Sixteen passengers died and another three were injured, mostly sub-Saharan Africans, on Monday when two pickup trucks collided in southern Algeria, rescue services and local media reported.
The accident took place on a highway in the country’s desert south, the civil protection agency said on Facebook.
Out of the 16 victims, 14 were from African countries further south and two were Algerians, according to local media, which said the accident took place between Reggane and Bordj Badji Mokhtar in the vast country’s southwest.
The member representing Bakori Local Government Area in Katsina State House of Assembly, Dr. Ibrahim Aminu Kurami, is dead.
According to a family source, Kurami died after a brief illness in Madinah, Saudi Arabia at around 2:00 am Nigerian time after he had gone to perform a lesser Hajj otherwise called Umrah.
The deceased left behind two wives, 11 children, and three grandchildren.
Kurami was elected into the Katsina State House of Assembly under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a by-election conducted on Saturday, October 31st, 2020 following the death of his predecessor, Alhaji Abdurrazak Ismail Tsiga.
Channels Television recalled that Dr. Kurami emerged winner of the Bakori State Constituency By-election after he scored a total of 20,444 votes to defeat his closest opponent from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Aminu Magaji who polled 11,356 votes.
The returning officer, Professor A. D. Kankia, while declaring the APC candidate the winner of the election at the INEC collation centre in Bakori on Sunday, November 1st, 2020, announced that APC was leading with 9090 votes.
The by-election was contested by 13 political parties including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the APC, Accord Party, the Peoples Redemption Party, and (PRP) among others.
Tragedy struck in Amutenyi village, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State after the mysterious death of five family members in an apartment in the Obollo-Afor community.
Channels Television gathered that the incident involving a woman, her two children, and two sisters, who visited her, happened on Saturday.
Police authorities confirmed the incident on Sunday, saying the recovered bodies had been deposited in the morgue for autopsy to unravel the cause of their deaths.
In a statement, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Daniel Ndukwe, said a preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased persons went to bed the previous night and were found lifeless in two separate rooms where they slept.
He identified the victims as Mrs. Chinyere Odoh, her two children Udochukwu Odoh ‘f’ aged seven and Chukwuemeka Odoh ‘m’ aged four, alongside her two sisters – Martina Ezeme and Ngozi Ezeme.
According to the PPRO, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Ammani, described the incident as unfortunate.
He quoted the Commissioner as ordering the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department to conduct a full-scale investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the sudden and unnatural death.
CP Ammani also expressed his condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased persons.
See the full statement issued below:
SUDDEN AND UNNATURAL DEATH OF FIVE FAMILY MEMBERS IN OBOLLO-AFOR COMMUNITY OF UDENU LGA: CP AMMANI ORDERS FULL-SCALE INVESTIGATION; CONDOLES FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF THE DECEASED
The Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, *CP Ahmed Ammani, fdc*, has ordered the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (the State CIID) of the Command to conduct a full-scale investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the sudden and unnatural death of one Mrs. Chinyere Odoh, her two (2) children: Udochukwu Odoh ‘f’ aged 7 and Chukwuemeka Odoh ‘m’ aged 4, as well as her two (2) sisters: Martina Ezeme and Ngozi Ezeme, in their apartment at Amutenyi in Obollo-Afor community of Udenu Local Government Area, which was reported at about 9.25am of today, 08/10/2022.
The Commissioner, while describing the incident as unfortunate and expressing his condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased persons, has further directed that the investigation be thoroughly carried out and concluded within the shortest possible time.
Meanwhile, preliminary investigation reveals that the said deceased persons went to bed the previous night and were not seen in the morning. However, their lifeless bodies were found in two (2) separate rooms they slept in, when Police Operatives from Udenu Police Division of the Command, who swiftly responded to a distress call on the incident, forced-opened the doors of the rooms. They were immediately moved to the hospital and confirmed dead by doctors on duty, and their corpses deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy. Further development will be communicated.
In a press release on Monday by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo further eulogised the late Head of the Commonwealth of Nations, hinting that he was about to leave the secondary school when the late Queen first visited the country in 1956.
The former President said he was fortunate to have hosted the Queen as Nigerian President during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Abuja in 2003, adding, “I can say that she was wonderful.”
“My relationship with the Queen was perfect; she was a great, great woman, who had shown a great example in human relationships. She carried herself so graciously, so dignified. She was somebody I have tremendous respect for.
“I join the rest of the world to mourn with her family, the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the rest of the world. I also mourn with Prince Charles, who promised to continue from where she had stopped. May her soul rest in peace,” he stated.
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around the world, died on Thursday. She was 96.
Buckingham Palace announced her death in a short statement, triggering 10 days of national mourning and an outpouring of tributes to her long life and record-breaking reign.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement at 6:30 pm (1730 GMT).
“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
The eldest of her four children, Charles, Prince of Wales, who at 73 is the oldest heir apparent in British history, becomes king immediately.
The queen’s death came after the palace announced on Thursday that doctors were “concerned” for her health and recommended she stayed under medical supervision.
All her children — Charles, Princess Anne, 72, Prince Andrew, 62, and Prince Edward, 58, flocked to her Scottish Highland retreat, Balmoral.
They were joined by Charles’s sons, Prince William, and his estranged brother Prince Harry.
Two days earlier the queen appointed Liz Truss as the 15th prime minister of her reign and was seen smiling in photographs but looking frail and using a walking stick.
One photograph of the meeting sparked alarm, showing a deep purple bruise on the monarch’s right hand.
Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne aged just 25 in 1952 in the aftermath of World War II, joining a world stage dominated by political figures from China’s Mao Zedong to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and US president Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Her 70-year reign straddled two centuries of seismic social, political and technological upheaval.
The last vestiges of Britain’s vast empire crumbled. At home, Brexit shook the foundations of her kingdom, and her family endured a series of scandals.
But throughout, she remained consistently popular and was queen and head of state not just of the United Kingdom but 14 former British colonies, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
She was also head of the 56-nation Commonwealth, which takes in a quarter of humanity, and supreme governor of the Church of England, the mother church of the worldwide Anglican communion.
But questions will be asked about whether the golden age of the British monarchy has now passed, how an ancient institution can remain viable in the modern era and whether Charles will command the same respect or reign in his mother’s shadow.
Television and radio stations interrupted regular programming to broadcast the news, with long-rehearsed special schedules set in place to remember her long life and reign.
The national anthem, “God Save the Queen”, was played. Flags were lowered and church bells tolled to remember a woman once described as the “last global monarch”.
The national mourning period will culminate in a final public farewell at Westminster Abbey in central London.
Charles’ coronation, an elaborate ritual steeped in tradition and history, will take place in the same historic surroundings, as it has for centuries, on a date to be fixed.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was for most of her subjects the only monarch they have ever known — an immutable figurehead on stamps, banknotes and coins.
Diminutive in stature yet an icon of popular culture, she was instantly recognisable in her brightly coloured suits and matching hat, with pearls, gloves and a handbag.
During her reign, the royals went from stiff, remote figures to tabloid fodder and were then popularised anew in television dramas such as “The Crown,” watched by tens of millions worldwide.
Her time on the throne spanned an era of remarkable change, from the Cold War to the 9/11 attacks, from climate change to coronavirus, “snail mail” and steam ships to email and space exploration.
She became seen as the living embodiment of post-war Britain and a link between the modern era and a bygone age.
The mother of one of the most famous families in the world, she retained huge public support throughout, surviving even a backlash in the wake of the death of Charles’ first wife, Diana, in 1997.
More recently, the royal family was rocked by claims from Prince Harry and his mixed-race wife Meghan of racism in the royal family.
She also endured a scandal involving her second son Prince Andrew, whose friendship with convicted sex offenders Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell saw him settle a civil claim for sexual assault in the United States.
‘None of us will live Forever’
Britons were jolted into recognising the beginning of the end of her reign when in April 2021 she lost her beloved husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Yet the palace had long recognised her mortality and the transition to Charles was already well under way.
He, his eldest son Prince William, who now becomes heir, and his wife, Catherine, began to assume more of the queen’s official roles.
The coronavirus pandemic and her advanced years forced her into the splendid isolation of Windsor Castle, west of London.
But from behind its stately walls, she remained a reassuring presence, popping up on video calls with members of the public.
In a rare, televised address during the first lockdown, she recalled the “Blitz spirit” of Britain under siege during World War II that defined her generation.
“We will meet again,” she said.
She cast off the shroud of Philip’s death and her enforced confinement to resume public duties, but age and ill-health forced her slow down.
After a unscheduled night in hospital in October 2021 following undisclosed health tests, her appearances became rarer.
“None of us will live forever,” she told world leaders attending a UN climate change summit soon afterwards, urging them to leave a legacy for generations to come.
One of her last decisive acts was to settle an unanswered question for the succession, giving her blessing for Charles’ second wife, Camilla, to be called “queen consort”.
World leaders paid homage to Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday after she died aged 96 in her Scottish summer residence following nearly a year of ailing health.
Here are some of the tributes to Britain’s longest-serving monarch, who is also head of state in 14 Commonwealth countries around the world:
‘Grace, dignity, and dedication’
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Queen Elizabeth had been “widely admired”.
“As the United Kingdom’s longest-lived and longest-reigning head of state, Queen Elizabeth II was widely admired for her grace, dignity and dedication around the world. She was a reassuring presence throughout decades of sweeping change,” Guterres said.
‘Hearts and thoughts’
The White House expressed its deep sympathies, noting she was the leader of one of the United States’ strongest allies.
“Our hearts and our thoughts go to the family members of the queen (and) to the people of the United Kingdom,” said White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre, minutes after the death of the sovereign was announced.
‘Elizabeth the Steadfast’
EU leaders expressed regret at the death of the queen, who was head of state throughout Britain’s entire EU membership and eventual departure.
“Once called ‘Elizabeth the Steadfast’, she never failed to show us the importance of lasting values in a modern world with her service and commitment,” EU council president Charles Michel tweeted.
Ireland’s President Michael Higgins called Queen Elizabeth II “a remarkable friend” who had “great impact on the bonds of mutual understanding between our two peoples”.
“As we offer our condolences to all our neighbours in the United Kingdom, following the loss of a remarkable friend of Ireland, we remember the role Queen Elizabeth played in celebrating the warm and enduring friendship” between both countries, he said.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “pained” by her death.
The monarch of India’s former colonial power had “provided inspiring leadership to her nation and people”, Modi tweeted, adding she “personified dignity and decency in public life”.
‘Marked her century’
French President Emmanuel Macron hailed Queen Elizabeth II as “a friend of France… who marked her country and her century as never before”.
“Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II embodied continuity and unity in the British nation for more than 70 years,” the French leader tweeted.
‘Balance and wisdom’
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said the “beloved” monarch represented the UK and the Commonwealth with “balance and wisdom”.
“She guaranteed stability in moments of crisis and kept alive the value of tradition in a society in constant and profound evolution. Her spirit of service, her dedication… the deep dignity with which she held office for such a long time have been a constant source of admiration for generations,” he said.
– ‘Stability and humour’ – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said earlier on Thursday, before the news of her death, that the queen was in his prayers.
“She has lived through so many important moments in the Western world… and has done so with calm, stability and humour,” he said, according to the ANP news agency.
Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey in central London on June 2, 1953.
It was the first major televised international event and sales of sets surged as people gathered in their front rooms to watch the ceremony.
1977: Silver Jubilee
The queen toured Britain and the Commonwealth and reiterated her vows of service.
In Britain, street parties were held, bunting was hung out and tables put in the streets.
The celebration was a ray of light in a period of economic gloom, industrial decline and a series of industrial disputes.
1992: ‘Annus horribilis’
The lowest point of the queen’s reign: her eldest son Prince Charles separated from his wife, Diana, following a tell-all book.
At the same time, her second son Prince Andrew also separated from his wife, and her only daughter Princess Anne divorced her husband, while Windsor Castle was seriously damaged by fire.
She called it the “annus horribilis”.
1997: Death of Diana
Diana’s death rocked the royal family to its core.
The queen was heavily criticised for keeping the family mourning privately in the Scottish Highlands — a move designed to shelter Diana’s young sons — rather than decamping to London.
Under public pressure and accusations that she was out of touch, she made a rare live address to the nation from Buckingham Palace.
2002: Golden Jubilee
The celebration allowed Britons to show their support for the monarchy again following the turbulent 1990s and the death of the queen’s mother, also called queen Elizabeth, and sister, princess Margaret, earlier in the year.
Street parties were back and a concert at Buckingham Palace was crowned by Queen guitarist Brian May playing the national anthem on the roof as a million people lined The Mall to join in the party.
2011: Ireland State visit
The highly-charged visit was the first by a British monarch to the Republic of Ireland since it won independence in 1922.
Seen as the last piece in the jigsaw of peace in Northern Ireland, the visit required the republic’s biggest-ever security operation.
However, through some highly symbolic gestures — including speaking in Irish — she melted away enough post-colonial angst to permit a walkabout.
2012: Olympics and Diamond Jubilee
Queen Elizabeth toured every region of Britain ahead of the four-day party in June to mark the jubilee, while other royals made visits across the Commonwealth.
Celebrations included a river pageant, beacons lit across the land, street parties and a service of thanksgiving.
The monarch followed up with a starring role at the London Olympics, appearing alongside James Bond actor Daniel Craig at the opening ceremony.
2021: Coronavirus and health fears
The queen was forced into self-isolation at Windsor Castle when the coronavirus pandemic struck in 2020, but that did not stop her carrying out engagements online.
Royal receptions were replaced by virtual appearances with everyone from ambassadors to members of the public.
Prince Philip died in April, 2021, with his funeral held under coronavirus restrictions.
As curbs were eased, the queen resumed her public role, notably hosting G7 leaders in Cornwall in June 2021 and having US President Joe Biden for tea at Windsor.
But fears grew for her health after it was revealed she spent a night in hospital following unspecified tests in October 2021, forcing her to cancel a series of engagements.
2022: Platinum Jubilee and Covid
The queen became the first British monarch to reign for 70 years on February 6, 2022, but the Platinum Jubilee year got off to an inauspicious start.
Andrew settled his US civil case for sexual assault for an undisclosed sum while a police probe was launched into claims of “cash for honours” against one of Charles’ charities.
She then tested positive for Covid-19 on February 20, 2022, after resuming in-person audiences, where she complained to one attendee of mobility issues.
She was seen twice at four days of public celebrations for the jubilee and in September appointed her 15th prime minister, Liz Truss at Balmoral.
The SEMA spokesman stated that the state government is doing its best to prevent further flooding in the state, adding that, a committee was set up on the emergency response to prevent the outbreak of cholera as a result of the flood.
He said, “In Kankara LGA, 176 houses were affected, in Danja, 125, Kankia 86,Katsina 620, Musawa 482, Batagarawa 361, Kusada 311 while in Sabuwa 111 houses.
“In Zango LGA, 105 houses were destroyed, in Batsari, 443 houses, Funtua 258 houses, Safana 581 and Ingawa LGA about 154 houses were affected.
“Similarly, 176 houses were destroyed and three persons lost their lives in the disaster in Kankara while 154 houses were damaged in Ingawa.”
Muhammad also listed five additional LGAs namely; Mashi, Mani, Mai’adua, Dandume and Matazu which were affected by the disaster, with SEMA yet to assess the level of damages.
He explained that the bus was coming from Osun State and heading to Katsina State before it crashed into the stationary truck at Sabongari village near Gadabiyu along Abaji-Yangoji.
According to the FRSC spokesman, 22 people – all male – were involved in the crash, out of which nine died, ten were injured and two were given first aid.
Kazeem noted that the nine corpses were deposited at the General Hospital Kwali mortuary, and a division of the Nigeria Police Force located at Kwali has taken over the investigation.
Meanwhile, the acting Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Mister Dauda Biu, blamed the crash on dangerous overtaking and loss of control.
The FSRC boss insisted that crashes at night are more fatal than those in the daytime.
While advising drivers to ensure their vehicles are in good condition before they get on the road, the FRSC Corps Marshal reiterated the commitment of the corps towards sensitizing the motoring public across the country.