Jos Chlorine Explosion Kills Eight, Leaves Several Others Hospitalised

Chlorine Explosion Kills Eight, Injures Several In Jos, Plateau.
Some victims of the chlorine explosion suffered irritation of the respiratory tracks

Eight persons have been confirmed dead and over 100 hospitalised after a Chlorine cylinder explosion in Jos, the capital city of Plateau State in north-central Nigeria.

The injured victims of the Chlorine cylinder explosion at the Plateau State Water Board treatment plant at Dogon Karfe in Jos South Local Government Area, are currently receiving treatment at various hospitals.

The acting Chief Medical Director of Plateau State Specialist Hospital, Dr Philemon Golwa, explained that a leakage at the plant was responsible for the deaths, as residents around the water treatment plant inhaled the chemical.

Mr Golwa said others persons affected were receiving treatment for irritation of respiratory tracks, cough, headache and body weakness.

Having visited the scene of the incident, Zonal Director of the National Environmental Standards and Regulation Agency (NESRA), Dr William Arabs, advised residents to report to any hospital for check-up.

The General Manager of the Plateau State Water Board, Lambart Gomzuk, said the quick response of his agency, the Water Resources and Rural Electrification Ministries, was responsible for early evacuation of victims to the hospitals where they are receiving treatment.

He blamed the residents for encroaching into some sensitive areas such as the treatment plant.

The State’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Hanatu Dantong, said the situation had been contained by government agencies.

She assured residents that the contamination did not affect the water supply to the public through the main water pipes, stating that it was safe for human consumption.

Mrs Dantong added that efforts were being made to relocate people within such sensitive areas.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a thorough investigation of the chlorine gas explosion.

“The investigation should unravel the facts as to whether this was just an accident.

“Whatever is the case, we need to get to the bottom of this unfortunate and tragic incident,” the President said while commiserating with the families of the victims and the government and people of Plateau state over the incident.

NEMA Donates Items To Gombe Blast Victims

NEMA Donates Items To Gombe Blast VictimsThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has donated medical consumables worth millions of Naira to victims of the bomb blast at two Motor parks in Gombe State, north-east Nigeria.

The items donated by NEMA on behalf of the Federal Government came as part of measures to enhance their speedy treatment.

The donation was made by the Director General of NEMA, Dr Mohammed Sidi, on Sunday, when he visited the victims at the Federal Medical Centre, Gombe, in company of the State Governor, Ibrahim Dakwambo.

He said his visit was to assess the impact of the blast and also commiserate with the State government and people of Gombe State over the unfortunate incident.

He prayed for the quick recovery of the injured ones and commended the hospital management for its prompt intervention in trying to save the lives of the victims.

Governor Dakwambo expressed shock that the suicide bombers could gain access inside the motor park, despite the water tight security put in place by the motor park officials.

He then promised that the State government would bear the cost of treatment of the victims, advising transport workers to ensure adequate security at their various motor parks so as to avoid future attacks by the insurgents.

The Chief Medial Director of the hospital also assured Governor Dakwambo and the NEMA officials that the victims were in stable condition.

Yobe Governor Condemns Attack On Sunday Market

Damaturu-BombingThe Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, has condemned the bomb attack on a Sunday market in Damaturu, describing it as ‘callous, barbaric and unjustifiable’.

The statement is coming after a female suicide bomber of about 10 years detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the main entrance of the market in Yobe State’s capital in Nigeria’s volatile north-east.

Governor Gaidam’s solemnity was revealed in a statement issued by his spokesman, Abdullahi Bego.

“It has been another sad day in our State in which innocent people were again the target of blood-thirsty terrorists,” he said.

The Governor also commiserated with families of the victims of the horrific bomb attack, which left at least 15 dead and scores injured.

According the statement, his “thoughts and prayers are with the families of victims and those who sustained injuries”.

Governor Gaidam further called on “security agencies in the State to step up surveillance and the people to remain very vigilant about happenings in their areas and report any suspicious persons or movements to the nearest security point or jurisdiction”.

He directed hospital authorities at the Sani Abatcha Specialist Hospital, Damaturu, where the injured have been taken for medical attention, to provide immediate and free medical services to victims.

The Governor then urged the people to pray that peace and security would be restored in Yobe State and the country at large.

NLC Meets With Senate President Over Minimum Wage

NLC Meets With Senate President Over Minimum WagesThe Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over the 18, 000 naira minimum wage paid to workers.

This came as part of Senator Saraki’s continuous meeting with different interest groups in Nigeria.

Shortly after the meeting which took place on Thursday in Abuja, the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Waba, said that 18,000 naira was no longer realistic as minimum wage for workers.

He observed that the minimum wage was grossly inadequate in an import driven country like Nigeria, with the present devaluation of the naira from 150 per dollar to about 242 to a dollar.

Waba stated that the NLC intends to submit a new minimum wage demand to the National Assembly.

Speaking on how to free workers from the bondage of poverty, he advised that government should tackle the problem of corruption in the country.

The NLC President said that Nigerians were alarmed by the rapid increase in the budget of the National Assembly and wondered why the earnings and expenditure of lawmakers were concealed.

Waba also revealed the Union’s plan to organise an anti-corruption rally to demonstrate that Nigerians would no longer tolerate corruption by government officials.

Gombe Blasts: 36 Confirmed Dead

GombeAt least 36 people have been confirmed dead in the Dadin Kowa and Duku motor parks explosions on Wednesday evening in Gombe State, north-east Nigeria.

Declaring the figures on Thursday, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Gombe State Specialist Hospital, Dr Reuben Ardo, revealed that 15 deaths had been recorded in the hospital.

He added that 15 persons were currently on admission having sustained various degrees of injuries, stressing that 56 others with minor injuries had been treated and discharged.

The medic also hinted that a successful caesarean surgery operation was carried out on a pregnant woman, who was admitted as a result of the shock she went through during the attack in the Gombe metropolis, revealing that both mother and child were in good condition.

Similarly at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Gombe, the Deputy Director of Public Relations of the hospital, Haruna Rasheed, said that 21 deaths were recorded, while 36 others were presently on admission.

He also hinted that 9 other persons with minor injuries had been treated and discharged.

Air Force To Intensify Offensive Against Insurgency

Air Force To Intensify Offensive Against InsurgencyThe Nigerian Air Force has vowed to intensify its onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s north-east region.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Abubarkar, said this on Thursday during an operational visit to the Air Force Base in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

He assured Nigerians that “no stone will be left unturned in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast.”

The Air Force chief also vowed that the Air Force would intensify assault on crime perpetrators in the South-south region.

According to Abubarkar, “All hands are on deck to ensure that the Air Force in Nigeria restrategise for air combat in the nation’s renewed effort to clamp down on insurgency in the North-east, as well as deal with security challenges in the Niger-Delta.”


NUC Asks Students To Clarify Status Of West African Universities

NUC The National Universities Commission (NUC) has called on Nigerian students to get clarification from the commission before applying for admission in tertiary institutions in other West African countries.

The directive came after the National Accreditation Board of Ghana banned 53 tertiary institutions in Ghana from advertising and admitting students from anywhere in the world.

The Director of Information and Publications of the NUC, Mr Ibrahim Yakasai, commended the decision by the Ghanaian board on Thursday, at a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Yakasai emphasised that the NUC had warned students on some of the universities, especially on the West African Coast, Republic of Benin, Togo, Uganda and some other countries.

The commission then reiterated its call to students to clarify the status of foreign universities from the NUC, before applying to such institutions.

Former Minister, Over 8,000 PDP Members Defect To APC In Kogi

Former Minister, PDP Leader Others Defect TO APC In KogiFormer Minister of Police Affairs, Humphery Abba, former member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustee, Mrs Halima Alfa and more than 8,000 members of the PDP have defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kogi State.

The defection of the former top government officials and other PDP members is coming few months to the governorship election in Kogi State in Nigeria’s north-central region.

The leader of the APC in Kogi State, Abubakar Audu, received the defected members on Wednesday at a rally held in Ayingba, Eastern Senatorial District of the state.

Audu expressed optimism that the defection of the former top government officials and members of the PDP would boost the popularity and chances of the APC in the November 21 governorship poll in Kogi State.

The APC leader further asserted that the time had come for change in Kogi State, reiterating his party’s determination to take over leadership from the ruling PDP.

On behalf of the defected members, Mrs Alfa said that the PDP government failed to meet the aspirations of the people, which led to their defection.

The former PDP leader then urged the party supporters to come out en-masse to vote for the APC in the forthcoming governorship election.

She also added that the APC was the only party that could bring about the anticipated development and peace in Kogi State.

NSCDC Impounds Suspected Adulterated Crude Oil Tanker In Abia

NSCDC Impound Suspected Adulterated Crude Oil Tanker In AbiaThe Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have impounded a tanker truck carrying alleged adulterated Crude Oil.

Men of the NSCDC seized the tanker suspected to be conveying about 33,000 litres of suspected adulterated Crude Oil at Osisioma, along Port Harcourt Expressway in the South-east region of Nigeria.

The new Commandant of NSCDC in Abia State, Dr Benito Eze, confirmed the arrest of the suspect in possession of the tanker on Wednesday in Umuahia, the State’s capital.

Dr Eze stated the agency’s commitment and determination to ensuring that vandals and oil thieves were chased out of Abia State.

He also hinted that the suspect arrested with the impounded tanker would be charged to court after investigations.

In an earlier development, Imo State Command of the NSCDC arrested seven suspects alleged to be involved in illegal sales and adulteration of stolen crude oil. They also nabbed three suspects who were into vandalism and selling of armoured Nitel cables.

The suspects were paraded at the Command Headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State’s capital, by the State Commandant, Pedro Ideba, who revealed that the suspects had been in the business for over a long period of time.

Fire Engulfs Arepo Pipeline Network

Fire Engulfs Arepo Pipeline NetworkA pipeline network located in Arepo, a community in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria has been engulfed by fire.

The number of dead and (or) injured victims in the mishap is yet to be declared.

On the contrary, residents in the community, who witnessed the misfortune revealed in an interview that about scores lost their lives to the inferno.

They expressed worries that it was not the first time vandals had carried out criminal activities around the pipeline network.

They added that matters may be worse as the private security outfit saddled with protecting the pipelines had been withdrawn.

After the fire incident, the supply of petroleum product through the pipeline network in Arepo was shut down.

Government authorities said the suspension of supply was to suffocate the fire which consumed the pipeline, owing to the activities of suspected vandals.

The supplies will resume as soon as the damaged line is fixed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

Petroleum Explosion Kills Man, Injures Two In Abeokuta Dumpsite

Petroleum Explosion Kills Man, Injures Two In Abeokuta DumpsiteAn explosion at a government petroleum dumpsite in Abeokuta has killed a middle-aged man and seriously injured two others with varying degrees of burn.

The petroleum dumpsite under construction is located within the old yard of Ogun State Road Maintenance Agency, along Quarry Road in the Ogun State capital, south-west Nigeria.

According to an eyewitness at the construction site, the victims were working on some underground tankers being relocated from the government fuel dumps at the old secretariat when the explosion occurred.

Eyewitnesses at the scene of the incident alleged that the massive explosion could have been due to the improper management of the welding works on the underground tanks by the contractor.

After the flames from the explosion were put off by men of the Ogun State Fire Service, policemen from the Adigbe Police Station were said to have evacuated the remains of the victim from the underground compartment with the assistance of the fire men.

Explaining the cause of the explosion, the fire service personnel blamed the explosion on the non-observance of rules guiding welding works around such environment.

After the mishap, the Permanent Secretary of the Ogun State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr Kayode Ademolake, former Commissioner of Works in the state and other government functionaries visit the site and commiserated with families of the affected persons.

Damaturu Checkpoint Explosion: Police Recover Unexploded Bombs

Damaturu Checkpoint Explosion: Police Recover Unexplored Bombs Police in separate operations on Wednesday recovered arms and unexploded bombs in the wreckage of a Highlander jeep at the Damaturu Checkpoint bombing site.

Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Mr Marcus Danladi, told reporters that six more unexploded bombs were discovered in the vehicle, after a thorough search by men of the Explosive Ordinance Department of the command.

Mr Danladi explained that in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State in Nigeria’s north-east region, four pieces of 81 mm Calibre capable of travelling 1,000 metres radius and two other improvised ones were retrieved and effectively diffused at the scene.

He stressed further that a woman in the Jeep was carrying with her, a bag containing six unexplored Mortar Bomb, which she was still holding at the scene of the blast.

According to the police boss, “the woman that was crying for help at the scene of the blast was aiming to trigger the Mortar Bomb capable of travelling 500 metres radius to claim more lives, but her mission was fruitless as she was ignored by the officers and men on ground having known her mission”.

Mr Danladi added that the woman later died at the scene as a result of the injuries sustained in the blast, confirming that the Mortar Bomb in her custody were recovered and successfully diffused.

He also said that men of the command on patrol at Bara in Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State recently engaged the Boko Haram militants and liberated an evaded Village Market from possible attack.

Items recovered in the operation included a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), Tow AK 47 rifles with 2 AK 47 loaded magazine, 60 rounds of ammunition, an Improvised Explosive Device and 500 units of GPMG life ammunition.

On Monday, terrorists on suicide mission detonated explosive devices at a checkpoint in Damaturu in the course of their arrest by the police, killing eight people.