Passengers behead cyclist, disappear with head

Three men have been arrested for allegedly beheading a motorcyclist, stealing his phone and motorcycle in Akure, Ondo State. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, while parading the suspects, said they were arrested for allegedly beheading Olawale Gbogi, a commercial motorcyclist. The victim was killed at Ihima in Kogi State. Since the arrest of the three men, the head and body of Gbogi were yet to be found. The suspects claimed that a man, Rabiu, was in possession of the head. Joseph identified the three suspects…

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Eight die, 24 injured in Lagos, Ogun

Eight people lost their lives yesterday while about 19 others were injured in auto crashes in Lagos and Ogun states. Five people were burnt to death yesterday while five others were injured at the popular Barracks Bus Stop, Surulere when a Volkswagen commercial bus known as Danfo caught fire while descending from the popular National Stadium Bridge on Funsho Williams Avenue. Pedestrians and other sympathisers could hold back tears watching the gory scene of the mangled and burnt bodies of the victims which littered the road. A child, three women…

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Is Arik slipping into oblivion?

Government is at a crossroads on what to do with Arik Air, having injected N1.5 billion since it took over the carrier. It’s time to take far reaching decision on the airline’s future, writes WOLE SHADARE   Arik on life support For those who don’t know, Arik Air is currently dying a slow death and here are some of the signs. The airline has just five aircraft from the over 29 it acquired when it made a debut 10 years ago. It purportedly came with a difference with state-of-the-art aircraft,…

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Two die in Lagos auto crash

Two people lost their lives on Monday in an auto crash that occurred at Gbagada Bus Stop, around Anthony area of Lagos state. It was learnt that tragedy struck when a Volkswagen commercial bus with registration number GGE716XM had a head on collision with another vehicle, identified as a taxi Sources said the incident occurred at about 3 p.m. When contacted, the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, said 14 persons were rescued and had been taken to the Gbagada General Hospital and Trauma Centre by LASAMBUS and the LASEMA…

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Bus fire: 70 Deeper Life members escape death

About 70 members of the Deeper Life Bible Church yesterday escaped death when a luxury bus conveying them back from camp developed a fault and went up in flames. Motorists, pedestrians and other sympathisers at Otedola Bridge area of Lagos- Ibadan Expressway joined the worshipers to praise God for preserving their lives. It was learnt that the worshippers were returning from the fourday ‘Easter Retreat’ at the Deeper Life Bible Church Camp located at Olowotedo area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when the bus conveying different families suddenly caught fire. When…

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Abuja airport runway ready today –FAAN

  NCAA: Project 99 per cent completed Airport opens Wednesday   The runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, would be ready today, two days ahead of the deadline. Managing Director Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma, gave the assurance in Abuja yesterday. “We will be ready April 17, but we are leaving the remaining two days for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). They have to certify that what we have done is in accordance with their standards. “If there is any obseration as a…

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IGP orders removal of ‘illegal’ roadblocks nationwide

   The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the dismantling of illegal revenue collection and other roadblocks across the country.  A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, said to give effect to the directive, men of the X-Squad Unit will begin monitoring operations on Monday. The statement reads in part: “The Inspector General of Police…has deployed Special X-Squad Teams of the Force across the country to commence with effect from Monday, 17th April, 2017 the removal of all forms of illegal blockage…

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What we do with dogs, monkeys, dolls – Commercial drivers

An ancient traditional practice of sacrificing live dogs on the altar of Ogun, the god of Iron, by commercial drivers in search of protection is still being practiced today, mainly by truck and commercial bus drivers. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports A very experienced driver, who has been a commercial transport driver for over 30 years, Mr. Akinrede Ephraim, who is in his early 60s, said that the practice of deliberately killing dogs with a vehicle for protection against accidents does not work for him. Rather, he believes strongly in drivers praying…

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Seven dead, 136 missing in Kebbi boat mishap

At least seven people have died and seven others hospitalized in Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State when a boat carrying 150 passengers returning from Malali Market capsized along River Niger. The Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in-charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Alhaji Sulaiman Muhammad, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ngaski on Saturday. He said that efforts were on-going between fishermen and the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to rescue the missing passengers. “As soon as we got the hint…

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