OH NO: APC Thrown Into Mourning, See Why

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has been thrown into mourning in Cross River State.

Senator John Owan-Enoh, the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Cross River has described as “shocking” the death of Dr Matthew Achigbe, Chairman of the party in the state.

Achigbe died on Saturday in a ghastly motor accident while traveling from Ebonyi state to Obubra local government area in Cross River.

Owan-Enoh, who spoke in a telephone interview with NAN, said that Achigbe was a fine gentleman who united the party in the state.

“I am very shock at the death of Dr Achigbe. He was such a fine gentleman who worked tirelessly to unite the party in the state.

“It is regrettable for Dr Achigbe to die at this critical point in time.

“His death is a lost to his family, the state and the entire APC family. May his gentle soul rest in peace,” he said.

Also, Mr Hilliard Eta, the National Vice Chairman of APC, South South, described Achigbe’s death as devastating.

“I am in a state of shock. I am completely devastated. This is a lost too much.

“I am not completely in charge of the right words to use now,” he said.

Also, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, also described the death as a big lost to the state.

“His demise is very pathetic. He was such a fine gentleman who was down to earth,” he said.

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SAD!! Sorrow, tears as fire kills family of four in Northern Nigeria State

It was a sad day for friends and loved ones of a family of four who perished in a fire incident in the Northern Nigerian state of Kebbi.

Three children of same parents, their mother and another child have been burnt to death in an early morning inferno on Friday in Argungu Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident, which has thrown residents of the area into mourning, also partially razed the victims’ bungalow. The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, Sani Dododo, who was at the scene, told NAN that the man of the family was not at home when the incident happened.

“The incident happened around 1a.m on Friday, in the house of a West African Cotton Company Limited employee, Malam Umar Argungu, who was on duty on that day. His wife was in the house with their three children: two daughters and a boy, as well as a neighbour’s daughter who was keeping them company because the husband was away,” he said.

Dododo said the incident was caused by an electric heater which was unattended to in the house.

“The woman had forgotten the heater and it kept on heating till all the water had evaporated. The house caught fire, which resulted in the death of the woman, her three children and the neighbour’s daughter,” he said.

He warned residents of the state to always switch off electricity in their home before sleeping at night, especially during this harmattan season.

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Black Tuesday For Nigeria! Massive Fire Out Break, Lives Gone!

Three children of same parents, their mother and another child have been burnt to death in an early morning inferno on Friday in Argungu Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident, which has thrown residents of the area into mourning, also partially razed the victims’ bungalow.

The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, Sani Dododo, who was at the scene, told NAN that the man of the family was not at home when the incident happened.

“The incident happened around 1a.m on Friday, in the house of a West African Cotton Company Limited employee, Malam Umar Argungu, who was on duty on that day.

“His wife was in the house with their three children: two daughters and a boy, as well as a neighbour’s daughter who was keeping them company because the husband was away,” he said.

Dododo said the incident was caused by an electric heater which was unattended to in the house.

“The woman had forgotten the heater and it kept on heating till all the water had evaporated.

“The house caught fire, which resulted in the death of the woman, her three children and the neighbour’s daughter,” he said.

He warned residents of the state to always switch off electricity in their home before sleeping at night, especially during this harmattan season.

This is not the first time a fire out break is happening this year on the 18th of March for the third time in one week, fire, with heavy thick smoke billowing into the sky, erupted, yesterday,  at the Olusosun dumpsite  in Ojota area of Lagos State.

The state government had  shut the site in the wake of the first fire outbreak in order to prevent any possible loss of life and property. About 10 vehicles were said to have been gutted during the first incident. According to eyewitnesses, the latest fire outbreak occurred at around 2pm, yesterday,

creating panic among residents and motorists. The thick smoke from the site enveloped the sky, as men of the state Fire Service arrived to put out the fire. No life or property was lost. At press time, the fire was still raging while men of the Rapid Response Squad  and other security agencies  restored normalcy in the area.

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SAD: Passenger Bus Catches Fire, 40 Killed

Fire swept through a passenger bus in Zimbabwe, killing more than 40 people and injuring at least 20, some of whom suffered severe burns, authorities said Friday.

A photograph posted on Twitter by the Zimbabwe Red Cross shows the remains of the bus that was completely incinerated late Thursday. The Red Cross said its teams responded to a “horrific accident” involving a bus heading to neighboring South Africa at around midnight.

“Combustible material was allowed onto the bus, thus causing a conflagration which entrapped, scalded and consumed innocent passengers,” President Emmerson Mnangagwa said in a condolence message.

Mnangagwa said the government should “take appropriate measures which comprehensively deal with this growing menace on our roads.”

The accident happened in Gwanda district, about 550 kilometers (340 miles) south of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba confirmed a death toll of more than 40.

Last week, a collision between two buses in Zimbabwe killed 50 people and injured about 80.

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TRAGEDY!! More than 40 people die as passenger bus catches fire

Tragedy strikes when a bus load of people catches fire in Zimbabwe killing 42 people in the process and injuring many others.

At least 42 passengers have been confirmed dead, Zimbabwe police said on Friday, after a suspected gas tank exploded on a bus, with pictures showing the burnt-out wreckage of the vehicle.

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“At the moment we know that more than 42 people died,” police spokeswoman Charity Charamba told AFP after the accident late on Thursday, with state media reporting a gas tank belonging to a passenger was believed to have exploded. Our police officers are at the scene,” Charamba added.

The state-owned Herald newspaper said on its Twitter feed that “it is suspected a gas tank belonging to one of the passengers caused the inferno in the bus. Dozens have been confirmed dead and several others injured through burns.”

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The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation published photographs showing the destroyed vehicle on a highway from the South African border crossing to the second city Bulawayo.

Last week, 47 people were killed when two buses collided on a road between the capital Harare and the eastern town of Rusape. President Emmerson Mnangagwa said road safety had to be improved after that crash.

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Traffic accidents are common in Zimbabwe, where roads are riddled with potholes due to years of underfunding and neglect, and driving standards can be poor. In June last year, 43 people were killed in a bus crash in the north, along the highway leading to neighbouring Zambia.

It is tragic and it must be even more difficult for the family of the deceased.

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Tragedy!!! Four Family Members Die, After `Amala’ Meal

Four members of a family in Ilorin were feared dead after the consumption of `Amala’ meal, suspected to be poisonous.

lt was reported that four others who took from the meal, had also been hospitalised at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH).

The incident happened at Magaji-Ogo community behind Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies, in Ilorin West Local Government Area.

A source told  our reporter that the victims took the meal on Sunday night before three of them were found dead the following morning.

According to him, the fourth casualty, who was the head of the family, died on Wednesday.

“Those feared dead are the family head, his sister and two children, while those recuperating in the hospital are the mother and three other children.

“The corpses of the deceased had been buried in accordance with Islamic rite. They were eight that took the meal.

“Though we are not sure yet of the cause of death, the meal was taken alongside amphibian and there is a suspicion that they died of poisoning.

“Officials from the state Ministry of Health were in the community to take samples of the meal for test but nothing was yet to be said of the findings,’’ the source said.

The family, our reporter learnt, is an extension of the District Head of Adewole, popularly known as Alangua Adewole in Ilorin.

Meanwhile, Dr Oluwatosin Fakayode, Di rector, Public Health and Disease Control in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed the incident.

He, however, said that the ministry was yet to identify the cause of the “ugly and unfortunate occurrence.”

Fakayode told  our reporter that samples from the meal were taken for laboratory investigation, which would be out within the next 24 hours.

“As it stands, it is difficult to say the cause until the result is out.

“However, we are definite that it is food poison because of the symptoms, but we are not sure of the food item that is culpable.

“We learnt they took these amphibian that they hawk around with it. So we are not sure if it is the source of the death because some of them are poisonous.

“Though we have not identified the culprit in terms of whether it is organism or chemical, definitely, it is a symptom of food poison.

“But our suspicion is the amphibian. It could be preservatives that were used on the items that were used for the meal,’’ he said.

When a  our correspondent sought confirmation of the Police in Kwara on the incident, its spokesman, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, said the command was not aware of the incident.

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Facebook Celebrity Dies After Car Accident

Reports indicate that a popular Facebook celebrity named Hikma Hussein, also known as Kim Red, has passed away after she was involved in an accident recently.
Slay queen Hikma Hussein dies one week after car accident
The late young lady who is well-known on Facebook page Inna Real Life, was eulogized by some of her social media friends. Some internet users also took to her personal Facebook profile to mourn her and also express their shock over her sudden demise.
 
Hikma Hussein who made a name for herself while she was alive has been spotted in many photos with top personalities including the Ghanaian National Chief Imam and actor Kwadwo Nkansah, known widely as Lil Win.
Slay queen Hikma Hussein dies one week after car accident
Nana Lloyd, a friend of the Hikma, took to Facebook and wrote, “Awwww you maybe the reason my day went bad may Allah keep you and forgive you all your sins. Rest in perfect peace Hikma Hussein”.
Slay queen Hikma Hussein dies one week after car accident
Neila Matan King Reiziger wrote, “Finally Hikma Hussein had been buried hmmmm Rest well girlfriend Allah give you d mouth to answer your questions dear May Aljantul firdaws be your final destination. Farewell. It’s now you and your deeds. Allah have mercy upon you and may your sins be forgiven.”

FRSC releases scary road accident report for the past year

The Federal road Safety Corps has released its yearly accident reports for Plateau State.

Unit Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Plateau State, Hawan Kibo, Assistant Corps Commander Charles Badoohleng, said 10 persons perished in 37 road crashes involving 52 vehicles in 2017 Ember months in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Badoohleng said four persons were perished in 12 traffic accidents with 16 vehicles, involving 42 persons, at the Hawan Kibo Unit between September and October 2018.

Badoohleng disclosed this, on Thursday, at the 2018 Ember Month Campaign flag-off at Hawan Kibo Unit in Riyom council and said Ember months crashes were not caused by spirit and demons but dangerous driving.

In his words, “In 2017 Ember months, the command recorded thirty-seven (37) road traffic crashes involving fifty-two (52) vehicles with two hundred and seventy -seven (277) people involved.

“One hundred and thirty-three (133) people were injured, ten (10) killed, but this year from September till date the command has recorded twelve (12) road traffic crashes with sixteen vehicles involved and forty-two (42) people involved seventeen (17) injured and four (4) killed.”

He said the Unit Command has embarked on Market/Motor Parks rallies, public enlightenment in churches and Mosques, early morning safety cry at motor parks and crashe prone area commmunity training on first aid to avert crashes and save lives.

“The Ember months, are the last months of the year which are associated with crashes belief to be caused by spirits and demons.

 

“The reality on ground is that these months heralding the end of the year always witness increase in vehicular movements of human and goods from one place to another, tied up with human misconducts and breakdown of laws.

“These include such unwholesome practices as dangerous driving, over loading, use of phone while driving, lane discipline, wrongful overtaking, and over speeding etc this in turn results in corresponding incidences of crashes during this season.

“I employ our esteemed drivers to obey all traffic rules and regulations, maintain your vehicles, plan your journeys and ensure you are in good health before embarking on any journey.”

The Zonal Commanding Officer of FRSC, Daniel Seyi, dismissed the thought that road crashes and fatalities during the Ember months were associated with evil forces.

According to Seyi, “The Ember months is a period of festivity many people erroneously believe that evil forces on the roads are responsible for the road crashes and fatalities, whereas it is the struggle on the part of most people to travel to meet their loved ones, more trips on the part of commercial drivers to make more profit in preparation for the yuletide without adequate rest that are mainly responsible for the road mishap (crashes).

“The resolve of the Corps as of today is to use the media and all public enlightenment platforms to dispel the erroneous belief and to proffer a way forward for the reduction of road traffic crashes and where possible the elimination of crashes through its campaign.

“The Corps is going to be strict on its conduct of vision acuity test to make sure all drivers on the roads do not have defective eyesight and the responsibility equally falls on other traffic agencies to collaborate with FRSC to achieve this.”

 

He said the operation cobra which was initiated to curb specific offences such as Light Violation, Drunk Driving, Dangerous Driving, Use of phone while Driving, and Route Violation will be enforce to avert road crashes.

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FRSC To Drivers: No Blood Sucking Demons On Roads, Drive Carefully

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has cautioned the motoring public to drive safely on highways and not to blame accidents in the ’ember months’ on blood sucking demons.

Mr Hyginus Omeje, the FRSC Lagos State Sector Commander gave the advice during the official flag off of the “Ember Months” safety campaign tagged “Safe Driving, Safe Arrival”.

It was sponsored by Honeywell Flour Mills at Owena Motor Park, Ojota Lagos.

Omeje, who was represented by Mr Joseph Ojerinde, the Sector Head of Operation, said that a driver, to arrive safely on any journey, must make necessary preparations.

The sector commander said that drivers must also avoid habits that could cause havoc on the road like reckless driving, overloading and drunk driving.

“To arrive safely on any journey, a driver must prepare adequately for the journey and also take-off safely without drinking alcohol or taking any hard substance.

“The road is not a blood sucking demon that demands for human blood at ember months.

“It is because we dont take care of ourselves and we are not conscious of road signs, that is why lots of accidents happen during this period.

“A lot of drivers want to maximise their profits, rushing to go to many trips as much as they could, to have much returns on their journey without considering their health, vehicles and the nature of the road,” he said.

Mr Innocent Etuk, the Assistant Corps Commander in charge of FRSC Ojota Unit Command, said while giving his remarks that ember months were laden with festivities, which gives rise to increased human and vehicular movement.

Etuk said it was the tradition of the corps to re-intensify and raise public awareness on road safety issues among the stakeholders, particularly motoring public.

“Our tradition is to re-intensify and raise public awareness on the road safety issues among the stakeholders and to particularly encourage community involvement in the activities for the prevention of traffic-related injury and death.

“It also highlights the potential for preventing road crashes and the importance of a more serious response at all levels,” he said.

The Unit commander said that in spite the corps and stakeholders’ efforts to ensure safety on the road during the ember months, speeding, overloading, driving under the influence of alcohol and dangerous driving were prevalent offences.

According to him, reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate that every year 1.2 million people are killed worldwide by traffic crashes and 50 million sustain injuries that disable them for life.

He said that the corps would engage in robust public education and enforcement activities to reduce the rate of crashes on the roads.

Mr Lanre Dasilva, the Head of Innovation and Corporate Communications, Honeywell Flour Mills, in his speech, advised drivers to be conscious of traffic rules and regulations while driving.

Dasilva said that any driver who wants to arrive home safely must avoid reckless driving and shun drunk driving.

Mr Olalekan Oke, the Branch Chairman Of Owena Motor Park, in his remarks gave kudos to FRSC over continuous sensitisation of the motoring public on safe driving.

Oke also urged commercial drivers to be self disciplined while driving and to ensure their vehicles were in good condition before embarking on any journey.

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Father Of 11 Commits Suicide After Losing N600,000 Belonging To Church

Numa Julius, a father of eleven has committed suicide in Sapele, Delta state after being robbed of N600,000 belonging to the church. The money which is from the harvest fund entrusted in his care was said to have been carted away by a group of boys in the Oton area of Sapele where the church is located.

The 59-year old man who was reportedly acting strangely after the incident had been beseeching his friends and relatives for financial aid to replace the lost money and had threatened to commit suicide if no one helped him to end his misery.

Although some of those he reached out to had promised to help him repay the debt, he still went ahead to hang himself in his room, only to be found dangling by his daughter.

One of the sources explained that “He was in charge of the harvest fund in the church and a few weeks back he was robbed by some boys at the Oton area of Sapele where the church is located, and since then he has been acting strange.”

The report reveals that the man was taken down and buried yesterday afternoon. The Sapele Police Station confirmed the incident, saying they are currently investigating the issue to ascertain the circumstance behind the tragic act.

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