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3 feared dead, many injured in Kabba explosion

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3 feared dead, many injured in Kabba explosion

… As Police arrest 6 suspects over alleged drug peddling***

No fewer than three persons were feared dead and many others injured in an explosion that occurred in Kabba, Kogi late on Wednesday.

Sources told the newsmen that the incident occurred at a beer parlour around Lewu Junction in Kabba town.

The source said that the incident occurred at about 9.45 p.m. when people were making merry in the beer parlour.

“I heard a loud sound not far from where I was and as I went there, I saw three bodies while the injured were taken to hospital.

“The injured were taken to St. John’s General Hospital in Kabba for medical attention,” the source explained.

Also, a commercial motorbike rider, who identified himself simply as Dele said: “it was a bomb blast because the sound was so devastating as people died and several others were injured.

“I saw how the victims were picked and taken to the hospital by security personnel in Kabba,” Dele said.

The Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Mr Edward Egbuka, however, told newsmen that the report indicated that it was a gas explosion and not a bomb blast.

Egbuka said that the police operative was on top of the situation and that he would give more details on the explosion after investigations.

In the meantime, the Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said it has arrested six suspects for alleged drug peddling.

The command also recovered large quantities of prohibited substances, including dry leaves suspected to be Cannabis sativa of different variants like ‘Loud’, ‘Arizona’, Crack Cocaine, and bottles of Codeine syrup.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the FCT, DSP Josephine Adeh said this in a statement on Wednesday, in Abuja.

She said the arrest of the suspects was in furtherance of the command’s crusade against crime and criminality in the FCT.

Adeh said the suspects were arrested during a chain of tactical sweep operations, following actionable intelligence by the Command’s Anti-Narcotic unit at different blackspots within the Territory.

“Upon the arrest, the suspects were in possession of large quantities of dry leaves suspected to be Cannabis sativa of different variants like Laud, Arizona, Crack Cocaine, and bottles of Codeine syrup,” she said.

She said the suspects had confessed, during police investigation, to have been in the peddling business for a long.

Adeh said the command had intensified investigations to unravel other groundbreaking revelations that could lead to more arrests.

According to her,  the suspects have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigations.

Adeh said the Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of FCT, Mr Babaji Sunday, frowned at the increasing rate of moral decadence among the youth.

The CP blamed the increasing rate of crimes and criminality in the society on increase in drug/substance abuse and poor upbringing.

Sunday, therefore, called on all at the apex of religious and societal spheres of influence to maximise their platforms to preach against drug/substance abuse and other deviant behaviours.

He also enjoined FCT residents to continue to cooperate with the Police, remain vigilant and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrence to the command through 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.

 

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47 die, 180 injured in 52 accidents in Sokoto — FRSC

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47 die, 180 injured in 52 accidents in Sokoto — FRSC

No fewer than 47 persons died, while 180 sustained injuries in 52 different road crash that occurred from May to October in Sokoto state.

Mr. Kabiru Yusuf-Nadabo, the Sokoto State Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) disclosed this at the 2022 accident victims remembrance day on Friday in Sokoto.

Yusuf-Nadabo said out of the road crashes, 23 were fatal while 25 were serious that involved 78 different categories of vehicles.

He said that the event was part of Africa Road Safety/World Road Safety awareness initiative to awaken people on the rising cases of road accidents that cause loss of lives, as well as properties.

According to him, FRSC was established to curb the menace and to create a safe motoring environment for all Nigerians, adding that FRSC has been making remarkable efforts on reducing road traffic accidents.

”The event was set to commemorate road traffic accidents victims and equally sensitise the Nigerian public on the dangers, consequences of accidents and proper usage of roads.

”Based on the statistics presented and life experiences from some survivors of traffic accident victims, ” Yusuf-Nadabo said.

He urged motorists to abide by regulations and abstain from dangerous driving, overspending and overloading to ensure accident-free and safer roads.

 Prayers were offered in both Islamic and Christian ways.

In the same vein, two traffic accident survivors, Malam Kabiru Bello and Malam Hassan Garba, recounted their ordeals during and after the crashes they were involved in.

The event witnessed presentations from the state Vehicles Investigation Office (VIO), Special Marshals, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO).

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Onitsha Fire explosion: 80 shops destroyed, Police yet to know casualty rate

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Onitsha Fire explosion: 80 shops destroyed, Police yet to know casualty rate

The Fire Chief of Anambra Fire Services, Mr. Martin Agbili, has said that 80 shops were affected in the chemical market fire explosion at Onitsha Head Bridge.

This is contained in a statement signed by Agbili on Wednesday in Onitsha.

He said that incident took place at the Science and Lab Line of Ogbo Ogwu Market not the entire Ogbo Ogwu Market, Onitsha.

”It is really a terrible situation but the fire is under control now. The vibration from the explosions caused the collapse of some market buildings.

“A lot of safety measures have been taken to protect the entire market. There are casualties but we can’t ascertain the actual number of death and the injured”, he said.

The fire also destroyed goods and properties worth millions of naira.

In a related development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga,  says the police were yet to be furnished with the casualty rate at the fire explosion in the chemical market in Onitsha.

Ikenga stated this on Tuesday, in Onitsha while reacting to a fire explosion that rocked the chemical market.

According to him, I don’t have the information on the level of casualty and the level of damage.

“But I can confirm to you that there was a fire explosion at the chemical market and our operatives led by DCP Operations, John Ogbodaga is on ground.

“The area has been cordoned off, the fire service was also on ground and the situation is under control,” he said.

It was earlier reported that no fewer than four persons were reportedly confirmed dead and about 20 sustained various degrees of injuries.

On his part, the state Fire Chief, Anambra Fire Service, Mr. Martin Agbili, said that he and other relevant stakeholders were currently on the scene of the incident at the time of filing this report and useful information would be given in due time.

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3 die, on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway – FRSC

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47 die, 180 injured in 52 accidents in Sokoto — FRSC

Three persons died and three others were severely injured in a lone road accident on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Mr. Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander of the FRSC in Ogun, confirmed this to newsmen on Monday in Abeokuta.

Umar explained that the accident occurred in the early hours of Monday and involved a Toyota Sienna with registration number DKP 60 LG.

He added that it occurred just before the first AP turning point after Danco filling station on the expressway.

He attributed the crash to speeding that led to loss of control by the driver.

The FRSC boss stated that six people, comprising four males and two females were in the vehicle.

”A total of three people were injured, two male adult and one female adult and unfortunately three persons lost their lives in the accident,” he said.

Umar noted that the injured victims were currently receiving treatment at Idera Hospital, while the dead bodies were deposited at the morgue of same hospital.

The sector commander commiserated with the crash victims and advised motorists to shun speeding, particularly during these ember months.

 

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