Fire Outbreak At Army Headquarters In Abuja

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There has been a minor fire outbreak at the Army headquarters complex in Abuja.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the incident that occurred at about 10:15 am was a result of a minor electrical fault in one of the offices.

According to him, the Army headquarters complex is currently undergoing some renovation involving electrical rework.

He noted that the Nigerian Army Fire Service Department has since put out the fire and no casualty was recorded during the incident.

Yerima added that normalcy has since returned to the complex.

 

Motorists Lament Difficulty As Fuel Queues Return

Motorists in search of fuel at an NNPC station in Abuja

 

The queues for petrol have gone worse in some parts of the country especially in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Motorists besieged the few outlets that were open for business in the FCT.

Some of the motorists who spoke with Channels Television say they spend as much as five hours to access fuel.

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This comes against the backdrop of speculations that the pump price of petrol may be increased.

However, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) insists that there is no increment in the ex-depot price of petrol.

The Corporation also stated that it has enough stock of petrol to keep the nation well supplied for over 40 days and therefore, urged motorists to avoid panic buying.

 

See photos of fuel queues in Abuja, below…

PHOTOS: NLC Protests At CAC Headquarters In Abuja

Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) protest at the Corporate Affairs Commission’s (CAC) Headquarters, Abuja on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday staged a protest at the Corporate Affairs Commission’s (CAC) Headquarters in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.

Members of the union arrived at the CAC headquarters in buses and occupied the main entrance of the CAC headquarters, chanting songs of solidarity.

They also displayed placards saying it is their right to protest and their rights will not be trampled on.

“You cannot do that; you cannot undermine workers’ rights. We are just warming up, tomorrow, we will be here again,” the workers chanted as security agents at the main entrance of the CAC headquarters look on.

The workers are protesting over alleged anti-labour matters, they are accusing the CAC management of clamping down on union members who challenged anti-workers policies.

The protest was led by NLC Chairman Ayuba Wabba and it is planned to last for three days.

 

See photos from the protest below…

Air Force Releases Names Of Officers Who Died In Abuja Crash

Caregivers work at the scene of an accident involving a Nigerian military aircraft which crashed killing seven occupants on board at the Airport runway near Nigeria’s capital Abuja, on February 21, 2021.   KOLA SULAIMON / AFP

 

 

The Nigeria Air Force on Sunday released the names of officers who died in the Beechcraft Kingair B350i plane crash.

In a statement issued by the Air Force spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola, the officers are; Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain), Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-pilot), Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System specialist).

Others included Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS specialist), Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS specialist), Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS specialist), Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).

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The jet en route Minna in Niger State crashed on Sunday close to the runway of the Abuja airport after reporting engine failure.

The NAF spokesman explained that Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, has ordered an immediate probe of the accident.

“This is to confirm that a Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure enroute Minna. First responders are at the scene. Sadly, all 7 personnel on board died in the crash,” he said.

“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal IO Amao, has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident.

“While urging the general public to remain calm and await the outcome of investigation, the CAS, on behalf of all NAF personnel, commiserates with the families of the deceased.”

Insecurity: I Don’t Visit Abuja For Solution, I Do My Job In Kogi – Yahaya Bello

Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello says he handles insecurity in his state without necessarily seeking a solution by visiting the President in Abuja.

The governor who made the statement on Thursday during an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily stressed that he doesn’t pay lip service.

“The Nigeria Police that are in the country today are the same in Kogi State. The Army in the country is the same in Kogi State. All the law enforcement agencies we have in the country today are exactly what I have in Kogi State.

“So, when they provide such information, we act on it, we don’t pay lip service, we don’t pass buck, we don’t visit Abuja for solutions at all times. I don’t think there is any day I have ever visited Abuja for any solution. What I do is to sit down here and do my job,” the governor said.

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Speaking further on security in the state, he added that stakeholders in the state collaborate with security agencies to analyse intelligence to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

Governor Yahaya Bello on Sunrise Daily.

 

“We are corroborating, the commissioner of police, my director (of) DSS, my Army commander, my naval commander, civil defense commander, we are corroborating and they are relating very well with the citizens, they connected to the people and leadership at all levels are doing their best starting from the community leaders, ward leaders, the local government chairmen, and leaders, youth leaders, market leaders, farmers and what have you. We are corroborating very well,” he added.

The governor also said there is a need for governors to collaborate and implement policies that will put an end to the farmers-herders crisis affecting parts of the country.

He said the national livestock transformation plan by the Federal Government should not be allowed to go down the drain.

“When the issue of livestock transformation was muted, it was first given the name Ruga. Ruga means a settlement of herders or livestock farmers.

“When it broke out in this country, it was politicised. That ‘Mr President wants to take our lands.’ I think, when we stop politicising every government policy and programmes, we will get it right,” the governor said.

COVID-19: FG Places Fresh Travel Restrictions On 100 Passengers For Flouting Directives

PTF Chairman, Mr Boss Mustapha, announces new COVID-19 measures at a briefing in Abuja on December 21, 2020.

 

The Federal Government has placed fresh travel restrictions on 100 passengers for flouting its directives on COVID-19.

In a series of tweet on Tuesday, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 released the passport details of the defaulters, announcing they have been restricted from travelling for six months.

“Presidential Task Force (PTF) sanctions 100 Passports in Second Batch of those who failed to comply with the mandatory Day 7 post-arrival COVID-19 Test. PENALTY: 6-month travel restriction from Feb 5 to July 30, 2021,” the tweet read.

“The Federal Government is placing travel restrictions on the following passports due to non-compliance with the mandatory Day and post-arrival COVID-19 test,” it added while listing the defaulters.

 

Channels Television had in January reported how the Federal Government placed travel restrictions on 100 travellers for failing to undergo the compulsory COVID-19 test after returning into the country.

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While noting that the travellers had been notified and barred from travelling out of the country during the period, the Federal Government said the restrictions would start from January 1 and last till June 30, 2021.

 

Alleged Unlawful Assembly: Court Fixes March 2 For Sowore’s Trial

A file photo of Omoyele Sowore and others at a courtroom in Abuja on January 4, 2021.

 

A Chief Magistrate Court in Abuja has fixed March 2 for the trial of Omoyele Sowore and four others standing trial for alleged criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly and inciting public disturbance.

Chief Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello fixed the date on Friday following an application for adjournment by the prosecutor, Edosa Samuel.

The prosecutor predicated his application on the ground that he has just taken over the case on the advice of the director of public prosecution and needed time to study the case file in order for him to put his house in order.

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Lawyer to the defendants, Marshal Abubakar however objected to the prosecutor’s application for adjournment, urging the court to strike out the suit or in the alternative, order accelerated hearing.

After listening to arguments for and against the adjournment, Chief Magistrate Segun-Bello ordered the prosecutor to serve the defendants with the proof of evidence within seven days as she fixed March 2 for the commencement of trial.

One Killed In Abuja Market Fire

A portion of Gwarinpa Tipper Garage Market engulfed by fire

 

 

One person has been confirmed killed in a fire incident that occurred at Gwarinpa Tipper Garage Market in Abuja.

The fire started at about 1:00 a.m on Thursday, destroying all the shops in the market.

Most of the traders had left the market when the incident occurred.

However, one of the security men who was said to be sleeping in one of the shops as at the time the fire started, lost his life.

President Buhari Arrives In Abuja After 4-Day Visit To Daura

President Muhammadu Buhari returns to Abuja after a four-day trip to Daura.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Abuja after his four-day trip to his hometown, Daura in Katsina State.

He was received at about 6:00 pm on Tuesday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by government officials including the inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello.

The President was in Daura for the registration and revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress.

After the exercise, the president called on Nigerians to support the development of the country and believes all hands must be on deck in the quest for nation-building.

President Muhammadu Buhari is welcomed back to Abuja on February 2, 2021.

 

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The 78-year-old also assured Nigerians that his administration will be transparent and open with the implementation of the 2021 budget.

He noted that the budget aptly captured some of the visions of the administration, and all efforts will be poured in to ensure effective implementation.

 

“We have directed all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies to follow what is in the budget so that we can get the National Assembly to easily support the next budget,” the President said, as quoted in a statement by spokesman Garba Shehu.

“We can tell them what we have received, and how it was spent. We are always ready to make the balance sheet available for all Nigerians and the National Assembly. We have nothing to hide.’’

FCT COVID-19 Task Force Seals Markets For Breaching Protocols

 

Following the directive to enforce the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021, the FCT COVID-19 enforcement team has swung into action shutting down some markets including UTC Area 10 Market and the Wuse market.

The spokesperson of the task force, Attah Ikharo said the markets were closed after they were found guilty of violating COVID-19 protocols.

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Ikharo said that the presidential regulations specifically said that management of public business facilities should take full responsibility of enforcement of the COVID-19 regulations, but these markets defaulted in all aspects.

The closure of the markets is coming barely six days after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021.

 

See photos of the closure below…

Alleged Money Laundering: Court Adjourns Maina’s Trial, Bail Hearing

A file photo of ex-pension boss Abdulrasheed Maina.
A file photo of ex-pension boss Abdulrasheed Maina.

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the trial and hearing of bail application of the defunct Chairman of the Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina until February 19 at the instance of his lawyer, Sani Katu.

Justice Okon Abang adjourned the matter on Monday after the defence lawyer told the court that he needed more time to enable him to prepare adequately for Maina’s defence since he was coming into the matter afresh.

The lawyer, who said he was unable to meet his client at the Kuje Correctional Centre for a pre-trial conference, urged the court to adjourn the case in the interest of justice.

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Maina had in a motion on notice dated and filed on December 24, 2020, brought by his lawyer, Anayo Adibe, approached the court seeking a fresh bail due to his worsening health condition.

The judge had adjourned the hearing of the bail application until February 1 and equally fixed the continuation of trial for the same date.

However, at the resumed trial, Katu, who took over Maina’s legal team sought for an adjournment to enable him to prepare for his client’s defence.

Fire Guts Houses, Shops And Goods Worth Millions In Gwarinpa, Abuja

Traders take stock of their losses at the market in Gwarinpa. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Four houses and six shops have been razed in a fire that gutted the Gwarinpa building materials market in the nation’s capital on Thursday.

Eyewitnesses say the fire started from an electrical spark around midnight and burned for over three hours before it was put out by officials of the Federal Fire Service.

Most of the affected traders say they are still taking stock of the items destroyed by the inferno but it is estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of naira.

As they recount their losses, they have also called on the government to come to their aid.

This comes just days after a similar incident occurred at the popular Kugbo furniture market following what was believed to be an electrical fault.

 

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