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.

In Aponmo village near Akure an 18-seater bus with passengers plunged into the Owena river.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) sent in a rescue team from its Ondo town Unit Command and Zebra Unit in Akure.

Source said the driver of the bus lost control due to over speeding and plunged into the river.

Six passengers have been rescued while four have been pulled out dead. Sources said rocks at the bottom of the river might be responsible for the deaths due to impact.

Spokesman for the Ondo FRSC, who confirmed the accident said rescue operation was ongoing. He promised to give updates soon.

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.

All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bauchi state said It has rejected food items donated to it as palliatives by Governor Bala Mohammed to cushion the effects of Ramadan.

Newsmen gathered that the food items, which were conveyed to the party secretariat last Wednesday, include rice, maize, sugar ,spaghetti, sorghum and sugar.

Mohammed’s benevolence was however turned down as the party insisted it is against its tradition to accept such from a Governor, who belongs to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

APC Publicity Secretary, Adamu Aliyu Jallah who confirmed said to newsmen

“We the working committee of the APC chapter rejected it because the problem is that if we collect this items there will be a different definition to it.”

Local media has reported the suspension of a senior male police officer in Liberia’s southeastern region for allegedly beating a female colleague and inflicting injuries on her face.

It was also reported that she nearly lost an eye in the attack and her nose had to be stitched.

The country’s police spokesman Moses Carter confirmed that the senior officer had been transferred to the capital, Monrovia, where he will be questioned.

Before he was suspended, the officer had told the BBC that he would not speak to the media about the allegation.

A former Military Administrator of Ondo and Oyo states at separate times, Colonel Ahmed Usman, is dead.

Newsmen report that Usman died on Wednesday in Jos, Plateau State after a brief illness. 

His remains will be taken to his hometown, Okura-Lafia in Kogi State on Wednesday for a quick burial in line with Islamic rites. 

Usman was appointed governor of Ondo State in September 1994. While governor of Ondo State, Usman installed Oba Adeleye Orisagbemi as the Attah of Ayede Ekiti. 

On 17 June 1996, Usman threatened to dismiss any Ondo State judge who granted bail to secret cult suspects. 

In 1996, Usman was deployed to Oyo State. On 12 May, 1997, when a bomb explosion in the state capital of Ibadan injured two soldiers and a policeman, Usman described the perpetrators as cowards

Benin’s national electoral commission has announced that incumbent President Patrice Talon has been re-elected with 86% of the votes.

His opposition, Duo Allasane Soumanou got about 11.3% while Corentin Kohou came in third with 2.3%, with a voter turnout of 50%.

The Beninese Constitutional Court is expected to announce the final results of the election later.

Sunday’s vote took place peacefully, after a campaign marked by violence.

On Wednesday, two suspected armed robbers were arrested in the Gumel Local Government Area of the state.

ASP Zubairu Aminuddeen, the Public Relations Officer of the command, confirmed the arrest to NAN in Dutse.

The spokesman disclosed that on the 10th of April, the suspects broke into the residence of Haruna Mohammed of Masama village where they attacked his 35-year-old son.

He alleged that the suspects shot the victim with a Dane gun and also attacked him with a cutlass.

Aminudeen added that the victim sustained various degrees of injury as a result of the attack.

The suspects robbed the victim of N1 million.

Aminuddeen said that the police, on receiving the information rushed to the scene and took the victim to Gumel General Hospital for medical attention.

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.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has observed a minute silence in honour of former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mahmud Tukur.

Permanent Secretary, Ecological Funds Office, Mrs. Habiba Lawal, standing in for the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said Tukur died at 82.

Tukur served as Minister during the military government of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari. Lawal, who announced his passage to cabinet members, recalled his various services to the country.

On Tuesday, Rochas Okorocha, former Imo State Governor, was arrested in Abuja.

He was picked up at his private office by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives.

EFCC Head of Media, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed this.

The reason for his arrest is not known yet, but the Senator reportedly failed to honour invitations by the agency.

Governor Hope Uzodinma had accused Okorocha of misappropriating state funds.

Okorocha said the state government had not been able to prove corruption allegations against him and family in court.

“I was never a poor man before I became governor of Imo state. I came here, brought my children to invest, brought everybody to invest”, he had said.

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