC over ‘marginalisation’

The bottled-up anger in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is gradually being let out with series of protests by members who feel marginalised, writes ONYEKACHI EZE   There is no doubt that all is not well in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Events in the last few weeks confirmed this. First, is the news making the rounds that the party’s planned April 29 midterm national convention might not hold due to lack of funds. In fact, many people had expected this to happen because the APC leadership has cried…

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Gunmen kill Akwa Ibom LG secretary

Four gunmen have killed the newly sworn in Secretary of Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ime Atakpa. Atakpa was shot when he was in his farm in his backyard at Ukanafun on Sunday. His wife, Imo, who confirmed this to journalists, said the family went to Ukanafun for Easter service. She said prior to the church’s service, they decided to check on some pigs in the farm. But according to her, while she and the children were in the house, she heard gunshots. Imo said when…

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