Explosion At Adamawa Bomb Dump Kills Four

Four policemen have been killed after a bomb accidentally went off at the Police Armory of the Jimeta Divisional Police headquarters, in Yola, Adamawa state.

The Adamawa State Commissioner of Information, Ahmad Sajoh, confirmed this on Thursday during a telephone interview with Channels Television.

“Only four policemen are said to have lost their lives. The other persons may have sustained injuries but only four casualties were recorded and none of the students or pupils in the school nearby were affected to the extent of death,” Sajoh said.

The Commissioner said that the pupils who got hit were taken to the hospital, stressing that they have already been discharged.

He added that the blast was an accident involving the Police arsenal, stressing that “according to the preliminary information we have, they were running a routine maintenance on some of the equipment and facilities within the armory and that was when the bomb exploded”.

Mr Sajoh affirmed that “It is not a terror attack and the Commissioner of Police and heads of security agencies have been there since the incident occurred”.

He said that the Adamawa State Deputy Governor, the Speaker of the State Assembly, as well as other top government functionaries visited the scene of the blast.

The detonated bomb was said to have been recovered from members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

The explosion sent people into panic particularly at the Central Primary School, directly opposite the police station, where pupils were attending classes at the time of the explosion.

The area has been evacuated, as efforts are being made to ensure that the bombs in the armory do not go off as well.

 

U.S Embassy Condemns Attack On IDP Camp Dikwa

U.S embassy in NigeriaThe U.S. Embassy in Nigeria has condemned the suicide attack on the Internally Displaced Persons in Dikwa town, Borno state which has left over 51 persons dead and scores injured.

A statement from the Public Affairs section in the Information Office of the Embassy at the Federal Capital Territory says the United States remains committed to assisting the Internally Displaced Populations in the North-east through humanitarian relief efforts.

While extending the United States deepest condolences to the families of the victims, the statement says the U.S will also continue to support the Nigerian government in its fight against terrorism.

On Wednesday about 51 people died in a suicide bomb attack in Dikwa, a local council in Borno State, villagers say.

Seventy-eight injured persons have also been evacuated to Maiduguri, the capital city for treatment.

Kaduna Disco To Distribute Free 500,000 Pre-Paid Meters

Electricity-meterThe Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, says it has mapped out a five year plan to procure and distribute 500,000 pre-paid meters to its customers free of charge. 

The company’s  Head of  Corporate Communications, Abdulazeez Abdullahi,  told reporters that 100,000 pre-paid meters would be distributed to customers each year, as part of efforts to address issues associated with over-billing and estimated bills.

This is as business activities resumed at the Electricity Company a day after it was shut down as a result of protests by the organised labour over increased electricity tariff.

The Trade Union Congress and the Nigeria Labour Congress had On Monday kicked against the 45 per cent increase in electricity tariff by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Agency (NERC).

Operating At A Loss

The labour unions locked the main gate of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company during the protest. The unions while describing the increase as unjustifiable and anti-people, demanded for the reversal of the increase or they would continue with the protest.

Some of the customers – welders and business centre operators – complained that the increment was very high and had already affected their income.

Some of them, yet to get their own pre-paid meters, lamented being over billed heavily every month. They, however, called on the Federal Government to reverse the increment and make meters available to them.

Meanwhile, the management of KEDCO, insisted that the protest by the labour unions was unwarranted, as due process was followed by the government before the NERC came up with the increment.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing had also said that the increase in tariff was necessary to attract investment in the sector.

Speaking to Channels Television, Mr  Abdullahi explained that KEDCO held a consumers forum last year where the issue of the increment was tabled and agreed by all parties. He stated that since the company took over the management last year, it had been operating at a loss with the old tariff.

In spite of the challenges , Mr Abdullahi further explained that the company was currently carrying out customers’ enumeration with a view to knowing the actual number of electricity users within its franchise area.

He explained that the process would be followed with mass pre-paid meters deployment which should commence in due course.

The top official of KEDCO complained that customers under its network were owing over 30 billion Naira, a situation he said was affecting the smooth operation of the company to serve its customers better. According to him, a large chunk of the amount was owed by the Federal and State government agencies, parastatals and military institutions.

The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company was handed over to the core investor on December 4, 2014, after the preferred bidder, the North-west Power Limited fulfilled all requirements.

While stating that electricity supply within its network coverage had improved significantly, KEDCO stressed that there was room for further improvement, as soon as its revenue profile got better.

Grenade Attack Kills One As Burundi Violence Continues

burundi policeAt least one person was killed in a grenade attack on a bar in Burundi on Monday night, witnesses said.

Burundi has experienced more violence since the African Union backed away from sending in peacekeepers without the government’s consent.

The grenades went off in the Butere neighborhood of the capital Bujumbura on Monday night.

“One (person) was killed instantly,” an eyewitness, Jean de Dieu, who was near the scene of attack said.

Police spokesman, Pierre Nkurikiye, confirmed two grenades were detonated and eight people were wounded.

Burundi sank into crisis last year after President Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a third term in office, which he secured in a disputed vote.

African leaders, who met in Addis Ababa at the weekend, agreed to send a team to try to persuade Nkurunziza to accept a 5,000-strong force after he rejected the plan and said any such force would be treated as an invasion.

The Butere neighborhood was one of the flashpoints during the height of the violent protest against Nkurunziza’s decision, along with the neighboring Mutakura and Cibitoke areas.

When the peacekeeping plan was announced in December by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, officials had said they could invoke an article of the AU’s charter that allows it to act even without a government’s agreement.

But African leaders showed wariness of such a move at the summit and instead decided to seek approval first.

Following a visit by the U.N. Security Council to Burundi late last month, Nkrunziza wrote to the 15-member body to say he took note of their concerns.

“We have decided — and issued instructions accordingly to the officials of the services concerned — to make ourselves available to the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General,” Nkurunziza wrote in a January 25 letter, made public on Tuesday.

He promised they would cooperate closely with the special adviser’s team to support an inclusive national dialogue, disarmament, security, human rights and development.

Amaechi Calls For Cordial Relationship Btwn Arms of Government

Chibuike-Amaechi-Nigeria-MinisterThe Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has called for cordial relationship between the Legislators and the Executive Arms of government.

He urged for accountability and transparency by the Executive which has been identified as the key to successful governance.

The Minister in his address at the strategic retreat for members of the Executive Council in Plateau State, stated that the commissioners and principal officers should develop a cordial relationship with the legislatures in order to avoid unnecessary rivalry that might affect governance in the state.

However, the Governor of the state, Governor Simon Lalong identified team spirit, financial prudence and discipline among others as key elements to drive the government policies.

The Commissioner for Energy and Water Resources, David Wuyep, believes that power generation, distribution and transmission should be a shared responsibility between the states and the federal government.

Millions of Naira Lost In Sawmill Inferno

kaduna fireTragedy struck in the early hours of Thursday morning as fire gutted parts of the Ketu Sawmill in Lagos South West Nigeria.

Although no life was lost in the inferno, but machinery worth millions of naira were destroyed in the fire.

It is believed that excessive current from the circuit breakers may be the cause of the fire, which has been put under control by men of the Lagos State Fire Service.

NEMA Recovers Four Bodies From Lagos Lagoon Crash Scene

Copter_Crash_SceneFour bodies have been recovered and taken to the hospital from the scene of the helicopter crash that occurred at the Oworonsoki end of the Lagos Lagoon.

Channels Television’s Yomi Otaigbe, said that officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in conjunction with the police and locals recovered the bodies during rescue operations.

Six persons were rescued alive from the crash.

She further noted that 12 people were on board the helicopter adding that four are believed to have died, while two other persons are yet to be found.

An unidentified helicopter had earlier crashed into the lagoon behind the Oworonsoki Police Station.

An eyewitness said the incident occurred at about 3PM on Wednesday, August 12, afternoon.

The chopper was coming from the Ikeja axis of Lagos State when it made a loud noise before nose-diving into the Oworonsoki end of the Lagos lagoon.

The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ranti Adebule, also visited the crash siteh.

 

Activist Says Issues In Osun Are More Than Salaries

osun petitionA representative of the Civil Societies Coalition for Emancipation Of Osun, Seun Adeoye, says that the state has been suffering from a lot of issues asides salaries of workers.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr. Adeoye revealed that for some time the courts and schools have been closed as a result of the monies being owed by the state.

Claiming that the state was owing about 128 billion naira, he feared that the issue of debt has also become a major problem in the state.

“What is in Osun State is more than the issue of salary, it is about the future of the state in its entirety and if care is not taken I am not sure that state can recover in the next 20 years,” he said.

He explained that the Civil Societies Coalition for Emancipation have tried to hold peaceful rallies to show their displeasure but they were disrupted by the Police.

Mr Adeoye noted that a petition has also been sent to the Osun State House of Assembly but to no avail.

He, however, vowed that the civil society groups would continue to try until the issues are resolved.

Goodluck-Sambo Campaign Organisation Holds Town Hall Meeting In Benue

goodluckPresident Goodluck Jonathan campaign organization in Benue State has organized a town hall meeting with leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue North Senatorial District to re-launch the president’s re-election campaign in the zone.

The town hall meeting, called at the instance of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign coordinator in Benue State, Mr Sam Odeh, a former Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, was aimed at re-strategising ahead of the presidential election which will hold March on 28th.

At the meeting with key party leaders from the zone and aspirants on the platform of the PDP in the forth coming general elections, Mr Odeh stressed the need to overrun the opposition in a landslide victory for the president and other candidates of the party at the general elections.

One after the other, PDP leaders from the senatorial district in their endorsements, gave assurances that the opposition will not break its rank this time around.

The gathering of PDP bigwigs from the zone, would remind the opposition of its resolve to defend its 16 years reign in the State as the PDP has its eyes in ruling the State and Nigeria beyond its acclaimed 60 years political dominance.

Naval Chief Warns Officers Against Misbehaviour During Elections

Usman_JibrinThe Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, has warned officers not to see the uniform they wear as an opportunity to misbehave, either to members of the public or during the upcoming elections as they will be court-martialed.

The Naval Chief read the riot act while inspecting the Naval Bases in Lagos.

The Naval Boss also urged officers to do everything in their power to support the Nigerian Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as this is part of their constitutional responsibility to the society.

He said “on no account should any personnel of the Nigerian Navy take measures, either at official or individual level, which can bring the non partisanship of the Nigerian Navy into question.

“I must caution you to be extra careful in what you say, whom you say it to and in what for a you express any opinion that has political colouration or is capable of being misinterpreted at such”, adding that “I must make it absolutely clear that I place the highest premium in the maintenance of positive goodwill with the larger Nigerian population”, he said.

He further noted that the “Nigerian public are the true owners of Nigerian Navy. It is therefore the duty of everyone of us in uniform to do everything within our power to be sen in most positive light by the members of the public”, warning that “any further case of misbehaviour or misdemeanor that will bring the image of the Navy to disrepute will be dealt with adequately.

“If your action occasions the death of a civilian there will be an immediate court-martial”, he maintained.

Cholera Outbreak Claims Over Ten Lives In Anambra

Cholera outbreak in South SudanOver 10 persons have died following Cholera outbreak in Inoma community in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State.

According to the two nurses attending to the emergency situation at Inoma Community Primary Health Centre, poor manpower had been a major challenge in containing the situation, as they had over 40 patients to manage at the same time.

The state commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, who had visited and sent drugs and other medical assistance to the center, also observed the poor staff strength and assured the centre that he would make immediate arrangement to ensure more nurses and doctors were posted to the affected community in addition to immediate construction of a borehole to meet the water needs of the people.

The tortuous and dusty way to Inoma community in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State gave an insight into the plight of the residents of the quiet agrarian community.

Though, the local government area is rich in untapped crude oil and natural gas and rated as having the highest oil reserves in the country, it is one of the poorest communities in Anambra State.

The cholera outbreak opened up the reality of the absence of basic amenities in the community.

The bore hole dug by the local government had run dry and the villagers’ only source of drinking water is a stagnant pool at Egoja that usually flows into Omabala River during rainy season but during dry season, it forms a puddle and becomes the community’s saving grace.

It served as drinking water and washing water.

The inevitable happened on January 16, when members of the community started manifesting signs of seeming epidemic. In no time it was clear that it was Cholera outbreak in which, at the last count, about 10 persons had died at the community Primary Health Center where they have only one nurse, Anthonia Udeagbara and a volunteer nurse, Carol Ogu from the neighboring Oroma Primary Health Center, a major challenge had been poor staff strength.

Inoma President General, Patric Ugboja and a clergy in the community, Reverend Princewill Mozie, complained of bad roads and lack of basic amenities which also contributed in aggravating the health issue.

Assistance from the state government contributed in no small measure to ameliorate the suffering of the people. According to the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, the health ministry had supplied water and drugs to the primary health center and embarked on sensitising the community on sanitation with plans underway to send more health workers and to dig a borehole with immediate effect.

The Health Commissioner, having observed the poor work force in the community in his explanation that some of the communities in those hinterland are classified as hard to reach areas, assured the residents of a liaison between his ministry and state government to work out an onshore offshore arrangement where health workers, including doctors, would be visiting the areas on a weekly basis with additional compensation.

Dickson Blames Drop In Revenue For Challenges Confronting Payment of Scholarship

Governor Seriake DicksonBayelsa State Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, has cited a 45 per cent drop in the state’s revenue as part of the challenges confronting the Bayelsa Scholarship Scheme. Mr Dickson noted this while responding to the controversy surrounding the state’s scholarship scheme, particularly for beneficiaries in the United Kingdom.

He also lamented the high number of applicants, which has led the state to overshoot its N1 billion to about N7 billion.

Channels Television brought this issue to the fore in March following investigations by correspondents in the UK and Bayelsa state, who followed up agitation by students claiming to have been abandoned abroad by their state government.

Mr Dickson, in a meeting convened in London to soothe the tensions between the state scholarship board and students, however assured that funds will be released speedily to clear backlogs and create a consistent stream of stipends.

Mr Dickson had in March said revenue accruing to the state from the Federal Government has reduced by N5bn.

The governor, who made this revelation while signing the state’s 2014 Appropriation Bill of N332 billion into law in March, called for the expansion of the revenue base of the state.

The governor said “from when I started till now, our monthly revenue has dropped by over N5bn. So, if we are not careful to build alternative revenue sources, we will get to a situation where the federal revenue will not be enough to enable us meet our minimum obligation as a state, particularly bearing in mind the very high wage bill that is higher than that of any other state in this country.”

He blamed the recent economic downturn for the development, which he said had affected the Federation Account.