Ogun Govt Probes Multiple Gas Explosions

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The Ogun State Technical Team is investigating the causes of multiple gas explosions in Abeokuta and has sealed off a retail outlet.

Five different gas explosions at different parts of the state capital have left about six people dead while another eight were injured.

The Technical Team which comprises the Police, the Department of State Security, the Department of Petroleum Resources, the Fire Service and the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) have been moving from place to place to ascertain the possible causes of the explosions.

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It was gathered that the explosion occurred around 11:23 am at the Marque Event Centre within the premises of the library, on Thursday.

According to witnesses, the explosion was triggered when technicians were topping up gas into the Air Conditioner at the event centre.

This explosion is the fourth recorded in the last week in the city of Abeokuta.

A stakeholders meeting is being expected later in the day to know a way out of the crisis and forestall further recurrence of such.

[UPDATED] Several Feared Killed As Gunshots, Explosions Rock Maiduguri

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.
A map of Borno, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

 

There was panic in Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital on Tuesday as multiple sources reported gunshots and explosions near the Gomari area of the state.

Sources say explosions were also heard in Mairi area, a student’s village near the University of Maiduguri.

The military is said to have deployed gun trucks to the area as earlier reports indicated that worshippers in a mosque on the street called “Layin Bori” may have been killed.

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This is the first attack on Maiduguri town in a long time and this may not be unconnected with the sustained onslaught on insurgents in the Sambisa axis of the state.

Sustained attacks on Boko Haram strongholds have in the past forced the insurgents to regroup as they sometimes filter into towns or attack soft targets.

Channels Television observed that there is an air patrol going on now as the military comb the marked area around Gwange.

More to follow.

Explosion Claims Bombers’ Lives In Kano

Two separate bomb attacks targeted at the Joint Task Force checkpoint at Maiduguri road and police check point at eastern bypass, both in Kano metropolis have claimed the lives of two of the suspected bombers.

According to the State police commissioner, Musa Daura, the explosive which targeted the JTF checkpoint was remote controlled and buried in the ground very close to the checkpoint.

Mr Daura added that the person that targeted the police checkpoint disguised as a water truck seller pushing a truck towards the checkpoint with one other person giving him cover on a motorcycle. However, on throwing the explosive, it hit the motorcycle rider and killed both of them on the spot.

The commissioner further disclosed that no police officer was killed or injured from the attacks, adding that four other people were arrested while attempting to attack the police after the explosion.

Meanwhile, three police officers and one local security officer attached to a local government secretariat were killed during an attack at Ganye local government area of Adamawa state.

Residents told Channels Television that gun men on a motorcycle numbering about ten staged a prison break, and set ablaze the local government police divisional headquarters and the local government secretariat, killing the four people in the two separate locations.

JTF discovers bomb factory in Kano

The Joint Task Force in Kano state North West Nigeria has discovered a bomb factory at an isolated part of Tamburawa Bridge –an outskirt of Kano city. Three people suspected to be terrorists were arrested during the early morning raid by JTF in the area today.

Speaking to newsmen, the Director State Security Services in Kano Bassey Eteng said that a pre-emptive raid was carried out this morning at about 6am by the JTF and the operation was successful.

According to the director, most of the items recovered at the factory were likely to be used by the terrorists to launch an attack on Salah day but the intelligence report that was at the disposal of the security agency truncated the anticipated attacks.

Items recovered includes eight AK47 magazine, one SMG magazine, one SMG rifle, twelve primed IED, nine un primed IED, high calibre IED, assorted army uniform, chemicals used to make the bomb and six hundred and thirteen rounds of ammunition.

Meanwhile the director says there was no casualty of either party during the operations while stressing investigation will continue to uncover the hide out of any suspected terrorist across the state.

Multiple explosions rock Gombe

Series of explosions and gunfires has echoed through the Gombe state capital in northeast Nigeria on Friday evening.

A security personnel who does not want to be named has confirmed to Channels Television that the violence is echoing from the Tudunwada area of the state where the Prisons, police headquarters and the Emir’s palace is located.

Agency reports states that the explosions were heard during the evening prayers and people have reportedly fled the area as gunfire rang out throughout the city.

Other sources add that gunfire could also be heard at various locations in the city including the Police station opposite the Bubayero primary school in the city center.

15 people were injured in an explosion that occurred at a hotel in the outskirts of Gombe in December 2011.

Radical Islamic sect; Boko haram has being staging similar bomb attacks across the states in northern Nigeria.