At least twelve people have died in a deadly fire outbreak after a tanker explosion that occurred at Oshigbudu village in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, on Sunday.
An oil tanker filled with petrol veered off the road and spilled its contents in the Oshigbudu-Obagaji junction of Benue state after the driver lost control.
Eyewitnesses say huge flames from the burning tanker leaped into nearby houses catching people unawares.
The Benue State Emergency Management Agency executive secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Shior, told journalists that the fire killed several people while adding that about 50 houses were destroyed going by the information he got from the local government chairman.
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye, has expressed his happiness at the uncommon leadership qualities of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, describing him as a man of kindness and humility.
Pastor Adeboye who visited Enugu on weekends said that it was a pleasant surprise to him that Gov. Ugwuanyi came to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, to receive him, on arrival.
The RCCG General Overseer was in Enugu for the South East Ministers and Workers’ meeting/crusade of the Church, held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, on Sunday.
He said “On arriving at the Akanu Ibiam Airport of the ancient Coal City of Enugu, it was to my greatest surprise that the Governor, His Excellency Governor Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was there to welcome me.
“To honour his invitation, we headed to the State House (Government House, Enugu) and then to the crusade with my children in the Region, under the Regional Headquarters of RCCG in Enugu State”, Pastor Adeboye said.
Thanking Gov. Ugwuanyi for allowing the Church to use the stadium for the event, free of charge, Pastor Adeboye said: “Due to the kindness of His Excellency (Ugwuanyi) we were allowed to use the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium for our crusade at no cost and without any special appeal.
It is my most sincere prayer that the state would continue to experience peace, prosperity and increase in all areas in the name of JESUS (Amen)”.
On Sunday, two women said to be nurses are feared dead in the accident that occurred along the Lagos-Abeokuta highway.
Newsmen gathered that the crash happened around 9:20am at Akinale village. It involved a white Toyota Hiace, marked OG49A07. It was gathered that the bus was conveying 18 persons at the time of the incident – one male and 17 females, occupants of the bus were nurses, who were all heading to a party to honour the matron in one of the hospitals in Abeokuta.
10 were severely injured and two dead victims were nurses from Ademola Hospital and General Hospital, Ijaiye, all in Abeokuta.
The incident was confirmed by the Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement (TRACE) Corps spokesperson, Babatunde Akinbiyi.
He said “According to one of the survivors, the driver was speeding and was as well using his cellphone while driving at a bend. He lost control and the bus somersaulted several times. The injured victims were rescued to Hope Hospital, Adigbe, before our arrival. The dead bodies have been deposited at Ijaye morgue”
Those who kidnapped the Obadu of Ilemeso Ekiti, Oba David Oyewumi demanded N20 million ransom for his freedom from his family.
He was abducted around 9pm in his palace after a meeting with his chiefs .
A family source told newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Monday that the gunmen contacted the family on Saturday evening and made the demand.
The source said: “We have been contacted. They called us around 7.03pm on Saturday and demanded that we pay the sum of N20 million for the king to be released. We are really worried by this demand. The family is taking further steps to ensure that Kabiyesi is released as soon as possible.
Ekiti State Command Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Sunday Abutu, said the police and other security agencies were making efforts to rescue the monarch.
Two students of Rainbow College, Ogun State, Adachukwu Chimaobi and Afolabi Fagebo have won international scholarship awards.
Chimaobi won 8,000 CAD worth of scholarship to study Pre-med in the University of Alberta in Canada, while Afolabi won 13,000 CAD in scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at Carleton University, Canada.
The school, represented by Lovina Okenedun and Oriayo Orinayo Babatunde also carted home awards in the KS4 and KS3 categories for their excellent paper presentation titled; ‘Ways to manage carbon footprints in Nigeria’ and ‘There is Strength in Diversity’ at the AISEN (Association of International Schools in Nigeria) public speaking presentation in Nigeria 2021.
The AISEN 2021 public speaking presentation had a total of 38 schools competing in the KS4 and KS3 categories with Okenedun and Babatunde both presenting a very thorough and interesting paper.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom expressed his joy over the drop of the rate of Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, which causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, AIDS, from 12.9 to 4.7 percent in Benue State.
The Governor showed his excitement when the zonal Coordinator, North Central Zone of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, Mr Lawrence Kwaghga paid him a courtesy call at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
After receiving the news of the development, Samuel Ortom pledged his administration’s support for the agency to achieve more of its objective by improved funding for the agency in the state, even as he acknowledged the support of donor agencies and development partners to the fight against the spread of the deadly scourge.
A bus has overturned while trying to pass a truck on a highway in southern Egypt which caused a collision that killed at least 20 people and injured three others.
Assiut Governor Essam Saad disclosed in a statement that the bus was travelling from Cairo when it turned over and was hit by the truck on a road in the southern governorate of Assiut, 320km (199 miles) south of the capital Cairo. Both vehicles caught fire.
Photos released by the governor’s office showed a burned-out bus with rescue teams looking for survivors. The victims were taken to nearby hospitals.
The health ministry said thirty-six ambulances rushed to the scene.
At least 20 children have died as a result of their classrooms gutted with fire in Niger’s capital Niamey.
The cause of the fire in the school, located in the Pays Bas area of the city, has not yet been established.
Local media reported that the fire started around the entrance of the school, which has a population of 800 students. The blaze, then spread to 21 classrooms built with straw, trapped the children inside as they did not have an alternative escape route.
“Without an emergency exit, many were trapped and students were forced to scale the wall to escape. Those that died were mostly children in the preschool,” Reuters quoted a teachers’ union official, Mounkaila Halidou, as saying.
The First Lady of Zamfara State, Hajiya Aisha Bello Muhammad Matawalle, has secured appointments of Special Assistants to Governor Bello Matawalle for 20 members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in the state.
The First Lady’s spokesperson, Zainab Abdullahi, revealed this in a statement on Tuesday. Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the state Chairman MACBAN, Alhaji Tukur Abubakar thanked the First Lady for her efforts in making meaningful change to Fulanis and other members of the community, the statement said.
Abubakar also expressed immense appreciation to Governor Bello Matawalle for his support to the Fulanis and for involving them in his administration.
He assured that MACBAN would continue to give its maximum support and cooperation towards the success of Matawalle’s administration and for the development of the state.
Presenting the appointment letters to the beneficiaries in Gusau on Tuesday, the First Lady congratulated the appointees. She assured them of a sustainable working relationship with the Miyetti Allah group in promoting peace and unity in the state.
Hajiya Matawalle said the beneficiaries consisted of women and men of the group.
According to her, the gesture aims to support members of the group in appreciating them for promoting peaceful existence in the state.
On Monday, Twitter announced the recruitment of a team of eleven people in Ghana, with the intention of making the West African country its headquarters for the continent.
The company announced “Today, in line with our growth strategy, we are pleased to announce that we are building a team in Ghana. We need to further immerse ourselves in the rich and vibrant communities that set the tone in day-to-day discussions across the African continent”
The choice of Ghana as the headquarters for Twitter’s operations in Africa is GREAT news,” tweeted Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, hailing “the beginning of a beautiful partnership.”
Twitter said its new team would start by working remotely, while exploring “the possibility of opening an office in Ghana in the future.”
The company explained its choice by the freedoms of expression and internet access offered by Ghana, as well as the recent attribution to its capital, Accra, of the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
On Monday, property worth millions of naira was destroyed as a result of a fire incident that occurred at Bodija plank market in Ibadan.
Newsmen report that Bodija plank market, which is also known as Iso Pako, is one of the popular markets in Ibadan.
The Chief Fire Officer in Oyo State, Mr Moshood Adewuyi when contacted, confirmed the incident. He said that a wing in the plank market was affected.
He, however, said that he cannot quantify the worth of the property destroyed now.
“I cannot quantify the worth now. I can’t say that this is the total number of shops affected. But, it is a wing in the market that was affected.
Our men did not allow the whole wing to be destroyed before they quenched the fire. They did not allow it to spread,” he said.
Sources said that the fire incident at Bodija plank market is coming less than two weeks after property worth millions of naira were destroyed when fire razed auto spare parts market at Agodi-Gate in Ibadan. Property worth millions of Naira destroyed as fire razes spare parts market in Ibadan